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BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1906 with printed sender "FRED J. BANKART, SUCCESSOR TO A. PEROT & Co. DEMERARA" marked "p. French Mail" to Beaune, France with 5c pmk'd Georgetown 4 JUL 1906, alongside octagonal d/ring CAYENNE A FORT-DE-FRANCE LC dated 6 JUL 06.
There are strong links between the Perot's of British Guiana and Bermuda. Covers from Demerara (1859) and Berbice (1872) are known to William H. Perot, Baltimore, son of the famous William Bennett Perot of Bermuda. Two 1833 entires from Demerara to Philadelphia have manuscript endorsement “Hamilton, Bermuda. Forwarded by Your Most Ob Servant Wm. B. Perot” whilst working as a forwarding agent during the period before he was appointed Postmaster of Bermuda by warrant dated SP 6 1836.
£120


BARBADOS postal history
1939 cover with 2 x U.S. 3c Landing of the Swedes and Finns tied U.S.S. RANGER/BRIDGETOWN BARBADOS duplex dated MAR 16 1939 addressed Denver, Colorado with purple 3-line "SPECIAL FLIGHT/AROUND BARBADOES/BRITISH WEST INDIES" handstamp on front, reverse with ½d Badge of Colony tied GPO 6 MR 39 cds appended below "9 of 28" and signed "JS Johnson-Pilot, Bridgetown, Barbadoes".
£150


Combination BERMUDA and ST. LUCIA postal history
c1932 underpaid combination cover with Canadian Government Merchant Marine Ltd/(flag) flap with Bermuda 1d Caravel and St. Lucia KGV 2d to Sheffield, Massachusetts, tax handstamps.
£35


BERMUDA postal history
1892 use of QV ½d deep blue Post Card pmk'd Ireland Island K4a "3" to Hamilton headed "H.M.S. Irresistable. No.3 Mess" with text from E.E. Mills, Caterer, requesting Potatoes, Oysters, Cabbage, Parsnips with HAMILTON (H4) B/DE 30 92 arrival.
£135





EARLIEST RECORDED LETTER written at LOUBIERE during the SEVEN YEARS WAR, Dominica postal history
1759 entire letter datelined at base of second page "Loubiere, Dom/que Le 8 Avril 1759" addressed to Capt. Brough of the Marines on board Her Majesty's Ship Panther (St. Rupert's Bay, Dominica). Contents in French, signed by G. Mayne St. Luce, discuss the increased prices of provisions which prevent him fulfilling Capt. Brough's order, remarking in particular on the scarcity and expensiveness of sea fish; he is, however, able to forward a cheese. Remarkably fine condition and a rare internal mail survivor with unusual content. (The previous earliest letter was written Dominica NO 10 1763 ex Nabarro 3/1975 R£90, Sugarman 3/1994 R£552 during the first British occupation as Dominica ceded to Britain by the Treaty of Paris FE 10 1762, the French settlers retaining their estates).
H.M.S. Panther, a 60 gun ship under Captain Molyneux Shuldham, was part of the fleet under Commodore Moore which captured Guadeloupe on JA 24 1759, during the Seven Years' War. Several ships, including H.M.S. Panther, were then detached from the fleet and proceeded to Prince Rupert's Bay at Dominica, in order to observe and follow the newly arrived French fleet which contained troops for the relief of the French islands in the West Indies. Mail from this theatre of war with campaign connection is virtually unknown. (Loubiere is in the south of the island near Roseau; Prince Rupert's Bay is in the north).
£1850

Cardiff, Wales to Gibraltar postal history
1872 wrapper to Gibraltar with GB QV 2d blue strip of three, single Plate 13 attractively displaying CORY/C perfins pmk'd CARDIFF duplex dated JU 14 72.
At this time the circled "S" handstamp to identify mail routed via Spain was not used (July 1870 to July 1875) as the 8d rate alone was sufficient to identify mail received by the more expensive and thus uncommonly used overland route. John Cory came to Cardiff as a shipbroker and shipowner in 1872 and established 'John Cory Sons & Co". On his death in 1891 he owned 21 steamers with another three large steamers being built on the Clyde.
£350

MALTA postal history
1952 stampless OHMS cover pmk'd BRITISH FLEET MAIL 10 dated */12 AU 52 to C in C, HMS Vanguard, London with purple H.M. s/m "TALENT" submarine cachet.
£24

H.M.S. URCHIN, British Guiana postal history
1962 GB QE2 2d rate cover to Vienna, Austria with red cachet CAPTAIN (F) SEVENTEENTH FRIGATE SQUADRON dated 16 FEB 1962, pencil marked "British Guiana".
£40


Combination GERMANY and NEW ZEALAND, postal history
1891 cover with Reichpost 20pf blue twice pmk'd OLDENBURG 13/2 91 to sailor Heinrich Rose on the German Barque Kiandra/Kapitan Ahlers addressed care of Messrs. Cunningham in Christ Church who affixed QV 2d pmk'd CHRISTCHURCH 31 MR 91 for re-direction to Dunedin, reverse London transit, incoming Christchurch 30 MR 91 plus arrival, opened two sides, unusual.
£240


SIERRA LEONE postal history
1936 KGV 1½d Post Card with added KGV ½d pmk'd Freetown NO 26 36 to Bienne, Switzerland, sender says that after travelling with the Wahehe his head is done in and attaches a photograph after the storm.
£65

Vertical "A10" (late use), St. Vincent postal history
c1892 Barbados QV 1d pink embossed PSE pmk'd vertical "A10" to S.M.S. "Molthe", German training ship, Kingstown, no despatch ar arrival datestamps.
Other late uses vertical "A10" are found on Barbados reply card portion JA 29 1892 and the latest date of FE 15 1892 on QV 1d UPU card to Trinidad
£140



HAMBURG-AMERICA LINE postal history
HAMBURG-AMERIKA LINIE/ENE 7 1914/PUERTO MEXICO.-OFFICE purple oval agents arrival cachet on 2c Post Card pmk'd Mexico D.F. 5 ENE 14 to Sr. W.C. Barthman, Puerto Mexico, minor bends at left.
Unlisted in Michael Rego handbook
£125


ESHOWE, Zululand postal history
(re-introduced Z.10) JY 15 25 as arrival on much travelled GB KGV 1½d Post Card from Rochester to Teneriffe, forwarded Cape Town, Johannesburg, Eshowe, Zululand and back, two vertical creases.
£225


Orient Liner 'Ormonde'
Christmas greetings card, undated.
£12


BAHAMAS postal history to PORT ROYAL, Jamaica
NASSAU-NEW-PROVIDENCE (N1) dated MR 29 1846 as despatch backstamp alongside KINGSTON AP 5 1846 arrival on prestamp envelope marked "4" unpaid to Edmund Lawless, Asst. Surgeon H.M.S. Vesuvius, Port Royal, Jamaica.
£175



Rare LAST KNOWN USE BAHAMAS str. line (B1) - in RED INK for PREPAID MAIL
1846 cover with red BAHAMAS str. line (B1) marked “Prepaid” and rated red “4” to Edward Lawless Asst. Surgeon, H.M.S. Vesuvius, Port Royal, Jamaica with Kingston FE 2 1846 dbl-arc on reverse. No despatch date but expected to be JA 13 1846, overall soiling. Rare as only 6 examples currently known. Ludington (Page 206) records the earliest known pre-paid cover from Bahamas as c1842 with red strike BAHAMAS (B2) to New Orleans marked “Pd” and rated red 18/-. No examples of the NASSAU-NEW PROVIDENCE dbl-arc (used SP 3 1842 to JY 12 1846) are known on pre-paid mail and the BAHAMAS (B1) in red ink was used exclusively on prepaid mail period 1844-1846. The six known examples are dated MR 10 1844, MR 14 1844, JA 31 1845, MY – 1845, SP – 1845, and JA (13) 1846 (this currently being the last known recorded use of any Bahamas str. line cancel). The PAID AT BAHAMAS crowned circle was registered at the GPO, London on MY 22 1846.
£525


LADY NELSON, Montserrat postal history
purple cachet on col. ppc to New York off-loaded Boston, Mass. AUG 3 1936, rounded corners.
£35

S.S. LINGUIST, Montserrat postal history
purple cachet on QE2 3c rate cover pmk'd Plymouth */JU 4 58.
£14

S.S. TRADER, Montserrat postal history
turqoise cachet on QE2 3c rate cover pmk'd Plymouth */AP 29 58.
£14

VERAS, St. Vincent postal history
paquebot cachet on GB QE2 3d cover tied PAQUEBOT with Kingstown */3 JA 64 cds.
£10
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