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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Auction Lots - Page 9
  1900-02 Lettercards (3) and covers (29) sent to Cpl Pandia Schilizzi, Rand Rifles Mine Guard (13) or from Cpl. Schilizzi to his mother in London (19), several with F.P.O or A.P.O datestamps. (32). £100-120

Siege of Mafeking

  1900 Letter written by J.W de Kock, fort commandant and town guard in Mafeking, to Charles Bennet in Cape Town, "Thanks for kind letter of congratulation. We all fully appreciate the good feeling prevailing throughout our empire & the splendid manner you brother imperialists have celebrated the release", bearing Mafeking 1d on Cape ½d and 1d on Cape 3d (S.G. 1, 3, £150) each C.T.O by Mafeking c.d.s (May 12), folded with some splitting but an interesting letter. Also a 1/- siege banknote (faults) and photo of Baden Powell. (3). £100-120
Click to view full image... 1d Pale blue photographically produced siege stamp, fine used with May 3 c.d.s. S.G. 17, £325. Photo on Page 206. £100-120

Siege of Ladysmith

  1899 (Oct 30) Stampless O.A.S cover to England endorsed from Pte G. Bumby 1st Manchester Regt, with a Ladysmith c.d.s, circular framed "T" and "5c", the latter crossed out with blue crayon but a London Foreign Branch 1d charge mark applied, reverse with Durban c.d.s (Oct 31) and manuscript "last mail out of Ladysmith". £140-160
  1899-1900 Covers with Ladysmith datestamps including October 5th 1899 stampless cover from a Lt. in the Natal Mounted Rifles posted the week before war was declared with "10c" and 2d charge marks; October 28th stampless cover to Pietermaritzburg sent five days before the siege; stampless covers to G.B posted during the siege and held until it was over with 10c charge marks obliterated F.B, datestamps of Jan. 18th (from a Lt. in the Natal Mounted Rifles, to Ireland) or Jan. 20th (from a Lt. Digby-Jones, killed at the Battle of Wagon Hill on Jan 5th whilst commanding the naval guns), etc. Also picture postcards (3), one sent to President Kruger on November 1st congratulating him on the siege, another of March 1st ("Ladysmith Relieved"); and two printed lists showing prices of food and tobacco sold at auction during the siege. (10). £180-200
  1899 (Oct 29) Cover with enclosed letter to Mabel Walker at the Soldiers Institute in Pietermaritzburg posted on November 2nd (the day the final train left and the siege commenced) franked 1d, detained in Ladysmith during the entire siege, backstamped at Pietermaritzburg on March 3rd 1900. Very unusual. £120-150
Click to view full image... 1900 Covers posted within Ladysmith with Natal or G.B 1d stamps cancelled "LADYSMITH SIEGE POST OFFICE" two line datestamp in blue, dated Feb 16th (with Feb 22 c.d.s alongside), Feb 20th with error of spelling "SEIGE" (this error only known Feb. 19-21) or Feb 23rd with inverted "r" in date. (3). Photo on Page 78. £160-180
Click to view full image... 1900 Stampless covers addressed in the identical handwriting to "Mr G.P Thorpe, c/o Harvey Greenacre & Co, Durban" and endorsed "Stamps unobtainable", the first smuggled out of Ladysmith by native runner and backstamped at Durban on January 26th, the Ladysmith origin proven by the second cover which has a Ladysmith c.d.s of March 1st (the first day after the siege, this cover severely creased). A very rare cover from Ladysmith, a couple of light vertical folds and minor marks, otherwise fine. (2). Photo on Page 78. £250-300
  "Long Tom" Siege Postcards comprising types 1-3, 5 and 6 unused, type 3 with blue "LADYSMITH SIEGE POST OFFICE / Feb 28th 1900", type 4 with Ladysmith c.d.s (Feb 24) addressed to "A. Sims, Cycle Dispatch Rider, Supply Office A.S.C, Divis Troop, Ladysmith", type 6 with fake Ladysmith c.d.s, a few faults. (8). £140-180
  "Long Tom" Postcards, type 3A postcard to England, Feb. 10th Ladysmith c.d.s and "10c" charge mark obliterated "FB", message includes "we have been besieged 99 days today. I was wounded in taking Gun Hill but am all right now" from a member of the Guides Corps, light crease and edge tear but attractive; and type 3 card with March 9th c.d.s and unusual large "2d" charge mark crossed out by blue crayon, sent to Pietermaritzburg by a Lt. in the Natal Carabineers. (2). £100-120
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1900 (Feb 23) Ladysmith siege postcard type 3c with the heading printed in red on the front but the usual printing omitted from the reverse, which has a violet cyclostyled picture of "my camp Ladysmith 1900" and a message written and signed by the distinguished artist and war correspondent Melton Prior. Addressed to "Ernest W. Smith Esquire, "Morning Leader", Ladysmith, Natal" with Ladysmith c.d.s and blue straight line "LADYSMITH SIEGE POST OFFICE" with the date line omitted, presumably in error. An exceptional card, one of just three recorded siege postcards with differing cyclostyled pictures by Melton Prior, and one of just two recorded examples of the Siege Post Office handstamp with the date omitted. Photo on Page 78. £400-500
  Natal 1d postal stationery postcard, the reverse with red printed views of the town hall and hills around Ladysmith, as used on the type 4 "Long Tom" siege postcards, unused. The only recorded example of the "Long Tom" siege postcard reverse printed on a postal stationery postcard, discovered by John Marks in 2013. £200-250

Rustenburg - British Reoccupation Issues

Click to view full image... 1900 (June 29) Cover to England endorsed "via Mafeking", bearing Rustenburg "VR" overprint 1d (2, one crossed by horizontal crease) and ½d tied by two Rustenburg squared circles, "PASSED / CENSOR" handstamp signed "C.O Hore, Lt Col", backstamped at Pretoria (July 2) and Bristol. Part flap missing, upper edge refolded to display the stamp on the upper right corner (which was originally folded over the upper edge of the envelope). A fine and rare commercial cover correctly franked 2½d to England. Photo on Inside Front Cover. £1,400-1,600
  1900 (June 24) O.A.S Cover to East London with Rustenburg "VR" 1d tied by Rustenburg squared circle, arrival backstamp (July 1), endorsed from Trooper Egan, D. Squadron, Protectorate Regt., Rustenburg. The stamp torn out, now replaced and repaired, tape stain and foxing (treated and reduced), still very scarce. £120-150

British Censorship
(Also See Lot 912)

  1900-02 Covers, cards, etc., showing aspects of censorship or martial law including a photo of officers including Thomas Paterson at Steytlerville and a cover with censor cachet initialled "T.P" by Paterson; card written and signed by E.J Cullen, censor clerk at Winburg, bearing censor cachet containing his "E.J Cullen" handstamp; cover from Heidelberg to a P.O.W in Ceylon endorsed "If your correspondent is not more careful he will get into serious trouble"; cover endorsed "Censored Boshof. File for notification to authorities"; cover with four differing censor cachets; covers censored by Resident Magistrates (2); postwar censor cachets (3); letters referring to censorship; manuscript censorship; notes written by senders to the censors; martial law passes (2), etc. An interesting lot. (27). £300-350
Click to view full image... 1900-02 Postcards (4) and a cover all disallowed by the censor, endorsed "cannot pass" (4) or "stopped", one card from a P.O.W at Green Point Camp to Germany with circular "CENSOR / PRISONERS OF WAR" cachet applied but then crossed out by the censor, two cards and a cover to P.O.Ws at Green Point, the other 1902 card from Sea Point to Braamfontein. An unusual and very scarce group. (5). Photo on Page 78. £200-250
  1900 (Jan 6) Cover from Stellenbosch bearing Cape 1d pair, to Poste Restante Lourenco Marques endorsed "Enclosures for the Z.A.R", and a cover from Germany to Nelspruit endorsed "Interdit", both handstamped violet boxed "STOPPED BY CENSOR / RETURN TO CENSOR". Also a cover from Johannesburg to Stellenbosch, apparently hand delivered, the enclosed letter concerning a previous letter which was returned by the censor at Durban. (3). £120-150

Click to view full image... 1900 (June 7) Stampless Boer "Veld Dienst" cover from Volksrust to a farm at Van der Merwe Station, Pretoria district, backstamped at Machadodorp (June 9) and then strangely, two months later, at Lourenco Marques (Aug 14), boxed "STOPPED BY CENSOR" then applied (probably at Durban). An exceptional cover, posted at Volksrust five days before the British occupied the town (with the destination then already in British hands) and transferred to the British for delivery; only a couple of other examples recorded of the boxed "STOPPED BY CENSOR" cachet (with "RETURN TO SENDER" removed). A little light staining, otherwise fine and rare. Photo on Page 78. £240-280

Censor Cachets & Endorsements
Censor types are taken from the book "British Press Censor Cachets of the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902" by Peter Prime , published by the Anglo-Boer War Philatelic Society, 2012. Many of the following covers are recorded or illustrated in the book, a number being the only recorded examples.

  1901 Cover from Oslo bearing four Norway 5ore stamps, addressed c/o Swedish-Norwegian Consulate in Cape Town and redirected to Wynberg with triangular "PASSED / PRESS / CENSOR". An unusual origin to South Africa. £80-100
Click to view full image... c.1901 Cover to a P.O.W in Diyatalawa Camp, Ceylon, bearing an uncancelled Cape 1d, handstamped by the circular "cogwheel" type "OV / CENSOR / S", endorsed and initialled "Censored VNY J.P", the reverse with pink type 26 ER censor seal. Also another 1901 cover to Diyatalawa Camp with Cape 1d tied by Leribe (Basutoland) c.d.s (Apr 12) with circular "CENSOR / PRISONERS OF WAR" and the same manuscript "Censored VNY J.P". Very few examples of the "OV / S" censor cachet are recorded (with most of these on fronts only) and its place of use is still not known. A number of the known examples of this censor (and manuscript "VNY" initials) have an origin of Leribe in Basutoland whilst others originated in Cape Town, and both places have been suggested as possible places of use. All known examples are on mail to P.O.Ws and use by the official OVS censor for the British has been suggested. A scarce pair. (2). Photo on Page 78. £180-220
  1901 (Jan 23) Cover franked 1d from Cape Town to a P.O.W in Diyatalawa Camp with two strikes of the circular cogwheel type "OV / CENSOR / S", manuscript "Censored, VNY J.P", flap missing and small piece cut away upon opening at upper right corner, otherwise largely fine and rare. Also a 1901 cover to Diyatalawa Camp with Cape 1d tied by Leribe (Basutoland) c.d.s (Apr 16), circular "CENSOR / PRISONERS OF WAR" and the same manuscript "Censored VNY J.P", a few minor faults. A scarce pair. (2). £180-220
  1901 Fronts franked 1d, from Cape Town (Jan 23) to a P.O.W on S.S "Manila" (redirected to Ladysmith), or to a P.O.W at Green Point with Cape 1d tied "CENSOR / PRISONERS OF WAR" cachet, both with circular cogwheel type "OV / CENSOR / S" and manuscript "Censored VNY J.P", a little staining but scarce. Also a cover and front from Cape Town with the same manuscript "Censored VNY J.P" and a 1900 cover from Army P.O 55 with blue "Zensor" and initials (possibly forged?). (5). £120-140
  1900-02 Covers and cards and a front with handstamps of various officials, most probably used as censor cachets, comprising Assistant Provost Marshall of Bloemfontein (2) or Pietersburg; Magistrates Office Boksburg, Newcastle, Philippolis, Ladybrand (2), Kroonstad or Winburg (2); Civil Commissioner Carnarvon (2); Intelligence Office Headquarters East London; Provost Marshal East London or Vereeniging (2); District Commissioner Kroonstad, Middelburg (2) or Newcastle; Assistant District Commissioner Lydenburg or Middelburg (2); Landdrost Philippolis (4, two types) or Winburg. A fine lot. (29). £300-400
  Aberdeen. 1901-02 Covers, censor types 1 + 2 (2), 1 + 3 (3), 3 (2), one signed by R.F Manley, Intelligence Officer. (7). £100-120
  Aliwal North. 1900-02 Covers, censor types 1 (2), 1 + 2a, 2 (2), 2a, 3, 3a (3), 4 (3), 5 (2), one cover from Rietfontein to Gaberones via Kimberley and Mafeking with arrival backstamp. (15). £120-150
  Beaufort West. 1901-02 Covers and cards (15), front and a permit to travel by road with censor cachet types 1, 2 (3), 3 (8, one with Resident Magistrate cachet), 3a (3), 4 (2, one on rail permit), type 1 very scarce. (17). £120-150
  Bethulie. 1901-02 Covers and cards including a cover with both censor types 1 and 2 (the latter as type 1 but the place name excised then applied separately, probably a unique combination), also censors 1 (6), 2 (3), 3, 4, 5 (3, two with separate "BETHULIE" handstamps), 6 (2, also a piece) and covers with "BETHULIE" handstamp between fancy bars (3, unlisted by Prime), one card to the Dutch East Indies. A scarce group. (20). £180-220
  Bloemfontein. 1900-02 Covers and cards (45) and fronts (2), various censor endorsements and cachets including types 2 (3), 2 + 3 (3), 3 (2), 6 (2), 7 (2), 11 (only recorded example), 12 (2), 13-15, 17 (only recorded example), 18-21, etc. (47). £200-250
  Brandfort. 1900-02 Covers and cards (22) and fronts (2) with manuscript "Passed Censor", "not censored" or "Has not been censored" or censor cachet type 1 (2), 2 (2), 3 (3), 4 (3), 5, 5a (3), 6, 6a (2), 7 (2), 7a (2), fine. (24). £180-220
Click to view full image... Bulawayo. 1900 (Aug 13) Cover from Bulawayo to Mafeking franked 2d, with Kimberley transit backstamp (Aug 18) and violet "PASSED / PRESS CENSOR". Photo on Page 84. £100-120
  Cape Town. 1901-02 Covers and cards including scarce censor types 11, 13 (2), etc. Also a 1d postal stationery postcard used to Germany with view of Adderley Street on the reverse, and a tram ticket. (24) £100-120
  Cradock. 1901-02 Covers and a newspaper wrapper with censor types 1, 2 (2), 3, 4 (3), 5 (3), seven with G.B stamps, various F.P.O or A.P.O datestamps. (10). £100-120
  Durban. 1900-02 Covers, various censors with cover bearing German stamps cancelled by Deutsche Seepost c.d.s sent to Pretoria and redirected to Holland, cover from New Zealand, two covers from Melmoth, Zululand, etc. (11). £100-120
  Edenburg. 1901-02 Covers and cards with censor types 1 (2), 2 (2), 3 (only recorded example, on registered cover), 4 (2), 5 (only recorded examples), 6 (4, two with separate date), a scarce group. (12). £150-180
  Elandsfontein/Germiston. 1901-02 Covers with Elandsfontein censor (3) or Germiston censor types 2, 3, 4 (2), 5 (2), all fine. (9). £100-120
  Harrismith. 1900-02 Covers and a card with censor types 1 (10), 2 (2), 3 (3), 3a (6), 4 (2), 5, the last very scarce, also a cover with manuscript censorship. (25). £150-180
  Heilbron. 1901-02 Covers and card with triangular cachet (unlisted by Prime, possibly applied in Cape Town) or types 1 (4), 2 (reading "Passed Censo") or 3 (2, reading "assed censo"), the last two types scarce. (8). £100-120
  Johannesburg. 1900-02 Covers and cards and a front, various cachets including types 1 (3), 6 (2), 8 (4), 9a, 12, 13 (2), 14-17, etc. and an official cover with cachet type 18 and violet "CENSORS OFFICE / JOHANNESBURG" (JHB 19, only recorded example), one card from Rhodesia, one cover registered from Pretoria to Johannesburg backstamped in New York. Also a cover bearing G.B 2d + Transvaal 3d tied by F.P.O 17 c.d.s with enclosed letter on Chief Magistrates Office notepaper written by the censor V. Ferguson, and an official cover of the Military Governor. (37). £250-300
  Kimberley & Beaconsfield. 1900-02 Covers with cachet types 1 (2), 2 (5), 3 (4), 4 (2), 5 (2), 6 and 7, the last two scarce. Also a cover censored in manuscript, cachets of Beaconsfield (2) and a real photo postcard of Jones Street, Kimberley. (21). £140-160
  King Williams Town. 1902 Covers and a lettercard with censor types 1 (2), 2 (4), 3 (2), 4, some scarce. (9). £100-120
  Komati Poort. 1901-02 Covers all with "ARMY POST OFFICE / T.P.O EAST No 1" c.d.s, one a G.B registration envelope, three censored in manuscript (two with imitation triangular mark, Prime type 1), the other two with Komatie Poort cachet, all fine. (5) £120-140
  Kroonstad. 1900-02 Covers and cards, various cachets with types 1-9a, type 9 the only recorded example, one stampless cover with "T" handstamp and 1d charge mark of London, also a cover censored in manuscript, a few faults though most are fine. (34). £200-250
  Modder River. 1900-02 Covers with manuscript censor (2), violet fancy "Passed by / order of Col. / HS" cachet (unlisted by Prime), and cachet types 1 (2), 2 (3), 3, type 1 and 3 scarce, three covers with F.P.O 4 c.d.s. A good lot. (9). £140-180
Click to view full image... Paarl. 1901-02 Covers with cachet types 1 (5), 2 ("DELAYED BY / CENSOR", only recorded example), 3 (3), 4 (2), 5 (2), nine also with censor seals including type 18 seal in orange (4) or yellow, the "Delayed" cachet exceptional. (13). Photo on Page 84. £200-240
  Port Nolloth. 1901-02 Covers and cards with straight line "PASSED CENSOR" (4), two of these with the varieties inverted "D" and "R" or inverted and reversed "EN", or with "CENSORED PASSED" (the only recorded example). (5). £100-120
  Pretoria. 1900-02 Covers and cards and a front with examples of all 16 cachet types, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 15 and 16 all the only recorded examples, cachets 15 and 16 on the same cover from the Italian Consulate, two stampless "Press Censor A.H.Q" O.H.M.S covers, one cover from Gwalior State in India, another cover franked 1d to G.B then redirected to Switzerland with a G.B ½d + 1d applied. Also a real photo of peace celebrations at Pretoria. A fine and scarce lot. (27). £250-350
  Somerset West. 1901-02 Covers and cards with cachet types 1 (4), 2, 3 (2) or with "P" cachets (6, four differing sizes) used at the sub-office at Strand. (13). £100-120
Click to view full image... Upington. 1900-01 Covers with the three differing cachets recorded from the town, one cover franked 1d to G.B and redirected to Germany with G.B ½d + 1d, two the only recorded examples, the other one of two recorded, a rare trio. (3). Photo on Page 84. £100-120
  Winburg. 1900-02 Covers and cards with manuscript censorship (4, two with Landdrost Kantoor cachets), others with cachets of Landdrost Kantoor or Resident Magistrates Office (2) probably used as censors, or cachet types 1 (6), 2 (4), 2 + 4 (2) 3, several to P.O.Ws, one with double ring Belle Vue cachet. Cancels include the "WINBURG / O.F. STATE" double arc datestamp (5) or the similar datestamp with "O.F. State" removed (3), also one uncensored cover. (21). £150-180
  Worcester. 1901-02 Covers and cards with cachet types 1 (2), 2 (2), 3 (4), 4 (2), 5, 6 (3), the very scarce type 2 cachet apparently the first type cachet repaired with wire (only recorded 27-28 March, replaced with cachet 3 by April 2nd). (14). £100-120
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 44) Day 1 of 2
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 26th September 2019 Time: 12:00PM
Details: Please contact office for viewing details.
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