New Zealand

New Zealand has issued 21 different official seals, in a wide variety of designs. A few types illustrating the range are shown. Four different Dead Letter Office labels are also recorded.



Catalog: Drummond OS3

Date issued: Unknown. EKU May 25, 1893

Printing: Black

Perforation: 12

Inscription: "NEW ZEALAND. / V. (coat of arms) R. / FOUND OPEN." with "THE OFFICER CLOSING THIS MUST / SIGN HIS NAME IN THE CENTRE" inside ellipse / "OFFICIALLY SEALED."

Control Number: None

Description: 1899 cover from the United States to Auckland, New Zealand with horizontal pair of 2nd type New Zealand official seals affixed over top edge with another applied at left.

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.






Catalog: Drummond OS8

Date issued: Unknown, EKU March 23, 1915

Printing: Blue

Perforation: 10 horizontally

Inscription: "DOMINION OF NEW ZEALAND. / OFFICIALLY SEALED. / This cover was found ... in the Post Office ... / and this label was attached to secure it. / By ..., Post Officer." with crown over "POST OFFICE" in upper corners

Control Number: "P.O. 134." at lower left

Description: Badly damaged 1915 cover from England to Auckland repaired at top right with long New Zealand officially sealed label torn in thirds. Octagonal violet "N.Z. / AUCKLAND / 14 MAY 15 / UNCLAIMED", magenta boxed "RETURNED FROM / ................", and "NOT KNOWN BY / LETTER-CARRIERS, / AUCKLAND." auxiliary markings on front. Blue Auckland DLO circular datestamp of 27 May on reverse.

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