The Arnhold Collection

The Arnhold Collection

17th May, 2012


StanleyGibbons 17.05.2012


H E Arnhold 1921-2011

Hans Eduard Arnhold was born on December 10th 1921 in Dresden, Germany.
A son and grandson of an important and traditional family of Saxony bankers,
he showed an early interest in philately. Eduard became a serious collector on
receiving part of his father, Kurt Arnhold’s prestigious collection which included
the stamps of the British Empire.

As a boy in the 1930’s Eduard was prevented from studying in his native country
by the anti-semitic laws at the time. As a result he went to school at Chateau
d’Oex in Switzerland. By December 1939 the stage was set for the Second World War and Eduard left from the UK, departing to Rio de Janeiro as a jewish refugee. He took his
beloved stamp collection with him.

By the early 1940’s he settled with his parents in Sao Paolo where he later
established both a family and a business. His collecting hobby became a passion which stayed with him until the last days of his life. Eduard spent the last fifteen years of his life in the small seaside town of Itapema in the state of Santa Catarina where he had studied nature, another of his passions.

He died on May 25th 2011 aged 89.

March 2012

Catalogue: Auction catalogue

Status: Closed


Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 18 – Cross-Border Mail via Northern Rhodesia

Rhodesian Study Circle

Memoir 18 – Cross-Border Mail via Northern Rhodesia

From Schuckmannsburg via Shesheke, from Mbeyahof via Fife, from Vua and Tua via Sumbu, and from Kazombo via Mongu and Kalene Hill – these are but some of the postal routes explored in this Memoir, which marks the completion of an examination of Northern Rhodesian postal history led by that former Petauke resident, Alan Drysdall. In the last two years Alan has collaborated in three Memoirs concerning the early postal history of Northern Rhodesia.

In this Memoir he again teams up with Australian, Paul Peggie, to illustrate (literally and metaphorically) instances of cross-border mail via Northern Rhodesia. This is a tale of missionaries (the Springers, Dan Crawford, the Fishers and others) and early administrators in areas in Central Africa where formal boundaries were still evolving. The fact that the authors have chosen to define cross-border mail in a rather generous fashion is a great blessing. It allows the reader (and I am sure that there will be many) to be exposed to some fascinating items of postal history. The Memoir is produced, indexed and illustrated in a manner that is both pleasing and professional.

This Memoir not only complements Memoirs 13 (The Postal History of North-Eastern Rhodesia) and 15 (The early Postal history of Barotseland: the role of the Paris Missionaries in N.W. Rhodesia), it is an important addition to the understanding of subject matter. It is also a testament to the collaborate nature of the members of the RSC and of the Circle’s commitment to serious research provided in a lively and interesting fashion. The authors deserve our congratulations. Alan Drysdall deserves a medal for bringing this trilogy on Northern Rhodesian postal history to us all in so short a time.

70 pages with 56 illustrations, in colour, A4 with card and transparent plastic covers and spiral bound.


  • Memoir: 18
  • Author: Alan Drysdall and Paul Peggie
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No.242 March 2012


Vol. 62 No.1  March 2012/No.242



Chairman’s Report

Vale: Don Mitchell, Patrick Williams, and Eric Day

Member’s List Update

Circle News and Information

Matters Arising


Members Ask

Reports of Meetings:

  • Zimbabwe (9-10/4/2011)
  • London (8/10/2011)
  • Cape Town (10/12/2011)
  • Zimbabwe (3/12/2011)
  • Melbourne (10/12/2011)
  • London (28/1/2012)

Rhodesia Admirals 1913-1924: The Colours and Printings of the 10d – Stephen Reah-Johnson

Rhodesian Names

Ebay Watch

Mphoengs Stad – Buster Schemper and Ian Johnstone

British South Africa Company: Hut Tax Tokens 1903-1916 – Peter Maslanka

A census of Double Head Covers – Don Napier and Ronnie Winchester

Picture Postcard Forum – Andrew Wilkie

Mission Mail in Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1925-1964 (Part A) – Paul Peggie


Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 4 – Rhodesia’s Role in the Second Anglo-Boer War

Rhodesian Study Circle

Rhodesia’s Role in the Second Anglo-Boer War

Dr Alan Drysdall collaborated with the Anglo-Boer War Society to produce a Memoir focusing on the participation of Rhodesian forces in the war and the philatelic record of that participation which has survived.

The work is not only an historical record of the war but includes up to one hundred illustrations of covers and other memorabilia from the time.


  • Memoir: 4
  • Author: Alan Drysdall
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 6 – The Fletcher Jones (Revised) & Storey Correspondence

Rhodesian Study Circle

The Fletcher Jones (Revised) & Storey Correspondence


Memoir 5, the Fletcher Jones correspondence, proved to be something of a best-seller, and by mid 2005 it was apparent that the last copies were likely to be sold before the end of the year.

Rather than simply reprint the original version, Alan Drysdall decided to compile a completely revised edition incorporating the information published as an update in the Journal in June 2004, a substantial amount of new information resulting from the appearance on the market of a second batch of covers, and some further comments regarding the early postal routes in N.E. Rhodesia.

Added to this extended version of the Fletcher Jones story is an analysis of the Storey correspondence, the original version of which has also been extended as a result of more covers appearing at auction.

The two correspondences, which are contemporaneous, compliment one another in that the covers addressed to Storey illustrate the postal routes between the UK and Chinde, the British Concession at the mouth of the Zambesi, about which very little has ever been published, and the Fletcher Jones covers provide evidence of the postal routes and post offices within B.C.A. and N.E Rhodesia.

Memoir 6 is comb-bound substantial publication, comprising 150 pages of text with more than 50 illustrations, including three pages in colour, and a foldout map of N.E. Rhodesia, also in colour.


  • Memoir: 6
  • Author: Dr. A Drysdall
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Rhodesian Study Circle: Memoir 9 – Early Gold Mining in Southern Rhodesia

Rhodesian Study Circle

Early Gold Mining in Southern Rhodesia

This profusely illustrated memoir explains the rather complex mining regulations and describes 23 different types of certificate together with the appropriate stamp duties, many of which varied during the period under review.

Comb bound with card covers, A4 format, x+ 58 pages, 64 illustrations including 40 in colour and 10 tables.


  • Memoir: 9
  • Author: Christopher J Cooksey
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No.241 December 2011


Vol. 61 No.4  December 2011/No.241

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Circle News and Information

Dr Thomas Osdene – reflections – Stephen Reah-Johnson and Alan MacGregor

A biographical note on Dick Pollitt – a personal perspective – Stephen Reah-Johnson

Members Ask

Matters Arising

Reports of Meetings:

  • Cape Town (13/8/2011)
  • Melbourne (17/9/2011)
  • Zimbabwe (17/9/2011)
  • Ontario (7/10/2011)
  • SA National Exhibition, Cape Town (13-15/10/2011)

A review of two Rhodesian collections and three auctions (Spink and Sotheby’s) – Stephen Reah-Johnson

eBay Watch

Hargreaves and Fort Young – Alan Drysdall

The researches of the late Arthur Pratt – Christopher Cooksey

Cigarette Surtax 1937-1953 and the ‘Excise’ Overprints – Adrian de Bourbon

ADS Registration Labels – Part 3 – Geoff Breakspear

Some early B.C.A and B.S.A.C. connections and a tale of Cloete and Blenkiron – Paul Peggie and John Shawley

A well travelled cover – Alan Drysdall

Picture Postcard Forum – Andrew Wilkie

The Philatelic Collection of Lord Steinberg

The Philatelic Collection of Lord Steinberg – British Empire Mint Multiples

6th September, 2011Sotheby 06.09.2011

Looking through Lord Steinberg’s 33 stamp albums, with each item on a separate page written-up by a skilled calligraphist, was not only a joy but a unique occasion. In the recent past, Sotheby’s has had the privilege of auctioning outstanding collections formed by Sir Gawaine Baillie and Lady Mairi Bury. Each of those were distinctive in the owner’s style of collecting; Sir Gawaine collected Great Britain and British Empire and held production proofs and mint examples of the issued stamps with some blocks; Lady Mairi collected Great Britain and favoured primarily postal history, particularly of her beloved Ireland.

Lord Steinberg, like Sir Gawaine, collected Great Britain and the British Empire, but with a real twist. He only collected mint blocks of four or larger multiples. To see a comparable collection it is necessary to go back to the earlier period of the 20th century to a sale devoted purely to blocks of four which was held by Puttick and Simpson in London.

Collectors are only too aware of the significance of blocks. Many stamps which are comparatively common are transformed into major rarities when in blocks of four or larger. These sales will be an unrivalled opportunity for specialist collectors to acquire gems from this exceptional, unique collection.

Lord Steinberg (1936-2009)

Leonard Steinberg rose to prominence with Stanley Leisure, the company he founded in his native Belfast. His success ensured that it became the fourth largest bookmaker in the UK, with 650 shops and 40 casinos. The company was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1986. Awarded a peerage in 2004, Lord Steinberg was a keen Conservative and a proud friend of Israel. His great and varied philanthropic work included support of many UK and Jewish organisations. Stamp collecting was one of the many activities he enjoyed at leisure, alongside cricket and art. He was elected President of Lancashire County Cricket Club in 2007.

This remarkable sale comprises 74 countries of the British Empire. There is a most notable range of blocks, including some of the greatest rarity.

Highlights of the sale include Australia with many rare Kangaroo blocks; the unique British Solomon Islands block illustrated on the front cover of this brochure; magnificent classic Ceylon; Cyprus 1924-28 £5 block of four; Falkland Islands with the 1933 Centenary set in marginal blocks of four; wonderful Hong Kong; India classic issues; a remarkable section of Newfoundland with the unique 1927 De Pinedo airmail block of four and the 1932 DO-X airmail block of four with the surcharge inverted.

Like Sir Gawaine Baillie before him, Lord Steinberg developed a great passion for the Rhodesian Double Head issues. These are generally rare in blocks and within the sale is an incomparable selection.

Catalogue: Auction Catalogue

Status: Closed


No.240 September 2011



Vol. 61 No.3  September 2011/No.240



Circle News and Information

Members Ask

Matters Arising

Reports of Meetings:

  • Cape Town (20/3/2011)
  • Kwa Zulu Natal (8/5/2011)
  • Melbourne (11/6/2011)
  • Zimbabwe (18/6/2011)
  • South West (26/6/2011)
  • Johannesburg (21/4/2011)
  • London (18/6/2011)

Postal stationery cards addressed to the UK sent by railway workers from Umtali via Beira in 1897-98 – Alan Drysdall

Native porters at Katungas, B.C.A. – Mark Thomas

ADS Registration Labels – Geoff Brakspear

The Southern Rhodesia 5/- Admiral SG 14 – Otto Peetoom

“Around the houses in North Eastern Rhodesia” – A Letter that chases an addressee is sport for the philatelist – Mark Thomas 

Were ‘Double Heads’ definitives or commemoratives? – Keith Harrop

The stamps overprinted ‘B.C.A’ in Museum Africa – Alan Drysdall

The Palace and the Mounted Pioneer Stamp – George Stewart

Was the £1 “Error” not the First £1 Double Head Printed? – Stephen Reah-Johnson with some notes by R.M. Gibbs

Postcard Forum – Andrew Wilkie


No.239 June 2011



Vol. 61 No.2  June 2011/No.239



Circle News and Information

Members Ask

Matters Arising

Reports of Meetings:

  • South West England (13/2/2011)
  • Manchester (29/1/2011)
  • Melbourne (12/2/2011)
  • Zimbabwe (27/11/2010)
  • Johannesburg (22/1/2011)
  • Zimbabwe (19/3/2011)
  • AGM/Conference (8-10/4/2011)

Cap Markings on BSAC 2d Admiral – The 2d Plate 7 Revisited – Julian Schamroth and Stephen Reah-Jones

‘A Study in Green’ or ‘The Curious case of the imperforate Halfpenny Double Head’ – R.J. Looker

Post Office Wrappers: British South Africa Company, Southern Rhodesia, Nyasaland & British Central Africa Protectorate – Dr. John K. Courtis

Serendipity and headaches, the lot of the postal historian – Alan Drysall

Book Reviews – Memoirs 13, 17 and 18

ADS Registration Labels – Part 1 – Geoff Brakspear 

A Dozen Manifestations – HG 11a – Paul Peggie, Sean Burke and Colin Hoffman

Postcard Forum – Ellis Allen – Published – Andrew Wilkie

The Southern Rhodesia 5/- Admiral Former Error of Colour – Otto Peetoom

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