BECHUANALAND
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POSTAL HISTORY
AB466 1888 ½d Postal Stationery Newspaper Wrapper of GB overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 3). Addressed to Kimberley and cancelled BONC '555'. Wrappers are very scarce genuinely used. £145
AB2057 1890 (December), ‘Burmester’ correspondence. Cover addressed to Cape Town, bearing a single example of the QV 2d unappropriated die (SG 11) cancelled with a ‘555’ BONC with proving VRYBURG (22 Dec) single circle datestamp alongside. Cape Town (25 Dec) arrival backstamp. Contemporary receiver’s notes on the reverse. A remarkably clean cover and scarce usage. £160
AB2287 1891 (April), ‘Burmester’ correspondence. Cover with original letter (ordering “2 lamp chimneys to fit a reading lamp”). Addressed to Cape Town, bearing a single QV 2d unappropriated die (SG 11) tied by two strikes of the ‘555’ BONC and with a proving VRYBURG (10 Apr) single circle datestamp below. Cape Town (13 Apr) arrival backstamp. Contemporary receiver’s notes on the reverse. Some light cover stains, otherwise fine and scarce usage. £125
AB2286 1891 (July), ‘Burmester’ correspondence. Cover with original three page letter (from an attorney giving legal advice on a non-paying client). Addressed to Cape Town, bearing a single QV 2d unappropriated die (SG 11) tied by a ‘555’ BONC and with a proving VRYBURG (24 July) single circle datestamp struck centrally. Cape Town (27 July) arrival backstamp and contemporary receiver’s notes on the reverse. Small edge stain at upper left, otherwise a remarkably clean cover and scarce usage. £140
AB2208 1894 (April), envelope addressed to Mafeking, bearing a single QV ½d vermilion (SG 9) tied by a ‘555’ BONC with proving VRYBURG (18 Apr) single circle datestamp alongside. Backstamped with Mafeking (19 Apr) single circle datestamp. The flap is unsealed signifying this is an example of the scarce ‘½d open letter rate’. Small unobtrusive repaired tear on reverse, otherwise very fine. £150
AB474 1894 (May), GB QV 1d postal stationery card overprinted for use in British Bechuanaland (H&G 4). Addressed to the Cape and cancelled by MAFEKING / BECHUANALAND (MY 12) single circle datestamp with second very clear strike alongside. Cape Town (MY 16) arrival on front. £45
AB2175 1894 (May), envelope addressed to Mafeking, bearing a single QV ½d vermilion (SG 9) tied by a ‘555’ BONC with proving VRYBURG (13 May,) single circle datestamp below (with sideways ‘4’ of year). The flap is unsealed signifying this is an example of the scarce ‘½d open letter rate’. Split at left edge, otherwise very fine. £150
AB237 1897 (September), Incoming ZAR ½d stationery postcard from Johannesburg (additional stamp removed) addressed to Vryburg. Presumably forwarded with GELUK B.B (19 Sep) transit? and KURUMAN BECHUANALAND (20 Sep) cds's. Message (re subscription) is headed with 'THE TRANSVAAL CRITIC' handstamp in red. Unusual routing. £125
AB2697 1898 (December), British Bechuanaland QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (H&G 7 / BBS RE15a, dated ‘28.2.89’). Addressed to the Cape, bearing a single QV ‘Jubilee’ 4d green and purple-brown (SG 64) tied by a PALAPYE (DE 23 / 98) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. Registered Kimberley (26 Dec) oval, N.E. T.P.O. DOWN (27 Dec) and East London (28 Dec) transit / arrival backstamps. Very fine. SOLD
AB488 1911 (March), Cape 1d postal stationery card overprinted for British Bechuanaland (H&G 5). Addressed to London where it was redirected locally. Cancelled with two FRANCISTOWN / BECHD PROTEC (MR 23) single circle datestamps. £55
AB2640 1923, (January), envelope sent registered to Mafeking, South Africa bearing ten examples of the KGV ½d green (SG 73, strip of four and three pairs) tied by large GABERONES STATION (2 Jan) double circle datestamps, with further strikes on the reverse. With a very fine Gaberones Station registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. Mafeking (3 Jan) arrival backstamp. The flap with imprint of ‘L.T. Lund. / Sebele / P.O. Gaberones’. £150
AB2251 1925 (July), envelope addressed to Pretoria, bearing a single 1885 3d pale claret overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ (SG 2), tied by a superb strike of the bilingual SOUTH AFRICA / ROYAL TOUR (22 July) commemorative oval datestamp with Coat of Arms above. With a Serowe (22 July) transit datestamp struck on the front and Pretoria (25 July) arrival backstamp. Unusual very late usage of British Bechuanaland, apparently in the Protectorate.
 
Note: The Prince of Wales, later to abdicate as King Edward VII, visited South Africa in 1925. The Royal party also visited Basutoland, Bechuanaland, Swaziland, Northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia. According to the official itinerary as per the South African Railways time table, the Royal Train was scheduled to be in Bechuanaland on the 27 to 28th June and again on the 18th July, and Cape Town on the 22nd July. The postmark evidence on this envelope appears to indicate the Royal Train was still in Bechuanaland on the 22nd July.
£125
AB2639 1932 (February), envelope addressed to South Africa bearing a pair of KGV 1d scarlet (SG 92) tied by a very fine strike of the PILANE (9 Feb) double circle datestamp. The flap with imprint of ‘C.C. Harbor / General Dealer / Molotoana Siding’. SOLD
AB257 1935 registered air mail cover addressed to Germany, bearing 1932 KGV ½d block of 4 and 1935 Jubilee set (SG 99, 111-114) tied by GABRONES STA / 8 03 / 1935 relief type temporary datestamps. With boxed Bahnpost / Zug 155 24.10.35 railway transit on the reverse. Some damage from opening, though a very scarce cancel. £175
AB1421 1935 (December), envelope addressed to the USA sent at the unsealed open letter rate, bearing a single KGV ‘Cattle’ definitive ½d (SG 99) tied by H.O. Mafeking (23 Dec) double circle datestamp. A few minor edge faults otherwise a clean and attractive example of this very scarce rate. £85
AB2596 1937 (May), KGVI Coronation set of three on first day cover addressed to Bulawayo, tied by two clear strikes of MAHALAPYE B.P. (12 May) double circle datestamps. There appears to have been a word preceding the town name which has been excised and now prints as a curved black bar. Most unusual. £75
AB2615 1938 (January), KGV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (BBS RE41 / H&G C17). Addressed (on the reverse) to South Africa, bearing KGV 1d scarlet (SG 100) all tied / cancelled with LOBATSI (8 Jan) double circle datestamps with additional strike on the reverse. Boxed Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet on the reverse. £70
AB2633 1942 (February), irregular apparent use of Bechuanaland stamps in Scotland. KGVI ½d green and 2d chocolate-brown (SG 118, 121) tied by Glasgow (21 Feb) double circle datestamps. Although it is possible the cover was carried to Scotland uncancelled due to wartime conditions, it is more likely it was philatelically produced in Glasgow. Unusual. £25
AB1826 1942 (September), KGVI 4d registered postal stationery envelope addressed to Kanye with KGVI 1½d (SG 120) affixed, cancelled / tied by MOLEPOLOLE (8 Sep) double circle datestamps with lightly struck Molepolole registration cachet. Gaberones Sta (9 Sep) and Lobatsi (10 Sep) transits and Kanye (11 Sep) arrival backstamp. BBS RE42a / H&G 18b £65
AB1827 1942 (October), KGVI 4d registered postal stationery envelope addressed to Francistown with KGVI 1½d (SG 120) affixed, cancelled / tied by LOBATSI (12 Oct) double circle datestamps with Lobatsi registration cachet. Unusually (?) with Mafeking (13 Oct) transit datestamp and with Francistown (17 Oct) arrival. The reverse with senders details: “…Moswewu No. 5239 / A A P C Depot. Coy” (African Auxiliary Pioneer Corp). BBS RE42a / H&G 18b £55
AB2310 1943 (August), cover addressed to East London, South Africa, bearing a single KGVI 1½d (SG 120a) tied by a MOCHUDI VILLAGE (28 Aug) double circle datestamp. A nice example of this rate. £30
AB497 1944c Stampless 'On Active Service' cover to South Africa. With violet oval triple-ring cachet BECHUANALAND PROTECTORATE GROUP / A.A.P.C. (African Auxiliary Pioneer Corp). This was effectively a 'Free Frank' for servicemen at one of the Depots/Training Centres at Lobatsi or Serowe. £65
AA2744 1945 (October), printed O.H.M.S. cover bearing KGVI 6d and 2/6 (SG 124, 126) cancelled 'BECH. PROT / H.O.MAFEKING', sent registered to New York. Struck with violet boxed 'MAFEKING' registration cachet. Arrival backstamps. Most attractive. £75
AB2059 1945 (October), South African bilingual 3d+3d ‘Bantam War Effort’ Air Letter overprinted BECHUANALAND / BETSJOEANALAND. Addressed to England and cancelled with BECH PROT / H.O. MAFEKING (18 X 45) double circle datestamp. No message and philatelically inspired though very scarce. BBS AE1 £55
AB2638 1948 (February), philatelically inspired envelope sent registered to South Africa bearing KGVI ½d, 1d and pair of 2d (SG 118, 119, 121) tied by very fine GABERONES / STA (25 Feb) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. With a fine ‘GABERONES Sta.’ registration cachet struck in purple at lower left. £30
AB2616 1948 (February), philatelically inspired envelope sent registered to South Africa bearing KGVI 1½d and 4d (SG 120a, 123) tied by a fine MAHALAPYE (26 Feb) double circle datestamps with a further strike on the reverse. With a MAHALAPYE registration cachet struck in violet at upper left. £30
AB201 1949 (September), underpaid cover from the Leeward Islands bearing KGVI ¼d, ½d, 1d and 2d tied by small PAQUEBOT single circle cancellations. The cover was addressed to the USA and forwarded to Bechuanaland. Two ½d postage dues of the 1926 and 1952 issues (SG D1, D4) were applied and tied by a Lobatsi (30 SEP 49) datestamp. Philatelic though rare, as approximately four covers or fronts are known bearing the 1926 issue and only two with a mixed postage due franking. £650
AB1648 1958 (June), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’. Very fine genuinely used, addressed to a quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a neat FRANCISTOWN (14 IV 58) double circle datestamp. A very scarce card commercially used. (H&G 10 / BBS PC22) £85
AB1399 1958 (September), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’. Very fine genuinely used, addressed to a quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a neat FRANCISTOWN (15 IX 58) double circle datestamp. A very scarce card commercially used. (H&G 10 / BBS PC22) £85
AB1103 1959 (August), QEII 1½d postal stationery card bearing imprinted 1d red and ½d green ‘cattle and baobab’. A little creasing at left, otherwise very fine used, addressed to a radio quiz show in Johannesburg and cancelled with a very clear FRANCISTOWN (7 VIII) double circle datestamp. A very scarce card commercially used. BBS PC22 / H&G 10 £80
AB728 1960 (December), locally addressed cover bearing QEII 2d (SG 145) BISECTED DIAGONALLY and tied by very fine GHANZI (20 DEC) double circle datestamp. It is believed a shortage of some values, especially those required for inland postage, occurred in late 1960 following the withdrawal of stocks of the 1955 issue for decimal surcharging. Philatelically inspired though very scarce. £275
AB2060 1960 (December), locally addressed cover bearing QEII 2d (SG 145) BISECTED DIAGONALLY and tied by a fine strike of the GHANZI (20 DEC) double circle datestamp. It is believed a shortage of some values, especially those required for inland postage, occurred in late 1960 following the withdrawal of stocks of the 1955 issue for decimal surcharging. Philatelically inspired though very scarce. £275
AB2295 1961 (June) airmail envelope sent registered to England. Bearing QEII 5/- black and violet-blue surcharged ‘50c’ (SG 166) tied by a LOBATSI (7 June) double circle datestamp. Lobatsi registration cachet struck in violet with number “OP 1110” in manuscript (the meaning of 'OP' is unclear). The reverse with a large Lobatsi oval datestamp (7 June) struck in violet, Mafeking (8 June) transit and London (11 June) arrival backstamps. Probably philatelic though attractive. £30
POSTMARKS
AB2694 DRY HARTS / BECHUANALAND (AU 15, no year) single circle datestamp. A large part strike on an 1888 Unappropriated Dies 2d lilac and black. Scarce. SG 11 £75
AB2383 FRANCISTOWN (21 JA, year not shown) single circle skeleton / relief type datestamp. A large part strike on a 1932 KGV 2d brown. Very scarce. SG 101 £45
AB2385 SAR & H FRANCISTOWN 089 (2 AUG 36) double oval railway datestamp (SAR & H = South African Railways and Harbours). Struck on a pair of 1932 KGV 1d scarlet affixed to small piece. Scarce. SG 100 £30
AB2250 MAFEKING (19 Nov, no year digits) single circle datestamp with dot at base. An almost complete, crisp strike on the 1888 '6d.' surcharge on unappropriated dies 6d lilac and black. Trimmed corner perforation at upper right, otherwise superb. A scarce datestamp. SG 26 £20
AB2692 MAGALAPYE / B.B.P. (MY 15 / 14) single circle datestamp. Very fine large part strike on a 1912 KGV ‘Downey Head’ 1d scarlet. A scarce postmark. SG 72 SOLD
AB2384 MAHALAPYE (4 III / 1933) single circle skeleton / relief type date-stamp. Large part strike on a 1932 KGV 3d ultramarine. Very scarce. SG 102 SOLD
AB2693 MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND (AU 21 / 88) single circle datestamp centrally struck on 1888 1d lilac and black. The day is faint, though the month and year are readable. This is a first day CTO cancel. Rare. SG 41 £65
AB1356 MOLEPOLOLE / BECHUANALAND (JA 31 90) single circle datestamp neatly tying QV ½d vermilion overprinted ‘Protectorate’ to small piece. SG 40 £30
AB1877 PALAPYE (6 1, no year present) single circle skeleton / relief type datestamp. An almost full strike on a KGV 1932 1d scarlet. Very scarce. SG 100 £35
AB802 PALLA ROAD (29 Mar 47) large part double circle datestamp on KGVI Royal Visit 2d green. SG 133 £10
AB1643 PITSANI (AP 7 / 35) single ring datestamp with arcs. Neatly struck on pair of KGV 1d scarlet. SG 100 £15
AB1625 SHASHI (28 Nov 34) double circle datestamp. Superb strike on part of bilingual OHMS envelope, endorsed in red ‘Official Remittance’. Scarce. £15
AB2323 TATI / BECHUANALAND (21 AU / 88) single circle datestamps. Two part strikes on an 1888 QV ½d vermilion overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ and ‘Protectorate’. Fine used. Rare. SG 40 £550
AB2331 TATI / BECHUANALAND (21 AU / 88) single circle datestamp. A large part strike with fraction of a second strike at right on an 1888 GB QV ½d vermilion overprinted ‘British Bechuanaland’ and ‘Protectorate’. Fine used. Rare. SG 40 £600
AB2314 (TA)TI manuscript cancellation on 1888 unappropriated dies 1/- black and green overprinted ‘Protectorate’. Part ‘(Ta)ti / 9 / 88’ and initials, overstruck with Mafeking (OC 8?) datestamp. Surface stains. Very rare. PFSA certificate (2009) SG 46 £350
AB2114 TATI (JA 11 / 89) two partial single circle datestamps struck on an 1888 ‘Protectorate / 3d’ on 3d pale reddish lilac and black. One slightly rounded corner otherwise fine used. A scarce stamp and a scarce postmark. SG 43 £140
AB2329 TATI (with ‘BECHUANALAND’ excised) single circle datestamp (SP ? / 89). A large part strike on the 1888 ‘Protectorate / 6d’ on 6d lilac and black. Small thin, other-wise fine. Scarce. SG 45 £25
AB2387 TATI / MATABELELAND single circle (23 JY / 6, with ‘9’ of year omitted). A large part strike on a BSAC 1892 ½d deep blue and vermilion. SG 19 £30
AB2386 TATI / MATABELELAND single circle (10 MR / 96). A large part strike on a BSAC 1892 6d deep blue. SG 3 £30
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