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TRINIDAD postal history:
1850 part content entire to John Thomas Carr, Stella House, Newcastle upon Tyne unusually marked "Port of Spain Nov. 11/50" on address panel with TRINIDAD NO 11 1850 dbl-arc showing delayed arrival DE 13 1850 and Newcastle on Tyne DE 14 1850/A rated 2/- unpaid.. Contents include mention of two book sellers on the island and "I take orders for any sort of book (unless it is something grossly immoral in intention, or abominable in personalities - happily nobody has so far whispered a wish for such things from me" and also a reference to "The Order of Jesu" using hypocrisy and practicing the vilest deceit.
£75

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1839 lengthy cross-written entire headed "Bedford Wednesday Feb'y 6th 1839" and marked "Post paid March 8th" to Mrs Maclear, Royal Observatory, Cape Town with red ink PAID-SHIP LETTER/(crown) 9 MR 9 1839/LONDON and black SHIP LETTER/(crown)/CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
£125


BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1809 entire headed "Berbice 14th March 1809" from James Blair marked "p. Betsy" to Hugh McCalmont, Belfast, smuggled mail as no markings, toning.
£40

JAMAICA to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1855 wrapper to John Clark, Graff Reinett, South Africa with red KINGSTON-JAMAICA-PAID JU 25 1855 rated red 1/- with red London PAID 22 JY 1855 and red CAPE TOWN OC 10 1855 arrival displaying top flap with black "8" to collect, rare destination.
£180


PORT LEWIS, Outer Hebrides to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1813 outer wrapper docketted "Port Lewis 5th July 1813" to Richard Shepherd, Merchant, Cape of Good Hope rated 4/- unpaid and landed with oval d/ring SHIP LETTER/(crown)/CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
£75

DOUBLY DELAYED (39 days, missed packet plus stopped for coal at Azores), JAMAICA postal history
1856 wrapper docketted "John Mcnains letter" to James Mcnain in Glasgow rated unpaid "6" showing on reverse KINGSTON AP 28 1856 dbl-arc, KINGSTON-JAMAICA AP 28 1856/inverted "V" dbl-arc and arrivals for 39 days later for London and Glasgow JUN 4 1856.
Missed Clyde at Jamaica AP 26 1856 and held over for Conway MY 11 1856 arriving St. Thomas MY 17 1856 where transferred to Solent arriving Southampton JU 5 1856 having put into Fayal, Azores for coal on MY 29 1856.
£150


JAMAICA to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1854 wrapper marked "via Southampton" to John Clark, Graffe Riennet (sic), Cape of Good Hope, South Africa pmk'd red KINGSTON-JAMAICA-PAID SP 26 1854 and rated red 1/6d (triple 6d new rate introduced March 23 1854 to London), black "8", black 1/8, black 2/- due with London Paid (OC 13) and b/stamped Cape Town (DE 29) with red GRAAFF-REINETT arrival dated JA 4 1855, centrally folded, peripheral faults but a rare destination.
£195

JAMAICA to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1853 wrapper marked "via London" to John Clark, care of Mr. Martin, Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa pmk'd red KINGSTON-JAMAICA-PAID DE 11 1853 dbl-arc and rated red 2/- (double) with London JA 9 1854 and Cape Town MR 1 1854 backstamp, on arrival re-directed to Graff Reinet and rated black "8" and 1/4". Fragile internal folds, rare destination.
£240


GRENADA postal history
1812 entire to George Dunlop in Ayr with 2-line GRENADA/MAR 14 without year across flap initially rated 2/4 in black but unusually re-rated at GLASGOW in brown ink to 4/8.
£125

NASSAU via PHILADELPHIA to LONDON, Bahamas postal history
1852 outer wrapper docketted "Nassau 13 Oct 1852" landed blue PHILADELPHIA OCT 30 showing "24" surface charge to New York (where it caught the Cunard steamer “Europa” to Liverpool) and black circled "5" for ship to The Rev. George Osborn, Wesleyan Mission House, London rated 1/- with 17 NO arrival backstamp.
In late September 1852 there was an outbreak of cholera in the Bahamas in which over a 1,000 persons died within a period of five months. The Daily Atlas described “Vessels in the harbour being crowded with people fleeing the scourge”. Also on NO 17 1852 the RMSP "La Plata" arrived Southampton “under melancholy circumstances” – nine dead on board and 21 taken ill during the voyage from the West Indies (Pratique 6/02).
£175



MARTINIQUE postal history
1824 entire headed "St. Pierre le 13 Juillet 1824" carried by private ship "Papillon" to Havre, France with str. line MARTINIQUE.
£140



EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ANTIGUA FLEURON AS ARRIVAL MARK, St. Christopher postal history
1815 entire dated "Basseterre May 14th 1815" from Thomas William Sturgeon N.O. (Naval Office) to J. King, Secretary to His Excellency Sir, James Leith, Antigua carried through the mail as rated "4" unpaid. Docketted on lower flap "St. Christopher as requesting either the original warrant for his appointment, or copy".
Fleurons used as ingoing arrival marks are by far the rarest in their group and very seldom found.
£825





UNIQUE RE-INTRODUCTION OF STRAIGHT LINE "ANTIGUA" EIGHTEEN YEARS AFTER ORIGINAL USE
Str. line ANTIGUA (Freeland Type PD5b, 38½ x 3mm recorded short life AP 1 1786 to DE 5 1786) re-introduced as an ARRIVAL mark (only known example as such) on 1804 (JY 11) entire headed Barbados and marked "N.O." (Naval Office) on address panel to Major Vans, Antigua carried free. Some light pencilling inside which might be contemporary.
Contents include "This new change of Administration is a good thing, we shall now be a little more actively employed".
£900

NEW BRUNSWICK postal history
1856 cover to Gottingen, Hanover, Germany with handstruck "PAID" and NEW BRUNSWICK DEC 12 departure, NEW YORK DEC 13 transit, AACHEN 28/12 FRANCO boxed transit, reverse turquoise GOTTINGEN 29/12 arrival.
£225


BARBADOS postal history
1854 entire written London and pmk'd NO 1 1854 to David Rees, R.M.S.P. Derwent, Barbados rated both "5" and "6" (each deleted) with BARBADOES NO 21 1854 dbl-arc across reverse flap and additionally marked manuscript "Left the Service" and "unclaimed". Writer commiserates with Rees' failure to get the expected promotion in the RMSP Company and encloses a £30 draft drawn on the Colonial Bank on account of a legacy. Additionally marked "Received 12 March 1855" so it is assumed that the letter eventually caught up with him.
£125



The unique HIGINBOTHON & HUMPHRYS forwarding agents cachet, ANTIGUA postal history
1851 mourning band entire headed "St. Martin 2nd March 1851" marked "Particular care of R. Higginbothon Esq., U.S. Consul, Antigua" with "FORWARDED BY/HIGINBOTHON & HUMPHRYS/ANTIGUA" double lined oval cachet posted with ANTIGUA MR 11 1851 dbl-arc to St. James Street, London locally directed Stratford Place rated 2/-.
£1750

POSTMARKED DAY GB STAMPS ARRIVED and also on DAY THEY WERE PLACED ON SALE, Jamaica postal history
FROM AN OFFICE ABOUT TO BOYCOTT THEM!: 1858 entire to Archibald Campbell in London with weakly struck GRANGE-HILL manuscript dated 6 May (185)8 marked "Paid "6" in red crayon showing both red JAMAICA/PAID MY 8 1858 and London Paid MY 31 58 arrival. This being a unique "associated first day cover" for the day that GB QV adhesives were placed on sale in Kingston, Jamaica.
The GB QV 1d, 4d, 6d arrived on "Solent" MY 6 1858 and were placed on sale at Kingston MY 8 1858. When Grange Hill received its supply of GB adhesives it boycotted their use for some 3 months along with about 30 other offices (Thomas Foster handbook Page 127) as GPO London ruled on April 16 1858 that the PMG's deputies at the Post Towns would receive only 1% commission on sale of the GB stamps whereas they had been receiving 15% commission on prestamp letters prepaid in money.
£350



VICTORIOUS "PORTLAND" RAN AGROUND in RIVER SHANNON and STRANDED, ANTIGUA INTERRUPTED PACKET MAIL
This entire is headed “Antigua 28th Octr 1796” and marked “by Portland packet” from the Tudway correspondence to Wells, Somersetshire with handstruck S:KITTS rated 2/- changed 3/2. The “Portland” had left Falmouth with the mails for the Leeward Islands on AU 29 1796 and when off Barbados was attacked by a French privateer in which she beat off the attacker and preserved the mails. The Cook, William Thomson, lost a leg during the fighting and subsequently died of his injuries. In calm seas, near Guadeloupe, another armed privateer, the “Temeraire”, of much superior force gave chase. At daylight on October 18th the enemy hoisted her French colours and came alongside to board. The Master, Nathaniel Taylor, organised the passengers to open their musquetry upon her killing or wounding 41 of 68 on board. Captain Taylor was killed in the moment of victory. The “Temeraire” was taken into Montserrat as a prize, and the “Portland” left St. Kitts on 30th October bound Falmouth. Due a shortage of fresh water she put into the River Shannon on the west coast of Ireland on 6th January 1797. Sailing shortly after she had to put back because of bad weather, and whilst sheltering she was driven from her moorings and higher up the river ran aground. Stranded and waiting to be refloated on the Spring Tides she eventually arrived at Falmouth on 25th March. In the interim the Mate, Richard Leonard, personally took the mails from Limerick to London and they were placed in the post JA 14 97 per backstamp. This is the first recorded “Portland” interrupted mail entire clearly documenting its journey. The full story can be found in “The History of the Sailing Packets to the West Indies” by Len Britnor Pages 72-73 published by the BWI Study Circle 1973.
£2250

ST. LUCIA postal history
1853 outer wrapper with page of content in French on reverse to Bordeaux, France with perfectly positioned ST. LUCIA dbl-arc dated 22 FE 1853, full transit marks plus red framed COLONIES/& ART.13. Exhibition item.
£525


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica postal history
1795 outer wrapper docketted "Macln Gillies Esq, Jamaica 15 Sept 1795" (Major MacLaurin Gillies, Commissary-General for St. James OC 23 1795) to Gilbert Innis, Edinburgh rated 3/- changed 4/9 with lower flap displaying MONTEGO/BAY 2-line and IAMAICA, NO 6 95 Bishop mark arrival. Posted during the period of the Maroon Wars July 1795 to March 1796.
£195
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