BRITISH EAST AFRICA 1891 SG24 Cover
Stock Code: P167001671
1891 (JY 2) large part cover (with embossed royal arms on flap) from Mombasa to “H. L. Churchill Esq, H. M. Vice Consul, Zanzibar”, bearing NINE EXAMPLES of the 1891 (May) “½ Anna/A.B.” on 3a black/dull red MANUSCRIPT PROVISIONAL, all emanating from the lower right corner of a sheet, comprising a lower marginal single, a right marginal horizontal strip of 3, a lower marginal block of three and the lower right corner horizontal pair, tied by individual strikes of “MOMBASA/A” cds, with a further superb strike at foot. On reverse, despatch cds and arrival cds of following day. The cover reduced at right (where a further pair was removed, leaving one of the remaining stamps with trimmed perfs) but a unique and extraordinary franking which represents the only known cover with this rare provisional, the only surviving multiples and indeed a large proportion of the recorded examples! Ex Krieger, Reynard (Spink 2009) and Hunt, with a history dating back to Nov 1899, when Mr Churchill wrote to the Stanley Gibbons Monthly Journal to describe the circumstances under which he had sent the cover to himself, these being the ½a stamps available when he visited the Mombasa Post Office, and the last still in stock. A full description (of the cover in its present state) followed in the Dec 1899 MJ. (cat £20,250+ as stamps off cover).
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