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Sale 1203 — The Gernot Reiners Collection of Togo and Cameroon - The Anglo-French Occupation

Sale Date — Tuesday, 18 June, 2019

Category — British Cameroon

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
121
c
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 121, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1915, -1/2p-5sh Yacht Surcharges (53-65; SG B1-B13; Gibbs 1-13), CAMEROON (British), 1915, -1/2p-5sh Yacht Surcharges (53-65; SG B1-B13; Gibbs 1-13)CAMEROON (British), 1915, -1/2p-5sh Yacht Surcharges (53-65; SG B1-B13; Gibbs 1-13). Complete set, neatly arranged and tied by "Duala, Kamerun 22.7.15" circular datestamps on printed German Kamerun Railroad at Bonaberi stationery to London, fresh colors

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE COVER WHICH IS BELIEVED TO BE UNIQUE AS A COMPLETE SET ON COVER USED DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD AND TEN DAYS AFTER ISSUANCE.

An accurate understanding of the postal system in Cameroon at this time is needed to fully appreciate the rarity of this cover. Stamps were only allowed to be sold to local residents and members of the Expeditionary Force -- with limitations on quantities allowed to be purchased. Any requests from outside the Cameroons were not honored. Not only that, only postal clerks were permitted to affix stamps to outgoing mail. Hence why unused stamps are far more obtainable than used. Other than this cover, the Shilling values are only known on post-campaign philatelic covers. This cover, without a transit and/or arrival backstamp, is unlikely to have travelled through the mails.

With 1995 Holcombe certificate. Catalogued simply as used stamps. Scott $4,626.00. SG £4,000

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
122
c
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 122, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1915, 1p on 10pf Carmine (55; SG B3), CAMEROON (British), 1915, 1p on 10pf Carmine (55; SG B3)CAMEROON (British), 1915, 1p on 10pf Carmine (55; SG B3). Two commercial covers with different Duala 1915 cancels, first with "Duala (Kamerun) a" circular datestamp to Lagos, second with "Duala (Kamerun) b" circular datestamp to Lome, both with arrival backstamps, first with minor edge toning, otherwise Very Fine duo

E. 400-500
200
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123
og
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 123, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1915, 4p on 40pf Lake & Black, Short "4" in "4d" (59a; SG B7a; Gibbs 7c), CAMEROON (British), 1915, 4p on 40pf Lake & Black, Short "4" in "4d" (59a; SG B7a; Gibbs 7c)CAMEROON (British), 1915, 4p on 40pf Lake & Black, Short "4" in "4d" (59a; SG B7a; Gibbs 7c). Position 47, lightly hinged, exceptional centering with wide margins, bright colors, Very Fine, a choice example of this rare variety of which only 50 examples can exist, Scott $1,100.00, SG £1,000

E. 400-500
275
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124
 
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 124, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1915, 4p on 40pf Lake & Black, Short "4" in "4d" (59a; SG B7a; Gibbs 7c), CAMEROON (British), 1915, 4p on 40pf Lake & Black, Short "4" in "4d" (59a; SG B7a; Gibbs 7c)CAMEROON (British), 1915, 4p on 40pf Lake & Black, Short "4" in "4d" (59a; SG B7a; Gibbs 7c). Position 47, Duala 1916 circular datestamp, well-centered, rich colors, Very Fine, only 50 examples can exist and extremely rare in used condition, unlikely many examples exist used, Scott $1,950.00, SG £1,800

E. 750-1,000
475
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125
 
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 125, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1915, 1sh on 1m to 5sh on 5m Yacht Surcharges (62-65; SG B10-B13; Gibbs 10-13), CAMEROON (British), 1915, 1sh on 1m to 5sh on 5m Yacht Surcharges (62-65; SG B10-B13; Gibbs 10-13)CAMEROON (British), 1915, 1sh on 1m to 5sh on 5m Yacht Surcharges (62-65; SG B10-B13; Gibbs 10-13). Each with legible Duala 1915 circular datestamps, fresh colors

FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE SET OF THE MARK VALUES OF THE GERMAN YACHT OVERPRINTS.

These stamps were originally secured by the British after the capture of Steamer Professor Woermann. They were overprinted in Freetown, Sierra Leone and used after the conquest of Duala by the C.E.F.

With 1996 Holcombe set certificate. Scott $4,200.00. SG £4,000

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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126
og
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 126, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1915, 1sh on 1m to 5sh on 5m Yacht Surcharges, "S" Inverted (62a-65a; SG B10a-B13a; Gibbs 10a-13a), CAMEROON (British), 1915, 1sh on 1m to 5sh on 5m Yacht Surcharges, "S" Inverted (62a-65a; SG B10a-B13a; Gibbs 10a-13a)CAMEROON (British), 1915, 1sh on 1m to 5sh on 5m Yacht Surcharges, "S" Inverted (62a-65a; SG B10a-B13a; Gibbs 10a-13a). Position 12, lightly hinged, bold colors

FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE MATCHED SET OF THE DESIRABLE MARK-VALUES WITH INVERTED "S". ONLY 100 WERE PRINTED.

Likely far fewer still exist today and rarely offered as a complete set. 1sh and 3sh signed Champion. 5sh signed Buhler. Scott $4,725.00. SG £4,300

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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127
 
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 127, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1915, 3s on 3m Black Violet (64; SG B12; Gibbs 12), CAMEROON (British), 1915, 3s on 3m Black Violet (64; SG B12; Gibbs 12)CAMEROON (British), 1915, 3s on 3m Black Violet (64; SG B12; Gibbs 12). With selvage at right, tied on small piece by bold strike of "Duala (Kamerun) a 6.11.15" circular datestamp (Friedemann No. 20), fresh and Very Fine, this cancel is generally found on stamps prior to the C.E.F. issue, signed Kilian BPP, Scott $1,050.00, SG £1,000

E. 400-500
225
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128
 
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 128, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1915, 5s on 5m Slate & Carmine (65; SG B13; Gibbs 13), CAMEROON (British), 1915, 5s on 5m Slate & Carmine (65; SG B13; Gibbs 13)CAMEROON (British), 1915, 5s on 5m Slate & Carmine (65; SG B13; Gibbs 13). Lightly struck blue "Tresor et Postes aux Armees, Cameroun 9-3 16" circular datestamp of the French Post Office, well-centered, Very Fine and unusual to find the French Post Office favor cancel on a British C.E.F. stamp, with 1995 Holcombe certificate, Scott $1,100.00, SG £1,100

E. 400-500
325
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129
c
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 129, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1915-1916 C.E.F. Registered Mail Covers, CAMEROON (British), 1915-1916 C.E.F. Registered Mail CoversCAMEROON (British), 1915-1916 C.E.F. Registered Mail Covers. Six covers, first a 1916 philatelic "creation" with four C.E.F. stamps to the 8p on 80pf addressed to London, attempted to send registered but crossed out, other five unfranked but with Duala 1915 and 1916 circular datestamps and three with registry label (two with manuscript "Duala"), each either endorsed by officials from Duala Posts & Telegraphs, on O.H.M.S. covers or countersigned by military official, Fine-Very Fine, it has been thought due to first hand reports, registered mail during the Campaign period was not available but these covers confirm that it was but limited to official mail from the Post Office or military officials only

E. 750-1,000
350
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130
c
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 130, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1918-1921 Blatter Correspondence Covers, CAMEROON (British), 1918-1921 Blatter Correspondence CoversCAMEROON (British), 1918-1921 Blatter Correspondence Covers. Sixteen registered covers to Switzerland on neatly written exhibit pages and loose, each with between one and five C.E.F. overprinted stamps with values to 8d on 80pf, thirteen additionally using either Lagos, Nigeria or Northern/Southern Nigeria stamps (allowed for use in Cameroons in this period), incl. uses from Buea (10), Kumba, Victoria, Tinto (Nigeria) and Bamenda (3), fresh and Very Fine group, Blatter was a Swiss postal employee and part time stamp dealer who created philatelic souvenirs

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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131
c
Sale Number 1203, Lot Number 131, British CameroonCAMEROON (British), 1915, -1/2p on 5pf Postal Reply Card and 1p on 10pf Postal Card (Gibbs PS2, PS3, PS3a), CAMEROON (British), 1915, -1/2p on 5pf Postal Reply Card and 1p on 10pf Postal Card (Gibbs PS2, PS3, PS3a)CAMEROON (British), 1915, -1/2p on 5pf Postal Reply Card and 1p on 10pf Postal Card (Gibbs PS2, PS3, PS3a). Three unused items, incl. two -1/2p on 5pf postal reply cards (both unsevered), one showing the Short Broken 1 variety on return card (signed Bothe BPP), also 1p on 10pf unused postal card, Fine-Very Fine, the postal reply cards are quite scarce and Gibbs estimates no more than 25 exist

E. 300-400
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