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"AROUND THE WORLD IN THE QUICKEST POSSIBLE TIME", Jamaica and British Guiana postal history
1905 use of GB 1d carmine/buff Post Card pmk'd Derby JA 5 05 arriving Kingston, Jamaica JA 28 05 with 1d Arms pmk'd Kingston FE 17 05 arriving Georgetown, Br. Guiana 1 MAR 1905 with 2c pmk'd Georgetown 4 MAR 1905 showing Port Of Spain, Trinidad MR 6 05 and New York MAR 23 1905 transits before journey abruptly ended with San Francisco P.O./APR 14 1905/D.L. SECTION (Dead Letter) purple d/ring, alongside further purplish boxed handstamp with lower line reading "Returned from R.L.O." (town unclear) with black manuscript "Contrary to Regulations", corner damage but "around the world" entires rarely found incorporating the British West Indies.
£125


FIRST SAILING WITH NEW 1/- PER HALF OUNCE RATE, Jamaica postal history
1863 entire written and postmarked London AP 1 63 with heavily cancelled GB QV 1/- green tied barred oval "12" to Messrs Barclay & McDowell, Jamaica backstamped Kingston-Jamaica AP 20 63 arrival.
New rates were set from London and the rate to the British West Indies was increased from 6d to 1/- per half ounce on AP 1 1863, RMSP "La Plata" departed from Southampton AP 2 1863.
£120

1954 PRESTWICK DISASTER COVER and GREAT BRITAIN AMBULANCE COVER to JAMAICA
1954 charred edge back and front of cover pmk'd London 23 XII 54 together with contents to R.H. Ridler, Barclays Bank Ltd, Kingston, Jamaica, B.W.I. requiring completion of its journey, due such distressed condition, by Great Britain Post Office O.H.M.S. ambulance cover, both covers struck with purple boxed "SALVAGED MAIL/AIRCRAFT CRASH/PRESTWICK 25-12-54"., flap of latter poorly opened.
BOAC Boeing 377 Stratocruiser crashed on landing at Prestwick Airport in the early hours of Christmas Day 1954, 28 of the 36 onboard were killed.
£325

EARLIEST EXAMPLE OF 1d RETAINED ON HALF OUNCE POST, Jamaica postal history
1860 GB QV 6d cover to Thomas Hendrick, Attorney, Kingston, Jamaica pmk'd LIVERPOOL "466" duplex dated 31 JY 60 showing both KINGSTON AU 20 1860 dbl-arc arrival and manuscript "1" for the allowed 1d on the half ounce, overall damp toning.
An Act of JU 14 1860 authorised the Colony to retain 1d on the half ounce mail. On AU 1 1860 Jamaica took control of her own Post Office.
£95

BERMUDA postal history
1938 Elfers & Fyffes (E & F blue flag printed flap) cover to Parkstone, Dorset with GB KG6 1d tied PAQUEBOT handstamp, alongside boxed purple "OCEAN MAILS./Ex.... S.S. "CARARE" cachet off-loaded with Hamilton machine dated 11 AUG 1938.
£36

GREAT BRITAIN and BERMUDA postal history combination
1932 cover from confused tourists staying at The New St. George Hotel, St. George's, Bermuda addressed Oakland, California with Bermuda 2d Caravel placed over pair Great Britain KGV 1d tied ST. GEORGES 23 FEB 32 cds.
£48


BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1937 (AP 9) KGV 2c pair underpaid franking from Georgetown most unusually addressed by the sender to three locations arriving Paris (AP 28) with 1fr due added and re-directed MY 10 to London (MY 13) with GB 1d due tied MY 15 37, various tax marks, return to sender, unknown additions as expected for a cover attracting postage dues in two differing countries.
£120


GREAT BRITAIN to GIBRALTAR postal history
Probably used 1875 undated GB QV d green newswrapper with added bantam QV d Plate 12 pmk'd W/27 oval obliterator to Gibraltar, some faults.
£45


GIBRALTAR destination postal history
1871 wrapper with sender's cachet to Gibraltar with Great Britain QV 6d (postage) and QV 1d (late fee) twice pmk'd London IX/21 AP 71 "9" duplex.
£85







HERO of the H.M.S. "BIRKENHEAD" SHIPWRECK DISASTER, Sierra Leone postal history
1852 letter from Lt-Colonel Alexander Seton written at Sierra Leone 29th January posted in GB QV 1d pink PSE to Edinburgh with MR 15 and MR 15 transit and arrival backstamps. This is the only letter he wrote from Sierra Leone and the penultimate letter before the tragic disaster in Simon's Bay in the early hours of 26th February 1852 which took about 445 lives.
A 4 page account of the disaster accompanies as prepared for the December 2018 British West Indies Study Circle journal.
£1200

BARBADOS postal history
1928 shortpaid cover from Bashart Ally & Co to Birmingham with d, d Badge tied 14 DE 28 with circled "T" and GB 1d Postage Due tied Birmingham 2 JA 29 cds, small opening fault middle top.
£65


GREAT BRITAIN to BAMENDA, CAMEROON missent BARBADOS and BERMUDA postal history
1931 cover with GB KGV 1d tied Glasgow machine dated 3 SEP 1931 to "BAMENDA, B.W.I." with handstruck "NOT KNOWN" and "ADVERTISED" applied Barbados 19 SEP 1931 (backstamp) with manuscript "Try Bermuda" amended "Not" with "Try" deleted with Hamilton 23 NOV 31 backstamp, originally poorly opened 3 sides but frontal tear at right sealed with tear at left open.
£120


BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1952 cover with KG6 1c, 2 x 2c pmk'd Georgetown */7 JA 52 to the Philaletic (sic) Traders Society, London with 24 John Adams Street address added, re-directed Tottenham Court Road, and finally directed to The Strand, rare use of red handstamp "DELAYED THROUGH BEING/POSTED IN A LETTER BOX/FOR 'LONDON' LETTERS./PLEASE ADVISE SENDER" added in London, backstamped London FE 18, and FE 19 (twice) cancels.
£75

BERMUDA postal history
1938 (JA 1) foolscap cover from David Tucker, Parliament Chambers, Hamilton (printed flap) to Aberdeen with KG6 franking pmk'd Hamilton, tax handstamps with GB 1d, 5d, 1/- Postage Dues added and tied on arrival, central fold.
£40

BERMUDA postal history
1943 (AP 7) foolscap cover to Capt. J. Parr, Army & Navy Club, London with KG6 franking pmk'd Hamilton, tax duplex 420 centimes with GB 1/-, 2/6d Postage Dues added and tied on arrival.
£40

BERMUDA postal history
1948 (AP 28) cover with pair, two singles Great Britain KG6 2d Royal Silver Wedding pmk'd Gosport, Hants to Hamilton, tax handstamp and handstruck "4d" due on arrival.
£110

RHODESIA postal history
1942 "ONLY FOR ARMY AND/AIR FORCE OVERSEAS" envelope for use to servicemen overseas addressed RAF Belvedere, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia with GB KG6 1d pmk'd BOURNEMOUTH-POOLE 26 NOV 1942 with strong NORTON 22 MAR 43 and forwarding to Johannesburg, South Africa (purple str. line 26 MAR 1943 dater on reverse).
£100


Rowland Hill 1/- EXPORTERS LETTER SERVICE by Hovercraft in combination with TRINIDAD postal history
1975 cover to Calais, France with QE2 5c, 30c x 2 pmk'd 9 MAR 74 with red boxed FLOWN BY/HOVERCRAFT RAMSGATE and 1/- EXPORTERS LETTER SERVICE label depicting Sir Rowland Hill tied blue POSTE - RESTANTE/BP 300-62/CALAIS - RAMSGATE cachet.
£75


Great Britain used in Jamaica
1921 cover with incorrectly added GB KGV 1d (perf. faults) to South Wales just tied NEWPORT, JAMAICA NO 5 21 d/ring, tax handstamp and GB 1d, 2d Postage Dues tied 22 NO 21, soiled.
£24


JAMAICA postal history
1901 Empire rate cover with GB QV 1d lilac pmk'd Bedford FE 12 01 to Kingston where Advertised, Unclaimed etc, various backstamps, toning and peripheral faults.
£95
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