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1900 First printings (level stops) ERROR OF SURCHARGE 3d on 4d ultramarine (instead of 3d). Lower marginal block of four. Crease in margin only and hinge remnants on one stamp, the others superb fresh unmounted mint. The upper left stamp showing broken base to ‘V’. A major OFS rarity. SG 106 var
 
Note: this is a controversial stamp and a BPA certificate (2013) states the surcharge is forged. We beg to differ and agree with the comments in ‘Orange Free State Philately’ (Volume I, 2002) by Robert W. Hisey and R. Timothy Bartshe who discuss this error on page 140 and conclude “On the basis of evidence to date, it is obvious that some 4d stamps were mistakenly overprinted 3d by a perfectly genuine error.”
£1,500
Last update: 11th August, 2017
REPUBLICAN PERIOD
POSTAGE STAMPS / Proofs / Colour Trials
O3 1868-91 De La Rue 6d Colour Trial in dull orange. Imperforate block of four on ungummed wove paper. Very fine. £750
OM32 1868-91 De La Rue 6d Colour Trials, in dull orange, pale carmine and light brown. Each a right marginal pair imperforate on ungummed wove paper. Very fine. £900
O501 1868 1d red-brown. Block of four. One pulled perforation upper right, otherwise very fine fresh mint with light hinge marks on the upper pair, the lower pair appears unmounted. A scarce multiple. SG 2 £65
O502 1868 6d pale rose. Block of four, showing the characteristic cracked gum of the first printing. Very fine mint with hinge remnants across the upper pair, the lower pair appears unmounted. A very scarce multiple. SG 4 £275
O503 1871 6d rose. Block of four with small part of margin at foot. A few perforations trimmed at lower right, otherwise very fine mint with light hinge marks. A scarce multiple. SG 5 £125
O346 1871 6d rose. BLOCK OF 48 comprising two blocks of 24 (6x4) either side of the interpanneau gutter margin showing characteristic wing margins of the Somerset House perforator (proving pre-1891 printing). Some reinforced perforations and a few light hinge marks otherwise all stamps are remarkably fresh and the majority are superb unmounted mint. An impressive multiple and a rare survivor. SG 5 £1,200
O504 1894 6d bright carmine. A right marginal block of six (3x2). Fine mint with hinge remnants across the upper stamps. SG 7 £70
O320 1894 6d bright carmine. A lower right corner BLOCK OF 16 (4x4) from the lower right pane showing the sequence number ‘2’ in the margin. Marginal creasing and evidence of light mounting across upper stamps, otherwise very fine unmounted mint. SG 7 £175
O505 1868 1/- orange-buff (1st printing). Block of four, characteristically off centre for this printing. Very fine mint with some hinge remnants on the upper pair. A very rare multiple with only 140 sheets printed. SG 8 £475
O506 1871 1/- orange (2nd printing). Block of four, fine mint with several hinge remnants. A very scarce multiple. SG 9 £175
O490 1869 1/- orange-yellow (2nd printing). Block of four with a vertical interpanneau gutter margin between showing the characteristic wing margins of the Somerset House perforator (used for all OFS printings prior to 1881). Very faint evidence of hinge marks on upper pair, the lower pair is unmounted. Superb, remarkably fresh mint. A rare proving multiple for the delivery of 22nd March, 1869. SG 9 var £350
O29 1877 De La Rue Die Proof for the 4d duty, printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Dated ‘Aug. 29 1877’ and handstamped 'BEFORE HARDENING' in black. Rare. £750
O314 1878 4d pale blue, BLOCK OF 24 (6x4) with sheet margin at left and interpanneau gutter margin at right showing the characteristic wing margins of the Somerset House perforator (proving the earlier printing and colour). All stamps superb fresh unmounted mint. An attractive and rare multiple. SG 18 £475
O271 1878 4d pale blue. Marginal BLOCK OF 54, comprising a block of 36 (6x6) from the base of the upper left pane joined to an irregular block of 18 from the upper right pane by the interpanneau margin. Showing the characteristic wing margins of the Somerset House perforator (proving the earlier printing and colour). Remarkably fresh unmounted mint. A rare and spectacular multiple. SG 18 £1,100
O344 1878 4d pale blue. BLOCK OF 120, comprising the upper two panes of a sheet with margins on all four sides and showing current number ‘4’ at upper left and plate number ‘1’ at upper right. The two panes separated by an interpanneau gutter margin showing the characteristic wing margins of the Somerset House perforator (proving the earlier printing and colour). Odd minor gum wrinkle otherwise remarkably fresh with all stamps superb fresh unmounted mint. An attractive and very rare multiple, especially in such excellent condition. SG 18 £1,800
O35 1877 De La Rue Die Proof for the 5/- duty, printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Dated ‘Aug. 29 1877’ and handstamped 'BEFORE HARDENING' in black. Rare. £850
OM18 1878 5/- green (1st printing) BLOCK OF EIGHT, comprising two blocks of four separated by the vertical interpanneau gutter margin. Showing the characteristic wing margins of the Somerset House perforator (proving the first printing). Light wrinkle on upper left stamp otherwise superb unmounted mint. A scarce multiple. SG 20 £180
O311 1878 5/- green (1st printing) BLOCK OF EIGHT, comprising two blocks of four separated by the vertical interpanneau gutter margin. Showing the characteristic wing margins of Somerset House. Odd gum wrinkle, otherwise very fine unmounted mint. A scarce multiple. SG 20 £180
O319 1878 5/- green (1st printing) BLOCK OF 96 (12x8) being the lower eight rows of the upper two panes with side margins and part of the horizontal interpanneau margin at base. Comprising two blocks of 48 separated by a vertical interpanneau gutter showing the characteristic wing margins of the Somerset House perforator (one central row of perforations rather than rows either side of the gutter). A few very minor marginal faults and gum wrinkles, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. A remarkable and impressive multiple. Rare. SG 20 £1,250
OM42 1882 ‘½d’ surcharge on 5/- green. Wide margin at left, very fine fresh mint. SG 36 £16
O201 1882 ‘½d’ surcharge on 5/- green. BLOCK OF 54 (6x9) showing gutter margin at right. Some creasing as to be expected on a block this size and hinge trace on four, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. A rare and spectacular multiple. SG 36 £1,100
OM30 1882 De La Rue Die Proof for the ½d duty, printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Dated ‘5 SEP 82’ in blue and stamped 'BEFORE HARDENING' in black. Scarce. £800
OM29 1882 De La Rue Die Proof for the 3d duty, printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Dated ‘5 SEP 82’ in blue and stamped 'BEFORE HARDENING' in black. Scarce. £800
O313 1883 3d ultramarine. Left marginal BLOCK OF 16 (4x4). Faint possible hinge mark on one, otherwise all superb unmounted mint. A scarce multiple. SG 51 £100
OM43 1890 ‘1d’ surcharge on 3d ultramarine, type a. Left marginal, hinged on margin stamp superb and fresh unmounted. SG 54 £12
O269 1891 ‘1d’ surcharge on 3d ultramarine. Rejoined BLOCKS OF 42, 17 and a single, forming an original right pane of 60 with margins on three sides and showing plate ‘1 at top. From the third setting which includes eight examples of type ‘b’ (SG 55). Hinge remnants, though mainly very fine or unmounted (35) mint. A very scarce multiple. SG 54, 55 £500
O330 1894 1d purple, showing a vertical pre-printing paper fold which has now been opened out for display. A spectacular variety, rarely seen on any OFS stamp. SG 68 var. £125
O233 1897 ‘2½’ surcharge on 3d ultramarine. BLOCK OF 12 from the top of the left pane with margins on three sides and showing plate ‘1’ at top. Superb fresh unmounted mint. An impressive multiple. SG 83 £150
O257 1897 ‘2½’ surcharge on 3d ultramarine. BLOCK OF 42 (6x7) from the top of the right pane with margins at right and top showing plate ‘1’. Some gum creasing otherwise very fine and fresh unmounted mint. An impressive multiple. SG 83 £250
O312 1897 ‘2½’ surcharge on 3d ultramarine. Horizontal strip of three, the centre stamp (pos 46 on pane) showing the variety ROMAN ‘1’ and ANTIQUE ‘2’. Light gum bend, otherwise very fine mint. Scarce. SG 83/a £150
O258 1897 ‘2½’ surcharge on 3d ultramarine. BLOCK OF 12 (4x3) from the lower right corner of the right pane with margin at right and interpanneau gutter margin at base. One stamp (position 46 on pane) showing variety ROMAN ‘1’ AND ANTIQUE ‘2’. Some gum creasing not affecting the variety, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. Very scarce variety, especially in a positional multiple. SG 83/a £250
O270 1897 ‘2½’ surcharge on 3d ultramarine. Complete upper right PANE OF 60 with margins on three sides and showing plate ‘1 at top. One stamp (position 46 on pane) with variety ROMAN ‘1’ AND ANTIQUE ‘2’. Odd tone spot affects six stamps though the majority, including the variety, are superb fresh unmounted mint. A very scarce multiple. SG 83, 83a £450
OM44 1897 1/- brown. Very fine fresh mint. SG 87 £24
O507 1897 1/- brown. Block of four, one stamp thinned, otherwise very fine fresh mint. SG 87 £70
O500 1896 6d blue ‘Prepared for use but not issued’. An upper right corner marginal block of four. Light hinge mark in the margin only, the stamps are superb fresh unmounted mint. (See footnote below SG 87) £250
BRITISH OCCUPATION
O262 1900 First printing (level stops) ½d on ½d orange showing the variety VALUE OMITTED due to a downward shift of the surcharge. Very fine mint. Scarce. SG 101f £85
O325 1900 First printing (level stops) ½d on ½d orange. An upper marginal vertical pair, upper stamp showing variety VALUE OMITTED due to downward shift, the lower showing SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED. The margin proves this is a downward rather than an upward shift. With a light horizontal crease across upper stamp. Heavily hinged in margin and barest hinge trace on the lower stamp, otherwise very fine mint with the upper stamp being unmounted. Holcombe certificate (1993). Scarce pair. SG 101f, 101 var £140
O307 1900 First printing (level stops) ½d on ½d orange. An upper marginal block of six [Rows 1-3, stamps 1-2] all showing the variety SURCHARGE DOUBLE (closely spaced). Additionally, the upper left stamp [R1/1] with variety SMALL ‘½’. Hinged in margin and hinge trace on one stamp, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. A rare and possibly unique combination of varieties. SG 101g, 101h £750
O61 1900 First printing (level stops) 1d on 1d purple showing the variety ‘I.’ and STOP AFTER 'R' OMITTED. Additionally, the ‘R’ has shifted towards the ‘V.’ and the left side appears shaved. Fine mint. SG 102g £220
O342 1900 First printing (level stops) 1d on 1d purple. Showing the variety SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED due to a large vertical shift of the surcharge. Very fine mint. SG 102 var. £110
O328 1900 First printing (level stops) 1d on 1d purple. Single with interpanneau margin at right. Showing the variety SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED due to a large vertical shift of the surcharge. Very fine lightly mounted mint. SG 102 var. £110
O321 1900 First printing (level stops) 1d on 1d purple. Vertical pair from the top of the pane showing large downward shift of the surcharge resulting in the varieties VALUE OMITTED on upper stamp and SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED on the lower stamp. Light owner handstamps on reverse otherwise very fine and fresh mint. SG 102j + var. £220
O327 1900 First printing (level stops) 1d on 1d purple. Vertical pair from the top of the pane showing the current number ‘1’ and a large downward shift of the surcharge resulting in the varieties VALUE OMITTED on upper stamp and SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED on the lower stamp. Very fine or superb mint (hinged on margin and lower stamp, the upper stamp is unmounted). SG 102j + var. £235
O322 1900 First printing (level stops) 1d on 1d purple. Upper marginal block of four showing a large downward shift of the surcharge resulting in the varieties VALUE OMITTED on the upper pair and SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED on the lower pair. The margin proves this is a downward rather than an upward shift. Hinged on the margin only, the stamps are superb unmounted mint. Holcombe certificate. (1993) SG 102j + var. £480
O343 1900 First printing (level stops) 1d on 1d purple. Showing the variety VALUE OMITTED due to a large downward shift of the surcharge (this stamp being from the top row of a pane). Very fine mint. SG 102j £80
O308 1900 First printings (level stops) 3d on 3d ultramarine. Showing the variety SURCHARGE DOUBLE (closely spaced). Well mounted with hinge remnants otherwise fine mint. Unlisted in SG. Rare. SG 106 var £180
O309 1900 First printings (level stops) 3d on 3d ultramarine. Showing the variety SURCHARGE DOUBLE (closely spaced). Fine used with British Army South Africa double circle datestamp. Unlisted in SG. Rare. SG 106 var £180
O278 1900 First printing (level stops) 3d on 3d ultramarine. Showing the variety SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED due to a vertical shift. Fine mint. Rare. SG 106 var £125
OM37 1900 First printing (level stops) 3d on 3d ultramarine. Horizontal strip of four showing the variety SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED due to a vertical shift. Left stamp with minor diagonal bend otherwise very fine mint. Rare. SG 106 vars. £475
O513 1900 First printings (level stops) ERROR OF SURCHARGE 3d on 4d ultramarine (instead of 3d). Lower marginal block of four. Crease in margin only and hinge remnants on one stamp, the others superb fresh unmounted mint. The upper left stamp showing broken base to ‘V’. A major OFS rarity. SG 106 var
 
Note: this is a controversial stamp and a BPA certificate (2013) states the surcharge is forged. We beg to differ and agree with the comments in ‘Orange Free State Philately’ (Volume I, 2002) by Robert W. Hisey and R. Timothy Bartshe who discuss this error on page 140 and conclude “On the basis of evidence to date, it is obvious that some 4d stamps were mistakenly overprinted 3d by a perfectly genuine error.”
£1,500
O267 1900 First printing (level stops) 3d on 3d ultramarine. Showing variety SURCHARGE MISPLACED due to a diagonal shift, with most of the surcharge now appearing at the edges. Fine mint. A spectacular and very scarce variety. SG 106 var £225
O268 1900 First printing (level stops) 3d on 3d ultramarine. Showing variety SURCHARGE MISPLACED to left due to a diagonal shift, apparently ex the right column. A little grubby with heavyish hinge remnants and some vertically challenged perforations at top, otherwise fine mint. A spectacular and very scarce variety. SG 106 var £75
OM41 1900 First printing (level stops) 6d on 6d blue. Upper left corner block of four showing current number '2' in margin. Folded horizontally, very fine and fresh unmounted. SG 109 £75
O279 1900 First printing (level stops) 6d on 6d blue. Showing the variety SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED due to a vertical shift. Very fine mint. It is believed one pane of 60 stamps had the surcharge shifted upwards resulting in this very scarce variety. SG 109 var £170
O282 1900 First printing (level stops) 6d on 6d blue. Showing the variety SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED due to a vertical shift. Very fine mint. It is believed one pane of 60 stamps had the surcharge shifted upwards resulting in this very scarce variety. SG 109 var £170
O281 1900 First printing (level stops) 5s. on 5s. green showing the variety SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED due to a vertical shift. Fine mint. Rare. SG 111 var £240
OM45 1900 Subsequent printings (raised stops) 1d on 1d purple. Left marginal strip of three, the left stamp showing the Thick 'V' variety and in addition all three stamps showing a curious light second impression of the 'R' above the normal on each stamp. Very fine mint or unmounted. SG113, 124 and vars. £35
O345 1900 Subsequent printings (raised stops) 1d on 1d purple. Vertical interpanneau pair, the lower stamp with surcharge and the stamp above the gutter with the SURCHARGE OMITTED. Creased through the gutter and some gum wrinkles on upper stamp otherwise very fine mint. Very rare. SG 113 var
 
Note: it is believed the upper right pane of one sheet had the overprint omitted, giving rise to six possible vertical interpanneau pairs, two of which are in the Durrell collection and two from the right of the pane were previously sold by us.
£750
O306 1900 Subsequent printings (raised stops) 3d on 3d ultramarine. Variety SURCHARGE DOUBLE, ONE DIAGONAL. Hinge remnants and slightly rounded corner, otherwise fine mint. Clear RPS certificate (1996) Very scarce. SG 117g £275
O316 1900 subsequent printings (raised stops) 3d on 3d ultramarine. Variety SURCHARGE DOUBLE, ONE DIAGONAL. Few hinge remnants, otherwise very fine mint. Very scarce. SG 117g £325
O315 1900 subsequent printings (raised stops) 3d on 3d ultramarine. Variety SURCHARGE DOUBLE, ONE DIAGONAL. With margin at right showing part misplaced ‘(V.)R.I.’ Hinge remnants and the gum evenly yellowed, otherwise fine mint. Very scarce and visually striking. SG 117g £350
O326 1900 subsequent printings (raised stops) 3d on 3d ultramarine. Block of eight (4x2, two with thick ‘V’). Showing upward shift of surcharge into the perforations, probably from the bottom of a pane as there is no evidence of a surcharge at the base of the lower row. Superb unmounted mint. Unusual. SG 117, 128 £85
O300 1900 subsequent printings (raised stops) 1s. on 1s. brown. Block of six (2x3) each stamp showing the variety SURCHARGE TRANSPOSED due to an upward vertical shift. The upper left stamp additionally with Thick ‘V’. The right column with some hinge reinforced perforations, otherwise very fine unmounted mint. A very scarce multiple. SG 121 var / 131 var £700
OM40 1900 Subsequent printings (raised stops) 5s on 5s green. Upper left corner block of four current number '5' in margin, upper right stamp showing Short top to '5' variety. Hinged on margin which is also creased, stamps very fine unmounted. A lovely positional multiple. SG 122, 122c £135
O229 1900 2½d ultramarine. Block of 54 comprising the upper nine rows of a pane with margin at left and part interpanneau margin at right. Stamp [1] showing variety NO STOP. Odd minor gum bend, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 135, 135a £170
O348 1902 ‘One Shilling’ on 5s green. An upper right corner block of six (3x2) showing plate number ‘1’ and the stamp below it with thick ‘V’. Hinged in margin and faint hinge marks on two, otherwise superb unmounted mint. SG 138, 138a £85
OM03 1902 ‘One Shilling’ on 5s green. Upper marginal showing Short top to '5' variety, and in addition plate '1' in margin. Hinged on margin, stamp superb unmounted. SG 138b £95
OM12 1902 ‘One Shilling’ on 5s green. Horizontal pair, right stamp showing lower portion of star missing. Left stamp defective corner, variety very fine mint. SG 138 and var. £45
O422 1902 De La Rue cut down stamp-sized MASTER DIE PROOF for the KEVII issue with uncleared value tablets, inscription and surround. Printed in black on glazed card (24x29mm) from the ‘Before Hardening’ state with solid vertical lines either end of the lower tablet. Rare. £475
O352 1902 De La Rue MASTER DIE PROOF for the KEVII issue with uncleared value tablets, inscription and surrounds. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm), handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘2 MAY. 02’ in blue. This state shows solid vertical lines either end of the lower tablet. £750
O353 1902 De La Rue MASTER DIE PROOF for the KEVII issue with uncleared value tablets, inscription and surrounds. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm), handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘2 MAY. 02’ in blue. This state shows solid vertical lines either end of the lower tablet. £750
O355 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII issue printed from the Secondary Die with uncleared value tablets and surround, and the lower tablet with the wording ‘POSTAGE’ and two ornaments. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘13 MAY. 02’ in blue. This state shows the vertical lines at either end of the lower tablet now broken into dots. £750
O359 1902 De La Rue ESSAY / DIE PROIOF for the KEVII issue printed from the Secondary Die with uncleared value tablets and surround, and the lower tablet with the unissued wording ‘POSTAGE & REVENUE’. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘13 MAY. 02’ in blue. This state shows the vertical lines at either end of the lower tablet now broken into dots. £750
O360 1902 De La Rue ESSAY / DIE PROOF for the KEVII issue printed from the Secondary Die with uncleared value tablets and surround, and the lower tablet with the unissued wording ‘POSTAGE & REVENUE’. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘13 MAY. 02’ in blue. This state shows the vertical lines at either end of the lower tablet now broken into dots. £750
O365 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII Head working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘10 JUN. 02’ in blue. Additionally endorsed ‘O. River C’ in manuscript at lower left. Rare. £1,100
O362 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 1d duty working die with the unissued wording ‘POSTAGE & REVENUE’. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘13 JUN. 02’ in blue.
 
Note: although proofs for a 1d duty inscribed ‘POSTAGE & REVENUE’ were prepared and a plate of 240 units produced, it was never put into production owing to a decision in September 1902 by the ORC Government that “all the denominations should be ‘Postage’ only, not ‘Postage and Revenue’”. This 1d plate (with the Head plate) was however used to produce colour trials in July 1902 as that was the only duty plate then available. The large dots either side of the Crown no longer appear. These were later replaced with smaller dots for the monocolour duties.
£575
O367 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII ½d ‘POSTAGE’ duty working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘7 JUL. 02’ in blue.
 
Note: following decisions to print the five lower values in monocolour from single working plates, the duty (frame) plates were no longer required and were presumably destroyed.
£450
O369 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 2d ‘POSTAGE’ duty working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘7 JUL. 02’ in blue.
 
Note: following decisions to print the five lower values in monocolour from single working plates, the duty (frame) plates were no longer required and were presumably destroyed.
£450
O370 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 2d ‘POSTAGE’ duty working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘7 JUL. 02’ in blue.
 
Note: following decisions to print the five lower values in monocolour from single working plates, the duty (frame) plates were no longer required and were presumably destroyed.
£450
O372 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 2½d ‘POSTAGE’ duty working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘10 JUL. 02’ in blue.
 
Note: following decisions to print the five lower values in monocolour from single working plates, the duty (frame) plates were no longer required and were presumably destroyed.
£450
O374 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 3d ‘POSTAGE’ duty working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘10 JUL. 02’ in blue.
 
Note: following decisions to print the five lower values in monocolour from single working plates, the duty (frame) plates were no longer required and were presumably destroyed.
£450
O376 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 4d ‘POSTAGE’ duty working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘11 JUL. 02’ in blue. £550
O377 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 6d ‘POSTAGE’ duty working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘14 JUL. 02’ in blue. £550
O378 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 1/- ‘POSTAGE’ duty working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘9 JUL. 02’ in blue. £550
O491 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 1/- ‘POSTAGE’ duty working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘9 JUL. 02’ in blue. £550
O382 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 1d duty single plate working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘24 SEP. 02’ in blue. £475
O385 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 2d duty single plate working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘8 DEC. 02’ in blue. £475
O386 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 2½d duty single plate working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘5 DEC. 02’ in blue. £475
O388 1902 De La Rue DIE PROOF for the KEVII 3d duty single plate working die. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘5 DEC. 02’ in blue. £475
O413 1902 (July), De La Rue COLOUR TRIAL for the KEVII postage issue. Printed in blue-green and purple on gummed, watermark Crown CA paper.
 
Note: The trials were all printed from the Head plate and the 1d ‘Postage & Revenue’ duty plate as that was the only duty plate then available.
£450
O496 1902 (July), De La Rue COLOUR TRIAL for the KEVII postage issue. Printed in purple on yellow on gummed, watermark Crown CA paper.
 
Note: The trials were all printed from the Head plate and the 1d ‘Postage & Revenue’ duty plate as that was the only duty plate then available.
£450
O497 1902 (July), De La Rue COLOUR TRIAL for the KEVII postage issue. Printed in brown and mauve on gummed, watermark Crown CA paper.
 
Note: The trials were all printed from the Head plate and the 1d ‘Postage & Revenue’ duty plate as that was the only duty plate then available.
£450
O493 1902 (July), De La Rue COLOUR TRIAL for the KEVII postage issue. Printed in brown (colour of the issued 2d) on gummed, watermark Crown CA paper and affixed to piece of Appendix sheet.
 
Note: The trials were all printed from the Head plate and the 1d ‘Postage & Revenue’ duty plate as that was the only duty plate then available.
£450
O492 1902 (July), De La Rue COLOUR TRIAL for the KEVII postage issue. Printed in chestnut on gummed, watermark Crown CA paper and affixed to piece of Appendix sheet.
 
Note: The trials were all printed from the Head plate and the 1d ‘Postage & Revenue’ duty plate as that was the only duty plate then available.
£450
O418 1903-04 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII complete set of nine, ½d to 5/-, each overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel type D12). Very fine and fresh. SG 139-147s £250
O333 1903-04 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII complete set of nine duties, ½d to 5/-, in BLOCKS OF FOUR (the 1/- right marginal). Very fine or superb fresh mint with most blocks, including the 5/-, lightly hinged on the upper pairs, the lower pairs being unmounted. Very attractive and an exceptionally rare set in multiples. SG 139-147 £1,650
O423 1903-04 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII complete set of nine duties, ½d to 5/-, in BLOCKS OF FOUR. Very fine fresh mint. Attractive and a very rare set in multiples. SG 139-147 £1,300
O248 1903-04 Watermark Crown CA, ½d to 5/- complete set of nine, fine used, the 5/- being interprovincially used in Transvaal. SG 139-147 £25
O428 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII ½d yellow-green. Variety WATERMARK INVERTED. Superb used with ‘1193’ BONC allocated to Bloemfontein. Scarce. SG 139w £85
O431 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII 1d scarlet. Upper right corner block of six (3x2) showing plate number ‘1’. Diagonal crease affects corner stamp. Hinged in margins, stamps superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 140 £55
O432 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII 1d scarlet. Variety WATERMARK INVERTED. Very fine used with BETHLEHEM (NO 11 / 03) single circle datestamp. Scarce. SG 140w £65
O433 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII 1d scarlet. Variety WATERMARK INVERTED. Small surface scuff lower left, otherwise fine used with BE(THLEHEM) (NO 11 / 03) single circle datestamp. Scarce. SG 140w £25
O434 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII 1d scarlet Variety WATERMARK INVERTED. Vertical crease, otherwise very fine used with (PHILIP)POLIS single circle datestamp. Scarce. SG 140w £45
O435 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII 1d scarlet. Variety WATERMARK INVERTED. BLOCK OF FOUR, very fine used with REGISTERED BLOEMFONTEIN (23 OCT 03) double circle datestamps. A very rare multiple. SG 140w £325
O296 1903 Watermark Crown CA, 2½d bright blue (a deep shade). Block of eight (4x2) with interpanneau margin at left. Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 142 £40
O437 1903 Watermark Crown CA, 2½d bright blue. BLOCK OF 24 (6x4) from a left pane with margins at sides (interpanneau at right). Row 2 with unobtrusive horizontal crease. Hinge remnants on four, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 142 £125
O438 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Horizontal pair, the right stamp showing variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. The ‘P’ showing a very early stage in the development of the variety. Very fine fresh mint and a very rare variety on this watermark. SG 144a £950
O441 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. The ‘P’ showing a more developed stage in the development of this variety. Very fine used with Bloemfontein (22 Apr 07) double circle datestamp. A rare variety on this watermark. SG 144a £375
O442 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII 6d scarlet and mauve. Block of four showing damaged ornaments either side of King's Head due to wear. Very fine or superb fresh mint, hinged on the upper pair only, the lower stamps are unmounted. SG 145 £65
O283 1904 Watermark Crown CA KEVII 5/- blue and brown, very fine fresh mint. SG 147 £70
O299 1904 Watermark Crown CA KEVII 5/- blue and brown. Hinge remnants otherwise very fine fresh mint. SG 147 £70
O302 1904 Watermark Crown CA KEVII 5/- blue and brown. Hinge remnants otherwise very fine fresh mint. SG 147 £70
OM33 1904 Watermark Crown CA, 5/- blue and brown. Horizontal pair, very fine unmounted. SG 147 £400
OM38 1904 Watermark Crown CA, 5/- blue and brown. Block of four, hinged on one stamp otherwise very fine unmounted. A very scarce multiple. SG 147 £850
O249 1905-09 Watermark multiple Crown CA, ½d to 1/- complete set of four, fine used. SG 148-151 £15
O463 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Showing the 'BROKEN SPANDREL' variety. Additionally overprinted ‘SPECIMEN’ (Type D12) and showing the BROKEN ‘M’ flaw. Very fine unused without gum. A scarce ‘double variety’. SG 144s var £175
O450 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage green. Block of six (3x2) with upper right stamp showing wear to ornaments either side of King's Head. Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 150, var SOLD
O451 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage green. Lower left corner marginal BLOCK OF 12 (6x2), several showing varying degrees of wear to ornaments either side of King's Head. Hinge remnants on three, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 150, var SOLD
O452 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. Very fine mint. SG 150a £175
O453 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. Fair mint with repaired lower leftcorner. Fine appearance. SG 150a £55
OM20 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, 4d scarlet and sage-green. Lower marginal pair right stamp showing ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’ flaw. Lightly yellowed gum, very fine mint. SG 150a, 150 £145
O454 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Horizontal strip of three, the centre stamp showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. The variety has been enthusiastically hinged, otherwise fine mint. SG 150, 150a £175
O455 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Lower left horizontal corner strip of three from the upper left pane with interpanneau margin at foot. The centre stamp showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. Faint hinge marks, otherwise very fine and fresh mint. An attractive positional multiple. SG 150, 150a £250
O456 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Block of four, the lower right stamp showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. Hinged on upper pair, the lower pair, including the variety, is superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 150, 150a £250
O457 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Block of four, the lower left stamp showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. Hinged on upper pair, the lower pair, including the variety, is superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 150, 150a £250
O458 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Block of four, the lower left stamp showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. The upper right stamp with fault. Hinged on upper pair, the lower pair, including the variety, is superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 150, 150a £175
O459 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Left marginal interpanneau block of six. The centre stamp at top showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. Gum is evenly off-white. Hinged in margin and on one stamp, the variety is very fine unmounted mint. A scarce and attractive positional multiple. SG 150, 150a £275
OM46 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, 4d scarlet and sage-green. Lower left corner block of six (margins trimmed), showing ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’ flaw on row 2/2 of the block (row 10/2 upper pane). Hinged on upper three stamps, lower three including the flaw superb and fresh unmounted. Attractive in this positional format. SG 150a, 150 £200
OM36 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, 4d scarlet and sage-green. Lower left corner block of six, showing ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’ flaw on row 2/2 of the block (row 10/2 upper pane). Hinged on margin stamps superb and fresh unmounted. Attractive in this positional format. SG 150a, 150 £245
O460 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. Very fine used with a light corner datestamp. SG 150a £175
O461 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Showing the variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. Faint vertical crease, otherwise fine used. SG 150a £125
O462 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green. Horizontal strip of three, the centre stamp showing variety ‘IOSTAGE’ for ‘POSTAGE’. Very fine inter-provincially used with Cape Town machine roller cancellation. SG 150, 150a £200
O464 RAILWAY 1905 Watermark Crown CA. KEVII 4d scarlet and sage-green overprinted ‘C.S.A.R.’ Showing the variety 'BROKEN SPANDREL'. Hinge remnants, otherwise very fine mint. A rare combination. SG RO5 var £350
O465 RAILWAY 1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA. KEVII 1d scarlet perforated ‘C S / A R’ in a BLOCK OF FOUR. Very fine mint, hinged on the upper pair only. A rare multiple. SG RO16 SOLD
O466 RAILWAY c1907 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII ½d yellow-green perforated ‘NGR’. Horizontal pair, light diagonal bend, otherwise very fine mint. A scarce multiple. SG 148 / unlisted £125
COMMANDO BRIEF / MILITARY FRANK STAMP
POSTAL HISTORY
O83 POSTAL HISTORY 1874 (November), cover from Bloemfontein to Ladybrand. Bearing 6d rose (SG 5) neatly tied by ‘1’ in 16-bar oval with ‘proving’ Bloemfontein (Nov 12) double circle datestamp at left. Scarce early internal cover. £275
O86 POSTAL HISTORY 1892 (April), stampless cover (shortened at right) to Winburg endorsed ‘In Dienst’ bearing large circular ORANGE VRYSTAAT / ARTILLERIE cachet (Coat of Arms over two crossed canons) struck in purple. Bloemfontein (4 Apr) squared octagon datestamp at left. Backstamped with Winburg (5 Apr) unframed circular datestamp. This Artillery Regiment comprised 30-40 soldiers and was the only permanent force in the OFS to have free mailing privileges. A good strike of this very scarce cachet, usually poorly impressed. £550
O87 POSTAL HISTORY 1892 (February), stampless cover (shortened at right) to Winburg endorsed ‘In Dienst’ bearing large circular ORANGE VRYSTAAT / ARTILLERIE cachet (Coat of Arms over two crossed canons) struck in pale blue-green. Overstruck with Bloemfontein (9 Feb) squared octagon. Backstamped Winburg (11 Feb) unframed cds. This Artillery Regiment comprised 30-40 soldiers and was the only permanent force in the OFS to have free mailing privileges. A good strike of this very scarce cachet, usually poorly impressed. £550
T1745 POSTAL HISTORY 1896 OFS ‘Brief Kaart’ with ½d chestnut postcard stamp (SG P2b) and normal ½d chestnut (SG 48) both affixed and tied by Bloemfontein (11 Jan) squared circle datestamps. The reverse with printed bank communication. Addressed to Pretoria and bearing an unusual large boxed instructional cachet struck in reddish purple, reading “Om Mis-Sorteering, Vertraging en / mogelijk verlies te voorkomen wordt / gij verzocht alle correspondentie aan / het nommer der bus te adresseeren.” (roughly translated as “To prevent mis-sorting, delay and possible loss, it is requested all correspondence is addressed to the box number”). This is presumably a ZAR cachet applied on arrival in Pretoria. Very rare and apparently a previously unrecorded marking. £325
O96 POSTAL HISTORY 1896 (December), cover (closed tears at top) to England bearing ‘2½d.’ on 3d provisional surcharge (SG 67) tied by CLOCOLAN (21 Dec) single circle datestamp. Bloemfontein (22 Dec), Cape Town (30 Dec) transits and London (18 Jan) arrival backstamps. Scarce provisional issue used alone on cover. £125
O256 POSTAL HISTORY 1900 (August), Anglo-Boer War period. Registered cover addressed to Cape Town bearing a single 5/- green surcharged ‘V.R.I. / 5s’ (subsequent printing with raised stops, SG 132) tied by Bloemfontein (24 Aug) single circle datestamps with ‘19’ for year and ‘O.V.S.’ excised. Cape Town (27 Aug) arrival backstamp. Though philatelically inspired, this duty is rarely found on cover, especially as a single stamp. Ex Hart. £175
O394 POSTAL HISTORY 1904 (February), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope addressed to Germany, bearing KEVII ½d strip of three and 1d (SG 139, 140) all tied by DAGGAFONTEIN / O.R.C (7 Feb) large double ring circular datestamps struck in violet. Oval Registered London (20 Feb) transit datestamp struck in red over the 4d embossed stamp and Waltermenburg (22 Feb) arrival backstamp. Rare. £325
O407 POSTAL HISTORY 1904 (August), KEVII 1d embossed postal stationery envelope addressed to Germany and endorsed ‘BOOKPOST’ at top. The impressed stamp cancelled with a very fine example of the P.O.A. / DON DON, O.R.C. (11 Aug) large double ring datestamp struck in violet. Ladybrand (12 Aug), Bloemfontein (13 Aug) and Neumarkt (5 Sep) transit / arrival backstamps. £175
O397 POSTAL HISTORY / RAILWAYS 1904 (October), black and white picture postcard (‘The Raadzaal – Bloemfontein’). Addressed to England, bearing a single KEVII 1d (SG 140) tied by a ‘29’ Barred Oval Numeral Canceller struck in violet, additionally tied by a superb P.O.A. TWEESPRUIT / STATION / DIST. THABA ’NCHU O.R.C. (3 Oct) large double ring circular datestamp struck in violet. Very scarce and most attractive, especially this fine. £325
O405 POSTAL HISTORY 1904 (October), KEVII 1d embossed postal stationery envelope addressed to Germany with a large black on rose pre-printed address label. Uprated with additional KEVII ½d and 1d (SG 139, 140) tied by a superb P.O.A. / DON DON, O.R.C. (20 Oct) large double ring datestamp struck in violet. Ladybrand (21 Oct) transit and Hamburg (14 Nov) arrival backstamps. Very fine and attractive. £225
O401 POSTAL HISTORY / RAILWAYS 1904 (December), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a pair of KEVII ½d (SG 139) tied by a P.O.A. TWEESPRUIT / STATION / DIST. THABA ’NCHU O.R.C. (13 Dec) large double ring circular datestamp struck in violet. Flap rather roughly opened, otherwise fine. £125
OM39 POSTAL HISTORY 1905 (21st January), KEVII ½d postal stationery envelope with embossed ½d stamp in yellow-green. Bearing KEVII ½d, 1d, 2d and 1/- (SG 139-141, 146) each cancelled 'THABA'NCHU / O.R.C.' datestamps locally addressed. Most attractive. £50
O395 POSTAL HISTORY 1905 (March), black and white picture postcard (Rickshaw runner ‘Plying for hire’). Addressed to England and bearing a single KEVII 1d (SG 140) tied by a TEMPE / O R C (6 Mar) single circle relief type datestamp, with a second strike at left. £85
O392 POSTAL HISTORY 1905 (May), printed advertising envelope headed ‘The Farmers Advocate / And Home Journal / Bloemfontein’. Addressed to England, bearing KEVII ½d single, pair (one faulty) and 1d (SG 139, 140) all tied by BLOEMFONTEIN (29 May) double circle datestamps. Higganum Conn (24 Jun) arrival backstamp. The flap with large printed oval cachet with same wording as on front. £55
O235 POSTAL HISTORY 1905 (September), KEVII ½d postal stationery envelope with embossed ½d stamp in yellow-green. Unaddressed and cancelled with neat BRITISH ASSN / SE 4 / 1905 / ORC single circle ‘skeleton’ datestamp. Paperclip stain, otherwise fine. Very scarce postmark. £65
O403 POSTAL HISTORY / RAILWAYS 1906 (February), colour picture postcard (‘Post and Telegraph Office, Kroonstad, O.R.C.’). Addressed to Koffyfontein and bearing a single KEVII ½d (SG 139) tied by a very fine T.P.O. NORTH / SPECIAL (14 Feb) double circle datestamp with a KOFFYFONTEIN (15 Feb) arrival datestamp alongside. Very rare.
 
Note: this datestamp is reported to have been used for only two weeks on the Springfontein to Jagersfontein line after an extension through Fauresmith was opened on the 6th February 1906. The only known dates on the few recorded examples are the 7th and 14th February indicating it was a weekly service. Apparently unrecorded by Batten or Hagen & Naylor.
£450
O102 POSTAL HISTORY 1906 (April), Irish Picture postcard used in Natal with KEVII ½d tied by Mossdale (?) (16 Sep) addressed to ‘P.O. Groothoek’. Dannhauser (SP 19) and Post Office Harrismith (20 Sep) transit cds’s and large P.O.A./ GROOTHOEK O.R.C. arrival cancel (part strike) in purple. £40
O408 POSTAL HISTORY 1906 (July), KEVII ½d postal stationery wrapper addressed to Germany with a large black on rose pre-printed address label. The impressed stamp cancelled with a fine S.P.O. / DON DON, O.R.C. (13 Jul) large double ring datestamp struck in black. Very fine. £175
O402 POSTAL HISTORY 1910 (April), envelope addressed to a forwarding agent in East London, Cape. Bearing a single KEVII 1d (SG 149) cancelled in manuscript 'INZICHT / 16.4.10’. Reddersburg (26 Apr) transit and East London (28 Apr) arrival backstamps. Some staining on the reverse otherwise very fine and rare. Until recently, no postmark for this agency had been recorded. £425
O391 POSTAL HISTORY 1911 (July), Union of South Africa Interprovincial Period (ORC used in Cape). Envelope addressed to England bearing a single KEVII 1d (SG 149) tied by a TAUNGS (17 July) double circle datestamp. London (5 Aug) arrival backstamp. A few minor edge faults, otherwise fine. £45
O399 POSTAL HISTORY 1913 (November), Union of South Africa Interprovincial Period (ORC used in Natal). Printed Marconi ‘OCEAN LETTER’ envelope sent registered to Johannesburg and readdressed to Pretoria. Bearing a pair of KEVII 2½d (SG 142) tied by a REGISTERED / DURBAN S. AFRICA (17 Jun) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. Also with a Durban registration cachet at upper left. Vertical crease clear of the adhesives and flap rather roughly opened, otherwise very fine and most unusual. £110
POSTAL STATIONERY
O106 1889 Provisional / formula postal stationery card with printed border (2nd printing with inverted W’s). 1d brown on grey-blue card with a granite structure, fine unused. Quik & Jonkers type P4. £45
O111 1889 Provisional / formula postal stationery card with printed border (4th printing). 1d brown on rosy-white card with a granite structure. Some discolouration, mainly on the reverse, otherwise fine unused. Quik & Jonkers type P6. £45
O113 1895-97 Provisional postal stationery card bearing ½d light red-brown (9th printing). Used from Bloemfontein (5 July) to Kroonstad, with same day arrival cds. Quik & Jonkers type P7-9. £15
REVENUES
O508 REVENUE 1882 6d pearl-grey, upper right corner BLOCK OF 12 (4x3) showing current number ‘4’. Some marginal creasing though the stamps are all superb unmounted mint. A scarce multiple. SG F1 £145
O509 REVENUE 1882 1/- purple-brown, right marginal BLOCK OF FOUR. Crease in the margin only, the stamps are superb unmounted mint. SG F3 £65
O510 REVENUE 1882 1/- purple-brown, upper right corner marginal BLOCK OF NINE showing plate number ‘1’. Some light staining confined to the reverse of corner margin and folded between columns. The stamps are very fine unmounted mint. SG F3 £145
O511 REVENUE 1882 2/- magenta, BLOCK OF FOUR block of four. Odd gum wrinkle otherwise very fine unmounted mint. SG F6 £75
OM19 REVENUE 1882 2/- magenta, lower left corner plate ‘1’ BLOCK OF FOUR. Superb unmounted mint. SG F6 £175
O512 REVENUE 1882 2/- magenta, upper right corner marginal BLOCK OF 12 (4x3) showing plate number ‘1’ and guide markings. The margin with faults and partly detached at right. Odd gum wrinkle and folded between centre columns, otherwise the stamps are very fine unmounted mint. A very scarce multiple. SG F6 £275
O205 REVENUE 1882 5/- rose, lower right corner block of eight (4x2) showing the current number ‘5’. A few light bends and one with edge creasing, otherwise superb unmounted mint. A very scarce multiple. SG F9 £225
O163 REVENUE 1883 document (185x185mm) with printed heading ‘ORANJEVRIJSTAAT. / LICENTIE.’, licence issued on 4th January within the district of Bloemfontein for a period of one year. Bearing £20 in OFS revenue stamps (£5 green x 4) all cancelled in manuscript. Some stains and reinforced splitting where folded. £85
O120 REVENUE 1892 Promissory note for £80.17s.7d payable after four months. Bearing 1/- revenue stamp (Barefoot 64) on reverse tied by Ficksburg bank oval cancel. £30
O467 REVENUE 1902 (July), De La Rue COLOUR TRIALS for the KEVII revenue issue. Four colour trials probably originally affixed to Appendix ‘D’, being in the accepted colours of the issued 6d, 1/6, 5/- and £1. These trials were all bicoloured and were printed from the revenue Head plate and the 6d revenue duty plate. All are printed on watermark Crown CA paper and have little or no gum. A rare group.
 
Note: the colours on Appendix ‘D’ were described in ‘Stamps of the Orange Free State’ (Vol III, p121) by Buckley & Marriott (1976) under the heading ‘De La Rue’s own recommendations’ as: blue-green and brown-purple (6d); blue-green and blue (1/6); blue-green and carmine (5/-); purple and black (£1).
£1,800
O468 REVENUE / Complete Appendix Sheet 1902 (July), De La Rue COLOUR TRIALS for the KEVII revenue issue. Nine colour trials affixed to sheet of paper (203x314mm, folded for display) headed “Appendix E” in manuscript. Additionally endorsed “3rd July 1902 / Orange River Colony / Req. 73/01”. These trials are all monocoloured though they were printed from a combination of the revenue Head plate and the 6d revenue duty plate on watermark Crown CA paper. Each is endorsed with the proposed duty alongside and all but the suggested £1 closely match the frame colours of the issued stamps. Most attractive and very rare. Ex the De La Rue Archives sale, 1976.
 
Note: the colours on Appendix ‘E’ were described in ‘Stamps of the Orange Free State’ (Vol III, p121) by Buckley & Marriott (1976) under the heading ‘De La Rue’s interpretation of the proposals made by the Colonial Administration” as: purple-brown (6d); grey (1/-); blue (1/6); purple (2/-); crimson (5/-); orange (10/-); cold violet (£1); chestnut (£2); green (£5).
£4,250
O469 REVENUE 1902 (July), De La Rue COLOUR TRIAL for the KEVII revenue issue printed in unaccepted monocolour ‘grey’, similar to that affixed to Appendix ‘E’. Printed from the revenue Head plate and the 6d revenue duty plate on watermark Crown CA paper with little or no gum. Rare.
 
Note: the colours on Appendix ‘E’ were described in ‘Stamps of the Orange Free State’ (Vol III, p121) by Buckley & Marriott (1976) under the heading ‘De La Rue’s interpretation of the proposals made by the Colonial Administration . . .’
£425
O471 REVENUE 1902 (July), De La Rue COLOUR TRIAL for the KEVII revenue issue printed in unaccepted colours ‘black’ (sepia) and purple-brown, and probably originally affixed to Appendix ‘F’. Printed from the revenue Head plate and the 6d revenue duty plate on gummed, watermark Crown CA paper. Rare.
 
Note: the colours on Appendix ‘F’ were described in ‘Stamps of the Orange Free State’ (Vol III, p121) by Buckley & Marriott (1976) under the heading ‘Alternative bicolours’.
£450
O472 REVENUE 1902 (July), De La Rue COLOUR TRIAL for the KEVII revenue issue printed in unaccepted colours violet and orange, and probably originally affixed to Appendix ‘F’. Printed from the revenue Head plate and the 6d revenue duty plate on gummed, watermark Crown CA paper. Rare.
 
Note: the colours on Appendix ‘F’ were described in ‘Stamps of the Orange Free State’ (Vol III, p121) by Buckley & Marriott (1976) under the heading ‘Alternative bicolours’.
£450
O473 REVENUE / Ink Recipes c1905, De La Rue Ink Recipes for the 2/6 and 3/- duties of the KEVII revenue issue printed in 1905. Comprising part of a page from the De La Rue ink recipe ledger bearing four pairs of colour sample stamps featuring the head of Queen Victoria and inscribed ‘De La Rue & Co / London’. Two pairs of each are affixed alongside details of the respective duty, the specific colour descriptions for ‘Head’ and ‘Duty’, and whether the ink is to be ‘D F’ (Double Fugitive). Unique.
 
Note: fugitive or Doubly fugitive inks were used to try and prevent the fraudulent removal of cancellations in attempts to re-use the stamps.
£550
O474 REVENUE / Ink Recipes c1905, De La Rue Ink Recipes for the 6/- and £2.10s duties of the KEVII revenue issue printed in 1905. Comprising part of a page from the De La Rue ink recipe ledger bearing four pairs of colour sample stamps featuring the head of Queen Victoria and inscribed ‘De La Rue & Co / London’. Two pairs of each are affixed alongside details of the respective duty, the specific colour descriptions for ‘Head’ and ‘Duty’, and whether the ink is to be ‘D F’ (Double Fugitive). Unique.
 
Note: fugitive or Doubly fugitive inks were used to try and prevent the fraudulent removal of cancellations in attempts to re-use the stamps.
£550
O476 REVENUE 1903-09 KEVII revenue issue. The complete set of 20 stamps, 6d to £10, including all colour changes and watermarks. Comprising watermark Crown CA: 6d, 1/-, 1/6, 2/- (both colours), 2/6, 5/-, 6/-, 10/-, £1, £2, £2.10s & £5; watermark multiple Crown CA: 6d, 1/-, 1/6, 2/-, 3/-, 5/- and £10. Fine used with oval or boxed cachets and / or manuscript cancellations. A remarkably difficult and attractive assembly.
 
Note: Barefoot lists the 2/6 on watermark multiple Crown CA paper. However, this is not believed to exist. Due to use of paper watermarked Crown CA intended for postage stamps, it is believed the closer spacing of the watermark has given rise to misinterpretation as multiple Crown CA.

In 1906 the Crown Agents requested a change of colour of the 2/-. However, after delivery of 500 sheets, it was noticed with some alarm that a mistake had been made as it was almost identical to the 6/- (‘carmine and grey-green’). The colours were changed yet again and the new colour (‘black and blue-green on yellow’) was delivered in 1907.
£275
O483 REVENUE 1903-09 KEVII revenue issue 2/-, 2/6, 3/- and 5/-, each unused with much original gum. Small faults including the 2/- and 5/- with pinholes otherwise of fine and fresh appearance.
 
Note: it is believed revenue stamps of the required duties were often provisionally pinned to documents and only properly affixed after it had been signed and dated.
£75
O477 REVENUE 1903 Watermark Crown CA, KEVII 6d dull blue-green and purple-brown. An upper marginal BLOCK OF SIX (3x2) showing PLATE NUMBER '1'. A hint of light gum staining, otherwise very fine unmounted mint. A very scarce and attractive multiple. Barefoot 99 £225
O303 REVENUE 1903 KEVII £5 dull reddish purple and deep dull green block of four fine used, each cancelled with a handstamped date ‘25 FEB 1904’ and manuscript signature. A very scarce multiple. Barefoot 111 £100
O478 REVENUE 1905 Watermark multiple Crown CA, KEVII £10 sepia and brown-purple on orange-red. BLOCK OF 12 (3x4). Crease in left column, otherwise superb used with manuscript and oval datestamp (25 Jan 07) cancellations. A spectacular and very rare multiple. Barefoot 119 £650
O247 REVENUE 1904 (April), diagram for a property in Bloemfontein, bearing 6d and 1/- tied by large oval SURVEYOR GENERAL’S OFFICE (1 Apr 1904) datestamps struck in greenish blue. The document later amended in 1945 with Bantam 1/- affixed and tied by Revenue (3 May 45) datestamp. Some splitting, otherwise fine. £65
O393 REVENUE 1905 (February), receipt for £57.10s issued at Luckhoff, bearing a single KEVII 1d (SG 140) cancelled ‘£57.10/-‘ in manuscript. Despite the 1d being inscribed ‘Postage’ only, it was accepted for revenue usage as there were no specific 1d revenue stamps, the ORC Government had inadvertently cancelled the order for 1d’s inscribed ‘Postage & Revenue’. The document with some small thins and creasing, otherwise fine. £20
O479 REVENUE 1906 (March), ‘Government of the Orange River Colony / Licence for the Possession of a Fire=Arm’ issued at Winburg for a ‘Rook Rifle’. Bearing a KEVII 5/- green and red revenue stamp (Barefoot 105) tied by an oval cachet (3 Mar) struck in violet and a manuscript signature. Some creasing affecting the adhesive and the document with some pinholes. £45
O243 REVENUE 1906 (April), printed ‘Licence’ endorsed in manuscript “to kill game”, bearing KEVII 10/- and £1 revenues tied by large ‘Civil Commissioner’s Office / Bloemfontein’ (5 Apr 1906) oval datestamp. Light bend through adhesives and a few minor edge faults, otherwise an attractive revenue document. £85
O481 REVENUE 1906 (July), ‘Government of the Orange River Colony / Licence for the Possession of a Fire=Arm.’ issued at Bloemfontein for ‘One Rook Rifle’. Bearing a single KEVII 5/- green and red revenue stamp (Barefoot 105) tied by a neat oval CLERK / BLOEMFONTEIN cachet (3 July). Some creasing, otherwise very fine and attractive. £75
O480 REVENUE 1906 (July), ‘Government of the Orange River Colony / License for the Possession of a Fire=arm.’ issued at Fauresmith for a ‘Musket No 2 Rifle’. Bearing a single KEVII 10/- grey-green and orange revenue stamp (Barefoot 107) tied by a small oval RESIDENT MAGISTRATE FAURESMITH, O.R.C. cachet struck in violet (2 July), and manuscript initials. Some creasing, otherwise very fine and attractive. £85
O482 REVENUE 1906 (December), ‘Government of the Orange River Colony / Licence for the Possession of a Fire=Arm.’ issued at Fauresmith for ‘One Shot Gun’. Bearing a single KEVII 5/- green and red revenue stamp (Barefoot 105) tied by small oval RESIDENT MAGISTRATE / FAURESMITH oval cachet (3 Dec). Some creasing and corner faults, otherwise very fine. £45
O123 REVENUE 1908 pre-printed document acknowledging a loan of £118.9s.10d taken out at National Bank in Heilbron bearing on the reverse a KEVII ORC 1/6 revenue stamp with amount of loan, date and initials in manuscript. Scarce. £35
O486 REVENUE 1908 (January), KEVII 2/6 sepia and red on yellow and 5/- grey-green and carmine tied to small piece by a large Bloemfontein (15 Jan 1908) oval datestamp. Barefoot 104, 105 £15
O245 REVENUE 1910 (December, Union period), ‘Certificate of Registration’ concerning a property in Winburg. Bearing an ORC KEVII 5/- revenue tied by neat ‘DEEDS OFFICE / CANCELLED / 13 DEC 1910 / Bloemfontein, O.F.S.’ boxed cancellation struck in violet. The printed text dates from the ORC period and all references have been amended to read ‘Orange Free State’ as it was then a province of the Union of SA. Attractive. £65
O485 REVENUE / Interprovincial period 19?? (January), KEVII 5/- grey-green and carmine used interprovincially with Transvaal KEVII 2/- and Cape KEVII 6d, all tied to small piece by perfin cancels and superb R.M., HEILBRON, OFS boxed datestamp struck in red. Most attractive. Barefoot 118 £45
O489 REVENUE / Interprovincial period 1911 (November), KEVII 5/- grey-green and carmine used interprovincially with Natal KEVII 2/6, tied to small piece by large Bloemfontein (10 Nov 11) oval datestamp. Barefoot 118 £25
O488 REVENUE / Interprovincial period 1912 (October), KEVII £1 dull purple and black used interprovincially with Cape KEVII 3d (x2) and 1/- (x3), all tied to small piece by Cape Town (4 Oct 12) oval datestamps. Barefoot 108 £25
O484 REVENUE / Interprovincial period 1913 (July), KEVII £2 reddish purple and orange-brown used interprovincially with Cape KEVII 5/- and Transvaal KEVII 10/-, all tied to small piece by OFS (19 July 13) oval datestamps. Barefoot 109 £25
O487 REVENUE / Interprovincial period 1914 (January), KEVII 10/- grey-green and orange used interprovincially with Transvaal KEVII 2/- and Union of SA KGV £1, all tied to small piece by Cape Town (21 Jan 14) oval datestamps. Barefoot 107 £25
TELEGRAPHS
O191 1899 1d purple overprinted ‘TF’. Complete upper half of a sheet comprising two panes of 60 stamps with interpanneau gutter between (120 stamps – the full setting). The upper right pane showing Plate Number ‘1’. Corner crease affects one and splitting affects six others (between top three stamps of columns 2 and 3, right pane), otherwise very fine or superb fresh mint. Four showing Raised ‘F’. A scarce multiple. Hiscocks 37, 37a £275
O498 TELEGRAPHS 1900 3d ultramarine overprinted ‘TF’, showing the variety ‘V.R.I.’ DOUBLE. Very fine mint. Very scarce. SG T37b £275
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