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"LOOSE LETTER" landed with FALMOUTH green "" for Scottish toll, BARBADOS postal history
1826 wrapper with BARBADOES 4 OC 4 1826 fleuron carried as a "loose letter" (in the captain's bag) as landed with very fine strike green boxed "" applied at Falmouth for the Scottish Toll as addressed Edinburgh rated 2/7 changed 2/5.
Rarely seen on mail from Barbados. The Scottish toll tax was introduced JU 8 1813 and abolished JA 1 1840.
£175

MALTA postal history
1874 entire with printed G. SEGOND E FRATELLO letterhead to New York with GB QV 4d Plate 13, 6d Plate 13 (10d rate via Italy) pmk'd A/MALTA DE 23 74 showing London 29 DE 74 transit and red crayon "2", reverse New York JAN 12 arrival.
£175

URUGUAY to NEW CALEDONIA postal history
1907 use of Uruguay 2c blue illustrated (Hospital Italiano) UPU Post Card to Noumea, Nouvelle Caledonie pmk'd CIUDAD NUEVA AL SUD, MONTEVIDEO A/17 AGO 1907, purple ROBERTO STIRLING sender's cachet and his signature on reverse, some toning.
£75

Wreck of S.S. "WINDSOR CASTLE" OC 19 1876 (Donald Currie Line), CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1876 clean cover to the Reverend W. Holford, Grahamstown with GB QV 6d grey Plate 15 pmk'd London "85" duplex dated 5/SP 16 76 with CAPE TOWN P/OC 20 76 arrival alongside, reverse with GRAHAMS TOWN OC 25 76 clear of missing flap.
The "Windsor Castle" sailed from Dartmouth on 23rd September 1876 and hit rocks between 2 and 3am on 19th October off Dassen Island while approaching Cape Town. A Lt. Melville and a Mr Searle, after a most unpleasant journey, reached Cape Town at about 9pm with the news of the wrecked mail steamer. The "Florence" was despatched to the scene of the wreck, but due strong winds was unable to get out of the harbour until 4.15am, sighted the masts of the Windsor at 7am, and cast anchor at Dassen Island at 8am where the 160 passengers had assembled taking up a Robinson Crusoe kind of existence in tents rigged up from sails amongst heaps of saved baggage, boxes, gun cases and 70 to 80 mailbags. The "Florence" left at 1pm with the first of the survivors arriving at Cape Town at 6pm. Seven or eight feet of rock had ripped through the bottom and the ship broke up in heavy swells within a week. The rescued mail was postmarked at Cape Town on 20th October 1876.
£1200


PAID-ONLY TO ENGLAND, Malta postal history
1872 cover front to New York City, USA with QV 6d Plate 11 pmk'd A/MALTA/JU 13 72 "A25" duplex with superb 2-line "PAID-ONLY/TO ENGLAND" showing the "5(d)" shortfall for 11d rate in black, red London Paid JU 24 72 transit.
£725

554 used SALT POND, Gold Coast postal history
1897 use of QV 2d blue PSRE to Liverpool with added QV 2d tied "554" with SALTPOND C/JU 30 97 cds, Registered Liverpool I/29 JY 97 arrival on face and CAPE COAST transit on reverse.
£28


FIRST EMPIRE FLYING BOAT 1d rate, SOUTH ARICA to EGYPT postal history
1937 cover with Claremont sender address on reverse marked "First Empire Flying Boat 1d rate" to Cairo, Egypt with 1d tied Cape Town JUL 3 1937 machine, on arrival framed "RETOUR" and pencil "to sender", on reverse boxed "UNCLAIMED/NON RECLAME" handstamp, some toning.
£24

FLYING BOAT CALPURNIA CRASH IN IRAQ, cover Muswell Hill to Invercargill, NEW ZEALAND postal history
1938 cover with several pages readable lengthy letter from Milly in Muswell Hill pmk'd 22 NOV 1938 to L.G. Crawford, Thomson & Beattie Ltd, Invercargill, New Zealand, stamp washed off with 2-line purple "RECEIVED IN DAMAGED CONDITION/EX FLYING BOAT CALPURNIA".
£60

O.A.T. F.S. BERMUDA to HUNGARY postal history
1965 col. ppc of "A Bermuda Home and Garden" to Budapest, Hungary with QE2 9d tied Hamilton 12 MCH 1965 machine, boxed purple "O.A.T./F.S." added during London transit.
£28

PAID SHIP LETTER LONDON from AMSTERDAM to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1845 clean entire headed "Amsterdam 7 Maart 1845" to Cape Town with PAID SHIP LETTER LONDON (small crown) MR 11 1845 and further PAID datestamp both in red, no backstamps.
£85

PAID SHIP LETTER LONDON to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1834 outer wrapper to Port Elizabeth, Algoa Bay with NORWICH SE 6 1834 on top flap which displays and PAID SHIP LETTER LONDON (large crown) SE 8 1834 and further PAID datestamp both in red, on arrival at Cape Town black framed "TO PAY" added for onward delivery, soiled appearance.
£75

EBUTE METTA, Southern Nigeria postal history
1916 cover "per S.S. Apapa" to Orleans, France with Northern Nigeria KE7 2d pmk'd EBUTE METTA AU 19 16 d/ring, b/stamped Lagos AU 19 and Orleans 12-9 16 transits.
The Elder Dempster Line "Apapa" was torpedoed the following year off Anglesey by German submarine on 28 November 1917, 77 lives lost.
£45

Threat to Administration of Colony, H.M.S. IMPLACABLE sent to BRITISH GUIANA
1953 unsealed cover to Vienna, Austria with GB KG6 1d tied POST OFFICE MARITIME MAIL machine with blue boxed COMMANDING OFFICER/26 OCT 1953/H.M.S. "IMPLACABLE" handstamp, no backstamps.
£30

FROM H.M. SHIP, EGYPT to BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1945 stampless cover to Demerara, British Guiana pmk'd EGYPT 153/31 JA 45/POSTAGE PREPAID with partial CAIRO machine on reverse, blue tombstone FROM H.M. SHIP/PASSED BY CENSOR handstamp.
£32

SALEM, Montserrat Posted Out Of Course, LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
1947 intended reg. cover with blue crayon lines and Leewards Peace pair tied SALEM, Montserrat */FE 1 47 to Roger Wells, Grimsby, on arrival in England Southampton reg. label 0252 affixed with boxed "3d MORE TO PAY" and 3d Postage Due added.
£36

UNION ISLAND, St. Vincent postal history
1974 Palm Island sender cover to Montserrat with QE2 10c and Grenadines QE2 1c, 4c pmk'd UNION ISLAND */29 OC 74, partial crease.
Formerly Prune Island but name changed to Palm to make it more compatible for attracting tourism.
£15

SWEDEN to SAMOA postal history
1908 use of TVA brownish orange PSE with added 1ore, 2ore to Apia, Samoa pmk'd blue ink STOCKHOLM 15 3 08 cds, no backstamps.
£40

REGISTERED AIR LETTER, British Guiana postal history
1966 use of Formular Air Letter to Lorain, Ohio with EXPRESS handstamps deleted and 6 x QE2 5c tied REG. BRANCH 5 JA 66 skeleton, contents from M. Hakim, Lacytown offering European stamps.
£36

JUSQUA' A ROME, Malta postal history
1938 from A.J. Tayar, Lascaris Wharf (per flap) marked via Italy to Hamburg, Germany with KG6 1d, 2d pmk'd MY 17 38 d/rings, the airmail label struck through and purple boxed "PAR AVION JUSQUA' A ROME" added, reverse 19.5.38 transit.
£75


REGISTERED AIR LETTER, British Guiana postal history
1860 use of Formular Air Letter to Ridgewood, New Jersey with added KG6 24c pmk'd REGISTERED AIRMAIL */25 FE 60 cds, contents from Sheik Mahamad at Albouystown offering parcel of BWI stamps.
£36
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