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AB3305 1958 QEII definitive 4d red-orange, upper left corner block of four. Superb fresh unmounted mint. An elusive block and a key stamp of the set. SG 146b SOLD
AB3320 BECHUANALAND / Transvaal 1879 (1st May), incoming envelope from England bearing a QV 6d (SG 147, plate 16) tied by Huddersfield / 387 (1 May) duplex cancellation. Addressed to “Revd John Smith Moffat / Molepolole / Via Zeerust / Transvaal / Cape of Good Hope”. Showing a Cape Town (26 May) transit struck on the front and a POTCHEFSTROOM / ZUID AFRIKA (4 June) transit backstamp. The flap with repair, otherwise a rare item of early incoming mail which would have travelled into Bechuanaland via Zeerust and Linokana to Kanye utilising a service operated by missionaries based at Linokana in the ZAR and at Kanye in Bechuanaland. A rare example of early incoming mail, over six years before the territory was proclaimed a Protectorate on the 30th September, 1885.
 
Note: John Smith Moffat was born on the 10th March 1835 in Kuruman. He was the fourth son (of ten children) of the missionary Dr. Robert Moffat who had re-established a mission station at Kuruman in the early 1820s. He joined the London Missionary Society in 1858 and married Emily Unwin the same year and was the brother-in-law of David Livingstone. His father settled him at Inyati in 1859, where he lived for six years and helped start the first mission in Matabeleland. In 1865 he took over the running of his father’s mission in Kuruman and was the London Missionary Society's representative amongst the Bechuanas. In 1879 he resigned from the missionary society and joined the British colonial service. In 1884 he became the Assistant Commissioner to Sir Sidney Shippard in Bechuanaland. In early August 1888 he organised the Mafeking-Gubulawayo Runner Post between Bechuanaland and Matabeleland which covered nearly 500 miles.
SOLD
AB3313 1892 (25th July), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Envelope addressed to the Cape Colony, bearing a pair of British Bechuanaland 2d ‘Jubilees’ (SG 34) tied by a fine MACLOUTSI (25 Jul) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. The reverse with Vryburg (1 Aug), MIDLAND T.P.O. / DOWN (3 Aug) and Uitenhage (3 Aug) transit / arrival backstamps. £275
AB3324 1892 (23rd October), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. ‘Sitwell’ envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single QV Jubilee 6d purple on rose-red (SG 36) tied by a MACLOUTSI (23 Oct) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. The reverse with Vryburg (31 Oct), Cape Town (7 Nov), Newcastle (Nov) and Beal (Nov) backstamps. Some edge faults including a closed tear and staining at top otherwise a fine example of the 6d per half ounce letter rate to England.
 
Note: it is believed Macloutsi was opened in June 1891 to deal with mail from the Pioneer Column who had entered Mashonaland in July 1890. The sender, Captain William Henry Sitwell, served with the Bechuanaland Border Police and was stationed at Macloutsie 1891-93.
SOLD
AB3312 1894 (18th October), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Envelope addressed to Mafeking bearing a pair of British Bechuanaland 2d ‘Jubilees’ (SG 34) tied by light ‘568’ Barred Oval Numeral Cancellers with a very fine proving GABERONES (18 Oct, no year) single circle datestamp below. The reverse with a superb MAFEKING / BECHUANALAND (20 Oct) single circle datestamp struck on arrival. Scarce. £275
AB3323 1895 (1st April), envelope sent registered to Johannesburg. Bearing three examples of the QV Jubilee 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 34) tied by VRYBURG (1 Apr) single circle datestamps. The reverse with W.T.P.O. DOWN (2 Apr) and boxed Johannesburg registration cachet (4 Apr). The flap with senders name ‘HERMANN ABT, / GELUK, / DISTRICT VRYBURG’. Two adhesives affixed just overlapping the edge and some mainly peripheral staining, otherwise fine.
 
Note: the initials 'W.T.P.O.' stand for 'Western Travelling Post Office'.
£55
AB3314 1895 (17th December), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 4 / BBS PC3). Addressed to the Cape and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9) tied by ‘676’ Barred Oval Numeral Cancellations with a proving PALACHWE / KHAMAS TOWN (17 Dec) single circle datestamp alongside. The card arrived in Cradock on Christmas day and five days later was readdressed and reposted to the OFS and an additional Cape 1d was affixed and tied by Cradock (30 Dec) datestamps. The reverse with Cradock (25 Dec) and Bethlehem (1 Jan) arrival datestamps. £75
AB3315 1896 (30th July), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Great Britain QV 1d vermilion postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland and surcharged ‘THREE HALF PENCE’ (H&G 8 / B&BS PC12). Addressed to Kimberley, the imprinted stamp is cancelled by a GABERONES / B.B.P (30 Jul) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. With a Kimberley (1 Aug) arrival datestamp struck on the front. Scarce usage. £125
AB3310 1896 (27th August), Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Although the message is headed 'Survey Camp / Palapye 19/8/96’ the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a MAFEKING (27 Aug) single circle datestamp. It appears the card was carried privately to Mafeking in the Cape where it entered the postal system and was then sent back to Mochudi in the Protectorate.
 
Note: it is assumed the ‘Survey Camp’ referred to the advancing railway.
£65
AB3316 1897 (19th January), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Great Britain QV 1d+1d vermilion reply paid postal stationery card overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland (H&G 7, B&BS PC6). The outward half is addressed to Kimberley (no message) and uprated with the addition of a ½d vermilion (SG 9), tied by a very fine ‘1003’ Barred Oval Numeral Cancellation with an equally fine strike cancelling the imprinted stamp. With a proving strike of the LOBATSI R.S. / SOUTH AFRICA (19 Jan) single circle datestamp at left and a Kimberley (20 Jan) arrival also struck on the front. The reply half is still attached and bears a Mafeking (19 Jan) squared circle transit on the reverse. A few edge creases. A scarce proving item for BONC ‘1003’ and a scarce card used. £175
AB3318 1897 (12th April), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (H&G 7 / BBS RE15a, dated ‘28.2.89’). Addressed to Germany, bearing a pair of QV Jubilee 4d green and purple-brown (SG 35) tied by a light ‘896’ BONC with a proving strike of the MACLOUTSI (12 Apr) single circle datestamp below (with error of year ‘96’ for ‘97’). The reverse with a superb MAFEKING / C.G.H. (17 Apr) single circle, Cape Town (21 Apr) and Schwelm (8 May) transit / arrival backstamps. £275
AB3311 1897 (16th June), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Great Britain 1d vermilion postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland and surcharged ‘THREE HALF PENCE’ (H&G 8 / B&BS PC12). Addressed to Mafeking, the imprinted stamp is cancelled with a clear ‘390’ Barred Oval Numeral Canceller with a proving MOCHULI (16 Jun) single circle datestamp below. The reverse with a MAFEKING (16 Jun) squared circle arrival backstamp. The message confirms a reservation for seats on the Zederberg & Co coach. Very scarce proving card with the uncommon alternative spelling of Mochuli for Mochudi. £250
AB3325 1897 (15th August), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of a British Bechuanaland ½d vermilion and 1d lilac (SG 9, 33) cancelled with a RAMOUTSA (15 Aug) single circle datestamp. The reverse with MAFEKING / [dot] (16 Aug) single circle transit backstamp and with Weinböhle (5 Sep) arrival struck on the front. SOLD
AB3308 1898 (6th October), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to Mafeking, the card was used in the Protectorate and the imprinted stamp was left uncancelled, the postage being paid by the addition of a Protectorate 1d lilac (SG 61) which was tied by a FRANCESTOWN / S. AFRICA (6 Oct) single circle datestamp. The reverse with a MAFEKING (8 Oct) squared circle backstamp. The message is headed ‘J.A.G. Harrison Esq / Assist. Engineer / Shashi’ and concerns a grocery order and irritation about missing items. £45
AB3309 1899 (24th March), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to Mafeking, the card was uprated with the addition of a British Bechuanaland QV ½d vermilion (SG 9) and tied by a RAMOUTSA (24 Mar, no year) single circle datestamp. The message, from a missionary, Revd. G. Behrens, has been partly erased. £45
AB3319 1899 (9th April), envelope addressed to Germany. Bearing a single Protectorate QV Jubilee 4d green and purple-brown (SG 64) tied by a neat RAMOUTSA (9 Apr) single circle datestamp. The reverse with a MAFEKING / C.G.H. (10 Apr) and Baden (1 May) transit / arrival backstamps. The flap roughly opened, otherwise a very fine and attractive franking. SOLD
AB3307 1899 (1st May), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to Mafeking, the card was used in the Protectorate with the imprinted stamp cancelled with a FRANCESTOWN / S. AFRICA (1 May) single circle datestamp. The reverse with a MAFEKING / C.G.H. (3 May) single circle arrival backstamp and bank correspondence and cachets of branches in Francistown, Tati and Mafeking. £45
AB3317 1902 (15th November), British Bechuanaland used in the Protectorate. Cape of Good Hope QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted ‘BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ in seriffed letters (H&G 5 / B&BS PC8). Addressed to Cape Town, the card was used in the Protectorate with the imprinted stamp cancelled with a FRANCESTOWN / S. AFRICA (15 Nov) single circle datestamp. With a Cape Town (18 Nov) arrival struck on the front. The sender’s address is given as ‘Somerset Mine. Francistown’. The reverse with some discolouration, otherwise fine. £45
AB3321 1934 (24th November), KGV ½d ‘Baobab and Cattle’ postal stationery card, endorsed at top ‘1st Air Mail South Africa-Australia’. Addressed to Australia and uprated with an additional KGV ½d, 3d and 6d (SG 99, 102, 104) each tied by a LOBATSI (24 Nov) double circle datestamp. The reverse with Brisbane (21 Dec) machine slogan cancellation and ‘Delivery Counter Brisbane’ (22 Dec) arrival datestamps.
 
Note: the inaugural flight left Cape Town on the 4th December, travelling north to Alexandria where it arrived on the 10th connecting with the service which left England on the 8th. Darwin was reached on the 18th and Brisbane on the 21st December.
£55
AB3322 1934 (12th February), unsealed envelope addressed to Johannesburg handstamped ‘BOOK POST RATE’ and bearing a single KGV ‘Baobab and Cattle’ (SG 99) tied by a large bilingual IMPERIAL PRESS CONFERENCE / SOUTH AFRICA (12 Feb) circular datestamp.
 
Note: the Imperial Press Conference ran from 4th February to 21st March 1935. Two special trains were organised to carry delegates on a tour through South Africa, Bechuanaland, Rhodesia and Basutoland. The trains transited Bechuanaland on the 12th and the 21st February only. Both trains had postal facilities, as well as some hotels en-route.
£35
AB3306 ‘678’ BONC of Gubulawayo. Very fine large part upright strike on 1888 ‘Protectorate / 6d’ on 6d lilac and black. SG 45. Scarce usage in Matabeleland. £55
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