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ATLANTIS HOTEL, BATHSHEBA COAST, Barbados postal history
coloured ppc showing the railway line mailed with 1d Badge to Huddersfield pmk'd GPO 12 JA 26 cds.
£15

"B" used St. Marks, GRENADA postal history
1897 cover to Verviers, Belgium with QV 2d Keyplate pmk'd St. Marks "B" dated 14 OC 97.
£120






DOMINICA postal history landed with MARGATE/SHIP-LRE
1837 entire headed "Dominica 26th July 1837" and docketted "D.S. Laidlaw, Dominica Dated 26 July Rec'd 12 Sept" marked "p. Orbut" addressed to the Hon. Wm Frazer, Alexander, Wilson & Co. in London landed with "MARGATE/SHIP LRE" and rated 1/8.
An ongoing current survey of 1,381 private ship letters landed at ports around the UK show only 14 entires landed at Margate with only two being from Dominica (the other written OC 17 1787). On this date, 26 July 1837, some 23 vessels were wrecked at Barbados during a hurricane, and 57 lives lost. The distance between Roseau and Bridgetown being only 193 miles. The Hon. Dugald Stewart Laidlaw, merchant of Roseau, served as Acting Governor of Dominica 1843-45.
£325


SOUTH AFRICA to BERMUDA postal history
1942 censored cover to Hampstead, London with 1d mining issue pmk'd JOHANNESBURG 16.1.42, forged violet CM21 PASSED BY CENSOR/47/BERMUDA added to reverse supported with deceiving address changing to The Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda as the cover never went to Bermuda, small corner fault.
£80

SOUTHERN RHODESIA to BERMUDA postal history
1942 cover to T.A. Stokes, Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda with 6 x KG6 d pmk'd SALISBURY 29 JAN 42 d/rings, outgoing triangular censor and forged CM21 PASSED BY CENSOR/47/BERMUDA also in red, no backstamps.
£80

GREAT GUANO CAY, Bahamas postal history
1934 Alan S. Round reg. cover to Stourbridge with KGV 2d, 3d pmk'd GREAT GUANO CAY (T.7 I, D3) 27 NOV 34 cds.
£85

SIMMS LONG ISLAND, Bahamas postal history
1925 reg. commercial cover from Caroline E. Knowles (per flap with sender seal removed by scissors) to the Priscilla Publishing Company in Boston, Massachusetts with 3 x KGV 1d tied SIMMS LONG ISLAND (T3a, D2) 24 JAN 25 d/rings.
£65

GREGORY TOWN, Bahamas on Order of Good Templars cover to Boston, Massachusetts
1901 cover to Boston, Mass. with QV 2d pmk'd sideways up GREGORY TOWN C/AU 1 -- (T.1, D2 last digit of day, and year slugs missing) with NASSAU C/AU 19 01 cds alongside.
£125

CRAIGHEAD temporary rubber datestamp, Jamaica postal history
in purple dated 10 FEB 1955 on 3 x KG6 2d commercial reg. cover to Kingston.
£18

MONA temporary rubber datestamp, Jamaica postal history
in purple dated 21 NOV 1951 on pair KG6 d cover to Half Way Tree.
£16

JAMAICA postal history
1918 GOLDEN SEAL FLOUR advertising cover to Sav La Mar with KGV 1d WAR STAMP tied Kingston FEB 20-18 machine cancel, reverse SAVANNAH-LA-MAR FE 20 18 arrival.
£36

DERNIERE RIVER, St. Lucia postal history
1974 cover to Welwyn Garden City with 10c, 25c tied two strikes DERNIERE RIVER cds dated 16 SP 74.
£24


P & O and BRITISH INDIA LINES, Greece postal history
1953 cover to Flixton, Manchester with GB KG6 2d tied Greek machine cancel, reverse with purple boxed "TRAVEL & SHIP/BY P & O/AND/BRITISH INDIA LINES" and 2-line "VISIT GREECE/SUNSHINE - BLUE SKY" advertising handstamps.
£45


ADEN postal history
1934 cover with colourless embossed sender's flap of "COWASJEE DINSHAW & BROS/ADEN" posted to London with India KGV 2as 6ps tied framed "PAQUEBOT" at PORT-TAUFIQ on 25 NO 34, central vertical crease.
£45

BERMUDA postal history
1883 printed O.H.M.S. cover (opened both left and right ends, and thought to have been used as a wrapper) from the "Clerk H.M. Council" to The Hon. G. Tucker in Paget partly tied blue HAMILTON B/OC 30 83 duplex with the numeral portion seemingly positioned to "tie" the content.
£165


OFFICIAL PAID not accepted, Returned For Postage, Bermuda postal history
1951 OHMS foolscap airmail cover with Civil Aviation Department, Bermuda sender's address to G.A. Osborn, Air Traffic Control, Dusseldorf Airport, Germany initially posted Hamilton 9 JUL machine supported with red BERMUDA-OFFICIAL/PAID handstamp being subsequently deleted in red crayon with boxed red "Returned for/(1/6) Postage.", three KG6 6d added and pmk'd Hamilton 12 JUL 51 with FIELD POST OFFICE 893 d/ring dated 18 JY 51 as arrival backstamp.
The authoritative Geoffrey Osborn formed one of the very best postal history collections of Bermuda.
£75



ANGUILLA postal history
1996 reg. printed sender's address foolscap cover from Attorneys At Law, Caribbean Juris Chambers to Basseterre, St. Kitts with 50c Fish, $1 Prince Charles pmk'd ANGUILLA VALLEY 15 MAY 1996 cds, reverse with most unusual boxed red 4-line "CERTIFIED RECEIVED INTACT/DESPATCHED IN GOOD CONDITION/G.P.O. - ANGUILLA/INITIALS..... (signed)" handstamp.
Worldwide covers are often noted as received in bad condition by respective GPO's, but not marked as sent in good condition!
£150


Leningrad, RUSSIA to Calcutta, INDIA postal history
1933 reg. cover to Calcutta, India with 5 kon, 30 kon pmk'd Leningrad 13 4 33, opening faults at left, much character.
£35

MARTINIQUE to MONTSERRAT missent to ST. LUCIA
1972 (18-7) cover to Montserrat with France 50c tied Fort De France machine slogan, boxed "Missent to St. Lucia" handstamp.
£12

Ohio, USA returned for postage to ST. VINCENT missent JAMAICA
1978 underfranked 15c Viking mission to Mars cover to Kingstown, St. Vincent pmk'd TOLEDO 28 NOV 1978 with magenta "RETURNED FOR 5c ADDITIONAL POSTAGE" with further 15c (not 5c) added and just tied TOLEDO 4 DEC 1978, purple str. line "MISSENT TO JAMAICA" handstamp.
£12
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