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FEATURED ITEM
FEATURED ITEM
£5, an exceptionally fine used example cancelled with crisp bold ‘NAMWALA 4 AUG 13’ datestamp. R.P.S. certificate (1979) stating ‘obliterated by favour’. A rarity so fine. SG 92
1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Block of four positions 19-20 / 24-25, hinged on upper pair lower unmounted. RARE. SG 99
£1,800
£750
Last updated: 29th June, 2017
1898 ARMS, SG 75-93A
STAMPS
SPECIMENS (Samuel R5): perforated
B71 7/6, normal very fine mint. SG 88s £30
RA2463 7/6, with additional serifed ‘SPECIMEN’ handstamp struck diagonally in black. Light browning, with gum. RARE. SG 88s £100
B72 10/-, reversed inverted very fine mint. SG 89s £35
B73 £1, normal very fine mint. SG 90s £60
B74 £2, normal very fine mint. SG 91s £80
B75 £5, normal very fine mint. SG 92s SOLD
SPECIMENS: overprinted diagonally in black script (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets):
MBSA256 ½d yellow-green, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 75a £50
MBSA257 1d rose, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 77s £50
MBSA258 2d brown, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Some horizontal perforations parted, fine unmounted. SG 79s £50
MBSA259 2½d dull blue, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 80s £60
MBSA260 6d reddish purple, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 83s £60
MBSA261 1/- bistre, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Some short perforations at right, fresh unmounted. SG 84s £40
MBSA528 £1, greyish red-purple, overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Very fine mint. SG 90s £45
MBSA269 £1 greyish red-purple, block of four overprinted diagonally in black script 'Specimen.' (Samuel type R3, ex. the Presentation sets). Superb and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 90s £175
SPECIMENS: overprinted diagonally in black script (Samuel type R4):
AR437 1898 Arms 2d brown handstamped with italic ‘Specimen’ diagonally in black (Samuel type R4). Fine, with original gum. Rare. SG 79s £65
AR438 1898 Arms 2½d dull blue handstamped with italic ‘Specimen’ diagonally in black (Samuel type R4). Fine, with original gum. Rare. SG 80s £65
AR439 1898 Arms 4d olive handstamped with italic ‘Specimen’ diagonally in black (Samuel type R4). Fine, with original gum. Rare. SG 82s £65
AR440 1898 Arms 6d reddish purple handstamped with italic ‘Specimen’ diagonally in black (Samuel type R4). Fine, with original gum. Rare. SG 83s £65
AR441 1898 Arms 1/- bistre handstamped with italic ‘Specimen’ diagonally in black (Samuel type R4, though not recorded on this duty). Fine, with original gum. Rare. SG 84s £75
AR442 1898 Arms 7/6 black handstamped with italic ‘Specimen’ diagonally in black (Samuel type R4). Fine, with original gum. Rare. SG 88s £75
ISSUED STAMPS
AR378 ½d yellow-green. Block of four, very fine or superb mint, hinged on the upper pair, the lower pair is unmounted. SG 75a £20
RA4298 ½d, yellow-green shade, block of four superb unmounted. SG 75a £20
MBSA631 1904 ½d, yellow-green shade, horizontal pair major variety IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY. Very fine fresh mint. SG 75aa £650
AR379 1898 Arms 1d rose. Block of four, superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 77 £75
RA6950 1d, red shade. IMPERFORATE TO LEFT INTERPANNEAU MARGIN, very fine mint. Uncommon. SG 78 var. £75
B89 1d rose shade, horizontal pair, both variety IMPERFORATE TO UPPER MARGIN, cut down. Fine used and very scarce as such. SG 77 var. £70
RA2466 1d rose shade, major variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN (vertical pair). Centred right otherwise very fine mint. SG 77b £250
B90 1d rose shade, major variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN (vertical pair). Very fine mint. SG 77b £425
AR380 1905 Arms 1d red. Block of four, very fine mint with small hinge remainders. SG 78 £35
B91 1d red shade, horizontal pair major variety IMPERFORATE VERTICALLY, fine used irregularly separated, scarce. SG 78a £300
B92 1d, red shade, major variety IMPERFORATE, top marginal pair. Minor faults in margin clear of stamps, otherwise very fine mint. SG 78b £400
RA4302 1d, red shade, major variety IMPERFORATE. Single with large margins, very fine used cancelled with part squared circle datestamp. Attractive and uncommon. SG 78b single. £50
RA6952 1d, red shade, major variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN, HORIZONTAL PAIR. Hinge remain, very fine mint. RARE. SG 78c £475
RA4303 2½d, block of four, very fine mint. SG 80 £40
B94 2½d, single with pre-printing paper crease running vertically through at left. Very fine used and very scarce. SG 80 var. £60
RA9517 1898 3d claret, block of four. Superb mint or unmounted. SG 81 £65
MBSA633 1898 3d claret, block of four. Superb mint or unmounted. SG 81 £65
B95 3d, major variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN (vertical pair). Fine unused without gum. SG 81a £200
B97 4d, horizontal pair each variety IMPERFORATE TO UPPER MARGIN, odd minor faults, fine mint. Rare. SG 82 var. £140
B99 4d, major variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN (vertical pair). Very fine mint. Scarce. SG 82a £550
B100 4d, major variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN (vertical pair). Very fine mint. Scarce. SG 82a £550
RA6951 6d, reddish mauve. IMPERFORATE TO UPPER MARGIN, very fine mint. Scarce. SG 83a var. £125
MBSA75 1/- bistre shade, apparently IMPERFORATE, large margins on three sides close at right. Creased and cancelled with light 'N.E.RHODESIA' datestamp. Unusual. SG 84 var. £50
RA2469 1/- deep olive-bistre shade, left marginal block of four, stamps superb unmounted, hinged on margin only. SG 84b £1,100
RA1740 2/6, upper left corner vertical pair, major variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN. Light hinge from margin onto top stamp, otherwise superb and fresh mint. SG 85a £850
AR338 1898-1908 2/6 bluish grey, vertical interpanneau block of four, showing the variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN LOWER STAMPS AND GUTTER MARGIN AT TOP. Very fine CTO used (as are all known examples). Very scarce, Strehmel states only 60 stamps may exist. SG 85 var £250
MBSA192 3/- deep violet, very fine mint. SG 86 £25
MBSA193 5/- brown-orange, very fine mint. SG 87 £50
MBSA53 5/-, on piece cut from a parcel label superb used cancelled complete 'GWANDA 27 SEP 15' datestamp. Lovely. SG 87 £22
MBSA194 7/6 black, very fine mint. SG 88 £80
MBSA529 1898 10/- grey-green. Superb and fresh unmounted. SG 89 £95
MBSA63 10/-, block of four. Some horizontal perforations parted otherwise superb and fresh unmounted. Scarce. SG 89 £285
RA8307 10/-, left marginal block of four. Superb and fresh unmounted. Scarce. SG 89 £300
RA4306 10/-, block of four, superb CTO. SG 89 £10
MBSA530 1898 £1, greyish red-purple, perf. 15½. Very fine mint. A difficult stamp. SG 90 £325
B109 £1, strip of four on piece date perfined and violet oval cancels. Attractive. SG 90 £40
B110 £1, block of four on piece date perfined and pen cancelled. Attractive. SG 90 £40
MBSA213 £2, very fine mint. SG 91 £95
RA8308 £2, superb and fresh unmounted. SG 91 £175
RA4308 £2, upper marginal superb unmounted. SG 91 £175
RA4309 £2, block of four, superb CTO. SG 91 £20
AR330 1908 Large Arms £2 brown. Lower right corner marginal block of four superb CTO used with Salisbury (21 May 11) double circle datestamps. Attractive. SG 91 £35
B113 £2, block of ten, superb CTO. SG 91 £60
RA5442 £2, block of 18 superb CTO. SG 91 £110
B115 £5, several short perfs. at base otherwise fine and fresh mint. Scarce. SG 92 £1,000
RA4311 £5, an exceptionally fine used example cancelled with crisp bold ‘NAMWALA 4 AUG 13’ datestamp. R.P.S. certificate (1979) stating ‘obliterated by favour’. A rarity so fine. SG 92 £1,800
B118 £10, on piece perfined ‘USED’ and violet oval cancel. SG 93 fiscal use £35
RA9520 £20, date perfined and violet oval cancel. Wonderful deep colour. Exceptional. SG 93a fiscal use £65
MBSA313 £20, horizontal pair each perfined ‘USED’ and violet cancel. Lovely. SG 93a fiscal use £90
B122 £20, two copies on piece date perfined and violet oval ‘MINES COMMISSIONER / HARTLEY’ cancel. Left stamp faulty. SG 93a fiscal use £55
POSTAL HISTORY
MBSA645 1901 18th September, printed 'FOREIGN PARCELS ADVICE No..... / PARCELS OFFICE' form applied with 1d Arms (SG 78), crisply cancelled 'BULAWAYO'. Issued in respect of a parcel delivered to a firm of Solicitors, Pall Mall, London and presumably sent by a local resident. Highly unusual and not previously seen. £90
RA5868 1903 25th August, printed envelope (Argus Printing and Publishing Company, Limited, Bulawayo) addressed to the Cape and bearing Arms 1d rose (SG 77) tied by Bulawayo (25 Aug) double circle datestamp. Aliwal North (29 Aug) transit and Lady Grey (2 Sep) arrival backstamps. £40
RA4489 1904 2nd July, black and white picture postcard (“IN MATOPPO HILLS”). Addressed to Cape Town and bearing two ½d Arms (SG 75a) each tied by 'WANKIES' (2 Jul) sc datestamps with additional strike at lower left. £60
MBSA287 1905 4th July, attractive coloured Post Card of Victoria Falls - Palm Grove, showing Knife Edge, bearing 1d Arms (SG 77) cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', another alongside, addressed to Cape Town with arrival mark (JY 12). £25
MBSA289 1906 14th April, black and white Post Card of the Victoria Falls from Livingstone Island, bearing 1d Arms (SG 76), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS. Addressed to Cape Town and then endorsed with a 'T' manuscript mark although this then erased and a tick alongside. £30
RA4498 1906 15th October, cover addressed to England bearing ½d and pair of 1d Arms (SG 75a, 78) each tied by FORT USHER (15 Oct) sc datestamps. Bulawayo (16 Oct) transit and Southampton / Portsmouth (10 Nov) arrival backstamps. Part of back missing and some sellotape stains over repaired tears (clear of adhesives). A rare datestamp, especially on cover. £500
MBSA293 1907 16th February, sepia Post Card of the Victoria Falls, North Bank, bearing ½d Arms (SG 75), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', addressed to Cape Town. £20
MBSA281 1907 25th April, printed 'VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL' cover with their delightful crest on reverse flap, bearing 4d, 6d and 1/- Arms plus 8d large Arms die I (SG 82-84, 34), each crisply cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS' dc datestamps, addressed to Germany. A superb four colour franking, and the 8d especially uncommon used on cover. £525
MBSA292 1907 18th November, black and white Post Card 'A Good Bag' (hunting), bearing ½d Arms (SG 75), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', another alongside, addressed to Bulawayo. £20
MBSA643 1908 23rd August, cover bearing 1d Arms (SG 78, placed inverted), crisply cancelled 'BELINGWE' with another alongside, addressed to Bulawayo with arrival backstamp for the next day. Small punctures at upper left otherwise fine. £60
MBSA615 1909 20th December, sepia Post Card of a Native woman, bearing ½d Arms (SG75) crisply cancelled 'GATOOMA' dc datestamp and addressed to the Transvaal. Transit 'BULAWAYO STATION' (21 DEC) and 'LUIPAARDSVLEI' arrival strikes. Attractive. £45
1905 VICTORIA FALLS, SG 94-99
STAMPS
VF24
WATERLOW MASTER DIE PROOF / ESSAY printed in deep blue with blank value tablets. The proof was then adopted for use as an essay for the 2½d duty with ‘2½d.’ subsequently printed in black in each value tablet, each of which was then hand-painted in bright blue with touches of Chinese white. The position of the duty plates is slightly lower than on the issued stamps. Sunk-mounted on thick card (94x120mm) which has been endorsed ‘Approved / WEB / 12/4/05’ in black manuscript. This date is three months and a day prior to their issue in Salisbury, Rhodesia. A magnificent and most attractive proof. Unique. Ex ‘County’.
 
Note: although printed in a deeper shade of blue than the issued 2½d stamps, the finely printed impression gives the overall appearance of a paler blue shade.

£15,000
VF23
WATERLOW DIE PROOF of the 1d duty printed in the close-to-issued colour, carmine (the issued stamp was printed in red). Sunk-mounted on thick card (98x69mm). Very rare and most attractive.
 
Note: the existence of sunken die proofs for the 1d and 2½d duties suggests there may be examples of the other duties. However, none have been recorded.

£8,000
RA5444 1905 1d to 5/- Falls, complete set overprinted SPECIMEN (type R6). 1/-, 2/6 and 5/- additonally showing the variety broken serif to ‘M’. Rather heavily mounted, otherwise very fine. The 5d is very scarce overprinted. SG 94s-99s £375
VF32 1905 1d to 5/- Falls, complete set overprinted 'SPECIMEN' (Samuel Type R6). All showing second 'E' of 'SPECIMEN' comprising a '1' and a 'comma'. 1d without gum and the 2/6 with some short perfs. at top, otherwise very fine fresh mint and an uncommon plated set. SG 94s/96sa/99s £475
VF33 1905 1d - 5/- Falls, complete set overprinted 'SPECIMEN' (Samuel Type R6). All showing broken left arm of the V of the 'M' of 'SPECIMEN'. 5d with faults otherwise fine to very fine fresh mint and an uncommon plated set. SG 94s/96sa/99s £400
B135 1905 1d to 5/- Falls, complete set of six values very fine mint. SG 94-9 £175
MBSA532 1905 1d to 5/- Falls, complete set of six values very fine or superb unmounted, all marginal and some of these hinged on the margin only. An exceptionally difficult assembly. SG 94-99 £550
RA8679 1905 1d to 1/- Falls, perf. 14 or 14½ to 15 (5d). Each a lower left corner copy very fine and fresh mint. A lovely group. SG 94-97 £85
B136 1905 1d to 5/- Falls, complete set of six values very fine used. SG 94-9 £190
RA7360 1905 1d to 5/- Falls, complete set of six values each selected very fine or superb used. SG 94-99 £250
MBSA52 1905 2½d to 5/- Falls, each cancelled ‘VICTORIA FALLS / 16 SEP 1905 / S. RHODESIA’ datestamps. A most attractive group. SG 95-99 £325
RA7430 1905 1d to 5/- Falls, complete set of six values each cancelled with ‘BRITISH ASSOCIATION / BULAWAYO / SEP 11 1905’ violet datestamps. Some perf. faults and light but readable strikes. A very scarce set with these dates. SG 94-99 £300
MBSA554 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Upper left corner, position 1. Unusually showing running sheet number '341' in margin. Hinged on margin and minor stain, stamp ver fine unmounted. SG 94 £15
MBSA552 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Upper marginal position 5. Hinged on margin which shows some light tones, stamp superb and fresh unmounted. SG 94 £15
MBSA553 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Position 9. Centre up otherwise very fine unmounted. SG 94 £12
MBSA551 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Position 10. Hinge trace, very fine mint. SG 94 £8
MBSA545 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Position 11. Very fine mint. SG 94 £8
MBSA547 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Position 17. Hinge trace, very fine mint. SG 94 £8
MBSA555 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Lower left corner, position 21. Light marginal faults, stamp very fine unmounted. SG 94 £15
MBSA344 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14, lower marginal showing imprint in margin. Reduced staining at left, fine mint. SG 94 £15
MBSA557 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Vertical pair positions 11/16. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 94 £22
RA9766 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14, lower right corner vertical pair, running sheet number '497' in margin. Very fine unmounted. SG 94 £25
MBSA558 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Lower right corner horizontal strip of three, positions 23-25, showing imprint and running sheet number '235' in margin. Some light faults, fine or very fine mint. Attractive. SG 94 £40
MBSA891 1d, block of four, perf. 14½. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 94a £45
RA8644 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14 lower left corner block of four. Hinged on margin, stamps very fine unmounted. SG 94 £50
MBSA559 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Upper right corner block of four, positions 4-5/9-10. Hinged on margin and upper pair, lower unmounted. Lovely and fresh. SG 94 £45
MBSA345 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14, upper left corner vertical strip of four. Superb and fresh unmounted. Lovely. SG 94 £55
VF52 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14, upper right corner block of six, showing marginal corner fold prior to trimming, now folded out and unusually revealing the printer's guide cross. Superb and fresh unmounted. SG 94 £85
MBSA560 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Lower right corner block of six, positions 14-15/24-25. Showing running sheet number '85' in margin. Light creasing through left stamps otherwise fine unmounted Very fine mint. SG 94 £50
RA7312 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14, block of ten being the left two vertical columns of the sheet. Creased through left column and one top stamp torn. Fine unmounted. SG 94 £45
RA7311 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14, block of ten being the right two vertical columns of the sheet, running sheet number ‘94’. Fine unmounted. SG 94 £80
MBSA561 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14. Block of ten being the left two vertical columns of the sheet. Hinged on margins and very minor gum creasing, stamps very fine unmounted. SG 94 £100
VF54 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14, block of ten being the left two columns of the sheet. Superb unmounted. SG 94 £100
MBSA111 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14, complete sheet of 25, running sheet number ‘227’. Hinged on margins stamps very fine or superb unmounted, minor creasing. SG 94 £200
MBSA250 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Very fine mint. SG 94a £15
MBSA548 1905 1d Falls, perf. 14½. Position 10. Very fine unmounted. SG 94a £30
VF56 1905 1d Falls, compound perf. 15 x 14½. Very fine mint. Uncommon. SG 94a var. £20
MBSA51 1905 1d Falls, cancelled with large part ‘BRITISH ASSOCIATION / SEP 13 1905 / VICTORIA FALLS’ datestamp. SG 94 £30
MBSA218 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14. Three contrasting shades. Very fine mint. SG 95 £45
VF62 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14. Lower left corner block of four. Light crease affecting left stamps otherwise very fine unmounted. SG 95 £70
MBSA562 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14. Lower right corner block of four, running sheet number '394' in margin. Hinged on upper pair lower unmounted, very fine and fresh. SG 95 £100
MBSA112 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14. Lower right corner block of four, running sheet number '7' in margin. Hinged on margins stamps superb and fresh unmounted. SG 95 £110
MBSA563 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14. Lower right corner block of nine, imprint and running sheet number '205' in margin. Some light creasing / gum bends otherwise fresh unmounted. SG 95 £225
MBSA564 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14. Block of ten being the two right columns of the sheet, running sheet number '72' in margin. Hinged on margins, some light mostly gum creasing with the stamps unmounted. SG 95 £225
RA7315 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14. Lower two rows of the sheet with full imprint and running sheet no. ‘264’. Some unobtrusive creasing, fine mint or unmounted. SG 95 £150
MBSA565 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14½. Very fine mint. SG 95a £25
MBSA568 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14½. Position 6. Very fine mint. SG 95a £25
MBSA570 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14½. Left marginal horizontal pair, positions 11-12. Very fine unmounted. SG 95a £90
MBSA571 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14½. Upper right corner block of four, some pencil endorsements on margin which is hinged, stamps superb and fresh unmounted. SG 95a £180
MBSA569 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14½. Lower left corner block of four, folded horizontally hinged on margin stamps very fine unmounted. SG 95a £165
MBSA567 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14½. Block of ten being the right two columns of the sheet. Very minor gum bends otherwise superb and fresh unmounted. Lovely. SG 95a £425
MBSA252 1905 2½d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Upper marginal very fine unmounted. SG 95a £45
MBSA585 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½. Upper marginal position 3. Very fine mint. SG 96 £35
MBSA572 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½. Position 5. Very fine mint. SG 96 £32
MBSA221 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Two contrasting shades, very fine mint. SG 96 £60
MBSA573 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Position 10 showing 'bird in tree' flaw (row 2/5). Few light tones, fine mint. SG 96a £100
MBSA321 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Position 10 showing 'bird in tree' flaw (row 2/5). Very fine mint. SG 96a £150
MBSA586 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½. Right marginal position 10 showing 'bird in tree' flaw (row 2/5). Superb and fresh unmounted. Scace in this condition. SG 96a £300
MBSA579 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Position 14 or 15 showing flaw similar to the 'bird in tree'. Very fine fresh mint. SG 96 var.
 
Note: stamps from both positions 14 and 15 show a very similar, although smaller, version of the 'bird in tree' flaw
£70
MBSA574 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Position 15 showing flaw similar to the 'bird in tree'. Very fine mint. SG 96 var.
 
Note: stamps from both positions 14 and 15 show a very similar, although smaller, version of the 'bird in tree' flaw
£60
MBSA588 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Position 23. Very fine mint. SG 96 £30
MBSA322 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15, left marginal (trimmed) showing vertical perforations running through ornamental border design. Faults including horizontal crease, mint. RARE. SG 96 var.
 
Note: it is likely the original sheet was imperforate to the left margin, noticed and poorly corrected. Apparently no further examples have been recorded.
£150
MBSA575 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½. A very over-inked impression with numerous resultant smears across most of the stamp. Hinge remain, fine mint. Striking and unusual. SG 96 var. £125
MBSA591 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Lower right corner horizontal strip of three, imprint and running sheet number '490' in margin. A few light faults, very fine mint. Attractive. SG 96 £140
MBSA576 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½. Block of four positions 1-2 / 6-7. Minor gum creases, hinge trace on upper pair lower unmounted. Lovely and fresh. SG 96 £240
MBSA577 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Upper right corner block of six positions 4-5 / 14-15. Position 10 showing 'bird in tree' flaw (row 2/5) and positions 14 and 15 showing flaws similar to the 'bird in tree'. Odd very minor stain, unmounted. A remarkable positional multiple. SG 96, 96a and vars.
 
Note: stamps from both positions 14 and 15 show a very similar, although smaller, version of the 'bird in tree' flaw
£475
MBSA582 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Block of four positions 4-5 / 9-10, position 10 showing 'bird in tree' flaw (row 2/5). Fine or very fine unmounted. SG 96, 96a £375
MBSA581 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½. Block of four, apparently positions 9-10 / 14-15, both the lower stamps showing flaws similar to the 'bird in tree'. However, the upper right stamp position 10 without the 'bird in tree' flaw. Very fine and fresh mint or unmounted. An unusual multiple. SG 96 and vars.
 
Note: stamps from both positions 14 and 15 show a very similar, although smaller, version of the 'bird in tree' flaw
£275
MBSA583 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½. Lower marginal block of four position 19-20 / 24-25. Superb and fresh unmounted. SG 96 £275
MBSA592 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½. Lower right corner block of four, running sheet number '186' in margin. Hinged on upper pair lower unmounted, fresh and very fine. Lovely. SG 96 £250
MBSA584 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½. Lower right corner block of four, running sheet number '233' in margin. A few minor marginal faults, stamps very fine or superb unmounted. SG 96 £275
MBSA222 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14½ to 15, superb used. SG 96 £50
MBSA323 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14, upper right corner block of four, lower right stamp showing 'bird in tree' flaw (row 2/5). Some light gum creasing and some vertical perforations parted between otherwise fine and fresh unmounted. An uncommon multiple in this perforation. SG 96b, 96ba £400
MBSA593 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14, Lower left corner block of four, very fine mint. Uncommon. SG 96b £300
MBSA595 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14. Block of ten being the right two columns of the sheet, position 10 showing 'bird in tree' flaw (row 2/5) and positions 14 and 15 showing flaws similar to the 'bird in tree'. Running sheet number '57 in margin. Superb and fresh unmounted. A remarkable positional multiple. SG 96b, 96ba and vars.
 
Note: stamps from both positions 14 and 15 show a very similar, although smaller, version of the 'bird in tree' flaw
£1,250
MBSA254 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14, very fine used. Uncommon. SG 96b £60
MBSA374 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14, showing 'bird in tree' flaw (row 2/5). Very fine used cancelled bold 'KOPJE SALISBURY' datestamp. RARE. SG 96ba £400
MBSA531 1905 5d Falls, perf. 14 x 14½. Very fine unmounted. Uncommon. SG 96b var. £110
MBSA349 1905 1/- Falls, perf. 14, a deep over-inked shade showing resultant ink smear at upper left. Hinge remnants, very fine fresh mint. Unusual. SG 97 var. £80
MBSA350 1905 1/- Falls, perf. 14. Position 10 showing dot above 'T' of 'BRITISH' flaw. Gum wrinkle and hinge remains, fine mint. SG 97 var. £65
MBSA597 1905 1/- Falls, perf. 14. Upper right corner copy, hinged on margin stamp superb and fresh unmounted. Uncommon as such. SG 97 £80
MBSA598 1905 1/- Falls, perf. 14. An unusual more yellowish shade and weaker impression, lower left corner copy. Some fingerprints on gum, fine unmounted. Unusual and attractive. SG 97 shade £75
RA7733 1905 1/- Falls, perf. 14, green shade. No trace of blue, distinct and most unusual. Very fine fresh mint. SG 97 shade £75
MBSA220 1905 1/- Falls, perf. 14, three contrasting shades. Very fine mint. SG 97 £95
MBSA599 1905 1/- Falls, perf. 14. Lower left corner horizontal pair, hinged on margin stamps superb and fresh unmounted. A most attractive and uncommon multiple. SG 97 £160
MBSA894 1905 1/- Falls, perf. 14. Upper marginal block of four. Hinged on margin and lower pair, upper unmounted. Wonderfully fresh and a scarce multiple. SG 97 £275
MBSA600 1905 1/- Falls, perf. 14. Upper left corner copy superb used and cancelled by favour 'VICTORIA FALLS 23 SEP 1905', full gum. Lovely. SG 97 SOLD
MBSA468 1905 1/- Falls, perf. 14, multiple of three. Some vertical perforations parted, fine used cancelled 'UMTALI JY 24 8'. SG 97 £90
MBSA335 1905 2/6 Falls, superb and fresh unmounted. Very scarce as such. SG 98 £190
RA8980 1905 2/6 Falls, upper marginal hinged on margin stamp pristine unmounted. A remarkable stamp. SG 98 £200
MBSA603 1905 2/6 Falls, lower left corner, some light faults unmounted. SG 98 £80
MBSA223 1905 2/6 Falls, two contrasting shades. Very fine mint. SG 98 £175
AR162 1905 2/6 Falls, block of four positions 1-2, 6-7. Very fine or superb fresh mint (the lower pair is unmounted). A rare multiple. SG 98 £675
VF92 1905 2/6 Falls, block of four positions 7-8 / 12-13. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 98 £650
VF97 1905 2/6 Falls, block of four positions 14-15 / 19-20. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 98 £650
MBSA895 1905 2/6 Falls, lower left corner block of four positions 16-17 / 21-22. Hinge trace at centre of block, very fine mint. Lovely. SG 98 £650
MBSA224 1905 2/6 Falls, superb used. Uncommon as such. SG 98 £170
B146 1905 2/6 Falls, cancelled with special black ‘(BR)ITISH ASSOCIATION / VICTORIA FALLS / SEP 12 1905’ single ring datestamp. Odd short perfs. otherwise fine and uncommon. SG 98 £120
RA7374 1905 2/6 Falls, cancelled with large part ‘BRITISH ASSOCIATION / SEP 12 1905 / VICTORIA FALLS’ datestamp. SG 98 £175
VF94 1905 2/6 Falls, block of four positions 16-17 / 21-22, fine to very fine used cancelled 'REGISTERED BULAWAYO' single circle datestamps. A few short perfs., though a RARE multiple and may well be unique as a commercially used block. SG 98 £750
MBSA605 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Lower marginal, hinge trace very fine and fresh mint. SG 99 £110
MBSA336 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Superb and fresh unmounted. Very scarce as such. SG 99 £180
MBSA611 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Showing distinct purple ink line running vertically through. Very fine mint. SG 99 var. £120
MBSA610 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. An exceptionally weak impression, in particular the 'VICTORIA FALLS' at base with much failing to print. Very fine mint. Highly unusual. SG 99 var. £250
MBSA606 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Block of four positions 19-20 / 24-25, hinged on upper pair lower unmounted. RARE. SG 99 £750
MBSA225 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Superb used. SG 99 £40
MBSA360 5/-, perf. 14, horizontal pair on piece fine used cancelled 'BULAWAYO'. SG 99 £75
MBSA607 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Lower left corner, superb CTO 'BULAWAYO 29 AUG 07'. Lovely. SG 99 £40
RA7205 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Vertical pair, positions 5-10, superb CTO ‘BULAWAYO 29 AUG 07’. SG 99 £75
RA7206 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Vertical pair, positions 19-24, superb CTO ‘SALISBURY 29 JUN 06’. SG 99 £75
VF116 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Block of four, positions 4-5 / 9-10. Superb CTO 'BULAWAYO 14 MAR 07'. SG 99 £150
VF124 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Block of four, positions 7-8 / 12-13. Superb CTO 'BULAWAYO 14 MAR 07'. SG 99 £150
VF118 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Block of four, positions 13-14 / 18-19. Superb CTO 'BULAWAYO 14 MAR 07'. SG 99 £150
VF117 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Block of four, positions 11-12 / 16-17. Superb CTO 'BULAWAYO 14 MAR 07'. SG 99 £150
VF125 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Block of four, positions 16-17 / 21-22. Superb CTO 'SALISBURY 29 JUN 06'. SG 99 £150
VF119 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Block of four, positions 18-19 / 23-24. Superb CTO 'BULAWAYO 14 MAR 07'. SG 99 £150
RA7361 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Block of four, positions 19-20 / 24-25, superb CTO ‘BULAWAYO 14 MAR 07’. SG 99 £160
VF120 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14. Block of four, positions 19-20 / 24-25. Superb CTO 'BULAWAYO 14 MAR 07'. SG 99 £150
MBSA609 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14½ to 15. Hinge trace, superb fresh mint. RARE, very few recorded in any condition. SG 99a £550
FISCALLY USED
B149 1905 1/- Falls, violet oval cancel, very fine and uncommon. SG 97 fiscal use £12
MBSA470 1905 1/- Falls, multiple of seven with violet oval cancels. Partially re-joined and hinge strengthened, attractive and unusual. SG 97 fiscal use £80
B150 1905 2/6 Falls, date perfined, fine and uncommon. SG 98 fiscal use £18
VF101 1908 (17th November), typewritten page from a legal document, bearing 2/6 and 6d Arms (SG 98, 83) date perfined and violet oval. Uncommon. £275
B151 1905 5/- Falls, violet oval cancel on piece, very fine and uncommon. SG 99 fiscal use £20
VF123 1905 5/- Falls, upper left corner vertical strip of four, positions 1,6,11,16. On piece cut from a legal document and additionally bearing 1898 2d Arms pair plus 6d block of four, all date perfined '9 / 3 / 10' and violet oval datestamps. Lovely. SG 99, 79, 83 £325
MBSA472 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14½ to 15, cancelled violet strike and perfined 'USED'. RARE, very few recorded in any condition. SG 99a fiscal use £150
MBSA612 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 15, cancelled violet strike and date perfined '17 / 11 / 08'. RARE, very few recorded in any condition. SG 99a fiscal use £150
MBSA613 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 15 x 14½, cancelled violet strike and perfined 'USED'. RARE, very few recorded in any condition. SG 99a fiscal use £150
MBSA614 1905 5/- Falls, perf. 14½ x 15, cancelled violet strike and perfined 'USED'. RARE, very few recorded in any condition. SG 99a fiscal use £150
POSTAL HISTORY
MBSA122 1905 13th October, cover bearing single 1d Falls (SG 94), cancelled 'BULAWAYO, and addressed to P. Falk, Gwelo. £45
RA7319 1905 21st October, picture Post Card (Native family), bearing 1d Falls (SG 94), cancelled ‘BULAWAYO’, addressed to England. £35
RA7320 1905 27th October, cover bearing strip of three 1d Falls (SG 94), cancelled ‘BULAWAYO’, addressed to England. Few minor faults. Attractive. £45
AR252 1905 (24th August), envelope addressed to England bearing a single 2½d deep blue (perf 15x15, SG 95a) tied by an UMTALI (24 Aug) single circle datestamp. London (16 Sep) arrival backstamp. A very fine example of the 2½d single rate. £250
AR322 1906 (25th August), colour picture postcard (‘Spray of Falls, shown 3 miles from Victoria Falls’) addressed to the Orange River Colony. Bearing, on the view side, a Victoria Falls 1d red (SG 94) tied by a very fine strike of the 'VICTORIA FALLS' (25 Aug) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the address side. Bloemfontein (29 Aug) arrival backstamp. Most attractive. £75
B155 c1910, two ‘TUCKS’ coloured Post Cards of Victoria Falls, The Gorge Below Victoria Falls unused and The Western Cataract used but stamp now lacking. Attractive. £15
1909 ARMS ‘RHODESIA’ OVERPRINTS, SG 100-113e
STAMPS
B157 ½d to £1, basic set of 14 values very fine used. SG 100-13 £140
RA9521 ½d, block of four very fine mint or unmounted. SG 100 £20
B158 ½d, single with pre-printing paper crease running vertically through top left corner. Very fine mint, unusual. SG 100 var. £30
B159 ½d, considerably off-centre such that the design of the lower stamp is visible. Very fine used. Unusual. SG 100 var. £15
RA9522 ½d, yellow-green shade, block of four very fine unmounted. Uncommon. SG 100b £200
AR161 1d, carmine-rose, block of four, very fine or superb fresh unmounted mint (very lightly hinged on one stamp only). SG 101 £40
AR381 1d carmine-rose. Block of four, very fine or superb fresh mint with hinge marks on the upper pair only, the lower pair is unmounted. SG 101 £35
MBSA197 1d, carmine-rose, upper right corner block of four, very fine or superb fresh unmounted (very lightly hinged on one stamp only). SG 101 £40
B163 1d, carmine-rose shade, showing ‘no stop’ variety, very fine used. SG 101a £20
B164 1d, deep carmine-rose shade, single with overall smudging of red ink, fine used. SG 101c var. £15
B165 1d, deep carmine-rose shade, lower marginal pair major variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN, HORIZONTAL PAIR. Some gum disturbance otherwise very fine mint. SG 101cd £200
RA9523 2d, block of four very fine mint. SG 102 £15
RA9525 2½d, block of four very fine mint or unmounted. SG 103 £12
RA9526 2½d, block of four very fine mint or unmounted. SG 103 £12
AR382 2½d pale dull blue. Block of four, very fine or superb fresh mint with hinge mark on the upper pair only, the lower pair is unmounted. SG 103 £15
MBSA82 2½d, intense shade, block of four very fine and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 103 shade £15
RA9527 2½d, intense shade, upper marginal block of four hinged on margin stamps superb unmounted. SG 103 shade £15
MBSA83 2½d, intense shade, right marginal block of four very fine and fresh mint or unmounted. SG 103 shade £15
MBSA84 2½d, intense shade, lower right corner block of four, endorsed in margin 'Mount Selinda 4 / 5 / 20'. Very fine and fresh mint or unmounted. Lovely. SG 103 shade
 
Note: this is the same endorsement as known on the 1d, 4d and 6d Admiral corner blocks (ex. Gibbs)
£25
RA8875 2½d, showing ‘no stop’ variety, superb used. SG 103a £25
B167 2½d, strip of four, third stamp showing ‘no stop’ variety, very fine used. SG 103a £25
MBSA634 1909 3d claret, block of four. Superb fresh mint or unmounted. SG 104 £20
B168 4d, showing ‘no stop’ variety, very fine mint. SG 105a £40
MBSA312 4d, horizontal pair left stamp showing ‘no stop’ variety, very fine mint. SG 105a, 105 £45
RA2479 4d, horizontal pair left stamp showing ‘no stop’ variety, very fine mint. SG 105a, 105 £45
RA9065 4d, 'overprint inverted' variety, superb CTO (as only known). SG 105b £12
RA844 4d, 'overprint inverted' variety, block of four superb CTO (as only known). SG 105b £50
AR229 4d, 'overprint inverted' variety, block of four superb CTO (as only known). SG 105b £50
AR383 4d olive. Block of four showing the variety OVERPRINT INVERTED. Superb CTO (as only known). SG 105b £50
RA5819 4d, 'overprint inverted' variety, block of 15 superb CTO (as only known). An attractive and uncommon large multiple. SG 105b £175
MBSA201 1/-, deep brownish bistre shade, very fine mint. SG 107c £12
B173 1/-, deep brownish bistre shade, showing ‘no stop’ variety, very fine used. SG 107ca £30
MBSA204 2/6, very fine mint. SG 108 £25
MBSA205 3/-, very fine mint. SG 109 £18
MBSA884 1909 5/- orange, showing 'No stop' variety. very fine mint. SG 110a £135
MBSA206 5/-, very fine used. A remarkably difficult stamp. SG 110 £85
MBSA207 7/6, very fine mint. SG 111 £80
AR377 7/6,very fine fresh mint with very light hinge mark. Scarce. SG 111 £85
RA2483 7/6, lower marginal block of four, hinge trace on top pair, lower unmounted. Fresh and very fine, a scarce multiple. SG 111 £400
RA4788 7/6, top left corner block of four, stamps superb unmounted, hinged on margin. Scarce. SG 111 £450
MBSA208 7/6, superb CTO. SG 111 £22
RA5458 7/6, block of four very fine CTO. Scarce. SG 111 £60
MBSA212 £1, very fine CTO. SG 113 £70
RA1750 £1, overprint in violet, a very clear example, ‘RHODESIA’ clearly in violet both on front and reverse. Fine CTO, usual rough perfs. SG 113b £120
RA4331 £1, overprint in violet, very fine used and a clear example. SG 113b £130
RA7608 £1 overprint in violet, superb CTO ‘GWELO’, full gum with overprint clearly showing through to back. Lovely. SG 113b £160
B175 £1, overprint in violet, block of four superb CTO. Scarce. SG 113b £600
B176 £2, brown, very fine CTO. SG 113c £220
RA4333 £2, rosy brown on bluish paper. A most attractive example, the paper heavily blued and a striking contrast. Lovely and rare as such. SG 113d £2,750
MBSA283 £2, rosy brown on bluish paper. Upper marginal, superb and fresh unmounted. Exceptional and RARE. SG 113d £3,500
MBSA200 £2, rosy brown on bluish paper. Violet oval cancel. SG 113d fiscal use £35
MBSA314 £2, rosy brown on bluish paper. Bold violet oval 'MKUSHI' cancel. SG 113d fiscal use £35
POSTAL HISTORY
MBSA297 1909 6th July, black and white Post Card of The Knife Edge and Palm Grove, bearing ½d Arms overprint (SG 100), crisply cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', addressed to The Cape. The writer indicating on the picture an 'X' in reference to where he had been, then receiving a Wellington and Blauwvalley (JY 12) arrival strikes. £40
RA7146 1909 7th July, cover bearing 1d Arms RHODESIA overprint (SG 101), cancelled by large part 'NDANGA / S. RHODESIA' datestamp. Addressed to Transvaal with arrival backstamp dated 14th July, 'VICTORIA' and 'BULAWAYO STATION transit strikes. Some edge faults, a rare office on cover. £225
MBSA295 1910 13th January, 4d registered envelope Die 2 bearing 1d Arms overprint (SG 101, defective corner), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', and addressed to Cape Town (Burmester correspondence). Some light staining. £20
MBSA644 1910 4th February, cover bearing 1d Arms overprint (SG 101), poorly cancelled with clearer 'BULAWAYO' alongside. Addressed to 'Messers Shepherd & Watson, The Durban Reef, P. O. Inyati' although apparently not delivered with red ink endorsements to that effect. Struck with crisp 'INYATI' datestamp (30 APR) and then returned to Bulawayo receiving a 'RETURNED LETTER BRANCH' backstamp for the 4th May. Two pinholes at upper left, fine and attractive. £55
MBSA284 1911 15th July, attractive coloured Post Card of Victoria Falls from Livingstone Island, bearing 1d Arms overprint (SG 101), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS', addressed to England. £20
MBSA299 1914 20th June, somewhat battered printed Victoria Falls Hotel cover with their delightful crest on reverse flap, bearing 2½d Arms overprint (SG 103), cancelled 'VICTORIA FALLS'. Most unusually addressed to Kambove, Katanga with arrival backstamp (26 JUN). £60
FISCALLY USED
RA2486 £5, deep blue on bluish paper. Horizontal strip of five and single plus 1898 10/- Arms, all on piece date perfin ’23 / 12 / 20’ and light violet straight line cancels. Wonderful fresh colours, most attractive, scarce. SG 113e fiscally used £350
RA8147 Printed two page 'DEED OF TRANSFER', dated 29th January 1921, inner page bearing 1909 £5 Arms overprinted 'RHODESIA' and £1 Admiral (SG 113e, 279), perfined by date and violet oval 'DEEDS REGISTRY OFFICE / BULAWAYO' cancels. Most attractive and fresh, the £5 uncommon used as such. £150
1909 SURCHARGES, SG 114-118
RA8674 5d on 6d reddish purple. Apparently off the right margin showing wide perforated side. Hinge remnants, fine mint. Unusual. SG 114 var. £25
RA9531 5d on 6d reddish purple, block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 114 £45
MBSA879 5d on 6d reddish purple, block of four, very fine mint or unmounted. SG 114 £40
AR107 5d on 6d reddish purple, left marginal block of four, very fine unmounted mint. SG 114 £35
MBSA308 1909 7½d on 2/6 bluish grey, superb unmounted. SG 116 £7
MBSA635 1909 7½d on 2/6 bluish grey, block of four. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 116 £20
MBSA880 1909 7½d on 2/6 bluish grey, block of four. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 116 £20
RA9532 1909 7½d on 2/6 bluish grey, block of four. Superb unmounted. SG 116 £25
MBSA309 1909 7½d on 2/6 bluish grey, left marginal block of four. Hinged on margin stamps superb unmounted. SG 116 £30
MBSA310 1909 7½d on 2/6 bluish grey, block of 16. Hinged on upper stamps otherwise superb unmounted. A most attractive large multiple. SG 116 £120
RA2487 1909 7½d on 2/6 bluish grey, block of four showing complete offset of stamps on reverse, shifted slightly down relative to printed stamps. Very fine unmounted, very scarce. SG 116 var. £200
MBSA54 1909 7½d on 2/6 bluish grey, surcharge in violet. Lower left corner block of four. Endorsed in margin 'Fort Roseberry 23-6-20', superb and fresh unmounted. SG 116a £150
MBSA302 10d, superb and fresh unmounted. SG 117 £24
MBSA55 10d, upper marginal block of four endorsed in margin 'Fort Roseberry 23-6-20'. Superb and fresh unmounted. SG 117 £90
RA8530 10d, lower marginal block of four showing part imprint in margin. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG 117a £30
MBSA303 2/-, superb and fresh unmounted. SG 118 £22
MBSA211 2/-, showing light but discernable trace of double impression of the surcharge. Very fine unmounted. SG 118 £35
RA4337 2/-, showing considerable shift of perforations, such that a good portion of the lower stamp is now visible. Very fine CTO. Most unusual. SG 118 var. £50
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