Eritrea is located in North East Africa. The former Italian colony (1890-1941) was administered by the British from 1941 until it became federated into Ethiopia in 1952. Eritrea became independent in May 1993. Eritrean seals are very scarce on cover. No current seal types are known.


Date issued: Unknown, EKU August 14, 1948

Printing: Black on brown 2" wide kraft tape

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "Bilingual English/French "G. (crown) R. / GENERAL POST OFFICE / Found open or damaged / and officially Secured."

Control Number: "P 48 B" at upper right & "51-1608" at lower right

Description: 1948 registered British Military Occupation of Eritrea cover to Mogadishu, Somalia apparently sent unsealed, and secured on reverse with two British tape seals (Drummond Great Britain OS10t) at Asmara. Seals are tied by multiple strikes of a violet "Rag. Luciano Gasparini / Head Provincial Postmaster" marking as well as August 14th Asmara datestamps. A blue August 17th Mogadishu, Somalia arrival datestamp ties the tapes.

Lone known example of this seal on cover.

Catalog: Drummond OS1

Date issued: Unknown, EKU March 29, 1957

Printing: Black on laid buff

Perforation: 11 horizontally

Inscription: "BRITISH ADMINISTRATION ERITREA / POST AND TELECOMNS. DEPT. / Found Open or Damaged / and officially secured." with British coats of arms at top

Control Number: none

Description: Registered 1957 parcel wrapper from Cairo, Egypt to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia repaired in transit at Asmara with an Eritrean official seal. Seal is tied by a 29 March Asmara datestamp. Eritrea was was not fully integrated into Ethiopia until 1962, so the seal was apparently used from leftover stocks.

The is also the only recorded on cover use of this design to date.

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