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AB2873 STELLALAND 1884 4d olive-grey. Horizontal pair with sheet margin at right. Showing the variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN. Very fine fresh mint. Rare. SG 3a £750
AB2874 STELLALAND 1884 6d lilac-mauve. Horizontal pair showing the variety IMPERFORATE BETWEEN. Some gum loss from mounting and slightly unfresh appearance, otherwise fine mint. Very rare. SG 4a £750
AB2866 1886 Cape 1d rose-red overprinted in black. Showing the variety ‘B’ of ‘British’ omitted resulting in the ‘ritish’ error. Holcombe (1988) and BPA (1990) certificates. Very rare. SG 5a £3,250
AB2886 1888 2/- green and black. Fine used with large part TAUNGS (OC 11 / 90) single circle datestamp. SG 16 £40
AB2865 1888 £1 lilac and black. Very fine fresh mint with light hinge remnant. A scarce stamp this fine. SG 20 £750
AB2869 1888 2d lilac and black surcharged ‘2d.’ in red. Variety CURVED FOOT TO ‘2’. Very fine fresh mint. SG 23b £275
AB2870 1888 2d lilac and black surcharged ‘2d.’ in red. Variety CURVED FOOT TO ‘2’. Almost imperceptible corner crease, otherwise fine used with Mafeking single circle datestamp. SG 23b £85
AB2856 1888 1/- green and black surcharged ‘1s.’ in black. Handstamped ‘Specimen’ (Samuel type BEC1) in purple. Unobtrusive corner crease, otherwise remarkably fine and fresh mint. A very scarce local handstamp. SG 28 specimen £250
AB2871 1889 Cape of Good Hope ½d grey-black overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ in green. Showing the variety OVERPRINT DOUBLE, ONE VERTICAL (the vertical reading ‘Bechuanaland’ only). Very fine mint. Clear BPA certificate (1979). Very rare. SG 30c var
 
Note: research by Brian Hurst indicates two half panes of 30 received the overprint double, one vertical. Stamps reading ‘Bechuanaland’ only occur on columns 3 and 6. This stamp plates to row 2, column 3.
SOLD
AB2910 1891 QV ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac. A lower marginal example showing control ‘O’ in margin (perforated through and partly doubled at base). Very fine fresh mint with light hinge mark. Scarce. SG 33 £150
AB2909 1891 QV ‘Jubilee’ 1d lilac. Lower right corner horizontal strip of three showing control ‘R’ in the margin (perforated through). Very fine or superb fresh mint with faint hinge mark on two. Very scarce. SG 33 SOLD
AB2867 1895 Cape 2d bistre with overprint (typeset) reading down. Showing the variety ‘British’ OMITTED due to shift of the overprint to the right. Fine used with part Ramoutsa single circle datestamp. Rare, especially with no trace of ‘British’. SG 39b
 
Note: the lack of the word ‘British’ at left indicates this stamp emanates from a left hand column. This stamp previously joined above item AB2868.
£375
AB2868 1895 Cape 2d bistre with overprint (typeset) reading down. Showing the variety ‘British’ OMITTED due to shift of the overprint to the right. Fine used with part Ramoutsa single circle datestamp. Rare, especially with no trace of ‘British’. SG 39b
 
Note: the lack of the word ‘British’ at left indicates this stamp emanates from a left hand column. This stamp previously joined below item AB2867.
£375
AB2892 1888 1d lilac and black surcharged ‘Protectorate / 1d’. An upper left corner marginal BLOCK OF 25 (5x5). Several stamps showing minor type varieties including Row 5/4 [position 52] showing ‘Smaller raised ‘1’ (previously listed as SG 41a). Light hinge marks on five stamps, otherwise superb unmounted mint. A very rare multiple. SG 41 SOLD
AB2875 1888 1/- green and black overprinted ‘Protectorate’. BLOCK OF FOUR, two stamps showing dropped first ‘r’ of overprint. Light gum crease otherwise very fine fresh mint, being hinged on the upper pair only, the lower pair is unmounted. A rare multiple. SG 46 SOLD
AB2888 1889 Cape of Good Hope ½d grey-black overprinted ‘Bechuanaland / Protectorate’ in green. Upper marginal block of eight showing guide cross in margin. Superb unmounted mint. SG 52 SOLD
AB2887 1889 Cape of Good Hope ½d grey-black overprinted ‘Bechuanaland / Protectorate’ in green. Upper right corner marginal plate ‘1’ block of four. Hinged in the margin only, the stamps are superb unmounted mint. SG 52 SOLD
AB2893 1889 Cape of Good Hope ½d grey-black overprinted ‘Bechuanaland Protectorate’ in green. An UPPER ROW OF A SHEET comprising two horizontal strips of six separated by the vertical interpanneau gutter margin. With margins on three sides showing current number ‘43’ at upper left and plate number ‘1’ at upper right. This strip proves sheets were overprinted [by a setting of 30] before being separated. Some marginal creasing, the stamps are superb unmounted mint. A rare survivor. SG 52 SOLD
AB2872 1889 Cape of Good Hope ½d grey-black overprinted ‘Bechuanaland / Protectorate’ in green. With variety OVERPRINT TRANSPOSED. Hinge remnants, otherwise very fine mint. Extremely rare, being the third mint example recorded, one being in the Botswana Post archive. SG 52c
 
Note: research by Brian Hurst indicates 24 examples may originally have existed. A single used copy is known with a Ramoutsa postmark indicating most may have been used postally and the error not noticed at the time.
SOLD
AB2877 1889 QV ½d vermilion surcharged ‘Protectorate / Fourpence’ (with 6mm spacing). Handstamped ‘Specimen’ (type BEC1) in purple. Very fine and fresh. A very rare local handstamp. SG 53 (specimen) £275
AB2878 1889 QV ½d vermilion surcharged ‘Protectorate / Fourpence’ (with 5mm spacing). Handstamped ‘SPECIMEN’ diagonally in black (Samuel type BEC2). Very fine mint. SG 53s £110
AB2879 1889 QV ½d vermilion surcharged ‘Protectorate / Fourpence’ (with 6mm spacing). Handstamped ‘SPECIMEN’ diagonally in black (Samuel type BEC2). Very fine mint. SG 53s £110
AB2891 1897 Cape ½d yellow-green with lines of overprint 13mm apart (lower line 16mm long). Very fine used with neat GABERONES / B.B.P. (FE 16 / 98) single circle datestamp. SG 56 £15
AB2890 1897 Cape ½d yellow-green with lines of overprint overprint 13½ apart (lower line 15mm long). Left marginal horizontal strip of three. All showing, to varying degrees, an albino overprint, inverted and reversed. Superb unmounted mint. An elusive stamp. SG 57 var (see SG footnote) £110
AB2889 1897 Cape ½d yellow-green with lines of overprint 13½mm apart (lower line 15mm long). BLOCK OF 18 (6x3) comprising the upper three rows of an upper right pane with margins at left, top and right. All stamps in rows 2 and 3 show an albino overprint, inverted and reversed, with the word ‘British’ most prominent. Also shows to a lesser extent on row 1. Mounted in the margin only, the stamps are all superb unmounted mint. A very scarce multiple. SG 57 var (see SG footnote) SOLD
AB2908 1897 QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d vermilion. Lower right corner horizontal strip of three showing control ‘P’ in the margin (imperforate). Hinge remnants and a few gum creases, otherwise very fine mint. Very scarce. SG 59 £225
AB2902 1897 QV ‘Jubilee’ ½d vermilion. Block of four, faint hinge mark on one, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 59 £15
AB2903 1897 QV ‘Jubilee’ 2d grey-green and carmine. Block of four, faint hinge mark on one, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 62 £85
AB2907 1897 GB ‘Jubilee’ 3d purple on yellow. Right marginal block of six (2x3). Superb fresh unmounted mint (hinged on the margin only). SG 63 £75
AB2904 1897 QV ‘Jubilee’ 4d green and purple-brown. Block of four, faint hinge mark on one, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 64 £150
AB2905 1897 QV ‘Jubilee’ 6d purple on rose-red. Block of six (3x2), superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 65 £210
AB2864 1904 KEVII 2½d ultramarine. Right marginal block of four. Very fine or superb fresh mint, being hinged on the upper pair only, the lower pair is unmounted. SG 69 £40
AB2863 1904 KEVII 2½d ultramarine. Lower right corner block of four. Superb fresh unmounted mint. Scarce positional multiple. SG 69 SOLD
AB2859 1924 2d orange (Die II). Lower marginal example, superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 77 £35
AB2860 1924 2d orange (Die II). Lower marginal example showing control ‘V 23’, superb fresh unmounted mint. An excellent reference for this scarce printing. SG 77 SOLD
AB2857 1923 Bradbury Wilkinson 2/6 chocolate-brown. A top marginal example, superb fresh unmounted mint. Exceptional. SG 88 £150
AB2858 1920 Bradbury Wilkinson 5/- rose-carmine. An upper left corner marginal example, superb fresh unmounted mint (hinged in margin only). Exceptional. SG 89 £175
AB2833 1927 KGV ½d green. Lower left corner control ‘E 26’ block of six (imperforate margins). Very fine or superb mint with hinge remnants on margins and two stamps, the balance are unmounted. SG 91 £45
AB2834 1925 KGV 1d scarlet. Lower right corner control ‘A 24’ block of six (imperforate at base). Very fine or superb fresh mint with hinge remnants on two stamps, the balance are unmounted. SG 92 £45
AB2835 1925 KGV 2d orange. Lower left corner control ‘B 24’ block of six (imperforate margins). Marginal thin, the stamps are very fine or superb fresh mint with hinge remnants on two, the balance are unmounted. SG 93 £45
AB2836 1926 KGV 3d violet. Lower left corner control ‘B 24’ block of six (imperforate margins). Very fine or superb fresh mint with hinge remnants on two stamps, the balance are unmounted. Very scarce. SG 94 £275
AB2876 1926 KGV 3d violet. Right marginal example showing part sheet guide marking and variety WATERMARK INVERTED. Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 94w SOLD
AB2837 1926 KGV 4d grey-green. Lower left corner control ‘B 24’ block of six (imperforate margins). Very fine or superb fresh mint with central hinge remnants leaving two stamps unmounted. Very scarce. SG 95 £275
AB2880 1926 KGV 6d purple. Lower left corner control ‘E.26’ block of six (imperforate margins), Very fine or superb fresh mint, hinged on one stamp, the others are unmounted. Very scarce proving control for the ordinary paper. SG 97 SOLD
AB2838 1926 KGV 1/- bistre-brown. Lower left corner control ‘A 24’ block of six (imperforate margins). Very fine or superb fresh mint with hinge remnants on two stamps, the balance are unmounted. Scarce. SG 98 £225
AB2839 1926 KGV 1/- bistre-brown. Lower left corner control ‘A 24’ block of six (imperforate margins). Superb fresh unmounted mint. Scarce. SG 98 £275
AB2896 1932 KGV definitives, seven values, ½d to 1/-, in right marginal blocks of four. Superb fresh unmounted mint. SG 99-105 £175
AB2897 1932 KGV definitives, 2/- black and orange. Superb unmounted mint. SG 106 £40
AB2898 1932 KGV definitives, 2/6 black and scarlet. Centred left, otherwise superb unmounted mint. SG 107 £30
AB2899 1932 KGV definitives, 3/- black and purple. Centred slightly to right, otherwise superb unmounted mint. SG 108 £55
AB2900 1932 KGV definitives, 5/- black and ultramarine. Superb unmounted mint. SG 109 £180
AB2901 1932 KGV definitives, 10/- black and brown. Lower marginal horizontal pair showing the printer’s imprint. Superb fresh unmounted mint. Exceptional. SG 110 £950
AB2862 1961 QEII definitives. Printers PROGRESSIVE PROOFS of the 25c baobab tree comprising three imperforate vertical pairs printed in deep brown only, pale lemon only and both colours together. Superb fresh on ungummed, watermarked paper (inverted on brown printing). Spectacular and very rare. Ex John Inglefield-Watson (2007). SG 177 proofs £900
AB2894 1926 Postage Dues. ½d emerald, lower left corner CONTROL ‘B 24’ BLOCK OF SIX. Very fine or superb mint with hinge remnants on the upper row only, the lower row is unmounted. The lower left stamp shows the semi-constant flaw Malformed ‘P’ in ‘Protectorate’. SG D1 £150
AB2906 1926 Postage Dues. 1d carmine, lower marginal block of 36 (6x6) showing marginal ‘arrow’. Central perforations split between the upper three rows, otherwise superb fresh unmounted mint. SG D2 £350
AB2882 1926 Postage Dues. 1d carmine, fine used example with Mahalapye (1932) datestamps. Scarce genuine usage. SG D2 £55
AB2895 1926 Postage Dues. 2d agate, lower left corner CONTROL ‘C 25’ BLOCK OF SIX. Very fine or superb mint with light hinge marks on the upper row only, the lower row is unmounted. SG D3 £150
AB2881 1932 Postage Dues. Complete set of three, ½d, 1d and 2d each perforated ‘SPECIMEN’ (Samuel type D19). Very fine fresh mint with hinge remnants. SG D4s-D6s £75
AB2884 1961 Postage Dues. 1d carmine surcharged with large '1c' (Type II) on chalk-surfaced paper. Lower left corner example showing the variety DOUBLE SURCHARGE. Hinged in the margin only, the stamp is superb fresh unmounted mint. Very scarce. SG D7ab £350
AB2883 1961 Postage Dues. Decimal issue 1c carmine vertical pair from the upper right corner of a pane. The lower stamp showing the variety ‘BOLD ‘c’ AND LARGER DOT’. Hinged in the margin only, the stamps are superb fresh unmounted mint. SG D10, D10a £15
AB2843 1892 (24th February), envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a horizontal pair of 1891 1d carmine-red (SG 31) with the right stamp showing the ‘l’ of ‘Bechuanaland’ largely omitted. Tied by a ‘555’ BONC with a proving VRYBURG (24 Feb) single circle datestamp struck below. Cape Town (26 Feb) arrival backstamp. The flap with a small embossed dragon. Some perimeter faults, not affecting the adhesives. A scarce issue on cover. £150
AB2853 1892 (20th October), Great Britain QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 4 / BBS PC3) addressed to the Cape. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with ‘637’ BONC with a proving strike of TAUNGS BECHUANALAND (20 Oct) single circle datestamp below. Vryburg (20 Oct) transit backstamp and Port Elizabeth (22 Oct) arrival struck on the front. The message concerns an order for a quantity of beer. £85
AB2847 1893 (30th May), envelope with original contents addressed to Cape Town. Bearing a single example of the QV ‘Jubilee’ 2d grey-green and carmine (SG 34) tied by a very fine strike of the KEIMOES BECHUANALAND (30 May) single circle datestamp with a further superb strike at upper left. With P.O. UPINGTON (31 May) transit and Cape Town (7 June) arrival backstamps. A few edge stains at top otherwise a remarkably clean and attractive cover featuring a very scarce cancellation when used pre-annexation. A superb example of the 2d rate to the Cape. SOLD
AB2850 1893 (27th March), 4d (vermilion) registered postal stationery envelope (H&G C7, B&BS RE 15a) addressed to Johannesburg. Bearing a single example of the Cape 2d bistre overprinted ‘British / Bechuanaland’ reading upwards (SG 32), tied by a TAUNGS / BECHUANALAND (23 Mar) single circle datestamp with a further strike below. Backstamped Vryburg (27 Mar) transit and Johannesburg (30 Mar) boxed registration cachet used as an arrival marking. Vertical crease at left, well clear of the adhesive. Scarce usage of this stamp alone on cover. £225
AB2851 1893 (27th July), small envelope addressed to England bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 6d purple on red (SG 36) tied by a light ‘568’ BONC with a proving GABERONES B.B.P. single circle datestamp alongside. Mafeking (29 July) and Vryburg (31 July) transit backstamps and West Brompton (21 Aug) arrival datestamps on front and reverse. The cover with faults otherwise a fine example of a 6d British Bechuanaland stamp used alone on cover in the Protectorate. £150
AB2845 1896 (10th February), Cape of Good Hope QV 1½d postal stationery card. Addressed to Germany and cancelled with a superb ‘172’ BONC with a fine strike of the TAUNGS STATION (10 Feb) single circle datestamp alongside. Although three months post-annexation, an exceptional proving item for Taungs Station. £175
AB2848 1904 (29th September), Cape of Good Hope KEVII embossed 1d rose postal stationery envelope. Addressed to Germany and uprated with the addition of Cape ½d, 1d and 2½d adhesives (SG 58, 63, 71). The embossed stamp is cancelled with a neat KEIMOES BECHUANALAND (29 Sep) single circle datestamp while the adhesives are all tied by Upington (30 Sep) squared circle datestamps, with an additional strike on the reverse. With an Osnabruck (23 Oct) arrival backstamp. A vertical crease affects the ½d and some light cover staining. Although the adhesives were affixed at Keimoes, it is unclear why they were only cancelled at Upington. An interesting franking. £85
AB2840 1906 (February), envelope sent registered to the USA “c/o Adams Express Co.”. Bearing a Protectorate QV 4d and KEVII 2½d (SG 64, 69) tied by what appears to be negative bag seal cancellations of Mochudi. With fine sender’s cachet of ‘W.A.H. Harbor’ at upper left, Harbor’s imprint on the flap and addressed in his distinctive hand. Cape Town (17 Feb) transit and Boston (20 Mar) arrival backstamps. £125
AB2846 1912 (19th May), envelope addressed to Scotland bearing a GABERONES B.P. (19 May) single circle datestamp. With a rather blurred Gaberones Station B.B. (19 May) transit backstamp (interesting to note the territorial designations ‘B.P.’ and ‘B.B.’ on datestamps used at the same town). A few edge faults, otherwise fine. A remarkably scarce example of this stamp used alone on cover. £110
AB2849 1915 (11th November), envelope sent registered to Pretoria, bearing Natal KEVII 2d and 3d (SG 132, 149) tied by neat KEIMOES / BECHUANALAND (11 Nov) single circle datestamps. Philatelic, though most attractive and showing very late use of this Keimoes datestamp, some 20 years after annexation. £110
AB2842 1922 (23rd May), GB KGV 2d+2d grey-green registered stationery envelope surcharged ‘DUTY 5½d’ (size G, B&BS RE38, H&G C14a). Addressed to Mafeking and bearing KGV ½d (x2), 1d and 6d adhesives (SG 73, 74, 81) all tied by PALLA ROAD (MY 23 / 22) single circle relief type datestamps. It appears no registration cachet or label was available as the envelope is endorsed “Palla Rd / P.O.” at lower left and with registration number “67” inserted, both in manuscript. Very rare, with only one example recorded by the B&BS (RP16, p291) which has the same date, this probably being the item of record. SOLD
AB2844 1923 (12th August), envelope addressed to Mafeking bearing two examples of the 1921 KGV 1d scarlet Postal Fiscal (SG F3), each tied by very fine strikes of the GHANZI (12 Aug) double circle datestamp. The envelope with some creasing though rare genuine postal use of these stamps. RPS certificate (1976). £650
AB2854 1965 (26th October), 2c ‘Hoopoe’ postal stationery card (BBS PC23) cancelled with a GABERONES VILLAGE (26 Oct) double circle datestamp. Addressed to South Africa with the message on the reverse concerning a request for Tswana music or songs for sale. Extremely rare commercial use of this card. We have previously sold two used examples of the Botswana 2c Hoopoe card, but this is the first commercially used example of Protectorate card we have ever handled. A modern rarity. £450
AB2855 BONC '678' (Gubulawayo) superb very clear large part strike on 1888 2d lilac and black surcharged ‘Protectorate / 2d’. Scarce use in Matabeleland. SG 42 SOLD
AB2852 OOTSI / SOUTH AFRICA 1899 (26th April), Cape 2d bistre overprinted ‘British / Bechuanaland’ reading upwards (SG 32). Block of 24 comprising four rows across the pane with sheet margin at left and interpanneau margin at right. Plateable as positions 7-30 from the left pane, and includes the variety “No stop after ‘Bechuanaland’” on position 15 (SG 32a). The block shares 12 strikes of the very rare OOTSI / SOUTH AFRICA (26 AP 99) double circle datestamp. A few minor faults though a remarkable multiple.
 
Note: this datestamp appears almost identical in style to that of Crocodile Pools, which was the only other Bechuanaland datestamp known to have the words ‘South Africa’ at base. That territorial designation suggests it was probably intended for use at a railway telegraph office and this block may well emanate from a telegram. Since this postmark was first recorded in December 1988 (RP13, p.227) only one further example has been reported (RP16, p.277).
SOLD
AB2885 TAUNGS STATION (FE 1 / 94) single circle datestamp. Large part very clear strike on unappropriated dies 1/- green and black. SG 15 £45
AB2841 ESSAY for the 1887 registered postal stationery envelope. Utilising a Great Britain 2d greenish slate registration envelope (size F). With ‘BECHUANALAND’ (only) in large, bold, serif capitals printed in an arc above the imprinted stamp on the flap, and surcharged ‘FOUR’ with bars cancelling the original word ‘TWO’ (as adopted). Fine and very rare. Apparently unrecorded by Thy / Inglefield-Watson. SOLD
AB2861 Revenue c1904 Transvaal KEVII 2/6 sepia and orange revenue stamp overprinted ‘Bechuanaland Protectorate.’ Very fine used with oval datestamp and manuscript initials. T&M 2.1 / Barefoot 6 £55
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