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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, BERMUDA postal history
1966 (JU 9) lengthy typewritten letter from a 19 year old Colonel's daughter to Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk on an overprinted for Government use Air Letter (overprinting deleted as used personally) mailed with GB QE2 4d pmk'd Post Office Maritime Mail.
£65


BARBADOS postal history
1931 U.S. 2c PSE pmk'd West Chester, Pennsylvania (AP 14) to Kingston, Jamaica and returned (AP 30), marked "Try Bridgetown, Barbados" arriving JU 2 31 with eventual "UNCLAIMED" handstamp, marked with "RETURN TO SENDER" (OC 9) arriving back New York (OC 18).
£60

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
TOO LATE FOR THE FIRST FLIGHT combination of Leeward Islands KGV 1d PSE with added KGV 6d plus added Antigua KGV 3d pair, single pmk'd St. John's SP 26 29 to Limpsfield, Surrey, England, the BY AIR MAIL sticker obliterated by purple jusqu'a bars, some flap damage, no backstamps.
£150


BERMUDA postal history
1908 1d red Dock design with simulated perforations printed on paper to resemble a newswrapper with purposeful indecipherable cancellation addressed St. Etienne, French postage dues from another cover added pmkd St. Etienne 6-3 07.
£135



TRINIDAD postal history
1886 use of QV d Post Card pmk'd A/JY 23 86 locally to Miss Palmer, Palm Grove, Princestown, reverse headed "P. of Spain 22.7.86" with message reading "No visit expected, as cause was removed on 13th inst.; but all possible precautions shall be taken to protect, With love A xxxxx" Text surrounded by a gibbet, cannon, blunderbuss, revolver, cudgel, mantrap, swords, and a barrel marked "Y NAM" (dy namite). Overall toning.
The text may only be cryptic humour but might have a connection with the Ordinance of 1879 whereby a Volunteer Corps was raised with one Company under Captain Wilson permitted to use the Police headquarters for parades. In 1885, the year before this card was written, the Volunteers own headquarters, the Drill Hall in Tragarete Road, was opened by Governor Havelock.
£150


BRITISH GUIANA via SURINAM to HOLLAND postal history
1895 use of "2 CENTS" on 3c carmine Post Card pmk'd Georgetown JA 30 95 routed through Surinam with PARAMARIBO 4/2/1895 d/ring to Amsterdam, Holland, some faults.
£48


GREAT BRITAIN to GIBRALTAR postal history
Probably used 1875 undated GB QV d green newswrapper with added bantam QV d Plate 12 pmk'd W/27 oval obliterator to Gibraltar, some faults.
£45

BHAMAS to TURKS ISLANDS postal history
1895 use of QV 2d blue PSE with added QV 1d carmine pmk'd Nassau 1 OC 95 routed via New York (OC 7 backstamp) to Cockburn Harbour, Turks Islands showing no code/OC 21 95 alongside address panel.
£150



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

ST. LUCIA postal history
1890 use of St. Lucia QV d green/cream newswrapper posted with Barbados QV 1d pmk'd open bootheel duplex A/MR 31 90 to Gosport, England.
£48

INDIA to BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1889 opened-out India QV a PSE pmk'd JAN 12 from the small village of Hariherpur (Uttah Pradesh) to a servant on "Demerara Island" with added QV 4a tied Bombay JAN 15 89, London FE 4 89 and Georgetown 22 FEB 1889.
£150

BARBADOS postal history
1917 use of KGV d green/cream Post Card uprated with d Victory to South Norwalk, Connecticut from sender at Christchurch requesting "by quickest mail your Ventrils also Kaisers Cream", seldom seen.
£45


Annandale East Coast Plantation, British Guiana postal history
1894 use of 2c grey/cream Post Card written Annandale E.C. to Georgetown pmk'd DEMERARA RAILWAY SP 12 94 d/ring.
£36

Code "5" used St. John, BARBADOS postal history
1884 use of QV d Post Card pmk'd open bootheel duplex A/AP 24 84 to W.A. Toppin, "Risqu", St. John re meeting of the Horticultural Society with BARBADOS 5/AP 24 84 (M2-R) arrival, some soiling. (Ex O.B. Davis).
This series of Parish marks (M2-O, original set close to outer rim, and M2-R, replacement set further away from rim) are rarely found on entire. Struck on "loose" Britannia issues they are mostly extremely rare except for "2" code (Christchurch) but even this not recorded tying stamp on cover.
£175


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
The short-lived BELIZE/B. HONDURAS d/ring (Proud D8) dated AP 10 93 on QV 3c carmine/buff UPU Post Card pmk'd "O" obliterator to Berlin (pencilled address and full text).
£180







HERO of the H.M.S. "BIRKENHEAD" SHIPWRECK DISASTER, Sierra Leone postal history
1852 letter from Lt-Colonel Alexander Seton written at Sierra Leone 29th January posted in GB QV 1d pink PSE to Edinburgh with MR 15 and MR 15 transit and arrival backstamps. This is the only letter he wrote from Sierra Leone and the penultimate letter before the tragic disaster in Simon's Bay in the early hours of 26th February 1852 which took about 445 lives.
A 4 page account of the disaster accompanies as prepared for the December 2018 British West Indies Study Circle journal.
£1200



YORK and LANCASTER REGIMENT, Barbados postal history
1891 ADMISSION PASS to PRESENTATION OF COLOURS by way of QV d Post Card pmk'd open bootheel duplex dated A/MR 5 91 signed by the Capt. and Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion YORK and LANCASTER REGIMENT to admit Mrs. Jones carriage. Probably unique as such.
£250

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 to DENMARK postal history
1896 use of QV 2d PSRE with added 5d Seal (SG.110) pmk'd NO 13 96 to Copenhagen, Denmark (NO 27), original letter enclosed and reverse sealed by sender's wax seal.
£100

INDIA to BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1891 use of India QV 4a 6p PSE with added QV a, 1a x 4, 2a pmk'd SHAHGANJ MR 31 91 and registered at FYZABAD to the Public Hospital, Georgetown, Demerara, opened for display.
£115
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