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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





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 12 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

EAST END, CAYMAN ISLANDS postal history
1911 large part cover to Headly Dalton (or Patton), Kingston, Jamaica with d brown strip of four (one stamp facially damaged) tied two strikes purple boxed "EAST END/Grand Cayman./RURAL/Post Gollection." temporary rubber handstamp with BODDENTOWN JU 28 11 d/ring backstamp. On arrival eventually "ADVERTISED" and "UNCLAIMED." with red RETURNED LETTER OFFICE, JAMAICA d/ring dated 25 SE 11. Full of character, Ex MARSTON, PODGER.
£575

MALTA postal history Ex LLOYD-LOWLES
1875 wrapper by Italian steamer "Milano" to Messina, Sicily with GB QV 1d Plate 160, QV 3d Plate 15 twice tied A25 duplex dated C/MALTA/FE 16 75 with boxed red P.D. 2 3/4 accountancy. Ex LLOYD-LOWLES.
£140

MALTA postal history
1872 cover to Firenze, Italy with GB QV 1d red Plate 125 and GB QV 3d Plate 7 pmk'd "A25" duplex dated A/MALTA/AP 13 72, red handstruck 2 3/4, flap missing, various complete backstamps. Ex Michael Lewis.
£90

MALTA postal history (Ex Lloyd-Lowles)
1863 entire with albino embossed sender's oval to Messina with GB QV 1d, QV 3d (no plate numbers) tied pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated A/JY 12 63 with boxed "PIROSCAFI/POSTALI/FRANCESCI" handstamp alongside and red crayon "1" accountancy. Ex LLOYD-LOWLES.
£195

VICTORIA postal history (ex Groom)
1856 entire headed "Melbourne 26 July 1856" to London marked p. "Formosa" to Pt de Galle" with 6d Woodblock pmk'd Melbourne "1" on JY 29 1856 showing handstruck red "1d" accountancy and OC 18 1856 arrival. Ex GROOM.
£80


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


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

13 used Kingston, TASMANIA postal history (Ex TINSLEY, BOMBIERI, BLAKE, CHARTWELL)
1864 drop letter mailed within Kingston with Chalon 1d brick-red imperforate superbly tied "13" addressed Mr. Dixon, Browns River with postmaster's manuscript "Kingston 11-1-64" alongside, no reverse markings. Ex TINSLEY, BOMBIERI, BLAKE, CHARTWELL.
The settlement known as Browns River had its name changed to Kingston by the Governor of Tasmania in 1851, so the postmaster followed this edict which was not acknowledged until a Government Gazette in 1881. It was then changed to Kingston Beach in 1900.
£825


BLUED PAPER, GIBRALTAR postal history (Ex John GRIFFITHS)
1875 mourning wrapper from Francis Booth & Co to Malta with BLUED PAPER GB QV 2d rosy mauve tied "A26" A/OC 4 75 duplex with B/OC 4 75 cds alongside, very fine Malta A/OC 16 75 arrival backstamp which displays. 1960 BPA Certificate. Ex John O. GRIFFITHS.
£525

ST. KITTS PAID used during shortage 4d stamps for UPU rate to SCOTLAND.
1889 stampless cover front with single flap to Edinburgh with the (4d) UPU rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/NO 21 89 despatch showing DE 7 89 arrival on opened flap. Fragile with horiz. crease and edge faults mounted against black background sharing the earliest known use date. Ex FORSYTH, BROOKES.
The 1889 shortage of d, 1d, 2d, 4d stamps currently spans a 22 day period NO 21 1889 to DE 12 1889. New supplies were invoiced NO 29 1889 comprising d dull green (6,080 stamps), 1d carmine-rose, 2d ultramarine, 4d grey (6,100 each) all Crown CA wmk, with expected arrival in time for the DE 19 89 sailing to UK. Only four covers and two cover fronts are recorded comprising NO 21 89 (at the over 300 miles rate) to Trinidad, NO 21 89 and DE 5 89 cover fronts (at the 4d UPU rate) to Edinburgh and London respectively, DE 5 89 and DE 12 89 (at the 2d under 300 miles radius rate) to Barbados and Antigua respectively, and DE 10 89 (at the 1d local rate) to Nevis.
£350

ST. KITTS PAID (used during shortage 4d stamps for UPU rate) to ENGLAND.
1889 stampless reduced cover front to London with the (4d) UPU rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/DE 5 89 despatch. Ex URWICK, BROOKES.
The 1889 shortage of d, 1d, 2d, 4d stamps currently spans a 22 day period NO 21 1889 to DE 12 1889. New supplies were invoiced NO 29 1889 comprising d dull green (6,080 stamps), 1d carmine-rose, 2d ultramarine, 4d grey (6,100 each) all Crown CA wmk, with expected arrival in time for the DE 19 89 sailing to UK. Only four covers and two cover fronts are recorded comprising NO 21 89 (at the over 300 miles rate) to Trinidad, NO 21 89 and DE 5 89 cover fronts (at the 4d UPU rate) to Edinburgh and London respectively, DE 5 89 and DE 12 89 (at the 2d under 300 miles radius rate) to Barbados and Antigua respectively, and DE 10 89 (at the 1d local rate) to Nevis.
£375

NEW SOUTH WALES postal history (Ex WILLCOCKS)
1863 cover to Lambeth, London with QV 6d plus (6d) REGISTERED pmk'd "36" with handstruck REGISTERED/BRAIDWOOD and red (crown)/REGISTERED applied on arrival, reverse Braidwood JA 19 1863 despatch clear of missing flap. Worn appearance. Ex Martin WILLCOCKS (1999).
£195

GRENADA to Trinidad postal history
1872 mourning cover to Mungo Campbell, San Fernando, Trinidad with QV 6d orange-red (SG.7) tied "A15" with A/GRENADA/MY 02 72 despatch backstamp showing small part TRINIDAD MY 3 1872 arrival rated red crayon "4". Ex RUSSELL JONES, PITTS.
£475


K3a "8" R.O. duplex, Bermuda postal history (ex LUDINGTON)
1880 cover with QV 1d pmk'd St. GEORGES K3 "2" duplex dated B/JU 2 80 (during 1st period blue ink DE 1879 to JU 1880) to Eden Grove, Warwick, reverse SAMUEL CHAPMAN/BERMUDA sender's oval with HAMILTON K3 "1" C/JU 2 80 transit and K3a "8" arrival dated B/JU 3 80. Ex LUDINGTON.
£325

BARBADOS to Prince Edward Island postal history (Ex GINGOLD, HURLOCK)
1873 cover (torn along top) with rounded corner perf. (4d) dull vermilion compound perf. 11 to 13 x 14 to 15 (SG.57, Cat.110) and clean-cut (1d) blue (SG.52) pmk'd BARBADOS I/JY 29 73 to Nathaniel McLaren, Georgetown, Prince Edward Island rated red "4" and b/stamped ST. THOMAS A/AU 2 73 transit. A rare destination. Ex GINGOLD (1947) and HURLOCK (1959).
£240

BERMUDA postal history
1852 wrapper, no side flaps, to George Clerk, Ireland Island with red HAMILTON+BERMUDA (PM4) dated JA 1 1852 (day slug inverted) struck on face due being a locally addressed letter. Ex TUCKER, ULRICH, "LONGTAIL".
The Forand/Freeland handbook only records two red PM4 entires to Ireland Island (other dated OC 4 1854).
£375

CYPRUS postal history Ex GLASSCO
1878 with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 12 pmk'd "942" with Larnaca B/DE 4 78 despatch to London, part flap removed. Ex GLASSCO.
£350

POA 91 used INGAGANE, Natal postal history
on reg. cover with three pairs QV 1d (SG.99a) to Cradock, Cape Colony, partial AP -- 02 backstamp. Cover with missing flap. Ex Bill Hart collection and illustrated Putzel Volume 4 Page 142.
£200
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