SOUTHERN RHODESIA
FEATURED ITEM
FEATURED ITEM
1929 3d small Falls, essay for the design virtually as issued. Handpainted in shades of deep blue highlighted in Chinese white. Countersunk mounted on thick card with 'WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN' embossed seal at lower right, the card attached to a protective flap. The reverse of the card struck with a black boxed 'OFFICE OF THE / HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR / SOUTHERN RHODESIA, / CROWN HOUSE, ALDWYCH, / LONDON, W.C. 2.' handstamp. Endorsed in ink 'Original' then 'Approved vide Tresy. / letter 25/11/29', further 'Approved by ? / 31/5/30' and at left 'new issue of stamps 1930 / 2d and 3d values.' The front of the card with some pencil notations relevant to the size etc. Together with an original sales invoice from Stanley Gibbons dated 3rd December, 1941, for the sum of £10. EXQUISITE AND RARE, few essays exist from the entire Southern Rhodesia period.
5/-, perf. 12. Major variety PRINTED ON GUMMED SIDE. Lower marginal, hinged and endorsed in pencil on margin '27a'. A wonderful example of this rarity, one sheet of 60 known of which a number are creased or otherwise faulty. R.P.S. certificate (1974). SG 27a
£15,000
£7,750
Last updated: 24th May, 2017
1924 GEORGE V ADMIRALS, SG 1-14
Note of the classification of the 1924 issue :

General and specialised collectors will be aware that there are marked shades of this issue outside the scope of the general SG listing. The classification on the table below is based on my own observations, where I have accumulated a large number of these and attempted to group into shade bands. Emphasis must be made that these are shade bands, one can go on and on splitting groups, but this could well be influenced by inking intensities, fading, etc.

The colours quoted are taken from the SG colour key, and are the closest match to these specific shades. Variance will be encountered.

The term 'fuzzy frame' is my terminology for an easily seen variance. Where indicated, the frame, specially around 'POSTAGE and REVENUE', is in comparison to others unclear and 'fuzzy', the lines of shading not so easily seen. In appearance, it could be said that the frames are rubbed, similar to chalk surfaced stamps.

The shades indicated as 1st printing match those on a cover postmarked on the first day of issue.

[ Michael Deverell ]
SG NO. UMMMUSED
SG 1½d deep green (1st prtg)  6.003.000.20
SG 1½d myrtle-green  6.003.000.20
SG 21d vermilion (1st prtg)  3.502.000.20
SG 21d bright scarlet  3.502.000.50
SG 21d scarlet-vermilion  3.502.000.20
SG 2c1d perf. 12½ coil, bright scarlet  4.002.0060.00
SG 31½d olive-sepia (1st prtg)  5.002.500.50
SG 31½d olive-brown  *2.500.50
SG 42d slate-black and brownish black (1st prtg)  *4.001.00
SG 42d grey-black and (purplish) grey-black  8.004.001.00
SG 53d blue (1st prtg)  *4.003.00
SG 53d deep blue (whitish head)  *4.003.00
SG 53d dull ultramarine  *4.003.00
SG 64d slate-black and reddish-orange (1st prtg)  *3.502.00
SG 64d grey-black and orange-red  6.003.502.00
SG 76d black and deep mauve (fuzzy frame)  *3.505.00
SG 76d black and bright mauve (fuzzy frame)  *3.005.00
SG 76d black and lilac  *3.005.00
SG 76d black and purple  *5.00*
SG 76d black and slate-lilac  9.005.005.00
SG 88d deep reddish lilac and dull green (1st prtg)  20.0011.0040.00
SG 88d deep lilac and sage-green (fuzzy frame)  *12.0040.00
SG 88d plum and green  *12.0038.00
SG 910d deep ultramarine and vermilion (1st prtg)  *14.0040.00
SG 910d royal blue and red  28.0015.0040.00
SG 101/- greyish black and pale blue (1st prtg. fuzzy frame)  *7.00*
SG 101/- greyish black and dull blue  *6.006.00
SG 101/- greyish black and greenish blue  ***
SG 101/- greyish black and light blue  *9.00*
SG 111/6 greyish black and yellow (1st prtg)  30.0016.0032.00
SG 111/6 greyish black and orange-yellow  30.0016.0032.00
SG 111/6 greyish black and yellow-orange  30.0017.0032.00
SG 122/- greyish black and brown (1st prtg)  27.0015.0015.00
SG 122/- greyish black and (yellowish) brown  27.0015.0014.00
SG 122/- greyish black and reddish brown  27.00*14.00
SG 132/6 deep ultramarine and blackish brown (1st prtg)  *27.0048.00
SG 132/6 dull ultramarine and sepia  45.0027.0048.00
SG 132/6 royal blue and agate  50.0030.0050.00
SG 132/6 royal blue and drab  50.00*48.00
SG 145/- deep ultramarine and dull green (fuzzy frame)  *60.00135.00
SG 145/- deep blue and deep turquoise-green (fuzzy frame)  120.0070.00*
SG 145/- deep dull blue and turquoise-blue  120.00*135.00
STAMPS
SR235 Plate proof of the 10d, imperforate upper left corner copy showing guide lines in margin and additionally what would appear to be a printer's mark above the stamp, this then deleted in ink for correction. Large security puncture, without gum. Attractive and unusual. SG 9 plate proof £65
SR238 Plate proof of the 10d, imperforate left marginal block of four showing guide line in margin. Blue ink correctional marks, large security puncture, without gum. Attractive. SG 9 plate proof £100
SR935 Plate proof of the 10d, perforated lower right corner pair. Small security punctures, traces of gum. Unusual in the perforated format. SG 9 plate proof £65
SR937 Plate proof of the 1/6, perforated lower marginal pair showing imprint in margin. Security puncture, traces of gum. Unusual in the perforated format. SG 11 plate proof £65
SR939 Plate proof of the 2/-, perforated lower right corner pair. Security puncture, traces of gum. Unusual in the perforated format. SG 12 plate proof £65
SR940 Plate proof of the 2/6, imperforate pair. Security puncture, without gum. SG 13 plate proof £50
SR941 Plate proof of the 2/6, perforated right marginal pair. Security puncture, traces of gum. Unusual in the perforated format. SG 13 plate proof £65
SR1 ½d and 2d x 2, each in un-issued colour brown, black and blue and black and carmine. Overprinted at top 'WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN' with small security puncture perf. 12½ on ungummed paper as released. SG 1, 4 x 2 specimens / printer's sample £300
RA3762 ½d and 2d x 2, each in un-issued colour brown, black and blue and black and carmine. Overprinted at top ‘WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN’ with small security puncture, perf. 12½ on ungummed paper as released. SG 1, 4 x 2 specimens / printer’s sample £300
SRR1 ½d and 2d x 2, each in un-issued colour brown, black and blue and black and carmine. Overprinted at top ‘WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN’ with small security puncture, perf. 12½ on ungummed paper as released. SG 1, 4 x 2 specimens / printer’s sample £300
RA9959 ½d, in un-issued colour brown. Overprinted at top 'WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN' with small security puncture perf. 12½ on ungummed paper as released. SG 1 specimen / printer's sample £100
SRR2 ½d, in un-issued colour brown. Overprinted at top ‘WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN’ in deep blue (Samuel type WS6), IMPERFORATE and without security puncture. Very fine with large margins, on ungummed paper as released. Extremely RARE with a handful known. SG 4 specimen / printer’s sample £750
RA9188 2d, in un-issued colour black and blue. Overprinted at top 'WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN' with small security puncture perf. 12½ on ungummed paper as released. SG 4 specimen / printer's sample £100
RA9960 2d, in un-issued colour black and blue. Overprinted at top 'WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN' with small security puncture perf. 12½ on ungummed paper as released. SG 4 specimen / printer's sample £100
RA9685 2d, in un-issued colour black and carmine. Overprinted at top 'WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN' with small security puncture perf. 12½ on ungummed paper as released. SG 4 specimen / printer's sample £100
SRR3 2d, in un-issued colour black and carmine. Overprinted at top ‘WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN’ in deep blue (Samuel type WS6), IMPERFORATE and without security puncture. Very fine with large margins, on ungummed paper as released. Extremely RARE with a handful known. SG 4 specimen / printer’s sample £750
SR903 ½d to 5/-, set of 14 values plus 1d coil stamp perf. 12½. A selected set very fine and fresh mint. SG 1-14 £160
SR904 ½d to 5/-, set of 14 values. A selected set very fine or superb unmounted, the top values mostly marginal. SG 1-14 £300
SR689 ½d to 5/-, set of 14 values. A selected group with two of each value illustrating the shade contrasts that exist within the issue. All very fine or superb unmounted. SG 1-14 SOLD
RA3029 The complete set of 14 values, with additional shades comprising:

½d x 2, 1d x 3, 1d p.12½ coil, 1½d x 2, 2d x 2, 3d x 3, 4d x 2, 6d x 5, 8d x 3, 10d x 2, 1/- x 5, 1/6 x 3, 2/- x 3, 2/6 x 4 and 5/- x 3.

Very fine mint. An attractive and useful assembly.
SG 1-14 plus shades.

Note: this group comprises the complete range of shades / printings recorded and listed by ourselves in the table section above, and clearly illustrates the numerous shades encountered in this issue.
£550
RA9196 2d to 2/6, a range of 23 values each showing part printer's mark. Odd light faults mostly fine or very fine mint. An intriguing assembly. SG between 4-13 £175
SR853 ½d to 5/-, set of 14 values in matching upper marginal horizontal pairs. Very fine or superb and fresh unmounted. A lovely and uncommon group. SG 1-14 £675
RA921 ½d to 5/-, set of 14 values. Very fine used, selected for neat datestamps, uncommon thus. SG 1-14 £300
RA7762 ½d to 5/-, complete set of 14 values, each a selected copy with neat datestamps. A difficult assembly. SG 1-14 £320
RA9969 ½d to 5/-, set of 14 values, all bar the 1/- cancelled with the same 'VICTORIA FALLS 21 JUN 1926' datestamps. A wonderful set. SG 1-14 £325
SR37 ½d, deep green shade. Block of four, very fine unmounted. SG 1 shade £20
SR703 ½d, deep green shade. Right marginal block of four, very fine unmounted. SG 1 shade £20
SR707 ½d, deep green shade. Upper marginal vertical block of eight, very fine unmounted. SG 1 shade £40
RA9996 ½d, deep green shade, crackly gum. Block of four, superb unmounted. SG 1 shade £25
SR701 ½d, myrtle-green shade. Block of four very fine mint. SG 1 shade £20
SR333 ½d, myrtle-green shade. Block of four very fine unmounted. SG 1 shade £20
SR702 ½d, myrtle-green shade. Block of four superb unmounted. SG 1 shade £25
RA7764 ½d, major variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN, HORIZONTAL PAIR. Superb used right marginal pair cancelled ‘SALISBURY 13 2 28’. Lovely. SG 1a £1,100
RA9962 ½d, major variety VERTICAL PAIR, IMPERFORATE BETWEEN. Very fine fresh mint. Scarce. SG 1b £1,000
SR38 ½d, imperforate to upper interpanneau margin. Very fine mint. SG 1 var. £25
RA9963 ½d, vertical pair across the horizontal interpanneau margin, lower stamp imperforate to margin. Superb fresh mint or unmounted. SG 1 var. £55
SR524 ½d, vertical pair across the horizontal interpanneau margin, lower stamp imperforate to margin, part imprint. Superb unmounted. SG 1 var. £55
RA7768 ½d, block of four across the horizontal interpanneau margin, both lower stamps imperforate to margin. Superb fresh mint or unmounted. SG 1 vars. £120
SR523 ½d, block of four across the horizontal interpanneau margin, both lower stamps imperforate to margin. Superb unmounted. SG 1 vars. £120
RA7455 ½d, vertical block of four across the horizontal interpanneau margin, full imprint, lower pair imperforate to margin at top. Hinged on upper pair, otherwise very fine unmounted. SG 1 vars. £120
SR525 ½d, right marginal block of four across the horizontal interpanneau margin, both lower stamps imperforate to margin. Superb unmounted. SG 1 vars. £120
SR336 ½d, right marginal block of four across the horizontal interpanneau margin, both lower stamps imperforate to margin. Hinge trace on one otherwise superb unmounted. SG 1 vars. £120
RA9964 ½d, vertical pair across the horizontal interpanneau margin, upper stamp imperforate to margin, part imprint. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 1 var. £55
SR334 ½d, vertical pair across the horizontal interpanneau margin, upper stamp imperforate to margin, part imprint. Hinge trace or unmounted. SG 1 var. £55
RA9404 ½d, vertical block of four across the horizontal interpanneau margin, full imprint, upper pair imperforate to margin at base. very fine mint. SG 1 vars. £120
RA9947 ½d, horizontal block of 20 across the horizontal interpanneau margins, lower stamps imperforate to margin at top. Lacking margin at left, hinged / re-enforced on one stamp at top, otherwise very fine unmounted. Very scarce. SG 1 var. £550
SR458 ½d, horizontal block of 20 across the horizontal interpanneau margins, lower stamps progressively imperforate to margin at top, imperforate at right and perforated at left. Lacking margin at right, hinged / re-enforced on two stamps at top and within margins, otherwise very fine unmounted. Highly unusual. SG 1 var.
 
Note: it has been correctly suggested that examples of these across the interpanneau margins that are correctly perforated are seldom, if ever, encountered
£750
RA7769 ½d, imperforate to upper horizontal interpanneau margin. Fine used cancelled part ‘(SHA)MVA 1929’ datestamp. Few unobtrusive creases. Uncommon. SG 1 var. £40
RA1424 ½d, vertical pair across the horizontal interpanneau, lower stamp imperforate to margin. Very fine used cancelled with 'MARANDELLAS SEPT 1930' datestamps . Very fine and scarce. SG 1 var. £80
RA9405 ½d, vertical pair across the horizontal interpanneau, upper stamp imperforate to margin. Very fine used on piece cancelled with 'SALISBURY 2 DEC 1926' datestamps . Very fine and scarce. SG 1 var. £90
SR11 ½d, pair imperforate to upper interpanneau margin. Very fine used, uncommon. SG 1 var. £60
SR708 1d, vermilion shade. Lower marginal pair showing imprint in margin, very fine mint. SG 2 shade £10
SR626 1d, vermilion shade. Block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 2 shade £10
SR709 1d, vermilion shade. Block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 2 £10
SR436 1d, vermilion shade. Block of four, very fine unmounted. SG 2 shade £15
SR710 1d, bright scarlet shade. Lower marginal block of four, hinged on margin stamps very fine unmounted. SG 2 shade £15
SR437 1d, bright scarlet shade, crackly gum. Right marginal block of four, very fine unmounted. SG 2 shade £15
SR337 1d, scarlet-vermilion shade. Block of four, very fine unmounted. SG 2 shade £15
RA7771 1d, IMPERFORATE TO UPPER MARGIN. Minor tone at top of margin, fine mint. Scarce. SG 2 var. £140
SR13 1d, imperforate to lower interpanneau margin. Very fine mint. SG 2 var. £20
RA9966 1d, pair both imperforate to upper interpanneau margin. Stamps unmounted, hinged on margin. SG 2 var. £70
SR43 1d, horizontal pair across the vertical interpanneau margin, major variety BOTH STAMPS IMPERFORATE TO MARGIN. Very fine mint. Very scarce, 12 such pairs possible with a few of those used. SG 2 shade var. £650
RA8595 1d, major variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN, HORIZONTAL PAIR. Very fine mint. SG 2a £725
SR49 1d, vermilion shade, left marginal horizontal strip of three, major variety IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY, perforated at right and imperforate to left margin. Very fine mint. RARE. SG 2a variety

Note: one pane known with this variety, resulting in 12 such strips possible.
£1,650
RA7770 1d, major variety IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY, VERTICAL PAIR. Few minor faults, but above average for this variety, the majority of which are creased to some degree. Scarce. SG 2b £1,100
SR16 1d, coil stamp perf. 12½, pair with join between. Very fine unmounted. SG 2c £10
SR19 1d, coil stamp perf 12½. Fine used on piece. Uncommon. SG 2c £50
SR718 1½d, olive-sepia shade. Lower marginal block of four, superb unmounted. SG 3 shade £20
SR719 1½d, olive-sepia shade. Lower marginal block of four showing imprint in margin, very fine mint or unmounted. Uncommon. SG 3 shade £40
SR713 1½d, olive-brown shade. Block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 3 shade £20
SR714 1½d, olive-brown shade. Block of four, very fine unmounted. SG 3 shade £20
SR338 1½d, olive-brown shade. Block of four, very fine unmounted. SG 3 shade £25
SR717 1½d, olive-brown shade. Lower marginal block of four, very fine unmounted. SG 3 shade £25
SR764 1½d, upper marginal imperforate to interpanneau margin. Unused without gum, scarce. SG 3 var. £45
SR478 1½d, upper marginal imperforate to interpanneau margin. Fine mint, scarce. SG 3 var. £75
RA7261 1½d, showing variety PRINTED DOUBLE, ONCE ALBINO, superb fresh mint. Uncommon. SG 3c £350
RA9948 2d, block of four. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 4 £30
SR340 2d, grey-black and (purplish) grey-black shade. Block of four, very fine mint. SG 4 shade £30
SR722 2d, grey-black and (purplish) grey-black shade. Block of four, superb unmounted. SG 4 shade £35
SR724 3d, dull ultramarine shade. Block of four, crackly gum, small stain between lower pair, fine unmounted. SG 5 shade £25
SR725 3d, dull ultramarine shade. Block of four, crackly gum, very fine unmounted. SG 5 shade £35
SR727 3d, dull ultramarine shade. Upper left corner block of four, superb unmounted. SG 5 shade £35
SR726 3d, dull ultramarine shade. Block of six, very fine unmounted. SG 5 shade £45
RA9950 4d, block of four. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 6 £25
SR733 4d, grey-black and orange-red shade. Block of four, stain on reverse of one otherwise very fine mint. SG 6 shade £20
SR350 4d, grey-black and orange-red shade. Block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 6 shade £30
SR734 4d, grey-black and orange-red shade. Block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 6 shade £30
SR735 6d, black and vivid mauve shade. Lower marginal horizontal pair, superb unmounted. Striking. SG 7 shade £30
SR352 8d, deep lilac and sage-green shade. Block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 8 shade £90
SR740 8d, plum and green shade. Block of four, very fine unmounted. SG 8 shade £90
SR942 8d, deep lilac and sage-green shade. Lower left corner block of four, on brown piece of card crisply cancelled 'MATETSI 4 APR 1930' datestamps. Most attractive and a very scarce office. SG 8 shade £300
SR745 10d, deep ultramarine and vermilion shade. Upper right corner block of four, very fine unmounted. Lovely. SG 9 shade £130
RA6596 10d, major variety IMPERFORATE TO UPPER MARGIN. Pinhole in margin, very fine mint. RARE. SG 9 var.

Note: three sheets with this variety known, resulting in 30 such examples
£1,400
SR748 1/-, greyish black and light blue shade. Block of four, unusually with crackly gum, very fine unmounted. Unusual. SG 10 shade £50
RA7779 2/-, horizontal pair superb used cancelled ‘SHABANI 7 MAY 25’. SG 12 £30
AR337 1924 KGV Admiral 5/- blue and blue-green. Some irregular perforations otherwise very fine unmounted mint. SG 14 £50
SR692 5/-, an exceptionally pale shade, very fine fresh mint. SG 14 shade £90
SR902 1928 KGV Admiral 5/- deep blue and deep blue-green. Very fine mint. Very scarce. P.F.S.A. certificate (2016). SG 14 shade

Note: four sheets were printed in 1928 specifically for the stamp trade.
£1,250
ADMIRALS POSTAL HISTORY
SR639 1924 5th October, cover with embossed crest of the Association on reverse flap bearing 1d KGV Admiral (SG 2), cancelled with special double ring bilingual 'PARLIAMENTARY TOUR' strike in violet. Addressed to England.
 
Note: the Empire Parliamentary Association Tour of Southern Africa was at the Victoria Falls from the 5th to the 7th October, 1924
£175
SR678 1925 27th January, attractive coloured 'Tuck's' Post Card of the Big Tree, Victoria Falls, bearing pair KGV 1d Admirals (SG 2), crisply cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS'. Addressed to England. £25
SR894 1925 14th May, cover (now opened out for display), bearing KGV ½d and 1d (SG 1, 2), cancelled 'BULAWAYO' and addressed to Johannesburg. Several attempts at delivery receiving 'YEOVILLE S.O.' strikes for the 20th and 23rd May plus boxed 'PARTY / GONE AWAY / VERTROKKEN' cachet on front, then Johannesburg 'RETURNED LETTER OFFICE' on reverse. Endorsed in red ink at top 'Taken out repeatedly unable / to effect Delivery no attendant'. Somewhat battered although still appealing. £55
AR386 1926 (1st March), large part of a long registered envelope addressed to New Zealand. Bearing a single Admiral 8d purple and pale green (SG 8) tied by a very fine PENHALONGA (1 Mar) triple circle datestamp. With Penhalonga black on pink registration label alongside. Attractive and scarce usage. £85
RA7331 1926 6th January, cover bearing KGV ½d x three Admirals (SG 1), cancelled with ‘VICTORIA FALLS’ datestamps, addressed to Cape Town. Fine and clean. £35
RA8986 1927 6th July, printed 'Montgomery Ward & Co.' cover bearing KGV pair 1d Admirals (SG 2), cancelled crisp 'VICTORIA FALLS' datestamp, to Chicago, U.S.A. Endorsed in pink crayon 'T 20c' and with US machine 'DUE / 4 / CENTS' strike. Most attractive. £45
SR680 1927 1st August, sepia Post Card of the Main Fall from Livingstone Island (Percy Clark), bearing KGV ½d Admiral (SG 1), crisply cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', addressed to Johannesburg. £20
SR26 1928 30th April, KGV 4d Admiral Registered Envelope (small size G, H & G C1), bearing three KGV 1d Admirals, each cancelled dc 'SHABANI / 30 APR 28 / S. RHODESIA' datestamps, reverse side addressed to England. Fine and attractive. £40
SR642 1929 16th July, cover bearing KGV ½d to 2/- Admirals (SG 1-12), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS' addressed to South Africa. Reverse flap lacking and minor faults. Attractive and uncommon. £250
RA6816 1929 6th August, cover bearing KGV 3d Admiral (SG 5), machine cancelled ‘BULAWAYO’, addressed to New York. Fine and clean. £35
SR653 1930 3rd November, sepia Post Card of 'Victoria Falls from Rain Forest', bearing on picture side KGV ½d, 1½d and 4d Admirals (SG 1, 3, 6), crisply cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', locally addressed. Delightful. £55
1931-37 GEORGE V FIELD MARSHALS, SG 15-27
PERF 12:
SG NO. UMMMUSED
SG 15½d green3.001.500.50
SG 161d scarlet3.001.500.50
SG 16c1½d (ex booklet) chocolate*40.0030.00
SG 172d black and sepia10.006.001.00
SG 172d black and brown10.006.001.00
SG 183d deep ultramarine15.008.008.00
SG 194d black and orange-red2.001.200.75
SG 194d grey-black and orange2.001.200.75
SG 206d grey-black and reddish-purple4.002.502.00
SG 206d grey-black and mauve*2.502.00
SG 218d violet and deep dull green3.001.503.00
SG 218d reddish violet and deep yellow-green6.004.004.00
SG 21b9d vermilion and olive-green9.006.008.00
SG 2210d deep ultramarine and red*7.003.00
SG 2210d ultramarine and bright rose-red*6.003.00
SG 231/- grey-black and dull blue-green4.002.002.00
SG 231/- grey-black and deep turquoise-green*1.502.00
SG 231/- grey-black and greenish blue*1.502.00
SG 241/6 black and orange-yellow16.009.0018.00
SG 241/6 grey-black and yellow16.009.0018.00
SG 252/- black and brown38.0018.005.00
SG 252/- black and reddish brown38.0018.005.00
SG 262/6 deep blue and olive-brown70.0042.0030.00
SG 262/6 deep blue and bistre-brown70.0042.0030.00
SG 275/- deep ultramarine and deep bluish green75.0040.0045.00
SG 275/- deep blue and deep blue-green75.0040.0045.00
PERF 11½:
SG NO. UMMMUSED
SG 15a½d deep green3.001.500.20
SG 15a½d yellow-green3.001.500.20
SG 16a1d bright scarlet4.002.500.30
SG 16d1½d chocolate3.002.000.40
SG 16d1½d deep brown3.002.000.40
SG 19a4d grey-black and orange30.0016.004.00
SG 20a6d black and deep claret22.0014.001.50
SG 20a6d black and deep magenta22.0014.001.50
SG 21a8d reddish violet and deep yellow-green*15.0027.00
SG 21a8d deep reddish violet and grey-olive*15.0027.00
SG 22a10d dull ultramarine and rosine*5.0011.00
SG 22a10d deep blue and bright rose-red9.005.0011.00
SG 23a1/- grey-black and deep turquoise-green200.00110.0040.00
SG 23a1/- black and deep blue-green*110.0040.00
SG 24a1/6 grey-black and orange-yellow100.0055.0095.00
SG 25a2/- black and red-brown50.0030.0025.00
SG 26a2/6 dull ultramarine and bistre-brown45.0024.0038.00
PERF 14:
SG NO. UMMMUSED
SG 15b½d yellow-green*2.000.20
SG 16b1d bright scarlet1.000.400.20
SG 19b4d grey-black and orange50.0028.0050.00
SG 20b6d black and deep claret11.006.001.00
SG 20b6d grey-black and deep magenta11.006.001.00
SG 23b1/- grey-black and grey-green**120.00
STAMPS
RA9958 Basic set of 15 values including small Falls, various perfs. Mostly marginal copies superb unmounted. A lovely set. SG 15-27 basic £225
SR18 Basic set of 15 values including small Falls, various perfs. A number marginal or corner, superb unmounted. A lovely set. SG 15-27 basic £225
SR31 Set perf. 12 including 1½d booklet stamp. 13 values very fine mint. SG 15-27 £160
RA9993 Set perf. 12 including 1½d booklet stamp. 13 values very fine or superb unmounted. SG 15-27 £300
SR32 Set perf. 11½. 11 values very fine mint. SG 15a-26a £260
SR888 Set perf. 14. Five values very fine mint. SG between 15b-23b £200
SR890 Complete set comprising perf. 12, 11½ and 14 types plus small Falls. A total of 31 stamps as listed. Very fine mint. SG 16-27 complete £600
RA943 Complete set comprising perf. 12, 11½ and 14 types plus small Falls. A total of 31 stamps as listed. Very fine used selected copies. A difficult assembly. SG 16-27 complete £575
SR34 1½d perf. 12. Booklet pane of six with binding margin at left. Right vertical pair severed and re-joined, some trimmed perforations at right and base. Fresh mint or unmounted. Uncommon. SG 16c £150
SR35 1½d perf. 12 ex. booklets. On piece with ½d cancelled 'HARTLEY', very fine. SG 16c, 15 £35
RA7782 1½d, perf. 12 ex. booklets. Block of four, fine used cancelled ‘QUE QUE 8 NOV 1935’, irregular perfs. at base. SG 16c £90
RA7783 1½d, perf. 12 ex. booklets. Block of four, fine used cancelled ‘FORT VICTORIA 23 NOV 1933’, perfs. trimmed at base. SG 16c £90
RA4722 1½d perf. 12 ex booklets. Block of four, very fine used with central datestamp. Scarce. SG 16c £175
RA1835 1½d perf. 12 ex. booklet. Block of four cancelled with central 'BULAWAYO STATION 20 APR 1937' datestamp. Full perforations, very fine. Uncommon. SG 16c £160
SR541 4d perf. 12. Block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 19 £10
SR911 4d perf. 12. Block of four, superb unmounted. SG 19 £15
SR542 4d perf. 12. Right marginal block of four, superb unmounted. SG 19 £15
SR686 8d perf. 12, reddish violet and deep yellow-green shade. Block of four, very fine used central SALISBURY datestamp. Scarce. SG 21 shade £25
SR696 2/- perf. 12, lower right corner pair. Superb unmounted. SG 25 £80
RA3078 2/6 perf. 12. Block of four, very fine used, light indistinct datestamps. Uncommon. SG 26 £110
SR926 5/-, perf. 12. Block of four, the headplate colour unusually showing through to reverse. Hinged on upper pair lower unmounted, gum a little flat and browned. SG 27 £175
SR765 5/-, perf. 12. Major variety PRINTED ON GUMMED SIDE. Lower marginal, hinged and endorsed in pencil on margin '27a'. A wonderful example of this rarity, one sheet of 60 known of which a number are creased or otherwise faulty. R.P.S. certificate (1974). SG 27a £7,750
SR40 5/- perf. 12, in combination with 1d and 4d values perf. 11½, on piece cancelled 'MASHABA'. Most attractive. SG 27, 16a, 19a £60
RA5301 5/- perf. 12. Horizontal pair, very fine used. SG 27 £85
RA5302 5/- perf. 12. Left marginal block of six on piece, fine to very fine used, odd minor faults. Scarce. SG 27 £200
SR538 ½d perf. 11½. Block of four, very fine mint. SG 15a £8
SR539 1d perf. 11½. Block of four, very fine mint. SG 16a £12
SR546 10d perf. 11½. Block of four, hinged on upper pair, lower unmounted. SG 22a £35
RA8972 10d perf. 11½. Right marginal block of four. Superb unmounted. SG 22a £40
SR922 1/- perf. 11½. Block of four, apparently unmounted although the gum a little flat and browned. Very scarce. SG 23a £450
SR923 1/6 perf. 11½. Block of four, apparently unmounted although the gum a little flat and browned. Very scarce. SG 24a £250
SR924 2/- perf. 11½. Block of four, hinged on upper pair lower unmounted although the gum a little flat and browned. SG 25a £110
SR925 2/6 perf. 11½. Block of four, apparently unmounted although the gum a little flat and browned. SG 26a £110
SR548 2/6 perf. 11½ block of four very fine mint or unmounted. SG 26a £175
RA8974 2/6 perf. 11½. Upper right corner block of four, running sheet number '466'. Few short perfs. lower right, hinged on margin stamps very fine unmounted. SG 26a £150
RA6787 2/6 perf. 11½. Lower left corner block of 16, with guide line in left margin. On piece cancelled with light but indistinct ‘PARCELS’ datestamps. Odd minor faults although a remarkable large used multiple. SG 26a £500
SR204 4d perf. 14. Upper marginal superb and fresh unmounted. SG 19b £50
SR694 4d perf. 14, lower marginal strip of four showing full imprint in margin. Superb unmounted. Scarce and attractive. SG 19b £400
RA8385 1/- perf. 14. Block of four, very fine mint. Uncommon. SG 23b £900
RA6157 1/- perf. 14. Horizontal pair, superb used cancelled with neat ‘BULAWAYO 37’ datestamp. SG 23b £220
RA3095 1/- perf. 14. Right marginal block of four, cancelled with two neat but indistinct datestamps, 30 NOV 37. Fine and very scarce. SG 23b £450
SR229 1/- perf. 14. Lower left corner block of four, cancelled central 'BULAWAYO 26 NOV 1937' datestamp. Minor marginal stain otherwise very fine. Scarce. SG 23b £575
SRR45 Complete set less 1½d and 2d small Falls, all fiscally used. Some faults although an unusual assembly. SG between 15a and 27, less 16c, 17 £45
VF131 1929 3d small Falls, essay for the design virtually as issued. Handpainted in shades of deep blue highlighted in Chinese white. Countersunk mounted on thick card with 'WATERLOW & SONS / LIMITED / SPECIMEN' embossed seal at lower right, the card attached to a protective flap. The reverse of the card struck with a black boxed 'OFFICE OF THE / HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR / SOUTHERN RHODESIA, / CROWN HOUSE, ALDWYCH, / LONDON, W.C. 2.' handstamp. Endorsed in ink 'Original' then 'Approved vide Tresy. / letter 25/11/29', further 'Approved by ? / 31/5/30' and at left 'new issue of stamps 1930 / 2d and 3d values.' The front of the card with some pencil notations relevant to the size etc. Together with an original sales invoice from Stanley Gibbons dated 3rd December, 1941, for the sum of £10. EXQUISITE AND RARE, few essays exist from the entire Southern Rhodesia period. £15,000
RA8975 3d small Falls. Upper right corner block of four, hinged on margin and lower pair. SG 18 £55
SR540 3d small Falls. Lower left corner block of four, pencil endorsement on margin otherwise superb unmounted. SG 18 £60
FIELD MARSHAL POSTAL HISTORY
SR676 1931 30th April, cover bearing KGV 1d Field Marshal (SG16), cancelled 'UMTALI' and addressed to 'Lieut. A. S. Hickman, B.S.A. Police, Bulawayo'. Upon arrival re-directed to Victoria Falls and receiving an arrival strike dated 11th May. Light soiling. £30
SR677 1931 24th May, cover bearing KGV 1d Field Marshal and 2d Falls (SG 16, 17), lightly cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS' addressed to Switzerland. Upon arrival re-addressed receiving a Lausanne strike dated 17th June. £30
SR969 1931 21st October, cover underpaid with KGV 1d x six Field Marshals (SG 16), indistinctly cancelled 'SALISBURY' and sent Airmail to London. Endorsed in pencil 'Over 2oz / T 1/-' and struck with 'SD / 1/-' charge cachet duly applied with GB 1/- due. A little crumpled. £25
SR552 1931 3rd December, cover bearing single 3d small Falls (SG 18), cancelled 'SALISBURY' and addressed to ADDIS-ABEBA, Abyssinia. A most unusual destination. £30
VF135 1932 18th January, cover bearing strip of three 3d small Falls (SG 18) twice cancelled 'MTOKO' and another below. Addressed to England and endorsed 'BY AIR MAIL' with relevant label attached, this then endorsed 'UNDERPAID FOR AIRMAIL', the label scored through and noted to be charged at '2d', although this also scored through as the cover was subsequently sent by surface mail. With an arrival backstamp dated the 9th February.
 
Note: as a result of the various mishaps that occurred to the airmail flights, this cover actually arrived some seven days prior to the mail that did go by air
£200
SR48 1932 14th December, registered Airmail cover bearing KGV 1d x two, 8d, 10d Field Marshals and 2d large Falls x two (2/- rate) cancelled 'SALISBURY S.R. REGISTERED' datestamps to London. Colourful and attractive. £50
RA708 1933 7th June, KGV 1d Field Marshal envelope (H and G B4) uprated with KGV 1d and 8d Field Marshals (SG 16, 22) Airmail Salisbury to England. Envelope roughly opened on reverse, otherwise a most attractive and unusual COMMERCIAL example of the 10d Airmail rate to the UK. £55
SR874 1933 4th July, cover bearing KGV 10d Field Marshal vertical pair (SG 21), each cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS' and sent airmail to England. Opening tear at top affecting right stamp. £25
SR776 1933 9th September, cover bearing KGV ½d and 1d Field Marshals cancelled 'SHABANI' and sent underpaid to Johannesburg. Endorsed 'T 1d' in blue crayon and then bilingual boxed 'INSUFFICIENTLY PREPAID' cachet duly applied with 1d South African due. Attractive. £55
SR36 1933 10th October, cover bearing KGV 1d and 1½d Field Marshals (SG 16a and 16c perf. 12 ex. booklet), cancelled 'QUE QUE'. Addressed to the USA, underpaid and endorsed 'T 10c', then applied with US 2c due cancelled below 'NEW YORK / DUE 2 CENTS'. Attractive and uncommon used of the booklet duty on cover. £125
RA1892 1934 19th January, cover bearing KGV 1d Field Marshal and 2d small Falls (SG 16, 17), cancelled 'SALISBURY 19 JAN 1934' to the USA. Fine and clean, an attractive and uncommon use of the 2d small Falls. £30
RA2308 1934 January, cover addressed to the USA bearing Field Marshal ½d green (SG 15a) tied by large UMTALI double circle datestamp. A fine example of the ½d unsealed letter rate. £40
SR870 1934 8th March, cover bearing KGV 10d Field Marshal (SG 22a), cancelled 'SALISBURY' and sent airmail to England. Fine and clean. £25
SR50 1934 21st March, KGV ½d to 5/- Field Marshals (less 9d not yet issued), 2d and 3d large Falls, ½d, 1½d and 10d perf. 11½, others perf. 12. Each on separate cover with special crested oval 'ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE SOUTH AFRICA' strikes dated 21 III 34. A delightful set, superb and fresh. Very rare. £700
RA1465 1934 12th September (Pioneer Day), airmail cover bearing KGV 1½d x two and 6d Field Marshals (SG 17d, 20), cancelled indistinct SALISBURY datestamps to England. The reduced 9d airmail rate was introduced on the 1st June and lasted for only 6 months. Light cover faults. £35
RA3111 1935 19th October, long cover bearing KGV 6d and pair 1/- Field Marshals (SG 20a, 23), cancelled 'SALISBURY', sent Airmail to the U.S.A. Fine and clean. £25
AR141 1935 25th November, cover addressed to England containing a printed Christmas greeting card. Bearing a single Field Marshal ½d green (SG 15b) tied by large Bulawayo (25 Nov) double circle datestamp. A scarce example of the ½d unsealed letter rate. £30
RA2806 1935 30th November, printed cover addressed to ‘T. ALLEN’ (stamp dealer, Essex), bearing KGV 4d and 6d Field Marshals (SG 19a, 20), ‘GWANDA / S. RHODESIA’, black/pink printed registration label. Fine, attractive. £35
RA5125 1936 13th January, printed amateur radio card used to the USA, endorsed ‘Printed Matter’ and bearing a single Field Marshall ½d green (SG 15b) tied by Bulawayo (13 Jan) double circle datestamp. The reverse with large printed ‘ZEIJJ’ in red and technical details in black. Unusual. £25
SR973 1936 18th April, cover bearing KGV 1d x three, 6d and 9d Field Marshals (SG 16b, 20a, 21b), cancelled 'SALISBURY' and sent Airmail to London. Attractive 1/6 rate. £45
SR1043 1936 27th May, large part of a large '(ON) HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE' printed cover bearing KGV 6d x three and 1/- Field Marshals (SG 20a, 23a), cancelled 'SALISBURY' and addressed to England. Further with 'EMPIRE EXHIBITION' publicity labels at lower right. Reduced at left, still attractive. £75
RA8698 1936 10th June, cover bearing 2d large Falls plus KGV Field Marshal 1/- perf. 11½ (SG 29, 23a), cancelled 'GWELO' addressed to the USA. Opening tear at top, clean and an uncommon duty on cover. £125
VF134 1936 7th July, cover bearing 2d small Falls (SG 17), the stamp scored around and endorsed 'obsolete' cancelled alongside 'BULAWAYO'. Addressed to England and struck with relevant cachets including black circular 'TO PAY' endorsed '40c'. GB 4d due applied cancelled 'LONDON 27 JY 36'. Unusual and attractive.
 
Note: the small Falls issue had been demonetised on the 31st October, 1932
£250
SR1041 1936 8th August, large manila 'ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE' cover bearing KGV 6d Field Marshal block of five (SG 20a, perf. 11½), cancelled with large 'SALISBURY' datestamps. Sent Airmail to London. Attractive. £45
SR1042 1936 14th August, long cover bearing KGV Field Marshals 4d and 2/- (SG 19a defective corner, 25a), cancelled 'LONELY MINE' and sent registered Airmail to London. Attractive. £80
AR178 1936 1st October, window envelope bearing a single KGV Field Marshal ½d green (SG 15b) tied by 'GWELO' (1 Oct) double circle datestamp. Cover with central vertical fold, well clear of the adhesive. A fine example of the ½d unsealed open letter rate. £35
SR667 1936 September and December, two different black and white Post Cards of Victoria Falls scenes, either bearing KGV 1½d or 6d Field Marshals cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS'. Both addressed to England and illustrating either the surface or airmail Post Card rate at the time. £40
SR876 1937 15th January, printed Airmail cover bearing KGV 6d Field Marshal (SG 20), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS'. Addressed to Mrs. G. A. Clay, wife of the well-known philatelist and apparently in his hand. Opening tear at top. £20
SR1040 1937 12th May, large manila 'ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE' cover bearing KGV 6d Field Marshal block of five (SG 20b, perf. 14), crisply cancelled with large 'SALISBURY' datestamps. Sent Airmail to London. Most attractive. £50
AR434 1937 12th May, registered envelope addressed to South Africa. Bearing Field Marshal 4d, 6d, 8d, 9d, 10d and 1/- (SG 19, 20b, 21, 21b, 22a, 23) each tied by a HARTLEY (12 May) double circle datestamp. Black on pink registration label and additional Hartley cds on reverse. SOLD
RA6190 1937 14th May (?), Airmail cover bearing 3d large Falls and KGV 8d Field Marshal (SG 30, 21), paying the correct 11d rate to Germany. Most attractive. £65
RA5935 1937 2nd June, red cover addressed to SWA bearing a single Field Marshal 1d (SG 16b) tied by 'BULAWAYO 2 June' datestamp. Swakopmund (2 July) arrival backstamp. An attractive example of the 1d rate. £35
AR390 1937 (27th June), envelope addressed to England via airmail. Bearing a single Field Marshal 6d black and magenta (SG 20) tied by a Bulawayo (27 Jun) double circle datestamp. £30
AR389 1937 (24th July), advertising envelope (‘New Selborne Hotel’). Addressed to Scotland via airmail, bearing a single Field Marshal 4d black and vermilion (SG 19) tied by a large Bulawayo (24 Jul) double circle datestamp. The airmail label obscures the hotel name. £30
SR654 1937 11th August, five Victoria Falls covers printed on reverse flap, each bearing 1/6, 2/-, 2/6, 5/- or 2d large Falls pair (SG 24, 25, 26a, 27, 29), and each cancelled with crisp 'VICTORIA FALLS' dc datestamps, un-addressed. A lovely and clean group. £200
SR970 1938 4th April, cover bearing KGV 1d and 9d Field Marshals plus 2d large Falls (SG 16b, 21b, 29), cancelled 'BULAWAYO' and sent Airmail to London. Defect lower left corner. £25
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