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AB2727 STELLALAND / Forgery of the 1884 postage issue 1d red printed in close to issued colours and perforated 13½ (instead of 12). Very fine ‘mint’ with gum. Forgery of SG 1 £15
AB2725 1885 Warren Expedition Military Telegraphs. Cape of Good Hope 6d reddish purple and 1/- green overprinted ‘Military / Telegraphs.’ Horizontal pairs, one 6d with hinge thin otherwise very fine used with manuscript cancellations. Very scarce in multiples. SG MT9-10, Hiscocks 9-10 SOLD
AB2726 1890 ½d vermilion with ‘Protectorate’ 19mm long. Fine mint with light hinge remnants. SG 55 £140
AB2732 1892 (7th January), printed Standard Bank envelope addressed to the Cape bearing single 2d bistre (SG 32) tied by a ‘555’ BONC with proving VRYBURG (JA 7) single circle datestamp alongside. MIDLAND T.P.O. DOWN (JA 9) and Port Elizabeth (JA 9) transit / arrival backstamps. The reverse with wax seal of the bank and the envelope with some crumpling otherwise a fine and scarce example of this stamp used alone on cover. £175
AB2730 1894 (26th February), GB QV 1d brown postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland. Addressed to Christiana ZAR. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a ‘637’ BONC and with a proving strike of the TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (FE 26) single circle datestamp below. Kimberley (FE 27) and partial Christiana ZAR squared octagon transit datestamps both struck on the front of the card. £125
AB2731 1895 (26th July), Cape QV 1d chestnut postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (BBS PC8 / H&G 5). The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a MAFEKING (JY 26) squared circle datestamp. Addressed to the Cape with Cape Town (JY 29) arrival backstamp. The reverse with printed bank correspondence. £45
AB2729 1895 (3rd September), envelope addressed to Bulawayo bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac (SG 33) tied by a MAFEKING (SP 3) squared circle datestamp. Sent unsealed, though it is unclear if this indicates a 1d rate. Small tear at base, otherwise fine. £110
AB2728 1897 (16th September), GB 1d vermilion postal stationery card overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ and surcharged ‘THREE HALF PENCE’ (H&G 8). Addressed to Mafeking and cancelled with a ‘390’ Barred Oval Numeral Canceller with proving strike of MOCHULI (SP 16) single circle datestamp below. Also showing Mafeking (SP 17) single circle arrival datestamp struck at lower left. Very scarce proving card with the uncommon alternative spelling of MOCHULI for Mochudi. £250
AB2724 1900 (16th January), Anglo-Boer War period. Envelope addressed to England. Bearing a pair of British Bechuanaland 2d bistre (SG 32) each tied by a CROCODILE POOLS / SOUTH AFRICA (16 Jan) double circle datestamp. Bulawayo (21 Jan) transit and Gosforth (18 Mar) arrival backstamps. A few minor perimeter faults, otherwise a fine and early example of this rare cancellation. The lack of any endorsements indicates this was probably sent by a civilian.
 
Note: Following the Boer occupation of Crocodile Pools and the Gaberones area in late October 1899, the Imperial Forces retreated north, and are believed to have taken with them the postal equipment from Crocodile Pools. In November they reoccupied Mochudi where they established a base camp for the Armoured train and, it is believed, a post office. Although cancelled ‘Crocodile Pools’, this cover was probably sent from near Mochudi and travelled north through Rhodesia to Beira and onwards to England.
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