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THE UNITED FRUIT COMPANY, Jamaica postal history
1901 cover and enclosure on printed sender address envelope and letterhead to Mrs. L. D. Baker, Hotel Tourraine, Boston, Massachusetts posted with QV 2d Keyplate pmk'd Port Antonio DEC 18 01.
This letter from Joshua on Capt. Lorenzo Dow Baker letterhead to Mrs. L.D. Baker would infer that this is from a second son. The letter mentions dear old Bowden, having a vaccination which did not take, and children Edith and little Dow.
£225

MALTA postal history (Ex Lloyd-Lowles)
1863 entire with albino embossed sender's oval to Messina with GB QV 1d, QV 3d (no plate numbers) tied pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated A/JY 12 63 with boxed "PIROSCAFI/POSTALI/FRANCESCI" handstamp alongside and red crayon "1" accountancy. Ex LLOYD-LOWLES.
£195


PIROSCAFI/POSTALI/FRANCESCI as "killer" (contrary to regulations), MALTA postal history
1863 wrapper on "G. Scicluna & Figli, Malta" albino printed paper stock plus handstruck cachet to Messina with GB QV 1d, QV 3d (no plate numbers) tied two strikes of the Malta "A25" duplex dated B/NO 21 63, the QV 1d poorly struck and additionally "killed" by boxed "PIROSCAFI/ POSTALI/FRANCESCI" handstamp contrary to regulations, alongside red crayon "1" accountancy.
£180


HMS SULTAN (under command of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh), MALTA postal history
1877 cover with H.M.S. SULTAN printed flap to the Honorable Mrs. Lindsay, Woodlands, Cardiff, South Wales (possibly written by Royal hand) with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 5 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated D/AP 6 77, flap intact but poorly opened either side of printing clear of light Cardiff C/AP 11 77 arrival.
In 1876 HMS Sultan was refitted and reduced from a small Channel Fleet coastal warship to a barque rig and posted to the Mediterranean under the command of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Albert (1844-1900) second son of Queen Victoria. Alfred married the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovana of Russia in St. Petersburg and their second daughter Princess Victoria Melita was born on 25 November 1876 in Malta. Prince Alfred, Honorary President 1890-1900 of what is now the Royal Philatelic Society, was the first serious stamp collector in the royal family and it is thought that he encouraged his nephew, later KGV, to collect stamps. Prince Alfred sold his collection to his brother King Edward VII, who shared his enthusiasm, who in turn gave it to his son King George V, and keenly expanded by the latter the two collections became the basis of what is now the Royal Philatelic collection.
£225


TRIPOLI, Barbary Coast to France, MALTA postal history
1878 entire on Emile de Testa printed paper written headed in French "Tripoli 17 Mai 1878" to Paris, France taken to Malta with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 10 pmk'd "A25" duplex dated C/MY 20 78 arriving 24 MAI 78.
£185


UPU MALTA to non-UPU Melbourne, VICTORIA, Australia postal history
1890 opened to display cover showing HUDDART, PARKER & Cos.. LINE printed sender's flap to Huddart-Parker & Co, Melbourne, Australia with QV 4d brown pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated H/SP 11 90, b/stamped Brindisi (13-9) and Melbourne (OC 16).
Malta joined the UPU on JY 1 1875 but Australia did not become a member until OC 1 1891.
£180


MALTA (5d rate) to Tokyo, JAPAN postal history
1883 printed sender's flap cover to Basil Hall Chamberlain, Tengin Dani, Tokyo, Japan with 2 copies GB QV 2d blue Plate 23 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated B/JA 25 83 showing arrival cancel on address panel, b/stamped at Brindisi, Siracusa, and Yokohama.
This is the only recorded 5d rate cover to Japan (normal rate being 4d).
£280

BARBADOS postal history
1938 Red Tower Lager cover sent stampless to The Aurora School of Photo-Engraving, Aurora, Washington with scarce "T" in diamond tax handstamp, GPO 12 AU 38 despatch and New York Due 10 cents duplex.
£60


TRINIDAD postal history
1894 use of QV 2d PSRE with Wilson, Son & Co, Port of Spain sender's oval cachet to E.D. Bacon, London with added QV 2d tied REGISTRATION NO 1 94 cds with reg. label affixed and tied reverse with hooded REGISTERED LONDON 15 NO 94 arrival.
£30

MORGANS PASS temporary rubber datestamp, Jamaica postal history
1946 reg. commercial cover from Ashton? R. Ricketts, Grande River P.O. (reverse) to Brown Stown with KG6 d, 4d pmk'd purple MORGANS PASS 6 SEP 1946 temporary rubber datestamp, reverse Chapleton, May Pen, Browns Town transits.
£30


JAMAICA postal history
1890 E.J. WESSELS & Co. printed text with "We shall be buying Bananas at Railway Wharf .." on QV d Post Card used within ST. ANNS BAY pmk'd JU 12 90.
£18

VAUGHANSFIELD, Jamaice postal history
1951 commercial cover to Voice of Prophecy, Mandeville with KG6 1d tied purple VAUGHANSFIELD 18 JUN 1951 temporary rubber datestamp.
£30

MAIL FROM PORT HOWE, Cat Island, Bahamas postal history
1930 commercial cover from O.R. Johnson, Port How, C(at) Island to Funk & Wagnalls, New York with KGV 1d tied PORT HOWE (T.3, D2) 13 NOV 30 d/rings with fleuron at base. A very rare office.
£250

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

POMPEY BAY temporary rubber datestamp, BAHAMAS postal history
1948 commercial cover with Mrs Delores E. Tynes, Pompey Bay, Acklin's Island sender's address to Kansas City, Missouri with KG6 3d tied turquoise ink POMPEY BAY (TRD 2C2, D1) temporary rubber datestamp of JAN 30 1948, reverse Nassau FEB 3 1948 machine slogan.
£160

GRANTS TOWN, Bahamas postal history
1927 "Good Samaritan Household of Ruth No. 427" sender address commercial cover to Philadelphia, USA with KGV 1d pmk'd GRANTS TOWN (T.5, D2) */8 MR 27 cds.
£120

U.S. Patriotic cover BRITISH GUIANA to CANADA postal history
1944 U.S. patriotic cover to Signals Dept., R.A.F.T.C., Dorval Air Port, Quebec, Canada with KG6 4c x 2, 36c pmk'd Air Mail 25 FE 44, reverse back portion of I.I./8 censor label, boxed MAR 2 1944 arrival and sender address of R.M. Kelly, Chief Steward on a Motor Vessel (name indistinct), some faults.
£30

BARBADOS postal history
1905 use of complete d Seal newswrapper to Portland, Maine with design pmk'd A/MR 4 05, fine blue cog-wheeled oval LEACOCK & CO Shipping & Commission Agents sender's cachet.
£20


BERMUDA postal history
1902 OHMS ("His") departmental cover with colourless embossed "BERMUDA/(crown)/POST OFFICE" flap to St. Louis, Missouri with 3-colour franking of two pairs ONE FARTHING on QV 1/- slate, single QV d and 1d making the correct 2d rate, the second stamp showing the broken "G" variety.
£165

MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas postal history
1935 cover to The McCarrie School of Mechanical Dentistry, Philadelphia, USA with KGV 1d strip of three tied MARSH HARBOUR (T.5, D4) */AP 30 35 cds, full transit backstamps.
£120
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