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T2146 1885 1/- green with surcharge reading up. BLOCK OF FOUR very fine or superb fresh unmounted mint with light hinge mark on the upper pair only. A very scarce multiple. SG 189 £275
T2144 1893 Provisional surcharge ‘2½ Pence’ on 1/- green. Showing the variety MISPLACED FRACTION BAR (reading '2/½' for ‘2½'). Two small thins, otherwise fine mint. Scarce. SG 198a SOLD
T2145 1893 Provisional surcharge ‘2½ Pence’ on 1/- green. Showing the variety SURCHARGE INVERTED AND MISPLACED FRACTION BAR (reading '2/½' for ‘2½'). Very fine mint. Extremely rare. SG 198ba
 
Note: This error occurs at position 10, the top right stamp in the pane. In ‘Transvaal Philately’ (1986) Major Ian Mathews states “Bearing in mind that this fraction bar error occurs only once on each of the 350 panes – for it was corrected on the second printing – then the inverted specimens probably totalled no more than 12 to 15 out of the 350 panes so surcharged. This makes the inverted error one of the rarest stamps in philately - on a par with the ‘Post Office’ Mauritius.” Of the estimated 12 to 15 that could exist, six examples are in the Curle Collection in the Africana Museum in Johannesburg.
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T2143 1895 (1st June), envelope addressed to Lourenco Marques, Mozambique bearing a single ‘shafts’ 2d olive-bistre (SG 202) tied by a clear fine strike of the ‘40’ barred triangle obliterator and with a clear proving datestamp alongside of the GROOT SUIKERBOSCHKOP (1 JUN) squared octagon. Two partial transit datestamps on the reverse. Very fine and extremely rare. According to the Visser / Putzel records, only a small part strike of this datestamp has previously been recorded. The numeral canceller is also scarce and apparently has not previously been attributed to this agency. A wonderful ZAR discovery. SOLD
T2142 1898? (15 July), envelope addressed to Pretoria bearing a pair of 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) tied by unclear datestamp. Showing at upper left the ZAR Coat-of-Arms within a circle surrounded by wording ‘THE PRESS PRINTING WORKS / PRETORIA’, printed in red.
 
The Press Printing Works were the printers of the ‘Introduction of Penny Postage’ 1d red commemorative issued in 1895
SOLD
T2147 1899 (3rd December), Anglo-Boer War (ZAR Invasion of Natal) 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
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