The Madagascar ‘British Inland Mail Covers’

Cover (4d rose British Mail stamp), dated 1895 (9 July), sent to Leicester cancelled by a strike of ‘BRITISH MAIL ANTANARIVO’ in violet, with Natal 1891 2 ½d bright blue tied by a Durban (30 July). The reverse has an arrival date stamp of 26 August. This sold for £650.

Cover (4d rose British Mail stamp), dated 1895 (9 July), sent to Leicester cancelled by a strike of ‘BRITISH MAIL ANTANARIVO’ in violet, with Natal 1891 2 ½d bright blue tied by a Durban (30 July). The reverse has an arrival date stamp of 26 August. This sold for £650.

TA unique type of combination cover, consisting of mixed Natal and Madagascar BIM frankings, was first highlighted (to this author’s knowledge) in the ‘Bill Hart’ Cavendish Auction of June 25/26, 1993. Login to read the full article in Journal December 2016.

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