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ANTIGUA postal history
1869 cover to Mrs Mary Mackintosh, South Kensington, London with 2 x QV 6d green (SG.8) lightly tied "A02" with light red London Paid AP 26 69 arrival, reverse clear A/ANTIGUA/AP 10 69 despatch cds. Some faults including larger opening tear at top.
£225

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
1900 cover to Syracuse, New York with d, pair 1d attractively cancelled by ANTIGUA small fleuron cds dared MY 28 00, backstamps.
£48

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
Bogus mourning cover to London with genuine Leewards 1949 KG6 d slate-grey tied forged 26mm ANTIGUA with fleuron at base cds dated OC 17 94 for 49 purporting to prepay the registered rate with blue "R" in oval appended "2895", reverse forged WEST EALING 11.45 PM 11 NOV 1938 arrival cds.
The genuine ANTIGUA fleuron at base measures 23mm and was used period 1890 to 1901.
£120



EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ANTIGUA FLEURON AS ARRIVAL MARK, St. Christopher postal history
1815 entire dated "Basseterre May 14th 1815" from Thomas William Sturgeon N.O. (Naval Office) to J. King, Secretary to His Excellency Sir, James Leith, Antigua carried through the mail as rated "4" unpaid. Docketted on lower flap "St. Christopher as requesting either the original warrant for his appointment, or copy".
Fleurons used as ingoing arrival marks are by far the rarest in their group and very seldom found.
£825





UNIQUE RE-INTRODUCTION OF STRAIGHT LINE "ANTIGUA" EIGHTEEN YEARS AFTER ORIGINAL USE
Str. line ANTIGUA (Freeland Type PD5b, 38 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

ALL SAINTS, ANTIGUA postal history
1933 cover to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico with KGV d, pair 1d pmk'd ALL SAINTS */JY 27 33 cds with partial St. Johns JY 30 (33) d/ring backstamp.
£80



ANTIGUA postal history
1941 patriotic cover with U.S. 2c, 3c tied Saint Louis, Missouri NOV 14 1941 machine to St. John's, Antigua with "WHILE THIS RULES/(Nazi serpent)/DONT BUY GERMAN GOODS" propaganda label, reverse EXAMINED BY CENSOR/ANTIGUA handstamp. Soiling.
£60



The unique HIGINBOTHON & HUMPHRYS forwarding agents cachet, ANTIGUA postal history
1851 mourning band entire headed "St. Martin 2nd March 1851" marked "Particular care of R. Higginbothon Esq., U.S. Consul, Antigua" with "FORWARDED BY/HIGINBOTHON & HUMPHRYS/ANTIGUA" double lined oval cachet posted with ANTIGUA MR 11 1851 dbl-arc to St. James Street, London locally directed Stratford Place rated 2/-.
£1750

OLD ROAD, Antigua postal history
1950 cover to Yorkshire with KG6 d x 2, 2d pmk'd OLD ROAD */10 JA 50 cds.
£36

OLD ROAD, ANTIGUA postal history
1946 cover with KG6 Victory pair locally to St. John's pmk'd OLD ROAD */NO 1 46 cds.
£25

OLD ROAD, Antigua postal history
1950 cover to Yorkshire with KG6 1d, 1d pmk'd OLD ROAD */AP 6 50 cds.
£36

ST. MARY'S, ANTIGUA postal history
1928 cover to Priscilla Publishing Co., Boston, USA with KGV 2d pmk'd ST. MARY'S sideways down C/AU 27 28 cds, slightly soiled edges.
£65

ST. PETER'S, Antigua postal history
1919 cover to Montgomery Ward, Chicago with Leewards KGV d deep green, 1d bright scarlet (SG.47a,48a) pmk'd ST. PETER'S sideways down C/DE 1 19 cds, flap removed.
£140

ANTIGUA postal history
1903 underpaid cover front to Funchal, Madeira with Leeward KE7 1d pmk'd ANTIGUA AP 22 03 showing tax handstamps and handstruck "1 30" due, plenty of character and most unusual destination.
£65


A18 used ENGLISH HARBOUR, Antigua postal history
1885 cover to R.V. Sherring, Hallatrow, Nr. Bristol with pair QV d, pair and single QV 1d carmine-red pmk'd "A18" (a second type) additionally tied ENGLISH HARBOUR A/DE 11 85 cds, marked "via New York per Andies", some flap damage and showing Hallatrow and Bristol JA 1 86 cds. Sold "as is".
Note: This A18 cancel is not of the type proofed and sent out in 1858. It is now thought that the cover is contrived and fabricated in the early 1950's.
£500


A18 used ENGLISH HARBOUR, Antigua postal history
1885 cover to R.V. Sherring, Hallatrow, Nr. Bristol with strip of three, single QV 1d carmine-red tied "A18" (a second type) with ENGLISH HARBOUR A/DE 4 85 cds alongside. Top left with re-instated "via Saint Thomas", reverse with most of flap removed showing Hallatrow and Bristol DE 21 85 cds. Sold "as is".
Note: This A18 cancel is not of the type proofed and sent out in 1858. It is now thought that the cover is contrived and fabricated in the early 1950's.
£500

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
1932 reg. Rev. Iremonger cover to Bristol with KGV 1.00 (SG.80) pmk'd ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA MY 21 1932, backstamped REGISTERED PLYMOUTH 7 JU 32 oval.
£325


ANTIGUA postal history
1879 QV 1d red-brown UPU Post Card written "St. John's Dec 12th 1879" sent most unusually without killer or despatch cds to London showing 29 DE 79 arrival, worn reverse text mentions "the fever seems to be leaving us", the doctor having "adopted the Carbolic Acid treatment so successfully" and "a severe shock of earthquake". Some soiling etc.
£36

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
1940 airmail combination cover with Antigua KG6 d, Leewards 6d, 2/- pmk'd St. John's AP 8 40 to the BBC, London, alongside void centre RECEIVED FROM H.M. SHIPS d/ring, unusual as such.
£65


OFFICIAL-PAID, Antigua postal history to Tapton Close, Sheffield
1916 Leewards KE7 2d PSRE with added KGV 1d to Sheffield pmk'd */MY 19 16, album page backing paper adhers to whole of reverse, rarely seen cancel.
£140
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