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The ERROR PANE (see scan below) Carnival booklet, St. Vincent stamps
1975 $2.50 Carnival booklet printed WITHOUT THE 35c denomination but including a SECOND 25c BY ERROR (the four panes adding up to only $2.40 instead of the intended $2.50). A great modern rarity in perfect unmounted mint condition.
The booklet was assembled by the St. Vincent Philatelic Bureau staff (126 girls at its peak in 1978). At a very late stage of collation and early stapling it was noticed there was no 35c value. A corrected pane was rapidly sent from the printers in Holland but some error booklets had already got into the standing order supply chain. The expectation was that no more than about 10 error booklets were in circulation and most have not been found to this date.
£1250



MOGADOR, Morocco postal history
1887 use of the ST. VINCENT QV 1d carmine Post Card overprinted for use in GIBRALTAR written from MOGADOR with "Mog. 5/4 87" with turquoise PER "EMPUSA" to Stuttgart, Germany pmk'd at Gibraltar with "A26" duplex dated A/AP 10 87, some harsher toning.
The Mogador Post Office opened in 1887
£325

ST. VINCENT to BELGIUM postal history
1920 underpaid cover with KGV 1d pmk'd Kingstown C/23 NO 20 to Belgium with 30c Postage Due tied Antwerpen cds, small repaired opening tear.
£48






A UNIQUE IMPERFORATE PROOF SHEET SHOWING THE UNISSUED TRANSPOSED AMERICAN PRESIDENTS ERROR
1975 200th Anniversary of American Independence issue: Two differing mint imperforate proof sheets exist (this one having DARKER PINK BACKGROUND TO LOWER MIDDLE LABEL than found on the issued stamps, the reason unknown) showing wrong portrait of Franklin Pierce on the 5c, and wrong portrait of Andrew Johnson on the 10c (transposed portraits error).
The other transposed Presidents error sheet, also mounted by the printers on white card, has lighter black backgrounds behind portraits of the Presidents than found on issued stamps. This sheet is uniquely marked "Q541 BLACKS" in lower selvedge being the House of Questa printers reference number presumed connected with the black printing. The error was noted after completion of printing with ALL SHEETS DESTROYED by the Crown Agents and printers, and the corrected printing sent to St. Vincent (the two error sheets accepted by O.J. Urch, philatelic adviser, from Prime minister of St. Vincent Milton Cato per "accountable items" original envelope which is enclosed).
£1525




A UNIQUE IMPERFORATE PROOF SHEET SHOWING THE UNISSUED TRANSPOSED AMERICAN PRESIDENTS ERROR
1975 200th Anniversary of American Independence issue: Two differing mint imperforate proof sheets exist (this one having LIGHTER BLACK BACKGROUND behind portraits of those Presidents than found on the issued stamps) showing wrong portrait of Franklin Pierce on the 5c, and wrong portrait of Andrew Johnson on the 10c (transposed portraits error).
The other transposed Presidents error sheet, also mounted by the printers on white card, has a much darker pink background to the lower middle label than found on issues stamps, and is marked "Q541 BLACKS" in lower white selvedge being the House of Questa printers reference number presumed connected with the black printing. The error was noted after completion of printing with ALL SHEETS DESTROYED by the Crown Agents and printers, and the corrected printing sent to St. Vincent (the two error sheets accepted by O.J. Urch, philatelic adviser, from Prime Minister of St. Vincent Milton Cato per photocopy of "accountable items" text enclosed).
£1500

ST. VINCENT postal history
1899 use of QV 2d blue PSRE with added QV 1d red (SG.48b) pmk'd Kingstown A/AP 14 1899 to London paying the EMPIRE PENNY POST rate introduced DE 25 1898, no backstamps.
Short-lived use with this stamp as its replacement, the QV 1d Keyplate (SG.68), was supposely placed on sale 8 days later. I have kept no record for earliest use SG.68 at Kingstown but at Barrouallie last use of SG.48b is AP 4 99 and earliest use SG. 68 is AP 17 99. Probably the only survivor as such on full QV 2d PSRE.
£180

CHATEAUBELAIR, St. Vincent postal history
1898 cover to Syracuse, New York with CHATEAUBELAIR C/AU 5 98 (LRD) despatch and QV d pair, single, QV 1d red left to be pmk'd at Kingstown A/AU 5 98, some sealed opening tears top right.
An important cover plugging the long-standing "unknown" period C/JU 22 98 (LRD per WIPHR) and SP 11 98 (date island being devastated by giant hurricane, PML Page 7). With the handstamp evidently lost the abbreviated "CH" had a late re-introduction with confirmed use OC 1 98 to MY 9 99. Nothing further is really known until the third type CHATEAUBELAIR is used earliest date AP 16 01.
£240

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




GRENADA postal history
1944 stampless OHMS/S. DE S.M. cover to Mrs Rose Joseph, Gouyave Estate with purple oval WINDWARD ISLANDS/2 DEC 1944/GARRISON H.Q. cachet, reverse GOUYAVE */11 DE 44 and */14 DE 44 d/rings.
£95


The rare 10c mauve MUSTIQUE COMPANY LIMITED label
on inaugural first flight cover dated 1 SEP 1971 addressed to Hon. Colin Tennant. Only 70 mauve labels were printed for exclusive use of the Tennant family (owners of the island). 64 mauve labels used on flight covers, 1 mauve label on unique proving cover of earlier service, 5 mauve labels unaccounted for (no mint mauve labels currently known).
The Flight covers used up all remaining orange, yellow, blue, mauve labels terminating a genuine commercial local carriage service which had remained undiscovered for some 45 years. Scan of this actual cover as used in a BWISC Bulletin advert attached.
£125

MUSTIQUE, St. Vincent postal history
San Andres Island, Colombia, Hotel Abacoa cover with St. Vincent 2c, 8c, 10c Bird definitives pmk'd */9 AU 72 to Miami, Florida. Exceptionally attractive.
£120

Vertical "A10" (late use), St. Vincent postal history
c1892 Barbados QV 1d pink embossed PSE pmk'd vertical "A10" to S.M.S. "Molthe", German training ship, Kingstown, no despatch ar arrival datestamps.
Other late uses vertical "A10" are found on Barbados reply card portion JA 29 1892 and the latest date of FE 15 1892 on QV 1d UPU card to Trinidad
£140


ST. VINCENT postal history:
1893 QV 1d carmine newswrapper complete unused handstamped rare "Specimen." (Type XI, in upper and lower case type 19mm long with period, 2mm high).
A single example recorded per PML handbook Page 83
£240


ST. VINCENT postal history:
1893 QV d green newswrapper complete unused handstamped rare "Specimen." (Type XI, in upper and lower case type 19mm long with period, 2mm high).
A single example recorded on the QV d wrapper per PML handbook Page 83
£240

CUMBERLAND, St. Vincent postal history
B/3 DE 28 on KGV 6d (SG.137) cover to Manchester (excised name) showing str. line "REGISTERED" (applied village), some creasing and toning.
£32

ST. VINCENT postal history
Grenadines foolscap cover with 7 x 5c Boat-building purple shirt (SG.30) plus 3c Shells, 12c St. Vincent UPU (defective) to Belgium pmk'd Kingstown A/21 JY 76, undelivered and returned, Antwerp backstamp.
£25

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent postal history
C/SP 29 13 tying KGV d (SG.108) on "TIMES" underpaid cover to Manchester, corner fault lower right.
£30

VERAS, St. Vincent postal history
paquebot cachet on GB QE2 3d cover tied PAQUEBOT with Kingstown */3 JA 64 cds.
£10


Latest and final use "A10" (horiz) used KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT postal history:
1883 use of QV 1d brown Post Card to London design tied black horiz. "A10" (PML.2) with red ST. VINCENT A/JU 8 83 despatch cds, card with vertical crease. An important item.
The vertical "A10" was re-introduced for use at Kingstown on JY 28 1883 next sailing as seen on QV 4d blue cover to Leipzig, Germany (the PML LRD of FE 22 84 is an error)
£150

CUMBERLAND, St. Vincent postal history
self-addressed cover by Peter Jaffe (during his only visit to St. Vincent) dated */3 JY 50 with village str. line REGISTERED, minor toning.
£50
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