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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

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

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

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 d and d adhesives, and all three showing chipped short right leg in "A" of BARBADOES etc, the two covers with faults.
£120

BARBADOS postal history
1895 printed address reg. cover to Knowle, Warwickshire with QV 4d pale brown and pair QV 1/- chestnut affixed with gum tied C/JU 6 95 cds, Birmingham 26 JU 95 transit backstamp.
£95



VICTORIA postal history
1883 cover with QV 2d sepia strip of three (right stamp large tear) to London pmk'd "587" with COBDEN SE 1 83 despatch. RPS (2012) Certificate.
£475


SINGAPORE via CEYLON to INDIA, Malaya postal history
1898 cover marked "via Colombo" to Deva cotta, Madura, (India) with QV 8c x 2 pmk'd Singapore A/JA 25 98 with NEGAPATAM 2 FE 98 and DEVAKOTA FE 5 98 backstamps.
£120

EMPIRE PENNY RATE, JAMAICA postal history
Beeching "Hands across the sea" illustrated envelope for Christmas 1898 introduction of the Empire 1d rate with 1d Falls pmk'd Kingston K/OC 22 01 d/ring marked via "S.S. "Adler" to Herne Hill, London, backstamped NO 7 01 arrival.
£195


BARBADOS postal history
1884 O.C.S. (On Colonial Service) BARBADOS RAILWAY cover with QV 1d rose-carmine pmk'd bootheel duplex dated A/DE 24 84 to Rev. Phillips at St. John with malformed 5/DE 23 84 arrival (M2-R applied St. John with day slug error).
The M2 markings seldom found on cover.
£250


BRITISH GUIANA via SURINAM to HOLLAND postal history
1895 use of "2 CENTS" on 3c carmine Post Card pmk'd Georgetown JA 30 95 routed through Surinam with PARAMARIBO 4/2/1895 d/ring to Amsterdam, Holland, some faults.
£48

BARBADOS postal history
1892 cover with DA COSTA & CO. sender's cachet to Halifax, Nova Scotia with the unsealed rate paid by QV d pmk'd DE 30 92 cds, flimsy stock.
£35

BHAMAS to TURKS ISLANDS postal history
1895 use of QV 2d blue PSE with added QV 1d carmine pmk'd Nassau 1 OC 95 routed via New York (OC 7 backstamp) to Cockburn Harbour, Turks Islands showing no code/OC 21 95 alongside address panel.
£150


2nd Battalion The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, BARBADOS postal history
1892 cover to London with 2d Seal pmk'd open bootheel duplex A/NO 5 92, the envelope flap skilfully backed for display of the regiments arms.
£45


"B" (St. Marks parish), GRENADA postal history
1901 cover to Derby re-addressed locally with QV 1d Keyplate affixed to reverse flap tied "B" dated 15 AU 01 with St. George's transit and Derby arrival alongside.
£75



2nd Battalion The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, BARBADOS postal history
1891 QV 2d rate regimental cover to Cushendun, Co. Antrim, Ireland pmk'd SP 12 91 duplex with neatly written 14 sides on 3 pages regimental note paper in the form of a diary spanning the period 14 days Saturday 29th August to Friday 11th September.
Newsy contents mention loss of 70 worth of silver in a robbery, the subsequent capture of one of the robbers when he tried to sell some of the spoons to a jeweller, another of the garrison had up by the police for refusing to pay full fare on the railway, and additionally getting caught when he gave his A.D.C.s free pass to his sister, polo matches, guard duty, shooting of braces golden plover, long legs and chirps, and taking the ponies for a swim and their rapid exit due a nearby blue shark. There is also mention of sketches of the glens of Antrim by the English artist and author Rose de Crespiguy.
£150



MOGADOR, Morocco postal history
1887 use of the ST. VINCENT QV 1d carmine Post Card overprinted for use in GIBRALTAR written from MOGADOR with "Mog. 5/4 87" with turquoise PER "EMPUSA" to Stuttgart, Germany pmk'd at Gibraltar with "A26" duplex dated A/AP 10 87, some harsher toning.
The Mogador Post Office opened in 1887
£325
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