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Lot# 4253 - Auction 234-243

  • Lot# : 4253 Mafeking

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    'Mafeking Besieged' Type 2 on Stamps of the Bechuanaland Protectorate 1900 (April 1): Surcharged 3 d. on 1 d. lilac, a used block of four on Northern route cover to Bulawayo, tied by two strikes of the MAFEKING / C.G.H. datestamp (April 1) and thus mailed on First Day of Issue. Checker's manuscript '1/-' and 'JN' alongside as accepted by John Nevett the checking clerk, and PASSED / PRESS CENSOR in violet at left. Reverse with 'Bulawayo / Rhodesia' cds of receipt (April 5). A remarkable and very rare cover - believed to be the sole known block on letter. Cert. RPSL (1973), Brandon (1998).rnrnProvenance: Purchase note on reverse 'Champion 10-6-21' at 139 French Francs.rn                   Collection C. Emerson Huston, Harmers, London, 26-28 June 1961, lot 710.rn                   Collection Gian Maria Rossi, Warwick & Warwick, 8 May 2005, lot 257.rn                  
    Starting bid : 2,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,200.00 CHF