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T.P.O. BERBICE STR (steamer), BRITISH GUIANA postal history:
1919 cover to J.P. Wright, Croydon, Surrey subsequently re-directed Henley-on-Thames with KGV 2c WAR TAX tied both T.P.O. BERBICE STR cds dated NO 7 19 and boxed "CHARGE NOT COLLECTED/FRESH LABEL REQUIRED" handstamp with circled "T" and handstruck "2d F.B.A" with GB 2d Postage Due tied PURLEY SORTING OFFICE 12 DE 19 d/ring, backstamped New Amsterdam and Georgetown 8 NOV 19, vertical fold.
£125

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





Boer War Irreconcilable F.C. LAUNSPACH (carved wooden serviette ring fame), Bermuda postal history
1902 cover to F.C. Launspach, Burts Island, Bermuda with 2 x Transvaal 1d ovp'd "E.R.I." tied BRAAMFONTEIN, B.O. JOHANNESBURG 4 FEB 1902 9.30am and b/stamped JOHANNESBURG 4 FEB 1902 10.30am where PASSED PRESS CENSOR worn handstamp applied to face, on arrival b/stamped HAMILTON MR 15 1902/C with "Not Darrells" and directed "Hawkins" in red manuscript, the cover opened left edge and at top leaving tears through flap. Very few Bermuda Boer War POW covers can be matched to actual events.
F.C. Launspach is listed as one of the prominent personalities amongst the Boer War prisoners detained at Bermuda, and as an irreconcilable was one of the last to leave on 20 August 1904 bound for the United States. Many of the prisoners occupied themselves by making handcraft which were sold in many of the stores in Bermuda. The POWs on Burts Island eventually formed the Industrial Association for Carvings and Curios, and some of these items are preserved in the South African National Museum of Military History including a wooden serviette ring with carved name F C Launspach (see photo of similar type serviette rings).
£240


Folkestone mail to a probable survivor of the wrecked Barque "Persia", Jamaica postal history
Having received news of the 19/20th November wreck of the "Persia" a reply is sent to probable survivor Walter Davidson, at the wreck of the Barque "Persia", Orange Bay, Hanover Cornwall, Jamaica, West Indies with GB QV 1/- green Plate 8 superbly pmk'd Folkestone "303" duplex dated F/DE 31 73 showing either front or back Kingston A/JA 20 74, Lucea A/JA 21 74, Green Island B/JA 30 74 and B/FE 4 74, and framed "RETURNED/LETTER BRANCH/9 FE 74/JAMAICA" with manuscript direction "Green Island", and magenta manuscript "Sailed for England" being the reason for letter undelivered.
The British Barque Persia, 530 tons, commanded by Captain Paul Patty, and having a load of Logwood of 400 tons, was taken from Black River to Orange Bay by Pilot, arriving there on Wednesday forenoon 19th November. During the night a heavy north wind set in, and the vessel was driven ashore and became a total wreck. Two of the crew were drowned, and 4 others with the Captain were saved with great difficulty by the people of Orange Bay. The Captain and fellow sufferers were conveyed to Green Island.
£850


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


NEW SOUTH WALES postal history
1881 cover to Brooklyn, New York with QV 6d pmk'd Sydney JA 14 81 duplex with purple oval "PAID ALL" (seriffed letters applied Sydney), reverse San Francisco Paid All and Brooklyn AUG 16 arrival.
£75


NEW SOUTH WALES postal history
1887 Wells & Leavitt, Sydney sender's cover to Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin with QV 6d tied Sydney MY 18 87 duplex, matching part purple CHICAGO cds and oval "PAID ALL" (sans-serif, applied at Chicago), very fine Fond Du Lac JUN 16 arrival b/stamp.
£125




GEELONG, Victoria to CONARGO, New South Wales postal history
1878 cover and enclosed letter to Joseph Brand, Conargo, nr. Deniliquin, New South Wales with Victoria QV 2d pmk'd Geelong "2" duplex dated 3 X/MY 17 78 showing manuscript "Unclaimed" and framed "ADVERTISED/UNCLAIMED" with red crayon "1" and "52", reverse UP TRAIN M.G.2. VICTORIA MY 17, Deniliquin MY 18, Conargo MY 18 and JY 2, Sydney JY 9 78, and green ink D.L.B. VICTORIA H/MY 9 79.
£125



Wolverhampton to Kellerberrin, Western Australia re-directed Bulawayo, Salisbury, Rhodesia
1924 cover with GB KGV 1d pmk'd Wolverhampton to Kellerberrin, Western Australia forwarded Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia with boxed "UNCLAIMED/ADVERTISED" and Returned Letter Branch, G.P.O. Salisbury d/ring.
Wolverhampton DE 5 1924, Kellerberrin JA 8 1925, Bulawayo JA 2 and JA 7, Salisbury MY 6 1925.
£30



HOTEL VICTORIA UNCLAIMED, Great Britain (Isle of Wight) postal history
1890 cover to Mrs. Greenwood, Hotel Victoria, Northumberland Avenue, London with GB QV 1d lilac (16 dots) tied VENTNOR "971" duplex dated C/DE 22 90 with purple d/ring oval HOTEL VICTORIA /UNCLAIMED/RECEPTION BUREAU alongside, reverse framed "Not called for/W.C", manuscript and dated initials, and London DE 22 90 and JA 1 91 cds.
£75


M.V. "Staffordshire", Great Britain (Devon) postal history
1957 cover to the Fourth Officer, M.V. "Staffordshire", Brixham & Torbay Coaling Company re-addressed London with GB QE2 1d, 1d tied Budleigh Salterton 9 MAY 57, handstruck "SIP SAILED", slightly soiled.
£40


SUSPENDED POSTAL SERVICE, BERMUDA to SIERRA LEONE postal history
1978 printed Bermuda Bible Society large manila cover initially posted stampless from Hamilton to Paget on 28 MAY, re-addressed to Mohamed T. Bangura, Calaba Town, Wellington, Freetown, Sierra Leone with QE2 5c, 35c, $3 pmk'd PAGET 17 JUN 78 with address deleted by blue crayon and boxed "SERVICE SUSPENDED/RETURN TO SENDER" handstamp applied.
£48

TWICE RETURNED FOR POSTAGE, BERMUDA to N.S.WALES, AUSTRALIA postal history
1953 three times postmarked Gibbons Co. printed sender cover to Penhurst, N.S.Wales with KG6 1/- pmk'd Hamilton 8 DEC machine, red boxed "Returned for/3d Postage." added with further KG6 3d pmk'd Hamilton 10 Dec machine for WALES (UK) and with error noted red crayon "AUSTRALIA" added prior further "Returned for/1/- Postage." with defective KG6 1/- affixed tied Hamilton 12 DEC 53 cds.
A very rare TWICE RETURNED FOR POSTAGE cover.
£120


ST. VINCENT postal history
1964 printed sender cover from Bequia Marine Supply Company to the Stainless Steel Wire Company in Sheffield with handstruck REGISTERED, DO NOT BEND, AIRMAIL and 4-colour combination QE2 1c, 15c, 25c, 50c pmk'd BEQUIA 4(?) OC 64 cds showing Kingstown */8 OC 64 transit.
£40


SUTTON BENGER (Wiltshire) to BERMUDA postal history
1908 opened-out for display cover to the Royal Gazette Office, Hamilton, Bermuda with GB KE7 1d pmk\'d SUTTON BENGER (Wiltshire) B/MY 18 08 forwarded 4 JUN 08 with handstruck circled \"T\" to Brooklyn, New York with handstruck \"COLLECT/POSTAGE .03 CENTS\", three x U.S. 1c Postage Dues tied to reverse.\r\n
£40

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
1894 cover front to Ontario, Canada with Leewards QV 2d pmk'd ANTIGUA JA 31 94 cds, marked "No P.O. given" in manuscript with handstruck 2-line RETURNED FOR/BETTER DIRECTION, soiled with edge faults.
£12

JAMAICA postal history
1951 underpaid 1/6d airmail rate cover from W.J. Tomlinson, Solicitor (flap) to a firm of solicitors in Liverpool with KG6 1d, 2d, 2 x 6d pmk'd SAV-LA MAR OC 27 51 with purple boxed "RETURNED FOR/ADDITIONAL POSTAGE" appended 3d in blue crayon with further KG6 1d, 2d pmk'd SAV-LA MAR NO 2 51.
Regulations required that Air Mail was fully prepaid. Underpaid mail was returned to the sender if possible rather than forwarding by surface mail.
£75


BOOK-POST rate INDIA to JAMAICA postal history
1955 cover pmk'd Calcutta 9 III 55 with previously unrecorded boxed purple RETURN TO SENDER/FROM KINGSTON, JAMAICA handstamp (with "NAMES" instead of "NO POST OFFICE NAMED). Filing punch holes at base, reverse return backstamps of R.L.O. 31 MA 55 and Bare Bazar 16 JNE 1955.
£48



JAMAICA postal history
1912 Hotel Titchfield printed flap cover to San Antonio, Texas with 2d Arms of Colony tied PASADENA, California duplex, alongside purple 2-line "Received inside a circular/at Pasadena, Cal.", an unusual explanation for mail pmk'd elsewhere.
£48


OFFICIAL PAID not accepted, Returned For Postage, Bermuda postal history
1951 OHMS foolscap airmail cover with Civil Aviation Department, Bermuda sender's address to G.A. Osborn, Air Traffic Control, Dusseldorf Airport, Germany initially posted Hamilton 9 JUL machine supported with red BERMUDA-OFFICIAL/PAID handstamp being subsequently deleted in red crayon with boxed red "Returned for/(1/6) Postage.", three KG6 6d added and pmk'd Hamilton 12 JUL 51 with FIELD POST OFFICE 893 d/ring dated 18 JY 51 as arrival backstamp.
The authoritative Geoffrey Osborn formed one of the very best postal history collections of Bermuda.
£75
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