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The unique HIGINBOTHON & HUMPHRYS forwarding agents cachet, ANTIGUA postal history
1851 mourning band entire headed "St. Martin 2nd March 1851" marked "Particular care of R. Higginbothon Esq., U.S. Consul, Antigua" with "FORWARDED BY/HIGINBOTHON & HUMPHRYS/ANTIGUA" double lined oval cachet posted with ANTIGUA MR 11 1851 dbl-arc to St. James Street, London locally directed Stratford Place rated 2/-.
£1750


GIBRALTAR postal history
1877 cover with black "FORWARDED BY THE/AMERICAN AGENCY/GIBRALTAR/RENNY MASCARENHAS & Co/AGENTS" who added QB QV 2d 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



SPAIN/GIBRALTAR combination requiring Forwarding Agent, Gibraltar postal history (Ex MOELLER)
1873 entire headed "Cadiz 20th June 1873" to Poole, England with "p. Archbold Johnston & Power Gibraltar 24 June 1873" manuscript forwarding on reverse with GB QV 2d strip of three affixed and pmk'd "A26" with GIBRALTAR A/JU 24 73. No Spanish charge as sent in another cover to Gibraltar from Cadiz. Very rare as such, Ex MOELLER.
The Carlist Civil War caused intermittent interruptions to the overland route to the UK, and the maritime route from Gibraltar became a more reliable alternative but required the use of a Forwarding Agent in Gibraltar. (Of the Gibraltar/Spain adhesive combination covers currently seen 15 are ingoing to Cadiz, and only 4 are outgoing, all to Malta).
£750


TRINIDAD postal history:
1882 wrapper on "Bookman Mills" wmk'd paper with "N. GARDES & Ca, Ciudad Bolivar" purple d/ring sender's cachet endorsed "p. Royal Mail" to Leipzig, Germany with Trinidad 4d grey tied TRINIDAD MY 27 82 cds locally applied and rated red "3" as top flap displays previously unrecorded blue chamfered corners framed "FORWARDED BY/SCHOCK BUNDSCHUH & CO/PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD, W.I." cachet which has sealed tear.
£825


Return by RMSP "Tay" (28th home, arriving Falmouth MR 19), JAMAICA postal history
OCANA - SANTA MARTA - KINGSTON - LONDON: 1843 wrapper docketted from Marcelino de Pinillos, Ocana (Colombia) JA 2 with manuscript forwarding at coastal town Santa Marta on JA 20 with Q.B.S.M. (que besa su mano - who kisses your hand) with KINGSTON FE 16 1843 dbl-arc transit addressed Federico Huth, London (MR 21) rated 1/-, address panel soiled which would display opened in inverted position.
£185


JAMAICA postal history
January 1st 1851 printed circular from Kingston to London rated 1/- in black with MR 10 1851 arrival additionally showing circular 5/NEW YORK/FEB 26 and red framed MAITLAND PHELPS & Co/NEW-YORK cachet.
The circular 10/NEW YORK (half ounce mail) and 20/NEW YORK (under one ounce mail) are regular seen, but the 5/NEW YORK on printed matter very seldom seen on BWI correspondence
£65


1893 HOPKINS BROS./FORWARDING AGENTS./HARRISMITH
violet dbl-ring oval dated 10/4/99 used as senders cachet on d carmine Brief Kaart addressed Bethlehem, minor blemishes.
£150

FORWARDED BY/GEORGE A. LLOYD & Co/SYDNEY, N.S.W.
blue in oval cachet on lower flap of 1861 cover from San Francisco p. Electra to Parametta, N.S.W. The agent affixed the 2d and 2 x 1d adhesives for the onward 4d inland rate between oz and 1oz. Cover a little aged etc but believed to be the only example of this rare cachet.
£525
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