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BLACKNESS, Jamaica postmark
1956 local cover with temporary rubber datestamp in purple dated 22 DEC 1956.
£8



ATLAS STEAMSHIP CO. Limited cachet, Jamaica postal history
1893 use of QV ½d Post Card pmk'd Kingston and Mandeville for MY 18 93, reverse fine ATLAS STEAMSHIP Company cachet and text signed by the General Manager W. Peploe Forwood.
£80

MALTA to GREECE postal history
1883 entire wrapper with Petrocochino & Co. sender's cachet to Athens, Greece with GB QV 2½d Plate 23 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated D/AP 2 83, various backstamps which can display.
£75



NEW SOUTH WALES cross border RIVERINA "forerunner", VICTORIA postal history
1852 wrapper with large part content to Deptford, London with clipped corners Victoria 1d x 2, 3d (SG.9a, 37 paying 2d inland rate, 3d ship letter rate) pmk'd Maidens Punt barred oval "12 and rated unpaid"8", reverse MAIDENS PUNT DC 18 1852 and Melbourne DC 20 1852.
The Maidens Punt Post Office was actually at Moama in New South Wales on the northern bank of the Murray River, and therefore can be considered as a cross border Riverina "forerunner".
£250


AROUND THE GLOBE IN 100 DAYS, York, Halifax N.S, San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia
1879 QV One Penny Farthing Foreign Post Card written by "John G. Dayn Jan 13th 1879 8pm" and pmk'd same night with YORK "930" duplex dated I/JA 13 79 with addresses and instructions for a bid to travel around the Globe in 100 days via Halifax, Nova Scotia, San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia, Java (with comment "out of the direct course"), and back to York showing Halifax JA 27 79, Hong Kong A/MR 19 79, Weltevreden 31 3 79 cds, some toning and closed base tear.
Two other similar items are noted for the period with Hong Kong MR 21 79 cds on Denmark post card with USA, Hong Kong, Hawaii adhesives, and Hong Kong MY 10 79 cds on German post card with Hong Kong, South Australia adhesives and via Uruguay address. Jules Verne published his novel "Around the World in 80 days" in 1873.
£225


TOO LATE FOR PACKET and SENT AS A PRIVATE SHIP LETTER, JAMAICA postal history
1841 entire headed "Morant June 17th 1841" to Sir Henry Fitzherbert Bart, Savage Gardens, London with manuscript "too late for Packet" appended "Barque Rawlins" landed DEAL/SHIP LETTER and rated "8" unpaid. No previous examples seen as such.
Contents mention abundant rains so much as to flood the rivers preventing his visit to Blue Mountain and getting full shipments to the vessel at Morant Bay.
£240

DOUBLY DELAYED (39 days, missed packet plus stopped for coal at Azores), JAMAICA postal history
1856 wrapper docketted "John Mcnains letter" to James Mcnain in Glasgow rated unpaid "6" showing on reverse KINGSTON AP 28 1856 dbl-arc, KINGSTON-JAMAICA AP 28 1856/inverted "V" dbl-arc and arrivals for 39 days later for London and Glasgow JUN 4 1856.
Missed Clyde at Jamaica AP 26 1856 and held over for Conway MY 11 1856 arriving St. Thomas MY 17 1856 where transferred to Solent arriving Southampton JU 5 1856 having put into Fayal, Azores for coal on MY 29 1856.
£150

EMPIRE 1d rate with MALTA, GIBRALTAR combination
1902 cover to Devonport with Malta QV 1d carmine and Gibraltar QV 1d carmine both tied Gibraltar "A26" duplex dated SP 8 02, b/stamped Devonport SP 13 02 arrival.
£140



THE UNITED FRUIT COMPANY, Jamaica postal history
1901 cover and enclosure on printed sender address envelope and letterhead to Mrs. L. D. Baker, Hotel Tourraine, Boston, Massachusetts posted with QV 2½d Keyplate pmk'd Port Antonio DEC 18 01.
This letter from Joshua on Capt. Lorenzo Dow Baker letterhead to Mrs. L.D. Baker would infer that this is from a second son. The letter mentions dear old Bowden, having a vaccination which did not take, and children Edith and little Dow.
£225



EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF A ST. VINCENT STAMP and a first sailing date of use
(Placed in POSTAL HISTORY section for convenience): This QV 1d rose-red Perf. 14 to 16 (SG.1) in the accepted paler shade of colour of the first printing, as mentioned PML handbook Page 27, came from the first delivery invoiced from London on 27 March 1861 (56,040 stamps plus 10,020 6d deep yellow-green, SG.2) with expected arrival on 8 April 1861. These adhesives were seemingly not immediately unpacked as known covers of AP 9 61 and AP 24 1861 to the UK are cancelled with the red “PAID AT ST. VINCENT” pre-stamp handstamp. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue lists 8 May 1861 for issue date of the two denominations, which may be true. This 1d adhesive was cancelled by horizontal “A10” (PML.1) on the 8th, 9th or 10th for the 10 May 1861 sailing, and travelled on R.M.S.P. Teviot collecting BARBADOES dbl-arc arrival dated MY 11 1861 making this the EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF A ST. VINCENT STAMP and a first sailing date. The first known adhesive cover bears a strip of three QV 1d, pair QV 6d pmk’d JU 8 1861 addressed to Norfolk, Virginia and travelled in through New Orleans being possibly the finest known American Civil War blockade running cover. The second delivery of the QV 1d rose-red was not invoiced until 22 July 1862 (28,020 stamps), slight thinning.
£450

MALTA postal history (Ex Lloyd-Lowles)
1863 entire with albino embossed sender's oval to Messina with GB QV 1d, QV 3d (no plate numbers) tied pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated A/JY 12 63 with boxed "PIROSCAFI/POSTALI/FRANCESCI" handstamp alongside and red crayon "1½" accountancy. Ex LLOYD-LOWLES.
£195


PIROSCAFI/POSTALI/FRANCESCI as "killer" (contrary to regulations), MALTA postal history
1863 wrapper on "G. Scicluna & Figli, Malta" albino printed paper stock plus handstruck cachet to Messina with GB QV 1d, QV 3d (no plate numbers) tied two strikes of the Malta "A25" duplex dated B/NO 21 63, the QV 1d poorly struck and additionally "killed" by boxed "PIROSCAFI/ POSTALI/FRANCESCI" handstamp contrary to regulations, alongside red crayon "1½" accountancy.
£180


WITHOUT DESPATCH DATESTAMP (contrary to regulations), MALTA postal history
1893 unsealed rate (flap tucked in) cover with printed enclosure to B.W. Kumler, Parker, Turner County, South Dakota with QV ½d tied "A25", no other markings.
£60

MAN OF WAR CAY, BAHAMAS postal history
1927 reg. cover to Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire with block of four KGV 4d orange-yellow (SG.121) pmk'd MAN OF WAR CAY (T.4, D3) dated 10 OC 27.
£95


JAMAICA to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1854 wrapper marked "via Southampton" to John Clark, Graffe Riennet (sic), Cape of Good Hope, South Africa pmk'd red KINGSTON-JAMAICA-PAID SP 26 1854 and rated red 1/6d (triple 6d new rate introduced March 23 1854 to London), black "8", black 1/8, black 2/- due with London Paid (OC 13) and b/stamped Cape Town (DE 29) with red GRAAFF-REINETT arrival dated JA 4 1855, centrally folded, peripheral faults but a rare destination.
£195

MALTA postal history
1871 cover marked "via Messina" to Naples with GB QV 1d Plate 121, 3d Plate 5 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated A/FE 21 71.
£120


HMS SULTAN (under command of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh), MALTA postal history
1877 cover with H.M.S. SULTAN printed flap to the Honorable Mrs. Lindsay, Woodlands, Cardiff, South Wales (possibly written by Royal hand) with GB QV 2½d rosy-mauve Plate 5 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated D/AP 6 77, flap intact but poorly opened either side of printing clear of light Cardiff C/AP 11 77 arrival.
In 1876 HMS Sultan was refitted and reduced from a small Channel Fleet coastal warship to a barque rig and posted to the Mediterranean under the command of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Albert (1844-1900) second son of Queen Victoria. Alfred married the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovana of Russia in St. Petersburg and their second daughter Princess Victoria Melita was born on 25 November 1876 in Malta. Prince Alfred, Honorary President 1890-1900 of what is now the Royal Philatelic Society, was the first serious stamp collector in the royal family and it is thought that he encouraged his nephew, later KGV, to collect stamps. Prince Alfred sold his collection to his brother King Edward VII, who shared his enthusiasm, who in turn gave it to his son King George V, and keenly expanded by the latter the two collections became the basis of what is now the Royal Philatelic collection.
£225


TRIPOLI, Barbary Coast to France, MALTA postal history
1878 entire on Emile de Testa printed paper written headed in French "Tripoli 17 Mai 1878" to Paris, France taken to Malta with GB QV 2½d rosy-mauve Plate 10 pmk'd "A25" duplex dated C/MY 20 78 arriving 24 MAI 78.
£185


UPU MALTA to non-UPU Melbourne, VICTORIA, Australia postal history
1890 opened to display cover showing HUDDART, PARKER & Cos.. LINE printed sender's flap to Huddart-Parker & Co, Melbourne, Australia with QV 4d brown pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated H/SP 11 90, b/stamped Brindisi (13-9) and Melbourne (OC 16).
Malta joined the UPU on JY 1 1875 but Australia did not become a member until OC 1 1891.
£180

MALTA (4d rate) to Tokyo, JAPAN postal history
1886 cover to Basil Hall Chamberlain, Tokyo, Japan with pair Malta QV 2d grey pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated C/JA 30 85, b/stamped Tokyo and Yokohama (MR 18) clear of large missing flap.
£125
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