G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction Number 38)
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Date: 30th September 2016 Time: 10:30AM
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Click to view full image... 1884 Cover from Houtbosch to England endorsed "Paid 1/-" with circular "41" numeral handstamp, franked in transit at Pretoria with 1878-80 6d and 1883 1d (corner fault) and 3d all cancelled by circular numeral "1", backstamped at Pretoria, Cape town and Brighton. A little light staining and small piece torn from upper edge but a remarkable and probably unique cover from the small office of Houtbosch, which had presumably run out of postage stamps. Photo on Page 166. £400-500
  1902 Cover from Florida to Italy franked 2 1/2d, unusually with scarce circular "OFFICIAL / JOHANNESBURG / PAID" applied in transit, small paper split, otherwise fine. £100-120
  1908 Cover to England with KEVII 1d tied by Vogelsfontein R.O (Railway Office) c.d.s, handstamped boxed "THE POST OFFICE REGRETS / THAT THIS ITEM WAS / DAMAGED IN TRANSIT", a little minor staining, very unusual. £180-220

Union of South Africa

  1925 Air Mail 1d - 9d set of four fine mint, and forgeries comprising singles of the 3d - 9d and blocks of four of the four values. Also 1930 Springbok 1/2d in vertical coil pairs (2) or strips of four or eight (5 strips) all with the varieties "two English or two Afrikaans stamps se-tenant" (6 pairs of each) all fine mint, most unmounted. S.G. 26/29, 42a, £577. £100-120
  1935 Silver Jubilee issue, the highly specialised collection written up in a large S.G. Philatelic Album and on pages with many constant varieties on all values, the printing and sheet positions all identified, nearly all within multiples, the stamps in the album virtually all mint, with many blocks of four or six, some used stamps included on the pages. A superb lot comprising 1/2d (506), 1d (507), 3d (187) and 6d (105), major listed varieties including cleft skull on the 3d (5) and 6d (2), spots above head and behind neck on the 3d (2) and 6d (2), and many other equally clear but unlisted constant varieties such as the tagged ear, line through value, etc. (1305). £800-1,000
  1935 Silver Jubilee 1/2d - 6d, each value in a mint corner block of four from the four sheet corners, the lower left blocks each signed in the lower margin by the designer J.L Booysen, who was also the official in charge on the stamp printing section at the Government printers from many years. An interesting group, possibly unique. £150-200
  1937 KGVI Coronation issue mainly mint study on pages with various identified constant varieties including 1/- with hyphen on Afrikaans stamp omitted and K damaged (9, one used), similar hyphen partly omitted variety, etc. Also 1936 JIPEX sheets used (4), 1947 Royal Visit covers (6) and 1953 Cape stamp centenary 1d and 4d gutter blocks of twelve. (348 stamps + 8 covers). £250-300
  1941-43 Covers bearing patriotic seals, all tied by postmarks, including registered cover to USA with two different 4d Red Cross seals and a "V" label, also bilingual Royal Navy and Merchant Navy seal "Because they serve we live", St. Johns Ambulance "V" seal and bilingual "Buy British Goods" seal depicting a warship. (4). £140-160

Air Mails & Air Post Stamps

  1911 (Sep 16) Great Britain London to Windsor Aerial Post card in brown, actually flown in the opposite direction from Windsor with KGV 1/2d (2) tied by the Windsor code "2" Aerial Post c.d.s, addressed to Johannesburg. Small corner crease and pin hole, otherwise fine and a scarce overseas use of a London card actually flown from Windsor. Also 1918 (Nov 22) "Our Day" Red Cross postcard flown from Johannesburg, a little stained. (2). £160-200
Click to view full image... 1925 Air Post 1d imperf, crudely cut out by scissors, severely cut into at right but with very large margins at left side and at top with part of the above stamp. Some staining, thinned at base and some paper adhering to reverse. A reasonable looking example of this rarity despite the faults; just twelve imperf stamps known, all damaged and all cut into singles. L.A Wyndham in "The Airposts of South Africa" states "A piece of paper showing the impressions of 12 of the 1d stamps in imperforate condition was purchased by a Cape Town stamp dealer from a youth who stated he had obtained it amongst some waste. This block was cut up into single stamps and copies sold separately as imperfs". Photo on Page 142. £150-200
Click to view full image... 1925 Air Post 1d mint, imperforate between stamp and left margin, mounted in the margin only, fine and scarce. SASC 25a, R12000. Photo on Page 142. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1925 Air Post 9d, mint horizontal pair, imperforate between left stamp and side margin, mounted in the margin only, fine and scarce. SASC 28a, R10800. Photo on Page 142. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1925 Air Post 9d vertical pair used with Cape Town c.d.s, lower stamp with variety imperf between stamp and lower margin, fine and scarce, with B.P.A Certificate (2001). SASC 28b, R6500. Photo on Page 142. £150-180
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1925 Air Post 1d - 9d set of four, collection on seven pages with mint marginal numeral blocks of all four values, mint singles and 6d block, 9d strut variety unmounted, 9d pair variety imperf between left stamp and margin (unmounted, stain spots) and all four values used, also eleven blocks of four of the forgeries. (87). Photo on Page 142. £350-400
  1925 (Mar 5 - June 15) Covers carried on the experimental air mail service including March 5th first flight covers comprising cover from G.B franked 7 1/2d carried on the Cape Town to East London flight, scarce Duban to Mossel Bay flight (a little stained), East London to Cape Town or Oudtshoorn, postcard to G.B. flown Durban to Cape Town, postcard flown Cape Town to East London and redirected back by air, covers flown Durban to East London then redirected by air to Cape Town (2, one registered); later flights from Cape Town to Durban (3, one the final flight with Air Post set of four), Durban to Cape Town or Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. A fine lot with some unusual covers. (13). £300-350
  1925 (Mar 2/3) First flight covers from Mossel Bay to Cape Town both addressed to England, one bearing 2d + Air Post 1d, 3d and 6d, the other with the 8d rate unusually entirely paid by KGV definitives without an Air Post stamp applied, stamps including 1/2d strip from a booklet and 1d coil stamp. Mossel Bay was omitted from the flight schedule after this first flight. A couple of stamps a little stained, otherwise fine. (2). £100-120
  1925 (June 11) Large part parcel wrapping carried on the final flight from Durban to East London franked 6d + Air Post 6d, bearing a complete Parcel Post address label with scarce small size "SA AIR MAIL / S.A LUGPOS" c.d.s applied to the wrapper and address label, a very unusual flown parcel. £80-100
Click to view full image... 1925 (June 7) Cover to East London with KGV 2d and Air Post set of four all tied by the oval "SOUTH AFRICA / ROYAL TOUR" bilingual datestamp, carried on the final flight from Durban, fine and scarce. Photo on Page 170. £150-200
  1929 (Aug 26-29) Union Airways first flight covers carried from Cape Town to Durban (3, one from G.B franked 5 1/2d, another registered to Kenya franked 8d + Air Post 4d), Cape Town to East London, Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg, East London to Cape Town, all except the G.B cover bearing Air Post 4d stamps. (8). £100-120

(Also See Lot 270)

  Cape used in Walfish Bay. 1906-09 Covers and cards comprising 1908 2 1/2d envelope to Swakopmund with double ring c.d.s, 1906-07 cards with single ring or partial skeleton c.d.s (both with faults), also few 1909 Cancelled to Order stationery items. (7). £80-100
  German South West Africa. 1904-13 Covers and cards including stampless Feldpost mail (15), cancels including Okahandja, Omaruru, Waterberg, Ukamas, Kub, Otavi (with "Garnisonlazarett OTAVI" cachet) and Otjiwarongo; 1897 piece with Germany 20pf strip of three cancelled at Swakopmund; picture postcards with views of trains, stations, etc. (8); 1902 Stampless entire letter from Windhoek to Karibib with violet "Reichs - Dienstsache! / Kaiserliches Gericht Windhoek", etc. (28). £200-250
  German South West Africa - Herero Rebellion. 1904-05 Stampless covers and cards (5) and a card to Germany franked 20pf, all with Feldpost cancels comprising double ring c.d.s code "a" (3), single ring c.d.s Nr. 1 (2) or Nr. 3. (6). £100-120

World War One

  1914-15 Stampless O.A.S covers and cards to South Africa with Army Base P.O datestamps numbered 4, 6 (with fine boxed "POSTAGE FREE / BASE 6A / PASSED BY / CENSOR") or 6A, or dumb type F.P.O datestamps numbered 5 (4), also a stampless O.A.S card written from Cape Town with "TULBAGH ROAD" c.d.s, and two picture postcards of German troops (one with South African P.O.Ws) and a photo of Army H.Q in Pretoria. One cover torn, otherwise fine, most written up on pages. (11). £160-200
  1914-15 Stampless O.A.S covers and cards to South Africa with Army Base P.O datestamps numbered 4 (3) or 6 (with boxed "POSTAGE FREE / BASE 6 / PASSED BY / CENSOR") or dumb type F.P.O datestamps numbered 4 (3), 5 (2) or 6 (2), other handstamps include circular or two line "POSTAGE FREE / PASSED CENSOR", one item an official P.O Savings Bank envelope recording a deposit of £1, one cover torn, otherwise largely fine. (11). £160-200
  1914-15 Stampless O.A.S covers and cards to South Africa with Army Base P.O. datestamps numbered 4 (6) or 6A, all with other cachets including circular "POSTAGE FREE / PASSED CENSOR", two line "POSTAGE FREE / PASSED BY CENSOR" (2), boxed bilingual Censor cachets numbered 4 or 4A, boxed "POSTAGE FREE / BASE 6 / PASSED BY / CENSOR", oval "TRANSVAAL SCOTTISH REGIMENT / P.O. BOX 1188 JOHANNESBURG / ORDERLY ROOM" and "DEFENCE DEPARTMENT / OFFICIAL FREE / 12 / ACTIVE CITIZEN FORCE", etc. A fine group. (7). £180-220
  1915 O.A.S Covers and cards to Great Britain comprising GSWA 5pf stationery card from Marienthal with scarce dumb type F.P.O 8 c.d.s, cover and card franked 1d with Army Base P.O 5 or 6 c.d.s, and stampless cards with Army Base P.O 4 (2) or 6 c.d.s or dumb type F.P.O 4 (3), these six cards all with "T/20c" charge marks obliterated in G.B and delivered free of charge. (9). £220-260
  1915 Cards with boxed F.P.O datestamps comprising large "13" datestamp in black tying a 1d stamp or on a stampless O.A.S card, used at Base Office 5 at Swakepomund; and smaller violet datestamps with number "37" (written at Gibeon but listed by Putzel as used at Kuibis) or apparently without number (written at Aus, unlisted by Putzel who shows number "31" in use at Aus at this time). Four scarce cancels. £160-200
  1915 Telegraph forms to Force C at Luderitzbucht all with large "S.A FIELD TELEGRAPH AND POSTAL CORPS / FORCE C" datestamps in black (2) or red (3), two forms with piece torn off at left edge, otherwise fine. (5). £100-120
  P.O.W Mail - Albrechts/Aus. 1915-18 Stampless covers and cards from German P.O.Ws comprising 1917 cover to Swakopmund with "ALBRECHTS" c.d.s (Putzel B3) and oval "COMMANDANT P.O.W CAMP / OFFICIAL FREE / 23 / PROTECTORATE S.W AFRICA"; and covers sent within S.W.A (2) and a card (corner fault) to Germany all from Aus, the two covers handstamped "PASSED BY CENSOR" and "Prisoner of War / Free of Charge / Aus". Few covers recorded from the Officers camp at Albrechts. (4). £100-120
Click to view full image... P.O.W Mail - Aus. 1916 Angola 1c postcard uprated with a 1c stamp, sent by a German P.O.W in Loanda to another P.O.W at Aus with an arrival c.d.s, circular and straight line censor marks. Early in the war the Germans raided Angola to capture supplies but were captured by the Portuguese and imprisoned at Loanda. A very scarce card from one of these P.O.Ws in Angola. Photo on Page 170. £350-400
  P.O.W Camp - Aus/Fort Napier. Real photo picture postcards taken at the P.O.W camps at Aus (7) or Fort Napier (2) including camp views, funerals, prisoners and guards. (9). £100-120
Click to view full image... 1916-18 Covers sent between Germany and South West Africa via the Internationale Friedensbureau in Switzerland comprising 1916 cover from Swakopmund to the Friedensbureau in Bern franked 2 1/2d; 1916 cover franked 3d from Okahandja incorrectly addressed directly to Dannenberg in Germany with a label "Via Switzerland / Friedensbureau BERN" applied and tied by circular "PASSED CENSOR / C.4"; and 1918 cover with return address of Strehlen, Germany, bearing Swiss 25c cancelled at Geneva (May 29), handstamped "DETAINED" and circular "PASSED CENSOR / C.4" with fine rubber "KLEIN WINDHUK" arrival backstamp (Putzel B2a, 12 FEB 1919). The Okahandja cover with a few edge faults, otherwise a fine and interesting trio. (3). Photo on Page 170. £200-250
Click to view full image... 1915 Cover with return address of Coburg, Germany, posted from Bern to Karibib franked Swiss 25c, handstamped boxed "Bureau International / de la Paix" and "via Southampton - Capetown" with boxed censor cachet and South Africa 1d and 2d pair postage dues tied by Karibib datestamps. An unusual cover from Germany sent via the Bureau International de la Paix in Switzerland and charged upon arrival. Photo on Page 170. £150-180

South Africa Stamp Period, 1915-22)

  1916 Great Britain KEVII 1/2d postcard sent from Otjiwarongo to Tsumeb with arrival c.d.s; and Natal 4d registration envelope size H2 franked 2d commercially used from Windhuk to Luderitzburg. Two unusual postal stationery items used in S.W.A. (2). £100-120
  Postal Stationery. 1917-22 4d Registration envelope, 5 1/2d registration envelopes (4), 1/2d postcards (10), 1d postcard and 1d envelopes (2) all used in S.W.A, cancels include Bethany (Putzel B1a), Mariental (B2c), Brackwasser (B1), violet Kalkfeld Rail (B1), Kalkfeld (B2), Usakos (B3) and circular datestamps of Karibib, Tsumeb, Otavi and Okahandja, also straight line "Tsumeb" registration handstamp in blue and boxed registration handstamps of Usakos, Kalkfeld, Windhoek and Otavi. A few faults, the majority fine. (18). £240-280
  1916-22 Covers and cards (7), pieces and stamps (14) including 1/2d stationery cards with Bethany c.d.s (Putzel B1) or violet datestamps of "NARUBIS" (B1), "REHOBOTH RAIL" (B16) or OKASISE / RAIL" (B3), 1d stationery envelope with violet "LEUTWEIN / RAIL" c.d.s (B2a), pieces including 6d + 5/- from Luderitzbucht, S. Africa 1d + Transvaal 1d from Kolmannskop, etc. (21). £250-300
  1916-23 Covers and cards (14), pieces (44) and stamps (29), the covers including Tses (Putzel B5), Gibeon (2, both B4, apparently forgeries), Otavifontein (B5), Swakopmund c.d.s on a stampless telegram envelope (faults), registered cover from Aus with boxed registration handstamp, Gibeon c.d.s on stampless official cover with "Magistrate" cachet, cover from Keetmanshoop to Germany franked 2d with circular "T/35c" postage due mark, etc. (87). £250-300
  Official Mail. 1918-22 Stampless rainfall report forms to Windhuk with datestamps of Maltahohe (Putzel B2), Waldau (B4), Outjo (B5) or Waterberg (B1), all fine. (4). £120-150
  Registered Mail. 1916 Covers comprising large censored cover from Swakopmund to Karibib franked 1d (9) + 2d; censored cover from Windhoek to Holland franked 2d (3) + 1d; and cover to Windhuk unusually with 1d + 2d pair tied by Swakopmund double ring c.d.s (B7) and a 1d stamp cancelled the following day by oval Swakopmund datestamp (B6, converted from German T.P.O datestamp), all bearing red German type registration labels of Swakopmund (2) or Windhuk. (3). £100-120
Click to view full image... Arandis Rail. 1917 (Oct 22) 1d Postcard commercially used to Tsumeb, tied by blue rubber "ARANDIS / RAIL" c.d.s (Putzel B2a), circular "PASSED BY / 105 / CENSOR" and datestamps of Usakos, Karibib and Tsumeb. Photo on Page 170. £100-120
Click to view full image... Aus Station. 1918 (Aug 18) Censored cover to Luderitzbucht with 1d tied by large boxed "AUS / STATION" rubber datestamp (Putzel B3), backstamped at Aus and Luderitzbucht. Photo on Page 170. £100-120
Click to view full image... Erundu. 1918 (Jan 4) 1d Postcard to Swakopmund cancelled by converted "ERUNDU" c.d.s (Putzel B1), light censor cachet and datestamps of Otjiwarongo and Swakopmund. Fine and scarce. Photo on Page 170. £150-180
Click to view full image... Franzfontein. 1918 (Sep 5) Stampless rainfall report to Windhuk with superb "FRANZFONTEIN" rubber c.d.s (Putzel B1) in greenish blue, backstamped at Outjo and Windhoek. Photo on Page 170. £150-180
  Kalkfeld Rail. 1917-18 Covers cancelled by "KALKFELD RAIL" rubber c.d.s (Putzel B1) in violet or blue comprising registered cover to Windhuk bearing five 1d stamps, cover to Swakopmund franked 1d and a 1d stationery envelope to Windhuk, all with censor labels and circular violet "PASSED CENSOR / B / 100". (3). £150-180
  Keetmanshoop. 1915 Stampless lettercard sent within Keetmanshoop with boxed "PASSED BY / CENSOR" and manuscript "T over 1/2oz", two Transvaal 1/2d postage due stamps (contrasting shades) each tied by a Keetmanshoop c.d.s, unusual. £100-120
Click to view full image... Khan. 1916 (Feb 22) Cover to Swakopmund with printed heading of the Khan Copper Mine, bearing a 1d stamp tied by manuscript date. Illustrated by Putzel, one of just two similar covers he recorded from Khan with stamps cancelled by manuscript dates in 1916. One of the rarest of all SWA manuscript cancels, no regular datestamp recorded from this office. Photo on Page 173. £300-350
Click to view full image... Klein Windhuk. 1916 (Sep 16) Registered cover to Windhuk bearing 1/- block of four cancelled by manuscript "Klein Windhuk / 16.9.16" written twice across each pair, manuscript "Klein Windhuk / R26" registration details with red boxed "Passed by Censor / Doorgelaten door Censor / 100", oval arrival backstamp. Putzel B1, only recorded 4-25 September 1916. A fine and attractive registered cover. Photo on Page 173. £140-180
Click to view full image... Klein Windhuk. 1918 (July 8) Cover to Windhuk with 1d tied by superb violet "KLEIN WINDHUK" rubber c.d.s (Putzel B2), circular "PASSED CENSOR / 100A" alongside and an oval arrival backstamp. Photo on Page 173. £100-120
Click to view full image... Kolmannskop Station. 1915 (Dec 29) Cover to Keetmanshoop with 1d tied by violet boxed "KOLMANNSKUPPE / S.A.E.C / STATION" datestamp (Putzel B1) with blue boxed "PASSED BY CENSOR / DOORGELATEN DOOR CENSOR / No. 4" alongside, backstamped at Luderitzbucht and Keetmanshoop. A very scarce cancel of the South African Engineering Corps, later used with "S.A.E.C" removed, "KO" and "S" off the cover, otherwise fine. Photo on Page 173. £150-180
Click to view full image... Kub. 1916 Cover to Luderitzbucht with 1d vertical pair tied by violet "Kaiserl. Postagentur Kub / Deutsche-Sudwestafrika / Eingeg ..... / Nr.....Anl." (Putzel B1) with boxed "PASSED BY / CENSOR", backstamped at Keetmanshoop and Luderitzbcht. A fine and scarce commercial cover. Photo on Page 173. £200-250
G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction Number 38)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 930 6109
Date: 30th September 2016 Time: 10:30AM
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