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The rare PRIVATE SHIP LETTER RATE to England, Bermuda postal history
1883 private ship letter rate cover (opened at top, reduced at left) with QV 4d orange-red (SG.20) tied black K3 "2" ST. GEORGES A/DE 1 83 duplex to St. John Wood, London, landed with red LIVERPOOL/A/DE 24 83/SHIP cds clear of address.
Only three Bermuda QV adhesive covers are currently known landed by LIVERPOOL SHIP cds. All from St. Georges, the other two arriving Liverpool A/JA 29 84 (carried by "Nubian"). Ludington (lot 752) mentions that on NO 30 1883 H.M.S. Northampton was driven onto Stagg Rock in violet weather.
£350

JAMAICA postal history
1883 cover "per R.M. S.S. Don" to London with pair QV 2d pmk'd ""A01", reverse without flap clear of Kingston IV E/DE 24 83 and London G7/JA 12 84 cds, small tear at top.
£65

CAYMAN BRAC, Cayman Islands postal history
1922 large part cover front to New York with KGV 2d pmk'd CAYMAN BRAC MY 1 22 with black boxed "SEAMENS CHURCH INSTITUTE/UNCLAIMED" applied blue "MAY 10 1822"; with mauve New York DEC 6 1922 "Moved, Left. No Address" and purple boxed "Returned Letter Branch/DEC 18 1922/JAMAICA." Lots of character.
£55

BERMUDA postal history
1947 underpaid cover to Bath, Somerset with KG6 1/3d franking tied AIRMAIL G.P.O. 2 MAR 47 cds, Bermuda tax 300 centimes duplex and black boxed TO PAY appended 2/6d, some perf. faults.
£24

BERMUDA postal history
1943 underpaid cover to Silver Springs, Maryland with KG6 1d pmk'd St. Georges 28 APR 43 cds, Bermuda 120 centimes tax duplex with OPENED BY EXAMINER/ C/8018 label at left.
£15

BERMUDA postal history
1942 (FE 3) cover from a guest at Hotel Bermudiana (flap) with KG6 1d, 2 x 2d, 2 x 7d franking marked "above oz" with boxed TO PAY appended 3/6, Bermuda tax duplex 420 centimes and blue OPENED BY/EXAMINER 733 label.
£18

COMMAND PAYMASTER BERMUDA, Bermuda postal history
1946 printed ACTIVE SERVICE cover changed with black overprinting to WAR ECONOMY handstamped purplish-black "COMMAND PAYMASTER/BERMUDA" with KG6 1d Peace tied Hamilton 3 DEC 1946 addressed The Arts & Crafts Shop, St. Georges with same day machine arrival.
£90

ARGENTINA to BERMUDA postal history
1942 (JY 16) cover with block of four 5c to North Shore, Pembroke, largely intact EXAMINED BY/1953 label,
£14

GERMANY to BERMUDA postal history
1947 5-colour franking pmk'd Dusseldorf 12.6.47 to Darrell & Meyer Ltd, St. George's backstamped fine strikes Ireland Island 12 JUL 47 cds and Hamilton Bermuda Aquarium machine 14 JLY 1947.
£18


GREAT BRITAIN to BAMENDA, CAMEROON missent BARBADOS and BERMUDA postal history
1931 cover with GB KGV 1d tied Glasgow machine dated 3 SEP 1931 to "BAMENDA, B.W.I." with handstruck "NOT KNOWN" and "ADVERTISED" applied Barbados 19 SEP 1931 (backstamp) with manuscript "Try Bermuda" amended "Not" with "Try" deleted with Hamilton 23 NOV 31 backstamp, originally poorly opened 3 sides but frontal tear at right sealed with tear at left open.
£120

BERMUDA postal history
1938 cover from H.A.& E. Smith Ltd, Hamilton (printed flap) with 2d, pair 3d to The Conestoga National Bank, Lancaster, Pennsylvania opened despite "SEALED ARTICLES/SECURE OWNER'S/PERMISSION TO/OPEN." handstamp with circled "PASSED/FREE OF DUTY", sealed with "Foreign Letter Package/COLLECT 10 CENTS" 5-line handstamp with U.S. 10c due affixed and tied.
£36

BERMUDA postal history
1958 cover with QE2 8d tied Hamilton 28 MAY 58 cds to London, England, red 2-line "INSUFFICIENTLY PREPAID/FOR TRANSMISSION BY AIRMAIL".
£14


CANADA to BERMUDA postal history
1952 cover with Canada 7c pmk'd Montreal to Harrington House, Baileys Bay with numerous instructional and tax handstamps showing handstruck Bermuda "POSTAGE/3d/DUE", eventually marked "Return to Sender", soiling etc but full of character.
£40

BERMUDA postal history
1957 unusual combination GB KG6 2/6d, GB QE2 6d ovp'd "TANGIER" on reg. cover to Belmont Manor Hotel, Warwick pmk'd Streatham B.O. S.W.16 cds dated */26 MR 57.
£32

EGYPT to BERMUDA postal history
1942 censored Ionian Bank, Alexandria (printed flap) cover with 1 mil pair, 20 mil pmk'd 1 MR 42 to Hamilton, peripheral faults.
£15

The Chinese minority, Trinidad postal history
1923 use of KGV 2d PSRE with added 3d Seated Britannia from Lum Soy, Tunapuna (reverse) lightly posted some ten miles away at CUNUPIA A/NO 26 23 addressed San Francisco, California.
£40



RED CROSS label, British Guiana postal history
1941 (NO 1) cover with typewritten newsy letter with "How sad about S. Judes's/ It was probably well-placed to catch a Nazi packet" from Rev. Welton Ward, St. Philip's Vicarage, Georgetown to Leap Cross, Hailsham, Sussex with KG6 4c (defective lower right corner) tied Victory "V - - - - " machine cancel dated 1 NOV 1941, Red Cross label ties reverse flap.
A reference to the bombing of St. Jude's church, Bethnall Green, 134 high explosive and 2 Parachute Mine bombs were dropped on Bethnal Green South period 7 October to 6 June 1941
£48



ST. PHILIP'S DEBT REDEMPTION label, British Guiana postal history
1942 cover from Father Welton Ward, St. Philip's Vicarage, Georgetown with their own church label tied by ink marks to reverse of cover to Leap Cross, Hailsham, Sussex with 2 x KG6 2c tied Georgetown 20 MCH 1942 machine cancel.
£75


MISSENT TO GRENADA, Trinidad to Holland postal history
1903 use of Trinidad KE7 d newswrapper, the front portion pmk'd Port of Spain E/MR 28 03 with str. line "MISSENT TO GRENADA" and attractively showing Amsterdam 25 APR 03 arrival.
£125


TELEGRAM, Bermuda postal history
(Form 98, "I" below end "E", normal shaped flap) stampless to Miss Mae Griffin, Hamilton Hotel, reverse arrival clock dated 1925 FEB 15, cellophane adhers to outer edges.
£40
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