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EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF A ST. VINCENT STAMP and a first sailing date of use
(Placed in POSTAL HISTORY section for convenience): This QV 1d rose-red Perf. 14 to 16 (SG.1) in the accepted paler shade of colour of the first printing, as mentioned PML handbook Page 27, came from the first delivery invoiced from London on 27 March 1861 (56,040 stamps plus 10,020 6d deep yellow-green, SG.2) with expected arrival on 8 April 1861. These adhesives were seemingly not immediately unpacked as known covers of AP 9 61 and AP 24 1861 to the UK are cancelled with the red PAID AT ST. VINCENT pre-stamp handstamp. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue lists 8 May 1861 for issue date of the two denominations, which may be true. This 1d adhesive was cancelled by horizontal A10 (PML.1) on the 8th, 9th or 10th for the 10 May 1861 sailing, and travelled on R.M.S.P. Teviot collecting BARBADOES dbl-arc arrival dated MY 11 1861 making this the EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF A ST. VINCENT STAMP and a first sailing date. The first known adhesive cover bears a strip of three QV 1d, pair QV 6d pmkd JU 8 1861 addressed to Norfolk, Virginia and travelled in through New Orleans being possibly the finest known American Civil War blockade running cover. The second delivery of the QV 1d rose-red was not invoiced until 22 July 1862 (28,020 stamps), slight thinning.
£450


TASMANIA postal history
1859 cover to London with QV 6d dull lilac pmk'd "59" with Launceston FE 12 despatch showing London AP 11 59 arrival.
£225



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


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


GREAT BRITAIN to GIBRALTAR postal history
Probably used 1875 undated GB QV d green newswrapper with added bantam QV d Plate 12 pmk'd W/27 oval obliterator to Gibraltar, some faults.
£45

Code "5" used St. John, BARBADOS postal history
1884 use of QV d Post Card pmk'd open bootheel duplex A/AP 24 84 to W.A. Toppin, "Risqu", St. John re meeting of the Horticultural Society with BARBADOS 5/AP 24 84 (M2-R) arrival, some soiling. (Ex O.B. Davis).
This series of Parish marks (M2-O, original set close to outer rim, and M2-R, replacement set further away from rim) are rarely found on entire. Struck on "loose" Britannia issues they are mostly extremely rare except for "2" code (Christchurch) but even this not recorded tying stamp on cover.
£175


BOAZ ISLAND to DENMARK, Bermuda postal history
1889 use of QV 1d UPU Post Card written "Boaz. March 14th" to Skive, Denmark with K4 "3" duplex dated MR 14 89 and Skive 30/3 arrival.
The K4/4a duplex series were issued JA 1 1889.
£120

6 used Bothwell, TASMANIA postal history
1870 cover to James Gill, Solicitor, Hobart Town with Chalon 4d tied "6" numeral with BOTHWELL 13 AP 1870 dbl-arc alongside and red Pre-Paid AP 14 arrival, no reverse markings.
£275

20 used Circular Head, Tasmania postal history
1859 wrapper docketted as from Albert H. Boys (thought to be a farmer, Detention River) to William Johnson, Launceston with Chalon 4d pale blue tied Circular Head "20" with postmaster's manuscript "C'Head 24-2/59", backstamped red Pre-Paid for same date.
£275

73 used Buckland, TASMANIA postal history
1863 cover to Mrs. Parsons, Queen's Orphan School, New Town with Chalon 4d imperforate tied Buckland "73" with postmaster's manuscript "Buckland 19/11/63" at left and red Pre-Paid NO 20 1863 at right, no reverse markings.
Settled in 1820 and originally known as Prosser Plains. Best known for its historic Church of St. John the Baptist, convict built in 1846, and its mysterious East Window possibly from an Abbey built by William the Conqueror on the spot that King Harold died in 1066. In the early years the majority of the children at the Orphan School, built 1833, were born to convict women under sentence.
£475

26 used Don, TASMANIA postal history
1866 mourning cover to John Taylor in Newcastle on Tyne with Chalon 6d grey watermark double-lined numeral "6" with postmaster's manuscript "Don 16/5/66" alongside, reverse red Launceston MY 17 1866 and Newcastle-on-Tyne H/JY 20 66.
£480

K3a "4" used MANGROVE BAY, Bermuda postal history
1885 cover via New York to Larbert, Stirlingshire with pair QV 4d orange-red Crown CC wmk (SG.20) pmk'd full upr. duplex dated A/DE 3 85, reverse fine strikes Falkirk, Carron, Larbert for DE 18/19 85, central vertical crease.
A DE 3 1885 cover to Hechler/Halifax, Nova Scotia carried S.S. Beta with QV 1d strip of three tied K3a "4" was estimated 4/500 in Ludington sale and realised 920
£275


K3a "3" used INLAND-ISLAND (error), Bermuda postal history
Latest recorded use of 11 months 11 days after introduction of K4/K4a duplex series on 1889 use of QV 1d Post Card pmk'd C/DE 11 89 to Bournemouth, England, reverse headed "H.M.S. Canada, North America & West Indies Station", some faults.
The K4a "3" duplex with corrected IRELAND-ISLAND issued JA 1 1889.
£145


BERMUDA postal history
1892 use of QV d deep blue Post Card pmk'd Ireland Island K4a "3" to Hamilton headed "H.M.S. Irresistable. No.3 Mess" with text from E.E. Mills, Caterer, requesting Potatoes, Oysters, Cabbage, Parsnips with HAMILTON (H4) B/DE 30 92 arrival.
£135

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

T.18 used Princes Town, Trinidad postal history
1883 use of GB QV 1d Post Card pmk'd Birmingham JA 31 83 sqc to Mrs Cleaver, Savannah Grande, Trinidad with "T.18" arrival duplex dated C/FE 24 83 on address panel.
On JA 20 1880 Princes Albert and George (later KGV) disembarked ship at San Fernando and took the Cipero Tramway to the town named The Mission Of Savannah Grande, where they planted two pooi trees in the St. Stephens Anglican Church compound, on their way to visit the Devils' Woodyard (famous mud volcano which first erupted 1852) near Indian Walk. To commemorate this event Savannah Grande was re-named Princes Town on FE 18 1880.
£250

C61 used SAN JUAN, Porto Rico postal history
1872 entire to Lanman & Kemp, New York with GB QV 4d vermilion Plate 12 pmk'd "C61" with red PORTO-RICO PAID C/DE 13 72 and black N.Y. STEAMSHIP/10 dated DEC 20 cds, the adhesive lightly crossed by filing fold.
£250


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

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


8 code used ST. THOMAS, Barbados postal history
1884 use of QV d Post Card from Bridgetown to Augustus Briggs Hinkson, Rugby, St. Thomas with clear 8/MR 27 84 (M2-R) arrival, by far the scarcest of the M2 Parish grouping.
£240
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