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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

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

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 1d stamps for the internal rate) to NEVIS.
1889 stampless cover to Miss. Richardson, opposite the church, Charlestown, Nevis with the (1d) rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/DE 10 89 despatch and NEVIS A/DE 11 89 arrival backstamp. Minor blemishes but unique as such and the latest recorded use. Ex 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.
£1350

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


B01 used ALEXANDRIA, Egypt postal history (Ex GRIFFITHS)
1869 entire with handstruck "POSTED AFTER/DEPARTURE OF PACKET" to Liverpool with pair GB QV 6d Plate 8 pmk'd "B01" with ALEXANDRIA JY 10 69 alongside, fine GIUSEPPE CAMPOS sender's cachet with Liverpool 27 JY 69 arrival on upper flap. Ex JOHN O. GRIFFITHS.
£825

ST. GEORGES, Bermuda postal history (Ex Ludington)
1883 local cover to Annie Outerbridge, Baileys Bay with QV 1d pale rose CC wmk (SG.1) tied ST. GEORGES K3 "2" duplex dated B/AP 10 83 in blue ink (LRD), no backstamps. Ex LUDINGTON.
The 2nd period blue ink is currently recorded MR 23 1882 to AP 10 1883
£140


BERMUDA postal history (ex LUDINGTON)
1858 cover to Mrs. Ebenezer Darrell, Georgetown, Demerara rated "4" unpaid, reverse HAMILTON (red PM4) AU 31 1858, ST. THOMAS SP 5 1858 dbl-arc transit and DEMERARA A/SP 23 58 arrival cds. Ex LUDINGTON (1999).
£300

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


Rare watercolour "View at IDANRE from Camp", Lagos postal history (Ex John FORREST)
1898 outer wrapper with reverse showing an exceptional rare inclusion of watercoloured painting addressed to Miss Ambrose, Hampstead, London with QV 2d tied oval of bars with rare POST OFFICE EPE (T.11) cds dated A/JU 7 1898 (ERD), lower left portion of this single sheet torn away. Ex JOHN FORREST.
£825

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.
£350





BRITISH GUIANA postal history
Berbice, 6th July, 1815 str. line handstamp (35 x 2mm high), partly doubly struck which displays on upper flap of entire headed Hope & Experiment to Hugh McCalmont in Belfast rated 2/6 changed 3/3. Only five examples currently recorded. Ex LESLIE RAY. The easy-to-read contents from John Lennan mention the cotton crop, multiplying cattle and sheep due low prices, a recent heavy squall which brought no less than 7000 plantation trees to the ground, the current planting of land for plantains which was under water for 3 years, purchase of some Negroes at Vendue, the Negoes being pretty healthy at present, Jack having died from old age, and the woman Quasheba having died, supposed, from the effects of obia, done by the Negro Alfred, a request for a box of pipes for the Negroes plus better jackets.
The four other examples being dated 22 June 1814 (two separate entires), 11 March 1815, and 13 May 1815
£1250


PORT ROYAL, Jamaica postal history
1864 countersigned cover from Stephen Smith, Warrant Officer Serving on Board H.M.S. "Shannon", Port Royal mailed to James Smith, Bath with 1857 GB QV 1d red tied London diamond "30" obliterator, b/stamped both London and Bath OC 14 64, some peripheral faults. BPA Cert (1960), Ex URWICK (1957).
In August 1864 H.M.S. Shannon arrived Southampton with gold and silver in 2207 packages which was transferred to the Bank of England in 41 waggons
£425

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

LEEWARD ISLANDS and VIRGIN ISLANDS postal history
1901 combination cover with 2d postage and 2d registration made up with Leewards QV d and Virgins 1d Ursula, QV d, 2d pmk'd */JA 26 01 to Illinois, reverse ST. THOMAS 30/1/1901 cds. Ex "URSULA" (1981, lot 2112 E$300 R$632.50)
£725
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