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This is not a cancel but an overprint: "Ord 22-85." overprint (succession rights fiscal stamps)
The first stamps were pencancelled
Also cork cancels were used.
Numeral cancels were used afterwards (each number corresponding to a different town).
"1" cancel with 11 parallel bars
Red and black numeral cancels consisting of a circle with a number surrounded by 16 parallel lines.
Numeral cancels with 11 parallel lines. If I'm well informed only the numbers "1" (Bloemfontein) and "20" onwards exist with 11 lines.
"B.E." cancel (for printed matter of the newspaper 'Bloemfontein Express')
Some numbers and their corresponding towns:
1: Bloemfontein (exists with 16 bars or 11 bars)
2: Winburg (in blue or black)
4: Fauresmith (16-barred)
13: Zand River
14: Edenburg (16-barred)
16: Wepener (16-barred); Brandfort?
21: Ventersburg (in black or red)
24: Heilbron (in black or red)
B.E.: Bloemfontein Express (different type 'B.E.' in square surrounded by bars forming an ellipse)
R: Bloemfontein (for registered mail)
Several numeral and letter cancels exist (in black or red color). I've seen the following letters (similar cancel as the numeral cancels shown above): "A" (in red), "R", "N" (in blue), "X" and "Y".
Other squarish cancels "FAURESMITH", "BLOEMFONTEIN" etc. I've also seen this cancel type for Ficksburg and Reitz.
Towncancels, here for Heilbron O.V.S. and Zastron with "O.V.S." at the bottom (with inverted 'Z'?)
Cicrular cancel without outer ring with "O.F.STATE" at the bottom.
Later cancels have "O.R.C." in the bottom instead of "O.V.S.". Here an example of Bloemfontein of 1902.
"POSTWISSEL KANTOOR BLOEMFONTEIN" (postwissel = money order)
"FIELD POST OFFICE BRITISH ARMY S.AFRICA" and "FIELD POST OFFICE B.O. BRITISH ARMY S.AFRICA"
Telegraphic cancel in an ellipse
Stamps with the following cancels are always forgeries (both stamp and cancel are forged):
A full sheet of Spiro forgeries, reduced size. Nine different kinds of cancellations were used here.