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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 ¼d and ½d adhesives, and all three showing chipped short right leg in "A" of BARBADOES etc, the two covers with faults.

BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1892 use of 2c carmine newspaper wrapper pmk'd Georgetown 29 JU 92 sent enclosing "Exchange" publication to The Editor Eastern Australian & South African Journal of Commerce, London with Crowned "R" to indicate free within London re-direction, applied once even though re-directed Leadenhall Street and to Cannon Street, matching red London JY 14 92 backstamp.

"THE BLACK DOMINICA", Dominica postal history
1850 entire headed "Dominica, 9th February 1850" written by William Thomas Rainy (a resident man of colour) and posted with date error DOMINICA 9 JA 1850 dbl-arc to The Editor, Anti-Slavery Reporter, London rated red 1/-, partial red PAID MR 3 1850 arrival, central filing fold with soiling but unique as such.
The PAID AT DOMINICA crowned circle was proofed GPO London MY 17 1845 and is currently recorded on 70 prestamp covers for the period AP 10 1847 to MR 12 1870. Of the 70 recorded 45 are commonly seen addressed to John Wyatt Melville, St. Andrews, Fifeshire. The other 25 can be categorised as scarce to very rare with 12 to varying parts of the UK, 5 to New York, 3 to Boston, Massachusetts, and the remaining 5 shared between Barbados, Bermuda, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and France. The Robson Lowe encyclopaedia stated that early strikes are ten times rarer and this is confirmed by only 3 entires recorded for the first 9 years of its use. Within this trio is “The Black Dominica” sandwiched between the red strikes of AP 17 1847 and SP 12 1854 being the only pre-stamp strike in black ink. It is possible that the crowned black Dominica was applied in mourning as a mark of respect to the passing of the much loved Queen Adelaide who died 2nd December 1849, wife of King William IV (1830-37).

BERMUDA postal history
1884 cover marked per "Nubian" with 1880 QV 4d orange-red (SG.20) pmk'd ST. GEORGES K3 "2" duplex dated A/FE 21 1884 to London locally directed with crowned "R" handstamp to denote no additional charge, reverse with (early) black HAMILTON (H1, first period blue ink ended January 1883) dated B/FE 21 84 and red London MR 13 84. A rare cover from the second voyage of the "Nubian".
The first voyage of the "Nubian", in transit from Virginia on an experimental new service for the Union Line, was announced to call at Hamilton on JA 10 1884. The ship was five days late and single covers are known from St. Georges pmk'd JA 10 1884 and JA 15 1884 and both landed with red LIVERPOOL SHIP cds.

a completely fabricated wrapper (produced circa 1950) on brown parchment-like outer lettersheet addressed J. Lea Esq, Solicitor, Nevis with “Pd” lower left corner showing very fine red ink PAID AT ENGLISH HARBOR Crowned Circle plus very fine black ink ENGLISH HARBOR, ANTIGUA datestamp for JY 1 19 (19 for 61) and purplish ink “4” inter-island rate mark above address panel. Lower flap with trace of NEVIS arrival dbl-arc and some circular stains which are the base of a candle holder which has been cunninglyly blown out to spatter tiny flecks of red wax, also some minor soiling added by use of a paint brush dipped in water. Only two genuine entires with this Crowned Circle (Cat.£9,000) are recorded.

PAID AT ENGLISH HARBOR, Antigua Crowned Circle
completely fabricated wrapper (1 of 2 recorded, produced circa 1950) on brown parchment paper addressed J. Lea, Nevis showing faked cancels of all markings being the PAID AT ENGLISH HARBOR Crowned Circle, ENGLISH-HARBOR JY 7 61 despatch, trace NEVIS arrival dbl-arc, only two genuine entires with this Crowned Circle (Cat.£9,000) are recorded.

JAMAICA postal history:
1850 PAID AT VALPARAISO Crowned Circle via JAMAICA to the USA, indistinct strike on cover originating from an American ship (probably a whaler) to Hannah Bradshaw care of Capt. John Bradshaw in Massachusetts arriving MOBILE, Ala./10 MAY/(due)10 with reverse showing Valparaiso JA 30 1850 despatch and Kingston, Jamaica MR 6 1850 transit.