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15 [1895 "10 / CENTS / 1895" surcharge on 50 cent Bicolor design] (VF+) solo use on beautiful 29 October 1909 registered cover from ST. THOMAS to the British Colony island country Montserrat, with "ST. KITTS" transit postmark on the reverse. Very clearly struck violet ST. THOMAS registry handstamp. Very neat and attractive in all respects. Addressed to "Rev. S. Meister" at Montserrat; however, his correct initial was L for Leonard. It has been confirmed that Reverend Meister was the Catholic priest on Montserrat from 1905 to 1910. It is known that Meister was a philatelist. With the St. Kitts transit postmark, we know that this cover has actually traveled through the mails. Whether it is of philatelic origin is not known to me, but it could easily be non-philatelic mailed to a philatelist as he bought stamps from many sources, and generally maintained a large correspondence, sent to him at his various church postings. There is a "cover hinge" (oversized stamp hinge) on the reverse that can be removed. Facit 2020 lists the solo use on cover at SEK 4000, however that is for either the basic foreign letter rate (the vast majority to the U.S. or Europe) or the domestic 3c rate plus 7c registration (seldom seen). However, this example is the 5c islands rate plus 5c registration, only possible starting 1 January 1902. This use in 1909 was after the 1905 conversion to Bits currency, however, the stamp remained valid (25 new bits = 5 old cents). As such, this is an extremely scarce use, rate, and destination. Most examples I have seen of this stamp on any type of covers are nowhere near this attractive. This example is certainly in the top echelon of quality and scarcity of use.
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