South African Republic

The South African Republic (Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek) became a state in the Union of South Africa in 1910. Also known as Transvaal, this Boer republic fought two wars against the British, the second one beginning in 1899. One official seal from the South African Republic was issued.



Catalog: Drummond OS1, Snowden & Hepworth Type 1

Date issued: Unknown, EKU September 21, 1899

Printing: Black

Perforation: 11-1/2

Inscription: Afrikaans "Postdepartement, Z. A. Republiek / Ambtshalve Gesloten. ("Officially Closed")"

Control Number: "(P. No 30.)" inside frame at lower left

Description: October 1899 cover from Johannesburg, South African Republic to Fort Beaufort, Cape Colony with single official seal, used at Johannesburg, affixed at right. Fort Beaufort receiving cancel of October 17th on reverse.

This is a provisional usage at the very start of the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) of a "repair" seal for censorship purposes. The label was replaced with true censor seals at Johannesburg on October 15th.

One of only two recorded Johannesburg usages of this seal, the other being used on Oct 12th.

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