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 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.
 
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 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.
 
Note: Ex Dr. Alan Drysdall, 2006.
£1,500
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. £275
T1833 1884 (12th Aug), envelope addressed to England, bearing 1883 Celliers re-issue 1d black and 3d pale red (3, in markedly different shades, and each trimmed on one side). All stamps are tied by ‘1’ in concentric circles and with PRETORIA TRANSVAAL (AU 12) single circle despatch datestamp alongside. Part of flap missing, not affecting clear Cape Town (19 Aug) transit and Welwyn (10 Sep) arrival backstamps. A scarce franking. SOLD
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) SOLD
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. £275
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
NA443 1885 (May), incoming mourning cover 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
T2172 1887 (15th July), envelope addressed and sent registered to England. Bearing 11/6 in postage comprising ‘Vurtheim’ 6d pale dull blue, 1/- yellow-green and a PAIR OF THE 5/- SLATE (SG 182a, 183b, 185), all cancelled with ‘12’ in concentric circles with a proving MIDDELBURG TRANSVAAL (15 Jul) large single circle datestamp struck on the reverse. With ‘Registered No.419’ endorsed at upper left, an oval ‘R’ registration mark struck in black and ‘4/6’ in red and blue manuscript. RLO Cape Town (20 Jul) transit backstamp and with a Registered London (12 Aug) arrival datestamp struck in red on the front. The envelope with flap missing and edge faults affecting the 6d and one 5/-. An extremely rare and spectacular franking with very few examples of the 5/- duty recorded used on cover.
 
Note: the letter rate to England in 1887 was 8d per half ounce. The postage paid suggests a weight of 8 ounces @ 8d per half ounce (10/8) with an overpayment of 4d plus 6d for registration. Alternatively, the high franking may indicate the envelope contained valuables and an additional fee was paid to increase compensation in the event of loss.
SOLD
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
T1891 1889 (18th February), ‘Vurtheim’ 1d carmine postal stationery card (Quik & Jonkers type P1) addressed to Cape Town. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with an ‘11’ target-type canceller with a proving UTRECHT / Z.A.R. (FE 18) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped Johannesburg (FE 21) and Cape Town (FE 27) transit / arrival datestamps. £65
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
T2167 1889 (November), large portion of an envelope front addressed and sent registered to ‘(The Oriental and) Sheba Valley United G(old) M(ining Co., Ltd) / Jamaica Buildings / (London, England)’. Bearing 10/- in postage comprising five examples of the ‘Vurtheim’ 1/- yellow-green and a 5/- slate (SG 183b, 185) all tied by ‘4’ in barred triangle obliterators. Also showing part of a proving Barberton registration cachet. Registered London (16 Dec) arrival datestamp struck in red. A very rare and spectacular franking with very few examples of the 5/- duty recorded used on cover.
 
Note: assuming this envelope was sent via the Cape Colony (rather than Natal) at the letter rate of 6d per half ounce, the postage paid represents a weight of 9½ ounces @ 6d per half ounce plus 6d registration. The high franking may also indicate the envelope contained valuables and an additional fee was paid to increase compensation in the event of loss.
£425
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
T2162 1890 (22nd August), envelope addressed to Germany. Bearing two pairs of the ‘Vurtheim’ 2d olive-bistre (SG 178) tied by PRETORIA (22 Aug) single circle datestamps. Cape Town (27 Aug) and Kempten (18 Sep) transit / arrival backstamps. Unobtrusive tear at top, clear of the adhesives and some light staining on the reverse, otherwise fine. The letter rate to Europe via the Cape at this time was 7½d per half ounce. The 8d postage affixed therefore represents an overpayment of ½d or a shortage of ½d stamps. SOLD
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
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
T2174 1891 (2nd May), envelope addressed to Germany. Bearing 1/8 in postage comprising ‘Vurtheim’ 2d olive-bistre (pair), a single 4d bronze-green and a pair of 6d pale dull blue (SG 178, 181, 182) all tied by JOHANNESBURG (2 May, with ‘2’ inverted) single circle datestamps. Cape Town (8 May) transit and Heidelberg (25 May) arrival backstamps. A ‘4’ in blue manuscript indicates a weight of up to 2 ounces. One 6d with corner fault otherwise a fine example of a quadruple 5d per half ounce letter rate to Europe. £150
MT179 1891 20th July, flimsy cover bearing strip of four 2d olive-bistre (SG 178), cancelled 'PRETORIA', addressed to England. Transit and arrival backstamps. £45
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
T2160 1892 (6th December), envelope with fancy printed sender’s name and address ‘JNO. REID & Co., ZEERUST, Transvaal, South Africa’. Addressed to Port Elizabeth and bearing a pair of ‘Vurtheim’ 1d rose (SG 176b) tied by a light ZEERUST (6 Dec) squared circle datestamp struck in blue. Kimberley (6 Dec), MIDLAND DOWN (7 Dec) TPO and Port Elizabeth (9 Dec) transit / arrival backstamps. An attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape Colony. SOLD
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
T2158 1893 (3rd November), envelope addressed and sent registered to Germany. Bearing ‘Vurtheim’ 4d bronze-green and 6d pale dull blue (SG 181, 182) tied by GEREGISTREERD JOHANNESBURG Z.A.R. (3 Nov) boxed registration cachet. London (28 Nov) transit struck in red and Muenchen (29 Nov) arrival backstamp. Flap missing otherwise a fine example of the 4d per half ounce letter rate to a UPU member country plus 6d for registration. £45
T2175 1894 (17th February), ‘Vurtheim’ 1d postal stationery card addressed to England. Uprated with the addition of a HALVE PENNY provisional surcharge in red on 2d olive-bistre (SG 195). The imprinted stamp and adhesive share a neat PRETORIA (17 Feb) single circle datestamp. Cape Town (21 Feb) transit backstamp. The reverse with a message in shorthand. Scarce usage of the ½d provisional making up the 1½d postcard rate to England. SOLD
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
T2163 1894 (23rd May), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a strip of four ‘HALVE PENNY’ surcharge on 2d olive-bistre (SG 195) tied by JOHANNESBURG (23 May) double circle datestamps. Cape Town (26 May) and Gardens T.O. (26 May) arrival backstamps. Some flap damage, otherwise a clean and attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape Colony and showing scarce usage of the provisional surcharges. SOLD
T2159 1894 (26th May), envelope addressed in the distinctive hand of Emil Tamsen and sent registered to the USA. Bearing ‘Vurtheim’ 2d olive-bistre and 1/- yellow-green (SG 178, 183b) each tied by a ‘17’ in barred triangle obliterator with a proving NYLSTROOM (26 May) double circle datestamp at lower right. Also showing a large ‘R/Z.A.R.’ oval registration mark. With a London (19 Jun) transit struck in red on the front and New York (29 Jun) arrival backstamps. A scarce franking with a 1/- duty and showing double the 4d per half ounce letter rate to a UPU member country plus 6d for registration. £225
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
T2171 1895 (19th August), envelope addressed to England. Bearing on the reverse, eleven examples of the ‘Halve Penny’ provisional surcharge on 1/- green (SG 213) all cancelled / tied by JOHANNESBURG (19 Aug) double circle datestamps. Paddington (6 Sep) arrival backstamp. This provisional is scarce on cover. SOLD
T2154 c1895, part of a printed wrapper for ‘The Gold Fields News, and Barberton Herald.’ Addressed to Herschel, Cape Colony and bearing a single Vurtheim ½d (SG 175) tied by the ‘4’ in barred triangle obliterator allocated to Barberton. A fine example of the ½d printed matter rate to the Cape Colony.
 
Note: in ‘Southern African Mails’, page 422, Brian Trotter records the ½d per half ounce printed matter postage rate existing between the ZAR and Natal was extended to all of Southern Africa from the 1st September, 1895.
SOLD
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
T2190 1895 (15th December), ‘Tamsen’ envelope addressed and sent registered to France. Bearing a ½d pearl-grey and a 6d pale dull blue (SG 205, 217) tied by light ‘17’ barred triangle obliterators and with a NYLSTROOM (15 Dec) double circle datestamp. Endorsed ‘Register’ and with a large ‘R’ in oval struck in black. The reverse with Pretoria (15 Dec), Cape Town (18 Dec) transits and Dieulefit (2 Jan) arrival backstamps. The flap with plain embossed oval of ‘E. Tamsen / Merchant / Nylstroom Z.A.R.’ partly under a wax seal. A fine example of the 2½d per half ounce rate to Europe plus a 4d registration fee. £45
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
MT174 1896 18th March, cover bearing ½d and two x 1d (SG 205, 205), cancelled VYRHEID and addressed to Belgium. Arrival backstamp. £30
T2182 1896 (4th April), long envelope addressed and sent registered to the Cape. Bearing 16 examples of the ½d green (SG 216) all tied by light strikes of the scarce GEREGISTREERD / JHBRG BEURS (4 Apr) double circle datestamps. Aliwal North (6 Apr) transit and Lady Grey Div. Aliwal North (9 Apr) arrival backstamps.
 
Note: this datestamp was used at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The 8d postage paid represents a double weight rate of 2d per half ounce plus 4d for registration.
£45
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
T2199 1896 (11th May), envelope addressed to Scotland bearing five examples of the ½d green (SG 216), all tied by JOHANNESBURG / 3 / ZAR / 1 (11 May) duplex datestamps. With a Dundee (1 Jun) arrival backstamp. Roughly opened at top and vertical fold clear of the adhesives, otherwise a fine example of the 2½d per half ounce rate introduced on the 1st December 1892 for letters to the United Kingdom. £45
T1896 1896 (11th June), 1d ‘Vurtheim’ postal stationery card locally addressed and cancelled with MIDDELBURG / Z.A.R. (11 JUN) double circle datestamp. The reverse with printed form in carmine for ZASM (railways) with printing details ‘10,000 Jan 1893.’ and ‘Model No 72.’ all crossed through with blue crayon. With a fine example of the very scarce ELANDSRIVIER (12 JUN) datestamp struck in violet-black on arrival on the front. (Quik & Jonkers type P2). SOLD
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
T2195 1896 (5th December), envelope addressed and sent registered to England. Bearing 2d olive-bistre (x2), ½d green and 1d rose-red and green (x2) (SG 207, 216, 217) all tied by R / GEREGISTREERD / 5 DEC 96 / KLERKSDORP Z.A.R. boxed datestamps. London (27 Dec) oval arrival datestamp in red and Preston (28 Dec) arrival backstamp. The envelope somewhat soiled, though the Klerksdorp registration datestamp is very scarce. £75
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
T2194 1897 (10th August), printed envelope addressed and sent registered to Holland bearing nine examples of the 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) all tied by ERMELO Z.A.R. (10 Aug) double circle datestamps. With registration number in manuscript and with neat oval ‘R/Z.A.R.’ struck in black. The sender’s address at upper left is given as ‘W. Iz. Slikkerveer / Gouvernements Hoofdonderweizer / Z. Afrik. Republiek. / Ermelo.’ With Pretoria (12 Aug) transit and ‘sGravenhage (4 Sep) arrival backstamps. A fine example of a double weight 2½d per half ounce rate to Europe plus the 4d registration fee. £55
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
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
T2192 1899 (1st May), envelope with addressed and sent registered within the ZAR. Bearing eight examples of the ½d green (some faults) all tied by CHRISTIANA Z.A.R. (1 May) double circle datestamps struck in blue. With a Bloemhof (4 Jun) arrival backstamp. It appears the letter was never delivered as there is second strike of Christiana (1 Jun), also struck in blue at the lower right and a fine strike of the ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVEN DEPT. Z.A.R. (3 Jan 00) double circle datestamp on the reverse. Vertical crease and large part of reverse missing though a characterful cover.
 
Note: the interesting address: ‘Rooidraai. O.V. Staat / By den Heer du Toit / P.K. Bloemhof’ suggests the addressee was residing close to the southern bank of the Vaal river which divides the ZAR from the OVS with Bloemhof on the northern bank being the closest postal agency.
£65
MT185 1899 19th August, cover bearing pair 1d's on front plus a further seven on reverse (SG 217), crisply cancelled 'WOLMARANSSTAD' datestamps. Sent registered to Germany, apparently with German label applied. Transit and arrival backstamps. Most attractive. £75
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
T2193 1899 (16th October), Anglo Boer-War period envelope addressed to England bearing five ½d green (SG 216), all tied by JOHANNESBURG Z.A.R. (16 Oct) segmented double circle datestamps. With London (17 Jan) arrival backstamp. The Anglo-Boer War started five days earlier on 11th October 1899 and the envelope was opened and resealed with a printed black on white censor seal ‘Postdepartement, Z.A. Republiek. / GEOPEND VOOR INSPECTIE, ONDER DE OORLOGSWET. / Postkantoor Johannesburg.’ Roughly opened at base otherwise a fine example of the 2½d per half ounce rate introduced on the 1st December 1892 for letters to the United Kingdom. A very early example of censorship and of this seal in particular. SOLD
T2151 1899 (14th November), Anglo-Boer War censored envelope addressed to Cape Town ‘Via Delagoa Bay’ (Mozambique). Bearing a single 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) tied by a very fine PELGRIMSRUST Z.A.R. (14 Nov) double circle datestamp. Opened at left and resealed with ZAR black on pink censor label. Pretoria (17 and 18 Nov), Durban (28 Nov) transits and Cape Town (14 Dec) arrival backstamps. Vertical crease and a few peripheral faults, otherwise fine. £25
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
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
MT152 1900 8th August, ZAR stationery wrapper 1d red and green, cancelled 'P.W.K.BARBERTON / Z.A.R', not addressed. £25
MT150 1900 13th September, Anglo-Boer War ‘MACHADODORP’ 1d red postal stationery, cancelled below indicium 'BARBERTON', unaddressed. £45
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
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
T2152 1901 (5th January), ZAR 4d registered postal stationery envelope overprinted ‘V.R.I.’. Addressed locally, bearing a single ‘V.R.I.’ 1d rose-red and green showing the variety NO STOP AFTER ‘I’ (SG 227c), tied by a JOHANNESBURG Z.A.R. (5 Jan) double circle datestamp with a second strike cancelling the embossed stamp on the flap. Very fine. SOLD
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
T2183 1902 (21st February), Anglo-Boer War period long ZAR 4d registered postal stationery envelope with the ZAR 4d imprinted stamp on the flap overprinted ‘E.R.I.’ Addressed to Germany and bearing 1d rose-red and green (pair) overprinted ‘E.R.I.’, 2½d dull blue and green overprinted ‘V.R.I.’ and a 2d brown and green surcharged ‘E.R.I. / Half / Penny’ (SG 229, 239, 243) all tied by GEREGISTREERD / PRETORIA Z.A.R. (21 Feb) boxed registration cachets. Also showing triangular Pretoria censor cachet. Stuttgart (17 Mar) arrival backstamp. An attractive example of a double weight 2½d per half ounce letter rate to a fellow UPU member country plus 4d registration. SOLD
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
MT183 1902 23rd May, Anglo-Boer War cover bearing 3d and 6d V.R.I. overprints on ZAR (SG 230, 232), cancelled with boxes registration cachet, addressed to Holland. Struck with large violet 'PASSED BY CENSOR / PRETORIA / (signature)' cachet. Transit and arrival backstamps. Attractive. £45
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
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
MT178 1903 20th August, printed On His Majesty's Service cover cancelled 'KRUGERSDORP', struck below with large violet oval 'MINES DEPARTMENT / OFFICIAL POSTAGE' and 'OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR OF MINES / KRUGERSDORP DISTRICT' cachets. Addressed to Johannesburg, arrival backstamp. SOLD
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
MT162 1904 4th July, printed On His Majesty's Service / Mines Department' cover (deleted at top), bearing KEVII pair 1d black and scarlet (SG 245), each crisply cancelled with large 'JOHANNESBURG JY 4 04' sc relief datestamps. Addressed to England with transit and arrival strikes. Most attractive and scarce. £90
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
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
MT148 1909 8th February, KEVII ½d green stationery Post Card, crisply cancelled 'ROBERTS HEIGHTS B.O. / PRETORIA' datestamp, addressed to London. Underpaid and struck with oval 'T / LXXXVI' cachet and upon arrival further '1D' UK cachet. Folded horizontally. SOLD
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
MT144 1911 30th December, interprovincial period (Transvaal used in Transvaal). KEVII 1d carmine on blue postal stationery letter card used locally in the Transvaal, cancelled 'MIDDELFONTEIN' and addressed to E. Tamsen, Nylstroom. Arrival backstamp. £30
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
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)
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
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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