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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 pmk’d 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

PURE GOLD, Bahamas postal history
1927 commercial reg. cover with Daniel Danes, Pure Gold, Andros Island sender's address to Montgomery Ward, Chicago with 3 x KGV 1d tied PURE GOLD (ERD T.4, D2) 10 FE 27 cds.
£240

BERMUDA postal history
Green "8" (CM21) with red/white PC 22 label (earlier by 7 days than handbook) on KG6 1½d cover pmk'd Hamilton 11 SEP 1939 to Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
The Peter C. Burrows B.W.I. "British Empire Civil Censorship Devices" handbook (pub. 2010) records the use of this CL1 label as SP 18 1939 to AU 16 1940 and says "mostly seen used with CM21 No.2 and No.9"
£135

SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica postal history
(P1 in black) dated MY 30 1835 (the Foster ERD) on wrapper docketted as from St. Mary (MY 27) to London rated 2/2.
£85

BADAGRY W.D. (WESTERN DISTRICT), Lagos postal history
(Type 9B, D3) dated B/26 MY 1895 (ERD) alongside address panel on cover to the African Missions Society, Lyon, France with marginal QV 2½d ultramarine (SG.31) cancelled by manuscript squiggle and oval of bars with red PAID BR. PACKET/30 JU 95/7-A arrival, reverse Lagos A/MY 27 95 and Lyon 2 JUIL 95.
£425

RETURNED FOR/POSTAL ADDRESS, Jamaica postal history
(Proud Type 173, ERD) on QV ½d Reply Post Card (reverse blank) pmk'd KINGSTON 3D/FE 26 90 sqc from Capt. Clark to a George D'Pass with text reading "I leave today for Buff Bay and to leave next week for Kingston. What you have for me save for me. I been laying here six days now and would take to rum quickly". He obviously did as with no postal address.
£180


MAMBOLO, Sierra Leone
(103.01) on KG6 3d PSRE with added KG6 3d (defective corner), 2 x 1/- dated */24 FE 51 (ERD), m/script MAMBOLO reg. h/stamp (No.0031).
Rare office which opened January 19th 1951
£95

120 used CERES ROAD, Cape of Good Hope postal history
D/NO 11 86 (ERD) on 1d pair (SG.49) cover to Cape Town. Smaller faults.
£48

847 used BERLIN, Cape of Good Hope postal history
13 DE 93 (ERD) on QV 1½d Post Card to Germany.
£80
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