South Africa 1894 De La Rue Africa Essay Handpainted Proposal

  • 1894 De La Rue Minerva Head AFRICA Essay:
  • HANDPAINTED PROPOSAL with duty plate as 1d finally executed in green & chinese white upon a left marginal imperforate printed head plate in a gorgeous deep warm carmine.
  • The value tablet shows a horizontally LINED background, name field is inscribed Z AFR REPUBLIEK.
  • Accompanied by an imperforate example head plate only with blank duties, both on gummed unwatermarked paper.
  • VF, most attractive, an exceedingly rare developmental artwork thus.
  • De La Rue proposed this keyplate design to the Cape, OFS, Natal & Transvaal with the intention of making stamp production more economical. Agreement could not be reached with the Transvaal and OFS.

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