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ST. VINCENT postal history
1903 cover to E.A. Abrahams Esq., Solicitor, Georgetown, Demerara with pair, two singles KE7 d tied crisply struck "PAQUEBOT" (PML.87, 30 x 5mm) off-loaded with ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA MR 11 03 with Georgetown 15 MAR 1903 arrival backstamp, hinge remain but otherwise of exhibition quality.
£225


BARBADOS postal history
1903 cover to Warminster, England with most unusual and accepted mixed country and mixed currency franking of Barbados 1d and British Guiana 2c tied BARBADOS A/JY 4 03 cds, Bath and Warminster backstamps.
£85


SMUGGLED MAIL to a large scale slave-owner during the FRENCH OCCUPATION, Tobago postal history
1792 clean entire with clearly written contents to Caldwell Craig Esq., Tobago from a dutiful and affectionate niece to her uncle and docketted "30 June 1792". No mention of origin but starts "Your kind letter My Dear Uncle by Mr. Olivers Vessel gave us all great pleasure but particularly my poor Aunt who begins to grow very anxious about you as the time draws near for your arrival".
Tobago was captured MY 23 1781 by the French Admiral Compte de Grasse. By the Treaty of Versailles SP 3 1783 Tobago remained French and gradually had to change from a captured British island to a French colony. On AP 14 1793 Tobago was taken by British troops who had arrived under Major General Cornelius Cuyler with a squadron under Vice Admiral John Laforey who landed at Courland Bay with few losses (war in the West Indies began with this event).
£125

BERMUDA postal history
1898 cover to Mrs. Alexander Smith, "Durnford", St. Georges with pair QV d deep grey-green pmk'd BAILEY'S BAY B/JU 6 1898 with St. Georges C/JU 6 1898 backstamp.
Durnford House (36 Wellington Street, St. George) was built in 1795 by Mayor Andrew Durnford as his residence; he was the first mayor of St. George and came to Bermuda to look after the construction work of the forts in St. George's. It is said that a part of the fund allocated for forts were diverted to build this house, and it was called 'The Fifth Fort' by some of his enemies. Durnford did not live long enough to enjoy the grounds and views of the town and harbour as he died September 11th 1798 and was buried in the grounds.
£60

PENULTIMATE SAILING PRIOR EMPIRE 1d RATE, ST. VINCENT to BARBADOS postal history
1898 cover to Paddington, London marked "9th Dec '98" at lower left with handstruck str. line purplish-black "Posted on British Packet."posted with horiz. strip of five QV d green and carried "loose" until off-loaded with BARBADOS A/DE 10 98 sqc prior onward transmission, backstamped Paddington DE 21 98 arrival.
The Empire Penny Rate was introduced at St. Vincent on Christmas Day 1898.
£120


HONG KONG to BARBADOS postal history
1895 use of "4CENTS" (red) on QV 3c brown UPU Reply Card with text written "Hong Kong 31.10.95" pmk'd HONG KONG A/NO 2 95 sent intact to Dr. Archer, "Culloden", St. Michaels, Barbados showing San Francisco and New York transit arriving with both portions pmk'd oval BARBADOS/SHIP LETTER dated 23 DE 95, light horiz. bends/creases.
£160

BLUEFIELDS, Jamaica postal history
1903 use of QV d brown Post Card with text pmk'd Kingston 3A/JA 7 03 to Bluefields, unclaimed etc, some corner creases, toning etc.
£28

GRENADA postal history
1889 use of QV 1d brown Post Card from John Alexander, St. Georges to London pmk'd blue GRENADA JY 20 89 cds, full text and London hooded arrival.
£18


HARRINGTON SOUND to DENMARK, Bermuda postal history
1935 reg. cover from Castle Harbour Hotel, Tucker's Town (printed flap which opens to display) to Denmark with 4-colour combination Ship issues d x two pairs, d, 1d, 2d indistinctly pmk'd HARRINGTON SOUND 14 FEB 35 with Plymouth, Devon reg. oval transit and LEMVIG arrival backstamps.
£60

BERMUDA postal history
1902 illustrated Princess Hotel cover to Cambridgeport, Massachusetts with two pairs and single ONE FARTHING on QV 1/- dull grey and QV 1d carmine tied HAMILTON FE 25 1902 d/rings, arrival backstamps.
£120

BAHAMAS postal history
1935 cover to Willemstad, Curacao with KGV 2d tied mauve circular "S.S. EVANGELINE/MAR 26 1935/MAILED AT SEA" cachet, no backstamps.
£25

ST. VINCENT postal history
1944 OHMS stampless cover to Grenada with COLONIAL POSTMASTER sender's cachet, OFFICIAL PAID handstamp and Kingstown B/22 NO 44 despatch cds, arrival backstamps.
£24

EARLIEST EXAMPLE OF 1d RETAINED ON HALF OUNCE POST, Jamaica postal history
1860 GB QV 6d cover to Thomas Hendrick, Attorney, Kingston, Jamaica pmk'd LIVERPOOL "466" duplex dated 31 JY 60 showing both KINGSTON AU 20 1860 dbl-arc arrival and manuscript "1" for the allowed 1d on the half ounce, overall damp toning.
An Act of JU 14 1860 authorised the Colony to retain 1d on the half ounce mail. On AU 1 1860 Jamaica took control of her own Post Office.
£95

BAHAMAS postal history
1971 use of QE2 8c orange-red PSRE to Washington DC, USA with added QE2 12c, 15c pmk'd Mackey Street 2 MAR 71 with large black EXPRESS/AIR MAIL handstamp alongside, transit and arrival backstamps.
£28

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
1900 cover to Syracuse, New York with d, pair 1d attractively cancelled by ANTIGUA small fleuron cds dared MY 28 00, backstamps.
£48

BERMUDA postal history
1938 Elfers & Fyffes (E & F blue flag printed flap) cover to Parkstone, Dorset with GB KG6 1d tied PAQUEBOT handstamp, alongside boxed purple "OCEAN MAILS./Ex.... S.S. "CARARE" cachet off-loaded with Hamilton machine dated 11 AUG 1938.
£36

GREAT BRITAIN and BERMUDA postal history combination
1932 cover from confused tourists staying at The New St. George Hotel, St. George's, Bermuda addressed Oakland, California with Bermuda 2d Caravel placed over pair Great Britain KGV 1d tied ST. GEORGES 23 FEB 32 cds.
£48

BRITISH GUIANA to NETHERLANDS postal history
1953 underpaid cover from Kitty (per reverse sender address) with KG6 6c indistinctly tied to the Netherlands marked "T20" with 10c Postage Due tied Wassenaar 24.111.1953, reverse GPO Georgetown machine dated NOON/24 FEB 1953.
£36


BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1937 (AP 9) KGV 2c pair underpaid franking from Georgetown most unusually addressed by the sender to three locations arriving Paris (AP 28) with 1fr due added and re-directed MY 10 to London (MY 13) with GB 1d due tied MY 15 37, various tax marks, return to sender, unknown additions as expected for a cover attracting postage dues in two differing countries.
£120

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
Bogus mourning cover to London with genuine Leewards 1949 KG6 d slate-grey tied forged 26mm ANTIGUA with fleuron at base cds dated OC 17 94 for 49 purporting to prepay the registered rate with blue "R" in oval appended "2895", reverse forged WEST EALING 11.45 PM 11 NOV 1938 arrival cds.
The genuine ANTIGUA fleuron at base measures 23mm and was used period 1890 to 1901.
£120
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