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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


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


Cunard White Star Line R.M.S. HOMERIC" Letter Card, Bahamas postal history
1935 illustrated and printed LETTER CARD to Chesham, Bucks with KGV 6d pmk'd Nassau FEB 11 1935 machine cancel.
£48

MAURITIUS postal history
1868 cover with blue GALDEMAR FRERES, PORT LOUIS sender's cachet marked "per Mozambique" to G. Lafaye & Cie, Bordeaux, France with QV 4d rose, QV 1/- orange pmk'd "B53" with fine clear Mauritius A/MR 18 68 despatch cds alongside arrivals which can fully display.
£185

VICTORIA postal history
1856 cover front marked per "Sardinian" (White Star Line) to Reading, Berkshire with 6d Woodblook pmk'd Melbourne "1" and dated "24/6/56" showing handstruck red "1d" and Australian Packet SP 11 56 arrival.
£30

VICTORIA postal history
1855 cover marked "per Kent" (Wigram's Blackwall Line) to Alnwick, Northumberland with 6d Woodblock pmk'd Melbourne "1" on SE 12 1855 1856 showing half share red "3" for private ship carriage, reverse with Alnwick NO 29 1855 arrival.
£40


VICTORIA postal history
1856 outer wrapper marked "P. Invincible" (tallest ship sailing out of London built at New York 1851 for White Star Line) to Edinburgh with 6d Woodblock pmk'd Melbourne "1" on FE 11 1856 showing half share red "3" for private ship carriage, reverse with Alexander Wilson Nephew & Co/Melbourne seal and Preston Pans MY 12 1856 arrival.
£40

VICTORIA postal history
1856 cover marked "Per Spray of the Ocean" to London with 6d Woodblock pmk'd Melbourne "1" on JU 17 1856 showing half share red "3" for private ship carriage and SP 18 1856 arrival.
£48

VICTORIA postal history (ex Groom)
1856 entire headed "Melbourne 26 July 1856" to London marked p. "Formosa" to Pt de Galle" with 6d Woodblock pmk'd Melbourne "1" on JY 29 1856 showing handstruck red "1d" accountancy and OC 18 1856 arrival. Ex GROOM.
£80



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

PRIVATE SHIP LETTER RATE TO ITALY, MALTA postal history
1874 wrapper by private ship "Picarche" to Marsiglia (Province of Genoa, Italy) with GB QV 4d pmk'd "A25" duplex dated OC 19 74 showing red MARSEILLE 23 OCT 74 transit, no backstamps.
£225


Rarely seen 2d RATE TO USA, GIBRALTAR postal history Ex METLISS, OSBORN, STIRRUPS
1874 printed headed entire by private ship "Pleiades" to New York with GB QV 2d blue pmk'd light "A25" duplex dated A/OC 9 74 landed with NEW YORK SHIP LETTER cds dated OCT 26 showing 4c to be collected. Ex METLISS, OSBORN, STIRRUPS.
'Direct' ship letters to New York were quicker and cheaper than mails via Liverpool.
£350

EMPIRE PENNY RATE, JAMAICA postal history
Beeching "Hands across the sea" illustrated envelope for Christmas 1898 introduction of the Empire 1d rate with 1d Falls pmk'd Kingston K/OC 22 01 d/ring marked via "S.S. "Adler" to Herne Hill, London, backstamped NO 7 01 arrival.
£195



MOGADOR, Morocco postal history
1887 use of the ST. VINCENT QV 1d carmine Post Card overprinted for use in GIBRALTAR written from MOGADOR with "Mog. 5/4 87" with turquoise PER "EMPUSA" to Stuttgart, Germany pmk'd at Gibraltar with "A26" duplex dated A/AP 10 87, some harsher toning.
The Mogador Post Office opened in 1887
£325


TRINIDAD postal history
1903 Watkins-Scott Liebers "Trinidad Prices Current" marked "per s/s Maraval" with d Britannia (defective) pmk'd Port of Spain K/AP 7 03 to Capt W.H. Bernard, Prince Edward Island, reverse fine Summerside AP 22 03 duplex.
£140

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

BARBADOS postal history
1890 use of QV 1d lilac Post Card marked Per Steamer "Finance" via New York to Marlebone, London pmk'd open bootheel duplex dated A/AP 10 90 showing NY APR 27 90 transit, filing fold.
£24

BARBADOS postal history
1883 mourning cover marked "Per S.S. Bermuda" to Philadelphia, USA with QV 4d grey pmk'd open bootheel duplex dated A/AU 10 87.
£100

JAMAICA postal history
1883 cover "per R.M. S.S. Don" to London with pair QV 2d pmk'd ""A01", reverse without flap clear of Kingston IV E/DE 24 83 and London G7/JA 12 84 cds, small tear at top.
£65
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