Natal

Four different official seals (with 5 varieties) are known from Natal, a former British colony in South Africa. The issues of 1899 were originally intended to be used to repair damaged mails but were pressed into service as provisional censor seals upon the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War in October, 1899. The war ended on May 31, 1902 with the signing of the Peace Treaty of Vereeniging at Pretoria, Transvaal. Natal is now a province of the Republic of South Africa and is called KwaZulu Natal.



Catalog: Drummond OS3a, Snowden & Hepworth Type 1B

Date issued: 1898, EKU November 20, 1899

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "V. (crown) R. / OFFICIALLY SEALED IN THE / POST OFFICE at ....Natal"

Control Number: "G.P.O. - No. 94. - 10,000 - 98." at upper left

Description: Registered 1899 mourning cover from Lorenšo Marques, Mozambique to Durban, Natal censored at top with an imperforate black on white Natal officially sealed label, cancelled with black Durban datestamp of November 27.

Quantity of 10,000 of this seal printed.







Catalog: Drummond OS3b, Snowden & Hepworth Type 1C

Date issued: 1898, EKU November 27, 1899

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "V. (crown) R. / OFFICIALLY SEALED IN THE / POST OFFICE at ....Natal"

Control Number: "G.P.O. - No. 94. - 5,000 - 98." at upper left

Description: Opened 1899 cover from Johannesburg, Transvaal to Durban, Natal censored at top with a Natal officially seal, cancelled with black Durban datestamp of November 27. Also censored at Johannesburg with a pink Boer seal, Snowden & Hepworth Type 3.

5,000 printed.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

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