BECHUANALAND
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1892 (24th February), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a horizontal pair of 1891 1d carmine-red (SG 31) with the right stamp showing the ‘l’ of ‘Bechuanaland’ largely omitted. Tied by a ‘555’ BONC with a proving VRYBURG (24 Feb) single circle datestamp struck below. Cape Town (26 Feb) arrival backstamp. The flap with a small embossed dragon. Some perimeter faults, not affecting the adhesives. A scarce issue on cover.
1922 (23rd May), GB KGV 2d+2d grey-green registered stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 5˝d’ (size G, B&BS RE38, H&G C14a). Addressed to Mafeking and bearing KGV ˝d (x2), 1d and 6d adhesives (SG 73, 74, 81) all tied by PALLA ROAD (MY 23 / 22) single circle relief type datestamps. It appears no registration cachet or label was available as the envelope is endorsed “Palla Rd / P.O.” at lower left and with registration number “67” inserted, both in manuscript. Very rare, with only one example recorded by the B&BS (RP16, p291) which has the same date, this probably being the item of record.
£150
SOLD
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POSTAL HISTORY
AB466 1888 ˝d Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrapper of GB overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 3). Addressed to Kimberley and cancelled BONC '555'. Wrappers are very scarce genuinely used. £145
AB2057 1890 (December), ‘Burmester’ correspondence. Cover 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. £160
AB2287 1891 (April), ‘Burmester’ correspondence. Cover 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. £125
AB2286 1891 (July), ‘Burmester’ correspondence. Cover 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. £140
AB2843 1892 (24th February), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a horizontal pair of 1891 1d carmine-red (SG 31) with the right stamp showing the ‘l’ of ‘Bechuanaland’ largely omitted. Tied by a ‘555’ BONC with a proving VRYBURG (24 Feb) single circle datestamp struck below. Cape Town (26 Feb) arrival backstamp. The flap with a small embossed dragon. Some perimeter faults, not affecting the adhesives. A scarce issue on cover. £150
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
AB2847 1893 (30th May), envelope with original contents addressed to Cape Town. Bearing a single example of the QV ‘Jubilee’ 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 34) tied by a very fine strike of the KEIMOES BECHUANALAND (30 May) single circle datestamp with a further superb strike at upper left. With P.O. UPINGTON (31 May) transit and Cape Town (7 June) arrival backstamps. A few edge stains at top otherwise a remarkably clean and attractive cover featuring a very scarce cancellation when used pre-annexation. A superb example of the 2d rate to the Cape. SOLD
AB2850 1893 (27th March), 4d (vermilion) registered postal stationery envelope (H&G C7, B&BS RE 15a) addressed to Johannesburg. Bearing a single example of the Cape 2d bistre overprinted ‘British / Bechuanaland’ reading upwards (SG 32), tied by a TAUNGS / BECHUANALAND (23 Mar) single circle datestamp with a further strike below. Backstamped Vryburg (27 Mar) transit and Johannesburg (30 Mar) boxed registration cachet used as an arrival marking. Vertical crease at left, well clear of the adhesive. Scarce usage of this stamp alone on cover. £225
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
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
AB2208 1894 (April), envelope addressed to Mafeking, bearing a single QV ˝d vermilion (SG 9) tied by a ‘555’ BONC with proving VRYBURG (18 Apr) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped with Mafeking (19 Apr) single circle datestamp. The flap is unsealed signifying this is an example of the scarce ‘˝d open letter rate’. Small unobtrusive repaired tear on reverse, otherwise very fine. £150
AB474 1894 (May), GB QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland (H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape and cancelled by MAFEKING / BECHUANALAND (MY 12) single circle datestamp with second very clear strike alongside. Cape Town (MY 16) arrival on front. £45
AB2175 1894 (May), envelope addressed to Mafeking, bearing a single QV ˝d vermilion (SG 9) tied by a ‘555’ BONC with proving VRYBURG (13 May,) single circle datestamp below (with sideways ‘4’ of year). The flap is unsealed signifying this is an example of the scarce ‘˝d open letter rate’. Split at left edge, otherwise very fine. £150
AB2731 1895 (26th July), Cape QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (BBS PC8 / H&G 5). The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a MAFEKING (JY 26) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to the Cape with Cape Town (JY 29) arrival backstamp. The reverse with printed bank correspondence. £45
AB2729 1895 (3rd September), envelope addressed to Bulawayo bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 33) tied by a MAFEKING (SP 3) squared circle datestamp. Sent unsealed, though it is unclear if this indicates a 1d rate. Small tear at base, otherwise fine. £110
AB2845 1896 (10th February), Cape of Good Hope QV 1˝d 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
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 ˝d 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
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 ˝d, 1d and 2˝d 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 ˝d 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
AB2840 1906 (February), envelope sent registered to the USA “c/o Adams Express Co.”. Bearing a Protectorate QV 4d and KEVII 2˝d (SG 64, 69) tied by what appears to be negative bag seal cancellations of Mochudi. With fine sender’s cachet of ‘W.A.H. Harbor’ at upper left, Harbor’s imprint on the flap and addressed in his distinctive hand. Cape Town (17 Feb) transit and Boston (20 Mar) arrival backstamps. £125
AB488 1911 (March), Cape 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 5). Addressed to London where it was redirected locally. Cancelled with two FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTEC (MR 23) single circle datestamps. £55
AB2846 1912 (19th May), envelope addressed to Scotland bearing a GABERONES B.P. (19 May) single circle datestamp. With a rather blurred Gaberones Station B.B. (19 May) transit backstamp (interesting to note the territorial designations ‘B.P.’ and ‘B.B.’ on datestamps used at the same town). A few edge faults, otherwise fine. A remarkably scarce example of this stamp used alone on cover. £110
AB2849 1915 (11th November), envelope sent registered to Pretoria, bearing Natal KEVII 2d and 3d (SG 132, 149) tied by neat KEIMOES / BECHUANALAND (11 Nov) single circle datestamps. Philatelic, though most attractive and showing very late use of this Keimoes datestamp, some 20 years after annexation. £110
AB2842 1922 (23rd May), GB KGV 2d+2d grey-green registered stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 5˝d’ (size G, B&BS RE38, H&G C14a). Addressed to Mafeking and bearing KGV ˝d (x2), 1d and 6d adhesives (SG 73, 74, 81) all tied by PALLA ROAD (MY 23 / 22) single circle relief type datestamps. It appears no registration cachet or label was available as the envelope is endorsed “Palla Rd / P.O.” at lower left and with registration number “67” inserted, both in manuscript. Very rare, with only one example recorded by the B&BS (RP16, p291) which has the same date, this probably being the item of record. SOLD
AB2640 1923, (January), envelope sent registered to Mafeking, South Africa bearing ten examples of the KGV ˝d green (SG 73, strip of four and three pairs) tied by large GABERONES STATION (2 Jan) double circle datestamps, with further strikes on the reverse. With a very fine Gaberones Station registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. Mafeking (3 Jan) arrival backstamp. The flap with imprint of ‘L.T. Lund. / Sebele / P.O. Gaberones’. £150
AB2844 1923 (12th August), envelope addressed to Mafeking bearing two examples of the 1921 KGV 1d scarlet Postal Fiscal (SG F3), each tied by very fine strikes of the GHANZI (12 Aug) double circle datestamp. The envelope with some creasing though rare genuine postal use of these stamps. RPS certificate (1976). £650
AB2251 1925 (July), envelope addressed to Pretoria, bearing a single 1885 3d pale claret overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ (SG 2), tied by a superb strike of the bilingual SOUTH AFRICA / ROYAL TOUR (22 July) commemorative oval datestamp with Coat of Arms above. With a Serowe (22 July) transit datestamp struck on the front and Pretoria (25 July) arrival backstamp. Unusual very late usage of British Bechuanaland, apparently in the Protectorate.
 
Note: The Prince of Wales, later to abdicate as King Edward VII, 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
AB257 1935 registered air mail cover addressed to Germany, bearing 1932 KGV ˝d block of 4 and 1935 Jubilee set (SG 99, 111-114) tied by GABRONES STA / 8 03 / 1935 relief type temporary datestamps. With boxed Bahnpost / Zug 155 24.10.35 railway transit on the reverse. Some damage from opening, though a very scarce cancel. £175
AB1421 1935 (December), envelope addressed to the USA sent at the unsealed open letter rate, bearing a single KGV ‘Cattle’ definitive ˝d (SG 99) tied by H.O. Mafeking (23 Dec) double circle datestamp. A few minor edge faults otherwise a clean and attractive example of this very scarce rate. £85
AB2596 1937 (May), KGVI Coronation set of three on first day cover addressed to Bulawayo, tied by two clear strikes of MAHALAPYE B.P. (12 May) double circle datestamps. There appears to have been a word preceding the town name which has been excised and now prints as a curved black bar. Most unusual. £75
AB2615 1938 (January), KGV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (BBS RE41 / H&G C17). Addressed (on the reverse) to South Africa, bearing KGV 1d scarlet (SG 100) all tied / cancelled with LOBATSI (8 Jan) double circle datestamps with additional strike on the reverse. Boxed Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet on the reverse. £70
AB1826 1942 (September), KGVI 4d registered postal stationery envelope addressed to Kanye with KGVI 1˝d (SG 120) affixed, cancelled / tied by MOLEPOLOLE (8 Sep) double circle datestamps with lightly struck Molepolole registration cachet. Gaberones Sta (9 Sep) and Lobatsi (10 Sep) transits and Kanye (11 Sep) arrival backstamp. BBS RE42a / H&G 18b £65
AB2310 1943 (August), cover addressed to East London, South Africa, bearing a single KGVI 1˝d (SG 120a) tied by a MOCHUDI VILLAGE (28 Aug) double circle datestamp. A nice example of this rate. £30
AB497 1944c Stampless 'On Active Service' cover 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
AA2744 1945 (October), printed O.H.M.S. cover bearing KGVI 6d and 2/6 (SG 124, 126) cancelled 'BECH. PROT / H.O.MAFEKING', sent registered to New York. Struck with violet boxed 'MAFEKING' registration cachet. Arrival backstamps. Most attractive. £75
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
AB2638 1948 (February), philatelically inspired envelope sent registered to South Africa bearing KGVI ˝d, 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 1˝d and 4d (SG 120a, 123) tied by a fine MAHALAPYE (26 Feb) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. With a MAHALAPYE registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. £30
AB201 1949 (September), underpaid cover from the Leeward Islands bearing KGVI Ľd, ˝d, 1d and 2d tied by small PAQUEBOT single circle cancellations. The cover was addressed to the USA and forwarded to Bechuanaland. Two ˝d postage dues of the 1926 and 1952 issues (SG D1, D4) were applied and tied by a Lobatsi (30 SEP 49) datestamp. Philatelic though rare, as approximately four covers or fronts are known bearing the 1926 issue and only two with a mixed postage due franking. £650
AA4222 1955 (June), 3d Groot Schuur Air Letter of South Africa overprinted 'Bechuanaland'. Uprated with KGVI 3d definitive and cancelled GABERONES addressed to England. Few opening faults at top. £30
AB1648 1958 (June), QEII 1˝d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ˝d green ‘cattle and baobab’. Very fine genuinely used, addressed to a quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a neat FRANCISTOWN (14 IV 58) double circle datestamp. A very scarce card commercially used. (H&G 10 / BBS PC22) £85
AB1399 1958 (September), QEII 1˝d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ˝d 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
AB1103 1959 (August), QEII 1˝d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ˝d green ‘cattle and baobab’. A little creasing at left, otherwise very fine used, addressed to a radio quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a very clear FRANCISTOWN (7 VIII) double circle datestamp. A very scarce card commercially used. BBS PC22 / H&G 10 £80
AB728 1960 (December), locally addressed cover 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. £275
AB2060 1960 (December), locally addressed cover 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. £275
AB2295 1961 (June) airmail envelope sent registered to England. Bearing QEII 5/- black and violet-blue surcharged ‘50c’ (SG 166) tied by a LOBATSI (7 June) double circle datestamp. Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet with number “OP 1110” in manuscript (the meaning of 'OP' is unclear). The reverse with a large Lobatsi oval datestamp (7 June) struck in violet, Mafeking (8 June) transit and London (11 June) arrival backstamps. Probably philatelic though attractive. £30
AB2854 1965 (26th October), 2c ‘Hoopoe’ postal stationery card (BBS PC23) cancelled with a GABERONES VILLAGE (26 Oct) double circle datestamp. Addressed to South Africa with the message on the reverse concerning a request for Tswana music or songs for sale. Extremely rare commercial use of this card. We have previously sold two used examples of the Botswana 2c Hoopoe card, but this is the first commercially used example of Protectorate card we have ever handled. A modern rarity. £450
POSTMARKS
AB2855 BONC '678' (Gubulawayo) superb very clear large part strike on 1888 2d lilac and black surcharged ‘Protectorate / 2d’. Scarce use in Matabeleland. SG 42 £55
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 £45
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
AB2250 MAFEKING (19 Nov, no year digits) single circle datestamp with dot at base. An almost complete, crisp strike on the 1888 '6d.' surcharge on unappropriated dies 6d lilac and black. Trimmed corner perforation at upper right, otherwise superb. A scarce datestamp. SG 26 £20
AB2693 MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND (AU 21 / 88) single circle datestamp centrally struck on 1888 1d lilac and black. The day is faint, though the month and year are readable. This is a first day CTO cancel. Rare. SG 41 £65
AB1356 MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND (JA 31 90) single circle datestamp neatly tying QV ˝d vermilion overprinted ‘Protectorate’ to small piece. SG 40 £30
AB2852 OOTSI / SOUTH AFRICA 1899 (26th April), Cape 2d bistre overprinted ‘British / Bechuanaland’ reading upwards (SG 32). Block of 24 comprising four rows across the pane with sheet margin at left and interpanneau margin at right. Plateable as positions 7-30 from the left pane, and includes the variety “No stop after ‘Bechuanaland’” on position 15 (SG 32a). The block shares 12 strikes of the very rare OOTSI / SOUTH AFRICA (26 AP 99) double circle datestamp. A few minor faults though a remarkable multiple.
 
Note: this datestamp appears almost identical in style to that of Crocodile Pools, which was the only other Bechuanaland datestamp known to have the words ‘South Africa’ at base. That territorial designation suggests it was probably intended for use at a railway telegraph office and this block may well emanate from a telegram. Since this postmark was first recorded in December 1988 (RP13, p.227) only one further example has been reported (RP16, p.277).
SOLD
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 £35
AB802 PALLA ROAD (29 Mar 47) large part double circle datestamp on KGVI Royal Visit 2d green. SG 133 £10
AB1643 PITSANI (AP 7 / 35) single ring datestamp with arcs. Neatly struck on pair of KGV 1d scarlet. SG 100 £15
AB1625 SHASHI (28 Nov 34) double circle datestamp. Superb strike on part of bilingual OHMS envelope, endorsed in red ‘Official Remittance’. Scarce. £15
AB2323 TATI / BECHUANALAND (21 AU / 88) single circle datestamps. Two part strikes on an 1888 QV ˝d vermilion overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ and ‘Protectorate’. Fine used. Rare. SG 40 £550
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 ˝d vermilion overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ and ‘Protectorate’. Fine used. Rare. SG 40 £600
AB2314 (TA)TI manuscript cancellation on 1888 unappropriated dies 1/- black and green overprinted ‘Protectorate’. Part ‘(Ta)ti / 9 / 88’ and initials, overstruck with Mafeking (OC 8?) datestamp. Surface stains. Very rare. PFSA certificate (2009) SG 46 £350
AB2114 TATI (JA 11 / 89) two partial single circle datestamps struck on an 1888 ‘Protectorate / 3d’ on 3d pale reddish lilac and black. One slightly rounded corner otherwise fine used. A scarce stamp and a scarce postmark. SG 43 £140
AB2387 TATI / MATABELELAND single circle (23 JY / 6, with ‘9’ of year omitted). A large part strike on a BSAC 1892 ˝d deep blue and vermilion. SG 19 £30
AB2386 TATI / MATABELELAND single circle (10 MR / 96). A large part strike on a BSAC 1892 6d deep blue. SG 3 £30
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