British South Africa Company
Postal History & Postal Stationery
This Page Includes
Used Postal Stationery with Rare Cancellations BONC 2, Mbanji, Sibali Skeleton & Umboe
Postal History includes
1896 Matabele Rebellion, Boer War & WWI
Covers from Crocodile Pools, Kalene Hill,
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Used Postal Stationery
Postal History
Mint Postal Stationery

Covers from Mwomboshi
Tati excised used at Francis Town
Postcard from Chisergwe, Manzim’nyama
Victoria FLS skeleton,
This Page also includes
Mint Postal Stationery
Postal Stationery Used (H&G = Higgins and Gage)
May 1900 Salisbury Agricultural show
BSAC 800
1d Card H&G 5
Used locally cancelled KOPJE SALISBURY MY 22 00
Printed on the reverse
a notification of a
General Show
Committee meeting to
be held at the Magistrate’s
Court House
1896 Matabele Rebellion
1902 Rare Hoyte Type 6 Cancel
BSAC 802
H&G 11

1d Postcard to Switzerland
Cancelled by rare Type 6 double circle
FE 24 02
21 IV 02 arrival cancels
A 55 day transit
BSAC 801 - H&G 5
1d Postcard Used locally - Cancelled BULAWAYO SP 7 96
Addressed to John Ingram Watchmaker & Jeweller £150
Barred Diamond Proving Cover
Post & Reply Card
BSAC 803 - Three Halfpence card H&G 6 to South Africa
with Superb Barred diamond I plus single circle KOPJE AP 11 99 alongside Salisbury transit & KINGWILLIAMS TOWN AP 19 99 arrival backstamp
A lovely proving cover £150
BSAC 804
1d + 1d Post & Reply Card H&G 12 from SALISBURY 28 JUN 04
to Germany with 18.7.04 arrival cancel
1905 Rare Use of a BONC 2

BSAC 805 - H&G 11
1d Small Arms card with extremely rare
BONC 2 - Used at KALOMO?
Sent on 15 January 1905 from Senanga on
the Zambesi river South-East of Lealui to Switzerland. By runner to Kalomo
Then by rail to Livingstone, using a cable to cross the Gorge over the Falls

Further by rail to Bulawayo and received a 14 FEB 05 transit strike & finally
BREVINE 13 III 05 arrival cancel

- Only one other BONC 2 is known on an item sent from Nanzela, on the
Nkala - Kalomo runner route and it is for this reason that it is believed that BONC 2
was either applied at Kalomo or at Livingstone
BSAC 806 - H&G 11
1d Post card from the Standard Bank - Selukwe to South Africa
Cancelled Single circle SELUKWE FE 22 03 - Transit back stamps
BULAWAYO 23 FEB and Transvaal TPO UP 1 MAR 03 £125
BSAC 807 - H&G 11
1d Post card to Germany cancelled by Rare UMBOE 4 APR 12
Sinioa & Salisbury 4th & 5th April transits
½d Admiral Card
BSAC 812
½d Arms card H&G 13 to South Africa with single circle VICTORIA MASHONALAND JY 11 05, with additional cancel alongside, with PIETERSBURG 18 JUL 05 arrival £90
BSAC 815
½d Blue green Admiral card without Imprint at foot H&G 14, local use cancelled SALISBURY 21 JUN 19 - These cards are rare and seldom offered nowadays £75
TO PAY 1 - Tax Mark
Unsealed Paper Rate to Germany
BSAC 814
½d with Waterlow Imprint at foot H&G 14a to UK posted SALISBURY
30 NOV 20, underpaid by ½d with circular TO PAY 1
(Early Rhodesian Tax Mark) and 10c inserted in manuscript £125
BSAC 816
½d Arms envelope H&G 1 to Germany sent at unsealed rate and endorsed
Papers only cancelled triple circle PENHALONGA 2 JUL 10
Single Circle WANKIES
1d Admiral Stationery Envelope
BSAC 818 1d Arms envelope H&G 2b, Posted to H.W. Garbutt
Cancelled S.C. WANKIES NO 2 7 with BULAWAYO 3 NOV 07
arrival backstamp £95
BSAC 819
1d Admiral card 124:97 with embossing under flap, H&G 5 variation to UK with additional 1d cancelled UMVUMA 29 OCT 21 SOLD
1911 Only known strike of a Sibali skeleton

BSAC 820

H&G 2b

1d Envelope with additional 1d Double Head to Bulawayo
Cancelled by extremely rare Skeleton
with Bulawayo Station & Bulawayo 6 May backstamps
The only known example of this cancel
1896 Matabele Rebellion
BSAC 822
4 May 1896 - Last use seen of a 4d value SG 28, at Bulawayo, during the Rebellion - Before the arrival of the Overprinted CGH stamps on 22 May 1896
Registered Postal Stationery envelope to South Africa - Backstamped Mafeking MY 13 - Kimberley MY 14 - TPO DOWN MY 15 & Carnarvon MY 17 96
1903 Rare Mbanji on Registered Envelope
BSAC 823
Registered envelope size G, H&G1 with 2½d rate to England, small arms ½d and 1d x 2 - Cancelled MBANJI 26 NOV 1903 with an additional strike alongside transit back stamps include Bulawayo, Cape Town, Southampton and Weymouth 19 DEC 03 arrival. Travelled by CARISBROOK CASTLE departed
Cape Town 2 DEC 03 - MBANJI recorded from 30 JUL to 26 NOV 1903 prossibly the only example known cover £6500
1911 Newspaper Wrapper

BSAC 825
H&G 1
Newspaper Wrapper
½d Arms
Locally used with additional
½d Double head
Stamp a little damaged

Postal History - 1896 Matabele Rebellion
1896 COGH Overprints - First Day of Issue 22 May
On 22 May 1896 the first consignment of COGH overprints arrived at Bulawayo consisting of six values from ½d to 6d
One Philatelic cover with all six values is known used on the first day (The Rhodesian Philatelist No 16 - April 1988)
1896 Commercial First Day of Issue

BSAC 829

Envelope franked with 1d x 2 plus 2d Correct 4d Rate to South Africa
MY 22 96

Backstamped DURBAN JU 4 96
Few age marks which do not detract from this major rarity

Write up and illustration in
The Rhodesian Philatelist No 36 - April 2015

1896 Rebellion - Posted in the Field
1896 Rebellion - Colourful franking
BSAC 830 - Stampless Soldiers Letter to England - Posted in the ‘Field’
Endorsed Away from home - TATI 27 MAY 96 transit & Endorsed ‘1/- To pay’
Mafeking JU 2 transit plus T 60c handstamp - Carried on the S.S. Moor,
left Cape Town 3.6.96, arrived Plymouth 20.6.96
A further UK 1/- Tax handstamp - Twickenham JU 27 96 arrival cancel
This sort of mail during the 1896 Rebellion is rare

BSAC 831
Envelope created by Eric Philpott with the full set of CGH overprints
Cancelled BULAWAYO DE 16 96 with the barred diamond ‘B’ at foot

Endorsed on the reverse in pencil
This envelope was obtained from Mr Philpott’s brother in London July 97
Hostilities in Matabeleland ended on 22 October 1896 with the final disbandment of Col. Plumer’s column.
In Mashonaland peace returned towards the end of December 1896
Boer War - Crocodile Pools
Rare use of Rhodesian Stationery & Stamps in Bechuanaland
Crocodile Pools on the line of rail south of Gaberones - Abandoned by the British on 24 October 1899 and occupied by Boer forces on the 25th.
The Boers evacuated Crocodile Pools on the night of 24 February 1900 and the Imperial forces re-occupied the railway siding the following day

From mid December 1899 to early January 1900 this canceller was used either at
Mochudi or Gaberones. It was then used from March to May 1900 at the actual location of Crocodile Pools - Last recorded date 30 OCT 01

BSAC 835
1d Postal stationery card H&G 5 With an additional 1d Small Arms to Ireland
Card written at Mochudi & cancelled CROCODILE POOLS 30 DEC 99
Transit Bulawayo 11 JAN 00 & Durban FE 3 1900 with Warrenpoint FE 26 arrival
Redirected to London with FE 27 00 arrival


The same correspondent posted an identical card to this one from
MAHALAPYE SIDING on NO 20 99 that indicates he was travelling South
He had left Bulawayo on Friday 11th November
Boer War - An Officer’s letter from Crocodile Pools

BSAC 836
Envelope with a 6d Large Arms addressed to The Belfast Yeomanry S. African Field Force
Cancelled CROCODILE POOLS 20 APR 00 - Backstamped Bulawayo 23 APR transit
& East London MY 16 00 arrival.

Contains an interesting letter from Lt. E. Harland to his brother telling him of his adventures during their battles with the Boer forces during the Relief of Mafeking.

Lt Harland was shot through the head whilst bending over his seriously wounded
Commanding Officer on the day Mafeking was relieved
A marvellous item of postal history

This is by far the most interesting Crocodile Pools cover that I have encountered

Boer War - The King’s Own Scottish Borders

The King’s Own Scottish Borders (K.O.S.B's) had two battalions in S.A. during the Boer War - They were the 1st and 3rd Battalions. Consisting of 23 Officers and 425 other ranks - The 3rd Battalion arrived at Cape Town 29 March 1901
They left Vryburg 29th January 1901 for Bulawayo, arriving 2nd February 1901 and were stationed at Hillside Camp
They departed for home on 20th May 1902

BSAC 837
Envelope with 2d Small Arms to England - Cancelled BULAWAYO 25 DEC1901
(Christmas Day)

Endorsed - Frm major McKie 3 K.O.S.B’s Field Force South Africa

Boer War - Rhodesian Field Force

BSAC 838
Envelope with Large Arms ½d x 2 from Capt Buss, a Surgeon in the
Rhodesian Field Force - Sent to Harley street in London
Cancelled with rare
MANZIM’NYAMA 27 JUN 01 - A PTA in the Gwanda district

Cancel recorded from 16.2.99 to 13.7.01
Manuscript ‘T’ to tax it as Underpaid & deleted, passed as a
Soldier’s concessionary rate
World War I Censor

BSAC 839

Envelope to USA with 2½d Small Arms overprint
Cancelled MOUNT SELINDA 10 JU 16
In blue with a single circle
12 JU 16 transit backstamp
General Post History
Kalene Hill on cover
Admirals – Deep Rosine shade on cover
BSAC 840
Envelope to Ottawa in Canada with correct 2½d Foreign rate - Cancelled
KALENE HILL 15 OCT 1920 - A very rare cancel on cover taken by
Runner Post to Broken Hill, with a LUSAKAS 5 NOV 1920 transit backstamp
A three week period required for this part of its journey
BSAC 842
Cut down envelope to England with Admirals 1d x 4deep Rosine shade
Cancelled MAZABUKA 15 APR 1917 Livingstone 17 APR Transit backstamp
Item a little battered which does not detract SOLD
A 7 Month Tour of South & Central Africa
Posted Johannesburg 13 OCT 03 to Fort Jameson, transit Bulawayo 17 OCT & Salisbury 18 OCT Arrived Fort Jameson 3 NOV 18
Sent North via Abercorn 30 NOV Bismarckburg 5 DEC to Tabora 7 JAN 04 - Back South again via Dar-es-Salaam 2 FEB
BSAC 845
To Beira 9 Feb & onto Salisbury 3 May - Received a boxed T - Tax mark & UNCLAIMED
ADVERTISED handstamps
11 MAY 04
Completing its seven month journey

Post Card to Gadzema
BSAC 848
Post Card depicting
Clifton-on-Sea Victoria Road and the Apostles mountains - Franked
COGH KEVII ½d and cancelled

Only a few days before the official opening of the Union Parliament on
4 November 1910
GADZEMA 7 NOV 10 arrival

Chisergwe Via Matokos to England
Postcard depicting General Cronje’s residence & guard during his Internment on St Helena
- Card written by Billy on 8 July 1902 who remarked
‘...have not heard from either of you since I have been in this delightful place Chisurgwe...’ - Note the place name spelling

BSAC 849
It took 5 days to reach MATOKOS cancelled there on 13 JUL 02, Salisbury 22 July transit
On arrival England
Redirected twice from Hornchurch
to Willingham - then to
Cromer in Norfolk
This is the only known item
from Chisergwe - See
The Rhodesian Philatelist
No 27
VICTORIA FLS Skeleton cancel

BSAC 850

Post Card depicting the Falls to Belgium with Double Head 1d Perforation 15
Cancelled with a late use of the Single circle Skeleton VICTORIA FLS JA 13 13 Rare item
Squared circle MWOMBOSHI on cover
MWOMBOSHI was originally in North East Rhodesia - As part of Mr Stephenson’s Re-organisation of the Postal service. The Post office transferred to
North Western Rhodesia on 1 October 1905 (Closed circa 1906-07) Lying some 30 miles South of Broken Hill and 10 miles downstream from the railway bridge
Its location necessitated a 2½ hour oxcart service from the village to the rail siding

BSAC 851
Envelope with Large Arms 4d to England
An old rate as it was reduced to 2½d on 1.8.03
Cancelled with rare squared circle
31 OC 05
With an additional strike at the left
back stamped BULAWAYO 11 NOV 05 transit
and CHISWICK DE 2 05 arrival
Rare cover

1897 ‘Tati’ Excised Dumb Canceller
TATI single circle datestamp with MATABELELAND excised used at FRANCISTOWN - Bechuanaland
When the line of rail to Bulawayo was completed it ran through Francistown, Bechuanaland but bypassed the settlement of Tati. Its post office is said to have been transferred to Francistown on 31 July 1897. Holmes in his book stated Francistown opened in early September 1897 (Correct date suggested as 30 June 1897) My own research was initially published in The Rhodesian Philatelist No1 (July 1993) and updated in Issue No 36 (April 2015) In the article I illustrated the
last known use for a TATI Mashonaland - Cancel dated AU 15 7 (1897) and 13 examples of the excised cancels dated from AU 30 7 to AP 16 98
The earliest recorded single circle FRANCISTOWN S. AFRICA cancel is SP 6 97 the foregoing suggests that the name TATI was excised sometime between
16 & 29 August 1897 and that FRANCISTOWN received the TATI excised date stamp in that period. In my article I recorded the known covers cancelled with the TATI excised cancel, being two BSAC postal stationery cards and one envelope the item below is the 4th known cover
BSAC 853
Envelope to South Africa with a BSAC 4d Large Arms cancelled
TATI (excised)
AU 30 7 (1897)
Kimberley SP 3 97 arrival cancel.
There is a pencil notation on the reverse
N. HOOVERTransvaal Coal Trust Co.

The date of this excised cancel is the earliest recorded
for a TATI excised date stamp
VICTORIA Pre 1900 6d Rate

BSAC 854
Envelope to England with
Large Arms 2d x 3 cancelled
Blank at foot
OC 30 99
Salisbury transit and Paddington
DE 18 99 arrival
a 49 day transit during the
Boer War

Taxed Cover to France

BSAC 855
Envelope posted from MONGU LEALUI 16 APR 14 to France
LIVINGSTONE 1 MAY 14 transit
Franked 2½d being the correct minimum Foreign rate
Letter was more than likely overweight and received a small T in a triangle
30 Centimes Postage dues applied cancelled

Envelope a bit battered, but an intersting cover to the
Pyrennes on the France/Spanish border

Unused RAILWAY Luggage Labels

BSAC 856


Passenger’s Luggage to BULAWAYO buff label

BSAC 857
Passenger’s Luggage to SELUKWE pink label

BSAC 858

Passenger’s Luggage to VICTORIA FALLS
pink label

Mint Postal Stationery (H&G = Higgins and Gage)

1893 Overprinted on COGH Cards
1893 Small Arms Cards
BSAC 861 - H&G 4
1893 1d + 1d Post & Reply card Overprinted MASHONALAND VIA
Scarce - Mint £30
BSAC 862 - H&G 7
1893 Small Arms 1d + 1d Post & Reply
Mint £10
BSAC 863 - H&G 5
1893 1d Small Arms
Mint £15
BSAC 864 - H&G 8
1897 1d Large Arms
Mint £25
BSAC 865 - H&G 9
1897 1½d Large Arms
Mint £15
BSAC 867 - H&G 11
1899 1d Small Arms
Mint £10

BSAC 868 - H&G 12
1899 1d + 1d Small Arms, Post & Reply
Mint £25
BSAC 869 - H&G 13
1903 ½d Arms
Mint £15
1913 Admiral Postcard
1893 Registered Envelope

BSAC 870 - H&G 14
1913 Admiral ½d Yellow green - Scarce
Mint £40
BSAC 871 - H&G 1
1893 4d Registered envelope size G
Mint £30
Postal Stationery Envelopes

BSAC 862 - H&G 2b
1904 1d Arms envelope size 124 : 97
Mint £30
BSAC 865 - H&G 5 (variation)
1913 1d Admiral, size 124 : 97 with embossing under flap
Mint £50

BSAC 863 - H&G 3
1904 2½d Arms envelope size 140 : 80
Mint £30
BSAC 864 - H&G 4
1913 ½d Admiral, size b 137 : 79
Mint £50
Postal Stationery Registered Envelope
BSAC 866
H&G 1a
4d Registered envelope
Size H2
Mint £50
Postal Stationery Wrappers

BSAC 867 - H&G 1
1904 ½d Arms wrapper
Mint £15
BSAC 868 - H&G 2
1904 1d Arms wrapper
Mint £15
Postal Stationery - Mint Selection of Ten Items

BSAC 870

Postal Cards

H&G 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 & 11

Arms Envelopes
H&G 1 & 2

Lettercard H&G 1

Registered Envelope
Size G H&G 1

Minor faults and aging
affecting some items
1898 Small Arms used as

BSAC 875

22 May 1914 Deed of Transfer for
Howards Farm Glen Montagu in the UMZIMGWANI district
East of Bulawayo.
Issued by Messrs. Coghlan & Welsh
A folded foolscap document with
10/- Small Arms SG 89 and
a pair £2 Rhodesia overprints SG 113d Cancelled with oval
Registry Office date stamp
Fiscal use of the £2 value is rare