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NEW SOUTH WALES postal history
1858 cover to Captain Kent, 77th Regiment, Major of Brigade, Brigade Office with QV 1d pmk'd barred oval paying the "drop letter" rate, b/stamped SYDNEY MR 4 1858, both adhesive and cover with smaller faults.
The 77th (the East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot embarked for New South Wales in June 1857 and then sailed for India in April 1858 to help suppress the Indian Rebellion.
£125



Surbiton Hill, Great Britain destination mail to Fort Murray, BRITISH KAFFRARIA postal history
1859 mourning cover to George Brownlow, Fort Murray, British Kaffraria, Cape of Good Hope from SURBITON HILL (no date slugs backstamp) with GB QV 6d pale lilac tied KINGSTON-ON-THAMES "422" duplex dated D/SP 5 59 showing red crayon 1d credited to the Cape Colony, reverse London S.W., DEVONPORT E/SP 6 59, red CAPE TOWN NO 16 1859 arrival, under flap "Ansd letter to Edward 12 Dec 1859". (Carried by the "Dane" packet boat).
The area annexed to the British Cape Colony on 10 May 1835 as Queen Adelaide Province, but on 5 December 1835 the Cape Colony disallowed the annexation and it was renamed Queen Adelaide Land district with Grahamstown as its capital until 1847. On 17 December 1847 it was again annexed to the Cape Colony as British Kaffraria Colony with King William's Town as its capital. On 7 March 1860 British Kaffraria became a separate crown colony. It was finally re-incorporated into the Cape Colony on 17 April 1866.
£425

Combination NATAL and British Occupied ORANGE FREE STATE stamps used ORANGE RIVER COLONY
1900 used of "E. No. 708" blue stock NATAL GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS (deleted) foolscap cover marked "Regd", "60", "Fee Paid" to Serg. Major C. Stride, Dorset Yeomanry, Wimborne, Dorset with combination Natal block of ten QV 1d carmine and British Occupied OFS 2d purple ovp'd "V.R.I." and 2d pmk'd P.O.A. 107 obliterators, both stamps and adhesives with faults, reverse Wimborne DE 8 00 arrival.
The Orange Free State was formally annexed to the British Crown and renamed the Orange River Colony on 28 May 1900.
£225

INDIA postal history:
1858 mourning cover front and top flap marked via Marseilles to c/o General Ian James Douglas K.C.B. at Clifton, Bristol with QV anna pale blue pair and two singles plus QV 4 anna black/blue paper tied "94" obliterators with red BOMBAY JY 3 1856 transit displaying on flap, cover edge faults.
£180


GIBRALTAR postal history
1953 O.H.M.S. printed reply envelope to Stanmore, Middlesex with KG6 3d pmk'd 3 FE 53 with purple boxed H.Q., C.R. A.S.C. sender cachet.
£48


2nd Battalion The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, BARBADOS postal history
1892 cover to London with 2d Seal pmk'd open bootheel duplex A/NO 5 92, the envelope flap skilfully backed for display of the regiments arms.
£45



2nd Battalion The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, BARBADOS postal history
1891 QV 2d rate regimental cover to Cushendun, Co. Antrim, Ireland pmk'd SP 12 91 duplex with neatly written 14 sides on 3 pages regimental note paper in the form of a diary spanning the period 14 days Saturday 29th August to Friday 11th September.
Newsy contents mention loss of 70 worth of silver in a robbery, the subsequent capture of one of the robbers when he tried to sell some of the spoons to a jeweller, another of the garrison had up by the police for refusing to pay full fare on the railway, and additionally getting caught when he gave his A.D.C.s free pass to his sister, polo matches, guard duty, shooting of braces golden plover, long legs and chirps, and taking the ponies for a swim and their rapid exit due a nearby blue shark. There is also mention of sketches of the glens of Antrim by the English artist and author Rose de Crespiguy.
£150



MILITARY ADMISSION PASS BY POST CARD, Barbados postal history
1891 ADMISSION PASS to PRESENTATION OF COLOURS by way of QV d Post Card pmk'd open bootheel duplex dated A/MR 5 91 signed by the Capt. and Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion YORK and LANCASTER REGIMENT to admit Mrs. Jones carriage. Probably unique as such.
£250

COMMAND PAYMASTER BERMUDA, Bermuda postal history
1946 printed ACTIVE SERVICE cover changed with black overprinting to WAR ECONOMY handstamped purplish-black "COMMAND PAYMASTER/BERMUDA" with KG6 1d Peace tied Hamilton 3 DEC 1946 addressed The Arts & Crafts Shop, St. Georges with same day machine arrival.
£90

10th Battalion Rhodesia Regiment, Rhodesia postal history
Undated stampless Forces Mail cover to Fort Victoria with boxed 10 RR, Gwelo cachet dated FEB.
£16

KING'S OWN BORDER, Gibraltar postal history
1970 cover with regimental cachet (having just taken over from Black Watch) pmk'd FORCES POST OFFICE "95" dated A/20 JU 70.
£18


AUTHORISED CONCESSIONAL RATE AIR MAIL, Rhodesia postal history
1960 opened-out printed AIR MAIL envelope with both oval Royal Coat-of-Arms on flap and "CODE No. 23-31." alongside to Foyles Book Shop, London with QE2 3d pmk'd Salisbury 28 DEC 60, red 5-line "Authorised for Transmission/by Air Mail at Concessional/Rate./U.K.S.L.S. (Army Element), Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia" handstamp.
£75

BULAWAYO 1., Rhodesia postal history
1942 stampless On Active Service cover to Goole, Yorkshire with sender address on flap pmk'd BULAWAYO 1. dated 10 JUL 42 with purple crowned RHODESIAN/OFFICIAL PAID/AIR TRAINING GROUP cachet.
£36

ITW (Initial Training Wing) BULAWAYO, Rhodesia postal history
1944 stampless On Active Service cover to London with sender address on flap pmk'd ITW BULAWAYO FE 23 44 with purple OPENED BY CENSOR and crowned RHODESIA/OFFICIAL PAID/AIR TRAINING GROUP cachet.
£40

ITW (Initial Training Wing) BULAWAYO, Rhodesia postal history
1944 stampless On Active Service cover to London with sender address on flap pmk'd ITW BULAWAYO MR 15 44 with purple PASSED/CENSOR/A B/No.6 and crowned RHODESIA/OFFICIAL PAID/AIR TRAINING GROUP cachet.
£32

I.T.W.CAMP (Initial Training Wing Camp) BULAWAYO, Rhodesia postal history
1944 stampless On Active Service cover to London with sender address on flap pmk'd I.T.W.CAMP, BULAWAYO 22 MAR 44 with purple crowned RHODESIA/OFFICIAL FREE/AIR TRAINING GROUP cachet.
£40

2nd (Nyasaland) Battalion King's African Rifles, Rhodesia postal history
1955 cover with ORDERLY ROOM cachet and Lusaka */4 AP 55 despatch to Lahore, Pakistan.
£24

1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers, Gibraltar postal history
1967 cover with ORDERLY ROOM cachet.
£16

1st Battalion ROYAL ULSTER RIFLES, Gibraltar postal history
1967 cover with cachet, also piece bearing unit stamp.
£18


C used CONSTANTINOPLE, GB used abroad
1880 H.M.S. Falcon flap cover to Bombardier John Wilder, 10th Brigade, 16th Battery, Pembroke Camp, Malta with GB QV 2d blue Plate 19 pmk'd "C" with red A/JY 9 80 despatch alongside, some toning.
£180
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