‘VIC’ VISSER BECHUANALAND
Postal History
VV465 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (6th February), soldier’s 1d concessionary rate envelope addressed to Scotland. Bearing a single Cape 1d rose-red (SG 41, fault) tied by a very fine ‘232’ BONC with a proving strike of BARKLY G.W. (FE 6 85) single circle datestamp alongside. Endorsed at top ‘B. Christie. 1st Mounted Rifles and countersigned at lower left above ‘Commanding B Troop’. Backstamped with Cape Town (FE 10), Greenock (MR 4) and Largs (MR 4) transit / arrival datestamps. Small part of flap missing otherwise a very fine and rare early example of mail from this expedition.
 
Note: this is the third earliest cover recorded by Alan Drysdall in his census of Warren Expedition mail in his article ‘A Postal History of Stellaland’ (London Philatelist 101.65, March 1992). Also illustrated in The Runner Post issue 23, June 1991, p430.
£1,650
VV468 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (28th September), stampless envelope from Colonel Methuen addressed to his wife, then in the Cape. Bearing a Cape Town (SP 28) transit and Muizenberg (SP 29) single circle datestamps on the front. Showing a manuscript ‘4d’ (deleted) and ‘6d’. The envelope was readdressed and was backstamped with a Wynberg (SP 29) arrival datestamp. Slight staining on the face panel, otherwise very fine and a rare example of mail from this expedition.
 
Note: Colonel Methuen served in the Warren Expedition, where he commanded Methuen's Horse, a corps of mounted rifles. It is believed at this date he was at Orange River. The original address ‘Farmer Peck’s’ was an inn opened in Muizenberg in 1825. This inn was famous for its ham and eggs, and offered “excellent beds without any fleas”.
£450
VV471 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1886 (21st March), registered envelope addressed to Graaff Reinet. Bearing a single 1885 Cape overprinted 6d reddish purple (SG 7) tied by a ‘638’ BONC with a lightly impressed proving strike of the MAFEKING (MR ?) single circle datestamp alongside. Bearing NELSPOORT / R.T.O. transit and Graaff Reinet (MR 23) transit / arrivals datestamps struck on the front. Backstamped with a T.P.O. (MR 22) and further strikes of Mafeking and Graaff Reinet. Copy of a BPA certificate (1984) which observes ‘vertical crease through stamp and heavy surface abrasion’. Despite the faults, very rare, with 12-15 covers bearing stamps of the first issue believed extant and only three bearing the 6d duty. £550
VV472 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1887 (18th May), stampless ‘O.H.M.S.’ entire, signed on front by ‘E C Baxter’ (later PMG of British Bechuanaland) at upper right and endorsed ‘C.C. Office / Vryburg’ at lower left. With printed notice on the reverse in Dutch (translation: NOTICE / OLD STELLALAND DEBT / PROMISSORY NOTES AND TITLEDEEDS TO ERVEN IN VRYBURG) requesting all persons owing unpaid promissory notes to the late Stellaland Government to provide security within 2 months or face legal proceedings. Also, persons holding title deeds to redeem them by 30 June 1887, pay quitrent due, or forfeit such Erven to the Crown. ‘By Order of his Honour the Administrator / P.J. Truter, Civil Commissioner, Vryburg 14th April 1887’. Addressed locally with VRYBURG BECHUANALAND (18 May) single circle dispatch datestamp, then readdressed to Bloemhof, Transvaal. Showing the scarce ‘GEADVERTEERD EN ONAFGEHAALD.’ (Advertised and Unclaimed) boxed cachet struck in purple, applied in the Transvaal. Backstamped with Bloemhof (JLY 23) and Kimberley (JY 25) datestamps. The cover never reached the intended recipient and ended up in Cape Town five months later where it received a Returned Letter Office / Cape Town (OC 24) datestamp, struck on the front. Rare, and in remarkably fine condition A superb end piece to a Stellaland exhibit. £850
VV473 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1887 (3rd September), 1d Cape postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC1 / H&G 1). Addressed to Barkly West with the imprinted stamp only cancelled on arrival BARKLY G.W. (SP 3 / 87). Headed ‘Taungs / 30. 8. 87’ on the reverse, though no message. Some ageing, mainly on reverse. A scarce card used. £45
VV475 BRITISH BECHUANALAND / Official Mail 1889 (14th March), stampless envelope with printed heading ‘ON HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE’ at top and ‘Office of the Surveyor-General of / British Bechuanaland.’ at lower left with signature above. Addressed to Cape Town with VRYBURG BECHUANALAND (MR 14) single circle dispatch datestamp. Backstamped Cape Town (MR 19) arrival datestamp. Some light edge stains at left, otherwise very fine and clean. Usual receiver’s annotations on reverse. Scarce. SOLD
VV476 BRITISH BECHUANALAND / Military Telegraphs Telegram 1889 (18th May), sent from the Postmaster at Taungs to the Postmaster General at Vryburg. The message is a response to a request for information from the PMG: “The extra runner is required to take six parcels lying here and any extra mail matter which may arrive Monday I propose sending him with the regular runner who will see the mail delivered safely I have succeeded in getting mounted trustworthy man for twenty shillings please instruct”. With VRYBURG BECHUANALAND (MY 18) single circle datestamp applied as delivering office. Some faults, mainly confined to the perimeter. Very scarce. SOLD
VV479 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1889 (12th December), 1d Cape postal stationery card (B&BS PC1 / H&G 1) addressed to Kimberley. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a fine SETLAGOLI BECHUANALAND (DE 12) single circle datestamp. Kimberley (DE 14) arrival backstamp. The card rather unfresh with some staining, mainly on the reverse and with crease at top breaking the surface. A scarce postmark on a scarce commercially used card. £75
VV547 BRITISH BECHUANALAND c1890 (3rd May) incoming mourning envelope, possibly originating from Stellenbosch, the addressee’s home town in the Cape. Bearing a pair of ‘Hope Seated’ 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by a triangular obliterator. Addressed to ‘J. J. Bosman Esq. / Govt. Land Surveyor / P.O. Kuruman / British Bechuanaland’. With a transit of TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (MY 5) single circle datestamp struck on the front. Kimberley (MY 3) transit and very faint Kuruman arrival backstamps. Scarce incoming mail.
 
Note: as a member of the firm Moorrees and Bosman, the addressee, Johannes Jacobus Bosman undertook extensive surveying on behalf of the government of British Bechuanaland from 1888 including the determination of the border between Bechuanaland and German South West Africa. This work followed on from that of Edward Melvill who, during 1887-1888 performed the first section of the trigonometric survey of British Bechuanaland.
£150
VV482 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1890 (10th September), ‘Tamsen’ envelope addressed to the Transvaal bearing a single ‘Protectorate / Fourpence’ surcharge on ½d vermilion (SG 53, with 6mm spacing) tied by a MOLEPOLOLE BECHUANALAND (SP 9) single circle datestamp. With a MAFEKING (SP 11) transit datestamp struck on the front and backstamped with Fourteen Streams (SP 13) and Pretoria (SP 15) transit datestamps. Very fine. A scarce and attractive franking. £450
VV483 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1891 (13th April), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a single 1888 unappropriated die 2d lilac and black (SG 11, with faults) tied by a ‘638’ BONC with a proving strike of the MAFEKING BECHUANALAND (AP 13) single circle datestamp alongside and with a straight line MAFEKING handstamp struck in violet at upper left. The envelope was apparently not collected and received a fine strike of the scarce Cape of Good Hope ‘ADVERTISED / AND / UNCLAIMED’ handstamp struck in black. Backstamped with Cape Town (April) and Returned Letter Office Cape Town (July) datestamps. Ex Holmes (Harmers, 1981, lot 1311). £375
VV484 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1891 (9th June), envelope addressed to England bearing a single 1888 unappropriated die 6d lilac and black (SG 14, with a few blunt perforations) tied by a ‘638’ BONC with a proving strike of the MAFEKING BECHUANALAND (AP 13) single circle datestamp on the reverse. Backstamped with a London Paddington (JY 6) arrival datestamp. Part of flap missing which affects part of the Cape Town transit datestamp. Ex Holmes (Harmers, 1981, lot 1312).
 
Note: although the letter rate from Britain to British Bechuanaland was reduced from 6d to 4d per half ounce on 1st January 1891, it appears the reciprocal rate had not been introduced by mid April of that year.
£275
VV485 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1891 (24th August), envelope with original letter addressed to Cape Town. Bearing a single 1888 unappropriated die 2d lilac and black (SG 11) tied by a ‘555’ BONC with a proving strike of the VRYBURG BECHUANALAND (AU 24) single circle date-stamp alongside. Backstamped with a Cape Town (AU 27) arrival datestamp. A fine example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape. £325
VV489 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1892 (21st April), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘555’ BONC with a proving VRYBURG (AP 21) single circle datestamp (with dot at base). Backstamped with a Cape Town (AP 23) arrival datestamp. Faults, including vertical crease. £25
VV491 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1892 (12th September), envelope addressed to the Cape bearing a horizontal pair of 1891 ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 33), each tied by neat KEIMOES BECHUANALAND (SP 12) single circle datestamp with an additional strike at lower left. Backstamped with a Cape Town (SP 21) arrival datestamp. Small unobtrusive edge tear at top, not affecting the adhesives. A scarce datestamp and an attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape. £350
VV551 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1892 (24th September), envelope addressed to the Cape bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 34) tied by a light ‘555’ BONC with proving VRYBURG (SP 24) single circle datestamp alongside. With two-line cachet ‘Per NORTHERN EXPRESS LINE, / VRYBURG and MAFEKING,’ struck in violet at upper left. With MIDLAND DOWN (SP 26) TPO transit and Port Elizabeth (SP 26) arrival backstamps. A little light staining on the reverse, otherwise a remarkably clean cover. £275
VV492 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1892 (29th November), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to ‘Schweizer Reinecke / Christiana / Transvaal’, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘637’ BONC with a proving TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (NO 29) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped with a Vryburg (NO 29) transit and with Christiana ZAR (5 DEC and 7 DEC) squared octagon datestamps on the front. Some perimeter creasing, otherwise fine. £125
VV493 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1892 (30th December), incoming envelope from the Cape addressed to ‘L(ance) Corp(oral) W.A. Atkinson / (G Troop) / Bechuanaland Border Police / Fort Gaberones / Southern Protectorate’. Bearing a pair of Cape 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by East London (DE 30) hooded datestamps. Backstamped Vryburg (JA 1?), Mafeking (JA 9) and Gaberones (10 JA) transit / arrival datestamps. A ‘4d’ in blue manuscript indicates an underpayment of postage as the letter rate from Cape Colony to the Protectorate was 4d per ½ ounce, the ‘4d’ presumably representing double the 2d deficiency. Some cover spotting, though a very scarce example of incoming mail to a member of the Bechuanaland Border Police.
 
Note: the addressee had previously served with the Bechuanaland Border Police (BBP) at Macloutsie and was later stationed at Fort Gaberones. The (BBP) was an Imperial unit raised on 4 August 1885 by Lt. Col. Frederick Carrington of the South Wales Borderers, and comprised 500 men. Approximately 150 men from BBP Troops A, B and C escorted the Pioneer Column into Mashonaland, this force being officially referred to as the ‘British South Africa Company Police’.
£375
VV540 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1893 (20th February), Great Britain QV 1d+1d reply paid postal stationery card overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC6 / H&G 7). The outward half addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9), all tied / cancelled with TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (FE 20) single circle datestamps. Vryburg (20 Feb) transit struck on the front. The card with two unobtrusive 1cm tears at top. Scarce card commercially used. £65
VV494 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1893 (25th March), incoming envelope from England bearing QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d and pair of 1d (SG 172, 197) tied by London (MR 25) hooded datestamps. The printed address reads ‘The Kanya Exploration Company, Limited, / Kanya, / British Bechuanaland, / South Africa.’ and ‘Viâ Cape & Kimberley’. The envelope was apparently re-directed and the printed ‘KANYA’ was overwritten ‘Mafeking’ and a ‘2d’ tax charge was added at left, both in blue manuscript. There is also a large unframed ‘SURCHARGE’ handstamp struck in black, presumably at Kanye. Backstamped with Cape Town (AP 12), Vryburg (AP 15) and Mafeking (AP 17) transit / arrival datestamps. Opened at left and top though a very scarce example of Bechuanaland re-directed mail and a rare instructional marking.
 
Note: despite being addressed to ‘British Bechuanaland’, ‘Kanya’ (Kanye) is situated in Bechuanaland Protectorate. This envelope is correctly franked at the 2½d per half ounce rate introduced on the 1st July 1892 for letters from the United Kingdom to British Bechuanaland or Bechuanaland Protectorate. The 2d surcharge would therefore appear to be a re-direction fee rather than the previously applied 2d surcharge applied to mail addressed to the Protectorate.
£525
VV495 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1893 (23rd April), envelope addressed to the Channel Islands bearing an 1888 unappropriated die 4d lilac and black (SG 13) and a ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 13, 33) tied by ‘638’ BONCs with a proving MAFEKING BECHUANALAND (AP 23) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped with Vryburg (AP 24) and Jersey (MY 16) transit / arrival datestamps. Some faults including a small piece missing at top.
 
Note: although the letter rate from the United Kingdom to British Bechuanaland was reduced to 2½d per half ounce from the 1st July 1892, the PMG of British Bechuanaland noted the reciprocal rate had not been introduced by the 31st March 1893. This envelope franked at 5d (double the 2½d rate) suggests it may have started soon afterwards.
£275
VV543 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1893 (16th September), incoming envelope from England bearing QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d and pair of 1d (SG 172, 197) tied by London (SP 16) hooded datestamps. The printed address reads ‘The Kanya Exploration Company, Limited, / Kanya, / British Bechuanaland, / South Africa.’ and ‘Viâ Cape & Kimberley’. KANYE / BECHUANALAND (OC 10) single circle datestamp struck on arrival on the front. Backstamped with Cape Town (OC 6) and Vryburg (OC 8) transit datestamps. One 1d with corner damage and the envelope with tear at top
 
Note: despite being addressed to ‘British Bechuanaland’, ‘Kanya’ (Kanye) is situated in the Bechuanaland Protectorate. This envelope is correctly franked at the 2½d per half ounce rate introduced on the 1st July 1892 for letters from the United Kingdom to British Bechuanaland or Bechuanaland Protectorate.
£175
VV496 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1893 (1st November), 'Isaacs' envelope addressed to Mafeking, British Bechuanaland bearing two 1891 ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 33) tied by ‘590’ BONCs with a proving SETLAGOLI BECHUANALAND (1 NO) single circle datestamp below. Backstamped with a Mafeking (NO 2) datestamp on arrival. A scarce postmark and a fine example of the internal 2d per half ounce letter rate for the Crown Colony. £325
VV497 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1893 (4th December), Cape 1½d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC7b / H&G 6). Addressed to Johannesburg, without a message, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘638’ BONC of Mafeking. Backstamped with Vryburg (DE 4) and Johannesburg (DE 7) transit / arrival datestamps.
 
Note: the addressee, M.Z. Booleman, emigrated to South Africa from Holland in October 1892, and was one of the first stamp dealers to set up a business in Johannesburg.
£45
VV539 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1894 (1st January), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (JA 1) single circle datestamp. Kimberley (1 Jan) arrival datestamp struck on the front. The reverse with correspondence to the Standard bank and with oval bank arrival cachet (2 Jan) struck in red. £65
VV499 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1894 (16th March), Great Britain QV 1d red-brown postal stationery wrapper overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS WR4 / H&G E4). Addressed to Kimberley, Cape Colony, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (Mr 16) single circle datestamp with a second strike above. Some faults, including edge stains, though scarce commercial use. £65
VV500 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1894 (10th July), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a VRYBURG B.B. (JY 10) single circle datestamp. Backstamped with a King Williams Town (JY 13) arrival datestamp. The reverse with printed Standard bank communication. £45
VV501 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (7th January), Great Britain QV ½d red-brown postal stationery wrapper overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS WR7a / H&G E7). Addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9), cancelled or tied by VRYBURG B.B. (JA 7) single circle datestamps. Philatelically inspired, though the Ulm (28 Jan) backstamp shows scarce postal use. £65
VV610 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (22nd February), Cape QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (B&BS PC8 / H&G 5). Addressed locally to ‘”Hassforth” / Vryburg Dist’. With the imprinted stamp cancelled with a VRYBURG (22 Feb) squared circle datestamp. The reverse with printed bank correspondence. Very fine and unusually fresh. £35
VV503 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (18th April), ‘Wirsing Bros.’ printed envelope addressed to the Cape, bearing two QV ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 33) tied by two of the distinctive thin-barred ‘209’ BONCs with a proving MARIBOGO B.B. (AP 17) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped Midland Down (TPO) (AP 19) and Port Elizabeth (19 AP) transit / arrival datestamps. A scarce postmark on cover, especially with the proving BONC. £325
VV504 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (18th May), envelope addressed to the Cape, bearing a horizontal strip of four ½d vermilion (SG 9) tied by VRYBURG (MY 18) squared circle datestamps. Backstamped with a King Williams Town (MY 21) arrival datestamp. A clean and attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate from British Bechuanaland to the Cape Colony. SOLD
VV609 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (21st May), Cape QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (B&BS PC8 / H&G 5). Addressed to Salisbury, Mashonaland and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9), tied by a VRYBURG (21 May) squared circle datestamp. With a fine strike of the scarce MAFEKING / (22 May) single circle datestamp with a dot at base, struck alongside in transit. The reverse with printed bank correspondence and with Bulawayo Matabeleland (28 May) and Salisbury Mashonaland (6 Jun) transit / arrival backstamps. Scarce early use to Rhodesia. £55
VV550 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (12th August), Great Britain QV 1d dull scarlet postal stationery card surcharged ‘THREE / HALF PENCE’ (B&BS PC12 / H&G 8). Sent by the postmaster of Vryburg to the ‘Imperial German Administrator of Posts’ in Germany. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a VRYBURG (AU 12) single circle datestamp. Some light creasing at left, otherwise fine. A scarce card correctly used.
 
Note: the interesting message reads: “Dear Sir, Your card dated 16th January [!] received. Please send me money order for 7s/5d at once as annexation to the Cape Colony will soon have effect & Bechuanaland stamps will no longer be issued – I have so many applications that I am sorry I cannot send the stamps first & then get the money order ! Stamps in issue ½d 1d 2d 4d 6d 1/- 2/- 2/6 x stamps 6s/7½ postage & registration 9d = 7s/4½d J.E. Symons Postmaster”.
£125
VV507 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1895 (24th August), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape, the message was written at Molepolole on the 22nd August though the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a very fine strike of the ‘568’ BONC with a proving GABERONES B.B.P. (AU 24) single circle datestamp alongside. The front with a Sea Point (AU 28) datestamp where the card was readdressed to Green Point. Backstamped with a Western T.P.O. Up (25 AU) transit and a Green Point (AU 28) arrival datestamp. Some corner creasing. A rarely seen proving item for the ‘568’ BONC.
 
Note: the postcard rate from British Bechuanaland to the Cape was 1d at this date (same as the Cape rates), and the postcard rate from the Protectorate to the Cape was 1½d. However, it appears this card was treated as being correctly prepaid.
£325
VV508 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1895 (15th October), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE15a, dated ‘28.2.89’ / H&G 7). Addressed to Cape Town, bearing a QV Jubilee 4d green and purple-brown (SG 35) tied by a very light ‘758’ BONC with a proving strike of the PALLA (OC 15) single circle datestamp below. With registration number ‘180’ in blue manuscript. Backstamped with a Mafeking (OC 18) squared circle transit on the flap and a Cape Town (OC 20) arrival datestamp. Vertical crease, though a rare postmark on cover and a fine example of the 4d per half ounce letter rate from the Protectorate to the Cape. £375
VV537 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (14th November), Great Britain QV 1d red-brown postal stationery wrapper overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS WR4 / H&G E4). Addressed to the OFS and cancelled with a VRYBURG B.B. (NO 14) single circle datestamp. Philatelically inspired, though scarce used. £45
VV510 BRITISH BECHUANALAND (British Bechuanaland used after annexation) 1896 (21st January), envelope addressed to England bearing two 1891 ‘Jubilee’ 4d green and purple-brown (SG 35) tied by MAFEKING (JA 21) squared circle datestamps. With a Derby (FE 18) arrival datestamp on the front and backstamped with Birmingham (FE 17), Derby (FE 17) and Mackworth (FE 18) transit datestamps. The envelope somewhat grubby, though an interesting example of Bechuanaland stamps being accepted for use after annexation to the Cape.
 
Note: the 8d franking does not appear to conform to any postal rate, which was 2½d per half ounce at this date.
£325
VV511 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1896 (12th October), Great Britain QV 1 dull scarlet postal stationery card surcharged ‘THREE / HALF PENCE’ (B&BS PC12 / H&G 8). Addressed to Cape Town, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘674’ BONC overstruck with a proving MOLEPOLOLE BECHUANALAND (OC 12) single circle datestamp, with a second strike alongside. Backstamped with a Cape Town (OC 14) arrival datestamp. A very fine and scarce card correctly used and proving item for the ‘674’ BONC. £275
VV514 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1898 (26th November), envelope addressed to Germany (address partly deleted). Bearing QV Protectorate ‘Jubilees’ ½d vermilion, 2d grey-green and carmine and 4d green and purple-brown (SG 59, 62, 64) all tied by LOBATSI R.S. SOUTH AFRICA (NO 26) single circle datestamps with an additional strike at left. Backstamped with a Mafeking (NO 26) squared circle transit and a German (19 Dec) arrival datestamp. The envelope with trimmed corners, otherwise a fine example of a 6½d per half ounce letter rate to Europe. £175
VV548 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) / Boer War 1902 (18th May), Cape QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC8 / H&G 5). Addressed and sent registered to Austria. Enthusiastically uprated with the addition of stamps to the value of 2s.4½d, comprising British Bechuanaland 3d, 4d, 6d, 1/- and Protectorate ½d, 1d, 2d (SG 12, 35, 36, 37, 59, 61, 62) all cancelled / tied by MOCHUDI B.B. (MY 18) single circle datestamps. Large circular censor cachet of Kimberley and transit registration oval datestamp, probably of Cape Town (22 May). Philatelically inspired and presumably reflecting the available stamps at Mochudi at this date. Colourful. £150
VV530 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE / ‘Camel Post’ 1903 (2nd May), envelope bearing a single Cape of Good Hope KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by a very fine strike of the ‘938’ BONC with equally fine proving datestamp of MIER (MY 2 with ‘2’ inverted) struck below. Upington (10 May) arrival backstamp. Cover roughly opened and repaired at left, otherwise a fine and very scarce example of mail from the period when camels were used to transport mail between Mier (or technically the village of Rietfontein where the agency was situated) and Zwartmodder. Although this datestamp carries the territorial designation ‘B.B.’ for British Bechuanaland, the agency at Mier / Rietfontein did not open until after annexation to the Cape. A rare proving card for Mier and BONC ‘938’ with very few recorded. £450
VV515 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1904 (9th January), philatelically inspired envelope sent registered to Switzerland. Bearing a combination of QV ‘Jubilees’ comprising British Bechuanaland 6d and 1/- and Protectorate ½d, 1d, 2d, 3d and 4d (SG 36, 37, 60-64) all tied by PALAPYE STATION (JA 9) single circle datestamps. Backstamped with Cape Town (13 Jan), London (30 JA) and Moudon (1 Feb) transit / arrival datestamps. The envelope was considerably overpaid (the total affixed amounts to 2s.4½d) though attractively illustrates use of British Bechuanaland stamps in the Protectorate. SOLD
VV545 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1904 (10th June), envelope sent registered to the Cape bearing six examples of the QV ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 61) all tied by LOBATSI B.P. (JU 10) single circle datestamps. One stamp crossed by blue registration line and another at far left partly overlaps the reverse. Part of flap missing, not affecting the Registered Kimberley (11 JU 04) arrival backstamp.
 
Note: the 6d postage paid indicates the envelope weighed between ½ and 1 ounce (1d x 2) plus 4d registration.
£125
VV564 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1904 (4th August), official post office Registered Letter Receipt (128x82mm), printed in black on pale bluish grey. Issued at Francistown and bearing a fine strike FRANCESTOWN / S. AFRICA (AU 4) single circle datestamp. This was an error of spelling as the town was named after Daniel Francis. Later datestamps showed the correct spelling. Unusual. £45
VV546 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1905 (9th June), QV Protectorate 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size F, B&BS RE23 / H&G C6), addressed to Greece. Bearing QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d and 2d (SG 60, 62) tied by MOCHUDI B.B. (9 JU) single circle datestamps with additional strike cancelling the embossed imprinted stamp on the flap. RLO Cape Town (12 JU) and London (1 JY) transit backstamps. The reverse also with large boxed cachet of W.A.H. Harbor. A scarce stationery envelope (especially the size ‘F’) commercially used to an unusual destination. £175
VV516 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1905 (11th November), envelope addressed to England. Bearing a combination of a QV ½d and KEVII 1d and 2½d (SG 60, 68, 69) tied by FRANCISTOWN BECHD PROTEC. (NO 11) single circle datestamps. Backstamped with a Leeds (DE 2) arrival datestamp.
 
Note: it is unclear why 4d was affixed as the Protectorate letter rate to Britain was reduced from 4d to 2½d per half ounce on the 1st April 1903. It may be a result of confusion as Francistown was previously considered being within the ‘Trans-Protectorate’ where different rates applied.
£225
VV553 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1907 (15th April), incoming picture postcard from the Cape (colour view of Swakopmund, GSWA). Bearing Cape KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by Cape Town (AP 15) datestamp. With a PALAPYE STATION (18 APR) triple circle datestamp struck on arrival. £45
VV552 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1907 (24th May) incoming picture postcard from Rhodesia (colour view of Victoria Falls ‘Western Cataract or Leaping Water’). Bearing BSAC Arms ½d yellow-green (SG 75a) tied by Victoria Falls (23 May) with Bulawayo (24 May) transit below and PALAPYE STATION (MY 26) single circle datestamp struck on arrival. £45
VV554 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1907 (5th September), incoming picture postcard from GSWA (colour view of a military fort in Otjimbingwe). Bearing a GSWA 10pf tied by Windhuk (5. 9. 07) datestamp. With a PALAPYE STATION (19 SEP) triple circle datestamp struck on arrival. £45
VV556 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1908 (13th March), picture postcard (sepia view of ‘Joubert’s Park, showing Fountain, Johannesburg’). Bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a light MAHALAPYE SIDING / C.G.H. (12 MR) single circle datestamp. With Mafeking (MR 13) transit and Uitenhage (18 MR) arrival datestamps struck on the reverse. Surprisingly scarce usage. £65
VV563 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1908 (11th August), official post office Registered Letter Receipt (128x82mm), printed in black on pale bluish grey. Issued at Francistown and bearing a fine strike of the FRANCISTOWN BECHD PROTEC. (AU 11) single circle datestamp. Some damage / thinning at left where previously affixed to backing. Unusual. £45
VV518 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1910 (29th November), printed envelope sent registered to the stamp dealers “Bright & Son” in London. Bearing a right marginal example of the KEVII Postal Fiscal 6d black and brown-orange (SG F1) tied by a MOCHUDI (29 NO) single circle datestamp with a second strike at left. Backstamped with a RLO Cape Town (3 DE) transit and a London (24 DE) arrival datestamp. The reverse also with large oval ‘W & H HARBOR / MOCHUDI STATION’ cachet struck in violet. Small corner fault at upper right, clear of the adhesive. A very scarce issue on cover.
 
Note: 6d paid the correct 4d registration and double the 1d per half ounce letter rate to England.
£650
VV519 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE / BECHUANALAND / ‘Camel Post’ 1911 (31st July), Cape of Good Hope KEVII 1d postal stationery envelope addressed to Upington. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a very fine strike of the MIER B.B (JY 31) single circle datestamp. Backstamped with an Upington (AU 7) arrival datestamp. A very scarce example of mail from one of the periods (1st February 1909 to 1st April 1914) when camels were used to transport mail between Mier (or technically the village of Rietfontein where the agency was situated) and Zwartmodder, which was situated about two thirds the way to Upington. Although this datestamp carries the territorial designation ‘B.B.’ for British Bechuanaland, the agency at Mier / Rietfontein did not open until after annexation to the Cape. £350
VV538 BECHUANALAND 1912 (27th September), ‘Tamsen’ envelope sent registered to the Transvaal. Bearing a combination of stamps from British Bechuanaland: 3d and 2d (SG 12, 39) and Protectorate: ½d x 3 different and 1d x 2 different (SG 40, 41, 56, 60, 61) all tied by LOBATSI (SP 27) single circle datestamps. Registered Kimberley (29 Sep), Pretoria (30 Sep) and Nylstroom (30 Sep) transit / arrival backstamps. SOLD
VV565 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1912 (30th November), official post office Registered Letter Receipt (128x82mm), printed in black on pale bluish grey. Issued at Gaberones and bearing a GABERONES B.P. (NO 30) single circle datestamp struck in blue. Some damage / thinning at right where previously affixed to backing. Unusual. £45
VV520 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1912 (15th December), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE30c / H&G C9a) addressed to Mafeking, Cape Colony. Bearing a combination of adhesives comprising a QV 6d, a KEVII 1/- and a KGV 1d (SG 65, 70, 72) all cancelled with MOCHUDI B.B. (DE 15) single circle datestamps with an additional strike cancelling the imprinted stamp. Backstamped with a Mafeking (DE 15) arrival datestamp.
 
Note: the basis for calculating the rate paid is unclear as the letter rate to the Cape was reduced to 1d per half ounce on the 1st April 1903 and it seems unlikely the 1s.7d. postage affixed represents a 9½ ounce letter. However, the fact the addressee is a bank suggests commercial, non-philatelic use. The envelope may well have contained valuables and an additional fee was paid to increase compensation in the event of loss. A wonderful three-reign combination and most attractive franking. The KEVII 1/- is rare used on cover.
£750
VV555 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1914 (28th May), registered ‘W.T. Wilson’ envelope addressed to England, bearing a single KEVII 1/- green and carmine (SG 71) tied by a neat LOBATSI (28 MAY) double circle datestamp and with a Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet. Registered Birmingham (16 June) arrival datestamp on the reverse. Philatelically inspired though a scarce duty on cover. £125
VV533 BECHUANALAND / CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1915 (11th November), ‘Hand’ envelope addressed to Pretoria, bearing OFS 2d bright purple surcharged ‘V.R.I. / 2d’ (SG 114) tied by a KEIMOES / BECHUANALAND (NO 11) single circle datestamp. Philatelically inspired, and showing very late use of this Keimoes datestamp, some 20 years after annexation. £65
VV534 BECHUANALAND / CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1915 (11th November), ‘Hand’ envelope sent registered to Pretoria, bearing Cape KEVII 2½d ultramarine pair (SG 73) tied by neat KEIMOES / BECHUANALAND (NO 11) single circle datestamps. With ‘R’ in oval handstruck at upper left in black and manuscript ‘Keimoes / 61’ alongside. Philatelic, though attractive and showing very late use of this Keimoes datestamp, some 20 years after annexation. £75
VV535 BECHUANALAND / CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1915 (11th November), ‘Hand’ envelope addressed to Pretoria, bearing ORC ½d green (SG 133) tied by a KEIMOES / BECHUANALAND (NO 11) single circle datestamp. Some creasing. Philatelically inspired, and showing very late use of this Keimoes datestamp, some 20 years after annexation. £45
VV574 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1921 (1st March), unsealed envelope addressed to Johannesburg bearing a single KGV 1½d (SG 75) tied by late use of the MOLEPOLOLE BECHUANALAND (1 Mar) single circle datestamp. Also showing very late use of the ‘674’ BONC, known to have been used at Molepolole. No doubt philatelically inspired though unusual and an attractive late proving item for this datestamp and the associated BONC. £85
VV522 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1922 (9th May), envelope sent registered to East London, South Africa, bearing an example of the KGV postal fiscal 1d scarlet (SG F3) used together with six KGV 1d scarlet postage stamps (SG 74). All stamps are tied by large GABERONES STATION (9 MAY 1922) double circle datestamps. Backstamped with a further strike of the Gaberones Station (9 May) datestamp and an East London (13 May) arrival datestamp. Very rare commercial use of this postal fiscal with few covers recorded. £650
VV575 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1924 (3rd January), envelope addressed and sent registered to Mafeking. Bearing 13 examples of the 1d scarlet (SG 74) with a strip of four on the front and a block of nine on the reverse, all cancelled or tied by rather messy MOCHUDI (3 Jan) double circle datestamps. The envelope with sender’s details ‘Chas. Bowden & Co., General Dealers, Mochudi Station, Bechuanaland Protectorate, South Africa.’ printed at upper left and with registration details in manuscript.
 
Note: the basis for calculating the rate paid is unclear. However, the fact the addressee is a bank suggests commercial, non-philatelic use. The envelope may well have contained valuables and an additional fee was paid to increase compensation in the event of loss.
£75
VV557 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1924 (29th September), envelope addressed to South Africa bearing a pair of KGV ½d green (SG 73) tied by a superb strike of PARLEMENTÊRE TOER / 29. SEP. 1924 / PARLIAMENTARY TOUR bilingual commemorative double ring datestamp struck in violet. Flap bears an embossed crest of the ‘Empire Parliamentary Association’. Scarce and attractive. £140
VV524 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1925 (27th May), the address panel from a parcel post item sent to Transvaal, South Africa. Bearing KGV 1d carmine-red x 2 and 2d orange (Die II) x 5 (SG 74a, 77), all tied by RAMOUTSA BECHD PROT (27 MAY 25) double circle datestamps struck in blue with an additional very clear strike on part of a parcel post label. Most appealing, especially with coloured cancellations. £250
VV571 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1925 (27th June), envelope addressed to South Africa bearing KGV ½d green and 1½d brown (SG 73, 75) tied by a bilingual SOUTH AFRICA / ROYAL TOUR (27 JUN 25) oval datestamp with Union Coat-of-Arms above.
 
Note: according to an official S.A.R. Royal Tour itinerary published in Reisener (‘The Special and Commemorative Postmarks, Cachets and Covers of South Africa 1892-1975’, p19), the Royal Tour was in Bechuanaland Protectorate on the 27th and 28th June and arrived in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia on the 29th June.
£45
VV623 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / South Africa 1925 (18th July), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a single KGV King’s Head 2d dull purple (SG 6) tied by a fine strike of the bilingual SOUTH AFRICA / ROYAL TOUR (18 JUL 25) oval datestamp with Union Coat-of-Arms above.
 
According to an official S.A.R. Royal Tour itinerary published in Reisener (‘The Special and Commemorative Postmarks, Cachets and Covers of South Africa 1892-1975’, p19), the Royal Tour was in Bechuanaland Protectorate on the 18th July.
£25
VV532 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1926 (4th March), registered ‘W.T. Wilson’ envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single Bradbury Wilkinson 5/- rose-carmine ‘Seahorse’ (SG 89) tied by a FRANCISTOWN (4 MAR) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With Francistown registration cachet struck in purple at upper left and registration number inserted in manuscript. Philatelically inspired though Seahorses are very scarce on cover. Very fine. SOLD
VV577 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1932 (22nd January), printed illustrated envelope ‘By the First Air Mail from Cape Town to London – per Imperial Airways.’ Addressed to Kenya and bearing a KGV 2d and 3d pair (SG 93, 94) tied by neat LOBATSI (22 Jan) double circle datestamps. With large ‘FROM KIMBERLEY’ cachet handstamped in violet and with Kimberley (27 Jan) transit datestamp. Nairobi arrival (7 FE) and Nairobi Poste Restante (8 FE) arrival backstamps. Scarce example of the acceptance of airmail from Bechuanaland for the first flight of the regular service from South Africa to England.
 
Note: unfortunately, the aircraft ‘City of Basra’ was damaged on take off from Salisbury on the 29th January and the relief aircraft, the ‘City of Delhi’ was forced to land in a swamp near Broken Hill due to a violent storm. The mail bags were carried to Broken Hill and were forwarded northward via the 'City of Baghdad' as part of the second Cape to London airmail.
£125
VV544 BECHUANALAND 1932 (15th March), ‘Tamsen’ envelope sent registered to South Africa. Bearing Cape of Good Hope ½d (x 2) and 1d in blocks of four, all stamps bearing FORGED ‘British / Bechuanaland’ overprints with one ½d block and the 1d block additionally showing the OVERPRINT INVERTED, a ‘variety’ not recorded on genuine stamps. Each block is cancelled with a neat (genuine) central LOBATSI (15 MAR) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. Lobatsi registration cachet at lower left and Nylstroom (16 Mar) arrival backstamp. Scarce.
 
Note: it is unclear if the sender, the eminent philatelist Emil Tamsen, was aware these overprints were forged at the time of mailing.
£225
VV527 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Official 1932 (22nd March), printed Union of South Africa official ‘Memorandum’ form used from Mafeking to an individual in Cape Town. The message confirms receipt of a postal order for Bechuanaland Protectorate postage stamps which were enclosed with the reply. With a large oval cachet ‘POST OFFICE MAFEKING / 22 MAR 1932 / HEAD OFFICE FOR / BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE’ struck in violet at upper right. £45
VV560 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1932 (23rd March), envelope addressed to South Africa bearing a KGV ½d green pair and 1d scarlet (SG 90, 91) all tied by neat LOBATSI (23 MAR) double circle datestamps. £25
VV578 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1933 (20th June), envelope addressed to India and endorsed ‘CAIRO-CALCUTTA / First Through Flight [ Extension from Karachi ] by Imperial Airways and India Trans-Continental Airways’. Bearing KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d, 4d and 1/- (SG 100, 103, 105) each tied by a neat LOBATSI (22 Jun) double circle datestamp. With a KARACHI-CALCUTTA / 7 JLY. 33 / FIRST / AIRMAIL illustrated boxed cachet struck at left with a further strike dated 8 JLY on the reverse, overstruck with a Calcutta arrival datestamp.
 
Note: connecting mail from South Africa left Cape Town on the 22nd June and was picked up in Cairo by the eastbound Imperial Airways service that left Croydon on the 1st July.
£75
VV561 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1934 (20th March), registered envelope addressed to India bearing a horizontal lower marginal pair of the KGV 1/- black and olive-green (SG 105) showing full printer’s imprint. The stamps are cancelled with a bilingual ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE / SOUTH AFRICA (20 III 34) oval datestamp with the Union Coat-of-Arms above. With an air mail label and a bilingual registration cachet struck in violet. The reverse with a second strike of the Royal Tour datestamp and with a Park Street Calcutta (1 Apr) arrival.
 
Note: Prince George toured Southern Africa on the ‘White Train’ during February and March 1934. A special TPO van was attached and utilized this special datestamp. The train entered Bechuanaland on the 19th March, arriving at Gaberones at 9.30pm. The train left Gaberones at 8.55pm the following evening, the 20th March for Bulawayo.
£85
VV570 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1934 (20th March), envelope addressed to Pretoria bearing a single KGV 2d brown (SG 101) tied by a neat strike of the bilingual ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE / SOUTH AFRICA (20 III 34) oval datestamp with the Union Coat-of-Arms above.
 
Note: Prince George toured Southern Africa on the ‘White Train’ during February and March 1934. A special TPO van was attached and utilized this special datestamp. The train entered Bechuanaland on the 19th March, arriving at Gaberones at 9.30pm. The train left Gaberones at 8.55pm the following evening, the 20th March for Bulawayo.
£35
VV528 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (12th February), long envelope bearing a complete set of 12 of the 1932 KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ definitive issue (SG 99-110) with an additional ½d and 1d, each tied by a large bilingual IMPERIAL PERS-KONFERENESIE / SUID AFRIKA / 12 II 35 / SOUTH AFRICA / IMPERIAL PRESS CONFERENCE single circle datestamp. Very scarce. The only complete set on cover we are aware of. £450
VV569 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (21st February), envelope addressed to Mafeking bearing a KGV ½d green lower right corner marginal example and a 1d scarlet (SG 99, 100), each cancelled or tied by a large bilingual IMPERIAL PRESS CONFERENCE (21 Feb) single circle datestamp.
 
Note: the Imperial Press Conference ran from 4th February to 21st March 1935. Two special trains were organised to carry delegates on a tour through South Africa, Bechuanaland, Rhodesia and Basutoland. The trains transited Bechuanaland on the 12th and the 21st February only. Both trains had postal facilities, as well as some hotels en-route.
£45
VV562 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (8th April), registered envelope addressed to England bearing a single KGV 6d purple (SG 104) tied by a LOBATSI (8 APR) double circle datestamp with a Lobatsi registration cachet at left. The reverse with a second Lobatsi datestamp and a large POST OFFICE MAFEKING / 6- APR 1935 / HEAD OFFICE FOR / BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE oval datestamp struck in violet. One of the dates is presumably an error. Scarce usage. £45
VV568 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (4th May), ‘First Day of Issue’ registered envelope addressed via airmail to England, bearing the complete set of the 1935 Silver Jubilee (SG 111-114) each tied by LOBATSI (4th May) double circle datestamps. With trilingual airmail label and a further Lobatsi (4 May) backstamp. £45
VV579 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (6th May) envelope addressed to South Africa bearing single KGV Silver Jubilee 1d deep blue and scarlet (SG 111) tied by a neat KANYE / BECHD PROT (6 May) double circle datestamp (two days after issue). A very fine and remarkably scarce example of this stamp used alone on cover paying the 1d regional rate. £110
VV567 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (19th June), envelope sent via registered airmail to England, bearing the complete set of the 1935 Silver Jubilee (SG 111-114) each neatly tied by LOBATSI (19 June) double circle datestamps. With Lobatsi registration cachet at lower left and trilingual airmail label. Backstamped with Bulawayo (22 June) transit and Cricklewood London (1 July) arrival datestamps. £45
VV580 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1936 (28th October), envelope addressed domestically bearing single KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d scarlet (SG 100) tied by a FRANCISTOWN (28 Oct) double circle datestamp. Roughly opened at top resulting in a few tears, otherwise fine and a scarce example of this stamp used alone on cover. £35
VV612 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1937 (1st April), ‘Pre-First Day of Issue’ envelope addressed to Swaziland. Bearing a complete set of the Coronation issue (SG 115-117), each tied by a BECH. PROT. / H.O. MAFEKING (1 IV 37) double circle datestamp. This date precedes the official issue date (12th May) by six weeks. It is unclear if this is an error on the datestamp or an accidental early release of the stamps at Mafeking (perhaps filling advance orders for the new issue). £35
VV525 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (1st November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ envelope with printed ‘FIRST AIRMAIL SERVICE / 1 Nov. 1938’. Addressed to England and bearing a single KGVI 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by a MAUN B. P. (1 NOV 38) double circle datestamp. The reverse with a GB KGVI ½d green affixed and tied by a Rotherham Yorks (9 Nov) datestamp. £55
VV582 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (1st November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ envelope addressed to South West Africa, bearing a single KGVI 1d scarlet (SG 119) tied by a PALAPYE (1 Nov) double circle datestamp. Windhoek (1 Nov) arrival backstamp. £45
VV583 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (1st November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ incoming envelope from South Africa addressed to Maun. Bearing a pair of ½d ‘Springbok’ (SG 75c) tied by a Johannesburg (1 Nov) roller cancellation. With printed inscription at foot ‘FIRST AIRMAIL / SERVICE BECHUANALAND / PROTECTORATE 1 Nov. / 1938’. Maun (1 Nov) arrival backstamp. £45
VV585 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (1st November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ envelope addressed to England, bearing a single KGVI definitive 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by PALAPYE (5 XI) double circle datestamps. With diagonal printed ‘Nov. 1938 / FIRST / BECHUANALAND / AIR MAIL’. With a GB KGVI ½d green affixed to the front and tied by a New Milton (12 Nov) arrival datestamp. £45
VV526 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (5th November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ airmail envelope with printed ‘FIRST BECHUANALAND AIR MAIL’. Addressed to England and bearing a single KGVI 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by a PALAPYE (5 NOV 38) double circle datestamp. With GB KGVI ½d and 1d affixed on the front and tied by New Milton (12 NO) arrival datestamps. £45
VV584 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (5th November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ envelope addressed to England, bearing a single KGVI definitive 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by a PALAPYE (5 XI) double circle datestamp. With printed inscription at foot ‘FIRST AIRMAIL / SERVICE BECHUANALAND / PROTECTORATE 5 Nov. / 1938’. Maun (1 Nov) arrival backstamp. The reverse with a GB KGVI ½d green affixed and tied by a Rotherham Yorks (12 Nov) datestamp. £45
VV581 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1937 (1st November), envelope addressed to Egypt endorsed ‘Air Mail’ and bearing five examples of the KGVI Coronation 1d scarlet (SG 115) each tied by PALAPYE (1 XI) double circle datestamps. With sender’s details ‘L. G. DEACONOS / MAUN, via SEROWE / Bechuanaland Protectorate’ printed in a box at upper left which has been damaged by a corner tear from opening. Alexandria (8 Nov) arrival backstamp. An unusual destination. £75
VV542 BECHUANALAND 1938 (31st March), ‘Tamsen Sunset Cover’ sent registered to the Transvaal. Endorsed at top ‘Sunset Cover. Last Day of postal use 31/3/38’. Bearing a combination of stamps from British Bechuanaland: ½d, 1d and 2d (SG 9, 33, 34) and Protectorate: ½d x 3 different (SG 40, 56, 59) all tied by LOBATSI (31 MAR 38) double circle datestamps. Lobatsi registration cachet and airmail etiquette. Nylstroom (5 Apr) arrival backstamp.
 
Note: On the 31st March 1938 all issues of the Bechuanalands prior to the 1932 definitives were demotitized.
SOLD
VV587 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Railways 1939 (2nd January), envelope sent to Cape Town via Rail Letter Post. Bearing six examples of the KGVI ½d green (SG 118) each tied by a light strike of the SAR & H / FRANCISTOWN 099 (2 Jan) oval railway station datestamp. The reverse with bilingual red on white printed label ‘RAIL LETTER POST. / SPOORWEGBRIEWEPOS.’ Affixed and tied by two further strikes of the SAR & H Francistown datestamp. Cape Town (4 Jan) arrival datestamp struck on the front. Scarce. £110
VV586 ECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1939 (21st August), South African Airways West Coast Service between Cape Town and Lobito, being an extension to the ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’. Envelope with printed illustration (map of southern Africa showing air routes), addressed to Mossamedes, Angola, bearing a single KGVI definitive 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by a PALAPYE (21 VIII) double circle datestamp. With ‘FIRST FLIGHT – WEST COAST’ straight-line cachet struck in purple. Mossâmedes (22 Aug) arrival datestamp. Some staining spots. Scarce.
 
Note: on the 21st August 1939, South African Airways started a direct service between Cape Town and Luanda via Keetmanshoop, Windhoek (where mail was transferred to a feeder plane which had arrived with mail from Johannesburg), Outjo, Mossâmedes and Lobito. Due to lack of support the service was discontinued. Ten days later World War II began.
£45
VV588 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1941 (9th July), OHMS envelope addressed to Johannesburg, South Africa. Bearing a strip of three KGVI ½d green (SG 118) affixed over the printed ‘On His Majesty’s Service’ and each tied by a neat MOCHUDI VILLAGE (9 Jul) double circle datestamp. £45
VV566 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1942 (21st December), official post office ‘Certificate of Posting of a Registered Postal Packet’ (134x54mm) printed in black on cream paper. Issued at Francistown and bearing a fine strike of the FRANCISTOWN BECHD. PROTECTORE. (21 DEC) double circle datestamp. Affixed at left to backing card. Unusual. SOLD
VV589 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1948 (3rd April), envelope addressed and sent registered to Cape Town. Bearing four examples of the KGVI 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied or cancelled by GHANZI (3 Apr) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. With Ghanzi registration details added in manuscript. Gobabis (14 Apr) and Windhoek (15 Apr) transit backstamps, proving a postal route westward via South West Africa. Clean diagonal manufacturing paper crease, clear of the adhesives. Unusual. £65
VV591 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1948 (1st December), ‘First Day of Issue’ envelope addressed and sent registered to Cape Town. Bearing Royal Silver Wedding set of two, 1½d and 10/- (SG 136-137) with the 1½d in a block of four, cancelled or tied by LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (1 XII) double circle datestamps with an additional strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi boxed registration cachet struck in violet. £65
VV595 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1948 (1st December), illustrated ‘First Day of Issue’ envelope addressed and sent registered to South Africa. Bearing Royal Silver Wedding set of two, 1½d and 10/- (SG 136-137) tied by a LOBATSI BECH. PPROT. (1 XII) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi boxed registration cachet struck in violet. Fort Beaufort (13 Dec) transit backstamp. £65
VV592 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1953 (29th April), envelope addressed and sent registered airmail to the USA. Bearing a single KGVI 2/6 black and scarlet (SG 126) tied by a LOBATSI (29 Apr) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi registration label affixed at left. New York (7 May) arrival backstamp. A few edge faults at top, otherwise fine. £45
VV593 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1953 (29th April), envelope addressed and sent registered airmail to the USA. Bearing a single KGVI 5/- black and deep ultramarine (SG 127) tied by a LOBATSI (29 Apr) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi registration label affixed at left. New York (6 and 7 May) transit / arrival backstamps. Very fine. £55
VV594 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1953 (29th April), envelope addressed and sent registered airmail to the USA. Bearing a single KGVI 10/- black and red-brown (SG 128) tied by a LOBATSI (29 Apr) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi registration label affixed at left. New York (6 and 7 May) transit / arrival backstamps. Very fine. £75
VV613 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1955 (3rd January), First Day of Issue envelope addressed and sent registered to Northern Rhodesia. Bearing the complete set of 11 stamps issued on this date (SG 143-153 less SG 146b, the 4d duty which was issued almost four years later on the 1st December 1958). All tied by LOBATSI (3 Jan) double circle datestamps with additional strikes on the reverse. With small Lobatsi boxed registration cachet struck in violet. Fine and scarce. £85
VV621 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1958 (19th June), envelope addressed and sent registered to South Africa bearing QEII 2d red-brown and 6d purple (fault) definitives (SG 145, 148) tied by a light TSESSEBE / STA (19 Jun) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With a TSESSEBE registration cachet struck in violet. Mafeking (21 Jun) and Krugersdorp (22 Jun) transit backstamps. £15
VV599 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1960 (22nd January), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’ (B&BS PC22 / H&G 10). Very fine genuinely used, addressed to a quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a neat SEROWE BECH. PROT. (22 Jan) double circle datestamp. A scarce card commercially used. £85
VV604 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1960 (22nd August), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab' (B&BS PC22 / H&G 10). Very fine genuinely used, addressed to a quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a light DEBEETI / STA (22 Aug) double circle datestamp. A scarce card commercially used. £75
VV622 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1960 (1st September), envelope addressed and sent registered to South Africa bearing a pair of QEII 4½d blackish blue definitives (SG 147) tied by a LOBATSI BECH. PROT. double circle datestamp with further strikes on the reverse. Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet. Mafeking RLS-GBA (2 Sep) transit backstamp. A fine example of the registered regional rate. £25
VV614 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (14th February), First Day of Issue envelope (229x102mm) with issue details printed in green, addressed to South Africa. Bearing set of ten decimal surcharge definitives as issued on the 14th February including the R1 Type I. Lacking only the 2½c on 2d red-brown although the scarcer 2½c on 3d bright ultramarine is present (SG 157-167 between). All are tied by neat double circle datestamps with the top half of the datestamp blank (where ‘ROYAL VISIT’ was removed) and LOBATSI. BECH. PROT. (14 Feb) at base. Very fine. £150
VV615 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (14th February), First Day of Issue envelope (229x102mm) addressed to South Africa. Bearing set of ten decimal surcharge definitives as issued on the 14th February including the R1 Type I. Lacking only the 2½c on 2d red-brown although the scarcer 2½c on 3d bright ultramarine is present (SG 157-167 between). All are tied by neat LOBATSI (14 Feb) double circle datestamps. A few small, mainly peripheral stains. The stamps are very fine. £135
VV617 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (28th June), ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ envelope (241x116mm) sent registered airmail to England. Bearing a single decimal surcharge definitive R1 on 10/- (Type II, SG 167b) tied by a neat LOBATSI (28 Jun) double circle datestamp with further strikes on the reverse. With a Lobatsi registration cachet and a large ‘DEPT. OF POSTS & TELEGRAPHS / 28 JUN 1961 / BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / HEAD OFFICE: LOBATSI’ oval datestamp struck in violet on the front and back. A few peripheral faults, otherwise very fine. £65
VV618 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (2nd October), illustrated First Day of Issue envelope (229x102mm) addressed locally. Bearing the complete set of the pictorial definitives, 1c to R2 (SG 168-181), all tied by LOBATSI BECH. PROT. double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. The Lobatsi registration cachet is incorporated as part of the printing on the envelope with only the registration number added. Very fine and a most attractive set. £40
VV598 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (14th November), QEII 5c registered postal stationery envelope (size G, B&BS type RE46 / H&G C20) addressed and sent airmail to England. The imprinted stamp and the added QEII 2½c Sunbird and 10c Weaver adhesives (SG 170, 174) are cancelled or tied by FRANCISTOWN BECHD PROTECTORE (14 Nov) double circle datestamps. With a Francistown registration cachet struck in violet-black at left. Very fine. £35
VV616 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1962 (5th December), QEII 6d registered postal stationery envelope (size H2, B&BS type RE45 / H&G 19a) addressed to South Africa. The imprinted stamp and the added QEII 2½c Sunbird adhesive (SG 170) are cancelled or tied by MAHALAPYE BECH PROT. (5 Dec) double circle datestamps. With a Mahalapye registration label affixed at upper left. Some creasing, otherwise fine. £35
VV605 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1963 (25th April), envelope addressed and sent registered to South Africa bearing a single QEII 25c deep brown and lemon (SG 177) tied by a MOCHUDI VILLAGE BECH. PROT. (25 IV) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With a Mochudi Village registration label affixed at left. Lobatsi (26 Apr) transit and Riviera Pretoria (30 Apr) transit / arrival backstamps. Post office delivery note in red manuscript just touches corner of the adhesive. A scarce franking. £35
VV597 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1964 (28th August), QEII 5c registered postal stationery envelope (size G, B&BS type RE46 / H&G C20) addressed to Johannesburg. The imprinted stamp and an added QEII 2½c Sunbird adhesive (SG 170) are cancelled or tied by FRANCISTOWN BECH. PROT. (28 Aug) double circle datestamps. With a Francistown registration label affixed at left. Very fine. £35
VV620 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1964 (25th October), OHMS envelope addressed and sent registered airmail to South Africa bearing a total of 12c in pictorial definitives: 1c Oriole, 3½c Widow-bird and a 7½c Hornbill (SG 168, 171, 173) all tied by a single LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (25 Oct) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With a light Lobatsi registration cachet and a ‘DEPT. OF POSTS & TELEGRAPHS / 28 JUN 1961 / BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / HEAD OFFICE: LOBATSI’ oval datestamp both struck in violet. Mafeking RLS–GBA (26 Oct) transit and Paarl (28 Oct) arrival backstamps. A few peripheral faults otherwise a fine and colourful franking. £25
VV596 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1966 (22nd September), QEII 5c registered postal stationery envelope (size G, B&BS type RE46 / H&G C20) addressed to Johannesburg. The imprinted stamp and an added QEII 2½c Sunbird adhesive (SG 170) are cancelled or tied by GABERONES BECHUANALAND 4 (22 IX) double circle datestamp. With a Gaberones / 2 registration label affixed at left. Very fine. £35
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