BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA / NYASALAND
FEATURED ITEM
FEATURED ITEM
REVENUE 1913 KGV watermark Crown CA £10 purple and dull ultramarine. HORIZONTAL PAIR, superb fiscally used, tied to small piece by a very fine strike of the DISTRICT RESIDENT / 16 MAY 1914 / FORT JOHNSTON oval datestamp struck in violet-black. An extremely rare pair, with very few fiscally used examples recorded of this first printing of the £10. SG 99
REVENUE c1938 KGVI £10 dull purple and ultramarine ‘key-plate’ inscribed ‘REVENUE REVENUE’. Two copies on piece the left cancelled with oval 'LANDS DEPARTMENT / BLANTRYE 20 AUG 1940' datestamp, the right with oval 'MOTOR TRAFFIC LICENSING BOARD / BLANTYRE 22 AUG 1940' datestamp, and without the green accounting crayon as usually encountered. Some gum apparent at edges. VERY RARE. Barefoot 5 / Mewett 806a
 
Note: why two examples were attached alongside each other and cancelled with differing datestamps is unclear. It would also appear that each was attached with additional glue which has seeped out around some perforation edges
£1,350
£5,000
Last updated: 19th September, 2020
POSTAGE DUES
AN342 1950 Postage Dues, complete set of five values. Very fine and fresh lightly mounted mint. SG D1-D5 £40
NY962 1950 Postage Dues, complete set of five values. Very fine unmounted. SG D1-D5 £80
NY366 1950, complete set of five values, each in a matching lower right corner pair with plate ‘1’ in margins. Superb unmounted. SG D1-D5 £200
RA7684 1950, complete set of five values, each in a matching lower right corner block of four with plate ‘1’ in margins. Very fine unmounted, folded vertically and the 3d with parted perfs. Attractive and uncommon group. SG D1-D5 £375
NY196 1950, 4d purple, very fine mint. SG D4 £8
NY197 1950, 6d yellow-orange, very fine mint. SG D5 £12
NY328 1950, 6d yellow-orange, very fine used. SG D5 £75
POSTAL HISTORY
NY482 1896 (July), BCA type ½d black and yellow ‘Internal’ postal stationery card addressed to Cholo. The impressed stamp cancelled BLANTYRE (11 JY) single circle datestamp, another alongside. The message is headed ‘B.C.A. Chamber of Agriculture & Commerce’, advising of an extraordinary General Meeting with one of the topics 'Discussion about proposed Land Tax'. Further endorse at lower left 'Mandala 11/7/96'. A scarce card commercially used. £140
NY768 1898 (1st April), incoming GB 2½d postal stationery envelope, addressed to 'Zambesi Industrial Mission, British Central Africa'. Chinde (MY 18) and BLANTYRE (25 MY) backstamps. SOLD
NY1009 1898 (9th June), ‘Hewitt & Fletcher’ cover addressed to Zomba bearing 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine ‘cheque stamp’ (Setting II, SG 57). Tied by crisp 'ZOMBA JU 9 98' single circle datestamp. Wonderfully fresh. A scarce issue on cover. £375
RA6629 1898 (5th July), cover bearing 1d vermilion & deep ultramarine ‘cheque stamp’ (Setting II, perf. 12, SG 57a (no control visible)) placed inverted and tied by Blantyre (5 July) single circle datestamp. Handstamped address ‘W.H. Keiller / Auctioneer and Valuator . . . Blantyre’. A few minor perimeter faults, otherwise very fine and attractive. £170
AN389 1911 (29th March), envelope sent registered to Austria. Bearing a single KEVII 2/6 brownish black and carmine-red on blue (SG 78) tied by a very fine BLANTYRE. NYASALAND (MR 29 / 11) squared circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With a REGISTERED / BLANTYRE. / (NYASALAND) / No….. registration cachet struck at left with number ‘317’ inserted in blue manuscript. Backstamped CHINDE B.P.O. (7 Apr, squared circle), Zanzibar (13 Apr), Napoli (2 May) and Wien (5 May) transit / arrival datestamps. A scarce stamp on cover. £450
NY1014 1911 (29th March), envelope sent registered to Austria. Bearing a single KEVII 2/6 brownish black and carmine-red on blue (SG 78) tied by a very fine BLANTYRE. NYASALAND (MR 29 / 11) squared circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With a REGISTERED / BLANTYRE. / (NYASALAND) / No….. registration cachet struck at left with number ‘319’ inserted in blue manuscript. Backstamped CHINDE B.P.O. (7 Apr, squared circle), Zanzibar (13 Apr), Napoli (2 May) and Wien (5 May) transit / arrival datestamps. A scarce stamp on cover. £425
RA6942 1927 9th November, cover endorsed at top ‘No stamps available at Lilongwe P. O.’, addressed to ‘P. O. Dedza’. Apparently upon arrival there applied with KGV 1d, cancelled ‘DEDZA’. A little tatty, but scarce and most unusual. £150
RA5027 1934 (12th November), cover sent airmail to England, bearing a single KGV 1/- ‘leopard’ (SG 122) tied by LIMBE (12 Nov) double circle datestamp. Scarce usage and an attractive cover. £75
NY528 1935 5th June, cover bearing KGV 6d Leopard and 3d Silver Jubilee (SG 120, 125), cancelled 'BLANTYRE' and sent Airmail to England. Attractive. £40
NY493 1936 19th January, cover bearing KGV 1d and 6d Leoprads (SG 115, 120), cancelled 'LUCHENZA' and sent Airmail to Nairobi, upon arrival re-addressed to Nakuru. Fine and clean. £20
RA6630 1937 (26th January), cover to Canada bearing KGV 1/- black and orange ‘Leopard’ (SG 122) tied by Zomba / Registered (26 Jan) double circle datestamp with Zomba registration label alongside. Toronto (4 Mar) arrival backstamps. £35
NY767 1937 (9th April), blue cover bearing KGV 9d Leopards x 2 (SG 121), cancelled LIMBE, sent registered airmail to England. An attractive and unusual rate. £55
NY216 1937 (12th May), unaddressed cover bearing KGV 'Leopards' 1½d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 9d and 1/- cancelled by four strikes of LIKOMA ISLAND (12 May). £30
NY840 1937 15th December, cover bearing KGVI ½d and 1d plus KGV ½d and 1d Leopards (SG 130, 131, 114, 115), cancelled ZOMBA and addressed to the United States. Original contents enclosed being two printed GENERAL POST OFFICE, ZOMBA, NYASALAND PROTECTORATE forms, the first a receipt for the stamps on the cover to the value of 3d, the second an order form for postal items available at the time, ½d to £10 with the 4/- and £10 endorsed 'Cancelled', further listing Postcards, Registered Envelopes (sizes F, G and H). Highly unusual survivors. £95
NY839 1938 1st January, cover bearing KGVI 1½d, 3d, 4d and 6d (SG 132, 134, 135, 135), cancelled 'LIMBE' on the First Day of Issue. Sent registered to London (Selfridges). £35
NY380 1938 1st January, cover bearing KGVI 9d and 1/- definitives (SG 137, 138), cancelled 'ZOMBA' on the First Day of Issue, typewritten at top as such. Sent registered locally addressed. £30
NY837 1938 22nd July, printed 'ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE' cover, bearing KGVI ½d, 1d, 1½d and 4d (SG 130, 131, 132, 135), cancelled ZOMBA and sent registered to the United States. Somewhat primitive registration label hand stamped. Appropriate transit and arrival backstops. £45
NY492 1942 9th June, printed 'ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE' cover struck at upper right with red 'OFFICIAL PAID / ZOMBA' datestamp, further at lower left with black oval 'COMMISSIONER OF POLICE / ZOMBA NYASALAND' cachet duly signed. Addressed to London. Fine and clean, unusual. £30
NY836 1942 (date unclear), cover bearing KGVI 3d blue (SG 134), cancelled LIMBE and endorsed at left 'Letter only / (English)', addressed to the United States. Opened at right then resealed with printed 'OPENED BY EXAMINER' label struck with octagonal (Crown) / PASSED / Q/S cachet on reverse. £35
NY497 1943 14th July, printed 'On His Majesty's Service' cover cancelled with 'LIMBE' datestamp and further black oval 'COMPTROLLER OF CUSTOMS' cachet lower left. Addressed to London. £25
NY518 1943 21st July, cover bearing KGVI 2d carmine (SG 133a), cancelled 'KOTA-KOTA' and addressed to England. Fine and clean. £25
NY498 1943 1st December, cover bearing KGVI 2d carmine (SG 133a), cancelled 'ZOMBA' and addressed to England. Struck at lower right with black octagonal '(Crown) / PASSED / Q 12' cachet. Fine and clean. £30
NY516 1944 30th October, cover bearing KGVI 3d and 1/- (SG 134, 138), cancelled 'ZOMBA' and sent Airmail to England. Fine and clean. £20
NY495 1944 3rd November, cover bearing KGVI 6d violet (SG 136, inverted), lightly cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent registered to England. The registration label written in ink 'Limbe'. A little crumpled. £20
NY499 1945 4th August, cover bearing KGVI 2d carmine (SG 133a), crisply cancelled 'MLANJE' and addressed to England. Fine and clean. £15
NY517 1945 14th August, cover bearing KGVI 1d, 2d and 1/- (SG 130, 133a, 138), each cancelled 'KARONGA' and sent Airmail to England. Upon arrival re-addressed further machine cancelled at base. £25
NY763 c1945 printed company cover, bearing KGVI 1d, 2d and 1/- (SG 130a, 133, 138), unusually scarred across in blue crayon without any further postal markings. Addressed to England. £45
NY505 1946 15th May, cover bearing KGVI 6d black and violet (SG 150), cancelled 'BLANTYRE' and sent registered to London. Attractive. £20
NY506 1946 (?) 12th December, printed 'The Africa Lakes Corporation Limited' cover bearing KGVI 2d grey (SG 133), lightly cancelled 'BLANTYRE' and addressed to England. Clean and attractive. £20
NY515 1947 24th March, cover bearing KGVI 3d and 6d pair (SG 148, 150), cancelled 'CHOMA' and sent Airmail to England. £15
NY522 1948 15th March, cover bearing KGVI 4d and 1/- (SG 149, 152), cancelled 'CHOLO' and sent registered Airmail to England and with unusual printed larger format registration label endorsed in ink 'Cholo / 7307'. Attractive. £35
NY507 1948 8th May, cover bearing KGVI 2d and 4d (SG 147, 149), cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent registered to England. £20
NY527 1949 26th August, printed company cover bearing KGVI 1/- (SG 152), lightly cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent Airmail to London. £15
NY838 1951 18th September, printed 'On His Majesty's Service' cover, bearing KGVI 6d Diamond Jubilee pair (SG 169), cancelled 'ZOMBA' addressed to the United States. £35
NY496 1951 19th September, cover bearing KGVI ½d and pair 3d's (SG 144, 148), cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent registered to England. On reverse large 'LIMBE C S O' datestamp. Fine and attractive. SOLD
NY510 1951 ? (date unclear), cover bearing KGVI 3d and 1/- (SG 148, 152), lightly cancelled 'ZOMBA' and sent Airmail to England. Fine and clean. £15
NY523 1952 9th May, printed Company cover bearing KGVI 1d, 1½d x two and 4d x two (SG 160, 146, 149), machine cancelled 'BLANTYRE' and sent Airmail to London. Colourful. SOLD
NY511 1953 8th July, cover bearing KGVI 3d, QEII Coronation 2d and 6d Rhodes Centenary pairs (SG 148, 172, 171), cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent registered Airmail to England. Attractive and clean. £25
NY509 1953 8th July, cover bearing QEII Coronation 2d x six (SG 172), cancelled 'MAKWASA' and sent Airmail to England. Attractive and a scarce office. SOLD
POSTMARKS
RA3608 KOTA KOTA squared circle, in VIOLET, part strike date not visible on 1d Edward (SG 59) £10
RA6071 MLANDA / NYASALAND single circle relief type strike, dated 17 JY 51, on pair of KGVI leopards on piece. Uncommon. £20
1914-18 NYASALAND–RHODESIA FIELD FORCE
AA5293 1916 Nyasaland–Rhodesia Field Force. KGV complete set of five values overprinted 'N.F.', 'SPECIMEN' overprints. Fine to very fine mint. SG N1s-N5s £220
AN291 TELEGRAM 1917 (6th September), headed ‘THE AFRICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED.’ The message, concerning military matters, was handed in at Limbe and a ZOMBA / A.T. TEL (6 Sep) single circle datestamp was applied by the delivering office and a straight-line ‘ZOMBA’ handstruck in bluish green below. Interestingly, the form states the Telegraph Company observes ‘Rhodesian Mean Time’. Most unusual and a scarce survivor. £110
AN292 TELEGRAM 1917 (10th September), headed ‘THE AFRICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED.’ The message, concerning military matters, was handed in at Peramiho (near Songea, GEA) and a ZOMBA / A.T. TEL (10 Sep) single circle datestamp was applied by the delivering office and a straight-line ‘ZOMBA’ handstruck in bluish green below. Interestingly, the form states the Telegraph Company observes ‘Rhodesian Mean Time’. Most unusual and a scarce survivor. £110
AN293 TELEGRAM 1917 (16th September), headed ‘THE AFRICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED.’ The message, concerning military matters, was handed in at Songea (GEA) and a ZOMBA / A.T. TEL (16 Sep) single circle datestamp was applied by the delivering office and a straight-line ‘ZOMBA’ handstruck in bluish green below. Interestingly, the form states the Telegraph Company observes ‘Rhodesian Mean Time’. Most unusual and a scarce survivor. £110
AN294 TELEGRAM 1917 (25th September), headed ‘THE AFRICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED.’ The message, concerning military matters, was handed in at Songea (GEA) and a ZOMBA / A.T. TEL (25 Sep) single circle datestamp was applied by the delivering office. Interestingly, the form states the Telegraph Company observes ‘Rhodesian Mean Time’. Most unusual and a scarce survivor. £110
AN295 TELEGRAM 1918 (11th May), headed ‘THE AFRICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED.’ The message, concerning military matters, was handed in at Limbe and a ZOMBA / A.T. TEL (11 May) single circle datestamp was applied by the delivering office and a straight-line ‘ZOMBA’ handstruck in bluish green below, above a printed ‘BLANTYRE.’ Interestingly, the form states the Telegraph Company observes ‘Rhodesian Mean Time’. Most unusual and a scarce survivor. £110
REVENUES AND FISCAL USE
AN401 REVENUE 1891 Large Format revenue issue. Bradbury Wilkinson essay die proofs for the 2/6, 4/-, 10/-, £1 and £10 duties. All are printed in the issued designs except for the wording in the value tablets which were printed from separate plates. All but the 2/6 duty plates have seriffed letters (the issued stamps were sans-serif). Apart from the 2/6 duty plate being sans-serif, the value is expressed entirely in words rather than a combination of words and numbers as in the issued version, the change presumably being for reasons of space and clarity. All are imperforate (approximately 38x67mm) and printed in close to the issued colours on very thin ungummed wove paper, and all but the £1 show some part of the paper maker's watermark ‘Pure Linen / Extra (Arms) Strong / Wove Bank’. Each impression is also approximately 1mm shorter than the issued stamps, possibly a result of the process of transferring images to the printing plate. Exquisite and very rare, believed to be one of two sets recorded. An exceptional and superb example of the engravers art. £5,250
AN358 REVENUE 1891 Large format 2/6 slate-purple and vermilion. Fine used with ‘RUO’ double circle cancellation and and manuscript ‘X’. Mewett 669 / Barefoot 5 £65
AN364 REVENUE 1891 Large format 2/6 slate-purple and vermilion. Fractionally rounded upper left corner, otherwise fine used with TSHIROMO (OC 3 / 94) double circle (postal) datestamp. Mewett 669 / Barefoot 5 £45
AN178 REVENUE 1891 large format £25 deep blue, imperforate, on thin wove paper without gum. Perforated ‘SPECIMEN’ (type B1, twice). Superb and most attractive with large margins. Very scarce. Mewett 674 / Barefoot 10 specimen £475
AN179 REVENUE 1891 large format £50 deep green, imperforate, on thin wove paper without gum. Perforated ‘SPECIMEN’ (type B1, twice). Small fault at top of 'P' of 'SPECIMEN' at left, otherwise superb and most attractive with large margins. Mewett 675 / Barefoot 11 specimen £450
RA6945 REVENUE 1893 Large format £1 blue and vermilion surcharged ‘ONE SHILLING’. A few irregular perfs otherwise fine unused (without gum). Scarce. M677 / Barefoot 13 £45
AN398 REVENUE 1893 large format £1 blue and vermilion surcharged ‘ONE SHILLING.’ Very fine and fresh mint. Mewett 677 / Barefoot 13 £125
NY234 REVENUE 1897 10/- black and olive-green and £1 grey-black and dull purple (three singles, one with fault) fine used on small piece with red pen cancellation. Attractive. SG 50a, 51 £55
NY235 REVENUE 1897 £1 grey-black and dull purple very fine used on small piece, cancelled in manuscript and with HER BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S CONSULAR COURT BLANTYRE circular cachet. Attractive. SG 51 £25
NY236 REVENUE 1897 £1 grey-black and dull purple. Five examples very fine used on small piece with circular Blantyre Consular Court cancellations. Attractive. SG 51 £125
RA7357 REVENUE 1903 6th March, two page typewritten Indenture document, front page applied with two x 2/6 and three x 4/- Arms ‘CONSULAR’ overprints, plus vertical pair same 2/6 Arms but un-overprinted. Cancelled with light black ‘BLANTYRE’ cancels. Black wax seal upper left, cracked and some missing, light staining, folded horizontally. Extremely rare with few complete documents using these Consular overprints known. £450
NY246 REVENUE 1913-19 KGV £1 purple and black on red. Vertical pair fiscally used. SG 98 £20
AN396 REVENUE 1913 KGV watermark Crown CA £10 purple and dull ultramarine. HORIZONTAL PAIR, superb fiscally used, tied to small piece by a very fine strike of the DISTRICT RESIDENT / 16 MAY 1914 / FORT JOHNSTON oval datestamp struck in violet-black. An extremely rare pair, with very few fiscally used examples recorded of this first printing of the £10. SG 99 £1,350
NY834 REVENUE c1938 KGVI £10 dull purple and ultramarine ‘key-plate’ inscribed ‘REVENUE REVENUE’. Very fine used with oval 'REGISTRAR OF THE HIGH COURT / 28 JUN 1940' cancel. Exceptionally fine for these, RARE. Barefoot 5 / Mewett 806a £2,850
NY389 REVENUE c1938 KGVI £10 dull purple and ultramarine ‘key-plate’ inscribed ‘REVENUE REVENUE’. Two copies on piece the left cancelled with oval 'LANDS DEPARTMENT / BLANTRYE 20 AUG 1940' datestamp, the right with oval 'MOTOR TRAFFIC LICENSING BOARD / BLANTYRE 22 AUG 1940' datestamp, and without the green accounting crayon as usually encountered. Some gum apparent at edges. VERY RARE. Barefoot 5 / Mewett 806a
 
Note: why two examples were attached alongside each other and cancelled with differing datestamps is unclear. It would also appear that each was attached with additional glue which has seeped out around some perforation edges
£5,000
NY942 REVENUE 1953 QEII 1d definitive, overprinted 'REVENUE'. Fine unmounted. Scarce. Barefoot 7 £50
NY963 REVENUE 1953 QEII 2d definitive, overprinted 'REVENUE'. Fine unmounted. Scarce. Barefoot 8 £45
NY961 REVENUE 1953 QEII 5/- definitive, overprinted 'REVENUE'. Very fine used on piece, violet oval cancels. Very scarce. Barefoot 17 £145
NY1016 REVENUE 1955 QEII revenue issue. Complete set of nine, 1d to £1 although excluding the rare 3/6. Very fine unmounted. A scarce group. Barefoot 20-30 less 26 £180
AN349 REVENUE 1955 QEII revenue issue. Complete set of nine, 1d to £1, blocks of four, excluding the rare 3/6 (unrecorded as a block). Fine or very fine unmounted mint. A very scarce group. Barefoot 20-30 less 26 £650
NY945 REVENUE 1953 QEII revenue issue. 1d green, upper marginal very fine unmounted. Barefoot 20 £5
RA9041 REVENUE 1953 QEII revenue issue. 2d red, very fine unmounted. Uncommon. Barefoot 21 £60
NY944 REVENUE 1953 QEII revenue issue. 6d brown-purple, upper marginal very fine unmounted. Barefoot 23 £10
NY947 REVENUE 1953 QEII revenue issue. 1/- purple, upper right corner very fine unmounted. Barefoot 24 £15
AN289 REVENUE 1955 QEII revenue issue. 3/6 orange, very fine used with oval datestamp (Dec 1959) struck in violet. Rare with very few examples recorded. Mewett 856 / Barefoot 26 £650
NY964 REVENUE 1953 QEII revenue issue. 5/- brown, very fine unmounted. Uncommon. Barefoot 27 £35
AN124 REVENUE 1955 QEII revenue issue, £1 deep violet. Block of four, superb fresh unmounted mint. Very scarce. Barefoot 30 £220
NY847 REVENUE c1956 receipt from Gaskell's for the sum fo £36 10s, applied with QEII 2d pen cancelled (Barefoot 21). Attractive. £35
NY396 REVENUE c1962 Employment Stamp. 5/- duty printed in red, light faults fine used. In our experience we find the red version of this stamp considerably scarcer than the green. Barefoot 1 £90
NY636 REVENUE c1962 Employment Stamp. 5/- duty printed in green, superb unmounted. Scarce. Barefoot 2 £75
AN399 REVENUE c1962 Employment Stamp. 5/- duty printed in green, superb fresh unmounted mint. Barefoot 2 £75
NY637 REVENUE c1962 Employment Stamp. 5/- duty printed in green, block of four, superb unmounted. Scarce. Barefoot 2 £300
NY395 REVENUE c1962 Employment Stamp. 5/- duty printed in green, few short perfs. at base, fine used. Barefoot 2 £30
AN359 Consular Issue 1901 Arms 6d dull purple and brown overprinted ‘Consular’ in black. Fine used with circular and manuscript cancellations. Barefoot 7 £35
RA5632 REVENUE 1953 revenue ‘frank’ impression on piece, dated ’20 III 53’ to the value of ‘23/4½d’ and ‘1d / PAID’. Most unusual. £35
BOOKLETS
AN250 1953 QEII 2/6 complete, stitching at left, very fine. SG SB 1 £20
NY950 1953 QEII 2/6 complete, stitching at right, very fine. SG SB 1 £20
AN249 1953 QEII 5/- complete, stapled at left, very fine. SG SB2 £25
NY386 1953 QEII 5/- complete, stapled at right, very fine. SG SB2 £25
MALAWI
NY435 1964 definitive, set of 13 values with the 5/- 'LAKE NYASA', blocks of four. Superb unmounted. SHG 215-227 less 225a £40
AN351 1964 definitives, 2/6, 5/-, 10/- and £1, the four high values of the set, in corner marginal blocks of four. Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 224-5, 226-7 £35
RA9043 1966 1d definitive, wmk. cockerels, horizontal coil join strip of four. Superb unmounted. Uncommon. SG 253 coil join £10
NY434 1968 Birds definitive, complete set of 14 values. Superb unmounted. SG 310-323 £50
RA3610 1971 1t definitive perf. 14½ x 14 coil stamp, strip of four with join. Superb unmounted. SG 375a £5
MNY2 1971 15t Antelopes definitive, Klipspringer. Showing WATERMARK INVERTED. Superb unmounted. RARE, unpriced as such. SG 381w £300
NY547 1988 Birds definitive, 20t, 40t, 75t, K1, K4 and K10 duties only, each in a matching lower marginal strip of three showing cylinder numbers in margins, and each struck with large block 'SPECIMEN' handstamp in either violet (20t) or red. Superb unmounted. Most unusual although of unknown status. SG 796, 798, 800, 801, 803, 804 spec. £90
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