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Natal 1881.

Watermark Crown over CA sideways, perf 14.
Typographed by De La Rue.

Natal 6d Natal 6d Natal 5s Natal £1 Natal £5
6d   H3 courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk. 6d   H3 5s   H6 - Used. £1   H8 - Used. £5   H9 courtesy of Andrew Higson.

The printing seems to have been in two operations with the value added later.
The positioning of the value is variable.
The 6d in the illustration below suggests the colour may also not always match.

 

Natal H1 to H8
Most of the set, courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 1d red-brown. 10.00 10.00
H2 3d rose-carmine. 15.00 20.00
H3 6d brown-olive (shades).   12.50 10.00
H4 1s deep blue-green. 15.00 25.00
H4a         imperf. 125.00 -
H5 2s purple. 30.00 40.00
H6 5s blue. 40.00 50.00
H7 10s slate. 125.00 150.00
H7a         imperf. 250.00 -
H8 £1 chocolate. 500.00 500.00
H9 £5 orange. 1250.00 1250.00

 

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. Used copies are sometimes cancelled with a large violet box cancellation including 'NATAL' and other
                words in 7mm block capitals but circular date stamp cancellations in black are the most common .
Note 2. The £5, No. 9, is very rare. It is more often found overprinted 'SPECIMEN' — price about £150.
                Specimens of all values exist and price as for mint for lower values.
Note 3. There was a final issue of the above series in early 1901 and these are said to have been in
                lighter, brighter shades than the 1881 issue. The £5 value was no longer available for a
                presentation set in January 1902 so it is not certain that this value was included in the last printing.

 

 

Natal H1 to H8
All but the £5 as Specimens, courtesy of  Roger de Lacy-Spencer.

 

Natal £5 Specimen  Natal £5 Specimen

Two more £5 Specimen Types (2x size) courtesy of Mark Taylor. (Trading in stamps via Natal £5 Specimen ).

Note the differences in these. I am told the last is a unique unlisted type ex Marcus Samuel.

 

 

1888 Provisional.

Natal 6d
6d   H10 Mock-up.
Based on the illustration of A.E. Basden.

Hiscocks describes this as an 1888 provisional listed by Morley and Robson Lowe but unconfirmed.
The only example I have seen was sold recently by Andrew Higson at Spink in London. It has a double overprint.
My mockup is now based on the illustration of a 1942 article by A.E. Basden, “South African telegraph stamps” in
The South African Philatelist Vol.18, No.12, p.136.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H10 6d dull mauve. 2500.00 -

 

1902 Provisionals.

It was anticipated that a King Edward version would replace The Queen Victoria series.
That did not happen however and provisionals were produced withy various overprints on Revenue stamps of 1886-91.

 

Natal-H11 Natal-H12 Natal-H13
3d on 4d   H11a 3d on 4d   H12 (all same height) 3d on 4d   H13 (lower case)

 

Natal-H14 Natal-H14a Natal-H15 Natal-H15b
6d on 9d   H14 (1.8mm gap) 6d on 9d   H14a (1.2mm gap) 1s on 9s H15 (1.8mm gap, narrow 'LL') 1s on 9s H15b (1.2mm gap, wide 'LL')

 

Natal-H17a Natal-H17b Natal-H18 Natal-H19a Natal-H19b Natal-H20
1s on £1   H17a (narrow 'LL') 1s on £1   H17b (wide 'LL') 1s on £1   H18 1s on £1.10s   H19a 1s on £1.10s   H19b (wide 'LL') 1s on £1.10s   H20

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H11 3d on 4d dull mauve (1.8mm gap between 'TELEGRAPH' and upper bar). 30.00 35.00
H11a         1.2mm gap. 20.00 25.00
H11b         error — 'THREE PENCE' (small 'P') 150.00 175.00
H12 3d on 4d dull mauve (1.2mm gap between 'TELEGRAPH' and upper bar). 20.00 25.00
H13 3d on 4d dull mauve (lower case). 30.00 35.00
H13a         error — antique 'e' in 'Three'. 150.00 175.00
H14 6d on 9d dull mauve (1.8mm gap between 'TELEGRAPH' and upper bar). 50.00 60.00
H14a         1.2mm gap. 25.00 30.00
H14b         error — printed on reverse (displaced upwards. Both types). - -
H15 1s on 9s dull mauve and carmine (9.3mm 'SHILLING' and 1.8mm gap). 50.00 60.00
H15a         1.2mm gap. 20.00 25.00
H15b         9.7mm 'SHILLING' and 1.2mm gap 50.00 60.00
H16 1s on 9s dull mauve and carmine (1.2mm gap). 200.00 225.00
H17 1s on £1 dull blue-green (9.3mm 'SHILLING' and 1.8mm gap). 50.00 60.00
H17a         1.2mm gap. 20.00 25.00
H17b         9.7mm 'SHILLING' and 1.2mm gap 50.00 60.00
H18 1s on £1 dull blue-green (1.2mm gap) - All equally large capitals like H20.   200.00 225.00
H19 1s on £1.10s dull mauve and blue (9.3mm 'SHILLING' and 1.8mm gap). 75.00 90.00
H19a         1.2mm gap. 30.00 35.00
H19b         9.7mm 'SHILLING' and 1.2mm gap 75.00 90.00
H20 1s on £1.10s dull mauve and blue (1.2mm gap, letters of 'SHILLING' same height). 300.00 325.00

 

Hiscocks added the following 4 notes:

Note 1. For all the 1902 provisionals the overprints were set up in 5 rows of 6 stamps.
                Eight of these blocks of 30 made up the complete sheet of 240.
                For each basic type (3d on 4d, 6d on 9d, 1s on 9s, 1s on £1 and 1s on £1.10s) there was only the one
                setting and all the different types occurred within the basic blocks of 30.
                The 'TELEGRAPH' and bars over 'REVENUE' and the value tablet at the bottom remained the same.
                throughout and the 1.8mm gap between 'TELEGRAPH' and the upper bar (over 'REVENUE') variety.
                occurs in the top row of six stamps of each block of 30 and thus affects only those varieties found at.
                the top of the block. The lengths of the bars at top and bottom vary considerably in no obvious pattern.
                They could probably be used for plating but seem to be of no other significance and have not therefore.
                been regarded as varieties.
Note 2. For the 3d on 4d provisionals the setting is as follows:
No. 11No. 11No. 11 No. 11No. 11No. 11
No. 11(a)No. 11(a)No. 11(a)No. 11(b)No. 11(a)No. 11(a)
No. 11(a)No. 11(a)No. 11(a)No. 11(a)No. 12No. 12
No. 12No. 12No. 12No. 12No. 12No. 12
No. 13No. 13No. 13No. 13No. 13No. 13(a)

There are thus 6 of No.11, 9 of No.11(a), 1 of No.11(b), 8 of No.12, 5 of No.13 and 1 of No.13(a).
Note 3. Apart from the 1.8mm vs 1.2mm gap variation, no systematic varieties have been reported for the
                6d or 9d provisionals. A broken 'E' on the last stamp of the second row of the block of 30 has been
                reported but it appears to have been an individual error.
Note 4. The 1s varieties are the same on all three stamps (i.e. on 9s, £1 or £1.10s). The wider 'SHILLING' derives
                from a slightly larger 'LL' in some cases. The setting is as follows:
No. 15No. 15No. 15 No. 15No. 15No. 15
No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)
No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)
No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)No. 15(a)
No. 15(b)No. 15(b)No. 15(b)No. 15(b)No. 15(b)No. 16
         Settings for Nos. 17, 17(a), 17(b) and 18 and for Nos. 19, 19(a), 19(b) and 20 are analogous.
         There are thus 6 of No. 15, 18 of No. 15(a), 5 of No. 15(b) and 1 of No. 16, and similarly for Nos. 17-20.
         These figures multiply by eight to give numbers in sheets. It is not known how the numbers of 1s provisionals  
         on 9s, £1 and £1.10s compare and, for pricing purposes, it has been assumed that equal numbers were
         printed on 9s and £1 and rather less on £1.10s.

 

 

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