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Surbiton Hill, Great Britain destination mail to Fort Murray, BRITISH KAFFRARIA postal history
1859 mourning cover to George Brownlow, Fort Murray, British Kaffraria, Cape of Good Hope from SURBITON HILL (no date slugs backstamp) with GB QV 6d pale lilac tied KINGSTON-ON-THAMES "422" duplex dated D/SP 5 59 showing red crayon 1d credited to the Cape Colony, reverse London S.W., DEVONPORT E/SP 6 59, red CAPE TOWN NO 16 1859 arrival, under flap "Ansd letter to Edward 12 Dec 1859". (Carried by the "Dane" packet boat).
The area annexed to the British Cape Colony on 10 May 1835 as Queen Adelaide Province, but on 5 December 1835 the Cape Colony disallowed the annexation and it was renamed Queen Adelaide Land district with Grahamstown as its capital until 1847. On 17 December 1847 it was again annexed to the Cape Colony as British Kaffraria Colony with King William's Town as its capital. On 7 March 1860 British Kaffraria became a separate crown colony. It was finally re-incorporated into the Cape Colony on 17 April 1866.
£425


Wreck of S.S. "WINDSOR CASTLE" (Donald Currie Line), CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1876 cover and lengthy 5-page letter headed "Kersal Rectory (Salford) Sept 16 1876" to Miss Helen Ayliffe, Greystone, Grahamstown, Cape of Good Hope marked "per first Steamer, September 22 1876" with GB QV 6d grey Plate 15 tied Manchester "498" duplex dated SP 22 1876 with CAPE TOWN O/OC 20 76 arrival alongside, reverse shows DARTMOUTH B/SP 23 76 despatch and GRAHAMSTOWN OC 25 76 arrival clear of large part flap missing which shows both albino SPIERS & SON OXFORD envelope manufacturer and sender's emblem.
The "Windsor Castle" sailed from Dartmouth on 23rd September 1876 and hit rocks between 2 and 3am on 19th October off Dassen Island while approaching Cape Town. A Lt. Melville and a Mr Searle, after a most unpleasant journey, reached Cape Town at about 9pm with the news of the wrecked mail steamer. The "Florence" was despatched to the scene of the wreck, but due strong winds was unable to get out of the harbour until 4.15am, sighted the masts of the Windsor at 7am, and cast anchor at Dassen Island at 8am where the 160 passengers had assembled taking up a Robinson Crusoe kind of existence in tents rigged up from sails amongst heaps of saved baggage, boxes, gun cases and 70 to 80 mailbags. The "Florence" left at 1pm with the first of the survivors arriving at Cape Town at 6pm. Seven or eight feet of rock had ripped through the bottom and the ship broke up in heavy swells within a week. The rescued mail was postmarked at Cape Town on 20th October 1876.
£1200

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1839 lengthy cross-written entire headed "Bedford Wednesday Feb'y 6th 1839" and marked "Post paid March 8th" to Mrs Maclear, Royal Observatory, Cape Town with red ink PAID-SHIP LETTER/(crown) 9 MR 9 1839/LONDON and black SHIP LETTER/(crown)/CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
£125

PRUSSIA to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1860 stampless wrapper "per Royal Mail Str via Plymouth via Ostend" to Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope with red strikes FRANKFURT 5 SEP 1860, circled "P.", LONDON PAID SP 5 60 displaying CAPE TOWN OC 14 1860 arrival on top flap.
£125

JAMAICA to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1855 wrapper to John Clark, Graff Reinett, South Africa with red KINGSTON-JAMAICA-PAID JU 25 1855 rated red 1/- with red London PAID 22 JY 1855 and red CAPE TOWN OC 10 1855 arrival displaying top flap with black "8" to collect, rare destination.
£180


PORT LEWIS, Outer Hebrides to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1813 outer wrapper docketted "Port Lewis 5th July 1813" to Richard Shepherd, Merchant, Cape of Good Hope rated 4/- unpaid and landed with oval d/ring SHIP LETTER/(crown)/CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
£75

FRANCE to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1855 (FE 12) entire written Paris to Monsieur le Consul de France, Cape de Bonne Esperance with 20c, 40c, 80c plus excised missing stamp arriving Cape of Good Hope MY 5 1855, adhesives with faults.
£120


JAMAICA to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1854 wrapper marked "via Southampton" to John Clark, Graffe Riennet (sic), Cape of Good Hope, South Africa pmk'd red KINGSTON-JAMAICA-PAID SP 26 1854 and rated red 1/6d (triple 6d new rate introduced March 23 1854 to London), black "8", black 1/8, black 2/- due with London Paid (OC 13) and b/stamped Cape Town (DE 29) with red GRAAFF-REINETT arrival dated JA 4 1855, centrally folded, peripheral faults but a rare destination.
£195

JAMAICA to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1853 wrapper marked "via London" to John Clark, care of Mr. Martin, Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa pmk'd red KINGSTON-JAMAICA-PAID DE 11 1853 dbl-arc and rated red 2/- (double) with London JA 9 1854 and Cape Town MR 1 1854 backstamp, on arrival re-directed to Graff Reinet and rated black "8" and 1/4". Fragile internal folds, rare destination.
£240



"AROUND THE WORLD IN THE QUICKEST POSSIBLE TIME", Jamaica and British Guiana postal history
1905 use of GB 1d carmine/buff Post Card pmk'd Derby JA 5 05 arriving Kingston, Jamaica JA 28 05 with 1d Arms pmk'd Kingston FE 17 05 arriving Georgetown, Br. Guiana 1 MAR 1905 with 2c pmk'd Georgetown 4 MAR 1905 showing Port Of Spain, Trinidad MR 6 05 and New York MAR 23 1905 transits before journey abruptly ended with San Francisco P.O./APR 14 1905/D.L. SECTION (Dead Letter) purple d/ring, alongside further purplish boxed handstamp with lower line reading "Returned from R.L.O." (town unclear) with black manuscript "Contrary to Regulations", corner damage but "around the world" entires rarely found incorporating the British West Indies.
£125

BERMUDA to Belgian Congo forwarded Cape of Good Hope postal history
1941 (AU 4) KG6 3d, 6d, 1/- pmk'd Hamilton to British Liason Staff, Leopoldville re-directed Standard Bank of S. Africa in Cape Town, backstamped Elisabethville (SP 19) and Leoploldville (SP 21) with indistinct Johannesburg on front.
£24


MOUNT STEWART, Cape of Good Hope postal history
1897 QV 4d PSRE with added 1d Hope x 4 pmk'd MR 31 97 to Johannesburg, reverse MIDLAND UP F/31 MR 97 transit.
£65


ESHOWE, Zululand postal history
(re-introduced Z.10) JY 15 25 as arrival on much travelled GB KGV 1d Post Card from Rochester to Teneriffe, forwarded Cape Town, Johannesburg, Eshowe, Zululand and back, two vertical creases.
£225

696 used LADY GREY ALIWAL NORTH DIV., Cape of Good Hope postal history
QV 1d Reply Post Card portion dated 2 AU 95 to Coppenbrugge, Germany
£28


564 used NAAUWPOORT, Cape of Good Hope postal history
dated C/OC 29 95 on QV 1d Post Card to Cartographers in Edinburgh.
£36

640 used PEARSTON, Cape of Good Hope postal history
dated A/AP 12 96 on 1d rate cover to P.O. Achter Sneewberg, some reverse damaga at base.
£40


CAPE-TOWN, Cape of Good Hope postal history
(SQC) dated JY 2 83 on 1d within city cover, middle top opening tear, JACOT & PRILLEVITZ printed sender's flap.
£4

8 used DOUGLAS, Cape of Good Hope postal history
dated SP 5 01 on 1d rate censored cover to Cape Town, piece of top and flap removed on opening, some perf. toning.
£120


8 used DOUGLAS, Cape of Good Hope postal history
dated AU 22 98 on QV 4d PSRE with added twelve x 1d (SG.59a) to Port Elizabeth, fine N.E. T.P.O. AU 24 98 cds, toning on address panel.
£150

997 used MIDDELBURG, Cape of Good Hope postal history
on cover dated C/AU 31 96 with horiz. pair, strip of three d (SG.48a) to London re-addressed Munich, Bavaria, one stamp defective.
£60
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