1. (initials) 1891-1895 Archibald Brown manuscript surcharge on British East Africa Protectorate issues. 2. (abbr., Fr.) Assez Beau (‘Fair to Good Condition, or Appearance’); 3. (abbr., Fr.) Abonnement (‘Subscription’, as for catalogs). 4. (Fr., abbr.) Armeé Britannique (1748 ‘British Army’ handstamp, for Austrian army, usually on mail from Germany; carried by Thurn and Taxis to Belgium); see Thurn and Taxis.