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ANTIGUA, LEEWARDS ISLANDS combination to Imperial Censorship, Hamilton, Bermuda
1940 mixed franking cover from Lady (Jessie) Jardine, enclosing warm personal letter, to W.G. Fitzgerald, c/o Imperial Censorship, Princes Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda with Antigua KG6 ½d, Leewards KG6 1d, 3d, 6d, 1/- tied St. John's, Antigua d/rings, both envelope flap and letterhead on printed embossed blue (Crown)/GOVERNMENT HOUSE, LEEWARD ISLANDS stationery, some stains.
£48


BAHAMAS "USED ABROAD" PICTURE POST CARD with PAQUEBOT LABEL, Bermuda postal history
1952 coloured ppc of "Sandy Cay, Nassau, Bahamas" to New York with Bermuda KG6 3d pmk'd Hamilton 2 SEP 1952 machine which additionally ties "MAILED ON BOARD CRUISE LINER SS SILVERSTAR" rouletted label.
£25


ANTIGUA "USED ABROAD" PICTURE POST CARD, St. Vincent postal history
1957 view of English Harbour col. Post Card mailed at Kingstown, St. Vincent with overlapped 2 x 1c, single 10c to Miami Shores, Florida, newsy text, postmark date fairly indistinct.
£12


BARBADOS "USED ABROAD" U.P.U. POST CARD ACCEPTED IN ERROR AT DOMINICA
1886 use of Barbados QV 1½d brown UPU Post Card with cross-written text headed "Mar 29" pmk'd Dominica vertical "A07" at Roseau with C/AP 3 86 despatch cds alongside to Miss M.B. Clinckett, Rev. Canon Branch, The Rectory, Barrouallie, St. Vincent with only KINGSTOWN C/AP 8 86 arrival b/stamp, corner fault but a fine example of accepted mail which should not have been accepted without penalty.
£275



MISSENT or POST OFFICE KNOWS BEST, Dominica and St. Vincent postal history
1886 use of Dominica QV 1½d brown UPU Post Card with cross-written text headed "Dec 24" pmk'd vertical "A07" with C/DE 24 86 cds alongside to Miss M.B. Clinckett, Rev. Canon Branch, The Rectory, Barrouallie, St. Vincent with both KINGSTOWN and CALLIAQUA C/DE 30 86 transit and arrival cds alongside address panel.
Barrouallie is situated 14 miles west of Kingstown on the Leeward coast whilst Calliaqua is about 8 miles east of Kingstown at the bottom of the island on the near Windward coast.
£525

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

WARWICK-WEST to TURKS ISLANDS postal history
1907 b/w ppc of Royal Palms marked "Per S.S. Bermudian via New York" to Lindsay Smith, Grand Turk, Turks Islands with 1d Dock pmk'd WARWICK-WEST FE 18 1907 with TURKS ISLANDS FE 21 07 arrival cds alongside.
£55

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



EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF A ST. VINCENT STAMP and a first sailing date of use
(Placed in POSTAL HISTORY section for convenience): This QV 1d rose-red Perf. 14 to 16 (SG.1) in the accepted paler shade of colour of the first printing, as mentioned PML handbook Page 27, came from the first delivery invoiced from London on 27 March 1861 (56,040 stamps plus 10,020 6d deep yellow-green, SG.2) with expected arrival on 8 April 1861. These adhesives were seemingly not immediately unpacked as known covers of AP 9 61 and AP 24 1861 to the UK are cancelled with the red “PAID AT ST. VINCENT” pre-stamp handstamp. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue lists 8 May 1861 for issue date of the two denominations, which may be true. This 1d adhesive was cancelled by horizontal “A10” (PML.1) on the 8th, 9th or 10th for the 10 May 1861 sailing, and travelled on R.M.S.P. Teviot collecting BARBADOES dbl-arc arrival dated MY 11 1861 making this the EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF A ST. VINCENT STAMP and a first sailing date. The first known adhesive cover bears a strip of three QV 1d, pair QV 6d pmk’d JU 8 1861 addressed to Norfolk, Virginia and travelled in through New Orleans being possibly the finest known American Civil War blockade running cover. The second delivery of the QV 1d rose-red was not invoiced until 22 July 1862 (28,020 stamps), slight thinning.
£450

MAIL TO GRANTLEY ADAMS, Barbados postal history
1952 cover from the Board of Trade pmk'd London OFFICIAL PAID machine cancel dated 7 JAN 1952 to The Hon. G.H. Adams, C.M.G., House of Assembly, Bridgetown with handstruck "MISSENT TO BAHAMAS" supported by Nassau JAN 11 1952 machine cancel on reverse.
Grantley Herbert Adams founded the Barbados Labour Party and was Premier 1953-1958. The International Airport was named after him in 1976 and in 1998 he was named as one of the National Heroes of Barbados. His son, John "Tom" Adams (a keen philatelist), was Prime Minister 1976-1985.
£45


BARBADOS to TRINIDAD postal history
1866 entire with printed colourless embossed DUMMETT & Co. BARBADOS letterhead to E.H. Fitt & Co, Trinidad with 6d orange-red (SG.30) tied Bridgetown "1" bootheel with top flap displaying MR 6 66 despatch and Trinidad MR 8 1866 arrival, left frontal crease with central split.
On DE 1 1862 Barbados and Trinidad had agreed to abolish the collection of 1d from both sender and addressee, this prepaid 6d adhesive comprised 1d to port, 4d sea post, 1d delivery.
£180





UNIQUE RE-INTRODUCTION OF STRAIGHT LINE "ANTIGUA" EIGHTEEN YEARS AFTER ORIGINAL USE
Str. line ANTIGUA (Freeland Type PD5b, 38½ x 3mm recorded short life AP 1 1786 to DE 5 1786) re-introduced as an ARRIVAL mark (only known example as such) on 1804 (JY 11) entire headed Barbados and marked "N.O." (Naval Office) on address panel to Major Vans, Antigua carried free. Some light pencilling inside which might be contemporary.
Contents include "This new change of Administration is a good thing, we shall now be a little more actively employed".
£900


TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS to BARBADOS postal history
1967 reg. cover to Christ Church, Barbados with QE2 1/- Marlin fishing tied GRAND TURK */14 DE 57 d/ring, two purple str. line "CALL AT OFFICE" applied alongside address panel with reverse appended "Received Taped" showing both Turks and Barbados registered datestamps.
£48

BERMUDA to ST. LUCIA postal history
1933 (FE 9) underpaid "Panton" (name erased) cover to Castries with ¼d Caravel pmk'd Paget, tax handstamp and St. Lucia 2d Postage Due added and tied 15 FE 33 cds.
£80




SMITH'S ISLAND, BERMUDA internal postal history
In July 1609 Sir George Somers left Plymouth on the flagship Sea Venture as part of a fleet of 9 vessels with supplies for the new English colony at Jamestown, Virginia. In a severe storm she was separated and driven onto the reefs at Bermuda with all 150 sailors and settlers saved, this event is thought to be Shakespeare’s inspiration for The Tempest. With materials primarily stripped from the Sea Venture two new ships, The Deliverance and The Patience, were built and most set sail again on May 10 1610 for Jamestown. Smith’s island in St. George’s became Bermuda’s first settlement when three of the survivors, Christopher Carter, Edward Waters and Edward Chard (two were mutineers), set up camp becoming the first accidental permanent colonists. They built cabins, planted beans, melons, tobacco, maize, fished the coast and hunted wild hogs left there from an earlier visit by the Spanish. When the Plough arrived from England July 11 1612 with the first part of planned colonists Governor Moore was delighted with the garden produce because the Somer Isles Company in London had supplied him with some 80 varieties of seeds to try in Bermuda. Many of the first European crops Virginia and later American colonies saw were planted on Smith’s Island. The illustrated QV ½d Post Card, postmarked St. Georges 14 JA 1901, is addressed to C. W. McCallan, perhaps the only resident family on the 61 acre island, and perhaps the replied pricing for pupils at the Grammar School was intended for E.A. McCallan, the 1948 Bermudian author of “Life on Old St. David’s”.
Also included u/m commemorative set plus pre-owned Gail Langer Karwoski's book "Miracle - The true story of the Wreck of the Sea Venture" (64 pages).
£325



VICTORIOUS "PORTLAND" RAN AGROUND in RIVER SHANNON and STRANDED, ANTIGUA INTERRUPTED PACKET MAIL
This entire is headed “Antigua 28th Octr 1796” and marked “by Portland packet” from the Tudway correspondence to Wells, Somersetshire with handstruck S:KITTS rated 2/- changed 3/2. The “Portland” had left Falmouth with the mails for the Leeward Islands on AU 29 1796 and when off Barbados was attacked by a French privateer in which she beat off the attacker and preserved the mails. The Cook, William Thomson, lost a leg during the fighting and subsequently died of his injuries. In calm seas, near Guadeloupe, another armed privateer, the “Temeraire”, of much superior force gave chase. At daylight on October 18th the enemy hoisted her French colours and came alongside to board. The Master, Nathaniel Taylor, organised the passengers to open their musquetry upon her killing or wounding 41 of 68 on board. Captain Taylor was killed in the moment of victory. The “Temeraire” was taken into Montserrat as a prize, and the “Portland” left St. Kitts on 30th October bound Falmouth. Due a shortage of fresh water she put into the River Shannon on the west coast of Ireland on 6th January 1797. Sailing shortly after she had to put back because of bad weather, and whilst sheltering she was driven from her moorings and higher up the river ran aground. Stranded and waiting to be refloated on the Spring Tides she eventually arrived at Falmouth on 25th March. In the interim the Mate, Richard Leonard, personally took the mails from Limerick to London and they were placed in the post JA 14 97 per backstamp. This is the first recorded “Portland” interrupted mail entire clearly documenting its journey. The full story can be found in “The History of the Sailing Packets to the West Indies” by Len Britnor Pages 72-73 published by the BWI Study Circle 1973.
£2250

GRENADA to Trinidad postal history
1872 mourning cover to Mungo Campbell, San Fernando, Trinidad with QV 6d orange-red (SG.7) tied "A15" with A/GRENADA/MY 02 72 despatch backstamp showing small part TRINIDAD MY 3 1872 arrival rated red crayon "4". Ex RUSSELL JONES, PITTS.
£475


REMOVED/ADDRESS UNKNOWN, Left The Island, CAYMAN ISLANDS to JAMAICA postal history
1913 cover (opened 2 sides) to Chas H. Phelps, Milk River Baths (mineral springs, highly radioactive), Milk River P.O., Jamaica with KGV 1d red pmk'd Type 5 GEORGETOWN MY 3 13 (SG lists FE 25 13 as release or earliest date), re-directed in blue crayon to Moneague House Hotel, Kingston and three times endorsed manuscript "Left the Island" with purple "REMOVED/ADDRESS UNKNOWN." (Proud Type I100) and black "UNCLAIMED." (with stop), red RETURNED LETTER BRANCH, JAMAICA dated 9 JU 13 and presumed sender's name of "Mrs A.J. Robertson" in red crayon at left edge. A rare commercial inter-island cover full of character.
£625

DOMINICA postal history
1878 small stampless piece with red DOMINICA PAID/I/SP 27 78 cds (ERD) to J.W. Shannon, Barbados.
£225

ST. PHILIP, Barbados postal history
(M3) dated 3/AP 9 94 on 1d Seal Post Card to Trinidad, reverse AP 11 94 arrival, horizontal crease.
£60
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