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1888 Stamps of Great Britain surcharged "ZULULAND"

1/2 p orange 1 p lilac 2 p green and red 2 1/2 p lilac on blue Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  1/2 p orange
  1 p lilac
  2 p green and red
  2 1/2 p lilac on blue
  3 p lilac on yellow
  4 p brown and green
  5 p lilac and blue
  6 p lilac on red
  9 p blue and lilac
  1 Sh green
  5 Sh red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1/2 p c *  
1 p * *  
2 p * *  
2 1/2 p ** **  
3 p *** ***  
4 p ** ***  
5 p *** ***  
6 p *** ***  
9 p *** ***  
1 Sh *** ***  
5 Sh RR RR  

Other British stamps with "ZULULAND" overprint are forgeries.

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery!
The above forgeries are not very well done, the letters are not at all like the originals! It looks like the letters have been handwritten on the stamps.


(The overprint is slanting in this forgery, the overprint is also larger)

Another fake stamp, overprinted "ZULULAND POSTAGE" on a stamp of Great Britain:

Fake overprint!
(Reduced size)

Misprint, (or forgery?):


(The value part is missing in this stamp!)

Besides the 'simple' forgeries of this and the next issue, some deceptive forgeries exist. For example, I've been told that the forgers Fournier, Oneglia (1895), Leenor (1897) and Mladenovic (1909) made forgeries of these overprints. Forged inverted and double overprints also exist. One of Fournier's overprints is deceptive and measures 16 mm x 3 mm. The Oneglia forged "ZULULAND" overprint measures 16 mm x 3 mm. The Leenor overprint is 17 1/2 mm x 2 1/2 mm. The Mladenovic overprint measures 15 mm x 2 1/2 mm (an image of such a forged overprint can be found in the "Beilage zur 'Philatelisten-Zeitung' 1910, nr.5"). For most of the above mentioned forgeries, the overprint was applied on genuine stamps with cancel of the United Kingdom. Fournier also used a forged cancel "ESHOWE" (I have never seen it though). In the Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries three different "ZULULAND" overprints can be found.


Three Fournier forged overprints of "ZULULAND"


Fournier forged cancel "ESHOWE ZULULAND", the date is almost unreadable but looks like "MR 2 2", the year cannot be distinguished

I've also seen some bogus issues with "ZULU" overprint or "ZULULAND" with a larger capital letter "Z".

A modern forgery of the 5 Sh stamp exists with very weird squarish perforation and the word "Facsimile" repeated many times on the back.

 

1888 Stamps of Natal surcharged "ZULULAND"

1 p lilac (fiscal stamp of Natal)

  1/2 p green
  1 p lilac (fiscal stamp of Natal, 'NATAL REVENUE')
  6 p violet

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1/2 p ** **  
1 p * *  
6 p *** ***  

Overprints on all other values of Natal are forgeries.

 

1894 Queen Victoria, inscription "ZULULAND"

1/2 p lilac and green 1 p lilac and red 2 1/2 p lilac and blue 3 p lilac and brown 2 Sh 6 p green and black Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com With BPA certificate

  1/2 p lilac and green
  1 p lilac and red
  2 1/2 p lilac and blue
  3 p lilac and brown
  6 p lilac and black
  1 Sh green
  2 Sh 6 p green and black
  4 Sh green and red
  1 Pound lilac on red
  5 Pounds lilac and black on red

These stamps have watermark 'CA Crown' and perforation 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1/2 p c c  
1 p c c  
2 1/2 p * *  
3 p * *  
6 p * *  
1 Sh ** **  
2 Sh 6 p *** ***  
4 Sh *** ***  
1 Pound R R  
5 Pounds RRR RR  

 

In 1897 (17 December) Zululand was added to Natal.


Postal Stationery

Postcards example:


(Postcard of Great Britain, overprinted with 'ZULULAND'


Fiscal Stamps

1890(?) Fiscal stamps of Natal, overprinted "ZULULAND"

1 p lilac (fiscal stamp of Natal)
The 1 p stamp was also used as a postage stamp

The following values were overprinted: 1 p lilac, 1 Sh lilac and red, 5 Sh lilac and red, 9 Sh lilac and red, 1 Pound blue and red, 5 Pounds green and red and 20 Pounds green and black. A manually surcharged stamp 5 Sh lilac and red should also exist (I've never seen it).


Forged overprint "ZULULAND" and forged cancel on a 20 Pounds Natal Revenue stamp.


Postmarks

The following post offices existed in Zululand (source: http://pbbooks.com/cr68.htm):

Entonjaneni (Melmoth) (1888)
Eshowe (1887)
Hlabisa (1894)
Ingwavuma (1895)
Lower Tugela (Inyoni) (1891)
Lower Umfolosi (1894)
Nkandhla (1890)
Nondweni (1891)
Nongoma (1894)
Nqutu (1893)
Ntingwe (1895)
Qudeni (1897)
Rorke's Drift (1889)
Ubombo (1895)
Ulundi (1893)
Umlalazi (Mtunzini) (1897)

Eshowe is probably the most common cancel.


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