Basutoland / Cape of Good Hope 1880 Gun War

Ref: G5501
  • £1275.00

1880 GUN WAR. A cover to Cape Town endorsed On Active Service From L. Corporal G G Mann D.E.O.V.R. (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles) and countersigned by 2nd Lt W A Curry. An indistinct Aliwal North transit and Cape Town NO 13 80 arrival cancels on the back. The GUN WAR was also known as the Basutoland Rebellion and was a conflict between the Basuto and the Cape Colony. It lasted from 13 September 1880 to 29 April 1881. It ended in a Basuto victory as they were allowed to keep their guns! The Cape's casualties during the war totalled 94 killed and 112 wounded. A fine cover from this rare war. (Ex Gerald Sattin)