BECHUANALAND
FEATURED ITEM
1912 (1st July), envelope addressed to Cape Town, bearing KEVII ½d blue-green pair (SG 66) tied by a neat KANYE BECHUANALAND (JY 4 / 12) single circle datestamp. The reverse showing a superb oval cachet struck in violet reading ‘S. B. GASEITSIWE, / KANYE, B. P. / 1 JUL 1912 / CHIEF OF BANWAKETSE.’ Pinholes and small edge tear at upper left, otherwise very fine and most attractive.
£125
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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
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
AB3931 1890 (4th June), Cape QV 1d chestnut on thick white postal stationery card, overprinted with seriffed upper and lower case letters, without stop (H&G 1a / BBS PC2). Addressed to Kimberley, the imprinted stamp cancelled with a ‘534’ BONC with proving KURUMAN / BECHUANALAND (4 Jun) single circle datestamp below. The reverse with ‘From / The London Missionary Society’s Press, KURUMAN’ pre-printed at top. Kimberley (8 Jun) arrival backstamp. Very fine and rare, being the only recorded commercial use of this card. SOLD
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
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
AB3965 1892 (13th November), Cape 1d+1d brown on buff reply paid postal stationery cards (H&G 7 / BBS PC6). Addressed to the Colombian Consulate, Jersey, Channel Islands with the reply portion still attached. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘638’ BONC with proving MAFEKING / BECHUANALAND (13 Nov) single circle datestamp alongside. With Vryburg (14 Nov), Cape Town (16 Nov) and Jersey (4 Dec) transit / arrival backstamps on the reverse of the attached reply card. The message includes “Our local Postmaster received 10doz of these new cards this week...” and is initialled ‘E.C.B.’, the initials of Ernest C. Baxter, who held several official posts, including that of Postmaster General of Bechuanaland. £75
AB3851 1893 (10th March), incoming envelope from England bearing QV ‘Jubilee’ 2½d purple on blue (SG 201) tied by a L-1 / Throgmorton Av (MR 10) duplex datestamp (believed to be a late fee paid). 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 top, both in blue manuscript. There is also a large unframed ‘SURCHARGE’ handstamp struck in black, presumably at Kanye. Backstamped with Vryburg (AP 8) and Mafeking Bechuanaland (AP 10) transit / arrival datestamps. 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.
£375
AB3660 1893 (26th April), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Envelope addressed to Johannesburg, ZAR, bearing four QV British Bechuanaland 1d lilac (SG 33) tied by ‘390’ BONCs and with a proving MOCHUDI / B.B. (26 Apr) single circle datestamp alongside. With light Johannesburg (19 Apr) arrival backstamp. A scarce proving item. £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
AB3507 1893 (22nd September), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Envelope addressed to Mafeking bearing a pair of British Bechuanaland QV Jubilee 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 34) cancelled with a ‘568’ BONC with proving GABERONES / B.B.P (SP 22 / 93) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped with a MAFEKING BECHUANALAND (SP 23) single circle datestamp struck on arrival and an additional blurred ‘568’ BONC. A few unobtrusive edge faults at top from opening otherwise fine and scarce. The ‘568’ BONC appears to have been rarely used. £225
AB3973 1893 (28th October), Cape of Good Hope 1½d pale dull grey-green postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland, without stop. (H&G 6 / BBS PC7b). Addressed to Macloutsie in the Protectorate, the imprinted stamp is cancelled by a ‘638’ BONC with an originating oval Standard Bank of Mafeking datestamp (28 Oct) struck on the reverse in red. With a MACLOUTSIE (5 Nov) single circle arrival backstamp. £65
AB3943 1893 (12th November), QV 4d vermilion registered postal stationery envelope (size G, dated ‘28 4 90’, H&G 7 / BBS RE15c). Addressed to Mafeking, bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 4d green and purple-brown (SG 35) which was left uncancelled, with a MACLOUTSIE (12 Nov) single circle datestamp alongside. With a MAFEKING / BECHUANALAND (18 Nov) arrival backstamp.
 
Note: the 4d adhesive pays the correct letter rate which from 18th November 1892 was 4d per half ounce for letters from the Protectorate to Bechuanaland (Southern African Mails, page 477). It is unclear why the adhesive was not cancelled (there is no evidence of a previously affixed adhesive or any postal markings underneath).
£225
AB3964 1893 (18th December), Cape of Good Hope 1½d pale dull grey-green postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland, without stop. (H&G 6 / BBS PC7b). Addressed to Wales and uprated with an additional QV 1891 ½d vermilion (SG 9), tied by a ‘676’ BONC with proving PALAPYE (18 Dec) single circle datestamp alongside. Cape Town (27 Dec) transit backstamp. Light staining mainly below the adhesive, otherwise fine. The message on the reverse appears to be written in a version of the ‘Pigpen Cipher’. 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
AB3852 1894 (June), envelope addressed to Mafeking, bearing a single ½d vermilion (SG 9) tied by a ‘555’ Barred Oval Numeral Canceller with proving VRYBURG / B.B (9 June with ‘4’ of year sideways) single circle datestamp below. The flap, which has not been stuck down, bears the imprint of MUSSON BROS. / FORWARDING AND COMMISSION AGENTS, / VRYBURG. A very fine example of the scarce ‘½d open letter rate’. Very clean and attractive and a very scarce value used alone on cover. £225
AB3952 1894 (27th August), Cape of Good Hope QV 1½d pale dull grey-green postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland WITH STOP (H&G 6a / BBS PC7a). Addressed to London, the imprinted stamp cancelled with a ‘638’ BONC with proving MAFEKING / BECHUANALAND (27 Aug) single circle datestamp alongside. Cape Town (29 Aug) squared circle transit backstamp. The message ends with ‘ECB’, the initials of Ernest C. Baxter, who held several official posts, including that of Postmaster General of Bechuanaland. Scarce. £85
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
AB3530 1895 (13th March), incoming envelope from Cape Colony, bearing a 4d blue (SG 51) tied by a ‘232’ BONC with proving BARKLY WEST (MR 13 / 95) single circle datestamp at left. Addressed to ‘Miss Hargreaves / Palapye / B. Protectorate’. Kimberley (13 Mar) and Mafeking (17 Mar) transit backstamps. The envelope with faults though scarce incoming mail. £35
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
AB3659 1896 (7th February), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Envelope addressed to Switzerland and endorsed ‘Europe / (Via England)’. Bearing QV ½d vermilion and 6d purple on rose-red (SG 9, 36) each tied by a ‘676’ BONC with a proving PALACHWE KHAMAS TOWN (FE 7) single circle datestamp alongside. Mafeking (14 Feb, squared circle), London (7 Mar), Zurich (8 Mar and 9 Mar) transit / arrival datestamps struck on the reverse. A clean and attractive franking. £475
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
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
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
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
AB3944 1897 (25th August), QV 4d vermilion registered postal stationery envelope (size G, dated ‘28 2 89’, H&G 7 / BBS RE15a). Addressed to Mafeking, bearing four QV ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 33) all tied by PALAPYE STATION / B.P (25 Aug) single circle datestamps. With a MAFEKING / (dot) (27 Aug) arrival backstamp. Some staining, mainly confined to the reverse.
 
Note: the section of railway between Palapye and Mafeking opened in May 1897 and a post office was opened at Palapye Station (about ten miles from the village). This allowed swifter transport of commercial goods.
£175
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
Ab3826 1898 (19th March), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed capital letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to England and uprated with a pair of QV Jubilee 1d lilac (SG 33) tied by light ‘676’ BONCs (also cancelling the imprinted stamp) and with a proving PALACHWE / KHAMAS TOWN (19 Mar) single circle datestamp. London (8 Apr) arrival struck on the front. The message appears to be from the postmaster at Palapye post office (‘W. Jennings’) and refers to an order of stamps and postcards. Very fine. £85
AB3814 1898 (1st April), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed capital letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to ‘Rev. Ferd. Jensen / Linokana / Transvaal’. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a LOBATSI R.S. / SOUTH AFRICA (1 Apr) single circle datestamp (‘R.S.’ = Railway Station). No message and small corner fault, otherwise very fine.
 
Note: the addressee, Ferdinand Jensen, was the son of Thomas Jensen, a missionary based in Linokana from 1863, who died in 1908 after 45 years in the service of the Hermannsburg Missionaries. Ferdinand followed in the footsteps of his father to become Mission Superintendent. He also completed 45 years of service, and died in 1941. (from an article titled “Thomas Jensen of Linokana - Missionary and Post Agent” by Werner Seeba, published in ‘The Transvaal Philatelist’ issue 123, August 1992.)
£45
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
AB3661 1898 (22nd July), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. British Bechuanaland QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope, the flap with imprinted 4d vermilion registration stamp dated ‘28 2 89’ (size G, H&G C7, B&BS RE15a). Addressed to Johannesburg, ZAR and bearing a British Bechuanaland QV 4d green and purple-brown and TWO examples of the 1/- dull green (SG 35, 37), all tied by ‘390’ BONCs with a proving MOCHUDI / B.B. (22 Jul) single circle datestamp alongside. With Registered Kimberley (24 Jul) oval and R.P.K. TERUG (2? Jul) transit backstamps. Flap torn through, otherwise a scarce proving item and a very rare commercial franking with two 1/- adhesives. £750
AB3346 1898 (10th September), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. British Bechuanaland QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope addressed to the Cape, the flap with imprinted 4d vermilion registration stamp dated ‘28 2 89’ (size G, H&G C7, B&BS RE15a). Bearing two examples of the Protectorate 4d green and purple-brown (SG 64) each tied by a PALAPYE (SP 10 / 98 with dot at base) single circle datestamp with an additional strike alongside. Backstamped with Registered Kimberley (13 Sep) and Eastern T.P.O. Down (14 Sep) transits and an East London (15 Sep) arrival datestamp. £150
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
AB3658 1898 (23rd December), 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, with an additional Protectorate ½d vermilion adhesive (SG 59) tied by a KANYE (23 Dec) single circle datestamp. Cape Town (27 Dec) squared circle arrival backstamp.
 
Note: although this card was used in the Protectorate, the Protectorate ½d adhesive is surprisingly scarce paying the additional postage, as the British Bechuanaland ½d (SG 9) was usually employed.
£225
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
AB3966 1899 (30th March), Cape 1d+1d brown on buff outgoing half of a reply paid postal stationery card (H&G 7 / BBS PC6). Addressed to England, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a neat PALAPYE (30 Mar) single circle datestamp with trace of a second strike below where two adhesives have been removed by a philatelic vandal. The message on the reverse is dated ‘8-2-99’ and is headed ‘KaiKai Pan’ (precise location unknown but believed to be north-west of Lake Ngami). The reverse also bears a large oval cachet BLACKBEARD BROS. / GENERAL DEALERS. / Cattle and Ostrich Feathers / BOUGHT AND SOLD. / PALAPYE, BECHUANALAND struck in blue-black. Presumably Blackbeard Brothers acted as forwarding agents. Mail to and from this expedition is rare.
 
Note: the writer was Charles Frederick Minchin who is believed to have been second in command of the British West Charterland Expedition to the Lake Ngami area from 1897 to 1899. The Expedition had an agreement with Chief Khama to provide runners to maintain contact with Palapye where mail from the expedition officially entered the postal system. The 50 day transit to Palapye gives some indication of how isolated the expedition was.
 
Mr Minchin had a distinguished military career in India and southern Africa and at one time was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 18th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry.
£250
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
AB3506 1901 (7th December), Anglo-Boer War period. Envelope addressed to Scotland, bearing a pair of QV Jubilee 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 62) tied by a GABERONES / B. P (DE 7 / 01) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. With large PASSED PRESS CENSOR / KIMBERLEY cachet struck in black at left. Backstamped with a light GABERONES STATION / B.B (DE 7) single circle transit and Edinburgh (9 Jan) arrival datestamps. Overall ageing otherwise fine.
 
Note: the Gaberones Station datestamp has ‘B.B’ as the territorial designation despite being situated in the Protectorate.
£75
AB3531 1902 (5th November), Cape of Good Hope QV ½d green postal stationery wrapper cancelled with a Kimberley (5 Nov) single circle datestamp. Addressed to Gaberones with pre-printed address label. Scarce incoming mail. £30
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
AB3482 1903 (5th September), incoming envelope from the Cape of Good Hope (with ‘Spes Bona’ embossed crest on the flap) bearing a 1d ‘Table Mountain’ (SG 69) tied by a Cape Town (SP 5) double circle datestamp. Addressed to the ‘Mervyn Williams Esq / Resident Magistrate / N’gamiland / Via Palaype’ with a SEROWE / B.P. (SP 1?) / 03) single circle datestamp, being the only Bechuanaland postal marking. Serowe would have been the last postal agency from where the envelope would have been transported (probably by runner) westward towards Tsau in N’gamiland where it is believed Mr Williams was based. A scarce incoming example of mail to this remote area. £110
AB3910 1904 (22nd February), private postcard addressed to Blantyre, British Central Africa. Bearing a single Protectorate 1d lilac (SG 61) tied by a PALAPYE STATION (22 Feb) single circle datestamp. With Bulawayo (24 Feb), Chinde (6 Mar), Chiromo (20 Mar, squared circle) transit datestamps struck on the front and PALAPYE STATION (20 Feb, triple circle), Blantyre (23 Mar, squared circle) transit / arrival backstamps. There is also a faint Beira datestamp struck in violet tying the adhesive with an additional strike on the reverse. The card with a few stains, otherwise very fine and an unusual destination with interesting routing via Rhodesia, Mozambique and BCA via Chinde. SOLD
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
AB4072 1905 (1st November), registered envelope addressed to England bearing horizontal strip of three 2½d ultramarine, the centre stamp showing the variety STOP AFTER ‘P’ IN PROTECTORATE (SG 69, 69a) tied by very fine strikes of LOBATSI / B.P. (1 Nov) single circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. With boxed registration cachet at upper left struck in violet (possibly applied by the addressee, the stamp dealers Whitfield King). With Registered Cape Town (4 Nov), Registered London (25 Nov) and Registered Ipswich (25 Nov) oval transit / arrival backstamps. RPS certificate (1991). Very rare and believed to be unique usage of this variety. £1,100
AB3936 1906 (10th December), KEVII 2d+1d chestnut registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size G, H&G 8b / BBS RE28). Addressed to Bloemfontein, O.R.C., bearing a pair of KEVII ½d blue-green and a single 1d scarlet (SG 66, 68) all tied by FRANCISTOWN BECHD PROTEC (10 Dec) single circle datestamps. With Registered Kimberley (14 Dec) transit and Bloemfontein (15 Dec) arrival backstamps. Lower left corner clipped, otherwise very fine. £175
AB4073 1906 (19th December), envelope addressed to the USA in the distinctive hand of W. Harbor, bearing a single upper marginal example of the KEVII 2½d (SG 69) tied by a MOCHUDI / B.B (19 Dec) single circle datestamp. The flap with printed ‘W.A.H. HARBOR, / MOCHUDI, / Bechuanaland Protectorate.’ A fine single franking example of this stamp paying the foreign mail rate. £150
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
AB4081 1906 (23rd April), envelope addressed to the ‘High Commissioners Train, / Francistown Station, / Tati Concession, / Bechuanaland Protectorate’. Bearing a combination of 11 British Bechuanaland and Protectorate adhesives, comprising QV and KEVII ½d, 1d, 2d, 2½d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 1/-, 2/-, 2/6 and 5/- (SG 16-18, 35-7, 60, 62-3, 68-9), each tied by neat FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTEC (23 Apr) single circle datestamps with an additional strike on the reverse. A few minor stains, mainly confined to the reverse. Philatelically inspired, though a scarce and impressive franking with the high face value unappropriated dies being very rare on cover. £525
AB4129 1906 (31st October), colour picture postcard (‘The Pont at Modder River near Kimberley’) addressed to Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony. Bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a SEROWE / B.P. (31 Oct) single circle datestamp with a PALAPYE STATION / BECHUANALAND PROT (1 Nov) triple circle transit datestamp alongside. Port Elizabeth (4 Nov) arrival. Apparently overpaid ½d as the postcard rate to Cape Colony from 1st April 1903 was reduced to ½d. £45
AB4131 1906 (2nd December), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size F, H&G C8 / BBS RE27). Addressed to Holland in the distinctive hand of W. Harbor, bearing a single KEVII 2½d ultramarine (SG 69) tied by a MOCHUDI / B.B. (23 Dec) single circle datestamp with a second strike on the reverse. The registration number ‘415’ has been recorded in manuscript With ‘WH’ wax seal on front and W.A.H. HARBOR, / MOCHUDI / S. AFRICA’ boxed cachet struck in violet on the reverse. Amsterdam (23 Dec) arrival backstamp. Very fine. ( £225
AB4082 1906 (18th December), black and white picture postcard (‘Alexandersfontein Hotel. Lake and Grounds.’) addressed to Kimberley, Cape Colony. Bearing a single KEVII ½d blue-green (SG 66) tied by a FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTEC (18 Dec) single circle datestamp with a Kimberley (20 Dec) arrival datestamp alongside. A fine example of the Protectorate ½d postcard rate to ‘Other Southern African Territories’. £45
AB4128 1906 (23rd December), colour picture postcard (‘On the Road to the Mealie Field.’) addressed to Holland in the distinctive hand of W. Harbor. Bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a MOCHUDI / B.B. (23 Dec) single circle datestamp. With W.A.H. HARBOR, / MOCHUDI / S. AFRICA’ boxed cachet struck in violet on the view side. Groningen (13 Jan) arrival datestamp. The card with some unobtrusive creasing, otherwise very fine. £45
AB4080 1907 (12th May), Cape Government Railways colour picture postcard (‘STREET IN CERES. WESTERN SYSTEM’) with CGR circular crest in lower right corner. Addressed to Lodz, Russia and bearing a vertical pair of KEVII ½d blue-green (SG 66) tied by a GABERONES STATION / B.B. (12 May) single circle datestamp. With unclear arrival datestamp. The card with light corner crease, otherwise very fine and an unusual destination showing the Protectorate 1d postcard rate to overseas countries. £65
AB4083 1907 (1st August), KEVII 2d+1d chestnut registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size G, H&G 8b / BBS RE28). Addressed to Brazil in the distinctive hand of W. Harbor, bearing two KEVII 2½d ultramarine (SG 69) tied by a MOCHUDI / B.B. (1 Aug) single circle datestamp. The registration number ‘R6’ has been recorded in manuscript. Registered Cape Town (14 Aug) transit and two Brazilian transit / arrival backstamps, one dated (9 Aug, presumably in error) and the other (13 Sep). A scarce destination and a fine example of a double weight letter to a foreign destination. SOLD
AB4079 1907 (28th August), envelope addressed to the USA in the distinctive hand of W. Harbor, bearing a single KEVII 2½d ultramarine (SG 69) tied by a MOCHUDI / B.B. (28 Aug) single circle datestamp. The flap with printed ‘W.A.H. HARBOR, / MOCHUDI, / Bechuanaland Protectorate.’ Amsterdam (23 Dec) arrival backstamp. A fine single franking example of this stamp paying the foreign mail rate. £150
AB4130 1907 (28th December), colour picture postcard (‘View of the World’ Matopos, Rhodesia) addressed to Bulawayo, Rhodesia, bearing a single KEVII ½d blue-green (SG 66) tied by a FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTEC (28 Dec) single circle datestamp. The card with corner crease, otherwise very fine and showing the Protectorate ½d postcard rate to other southern African territories. £45
AB4084 1908 (8th January), envelope addressed to the USA in the distinctive hand of W. Harbor, bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a MOCHUDI / B.B. (8 Jan) single circle datestamp. The envelope was underpaid and received an octagonal ‘T/30c’ and New York ‘DUE 6 / CENTS tax markings. The shortfall was receipted by two 3c postage due stamps which were affixed and cancelled. With a Washington (9 Feb) arrival machine cancellation on the reverse. The postage rate to the USA at this time was 2d per half ounce. £110
AB3935 1908 (11th February), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size F, H&G C8 / BBS RE27). Addressed to Kimberley, Cape Colony, bearing three examples of the KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by fine strikes of the PALAPYE STATION / BECHUANALAND PROT (11 Feb) triple circle datestamp, which also cancels the imprinted stamp. With Registered Kimberley (13 Feb) transit and Kenilworth Kimberley (14 Feb) arrival backstamps. Some flap damage from opening, otherwise a fine and attractive franking. SOLD
AB4086 1908 (7th March), envelope addressed to England, bearing a KEVII ½d blue green and pair of 1d scarlet (SG 66, 68) tied by SEROWE / B.P (7 Mar) single circle datestamps. The flap with printed ‘LONDON MISSION / SEROWE / Bechld. Protectorate.’ London (28 Mar) arrival backstamp. A very fine example of the 2½d per half ounce rate to England (which was reduced to 1d three weeks later on the 1st April 1908). £125
AB4088 1908 (19th April), official printed envelope headed ‘On His Majesty’s Service.’ with ‘Central South African Railways.’ at lower left. Addressed to England and bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a PALAPYE STATION / BECHUANALAND PROT (19 Apr) triple circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. The flap with coat-of-arms embossed in grey-blue. The envelope somewhat battered with creases and repaired tears on the reverse. An example of the 1d per half ounce rate to England which was introduced 19 days earlier on the 1st April 1908). SOLD
AB4085 1908 (11th June), colour picture postcard (‘Native Dug-Out Canoes’) addressed to Mafeking, Cape Colony. Bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTEC (11 Jun) single circle datestamp with a Mafeking (15 Jun) arrival datestamp alongside. Odd minor stain, otherwise very fine. Apparently overpaid as the Protectorate postcard rate to other southern African territories at this time was ½d. £45
AB4087 1908 (18th June), KEVII ½d dull green postal stationery card (BBS PC15 / H&G 3) addressed to Queenstown, Cape Colony. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a MAHALAPYE SIDING / C.G.H (18 Jun) single circle datestamp with a second strike below. Mafeking (19 Jun) transit and Queenstown (24 Jun) arrival datestamps struck on the front. The message on the reverse indicates it was written at Mochudi on board a train en route to the Victoria Falls. Corner creases, otherwise fine and a very scarce card used. SOLD
AB3918 1908 (5th July), KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size G, BBS RE30 / H&G C9a). Addressed to the Orange River Colony, bearing a pair of KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by GABERONES / B.P (5 Jul) single circle datestamps with an additional strike on the reverse. With manuscript registration ‘R. Gaberones’ and number. Backstamped GABERONES STATION / B.B (5 Jul) in blue, Ladybrand (8 Jul), MIDLAND / T.P.O. 2 (8 Jul) transit / arrival datestamps. £225
AB4127 1908 (11th October), registered envelope addressed to Kimberley, Cape Colony. Bearing six KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by PALAPYE STATION / BECHUANALAND PROT (11 Oct) triple circle datestamps with three additional strikes on the reverse. With a fine PALAPYE RD. boxed registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. Kenilworth / Kimberley (13 Oct) transit struck on the front and the reverse and Registered Kimberley (13 Oct) transit backstamp. A few minor edge faults, otherwise very fine and an attractive example of a registered, double weight 1d per half ounce rate to southern Africa. £175
AB3933 1908 (2nd December), KEVII 2d+1d chestnut registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size G, H&G 8b / BBS RE28). Addressed to Johannesburg, bearing a pair of KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by RAMOUTSA / B.P (2 Dec) single circle datestamps with an additional strike on the reverse. With Mafeking (2 Dec) transit and Johannesburg (5 Dec) arrival backstamps. Very fine. SOLD
AB4091 1909 (5th February), reply half of a British KEVII 1d postal stationery card addressed to England. A Bechuanaland KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) was affixed and tied by a FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTEC (5 Feb) single circle datestamp with a second very fine strike below. Leeds (18 Mar) arrival datestamp struck on the front.
 
Note: the adhesive would appear to be unnecessary as the reply card should have prepaid the 1d postcard rate back to England.
£75
AB4092 1909 (26th April), envelope addressed and sent registered to England. Bearing a block of four KEVII 2½d ultramarine (SG 69) tied by LOBATSI / B.P (26 Apr) single circle datestamps. Registered Birmingham (15 May) arrival backstamp. Some unobtrusive repaired tears, not affecting the adhesives. Philatelically inspired, though attractive. £85
AB4089 1909 (26th September), envelope addressed to Natal bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by two strikes of the PALAPYE STATION / BECHUANALAND PROT (26 Sep) triple circle datestamp. Faint partial Mafeking (27 Sep) transit and Port Shepstone (2 Oct) arrival backstamps. Part of flap missing, otherwise a fine and attractive example of the 1d per half ounce rate to ‘Other Southern African Territories’. £75
AB3919 1909 (27th October), KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size F, BBS RE31b / H&G C10). Addressed to Mafeking, bearing a pair of KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by SEROWE BECHD PROT (27 Oct) double circle datestamps. The embossed stamp is cancelled in manuscript and a registration number inserted at upper left. Backstamped PALAPYE STATION / BECHUANALAND PROT (28 Oct) triple circle transit and Mafeking (29 Oct) arrival datestamps. SOLD
AB4094 1910 (3rd April), KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size G, BBS RE30 / H&G C9a). Addressed to Kimberley, Cape Colony, bearing a pair of KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) cancelled / tied by MAHALAPYE SIDING / C.G.H. (3 Apr) single circle datestamps. With a superb MAHALAPYE registration cachet struck in blue at upper left. Mafeking (4 Apr) transit and Kimberley (6 Apr) arrival backstamps. Unobtrusive vertical fold. Scarce. £225
AB4093 1910 (21st June), colour picture postcard (Rhodes’ Memorial, Kimberley) addressed to the Cape Colony. Bearing a single KEVII ½d yellowish green (SG 67) tied by a MOCHUDI / B.B. (21 Jun) single circle datestamp struck in VIOLET with two additional strikes at left. Cathcart (24 Jun) arrival datestamp. An attractive and rare example of a Bechuanaland coloured datestamp. £225
AB4121 1910 (31st July), registered envelope addressed to Cape Town Bearing a horizontal pair of single example of the KEVII 6d Postal Fiscal (SG F1) tied by GABERONES / B.P (31 Jul) single circle datestamps with additional strikes below and on the reverse. GABERONES STATION / B.B (31 Jul) transit and WESTERN T.P.O. / R.L.S. (3 Aug) railway datestamps on the reverse. With ‘Gaberone no 362’ in manuscript at upper left. Vertical fold at left. A rare double franking of this scarce issue, especially commercially used on cover.
 
Note: the 1/- postage suggests 4d registration and 8d postage for a weight up to 4 ounces (at 1d per half ounce) which appears high. The 8d may include an amount for insurance.
£850
AB4095 1910 (18th September), KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size G, BBS RE30 / H&G C9a). Addressed to Cape Town, bearing a pair of KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) cancelled / tied by RAMOUTSA / B.P (18 Sep) single circle datestamps. With ‘R’ and ‘Ramoutsa / 84’ registration details in manuscript at upper left. Mafeking (18 Sep) transit and Cape Town (21 Sep) arrival backstamps. Scarce. £225
AB4118 1910 (28th October), printed envelope sent registered to the stamp dealers ‘Bright & Son’ in London. Bearing a single example of the KEVII 6d Postal Fiscal (SG F1) tied by a FRANCESTOWN / S. AFRICA (28 Oct) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside and a further strike on the reverse. With FRANCISTOWN registration cachet struck at upper left in violet. With RLS Cape Town (1 Nov) transit and London (19 Nov) arrival backstamps. Unobtrusive vertical fold at centre. 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
AB4125 NATAL 1910 (29th October), long official printed envelope with ‘ON HIS MAJESTY’S SERVICE’ at top and ‘Post Office.’ at lower left. Addressed to Whitfield King & Co, the stamp dealers in England, using Bechuanaland Protectorate stamps but sent from Natal. Bearing pairs of the QV 3d purple on yellow and KEVII ½d yellowish green (SG 63, 67), each tied by a REGISTERED. P.M. BURG / NATAL (29 Oct) double circle datestamps with NATAL / MARITZBURG boxed registration cachet struck at left. Attractive and unusual usage of QV and KEVII issues used during reign of KGV outside Bechuanaland.
 
Note it is unclear why this was not taxed. Presumably the official looking nature of the envelope played a part.
£125
AB4119 1910 (14th November), printed envelope sent registered to the stamp dealers ‘Bright & Son’ in London. Bearing a single right marginal example of the KEVII 6d Postal Fiscal (SG F1) tied by a FRANCISTOWN / BECHD. PROTEC. (14 Nov) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. With Francistown registration cachet struck at upper left in violet. With RLS Cape Town (18 Nov) transit and London (10 Nov) arrival backstamps. Unobtrusive vertical fold at centre. 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
AB4120 1910 (21st December), registered envelope addressed to ‘E.C. Baxter’ in London written in the distinctive hand of W. Harbor. Bearing a single example of the KEVII 6d Postal Fiscal (SG F1) placed inverted and tied by a MOCHUDI / B.B. (21 Dec) single circle datestamp. With manuscript ‘Registered’ at upper left. RLS Cape Town (23 Dec) transit and London (14 Jan) arrival backstamps. The flap with large monogram “WH” of WH Harbor embossed in red. 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
AB4099 1911 (2nd February), black and white picture postcard (‘Molopo River, The Stadt, Mafeking’), addressed to Belgium. Bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a LOBATSI / B.P (2 Feb) single circle datestamp. Brussels (25 Feb) arrival datestamp. Very fine. £45
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
AB4096 1911 (31st March), KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size F, BBS RE31b / H&G C10). Addressed to Germany, bearing a single KEVII 2½d ultramarine (SG 69) cancelled / tied by LOBATSI / B.P (31 Mar) single circle datestamps. With ‘172 / LOBATSI’ registration details in manuscript at upper left. Also an ‘R’ in oval struck in blue. Kimberley (1 Apr), Cape Town (3 Apr) and Würzburg (23 Apr) transit / arrival backstamps. A very scarce envelope used, especially so fine. £225
AB4098 1911 (16th July), envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a GABERONES / B.P (16 Jul) single circle datestamp. With GABERONES STATION / B.B (16 Jul) transit and London (5 Aug) arrival backstamps. The flap with crown over ‘B.P.P.’ embossed in red. A fine example of the 1d per half ounce rate to Britain. £85
AB4097 1911 (26th July), envelope addressed to the USA. Bearing KEVII ½d blue-green, 1d scarlet (x2) and 2½d ultramarine (SG 66, 68, 69) all tied by GABERONES / B.P (26 Jul) single circle datestamps with additional strike alongside. GABERONES STATION / B.B (26 Jul) transit backstamp with ‘26’ inverted. A philatelic address, though a fine and attractive example of the double weight 2½d per half ounce rate to foreign countries. £85
AB4090 1911 (18th November), envelope addressed to England endorsed ‘English Mail’. With an originating datestamp SEROWE BECHD PROT (18 Nov, with missing a year digit) and bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a neat PALAPYE STATION / BECHUANALAND PROT (19 Nov) triple circle datestamp. London (9 Dec) arrival backstamp. An attractive example of the 1d per half ounce rate to England. £110
AB4100 1911 (4th December), sepia picture postcard (‘Victoria Falls Rhodesia’) addressed to England. Bearing two KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by KIMBERLEY (4 Dec) datestamps. Very fine.
 
Note: this card is believed to have been posted on the train where a 1d additional fee was paid and entered the regular mails at Kimberley.
£65
AB3932 1911 (9th December), KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size F, BBS RE29 / H&G C9). Addressed to England, bearing a pair of KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by SEROWE BECHD PROT (9 Dec) double circle datestamps. With SEROWE boxed registration struck in blue at upper left. Registered London (30 Dec) hooded arrival backstamp struck in red. SOLD
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
AB4111 1912 (7th May), envelope addressed to Germany. Bearing a KEVII ½d yellowish green and a pair of KGV ‘Downey Heads’ (SG 67, 72) tied by a LOBATSI (7 May) double circle datestamp. Flap roughly opened with small tear at top, clear of the adhesives. A fine example of the 2½d per half ounce rate to foreign countries. £125
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
AB4102 1912 (11th June), apparently unaddressed envelope bearing KEVII ½d blue-green and 1d scarlet (SG 66, 68) each tied by a RAMAQUEBANE / S. AFRICA (11 Jun) double circle datestamp with a very fine strike at centre top. With pencil annotation stating the postmark is an error and should be spelt RAMAQUABANE. Extremely rare.
 
Note: although apparently prepared as a souvenir, this is one of the rarest datestamps of Bechuanaland with approximately three examples recorded (with two of those part strikes). Putzel states Ramaquebane opened as a postal agency including telegraphic capabilities on 1 April 1912 and closed 16 February 1913. During this 10½ month period, the datestamp was initially spelt with an ‘E’ but had an ‘A’ by the time it closed. It is likely this datestamp with the territorial designation ‘S. AFRICA’ was intended for use at the telegraphic section but occasionally saw use as a postal canceller.
SOLD
AB3971 1912 (26th June), Cape QV 1d chestnut on thick white postal stationery card, overprinted with seriffed upper and lower case letters, without stop. Addressed to Austria, without message. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a FRANCISTOWN / BECHD. PROTEC. (26 Jun) single circle datestamp. Philatelic late use, though very scarce. (H&G 1a / BBS PC2) £65
AB3481 1912 (1st July), envelope addressed to Cape Town, bearing KEVII ½d blue-green pair (SG 66) tied by a neat KANYE BECHUANALAND (JY 4 / 12) single circle datestamp. The reverse showing a superb oval cachet struck in violet reading ‘S. B. GASEITSIWE, / KANYE, B. P. / 1 JUL 1912 / CHIEF OF BANWAKETSE.’ Pinholes and small edge tear at upper left, otherwise very fine and most attractive. £125
AB4101 1912 (5th July), envelope addressed to Cape Province, South Africa. Bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a LOBATSI / B.P (5 Jul) single circle datestamp. Somerset East (7 Jul) arrival backstamp. A very fine example of the 1d per half ounce rate to ‘Other Southern African Territories’. £75
AB4104 1912 (23rd July), reply half of a Cape QV ½d postal stationery card. Addressed to Cape Town, South Africa with no message. A single KEVII ½d yellowish green (SG 67) was affixed and tied by a LOBATSI / B.P (23 Jul) single circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. Very fine.
 
Note: the addressee, Mr H van Oordt van Lauwenrecht, was the Consul General for the Netherlands in Cape Town and who apparently sent self-addressed reply paid cards to every post office in South Africa beginning with the letters ‘A’ and ‘B’ (and possibly ‘C’, by which time writer’s cramp may have forced a halt). However, as far as Bechuanaland is concerned agencies beginning with the letters ‘A’ to ‘R’ are known.
 
As the reply card stipulated ‘Inland Service’, postage from Bechuanaland was required.
£55
AB4105 1912 (6th September), colour picture postcard (‘Victoria Falls’) addressed to Transvaal. Bearing a single KEVII ½d blue-green (SG 66) tied by a MAHALAPYE SIDING (6 Sep) single circle datestamp. Mafeking (7 Sep) transit and Heidelberg (10 Sep) arrival datestamps struck alongside. A fine example of the Protectorate ½d postcard rate to ‘Other Southern African Territories’. £45
AB3478 Railway 1913 (17th February), long envelope sent registered to Germany, bearing QV ½d blue-green pair and KEVII 2½d x 2 (SG 60, 69) all tied by GABERONES STATION / B.B (FE 17) single circle datestamps. With a very fine GABERONES STN. boxed registration cachet struck in purple at upper left. Kimberley, Cape Town (21 Feb) and Schönebeck (16 Mar) transit / arrival backstamps. A few edge faults including a small tear at top, clear of the adhesives. Attractive and interesting use of QV and KEVII issues used during reign of KGV. £125
AB4103 1913 (25th February), KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size G, BBS RE30 / H&G C9a). Addressed to Natal, South Africa, bearing a pair of KEVII 2½d ultramarine (SG 69) cancelled / tied by RAMOUTSA / B.P (25 Feb) single circle datestamps. With ‘R’ and ‘Ramoutsa / 28’ registration details in blue manuscript at upper left. Mafeking (26 Feb) transit backstamp. The 5d postage paid was presumably due to the envelope weighing up to 2½ ounces at 1d per half ounce though may include some level of compensation against loss. Scarce. £225
AB4107 1913 (10th April), KEVII ½d dull green postal stationery card without wording ‘THE ADDRESS TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE’ (BBS PCE(13). Addressed locally, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a TSESSEBE / S. AFRICA (10 Apr) double circle datestamp. The message, from a C Webber, Secretary of the Tuli Francistown Association advises of a forthcoming meeting. A fine and very rare card used with an extremely rare datestamp (three examples of this datestamp were recorded in RP21, page 390).
 
Note: this overprint is similar to that on BBS PC15. However, it lacks the line ‘THE ADDRESS TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE’ that appears below ‘POST CARD’ on PC15. Although described as an essay by Peter Thy and John Inglefield-Watson in ‘The Postal Stationery of the Bechuanalands and Botswana’, the authors were unaware of the existence of this card at the time of writing in 2004. This is the only recorded used example proving some of these ‘essay’ cards were included in a delivery to the Protectorate.
 
Tsessebe opened as a postal and telegraph agency on 1 April 1913. Proud states it closed in 1915 and reopened in 1920 (using different datestamps).
SOLD
AB3934 1913 (28th April), KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size F, BBS RE29 / H&G C9). Addressed to Natal, bearing a block of four KEVII ½d yellowish green (SG 67) with a further pair affixed to the reverse, all tied by RAMOUTSA / B.P (28 Apr) single circle datestamps. With ‘Ramoutsa / 59’ registration number in manuscript. A few edge faults, otherwise very fine. £175
AB4112 1913 (19th June), registered envelope addressed to ‘Benedict Prieth’ in the USA. Bearing a single KEVII 1/- deep green and scarlet (SG 70) tied by a large LOBATSI / S A (19 Jun) single circle relief type datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi registration cachet struck in blue at upper left and a large ‘REGISTERED’ handstamp, probably applied by the sender. New York (13 Jul) transit and Newark (14 Jul) arrival backstamps. Mount marks on reverse, otherwise very fine. Philatelically inspired, though a scarce stamp on cover and a very rare datestamp. £275
AB4106 1913 (15th July), KEVII ½d dull green postal stationery card (BBS PC15 / H&G 3) addressed to Orange Free State, South Africa. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a TSESSEBE / S. AFRICA (15 Jul) double circle datestamp. Ladybrand (18 Jul) arrival backstamp. A fine and very scarce card used with an extremely rare datestamp (three examples were recorded in RP21, page 390).
 
Note: Tsessebe opened as a postal and telegraph agency on 1 April 1913 and was open for less than two years.
SOLD
AB4114 1913? (23rd November), registered envelope addressed to ‘Dr. H. F. Harwood’ in England. Bearing a single KEVII 1/- deep green and scarlet (SG 70) tied by a PALAPYE ROAD (23 Nov, no year) double circle datestamp. Showing a PALAPYE RAIL registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. A few small edge tears, clear of the adhesive. No backstamps. Philatelically inspired though a scarce stamp on cover. £150
AB3920 c1913, KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size G, BBS RE30 / H&G C9a). Addressed to Mafeking, bearing a strip of three KGV 1d scarlet and pairs of the 2d reddish orange and 3d bluish violet (SG 72, 76, 79) all tied by light KANYE / BECHUANALAND single circle datestamps struck in blue. With manuscript registration ‘Kanye 2’ inserted at upper left. A very attractive multi-colour franking.
 
Note: the basis for calculating the rate paid is unclear as the additional 1s.1d postage appears excessive for a letter to Mafeking. However, the fact the addressee is a bank suggests commercial, non-philatelic use and the envelope may well have contained valuables and an additional fee was paid to increase compensation in the event of loss.
SOLD
AB4109 1913 (29th December), KEVII 2d+1d registered postal stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 4d’ (size F, BBS RE29 / H&G C9). Addressed to England, bearing KEVII ½d yellowish green and 1d scarlet (SG 67, 68) cancelled /tied by neat FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTEC (29 Dec) single circle datestamps. With Francistown registration cachet struck at upper left in violet. Birmingham (20 Jan 14) arrival datestamp struck on the front. Probably philatelically inspired as the envelope remains unopened, thus superb condition. Scarce. £175
AB4113 1914 (8th February), registered envelope addressed to ‘W. T. Wilson’ in England. Bearing a single KEVII 1/- green and carmine (SG 71) tied by a neat LOBATSI (8 Feb) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. Showing a Lobatsi registration cachet struck in blue at lower right. Registered Birmingham (3 Mar) arrival backstamp. Philatelically inspired though a scarce stamp on cover. £150
AB4110 1914 (17th March), KEVII 1d rose-carmine postal stationery card (BBS PC16 / H&G 4) addressed to Germany. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a MAHALAPYE SIDING / C.G.H (17 Mar) single circle datestamp. Usual minor edge wear otherwise very fine and a rare card used. SOLD
AB4108 1914 (4th May), complete Gold Bullion Parcel Label (Union of South Africa) bearing an array of adhesives totalling £1.8s.10d, comprising: British Bechuanaland QV Unappropriated Dies 2/-, 2/6 (x2), 5/- (x4) used together with Protectorate 2d (x2, affixed on the address side) 6d Jubilee and a KEVII 1/- green and carmine (SG 16, 17, 18, 62, 65, 71). All are tied by FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTEC (4 May) single circle datestamps. The address side reads ‘African Banking Corpn. / Bulawayo’ and the description of contents is given as ‘One gold bar’ and the sender as ‘Tati Company Ltd / Francistown’. A few faults as to be expected including one 5/- with slightly rounded corner. A very rare and spectacular franking showing genuine high face value usage. £1,250
AB3825 1915 (22nd October), WWI period incoming stampless envelope addressed to ‘Inspector of Works / Gaberones’ and endorsed ‘On Service’ at upper left. The reverse bears a large, illustrated ‘R.A.T.A.’ design printed in brown. The reverse with originating large segmented BASE OFFICE / E (22 Oct) double circle datestamp (East African Forces) and GABERONES / B.P (12 Dec) arrival datestamps. Repaired flap tear, otherwise very fine and most unusual. £75
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
AB3824 1916 (16th January), WWI period printed ‘Over-Seas Club / Tobacco Fund’ stampless postcard addressed to ‘Hospital Sergt / B.P. Police Gaberones / Bechuanaland’. The sender was a member of the forces, apparently serving in France, with an (ARMY) POST OFFICE (16 Jan) despatch datestamp and a PASSED FIELD CENSOR hexagonal censor marking struck in red. The message on the reverse is headed ‘Somewhere in France / 12-1-16’. GABERONES / B.P. (20 Feb) single circle arrival backstamp. Some unobtrusive creasing, otherwise fine and most unusual.
 
Note: these cards were issued free of charge to the troops serving in France and Belgium during World War I.
£55
AB3500 1917 (1st April), WWI period censored envelope addressed to Switzerland. Bearing strip of five KGV 1d scarlet (SG 74) tied by LOBATSI (1 APR 17) double circle datestamps. The envelope was opened by censor in Cape Town and resealed with a large printed red on white ‘Opened by Censor. / 99’ label which was affixed at top, overlapping most of the stamps and a PASSED CENSOR / C.14. circular cachet was struck in violet. With Stalden (7 May) arrival backstamp. Censored mail from Bechuanaland is rarely seen. £65
AB3949 1917 (25th July), Great Britain KGV ‘Downey Head’ ½d deep dull green on mottled buff postal stationery card overprinted for Bechuanaland Protectorate (H&G 5 / BBS PC17a). Addressed to Windhoek, South West Africa, The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a neat FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTECTORE (25 Jul) double circle datestamp. Corner crease at upper left, otherwise very fine. One of the scarcest of all Protectorate cards. SOLD
AB3529 1919 (5th March), envelope addressed to South Africa enclosing several private letters. Bearing a single 1d scarlet (SG 74) tied by a FRANCISTOWN BECHD PROTEC. (MR 5 / 19) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. The flap with printed ‘TATI COMPANY, LIMITED, / FRANCISTOWN, / TATI.’ (interestingly, without any country name). The envelope with some staining and part of flap missing. £45
AB3946 1920 (11th June), Great Britain KGV ‘Downey Head’ ½d deep dull green on buff postal stationery card overprinted for Bechuanaland Protectorate (H&G 5 / BBS PC17b). Addressed to Cape Town and uprated with an additional KGV ½d green (SG 73) tied by a MOCHUDI (11 Jun) double circle datestamp. Some unobtrusive edge faults at right, otherwise very fine used. One of the scarcest of all Protectorate cards, especially genuinely commercially used. SOLD
AB3485 1921 (1st March), envelope addressed to Gaberones, bearing a single KGV 1½d red-brown (SG 75) tied by a MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND (MR 1 / 21) single circle datestamp with proving BONC ‘674’ alongside. Very late, philatelically inspired usage though a fine proving item for this agency. £55
AB3951 1922 (10th June), Great Britain KGV ‘Mackennal Head’ ½d dull green on mottled buff postal stationery card overprinted vertically on the imprinted stamp (H&G 6 / BBS PC18). Addressed to the USA, uprated with the addition of a KGV 1d scarlet (SG 74) tied by a large GABERONES VILLAGE (10 Jun) double circle datestamp with an additional strike alongside. Probably the rarest of all the Protectorate cards, especially genuinely used and the first used example we have handled. SOLD
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 (22nd 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 BECHD. PROT (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
AB4115 1925 (22nd July), envelope addressed to Transvaal, South Africa. Bearing KEVII ½d yellowish green block of four (SG 67) tied by tied by a fine strike of the bilingual SOUTH AFRICA / ROYAL TOUR (22 JUL 25) commemorative oval datestamp with Union Coat of Arms above. With a SEROWE BECHD PROT (22 Jul) double circle datestamp struck at left. Pretoria (25 Jul) arrival backstamp.
 
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 18th July, and in the Cape Province on the 19th July en route to Cape Town, it is therefore unclear how both postmarks on this envelope were dated several days after the train and travelling post office had departed.
£45
AB4116 1925 (22nd July), envelope addressed to Transvaal, South Africa. Bearing KEVII 1/- green and carmine (SG 71) tied by tied by a very fine strike of the bilingual SOUTH AFRICA / ROYAL TOUR (22 JUL 25) commemorative oval datestamp with Union Coat of Arms above. With a PALAPYE ROAD (22 Jul) double circle datestamp alongside. Pretoria (24 Jul) arrival backstamp. Some spotting, mainly confined to the reverse. A scarce stamp used.
 
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 18th July, and in the Cape Province on the 19th July en route to Cape Town, it is therefore unclear how both postmarks on this envelope were dated several days after the train and travelling post office had departed.
£125
AB3821 AIR MAIL 1932 (22nd January), printed illustrated envelope ‘By the First Air Mail from Cape Town to London – per Imperial Airways.’ Addressed to Egypt and bearing a single KGV 1/- (SG 98) tied by a LOBATSI (22 Jan) double circle datestamp. With large ‘FROM KIMBERLEY’ cachet handstamped in violet and with a Kimberley (27 Jan) transit datestamp. Johannesburg (27 Jan) transit and unclear Alexandria arrival backstamps. Scarce example of the acceptance of airmail from Bechuanaland for the first flight of the regular service from South Africa to England. £125
AB3488 1932 (13th February), envelope addressed to Grahamstown, South Africa, bearing a single KGV 2d orange (SG 93) tied by a SEROWE BECHD. PROT (13 FEB 1932) double circle datestamp. The sender was most likely a relative of the addressee “Miss May Blackbeard”. Blackbeard Bros were prominent traders and general merchants in Serowe for many years. £45
AB3835 1932 (20th May), envelope addressed to England, bearing a pair of KGV 1d scarlet (SG 92) tied by MAUN (20 May) double circle datestamps. The reverse shows a LIVINGSTONE / N. RHODESIA (24 May) machine roller cancellation applied in transit.
 
Note: due to the remoteness of Maun in Ngamailand, the routing via Northern Rhodesia was presumably the most efficient and would have been the nearest access to the railway, then travelling south over the Victoria Falls, through Southern Rhodesia and on to Cape Town and a ship to England.
£110
AB3484 1932 (9th June), envelope addressed to Cape Town, South Africa, bearing a single KGV 2d orange (SG 93) tied by a SEROWE BECHD. PROT (9 JUN 1932) double circle datestamp. The reverse with oval cachet ‘L. SOLOW / GENERAL MERCHANT / SEROWE, B. P.’ printed on the flap. A very fine example of the 2d rate to South Africa. £45
AB3923 1932 (12th December), First Day of Issue of the KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ ½d green on buff postal stationery card (H&G 7 / BBS PC19). Addressed to Pietermaritzburg and uprated with the addition of a KGV ½d green (SG 99) tied by two strikes of LOBATSI (12 Dec) double circle datestamps. The message reads “First postcard of first issue of new B.P. stamps”. A very scarce card unused or used. SOLD
AB3657 1932 (17th December), envelope sent airmail to Scotland. Bearing a single KGV definitive 1/- black and olive-green (SG 105) tied by a LOBATSI (17 DEC 32, five days after issue) double circle datestamp. Flap with tear from opening, otherwise very fine. £45
AB3837 1933 (23rd April), envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 2d brown (SG 101) tied by a light MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND (23 Apr) double circle datestamp. Flap torn from opening, otherwise fine. £30
AB3489 193?, printed envelope addressed to England, bearing a single KGV 2d orange (SG 93) tied by a MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND double circle datestamp with a blurred illegible date. Otherwise a clean and attractive example of the 2d rate to England. £45
AB3721 1934 (20th March), KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ ½d green on buff postal stationery card (H&G 7 / BBS PC19). Addressed to Pretoria and uprated with the addition of a KGV ½d green (SG 99) tied by a bilingual ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE (20 III 34) crowned oval commemorative datestamp. Corner crease at lower right otherwise a very scarce card unused or used.
 
Note: the message on the reverse is headed ‘Gaberones’. 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.
£75
AB3924 1934 (20th March), KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ ½d green on buff postal stationery card (H&G 7 / BBS PC19). Addressed to Pretoria and uprated with the addition of a KGV ½d green (SG 99) tied by a bilingual ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE (20 III 34) crowned oval commemorative datestamp and with a very fine strike of a GABERONES STATION / B.P. (20 Mar) double circle datestamp at left. Corner crease at lower left otherwise a very scarce card unused or used.
 
Note: the message on the reverse is headed ‘Gaberones’. 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
AB4117 1934 (20th March), envelope addressed to Pretoria bearing a KEVII and KGV 1d scarlet (SG 68, 72) 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. Pretoria (23 Mar) arrival backstamp.
 
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.
£45
AB3972 1934 (2nd November), postcard used domestically, addressed to Gaberones. Bearing a single KGV 1d scarlet ‘cattle and baobab’ (SG 100) tied by a LOBATSI (2 Nov) double circle datestamp. The reverse with printed heading ‘BECHUANALAND COLD STORAGE CO., LIMITED / Lobatsi Creamery’ with details of prices for various grades of butter. Small edge tear at top, otherwise fine used and a fine example of the internal 1d postcard rate. £45
AB3722 1934 (28th November), Air Mail KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ ½d green on buff postal stationery card (H&G 7 / BBS PC19). Addressed to Australia and uprated with the addition of KGV ½d, 3d and 6d (SG 99, 102, 104) each tied by a LOBATSI (28 Nov) double circle datestamps. The reverse with Brisbane (21 Dec) machine slogan and (Deli)very Counter (Brisbane) (22 Dec) arrival backstamps. The message from L.A. Wyndham refers to the card being sent via the first air mail South Africa to Australia and that his address will be ‘House Assembly, Cape Town’. A very scarce card unused or used.
 
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.
£75
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
AB4140 1935 (16th August), KGV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (BBS RE41 / H&G C17). Addressed to South Africa, bearing a KGV Silver Jubilee 1d deep blue and scarlet (SG 111) cancelled / tied by a KANYE / BECHD PROT. (16 Aug) double circle datestamp. With large KANYE registration cachet struck in black at upper left and number added in red manuscript. £110
AB3499 1935 (6th November), printed form (201x321mm) headed ‘Prospectus / Heckler’s Namaqualand and Bechuanaland / Protectorate Prospecting Expedition.’ The form also served as a receipt for £10 paid by ‘R. Muller Cape Town’ to be a subscriber to the expedition and the 1d revenue duty was paid by affixing a Union of SA 1d ‘ship’ stamp which was cancelled ‘6.11.1935’ in manuscript. Folded and with some reinforced splitting. A fascinating document which was illustrated in Runner Post 59 (p1422) and, despite an appeal for further information, none was forthcoming. It is assumed the anticipated ‘large profits’ never materialised. It is also a mystery as to the whereabouts of ‘Lake Nyama’. Unusual. £65
AB3490 1935 (4th December), envelope sent registered to Johannesburg, South Africa. Bearing a pair of KGV Silver Jubilee 6d slate and purple (SG 114) each tied by a SEROWE / BECH. PROT. (4 DEC 1935) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With SEROWE registration cachet struck in purple at upper left. Very fine. £85
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. £110
AB3836 1936 (20th January), envelope sent via airmail to England. Bearing a single KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 6d purple (SG 104) tied by a PALAPYE ROAD (20 Jan) double circle datestamp. A fine example of this rate. £65
AB3840 1936 (22nd January), envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 2d brown (SG 101) tied by a GABERONES (23 Apr) double circle datestamp. A few small tears at top from opening, otherwise fine. £25
AB3483 1936 (7th March), envelope with ‘PARAMOUNT CHIEF’S OFFICE / KANYE, B P.’ printed at upper left. Initially addressed to Serowe and subsequently re-addressed back to Kanye. Bearing a single KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d scarlet (SG 100) tied by a KANYE / BECH PROT (7 MAR A36) double circle datestamp. With a SEROWE (9 MAR) transit, struck on the front. The reverse showing a large part oval cachet struck in violet reading ‘OFFICE OF THE PARAMOUNT / CHIEF OF THE BANWAKETSE / 7 MAR 1936 / KANYE, B.P.’ and incorporating a crocodile, being the tribal emblem. Some edge tears at top from rough opening, otherwise fine and unusual. £75
AB3838 1936 (6th August), envelope addressed to South Africa. Bearing a KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d scarlet with Silver Jubilee 1d and 2d (SG 100, 111, 112) tied by FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTECTORE (6 Aug) double circle datestamps. Flap with tear, otherwise very fine. £75
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
AB3474 Railway 1937 (12th May), envelope addressed to Johannesburg bearing a complete set of Coronation stamps each tied by an S.A.R. & H. / LOBATSI 090 (12 May) oval station datestamp (First Day of Issue). Unusual. £65
AB3491 1937 (21st June), picture postcard with sepia photograph of native women. Addressed to Germany and bearing KGVI Coronation 1d scarlet (SG 115) x 2, each tied by a SEROWE (21 JUN 37) double circle datestamp. The message was written at Okavango and dated 13th May though the card only entered the postal system at Serowe over a month later. The sender apparently carried old GSWA period cards on his travels, this being produced in Swakopmund. £35
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
AB3720 1938 (9th September), KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ ½d green on buff postal stationery card (H&G 7 / BBS PC19). Addressed to Linokana, Transvaal, South Africa, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a Lobatsi (9 Sep 38) double circle datestamp. Corner crease at lower left otherwise a very scarce card unused and particularly commercially used.
 
Note: the addressee was probably a descendent of Thomas Jensen, a missionary based in Linokana from 1863, who died in 1908 after 45 years in the service of the Hermannsburg Missionaries. His son Ferdinand followed in the footsteps of his father to become Mission Superintendent. He also completed 45 years of service, and died in 1941. (from an article titled “Thomas Jensen of Linokana - Missionary and Post Agent” by Werner Seeba, published in ‘The Transvaal Philatelist’ issue 123, August 1992.)
£150
AB4132 1938 (12th September), envelope addressed to South Africa bearing a single KGVI 1d scarlet (SG 119) tied by a FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTECTORE (12 Sep) double circle datestamp. Hobhouse (15 Sep) arrival backstamp. A surprisingly scarce rate. £45
AB3830 1941 (22nd March), WWII censored envelope addressed to the USA. Bearing a pair of KGVI 1½d (deep) dull blue (SG 120) tied by a light GHANZI (22 Mar) double circle datestamp. Backstamped with a GOBABIS (24 Mar) transit datestamp. The letter was censored (probably in Cape Town) and was opened and resealed with a printed bilingual Union of South Africa red on white label ‘DEUR SENSOR OOPGEMAAK. / OPENED BY CENSOR.’ Corner crease otherwise very fine and scarce.  
Note: it appears the postal route was westward via Gobabis (318km via lorry once a week) and Windhoek in South West Africa, rather than the longer route eastward via Gaberones.
£125
AB3815 1941 (30th April), KGVI 4d rose-carmine registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE 42a / H&G 18b). Addressed to Cape Town, South Africa and bearing a single a KGVI 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by a GABERONES STA / B.P. (30 Apr) double circle datestamp, also cancelling the imprinted stamp. With a very fine GABERONES STA. boxed registration cachet struck in purple at upper left. £55
AB3493 1942 (21st February), unauthorized usage of Bechuanaland stamps on an envelope within Scotland. Bearing KGVI ½d green and 2d chocolate-brown (SG 118, 121) each tied by a GLASGOW (21 JUN) datestamp. Probably philatelically inspired though possibly went through the mails uncancelled until arrival or carried back from Bechuanaland by a traveller and then posted. Unusual. £45
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
AB3831 1943 (27th March), WWII period envelope addressed to South Africa. Bearing a single KGVI 1½d (deep) dull blue (SG 120) tied by a MOCHUDI VILLAGE (27 Mar) double circle datestamp. With large dated oval cachet of Burmeister & Co struck alongside in violet. Some crumpling at upper left, otherwise very fine. £45
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
AB3510 1943 (7th October), South African official bilingual printed ‘I.D.V.S.M. O.H.M.S.’ envelope sent registered to South Africa. Bearing KGVI definitive 2d chocolate-brown and 4d orange (SG 121, 123) each tied by a BECH. PROT / H.O. MAFEKING (7 X 43) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. Mafeking registration cachet and large oval POST OFFICE MAFEKING datestamp, both struck in purple. Some staining, mainly confined to the reverse. No evidence of having been censored. £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
AB3930 1944 (15th May), First Day of Issue of the KGVI ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d red on buff postal stationery card (first printing, H&G 9 / BBS PC21a). Addressed to England and endorsed ‘FIRST DAY OF ISSUE’, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a very fine SEFHARE (15 May) double circle datestamp. Part of the message reads “these are new stamped post cards for the Protectorate – we have never had such things before. They are available to-day, 15th May for the first time ... I do not know the postage from here to England for post cards so will get our post master to post mark this & will then send it in an envelope.” Very fine and a rare card used with a scarce postmark. £125
AB3509 1944 (16th October), envelope addressed to the USA. Bearing KGVI definitive 3d deep ultramarine (SG 122) tied by a FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTECTORE (16 OCT 44) double circle datestamp. Corner creases, otherwise very fine. No evidence of having been censored. £35
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
AB3806 1946 (1st November), KGVI 4d registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE 42c / H&G 18 var). Addressed, on the reverse, to South Africa and bearing a single a KGVI 1/- black and olive-green (SG 105) tied by a LOBATSI (1 Nov) double circle datestamp and a Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet. The imprinted stamp also cancelled with the same datestamp. Mafeking (4 Nov) transit and Zeerust (5 Nov) arrivals datestamps. Scarce usage. £65
AB3511 1946 (27th December), South African official bilingual printed ‘O.H.M.S. I.D.V.S.M.’ envelope sent registered to the USA. Bearing KGVI definitive 4d orange and 6d purple (SG 123, 124a) tied by a BECH. PROT / H.O. MAFEKING (22 XII 46) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With Mafeking registration cachet struck in purple. Backstamped with New York (29 Jan) transit and Detroit (30 and 31 Jan) arrival datestamps. £30
AB3526 1947 (17th February), envelope sent registered to South Africa. Bearing a complete set of the KGVI Royal Visit (SG 132-135) tied by LOBATSI / BECH. PROT. double circle datestamps (First Day of Issue) with additional strike on the reverse. Lobatsi registration cachet struck in purple. The letter was apparently undeliverable as addressed and was endorsed “Unable to affect delivery Berea . . .” in red manuscript. A large ‘COUNTER DELIVERY’ cachet was also struck in violet across the 3d adhesive. £35
AB3805 1947 (17th February), long envelope addressed to Cape Town, South Africa. Bearing a complete set of the Royal Visit commemorative issue (SG 132-135) tied by two large KING’S FLIGHT / ROYAL AIR FORCE (17 Feb) circular commemorative datestamps (First Day of Issue), struck in violet. Unusual.
 
Note: members of the King’s Flight were stationed in South Africa during the Royal Visit and manned by Royal Air Force personnel. They provided transport to the Royal Family and members of their entourage on certain parts of their tour.
£55
AB3926 1947 (9th April), KGVI ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d red on buff postal stationery card (earlier printing, H&G 9 / BBS PC21a). Addressed to Johannesburg, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a very fine FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTECTORE (9 Apr) double circle datestamp. Very fine and a rare card used. £125
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
AB3501 1947 (20th December), envelope addressed to South Africa sent at the unsealed open letter rate. Bearing a single KGVI ‘Cattle and Baobab’ ½d green (SG 118) tied by a KANYE (20 DECB47) H.O. Mafeking (23 Dec) double circle datestamp. A fine example of this very scarce rate. £125
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
AB3813 1948 (31st May), envelope with printed address ‘American Jewellers’, Cape Town. Bearing a single KGVI 1½d light blue (SG 120a) tied by a SEROWE (31 May) double circle datestamp. Roughly opened on reverse, otherwise very fine. £45
AB3473 1948 (1st December), envelope sent registered to Johannesburg bearing Silver Wedding 1½d pair and 10/- (SG 136-137) tied by LOBATSI (1 XII 48) double circle datestamp (First Day of Issue) with a further strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi registration cachet at lower left struck in violet. £45
AB3829 1948 (1st December), envelope sent registered locally to Mahalapye. Bearing Silver Wedding 1½d ultramarine and a right marginal 10/- black (SG 136-137) each tied by a MAHALAPYE (1 Dec) double circle datestamp (First Day of Issue). With a Mahalapye boxed registration cachet struck at lower left in violet. £45
AB3819 1948 (1st December), printed commemorative ‘Silver Wedding Souvenir Cover.’ sent registered to Pretoria. Bearing Silver Wedding 1½d ultramarine (SG 136) block of four and a pair cancelled or tied by LOBATSI (1 XII 48) double circle datestamps, with a further strike on the reverse. With boxed Lobatsi registration cachet struck at lower left in violet. Some creasing / crumpling at top, otherwise fine. £15
AB3495 1948 (4th December), re-used envelope originally sent from Johannesburg then addressed back. Bearing a single KGVI 1½d light blue (SG 120a) affixed over the original adhesive and tied by a MAHALAPYE (4 DEC 48) double circle datestamp. Unusual. £35
AB3925 1949 (21st April), KGVI ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d red on cream postal stationery card (later printing, H&G 9 / BBS PC21b). Addressed to Bloemfontein, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with the modified LOBATSI BECH PROT (21 Apr) double circle datestamp with ‘ROYAL VISIT’ excised at top. Small imperfection at base, otherwise very fine and a rare card used. £125
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
AB3921 1949 (4th November), KGVI ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d red on cream postal stationery card (later printing, H&G 9 / BBS PC21b). Addressed to Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a LOBATSI / BECH. PROT. (4 Nov) double circle datestamp. Very fine and a rare card used. £125
AB3492 1950 (6th May), envelope addressed to Swaziland, bearing a single KGVI 1½d light blue (SG 120a) tied by a SEROWE / BECH. PROT. (6 MAY 50) double circle datestamp. Some crumpling and edge faults from rough opening, otherwise a fine example of this rate to an unusual destination. £30
AB3508 1950 (11th July), envelope sent registered to England endorsed ‘AIR MAIL’. Bearing KGVI definitive 1d scarlet and a 1/- black and brown-olive (SG 119, 125) each tied by a LOBATSI (11 JULA50) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With a Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet at left. A few small edge faults, otherwise fine. £45
AB3494 1950 (11th September), envelope addressed to East London, South Africa, bearing a single KGVI 2d chocolate-brown (SG 121) tied by a PALLA ROAD (11 SEP 50) double circle datestamp. Scarce. £45
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
Ab3807 1953 (10th August), KGVI envelope sent registered to South Africa, bearing a single a KGVI 2/6 (SG 126) tied by a LOBATSI (10 Aug) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. Lobatsi registration label. Scarce usage of a KGVI high value definitive. £75
AB3832 1955 (21st August), envelope addressed to South Africa, bearing a single QEII 1d rose-red (SG 144) tied by a very fine RAMOUTSA VILLAGE / BECH. PROT. (21 Aug) double circle datestamp. The flap is unsealed suggesting this represents an open letter or printed matter rate. Very fine and most attractive. £75
AB3922 1955 (29th August), KGVI ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d red on cream postal stationery card. Addressed to Johannesburg and uprated with the addition of a QEII ½d green (SG 143) cancelled with the modified LOBATSI BECH PROT (29 Aug) double circle datestamp with ‘ROYAL VISIT’ excised at top. The message is headed ‘Moshaneng Mine’. Very fine and a rare card used. (later printing, H&G 9 / BBS PC21b)
 
Note: the additional ½d adhesive would have paid the extra postage required after a rate increase on the 1st July 1954. The QEII 1½d postal stationery cards arrived late and were only issued in January 1956.
£125
AB3505 1956 (10th December), envelope sent airmail to Switzerland, bearing a QEII definitive 6d purple and a 1/- black and brown-olive (SG 148, 149) tied by a MAHALAPYE (10 DECA56) double circle datestamp. A few small edge faults, otherwise fine. £35
AB3524 1958 (12th May), envelope addressed to South Africa bearing QEII definitive 1d rose-red and 2d red-brown (SG 144, 145) tied by a RAMOUTSA VILLAGE / BECH. PROT. (12 V 58) double circle datestamp. Very fine. £30
AB3970 1958 (17th July), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’. Addressed to Johannesburg, the imprinted stamps are cancelled with a neat FRANCISTOWN / BECH. PROT. (17 Jul) double circle datestamp. Fine used and a scarce card commercially used. (H&G 10 / BBS PC22) SOLD
AB3723 1958 (5th 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 LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (5 Sep) double circle datestamp with blank top. A scarce card commercially used. (H&G 10 / BBS PC22) £85
AB1399 1958 (15th 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
AB3523 1958 (19th September), envelope addressed to the USA and sent by airmail. Bearing QEII definitive 3d ultramarine and pair of 1/- black and brown-olive (SG 146, 149) tied by SHOSHONG / BECH. PROT. (19 IX 58) double circle datestamps. Envelope has been opened along top and base. An unusual high franking. £45
AB3967 1959 (16th January), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’. Addressed to Mafeking, the imprinted stamps are cancelled with a partial MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND (16 Jan) double circle datestamp. The message is from St Paul’s Mission, Molepolole and is a request for 5lb of unsifted meal for delivery to Gaberones Station. Some creasing, otherwise fine used. A scarce card commercially used. (H&G 10 / BBS PC22) £65
AB3522 1959 (13th April), envelope addressed to South Africa bearing a single QEII definitive 2d red-brown (SG 145) tied by a MAHALAPYE / BECH. PROT. (13 IV 59) double circle datestamp. Very fine. £25
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
AB3968 1959 (14th September), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’. Addressed to Cape Town, the imprinted stamps are cancelled with a neat MAHALAPYE / BECH. PROT. (14 Sep) double circle datestamp. Fine used and a scarce card commercially used. (H&G 10 / BBS PC22) SOLD
AB3833 1959 (18th September), QEII 6d carmine registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE 44 / H&G 19). Addressed to South Africa and bearing a single a QEII 2d red-brown definitive (SG 145) tied by a light GABERONES VILLAGE (18 Sep) double circle datestamp, also cancelling the imprinted stamp. With a fine GABERONES VILLAGE boxed registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. £35
AB3521 1959 (28th October), window envelope bearing a single QEII definitive 1d rose-red (SG 144) tied by a very fine FRANCISTOWN / BECH PROT (28 X 59) double circle datestamp. The envelope is unsealed indicating a reduced rate for circulars, invoices etc. Very fine. £75
AB3503 1960 (28th January), locally addressed envelope bearing six QEII 6d purple (SG 148) all tied by superb KAZUNGULA / BECH. PROT. (28 I 60) double circle datestamps. Lower corners with small stains, otherwise very fine. Probably philatelically inspired, Kazungula is a scarce datestamp, especially such clear strikes on cover. £65
AB728 1960 (20th 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 (20th 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
AB3969 1961 (17th January), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’. Addressed to Israel with airmail label and uprated with additional QEII ½d green and 1d rose-red (x2) definitives (SG 143, 144), all tied by LOBATSI (17 Jan) double circle datestamps. The addressee name partly deleted, otherwise fine used. A scarce card commercially used, especially to an overseas address. (H&G 10 / BBS PC22) £125
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) £150
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
AB3502 1961 (“14th February”), long envelope (241x115mm) with ‘ON HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE.’ printed at top. Bearing set of ten different decimal surcharges, including a R1 Type II (SG 167a), all tied by neat LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (14 FEB 61) double circle datestamps, supposedly on the ‘First Day of Issue’. The R1 Type II is recorded issued over a month later on 17th March, thus proving the datestamps were backdated, presumably to fulfil demand for First Day Covers. Lacking only the 2½c on 2d red-brown although the scarcer 2½c on 3d bright ultramarine is present. A few unobtrusive edge tears at top, well clear of the adhesives. SG 157-167a (between). £45
AB3527 1961 (“14th February”), printed commemorative envelope bearing set of ten different decimal surcharges, including a R1 Type II (SG 167a), all tied by neat LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (14 FEB 61) double circle datestamps, supposedly on the ‘First Day of Issue’. The R1 Type II is recorded issued over a month later on 17th March, thus proving the datestamps were backdated, presumably to fulfil demand for First Day Covers. Lacking only the 2½c on 2d red-brown although the scarcer 2½c on 3d bright ultramarine is present. Very fine. SG 157-167a (between). £45
AB3834 1961 (25th February), QEII 5c carmine registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE 46 / H&G 20). Addressed to South Africa and bearing a single QEII decimal surcharge 2½c on 3d ultramarine (SG 160) tied by a KANYE / BECHD. PROT. (25 Feb) double circle datestamp, also cancelling the imprinted stamp. With a KANYE registration label affixed at upper left and a Mafeking (1 Mar) transit datestamp also tying the adhesive. A scarce stamp used. £45
AB3520 1961 (18th April), South African official bilingual printed ‘OFFICIAL–AMPTELIK’ envelope sent registered to England. Bearing a single QEII 12½c on 1/3 black and lilac (SG 164) tied by a SEROWE / BECH. PROT. (18 IV 61) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With Serowe registration label. Also backstamped with oval POST OFFICE / 18 APR. 1961 / SEROWE/ BECH. PROT. cachet struck in violet. Some light crumpling otherwise very fine and an attractive franking. £35
AB3818 1961 (19th April), QEII 5c carmine registered postal stationery envelope, size ‘H’ (B&BS RE 47 / H&G 20a). Addressed to England and bearing QEII decimal surcharges 2½c on 3d ultramarine and 12½c on 1/3 black and lilac (SG 160, 164), tied by a TSABONG (19 Apr) double circle datestamp, also cancelling the imprinted stamp. With a very fine TSABONG, B.P. boxed registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. With a Kuruman (20 Apr) transit datestamp tying an air mail label on the front. Light London (24 Apr) arrival datestamp struck on the reverse. Very scarce usage of this size stationery envelope from a scarce postal agency. SOLD
AB2295 1961 (7th 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. SOLD
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
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. SOLD
AB3828 1961 (25th July), QEII 5c carmine registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE 46 / H&G 20). Addressed to Basutoland and bearing a single a QEII 2½c decimal surcharge (SG 159) tied by a light SEFHARE (26 Jul) double circle datestamp, also cancelling the imprinted stamp. With a light SEFHARE boxed registration cachet struck in black at upper left. MAHALAPYE (26? Jul), Mafeking (27 Jul) and Morija (31 Jul) transit / arrival datestamps. The adhesive damaged, otherwise fine. £30
AB3525 1961 (26th July), airmail envelope addressed to England bearing decimal definitives 2½c on 2d red-brown and 10c on 1/- black and brown-olive (SG 159, 163) tied by a MAHALAPYE / BECH. PROT. (26 VII 61) double circle datestamp. Flap roughly opened, otherwise very fine. £40
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 'On Her Majesty's Service' 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
AB3517 1961 (26th September), envelope addressed within Bechuanaland to Lobatsi. Bearing a single QEII decimal definitive surcharge 1c on 1d rose-red (SG 157, small corner fault) tied by a very fine RAMOUTSA VILLAGE / BECH. PROT. (26 IX 61) double circle datestamp. A scarce and most attractive franking. SOLD
AB3519 1961 (30th September), official printed ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ envelope sent registered to South Africa. Bearing QEII 2½c on 2d red-brown and 5c on 6d purple (SG 159a, 162a) tied by a LOBATSI / BECH. PROT. double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi registration and large oval Dept of Posts and Telegraphs cachets, both struck in purple. Backstamped with Mafeking (6 Oct) transit and Uitenhage (9 Oct) arrival datestamps. A few edge faults, otherwise fine. £30
AB3850 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. (2 Oct) double circle datestamps. 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
AB3518 1961 (23rd November), envelope addressed within Bechuanaland to Lobatsi. Bearing a single QEII decimal definitive surcharge 2½c on 2d red-brown (SG 159a) tied by a superb MOCHUDI VILLAGE / BECH. PROT. (23 XI 61) double circle datestamp. A most attractive franking. SOLD
AB3960 1962 (19th October), 2c ‘Hoopoe’ postal stationery card (BBS PC23). Addressed to Johannesburg, South Africa with the message on the reverse being a competition entry. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a FRANCISTOWN / BECH PROT (19 Oct) double circle datestamp. Extremely rare commercial use of this card, we have previously only ever handled one commercially used example. A modern rarity. SOLD
AB3816 1963 (3rd January), QEII 5c carmine registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE 46 / H&G 20). Addressed to Basutoland and bearing a single a QEII 2½c ‘scarlet-chested sunbird’ (SG 170) tied by a MAUN / B.P. (3 Jan) double circle datestamp, also cancelling the imprinted stamp. With a fine MAUN boxed registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. Morija (8 Jan) arrival datestamp also tying the adhesive. £35
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
AB3817 1963 (26th July), QEII 5c carmine registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE 46 / H&G 20). Addressed to Basutoland and bearing a single a QEII 2½c ‘scarlet-chested sunbird’ (SG 170) tied by a FRANCISTOWN / BECH. PROT. (26 Jul) double circle datestamp, also cancelling the imprinted stamp. With a light FRANCISTOWN boxed registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. Bloemfontein (29 Jul) arrival datestamp also tying the adhesive. £35
AB3839 1964 (29th December), printed ‘B.A.P.T.’ (Bechuanaland Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis) envelope with a B.A.P.T. label affixed. Addressed to South Africa, bearing a single 2½c ‘scarlet-chested sunbird’ (SG 170) tied by a FRANCISTOWN / BECH PROT (29 Dec) double circle datestamp. £45
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
AB3532 1965 (1st May) envelope locally addressed bearing a complete set of New Constitution issue (SG 186-189) tied by a central KAZUNGULA / BECH. PROT. (1 V 65) double circle datestamp. Although philatelically inspired, Kazungula is a scarce postmark, especially on cover. £30
AB3533 1966 (31st January), official printed ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ envelope sent registered airmail to Cape Town. Bearing a single Churchill 12½c brown (SG 196) tied by LOBATSI (31 JAN 66) double circle datestamp with additional strike on the reverse. Manuscript registration number. Backstamped with large DEPT OF POSTS & TELEGRAPHS / 31 JAN 1966 / HEAD OFFICE LOBATSI oval datestamp struck in violet and a Kimberley (2 Feb) transit. A fine single franking. £25
AB3961 1966 (22nd June), 2c ‘Hoopoe’ postal stationery card (BBS PC23). Addressed to Alice, Cape Province, South Africa with a message on the reverse. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a MAHALAPYE / BECH. PROT. (22 Jun) double circle datestamp. Some light staining, though extremely rare commercial use of this card, we have previously only ever handled one commercially used example. A modern rarity. £375
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
AB3955 BOTSWANA 1967 (1st March), First Day of Issue of the 2c ‘Hoopoe’ postal stationery card (H&G 1 / BBS PC24). Addressed to P.O. Melodie, via Pretoria, South Africa without a message on the reverse. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a LOBATSI / BOTSWANA (1 Mar) double circle datestamp. Very fine and a scarce card used. £110
AB3956 BOTSWANA 1970 (16th January), 2c ‘Hoopoe’ postal stationery card (H&G 1 / BBS PC24). Addressed to Bloemfontein, South Africa with a message on the reverse, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a TONOTA (16 Jan) double circle datestamp. Some light soiling at left, otherwise very fine and rare commercial use of this card. £175
AB3959 BOTSWANA 1970 (15th April), 2c ‘Hoopoe’ postal stationery card (H&G 1 / BBS PC24). Addressed within Botswana to a Gaborone church with the message on the reverse concerning the reconstruction of church buildings. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a MOLEPOLOLE (15 Apr) double circle datestamp. Very fine and rare commercial use of this card. SOLD
AB3958 BOTSWANA 1971 (12th October), 2c ‘Hoopoe’ postal stationery card (H&G 1 / BBS PC24). Addressed to East Germany with a message on the reverse and uprated with the addition of a 3c commemorative adhesive (SG 280) tied by a neat RAMOTSWA VILLAGE (12 Oct) double circle datestamp. Very fine and rare commercial use of this card to an unusual destination. £275
AB3957 BOTSWANA 1973 (3rd January), 2c ‘Hoopoe’ postal stationery card (H&G 1 / BBS PC24). Addressed to Canada with a message on the reverse and uprated with the addition of 4c and 5c definitives (SG 223, 224), all tied by a SELEBI PHIKWE (3 Jan) double circle datestamp. Some soiling and odd crumple, otherwise fine and very rare commercial use of this card.
 
Note: despite the 9c in additional postage, the card remained underpaid by 7c for the 18c airmail postcard rate or overpaid by 8c for the surface rate. It is unclear by which method the card travelled.
£225
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
AB3811 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE / Bechuanaland Picture postcard with undivided back, featuring black and white view titled ‘Mafeking. S.A.’ No publisher’s imprint. Very fine unused. £15
AB3810 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE / Bechuanaland Picture postcard with divided back, featuring black and white view titled ‘Main Street – Vryburg (C.C.)’. Published by ‘P.S. & C. - Cape Town’. Very fine unused. £8
POSTMARKS
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
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
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
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
AB3715 MAFEKING (JA 7 / 9) single circle datestamp with dot at base (usually denoting telegraphic use). Two very fine complete upright strikes on a horizontal pair of 1888 Unappropriated Dies 1/- green and black. SG 15 £20
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. £15
AB3288 MOOKANE (9 XI 63) double circle. Large part upright strike on QEII 2½c Red Cross. Uncommon SG 183 £10
AB3345 MOROKWEN B.B. (JY 28 / 22) single circle datestamp. Complete, almost upright strike on two Union of South Africa 1d rose-red on small piece. Scarce. SG 4
 
Note: this agency is recorded opening in 1895, the same year that British Bechuanaland was annexed to the Cape. As with some other postal agencies in the annexed territory, Morokwen continued to use the old Bechuanaland datestamp for many years during the Cape and subsequently Union administrations.
£65
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
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
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
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
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
AA6773 TSESSEBE (31 JY 35) single circle datestamp. A very fine complete strike of the single circle on KGV 1d pair. SG 100 £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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