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  • Lot# : 4301 Griqualand

    Second Printing Overprinted "G" in 9 upright or italic Types 1878: Cape 1 d. carmine-red, wmk. CC, optd. "G" in black, an unused block of twelve (6 x 2), from the right pane of 60, Types 6-6-6-6-6-6 / 13-12-12-13-13-12, positions 31-36 / 37-42, of fresh colour and excellent appearance but for three short perfs. at top on third stamp and one or two unapparent creases, fine large part og. with lower strip unmounted og. Type 6 on this setting can only be ascertained as from the Second Printing when joined with Types 11, 12 or 13. An extremely rare and fine positional piece of excellent provenance.rnrnProvenance: Collection Maurice Burrus, Robson Lowe, London, 3 April 1963, lot 932.rn                   Collection Maria de La Queillerie, Harmers, London, 19 May 1970, lot 566.rn                   Collection G.H. Jonkers, Robson Lowe, London, 22 July 1986, lot 168.rn                   Spink, London, 9 March 2005, lot 652.
    Starting bid : 2,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,000.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4302 Griqualand

    Second Printing Overprinted "G" in 9 upright or italic Types 1878: Cape 1 d. carmine-red, wmk. CC, optd. "G" in black, Type 7, used on 1878 cover to Barkly tied by double arc KIMBERLEY datestamp in black (March 16). Reverse with Barkly arrival cds of the same day. Some ink smudges to address but a rare and fine local usage.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 420.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4303 Griqualand

    Second Printing Overprinted "G" in 9 upright or italic Types 1878: Cape 1 d. carmine-red, wmk. CC, optd. "G" in black, an unused block of six from the left pane of 60, with upper three stamps Type 10, lower three stamps Type 9, positions 4-6 / 10-12, of fresh colour and superb large part og. with lower three stamps unmounted og. A magnificent positional piece and a rare multiple Gi = £ 600++.rnrnProvenance: Collection G.H. Jonkers, Robson Lowe, London, 22 July 1986, lot 169.rn                   Robson Lowe, London, 19 Sept 1990, lot 1255.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 750.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4304 Griqualand

    Second Printing Overprinted "G" in 9 upright or italic Types 1878: Cape 1 d. carmine-red, wmk. CC, optd. italic "G" in black, Type 12, an unused horizontal pair of good colour, minor wrinkling on large part og. Gi = £ 240+.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 190.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4305 Griqualand

    Second Printing Overprinted "G" in 9 upright or italic Types 1878: Cape 4 d. dull blue optd. "G" in black, Type 8, used on 1878 cover, with complete contents dated Jan 12, to Emil Burmester in Cape Town tied by double arc KIMBERLEY datestamp in black (Jan 12). 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' arrival cds (Dec 18) at right. Some minor imperfections but a fine and scarce cover.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 550.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4306 Griqualand

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    Second Printing Overprinted "G" in 9 upright or italic Types 1878: Cape 4 d. blue, wmk. CC, optd. italic "G" in black, Type 14, a lightly used example, slight corner crease not affecting appearance, a rare stamp. Cert. RPSL (1950) Gi = £ 600.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 900.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4307 Griqualand

    Overprinted with small "G" in 2 Types 1878 (June): Cape ½ d. grey-black, wmk. CC, optd. upright "G" in red, variety "Overprint Double, Both Inverted", centred to right, large part og. Scarce. Cert. RPSL (1953) Gi = £ 160.
    Starting bid : 75.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 75.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4308 Griqualand

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    Overprinted with small 'G' in 2 Types 1878 (June): Cape 1 d. carmine-red, wmk. CC, optd. "G" in red, variety "Overprint Inverted", an unused irregular block of 23 from the lower left pane, positions 37-42 / 55-59, with margin at base with serial number '2' , with Type 16 (twenty-one examples) and Type 15 (two, positions 38 and 55), the second horizontal row is creased but without affecting the appearance, large part or unmounted og. Small ink doodle in margin but a truly extraordinary and rare multiple for the specialist. Cert. RPSL (1977) Gi = £ 2'950+.rnrnProvenance: Collection G.H. Jonkers, Robson Lowe, London, 22 July 1986, lot 184.
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4309 Griqualand

    Overprinted with small 'G' in 2 Types 1878 (June): Cape 1 d. carmine-red optd. "G" in black in a horizontal pair used with single 4 d. blue optd. "G" in black, all Type 15, on 1878 mourning envelope to Chelmsford, Essex, tied by double arc KIMBERLEY datestamps in black (June 25). 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' transit cds (July 2) alongside. Reverse with Chelmsford arrival cds (July 27) in black. Some minor edge wear to envelope but a splendid and very rare cover.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,100.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4310 Griqualand

    Overprinted with small "G" in 2 Types 1878 (June): Cape 4 d. dull blue optd. "G" in red, Type 15, used on 1878 cover, with complete contents dated June 3 at Du Toit's Pan, to Emil Burmester in Cape Town tied by circular barred handstamp in black with oval framed DU TOIT'S PAN datestamp alongside (June 3). 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' arrival cds (June 14) at right. Some minor aging on perforations but a rare cover - the earliest recorded usage of this issue on letter.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4311 Griqualand

    Overprinted with small "G" in 2 Types 1878 (June): Cape 4 d. dull blue optd. "G" in black, Type 15, used on 1879 cover, to Emil Burmester in Cape Town tied by KIMBERLEY datestamps in black (Feb 6). Poor 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' arrival cds (Feb 12) at right. Some minor aging on perfs. but a scarce cover.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 340.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4312 Griqualand

    Overprinted with small "G" in 2 Types 1878 (June): Cape 4 d. dull blue optd. "G" in black, Type 15, used on 1878 cover, with complete contents dated Aug 22 at Kimberley, to Emil Burmester in Cape Town mailed at Du Toit's Pan and tied by barred numeral obliterator (6 or 9) in black. Oval framed DU TOIT'S PAN datestamp at left. 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' arrival cds (Aug 28) at top. A few minor imperfections but a scarce cover.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 420.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4313 Griqualand

    Overprinted with small 'G' in 2 Types 1878 (June): Cape 4 d. blue optd. "G" in black, Type 16, used on 1880 cover to Cape Town tied by double arc KIMBERLEY cds in black (Aug 18) with 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' arrival cds (Aug 24) at right. A fresh and fine in-period cover.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 350.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4314 Griqualand

    Overprinted with small "G" in 2 Types 1878 (June): Cape 4 d. dull blue optd. italic "G" in black, two examples, Type 16, used on 1878 registered cover, with complete contents dated August 6, to Emil Burmester in Cape Town tied by KIMBERLEY datestamp in black (Aug 8) and registered number '6296' in manuscript. Oval framed 'Registered / Cape Town - Cape Colony' arrival datestamp (Aug 14) at left. Some minor aging on perforations but a rare registered cover.rnrnNote: The contents give the reason for the registration: "I received the Globes and Shades. Herewith draft for £ 5 8s. please effect the order last sent as soon as possible".
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 550.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4315 Griqualand

    Overprinted with small "G" in 2 Types 1878 (June): Cape 4 d. dull blue optd. italic "G" in black, Type 16, used on 1878 cover, with complete contents dated August 13, to Emil Burmester in Cape Town tied by KIMBERLEY datestamp in black (Aug 13). 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' arrival cds (Aug 21) at right. Some minor aging on perforations but a scarce cover.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4316 Griqualand

    Overprinted with small 'G' in 2 Types 1878 (June): Cape 6 d. deep lilac, wmk. CC, optd. italic "G" in black, two examples used on 1880 cover to Mrs. Higgs, Hamilton, Bermuda tied by circle of bars handstamps in black with oval framed DU TOIT'S PAN datestamp (Aug 25) in black below. 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' cds of transit at left (Aug 31) and '4' (pence) credit in red manuscript. Reverse with London cds (Sept 25) and 'Hamilton / Bermuda' duplex of arrival (Oct 13). Tiny opening fault to envelope at top but a fine and rare cover.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4317 Griqualand

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    Second Printing. Overprinted with small 'G' 1879: Cape 1 d. carmine-red, optd. "G", Type 17, an unused horizontal pair, variety: "One With, One Without Overprint", the second stamp having an 'albino' un-inked impression of the overprint, fresh colour and superb og. A rare and most appealing variety. Cert. RPSL (1958).rnrnProvenance: Collection Gerald Sattin (1958).rn                   Collection G.H. Jonkers, Robson Lowe, 22 July 1986, lot 193.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4318 Griqualand

    Second Printing. Overprinted with small "G" 1879: Cape 4 d. dull blue optd. "G" in black, Type 17, used on 1880 cover, with complete contents dated June 21, to Emil Burmester in Cape Town tied by KIMBERLEY datestamp in black. 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' arrival cds (June 26) alongside. One blunted perf. but a fresh and fine cover.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4319 Griqualand

    Second Printing. Overprinted with small "G" 1879: Cape 4 d. dull blue optd. "G" in black, Type 17, used on 1880 cover, with complete contents dated February 5 at Du Toit's Pan, to Emil Burmester in Cape Town tied by barred numeral obliterator (6 or 9) in black. Oval framed DU TOIT'S PAN datestamp at left (Feb 6) in black. 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' arrival cds (Feb 13) on reverse. The writer encloses a pencil illustration of a hanging lamp and the size required with his letter. Minor aging to perfs. but a scarce cover.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4320 Griqualand

    Second Printing. Overprinted with small 'G' 1879: Cape 4 d. blue optd. small "G" in black, Type 17, used on 1880 cover to Cape Town tied by double arc KIMBERLEY cds in black with 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' arrival cds (June 8) alongside. The cover with contents written from Du Toit's Pan (June 3) asking prices for a 'superior drawing room lamp'. A fine and very attractive cover.rnrnProvenance: 'Rectangular Issues', Spink, London, 20 Sept 2007, lot 92.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4321 Griqualand

    Second Printing. Overprinted with small 'G' 1879: Cape 4 d. blue optd. small "G" in black, Type 17, two examples used with unoverprinted Cape 4 d. blue on 1881 cover to Mrs. Higgs, Hamilton, Bermuda cancelled by oval framed DU TOIT'S PAN datestamp in black (Jan 20). Manuscript '5' credit in red crayon on front and reverse with 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' transit (Jan 25), London transit in red (Feb 15) and 'Hamilton / Bermuda' arrival cds. A rare combination of issues on a most attractive cover.rnrnProvenance: Collection G.H. Jonkers, Robson Lowe, 22 July 1986, lot 224.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 750.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4322 Griqualand

    Second Printing. Overprinted with small 'G' 1879: Cape 6 d. violet, wmk. CC, optd. small "G" in black, Type 17, a fine unused example with variety: "Overprint Double", one toned perf. on reverse on large part og. A very elusive and rare stamp Gi = £ 1'100.rnrnProvenance: Collection W. Frazer, Spink, London, 25 March 2004, lot 292.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,000.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4323 Griqualand

    Second Printing. Overprinted with small 'G' 1879: 6 d. violet, optd. "G" in black, Type 17, single example used on 1881 cover to Hackney, London tied by unclear barred numeral obliterator in black. Reverse with BARKLY / G.W. transit cds (April 10), 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' cds (April 19) and London arrival cds (May 10) in red. A fine and scarce cover.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4324 Griqualand

    Second Printing. Overprinted with small 'G' 1879: 6 d. violet, optd. "G" in black, Type 17, a horizontal marginal pair, used on 1880 cover to Mrs. Higgs, Hamilton, Bermuda tied by circle of bars handstamp in black with oval framed DU TOIT'S PAN datestamp alongside in black; over-struck by 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' transit cds (Aug 7) with manuscript '4' credit in red crayon. Reverse with London transit cds (Sept 6) in red and 'Hamilton / Bermuda' duplex of receipt (Sept 27) in black. A fine and rare cover.rnrnProvenance: Collection G.H. Jonkers, Robson Lowe, London, 22 July 1986, lot 221.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4325 Griqualand

    Second Printing. Overprinted with small 'G' 1879: 1 s. green, optd. "G" in black, Type 17, used on 1880 cover to Mrs. Higgs, Hamilton, Bermuda tied by circle of bars handstamp in black with oval framed DU TOIT'S PAN datestamp alongside in black (Oct 14) with manuscript '4' credit in red crayon. Reverse with 'Cape Town / Cape Colony' transit cds (Oct 19), London transit cds (Nov 11) in red and 'St. Georges / Bermuda' receipt in black. The implementation of the incorporation of Griqualand West into the Cape Colony was set for 18 October 1880. A very fine and rare in-period cover of excellent provenance.rnrnProvenance: Ritchie Bodily, 2 April 1948.rn                   Collection Maurice Burrus, Robson Lowe, London, 3 April 1963, lot 971.rn                   Collection Maria de La Queillerie, Harmers, London, 19 May 1970, lot 580.rn                   Collection G.H. Jonkers, Robson Lowe, London, 22 July 1986, lot 222.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 650.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4326 Griqualand

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    Second Printing. Overprinted with small 'G' 1879: Cape 5 s. orange, wmk. CC, optd. small "G" in black, Type 17, a fine unused example with variety: "Overprint Double", slight speckles from the overprint on face, large part og. A very elusive and rare stamp. Cert. BPA (1964) Gi = £ 1'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection W. Frazer, Spink, London, 25 March 2004, lot 293.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4327 Griqualand

    1879: Revenue Stamps, the engraved set of 10 values from 1 d. to £ 5, all in fine unused blocks of four: 1 d. brown, 4 d. pale green, 6 d. blue, 1 s. red-brown, 2 s. dull green, 3 s. indigo, 5 s. orange, 10 s. black, £ 1 claret and £ 5 deep blue; all fresh and very fine blocks, unmounted og. A rare set, Barefoot lists two further values not seen by this describer (Barefoot 60/62, 64, 66-71).
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4328 Griqualand

    Warren Expedition to Bechuanaland 1885: Soldier's Letter endorsed at top "From Trooper Learmonth, 1st Mounted Rifles" and counter-signed at lower left by Officer Commanding, franked at concessionary rate by Cape of Good Hope 1 d. carmine-red tied by 'BARKLY / G. W.' cds (Jan 31) in black. The cover, addressed to Capt. Sinclair of the 5th Lancers in Dublin, was readdressed with backstamps of Kimberley (Jan 31), Cape Town (Feb 3), 'H & K Packet' (Feb 26), Dundalk (Feb 26 and March 2) and Jedburgh (March 3) upon eventual arrival. Mail was despatched weekly from the Expedition from the Headquarters in Barkly. Extremely rare.rnrnNote: In 1879 Charles Warren was Chief Administrator of Griqualand West. On his return to England he was asked by the Admiralty in 1882 to lead a search party to Sinai to discover what had happened to Professor Edward Henry Palmer's archaeological expedition. He discovered that the expedition members had been robbed and murdered, located their remains, and brought their killers to justice for which he knighted upon his return. Due to his Griqualand service he was asked to lead the 1884 'Warren' Expedition into Bechuanaland to assert British sovereignty in the face of encroachments from Germany and the Transvaal, and to suppress the Boer states of Stellaland and Goshen, which were backed by the Transvaal and were stealing land and cattle from the local Tswana tribes.The force of 4,000 British and local troops headed north from Cape Town, accompanied by the first three observation balloons ever used by the British Army in the field. The expedition achieved its aims without bloodshed, and Warren was recalled in September 1885 and was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) on 4 October 1885.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4329 Natal

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    1865: Cover probably mailed from Northern Natal or possibly Transvaal, entering the mails at Newcastle, addressed to Louth, Lincolnshire endorsed at left "Ship Letter", franked by Great Britain 1858/79 1 d. red, pl. 84 in two horizontal pairs, all tied by "20" numeral obliterators of Newcastle and struck with framed "TO PAY" in black. Carried on the Diamond Line Steamer 'Kaffraria' from Durban with manuscript "4d." and by "4 fine" at left, this was deleted on arrival and replaced by "8" in manuscript as the total charge to pay. Reverse with London cds in red (Oct 8) and Louth arrival (Oct 9) in black. A famous 'one of a kind' cover for the Great Britain Used Abroad collector, of great visual appeal and a highlight of the Bill Hart collection. Cert. BPA (1993).rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derby, 25-26 June 1993, lot 396.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 2,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4330 Natal

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    Embossed Issues 1857/61: 1 d. embossed on deeply blued paper, a horizontal strip of three used on cover from Pietermaritzburg to Dr. Sutherland, Surgeon General, Colonial Office in Durban, the strip with large margins all round and neatly tied by oval lozenge of dots cancellation in black. File fold away from the adhesives and reverse with manuscript notations of provenance. An exceptional and truly remarkable cover for the connoisseur of classic philately. Signed Holcombe. Cert. Peter Holcombe (1990).rnrnProvenance: John Walter Scott, New York auction, Nov 8, 1906.rn                   Collection George H. Worthington, New York, August 1917.rn                   Harmers, London, 15 May 1996 'Claridges' sale, lot 58.rn                  
    Starting bid : 10,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4331 Natal

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    Embossed Issues 1857/61: 3 d. rose, a fine used example with large margins all round, clear impression, cancelled by "Crown / Natal" circular datestamp in blue (April 1). Rare and particularly fine. Cert. RPSL (1953) Gi = £ 400.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 340.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4332 Natal

    Embossed Issues 1857/61: 3 d. rose, a fine used example with large margins all round, clear impression, cancelled by "Crown / Natal" circular dateamp in blue (Nov 12). Minor hinge thin and corner bend but rare. Signed A. Diena Gi = £ 400.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 150.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4333 Natal

    Embossed Issues 1857/61: 6 d. green, a fine used example slightly overlapping equally fine 1 s. buff, used on 1859 registered part entire letter carried at double rate to Lower Edmonton, London tied by oval framed POST OFFICE / P.M.BURG handstamp in black. The entire slightly truncated at left but showing CAPE PACKET / DEVONPORT cds of landing (June 26 in black) and below the adhesives "Registered / London" datestamp in red (June 27). A famous and extremely rare cover of great charm.rnrnNote: The contents prove the 'double rate' hypothesis: "I now enclose a letter recieved from his firm, together with a copy of my answer, and a release under my Grandmother's will signed and attested...".rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derb, 25-26 June 1993, lot 411.
    Starting bid : 7,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 7,500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4334 Natal

    1862: De La Rue engraved original Master Die Proof for the 6 d. value on thick card, of outstanding appearance and of great rarity. Sold together with a Plate Proof in black, notice the difference in the depth of shading on the Queen's right eye, some of which had been lost by the Plate Proof stage of the printing.
    Starting bid : 1,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,400.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4335 Natal

    1862: 3 d. blue, wmk. Small Star, an imperforate Proof with ample to large margins, with manuscript "Specimen" in ink. De La Rue rarely used watermarked paper for Trials and Proofs, the 'Specimen' is also unusual on a Proof. Fine and most unusual.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4336 Natal

    1862: 3 d. blue, wmk. Small Star, an imperforate Proof block of four from lower right corner of the sheet, good margins all round, the Proof impressions slightly misaligned, fresh and fine, a most attractive multiple. De La Rue rarely used watermarked paper for Proofs and Trials. 
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 700.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4337 Natal

    1863: De La Rue Proof, 1 d. value in carmine-red, imperforate on unwatermaked paper without gum, of beautiful rich colour. Note the lower right corner ornament without continuation of the lower frame line. Tiny scissor cut in margin only at lower right not affecting the delightful appearance of a rare Proof.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4338 Natal

    1863/65: 1 d. brown-red, wmk. Crown CC, an imperforate Proof with large margins all round, overprinted SPECIMEN diagonally in black. Exceptional and very rare - see "The De La Rue Collection" edited by Frank Walton RDP where a 6 d. value is shown at the base of page 5001 - this is illustrated stuck down on blue paper with "CC Postage" annotation above, the 1 d. value offered here also has traces of the blue backing paper found in the DLR register (also with traces of gum) and was most probably originally mounted alongside the 6 d. shown in "The De La Rue Collection". Unusual and very rare.rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derby, 25-26 June 1993, lot 97.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4339 Natal

    1863/65; De La Rue Imperforate Plate Proof for 6 d. value printed in black on thick card paper, a block of four with good to large margins all round and portion of adjoining stamps at top, slight spot on first stamp, an attractive and scarce multiple.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 380.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4340 Natal

    1861. Cancelled Stamps for Rowland Hill’s nephew Ormond HillrnOn 18 April 1861 Ormond Hill, the nephew of Rowland Hill, wrote to Joshua Butters Bacon the head of Perkins Bacon and Co.:rn“My dear Sir, Two or three of my friends who are collectors of Postage Stamps have asked me to procure for them specimens of new or uncommon stamps whenever I have it in my power. It occurs to me that perhaps you may be able to give me a few ...”rnHe added on 24 April:rn“... I should be glad to have six stamps of each kind ...”rnOn 15 August J. Upham (for J.B. Bacon) sent the stamps to Pearson Hill with the following letter:rn“Dear Sir, I beg now to send you as promised ... an envelope addressed to Ormond Hill Esq. containing 6 obliterated impressions of each of the stamps named in the list and request you will take two of each for Rowland Hill Esq. and yourself and then seal the package and forward it together with a letter which you will also find addressed to him, to Mr. Ormond Hill.”rnIt turned out that the supply of the Crown Agents‘ property was given without authority.rnOrmond Hill was not asked to return the „specimens“, and in fact, all were treated as private property. Nevertheless, the case destroyed Perkins Bacon as future printers for the Crown Agents.rnFrom Peter Jaffe in "Cancelled by Perkins Bacon“, published for Spink & Son Ltd by James Bendon Ltd. (1998).rnrn1859/60: 1 d. rose-red, no wmk., perf. 14, a used example of excellent rich colour neatly struck at base with two part strikes of the CANCELLED obliterator in black, leaving most of the Queen's head clear. Slight paper adherence on reverse, otherwise fresh, fine and very rare: the Peter Jaffé handbook shows just three known examples, this being the central stamp of the three, the first example resides in the Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the third is in the Mann collection housed at the Royal Philatelic Society in London. Thus this example is, to date, the sole example in private hands Gi = £ 13'000.rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derby, 25-26 June 1993, lot 65.rn 
    Starting bid : 5,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 5,000.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4341 Natal

    1859: 6 d. blue, no wmk., perf. 14, single usage on 1859 cover with complete contents from Pietermaritzburg to Umsunduzi, care of George C. Cato in Durban, the adhesive tied by weak oval POST OFFICE / P.M.BURG handstamp in black. An attractive cover with interesting contents "we have rumours of some disturbances on the Zulu border. Mr. (Theophilus) Shepstone left a few days since for that direction...". Also a further similarly franked cover to Umsunduzi, the cancel again weak and aided by manuscript pen marking.rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derby, 25-26 June 1993, ex lot 112.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 550.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4342 Natal

    1861: 3 d. blue, no wmk. intermediate perf. 14-16, an unused horizontal pair, in a fine milky shade, large part og. A scarce multiple Gi = £ 700+.rnrnProvenance: Tommy Allen.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4343 Natal

    1861: 3 d. blue, no wmk. intermediate perf. 14-16, a fine used block of four of excellent colour and centering, cancelled by Pietermaritzburg datestamps in black. A charming multiple Gi = £ 260+.
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4344 Natal

    1861/62: 3 d. blue, no wmk. rough perf. 14-16, used multiples - a horizontal pair, a block of four and a block of eight (2 x 4), all of good colour and lightly cancelled by Pietermaritzburg datestamps in black, some typical wrinkles or bends but of delightful appearance, a charming group Gi = £ 560+.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4345 Natal

    1859: 6 d. blue, no wmk., rough perf. 14, single usage on 1861 cover to Richmond with embossed pink seal on flap 'Colonial Secretary's Office, Natal', tied by "1" numeral obliterator with corresponding PIETERMARITZBURG / Crown / NATAL cds at right (Dec 18). Manuscript endorsement on reverse "Colenso's letter on classic mathematics". Closed opening tear at top away from adhesive but an unusual and attractive cover.rnrnNote: John William Colenso (1814-1883) was Bishop of Natal from 1853-1883. he wrote the first Zulu-English dictionary. His 1859 journey across Zululand to visit Mpande (the then Zulu King) and meet with Cetshwayo (Mpande's son and the Zulu King at the time of the Zulu War) was recorded in his book First Steps of the Zulu Mission.
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4346 Natal

    1861/62: 6 d. grey, no wmk. rough perf. 14-16, an unused block of four, of excellent delicate good colour, fresh and very fine, large part og. A scarce multiple Gi = £ 1'000+.rnrnProvenance: Collection M. Gilbert, May 2006.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 440.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4347 Natal

    1863: 1 d. lake-red, thick paper, no wmk., perf. 13, a used horizontal strip of five, of rich colour, neatly cancelled in black. Exceptionally attractive and a scarce multiple Gi = £ 150+.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 100.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4348 Natal

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    1863: 1 d. carmine-red, thick paper, no wmk., perf. 13, a used horizontal strip of four on 1864 cover from Durban to Leeds, all tied by "2" numeral obliterators with DURBAN / CROWN / NATAL datestamp at left (Oct 20). Reverse with SHIP LETTER / LONDON cds in red (Dec 30) and Leeds arrival cds of the same day. Manuscript '2' at lower left being the credit, in pence, to Natal. A delightful and scarce cover. Cert. RPSL (1980).rnrnProvenance: Cornphila, sale 64, 1-6 June 1981, lot 921.rn                   Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derby, 25-26 June 1993, lot 548.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 750.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4349 Natal

    1863/65: 1 d. brown-red, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 12½, an unused example of good colour and centering, fresh and fine, large part og. Gi = £ 190.
    Starting bid : 80.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4350 Natal

    1863/65: 1 d. rose-red, wmk. Crown CC reversed, perf. 12½, an unused block of eight (4 x 2), from upper left corner of the sheet, of lovely colour in a brownish rose shade, minor diagonal crease affects the first stamp and hinged at top as a precaution, fresh and very fine, large part og. A scarce and most attractive multiple Gi = £ 1'000+.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 750.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4351 Natal

    1863/65: 6 d. lilac, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 12½, a fine unused block of six (2 x 3), fresh and fine with delicate colour, large part dried og. A most attractive multiple Gi = £ 720+.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4352 Natal

    1863/65: 6 d. lilac, wmk. Crown CC, a fine used horizontal pair on 1865 cover to Dunster, Somerset, UK cancelled by "1" numeral obliterator in black with corresponding PIETER-MARITZBURG / Crown / NATAL cds of despatch at left (Nov 3) in black. Circular PAID / DEVONPORT / CAPE-PACKET cds in red also on obverse (Dec 19). Reverse with seal of Natal Bank in red and Taunton cds (Dec 20). A charming cover.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4353 Natal

    1863/65: 6 d. lilac, wmk. Crown CC, used horizontal strip of three and strip of four on 1866 triple rate registered cover to Andover, UK all tied by PIETER-MARITZBURG / Crown / NATAL cds's of despatch (May 8) in black with rare circular REGISTERED / Crown / NATAL handstamp alongside. Manuscript '3' in red denoting the triple rate (+ 6 d. registration) with circular PAID / DEVONPORT / CAPE-PACKET cds in red also on obverse (June 15). Fair 'Crown / Registered' handstamp at left and reverse with Natal Bank red seal and Andover arrival cds (June 16). A superb and rare cover.rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derby, 25-26 June 1993, lot 413.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4354 Natal

    1867: 1 s. green, single examples used on 1867 covers (2) to Birmingham, both with complete contents, with earlier cover used from WOODSIDE (June 7) and struck with PAID / DEVONPORT / CAPE PACKET cds in red (Aug 6), second cover with 1 s. green tied by barred obliterator with PIETER-MARITZBURG cds alongside (Nov 8) in black. A scarce pair, from the same correspondence from which the unique cover bearing the 1859 3 d. blue imperforate between block of four (Gi 10a) emanated.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4355 Natal

    Overprinted 'Postage' by Keith & Co. 1869 (Aug 23): 1 d. bright red, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 12½, optd. 'Postage.' in black, Type 7b (12¾ mm.), First Setting, an unused example of good colour and centering, unused without gum. A scarce stamp Gi = £ 500.
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 120.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4356 Natal

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    Overprinted 'Postage' by Keith & Co. 1869 (Aug 23): 1 d. rose, optd. 'Postage.' in black, Type 7c (13¾ mm.), First Setting, an unused example of fresh colour and centering, extensively hinged but a very rare stamp. Cert. BPA (2007) Gi = £ 1'200.rnrnProvenance: Collection W. Frazer, Spink, London, 25 March 2004.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4357 Natal

    Overprinted 'Postage' by Keith & Co. 1869 (Aug 23): 3 d. blue, no wmk. rough perf. 14-16, optd. 'Postage.' in black, Type 7c (13¾ mm.), First Setting, a used example of fine colour and centering, neatly cancelled by "11" numeral obliterator of Greytown in black. An exceptionally attractive example of this scarce stamp Gi = £ 500.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 320.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4358 Natal

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    Overprinted 'Postage' by Keith & Co. 1869 (Aug 23): 5 d. violet, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 12½, overprinted 'Postage', Type 7c (13¾ mm.), First Setting, of fresh colour and part og. Slightly weak corner perf. at lower right but an exceedingly rare stamp. Cert. BPA (1973) Gi = £ 2'500.rnrnProvenance: Collection W. Frazer, Spink, London, 25 March 2004, lot 550.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4359 Natal

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    Overprinted 'Postage' by Keith & Co. 1869 (Aug 23): 1 d. rose-red, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 12½, optd. 'Postage.' Type 7d (14½-15½ mm.), First Setting, a used example on cover to Pine Town tied by unclear numeral obliterator in black with weak despatch cds (Sept 2, probably Pietermaritzburg) adjacent. Reverse with PINE TOWN / Crown / NATAL cds of receipt (Sept 3) in black. Some aging but a scarce stamp on letter. Cert. BPA (1955).
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4360 Natal

    Overprinted 'Postage' by Keith & Co. 1869 (Aug 23): 1 d. rose, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 12½, optd. 'POSTAGE.' Type 7e, Second Setting, a fine horizontal pair used on 1869 second page of entire letter written in German to Greytown, cancelled contrary to regulations, by DURBAN / Crown / NATAL cds's (Nov 20) in black. Reverse with Pietermaritzburg transit cds of the following day, a fine and scarce usage.rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derby, 25-26 June 1993, ex lot 137.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4361 Natal

    Overprinted 'Postage' by Keith & Co. 1869 (Aug 23): 3 d. blue, no wmk., perf. 14, optd. 'POSTAGE.' Type 7e, Second Setting, a used horizontal pair on 1869 cover addressed to 'Leribe Missionary Station, Orange Free State', and endorsed 'via Bethlehem' tied by numeral "1" obliterators in black. PIETERMARITZBURG / Crown / NATAL cds at left (Nov 2) of despatch. A scarce and attractive cover.rnrnNote: Cover addressed to Mrs Christina Coillard at Leribe (Basutoland, now Lesotho), wife of François Coillard (1834-1904), the couple were expelled from Leribe by the Orange Free State Government in 1864, being allowed back for a short time in 1869. Full documentation on the couple with the lot.rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derby, 25-26 June 1993, lot 140.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 380.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4362 Natal

    Overprinted 'Postage' by Keith & Co. 1869 (Aug 23): 1 s. green, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 14, optd. 'POSTAGE.' Type 7e, Second Setting, an unused example of fresh colour, slight stain from previous hinge on large part og. A scarce stamp. Gi = £ 350.
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4363 Natal

    1870: 1 s. green optd. 'Postage' in green, used with 1874/78 1 d. dull rose, 4 d. brown and 6 d. bright reddish violet on registered 1880 cover to Halifax, Nova Scotia at 1/11 d. rate, tied by Pietermaritzburg datestamps in black. Reverse with 'Registered / Liverpool' cds and 'Halifax / Canada' arrival (July 25). A charming four colour franking to an unusual destination.rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derby, 25-26 June 1993, ex lot 418.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4364 Natal

    1870/73: 1 d. bright red, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 12½ overprinted POSTAGE (Type 9 ) in black, a delightful block of nine, marginal from the upper left corner of the sheet, of fresh colour, hinged for protection, large part og. A most attractive multiple Gi = £ 1'000+.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,100.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4365 Natal

    1870/73: 1 d. bright red, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 12½ overprinted POSTAGE (Type 9 ) in black, a horizontal strip of six, tied to spectacular entire letter written from "Zululand" to Revd. Dr. Stewart in Love Dale, Kafraria, the adhesives all tied by Newcastle numeral "20" obliterators in black. Reverse with Crown datestamps of 'Ladysmith' (April 17), Pietermaritzburg (April 19), 'Port Elizabeth / Cape Colony' (April 26) and oval framed ALICE (April 30) all in black. A delightful entire, one of the highlights of Bill Hart's collection and extremely rare from Zululand.rnrnNote: The contents mention that Empandleni is 25 miles to the West. This would place the writer in Umfolozi (now a National Park) which this describer would recommend a visit to. He goes on to state "I was exceedingly vexed and annoyed to find that the guide I gave you deserted you at the Umhlatuze, I at once administered a sound flogging to him, which he richly deserved....The Bishop has been doing wonders in the way of gardening, he brought nearly a wagon load of plants of various sorts and has been making terraces...at Xmas 13 converts were baptised...we have received permission to erect a chapel at Ondini (Cetawayo's Great Kraal) and the Prince has further promised to send his son and the sons of some of his great men to be educated at Kwamagwagu...R. Robertson."rnrnProvenance: Collection Bill Hart, Cavendish, Derby, 25-26 June 1993, lot 151.
    Starting bid : 2,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4366 Natal

    1870/73: 6 d. mauve, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 12½, overprinted POSTAGE (Type 9 ) in black, an unused block of nine, marginal from right of sheet showing 'Colonies' wmk., of fresh delicate colour, hinged for protection, large part og. A most attractive multiple Gi = £ 2'250+.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4367 Natal

    1873: De La Rue Die Proof for 1 d. value, printed in black on glazed white card, handstamped 'Oct. 1, 1873' and BEFORE HARDENING in black. Fine and scarce.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4368 Natal

    1874: 1 d. dull rose, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 14, a fine used example with variety "Watermark Inverted", unlisted by Stanley Gibbons. Rare.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4369 Natal

    1873: De La Rue Die Proof for 3 d. value, printed in black on glazed white card, handstamped 'Oct. 1, 1873' and BEFORE HARDENING in black. Fine and scarce.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4370 Natal

    1874: De La Rue Plate Proof for 3 d. value in blue, a block of twelve (6 x 2) on surface glazed white paper, showing sheet margins at left and at right, each overprinted CANCELLED (13¾ x 2½ mm.) in black. Delightful and scarce.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4371 Natal

    1873: De La Rue Die Proof for 6 d. value, printed in black on glazed white card, handstamped 'Sept 20, 1877 and BEFORE HARDENING in black. Fine and scarce.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4372 Natal

    1874: De La Rue Plate Proof for 6 d. value in bright reddish violet, a block of twelve (6 x 2) on surface glazed white paper, showing sheet margins at left and at right, each overprinted CANCELLED (13¾ x 2½ mm.) in black. Delightful and scarce.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4373 Natal

    1874: 6 d. bright reddish violet, wmk. Crown CC, perf. 14, a fine used example showing variety "Watermark Inverted", cancelled by "2" numeral obliterator of Durban in black. One blunted perf. but a most elusive stamp Gi = £ 250.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 120.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4374 Natal

    1874: 5 s. rose, wmk. Crown CC sideways, a fine unused block of four, marginal from right of sheet, fresh and very fine, superb og. with lower pair unmounted og. Gi = £ 600.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 340.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4375 Natal

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    1876: 1 d. rose-red, overprinted POSTAGE (Type 18, 14½ mm.) by Davis & Sons in black, a used example variety "Overprint Inverted", cancelled in black. A very scarce stamp. Cert. BPA (1995) Gi = £ 500.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4376 Natal

    1876:  1 d. yellow, overprinted POSTAGE (Type 18, 14½ mm.) by Davis & Sons in black, an unused example of vivid colour, variety "Overprint Triple, Two Albino", fresh and very fine, large part og. A scarce and attractive stamp.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4377 Natal

    1876:  1 s. green, overprinted POSTAGE (Type 18, 14½ mm.) by Davis & Sons in black, an unused block of four, the overprint showing "Dropped E" variety on the first stamp, minor aging, large part og. Gi= £ 560.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 260.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4378 Natal

    1877 (Feb 13): Locally Surcharged ½ d. on 1 d. dull rose, an unused block of fifteen (5 x 3), with mixed surcharges, overprint Type b, with '½' 4 mm. high, on the top row and sixth, ninth, tenth and twelfth stamps, the rest all Type c with '½' showing curled foot, one or two unobtrusive age spots, superb og. with most unmounted og. A rare multiple Gi = £ 2'430.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4379 Natal

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    1877/79: Locally surcharged 1 d. on 6 d. rose, a fine unused example with variety: "Surcharge Double, One Inverted", fresh colour, fine large part og. Cert. RPSL (1996) Gi = £ 375.rnrnProvenance: Collection Lord Spens.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4380 Natal

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    1877/79: Locally surcharged 1 d. on 6 d. rose, a used example with variety: "Surcharge Applied Four Times", fresh colour and fine appearance, cancelled by numeral obliterator in black. Cert. RPSL (1999) Gi = £ 250.rnrnProvenance: Collection Jay Grace Walmsley.rn 
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4381 Natal

    1889: 3 d. grey, an unused example, affixed to small card, ex the De La Rue archives, overprinted SPECIMEN in green. Rare.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 380.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4382 Natal

    1887: 2 d. olive-green, Die I, a fine unused example with variety "Top Left Triangle Detached", fresh colour, superb large part og. A rare and exlusive stamp Gi = £ 650.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 250.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4383 Natal

    1891 (April 22): 2½ d. on 4 d. brown, a vertical pair used on small piece, lower stamp with variety "HALFPENN", lightly cancelled in black leaving the variety clear. Upper stamp with a trimmed perf. but a scarce and attractive pair Gi = £ 275.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 100.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4384 Natal

    1891: De La Rue Die Proof for 2½ d. value, printed in black on glazed white card, handstamped '6 MAR 91' in blue and struck with BEFORE / HARDENING in black at right. A fine and scarce Proof.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4385 Natal

    1895 (March 12): ½ d. on 6 d. violet, the unused collection with 160 examples, including two blocks (half sheets) of 60 stamps each and thus showing varieties a-ka complete; block of fifteen with reversed wmk., single example of the "Surcharge Double, One Vertical" variety (signed A. Diena), three examples with SPECIMEN handstamp in violet (3) including one example with 'No Stop' error, together with a fascinating hand written manuscript dated 15 May 1895 copied from the 'Stamp Collector's Journal'. A splendid and most appealing collection.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4386 Natal

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    1895 (March 12): ½ d. on 6 d. violet, an unused block of eight, marginal from left of sheet, the fourth stamp showing the major variety of the issue: "POSTAGE Omitted", the rest of the block with normal overprints, minimal aging, fresh and very fine for this issue, large part og. Rare. Cert. BPA (1993) Gi = £ 2'000.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4387 Natal

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    1895 (March 18): Locally surcharged HALF on 1 d. rose unused, a complete left pane of 60 ( 6 x 10) from the First Setting of 24 (12 x 2) forme, showing the variety "Surcharge Double" on positions 13-18 and 19-24, the second surcharge coincident in first coloumn and widening across the pane; with Plate '3' in margin at lower left, fresh and fine, large part or unmounted og. Some minor splitting and piece of selvedge missing at upper left but a pane of superb appearance and very rare. Cert. BPA (2019) Gi = £ 5'700+.
    Starting bid : 1,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 4388 Natal

    1895: British Inland Mail. Covers carried on the 'Donald Currie' Line of Steamers from Vatomandry, Madagascar during the French Fleet's blockade of Tamatave. Combination cover from Antananarivo to Doncaster, franked by British Inland Mail March 1895 4 d. rose, perf. 12, tied by BRITISH / MAIL / ANTANANARIVO thimble cds in violet (Sept 9), with Natal 1891 2½ d. bright blue applied for onward transmission and tied by 'Durban' cds (Oct 25) in black. Reverse with Doncaster (Nov 10) arrival cds in black. The cover with corner tear at upper left and partial back flap lost but very rare: the service was only in use from January to 30 September 1895.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 750.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4389 Natal

    1895: British Inland Mail. Covers carried on the 'Donald Currie' Line of Steamers from Vatomandry, Madagascar during the French Fleet's blockade of Tamatave. Combination cover sent registered at triple rate from Antananarivo to Newton Heath, Manchester, franked by British Inland Mail March 1895 4 d. rose and 1 s. slate-blue, perf. 12, each tied by BRITISH / MAIL / ANTANANARIVO thimble cds's in violet (July 9), in combination with Natal 1891 2½ d. bright blue (3) and single 1882 4 d. brown applied for onward transmission and tied by 'Durban' cds (July 30) in black and by oval 'R' of registration. Reverse with Manchester arrival (Aug 26) in black. Minor creasing of no significance, an outstanding cover at an extraordinary rate from this service and of great rarity: the service was only in use from January to 30 September 1895.rnrnNote: There were no triple rate registered frankings in the Frederick Mayer collection (Spink, 2007) or the 'Madagascar Specialised' collection (DF, 2010).
    Starting bid : 3,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 6,500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4390 Natal

    1902/03: The definitive set of thirteen to 4 s. deep rose and maize, all overprinted SPECIMEN in black, fresh and fine, large part og. Gi = £ 275.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 100.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4391 Natal

    1902: De La Rue Die Proof for 1 d. value printed in black on glazed white card, dated '11 JAN. 02' in blue and handstamped BEFORE / HARDENING in black at right. Fine and scarce.rn 
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4392 Natal

    902/06: Essays from the De La Rue records, sheet headed "Appendix A" and dated "28 June 1906" at top, with Imperforate 1½ d. values (13) all in unissued colours, each printed in two colours with the exception of the first (in dull green, for the ½ d. value), and each annotated for the proposed colour scheme with the value alongside in manuscript. The Essays were produced following a complaint from the Natal Government that stamps had been found re-used with previous cancellations washed off, their request was for stamps to be supplied in doubly fugitive ink in future. Now in two separate halves for display, the page is illustrated in "The De La Rue Collection" edited by Frank Walton RDP on page 5024. Unique and superbly attractive.rnrnProvenance: Stanley Gibbons, London, 6 March 1981, lot 494.
    Starting bid : 1,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 5,000.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4393 Natal

    1902: De La Rue Master Die Proof for 2 d. value, Frame only, printed in black on glazed white card, with '7 JAN. 02' in blue and handstamped AFTER / HARDENING in black at right. Fine and scarce.rn 
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4394 Natal

    1902: De La Rue Master Die Proof for 5 d. value, Frame only, printed in black on glazed white card, with '6 FEB. 02' in blue and handstamped BEFORE / HARDENING in black at right. Fine and scarce.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4395 Natal

    1902: De La Rue Master Die Proof for 1 s. value, Frame only, printed in black on glazed white card, with '26 FEB. 02' in blue and handstamped AFTER / HARDENING in black at right. Fine and scarce.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4396 Natal

    1902: De La Rue Master Die Proof for 2 s. 6 d. value, Frame only, printed in black on glazed white card, with '28 JAN. 02' in blue and handstamped BEFORE / HARDENING in black at right. Fine and scarce.rnrnProvenance: Phillips, London, 2 April 1992, lot 362.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4397 Natal

    1902/03: 4 d. deep rose & maize, wmk. Crown CA, the famous horizontal pair, variety "perf. 14 x Imperforate Vertically Between", marginal from left of sheet, also "Imperforate between stamp and margin" and second stamp perf. 14 vertically at right, some 'v' shaped creasing and colour from sheet stored below on large part og. A major rarity, there are believed to be but two pairs known: Gibbons state 'from a Proof sheet' which is eminently probable, however this does not explain the lack of furher copies coming to light in the past thirty years (we record two pairs) or the lack of an example in the "De La Rue Collection". A splendid and extremely rare pair Gi = formerly listed as Gi 139a, unpriced.
    Starting bid : 2,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4398 Natal

    1902: De La Rue Master Die Proof for 5 s. value, Frame only, printed in black on glazed white card, with '26 MAR. 02' in blue and handstamped BEFORE / HARDENING in black at right. Fine and scarce.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 360.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4399 Natal

    1902: De La Rue Master Die Proof for 10 s. value, Frame only, printed in black on glazed white card, with '8 APR. 02' in blue and handstamped AFTER / HARDENING in black at right. Fine and scarce.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 360.00 CHF

    Lot# : 4400 Natal

    1902: De La Rue Master Die Proof for £ 1.10 s value, Frame only, printed in black on glazed white card, with '19 FEB. 02' in blue and handstamped AFTER / HARDENING in black at right, this with slight smudge. Scarce.
    Starting bid : 220.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 750.00 CHF
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