BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA / NYASALAND
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1897 Arms 2/6 (greyish) black and ultramarine. Lower marginal block of four, very fine or superb fresh mint (lightly hinged on the upper pair only, the lower pair is unmounted) with all stamps unusually well centred. A scarce multiple. SG 48
1898 Setting I, 1d vermilion and grey-blue, imperforate. Showing the major variety WITHOUT INITIALS AND CENTRE INVERTED (position 7). Very fine unused with complete margins. One of the finest examples extant of the 15 originally printed (of which a pair resides in the Royal Philatelic Collection). RPS certificate (1991). A great British Africa rarity. SG 54b
£450
£22,000
Last updated: 21st January, 2024
BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA / NYASALAND
1897 Arms issue, SG 43-52
NY406 1897 imperforate COLOUR TRIAL of the £1 duty printed in light greyish black and dull purple on watermarked Crown CC paper. Some light adherences on reverse otherwise fine with gum. B.P.A. certificate (1969). Rare. £325
AN327 1897 imperforate COLOUR TRIAL of the £1 duty printed in light greyish black and dull purple on watermarked Crown CC paper. Traces of gum and some wrinkles mainly visible from the reverse. Rare. £325
NY692 1897 1d to 1/- set of five values. Fine used. SG 43-47 £12
NY756 1897 2d, 6d and 1/-, each marginal or corner. Very fine fresh mint. SG 44, 46, 47 £65
NY915 1897 1d, 2d, 4d and 6d. Each a block of four. Fresh from front although light adhesions on gum. SG 43-46 £125
NY1136 1897 Arms 1d black and ultramarine. Showing WATERMARK INVERTED. Right marginal, superb and fresh unmounted. SG 43a £225
NY412 1897 Arms 6d black and green. Left marginal block of four, minor tone on upper left stamp otherwise superb unmounted. SG 46 £200
NY301 6d black and green. Lower left corner block of four, plate '1' in margin. Very fine mint or unmounted. Uncommon. SG 46 £300
NY77 6d black and green. Left marginal block of six, superb mint. SG 46 £325
AN277 1897 2/6 black and ultramarine, overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel type D12a). Hinge remnants, otherwise fine and fresh, well-centred mint. SG 48s £55
AN165 1897 2/6 black and ultramarine. Very fine mint. SG 48 £75
RA6050 1897 2/6 black and ultramarine. Lovely subtle shades, very fine fresh mint. SG 48 £75
RA7657 1897 2/6 black and ultramarine. Very fine fresh mint. SG 48 £75
AN227 1897 Arms 2/6 (greyish) black and ultramarine. Lower marginal block of four, very fine or superb fresh mint (lightly hinged on the upper pair only, the lower pair is unmounted) with all stamps unusually well centred. A scarce multiple. SG 48 £450
NY588 1897 3/- black and sea-green. Well centred, very fine fresh mint. SG 49 £240
NY1133 1897 4/- black and carmine. Superb fresh mint. SG 50 £110
NY415 1897 Arms 4/- black and carmine, block of four. Minor pink interleaving adhesions on reverse, superb and fresh unmounted. Exceptional and RARE. SG 50 £550
NY372 1897 4/- black and carmine. Fine used, 'CHINDE OC 12 98' single circle datestamp, unobtrusive creasing. SG 50 £40
NY85 1897 4/- black and carmine. Fine used, 'ZOMBA July 15 98' single circle datestamp. SG 50 £70
AN237 1897 4/- (greyish) black and carmine. Superb used with large part CHINDE (OC 14 / 97) single circle datestamp. £70
NY1138 1897 Arms 10/- black and olive-green. Very fine fresh mint. SG 50a £285
NY694 1900 10/- black and olive-green. Very fine used cancelled part 'KARONGA' squared circle datestamp. SG 50a £250
AN280 1897 £1 black and dull purple, overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel type D12a). Hinge remnants, otherwise fine and fresh well-centred mint with strong colour. SG 51s £110
NY1196 1897 Arms £10 black and yellow, overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel type D12a). Very minor offsetting on part reverse, apparently unmounted. Lovely and fresh. SG 52s £325
AN258 1897 Arms £10 black and yellow. Very fine fiscally used with almost complete BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA / BLANTYRE large double circle cancellation and with date ‘3.8.00’ in manuscript. Scarce. SG 52 £250
AN373 1897 Arms £10 black and yellow. Very fine fiscally used with small part BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA double circle cancellation struck in violet. Scarce. SG 52 £250
1897 'ONE PENNY' provisional surcharge, SG 53
NY1173 1897 ‘ONE PENNY’ surcharge in red on 3/- black and sea-green. Showing additional inking dot above 'ONE'. Very fine fresh mint. SG 53 £17
AN131 1897 ‘ONE PENNY’ surcharge in red on 3/- black and sea-green. Superb used with Zomba (SP 15 98) single circle datestamp. SG 53 £12
NY596 1897 ‘ONE PENNY’ surcharge in red on 3/- black and sea-green. Superb used with FORT ANDERSON (JA 1 99) single circle datestamp. SG 53 £20
1898 Cheque stamps, SG 54-57a
NY1190 1898 Setting I, 1d vermilion and grey-blue, imperforate. Showing the major variety WITHOUT INITIALS AND CENTRE INVERTED (position 7). Very fine unused with complete margins. One of the finest examples extant of the 15 originally printed (of which a pair resides in the Royal Philatelic Collection). RPS certificate (1991). A great British Africa rarity. SG 54b £22,000
NY1095 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine. Control Q / 18, fine used cancelled 'ZOMBA MY 21 98' sc datestamp. SG 55b £85
NY1096 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine. Re-joined lower marginal pair, controls XQ / 29 and 28 / FA, very fine used cancelled 'ZOMBA MY 2 98' sc datestamps. Lovely. SG 55b £220
NY845 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine. Lower marginal horizontal strip of four, controls 24A, 25 / J, Z / 26, 27 / B. Lightly cancelled 'ZOMBA MY 21 98' sc datestamps. Minor hinge thin on one stamp otherwise superb. A lovely multiple. SG 55b £450
NY1090 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine. Lower marginal horizontal strip of four, controls T / 20, 21 / WP, S / 22, 23 / N, lightly cancelled 'ZOMBA 98' sc datestamps. A lovely multiple. SG 55b £450
NY1097 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine. BLOCK OF FOUR with margins at top and base, controls 6 / P, F / 5, the lower difficult to detect possibly as a result of a horizontal pre-printing paper crease running through (should be 21 / WP, T / 20). Thinned affecting both right stamps otherwise fine used cancelled 'ZOMBA MY 21 98' sc datestamps. Lovely. SG 55b £325
AN231 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine, imperforate. BLOCK OF FOUR, with controls 10/Z, XA/11 / 25/J, Z/26. Very fine used, cancelled with neat FORT JOHNSTON (MY 11) single circle datestamps. A scarce multiple. SG 55b £450
NY984 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine, imperforate. Marginal BLOCK OF FOUR positions 7-8 / 22-23. Very fine used on piece, each stamp cancelled with ZOMBA (MY 21 / 98) single circle datestamps. A lovely and scarce multiple. SG 55b £450
AN367 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine, imperforate. Right marginal BLOCK OF FOUR with embossed controls 1 / F, 2G, 16 / FY and E / 17. In addition upper right stamp showing variety SPACED 'AL' of 'INTERNAL'. Very fine used, each stamp cancelled with ZOMBA (MY 21 / 98) single circle datestamps. A scarce multiple. SG 55b and var. £500
NY1098 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine. Control 6 / P very fine used. SG 56 £110
NY1100 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine. Control 3 / X, very fine used. SG 56 £110
NY1102 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine. Control 16 / FY, very fine used. SG 56 £120
NY1101 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine. Upper marginal, Control 2 G, very fine used. SG 56 £110
NY1099 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine. Superb used on piece. SG 56 £125
RA9424 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine. Upper right corner pair used on piece cancelled 'ZOMBA MY 21 98' sc datestamps. Lovely. SG 56 £270
AN232 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine, imperforate. BLOCK OF FOUR with controls F / 5, 6 / P, T / 20, 21 / WP. Each stamp with variety CONTROL DOUBLY IMPRESSED. Shallow hinge thin at base otherwise fine used, each stamp cancelled with ZOMBA (JY 8 / 98) single circle datestamp. A rare multiple. SG 56b
 
Note: This block adjoins to the right of the reconstructed block of two pairs ex Simpson and Vestey.
£1,500
AN233 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine, imperforate. Showing the spectacular variety CENTRE OMITTED. Some hinge thins and vertical crease as often seen on this variety. Very rare. SG 55b var
 
Note: Although it is assumed single stamps with centre omitted probably emanate from the upper half of a vertical pair with normal, De Robeck (1982) illustrates a horizontal corner pair with centres omitted, apparently from the left of the lower row. This stamp appears plateable as position 19, i.e. the fourth stamp from the left of the lower row.
£2,200
NY1005 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine, perf. 12. Superb used on piece, control 3 / X. SG 57 £35
NY1004 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine, perf. 12. Lower marginal, very fine used. SG 57 £35
NY1008 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine, perf. 12. Block of four from the right of the pane, controls G 2, F, E 17, 16. In addition the upper right stamp showing variety SPACED 'AL' of 'INTERNAL'. Very fine used cancelled 'ZOMBA JY 25 / 98'. Lovely. SG 57 and var. £160
NY1007 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine, perf. 12. Horizontal strip of six superb used cancelled 'ZOMBA JY 29 98'. Controls 24A, 23 / N, S / 22, 21 / WP, T / 20 and Z19 (the latter unclear). Lovely. SG 57 £200
NY628 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine, perf. 12. Fine used cancelled ‘BLANTYRE 25 JY 98’, minor thinning. SG 57a £25
NY599 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine, perf. 12. Very fine used cancelled ‘ZOMBA JY 5 98’. SG 57a £40
NY598 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine, perf. 12. Superb used on piece cancelled ‘BLANTYRE 4 JY 98’. SG 57a £45
RA7132 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine, perf. 12. Upper marginal horizontal pair, superb used on piece, light squared circle datestamps. Lovely. SG 57a £75
RA5386 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine, perf. 12. BLOCK OF FOUR, very fine used cancelled ‘ZOMBA JU 27’. Controls 14I, 15 / K, XQ / 29, 30 / S. Most attractive. SG 57a £150
AN230 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine, perf. 12. BLOCK OF FOUR with controls 7 / H, F / 8 / S / 22, 23 / N. Odd stain from applied ‘gum’ otherwise fine used, each stamp cancelled with neat ZOMBA (JY 20 / 98) single circle datestamp. SG 57a £150
NY1006 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine, perf. 12. Upper marginal horizontal strip of six, superb used cancelled 'ZOMBA JY 29 98' squared circle datestamps. Controls 9 / C, F / 8, 7 / H, 6 / P, F / 5, 4 / M. Most attractive. SG 57a £250
RA5387 1898 Setting II, 1d vermilion and deep ultramarine, perf. 12. BLOCK OF SIX, very fine used cancelled ‘ZOMBA JY 19’. Controls 10 / Z, XA / 11, 12 / WX, 25 / J, Z / 26, 27 / B. Rounded corner top right, diagonal pre-printing paper crease, otherwise fine. Most attractive. SG 57a £225
1901 Arms Issue, SG 57d-58
1903-7 Edward VII, SG 59-71
NY1075 1903 KEVII 1d, overprinted 'SPECIMEN'. Very fine mint. SG 59s £35
NY1064 1903 KEVII 1d grey and carmine. Block of four, very fine unmounted. SG 59 £45
NY1233 1903 KEVII 1d grey and carmine. Both upper left and right corner blocks of four, showing plate '1' in margins. Very fine mint unmounted. Scarce. SG 59 SOLD
NY1234 1903 KEVII 2d dull and bright purple. Upper marginal showing plate '1' in margin. Hinged on margin stamp very fine unmounted. SG 60 SOLD
NY1236 1903 KEVII 6d grey and reddish buff. Lower right corner block of four, showing plate ‘1’ in margin. Very fine unmounted. Scarce. SG 62 SOLD
NY103 1903 KEVII 2/6 grey-green and green. Fine mint. SG 63 £40
RA5389 1903 KEVII 4/- dull and bright purple. Superb fresh mint. SG 64 £75
RA8522 1903 KEVII £1 grey and carmine. Hinge trace, very fine fresh mint. SG 66 £265
RA9148 1903 KEVII £1 grey and carmine. Superb used cancelled part squared circle datestamp. Lovely. SG 66 £165
AN273 1903 KEVII £1 grey and carmine. Light vertical crease, otherwise very fine used with crisp DEDZA (13 SE / 06) squared circle datestamp. SG 66 £150
NY983 1903 KEVII £10 grey and blue, overprinted 'SPECIMEN'. Hinge trace, exceptionaly fine and fresh. SG 67s £450
NY1078 1903 KEVII £10 grey and blue, overprinted 'SPECIMEN'. Lightly browned gum, fresh unmounted. SG 67s £300
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