Into the Deep Blue
The Cape of Good Hope 1853-1864 Triangulars, one of the most iconic classical issues ever, deserves a space in every WW collectors album - don't you think?
Recently, I had the good fortune to obtain from a local dealer an accumulation collection of COGH triangles. The collection consisted of 46 stamps from 1853 Scott 1 1p brick red/ bluish paper to 1864 Scott 15 1sh emerald. They did not include the quite rare (and expensive) local "Woodblock" Scott 7, 9 issue of 1861. Therefore I will not cover the 1861 "Woodblock" stamps (not that I could afford to, anyway).
The COGH Triangular accumulation collection came with no catalog identification markers. That would be my job. And so, reader, I am taking you along for the ride!
First up are the four pence blue triangulars: There are some 24 specimens, and I choose 17 of them for a closer look - 9 of them for this post A, and 8 of them for the next post B.
We are going to learn by doing. Let's get started.