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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

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

BERMUDA postal history
1937 (JY 6) illustrated cover to the Belmont Manor and Golf Club in Bermuda with U.S. 3c pmk'd PRES. COOLIDGE SEA POST duplex with "DELAYED BY STRIKE" and Postage Due 2 CENTS str. lines with handstruck "1d" due added on arrival.
£75


K3a "3" used INLAND-ISLAND (error), Bermuda postal history
Latest recorded use of 11 months 11 days after introduction of K4/K4a duplex series on 1889 use of QV 1d Post Card pmk'd C/DE 11 89 to Bournemouth, England, reverse headed "H.M.S. Canada, North America & West Indies Station", some faults.
The K4a "3" duplex with corrected IRELAND-ISLAND issued JA 1 1889.
£145


BERMUDA postal history
1892 use of QV d 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
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