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TITCHFIELD (two differing dates showing flexibility of handstamp), Jamaica postal history
1903 cover from The University of Chicago with 5c franking pmk'd Chicago APR 5 1903 to Prof. D.S. Johnson PhD, Chester Vale, Gordon Town, Jamaica variously forwarded with twelve differing backstamps including purple boxed TITCHFIELD (TRD 11) for both 16.4.03 and 17.4.03 (showing movement of "J" under "TC"), cover with corner fault.
William Fawcett was the Director of Public Gardens and Plantations in Jamaica from 1887 to 1908, and having returned to Britain was the co-author of the first volumes of Flora of Jamaica.
£180





Boer War Irreconcilable F.C. LAUNSPACH (carved wooden serviette ring fame), Bermuda postal history
1902 cover to F.C. Launspach, Burts Island, Bermuda with 2 x Transvaal 1d ovp'd "E.R.I." tied BRAAMFONTEIN, B.O. JOHANNESBURG 4 FEB 1902 9.30am and b/stamped JOHANNESBURG 4 FEB 1902 10.30am where PASSED PRESS CENSOR worn handstamp applied to face, on arrival b/stamped HAMILTON MR 15 1902/C with "Not Darrells" and directed "Hawkins" in red manuscript, the cover opened left edge and at top leaving tears through flap. Very few Bermuda Boer War POW covers can be matched to actual events.
F.C. Launspach is listed as one of the prominent personalities amongst the Boer War prisoners detained at Bermuda, and as an irreconcilable was one of the last to leave on 20 August 1904 bound for the United States. Many of the prisoners occupied themselves by making handcraft which were sold in many of the stores in Bermuda. The POWs on Burts Island eventually formed the Industrial Association for Carvings and Curios, and some of these items are preserved in the South African National Museum of Military History including a wooden serviette ring with carved name F C Launspach (see photo of similar type serviette rings).
£240


A Fashionable Wedding, Leeward Islands (Antigua) postal history
B/w ppc written "Buxton Grove Dec 21 1911" to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, USA with Leeward Islands KE7 1d tied small portion OFFICIAL PAID, ANTIGUA cds dated (DE) 21 11.
Part of sender's text reads "Can you find the Rev. J.A. Sergeant on the picture? It's a Greenbay wedding".
£48

SOUTH AUSTRALIA postal history
1867 cover to the wife of the South Australian banker and politician Samuel Tomkinson at their home on Mount Lofty with QV 2d bright vermilion roulette (SG.26) pmk'd Adelaide 4/JA 23 67 with light same day Crafers backstamp.
£95


The GHOSTS of POINT ELLICE HOUSE, the most haunted house on VANCOUVER ISLAND
1898 cover to Mrs (Caroline Agnes) O'Reilly (1831-1899, thought to appear as an apparition in the grounds of her house) at Point Ellice, Victoria, Vancouver Island pmk'd KINGSTON AU 10 98 and then mysteriously spirited some 4,432 miles to DUBLIN (AU 24 98, husband Peter originated from Ballybeg, Co. Meath, only 45 miles from Dublin) before travelling a further 4,502 miles to VICTORIA, B.C. PM/SP 6 98 per b/stamp) with I/SP 7 98 and "10" cents tax due handstamp added the next day, some soiling.
Husband Peter, former Indian Reserve Commissioner, is the subject of supernatural investigations at the house which went live on a YouTube video October 31 2020. Visitors and volunteers have had spooky encounters with lights switching on and off, a piano playing on its own, and apparitions chasing them away. In later years "a nice young lady in a blue dress" had shown visitors around the house giving many previously unknown facts, when questioned they went back inside the house and pointed to a blue gown lying across a bed, "that's the one she was wearing" in daughter Kathleen O'Reilly's bedroom. Kathleen had returned! For many years the whereabouts of the grave of Caroline Agnes was a mystery, but in her final year, being so ill, she made a last visit to her family in England, dying only a few days after arrival. Her remains lie in the cemetery at Cheriton, Folkestone (only 2.1 miles down the road, a 39 minute walk, from me!).
£475




GEELONG, Victoria to CONARGO, New South Wales postal history
1878 cover and enclosed letter to Joseph Brand, Conargo, nr. Deniliquin, New South Wales with Victoria QV 2d pmk'd Geelong "2" duplex dated 3 X/MY 17 78 showing manuscript "Unclaimed" and framed "ADVERTISED/UNCLAIMED" with red crayon "1" and "52", reverse UP TRAIN M.G.2. VICTORIA MY 17, Deniliquin MY 18, Conargo MY 18 and JY 2, Sydney JY 9 78, and green ink D.L.B. VICTORIA H/MY 9 79.
£125


Wreck of S.S. "WINDSOR CASTLE" (Donald Currie Line), CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1876 cover and lengthy 5-page letter headed "Kersal Rectory (Salford) Sept 16 1876" to Miss Helen Ayliffe, Greystone, Grahamstown, Cape of Good Hope marked "per first Steamer, September 22 1876" with GB QV 6d grey Plate 15 tied Manchester "498" duplex dated SP 22 1876 with CAPE TOWN O/OC 20 76 arrival alongside, reverse shows DARTMOUTH B/SP 23 76 despatch and GRAHAMSTOWN OC 25 76 arrival clear of large part flap missing which shows both albino SPIERS & SON OXFORD envelope manufacturer and sender's emblem.
The "Windsor Castle" sailed from Dartmouth on 23rd September 1876 and hit rocks between 2 and 3am on 19th October off Dassen Island while approaching Cape Town. A Lt. Melville and a Mr Searle, after a most unpleasant journey, reached Cape Town at about 9pm with the news of the wrecked mail steamer. The "Florence" was despatched to the scene of the wreck, but due strong winds was unable to get out of the harbour until 4.15am, sighted the masts of the Windsor at 7am, and cast anchor at Dassen Island at 8am where the 160 passengers had assembled taking up a Robinson Crusoe kind of existence in tents rigged up from sails amongst heaps of saved baggage, boxes, gun cases and 70 to 80 mailbags. The "Florence" left at 1pm with the first of the survivors arriving at Cape Town at 6pm. Seven or eight feet of rock had ripped through the bottom and the ship broke up in heavy swells within a week. The rescued mail was postmarked at Cape Town on 20th October 1876.
£1200




Massive 27mm LONG PLATE SCRATCH on QV 12c black, Nova Scotia postal history
1866 cover with colourless embossed "R.T. MUIR, 125 GRANVILLE ST." envelope manufacturer name under flap to the Inner Temple, London with QV 12c black/yellowish paper showing massive 27mm long vertical plate scratch at left tied oval grid with red London Paid 12 FE 66 arrival alongside, reverse partial WOLFVILLE N.S. JA 27 1866 and oval H/JA 30 1866/N.S. Halifax transit.
British packet mail carried by British Steamer Cunard Line "Asia".
£625


6 used Bothwell, TASMANIA postal history
1867 cover to James Gill, Solicitor, Stone Buildings, Hobart with Van Diemens Land QV 1d dull vermilion strip of four wmk'd double-lined "1" (SG.28) tied both numeral "6" and BOTHWELL 6 JU 1867 broken dbl-arc showing red PRE-PAID 7 JUL 1867 Hobart arrival, adhesives cut into, no backstamps, very small part of flap missing showing portion colourless embossed "J. WALCH & SONS HOBART TOWN and LAUNCESTON", envelope maker and stamp printer.
£750


LEBANESE COMMUNITY in DOMINICA postal history
1937 commercial cover with purple ELIAS GEORGE, The NEW LEBANON STORE, Roseau sender's cachet on flap to Kettering, Northants with KGV 1d pmk'd Roseau */10 JU 37.
£24


Nebik, SYRIA to ST. CROIX postal history
1945 cover to Fru Lawaetz, Lille La Grange, Fredericksted, St. Croix , The Virgin Islands, USA with Syria 25c Aircraft and 25c Army Fund stamp pmk'd NEBIK 16.3.45, printed CONTROLE label and F. Sivertsen sender name on reverse.
The Lawaetz family migrated from Denmark in 1890. The Little La Grange Farm was established in 2015 to operate as a working organic farm and St. Croix's Lawaetz Museum.
£275



TRINIDAD postal history:
1850 part content entire to John Thomas Carr, Stella House, Newcastle upon Tyne unusually marked "Port of Spain Nov. 11/50" on address panel with TRINIDAD NO 11 1850 dbl-arc showing delayed arrival DE 13 1850 and Newcastle on Tyne DE 14 1850/A rated 2/- unpaid.. Contents include mention of two book sellers on the island and "I take orders for any sort of book (unless it is something grossly immoral in intention, or abominable in personalities - happily nobody has so far whispered a wish for such things from me" and also a reference to "The Order of Jesu" using hypocrisy and practicing the vilest deceit.
£75


PRESTWICK AIR CRASH, Bahamas postal history
1954 charred and grimy commercial cover to Kenneth Mackintosh, Nassau from Williamson's Linoleum store posted with red Lancaster & Morecambe meter machine for 1/3d dated 22 X11 54, three days later boxed purple "SALVAGED MAIL/AIRCRAFT CRASH/ PRESTWICK 25-12-54" cachet applied, intact Williamson & Son Statement of Account to the Community Furniture Store for goods received.
£125


VANTS DRIFT self-printed Post Card, Natal postal history
1904 chrome photo of the Vants Drift Hotel & Store from Austin to Miss Gearing, Brighton, England with KE7 1d pmk'd VANTS DRIFT C/JA 30 1904, text includes "I will print some different ones for you all next week".
£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


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



F87 used SMYRNA, British Levant postal history
1877 mourning cover with content to Mrs. H. Lee Wilson, Lancaster Gate, London with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 9 tied "F87" with SMYRNA A/DE 14 77 cds alongside, reverse red PADDINGTON Z/DE 20 77 arrival. Part letter, one sheet, enclosed which talks about a walk around the town, mention of the Roman, Saxon, Norman remains, and of the stone coffins containing glass and jewellery excavated whilst building the new railway stations.
£200

DOMINICA to AUSTRALIA postal history
1948 printed A.C. Shillingford & Co, Roseau cover to South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia with corner fault KG6 2/6d pmk'd Roseau */17 AP 48 d/ring.
Interesting social history about the Shillingford family enclosed.
£20


COLIHAUT, Dominica postal history
1948 printed Edwin E. Williams, Colihaut, Importer of Agricultural Machines sender address cover to New York with KG6 3d pmk'd Roseau */6 MY 48 d/ring.
£14
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