Z.A.R. / TRANSVAAL
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1896 (January), OFS ‘Brief Kaart’ with ½d chestnut postcard stamp (SG P2b) and normal ½d chestnut (SG 48) both affixed and tied by Bloemfontein (11 Jan) squared circle datestamps. The reverse with printed bank communication. Addressed to Pretoria and bearing an unusual large boxed instructional cachet struck in reddish purple, reading “Om Mis-Sorteering, Vertraging en / mogelijk verlies te voorkomen wordt / gij verzocht alle correspondentie aan / het nommer der bus te adresseeren.” (roughly translated as “To prevent mis-sorting, delay and possible loss, it is requested all correspondence is addressed to the box number”). This is presumably a ZAR cachet applied on arrival in Pretoria. Very rare and apparently a previously unrecorded marking.
1896 (January), 1d red ‘shafts’ postal stationery card (Q&J P3) addressed to Bloemfontein cancelled with a bold ‘16’ in triangle with proving OTTOSHOOP (6 Jan) double circle datestamp at lower left. Johannesburg (8 Jan) transit and Bloemfontein (9 Jan) arrival backstamps.
£325
SOLD
Recent acquisitions are numbered in blue. Last update: 27th July, 2017
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
T1704 1871 (August), stampless, printed letter (reduced at sides) showing part of a membership list for the ‘Aurora’ Masonic Lodge. Addressed to a member of the ‘Unie’ Lodge in Bloemfontein, OVS. Bearing an originating PRETORIA / Z.A.R. / ZUID AFRIKA (AU 13 / 71) single circle datestamp at upper right. With large ‘1’ in blue manuscript denoting the 1d printed mater rate. A very scarce item of mail between the two Boer Republics. A very similar item is illustrated in ‘The Postal History of the Orange Free State’ (p173) by Robert Allison. £375
T1753 1872 (September), ZAR / CAPE / GRIQUALAND WEST COMBINATION COVER addressed to England and endorsed ‘Per R. Mail Steamer’. Bearing, on the reverse, Borrius 1870 printing 6d dull blue BLOCK OF FOUR (SG 23a, one damaged) cancelled with two strikes of the ZAR target-type obliterator and with an originating POTCHEFSTROOM / ZUID AFRIKA (28 ? Aug) single circle datestamp, also struck on the reverse. The cover was routed via Griqualand West prior to it being declared a Crown Colony in January 1873 and received a fair transit strike of the very scarce DIAMOND FIELDS (3 Sep) dated town oval on the reverse (the PO was then located at Klip Drift). The front of the cover bears six examples (strip of three, pair and a single) of the Cape rectangle 4d blue (SG 24a), all tied by the distinctive Griqualand West circular barred dumb obliterator. Cape Town (13 Sep) transit on the front partially ties one of the 4d adhesives and with a Liverpool (18 Oct) arrival backstamp. Flap with tear and some adhesives with faults, though a remarkable and extremely rare combination cover from the period when there was no postal agreement between the ZAR and the Cape and full postage (2s + 2s) of both territories had to be paid. Sismondo certificate (2002) SOLD
T1752 1877 (March), ZAR / CAPE COMBINATION COVER. Mourning envelope addressed to England. Bearing a ZAR 1875 6d deep blue (SG 63c) used with a light target-type cancellation,. The ZAR adhesive is partly overlapped by a Cape of Good Hope 6d violet (SG 25b) tied by a ‘1’ Barred Oval Numeral Cancellation, also tying the ZAR adhesive. With originating strike of PRETORIA / ZUID AFRIKA (14 Mar) single circle datestamp below. Cape Town (26 Mar) transit at lower left. Cape Packet Plymouth (22 Apr) and London (23 Apr) transit backstamps. This envelope would have been carried on the Currie steamer ‘Corland’ which sailed from Cape Town on the 27th March 1877. The cover with a few edge tears and small part of flap missing, though a rare cover, being one of the few known bearing an unoverprinted ZAR 6d paying the ZAR portion of the 6d + 6d rate, which was only introduced two weeks earlier on the 1st March, 1877. The ZAR was annexed four weeks later on the 12th April, 1877. Clear RPS certificate (1973) SOLD
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
T1751 1878 (April), ZAR / CAPE COMBINATION COVER addressed to England. Bearing a Transvaal 1878 3d mauve on blue (SG 149) used with a target-type cancellation. A Cape of Good Hope 6d was applied, probably at Lydenburg, slightly overlapping the Transvaal adhesive and tied in transit by a Cape Town (26 Apr) single circle datestamp with an additional strike alongside. With an originating LYDENBURG / ZUID AFRIKA (13 Apr) single circle datestamp at lower left. Cape Packet Plymouth (24 May) and Hull (25 May) transit / arrival backstamps. Believed to have been carried on the Union liner ‘African’. Some edge stains though a rare cover. SOLD
T539 1879 (January), stampless cover 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. £1,400
T663 1880 (May), Soldier’s concessionary rate cover to Scotland, bearing a single Queen Victoria 1d pale red-brown (SG 134) cancelled with ‘1’ target-type canceller and with proving PRETORIA / ZAR / ZUID AFRIKA single circle datestamp at left. Endorsed at top “From No. 982 Pte John R Minto” and countersigned at lower left by the Commanding Officer of the 2/21st Royal Scots Fusiliers. Backstamped with a very fine strike of the ‘Edinburgh & Carstairs Sorting Tender’ (4 July) datestamp. An attractive and very scarce example of the 1d soldier’s concession rate. £850
T540 1880 (September), incoming cover 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
NA332 1884 (June), incoming mourning cover from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) cancelled with a Sidmouth (19 June) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre / Ngoka River / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Plymouth / Pr ‘Spartan’ / June 20, 1884”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Moodies Reef” (ZAR). The postage to the ZAR was receipted by the affixing of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (21 July) datestamp. Plymouth (20 June), G.P.O. Natal (17 July), Newcastle (21 July) and M.W. Stroom / Transvaal (22 July) 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. £575
NA151 1884 (October), incoming mourning cover from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) tied by Sidmouth (2 Oct) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre” / Post Office / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Dartmouth / Pr ‘Roslin Castle’ / Oct 3, 1884”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Moodies Reef” (ZAR) and endorsed “Moodies Reef / via Kantoor’ in red The postage to the ZAR was receipted by the affixing of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (3 Nov) datestamp. Dartmouth (3 Oct), G.P.O. Natal (28 Oct), Newcastle (3 Nov), M.W. STROOM / TRANSVAAL (6 Nov) transit / arrival backstamps. Closed flap tear, otherwise very fine and 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. (See also item NA114 below) £575
T1540 1884 (December), cover 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 cover 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. £575
T1541 1885 (April), cover from Rustenburg addressed to Natal. Bearing Celliers 1883 re-issue 1d black and 3d pale red (SG 171, 173) tied by a neat ‘3’ target-type canceller with a proving strike of RUSTENBURG / TRANSVAAL (6 Apr) single circle datestamp struck at lower left. The reverse showing Pretoria (6 Apr), Newcastle (13 Apr), Dundee (14 Apr), Helpmakaar (15 Apr, single circle), Greytown (16 Apr) and Hermannsburg (18 Apr) transit / arrival datestamps. A remarkably clean and attractive cover and a scarce example of the 4d rate to an adjoining territory. £800
T856 1887 (October), folded entire addressed to Kimberley. Containing a printed notice regarding “The Half-Yearly General Meeting” of the “Pearl Central Mill and Gold Mining Co” of Barberton, held on 2nd November 1887. Bearing a single Vurtheim 1d (SG 176a) tied by a most unusual ‘1’ in horizontal 9-bar oval obliterator. An attractive example of what appears to be a 1d open letter rate to a neighbouring state. £275
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
AC530 1889 (March), incoming registered cover from the Cape, addressed to Johannesburg. Bearing a single 6d bright mauve (SG 52b, corner fault), tied by light but readable ‘227’ BONC with proving Registered Kimberley (20 Mar) oval datestamp alongside, both struck in RED. Backstamped with very scarce WITWATERSRAND (24 Mar, with ‘9’ for year) single circle datestamp. £85
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
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
T1512 1892 (August), cover addressed to Germany bearing ‘Vurtheim’ ½d and 3d (SG 175, 180) tied by neat ‘4’ in ZAR triangular obliterator with Barberton truncated double circle datestamp (13 Aug) struck at left. Various manuscript tax markings including ‘T’ in blue, ‘3½’ in red and ‘15c’ in black, the latter over a ‘T’ handstruck in black. London (10 Sep) transit and Hannover (11 Sep) arrival backstamps. Clean vertical fold, otherwise a fine proving cover. £275
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
T1746 1896 (January), 1d red ‘shafts’ postal stationery card (Q&J P3) addressed to Bloemfontein cancelled with a bold ‘16’ in triangle with proving OTTOSHOOP (6 Jan) double circle datestamp at lower left. Johannesburg (8 Jan) transit and Bloemfontein (9 Jan) arrival backstamps. SOLD
T1745 1896 (January), OFS ‘Brief Kaart’ with ½d chestnut postcard stamp (SG P2b) and normal ½d chestnut (SG 48) both affixed and tied by Bloemfontein (11 Jan) squared circle datestamps. The reverse with printed bank communication. Addressed to Pretoria and bearing an unusual large boxed instructional cachet struck in reddish purple, reading “Om Mis-Sorteering, Vertraging en / mogelijk verlies te voorkomen wordt / gij verzocht alle correspondentie aan / het nommer der bus te adresseeren.” (roughly translated as “To prevent mis-sorting, delay and possible loss, it is requested all correspondence is addressed to the box number”). This is presumably a ZAR cachet applied on arrival in Pretoria. Very rare and apparently a previously unrecorded marking. £325
T1517 1896 ½d postal stationery card (Quik & Jonkers type P5). Addressed to Pretoria (no message) and the impressed stamp has been cancelled with a superb ‘CORK’ cancellation struck in blue-black. Very scarce. £65
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
T551 1899 (June), 2d brown and green postal stationery wrapper, cancelled with Johannesburg (21? Jun) squared circle addressed to Germany with Goppingen (17 Jul) arrival backstamp. £45
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
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
T1198 1900 (October), Anglo-Boer War period cover addressed to Pretoria, bearing a single ZAR 1d pale blue overprinted ‘V.R.I.’ (postal fiscal, SG F1) tied by HEIDELBERG (25 Oct) double circle datestamp. Pretoria (26 Oct) arrival backstamp. Rather roughly opened through flap and slit at left. Very scarce, albeit unauthorised, usage of this stamp on cover. £275
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
T1565 1902 (April), Anglo-Boer War period cover sent registered to Port Elizabeth, bearing a single KEVII 2/- black and brown (SG 252) tied by a Pretoria (30 Apr) double circle datestamp. With a boxed Pretoria registration cachet and a PASSED PRESS CENSOR / PRETORIA triangular censor marking. Registered Port Elizabeth (4 May) arrival backstamp. Presumably philatelically inspired, though a very scarce stamp used. £110
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
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
T1696 1904 (6th June), colour picture postcard (Rissik Street, Johannesburg). Addressed to England and bearing a single KEVII ½d (SG 244) tied by a ROODEPOORT (6 Jun) double circle datestamp. The card was underpaid and marked accordingly with a small circular ‘T/XXI’ (presumably the code for Roodeport) and an octagonal ‘T/5/CENTIMES marking. A large ‘1D/I.S./B.’ marking was applied on arrival in England. The tax markings with Roman numerals at base are scarce. Very fine. £75
T1144 1904 (September), KEVII 1d postal stationery Letter Card, addressed to Scotland and cancelled with Roberts Heights Pretoria (29 AUG 04) double circle datestamp. Inverness (SP 18) transit and Tomatin (SP 19) arrival backstamps. The inside with attractive watercolour and pen and ink sketches titled ‘Schanz Kop Fort’ and ‘Cantonments From Schanz Kop’. Small edge fault from opening though a most unusual military related item. £225
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
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
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
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
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
T1636 1908 (February), cover addressed to the USA, bearing a pair of KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274) tied by PREMIER MINE (24 Feb) double circle datestamps. The cover was underpaid and received a large circular ‘T / LV’ taxe marking proving use of this number at Premier Mine. On arrival in the USA, the cover received a New York (22 Mar) ‘Due 2c’ marking and a 2c postage due was affixed (pre-cancelled with blue crayon). Scarce. £110
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
T1688 1908 (November), envelope sent registered to England. Bearing a single KEVII 6d (SG 266a, with pre-affixing crease) tied by a REGISTERED / FRASER ST. JOHANNESBURG (30 Nov) double circle datestamp. Fraser St / Johannesburg registration cachet struck at left and with ‘Registered S.E.D.O.’ (19 Dec) arrival backstamp. Cover with small tear at top (clear of adhesive). £35
T1446 1909 (January), cover sent registered to England bearing KEVII 6d ‘black’ and brown-orange and 1d scarlet (SG 266a, 273) tied by FRASER ST / JOHANNESBURG (4 Jan) double circle datestamps. The 6d additionally tied by FRASER ST boxed registration cachet. Fraser St / Johannesburg acceptance and London (23 Jan) arrival backstamps. Attractive. £55
T1737 1909 (April), KEVII 1d embossed postal stationery envelope sent registered to Germany, bearing additional KEVII ½d and 2½d (pair) stamps (SG 273, 263b), all cancelled or tied by very fine strikes of BRAKPAN / T (19 Apr) triple circle datestamps. Also showing an ‘R’ in oval and ‘BRAKPAN’ straight-line cachets. Johannesburg (19 Apr) transit backstamp. A clean and attractive cover. SOLD
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
T139 1934 (May), very late use of a ZAR 3d purple and green stationery wrapper, used to the Cape with additional South Africa ½d Official tied by Johannesburg (22 May) datestamp. Unusual. £20
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
T616 1894 1d rose-red postal stationery card with shafts. Very fine unused. Q&J P3 £8
T863 1895 (August), 1894 1d postal stationery card with shafts. Addressed to Germany cancelled with neat Johannesburg (19 Aug) double circle datestamp. Harburg (7 Sep) arrival datestamp. Scarce use of this short-lived card. Q&J P3 £35
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
T1163 1897 ½d green postal stationery card with printed address ‘De Zuid Afrikaansche Fabrieken / Voor Ontplofbare Stoffen, Beperkt, Box 229, Pretoria’ (South African explosives factory) and with printed receipt form on reverse to be filled in by recipient detailing type of explosive received (Dynamite, Gelignite, Gelatine). With card order details at base (‘Press–1800–24/3/97’) at base. Unusual. £30
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)
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
T1188 GROET UIT ZUID AFRIKA 1901 (September), 1896 ½d green postal stationery card (H&G 3), the reverse with privately printed view of a Boer mounted on a horse surrounded by the Arms of the Republic with the caption below “Souvenir / GROET UIT ZUID AFRIKA / 1899-1900”, all printed in black. Addressed to Switzerland and bearing a pair of ½d on 2d (SG 243) tied by Pretoria (9 Sep) double circle datestamp. Triangular Pretoria censor mark in red and Oerlikon (6 Oct) arrival datestamp. The ZAR stamp was left uncancelled, presumably as it was then invalid. Rare, especially used. Unrecorded by Quik & Jonkers, Leeflang 25. £145
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
T797 THE POST OFFICE (error) 1898 (17th October), 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 uncorrected. Cancelled Johannesburg (17 Oct) and addressed to the USA. Light overall ageing, otherwise fine and scarce. (Q&J PP56.2a) £55
T798 THE ROYAL HOTEL (error) 1899 (1st February), 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.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (1 Feb) and addressed to England with London (27 Feb) arrival datestamp. Some edge or corner creases, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP58.1) £65
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
T1462 PRESIDENT KRUGER 1900 (14th June), picture postcard titled ‘Greetings from the Transvaal’ with image of President Kruger printed in sepia in a vertical oval. With publisher’s imprint ‘E. O. Meyers & Co, Pretoria, S.A.R.’ and ‘No. 3, price 3d. Addressed to Switzerland, franked with a 2½d (SG 219) tied by Middelburg (15 June) datestamp. Machadodorp (16 June) transit and Fribourg (20 July) arrival datestamps all on the reverse. £45
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
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