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CONSIGNEE ENTIRE landed GRAVESEND SHIP LETTER, British Guiana postal history
1827 entire headed "Demerary 22nd Nov 1827" marked "Letter per Consignee's of Produce per Brig Anastasia" to Sandbach Tinne & Co., Liverpool landed with framed SHIP LETTER/GRAVESEND and rated 1/2 changed 1/7, contents include copy of manifest of shipment for London showing bales of cotton, coffee, also mention of the arrival of the "Caesar" and small list of shipments.
£200

OVERLAPPED FRANKING, Montserrat postal history
1970 OHMS foolscap cover with MINISTRY OF FINANCE cachet to the Crown Agents, London with overlapped franking of 1c x 20, 2c, 3c x 6 (40c rate) pmk'd GPO Plymouth machine dated 17 NOV 1970.
£15


MISSENT MAIL TO THE CAPTAIN OF A STEAM SHIP , Grenada postal history
1948 cover intended for Captain. E. W. Hensen on the S/S Alcoa Roamer care of the Alcoa Steamship Company in Mobile, Alabama with KG6 2d x 2, 6d (11d rate) pmk'd GPO Grenada 10 DE 48, presumed no longer working for the company as purple "Missent to ......." handstamp applied, backstamped light Spring Hills, Ala 14 DEC 48 machine.
£48

CENSORED BOTH COUNTRIES JAMAICA to SURINAME postal history
1941 from Miss Marilyn Gregory, Halfway-Tree to Paramaribo City, Suriname with corner fault KG6 3d pmk'd HALF-WAY-TREE MY 30 41 with censor label and handstamp and 30.6.41 (one month later) arrival backstamp, two vertical creases.
£25

BY ONWARD OVERSEAS SPECIAL DELIVERY, Jamaica postal history
(in covers for convenience) 1969 piece with pair 6d cricket and U.S. 30c SPECIAL DELIVERY tied Kingston machine dated 3 MAY 1968, rarely encountered as such.
£30

Tourism slogan NASSAU CALLING/MORE ATTRACTIVE/THAN EVER, Bahamas postal history
1927 commercial cover to Lennards Ltd, Bristol with KGV 1d pmk'd Nassau 10 FE 27, alongside rare 3-line "NASSAU CALLING/MORE ATTRACTIVE/THAN EVER" handstamp.
£120


MAIL TO AN INDENTURED INDIAN LABOURER "No.531" AT VALLEY ESTATE, Jamaica postal history
1901 use of India QV anna PSE (indicia damaged) reg. to Indian indentured labourer "No. 531" at Trinity Valley Estate addressed Pershad Kewat c/o The Govt emigration agent for Jamaica at Kingston pmk'd AHRAULA 12 OC 01 with additional QV a, 2 x QV 1a stamps on reverse pmk'd MAHUL (and taken to Ahraula for frontal registration) and additionally tied by both SEA POST OFFICE A/19 OC 01 cds and JAMAICA REGISTERED d/ring oval dated NO 22 01, this full of character small cover from a family member would display perfectly should it be opened-out.
Pershad Kewat was an indentured Indian labourer from Fatehpore (Fatehpur), Mahul in Azamgarh. He came to Jamaica as passenger 531 in 1899 on the vessel Rhine (launched in Port Glasgow in 1885 and mainly carried indentured Indians to the Colonies until 1907). The 14 may be a reference to the voyage number. There were 615 passengers on that voyage, the only occasion the Rhine visited Jamaica. It seems he was at Trinity Valley Estate (although possibly Unity), but had to be located through the Government immigration agent.
£240




CRYPTIC HAND-DRAWN COVER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A., Barbados postal history
1968 airmail cover with hand-drawn and coloured steamship marked "Wup" to Prestiment Johnson (sic), United States, U.S.A. with QE2 25c coral pmk'd CHRIST CHURCH 14 NO 68 showing small red NOV 16 arrival on address panel, sender address on reverse.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the USA 1963 to 1969 taking office after the Kennedy assassination.
£175


SUSPENDED POSTAL SERVICE, BERMUDA to SIERRA LEONE postal history
1978 printed Bermuda Bible Society large manila cover initially posted stampless from Hamilton to Paget on 28 MAY, re-addressed to Mohamed T. Bangura, Calaba Town, Wellington, Freetown, Sierra Leone with QE2 5c, 35c, $3 pmk'd PAGET 17 JUN 78 with address deleted by blue crayon and boxed "SERVICE SUSPENDED/RETURN TO SENDER" handstamp applied.
£48

BELVIDERE (CARRIACOU) GRENADA to ST. VINCENT postal history
1958 airmail inter-village inter-island cover from F. Paterson, Carriacou (reverse lower flap) to The Very Revd. Canon Ogden, St. Paul's Rectory, Calliaqua, St. Vincent with Federation trio pmk'd BELVIDERE */AP 22 58 cds, reverse top flap mostly missing, b/stamped CARRIACOU AP 28 58 (poor), GPO Grenada */AP 29 58, and poor CALLIAQUA */3 MY 58 cds.
BELVIDERE should not be confused with BELVEDERE, the infamous mainland estate where Julien Fedon planned his rebellion (March 2, 1795 - June 19, 1796, also known as the Brigand's War) by converting his Belvedere coffee and cocoa plantation into a fortified headquarters for his army. The estate was near the top of a very steep mountain, and almost inaccessible, after the failure of one of the many unsuccessful British attacks Fedon ordered the death of 40 white hostages.
£85

H.M. PRISON, Barbuda postal history
1992 manila Government Service cover from Adrian Nicholas (flap) to Ms Denise Nicholas, Miami, Florida with Antigua Barbuda 60c pmk'd BARBUDA d/ring with H.M. PRISON/25 FEB 1992/ANTIGUA oval d/ring cachet alongside.
£20

ADVERTISING AIR MAIL STICKER, ST. KITTS-NEVIS postal history
1954 cover with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines advertising Air Mail sticker to Bristol with 2nd class postage paid with QE2 4c, 12c pmk'd Basseterre */9 DE 54.
£14


ANTIGUA revenue receipt Church re-building fund (consequences of earlier hurricane)
1964 QE2 2c postal adhesive used for revenue purposes on receipt dated August 15th from Mrs. A Nugent for 5 donation towards the St. George's Church Re-building Fund.
History of church enclosed.
£24




SYRIAN COMMUNITY in ANTIGUA postal history
1957 printed KALLIL SHOUL sender cover reg. to London with QE2 4c, 6c, 12, 24c pmk'd St. Johns */20 AP 57 d/ring.
Kallil Shoul established the business in 1908, history of firm and family enclosed plus printed photo of the original shop decorated to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
£28


BARBADOS postal history:
1953 printed Rediffusion Service Ltd, Trafalgar Street, Bridgetown headed AIR LETTER with combination Britannia design 2c, 8c meter machine and pair issued QE2 1c definitives pmk'd GPO 26 AP 53, first month use.
£30

TWICE RETURNED FOR POSTAGE, BERMUDA to N.S.WALES, AUSTRALIA postal history
1953 three times postmarked Gibbons Co. printed sender cover to Penhurst, N.S.Wales with KG6 1/- pmk'd Hamilton 8 DEC machine, red boxed "Returned for/3d Postage." added with further KG6 3d pmk'd Hamilton 10 Dec machine for WALES (UK) and with error noted red crayon "AUSTRALIA" added prior further "Returned for/1/- Postage." with defective KG6 1/- affixed tied Hamilton 12 DEC 53 cds.
A very rare TWICE RETURNED FOR POSTAGE cover.
£120


ST. VINCENT postal history
1917 unused b/w ppc of Kingstown with added KGV 1d WAR STAMP tied forged KINGSTOWN 12-1 17 d/ring.
£20

JAMAICA postal history
1951 underpaid 1/6d airmail rate cover from W.J. Tomlinson, Solicitor (flap) to a firm of solicitors in Liverpool with KG6 1d, 2d, 2 x 6d pmk'd SAV-LA MAR OC 27 51 with purple boxed "RETURNED FOR/ADDITIONAL POSTAGE" appended 3d in blue crayon with further KG6 1d, 2d pmk'd SAV-LA MAR NO 2 51.
Regulations required that Air Mail was fully prepaid. Underpaid mail was returned to the sender if possible rather than forwarding by surface mail.
£75


BOOK-POST rate INDIA to JAMAICA postal history
1955 cover pmk'd Calcutta 9 III 55 with previously unrecorded boxed purple RETURN TO SENDER/FROM KINGSTON, JAMAICA handstamp (with "NAMES" instead of "NO POST OFFICE NAMED). Filing punch holes at base, reverse return backstamps of R.L.O. 31 MA 55 and Bare Bazar 16 JNE 1955.
£48



JAMAICA postal history
1912 Hotel Titchfield printed flap cover to San Antonio, Texas with 2d Arms of Colony tied PASADENA, California duplex, alongside purple 2-line "Received inside a circular/at Pasadena, Cal.", an unusual explanation for mail pmk'd elsewhere.
£48
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