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1908 picture post card (Durban) bearing a 1d cancelled by a fine strike of the scarce RAYTON 20 NOV 1908 datestamp. Rayton was a small village until the discovery of diamonds at Cullinan nearby bought in miners in the early part of the 1900's.
1909 post card to Winburg, O. R. C. with a 1d cancelled by the extremely rare and only known example of the WONDERFONTEIN (MARICO) 1 DEC 09. datestamp. This cancellation is not recorded by Putzel, but Wonderfontein would have been in the Western Transvaal in the Marico district, somewhere between Groot Marico and Zeerust. A fine and very rare card.
1908 envelope to Chelmsford, England, bearing a 1d stamp tied by the extremely rare KLIP RIVER CAMP 7 SEP 1908 datestamp. A Chelmsford SP 26 08 arrival cancel is on the back. Klip River Camp was a temporary Post Office established near Heidelberg during military manoeuvres between 12 August and 10 October 1908. To date only three covers have been recorded with this post mark. A very rare cover.
1884 double rate envelope to Germany bearing a Celliers 1/- green tied by a numeral '13' in concentric circles canceller with a LYDENBURG JUL 22 84 datestamp alongside. On the back are Lydenburg JUL 29, Pretoria AUG 1, Cape Town AU 12, London SP 3 and Stade 4 SEP 84 transit and arrival cancels. A few minor stains on the cover though a rare stamp used on cover from the Eastern Transvaal goldfields.
1883 envelope to Germany bearing a 4d sage-green and two EEN PENNY overprinted on 4d stamps, paying the 6d rate, cancelled by four concentric ring target cancels. On the back is a POTCHEFSTROOM AP 25 83 datestamp and a London MY 28 transit c.d.s. A small part of the back is missing with part of the Hannover arrival cancel. A very rare usage of these overprinted 1d stamps which were only in use for eight months.
1903 envelope to Germany franked with a ½d and two 1d's (one damaged at the base) cancelled by the only known example of the BERGEN 13. 2. 03. manuscript. On the back are Piet Retief 14 FEB and Hermannsburg 15.3.03. transit and arrival cancels. Putzel records a postal agency opened in Bergen in 1894 but it closed during the Boer war. A second office opened 30 June 1903, some 4½ months after this cover was dated. It would appear that the agency actually opened earlier but was not allocated a datestamp at that time. Bergen was a missionary station in the Piet Retief area, opened in 1885 by Johan Weber of the Hermannsburg Missionary Society. A few minor faults but a unique cover.
1884 envelope to London franked with a 'Celliers' 1d grey and 3d pale red of the 1883 issue, and an 1876 6d olive-black, paying the 10d rate to the UK. The stamps have been cancelled by purple Z. A. R. in concentric rings cancellers. There are indistinct datestamps on the front of the cover, one of 25 AUG 84, which could well be Kaapse Hoop, a small gold mining town in the Eastern Transvaal. On the back of the cover are Pretoria AU 29 and Cape Town SP 9 84 transit datestamps and a London OC 1 84 arrival c.d.s. A few minor creases but an attractive combination franking.
|1902 Boer War|
1902 registered envelope to A Boer P.O.W. J. C. Buckle, at Bellary Camp, franked with a block of 4 and a single Transvaal 1d, cancelled PIETERSBURG 31 OCT 02. A Tuticorin 28 NO and Bellary 30 NO 02 transit and arrival cancels are on the back. Jacobus Christian Buckle, aged 31, was from Pietersburg and was captured at Maliepspoort on 11 April 1902. An interesting cover that illustrates that despite hostilities having ended 6 months earlier, prisoners were still being held in the camps in India.
1896 ½d post card to Johannesburg with a good strike of the extremely rare WOLVAARDTS 13 JUN 96 double ring canceller. Very little is known about this village in the Potchefstroom area and its' mail as it is believed that only three examples of this canceller have been recorded to date. A very rare Transvaal canceller.
|1905 Transvaal / Swaziland|
1905 envelope to England bearing a Transvaal 1d cancelled OSHOEK 13 JUL 05. Oshoek was the border post between the Transvaal and Swaziland and the Head Office for its' mail was Mbabane in Swaziland.
1905 envelope to Pretoria franked with a 1d cancelled ROOSSENEKAL17 JAN 05. On the back are Belfast 18 JAN and Pretoria JAN 19 05 transit and arrival cancels. Roossenekal was a village 60 miles east of Middelburg. It was proclaimed in January 1886 and was named after two soldiers who died in the war against Mapoch's tribe - Stefanus Johannes Roos, Field-Cornet of the Potchefstroom commando, and Frederick Senekal, Commandant of the Rustenburg commando.
1895 double weight envelope to Germany bearing 8 x 1d's cancelled SPRINGS 2 JY 95. Cape Town transit and German arrival cancels are on the back.
|1894 Transvaal - Magoeba War|
MAGOEBA WAR. 1894 unfranked registered envelope endorsed 'Velddienst' to Pretoria with a PIETERSBURG 7 SEP 94 cancellation on the reverse. After the arrest of Chief Magoeba in 1888 and the confiscation of his livestock, relations between his Sotho Tlou tribe and the Boer settlers in the northern Transvaal deteriorated, even though Magoeba was released after a short while. By the early 1890's Magoeba was told to surrender to the local authorities after a number of incidents had occurred in the Magoebaskloof and Houtbosch areas that involved him and his tribe. By mid 1894 five Transvaal commandos were assembled and attempts made to capture him. On 4 June 1895, Magoeba’s capital kraal was captured, but he escaped deeper into the forest. Under the control of Abel Erasmus, a party of Swazi Impis (warriors) who were fighting on the Government’s side successfully tracked him down and he was killed. This cover that was sent relatively early in the war is the only known registered cover from this campaign, of which few covers are recorded anyway.
|1898 Transvaal Mphefu War|
MPHEFU WAR. 1898 unfranked envelope endorsed 'Veld Dienst' to Johannesburg with a PIETERSBURG 14 DEC 98 datestamp at the upper right. On the reverse is a Johannesburg 15 DEC 98 arrival cancel. Early in 1898 the Transvaal Republic, aware that the Venda chief, Mphefu, was planning conflict of some sort, erected a new fort to guard the northern areas. The fort was named after C.E. Schutte, the Commissioner of Police. By September 1898 the authorities began to prepare for warfare. The Doorn River was considered to be the Venda boundary. Mphefu warned the commando that the crossing of the river would be an act of war. Unperturbed by Mphefu’s warning and threats, the commando crossed the river on 17 October 1898 and promptly erected a portable iron fort, known as Fort Hendrina, in the centre of where Louis Trichardt stands today. The first Venda attack took place on 21 October while the men were still busy constructing the fort. On 16th November the Transvaal Commando attacked Swunguzwi. The mountain was attacked from three sides simultaneously, the Venda put up a purely token resistance. Three Europeans in the commando were killed, and then the defenders slipped away into a thick mountain mist, leaving their capital to be burned down behind them. The Venda (approx 10,000) fled with their chief across the Limpopo into Rhodesia. The commando remained in the area for a further month or two in case Mphefu returned to the Transvaal. A short lived but important Transvaal campaign, with very little mail known from it.
c1890 home-made newspaper wrapper to England franked with a 2d and 1d, tied by a '71' in triangle obliterator, that was in use either in Sterkfontein or (more likely) Johannesburg. There are no other postal markings.
1893 registered envelope to Germany bearing three 1d's, a 2d, 3d and 6d, paying the 1/2d rate for a double weight registered cover (5d per ½oz and 4d registration) The stamps have been cancelled by numeral '17' triangular cancellations which was allocated to NYLSTROOM. A Cape Town 7 JU transit is on the back along with an Erlangen 27 JU 93 arrival cancel. A London registered transit cancel is on the front. Fine and an unusual registered item tied by this triangular cancel.
1880 incoming envelope to Camden, Transvaal, endorsed 'Via Wakkerstroom' that has been sent from SIDMOUTH JU 24 80 with the 6d stamp tied by the Sidmouth numeral 712. Endorsed 'via Dartmouth, pr “Conway Castle”, June 25 1880' at the lower left of the cover, it arrived in Cape Town on July 17 and transited through Potchefstroom on 25 JUL with a transit cancel on the back. Camden was near Ermelo in the Eastern Transvaal. A very scarce early incoming cover to the Transvaal. The first Anglo Boer War broke out a few months later and the majority of ingoing mail seen is related to that.
1900 G. B. 2d registered envelope to London additionally franked with a Transvaal 10/- and three 2/6 each tied by a JOHANNESBURG 18 DEC 00 datestamp. On the reverse is a London 12 JA 01 receiving cancel. Also affixed to the reverse is a table of compensation, showing what it costs to insure the contents of a registered letter. A most interesting item, philatelic but an incredible franking and the only time I have seen a Transvaal 10/- used on a cover!
1907 post card from England to Johannesburg that on arrival has been re-addressed. A Johannesburg 4 APR 07 datestamp is on the card along with a boxed 'OFFICIALLY RE-ADDRESSED' cachet that has been applied in Johannesburg. A seldom seen cachet! Fine.