BRITISH EAST AFRICA 1890 SGZ1/2, 4, 7/8 Cover

BRITISH EAST AFRICA 1890 SGZ1/2, 4, 7/8 Cover
1890 (AU 20) printed "EASTERN TELEGRAPH COMPANY" cover (with embossed logo on flap) registered from Mombasa to London, franked at 51½a (!) by INDIA 1882-90 ½a, 1a, 2a, 8a (x4) and 1r, all but the ½a with "B.E.A." in red manuscript, tied by individual mostly very fine strikes of "MOMBASA/C" cds, with another very fine strike and "R" in oval at left. Carried by S. S. "Ethiopia", with Aden transit backstamp (AU 26). The face panel with red arrival ds (9 SE 90) which also ties the ½a stamp, and rate calculations in blue crayon, indicating that the contents may have increased in weight, with previous 3, 4, and 6 notations replaced by "11", and an initial "26/6" deleted. The postage equates to 11 x 4½a (= 49½a) + 2a registration. The cover with some inconsequential imperfections (light folds and soiling, 1a stamp defective at foot), but a unique and wonderful franking and an exhibition piece of the highest importance, the bold "B.E.A." in red manuscript being an overprint-cum-security marking, and indicating that they are no longer Indian stamps, but now being sold by and used by the British East Africa Company as a provisional issue (July to Sept 1890) after the exhaustion of SG 1/3. Far the most spectacular (and equal earliest) of the six recorded covers from Mombasa with Indian stamps, and the only one with such "overprints". A truly great cover, in a class of its own, with tremendous eye-appeal, for both East Africa and the whole field of "India Used Abroad". Ex Krieger (Spink 2013), Reynard (Spink 2009 - realised £23,000 + premium), Hunt (RL 1966) and Rose-Hutchinson (RL 1949). [N.B. The Eastern Telegraph Company was at this time laying a cable from Mombasa to Lamu, the line from Zanzibar to Mombasa having recently been completed]

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