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HASTINGS SHIP LETTER, St. Christopher postal history
1832 lengthy 3 page entire headed "St. Kitts July 23rd 1832" and marked "pr the Blanche Captn Laws" to Normanton, near Derby rated 1/4 changed 1/7 with top flap showing HASTINGS/SHIP LETTER and 12 SEP 1832 arrival. Contents include "The 1st June packet has not yet arrived, but by the arrival of a vessel at Barbados, we learn there has been another Revolution in France".
An ongoing current survey of about 1,400 private ship letters landed at UK ports show only 17 entires landed at Hastings period 1775 to 1840, this currently being the only one known from St. Christopher.
£135

GINGERLAND and CHARLESTOWN forged cancels, Nevis postmarks
(in stamp section for convenience) 1951 clipping from Stamp Collecting magazine.
£8

Details of the Spiro Brothers forgeries, ST. CHRISTOPHER stamps
(in cover section for convenience) 1870 QV 1d in pale lilac as produced by the Spiro Brothers mounted on card with full description details.
£24


ST. CHRISTOPHER and BARBADOS postal history
1857 cover from Cullompton (Devon) with red F (crown)O cds dated 16 JY 1857 to John A. Beckles, c/o Rev. Edward Beckles, St. Peters Rectory, St. Kitts rated "5" unpaid forwarded Barbados with "6" deleted and "4" added for inter-island sea mail with total "11d" unpaid to include local delivery, b/stamped ST. KITTS AU 3 1857 and BARBADOES AU 21 1857 dbl-arcs.
£125



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

ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
1884 OHMS inscribed foolscap cover to Freshford, Near Bath, Somersetshire with QV 4d blue pair, 6d green tied "A12" (with further 6d stamp removed to make the 5 x 4d quintuple rate) pmk'd ST. KITTS C/SP 26 84, backstamped Bath (OC 13) and Freshford (OC 12). Both stamps and cover edges with faults.
£125

GUADELOUPE "via ST. KITTS" to NOVA SCOTIA
1889 cover from J. Fleurot & Cie, Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe to J.H. Porter & Co., Tusket Wedge, Nova Scotia carried privately to St. Kitts and posted with QV 4d grey tied "A12" with C/JA 19 89 despatch, light part YARMOUTH N.S. FE 6 89 transit on reverse. Small tear at top and other peripheral faults but the only cover recorded as such.
£280

ST. KITTS PAID used during shortage 4d stamps for UPU rate to SCOTLAND.
1889 stampless cover front with single flap to Edinburgh with the (4d) UPU rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/NO 21 89 despatch showing DE 7 89 arrival on opened flap. Fragile with horiz. crease and edge faults mounted against black background sharing the earliest known use date. Ex FORSYTH, BROOKES.
The 1889 shortage of ½d, 1d, 2½d, 4d stamps currently spans a 22 day period NO 21 1889 to DE 12 1889. New supplies were invoiced NO 29 1889 comprising ½d dull green (6,080 stamps), 1d carmine-rose, 2½d 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 2½d under 300 miles radius rate) to Barbados and Antigua respectively, and DE 10 89 (at the 1d local rate) to Nevis.
£350

ST. KITTS PAID (used during shortage 4d stamps for UPU rate) to ENGLAND.
1889 stampless reduced cover front to London with the (4d) UPU rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/DE 5 89 despatch. Ex URWICK, BROOKES.
The 1889 shortage of ½d, 1d, 2½d, 4d stamps currently spans a 22 day period NO 21 1889 to DE 12 1889. New supplies were invoiced NO 29 1889 comprising ½d dull green (6,080 stamps), 1d carmine-rose, 2½d 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 2½d under 300 miles radius rate) to Barbados and Antigua respectively, and DE 10 89 (at the 1d local rate) to Nevis.
£375



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

ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
Originally an exceptionally rare and wonderful unique franking to The Right Reverend Bishop Potter in New York which had six QV 1d magenta P.14 (SG.6) pmk'd worn use of the APMY killer plus ST. KITTS MR 30 78 despatch and New York APR 17 DUE 5c duplex on face with red crayon "4" showing sea post paid.
You can either enjoy a distressed cover with single 1d removed or perhaps improve by adding, by hinge, a suitable stamp of matching shade and postmark.
£625


BOGUS BISECTED REVENUE, BARBADOS to ST.CHRISTOPHER postal history
the bogus "Revenue" and "HALF PENNY" overprints on diagonally perforated genuine QV 1d carmine (SG.92) tied faked Barbados duplex A/JA 4 87 on cover to St. Christopher showing both red and black faked arrival cancels. Opened-out for display, a little fragile with small faults, only entire seen as such. BPA cert as faked cover.
£275

CHOLERA CHISEL SLITS and VINEGAR SPLASHING, Nevis to St. Christopher postal history
1854 NEVIS to ST. CHRISTOPHER disinfected against cholera: two entires, both with contents, written in the same hand addressed to Wigley & Burt in neighbouring Basseterre. First with no dateline or indication of origin heavily splashed with a disinfection agent, probably vinegar, and showing two 1¼ inch chisel slits spaced approximately two inches apart having been applied from reverse (penetrating through enclosure and envelope face) conforming with the officially prescribed methods of treatment of the period. Almost certainly written during the 1853/54 cholera outbreaks which spread through the islands leaving 3,920 dead in St. Christopher; 4,000 dead in Trinidad, and over 20,000 in Barbados. Exact dates for the outbreak are not established but a letter from Jamaica dated FE 24 1854 states upwards of ten cases of cholera in Kingston. The second entire, both written by Charles Kenney, is date-lined Nevis 8th July 1854 and was delivered without disinfection as the cholera epidemic had evidently abated by this date. Due the Royal Mail Steamer calling fortnightly, correspondence between the two islands could be exchanged swifter by means of private sloop. Neither entire shows indication of Post Office charge or private conveyance fee. Examples of disinfected mail from one Caribbean island to another are seldom encountered - this being the only recorded entire treated by both splashing and chisels slits which counts as interrupted mail. An marvellous eye-catching exhibition item.
British Parliamentary Papers state St. Kitts escaped the cholera of 1853, while it prevailed in the adjacent island of Nevis, from which it is distant only six miles. A strict quarantine has been kept up, nothing being allowed to land from Nevis except letters, which were first fumigated … Communication continued the whole time, but St. Kitts remained unscathed for many months after its cessation in the adjacent island.
£1650
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