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GREAT BRITAIN and CAPE OF GOOD HOPE "both ways" postal history
1902 mourning cover to De Beers, Somerset West, Cape Colony with Great Britain QV 3d Jubilee tied PADDINGTON AP 3 02, no arrival date but returned to the London Hospital, Whitechapel with strip of three, two singles d Hope pmk'd GPO Cape Town AP 23 02, no backstamps.
3d outgoing (presumed overpaid d) and 2d return.
£140



Surbiton Hill, Great Britain destination mail to Fort Murray, BRITISH KAFFRARIA postal history
1859 mourning cover to George Brownlow, Fort Murray, British Kaffraria, Cape of Good Hope from SURBITON HILL (no date slugs backstamp) with GB QV 6d pale lilac tied KINGSTON-ON-THAMES "422" duplex dated D/SP 5 59 showing red crayon 1d credited to the Cape Colony, reverse London S.W., DEVONPORT E/SP 6 59, red CAPE TOWN NO 16 1859 arrival, under flap "Ansd letter to Edward 12 Dec 1859". (Carried by the "Dane" packet boat).
The area annexed to the British Cape Colony on 10 May 1835 as Queen Adelaide Province, but on 5 December 1835 the Cape Colony disallowed the annexation and it was renamed Queen Adelaide Land district with Grahamstown as its capital until 1847. On 17 December 1847 it was again annexed to the Cape Colony as British Kaffraria Colony with King William's Town as its capital. On 7 March 1860 British Kaffraria became a separate crown colony. It was finally re-incorporated into the Cape Colony on 17 April 1866.
£425

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



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


NEW ZEALAND postal history
1870 mourning cover from the Reverend A. Stock to the Reverend E.H. Heywood, Cathedral Library, Auckland with the interprovincial rate paid by 1d pale orange-vermilion and 2d blue pmk'd Wellington "070" duplex dated JU 25 70, backstamped Auckland JU 29 arrival.
Reverend Arthur Henry Stock (1823-1901) was a photographer and the b/w photograph shows his house in the Te Aro district of Wellington.
£225

BOGUS CANCELLATION and REGISTRATION, LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
Bogus mourning cover to London with genuine Leewards 1949 KG6 ½d slate-grey tied forged 26mm ANTIGUA with fleuron at base cds dated OC 17 94 for 49 purporting to prepay the registered rate with blue "R" in oval appended "2895", reverse forged WEST EALING 11.45 PM 11 NOV 1938 arrival cds.
The genuine ANTIGUA fleuron at base measures 23mm and was used period 1890 to 1901.
£120

GIBRALTAR postal history
1876 mourning cover to Maryport, Cumberland with GB QV d, pair 1d tied "A26" with Gibraltar A/NO 26 76 despatch, part reverse flap clear of very fine Maryport C/DE 4 76 arrival.
£125

GIBRALTAR postal history
1880 mourning wrapper from Larios Hermanos to Genoa, Italy with GB QV 2d Plate 17 tied "A26" duplex dated A/MY 5 08 (year error), backstamped top flap for display with Estafeta De Cambio, Madrid (MY 7) and Genova (10 5-80).
£75

GIBRALTAR postal history
1880 mourning cover to Sir. Thomas Hare, Stow Hall (2nd Baronet 1807-1880), Downham Market, Norfolk with GB QV 2d blue Plate 17 tied Gibraltar duplex dated A/MR 21 08 (year error), backstamped superb Downham A/MR 26 60 cds, small faults.
Early use of the "08" year error and early use GB QV 2d blue Plate 17 as issued in Great Britain FE 5 1880.
£60


TASMANIA postal history
1867 scarce internal double rate mourning cover to a Miss Reid, near Cricket Ground, Launceston with Chalon 4d pair watermark double-lined numeral "4" tied Hobart Town and backstamped red boxed Pre-Paid NO 22 1867, face docketted "27 Nov 67" arrival. Some peripheral tears at base and centre of flap removed.
The North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground (NTCA) is the oldest first-class cricket ground in Australia. Known as Launceston Racecourse it was renamed in 1841 as the Launceston Cricket Club ground. In 1851 the ground held the first ever first-class cricket match in Australia with the Van Diemens Land XI defeating the Port Phillip XI. In 1986 it hosted its first one day international with a record crowd of nearly 10,000 watching India defeat New Zealand. The envelope stock has curious crowned head watermark which has been seen on preparation sheet 1866 Montserrat revenue stamp issue, and on internal Jamaica printed letter about the forthcoming 1891 Exhibition.
£450

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


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. PETER, Barbados postal history
1898 mourning cover marked "Pd 1d" to Grand View, St. Michaels with 1d Diamond Jubilee pmk'd ST. PETER AP 27 98.
£32

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

JAMAICA postal history
1859 mourning cover front to Thomas Perrier, London with GB QV 6d pmk'd "A01" (SG.Z5) with KINGSTON-JAMAICA A/SP 10 59 and LONDON PAID OC 3 59 cds alongside.
£120



Code 5 used ST. JOHN, Barbados postal history
(M2-Original) seldom seen dated 5/FE 3 74 as arrival on reverse GB QV 1/- green Plate 8 mourning cover pmk'd London JA 16 74 to Scottish railway Engineer P.A. Frazer, Bridgetown re-directed to "Windy Ridge, St. John" showing I/JA 31 74 arrival I/FE 2 74 re-direction cds.
The M2-Replacement cds for this office shows lettering further away from outer rim.
£325

BAHAMAS postal history
1879 mourning cover to New York with QV 4d dull rose CC wmk P.14 (SG.36) tied clear "A05" with very fine B/BAHAMAS/AP 23 79 despatch cds clear of missing flap, taxed on arrival with New York Due 3c opera-glass handstamp.
Unusually, for this period, the sender did not take the opportunity of prepaying the U.S.A. internal postage with a U.S. 3c adhesive available at the Nassau Post Office period JA 1 1879 to JY 1 1880 (date of UPU entry) and was taxed in lieu of.
£450

1901 (JY 18) BOER WAR - Field Post Office 50 to Malta
On His Majesty's Service. official mourning cover for the death of Queen Victoria (22 Jan 1901) with GB QV 1d lilac to Valetta, Malta, some stains/toning, b/stamped AU 14 01 arrival.
£48

BRANDFORT, Orange River Colony
dated MY 25 03 on d, 2 x 1d mourning cover to Switzerland
£25


NEW SOUTH WALES postal history
1860 mourning cover to Muswell Brook with perf. Plate II QV 2d tied Tamworth "71" numeral, b/stamped MR or MY 22 60, part flap removed.
£140
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