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German Southwest Africa
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
585   imageGerman South West Africa, Native Insurrection Wars Exhibit, 1904-1907, jaw-dropping 7 volume exhibit and related unmounted items; over 650 items, magnificently researched and detailed, award-winning collection formed by a world leading expert on this tragic event, touches upon every conceivable aspect of communication during the conflict: Bondelzwart Uprising (Oct 1903-Feb 1904) including Provisional Field postcarts for trans-colony routing, Discovery Copy of sole registered unused Type 2 example, sole unused and 1 of 3 known used Type 3 (with 1987 cert), international rate from soldier in "Mountain Battery" to Austria, soldier postcard to Guatemala, examples from 10 different Feld Postmark locations; Herero Uprising (Jan 1904-Oct 1904) includes rare Provisionals from Bethanien, Grootfontein, Gobabis, Jakalswater, Hasuur, Keethmanshoop, Okombahe, Nauchas, Okahandja, Omaruru, Outjo, Rehoboth, Seeis, Ramansdrift, Swarkopmond, and Windhoek; Zelthain Training Camp, Remainder Field postcard, stunning receipt strike from FPO 1 on seconf day of use, intracolony usage to farm near Kuis, wireless radio station, Earliest Reported Usage (10 known) of Warmbad Provisional Field Postcard, special envelope designed for military communications, Field Post Office station cancels, postcard from SMS Wolf which telegraphed word of the Jan 14, 1904 Hereros Uprising, telegram requesting Veterinarian for volunteer service (declined), Formula Field Postcards mint and postally used including at least 16 Types; Hottentot Uprising (1904-1907) including P. D. Ernst Woermann unconvoyed mail (Discovery Copy) from regularly scheduled west-east circum-Africa trip, SMS Habicht first ship to put landing force ashore, Adolph Woermann personnel carrier, 384 soldiers brought by Erich Woermann, 800 men of the Naval Expeditionary Force on board the Darmstadt, Apr 1904 trip by Entre Rios, Wittekind brought reinforcements, and many more vessels (Silva, Eleonore Woermann, Montevideo, Schleswig, and Solingen); fascinating grouping of Supply Train mail; sole known example of Red Cross Expedition handstamp used on Steamer Herzog, Navy Postal Bureau receiving markings, Registered mail posted without prepayment, Parcel Post to troops, Army Telegraph Service, Heliographic Telegraph Service, Radiogram Service, Newspaper Subscription Service, Postal Money Order, Official Mail, Postage Due, Courier Pouch Mail (Relay Rider), Fieldpost Deadletter Section, "Turned" Adversity mail, Death From Disease, Killed in Action, Death From Wounds, Civilian PO datestamps (at least 20 shown), Unauthorized Use of Canceller, Datestamp Irregularities, International mail to Mexico, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Greece, and the US; strong showing of both the Alder "Eagle" (220 diff from 1904-1905) and Soldier's Letter (230 diff from 1905-1907) Unit handstamps; Tactical Formations including Regimental Staff, Replacement Company, Batallion, Artillery, Machine Gun, General Headquarters, Zone Headquarters, Finance, and Camel Corps; Railroad Management and Maintenance, Searchlight Detachment, Supply Convoy, Army Commissarait, Troop Transport, Main Clothing Depot, Field Survey, Telegraphy Detatchment, Field Post, Mobile Army Hospital, Sanatary Office, Hospital Administration, Hospital Command, Hospital Reserve, Sector Health Office, and Sanatorium; Service organizations including German Red Cross, Assistance Committee for German Southwest Africa, and Army Chaplain; commercial Patriotics; finishes with Fieldpost franchise termination date (Dec 31, 1907) postcard from soldier, Very Fine.


Herero were cattle herders who migrated into what is now Namibia during the mid-18th century. Their language contained more than a thousand words for the colors and markings of cattle.

By 1903 the Herero had already ceded more than a quarter of their territory to German colonists. The Otavi railway line running from the African coast to inland German settlements would make German colonies much more accessible and would have ushered a new wave of Europeans into the area.

Colonial authorities and white settlers envisioned a predominately white "new African Germany," wherein the native populations would be put onto reservations and their land distributed among settlers and companies. Under German colonial rule, colonists were encouraged to seize land and cattle subjugate the indigenous as slave labor. German settlers often referred to black Africans as "baboons" and treated them with contempt.

In January 1904, the Herero attacked more than 100 settlers in the area of Okahandja. Cries in the Reichstag, and from the Kaiser himself, for total eradication grew strident. In August, German General Lothar von Trotha defeated the Ovaherero in the Battle of Waterberg and drove them into the desert where most died of dehydration. In October, the Nama people also rebelled only to suffer a similar fate.

The Herero genocide was a campaign of ethnic extermination and collective punishment waged by the German Empire against the Herero. It was the first genocide of the 20th century. Between 24,000 and 100,000 Hereros died. The first phase was characterized by widespread death from starvation and dehydration, due to the prevention of the Herero from leaving the Namib desert by German forces. Once defeated, thousands of Hereros were imprisoned in concentration camps, where the majority died of diseases, abuse, and exhaustion.
Shipping charges apply - weight 44 lbs.
In 2018 the last batch of skulls and other remains of slaughtered tribesmen which were taken to Germany to promote racial superiority were taken back to Namibia.
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Estimate $15,000-20,000
Currently Opening at...$7,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
586   imageGerman South West Africa, Sizable Contingent, 1897-1914, 72 mostly postal cards spanning much of the German occupation period; District Chief of Omaruru writing about a cattle plague, Lieutenant Schule on Oct 1901 survey mission, postal agent Hulsmann with detailed text to Crefeld, and map of campaign against the united Swartbooi-/Topnaar-Hottentots and Norwest-Herero; many have attached auction sheets, consigner paid $2,500 for 22 of these; great Postal History, Fine to Very Fine. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6)

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Estimate $2,500-3,500
Currently Opening at...$1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
587   imageGerman South West Africa, World Class Postal History, 1901-1907, 5 extraordinary pieces to boost a GSWA exhibit; Trial strike Second Day of Use on unaddressed card, Hamburg Column of the Red Cross red handstamp Field Marshall to Erfurt (a few months before the Battle of Waterberg), correct international postage for the Cape Transit third phase of the camel mail from Rietfontein/Mier, provisional FP card with KDFP No. 1 from Otjosasu to Charlottenburg with text about battles at Ongandjira and Owiumbo, and rare 2nd Windhoek cancellation on 5Pf postal stationery cards from preceeding period with text about passing on a letter to staff doctor Kuhn from Grootfontein; owner cost exceeded $3,000, Fine to Very Fine, signed Steuer, Dr. Friedrich F. Steuer. (PDF for this Lot) (Image)

Estimate $2,000-3,000
Currently Opening at...$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
588   imageGerman South West Africa, Quality Exhibit Residuals, 1904-1907, 53 envelopes, postal cards, and more in clear sleeves; most still with auction page details, consignor spent $3,500 on 32 of these wonderful pieces of Postal History; Official mail from Windhuk, Field Hospital VIII Okahandja to Heidelberg, Field Hospital XII Luderitzbucht to Breslau, Field Hospital IV Okahandja to Berlin, Gelsenkirchen to lieutenant in Windhuk, scarce Registered cover from Swakopmund, Field Hospital XII "Mountain Battery" to Berlin, Landing Detachment at Swakopmund, Marine Postal system "recipient has returned to Germany", and rare pair of Civil Pension books along with sepia military portait and campaign ribbon; great material, Fine to Very Fine. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Estimate $2,000-3,000
Currently Opening at...$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
589   imageGerman South West Africa, Auction Winnings, 1904-1906, 46 better envelopes, postal stationery, and postcards from the Herero and Nama Genocide period of German occupation of what is present day Namibia; most are still on the European auction cards, consignor paid $1,300 for 18 of these; interesting items include envelope to protected well drilling crew in the south, 6 multicolored cards (like oversized cigarette cards), violet postmark from Outjo to Medical Sergeant Berker backstamped Jakalswater with rubber stamp eagle "Imperial Lazareth Outjo", Okahandja postmark with rare Rail sideline and Field Post Conductor box cancel, and 1904 return letter to lieutenant of the Schutztruppe in Windhoek with 248 Lazareth Okahandja deceased; great for exhibit or resale, Fine to Very Fine. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Estimate $1,500-2,000
Currently Opening at...$750.00
Will close during Public Auction
590   imageGerman South West Africa, Exhibit Grade Material, 1888-1906, 51 envelopes and postal cards from what has become Namibia; these better items have superior cancels and exotic destinations including Iran, Chile, Philippines, Columbia, Siam, and Uganda; 25 still have the auction house information with owner cost in excess of $2,600; wonderful condition and packed with auxiliary markings, Fine to Very Fine. Shipping charges apply - weight 1.6 lbs. (PDF for this Lot) (Image)

Estimate $1,500-2,000
Currently Opening at...$750.00
Will close during Public Auction
591   imageGerman South West Africa, Exhibit and Support Material, 1884-1915, 300+ envelopes, postal cards, picture postcards and more from German governed Southwest Africa colony; world-class specialist remnants including 15 pages of an exhibit, used and unused postal stationery, picture postcards, seapost and railroad, WWI, Occupation/Mandate, and a cancel study; Forerunner German UPU card with reply issue of 1890, concurrent usage period, foreign origination from Guatemala (1905), Tunisia (1907) and United States (1905), Prisoner of War mail, and several with censor markings and tapes; cancel study including Guchab, Gibeon, Karibib, Luderitzbucht, Okahandja, Oppeln, and Lyck; turn of the century multicolor postcards; seapost, railroad, and rural carrier routes; extensive mint and postally used postal cards with varieties including inverted and reversed watermark; all useful items for the advanced collector or reseller, Very Fine. Shipping charges apply - weight 15.6 lbs. (PDF for this Lot) (Image)

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Estimate $1,000-1,500
Currently Opening at...$500.00
Will close during Public Auction
592   imageGerman South West Africa, Provisional Postcards, 1904, 9 postcards from the scarce Provisional Period on auction cards between €80-€600 each; includes Windhoek, Magdeburg, Karibibi, Omaruru, large format Registered to Berlin, Gibeon, Keetmanshoop, a lovely unused Keetmanshoop, and Windhuk; cream of the crop for this period nicely written up (in German) on the auction cards; owner cost €2,250, Fine to Very Fine. (PDF for this Lot) (Image)

Estimate $1,000-1,500
Currently Opening at...$500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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