AS418 1934 Roto printing 1d grey and carmine, watermark inverted. Block of four, the lower left stamp showing the flaw Figure ‘1’ for ‘I’ in ‘SUID’ (Row 17/11). Small hinge remnant on upper pair, the lower pair is unmounted mint. SG 56cw / UHB 45 V14 £25
AS416 1947 1½d reduced size Gold Mine. Block of four, the upper right stamp showing the 'Gold Blob on Headgear' flaw (Row 3/4). Fine mint, hinged on upper pair, the lower pair is unmounted. SG 87, 87b £30
AS417 1947 1½d reduced size Gold Mine. Block of four, the lower left stamp showing the 'Gold Blob on Headgear' flaw (Row 3/4) and the upper left stamp showing a smudge of blue-green. Fine mint, hinged on the upper pair, the lower pair with the flaw is unmounted. SG 87, 87b £45
AS415 1954 hyphenated and screened 3d blue (issue 5). The left stamp showing the ‘Flying Saucer’ flaw. Very fine mint with faint hinge mark. SG 117ab £45
SA4100 1970 Water Campaign 70 3c, upper right corner pair showing pre-perforating corner fold, now opened out resulting in a small portion of the right stamp being imperforate. Superb unmounted. SG 300 and var. £35
SA6020 1973 15c Eskom, two copies each showing curious yellow inking circles at right. Superb unmounted. SG 328 vars. £20
SA4101 1973 15c UNISA, strip of three, showing two large gold blobs at base. Superb unmounted. SG 331 and vars. £25
SA4102 1975 4c Jan Smuts, showing curious inking flaw above '4c'. Superb unmounted. SG 378 var. £15
SA4104 1975 Tourism 15c se-tenant block of four. Major variety YELLOW-ORANGE AND PALE LEMON 'RSA 15c' OMITTED. On official First Day Cover no. 2.10, further signed by the artist Paul Bosman. Copy of a PFSA certificate (1977). RARE. SG 388ab £1,000
SA4103 1976 15c Sporting Commemorations, World Bowls Championships. Upper right corner vertical block of six showing striking inking flaw affecting four stamps, the upper right entirely. Superb unmounted. Very scarce. SG £95
SA4099 1976 Birth Centenary of Erich Mayer 4c, major variety IMPERFORATE. Upper left corner pair. Superb unmounted. RARE. SG 399a SOLD
SA6021 1977 4c Centenary of Transvaal Supreme Court. Vertical block of 20 being the two centre columns, showing good brown inking flaw running from margin at left and up through six stamps. Folded for display. Superb unmounted. SG 413 and vars. £45
SA6019 1977 15c Uranium Development. Showing 'Sputnik' flaw at right. Superb unmounted. SG 437 var. £10
AS404 1918 (27th November), censored KGV 1d postal stationery envelope addressed and sent registered to France. Bearing eight KGV 1d rose-red (SG 4) all cancelled or tied by very fine DANNHAUSER (27 Nov) double circle datestamps with an additional strike on the reverse. With a Dannhauser boxed registration struck in violet and a circular ‘PASSED CENSOR C.3’ cachet struck in purple. Attractive.
Note: although the War ended over two weeks earlier, on the 11th November, it appears mail censorship was still in effect.
AS408 1921 (6th September), envelope sent registered to Switzerland. Bearing KGV King’s Head 2½d, 3d and 6d (SG 7a, 8, 11a) tied by CAPE TOWN (6 Sep) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. Luzern (6 Oct) arrival backstamp.
Note: The addressee, Eugen Szekula was the brother of Bela Szekula who is described in ‘Philatelic Forgers, Their Lives and Works’ (Varro E. Tyler, 1976 and 1991) as “… for many years engaged in one fraudulent or disreputable philatelic scheme after another” and “a notorious dealer ... given to blackmailing.” Of Eugen Szekula, the website says “Although he was much less of a traveller, Eugen Szekula’s ‘business qualities’ probably came close to those of Béla … he also employed the same sale tactics as Béla sending out unwanted stamp selections and then aggressively demanding payment.”
AS405 1923 (13th July), envelope sent registered to England. Bearing a single KGV ‘King’s Head’ 6d black and violet (SG 11) tied by a fine STATION B. O. PRETORIA (13 Jul) with a second strike on the reverse. With Pretoria registration cachet struck at upper left. London (6 Aug) arrival backstamp. £45
AS411 1932 (27th January), envelope addressed to England with printed ‘Via Air Mail / Imperial Airways / First Air Post / South Africa to England’. Bearing a single 1/- orange (SG 41) tied by a Johannesburg (27 Jan) double circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. Vertical fold, otherwise fine. £45
AS410 1934 (13th October), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing Roto printing 1d and 2d (SG 43, 44) each tied by a large bilingual NATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION / PRETORIA (13 X 34) double circle datestamp. Uncommon. £45
AS406 1942 (18th May), envelope addressed to Prince Albert. Bearing a single War Effort ½d green (SG 88) tied by a bilingual Cape Town slogan roller canceller (Morse code ‘V…-’ for Victory). The flap with printed ‘Guardian Assurance Company, Ltd’ oval. A fine example of the unsealed open letter rate. £30
AS409 1944 (12th September), envelope addressed to Pietermaritzburg bearing a single War Effort 2d Sailor (SG 100) tied by a very fine CAVALCADE (12 IX / 1944) single circle relief type datestamp. Scarce.
Note: According to Hasso O. Reisener in ‘The Special & Commemorative Postmarks, Cachets & Covers of South Africa’ (1975), this datestamp was used at the ‘Dawn of Victory Cavalcade’ held at Pietermaritzburg from 12th to 16th September. He notes “This is probably one of the scarcest cavalcade postmarks.”
AS407 1952 (31st July), envelope sent registered to Kimberley. Bearing a single 6d green and red-orange ‘orange tree’ (SG 119) tied by ULCO (31 Jul) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With an Ulco registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. Kimberley (1 Aug) arrival backstamp. £30
AS421 1951 2d black and violet, hyphenated. Block of eight (2x4), the central block of four each showing the variety THICK ‘2D.’ (rows 15/5-6, 16/5-6). Light hinge mark on upper pair, the other stamps (including the varieties) are superb unmounted mint. SG D40, D40a £40
AS419 1950 3d deep blue and blue, hyphenated. Block of four, the upper left stamp showing the SPLIT ‘D’ flaw (row 7/5 of every 4th sheet). Very fine mint with hinge mark across the upper pair, the lower pair is unmounted. SG D41, D41a £65
AS420 1950 3d deep blue and blue, hyphenated. Block of four, the upper left stamp showing the SPLIT ‘D’ flaw (row 7/5 of every 4th sheet). Very fine unmounted mint. SG D41, D41a £100
AS422 SOUTH AFRICA / Postage Dues 1974 (22nd July), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a single 4c ‘Broadcasting’ commemorative (SG 345) tied by a Johannesburg (22 Jul) datestamp. It appears the envelope contained coins or other valuables, was stopped and received a ‘COMPULSORY REGISTRATION / . . . . TO PAY / VERPLIGTE REGISTRASIE / TE BETAAL’ unframed cachet struck in red with ‘20c’ inserted by hand. The charge was receipted by a pair of 10c bright scarlet postage dues (SG D80) which were affixed and tied by Cape Town (26 Jul) datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. This postage due issue is very scarce on cover. SOLD
AS423 SOUTH AFRICA / Postage Dues 1981 (20th October), locally addressed envelope (trimmed at top) bearing a 5c ‘Protea’ (SG 418a) tied by a Johannesburg (20 Oct) datestamp. The envelope received a bilingual cachet ‘NIE STANDAARD GROOTTE NIE / NOT STANDARD SIZE / BOETE / SURCHARGE’ struck in red and a circular ‘T/10c’ taxe marking. The shortfall was receipted by a block of ten (5x2) 1c deep yellowish green postage dues (SG D75) which were affixed and cancelled with ROOSEVELT PARK DEPOT (29 Oct) datestamps with a further strike (30 Nov) on the reverse. This postage due issue is very scarce on cover. SG note “The printing of Postage Due Stamps ceased in 1978. Isolated examples are known used as late as 1980.” SOLD
AS413 1949 hyphenated pictorial, overprinted OFFISIEEL / OFFICIAL. 1d grey and bright rose-carmine, horizontal strip of three, the left stamp showing a ‘Black Line Extending Upward Above 2nd Mast’ and the centre stamp showing ‘Darker Sterncastle and Thickening of Frame Line at Top’ (Row 1/1-2). Very fine lightly hinged mint. SG O21b vars £45
AS412 1939 hyphenated pictorial overprinted OFFISIEEL / OFFICIAL. 1/- brown and chalky blue, very fine mint with light hinge mark. SG O25 £45
AS414 1951 pictorials overprinted OFFISIEEL / OFFICIAL. ½d blue-green, horizontal strip of three, the centre stamp showing the ‘(White) Tick Flaw and Spot on Nose’ (Row 2/4). Very fine lightly hinged mint. SG O40a £40
H614 South Africa - Postal Stationery 1913 KGV 1d ps postcard without dividing line unused. Superb and very scarce. H&G 2 £40
H615 South Africa - Postal History 1914 (Dec 16) Very rare boxed 'POSTAGE FREE / BASE 3A / PASSED BY / Censor' cachet in violet on postcard from a member of the 'D' Force, addressed to Smithfield OFS. View side with wording 'UPINGTON' in text removed, presumably by censor. £60
H616 South Africa - Postal History 1917 Red Cross 'Make Your Sixpence Fly' Large Wing Aerial Post Card unused. Fine and scarce. £85
H617 South Africa - Postal History 1918 (Dec 1) Red Cross 'Make Your Sixpence Fly' Small Wing Aerial Post Card in light blue carried on the 1 December Benoni flight and addressed to Johannesburg. Card written in Pretoria and mentioning among others 'All of us escaped the flu I am glad to say' most likely referring to the deadly Spanish flu. Fine condition. £80
H618 South Africa - Postal History 1920 (Oct 29) Incoming post card ex Holland to Cape Town with feint boxed 'NOT KNOWN / ONBEKEND' two tax markings and, as the addressee could not be found at the address given, the card re-directed with various endorsements. Tax paid with ½d and 1d South African postage dues and tied with Triangular hand stamps. The ½d value in particular very scarce correctly used on cover/card. On reverse short text and four different Cape Town dated cancels £80
H619 South Africa - Postal History 1921 (Jan 27) King's head 1½d coil stamp solo usage on cover during correct period locally used in Cape Town. The 1½d rate was in effect from 10 March 1920 - 1 June 1921, the 1½d coil stamp was issued on 15 November 1920 and had therefore only 6½ month correct usage as a solo franking. Very few 1½d coil stamps covers recorded during this period. £60
H620 South Africa - Postal History 1923 (Mar 21) 6d registered postal stationery envelope uprated with KGV 1d and cancelled with various examples of the very scarce 'WEST'S BLUFF NATAL' postmarks, addressed to The Hague in Holland. Backstamped. £35
H621 South Africa - Postal History 1924 (Jul 19) 5½d registered postal stationery envelope cancelled with multiple strikes of the rare 'WATERBERGS SIDING' postmark, addressed to Bombay India with arrival strike. £60
H622 South Africa - Postal History 1925 (Jul 12) Cover ex Cape Town franked KGV 2d and addressed to Wallekraal via Hondeklip Bay. This letter did not go through the normal PO channels but was handed to the captain of the small coasting vessel s.s. 'HONDEKLIP'. On arrival the mail was handed to the local postmaster, and in accordance with PO regulations the 'HONDEKLIP BAY' postmark was applied. Few filing pinholes including through stamp and reverse roughly opened.
Hondeklip Bay is a small fishing village on the Atlantic Seaboard in the division of Namaqualand and provision and mail was normally carried by small coastal vessels.
H623 South Africa - Postal History 1932 (Jan 26) Registered envelope carried on first Imperial Airways return flight from Cape Town to London, franked 1929 Air Mail 4d block of 4, bottom left stamp showing short "I" in AIRMAIL variety. Unboxed bilingual "CONTRARY TO REGULATION" cachet at bottom. Backstamped 'Cape Town 26 JAN 32' and 'Returned L.O. Cape Town 15 MAR 32'. £40
H624 South Africa - Postal History 1932 (Jan 27) Imperial Airways envelope franked 1929 Air Mails 1s from Cape Town to Sutton Coldfield UK with attractive ½d Paid Sutton Coldfield Birmingham cancel in red. £25
H625 South Africa - Postal History 1932 (Sep 29) Previously unrecorded "DUNDEE PAID 29 SEP 32" postmark in red on postcard to Pomery. On reverse text with political connotation. This postmark is a new find and has now been recorded by Prof A Visser. £25
H626 South Africa - Postal History 1934 (Mar 16) 6d Roto's Official block of 6 with two stamps top row showing Stop after "OFFISIEEL" on English stamps, SGO13a, fine used on cover to Pretoria with 1934 Royal Tour HRH Prince George commemorative postmarks. Backstamped Pretoria £35
H627 South Africa - Postal History 1935 (Aug) Letter ex Beira to Port Elizabeth, endorsed 'Try Great Brak River' with arrival cancel on reverse. Very scarce PO 'P 582' label applied with instruction how to endorse 'Incorrectly addressed letters' Apparently only 600 of these labels printed and seldom seen. £35
H628 South Africa - Postal History 1937 (Jun 30) Scarce Round Church Sea Point postmark on registered cover franked various Coronation stamps and addressed to Grahamstown. Putzel rated RRR with the Round Church cancel being only used between 1930 and 1937. £20
H629 South Africa - Postal History 1941 (Mar 30) 1½d franked cover from Upper Uhmlatuzi to Durban, irregular posted in a posting box as it contained a 5s postal order and consequently registered and surcharged, "T/8d" tax marked and tax paid with 2d postage due strip of 4. PO Caution label re 'Letters and packets containing currency or valuable articles' on reverse cancelled Durban 1 Apr 1941. £50
H630 South Africa - Postal History 1943 (Mar 13) Scarce Westlake Camp skeleton postmarks on cover bearing various War issues addressed to Hereford, England. Westlake Camp (close to Muizenberg outside Cape Town) was established as a transit and repatriation centre for the Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel and was run by the Imperial Army which also maintained a hospital here. (Reisener) £45
H631 South Africa - Postal History 1953 (Oct 1) Scarce Rustenburg skeleton postmark on cover cancelling 1953 Cape Triangular Centenary issue stamps, addressed to the USA. £30
H632 South Africa - Postal History 1966 (Sep 10) Tickets in the name of Mr/Mrs R McFarlane to Dr H.F. Verwoerd State Funeral in the Amphitheatre, Union Building, Pretoria. Mr RJ MacFarlane was the Secretary of the House of Assembly.
On 6 September 1966, shortly after entering the House of Assembly in Cape Town, Verwoerd was assassinated at 14.15. A uniformed parliamentary messenger named Dimitri Tsafendas stabbed Verwoerd in the neck and chest four times before being subdued by other members of the Assembly. Verwoerd was rushed to Groote Schuur Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
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