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THE ANGLO-BOER WAR, 1899-1902 R

FEATURING OCCUPATION AND SIEGE ISSUES

THE ANGLO-BOER WAR, 1899-1902 FEATURING OCCUPATION AND SIEGE ISSUES THE HARRY BIRKHEAD COLLECTION

THE HARRY BIRKHEAD COLLECTION

12 MARCH 2014

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STAMPS COINS BANKNOTES MEDALS BONDS & SHARES AUTOGRAPHS BOOKS WINES

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GROUP CHAIRMAN AND CEO Olivier D. Stocker YOUR SPECIALISTS STAMPS UK - Tim Hirsch Guy Croton David Parsons Nick Startup Neill Granger Paul Mathews Dominic Savastano Tom Smith Ian Shapiro (Consultant) USA - George Eveleth Richard Debney EUROPE - Guido Craveri Fernando Martínez CHINA - Anna Lee COINS UK - Mike Veissid Paul Dawson Richard Bishop William MacKay Eleanor Charlotte Dix Tim Robson Edouard Wyngaard Barbara Mears John Pett USA - Stephen Goldsmith Greg Cole CHINA - Kin Choi Cheung BANKNOTES, BONDS & SHARES UK - Barnaby Faull Mike Veissid Andrew Pattison Monica Kruber USA - Stephen Goldsmith EUROPE - Peter Christen CHINA - Paul Pei Po Chow Kelvin Cheung ORDERS, DECORATIONS, MEDALS & MILITARIA UK - Mark Quayle Oliver Pepys BOOKS UK - Philip Skingley Jennifer Mulholland AUTOGRAPHS USA - Stephen Goldsmith WINES CHINA - Anna Lee Guillaume Willk-Fabia YOUR EUROPE TEAM (LONDON - LUGANO) Chairman’s Office Charles Blane Directors Tim Hirsch Anthony Spink Auction & Client Management Team Miroslava Adusei-Poku Edward Rivers Luca Borgo Rita Ariete Dora Szigeti John Winchcombe Kenichiro Imase María Martínez Maurizio Schenini Finance Alison Bennet Marco Fiori Mina Bhagat Dennis Muriu Billy Tumelty Dean Dowdall IT & Administration Berdia Qamarauli Leszek Woronowicz Liz Cones Curlene Spencer Tom Robinson Cristina Dugoni Giacomo Canzi

SALE CALENDAR 2014 STAMPS 12 March 13 March 22 March 14 April 29 April 14 May 7 June 20 September

The Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902 Featuring Occupation and Siege Issues The Harry Birkhead Collection The “Foxley” Collections of British Guiana and British Honduras The Collector’s Series Sale The Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer Collection of Great Britain The Collector’s Series Sale Specialised Great Britain Stamp Sale The Collector’s Series Sale The Collector’s Series Sale

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THE ANGLO-BOER WAR, 1899-1902 FEATURING OCCUPATION AND SIEGE ISSUES THE HARRY BIRKHEAD COLLECTION

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Extensions Please see important changes to our Terms and Conditions for Buyers in regard to Extensions published at the back of this catalogue. Prospective buyers who wish to obtain an expert opinion on any lot (other than a mixed lot or lot containing undescribed stamps) are requested to notify Spink in writing not less than forty-eight hours before the time fixed for the commencement of the first session of the sale. If accepted by Spink, such request shall have the same effect as notice of an intention to question the genuineness or description of the lot for the purposes of Condition 3.4 of our Terms and Conditions for Buyers. Notice of a request for an expert opinion must give the reason why such is required and specify the identity of the expert which will be subject to the agreement of Spink. All lots for which Certificates of Authenticity are desired must be submitted by Spink to the Expert Committee for choice.

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Notes Concerning Descriptions GUM: Original gum should be expected on unused stamps where appropriate, unless stated otherwise in the description: mint unused with original gum showing slight disturbance caused by previous hinge, which may be present in part or entirely removed part original gum unused with original gum significantly disturbed or heavily hinged unmounted mint original gum as issued unused without gum COVERS: Should be expected to have minor nicks and tears usually from opening. Folded letters or covers normally have one or two file folds. These are not described unless of an exceptional nature and are not grounds for return. entire letter complete as sent with comments still attached to the outer address portion entire the outer portion of a folded letter but without contents cover an envelope

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HARRY BIRKHEAD

Harry Birkhead RDPSA FRPSL (1931-2013), Honorary Life President of the Philatelic Federation of South Africa, honorary life member of the Anglo-Boer War Philatelic Society and a handful of other philatelic organisations, was a top collector, researcher and exhibitor of Anglo-Boer War philately and postal history. He formed the finest and most comprehensive collection of mail relating to the sieges of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) and the local or ‘town’ stamp issues of the war ever brought together. Many of the covers and stamps in the Birkhead collection are the only ones recorded – and the philatelic recording of these items started more than a century ago, while the war in South Africa was still on. Indeed, the provenance of some of these elusive items can be traced back a hundred years. Harry Birkhead himself contributed immensely to our knowledge of Anglo-Boer War philately. He was the coauthor of a series of ‘definitive’ works published by the Philatelic Federation of South Africa: The Wherewithal of Wolmaransstad (1999), The Pseudo-Siege of Scheizer-Reneke (2005), The Riddle of Rustenburg (2007) and The Legacy of Lydenburg (2008). A fifth book co-authored by him is due for publication during 2014. This deals with the ‘Kuruman Besieged’ stamps, the Vryburg ‘VR Special Post’ issue and the Zeerust Revenues. Rare items from the Birkhead collection also feature in other books published by the Philatelic Federation, on the Machadodorp cards, the ZAR’s last stamps (Pietersburg) and the first stamps of the war (the Vryburg ZAR overprints). The collection was awarded several international gold medals, the most recent being at London 2010. Harry Birkhead has the distinction of having exhibited at London in 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010, a record five times. Joh Groenewald 3


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thE harry bIrKhEad COLLECtIOn

Order of Sale Sale commences at 10.00 a.m. Lots BOER FORCES MAIL

1-5

COMMANDO BRIEF LABELS

6-10

BOER INVASION OF CAPE COLONy

11-21

BOER INVASION OF VRyBuRG

22-28

BOER INVASION OF NATAL

29-61

BOER MEDICAL SERVICES

62-63

MACHADODORP POSTCARDS

64-65

PIETERSBuRG

66-68

BOER CIVILIAN MAIL

69-70

ERMELO AND CAROLINA LOCAL POST STAMPS

71-75

PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL

76-87

BRITISH FORCES MAIL

88-90

COLONIAL CONTINGENTS

91-104

RHODESIAN FIELD FORCE

105-106

DOuGLAS AND SuRROuNDING TOWNS

107-111

KIMBERLEy

112-118

KuRuMAN

119-145

LADySMITH

146-156

LyDENBuRG

157-161

MAFEKING

162-244

RuSTENBuRG

245-295

VOLKSRuST

296-299

VRyBuRG

300-314

WEPENER

315-322

WOLMARANSSTAD

323-413

ZEERuST

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March 12, 2014 - LOndOn Note: All buyers must read the notes concerning requests for Extensions printed on page 2 of this catalogue. The Terms of that notice must be complied with fully under all circumstances. Please note that bidders who acquire lots on the-saleroom.com will have a fee of 3% on the hammer price added to their invoice for using this facility. Spink is pleased to continue to offer our brand new on-line bidding platform Spink Live for no charge through www.spink.com.

WEDNESDAY 12 MARCH 2014 Commencing at 10.00 a.m. BOER FORCES MAIL x1

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1899 (26 Dec.) unstamped “Commando Dienst” envelope from Jacobsdal to Bloemfontein with Stats Veld Kornet cachet used to authorise non-stamped letters, and 1900 (9 Feb.) unstamped “Veltdienst” envelope from Wolvaarts to P.W. Dreyer serving under Gen. Potgieter at Modder River, Johannesburg transit c.d.s. (9.2) on reverse, only six days before the relief of Kimberley; also 1899 (21 Dec.) O.F.S. 11⁄ 2 d. on 2d. stationery card from Jacobsdal to Germany showing “POSTMEESTER GENERAAL” oval censor cachet and written nine days after Gen. Methuen’s defeat at Magersfontein. An interesting trio

£100-120

1900 (30 Mar.) unstamped envelope to Bethlehem, O.F.S., marked “Veldt dienst” and showing a fine strike of the very rare “P.K. Gn Burger Lâgér,/30 Mart. 1900” handstamp in violet (one of only three recorded examples), the reverse endorsed “Am not sure if I haven’t addressed some of your letters to Heilbron” and with Johannesburg (1.4) and Bethlehem (4.4) c.d.s.; also large piece bearing 1d. (3) cancelled by “Gnl Burger Lgr,/13 Mart. 1900” handstamp in violet (the earliest recorded date of use and only example recorded cancelling adhesives) with a further strike alongside and superb boxed “STOPPED By CENSOR/RETuRN TO SENDER” handstamp. Photo

£400-500

Note: General Burger’s lager was at Mpuke Pass west of Glencoe. He was positioned here in the Biggarsberg Mountains after the Boer retreat from Ladysmith PROVENANCE:

Bill Hart, June 1993 x3



1900 (21 Apr.) postcard to Germany, bearing 1d. rose-red and green cancelled by a light strike of the very rare “P.K./FOuRIE’S Lâgér/21 April 1900” handstamp in violet (one of only three examples recorded and the only example recorded cancelling a stamp), taxed with octagonal-framed “T/15/CENTIMES” handstamp and also showing Pretoria (24.4) and Stralsuna (27.5) c.d.s. The only recorded item of taxed mail from Mpuke Pass. Photo

£300-400

Note: General Burger requested leave at the end of March 1900. Commandant Fourie was promoted to General to replace him PROVENANCE:

Bill Hart, June 1993 Photos appear on page 7

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1900 (25 Jan.) “Veld Dienst” envelope from Dewetsdorp to a Leon Zeilder under Commandant Viljoen on the Tugela River front, bearing O.F.S. 1d. tied by c.d.s. and showing a fine strike of the “Veld-Post./G.F.FLEISCHER,/DuITSCH& JOHANNESBuRG/COMMANDOS.” datestamp for 1 February, Bloemfontein and Hoofdlager (1.2) c.d.s. on reverse; the envelope with a couple of faults at upper left though a fine example of ingoing mail to the main battle front. Photo

£100-120

1900 (18 May) unstamped “Veld Dienst” envelope to P.O. Hibernia showing a superb strike of the “JOHANNESBuRG COMMANDO/VELDPOSTMEESTER/G.F. Fleischer.” “cogwheel” oval cachet in violet, Volksrust (18.5) and Johannesburg (19.5) c.d.s. on reverse, some foxing otherwise fine, and (25 May) damaged “Velddienst” envelope to Jeppesdorp with a fine strike of the cachet in blue-violet. A rare handstamp with only eight examples recorded, and an interesting pair illustrating the first and last dates known. Photo

£300-400

PROVENANCE:

Bill Hart, June 1993 for first Kenneth Griffith, March 2003 for first Boer War Centenary Sale, October 1999 for second

COMMANDO BRIEF MILITARY FRANK STAMPS Unused x6

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A complete sheet of twenty (5x4, less the lower margin) illustrating the five constant varieties, large part original gum; foxing on reverse and some perfs. severed and reinforced. Fine appearance and a rare multiple. S.G. M1, £520+

£150-200

Used x7

A selection (17), one cancelled with barred oval “252” of Modder River, the others with c.d.s. of Aliwal North, Barkly West (6 with all five types represented), Bloemfontein, Burghersdorp, Jacobsdal, Modder River (4, two with broken circle), Rouxville and Spytfontein; faults in places though of generally fine appearance. S.G. M1, £935

£200-250

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1899 (24 Oct.) envelope from Modder River to Bloemfontein, bearing a marginal example (some foxing around perfs.) placed inverted and cancelled with broken circle datestamp, Jacobsdal c.d.s. (26.10) below, despatch and arrival (30.10) c.d.s. on reverse. Photo

£120-150

1899 (31 Oct.) envelope (some foxing) from Modder River to Brandfort, the label neatly cancelled with despatch c.d.s. (broken circle type) and additionally with Jacobsdal c.d.s. (2.11) in transit, arrival c.d.s. (6.11) on reverse. Photo

£100-120

1899 (13 Nov.) envelope (small imperfections) to Bloemfontein, showing Commanding Officer’s endorsement largely covered over by the label cancelled by Spytfontein c.d.s. and with Jacobsdal transit c.d.s. at upper right, arrival c.d.s. (14.11) on reverse. Photo

£150-200

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BOER INVASION OF CAPE COLONY Aliwal North x11



1900 (3 Feb.) 1⁄ 2 d. red card to Queenstown, Cape Colony, cancelled by c.d.s. and showing Bloemfontein c.d.s. (5.2), “POSTMEESTER GENERAAL” oval censor cachet, Durban c.d.s. (23.2), boxed “STOPPED By CENSOR/RETuRN TO SENDER” cachet in violet and Returned Letter Office Natal c.d.s. (1.3); a scarce commercial card. Photo

£100-120

Barkly East x12



1900 (10 Jan.) from the Landsklerk to “Aliwal North O.V.S.”, the printed O.H.M.S. heading deleted and replaced with manuscript “Oranje Vry Staat Dienst” and bearing O.F.S. 1d. cancelled by c.d.s., arrival c.d.s. on reverse; a scarce commercial cover. Photo

£100-120

PROVENANCE:

Kenneth Griffith, March 2003 Colesberg x13



1899 (19 Dec.) OHMS envelope to utrecht, posted unpaid and endorsed “Veld Dienst” with Colesberg squared-circle datestamp at upper right, Transvaal 1d. (3) applied at upper left and cancelled at Pretoria (21.12), “POSTMEESTER GENERAL” oval censor cachet in blue at centre and with arrival c.d.s. (13.2), the reverse with Bloemfontein (22.12), Pretoria and arrival c.d.s.; a most unusual cover with overseas postage added in transit. Photo

£150-200

PROVENANCE:

Kenneth Griffith, March 2003 x14



1900 (12 Feb.) envelope “Via Delagoa Bay” from Dr. Mangold’s Volunteer German Red Cross to Berlin, bearing O.F.S. 1d. purple (3) cancelled by squared-circle datestamp and with “POSTMEESTER GENERAAL” censor cachet at foot, the reverse with senders endorsement, Pretoria (17.2) and arrival (30.3) c.d.s.; most unusual. Photo

£120-150

Kimberley x15

1899 Transvaal 1⁄ 2 d. pair and 1d. on pieces tied by fine “HOOFD-LAGER/Kimberley, Z.A.R.” oval datestamps (28.12) in violet, and 1900 1⁄ 2 d. pair sharing complete “Hoofdlager, Z.A.R./KIMBERLEy” oval datestamp (1.1). Scarce with few strikes recorded, there being no direct rail links with Transvaal, posts being serviced through Jacobsdal to Bloemfontein

£120-150

Lady Grey x16



1899 (21 Dec.) envelope to a soldier at Stormberg Lager, bearing O.F.S. 1d. purple with c.d.s. and showing a further strike and Burghersdorp squared-circle datestamp (28.2) alongside, Aliwal North transit c.d.s. (23.12) on reverse; a fine commercial cover. Photo

£120-150

PROVENANCE:

Kenneth Griffith, September 2003 x17



1900 (18 Jan.) Cape 1⁄ 2 d. green card “via Lourenco Marques Delagoa Bay”, bearing O.F.S. 1d. purple with despatch c.d.s. and showing Aliwal North (20.1, cancelling the stamp impression), Bloemfontein (22.1) and arrival (13.2) c.d.s., and with a light strike of the “POSTMEESTER GENERAAL” oval censor cachet in blue

£120-150

PROVENANCE:

Boer War Centenary Sale, October 1999 x18



1900 (22 Mar.) outward half of Cape 1⁄ 2 d. green card, uprated with 1⁄ 2 d., to Germany, neatly cancelled and with Barmen arrival c.d.s. (15.4) at foot; also 1899 (Nov.) O.F.S. card “Via Lourenco Marques” to Durban showing Bloemfontein transit c.d.s. and Postmaster-General Arms cachet. An interesting pair

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1899 1⁄ 2 d. on piece cancelled by superb “HOOFD-LAGER./Mafeking, Z.A.R.” oval datestamp (20.12) in violet, and 1⁄ 2 d. and 2d. pairs each cancelled by fine “Hoofd-Lager, Z.A.R./MAFEKING.” oval datestamps (1.1). Scarce

£120-150

Venterstad x20



1900 (8 Jan.) envelope “via Delagoa Bay” to Port Elizabeth, bearing O.F.S. 1d. purple (foxing) cancelled by superb “450” barred oval with c.d.s. alongside c.d.s. which is covered by Cape Town “3d” tax handstamp, and with “POSTMEESTER GENERAAL” oval censor cachet in blue, Opened under Martial law censor label at top and on to reverse which shows Bloemfontein (1.11), Cape Town (1.2) and arrival (3.20 c.d.s.; an attractive commercial usage. Photo

£120-150

PROVENANCE:

Boer War Centenary Sale, October 1999 Balance x21



A selection with covers from Aliwal North (2), Barkly East (2), Burghersdorp, Colesburg (4, one unstamped with manuscript “Commando Dienst”) and Lady Grey (3), two with Post Telegrafen cachet addresses; also a selection of loose adhesives/pieces (16 items) with datestamps of Aliwal North, Barkley East or Colesberg datestamps

£100-120

BOER INVASION OF VRYBURG, BRITISH BECHUANALAND The town was occupied by the Boers from 18 October 1899 to 9 May 1900. Cape stamps found in the town were overprinted with the value and “Z.A.R.” x22

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1899-1900 envelopes (3), 1⁄ 2 d. green card and pieces (7) bearing a variety of values to 1/-, all cancelled by c.d.s. with “C.G.H.” excised, the envelopes (one with O.F.S. 1d. and Transvaal 1d.) routed through Schweizer-Reneke, the card from Dr. Leask to his daughter at Wolmaransstad used on 21 October (the first day of occupation) with three arrival c.d.s. on face. An attractive group

£200-250

1899 (14 Oct.) envelope to Mossel Bay sent out on the last post before the Boers occupied the town, bearing Cape 1d. with neat “VRyBuRG/C.G.H.” c.d.s. and taken to Kimberley by rail when Vryburg was evacuated, Kimberley c.d.s. (18.10) on reverse and held there until the town was relieved on 15 February 1900, arrival c.d.s. (25.2) alongside. Photo

£100-120

1899 (21 Oct.) envelopes (7) and 1⁄ 2 d. green card ex the Leask find, bearing a variety of Cape or Transvaal values to 10/- cancelled by c.d.s. with “C.G.H.” excised, all with arrival c.d.s., two on face. A clean and colourful lot

£250-300

1900 (30 Jan.) Standard Bank envelope to Lourenco Marques, bearing 1d. pair with c.d.s. and manuscript censor mark at top, the reverse with censor label, Johannesburg and arrival c.d.s.; also 1899 envelope (faults), complete with letter from A.J. de Wet, Assistant State Attorney, “via Schweizer-Reneke” to Vryburg with a request for the new V.R.I. stamps and “You remember telling me about the Daily Mail correspondent that came out of Mafeking via Vryburg just before we were there. Well he tried the same game again and we have got him safely lodged here. His papers were most interesting to go through, splendid illustration of the mendacious reports the English public is supplied with”. A most interesting pair

£120-150

PROVENANCE:

Bill Hart, June 1993 for first

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1900 (30 Jan.) unsealed envelope (vertical crease) “Via Lourcos Marques” to Orkney, Scotland, bearing 1⁄ 2 d. and 1d. (2) tied by c.d.s. with “C.G.H.” excised, censored by the assistant postmaster, then sealed and endorsed “Examined by me for P.M. Vburg W.M.” (translation), censor label at left and with various transit c.d.s. on reverse, and 1900 (7 Feb.) Standard Bank envelope to Pretoria, bearing 1d. similarly cancelled and with censor label at right, Klerksdorp and arrival c.d.s. on reverse

£100-120

1900 (2 May) piece bearing Transvaal commemorative 1d. cancelled by Vryburg c.d.s. with “C.G.H.” excised and with a superb strike of the “Veld-Post Z.A.R./VRIJBuRG.” oval datestamp in blue, and Transvaal 1⁄ 2 d. (2), 1d. (2), 2d. and 21⁄ 2 d. pairs each similarly cancelled for 6 May; an attractive group illustrating first and last day usages of this scarce cancellation

£80-100

1900 (5 May) stampless envelope to a soldier at Verteen Stroom showing a superb strike of the “Veld-Post Z.A.R./VRIJBuRG.” oval datestamp in blue, not able to be delivered as Fourteen Streams had already been occupied by the British; partially split vertical crease at centre, otherwise fine and very rare, being one of only three examples of this datestamp recorded on cover. Photo

£500-600

PROVENANCE:

Kenneth Griffith, March 2003

BOER INVASION OF NATAL Charlestown x29 ័

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A selection of pieces/loose adhesives (8 items) showing various handstamps comprising oval-framed “CHARLESTOWN,/Z.A.R.” datestamp (3, one in red), oval-framed “Veld-Post, Z.A.R./CHARLESTOWN” (2, one on O.F.S. 21⁄ 2 d.), “CHARLESTOWN.VPK ZAR” (2, one with “V” and “K” letters missing) and “CHARLESTOWN/30 MEI 1900” late use datestamp used shortly before the Boer retreat back across the border

£100-120

1899 (13 Oct.) “Velddienst” envelope from a member of the “Holl Vryw Corps” (Hollander Voluntary Corps.) to Pretoria, showing a fine strike of the “VELDDIENST” handstamp in violet and with Volksrust c.d.s. below, arrival c.d.s. (16.1) on reverse. A rare handstamp with only five examples recorded. Photo

£250-300

Note: Commandant G. Lombard led the Hollander Corps into Natal at Charlestown on the morning of 13 October

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1899 (Nov.) envelope to Johannesburg, bearing Transvaal 1⁄ 2 d. green vertical pair sharing a light strike of the “V.P.K./CHARLESTOWN” handstamp in violet then forwarded to Volksrust and twice cancelled by c.d.s. (21.1), arrival c.d.s. (22.11) on reverse; envelope with minor soiling though a scarce cancellation. Photo

£150-200

1899 (28 Dec.) unstamped “Velddient” envelope sent by a native horse attendant and manservant with a Boer commando to a native lady at Stamford Winkle near Middleburg, endorsed by the commando and showing a part strike of the oval-framed “CHARLESTOWN,/Z.A.R.” datestamp in red, this colour in use for three days only, Volksrust (28.12) and Pretoria (29.12) c.d.s. on reverse. One of only three covers from agterryers (rider behind) recorded. Photo

£200-250

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1900 (15 Jan.) envelope to Krugsdorp, bearing 1⁄ 2 d. green pair tied by a fine strike of the scarce “COLENSO, 15 JAN 00” datestamp in violet, the reverse with Hoofdlagaer (16.1), Johannesburg (18.1) and arrival (18.1) c.d.s.; also a piece bearing 1d. with the same datestamp for 14 February and Hoofdlager c.d.s. Photo Note: Colenso was occupied by O.V.S. Commandos under Commandant de Villiers on 6 November, to be joined by Z.A.R. Commandos later that day. The cover offered above was sent on the day of General Botha’s visit to occupying troops

£150-200

1900 (18 Jan.) 1d. card sent by a Dutch doctor, attached to Vrede Town ambulance unit station at Colenso, “Via Delagoa Bay” to Amsterdam, cancelled at Harrismith (20.1) and showing “POSTMEESTER GENERAAL” censor cachet in violet, Bloemfontein (23.1) and Amsterdam (9.3) c.d.s.; most unusual. Photo

£150-200

1900 (6 Feb.) envelope (central vertical crease) to Bloemfontein, bearing 1d. rose-red and green neatly cancelled by a fine strike of the scarce “COLENSO, 6 FEB 00” datestamp in violet, arrival c.d.s. (10.2) on reverse. Photo

£100-120

Dannhauser x36



1900 (30 Jan.) envelope to Machadadorp, bearing 1⁄ 2 d. green (2) sharing a superb strike of the oval-framed “DANNHAuSER” oval datestamp (“Z.A.R.” excised) in violet with a further strike at left, “PK/Newcastle/31. Jan. 1900” datestamp in blue on reverse; fine and scarce. Also pieces (4) with adhesives cancelled by double-ring datestamp in violet, ovalframed “DANNHAuSER/Z.A.R.” (2, one in red) and “Veld-Post, Z.A.R./DANNHAuSER” oval datestamps. Photo PROVENANCE: Bill Hart, June 1993 for cover

£200-250

Dundee x37



1899-1900 envelopes (3) all franked at 1d. and cancelled by single-ring datestamp, one with P.K. Newcastle datestamp on reverse, and 1900 envelope to Lourenco Marques franked at 3d. and with Ambulante arrival c.d.s. in blue on reverse; also three pieces with the c.d.s., one a forgery

£100-120

Elandslaagte x38

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1900 (4 Jan.) envelope (central vertical crease) to Pretoria, bearing 1d. rose-red and green (defective) tied by a fair strike of the “ELANDSLAAGTE/Z.A.R.” oval-framed datestamp with a further fine strike and “Gezien” handstamp (three strikes recorded) at right, arrival c.d.s. (6.1) on reverse. Photo Note: Civilian mail from Elandslaagte was censored the day after the Boer Council meeting at Sandspruit PROVENANCE: Bill Hart, June 1993 1900 (8 Jan.) envelope “via Lourenco Marques” to Belgium, bearing 1⁄ 2 d. green and 1d. rose-red and green (2) sharing two fine strikes of the “ELANDSLAAGTE/Z.A.R.” oval-framed datestamp with “Z.A.R.” excised, two days after the major offensive on Ladysmith, Pretoria (10.1) and Gent (22.2) c.d.s. on reverse; a rare and spectacular overseas usage. Photo PROVENANCE: Bill Hart, June 1993 1900 (19 Feb.) envelope to Kroonstad, bearing O.F.S. 1⁄ 2 d. orange pair sharing “ELANDSLAAGTE/Z.A.R.” oval-framed datestamp with “Z.A.R.” excised with a further strike alongside and arrival c.d.s. (24.2) at foot, part Johannesburg c.d.s. (22.2) on reverse. Photo Photos also appear on page 15 WWW.SPInK.COM

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1899 (1 Nov.) unstamped envelope to The Consul General for u.S.A. at Johannesburg, showing a fine strike of the “Veldpost Z.A.R./Glencoe,/1 Nov. 1899.” handstamp in violet, the earliest recorded date of use of this marking. Photo

£120-150

Note: Glencoe was the rail junction to Dundee in the east and Newcastle in the north. It was occupied by Boer Forces on 18 October x42

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1899 (1 Nov.) envelope (opened-out, a few fox marks) “Via Delagoa Bay” to Stellenbosch, bearing 1d. rose-red and green cancelled by fine “Veldpost Z.A.R./Glencoe,/1 Nov. 1899.” handstamp in violet with Volksrust c.d.s. (3.11) alongside, censor label (partially lifted) at top; also 1⁄ 2 d. and 2d. tied on piece by “WASCHBANK” oval datestamp (31.1) and 1d. with large part “Feld-Post, Z.A.R./WESSELSNEK.” oval datestamp (17.2), both offices near Glencoe. Photo

£150-200

1899 (19 Dec.) 1⁄ 2 d. green postcard from Roodepoort “Velddienst” to Glencoe showing fine “Veldpost Z.A.R./Glencoe,/20 Dec. 1899.” datestamp in violet, an unusual item of “Velddienst” mail into an operational area, 1899 (25 Dec.) Natal card with 1⁄ 2 d. green cancelled by superb “Veldpost Z.A.R./Glencoe,/25 Dec. 1899.” datestamp, and 1900 (20 Mar.) 1⁄ 2 d. green Eilau propaganda card to Johannesburg cancelled by Hoofdlager c.d.s. with a further strike on O.F.S. 1d. on piece

£100-120

Hattingspruit x44



1900 (24 Apr.) double rate envelope to Switzerland, bearing 1⁄ 2 d., 1d. (3) and 2d. cancelled by three fine strikes of the “Veld-Post, Z.A.R./HATTINGSPRuIT” oval datestamp in violet, Pretoria (26.4) and arrival (8.6) c.d.s. on reverse; a spectacular franking to an overseas destination. Also unaddressed envelope bearing 1d. with “HATTINGSPRuIT,/Z.A.R.” oval-framed datestamp and pieces bearing 1⁄ 2 d. and 1d. values with double-ring datestamp (17.10, the earliest date recorded of any Boer cancellation in Natal) in violet. Photo

£300-350

Ingogo x45



1899 (13 Dec.) envelope (horizontal crease and four fox marks on face) “via Newcastle” to a Boer soldier serving in Colenso with the Lydenburg Commandos, bearing 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green with fine “INGOGO/RAIL” double-ring datestamp and with “P.K. Newcastle./Z.A.R./14 Dec 1899” datestamp in blue on reverse; a scarce cancellation used on the second to last day of usage. Photo

£120-150

Note: Ingogo was taken by the Boers on 12 October, having by-passed both Mount Prospect and Charlestown x46



1899 (25 Dec.) unstamped “en diens” envelope “met spaet” (with haste) to Kroonstad, showing fine “INGOGO,/Z.A.R.” oval-framed datestamp in violet with arrival c.d.s. (28.12) above, Volksrust c.d.s. (25.12) on reverse; the envelope soiled though a scarce cancellation on commercial cover. Also pieces bearing 1⁄ 2 d. and 2d. values with the same cancellation, one with “Z.A.R.” excised. Photo

£150-200

Keerstation x47

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1899 (19 Dec.) envelope to Heidelberg, bearing 1d. rose-red and green with a superb strike of the “KEERSTATION,/Z.A.R.” oval-framed datestamp in violet, Volksrust (20.12) and arrival (22.12) c.d.s. on reverse; fine and scarce. Photo

£120-150

1900 (26 Mar.) envelope “via Delagoa Bay” to Germany, bearing 1⁄ 2 d. green and 1d. rosered and green (2, one defective) sharing a superb strike of the “Veld-Post, Z.A.R./KEERSTATION.” oval datestamp in violet, Volksrust (26.3), Pretoria (28.3) and arrival (12.) c.d.s. on reverse. A scarce and most attractive cover to Europe. Photo

£200-250

PROVENANCE:

Kenneth Griffith, September 2003 Photo for lot 48 appears on page 17 WWW.SPInK.COM

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1899 (16 Dec.) envelope to Johannesburg bearing 1d. rose-red and green cancelled by Hoofdlager double-ring datestamp and with a strike of the Fleischer Veld-Post datestamp in blue alongside; also 1899 (14 Dec.) philatelic envelope with five values to 1/-, 1⁄ 2 d. on piece and O.F.S. 3d., all with similar c.d.s.

£100-120

Note: The Boer Hoofdlager of besieged Ladysmith was four miles north west overlooking the town x50



1899 (31 Dec.) Greetings from the Battlefield 1d. card to Johannesburg cancelled by a superb strike of the “Hoofdlager/Ladysmith/31 Dec. 99” datestamp in violet, thought to have been a mark applied at H.Q. to celebrate the end of the century; the card torn in half and rejoined, just affecting the left edge of the datestamp. Rare with only about six examples recorded. Photo

£200-250

PROVENANCE:

Bill Hart, June 1993 Modderspruit x51

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1900 (14 Feb.) envelope to Krugersdorp, bearing 1d. red cancelled by a superb strike of the very rare “Modderspruit/14 Feb: 1900” datestamp in violet with Hoofdlager c.d.s. (14.2) alongside. Only three examples recorded, all used on the one day. Photo

£200-250

1900 (20 Feb.) envelope to Johannesburg, bearing 1⁄ 2 d. to 1/- (eight values) all cancelled by strikes of the “Natallager, Z.A.R./MODDERSPRuIT” oval datestamp in violet; also 1⁄ 2 d. pair sharing “MODDERSPRuIT/Natallager, Z.A.R.” oval datestamp (23.12) in violet. A rare cancellation with the word “Natallager” unique to this town. Photo

£150-200

Note: Modderspruit station had water tanks to top up locomotives and was the depot for supplies to the Ladysmith area PROVENANCE:

Bill Hart, June 1993 Mount Prospect x53

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1900 (12 Jan.) unstamped “Veld Dienst” envelope (soiled and creased) to Nigel, Heidelberg District and showing a light strike of the “MOuNT PLEASANT” oval-framed datestamp with “Z.A.R.” excised, Volksrust (12.1), Heidelberg (14.1) and arrival (15.1) c.d.s. on reverse; also pieces bearing 1d. and 2d. with fine Mount Prospect and Ingagane oval datestamps in violet. Photo

£120-150

1900 (7 Apr.) envelope to Pretoria, marked “Commandodienst” and bearing 1⁄ 2 d. green pair sharing a superb strike of the “Veld-Post Z.A.R./MOuNT PROSPECT” oval-framed datestamp, Volksrust (7.4) and Pretoria (8.4) c.d.s. on reverse. Photo

£100-120

Newcastle x55

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1900 (29 Apr.) O.F.S. 1d. brown reply paid card to Holland, cancelled with a good strike of the “New Castle/29, April 1900” datestamp in blue with Pretoria (1.5) and Ginneken arrival (7.6) c.d.s.; also O.F.S. 21⁄ 2 d. on 3d. tied on small piece by “P.K./Newcastle/12, Maart 1900” datestamp. Photo

£100-120

1899 (26 Oct.) envelope to Pretoria, bearing 1d. on 21⁄ 2 d. cancelled by a superb strike of the “P.K. Newcastle 26 10 99” datestamp in violet (used for four days only), forwarded on to Dundee where the stamp has been cancelled by double-ring datestamp (2.11), Volksrust (4.11), Dundee (3.11) and Pretoria (6.11) c.d.s. on reverse; scarce and most attractive with just five such strikes recorded. Photo

£120-150

Note: Newcastle was occupied by the Boer Commandos on 14 October

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1899 (30 Oct.) envelope to Johannesburg, marked “Veld Dienst” and bearing 1d. (3) and 1 ⁄ 2 d. (blocks of four and eight, both on reverse) cancelled with fine strikes of the rare “P.K. Newcastle 30 10 99” datestamp in violet, arrival c.d.s. (1.10). A spectacular franking with this rare and short-lived datestamp. Photo

£200-250

1899 (30 Oct.) envelope to Petrusville, marked “Veldt Dienst” and bearing 1d. rose-red and green cancelled by fine “P.K. Newcastle 30 10 99” datestamp (the last day of usage of this marking), censor label at right and Johannesburg c.d.s. (1.11) on reverse; the censor label is the earliest recorded used at Johannesburg from the Boer invasion of Natal. Photo

£120-150

1899 (28 Nov.) envelope “via Delagoa Bay” to Natal, bearing 1d. rose-red and green cancelled by fine “P.K. Newcastle/*Z.A.R*/28 NOV 1899,” datestamp in violet, large part Boer censor label, the reverse with a good strike of the rare local censor “Wd. ResidentVrederechter, Kantoor/Newcastle, 28 Nov 1899.” datestamp in violet, Johannesburg (29.11) c.d.s., British Officially Sealed label and Durban (6.12) c.d.s.; the envelope with face panel soiled and with vertical crease though the earliest of the five recorded strikes of the censor handstamp. Also 1⁄ 2 d. green pair tied on piece by superb “PK/Newcastle/5. Maart 1900” datestamp. Photo

£200-250

1899 (4 Dec.) envelope (a little soiled) to Holland, bearing 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green cancelled by “P.K. NewCastle./*Z.A.R*/4 Dec 1899” datestamp, Johannesburg (5.12) and Schiedam (22.1) c.d.s. on reverse; also unaddressed envelope (small tear) bearing 1d. pair with two fine strikes of the same datestamp

£100-120

Noorder Grens x61



1899 (Nov.) unstamped “In Veldienst” envelope from H. de Munnik at Bronkhorstfontein (handstamp on reverse) to a railway box number in Johannesburg, marked “Van it Pierault O.C. Rhodesia” and showing a fair to fine strike of the very rare “Postkant. Lager/NOORDER Grens” datestamp (date portion torn away through opening), Pietersburg (22.11) and arrival (25.11) c.d.s. on reverse; also a fine 27 December 1899 strike of the same handstamp on 1d. (3) on small piece (the only only strike recorded on adhesives) and a further piece bearing 1d. cancelled by oval-framed “P.A.K./Eerste Fabrieken” datestamp (28.5.1900) in violet, the only Boer army cancellation used within the borders of the Z.A.R. and the sole example recorded. Photo

£200-250

BOER MEDICAL SERVICES Dutch Red Cross x62



1899 (27 Dec.) printed Dutch Red Cross “AMBuLANCE” envelope from a voluntary member “via Delagoa Bay” to Dr. J.A. Kortweg (senior officer) in Pretoria, marked “Velddient” and showing a good strike of the “ELANDSLAAGTE/Z.A.R.” oval-framed datestamp, arrival c.d.s. (29.12) on reverse; rare with six such ambulance covers recorded. Photo

£100-120

Note: British troops attacked Boers under General Kock, occupying flat ground at Elandslaagte on 21 October. The Boers retreated back to Glencoe with heavy losses though reoccupied the area on 24 October Transvaal Red Cross x63



1899 (22 Dec.) stampless “IN DIENST.” envelope (268x117mm.) with Red Cross and “Informatie-Bureau van het Roode Kruis.” imprint, endorsed “Dr. G.A.F. Molengraaff, Chief of the Identity Department R.C.” and sent from Pretoria to Cape Town with despatch and arrival (8.1) c.d.s., upon arrival redirected to Pietermaritzburg

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1900 (10 Aug.) 1d. red card to Major Sangmeister of B.M.R. (Natal Force) at Nooitgedacht, neatly cancelled by double-ring datestamp and with manuscript “Gezien W Haynes Censor” in lower left corner; scarce with few cards doing local postal duty and little mail recorded to and from the temporary P.O.W. camp. Also an unused example and “Proclamation” cards (2), one 1⁄ 2 d. with added 1⁄ 2 d adhesive, the other a 1d., both cancelled though unaddressed. Photo

£200-250

1900 1d. red cards used commercially to Holland, the first (11 Aug.) from Waterval Onder to Gravenhage with arrival c.d.s. (28.9), the second (8 Sept.) from Nelspruit to Limburg with arrival c.d.s. (15.10) and note on reverse recording watching bull-fighting in Portuguese East Africa. A scarce and unusual pair addressed to Europe

£120-150

PIETERSBURG Stamps x66

A used selection comprising 1⁄ 2 d. (6, two perforated), 1d. (8, five perforated), 2d. (4, one perforated), 4d. (2), 6d. (4) and 1/- with a few showing varieties, used at a variety of offices other than Pietersburg (13) comprising Ermelo, Lovedale Park, Marabastad, Nyslstroom, Thabina and Zandrivierspoort; generally fine and an interesting group

£150-200

67 Covers x67



1901 (15 Apr.) envelope to England, marked “Active Service. No stamps available” and bearing unsigned large “P” and large date 4d. blue cancelled by Field Post Office 34 double-ring datestamp, the reverse (flap faults) with Greenhithe, Kent arrival c.d.s. (11.5). The only Pietersburg stamp on overseas mail recorded. Photo PROVENANCE:

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1901 (2 May) envelope addressed in pencil to “Gen. Louis Botha” at Ermelo, bearing imperforate 1d., 2d., 4d. (gum stains), 6d. and 1/- all neatly cancelled and tied by Ermelo double-ring datestamps in blue. A colourful souvenir franking, legacy of Justice N.J. De Wet who was secretary to Gen. Botha. Rare with only one other such franking known. Photo

£400-500

PROVENANCE:

Boer War Centenary Sale, October 1999

BOER CIVILIAN MAIL x69

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A selection of covers (9, two unstamped) with three from O.F.S. and 1899 1d. card from a soldier in Carolina Camp near Amsterdam to Holland, 1900 envelope from Jacobsdal to Johannesburg; a selection of mail sent by natives (5), one addressed to King Dinizulu, and 1902 envelope from Vereeniging to Victoria, Australia, franked at 21⁄ 2 d. with paper seals on all sides and showing Melbourne boxed “RECEIVED TORN/AT G.P.O.”; mixed condition though an interesting group

£100-120

1900 (22 Aug.) envelope from Barberton “Via Beira” to Rhodesia, bearing 1d. rose-red and green (4) and showing manuscript “Gezien” and oval-framed “Publieke Aanklagers/Kantoor,/Barberton, Z.A.R.” datestamp in purple, the reverse with Waterval Onder (24.8), Lourenco Marques Ambulente (25.8), Beira (30.8), Salisbury (3.9) and Bulawayo (6.9) c.d.s. Photo

£120-150

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ERMELO AND CAROLINA LOCAL POST STAMPS Albert Kuit was in charge of the Hoofd Lager Postal Administration from the invasion of Natal in October 1899. In June 1900 he moved from Volksrust to Ermelo ahead of the British advance. As Pietersburg was occupied the postal administration, with a small stock of stamps, moved to Ermelo. These stamps were soon depleted. Stamps were then made on various coloured papers using a type-writer. They were initialled for control and authenticity by Jan Van der Bergen, the telegraphist at the Hoofd Lager. All are very rare or unique Type I, single frame lines, horizontal format, 53-60x20-23mm. x71

x72

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1 ⁄ 2 d. grey-green, 1d. orange and 2d. blue unused, the first and last with some gum; 1d. a little soiled, 2d. with a corner crease. Photo

£250-300

1

⁄ 2 d. grey-green and 1/- yellow-orange, both cancelled by Paul Pietersdorp intaglio seal handstamp; the 1⁄ 2 d. with faults, the 1/- tied on piece

£150-200

1d. with typewriter ribbon in blue on white paper, unused; light crease in one corner. The sole example recorded by the owner. Photo

£150-200

Type II, double frame lines, horizontal format, 35x25mm. x74

1d. orange, 3d. blue and 1/- orange-yellow, all unused with some gum. Photo

£250-300

Type III, double frame lines with Arms handstamped at centre x75

1d. blue initialled “JM” and 1/- yellow, both unused with large part gum; the 1/- not previously recorded. Also 2d. and 6d. labels from the bogus set produced E.G. Carter in 1910. Photo

£200-250

PRISONERS OF WAR MAIL Mail from British P.O.W.’s in Pretoria x76

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1899-1900 envelopes (8) from Major J.H. Munn to his mother or sister in England, three unstamped and offered complete with letters, each showing “Arms/COMMANDANT GENERAL” datestamp in black or purple with one taxed and charged 1d. due on arrival, the other five each bearing 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green with Pretoria c.d.s., four with Mud Hall Camp circular or boxed Gezien cachets in blue or violet. Photo

£800-1,000

1899 (Nov.) envelope to England with partial “Arms/COMMANDANT GENERAL” datestamp and charged 1d. due on arrival, 1900 (Mar.) envelope to England, bearing 21⁄ 2 d. and sent via Lourenco Marques with Ambulante c.d.s. on reverse, and 1900 (May) envelope from Lt. Stewart “Attached A.S.C.” to England, franked at 21⁄ 2 d. and with a fine strike of the Mud Hall Camp boxed Gezien handstamp; the first rather damaged though an interesting trio

£100-120

1900 (9 Feb.) envelope (opened-out) from Lt. G. Smyth Osbourne to London and redirected to Brighton, showing fine “Arms/COMMANDANT GENERAL” datestamp in purple, Pretoria (9.2), London Paid (29.2) and Kensington (29.2) c.d.s., all on face, Brighton c.d.s. (30.3) on reverse. Photo

£100-120

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1900 (9 Feb.) envelope to London, showing fine “Arms/COMMANDANT GENERAL” datestamp in purple, Pretoria (9.2) and London Paid (29.3) c.d.s.; light fold clear of the Arms datestamp. Photo

£80-100

1900 (9 Feb.) envelope from S.J. Bernardiston (captured by the Boers at Stormberg) to Cape Town showing both despatch and arrival (19.3) c.d.s., 1900 (24 Apr.) unstamped envelope and (26 Apr.) envelope franked at 21⁄ 2 d., both to Natal and showing fine Mud Hall Camp Gezien datestamps in blue; all with faults in places though an interesting trio

£100-120

1900 (3 May) unstamped envelope (no flap) to Major Hobbs of the West Coast Regiment at Pretoria (captured at Willow Grange on 23 November), showing ovalframed “CONSuLATE OF THE uNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE S.A.R./PRETORIA” ovalframed arms cachet with “MAy 3 Re’d” date below, and circular “GEZIEN/CENSOR” datestamp (6.5), both superb in violet. Photo

£120-150

Mail from British P.O.W.’s in Waterval x82

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1900 (Feb.) “IN DIENST.” envelope “From Corpl. Hopf. Prisonr of War Pretoria” to New South Wales, showing “WATERVAL KRyGSGEVANGENIS/COMMANDANT VAN DER WACHT.” oval-framed datestamp in blue and weak large part “Arms/COMMANDANT GENERAL” datestamp in purple overstruck by Pretoria c.d.s., also showing triangular-framed “PASSED/PRESS/CENSOR”, “T” and “1D” handstamps, Durban (23.2), Sydney (5.4) and Wyrallah (7.5) c.d.s.; overall staining and other faults though a very rare and possibly unique cover from an Australian P.O.W. held by the Boers in Waterval

£150-200

1900 (Mar. and Apr.) unstamped envelopes to England, both showing a strike of the “WATERVAL KRyGSGEVANGENIS/COMMANDANT VAN DER WACHT.” oval-framed datestamp in blue initialled “PHR” and with Pretoria, Lourenco Marques and London Paid c.d.s. on face or reverse, the first with small triangular tax mark deleted; one with creases, otherwise fine

£150-200

1900 (Mar. and Apr.) unstamped envelopes to England and South Africa respectively, both showing “WATERVAL KRyGSGEVANGENIS/COMMANDANT VAN DER WACHT.” ovalframed datestamp in blue initialled “PHR”, the first an “IN DIENST.” type (faults), the second to Ladysmith, various backstamps

£100-120

1900

(15

May.) envelope to England, showing fancy-framed “BRIEVEN Krijgsgevangenis” handstamp in purple and bearing 21⁄ 2 d. on 1/cancelled at Pretoria in transit, Lourenco Marques Ambulante (17.5) and King’s Lynn (26.6) c.d.s. on reverse. Photo CENSuuR/Waterval

£100-120

Mail from British P.O.W.’s in Nooitgedacht x86



1900 (28 June) envelope from L. Soames to Germany with manuscript “Gezien censor”, despatch c.d.s. and Altona arrival handstamp, three different Altona c.d.s. of the same day (3.9) on reverse, and another unstamped envelope to London, censored by the Boer Commandant J. de Lae Schroder, the envelope later captured by Lord Dundonald’s Forces and dated 2 September when he released P.O.W.’s from the camp, London Paid c.d.s. on face. Also 1900 (9 Oct.) envelope from Private Day of Dundonald’s 3rd. Mounted Brigade to London, bearing 1d. lilac with superb “ARMy POST OFFICE/3MB/SOuTH AFRICA” double-ring datestamp in violet. An interesting trio

£120-150

Mail to Prisoners of War x87



1900 (Jan.) envelope from Germiston to Cape Town, franked at 3d. and with manuscript “Gezien Censuur”, Officially Sealed label applied at Durban and arrival c.d.s. (25.1), 1900 (Apr.) envelope from England “Via Lorenco Marques” to Pretoria showing “PRISONER OF WAR/PRETORIA” handstamp in purple, Opened under Martial War label and triangularframed “PASSED/PRESS/CENSOR” handstamp in red, 1900 envelopes (2) from O.F.S. to Green Point, one showing “LANDDROST KANTOOR” Arms cachet in violet, and 1901 envelope (opened-out) to an internee at “Boren Kamp Portegal”, franked at 2d. with tax marks for 5 centimes and Mainwaring oval cachet on reverse. An interesting group WWW.SPInK.COM

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BRITISH FORCES MAIL x88

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A selection of covers (24) with several unstamped, two from members of Brabant’s Horse, one from Natal Field Force, one with unusual “TO PAy” handstamp, various F.P.O. c.d.s. for numbers including 3, 4, 9, 31, 48, 50 and 100 (from a member of the New Zealand forces), 1902 envelope registered from Pretoria to Durban with hooded registered datestamp, a copy of the last Dutch paper published in Pietersburg and the first and only English edition published the day after the British Occupation, the latter used from F.P.O. 34 to Pretoria; mixed condition with viewing recommended

£200-250

1900 (27 June) envelope (part flap missing) from a Major in the 1st. Gloucester Regiment “Via Delagoa Bay” to London, bearing Transvaal 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green tied by Cape Town squared-circle datestamp, upon arrival redirected to Salisbury with London c.d.s. (12.7) and oval-framed “FORWARDED By/HOLT & CO/LONDON” cachet in violet; unusual

£80-100

1900 (Nov.) soldier’s envelope to England, marked “On Active Service. No Stamps” and with a fair strike of the scarce “RECOVERED FROM MAILS/LOOTED By THE ENEMy” handstamp in light red ink alongside Army P.O. c.d.s. and London Paid (3.12) c.d.s.; damaged around edges, no doubt as a result of the looting and subsequent treatment

£80-100

COLONIAL CONTINGENTS Australia New South Wales Contingents - See also lot 250 x91



1900 (13 Aug.) unstamped envelope (opened-out, faults) from J. Ward of the Army Medical Corps to Sydney, marked “Stamps Unavailable” with F.P.O. 32 c.d.s., upon arrival taxed with “1D” handstamp and bearing 1d. Postage Due with manuscript cancellation, and 1901 (4 Nov.) unstamped envelope from “No. 3360 C Donohoe” (N.S.W. Imperial Bushmen) to Penrith, marked “On Active Service” alongside octagonalframed “ARMy POST OFFICE.WAKKERSTROOM/NATAL FIELD FORCE” datestamp and “MORE TO PAy/1D” handstamp, three N.S.W. datestamps on reverse

£150-200

Queensland Contingents x92



1900 (Nov.) envelope “From S. Austen. Staff Sergt. 3rd. Q.M.S.” to Toowoomba, countersigned by the Commanding Officer and bearing Transvaal 1d. with light Army Post Office c.d.s. in blue, arrival datestamp (4.12) on reverse

£80-100

South Australia Contingents x93



1900 (July) envelope (faults) “From No. 3 James Rundle Act. Q.M.S. 6 Squadron 2nd. Regmt R F F” to Millicent near Adelaide, bearing Transvaal 1d. cancelled “1” and with Mafeking (30.7) and Adelaide (3.9) datestamps on reverse

£80-100

Victoria Contingents x94

x95





1900 (7 Sept.) Transvaal 1⁄ 2 d. card, uprated with V.R.I. 1d., from W. Browning to his mother in Melbourne, cancelled by Army P.O. 55 c.d.s. and with arrival c.d.s. (8.10) at left; the message includes “we had three days hard fighting at Belfast”

£80-100

1900 (11 Sept.) envelope to Melbourne and attributed to Lieut. William Forbes Clark of the 5th. Victorian Mounted Rifles, bearing G.B. 1⁄ 2 d. vermilion (10) cancelled by four strikes of the “ARMy POST OFFICE/VOLKSRuST” double-ring datestamp in violet, Durban and Melbourne (17.10) c.d.s. on reverse; some creasing and other minor imperfections though most unusual. Photo

£100-120

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1900 (31 Oct.) envelope (minor foxing) “On Active Service” to Mortlake, showing F.P.O. 5 c.d.s. with oval-framed “T1D” alongside and bearing Postage Due 1d. at left with manuscript cancellation, Natal, Melbourne (3.12) and Mortlake (3.12) c.d.s. on reverse

£80-100

1900 (28 Oct..) unstamped envelope (small faults) from Trooper MacKenzie of the Victorian Imperial Regiment at Buffels Hack to Queensland, marked “No stamps available” with F.P.O. 16 (1.11) and handstruck “1D” tax mark alongside, Brisbane c.d.s. (3.12) on reverse

£80-100

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1900 (6 July) unstamped soldier’s envelope “From No. 8 Sargt. Slater” to Kingston, Ont., countersigned by handstamp with signature of the Commanding Officer of ““C” Bty R.C.A.” and showing a fair strike of the “CANADIAN CONTINGENT/SOuTH AFRICA.” ovalframed datestamp and Zeerust transit c.d.s. (26.7). Photo

£100-120

1900 (31 Oct.) Transvaal 1⁄ 2 d. green card from Pretoria to Coatiwoke with message in French on reverse, cancelled by Army P.O. 55 c.d.s. and showing a good strike of the “CANADIAN CONTINGENT/SOuTH AFRICA” oval datestamp in violet for 7 November. Photo

£120-150

PROVENANCE:

Bill Hart, June 1993

New Zealand See also lot 251 x100

x101

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1899 (Dec.) envelope from Palmerstone to “Mr. Hayne (Help on Troopship) SS “Waiwera” Cape Town”, bearing 21⁄ 2 d. and marked on reverse “Returned 3-4-00 left the ship”, various backstamps, 1900 (4 July) blue OHMS envelope from “A W Robin, Major Comdg NZMR, Pretoria S.A.” to Otago, bearing Transvaal V.R.I. 1⁄ 2 d. (defective) and 1d. (2) cancelled by Army P.O. 50 c.d.s., and 1901 (Feb.) envelope (damaged) from a soldier at Krugersdorp to New Plymouth and redirected to Waverley, unusually registered and with the tax mark erased

£100-120

1900 (1 Sept.) soldier’s envelope “From No. 2240 Corporal H.H.S. Fletcher” at Mafeking to Auckland, marked “No stamps obtainable On Active Service”, countersigned by the Commanding Officer and bearing Postage Due 1d. alongside 1d. To Pay handstamp, Wellington flag machine datestamp (26.10) on reverse. Photo

£100-120

1900 (3 Sept.) envelope from Trooper Roberts, most unusually addressed to a fellow soldier, and presumably relative, Corporal Roberts of the Rhodesian Field Force Artillery at Mafeking, bearing 1d. lilac cancelled at A.P.O. 53; 1900 (8 Nov.) envelope from Lt. Lewin to Canterbury bearing Transvaal V.R.I. 1d. cancelled by F.P.O. 19 c.d.s., and 1901 (Mar.) C.G.H. 1⁄ 2 d. card bearing O.F.S. V.R.I. 1d. cancelled with A.P.O. 55 c.d.s. from Trooper Eggleston to a member of the Telegraph Dept. at Lyttelton with contents including “2nd. and 3rd. Contingents much reduced, cannot muster 200”

£150-200

PROVENANCE:

John Woolfe, October 2006 x103

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1900 (14 Sept.) soldier’s envelope from Trooper Sheldon “On Active Service 4th. Regiment” to Balfour, Southland and redirected to Lumsden, countersigned by the Commanding Officer and with a charge mark of “21⁄ 2 ” (the “1⁄ 2 ” added in blue crayon) for redirection, Wellington flag machine datestamp (26.10) and Balfour c.d.s. (29.10) on reverse. Photo

£100-120

1900 (3 Sept.) unstamped envelope from Lieut. Thomson at Ottoshop to Auckland, showing F.P.O. 4 c.d.s. and with “TO PAy/1D/DOuBLE DEFICIENT POSTAGE” h.s. alongside Postage Due 1d. cancelled on arrival (12.10). Photo

£120-150

PROVENANCE:

John Woolfe, October 2006

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1900 (May) envelope from De Aar, Cape to Bulawayo, no notation as to sender though with manuscript “No stamps available” at top, showing despatch and arrival (6.6) c.d.s. and “1/4T Exceeds 1⁄ 2oz” in blue crayon, and 1900 (June) envelope “From A. Hendley. E Squadron. Rhodesia Regt. O.A.S.” at Bulawayo to Ireland, countersigned and with large Bulawayo “T” handstamp. An unusual pair

£100-120

1900 (Sept.) soldier’s envelope from a Trooper in the 2nd. Regiment at Mafeking to Queensland with two manuscript “1” tax marks, 1900 (Oct.) envelope “From Camerons Scouts On Active Service in South Africa” to Victoria, signed by Cameron himself as Officer Commanding and bearing Arms 1d. cancelled at Bulawayo, and 1900 soldier’s front from a member of the N.Z. Battery to Auckland bearing 1d. Postage Due alongside 1d. To Pay handstamp; the first two with faults though an interesting trio from Australasian Forces

£80-100

DOUGLAS AND SURROUNDING TOWNS The village was besieged from late November 1901 until 20 January 1902 by Gen. de Villiers and about 300 commandos x107

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1901 (June) unstamped soldier’s envelope (damaged and restored) from O’Kiep to Cape Town, countersigned by Capt. Montague, the Commandant of the town and showing despatch c.d.s., manuscript “1d. To pay” and “1D” handstamp, the reverse with Charge Clerk and Cape Town c.d.s. (10.6), and 1902 envelope from Lt. Little of the 30th. Imperial yeomanry Regt. at O’Kiep to Pretoria and redirected to London, bearing 1d. with c.d.s., Cape Town and London (22.9) datestamps on face. Also 1901 (Feb.) envelope from Cape Town to England with cachet of the O’Kiep Commandant signed by “J. Crozier, Capt. O.T.G.” (O’Kiep Town Guard) Note: O’Kiep was held under siege by General Smuts from 8 April until a relief force arrived from Port Nolloth on 3 May 1902 1901 (25 June) envelope from Griqua Town to Kimberley shortly after being occupied by Gen. Warren, bearing Cape 1d. (faults) cancelled by c.d.s. and sent out via the normal postal route, censor mark and arrival c.d.s. (26.6) on reverse, and 1902 (5 Feb.) soldier’s envelope (faults) from Private Flude of the Lancashire Regt. showing despatch c.d.s. and sent on the detour route via Douglas with c.d.s. (19.2) some 14 days later, London Paid c.d.s. also on face; a most unusual pair 1901 (10 Dec.) and 1902 (30 Jan.) envelopes to Dr. Leask at Klerksdorp, the first from Douglas bearing Cape 1d. with c.d.s. and showing censor mark alongside, Johannesburg (16.12) and Army Post Office Klerksdorp (17.12) c.d.s. on reverse, the second from Prieska bearing Cape 1d. with squared-circle datestamp and showing Prieska censor datestamp in blue-green and Johannesburg oval censor handstamp. A most unusual pair with the first being the earliest recorded mail out of the siege by either dispatch rider or runner. Photo Note: Dr. Thomas Leask of Wolmaransstad was under house arrest in Klerksdorp from late March 1901 until May 1902

£100-120

£100-120

£100-120

1901 (29 Dec.) unstamped soldier’s envelope from Douglas to Cape Town, marked “Besieged no stamps Available. H.H.S.”, with c.d.s. and countersigned though taxed “T2d”, the only recorded military cover to leave the town during the siege, and 1902 (30 Jan.) long envelope from Douglas to Cape Town, franked at 3d. and showing Douglas censor mark with Cape Town censor label and cachet at left, the earliest recorded civilian mail out of Douglas after the retreat of Gen. de Villiers Commandos on 20 January. A remarkable pair. Photo

£150-200

1902 (5 Jan.) envelope from Lord Methuen to his wife in Klerksdorp, bearing uncancelled G.B. 1d. lilac and showing Vryburg c.d.s., Johannesburg and Kimberley Major W. Elton censor cachets, 1902 (20 Jan.) letter written by Duncan Croften Boyes with fascinating details regarding the siege and, from the details, sent out after the town was relieved, and 1902 (14 Feb.) envelope from Douglas to England sent at the 1d. concessionary rare and countersigned by O.C. Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Rifles

£100-120

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KIMBERLEY The town was besieged from 12 October 1899 until 15 February 1900 x112

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1899 (13 Oct.) Standard Bank printed envelope from Vryburg to uitenhage, arriving in Kimberley on 15 October and delayed by the siege, with manuscript “Posted at Vryburg 13 Oct 1899. Received in Uitenhage 23 Feby 1900” probably applied by the bank to confirm the reason for the delay, Kimberley and arrival (22.2) datestamps on reverse

£80-100

1899 (31 Oct.) unstamped envelope to “Express” by a reporter with mobile lager to Bloemfontein, marked “op Lager” and showing fine Boshof O.F.S. c.d.s., arrival c.d.s. (6.11) on reverse, and 1901 “The Flag That Braved” envelope from St. Catherines, Ontario to Kimberley with Kimberley Welton censor cachet. Also two Siege Soup tickets (one defective), 1899 Crocott’s Daily Mail Special Editions for 4 November 1899 “Colenso Evacuated” and 23 November 1899 “Fighting at Kimberley”, and 1902 (1 June) Natal Mercury “Peace at Last” souvenir

£100-120

1899 (2 Dec.) envelope “From Sgt. J.E. Lever 1st. 5th. Fusiliers South Africa” and “Kimberley Relief Force South Africa”, bearing Cape 1d. with F.P.O. 2 c.d.s. (first day of operation of this office), Huddersfield arrival c.d.s. (31.12) on reverse, 1900 (24 Feb.) OHMS envelope on first mail out on 25 February, showing single-ring despatch c.d.s. and bearing G.B. 1d. lilac cancelled by Field Post Office B.O. c.d.s. (28.2, the last day of use in Cape Town as a base office), and 1900 (11 June) soldier’s envelope from Kimberley to England, marked “No stamps available. On Active Service” and showing despatch squaredcircle datestamp, Field Post Office B.O. (13.6) and London Paid (1.7) c.d.s. An interesting trio

£150-200

1899 (14 Dec.) envelope from General Methuen to his wife in England, marked “Modder River” and bearing Cape 1d. with Field Post Office 4 c.d.s. (15.12) which had been allocated to him, Chippenham arrival c.d.s. (6.1) on reverse. A scarce letter written two days after the disastrous Battle of Magersfontein. Also 1900 (13 Jan.) envelope from F.P.O. 4 to Beaufort West

£100-120

Note: General Methuen was wounded at the battle of Modder River on 28 November. He resumed command of the British Forces at Modder River Station on 6 December. On 10 December he advanced towards Spytfontein and on 11 December he attacked Boer Forces at Magersfontein where he was heavily defeated, losing almost 1,000 troops killed or wounded. He withdrew back to Modder River though General Cronje did not follow up his advantage. General Metheun remained at Modder River until superseded in command by General Roberts on 9 February x116

x117

x118







1900 (13 Feb.) envelope to Pau, France posted two days before the siege was lifted, marked “No stamps available” with despatch c.d.s. and bearing G.B. 21⁄ 2 d. cancelled by London c.d.s. (17.3), tax mark deleted and with arrival c.d.s. (18.3) on reverse; most unusual. Photo

£100-120

1900 (25 Feb.) envelope (faults at top through opening) to England, bearing Cape 1⁄ 2 d. pair cancelled by squared-circle datestamp with Southampton Packet Letter c.d.s. (16.3) alongside, the first usage of the squared-circle datestamp, which had been issued in January, on the first mail out after the siege, and 1900 (2 Mar.) unstamped soldier’s envelope from a member of Roberts Horse, complete with letter headed “Koodoos Drift”, to Cape Town, showing Kimberley squared-circle datestamp (2.3) and, despite being countersigned, showing “1D” tax handstamp

£120-150

1900 (4 Sept.) OHMS envelope (223x95mm.) to Cape Town and redirected to England, marked “Free A Gawler, Lt. Col. O C Troops Schmidt’s Drift”, showing despatch c.d.s. and, on reverse, Kimberley (5.9) and Cape Town (8.9) datestamps, and 1902 (23 Jan.) soldier’s envelope from Private Flude at Schmidt’s Drift to England, marked “No stamps available on active service”, not countersigned and showing despatch c.d.s., Kimberley Major W. Elton censor cachet and London Paid (15.2) c.d.s.; an unusual pair from this sub-office of Kimberley

£100-120

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KURUMAN The town was besieged for the first time from 13 November 1899 until 1 January 1900 when it surrendered to Boer forces. General Warren re-occupied the town from 24 June 1900

Postal History

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1900 (9 July) envelope (some foxing) to England, no stamps or cancellers being available, handstamped with Crowned “DISTRIBuTOR OF STAMPS/KuRuMAN” oval datestamp overcancelled by tax-cleared London Paid arrival c.d.s. (4.8), Carnforth arrival c.d.s. (5.8) on reverse. A most unusual cover posted on the first mail out of Kuruman after the relief. Photo Note: When the British re-occupied the town in June 1900 the Post Office datestamp was found to have been destroyed or stolen, the Distributor of Stamps datestamp was therefore used for a short period until a new Kuruman datestamp was received PROVENANCE: Bill Hart, June 1993 1900 (26 July) OHMS envelope (227x102mm.) to “Capt. Duffus, O.I.C. Supplies, Daniels Kuil”, signed by Capt. Prince “S.O. to Commandant, Kuruman”, no stamps or cancellers being available, cancelled by a superb strike of the Crowned “DISTRIBuTOR OF STAMPS/KuRuMAN” oval-framed datestamp, Kimberley (27.7) and Campbell (29.7) c.d.s. on reverse; discoloured at left and with other small faults though scarce PROVENANCE: Kenneth Griffith, March 2003 1900 (2 Oct.) unstamped envelope (small faults) “On active service” to Huddersfield, marked “from Capt. F. Lewin 23rd. Coy O.Y. Bechuanaland” and with a good strike of the new squared-circle datestamp alongside Cape Town Field Post Office c.d.s. (8.10) and tax-cleared London Paid c.d.s. (27.10). Photo 1900 (29 Nov.) Budrick’s “Memoir of the Boer War” printed illustrated envelope in blue and vermilion to England, marked as from J.C. Davis of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles and bearing Cape 1d. neatly cancelled by squared-circle datestamp; the adhesive defective and the envelope with central vertical fold though a most attractive souvenir envelope posted during the second siege of the town. Photo PROVENANCE: Kenneth Griffith, September 2003 Photos also appear on page 31 WWW.SPInK.COM

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£120-150

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1901 (5 Jan.) soldier’s envelope “From Sergt. J.C. Davis, B Company DEOVR” to England, marked “By Despatch Rider” and “O.C. Dukes” for countersigning though not carried out and bearing Cape 1d. cancelled by squared-circle datestamp, the reverse with Vryburg (9.1) over-cancelled by Bristol arrival c.d.s. (4.2); some faults though an unusual item sent soon after the overprinting was carried out, and 1901 (18 Sept.) 1d. pink stationery envelope, uprated with 1d. carmine, ex the same correspondence and written during a period when siege threats were again feared, marked “Per Runner” and with light Vryburg censor oval datestamp (24.9), Vryburg (24.9) and Bristol (18.10) c.d.s. on reverse. A wonderful pair. Photo

£600-800

1901 (12 Apr.) soldier’s envelope (minor stains) “From Sergt. Davis B Compy DEOVR” to England, marked “Per Despatch Rider” and bearing Cape 1d. with fine squared-circle datestamp, Daniel’s Kuil (13.4), Kimberley (19.4) and Bristol (10.5) c.d.s. on reverse; also 1901 (18 Feb.) front “Per despatch Rider” to Oudtshoorn bearing Cape 1d. with squared-circle datestamp, 1902 (June) letter from “Jack” to “Max” advising that he has been made Commandant and two unstamped fronts signed by the Commandant

£120-150

1902 (10 June) envelope from Major Browne commanding the Cape Police at Kuruman to Tsomo, Transkei, bearing Cape 1d. with squared-circle datestamp and showing “PASSED CENSOR/KuRuMAN” oval-framed datestamp in red alongside with a further strike on reverse which also shows Vryburg (16.6) and arrival (22.6) c.d.s. Photo

£80-100

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The Stamp Surcharges The following group of stamps were prepared for use but owing to the relief of the town within a week their use became unnecessary Surcharged on Postage Stamps with “1900-01.” in Small Type x126 x127 x128

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Proof strike of the 3d. surcharge on laid paper. Also a piece of paper (thinned) showing printing impression of the 3d. value. Photo

£100-150

2d. on 1⁄ 2 d. green, part original gum; light crease at upper left. P.F.S.A. Certificate (1984). Photo

£150-200

3d. on 1⁄ 2 d. green, part original gum; light horizontal bend. P.F.S.A. Certificate (1984). Photo

£150-200

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3d. on ⁄ 2 d. green, neatly cancelled and tied on piece by 29 December squared-circle datestamp, the first day of availability. Photo

£150-200

3d. on 1⁄ 2 d. green, neatly cancelled by part 21 January squared-circle datestamp; a few trimmed perfs. at upper left. Photo

£150-200

3d. on 1d. carmine, part original gum; traces of creasing. P.F.S.A. Certificate (1984). Photo

£150-200

3d. on 1d. carmine, neatly cancelled and tied on piece by 29 December squared-circle datestamp. Photo

£150-200

1/- on 1d. carmine, part original gum; two light creases. P.F.S.A. Certificate (1984). Photo

£150-200

1/- on 1d. carmine, neatly cancelled and tied on piece by 29 December squared-circle datestamp. Photo

£150-200

1/- on 1d. carmine, neatly cancelled 19 January squared-circle datestamp. Photo

£150-200

Surcharged on Postage Stamps with “1900-01.” in Large Type x136

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Proof strike of the 2d. surcharge on laid paper showing part of papermaker’s watermark. Photo

£100-150

2d. on 1⁄ 2 d. green, neatly cancelled and tied on piece by 29 December squared-circle datestamp. Photo

£150-200

2d. on 1d. carmine, variety surcharge inverted, cancelled by part 21 January squaredcircle datestamp; light overall toning. Very rare. R.P.S. Certificate (2002). Photo

£400-500

Surcharged on Revenue Stamps Overprinted “POSTAGE” x139 x140

x141

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Proof overprints of the 6d. and 1/- on laid paper; the first creased, the second thinned. Also two pieces of paper (faults) showing printing impression of the 1/- value. Photo

£200-250

6d. on 1d. green on yellow, 6d. on 3d. red on yellow, 1/- on purple on yellow and 5/on 1/- purple, unused with part original gum; the first creased and the last thinned though a rare and most attractive set. B.P.A. Certificate (1989). Photo

£600-800

6d. on 1d. green on yellow, 6d. on 3d. red on yellow, 1/- on purple on yellow and 5/on 1/- purple, all neatly cancelled with squared-circle datestamps for 19 or 21 January; the 6d. on 3d. with some trimmed perfs. at right, otherwise a rare and most attractive set. Photo

£600-800

6d. on 1d. green on yellow, 6d. on 3d. red on yellow and 1/- purple on yellow, each neatly cancelled with 29 December squared-circle datestamp; the last with a light vertical crease. Photo

£500-600

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6d. on 3d. red on yellow with small “1900-01”, neatly cancelled by 29 December squared-circle datestamp and affixed to envelope (some foxing) addressed to Horsley Stubbs “Chief Distributor of Stamps” at Cape Town; believed to be the sole 6d. on 3d. value recorded on cover. Photo

£500-600

5/- on 1/- purple, neatly cancelled by 29 December squared-circle datestamp and affixed to envelope (some foxing) addressed to Horsley Stubbs “Chief Distributor of Stamps” at Cape Town; perfs. largely trimmed at right. Photo

£500-600

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1901 (7 Mar.) affidavit, on Royal Coat of Arms embossed sheet of paper, by Col. William Frederick Cavaye stating that the stamps were genuinely prepared for use on his order but owing to the relief of the town they were not “used” and “have been sent to the Postmaster of Kuruman for disposal”, the document witnessed by Lt. F.E. Crosbie, DEOVR, and a Justice of the Peace. A unique record

£200-250

LADYSMITH The town was besieged from 1 November 1899 until 28 February 1900. Nearly all mail was detained in Ladysmith until the siege ended although a few covers are known to have been smuggled out during the siege x146



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1899 (2 Nov.) Natal 1⁄ 2 d. brown card, written at “8 am” to Pietermaritzburg, cancelled with double-ring datestamp and with G.P.O. Natal arrival c.d.s. (2.11) at left; a scarce item carried out on the last mail before the rail was destroyed after noon on the same day

£80-100

1900 (19 Jan.) envelope to London marked “On active service. Sufficient stamps not obtainable” and, on reverse, “If this falls into the hands of the Boers please forward when finished with”, considered overweight and bearing single 1d. with double-ring datestamp, cancelled “10c” tax mark and London Paid “datestamp” most unusually without date, and 1900 (5 Feb.) unstamped envelope to India, marked “On native service no stamps obtainable”, despatch c.d.s. and with “T” and “5c” tax marks crossed through, Durban (3.3), Tuticorin (3.4) and Bareilly (9.4) c.d.s. on reverse; faults in places though a most unusual pair

£100-120

1900 (Feb.) envelope, brought in by runner, addressed to “The Chief of Staff N F Forces Ladysmith”, “Recd AH” (General Sir A Hunter) who wrote, in red crayon, “Good news in during the night 25/2/00”, the envelope then circulated to various officers who initialled the envelope having viewed the contents. A fascinating item of ephemera Note: General Hart attacked Boer troops on Terrace Hill at 5pm on 23 February. They gained the top at 7pm but as there was no cloud cover they were unable to send a heliograph message to Ladysmith so sent off a runner that night. The following day the British Forces were decimated. A ceasefire was declared on Sunday 25 February WWW.SPInK.COM

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1900 (5 Mar.) “Chocolate box” wrapper registered to Burghersdorp, bearing Natal 1d. pair and 6d. (5 with a block of four) all cancelled by scarce “NATAL/FIELD FORCE 2” rubber datestamp with a further strike on reverse; also loose G.B. 3d. purple-brown on yellow strip of three and 1d. lilac with fine strikes of the same datestamp for 13 and 15 March

£120-150

Note: The Natal Field Force was stationed at Chieveley until late in March, when it was moved up to the new British Headquarters at Elandslaagte PROVENANCE:

Bill Hart, June 1993 x150

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1900 (10 Mar.) “IN DIENST.” envelope (265x117mm.) addressed in the handwriting of Commandant General Louis Botha to the Supreme Commander of British troops in Ladysmith, signed by Botha at the lower left corner and carried across the lines by hand ten days after the relief, the reverse with “DEPuTy ADJuTANT GENERAL./SOuTH AFRICAN FORCES” oval-framed datestamp in violet; a few small faults though a possibly unique item of mail between the two leaders

£100-120

1900 (Aug.) envelope from Lourenco Marques via Durban to Ladysmith, franked at 100r. and with Opened under Martial Law label, 1901 envelope from Nondweni and card from Harrismith, both uprated, to P.O.W.’s in Ladysmith with both showing framed “P. of War./PASSED/S.O.P. NATAL/CENSOR” handstamp, 1902 (Jan.) front from O.F.S. to a P.O.W. in “B Kamp” Ladysmith, and 1902 (30 Apr.) envelope to Harrismith with fine triangular-framed “PASSED/CENSOR/BuRGHER/CAMP/LADySMITH” cachet in violet

£80-100

The Siege Handstamp x152

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A comprehensive collection on a range of envelopes/cards (16) with dates from 7 (first recorded date)-26 February, two unfranked, the others mainly bearing Natal 1d. though one on a 1⁄ 2 d. card, one with Natal Telegraph 1d. and one most unusually bearing G.B. Army Official 1⁄ 2 d., varieties include “SEIGE” for 8th., 9th. and 21st., the last with additional “21th” error, and others with incorrect or inverted letters; a fine group

£300-400

A selection of envelopes/cards (9, three unaddressed) and pieces (3) with dates between 14 and 28 February, one with “SEIGE” error and one dated 28 February sent out to Pietermaritzburg on 1 March; a couple with faults though generally good to fine

£120-150

The “Long Tom” Siege Cards x154

x155

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An essay in blue drawn by Earl Roberts in a vertical format on thick card (105x163mm.) showing military personnel and civilians above an entrenchment and headed “New Years Greetings”, marked on reverse “That was printed in the siege in Ladysmith”; soiled, severed vertically and repaired, nevertheless very rare being one of only three examples believed to exist. Also (ex. Griffith) 1900 Valentine card printed in Ladysmith on thick photographers card showing soldiers with horse bodies and inscribed “The Siege Valentine” and “In commemoration of the horseflesh diet, called Chevril. Siege of Ladysmith 14th. February, 1900.”

£80-100

A selection of the issued cards (7), comprising Types I and II addressed locally and both with Siege datestamp, the latter with “SEIGE” error, Type I to Pietermaritzburg arriving 3 March, Type II to England arriving 25 March and with deleted tax mark, Type II via Lourenco Marques to Beira with arrival c.d.s. (13.3), triangular-framed “PASSED/PRESS/CENSOR2” and taxed “10c” as normal military mail; also Type I with forged Ladysmith Rail c.d.s. and Type V unaddressed philatelic creation with 27 February c.d.s.

£180-200

A selection comprising Type II to Pietermaritzburg with arrival c.d.s. (3.3) and details of the siege in the message, Type II to London with arrival c.d.s. (25.3) and cancelled tax mark, Type II to London though apparently not sent, Type V unaddressed philatelic creation with 27 February c.d.s., one to Pinetown in 1902 and one modern reproduction

£100-120

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LYDENBURG The town fell to the British on 6 September 1900. Transvaal stamps and postal stationery found in the town were overprinted “V.R.I.” with or without additional surcharge, and used between 7 September and 8 October Postal History x157

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1900-02 selection of military mail covers to England, comprising 1900 (July) bearing 1d. lilac with “ARMy POST OFFICE/3 M.B./SOuTH AFRICA” rubber datestamp, 1900 stamped and unstamped, both with Natal P.O.A. 43 obliterators, 1901 bearing 1d. with F.P.O. 25 c.d.s. and 1902 to a P.O.W. on Burts Island, Bermuda bearing 1d. with A.P.O. Lydenburg c.d.s., censor labels and arrival c.d.s. An attractive group

£100-120

1900 (Sept.) trio of civilian mail covers, two to Durban (one bearing G.B. 1⁄ 2 d. pair) and one to England, all three with Natal P.O.A. 43 obliterators, and 1902 envelope (openedout) Standard Bank envelope to Durban bearing 1d. lilac with light A.P.O. Lydenburg c.d.s. with censor mark alongside

£60-80

Stamps x159

x160

1d. rose-red and green, with long-tailed “R” and 3d. on 3d. rose-red and green, part original gum; the first with small light fox mark. R.P.S. Certificates (1973 and 1963 respectively). S.G. 2, 5, £300

£60-70

3d. on 1d. rose-red and green block of four and two pairs (one vertical, both with one showing long-tailed “R”), part original gum; a few faults in places though scarce multiples. B.P.A. Certificate (1985) for the horizontal pair. S.G. 5, £1,120

£200-250

Postal Stationery x161



1 ⁄ 2 d. green reply card and 2d. sage-green registered envelopes sizes F and G, all unused; the first with a soil mark on face, the two registered envelopes with some foxing though a scarce trio. R.P.S. Certificate (1971 or 1972) for each

£60-80

MAFEKING The town was surrounded by the Transvaal Army on 12 October 1899. The siege lasted seven months and the town was relieved on 17 May 1900 after 217 days

Postal History x162



1899 (11 Aug.) unstamped envelope (torn at top through opening), complete with letter, from Johannesburg to “The Officer in Charge, Imperial Troops, Mafeking”, marked at top “Will the postmaster kindly hand this over”, marked as received by the Postmaster, Mr. Howat, and with arrival c.d.s. (25.8); the contents referring to the possibility of bringing a “flying column” of men up to Johannesburg and to bring up “5 or 6000 small arms” as well

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1899 (Oct.) envelope (opened-out for display with “MAFEKING CLuB” imprint on flap, endorsed “Oct: 18: All right-”) to Dublin, signed by Dr. W. Hayes at top left, smuggled out of Mafeking to Kuruman, bearing Cape 1d. carmine cancelled by “KuRuMAN/BECHuANALAND” c.d.s. (25.10), upon arrival redirected to Skerries and with “RATHMINES D.D. DuBLIN” c.d.s. (5.8) at lower left. One of only two recorded covers out of Mafeking via Kuruman. A remarkable item involving two towns besieged by the Boers. Photo

£800-1,000

Note: Edward Ross’s diary of the Mafeking Siege records that some letters were sent out by special runner via Kuruman, 190 miles west of Mafeking, during October 1899 PROVENANCE:

“Goodyear”, Christie’s Robson Lowe, June 1993 x164



1899 (20 Oct.) “In Veld Dienst” envelope (two vertical creases) from the Kraaipan area to Pretoria, showing Lichtenburg double-ring datestamp on face, Ottoshoop (20.10) and arrival (23.10) c.d.s. on reverse; also G.B. 1d. lilac on piece with Lichtenburg squaredcircle datestamp (1.6.00, the first day of occupation by British troops) Note: On 12 October at Kraaipan, 50 miles south west of Mafeking, Boer Troops destroyed the rail tracks and captured a train with several British troops and two guns. Mafeking was invested the following day

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1899 (30 Oct.) envelope “On Active Service” from Macloutsi, Bechuanaland, to England, bearing 1897 1⁄ 2 d. (2) and 1d. (3) twice cancelled by c.d.s. with a further strike below, the reverse with Palapye (2.11), Bulawayo (5.11) and Durban (6.12) c.d.s.; the adhesives with a few faults though a rare and spectacular franking. The earliest recorded Rhodesian Force mail out of Bechuanaland during the first month of the war. Photo Note: Lt. Col. Plumer, with about 100 men, occupied Fort Tuli on 11 October 1899. On 24 October, a squadron under Capt. K. Maclaren, advanced via Macloutsie to Baines Drift, 80 miles south PROVENANCE: Bill Hart, 1993

£700-900

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1899 (Dec.) and 1900 (Jan.) pair of envelopes ex the Vyvyan correspondence to his wife in London, both bearing Cape 1d. cancelled at Crocodile Pools, Bechuanaland and not in Mafeking due to fear of interceptance by the Boers, the first marked “Siege No. 3” with the Crocodile Pools c.d.s. dated 20 December 1899 and with Bulawayo (22.12), Durban (9.1) and Notting Hill (3.2) c.d.s, the second marked “Siege No. 6” with Crocodile Pools c.d.s. dated 9 January 1900, the British authorities realising that this office was in Bechuanaland and that the Cape 1d. stamp was not valid, applying large “T” and “5D/F.B./A” handstamps, Bulawayo (11.1) and Notting Hill (24.2) c.d.s. on reverse. A wonderful pair. Photo Note: Lt. Col. Vyvyan of the Buffs was stationed in Mafeking to prepare for war and he trained members of the “Town Guard” some months before hostilities began. He was Town Commandant during the siege. He served in both the Matabele and Mashona Rebellions in Rhodesia. See also lots 203 and 227 WWW.SPInK.COM

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1900-02 selection of military mail, comprising 1900 unstamped soldier’s envelopes (2) and 1901 envelope with V.R.I. 1⁄ 2 d. pair, all with F.P.O. 4 c.d.s., one taxed 1d., 1900 and 1902 soldier’s envelopes, both franked with 1d., one marked “No Stamps Available On Active Service” the other from Capt. Wallace at Rooi Grond, complete with letter including various comments on Mafeking and the Boers, and 1902 from Lt. L.K. D-Arcy marked “No stamps available” with squared-circle datestamp and triangular-framed censor mark

£150-200

1900-02 selection of civilian mail comprising 1900 envelope (faults) to England franked at 4d. and 1902 envelope to Cape Town franked at 7d., both cancelled by single-ring datestamp, 1900 envelope to England bearing 1⁄ 2 d. pair sharing squared-circle datestamp, 1902 unstamped envelope to Berlin and redirected locally, showing squared-circle datestamp, framed “PASSED/PRESS CENSOR” handstamp in violet and taxed 25c., and 1902 envelope to Germany, bearing 3d. (3) cancelled by Army Post Office Mafeking c.d.s. and showing framed “PASSED/PRESS CENSOR” handstamp in violet

£120-150

1900 (Jan.) unstamped envelope (small tears at top through opening), with British South Africa Police emblem on flap, from Lt. Col. Bodle to his father in England, marked “Free-On Active Service Rhodesia Regt.” and countersigned by Capt. Rolt, taxed “4d” in blue crayon alongside large “T” handstamp, both cancelled out by circular-framed “FB/M” Foreign Branch handstamps and with London Paid c.d.s. (16.3) alongside, the reverse with Bulawayo (24.1) and Thame (17.3) c.d.s. Photo

£400-500

Note: In 1899 Lt. Col. Bodle was in charge of positions along the Limpopo River. On 31 March he and Major Rolt were wounded at Ramathlabama only 6 miles outside Mafeking. The Rhodesians retreated, losing 48 men x170

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1900 (Feb. and May) unstamped soldier’s envelopes from members of the B.S.A.P., probably with Col. Plumer’s Force advancing on Mafeking, the first countersigned by a Captain and showing “T” handstamp deleted in London and London Paid c.d.s. (1.4) on face, Bulawayo (14.2) and Colchester (2.4) c.d.s. on reverse, the second from “Reg No. 1073 Trpr H Foster BSAP Active Service” and countersigned by the Officer Commanding B Squadron, deleted manuscript “T” mark and London Paid c.d.s. (25.5) on face, Bulawayo (10.4) and Oxford (25.5) c.d.s. on reverse; an interesting pair. Also 1899 letter from East London with “We have no news from Mafeking, only that Col. Plumers relief column has arrived there from the north which is good news”

£150-200

1900 (18 Mar.) typed message on rice paper from Capt. J.A. More, commanding the Railway Division, with a fascinating group of notes regarding life in Mafeking during the siege, a further part of a message from Capt. More on rice paper with “Extracts from general orders, concerning Railway Division, issued by Col. R.S.S. Baden-Powell, Commanding Frontier Force. October 7th 1899.”, and 1900 (21 Apr.) envelope (damaged and stamp torn away) to Cape Town, sent out via the Northern Route via Crocodile Pools and Bulawayo

£60-80

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1900 (May) soldier’s envelope from Corpl. Blunt to his father General Blunt at Banbury, countersigned by Lt. E. Hartland “O.C. - C Squad RFF”, sent via the Northern route with Crocodile Pools (18.5) and London Paid (23.6) c.d.s. with large “T” handstamp deleted, arrival c.d.s. (23.6) on reverse. Photo

£100-120

Note: Lt. Hartland was killed the day after this letter was countersigned by him, during the engagement to relieve Mafeking x173

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1900 (7 June) “On Active Service” envelope to Scotland, complete with letter, from Capt. Ramsey “O.C. Lobatsi”, with the enclosed letter written at Lobatsi and posted at Mafeking (9.6) with London Paid c.d.s. (7.7), Stow arrival c.d.s. (8.7) on reverse; the letter refers to him being in Mafeking and points on the line, the camp at Lobatsi and his feeling that “the Boers are giving up their arms” and that “the last shot in the Boer War has been fired”. Photo

£200-250

1902 (24 May) envelope from P.O.W. P.A. Coetze at St. Helena to a family relative in the Women’s Refugee camp at Mafeking, bearing 1d. carmine cancelled by c.d.s. alongside a fine strike of the triangular-framed “PASSED/CENSOR./ST. HELENA/HEAD OFFICE.” cachet in deep violet, upon arrival Opened under Martial Law label applied and tied by two Mafeking censor labels and arrival squared-circle datestamp on reverse. Photo

£150-200

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THE SURCHARGED STAMP ISSUES Surcharged in Seriffed type on Cape of Good Hope Stamps x175

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x177

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1d. on 1⁄ 2 d. green (Hope standing) (2) and 3d. on 1d. carmine Type 1 vertical pair, used; the upper stamp in the pair creased, otherwise sound. S.G. 2, 3, £370

£100-120

3d. on 1d. carmine horizontal pair, Types 1 and 2, Type 1 showing “B” omitted, fresh with part original gum. R.P.S. Certificate (1973) for a block of four, this being the lower pair. S.G. 3, £650. Photo

£200-250

3d. on 1d. carmine block of four, Types 1 and 2, each horizontal pair sharing 13 April c.d.s.; a couple of trivial imperfections, otherwise sound. S.G. 5, £260+. Photo

£100-120

Surcharged in Seriffed type on Bechuanaland Protectorate Stamps x178

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1d. on 1⁄ 2 d. vermilion block of six (3x2), Types 1-3, each neatly cancelled with 5 May c.d.s.; lower left stamp with trivial imperfections, otherwise fine. S.G. 6, £480+. Photo

£200-250

1d. on 1⁄ 2 d. vermilion strip of six (possibly split at centre), Types 1-6, neatly cancelled with 13 April c.d.s. and affixed to piece; fine. S.G. 6, £480+. Photo

£200-250

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x182

1d. on 1⁄ 2 d. vermilion, Type 1, variety surcharge inverted, neatly cancelled and affixed to small piece by part March c.d.s.; fine and very rare. R.P.S. Certificate (1962). S.G. 6a, £7,500. Photo

£3,000-3,500

2d. on 6d. green and carmine, Types 1, 2, 3 with additional Types 1 and 4 showing surcharge misplaced to top leaving both stamps with “MAFEKING” virtually omitted, used with the last on piece; a couple a little faded, otherwise sound. S.G. 8, £600

£180-200

6d. on 3d. purple on yellow, Types 1 to 6 used with one on small piece, good to fine. Three with certificates. S.G. 9, £2,550. Photo

£600-700

Surcharged in Seriffed type on British Bechuanaland Stamps x183

x184

6d. on 3d. lilac and black, fresh with part original gum; tiny thin at right, otherwise sound; also a used example, some foxing. S.G. 10, £645. Photo

£150-200

1/- on 4d. green and purple-brown Types 1, 2, 3 and 4, used; the first three with slight loss of green, the last with fine colours and on small piece. S.G. 11, £440

£120-150

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1/- on 4d. green and purple-brown, variety surcharge double, Type 1 in seriffed type and one in sans-serif type, fresh with part original gum. A fine example of this very rare stamp which is believed to be a trial printing. S.G. 11ab, £14,000. Photo

£7,000-8,000

1/- on 4d. green and purple-brown, variety surcharge double, Type 3 in seriffed type and one in sans-serif type, fresh colours and neatly cancelled and tied by 1 May c.d.s. on piece. A fine example example of this rare stamp which is believed to be a trial printing. Brandon Certificate (1989). S.G. 11ab, £7,000. Photo

£3,000-4,000

Surcharged in Sans-Seriffed type on Bechuanaland Protectorate Stamps x187

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3d. on 1d. lilac horizontal pair with part to very large part original gum; the left-hand stamp with a vertical crease, the right-hand stamp with small curved gum crease. A scarce multiple. S.G. 12, £2,200. Photo

£500-600

3d. on 1d. lilac block of four and horizontal pair, used on pieces with 23 April and 11 May c.d.s.; fine. S.G. 12, £600+. Photo

£200-250

6d. on 2d. green and carmine, a block of four with each clearly cancelled by 7 May c.d.s. and tied on piece; the upper-left stamp with trace of soiling, the upper-right stamp with trace of foxing at right. S.G. 13, £400+. Photo

£150-200

6d. on 2d. green and carmine, four examples with datestamps of 8, 9, 12 and 14 May, one thinned, two on pieces and fine. S.G. 13, £400

£120-150

1/- on 6d. purple on rose-red (2), one (fractional colour loss) with 30 April c.d.s., the other (fine colour) on piece with 3 May c.d.s. S.G. 14, £260

£100-120

Surcharged in Sans-Seriffed type on British Bechuanaland Stamps x192 ័

x193 ័

x194 ័

1/- on 6d. purple on rose-red, good colour and neatly cancelled by 10 May c.d.s. on piece; fine and scarce. B.P.A. Certificate (1951). S.G. 15, £850. Photo

£300-400

2/- on 1/- green, good strong colour and neatly cancelled by 11 May c.d.s. on piece; fine. S.G. 16, £650. Photo

£250-300

2/- on 1/- green, neatly cancelled by 28 April c.d.s. on piece; fine. S.G. 16, £650. Photo

£250-300

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Covers There were two mail services, a local service and external communications. These were run under the supervision of the Military Authorities

The Local Mail Service The postal rates were 1d. within the town limits and 3d. to outposts and forts. Bookpost was 1d. and the newspaper rate was 1⁄ 2 d. per paper Town Letter x195



1900 (24 Mar.) envelope to “A Ellerecamp Esq. care of Julius Weil”, bearing seriffed type Cape 1d. on 1⁄ 2 d. green (Hope seated) Type 3, with c.d.s.; a couple of trivial imperfections though fine for these scarce items and posted only one day after issue. S.G. 1. Photo

£700-800

From Defence Lines, Forts and Outposts into Town x196

x197

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1900 (4 Apr.) envelope to “B. Isaacs Esqr. c/o Aldred & Ross” bearing seriffed type British Bechuanaland 1/- on 4d. green and purple-brown (fine) Type 5 neatly cancelled and tied; the envelope with some creasing and small portion of reverse missing, nevertheless an early incoming franking. S.G. 11. Photo

£500-600

1900 (16 Apr.) envelope to “Mr. Isaacs, Dalls Store, Market Square”, bearing seriffed overprint Bechuanaland Protectorate 6d. on 2d. green and carmine Types 1 and 4, both neatly cancelled; folded horizontally and vertically which is typical of mail carried by “bicycle” boy scout. S.G. 13. Photo

£600-800

1900 (27 Mar.) envelope to “R Moon Esq. c/o WW & Co.”, bearing seriffed overprint Cape 3d. on 1d. carmine neatly cancelled, signed “Baden Powell 1937” at lower left corner; vertical fold and repair at top. B.P.A. Certificate (1981). S.G. 3. Photo

£500-600

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External Mail Services There was a Southern Route via Kimberley at a rate of 6d. and a Northern Route via Bulawayo at a rate of 1/-

199 Southern Route via Kimberley x199



1900 (26 Mar.) envelope to Mowbray, Cape, bearing seriffed overprint Cape 6d. on 3d. magenta (upper left corner rounded), Type 2, lightly cancelled, arrival c.d.s. (16.4) below where redirected to Kenilworth, arrived 17 April where reposted “via Sir Lowry’s Pass” to Gordon’s Bay with addition of Cape 1d. cancelled the same day, arrival c.d.s. (17.4) together with four other transit c.d.s.; a little soiling though a rare stamp on cover and a most unusual item of redirected mail. S.G. 4. Photo

£800-1,000

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1900 (26 Mar.) envelope to Durban, bearing seriffed overprint Cape 3d. on 1d. carmine horizontal pair, Types 2-3, lightly cancelled and tied, the reverse with Barkly West (11.4), Kimberley (12.4) and Durban c.d.s.; vertical fold at centre. One of the few covers known to Natal. S.G. 3. Photo WWW.SPInK.COM

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1900 (28 Mar.) envelope to Worcester, Cape, bearing seriffed overprint British Bechuanaland 6d. on 3d. lilac and black Type 1 (surface faults at lower left corner) neatly cancelled, the reverse with Kimberley (15.4) and Worcester (18.4) c.d.s.; flap missing and vertical fold at centre though a scarce stamp used alone. S.G. 10. Photo

£500-600

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1900 (7 Apr.) envelope to England, marked “via the North” though prepaid at the Southern Route with seriffed overprint Cape 3d. on 1d. carmine horizontal pair, Types 3-4, neatly cancelled with a further superb strike alongside, Ipswich arrival c.d.s. (24.6) on reverse. S.G. 3. Photo

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1900 (25 Mar.) envelope (opened-out for display) ex the Vyvyan correspondence to England, bearing seriffed overprint Cape 3d. on 1d. block of three (another cut away with right-hand stamp defective at top) Types 5-6 neatly cancelled by two c.d.s. with another alongside, the reverse with Bulawayo (4.4), Helston (13.5) and Mawgan (14.5) datestamps; despite one stamp being excised, a noteworthy cover sent by the Northern Route on the first day of stamp issue. S.G. 3. Photo

£200-250

Note: The Northern Route took 13 days to Bulawayo. This rail route, although crossing three international borders to the port of Beira, was safer from Boer sabotage once past Gaberones in Bechuanaland, than the southern railway route through the Cape Colony x204 ័

x205



x206 ័

1900 (26 Mar.) large part envelope to Scotland, marked “On Active Service” and countersigned by B.W. Cowan commanding the Bechuanaland Rifles, bearing seriffed overprint Cape 6d. on 3d. magenta Type 1 with light c.d.s., the reverse with Bulawayo and Dundee (13.5) c.d.s.; both the envelope and adhesive (cut out and replaced) with faults though most unusual in being paid at the Southern Route rate of 6d. though sent on the more expensive Northern Route. Few 6d. rate covers going north are recorded. S.G. 4. Photo

£200-250

1900 (29 Mar.) envelope (small faults) to England, bearing seriffed overprint British Bechuanaland 6d. on 3d. lilac and black vertical pair each neatly cancelled, Bulawayo (5.4) and Hartlepool (26.5) c.d.s. on reverse. S.G. 10. Photo

£600-800

1900 (30 Mar.) envelope front and flap “via Beira” to England, bearing seriffed overprint Cape 1d. on 1⁄ 2 d. green Hope seated (3), 3d. on 1d. carmine and British Bechuanaland 6d. on 3d. lilac and black all neatly cancelled, apparently intercepted by Boers and marked for return to Mafeking in blue crayon in the handwriting of Mr. Howat, the Postmaster. Colourful and most unusual. S.G. 1, 3, 10. Photo

£400-500

Note: Early in April, Boer Forces intercepted mail out of Mafeking, shot the runners and attached letters to their bodies which were found the next morning near the defence lines

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1900 (30 Mar.) envelope piece bearing seriffed overprint Cape 1d. on 1⁄ 2 d. green Hope seated (3), 3d. on 1d. carmine and British Bechuanaland 6d. on 3d. lilac and black, all neatly cancelled, the piece showing trace of blue crayon mark, probably that of the postmaster returning mail to the sender, as in the previous lot, held for six weeks and then reposted on 16 May with addition of seriffed overprint British Bechuanaland 1/- on 4d. green and purple-brown; most unusual. S.G. 1, 3, 10, 11. Photo

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£250-300


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1900 (6 Apr.) envelope to London and redirected to Reading, originally failing to penetrate Boer lines and reposted on 7th. with seriffed overprint Cape 1/- on 4d. sagegreen neatly cancelled and tied with crayon manuscript “1/-” and “JN” (John Nevett) checker’s initials alongside, Norwood original destination datestamp (25.5) alongside, the reverse (part flap missing) with Crocodile Pools (20.4), part Bulawayo (23.4), Norwood (25.5) and Reading (26.5) c.d.s. A most unusual “second try” cover with the 1/- on 4d. particularly rare on cover. Brandon Certificate (2004). S.G. 5. Photo Note: On arrival in Bulawayo, the batches of letters received from Mafeking, usually in groups of thirty, were examined on the Military Post Office “Base Train”, the postage verified, the batch number noted, and then initialled by the checking clerk

£1,200-1,500

209 x209



1900 (28 Apr.) envelope ex the Godley correspondence to Exeter and redirected to Lynmouth, bearing sans-seriffed Bechuanaland Protectorate 1/- on 6d. purple on rosered (crease at lower right corner) neatly cancelled with a further strike alongside, part Exeter duplex (23.6) below, the reverse with Bulawayo (6.5 with “MEI” Dutch spelling for month), Exeter (23.6) and Barnstaple (24.6) c.d.s. Rare with few sans-seriffed printings recorded, particularly on non-philatelic frankings. Brandon Certificate (1980). S.G. 14. Photo Note: Major Godley was advisor on postal matters in Mafeking 51

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PRODUCED PHOTOGRAPHICALLY BY DR. D TAYLOR ON UNWATERMARKED HORIZONTALLY LAID PAPER 1d. Cadet Sergeant-Major Goodyear x210

1d. pale dull blue with 11 May c.d.s. S.G. 17, £325. Photo

£100-120

x211

1d. pale bright blue with 11 May c.d.s. S.G. 17, £325. Photo

£100-120

1d. blue horizontal pair, each neatly cancelled with 2 May c.d.s. and tied on piece. S.G. 17/18, £650. Photo

£200-250

x213 ័

1d. deep bright blue cancelled by 14 May c.d.s. and tied on piece. S.G. 18, £325. Photo

£100-120

x214

1d. deep bright blue with 2 May c.d.s. S.G. 18, £325. Photo

£100-120

x212 ័

Misperforated x215 x216

x217

1d. bright blue dramatically misperforated to right, unused with some gum; a couple of short perfs., otherwise sound. S.G. 17, £1,200. Photo 1d. pale blue grossly misperforated to right, Plate 3 [33], showing plate scratch above value tablet and white flaws at top, 10 May c.d.s. S.G. 17, £325. Photo PROVENANCE: “Goodyear”, Christie’s Robson Lowe, June 1993 1d. blue from the top of the sheet, misperforated to right, 11 May c.d.s. S.G. 17, £325. Photo

£250-300 £100-120

£100-120

Plate 3 Cracked Plate x218 ័

1d. pale blue, [10], tied on piece by 11 May c.d.s. S.G. 17, £325. Photo

£100-120

x219

1d. deep blue, [11], 1 July c.d.s. S.G. 18, £325. Photo

£100-120

x220

1d. deep blue, [12], 9 May c.d.s.; a couple of tiny marks on face. S.G. 18, £325. Photo

£100-120

3d. Baden Powell, 1812⁄ mm. wide Unused x221

3d. blue, marginal example from the left of the sheet, large part original gum; fine. S.G. 19/20, £1,700. Photo

£600-700

Used x222

x223 ័

x224

x225 ័

x226 ័

3d., three examples in contrasting shades, one with 19 April c.d.s., a little soiled, one with 9 May c.d.s., thinned at top and manuscript “AS from BP” in ink on reverse, and one on piece with 11 May c.d.s., diagonal crease. S.G. 19/20, £1,275. Photo 3d. pale blue used with seriffed surcharge Bechuanaland Protectorate 6d. on 2d. green and carmine Type 4 vertical pair, each neatly cancelled by 16 April c.d.s. and tied to backed piece; a few light fox marks in places and 3d. with a couple of short perfs. S.G. 8, 19, £715 PROVENANCE: “Goodyear”, Christie’s Robson Lowe, June 1993

£200-250

3d. deep blue, neatly cancelled by 14 May c.d.s.; fine. P.F.S.A. Certificate (1968). S.G. 20, £425. Photo

£150-180

3d. deep blue used with seriffed overprint Cape 3d. on 1d. carmine, Bechuanaland Protectorate 1d. on 1⁄ 2 d. vermilion and British Bechuanaland 1/- on 4d. green and purplebrown, cancelled by 17 April c.d.s. and tied on piece; some foxing affecting the surface of the surcharged stamps, the 3d. fine. S.G. 3, 6, 11, 20, £680. Photo

£150-200

3d. deep blue horizontal pair, each neatly cancelled by 2 May c.d.s. and tied on piece; fine. S.G. 20, £850. Photo

£300-350

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1900 (16 May) envelope to Fort Miller, bearing 3d. deep blue, marginal from the right of the sheet, in combination with seriffed overprint Cape 3d. on 1d. carmine, Bechuanaland Protectorate 1d. on 1⁄ 2 d. vermilion and 6d. on 2d. green and carmine, each neatly cancelled by c.d.s., endorsed “Mafeking Notes, etc.” in pencil at foot; the 3d. with damaged lower left corner, the envelope with some light soiling, creases and part of reverse removed, nevertheless a scarce mixed issue franking which appears to have been charged at the book rate of 1/-. S.G. 3, 6, 8, 20. Photo Note: Fort Miller was on the Western defence line and was manned by the Town Guard under Capt. Vyvyan

£300-400

THE REVERSED DESIGN VARIETY

228 x228

3d. pale blue on blue, variety reversed design, from the upper right corner of the one sheet thus printed, neatly cancelled with 27 April c.d.s. and affixed on fragment. Extremely fine and undoubtedly the finest of the five examples in private hands. One of the great rarities of Mafeking, and indeed all Boer War philately. B.P.A. Certificate (1993). S.G. 19a, £48,000. Photo Note: Of the ten examples known, three are mint and seven are used. One of the mint and two of the used are in the Royal Philatelic Collection, thus leaving only seven examples of this spectacular variety in private hands. The above example is the earliest recorded date of use PROVENANCE: “Goodyear”, Christie’s Robson Lowe, June 1993 WWW.SPInK.COM

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x230

3d. pale blue tied to piece by 12 April c.d.s.; short perf. at foot, tiny red mark at top. S.G. 21, £1,200. Photo

£200-250

3d. blue with neat 10 May c.d.s.; two tiny handstamps on reverse. S.G. 21 group, £1,200. Photo

£300-400

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x231 ័

3d. deep blue, neatly cancelled and tied on 30 April envelope front, marked “200th. day of siege” to defending line of trenches beyond “Fingo Location”; two vertical creases well clear of the adhesive. A most unusual usage. S.G. 22, £1,400. Photo

£1,000-1,200

The Broken or Cracked Plate This variety was the result of the printer having dropped the glass negative, resulting in it breaking in to two parts. Dr. Taylor was able to fit the two pieces of glass together and carry on with the printing. It is estimated that he printed between 32 and 50 sheets after repairing the plate. Five stamps (positions 6-10) in each sheet show a whitish line where the plate was broken and pieced together. No more than 250 examples of this variety can exist x232 ័

x233

Position 7: Pale blue, neatly cancelled by 7 May c.d.s. and tied on piece; trace of soiling, otherwise sound. Brandon Certificate (1985). Photo

£400-500

Position 8: Pale blue showing “wide” crack and with complete “F” of “OCEANA FINE” papermaker’s watermark, part 2 May c.d.s. at foot. Very rare with only ten examples possible. Brandon Certificate (1980).Photo

£1,500-2,000

PROVENANCE:

“Mafeking”, Guido Craveri, February 1994 x234

x235 ័

Position 8: Deep blue, neatly cancelled by 10 May c.d.s.; very fine. Photo Position 9: Pale blue, neatly cancelled by 12 May c.d.s. and tied on piece. Photo

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236 x236

x237

Position 9: Pale blue cancelled by 12 May c.d.s., together with 1d. deep blue with 4 May c.d.s., both affixed to tissue paper piece marked “Certified to be genuine Charles G.H. Bell/CIVIL COMMISSIONER” and with Crowned “CIVIL COMMISSIONER/MAFEKING” datestamp for 14 September. Photo

£600-700

Position 9: Dull blue showing “wide” crack across entire top of the stamp, neatly cancelled by 11 May c.d.s. and tied on piece; fine. Photo

IMPERFORATE BETWEEN STAMP AND MARGIN VARIETY

238 x238

3d. pale blue on blue from the foot of the sheet and showing “screw hole” in margin, neatly cancelled by 11 May c.d.s.; a few foxed perfs. at left, otherwise fine. Rare. Photo

£1,500-2,000

Note: Only two sheets were reportedly were produced imperforate at top and at foot, thus resulting in only eight possible from the foot of the sheet and only two possible with “screw hole”

BANKNOTES x239

x240 x241

1s. “B7905”, 2s. “A5104” and 3s. “A3136”, the 2s. and 3s. with folds and well used, the 1s. with a light vertical fold, otherwise fresh and fine. Also “MAFEKING GARRISON./SOuP TICKET./6D” No 305

£200-250

10s. green Nos. 884 and 3392, the first toned, the second quartered by folds though of fresh colour. Also a facsimile

£150-200

10s. green No. 1016 with “Commaning” error, well used with soiling confined mainly to reverse

£120-150

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£1 light blue on “Charter Valley” paper with Bechuanaland Protectorate seal, manuscript serial number “303”; vertical fold at centre. Photo

£500-600

243 x243

£1 deep blue on “BASSENDEAN/VELLuM/ LOFT DRIED” paper with manuscript “544” serial number; quartered folds which split the paper in a couple of places and which have been reinforced. Photo

£400-500

EPHEMERA x244

A selection including “The Mafeking Mail” Nos. 1 (2), 42, 95, 144 and 171, Certificate of Service for Peter Lang who served in the Western Defences, postcard showing banknotes, 1900 Standard Bank pay cheque to Baden-Powell, two Cape Town announcements on the Relief and a large photograph showing Baden-Powell and forty men, marked on reverse “Group of Defenders of Mafeking on visit of Sir. R. Baden-Powell. 1912”. A fascinating lot 57

£100-120


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RUSTENBURG Major-General Baden-Powell and Col. Hoare occupied the town on 14 June 1900. Baden-Powell left the town on 7 August. The next British occupation of the town started with the arrival of Brig.-General Broadwood on 26 September

POSTAL HISTORY x245



1900-02 selection of envelopes (16) to England, six sent unstamped (one a captured “IN type) with various “On Active Service” or “No Stamps Obtainable” notations, the others all franked at 1d. (9) or 2d., showing Army P.O. 50 (3) and 55 (13, one struck in blue); faults in places though an interesting group

£200-250

1900-01 envelopes (6) sent by Lieut R. Ford of the Transvaal Constabulary to Belgium, variously endorsed with two sent unstamped with Army P.O. 55 c.d.s. (one in blue) and bearing G.B. 21⁄ 2 d. applied and cancelled in London, one a G.B. 2d. registered envelope, uprated with 21⁄ 2 d., cancelled by Field P.O. c.d.s. and three franked at 21⁄ 2 d. with V.R.I. values cancelled by A.P.O. 55, Field Post Office B.O. or Pretoria c.d.s.; also 1901 (30 May) envelope from Belgium to Lieut. Ford at the Army Service Corps in Potchefstroom with two different “deceased” handstamps. A fine and unusual group

£250-300

1900 (24 June) Z.A.R. 1d. rose-red and green card to Mrs. Machol in Germany neatly cancelled by squared-circle datestamp, showing Transvaal large ornamental circularframed “T” handstamp (taxed as invalid postage from Rustenburg) and Konigstein arrival c.d.s. (22.7) on face, no Postage Due apparently collected; a most unusual item. Photo

£100-120

DIENST.”

x246

x247





Note: Dr. Albert Machol, a medical doctor practising at Rustenburg, was appointed district surgeon by Lord Cecil x248

x249





1900 (28 June) envelope, complete with letter, from Major-General Baden-Powell to Mrs. Mercer at Cape Town, marked “On Service Baden-Powell Maj. Gnl” and showing Zeerust transit c.d.s. (2.7), “T2d” in blue crayon and “2d” tax handstamp, Charge Clerk c.d.s. (7.7) on reverse; the letter includes “We were indeed very glad to get out from Mafeking - and are now very busy hunting up the Boers in the open”. An interesting cover sent out on the post to the west. Photo

£100-120

1900 (Aug.) unstamped envelopes from Major-General Baden-Powell and his younger brother Major Baden-Powell, both endorsed by them as “On Service”, the first to Lady Smyth in England and redirected from Aylesbury to Wales, the second to Rutland, both conveyed out on the evacuation convoy of 8 August and both showing fine Army P.O. 55 c.d.s. applied en route at Pretoria. An unusual pair

£100-120

Note: Major Baden-Powell of the Scots Guards was wounded when relieving Mafeking Elands River Depot x250

x251





1900 (Aug.) envelopes (2) from members of the New South Wales Bushmen, the first from Despatch Rider J. Mathews wounded in the attempted relief of the Depot, from hospital in Mafeking to Newcastle with despatch squared-circle datestamp (15.8), taxed at Cape Town with “T” and “1d” handstamps and bearing New South Wales Postage Due 1d. with manuscript cancellation in blue crayon, the second (damaged), complete with four page letter, from Sgt. Scullen-Ward of the 6th. Regiment written on arrival back in Mafeking (13.8) after retreat from the Depot, the contents with comments on the campaign

£120-150

1900 (Aug.) soldier’s envelope from a member of the 10th. New Zealand Regiment to New Plymouth, marked “Nr. Rustenburg” and reverse and with Mafeking squared-circle datestamp (28.8) on face, arrival datestamp (9.10) on reverse, and 1900 (1 Sept.) soldier’s envelope from Sergt. Zaffert of the Elands River Detachment to Durban, not countersigned by the Commanding Officer and showing Mafeking squared-circle datestamp and oval-framed “T/1D” handstamp in a type apparently not recorded by Hart and Kantey; both with faults though a most unusual pair

£80-100

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x253





1900 “IN DIENST.” envelope bearing Transvaal 1⁄ 2 d. cancelled by Otto’s Hoop squaredcircle datestamps (2) in violet with day and year dates showing “89” or “98”, and seven strikes of four different Commissioner instructional marks, intaglio Arms handstamps or other datestamps, all in the same deep violet colour, at upper right is affixed a Mafeking Baden-Powell 18mm. 3d. deep blue with 7 May c.d.s. on small piece; the envelope with creases and other faults, the 3d. stamp sound

£100-120

1900 (July) unstamped soldier’s envelope from Capt. B.W. Cowan, Acting Commander at Otto’s Hoop to Cairo, marked “On active service. No stamps available”, showing Field Post Office B.O. c.d.s. (9.7) and bearing G.B. 21⁄ 2 d. with London c.d.s. (27.7) and London Paid c.d.s. of the same date alongside, paying the onward transmission postage to Egypt, , small part Mafeking d.s. and Ismailia, Cairo (2.8) datestamps on reverse; most unusual. Photo

£200-250

Note: Capt. Cowan commanded the Bechuanaland Rifles in Mafeking and was mentioned in despatches by Baden-Powell x254



1900 (28 Aug.) soldier’s envelope (some foxing) from Private Boyd to England, countersigned by the Officer Commanding the Rhodesian Field Hospital and showing Mafeking (28.8, the day Lord Methuen arrived from Elands River siege with relieved troops), F.P.O.B.O. (1.9) and London Paid c.d.s., and 1900 (11 Sept.) envelope (225x105mm.) from Lt. Col. Grey (leader of the fateful Jameson Raid in 1896) of the 2nd. Rhodesian Field Force to London, showing Mafeking and London Paid (5.10) datestamps

£100-120

Recovery of Looted Mail Handstamps x255



1900 (27 Apr.) envelope from Pietersburg to Cape Town, bearing Transvaal 1d. rose-red and green with double-ring datestamp, pre-war Z.A.R. Found Open and Resealed label and showing, on reverse, superb “FOuND IN RuSTENBG/By BRITISH FORCES” handstamp in violet, Pretoria (8.11) and Cape Town (13.11) datestamps. Photo

£400-500

Note: It was Lord Methuen’s task to “tidy up” the Western Transvaal. He raided all the farmsteads during October where these mails were found x256

x257

x258







1900 (15 May) envelope (faults) from Kaapsche Hoop to Natal, , bearing Transvaal 1d. rose-red and green with double-ring datestamp, pre-war Z.A.R. Found Open and Resealed label and showing, on reverse, superb “FOuND IN RuSTENBG/By BRITISH FORCES” handstamp in violet, Pretoria (8.11), Durban (9.11) and Tongatt (12.11) datestamps. Photo

£300-400

1900 (Nov.) envelope to Cape Town, showing fine “FOuND IN RuSTENBG/By BRITISH FORCES” handstamp in violet alongside circular-framed “T” and “2d.” h.s., part Transvaal c.d.s. on reverse; the envelope with a couple of small tears at top and part flap missing. Also a large part envelope front to Salt River with nearly complete strike of the handstamp and taxed at 1d. for double wrapper rate. Photo

£400-500

1900 (Nov.) envelope to London, showing a fine strike of the rare “FOuND IN RuSTENBG/By BRITISH FORCES” handstamp in violet and with manuscript “5d to pay” at left, framed “T/25/CENTIMES” and large “5D./F.B./A.” handstamps, the reverse with Pretoria (6.11) and London (3.12) c.d.s.; two creases clear of the handstamp. Rare. Photo

£400-500

PROVENANCE:

Bill Hart, June 1993 x259



1901 (13 Jan.) G.B. 1⁄ 2 d. brown card (one corner creased) from Buffels Poort to Dorchester and redirected to Glasgow, marked “Field Service - No stamps” with the stamp impression cancelled by Army P.O. 54 c.d.s. for 15 January, showing “INCLuDED IN MAIL BAG LOST ON/CAPE RAILWAy AND RECOVERED/25TH JuLy 1901” cachet alongside Severn Stoke arrival c.d.s. (19.8); the contents include “We are out in the mountains watching the passes while the supplies are passed through to Rustenburg whence we lie 14 miles E”. Photo Photos appear on page 59 WWW.SPInK.COM

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TRANSVAAL STAMPS HANDSTAMPED “V.R.” IN VIOLET OR BLACK Unused x260

x261

刂+ អ

1

⁄ 2 d. green (2, one with overprint in deep dull violet), 1d. rose-red and green, 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green and 3d. purple and green, unused with part gum; one 1⁄ 2 d. and the 21⁄ 2 d. thinned and the 3d. creased though of good to fine appearance. S.G. 1, 2, 4, 5, £1,175

£200-250

1d. rose-red and green block of four, large part original gum; a little toned, a few split and reinforced perfs. and one with rounded corner, nevertheless a scarce multiple. S.G. 2, £600+. Photo

£150-200

x262

2d. brown and green, large part original gum; fine and scarce. S.G. 3, £425. Photo

£150-200

x263

6d. lilac and green, part original gum; faint fox mark on gum and a couple of short perfs. at left. Scarce. B.P.A. Certificate (1976). S.G. 6, £1,500. Photo

£250-300

1/- ochre and green, part original gum; a little toned and with imperfections in upper corners though a presentable example of this rare stamp. S.G. 7, £2,250. Photo

£300-350

x264

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x265

x266

2/6d. dull violet and green, part original gum; thinned around hinge area though of good strong colour and a most attractive example of this very rare stamp. Brandon Certificate (1997). S.G.8, £9,000. Photo

£1,500-1,800

2/6d. dull violet and green, part original gum; badly thinned at top around hinge area though of good colour and appearance for this very rare stamp. Brandon Certificate (1998). S.G. 8, £9,000. Photo

£600-700

Used x267

x268 ័

1

⁄ 2 d. green, 1d. rose-red and green, 2d. brown and green, 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green and 3d. purple and green, all cancelled by squared-circle datestamps, the 1d. and 3d. on small pieces; 2d. with a horizontal crease at foot, otherwise fine. S.G. 1-5, £790. Photo

£200-250

1 ⁄ 2 d. green, 1d. rose-red and green, 2d. brown and green, 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green and 3d. purple and green, affixed to piece and cancelled by one complete and two part strikes of P.W.K. Rustenburg double-ring datestamp of 25 July; all with faults/defects though a colourful philatelic franking. R.P.S. Certificate (1977). S.G. 1-5, £790. Photo

£120-150

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x271 ័

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x273

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x275

x276

x277 ័

x278

x279

x280

x281

1d. rose-red and green (3), the first cancelled by large part Field Post Office 34 c.d.s. (17.10) of Rhenoster Kop, the second with V.R.I. 1⁄ 2 d. green and 1d. rose-red and green, all cancelled by Field Post Office 34 c.d.s. (10.10) on piece with small part of address written from Capt. Llewellyn to Mrs. Hoare and showing part Basingstoke arrival c.d.s., the third on small piece and cancelled by part of Rhenoster Kop c.d.s. (8.10); fine. An unusual trio. S.G. 2, £330. Photo

£100-120

2d. brown and green, neatly cancelled and tied on piece by squared-circle datestamp (22.6, the first day of issue) in violet; fine. S.G. 3, £180. Photo

£70-80

21⁄ 2 d. blue and green, neatly cancelled and tied on piece by complete P.W.K. Rustenburg c.d.s. (26.7); fine. S.G. 4, £150. Photo

£70-80

21⁄ 2 d. blue and green, neatly cancelled and tied on piece by part Zeerust c.d.s.; rare, being one of only three examples of this usage. See also lots 288 and 289. S.G. 4, £150. Photo

£70-80

3d. purple and green marginal block of four from the top of the sheet, neatly cancelled by centrally applied F.P.O. 19 c.d.s. (15.8) of Commando Nek; the left-hand vertical pair with trace of a vertical “line” on reverse, otherwise fine and a very scarce multiple. S.G. 5, £800+. Photo

£250-300

3d. purple and green, neatly cancelled and tied on piece by Rhenoster Kop c.d.s. (8.10); fine and scarce. P.F.S.A. Certificate (1967). S.G. 5, £200. Photo

£100-120

6d. lilac and green, neatly cancelled by part squared-circle datestamp; fine and scarce. S.G. 6, £550. Photo

£200-250

1/- ochre and green, neatly cancelled by squared-circle datestamp (23.6, one day after issue); fine and rare. S.G. 7, 1,200. Photo

£500-600

1/- ochre and green, neatly cancelled by large part Army Post Office 50 c.d.s. (20.8) of Pretoria and affixed to piece; fine and rare. Signed Bloch on reverse. S.G. 7, £1,200. Photo

£500-600

2/6d. dull violet and green, neatly cancelled by part squared-circle datestamp (23.6, one day after issue); small thin at top though of fine appearance for this very rare stamp. Brandon Certificate (1998). S.G. 8, £4,500. Photo

£800-1,000

2/6d. dull violet and green, cancelled by virtually complete squared-circle datestamp (27.6); light crease at foot, otherwise sound. P.F.S.A. Certificate (1998). S.G. 8, £4,500. Photo

£800-1,000

2/6d. dull violet and green, cancelled by virtually complete squared-circle datestamp (June, day unclear); two areas of thinning though of fine appearance. Signed Holcombe. R.P.S. Certificate (1968). S.G. 8, £4,500. Photo

£400-500

2/6d. dull violet and green with handstamp in black, cancelled by virtually complete squared-circle datestamp (22.6, first day of issue); upper left corner missing and other faults/defects though a useful reference example of this excessively rare stamp with only three examples recorded. R.P.S. Certificate (2008). S.G. 8a, £8,000. Photo

£600-800

PROVENANCE:

The Royal Philatelic Collection, 2009

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COVERS The following section offers the finest group of covers from this Siege issue ever formed, representing over a quarter of all the covers recorded to date

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1900 (23 June) unaddressed “IN DIENST.” envelope with embossed Coat of Arms seal in green on flap, bearing 1⁄ 2 d. to 6d. all neatly cancelled by squared-circle datestamps and with a further strike applied at centre; the envelope with three vertical creases (one splitting the cover at centre), none affecting the adhesives. The earliest recorded cover with stamps from this issue. S.G. 1-6, £1,340+. Photo

£400-500

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1900 (24 June) envelope to Sir John Swinburne, Newcastle-on-Tyne, marked “H. Swinburne, Lieut., Pioneer Regt. FF” and lower left corner and bearing 1⁄ 2 d. green and 1d. rose-red and green pair, [37-38] in the “control sheet”, cancelled by squared-circle datestamps, arrival c.d.s. (22.7) on reverse, upon arrival redirected to Ode, Norway and with three notations regarding receipt, two in red ink with one initialled “J.S.” (John Swinburne); one 1d. defective though a remarkable franking. Photo WWW.SPInK.COM

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1900 (24 June) envelope to Pretoria, bearing 1d. rose-red and green neatly cancelled by squared-circle datestamp, black on pink censor label at top and over to the flap, initialled “O.H.M.S.” and showing arrival c.d.s. (25.7) on reverse; one of five such labels recorded from Pretoria. Fine and scarce. Photo

£600-800

1900 (25 June) unaddressed “IN DIENST.” envelope with embossed Coat of Arms seal in green on flap, bearing 1⁄ 2 d. to 6d. all neatly cancelled by squared-circle datestamps and with a further strike applied at upper right-hand corner; the envelope cut-into at top, not affecting the adhesives. S.G. 1-6, £1,340+. Photo

£400-500

1900 (26 June) envelope from Eland’s River to England, dated “June 26/00” at foot and with “PASSED/CENSOR” handstamp signed “C.O. Hore Lt. Col.”, bearing 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green cancelled with pen stroke and fine squared-circle datestamp for 29 June, the reverse with Pretoria (2.7) and Sheffield (27.7) c.d.s.; the envelope with some faults though a presentable and unusually routed overseas rate cover. Photo

£400-500

Note: This cover is noted by the owner as having been sent from Eland’s River and carried by Snyman’s first cart delivery. The cover is censored the day after Baden-Powell issued a notice that mail would be accepted by the post and telegraph office, that it would be censored and that all mail had to be open x287

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1900 (27 June) envelope to “J James Esq., c/o Dalls Store Mafeking”, bearing 1d. rose-red and green at lower left corner and cancelled with by squared-circle datestamp applied inverted, marked at right “Passed Censor C.O. Hore Lt. Col.” and with small part of squared-circle datestamp and traces of where a censor label was affixed, Mafeking arrival c.d.s. (3.7) on reverse; the adhesive with a corner crease and the envelope with small faults as to be expected on an item of this nature. Photo

£500-600

1900 (27 June) envelope from Zeerust to Capt. Lawley (Administrator of Matabeleland during this period) at Government House, Bulawayo, signed “J.S. Nicholson. Col.” (Rustenburg’s Town Commandant) at lower left corner and bearing 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green with large part double-ring datestamp with “Z.A.” removed, Mafeking (28.6) and Bulawayo (30.6) datestamps on reverse. Fine and the earliest recorded use of Rustenburg “VR” stamps at Zeerust. Photo

£800-1,000

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1900 (27 June) envelope (B.S.A.P. crest on flap) to England, marked “On Active Service” and signed “Hoel Llewellyn, Capt., B.S.A.P. Rustenburg 27.6.1900”, bearing 1d. rose-red and green, 2d. brown and green and 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green with another stamp to left of 1d. value excised, all cancelled by Zeerust double-ring datestamps (29.6) with “Z.A.” removed, Bristol arrival c.d.s. (27.7) on reverse. Photo

£300-400

PROVENANCE:

Kenneth Griffith, November 2004

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1900 (1 July) “IN DIENST.” envelope from Major-General Baden-Powell to his mother in London, printed headings crossed through and bearing 1d. rose-red and green pair, [33-34] in the “control” sheet, and a single with squared-circle datestamps, “PASSED/CENSOR” handstamp alongside, arrival c.d.s. (11.8) on reverse; the envelope with some creasing and a little foxing, nevertheless a remarkable cover illustrated on the front cover of the Birkhead and Groenewald handbook. Photo

£800-1,000

1900 (14 July) envelope (opened-out) “On Active Service” from “G.B. Hook, Rhodesia Regt. Rustenburg” to his wife in Bulawayo, bearing 2d. brown and green (2) sharing Zeerust double with datestamp with “Z.A.” removed, showing “PASSED/CENSOR” handstamp with the signature of Col. J.S. Nicholson below, part arrival c.d.s. on reverse; the right-hand stamp with rounded corner and the envelope with some creases, etc. and foxing. Photo

£500-600

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1900 (12 Aug.) envelope (B.S.A.P. crest on flap) to Wales, marked “On Active Service” and signed “Hoel Llewellyn, Capt., Comdg Art: B.S.A. Police, Oliphants Nek Rustenburg 27.6.1900”, bearing 1d. rose-red and green and 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green twice cancelled by Army P.O. 55 single-ring datestamp on arrival at Pretoria, upon arrival redirected to Basingstoke with Cardiff “162” duplex (8.9) below the adhesives and with Cardiff (8.9) and Basingstoke (9.9) c.d.s. on reverse; the adhesives with a couple of minor imperfections, nevertheless a rare franking and cancellation on this issue. Photo Note: The contents, not now present, conveyed the news that he thought her husband had been captured 1900 (13 Aug.) “On (Active Service)” from “G.B. Hook, Rhodesian Regt., Plumer’s Brigade 13/8/00” to Bulawayo, bearing 1⁄ 2 d. green, 1d. rose-red and green, 2d. brown and green, 21⁄ 2 d. blue and green and 3d. purple and green all cancelled in transit at Pretoria by double-ring datestamps (15.8), Bulawayo c.d.s. (25.8) on reverse; the envelope with some faults and the adhesives all with creases, nevertheless a rare and important franking. R.P.S. Certificate (1949) states “some stamp, or stamps, removed from cover” though no signs of cancellations are present, so any that were present originally must have remained uncancelled. Photo PROVENANCE: Senator Rossouw, October 1959 1901 (27 Nov.) envelope (lower right corner fault) to Switzerland, bearing 1d. rose-red and green in combination with G.B. 1d. (2) cancelled by fine Army P.O. 50 single-ring datestamps, Opened under Martial Law censor label at top which is tied by “P.B.C. Rustenburg” triangular censor cachet, Berne arrival c.d.s. (28.12) on reverse. Photo

£1,000-1,200

£400-500

£200-300

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A selection comprising 1⁄ 2 d. (2) and 1d. cards, 1d. reply card, and 1⁄ 2 d., 2d. and 3d. (2) wrappers, fresh “unused”. See page 73 of the Birkhead and Groenewald handbook Photos also appear on page 67 WWW.SPInK.COM

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undated soldier’s front “From 256/2 Sergeant J. Hughes, Commander in Chiefs Body Guard, Field Force South Africa” to New South Wales, countersigned by the Commanding Officer of E Squadron and bearing E.R.I. 1d. cancelled by Natal Field Force Volksrust octagonal-framed datestamp, 1900 (Aug.) captured Railway Dept. envelope to Ladysmith and redirected to Volksrust, bearing 1d. with Army P.O. and Ladysmith c.d.s., Army Post Office Volksrust rubber datestamp on reverse, 1901 envelope from Pietermaritzburg to Wakkerstroom bearing Natal 1d. with indistinct seal cancellation, marked “Returned from Wakkerstroom Unclaimed” and with Opened under Martial Law label tied by Volksrust c.d.s., and 1901 (Dec.) to Durban bearing 1d. lilac with an early strike of the Army Post Office Volksrust c.d.s.; the first three with faults in places though an interesting group

£80-100

1899-1900 “In Veldienst” envelopes (3), one “via Machadodorp” to Pretoria with despatch c.d.s. on face, two different Machadodorp c.d.s. (June and July), Lourenco Marques (23.9) and Durban (28.9) c.d.s., one “via Hoofd lager Natal Grens” to Krugersdorp with manuscript censor, arrival c.d.s. (23.11) on reverse, the third (faults) to Johannesburg with despatch c.d.s. (12.11) on face; also a Commando Brief label most unusually cancelled with fine Volksrust c.d.s. (9.2.00)

£100-120

1900 (July-Sept.) envelopes (8), two unstamped and four registered, and two pieces, all cancelled by good to fine strikes of the “ARMy POST OFFICE/VOLKSRuST” double-ring rubber datestamp in violet; also a piece bearing 1d. lilac with a strike of the “VOLKSRuST” between handstamp with “15 JuN. 1900” below

£120-150

1902 Transvaal V.R.I. overprinted Revenue stamps used at Volksrust due to a shortage of postage stamps, comprising 1d., 6d., 1/- and 1/6d. values each with double-ring datestamps, 1d. and 6d. with small thins though a scarce quartet. Also further 1d. values used at Klerksdorp, Newcastle, Ngomo and Standerton and a further example cancelled by F.P.O. 4 c.d.s. on 1902 (June) envelope to England

£100-120

VRYBURG After the British re-occupation on 8 May 1900 Transvaal stamps were then overprinted “V.R./SPECIAL POST” and were used in the town from 16 May. After the V.R. Special Post issue cancelled by the Vryburg BB datestamp, Intelligence Officer Clifford St. Quintin found the original pre-occupation Vryburg C.G.H. datestamp though the day slugs were missing, so he meticulously signed each stamp in the date position Postal History x300

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1900 (2 May) envelope from Lord Methuen to his wife in England, sent en route from Boshof to relieve Vryburg, bearing 1d. lilac cancelled by F.P.O. 4 c.d.s. (3.5), 1900 (16 June) homemade blue envelope to Salisbury and redirected to Southsea, marked “South Africa Field Force” and “Stamps unobtainable” with Vryburg, London Paid (7.7) and Salisbury (8.7) c.d.s. all on face, 1900 (Mar.) envelope to Klerksdorp bearing 1d. with c.d.s. and showing triangular-framed “PASSED By/CENSOR/VRyBuRG” cachet in violet with date applied at centre, and 1901 (Mar.) envelope from Kroonstad to Vryburg, bearing O.F.S. 1d. and with Opened under Martial Law label tied by “PASSED CEB CENSOR” and “MILITARy INTELLIGENCE OFFICE/VRyBuRG” oval datestamp

£100-120

1900 (12 Oct.) soldiers envelope (faults) to Devon and 1901 (8 Mar.) envelope “no stamps available” to Great yarmouth, both with fine “CHRISTIANA.” double-ring datestamp in violet, and 1902 (13 May) OHMS envelope from Capt. Smith to Col. Landon in Brentwood showing similar datestamp and triangular-framed “PASSED/CENSOR/CENSOR” datestamp, both superb and struck in red. An attractive group of this unique-styled datestamp

£80-100

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£500-600

PROVENANCE:

Stephenson Stobbs Bill Hart, June 1993 x303 ័

1 ⁄ 2 d. green with handstamp reading upwards, tied on piece by 16 May c.d.s., fine and rare. Signed Bloch. S.G. 1, £3,000. Photo

£800-1,000

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1d. rose-red and green with overprint reading downwards, tied by two 16 May c.d.s. on piece; the stamp a trifle soiled, otherwise sound. Rare. S.G. 12, £5,500. Photo

£1,200-1,500

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1d. rose-red and green with overprint reading upwards and misplaced to right resulting in “POST” being almost entirely omitted, tied by neat 16 May c.d.s. on piece, Fine and rare. S.G. 12, £5,500. Photo

£1,200-1,500

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1d. rose-red and green with overprint reading upwards, neatly tied by 16 May c.d.s. on piece. Fine and rare. P.F.S.A. Certificate (1989). S.G. 12, £5,500. Photo

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1 ⁄ 2 d. green Hope seated (2, one with colour changeling to blue-green) and 1d. carmine, all on pieces with the two 1⁄ 2 d. values partially cut-to-shape. Photo

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£100-120

⁄ 2 d. green Hope standing, on small piece. A rare stamp with the St. Quintin initials. Photo

£100-120

1 ⁄ 2 d. green Hope seated, neatly cancelled and tied on envelope to “Mrs. Benson, Vryburg”; rare with few addressed covers recorded. Photo

£400-500

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£200-300

1d. carmine on envelope to “J Johnston, Mowbray, Cape”; fine and rare with few addressed envelopes recorded. Brandon Certificate (1989). Photo

£400-500

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1d. carmine with initials inverted tied on unaddressed envelope. A scarce variety. Photo

£200-250

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1d. carmine with initials inverted tied on unaddressed envelope. A scarce variety. Photo

£200-250

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1d. carmine (3) on unaddressed envelopes; creases in places

£200-300

WEPENER The town was under siege by the Boers from 9 to 24 April 1900 x315



1900 (6 Mar.) unstamped envelopes (2) addressed to Smithfield Lager, Stormberg Junction, the first from Jammersberg Drift with squared-circle datestamp, the second from Dewetsdorp with c.d.s., no backstamps. A most interesting pair

£150-200

Note: Stormberg Junction was vacated by the Boers on 7 March. These commandos now under General de Wet besieged Wepener one month later x316



1900 (Apr.) envelope from Teyateyaneng to a P.O.W. at Simons Town, bearing Cape 1d. cancelled by barred oval “688” with despatch and Maseru (6.4) c.d.s. on face, 1900 (5 July) front to a P.O.W. at Green Point, Cape Town, bearing O.F.S. 1d. with Wepener c.d.s., both showing light circular-framed “CENSOR/PRISONERS OF WAR” handstamp, and 1900 (27 Oct.) envelope registered from Wepener to a P.O.W. in Ceylon, franked at 9d. and with manuscript “Censored” followed by Wepener Resident magistrate cachet, various backstamps Photos appear on page 73

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1900 (18 Apr.) Transvaal 1d. “battlefield” card, uprated with O.F.S. 1d. purple, originally written in pencil some ten days earlier, then copied in ink, headed “Lager by Wepener” and entering the postal system at Winburg, Leiden arrival c.d.s. (21.5). A fascinating card and the only recorded Boer correspondence from the siege. Photo

£300-400

Note: The writer reveals that he is using his knee as a desk and stating that the enemy had already been surrounded for 10 days x318



1900 (27 Apr.) unstamped envelope from Trooper Cairns “On Active Service G Squadron Brabants Horse” to England, showing Mafeteng (3.5) and London Paid c.d.s. (25.5) at right, Aliwal North (5.5) and Alnwich (26.5) c.d.s. on reverse. Photo

£120-150

Note: Brabant’s Horse were positioned to the north of the town on and around Observation Hill x319



1900 (28 Apr.) unstamped envelope (complete with letter) “On Active Service” from a soldier to his daughters at Mount Frere, Griqualand East, showing Mafeteng c.d.s. on face, arrival c.d.s. on reverse, the letter and envelope on C.M.R. crested paper with the letter dated one day after relief and carried on the one safe route via Basutoland to NorthEast Transkei. Photo

£200-250

Note: General de Wet continued attacking the colonial troops until 25 April when Gen. Louis Botha ordered him to retire due the overwhelming numbers of British troops that were approaching x320

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1900 (3 May) soldier’s envelope (traces of creasing and soiled on reverse) to London, marked “Stamps not procurable” and showing fine Mafeteng c.d.s. alongside London Paid c.d.s. (25.5) with further London c.d.s. on reverse. Photo

£80-100

1900 (3 and 10 May) unstamped “On Active Service” envelopes to East London and Queenstown respectively, both with Mafeteng c.d.s., the first with “T” handstamp, the second with “1D” tax handstamp, arrival c.d.s. on reverse. A scarce pair

£150-200

Note: British casualties were moved to Mafeteng immediately after the siege for treatment there. Losses were: British 28 killed and 141 wounded: Boer killed 5 and wounded 13 PROVENANCE:

Bill Hart, June 1993 x322



1900 (25 June and 30 July) soldier’s envelopes to England from members of the 1st. Worcester and 1st. Stafford Regiments respectively, each bearing 1d. lilac with the first cancelled at Thaba’Nchu c.d.s., the second (faults) cancelled by Ficksburg squared-circle datestamp. An interesting pair sent during General de Wet’s retreat period

£100-120

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WOLMARANSSTAD The town was occupied by the British from 15 June until 27 July, 1900, when the British Forces departed and the Boers re-occupied the town

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1900 (5 Jan.) envelope (complete with letter) ex the Leask correspondence from Mrs. Leask to her daughters at school in Stromness, Orkney, bearing Transvaal 1⁄ 2 d. and 1d. (2) with double-ring datestamps and with both Boer and British censor tape, the former tied by Pretoria c.d.s. (30.1), “RETuRNED LETTER OFFICE/NATAL” c.d.s. (2.3) and boxed “STOPPED By CENSOR/RETuRN TO SENDER” cachet in violet; the letter subsequently returned to Mrs. Leask in a green “IN DIENST.” envelope with Pretoria c.d.s. (5.3) and showing cachet in violet of Isaac van Alphen, the Postmaster-General of the Z.A.R.. A fascinating item of censored mail, fully described and written-up in the Birkhead and Groenewald handbook. Photo

£200-250

1900 (27 Jan.) envelope (complete with letter) ex the Leask correspondence from Mrs. Leask to her daughters at school in Stromness, Orkney, bearing Transvaal 1⁄ 2 d. and 1d. (2) with double-ring datestamps and with both Boer and British censor tape, the former tied by Pretoria c.d.s. (30.1), “RETuRNED LETTER OFFICE/NATAL” c.d.s. (20.2) and boxed “STOPPED By CENSOR/RETuRN TO SENDER” cachet in violet; the letter subsequently returned to Mrs. Leask in a green “IN DIENST.” envelope (faults) with Pretoria c.d.s. (6.3) and showing cachet in violet of Isaac van Alphen, the Postmaster-General of the Z.A.R. Photo

£200-250

1900 (13 Mar.) unstamped envelope from a P.O.W. at Cape Town to Wolmaransstad, the face panel with despatch c.d.s., taxed “2” in red crayon and then “T5d” in blue crayon with octagonal-framed “T/25c.”, the reverse with boxed “CENSOR, PRISONERS OF WAR/L Heyman/Lt Col” handstamp, Lourenco Marques (18.3), Pretoria (26.3), Klerksdorp (27.3) and arrival (29.3) c.d.s.; a most unusual item of mail carried via the northern route. Photo

£100-120

1900 (19 Mar.) envelope from John Clouston, Leask’s Manager, “via Schweitzer Reneke” to Vryburg, bearing 1⁄ 2 d., 1d. and 2d. cancelled by double-ring datestamps and showing, on reverse, sender’s cachet, Bloemhof (19.3), Schweizer Reneke (21.3) and arrival (21.3) c.d.s.; 1d. and 2d. with defects though an attractive franking at unusual rate and sent by the southern route from Kimberley by rail to Warrenton and then by mail coach to Bloemhof. Photo

£80-100

1900 (22-23 May) “last day” envelopes (9) prepared by Leask, bearing a variety of Transvaal values all cancelled by double-ring datestamps; a colourful group

£200-250

1900 (3 June) 1⁄ 2 d. green card and large part Parcel Post slip bearing 1d. rose-red and green (3), both from Klerksdorp to Leask cancelled by double-ring datestamps and marked “Last post from Klerksdorp” in Leask’s handwriting

£80-100

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1900 (30 May) envelope (small corner fault) from St. Helena “Van Delogooby” to Mrs. Volschenk, bearing 21⁄ 2 d. cancelled with circle of blocks and with despatch c.d.s. alongside, circular-framed “CENSOR/PRISONERS OF WAR” cachet initialled “JHMB”, the reverse with Cape Town (21.6) c.d.s. and manuscript “Recd 9/7/00/first colonial post under British Marshall law”

£100-120

1900 (24 June) unstamped envelope to a Boer P.O.W. at Simons Town, marked “Censored C.G. Huddleston” (Assistant Commandant during the occupation) and showing despatch c.d.s. in violet and circular-framed “CENSOR/PRISONERS OF WAR” cachet in blue. Rare with few covers from Wolmaransstad during the six weeks of British Occupation, this being one of only three to P.O.W.’s. Photo

£300-400

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1900 (25 June) Leask, Klerksdorp embossed envelope to Leask at Wolmaransstad, unstamped and showing, on reverse, arrival c.d.s. in violet with “Z.A.R.” partially excised and manuscript “2nd. down post or first stamped off here with date stamps 25/6/00”, the first recorded incoming strike on 2nd. mail downwards, and a similar envelope bearing 1d. rose-red and green with “KLERKSDORP/TRANSVAAL” datestamp (date not clear), this datestamp being used for only a few days before being replaced by F.P.O. datestamps and, on reverse “Censored H.L.” in red crayon. A most unusual pair

£80-100

1900 (27 June) envelope to “Bomvama Land Trans Kie”, most unusually bearing Cape 1d. carmine cancelled by double-ring datestamp in violet, marked “Censored C.G. Huddlestone” and with Kimberley squared-circle transit d.s. (2.7), the reverse with Kei Road (5.7), Mtentu (6.7) and Elliotdale (7.7) c.d.s. A unique usage of a Cape stamp used in the town during the occupation, and the last day that the cancellation in violet was used. Photo

£300-400

PROVENANCE:

Kenneth Griffith, March 2003 x333

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1900 (July) trio of items marked by Leask as received during July, comprising envelope bearing Transvaal 1⁄ 2 d. pair, crossed through in pencil as unacceptable, cancelled by first Klerksdorp Transvaal datestamp without date slugs, 1900 (Feb.) envelope from Stromness franked at 21⁄ 2 d., both sent via the northern route, and 1900 (30 June) southern route envelope from Kimberley “via Warrenton”, marked at left “Mail service suspended” and partially covered by provisional censor tape with manuscript “Opened under Martial Law”, signed on reverse “Censored M” in mauve. A most unusual trio crayon

£120-150

1900 (22 July) mourning envelope to a P.O.W. on board S.S. Manila at Simon’s Town with the ship’s name crossed out and “Simonstad” underlined, censored by Lt. Huddleston at top and showing Wolmaransstad c.d.s., sent via Kimberley (22.7) where it was again censored with circular-framed “CENSOR/PRISONERS OF WAR.” handstamp and Cape Town “CENSOR/BELLE VIEW/PRISONERS OF WAR.” in blue; one of few covers sent out during the short-lived first British Occupation. Photo

£80-100

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1900 (Aug.) Telegram envelope from Magistrate De Waal at Schweizer Reneke to Dr. Leask, the message, written in pencil, advising him that he would be seeking medical supplies the next day at Bloemhof

£50-60

1900 (Oct. and Nov.) envelopes from L. Bülbring & Co. at Port Elizabeth to Leask & Co., both franked at 1⁄ 2 d., the first sent by the southern route, overland by horse and apparently taken by the Boers while they were raiding the railway line between Kimberley and Vryburg, Fourteen Streams c.d.s. (19.10) and manuscript “Recd from Johan van Vuuren 18/11/00”, the second sent by the northern route with Johannesburg censor cachet and showing Johannesburg c.d.s. (22.11), held for 11 months there and again for 26 September 1901 when sent on to Leask at Klerksdorp with manuscript “Rece in K’dorp 1/10/01”. An interesting pair

£70-80

Note: L. Bülbring was the father of Gustav Bülbring, the noted philatelist who became an RDPSA and Life President of PFSA Wolmaransstad commandos joined local commandos at Schweizer Reneke to lay siege to the town on 18 August. Telephone lines were cut and tapped. Lord Methuen evacuated the entire garrison at Schweizer Reneke on 9 January 1901, seven months after the British occupation. Soon afterwards the Boers restored administration to the area and communication between Wolmaransstad and other western Transvaal towns

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1900-01 envelopes (3) sent from overseas to Wolmaransstad, comprising 1900 (Mar.) from Germany bearing 20pf. cancelled by Seepost c.d.s. with Aden and other transit c.d.s., censored in Johannesburg and held for more than a year, marked “Recd Klerksdorp 1/10/01”, 1900 (Aug.) from a P.O.W. on St. Helena, franked at 21⁄ 2 d. and with P.O.W. censor cachet initialled “FWA”, Johannesburg censor cachet where held for a year and with Warrenton c.d.s. (24.9.01), and 1901 (Oct.) from Scotland franked at 1d. and with Klerksdorp censor cachet dated 28 October

£100-120

1900 (May and Sept.) cards from Stromness to Mrs. Leask franked at 1d., the first sent via Delagoa Bay with Machadadorp and Lourenco Marques c.d.s., both censored at Johannesburg, and 1900 (Aug.) envelope from Stromness to Mr. Clouston franked at 21⁄ 2 d. and sent via the southern route with Warrenton censor label and cachet; all three held for one year with the two cards redirected to Klerksdorp and the envelope redirected to Kimberley. Photo

£100-120

1901-02 trio of envelopes sent within South Africa, comprising 1901 (Nov.) from Breede River Station, Cape bearing 1d. cancelled “741”, showing Johannesburg and Klerksdorp censor cachets with Warrenton and Army Post Office Klerksdorp c.d.s. on reverse, 1902 (Apr.) from Jabobs Burgher Camp near Durban, bearing 1d. with “P.O.A./117” obliterator, Johannesburg censor mark and, on reverse, F.P.O. 100 c.d.s. of Klerksdorp, and 1902 (20 May) unstamped envelope from Germiston with Germiston and Johannesburg censor cachets, “T/2d” handstamp and Germiston Provost Marshall datestamp on reverse

£80-100

1901 (Sept.) OHMS envelope from G.P.O. Cape Town, in reply to Dr. Leask’s letter to them requesting mail to him be redirected to Klerksdorp, the letter advising Leask to write direct to the Postmaster-General at Johannesburg on such matters, the envelope (small faults) with Johannesburg censor handstamp, Johannesburg and Potchefstroom c.d.s., 1901 (Oct.) envelope to Scotland bearing 1d. with F.P.O. 16 c.d.s. and 1902 (May) envelope to Natal bearing 1d. with A.P.O. Klerksdorp c.d.s., both showing “PASSED PRESS CENSOR/KLERKSDORP” datestamp, the latter in violet with Dutch spelling of “MEI” for May

£80-100

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1901 (Sept.) from Port Elizabeth with “NO POSTAL COMMuNICATIONS” handstamp in violet, boxed “INCONNu/NOT KNOWN” handstamp, Johannesburg censor mark, Johannesburg (30.6) and Cape Town (10.7) Returned Letter Office c.d.s., and 1902 (22 June) envelope from Port Elizabeth to Leask Bros. via Bloemhof, arrived Kimberley and forwarded in error to Vryburg with Press Censor datestamp in violet, transit c.d.s. on reverse including F.P.O. 48 and Army Post Office Bloemfontein. An interesting pair of misdirected items

£80-100

1902 selection of four envelopes, all received by the first postal deliveries in late July, comprising 25 April from Port Elizabeth, censored at Johannesburg and most unusually with Army Telegraph code “WD” c.d.s. on reverse, 28 May from Port Elizabeth showing first day use of the new Wolmaransstad c.d.s. as an arrival datestamp (27 July), 27 June from England on the northern route travelling by horse from Klerksdorp, and 22 July from Cape Town showing first day of use of the new Wolmaransstad c.d.s. as an arrival c.d.s. An interesting quartet

£80-100

1902 items relating to P.O.W.’s, comprising reply portion of 1900 St. Helena postcard (small faults) showing circular-framed “CENSOR/PRISONERS OF WAR” cachet initialled “FWA”, Kimberley c.d.s. (12.9), then held for almost two years before being forwarded to Wolmaransstad with eventual arrival c.d.s. (1.8.02), and 1902 (Aug.) envelope from Klerksdorp to a P.O.W. at Dagshai in India, bearing G.B. 1d. with Klerksdorp c.d.s. and sent via Lourenco Marques, undelivered and redirected back to Wolmaransstad arriving on 28 September. A most unusual pair

£80-100

1902 (1 Aug.) Army Telegraph envelope and message from Klerksdorp to Dr. Leask, both showing arrival “ARMy/TELEGRAPHS” c.d.s. with code “WD”, the day that the first inland telegraph started, 1902 (7 Aug.) similar envelope with a superb strike of the “WD” Army Telegraphs c.d.s., and 1902 (16 Aug.) Telegram envelope to Dr. Leask showing, on reverse, arrival c.d.s. and with manuscript “1st. Wire received by Civil Service”

£100-120

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The Japan and China Correspondence from Miss B.J. Garriock From Japan x345



1900 (29 Oct.) envelope (complete with letter) from Kobe to Dr. Leask, bearing 5s. yellow pair with c.d.s. and with Opened under Martial Law label tied by Johannesburg censor cachet at foot, Hong Kong (7.11) and Johannesburg (6.1) c.d.s. on reverse then held for some ten months with manuscript “Recd in K’dorp 1/10/01”; the letter gives fascinating details of her travels and exploits including comment on the Boxer movement, looting and death of civilians in Moukden, etc. Also 1917 1s. card, uprated with 1⁄ 2 s. and 2s., from Moukden “via Dalny thence per Japanese Steamer to Durban” with light censor datestamp and commenting on mail from Port Arthur going astray. A fascinating pair with the first item fully written-up in the Birkhead and Groenewald handbook. Photo

£150-200

Note: Katie Leask’s sister went out from the Orkneys to Manchuria to carry out missionary work. A relative at Stromess also corresponded with Katie to keep her informed about the missionary in Manchuria

From China x346

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1902 (2 Jan.) envelope from Liaoyang, bearing 5c. flesh pair with boxed datestamp in combination with Hong Kong 10c. blue with c.d.s. (10.1), Johannesburg censor cachet at left, despatch, Shanghai (9.1), Colombo and Johannesburg (1.3) c.d.s. on reverse. Rare and most attractive. Photo

£400-600

1902 (Aug.) envelope (minor stains) from Shengking, bearing 1c. (5) and 5c. with Imperial State P.O. handstamps, the reverse with despatch (19.8), Shanghai (25.8), Hong Kong (1.9), Durban (1.11) and arrival (4.11) c.d.s.; also two further envelopes, each with a couple of stamps cut away, and a piece bearing 1c. (10) with the address cut away, all from the same office. Photo

£200-300

1902 (Jan. and Nov.) envelopes, the first from Liaoyang bearing 5c. flesh pair tied by boxed datestamp with Johannesburg censor cachet and Shanghai French P.O. c.d.s. (3.2), despatch, Shanghai and Colombo c.d.s. on reverse, the second from Shenkiang bearing 1c., 4c. and 5c. with Imperial State P.O. handstamps and with Shanghai French P.O. c.d.s. on face, arrival c.d.s. (24.12) on reverse, and 1904 (7 Feb.) envelope from Shenkiang, showing “VIA SIBERIA” handstamp and bearing 1⁄ 2 c. (2), 1c. (4) and 5c. with Imperial State P.O. boxed handstamps, the reverse with despatch and arrival (25.3) c.d.s. A most attractive trio. Photo

£600-800

1906 (May) illustrated envelope from Moukden bearing 2c. (5) with double-ring lunar datestamps and showing various transit c.d.s. on reverse including Beira, 1906 (15 June) 1c. card, uprated with 1c. and 2c., from Newchang, cancelled with c.d.s. and showing various transit and arrival (4.8) c.d.s., 1906 (Sept.) picture postcard from an unknown office, franked at 4c. with Shanghai, Aden, Beira and arrival datestamps, and 1916 (May) envelope bearing 10c., censored and with Chinese T.P.O. and arrival (11.7) c.d.s.; an attractive group. Photo

£200-250

From Klerksdorp x350



1902 envelopes (3) to Moukden, comprising 4 April bearing G.B. 1d. lilac (3) cancelled by Klerksdorp Army Post Office c.d.s., 30 April bearing G.B. 1⁄ 2 d. and 1d. (2) with Army Post Office 100 c.d.s., and 18 July bearing Transvaal 1d. with Klerksdorp c.d.s., all with a variety of transit datestamps on reverse; small faults on reverse though a fascinating trio

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THE DEFINITIVE STAMPS Lieut. C.G. Huddleston was responsible for the preparation of the issue. The overprinting was carried out by John L. Clouston an employee of Thomas Leask & Co. Some items listed by Harry Birkhead and Joh Groenewald as trials have been listed under the unused stamps as they are in the issued type and are listed by Stanley Gibbons Essays and Trials x351 x352

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⁄ 2 d. green handstamped “VRI” and “CANCELLED” diagonally, both in violet, part original gum. Believed unique. Photo

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⁄ 2 d. green horizontal pair handstamped “Cancelled/V-R-I.” in blue with “Cancelled” in fancy type and the right-hand stamp with “%” after “I”, affixed to piece. Believed unique. Photo

£500-600

£800-1,000

⁄ 2 d. green handstamped “Cancelled” only in black, part original gum; defects though believed unique. Photo

£200-250

1d. rose-red and green handstamped “VRI” and “CANCELLED” diagonally, both in violet, part original gum. Believed unique. Photo

£800-1,000

1d. red (1885-93 issue) previously used with c.d.s. in red on small piece of cheque, overprinted “Cancelled/V-R-I.”. One of only two examples recorded. Photo

£300-400

1d. rose-red and green handstamped “Cancelled/V-R-I.” in black, large part original gum. Believed unique. Photo

£500-600

1d. rose-red and green handstamped “Cancelled/V-R-I.” in black, and a further example handstamped in blue (as issued), both affixed to pieces of cheque, the latter dated “9/3/99” and tied by the handstamp to the piece. Photo

£200-250

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⁄ 2 d. green horizontal pair, affixed to piece; fine. S.G. 1. Photo

⁄ 2 d. green, variety overprint inverted, small part original gum with paper adhering to about half of reverse; faults including tear at foot. Very rare. R.P.S. Certificate (1939). S.G. 1a, £1,100. Photo PROVENANCE: Tommy Allen Maj. Harold Criddle, February 1992

£150-200

£300-400

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1d. rose-red and green block of sixteen (8x2), large part original gum; one stamp with a diagonal crease, otherwise fine and the largest recorded block of any Wolmaransstad handstamped provisional. A spectacular showpiece multiple. S.G. 2, £3,600. Photo WWW.SPInK.COM

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1d. rose-red and green handstamped in blue-green, part original gum; one short perf. at top. S.G. 2 var. Photo

£100-120

1d. rose-red and green handstamped in green, part original gum; two short perfs. at foot. Rare. S.G. 2a, £1,800. Photo

£400-500

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2d. brown and green, large part original gum; very fine. S.G. 3, £1,800. Photo

£600-800

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2d. brown and green handstamped in pale blue, unused without gum with the overprint colour possible washed; trace of a thin at top, otherwise sound. S.G. 3, £1,800. Photo

£150-200

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2d. brown and green vertical pair with overprint in black, large part original gum with the lower stamp remaining unmounted; folded between, diagonal crease affecting both stamps and one with a pulled perf., nevertheless an almost certainly unique multiple of this rare stamp. S.G. 3a, £6,000. Photo

£1,500-1,800

21⁄ 2 d. blue and green vertical pair, the upper stamp additionally handstamped “V-R-I.” in deep blue, part original gum with the lower stamp remaining unmounted; folded between and both stamps creased though a very rare and possibly unique multiple. See note after S.G. 8. R.P.S. Certificate (1967). S.G. 4, £5,500+. Photo

£2,000-2,500

21⁄ 2 d. blue and green, fresh with part original gum; light S.G. “GuARANTEED” handstamp on reverse. Rare. B.P.A. Certificate (1992). S.G. 4, £1,800. Photo

£600-800

21⁄ 2 d. blue and green, part original gum; small crease at lower right corner, otherwise sound. Rare. S.G. 4, £1,800. Photo

£300-400

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3d. purple and green, large part original gum; fresh and fine. Rare. S.G. 5, £3,000. Photo

£1,200-1,500

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3d. purple and green, unused with the merest trace of gum; shortish perfs. and traces of thinning at top though a useful reference example of this rare stamp. S.G. 5, £3,000. Photo

£300-350

4d. sage-green and green lower right corner vertical pair, large part original gum; some perfs. between stamps and right-hand margin severed and strengthened at top, slightly out of place. An exceptional and spectacular multiple of this rare stamp, and almost certainly unique as such. S.G. 6, £9,000. Photo

£3,500-4,000

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⁄ 2 d. green vertical pair affixed to small newspaper piece and cancelled with indistinct parts of Potchefstroom c.d.s., and a single (defective upper right corner) with small part Johannesburg c.d.s.; both possibly late uses. S.G. 1, £1,350. Photo

£200-250

1d. rose-red and green, neatly cancelled by double-ring datestamp for 16 July 1900, the only example of this value recorded used on this date; fine. S.G. 2, £350

£100-120

21⁄ 2 d. blue and green with part double-ring datestamp for 19 July 1900?; fine and very rare. S.G. 4, £2,750. Photo

£500-600

4d. sage-green and green cancelled with part double-ring datestamp for an unknown day in July; upper left corner rounded and area of thinning resulting in a small hole though a good reference example of this very rare stamp. S.G. 6, £5,000. Photo

£400-500

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6d. lilac and green block of four together with 1d. rose-red on green horizontal pair cancelled by Johannesburg single-ring datestamp (date unclear though possibly 13 March 1902) on brown parcel piece; fine and the only recorded used block of four of any value from the issue. Arguably the most important item of Wolmaransstad philately. S.G. 2, 6, £26,700+. Photo

£6,000-8,000

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This and the following sections are all envelopes with Thomas Leask & Co. imprint on flap Many of the covers in this section were kept by Thomas Leask in an album. Some of the covers have tone marks from having been kept in this manner. Buyers may wish to seek condition reports Covers bearing uncancelled stamps and unaddressed x377

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⁄ 2 d. green horizontal pair showing two different spacings of the overprint se-tenant; fine. S.G. 1. Photo ⁄ 2 d. green in combination with 1⁄ 2 d. on 1/- green (defective upper left corner), the envelope lettered “A” in blue crayon in lower left corner; very rare. S.G. 1, 1c. Photo

£150-200

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£300-400

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1d. rose-red and green horizontal pair with the left-hand stamp showing overprint set to top; fine. S.G. 2. Photo

£150-180

1d. rose-red and green showing “Cancelled” set to left and tying the stamp to the cover; fine. S.G. 2. Photo

£100-120

2d. brown and green with “Cancelled” set to right tying it to the cover; fine. S.G. 3. Photo

£400-500

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21⁄ 2 d. blue and green; a couple of shortish perfs. at foot. S.G. 4. Photo

£300-400

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4d. sage-green and green; a few shortish perfs. though a rare stamp. S.G. 6. Photo

£400-500

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6d. lilac and green; a couple of shortish perfs. though a presentable example of this very rare stamp. S.G. 7. Photo

£800-1,000

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1d. rose-red and green horizontal strip of three with the left-hand stamp showing wide spacing of overprint, to Thomas Leask & Co. at Klerksdorp and marked in pencil by Leask “Keep this to show difference between Cancelled & V.R.I.”. S.G. 1. Photo

£200-250

21⁄ 2 d. blue and green (trace of soiling at upper right corner), to R.W. Thornton at Wolmaransstad. S.G. 4. Photo

£300-400

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1d. rose-red and green dated 19 July 1900 and sent on the last British post out of Wolmaransstad before the Boer re-occupation four weeks later; no censor endorsement. Photo

£100-120

2d. brown and green dated 24 June in violet; fine. S.G. 3. Photo

£400-500

2d. brown and green dated 24 June in violet, Huddleston’s censor endorsement dated “23/6” and the only example thus dated recorded in the handbook; fine. S.G. 3. Photo

£400-500

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2d. brown and green dated 19 July, no censor endorsement; fine. S.G. 3. Photo

£400-500

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3d. purple and green dated 24 June in violet; fine. S.G. 5. Photo

£500-600

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3d. purple and green dated 24 June in violet; fine. S.G. 5. Photo

£500-600

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3d. purple and green dated 19 July, no censor endorsement. S.G. 5. Photo

£500-600

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4d. sage-green and green dated 24 June in violet. S.G. 6. Photo

£600-700

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6d. lilac and green dated 24 June in violet. S.G. 7. Photo

£800-1,000

Covers that travelled out of Wolmaransstad

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⁄ 2 d. green, 1d. rose-red and green, 2d. brown and green and Penny Post 1d. red, twice neatly cancelled and tied on 19 July large part envelope (crease between two stamps and some soiling) to Capt. G.F. MacMann, 37 Howitzer Battery, Warrenton; trace of arrival c.d.s. on reverse. S.G. 1-3, 9, £2,975. Photo Photos also appear on page 89 WWW.SPInK.COM

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⁄ 2 d. green horizontal pair on 19 July envelope (small imperfections and flap torn on opening) to Capt. MacMann, Commanding 7th. Battery R.A., Warrenton, Warrenton Station arrival c.d.s. (24.7) on reverse. S.G. 1. Photo

£500-600

2d. brown and green on 19 July envelope to D Eadie, Acting Resident Magistrate, Warrenton, manuscript “Censored/G.R.M.”, Warrenton Station arrival c.d.s. (24.7) on reverse. S.G 3. Photo

£500-600

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⁄ 2 d. green with “Cancelled” in fancy type, fine unused. Photo

£200-250

1 ⁄ 2 d. green with “Cancelled” in normal type, unused; a couple of light corner mount marks at top. Photo

£100-120

1d. rose-red and green with “Cancelled” in normal type, unused. Photo

£100-120

1d. rose-red and green with “Cancelled” in normal type, unused; a couple of corner mount marks at foot. Photo

£100-150

1d. rose-red and green with “Cancelled” in normal type and unusually placed above “V-R-I.”, unused; a couple of corner mount marks at upper left. Photo

£150-200

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4d. sage-green sizes F and H, each overprinted on both the stamp impression and “R” in oval, unused; a couple of minor soil marks, otherwise fine and a scarce pair

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INTRODUCTION OF PENNY POSTAGE 1D. RED Unused x405

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A marginal block of four from the foot of the sheet, large part original gum with the lower pair remaining unmounted. A scarce multiple. S.G. 9, £900+. Photo

£300-400

A lower right corner example with printer’s imprint, fresh mint. Also a further example (some foxing) with part original gum and a used example (creases) with Cape Fourteen Streams c.d.s. (4.8). S.G. 9, £825. Photo

£150-200

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An uncancelled example affixed on Leask imprint envelope. S.G. 9. Photo

£100-120

An example cancelled by 24 June c.d.s. in violet on Leask imprint envelope addressed to his daughter locally and marked “Censored C.G. Huddleston Ass. Comm” in lower left corner. Photo

£150-200

A horizontal pair each cancelled by 21 July c.d.s. on envelope, addressed locally in Leask’s handwriting, to Mr. Jac Clouston; the envelope with two vertical creases, one of which crosses the left-hand stamp. Photo

£200-250

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1902 (9 May) envelope (complete with registration receipt) bearing 1d. red (2) together with 1d. rose-red and green and three G.B. values, all cancelled by Army Post Office Klerksdorp double-ring datestamps, London Registered (31.5) and Portobello (1.6) datestamps on reverse. Photo

£200-250

1902 (15 May) envelope bearing 1d. red (2, one defective) and 1d. rose-red and green, together with three G.B. values, all cancelled by Army Post Office Klerksdorp double-ring datestamps, London Registered (7.6) and Portobello (8.6) datestamps on reverse. Photo

£100-120

1902 (22 May) envelope (complete with registration receipt) bearing 1d. red together with three unoverprinted Transvaal values and four G.B. values, all cancelled by Army Post Office Klerksdorp double-ring datestamps, London Registered (21.6) and Portobello (22.6) datestamps, all on face. Photo

£100-120

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Receipt from Lt. Huddleston for “£5/2/6” for stamps received from Dr. Leask for overprinting. An interesting item of ephemera for this siege issue Note: From comments contained in his diary Dr. Leask did not consider Lt. Huddlestson to be a man of high integrity. For this reason he obtained receipts from him for all transactions, and each value of stamp on envelope to be sold, signed by Huddleston as proof of approval

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ZEERUST The town was occupied on 5 June 1900 by Rhodesian Troops under Lt. Col. Plumer where he joined forces with Baden-Powells troops from Mafeking and Otto’s Hoop. The force then moved forward to occupy Brackfontein on 10 June and Rustenburg on 14 June

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A selection of Great Britain stamps cancelled in Zeerust, comprising 1⁄ 2 d., 1d., 2d., 21⁄ 2 d., 3d. and 1/- green each tied on piece by superb double-ring “P.W.K./ZEERuST Z.A.R.”; large envelope with twenty-eight G.B. or Transvaal values, 1⁄ 2 d. strip of three, 1d. block of six and Transvaal V.R.I. 1⁄ 2 d. each cancelled by double-ring “ZEERuST/” c.d.s. (27.6) with “Z.A.” removed, the earliest recorded use of this cancellation on Pretoria overprint stamps. An unusual and most attractive group

£200-250

1899 civilian mail envelope to London bearing Transvaal 1d. (3) with Boer and British censor labels and 1900 (Feb.) “Veld dienst” envelope to Johannesburg, both with preoccupation double-ring datestamp, 1900 (July) soldier’s envelope from Corpl. Ridout of the Southern Rhodesian Volunteers to England bearing G.B. 1d. lilac with double-ring datestamp (“Z.A.” excised), 1900 (Nov.) bank cheque authorisation document bearing G.B. 3d. pair and 1/- sharing superb Office of the District Paymaster oval datestamp in violet and signed, 1901 envelopes (2) to England, both bearing 1d. lilac with F.P.O. 4 c.d.s. and part Zeerust oval datestamps in violet, and two other items

£100-120

1900 (late May) envelope “On Service” from Maj. Weston-Jarvis in the field to Mafeking with arrival c.d.s. (5.6), forwarded to the Landrost’s office Zeerust with arrival c.d.s. (17.7), again redirected to Rustenburg showing squared-circle d.s. (2.7) and again back to Mafeking, delayed due to the Siege of Elandsriver and re-addressed to Bulawayo with arrival c.d.s. (25.8) and taxed with handstruck “2”; small faults as to be expected with an item that has travelled so far, nevertheless full of character. Photo

£600-800

1900 (June) unstamped soldier’s envelopes (2) with Zeerust double-ring datestamps with “V.A.” removed, the first to England from a Trooper serving in the Rhodesian Regiment Field Force and countersigned by the Commanding Officer, London Paid c.d.s. (20.7) alongside the despatch datestamp, the second from Corpl. Reid of E Squadron, Rhodesian Regiment to Bulawayo, showing Mafeking (18.6) and Bulawayo (22.6) c.d.s. and charged 1d. tax. Photo

£120-150

1900 (15 June) envelope to the “Adjutant of Genl. Cronje Prisoner of War, St. Helena”, bearing G.B. 21⁄ 2 d. purple on blue (affixed over another stamp) and illegal use of Cape 1d. carmine (defective) sharing double-ring datestamp with “Z.A.” removed, manuscript Zeerust censor manuscript and St. Helena arrival c.d.s. (1.8) alongside, Mafeking datestamp (16.7) on reverse; the envelope with some foxing and flap removed, nevertheless interesting and a most unusual illegal usage of a Cape adhesive in the Z.A.R. Photo

£200-250

1900 (18 June) envelope to England, bearing Bechuanaland 4d. green and purple-brown cancelled by c.d.s. with “Z.A.” removed, Aldershot arrival c.d.s. (16.7) on reverse; faults at top through opening though an early use of a Bechuanaland stamp for mail through the Protectorate, one of three examples recorded. Photo

£200-250

1900 (15 July) envelope registered “No 6” from Otto’s Hoop to London, bearing Cape 1d. carmine (5) sharing manuscript “Otto’s Hoop 15-7-1900”, London Registered oval d.s. (11.8) alongside, the reverse with Mafeking (16.7), Cape Town (20.7) and London (11.8) datestamps. A most unusual cover after the Boers retreated leaving neither stamps nor cancellers. Photo

£300-400

Note: Otto’s Hoop, also known as Malmani Goldfields, was occupied on 2 June 1900

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1900 (21 July) envelope “From N. Caddell. attached ASC” (Army Supply Corps.) to Bulawayo, countersigned by “A. Wilson Maj. O.C. Zeerust” and bearing G.B. 1d. lilac (4) cancelled by double-ring datestamps with “Z.A.” removed, upon arrival redirected to London, the reverse (flap missing) with Marico Hotel cachet in violet, part Bulawayo and London arrival (15.9) c.d.s.; a few small faults though most unusual. Photo

£400-500

1900 (Nov.) soldier’s envelope (complete with letter headed “Zeerust”) to England, countersigned by Lt. Col. Grey of the 3rd. Mounted Brigade of the Rhodesian Field Force and showing F.P.O. 4 c.d.s. alongside London Paid c.d.s. (3.12), arrival c.d.s. (4.10 on reverse, and 1901 (8 Sept.) unstamped envelope from Lord Methuen at Zeerust to his wife in England, showing Mafeking and London Paid (12.10) datestamps

£100-120

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Transvaal Revenue Stamps Surcharged Lord Cecil ordered Z.A.R. Revenue stamps to be handstamped

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1d. grey-blue perf. 11 with manuscript “V.R.I.” in red ink and “Zeerust 23rd. June 1900 TWT”; possibly used as a provisional pending the surcharging. Believed to be unique. Photo Note: This stamp is discussed and illustrated in “Transvaal Revenue and Telegraph Stamps” by Alan Drysdall, pages 55-56 1d. on 6d. red, 1d. on 1/- olive-bistre and 1d. on 2/- orange, unused with part original gum. A rare set. Photo

£300-400

1d. on 6d. red, 1d. on 1/- olive-bistre and 1d. on 2/- orange, each with part Zeerust oval datestamp in violet for 3 or 4 July. A rare set. Photo

£300-400

1d. on 1/- olive-bistre lower right corner “strip of five” showing boxed “P.Z.” (Enschedé’s printer’s mark) in right margin and manuscript “Certified Genuine issue for Imperial Purposes, G.P. Tighe, Zeerust 1/VIII/00 Secy to Lord Cecil Imperial Commissioner, Marico”; some faults/defects and with three stamps that were not part of the original piece having been added. An almost certainly unique item. P.F.S.A. Certificate (1979). Photo Note: This item is illustrated in “Transvaal Revenue and Telegraph Stamps” by Alan Drysdall, page 55 1d. on 1/- olive-bistre neatly cancelled by double-ring “P.W.K./ZEERuST. Z.A.R.” and affixed on small piece; one of only two postally used examples recorded. Photo

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4.2

Registration before bidding you must complete and sign a registration form and provide identification before making a bid at auction. Please be aware that we usually require buyers to undergo a credit check. If you have not bid successfully with Spink in the past, or you are registering with us for the first time, we reserve the right to require a deposit of up to 50% of the amount you intend to spend. Such deposit will be deducted from your invoice should you be successful. If you are unsuccessful at auction, your deposit will be returned by the same means it was paid to Spink. Some lots may be designated, prior to the auction, as “Premium Lots”, which means a deposit may be required before placing a bid on the item for sale. Information will be posted on our website in such an event.


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Bidding as Principal When making a bid (whether such bids are made in person or by way of telephone bids operated by Spink, commission or online or email bids), you will be deemed to be acting as principal and will be accepting personal liability, unless it has been agreed in writing, at the time of registration, that you are acting as agent on behalf of a third party buyer acceptable to us.

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Commission Bids If you give us instructions to bid on your behalf, by using the form provided in our catalogues or via our website, we shall use reasonable endeavours to do so, provided these instructions are received not later than 24 hours before the auction. If we receive commission bids on a particular Lot for identical amounts, and at auction these bids are the highest bids for the Lot, it will be sold to the person whose bid was received first. Commission bids are undertaken subject to other commitments at the time of the sale, and the conduct of the auction may be such that we are unable to bid as requested. Since this is undertaken as a free service to prospective buyers on the terms stated, we cannot accept liability for failure to make a commission bid. you should therefore always attend personally if you wish to be certain of bidding.

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On-line Bidding We offer internet services as a convenience to our clients. We will not be responsible for errors or failures to execute bids placed on the internet, including, without limitation, errors or failures caused by (i) a loss of internet connection by either party for whatever reason; (ii) a breakdown or problems with the online bidding software and/or (iii) a breakdown or problems with your internet connection, computer or system. Execution of on-line internet bids on www.spink.com and Spink Live is a free service undertaken subject to other commitments at the time of the auction and we do not accept liability for failing to execute an online internet bid or for errors or omissions in connection with this activity. Buyers who acquire lots on the-saleroom.com will have a fee of 3% on the hammer price added to their invoice for using this facility.

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Telephone Bids If you make arrangements with us not less than 24 hours before the sale, we shall use reasonable endeavours to contact you to enable you to participate in bidding by telephone, but in no circumstances will we be liable to either the Seller or you as a result of failure to do so.

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Currency Converter At some auctions, a currency converter will be operated, based on the one month forward rates of exchange quoted to us by Barclays Bank Plc or any other appropriate rate determined by us, at opening on the date of the auction. Bidding will take place in a currency determined by us, which is usually sterling for auctions held in London. The currency converter is not always reliable, and errors may occur beyond our control either in the accuracy of the Lot number displayed on the converter, or the foreign currency equivalent of sterling bids. We shall not be liable to you for any loss suffered as a result of you following the currency converter.

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Video images At some auctions there will be a video screen. Mistakes may occur in its operation, and we cannot be liable to you regarding either the correspondence of the image to the Lot being sold or the quality of the image as a reproduction of the original.

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Bidding Increments Bidding generally opens below the low estimate and advances in the following order although the auctioneer may vary the bidding increments during the course of the auction. The normal bidding increments are: up to £100 by £5 £100 to £300 by £10 £300 to £600 £320-£350-£380-£400 etc. £600 to £1,000 by £50 £1,000 to £3,000 by £100 £3,000 to £6,000 £3,200-£3,500-£3,800-£4,000 etc. £6,000 to £20,000 by £500 £20,000 and up Auctioneer’s discretion

4.10 Bidding by Spink 4.10.1 We reserve the right to bid on Lots on the Seller’s behalf up to the amount of the Reserve (if any), which will never be above the low estimate printed in the auction catalogue. 4.10.2 The Spink Group reserves the right to bid on and purchase Lots as principal. 4.11 The Auctioneer’s Discretion The auctioneer has the right at his absolute discretion to refuse any bid to advance the bidding in such manner as he may decide to withdraw or divide any Lot, to combine any two or more Lots and, in the case of error or dispute, to put an item up for bidding again. Spink uni (12/13) (20)

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4.12 Successful Bid Subject to the auctioneer’s discretion, the striking of his hammer marks the acceptance of the highest bid, provided always that such bid is higher than the Reserve (where applicable), and the conclusion of a contract for sale between you and the Seller. 4.13 After Sale Arrangements If you enter into any private sale agreements for any Lot with the Seller within 60 days of the auction, we, as exclusive agents of the Seller reserve the right to charge you the applicable Buyer’s Premium in accordance with these Terms and Conditions, and the Seller a commission in accordance with the terms of the Seller’s agreement. 4.14 Return of Lot Once your bid has been accepted for a Lot then you are liable to pay for that Lot in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. If there are any problems with a Lot then you must notify us within 7 days of receipt of the Lot, specifying the nature of the problem. We may then request that the Lot is returned to us for inspection. Save as set out in clause 5.13, the cancellation of the sale of any Lot and the refund of the corresponding purchase price is entirely at our sole discretion. We will not normally exercise that discretion if the Lot is not received by us in the same condition that it was in at the auction date. AFTER THE AUCTION 5.1 Buyer’s Premium and other charges In addition to the Hammer Price, you must pay us the Buyer’s Premium at a rate of 20% of the final Hammer price of each lot, a fee of 3% on the hammer price total for using the-saleroom.com and a surcharge for paying by credit card. 5.2 Value Added Tax Other than in respect of Zero-rated Lots (o) VAT is chargeable on the Hammer price and the Buyer’s premium of daggered (†) and (Ω) lots at the standard rate (currently 20%), and on lots marked (x) at the reduced rate (currently 5% on the Hammer price and 20% on the Buyer’s premium). VAT on Margin scheme lots (identified by the absence of any VAT symbol next to the lot number) is payable at 20% on the Buyer’s premium only. 5.3 VAT Refunds General 5.3.1 As we remain liable to account for VAT on all Lots unless they have been exported outside the Eu within 3 months of the date of sale, you will generally be asked to deposit all amounts of VAT invoiced. However, if a Spink nominated shipper is instructed, then any refundable VAT will not be collected. In all other cases credits will be made when proof of export is provided. If you export the Lot yourself you must obtain shipping documents from the Shipping Department for which a charge of £50 will be made. 5.3.2 If you export the Lot you must return the valid proof of export certificate to us within 3 months of the date of sale. If you fail to return the proof of export certificate to us within such period and you have not already accounted to us for the VAT, you will be liable to us for the full amount of the VAT due on such Lot and we shall be entitled to invoice you for this sum. 5.3.3 To apply for a refund of any VAT paid, the proof of export certificate must be sent to our Shipping Department clearly marked ‘VAT Refund’ within 3 months of the date of sale. No payment will be made where the total amount of VAT refundable is less than £50 and Spink will charge £50 for each refund processed. VAT Refunds - Buyers from within the EU 5.3.4 VAT refunds are available on the Hammer Price and Buyer’s Premium of Daggered (†) and Investment Gold (g) Lots. you must certify that you are registered for VAT in another Eu country and that the Lot is to be removed from the united Kingdom within 3 months of the date of sale. 5.3.5 Where an Eu buyer purchases a Lot on which import VAT has been charged, no refund of VAT is available from us. It may be possible to apply directly for a refund on form VAT 65 to HM Revenue & Customs Overeseas Repayment Section, Londonderry. VAT Refunds – Buyers from outside the EU 5.3.6 Where a Lot is included within the Auctioneers’ Margin Scheme and evidence of export from the Eu is produced within 3 months of the date of sale, the VAT on Buyer’s Premium may be refunded. 5.3.7 Where the Lot is marked as a Daggered (†) or Investment Gold (g) Lot the VAT charged on the Hammer Price may be refunded where evidence of export from the Eu is produced within 3 months of the date of sale. A refund of VAT charged on the Buyer’s Premium can also be made on receipt of proof of business as a collectibles dealer. 5.3.8 Where the Lot is marked as an Omega (Ω) Lot or an Import VAT (x) Lot and evidence of export from the Eu is produced within 3 months of the date of sale, the VAT charged on both the Hammer Price and Buyer’s Premium may be refunded. Where required, we can advise you on how to export such Lots as a specific form of export evidence is required. 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Payment 5.4.1 you must provide us with your full name and permanent address and, if so requested, details of the bank from which any payments to us will be made. you must pay the full amount due (comprising the Hammer Price, the Buyer’s Premium and any applicable VAT) within seven days after the date of the sale. This applies even if you wish to export the Lot and an export licence is (or may be) required. 5.4.2 you will not acquire title to the Lot until all amounts due have been paid in full. This includes instances where special arrangements were made for release of Lot prior to full settlement. 5.4.3 Payment should be made in sterling by one of the following methods: II(i) Direct bank transfer to our account details of which are set out on the invoice. All bank charges shall be met by you. Please ensure that your client number is noted on the transfer. i(ii) By cheque or bank draft made payable to Spink and Son Ltd and sent to Spink at 69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4ET. Please note that the processing charges for payments made by cheques or bank drafts drawn on a non-u.K bank shall be met by you. Please ensure that the remittance slip printed at the bottom of the invoice is enclosed with your payment. (iii) By Visa or Mastercard. A charge of 2% will be applied. Payments exceeding £5,000 can normally only be made by the card holder in person whilst on our premises. 5.4.4 Payments should be made by the registered buyer and not by third parties, unless it has been agreed at the time of registration that you are acting as an agent on behalf of a third party. 5.5 Invoices Invoices may consist of one or more pages and will show: Zero rated Lots (o); no symbol Lots sold under the Auctioneers’ Margin Scheme; Lots marked (g) special scheme Investment Gold; Daggered Lots (†), imported Lots marked (x) and (Ω), (e) Lots with Zero rated hammer for Eu VAT registered buyers. 5.6 Collection of Purchases 5.6.1 unless specifically agreed to the contrary, we shall retain lots purchased until all amounts due to us, or to the Spink Group, have been paid in full. Buyers will be required to pay for their lots when they wish to take possession of the same, which must be within 7 days of the date of the sale, unless prior arrangements have been made with Spink. Without prior agreement, lots will not be released until cleared funds are received with regard to payments made by cheque. 5.6.2 unless we notify you to the contrary, items retained by us will be covered in accordance with our policy which is available for inspection at our offices from the date of sale for a period of seven days or until the time of collection, whichever is sooner. After seven days or from the time of collection, whichever is the earlier, the Lot will be entirely at your risk. 5.6.3 Our policy will not cover and we are unable to accept responsibility for damage caused by woodworm, changes in atmospheric conditions or acts of terrorism. 5.7 Notification We are not able to notify successful bidders by telephone. While Invoices are sent out by mail after the auction we do not accept responsibility for notifying you of the result of your bid. you are requested to contact us by telephone or in person as soon as possible after the auction to obtain details of the outcome of your bids to avoid incurring charges for late payment. 5.8 Packing and handling 5.8.1 We shall use all reasonable endeavours to take care when handling and packing a purchased Lot but remind you that after seven days or from the time of collection, whichever is sooner, the Lot is entirely at your risk. Our postage charges are set out at the back of the catalogue. 5.8.2 It is the responsibility of the Buyer to be aware of any Import Duties that may be incurred upon importation to the final destination. Spink will not accept return of any package in order to avoid these duties. The onus is also on the Buyer to be aware of any Customs import restrictions that prohibit the importation of certain collectibles. Spink will not accept return of the Lot(s) under these circumstances. Spink will not accept responsibility for Lot(s) seized or destroyed by Customs. 5.8.3 If the Buyer requires delivery of the Lot to an address other than the invoice address this will be carried out at the discretion of Spink. 5.9 Recommended packers and shippers If required our shipping department may arrange shipment as your agent. Although we may suggest carriers if specifically requested, our suggestions are made on the basis of our general experience of such parties in the past and we are not responsible to any person to whom we have made a recommendation for the acts or omissions of the third parties concerned. 5.10 Remedies for non-payment or failure to collect purchases 5.10.1 If you fail to make payment within seven days of your stipulated payment date set out in your invoice, we shall be entitled to exercise one or more of the following rights or remedies:

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5.10.1.1 to charge interest at the rate of 2% per month compound interest, calculated on a daily basis, from the date the full amount is due; 5.10.1.2 to set off against any amounts which the Spink Group may owe you in any other transaction the outstanding amount remaining unpaid by you; 5.10.1.3 we may keep hold of all or some of your Lots or other property in the possession of the Spink Group until you have paid all the amounts you owe us or the Spink Group, even if the unpaid amounts do not relate to those Lots or other property. Following fourteen days’ notice to you of the amount outstanding and remaining unpaid, the Spink Group shall have the right to arrange the sale of such Lots or other property. We shall apply the proceeds in discharge of the amount outstanding to us or the Spink Group, and pay any balance to you; 5.10.1.4 where several amounts are owed by you to the Spink Group in respect of different transactions, to apply any amount paid to discharge any amount owed in respect of any particular transaction, whether or not you so direct; 5.10.1.5 to reject at any future auction any bids made by you or on your behalf or obtain a deposit from you before accepting any bids. 5.10.2 If you fail to make payment within thirty-five days, we shall in addition be entitled: 5.10.2.1 to cancel the sale of the Lot or any other item sold to you at the same or any other auction; 5.10.2.2 to arrange a resale of the Lot, publicly or privately, and, if this results in a lower price being obtained, claim the balance from you together with all reasonable costs including a 20% seller’s commission, expenses, damages, legal fees, commissions and premiums of whatever kind associated with both sales or otherwise, incurred in connection with your failure to make payment; or 5.10.2.3 take any other appropriate action as we deem fit. 5.11 Failure to collect Where purchases are not collected within seven days after the sale, whether or not payment has been made, you will be required to pay a storage charge of £2 per item per day plus any additional handling cost that may apply. you will not be entitled to collect the Lot until all outstanding charges are met, together with payment of all other amounts due to us. 5.12 Export Licence 5.12.1 If required we can, at our discretion, advise you on the detailed provisions of the export licensing regulations. Where we advise you in relation to export licensing regulations the ultimate responsibility in respect of any export will lie with you and we will not be responsible for your failure to apply for any necessary licences. 5.12.2 If the Lot is going to be hand carried by you, you may be required to produce a valid export licence to us or sign a waiver document stating that a licence will be applied for. 5.12.3 you should always check whether an export licence is required before exporting. Export licences are usually obtained within two or three weeks but delays can occur. 5.12.4 unless otherwise agreed by us in writing, the fact that you wish to apply for an export licence does not affect your obligation to make payment within seven days nor our right to charge interest on late payment. 5.12.5 If you request that we apply for an export licence on your behalf, we shall be entitled to recover from you our disbursements and out of pocket expenses in relation to such application, together with any relevant VAT. 5.12.6 We will not be obliged to rescind a sale nor to refund any interest or other expenses incurred by you where payment is made by you despite the fact that an export licence is required. 5.13 Refund in the case of Forgery 5.13.1 A sale will be cancelled, and the amount paid refunded to you if a Lot (other than a miscellaneous item not described in the catalogue) sold by us proves to have been a Forgery. We shall not however be obliged to refund any amounts if either (a) the catalogue description or saleroom notice at the auction date corresponded to the generally accepted opinion of scholars or experts at that time, or fairly indicated that there was a conflict of opinions, or (b) it can be demonstrated that the Lot is a Forgery only by means of either a scientific process not generally accepted for use until after publication of the catalogue or a process which at the date of the auction was unreasonably expensive or impracticable or likely to have caused damage to the Lot. Furthermore, you should note that this refund can be obtained only if the following conditions are met: 5.13.1.1 you must notify us in writing, within seven days of the receipt of the Lot(s), that in your view the Lot concerned is a Forgery; 5.13.1.2 you must then return the item to us within fourteen days from receipt of the Lot(s), in the same condition as at the auction date; and


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5.13.1.3 as soon as possible following return of the Lot, you must produce evidence satisfactory to us that the Lot is a Forgery and that you are able to transfer good title to us, free from any third party claims. 5.13.2 In no circumstances shall we be required to pay you any more than the amount paid by you for the Lot concerned and you shall have no claim for interest. 5.13.3 The benefit of this guarantee is not capable of being transferred, and is solely for the benefit of the person to whom the original invoice was made out by us in respect of the Lot when sold and who, since the sale, has remained the owner of the Lot without disposing of any interest in it to any third party. 5.13.4 We shall be entitled to rely on any scientific or other process to establish that the Lot is not a Forgery, whether or not such process was used or in use at the date of the auction. 6 LIABILITY Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits or excludes our liability for: 6.1 death or personal injury resulting from negligence; or 6.2 any damage or liability incurred by you as a result of our fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation. 7 COPYRIGHT 7.1 We shall have the right (on a non-exclusive basis) to photograph, video or otherwise produce an image of the Lot. All rights in such an image will belong to us, and we shall have the right to use it in whatever way we see fit. 7.2 The copyright in all images, illustrations and written material relating to a Lot is and shall remain at all times our property and we shall have the right to use it in whatever way we see fit. you shall not use or allow anyone else to use such images, illustrations or written material without our prior written consent. 8 VAT you shall give us all relevant information about your VAT status and that of the Lot to ensure that the correct information is printed in the catalogues. Once printed, the information cannot be changed. If we incur any unforeseen cost or expense as a result of the information being incorrect, you will reimburse to us on demand the full amount incurred. 9 NOTICES All notices given under these Terms and Conditions may be served personally, sent by 1st class post, or faxed to the address given to the sender by the other party. Any notice sent by post will be deemed to have been received on the second working day after posting or, if the addressee is overseas, on the fifth working day after posting. Any notice sent by fax or served personally will be deemed to be delivered on the first working day following despatch. 10 ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS The following provisions of this clause 10 shall apply only if you are acting for the purposes of your business. 10.1 Limitation of Liability Subject to clause 6, we shall not be liable, whether in tort (including for negligence) or breach of statutory duty, contract, misrepresentation or otherwise for any: 10.1.1 loss of profits, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and/or similar losses, loss of anticipated savings, loss of goods, loss of contract, loss of use, loss of corruption of data or information; or 10.1.2 any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses. 10.2 Severability If any part of these Terms and Condition is found by any court to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that part may be discounted and the rest of the conditions shall continue to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law. 10.3 Force majeure We shall have no liability to you if we are prevented from, or delayed in performing, our obligations under these Terms and Conditions or from carrying on our business by acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond our reasonable control, including (without limitation) strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disputes (whether involving our workforce or the workforce of any other party), failure of a utility service or transport network, act of God, war, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any law or governmental order, rule, regulation or direction, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, fire, flood, storm or default of suppliers or subcontractors. 10.4 Waiver 10.4.1 A waiver of any right under these Terms and Conditions is only effective if it is in writing and it applies only to the circumstances for which it is given. No failure or delay by a party in exercising any right or remedy under these Terms and Conditions or by law shall constitute a waiver of that (or any other) right or remedy, nor preclude or restrict its further exercise. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall preclude or restrict the further exercise of that (or any other) right or remedy. 10.4.2 unless specifically provided otherwise, rights arising under these Terms and Conditions are cumulative and do not exclude rights provided by law. Spink uni (12/13) (20)

10.5 Law and Jurisdiction 10.5.1 These Terms and Conditions and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the law of England and Wales. 10.5.2 The parties irrevocably agree that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of, or in connection with, Terms and Conditions or their subject matter.

Postal Charges Prices for books (items sent by this method are not covered by insurance) Weight

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Shipments of more than 2kg or volumetric measurement of more than 2kg have to be sent by courier. Certain countries may incur extra charge when courier services are required by our insurance policy. For lots sent by courier please contact Auctionteam@spink.com for calculation of any further relevant cost in addition to the above charges. Value Added Tax (VAT) Charging of (VAT) at Auction The information shown on this page sets out the way in which Spink intends to account for VAT. i.

Auctioneers’ Margin Scheme 1. Where possible, we will offer Lots for sale under the Auctioneers’ Margin Scheme. Such Lots can be identified by the absence of any VAT symbol next to the Lot number in the catalogue and will not be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. 2. Where Lots are sold using the Auctioneers’ Margin Scheme to VAT–registered businesses, the VAT included within the Buyers’ Premium is not recoverable as input tax. upon request on sale day, we will issue invoices that show VAT separately on both the Hammer Price and the Buyer’s Premium. This will enable VAT-registered businesses to recover the VAT charged as input tax, subject to the normal rules for recovering input tax.

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Zero-Rated Lots Limited Categories of goods, such as books, are Zero-rated (o) for VAT in the united Kingdom. Such Lots are offered under the Auctioneers’ Margin Scheme. In these circumstances no VAT will be added to the Buyer’s premium.

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Daggered Lots Lots which are Daggered (†) in the catalogue are subject to VAT at 20% on both the Hammer Price and the Buyer’s Premium.

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Starred and Omega Lots Lots which are marked (x) in the catalogue are subject to VAT at 5% on the Hammer price plus 20% on the Buyer’s premium. Lots which bear the Omega symbol (Ω) are subject to VAT at 20% on the Hammer Price and on the Buyer’s Premium. Such Lots bear VAT because the Lot is liable for VAT at this rate on importation into the Eu.

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Investment Gold Lots Lots marked (g) in the catalogue are exempt from VAT on the Hammer Price and are subject to VAT at 20% on the Buyer’s Premium. A refund of VAT charged on the Buyer’s Premium can also be made on receipt of proof of business as a collectibles dealer.

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Imported Lots Lots which are marked (x) and Lots which bear the Omega symbol (Ω) have VAT charged on the Hammer Price and Buyers’ Premium because they have been imported into the united Kingdom from outside the Eu. In these cases we have used a temporary importation procedure, which in effect means that the point of importation is deferred until the Lot has been sold. At this point the Buyer is treated as the importer and is liable to pay the import VAT due. We will collect the VAT from you and pay it to HM Customs and Excise on your behalf.


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GROUP CHAIRMAN AND CEO Olivier D. Stocker YOUR SPECIALISTS STAMPS UK - Tim Hirsch Guy Croton David Parsons Nick Startup Neill Granger Paul Mathews Dominic Savastano Tom Smith Ian Shapiro (Consultant) USA - George Eveleth Richard Debney EUROPE - Guido Craveri Fernando Martínez CHINA - Anna Lee COINS UK - Mike Veissid Paul Dawson Richard Bishop William MacKay Eleanor Charlotte Dix Tim Robson Edouard Wyngaard Barbara Mears John Pett USA - Stephen Goldsmith Greg Cole CHINA - Kin Choi Cheung BANKNOTES, BONDS & SHARES UK - Barnaby Faull Mike Veissid Andrew Pattison Monica Kruber USA - Stephen Goldsmith EUROPE - Peter Christen CHINA - Paul Pei Po Chow Kelvin Cheung ORDERS, DECORATIONS, MEDALS & MILITARIA UK - Mark Quayle Oliver Pepys BOOKS UK - Philip Skingley Jennifer Mulholland AUTOGRAPHS USA - Stephen Goldsmith WINES CHINA - Anna Lee Guillaume Willk-Fabia YOUR EUROPE TEAM (LONDON - LUGANO) Chairman’s Office Charles Blane Directors Tim Hirsch Anthony Spink Auction & Client Management Team Miroslava Adusei-Poku Edward Rivers Luca Borgo Rita Ariete Dora Szigeti John Winchcombe Kenichiro Imase María Martínez Maurizio Schenini Finance Alison Bennet Marco Fiori Mina Bhagat Dennis Muriu Billy Tumelty Dean Dowdall IT & Administration Berdia Qamarauli Leszek Woronowicz Liz Cones Curlene Spencer Tom Robinson Cristina Dugoni Giacomo Canzi

SALE CALENDAR 2014 STAMPS 12 March 13 March 22 March 14 April 29 April 14 May 7 June 20 September

The Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902 Featuring Occupation and Siege Issues The Harry Birkhead Collection The “Foxley” Collections of British Guiana and British Honduras The Collector’s Series Sale The Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer Collection of Great Britain The Collector’s Series Sale Specialised Great Britain Stamp Sale The Collector’s Series Sale The Collector’s Series Sale

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The “Khalifa” Collection of Islamic Coins Ancient, British & Foreign Coins and Commemorative The Collector’s Series Sale The Collector’s Series Sale Ancient, British & Foreign Coins and Commemorative The Collector’s Series Sale Ancient, British & Foreign Coins and Commemorative The Collector’s Series Sale Ancient, British & Foreign Coins and Commemorative

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Orders, Decoration, Campaign Medals & Militaria Orders, Decoration, Campaign Medals & Militaria Orders, Decoration, Campaign Medals & Militaria

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The Collector’s Series Sale The Collector’s Series Sale Bonds and Share Certificates of the World The Collector’s Series Sale The Collector’s Series Sale Bonds and Share Certificates of the World

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The Collector’s Series Sale

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An Evening of Exceptional Wines

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COINS 26 March 26/27 March 3 April 9/10 May 25/26 June 21 August 22/23 September 15 November 3/4 December

Medals

Medals Medals Medals

BANKNOTES 3 April 15/16 April 9/10 May 15 July 21 August 30 September 1/2 October 15 November

The Collector’s Series World Banknotes The Collector’s Series World Banknotes The Collector’s Series World Banknotes World Banknotes The Collector’s Series

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MEDALS 24 April 24 July 20 November BONDS AND SHARES 3 April 9/10 May 30 May 21 August 15 November 28 November

YOUR AMERICA TEAM (NEW YORK) Auction Administration and Marketing & Design Sonia Alves Luke Mitchell Madison Lang Finance & Administration Sam Qureshi Ingrid Qureshi Auctioneer Stephen Goldsmith

AUTOGRAPHS 9/10 May WINES 20 March

The above sale dates are subject to change

YOUR ASIA TEAM (HONG KONG - SINGAPORE) Vice Chairman Anna Lee Administration Angie Ihlofung Amy Yung Newton Tsang Raymond Tat Gary Tan

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The Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902, featuring Occupation and Siege Issues, The Harry Birkhead Collection