Trans-Protectorate: “Gubulawayo.” Cancel Census

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1888 (Nov 10) Cover to Cape Town

1889 (Nov 1) Ex Holmes

1889 (Dec 7) Ex Holmes

1891 (Jun 28) Envelope from Gubulawayo to Cape Town bearing Bechuanaland 1888 6d tied by a fair strike of the “GUBULAWAYO” cds, on reverse, Mafeking (14.7) and arrival (30.7) datestamps; pen notation on reverse noting that the letter was from Robert Vasasseur, a grandson of Robert Moffat.

History: Richard Knight March 2003; Spink (“Greca” collection), Sep 2021, lot 210, sold £950

1893 (Dec 24) Registered envelope from Gubulawayo to “The Cape Times” in Cape Town, with British Bechuanaland 4d tied by “678” BONC.

History: Grosvenor, May 2003, lot 258 sold £900 plus commission; David Feldman (“Koi” collection), Dec 2018, lot 30474, sold £1’100 plus commission.

1894 (Jan 15) Envelope from Bulawayo to London, marked “On Active Service no stamps procurable”, showing “GUBULAWAYO” cds with “6D” tax handstamp below and showing, on reverse, Palapye (20.1), Vryburg (29.1) and London (19.2) c.d.s.; the envelope with some faults though an unusual item from the Matabele Rebellion

History: Spink (ex John Inglefield-Watson, lot 1363), sold £220