|Suit:||Jack of Hearts|
|Country:||Cape of Good Hope|
|Name:||Woodblock Triangle, Tete-beche pair|
|Denomination:||4 pence & one penny|
|Description:||Woodblock 4 pence error of color. The 4 pence should have been printed from the blue plate. A shipment of the 1 penny red and the 4 pence blue triangles from London was mislaid causing a shortage. Emergency measures were taken by Sir George Grey, Governor of Cape of Good Hope. Grey contracted a local printer, Saul Solomon, who was inexperienced with stamps. Solomon had a very short time in which to produce these issues. The stamps were made from engraved metal plates clamped together with blocks of wood, hence the name 'woodblock.' The resulting product was crudely printed, and Solomon had unknowingly switched the color plates of the 4 pence triangles. Cape of Good Hope triangles have a unique appeal, and were collected (even hoarded) in the early days of philately.|
|Cancel marks:||Red grid cancel|
|Catalog:||Scott 7a & 9g|
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