Postal History, Postmarks
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.