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BECHUANALAND / Forerunner / Outgoing Missionary Mail. 1828 (15th February) large part entire written by Robert Moffat at the London Missionary Society mission at Lattakoo in the future Bechuanaland. Addressed to “Mr. G. Hodson / Mission House / London” and endorsed at lower left “Care of Revd. R Miles / church square / Cape Town” and subsequently crossed through when forwarded. Showing two fine strikes of the Cape Town POST OFFICE / GENERAL crowned circle dated 3 April and 12 April representing the arrival and dispatch dates in Cape Town. Various manuscript rate markings on the front, an ‘INDIA LETTER / DOVER’ boxed cachet and a circular ‘F / 23 JU 23 / 1828’ arrival datestamp both struck on the reverse. Endorsed on flap “recd 23 June 1828 / GH” and also “Lattakoo 15 Feb 1828 / Robt. Moffat”. At this date Lattakoo was situated near present day Kuruman and is where Robert Moffat settled in 1821. Faults including piece excised from around wax seal. Extremely rare. Believed to be the earliest recorded item of mail emanating from the territory which 57 years later became part of British Bechuanaland.
BECHUANALAND / Transvaal 1879 (1st May), incoming envelope from England bearing a QV 6d (SG 147, plate 16) tied by Huddersfield / 387 (1 May) duplex cancellation. Addressed to “Revd John Smith Moffat / Molepolole / Via Zeerust / Transvaal / Cape of Good Hope”. Showing a Cape Town (26 May) transit struck on the front and a POTCHEFSTROOM / ZUID AFRIKA (4 June) transit backstamp. The flap with repair, otherwise a rare item of early incoming mail which would have travelled into Bechuanaland via Zeerust and Linokana to Kanye utilising a service operated by missionaries based at Linokana in the ZAR and at Kanye in Bechuanaland. A rare example of early incoming mail, over six years before the territory was proclaimed a Protectorate on the 30th September, 1885.
 
Note: John Smith Moffat was born on the 10th March 1835 in Kuruman. He was the fourth son (of ten children) of the missionary Dr. Robert Moffat who had re-established a mission station at Kuruman in the early 1820s. He joined the London Missionary Society in 1858 and married Emily Unwin the same year and was the brother-in-law of David Livingstone. His father settled him at Inyati in 1859, where he lived for six years and helped start the first mission in Matabeleland. In 1865 he took over the running of his father’s mission in Kuruman and was the London Missionary Society's representative amongst the Bechuanas. In 1879 he resigned from the missionary society and joined the British colonial service. In 1884 he became the Assistant Commissioner to Sir Sidney Shippard in Bechuanaland. In early August 1888 he organised the Mafeking-Gubulawayo Runner Post between Bechuanaland and Matabeleland which covered nearly 500 miles.
£4,500
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POSTAL HISTORY
AB3133 BECHUANALAND / Forerunner / Outgoing Missionary Mail. 1828 (15th February) large part entire written by Robert Moffat at the London Missionary Society mission at Lattakoo in the future Bechuanaland. Addressed to “Mr. G. Hodson / Mission House / London” and endorsed at lower left “Care of Revd. R Miles / church square / Cape Town” and subsequently crossed through when forwarded. Showing two fine strikes of the Cape Town POST OFFICE / GENERAL crowned circle dated 3 April and 12 April representing the arrival and dispatch dates in Cape Town. Various manuscript rate markings on the front, an ‘INDIA LETTER / DOVER’ boxed cachet and a circular ‘F / 23 JU 23 / 1828’ arrival datestamp both struck on the reverse. Endorsed on flap “recd 23 June 1828 / GH” and also “Lattakoo 15 Feb 1828 / Robt. Moffat”. At this date Lattakoo was situated near present day Kuruman and is where Robert Moffat settled in 1821. Faults including piece excised from around wax seal. Extremely rare. Believed to be the earliest recorded item of mail emanating from the territory which 57 years later became part of British Bechuanaland. £4,500
AB3320 BECHUANALAND / Transvaal 1879 (1st May), incoming envelope from England bearing a QV 6d (SG 147, plate 16) tied by Huddersfield / 387 (1 May) duplex cancellation. Addressed to “Revd John Smith Moffat / Molepolole / Via Zeerust / Transvaal / Cape of Good Hope”. Showing a Cape Town (26 May) transit struck on the front and a POTCHEFSTROOM / ZUID AFRIKA (4 June) transit backstamp. The flap with repair, otherwise a rare item of early incoming mail which would have travelled into Bechuanaland via Zeerust and Linokana to Kanye utilising a service operated by missionaries based at Linokana in the ZAR and at Kanye in Bechuanaland. A rare example of early incoming mail, over six years before the territory was proclaimed a Protectorate on the 30th September, 1885.
 
Note: John Smith Moffat was born on the 10th March 1835 in Kuruman. He was the fourth son (of ten children) of the missionary Dr. Robert Moffat who had re-established a mission station at Kuruman in the early 1820s. He joined the London Missionary Society in 1858 and married Emily Unwin the same year and was the brother-in-law of David Livingstone. His father settled him at Inyati in 1859, where he lived for six years and helped start the first mission in Matabeleland. In 1865 he took over the running of his father’s mission in Kuruman and was the London Missionary Society's representative amongst the Bechuanas. In 1879 he resigned from the missionary society and joined the British colonial service. In 1884 he became the Assistant Commissioner to Sir Sidney Shippard in Bechuanaland. In early August 1888 he organised the Mafeking-Gubulawayo Runner Post between Bechuanaland and Matabeleland which covered nearly 500 miles.
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AB3303 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (27th April), envelope (227x102mm) addressed to Mrs Methuen in England. Bearing, on the reverse, six examples of the Cape 1d rose-red (SG 41) all tied by BARKLY / G. W. (AP 27) single circle datestamps. The front with a further Barkly G.W. datestamp, a large manuscript ‘6d’ and an unframed ‘Insufficiently Paid’ instructional marking (believed to be unique) struck in black with ‘Over ½ oz’ in manuscript alongside. Cape Town (AP 29), Taunton (MY 19) and Wellington (MY 19) transit / arrival backstamps. The envelope has been opened out and with some peripheral tears or crumpling, otherwise fine and in above average condition for mail from this expedition.
 
Note: Colonel Methuen served in the Warren Expedition, where he was Commanding Officer of the 1st Mounted Rifles ('Methuen's Horse').
 
This envelope is recorded in Alan Drysdall’s census of Warren Expedition mail in his article ‘A Postal History of Stellaland’ (London Philatelist 101.65, March 1992). At this date Colonel Methuen was at Setlagoli.
£850
AB3299 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (10th May) soldier’s concessionary rate envelope from a Corporal Langton. Addressed to England, bearing a single Cape 1d rose-red (SG 41) tied by a BARKLY WEST / T. O. (MY 10) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. Endorsed at top ‘On Active Service’ and countersigned at lower left by the “Officer Commdg B. Troop 2M.R.” (2nd Mounted Rifles). Cape Town (MY 13) transit and London (JU 3) arrival backstamps. Light vertical fold and a few peripheral faults, otherwise a very fine and rare example of mail from this expedition. Ex Gerald Sattin (Spink, June 2008).
 
Note: this envelope is not recorded in Alan Drysdall’s census of Warren Expedition mail in his article ‘A Postal History of Stellaland’ (London Philatelist 101.65, March 1992).
£1,650
AB3134 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (4th September), envelope addressed to Mrs Methuen in the Cape. Bearing a Cape 2d deep bistre (SG 50a) tied by a ‘232’ Barred Oval Numeral Canceller with proving BARKLY / G. W. (SP 4) single circle datestamp alongside. Kimberley (SP 5) and Cape Town (SP 9) transit backstamps and Wynberg (SP 9) arrival struck on the front. Originally addressed to ‘Cogil’s Hotel, Wynberg, Cape Town’ and readdressed to ‘Farmer Pecks / Muizenberg’. Some crumpling, otherwise very fine and in above average condition for mail from this expedition.
 
Note: Colonel Methuen served in the Warren Expedition, where he commanded Methuen's Horse, a corps of mounted rifles. The forwarding 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”.
£325
AB466 1888 ½d Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrapper of GB overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 3). Addressed to Kimberley and cancelled BONC '555'. Wrappers are very scarce genuinely used. £145
AB2057 1890 (December), ‘Burmester’ correspondence. Envelope addressed to Cape Town, bearing a single example of the QV 2d unappropriated die (SG 11) cancelled with a ‘555’ BONC with proving VRYBURG (22 Dec) single circle datestamp alongside. Cape Town (25 Dec) arrival backstamp. Contemporary receiver’s notes on the reverse. A remarkably clean cover and scarce usage. £275
AB2287 1891 (April), ‘Burmester’ correspondence. Envelope with original letter (ordering “2 lamp chimneys to fit a reading lamp”). Addressed to Cape Town, bearing a single QV 2d unappropriated die (SG 11) tied by two strikes of the ‘555’ BONC and with a proving VRYBURG (10 Apr) single circle datestamp below. Cape Town (13 Apr) arrival backstamp. Contemporary receiver’s notes on the reverse. Some light cover stains, otherwise fine and scarce usage. £175
AB2286 1891 (July), ‘Burmester’ correspondence. Envelope with original three page letter (from an attorney giving legal advice on a non-paying client). Addressed to Cape Town, bearing a single QV 2d unappropriated die (SG 11) tied by a ‘555’ BONC and with a proving VRYBURG (24 July) single circle datestamp struck centrally. Cape Town (27 July) arrival backstamp and contemporary receiver’s notes on the reverse. Small edge stain at upper left, otherwise a remarkably clean cover and scarce usage. £275
AB3313 1892 (25th July), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Envelope addressed to the Cape Colony, bearing a pair of British Bechuanaland 2d ‘Jubilees’ (SG 34) tied by a fine MACLOUTSI (25 Jul) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. The reverse with Vryburg (1 Aug), MIDLAND T.P.O. / DOWN (3 Aug) and Uitenhage (3 Aug) transit / arrival backstamps. £275
AB2853 1892 (20th October), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 4 / BBS PC3) addressed to the Cape. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with ‘637’ BONC with a proving strike of TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (20 Oct) single circle datestamp below. Vryburg (20 Oct) transit backstamp and Port Elizabeth (22 Oct) arrival struck on the front. The message concerns an order for a quantity of beer. £85
AB3324 1892 (23rd October), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. ‘Sitwell’ envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single QV Jubilee 6d purple on rose-red (SG 36) tied by a MACLOUTSI (23 Oct) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. The reverse with Vryburg (31 Oct), Cape Town (7 Nov), Newcastle (Nov) and Beal (Nov) backstamps. Some edge faults including a closed tear and staining at top otherwise a fine example of the 6d per half ounce letter rate to England.
 
Note: it is believed Macloutsi was opened in June 1891 to deal with mail from the Pioneer Column who had entered Mashonaland in July 1890. The sender, Captain William Henry Sitwell, served with the Bechuanaland Border Police and was stationed at Macloutsie 1891-93.
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AB3295 1892 (9th November), envelope with contents addressed to Cape Town. Bearing two examples of the QV ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 33), tied by ‘534’ BONCs with a very fine proving KURUMAN / BECHUANALAND (NO 9) single circle datestamp alongside. With Vryburg (11 NO) transit and Cape Town (NO 14) arrival backstamps. A clean and attractive example of the 2d per half ounce rate to the Cape Colony. £325
AB2851 1893 (27th July), small envelope addressed to England bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 6d purple on red (SG 36) tied by a light ‘568’ BONC with a proving GABERONES B.B.P. single circle datestamp alongside. Mafeking (29 July) and Vryburg (31 July) transit backstamps and West Brompton (21 Aug) arrival datestamps on front and reverse. The cover with faults otherwise a fine example of a 6d British Bechuanaland stamp used alone on cover in the Protectorate. £150
AA5307 1893 14th October, piece cut from 'THE BECHUANALAND NEWS' wrapper, bearing QV ½d vermilion (SG 9), lightly cancelled VRYBURG, addressed to Herschel, Cape Province. SOLD
AB2730 1894 (26th February), GB QV 1d brown postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland. Addressed to Christiana ZAR. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘637’ BONC and with a proving strike of the TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (FE 26) single circle datestamp below. Kimberley (FE 27) and partial Christiana ZAR squared octagon transit datestamps both struck on the front of the card. £125
AB2175 1894 (May), envelope addressed to Mafeking, bearing a single QV ½d vermilion (SG 9) tied by a ‘555’ BONC with proving VRYBURG (13 May,) single circle datestamp below (with sideways ‘4’ of year). The flap is unsealed signifying this is an example of the scarce ‘½d open letter rate’. Split at left edge, otherwise very fine. £150
AB3312 1894 (18th October), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Envelope addressed to Mafeking bearing a pair of British Bechuanaland 2d ‘Jubilees’ (SG 34) tied by light ‘568’ Barred Oval Numeral Cancellers with a very fine proving GABERONES (18 Oct, no year) single circle datestamp below. The reverse with a superb MAFEKING / BECHUANALAND (20 Oct) single circle datestamp struck on arrival. Scarce. £275
AB3323 1895 (1st April), envelope sent registered to Johannesburg. Bearing three examples of the QV Jubilee 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 34) tied by VRYBURG (1 Apr) single circle datestamps. The reverse with W.T.P.O. DOWN (2 Apr) and boxed Johannesburg registration cachet (4 Apr). The flap with senders name ‘HERMANN ABT, / GELUK, / DISTRICT VRYBURG’. Two adhesives affixed just overlapping the edge and some mainly peripheral staining, otherwise fine.
 
Note: the initials 'W.T.P.O.' stand for 'Western Travelling Post Office'.
£55
AB3314 1895 (17th December), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 4 / BBS PC3). Addressed to the Cape and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9) tied by ‘676’ Barred Oval Numeral Cancellations with a proving PALACHWE / KHAMAS TOWN (17 Dec) single circle datestamp alongside. The card arrived in Cradock on Christmas day and five days later was readdressed and reposted to the OFS and an additional Cape 1d was affixed and tied by Cradock (30 Dec) datestamps. The reverse with Cradock (25 Dec) and Bethlehem (1 Jan) arrival datestamps. £75
AB2845 1896 (10th February), Cape of Good Hope QV 1½d postal stationery card. Addressed to Germany and cancelled with a superb ‘172’ BONC with a fine strike of the TAUNGS STATION (10 Feb) single circle datestamp alongside. Although three months post-annexation, an exceptional proving item for Taungs Station. £175
AB3297 BECHUANALAND / RHODESIA BSAC / Matabele Rebellion 1896 (13th May), unstamped Officer's envelope addressed to England, endorsed at top ‘On Service’, and at lower left ‘C. Halsted Comdg B.F.F. The Neck / Mangwe’. Showing a PALLA (MY 9) single circle datestamp partly overstruck with a large ‘6d’ handstruck in London. The reverse with Mafeking Bechuanaland (MY 13) transit and Twickenham (JU 8) arrival backstamps. A few light mainly peripheral faults, otherwise a very fine and rare example of mail from this campaign which was routed through Palla in Bechuanaland where it received the first postal cancellation. Ex John Michael (Stanley Gibbons Auctions, 1976)
 
Note: Captain Halsted commanded a detachment of the Bulawayo Field Force. ‘Fort Halsted’ constructed in April 1896 between Mangwe and Figtree was named after him.
£950
AB3296 BECHUANALAND / RHODESIA BSAC / Matabele Rebellion 1896 (17th June), unstamped Officer's envelope addressed to England. Endorsed at top ‘No Stamps Obtainable’ and showing a very fine TATI / MATABELELAND (17 JU) single circle datestamp. With octagonal-framed ‘T/60c’ and a ‘6d/B.16’ marking handstruck in London. The reverse with London (JY 27) arrival backstamp. The reverse with closed tear and a few light peripheral faults, otherwise a very fine and rare example of mail from this campaign, routed through Tati in Bechuanaland where it received the first postal cancellation.
 
Note: although Tati was incorporated into the Bechuanaland Protectorate in 1892 (Barry), from April 1894 until 1897 the Tati agency was under the control of the BSAC, after which it was transferred to Francistown (the new railway having bypassed Tati). Although not situated in Matabeleland, the BSAC used the ‘Matabeleland’ territorial designation on the Tati datestamp during their administration and BSAC stamp were used there.
£1,100
AB3298 BECHUANALAND / RHODESIA BSAC / Matabele Rebellion 1896 (27th July), unstamped Officer's envelope addressed to England, endorsed at top ‘On Active Service’ ‘Free’ and at lower left ‘GAH Carew Capt / 7th Hussars’. Showing a MACLOUTSIE (JY 27) single circle datestamp, an octagonal-framed ‘T/10c’ and a ‘1d/F.B.’ handstruck in London. The reverse with a light Mafeking transit and Watford (AU 29) arrival backstamps. The flap with the crest of the 7th Hussars printed in black. Closed flap tear, otherwise a very fine and rare example of mail from this campaign which was routed through Macloutsie in Bechuanaland where it received the first postal cancellation. £950
AB3315 1896 (30th July), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Great Britain QV 1d vermilion postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland and surcharged ‘THREE HALF PENCE’ (H&G 8 / B&BS PC12). Addressed to Kimberley, the imprinted stamp is cancelled by a GABERONES / B.B.P (30 Jul) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. With a Kimberley (1 Aug) arrival datestamp struck on the front. Scarce usage. £125
AB3310 1896 (27th August), Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Although the message is headed 'Survey Camp / Palapye 19/8/96’ the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a MAFEKING (27 Aug) single circle datestamp. It appears the card was carried privately to Mafeking in the Cape where it entered the postal system and was then sent back to Mochudi in the Protectorate.
 
Note: it is assumed the ‘Survey Camp’ referred to the advancing railway.
£65
AB2968 1897 (19th January), Cape QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (BBS PC8 / H&G 5). Addressed to Kimberley and uprated with the addition of a QV ½d vermilion (SG 9). The imprinted stamp and adhesive are each cancelled or tied by a ‘1003’ BONC, with a LOBATSI R.S. / SOUTH AFRICA (19 Jan) single circle datestamp alongside. With a MAFEKING (19 Jan) squared circle transit backstamp and a Kimberley (20 Jan) arrival datestamp struck on the front. No message, though a very scarce proving item for Lobatsi Railway Station. £160
AB3316 1897 (19th January), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Great Britain QV 1d+1d vermilion reply paid postal stationery card overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland (H&G 7, B&BS PC6). The outward half is addressed to Kimberley (no message) and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9), tied by a very fine ‘1003’ Barred Oval Numeral Cancellation with an equally fine strike cancelling the imprinted stamp. With a proving strike of the LOBATSI R.S. / SOUTH AFRICA (19 Jan) single circle datestamp at left and a Kimberley (20 Jan) arrival also struck on the front. The reply half is still attached and bears a Mafeking (19 Jan) squared circle transit on the reverse. A few edge creases. A scarce proving item for BONC ‘1003’ and a scarce card used. £175
AB3318 1897 (12th April), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (H&G 7 / BBS RE15a, dated ‘28.2.89’). Addressed to Germany, bearing a pair of QV Jubilee 4d green and purple-brown (SG 35) tied by a light ‘896’ BONC with a proving strike of the MACLOUTSI (12 Apr) single circle datestamp below (with error of year ‘96’ for ‘97’). The reverse with a superb MAFEKING / C.G.H. (17 Apr) single circle, Cape Town (21 Apr) and Schwelm (8 May) transit / arrival backstamps. £275
AB3301 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE / BECHUANALAND / Langeberg Rebellion 1897 (23rd April) unstamped officer’s concessionary rate envelope addressed to England, enclosing original letter headed ‘Ryan’s near the Langeberg’ with instructions to address mail to the Cape Mounted Rifles headquarters in Umtata. Endorsed at top ‘On Active Service / Stamps not available’ and at lower left “Geo D. Ward. Lieut / C.M. Riflemen / B.F. Force / 21.4.97’. The sender was a member of the Imperial Forces engaged in the ‘Langeberg Rebellion’ (also known as the Bechuanaland, Rinderpest or Langeberg Campaign). Showing a VRYBURG (AP 23) squared circle transit datestamp with an octagonal-framed ‘T/25c.’ taxe marking alongside. Also showing a British handstruck ‘I.B./2½d’. The reverse with a Marlborough (MY 17) arrival backstamp. Flap a little roughly opened, otherwise a very fine and rare survivor from this relatively obscure campaign.
 
Note: The Langeberg Campaign was one of the specified campaigns where Colonial Forces (including serving officers) received the concession of free postage. However, this privilege did not extend to mail addressed outside the Cape Colony (See ‘Southern African Mails’ pages 534 and 563 by Brian Trotter).
 
A detailed account of this campaign appeared in Runner Post issue 44, p1052 (September 1996) and articles concerning the philatelic aspects, including a census of the postal history, were published in The Runner Post: issue 40, p894 (September 1995) and 45, p1086 (December 1996).
£750
AB3311 1897 (16th June), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Great Britain 1d vermilion postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland and surcharged ‘THREE HALF PENCE’ (H&G 8 / B&BS PC12). Addressed to Mafeking, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a clear ‘390’ Barred Oval Numeral Canceller with a proving MOCHULI (16 Jun) single circle datestamp below. The reverse with a MAFEKING (16 Jun) squared circle arrival backstamp. The message confirms a reservation for seats on the Zederberg & Co coach. Very scarce proving card with the uncommon alternative spelling of Mochuli for Mochudi. £250
AB3300 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE / BECHUANALAND / Langeberg Rebellion 1897 (28th July) unstamped soldier’s concessionary rate envelope addressed to England. Endorsed at top ‘On Active Service / From Pte S.J. Solomon P.A.G.’ (Prince Alfred Guards), who was a member of the Imperial Forces engaged in the ‘Langeberg Rebellion’ (also known as the Bechuanaland, Rinderpest or Langeberg Campaign). Countersigned at lower left above ‘Officer Commanding Active Service Detachment’. Showing a fine strike of the KURUMAN BECHUANALAND (JY 28) single circle datestamp partly overstruck by an octagonal-framed ‘T/25c.’ taxe marking and also showing a handstruck ‘1D/F.B.’ The reverse with a further very fine strike of the Kuruman Bechuanaland (JY 28) despatch datestamp and with a London (AU 23) arrival datestamp struck in red. The envelope with some unobtrusive creases and peripheral faults though a rare and attractive survivor from this relatively obscure campaign. Ex Gerald Sattin (June 2008)
 
Note: The Langeberg Campaign was one of the specified campaigns where Colonial Forces (including serving officers) received the concession of free postage. However, this privilege did not extend to mail addressed outside the Cape Colony (See ‘Southern African Mails’ pages 534 and 563 by Brian Trotter).
 
A detailed account of this campaign appeared in Runner Post issue 44, p1052 (September 1996) and articles concerning the philatelic aspects, including a census of the postal history, were published in The Runner Post: issue 40, p894 (September 1995) and 45, p1086 (December 1996).
£850
AB3325 1897 (15th August), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of a British Bechuanaland ½d vermilion and 1d lilac (SG 9, 33) cancelled with a RAMOUTSA (15 Aug) single circle datestamp. The reverse with MAFEKING / [dot] (16 Aug) single circle transit backstamp and with Weinböhle (5 Sep) arrival struck on the front. SOLD
AB2728 1897 (16th September), GB 1d vermilion postal stationery card overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ and surcharged ‘THREE HALF PENCE’ (H&G 8). Addressed to Mafeking and cancelled with a ‘390’ Barred Oval Numeral Canceller with proving strike of MOCHULI (SP 16) single circle datestamp below. Also showing Mafeking (SP 17) single circle arrival datestamp struck at lower left. Very scarce proving card with the uncommon alternative spelling of MOCHULI for Mochudi. £250
AB237 1897 (September), Incoming ZAR ½d stationery postcard from Johannesburg (additional stamp removed) addressed to Vryburg. Presumably forwarded with GELUK B.B (19 Sep) transit? and KURUMAN BECHUANALAND (20 Sep) cds's. Message (re subscription) is headed with 'THE TRANSVAAL CRITIC' handstamp in red. Unusual routing. £125
AB3163 1898 (3rd July), Great Britain QV 1d dull scarlet postal stationery card overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ and surcharged ‘THREE HALF PENCE’ (H&G 8 / B&BS PC12). Addressed to France and cancelled with a neat GABERONES / B.B.P (3 July) single circle datestamp. With Mafeking (4 July) transit and Rheim (25 Aug) arrival datestamps, both struck on the front. Corner crease, otherwise very fine and A scarce card correctly used. £125
AB3308 1898 (6th October), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to Mafeking, the card was used in the Protectorate and the imprinted stamp was left uncancelled, the postage being paid by the addition of a Protectorate 1d lilac (SG 61) which was tied by a FRANCESTOWN / S. AFRICA (6 Oct) single circle datestamp. The reverse with a MAFEKING (8 Oct) squared circle backstamp. The message is headed ‘J.A.G. Harrison Esq / Assist. Engineer / Shashi’ and concerns a grocery order and irritation about missing items. £45
AB3309 1899 (24th March), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to Mafeking, the card was uprated with the addition of a British Bechuanaland QV ½d vermilion (SG 9) and tied by a RAMOUTSA (24 Mar, no year) single circle datestamp. The message, from a missionary, Revd. G. Behrens, has been partly erased. £45
AB3319 1899 (9th April), envelope addressed to Germany. Bearing a single Protectorate QV Jubilee 4d green and purple-brown (SG 64) tied by a neat RAMOUTSA (9 Apr) single circle datestamp. The reverse with a MAFEKING / C.G.H. (10 Apr) and Baden (1 May) transit / arrival backstamps. The flap roughly opened, otherwise a very fine and attractive franking. SOLD
AB3307 1899 (1st May), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to Mafeking, the card was used in the Protectorate with the imprinted stamp cancelled with a FRANCESTOWN / S. AFRICA (1 May) single circle datestamp. The reverse with a MAFEKING / C.G.H. (3 May) single circle arrival backstamp and bank correspondence and cachets of branches in Francistown, Tati and Mafeking. £45
AB3317 1902 (15th November), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to Cape Town, the card was used in the Protectorate with the imprinted stamp cancelled with a FRANCESTOWN / S. AFRICA (15 Nov) single circle datestamp. With a Cape Town (18 Nov) arrival struck on the front. The sender’s address is given as ‘Somerset Mine. Francistown’. The reverse with some discolouration, otherwise fine. £45
AB2848 1904 (29th September), Cape of Good Hope KEVII embossed 1d rose postal stationery envelope. Addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of Cape ½d, 1d and 2½d adhesives (SG 58, 63, 71). The embossed stamp is cancelled with a neat KEIMOES BECHUANALAND (29 Sep) single circle datestamp while the adhesives are all tied by Upington (30 Sep) squared circle datestamps, with an additional strike on the reverse. With an Osnabruck (23 Oct) arrival backstamp. A vertical crease affects the ½d and some light cover staining. Although the adhesives were affixed at Keimoes, it is unclear why they were only cancelled at Upington. An interesting franking. £85
AB3302 1905 (11th April), QV Protectorate 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size F, BBS RE23 / H&G C6), addressed to Cape Town. Bearing an unappropriated die 3d lilac and black (SG 12) tied by a very fine large part FRANCISTOWN BECHD PROTECTORE (11 Apr) double circle datestamp with an additional strike alongside, with a further strike cancelling the imprinted stamp on the flap. Backstamped with oval Cape Town (15 Apr) arrival datestamp. A scarce stationery envelope with an uncommon Francistown datestamp combined with late use of this stamp in the Protectorate. Attractive. £375
AB2840 1906 (February), envelope sent registered to the USA “c/o Adams Express Co.”. Bearing a Protectorate QV 4d and KEVII 2½d (SG 64, 69) tied by what appears to be negative bag seal cancellations of Mochudi. With fine sender’s cachet of ‘W.A.H. Harbor’ at upper left, Harbor’s imprint on the flap and addressed in his distinctive hand. Cape Town (17 Feb) transit and Boston (20 Mar) arrival backstamps. £125
AB488 1911 (March), Cape 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 5). Addressed to London where it was redirected locally. Cancelled with two FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTEC (MR 23) single circle datestamps. £55
AA122 1911 (September), KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size G, BBS RE30 / H&G C9a). Addressed to Mafeking, bearing QV 6d x five plus KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 36, 68), lightly cancelled KANYE (SP 7) single circle datestamps. 'Kanye 320' registration written in ink, Mafeking (SP 15) arrival backstamp. Small repair at lower left corner. Attractive. £145
AB2846 1912 (19th May), envelope addressed to Scotland bearing a GABERONES B.P. (19 May) single circle datestamp. With a rather blurred Gaberones Station B.B. (19 May) transit backstamp (interesting to note the territorial designations ‘B.P.’ and ‘B.B.’ on datestamps used at the same town). A few edge faults, otherwise fine. A remarkably scarce example of this stamp used alone on cover. £110
AB2849 1915 (11th November), envelope sent registered to Pretoria, bearing Natal KEVII 2d and 3d (SG 132, 149) tied by neat KEIMOES / BECHUANALAND (11 Nov) single circle datestamps. Philatelic, though most attractive and showing very late use of this Keimoes datestamp, some 20 years after annexation. £110
AB2640 1923, (January), envelope sent registered to Mafeking, South Africa bearing ten examples of the KGV ½d green (SG 73, strip of four and three pairs) tied by large GABERONES STATION (2 Jan) double circle datestamps, with further strikes on the reverse. With a very fine Gaberones Station registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. Mafeking (3 Jan) arrival backstamp. The flap with imprint of ‘L.T. Lund. / Sebele / P.O. Gaberones’. £150
AB2844 1923 (12th August), envelope addressed to Mafeking bearing two examples of the 1921 KGV 1d scarlet Postal Fiscal (SG F3), each tied by very fine strikes of the GHANZI (12 Aug) double circle datestamp. The envelope with some creasing though rare genuine postal use of these stamps. RPS certificate (1976). £650
AB2251 1925 (July), envelope addressed to Pretoria, bearing a single 1885 3d pale claret overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ (SG 2), tied by a superb strike of the bilingual SOUTH AFRICA / ROYAL TOUR (22 July) commemorative oval datestamp with Coat of Arms above. With a Serowe (22 July) transit datestamp struck on the front and Pretoria (25 July) arrival backstamp. Unusual very late usage of British Bechuanaland, apparently in the Protectorate.
 
Note: The Prince of Wales, later to abdicate as King Edward VIII, visited South Africa in 1925. The Royal party also visited Basutoland, Bechuanaland, Swaziland, Northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia. According to the official itinerary as per the South African Railways time table, the Royal Train was scheduled to be in Bechuanaland on the 27 to 28th June and again on the 18th July, and Cape Town on the 22nd July. The postmark evidence on this envelope appears to indicate the Royal Train was still in Bechuanaland on the 22nd July.
£125
AB3321 1934 (24th November), KGV ½d ‘Baobab and Cattle’ postal stationery card, endorsed at top ‘1st Air Mail South Africa-Australia’. Addressed to Australia and uprated with an additional KGV ½d, 3d and 6d (SG 99, 102, 104) each tied by a LOBATSI (24 Nov) double circle datestamp. The reverse with Brisbane (21 Dec) machine slogan cancellation and ‘Delivery Counter Brisbane’ (22 Dec) arrival datestamps.
 
Note: the inaugural flight left Cape Town on the 4th December, travelling north to Alexandria where it arrived on the 10th connecting with the service which left England on the 8th. Darwin was reached on the 18th and Brisbane on the 21st December.
£55
AB3114 1935 (8th February), envelope addressed locally within Francistown. Bearing a single KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d scarlet (SG 100) tied by a FRANCISTOWN (8 Feb) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. The letter was deemed to weigh more than half an ounce and received an oval framed ‘T’ tax marking and a ‘T2’ in red manuscript. The shortfall was receipted by a postage due 2d violet on ordinary paper (SG D6) which was affixed and tied by a Francistown (9 Feb) double circle datestamp. Very rare genuine early usage of this postage due with few examples recorded on cover. Ex Christies Robson Lowe sale 12th June 1991, lot 177. £1,250
AB3322 1934 (12th February), unsealed envelope addressed to Johannesburg handstamped ‘BOOK POST RATE’ and bearing a single KGV ‘Baobab and Cattle’ (SG 99) tied by a large bilingual IMPERIAL PRESS CONFERENCE / SOUTH AFRICA (12 Feb) circular 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.
£35
AB257 1935 (8th March), envelope addressed and sent registered air mail addressed to Germany, bearing 1932 KGV ½d block of 4 and 1935 Jubilee set (SG 99, 111-114) tied by GABRONES STA / 8 03 / 1935 single circle skeleton / relief type datestamps. With boxed Bahnpost / Zug 155 24.10.35 railway transit on the reverse. Some damage from opening, though a very scarce datestamp. £225
AB1421 1935 (December), envelope addressed to the USA sent at the unsealed open letter rate, bearing a single KGV ‘Cattle’ definitive ½d (SG 99) tied by H.O. Mafeking (23 Dec) double circle datestamp. A few minor edge faults otherwise a clean and attractive example of this very scarce rate. £85
AB2596 1937 (May), KGVI Coronation set of three on first day envelope addressed to Bulawayo, tied by two clear strikes of MAHALAPYE B.P. (12 May) double circle datestamps. There appears to have been a word preceding the town name which has been excised and now prints as a curved black bar. Most unusual. £75
AB2615 1938 (January), KGV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (BBS RE41 / H&G C17). Addressed (on the reverse) to South Africa, bearing KGV 1d scarlet (SG 100) all tied / cancelled with LOBATSI (8 Jan) double circle datestamps with additional strike on the reverse. Boxed Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet on the reverse. £70
AB1826 1942 (September), KGVI 4d registered postal stationery envelope addressed to Kanye with KGVI 1½d (SG 120) affixed, cancelled / tied by MOLEPOLOLE (8 Sep) double circle datestamps with lightly struck Molepolole registration cachet. Gaberones Sta (9 Sep) and Lobatsi (10 Sep) transits and Kanye (11 Sep) arrival backstamp. BBS RE42a / H&G 18b £65
AB2310 1943 (August), envelope addressed to East London, South Africa, bearing a single KGVI 1½d (SG 120a) tied by a MOCHUDI VILLAGE (28 Aug) double circle datestamp. A nice example of this rate. £30
AB497 1944c Stampless 'On Active Service' envelope to South Africa. With violet oval triple-ring cachet BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE GROUP / A.A.P.C. (African Auxiliary Pioneer Corp). This was effectively a 'Free Frank' for servicemen at one of the Depots/Training Centres at Lobatsi or Serowe. £65
AB2059 1945 (October), South African bilingual 3d+3d ‘Bantam War Effort’ Air Letter overprinted BECHUANALAND / BETSJOEANALAND. Addressed to England and cancelled with BECH PROT / H.O. MAFEKING (18 X 45) double circle datestamp. No message and philatelically inspired though very scarce. BBS AE1 £55
AB3086 1947 (17th April), KGVI 4d registered postal stationery envelope (BBS RE42b / H&G 18var), addressed to South Africa and uprated with the addition of the Royal Visit set (SG 132-135) in pairs (1d, 3d) or blocks of four (3d, 1/-), the latter affixed to the reverse. All are cancelled with neat ROYAL VISIT / LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (17 Apr) First Day of Issue double circle datestamps. The reverse also with Lobatsi registration cachet. £45
AB2638 1948 (February), philatelically inspired envelope sent registered to South Africa bearing KGVI ½d, 1d and pair of 2d (SG 118, 119, 121) tied by very fine GABERONES / STA (25 Feb) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. With a fine ‘GABERONES Sta.’ registration cachet struck in purple at lower left. £30
AB2616 1948 (February), philatelically inspired envelope sent registered to South Africa bearing KGVI 1½d and 4d (SG 120a, 123) tied by a fine MAHALAPYE (26 Feb) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. With a MAHALAPYE registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. £30
AB201 1949 (30th September), underpaid incoming envelope from the Leeward Islands bearing KGVI ¼d, ½d, 1d and 2d tied by small PAQUEBOT single circle cancellations. Addressed to the USA with the address altered to Lobatsi, Bechuanaland. Endorsed ‘To Pay’ and ‘T-10’, the shortfall was receipted by two ½d postage dues from the 1926 and 1952 issues (SG D1, D4) which were affixed and tied by a LOBATSI (30 Sep) double circle datestamp. Philatelically inspired, though rare as approximately four envelopes or fronts are known bearing the 1926 issue and only two with a mixed postage due franking. £275
AB3118 1951 (27th January), envelope from Gibraltar with printed sender’s address as ‘The Foreign Service of the United States of America (Gibraltar)’. Addressed to the USA with the address altered to ‘Poste Restante / Palapye’. Bearing KGVII ½d pair and 2d (SG 121, 140) tied by a Gibraltar (27 Jan) roller cancellation. With tax marking ‘3½d’ in red manuscript, the shortfall was receipted by affixing the three postage dues then in use: ½d sage-green, 1d carmine and 2d violet (SG D4-D6) tied by PALAPYE (21 Mar) double circle datestamps. The envelope with some vertical creases clear of the adhesives, otherwise fine. An unusual origin / destination, probably philatelically inspired though this issue is very scarce to rare on cover. £325
AB3115 1951 (21st February), incoming unpaid envelope from Bolivia, with printed sender’s address as the sub-postal administration in Cochabamba. With manuscript tax marking ‘3½’, the shortfall was receipted by affixing the three postage dues then in use: ½d sage-green, 1d carmine and 2d violet (SG D4-D6) tied by a RAMOUTSA / STA (6 Mar) double circle datestamp. The envelope with some creasing, otherwise fine. An unusual origin / destination, possibly philatelically inspired though this issue is very scarce to rare on cover. £325
AA4222 1955 (June), 3d Groot Schuur Air Letter of South Africa overprinted 'Bechuanaland'. Uprated with KGVI 3d definitive and cancelled GABERONES addressed to England. Few opening faults at top. £30
AB1648 1958 (June), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’. Very fine genuinely used, addressed to a quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a neat FRANCISTOWN (14 IV 58) double circle datestamp. A very scarce card commercially used. (H&G 10 / BBS PC22) £85
AB1399 1958 (September), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’. Very fine genuinely used, addressed to a quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a neat FRANCISTOWN (15 IX 58) double circle datestamp. A very scarce card commercially used. (H&G 10 / BBS PC22) £85
AB3119 1959 (2nd July), printed envelope with ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ deleted. Addressed to Belgium, bearing a single QEII 4d red-orange (SG 146b) tied by a LOBATSI (2 Jul) double circle datestamp. Tear at top, clear of the adhesive. Scarce usage of this duty alone on cover. £25
AB1103 1959 (August), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’. A little creasing at left, otherwise very fine used, addressed to a radio quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a very clear FRANCISTOWN (7 VIII) double circle datestamp. A very scarce card commercially used. BBS PC22 / H&G 10 £80
AB728 1960 (December), locally addressed envelope bearing QEII 2d (SG 145) BISECTED DIAGONALLY and tied by very fine GHANZI (20 DEC) double circle datestamp. It is believed a shortage of some values, especially those required for inland postage, occurred in late 1960 following the withdrawal of stocks of the 1955 issue for decimal surcharging. Philatelically inspired though very scarce. £350
AB2060 1960 (December), locally addressed envelope bearing QEII 2d (SG 145) BISECTED DIAGONALLY and tied by a fine strike of the GHANZI (20 DEC) double circle datestamp. It is believed a shortage of some values, especially those required for inland postage, occurred in late 1960 following the withdrawal of stocks of the 1955 issue for decimal surcharging. Philatelically inspired though very scarce. £350
AA5356 1961 14th February, printed illustrated long First Day Cover, 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 is present. Cancelled 'LOBATSI', locally addressed. Most attractive and uncommon. SG 157-167 (between) £175
AA5358 1961 14th February, long envelope bearing set of ten QEII 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 is present. Cancelled 'LOBATSI BECHUANALAND', sent registered to Salisbury. SG 157-167 (between) £150
AA5359 1961 20th June, printed O H M S long envelope bearing QEII decimal surcharges 50c block of four (SG 166), cancelled 'LOBATSI' and sent registered airmail to England. Some edge faults, an attractive and uncommon usage. £45
AB2295 1961 (June) airmail envelope sent registered to England. Bearing QEII 5/- black and violet-blue surcharged ‘50c’ (SG 166) tied by a LOBATSI (7 June) double circle datestamp. Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet with number “OP 1110” in manuscript (the meaning of 'OP' is unclear). The reverse with a large Lobatsi oval datestamp (7 June) struck in violet, Mafeking (8 June) transit and London (11 June) arrival backstamps. Probably philatelic though attractive. £30
AA5363 1961 20th June, printed O H M S envelope bearing QEII decimal surcharges 5c, 12½c and 25c (SG 162a, 164, 165), cancelled 'LOBATSI' and sent registered airmail to England. Attractive. £25
AB3083 1961 (25th July), envelope sent registered to South Africa. Bearing a single 1c and block of four 3½c on 4d (SG 157a, 161d) tied by LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (25 Jul) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. Lobatsi registration cachet at upper left and an official ‘Dept. Of Posts and Telegraphs’ oval cachet struck at lower left. Belgravia Johannesburg (12 Jul) arrival backstamp. £25
AA5362 1961 8th August, printed O H M S envelope bearing QEII decimal surcharges 1c, 2c, 3½c, 10c and 50c and 25c (SG 157a, 158, 161d, 163, 166), cancelled 'LOBATSI' and sent registered airmail to England. Attractive. £35
AA5361 1961 24th August, printed O H M S envelope bearing QEII decimal surcharges 2½c, 10c pair and R1 (SG 159, 163, 167b), cancelled 'LOBATSI' and sent registered airmail to England. Attractive. £45
AA5360 1961 31st August, envelope bearing QEII decimal surcharges 10c pair and 25c (SG 163, 165), cancelled 'LOBATSI' and sent registered airmail to France. Attractive. £30
AA5357 1961 25th September, printed O H M S long envelope bearing QEII decimal surcharges 1c to R1c, 12½c and 25c (SG 157-167b basic), cancelled 'LOBATSI' and sent registered airmail to England. Fault at top centre. £45
AB3082 1963 (9th July), printed ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ envelope sent registered to South Africa. Bearing a single 12½c Freedom From Hunger (SG 182) tied by a LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (9 Jul) double circle datestamp. Lobatsi registration label. Belgravia Johannesburg (12 Jul) arrival backstamp. £25
AB3084 1965 (30th March), long printed ‘ON HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE.’ envelope addressed and sent via air mail to the USA. Bearing a 10c ‘Red-Headed Weaver’ definitive and a 12½c Internal Self Government showing the ‘Lake Flaw’ (SG 174, 188b), both tied by a GABERONES BECHUANALAND (30 Mar) double circle datestamp. £30
AB3085 1965 (2nd April), large envelope with pre-printed address sent registered within the Protectorate. Bearing 1c and 7½c Birds definitives (SG 168, 173) both tied by GABERONES BECHUANALAND 4 (2 Apr) double circle datestamp and with Gaberones registration label. Lobatsi (3 Apr) arrival backstamp. £25
AB2854 1965 (26th October), 2c ‘Hoopoe’ postal stationery card (BBS PC23) cancelled with a GABERONES VILLAGE (26 Oct) double circle datestamp. Addressed to South Africa with the message on the reverse concerning a request for Tswana music or songs for sale. Extremely rare commercial use of this card. We have previously sold two used examples of the Botswana 2c Hoopoe card, but this is the first commercially used example of Protectorate card we have ever handled. A modern rarity. £450
AB3294 BOTSWANA / Postage Dues 1966, (29th December), locally addressed envelope from the Standard Bank Francistown (dated cachet on reverse) sent without postage. Francistown cds (29 Dec) & manuscript 'T 5c'. The tax was receipted with 5 x 1c Postage Dues (SG D10, one with fault) used after Independence, all cancelled by different type of Francistown cds (30 Dec; inverted code 'A'). Both cancellers apparently Protectorate types with territory name excised. Scarce. £125
AA5305 BOTSWANA 1986 14th August, cover bearing 5t Bird definitive cancelled large red oval 'DEPT. OF POSTS & TELECOMMUNICATIONS / RAMOKGWEBANE' datestamp. Addressed to the Cape. Most unusual. £20
AA5304 BOTSWANA 1994 4th November, cover bearing 25t and 50t Fruits, cancelled large violet double rimmed 'POST OFFICE / NKANGE' datestamp, sent registered to the Cape. Opened on three sides. Most unusual. £20
AA5306 BOTSWANA 1995 20th October, cover bearing 50t and P1 animals, cancelled 'GOOD HOPE' dc datestamp in violet, addressed to the Cape. £15
POSTMARKS
AB3253 ‘568’ BONC of Gaberones. A clear large part upright strike on a QV 4d green and purple-brown. Very scarce. SG 35 £35
AB3255 ‘638’ BONC of Mafeking. A clear large part upright strike on a QV 2d grey-green and carmine. SG 34 £8
AB3285 ‘676’ BONC of Shoshong (assigned to Palachwe Khamas Town following closure of Shoshong in 1889) Large part sideways strike on a QV 3d lilac and black. SG 12 £15
AB3286 ‘676’ BONC of Palachwe Khamas Town. Large part strike on a QV 2d bistre. SG 39 £10
AB3306 ‘678’ BONC of Gubulawayo. Very fine large part upright strike on 1888 ‘Protectorate / 6d’ on 6d lilac and black. SG 45. Scarce usage in Matabeleland. £55
AB2977 ‘1003’ BONC of Lobatsi Railway Station. A fine crisp strike on a QV 1d lilac. SG 33 £15
AB3256 ‘1159’ BONC of Lobatsi. A clear large part sideways strike on a QV 2d grey-green and carmine with part of a second strike alongside. SG 34 £15
AB3159 BULAWAYO / RHODESIA (16 DEC 99) double circle datestamp. Large part strike on a pair of Protectorate 2d grey-green and carmine. SG 62
 
Note: the date suggests this pair probably emanates from mail sent from Mafeking during the Boer War.
£45
AB3175 DEBEETI (12 JUL 35) double circle datestamp. An almost complete upright strike on a KGV Silver Jubilee 6d slate and purple. SG 114 £20
AB3174 DEBEETI (19 JUL 35) double circle datestamp. A large part upright strike on a KGV Silver Jubilee 1d deep blue and scarlet. SG 111 £12
AB2933 DRY HARTZ / BECHUANALAND single circle datestamp. A large part strike dated (6 AP / 5) on a QV 2d grey-green and carmine. SG 34 £25
AB2383 FRANCISTOWN (21 JA, year not shown) single circle skeleton / relief type datestamp. A large part strike on a 1932 KGV 2d brown. Very scarce. SG 101 £65
AB3247 FRANCISTOWN (17 JA 35) single circle skeleton / relief type datestamp. Complete strike on a pair of KGV 1d scarlet. This date is the same as that recorded in Putzel / Visser and is believed to be the item of record. Very rare. Superb. SG 100 £125
AB2385 SAR & H FRANCISTOWN 089 (2 AUG 36) double oval railway datestamp (SAR & H = South African Railways and Harbours). Struck on a pair of 1932 KGV 1d scarlet affixed to small piece. Scarce. SG 100 £30
AB2929 GABERONES single circle datestamp. A very fine, almost complete strike dated (29 SP / 92) on a QV 4d lilac and black. SG 13 £15
AB2978 GABERONES / B.B.P. single circle datestamp. Three fine strikes dated (AU 14 / 98) tying five examples of QV 2d grey-green and carmine to a small piece. SG 62 £20
AB2971 GABERONES / B.P. single circle datestamp. A light but readable strike dated (DE 9 / 06) centrally struck on a block of four KEVII 1d scarlet. SG 68 £5
AB2974 GABERONES STATION / B.B. single circle datestamp (10 JY / 06) struck in BLUE on a pair of KEVII ½d blue-green. SG 66 £25
AB2975 GABERONES STATION / B.B. single circle datestamp (AP 23 / 3) struck in PURPLE, tying a QV 2d grey-green and carmine to small piece. SG 62 £35
AB3185 GABERONES STA (8 X 43) double circle datestamp. A fine complete strike tying a KGVI 1½d dull blue to small piece. SG 120 £10
AB1544 GABRONES STN (12 03 / 1935) single circle skeleton / relief type datestamp (note misspelt town name) struck on KGV 1d (faults). Rare. SG 111 £65
AB2935 GELUK / B.B. single circle datestamp. A large part sideways strike dated (NO 19 / 94) on a QV 2d grey-green and carmine (faults). SG 34 £15
AB3169 GHANZI (5 NOV 42) double circle datestamp. A large part strike on a KGVI 1½d dull blue. SG 120 £10
AR529 GUBULAWAYO (DE 3 9-) single circle datestamp. Two strikes on a block of four BSAC 1d black. SG 1 £35
AB3186 KEIMOES BECHUANALAND (MR 26 12) single circle datestamp. A large part strike on a Transvaal KEVII 2d purple. SG 275
 
Note: although British Bechuanaland was annexed to the Cape in November 1895, several postal agencies continued to use the old Bechuanaland datestamps for some years.
£8
AB2928 KEIMOES BECHUANALAND single circle datestamp. A superb, large part strike dated (JY 31 / 14). Very late use (19 years after annexation) on a Union of South Africa KGV 1/- orange. SG 12 £30
AB3154 KOPJE (SALISBURY) (1 SEP 59) double circle datestamp (cancelled in Southern Rhodesia) on QEII bright ultramarine. Unusual. SG 146a £15
AB3257 KURUMAN BECHUANALAND (OC 17 98) single circle datestamp. An almost complete upright strike on a defective Cape ½d yellow-green. SG 61
 
Note: although British Bechuanaland was annexed to the Cape in November 1895, several postal agencies contin-ued to use the old Bechuanaland date-stamps for some years.
£8
AB3254 MAGALAPYE / B.B.P. (AP 20, no year) single circle datestamp. Very fine large part upright strike on a QV 2d grey-green and carmine. A scarce postmark. SG 34 £45
AB2972 MAHALAPYE (23 JA / 1931) single circle skeleton / relief type datestamp. A fair strike with a second clearer part strike below on a block of four KGV 1d scarlet (perf faults). Rare. SG 92 £65
AB3246 MAHALAPYE (30 VII 60) single circle skeleton / relief type datestamp. A fine complete strike cancelling a QEII 4d and 6d on small piece. Very rare with few recorded. This being the item of record illustrated in Putzel / Visser. SG 146b, 148 £110
AB3184 MAHALAPYE (2 MAR 39) double circle datestamp. A very fine, complete strike on a pair of KGVI 1d scarlet. SG 119 £12
AB3183 MAHALAPYE (14 MAR 58) double circle datestamp. A very fine complete strike on pair of QEII 3d bright ultramarine. SG 146a £15
AB3151 MAKGOBIS STADT (17 MAY 49) double circle datestamp. Large part strike on a KGVI 1½d light blue. Scarce. SG120a £25
AB3152 MAKGOBIS STADT (25 FEB 47) double circle datestamp. Large part strike on a KGVI 2d chocolate-brown. Scarce. SG 121 £15
AB3168 MAUN (3 MAY 40) double circle datestamp. A large part strike on a KGVI 1½d dull blue. SG 120 £10
AB3248 MOCHUDI (AP 6 16) single circle skeleton / relief type datestamp. Complete strike tying a KGV 1d scarlet to small piece. This date is the same as that illustrated in Putzel / Visser and is believed to be the item of record. Very rare. SG 72 £125
AB3292 MOCHUDI VILLAGE (AP 15 25) single circle. A large part strike on a KGV 6d reddish purple. SG 81 £25
AB3172 MOCHUDI VILLAGE (4 DEC 54) double circle datestamp. A very fine complete strike on a KGVI 4d registered stationery envelope cut-out. SG 120 £15
AB2693 MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND (AU 21 / 88) single circle datestamp centrally struck on 1888 1d lilac and black. The day is faint, though the month and year are readable. This is a first day CTO cancel. Rare. SG 41 £65
AB1356 MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND (JA 31 90) single circle datestamp neatly tying QV ½d vermilion overprinted ‘Protectorate’ to small piece. SG 40 SOLD
AB3016 MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND (AP 16 / 9) single circle with month inverted. A very fine strike tying an 1897 ½d yellow-green to a cut-out from a 1½d postal stationery card. SG 56 £25
AB3288 MOOKANE (9 XI 63) double circle. Large part upright strike on QEII 2½c Red Cross. Uncommon SG 183 £10
AB3171 MOSHUPA (21 VIII 45) double circle datestamp. A large part upright strike on a KGVI 2d chocolate-brown. SG 121 £15
AB1877 PALAPYE (6 1, no year present) single circle skeleton / relief type datestamp. An almost full strike on a KGV 1932 1d scarlet. Very scarce. SG 100 £65
AB3284 PALAPYE ROAD (28 JUN 16) double circle. Very fine, complete strike tying a KGV 1d Downey Head to small piece. SG 72 £15
AB3157 PALAPYE STATION (SP 20 97) single circle datestamp. Complete, superb strike on a block of four ½d yellow-green. SG 56 £85
AB2934 PALLA single circle datestamp. A large part upright strike dated (JY 4 / 94) on a QV 2d grey-green and carmine. Scarce. SG 34 £20
AB802 PALLA ROAD (29 Mar 47) large part double circle datestamp on KGVI Royal Visit 2d green. SG 133 £10
AB3166 PALLA ROAD (2 MAY 47) double circle datestamp. A very fine, almost complete upright strike on pair of KGVI ½d green. SG 118 £20
AB3167 PALLA ROAD (17 JUL 50) double circle datestamp. A very fine, complete upright strike on a pair of KGVI 1d scarlet. SG 119 £25
AB3178 PILANE (18 DEC 35) double circle datestamp. Complete, superb upright strike tying a KGV Silver Jubilee 1d deep blue and scarlet to small piece. SG 111 £20
AB3177 PILANE (7 JUL 37) double circle datestamp. A complete strike tying a KGVI Coronation 1d scarlet to small piece. SG 115 £10
AB3017 PILANE (18 DEC 37) double circle datestamp. A very fine large part upright strike on a KGVI Coronation 1d scarlet. SG 115 £15
AB3128 PITSANI / S AFRICA (DE 10 98) single circle datestamp. A superb centrally struck example on a block of four of the 1888 unappropriated dies 3d pale reddish lilac and black. A scarce cancellation and multiple. SG 12a £85
AB1643 PITSANI (AP 7 / 35) single ring datestamp with arcs. Neatly struck on pair of KGV 1d scarlet. SG 100 £15
AB3287 PITSANI (7 AUG 37) double circle. Large part upright strike on a KGVI Coronation 1d scarlet. SG 115 £10
AB3291 RAMOUTSA (AP 8 92) single circle. Large part upright strike on a QV 4d lilac and black. Also showing a manuscript ‘x’. SG 13
 
Note: the postal agency Ramoutsa is recorded opening in 1892. Postmarks from this early period are very scarce.
£25
AB3160 RAMOUTSA B.P (SP 30 1?) single circle datestamp. A complete very fine strike tying a KGV 1d scarlet to a small piece. SG 72 £8
AB3180 S.A.R. – S.A.S. / RAMOUTSA (18 5 40) oval railway datestamp. A light but almost complete strike tying a KGVI 1d scarlet to small piece. SG 119 £12
AB3181 S.A.R. – S.A.S. / RAMOUTSA (17 11 48) oval railway datestamp. Three fair strikes tying a KGVI ½d green and 1½d light blue (x2) to small piece. SG 118, 120a £15
AB3156 RASEBOLAI (3 II 49) double circle datestamp. Large part strike on a KGVI 1½d light blue. Scarce. SG 121 £25
AB3150 RASEBOLAI (2 VIII 51) double circle datestamp. Large part strike on a KGVI 2d chocolate-brown. Scarce. SG 121 £15
AB3289 SEBINAS / BECH PROT (20 I 66) double circle. Large part upright strike on QEII 2½c Sunbird. Scarce. SG 170 £10
AB3290 SEFHARE (12 X 65) double circle. Large part upright strike on QEII 5c Bee-eater. Scarce. SG 172 £10
AB3176 SETLAGOLI / BECHUANALAND (MY 8 06) single circle datestamp. Two large part upright strikes on a pair of Cape KEVII ½d green. SG 70
 
Note: although British Bechuanaland was annexed to the Cape in November 1895, several postal agencies continued to use the old Bechuanaland datestamps for some years.
£15
AB1625 SHASHI (28 Nov 34) double circle datestamp. Superb strike on part of bilingual OHMS envelope, endorsed in red ‘Official Remittance’. Scarce. £15
AB2331 TATI / BECHUANALAND (21 AU / 88) single circle datestamp. A large part strike with fraction of a second strike at right on an 1888 GB QV ½d vermilion overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ and ‘Protectorate’. Fine used. Rare. SG 40 £600
AB3011 TATI manuscript cancellation on an 1888 'Protectorate / 6d' on 6d lilac and black. There is an additional indecipherable word or initials below ‘Tati’. Fine used with light BONC cancellation. SG 45 £125
AB2314 (TA)TI manuscript cancellation on 1888 unappropriated dies 1/- black and green overprinted ‘Protectorate’. Part ‘(Ta)ti / 9 / 88’ and initials, overstruck with Mafeking (OC 8?) datestamp. Surface stains. Very rare. PFSA certificate (2009) SG 46 £350
AB2387 TATI / MATABELELAND (23 JY / 6, with ‘9’ of year omitted) single circle datestamp. A large part strike on a BSAC 1892 ½d deep blue and vermilion. SG 19 £30
AB2386 TATI / MATABELELAND (10 MR / 96) single circle datestamp. A large part strike on a BSAC 1892 6d deep blue. SG 3 £30
AB2885 TAUNGS STATION (FE 1 / 94) single circle datestamp. Large part very clear strike on unappropriated dies 1/- green and black. SG 15 £45
AB3282 TSAU (3 II 60) double circle. Part strike on QEII 1d rose-red. Scarce. SG 144 £15
AB3283 TOTUME / BECH PROT (26 IV 62) double circle. Large part upright strike on QEII 2½c Sunbird. Scarce. SG 170 £15
AB3170 TSESSEBE (4 FE 33) single circle datestamp. A very fine complete strike of the single circle tying a KGV 2d brown to small piece. SG 101 £20
AB3182 TSESSEBE (29 AUG 38) double circle datestamp. Two large part strikes on a strip of three KGVI ½d green. SG 118 £12
AB3187 VRYBURG B.B (AU 16 12) single circle datestamp. Large part strike on a Transvaal KEVII 3d black and sage-green. SG 264
 
Note: although British Bechuanaland was annexed to the Cape in November 1895, several postal agencies continued to use the old Bechuanaland datestamps for some years.
£5
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