A. James Gribble, inscribed:
Masupa. Kaffir* Chief & sons. Basutoland
South Africa, late nineteenth century
Basutoland or officially the Territory of Basutoland, was a British Crown colony established in 1884 after the Cape Colony’s inability to control the territory. It was divided into seven administrative districts; Berea, Leribe, Maseru, Mohales Hoek, Mafeteng, Qacha’s Nek and Quthing.
Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the United Kingdom on October 4, 1966.
*The word ‘kaffir’ is an derogatory slur that was used to refer to black people in South Africa. The original word is derived from Arabic and means ‘non-believer’.