British and German East Africa ephemera

A collection of stamps from EA auctioned in 2010

These images have been supplied by Muhaimin – not all are WW1 related. If you are able to identify any individual or location in any of the photos etc, please let me know. Permission for use of any of the photos/images needs to be obtained from Muhaimin through the GWAA.

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Map of Dar es Salaam
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Map of Dar es Salaam showing publication detail
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Coastal map
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Blueprint GEA house
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German letter in English dated 1903 regarding Agricultural Exhibition in Mombasa
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German bank note (reverse view)

German bank note (reverse view)
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Tanga 20c stamp
9. Looks like a British stamp of Tanga with inscriptions of war and weapons.
It is an extremely rare stamp and does not exist in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue.
Stamps – German
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British India stamps used on Zanzibar
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British India stamps used on Zanzibar
22. Old hand written Bible in Kiswahili Arabic script. It is one of the very rare or rather unique example of John Willamson, who made a great effort by putting together this great achievement in translating and writting the Kiswahili Bible in Arabic script. This Bible was introduced mostly for the people of the East African coastline which was under the Arabian Sultanate of Zanzibar. Due to the Arab influence the locals learnt to read and write in Arabic. So when the christian missionaries came they had to teach them the Bible in Kiswahili Arabic script. This is how this Bible came into existence. It’s over a hundred years old.It has a beautiful binding of Elephant skin with very good Islamic caligraphy. It has 86 pages. It measures length 8.7 inches and width 6.8 inches. The inside part which looks like a sticker reads in Kiswahili Arabic “kitabu hiki nimali yangu mimi John Williamson” which means “this Bible belongs to me John Williamson”. AND THE INSIDE CALIGRAPHY IN WREATH READS in kiswahili kama ilivyoitwa injil Yohana which means like it was mentioned injil as Yohana
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Swahili Arabic Bible cover
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Bible – Swahili Arabic
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Bible in Swahili Arabic Script
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Askari S.M Mgeni numbered as 5706 by Betty Williams. Dated 1944, Tabora. It is painted on wooden board.
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Herman Wissmann – Deutschlands Grosser Afrikander
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German book 1904
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German Book 1910
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“Secret book” – cover; handwritten account 1885
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“Secret Book” – 1 page of 135
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“Secret Book” section
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Books by Stanley
34. This book, The darkest Africa by Henry Morton Stanley.It has a letter inside to a friend of stanley and also sighed by Stanley himself, with original seals.If you look closely you will see a stamp with a yacht,3 rupien. It has a handstamp of Taveta. These were used during the Salaita Hills war between the British and the Germans. Due to the overprint of Taveta, this is also a rare stamp.
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Letter inside Stanley book
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Letter inside Stanley book
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German books
38. Ear rings: Not very sure about the authenticity.The are made up of silver on the exterior and the pin where as the inside is gold this is because there was no white gold before in the olden days.They are studded with diamonds.These diamonds have been cut in the olden style they have flat base and they are not very appealinng because of less facits.In one earing one small diamond is missing where as the other two small diamonds are missing.The two larger center pieces are intact.
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Ear Rings
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Ear Rings
41. Below, there are a few medals. The Victorian medal was awarded to Ali Bin Nassur Pilot, King George V medal was for Serjeant Bakari Ahmed. There is a brass medal which was for 1820 PTE Waziri 2/K.A.R. The Elizabeth medal was for Abukhan. There is also a German medal. There are gun metal coins of G.E.A. The bomb shell is the largest used in East africa. The copy of G.E.A story in English. There is the German colonial atlas. The Victorian military lock has a warranty of 35 years and even after 100 years it is still working. The map is of the Songea; the front and back has a canvas. A bullet shell that killed Selous found about 200 yards from where he was killed and burried. 42.
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Firstly Zanzibar badges of honour which are extremely rare. You will see one which has Chuaka District probably unknown. Maybe about 100pcs are known of such badges. Then we have the Italian Somalia medals, a coin and a victory medal. Tokens of East Africa porters. There are 2 World War 1 medals belonging to 1/3 Interp John Ishmael 4 K.A.R, the other one is 6009 Pte Odhiambo 4 K.A.R, the Victory Medal belonged to 1820 Pte WAZIRI 2 K.A.R. This one is similar to the previous bronze King George V medal photo above. Then we have 3 Africa Medals which are in bad shape. The Edward VII does not have a name. The King George V reads 4479 SUT NORALILI 5/K.A.R. The Elizabeth Medal reads 9445 OCN St Masombe Mwangangi. G.E.A. Heller coins. A map of East Africa 1936. Miscellaneous items such as badges, tokens, a cufflink, HMS Royal Arthur Hammer, Kenya police button etc. Finally, a ceremonial sword used in parades during the British era.
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Victory medal awarded to 1130.SGT.OMAR MOHAMED.7/K.A.R
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Queen Elizabeth medal for long service and good conduct awarded to 3869 CONST,CHOME KATETE KENYA
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First, a G.E.A map of Usambara.Then we have the G.E.A map of Mohoro dated 1916. This was made by the British for the East African Campaign. Old map of G.E.A. Again a G.E.A map of Usumbura but covers Tanga, Pangani and Wilhemstal. Blue print map of Mafia Island. Very important map, most likely British occupation probably unique. G.E.A letter – no clue what it says. Book of Evangelist missioneries in G.E.A. Its binding is file-like, most likely never published, extremely rare dated 1913-14. Again another Letter of G.E.A, contents not known. Newspaper of G.E.A dated 1915 and finally land book of G.E.A with original seal.
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We have three bayonets: one seems to be German, another French. I have no idea how it came to East Africa and lastly British Wilkinson London. Then we have two East Africa hand painted vases. There is an old brass British ship compass World War era. Then we have a rare British flare gun. It has a different wooden handle and an extendable barrel. World War 2 German helmet. World War 2 Africa medals with Africa Star King George VI. Then we have probable military buttons, Victory Medals belonging to 1071.PTE.ALI ABUBAKAR. 7/K.A.R. The other one belongs to (it’s not very clear, I can only get one name) 10376L/KOMBO. 3/K.A.R. The other is a Victory Medal Italian Somaliland. There’s something like a hand bracelet which was worn by locomotive drivers working for Municipal Council of Mombasa East Africa in the colonial days. Last but not least just tokens nothing to do with East Africa.
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An original water colour painting by Rena Fennesy. She was mostly an illustrator,painter and also worked at the museums of Kenya. She even designed some of the East Africa stamps.

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Pre independence local newspaper dated 1963. Written is “ushindi ni wa Kenya” which means “victory belongs to Kenya”.

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