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1900 Orange Free State - 1900 registered envelope, locally addressed, bearing a lower left corner plate No. 1 strip of three 6d, the right stamp having the variety Missing Stop After V. These have been cancelled by two strikes of the BLOEMFONTEIN JY 14 19 (00) datestamp. The addressee A. F. Hochapfel was the person who designed and printed the Commando Brief Labels, used by the Boers during the early part of the Boer War. Although philatelic, a fine and scarce variety on cover.
1900 Orange Free State
1900 registered envelope, locally addressed, bearing a lower left corner plate No. 1 strip of three 6d, the right stamp having the variety 'Missing Stop After V'. These have been cancelled by two strikes of the BLOEMFONTEIN JY 14 19 (00) datestamp. The addressee A. F. Hochapfel was the person who designed and printed the Commando Brief Labels, used by the Boers during the early part of the Boer War. Although philatelic, a fine and scarce variety on cover.
£295.00
Reference: K3048

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1899 Boer War - 1899 censored d Orange Free State Brief Kaart to Germany, endorsed Via Delagoa Bay, reportedly written by a German Volunteer on the Natal Front, but damaged at the top left corner, with an additional d stamp added to pay the overseas postage, the stamps cancelled LANGLAAGTE 29 DE. The card has a blue oval Postmeester Generaal censor cachet and a Bloemfontein JA 2 00 transit and Wrestedt 22.2.00. arrival datestamps. A rare card from this very small village in the Orange Free State.
1899 Boer War
1899 censored d Orange Free State Brief Kaart to Germany, endorsed 'Via Delagoa Bay', reportedly written by a German Volunteer on the Natal Front, but damaged at the top left corner, with an additional d stamp added to pay the overseas postage, the stamps cancelled LANGLAAGTE 29 DE. The card has a blue oval 'Postmeester Generaal' censor cachet and a Bloemfontein JA 2 00 transit and Wrestedt 22.2.00. arrival datestamps. A rare card from this very small village in the Orange Free State.
£275.00
Reference: K3042

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1909 O.F.S. - 1909 picture post card to Harrismith bearing a d cancelled by the rare ABERFELDY R. O. 20 OCT 09 double ring canceller. A Harrismith arrival cancel of the same date is on the card. Aberfeldy was a very small settlement on the railway line midway between Bethlehem and Harrismaith. Putzel rates this cancel as being very rare.
1909 O.F.S.
1909 picture post card to Harrismith bearing a d cancelled by the rare ABERFELDY R. O. 20 OCT 09 double ring canceller. A Harrismith arrival cancel of the same date is on the card. Aberfeldy was a very small settlement on the railway line midway between Bethlehem and Harrismaith. Putzel rates this cancel as being very rare.
£70.00
Reference: A3001

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1884 O.F.S. - 1884 outer wrapper to Cape Town bearing a vertical pair of ds, paying the 1d printed matter rate, tied by a BLOEMFONTEIN 23 MAY 1884 datestamp. The wrapper is from the STATE PRESIDENTS office with the official cachet STAATS PRESIDENT ORANJE  VRY STAAT at the right of the wrapper. Part of the back of the wrapper is missing from when it was opened.
1884 O.F.S.
1884 outer wrapper to Cape Town bearing a vertical pair of d's, paying the 1d printed matter rate, tied by a BLOEMFONTEIN 23 MAY 1884 datestamp. The wrapper is from the STATE PRESIDENT'S office with the official cachet STAATS PRESIDENT ORANJE VRY STAAT at the right of the wrapper. Part of the back of the wrapper is missing from when it was opened.
£490.00
Reference: K2988

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1905 O.F.S.  - 1905 envelope to Cape Town bearing a 1d cancelled EDENBURG 6 JUN 05. An oval POSTED LATE handstamp is on the front of the cover. A scarce cachet from this small town.
1905 O.F.S.
1905 envelope to Cape Town bearing a 1d cancelled EDENBURG 6 JUN 05. An oval 'POSTED LATE' handstamp is on the front of the cover. A scarce cachet from this small town.
£95.00
Reference: K2971

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1906 Orange Free state - 1906 picture post card to Ayr, Scotland, franked with two ds cancelled by a superb strike of the rare RAILWAY TELEGRAPHS WESTMINSTER 10 DEC 06 datestamp. Alongside is a Bloemfontein 11 DEC 06 transit c.d.s. Although mention is made of Westminster Railway Telegraph Office in Batten, there are no known cancellations illustrated by either him or Putzel. An exceedingly rare card with an exceptionally fine strike of this datestamp.
1906 Orange Free state
1906 picture post card to Ayr, Scotland, franked with two d's cancelled by a superb strike of the rare RAILWAY TELEGRAPHS WESTMINSTER 10 DEC 06 datestamp. Alongside is a Bloemfontein 11 DEC 06 transit c.d.s. Although mention is made of Westminster Railway Telegraph Office in Batten, there are no known cancellations illustrated by either him or Putzel. An exceedingly rare card with an exceptionally fine strike of this datestamp.
£390.00
Reference: K2758

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1876 Orange Free State - 1876 folded letter to Smithfield, franked with a 6d cancelled by a barred numeral 7 with a BETHULIE JUN 26 1876 datestamp at the lower left. A partial Smithfield JUN 27 arrival cancellation is on the back. An extremely rare internally used letter, the Bethulie cancellation predating the earliest recorded by Batten by 5 years. Very few items have been recorded used within the Free State prior to 1880.
1876 Orange Free State
1876 folded letter to Smithfield, franked with a 6d cancelled by a barred numeral '7' with a BETHULIE JUN 26 1876 datestamp at the lower left. A partial Smithfield JUN 27 arrival cancellation is on the back. An extremely rare internally used letter, the Bethulie cancellation predating the earliest recorded by Batten by 5 years. Very few items have been recorded used within the Free State prior to 1880.
£675.00
Reference: G2724

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1902 Boer War - 1902 censored cover to P.O.W. D. Robbertze at Broadbottom Camp, St. Helena, franked with an O.F.S. 1d overprinted V. R. I. with the variety wide space between V. and R. (S.G. 113k) cancelled BLOEMFONTEIN 10 JA 02. A red manuscript Prisoner of War is on the front of the cover along with a PASSED BY CENSOR, HEAD OFFICE, ST. HELENA violet cachet. Censor tape is on the back of the cover. A very scarce variety on cover.
1902 Boer War
1902 censored cover to P.O.W. D. Robbertze at Broadbottom Camp, St. Helena, franked with an O.F.S. 1d overprinted V. R. I. with the variety 'wide space between V. and R. (S.G. 113k) cancelled BLOEMFONTEIN 10 JA 02. A red manuscript 'Prisoner of War' is on the front of the cover along with a 'PASSED BY CENSOR, HEAD OFFICE, ST. HELENA' violet cachet. Censor tape is on the back of the cover. A very scarce variety on cover.
£195.00
Reference: K2522

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1898 O. F. S. - 1898 d front portion of a reply paid card to Germany cancelled ZAND RIVIER AUG 21 98. The card was underpaid by a d to a non Commonwealth country and was taxed with an octagonal T 5c handstamp, as well as a red crayon T and a blue crayon 10. Fine.
1898 O. F. S.
1898 d front portion of a reply paid card to Germany cancelled ZAND RIVIER AUG 21 98. The card was underpaid by a d to a non Commonwealth country and was taxed with an octagonal 'T 5c' handstamp, as well as a red crayon 'T' and a blue crayon '10'. Fine.
£70.00
Reference: G2697

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1911 Orange Free State - 1911 picture post card (Wynberg, Cape) to England franked with a Cape Of Good Hope 1d cancelled ROODEWAL R. O. 27 FEB 1911. (Putzel lists this as being closed in 1909!) Alongside is a KOPJES 27 FEB 11 datestamp, the name being off centre and a possible relief canceller, but unrecorded by Putzel in any form. He shows an example with R.O. in the canceller. Both Roodewal and Kopjes are very small villages in the Orange Free State and even though this is in the inter-provintial period, a very scarce card to have both these cancels on, particularly as the one is unrecorded.
1911 Orange Free State
1911 picture post card (Wynberg, Cape) to England franked with a Cape Of Good Hope 1d cancelled ROODEWAL R. O. 27 FEB 1911. (Putzel lists this as being closed in 1909!) Alongside is a KOPJES 27 FEB 11 datestamp, the name being off centre and a possible relief canceller, but unrecorded by Putzel in any form. He shows an example with 'R.O.' in the canceller. Both Roodewal and Kopjes are very small villages in the Orange Free State and even though this is in the inter-provintial period, a very scarce card to have both these cancels on, particularly as the one is unrecorded.
£140.00
Reference: G2663

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1906 O.F.S. - 1906 picture post card (Yellowwoods Falls, King Williams Town) to Jersey bearing a 1d cancelled JAGERSFONTEIN 14 MAY 06. Situated in the southern part of the O.F.S. Jagersfontein was a diamond mining town and some of the finest and clearest diamonds found in South Africa came from there.
1906 O.F.S.
1906 picture post card (Yellowwoods Falls, King Williams Town) to Jersey bearing a 1d cancelled JAGERSFONTEIN 14 MAY 06. Situated in the southern part of the O.F.S. Jagersfontein was a diamond mining town and some of the finest and clearest diamonds found in South Africa came from there.
£20.00
Reference: G2618

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1894 Orange Free State - 1894 envelope to Germany franked with a pair of 2d cancelled by a superb strike of the very scarce P.K. AGENT VENTERSBURG ROAD AP 2 94 datestamp. On the back are Cape Town and London transit cancels and a Halle 22.4.94 arrival c.d.s. This canceller was used at the Ventersburg Road Rail Office. A rarely seen canceller.
1894 Orange Free State
1894 envelope to Germany franked with a pair of 2d cancelled by a superb strike of the very scarce P.K. AGENT VENTERSBURG ROAD AP 2 94 datestamp. On the back are Cape Town and London transit cancels and a Halle 22.4.94 arrival c.d.s. This canceller was used at the Ventersburg Road Rail Office. A rarely seen canceller.
£275.00
Reference: K2368

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1898 Orange Free State - 1898 envelope to London franked with a 2d on 3d cancelled by the scarce CHRISTINA FE 1 8 (9 missing in year slug) On the back are Harrismith FE 2 transit and London FE 25 98 arrival cancels. Christina was a Postal Agency in the Harrismith district.
1898 Orange Free State
1898 envelope to London franked with a 2d on 3d cancelled by the scarce CHRISTINA FE 1 8 (9 missing in year slug) On the back are Harrismith FE 2 transit and London FE 25 98 arrival cancels. Christina was a Postal Agency in the Harrismith district.
£125.00
Reference: K2367

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1900 Orange Free State - 1900 1d reply paid card, overprinted V.R.I. to England cancelled by a barred oval numeral 777. The written contents are dated SPRINGFONTEIN AP 24 00. A Banbury MY 19 00 arrival cancel is on the reverse. In the book The Postmarks of South Africa by Putzel, he states that This Cape canceller was plundered during the (Boer) War and used at Springfontein about 15 April to 6 May 1900. A remarkable and exceptionally rare proving cancel.
1900 Orange Free State
1900 1d reply paid card, overprinted V.R.I. to England cancelled by a barred oval numeral '777'. The written contents are dated 'SPRINGFONTEIN AP 24 00. A Banbury MY 19 00 arrival cancel is on the reverse. In the book 'The Postmarks of South Africa' by Putzel, he states that 'This Cape canceller was plundered during the (Boer) War and used at Springfontein about 15 April to 6 May 1900'. A remarkable and exceptionally rare proving cancel.
£250.00
Reference: GW2555

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1907 Orange Free State - 1907 post card to Australia bearing a 1d cancelled S. O. TWEESPRUIT RAIL 23 SEP 07. A very scarce cancellation, first recorded in 1904. Tweespruit was in the Thaba Nchu district and the post office was situated on the farm Floraville. Tweespruit Rail telegraph office was about a half mile away, on the railway line. This is the first time I have seen this canceller!
1907 Orange Free State
1907 post card to Australia bearing a 1d cancelled S. O. TWEESPRUIT RAIL 23 SEP 07. A very scarce cancellation, first recorded in 1904. Tweespruit was in the Thaba 'Nchu district and the post office was situated on the farm Floraville. Tweespruit Rail telegraph office was about a half mile away, on the railway line. This is the first time I have seen this canceller!
£225.00
Reference: G2541

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1908 Orange Free State - 1908 registered envelope to Holland bearing an Orange River Colony d and an O.F.S. 6d overprinted V.R.I. with the Thick V variety, cancelled PHILIPPOLIS 29 FEB 08. A Philipollis Registration label is at the upper left (scarce) and on the back are London 21 MR and Wageningen 22 MR 08 transit and arrival cancels. The thick V variety is very scarce, particularly on cover, catalogued as a used stamp at 450 by Stanley Gibbons.
1908 Orange Free State
1908 registered envelope to Holland bearing an Orange River Colony d and an O.F.S. 6d overprinted V.R.I. with the Thick 'V' variety, cancelled PHILIPPOLIS 29 FEB 08. A Philipollis Registration label is at the upper left (scarce) and on the back are London 21 MR and Wageningen 22 MR 08 transit and arrival cancels. The thick 'V' variety is very scarce, particularly on cover, catalogued as a used stamp at 450 by Stanley Gibbons.
£425.00
Reference: K1754

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1898 Orange Free State - 1898 d postal card to Germany with a d added to pay the overseas rate, but still taxed with a 5c tax mark, the stamp cancelled by an 11 barred Y canceller, which was allocated to DEWETSDORP.. On the back of the card is a DEWETSDORP MY 1 98 datestamp and a Bloemfontein MY 2 98 transit c.d.s. An Oppeln 26.5.98. arrival cancel is on the front. A good proving card for the Y canceller.
1898 Orange Free State
1898 d postal card to Germany with a d added to pay the overseas rate, but still taxed with a 5c tax mark, the stamp cancelled by an 11 barred 'Y' canceller, which was allocated to DEWETSDORP.. On the back of the card is a DEWETSDORP MY 1 98 datestamp and a Bloemfontein MY 2 98 transit c.d.s. An Oppeln 26.5.98. arrival cancel is on the front. A good proving card for the 'Y' canceller.
£250.00
Reference: G2508

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1889 Orange Free State - 1889 1d postal card used to Bloemfontein with an 11 barred O canceller with a HELVETIA JUN 23 89 datestamp alongside. (The day and month inverted). A red Bloemfontein JUN 26 1888 (year error) arrival cancel is on the front of the card. The O canceller was originally issued to Jagersfontein, and according to A. Cecil Fenn in his book Orange Free State Postal and Other Markings, was also used in Bushmanskop. This is a fine proving card for its use in Helvetia. Very scarce.
1889 Orange Free State
1889 1d postal card used to Bloemfontein with an 11 barred 'O' canceller with a HELVETIA JUN 23 89 datestamp alongside. (The day and month inverted). A red Bloemfontein JUN 26 1888 (year error) arrival cancel is on the front of the card. The 'O' canceller was originally issued to Jagersfontein, and according to A. Cecil Fenn in his book 'Orange Free State Postal and Other Markings', was also used in Bushmanskop. This is a fine proving card for it's use in Helvetia. Very scarce.
£350.00
Reference: G2507

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1892 Orange Free State - 1892 d on 1d postal card to Bloemfontein cancelled by an X in an 11 barred obliterator. This letter was allocated to VREDE. On the back are two Bloemfontein 5 MAR 92 arrival cancels. A few minor faults to the card, but an uncommon internal usage and a very fine example of this X canceller.
1892 Orange Free State
1892 d on 1d postal card to Bloemfontein cancelled by an 'X' in an 11 barred obliterator. This letter was allocated to VREDE. On the back are two Bloemfontein 5 MAR 92 arrival cancels. A few minor faults to the card, but an uncommon internal usage and a very fine example of this 'X' canceller.
£295.00
Reference: G2506

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1892 Orange Free State - 1892 envelope to Tarkastad, Cape Province, bearing a pair of 1d on 3d, each cancelled by a K in an 11 barred oval obliterator. This canceller was allocated to ZASTRON, and a ZASTRON 6 JUY 92 squared circle c.d.s. is on the back, along with an Aliwal North JY 7, Queenstown and Tarkastad JY 9 92 transit and arrival cancels. The 1d overprint on the left stamp is heavier and thicker than the right stamp, so possibly SG 54 & 55. A few minor faults and very slight toning to the cover, but a scarce usage of these stamps and also a very uncommon and good usage of the K canceller.
1892 Orange Free State
1892 envelope to Tarkastad, Cape Province, bearing a pair of 1d on 3d, each cancelled by a 'K' in an 11 barred oval obliterator. This canceller was allocated to ZASTRON, and a ZASTRON 6 JUY 92 squared circle c.d.s. is on the back, along with an Aliwal North JY 7, Queenstown and Tarkastad JY 9 92 transit and arrival cancels. The 1d overprint on the left stamp is heavier and thicker than the right stamp, so possibly SG 54 & 55. A few minor faults and very slight toning to the cover, but a scarce usage of these stamps and also a very uncommon and good usage of the 'K' canceller.
£325.00
Reference: G2505

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