A framed picture of the Boer war Generals De la Rey, Botha and DeWet with OVS President Steijn and President Paul Kruger. Please note these are not original photos or postcards but prints of the originals. The frame measures 53cm x 49cm high. The Orange Free State (Dutch: Oranje Vrijstaat, Afrikaans: Oranje-Vrystaat, abbreviated as OVS) was an independent Boer sovereign republic in Southern Africa during the second half of the 19th century, which ceased to exist after it was defeated and surrendered to the British Empire at the end of the Second Boer War in 1902. It is the historical precursor to the present-day Free State province.