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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

BERMUDA postal history
1943 Lightbourn & Co cover to Bishop Auckland, England with KG6 7½d (defective) pmk'd Hamilton 25 FEB 43 with red handstruck boxed "Returned for (1/1½d) Postage" deleted when KG6 1½d, 1/- affixed the next day for postage due and pmk'd Hamilton 26 FEB 43, censor label C/8148 at left.
£60

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.
£240


DUIVELSKLOOF and PIETERSBURG combination franking, Transvaal postal history
on KE7 ½d Post Card pmk'd Duivelskloof 21 DEC 1906 with added KE7 1d tied Pitersburg 22 DEC 06 written at Medingen to Germany, some soiling.
£85


TABE and FREETOWN-BO T.P.O. combination franking, Sierra Leone postal history
most unusual combination of TABE (149.01) dated FE 4 56 (slugs inverted) tying QE2 1/- and FREETOWN-BO T.P.O. (202.03) tying QE2 3d added QE2 4d PSRE to Saxone Shoe, England. Boxed TABE reg. h/stamp (m/script assisted) and senders address of Asst. Stationmaster, Tabe.
£125
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