Cape Of Good Hope

The Cape Of Good Hope, also called Cape Colony, issued its first postage stamps in 1853. Four different official seals have been recorded. All are scarce on cover. Cape Colony became part of the Union of South Africa on May 31, 1910.



Catalog: Drummond OS2a

Date issued: 1894, EKU December 8, 1900

Printing: Black

Perforation: 12 (rough)

Inscription: "FOUND OPEN AND OFFICIALLY CLOSED / IN THE POST OFFICE."

Control Number: "W.A.R. & Sons. 2,000 A3408.6.94." at lower left and "G.P.O. 882. / P. 180." at upper right

Description: 1900 cover from Seymour, Cape of Good Hope to Bulawayo, Rhodesia with single Cape of Good Hope official seal with violet straightline "SEYMOUR" handstamp affixed to reverse. Letter was "Received open." Bulawayo receiving cancel ties seal.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.



Catalog: Drummond OS2

Date issued: 1894, EKU May 9, 1901

Printing: Black

Perforation: 12 (rough)

Inscription: "FOUND OPEN AND OFFICIALLY CLOSED / IN THE POST OFFICE."

Control Number: "W.A.R. & Sons." at lower left and "G.P.O. 882. / P. 180." at upper right

Description: 1901 cover from Springfontein, Orange Free State to Green Point, Cape Town with similar type Cape seal, without the "2,000 A3408.6.94." inscription at bottom, applied over British "OPENED UNDER MARTIAL LAW." censor seal.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

For further information on the Anglo-Boer War, as well as other war related items, please also see the Great Britain, Natal, and Orange River Colony sections.

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