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The Waizero Collection

Auktionshaus Felzmann is offering one of the true giants of East African philately in the upcoming spring auction. Collectors from all around the world are looking forward to the outcome of the Waizero collection.

Waizero-Sammlung

Elegance & gracefulness in one collection

Perhaps the name of the collection – Waizero – already lets connoisseurs know of the philatelic elegance & beauty which is to be discovered in this unique collection. In the time of the Abyssinian Empire (980 BC – 1974), Waizero was a title for a noble lady of the imperial court in Ethiopia, which the ruler would confer on dignified ladies on certain occasions.
As a nation, Ethiopia was able to oppose colonial conquests throughout the entire 19th century until 1936. The country joined the Union Postal Universal (UPU) relatively late compared to others in 1908. The Waizero collection, with its philatelic diversity, reflects the postal history and the great pride of this East African country.

Preview of the Waizero collection

The Waizero collection, presented here, has been brought together over a span of decades by an experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated collector. It is characterised by rare foreign usages and the corresponding franking combinations of the pre-UPU period and by essays of different postal periods with corresponding unique items. Also, the time within UPU is well represented with interesting issues including some very rare hand struck overprints for presentation purposes as well as airmail & zeppelin items.

The complete collection can be found in the Felzmann Waizero special catalogue, which you can browse as ePaper or order here.

Outline & highlights of the collection

The collection is dived into several sections, we have also compiled highlights of different periods for you:

Maps

Hondius bis Map of the Abisine Empire

Lot 4006: 1636, "Hondius bis Map of the Abisine Empire", entire page black/white, map including small description, original, fine condition

1867/68: Egyptian post offices/Napier expedition

Altdeutschland, id381842, Sachsen, LandingPage, Briefmarken, Briefe, Vorschau, Auktion 156

Lot 4010: 1868, envelope to India franked 4 Annas (Officer's rate) with "F.F." cancellation (Payne FF1) and ms date, on reverse red cancellation“ Field Force Post Office "Abyssinia and Bangalore" dater (the letter written by Capt. Elliot sent to his wife via his Commanding Officer)

1894-1908: Pre-UPU period

Lot 4016:

Lot 4016: First Empire Definitives
1894, "Menelik Sultan of the Nile", 3 Die proofs - essays of unadopted design without value, in orange, carmine, and black on white, ungummed paper, very fine and scarce, cert. Holcombe

Lot 4021: 1894, 900, ½ G. red postal stationery card

Lot 4021: First Empire Definitives
1894, 900, ½ G. red postal stationery card, addressed to Geneve/Switzerland, franked pair ¼ G. Menelik (Entotto cancellation), marked "Harar Poste Francaise" (HR4), additionally franked Djibouti 10. C. for foreign postage, sent via Djibouti to Europe with arrival marking, written and signed by H. Mühle, exhibition item

Lot 4028: 1894, small envelope from Harar (type 2)

Lot 4028: First Empire Definitives
1894, 898, small envelope from Harar (type 2), without domestic franking, additionally franked 10 C. and 15 C. Djibouti-issue, via French shipmail "Ligne N. Paq. Fr. N.4" to Interlaken/Switzerland, rare usage

Lot 4034: 1901, ESSAYS by H. Mühle, the first postmaster of Addis Abeba

Lot 4034: Control Handstamp "Ethiopie" 
1901, ESSAYS by H. Mühle, the first postmaster of Addis Abeba: ¼ to 16 G., complete set First Empire Definitives, tied by cds. "ADIS ABEBA 25. VI.1903" on two registered covers to Stuttgart/Germany. Combination frankings with OBOCK 50 C. tied by blue cds. of Djibouti on reverse, via French shipmail "LA REUNION A MARSEILLE N.3" with arrival mark. UNIQUE and spectacular franking. Including biography of Mühle in German, small booklet (see reference Payne vol.1/Menelik journal n. 21)

Lot 4081: 1905, 1 G. stationery card with

Lot 4081: Control Handstamp "Numerals"
1905, 1 G. stationery card with "MALEKT" and "10" numeral overprint, additionally franked with "10" numeral on ½ G. in Addis Abeba and 10 C. Somalicoast-issue in Djibouti. Rare combination via shipmail to Vienna/Austria with arrival mark

Lot 4084: 1904, ¼ G. stationery card overprinted

Lot 4084: Control Handstamp "Numerals"
1904, ¼ G. stationery card overprinted "MALEKT", additionally franked 1 C.(2), 4 C.(2) Somalicoast-issue. From Harar (no cancellation) via Djibouti, French shipmail "LA REUNION A MARSEILLE LV N. 2" to Berne/Switzerland (Michel-correspondence)

Lot 4085: 1905, 1 G. stationery card with Harar provisional overprint

Lot 4085: Control Handstamp "Numerals"
1905, 1 G. stationery card with Harar provisional overprint "5 c/m" in violet, precanceled Harar. Additionally franked 10 C. Italian occupation “Colonia Eritrea” from ASMARA to Rome/Italy, then redirected to Napoli and Macerata. Rare and appealing

Lot 4131: 1910, registered stationery card with four stamps

Lot 4131: 1908 - Control Handstamp Piastres
1910, registered stationery card with four stamps, "Piastres" overprint issue from Harar via Port Taufiq and Port Said to Marienbad/Austria with arrival mark. Appealing and very rare four colour franking

1909-1936: UPU accession/overprint marks/airmail etc.

Lot 4211: 1/8 G. - 5 Th., cpl. set in adopted colours on WHITE SILK, imperforated

Lot 4211: 931, Ordinary Definitives
1/8 G. - 5 Th., cpl. set in adopted colours on WHITE SILK, imperforated. Original prints from the "INSTITUT DE GRAVURE - PARIS", appealing RARITY

1936-42: Italian occupation

The complete collection will be available for viewing in the online catalogue from the middle of February.

1942-1994: Later/modern editions

The complete collection will be available for viewing in the online catalogue from the middle of February.

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Auctioning or selling philately from Africa

Have we aroused your interest in this exciting collection field?
Starting with the mid of February, 2017 you should a closer look into our online-catalogue for the upcoming auction – or simply order our printed catalogue.

Do you have African philately that you would like to sell?
Please talk to our experts to find out how to secure the best price for your material.

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