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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

YORK & LANCASTER REGIMENT, Barbados postal history
1890 (trace of postmark) portion of a Soldiers Letter with QV 1d (SG.92) tied by open bootheel.
The York & Lancaster Regiment was a line of infantry regiment officially formed in 1881 through the amalgamation of the 65th and the 84th Regiment of Foot during the Childers Reforms
£40

TRANSVAAL (and JAMAICA) postal history
1902 censored cover to The Hague, Holland with 2 x 1d E.R.I. overprints tied Johannesburg 18 APR 02 with further uncancelled KE7 ½d firmly "killed" by obsolete Jamaica "A01" numeral Type E transferred to London Foreign Branch to cancel loose mail. A wonderful combination cover.
£240

F used CARRIACOU, Grenada postal history
2nd Type dated 18 OC 94 on QV ½d Post Card, adjacent stamp removed, to Bridport, Dorset.
£48

696 used LADY GREY ALIWAL NORTH DIV., Cape of Good Hope postal history
QV 1d Reply Post Card portion dated 2 AU 95 to Coppenbrugge, Germany
£28


ST. GEORGES, Bermuda postal history
K3 "2" duplex (Handstamp II) dated A/NO 20 80 on 50% top half cover to Warwick West b/stamped Hamilton B/NO 20 80 and very poor K3a "8" arrival.
The elusive Handstamp II recorded OC 21 1880 to DE 11 1880
£120



A76 used SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica postal history
(Type O) in blue ink indistinctly tying QV 2d Crown CC (SG.9) on OHMS Royal Arms stationery cover to Kingston dated B/JY 22 80. On arrival ADVERTISED, UNCLAIMED with RETURNED LETTER BRANCH 18 AU 80 handstamps.
Only one other blue ink numeral cover recorded - from Port Antonio with A64 dated JA 25 1878
£250


UMSINGA, Natal postal history to INDIA
(22mm N) cover dated JU 6 92 with QV ½d, QV 1d pair, QV 2d to Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, parts flap removed.
£95

GILLETS, Natal postal history
(M.4.1) in purple dated OC 2 02 on pictorial views QV 1d Post Card to Kirkcaldy.
£50


KINGSTON, Jamaica postal history
dated I A/JU 9 86 with pair QV 2d (SG.20a) on cover to Levi Salaman, Birmingham, reverse magenta J.H. MILKE, Kingston Watchmaker and Jewellers h/struck cachet, peripheral faults.
£9

178 used MARENGO, New South Wales postal history
cover with 2 x QV 2d to Hobart, Tasmania dated OC 13 1904 with handstruck "TOO-LATE".
£24

POA 95, Natal postal history:
tying QV 1d (SG.99a) on cover to Ormesby, Norfolk, b/stamped LADYSMITH C/5 JY 00 d/ring and Great Yarmouth JY 28 00 cds.
£120


A66 used PORT MARIA, Jamaica postal history
tying "TWO PENCE/HALF PENNY" on QV 4d red-brown (SG.30) with "HALF.-" variety (looks like "HALE) on cover to Scotland b/stamped Port Maria FE 1 91, New York FE 18 91 and Dundee MR 2 91, toning, small part flap removed. Village covers for this issue seldom encountered.
£165


824 used BURGERSDORP, Cape of Good Hope postal history
contrary to regulations as without despatch datestamp on QV ½d Post Card written 4 Jan 94 to Paarl showing A/AP 6 91 arrival.
£36

POA 3 plus LADYSMITH skeleton, Natal postal history
transit cancel dated FE 20 1909 on QV 1d Post Card pmk'd P.O.A. 3 written P.O. Sunkelsdrift addressed Berlin, Germany.
£60


LADYSMITH, Natal postal history
QV 1d Post Card dated 3/JA 15 89 to Winburg, reverse printed B. SPARKS transport rates from Ladysmith.
£28

A68 used PORUS, Jamaica postal history
locally addressed cover with 3 x QV 1d pale greenish blue Pine wmk (SG.1a) b/stamped PORUS AP 5 1864/A broken dbl-arc, overall toning but a rare Pine wmk cover for this office.
£175


POA 9 written HILL TOP, Natal postal history
on QV 1d Post Card to Yorkshire, reverse GPO F/8 AP 98 transit.
£45

HIGH-FLATS, Natal postal history
(N) dated SP 25 02 on QV 1d (SG.99a) cover to Chippenham, Wilts.
£30

DALTON, Natal postal history
(M.2) dated D/AP 19 1901 on QV 1d (SG.99a) cover to Liverpool, some opening tears at left.
£36
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