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AA5382 STELLALAND 1884 Complete set of five, 1d to 1/-. Very fine fresh mint, light single hinge remnants. Scarce this fine. SG 1-5 £400
AB3075 STELLALAND 1884 1d red. BLOCK OF SIX (2x3) with upper margin. (Holmes Types 1-2). One stamp with fault at left and light bend across the lower pair. Otherwise very fine or superb fresh mint with light hinge mark on the upper pair, the other four stamps are unmounted. A scarce multiple. SG 1 SOLD
AB3087 STELLALAND 1884 1d red (Holmes Type 2). Very fine used with manuscript initials ‘FH’ (believed to be those of the second postmaster Ferdinand Hartzenberg) and dated ‘20/5/85’. Unusually fresh and fine. Scarce. SG 1 £300
AB3073 STELLALAND / Revenue 1886 (11th June), portion of a document (149x126mm) bearing six examples of the 6d yellow-orange, each handstamped with ‘JPM’ monogram (upright) all tied by three superb strikes of the ‘Office of the Registrar of Deeds / 11 JUN 86 / VRYBURG / BRITISH BECHUANALAND’ struck in black and each bearing the distinctive signature of M.C. Genis. Two of the adhesives show a distinct downwards shift of the perforations. Most attractive. T&M ST.2n.1 £275
AB3074 STELLALAND / Revenue 1887 (13th April), portion of a document (189x163mm) bearing three examples of the 1/- purple-brown, each handstamped with ‘JPM’ monogram (one upright (fault) and two inverted) each dated ‘13/4/87’ and with the distinctive signature of M.C Genis in red manuscript. Two stamps with red ink somewhat diffused by moisture, otherwise very fine and an interesting combination of upright and inverted monograms. Attractive. T&M ST.2n.2, ST.2i.2 £175
AB3076 STELLALAND / Revenue 1885 1/- purple-brown with ‘JPM’ monogram (inverted). Vertical pair, fine used with large ‘Office of the Registrar of Deeds / 19 JUN 86 / VRYBURG / BRITISH BECHUANALAND' oval datestamp struck in black with the distinctive signature of ‘M.C. Genis’. T&M 2i.2 £125
AB3077 STELLALAND / Revenue 1885 1/- purple-brown with ‘JPM’ monogram (inverted). BLOCK OF SIX (3x2), the right pair with faults, otherwise fine used with large ‘Office of the Registrar of Deeds / 5 JUL 86 / VRYBURG / BRITISH BECHUANALAND' oval datestamps struck in black with endorsement 'These Stamps Cancelled by Authority of the Administrator for British Bechuanaland' and with the distinctive signature of ‘M.C. Genis R(esident). C(ommissioner).’ all in red manuscript. An impressive multiple. T&M 2i.2 £275
AB3070 STELLALAND / Revenue 1886 10/- orange-red handstamped with ‘JPM’ monogram (upright). Light gum adherence in one corner otherwise very fine and fresh mint. Scarce, as most mint examples have the monogram inverted. T&M 2n.7 / Barefoot 16 £65
AB3079 STELLALAND / Revenue 1885 (October), portion of a document (169x84mm) bearing two examples of the £1 reddish lilac handstamped ‘JPM’ (upright, T&M ST.2n.8), both cancelled with manuscript date ‘(Oct)ober 1885’ and with the distinctive signature ‘M.C Genis / Reg of Deeds’. The document was later amended with the addition of unappropriated dies 1/- and 2/- (SG 15, 16), each cancelled with date ‘24-2-91’ and again the signature of M.C. Genis, all in red manuscript. Vertical crease affects one of the £1, otherwise a scarce franking. £85
AB3072 1893 Cape 1d carmine-red with overprint (typeset) reading downwards. BLOCK OF 108, comprising the lower nine rows of the lower two panes (two blocks of 54 separated by the vertical interpanneau gutter). With lower margin showing plate number ‘7’ at base of each pane. The lower right stamp of the left pane showing the flaw Sliced ‘ch’ in ‘Bechuanaland’. Six stamps with hinge marks or light creasing, otherwise remarkably fresh unmounted mint. A scarce multiple. SG 38 £375
AB3066 1895 Cape 2d bistre with overprint (typeset) reading down. UPPER LEFT PANE OF 60 with margins on three sides with plate number ‘2’ at top. The lower right stamp showing the flaw Sliced ‘ch’ in 'Bechuanaland' and a few other minor broken or malformed letters. A few split perforations reinforced otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. A scarce multiple. SG 39 £575
AB3067 1925 KGV watermark Block Cypher 1d scarlet. Lower right corner control ‘B 24’ (higher and not sloping) block of six (imperforate lower margin). Superb unmounted mint. Scarce. SG 92 SOLD
AB3071 1961 QE2 decimal surcharge definitives. 2½c on 2d red-brown. Lower right corner marginal vertical pair, each stamp showing the variety SURCHARGE AT TOP due to a downward shift of the surcharge forme. Also showing the variety SURCHARGE IN LOWER MARGIN. The top pair of this column would be the SG listed variety ‘Vertical pair, one without surcharge’ (SG 159b). Superb fresh unmounted mint. Rare, as only one sheet is recorded with this variety, resulting in only six possible examples of the surcharge printing in the margin. SG 159 var SOLD
AB3065 1966 overprinted definitives 35c deep blue and orange, lower marginal block of four showing a large orange colour flaw across the left pair. Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 216 var £85
AB3063 1967 definitive 5c ‘Secretary Bird’ upper marginal example showing a shift of the red printing downwards and to the right resulting in a FOUR LEGGED BIRD. Also showing the colour blocks in the margin (partly detached) with the red element out of alignment. Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 224 var £65
AB3064 1967 definitive 5c ‘Secretary Bird’ lower marginal example showing a large shift of the grey printing upwards resulting in a second GHOST BIRD. Superb fresh unmounted mint. Spectacular. SG 224 var £85
AB3061 1967 definitive 7c ‘Yellow-billed Hornbill’. Lower left corner pair showing a large shift of the yellow printing (beak) upwards. Also showing the marginal markings with the yellow guide lines out of alignment and tilted down to the right. Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 225 var. £185
AB3062 1967 definitive 7c ‘Yellow-billed Hornbill’. Lower right corner strip of three showing a large shift of the yellow printing (beak) downwards. Also showing the cylinder numbers with the yellow ‘1B’ dropped out of alignment. Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 225 var. £275
AB3080 BOTSWANA 1997 (4th August), two illustrated, numbered (‘0035’) First Day Covers, bearing the full set of the 7th definitive ‘Birds’ issue (SG 852-869), all tied by small Gaborone (4 Aug) datestamps featuring a Kingfisher. Each envelope has been signed ‘Helena’ by the stamp designer (Helena Schüssel). Most attractive. £45
AB3068 1961 Postage Dues. 1d carmine surcharged with small ‘1c’ (Type I) on chalky paper. Showing the variety SURCHARGE DOUBLE, ONE ALBINO. Superb fresh unmounted mint. Unlisted by SG. Very rare. RPS certificate (1991). SG D7 var £550
AB3059 BECHUANALAND / Stellaland / Warren Expedition 1885 (9th August) soldier’s concessionary rate envelope addressed to England. Bearing a single Cape of Good Hope 1d rose-red (SG 41, fault) tied by a BARKLY G.W. (AU 9) single circle datestamp. Endorsed at top “From Trooper Norbury 1 MR” (1st Mounted Rifles), and countersigned at lower left by the Commanding Officer “off com. D troop”. Cape Town (12 Aug), Birmingham (1 Sep) and Malvern (2 Sep) transit / arrival backstamps. A few peripheral faults, otherwise a fine and rare example of mail from this expedition.
 
Note: this cover is not recorded in Alan Drysdall’s census of Warren Expedition mail in his article ‘A Postal History of Stellaland’ (London Philatelist 101.65, March 1992).
SOLD
AB3058 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE / BECHUANALAND / Langeberg Rebellion 1897 (27th May), stampless soldier’s concessionary envelope addressed to England. Endorsed at top ‘On Active Service From Pte S.J. Solomon’ who was a member of the Imperial Forces engaged in the ‘Langeberg Rebellion’ (also known as the Bechuanaland, Rinderpest or Langeberg Campaign). Countersigned at lower left ‘G. Murrell Lieut. for Officer Commanding Active Service Detachment, PAG’ (Price Alfred Guards). With octagonal ‘T/25.c.’ tax marking and a large ‘2½D’ both struck in black, the latter indicating the charge as the overseas postage was not prepaid. Vryburg (MY 27) transit backstamp. Some peripheral faults though a very scarce example of mail from this little-known campaign.
 
Note: The Langeberg Campaign was one of the specified campaigns where Colonial Forces (including serving officers) received the concession of free postage. However, this privilege did not extend to mail addressed outside the Cape Colony (See ‘Southern African Mails’ pages 534 and 563 by Brian Trotter).
 
A detailed account of this campaign appeared in Runner Post issue 44, p1052 (September 1996) and articles concerning the philatelic aspects, including a census of the postal history, were published in The Runner Post: issue 40, p894 (September 1995) and 45, p1086 (December 1996).
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AB3060 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE / BECHUANALAND / Langeberg Rebellion 1897 (13th July), stampless soldier’s concessionary envelope addressed within the Cape. Endorsed at upper left ‘On Active / Service with / Bechuanaland / Field Force / Stamps Unobtainable’ and countersigned at upper right ‘EB Hartley / PMO / Col Forces’. With a fine strike of the KURUMAN BECHUANALAND (JY 13) single circle datestamp. The unnamed sender was a member of the Imperial Forces engaged in the ‘Langeberg Rebellion’ (also known as the Bechuanaland, Rinderpest or Langeberg Campaign). King Williams Town (18 Jul) arrival backstamp. Flap roughly opened resulting in some tears at top, otherwise fine and a very scarce example of mail from
 
Note: The Langeberg Campaign was one of the specified campaigns where Colonial Forces (including serving officers) received the concession of free postage for mail addressed within the Cape Colony (See ‘Southern African Mails’ pages 534 and 563 by Brian Trotter).
 
Surg.-Lt.-Col. Edmund Baron Hartley V.C., was a surgeon with the Cape Mounted Rifles. He was wounded in action in early April 1897 while attending a mortally wounded soldier. He was awarded the Victoria Cross during the Basuto Gun War in 1879.
 
A detailed account of this campaign appeared in Runner Post issue 44, p1052 (September 1996) and articles concerning the philatelic aspects, including a census of the known postal history were published in The Runner Post: issue 40, p894 (September 1995) and 45, p1086 (December 1996).
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AC973 1910 (14th March), picture postcard with black and white view of ‘Main Street, Vryburg’. Addressed within the Cape, bearing a single KEVII ½d (SG 70), tied by a VRYBURG (14 Mar) double circle datestamp. Queenstown (16 Mar) arrival. Very fine. SOLD
AB3086 1947 (17th April), KGVI 4d registered postal stationery envelope (BBS RE42b / H&G 18var), addressed to South Africa and uprated with the addition of the Royal Visit set (SG 132-135) in pairs (1d, 3d) or blocks of four (3d, 1/-), the latter affixed to the reverse. All are cancelled with neat ROYAL VISIT / LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (17 Apr) First Day of Issue double circle datestamps. The reverse also with Lobatsi registration cachet. £45
AB3083 1961 (25th July), envelope sent registered to South Africa. Bearing a single 1c and block of four 3½c on 4d (SG 157a, 161d) tied by LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (25 Jul) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. Lobatsi registration cachet at upper left and an official ‘Dept. Of Posts and Telegraphs’ oval cachet struck at lower left. Belgravia Johannesburg (12 Jul) arrival backstamp. £25
AB3082 1963 (9th July), printed ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ envelope sent registered to South Africa. Bearing a single 12½c Freedom From Hunger (SG 182) tied by a LOBATSI BECH. PROT. (9 Jul) double circle datestamp. Lobatsi registration label. Belgravia Johannesburg (12 Jul) arrival backstamp. £25
AB3084 1965 (30th March), long printed ‘ON HER MAJESTY’S SERVICE.’ envelope addressed and sent via air mail to the USA. Bearing a 10c ‘Red-Headed Weaver’ definitive and a 12½c Internal Self Government showing the ‘Lake Flaw’ (SG 174, 188b), both tied by a GABERONES BECHUANALAND (30 Mar) double circle datestamp. £30
AB3085 1965 (2nd April), large envelope with pre-printed address sent registered within the Protectorate. Bearing 1c and 7½c Birds definitives (SG 168, 173) both tied by GABERONES BECHUANALAND 4 (2 Apr) double circle datestamp and with Gaberones registration label. Lobatsi (3 Apr) arrival backstamp. £25
AB3069 Revenue c1887 Cape of Good Hope QV 1/- purple-brown revenue stamp handstamped ‘BRITISH / BECHUANALAND’ in two lines in deep blue. Very fine used affixed to small piece, cancelled with date ‘25/5/87’ and the distinctive signature of ‘M.C. Genis R.C.’, the Resident Commissioner, in red manuscript. Rare. T&M 4.2 / Barefoot 2 SOLD
AB3081 BRITISH BECHUANALAND / Revenue usage 1890 (6th June), large printed document (258x480mm) headed with Coat-of-Arms and ‘British Bechuanaland / CERTIFICATE OF OWNERSHIP’. Bearing a horizontal strip of four unappropriated dies £1 lilac and black (SG 20), each pair with ‘Cancelled’ and signatures and each stamp dated ‘6-6-90’, all in red manuscript. Signed at the base ‘Sidney Shippard’ and with plain circular embossed seal ‘Administrator / (Arms) / British Bechuanaland’. The document slightly trimmed, the stamps are superb. An impressive document and franking. £275
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