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GIBRALTAR postal history
1876 mourning cover to Maryport, Cumberland with GB QV d, pair 1d tied "A26" with Gibraltar A/NO 26 76 despatch, part reverse flap clear of very fine Maryport C/DE 4 76 arrival.
£125

GIBRALTAR postal history
1878 double rate cover to Auburn, New York, USA with pair GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 10 tied "A26" duplex dated B/MY 6 78.
£48


GIBRALTAR postal history
1877 cover with black "FORWARDED BY THE/AMERICAN AGENCY/GIBRALTAR/RENNY MASCARENHAS & Co/AGENTS" who added QB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 7 pmk'd "A26" duplex dated A/AU 30 77 to Capt. E.D. Lane, Yarmouth, Maine, USA, opened right edge severing perfs.
£140

GIBRALTAR postal history
1880 mourning wrapper from Larios Hermanos to Genoa, Italy with GB QV 2d Plate 17 tied "A26" duplex dated A/MY 5 08 (year error), backstamped top flap for display with Estafeta De Cambio, Madrid (MY 7) and Genova (10 5-80).
£75

GIBRALTAR postal history
1880 mourning cover to Sir. Thomas Hare, Stow Hall (2nd Baronet 1807-1880), Downham Market, Norfolk with GB QV 2d blue Plate 17 tied Gibraltar duplex dated A/MR 21 08 (year error), backstamped superb Downham A/MR 26 60 cds, small faults.
Early use of the "08" year error and early use GB QV 2d blue Plate 17 as issued in Great Britain FE 5 1880.
£60


ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
1888 reg. cover to Manchester with QV d, 1d, 2d and further pair QV 1d on reverse tied "A12" with ST. KITTS C/AU 1 88 despatch cds, perf. toning.
£175


C used CONSTANTINOPLE, GB used abroad postal history
1875 cover with summer use "via Varna" to Maidenhead, Berkshire with GB QV 4d Plate 14 pmk'd "C" and signed "T. F. Hughes" lower left, reverse circled H.B.M.E.C handstamp and red Constantinople JU 23 1875/A datestamp (7 days prior change to 2d rate with JY 1 1875 joining of the U.P.U.).
Thomas Fiott Hughes (1825-87), Oriental Secretary at Constantinople from 1859 was regarded by Ambassador to Constantinople Sir Henry Elliott as "perfectly useless". After Hughes' retirement in 1875 the post was abolished.
£150


BOAZ ISLAND to DENMARK, Bermuda postal history
1889 use of QV 1d UPU Post Card written "Boaz. March 14th" to Skive, Denmark with K4 "3" duplex dated MR 14 89 and Skive 30/3 arrival.
The K4/4a duplex series were issued JA 1 1889
£85

6 used Bothwell, TASMANIA postal history
1870 cover to James Gill, Solicitor, Hobart Town with Chalon 4d tied "6" numeral with BOTHWELL 13 AP 1870 dbl-arc alongside and red Pre-Paid AP 14 arrival, no reverse markings.
£275

63 used NEW NORFOLK, Tasmania postal history
1875 pre-printed MOLESWORTH JEFFERY cover to Kent, England with legible 4-line BOURNBANK/Parish of/ Wellington/1875 handstamp with QV 1d pair, 2d pair pmk'd New Norfolk "63" numerals with NEW NORFOLK 22 MAR 1875 despatch alongside, backstamped Hobart Town MR 22 75 and Tonbridge Wells A/MY 18 75 arrival.
Molesworth Jeffery (1811-1900), author, travelled out from England on the Vibilia bound Van Diemen's Land 23 December 1834. Having married a local girl he bought properties at Lachlan, near New Norfolk, and commenced building a home to be known as 'Bournbank'.
£275


ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
1884 printed flap cover to The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of Antigua in Ealing, London signed "Olton" lower left corner with QV 4d blue tied "A12" with ST. KITTS C/AU 25 84 cds alongside.
£300


The rare SANS-SERIF DOUBLE-ARC, GRENADA postal history
1848 neatly written entire to John Scoble, Anti-Slavery Office, London from Schoolmaster James Paul Springle, Town of St. Patrick rated 2/- showing probably the finest of the very few recorded sans-serif GRENADA dbl-arc dated NO 7 1848/A which displays upper flap.
Sent from the GPO, London May 1 1847. Confirmed examples of this seldom used datestamp are recorded for AU 9 1847 no code, NO 7 1848/A, MR 10 1849/A
£1200



COLONIAL SECRETARY, Jamaica postal history
1889 Colonial Secretary's Office printed circular requesting George Tenland of May Pen to attend a meeting of the Exhibition Commissioners posted with ON SERVICE/FREE/COLONIAL SECRETARY cachet supported by Kingston DE 28 89 sqc with MAY PEN same day arrival cds, the paper with curious crowned head watermark which has been seen on preparation sheet 1866 Montserrat revenue stamp issue, and envelope stock paper posted Tasmania NO 22 1867.
£95

20 used Circular Head, Tasmania postal history
1859 wrapper docketted as from Albert H. Boys (thought to be a farmer, Detention River) to William Johnson, Launceston with Chalon 4d pale blue tied Circular Head "20" with postmaster's manuscript "C'Head 24-2/59", backstamped red Pre-Paid for same date.
£275


TASMANIA postal history
1867 scarce internal double rate mourning cover to a Miss Reid, near Cricket Ground, Launceston with Chalon 4d pair watermark double-lined numeral "4" tied Hobart Town and backstamped red boxed Pre-Paid NO 22 1867, face docketted "27 Nov 67" arrival. Some peripheral tears at base and centre of flap removed.
The North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground (NTCA) is the oldest first-class cricket ground in Australia. Known as Launceston Racecourse it was renamed in 1841 as the Launceston Cricket Club ground. In 1851 the ground held the first ever first-class cricket match in Australia with the Van Diemens Land XI defeating the Port Phillip XI. In 1986 it hosted its first one day international with a record crowd of nearly 10,000 watching India defeat New Zealand. The envelope stock has curious crowned head watermark which has been seen on preparation sheet 1866 Montserrat revenue stamp issue, and on internal Jamaica printed letter about the forthcoming 1891 Exhibition.
£450

73 used Buckland, TASMANIA postal history
1863 cover to Mrs. Parsons, Queen's Orphan School, New Town with Chalon 4d imperforate tied Buckland "73" with postmaster's manuscript "Buckland 19/11/63" at left and red Pre-Paid NO 20 1863 at right, no reverse markings.
Settled in 1820 and originally known as Prosser Plains. Best known for its historic Church of St. John the Baptist, convict built in 1846, and its mysterious East Window possibly from an Abbey built by William the Conqueror on the spot that King Harold died in 1066. In the early years the majority of the children at the Orphan School, built 1833, were born to convict women under sentence.
£475

BULGARIA postal history
1918 local cover with 5s green (Scott 129) diagonally bisected and tied SOPHIA 21.111.1918.
£75

LINTON PARK, Jamaica postal history
purple TRD dated 26 MAR 1942 on reg. cover to St. Anns Bay.
£24

10th Battalion Rhodesia Regiment, Rhodesia postal history
Undated stampless Forces Mail cover to Fort Victoria with boxed 10 RR, Gwelo cachet dated FEB.
£16

CLINE TOWN, Sierra Leone postal history
(025.03) */1 JY 46 tying KG6 1/3d (SG.196a) on First Day Cover to Magnus J. Taylor, Police Sergeant No.36, Central Police Station, Freetown.
£40
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