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KADJEBI, Gold Coast postal history
1951 use of KG6 3d PSRE with added KG6 1d, 2d, 2 x 1/- pmk'd KADJEBI */17 JY 51 cds to Detroit, Michigan, opened-out for display.
A postal agency under Hohoe, Togoland.
£30


ST. VINCENT postal history
1937 hand-drawn and coloured cover for the Coronation of King George VI with KG6 2d pmk'd Kingstown C/12 MY 37 addressed to Princes Bay, Staten Island, New York. Probably unique as such.
£75

ST. VINCENT postal history
1944 OHMS stampless cover to Grenada with COLONIAL POSTMASTER sender's cachet, OFFICIAL PAID handstamp and Kingstown B/22 NO 44 despatch cds, arrival backstamps.
£24

BERMUDA postal history
1938 Elfers & Fyffes (E & F blue flag printed flap) cover to Parkstone, Dorset with GB KG6 1d tied PAQUEBOT handstamp, alongside boxed purple "OCEAN MAILS./Ex.... S.S. "CARARE" cachet off-loaded with Hamilton machine dated 11 AUG 1938.
£36

BRITISH GUIANA to NETHERLANDS postal history
1953 underpaid cover from Kitty (per reverse sender address) with KG6 6c indistinctly tied to the Netherlands marked "T20" with 10c Postage Due tied Wassenaar 24.111.1953, reverse GPO Georgetown machine dated NOON/24 FEB 1953.
£36

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
Bogus mourning cover to London with genuine Leewards 1949 KG6 d slate-grey tied forged 26mm ANTIGUA with fleuron at base cds dated OC 17 94 for 49 purporting to prepay the registered rate with blue "R" in oval appended "2895", reverse forged WEST EALING 11.45 PM 11 NOV 1938 arrival cds.
The genuine ANTIGUA fleuron at base measures 23mm and was used period 1890 to 1901.
£120


DOMINICA and MARTINIQUE postal history
1947 b/w ppc of "A Country Road, Dominica" with Dominica KG6 1d affixed for Chula Vista, California, carried privately to Martinique with pair 3fr on 2fr added and tied FORT DE FRANCE */15 4 47 cds. Closed tear to card at top but a most unusual combination.
£75

BARBADOS and SIERRA LEONE combination, MARTINIQUE postal history
1954 unusual combination and out of period use cover to Nelson, Lancashire with Sierra Leone 1937 KG6 1d Coronation coupled with Barbados 1948 KG6 1d RSW tied FORT-DE-FRANCE 27 MAI 1954 machine slogan with purple strikes boxed "CIE GLE TRANSATLANTIQUE/26 MAI 1954/ S/S ANTILLES" handstamps, no backstamps.
£36

BERMUDA postal history
1942 envelope used elsewhere (New York printed changed Bermuda typewritten) to Rutherford, New Jersey with airmail rate KG6 7d pmk'd HAMILTON 5 JUN 42, most unusually handstruck red "THIS LETTER CAME IN BY AIRMAIL", no backstamps, commercial as opened 3 sides.
£36


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1940 reg. and censored cover from THE FRENCH PHILATELIC AGENCY, Belize to Philadelphia with mixed reign (genuine stamps) franking KGV 2c x 3, KG6 1c, 3c pmk'd Belize 19 JA 40, backstamped New York (JA 25) and Philadelphia (JA 27). Raoul de Thuin, a prolific stamp forger, dedicated half a century managing his skills to relentlessly fleecing the gullible, the knowledgeable, and mostly unsuspecting philatelists, and The French Philatelic Agency, P.O. Box 206, Belize was just one of numerous aliases used to circumvent the spotting by the U.S. Post Office of his fraudulent activities to particular persons or firms. De Thuin (born Belgium 1890 died Guayaguil, Ecuador 1875) started his philatelic work as early as 1916 having a shop in Brussels in 1927. He entered Mexico in 1931 on the run from French and Belgian police who wanted him forgery. He was expelled from Mexico for setting up a forgery ring and moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where he was jailed and expelled in 1936 and then lived in Belize until moving back to Mexicio in the early 1940s where he settled until 1968 when he moved to his wifes home in Guayaguil. He specialised in forging overprints of Central and South American countries, especially Mexico, turning common stamps into rarities. He is quoted as saying that I have no conscience at all at having deceived all those foolish people. They are just fanatics who neglect their families for their passion. His method of sale was to use aliases to send sheets of approvals to collectors, mainly in the USA, which mixed a few genuine common stamps with forgeries of rarer items. Many collectors were duped and in 1962 a London sale of 498 lots of classic Mexico belonging to Prof. Hormer Lizama was cancelled when the sale was revealed to consist mainly of de Thuin fakes.
£250

JAMAICA postal history
1939 cover with Jamaica Fruit & Shipping Co. Ltd, Kingston senders address marked "via St. Thomas, V.I." to Chicago, Illinois with Jamaica KG6 d, pair 1d carried on the first leg by m/s "ERRIA" and red crayon cancelled by the purser with second leg using U.S. Virgin Islands 3c pmk'd Charlotte Amalie "1" duplex dated JAN 14 1939.
A rare two countries combination to destination.
£65


BARBADOS postal history
1939 cover with 2 x U.S. 3c Landing of the Swedes and Finns tied U.S.S. RANGER/BRIDGETOWN BARBADOS duplex dated MAR 16 1939 addressed Denver, Colorado with purple 3-line "SPECIAL FLIGHT/AROUND BARBADOES/BRITISH WEST INDIES" handstamp on front, reverse with d Badge of Colony tied GPO 6 MR 39 cds appended below "9 of 28" and signed "JS Johnson-Pilot, Bridgetown, Barbadoes".
£150


BRITISH HONDURAS to BARBADOS postal history
1944 cover to His Excellency The Governor, Bridgetown, Barbados with KG6 50c pmk'd Belize 9 NO 44 showing two purple OFFICIAL PAID/COL. SEC. cachets and secretive "1" handstamp at lower left.
£35




INDIA to CAYMAN ISLANDS postal history
1948 envelope (containing coin contrary to regulations and clearly escaping compulsory registration) with letter written 9-10-1948 appended "I thought I had posted this letter long ago - Sept 3 1949 Posting date" with India 3a, 3ps pair tied EXPERIMENTAL P.O. d/ring dated 3 SEP 49 to Beulah Johnson, Georgetown, Grand Cayman.
Writer says to use strong envelopes and pieces of oil paper at edges to stop coins slipping out, and "The enclosed smallest copper coin of Travancore is perhaps the smallest in size and lowest in value in the whole world - Enclosed 5 coins."
£65


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1953 large piece painted with gum to which block of four plus single KG6 5c, and single KG6 $2.00 affixed pmk'd Belize 24 AP 53 alongside tied PARCEL POST form (140-51-P-41) No. 28808.
£90



INTERNAL CENSORSHIP, British Guiana postal history
1941 cover marked "By 1st Air Mail" from R. De FIGUEIREDO, "Bon Success", RUPUNUNI DISTRICT to Georgetown with pair KG6 6c lightly pmk'd RUPUNUNI */OC 5 41 cds censored due Spanish language with OPENED BY EXAMINER II/ label.
£120



ANTIGUA postal history
1941 patriotic cover with U.S. 2c, 3c tied Saint Louis, Missouri NOV 14 1941 machine to St. John's, Antigua with "WHILE THIS RULES/(Nazi serpent)/DONT BUY GERMAN GOODS" propaganda label, reverse EXAMINED BY CENSOR/ANTIGUA handstamp. Soiling.
£60


TURKS AND CAICOS postal history
1940 cover to Clifton, Bristol with 4 x KG6 d pmk'd Grand Turk A/NO 14 40 d/ring, reverse Cable and Wireless 30 NO 40 handstamp tied by Examiner 4029 label and 5 x uncancelled Jamaica WAR FUND labels, some defective.
£48


TURKS & CAICOS postal history
1945 cover "airmail via Haiti" to New York with KG6 2d, block of 4 KG6 3d Coronation lightly pmk'd MY 3 45, at left EXAMINER D/43 label.
£40


MONTSERRAT postal history
1943 reg. cover to Romford, Essex with KG6 6d lightly pmk'd Plymouth */FE 20 43 with censor label A.A./2 (numeral in pencil) under brown tape, Antigua A/FE 24 43 transit, stamp with small blemish.
£80
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