VICTORIA FALLS
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.
£15,000
Recent acquisitions are numbered in blue. Last update: 15th September, 2013
SOUTHERN RHODESIA PERIOD
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
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
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
VF174 1935 KGV Silver Jubilee 1d x two, 2d and 3d, un-issued colours claret, vermilion and deep reddish violet, green and maroon and rose and deep brown, overprinted ‘WATERLOW & SONS LTD. / SPECIMEN’ (Samuel Type WS1), security punctures. Very fine unmounted. SG 31/33 specimens / printer’s samples SOLD
VF164 1941 2d large Falls, perf. 14, left marginal horizontal block of eight printed on pre-creased paper running between the two rows. This partially affecting the perforations which appear doubled and white lines affecting upper right and lower left stamps. Hinge strengthened at left and right otherwise unmounted. Most unusual. SG 35a vars. £400
VF190 1937 KGVI Coronation 1d x three and 6d, un-issued colours yellow-brown and violet, green and indigo, orange and black and black and green, overprinted 'WATERLOW & SONS LTD. / SPECIMEN' (Samuel Type WS1) and with security punctures. Hinge trace, superb fresh mint. SG 36 and 39 printer's samples / specimens £325
VF191 1937 KGVI Coronation, 1d in un-issued colours green and indigo, overprinted 'WATERLOW & SONS LTD. / SPECIMEN' (Samuel Type WS1). Affixed to piece cut from the Waterlow sample booklet with their number 'S.T. 1793' written in ink above, without security puncture. RARE. SG 36 printer's sample / specimen £500
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