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The Stamps and Postal History of South Africa Colonies and Republics

Africa’s first stamp was issued at the Cape of Good Hope in triangular form. Baden-Powell staring out from his 3d Mafeking-Siege stamp is perhaps imagining his Boy Scout movement inspired by the brave young man already on the 1d value. Occupations and reoccupation overprints speak of the hardy Boers fighting a mighty empire; Griqualand, home of the great diamond fields; Natal with her embossed 1857 issues which to be considered postage stamps must be postmarked; New Republic gave us some of the most basic yet intriguing stamps; Orange Free State with her many fascinating surcharges; Transvaal issued her first stamps before being occupied by the British; Pietersburg a bastion of Boer resistance with every issued stamp carefully signed by a Controller; Zululand, home of the Zulus who dealt the British Empire a mighty blow yet a few years later their stamps depicted Queen Victoria.


All of 19th Century philately and postal history is here. Buoyed by the Confederation of Canada the British Empires dream to create a mighty Southern African country has created a rich and diverse landscape for philatelists.

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  • Lot 548 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £40 - £50

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    SOUTH AFRICA -COLS & REPS - BOER WAR Two letters from Transvaal or O.F.S. to Portsmouth and Bristol, one via Southampton, censored twice. Faults, but scarce. (2 covers)

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  • Lot 549 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £120 - £140

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    SOUTH AFRICA -COLS & REPS - CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1864-1904 ranges incl. 1864-83 to 1s (8) used; 1884-98 to 5s mint (3) and to 5s used (3); 1893 1d on 2d including a 'No stop' variety mint etc. (+/- 25...

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  • Lot 550 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £130 - £150

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    SOUTH AFRICA -COLS & REPS - CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1864-71 rectangular mint or unused range incl. 1864-77 4d (x3), 1871-76 ½d (x8 incl a pair), 1d (x6) & 4d (x4). S.T.C. £2,250+ (21 stamps)

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  • Lot 551 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £20 - £25

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    SOUTH AFRICA -COLS & REPS - MAFEKING SIEGE 1900 1d on ½d vermilion, SG 6, with 20th April cds. Cat. £80.

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  • Lot 552 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £300 - £350

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    SOUTH AFRICA -COLS & REPS - NATAL 1859-1903 mint & used ranges, much is ex Bill Hart collection) incl. (used unless stated otherwise) 1859-60 no wmk perf 14 1d rose red x3, 3d blue x14 incl shades...

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  • Lot 553 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £180 - £220

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    SOUTH AFRICA -COLS & REPS - NATAL 1859-95 used collection incl. 1859-65 Chalon types to 6d, 6d rose fiscal & 1867 1s (x2), various 1869 'Postage' opts (x28) with Chalon values to 6d & Sideface 1s, ...

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  • Lot 554 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £45 - £55

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    SOUTH AFRICA -COLS & REPS - NATAL POSTMARKS COLLECTION on stamps incl. 'POA' marks, numerals, cds's and a few clear strikes on postcards, also a few ZULULAND. (+/- 100 plus 6 covers / postcards).

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  • Lot 555 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £50 - £70

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    SOUTH AFRICA -COLS & REPS - ORANGE FREE STATE 1869-1905 used collection incl. 1877 '4' on 6d, 1878 5s (x2), 1890-91 1d on 4d, 1900 'V.R.I.' opts to 5s on 5s (x2, one with Short top to '5' variety, ...

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  • Lot 556 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £120 - £150

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    SOUTH AFRICA -COLS & REPS - ORANGE FREE STATE 1897 1s brown, SG 87, mint lower left corner BLOCK OF FORTY EIGHT (6 x 8), some creasing and a few strengthened perfs, most stamps never hinged mint. C...

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  • Lot 557 (Public Auction #8334)

    Saturday 11th June 2022, 08:00

    Est. £120 - £140

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    SOUTH AFRICA -COLS & REPS - TRANSVAAL 1870-1909 a mostly used collection incl. 1870-83 Arms imperf 1d unused and 6d used, rouletted 3d mint and 6d used, plus the 1883 perf 12 re-issue set with 3d g...

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