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23 Mar 2015
02:01:15pm
Cancel dated Ap 20, 1906. It appears to be from Port Louis. (see to 'POR' and the 'S') I did a google search and found similar cds cancels, but only with the letters 'A' or 'B' in them, none with a 'D' as this copy shows. Any info appreciated as to the 'D'. Have added it to my collection in the meantime.

Mike in NC / meostamps

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24 Mar 2015
09:41:31am
re: Mauritius SC# 100 1895 4c Black & Carmine on Blue Paper with Pillar Box cancel

It's worth retaining as it does appear to be scarce. After considerable digging, I came up with one other example in this expired eBay listing, the first stamp in the lower row. Further information would require a dive in a philatelic library. Nice find for you.

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24 Mar 2015
10:21:13am
re: Mauritius SC# 100 1895 4c Black & Carmine on Blue Paper with Pillar Box cancel

Hi Chris. Thanks for your response and your digging. I will continue my search for info on the pillar box system in Port Louis.

I can imagine that the pillar boxes cds' from the 'A' & 'B' boxes that I have seen were from ones located closer to the main post office and per the dates on them were the 1st ones established. As the town grew, the need for additional boxes would have grown and thus letters 'C' (maybe, have not seen one as yet) and the 'D' box, which my example was deposited in. I have not seen any examples with other letters.

Thanks again.

Mike in NC / meostamps

PS in a couple of weeks, this stamp would have been used 109 years ago.

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25 Sep 2017
02:47:52pm
re: Mauritius SC# 100 1895 4c Black & Carmine on Blue Paper with Pillar Box cancel

Great information to share thankyou from a pillar box collector...Thumbs Up

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Dodo
24 Jul 2018
11:50:06am
re: Mauritius SC# 100 1895 4c Black & Carmine on Blue Paper with Pillar Box cancel

Mike,

Just joined the Stamporama discussion forum.

Only just found your query on Mauritius Pillar Box cancel, after doing some "Google" searching for my area of interest, Mauritius. The code letters as they are known can be, as you have noticed either A, B, C or D. These corresponded to the time of day, letter A being the earliest and letter D used at the end of the day.

Not sure any particular letter is rarer than any other, although you would need a big sample to make any meaningful statement! I have however seen some with the letter D reversed.

I have some example Mauritian covers with various code letters, which I plan to scan and post a separate article once I have worked out how to do everything.

Now if you are looking for rarities, you want to find some of the rural pillar box cancellations. While those from Port Louis (the capital are common) those from Beau Bassin, Curepipe, Mahebourg, and Rose Hill are some of the rarest CDS.

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They can be recognised (even a part CDS) as the name of the town is at the bottom of the CDS, normal CDS have MAUITIUS at the base and town/village at the top.

Here is a Post Box, plus some background information on them...
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Eric (Dodo)

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Benque
24 Jul 2018
12:27:22pm
re: Mauritius SC# 100 1895 4c Black & Carmine on Blue Paper with Pillar Box cancel

Very interesting Eric.
Your post prompted me to do a quick check of my early Mauritius stamps, and I have a Scott #72, #80, #100, all with "Curepipe" at the top of the cancel, and a #132 with "Rose Hill" at the top.
I suppose this means nothing at all, as they are not pillar box cancels.

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