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MT191 1902 KEVII 2½d black and blue. Variety WATERMARK INVERTED. Lower right corner copy, pristine unmounted. SG 247w £150
MT190 1903 KEVII £5 orange-brown and violet. Superb and fresh unmounted. A wonderful stamp and condition rarity. SG 259 SOLD
T2291 BOOKLET 1905 (July) KEVII 2s7d booklet, stapled at left. Containing one pane of six 1d black and carmine (SG 261) and all interleaving. Corner creasing otherwise very fine. Rare. SG SB1 / Mathews ‘A’ £650
T2305 1885 (9th October), envelope sent from the Eastern Transvaal Goldfields to Germany. Bearing a single Vurtheim 1/- yellow-green (perf 13½, SG 183a) tied by the distinctive ‘ZAR’ in concentric circles struck in grey-blue with a proving KAAPSCHE HOOP (9 Oct) single circle datestamp. Endorsed ‘Per Royal Mail S.S.’ and showing a large ‘2½d’ accountancy handstamp struck in red in Cape Town. The reverse with PRETORIA / TRANSVAAL (2 Nov), Cape Town (11 Nov) and German transit / arrival backstamps. Some adhesion on side of reverse from prior affixing, otherwise a very fine and attractive early use of the 1/- as a single franking from a scarce agency. £475
T2306 1892 (5th July), ‘Tamsen’ envelope addressed in his distinctive hand and sent registered to France, endorsed ‘via Natal’. Bearing 1/3 in postage comprising a Vurtheim 3d mauve and pair of 6d pale dull blue (SG 180a, 182) all tied by ‘17’ barred triangle obliterators with a proving NIJLSTROOM (5 Jul) single circle datestamp also tying the 3d. Also showing a large ‘R / Z.A.R.’ within an oval struck in black. With London (7 Aug) and Paris (7 Aug) transit / arrivals struck on the front and the reverse with Pretoria (6 Jul), Durban (12 Jul) and G.P.O. Natal (12 Jul) transit backstamps. The flaps ‘sealed’ with selvedge and ‘tied’ by ‘E. TAMSEN, / Stamp Dealer, / TRANSVAAL.’ oval cachets struck in violet. A few edge faults though an attractive example of mail sent via the Natal route. £175
T2296 1892 (6th September), envelope addressed to Johannesburg bearing a ‘Vurtheim’ 2d olive-bistre (SG 178) tied by a PRETORIA (6 Sep) squared circle datestamp. The envelope was unclaimed and received strikes of a large unframed straight-line ‘ONAFGEHAALD’ and a smaller blurred ‘GEPUBLICEERD’ cachet, both in black. The reverse with Johannesburg (6 Sep) arrival backstamp. Scarce examples of early instructional markings. £125
T2299 1892 (6th September), locally addressed envelope bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ 1d carmine (SG 176) tied by a PRETORIA (6 Sep) squared circle datestamp. The envelope was unclaimed and received strikes of small unframed straight-line ‘GEPUBLICEERD.’ and ‘ONAFGEHAALD’ cachets struck in black or red respectively. The reverse with a fair strike of the boxed ‘ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVENKANTOOR / ? 93 / PRETORIA Z.A.R.’ cachet struck in blue. Filing hole at top, clear of the adhesive. Very fine and scarce examples of early instructional markings. £175
T2303 1892 (3rd November), stampless official ‘IN DIENST’ envelope addressed to Pretoria, bearing a NIJLSTROOM (3 Nov) single circle datestamp. With a superb ‘LANDDROST KANTOOR / [initials] / WATERBERG Z.A.R.’ fancy cogged oval cachet struck in violet at the lower left. The envelope was undelivered and received a superb small unframed straight-line ‘GEPUBLICEERD’ cachet struck in bright red. The reverse with a Pretoria (5 Nov) arrival backstamp and an ‘ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVENKANTOOR / 22 MAR 93 / PRETORIA Z.A.R.' cachet struck in dull greenish blue (fine for this elusive mark). A few edge faults though a most attractive and colourful item of official mail. £175
T2310 1893 (18th April), TRANSVAAL USED IN MASHONALAND. Part of a large envelope sent registered to Johannesburg. Bearing three examples of the ZAR Vurtheim issue 2d olive-bistre (SG 178) all tied by three strikes of TULI / MASHONALAND (18 Apr) single circle datestamps with a further very fine strike below. Most unusual and very rare, being one of only two items of mail recorded with ZAR stamps used in Mashonaland.
 
Note: it is believed the 6d franking paid the registration fee of 4d and the 2d per half ounce letter rate. This envelope would have gone via the Transvaal Route from Tuli to Pretoria and Johannesburg via Pietersburg.
£350
T2298 1893 (20th June), locally addressed envelope bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ 1d carmine (SG 176) tied by a JOHANNESBURG (20 June) single circle datestamp. The envelope was unclaimed and received strikes of small unframed straight-line ‘GEPUBLICEERD’ and ‘ONAFGEHAALD’ cachets, both struck in black. The reverse with a boxed ‘ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVENKANTOOR / 4 SEP 93 / PRETORIA Z.A.R.’ cachet struck in blue (very fine for this). Undelivered mail was handled in Pretoria at this time. Two small pinholes at left, otherwise a superb and very scarce array of early instructional markings. £225
T2307 1894 (19th May), ‘Tamsen’ envelope addressed in his distinctive hand and sent registered to France. Bearing 1/6 in postage comprising a Vurtheim 6d pale dull blue and a 1/- yellow-green (SG 182, 183b) tied by ‘17’ barred triangle obliterators with a proving NYLSTROOM (19 May) double circle datestamp at right. Also showing a large ‘R / Z.A.R.’ within an oval struck in black. With London (11 Jun) and Lille (11 Jun) transits struck on the front and the reverse with Pretoria (19 May), Cape Town (23 May) Pretoria (? May) and Douai (? Jun) transit / arrival backstamps. A scarce franking. £250
T2304 1894 (30th June), ‘Tamsen’ envelope addressed in his distinctive hand and sent registered to Funchal, Madeira. Bearing a total of 8½d in postage comprising Vurtheim 1d carmine and 2½d mauve (x3) (SG 176, 179) all tied by ‘17’ barred triangle obliterators with a proving NYLSTROOM (30 Jun) double circle datestamp at right. Also showing a large ‘R / Z.A.R.’ within an oval struck in black. The reverse with Pretoria 1 (July), Cape Town (4 July) and Funchal (15 July) transit / arrival backstamps. £150
T2309 1895 (25th March), illustrated advertising envelope for ‘Star Life Assurance Society’, addressed to Canada. Bearing a single Vurtheim 4d bronze-green (SG 181) tied by a JOHANNESBURG (25 Mar) double circle datestamp. The reverse with Cape Town (27 Mar) and Montreal (28 Apr) transit / arrival backstamps. £55
T2294 1896 (15th May), 1d ‘Vurtheim’ postal stationery card addressed to Elandsfontein. The reverse printed for use by NZASM (railways) with printing details ‘10,000 Jan. 1893.’ and ‘Model No 72.’ The imprinted stamp cancelled with a GERMISTON (15 May) double circle datestamp. The card was unclaimed and received a small unframed straight-line ‘ONAFGEHAALD’ cachet struck in black. The card was returned and was backstamped Germiston on 24 June. £75
T2297 1896 (26th December), large blue ‘Tamsen’ envelope addressed in his distinctive hand and sent registered to France. Endorsed ‘AR’ and with several ‘AVIS DE RECEPTION’ (Acknowledgement of Receipt) straight-line handstamps struck in blue. Bearing a total of 2/- in postage comprising 1895 3d and 1896-97 ½d, 2½d and 6d (x3) (SG 208, 216, 219, 222) all tied by ‘17’ barred triangle obliterators with a proving NYLSTROOM (26 Dec) double circle datestamp alongside and also a ‘R / Z.A.R.’ within an oval struck in black. Backstamped with a PRETORIA (27 Dec) transit and numerous Paris datestamps (18, 19 and 20 Jan 1897) where the envelope was re-addressed. An unusual franking. £225
T2300 1897 (4th October), incoming postal stationery envelope from Russia, the 10 Kopeck imprinted stamp cancelled with a single circle datestamp (22 Sep 1897, Julian calendar = 4th October Gregorian) with a second strike alongside. The envelope was addressed to Johannesburg where it was unclaimed, despite an endorsement ‘Probeer 1829’ (‘Try [Box] 1829’) in red manuscript, eventually receiving a large unframed ‘ONAFGEHAALD’ cachet struck in black. Backstamped with a Johannesburg (28 Oct) double circle datestamp. Flap with repairs, otherwise a very fine and scarce example of an instructional marking on mail from an unusual origin. £175
T2301 1899 (18th February), locally addressed envelope bearing a single 1896 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) tied by a Johannesburg (18 Feb) double circle datestamp. The letter was unclaimed and received a further Johannesburg (19 Apr) datestamp along with a ‘NON RÉCLAMÉ / ONAFGEHAALD.’ boxed cachet and a large unframed straight-line ‘ONAFGEHAALD’, all struck in black. Backstamped Johannesburg (20 Feb) and ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVEN DEPT (19 Apr) double circle datestamps. £150
T2293 1899 (1st September), incoming envelope from England bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 2½d purple on blue (SG 201) tied by a London / S.W. (1 Sep) duplex cancellation. Addressed to Johannesburg where it was endorsed ‘Not for [box] 1827’ and received two strikes of a large an unframed ‘GEPUBLICEERD’ in black. With Johannesburg (23 Sep) and (1 Dec) double circle datestamp on the front. The reverse backstamped with Johannesburg (2? Sep), ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVEN DEPT / Z.A.R. (28 Dec) and Returned Letter Office / Cape Town (1 Feb, struck in red). Also showing a boxed ‘INCONNU / ONBEKEND.’ struck in black. Scarce instructional markings. £125
T2302 1899 (5th October), locally addressed envelope bearing a single 1896 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) tied by Johannesburg (5 Oct) double circle datestamp. The letter was unclaimed and received a further Johannesburg strike (1 Jan 00, almost coincident with the original datestamp) along with two fine strikes of the unframed straight-line ‘GEPUBLICEERD’ cachet struck in black. Backstamped with a partial strike of the boxed ‘INCONNU / ONBEKEND.’ cachet and a commercial oval cachet of SOLOMON & THOMSON struck in violet. £150
T2295 1900 (12th February), incoming postcard from Holland bearing two 2½c adhesives tied by a HEERDE (12 Feb) datestamp. The card was addressed to Pretoria where it was unclaimed, receiving a ‘NON-RÉCLAMÉ / ONAFGEHAALD’ boxed cachet struck in black and a Pretoria (24 Mar) double circle datestamp. £45
T2308 1906 (20th April), ‘Tamsen’ envelope addressed in his distinctive hand and sent registered to Funchal, Madeira. Bearing 6½d in postage comprising KEVII ½d yellow-green, 1d black and carmine (pair), 1d scarlet (pair) and a 2d black and purple (SG 246, 261, 273, 274) all tied by NYLSTROOM (20 Apr) double circle datestamps. Also showing a large ‘R’ within an oval struck in black. The reverse with Nylstroom (20 Apr), Johannesburg (21 Apr), Cape Town (24 Apr) and Funchal (8 May) transit / arrival backstamps. £45
T2292 REVENUE 1878 QV ‘Bourne Head’ £10 deep blue. Fine mint. Rare. TSC Issue 3 / Barefoot 43 SOLD
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