Cape of Good Hope - Griqualand West

Ref: K3882
  • £775.00

1881 envelope to Bermuda with three 4d, the outer two with Type 17 “ G” overprints and a third, the middle stamp with an unoverprinted Cape 4d, all cancelled by double oval DU TOIT’S PAN JA 20 81. Cape Town JA 25, London FE 15 and Hamilton, Bermuda, MR 16 81 transit and arrival cancels are on the back. Griqualand West merged with the Cape Colony in October 1880 and the overprinted stamps were returned to Cape Town. This usage of both overprinted and unoverprinted stamps used in Griqualand West after the merger with the Cape is extremely unusual and this is the first cover I have seen as such.