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EMPIRE 1d rate with MALTA, GIBRALTAR combination
1902 cover to Devonport with Malta QV 1d carmine and Gibraltar QV 1d carmine both tied Gibraltar "A26" duplex dated SP 8 02, b/stamped Devonport SP 13 02 arrival.
£140



THE UNITED FRUIT COMPANY, Jamaica postal history
1901 cover and enclosure on printed sender address envelope and letterhead to Mrs. L. D. Baker, Hotel Tourraine, Boston, Massachusetts posted with QV 2d Keyplate pmk'd Port Antonio DEC 18 01.
This letter from Joshua on Capt. Lorenzo Dow Baker letterhead to Mrs. L.D. Baker would infer that this is from a second son. The letter mentions dear old Bowden, having a vaccination which did not take, and children Edith and little Dow.
£225


WITHOUT DESPATCH DATESTAMP (contrary to regulations), MALTA postal history
1893 unsealed rate (flap tucked in) cover with printed enclosure to B.W. Kumler, Parker, Turner County, South Dakota with QV d tied "A25", no other markings.
£60


UPU MALTA to non-UPU Melbourne, VICTORIA, Australia postal history
1890 opened to display cover showing HUDDART, PARKER & Cos.. LINE printed sender's flap to Huddart-Parker & Co, Melbourne, Australia with QV 4d brown pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated H/SP 11 90, b/stamped Brindisi (13-9) and Melbourne (OC 16).
Malta joined the UPU on JY 1 1875 but Australia did not become a member until OC 1 1891.
£180

MALTA (4d rate) to Tokyo, JAPAN postal history
1886 cover to Basil Hall Chamberlain, Tokyo, Japan with pair Malta QV 2d grey pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated C/JA 30 85, b/stamped Tokyo and Yokohama (MR 18) clear of large missing flap.
£125


MALTA (5d rate) to Tokyo, JAPAN postal history
1883 printed sender's flap cover to Basil Hall Chamberlain, Tengin Dani, Tokyo, Japan with 2 copies GB QV 2d blue Plate 23 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated B/JA 25 83 showing arrival cancel on address panel, b/stamped at Brindisi, Siracusa, and Yokohama.
This is the only recorded 5d rate cover to Japan (normal rate being 4d).
£280

MALTA to Gothenburg, SWEDEN postal history
1878 cover marked "via Italy" and "via Stettin & Berlin" to Georgine Nordenskjorg, Gothenburg, Sweden with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 12 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated C/DE 16 78, b/stamped 30/12/1878 arrival, rare destination.
£250

BERMUDA postal history
1906 cover to Milford, New Hampsire with strip of five, block of four, pair, single ONE FARTHING on QV 1/- pmk'd FLATTS A/JY 9 1906 d/rings, reverse Milford (JY 14) arrival.
£120


TRINIDAD postal history
1894 use of QV 2d PSRE with Wilson, Son & Co, Port of Spain sender's oval cachet to E.D. Bacon, London with added QV 2d tied REGISTRATION NO 1 94 cds with reg. label affixed and tied reverse with hooded REGISTERED LONDON 15 NO 94 arrival.
£30


JAMAICA postal history
1890 E.J. WESSELS & Co. printed text with "We shall be buying Bananas at Railway Wharf .." on QV d Post Card used within ST. ANNS BAY pmk'd JU 12 90.
£18

BAILEY'S BAY, BERMUDA postal history
1902 cover with ONE FARTHING on QV 1/- slate strip of five and two pairs paying the correct 2d rate to Nancy, France pmk'd BAILEY'S BAY B/JA 17 1902 d/rings with Nancy 29-1 02 arrival struck on upper reverse flap, minor faults.
£85


BERMUDA postal history
1902 OHMS ("His") departmental cover with colourless embossed "BERMUDA/(crown)/POST OFFICE" flap to St. Louis, Missouri with 3-colour franking of two pairs ONE FARTHING on QV 1/- slate, single QV d and 1d making the correct 2d rate, the second stamp showing the broken "G" variety.
£165

IBADAN, Lagos postal history
1902 cover to George Bell & Sons, Covent Garden, London (a book publishing house) with pair QV d dull green (SG.21) tied IBADAN B/MR -- 1902 cds (no day slug), backstamped Lagos B/MR 3 1902 and London MR 27 02.
£175


COLOMBIA with JAMAICA/TRANSIT to AGENTINA
1887 use of Colombia 2c black/buff Post Card with full text headed "Nov 7 1887" to Buenos Aires, Argentina showing despatch, arrival and transit marks including handstruck JAMAICA/TRANSIT ("A" below middle of "M") supported by Kingston DE 5 87 sqc, some faults.
£85



KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent postal history
1888 use of QV 1d deep brown Post Card with commercial text headed "13/10./88." to George Callf & Co, Horsham, Sussex but not placed in the mails immediately as design cancelled by black ink manuscript "Kingstown 30/10 88." which may or may not be in the same ink as addressing, and may or may not have been added by the writer. Evidently carried by enclosure as without normal postal markings.
£180

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

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

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
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