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BARBADOS postal history
1854 cover to Clifton, Bristol rated 1/- with PAID AT BARBADOES in red with JU 27 1854 despatch dbl-arc on reverse coupled with PAID AT BARBADOES in black on local cover pmk'd open bootheel duplex FE 20 93, plus further impressions in black, one overstruck bold "5", the other dated C/MR 4 96. The black strikes used during shortages of ¼d and ½d adhesives, and all three showing chipped short right leg in "A" of BARBADOES etc, the two covers with faults.
£120


BARBADOS postal history
1866 entire with printed colourless embossed DUMMETT & Co. BARBADOS letterhead to E.H. Fitt & Co, Trinidad with 6d orange-red (SG.30) tied Bridgetown "1" bootheel with top flap displaying MR 6 66 despatch and Trinidad MR 8 1866 arrival, left frontal crease with central split.
On DE 1 1862 Barbados and Trinidad had agreed to abolish the collection of 1d from both sender and addressee, this prepaid 6d adhesive comprised 1d to port, 4d sea post, 1d delivery.
£180

BARBADOS postal history
1862 refolded horizontally along top (to reduce/improve) wrapper front and back to London with 6d (SG.29) pmk'd Bridgetown "1" with BARBADOES NO 7 1862 despatch dbl-arc showing red London NO 29 62 arrival, discoloured at left.
£85


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

PRIVATE SHIP LETTER RATE TO ITALY, MALTA postal history
1874 wrapper by private ship "Picarche" to Marsiglia (Province of Genoa, Italy) with GB QV 4d pmk'd "A25" duplex dated OC 19 74 showing red MARSEILLE 23 OCT 74 transit, no backstamps.
£225


Rarely seen 2d RATE TO USA, GIBRALTAR postal history Ex METLISS, OSBORN, STIRRUPS
1874 printed headed entire by private ship "Pleiades" to New York with GB QV 2d blue pmk'd light "A25" duplex dated A/OC 9 74 landed with NEW YORK SHIP LETTER cds dated OCT 26 showing 4c to be collected. Ex METLISS, OSBORN, STIRRUPS.
'Direct' ship letters to New York were quicker and cheaper than mails via Liverpool.
£350



BARBADOS postal history
Fabricated 1865 entire to John Jeffrey & Co, Edinburgh with cleverly added (1d) blue tying in with original portion bootheel cancel with BARBADOS I/FE 9 65 cds alongside. The entire only given away by addition of wrongly rated red crayon "6".
£125


GREAT BRITAIN to GIBRALTAR postal history
Probably used 1875 undated GB QV ½d green newswrapper with added bantam QV ½d Plate 12 pmk'd W/27 oval obliterator to Gibraltar, some faults.
£45


BARBADOS to NEWFOUNDLAND postal history
1877 Michael Cavan & Co. printed flap cover marked "Per Mail via Bermuda & Halifax" to Burgeo, Newfoundland with 4d deep red P.12½, 1d grey-blue P.14 (SG.68,74) pmk'd open bootheel duplex dated A/OC 29 77 showing red crayon "4" and St. Johns Newf'd NO 24 77 arrival backstamp, a little roughly opened along top.
A single printing of 36,000 stamps of the 4d deep red P.12½ was invoiced JY 14 1875, currently only 6 covers are recorded bearing this stamp.
£475


GIBRALTAR destination postal history
1871 wrapper with sender's cachet to Gibraltar with Great Britain QV 6d (postage) and QV 1d (late fee) twice pmk'd London IX/21 AP 71 "9" duplex.
£85







HERO of the H.M.S. "BIRKENHEAD" SHIPWRECK DISASTER, Sierra Leone postal history
1852 letter from Lt-Colonel Alexander Seton written at Sierra Leone 29th January posted in GB QV 1d pink PSE to Edinburgh with MR 15 and MR 15 transit and arrival backstamps. This is the only letter he wrote from Sierra Leone and the penultimate letter before the tragic disaster in Simon's Bay in the early hours of 26th February 1852 which took about 445 lives.
A 4 page account of the disaster accompanies as prepared for the December 2018 British West Indies Study Circle journal.
£1200


PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND postal history (Ex, CARR, WILKINSON)
1865 cover with QV 2d rose-carmine (SG.2) cancelled manuscript Souris "S" to Capt. Angus McInnis, Charlottetown with matching ink colour PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND JY 26 1865 backstamp and handstruck str. line "NOT CALLED FOR.". (Vincent Greene 2010 cert). Ex CARR, WILKINSON
A unique cover as such
£325

15/9/79 VILLAGE MANUSCRIPT, St. Christopher postal history (Ex URWICK, ROBERTS, BROOKES)
1879 cover to Cathrine Muir, Charles Town Dispensary, George Town, Demerara with QV 1d magenta pmk'd "15/9/79" at one of the rural offices with QV 6d green pmk'd APMY cds with ST. KITTS SP 16 79 despatch alongside, soiled and faulty edges, large part flap lost in opening, partial Georgetown arrival backstamp. Ex, URWICK, TV ROBERTS, BROOKES.
British Guiana had an interim UPU rate AP 1 77 to AP 1 79 and during that period mail from St. Christopher (as a non-UPU member) would have been 6d. At the time of posting this letter both would have been full UPU members (St. Christopher having joined the UPU JY 1 1879) and postage should have been 4d. However there must have been confusion on the part of St. Christopher as the rural 1d surcharge was contrary to UPU regulations, and it is felt that the continued use of the 6d rate, ten weeks after joining, was an overhang.
£1725

The "1d GALLE SURCHARGE", New South Wales postal history
1874 cover "Ellora via Galle and Brindisi" to Lower Norwood, Surrey, England with NINEPENCE on QV 10d, QV 1d pmk'd Sydney D/MY 15 74, reverse London JY 10 74 arrival. Edge tear at top, soiling.
When the new P&O contracts came into force in 1874 NSW refused to contribute to the P&O service because Melbourne 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 number 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 9d rate via Brindisi from February 10th 1874 to May 27th 1875.
£325

GIBRALTAR postal history
1876 mourning cover to Maryport, Cumberland with GB QV ½d, pair 1d tied "A26" with Gibraltar A/NO 26 76 despatch, part reverse flap clear of very fine Maryport C/DE 4 76 arrival.
£125

GIBRALTAR postal history
1878 double rate cover to Auburn, New York, USA with pair GB QV 2½d rosy-mauve Plate 10 tied "A26" duplex dated B/MY 6 78.
£48


GIBRALTAR postal history
1877 cover with black "FORWARDED BY THE/AMERICAN AGENCY/GIBRALTAR/RENNY MASCARENHAS & Co/AGENTS" who added QB QV 2½d rosy-mauve Plate 7 pmk'd "A26" duplex dated A/AU 30 77 to Capt. E.D. Lane, Yarmouth, Maine, USA, opened right edge severing perfs.
£140

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

63 used NEW NORFOLK, Tasmania postal history
1875 pre-printed MOLESWORTH JEFFERY cover to Kent, England with legible 4-line “BOURNBANK/Parish of/ Wellington/1875” handstamp with QV 1d pair, 2d pair pmk'd New Norfolk "63" numerals with NEW NORFOLK 22 MAR 1875 despatch alongside, backstamped Hobart Town MR 22 75 and Tonbridge Wells A/MY 18 75 arrival.
Molesworth Jeffery (1811-1900), author, travelled out from England on the Vibilia bound Van Diemen's Land 23 December 1834. Having married a local girl he bought properties at Lachlan, near New Norfolk, and commenced building a home to be known as 'Bournbank'.
£275


ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
1884 printed flap cover to The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of Antigua in Ealing, London signed "Olton" lower left corner with QV 4d blue tied "A12" with ST. KITTS C/AU 25 84 cds alongside.
£300
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