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"B" used St. Marks, GRENADA postal history
1897 cover to Verviers, Belgium with QV 2d Keyplate pmk'd St. Marks "B" dated 14 OC 97.
£120


SOUTH AFRICA to BERMUDA postal history
1942 censored cover to Hampstead, London with 1d mining issue pmk'd JOHANNESBURG 16.1.42, forged violet CM21 PASSED BY CENSOR/47/BERMUDA added to reverse supported with deceiving address changing to The Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda as the cover never went to Bermuda, small corner fault.
£80

SOUTHERN RHODESIA to BERMUDA postal history
1942 cover to T.A. Stokes, Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda with 6 x KG6 d pmk'd SALISBURY 29 JAN 42 d/rings, outgoing triangular censor and forged CM21 PASSED BY CENSOR/47/BERMUDA also in red, no backstamps.
£80


OFFICIAL PAID not accepted, Returned For Postage, Bermuda postal history
1951 OHMS foolscap airmail cover with Civil Aviation Department, Bermuda sender's address to G.A. Osborn, Air Traffic Control, Dusseldorf Airport, Germany initially posted Hamilton 9 JUL machine supported with red BERMUDA-OFFICIAL/PAID handstamp being subsequently deleted in red crayon with boxed red "Returned for/(1/6) Postage.", three KG6 6d added and pmk'd Hamilton 12 JUL 51 with FIELD POST OFFICE 893 d/ring dated 18 JY 51 as arrival backstamp.
The authoritative Geoffrey Osborn formed one of the very best postal history collections of Bermuda.
£75


Leningrad, RUSSIA to Calcutta, INDIA postal history
1933 reg. cover to Calcutta, India with 5 kon, 30 kon pmk'd Leningrad 13 4 33, opening faults at left, much character.
£35


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


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


UPU MALTA to non-UPU Melbourne, VICTORIA, Australia postal history
1890 opened to display cover showing HUDDART, PARKER & Cos.. LINE printed sender's flap to Huddart-Parker & Co, Melbourne, Australia with QV 4d brown pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated H/SP 11 90, b/stamped Brindisi (13-9) and Melbourne (OC 16).
Malta joined the UPU on JY 1 1875 but Australia did not become a member until OC 1 1891.
£180

MALTA (4d rate) to Tokyo, JAPAN postal history
1886 cover to Basil Hall Chamberlain, Tokyo, Japan with pair Malta QV 2d grey pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated C/JA 30 85, b/stamped Tokyo and Yokohama (MR 18) clear of large missing flap.
£125


MALTA (5d rate) to Tokyo, JAPAN postal history
1883 printed sender's flap cover to Basil Hall Chamberlain, Tengin Dani, Tokyo, Japan with 2 copies GB QV 2d blue Plate 23 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated B/JA 25 83 showing arrival cancel on address panel, b/stamped at Brindisi, Siracusa, and Yokohama.
This is the only recorded 5d rate cover to Japan (normal rate being 4d).
£280

MALTA to Gothenburg, SWEDEN postal history
1878 cover marked "via Italy" and "via Stettin & Berlin" to Georgine Nordenskjorg, Gothenburg, Sweden with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 12 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated C/DE 16 78, b/stamped 30/12/1878 arrival, rare destination.
£250

MALTA to Helsingor, DENMARK postal history
1885 unsealed printed rate cover to Helsingor, Denmark with QV d green tied Malta "A25" duplex dated D/DE 31 85, backstamped Helsingor 7/1 arrival, opened at right with enclosed visiting card from the Chancelier du Consulat de France (text on reverse).
£275

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




INAGUA, Bahamas postal history
1903 use of KE7 1d UPU Post Card with full German text headed "17.9.03" pmk'd INAGUA SP 18 without year to Lubeck, Germany re-directed to Charlottenberg with handstamped and 14.10.03 pmk'd label affixed which translates "Not determined, confirmed P.A.I. Charlottenburg" and "Work of reference, recognised" (Nachschlagewerke eingesehen), unusual.
£95

BAILEY'S BAY, BERMUDA postal history
1902 cover with ONE FARTHING on QV 1/- slate strip of five and two pairs paying the correct 2d rate to Nancy, France pmk'd BAILEY'S BAY B/JA 17 1902 d/rings with Nancy 29-1 02 arrival struck on upper reverse flap, minor faults.
£85

U.S. Patriotic cover BRITISH GUIANA to CANADA postal history
1944 U.S. patriotic cover to Signals Dept., R.A.F.T.C., Dorval Air Port, Quebec, Canada with KG6 4c x 2, 36c pmk'd Air Mail 25 FE 44, reverse back portion of I.I./8 censor label, boxed MAR 2 1944 arrival and sender address of R.M. Kelly, Chief Steward on a Motor Vessel (name indistinct), some faults.
£30

NEW SOUTH WALES postal history
1878 double rate cover to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA with QV 1/- black pmk'd Sydney C/FE 28 1878 with handstruck oval purple "PAID ALL" showing red San Francisco MAR 28 transit, b/stamped APR 4 arrival.
The Postal Convention of FE 1 1874 between USA and NSW established the use of PAID ALL handstamps at Sydney on mail to San Francisco. Queensland and Victoria did the same when their conventions became effective in 1876 and 1879. Their use continued until the Colonies joined the UPU in 1891.
£120

DOMINICA to GUADELOUPE postal history
1926 use of Formula PSRE with added KGV d, 3d to the Station Agronomique, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadelope pmk'd GPO OC 6 26 showing Basseterre 7 OCT 26 and Pointe A Pitre 8 OCT 26 arrival backstamps, overall toning and 3d stamp defective.
£36

ROCK SOUND Bahamas to Guatemala postal history
1923 underpaid cover from Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera to Guatemala with KGV 1d pmk'd purplish ROCK SOUND cds with indecipherable date with blue crayon tax mark and handstruck local charge "300" due, reverse Nassau 9 NOV 23 and NOV 30 receiver.
£100

TWO DIFFERENT REIGNS, THREE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, Jamaica postal history to Sicily
1936 cover to England with Jamaica KGV 1d chocolate pmk'd Mandeville AP 12 37 d/ring. On arrival in Eastbourne, Sussex forwarded to Taormina, Sicily with pair contemporary GB KE7 d green pmk'd 27 APR 1937 with 25c green Postage Due tied 1-5 37.
The KG6 issues not released until 10 May 1937.
£120
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