CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
FEATURED ITEM
1898 (March), QV 1d embossed postal stationery envelope addressed to Algeria. Bearing nine different adhesives, comprising duties from ½d to 5/- (SG 61, 59a, 50a, 63, 43a, 51a, 52b, 67, 68) all tied by CAPE TOWN / POSTE RESTANTE (16 Mar) single circle datestamps. A scarce and attractive philatelically inspired cover.
£350
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Last updated: 19th August, 2017
POSTAL HISTORY
AC712 182? (December), outer wrapper endorsed ‘On H. M. Service’, addressed to Cape Town and bearing a ‘Post Office / General’ (3 Dec) crowned circular datestamp struck on arrival. An endorsement at lower left indicates the wrapper originated from the ‘Agent at Beaufort’. With a large rating ‘3/3’ in red manuscript. £55
AC711 1831 (October), outer wrapper addressed to Cape Town bearing a ‘Post Office / General’ (8 Oct) crowned circular datestamp struck on arrival. An endorsement on the flap indicates the wrapper originated from the ‘Agent at Somerset’. With a large rating ‘1/1’ crossed through and replaced with ‘2/2’, both in red manuscript. £55
AC698 1839 (March), incoming outer wrapper sent from Liverpool on the 8th March (pencil annotation on reverse). Addressed to Grahamstown and charged 1s 4d, being the letter rate from England to the Cape of Good Hope which is shown by a large manuscript ‘1/4’ on the front. Bearing a framed rectangular ‘TO PAY’ marking applied in Grahamstown (35mm long as against the 37mm of Cape Town). £125
AC700 c184? undated wrapper addressed to Paarl. Rated ‘6’ in manuscript. Although the origin is not shown, the only post office that had a 6d single sheet letter rate to Paarl was Clanwilliam. Bearing a framed rectangular ‘TO-PAY’ marking, presumably applied in Paarl. £85
AC699 1848 (November), incoming entire sent from Glasgow on the 2nd November with a neat Glasgow Paid (2 Nov) datestamp struck in red. Addressed to ‘Algoa Bay’ (later renamed Port Elizabeth) and charged 1s 4d, being the letter rate from England to the Cape of Good Hope which is shown by a manuscript ‘1/4’ in red on the front. There is also a large manuscript ‘1/’ in black, presumably denoting the amount due to the ship. Bearing a framed rectangular ‘TO-PAY’ marking believed to have been applied in Port Elizabeth. £125
AC690 1859 (June), envelope addressed to England, endorsed ‘Prepaid’ and bearing a single Perkins Bacon 6d pale rose-lilac triangle (SG 7) with very good to large even margins all round, tied by a triangular COGH cancellation. Cape Town (16 June) dispatch and Chelmsford (29 July) arrival backstamps. With ‘Paid / Devonport / Cape Packet’ (28 July) and London (29 July) transit datestamps struck on the front, the London in red and with manuscript ‘5’ on top. The cover with some edge faults and crumpling, lightly affecting the adhesive. A scarce stamp used on cover, especially in fine condition. £750
AC691 1864 (August), envelope addressed within the Cape, bearing a single De La Rue 4d blue triangle (SG 19a) with clear to very good margins all round, neatly tied by a triangular COGH cancellation. The reverse with a Swellendam (19 Aug) Dated Town Oval dispatch datestamp struck in red and a Cape Town (20 Aug) arrival datestamp. A scarce stamp on cover. £325
AC564 1866 (July), cover with original letter addressed to Cape Town. Bearing a single 1d (deep) carmine-red (with outer frame line, SG 23, trimmed at top) tied by small triangular obliterators. With SIMONS TOWN (18 July) dated town oval despatch struck in red on the reverse and with Cape Town (16 July) arrival datestamp on the front. A scarce early example of this rate and stamp on cover. £45
MC65 1867 (October), wrapper from Riversdale to Cape Town bearing 4d pale blue (SG 24) tied by crisp '26' barred numeral oval, oval RIVERSDALE (20 OC) strike below, 'CAPE TOWN' (21 OC) arrival datestamp on front. Some opening faults at top and minor staining. £85
AC729 1868 (March), envelope (with original contents) addressed Cape Town. Bearing a single 1d rose-red (SG 23a) tied by a crisp ‘39’ BONC with a very fine proving strike of the PAARL (23 Mar) Dated Town Oval alongside, partially overstruck with a Cape Town (23 Mar) arrival datestamp. A scarce and most attractive early franking. £150
AC602 1868 (August), entire with part printed contents concerning the insolvent estate of one Henry Tucker and a dishonoured ‘draft or bill of exchange’. Bearing a single 4d ultramarine (with outer frame lines, SG 24b) tied by ‘3’ BONC with originating GRAHAMS-TOWN (18 Aug) single circle datestamp on the reverse and Cape Town (22 Aug) arrival struck on the front. The entire with some splitting though remarkably clean and a rare shade of the 4d, especially on cover. £180
AC522 1869 (August), cover addressed to Scotland bearing a single 1/- green (SG 26a) tied by ‘4’ BONC with poorly inked ‘4’ resembling a ‘1’. With proving KING WILLIAMS TOWN (23 Aug) Dated Town Oval and Cape Town (28 Aug) transit struck alongside. Glasgow (11 Oct) transit and Mary Hill (11 Oct) arrival backstamps. Very scarce early usage of a 1/- used alone on cover. £180
AC579 1869 (December), small cover addressed to Scotland with address scribbled through. Endorsed ‘Per R.M.S. Briton’ and bearing a single 1/- deep green (with outer frame line, SG 26) tied by ‘27’ BONC with proving strike of SIMONS TOWN (18 Dec) single circle datestamp on reverse. Cape Town (18 Dec) transit struck on the front and Devonport (24 Jan 70) and Glasgow (25 Jan) arrival backstamp. The cover with fault at top, though a rare example of this 1/- stamp on cover exhibiting the high postal rates then in force. £85
AC603 1871 (February), cover addressed to Cape Town, bearing a single 1d carmine-red (with outer frame lines, SG 23) tied by a crisp strike of the Small Triangular Obliterator. With originating DIEP RIVER (14 Feb) single circle datestamp and Cape Town (14 Feb) arrival, both struck on the front. A rare issue on cover and a superb early example of the local penny post, possibly taking advantage of the same-day delivery of a valentine card. £140
AC786 1873 (December), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a single 4d blue (SG 24a) tied by a ‘30’ Barred Oval Numeral Canceller with a fine proving strike of a ‘PIQUETBERG’ (15 Dec) Dated Town Oval at left. Cape Town (17 Dec) arrival datestamp struck on the front. Clean and attractive. £65
AC764 1874 (January), stampless official wrapper with printed ‘On Her Majesty’s Service. / Money Order Business’. Addressed to ‘The Postmaster of’ Cape Town with an originating COLESBERG (24 Jan) unframed double circle datestamp (with ‘7’ of year omitted) and a Cape Town (30 Jan) arrival. Somewhat reduced and the reverse with a repair, though of fine appearance. £30
AC769 1874 (November), envelope addressed to Cape Town, bearing a single 4d blue (SG 24a) tied by an ‘11’ Barred Oval Numeral Cancellation and a ‘proving’ QUEENSTOWN (3 Nov) single circle datestamp on the reverse. With a Cape Town (9 Nov) arrival datestamp struck on the front. Central spike hole, otherwise a clean and attractive cover. £45
AC766 1874 (December), stampless official wrapper with printed ‘Returned Letter / General Post Office Cape Town’. Addressed locally to the Master of the Supreme Court with a Cape Town (12 Dec) dispatch datestamp. The printed contents read “General Post Office, Cape Town, The enclosed Letter not having been delivered for the reason assigned thereon, was opened here, under the authority of Act No. 21 of 1857, and is now returned to the writer, on payment of Postage.” Rust spotting, otherwise fine. £35
AC513 1878 (January), entire with printed contents soliciting business for ‘Mataré Bruns’ (Merchants, Commission, and Shipping Agents) being established at Mossel Bay on the 1st January 1878. Addressed to Willowmore, bearing a single 1d carmine-red (SG 29) rectangle tied by the Small Triangular Obliterator. AVONTUUR (10 Jan) Dated Town Oval transit backstamp struck in red and Willowmore (11 Jan) single circle arrival datestamp. Very scarce early usage of the 1d post, especially emanating from a smaller office rather than the environs of Cape Town or Port Elizabeth. £160
AC767 1879 (June), stampless official wrapper with printed ‘On Her Majesty’s Service. / Money Order Business’. Addressed to the GPO Cape Town with an originating KING WILLIAMS TOWN (13 Jun) single circle datestamp and a Cape Town (19 Jun) arrival. The handwritten note from the postmaster enquires if a money order for £5 payable in England had been presented. £35
AC739 1880 (February), cover addressed to Cape Town. Bearing a single right marginal 4d blue surcharged ‘THREE PENCE’ in red (SG 34) with obliterating bar extending into the margin. Tied by a triangular COGH cancellation and a WELLINGTON STATION (25 Feb) single circle datestamp. With a lightly struck Cape Town arrival backstamp. Some buckling and the flap split, otherwise a very scarce and attractive single franking of this provisional adhesive. £150
AC731 1881 (February), wrapper (?, with original letter stating contents were an ‘eye glass’ and ‘10d in stamps for [return] postage’). Addressed to and sent registered to Cape Town. Bearing a 1d carmine-red (creased), a single ‘3’ on 3d pale dull rose and a 6d violet (SG 25b, 29, 37) tied by light ‘17’ BONCs with a proving strike of GEORGE (10 Feb) single circle datestamp below. Also showing a good strike of the scarce and distinctly shaped Registered Letter Datestamp (Goldblatt type RL 1) reading REGISTERED / CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (12 Feb) with manuscript ‘Registered 54’. Somewhat battered, though most unusual. £85
AC811 1881 (February), envelope addressed to France endorsed “Via England”. Bearing 7½d in postage (the rate to Europe) comprising a vertical pair of the 1880 ‘3’ surcharge on 3d pale dull rose (SG 37) in combination with examples of the ½d and 1d overprinted ‘G’ (SG 24, 25, overprinted for use in Griqualand West). All are tied by KIMBERLEY (10 Feb) unframed circular datestamps. Cape Town (15 Feb), London (8 Mar) and Paris (9 Mar) transit / arrival backstamps and with Calais (8 Mar) transit on the front additionally tying the 1d adhesive. With large 2½d Cape accountancy mark struck in red. The address partially inked out though a scarce and attractive cover.
 
Note: Following incorporation of Griqualand West into the Cape Colony in October 1880, the remaining overprinted stamps were redistributed among various Cape post offices. This cover is dated approximately four months later and shows usage of the ‘G’ overprints at one of the original Griqualand West post offices.
£575
AC721 1881 (June), envelope (with original contents) addressed Cape Town. Bearing a single ‘3’ on 3d pale dull rose (SG 37) tied by a fine ‘222’ BONC with a proving strike of MOSSEL BAY (2 June) single circle datestamp alongside. Cape Town (4 June) arrival backstamp. £150
AC718 1881 (July), envelope (with original contents) addressed Cape Town. Bearing a single ‘3’ on 3d pale dull rose (SG 37, with interpanneau margin at left) tied by a superb crisp ‘215’ BONC and with a very fine proving strike of MALMESBURY (6 July) single circle datestamp at lower left. Cape Town (7 July) arrival backstamp. £150
AC730 1881 (August), envelope (with original contents) addressed Cape Town. Bearing a single 3d deep claret (SG 39a) tied by a fine strike of the ‘30’ Octagonal Numeral Stamp with a very fine proving strike of SWELLENDAM (24 Aug) single circle datestamp below. Cape Town (25 Aug) arrival backstamp. A few minor peripheral tones though a most attractive cover showing late use of the Octagonal Numeral (introduced in 1849) £125
AC531 1881 (August), envelope with original letter, addressed to Worcester, Cape. Bearing a single example of the ‘3’ on 3d pale dull rose (SG 37) tied by neat Cape Town (25 Aug) / ‘1’ BONC duplex cancellation. Worcester (26 Aug) arrival backstamp. A lovely example of this provisional surcharge used alone on cover. Scarce. £150
AC474 1881 (November), cover addressed to Robertson bearing a single 3d deep claret (SG 39a) tied by light Octagonal Numeral Canceller (probably ‘51’) with ‘proving’ strike of PORT ALFRED (28 Nov) single circle datestamp alongside and Robertson (3 Dec) arrival also struck on the front. Grahamstown (28 Nov), Port Elizabeth (29 Nov), Beaufort West (1 Dec) and Worecester (2 Dec) transit / arrival backstamps (all single circles). Unusual. £55
AC717 1881 (December), envelope (with original contents) addressed Cape Town. Bearing a single 3d deep claret (SG 39a) tied by a ‘291’ BONC with a very fine proving strike of the BLANCO (11 Dec) Dated Town Oval alongside. Cape Town (13 Dec) arrival backstamp. The adhesive with pre-affixing vertical crease, otherwise a clean and attractive franking. £140
AC529 1881 (December), cover with original contents addressed to Worcester, Cape, bearing a single 3d deep claret (SG 39a) tied by neat Cape Town (20 Dec) / ‘1’ BONC duplex cancellation. Worcester (21 Dec) arrival backstamp. A neat and attractive cover. £85
AC473 1882 (February), cover addressed to Robertson bearing a single 3d deep claret (SG 39a) tied by distinct 13-bar BONC ‘3’ with proving Grahamstown (2 Feb) single circle datestamp alongside. ROBERTSON (8 Feb) arrival also struck on the front. BEAUFORT WEST (6 Feb) and WORCESTER (7 Feb) transit backstamps (both single circles). Opened through flap, otherwise fine. £55
AC618 GRIQUALAND WEST / Cape period 1882 (March), cover addressed to Germany, bearing a pair of 3d deep claret (SG 39a) and a Griqualand West ½d grey-black with small ‘G’ overprint (SG 24) all tied by Cape Town (21 Mar) squared circle datestamps. With Cape Town ‘2½d’ accountancy mark struck in red. One stamp removed (probably a 1d), though still a very attractive franking. A scarce example of a Griqualand West stamp used after the stamps were redistributed following the merger with Cape Colony. Ottensen (18 Apr) arrival backstamp. £180
AC619 1882 (August), cover addressed to Denmark, bearing six examples of the 1d rose-red, each tied by ‘367’ BONCs with proving strike of FRASERBURG ROAD (21 Aug) single circle datestamp below. With Cape Town ‘2½d’ accountancy mark struck in red. Some staining, one or two stamps removed and cover foreshortened at right. Cape Town (22 Aug), London (13 Sep) and Odense (15 Sep) transit / arrival backstamps. £45
AC533 1882 (May), mourning cover addressed to Worcester, Cape, bearing a single 3d pale claret (SG 39) tied by partly readable ‘307’ BONC with proving HEIDELBERG (8 May) single circle datestamp at lower left. Cape Town transit and Worcester (9 May) arrival backstamps. A scarce stamp used alone on cover. £85
AC523 1882 (May), cover addressed to England bearing a pair of 3d deep claret (SG 39a) tied by ‘3’ BONC with proving strike of GRAHAMS TOWN (12 May) single circle datestamp below. Cape Town (15 May) transit and London (8 June) arrival backstamps. Some light tone spotting on the reverse otherwise very fine. £65
AC601 1883 (October), cover addressed locally to ‘Miss Shippard’ bearing a single 1d rose-red (SG 41) tied by ‘9’ BONC with proving WYNBERG (9 Oct) single circle datestamp. A very fine and scarce example of the local penny post. £75
AC333 1886 (October), part printed cover addressed to Cape Town bearing a single 2d pale bistre (SG 50) tied by a very fine SWELLENDAM (OC 6) single circle datestamp with additional strike alongside. G.P.O. Cape Town (7 Oct) arrival backstamp. A clean and attractive cover. £45
AC556 1887 (April), mourning cover addressed to England, bearing a single 6d purple (SG 52a) tied by KIMBERLEY (25 Apr) squared circle datestamp. Endorsed at upper left “Per RMS. 27.4.87”. Cape Town (27 Apr) transit and Market Rasen (18 May) arrival backstamps. A fine example of a 6d single-rate cover. £65
AC694 1887 (December), envelope addressed to Holland bearing a 2d pale bistre and 6d purple (SG 50, 52a) each tied by a ‘215’ BONC with a proving strike of MALMESBURY (5 Dec) single circle datestamp at left. With a large ‘2½d’ accountancy handstamp struck in red. Cape Town (5 Dec), Amsterdam (27 Dec) and Muiden (27 Dec) transit / arrival backstamps. A little roughly opened at top and small tear at foot, otherwise an attractive cover. £55
AC573 1888 (September), cover addressed to Wellington, Cape, bearing three examples of the 2d pale bistre (SG 50) tied by KIMBERLEY (24 Sep) hooded circular datestamps (showing the outer frame of the cancelling device). Wellington (26 Sep) arrival backstamp. Flap torn through, otherwise very fine and an unusual rate, presumably due to the weight. £75
AC506 1888 (December), cover addressed to Germany bearing a 6d purple (SG 52a) tied by KIMBERLEY (10 Dec) hooded double circle datestamp. With large ‘2½’ accountancy mark struck in red alongside. Cape Town (12 Dec) and London (3 Jan) transit and German (5 Jan) arrival backstamps. A neat and attractive cover. £65
AC468 1888 (November), cover addressed to Worcester (Cape) bearing a vertical pair of 1d (deep) rose-red (SG 49) tied by neat Cape Town (4 Nov) squared octagons. Light T.P.O. DOWN (5 Nov) transit and Worcester (5 Nov) arrival backstamps. A clean and attractive cover. £30
AC530 1889 (March), registered cover addressed to Johannesburg, bearing a single 6d bright mauve (SG 52b, corner fault), tied by light but readable ‘227’ BONC with proving REGISTERED KIMBERLEY (20 Mar) oval datestamp alongside, both struck in RED. Backstamped with very scarce WITWATERSRAND (24 Mar, with ‘9’ for year) single circle datestamp. £85
AC557 1889 (June), cover addressed to Scotland, bearing a single 4d dull blue (SG 30) tied by a PORT ELIZABETH (10 June) hooded circular datestamp. Glasgow (2 July) arrival backstamp. Some edge faults, mainly crumpling, otherwise fine. £45
AC559 1889 (June), cover addressed to England, bearing a single 4d dull blue (SG 30) tied by a KIMBERLEY (24 June) hooded circular datestamp. Endorsed “Per RMS 26.6.89” Cape Town (26 June) transit and Market Rasen (16 July) arrival backstamps. A few edge tears, though of fine appearance. £45
AC725 1889 (December), envelope (with original contents) addressed Cape Town. Bearing a single 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by a ‘271’ BONC and with a very fine proving strike of GREAT BRAK RIVER (17 Dec) single circle datestamp alongside. Cape Town (19 Dec) arrival backstamp. £55
AC062 1890 (January), 1d rate cover to Cape Town bearing 1d rectangle (SG 49) tied by fine '215' BONC with 'proving' MALMESBURY (27 Jan) datestamp alongside. Cape Town (28 Jan) arrival backstamp. Very attractive. £35
AC586 1890 (May), cover addressed to Scotland and endorsed ‘Per “Norham Castle”’ bearing a single 4d deep blue (SG 51a) tied by a PORT ELIZABETH (5 May) hooded circular datestamp. Cape Town (7 May) transit and Glasgow (26 May) arrival backstamps. Cover with some edge crumpling, otherwise a fine example of the 4d deep shade on cover. £55
AC593 1891 (March), cover addressed to England bearing ½d grey-black and 2d deep bistre (SG 48a, 50a) each tied by KING WILLIAMS TOWN (8 Mar) hooded circular datestamps. Cape Town (11 Nov) transit and London arrival backstamps. £45
AC230 1891 (September), cover addressed to Worcester, Cape, bearing 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by very fine strike of Cape Town (15 Sep) truncated double circle. Worcester (16 Sep) single circle arrival backstamp. Flap damaged through opening, though a neat and most attractive cover. £45
AC302 1891 (October), cover with contents addressed to Worcester, Cape, bearing a single 1d carmine (SG 49a) tied by very fine strike of the Cape Town (14 Oct) truncated double circle datestamp (with ‘9’ for year). The reverse with Worcester (15 Oct) arrival and a large fancy advertisement for jams and confectionery struck in blue-green. A very clean and most attractive cover showing the 1d rate. £45
AC592 1892 (November), cover addressed to Bedford, Cape, bearing a pair of ½d grey-black (SG 48a) tied by light ‘556’ BONCs with proving SOMERSET EAST (10 Nov) single circle datestamp alongside. Bedford (11 Nov) arrival backstamp. Large fancy cachet of ‘James Drummond, Accountant, Produce and Insurance Agent, Collector’ struck in violet on the reverse. £45
AC590 1892 (December), cover addressed to Scotland, bearing ½d grey black and pair of 1d carmine-red (SG 48a, 49a) all tied by fine strikes of the scarce Cape Town (14 Dec) ‘Compass Wheel’ datestamps. With Edinburgh (31 Dec) arrival backstamp. Cover with a little staining, otherwise fine. £45
AC589 Railway, 1893 (January), cover addressed to Worcester, Cape, bearing a single 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by ‘313’ BONC with proving DIEP RIVER (11 Jan) single circle datestamp alongside. TRAVELLING P.O. / DOWN (12 Jan) and Worcester (12 Jan) arrival backstamps. A fine 1d single rate cover. £45
AC585 1893 (March), cover addressed to the USA, bearing ½d grey black and 1d carmine-red (SG 48a, 49a) all tied by fine strikes of the scarce Cape Town (1 Mar) ‘Compass Wheel’ datestamps. London (20 Mar), New York (29 Mar) and Bethlehem PA (29 Mar) transit / arrival backstamps. Very fine, a clean and attractive cover. £65
AC588 1893 (March), cover addressed to Caledon, Cape, bearing a single 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by BEACONSFIELD (23 Mar) single circle datestamp. Cape Town (24 Mar) transit and Caledon (27 Mar) arrival backstamps. A fine 1d single rate cover. £45
AC524 1893 (July), QV 1d embossed postal stationery envelope, addressed to England and uprated with two additional 1d rose-red and a pair of ONE PENNY on 2d deep bistre surcharges (SG 49, 57a). All tied by neat SALT RIVER (12 July) single circle datestamps. Cape Town (12 July) transit and Cullompton (1 Aug) arrival backstamps. An attractive franking and scarce use of the 1d surcharge. £75
AC555 1893 (July), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size ‘F’) addressed to Germany bearing a single 2½d sage-green (SG 56) tied by ‘60’ BONC and proving strike of DE AAR (18 July) single circle datestamp with additional strike alongside. Cape Town (19 July) and Hamburg (7 Aug) transit / arrival backstamps and with London (6 Aug) transit oval struck in red on the front. £65
AC472 1893 (August), cover addressed to Uitenhage, bearing a single 'ONE PENNY’ surcharge on 2d deep bistre (SG 57a) tied by Cradock (10 Aug) single circle datestamp. Uitenhage (11 Aug) arrival backstamp. Opened on three sides, though an attractive example of this provisional used alone on cover. £45
AC358 1893 (December), cover addressed to Germany bearing a single 2½d sage-green (SG 56) tied by Cape Town (5 Dec) squared circle datestamp. Flap missing, otherwise a good example of a single 2½d rate franking. £30
AC616 1894 (April), cover addressed to the USA, bearing a single 1d carmine-red and three examples each of the ½d grey-black and 2½d olive-green (SG 48a, 49, 56a) all tied by neat PORT ELIZABETH (16 Apr) single circle datestamps. London (May) transit and Boston arrival backstamps. An attractive three-colour franking. £110
AC594 1895 (May), QV 1d brown postal stationery card surcharged ‘ONE HALFPENNY’. Addressed to England and uprated with additional ½d grey-black (SG 48a) all cancelled / tied by Port Elizabeth (28 May) squared circle date-stamps. Cape Town (31 May) transit struck on the front. £30
AC532 1894 (August), QV ½d postal stationery card, the reverse with printed acknowledgement form for the Standard Bank. Addressed to King Williams Town and cancelled with a ‘482’ BONC and with proving CALA (4 Aug) single circle datestamp alongside. King Williams Town (7 Aug) arrival backstamp. A fine proving item for Cala. £40
AC314 1894 (October), QV 1d postal stationery wrapper (front only) addressed to the OFS and uprated with the addition of 3d and 2d adhesives (SG 43, 50a), all tied by Cape Town / N.P.B (News Paper Branch) squared circle datestamps (OC 15). Unusual usage of these adhesives, presumably paying postage on heavy contents. £45
AC065 1894 (November), QV ½d postal stationery newspaper wrapper used to Germany with additional ½d, 1d and 2d (SG 48a, 49, 50) adhesives all tied / cancelled by Port Elizabeth (NO 3) datestamps. With manuscript notation “2 Newspapers”. An attractive multicolour franking. £75
AC561 1894 (December), QV 1d embossed postal stationery envelope addressed to Johannesburg. Uprated with additional 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) cancelled / tied by ‘301’ BONCs with proving CATHCART (13 Dec) single circle datestamp alongside. Johannesburg (15 Dec) arrival backstamp. Fine. £45
AC300 1894 (December), cover to addressed to Scotland endorsed “Card Only” and sent unsealed. Bearing a single 1d carmine (SG 49a) tied by a neat CLAREMONT (19 Dec) single circle datestamp. Readdressed on arrival in Edinburgh to the Isle of Bute, then back to Edinburgh. Backstamped Edinburgh (5 and 7 Jan) Rothesay (5 and 7 Jan, the latter on front) and Port Bannatyne (7 Jan). An attractive cover showing interesting use of a 1d unsealed letter, apparently availing of the postcard rate. £65
AC800 1895 (March), Incoming postal stationery card from Finland, the 10 Pen imprinted stamp cancelled with a Postilj.k.Ö-N (15 Mar) datestamp. Partial Cape Town (11 Apr) arrival backstamp and GARDENS T.O (11 Apr) single circle datestamp struck at upper left. Message crossed through, though unusual origin / destination. £45
AC401 1895 (March), QV 1d embossed stationery envelope addressed to Lady Grey Bridge, then readdressed to Paarl. The embossed stamp is cancelled with a light but readable ‘253’ BONC with proving strike of VAN RHYN’S DORP (20 Mar) single circle datestamp alongside. With unusual LADY GREY BRIDGE (22 Mar) segmented single circle datestamp on the front and reverse and a Paarl (22 Mar) arrival backstamp. The reverse with violet oval cachet of ‘P.B. VAN RHYN / VAN RHYN’S DORP’. The town was established in 1887 on the farm of Petrus Benjamin van Rhyn and named after him. £110
AC334 1895 (April), cover addressed to England bearing a single 2½d olive-green (SG 56a) tied by ‘107’ Barred Oval Numeral Canceller with proving KOKSTAD (13 Apr) single circle datestamp alongside. Louth (11 May) arrival backstamp. A scarce proving cover and fine example of this duty used alone on cover. £45
AC352 1895 (August), QV ‘ONE / HALFPENNY’ on 1d postal stationery card (Q&J P8). Cancelled with a very fine WHITTLESEA (1 Aug) single circle datestamp and with an equally fine Cathcart (2 Aug) arrival datestamp on the front. £25
AC695 1895 (September), official post office stationery envelope printed in English and French, headed ‘Returned Acknowledgement of Delivery’. Sent stampless and registered from Cape Town, bearing a REGISTERED LETTER OFFICE / (SP 4 95 / CAPE TOWN oval datestamp. New York (2 Oct) transit and Philadelphia (3 Oct) arrival backstamps. Most unusual. £65
AC526 1896 (July), mourning cover addressed to Mossel Bay bearing a single 1d rose-red (SG 59) tied by a neat GRAHAMS TOWN (31 July) single circle datestamp. The cover also received a boxed straight-line POSTED LATE cachet at Grahams Town (applied to mail posted too late to be included in mails already made up and closed, and for which no late fee surcharge had been paid). Mossel Bay (4 Aug) arrival backstamp. Small part of flap damaged through opening, otherwise a very fine example of this scarce instructional cachet. £175
AC552 1897 (January), cover sent registered to Germany, bearing a 3d pale claret and 6d bright mauve (SG 43, 52b) each tied by ‘420’ BONCs with proving strikes of ALFRED DOCKS (26 Jan) single circle datestamps at left. Cape Town (26 Jan) transit and Frankfurt (15 Feb) arrival backstamps. Also with German receiving registration label affixed on front. A scarce combination of duties. £125
AC587 1898 (January), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size G) addressed to Johannesburg. Bearing a single 4d deep blue (SG 51a) tied by Registered Cape Town (22 Jan) hooded circular datestamp and with registration number in blue manuscript. Without backstamps. £40
AC746 1898 (March), QV 1d embossed postal stationery envelope addressed to Algeria. Bearing nine different adhesives, comprising duties from ½d to 5/- (SG 61, 59a, 50a, 63, 43a, 51a, 52b, 67, 68) all tied by CAPE TOWN / POSTE RESTANTE (16 Mar) single circle datestamps. A scarce and attractive philatelically inspired cover. £350
AC604 1899 (March), cover addressed to Austria, bearing a single 2½d pale ultramarine (SG 63) tied by GPO Cape Town (3 Mar) double circle datestamp. Vienna (26 Mar) arrival backstamp. Very fine. £40
AC595 1899 (April), QV ½d slate-green embossed postal stationery envelope addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of a 2d deep bistre (SG 50a) tied / cancelled with ABERDEEN (30 Apr) single circle datestamp. Flap rather enthusiastically stuck down with selvedge, otherwise very fine and attractive. £45
AC577 1899 (July), cover addressed to the USA bearing five examples of the ‘Hope Standing’ 1d carmine (SG 59a) all tied by NAUWPOORT (17 July) single circle datestamps. New York (12 Aug) arrival backstamps. The flap with coat-of-arms embossed in vermilion. Cover a little grubby. £20
AC707 Anglo-Boer War period 1900 (April), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size F) addressed to the USA.. Bearing a single 4d sage-green (SG 65) tied by a LUSIKISI (30 Apr) single circle datestamp with an additional strike alongside. Port St John’s (30 Apr), Cape Town (6 May) and New York (3 June) transit / arrival backstamps. £45
AC681 Anglo-Boer War period 1900 (July), QV 4d blue registered postal stationery envelope (size G). Addressed to England and bearing a single example of the 3d deep claret (SG 43a) tied by a Registered / G.P.O. Cape Town (11 July) hooded single circle datestamp with an additional strike cancelling the embossed 4d duty on the flap. With Registered London (27 July) arrival datestamp struck in red on the front. A fine example of a 3d single duty franking. £85
AC337 Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (13th March), QV 1d carmine-rose embossed postal stationery envelope, addressed to Switzerland and uprated with additional ‘Hope Standing’ ½d and 1d adhesives (SG 58, 59a) all tied / cancelled by GPO Cape Town (13 Mar) double circle datestamps. Handstamped at upper left ‘PER DUNVEGAN CASTLE.’ in purple in the same colour as the senders address ‘W.R. SMIDT & CO. / CAPE TOWN’ handstamped on the flap. St. Gallen (31 Mar) arrival backstamp. Cover slightly reduced at right, though remarkably clean and attractive. £85
AC359 Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (May), QV ½d green wrapper (Q&J W1A). Addressed to England, endorsed ‘Newspaper Only’ and uprated with a pair of 1d carmine ‘Hope standing’ (SG 59a) tied by Butterworth (9 May) single circle datestamps. £40
AC121 Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (August), Unsealed Open Letter Rate cover to Kimberley bearing ½d green Hope Standing (SG 58) tied by Port Elizabeth (2 Aug) datestamp with PASSED PRESS CENSOR / W.E. KIMBERLEY triangular cachet alongside. Kimberley (5 Aug) arrival backstamp. Scarce rate. £40
AC703 Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (August), censored envelope addressed to Holland. Bearing a single 2½d pale ultramarine (SG 63) tied by a PAARL (20 Aug) single circle datestamp. With a black on red-orange ‘Opened under Martial Law.’ censor label endorsed ‘H.B. 20/8/01’, affixed partly over the adhesive as well as a ‘P’ in circle handstruck in violet at Paarl. Scheveningen (10 Sep) arrival backstamp. £35
AC357 Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (October), cover addressed to Germany bearing a single 2½d ultramarine (SG 63a) tied by Cape Town (30 Oct) double circle datestamp. German arrival (16 Nov) arrival backstamp. A clean and attractive example of a single 2½d rate franking. £40
AC566 Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (December), cover addressed to the USA bearing a single 2½d pale ultra-marine (SG 63) tied by WELLINGTON (4 Dec) squared circle datestamp with triangular censor cachet struck in violet alongside. Chicago (6 Jan 1902) arrival backstamp. £30
AC600 Anglo-Boer War period 1902 (January), cover sent registered to Germany, bearing a 6d bright mauve and Hope Standing ½d green (SG 52b, 58) each tied by ST. GEORGES ST. (8 Jan) single circle datestamps. German receiving registration label and with Breslau (26 Jan) arrival backstamp. Some creasing and cover a little grubby, otherwise fine. £45
AC136 Anglo-Boer War period 1902 (January), 4d Registered envelope bearing pair of ½d (SG 59) tied by NORVALS PONT (Jan 21) cds. Backstamped with TPO marking MIDLAND UP (21 Jan). Faint triangular censor mark. £30
AC713 Anglo-Boer War period 1902 (1st March), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size F), addressed to Sweden. Bearing a single 2½d ultramarine (SG 63a) tied by a Registered / Port Elizabeth (1 Mar) oval datestamp with an additional strike cancelling the embossed stamp on the reverse. London (22 Mar) transit and Gothenburg (25 Mar) arrival backstamps. £40
AC340 Anglo-Boer War period 1902 (29th March), locally addressed mourning envelope sent at the unsealed open-letter rate. Bearing a single ‘Hope Standing’ ½d green (SG 58) tied by a G.P.O. Cape Town (29 Mar) double circle datestamp and with a large PASSED / CAPE / TOWN / PRESS CENSOR cachet struck alongside. A scarce example of this stamp used alone on cover. £65
SA5427 c1900 coloured Post Card published for the Cape Government Railway, the impression of the Dining Car Express Train, en route for Johannesburg. Printed in Bavaria. Very fine and fresh unused. £20
SA5426 c1900 coloured Post Card published for the Cape Government Railways, the impression of the passenger Locomotive. Relevant crest at lower left, unused although with some discolouration mainly on reverse. £15
AC704 1902 (May), printed envelope for ‘Harry Mörser & Co., / Tavannes Watch Co., / Cape Town’. Addressed to the USA, bearing ½d green and 2d pale bistre (SG 50, 58) tied by a neat Cape Town (26 May) double circle datestamp. New York (22 June) transit and Chicago (23 June) arrival backstamps. £35
AC813 1902 (December), envelope sent registered from the Transvaal bearing KEVII 1d and 2d (vertical pair) tied by Nylstroom (3 Dec) double circle datestamps. Addressed to Natal with Pretoria (3 Dec) transit and Durban (5 Dec) arrival backstamp, then re-addressed to the Cape, where it received Port Elizabeth (20 Feb and 28 Feb) oval datestamps. The envelope was then forwarded to Cape Town where it received a RETURNED L.O. CAPE TOWN (3 Mar) single circle datestamp struck in violet on the reverse and an ‘ADVERTISED AND UNCLAIMED’ three-line cachet struck on the front, also in violet. The envelope was eventually returned to the Transvaal, where it received two RETURNED LETTER OFFICE / JOHANNESBURG (7 Mar) backstamps. £75
AC701 1903 (April), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size G) addressed to ‘Russia / Livonia’. Bearing two 2½d pale ultramarine (SG 63) each tied by a hooded Registered Cape Town (22 Apr) datestamp. Livonia / Russian arrival backstamp (30 April). Russia switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1918, giving an equivalent arrival date of 13th May. A very unusual destination.
 
Note: Livonia was originally situated in southern Estonia and northern Latvia. It was contested by Poland, Russia, and Sweden, finally becoming a Russian province in 1783. In 1918 Livonia was divided between Estonia and Latvia.
£110
AC613 1903 (May), picture postcard (small photographic portrait of the sender) addressed to England and bearing a single KEVII 1d (SG 71) tied by Cape Town (13 May) machine canceller with C (Crown) C (Goldblatt type MRD1). With Birmingham (31 May) arrival datestamp. £25
AC575 1903 (November), cover addressed to the Isle of White, England bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by a PORT ELIZABETH (6 Nov) double circle datestamp. Southampton (28 Nov) transit and Ventnor (28 Nov) arrival backstamps. £20
AC610 1903 (December), ‘Souvenir Letter Card’, comprising a folded panoramic photographic view titled ‘Cape Town, Table Mountain.’ With an additional view on the reverse titled ‘Lions Head. Queen’s Hotel. Sea Point.’ Addressed to Switzerland and franked with a single 2½d ultramarine (SG 63a) tied by (SEA) POINT (2 Dec) double circle datestamp. Aubonne (21 Dec) arrival datestamp on the front. Unusual. £45
AC705 1904 (June), envelope addressed to Switzerland bearing ½d green and 2d pale bistre (SG 50, 58) each tied by a Cape Town (1 June) double circle datestamps. Bern (19 June) arrival backstamp. £35
AC560 1904 (August), KEVII official stampless envelope with printed “ON HIS MAJESTY’S SERVICE / Returned Acknowledgement of Delivery. / Avis de Réception en Retour.” Addressed to Baltimore Post Office, Maryland, USA. With ‘Registered Letter Section / Cape Town’ (15 Aug) oval despatch datestamp and with ‘R’ in oval struck at left. New York (10 Sep) transit and Baltimore (12 Sep) arrivals backstamps. Very fine. £55
AC763 1904 (December), official printed G.P.O. PARCEL POST / CUSTOMS LABEL affixed to piece and addressed to England. Bearing a vertical strip of three KEVII 1/- yellow-ochre (SG 77) tied by QUEEN STREET / PORT ELIZABETH (DE 31) single circle datestamps. The contents are stated to be ‘Tobacco & Pipes’ valued at 15/-. Some edge faults and creasing though a rare survivor. £350
AC554 1905 (January), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size ‘F’) addressed to Holland bearing a single 2½d ultramarine (SG 63a) tied by LOWER PAARL (4 Jan) small single circle datestamp (also cancelling imprinted stamp on flap). Cape Town (4 Jan) transit and Rotterdam (22 Jan) arrival backstamps. With large commercial cachet of ‘B. Van Gemert’ (hardware dealer) struck on the reverse. £55
AC535 1905 (July), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size G) addressed to Germany. Bearing Hope 2½d, KEVII ½d and two 1d’s (SG 63, 70, 71) all tied by Registered Cape Town (4 July) oval datestamps. Friedrichroda (23 July) arrival backstamp. Flap damage and odd light stain otherwise fine and an attractive franking. £35
AC465 1905 (November), QV 1d embossed postal stationery envelope addressed to Germany and uprated with additional KEVII ½d and 1d (SG 70,71) all tied by neat GREAT BERG SIDING (NO 28) relief-type single circle datestamps. Herrnhut (17 Dec) arrival backstamp and with ‘A WAGNER / Goedverwacht’ private oval cachet struck in violet across the flap. Unobtrusive vertical fold clear of the adhesives. A scarce cancellation and an attractive cover. £85
AC771 1905 (December), incoming picture postcard from the USA (black and white view ‘Sutro’s Heights, San Francisco), bearing a single US 2c adhesive. Addressed to Cape Town, and re-addressed on arrival with ‘Uitenhage’ in manuscript. Showing a large ‘3d’ tax marking (Goldblatt type PD16) and a CAPE TOWN / T (26 Dec) double circle datestamp (Goldblatt type SP33, the ‘T’ signifying ‘that postage was due on the item’). From 1890 there was no charge for redirecting mail, therefore it appears the Cape Town GPO considered the card underpaid (perhaps because the stamp was overlooked, being affixed to the view side). There are no US postal markings indicating the card was insufficiently prepaid. £45
AC304 1906 (March), registered KEVII 4d postal stationery envelope addressed to Germany franked with ‘Hope Seated’ 2½d pale ultramarine (SG 63) tied by neat Queen Street Port Elizabeth (5 Mar) single circle datestamp. Port Elizabeth (5 Mar) and Dresden transit / arrival backstamps. A clean and attractive cover. £45
AC761 1906 (12th June), Official PARCEL POST label. Addressed to Port Elizabeth, bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by a neat SIR LOWRY ROAD (12 June) single circle datestamp. The reverse with printed conditions. £35
AC354 Railway 1906 (October), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size G, Q&J R5B). Addressed to Germany and bearing KEVII ½d and 1d pair (SG 70, 71) tied by BERLIN / CAPE COLONY (22 Oct) single circle datestamps. MIDLAND / T.P.O.1. (23 Oct) double circle transit and Gottingen (11 Nov) arrival backstamps. An attractive cover from Berlin (Cape) to Germany. £35
AC812 1907 (October), incoming colour picture postcard from England (‘Newport. Belle Vue Park.’) bearing a GB KEVII 1d scarlet tied by Newport (12 Oct) double circle datestamp. Addressed to the Cape with Worcester (29 Oct) arrival datestamp. The card was re-addressed to Kimberley and received a fine example of the scarce ‘OFFICIALLY RE-DIRECTED / AT WORCESTER.’ rectangular boxed cachet struck in violet. With a second Worcester (30 Oct) transit and Kimberley (1 Nov) arrival datestamp. £55
MC161 1907 (October), picture postcard bearing KEVII 1d, cancelled 'WILLOWMORE'. Addressed to FIJI with SUVA (22nd November) transit and LEVUKA (23rd November) arrival datestamps. A remarkable destination. £55
AC670 1908 (March), KEVII 1d embossed postal stationery envelope sent registered to Johannesburg bearing an additional KEVII 1d pair and 3d (SG 71, 74) tied by Registered / Graaff Reinet (31 Mar) oval datestamps. With ‘R’ in oval and Graaff Reinet straight-line handstamps struck at upper left. Johannesburg (2 Apr) arrival backstamp. Rather roughly opened at top (not affecting adhesives), otherwise fine. £55
AC765 1909 (June), colour picture postcard (seaside cartoon), addressed locally and bearing a single KEVII ½d green (SG 70) tied by an OUDTSHOORN (21 June) double circle datestamp. Showing a boxed POSTED LATE cachet and a WELBEDACHT (22 June) arrival single circle datestamp. £45
AC124 1909 (December), incoming colour picture postcard from UK (Isle of Arran view) bearing KEVII 1d tied by Weymouth (11 Dec) datestamp. Cape Town (28 Dec) arrival where it was readdressed to Kalk Bay and received a boxed OFFICIALLY RE-ADDRESSED AT CAPE TOWN (1) cachet struck in blue. £45
MC109 1910 5th August, coloured Post Card (Public Park, Paarl), bearing KEVII 1d (defective corner), cancelled with crisp 'MAZENJACHT AU 5 10' single circle datestamp. OUDTSHOORN transit strike alongside dated the same day, addressed to New Zealand. Attractive. £35
AC565 1910 (September), South Africa Interprovincial period (Cape used in Cape). Printed advertising envelope addressed to the USA bearing KEVII ½d green and 1d carmine pair (SG 70, 71) all tied by Cape Town (14 Sep) double circle datestamps (that on the ½d apparently with ‘F.S.’ at base, the others with ‘5’). Very fine. £40
AC622 1910 (October), South Africa Interprovincial period (Cape used in Cape). KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size H) addressed to London and bearing marginal pair of KEVII 4d olive-green (SG 75) tied by REGISTERED / EAST LONDON (14 Oct) oval datestamps. London arrival backstamp. £75
AC567 1914 (March), South Africa post-Interprovincial period cover addressed to the USA bearing a single Cape KEVII 2½d ultramarine (SG 73) tied by a Cape Town (20 Mar) machine cancellation. Small piece of the flap is missing, otherwise fine. £25
MC60 DAL JOSAPHAT single circle, complete crisp strike dated AU 25 99, on piece. £15
MC312 CORK CANCELS Portion of a Post Office label applied with 2d, 4d x two, 6d and 1/- x two, each cancelled with nine segments within oval cork cancel. Most attractive and uncommon. £125
POSTAL STATIONERY
(see also under Postal History above)
AC487 1898 (4th May), ‘ONE PENNY.’ (without stop) on 1½d postal stationery card with privately illustrated view “TABLE BAY, CAPE TOWN” with prominent palm trees, printed on the reverse in deep blue. Addressed to Scotland and cancelled with Stellenbosch (4 May) squared circle datestamp. Edinburgh (25 May) arrival datestamp. Fine and scarce. Q&J PP3.3 £110
AC227 c1898 QV 1d carmine postal stationery card (H&G 15). The reverse with privately printed view in sepia headed ‘From the Land of the Southern Cross’ over scene titled 'VIEW AT CLAREMONT NEAR CAPETOWN.' Minor light corner bend, otherwise in remarkably fine unused condition. £45
AC148 1899, QV 1d carmine postal stationery card (H&G 15). The reverse with privately printed view in sepia headed ‘From the Land of the Southern Cross’ over scene titled ‘CAPETOWN AND TABLE MOUNTAIN FROM THE BAY.’ Posted at Cape Town (5 Dec) to Italy (26 Dec) where it was re-directed to Switzerland (arriving 29 Dec). Q&J PP21.4 £40
AC149 1901 (Cape used in Transvaal) Cape QV 1d Postal Stationery Card with printed illustration at lower left of the ‘TOWN HOUSE, CAPE TOWN.’ used from Johannesburg to Cape Town, validated by the addition of a Transvaal 1d VRI (SG 227) tied by Johannesburg (11 Jan) cds. Cape Town (16 Jan) on front. Q&J P16B £45
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