‘VIC’ VISSER BECHUANALAND
Stellaland
VV1 STELLALAND 1884 IMPERFORATE COLOUR TRIAL of the 1d postage duty (Holmes Type 5) printed in the issued colour, red. Without gum and good to large margins. BPA certificate (1983) states “is genuine. The stamp bears a handstamped overprint in pale violet of unknown origin”. Very rare. SG 1 proof £275
VV2 STELLALAND 1884 IMPERFORATE COLOUR TRIAL of the 1d postage duty (Holmes Type 5) printed in the issued colour, red. Clean vertical crease. Without gum and good to large margins. Very rare. SG 1 proof £275
VV4 STELLALAND 1884 IMPERFORATE COLOUR PROOF of the 4d postage duty printed in near issued colours. Without gum. Good to large margins. Very rare. SG 3 proof £275
VV6 STELLALAND 1884 1d red (Holmes Type 8). Very fine and fresh unused, without gum. SG 1 £75
VV7 STELLALAND 1884 1d red (Holmes Type 6). Small thin and unobtrusive tear at foot, otherwise fine and fresh mint. SG 1 £35
VV8 STELLALAND 1884 1d red (Holmes Type 3). Large adhesion, repair at right and vertical crease. Mint. SG 1 £30
VV9 STELLALAND 1884 1d red (Holmes Type 5). Large hinge remnants, otherwise fine and fresh mint. SG 1 £150
VV10 STELLALAND 1884 1d red (Holmes Type 2). Large hinge remnants and rather unfresh, otherwise fine mint. SG 1 £45
VV11 STELLALAND 1884 1d red (Holmes Type 2). Very fine used with manuscript initials ‘FH’ (believed to be those of the second postmaster Ferdinand Hartzenberg) and dated ‘1/2/85’. RPS certificate (1974) Rare. SG 1 SOLD
VV12 STELLALAND 1884 1d red (Holmes Type 8). Fine used with KIMBERLEY (AU 24 /85) single circle datestamp, presumably applied in transit. Some trimmed perforations not mentioned on clear BPA certificate (1975). Rare. SG 1 £300
VV13 STELLALAND 1884 1d red (Holmes Type 4). Tied to small piece by two KIMBERLEY (MR 9 / 85) double arc datestamps. This item is illustrated in Jurgens (p71) where he suggests use by the Warren Expedition. Holmes (p26) states after February 1885 stamps were not cancelled until they reached Barkly West or Kimberley. This very datestamp is illustrated in Putzel & Visser, without comment. However, a PFSA certificate (1984) states “it is genuine but the postmarks are forged”, which does appear to be the case. Intriguing. SG 1 £300
VV14 STELLALAND 1884 1d red. Vertical pair (Holmes Type 2), showing the variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN. Very fine mint with large part original gum. Very rare. SG 1b £4,250
VV15 STELLALAND 1884 3d orange-yellow. Horizontal left and right marginal strips of four. Comprising a complete row across the sheet and showing each of the eight distinguishing features of the setting (Holmes Types 1-8), which were repeated on each of the 12 rows. Superb fresh unmounted mint. Very scarce. SG 2 £425
VV16 STELLALAND 1884 3d orange-yellow (Holmes Type 7). Very fine used with manuscript initials ‘FH’ (believed to be those of the second postmaster Ferdinand Hartzenberg) and dated ‘11/2/85’. RPS certificate (1974). Rare. SG 2 £350
VV17 STELLALAND 1884 4d greenish grey (Holmes Type 6). Very fine fresh mint. SG 3 £25
VV18 1884 4d greenish-grey. Horizontal left and right marginal strips of four. Comprising a complete row across the sheet and showing each of the eight distinguishing features of the setting (Holmes Types 1-8), which were repeated on each of the 12 rows. Superb fresh unmounted mint. Very scarce. SG 3 £375
VV19 STELLALAND 1884 4d greenish grey. Very fine used with manuscript initials ‘FH’ (believed to be those of the second postmaster Ferdinand Hartzenberg) and dated ‘6/3/85’. RPS certificate (1975) observes (rather harshly) “thinned, faded”. Rare. SG 3 £275
VV20 STELLALAND 1884 4d greenish-grey. Horizontal pair (Holmes Types 7-8) from the lower right corner of the sheet with margins (reduced at base), showing the variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN. Very fine unused, without gum. Rare. SG 3a £450
VV21 STELLALAND 1884 6d lilac-mauve. Three horizontal strips of three, two being marginal. Comprising a complete row across the sheet and showing each of the nine distinguishing features of the setting (Holmes Types 1-9) which were repeated on each of the 13 rows. Superb fresh unmounted mint. Very scarce. SG 4 £475
VV22 STELLALAND 1884 6d lilac-mauve (Holmes Type 2). Very fine used with manuscript initials ‘FH’ (believed to be those of the second postmaster Ferdinand Hartzenberg) and dated ‘12/2/85’. RPS certificate (1974). Rare. SG 4 SOLD
VV23 STELLALAND 1884 6d lilac-mauve (some staining). Tied to small piece by an apparently forged KIMBERLEY (MR 3 / 85) double arc datestamp. Intriguing. SG 4 £65
VV24 STELLALAND 1884 6d lilac-mauve. Vertical pair (Holmes Type 3) showing the variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN. Small unobtrusive 6mm tear between stamps at left, otherwise very fine unused, without gum. Very rare. SG 4b £750
VV25 STELLALAND 1884 1/- green (Holmes Type 1). Very fine fresh mint with light hinge remnants. SG 5 £75
VV26 STELLALAND 1884 1/- green (Holmes Type 2). Small area of gum loss lower right corner, otherwise fine and fresh mint with light hinge remnants. SG 5 £55
VV27 STELLALAND 1884 1/- green. Horizontal left and right marginal strips of four. Comprising a complete row across the sheet and showing each of the eight distinguishing features of the setting (Holmes Types 1-8, Row 8) which were repeated on each of the 12 rows. Superb fresh unmounted mint. Very scarce. SG 5 £950
VV28 STELLALAND 1884 1/- green (Holmes Type 8). Very fine used with manuscript initials ‘FH’ (believed those of the second postmaster Ferdinand Hartzenberg) and dated ‘11/1/85’. RPS certificate (1974). Very rare. SG 5 £750
VV29 STELLALAND 1884 Complete set of five genuine stamps, 1d to 1/-, each provided with an imaginative bogus VRYBURG (FEB 12 or 18 / 1884 / S. R.) double ring datestamp. 1d with corner fault and 1/- split and rejoined. Recorded by Holmes (p27) though rarely seen. SG 1-5 £175
VV30 STELLALAND 1884 Complete set of five genuine stamps, 1d to 1/-, each cancelled with an apparently genuine ‘366’ BONC (attributed to Prieska). Faults include odd thin and 1d with corner fault. SG 1-5 £350
VV31 STELLALAND 1884 Three genuine duties, 4d, 6d and 1/- each provided with an apparently genuine ‘VRYBURG’ single circle datestamp, no doubt ‘by favour’. The 6d with some staining. SG 3-5 £110
VV32 STELLALAND / Forgery of the 1884 1d, printed in red and provided with fanciful European (?) cancellation. Few thin spots. Unusual. Forgery of SG 1 £35
VV33 STELLALAND / Forgery of the 1884 6d, printed in (unevenly applied) greyish lilac and provided with an apparently private cachet of ‘J.R. Schembera’. Unusual. Forgery of SG 4 £35
VV282 STELLALAND / Forgery 1885 4d olive-grey surcharged with forged ‘TWEE’ handstamp in black. Some short or pulled perfs, otherwise fine unused (without gum). SG 6 forgery £35
VV69 STELLALAND / Warren Expedition 1884 Unappropriated Dies overprinted ‘MILITARY TELEGRAPHS’ for use by the Warren Expedition. Complete set of eight (1d to £1) handstamped ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel Type GB9. Enthusiastically hinged, otherwise fine mint. SG MT1-8 Specimen
 
Note: it is unusual to see the £1 with this handstamp as it is normally seen with the larger Type GB11.
£525
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