DANNY SWART RHODESIA
FEATURED ITEM
1905 (12th September), large piece being part of a telegraph form, applied with the complete set of six values of the Victoria Falls issue, plus two ½d Arms (SG 75, 94-99, all perf. 14 except 1d perf. 14½), each cancelled with a bold strike of the single circle BRITISH ASSOCIATION / VICTORIA FALLS datestamps in black. Superb and fresh. A wonderful and RARE item.
 
Note: the official opening of the Victoria Falls bridge was on the 12th September, 1905 (Occupation Day). Professor Darwin, the then Chairman of the ‘British Association for the Advancement of Science’, cut the rope on the centre of the bridge where he had been met by Administrator Coryndon. The post office was only open for two hours that day.
£1,100
RHODESIA (BSA COMPANY)
 
We are pleased to offer the further 26 items from the Rhodesia BSAC postal history collection of Danny Swart, RDPSA.
 
Many of the items have not been on the market for over 40 years and this therefore offers an excellent opportunity to obtain some wonderful and very rare items.
 
The listing is chronological, and includes items from:
 
South of the Zambezi
 
North Eastern Territory
 
North Western Territory
 
Postmarks
 
POSTAL HISTORY
DS83 1904 (19th April), BSA Company 2½d embossed envelope (H & G B3), the indicium cancelled ‘PENHALONGA’ tc datestamp, another alongside, addressed to England. Very fine for these. £175
DS88 1910 (2nd April), BSA Company 2½d embossed envelope (H & G B3a), cancelled ‘INYATI’ dc datestamp, another alongside, addressed to Holland. Bulawayo Station (3 APR) transit and Utrecht (24. 4) arrival backstamps. Truncated at top by folding and other faults. £100
DS89 1910 (7th July), BSA Company 1d Arms Post Card (H & G 11), perfectly struck with ‘BROKEN HILL’ dc datestamp, addressed in green ink to Belgium. The reverse with a delightful sketch in the same green ink apparently of the writers accommodation in Northern Rhodesia, a native hut between trees, endorsed ‘Broken Hill – le 2-7-10. Leoy'. Most unusual. £275
DS1 1894 (16th August), Mozambique 30 reis Postal stationery card cancelled with blue-black oval datestamp, addressed to the Standard Bank, Salisbury. The printed reverse Delagoa Bay, Lourenco Marques from the Bank of Africa Limited, acknowledging receipt of a letter. Routed via Transvaal and endorsed ‘Via Pretoria’ with Pretoria (19 Aug) Pietersburg (21 Aug) and entering through Tuli with single circle (26 Aug) datestamp, finally arriving in Salisbury on the 10th September. Upper and lower right corners truncated, an early incoming card.
 
Note: the Standard Bank officially opened in Salisbury in July 1892.
£125
DS6 1898 (4th July), BSAC ‘Mashonaland’ 1½d International Post Card (H&G 6), addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of an 1896 Large Arms 1d (SG 29) affixed at lower left. Both the impressed stamp and the adhesive are cancelled / tied by a ‘951’ BONC and there is a ‘proving’ GWELO (4 July) single circle datestamp alongside the upper BONC. Flensburg (1 Aug) arrival datestamps struck on the front. The card with some faults, primarily a heavy, though unobtrusive vertical crease, otherwise attractive. SOLD
DS8 1899 (1st June), envelope addressed locally within Salisbury and sent at the unsealed letter rate. Bearing a single 1896 Large Arms ½d (SG 41) tied by a very fine SALISBURY (1 June) double circle datestamp. The flap with oval of ‘Judson & Wigg, / Salisbury, / Mashonaland.’ printed in black. An extremely rare early example of this rate in superb condition. Outstanding. £750
DS9 1899 (21st December), BSAC ‘Mashonaland’ 1d blue ‘inland’ postal stationery card (H&G 5). Addressed to England and uprated with the addition of an 1898 1d (SG 77), cancelled / tied by SALISBURY / RHODESIA (21 Dec) single circle datestamps. With an Ashford Station Office (27 Jan) arrival backstamp. Part of a hinge-type mounting strip on the reverse, otherwise a very fine, clean and attractive card mailed during the Boer War. £100
DS12 1901 (11th September), envelope, addressed to England bearing a pair of Large Arms 4d (SG 44a) tied by ABERCORN / N.E. RHODESIA (11 Sep) double circle datestamps with an additional strike alongside. The corner of one adhesive folded over before cancelling. The British postal authorities affixed printed black on white ‘E. R. / Found / Open and / Officially / Sealed’ tape to the entire perimeter of the envelope and applied a ‘Found open and / resealed in E.C.’ boxed cachet at upper left. With FIFE (16 Sep) and Chinde B.C.A. (28 Nov) transit backstamps. A wonderful, characterful cover. £650
DS15 1902 (July), black and white Post Card ‘Greetings from St. Helena’, the image being of Boer Officers as Prisoners of War on the Island, bearing 1d Arms (SG 77), cancelled small single circle MATOKOS / S. RHODESIA datestamp, addressed to England and then twice re-addressed. Salisbury (22 July) transit and numerous further British transit strikes. A rare early example of this office.
 
Note: situated about 90 miles north east of Salisbury on the Zambesi escarpment, official reports record an agency opening here in the year ended 31st March, 1903. However, Knight & Mitchell (1984) note that “despite the official opening date a postmark is known dated 22.7.1902.” It was renamed M’Tokos in early 1908 and then Mtoko between February 1908 and 1910. Interestingly, in ‘The Postmarks of Rhodesia’ (Jon & Jenifer Barry, 1988) Mtoko and Matokos are shown on a map (page XIX) as two places approximately 10 miles apart.
£475
DS18 1903 (31st July), printed ‘INSPECTION CERTIFICATE’ (178 x 134mm), for the second inspection of the Reef ‘Limpopo’ until 25th November, 1903. Applied with £10 Arms (SG 93) perfined ‘USED’ and large crisp magenta MINING COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE * BULAWAYO single circle datestamp. Some pinholes upper left and light horizontal fold. Lovely and fresh. £225
DS24 1905 (27th June), BSAC 1d Small Arms Pictorial Postal Stationery Card (H&G 11a). A used example of the full-size view entitled ‘VICTORIA FALLS, RHODESIA. IN FLOOD, SHOWING SPRAY MIST. NORTH BANK. Photo–F. W. Sykes.’ Addressed to the Cape Colony and cancelled with the distinctive NORTH WESTERN RHODESIA / KALOMO (JU / 27 / 05) double circle datestamp. Bulawayo (1 July) transit and Mossel Bay (5 July) arrival datestamps applied to the front. Some perimeter surface scuffing and light creasing otherwise a rare example of the first canceller type issued to Kalomo. £275
DS25 1905 (30th August), BSAC 1d Small Arms Pictorial Postal Stationery Card (H&G 11a). A used example of the half-size view entitled ‘VICTORIA FALLS, RHODESIA. EASTERN END. Photo–C.B. Fox.’ Addressed to England and cancelled with a neat KALOMO (30 Aug) double circle datestamp. Usual corner creasing and small area of surface damage on the view side from hinge removal. Otherwise fine used showing scarce usage of the second canceller type issued to Kalomo. £225
DS26 1905 (12th September), large piece being part of a telegraph form, applied with the complete set of six values of the Victoria Falls issue, plus two ½d Arms (SG 75, 94-99, all perf. 14 except 1d perf. 14½), each cancelled with a bold strike of the single circle BRITISH ASSOCIATION / VICTORIA FALLS datestamps in black. Superb and fresh. A wonderful and RARE item.
 
Note: the official opening of the Victoria Falls bridge was on the 12th September, 1905 (Occupation Day). Professor Darwin, the then Chairman of the ‘British Association for the Advancement of Science’, cut the rope on the centre of the bridge where he had been met by Administrator Coryndon. The post office was only open for two hours that day.
£1,100
DS29 1905 (28th October), BSAC 1d Small Arms Postal Stationery Card (H&G 11). Addressed to Cape Town and cancelled with a KALUNGUISI (28 Oct) double circle datestamp. With FORT JAMESON (20 Nov), Salisbury (14 Dec) and Cape Town (19 Dec) transit / arrival datestamps all struck on the front. Usual (very) minor corner creasing and small split at left, otherwise a very fine example of this scarce cancellation.
 
Note: the card was sent to the Cape Times newspaper and the message on the reverse reads ‘Xmas Greetings / from a contributor / in central Africa / J.J. Reynard (?) Lake Mweru 27/10 05’.
£400
DS30 1905 (13th November), BSAC 1d Small Arms Pictorial Postal Stationery Card (H&G 11a). A used example of the full-size view entitled ‘VICTORIA FALLS, RHODESIA. THE ZAMBEZI ABOVE THE FALLS. Photo–F. W. Sykes.’ Addressed to England (readdressed on arrival) and cancelled with an MPIKA (NO 13 / 05) squared circle datestamp. With FORT JAMESON (20 Nov) and Salisbury (14 Dec) transit datestamps struck on the front. Usual minor corner creasing otherwise a fine example of this rare first canceller type issued to Mpika. £400
DS34 1906 (3rd October), BSAC 1d Small Arms Pictorial Postal Stationery Card (H&G 11a). A used example of the half-size view entitled ‘VICTORIA FALLS, RHODESIA. LOW WATER, FROM BOTTOM OF GULLY ON N. BANK. Photo–F. W. Sykes.’ Addressed to Australia (re-addressed on arrival) and cancelled with a very fine example of the KASAMPA (3 Oct) double circle datestamp. The card with a light corner crease, otherwise very fine used and to an unusual destination. An excellent example of the RARE first canceller type issued to Kasampa showing the alternate spelling (later spelt Kasempa). £450
DS37 1907 (27th July), picture postcard titled ‘Natal Natives bound for the Goldfields’. Addressed to Bulawayo and bearing an 1898 Arms 1d (SG 78) affixed to the view side, and tied by two strikes of the LIVINGSTONE STATION (27 Jul) double circle datestamp. Corner crease, not affecting the adhesive or cancellations. A VERY RARE cancellation. £650
DS39 1908 (27th October), BSAC 1d Small Arms Pictorial Postal Stationery Card (H&G 11a). A used example of the half-size view entitled ‘VICTORIA FALLS, RHODESIA. EASTERN END. Photo–C.B. Fox.’ Addressed to the Cape Colony and cancelled with a neat BROKEN HILL (27 Oct) double circle datestamp. With a Uitenhage (4 Nov) single circle relief type datestamp struck on arrival on the front of the card. Very fine. £180
DS40 1908 (18th November), BSAC 1d Small Arms Pictorial Postal Stationery Card (H&G 11a). A used example of the half-size view entitled ‘VICTORIA FALLS, RHODESIA. EASTERN END. Photo–C.B. Fox.’ unusually cancelled KOPJE SALISBURY double circle datestamp, addressed to Johannesburg, machine arrival (24 Nov).
 
Note: it is thought that these illustrated cards were not generally on sale in Southern Rhodesia.
£220
DS50 1917 (24th August), cover bearing 2½d Arms overprint (SG 103), cancelled RUSAPE / S. RHODESIA double circle datestamp, another alongside, addressed to The International Peace Bureau, Berne, Switzerland. Struck with violet ‘PASSED BY CENSOR’ cachet, Salisbury (25 Aug) machine transit and Bern (15 Oct) arrival backstamps. £125
DS51 1917 (29th December), official envelope of ‘THE BEIRA AND MASHONALAND & RHODESIA RAILWAYS’ (printed across the top). Addressed to South Africa and bearing a single Admiral 1½d (SG 198) tied by two clear strikes of PAULINGTON (29 Dec) double circle datestamps. The reverse bearing an oval cachet of the B&M&R Railways incorporating the wording ‘Loco Supt’s Office / 28 DEC. 1917 / UMTALI’, struck in violet. With an Umtali (29 Dec) datestamp, also struck on the reverse. Neatly opened on three sides for display. A lovely railway item.
 
Note: Paulington was a sub-office of Umtali and was named after George Pauling, the railway contractor and pioneer.
£300
DS53 1918 (June), cover bearing 2½d Arms overprint (SG 103), cancelled RUSAPE / S. RHODESIA double circle datestamp, another alongside, addressed to The International Peace Bureau, Berne, Switzerland. Struck with black ‘PASSED CENSOR / C 14.’ single circle cachet, opened at top re-sealed with printed red/white bilingual ‘Opened by Censor. / 99’ label. Bern (18 Aug) arrival backstamp. £125
DS60 1923 (8th December), 1d Arms wrapper (H&G E2), cancelled crisp HEADLANDS / RHODESIA double circle datestamp, addressed to 'P. Falk, Nurseryman, Gwelo'. Superb and clean. £60
DS62 1924 (16th March), 2½d Arms embossed envelope (H&G B3), cancelled bold LALAPANZI / S. RHODESIA double circle datestamp, addressed to 'Peter Falk, Gardener, Gwelo'. Very fine and clean. £90
POSTMARKS
CROSS-BORDER MAIL / CAPRIVI STRIP (GERMAN SOUTH WEST AFRICA)
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