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MALTA postal history (Ex Lloyd-Lowles)
1863 entire with albino embossed sender's oval to Messina with GB QV 1d, QV 3d (no plate numbers) tied pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated A/JY 12 63 with boxed "PIROSCAFI/POSTALI/FRANCESCI" handstamp alongside and red crayon "1" accountancy. Ex LLOYD-LOWLES.
£195


PIROSCAFI/POSTALI/FRANCESCI as "killer" (contrary to regulations), MALTA postal history
1863 wrapper on "G. Scicluna & Figli, Malta" albino printed paper stock plus handstruck cachet to Messina with GB QV 1d, QV 3d (no plate numbers) tied two strikes of the Malta "A25" duplex dated B/NO 21 63, the QV 1d poorly struck and additionally "killed" by boxed "PIROSCAFI/ POSTALI/FRANCESCI" handstamp contrary to regulations, alongside red crayon "1" accountancy.
£180


WITHOUT DESPATCH DATESTAMP (contrary to regulations), MALTA postal history
1893 unsealed rate (flap tucked in) cover with printed enclosure to B.W. Kumler, Parker, Turner County, South Dakota with QV d tied "A25", no other markings.
£60

ONE FARTHING RATE NEWSPAPER pmk'd NOTABILE. B.O., MALTA postal history
1930 complete "Militia Christ" newspaper of 22 Gunju 1930 (June) to Migiarro with KGV d tied NOTABILE B.O. JU 21 30 cds.
The d stamp was intended for the conveyance of newspapers up to 2oz in weight.
£125

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


HMS SULTAN (under command of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh), MALTA postal history
1877 cover with H.M.S. SULTAN printed flap to the Honorable Mrs. Lindsay, Woodlands, Cardiff, South Wales (possibly written by Royal hand) with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 5 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated D/AP 6 77, flap intact but poorly opened either side of printing clear of light Cardiff C/AP 11 77 arrival.
In 1876 HMS Sultan was refitted and reduced from a small Channel Fleet coastal warship to a barque rig and posted to the Mediterranean under the command of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Albert (1844-1900) second son of Queen Victoria. Alfred married the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovana of Russia in St. Petersburg and their second daughter Princess Victoria Melita was born on 25 November 1876 in Malta. Prince Alfred, Honorary President 1890-1900 of what is now the Royal Philatelic Society, was the first serious stamp collector in the royal family and it is thought that he encouraged his nephew, later KGV, to collect stamps. Prince Alfred sold his collection to his brother King Edward VII, who shared his enthusiasm, who in turn gave it to his son King George V, and keenly expanded by the latter the two collections became the basis of what is now the Royal Philatelic collection.
£225


TRIPOLI, Barbary Coast to France, MALTA postal history
1878 entire on Emile de Testa printed paper written headed in French "Tripoli 17 Mai 1878" to Paris, France taken to Malta with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 10 pmk'd "A25" duplex dated C/MY 20 78 arriving 24 MAI 78.
£185


UPU MALTA to non-UPU Melbourne, VICTORIA, Australia postal history
1890 opened to display cover showing HUDDART, PARKER & Cos.. LINE printed sender's flap to Huddart-Parker & Co, Melbourne, Australia with QV 4d brown pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated H/SP 11 90, b/stamped Brindisi (13-9) and Melbourne (OC 16).
Malta joined the UPU on JY 1 1875 but Australia did not become a member until OC 1 1891.
£180

MALTA (4d rate) to Tokyo, JAPAN postal history
1886 cover to Basil Hall Chamberlain, Tokyo, Japan with pair Malta QV 2d grey pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated C/JA 30 85, b/stamped Tokyo and Yokohama (MR 18) clear of large missing flap.
£125


MALTA (5d rate) to Tokyo, JAPAN postal history
1883 printed sender's flap cover to Basil Hall Chamberlain, Tengin Dani, Tokyo, Japan with 2 copies GB QV 2d blue Plate 23 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated B/JA 25 83 showing arrival cancel on address panel, b/stamped at Brindisi, Siracusa, and Yokohama.
This is the only recorded 5d rate cover to Japan (normal rate being 4d).
£280

MALTA to Gothenburg, SWEDEN postal history
1878 cover marked "via Italy" and "via Stettin & Berlin" to Georgine Nordenskjorg, Gothenburg, Sweden with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 12 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated C/DE 16 78, b/stamped 30/12/1878 arrival, rare destination.
£250

MALTA to Helsingor, DENMARK postal history
1885 unsealed printed rate cover to Helsingor, Denmark with QV d green tied Malta "A25" duplex dated D/DE 31 85, backstamped Helsingor 7/1 arrival, opened at right with enclosed visiting card from the Chancelier du Consulat de France (text on reverse).
£275

PRIVATE SHIP LETTER RATE TO ITALY, MALTA postal history
1874 wrapper by private ship "Picarche" to Marsiglia (Province of Genoa, Italy) with GB QV 4d pmk'd "A25" duplex dated OC 19 74 showing red MARSEILLE 23 OCT 74 transit, no backstamps.
£225

MALTA postal history
1861 wrapper to Ancona, Italy with GB QV 4d pmk'd "A25" duplex dated A/NO 8 61, transit and arrival backstamps can display. An unusual destination.
£125

MALTA postal history
1860 entire to Genoa, Italy with GB QV 4d pmk'd "A25" duplex dated A/NO 3 60 showing sender's cachet and backstamped GENOVA 9 NOV 60 arrival.
£75

MALTA postal history
1860 to Genoa, Italy with pair GB QV 4d tied "A25" duplex dated A/MY 5 60, large part of reverse cut away with nasty hinge remains but the double rate uncommon.
£50


C used CONSTANTINOPLE, GB used abroad
1880 H.M.S. Falcon flap cover to Bombardier John Wilder, 10th Brigade, 16th Battery, Pembroke Camp, Malta with GB QV 2d blue Plate 19 pmk'd "C" with red A/JY 9 80 despatch alongside, some toning.
£180

MALTA postal history
1860 wrapper to Marseilles with GB QV 4d strip of three (fault) pmk'd A/MALTA/AU 11 60 "A25" duplex paying the scarce 1/- rate with oval "P-D." in black.
£240

MALTA postal history
1952 stampless OHMS cover pmk'd BRITISH FLEET MAIL 10 dated */12 AU 52 to C in C, HMS Vanguard, London with purple H.M. s/m "TALENT" submarine cachet.
£24

MALTA postal history
1969 stampless OHMS cover to RAF Hospital Wroughton, Wiltshire pmk'd FIELD POST OFFICE/22 AP 69/158 with red CENTRAL REGISTRY/R.A.F. LUQA cachet.
£24
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