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A TECHNICALLY ILLEGAL LAST SAILING USE OF GB QV 6d, St. Christopher postal history
1860 cover front to Macclesfield with left flap, small portions right and lower edges irredeemably folded back and held with hinges (now browned) with GB QV 6d neatly tied "A12". The left fold has been prized open to show ST. KITTS MR 28 1860 dbl-arc and manuscript "posted too late", no indication of arrival. Use of the GB QV 6d alone on cover at St. Christopher is must scarcer than expected, currently I only record 7 items. No attempt has been made to improve the flap but with care it could be restored.
The expectation is that this "cover" was held over until the next sailing on AP 11 1860 and would have provided an interesting situation as on AP 1 1860 control of the West Indian Post Offices was officially transferred to local authorities, and GB stamps after that date were not technically permitted. The red ST. KITTS/PAID handstamp being used until St. Christopher provided itself with their own postage stamps (first supplies invoiced FE 14 1870). Use of the red ST. KITTS/PAID on AP 11 1860 is illustrated and described Brian Brookes sale lot 148 (Spink JA 23 2018).

SIERRA LEONE postal history
1895 use of QV d Post Card marked per S.S. "Roquelle" to Hasselt, Belgium pmk'd "B31" with FREETOWN B/JY 13 95 plus handstruck "LATE", landed with red LIVERPOOL A/AU 5 95/SHIP cds (Private Ship as opposed to Liverpool Packet arrival) with HASSELT 7 AOUT 1895 arrival, lengthy reverse text in French.

VICTORIA postal history
1868 cover to Edinburgh with strip of three QV 2d pmk'd "196" numerals with boxed "TOO LATE" handstamp alongside, reverse BRANXHOLME despatch datestamp showing "MR" slug, fine blue Melbourne AP 1 68 and Edinburgh JU 19 68 arrival, some toned perfs.
This cover missed the previous ship, the GEELONG, by just one day

NEW ZEALAND postal history
1864 cover to Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire with 6d red-brown cancelled manuscript "Be" (believed Benmore) with red framed "TOO LATE" applied Invercargill DE 18 64 per b/stamp. RPSNZ Cert (2013).

TOO LATE used KINGSTON, Jamaica postal history
1868 worm-eaten edged cover open most of 3 sides b/stamped Kingston C/AU 10 68 to Richard Hill, Spanish Town showing TOO LATE (TL3, LRD) and Spanish Town A/AU 11 68 clear of address panel, flap with printed blue buckled DAT CURA COMMODUM (carefulness bestows profit). The absence of adhesive or manuscript postal charge being usual on official correspondence mailed within the island.

178 used MARENGO, New South Wales postal history
cover with 2 x QV 2d to Hobart, Tasmania dated OC 13 1904 with handstruck "TOO-LATE".

AP 30 94 with framed TOO LATE on QV 15c rate cover to Leeds, toning on reverse.

DE 31 83 on QV 4c PSE with boxed TOO LATE, large part cover reverse removed.

TOO-LATE on Kaieteur Falls Air Letter
with added QE2 6c pmkd Benab 3 NO 58.