Lot 566British East Africa, India 1882-90, ½a Blue Green + 1a Plum + 2a Blue + 8a Mauve, Four Singles + 1r Slate, all but first with red manuscript "B.E.A." provisional overprint, on oversized registered cover to the Eastern Telegraph Co. in London, England, all tied by "Mombasa, Au 20, 90" cds's paying the 11x 4½a rate to the U.K. plus 2a registry fee, matching "R" in oval handstamp and red London oval date stamp additionally tying ½a, reverse with Aden transit date stamp; some light cover wrinkling and a couple vertical fold not affecting stamps, Very Fine, one of the two earliest usages of the six covers recorded during the first period of use, ex-Col. Rose-Hutchinson, Hunt, Reynard, Krieger.
SG No. Z1-Z2+Z4+Z7-Z8 Estimate $20,000 - 30,000.
A UNIQUE AND COLORFUL FIVE COLOR COMBINATION FRANKING OF INDIA STAMPS PROVISIONALLY USED IN MOMBASA.
The Eastern Telegraph Co. was laying underwater cable between Mombasa and Lamu during this time and just previous had the same between Zanzibar and Mombasa.
Lot 567British East Africa, 1891, Mombasa Manuscript Surcharge, ½a on 2a Vermilion, Initialed "A.B.", initials of Archibal Brown (cashier of the company), full o.g., strong color, Very Fine, ex-Krieger; with 1996 D. Brandon certificate. Scott No. 33 $17,000.
SG No. 23 £11,000 ($15,660).
ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED MINT EXAMPLES OF THE 1891 ½A ON 2A MOMBASA MANUSCRIPT SURCHARGE WITH "A.B." INITIALS.
Lot 568 oBritish East Africa, 1895, "British East Africa" on ½a Dull Brown, Overprint Double, Mombasa squared circle date stamp and blue crayon cancels, strong color, natural s.e. at left and scissor separated perfs at bottom, Very Fine, an exceptionally rare shade, ex-Krieger; signed Holcombe as "double". Scott No. 38 var.
SG No. 33b £3,500 ($4,980).
ONE OF TWO KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE PROTECTORATE HANDSTAMP 1895 ½A IN DULL BROWN.
There are no unused examples of this color variety known.
Lot 569British East Africa, 1891, Mombasa Manuscript Surcharge, ½a on 3a Black on Dull Red, Initialed "A.B.", bottom margin block of three, right margin horizontal strip of three, right margin horizontal pair and bottom margin single, all tied by "Mombasa, Jy 2, 91" cds's on cover to H.L. Churchill, H.M. Vice-Consul in Zanzibar, reverse with receiving cds; cover reduced at right cutting away an additional vertical pair from cover and slightly cutting into bottom right stamp in block at lower right, otherwise Very Fine, still a remarkable franking of this rare 1891 Mombasa provisional issue, ex-Hunt, Reynard, Krieger. Scott No. 34b $24,750 for off cover singles.
SG No. 24; £20,250 for off cover singles ($28,830) Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
THE UNIQUE ON COVER USAGE OF THE 1891 ½A ON 3A MOMBASA MANUSCRIPT SURCHARGE ISSUE INITIALED "A.B.".
This cover was first noted in the "Monthly Journal" for December 1899…"Our correspondent (H.L. Churchill) tells us that he was British Vice-Consul at Zanzibar in 1891, and being at Mombasa on July 2nd in that year he went to the post office to get some British East Africa stamps. He asked for ½ anna stamps, and finding that there were only about a dozen on hand he bought them all, put them on a envelope, and addressed it to himself at Zanzibar.".
Lot 570British East Africa, 1895, Mombasa Manuscript Surcharge, 1a on 3a Black on Dull Red, Initialed "T.E.C.R.", o.g., very lightly hinged, brilliant color and remarkable freshness, Very Fine, a great B.E.A. rarity with only four mint examples known, ex-"Sovereign", Krieger; with 1959 and 2008 B.P.A. certificates. Scott No. 34Ac $23,000.
SG No. 32 £10,000 ($14,240).
CONSIDERED TO BE THE FINEST MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 1A ON 3A MOMBASA MANUSCRIPT SURCHARGE WITH INITIALS "T.E.C.R.".
Lot 571 oBritish East Africa, 1895, Mombasa Manuscript Surcharge, 1a on 3a Black on Dull Red, Initialed "T.E.C.R.", Mombasa squared circle date stamp cancel, bright and fresh, well centered, Very Fine, ex-Krieger. Scott No. 34Ac.
SG No. 32 £7,000 ($9,970).
ONE OF FIVE USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1895 1A ON 3A MOMBASA MANUSCRIPT SURCHARGE WITH INITIALS "T.E.C.R.".
The initials on this issue are that of the Mombasa Postmaster T.E.C. Remington.
Lot 572 oBritish East Africa, 1895, "British East Africa" on 1a Blue Green, "Anl" (Broken "D") Variety, in lower scroll between "Light" and "Liberty", Lamu town cancels, rich color, natural s.e. at bottom (as always) and a couple slightly short perfs at upper right of little consequence, Very Fine, ex-Krieger. Scott No. 39b.
SG No. 34b £3,750 ($5,340).
ONE OF TWO KNOWN USED EXAMPLES OF THE PROTECTORATE HANDSTAMP 1895 1A BLUE GREEN "ANL" FOR "AND" PLATE VARIETY.
Lot 573 oBritish East Africa, 1895, "British East Africa" on India 2a Blue, "Britlsh" For "British", light Mombasa squared circle date stamp cancel, strong bright color, Very Fine, ex-Krieger; with 1997 D. Brandon certificate. Scott No. 57a $7,750.
SG No. 52a £8,500 ($12,100).
THE ONLY RECORDED USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 "BRITISH EAST AFRICA" ON INDIA 2A BLUE WITH "BRITLSH" FOR "BRITISH" OVERPRINT ERROR.
This is one of two known examples, the other which resides in the Royal Philatelic Collection.
Lot 574British East Africa, 1896, Queen Victoria, 2½a Deep Blue, Inverted "S" in "Annas", tied by blue "Mombasa, 12 Oc, 98" cds with second strike below on cover from the White Fathers to their leader in Algeria, in combination with Uganda 1896, 2a black, marginal pair (S.G. 56) canceled by purple "Smith Mackenzie & Co., Mombasa" oval handstamp, reverse with Zanzibar and Suez transit and Algeria (13.11) arrival cds; some minor cover staining, otherwise Very Fine, the earliest recorded use of the Smith Mackenzie & Co. oval handstamp, ex-Krieger. Scott No. 76a.
SG No. 68b Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A VERY RARE BRITISH EAST AFRICA AND UGANDA COMBINATION FRANK USAGE TO ALGERIA.
Uganda postage was only valid within the colony until it joined the UPU in 1901. Foreign mail required postage of a UPU member, British East Africa (BEA). The Uganda mail rate to BEA was 4 annas per oz. while the BEA and UPU rates were 2½a per ½oz. Initially the BEA postage was added in Mombasa requiring mailers to maintain accounts there.
Lot 575British East Africa, 1897, 2½ on Zanzibar 3a Gray & Red, Surcharge Double, One Albino, o.g., fresh with rich bright colors, small thins, Very Fine appearance, ex-Krieger. Scott No. 98 var.
SG No. 89 var. Estimate $500 - 750.
ONE OF ONLY THREE EXAMPLES RECORDED OF THE ZANZIBAR 1897 2½ ON 3A WITH SURCHARGE DOUBLED AND ONE ALBINO.