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1884 Enschedé imperforate colour trial of the ‘Vurtheim’ 1d duty, printed in dull yellowish green on ungummed wove paper. A COMPLETE INTACT PANE OF 60 (10x6) with large margins on all sides. Very rare, being the only complete pane in an unissued colour we are aware of. A set of complete panes in the issued colours was offered in the Roelf Boekema sale in 1981, which are believed to have been subsequently split into smaller multiples. Spectacular.
1905 KEVII 2s.7d. booklet, stapled at right, still containing eleven examples of the KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274). Comprising four part panes of two (x2), three or four stamps. Some cover creases and internal staining, though a very presentable example of this very rare booklet. SG SB2 / Mathews Type 'B'
£2,750
£525
Last update: 3rd August, 2018
SECOND REPUBLIC
POSTAGE STAMPS
1882 'EEN PENNY' surcharge on Queen Victoria 4d sage-green
T1804 1882 'EEN PENNY' surcharge on QV 4d sage-green showing letters out of alignment. Fine mint. SG 170 £20
T1742 1882 ‘EEN PENNY’ surcharge on QV 4d sage-green. A lower marginal example, light vertical crease, otherwise fine mint. SG 170 £10
T1637 1882 ‘EEN PENNY’ surcharge on QV 4d sage-green. Lower right corner marginal example, very fine mint. SG 170 £30
T1001 1882 ‘EEN PENNY’ surcharge on QV 4d sage-green. Upper marginal block of four. Left pair with clean vertical crease, otherwise very fine and fresh mint. A scarce multiple. SG 170 £45
1883 Celliers printings
Set of all three duties used on cover
1d grey (to black)
T1805 1883 Celliers re-issue. 1d black, very fine mint. SG 171 £10
3d grey-black (to black) on rose
T1666 1883 Celliers re-issue. 3d grey-black on rose. Heavy horizontal crease, not apparent from the front, otherwise very fine mint. Very scarce and an underrated stamp in mint condition. SG 172 SOLD
T1105 3d grey-black on rose BISECT. c1883 cover addressed to Emil Tamsen at Marabastadt bearing a 3d grey-black on rose single and a second example bisected diagonally, both tied by ‘15’ target-type cancellations of Nylstroom. Undoubtedly philatelically inspired, though rare. SG 172, 172a £550
3d pale red (shades)
3d Chestnut
1/- Green (shades)
T1107 1/- yellowish green BISECT. c1883 cover addressed to Emil Tamsen bearing an example of the 1/- yellowish green bisected diagonally and tied by the ‘15’ target-type cancellation of Nylstroom. Some peripheral cover faults not affecting the adhesive. Philatelically inspired, though rare. SG 174a £450
Celliers Issue Used on Cover
Celliers Issue Fakes and Forgeries
T1067 Fakes 1883 Celliers re-issue. 1d (three), 3d and 1/- (two), each with perforations trimmed to resemble First Republic issues. Fakes £40
T1069 Forgeries Complete reconstruction of 16 of the Otto 3d forgery (Luff plate Q) in shades resembling the 1883 Celliers re-issue 3d grey-black on rose. Comprising ‘mint’ and ‘used’, a few with thins, the majority fine. Forgery / Luff Plate Q £65
T1070 Forgeries Complete reconstruction of 16 of the Otto 3d forgery (Luff plate Q) in shades resembling the 1883 Celliers re-issue 3d orange-red. Comprising ‘mint’ and ‘used’, A few with thins, the majority fine. Forgery / Luff Plate Q £65
1885-93 'Vurtheim' Issue
T1477 1884 Colour Trial of the Enschede ‘Vurtheim’ 1d duty. An imperforate lower marginal horizontal pair printed in pale carmine-red on ungummed wove paper. Very fine and scarce. £140
T1479 1884 Colour Trial of the Enschede ‘Vurtheim’ 1d duty. An imperforate lower marginal horizontal pair printed in dull mauve on ungummed wove paper. Very fine and scarce. £140
T1480 1884 Colour Trial of the Enschede ‘Vurtheim’ 1d duty. An imperforate lower marginal horizontal pair printed in pale bistre on ungummed wove paper. Very fine and scarce. £140
T1490 1884 Colour Trial of the Enschede ‘Vurtheim’ 1d duty. An imperforate horizontal pair printed in pale bistre on ungummed wove paper. Very fine and scarce. £130
T1481 1884 Colour Trial of the Enschede ‘Vurtheim’ 1d duty. An imperforate lower marginal horizontal pair printed in dull yellowish green on ungummed wove paper. Very fine and scarce. £140
T1773 1884 Enschedé imperforate colour trial of the ‘Vurtheim’ 1d duty, printed in dull yellowish green on ungummed wove paper. A COMPLETE INTACT PANE OF 60 (10x6) with large margins on all sides. Very rare, being the only complete pane in an unissued colour we are aware of. A set of complete panes in the issued colours was offered in the Roelf Boekema sale in 1981, which are believed to have been subsequently split into smaller multiples. Spectacular. £2,750
T1563 1892 ‘Vurtheim’ issue £5 deep green overprinted ‘Monster’ (Specimen) in black. Very fine mint with light hinge mark. Superb reference for a rare stamp. With Crocker certificate (1996). SG 187s £140
T1819 Reprint of the 1892 ‘Vurtheim’ £5 deep green, fine mint with hinge remnant. With small ‘MIRZA HADI’ handstamp on the reverse. Mirza Hadi traded in large quantities of ZAR remainders and reprints obtained from Enschedé, the printers of many of the later ZAR stamp issues. (SG 187 reprint) SOLD
T1110 Forgery of the 1892 £5 deep green. A good effort, though examination reveals it to be a line perfed litho forgery which has been provided with fake postal markings. £20
1885 Celliers 3d pale red surcharged ‘HALVE PENNY’ in black
T1072 3d (very) pale red surcharged 'HALVE PENNY' with surcharge reading down. Imperforate at left to interpanneau gutter margin. Fine mint. SG 188 £10
T1073 3d pale red surcharged 'HALVE PENNY' with surcharge reading down. Imperforate at left to interpanneau gutter margin [L7]. Additionally showing vertically misplaced perforations. Fine mint. SG 188 £12
T1074 3d (very) pale red surcharged 'HALVE PENNY' with surcharge reading up. Fine mint. SG 188 £7
T1075 1885 Celliers 3d pale red surcharged 'HALVE PENNY' with surcharge reading up. Showing light double ‘kiss print’ of surcharge (1.5mm to left). Fine unused (no gum). SG 188 £45
T1680 1885 Celliers 3d pale red surcharged 'HALVE PENNY'. Two examples showing surcharge reading up or down. Both showing evidence of light albino impressions of the surcharge. Very fine mint. SG 188 SOLD
T1645 1885 Celliers 3d pale red surcharged 'HALVE PENNY'. Horizontal interpanneau pair showing surcharge reading down on the left stamp and up on the right stamp. A few faults including a small thin, otherwise fine mint with heavyish hinge remnants. Scarce. SG 188 var £125
T1079 1885 Celliers 3d (very) pale red surcharged 'HALVE PENNY' with surcharge reading down. Fine used. SG 188 £10
T1633 1885 Celliers 3d pale red surcharged 'HALVE PENNY'. Two examples with surcharge reading up or down respectively. Each fine used with ‘1’ target-type canceller of Pretoria. Uncommon. SG 188 £25
1885 Celliers 1/- green surcharged ‘HALVE PENNY’ in black
T1084 1885 1/- green surcharged 'HALVE PENNY' with surcharge reading down. Very fine mint. SG 189 £25
T1085 1885 1/- green surcharged 'HALVE PENNY' with surcharge reading down. Imperforate at right to interpanneau gutter margin [L32]. Very fine mint. SG 189 SOLD
T1647 1885 1/- green surcharged 'HALVE PENNY' with surcharge reading down. Small thin and some printed album page adherence, otherwise fine and fresh mint. SG 189 £15
T1086 1885 1/- green surcharged 'HALVE PENNY' with surcharge reading down. Horizontal pair imperforate at left to interpanneau gutter margin [R9-10]. Very fine mint. SG 189 £50
1885 QV 6d black-brown surcharged ‘HALVE PENNY / Z. A. R.’ (error) in red
1885 QV 6d black-brown surcharged ‘TWEE PENCE / Z. A. R.’ in red
1881-1910, Second Republic to Union
T1508 c1893 Enschedé ESSAY DIE PROOF for an unadopted design with territory and motto tablets complete and the duty tablet is uncleared. Struck in black on thin wove paper (33x 33mm). Briefmarkenprüfstelle certificate (2012). Exquisite and extremely rare. £5,250
T1111 1895-96 monocoloured plate issue. 5/- imperforate colour proof in close to issued colour of (bluish) slate. A horizontal pair on gummed paper. Very fine and scarce. SG 212 colour proof £225
T1259 1895 ESSAY for the provisional '1d.' on 2½d bright mauve with the ‘1d.’ surcharge and bars in red instead of green and with bars above and below the value. Block of four, very fine ‘mint’. Extremely rare and this multiple believed to be unique. SG 214 essay.
 
Note: This essay was first reported in the May 1978 issue of the Transvaal Philatelist by Harold Criddle who recorded a mint pair and a single (all with round stops), and a cancelled single and one example used on cover (both with square stops).
£2,500
T1400 1895 Provisional 2½d bright mauve surcharged ‘1d’ in green with square dot and variety SURCHARGE INVERTED. Fine used. SG 214da £45
MT47 1895 1d red, block of 30 being the lower five rows of the sheet, showing imprint in margin. Odd marginal fault stamps very fine unmounted. SG 215c £50
T1608 c1899 sheet of watermarked paper (251x199mm) with ‘ZA/R’ repeated 60 times (10x6) and with corner guide-lines and spaced ‘Z A R’ at top and bottom. A few minor stains or discolouration, otherwise fine. Uncommon.
 
Note: Prepared in England for a proposed ‘Kruger’ issue to be printed in the ZAR and which was subsequently abandoned following the outbreak of Second Anglo-Boer War. Quantities of the paper were sold to various philatelic publishers including F. Hugh Vallancey who used this paper to publish the Large Paper Edition of “A Collectors’ Catalogue of Philatelic Literature” (London, 1917). Robson Lowe also used some of this paper to print price lists and monographs. (See ‘The Kruger essays and ‘ZA/R’ watermarked paper’ published in The Transvaal Philatelist, August 1996, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp.95-96 by Gerrit Jonkers)
£55
T1509 Reprint of the 1901 ½d green. Block of four, each bearing a FORGED ‘E.R.I.’ with OVERPRINT INVERTED (a non-existent variety on the genuine stamp). Superb unmounted ‘mint’. Unusual. £45
1902 KEVII, watermark Crown CA
T1814 1902 complete set of 12, ½d to 10/-. Very fine fresh mint, the 10/- is exceptionally fine. SG 244-55 £175
T1526 1902 KEVII ½d black and bluish green. Upper left corner strip of three showing plate ‘1’. Unusually, also showing outer marginal rule continuous instead of broken. Slight discolouration in margin, the stamps are superb unmounted mint. SG 244 £35
T1527 1902 KEVII 2½d black and blue. Block of four, odd gum wrinkle, otherwise very fine mint (the lower pair is unmounted). SG 247 £45
T1147 1902 KEVII 2½d black and blue. Variety WATERMARK INVERTED, very fine mint. SG 247w £70
T1723 1902 KEVII 2½d black and blue. Variety WATERMARK INVERTED. Large hinge remnant, otherwise fine mint. SG 247w £60
T1724 1902 CA KEVII 2½d black and blue. Variety WATERMARK INVERTED. Fine used with part boxed registration cachet. SG 247w £35
T1505 1902 KEVII 3d black and sage-green overprinted SPECIMEN Samuel type D12). Very fine mint. The 3d and 4d with this watermark were issued eight months after the other values. SG 248s £20
T1506 1902 KEVII 4d black and brown overprinted SPECIMEN (Samuel type D12). Very fine mint. The 3d and 4d with this watermark were issued eight months after the other values. SG 249s £20
T1366 1902 KEVII 6d brownish grey and orange-brown. Block of four, some splitting between lower pair, otherwise very fine mint (hinged on upper pair only, lower pair is unmounted mint.) SG 250 £25
T1575 1902 KEVII 1/- black and sage-green. Block of four, hinged on the upper left stamp otherwise very fine unmounted mint. SG 251 £75
MT61 1902 KEVII 2/- black and brown. Upper marginal, hinged on face of margin which is also thinned, stamp very fine unmounted. SG 252 £80
T1820 1902 KEVII 5/- black and purple on yellow. Very fine fresh mint. SG 254 £30
T1813 1903 KEVII 1/- grey-black and red-brown, very fine fresh mint. SG 256 £15
T1815 1903 KEVII 2/- grey-black and yellow. Very fine fresh mint. SG 257 £15
T1726 1903 KEVII £1 green and violet. Gum a little yellowed in places, otherwise very fine mint. A scarce stamp with this watermark. SG 258 £150
T1725 1903 KEVII £1 green and violet. Fine used with a Pretoria datestamp. A rare stamp used with this watermark. SG 258 £150
1904-09 KEVII, watermark multiple Crown CA
T1817 1904-09 KEVII set of 11 values, ½d to 5/-, fine to very fine mint. SG 260-270 £125
MT59 1904-09 KEVII ½d to 10/-. Complete basic set of 12, fine to very fine mint. SG 260-271 £225
T1422 1906 KEVII 2d ‘black’ and purple. Left marginal block of four, very fine or superb fresh mint (hinge remnant on upper pair, the lower pair is unmounted) SG 262 £65
T1420 1905 KEVII 2½d ‘black’ and blue on ordinary paper. Block of four, very fine or superb fresh mint (hinged on upper pair, the lower pair is unmounted). SG 263 £85
T1421 1905 KEVII 2½d ‘black’ and blue on (very) chalky paper. Block of four, some splitting between right pair, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. Scarce. SG 263b £60
T1600 1906 KEVII 3d black and sage-green (colour of the 1902 issue). Lower marginal block of six showing plate number ‘1’. One with gum wrinkle, otherwise superb unmounted mint. SG 264 £30
T1601 1906 KEVII 3d black and (yellowish) sage-green. Block of four superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 264 shade £25
MT20 1906 KEVII 3d black and sage-green. Block of four, superb unmounted mint. SG 264 £25
MT28 1906 KEVII 3d black and sage-green. Block of four, superb unmounted mint. SG 264 £25
T1554 1906 KEVII 3d black and sage-green. Lower right corner pair with plate number ‘1’. Both stamps showing degrees of ‘ghosting’ of the frame, particularly noticeable at the base of the stamps. Fine used with Somerset West (9 Dec 1912) interprovincial datestamp. SG 264 var £45
MT32 1906 KEVII 4d black and brown. Left marginal strip of four, fresh unmounted mint. SG 265 £35
MT30 1906 KEVII 4d black and brown. Block of four, fresh unmounted mint. SG 265 £35
MT110 1905 KEVII 1/- black and red-brown. Upper left corner pair showing plate '1' in margin. Hinged on margin stamps very fine unmounted. Scarce. SG 267 £50
MT37 1909 KEVII 2/6 magenta and black. Block of four very fine mint or unmounted. Uncommon. SG 269 £300
T1653 1908 KEVII £1 green and violet on chalk-surfaced paper. Very fine mint. SG 272a £225
T1816 1908 KEVII £1 green and violet on chalk-surfaced paper. Hinge remnants, otherwise fine, well centred mint. SG 272a £200
MT107 1908 KEVII £1 green and violet. Left gutter marginal on piece fine used. SG 272a £25
T1679 INTERPROVINCIAL USE 1907 KEVII 10/- black and purple on red. Four examples showing interprovincial use in the Cape (Cape Town), Natal (Dundee), Orange River Colony (Bloemfontein) and Transvaal (Potchefstroom). Mainly fine used. SG 271 £25
T1727 INTERPROVINCIAL USE 1908 KEVII £1 green and violet. Fine used with Pietermaritzburg (AU 21 / 13) datestamp. SG 272a £20
MT104 INTERPROVINCIAL USE 1908 KEVII £1 green and violet. Fine used with MTUNZINI (DE 13 / 13) datestamp. SG 272a / Z179 £45
MT105 INTERPROVINCIAL USE 1908 KEVII £1 green and violet. Fine used with Pietermaritzburg (NO / 12) datestamp. SG 272a / Z179 £25
MT106 INTERPROVINCIAL USE 1908 KEVII £1 green and violet. Fine used with POINT NATAL (15 DEC / 13) datestamp. SG 272a / Z179 £30
T1676 INTERPROVINCIAL USE 1908 KEVII £1 green and violet. Three examples showing interprovincial use in the Cape (Mossel Bay), Natal (Pietermaritzburg) and Transvaal (Johannesburg). Some light staining mainly confined to the reverse, otherwise fine used. A scarce trio. SG 272a £55
1905-09 KEVII monocolours, watermark multiple Crown CA
MT94 1905 KEVII ½d yellow-green. Lower marginal showing plate number ‘1’ in margin. Very fine mint. SG 273 £10
MT95 1905 KEVII ½d yellow-green. Upper left corner block of four showing plate number ‘1’. Hinged on margin stamps very fine unmounted. SG 273 £30
MT108 1905 KEVII ½d yellow-green. Upper left corner block of six showing plate number ‘1’. Some light gum creasing, fine unmounted. SG 273 £30
MT16 ½d deep green. Lower right corner block of four with plate ‘1’. Very light gum creasing, otherwise superb unmounted mint. SG 273a £25
T1640 1905 KEVII ½d yellow-green. Variety WATERMARK INVERTED, fine used. Scarce. SG 273w £75
MT98 1905 KEVII 1d scarlet. Lower marginal showing plate ‘1’ in margin. Superb fresh mint. SG 274 £8
MT18 1905 KEVII 1d scarlet. Lower right corner block of six showing plate ‘1’ in margin. Superb unmounted. SG 274 £25
MT109 1911 KEVII 1d scarlet. Upper upper marginal strip of three showing plate ‘3’ in margin. Hinged on margin, light gum creasing stamps very fine unmounted. Scarce, this plate was used after the formation of Union. SG 274 £40
T1258 1909 KEVII 2d purple. Block of four, lightly hinged on one, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 275 £15
MT38 1909 KEVII 2d purple. Right marginal block of six, superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 275 £30
MT102 1909 KEVII 2½d bright blue. Lower right corner pair showing plate '1' in margin. Very fine and fresh mint. Uncommon. SG 276 £85
T1437 1909 KEVII 2d grey (prepared for use but not issued) overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel type D12). Light creasing otherwise very fine and fresh with gum. SG 277s £150
T1722 1909 KEVII 2d grey (prepared for use but not issued) overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel type D12). Hinge remnant, otherwise fine and fresh with gum. SG 277s £200
T1493 WOLMARANSSTAD 1900 1d red commemorative overprinted ‘Cancelled / V-R-I.’ in blue. An irregular marginal strip of three from the lower left corner of the pane. Small thin in margin only and one stamp with minor gum bends, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. A very rare multiple in remarkable condition. Illustrated on page 28 of ‘The Wherewithal of Wolmaransstad’ (Birkhead and Groenewald, 1999). SG 9 £850
Booklet
T1800 1905 KEVII 2s.7d. booklet, stapled at right, still containing eleven examples of the KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274). Comprising four part panes of two (x2), three or four stamps. Some cover creases and internal staining, though a very presentable example of this very rare booklet. SG SB2 / Mathews Type 'B' £525
Postage Dues
T1738 POSTAGE DUES 1906 De La Rue die proof of the frame (used for all duties other than the 2d). Printed in black on glazed card (92x 60mm) endorsed ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘1 NOV. 06’ in blue. Rare. £1,100
T1739 POSTAGE DUES 1906 De La Rue die proof of the complete design for the 2d (the only duty printed from a single plate). Printed in black on glazed card (92x 60mm) endorsed ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘2 NOV.06’ in blue. Rare. £1,100
T99 1907 ½d to 1/- complete set of seven fine mint. SG D1-D7 £18
MT56 1907 ½d to 1/- complete set of seven fine mint. SG D1-D7 £30
T1818 1907 Postage Dues. Complete set of seven, ½d to 1/-, many marginal. An exceptionally fresh mint set, with most appearing unmounted though in fact have very faint hinge marks. SG D1-D7 £35
MT82 1907 ½d to 1/- complete set of seven superb and fresh unmounted. SG D1-D7 £55
T1116 1907 ½d to 1/- complete set of seven in blocks of four. Very fine or superb fresh mint (lightly hinged on upper pairs only). SG D1-D7 £125
AA3245 1907 ½d to 1/- complete set of seven in blocks of four. Very fine or superb fresh mint or unmounted, one in each block hinged. SG D1-D7 £160
T1556 1907 5d black and violet. Marginal block of four from the lower right corner of the right pane. The corner stamp shows the variety INVERTED 'p' FOR 'd'. Very fine mint, the lower pair, including the variety, appear unmounted. SG D5, D5a £50
MT02 1907 ½d to 1/- complete set of seven values, on printed company cover cancelled 'KRUGERSDORP 11 JUL 08. Lovely. SG D1-D7 £65
T1567 1907 (14th August), incoming colour picture postcard (‘Queen’s Promenade Douglas’, Isle of Man) bearing a single KEVII ½d tied by a Douglas / Isle of Man (14 Aug) datestamp. The card was underpaid and received a hexagonal ‘T’ tax marking and a circular ‘1d’ denoting the amount payable (double deficiency). A Transvaal 1d postage due (SG D2) was affixed on arrival and cancelled with a Johannesburg / 22 (5 Sep) double circle datestamp. £30
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