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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


BRIG MARY, Kingston to SHIP SAMUEL CUNARD, Annotto Bay, Jamaica postal history
1830 entire headed Brig Mary, Kingston 20th Feby 1830 to Capt. Wm. McClure, Ship Samuel Cunard, Annotto Bay with Kingston FE 20 1830 despatch top flap.
£60


GRENADA postal history
1812 entire to George Dunlop in Ayr with 2-line GRENADA/MAR 14 without year across flap initially rated 2/4 but overstruck and re-rated at GLASGOW/16 MAY at 4/8 in different coloured ink.
£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



SPANISH-TOWN/JA, Jamaica postal history
1809 legible entire written "Rock River 6th Janry 1809" from Robert Thomas to his merchant brother George Thomas in Dundee rated 2/3 changed 2/4 with handstruck SPANISH-TOWN/JA across flap, possibly held by tongs for disinfection by scorching. Contents include receiving his letter "on Christmas day while on military duty which we are oblige to perform for the space of ten days".
£60



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

REBATE ON PACKET LETTER, BARBADOS postal history
1820 wrapper to the Wesleyan Mission House, London with light BARBADOES fleuron rated black 4/4 (double packet letter unpaid) deleted and appended red 2/2 being a rebate for the amount overcharged, red London JU 16 1820 arrival.
The entire would have been taken back to the Post Office where it was re-assessed as a single rate packet letter and the balance either credited to the account of the receiver or paid back.
£95

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 to GRENADA postal history
1847 mourning envelope to the Colonial Bank, Grenada with unpaid double rate "8", reverse BARBADOES FE 8 1847 despatch dbl-arc.
£65

BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1836 entire headed "George Town Demerara March 10th 1836" and marked "per Caesar" to Finsbury, London rated 1/8, landed with PENZANCE/SHIP LETTER being an unusual choice of entry for BWI letters.
£160


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

LEEWARD ISLAND/F (applied Falmouth), BARBADOS postal history
1840 lengthy cross-written entire headed "H.M.S. Cleopatra, Barbadoes Dec 10th 1840" from Alex Milne to his father Vice Admiral Sir David Milne. G.C.B. in Musselburgh, Scotland rated 1/- unpaid and carried "loose" by the packet as landed with green LEEWARD ISLAND/F as country of origin not obvious, upper flap with red FEB 16 1841 arrival. Contents open with "My dear Father, I wrote Lady Milne from Antigua and now write this before sailing tomorrow on cruise for some weeks in the vicinity of Porto Rico and St. Thomas's..."
HMS Cleopatra (2nd of this name) was a 26-gun Vestal-class 6th rate frigate. In 1839 command was given to Captain Stephen Lushington to take up duties on the North America & West Indies Station. In January 1840 she intercepted and detained the Portuguese slave vessel 'Louisa' which had 283 slaves on board, in February she intercepted, boarded, and inspected the papers of the Spanish vessel 'Iberia' sparking an international incident, & having left Jamaica for Bermuda and Newfoundland, and while in port at Quebec, a Cleopatra seaman, Robert Collins, killed the ship's Sergeant of Marines. Collins was tried and executed by hanging from the fore yardarm, being the first shipboard execution at Quebec and the third navy execution since 1812. Lushington had fallen very ill in early 1840 and after 9 months of prolonged illness was invalidated in November & replaced by Captain Alexander Milne. The 1st Cleopatra capsized mid-Atlantic AU 22 1827, crew rescued, voyage Barbados to Windsor, N.S.
£425



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

SPANISH TOWN, JAMAICA postal history
1810 (June 10) entire to London rated 2/- with SPANISH TOWN/JA across flap and showing red JY 23 1810 arrival.
£36

SAVANNAH-LA-MAR, Jamaica postal history
1849 entire headed "Petersfield, Westmoreland" to London rated 1/2 with SAVANNAH-LA-MAR FE 18 1849 displaying top flap.
£40

SANTA MARTHA via COLOMBIA and JAMAICA to London
1840 entire headed and docketed Santa Marta 13 Junio 1840 to Federico Huth, London rated 3/- changed 2/3 showing strong dull purplish-red CARTHAGENA and KINGSTON JU 27 1840 transits, both crossed by same filing fold, with partial red AU 9 1840 arrival.
£350

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
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