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1896 8d, green and mauve on buff. Major variety IMPERFORATE (PAIR). Collector's handstamp on reverse of each, very fine mint. RARE. SG 34b
£3,250
Last updated: 14th July, 2019
1892 ARMS, SG 1-13
STAMPS
AR393 1892 6d printer’s sample printed in deep green (colour of the issued 10/-) on thick wove paper. Imperforate, with very large margins and perforated ‘SPECIMEN’ (Type B1). Very fine and rare. £850
RA2431 Proof from the completed plate. 6d duty in reddish brown on thick white card, imperforate, an upper marginal block of four. Very fine and rare in a multiple, apparently only one sheet of 60 printed. £700
RA5028 £5, printer’s sample in deep blue, imperforate on ungummed wove paper. Superb and fresh, very scarce. SG 12 printer’s sample. £675
AR148 1892 £1 deep blue with ‘(Spec)imen’ applied vertically by manuscript in red ink. The reverse clearly showing the papermakers watermark. A few nibbled perforations at base, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. Very rare. SG 10 specimen £375
AR149 1892 £2 rose-red, a lower marginal example with ‘(Spec)imen’ applied horizontally by manuscript in red ink. Superb fresh unmounted mint. Very rare. Exceptional. SG 11 specimen £650
AR366 1892 1d, black, upper marginal block of 12. Some perf. separation with hinge strengthening otherwise fresh mint or unmounted. An attractive and uncommon multiple. SG 1 £175
MBSA947 1892 1d, grey-black shade. Very fine used. SG 1 shade £4
MBSA950 1892 1/-, grey-brown. Lower marginal horizontal block of eight, part imprint. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 4 £325
MBSA182 1/- grey-brown, horizontal pair superb CTO, showing clear part 'STR' of 'STRONG' watermark. SG 4 £25
MBSA502 1892 2/-, vermilion, lower marginal. Light faults on reverse, fine fresh appearance. SG 5 £35
MBSA1045 1892 2/-, vermilion, exceptionally fine mint. SG 5 £65
MBSA898 1892 2/6 grey-purple, left marginal superb and fresh unmounted. SG 6 £70
MBSA91 1892 2/6, grey-purple. Upper marginal block of four. Hinged on margin stamps superb unmounted. SG 6 £250
MBSA1076 1892 2/6, grey-purple. Upper marginal block of four. Hinged on margin stamps superb and fresh unmounted. SG 6 £275
MBSA954 1893 2/6 lilac. Centred right, very fine mint. SG 7 £45
MBSA956 1893 2/6 lilac. Lower marginal block of four, centred right very fine mint or unmounted. SG 7 £250
MBSA957 1893 2/6 lilac. Lower left corner block of four, light crease at upper left corner, centred right very fine mint or unmounted. SG 7 £225
MBSA955 1893 2/6 lilac. Very fine used. SG 7 £45
MBSA1040 1892 5/- orange-yellow, very fine fresh mint. An exceptional example of this delicate stamp. SG 8 £80
MBSA1061 1892 5/- orange-yellow, superb fresh unmounted. An exceptional example of this delicate stamp. SG 8 SOLD
MBSA958 1892 5/-, orange-yellow. Fine used. SG 8 £40
MBSA959 1892 10/-, deep green. Hinge remnants, still remarkably fine fresh mint for this stamp. SG 9 £110
RA8137 1892 £1, plate proof in issued colour, imperforate on gummed thick paper. Very fine and most attractive. SG 10 plate proof
 
Note: it would appear that this proof impression is the same as those used for the Presentation Cards, possibly not applied thus remaining with gum.
£250
RA8977 1892 £1 deep blue, fine used. SG 10 £90
RA8978 1892 £1, deep blue. Superb CTO. SG 10 £110
RA5430 1892 £1 deep blue. Horizontal pair each cancelled with BLUE negative strike, this apparently ‘INYATI / MASHONALAND’, endorsed on reverse as such but difficult to detect. Odd perf. fault although a most attractive pair. RARE. SG 10 £200
RA8138 1892 £2, plate proof in issued colour rose-red, imperforate on gummed thick paper. Very fine and most attractive. SG 11 plate proof
 
Note: it would appear that this proof impression is the same as those used for the Presentation Cards, possibly not applied thus remaining with gum.
£250
RA8976 1892 £2 rose-red, very fine used example, scarce as such. SG 11 £125
RA4275 1892 £2 rose-red. Very fine CTO. Clear P.F.S.A. certificate (1989). SG 11 £120
RA8990 1892 £2 rose-red. Very fine CTO. SG 11 £120
MBSA952 1892 £2 rose-red. Very fine CTO. SG 11 £120
MBSA520 1/- Arms, crude FORGERY in close to issued colours, on thick paper, with gum. Unusual. SG 4 forgery £25
AR459 2/6 Arms, crude FORGERY in close to issued colours, on thick paper, with gum. Unusual. SG 6 forgery £25
FISCALLY USED
B16 1892 £1, pen cancelled and with light ‘UMTALI / MASHONALAND’ datestamp, date unclear. Strong colour and unusual. SG 10 £30
B17 1892 £1, on piece pen cancelled in red and violet oval cancel, fresh and lovely colour. SG 10 £15
RA500 1892 £1, right marginal block of nine pen cancelled date and initials. Minor creasing otherwise a fresh and most attractive piece. Scarce. SG 10 £90
MBSA953 1892 £2 rose-red. Cancelled with light REVENUE cancel, very fine. SG 11 £20
RA1714 1892 £2, pair on piece date perfined ‘23 / 2 / 03’, pen cancelled and with violet tc oval ‘SURVEYOR GENERAL’S OFFICE / SALISBURY’ cancel. Most attractive. SG 11 £35
B18 1892 £5, on piece perfined and violet oval ‘MINES OFFICE / GWELO’ cancel. Lovely colour. SG 12 £40
B20 1892 £5 and £10, both on piece with crisp black oval ‘MINES DEPARTMENT / 3 SEP. 98 / GWELO’ cancel. Lovely. SG 12, 13 £60
B21 1892 £10, violet oval cancel, not perfined. Attractive. SG 13 £35
B22 1892 £10, on piece perfined and violet oval cancel, lovely colour. SG 13 £25
B23 1892 £10, strip of three perfined and violet oval cancels. Attractive. SG 13 £65
POSTAL HISTORY
B25 1895 13th September, cover bearing 6d Arms (SG 2) cancelled sc ‘KOPJE / SALISBURY’ datestamp to Scotland, arrival backstamp on reverse dated October 15th 1895. A neat cover illustrating the 6d rate to the UK in use until 31. 3. 1900. £120
1892 PROVISIONAL SURCHARGES, SG 14-17
STAMPS
RA2437 8d on 1/-, perforated ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel B1). Minor faults but above average for these. Rare. SG 17 specimen £280
RA9499 ½d on 6d, exceptionally fine and fresh mint. SG 14 £120
MBSA76 2d on 6d, upper marginal, mounted on margin which barely affects stamp. Superb fresh mint, exceptional. SG 15 £165
POSTAL HISTORY
1892-94 SMALL ARMS, SG 18-26
STAMPS
MBSA1077 1892-94 ½d to 4/-, complete set of seven values, plus listed ½d and 8d shades. Very fine mint. SG 18-26 £250
MBSA67 ½d to 4/-, complete set of seven values plus listed shades of the ½d and 8d, blocks of four. A few minor faults mostly very fine and fresh mint. A RARE assembly. SG 18-26 £1,250
MBSA79 ½d, dull blue and vermilion. Block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 18 £20
MBSA80 ½d, deep blue and vermilion. Block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 19 £20
MBSA100 3d, grey-black and green, upper marginal hinged on margin stamp very fine unmounted. SG 21 £33
B31 3d, grey-black and green, block of four. Superb fresh mint or unmounted. SG 21 £90
MBSA905 1892 3d, grey-black and green. Left marginal block of four. Fine mint or unmounted. SG 21 £75
MBSA522 1892 3d, grey-black and green, block of four. Superb CTO used. SG 21 £15
RA3275 4d, chestnut and black, block of four. Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 22 £180
RA8288 8d, rose-lake and ultramarine. Block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 23 £100
RA8289 8d, rose-lake and ultramarine. Upper right corner block of four, hinged on margins stamps superb and fresh unmounted. SG 23 £110
MBSA632 8d, rose-lake and ultramarine. Lower left corner block of four, hinge trace on upper pair lower unmounted. SG 23 £100
RA8290 8d, rose-lake and ultramarine. Lower right corner block of four, part of watermark ‘XTRA’ showing clearly through. Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 23 £110
MBSA505 8d, red and ultramarine. Right marginal, very fine and fresh mint. SG 24 £15
RA8291 8d, red and ultramarine. Lower marginal block of four, superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 24 £75
RA8292 8d, red and ultramarine. Upper marginal block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 24 £75
AR195 1892 8d red and ultramarine. Block of 20 (5x4) showing part of Williams Collins’ (papermaker) watermark ‘(L)INEN’ and ‘STRONG’. Superb fresh unmounted mint. Very scarce in such a large multiple, especially so fine. SG 24 £300
MBSA523 1892 8d, red and ultramarine. Superb used cancelled with part violet 'BULAWAYO OC 96' datestamp. Most attractive. SG 24 £30
MBSA903 1894 3/-, brown and green. Very fine mint. SG 25 £140
MBSA1042 1893 4/-, grey-black and vermilion. Lower marginal showing part imprint in margin. Superb fresh mint. SG 26 £48
RA7203 4/-, grey-black and vermilion. Upper marginal block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 26 £200
RA8367 4/-, grey-black and vermilion. Lower marginal block of four showing full imprint in margin. Very fine fresh mint, uncommon. SG 26 £250
1895 SMALL ARMS, perf. 12½, SG 27-28
B32 (4d) imperforate plate proof in near issued colours of the 4d, single from the lower right of the sheet, without value, gummed paper. Some creasing. £150
RA2439 (4d) imperforate plate proof in near issued colours of the 4d, pair, without value, gummed paper. £300
MBSA1082 4d, lower left corner block of four, major variety IMPERFORATE. Hinged on both pairs, minor soiling lower left corner in the margin, very fine mint. RARE. SG 28a £2,750
POSTAL HISTORY
RA4479 1896 3rd February, printed commercial cover with emblem and address of ‘The South African Mutual Life Assurance Society / Darling Street / Cape Town’ bearing 4d Arms (SG 28) tied by neat BULAWAYO (3 Feb) sc datestamp. Cape Town (12 Feb) arrival backstamp. A very clean and most attractive cover. £220
1896-97 LARGE ARMS, DIE I, SG 29-37
STAMPS
MBSA330 UNACCEPTED ESSAY / COLOUR TRIAL for the design, without crown at top. In close to issued colours of green and mauve on buff, perforated un-gummed paper. Few perforations trimmed lower left otherwise fine. Scarce. £325
MBSA1039 1896 composite set from Die I and Die II, ½d to 10/- (13 stamps, no 2/-). Die I 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 8d, 1/-, 3/- and 4/- with the balance Die II. Each hand stamped 'Specimen', Samuel Type R2, 14.5 mm long, 2.75 and 1.75mm high. Without gum and odd minor faults. RARE.
 
Note: Samuel records this handstamp on 12 values: 1d to 4/- on Die I and 2/6, 5/- and 10/- Die II. Further noted that the ½d also exists. Recorded as being shown by Dr N A Daniel of Rhodesia to Samuel, originating from a collection of an Australian engraver who settled in Rhodesia and to whom they were officially presented. It may well be that this is the same set referred to
£1,250
RA2447 3d, handstamped diagonally with italic ‘Specimen’ in black (Samuel R4). Pulled perf. lower left, otherwise very fine with gum. Rare. SG 31s £100
MBSA264 8d, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 34s £60
MBSA266 3/-, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 36s £90
RA8293 1d to 4/-, complete set of nine values, a selected very fine and fresh mint set. A difficult assembly. SG 29-37 £285
MBSA66 1d to 4/-, complete set of nine values, plus additional listed shade of the 4d then unlisted distinct shades of the 2d, 3d, 8d, 3/- and 4/-. A selected very fine and fresh mint set. A scarce assembly. SG 29-37 £425
MBSA171 1d to 4/-, basic set of nine values plus 2d and 4d shades. Very fine or superb used. SG 29-37 basic £85
RA5206 3d, 8d and 4/-, each in a block of four, superb CTO. SG 31, 34, 37 £20
RA7603 1d, left marginal block of four with plate ‘2’ in margin. Very fine mint or unmounted, minor marginal faults. Scarce. SG 29 £120
RA7604 1d, block of 12. Some vertical perfs. parted otherwise very fine and fresh mint or unmounted. A very scarce and impressive multiple. SG 29 £250
RA3617 1d, block of four fine used, each cancelled light 'GWELO' single circle datestamps. SG 29 £20
MBSA102 2d, brown and mauve. Very fine unmounted. SG 30 £50
MBSA86 2d, brown and mauve. Block of four very fine or superb fresh mint, lower pair unmounted. Very scarce multiple. SG 30 £175
MBSA156 2d, yellow-brown and mauve. Very fine mint. SG 30a £30
MBSA87 2d, yellow-brown and mauve. Block of four very fine or superb fresh mint or unmounted. A very scarce and attractive multiple of this lovely shade. SG 30a £200
MBSA534 2d, yellow-brown and mauve shade. Upper left corner block of 15 (5x3) showing plate number '2' in margin alongside two vertical bars in the same colour. Reverse showing partial impressions of the vignette of first column and (most unusually) left margin. Superb and fresh unmounted. An exceptional and most attractive large multiple of this lovely shade. SG 30a £750
RA1725 3d, block of four, very fine fresh mint. SG 31 £40
RA8294 3d, upper marginal block of four, very fine and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 31 £45
MBSA1048 1896 3d chocolate and ultramarine, lower marginal block of four. Superb and fresh unmounted. SG 31 £55
B40 3d, block of six, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 31 £60
MBSA535 3d, block of four very fine used each cancelled 'PLUMTREE 30 JUL 02' dc datestamps. Unwashed with intact colour. A lovely and scarce commercially used multiple, inevitably CTO. SG 31 £40
MBSA506 4d, ultramarine and mauve shade. Very fine fresh mint. SG 32 £45
AR369 4d ultramarine and mauve. Very fine lightly mounted fresh mint. SG 32 £40
RA9815 4d, ultramarine and mauve shade. Block of four, very fine and fresh mint or unmounted. Very scarce. SG 32 £250
MBSA81 4d, ultramarine and mauve shade. Block of four, very fine and fresh mint or unmounted. Very scarce. SG 32 £250
MBSA909 1896 6d, mauve and pink. Very fine fresh mint. SG 33 £70
RA7730 1896 6d, mauve and pink. Left marginal block of four, printer’s guide cross in margin. Very fine fresh mint, a very scarce multiple. SG 33 £325
RA9500 1896 6d, mauve and pink. Lower right corner block of four. Very fine and fresh mint or unmounted, a very scarce multiple. SG 33 £375
MBSA507 1896 8d, green and mauve on buff. Centred left very fine fresh mint. SG 34 £12
AR370 1896 8d green and mauve on buff. Very fine mint. SG 34 £15
MBSA88 1896 8d, green and mauve on buff. Block of four, very fine fresh mint or unmounted. Uncommon. SG 34 £80
MBSA536 1896 8d, green and mauve on buff. Upper marginal block of four, superb and fresh unmounted. Uncommon. SG 34 £110
MBSA537 1896 8d, green and mauve on buff. Upper right corner block of four, margins trimmed. Hinged on margin stamps superb and fresh very fine fresh unmounted. Uncommon. SG 34 £110
RA9502 1896 8d, green and mauve on buff. Block of four, very fine commercially used cancelled 'UMTALI 9 SEP 02'. Scarce. SG 34 £30
B44 1896 8d, green and mauve on buff. Showing good pre-printing paper crease running vertically through upper left. Very fine used and a most unusual variety. SG 34 var. £120
RA5208 1896 8d, green and mauve on buff. Block of four showing PAPER JOIN / REPAIR on reverse, superb CTO. Highly unusual. Brandon opinion (2001). SG 34 var. £250
MBSA630 1896 8d, green and mauve on buff. Major variety IMPERFORATE (PAIR). Collector's handstamp on reverse of each, very fine mint. RARE. SG 34b £3,250
MBSA508 1896 1/-, green and blue. Very fine fresh mint. SG 35 £24
AR371 1896 1/- green and blue. Very fine fresh mint. SG 35 £25
MBSA89 1896 1/-, green and blue. Block of four, very fine fresh mint or unmounted. Scarce. SG 35 £125
MBSA161 1896 3/-, green and mauve on blue. Very fine fresh mint. SG 36 £75
MBSA910 1896 3/-, green and mauve on blue. Very fine fresh mint. SG 36 £75
AR372 1896 3/-, green and mauve on ‘blue’. Extremely fine mint with barest hint of a hinge mark. Exceptional condition for this stamp. SG 36 £90
MBSA962 1896 3/-, green and mauve on blue. Very fine commercially used. SG 36 £40
MBSA1053 1896 4/-, orange-red and blue on green. Very fine mint. SG 37 £60
MBSA1087 1896 4/-, orange-red and blue on green. Fine used cancelled with crisp part 'KALOMO' datestamp, this presumably removed from a Hunting Permit. Some light staining on reverse. Most unusual.. SG 37 £25
MBSA963 1896 4/-, orange-red and blue on green. Block of four superb CTO. Attractive. SG 37 £20
POSTAL HISTORY
RA4203 1897 (March), cover addressed to the Cape bearing Arms 4d ultramarine (SG 32) tied by 'SALISBURY / MASHONALAND' single circle datestamp. Cape Town (28 Mar) arrival backstamp. Cover with clean vertical fold. £95
MBSA1080 1898 (November), cover bearing large Arms 3d chocolate and ultramarine horizontal pair (SG 31), neatly cancelled 'BULAWAYO / MARABELELAND' (NO 25), sc datestamps. Addressed to England, arrival backstamp. Attractive and clean. SOLD
1896-97 LARGE ARMS, DIE II, SG 41-50
STAMPS
RA9821 1896 2/6, handstamped diagonally with italic ‘Specimen’ in black (Samuel R4), additionally with part receiving authority handstamp. Without gum. RARE. SG 48s £150
RA9822 1896 10/-, handstamped diagonally with italic ‘Specimen’ in black (Samuel R4), additionally with part receiving authority handstamp. Without gum. RARE. SG 50s £150
MBSA263 1896 4d blue and mauve shade, overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh unmounted. SG 44as £15
MBSA265 1896 2/-, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 47s £90
MBSA270 1896 2/6, overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Fresh mint. SG 48s £20
MBSA268 1896 5/-, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 49s £90
MBSA271 1896 10/-, horizontal pair overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Fresh mint. SG 50s £45
MBSA172 1896 ½d to 10/-, basic set of nine values. Very fine used. SG 41-50 £120
RA5210 1896 1d, block of four. Very fine unmounted. SG 42 £80
MBSA541 1896 1d, upper marginal block of four. Superb and fresh unmounted. SG 42 £85
RA8296 1896 1d, lower marginal block of six. Slightly patchy gum, fine and fresh unmounted. SG 42 £50
AR373 1896 2d, brown and mauve. Several hinge remainders, otherwise fine mint. SG 43 £10
MBSA477 1896 2d, brown and mauve, upper marginal block of four. Hinged on margin stamps very fine unmounted. SG 43 £150
MBSA1075 1896 2d, yellow-brown and mauve shade. Upper right corner block of four, very fine and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 43a £150
MBSA1047 1896 2d, yellow-brown and mauve shade. Lower marginal block of four, superb unmounted. SG 43a £180
RA9501 1896 2d, yellow-brown and mauve, block of four. Very fine used. SG 43a £40
MBSA511 1896 4d, blue and mauve shade. Very fine fresh mint. SG 44a £20
MBSA1041 1896 4d blue and mauve shade, block of four. Very fine mint. SG 44a £80
RA1731 1896 4d, blue and mauve shade, block of four. Very fine and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 44a £90
MBSA681 1896 4d, blue and mauve shade, right marginal block of four. Superb and fresh unmounted. SG 44a £100
MBSA512 1896 6d, mauve and rose. Very fine fresh mint. SG 46 £15
MBSA1063 1896 6d, mauve and rose. Lower marginal, superb and fresh unmounted. Lovely. SG 46 SOLD
RA8728 1896 2/-, in combination with 1898 1/- Arms on piece. Cancelled 'REGISTERED / BULAWAYO AU 9 02' sc datestamps. Attractive. SG 47. 84 £15
MBSA513 1896 2/-, indigo and green on buff. Fine fresh mint. SG 47 £35
MBSA965 1896 2/-, indigo and green on buff. Superb fresh unmounted. SG 47 £80
MBSA1054 1896 2/6, brown and purple on yellow. Very fine mint. SG 48 £75
MBSA514 1896 2/6, brown and purple on yellow. Very fine fresh mint. SG 48 £75
MBSA966 1896 2/6 brown and purple on yellow. Few short perfs. at top, fresh unmounted. SG 48 £70
MBSA542 1896 2/6, brown and purple on yellow. Superb and fresh unmounted, a remarkable example of this very delicate stamp. SG 48 £150
MBSA1064 1896 2/6, brown and purple on yellow, in combination with 1898 2d, 2½d and 1/- Arms on blue piece cancelled 'BULAWAYO 15 DE 8'. Most attractive. SG 48, 79, 80, 84 £60
MBSA515 1896 5/-, chestnut and emerald. Hinge remain, fine fresh mint. SG 49 £45
MBSA175 1896 5/-, chestnut and emerald. Very fine mint. SG 49 £55
RA3619 1896 5/-, chestnut and emerald. Horizontal strip of three on piece, cancelled 'SALISBURY 30 AUG 97' datestamps. Very fine and attractive, uncommon commercial use. SG 49 £40
MBSA964 1896 5/-, chestnut and emerald. Block of four, superb CTO. Scarce. SG 49 £75
MBSA1056 1896 10/-, slate and vermilion on rose. Hinge remnants, very fine mint. SG 50 £125
MBSA968 1896 10/-, slate and vermilion on rose. Superb and fresh unmounted. A remarkable stamp. SG 50 £240
MBSA90 1896 10/-, slate and vermilion on rose. Block of four, superb CTO. RARE. SG 50 £300
AR171 1896 10/-, superb fiscally used, tied to part of a licence by a very fine strike of THE BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA COMPANY / REVENUE / NORTH EASTERN / RHODESIA double circle canceller. Very scarce usage. SG 50 £150
POSTAL HISTORY
MBSA1081 1898 (October), cover bearing large Arms 2d yellow-brown and mauve strip of three (SG 43a), boldly cancelled 'BULAWAYO / RHODESIA' (OC 7) sc datestamps. Addressed to England, arrival backstamp. Most attractive and clean. SOLD
1896 MATABELE REBELLION PROVISIONALS, SG 51-53
STAMPS
MBSA972 1896 'One Penny' on 4/- Matabele Provisional. Superb fresh mint. RARE in this condition. SG 52 £300
MBSA973 1896 'One Penny' on 4/- Matabele Provisional. Superb fresh mint. RARE in this condition. SG 52 £300
MBSA1062 1896 ‘One Penny’ on 4/- Matabele Provisional, wide setting. Very fine used cancelled with part BULAWAYO datestamp at right. SG 52 £275
MBSA975 1896 ‘THREE PENCE’ on 5/- Matabele Provisional. Upper marginal, hinge remnant very fine fresh mint. SG 53 £160
MBSA56 ‘THREE PENCE’ on 5/- Matabele Provisional. Lower marginal, hinge trace superb and fresh mint. SG 53 £190
MBSA976 1896 ‘THREE PENCE’ on 5/- Matabele Provisional. Showing considerable rightwards shift of the surcharge, the stop after 'THREE' now at left. Very fine mint. Striking and most unusual. SG 53 var. £250
MBSA57 ‘THREE PENCE’ on 5/- Matabele Provisional. Lower marginal pair, minor tone at base of left stamp otherwise very fine mint, hinge traces. A lovely multiple. SG 53 £325
RA8297 ‘THREE PENCE’ on 5/- Matabele Provisional. Lower marginal block of four, light blemishes on reverse, fine mint. An uncommon multiple. SG 53 £600
RA8774 ‘THREE PENCE’ on 5/- Matabele Provisional. Fine used typically cancelled with heavy 'B' barred diamond. SG 53 £125
POSTAL HISTORY
1896 CAPE OVERPRINTS, SG 58-64
STAMPS
MBSA230 2d, showing long tail to 'H' of 'BRITISH', position 3 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 60 £22
MBSA234 4d, showing long tail to 'H' of 'BRITISH', position 3 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 62 £25
MBSA231 6d, showing long tail to 'H' of 'BRITISH', position 3 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 63 £55
MBSA235 ½d, showing broken 'R' of 'BRITISH', position 4 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 58 £15
MBSA981 1896 3d, showing broken 'R' of 'BRITISH', position 4 of the setting of six. Fine used. SG 61 £50
MBSA238 4d, showing broken 'R' of 'BRITISH', position 4 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 62 £25
MBSA921 1896 ½d, grey-black. Showing short 'A' of 'AFRICA', position 5 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 58 £15
MBSA978 1896 2d, showing short 'A' of 'AFRICA', position 5 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 60 £25
MBSA923 1896 3d, pale claret. Showing short 'A' of 'AFRICA', position 5 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 61 £45
MBSA241 4d, showing short 'A' of 'AFRICA', position 5 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 62 £25
MBSA980 1896 4d, showing short 'A' of 'AFRICA', position 5 of the setting of six. Superb used cancelled 'SEBAKWE'. SG 62 £30
MBSA480 6d, showing short 'A' of 'AFRICA', position 5 of the setting of six. Light corner bend, fine unmounted. SG 63 £50
MBSA1065 1896 1/-, yellow-ochre. Showing short 'A' of 'AFRICA', position 5 of the setting of six. Very fine fresh mint. SG 62 £125
MBSA244 2d, showing broken 'H' of 'BRITISH', position 6 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 60 £22
MBSA478 2d, showing broken 'H' of 'BRITISH', position 6 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 60 £22
MBSA245 3d, showing broken 'H' of 'BRITISH', position 6 of the setting of six. Fine mint. SG 61 £40
MBSA979 1896 4d, showing broken 'H' of 'BRITISH', position 6 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 61 £35
MBSA246 6d, showing broken 'H' of 'BRITISH', position 6 of the setting of six. Very fine mint. SG 63 £55
B55 ½d, block of four, very fine mint. Uncommon. SG 58 £40
RA9503 ½d, right marginal block of four, both left stamps showing short second 'A' of 'AFRICA. Hinged on margin stamps superb unmounted. Uncommon. SG 58 £90
B58 ½d, two examples each with a strong shift of overprint right or left, fine mint. Striking. SG 58 var. £45
MBSA977 1896 1d, superb unmounted. SG 59 £35
MBSA272 2d, block of four positions 1 and 2 from the setting of six, left pair showing broken 'I' of 'AFRICA'. Lower pair with some gum creasing otherwise very fine unmounted. A scarce multiple. SG 60 £110
MBSA982 1896 2d, block of six very fine used cancelled 'BULAWAYO JA 20 97', full gum. Most unusual. SG 60 £85
MBSA273 3d, block of four positions 4 and 5 from the setting of six, left pair showing broken 'R' of 'BRITISH' and right pair short 'A' of 'AFRICA'. Minor gum creasing, very fine unmounted. A rare multiple. SG 61 £325
MBSA274 3d, block of nine showing a strong impression of the overprint and thus no apparent plating characteristics. Very fine or superb unmounted. A remarkable and RARE multiple. SG 61 £750
MBSA1051 1896 4d, blue, lower marginal superb and fresh unmounted. SG 62 £55
MBSA275 6d, block of four positions 1 and 2 from the setting of six, left pair showing broken 'I' of 'AFRICA'. Superb and fresh unmounted. A very scarce multiple. SG 63 £400
B65 6d, with ‘SALISBURY 6 JUL 01’ datestamp. Unusual for this issue to be used outside the 1896 era. SG 63 £50
MBSA983 1896 6d, block of four, positions 5-6 of the setting of six, left stamps showing short 'A' of 'AFRICA'. Fine used cancelled 'BULAWAYO SP 11 96' datestamps which have diffused the paper, full gum. Scarce. SG 63 £250
RA502 3d and 6d, both cancelled with upright ‘SEBAKWE 4 JUL 01' datestamps, unusually outside the normal Bulawayo use during 1896. Very fine. SG 61, 63. £130
MBSA890 1/-, showing broken 'H' of 'BRITISH' position 6 of the setting of six. Superb and fresh unmounted. A very scarce stamp in this condition. SG 64 £220
MBSA984 1896 1/-, yellow-ochre. Very fine on piece. SG 64 £125
1897 LARGE ARMS REDRAWN, SG 66-73
STAMPS
MBSA262 3d, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 69s £70
AR359 1897 ½d to 8d, complete set of seven values. All with hinge remainders, otherwise fine mint. SG 66-72 £65
RA8303 ½d to 8d, complete set of seven values, very fine fresh mint. SG 66-72 £65
RA9511 ½d, block of four very fine mint or unmounted. SG 66 £30
RA8525 ½d, lower right corner block of four, running sheet no. '464' in margin. Very fine mint or unmounted, minor gum crease. SG 66 £25
RA9512 1d, block of four superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 67 £30
RA9513 2d, upper left corner block of four, superb unmounted. SG 68 £100
RA9514 3d, upper left corner block of four, superb unmounted. SG 69 £35
RA3283 3d, a top marginal example IMPERFORATE. Small part cancel at base which appears to be a remainder type. Extremely rare. SG 69 var.
 
Note: although only a single, the wide margins clearly indicate that it is not cut down. Extensive research has failed to locate any other examples.
£550
RA9515 4d, upper left corner block of four, hinged on margin stamps superb unmounted. SG 70 £120
RA5440 4d, block of four very fine CTO. SG 70 £8
MBSA1055 1897 £1,black and red-brown on green. Avery fine and fresh well centred mint copy of this difficult stamp. SG 73 £375
1897 £2 ARMS, PERF. 15, SG 74
STAMPS
MBSA1067 1897 £2 Arms, rosy red perf. 15. Exceptionally fine and well centred mint. Scarce in this condition. SG 74 £1,550
MBSA928 1897 £2 Arms, rosy red perf. 15. Superb CTO used cancelled ‘UMTALI JA 20 98’ datestamp. SG 74 £400
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