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1880 Basutoland -  1880 GUN WAR.   1880 stampless envelope to Cape Town from Private R. Pillans, Duke of Edinburghs Volunteer Mounted Rifles, with a WILLOW PARK OC 5 1880 double oval datestamp on the back. Cape Town and Rosebank OC 11 80 cancels are on the front of the cover. In the lower left corner is the endorsement of S. Hardy, Capt, No. 2 Corps, Service Detachment  to enable the cover to go free of charge. In the late 1870s the Cape authorities attempted to consolidate power over the region and enforce its laws. Basutoland, an independent state as recently as 1868, chafed under the new restrictions and attempts to reduce the authority of its chiefs. Matters came to a head in 1879, when Governor Henry Bartle Frere Frere reserved part of Basutoland for white settlement and demanded that all natives surrender their firearms to Cape authorities under the 1879 Peace Protection Act. Within months, most Basotho chiefs were in open rebellion. Colonial Cape forces sent to put down the rebellion suffered heavy casualties, as the Basotho had obtained serviceable firearms from the Orange Free State. In October, Basotho forces ambushed a mounted column of British Army lancers (1st Regiment, Cape Mounted Yeomanry) at Qalabani near Mafeteng, killing 39. A peace treaty was signed with Basotho chiefs in 1881, in which colonial authorities conceded most of the points in dispute. The land remained in Basotho hands and the nation enjoyed unrestricted access to firearms in exchange for a national one-time indemnity of 5000 cattle. A very rare Gun War cover. B.P.A. certificate.
1880 Basutoland
1880 GUN WAR. 1880 stampless envelope to Cape Town from Private R. Pillans, Duke of Edinburgh's Volunteer Mounted Rifles, with a WILLOW PARK OC 5 1880 double oval datestamp on the back. Cape Town and Rosebank OC 11 80 cancels are on the front of the cover. In the lower left corner is the endorsement of 'S. Hardy, Capt, No. 2 Corps, Service Detachment ' to enable the cover to go free of charge. In the late 1870s the Cape authorities attempted to consolidate power over the region and enforce its laws. Basutoland, an independent state as recently as 1868, chafed under the new restrictions and attempts to reduce the authority of its chiefs. Matters came to a head in 1879, when Governor Henry Bartle Frere Frere reserved part of Basutoland for white settlement and demanded that all natives surrender their firearms to Cape authorities under the 1879 Peace Protection Act. Within months, most Basotho chiefs were in open rebellion. Colonial Cape forces sent to put down the rebellion suffered heavy casualties, as the Basotho had obtained serviceable firearms from the Orange Free State. In October, Basotho forces ambushed a mounted column of British Army lancers (1st Regiment, Cape Mounted Yeomanry) at Qalabani near Mafeteng, killing 39. A peace treaty was signed with Basotho chiefs in 1881, in which colonial authorities conceded most of the points in dispute. The land remained in Basotho hands and the nation enjoyed unrestricted access to firearms in exchange for a national one-time indemnity of 5000 cattle. A very rare 'Gun War' cover. B.P.A. certificate.
£2250.00
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 1944 Basutoland - 1944 cover to Johannesburg bearing a 2d cancelled SEKAKES 27 JUN 44. Situated in the south eastern part of Basutoland, Sekakes was a postal agency that opened in 1930 under Qachasnek. It was named after Chief Sekake. Slight damage at the upper right of the cover when opening but a fine strike of this uncommon cancellation.
1944 Basutoland
1944 cover to Johannesburg bearing a 2d cancelled SEKAKES 27 JUN 44. Situated in the south eastern part of Basutoland, Sekakes was a postal agency that opened in 1930 under Qachasnek. It was named after Chief Sekake. Slight damage at the upper right of the cover when opening but a fine strike of this uncommon cancellation.
£32.00
Reference: K3118

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1920 Basutoland - 1920 South Africa 1d postal stationary envelope to Switzerland with three 1ds and two ds added to pay the 5d double letter weight to a non Commonwealth country, cancelled MORIJA 21 FEB 20. An uncommon commercial usage of a South African 1d envelope used in Basutoland.
1920 Basutoland
1920 South Africa 1d postal stationary envelope to Switzerland with three 1d's and two d's added to pay the 5d double letter weight to a non Commonwealth country, cancelled MORIJA 21 FEB 20. An uncommon commercial usage of a South African 1d envelope used in Basutoland.
£80.00
Reference: G2803

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1900 Basutoland - 1900 censored envelope to a P.O.W. at Green Point Camp, Cape town, bearing a pair of Cape ds cancelled MASERU NO 6 00. A light circular censor cachet is on the front of the cover, this would have been applied on arrival.
1900 Basutoland
1900 censored envelope to a P.O.W. at Green Point Camp, Cape town, bearing a pair of Cape d's cancelled MASERU NO 6 00. A light circular censor cachet is on the front of the cover, this would have been applied on arrival.
£85.00
Reference: K2963

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1897 Basutoland - 1897 envelope to Hull, England franked with a Cape of Good Hope 2d cancelled by a fine LERIBE FE 24 97 datestamp. Another strike of this cancellation is alongside. Ficksburg FE 24 and Hull MR 21 97 transit and arrival cancels are on the back of the cover.
1897 Basutoland
1897 envelope to Hull, England franked with a Cape of Good Hope 2d cancelled by a fine LERIBE FE 24 97 datestamp. Another strike of this cancellation is alongside. Ficksburg FE 24 and Hull MR 21 97 transit and arrival cancels are on the back of the cover.
£95.00
Reference: K2937

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1898 Basutoland - 1898 1d Cape of Good Hope post card to Paris cancelled by a barred oval 210 obliterator with a MOHALESHOEK JA 29 98 datestamp alongside. A Mafeteng JA 31 98 transit datestamp is on the back of the card. There is evidence of light water staining on the lower left of the card. A good strike of this numeral canceller.
1898 Basutoland
1898 1d Cape of Good Hope post card to Paris cancelled by a barred oval '210' obliterator with a MOHALESHOEK JA 29 98 datestamp alongside. A Mafeteng JA 31 98 transit datestamp is on the back of the card. There is evidence of light water staining on the lower left of the card. A good strike of this numeral canceller.
£95.00
Reference: K2936

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1933 Basutoland - 1933 4d registered envelope overprinted SPECIMEN. Very fine condition.
1933 Basutoland
1933 4d registered envelope overprinted 'SPECIMEN'. Very fine condition.
£75.00
Reference: K2914

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1894 Basutoland - 1894 1d Cape of Good Hope post card to England cancelled THLOTSE HEIGHTS NO 22 94. Maseru and Cape Town transit cancels. Scarce.
1894 Basutoland
1894 1d Cape of Good Hope post card to England cancelled THLOTSE HEIGHTS NO 22 94. Maseru and Cape Town transit cancels. Scarce.
£170.00
Reference: K2927

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1902 Basutoland - 1902 d Cape of Good Hope post card to Maseru cancelled MORIJA MR 11 2. (Date error with the 0 of 02 omitted) A Maseru MR 12 02 arrival c.d.s. is on the back. The long message on the back of the card has been written in Sotho. A very scarce and early internally used card written by an African lady.
1902 Basutoland
1902 d Cape of Good Hope post card to Maseru cancelled MORIJA MR 11 2. (Date error with the '0' of '02' omitted) A Maseru MR 12 02 arrival c.d.s. is on the back. The long message on the back of the card has been written in Sotho. A very scarce and early internally used card written by an African lady.
£90.00
Reference: K2912

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1952 Basutoland - 1952 picture post card (photo of a Drakensburg scene) written at Makading and sent air mail to Switzerland, franked with a pair of ds a 2d and a 3d, cancelled MOHALESHOEK 20 AUG 52. An attractive home made post card from a real photo.
1952 Basutoland - 1952 picture post card (photo of a Drakensburg scene) written at Makading and sent air mail to Switzerland, franked with a pair of ds a 2d and a 3d, cancelled MOHALESHOEK 20 AUG 52. An attractive home made post card from a real photo.
1952 Basutoland
1952 picture post card (photo of a Drakensburg scene) written at Makading and sent air mail to Switzerland, franked with a pair of d's a 2d and a 3d, cancelled MOHALESHOEK 20 AUG 52. An attractive 'home made' post card from a real photo.
£40.00
Reference: K2505

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1950 Basutoland - 1950 Drakensburg Air Service Inaugural Flight cover to Bulawayo with a 2d cancelled MOKHOTLONG 2 JUN 50. The flight went from Maseru to Mokhotlong and then to Ladysmith in Natal. This became a bi-weekly service.
1950 Basutoland
1950 Drakensburg Air Service Inaugural Flight cover to Bulawayo with a 2d cancelled MOKHOTLONG 2 JUN 50. The flight went from Maseru to Mokhotlong and then to Ladysmith in Natal. This became a bi-weekly service.
£120.00
Reference: K2504

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1981 Basutoland / Lesotho - 1981 Express air mail cover to Johannesburg franked with a 25s and a 2s, cancelled MASERU. A Johannesburg 2 NOV 81 arrival cancel is on the back. Express mail out of Lesotho / Basutoland is rare.
1981 Basutoland / Lesotho
1981 Express air mail cover to Johannesburg franked with a 25s and a 2s, cancelled MASERU. A Johannesburg 2 NOV 81 arrival cancel is on the back. Express mail out of Lesotho / Basutoland is rare.
£30.00
Reference: K2405

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1958 Basutoland - 1958 reused registered envelope to South Africa franked with a 1d, 2d and 6d, cancelled MEKADING 17 AP 58. A manuscript registration is at the upper left of the cover. This envelope was originally sent to Mekading before being reused, and has a MOHALESHOEK 18 MAR 58 datestamp on the back! A few minor faults including a couple of staple holes, but an interesting item.
1958 Basutoland
1958 'reused' registered envelope to South Africa franked with a 1d, 2d and 6d, cancelled MEKADING 17 AP 58. A manuscript registration is at the upper left of the cover. This envelope was originally sent to Mekading before being reused, and has a MOHALESHOEK 18 MAR 58 datestamp on the back! A few minor faults including a couple of staple holes, but an interesting item.
£40.00
Reference: A2116

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1943 Basutoland - 1943 incoming registered Great Britain 3d envelope to Morija, that has been cancelled FIELD POST OFFICE 172,  29 JY 43. At that time, this F.P.O. was probably in Beirut, Lebanon. It has been censored by a British Army No. 490 censor and an Egyptian censor mark. There is a Base Army Post Office 4, 31 JY 43 (Cairo) transit cancel and a Morija 7 IX 43 arrival c.d.s. A very unusual origination for mail into Basutoland.
1943 Basutoland
1943 incoming registered Great Britain 3d envelope to Morija, that has been cancelled FIELD POST OFFICE 172, 29 JY 43. At that time, this F.P.O. was probably in Beirut, Lebanon. It has been censored by a British Army No. 490 censor and an Egyptian censor mark. There is a Base Army Post Office 4, 31 JY 43 (Cairo) transit cancel and a Morija 7 IX 43 arrival c.d.s. A very unusual origination for mail into Basutoland.
£45.00
Reference: GW2036

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1967 Basutoland - 1967 5c Basutoland registered envelope to Uitenhage with a Lesotho overprinted 5c and 2c added, cancelled MASERU 24 I 67. A Uitenhage 27 I 67 arrival c.d.s. is on the front of the cover.
1967 Basutoland
1967 5c Basutoland registered envelope to Uitenhage with a Lesotho overprinted 5c and 2c added, cancelled MASERU 24 I 67. A Uitenhage 27 I 67 arrival c.d.s. is on the front of the cover.
£20.00
Reference: A2001

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1974 Basutoland / Lesotho - 1974 envelope to Maseru franked with two 2c revenue stamps, which were not accepted and the cover was taxed 8c. A PITSO GROUND 11 XI 74 datestamp ties one of the stamps. An uncommon canceller from this small postal agency in Maseru that opened in 1973.
1974 Basutoland / Lesotho
1974 envelope to Maseru franked with two 2c revenue stamps, which were not accepted and the cover was taxed 8c. A PITSO GROUND 11 XI 74 datestamp ties one of the stamps. An uncommon canceller from this small postal agency in Maseru that opened in 1973.
£35.00
Reference: A2016

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1978 Basutoland / Lesotho - 1977 envelope bearing a 20c revenue stamp cancelled MANEALEA 8 IX 77. The revenue stamp was not recognised for postage and a manuscript TX 8 has been written on the front. A boxed tri-lingual Unclaimed handstamp was applied with a P. O .Spruit 5 X 78 datestamp  (This cancel not recorded by Putzel!) A most unusual item!
1978 Basutoland / Lesotho
1977 envelope bearing a 20c revenue stamp cancelled MANEALEA 8 IX 77. The revenue stamp was not recognised for postage and a manuscript 'TX 8' has been written on the front. A boxed tri-lingual 'Unclaimed' handstamp was applied with a P. O .Spruit 5 X 78 datestamp (This cancel not recorded by Putzel!) A most unusual item!
£55.00
Reference: A1999

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1966 Basutoland - 1966 envelope sent unfranked to a prisoner at the Central Prison, Maseru, with a MT. MOOROSI 21 X 66 datestamp on the front. The cover was taxed as unpaid and a manuscript T 5c written. A three line trilingual UNCLAIMED handstamp is also on the front of the cover. On the back is a 5c postage due, tied by a Maseru 29 X 66 datestamp. Alongside is a boxed Advised 27.10.66 and Duplicate 14/11/66.  An uncommon and interesting item.
1966 Basutoland - 1966 envelope sent unfranked to a prisoner at the Central Prison, Maseru, with a MT. MOOROSI 21 X 66 datestamp on the front. The cover was taxed as unpaid and a manuscript T 5c written. A three line trilingual UNCLAIMED handstamp is also on the front of the cover. On the back is a 5c postage due, tied by a Maseru 29 X 66 datestamp. Alongside is a boxed Advised 27.10.66 and Duplicate 14/11/66.  An uncommon and interesting item.
1966 Basutoland
1966 envelope sent unfranked to a prisoner at the Central Prison, Maseru, with a MT. MOOROSI 21 X 66 datestamp on the front. The cover was taxed as unpaid and a manuscript 'T 5c' written. A three line trilingual 'UNCLAIMED' handstamp is also on the front of the cover. On the back is a 5c postage due, tied by a Maseru 29 X 66 datestamp. Alongside is a boxed 'Advised 27.10.66' and 'Duplicate 14/11/66'. An uncommon and interesting item.
£55.00
Reference: A1983

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1959 Basutoland - 1959 envelope to the U.S.A. franked with a d and 1d cancelled MARAKABEIS 20 MY 59. An oval cachet of  St. John The Baptist church, Marakabeis, is on the front of the cover. On the back is a Hartford JUL 16 1959 arrival cancel. The original contents, a letter with a picture of a half completed church and an appeal for funding, along with a self addressed return airmail envelope are still in the envelope. Marakabeis is located in the central highlands of Basutoland, 90 kms south east of Maseru, between God Help Me Pass and Mokhoabong Pass. The post office was in the Roman Catholic Mission of St John The Baptist. A very uncommon cancellation.
1959 Basutoland
1959 envelope to the U.S.A. franked with a d and 1d cancelled MARAKABEIS 20 MY 59. An oval cachet of St. John The Baptist church, Marakabei's, is on the front of the cover. On the back is a Hartford JUL 16 1959 arrival cancel. The original contents, a letter with a picture of a half completed church and an appeal for funding, along with a self addressed return airmail envelope are still in the envelope. Marakabeis is located in the central highlands of Basutoland, 90 kms south east of Maseru, between God Help Me Pass and Mokhoabong Pass. The post office was in the Roman Catholic Mission of St John The Baptist. A very uncommon cancellation.
£55.00
Reference: K1947

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1965 Basutoland - 1965 5c registered envelope (H&G 5) from a Mission Station to Morija with a 2c added, cancelled TLOKOENG 11 MAY 65. A Manuscript Tlokoeng 8790 registration is on the front of the cover along with Mokhotlong and Maseru 14 V 65 transit and Morija 17 V 65 arrival cancels. A most interesting routing as Mokhotlong is south east of Tlokoeng and to get to Maseru the letter would have had to have passed through Tlokoeng again on the same road on its way north west  3 days later!  The Post Office at Tlokoeng closed 18 months after this letter was sent. An uncommon and interesting item.
1965 Basutoland
1965 5c registered envelope (H&G 5) from a Mission Station to Morija with a 2c added, cancelled TLOKOENG 11 MAY 65. A Manuscript Tlokoeng 8790 registration is on the front of the cover along with Mokhotlong and Maseru 14 V 65 transit and Morija 17 V 65 arrival cancels. A most interesting routing as Mokhotlong is south east of Tlokoeng and to get to Maseru the letter would have had to have passed through Tlokoeng again on the same road on its' way north west 3 days later! The Post Office at Tlokoeng closed 18 months after this letter was sent. An uncommon and interesting item.
£40.00
Reference: K1931

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