BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA / NYASALAND
FEATURED ITEM
REVENUE c1938 KGVI £10 dull purple and ultramarine ‘key-plate’ inscribed ‘Revenue Revenue’. Two copies on piece the left cancelled with oval 'LANDS DEPARTMENT / BLANTRYE 20 AUG 1940' datestamp, the right with oval 'MOTOR TRAFFIC LICENSING BOARD / BLANTYRE 22 AUG 1940' datestamp, and without the green accounting crayon as usually encountered. Some gum apparent at edges. VERY RARE. Barefoot 5 / Mewett 806a
 
Note: why two examples were attached alongside each other and cancelled with differing datestamps is unclear. It would also appear that each was attached with additional glue which has seeped out around some perforation edges
£5,000
Last updated: 13th March, 2017
POSTAGE DUES
AN342 1950 Postage Dues, complete set of five values. Very fine and fresh lightly mounted mint. SG D1-D5 £40
NY366 1950, complete set of five values, each in a matching lower right corner pair with plate ‘1’ in margins. Superb unmounted. SG D1-D5 £200
RA7684 1950, complete set of five values, each in a matching lower right corner block of four with plate ‘1’ in margins. Very fine unmounted, folded vertically and the 3d with parted perfs. Attractive and uncommon group. SG D1-D5 £375
NY196 1950, 4d purple, very fine mint. SG D4 £8
NY197 1950, 6d yellow-orange, very fine mint. SG D5 £12
NY328 1950, 6d yellow-orange, very fine used. SG D5 £75
POSTAL HISTORY
NY482 1896 (July), BCA type ½d black and yellow ‘Internal’ postal stationery card addressed to Cholo. The impressed stamp cancelled BLANTYRE (11 JY) single circle datestamp, another alongside. The message is headed ‘B.C.A. Chamber of Agriculture & Commerce’, advising of an extraordinary General Meeting with one of the topics 'Discussion about proposed Land Tax'. Further endorse at lower left 'Mandala 11/7/96'. A scarce card commercially used. £140
NY298 1898 (14th June), ‘Armbruster’ cover addressed to Zomba bearing an imperforate 1d vermilion and pale ultramarine ‘cheque stamp’ (Setting II, SG 55b). A lower marginal example, probably with embossed control ‘E / 17’ and tied by fine UPPER SHIRE (14 Jun) single circle datestamp with second very fine strike below. Zomba (14 Jun) arrival backstamp. A scarce issue on cover. £425
RA6629 1898 (5th July), cover bearing 1d vermilion & deep ultramarine ‘cheque stamp’ (Setting II, perf. 12, SG 57a (no control visible)) placed inverted and tied by Blantyre (5 July) single circle datestamp. Handstamped address ‘W.H. Keiller / Auctioneer and Valuator . . . Blantyre’. A few minor perimeter faults, otherwise very fine and attractive. £170
AN389 1911 (29th March), envelope sent registered to Austria. Bearing a single KEVII 2/6 brownish black and carmine-red on blue (SG 78) tied by a very fine BLANTYRE. NYASALAND (MR 29 / 11) squared circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With a REGISTERED / BLANTYRE. / (NYASALAND) / No….. registration cachet struck at left with number ‘317’ inserted in blue manuscript. Backstamped CHINDE B.P.O. (7 Apr, squared circle), Zanzibar (13 Apr), Napoli (2 May) and Wien (5 May) transit / arrival datestamps. A scarce stamp on cover. £450
RA6942 1927 9th November, cover endorsed at top ‘No stamps available at Lilongwe P. O.’, addressed to ‘P. O. Dedza’. Apparently upon arrival there applied with KGV 1d, cancelled ‘DEDZA’. A little tatty, but scarce and most unusual. £225
RA5027 1934 (12th November), cover sent airmail to England, bearing a single KGV 1/- ‘leopard’ (SG 122) tied by LIMBE (12 Nov) double circle datestamp. Scarce usage and an attractive cover. £75
NY528 1935 5th June, cover bearing KGV 6d Leopard and 3d Silver Jubilee (SG 120, 125), cancelled 'BLANTYRE' and sent Airmail to England. Attractive. £40
NY493 1936 19th January, cover bearing KGV 1d and 6d Leoprads (SG 115, 120), cancelled 'LUCHENZA' and sent Airmail to Nairobi, upon arrival re-addressed to Nakuru. Fine and clean. £20
NY525 1936 25th April, long blue printed 'The African Lakes Corporation Limited' cover bearing KGV ½d and 3d Leopards (SG 114, 118), machine cancelled with slogan 'LIMBE / Smoke Imperial' datestamp. Addressed to England. Attractive. £30
RA6630 1937 (26th January), cover to Canada bearing KGV 1/- black and orange ‘Leopard’ (SG 122) tied by Zomba / Registered (26 Jan) double circle datestamp with Zomba registration label alongside. Toronto (4 Mar) arrival backstamps. £35
NY216 1937 (12th May), unaddressed cover bearing KGV 'Leopards' 1½d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 9d and 1/- cancelled by four strikes of LIKOMA ISLAND (12 May). £30
NY380 1938 1st January, cover bearing KGVI 9d and 1/- definitives (SG 137, 138), cancelled 'ZOMBA' on the First Day of Issue, typewritten at top as such. Sent registered locally addressed. £30
NY492 1942 9th June, printed 'ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE' cover struck at upper right with red 'OFFICIAL PAID / ZOMBA' datestamp, further at lower left with black oval 'COMMISSIONER OF POLICE / ZOMBA NYASALAND' cachet duly signed. Addressed to London. Fine and clean, unusual. £30
NY497 1943 14th July, printed 'On His Majesty's Service' cover cancelled with 'LIMBE' datestamp and further black oval 'COMPTROLLER OF CUSTOMS' cachet lower left. Addressed to London. £25
NY518 1943 21st July, cover bearing KGVI 2d carmine (SG 133a), cancelled 'KOTA-KOTA' and addressed to England. Fine and clean. £25
NY498 1943 1st December, cover bearing KGVI 2d carmine (SG 133a), cancelled 'ZOMBA' and addressed to England. Struck at lower right with black octagonal '(Crown) / PASSED / Q 12' cachet. Fine and clean. £30
NY513 1944 13th June, cover bearing KGVI 2d grey (SG 133), cancelled 'BLANTYRE' and addressed to England. Opened at left then resealed with printed bilingual 'OPERNED BY CENSOR' tape struck on reverse with magenta South African crest cachet. Attractive and clean. £25
NY516 1944 30th October, cover bearing KGVI 3d and 1/- (SG 134, 138), cancelled 'ZOMBA' and sent Airmail to England. Fine and clean. £20
NY495 1944 3rd November, cover bearing KGVI 6d violet (SG 136, inverted), lightly cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent registered to England. The registration label written in ink 'Limbe'. A little crumpled. £20
NY499 1945 4th August, cover bearing KGVI 2d carmine (SG 133a), crisply cancelled 'MLANJE' and addressed to England. Fine and clean. £15
NY517 1945 14th August, cover bearing KGVI 1d, 2d and 1/- (SG 130, 133a, 138), each cancelled 'KARONGA' and sent Airmail to England. Upon arrival re-addressed further machine cancelled at base. £25
NY505 1946 15th May, cover bearing KGVI 6d black and violet (SG 150), cancelled 'BLANTYRE' and sent registered to London. Attractive. £20
NY506 1946 (?) 12th December, printed 'The Africa Lakes Corporation Limited' cover bearing KGVI 2d grey (SG 133), lightly cancelled 'BLANTYRE' and addressed to England. Clean and attractive. £20
NY515 1947 24th March, cover bearing KGVI 3d and 6d pair (SG 148, 150), cancelled 'CHOMA' and sent Airmail to England. £15
NY522 1948 15th March, cover bearing KGVI 4d and 1/- (SG 149, 152), cancelled 'CHOLO' and sent registered Airmail to England and with unusual printed larger format registration label endorsed in ink 'Cholo / 7307'. Attractive. £35
NY507 1948 8th May, cover bearing KGVI 2d and 4d (SG 147, 149), cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent registered to England. £20
NY494 1949 23rd July, cover bearing KGVI 3d pair (SG 148), cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent registered Airmail to England. Attractive. £20
NY527 1949 26th August, printed company cover bearing KGVI 1/- (SG 152), lightly cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent Airmail to London. £15
NY496 1951 19th September, cover bearing KGVI ½d and pair 3d's (SG 144, 148), cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent registered to England. On reverse large 'LIMBE C S O' datestamp. Fine and attractive. £25
NY510 1951 ? (date unclear), cover bearing KGVI 3d and 1/- (SG 148, 152), lightly cancelled 'ZOMBA' and sent Airmail to England. Fine and clean. £15
NY523 1952 9th May, printed Company cover bearing KGVI 1d, 1½d x two and 4d x two (SG 160, 146, 149), machine cancelled 'BLANTYRE' and sent Airmail to London. Colourful. £20
NY511 1953 8th July, cover bearing KGVI 3d, QEII Coronation 2d and 6d Rhodes Centenary pairs (SG 148, 172, 171), cancelled 'LIMBE' and sent registered Airmail to England. Attractive and clean. £25
NY509 1953 8th July, cover bearing QEII Coronation 2d x six (SG 172), cancelled 'MAKWASA' and sent Airmail to England. Attractive and a scarce office. £30
POSTMARKS
RA3608 KOTA KOTA squared circle, in VIOLET, part strike date not visible on 1d Edward (SG 59) £10
RA6071 MLANDA / NYASALAND single circle relief type strike, dated 17 JY 51, on pair of KGVI leopards on piece. Uncommon. £20
1914-18 NYASALAND–RHODESIA FIELD FORCE
AN291 TELEGRAM 1917 (6th September), headed ‘THE AFRICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED.’ The message, concerning military matters, was handed in at Limbe and a ZOMBA / A.T. TEL (6 Sep) single circle datestamp was applied by the delivering office and a straight-line ‘ZOMBA’ handstruck in bluish green below. Interestingly, the form states the Telegraph Company observes ‘Rhodesian Mean Time’. Most unusual and a scarce survivor. £110
AN292 TELEGRAM 1917 (10th September), headed ‘THE AFRICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED.’ The message, concerning military matters, was handed in at Peramiho (near Songea, GEA) and a ZOMBA / A.T. TEL (10 Sep) single circle datestamp was applied by the delivering office and a straight-line ‘ZOMBA’ handstruck in bluish green below. Interestingly, the form states the Telegraph Company observes ‘Rhodesian Mean Time’. Most unusual and a scarce survivor. £110
AN293 TELEGRAM 1917 (16th September), headed ‘THE AFRICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED.’ The message, concerning military matters, was handed in at Songea (GEA) and a ZOMBA / A.T. TEL (16 Sep) single circle datestamp was applied by the delivering office and a straight-line ‘ZOMBA’ handstruck in bluish green below. Interestingly, the form states the Telegraph Company observes ‘Rhodesian Mean Time’. Most unusual and a scarce survivor. £110
AN294 TELEGRAM 1917 (25th September), headed ‘THE AFRICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED.’ The message, concerning military matters, was handed in at Songea (GEA) and a ZOMBA / A.T. TEL (25 Sep) single circle datestamp was applied by the delivering office. Interestingly, the form states the Telegraph Company observes ‘Rhodesian Mean Time’. Most unusual and a scarce survivor. £110
AN295 TELEGRAM 1918 (11th May), headed ‘THE AFRICAN TRANSCONTINENTAL TELEGRAPH COMPANY, LIMITED.’ The message, concerning military matters, was handed in at Limbe and a ZOMBA / A.T. TEL (11 May) single circle datestamp was applied by the delivering office and a straight-line ‘ZOMBA’ handstruck in bluish green below, above a printed ‘BLANTYRE.’ Interestingly, the form states the Telegraph Company observes ‘Rhodesian Mean Time’. Most unusual and a scarce survivor. £110
REVENUES AND FISCAL USE
AN358 REVENUE 1891 Large format 2/6 slate-purple and vermilion. Fine used with ‘RUO’ double circle cancellation and and manuscript ‘X’. Mewett 669 / Barefoot 5 £65
AN364 REVENUE 1891 Large format 2/6 slate-purple and vermilion. Fractionally rounded upper left corner, otherwise fine used with TSHIROMO (OC 3 / 94) double circle (postal) datestamp. Mewett 669 / Barefoot 5 £45
RA3265 REVENUE 1891 Large format £1 deep blue and vermilion. Very fine mint. Mewett 672 / Barefoot 8 £100
AN178 REVENUE 1891 large format £25 deep blue, imperforate, on thin wove paper without gum. Perforated ‘SPECIMEN’ (type B1, twice). Superb and most attractive with large margins. Very scarce. Mewett 674 / Barefoot 10 specimen £475
AN179 REVENUE 1891 large format £50 deep green, imperforate, on thin wove paper without gum. Perforated ‘SPECIMEN’ (type B1, twice). Small fault at top of 'P' of 'SPECIMEN' at left, otherwise superb and most attractive with large margins. Mewett 675 / Barefoot 11 specimen £450
RA6945 REVENUE 1893 Large format £1 blue and vermilion surcharged ‘ONE SHILLING’. A few irregular perfs otherwise fine unused (without gum). Scarce. M677 / Barefoot 13 £45
AN357 1896 Arms £1 black and blue very fine fiscally used with MILANJI / BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA double circle cancellation. A scarce cancel and a rare stamp fiscally used. SG 40 £150
NY234 1897 10/- black and olive-green and £1 grey-black and dull purple (three singles, one with fault) fine used on small piece with red pen cancellation. Attractive. SG 50a, 51 £55
NY235 1897 £1 grey-black and dull purple very fine used on small piece, cancelled in manuscript and with HER BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S CONSULAR COURT BLANTYRE circular cachet. Attractive. SG 51 £25
NY236 1897 £1 grey-black and dull purple. Five examples very fine used on small piece with circular Blantyre Consular Court cancellations. Attractive. SG 51 £125
RA7357 1903 6th March, two page typewritten Indenture document, front page applied with two x 2/6 and three x 4/- Arms ‘CONSULAR’ overprints, plus vertical pair same 2/6 Arms but un-overprinted. Cancelled with light black ‘BLANTYRE’ cancels. Black wax seal upper left, cracked and some missing, light staining, folded horizontally. Extremely rare with few complete documents using these Consular overprints known. £850
NY246 1913-19 KGV £1 purple and black on red. Vertical pair fiscally used. SG 98 £25
RA5630 1913-19 KGV £1 purple and black on red, irregular block of five and a single cancelled with neat Blantyre (22 Oct 1930) oval datestamps. The block plates as position 11-12, 23-24, 36 showing varieties BREAK IN SCROLL, BROKEN CROWN & SCROLL and NICK IN TOP RIGHT SCROLL (some partly obscured by cancel). One with corner fault, otherwise very fine fiscally used. SG 98/a/b/c £120
RA6369 REVENUE c1938 KGVI £10 dull purple and ultramarine ‘key-plate’ inscribed ‘Revenue Revenue’. Very fine used with oval Blantyre (Jun 1940) datestamp and lightly crossed by green accounting crayon (as are most of the few recorded examples). VERY RARE. Barefoot 5 / Mewett 806a £2,850
NY389 REVENUE c1938 KGVI £10 dull purple and ultramarine ‘key-plate’ inscribed ‘Revenue Revenue’. Two copies on piece the left cancelled with oval 'LANDS DEPARTMENT / BLANTRYE 20 AUG 1940' datestamp, the right with oval 'MOTOR TRAFFIC LICENSING BOARD / BLANTYRE 22 AUG 1940' datestamp, and without the green accounting crayon as usually encountered. Some gum apparent at edges. VERY RARE. Barefoot 5 / Mewett 806a
 
Note: why two examples were attached alongside each other and cancelled with differing datestamps is unclear. It would also appear that each was attached with additional glue which has seeped out around some perforation edges
£5,000
AN348 REVENUE 1955 QEII revenue issue. Complete set of nine, 1d to £1 although excluding the rare 3/6. Very fine unmounted mint. A very scarce group. Barefoot 20-30 less 26 SOLD
AN349 REVENUE 1955 QEII revenue issue. Complete set of nine, 1d to £1, blocks of four, excluding the rare 3/6 (unrecorded as a block). Fine or very fine unmounted mint. A very scarce group. Barefoot 20-30 less 26 £650
RA9041 REVENUE 1953 QEII revenue issue. 2d red, very fine unmounted. Uncommon. Barefoot 21 £60
RA9042 REVENUE 1955 QEII revenue issue. 3/6 orange, very fine mint. Rare, with very few examples recorded. Barefoot 26 SOLD
AN289 REVENUE 1955 QEII revenue issue. 3/6 orange, very fine used with oval datestamp (Dec 1959) struck in violet. Rare with very few examples recorded. Mewett 856 / Barefoot 26 £650
AN124 REVENUE 1955 QEII revenue issue, £1 deep violet. Block of four, superb fresh unmounted mint. Very scarce. Barefoot 30 £220
RA1610 19?? vertical oval revenue stamp (similar to cheque stamp) inscribed 'THREE POUNDS' and 'NYASALAND' beneath a crown. Embossed in deep blue on smooth wove paper. Small paper thinning. Apparently unrecorded. Rare. SOLD
NY396 c1962 Employment Stamp. 5/- duty printed in red, fine used. In our experience we find the red version of this stamp considerably scarcer than the green. Barefoot 1 £160
NY395 c1962 Employment Stamp. 5/- duty printed in green, fine used. Barefoot 2 £40
AN284 c196? Cigarette Tax Label inscribed ‘NYASALAND PROTECTORATE / EXCISE DUTY’, denominated ‘5d’ and printed in yellow. The label is affixed across the back and sides of a ‘Three Star’ cigarette carton (split across opening). Most unusual and a remarkable survivor. Apparently unrecorded. SOLD
AN359 Consular Issue 1901 Arms 6d dull purple and brown overprinted ‘Consular’ in black. Fine used with circular and manuscript cancellations. Barefoot 7 £35
RA5632 1953 revenue ‘frank’ impression on piece, dated ’20 III 53’ to the value of ‘23/4½d’ and ‘1d / PAID’. Most unusual. £45
BOOKLETS
AN250 1953 QEII 2/6 complete, very fine. SG SB 1 £20
AN249 1953 QEII 5/- complete, very fine. SG SB2 £25
NY386 1953 QEII 5/- complete, stapled at right, very fine. SG SB2 £25
MALAWI
NY435 1964 definitive, set of 13 values with the 5/- 'LAKE NYASA', blocks of four. Superb unmounted. SHG 215-227 less 225a £40
AN351 1964 definitives, 2/6, 5/-, 10/- and £1, the four high values of the set, in corner marginal blocks of four. Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 224-5, 226-7 £35
MNY1 1965 Christmas 3d, major variety GOLD (STAR) OMITTED. Superb unmounted. SG 228a £475
RA9043 1966 1d definitive, wmk. cockerels, horizontal coil join strip of four. Superb unmounted. Uncommon. SG 253 coil join £10
NY434 1968 Birds definitive, complete set of 14 values. Superb unmounted. SG 310-323 £50
RA3610 1971 1t definitive perf. 14½ x 14 coil stamp, strip of four with join. Superb unmounted. SG 375a £5
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