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VV464 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (25th January), stampless soldier’s envelope addressed to England. Endorsed at top ‘From Trooper R. Holmes 2MR (2nd Mounted Rifles) BFF’, further endorsed ‘On active service / No stamps procurable’ and countersigned at lower left ‘J Riverton Capt. OC / Commanding at Radliff’s Farm / 25 Jan. 85’. With light BARKLY G.W. (JA 25) and PLYMOUTH TO BRISTOL T.P.O. (FE 17) transit datestamps struck on the front and Cape Town (JA 28) transit and Chester (FE 17) arrival backstamps. With large ‘1d’ in black manuscript indicating the recipient was charged the shortfall and not double the deficiency. Some creasing and a few edge faults. A very rare and early example of mail from this expedition.
 
Note: this is the earliest cover recorded by Alan Drysdall in his census of Warren Expedition mail in his article ‘A Postal History of Stellaland’ (London Philatelist 101.65, March 1992). ). Also illustrated in The Runner Post issue 23, June 1991, p430.
SOLD
VV465 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (6th February), soldier’s 1d concessionary rate envelope addressed to Scotland. Bearing a single Cape 1d rose-red (SG 41, fault) tied by a very fine ‘232’ BONC with a proving strike of BARKLY G.W. (FE 6 85) single circle datestamp alongside. Endorsed at top ‘B. Christie. 1st Mounted Rifles and countersigned at lower left above ‘Commanding B Troop’. Backstamped with Cape Town (FE 10), Greenock (MR 4) and Largs (MR 4) transit / arrival datestamps. Small part of flap missing otherwise a very fine and rare early example of mail from this expedition.
 
Note: this is the third earliest cover recorded by Alan Drysdall in his census of Warren Expedition mail in his article ‘A Postal History of Stellaland’ (London Philatelist 101.65, March 1992). Also illustrated in The Runner Post issue 23, June 1991, p430.
£1,650
VV466 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (10th March), incoming envelope from England bearing two QV 6d dull green (SG 194, one with corner fault) tied by a clear Aldershot / 789 duplex (MR 10). Addressed to Lieutenant Ralph W. Anstruther who was the Officer Commanding No. 1 Section, Telegraph Battalion, Royal Engineers, then serving with the Bechuanaland Field Force. With Aldershot Camp (MR 10), Cape Town (Apr 1?) and Barkly G.W. (AP 6) origin / transit backstamps. Some perimeter faults and a repair to the flap. A rare example of incoming mail addressed to a member of the Warren Expedition.
 
Note: this cover is illustrated in The Runner Post issue 23, June 1991, p432.
SOLD
VV467 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (23rd March), envelope from Colonel Methuen addressed to his wife in England. Bearing a single Cape 6d reddish purple (SG 52) tied by a BARKLY G.W. (23 MR) single circle datestamp. Backstamped with Cape Town (MR 25), Bristol (AP 14) and Corsham (AP 14) transit / arrival datestamps. Faults, including reinforced tears and crumpling, though a rare example of mail from this expedition.
 
Note: Colonel Methuen served in the Warren Expedition, where he commanded Methuen's Horse, a corps of mounted rifles. It is believed at this date he was at Maretsani, near Mafeking (previously part of Goshen, one of the Boer republics the Warren Expedition was sent to annex). This cover is recorded by Alan Drysdall in his census of Warren Expedition mail in his article ‘A Postal History of Stellaland’ (London Philatelist 101.65, March 1992).
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VV468 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (28th September), stampless envelope from Colonel Methuen addressed to his wife, then in the Cape. Bearing a Cape Town (SP 28) transit and Muizenberg (SP 29) single circle datestamps on the front. Showing a manuscript ‘4d’ (deleted) and ‘6d’. The envelope was readdressed and was backstamped with a Wynberg (SP 29) arrival datestamp. Slight staining on the face panel, otherwise very fine and a rare example of mail from this expedition.
 
Note: Colonel Methuen served in the Warren Expedition, where he commanded Methuen's Horse, a corps of mounted rifles. It is believed at this date he was at Orange River. The original address ‘Farmer Peck’s’ was an inn opened in Muizenberg in 1825. This inn was famous for its ham and eggs, and offered “excellent beds without any fleas”.
£450
VV469 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1886 (8th July) envelope addressed to England bearing 8d in postage stamps, comprising 1885 Cape overprints 1d rose-red (pair, SG 5) and 2d pale bistre (strip of three, SG 6) tied by MAFEKING BECHUANALAND (JY 8) single circle datestamps. Apparently overweight, the cover was taxed and bears various markings including a handstruck ‘T’ and a ‘1/2’ in circle (the ‘2’ added in manuscript). Backstamped with a Southampton (AU 3) datestamp on arrival. Some creasing and edge faults, though exceptionally rare with probably only 12-15 covers bearing this first issue believed to exist, this being one of the very few showing different duties of this issue used together and one of the highest frankings. A major item of Bechuanaland philately. Ex Holmes (Harmers, 1981, lot 1298) and has not been on the market since then. SOLD
VV470 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1886 (15th October), envelope addressed to Cape Town. Bearing a single 1885 Cape overprinted 2d pale bistre (SG 6) tied by a ‘555’ BONC with a very fine proving strike of the VRYBURG BECHUANALAND (OC 15) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped with a G.P.O. Cape Town (OC 20) arrival datestamp. Flap a little roughly opened and with receivers annotations, otherwise in remarkably fine condition. Very rare, with 12-15 covers bearing stamps of the first issue believed extant. SOLD
VV471 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1886 (21st March), registered envelope addressed to Graaff Reinet. Bearing a single 1885 Cape overprinted 6d reddish purple (SG 7) tied by a ‘638’ BONC with a lightly impressed proving strike of the MAFEKING (MR ?) single circle datestamp alongside. Bearing NELSPOORT / R.T.O. transit and Graaff Reinet (MR 23) transit / arrivals datestamps struck on the front. Backstamped with a T.P.O. (MR 22) and further strikes of Mafeking and Graaff Reinet. Copy of a BPA certificate (1984) which observes ‘vertical crease through stamp and heavy surface abrasion’. Despite the faults, very rare, with 12-15 covers bearing stamps of the first issue believed extant and only three bearing the 6d duty. £550
VV472 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1887 (18th May), stampless ‘O.H.M.S.’ entire, signed on front by ‘E C Baxter’ (later PMG of British Bechuanaland) at upper right and endorsed ‘C.C. Office / Vryburg’ at lower left. With printed notice on the reverse in Dutch (translation: NOTICE / OLD STELLALAND DEBT / PROMISSORY NOTES AND TITLEDEEDS TO ERVEN IN VRYBURG) requesting all persons owing unpaid promissory notes to the late Stellaland Government to provide security within 2 months or face legal proceedings. Also, persons holding title deeds to redeem them by 30 June 1887, pay quitrent due, or forfeit such Erven to the Crown. ‘By Order of his Honour the Administrator / P.J. Truter, Civil Commissioner, Vryburg 14th April 1887’. Addressed locally with VRYBURG BECHUANALAND (18 May) single circle dispatch datestamp, then readdressed to Bloemhof, Transvaal. Showing the scarce ‘GEADVERTEERD EN ONAFGEHAALD.’ (Advertised and Unclaimed) boxed cachet struck in purple, applied in the Transvaal. Backstamped with Bloemhof (JLY 23) and Kimberley (JY 25) datestamps. The cover never reached the intended recipient and ended up in Cape Town five months later where it received a Returned Letter Office / Cape Town (OC 24) datestamp, struck on the front. Rare, and in remarkably fine condition A superb end piece to a Stellaland exhibit. £850
VV473 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1887 (3rd September), 1d Cape postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC1 / H&G 1). Addressed to Barkly West with the imprinted stamp only cancelled on arrival BARKLY G.W. (SP 3 / 87). Headed ‘Taungs / 30. 8. 87’ on the reverse, though no message. Some ageing, mainly on reverse. A scarce card used. £45
VV474 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1888 (22nd September), envelope addressed to England, bearing examples of the 1888 lilac and black surcharges. ‘2d.’ in red on 2d and ‘6d.’ in black on 6d (SG 23, 26) tied by two strikes of the TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (SP 22) single circle datestamp with an additional strike alongside. Backstamped with Cape Town (SP 26) and Leicester (OC 16) transit / arrival datestamps. A few edge faults, otherwise a very fine and rare example of these provisionals used together on cover. Ex Holmes (Harmers, 1981, lot 1301) and has not been on the market since then. SOLD
VV475 BRITISH BECHUANALAND / Official Mail 1889 (14th March), stampless envelope with printed heading ‘ON HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE’ at top and ‘Office of the Surveyor-General of / British Bechuanaland.’ at lower left with signature above. Addressed to Cape Town with VRYBURG BECHUANALAND (MR 14) single circle dispatch datestamp. Backstamped Cape Town (MR 19) arrival datestamp. Some light edge stains at left, otherwise very fine and clean. Usual receiver’s annotations on reverse. Scarce. £275
VV476 BRITISH BECHUANALAND / Military Telegraphs Telegram 1889 (18th May), sent from the Postmaster at Taungs to the Postmaster General at Vryburg. The message is a response to a request for information from the PMG: “The extra runner is required to take six parcels lying here and any extra mail matter which may arrive Monday I propose sending him with the regular runner who will see the mail delivered safely I have succeeded in getting mounted trustworthy man for twenty shillings please instruct”. With VRYBURG BECHUANALAND (MY 18) single circle datestamp applied as delivering office. Some faults, mainly confined to the perimeter. Very scarce. £175
VV477 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1889 (9th August), envelope addressed to Switzerland bearing a total of 1s/7d in postage, representing double the 9½d rate to Europe. Comprising examples of the 1888 ‘Protectorate’ surcharges ½d (strip of four), 1d, 2d and 6d and a pair of the 1889 ‘Protectorate / Fourpence’ on ½d vermilion (SG 40, 41, 42, 45, 53). All stamps are cancelled or tied by ‘674’ BONCs with a fine proving strike of the MOLEPOLOLE BECHUANALAND (AU 9) single circle datestamp, partially overlapping a Mafeking (AU 23) transit datestamp. Some minor edge faults and flap missing, affecting part of the Zurich (10 Sep) arrival backstamp. A spectacular and exceedingly rare early franking from the Protectorate and showing a wonderful array of adhesives. SOLD
VV478 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1889 (11th September), envelope addressed to Cape Town, bearing a pair of 1888 ‘1d.’ on 1d lilac and black surcharges (SG 22) tied by a superb KURUMAN BECHUANALAND (SP 11) single circle datestamp. With a TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (SP 13) transit datestamp struck on the front and a Cape Town (SP 17) arrival backstamp. A few small edge stains, otherwise a remarkably clean franking. The 1889 1d provisional surcharge is very rare on cover, especially in such fine condition.
 
Note: annotations on the reverse of the envelope indicate the sender was Barry May, who was later appointed Government Secretary, a position he held from 1904 to 1915
SOLD
VV479 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1889 (12th December), 1d Cape postal stationery card (B&BS PC1 / H&G 1) addressed to Kimberley. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a fine SETLAGOLI BECHUANALAND (DE 12) single circle datestamp. Kimberley (DE 14) arrival backstamp. The card rather unfresh with some staining, mainly on the reverse and with crease at top breaking the surface. A scarce postmark on a scarce commercially used card. £75
VV547 BRITISH BECHUANALAND c1890 (3rd May) incoming mourning envelope, possibly originating from Stellenbosch, the addressee’s home town in the Cape. Bearing a pair of ‘Hope Seated’ 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by a triangular obliterator. Addressed to ‘J. J. Bosman Esq. / Govt. Land Surveyor / P.O. Kuruman / British Bechuanaland’. With a transit of TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (MY 5) single circle datestamp struck on the front. Kimberley (MY 3) transit and very faint Kuruman arrival backstamps. Scarce incoming mail.
 
Note: as a member of the firm Moorrees and Bosman, the addressee, Johannes Jacobus Bosman undertook extensive surveying on behalf of the government of British Bechuanaland from 1888 including the determination of the border between Bechuanaland and German South West Africa. This work followed on from that of Edward Melvill who, during 1887-1888 performed the first section of the trigonometric survey of British Bechuanaland.
£150
VV480 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1890 (15th July), ‘Tamsen’ envelope addressed to the Transvaal bearing a single ‘Protectorate / Fourpence’ surcharge on ½d vermilion (SG 53, with 5mm spacing) tied by a KANYE BECHUANALAND (JY 15) single circle datestamp showing the date inverted. With a MAFEKING (JY 16) transit datestamp struck on the front and backstamped with Kimberley (JY 20) and Pretoria (JY 24) transit datestamps. Very fine. A scarce and attractive franking. SOLD
VV482 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1890 (10th September), ‘Tamsen’ envelope addressed to the Transvaal bearing a single ‘Protectorate / Fourpence’ surcharge on ½d vermilion (SG 53, with 6mm spacing) tied by a MOLEPOLOLE BECHUANALAND (SP 9) single circle datestamp. With a MAFEKING (SP 11) transit datestamp struck on the front and backstamped with Fourteen Streams (SP 13) and Pretoria (SP 15) transit datestamps. Very fine. A scarce and attractive franking. £450
VV536 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1891 (14th February), ½d postal stationery wrapper (GB ½d overprinted with four lines of text, cancelled by bars. B&BS WR7b / H&G 7). Addressed to the Hermannsburg mission in Natal and uprated with a ½d vermilion (SG 9), cancelled with RAMOUTSA (FE 14) single circle datestamps. G.P.O. Natal (19 Feb, with year showing as ‘97’) transit backstamp. Wrappers are scarce genuinely used. SOLD
VV483 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1891 (13th April), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a single 1888 unappropriated die 2d lilac and black (SG 11, with faults) tied by a ‘638’ BONC with a proving strike of the MAFEKING BECHUANALAND (AP 13) single circle datestamp alongside and with a straight line MAFEKING handstamp struck in violet at upper left. The envelope was apparently not collected and received a fine strike of the scarce Cape of Good Hope ‘ADVERTISED / AND / UNCLAIMED’ handstamp struck in black. Backstamped with Cape Town (April) and Returned Letter Office Cape Town (July) datestamps. Ex Holmes (Harmers, 1981, lot 1311). £375
VV484 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1891 (9th June), envelope addressed to England bearing a single 1888 unappropriated die 6d lilac and black (SG 14, with a few blunt perforations) tied by a ‘638’ BONC with a proving strike of the MAFEKING BECHUANALAND (AP 13) single circle datestamp on the reverse. Backstamped with a London Paddington (JY 6) arrival datestamp. Part of flap missing which affects part of the Cape Town transit datestamp. Ex Holmes (Harmers, 1981, lot 1312).
 
Note: although the letter rate from Britain to British Bechuanaland was reduced from 6d to 4d per half ounce on 1st January 1891, it appears the reciprocal rate had not been introduced by mid April of that year.
£275
VV485 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1891 (24th August), envelope with original letter addressed to Cape Town. Bearing a single 1888 unappropriated die 2d lilac and black (SG 11) tied by a ‘555’ BONC with a proving strike of the VRYBURG BECHUANALAND (AU 24) single circle date-stamp alongside. Backstamped with a Cape Town (AU 27) arrival datestamp. A fine example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape. £325
VV486 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1891 (30th August), envelope addressed to England bearing a single 1888 unappropriated die 1/- green and black (SG 15) tied by two light strikes of the ‘638’ BONC with a proving strike of MAFEKING BECHUANALAND (AU 30) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped with Cape Town (SE 2) transit and London (SP 18) arrival datestamps. The flap with printed ‘Julius Weil / General Merchant / Mafeking’. A very scarce example of the 1/- duty paying double the 6d per half ounce letter rate to England. SOLD
VV487 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1891 (8th September), envelope addressed to England bearing 1888 unappropriated dies 2d and 4d lilac and black (SG 11, 13) tied by two fine strikes of the MACLOUTSI (SP 8) single circle datestamp. Backstamped Macloutsi (SP 8), Vryburg (SP 14), Cape Town (SP 16) and Paddington (OC 5) transit / arrivals datestamps. The envelope with neatly repaired tears at left and some very light surface discolouration. Scarce use of the 4d and a fine example of the 6d per half ounce letter rate to England. Ex Holmes (Harmers, 1981, lot 1356).
 
Note: it is believed Macloutsi was opened in June 1891 to deal with mail from the Pioneer Column who had entered Mashonaland in July 1890.
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VV488 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1891 (9th September), envelope addressed to Cape Town. Bearing a single 1888 unappropriated die 2d lilac and black (SG 11, deep shade) tied by a ‘534’ BONC and a proving KURUMAN BECHUANALAND (SP 8) single circle datestamp, both struck in blue. Also showing a second Kuruman datestamp struck alongside. Backstamped with Vryburg (SP 11) transit and Cape Town (14 SP) arrival datestamps. Small edge tear not affecting the adhesive. An annotation by the receiver on the reverse indicates the sender was E. Finnis, who was the Chief Constable at Kuruman. A very scarce and most attractive example of Bechuanaland coloured cancellations and the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape. SOLD
VV489 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1892 (21st April), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘555’ BONC with a proving VRYBURG (AP 21) single circle datestamp (with dot at base). Backstamped with a Cape Town (AP 23) arrival datestamp. Faults, including vertical crease. £25
VV490 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1892 (21st June), ‘Sitwell’ envelope with two original letters (dated 14th and 16th June), addressed to England. Bearing a single 1888 unappropriated dies 6d lilac and black (SG 14) tied by two strikes of the MACLOUTSI (JU 21) single circle datestamp. Backstamped with Vryburg (JU 27), Cape Town (JU 29) and Beal (JY 18) transit / arrivals datestamps. Flap a little roughly opened otherwise a very fine example of the 6d per half ounce letter rate to England.
 
Note: it is believed Macloutsi was opened in June 1891 to deal with mail from the Pioneer Column who had entered Mashonaland in July 1890. The sender, Captain William Henry Sitwell, served with the Bechuanaland Border Police and was stationed at Macloutsie 1891-93.
SOLD
VV491 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1892 (12th September), envelope addressed to the Cape bearing a horizontal pair of 1891 ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 33), each tied by neat KEIMOES BECHUANALAND (SP 12) single circle datestamp with an additional strike at lower left. Backstamped with a Cape Town (SP 21) arrival datestamp. Small unobtrusive edge tear at top, not affecting the adhesives. A scarce datestamp and an attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate to the Cape. £350
VV551 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1892 (24th September), envelope addressed to the Cape bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 34) tied by a light ‘555’ BONC with proving VRYBURG (SP 24) single circle datestamp alongside. With two-line cachet ‘Per NORTHERN EXPRESS LINE, / VRYBURG and MAFEKING,’ struck in violet at upper left. With MIDLAND DOWN (SP 26) TPO transit and Port Elizabeth (SP 26) arrival backstamps. A little light staining on the reverse, otherwise a remarkably clean cover. £275
VV492 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1892 (29th November), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to ‘Schweizer Reinecke / Christiana / Transvaal’, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘637’ BONC with a proving TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (NO 29) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped with a Vryburg (NO 29) transit and with Christiana ZAR (5 DEC and 7 DEC) squared octagon datestamps on the front. Some perimeter creasing, otherwise fine. £125
VV493 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1892 (30th December), incoming envelope from the Cape addressed to ‘L(ance) Corp(oral) W.A. Atkinson / (G Troop) / Bechuanaland Border Police / Fort Gaberones / Southern Protectorate’. Bearing a pair of Cape 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by East London (DE 30) hooded datestamps. Backstamped Vryburg (JA 1?), Mafeking (JA 9) and Gaberones (10 JA) transit / arrival datestamps. A ‘4d’ in blue manuscript indicates an underpayment of postage as the letter rate from Cape Colony to the Protectorate was 4d per ½ ounce, the ‘4d’ presumably representing double the 2d deficiency. Some cover spotting, though a very scarce example of incoming mail to a member of the Bechuanaland Border Police.
 
Note: the addressee had previously served with the Bechuanaland Border Police (BBP) at Macloutsie and was later stationed at Fort Gaberones. The (BBP) was an Imperial unit raised on 4 August 1885 by Lt. Col. Frederick Carrington of the South Wales Borderers, and comprised 500 men. Approximately 150 men from BBP Troops A, B and C escorted the Pioneer Column into Mashonaland, this force being officially referred to as the ‘British South Africa Company Police’.
£375
VV540 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1893 (20th February), Great Britain QV 1d+1d reply paid postal stationery card overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC6 / H&G 7). The outward half addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9), all tied / cancelled with TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (FE 20) single circle datestamps. Vryburg (20 Feb) transit struck on the front. The card with two unobtrusive 1cm tears at top. Scarce card commercially used. £65
VV494 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1893 (25th March), incoming envelope from England bearing QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d and pair of 1d (SG 172, 197) tied by London (MR 25) hooded datestamps. The printed address reads ‘The Kanya Exploration Company, Limited, / Kanya, / British Bechuanaland, / South Africa.’ and ‘Viâ Cape & Kimberley’. The envelope was apparently re-directed and the printed ‘KANYA’ was overwritten ‘Mafeking’ and a ‘2d’ tax charge was added at left, both in blue manuscript. There is also a large unframed ‘SURCHARGE’ handstamp struck in black, presumably at Kanye. Backstamped with Cape Town (AP 12), Vryburg (AP 15) and Mafeking (AP 17) transit / arrival datestamps. Opened at left and top though a very scarce example of Bechuanaland re-directed mail and a rare instructional marking.
 
Note: despite being addressed to ‘British Bechuanaland’, ‘Kanya’ (Kanye) is situated in Bechuanaland Protectorate. This envelope is correctly franked at the 2½d per half ounce rate introduced on the 1st July 1892 for letters from the United Kingdom to British Bechuanaland or Bechuanaland Protectorate. The 2d surcharge would therefore appear to be a re-direction fee rather than the previously applied 2d surcharge applied to mail addressed to the Protectorate.
£525
VV495 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1893 (23rd April), envelope addressed to the Channel Islands bearing an 1888 unappropriated die 4d lilac and black (SG 13) and a ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 13, 33) tied by ‘638’ BONCs with a proving MAFEKING BECHUANALAND (AP 23) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped with Vryburg (AP 24) and Jersey (MY 16) transit / arrival datestamps. Some faults including a small piece missing at top.
 
Note: although the letter rate from the United Kingdom to British Bechuanaland was reduced to 2½d per half ounce from the 1st July 1892, the PMG of British Bechuanaland noted the reciprocal rate had not been introduced by the 31st March 1893. This envelope franked at 5d (double the 2½d rate) suggests it may have started soon afterwards.
£275
VV543 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1893 (16th September), incoming envelope from England bearing QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d and pair of 1d (SG 172, 197) tied by London (SP 16) hooded datestamps. The printed address reads ‘The Kanya Exploration Company, Limited, / Kanya, / British Bechuanaland, / South Africa.’ and ‘Viâ Cape & Kimberley’. KANYE / BECHUANALAND (OC 10) single circle datestamp struck on arrival on the front. Backstamped with Cape Town (OC 6) and Vryburg (OC 8) transit datestamps. One 1d with corner damage and the envelope with tear at top
 
Note: despite being addressed to ‘British Bechuanaland’, ‘Kanya’ (Kanye) is situated in the Bechuanaland Protectorate. This envelope is correctly franked at the 2½d per half ounce rate introduced on the 1st July 1892 for letters from the United Kingdom to British Bechuanaland or Bechuanaland Protectorate.
£175
VV496 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1893 (1st November), 'Isaacs' envelope addressed to Mafeking, British Bechuanaland bearing two 1891 ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 33) tied by ‘590’ BONCs with a proving SETLAGOLI BECHUANALAND (1 NO) single circle datestamp below. Backstamped with a Mafeking (NO 2) datestamp on arrival. A scarce postmark and a fine example of the internal 2d per half ounce letter rate for the Crown Colony. £325
VV497 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1893 (4th December), Cape 1½d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC7b / H&G 6). Addressed to Johannesburg, without a message, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘638’ BONC of Mafeking. Backstamped with Vryburg (DE 4) and Johannesburg (DE 7) transit / arrival datestamps.
 
Note: the addressee, M.Z. Booleman, emigrated to South Africa from Holland in October 1892, and was one of the first stamp dealers to set up a business in Johannesburg.
£45
VV498 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1893 (18th December), envelope addressed to the Cape, bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 34) tied by a TAUNGS STATION (DE 18) single circle datestamp with a second, superb strike alongside. Backstamped Kimberley (DE 18), Midland Down (TPO) (DE 20) and Port Elizabeth (DE 20) transit / arrival datestamps. The flap roughly opened and some light discolouration. A remarkably scarce postmark on cover, used before annexation. SOLD
VV539 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1894 (1st January), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (JA 1) single circle datestamp. Kimberley (1 Jan) arrival datestamp struck on the front. The reverse with correspondence to the Standard bank and with oval bank arrival cachet (2 Jan) struck in red. £65
VV499 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1894 (16th March), Great Britain QV 1d red-brown postal stationery wrapper overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS WR4 / H&G E4). Addressed to Kimberley, Cape Colony, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (Mr 16) single circle datestamp with a second strike above. Some faults, including edge stains, though scarce commercial use. £65
VV481 BRITISH BECHUANALAND c1894 (25th July), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE15a, dated ‘28.2.89’ / H&G 7). Addressed to Vryburg, bearing a QV Jubilee 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 34) tied by a very fine ‘181’ BONC with a proving strike of the GELUK B.B (25 JY) single circle datestamp below. With registration number ‘37’ in manuscript. The flap additionally cancelled with a further strike of the ‘181’ BONC. Very scarce proving cover for Geluk. SOLD
VV500 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1894 (10th July), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a VRYBURG B.B. (JY 10) single circle datestamp. Backstamped with a King Williams Town (JY 13) arrival datestamp. The reverse with printed Standard bank communication. £45
VV501 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (7th January), Great Britain QV ½d red-brown postal stationery wrapper overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS WR7a / H&G E7). Addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9), cancelled or tied by VRYBURG B.B. (JA 7) single circle datestamps. Philatelically inspired, though the Ulm (28 Jan) backstamp shows scarce postal use. £65
VV610 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (22nd February), Cape QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (B&BS PC8 / H&G 5). Addressed locally to ‘”Hassforth” / Vryburg Dist’. With the imprinted stamp cancelled with a VRYBURG (22 Feb) squared circle datestamp. The reverse with printed bank correspondence. Very fine and unusually fresh. £35
VV502 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1895 (4th March), envelope addressed to Mafeking bearing a pair of 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 34) tied by a ‘676’ BONC with a proving PALACHWE KHAMAS TOWN (MR 4) single circle datestamp below. Backstamped with a Mafeking (MR 8) datestamp. A fine example of the 4d per half ounce letter rate between the Protectorate and British Bechuanaland. SOLD
VV503 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (18th April), ‘Wirsing Bros.’ printed envelope addressed to the Cape, bearing two QV ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 33) tied by two of the distinctive thin-barred ‘209’ BONCs with a proving MARIBOGO B.B. (AP 17) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped Midland Down (TPO) (AP 19) and Port Elizabeth (19 AP) transit / arrival datestamps. A scarce postmark on cover, especially with the proving BONC. £325
VV504 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (18th May), envelope addressed to the Cape, bearing a horizontal strip of four ½d vermilion (SG 9) tied by VRYBURG (MY 18) squared circle datestamps. Backstamped with a King Williams Town (MY 21) arrival datestamp. A clean and attractive example of the 2d per half ounce letter rate from British Bechuanaland to the Cape Colony. £275
VV609 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (21st May), Cape QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (B&BS PC8 / H&G 5). Addressed to Salisbury, Mashonaland and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9), tied by a VRYBURG (21 May) squared circle datestamp. With a fine strike of the scarce MAFEKING / (22 May) single circle datestamp with a dot at base, struck alongside in transit. The reverse with printed bank correspondence and with Bulawayo Matabeleland (28 May) and Salisbury Mashonaland (6 Jun) transit / arrival backstamps. Scarce early use to Rhodesia. £55
VV505 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (30th May), envelope sent registered to France, bearing QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d, 1d (2), 2d and 4d (SG 9, 33, 34, 35) each tied by a VRYBURG B.B. (MY 30) single circle datestamp. With a London (23 JU) oval transit datestamp struck in red on the front and backstamped with a Bordeaux (24 JUN) arrival datestamp. An attractive multicoloured franking to a scarce destination.
 
Note: the total postage paid amounts to 8½d. Allowing 4d for the registration fee, leaves 4½d which does not tally with any known letter rate at this date. It is possible the letter was overweight and should have been charged 9d (twice 2½d + 4d registration) and the ½d shortfall was overlooked.
SOLD
VV506 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (17th July), incoming envelope from England bearing a horizontal pair of QV ‘Jubilee’ 2½d purple on blue (SG 201) tied by Morpeth (JY 17) squared circle datestamps. With interesting style of address ‘Mr. E. Arkle / Maf-e-king / British Bechuana land / South Africa’. Backstamped with a Mafeking (AU 11) arrival datestamp. Some contemporary notations at left. A fine example of a double weight 2½d per half ounce letter. SOLD
VV550 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (12th August), Great Britain QV 1d dull scarlet postal stationery card surcharged ‘THREE / HALF PENCE’ (B&BS PC12 / H&G 8). Sent by the postmaster of Vryburg to the ‘Imperial German Administrator of Posts’ in Germany. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a VRYBURG (AU 12) single circle datestamp. Some light creasing at left, otherwise fine. A scarce card correctly used.
 
Note: the interesting message reads: “Dear Sir, Your card dated 16th January [!] received. Please send me money order for 7s/5d at once as annexation to the Cape Colony will soon have effect & Bechuanaland stamps will no longer be issued – I have so many applications that I am sorry I cannot send the stamps first & then get the money order ! Stamps in issue ½d 1d 2d 4d 6d 1/- 2/- 2/6 x stamps 6s/7½ postage & registration 9d = 7s/4½d J.E. Symons Postmaster”.
£125
VV507 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1895 (24th August), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC3 / H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape, the message was written at Molepolole on the 22nd August though the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a very fine strike of the ‘568’ BONC with a proving GABERONES B.B.P. (AU 24) single circle datestamp alongside. The front with a Sea Point (AU 28) datestamp where the card was readdressed to Green Point. Backstamped with a Western T.P.O. Up (25 AU) transit and a Green Point (AU 28) arrival datestamp. Some corner creasing. A rarely seen proving item for the ‘568’ BONC.
 
Note: the postcard rate from British Bechuanaland to the Cape was 1d at this date (same as the Cape rates), and the postcard rate from the Protectorate to the Cape was 1½d. However, it appears this card was treated as being correctly prepaid.
£325
VV508 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1895 (15th October), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE15a, dated ‘28.2.89’ / H&G 7). Addressed to Cape Town, bearing a QV Jubilee 4d green and purple-brown (SG 35) tied by a very light ‘758’ BONC with a proving strike of the PALLA (OC 15) single circle datestamp below. With registration number ‘180’ in blue manuscript. Backstamped with a Mafeking (OC 18) squared circle transit on the flap and a Cape Town (OC 20) arrival datestamp. Vertical crease, though a rare postmark on cover and a fine example of the 4d per half ounce letter rate from the Protectorate to the Cape. £375
VV537 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1895 (14th November), Great Britain QV 1d red-brown postal stationery wrapper overprinted for British Bechuanaland (B&BS WR4 / H&G E4). Addressed to the OFS and cancelled with a VRYBURG B.B. (NO 14) single circle datestamp. Philatelically inspired, though scarce used. £45
VV509 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1895 (25th November), envelope addressed to France, bearing a ‘Jubilee’ ½d vermilion and strip of three 2d bistre (SG 9, 39). All are tied by light strikes of the ‘676’ BONC with a proving strike of PALACHWE KHAMAS TOWN (NO 25) single circle datestamp below. Backstamped with a Mafeking (NO 29) squared circle transit and a Pontarlier (23 Dec) arrival datestamp. A fine example of the 6½d per half ounce letter rate from the Protectorate to France.
 
Note: the 2d strip can be plated as coming from the left pane, row 10, stamps 4-6, with the right stamp showing the variety Sliced ‘ch’ in ‘Bechuanaland’.
SOLD
VV510 BRITISH BECHUANALAND (British Bechuanaland used after annexation) 1896 (21st January), envelope addressed to England bearing two 1891 ‘Jubilee’ 4d green and purple-brown (SG 35) tied by MAFEKING (JA 21) squared circle datestamps. With a Derby (FE 18) arrival datestamp on the front and backstamped with Birmingham (FE 17), Derby (FE 17) and Mackworth (FE 18) transit datestamps. The envelope somewhat grubby, though an interesting example of Bechuanaland stamps being accepted for use after annexation to the Cape.
 
Note: the 8d franking does not appear to conform to any postal rate, which was 2½d per half ounce at this date.
£325
VV511 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1896 (12th October), Great Britain QV 1 dull scarlet postal stationery card surcharged ‘THREE / HALF PENCE’ (B&BS PC12 / H&G 8). Addressed to Cape Town, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘674’ BONC overstruck with a proving MOLEPOLOLE BECHUANALAND (OC 12) single circle datestamp, with a second strike alongside. Backstamped with a Cape Town (OC 14) arrival datestamp. A very fine and scarce card correctly used and proving item for the ‘674’ BONC. £275
VV531 BRITISH BECHUANALAND 1897 (2nd March), envelope sent registered to Germany, bearing QV ‘Jubilee’ 6d (SG 36) horizontal pair and a single tied by two light but readable ‘896’ BONCs (not ‘968’ as recorded by Holmes) with a proving strike of the MACLOUTSIE (2 MR) single circle datestamp below. Endorsed ‘Per R.M.S. “Moor.” / Registered 89’ at upper left and with German incoming registration label. With Mafeking (MR 7) squared circle transit and Schwelm (28 Mar) arrival backstamps. A very rare proving cover for Macloutsie.
 
Note: The flap bears a very fine red wax impression of an ‘H’ in barred diamond. This appears to match the appearance and dimensions of the obliterators issued to the early British South Africa Company postal agencies, and in this case that issued to Tuli (approximately 80 miles from Macloutsie). As the latest recorded date of use of the ‘H’ obliterator is May 1895 (Barry) this may represent late, unorthodox use of the device at a different location.
SOLD
VV512 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / British West Charterland Expedition 1897 (3rd November), stampless envelope from a member of the British West Charterland Expedition to Ngamiland. Addressed to ‘The Military Secretary / Government House / Cape Town’ and endorsed at upper left ‘From N’gami:- no stamps obtainable’. The envelope entered the mails at Palachwe where it received a PALACHWE KHAMAS TOWN (NO 3) single circle datestamp. Bearing a manuscript ‘T8d’ and a large ‘8D’ tax marking struck in black. A light cachet struck in violet at upper right reads in part ‘Control & Audit Dec 19?’ Backstamped with the scarce Cape Town CHARGE CLERK (NO 8) single circle datestamp. Incoming underpaid letters were referred to the Charge Clerk for assessment. Flap torn through the embossed crest of the Protectorate and a few edge faults. Very rare, being one of two items of mail recorded from this little-known expedition.
 
Note: The expedition to Ngamiland left Mafeking on the 4th May 1896 and was led by Captain F. Lugard on behalf of the ‘British West Charterland Ltd’. They proceeded north via Gaberones and Palapye where arrangements were made with Khama who agreed to provide a weekly runner service to maintain contact between the advancing expedition and the outside world via Palaype where mail entered the official Protectorate postal system. This cover was first reported by Douglas Roth in The Philatelist (1975). An article on this fascinating though ill-fated expedition was published by Tony Chilton in The Runner Post (RP16, p284 with a follow-up in RP21, p380).
SOLD
VV513 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1898 (15th October), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE15 / H&G 7) addressed to Johannesburg. Bearing QV Protectorate ‘Jubilees’ 2d grey-green and carmine and 6d purple on rose-red (SG 62, 65) cancelled with a superb ‘1014’ BONC and with an equally superb proving strike of the PITSANI S.AFRICA (OC 15) single circle datestamp alongside. With a manuscript ‘NO 83’ registration number at upper left and backstamped with a Mafeking (OC 16) squared circle datestamp. The flap is missing, revealing the printer’s imprint McCorquodale & Co). A most attractive and rare proving cover for Pitsani and the ‘1014’ BONC and a very fine example of a double weight 4d per half ounce letter rate to the Transvaal. SOLD
VV514 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1898 (26th November), envelope addressed to Germany (address partly deleted). Bearing QV Protectorate ‘Jubilees’ ½d vermilion, 2d grey-green and carmine and 4d green and purple-brown (SG 59, 62, 64) all tied by LOBATSI R.S. SOUTH AFRICA (NO 26) single circle datestamps with an additional strike at left. Backstamped with a Mafeking (NO 26) squared circle transit and a German (19 Dec) arrival datestamp. The envelope with trimmed corners, otherwise a fine example of a 6½d per half ounce letter rate to Europe. £175
VV548 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) / Boer War 1902 (18th May), Cape QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland (B&BS PC8 / H&G 5). Addressed and sent registered to Austria. Enthusiastically uprated with the addition of stamps to the value of 2s.4½d, comprising British Bechuanaland 3d, 4d, 6d, 1/- and Protectorate ½d, 1d, 2d (SG 12, 35, 36, 37, 59, 61, 62) all cancelled / tied by MOCHUDI B.B. (MY 18) single circle datestamps. Large circular censor cachet of Kimberley and transit registration oval datestamp, probably of Cape Town (22 May). Philatelically inspired and presumably reflecting the available stamps at Mochudi at this date. Colourful. £150
VV530 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE / ‘Camel Post’ 1903 (2nd May), envelope bearing a single Cape of Good Hope KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by a very fine strike of the ‘938’ BONC with equally fine proving datestamp of MIER (MY 2 with ‘2’ inverted) struck below. Upington (10 May) arrival backstamp. Cover roughly opened and repaired at left, otherwise a fine and very scarce example of mail from the period when camels were used to transport mail between Mier (or technically the village of Rietfontein where the agency was situated) and Zwartmodder. Although this datestamp carries the territorial designation ‘B.B.’ for British Bechuanaland, the agency at Mier / Rietfontein did not open until after annexation to the Cape. A rare proving card for Mier and BONC ‘938’ with very few recorded. £450
VV515 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE (British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate) 1904 (9th January), philatelically inspired envelope sent registered to Switzerland. Bearing a combination of QV ‘Jubilees’ comprising British Bechuanaland 6d and 1/- and Protectorate ½d, 1d, 2d, 3d and 4d (SG 36, 37, 60-64) all tied by PALAPYE STATION (JA 9) single circle datestamps. Backstamped with Cape Town (13 Jan), London (30 JA) and Moudon (1 Feb) transit / arrival datestamps. The envelope was considerably overpaid (the total affixed amounts to 2s.4½d) though attractively illustrates use of British Bechuanaland stamps in the Protectorate. £275
VV545 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1904 (10th June), envelope sent registered to the Cape bearing six examples of the QV ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 61) all tied by LOBATSI B.P. (JU 10) single circle datestamps. One stamp crossed by blue registration line and another at far left partly overlaps the reverse. Part of flap missing, not affecting the Registered Kimberley (11 JU 04) arrival backstamp.
 
Note: the 6d postage paid indicates the envelope weighed between ½ and 1 ounce (1d x 2) plus 4d registration.
£125
VV564 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1904 (4th August), official post office Registered Letter Receipt (128x82mm), printed in black on pale bluish grey. Issued at Francistown and bearing a fine strike FRANCESTOWN / S. AFRICA (AU 4) single circle datestamp. This was an error of spelling as the town was named after Daniel Francis. Later datestamps showed the correct spelling. Unusual. £45
VV546 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1905 (9th June), QV Protectorate 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size F, B&BS RE23 / H&G C6), addressed to Greece. Bearing QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d and 2d (SG 60, 62) tied by MOCHUDI B.B. (9 JU) single circle datestamps with additional strike cancelling the embossed imprinted stamp on the flap. RLO Cape Town (12 JU) and London (1 JY) transit backstamps. The reverse also with large boxed cachet of W.A.H. Harbor. A scarce stationery envelope (especially the size ‘F’) commercially used to an unusual destination. £175
VV516 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1905 (11th November), envelope addressed to England. Bearing a combination of a QV ½d and KEVII 1d and 2½d (SG 60, 68, 69) tied by FRANCISTOWN BECHD PROTEC. (NO 11) single circle datestamps. Backstamped with a Leeds (DE 2) arrival datestamp.
 
Note: it is unclear why 4d was affixed as the Protectorate letter rate to Britain was reduced from 4d to 2½d per half ounce on the 1st April 1903. It may be a result of confusion as Francistown was previously considered being within the ‘Trans-Protectorate’ where different rates applied.
£225
VV517 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1907 (8th January), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE27 / H&G C8) addressed to the Cape Colony. Bearing a combination of QV 6d and 3d British Bechuanaland and Protectorate ‘Jubilees’ (SG 36, 63), tied by a very fine PALAPYE STATION (8 JAN 07) triple circle datestamp, which also cancels the imprinted 4d. Backstamped with a Kenilworth Kimberley (10 JA) arrival datestamp. The rate paid is unclear as the letter rate to the Cape was reduced to 1d per half ounce on the 1st April 1903 and it seems unlikely the 9d postage affixed represents a 4½ ounce letter. However, whether this reflects some unknown rate, is significantly overpaid or philatelically inspired, it remains a most attractive franking. SOLD
VV553 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1907 (15th April), incoming picture postcard from the Cape (colour view of Swakopmund, GSWA). Bearing Cape KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by Cape Town (AP 15) datestamp. With a PALAPYE STATION (18 APR) triple circle datestamp struck on arrival. £45
VV552 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1907 (24th May) incoming picture postcard from Rhodesia (colour view of Victoria Falls ‘Western Cataract or Leaping Water’). Bearing BSAC Arms ½d yellow-green (SG 75a) tied by Victoria Falls (23 May) with Bulawayo (24 May) transit below and PALAPYE STATION (MY 26) single circle datestamp struck on arrival. £45
VV554 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1907 (5th September), incoming picture postcard from GSWA (colour view of a military fort in Otjimbingwe). Bearing a GSWA 10pf tied by Windhuk (5. 9. 07) datestamp. With a PALAPYE STATION (19 SEP) triple circle datestamp struck on arrival. £45
VV556 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1908 (13th March), picture postcard (sepia view of ‘Joubert’s Park, showing Fountain, Johannesburg’). Bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet (SG 68) tied by a light MAHALAPYE SIDING / C.G.H. (12 MR) single circle datestamp. With Mafeking (MR 13) transit and Uitenhage (18 MR) arrival datestamps struck on the reverse. Surprisingly scarce usage. £65
VV563 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1908 (11th August), official post office Registered Letter Receipt (128x82mm), printed in black on pale bluish grey. Issued at Francistown and bearing a fine strike of the FRANCISTOWN BECHD PROTEC. (AU 11) single circle datestamp. Some damage / thinning at left where previously affixed to backing. Unusual. £45
VV518 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1910 (29th November), printed envelope sent registered to the stamp dealers “Bright & Son” in London. Bearing a right marginal example of the KEVII Postal Fiscal 6d black and brown-orange (SG F1) tied by a MOCHUDI (29 NO) single circle datestamp with a second strike at left. Backstamped with a RLO Cape Town (3 DE) transit and a London (24 DE) arrival datestamp. The reverse also with large oval ‘W & H HARBOR / MOCHUDI STATION’ cachet struck in violet. Small corner fault at upper right, clear of the adhesive. A very scarce issue on cover.
 
Note: 6d paid the correct 4d registration and double the 1d per half ounce letter rate to England.
£650
VV519 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE / BECHUANALAND / ‘Camel Post’ 1911 (31st July), Cape of Good Hope KEVII 1d postal stationery envelope addressed to Upington. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a very fine strike of the MIER B.B (JY 31) single circle datestamp. Backstamped with an Upington (AU 7) arrival datestamp. A very scarce example of mail from one of the periods (1st February 1909 to 1st April 1914) when camels were used to transport mail between Mier (or technically the village of Rietfontein where the agency was situated) and Zwartmodder, which was situated about two thirds the way to Upington. Although this datestamp carries the territorial designation ‘B.B.’ for British Bechuanaland, the agency at Mier / Rietfontein did not open until after annexation to the Cape. £350
VV538 BECHUANALAND 1912 (27th September), ‘Tamsen’ envelope sent registered to the Transvaal. Bearing a combination of stamps from British Bechuanaland: 3d and 2d (SG 12, 39) and Protectorate: ½d x 3 different and 1d x 2 different (SG 40, 41, 56, 60, 61) all tied by LOBATSI (SP 27) single circle datestamps. Registered Kimberley (29 Sep), Pretoria (30 Sep) and Nylstroom (30 Sep) transit / arrival backstamps. £65
VV565 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1912 (30th November), official post office Registered Letter Receipt (128x82mm), printed in black on pale bluish grey. Issued at Gaberones and bearing a GABERONES B.P. (NO 30) single circle datestamp struck in blue. Some damage / thinning at right where previously affixed to backing. Unusual. £45
VV520 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1912 (15th December), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (B&BS RE30c / H&G C9a) addressed to Mafeking, Cape Colony. Bearing a combination of adhesives comprising a QV 6d, a KEVII 1/- and a KGV 1d (SG 65, 70, 72) all cancelled with MOCHUDI B.B. (DE 15) single circle datestamps with an additional strike cancelling the imprinted stamp. Backstamped with a Mafeking (DE 15) arrival datestamp.
 
Note: the basis for calculating the rate paid is unclear as the letter rate to the Cape was reduced to 1d per half ounce on the 1st April 1903 and it seems unlikely the 1s.7d. postage affixed represents a 9½ ounce letter. However, the fact the addressee is a bank suggests commercial, non-philatelic use. The envelope may well have contained valuables and an additional fee was paid to increase compensation in the event of loss. A wonderful three-reign combination and most attractive franking. The KEVII 1/- is rare used on cover.
£750
VV521 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1913 (9th January), large part envelope sent registered to ‘The Postmaster / Mafeking’. Bearing a horizontal, right marginal strip of three of the KEVII 6d Postal Fiscal (SG F1) tied by two strikes of the PALAPYE STATION BECHUANALAND PROT. (9 JAN 13) triple circle datestamp. The reverse with red wax seal and light arrival datestamp. A very rare example of this issue postally used and a most attractive franking with the orange adhesives on a blue envelope. One of the largest recorded used multiples. Ex Barkaway collection (Harmers of London, June 1986). SOLD
VV555 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1914 (28th May), registered ‘W.T. Wilson’ envelope addressed to England, bearing a single KEVII 1/- green and carmine (SG 71) tied by a neat LOBATSI (28 MAY) double circle datestamp and with a Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet. Registered Birmingham (16 June) arrival datestamp on the reverse. Philatelically inspired though a scarce duty on cover. £125
VV559 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1914 (3rd November), registered ‘W.T. Wilson’ envelope addressed to England, bearing KGV 4d grey-green and 6d reddish purple (SG 80, 81) tied by LOBATSI (3 NOV) double circle datestamps and with a Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet. Registered Kimberley (5 Nov) transit and Registered Birmingham (26 Nov) arrival datestamps on the reverse. Philatelically inspired though scarce duties used and on cover. SOLD
VV558 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1914 (23rd November) envelope sent registered to Rhodesia. Bearing KGV 2½d cobalt blue (SG 78) block of four tied by FRANCISTOWN (NO 23) single circle datestamps with further strikes alongside. Francistown registration cachet at upper left struck in violet. Bulawayo (24 Nov) transit and Salisbury (25 Nov) arrival backstamps. There is an unobtrusive split at lower right not affecting the adhesives and several hinge remnants on the reverse, otherwise very fine and a very scarce multiple, with the date of use proving this to be the earlier cobalt-blue shade. SOLD
VV533 BECHUANALAND / CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1915 (11th November), ‘Hand’ envelope addressed to Pretoria, bearing OFS 2d bright purple surcharged ‘V.R.I. / 2d’ (SG 114) tied by a KEIMOES / BECHUANALAND (NO 11) single circle datestamp. Philatelically inspired, and showing very late use of this Keimoes datestamp, some 20 years after annexation. £65
VV534 BECHUANALAND / CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1915 (11th November), ‘Hand’ envelope sent registered to Pretoria, bearing Cape KEVII 2½d ultramarine pair (SG 73) tied by neat KEIMOES / BECHUANALAND (NO 11) single circle datestamps. With ‘R’ in oval handstruck at upper left in black and manuscript ‘Keimoes / 61’ alongside. Philatelic, though attractive and showing very late use of this Keimoes datestamp, some 20 years after annexation. £75
VV535 BECHUANALAND / CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1915 (11th November), ‘Hand’ envelope addressed to Pretoria, bearing ORC ½d green (SG 133) tied by a KEIMOES / BECHUANALAND (NO 11) single circle datestamp. Some creasing. Philatelically inspired, and showing very late use of this Keimoes datestamp, some 20 years after annexation. £45
VV541 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE c1915? Picture postcard with sepia photograph of ‘0033 Monarch Mine, from East, Francistown’. Printed in England and ‘Published by Tati Co., Ltd., Francistown, B.P. (Copyright).’ Message on reverse though apparently not mailed. Some water damage at upper left, otherwise fine. Postcards of Bechuanaland are scarce. SOLD
VV574 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1921 (1st March), unsealed envelope addressed to Johannesburg bearing a single KGV 1½d (SG 75) tied by late use of the MOLEPOLOLE BECHUANALAND (1 Mar) single circle datestamp. Also showing very late use of the ‘674’ BONC, known to have been used at Molepolole. No doubt philatelically inspired though unusual and an attractive late proving item for this datestamp and the associated BONC. £85
VV576 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1921 (3rd May), envelope addressed and sent registered to England. Bearing a single KGV 1/- bistre (SG 82) tied by a neat LOBATSI (3 May) double circle datestamp with a second strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi registration cachet struck at upper left in dull violet. London (30 May) transit backstamp. Unobtrusive vertical crease, otherwise a fine and scarce duty used alone on cover. SOLD
VV522 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1922 (9th May), envelope sent registered to East London, South Africa, bearing an example of the KGV postal fiscal 1d scarlet (SG F3) used together with six KGV 1d scarlet postage stamps (SG 74). All stamps are tied by large GABERONES STATION (9 MAY 1922) double circle datestamps. Backstamped with a further strike of the Gaberones Station (9 May) datestamp and an East London (13 May) arrival datestamp. Very rare commercial use of this postal fiscal with few covers recorded. £650
VV523 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1923 (3rd April), envelope front only, addressed to a member of the B.P. Police at Palapye Road. Bearing a single KGV 2d orange (SG 76a) tied by a KASANE (3 APR 23, with block after ‘3’) double circle datestamp. Unobtrusive creasing, otherwise of fine appearance. SOLD
VV575 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1924 (3rd January), envelope addressed and sent registered to Mafeking. Bearing 13 examples of the 1d scarlet (SG 74) with a strip of four on the front and a block of nine on the reverse, all cancelled or tied by rather messy MOCHUDI (3 Jan) double circle datestamps. The envelope with sender’s details ‘Chas. Bowden & Co., General Dealers, Mochudi Station, Bechuanaland Protectorate, South Africa.’ printed at upper left and with registration details in manuscript.
 
Note: the basis for calculating the rate paid is unclear. However, the fact the addressee is a bank suggests commercial, non-philatelic use. The envelope may well have contained valuables and an additional fee was paid to increase compensation in the event of loss.
£75
VV557 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1924 (29th September), envelope addressed to South Africa bearing a pair of KGV ½d green (SG 73) tied by a superb strike of PARLEMENTÊRE TOER / 29. SEP. 1924 / PARLIAMENTARY TOUR bilingual commemorative double ring datestamp struck in violet. Flap bears an embossed crest of the ‘Empire Parliamentary Association’. Scarce and attractive. £140
VV524 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1925 (27th May), the address panel from a parcel post item sent to Transvaal, South Africa. Bearing KGV 1d carmine-red x 2 and 2d orange (Die II) x 5 (SG 74a, 77), all tied by RAMOUTSA BECHD PROT (27 MAY 25) double circle datestamps struck in blue with an additional very clear strike on part of a parcel post label. Most appealing, especially with coloured cancellations. £250
VV571 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1925 (27th June), envelope addressed to South Africa bearing KGV ½d green and 1½d brown (SG 73, 75) tied by a bilingual SOUTH AFRICA / ROYAL TOUR (27 JUN 25) oval datestamp with Union Coat-of-Arms above.
 
Note: according to an official S.A.R. Royal Tour itinerary published in Reisener (‘The Special and Commemorative Postmarks, Cachets and Covers of South Africa 1892-1975’, p19), the Royal Tour was in Bechuanaland Protectorate on the 27th and 28th June and arrived in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia on the 29th June.
£45
VV623 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / South Africa 1925 (18th July), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a single KGV King’s Head 2d dull purple (SG 6) tied by a fine strike of the bilingual SOUTH AFRICA / ROYAL TOUR (18 JUL 25) oval datestamp with Union Coat-of-Arms above.
 
According to an official S.A.R. Royal Tour itinerary published in Reisener (‘The Special and Commemorative Postmarks, Cachets and Covers of South Africa 1892-1975’, p19), the Royal Tour was in Bechuanaland Protectorate on the 18th July.
£25
VV532 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1926 (4th March), registered ‘W.T. Wilson’ envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single Bradbury Wilkinson 5/- rose-carmine ‘Seahorse’ (SG 89) tied by a FRANCISTOWN (4 MAR) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With Francistown registration cachet struck in purple at upper left and registration number inserted in manuscript. Philatelically inspired though Seahorses are very scarce on cover. Very fine. £350
VV572 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1929 (7th February), OHMS envelope sent registered to the USA. Bearing a block of four KGV 1/- bistre-brown (SG 98) tied by two LOBATSI (7 Feb) double circle datestamps and a framed ‘REGISTERED’ handstamp struck in purple. With registration details handwritten in red ink. New York (13 Mar) transit and Chicago (14 Mar) arrival backstamps. SOLD
VV577 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1932 (22nd January), printed illustrated envelope ‘By the First Air Mail from Cape Town to London – per Imperial Airways.’ Addressed to Kenya and bearing a KGV 2d and 3d pair (SG 93, 94) tied by neat LOBATSI (22 Jan) double circle datestamps. With large ‘FROM KIMBERLEY’ cachet handstamped in violet and with Kimberley (27 Jan) transit datestamp. Nairobi arrival (7 FE) and Nairobi Poste Restante (8 FE) arrival backstamps. Scarce example of the acceptance of airmail from Bechuanaland for the first flight of the regular service from South Africa to England.
 
Note: unfortunately, the aircraft ‘City of Basra’ was damaged on take off from Salisbury on the 29th January and the relief aircraft, the ‘City of Delhi’ was forced to land in a swamp near Broken Hill due to a violent storm. The mail bags were carried to Broken Hill and were forwarded northward via the 'City of Baghdad' as part of the second Cape to London airmail.
£125
VV544 BECHUANALAND 1932 (15th March), ‘Tamsen’ envelope sent registered to South Africa. Bearing Cape of Good Hope ½d (x 2) and 1d in blocks of four, all stamps bearing FORGED ‘British / Bechuanaland’ overprints with one ½d block and the 1d block additionally showing the OVERPRINT INVERTED, a ‘variety’ not recorded on genuine stamps. Each block is cancelled with a neat (genuine) central LOBATSI (15 MAR) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. Lobatsi registration cachet at lower left and Nylstroom (16 Mar) arrival backstamp. Scarce.
 
Note: it is unclear if the sender, the eminent philatelist Emil Tamsen, was aware these overprints were forged at the time of mailing.
£225
VV527 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Official 1932 (22nd March), printed Union of South Africa official ‘Memorandum’ form used from Mafeking to an individual in Cape Town. The message confirms receipt of a postal order for Bechuanaland Protectorate postage stamps which were enclosed with the reply. With a large oval cachet ‘POST OFFICE MAFEKING / 22 MAR 1932 / HEAD OFFICE FOR / BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE’ struck in violet at upper right. £45
VV560 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1932 (23rd March), envelope addressed to South Africa bearing a KGV ½d green pair and 1d scarlet (SG 90, 91) all tied by neat LOBATSI (23 MAR) double circle datestamps. £25
VV578 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1933 (20th June), envelope addressed to India and endorsed ‘CAIRO-CALCUTTA / First Through Flight [ Extension from Karachi ] by Imperial Airways and India Trans-Continental Airways’. Bearing KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d, 4d and 1/- (SG 100, 103, 105) each tied by a neat LOBATSI (22 Jun) double circle datestamp. With a KARACHI-CALCUTTA / 7 JLY. 33 / FIRST / AIRMAIL illustrated boxed cachet struck at left with a further strike dated 8 JLY on the reverse, overstruck with a Calcutta arrival datestamp.
 
Note: connecting mail from South Africa left Cape Town on the 22nd June and was picked up in Cairo by the eastbound Imperial Airways service that left Croydon on the 1st July.
£75
VV561 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1934 (20th March), registered envelope addressed to India bearing a horizontal lower marginal pair of the KGV 1/- black and olive-green (SG 105) showing full printer’s imprint. The stamps are cancelled with a bilingual ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE / SOUTH AFRICA (20 III 34) oval datestamp with the Union Coat-of-Arms above. With an air mail label and a bilingual registration cachet struck in violet. The reverse with a second strike of the Royal Tour datestamp and with a Park Street Calcutta (1 Apr) arrival.
 
Note: Prince George toured Southern Africa on the ‘White Train’ during February and March 1934. A special TPO van was attached and utilized this special datestamp. The train entered Bechuanaland on the 19th March, arriving at Gaberones at 9.30pm. The train left Gaberones at 8.55pm the following evening, the 20th March for Bulawayo.
£85
VV570 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1934 (20th March), envelope addressed to Pretoria bearing a single KGV 2d brown (SG 101) tied by a neat strike of the bilingual ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE / SOUTH AFRICA (20 III 34) oval datestamp with the Union Coat-of-Arms above.
 
Note: Prince George toured Southern Africa on the ‘White Train’ during February and March 1934. A special TPO van was attached and utilized this special datestamp. The train entered Bechuanaland on the 19th March, arriving at Gaberones at 9.30pm. The train left Gaberones at 8.55pm the following evening, the 20th March for Bulawayo.
£35
VV528 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (12th February), long envelope bearing a complete set of 12 of the 1932 KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ definitive issue (SG 99-110) with an additional ½d and 1d, each tied by a large bilingual IMPERIAL PERS-KONFERENESIE / SUID AFRIKA / 12 II 35 / SOUTH AFRICA / IMPERIAL PRESS CONFERENCE single circle datestamp. Very scarce. The only complete set on cover we are aware of. £450
VV569 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (21st February), envelope addressed to Mafeking bearing a KGV ½d green lower right corner marginal example and a 1d scarlet (SG 99, 100), each cancelled or tied by a large bilingual IMPERIAL PRESS CONFERENCE (21 Feb) single circle datestamp.
 
Note: the Imperial Press Conference ran from 4th February to 21st March 1935. Two special trains were organised to carry delegates on a tour through South Africa, Bechuanaland, Rhodesia and Basutoland. The trains transited Bechuanaland on the 12th and the 21st February only. Both trains had postal facilities, as well as some hotels en-route.
£45
VV562 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (8th April), registered envelope addressed to England bearing a single KGV 6d purple (SG 104) tied by a LOBATSI (8 APR) double circle datestamp with a Lobatsi registration cachet at left. The reverse with a second Lobatsi datestamp and a large POST OFFICE MAFEKING / 6- APR 1935 / HEAD OFFICE FOR / BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE oval datestamp struck in violet. One of the dates is presumably an error. Scarce usage. £45
VV568 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (4th May), ‘First Day of Issue’ registered envelope addressed via airmail to England, bearing the complete set of the 1935 Silver Jubilee (SG 111-114) each tied by LOBATSI (4th May) double circle datestamps. With trilingual airmail label and a further Lobatsi (4 May) backstamp. £45
VV579 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (6th May) envelope addressed to South Africa bearing single KGV Silver Jubilee 1d deep blue and scarlet (SG 111) tied by a neat KANYE / BECHD PROT (6 May) double circle datestamp (two days after issue). A very fine and remarkably scarce example of this stamp used alone on cover paying the 1d regional rate. £110
VV567 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1935 (19th June), envelope sent via registered airmail to England, bearing the complete set of the 1935 Silver Jubilee (SG 111-114) each neatly tied by LOBATSI (19 June) double circle datestamps. With Lobatsi registration cachet at lower left and trilingual airmail label. Backstamped with Bulawayo (22 June) transit and Cricklewood London (1 July) arrival datestamps. £45
VV580 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1936 (28th October), envelope addressed domestically bearing single KGV ‘Cattle and Baobab’ 1d scarlet (SG 100) tied by a FRANCISTOWN (28 Oct) double circle datestamp. Roughly opened at top resulting in a few tears, otherwise fine and a scarce example of this stamp used alone on cover. £35
VV612 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1937 (1st April), ‘Pre-First Day of Issue’ envelope addressed to Swaziland. Bearing a complete set of the Coronation issue (SG 115-117), each tied by a BECH. PROT. / H.O. MAFEKING (1 IV 37) double circle datestamp. This date precedes the official issue date (12th May) by six weeks. It is unclear if this is an error on the datestamp or an accidental early release of the stamps at Mafeking (perhaps filling advance orders for the new issue). £35
VV525 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (1st November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ envelope with printed ‘FIRST AIRMAIL SERVICE / 1 Nov. 1938’. Addressed to England and bearing a single KGVI 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by a MAUN B. P. (1 NOV 38) double circle datestamp. The reverse with a GB KGVI ½d green affixed and tied by a Rotherham Yorks (9 Nov) datestamp. £55
VV582 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (1st November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ envelope addressed to South West Africa, bearing a single KGVI 1d scarlet (SG 119) tied by a PALAPYE (1 Nov) double circle datestamp. Windhoek (1 Nov) arrival backstamp. £45
VV583 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (1st November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ incoming envelope from South Africa addressed to Maun. Bearing a pair of ½d ‘Springbok’ (SG 75c) tied by a Johannesburg (1 Nov) roller cancellation. With printed inscription at foot ‘FIRST AIRMAIL / SERVICE BECHUANALAND / PROTECTORATE 1 Nov. / 1938’. Maun (1 Nov) arrival backstamp. £45
VV585 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (1st November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ envelope addressed to England, bearing a single KGVI definitive 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by PALAPYE (5 XI) double circle datestamps. With diagonal printed ‘Nov. 1938 / FIRST / BECHUANALAND / AIR MAIL’. With a GB KGVI ½d green affixed to the front and tied by a New Milton (12 Nov) arrival datestamp. £45
VV526 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (5th November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ airmail envelope with printed ‘FIRST BECHUANALAND AIR MAIL’. Addressed to England and bearing a single KGVI 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by a PALAPYE (5 NOV 38) double circle datestamp. With GB KGVI ½d and 1d affixed on the front and tied by New Milton (12 NO) arrival datestamps. £45
VV584 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1938 (5th November), ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’ envelope addressed to England, bearing a single KGVI definitive 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by a PALAPYE (5 XI) double circle datestamp. With printed inscription at foot ‘FIRST AIRMAIL / SERVICE BECHUANALAND / PROTECTORATE 5 Nov. / 1938’. Maun (1 Nov) arrival backstamp. The reverse with a GB KGVI ½d green affixed and tied by a Rotherham Yorks (12 Nov) datestamp. £45
VV581 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1937 (1st November), envelope addressed to Egypt endorsed ‘Air Mail’ and bearing five examples of the KGVI Coronation 1d scarlet (SG 115) each tied by PALAPYE (1 XI) double circle datestamps. With sender’s details ‘L. G. DEACONOS / MAUN, via SEROWE / Bechuanaland Protectorate’ printed in a box at upper left which has been damaged by a corner tear from opening. Alexandria (8 Nov) arrival backstamp. An unusual destination. £75
VV542 BECHUANALAND 1938 (31st March), ‘Tamsen Sunset Cover’ sent registered to the Transvaal. Endorsed at top ‘Sunset Cover. Last Day of postal use 31/3/38’. Bearing a combination of stamps from British Bechuanaland: ½d, 1d and 2d (SG 9, 33, 34) and Protectorate: ½d x 3 different (SG 40, 56, 59) all tied by LOBATSI (31 MAR 38) double circle datestamps. Lobatsi registration cachet and airmail etiquette. Nylstroom (5 Apr) arrival backstamp.
 
Note: On the 31st March 1938 all issues of the Bechuanalands prior to the 1932 definitives were demotitized.
£55
VV587 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Railways 1939 (2nd January), envelope sent to Cape Town via Rail Letter Post. Bearing six examples of the KGVI ½d green (SG 118) each tied by a light strike of the SAR & H / FRANCISTOWN 099 (2 Jan) oval railway station datestamp. The reverse with bilingual red on white printed label ‘RAIL LETTER POST. / SPOORWEGBRIEWEPOS.’ Affixed and tied by two further strikes of the SAR & H Francistown datestamp. Cape Town (4 Jan) arrival datestamp struck on the front. Scarce. £110
VV586 ECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Air Mail 1939 (21st August), South African Airways West Coast Service between Cape Town and Lobito, being an extension to the ‘Kalahari Feeder Service’. Envelope with printed illustration (map of southern Africa showing air routes), addressed to Mossamedes, Angola, bearing a single KGVI definitive 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied by a PALAPYE (21 VIII) double circle datestamp. With ‘FIRST FLIGHT – WEST COAST’ straight-line cachet struck in purple. Mossâmedes (22 Aug) arrival datestamp. Some staining spots. Scarce.
 
Note: on the 21st August 1939, South African Airways started a direct service between Cape Town and Luanda via Keetmanshoop, Windhoek (where mail was transferred to a feeder plane which had arrived with mail from Johannesburg), Outjo, Mossâmedes and Lobito. Due to lack of support the service was discontinued. Ten days later World War II began.
£45
VV588 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1941 (9th July), OHMS envelope addressed to Johannesburg, South Africa. Bearing a strip of three KGVI ½d green (SG 118) affixed over the printed ‘On His Majesty’s Service’ and each tied by a neat MOCHUDI VILLAGE (9 Jul) double circle datestamp. £45
VV566 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1942 (21st December), official post office ‘Certificate of Posting of a Registered Postal Packet’ (134x54mm) printed in black on cream paper. Issued at Francistown and bearing a fine strike of the FRANCISTOWN BECHD. PROTECTORE. (21 DEC) double circle datestamp. Affixed at left to backing card. Unusual. £45
VV589 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1948 (3rd April), envelope addressed and sent registered to Cape Town. Bearing four examples of the KGVI 1½d dull blue (SG 120) tied or cancelled by GHANZI (3 Apr) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. With Ghanzi registration details added in manuscript. Gobabis (14 Apr) and Windhoek (15 Apr) transit backstamps, proving a postal route westward via South West Africa. Clean diagonal manufacturing paper crease, clear of the adhesives. Unusual. £65
VV591 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1948 (1st December), ‘First Day of Issue’ envelope addressed and sent registered to Cape Town. Bearing Royal Silver Wedding set of two, 1½d and 10/- (SG 136-137) with the 1½d in a block of four, cancelled or tied by LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (1 XII) double circle datestamps with an additional strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi boxed registration cachet struck in violet. £65
VV595 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1948 (1st December), illustrated ‘First Day of Issue’ envelope addressed and sent registered to South Africa. Bearing Royal Silver Wedding set of two, 1½d and 10/- (SG 136-137) tied by a LOBATSI BECH. PPROT. (1 XII) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi boxed registration cachet struck in violet. Fort Beaufort (13 Dec) transit backstamp. £65
VV590 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1949 (23rd July), KGVI 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size G, B&BS type RE42d / H&G C18) addressed to Johannesburg. The imprinted stamp and added KGVI 1½d dull blue (SG 120) are cancelled or tied by SEROWE BECH PROT (23 Jul) double circle datestamps. With boxed Serowe registration cachet struck in purple. The reverse with sender’s handstamp ‘DENNIS SERVICE STATION / SEROWE, B.P.’ SOLD
VV592 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1953 (29th April), envelope addressed and sent registered airmail to the USA. Bearing a single KGVI 2/6 black and scarlet (SG 126) tied by a LOBATSI (29 Apr) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi registration label affixed at left. New York (7 May) arrival backstamp. A few edge faults at top, otherwise fine. £45
VV593 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1953 (29th April), envelope addressed and sent registered airmail to the USA. Bearing a single KGVI 5/- black and deep ultramarine (SG 127) tied by a LOBATSI (29 Apr) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi registration label affixed at left. New York (6 and 7 May) transit / arrival backstamps. Very fine. £55
VV594 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1953 (29th April), envelope addressed and sent registered airmail to the USA. Bearing a single KGVI 10/- black and red-brown (SG 128) tied by a LOBATSI (29 Apr) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With Lobatsi registration label affixed at left. New York (6 and 7 May) transit / arrival backstamps. Very fine. £75
VV613 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1955 (3rd January), First Day of Issue envelope addressed and sent registered to Northern Rhodesia. Bearing the complete set of 11 stamps issued on this date (SG 143-153 less SG 146b, the 4d duty which was issued almost four years later on the 1st December 1958). All tied by LOBATSI (3 Jan) double circle datestamps with additional strikes on the reverse. With small Lobatsi boxed registration cachet struck in violet. Fine and scarce. £85
VV621 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1958 (19th June), envelope addressed and sent registered to South Africa bearing QEII 2d red-brown and 6d purple (fault) definitives (SG 145, 148) tied by a light TSESSEBE / STA (19 Jun) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With a TSESSEBE registration cachet struck in violet. Mafeking (21 Jun) and Krugersdorp (22 Jun) transit backstamps. £15
VV599 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1960 (22nd January), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’ (B&BS PC22 / H&G 10). Very fine genuinely used, addressed to a quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a neat SEROWE BECH. PROT. (22 Jan) double circle datestamp. A scarce card commercially used. £85
VV604 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1960 (22nd August), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab' (B&BS PC22 / H&G 10). Very fine genuinely used, addressed to a quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a light DEBEETI / STA (22 Aug) double circle datestamp. A scarce card commercially used. £75
VV622 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1960 (1st September), envelope addressed and sent registered to South Africa bearing a pair of QEII 4½d blackish blue definitives (SG 147) tied by a LOBATSI BECH. PROT. double circle datestamp with further strikes on the reverse. Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet. Mafeking RLS-GBA (2 Sep) transit backstamp. A fine example of the registered regional rate. £25
VV614 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (14th February), First Day of Issue envelope (229x102mm) with issue details printed in green, addressed to South Africa. Bearing set of ten decimal surcharge definitives as issued on the 14th February including the R1 Type I. Lacking only the 2½c on 2d red-brown although the scarcer 2½c on 3d bright ultramarine is present (SG 157-167 between). All are tied by neat double circle datestamps with the top half of the datestamp blank (where ‘ROYAL VISIT’ was removed) and LOBATSI. BECH. PROT. (14 Feb) at base. Very fine. £150
VV615 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (14th February), First Day of Issue envelope (229x102mm) addressed to South Africa. Bearing set of ten decimal surcharge definitives as issued on the 14th February including the R1 Type I. Lacking only the 2½c on 2d red-brown although the scarcer 2½c on 3d bright ultramarine is present (SG 157-167 between). All are tied by neat LOBATSI (14 Feb) double circle datestamps. A few small, mainly peripheral stains. The stamps are very fine. £135
VV606 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (1st March), QEII 5c registered postal stationery envelope (size G, B&BS type RE46 / H&G C20) addressed to Johannesburg. Bearing a pair of the scarce Type 1 R1 surcharge on 10/- (SG 167). The imprinted stamp and the R1 pair are cancelled or tied by FRANCISTOWN BECH. PROT. (1 III 61) double circle datestamps. With a Francistown registration label affixed at left. Two small mounting marks on the reverse, otherwise very fine and scarce. SOLD
VV617 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (28th June), ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ envelope (241x116mm) sent registered airmail to England. Bearing a single decimal surcharge definitive R1 on 10/- (Type II, SG 167b) tied by a neat LOBATSI (28 Jun) double circle datestamp with further strikes on the reverse. With a Lobatsi registration cachet and a large ‘DEPT. OF POSTS & TELEGRAPHS / 28 JUN 1961 / BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / HEAD OFFICE: LOBATSI’ oval datestamp struck in violet on the front and back. A few peripheral faults, otherwise very fine. £65
VV618 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (2nd October), illustrated First Day of Issue envelope (229x102mm) addressed locally. Bearing the complete set of the pictorial definitives, 1c to R2 (SG 168-181), all tied by LOBATSI BECH. PROT. double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. The Lobatsi registration cachet is incorporated as part of the printing on the envelope with only the registration number added. Very fine and a most attractive set. £40
VV598 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1961 (14th November), QEII 5c registered postal stationery envelope (size G, B&BS type RE46 / H&G C20) addressed and sent airmail to England. The imprinted stamp and the added QEII 2½c Sunbird and 10c Weaver adhesives (SG 170, 174) are cancelled or tied by FRANCISTOWN BECHD PROTECTORE (14 Nov) double circle datestamps. With a Francistown registration cachet struck in violet-black at left. Very fine. £35
VV616 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1962 (5th December), QEII 6d registered postal stationery envelope (size H2, B&BS type RE45 / H&G 19a) addressed to South Africa. The imprinted stamp and the added QEII 2½c Sunbird adhesive (SG 170) are cancelled or tied by MAHALAPYE BECH PROT. (5 Dec) double circle datestamps. With a Mahalapye registration label affixed at upper left. Some creasing, otherwise fine. £35
VV605 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1963 (25th April), envelope addressed and sent registered to South Africa bearing a single QEII 25c deep brown and lemon (SG 177) tied by a MOCHUDI VILLAGE BECH. PROT. (25 IV) double circle datestamp with an additional strike on the reverse. With a Mochudi Village registration label affixed at left. Lobatsi (26 Apr) transit and Riviera Pretoria (30 Apr) transit / arrival backstamps. Post office delivery note in red manuscript just touches corner of the adhesive. A scarce franking. £35
VV597 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1964 (28th August), QEII 5c registered postal stationery envelope (size G, B&BS type RE46 / H&G C20) addressed to Johannesburg. The imprinted stamp and an added QEII 2½c Sunbird adhesive (SG 170) are cancelled or tied by FRANCISTOWN BECH. PROT. (28 Aug) double circle datestamps. With a Francistown registration label affixed at left. Very fine. £35
VV619 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1964 (5th October), envelope addressed and sent registered to South Africa bearing a strip of three 2½c Sunbird (SG 170) tied by GABERONES / STA (5 Oct) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. With a Gaberones / Sta registration label affixed at left. A fine example of the registered regional rate. SOLD
VV620 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1964 (25th October), OHMS envelope addressed and sent registered airmail to South Africa bearing a total of 12c in pictorial definitives: 1c Oriole, 3½c Widow-bird and a 7½c Hornbill (SG 168, 171, 173) all tied by a single LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (25 Oct) double circle datestamp with a further strike on the reverse. With a light Lobatsi registration cachet and a ‘DEPT. OF POSTS & TELEGRAPHS / 28 JUN 1961 / BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / HEAD OFFICE: LOBATSI’ oval datestamp both struck in violet. Mafeking RLS–GBA (26 Oct) transit and Paarl (28 Oct) arrival backstamps. A few peripheral faults otherwise a fine and colourful franking. £25
VV596 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE 1966 (22nd September), QEII 5c registered postal stationery envelope (size G, B&BS type RE46 / H&G C20) addressed to Johannesburg. The imprinted stamp and an added QEII 2½c Sunbird adhesive (SG 170) are cancelled or tied by GABERONES BECHUANALAND 4 (22 IX) double circle datestamp. With a Gaberones / 2 registration label affixed at left. Very fine. £35
VV600 GREAT BRITAIN / Stationery 1877 De La Rue die proof for the QV postal stationery card ½d duty. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm) and datestamped ‘Aug 15 1877’ in black. Scarce.
 
Note: this design was used for British postal stationery cards, some of which were overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland (issued c1894) and Bechuanaland Protectorate (issued c1903).
SOLD
VV601 GREAT BRITAIN / Stationery 1877 De La Rue die proof for the QV postal stationery card ½d duty. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm) and datestamped ‘Aug 21 1877’ in black. Endorsed ‘BH’ at upper right (Before Hardening) in pencil.
 
Note: this design was used for British postal stationery cards, some of which were overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland (issued c1894) and Bechuanaland Protectorate (issued c1903).
£225
VV608 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Stationery 1903, Great Britain QV ½d green on buff postal stationery card (Die 2) overprinted ‘BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE’ in black (BBS PC14a, H&G 1). Very fine unused. SOLD
VV611 BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE / Stationery 1921 Great Britain KGV ½d dull green on buff postal stationery card overprinted ‘BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE’ vertically in black (BBS PC18, H&G 6). Very fine unused. SOLD
VV607 BRITISH BECHUANALAND / Stationery 1889, Cape of Good Hope QV ½d greenish slate postal stationery wrapper overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland.’ in red (BBS WR4, H&G E4). Very fine unused (folded). SOLD
VV602 GREAT BRITAIN / Stationery 1882 De La Rue die proof for the QV postal stationery wrapper ½d with uncleared surround. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). Handstamped ‘BEFORE HARDENING’ in black and datestamped ‘14 MAY 82’ in blue.
 
Note: this design was used for British postal stationery wrappers, some of which were overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland and issued in 1888 and 1890.
SOLD
VV603 GREAT BRITAIN / Stationery 1882 De La Rue die proof for the QV postal stationery wrapper ½d duty with cleared surround. Printed in black on glazed card (92x60mm). The design showing plate damage, particularly in the circles above the Queen’s head.
 
Note: this design was used for British postal stationery wrappers, some of which were overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland and issued in 1888 and 1890.
SOLD
VV549 BRITISH BECHUANALAND / Stationery 1890 QV GB ½d postal stationery wrapper overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland with four lines of text, cancelled by diagonal bars. Handstamped ‘SPECIMEN' (Type BEC 2). Folded horizontally for display, otherwise very fine. (BBS WR7aS(1) / H&G E7s). £30
VV573 BRITISH BECHUANALAND / ESSAY for the 1887 registered postal stationery envelope. Utilising a British 1886 2d blue registration envelope (size K) with compensation notice. Handpainted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in black sans-serif letters in an arc above the stamp impression. The lines of instruction on the front are in sans-serif letters measuring 174mm and 136mm. Central fold and some light discolouration otherwise very fine. Rare, being the only size K handpainted example believed to exist. Thy / Inglefield-Watson type RE E(2). SOLD
VV529 BRITISH BECHUANALAND / ESSAY for the 1887 registered postal stationery envelope. Utilising a British 1886 2d blue registration envelope (size I) with compensation notice. Overprinted in black ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in sans-serif letters in an arc above the stamp impression. The lines of instruction on the front are in sans-serif letters measuring 168mm and 127mm. Very scarce, being one of three similar examples believed to exist. Thy / Inglefield-Watson type RE E(5). £450
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