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26th May 1857

South African State 2

Nat1
natcom
nat8
  Natal Sc#1 South Africa
1990 commemorative
SG707
Natal Sc#8  

Description paper date of issue Scott # S.G. #
embossed in plain relief on coloured paper
1 penny
blue
September 1859
5 1
1d
rose
1859
6 2
1d
buff
1861
7 3
3d
rose
26th May 1857
1 4
6d
green
26th May 1857
2 5
9d
blue
26th May 1857
3 6
1 shilling
buff
26th May 1857
4 7
engraved, perforated
1 penny rose-red
?
1860
8 9
3d blue
?
1859
9 10

There is no SG8.

Postal services were organised from 1845 to 1850 by the Natal military garrison and by The Natal Witness newspaper, but these were supressed by the colonial government in 1850 which set up its own service from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, initially using hand-struck markings and in May 1857 introducing adhesive stamps. The first issues were embossed in relief on various colours of paper and thus do not reproduce well, but a 1990 South Africa commemorative shows the 1/- (Sc4, SG7) design and the image below is from an article published by the Natal Society.

Natal embossed
Natal embossed designs

The dies for the embossed stamps were engraved by William Wyon in London and the stamps struck by Messrs. May and Davis at the Natal Treasury in Pietermaritzburg.
Perkins Bacon produced printed stamps in 1859 using the Chalon portrait of Victoria against a vertical, engine-turned backgound.

Sources:
James Mackay, The World of Classic Stamps, 1972
Gibbons Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-52, 106th edn., 2003
Scott Classic, 10th edn., 2003
The Natal Society Foundation

Images from David Olson, ebay, The Natal Society.

FI ref: 67 Page credit: NB

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