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Telegraph stamps of the World

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Post Office Telegraphs Ceylon Telegraphs HongKong Telegraphs India Telegraphs Jamaica Telegraphs Orange Free State Telegraphs Orange Free State Telegraphs Australia
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Matabeleland Telegraphs Sarawack Telegraphs Sudan Telegraphs Transvaal Telegraphs Uganda Railway NSW Telegraphs Western Australia Telegraphs Western Australia Telegraphs
Other Africa Sarawak Sudan Transvaal Uganda New South Wales Western Australia Other Australia

 


  I have brought these prices up to date and added currency selection.  
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Transvaal.

Until 1900 when the British Army regained control, postage stamps and fiscal stamps were used for telegraphs in the Transvaal,
but without any identification as such beyond the cancel used.

Hiscocks lists 1d, 6d, 1s, 1s6d, 2s, 2s6d, 5s, 10s, £1, £2 and £5 as types H1 to H11.
They are normally perf. 11½   but can be   11½ x 14.

ZAR Zegelregt 1d ZAR Zegelregt 6d ZAR Zegelregt 1s
1d  H1 6d  H2 1s  H3
Fiscal stamps used telegraphically, images courtesy of Oscar Van der Vliet.
 
ZAR Zegelregt 1s6d ZAR Zegelregt 2s ZAR Zegelregt 2s6d
1s6d   H4   (Scan Needed) 2s   H5   (Fiscally used) 2s6d   H6   (Source: Andrew Higson)
 
ZAR Zegelregt 5s ZAR Zegelregt 10s ZAR Zegelregt 20s
5s   H7 (1902) 10s   H8 £1   H9
ZAR Zegelregt stamps used telegraphically. H8, courtesy of Oscar Van der Vliet Used telegraphically by Pretoria Military.

 

ZAR Zegelregt £2 ZAR Zegelregt £5
£2   H10   (Source: Andrew Higson) £5   H11   (Fiscally used)

 

 

Used prices here are for stamps with Army Telegraph cancels.

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H1 1d light greyish blue, perf. 11½   3.00 15.00
H1a         perf. 11½ x 14 5.00 20.00
H2 6d rose carmine, perf. 11½ 3.00 10.00
H2a         perf. 11½ x 14 5.00 16.00
H3 1s light greyish blue, perf. 11½   3.75 10.00
H3a         perf. 11½ x 14 7.50 18.00
H4 1s6d olive-bistre, perf. 11½ 10.00 24.00
H4a         perf. 11½ x 14 15.00 36.00
H5 2s orange, perf. 11½ 10.00 18.00
H5a         perf. 11½ x 14 15.00 30.00
H6 2s6d dull purple, perf. 11½ 10.00 18.00
H6a         perf. 11½ x 14 15.00 30.00
H7 5s bistre, perf. 11½ 10.00 15.00
H7a         perf. 11½ x 14 15.00 25.00
H8 10s brown-ochre, perf. 11½ 10.00 15.00
H8a         perf. 11½ x 14 15.00 25.00
H9 £1 orange-brown, perf. 11½ 15.00 30.00
H9a         perf. 11½ x 14 25.00 50.00
H10 £2 red-brown, perf. 11½ 25.00 75.00
H10a         perf. 11½ x 14 40.00 100.00
H11 £5 yellow-green, perf. 11½ 50.00 125.00
H11a         perf. 11½ x 14 50.00 125.00

 

From about September 1901 stamps were overprinted 'Transvaal / Telegraphs' instead of 'V.R.I.' to segregate them from normal postage/fiscal stamps.

 

Hiscocks lists 1d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 1s and 2s6d of the series below as H12 to H17.

Transvaal Telegraph 1d Transvaal Telegraph 3d Transvaal Telegraph 4d
1d   H12 3d   H13 4d   H14
 
Transvaal Telegraph 6d Transvaal Telegraph 1s Transvaal Telegraph 2s6d
6d   H15 1s  H16 2s6d   H17  Source: Andrew Higson

here are H12, H15, and H17.

Can anyone provide scans of H13, H14 or H16 ?

There are forgeries about. Here is an example:
Army Telegraph ½d Fournier fake
This is a Fournier production
'r' of 'Telegraphs' looks different and no stop on end.
courtesy of James Bendon
(Click on image to see source).

Transvaal overprint on COGH 6d Fiscal - pair Transvaal overprint on COGH 1s Fiscal. Transvaal Telegraph 1s on 2s6d
Scarce 6d (Source: Andrew Higson) 1s   H18 1s on 2s6d   H19

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H12 1d carmine-red and green (SG217), perf. 12½   35.00 25.00
H13 3d purple and green (SG220), perf. 12½ - -
H14 4d sage green and green (SG221), perf. 12½ - -
H15 6d dull purple and green (SG222), perf. 12½ 40.00 30.00
H16 1s ochre and green (SG223), perf. 12½ - -
H17 2s6d grey-lilac and green (SG224), perf. 12½   75.00 60.00
H18 1s COGH lilac and blue, perf. 13½ 50.00 50.00
- 6d COGH dull mauve and lilac, perf. 13½ 150.00 150.00
H19 1s on 2s6d grey-lilac, perf. 12½ 50.00 30.00

 

The remaining telegraph stamps listed by Hiscocks are all
overprinted 'Transvaal / Telegraphs' :

H205s   on   £2   (H10)
H21ZAR 6d overprinted E.R.I.
H221s KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted as types H12 to H17 above.  
H2310s KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted similarly but in italics.  
H24£1 KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted in italics.
H25£5 KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted in italics.

 

5s on £2 Zegelregt stamp - H20 6d E.R.I. stamp - H21 6d E.R.I. stamp - H21 1s KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted
5s   H20, feint J HN (Source: Andrew Higson) 6d   H21 (Source: Andrew Higson) 6d   H21 (Source: SandaFayre.com) 1s   H22 mockup

Can anyone provide a scan of a real H22 ?
This is a mockup from Hiscocks description of what it should look like !

Although looking much 'neater' this is a forgery.
Compare letters 'e' and 's', they are much more italic looking.
6d H21 forgery It does not look like a Fournier.
Army Telegraph ½d Fournier fake
The 'al' of 'Transvaal' looks different
and the 'e's and 's' of 'Telegraphs'.
Courtesy of Andrew Higson. Courtesy of James Bendon who has many
more Fournier examples for sale.
(Click on image to see source).

 

10s KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted £1 KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted £5 KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted
10s  H23, J 31.VII.02.HN (Source: SandaFayre.com) £1   H24, Image courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson. £5   H25, Image courtesy of Spink and Son.

There are many forgeries of these, note the genuine overprints shown above.
There are two different though similar types of this overprint which are illustrated along with Hiscocks H21 on
page 44 of 'The Transvaal Philatelist' v39,no2 (150), May 2004

 

Hisc. Desc. Mint Used
H20 5s on £2 red-brown, perf. 11½ 300.00 200.00
H21 6d dull purple and green, perf. 12½ 150.00 125.00
H22 1s green and dull purple, perf. 14 - -
H23 10s blue and grey, perf. 14 375.00 200.00
H24 £1 olive and grey, perf. 14 500.00 300.00
H25 £5 purple and grey, perf. 14 1250.00 900.00

 

The ones shown below are some examples of forgeries.

10s KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted - forgery £1 KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted - forgery £5 KEVII Revenue stamp overprinted - forgery
NOT H23, H24 and H25   -   These scans with FORGED overprints are kindly provided by Oscar Van der Vliet.   Buyers Beware!   Genuine above.

Illustrations of type H20 and more forgeries of H23, H24 and H25 can be seen at the bottom of  HAVING THE REVENUE ON A LINE.

 

 

Army Telegraph cancel on other items.

From the evidence, by the time the Army entered the Transvaal, they were low on stocks of all but the high values.
When stocks ran out they used local stamps overprinted V. R. I. Later these stamps were overprinted "Telegraphs" and those items were listed by Hiscocks.
Provisionally however the Army Telegraphs used this series for low values without the "Telegraphs" overprint.

Transvaal VRI trio
This trio, courtesy of Bram Leeflang.

Although Hiscocks does not list them, they are documented in 'The Transvaal Philatelist' journal of the “Transvaal Study Circle” TP 150 (May 2004) page 41.
These are normal postage stamps known used for telegraphic purposes from July 1900 to April 1901.

 

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