Sale 1270 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 6-8 December, 2022

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Category — Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V

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2531°
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Sale 1270, Lot 2531, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1889, -1/2p Gray, 1p Rose, 6p Gray Blue (1-2, 4; SG 1, 4, 6). Tied by two crisp strikes of "Embekelweni 26 OCT 89" oval datestamps with additional strike at bottom left and on reverse of cover to Bordeaux, France, Steijnsdorp, Pretoria, Cape Town, and Calais transit and Bordeaux arrival datestamps, red "2-1/2d" accountancy handstamp

VERY FINE AND EXCEPTIONAL THREE-COLOR FRANKING OF THE FIRST OVERPRINTED ISSUE OF SWAZILAND. THIS COVER REPRESENTS THE EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF THE SWAZILAND OVERPRINTS. A MAJOR SWAZILAND RARITY.

Postal services in Swaziland officially commenced on Oct. 18, 1889, just over a week prior to this cover being sent. No earlier covers have been recorded. The Embekelweni cancel was used for postal service until Feb. 14, 1890 where it was then only used on telegrams.

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E. 5,000-7,500
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2532
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Sale 1270, Lot 2532, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1889, -1/2p Gray, 1p Rose, 6p Gray Blue (1-2, 4; SG 1, 4, 6). Tied by two strikes of "Embekelweni, 3 NOV 89" oval datestamp with additional strike at left and reverse of cover to Karlsruhe, Germany, Steijnsdorp, Pretoria, Cape Town transit and Karlsruhe arrival backstamps, red "2-1/2d" accountancy handstamp

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE SECOND EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE SWAZILAND OVERPRINTED FIRST ISSUE RECORDED. A BEAUTIFUL THREE-COLOR FRANKING.

Postal services officially commenced in Swaziland on Oct. 18, 1889. This is the second earliest cover recorded, used just over a week after the cover offered in the previous lot.

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E. 4,000-5,000
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2533
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Sale 1270, Lot 2533, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1889, -1/2p Gray (1; SG 4). Two singles, tied by manuscript "Muzimneni, 6-3-90" two-line cancel with "Embekelweni MR 7 90" circular datestamp below on Duiven correspondence cover to N'Dimba, cover slightly reduced at left

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THIS MUZIMNENI MANUSCRIPT CANCEL ON COVER RECORDED -- UNKNOWN PRIOR TO 1983 WHEN TWO COVERS WERE DISCOVERED.

Paying the correct internal postage rate of 1p. With 1983 P.F.S.A. certificate

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E. 3,000-4,000
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2534
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Sale 1270, Lot 2534, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1932 2p and 2-1/2p Thomas De La Rue Proposed Photographic Essays. Three items, first 2-1/2p in Black and lettered "A" in a design similar to that of the low values used for Nyasaland, second 2p with Lilac color wash lettered "B" showing a native and traditional kraal, and third 2p with bluish color wash lettered "C" in a very similar design to that ultimately used for the 1933 Issue, Very Fine and unique, ex De La Rue archives, originally submitted on Jun. 21, 1932, the "C" design was accepted on Jul. 25, 1932 which was a sketch by Rev. C.C. Tugman of Swaziland, ex van der Molen

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Sale 1270, Lot 2534, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V
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Sale 1270, Lot 2534, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V
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E. 1,500-2,000
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2535
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Sale 1270, Lot 2535, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1932 2p, 6p, and 1sh Bradbury Wilkinson Photographic Essay Designs. Four essays affixed to ledger piece with manuscript "15.6.32" written above each, two 2p with similar designs in vertical and horizontal format showing native and settler together, 6p showing a cattle drive, and 1sh with native and traditional kraal, Very Fine and unique, in 1932, Swaziland was finally given the acceptance by the Dominion Affairs in London to issue their own stamps (rather than use of Transvaal stamps and overprints) and began accepting proposals, the contract was ultimately awarded to Thomas De La Rue, ex van der Molen

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E. 1,500-2,000
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2536°
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Sale 1270, Lot 2536, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933, -1/2p-10sh King George V, Denominated Die Proofs (10P-19P; SG 11P-20P). Complete set of the ten issued values printed in Black and affixed to original trimmed appendix sheet from the De La Rue archives, manuscript "Dies app'd" and initialed "HW, 30/8/32" by H. Warde (Crown Agent), seven of the values were originally approved on this day, with the 1p, 2p, and 3p approved the next day and therefore the 1p and 2p trimmed to nestle between the other proofs on the same page, some minor creasing of absolutely no importance

VERY FINE AND SPECTACULAR SET OF THE DENOMINATED MASTER DIE PROOFS OF THE 1933 KING GEORGE V ISSUE OF SWAZILAND -- THE FIRST PRINTED ISSUE OF THE COLONY. THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY SET OF ACCEPTED DIE PROOFS KNOWN AS NO EXAMPLES ARE FOUND IN THE SECURITY PRINTING ARCHIVE HELD AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY IN LONDON.

An important addition to any Swaziland, British Africa, or King George V collection and a key piece to building an award-winning exhibit. Ex van der Molen

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E. 20,000-25,000
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2537°
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Sale 1270, Lot 2537, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933, -1/2p-10sh King George V, Denominated Color Trial Proofs (10P-19P; SG 11P-20P). Ten examples of 1p in each of the issued colors of the issue with manuscript notation at left of the accepted values, all affixed to original Thomas De La Rue appendix ledger with manuscript "Approved", initialed and dated "22.9.32" at left, with three additional singles which were originally affixed and contemporaneously removed of the unaccepted color proofs of the -1/2p, 2p, and 10sh, these three with light manuscript "X" marking, minor creasing, and original sheet with lightened notation regarding rejection of these three

VERY FINE. ANOTHER TRULY REMARKABLE SET OF ONE-PENCE DIE PROOFS OF THE 1933 KING GEORGE V ISSUE IN THE APPROVED COLORS FOR THE ISSUED STAMPS, ALONG WITH THREE REJECTED COLORS. A KEY UNIQUE PIECE FOR ANY AWARD-WINNING COLLECTION.

Ex van der Molen

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Sale 1270, Lot 2537, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V
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Sale 1270, Lot 2537, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V
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Sale 1270, Lot 2537, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V
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E. 20,000-25,000
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2538
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Sale 1270, Lot 2538, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933 King George V, Engraver's Head Die Proof. Complete die impression vignette printed in black and die sunk on wove paper measuring 73 x 92mm, with small guide mark at top, fresh and Very Fine, this head type was extensively used for issues including that of Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, and Jamaica, and can be seen in the proposed essays provided as can be seen in Lot 2534, ex van der Molen

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E. 500-750
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2539
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Sale 1270, Lot 2539, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933 King George V Head Die Proof. Printed in blue on wove paper measuring 45 x 68mm, strong impression, fresh and Very Fine, likely used for the production of the first printed issue, ex van der Molen

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E. 500-750
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2540
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Sale 1270, Lot 2540, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933 King George V Undenominated Master Die Proof. Printed in blue on wove paper and measuring 52 x 76mm, featuring a partial design without detail behind the King's head, entire background lacking shading, and blank tablets at bottom corners, red manuscript "X" in denomination tablet, manuscript numbered "198A" at bottom and dated "10.8.32" at bottom right

VERY FINE AND HANDSOME INCOMPLETE MASTER DIE PROOF OF THE 1933 KING GEORGE V FIRST ISSUE OF SWAZILAND PRINTED IN BLUE.

ex van der Molen

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E. 2,000-3,000
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2541
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Sale 1270, Lot 2541, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933 King George V Undenominated Master Die Proof. Printed in black on die sunk wove paper measuring 55 x 81mm, showing complete design with the exception of the outer portion of the value tablet missing shading, manuscript dated "19.8.32" at bottom right

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND STRONGLY ETCHED 1933 MASTER DIE PROOF OF THE KING GEORGE V FIRST ISSUE OF SWAZILAND.

ex van der Molen

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E. 2,000-3,000
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2542
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Sale 1270, Lot 2542, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933 King George V Undenominated Master Die Proof. Printed in black on die sunk wove paper measuring 53 x 85mm, showing complete die impression with the outer portion of value tablet with proper shading, manuscript numbered "258A" at bottom, mild horizontal bend at top above die strike

VERY FINE AND STUNNING MASTER DIE PROOF OF THE KING GEORGE V FIRST ISSUE OF SWAZILAND SHOWING THE COMPLETE DESIGN.

ex van der Molen

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E. 2,000-3,000
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2543
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Sale 1270, Lot 2543, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933 King George V Undenominated Master Die Proof. Printed in black on wove paper measuring 33 x 39mm and affixed to larger ledger piece measuring 94 x 76mm, manuscript "Approved for die. Full stop after Swaziland to be taken out." and initialed and dated "HW / 19/8/32" (H. Warde, Crown Agent), design nearly complete with the exception of shading in outer part of value tablet

VERY FINE AND UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE KING GEORGE V MASTER DIE PROOF WITH MANUSCRIPT MARKINGS REGARDING SMALL TWEEKS TO THE FINAL DESIGN USED FOR THE FIRST PRINTED ISSUE OF SWAZILAND.

ex van der Molen

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E. 3,000-4,000
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2544
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Sale 1270, Lot 2544, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933 King George V Undenominated Master Die Proof. Printed in blue and die sunk on wove paper measuring 52 x 81mm, near complete design with exception of slight shading of outer rim of value tablet, manuscript numbered "232A" at bottom

VERY FINE. A RARE AND HANDSOME MASTER DIE PROOF OF THE 1933 KING GEORGE V FIRST PRINTED ISSUE OF SWAZILAND.

Ex van der Molen

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E. 2,000-3,000
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2545
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Sale 1270, Lot 2545, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933 King George V Imperforate Color Proofs (10P, 12P, 19P; SG 11P, 13P, 20P). Three imperforate examples with 1p denominations, printed in the issued colors of the -1/2p, 2p, and 10sh on watermarked Multiple Script CA paper, lovely bright colors

VERY FINE. A RARE TRIO OF IMPERFORATE COLOR PROOFS OF THE COMPLETE DESIGN IN THE ISSUED COLORS OF THE -1/2-PENCE, 2-PENCE, AND 10-SHILLING VALUES.

De La Rue submitted triplicate sets of these colors. Ex van der Molen

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Sale 1270, Lot 2545, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V
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E. 3,000-4,000
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2546
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Sale 1270, Lot 2546, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933, -1/2p-10sh King George V, Perforated and Printed "Specimen" (10S-19S; SG 11s-20s). Set of the ten values, without gum as these were originally affixed to ledger and removed, each with the Perforated and printed "Specimen" overprints, -1/2p-4p and 10sh with Black overprint, 6p-5sh with Violet overprint, wonderfully fresh and Very Fine, unique

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Sale 1270, Lot 2546, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V
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E. 750-1,000
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2547
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Sale 1270, Lot 2547, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933, -1/2p-10sh King George V, Perforated "Specimen" (10S-19S; SG 11s-20s). Mint N.H., remarkably bright and fresh overall, well-centered, Extremely Fine, a pristine set of these perforated "Specimen", SG £350 as hinged

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E. 200-300
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2548
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Sale 1270, Lot 2548, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933, -1/2p-10sh King George V, Perforated "Specimen" (10S-19S; SG 11s-20s). Complete set of ten values, each with violet "Coleccion Oficial Marruecos, Zona Espanola" backstamp, few traces of minor toned spots on reverse, still Very Fine and scarce, ex van der Molen, SG £350 as normal

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Sale 1270, Lot 2548, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V
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E. 200-300
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2549
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Sale 1270, Lot 2549, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933 King George V Plate Number Group. Seventeen items, includes -1/2p blocks of four (4) and two singles, 1p blocks of four (2), 2p block of four and pair, 3p block of four, 4p block of four and single, 6p single, 1sh block of four and single, and 2sh6p single, interestingly one 1p block and 2p pair showing dot after plate number which was used to distinguish between the double plates used in production, mostly Mint N.H., Very Fine, ex van der Molen

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Sale 1270, Lot 2549, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V
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E. 300-400
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2550°
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Sale 1270, Lot 2550, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933, -1/2p-6p King George V, Official (19 Footnote; SG 20 Footnote). Mint N.H. corner sheet selvage singles, -1/2p and 6p from top right, 1p and 2p from bottom right, exceptionally fresh colors, wonderfully well-centered

VERY FINE AND CHOICE SET OF THE FOUR VALUES OF THE 1933 KING GEORGE V ISSUE WITH "OFFICIAL" OVERPRINT. AN IMMENSELY RARE SET WHICH WAS OVERPRINTED AND PREPARED TO BE ISSUED, BUT WAS ULTIMATELY WITHDRAWN JUST BEFORE BEING RELEASED. HOWEVER, A FEW SETS HAD BEEN DELIVERED TO THE SECRETARIAT STAFF. THIS IS THE ONLY CORNER SELVAGE SET, WITH JUST A TOTAL OF FOUR SETS BELIEVED TO EXIST. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND AN IMPORTANT SET OF THE HIGHEST MAGNITUDE.

In 1934, both Basutoland and Swaziland arranged for four values - the -1/2p, 1p, 2p, and 6p - to be overprinted with "Official" for use on official correspondence. These issues were quickly withdrawn at the request of the Colonial office in London as they had not been officially authorized. Unlike in Basutoland, where a total of 137 stamps had already been used over the course of May to June 1934, it is reported that Swaziland had used two or three letters with these stamps. To date, none of these have been seen.

Contemporaneous reports at the time of withdrawal state that only four sets escaped destruction from Swaziland. Unlike with the Basutoland issue, where a block of four had been presented to King George V for this collection, no examples of the Swaziland were presented to him. It is theorized that these four sets were originally destined for his collection, but ultimately they were not presented to him.

Ex van der Molen. With 1995 B.P.A. certificate for the set. Scott $50,000.00. SG £50,000

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Sale 1270, Lot 2550, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George V
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E. 50,000-60,000
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2551
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Sale 1270, Lot 2551, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1934, 8th South America Zeppelin Flight (Sieger 274). 4p Orange and 5sh Gray, both tied by "Mbabane, Swaziland, 1 SEP 34" double-circle datestamps on flown cover to Buenos Aires, Argentina, proper flight cachets, Friedrichshafen and Marseilles transit and Buenos Aires arrival datestamps, "Certificados Central 245" circular handstamp

VERY FINE. A REMARKBLY RARE 1934 SWAZILAND ACCEPTANCE FOR THE 8TH SOUTH AMERICA ZEPPELIN FLIGHT. ONLY TWO EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED ORIGINATING IN SWAZILAND.

Ex "Bad Salzelmen", "Kaiser", and van der Molen

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E. 2,000-3,000
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2552
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Sale 1270, Lot 2552, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1933, -1/2p Green, 1p Carmine, Postal Cards, "Specimen" Overprints. Two cards, one of each value, each with diagonal "Specimen" overprint, 1p with "1933" handstamp, fresh and Very Fine

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E. 150-200
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2553
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Sale 1270, Lot 2553, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1935, 1p-6p Silver Jubilee, Perforated and Printed "Specimen" (20S-23S; SG 21s-24s). Set of the four values affixed to original ledger sheet from the Bechuanaland receiving authorities, each value with perforated and printed "Specimen" overprint, small green manuscript check mark next to each and touching two middle values

VERY FINE AND UNIQUE GROUP OF "SPECIMEN" OF THE 1935 SILVER JUBLEE FROM THE BECHUANALAND RECEIVING AUTHORITY.

An important set for any Swaziland or 1935 Silver Jubilee collection.

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E. 1,500-2,000
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2554
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Sale 1270, Lot 2554, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1935, 1p Silver Jubilee, Perforated "Specimen", Flagstaff on Right-Hand Turret (SG 21s var). Plate 5, Poisition R 7/1, original gum, lightly hinged, perforated "Specimen" leave the variety completely clear, radiant color, Very Fine and exceptionally rare, only three or four can exist, with 2005 R.P.S. certificate

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E. 300-400
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2555
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Sale 1270, Lot 2555, Swaziland - First Issue thru King George VSWAZILAND, 1935, 1p-6p Silver Jubilee, Lightning Conductor (SG 21c-24c). Matching top right corner sheet selvage blocks of six (3x2), original gum, hinged in either top corner stamps or in selvage leaving variety Mint N.H., bottom center stamp the variety from Plate 3, R 2/5, exceptionally fresh colors, 6p with small piece of selvage missing of little consequence, Extremely Fine matching set of blocks, catalogued simply as hinged set of varieties with no premium for positional blocks, ex van der Molen, SG £1,110

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E. 1,000-1,500
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