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Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 44) Day 1 of 2
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Date: 26th September 2019 Time: 12:00PM
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Auction Lots - Page 7
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  1900 (Jan 3-25) Covers from Johannesburg to G.B or Australia both with Boer type 3 and British type 2A censor seals, violet boxed "STOPPED BY CENSOR / RETURN TO SENDER" and Returned Letter Office Natal datestamps, the January 3 cover to G.B detained in Johannesburg for seven weeks with the Boer seals tied by a further Johannesburg c.d.s of February 23rd, this cover opened out and a little shortened upon opening at right edge, otherwise fine and an unusual pair, stopped by the censor and sent to the Durban R.L.O but showing no sign of having been returned to the sender. (2). £120-150
302
  1900 (Apr 6 - May 15) Covers from the O.F.S (5) or Transvaal all to Boer P.O.Ws in Green Point or Bellevue Camps with Boer type 3 and British type 2A or 2B censor seals and circular "CENSOR / PRISONERS OF WAR", three with Lourenco Marques transit datestamps, one endorsed "Gevang met Genl Cronje", a few small faults. (6). £100-120
303

From October 1899 British prisoners were held at The Racecourse at Pretoria. In mid January Officers were moved to the Staats Model School and men to a camp at Waterval. On March 16th Officers were moved to a new camp at Daspoort (known as the "Birdcage" or "Mudhall"). About 900 other ranks were moved to a camp at Nooitgedacht on June 4th. The camps at Daspoort and Waterval were liberated on June 5th and the Nooitgedacht Camp on August 30th. A few prisoners were kept in hospitals, including Major Nugent (see lots 307, 322) who was wounded at the Battle of Dundee, and was held at the Bourke Hospital in Pretoria until March 1900.
  1900 Covers from Natal to Delagoa Bay and redirected to the O.F.S or Transvaal (2, one with Lourenco Marques 10r + 15r applied upon redirection), or from Transvaal to Cape Colony (2) or Natal all bearing Boer type 3 and British type 2A or 2B censor seals, the covers from Natal sent to accommodation addresses in Lourenco Marques to avoid any suspension to the postal service, very unusual. (5). £120-140

British Prisoners of War in Boer Camps

Pretoria Officer's Camps

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Click to view full image... 1900 Boer passports authorising travel to Colenso or Glencoe bearing the two types of dated "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachets that were also used as censor marks on P.O.W mail. Also a stampless front to London sent by Captain Fletcher (captured Stormberg December 10th) with Pretoria c.d.s and the first type Commandant Generaal cachet dated "10 JAN. 1900", and a piece from a cover apparently addressed to Lt. Best with Pretoria c.d.s and a fine strike of the rare second type cachet (smaller lettering and stars either side of the arms) dated "15 MRT 1900". (4). Photo on Page 58. £200-250
305
Click to view full image... 1899 (Nov 4) Stampless cover to Col. Hill in Kent, probably from Lt. W. Hill 1st Gloucester Regt (captured at Nicholsons Nek October 30th) with two strikes of the dated "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachet unusually in black, signed M.T Stiemans, arrival backstamp (Dec 9). Light vertical fold, otherwise superb, the earliest recorded use of this cachet and very scarce from the camp at The Racecourse. Photo on Page 58. £200-240
306
Click to view full image... 1899-1900 Covers endorsed from Major S. Humphery, 1st Gloucester Regt (captured at Nicholsons Nek, October 30th) all addressed to India, the first two stampless both with a Pretoria c.d.s and the "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachet in violet dated "8 DEC 1899" (very minor edge faults) or "30 DEC 1899", the third cover from the camp at Daspoort, franked 2½d tied Pretoria c.d.s (Apr 30) with violet boxed "GEZIEN / POSTCENSOR / PRETORIA / Z.A.R". The 30 December 1899 cover redirected from Calcutta to Gangtak, Sikkim, backstamped at Ghum and Gantak, the final cover to Gangtak and redirected to Darjeeling with Ghum and Aden backstamps. A largely fine trio to an unusual destination, the first two early cover from the camp at The Racecourse. (3). Photo on Page 58. £350-400
307
Click to view full image... 1900 Stampless covers from Major Nugent, 1st Kings Royal Rifle Corps (wounded and captured at Dundee, October 23rd) sent from the Bourke Hospital in Pretoria to England, both with manuscript "G", Pretoria c.d.s and violet "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachets dated "30 JAN 1900" or "3 Feb 1900". Both covers despatched in the same mail with violet triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR" and datestamps of Durban (Feb 7), Southampton Packet Letter (Mar 2) and Wimborne. A fine and scarce pair from the Bourke Hospital. (2). Photo on Page 64. £300-350
308
  1899-1900 Stampless cover and front from Capt. H.H Northey, 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers (captured at Colenso, December 15th) to his wife in Wynberg both with a Pretoria c.d.s and dated "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachet, the front from the camp at The Racecourse with the cachet dated "2 DEC 1899" unusually in black and signed "M.T Stiemens"; the cover from the Staats Model School with manuscript "G" and violet cachet dated "3 FEB 1900", endorsed "From Capt H.H Northey R.S.F, Prisoner of War", flap missing but otherwise fine with various datestamps and triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR". (2). £150-180
309
  1899 (Dec 27) Stampless cover to England endorsed "From Major Wallace, Gloster Regt Pretoria" with Pretoria c.d.s and violet dated "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachet (initialled by the censor), Durban (Jan 8) and red London Paid (Feb 2) datestamps, a little light staining. Wallace was captured at Nicholsons Nek on October 30th. An early cover from the camp at The Racecourse. £100-120
310
  1900 (Jan 11) Stampless cover to Scotland endorsed "From Lt. Majendie, Prisoner of War, Pretoria" with manuscript "G", Pretoria c.d.s. and violet dated "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachet, Durban (Feb 3) and London Paid datestamps and violet triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR". Lt. Majendie, 1st Kings Royal Rifles, was captured at Dundee on October 20th. A good cover probably from the Staats Model School. £100-120
311
  1900 (Jan 11) Stampless cover probably from the Staats Model School, to France with manuscript "G", violet dated "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachet and datestamps of Pretoria, Paris (Feb 21) and Marseille. Two vertical folds and flap missing but an unusual destination, delivered without charge in France. £100-120
312
  1900 Covers from Major Munn, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers (captured at Nicholsons Nek, October 30th) to England, the first a stampless cover probably from the Staats Model School with violet "18 JAN 1900 / COMMANDANT GENERAAL", datestamps of Pretoria, Durban (Feb 3) and London, and violet triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR"; the second cover from the camp at Daspoort endorsed "From Major Munn, 1st R. Ir. Fus., Prisoner of War, Pretoria" franked 2½d tied by Pretoria c.d.s (Mar 30), backstamped at Lourenco Marques (Apr 3) and Reading. Two largely fine covers, both with manuscript "G". (2). £150-180
313
  1900 Covers from Major N. Foster, Royal Field Artillery (captured at Colenso, December 15th) to England, the first two stampless covers probably from the Staats Model School with violet "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachets dated "18 JAN 1900" or "24 JAN 1900", datestamps of Pretoria, Durban (Feb 3) and London Paid (Mar 2) and violet triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR"; the other cover from the camp at Daspoort franked 2½d tied by Pretoria c.d.s with blue circular "GEZIEN / 26 APR 1900 / CENSOR". The first cover fine, endorsed from Foster, the second cover with edge staining, the third cover with small stain and minor opening faults though still attractive. (3). £200-250
314
  1900 (Feb 2) Stampless cover from the Staats Model School to Ireland endorsed "from Capt Conner 1st Gloster Regt" with violet dated "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachet initialled by the censor, datestamps of Pretoria, Durban (Feb 7) and London Paid (Mar 2) and violet triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR". Capt. Connor was captured at Nicholson Nek on October 30th. A fine cover. £120-150
315
Click to view full image... 1900 Stampless cover endorsed "From Lieut Col. Hunt, Prisoner of War, Pretoria" to "Lieut Col. F. Hall, R.F.A. Comg Divisional Artillery, General Lord Methuen's Force, South African Field Force, Modder River" with Pretoria and Cape Town (Mar 8) c.d.s and violet "6 FEB 1900 / COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachet; and a cover from Pietermaritzburg (Mar 28) franked 2½d to "Lt. Col Hunt, Royal Artillery, Prisoner at Pretoria" and endorsed "To Press Censor per American Consul, R.H Martin, Comdt P.M.Burg" with blue triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR", violet oval "CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE S.A.R / PRETORIA" and circular "GEZIEN / 20 APR 1900 / CENSOR". Hunt was wounded and captured at Colenso on December 15th; he was the Senior British Officer in Pretoria. The first cover with various faults, the second with flap missing and reverse slightly trimmed but otherwise fine and very attractive. (2). Photo on Page 64. £200-250
316
  1900 Stampless covers from W.A Genllond, sub-Inspector in the Cape Mounted Police (captured at Griquatown on November 17th) to London, one endorsed "Prisoner of War" and bearing a British type 1D censor seal applied at Durban, but without any other markings (privately carried or sent within another envelope?); the other with manuscript "G", violet "6 FEB 1900 / COMMANDANT GENERAAL" and triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR", datestamps of Pretoria, Durban (Feb 23) and Southampton Paid (Mar 25), both with a little edge staining but an unusual pair from the Staats Model School. Also a 1900 (July 7) Cape 1d postcard sent after his release from Kimberley. (3). £120-150
317
  1900 Covers and cards comprising stampless cover to London with manuscript "G", violet "7 FEB 1900 / COMMANDANT GENERAAL" and triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR", Pretoria, Durban and London datestamps; a letter written from Pretoria (Mar 7) by Lt. Wheeler Royal Garrison Artillery (captured Nicholsons Nek, October 30th) partially deleted by the censor; and picture postcards (9) all showing British prisoners. (11). £180-220
318
Click to view full image... 1900 (Feb 22) Stampless cover to England endorsed "From W. J Ricardo, Capt. R.H Gds, prisoner of war, Pretoria" (captured at Rensburg, January 7th) with violet dated "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachet and datestamps of Pretoria and London Paid (Mar 29), redirected to Italy with G.B ½d + 1d applied at Richmond (treated as though 1d was paid from South Africa, therefore only 1½d needed to make up the foreign letter rate), a few minor faults though very unusual. Photo on Page 64. £150-180
319
Click to view full image... 1900 Covers from or to (4) Major Walter, 2nd Devonshire Regt (captured at Colenso, December 15th), the cover from Walter sent from Daspoort to "Captain M.H Grant, 2nd Devonshire Regt, Natal Field Force" franked 2½d with blue circular "GEZIEN / 25 APR 1900 / CENSOR" and violet triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR"; three covers from G.B (Jan 26 - Mar 9) franked 2½d to Pretoria, one with violet oval "CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE S.A.R / PRETORIA" and blue circular "GEZIEN / 11 APR 1900 / CENSOR", one with Boer type 3 censor seal tied by Pretoria c.d.s (Apr 18), the other with manuscript "G"; and a stampless cover to Walter with the U.S Consulate Pretoria cachet in violet, received after his release and redirected to "Comd Detachment Irene" with an Army P.O c.d.s. A fine group. (5). Photo on Page 64. £400-500
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  1900 Covers endorsed "From Major Carleton, Prisoner of War" franked 2½d, one to Ireland with Boer type 3 censor label tied by Pretoria c.d.s (Apr 2), the other addressed to "Major Barton, 2nd Bn Royal Lancasters, Natal" redirected to England and then to Germany with G.B ½d + 1d pair applied but not cancelled, violet boxed "GEZIEN / POSTCENSOR / PRETORIA / Z.A.R" and triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR", backstamped at Lourenco Marques (May 23), F.P.O 1 (May 31), Havant and Hamburg, unusual. Major Carleton, 2nd Kings Own Royal Irish Rifles was captured at Spion Kop on January 24th. (2). £150-180
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  1900 Covers from (2) or to (2) Lt. G. Smyth Osborne, 2nd Devonshire Regt (captured at Colenso, December 15th), the two covers from Daspoort both endorsed by Osborne and franked 2½d tied by Pretoria c.d.s (May 13) or pen cancelled (London Paid c.d.s of June 2 alongside) both with violet boxed "GEZIEN / POSTCENSOR / PRETORIA / Z.A.R". The covers to Osborne sent from France franked 25c with Boer type 3 censor seal tied Pretoria c.d.s (Mar 28), or from G.B franked 2½d with violet oval "CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE S.A.R / PRETORIA" and circular "GEZIEN / 22 APR 1900 / CENSOR". One cover with opening tear to one corner, otherwise fine. (4). £350-400
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Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1900 Covers from Great Britain to Major O.S Nugent (wounded and captured at Dundee, October 23rd, initially held in the Bourke Hospital - see lot 307) in Pretoria, franked 2d or 2½d (one with pen cancelled stamps, two with Wimborne skeleton datestamps), the covers addressed directly to Nugent (2, one to S.A.F.F and redirected to Pretoria), c/o "The Secretary of War" (3) or "Dr Gunning, Censor" (2). Four covers were received in the camp, three bearing violet oval "CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE S.A.R / PRETORIA" (dated below APR 26, APR 28 or MAY 26), two also bearing violet circular "GEZIEN / 2 MEI 1900 / CENSOR" (one directed to "Bourke"), the other with boxed "GEZIEN / POSTCENSOR / PRETORIA / Z.A.R". The other three covers received after his release and redirected to London, one bearing the rare red cachet "PRISONER OF WAR / PRETORIA" (believed to have been used on the top cover of a bundle only). Also a 1901 postcard from Bethulie to Dr Gunning in Pretoria. A fine lot. (8). Photo on Page 64. £650-750
323
Click to view full image... 1900 (Apr 9) Stampless cover to Cape Colony with the second type "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" dated cachet (with smaller lettering and stars either side of the arms) partly overstruck by a Pretoria c.d.s, violet triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR", backstamped at Lourenco Marques, Durban and Worcester. Central vertical fold and small faults at upper edge but rare, very few examples of this censor cachet recorded. Photo on Page 64. £200-250
324
  1900 Covers franked 2½d to England (4) or Cape Colony, all cancelled at Pretoria with circular dated "GEZIEN / CENSOR" in blue (2, dated 10 APR or 23 APR) or violet (25 APR), or violet boxed "GEZIEN / POSTCENSOR / PRETORIA / Z.A.R" (May 7), another endorsed "From a Prisoner of War, Pretoria" simply with manuscript "G", mainly fine. (5). £320-380
325
  1900 Covers to Natal with circular "GEZIEN / 24 APR 1900 / CENSOR" in violet or blue, one franked 2½d, the other endorsed "From Prisoner of War" and sent unstamped, both with violet triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR" and Natal backstamps of May 8, one to "The Camp, Fort Napier" also with F.P.O 2 (May 9) backstamp. A good pair posted on the same day, the stampless cover with light folds but very unusual. (2). £180-220
326
  1899 (Nov 23) Cover franked 2d from G.B to "Major Wickham, Asst. to Director for Transport, Field Force, South Africa" redirected to Kimberley and then Pretoria, with red triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR", violet oval "CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE S.A.R / PRETORIA" and circular "GEZIEN / 1 APR 1900 / CENSOR". Despite this cover being forwarded to the P.O.W Camp at Pretoria Wickham does not appear to have ever been captured by the Boers. £120-150
327
  1900 Covers to Captain Hamilton Bell, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, the first franked 1d from Ireland to South Africa Field Force and directed to "Prisoner of War, Pretoria" with overlapping red Press Censor, violet U.S Consulate Pretoria cachet and circular "GEZIEN / 15 APR 1900 / CENSOR"; the second franked 2½d from London to Pretoria with Boer type 3 censor seal tied by a Pretoria c.d.s (Apr 18), both covers then redirected to Cox & Co in London. Bell was wounded and captured at Stormberg on December 12th, and was presumably detained in The Racecourse or Bourke Hospital (his name not amongst those officers detained at the main Officer's Camp); he had clearly been released prior to April 15th, presumably due to his wounds. (2). £180-220
328
  1900 Covers to England franked at the 2½d rate (3, one unusually with ½d + 1d pair) or at the 5d rate (with 2½d pair), sent by 2nd Lt. R. Jendwine or C. Kinahan of the 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers (both captured at Nicholsons Nek on October 30th), Lt. G. Butler, Royal Artillery (captured at Colenso, December 15th) or Capt. W. McWhinnie, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles (captured at Mosars Kop, April 4th) with violet circular "GEZIEN / CENSOR" (2, dated 7 APR or 24 APR) or boxed "GEZIEN / POSTCENSOR / PRETORIA / Z.A.R" (2), all fine. (4). £400-500
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Click to view full image... 1900 (May 3) Transvaal 1d reply card (with reply half attached) endorsed "From Lt. H.H Smith, Prisoner of War", addressed to New South Wales with violet boxed "GEZIEN / POSTCENSOR / PRETORIA / Z.A.R", backstamped at Sydney (July 10), Five Dock and Chatswood. Message states "as you are a collector I thought the postcard might be of use to you ... please keep as many of this new issue of Tasmanian stamps as you can". 2nd Lt. H.H Smith, 1st Gloucester Regt, was captured at Nicholsons Nek on October 30th. A very unusual destination and a scarce use of a postal stationery postcard by a British P.O.W. Photo on Page 64. £180-220
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  1899 (Nov 4) Cover from Naples bearing Italy 25c, addressed in German to Lt. Alfred Radice, Gloucestershire Regt, Prisoner in Pretoria, backstamped at Pretoria (Dec 8), Cape Town (Dec 20), De Aar (Dec 22), with violet oval "CONSULATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE S.A.R / PRETORIA / MAY 26" and circular "GEZIEN / 1 JUN 1900 / CENSOR", British censor seals on reverse. Radice was captured at Nicholsons Nek on October 30th. Minor edge faults and small piece torn from upper left corner but an extraordinary cover, received in Pretoria in December, returned to the Cape (presumably in error, possibly due to a misreading of the endorsement "via De Aar Cape Town") and then returned to Pretoria, received at the camp at Daspoort just four days before it was liberated by the British. £150-180

The Race Course

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  1899 Stampless covers with Pretoria c.d.s and dated "COMMANDANT GENERAAL" cachets in black, the first to India headed "From 904 Sergt Flook, Gloster Regt, Pretoria" with cachet dated "4 NOV 1899" and circular "OVERLAND POSTAGE / DUE / A / 2"; the second to England headed "From No 3784 Corporal A. Coles 1st G.R" with cachet dated "22 NOV 1899", handstamped "T", "CH" and a "1d / FB" charge mark of the London Foreign Branch, both covers signed "M.T Stiemans". Both soldiers were captured at Nicholsons Nek on October 30th. The first cover stained and both with edge faults, nevertheless two very scarce covers from this camp, the first the earliest known use of the dated Commandant Generaal censor cachet. (2). £200-250

Waterval

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Click to view full image... 1900 Stampless "In Dienst" cover and front to England, both from Sgt. A. Richardson of the 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers (captured at Stormberg, December 10th), the cover with blue oval "WATERVAL KRYGSGEVANGENIS / 26 JAN. 1900 / COMMANDANT VAN DE WACHT" (initialled "P.H.R") and violet "31 JAN 1900 / COMMANDANT GENERAAL", triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR", datestamps of Pretoria, Durban (Feb 7) and London Paid. The front with the oval cachet in black dated Feb 10 and the Commandant Generaal cachet of Feb 22, fully endorsed from Richardson at Waterval, some faults; the cover superb and an early use of the oval Waterval cachet. (2). Photo on Page 68. £240-280
333
  1900 Stampless "In Dienst" cover to New South Wales endorsed "From Corpl C. Hopf, Prisoner of War, Pretoria" with Pretoria c.d.s and light Commandant Generaal cachet dated 6 FEB, blue oval Waterval cachet dated 13 FEB, triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR", backstamped at Durban (Feb 23) and Sydney (Apr 5) with "T" and "1d" charge marks. Corporal Charles Hopf served in the New South Wales Lancers. Torn open at left edge and overall staining, nevertheless a very rare and possibly unique cover from an Australian P.O.W in Pretoria, possibly from Pretoria Gaol where a number of Colonial troopers were reportedly confined in mid February (later moved to Waterval after a reprimand by Lord Roberts to Kruger), the Commandant Generaal cachet dated a week before the Watervaal cachet possibly because of a Pretoria Gaol origin (unlike most covers from Waterval which have the camp cachet dated about a week before the Commandant Generaal cachet and Pretoria c.d.s). £180-220
334
  1900 Stampless "In Dienst" cover to Cape Colony with blue oval "WATERVAL KRYGSGEVANGENIS / 17 FEB 1900 / COMMANDANT VAN DE WACHT" and violet "22 FEB 1900 / COMMANDANT GENERAAL", Press Censor and datestamps of Pretoria, Durban (Mar 9), Cape Town and Grahams Town, overall staining; and stampless cover to England headed "From P.K Lightfoot, 10th Hussars, Prisoner of War, Pretoria" with the oval Waterval cachet in violet dated 18 APR and initialled "P.H.R" by the censor, with red London Paid c.d.s (May 19), some staining though a scarce pair. Lightfoot was captured at Sannahs Post on March 31st. (2). £150-180
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  1900 (Feb 24) Cover franked Cape 1d from Observatory Road to "1939 Pte John S. Adlam, 1st Life Guards, Modder River of elsewhere" which enclosed letter written from Falkenberg Asylum, Mowbray, and a block of six mint 1d stamps. Private Adlam was captured at Sannahs Post on March 31st and the cover was therefore sent to Pretoria and bears the violet boxed "BRIEVEN CENSUUR / Waterval Krijgsgevangenis" (initialled by the censor), the enclosed letter similarly initialled with several words cut out by the censor. A few minor edge stains, otherwise fine and an unusual cover to a soldier directed to the camp. £140-160
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Click to view full image... 1899-1900 Registered covers from Penrith to Sapper T. Oldcorn, Royal Engineers, franked 3d, the 1899 (Nov 17) cover to Colesberg redirected to Cape Town then "Prisoner of War Pretoria", various backstamps, finally endorsed "Received at Waterval Wed 30th May 1900", apparently uncensored; the 1900 (Mar 30) cover addressed to "British Prisoner, Waterfall, Pretoria" with Lourenco Marques registration datestamp (Apr 25), Boer type 3 censor label tied by Pretoria c.d.s (Apr 28) and violet boxed "BRIEVEN CENSUUR / Waterval Krijgsgevangenis", endorsed "Received at Waterval Tues 8th May 1900". Oldcorn was captured at Colesberg on November 1st. A scarce pair of ingoing registered covers, the first stained, the second opened out with small fault at lower right corner but otherwise largely fine. (2). Photo on Page 68. £150-180
337
  1900 Stampless cover to England with fine oval "WATERVAL KRYGSGEVANGENIS / 25 APR 1900 / COMMANDANT VAN DE WACHT" in violet, initialled "P.H.R", pencil senders endorsement barely visible, otherwise largely fine. Also a part cover to India with violet boxed "BRIEVEN CENSUUR / Waterval Kijgsgevangenis" and La Reunion a Marseille transit c.d.s (June 7). The latest recorded example of the oval Waterval cachet. (2). £100-120
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  1900 Stampless covers with the dated oval "WATERVAL KRYGSGEVANGENIS / COMMANDANT VAN DE WACHT" cachet initialled "P.H.R", the cachets dated "MRT 1900" on an "In Dienst" cover to England, backstamped at Lourenco Marques (Mar 24) and Bath, or dated "10 APR 1900" on a cover to "Major E.S. Knox, Comdg 18th Hussars, Ladysmith, Natal" with triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR", backstamped at Lourenco Marques and Durban (Apr 19). The In Dienst cover with light staining and opening faults, the cover to Ladysmith very fine. (2). £160-200
339
  1900 (Feb 18) Cover franked 1d from London to "Private Keable, No 5221 E Company, 2nd Wiltshire Regiment, South Africa Field Force" endorsed "Prisoner of War, Pretoria" with triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR" and violet boxed "BRIEVEN CENSUUR / Waterval Krijgsgevangenis", backstamped at Durban (Mar 25), minor faults, but a scarce ingoing cover. Keable was captured at Rietfontein on January 25th. £100-120
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Click to view full image... 1900 (May 15) Cover to Dr Plowright in Kings Lynn bearing 1893 2½d on 1/- (S.G. 198) tied by Pretoria c.d.s with violet boxed "BRIEVEN CENSUUR / Waterval Krijgsgevangenis" (initialled by the censor), backstamped at Lourenco Marques (May 17) and Kings Lynn (June 26). Dr Plowright was a pioneer postal historian who wrote to many P.O.W and Burgher Camps sending stamp addressed envelopes with a request that they be posted with an example of the camp censor cachet; this is clearly such a cover, sent prestamped to Pretoria. He wrote a series of articles on Boer War censors in "Bazaar, Exchange & Mart" in 1903. A fine and scarce cover. Photo on Page 68. £200-250
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Click to view full image... 1900 Stampless cover made from a Boer form, endorsed "Prisoner of War at Pretoria, C.F.M Lilly", addressed to "Staff Surgeon F.J Lilly R.N, Elaandslaagte Natal" with violet boxed "BRIEVEN CENSUUR / Waterval Krijgsgevangenis" (initialled by the censor), triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR", backstamped at Lourenco Marques (May 28), Durban (May 31) and F.P.O B.O. Pte Lilly, South African Light Horse, was wounded and captured on January 20th in Natal. A fine cover, unusually addressed to a member of the naval brigade. Photo on Page 68. £150-180

Nooitgedacht

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Click to view full image... 1900 Stampless covers to Natal, two from the correspondence of Trooper Briscoe, 13th Imperial Yeomanry (captured at Lindley, May 31st) with datestamps of Machadodorp (July 15 or July 24, the latter unusually with both "MACHADODORP" and "P.W.K / MACHADODORP" c.d.s), triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR" and backstamps of Lourenco Marques and Durban; the third with a Waterval Onder c.d.s. (date unclear) backstamped at Durban (Aug 22), all three with manuscript "Gezien, Schulze, Censor". A few minor faults, very scarce. (3). Photo on Page 68. £240-300
343
Click to view full image... 1900 (July 28) Stampless cover to Germany endorsed on the reverse "From L. Soames, prisoner of war, Nooitgedacht, Z.A.R" with Machadodorp c.d.s and double circle "Entlastet / Altona", endorsed "Gezien, Schulze, Censor", backstamped at Altona (Sep 3) and charged 40pf. Trooper L. Soames, 13th Imperial Yeomanry was captured at Lindley on May 31st. An exceptional destination, a little very minor edge crease, otherwise fine and very scarce. Photo on Page 68. £160-200
344
  1900 Stampless On Active Service cover to Mrs Kimber in London with manuscript "Gezien, J. de Lac Schroder Lt, Commandant" and red London EC 1d Paid c.d.s (Oct 16). An unusual cover signed by the Commandant at Nooitgedacht camp, from Pte C. Kimber, 13th Imperial Yeomanry, who was captured at Lindley on March 31st. £100-120

British Forces

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  Troopship Mail. 1900-02 Covers and cards including items written from the Norman, Syria, Manchester Merchant, Avoca, Monteagle, Cephalonia (2, also a photo of the ship whilst in use as a P.O.W ship at Simons Bay), Assaye (2, with entire letter written by Frank Bowker, also two later letters from Bowker), covers to S.S Formosa transport 42 (2, one from Lourenco Marques), a cover from G.B to Pte C. Greenhead 2nd Middlesex Regt redirected to "Escort Duty with Boer Prisoners from South Africa to await arrival Bombay" sent around India then back to South Africa, also a stampless front from the "Pavonia" with violet "Transport No. 18 / Stamp not available", etc. (21). £300-350
346
  1900-01 Stampless soldiers covers (36) and fronts (3) to G.B illustrating differing treatment by the British Post Office with mail charged in G.B (3), with South African tax marks obliterated in G.B (9) or simply ignored in G.B (6), many with London Paid datestamps, one a G.B 1d envelope, 18 posted at civil post offices (two transferred to F.P.Os), the others with various F.P.O or A.P.O datestamps, also a cover to India with the "T" and "5c" charge marks crossed out and delivered free. (39). £180-220
347
  1899-1902 Covers and cards (98), a front and a few pieces, mainly forces mail with various F.P.O and A.P.O datestamps, two covers to Australia possibly from members of the Australian Contingent, the front from the New Zealand Contingent, four items posted at sea on troopships (two with Paquebot handstamps of London or Suez), also some censored covers and cards, two picture postcards showing the return of H.M.S "Powerful", and a N.Z 1d postcard showing Second Contingent officers. (99+). £250-300
348
  1900-02 Covers and a G.B 1d postcard all posted into civilian offices, 22 bearing G.B stamps (three of these in combination with O.F.S or Transvaal stamps), one cover with Pretoria c.d.s applied away from the G.B 2½d which is cancelled upon arrival in London and a "T" handstamp crossed out, five others with stamps disallowed or underpaid and postage due handstamps applied. Cancellations include "2" numeral of Durban and circular dumb cork cancel with Mooi River c.d.s alongside, also stampless cover endorsed "Passed censor no stamps procurable" transferred from the civil P.O to the F.P.O with 2d charge mark, cover posted at Pretoria with O.F.S stamp disallowed and charged 2d, etc. An interesting group mostly franked contrary to regulations, eleven sent within South Africa, the others to G.B, Europe or St. Helena. (26). £160-180
349
  1900-02 Soldiers covers and cards (33), mainly with A.P.O or F.P.O cancels including F.P.O 100 (2) and octagonal Natal Field Force A.P.O datestamp for Standerton; cover and card both with messages concerning the Queens chocolate box; cover from Lt. Col. F.G Bond, D.A.A.G, Chief Staff Officer, Lines of Communication; cover from Sir James Miller with an anti-Kruger verse applied to reverse; covers to ostrich feather dealers (3) with three photos of ostriches; covers bearing British Officially Sealed labels; unpaid postcard and a 1d lettercard to Cape Town both with "1d" charge marks and "CHARGE CLERK" c.d.s; stampless cover from F.P.O 47 to India much redirected and finally returned to South Africa with 28 various datestamps, postage due or explanatory handstamps, etc. Also an official O.H.M.S cover from the War Office in London with printed address "Field Force, South Africa" and cover from Germany with printed address "Lieut. Col. Twemlow, 4th Batt. North Stafford Regt, African Field Force, South Africa"; and A.P.O cancels on G.B ½d block of nine, G.B 6d block of four or O.F.S 1d block of four, etc. (36+). £300-350
350
  1900 (Nov 29) Transvaal ½d postcard addressed to England cancelled by blue oval "BRITISH ARMY POST OFFICE / PRETORIA" datestamp, a couple of small ink stains but a rare cancel, just one other example recorded in "British Army Postal Cancellations" by Peter Prime (used on the very same day). Also a 1st November listing on official notepaper of all F.P.Os by number with details of the individual in charge, the unit served and the number of the datestamp used, also listing those offices closed by this date. (2). £120-150
Auction Details
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 44) Day 1 of 2
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
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Date: 26th September 2019 Time: 12:00PM
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