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Code 4 used ST. GEORGE, Barbados postal history
(M2-R, replacement cds with wording further away from outer rim) arrival dated (4)/JA 8 (87) both code and year not inserted (LRD) on QV d red-brown Post Card written "St. John's Jany 8th" and posted with Bridgetown open bootheel duplex dated A/JA 8 87 to His Honor, The Speaker, Greens, St. George.
Confirmation that this is the Parish code 4 cds comes with the damaged rim at 8 o'clock as found on earlier dates on loose adhesives. The current ERD for the M3 series cds is only 10 days later, JA 18 87. The earliest strikes JA 18 87 to OC 23 90 also show no code 4, at some point thereafter the code 4 was inserted.
£240

8 (used ISIPINGO), Natal postal history MISSENT to Scotland
1883 cover to Mrs. J. N. Leonard, Scotland, Massachusetts with QV d CC wmk, 1d, 6d CA wmk pmk'd "8" obliterators with two strikes circled "MISSENT" alongside address panel, reverse Durban 25 AU 83 shield, London SP 25 93, New York OCT 6 83 Paid All, Waltham OCT 6 1883 arrival.
£175

42, Orange River Colony postal history
in triangle on undated poorly opened KE7 d green newswrapper to Newlands, Aberdeen.
£45


52 used LAUNCESTON, Tasmania with London 20 lines unframed circular CORRECTION HANDSTAMP
1870 cover to Islington, London with QV 6d tied "52" numeral with red LAUNCESTON 12 AU 1870 despatch, on arrival red LONDON PAID dated A/SP 10 70 mistakenly applied and obliterated with unframed circular 20 lines correction handstamp, and correct arrival of A/OC 10 70 applied alongside, re-directed to Stoke Newington some 2.7 miles away with small black crowned circle applied to show no further charge for delivery within London area, envelope with colourless embossed J. WALSH & SONS, HOBART TOWN & LAUNCESTON makers imprint under flap, no backstamps.
£240

RATLAM, India postal history
QV anna PSE with added QV anna strip of four, pair, two singles tied 13/A-20 numerals with framed REGISTERED RATLAM handstamp and RUTLAM 12 JAN and BOMBAY JAN 14 cds, opened for display, edge faults.
£60

Combination NATAL and British Occupied ORANGE FREE STATE stamps used ORANGE RIVER COLONY
1900 used of "E. No. 708" blue stock NATAL GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS (deleted) foolscap cover marked "Regd", "60", "Fee Paid" to Serg. Major C. Stride, Dorset Yeomanry, Wimborne, Dorset with combination Natal block of ten QV 1d carmine and British Occupied OFS 2d purple ovp'd "V.R.I." and 2d pmk'd P.O.A. 107 obliterators, both stamps and adhesives with faults, reverse Wimborne DE 8 00 arrival.
The Orange Free State was formally annexed to the British Crown and renamed the Orange River Colony on 28 May 1900.
£225


BARBADOS "USED ABROAD" U.P.U. POST CARD ACCEPTED IN ERROR AT DOMINICA
1886 use of Barbados QV 1d brown UPU Post Card with cross-written text headed "Mar 29" pmk'd Dominica vertical "A07" at Roseau with C/AP 3 86 despatch cds alongside to Miss M.B. Clinckett, Rev. Canon Branch, The Rectory, Barrouallie, St. Vincent with only KINGSTOWN C/AP 8 86 arrival b/stamp, corner fault but a fine example of accepted mail which should not have been accepted without penalty.
£275



MISSENT or POST OFFICE KNOWS BEST, Dominica and St. Vincent postal history
1886 use of Dominica QV 1d brown UPU Post Card with cross-written text headed "Dec 24" pmk'd vertical "A07" with C/DE 24 86 cds alongside to Miss M.B. Clinckett, Rev. Canon Branch, The Rectory, Barrouallie, St. Vincent with both KINGSTOWN and CALLIAQUA C/DE 30 86 transit and arrival cds alongside address panel.
Barrouallie is situated 14 miles west of Kingstown on the Leeward coast whilst Calliaqua is about 8 miles east of Kingstown at the bottom of the island on the near Windward coast.
£525


6 used Bothwell, TASMANIA postal history
1867 cover to James Gill, Solicitor, Stone Buildings, Hobart with Van Diemens Land QV 1d dull vermilion strip of four wmk'd double-lined "1" (SG.28) tied both numeral "6" and BOTHWELL 6 JU 1867 broken dbl-arc showing red PRE-PAID 7 JUL 1867 Hobart arrival, adhesives cut into, no backstamps, very small part of flap missing showing portion colourless embossed "J. WALCH & SONS HOBART TOWN and LAUNCESTON", envelope maker and stamp printer.
£750




BOSTON, USA to VERULAM re-directed GROUTVILLE, UMHLALI P.O., Natal postal history
UNRECORDED VERULAM SHIELD No.75: 1879 use of USA 3c PSE uprated with 1c x 2, 10c (15c rate) pmk'd BOSTON, Mass. to a Miss Martha E. Price, Verulam P.O. re-directed Groutville, Umhlali P.O. showing full transit cancels.
Datestamps are Boston NO 23 79, Boston NO 24, London DE 6, Durban 11.1.1880, Verulam No.75 12.1, Verulam No.75 14.1, Durban 14.1, Umhlali No.4 date indistinct. (Verulam was allocated Shield No.3, and being a busy office may have used Shield No.75 at a later point).
£375

INDIA postal history:
1858 mourning cover front and top flap marked via Marseilles to c/o General Ian James Douglas K.C.B. at Clifton, Bristol with QV anna pale blue pair and two singles plus QV 4 anna black/blue paper tied "94" obliterators with red BOMBAY JY 3 1856 transit displaying on flap, cover edge faults.
£180

K3 "3" used INLAND ISLAND, Bermuda postal history
1888 cover to West Bend, Wisconsin, USA with QV d stone, pair QV 1d rose-red (SG.20,23) tied INLAND ISLAND K3 "3" duplex dated A/JY 11 88, reverse with New York and West Bend cancels. Currently a unique combination.
With the arrival of the QV d stone issued on MR 25 1880 the 2d rate to the USA, actually 2d, introduced OC 3 1876 could now be met and Bermuda was no longer obliged to suffer the d loss on half ounce letters. The INLAND ISLAND duplex was expected to cease its use with the introduction of the K4 "3" on JA 1 1889. During the period MR 25 1880 to DE 31 1888 only two covers from Ireland Island to the USA are currently recorded, the other with QV d plus 2d dated JA 6 1888.
£250


Code 3 used ST. PHILIP, BARBADOS postal history
1879 locally addressed cover to J.G. Carter, Thurbun, St. Philip with 1d grey-blue (SG.74) tied Bridgetown open bootheel duplex dated A/JA 2 79 showing BARBADOS 3/JA 02 79 (M2-O) arrival alongside address panel, flap removed.
Thought one of only two covers to St. Philip with this Parish arrival cds, the other has the arrival as backstamp.
£250


Code 7 used ST. JAMES, Barbados postal history
(M2-R) dated 7/MY 14 85 as arrival on QV d Post Card to The Spring Plantation, St. James, reverse printed text headed Bridgetown with buying prices refined sugar, and molasses per gallon.
£48



F87 used SMYRNA, British Levant postal history
1877 mourning cover with content to Mrs. H. Lee Wilson, Lancaster Gate, London with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 9 tied "F87" with SMYRNA A/DE 14 77 cds alongside, reverse red PADDINGTON Z/DE 20 77 arrival. Part letter, one sheet, enclosed which talks about a walk around the town, mention of the Roman, Saxon, Norman remains, and of the stone coffins containing glass and jewellery excavated whilst building the new railway stations.
£200



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


Code 5 used ST. JOHN. 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
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