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"BAR" (BARROUALLIE) and "K" (KINGSTOWN) combination, ST. VINCENT postal history
1876 cover front to James Crook, Sailor on Board the Satellite, Kings Town, St. Vincent with QV 1d black cancelled by black ink smudge showing a unique combination light strikes red ink "BAR" and "K" each dated JU 22 76 and additionally marked "Unclaimed" in pencil. Internally addressed mail from this period extremely rare.
The additional scan, from my records, show this cover front to have had certificate number 60,509 (subsequently detached) and previous auction estimate of £1200 with £1800 realisation.
£850




QUEENSLAND postal history
1871 foolscap official service cover with Royal Coat-of-Arms printed flap locally to Ipswich with Crowned oval buckled albino embossed PUBLIC LANDS DEPARTMENT cachet manuscript dated "19-4-71" and QV 2d tied QL obliterator, reverse with BRISBANE 4/AU 19 71 and IPSWICH AP 20 1871 and indistinct JU 16 1871 cancels, with ADVERTISED JU 30 1871 on address panel, some soiling.
£175


Folkestone mail to a probable survivor of the wrecked Barque "Persia", Jamaica postal history
Having received news of the 19/20th November wreck of the "Persia" a reply is sent to probable survivor Walter Davidson, at the wreck of the Barque "Persia", Orange Bay, Hanover Cornwall, Jamaica, West Indies with GB QV 1/- green Plate 8 superbly pmk'd Folkestone "303" duplex dated F/DE 31 73 showing either front or back Kingston A/JA 20 74, Lucea A/JA 21 74, Green Island B/JA 30 74 and B/FE 4 74, and framed "RETURNED/LETTER BRANCH/9 FE 74/JAMAICA" with manuscript direction "Green Island", and magenta manuscript "Sailed for England" being the reason for letter undelivered.
The British Barque “Persia”, 530 tons, commanded by Captain Paul Patty, and having a load of Logwood of 400 tons, was taken from Black River to Orange Bay by Pilot, arriving there on Wednesday forenoon 19th November. During the night a heavy north wind set in, and the vessel was driven ashore and became a total wreck. Two of the crew were drowned, and 4 others with the Captain were saved with great difficulty by the people of Orange Bay. The Captain and fellow sufferers were conveyed to Green Island.
£850

The "GALLE PENNY" Surcharge on NEW SOUTH WALES mail routed through Melbourne, VICTORIA
1874 cover marked "via Galle" to Dublin, Ireland with QV 1d, 6d pmk'd Sydney MY 16 74 duplex, no backstamps, part flap missing. Ex Trevor DAVIS (2002), "Emerald" (2003), CHARTELL (2018).
When the new contracts came into force in 1874 New South Wales refused to contribute to the P & O service because Melbourne, Victoria was made the mail terminus, and because NSW favoured the route via San Francisco. To use the route via Melbourne and Pt de Galle NSW had to pay a fee to Victoria based on the amount of letters sent by that route. In order to defray that expense, and also to discourage NSW writers from using the route, a 1d surcharge was added to the basic rate (6d via Southampton, and 9d via Brindisi) from 10 FEB 1874 to 27 MAY 1875. This surcharge is commonly called the "Galle Penny".
£300


52 used LAUNCESTON, Tasmania with London 20 lines unframed circular CORRECTION HANDSTAMP
1870 cover to Islington, London with QV 6d tied "52" numeral with red LAUNCESTON 12 AU 1870 despatch, on arrival red LONDON PAID dated A/SP 10 70 mistakenly applied and obliterated with unframed circular 20 lines correction handstamp, and correct arrival of A/OC 10 70 applied alongside, re-directed to Stoke Newington some 2.7 miles away with small black crowned circle applied to show no further charge for delivery within London area, envelope with colourless embossed J. WALSH & SONS, HOBART TOWN & LAUNCESTON makers imprint under flap, no backstamps.
£240

To Captain of Ship "Achilles", NEW SOUTH WALES postal history
1861 cover from Newcastle to Captain Hurt, or present Captain, of Ship "Achilles", Sydney with QV 2d pmk'd "55", reverse Newcastle NO 15 1861 and SYDNEY A O/NO 16 61.
£90

NEW SOUTH WALES postal history
1858 cover to Captain Kent, 77th Regiment, Major of Brigade, Brigade Office with QV 1d pmk'd barred oval paying the "drop letter" rate, b/stamped SYDNEY MR 4 1858, both adhesive and cover with smaller faults.
The 77th (the East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot embarked for New South Wales in June 1857 and then sailed for India in April 1858 to help suppress the Indian Rebellion.
£125

QUEENSLAND postal history
1878 double rate cover to E.E. Beach, Boro Green, Kent with 2 x QV 6d Chalon pmk'd "QL" with Brisbane I/OC 10 78 cds alongside, on arrival re-directed with SEVENOAKS DE 8 78 duplex, no backstamps.
£140




GEELONG, Victoria to CONARGO, New South Wales postal history
1878 cover and enclosed letter to Joseph Brand, Conargo, nr. Deniliquin, New South Wales with Victoria QV 2d pmk'd Geelong "2" duplex dated 3 X/MY 17 78 showing manuscript "Unclaimed" and framed "ADVERTISED/UNCLAIMED" with red crayon "1" and "52", reverse UP TRAIN M.G.2. VICTORIA MY 17, Deniliquin MY 18, Conargo MY 18 and JY 2, Sydney JY 9 78, and green ink D.L.B. VICTORIA H/MY 9 79.
£125

RATLAM, India postal history
QV ½anna PSE with added QV ½anna strip of four, pair, two singles tied 13/A-20 numerals with framed REGISTERED RATLAM handstamp and RUTLAM 12 JAN and BOMBAY JAN 14 cds, opened for display, edge faults.
£60



Surbiton Hill, Great Britain destination mail to Fort Murray, BRITISH KAFFRARIA postal history
1859 mourning cover to George Brownlow, Fort Murray, British Kaffraria, Cape of Good Hope from SURBITON HILL (no date slugs backstamp) with GB QV 6d pale lilac tied KINGSTON-ON-THAMES "422" duplex dated D/SP 5 59 showing red crayon 1d credited to the Cape Colony, reverse London S.W., DEVONPORT E/SP 6 59, red CAPE TOWN NO 16 1859 arrival, under flap "Ansd letter to Edward 12 Dec 1859". (Carried by the "Dane" packet boat).
The area annexed to the British Cape Colony on 10 May 1835 as Queen Adelaide Province, but on 5 December 1835 the Cape Colony disallowed the annexation and it was renamed Queen Adelaide Land district with Grahamstown as its capital until 1847. On 17 December 1847 it was again annexed to the Cape Colony as British Kaffraria Colony with King William's Town as its capital. On 7 March 1860 British Kaffraria became a separate crown colony. It was finally re-incorporated into the Cape Colony on 17 April 1866.
£425


Wreck of S.S. "WINDSOR CASTLE" (Donald Currie Line), CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1876 cover and lengthy 5-page letter headed "Kersal Rectory (Salford) Sept 16 1876" to Miss Helen Ayliffe, Greystone, Grahamstown, Cape of Good Hope marked "per first Steamer, September 22 1876" with GB QV 6d grey Plate 15 tied Manchester "498" duplex dated SP 22 1876 with CAPE TOWN O/OC 20 76 arrival alongside, reverse shows DARTMOUTH B/SP 23 76 despatch and GRAHAMSTOWN OC 25 76 arrival clear of large part flap missing which shows both albino SPIERS & SON OXFORD envelope manufacturer and sender's emblem.
The "Windsor Castle" sailed from Dartmouth on 23rd September 1876 and hit rocks between 2 and 3am on 19th October off Dassen Island while approaching Cape Town. A Lt. Melville and a Mr Searle, after a most unpleasant journey, reached Cape Town at about 9pm with the news of the wrecked mail steamer. The "Florence" was despatched to the scene of the wreck, but due strong winds was unable to get out of the harbour until 4.15am, sighted the masts of the Windsor at 7am, and cast anchor at Dassen Island at 8am where the 160 passengers had assembled taking up a Robinson Crusoe kind of existence in tents rigged up from sails amongst heaps of saved baggage, boxes, gun cases and 70 to 80 mailbags. The "Florence" left at 1pm with the first of the survivors arriving at Cape Town at 6pm. Seven or eight feet of rock had ripped through the bottom and the ship broke up in heavy swells within a week. The rescued mail was postmarked at Cape Town on 20th October 1876.
£1200




Massive 27mm LONG PLATE SCRATCH on QV 12½c black, Nova Scotia postal history
1866 cover with colourless embossed "R.T. MUIR, 125 GRANVILLE ST." envelope manufacturer name under flap to the Inner Temple, London with QV 12½c black/yellowish paper showing massive 27mm long vertical plate scratch at left tied oval grid with red London Paid 12 FE 66 arrival alongside, reverse partial WOLFVILLE N.S. JA 27 1866 and oval H/JA 30 1866/N.S. Halifax transit.
British packet mail carried by British Steamer Cunard Line "Asia".
£625





PD in oval, ST. VINCENT postal history (Ex FORSYTH)
Newly discovered FIRST RECORDED USE OF THE "PD" IN OVAL IN BLACK INK USED AS A "KILLER" ON ENTIRE: 1878 wrapper from George Robertson, St. Vincent to Messrs. Charles W. Gray, London with QV 1/- vermilion P.11 to 12½ x 15 (SG.24) tied by black "PD" in oval (PML.83) with matching ink colour ST. VINCENT AU 9 78 despatch plus red London Paid 28 (AU 78) arrival on address panel, adhesive crossed by filing fold and may have been lifted for inspection, recipient's purple notes on address panel include "Trouble with Rose Bank machinery". (Ex FORSYTH lot 562)
Similar purple ink recipient notes on this correspondence to Charles Gray show that letters were posted from Kingstown which was using the horiz. "A10" (PML.4) at this time but had changed from red to black ink mid-1878 as per illustrations JU 18 78 and AU 8 78; and this next day use may indicate late mail accepted into the Post Office.
£525



HOBART to AUCKLAND WHARF, NEW ZEALAND, Tasmania postal history
1854 outer lettersheet wmk'd "SALMON 1853" and marked "Per Lusia" to William Davis, Auckland Wharf, New Zealand with cut-to-shape Van Dieman's Land QV 4d bright red-orange, clear engraving lines (SG.5, Cat.£1,000, x 6 on cover) pmk'd Hobart numeral "63" showing clear AUCKLAND JY 25 1854/A arrival, both adhesive (small scissor-cut top right) and entire stained but an exceptionally rare destination for this issue.
£825


6 used Bothwell, TASMANIA postal history
1867 cover to James Gill, Solicitor, Stone Buildings, Hobart with Van Diemens Land QV 1d dull vermilion strip of four wmk'd double-lined "1" (SG.28) tied both numeral "6" and BOTHWELL 6 JU 1867 broken dbl-arc showing red PRE-PAID 7 JUL 1867 Hobart arrival, adhesives cut into, no backstamps, very small part of flap missing showing portion colourless embossed "J. WALCH & SONS HOBART TOWN and LAUNCESTON", envelope maker and stamp printer.
£750



Wreck of S.S. "Emeu" to Woodford, Kensington, missent Hackney, NEW SOUTH WALES postal history
1857 entire with large part content to a Mrs. Cowell, Belgrave Villa, Woodford, near London with QV 6d slate tied barred oval cancel with fine SYNEY D/SEP 10 1857 displaying upper flap and red LONDON NL/DE 7 57 on address panel, on arrival re-directed Kensington and showing manuscript "Missent to Hackney", some smaller faults.
Sent on the S.S. "Emeu" (under charter of the Australian Royal Mail Co.) which left Sydney on September 11 bound for Suez, but stranded on October 22nd in the Red Sea, on the Guttal el Bunna, a coral reef 120 miles from Jeddah. She was refloated the following day and beached for repairs near Duber Dubb finally reaching Suez on the 3rd November, the mails however having been transferred to the P.&.O S.S. "Madras" which reached Suez on the 19th November (16 days after the "Emeu"!). Paid for delivery in Southampton the cover was sent from Alexandria on the P.&.O "Ripon" arriving December 7th.
£625




BOSTON, USA to VERULAM re-directed GROUTVILLE, UMHLALI P.O., Natal postal history
UNRECORDED VERULAM SHIELD No.75: 1879 use of USA 3c PSE uprated with 1c x 2, 10c (15c rate) pmk'd BOSTON, Mass. to a Miss Martha E. Price, Verulam P.O. re-directed Groutville, Umhlali P.O. showing full transit cancels.
Datestamps are Boston NO 23 79, Boston NO 24, London DE 6, Durban 11.1.1880, Verulam No.75 12.1, Verulam No.75 14.1, Durban 14.1, Umhlali No.4 date indistinct. (Verulam was allocated Shield No.3, and being a busy office may have used Shield No.75 at a later point).
£375

INDIA postal history:
1858 mourning cover front and top flap marked via Marseilles to c/o General Ian James Douglas K.C.B. at Clifton, Bristol with QV ½ anna pale blue pair and two singles plus QV 4 anna black/blue paper tied "94" obliterators with red BOMBAY JY 3 1856 transit displaying on flap, cover edge faults.
£180


CONSIGNEE'S LETTER into DUNEDIN, New Zealand postal history
1868 initially stampless entire (no indication of sender's origin) travelling with goods marked "Consignee's Letter per Margaret" destined for a merchant in Otahuhu, Auckland put into the Post Office at first port of call Dunedin with pair, single QV Chalon 1d dull vermilion added (affixed over writing) pmk'd Dunedin D/NZ/SP 25 68 duplex paying the 3d inter-provincial rate, b/stamped Auckland OC 7 transit and with OTAHUHU OCT 8 68 (13 days journey) on address panel, missing part flap. Extremely rare with Chalon stamps added.
The letter, having been put into the Dunedin post office (South Island), would travel by land to the recipient advising details of goods to be expected, and the "Margaret" would continue its sea journey to the most convenient port in North Island for off-loading of same.
£1625
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