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NEW ZEALAND postal history
1870 mourning cover from the Reverend A. Stock to the Reverend E.H. Heywood, Cathedral Library, Auckland with the interprovincial rate paid by 1d pale orange-vermilion and 2d blue pmk'd Wellington "070" duplex dated JU 25 70, backstamped Auckland JU 29 arrival.
Reverend Arthur Henry Stock (1823-1901) was a photographer and the b/w photograph shows his house in the Te Aro district of Wellington.
£225


BAHAMAS postal history
1866 cover (with two conflicting dated cancels) to Charleston, South Carolina b/stamped BAHAMAS MR 9 1866/A dbl-arc with QV 4d Chalon pmk'd "A05" rated red "4" and landed N. YORK BR. PKT 5/MAR 17 with boxed "ADV/MAR 30/1865" and "UNCLAIMED" between horiz. bars with CHARLESTON N.C. APR 30 cds on reverse, surface hole in frontal paper stock adjacent to adhesive.
(On April 2 1865 the victory of Grant over Lee concluded the American Civil War).
£280


TASMANIA postal history
1859 cover to London with QV 6d dull lilac pmk'd "59" with Launceston FE 12 despatch showing London AP 11 59 arrival.
£225

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

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

26 used Don, TASMANIA postal history
1866 mourning cover to John Taylor in Newcastle on Tyne with Chalon 6d grey watermark double-lined numeral "6" with postmaster's manuscript "Don 16/5/66" alongside, reverse red Launceston MY 17 1866 and Newcastle-on-Tyne H/JY 20 66.
£480

GRENADA to Trinidad postal history
1872 mourning cover to Mungo Campbell, San Fernando, Trinidad with QV 6d orange-red (SG.7) tied "A15" with A/GRENADA/MY 02 72 despatch backstamp showing small part TRINIDAD MY 3 1872 arrival rated red crayon "4". Ex RUSSELL JONES, PITTS.
£475



NEW ZEALAND postal history
1870 reg. cover front with 2 x 6d tied Wellington "070" duplex to the Old ground or the rookery, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland showing London 26 NO 70 transit and A/ENNIS/NO 29 70 arrival. Soiled in places.
Approximately only 1 in every 100 NZ Chalon covers were sent registered.
£265



REGISTERED BOOK POST, New Zealand postal history
1871 opened-each-end foolscap wrapper (232 x 103mm) marked "Per Book Post to be Registered" and "via San Francisco" to Edinburgh, Scotland with QV 4d, 6d tied WELLINGTON duplex dated JA 3 71 with London 27 FE 71 transit and Edinburgh FE 28 71 arrival backstamp, some peripheral edge faults and filing crease but exceptionally rare and probably unique as such.
With the termination of the route via Marseilles, the postage rate via Brindisi was reduced to 9d per half ounce letter on THIS SAME DATE of 3 January 1871
£1250

NEW ZEALAND postal history
1866 cover "via Marseilles" to Loughborough with 2d deep blue x 2, 6d red-brown each initialled "K" (at Kowai) and overstruck "C" obliterator, reverse Christchurch AP 13 66 and Loughborough C/JU 11 66 cds
£325

BAHAMAS postal history:
1867 cover with QV 4d dull rose CC wmk P.12 to New York, b/stamped BAHAMAS OC 21 1867/C broken dbl-arc, slightly reduced at right on opening. Ex STAIRCASE.
Southbound the St. Thomas harbour devasted by severe hurricane October 29 1867
£185

BAHAMAS postal history:
1881 cover with QV 4d dull rose Crown CA wmk P.14 (SG.36) tied "A05" to Wexford, Ireland, b/stamped A/BAHAMAS/MY 4 81 despatch cds and WEXFORD A/MY 22 81 arrival.
The U.P.U. QV 4d rate (using CC wmk P.14) to UK introduced JY 1 1880, and QV 4d CA wmk P.14 issued March 1882. Covers with the former scarce to England and particularly rare to Ireland during this 21 month period.
£325

BAHAMAS postal history
1879 mourning cover to New York with QV 4d dull rose CC wmk P.14 (SG.36) tied clear "A05" with very fine B/BAHAMAS/AP 23 79 despatch cds clear of missing flap, taxed on arrival with New York Due 3c opera-glass handstamp.
Unusually, for this period, the sender did not take the opportunity of prepaying the U.S.A. internal postage with a U.S. 3c adhesive available at the Nassau Post Office period JA 1 1879 to JY 1 1880 (date of UPU entry) and was taxed in lieu of.
£450
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