NATAL / ZULULAND
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1906 (February), official printed 'NATAL GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS. / O.H.M.S.' envelope (142x81mm). Bearing a single KEVII ½d blue-green overprinted 'OFFICIAL' (SG O1) tied by a VERULAM (3 Feb) double circle datestamp. The cover is addressed locally and is unsealed, confirming the ½d reduced open letter rate. Some minor buckling, otherwise very fine and scarce.
1905 (February), official printed 'ON HIS MAJESTY’S SERVICE.' envelope (146x96mm). Addressed locally and bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine overprinted 'OFFICIAL' (SG O2) tied by a DURBAN (23 Feb) double circle datestamp. Very scarce usage.
£275
£275
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NATAL
POSTAL HISTORY
NA43 1878 (January), cover to England bearing 6d violet overprinted 'POSTAGE' (SG 83) tied by '15' in barred oval numeral canceller and shield type datestamp (Hart type L.1) with number '15' dated 16 January, struck at top right. Both these cancels were allocated to Bushman's River. With G.P.O. NATAL (17 Jan) backstamp and London 'PAID' (21 Feb) arrival datestamp struck in red on front. £650
MN34 1879 (October), cover bearing QV 6d surcharged 'POSTAGE' (SG 83), barred oval cancel, addressed to Cheltenham, England. Durban (6th October) transit and Cheltenham (7th November) arrival backstamps. A neat and clean cover. £110
NA332 NATAL / TRANSVAAL ZAR 1884 (June), incoming mourning cover from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) cancelled with a Sidmouth (19 June) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre / Ngoka River / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Plymouth / Pr ‘Spartan’ / June 20, 1884”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Moodies Reef” (ZAR). The postage to the ZAR was receipted by the affixing of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (21 July) datestamp. Plymouth (20 June), G.P.O. Natal (17 July), Newcastle (21 July) and M.W. Stroom / Transvaal (22 July) transit / arrival backstamps. A very fine and scarce example of redirected mail, especially to the ZAR goldfields. Alan Ede along with Sam Newmarsh, J T Rimer and R Otto discovered the Umvoti Reef early in 1884. £575
NA151 NATAL / TRANSVAAL ZAR 1884 (October), incoming mourning cover from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) tied by Sidmouth (2 Oct) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre” / Post Office / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Dartmouth / Pr ‘Roslin Castle’ / Oct 3, 1884”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Moodies Reef” (ZAR) and endorsed “Moodies Reef / via Kantoor’ in red The postage to the ZAR was receipted by the affixing of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (3 Nov) datestamp. Dartmouth (3 Oct), G.P.O. Natal (28 Oct), Newcastle (3 Nov), M.W. Stroom / Transvaal (6 Nov) transit / arrival backstamps. Closed flap tear, otherwise very fine and a very scarce example of redirected mail, especially to the ZAR goldfields. Alan Ede along with Sam Newmarsh, J T Rimer and R Otto discovered the Umvoti Reef early in 1884. £575
NA184 NATAL / TRANSVAAL ZAR 1885 (February), incoming mourning cover from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) tied by Sidmouth squared circle (26 Feb) datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre” / Post Office / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Plymouth / Pr Spartan / Feb 27, 1885”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Barberton / Moodies Reef” (ZAR), the postage to the ZAR being receipted with the addition of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (30 Mar) datestamp with an additional stike on the reverse. Backstamped Plymouth (27 Feb), GPO Natal (25 Mar). A very scarce example of redirected mail, especially to the ZAR goldfields. Alan Ede along with Sam Newmarsh, J T Rimer and R Otto discovered the Umvoti Reef early in 1884. £575
MN30 1881 home made envelope bearing QV 1d cancelled '1' in barred circle, alongside 'G.P.O. / NATAL' datestamp alongside, addressed to Longmarket Street (Cape Town). Containing original printed coloured greetings card in the Chinese taste of a Mandarin duck over a pond. Some staining, but most appealing. £55
NA112 1895 (April), QV 1885 type 1d postal stationery card addressed to London, the imprinted stamp cancelled with ‘2’ in barred oval cancellation of Durban. The reverse with Durban (25 Apr) datestamp, despite the message “Leaving today in the Inchanga” being dated 26th April. £45
NA298 1895 (August), stampless official ‘O.H.M.S. post office printed ‘Memorandum’ sent from ‘H.D. Tedder’ the acting postmaster at Lower Tugela to the ‘Acting Magistrate’ at Verulam regarding an item of mail. With LOWER TUGELA / NATAL (20 Aug) single circle datestamp struck on the front and with printed ‘POSTAL DEPARTMENT / NATAL’ at lower left which has been endorsed by Mr Tedder. The flap roughly opened affecting a Verulam datestamp. Backstamped Durban (21 Aug). Also with Resident Magistrate’s Office / Inanda Division (21 Aug) oval datestamp struck inside in violet. Most unusual and a very fine strike of this scarce datestamp. £275
NA374 NATAL / Postal History 1897 (May), envelope sent registered to ‘Lourenco Marques / Delagoa Bay’. Bearing a colourful array of nine different QV duties totalling 7s7d. Comprising ½d, 1d, 2d, 2½d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 1/- and 5/- carmine, all tied by POINT NATAL (MY 29) double circle datestamps. Backstamped with Lourenco Marques (31 May) boxed arrival cachet. The flap with ‘Royal Hotel Durban, Natal’ and Coat-of Arms embossed in red. Philatelically inspired though attractive. The 5/- duty is very scarce used on cover. (SG 72, 97, 99, 101-3, 107-8, 113). £275
NA216 1899 (April), cover addressed to England bearing a single QV 1d carmine (SG 99a) tied by CHAPEL ST. P.M.BURG (AP 8 99) double circle datestamp. GPO Natal (8 Apr) transit and Newcastle on Tyne (1 May) arrival backstamps. £30
NA138 1900 (August), Anglo-Boer War stampless cover addressed to England endorsed ‘On Active Service’ and countersigned at lower left ‘C.R. James / NMR (Natal Mounted Rifles). Bearing a BESTER’S NATAL (24 Aug) temporary rubber single circle datestamp struck in violet, partially overstruck by an Abingdon (16 Sep) duplex canceller, where the cover was re-addressed. Ladysmith (24 Aug) and Abingdon (16 Sep) transits and Worthing (17 Sep) arrival backstamps. Some crumpling at right, though a very scarce cancellation. £125
NA50 1902 (October), cover to the USA bearing QV ½d dull green and 1d rose x 2 (SG 97a, 99), tied by INANDA (OC 17) double circle datestamps. Durban (17 Oct) transit and Springfield Mass (16 Nov) arrival backstamps. Flap missing and peripheral tear at top (not affecting adhesive). £45
NA276 1904 (September), cover sent registered to Tasmania bearing QV 2½d bright blue and KEVII 2d red and olive-green x 2 (SG 113, 130) tied by GREYTOWN (6 Sep) double circle datestamps. Pietermaritzburg (7 Sep) transit and Hobart (4 Oct) arrival backstamps. Spike hole and one 2d with corner fault, otherwise fine £55
NA311 1904 (October), black and white picture postcard (‘Zulu Intombis’) addressed to England bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine (SG 128) tied by a VANTS DRIFT (22 Oct) single circle datestamp. The adhesive additionally tied by two strikes of a Dundee (22 Oct) transit datestamp. The card with weak corner and a diagonal line which appears to be a pre-printing paper fault. Scarce. £45
NA365 1905 (February), official printed 'ON HIS MAJESTY’S SERVICE.' envelope (146x96mm). Addressed locally and bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine overprinted 'OFFICIAL' (SG O2) tied by a DURBAN (23 Feb) double circle datestamp. Very scarce usage. £275
NA312 1905 (October), official G.P.O. ‘Registered’ envelope addressed to the USA bearing KEVII ½d blue-green, 1d rose-carmine (pair) 1½d green and black and a 5d black and orange (SG 127, 147, 129, 134), all cancelled or tied by Registered / P.M. Burg (7 Oct) double circle datestamps. London (29 Oct) transit and Boston (10 Nov) arrival backstamps. An attractive multi-colour franking. £110
AT002 1905 (October), envelope sent registered to Germany bearing KEVII 1d, 1½d and 4d (SG 129, 147, 152) tied by fine KRANTZKLOOF (21 Oct) double circle datestamps struck in violet. Durban (21 Oct) and German railway Bahnpost (11 Nov) transits and Kahla (12 Nov) arrival backstamps. A neat and attractive multicolour franking with a scarce postmark. £165
NA363 1906 (February), official printed 'NATAL GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS. / O.H.M.S.' envelope (142x81mm). Bearing a single KEVII ½d blue-green overprinted 'OFFICIAL' (SG O1) tied by a VERULAM (3 Feb) double circle datestamp. The cover is addressed locally and is unsealed, confirming the ½d reduced open letter rate. Some minor buckling, otherwise very fine and scarce. £275
NA308 1906 (September), colour picture postcard (‘Natal Bush’) addressed to Lidgetton bearing a single KEVII ½d blue-green (SG 146) tied by a neat CREIGHTON (28 Sep) skeleton / relief type single circle datestamp (apparently unrecorded by Putzel / Visser). Pietermaritzburg (28 Sep) transit and Lidgetton (29 Sep) transit / arrival datestamps struck on the message side. Rare. £145
NA278 1906 (December), cover addressed to Germany bearing a single KEVII 5d black and orange (SG 134) tied by DURBAN (8 Dec) double circle datestamp. Schweinfurt (31 Dec) arrival backstamp. £65
NA307 1907 (July), envelope addressed and sent registered to Tasmania, bearing a single KEVII 6d green and brown-purple (SG 135) tied by a POINT / NATAL (1 July) double circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. The cover with unobtrusive spike holes well clear of the adhesive, otherwise fine and attractive. Cape Town (4 July) transit and Hobart (31 July) arrival backstamps. Attractive. £75
NA306 1907 (August), envelope addressed and sent registered to Tasmania, bearing a single KEVII 5d black and orange (SG 134) tied by a POINT / NATAL (3 Aug) double circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. The cover with unobtrusive spike holes well clear of the adhesive, otherwise fine and attractive. Durban (3 Aug) transit and Hobart arrival backstamps. Attractive. £75
NA211 1907 (September), cover addressed to Tasmania bearing KEVII 1d carmine (SG 128) tied by Durban (2 Sep) double circle datestamp. Filing holes clear of adhesive. Partial Tasmania backstamp. Australia presumably qualified for this 1d per half ounce rate? Unusual. £35
POSTMARKS
NA336 1876-1910 four postmarks each on small piece comprising shield type with numeral 38 (Beaumont) and double circle types for INCHANGA, NQUTU and STANGER. £15
NA349 1890-1907 group of eight postmarks: DEEPDALE, EQUEEFA, HERMANNSBURG, NEW GUELDERLAND, NEW SCOTLAND, REIT-VLEI, THORNVILLE JUNCTION and UMSINGA. Deepdale is scarce while Equeefa is rare. £45
NA153 PAULPIETERSBURG / NATAL (31 Jan 1903) temporary rubber single circle datestamp in violet. A superb strike on QV 1d rose on small piece. Rare. SG 99 £55
NA218 PINETOWN BRIDGE (DE 14 05) double circle datestamp struck on KEVII Official 1d carmine. SG O2 £25
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