St. Helena

The British Overseas Territory of St. Helena is a remote island located in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 1200 miles west of the coast of Africa. During the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), the British interned Boer prisoners of war here. Only one British type offical seal is known.



Catalog: Drummond OS1

Date issued: Unknown

Printing: Black

Perforation: 11 1/2

Inscription: "V. (crown) R. / FOUND / OPEN AND / OFFICIALLY / SEALED."

Control Number: "M.-No. 11." over line at upper right

Description: Registered 1901 cover that originally contained 2 cash from Krugersdorp, Transvaal to Mr. J. J. Martens, a Boer prisoner of war interned at Dead Wood Camp at St. Helena. Left edge resealed with single British post office seal, affixed at St. Helena when the letter was censored upon receipt at the island May 8th. Additional violet double oval "P.B.C. / Krugersdorp" censor on front.

This is the earliest of two recorded officially sealed covers from St. Helena.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

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