NATAL / ZULULAND
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1858 (April), 3d embossed on rose paper, large margins to just touching at top, clear embossing (SG 4), lightly cancelled by 'POST OFFICE, P.M. BURG' oval cancel on folded entire letter 'Natal Fire Assurance and Trust Company', addressed to Durban. Very fine, a lovely cover for the issue, ex. Hart. B.P.A. certificate (1993).
£850
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MN158 1858 (April), 3d embossed on rose paper, large margins to just touching at top, clear embossing (SG 4), lightly cancelled by 'POST OFFICE, P.M. BURG' oval cancel on folded entire letter 'Natal Fire Assurance and Trust Company', addressed to Durban. Very fine, a lovely cover for the issue, ex. Hart. B.P.A. certificate (1993). £850
MN114 1867 (November), cover bearing QV 1s green (SG 25), cancelled with barred numeral and alongside 'PIETERMARITZBURG / Crown NOV 8 1867 / NATAL' datestamp, addressed to England. Further crisp red 'LONDON / PAID / 23 DE 67' strike plus Birmingham arrival for the same day on reverse. Original contents enclosed being a very lengthy 12 page letter written palimpsest, somewhat of a challenge to read but no doubt a most fascinating account from the time. £325
MN14 1869 (June), cover bearing QV 1s green (SG 25), cancelled with barred numeral and alongside 'WOODSIDE / Crown JUN 7 1869 / NATAL' datestamp, addressed to England. Further crisp red 'PAID DEVONPORT / CAPE-PACKET / 6 AU 69' arrival strike plus Birmingham arrival for the same day on reverse. Original contents enclosed being a lengthy four page and fascinating commentary of the time. £325
MN13 1869 (November), wrapper being the outer sheet of a two page letter, folded and bearing at lower left 1d rose-red overprinted 'POSTAGE' type 7e, second setting, horizontal pair (SG 50). Each neatly cancelled 'DURBAN / NATAL / (Crown) NOV 20 1869' datestamps. Letter written in German and addressed to Greytown. Delightful. £475
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
NA460 1880 (June), envelope sent registered to Nova Scotia. Bearing a total of 1s.11d. in postage, comprising QV 1870 1/- green surcharged with a curved ‘POSTAGE’ in green, used together with 1874-78 1d dull rose, 4d brown and 6d bright reddish violet (SG 59, 66, 69 and 70) all tied by light Pietermaritzburg datestamps. With a London (12 JY) oval transit datestamp struck on the front in red and backstamped with Liverpool (JY 13) and Halifax (JY 25) transit / arrival datestamps. A wonderful four-colour franking to an unusual destination. Ex Bill Hart, 1993.
 
Note: the rate paid suggests a 6d registration fee and three times the 5½d per half ounce packet rate to Canada, resulting in an overpayment of ½d.
£475
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. £275
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. £275
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. £275
NA443 NATAL / TRANSVAAL ZAR 1885 (May), incoming mourning cover from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) tied by a Sidmouth (14 May) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre / Post Office / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Dartmouth / Pr ‘Hawarden Castle’ / May 15, 1885”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Barberton Moodies” (ZAR). The postage to the ZAR was receipted by the affixing of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (11 June) single circle datestamp. Dartmouth (15 May), G.P.O. Natal (17 July), Newcastle (21 July), Pretoria ? / Zuid Afrika 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. £275
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
MN167 1892 20th May, QV ½d stationery Post Card cancelled crisp 'VAN REENAN' dc datestamp, addressed to Pietermaritzburg. Arrival backstamp. £20
MN165 1894 23rd May, QV THREE HALFPENNY stationery Post Card with THREE deleted, cancelled 'VDURBAN' sc datestamp, addressed to Musgrave Road. Arrival strike on front. £35
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
MN168 1897 27th May, cover bearing QV ½d and 1d pair (SG 97a, 99), lightly cancelled 'REIT VLEI' and addressed to England. Transit strikes on from and reverse. Some cover faults. £35
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
MN163 1899 3rd November, QV ½d stationery Post Card cancelled crisp 'FAWNLEA' dc datestamp, addressed to Pietermaritzburg. Arrival strike on front. £30
T2147 TRANSVAAL / Anglo-Boer War (ZAR Invasion of Natal) 1899 (3rd December), envelope addressed to Johannesburg bearing a single ZAR 1893 ½d surcharge on 2d bistre and a left marginal pair of the 1895 1d red postage commemorative (SG 195, 215c). Each stamp is cancelled or tied by very fine strikes of the 'liberated' DUNDEE NATAL (DE 3) single circle datestamp. Johannesburg (6 Dec) arrival backstamp. £125
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
NA458 NATAL / Anglo-Boer War 1901 (7th September), envelope addressed to Pretoria bearing a single QV ½d dull green (SG 97a) tied by a partial Pietermaritzburg (7 Sep) double circle datestamp and also tied by a triangular ‘PASSED PRESS CENSOR’ cachet struck in red. Pretoria (10 Sep) arrival backstamp. A very fine and scarce example of the unsealed open letter rate. £225
MN166 1902 27th May, QV ½d stationery Post Card cancelled crisp 'NEW HANOVER RAIL' dc datestamp, addressed to Wartburg. Transit and arrival strikes on front. £45
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
MN162 1902 8th November, post card bearing QV ½d strip of four plus single KEVII (SG 97a, 127, 2½d foreign letter rate), cancelled 'DURBAN' and addressed to Sweden. The reverse applied with a reduced sepia real photograph of Durban from Berea and a lengthy message in Swedish. Arrival strike on front. The photo accounting for the full letter rate charged. Most attractive. £50
MN164 1902 22nd November, post card bearing KEVII ½d x three and 1d (SG 127, 128 2½d foreign letter rate), cancelled 'DURBAN' and addressed to Sweden. The reverse applied with a reduced sepia real photograph of natives crossing a river and a lengthy message in Swedish. The photo accounting for the full letter rate charged. Most attractive. £50
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. SOLD
NA484 1905 (3rd March), colour picture postcard (African child eating ‘Early Breakfast’). Addressed to England and bearing a single KEVII 1d rose-carmine (SG 147) tied by a very fine strike of the ‘P.O.A. / 58’ canceller. With Pietermaritzburg (3 Mar) transit at left. Post Office Agency ‘58’ has been attributed used in Amatikulu in 1906 and 1907 (The P.O.A. Cancellations of Natal, 1982 by B.A. Kantey). The message gives the sender’s location as ‘Elands Kop Station’. However, it is not unknown if this is where the cancellation was applied or if the card was carried privately to another location where it entered the postal system. £55
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
MN88 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 part VERULAM (2 Feb) double circle datestamp. The cover is addressed locally and is unsealed, confirming the ½d reduced open letter rate. Folded horizontally, otherwise very fine and scarce. £225
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
NA483 1906 (14th December), stampless envelope, locally addressed and sent unsealed. Bearing a POSTAGE PAID DURBAN / NATAL (14 DE) double circle datestamp. Some light staining, otherwise fine.
 
Note: in ‘The Postal Markings of Natal’, Hart, Kantey & Leon (p43) record this as Type T.3.2 and state the “handstamp was used as a canceller for bulk postage paid in advance during a short-lived experiment in 1906/1907. The example illustrated [also dated 14 Dec 1906] was struck in black and sent from the election office of the Hon. T. Maydon.” In ‘Postmarks’ (Vol. 2, p361), Putzel states “Postage Paid datestamp used on cover for advanced postage payments. It was used from late 1906 to early 1907. It is rare”.
£125
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
MN161 1907 29th November, coloured post card of Meneni River bearing KEVII 1d, crisply cancelled IMPENDHLE sc datestamp, addressed to England. Pietermaritzburg transit strike alongside. Most attractive. £50
MN160 1910 18th December, cover bearing KEVII 1d (SG 128), cancelled 'DURBAN' and with further 1d at lower left corner similarly cancelled, endorsed alongside 'Late fee Pd'. Addressed to England, transit and arrival backstamps. An attractive example of the Late Fee service. £75
MN159 1942, cover posted and sent internally in India, the reverse printed in red with an image of the Natal KEVII £5 as the logo for Mohamadali Jafarali, Dealers in Stamps, Bombay. A most intriguing decision to use this image, as apparently no direct link to the province. £25
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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