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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 pmkd 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

DOMINICA to GUADELOUPE postal history
1926 use of Formula PSRE with added KGV d, 3d to the Station Agronomique, Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadelope pmk'd GPO OC 6 26 showing Basseterre 7 OCT 26 and Pointe A Pitre 8 OCT 26 arrival backstamps, overall toning and 3d stamp defective.
£36

ST. KITTS-NEVIS to Tortola, VIRGIN ISLANDS postal history
1919 cover to Tortola with 1d Medicinal Spring pmk'd "A12" duplex dated C/AP 15 19, reverse Tortola A/AP 24 19 arrival/
£15


ST. VINCENT postal history
1903 cover to E.A. Abrahams Esq., Solicitor, Georgetown, Demerara with pair, two singles KE7 d tied crisply struck "PAQUEBOT" (PML.87, 30 x 5mm) off-loaded with ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA MR 11 03 with Georgetown 15 MAR 1903 arrival backstamp, hinge remain but otherwise of exhibition quality.
£225

PENULTIMATE SAILING PRIOR EMPIRE 1d RATE, ST. VINCENT to BARBADOS postal history
1898 cover to Paddington, London marked "9th Dec '98" at lower left with handstruck str. line purplish-black "Posted on British Packet."posted with horiz. strip of five QV d green and carried "loose" until off-loaded with BARBADOS A/DE 10 98 sqc prior onward transmission, backstamped Paddington DE 21 98 arrival.
The Empire Penny Rate was introduced at St. Vincent on Christmas Day 1898.
£120

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


BARBADOS 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


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


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


BARBADOS to GRENADA postal history
1847 mourning envelope to the Colonial Bank, Grenada with unpaid double rate "8", reverse BARBADOES FE 8 1847 despatch dbl-arc.
£65

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

15/9/79 VILLAGE MANUSCRIPT, St. Christopher postal history (Ex URWICK, ROBERTS, BROOKES)
1879 cover to Cathrine Muir, Charles Town Dispensary, George Town, Demerara with QV 1d magenta pmk'd "15/9/79" at one of the rural offices with QV 6d green pmk'd APMY cds with ST. KITTS SP 16 79 despatch alongside, soiled and faulty edges, large part flap lost in opening, partial Georgetown arrival backstamp. Ex, URWICK, TV ROBERTS, BROOKES.
British Guiana had an interim UPU rate AP 1 77 to AP 1 79 and during that period mail from St. Christopher (as a non-UPU member) would have been 6d. At the time of posting this letter both would have been full UPU members (St. Christopher having joined the UPU JY 1 1879) and postage should have been 4d. However there must have been confusion on the part of St. Christopher as the rural 1d surcharge was contrary to UPU regulations, and it is felt that the continued use of the 6d rate, ten weeks after joining, was an overhang.
£1725

BAHAMAS to Bermuda postal history
1952 (AP 4) Bahamas Supply House foolscap cover to Bailey's Bay with KG6 6d pmk'd Nassau, taxed with POSTAGE/8d/DUE handstamp added on arrival.
£48

BRITISH GUIANA to Bermuda postal history
1948 (DE 20) underpaid cover to St. Georges, Bermuda with KG6 RSW 3c block of four pmk'd Georgetown, taxed with POSTAGE/10d/DUE added on arrival, slightly shortened at left.
£60

CAYMAN ISLANDS to Bermuda postal history
1976 Christmas card envelope marked 2nd Class Airmail to Bermuda with QE2 50c pmk'd Georgetown, Grand Cayman */DE 13 76, on arrival boxed RETURN TO SENDER non delivery handstamp applied as recipient unknown.
£25

ST. KITTS PAID (used during shortage 1d stamps for the internal rate) to NEVIS.
1889 stampless cover to Miss. Richardson, opposite the church, Charlestown, Nevis with the (1d) rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/DE 10 89 despatch and NEVIS A/DE 11 89 arrival backstamp. Minor blemishes but unique as such and the latest recorded use. Ex BROOKES.
The 1889 shortage of d, 1d, 2d, 4d stamps currently spans a 22 day period NO 21 1889 to DE 12 1889. New supplies were invoiced NO 29 1889 comprising d dull green (6,080 stamps), 1d carmine-rose, 2d ultramarine, 4d grey (6,100 each) all Crown CA wmk, with expected arrival in time for the DE 19 89 sailing to UK. Only four covers and two cover fronts are recorded comprising NO 21 89 (at the over 300 miles rate) to Trinidad, NO 21 89 and DE 5 89 cover fronts (at the 4d UPU rate) to Edinburgh and London respectively, DE 5 89 and DE 12 89 (at the 2d under 300 miles radius rate) to Barbados and Antigua respectively, and DE 10 89 (at the 1d local rate) to Nevis.
£1350

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

TRINIDAD postal history
1848 part wrapper docketted along top "Trinidad 4 Dec 1848" to William McGregor Grant, Arnos Vale, St. Vincent rated unpaid "4" showing GRENADA DE 16 1848 transit dbl-arc and ST. VINCENT DE 21 1848 arrival dbl-arc.
Prestamp mail between Trinidad and St. Vincent rarely found. The flat ground at Arnos Vale became the site of the national airport and terminal as illustrated on the St. Vincent 1965 3c definitive (SG.233). For many years a bamboo pole was used to close both sides of the main coast road when flights were in progress.
£140

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