Spink London is excited to be
selling one of the most thorough and complete collection of the
stamps and postal history of Swaziland, formed by Peter van der
Molen, FRPSL, RDPSA, on the 20th May 2015. Few in the
world of philately have the opportunity of not only forming a
significant collection but also of being the driving force behind
the standard book of the subject. Peter van der Molen is such a
The sale commences with a copy of
the superb 2013 handbook written and signed by Peter van der Molen,
the definitive work for which he was awarded the 2014 RPSL Crawford
Lot 1001, Estimated
The sale includes a vast
array of postal items from the period 1889 - 1968. Within this
broad expanse there are a few truly extraordinary items which offer
an exciting insight into the postal history of a turbulent time for
Early on in the "Swaziland"
Overprint issue section, there is a phenomenal cover which dates
back to the known 'Staatscourant' of 1882 (July), which was issued
to quarantine the plague to Swaziland. The proclamation was
published to contain the plague by prohibiting the travel of
'coloured' persons and their goods from Swaziland to the Republic
until further notice. Only the conveyance of mail would be allowed,
and that was subject to regulations. However, the smallpox kept
spreading and an extraordinary "Staatscourant" was issued on the
29th July 1892, extending the travel prohibition also to
'white' persons. This cover is one of very few surviving examples
from the period of smallpox containment.
Lot 1082, an envelope from
Bremersdorp to Cape Town, 15 August 1892.
Estimated: £800 - 1,000.
In addition to this, the sale also
includes items that originate from the deep seated unrest of the
Anglo-Boer War period (1898 - 1902). Lots 1103 and 1105 are
excellent examples. Lot 1103, is an 11th August 1898
halfpenny green card from Bremersdorp to Pretoria cancelled by fine
double ring datestamp. The text on the reverse confirms the
principal reason for the extreme unrest amongst the natives of
Swaziland at the time and refers to the 'hut' tax imposed by the
Z.A.R. government on the natives. The rationale behind the tax was
that it would force natives to enter the labour market and offer
their labour to earn money to pay for their taxes. However, these
external infringements clashed with the natives' desire to govern
themselves and that their internal affairs should not be imposed on
by the Z. A. R. government, causing much unrest and many other
Lot 1103, estimated: £800 -
Lot 1105 is a perfect example of
the further issues that arose during this time in Swaziland. It
dates back to the 24th August 1898. April, 1898 had seen
the Swazi king Bhunu implicated in the murder of a senior chief.
Bhunu fled to Zululand and was handed over to the Z. A. R. police
to be tried in Swaziland. During this period the populace of
Swaziland became extremely agitated to the point where Z. A. R.
troops had to be deployed to guard the border. Lot 1105 is a
beautiful example of an unstamped envelope from Bremersdorp to
Pretoria. It is extremely rare, being only one of four known covers
recorded from this unrest campaign.
Lot 1105, estimated:
£800 - 1,000
However, the excitement doesn't end
in the 19th century with this collection. The star of
the auction, lot 1155, a set of four comprising of a ½d. green, 1d.
carmine, 2d. brown and 6d. bright purple is an enigma wrapped in
mystery. These stamps are very interesting because in 1934 the
administration of Basultoland and Swaziland arranged for a ½d.,
1d., 2d. and 6d.duties of their own current issue to be overprinted
"OFFICIAL" by the Union Government Printer in Pretoria for use on
official correspondence. When the Secretary of State for the
Colonies in London heard about these issues which had not been
authorised, instructions were given to withdraw those stamps.
However, it was rumoured that four sets of the Swaziland overprints
had escaped destruction. Of the Basutoland overprints a block of
four of each was presented to King George V for his collections,
however he did not receive a similar set of the Swaziland issue.
The corner examples of the stamps in this lot are in wonderful
condition and are a thrilling piece of a philatelic jigsaw no one
can piece together.
Lot 1155, estimated: £30,000 -
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contact David Parsons:
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