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K3a "3" used INLAND-ISLAND (error), Bermuda postal history
Latest recorded use of 11 months 11 days after introduction of K4/K4a duplex series on 1889 use of QV 1d Post Card pmk'd C/DE 11 89 to Bournemouth, England, reverse headed "H.M.S. Canada, North America & West Indies Station", some faults.
The K4a "3" duplex with corrected IRELAND-ISLAND issued JA 1 1889.
£145

FORCES POST OFFICE, Gibraltar postal history
PARCEL POST dated 2 JNE 82 tying d HMS Opossum on plain card.
£20


BERMUDA postal history
1892 use of QV d deep blue Post Card pmk'd Ireland Island K4a "3" to Hamilton headed "H.M.S. Irresistable. No.3 Mess" with text from E.E. Mills, Caterer, requesting Potatoes, Oysters, Cabbage, Parsnips with HAMILTON (H4) B/DE 30 92 arrival.
£135

SEGORO, Gold Coast postal history
1913 use QV d Post Card with added KE7 d to Freiburg, Baden, Germany dated 8 JUL 13, full reverse text.
£45

ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
1884 thin paper stock cover to The Lord Bishop of Antigua, Ealing, London with QV 4d blue Crown CA (SG.17) boldly tied "A12" with ST. KITTS C/OC 25 84 despatch, peripheral faults and opened three sides.
£150



GRENVILLE (St. Andrew parish), Grenada postal history
1884 most unusual outer wrapper docketted as being written by "P. A. Neckles, Grenville" to London with wrongly rated QV 2d ultramarine and wrongly dated initialled manuscript "7th January 1883" instead of the expected Parish "D" cds overstruck Head Office applied A/GRENADA/JA 07 84 cds confirmed by JA 29 1884 arrival, alongside "T" tax handstamp, blue crayon "2" and "1d" with bold circled 3d due handstamp applied on landing at Plymouth.
£225

BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1888 cover to Barbados with DLR 2c orange strip of three, defective single Crown CA wmk pmk'd GEORGETOWN 29 SEP 1888 squared circles, toning and small corner fault, backstamped BARBADOS close to outer rim OC 1 88 cds.
£90

ST. KITTS PAID (used during shortage 4d stamps for UPU rate) to ENGLAND.
1889 stampless reduced cover front to London with the (4d) UPU rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/DE 5 89 despatch. Ex URWICK, BROOKES.
The 1889 shortage of d, 1d, 2d, 4d stamps currently spans a 22 day period NO 21 1889 to DE 12 1889. New supplies were invoiced NO 29 1889 comprising d dull green (6,080 stamps), 1d carmine-rose, 2d ultramarine, 4d grey (6,100 each) all Crown CA wmk, with expected arrival in time for the DE 19 89 sailing to UK. Only four covers and two cover fronts are recorded comprising NO 21 89 (at the over 300 miles rate) to Trinidad, NO 21 89 and DE 5 89 cover fronts (at the 4d UPU rate) to Edinburgh and London respectively, DE 5 89 and DE 12 89 (at the 2d under 300 miles radius rate) to Barbados and Antigua respectively, and DE 10 89 (at the 1d local rate) to Nevis.
£375

ST. VINCENT postal history
1899 use of QV 2d blue PSRE with added QV 1d red (SG.48b) pmk'd Kingstown A/AP 14 1899 to London paying the EMPIRE PENNY POST rate introduced DE 25 1898, no backstamps.
Short-lived use with this stamp as its replacement, the QV 1d Keyplate (SG.68), was supposely placed on sale 8 days later. I have kept no record for earliest use SG.68 at Kingstown but at Barrouallie last use of SG.48b is AP 4 99 and earliest use SG. 68 is AP 17 99. Probably the only survivor as such on full QV 2d PSRE.
£180

ST. KITTS-NEVIS postal history
1969 complete copy of "THE LABOUR SPOKESMAN" newspaper mailed with QE2 4c x 2, 40c to Halesowen, Worcestershire postmarked Basseterre 16 AP 69. A modern rarity.
£120

KASSERI, Sierra Leone postal history
(070.01) */11 MY 59 tying QE2 3d, 1/3d on QE2 4d brown PSRE to Lodon, England. Rare office.
£200

MONGHERI, Sierra Leone postal history
(114.01) */14 AU 54 tying KG6 1/3d to QE2 4d brown PSRE to Kilmarnock, Scotland, manuscript red reg. etiquette. Rare office.
£150

BARBADOS postal history
1882 use QV 1d red-brown Post Card to London with design pmk'd open bootheel duplex dated A/FE 1 82, landed with red SHIP-LETTER/A/PAID/FE 20 82/LONDON cds. Soiling and with pieces paper obscuring parts of reverse text.
Mail landed by private ship from Barbados to UK ports is rarely met for the later period. During period 1865 to 1886 only six entires are recorded as such, one landing Dover, five landing London.
£185

BOOTS & SHOES, Boston, Massachusetts American advertising cover, NEW BRUNSWICK postal history
1858 unusual local cover to Dorchester N.B. with 3d tied grill ovals with blue S.G. DAMON, THOMAS & CO. advertising oval, backstamped ST. JOHN JU 5 1858 with partial DORCHESTER arrival. Reverse opening tear justs affects top left corner.
£250

NEW SOUTH WALES postal history (Ex WILLCOCKS)
1863 cover to Lambeth, London with QV 6d plus (6d) REGISTERED pmk'd "36" with handstruck REGISTERED/BRAIDWOOD and red (crown)/REGISTERED applied on arrival, reverse Braidwood JA 19 1863 despatch clear of missing flap. Worn appearance. Ex Martin WILLCOCKS (1999).
£195

RARE "TRAFFIC BOTH WAYS" COMBINATION COVER, VICTORIA postal history
1858 cover with GB QV 6d pmk'd London S.W. duplex dated DE 21 58 to Melbourne, South Australia arriving MR 20 59, returned with tied 6d Queen on Throne to Shinfield, Reading. Soiling with some perf. toning. 144 days total in the mails.
By THAMES Southampton JA 12 59 to Alexandria, COLUMBIAN sailed JA 30 from Suez to Melbourne MR 20 59. Back home by P&O MALTA Melbourne AP 18 to Suez, CEYLON Alexandria to Southampton JU 10 1859. Mail 89 days out, 54 home.
£425


C used CONSTANTINOPLE, GB used abroad
1880 H.M.S. Falcon flap cover to Bombardier John Wilder, 10th Brigade, 16th Battery, Pembroke Camp, Malta with GB QV 2d blue Plate 19 pmk'd "C" with red A/JY 9 80 despatch alongside, some toning.
£180

OLD CALABAR RIVER, Southern Nigeria postal history
(T.1) AU 31 00 on GB ovp'd 1d Post Card to Leipzig, Germany, pencilled text on reverse.
£85

C used CONSTANTINOPLE, GB used abroad cover
1874 wrapper with pair GB QV 4d vermilion Plate 13 pmk'd "C" to London, top flap could display clear red JU 9 1874/A despatch dbl-arc, some soiling.
£95

ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
Originally an exceptionally rare and wonderful unique franking to The Right Reverend Bishop Potter in New York which had six QV 1d magenta P.14 (SG.6) pmk'd worn use of the APMY killer plus ST. KITTS MR 30 78 despatch and New York APR 17 DUE 5c duplex on face with red crayon "4" showing sea post paid.
You can either enjoy a distressed cover with single 1d removed or perhaps improve by adding, by hinge, a suitable stamp of matching shade and postmark.
£625
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