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Postal Stationery "USED ABROAD", British Guiana postal history
1938 use one "ONE CENT" on 2c carmine UPU Post Card by the Regent Stamp Company to Oxton, Birkenhead put through the London machine cancel on 5 AUG 1938 with the uncancelled GB KG6 1d tied by London 5 AU 38 d/ring.
£36



Surbiton Hill, Great Britain destination mail to Fort Murray, BRITISH KAFFRARIA postal history
1859 mourning cover to George Brownlow, Fort Murray, British Kaffraria, Cape of Good Hope from SURBITON HILL (no date slugs backstamp) with GB QV 6d pale lilac tied KINGSTON-ON-THAMES "422" duplex dated D/SP 5 59 showing red crayon 1d credited to the Cape Colony, reverse London S.W., DEVONPORT E/SP 6 59, red CAPE TOWN NO 16 1859 arrival, under flap "Ansd letter to Edward 12 Dec 1859". (Carried by the "Dane" packet boat).
The area annexed to the British Cape Colony on 10 May 1835 as Queen Adelaide Province, but on 5 December 1835 the Cape Colony disallowed the annexation and it was renamed Queen Adelaide Land district with Grahamstown as its capital until 1847. On 17 December 1847 it was again annexed to the Cape Colony as British Kaffraria Colony with King William's Town as its capital. On 7 March 1860 British Kaffraria became a separate crown colony. It was finally re-incorporated into the Cape Colony on 17 April 1866.
£425


Wreck of S.S. "WINDSOR CASTLE" (Donald Currie Line), CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1876 cover and lengthy 5-page letter headed "Kersal Rectory (Salford) Sept 16 1876" to Miss Helen Ayliffe, Greystone, Grahamstown, Cape of Good Hope marked "per first Steamer, September 22 1876" with GB QV 6d grey Plate 15 tied Manchester "498" duplex dated SP 22 1876 with CAPE TOWN O/OC 20 76 arrival alongside, reverse shows DARTMOUTH B/SP 23 76 despatch and GRAHAMSTOWN OC 25 76 arrival clear of large part flap missing which shows both albino SPIERS & SON OXFORD envelope manufacturer and sender's emblem.
The "Windsor Castle" sailed from Dartmouth on 23rd September 1876 and hit rocks between 2 and 3am on 19th October off Dassen Island while approaching Cape Town. A Lt. Melville and a Mr Searle, after a most unpleasant journey, reached Cape Town at about 9pm with the news of the wrecked mail steamer. The "Florence" was despatched to the scene of the wreck, but due strong winds was unable to get out of the harbour until 4.15am, sighted the masts of the Windsor at 7am, and cast anchor at Dassen Island at 8am where the 160 passengers had assembled taking up a Robinson Crusoe kind of existence in tents rigged up from sails amongst heaps of saved baggage, boxes, gun cases and 70 to 80 mailbags. The "Florence" left at 1pm with the first of the survivors arriving at Cape Town at 6pm. Seven or eight feet of rock had ripped through the bottom and the ship broke up in heavy swells within a week. The rescued mail was postmarked at Cape Town on 20th October 1876.
£1200



Wolverhampton to Kellerberrin, Western Australia re-directed Bulawayo, Salisbury, Rhodesia
1924 cover with GB KGV 1d pmk'd Wolverhampton to Kellerberrin, Western Australia forwarded Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia with boxed "UNCLAIMED/ADVERTISED" and Returned Letter Branch, G.P.O. Salisbury d/ring.
Wolverhampton DE 5 1924, Kellerberrin JA 8 1925, Bulawayo JA 2 and JA 7, Salisbury MY 6 1925.
£30



HOTEL VICTORIA UNCLAIMED, Great Britain (Isle of Wight) postal history
1890 cover to Mrs. Greenwood, Hotel Victoria, Northumberland Avenue, London with GB QV 1d lilac (16 dots) tied VENTNOR "971" duplex dated C/DE 22 90 with purple d/ring oval HOTEL VICTORIA /UNCLAIMED/RECEPTION BUREAU alongside, reverse framed "Not called for/W.C", manuscript and dated initials, and London DE 22 90 and JA 1 91 cds.
£75


M.V. "Staffordshire", Great Britain (Devon) postal history
1957 cover to the Fourth Officer, M.V. "Staffordshire", Brixham & Torbay Coaling Company re-addressed London with GB QE2 1d, 1d tied Budleigh Salterton 9 MAY 57, handstruck "SIP SAILED", slightly soiled.
£40


BAHAMAS to Isle of Wight re-directed Hyeres, France postal history
1910 printed Royal Coat-of-Arms flap cover to Shanklin, Isle of Wight with indistinctly tied 1d Staircase, on arrival re-directed to Hyeres, France with three copies GB KE7 d (one defective) tied SHANKLIN S.O. DE 22 10 d/rings, cover poorly opened.
£40


ST. VINCENT postal history re-posted at PLYMOUTH (Devon)
1906 b/w ppc of Kingstown to Plymouth with KE7 1d pmk'd Kingstown C/DE 24 06, on arrival re-addressed to Newport, Lincoln with GB KE7 d pmk'd Plymouth JA 7 07 d/ring.
£24



GB QV 2d rosy-mauve PLATE 17 on entire, Malta postal history
1880 complete entire with TEOFANI & MERICAS, MALTA cachet to Istra (Croatia's heart-shaped peninsular shared by Croatia, Slovenia and Italy) with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 17 tied "A25" duplex dated C/MALTA/FE 12 80.
£500



WW2 Mail to DARRELL'S ISLAND ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION, Bermuda postal history
1941 use of GB KG6 2d PSE pmk'd Tunbridge Wells "Post Early In The Day" machine cancel dated 29 JUN 1941 to Corporal Arthur James Brett, R.A.F. possibly addressed Dept. 08 Air Ministry, British Mails prior forwarding to Darrell's Island, Bermuda with HAMILTON 1 AUG 41 backstamp, further blue 8 SEP 1941 handstamp PERSONAL LETTERS/AIR MINISTRY pencilled "08", and manuscript forwarding "1425 Flight (RAF) Honeybourne, Worcester, RAF Prestwick, Scotland, and RAF I.OTU (No. 1 (Coastal) Operations Training Unit), Silloth, Cumberland with 29 DE 41 arrival d/ring.
£180


SUTTON BENGER (Wiltshire) to BERMUDA postal history
1908 opened-out for display cover to the Royal Gazette Office, Hamilton, Bermuda with GB KE7 1d pmk\'d SUTTON BENGER (Wiltshire) B/MY 18 08 forwarded 4 JUN 08 with handstruck circled \"T\" to Brooklyn, New York with handstruck \"COLLECT/POSTAGE .03 CENTS\", three x U.S. 1c Postage Dues tied to reverse.\r\n
£40





RECEIVED ON BOARD NEAR THE EQUATOR, Germany and Falmouth (Cornwall) postal history:
1882 stampless cover to Warin, Mecklenburg (Western Pomeramia), Germany marked along top "p. N. German Bark Alma Elisabeth/Received on bord near the Equator" landed with FALMOUTH SHIP LETTER cds dated AP 19 72 and rated "5" in blue crayon, side flap opens to display further FALMOUTH SHIP LETTER AP 19 72 cds overstruck red SHIP LETTER LONDON A/AP 20 72 as it travelled in the overnight sealed ship letter bag with turquoise VERVIERE (Belgium) 20 4 transit, a little sea water staining at left.
A lovely research item.
£500


P & O and BRITISH INDIA LINES, Greece postal history
1953 cover to Flixton, Manchester with GB KG6 2d tied Greek machine cancel, reverse with purple boxed "TRAVEL & SHIP/BY P & O/AND/BRITISH INDIA LINES" and 2-line "VISIT GREECE/SUNSHINE - BLUE SKY" advertising handstamps.
£45

Northern Ireland to ST. VINCENT missent JAMAICA
1977 (NO 8) underpaid and taxed cover to St. Vincent with GB QE2 9d pmk'd Belfast, purple str. line "MISSENT TO JAMAICA", stamp with glossy glue stain.
£10

BARBADOS postal history
1873 cover to P.A. Fraser, Barbados Railway Company, Bridgetown with GB QV 1/- green Plate 8 tied BEAULY "39" duplex dated A/NO 30 73 with BARBADOS I/DE 19 73 arrival on lower flap.
The Barbados Railway Company was formed in 1873, the line opened August 1st, 1882.
£95


Great Britain 1971 Postal strike: EMERGENCY MAIL SERVICE, Rhodesia postal history
1971 complete with text AIR LETTER to Oxford, England with 2c, 5c affixed for postage and additional 50c fee pmk'd CAUSEWAY 25 FEB 71 with circular EMERGENCY AIR SERVICE d/ring alongside.
Writer mentions new service (inaugurated on or about the 20th February) for such airletters at a cost of 5/- or 50c cents local. Such letters were taken by private couriers. The UK postal workers strike was period January to March 1971
£75


AROUND THE GLOBE IN 100 DAYS, York, Halifax N.S, San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia
1879 QV One Penny Farthing Foreign Post Card written by "John G. Dayn Jan 13th 1879 8pm" and pmk'd same night with YORK "930" duplex dated I/JA 13 79 with addresses and instructions for a bid to travel around the Globe in 100 days via Halifax, Nova Scotia, San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia, Java (with comment "out of the direct course"), and back to York showing Halifax JA 27 79, Hong Kong A/MR 19 79, Weltevreden 31 3 79 cds, some toning and closed base tear.
Two other similar items are noted for the period with Hong Kong MR 21 79 cds on Denmark post card with USA, Hong Kong, Hawaii adhesives, and Hong Kong MY 10 79 cds on German post card with Hong Kong, South Australia adhesives and via Uruguay address. Jules Verne published his novel "Around the World in 80 days" in 1873.
£225

MALTA postal history
1871 cover marked "via Messina" to Naples with GB QV 1d Plate 121, 3d Plate 5 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated A/FE 21 71.
£120

"BOTH WAYS" with 1st and 2nd CLASS AIRMAIL, BARBADOS postal history
1964 unsealed window envelope pmk'd London =/6d meter cancel with handstamped blue "BY AIR MAIL 2nd CLASS" arriving Barbados 19 MY 64, the arrival backstamp partially cover as envelope sealed and returned with QE2 12c, 24c pmk'd 3 JUN 1964 slogan, and unusual "both ways" cover.
£40

MAIL TO YALE UNIVERSITY SCROLL AND KEYS SECRET SOCIETY CO-FOUNDER
1875 cover to William L. Kingsley, New Haven, Connecticut with GB QV 2d rosy mauve pmk'd London AU 2 75 duplex showing New York Paid All, forwarded with U.S. 3c green to Keene Flats, Essex County, New York arriving AUG 14.
£240
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