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BERMUDA postal history:
1943 stampless cover to P. Huckle A/B, Ward 4, R.N.H. (Royal Naval Hospital), Bermuda marked "Depot" and (H.M.S. (Malabar) with framed "From H.M. SHIP/PASSED BY CENSOR" signed and dated 23.9. (43) with undated red POST OFFICE MARITIME MAIL d/ring with P.C.90 OPENED BY EXAMINER 2715 label, reverse marked "Answered 24/10/43".
£28

BERMUDA postal history:
1943 stampless cover to P. Huckle A/B, Mess 4, H.M.S. Malabar, Bermuda with framed "From H.M. SHIP/PASSED BY CENSOR" signed and dated 8/10.43 and overstamped undated red POST OFFICE MARITIME MAIL d/ring with P.C.90 OPENED BY EXAMINER 2766 label.
£24





Boer War Irreconcilable F.C. LAUNSPACH (carved wooden serviette ring fame), Bermuda postal history
1902 cover to F.C. Launspach, Burts Island, Bermuda with 2 x Transvaal 1d ovp'd "E.R.I." tied BRAAMFONTEIN, B.O. JOHANNESBURG 4 FEB 1902 9.30am and b/stamped JOHANNESBURG 4 FEB 1902 10.30am where PASSED PRESS CENSOR worn handstamp applied to face, on arrival b/stamped HAMILTON MR 15 1902/C with "Not Darrells" and directed "Hawkins" in red manuscript, the cover opened left edge and at top leaving tears through flap. Very few Bermuda Boer War POW covers can be matched to actual events.
F.C. Launspach is listed as one of the prominent personalities amongst the Boer War prisoners detained at Bermuda, and as an irreconcilable was one of the last to leave on 20 August 1904 bound for the United States. Many of the prisoners occupied themselves by making handcraft which were sold in many of the stores in Bermuda. The POWs on Burts Island eventually formed the Industrial Association for Carvings and Curios, and some of these items are preserved in the South African National Museum of Military History including a wooden serviette ring with carved name F C Launspach (see photo of similar type serviette rings).
£240


BAHAMAS "USED ABROAD" PICTURE POST CARD with PAQUEBOT LABEL, Bermuda postal history
1952 coloured ppc of "Sandy Cay, Nassau, Bahamas" to New York with Bermuda KG6 3d pmk'd Hamilton 2 SEP 1952 machine which additionally ties "MAILED ON BOARD CRUISE LINER SS SILVERSTAR" rouletted label.
£25

K3 "3" used INLAND ISLAND, Bermuda postal history
1888 cover to West Bend, Wisconsin, USA with QV d stone, pair QV 1d rose-red (SG.20,23) tied INLAND ISLAND K3 "3" duplex dated A/JY 11 88, reverse with New York and West Bend cancels. Currently a unique combination.
With the arrival of the QV d stone issued on MR 25 1880 the 2d rate to the USA, actually 2d, introduced OC 3 1876 could now be met and Bermuda was no longer obliged to suffer the d loss on half ounce letters. The INLAND ISLAND duplex was expected to cease its use with the introduction of the K4 "3" on JA 1 1889. During the period MR 25 1880 to DE 31 1888 only two covers from Ireland Island to the USA are currently recorded, the other with QV d plus 2d dated JA 6 1888.
£250

WARWICK-WEST to TURKS ISLANDS postal history
1907 b/w ppc of Royal Palms marked "Per S.S. Bermudian via New York" to Lindsay Smith, Grand Turk, Turks Islands with 1d Dock pmk'd WARWICK-WEST FE 18 1907 with TURKS ISLANDS FE 21 07 arrival cds alongside.
£55


SUSPENDED POSTAL SERVICE, BERMUDA to SIERRA LEONE postal history
1978 printed Bermuda Bible Society large manila cover initially posted stampless from Hamilton to Paget on 28 MAY, re-addressed to Mohamed T. Bangura, Calaba Town, Wellington, Freetown, Sierra Leone with QE2 5c, 35c, $3 pmk'd PAGET 17 JUN 78 with address deleted by blue crayon and boxed "SERVICE SUSPENDED/RETURN TO SENDER" handstamp applied.
£48

TWICE RETURNED FOR POSTAGE, BERMUDA to N.S.WALES, AUSTRALIA postal history
1953 three times postmarked Gibbons Co. printed sender cover to Penhurst, N.S.Wales with KG6 1/- pmk'd Hamilton 8 DEC machine, red boxed "Returned for/3d Postage." added with further KG6 3d pmk'd Hamilton 10 Dec machine for WALES (UK) and with error noted red crayon "AUSTRALIA" added prior further "Returned for/1/- Postage." with defective KG6 1/- affixed tied Hamilton 12 DEC 53 cds.
A very rare TWICE RETURNED FOR POSTAGE cover.
£120



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

BERMUDA postal history
1925 re-used envelope sent with outer brown skin as there is a postmarked unidentified stamp and address underneath posted with 1d Caravel pmk'd Hamilton 31 JAN 25 to Diano Marina, Italy with tax handstamp and 30c Postage Due affixed and cancelled.
£145


R.M.S. "LADY RODNEY" cachet, Bermuda postal history
1937 Canadian National Steamships printed flap cover with sender address from Inverurie Hotel, Paget Parish to Detroit Michigan with CANADA KGV 1c pair, 3c tied str. line "PAQUEBOT" with Hamilton 17 JLY 1937 along base, superb magenta 3-line R.M.S. "LADY RODNEY" cachet.
£95


SOUTH AFRICA to BERMUDA postal history
1942 censored cover to Hampstead, London with 1d mining issue pmk'd JOHANNESBURG 16.1.42, forged violet CM21 PASSED BY CENSOR/47/BERMUDA added to reverse supported with deceiving address changing to The Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda as the cover never went to Bermuda, small corner fault.
£80

SOUTHERN RHODESIA to BERMUDA postal history
1942 cover to T.A. Stokes, Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda with 6 x KG6 d pmk'd SALISBURY 29 JAN 42 d/rings, outgoing triangular censor and forged CM21 PASSED BY CENSOR/47/BERMUDA also in red, no backstamps.
£80

BERMUDA postal history
1883 printed O.H.M.S. cover (opened both left and right ends, and thought to have been used as a wrapper) from the "Clerk H.M. Council" to The Hon. G. Tucker in Paget partly tied blue HAMILTON B/OC 30 83 duplex with the numeral portion seemingly positioned to "tie" the content.
£165


OFFICIAL PAID not accepted, Returned For Postage, Bermuda postal history
1951 OHMS foolscap airmail cover with Civil Aviation Department, Bermuda sender's address to G.A. Osborn, Air Traffic Control, Dusseldorf Airport, Germany initially posted Hamilton 9 JUL machine supported with red BERMUDA-OFFICIAL/PAID handstamp being subsequently deleted in red crayon with boxed red "Returned for/(1/6) Postage.", three KG6 6d added and pmk'd Hamilton 12 JUL 51 with FIELD POST OFFICE 893 d/ring dated 18 JY 51 as arrival backstamp.
The authoritative Geoffrey Osborn formed one of the very best postal history collections of Bermuda.
£75

BAILEY'S BAY, BERMUDA postal history
1902 cover with ONE FARTHING on QV 1/- slate strip of five and two pairs paying the correct 2d rate to Nancy, France pmk'd BAILEY'S BAY B/JA 17 1902 d/rings with Nancy 29-1 02 arrival struck on upper reverse flap, minor faults.
£85

BERMUDA postal history
1898 cover to Mrs. Alexander Smith, "Durnford", St. Georges with pair QV d deep grey-green pmk'd BAILEY'S BAY B/JU 6 1898 with St. Georges C/JU 6 1898 backstamp.
Durnford House (36 Wellington Street, St. George) was built in 1795 by Mayor Andrew Durnford as his residence; he was the first mayor of St. George and came to Bermuda to look after the construction work of the forts in St. George's. It is said that a part of the fund allocated for forts were diverted to build this house, and it was called 'The Fifth Fort' by some of his enemies. Durnford did not live long enough to enjoy the grounds and views of the town and harbour as he died September 11th 1798 and was buried in the grounds.
£60


HARRINGTON SOUND to DENMARK, Bermuda postal history
1935 reg. cover from Castle Harbour Hotel, Tucker's Town (printed flap which opens to display) to Denmark with 4-colour combination Ship issues d x two pairs, d, 1d, 2d indistinctly pmk'd HARRINGTON SOUND 14 FEB 35 with Plymouth, Devon reg. oval transit and LEMVIG arrival backstamps.
£60

BERMUDA postal history
1902 illustrated Princess Hotel cover to Cambridgeport, Massachusetts with two pairs and single ONE FARTHING on QV 1/- dull grey and QV 1d carmine tied HAMILTON FE 25 1902 d/rings, arrival backstamps.
£120
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