ALBUM – Cape of Good Hope (Cape Colony) (1815 – 1910)

These are “virtual album pages” from the Dead Country collection of W. Michael Adkins. If interested in how they were made, go to the About This Site page. To link directly to the pdf file, click here.

Unless otherwise noted, numbers are from the Scott Catalogue.

8 Responses to ALBUM – Cape of Good Hope (Cape Colony) (1815 – 1910)

  1. Steve Burkey says:

    I went to your PDF site so that I could find out how you made the COGH album pages. I went to that site and it only showed the pages with your stamps on it. Please let me know how you made the pages. I am just starting and have only four triangles in my collection.

    • Michael says:

      Hi Steve, welcome to DCStamps. I don’t have a tutorial up on the site, however I have done one on Stamp Bears which goes through things in detail. You can find it HERE
      One of these days I will put together a document detailing the instructions specifically for posting on DCStamps.
      I can’t remember whether I included how to do “non-square stamps, but if you can’t find it, please let me know.
      Good Luck on your collection

  2. Paulo Salvado says:

    hi i think the first page have mistake in the year is not 1954 but 1854 ,
    great page you have , you make great job


    • Michael says:

      Hello Paulo
      Thank you for visiting DCStamps. You are correct it is a mistake and I will correct it, thank you for pointing it out. The Cape of Good Hope page is one of the very first pages I did for DCStamps, and it obviously in need of updating.

  3. Chris Whitehouse says:


    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I will do as you suggest as soon as I master the art of scanning stamps correctly :>)


  4. Chris Whitehouse says:

    Hi Michael,

    Very nice stamp collection. And a good reference for other collectors. I had a question about your Cape of Good Hope stamps. Stamps of 1884-1898 (beginning with Scott#41), you have listed as having a frame line around stamps and with watermark #16. I believe (and according to Scott Catalogue) these should be without the outer frame and close inspection of the stamps you have there, they also appear to be without the outer frame list. The reason that I am interested is that I have what appears to be a Scott#18, which does have the outer frame line, but has a watermark #16 (anchor) instead of watermark #1 (crown and CC). I can not find any stamps with the outer frame line that has the anchor watermark anywhere in the Scott Catalogue. Any thoughts? Any suggestions what this might be?


    • Michael says:

      Hi Chris
      Thanks for visiting.
      First – I relooked at my COGH album, and indeed I had mislabeled the 1884 set. It should be without the frame line. nice catch, I have changed it. I also found another error and have fixed that as well. I appreciate you letting me know. This was one of the earliest albums I made, so there are several things I will modify in the future.

      Second – I am unaware of any of the COGH stamps with the outer frame and an anchor watermark, but I don’t pretend to be an expert. I would suggest that you bring this up on, as there are several experts who can help. If you are not a member, join, introduce yourself in the introduction thread (as per the rules), then ask the question. They are often quite helpful.

      Thank you again for visiting, and feel free to leave a comment, question or suggestion anytime.

      • Chris Whitehouse says:

        Hi Michael,

        I just though I’d update you on what I have learned. I have been chatting with Greg Allan (expert on CGH stamps) about these stamps. Here’s what he said:

        “With the 6d Violet/Mauves, I think you’ll find that the 6d and the 1 Shiiling stamps never had the outer frame lines removed and occur in both Crown CC and Anchor watermarks, mine do.”

        And I recently posted the question on Stampboards:

        “Here’s what my SG lists:

        1864-77 (6d pale lilac with outer frame-line) wmk Crown CC
        1882 (6d mauve with outer frame-line) wmk Crown CA
        1884-90 (6d reddish purple with outer frame-line) wmk “Cabled anchor”

        It appears that the 6d all have the outer-frame line. The majority of the 1882-83 stamps lack the frame-line, as do the majority of the 1884-90 printings (the 1/- also have the outer frame-line

        1864-77 – SG25 pale lilac, SG25a deep lilac, SG26b violet
        1882 – SG 44 mauve
        1884 – SG 52 reddish purple, SG52a purple, SG52b bright mauve”

        Not to mention the clear “84” cancel on the stamp, which I really didn’t even pay attention to!

        Seems like in this case, having a SG catalogue would have helped to solve the mystery.

        Thanks for your help and interest,

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