Z.A.R. / TRANSVAAL
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1878 (2nd July), envelope addressed to the Cape Colony. Bearing a single upper marginal example of the 1878 imperforate 6d blue on blue [LP6] overprinted ‘V. R. / Transvaal’ (SG 121), cancelled with a neat ‘8’ target-type canceller with a proving strike of the MARICO / Z.A.R. / ZUID AFRIKA (JUL 2) single circle datestamp at left. With a Cape Town (JY 12) transit struck on the front and the adhesive is additionally cancelled and tied by a Mowbray (JY 13) arrival datestamp. BPA certificate (1966). A very rare franking and a wonderful example of the 6d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape.
 
Note: ex Maria de La Queillerie, 1972; Christies Robson Lowe, 1986; Dr. Alan Drysdall, 2006.
1879 (December), stampless envelope to England endorsed “On Service in the Field - No Stamps obtainable / S.H. McLeod Nairne Capt / 94th Rgt. Commg: Troops / Fort Albert / Sekukuni’s Territory”. Bearing a circular framed ‘6d’ handstamp and with Cape Town (19 Jan) transit and Southall (13 Feb) arrival backstamps. Part of flap missing and some perimeter faults / creasing as to be expected. A rare example of an officer’s letter from this campaign in the Lydenburg district which followed the defeat of the Zulus in July of that year.
 
Note: Ex Dr. Alan Drysdall, 2006.
£2,250
£1,500
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POSTAL HISTORY
T534 1866 (May), blue pre-stamp entire being an official post office communication endorsed ‘In dienst’ (On service) and addressed to the post office at Wakkerstroom. The handwritten contents for March 1866 appear to be from the GPO at Potchefstroom concerning an unpaid letter. A note in Dutch confirms receipt on the 11th May and is signed by the postmaster at “Marthinus Wessel Stroom” which was the name of the town before being renamed ‘Wakkerstroom’. Very scarce, early and most unusual. £325
T657 1870 (August), stampless entire addressed to the Secretary of the Masonic “Unie” lodge, Bloemfontein, O.V. Staat. Bearing at upper right a fine strike of the POTCHEFSTROOM / ZAR / ZUID AFRIKA (10 Aug) single circle datestamp. The reverse with printed form headed ‘DE LOGE “FLAMING STAR OF SOUTH AFRICA”’ (Potchefstroom, Z.A. Republiek). The contents (in Dutch) appear to concern a newly inducted member. Damaged at top and left (visible only when opened out - no text is missing) not affecting fine appearance when folded. Very scarce and unusual early Masonic item from South Africa. £575
T536 1877 (April), stampless entire being an official communication endorsed ‘In dienst’ (On service) and signed ‘G.E. Fawcus’ at lower left. Addressed to ‘S. Melville Esquire / Surveyor General / Pretoria’ and bearing UTRECHT / ZUID AFRIKA (27 Apr) single circle datestamp at upper right. The handwritten contents headed “Utrecht / April 25th 1877” concern an affidavit and some diagrams sent via the same post. Pretoria (date unclear) arrival datestamps on front and reverse. Internal left margin with tears affecting the message in places. Nevertheless, a clean, attractive and very scarce item of early official mail. £475
T1872 1878 (2nd July), envelope addressed to the Cape Colony. Bearing a single upper marginal example of the 1878 imperforate 6d blue on blue [LP6] overprinted ‘V. R. / Transvaal’ (SG 121), cancelled with a neat ‘8’ target-type canceller with a proving strike of the MARICO / Z.A.R. / ZUID AFRIKA (JUL 2) single circle datestamp at left. With a Cape Town (JY 12) transit struck on the front and the adhesive is additionally cancelled and tied by a Mowbray (JY 13) arrival datestamp. BPA certificate (1966). A very rare franking and a wonderful example of the 6d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape.
 
Note: ex Maria de La Queillerie, 1972; Christies Robson Lowe, 1986; Dr. Alan Drysdall, 2006.
£2,250
T539 1879 (December), stampless envelope to England endorsed “On Service in the Field - No Stamps obtainable / S.H. McLeod Nairne Capt / 94th Rgt. Commg: Troops / Fort Albert / Sekukuni’s Territory”. Bearing a circular framed ‘6d’ handstamp and with Cape Town (19 Jan) transit and Southall (13 Feb) arrival backstamps. Part of flap missing and some perimeter faults / creasing as to be expected. A rare example of an officer’s letter from this campaign in the Lydenburg district which followed the defeat of the Zulus in July of that year.
 
Note: Ex Dr. Alan Drysdall, 2006.
£1,500
T540 1880 (September), incoming envelope from England bearing QV 6d (SG 147, plate 17) tied by Sidmouth / 712 duplex (30 Sep) cancellation. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esq / care of D. Forbes Esq / Athole / Camden / via Wakkerstroom / Transvaal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Dartmouth / Pr Dublin / Castle / Oct 1, 1880”. Cape Town (29 Oct) and Potchefstroom (8 Nov) transit backstamps. Some perimeter faults though a scarce example of incoming mail. (See also item NA151 below) £450
T1540 1884 (December), envelope from Pilgrims Rest addressed to Natal. Bearing four examples (pair and two singles) of the Celliers 1883 re-issue 1d black (SG 171) tied by target-type cancellations struck in black. The reverse showing originating PILGRIMS REST / TRANSVAAL (22 DEC) single circle datestamp and with PRETORIA / TRANSVAAL (DEC 26) transit and G.P.O. Natal (31 Dec) arrival backstamps The adhesives with some peripheral staining. The flap is complete, though with some clean tears. A scarce example of the 4d rate to an adjoining territory. £475
NA184 1885 (February), incoming mourning envelope from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) tied by Sidmouth (26 Feb) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre” / Post Office / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Plymouth / Pr Spartan / Feb 27, 1885”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Barberton / Moodies Reef” (ZAR), the postage to the ZAR being receipted with the addition of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (30 Mar) datestamp with an additional stike on the reverse. Backstamped Plymouth (27 Feb), GPO Natal (25 Mar). A very scarce example of redirected mail, especially to the ZAR goldfields. Alan Ede along with Sam Newmarsh, J T Rimer and R Otto discovered the Umvoti Reef early in 1884. £275
NA443 1885 (May), incoming mourning envelope from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) tied by a Sidmouth (14 May) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre / Post Office / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Dartmouth / Pr ‘Hawarden Castle’ / May 15, 1885”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Barberton Moodies” (ZAR). The postage to the ZAR was receipted by the affixing of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (11 June) single circle datestamp. Dartmouth (15 May), G.P.O. Natal (17 July), Newcastle (21 July), Pretoria ? / Zuid Afrika transit / arrival backstamps. A very fine and scarce example of redirected mail, especially to the ZAR goldfields. Alan Ede along with Sam Newmarsh, J T Rimer and R Otto discovered the Umvoti Reef early in 1884. £275
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
T2290 1886 (19th June), ‘Schenck’ envelope addressed to Germany. Bearing four different duties of the 1885 Vurtheim issue comprising ½d grey, 2d brown-purple, 3d mauve and 4d bronze-green (SG 175b, 177, 180, 181a) each cancelled or tied by very fine strikes of the ‘16’ target-type canceller of Marabas Stad. Showing on the front a ‘2½d’ accountancy mark struck in red. The reverse with two strikes of MARABAS STAD / ZUID AFRIKA (single circle datestamps with only the ‘9’ of the date present), G.P.O. TRANSVAAL (JU 28), Cape Town (JY 7), London (JY 27) and Siegen (28 7) transit / arrival backstamps. A very scarce and most attractive four-colour combination franking and a wonderful example of the 9½d per half-ounce rate to Germany.
 
Note: the writer, Prof. Dr. Adolf Schenk was a noted German Geologist who travelled to GSWA in 1884 and in 1886 to the ZAR where he investigated the goldfields at Barberton, Lydenburg, and the Witwatersrand.
£575
T1257 1888 (December), cover addressed to Natal bearing a Vurtheim 4d bronze-green (SG 181a) which has been BISECTED diagonally and tied by a neat strike of the very distinctive HLOMO HLOM cancellation struck in violet. The reverse with Chrissies Meer (1 Dec), Ermelo (1 Dec), Newcastle (2 Dec) and Ladysmith (3 and 4 Dec) transit / arrival backstamps. Hlomo Hlom was a small rural agency which opened near Carolina on 1st July 1887. The cover was taxed, either because the bisect was disallowed or the rate was mistakenly believed to be 4d (the rate to Natal was 2d from January 1886) and it received a large manuscript 'T4d' in blue representing double the deficiency. An astonishing cover with an exceptionally rare postmark, in colour, cancelling a bisect. A ZAR rarity. £2,500
T2249 1889 (21st June), envelope addressed to Germany. Bearing a pair of Vurtheim 4d bronze-green (perf 13½, SG 181a) tied by WITWATERSRAND (21 JU) single circle datestamps with ‘9 for year. With large 2½d Cape accountancy mark struck in red. Cape Town (JU 26) and London (JY 15) transit and Linx (17/7) arrival backstamps. Rare usage.
 
Note: the postage rate to Europe at this time was 7½d per half ounce (from 1st October 1888) suggesting an overpayment of ½d.
 
Note: in an article in the 1998 Ilsapex brochure, George van den Hurk stated the Witwatersrand Post Office opened on 1st October 1886 (following the discovery of gold in March 1886) and the earliest recorded date of use of this datestamp (the first Johannesburg postmark) was 23 March 1887. Examples of the Witwatersrand datestamp are occasionally found as arrival marks though very rarely on outgoing mail, this being the first we have handled.
£275
T1175 c1889, cover sent at the unsealed open letter rate bearing a single ½d ‘Vurtheim’ (SG 175) tied by '(?)6' in ZAR triangle, struck in blue. Some light cover staining, otherwise a fine example of this scarce rate. £65
T2156 1890 (22nd May), ‘Burmester’ envelope with original contents addressed to Cape Town. Bearing two ‘Vurtheim’ 1d rose (SG 176ba) tied by a PRETORIA (22 May) single circle datestamp. Cape Town (28 May) arrival backstamp. A few peripheral faults and the reverse with usual receiver’s manuscript annotations, otherwise a clean and attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape Colony. £45
T2166 1890 (10th September), ‘Burmester’ envelope with original contents addressed to Cape Town. Bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ 2d olive-bistre (SG 178) tied by PRETORIA (10 Sep) single circle datestamps. Cape Town (16 Sep) arrival backstamp. The reverse with usual receiver’s manuscript annotations, otherwise a clean and attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape Colony. £55
T2155 1890 (24th October), ‘Burmester’ envelope with original contents addressed to Cape Town. Bearing two ‘Vurtheim’ 1d rose (SG 176b) tied by JOHANNESBURG (24 Oct) single circle datestamps. Cape Town (29 Oct) arrival backstamp. The reverse with usual receiver’s manuscript annotations and a few light stains, otherwise a clean and attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape Colony. £45
T2222 1890 (31st October) incoming envelope from England bearing a QV 4d ‘Jubilee’ (SG 205) tied by a Chingford S.O. squared circle datestamp. Believed to have been carried on the Garth Castle which sailed on 7th November, the envelope is addressed simply to a ‘Mr Ralph Wakely / Post Office / Johannesburg / Transvaal’. The letter was unclaimed and subsequently advertised in the official ‘Staats Courant’ and received a GEPUBLICEERD (published) handstamp struck in blue on the front and an ONAFGEHAALD BRIEVENKANTOOR / PRETORIA 9 JUN 9(1) / PRETORIA Z.A.R. boxed cachet lightly struck (as usual) in blue on the reverse. Backstamped with a Durban (2 Dec) double circle transit and a Johannesburg (5 Dec) single circle arrival datestamp. There is also a RETURNED LETTER OFFICE NATAL (? 6 91) datestamp struck in violet on the front. A scarce early cover into Johannesburg with an intriguing array of instructional markings.
 
Note: it appears that following publication of the letter at the Johannesburg post office, it was then sent to the unclaimed letter office in Pretoria. It is unclear when or why the RLO Natal marking was applied but presumably the ZAR authorities returned it via the same route it travelled from England.
£325
T2169 1890 (8th December), envelope addressed to England. Bearing ‘Vurtheim’ ½d grey, 1d carmine and three 2d olive-bistre (SG 175, 176b, 178) all tied by PIETERSBURG (8 Dec) single circle datestamps struck in VIOLET. Pretoria (12 Dec) transit and London (5 Jan) arrival backstamps. The adhesives with faults and some peripheral wear, though an attractive three-colour franking.
 
Note: the letter rate to England at this date was 6d per half ounce. It is therefore unclear why there was a 1½d overpayment of postage. It is possible the 7½d per half ounce letter rate to Europe via Cape Colony was applied in error.
£85
T2161 189?, envelope addressed to Johannesburg bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ ½d grey (SG 175, fault) tied by an unclear barred triangle obliterator (probably ‘3’ of Johannesburg). Some faults, mainly confined to the reverse otherwise a scarce example of the ½d unsealed printed matter rate. £45
T897 1891 (January), cover addressed to England bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ 6d pale dull blue (SG 182) tied by rather unclear KLERKSDORP (6 Jan, with month inverted) single circle datestamps. Nottingham (26 Jan) arrival backstamp. A nice example of this stamp used alone on cover. £45
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
T2157 1892 (13th July), envelope addressed to Port Elizabeth. Bearing four ‘Vurtheim’ 1d rose (SG 176b) tied by JOHANNESBURG (13 Jul) double circle datestamps. Port Elizabeth (17 Jul) arrival backstamp. Some light stains, otherwise a fine example of a double weight 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape Colony. £45
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
T2168 1893 (29th January), envelope addressed to Germany. Bearing two ‘Vurtheim’ 2d olive-bistre (SG 178) tied by the scarce JOHANNESBURG (29 Jan) single circle datestamps (with dot at base). London (20 Feb) transit and Hannover (21 Feb) arrival backstamps. Some light staining, otherwise a fine example of the 4d per half ounce letter rate to a UPU member country. £45
T2173 1893 (30th March), envelope addressed in the distinctive hand of Emil Tamsen and sent registered to the USA. Bearing ‘Vurtheim’ ½d grey x 2, 1d rose, 2d olive-bistre and 6d pale dull blue (SG 175, 176b, 178, 182) all by NIJLSTROOM (30 Mar) single circle datestamps. With a London (6 Jun) transit struck in red on the front. The reverse with a light Geregistreerd Pretoria (14 May) oval datestamp (struck in magenta), RLO Cape Town (17 May), and New York (17 Jun) transit / arrival backstamps. One ½d and the 1d with faults otherwise an attractive multi-colour franking showing the 4d per half ounce letter rate to a UPU member country plus 6d for registration. £125
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
T2164 1894 (13th May), envelope addressed to England. Bearing ‘Vurtheim’ ½d grey and 1d carmine (SG 175, 176) tied by KLERKSDORP (13 May) single circle datestamps with a further strike alongside. Cape Town (16 May) transit and Colchester (2 Jun) arrival backstamps. A clean and attractive example of the 2½d per half ounce letter rate to England. £55
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
T111 1894 (July), 1d 'Vurtheim' postal stationery card used locally, cancelled Johannesburg (30 July). Showing light but readable 'GEPUBLICEERD' ('published') unframed cachet struck in blue. Scarce. £35
T1156 1894 (September), locally addressed envelope sent at the unsealed open letter rate. Bearing a single ½d ‘Vurtheim’ (SG 175) tied by Johannesbureg (27 Sep) double circle datestamp. A fine example of this scarce rate. £65
T2165 1894 (3rd November), envelope addressed to the USA bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ 4d bronze-green (SG 181) tied by a JOHANNESBURG (3 Nov) single circle datestamp. New York (8 Dec) transit and Reading PA (8 Dec) arrival backstamps. Roughly opened at top, otherwise a clean and attractive example of the 4d per half ounce letter rate to a UPU member country. £45
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
T2256 1895 (27th July), envelope sent registered to England, the flap with printed ‘The Transvalia / Land Exploration and Mining Co. / Limited / Johannesburg / S.A.R.’. Bearing an example of the 1895 Fiscal 6d bright rose overprinted ‘POSTZEGEL’ in green (SG 215) in combination with six examples (two vertical strips of three) of the Vurtheim 2½d surcharged ‘1d.’ in green (four with square stops and two with round, SG 214, 214d) . All stamps tied by GEREGISTREERD / 27 JUL 95 / JOHANNESBURG Z.A.R. boxed registration cachets. Cape Town (31 July) transit on the reverse and London (18 and 19 Aug) arrival datestamps struck on the front in red. Rare, very early usage of the 6d, the earliest recorded date being 24th July.
 
Note: registration at this time was 4d and the letter rate to the UK was 2½d per half ounce suggesting an overpayment of 1d for a double weight envelope.
£225
T2189 1895 (26th November), Vurtheim 1d postal stationery card addressed to Cape Colony. The imprinted stamp cancelled with a neat JOHANNESBURG / 3 / ZAR / 1 duplex datestamp (26 Nov). The reverse with printed ‘Standard Bank’ correspondence and with G.P.O. Natal (28 Nov) transit and Kokstad (1 Dec) arrival backstamps. The card with corner crease, otherwise very fine and showing an interesting routing via Natal. £35
MT182 1896 9th February, flimsy printed company cover bearing two x 2d bistre (SG 207), cancelled 'VRYHEID / Z.A.R.', addressed to Natal. Transit and arrival backstamps. £30
T2170 1896 (20th April), envelope addressed to Holland. Bearing a 2d olive-bistre and a ‘Halve Penny’ provisional surcharge on 1/- green showing the spaced surcharge (SG 207, 213a) tied by a PRETORIA (20 Apr) double circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. Amsterdam (11 May) arrival backstamp. Some light staining, otherwise a fine example of the provisional on cover and the 2½d per half ounce letter rate. £45
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
T2198 1896 (13th June), envelope addressed to England bearing 2d olive-bistre and ½d green (SG 207, 216) tie by a light but readable THE GRANGE (13 Jun) double circle datestamp. Manchester (6 July) arrival backstamp. A little soiled, though a scarce postmark and showing the 2½d per half ounce rate introduced on the 1st December 1892 for letters to the United Kingdom. £55
T1165 1896 (July), stampless ‘In Dienst’ cover addressed to Johannesburg endorsed at top ‘In Dienst’ and ‘From the Italian / Consul / Massiglia?’ at lower left. Bearing a clear strike of the PRETORIA Z.A.R. (19 Jul) double circle datestamp. The reverse with large circular cachet of the Italian Consul, Pretoria, struck in violet and with a Johannesburg (20 Jul) arrival backstamp. Presumably diplomatic missions in the ZAR had a domestic free post privilege? Most unusual. £400
MT149 1896 26th September, ZAR 1d carmine postal stationery card (Quik & Jonkers type P4), cancelled crisp 'WATERVAL-BOVEN' datestamp, addressed to Holland. Transit and arrival strikes on front. £40
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
MT151 1897 19th January, ZAR ½d postal stationery card (Quik & Jonkers type P5), cancelled 'PRETORIA' datestamps. Addressed to Piet Potgietersrust and with crisp arrival strike for that. Scarce. £45
T2180 1897 (13th March), envelope addressed and sent registered to the USA. Bearing a ½d green and a 6d lilac and green (SG 216, 222) tied by a R / GEREGISTREERD / 13 MAR 97 / PRETORIA Z.A.R. boxed registration cachet. New York (11 Apr) transit and Minneapolis (14 Apr) arrivals backstamps. Cover tear at top affects the 6d, otherwise an attractive example of the 2½d per half ounce letter rate to a fellow UPU member country plus 4d registration. £35
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
T2188 1897 (15th November), envelope addressed to ‘Kantoor Staats Secretaris’ (Office of the State Secretary) in Pretoria. Bearing a single 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) tied by a very fine ‘26’ target-type canceller attributed to Sterkfontein. With Rustenburg (15 Nov) transit and Pretoria (17 Nov) arrival backstamps. Small piece of flap missing and some contemporary (?) notations on face of envelope, otherwise a fine and attractive example of the 1d per half ounce internal letter rate introduced on the 6th September 1895.
 
Note: Putzel records the Sterkfontein agency as closed by the 30th June 1890 and only reopened in 1904. This cover suggests either the agency had reopened by late 1897 or the ‘26’ canceller may have been reassigned to another agency.
£125
T2179 1898 (13th April), envelope addressed and sent registered to the Cape. Bearing a single 6d lilac and green (SG 222) tied by a GEREGISTREERD / JOHANNESBURG Z.A.R. (13 Apr) boxed registration cachet. Aliwal North (15 Apr) transit and Lady Grey Div. Aliwal North (17 Apr) arrival backstamps.
 
Note: the letter rate to the Cape Colony as from the 1st January 1898 was 1d per half ounce. This letter would therefore have been double weight plus 4d for registration.
£75
T2181 1898 (16th August), Railway Travelling Post Office incoming colour picture postcard from Germany (‘Gruss Aus Baschkow’) bearing a 10pf adhesive tied by a Baschkow (10th Aug) datestamp. Addressed to Middelburg Z.A.R. and showing a fine strike of the R.P.K. TERUG / Z.A.R. (2 Aug) double circle datestamp. £65
MT147 1898 11th December, ZAR ½d postal stationery card (Quik & Jonkers type P5), uprated with additional ½d, each crisply cancelled 'COMATIEPOORT' datestamps. Addressed to Holland and with Pretoria and arrival strikes on front. £40
MT172 1898 17th July, cover bearing ½d and two x 1d (SG 216, 217), cancelled KLERKSDORP and addressed to Austria. Transit and arrival backstamps. £35
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
T2191 1899 (24th March), envelope addressed to the USA bearing a strip of five 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) tied by STEENBOKFONTEIN / Z.A.R. (24 Mar) double circle datestamps. Rustenburg (28 Mar) and Pretoria transits and New York (22 Apr) arrival backstamps. The flap with printed details of sender ‘R. Sprinz, Groenfontein, Zwart Ruggens, Dist. Rustenburg, S.A.R.’ Horizontal fold clear of the adhesives and some staining, mainly confined to the reverse. A scarce datestamp, especially on cover. A fine example of a double weight 2½d per half ounce rate to the USA. £85
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
T2176 1899 (25th September), Railway Travelling Post Office / Late Fee envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single ½d green and eight 1d rose-red and green (SG 216, 217) all tied by R.P.K. HEEN (25 Sep) double circle datestamps. Newark (16 Oct) arrival backstamp. A superb example of the 2½d per half ounce letter rate to England with an additional 6d paying a ‘Late Fee’.
 
Note: the Travelling Post Office consisted of a separate mail coach with post office staff and was coupled to NZASM operated trains.
£225
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
T2147 1899 (3rd December), Anglo-Boer War (ZAR Invasion of Natal) envelope addressed to Johannesburg bearing a single ZAR 1893 ½d surcharge on 2d bistre and a left marginal pair of the 1895 1d red postage commemorative (SG 195, 215c). Each stamp is cancelled or tied by very fine strikes of the 'liberated' DUNDEE NATAL (DE 3) single circle datestamp. Johannesburg (6 Dec) arrival backstamp. £125
T259 1899 (December), Anglo-Boer War (ZAR invasion of Natal) unaddressed cover bearing ZAR 1d (SG 206) tied by superb CHARLESTOWN, / 16 DEC. 1899 / Z.A.R. oval datestamp struck in violet. Pretoria (20 Dec) backstamp. Flap with embossed arms of ‘The Kings Royal Rifles’. Unusual. £85
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
T1172 1900 (June), Anglo-Boer War period. Official ‘In Dienst’ (On Service) postal stationery envelope with printed ZAR crest over a curved ‘IN DIENST.’ and with address ‘Postwissel kennisgeving’ (Money order advice) all printed in rose-red. Bearing a single ½d ‘V.R.I.’ green (SG 226) tied by Pretoria (20 June) double circle datestamp. Being unaddressed, the stamp was presumably applied and cancelled as a souvenir two days after issue. Clean and very fine. £125
AM889 c1900 (20th July), Anglo-Boer War period Dutch colour picture postcard addressed to the USA. Bearing a 5c adhesive tied by a Rotterdam (20 Jul) datestamp. The view side features a person standing on a beach with a pair of ‘trousers’ affixed containing a loose sheet of printed paper titled ‘Transvaalsch Volkslied.’ (Transvaal Anthem) with the anthem printed below. With printer’s (?) name at base of anthem: ‘Behoort bij Boerenbrief kaart. Exploitatie voor Nederland bij Joh. C.M. Van Mastrigt te Arnhem.’ Very fine. Unusual. £35
MT140 1900 4th December, ZAR 4d registered stationery envelope reverse flap overprinted V.R.I., bearing ½d, 1d and 6d overprints (SG 226, 227, 232), cancelled PRETORIA or registration cachet, addressed to Holland. Arrival backstamp. £40
MT193 1900 (presumed although not dated), two page letter headed 'Barberton / 3rd M I Corp / Dec 16th'. Commencing with 'I have got you all the stamps up to 1/- and a 2/6 but the 5/- is impossible to get here', those stamps applied below. Moving on to comments about the war itself, 'we are undergoing a second siege of Ladysmith the Boers cut up a picket of the 5th fusiliers MI 8 days ago', further 'the Boers have sworn to take it by Dingaan's day and they have not attacked yet', and 'we have only 1000 men to hold this place against 5000 Boers'. Somewhat fragile although a remarkable and intriguing first-hand account. £250
T2178 1900 (19th December), small envelope addressed to a prisoner of war at Deadwood Camp on St. Helena. Bearing two ½d green overprinted ‘V.R.I.’ (SG 226) tied by a POTCHEFSTROOM (19 Dec) squared circle datestamp. Johannesburg (21 Dec) transit backstamp and with St Helena (8 Jan) arrival struck on the front. The envelope was opened by censor and resealed with a ‘ON HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE / Opened Under Martial Law.’ black on pink censor label. Attractive and a fine early example of mail sent at the recently inaugurated rate of 1d per half ounce. This followed Transvaal’s joining the Imperial Penny Post system on 1st December 1900, 19 days before this letter was mailed. £75
MT141 1901 17th June, ZAR 4d registered stationery envelope reverse flap overprinted V.R.I., bearing ½d, 1d x two overprints (SG 226, 227, 239), cancelled PRETORIA, addressed to Germany. Opened at left and resealed with pink 'OPENED BY CENSOR' tape, red triangular cachet alongside. Transit and arrival backstamps. £35
T1690 1901 (July), envelope sent registered to England. Bearing ten duties of the ‘V.R.I.’ overprints (½d to 2/6 and 10/-, SG 226-234, 236), all tied by Johannesburg (22 July) double circle datestamps and with an oval ‘R’ registration cachet struck at left. Passed Press Censor / Johannesburg and various Registered London (16 and 17 Aug) arrival backstamps. The cover slightly foreshortened at left. Philatelically inspired, though the 10/- is rarely seen used on any postal matter. An excellent reference for genuine, overprinted stamps. £85
MT139 1901 October, ZAR 4d registered stationery envelope reverse flap overprinted V.R.I., bearing 'Half Penny' and 1d x two overprints (SG 239, 243), cancelled with registration cachets, addressed to Germany. Struck with agents triangular 'PASSED CENSOR' cachet, transit and arrival backstamps. £35
MT175 1901 18th November, Anglo Boer War illustrated advertising envelope for ‘Lloyd & Lloyd Tubes and Fittings’, bearing E.R.I. Half Penny overprint (SG 243), cancelled JOHANNESBURG locally addressed. Struck with oval 'PASSED PRESS CENSOR' cachet alongside. Sent at the unsealed open letter rate. £35
MT186 1904 January, Anglo Boer War Post Card with black and white image of Paul Kruger on reverse, hand-painted below, bearing E.R.I. Half Penny surcharge on 2d (SG 243, defective at base), cancelled 'P O A / 73' barred circle. Apparently written from one prisoner of war to another, addressed to Merebank Camp. Unusual and attractive. £125
MT169 1902 19th February, cover bearing 2d and 2½d V. R. I. overprints (SG 228, 229), each cancelled large 'VOLKSRUST' datestamps, addressed to Natal. Arrival backstamp. £30
T2258 1902 (1st April), Anglo-Boer War period ‘First Day of Issue’ envelope addressed and sent registered to Durban, Natal. Bearing KEVII ½d, 1d, 2d, 2½d, 6d and 2/- (SG 244-7, 250, 252), all tied by REGISTERED / 1 APR 02 / PRETORIA boxed registration cachets. With triangular ‘PASSED PRESS CENSOR / PRETORIA cachet. The envelope with horizontal crease clear of the adhesives, the 1d faded and the ½d and 6d crossed by blue registration line. The scarce 2/- is very fine. A remarkably rare franking with few first day cancellations recorded, this being the first we recall handling. £150
MT184 1902 21st April, Anglo-Boer War mourning envelope bearing ‘E.R.I. / Half / Penny’ surcharge on ZAR 2d brown and green (SG 243), cancelled 'JOHANNESBURG / 5' datestamp, addressed to Pretoria. Struck with with oval ‘PASSED PRESS / CENSOR / JOHANNESBURG and then triangular 'PASSED PRESS CENSOR' cachets. Arrival backstamp. £25
T1829 1902 (31st May), ZAR 4d registered postal stationery envelope with flap embossing overprinted ‘E.R.I.’. Addressed to Germany and bearing KEVII ½d to 10/-, being the complete set of ten available at this date (the 3d and 4d were issued in December 1902). All stamps are neatly tied by Registered Johannesburg (31 May) double circle datestamps, with an additional strike on the flap. London (21 June) transit on front and Hamburg (22 June) arrival backstamp. A crease affects the ½d, otherwise a very scarce and attractive franking. £275
MT137 1902 June, ZAR 4d registered stationery envelope reverse flap overprinted V.R.I., bearing ½d x eight overprints (SG 238), cancelled with registration cachets, addressed to Germany. Struck with large violet 'PASSED BY CENSOR' cachet, arrival backstamp. A little soiled. £30
T1382 1902 (July), cover addressed to the USA bearing GB QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d vermilion (creased before affixing) and 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 197, 200) each tied by POTCHEFSTROOM (13 July) double circle datestamps. With purple collector’s (?) handstamp at lower left. Chicago (15 Aug) arrival backstamp. Irregular, though apparently officially sanctioned usage of GB stamps six weeks after the end of the Boer War. Flap missing and clean vertical crease at left though of fine appearance. Most unusual. £160
T1864 1902 (12th August), illustrated advertising envelope for ‘Lloyd & Lloyd Tubes and Fittings’. Addressed locally and bearing a single KEVII ½d ‘black’ and bluish green (SG 244) tied by a Johannesburg (12 July) double circle datestamp. Originally sent at the unsealed open letter rate, though the flap has subsequently been partially stuck down. £45
T2232 RAILWAY 1903 (6th April) stampless official envelope with ‘On His Majesty’s Service’ printed at top and a large CENTRAL SOUTH AFRICAN RAILWAYS / JOHANNESBURG / (Crown) / 4 / OFFICIAL oval cachet struck in purple at lower left (signifying free franking). Addressed to a Mr Hands at ‘Goldfields Hotel / Johannesburg’ then readdressed to ‘Royal Hotel / Durban’ With JOHANNESBURG (6 APR and 10 APR) double circle datestamps and a Durban (12 Apr) arrival backstamp. Written-up on page ex Drysdall £55
MT192 1903 2nd June, KEVII ½d green stationery envelope, uprated with KEVII 2½d and 4d, each crisply cancelled 'MODDERFONTEIN', addressed to Austria. Most attractive. £40
MT154 1903 17th July, cover bearing KEVII 1d black and carmine (SG 245), cancelled 'KLERKSDOORP'. With a hand drawn and coloured address being a lady hanging up her washing on a line, the various articles containing the address details, to England. Reverse flap lacking, arrival backstamp. Delightful. £75
T1900 1903 (17th October), printed envelope addressed locally, franked with a JOHANNESBURG / 17 X 03 ½d / PAID segmented double circle datestamp, struck in red. Very fine and apparently unrecorded. £85
T1849 1903 (December), black and white picture postcard (Krugersdorp – Monument Of Independence.’) Addressed to England and bearing a single KEVII ½d (SG 244) tied by two strikes of a KRUGERSDORP (7 Dec) double circle datestamp. The card was underpaid and marked accordingly with a small circular ‘T/VII’ (presumably the assigned code for Krugersdorp). A large ‘1D/F.B./C.’ marking was applied on arrival in England along with a Welwyn (26 Dec) arrival datestamp. The tax markings with Roman numerals at base are scarce. Very fine. £65
MT138 1904 16th April, KEVII 4d registered stationery envelope, bearing 2½d x two (SG 247), each crisply cancelled KRABBEFONTEIN, addressed to Germany. Transit and arrival backstamps. £55
T317 1904 (April), cover to England bearing single KEVII 1d black and scarlet (SG 245) tied by superb CANTONMENT B.O. / STANDERTON TVL (25 Apr) double circle datestamp. Sevenoaks (21 May) arrival backstamp. Very attractive cover. £45
T125 1904 (October), picture postcard ('Native Baptismal Service – Middleburg, Transvaal') addressed to England bearing KEVII 1d (SG 261) tied by WONDERFONTEIN MIDDELBURG (16 Oct) datestamp. £15
MT164 1904 2nd October, black and white Post Card of the Officers Club, Middelburg, bearing KEVII 1d black and scarlet (SG 245), cancelled 'CANTONMENT B.O. / MIDDELBURG TVL' double circle datestamp. Addressed to England. £35
T738 1905 (February), colour picture postcard (‘Ricksha Boys’) used to Belgium bearing KEVII 1d (SG 245) tied by Johannesburg (27 Feb) double circle datestamp. With a very fine strike of the boxed ‘POSTED TOO LATE / 1’ cachet struck in black. £45
T1899 1905 (10th May), envelope addressed to Heidelberg, franked with a JOHANNESBURG / 10 MAY 05 ½ / PAID double circle datestamp (with inner circle divided), struck in red. Backstamped with a Heidelberg / Tvaal (11 May) arrival datestamp. Fine and scarce. £75
T1901 1905 (5th August), black and white picture postcard featuring portrait of pianist Mr Mark Hambourg and advertisement by ‘B & F Wheeler’s South African Tours’ for a forthcoming recital tour. Franked with a JOHANNESBURG / 5 AUG 05 ½ / PAID double circle datestamp (with inner circle divided), struck in red. Fine and scarce. £75
MT115 1905 (1st September), printed cover for the 'BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE', bearing a single KEVII 1d (SG 261) tied by a very fine strike of the BRITISH ASSOCIATION / JOHANNESBURG (1 - SEP) large double rimmed datestamp struck in violet. Addressed to Mount Darwin, Rhodesia. Opening tear at top. Very scarce, this datestamp was only in use for four days from 29th August to 1st September. £275
MT161 1906 8th January, large piece cut from the TRANSVAAL LEADER printed newspaper wrapper, bearing KEVII pair 1d scarlet (SG 274), lightly cancelled. Most attractive. £55
MT166 1906 19th February, coloured Post Card of a native homestead bearing KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274), cancelled crisp 'CANTONMENT POTCHEFSTROOM' datestamp. Addressed to England. £35
MT03 1906 (March), cover bearing KEVII 6d (grey)black and orange, cancelled crisp 'VONBRANDSIS B.O. / JOHANNESBURG / 12 MAR 06' datestamp, sent registered to England. Transit and arrival backstamps. A very scarce strike. £75
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
T690 1906 (May), picture postcard (‘Monument to 92nd Gordon Highlanders / Mount Prospect Cemetery.’) used to USA bearing KEVII 1d (SG 274) tied by Johannesburg (?) (MY 14) double circle datestamp. With very fine boxed ‘POSTED TOO LATE / 1’ cachet struck in black. £45
MT156 1906 14th May, coloured postcard 'A Native Homestead', bearing a KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274), lightly cancelled. Struck with POSTED LATE boxed cachet in black, addressed to the USA. £40
T1735 1906 (August), envelope addressed to 'Fiji Islands', bearing KEVII 2½d black and blue (SG 263) tied by a Johannesburg (5 Aug) machine roller cancellation. Sydney (4 Sep) transit and Suva (11 Sep) arrival backstamps. A very unusual destination. £85
T671 1906 (October), picture postcard (‘Drummer, 5th Royal Irish Lancers’). Addressed to Klerksdorp and bearing a KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274) tied by Johannesburg (12 Oct) double circle datestamp. The adhesive partly overstruck on arrival with an apparently unrecorded KLERKSDORP TVL (12 OC) skeleton / relief type datestamp. Very scarce. £45
MT160 1907 22nd May, cover bearing KEVII 1d scarlet x five (SG 274), twice lightly cancelled STEENBOKFONTEIN, sent registered to Pretoria. Hand written registration indication, reverse with RUSTENBURG TRANSVAAL sc transit strike for the same day and Pretoria on the 23rd. Few light faults at left. A very scarce office. £65
MT143 1907 June, KEVII 1d wrapper, cancelled 'ELANDS RIVER', addressed to Amsterdam. Arrival backstamp. £35
MT173 1907 December, incoming post card from New York addressed to Johannesburg, upon arrival struck with 'TRANSVAAL T.P.O. / EUROPEAN MAIL' datestamp. Stamp removed, still an uncommon strike. £20
T1515 1908 (February), black and white picture postcard (‘Pretoria, Near the Fountains’). Addressed to Germany, bearing a KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274, surface scuff) tied by Pretoria (24 Feb) double circle datestamp. With superb POSTED LATE boxed cachet struck in black. £55
T270 1908 (May), KEVII ½d embossed postal stationery envelope, used locally at the unsealed rate, cancelled with HEIDELBERG (10 May) double circle datestamp. Clean and attractive. £45
MT157 1908 12th May, printed OH HIS MAJESTY's SERVICE / POST OFFICE TRANSVAAL cover, bearing KEVII 3d black and sage-green (SG 264), machine cancelled JOHANNESBURG, addressed to the USA. Arrival backstamp. £35
T1775 1908 (13th May), KEVII ½d postal stationery card addressed locally and cancelled with a Johannesburg (13 May) double circle datestamp. The reverse with printed notice headed ‘PHILATELIC SOCIETY OF JOHANNESBURG’ advising of a forthcoming meeting. Interesting glimpse into the early philatelic scene in Johannesburg.
 
Note: a short-lived ‘Johannesburg Philatelic Society’ was founded in 1894. In 1899 a second attempt was made with the society known as the ‘Philatelic Society of Johannesburg’. In 1908 the name was changed to the ‘Johannesburg United Philatelic Society. By 1931 the name had again reverted to ‘The Philatelic Society of Johannesburg’.
£35
MT158 1908 23rd November, cover bearing KEVII 2½d black and blue (SG 263) machine cancelled JOHANNESBURG, addressed to the USA. Arrival backstamp. £25
MT159 1908 30th November, cover bearing KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274), cancelled KOSTER / TRANSVAAL dc strike, addressed to Taaiboschspruit. Krugersdorp (30th November), Potchefstroom (1st December) transit backstamps and TAAIBOSCHSPRUIT arrival for the 5th December. Cover somewhat battered and with stamp largely cut around, but still a most unusual origin and destination. £65
MT165 1910 31st January, coloured Post Card of Zulu Warriors bearing KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274), cancelled twice by 'CANTONMENT / POTCHEFSTROOM' datestamps. Addressed to England. £30
MT142 1910 14th May, KEVII 4d large size registered stationery envelope, bearing 2d, 6d and 1/- (SG 262, 266a, 267), each cancelled NYLSTROOM, addressed to Austria. Transit and arrival backstamps. Light edge faults. £45
MT155 1910 18th July, printed advertising cover (J. FORREST & Co.') bearing KEVII 2½d and 6d (SG 276, 266) cancelled 'JOHANNESBURG', addressed to the U.S.A. Most attractive. £55
MT146 1910 27th September, interprovincial period (Transvaal used in Transvaal). KEVII ½d green embossed postal stationery envelope cancelled 'MACHADODOORP' and addressed to Lourenco Marques. Arrival backstamp. A fine example of the ½d unsealed open letter rate. £40
T133 1910 (November), interprovincial period (ORC used in Transvaal). Orange River Colony KEVII ½d green embossed postal stationery envelope used locally in the Transvaal, cancelled with BENONI (16 Nov) datestamp. A fine example of the ½d unsealed open letter rate. £45
T1692 1911 (June), interprovincial period. Sepia picture postcard (Schoonspruit Bridge, Klerksdorp) addressed to Cape Town and sent unstamped. With a Klerksdorp (26 June) double circle despatch datestamp and a Transvaal period circular ‘T/1D’ tax mark with code ‘IX’ at base (not recorded in Mathews). Cape Town (29 June) arrival. Scarce. £55
SA643 1912 (July), interprovincial period (Transvaal used in ORC). Cover addressed to the USA bearing Transvaal KEVII 1d (SG 274) tied by neat LADYBRAND (20 July) double circle datestamp. The postage was underpaid and the cover was struck with a coded circular ‘T / 43’ tax marking. Diagonal creases. Clean and attractive. £45
T2153 TRANSVAAL / Postmark Great Britain QV 1d lilac (SG 172) tied to small piece by a fine, full strike of a ZEERUST / R. (2 JUL 00) double circle datestamp, apparently with the ‘Z.A.’ of ‘Z.A.R.’ excised. Listed by Alex Visser in his online update of ‘The Postmarks’. £45
POSTAL STATIONERY
T611 1902 KEVII 1d bright rose-carmine postal stationery envelope overprinted SPECIMEN in large seriffed letters, applied diagonally. Very fine. Q&J E6AS £15
T612 1899 4d yellow-olive registered postal stationery envelope (size F). Flap stuck down, otherwise fine. Q&J R1A £7
T613 1899 4d yellow-olive registered postal stationery envelope (size G). Very fine. Q&J R1B £7
T614 1901 4d yellow-olive registered postal stationery envelope (size G) overprinted ‘E.R.I.’ Flap stuck down, otherwise fine. Q&J R4B £7
T615 1901 KEVII 4d light (greyish) blue registered postal stationery envelope (size F) overprinted SPECIMEN in large seriffed letters, applied diagonally. Hint of light peripheral discolouration, otherwise very fine. Q&J R5AS £10
T2229 c1893 ‘Vurtheim’ 1d carmine postal stationery card (H&G 2). With printed address ‘TRANSVAAL COAL TRUST COMPANY, LIMITED. / BOX 888, / JOHANNESBURG’. The reverse with printed form dated ‘189’ requesting credit for return of empty coal bags. Very fine unused. (Q&J P1) £15
T616 1894 1d rose-red postal stationery card with shafts. Very fine unused. Q&J P3 £8
T618 1894 1d rose-red postal stationery card with pole. Very fine unused. Q&J P4 £5
T619 1897 1d rose-red and green postal stationery card. Very fine unused. Q&J P5 £7
MT50 1903 KEVII ½d reply paid Post Card, overprinted 'SPECIMEN'. Very fine. £15
POSTAL STATIONERY CARDS WITH PRIVATELY PRINTED VIEWS
References to 'Q&J' are to 'The Postal Stationery of South Africa' (Part 1, Provinces) by W.J. Quik and Dr. G.H. Jonkers (1998)
T2224 LATE CRISIS CARD 1897 (25th January), 1d rose-red postal stationery card (H&G 2) addressed to the USA. The reverse with privately printed view in brown titled ‘THE LATE CRISIS IN JOHANNESBURG / SCENE IN SIMMONDS STREET’ The imprinted stamp cancelled with a JOHANNESBURG (25 JAN) double circle datestamp. Saint Louis (1 Mar) arrival datestamp struck at upper left. The view side also showing boxed cachet of ‘M.Z. Booleman’, one of the first stamp dealers in Johannesburg, struck in violet. Corner crease, otherwise fine and very scarce. (Q&J PP1.1) £125
T759 GROET UIT PRETORIA 1901 (June), ½d green postal stationery card (H&G 3) the reverse with privately printed view in grey-black titled ‘Groet Uit Pretoria’ with view of an un-named street. Used from Pretoria to Holland. No datestamp, though with triangular Pretoria censor cachet. Amsterdam datestamp (6 July) where it was readdressed, and Arnhem (8 July) arrival datestamp. Small edge nick, otherwise fine and early use. (Q&J PP28.1) £65
T760 GROET UIT ZUID AFRIKA 1912 (16th December), ½d green postal stationery card (H&G 3) the reverse with privately printed view in grey-black titled ‘Groet Uit Zuid-Afrika’ with view of Church Square in a decorated frame. Used in interprovincial period with ink lines through ZAR heading of card. Addressed to England with KEVII 1d (SG 274) paying postage, tied by Roberts Heights, Pretoria (16 Dec) datestamp. Some discolouration around edges, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP32.1) £55
T761 GROET UIT ZUID AFRIKA 1902 (23rd July), ½d green postal stationery card (H&G 3) the reverse with privately printed view in grey-black titled ‘Groet Uit Zuid-Afrika’ with view of Church Square in a decorated frame. Addressed to Switzerland with additional KEVII ½d pair (SG 244) paying the postage, cancelled or tied by Johannesburg (23 July) datestamps. Brugg (17 Aug) and Widen (18 Aug) arrival datestamps. Minor corner bends, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP33.2) £65
T768 COMMISSIONER STREET 1899 (24th April), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in colour titled ‘Commissioner Street’ with trams in background and ‘Johannesburg by night’ (with clouds and blue sky!) Cancelled Johannesburg (24 April) and addressed to Germany with Hanover (14 and 15 May) arrival datestamps. Corner faults and tear into design at right. Scarce. (Q&J PP70.1) £35
T776 LOVEDAY STREET 1898 (30th May), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘Loveday Street’ and ‘Greetings from Johannesburg.’ Cancelled Germiston (30 May) and addressed to Netherlands with Arnhem (18 June) arrival datestamp. Very fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP45.2) £65
T781 TELEPHONE TOWER / PRITCHARD STREET 1898 (24th October), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with two privately printed views in colour titled ‘Telephone Tower’ and ‘Pritchard Street’ with ‘Greetings from Johannesburg.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (24 Oct) and addressed to Germany. Creased at left edge, otherwise very fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP47.4) £55
T783 TELEPHONE TOWER / PRITCHARD STREET 1898 (18th April), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with two privately printed views in colour titled ‘Telephone Tower’ and ‘Pritchard Street’ with ‘Greetings from Johannesburg.’ With more colour and different spacing in words of the caption, greeting etc. Cancelled Johannesburg (18 April, believed to be earliest recorded date), addressed to France with Bordeaux (17 May) arrival datestamp. Very fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP47.4 var) £85
T786 A KAFFIR FAMILY 1898 (12th December), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘A Kaffir Family’ and ‘Greetings from South Africa.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (12 Dec) and addressed to Germany with Altona (4 Jan) arrival datestamp. Fine and scarce. (Q&J PP48.5) £65
T787 HEY’S PARK 1898 (3rd March), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘Hey’s Park’ and ‘Greetings from Pretoria.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (3 Mar, earliest recorded date) and addressed to Germany with arrival (28 Mar) datestamp. Few minor bends, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP55.1) £55
T664 HEY’S PARK, PRETORIA 1901 (28th February), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view of ‘Hey’s Park, Pretoria’ in greenish black and ‘Greetings from South Africa’ below. Addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of a 2½d ‘V.R.I.’ overprint (SG 229) tied by Krugersdorp (28 Feb) datestamp with additional strike below the imprinted stamp. German (25 Mar) arrival cds. (Q&J unlisted. As PP67.3 and Leeflang 7.7, though not in colour) £75
T790 HEY’S PARK, PRETORIA 1899 (13th May), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in colour titled ‘Hey’s Park, Pretoria’ and ‘Greetings from South Africa.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (13 May) and addressed to Germany with arrival (3 June) datestamp. Very fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP67.3) £85
T791 THE POST OFFICE (error) c1899, 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘The Post Office’ (in error for the Royal Hotel and Church Street, Potchefstroom) and ‘Greetings from Pretoria’. The errors corrected with red ink. Two corner creases otherwise very fine unused. Scarce. (Q&J PP56.2) £75
T793 THE POST OFFICE (error) 1899 (13th March), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in colour titled ‘The Post Office’ (in error for the Royal Hotel and Church Street, Potchefstroom) and ‘Greetings from Pretoria’. The errors corrected with handstamps. Cancelled Modderfontein (13 Mar) and addressed to Austria-Hungary with Debreczen (3 Apr) arrival datestamp. Edge wear and damage at lower left, otherwise fine and scarce. (Q&J PP56.2a) £45
T799 THE ROYAL HOTEL (error) c1899, 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in colour titled ‘The Royal Hotel and Church Street’ (in error for the Post Office, Pretoria) and ‘Greetings from Potchefstroom.’ Addressed to Germany though uncancelled. Small scuff and light creasing at right, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP58.1) £65
T800 PRESIDENT KRUGER c1899, 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in deep dull blue titled ‘President Kruger’ and ‘Greetings from Transvaal.’ Very fine unused. Scarce. (Q&J PP62.1) £85
T805 EX PRESIDENT KRUGER 1907 (3rd October), black and white picture postcard (not postal stationery) with view titled ‘Ex President Kruger’. Apparently using an enlargement of the same photograph used for items of postal stationery, also printed by Sallo Epstein though this being published in Durban. Locally addressed in Johannesburg. Stamp removed. Interesting. £20
T806 AAPIES RIVER c1898, 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘Aapies River near Pretoria’ and ‘Greetings from South Africa.’ Very fine unused. Scarce. (Q&J PP66.2) £75
T807 AAPIES RIVER 1898 (28th November), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘Aapies River near Pretoria’ and ‘Greetings from South Africa.’ Endorsed ‘Per R.M.S. Mexican’ (later sunk in a collision). Cancelled Modderfontein (28 Nov) and addressed to Austria with Wien (20 Dec) arrival datestamp. Some minor edge wear, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP66.2) £55
T604 AAPIES RIVER 1897, 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view of ‘Aapies River near Pretoria’ in colour and ‘Greetings from South Africa’ below. Very fine unused. Q&J 66.2a, Leeflang 7.2. £125
T808 AAPIES RIVER 1898 (31st October), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in colour titled ‘Aapies River near Pretoria’ and ‘Greetings from South Africa.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (31 Oct) and addressed to Germany with Kupferdreh (20 Nov) arrival datestamp. A little edge or corner creasing, otherwise fine and scarce. (Q&J PP66.2a) £75
T811 ZAR FLAG c1900 / Anglo-Boer War?, colour picture postcard (not postal stationery) with undivided back. The viewside featuring the colours of the ZAR flag with unusually spelt title ‘TRANSWAAL’. Also with ZAR coat-of-arms and a lady in circle with what appears to be a rifle. Unusual. £25
T620 1902 KEVII ½d blue-green postal stationery card, overprinted SPECIMEN in large seriffed letters, applied diagonally. Very fine. Q&J P18S £15
T621 1902 KEVII ½d blue-green postal stationery card. Very fine unused. Q&J P18 £5
T622 1902 KEVII 1d carmine-red postal stationery card, overprinted SPECIMEN in large seriffed letters, applied diagonally. Slight surface scuff at upper right corner, clear of stamp. Otherwise very fine. Q&J P19S £8
T624 1902 KEVII ½d + ½d blue-green reply paid postal stationery card. Very fine unused. Q&J P20 £7
T627 1902 KEVII 1d deep carmine on pale blue postal stationery letter card. Very fine unused. Q&J L1 £10
T628 1902 KEVII ½d deep blue-green postal stationery wrapper. Very fine unused. Q&J W13 £7
T629 1902 KEVII 1d deep rose-red postal stationery wrapper. Very fine unused. Q&J W14 £7
T2225 c1909-1911 picture postcard published by R.O. Füsslein of Johannesburg with illustration by Heinrich Egersdorfer titled ‘Sketches of South African Life / Series VI: Trekking / No. 1 Uitspan at Midday. The Pride of the Family off for a shoot’. Small corner faults, otherwise very fine. Delightful. £15
T2226 c1909-1911 picture postcard published by R.O. Füsslein of Johannesburg with illustration by Heinrich Egersdorfer titled ‘Sketches of South African Life / Series VI: Trekking / No. 4 Halt at a Country Road-side Hotel’. Very fine. Delightful. £15
T2228 c1909-1911 picture postcard published by R.O. Füsslein of Johannesburg with illustration by Heinrich Egersdorfer titled ‘Sketches of South African Life / Series VI: Trekking / No. 6 Uitspan at Night’. Minor edge faults, otherwise very fine. Delightful. £15
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