Z.A.R. / TRANSVAAL
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1878 (2nd July), envelope addressed to the Cape Colony. Bearing a single upper marginal example of the 1878 imperforate 6d blue on blue [LP6] overprinted ‘V. R. / Transvaal’ (SG 121), cancelled with a neat ‘8’ target-type canceller with a proving strike of the MARICO / Z.A.R. / ZUID AFRIKA (JUL 2) single circle datestamp at left. With a Cape Town (JY 12) transit struck on the front and the adhesive is additionally cancelled and tied by a Mowbray (JY 13) arrival datestamp. BPA certificate (1966). A very rare franking and a wonderful example of the 6d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape.
 
Note: ex Maria de La Queillerie, 1972; Christies Robson Lowe, 1986; Dr. Alan Drysdall, 2006.
1879 (December), stampless envelope to England endorsed “On Service in the Field - No Stamps obtainable / S.H. McLeod Nairne Capt / 94th Rgt. Commg: Troops / Fort Albert / Sekukuni’s Territory”. Bearing a circular framed ‘6d’ handstamp and with Cape Town (19 Jan) transit and Southall (13 Feb) arrival backstamps. Part of flap missing and some perimeter faults / creasing as to be expected. A rare example of an officer’s letter from this campaign in the Lydenburg district which followed the defeat of the Zulus in July of that year.
 
Note: Ex Dr. Alan Drysdall, 2006.
£2,250
£1,500
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POSTAL HISTORY
T534 1866 (May), blue pre-stamp entire being an official post office communication endorsed ‘In dienst’ (On service) and addressed to the post office at Wakkerstroom. The handwritten contents for March 1866 appear to be from the GPO at Potchefstroom concerning an unpaid letter. A note in Dutch confirms receipt on the 11th May and is signed by the postmaster at “Marthinus Wessel Stroom” which was the name of the town before being renamed ‘Wakkerstroom’. Very scarce, early and most unusual. £325
T657 1870 (August), stampless entire addressed to the Secretary of the Masonic “Unie” lodge, Bloemfontein, O.V. Staat. Bearing at upper right a fine strike of the POTCHEFSTROOM / ZAR / ZUID AFRIKA (10 Aug) single circle datestamp. The reverse with printed form headed ‘DE LOGE “FLAMING STAR OF SOUTH AFRICA”’ (Potchefstroom, Z.A. Republiek). The contents (in Dutch) appear to concern a newly inducted member. Damaged at top and left (visible only when opened out - no text is missing) not affecting fine appearance when folded. Very scarce and unusual early Masonic item from South Africa. £575
T536 1877 (April), stampless entire being an official communication endorsed ‘In dienst’ (On service) and signed ‘G.E. Fawcus’ at lower left. Addressed to ‘S. Melville Esquire / Surveyor General / Pretoria’ and bearing UTRECHT / ZUID AFRIKA (27 Apr) single circle datestamp at upper right. The handwritten contents headed “Utrecht / April 25th 1877” concern an affidavit and some diagrams sent via the same post. Pretoria (date unclear) arrival datestamps on front and reverse. Internal left margin with tears affecting the message in places. Nevertheless, a clean, attractive and very scarce item of early official mail. £475
T1872 1878 (2nd July), envelope addressed to the Cape Colony. Bearing a single upper marginal example of the 1878 imperforate 6d blue on blue [LP6] overprinted ‘V. R. / Transvaal’ (SG 121), cancelled with a neat ‘8’ target-type canceller with a proving strike of the MARICO / Z.A.R. / ZUID AFRIKA (JUL 2) single circle datestamp at left. With a Cape Town (JY 12) transit struck on the front and the adhesive is additionally cancelled and tied by a Mowbray (JY 13) arrival datestamp. BPA certificate (1966). A very rare franking and a wonderful example of the 6d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape.
 
Note: ex Maria de La Queillerie, 1972; Christies Robson Lowe, 1986; Dr. Alan Drysdall, 2006.
£2,250
T539 1879 (December), stampless envelope to England endorsed “On Service in the Field - No Stamps obtainable / S.H. McLeod Nairne Capt / 94th Rgt. Commg: Troops / Fort Albert / Sekukuni’s Territory”. Bearing a circular framed ‘6d’ handstamp and with Cape Town (19 Jan) transit and Southall (13 Feb) arrival backstamps. Part of flap missing and some perimeter faults / creasing as to be expected. A rare example of an officer’s letter from this campaign in the Lydenburg district which followed the defeat of the Zulus in July of that year.
 
Note: Ex Dr. Alan Drysdall, 2006.
£1,500
T540 1880 (September), incoming envelope from England bearing QV 6d (SG 147, plate 17) tied by Sidmouth / 712 duplex (30 Sep) cancellation. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esq / care of D. Forbes Esq / Athole / Camden / via Wakkerstroom / Transvaal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Dartmouth / Pr Dublin / Castle / Oct 1, 1880”. Cape Town (29 Oct) and Potchefstroom (8 Nov) transit backstamps. Some perimeter faults though a scarce example of incoming mail. (See also item NA151 below) £450
NA184 1885 (February), incoming mourning envelope from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) tied by Sidmouth (26 Feb) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre” / Post Office / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Plymouth / Pr Spartan / Feb 27, 1885”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Barberton / Moodies Reef” (ZAR), the postage to the ZAR being receipted with the addition of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (30 Mar) datestamp with an additional stike on the reverse. Backstamped Plymouth (27 Feb), GPO Natal (25 Mar). A very scarce example of redirected mail, especially to the ZAR goldfields. Alan Ede along with Sam Newmarsh, J T Rimer and R Otto discovered the Umvoti Reef early in 1884. £275
NA443 1885 (May), incoming mourning envelope from England bearing QV 6d dull green (SG 194) tied by a Sidmouth (14 May) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to “Alan E. Ede Esqre / Post Office / Newcastle / Natal / South Africa” and endorsed “viâ Dartmouth / Pr ‘Hawarden Castle’ / May 15, 1885”. Upon arrival in Natal, the cover was readdressed to “Barberton Moodies” (ZAR). The postage to the ZAR was receipted by the affixing of a single Natal QV 4d brown (SG 102) tied by a Newcastle (11 June) single circle datestamp. Dartmouth (15 May), G.P.O. Natal (17 July), Newcastle (21 July), Pretoria ? / Zuid Afrika transit / arrival backstamps. A very fine and scarce example of redirected mail, especially to the ZAR goldfields. Alan Ede along with Sam Newmarsh, J T Rimer and R Otto discovered the Umvoti Reef early in 1884. £275
T2290 1886 (19th June), ‘Schenck’ envelope addressed to Germany. Bearing four different duties of the 1885 Vurtheim issue comprising ½d grey, 2d brown-purple, 3d mauve and 4d bronze-green (SG 175b, 177, 180, 181a) each cancelled or tied by very fine strikes of the ‘16’ target-type canceller of Marabas Stad. Showing on the front a ‘2½d’ accountancy mark struck in red. The reverse with two strikes of MARABAS STAD / ZUID AFRIKA (single circle datestamps with only the ‘9’ of the date present), G.P.O. TRANSVAAL (JU 28), Cape Town (JY 7), London (JY 27) and Siegen (28 7) transit / arrival backstamps. A very scarce and most attractive four-colour combination franking and a wonderful example of the 9½d per half-ounce rate to Germany.
 
Note: the writer, Prof. Dr. Adolf Schenk was a noted German Geologist who travelled to GSWA in 1884 and in 1886 to the ZAR where he investigated the goldfields at Barberton, Lydenburg, and the Witwatersrand.
£575
T1257 1888 (December), cover addressed to Natal bearing a Vurtheim 4d bronze-green (SG 181a) which has been BISECTED diagonally and tied by a neat strike of the very distinctive HLOMO HLOM cancellation struck in violet. The reverse with Chrissies Meer (1 Dec), Ermelo (1 Dec), Newcastle (2 Dec) and Ladysmith (3 and 4 Dec) transit / arrival backstamps. Hlomo Hlom was a small rural agency which opened near Carolina on 1st July 1887. The cover was taxed, either because the bisect was disallowed or the rate was mistakenly believed to be 4d (the rate to Natal was 2d from January 1886) and it received a large manuscript 'T4d' in blue representing double the deficiency. An astonishing cover with an exceptionally rare postmark, in colour, cancelling a bisect. A ZAR rarity. £2,500
T1175 c1889, cover sent at the unsealed open letter rate bearing a single ½d ‘Vurtheim’ (SG 175) tied by '(?)6' in ZAR triangle, struck in blue. Some light cover staining, otherwise a fine example of this scarce rate. £65
T2156 1890 (22nd May), ‘Burmester’ envelope with original contents addressed to Cape Town. Bearing two ‘Vurtheim’ 1d rose (SG 176ba) tied by a PRETORIA (22 May) single circle datestamp. Cape Town (28 May) arrival backstamp. A few peripheral faults and the reverse with usual receiver’s manuscript annotations, otherwise a clean and attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape Colony. £45
T2166 1890 (10th September), ‘Burmester’ envelope with original contents addressed to Cape Town. Bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ 2d olive-bistre (SG 178) tied by PRETORIA (10 Sep) single circle datestamps. Cape Town (16 Sep) arrival backstamp. The reverse with usual receiver’s manuscript annotations, otherwise a clean and attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape Colony. £55
T2155 1890 (24th October), ‘Burmester’ envelope with original contents addressed to Cape Town. Bearing two ‘Vurtheim’ 1d rose (SG 176b) tied by JOHANNESBURG (24 Oct) single circle datestamps. Cape Town (29 Oct) arrival backstamp. The reverse with usual receiver’s manuscript annotations and a few light stains, otherwise a clean and attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape Colony. £45
T2222 1890 (31st October) incoming envelope from England bearing a QV 4d ‘Jubilee’ (SG 205) tied by a Chingford S.O. squared circle datestamp. Believed to have been carried on the Garth Castle which sailed on 7th November, the envelope is addressed simply to a ‘Mr Ralph Wakely / Post Office / Johannesburg / Transvaal’. The letter was unclaimed and subsequently advertised in the official ‘Staats Courant’ and received a GEPUBLICEERD (published) handstamp struck in blue on the front and an ONAFGEHAALD BRIEVENKANTOOR / PRETORIA 9 JUN 9(1) / PRETORIA Z.A.R. boxed cachet lightly struck (as usual) in blue on the reverse. Backstamped with a Durban (2 Dec) double circle transit and a Johannesburg (5 Dec) single circle arrival datestamp. There is also a RETURNED LETTER OFFICE NATAL (? 6 91) datestamp struck in violet on the front. A scarce early cover into Johannesburg with an intriguing array of instructional markings.
 
Note: it appears that following publication of the letter at the Johannesburg post office, it was then sent to the unclaimed letter office in Pretoria. It is unclear when or why the RLO Natal marking was applied but presumably the ZAR authorities returned it via the same route it travelled from England.
£325
T2169 1890 (8th December), envelope addressed to England. Bearing ‘Vurtheim’ ½d grey, 1d carmine and three 2d olive-bistre (SG 175, 176b, 178) all tied by PIETERSBURG (8 Dec) single circle datestamps struck in VIOLET. Pretoria (12 Dec) transit and London (5 Jan) arrival backstamps. The adhesives with faults and some peripheral wear, though an attractive three-colour franking.
 
Note: the letter rate to England at this date was 6d per half ounce. It is therefore unclear why there was a 1½d overpayment of postage. It is possible the 7½d per half ounce letter rate to Europe via Cape Colony was applied in error.
£85
T2161 189?, envelope addressed to Johannesburg bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ ½d grey (SG 175, fault) tied by an unclear barred triangle obliterator (probably ‘3’ of Johannesburg). Some faults, mainly confined to the reverse otherwise a scarce example of the ½d unsealed printed matter rate. £45
T2296 1892 (6th September), envelope addressed to Johannesburg bearing a ‘Vurtheim’ 2d olive-bistre (SG 178) tied by a PRETORIA (6 Sep) squared circle datestamp. The envelope was unclaimed and received strikes of a large unframed straight-line ‘ONAFGEHAALD’ and a smaller blurred ‘GEPUBLICEERD’ cachet, both in black. The reverse with Johannesburg (6 Sep) arrival backstamp. Scarce examples of early instructional markings. £125
T2299 1892 (6th September), locally addressed envelope bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ 1d carmine (SG 176) tied by a PRETORIA (6 Sep) squared circle datestamp. The envelope was unclaimed and received strikes of small unframed straight-line ‘GEPUBLICEERD.’ and ‘ONAFGEHAALD’ cachets struck in black or red respectively. The reverse with a fair strike of the boxed ‘ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVENKANTOOR / ? 93 / PRETORIA Z.A.R.’ cachet struck in blue. Filing hole at top, clear of the adhesive. Very fine and scarce examples of early instructional markings. £175
T2303 1892 (3rd November), stampless official ‘IN DIENST’ envelope addressed to Pretoria, bearing a NIJLSTROOM (3 Nov) single circle datestamp. With a superb ‘LANDDROST KANTOOR / [initials] / WATERBERG Z.A.R.’ fancy cogged oval cachet struck in violet at the lower left. The envelope was undelivered and received a superb small unframed straight-line ‘GEPUBLICEERD’ cachet struck in bright red. The reverse with a Pretoria (5 Nov) arrival backstamp and an ‘ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVENKANTOOR / 22 MAR 93 / PRETORIA Z.A.R.' cachet struck in dull greenish blue (fine for this elusive mark). A few edge faults though a most attractive and colourful item of official mail. £175
T2173 1893 (30th March), envelope addressed in the distinctive hand of Emil Tamsen and sent registered to the USA. Bearing ‘Vurtheim’ ½d grey x 2, 1d rose, 2d olive-bistre and 6d pale dull blue (SG 175, 176b, 178, 182) all by NIJLSTROOM (30 Mar) single circle datestamps. With a London (6 Jun) transit struck in red on the front. The reverse with a light Geregistreerd Pretoria (14 May) oval datestamp (struck in magenta), RLO Cape Town (17 May), and New York (17 Jun) transit / arrival backstamps. One ½d and the 1d with faults otherwise an attractive multi-colour franking showing the 4d per half ounce letter rate to a UPU member country plus 6d for registration. SOLD
T2298 1893 (20th June), locally addressed envelope bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ 1d carmine (SG 176) tied by a JOHANNESBURG (20 June) single circle datestamp. The envelope was unclaimed and received strikes of small unframed straight-line ‘GEPUBLICEERD’ and ‘ONAFGEHAALD’ cachets, both struck in black. The reverse with a boxed ‘ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVENKANTOOR / 4 SEP 93 / PRETORIA Z.A.R.’ cachet struck in blue (very fine for this). Undelivered mail was handled in Pretoria at this time. Two small pinholes at left, otherwise a superb and very scarce array of early instructional markings. £225
T2164 1894 (13th May), envelope addressed to England. Bearing ‘Vurtheim’ ½d grey and 1d carmine (SG 175, 176) tied by KLERKSDORP (13 May) single circle datestamps with a further strike alongside. Cape Town (16 May) transit and Colchester (2 Jun) arrival backstamps. A clean and attractive example of the 2½d per half ounce letter rate to England. £55
T111 1894 (July), 1d 'Vurtheim' postal stationery card used locally, cancelled Johannesburg (30 July). Showing light but readable 'GEPUBLICEERD' ('published') unframed cachet struck in blue. Scarce. £35
T1156 1894 (September), locally addressed envelope sent at the unsealed open letter rate. Bearing a single ½d ‘Vurtheim’ (SG 175) tied by Johannesbureg (27 Sep) double circle datestamp. A fine example of this scarce rate. £65
T2165 1894 (3rd November), envelope addressed to the USA bearing a single ‘Vurtheim’ 4d bronze-green (SG 181) tied by a JOHANNESBURG (3 Nov) single circle datestamp. New York (8 Dec) transit and Reading PA (8 Dec) arrival backstamps. Roughly opened at top, otherwise a clean and attractive example of the 4d per half ounce letter rate to a UPU member country. £45
T2369 1894 (17th November), entire printed letter and intact proxy form folded and addressed to King Williams Town, Cape Colony. Contents refer to a forthcoming EGM for ‘The Mulder’s Farm Gold Mining Co., Ltd.’ to be held in Johannesburg on the 19th December 1894. Bearing a single Vurtheim ½d grey (SG 175) tied by an unclear Johannesburg datestamp. The letter was readdressed to Queenstown, the additional postage being paid by affixing a Cape ½d grey-black (SG 48a) on top of the ZAR stamp which was then tied by a KING WILLIAMS TOWN (DE 8) hooded datestamp. With a QUEENS TOWN (DE 9) single circle arrival backstamp. Some splitting and the Cape ½d with pre-affixing fault. Most unusual and scarce examples of ½d printed matter rates for both territories.
 
Note: in ‘South African Mails’ (p422) Brian Trotter records the printed matter rate from Transvaal to “all of Southern Africa” was 1d per ounce at this date, the ½d per ounce rate only being introduced the following year on 1st September 1895. At the date of posting the Cape rate to Transvaal was ½d per ounce, which had been amended on the 26 September 1892 (Trotter, p121). It is unclear if the records are incorrect or the letter was underfranked.
£275
MT182 1896 9th February, flimsy printed company cover bearing two x 2d bistre (SG 207), cancelled 'VRYHEID / Z.A.R.', addressed to Natal. Transit and arrival backstamps. £30
T2294 1896 (15th May), 1d ‘Vurtheim’ postal stationery card addressed to Elandsfontein. The reverse printed for use by NZASM (railways) with printing details ‘10,000 Jan. 1893.’ and ‘Model No 72.’ The imprinted stamp cancelled with a GERMISTON (15 May) double circle datestamp. The card was unclaimed and received a small unframed straight-line ‘ONAFGEHAALD’ cachet struck in black. The card was returned and was backstamped Germiston on 24 June. £75
T2198 1896 (13th June), envelope addressed to England bearing 2d olive-bistre and ½d green (SG 207, 216) tie by a light but readable THE GRANGE (13 Jun) double circle datestamp. Manchester (6 July) arrival backstamp. A little soiled, though a scarce postmark and showing the 2½d per half ounce rate introduced on the 1st December 1892 for letters to the United Kingdom. £55
T1165 1896 (July), stampless ‘In Dienst’ cover addressed to Johannesburg endorsed at top ‘In Dienst’ and ‘From the Italian / Consul / Massiglia?’ at lower left. Bearing a clear strike of the PRETORIA Z.A.R. (19 Jul) double circle datestamp. The reverse with large circular cachet of the Italian Consul, Pretoria, struck in violet and with a Johannesburg (20 Jul) arrival backstamp. Presumably diplomatic missions in the ZAR had a domestic free post privilege? Most unusual. £400
MT149 1896 26th September, ZAR 1d carmine postal stationery card (Quik & Jonkers type P4), cancelled crisp 'WATERVAL-BOVEN' datestamp, addressed to Holland. Transit and arrival strikes on front. £40
MT151 1897 19th January, ZAR ½d postal stationery card (Quik & Jonkers type P5), cancelled 'PRETORIA' datestamps. Addressed to Piet Potgietersrust and with crisp arrival strike for that. Scarce. £45
T2180 1897 (13th March), envelope addressed and sent registered to the USA. Bearing a ½d green and a 6d lilac and green (SG 216, 222) tied by a R / GEREGISTREERD / 13 MAR 97 / PRETORIA Z.A.R. boxed registration cachet. New York (11 Apr) transit and Minneapolis (14 Apr) arrivals backstamps. Cover tear at top affects the 6d, otherwise an attractive example of the 2½d per half ounce letter rate to a fellow UPU member country plus 4d registration. £35
T2300 1897 (4th October), incoming postal stationery envelope from Russia, the 10 Kopeck imprinted stamp cancelled with a single circle datestamp (22 Sep 1897, Julian calendar = 4th October Gregorian) with a second strike alongside. The envelope was addressed to Johannesburg where it was unclaimed, despite an endorsement ‘Probeer 1829’ (‘Try [Box] 1829’) in red manuscript, eventually receiving a large unframed ‘ONAFGEHAALD’ cachet struck in black. Backstamped with a Johannesburg (28 Oct) double circle datestamp. Flap with repairs, otherwise a very fine and scarce example of an instructional marking on mail from an unusual origin. £175
T2188 1897 (15th November), envelope addressed to ‘Kantoor Staats Secretaris’ (Office of the State Secretary) in Pretoria. Bearing a single 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) tied by a very fine ‘26’ target-type canceller attributed to Sterkfontein. With Rustenburg (15 Nov) transit and Pretoria (17 Nov) arrival backstamps. Small piece of flap missing and some contemporary (?) notations on face of envelope, otherwise a fine and attractive example of the 1d per half ounce internal letter rate introduced on the 6th September 1895.
 
Note: Putzel records the Sterkfontein agency as closed by the 30th June 1890 and only reopened in 1904. This cover suggests either the agency had reopened by late 1897 or the ‘26’ canceller may have been reassigned to another agency.
£125
T2357 1897 (22nd December), ½d postal stationery card (wagon with pole, Q&J P5) addressed to Pretoria. The imprinted stamp cancelled with a very fine M.W. STROOM (22 DEC) double circle datestamp and with a Pretoria (23 Dec) arrival datestamp. The reverse with seasonal greetings from the Telegraphist at M.W. Stroom to the director and staff of the Telegraph office in Pretoria. £25
T2179 1898 (13th April), envelope addressed and sent registered to the Cape. Bearing a single 6d lilac and green (SG 222) tied by a GEREGISTREERD / JOHANNESBURG Z.A.R. (13 Apr) boxed registration cachet. Aliwal North (15 Apr) transit and Lady Grey Div. Aliwal North (17 Apr) arrival backstamps.
 
Note: the letter rate to the Cape Colony as from the 1st January 1898 was 1d per half ounce. This letter would therefore have been double weight plus 4d for registration.
£75
T2181 1898 (16th August), Railway Travelling Post Office incoming colour picture postcard from Germany (‘Gruss Aus Baschkow’) bearing a 10pf adhesive tied by a Baschkow (10th Aug) datestamp. Addressed to Middelburg Z.A.R. and showing a fine strike of the R.P.K. TERUG / Z.A.R. (2 Aug) double circle datestamp. £65
MT147 1898 11th December, ZAR ½d postal stationery card (Quik & Jonkers type P5), uprated with additional ½d, each crisply cancelled 'COMATIEPOORT' datestamps. Addressed to Holland and with Pretoria and arrival strikes on front. £40
MT172 1898 17th July, cover bearing ½d and two x 1d (SG 216, 217), cancelled KLERKSDORP and addressed to Austria. Transit and arrival backstamps. £35
T2301 1899 (18th February), locally addressed envelope bearing a single 1896 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) tied by a Johannesburg (18 Feb) double circle datestamp. The letter was unclaimed and received a further Johannesburg (19 Apr) datestamp along with a ‘NON RÉCLAMÉ / ONAFGEHAALD.’ boxed cachet and a large unframed straight-line ‘ONAFGEHAALD’, all struck in black. Backstamped Johannesburg (20 Feb) and ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVEN DEPT (19 Apr) double circle datestamps. £150
T2191 1899 (24th March), envelope addressed to the USA bearing a strip of five 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) tied by STEENBOKFONTEIN / Z.A.R. (24 Mar) double circle datestamps. Rustenburg (28 Mar) and Pretoria transits and New York (22 Apr) arrival backstamps. The flap with printed details of sender ‘R. Sprinz, Groenfontein, Zwart Ruggens, Dist. Rustenburg, S.A.R.’ Horizontal fold clear of the adhesives and some staining, mainly confined to the reverse. A scarce datestamp, especially on cover. A fine example of a double weight 2½d per half ounce rate to the USA. £85
T2364 1899 (13th April), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (with UPU wording, Q&J P6). Addressed locally, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a JOHANNESBURG (13 APR) segmented double circle datestamp. Addressed to the ‘Inspector of Explosives’ with a large circular cachet ‘ONTVANHGEN / 13 APR. 1899 / INSPECTEUR / VAN ONTPLOFBARE STOFFEN.’ struck in violet. The reverse handstamped ‘PAARL CENTRAL GOLD MINING & / EXPLORATION Co., LTD.’ at top and the message acknowledges receipt of 250 boxes of detonators. Very fine. £30
T2368 1899 (13th July), ½d green postal stationery card (Q&J P6) with printed address ‘The Inspector of Explosives... Johannesburg’. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a fine JOHANNESBURG (13 JUL) segmented double circle datestamp. The reverse with a printed form headed ‘The City and Suburban G. M. & Estate Co., Ltd.’ Confirming receipt of 50 cases of ‘gelatine’. With a large circular cachet ‘ONTVANGEN / 13 JUL. 1899 / INSPECTEUR / VAN ONTPLOFBARE STOFFEN.’ struck in violet. Very fine. £45
T2293 1899 (1st September), incoming envelope from England bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 2½d purple on blue (SG 201) tied by a London / S.W. (1 Sep) duplex cancellation. Addressed to Johannesburg where it was endorsed ‘Not for [box] 1827’ and received two strikes of a large an unframed ‘GEPUBLICEERD’ in black. With Johannesburg (23 Sep) and (1 Dec) double circle datestamp on the front. The reverse backstamped with Johannesburg (2? Sep), ONAFGEHAALDE BRIEVEN DEPT / Z.A.R. (28 Dec) and Returned Letter Office / Cape Town (1 Feb, struck in red). Also showing a boxed ‘INCONNU / ONBEKEND.’ struck in black. Scarce instructional markings. £125
T2176 1899 (25th September), Railway Travelling Post Office / Late Fee envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single ½d green and eight 1d rose-red and green (SG 216, 217) all tied by R.P.K. HEEN (25 Sep) double circle datestamps. Newark (16 Oct) arrival backstamp. A superb example of the 2½d per half ounce letter rate to England with an additional 6d paying a ‘Late Fee’.
 
Note: the Travelling Post Office consisted of a separate mail coach with post office staff and was coupled to NZASM operated trains.
£225
T2302 1899 (5th October), locally addressed envelope bearing a single 1896 1d rose-red and green (SG 217) tied by Johannesburg (5 Oct) double circle datestamp. The letter was unclaimed and received a further Johannesburg strike (1 Jan 00, almost coincident with the original datestamp) along with two fine strikes of the unframed straight-line ‘GEPUBLICEERD’ cachet struck in black. Backstamped with a partial strike of the boxed ‘INCONNU / ONBEKEND.’ cachet and a commercial oval cachet of SOLOMON & THOMSON struck in violet. £150
T259 1899 (December), Anglo-Boer War (ZAR invasion of Natal) unaddressed cover bearing ZAR 1d (SG 206) tied by superb CHARLESTOWN, / 16 DEC. 1899 / Z.A.R. oval datestamp struck in violet. Pretoria (20 Dec) backstamp. Flap with embossed arms of ‘The Kings Royal Rifles’. Unusual. £85
T2295 1900 (12th February), incoming postcard from Holland bearing two 2½c adhesives tied by a HEERDE (12 Feb) datestamp. The card was addressed to Pretoria where it was unclaimed, receiving a ‘NON-RÉCLAMÉ / ONAFGEHAALD’ boxed cachet struck in black and a Pretoria (24 Mar) double circle datestamp. £45
T2359 1900 (19th June) Anglo-Boer War period. Envelope locally (?) addressed, bearing a pair of ½d green overprinted ‘V.R.I.’ (SG 226), tied by a JOHANNESBURG (19 JUN) segmented double circle datestamp.
 
Note: the ‘V.R.I.’ overprints were issued the previous day, on the 18th June.
£45
T1172 1900 (June), Anglo-Boer War period. Official ‘In Dienst’ (On Service) postal stationery envelope with printed ZAR crest over a curved ‘IN DIENST.’ and with address ‘Postwissel kennisgeving’ (Money order advice) all printed in rose-red. Bearing a single ½d ‘V.R.I.’ green (SG 226) tied by Pretoria (20 June) double circle datestamp. Being unaddressed, the stamp was presumably applied and cancelled as a souvenir two days after issue. Clean and very fine. £125
AM889 c1900 (20th July), Anglo-Boer War period Dutch colour picture postcard addressed to the USA. Bearing a 5c adhesive tied by a Rotterdam (20 Jul) datestamp. The view side features a person standing on a beach with a pair of ‘trousers’ affixed containing a loose sheet of printed paper titled ‘Transvaalsch Volkslied.’ (Transvaal Anthem) with the anthem printed below. With printer’s (?) name at base of anthem: ‘Behoort bij Boerenbrief kaart. Exploitatie voor Nederland bij Joh. C.M. Van Mastrigt te Arnhem.’ Very fine. Unusual. £35
T2361 1900 (23rd July) Anglo-Boer War period. Envelope addressed to the OFS, bearing a single 1d rose-red and green overprinted ‘V.R.I.’ (SG 227), tied by a PRETORIA (23 JUL) double circle datestamp. With black on pink ‘O.H.M.S. / Opened under Martial Law.’ censor label and a large blue ‘2’ in circles. Bloemfontein (JY 26) backstamp. The envelope opened out and ‘hinged’ by the censor label. SOLD
T2360 1900 (11th August) Anglo-Boer War 'MACHADADORP' 1d red postal stationery card addressed to Holland. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with WATERVAL ONDER (11 AUG) double circle datestamps. The message is headed ‘Waterval Onder 10. VIII. 1900’. No backstamps. 5000 of these cards were printed at Machadodorp in early June 1900 following the British capture of Pretoria and the retreat of the Boer Government to Machadodorp. They were used by various Boer controlled Post offices in the eastern Transvaal between June and September 1900. Very fine. £125
MT140 1900 4th December, ZAR 4d registered stationery envelope reverse flap overprinted V.R.I., bearing ½d, 1d and 6d overprints (SG 226, 227, 232), cancelled PRETORIA or registration cachet, addressed to Holland. Arrival backstamp. £40
T2178 1900 (19th December), small envelope addressed to a prisoner of war at Deadwood Camp on St. Helena. Bearing two ½d green overprinted ‘V.R.I.’ (SG 226) tied by a POTCHEFSTROOM (19 Dec) squared circle datestamp. Johannesburg (21 Dec) transit backstamp and with St Helena (8 Jan) arrival struck on the front. The envelope was opened by censor and resealed with a ‘ON HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE / Opened Under Martial Law.’ black on pink censor label. Attractive and a fine early example of mail sent at the recently inaugurated rate of 1d per half ounce. This followed Transvaal’s joining the Imperial Penny Post system on 1st December 1900, 19 days before this letter was mailed. £75
T2370 1901 (24th March) Anglo-Boer War period. Long printed ZAR official stationery envelope (327mm x 139mm) with all ZAR wording overprinted with bars and with ‘ON HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE’ printed above ‘IN DIENST.’ Addressed to the ‘O[fficer]. C[ommanding]. East Surrey Regiment / Guildford / England’. Bearing a very fine strike of the ARMY POST OFFICE / MAR 24 / 1901 / HEIDELBERG / NATAL FIELD FORCE octagonal datestamp. Guildford (AP 22) arrival backstamp. Vertical folds, otherwise very fine. A scarce survivor. £150
MT141 1901 17th June, ZAR 4d registered stationery envelope reverse flap overprinted V.R.I., bearing ½d, 1d x two overprints (SG 226, 227, 239), cancelled PRETORIA, addressed to Germany. Opened at left and resealed with pink 'OPENED BY CENSOR' tape, red triangular cachet alongside. Transit and arrival backstamps. £35
T2371 1901 (28th June) Anglo-Boer War period. Envelope sent registered to Holland, bearing ZAR 4d sage-green and green overprinted ‘V.R.I.’ and five examples of the 1d rose-red and green overprinted ‘E.R.I.’ (SG 231, 239), all tied by REGISTERED / 28 JUN 1901 / PRETORIA boxed cachets. With triangular Pretoria Press Censor cachet struck in bluish green. London (19 and 20 July) transits struck in red or blue on the front. Backstamped Haarlem (21 Jul) (where envelope was readdressed) and ’sGravenhage (22 Jul) arrival datestamps. A few edge faults, clear of the adhesives. £45
T1690 1901 (July), envelope sent registered to England. Bearing ten duties of the ‘V.R.I.’ overprints (½d to 2/6 and 10/-, SG 226-234, 236), all tied by Johannesburg (22 July) double circle datestamps and with an oval ‘R’ registration cachet struck at left. Passed Press Censor / Johannesburg and various Registered London (16 and 17 Aug) arrival backstamps. The cover slightly foreshortened at left. Philatelically inspired, though the 10/- is rarely seen used on any postal matter. An excellent reference for genuine, overprinted stamps. £85
T2362 1901 (21st August) Anglo-Boer War period. Envelope addressed to England, bearing 2d and 2½d overprinted ‘V.R.I.’, 1d overprinted ‘E.R.I.’ and two ‘E.R.I. / Half / Penny' provisional surcharges on 2d (SG 228-229, 239, 243), all tied by JOHANNESBURG (21 AUG) segmented double circle datestamps. With oval PASSED PRESS CENSOR / JOHANNESBURG cachet tying the 2½d. London (SP 13) arrival backstamp. £30
T2363 1901 (13th September) Anglo-Boer War period. Envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single 1d rose-red and green overprinted ‘E.R.I.’ (SG 239) tied by a GERMISTON (13 SEP) double circle datestamp. With oval PASSED PRESS CENSOR / JOHANNESBURG cachet in black and a large PASSED BY CENSOR / GERMISTON / 13 SEP. 1901 / F. HOWE, Capt.’ struck in violet. London (OC 5) squared circle on the front and with Johannesburg (13 SEP) and London (OC 5) transit / arrival backstamps. £25
MT139 1901 October, ZAR 4d registered stationery envelope reverse flap overprinted V.R.I., bearing 'Half Penny' and 1d x two overprints (SG 239, 243), cancelled with registration cachets, addressed to Germany. Struck with agents triangular 'PASSED CENSOR' cachet, transit and arrival backstamps. £35
T2366 1901 (12th November) Anglo-Boer War period. Printed advertising envelope for ‘ERNEST KOHLER / Tobacco Merchant, Johannesburg.’. Addressed to Natal, bearing two examples of the ‘E.R.I. / Half / Penny’ provisional surcharge on 2d brown and green (SG 243), tied by a neat JOHANNESBURG (12 NOV) segmented double circle datestamp. Also showing oval PASSED PRESS CENSOR / JOHANNESBURG cachet in black. Estcourt (NO 15) arrival backstamp. Very fine. £45
MT175 1901 (18th November), Anglo Boer War period. Illustrated advertising envelope for ‘Lloyd & Lloyd Tubes and Fittings’, bearing E.R.I. Half Penny overprint (SG 243), cancelled JOHANNESBURG locally addressed. Struck with oval 'PASSED PRESS CENSOR' cachet alongside. Sent at the unsealed open letter rate. £35
T2365 1901 (19th December) Anglo-Boer War period. Envelope addressed to Germany, bearing a pair of 1d rose-red and green overprinted ‘E.R.I.’ and a single ‘E.R.I. / Half / Penny’ provisional surcharge on 2d brown and green (SG 239, 243) all tied by KRUGERSDORP (19 DEC) segmented double circle datestamps. Also showing oval PASSED PRESS CENSOR / JOHANNESBURG cachet in black and a KRUGERSDORP / P.B.C. / A. E. MAINWARING in magenta. Backstamped with Johannesburg (19 DEC) transit and Dortmund (16 Jan) arrival datestamps. Crease at right affecting one adhesive. £35
MT169 1902 19th February, cover bearing 2d and 2½d V. R. I. overprints (SG 228, 229), each cancelled large 'VOLKSRUST' datestamps, addressed to Natal. Arrival backstamp. £30
T2258 1902 (1st April), Anglo-Boer War period ‘First Day of Issue’ envelope addressed and sent registered to Durban, Natal. Bearing KEVII ½d, 1d, 2d, 2½d, 6d and 2/- (SG 244-7, 250, 252), all tied by REGISTERED / 1 APR 02 / PRETORIA boxed registration cachets. With triangular ‘PASSED PRESS CENSOR / PRETORIA cachet. The envelope with horizontal crease clear of the adhesives, the 1d faded and the ½d and 6d crossed by blue registration line. The scarce 2/- is very fine. A remarkably rare franking with few first day cancellations recorded, this being the first we recall handling. £150
MT184 1902 21st April, Anglo-Boer War mourning envelope bearing ‘E.R.I. / Half / Penny’ surcharge on ZAR 2d brown and green (SG 243), cancelled 'JOHANNESBURG / 5' datestamp, addressed to Pretoria. Struck with with oval ‘PASSED PRESS / CENSOR / JOHANNESBURG and then triangular 'PASSED PRESS CENSOR' cachets. Arrival backstamp. £25
T1829 1902 (31st May), ZAR 4d registered postal stationery envelope with flap embossing overprinted ‘E.R.I.’. Addressed to Germany and bearing KEVII ½d to 10/-, being the complete set of ten available at this date (the 3d and 4d were issued in December 1902). All stamps are neatly tied by Registered Johannesburg (31 May) double circle datestamps, with an additional strike on the flap. London (21 June) transit on front and Hamburg (22 June) arrival backstamp. A crease affects the ½d, otherwise a very scarce and attractive franking. £275
MT137 1902 June, ZAR 4d registered stationery envelope reverse flap overprinted V.R.I., bearing ½d x eight overprints (SG 238), cancelled with registration cachets, addressed to Germany. Struck with large violet 'PASSED BY CENSOR' cachet, arrival backstamp. A little soiled. £30
T1382 1902 (13th July), envelope addressed to the USA, bearing GB QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d vermilion (creased before affixing) and 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 197, 200) each tied by POTCHEFSTROOM (13 July) double circle datestamps. With purple collector’s (?) handstamp at lower left. Chicago (15 Aug) arrival backstamp. Irregular, though apparently officially sanctioned usage of GB stamps six weeks after the end of the Boer War. Flap missing and clean vertical crease at left though of fine appearance. Most unusual. £160
T1864 1902 (12th August), illustrated advertising envelope for ‘Lloyd & Lloyd Tubes and Fittings’. Addressed locally and bearing a single KEVII ½d ‘black’ and bluish green (SG 244) tied by a Johannesburg (12 July) double circle datestamp. Originally sent at the unsealed open letter rate, though the flap has subsequently been partially stuck down. £45
T2232 RAILWAY 1903 (6th April) stampless official envelope with ‘On His Majesty’s Service’ printed at top and a large CENTRAL SOUTH AFRICAN RAILWAYS / JOHANNESBURG / (Crown) / 4 / OFFICIAL oval cachet struck in purple at lower left (signifying free franking). Addressed to a Mr Hands at ‘Goldfields Hotel / Johannesburg’ then readdressed to ‘Royal Hotel / Durban’ With JOHANNESBURG (6 APR and 10 APR) double circle datestamps and a Durban (12 Apr) arrival backstamp. Written-up on page ex Drysdall SOLD
MT192 1903 2nd June, KEVII ½d green stationery envelope, uprated with KEVII 2½d and 4d, each crisply cancelled 'MODDERFONTEIN', addressed to Austria. Most attractive. £40
T2358 1903 (9th July), envelope addressed locally, franked with a JOHANNESBURG / PAID / ½d / 9 JUL 03 single circle datestamp, struck in red. Some creasing, otherwise fine and scarce. £75
MT154 1903 (17th July), cover bearing KEVII 1d black and carmine (SG 245), cancelled KLERKSDOORP. With a hand drawn and coloured address being a lady hanging up her washing on a line, the various articles containing the address details, to England. Reverse flap lacking, arrival backstamp. Delightful. £75
T1900 1903 (17th October), printed envelope addressed locally, franked with a JOHANNESBURG / 17 X 03 ½d / PAID segmented double circle datestamp, struck in red. Very fine and apparently unrecorded. £85
T1849 1903 (December), black and white picture postcard (Krugersdorp – Monument Of Independence.’) Addressed to England and bearing a single KEVII ½d (SG 244) tied by two strikes of a KRUGERSDORP (7 Dec) double circle datestamp. The card was underpaid and marked accordingly with a small circular ‘T/VII’ (presumably the assigned code for Krugersdorp). A large ‘1D/F.B./C.’ marking was applied on arrival in England along with a Welwyn (26 Dec) arrival datestamp. The tax markings with Roman numerals at base are scarce. Very fine. £65
MT186 1904 (January), Anglo Boer War Post Card with black and white image of Paul Kruger on reverse, hand-painted below, bearing E.R.I. Half Penny surcharge on 2d (SG 243, defective at base), cancelled 'P O A / 73' barred circle. Apparently written from one prisoner of war to another, addressed to Merebank Camp. Unusual and attractive. £125
MT138 1904 16th April, KEVII 4d registered stationery envelope, bearing 2½d x two (SG 247), each crisply cancelled KRABBEFONTEIN, addressed to Germany. Transit and arrival backstamps. £55
T317 1904 (April), cover to England bearing single KEVII 1d black and scarlet (SG 245) tied by superb CANTONMENT B.O. / STANDERTON TVL (25 Apr) double circle datestamp. Sevenoaks (21 May) arrival backstamp. Very attractive cover. £45
T125 1904 (October), picture postcard ('Native Baptismal Service – Middleburg, Transvaal') addressed to England bearing KEVII 1d (SG 261) tied by WONDERFONTEIN MIDDELBURG (16 Oct) datestamp. £15
MT164 1904 2nd October, black and white Post Card of the Officers Club, Middelburg, bearing KEVII 1d black and scarlet (SG 245), cancelled 'CANTONMENT B.O. / MIDDELBURG TVL' double circle datestamp. Addressed to England. £35
T738 1905 (February), colour picture postcard (‘Ricksha Boys’) used to Belgium bearing KEVII 1d (SG 245) tied by Johannesburg (27 Feb) double circle datestamp. With a very fine strike of the boxed ‘POSTED TOO LATE / 1’ cachet struck in black. £45
T1899 1905 (10th May), envelope addressed to Heidelberg, franked with a JOHANNESBURG / 10 MAY 05 ½ / PAID double circle datestamp (with inner circle divided), struck in red. Backstamped with a Heidelberg / Tvaal (11 May) arrival datestamp. Fine and scarce. £75
T1901 1905 (5th August), black and white picture postcard featuring portrait of pianist Mr Mark Hambourg and advertisement by ‘B & F Wheeler’s South African Tours’ for a forthcoming recital tour. Franked with a JOHANNESBURG / 5 AUG 05 ½ / PAID double circle datestamp (with inner circle divided), struck in red. Fine and scarce. £75
MT115 1905 (1st September), printed cover for the 'BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE', bearing a single KEVII 1d (SG 261) tied by a very fine strike of the BRITISH ASSOCIATION / JOHANNESBURG (1 - SEP) large double rimmed datestamp struck in violet. Addressed to Mount Darwin, Rhodesia. Opening tear at top. Very scarce, this datestamp was only in use for four days from 29th August to 1st September. £275
MT161 1906 8th January, large piece cut from the TRANSVAAL LEADER printed newspaper wrapper, bearing KEVII pair 1d scarlet (SG 274), lightly cancelled. Most attractive. SOLD
MT166 1906 19th February, coloured Post Card of a native homestead bearing KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274), cancelled crisp 'CANTONMENT POTCHEFSTROOM' datestamp. Addressed to England. £35
T2367 1906 (29th December), KEVII ½d postal stationery card addressed to Klerksdorp. The imprinted stamp cancelled BETHANY (29 DEC) double circle datestamp with KLERKSDORP (3 JAN) arrival alongside. Endorsed ‘Not known as addressed’ in red manuscript with further Klerksdorp (7 JAN and 12 JAN) datestamps and a RETURNED LETTER OFFICE / JOHANNESBURG (14 JAN) double circle datestamp. Vertical crease, otherwise fine. £30
MT03 1906 (March), cover bearing KEVII 6d (grey)black and orange, cancelled crisp 'VONBRANDSIS B.O. / JOHANNESBURG / 12 MAR 06' datestamp, sent registered to England. Transit and arrival backstamps. A very scarce strike. £75
T690 1906 (May), picture postcard (‘Monument to 92nd Gordon Highlanders / Mount Prospect Cemetery.’) used to USA bearing KEVII 1d (SG 274) tied by Johannesburg (?) (MY 14) double circle datestamp. With very fine boxed ‘POSTED TOO LATE / 1’ cachet struck in black. £45
MT156 1906 14th May, coloured postcard 'A Native Homestead', bearing a KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274), lightly cancelled. Struck with POSTED LATE boxed cachet in black, addressed to the USA. £40
T671 1906 (October), picture postcard (‘Drummer, 5th Royal Irish Lancers’). Addressed to Klerksdorp and bearing a KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274) tied by Johannesburg (12 Oct) double circle datestamp. The adhesive partly overstruck on arrival with an apparently unrecorded KLERKSDORP TVL (12 OC) skeleton / relief type datestamp. Very scarce. £45
MT160 1907 22nd May, cover bearing KEVII 1d scarlet x five (SG 274), twice lightly cancelled STEENBOKFONTEIN, sent registered to Pretoria. Hand written registration indication, reverse with RUSTENBURG TRANSVAAL sc transit strike for the same day and Pretoria on the 23rd. Few light faults at left. A very scarce office. £65
MT143 1907 June, KEVII 1d wrapper, cancelled 'ELANDS RIVER', addressed to Amsterdam. Arrival backstamp. £35
MT173 1907 December, incoming post card from New York addressed to Johannesburg, upon arrival struck with 'TRANSVAAL T.P.O. / EUROPEAN MAIL' datestamp. Stamp removed, still an uncommon strike. £20
T1515 1908 (February), black and white picture postcard (‘Pretoria, Near the Fountains’). Addressed to Germany, bearing a KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274, surface scuff) tied by Pretoria (24 Feb) double circle datestamp. With superb POSTED LATE boxed cachet struck in black. £55
T270 1908 (May), KEVII ½d embossed postal stationery envelope, used locally at the unsealed rate, cancelled with HEIDELBERG (10 May) double circle datestamp. Clean and attractive. £45
MT157 1908 12th May, printed OH HIS MAJESTY's SERVICE / POST OFFICE TRANSVAAL cover, bearing KEVII 3d black and sage-green (SG 264), machine cancelled JOHANNESBURG, addressed to the USA. Arrival backstamp. £35
T1775 1908 (13th May), KEVII ½d postal stationery card addressed locally and cancelled with a Johannesburg (13 May) double circle datestamp. The reverse with printed notice headed ‘PHILATELIC SOCIETY OF JOHANNESBURG’ advising of a forthcoming meeting. Interesting glimpse into the early philatelic scene in Johannesburg.
 
Note: a short-lived ‘Johannesburg Philatelic Society’ was founded in 1894. In 1899 a second attempt was made with the society known as the ‘Philatelic Society of Johannesburg’. In 1908 the name was changed to the ‘Johannesburg United Philatelic Society. By 1931 the name had again reverted to ‘The Philatelic Society of Johannesburg’.
£35
MT195 1908 29th October, printed black on pale olive-green 'RETURN - RECEIPT / AVIS DE RECEPTION' form (25 000 - 25-7-03). Applied with KEVII 2½d (grey)black and blue, chalk surfaced paper (SG 263b), cancelled 'CHURCH STREET / PRETORIA'. This for a registered article addressed to Heidelberg, duly received and cancelled for the 30th October. Reverse bearing the embossed seal of the German Consulate Pretoria and endorsed as such. A lovely and rare survivor. SOLD
MT158 1908 23rd November, cover bearing KEVII 2½d black and blue (SG 263) machine cancelled JOHANNESBURG, addressed to the USA. Arrival backstamp. £25
MT159 1908 30th November, cover bearing KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274), cancelled KOSTER / TRANSVAAL dc strike, addressed to Taaiboschspruit. Krugersdorp (30th November), Potchefstroom (1st December) transit backstamps and TAAIBOSCHSPRUIT arrival for the 5th December. Cover somewhat battered and with stamp largely cut around, but still a most unusual origin and destination. £65
MT165 1910 31st January, coloured Post Card of Zulu Warriors bearing KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 274), cancelled twice by 'CANTONMENT / POTCHEFSTROOM' datestamps. Addressed to England. £30
MT142 1910 14th May, KEVII 4d large size registered stationery envelope, bearing 2d, 6d and 1/- (SG 262, 266a, 267), each cancelled NYLSTROOM, addressed to Austria. Transit and arrival backstamps. Light edge faults. £45
MT155 1910 18th July, printed advertising cover (J. FORREST & Co.') bearing KEVII 2½d and 6d (SG 276, 266) cancelled 'JOHANNESBURG', addressed to the U.S.A. Most attractive. £55
MT146 1910 27th September, interprovincial period (Transvaal used in Transvaal). KEVII ½d green embossed postal stationery envelope cancelled 'MACHADODOORP' and addressed to Lourenco Marques. Arrival backstamp. A fine example of the ½d unsealed open letter rate. £40
T133 1910 (November), interprovincial period (ORC used in Transvaal). Orange River Colony KEVII ½d green embossed postal stationery envelope used locally in the Transvaal, cancelled with BENONI (16 Nov) datestamp. A fine example of the ½d unsealed open letter rate. £45
T1692 1911 (June), interprovincial period. Sepia picture postcard (Schoonspruit Bridge, Klerksdorp) addressed to Cape Town and sent unstamped. With a Klerksdorp (26 June) double circle despatch datestamp and a Transvaal period circular ‘T/1D’ tax mark with code ‘IX’ at base (not recorded in Mathews). Cape Town (29 June) arrival. Scarce. £55
SA643 1912 (July), interprovincial period (Transvaal used in ORC). Cover addressed to the USA bearing Transvaal KEVII 1d (SG 274) tied by neat LADYBRAND (20 July) double circle datestamp. The postage was underpaid and the cover was struck with a coded circular ‘T / 43’ tax marking. Diagonal creases. Clean and attractive. £45
T2153 TRANSVAAL / Postmark Great Britain QV 1d lilac (SG 172) tied to small piece by a fine, full strike of a ZEERUST / R. (2 JUL 00) double circle datestamp, apparently with the ‘Z.A.’ of ‘Z.A.R.’ excised. Listed by Alex Visser in his online update of ‘The Postmarks’. £45
POSTAL STATIONERY
T2341 '1869' Potchefstroom’ postal stationery envelope. Brownish buff, fibrous envelope (150 x 95mm) bearing an impression of the POTCHEFSTROOM / Z.A.R. / 6d / 69 / ZUID AFRIKA 24mm single circle datestamp (applied inverted relative to the flap) with ‘6d’ inserted in black manuscript. The breaks in the outline and dent at top indicate the datestamp is genuine, though was probably backdated and applied after the British Occupation in 1877 (see article by Drysdall and Chilton in TP 106 May 1993). Very fine and scarce. £85
T2342 '1869' Potchefstroom postal stationery envelope. Brownish buff, fibrous envelope (150 x 95mm) bearing an impression of the POTCHEFSTROOM / Z.A.R. / 6d / 69 / ZUID AFRIKA 24mm single circle datestamp with ‘6d’ inserted in red manuscript. The breaks in the outline and dent at top indicate the datestamp is genuine, though was probably backdated and applied after the British Occupation in 1877 (see article by Drysdall and Chilton in TP 106 May 1993). Very fine and scarce. £85
T2343 '1869' Potchefstroom postal stationery envelope. Brownish buff, fibrous envelope (150 x 95mm) bearing an impression of the POTCHEFSTROOM / Z.A.R. / 6d / 69 / ZUID AFRIKA 24mm single circle datestamp with ‘6d’ inserted in red manuscript. The breaks in the outline and dent at top indicate the datestamp is genuine, though was probably backdated and applied after the British Occupation in 1877 (see article by Drysdall and Chilton in TP 106 May 1993). A few edge stains, otherwise very fine and scarce. £85
T2331 1873 6d Postal Stationery Envelope produced by P. Davis & Son from the 3d improved eagle die with the original value altered. Size 123x76mm with the flap showing an embossed hollow garter, being one of three different ornaments recorded on this size. A combined total of 5,000 envelopes were produced of both sizes. Ink annotation at lower left, otherwise very fine unused. Very scarce. Q&J E4. £85
T2332 1873 6d Postal Stationery Envelope produced by P. Davis & Son from the 3d improved eagle die with the original value altered. Size 123x76mm with the flap showing an embossed hollow garter, being one of three different ornaments recorded on this size. A combined total of 5,000 envelopes were produced of both sizes. A few small faults, otherwise very fine unused. Very scarce. Q&J E4. £75
T2354 1873 6d Postal stationery envelope produced by P. Davis & Son from the 3d improved eagle die with the original value altered. Size 123x76mm with the flap showing an embossed hollow garter, being one of three different ornaments recorded on this size. A combined total of 5,000 envelopes were produced of both sizes. Very fine unused. Very scarce. Q&J E4. SOLD
T2355 1873 6d Postal stationery envelope produced by P. Davis & Son from the 3d improved eagle die with the original value altered. Size 123x76mm with the flap showing an embossed garter with central cross-hatching, being one of three different ornaments recorded on this size. A combined total of 5,000 envelopes were produced of both sizes. Very fine unused. Very scarce. Q&J E4. £85
T2333 1873 6d Postal Stationery Envelope produced by P. Davis & Son from the 3d improved eagle die with the original value altered. Size 143x77mm with the flap showing an embossed circle with central cross-hatching, being one of four different ornaments recorded on this size. A combined total of 5,000 envelopes were produced of both sizes. Very fine unused. Very scarce. Q&J E4. £85
T2334 1873 6d Postal Stationery Envelope produced by P. Davis & Son from the 3d improved eagle die with the original value altered. Size 143x77mm with the flap showing an embossed circle with hollow garter, being one of four different ornaments recorded on this size. A combined total of 5,000 envelopes were produced of both sizes. Small flap tear, otherwise very fine unused. Very scarce. Q&J E4. £75
T2335 1873 6d Postal Stationery Envelope produced by P. Davis & Son from the 3d improved eagle die with the original value altered. Size 143x77mm with the flap showing an embossed circle with hollow garter, being one of four different ornaments recorded on this size. A combined total of 5,000 envelopes were produced of both sizes. Small blue adhesion under flap apparently present before embossing. Very fine unused. Very scarce. Q&J E4. £85
T2336 1873 6d Postal Stationery Envelope produced by P. Davis & Son from the 3d improved eagle die with the original value altered. Size 143x77mm with the flap showing an embossed circle with hollow garter, being one of four different ornaments recorded on this size. A combined total of 5,000 envelopes were produced of both sizes. Fractionally yellowed, otherwise fine unused. Very scarce. Q&J E4. £75
T2353 1873 6d Postal stationery envelope produced by P. Davis & Son from the 3d improved eagle die with the original value altered. Size 143x77mm with the flap showing an embossed circle with central cross-hatching, being one of four different ornaments recorded on this size. A combined total of 5,000 envelopes were produced of both sizes. A few minor stains, otherwise fine unused. Very scarce. Q&J E4. £65
T2337 Forgery of the P. Davis & Son 6d blue Postal Stationery Envelope. Fine ‘unused’ and typically without embossed flap ornament. £25
T2338 Forgery of the P. Davis & Son 6d blue Postal Stationery Envelope. Fine ‘unused’ and typically without embossed flap ornament. £25
T2339 Forgery of the P. Davis & Son 6d blue Postal Stationery Envelope. Adhesions on flap, otherwise fine ‘unused’ and typically without embossed flap ornament. £20
T2340 Forgery of the P. Davis & Son 6d blue Postal Stationery Envelope. Hinge remnants on flap, otherwise fine ‘unused’ and typically without embossed flap ornament. £20
T2326 Registered Postal Stationery Envelope 1899 (January), 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size F). Small flap thin, otherwise fine unused. Q&J R1A £10
T2327 Registered Postal Stationery Envelope 1899 (January), 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size G). Discolouration along flap fold, otherwise fine unused. Q&J R1B. £10
T614 Registered Postal Stationery Envelope 1901 4d yellow-olive registered postal stationery envelope (size G) overprinted ‘E.R.I.’ Flap stuck down, otherwise fine unused. Q&J R4B £10
T2328 Registered Postal Stationery Envelope 1901 KEVII 4d light (greyish) blue registered postal stationery envelope (size F). Flap stuck down, otherwise very fine unused. Q&J R5A. £10
T2329 Registered Postal Stationery Envelope 1901 KEVII 4d light (greyish) blue registered postal stationery envelope (size G). Flap stuck down, otherwise very fine unused. Q&J R5A. £10
T2325 Postal Stationery Envelope 1902 KEVII 1d bright rose-carmine postal stationery envelope. Flap stuck down, otherwise fine unused. Q&J E6A £10
T2229 Postal Stationery Card c1893 ‘Vurtheim’ 1d carmine postal stationery card (H&G 2). With printed address ‘TRANSVAAL COAL TRUST COMPANY, LIMITED. / BOX 888, / JOHANNESBURG’. The reverse with printed form dated ‘189’ requesting credit for return of empty coal bags. Very fine unused. Q&J P1 var £15
T2311 Postal Stationery Card 1894 (July), 1d rose-red postal stationery card (with shafts). Very fine unused. Q&J P3 £15
T2312 Postal Stationery Card 1894 (July), 1d rose-red postal stationery card (with shafts). Very fine unused. Q&J P3 £15
T2313 Postal Stationery Card 1895 (July), 1d rose-red postal stationery card (with pole). Very fine unused. Q&J P4 £15
T2316 Postal Stationery Card 1897 (October), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (with UPU wording). Very fine unused. Q&J P6. £15
T2317 Postal Stationery Card 1897 (October), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (with UPU wording). Very fine unused. Q&J P6. £15
T2314 Postal Stationery Card / Railway 1897 (July), ½d green postal stationery card with ZASM text printed on reverse (‘100.000 Juli 1897.’) Very fine unused. Q&J P9. £20
T2315 Postal Stationery Card / Railway 1897 (July), ½d green postal stationery card with ZASM text printed on reverse (‘100.000 Juli 1897.’) Very fine unused. Q&J P9. £20
T2318 Postal Stationery Card 1900 (November), 1d carmine and green on buff postal stationery card (with UPU wording). Overprinted ‘V.R.I.’ (with larger stops). Very fine unused. Q&J P17. £15
T2319 Postal Stationery Card 1900 (November), 1d carmine and green on buff postal stationery card (with UPU wording). Overprinted ‘V.R.I.’ (with larger stops). Very fine unused. Q&J P17. £15
T2320 Postal Stationery Card 1900 (November), 1d carmine and green on cream postal stationery card (with UPU wording). Overprinted ‘V.R.I.’ (with smaller stops). Very fine unused. Q&J P17. £15
T2321 Postal Stationery Wrapper 1899 (May), ½d green postal stationery wrapper. Very fine unused. Q&J W1. £20
T2322 Postal Stationery Wrapper 1899 (May), 1d carmine and green postal stationery wrapper. Very fine unused. Q&J W12. £20
T2323 Postal Stationery Wrapper 1899 (May), 2d brown and green postal stationery wrapper. Very fine unused. Q&J W3. £20
T2324 Postal Stationery Wrapper 1899 (May), 3d purple and green postal stationery wrapper. Very fine unused. Q&J W4. £20
POSTAL STATIONERY CARDS WITH PRIVATELY PRINTED VIEWS
References to 'Q&J' are to 'The Postal Stationery of South Africa' (Part 1, Provinces) by W.J. Quik and Dr. G.H. Jonkers (1998)
T759 GROET UIT PRETORIA 1901 (June), ½d green postal stationery card (H&G 3) the reverse with privately printed view in grey-black titled ‘Groet Uit Pretoria’ with view of an un-named street. Used from Pretoria to Holland. No datestamp, though with triangular Pretoria censor cachet. Amsterdam datestamp (6 July) where it was readdressed, and Arnhem (8 July) arrival datestamp. Small edge nick, otherwise fine and early use. (Q&J PP28.1) £65
T760 GROET UIT ZUID AFRIKA 1912 (16th December), ½d green postal stationery card (H&G 3) the reverse with privately printed view in grey-black titled ‘Groet Uit Zuid-Afrika’ with view of Church Square in a decorated frame. Used in interprovincial period with ink lines through ZAR heading of card. Addressed to England with KEVII 1d (SG 274) paying postage, tied by Roberts Heights, Pretoria (16 Dec) datestamp. Some discolouration around edges, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP32.1) £55
T761 GROET UIT ZUID AFRIKA 1902 (23rd July), ½d green postal stationery card (H&G 3) the reverse with privately printed view in grey-black titled ‘Groet Uit Zuid-Afrika’ with view of Church Square in a decorated frame. Addressed to Switzerland with additional KEVII ½d pair (SG 244) paying the postage, cancelled or tied by Johannesburg (23 July) datestamps. Brugg (17 Aug) and Widen (18 Aug) arrival datestamps. Minor corner bends, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP33.2) £65
T768 COMMISSIONER STREET 1899 (24th April), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in colour titled ‘Commissioner Street’ with trams in background and ‘Johannesburg by night’ (with clouds and blue sky!) Cancelled Johannesburg (24 April) and addressed to Germany with Hanover (14 and 15 May) arrival datestamps. Corner faults and tear into design at right. Scarce. (Q&J PP70.1) £35
T776 LOVEDAY STREET 1898 (30th May), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘Loveday Street’ and ‘Greetings from Johannesburg.’ Cancelled Germiston (30 May) and addressed to Netherlands with Arnhem (18 June) arrival datestamp. Very fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP45.2) £65
T781 TELEPHONE TOWER / PRITCHARD STREET 1898 (24th October), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with two privately printed views in colour titled ‘Telephone Tower’ and ‘Pritchard Street’ with ‘Greetings from Johannesburg.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (24 Oct) and addressed to Germany. Creased at left edge, otherwise very fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP47.4) £55
T783 TELEPHONE TOWER / PRITCHARD STREET 1898 (18th April), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with two privately printed views in colour titled ‘Telephone Tower’ and ‘Pritchard Street’ with ‘Greetings from Johannesburg.’ With more colour and different spacing in words of the caption, greeting etc. Cancelled Johannesburg (18 April, believed to be earliest recorded date), addressed to France with Bordeaux (17 May) arrival datestamp. Very fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP47.4 var) £85
T786 A KAFFIR FAMILY 1898 (12th December), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘A Kaffir Family’ and ‘Greetings from South Africa.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (12 Dec) and addressed to Germany with Altona (4 Jan) arrival datestamp. Fine and scarce. (Q&J PP48.5) £65
T787 HEY’S PARK 1898 (3rd March), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘Hey’s Park’ and ‘Greetings from Pretoria.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (3 Mar, earliest recorded date) and addressed to Germany with arrival (28 Mar) datestamp. Few minor bends, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP55.1) £55
T664 HEY’S PARK, PRETORIA 1901 (28th February), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view of ‘Hey’s Park, Pretoria’ in greenish black and ‘Greetings from South Africa’ below. Addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of a 2½d ‘V.R.I.’ overprint (SG 229) tied by Krugersdorp (28 Feb) datestamp with additional strike below the imprinted stamp. German (25 Mar) arrival cds. (Q&J unlisted. As PP67.3 and Leeflang 7.7, though not in colour) £75
T790 HEY’S PARK, PRETORIA 1899 (13th May), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in colour titled ‘Hey’s Park, Pretoria’ and ‘Greetings from South Africa.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (13 May) and addressed to Germany with arrival (3 June) datestamp. Very fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP67.3) £85
T791 THE POST OFFICE (error) c1899, 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘The Post Office’ (in error for the Royal Hotel and Church Street, Potchefstroom) and ‘Greetings from Pretoria’. The errors corrected with red ink. Two corner creases otherwise very fine unused. Scarce. (Q&J PP56.2) £75
T793 THE POST OFFICE (error) 1899 (13th March), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in colour titled ‘The Post Office’ (in error for the Royal Hotel and Church Street, Potchefstroom) and ‘Greetings from Pretoria’. The errors corrected with handstamps. Cancelled Modderfontein (13 Mar) and addressed to Austria-Hungary with Debreczen (3 Apr) arrival datestamp. Edge wear and damage at lower left, otherwise fine and scarce. (Q&J PP56.2a) £45
T799 THE ROYAL HOTEL (error) c1899, 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in colour titled ‘The Royal Hotel and Church Street’ (in error for the Post Office, Pretoria) and ‘Greetings from Potchefstroom.’ Addressed to Germany though uncancelled. Small scuff and light creasing at right, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP58.1) £65
T800 PRESIDENT KRUGER c1899, 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in deep dull blue titled ‘President Kruger’ and ‘Greetings from Transvaal.’ Very fine unused. Scarce. (Q&J PP62.1) £85
T805 EX PRESIDENT KRUGER 1907 (3rd October), black and white picture postcard (not postal stationery) with view titled ‘Ex President Kruger’. Apparently using an enlargement of the same photograph used for items of postal stationery, also printed by Sallo Epstein though this being published in Durban. Locally addressed in Johannesburg. Stamp removed. Interesting. £20
T806 AAPIES RIVER c1898, 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘Aapies River near Pretoria’ and ‘Greetings from South Africa.’ Very fine unused. Scarce. (Q&J PP66.2) £75
T807 AAPIES RIVER 1898 (28th November), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in greenish black titled ‘Aapies River near Pretoria’ and ‘Greetings from South Africa.’ Endorsed ‘Per R.M.S. Mexican’ (later sunk in a collision). Cancelled Modderfontein (28 Nov) and addressed to Austria with Wien (20 Dec) arrival datestamp. Some minor edge wear, otherwise fine. Scarce. (Q&J PP66.2) £55
T604 AAPIES RIVER 1897, 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view of ‘Aapies River near Pretoria’ in colour and ‘Greetings from South Africa’ below. Very fine unused. Q&J 66.2a, Leeflang 7.2. £125
T808 AAPIES RIVER 1898 (31st October), 1d carmine and green postal stationery card (H&G 4) the reverse with privately printed view in colour titled ‘Aapies River near Pretoria’ and ‘Greetings from South Africa.’ Cancelled Johannesburg (31 Oct) and addressed to Germany with Kupferdreh (20 Nov) arrival datestamp. A little edge or corner creasing, otherwise fine and scarce. (Q&J PP66.2a) £75
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