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                Cape of Good Hope History
                The first European to reach the cape was the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, who named it the "Cape of Storms" (Cabo das Tormentas). It was later renamed by John II of Portugal as "Cape of Good Hope" (Cabo da Boa Esperan├ža) because of the great optimism engendered by the opening of a sea route to India and the East.
                The land around the cape was home to the Khoikhoi people when the Dutch first settled there in 1652. The Khoikhoi had arrived in these parts about fifteen hundred years before. They were called Hottentots by the Dutch, a term that has now come to be regarded as pejorative. Dutch colonial administrator Jan van Riebeeck established a resupply camp for the Dutch East India Company some 50 km north of the cape in Table Bay on 6 April 1652 and this eventually developed into Cape Town. Supplies of fresh food were vital on the long journey around Africa and Cape Town became known as "The Tavern of the Seas".
                On 31 December 1687 a community of Huguenots arrived at the Cape from the Netherlands. They had escaped to the Netherlands from France in order to flee religious persecution there, examples of these are Pierre Joubert who came from La Motte-d'Aigues for religious reasons. The Dutch East India Company needed skilled farmers at the Cape of Good Hope and the Dutch Government saw opportunities for the Huguenots at the Cape and sent them over. The colony gradually grew over the next 150 years or so until it stretched for hundreds of kilometres to the north and north-east.
                The United Kingdom invaded and occupied the Cape Colony in 1795 The First Occupation but relinquished control of the territory in 1803. However, British forces returned on 19 January 1806 and occupied the Cape once again The Second Occupation The territory was ceded to the UK in the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1814 and was henceforth administered as the Cape Colony. It remained a British colony until incorporated into the independent Union of South Africa in 1910. The Portuguese government erected two navigational beacons, Dias Cross and Da Gama Cross, to commemorate Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias as explorers who as mentioned were the first explorers to reach the cape. When lined up, the crosses point to Whittle Rock, a large, permanently submerged shipping hazard in False Bay.

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                Cape of Good Hope the first triangular stamps

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                Cape of Good Hope the first triangular stamps

                Cape of Good Hope the first triangular stamps
                Stamps were first issued by the colony on 1 September 1853. The two stamps that were issued were a one penny in brick-red and a four pence in blue. They were printed by Messrs Perkins, Bacon & Co in London. The original die for these stamps was cut by William Humphrys an engraver employed by Perkins Bacon. Sheets of a special hand-made paper, measuring 282 mm by 536 mm, were used to print 240 stamps per sheet. The stamps were issued imperforate. The rate of postage within the colony was 4d for a half ounce letter and 1d for a newspaper.
                On 18 February 1858 two new values became available a six pence and a one shilling. The six pence rate was for payment of half ounce letters to Great Britain and the one shilling rate was for some foreign countries. On 15 September 1860 the rate for local letters in Cape Town was reduced to 1d and a similar reduction was made in Port Elizabeth on 1 May 1861.
                On 1 April 1963 the rate to Great Britain was increased to one shilling if sent by mail packet and reduced to four pence if sent by private vessels.
                Cape of Good Hope the Wood-Blocks
                In 1861, due to a shortage of one penny and four pence stamps, a local printer, Messrs Saul Solomon & Co, was instructed to provide a supply of one penny and four pence stamps and these were issued in February 1861. It later transpired that a consignment of stamps from London had arrived on 5 May 1860, that bills of lading went astray and it was a year later that the cases with the stamps were claimed.

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                in store selection of Inverted Center Stamps

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                1) There is a bunch of 6 “Grapes” between the lower corner and the “C” of CAPE.
                2) Look for the “Rainbow Hill” of the lines between the lower right corner and the last letter value.
                3) Find the ”Boomerangs” in the background engraving, above Hopes right arm, behind Hope and above the anchor. Look for 3 points that form the boomerang.
                4) There is a bunch of 7 “Grapes” between the lower right corner and the “E” of HOPE.
                5) Look for the “Square Fishing Net with Cross” of lines between the lower corner and the “P” of POSTAGE
                6) The 3 corner “Florette’s” al have bulls eyes in them.

                How to identify Secret Engraving Marks

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                How to see the Watermark


                It’s not always easy to spot the watermark, especially if there is still some paper or hinge attached. There are special machines to see the mark, but usually angle the stamp against a matt black background until the light shines at the right angle and you can see it.

                Another way is to soak the stamp (don’t soak the mint one), in clean water and watching carefully you can often see the watermark appears as the stamp soaks itself.

                Cape of good hope stamps Watermark
                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp Variations
                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d. 1853

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d. 1853 printed by Perkins and Bacon

                Paper deeply blued

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                1 Pale Brick red                                       Unused £3750 Used £300
                1a Deep Brick red                                   
                Unused £5000 Used £325
                1b Watermark Sideways                                                 Used £400

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 4d. 1853

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 4d. 1853 printed by Perkins and Bacon

                Paper deeply blued

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                2 Deep Blue                                            Unused £2250 Used £160
                2a Watermark Sideways                          Unused £3000 Used £250

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d. 1853

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d. 1853 printed by Perkins and Bacon

                Paper less blued

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                3 Brick red                                            Unused £3000 Used £200
                3a Brown red                                        Unused £3250 Used £225
                3b Watermark Sideways                                             Used £325

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 4d. 1853

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 4d. 1853 printed by Perkins and Bacon

                Paper less blued

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                4 Deep Blue                                           Unused £1300 Used £110
                4a Blue                                                  Unused £1400 Used £150
                4b Watermark Sideways                                               Used £275

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d. 1855-63

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d. 1855-63 printed by Perkins and Bacon

                Paper creem

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                5 Brick red 1857                                       Unused £5000 Used £900
                5a Rose 1858                                           Unused £450 Used £200
                5a Rose (H/S “CANCELED” in oval)                                Used £17000
                5ab Watermark Sideways                                              Used £425
                5b Rose red                                              Unused £650 Used £250
                5ba Watermark Sideways                                              Used £425

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 4d. 1855-63

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 4d. 1855-63 printed by Perkins and Bacon

                Paper white

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                6 Deep Blue                                                Unused £650 Used £50
                6a Blue                                                       Unused £475 Used £50
                6a Blue (H/S “CANCELED” in oval)                                    Used £17000
                6b Bisected (on cover)                                                      Used £35000
                6c Watermark Sideways                                                   Used £170

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 6d. 1855-63

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 6d. 1855-63

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 6d. 1855-63 printed by Perkins and Bacon then De La Rue

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:

                Paper white

                7 Pale Rose Lilac                                         Unused £800 Used £200
                7 (H/S “CANCELED” in oval)                                              Used £13000
                7a Watermark Sideways                                                   Used £900
                7b Deep rose lilac                                        Unused £1700 Used £300

                Paper Blued

                7c Slate Lilac (1862)                                     Unused £4250 Used £450
                7d Slate purple (1863)                                   Unused £3500 Used £1000
                7e Bisected (on cover)                                                        Used £-----

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1shilling 1855-63

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1shilling 1855-63
                printed by Perkins and Bacon then De La Rue

                Paper white

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                8 Bright yellow green                                          Unused £2750 Used £180
                8  (H/S “CANCELED” in oval)                                                    Used £17000
                8a Watermark Sideways                                                          Used £9006
                8b Deep dark green (1859)                                   Unused £275 Used £500

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                Cape of Good Hope Stamps

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamps1861 Unofficially rouleted

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:

                9 1d Brick red                                                                           Used £3000
                10 4d Blue                                                                                Used £2250
                11 6d Rose lilac                                                                        Used £1500
                12 1s Bright yeallow green                                                         Used £3250
                12a 1s Deep dark green                                                             Used £3500

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d. 1861 Wood Block

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d. 1861 Wood Block local provisional

                Paper Laid not watermarked

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                13 Vermilion (27 February)                                   Unused £14000 Used £2250
                13a Carmine (7 March)                                        Unused £24000 Used £3000
                13b Brick red (10 April)                                        Unused £35000 Used £4250
                13c Error. Pale milky blue                                  Unused £150000 Used £28000
                13ca Error. Pale bright blue                                                         Used £30000

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 4d. 1861 Wood Block

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 4d. 1861 Wood Block local provisional

                Paper Laid  not watermarked

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                14 Pale milky blue (23 February)                               Unused £20000 Used £1700
                14a Pale grey blue (March ?)                                    Unused £21000 Used £1700
                14aa Retouch or repair to right hand corner                                       Used £6500
                14b Pale bright blue (March ?)                                  Unused £21000 Used £2000
                14ba Retouch or repair to right hand corner                                       Used £6500
                14c Deep bright blue (12 April)                                  Unused £95000 Used £4500
                14d Blue                                                                 Unused £25000 Used £3000
                14e Error. Vermilion                                               Unused £150000 Used £40000
                14ea Error. Carmine                                                                        Used £95000
                14f Sideways Tete-Beche pair                                                          Used £120000

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d 1863-64

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d 1863-64
                printed by De La Rue from the Perkins and Bacon plates

                Paper white

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                18 Deep carmine red 1864                                       Unused £170 Used £225
                18a Watermark Sideways                                        Unused £300 Used £300
                18b Deep brown red                                                 Unused £375 Used £250
                18ba Watermark Sideways                                       Unused £500 Used £300
                18c Brownish red                                                     Unused £375 Used £225
                18ca Watermark Sideways                                       Unused £500 Used £275

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 4d 1863-64

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 4d 1863-64
                printed by De La Rue from the Perkins and Bacon plates

                Paper white

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                19 Deep blue 1864                                                     Unused £170 Used £55
                19a Blue                                                                   Unused £180 Used £65
                19b Slate blue                                                         Unused £2000 Used £500
                19c Steel blue                                                         Unused £2000 Used £250
                19d Watermark Sideways                                          Unused £500 Used £180

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 6d 1863-64

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 6d 1863-64
                printed by De La Rue from the Perkins and Bacon plates

                Paper white

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                20 Bright mauve 1864                                             Unused £225 Used £450
                20a Watermark Sideways                                                           Used £1200

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1s 1863-64

                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1s 1863-64
                printed by De La Rue from the Perkins and Bacon plates

                Paper white

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                21 Bright emerald green                                          Unused £400 Used £450
                21a Pale emerald green                                          Unused £1000

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                Cape of Good Hope Triangular Stamp 1d 1863-64
                printed by De La Rue from the Perkins and Bacon plates

                Paper white

                Stanley Gibbons catalog price and No.:
                22 Deep carmine red                                               Unused £22000

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