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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

H.M. PRISON, Barbuda postal history
1992 manila Government Service cover from Adrian Nicholas (flap) to Ms Denise Nicholas, Miami, Florida with Antigua Barbuda 60c pmk'd BARBUDA d/ring with H.M. PRISON/25 FEB 1992/ANTIGUA oval d/ring cachet alongside.
£20


ANTIGUA revenue receipt Church re-building fund (consequences of earlier hurricane)
1964 QE2 2c postal adhesive used for revenue purposes on receipt dated August 15th from Mrs. A Nugent for £5 donation towards the St. George's Church Re-building Fund.
History of church enclosed.
£24




SYRIAN COMMUNITY in ANTIGUA postal history
1957 printed KALLIL SHOUL sender cover reg. to London with QE2 4c, 6c, 12, 24c pmk'd St. Johns */20 AP 57 d/ring.
Kallil Shoul established the business in 1908, history of firm and family enclosed plus printed photo of the original shop decorated to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
£28

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
1894 cover front to Ontario, Canada with Leewards QV 2½d pmk'd ANTIGUA JA 31 94 cds, marked "No P.O. given" in manuscript with handstruck 2-line RETURNED FOR/BETTER DIRECTION, soiled with edge faults.
£12

6 CONCENTRIC CIRCLES maritime postmark, Leeward Islands postal history
1919 reg. cover front to Clifton, Bristol with Leeward Islands KGV 1d, 3d, 6d tied 6 Concentric circles dumb maritime handstamp with St. John's, Antigua FE 27 19 despatch alongside.
£75

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

BOGUS CANCELLATION and REGISTRATION, LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
Bogus mourning cover to London with genuine Leewards 1949 KG6 ½d 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 23½mm 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, 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

ALL SAINTS, ANTIGUA postal history
1933 cover to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico with KGV ½d, 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



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

OLD ROAD, Antigua postal history
1950 cover to Yorkshire with KG6 ½d 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, 1½d 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 ½d 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
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