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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
1902 OHMS ("His") departmental cover with colourless embossed "BERMUDA/(crown)/POST OFFICE" flap to St. Louis, Missouri with 3-colour franking of two pairs ONE FARTHING on QV 1/- slate, single QV d and 1d making the correct 2d rate, the second stamp showing the broken "G" variety.
£165

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

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

BERMUDA postal history
1942 envelope used elsewhere (New York printed changed Bermuda typewritten) to Rutherford, New Jersey with airmail rate KG6 7d pmk'd HAMILTON 5 JUN 42, most unusually handstruck red "THIS LETTER CAME IN BY AIRMAIL", no backstamps, commercial as opened 3 sides.
£36



DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, BERMUDA postal history
1966 (JU 9) lengthy typewritten letter from a 19 year old Colonel's daughter to Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk on an overprinted for Government use Air Letter (overprinting deleted as used personally) mailed with GB QE2 4d pmk'd Post Office Maritime Mail.
£65

BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1906 with printed sender "FRED J. BANKART, SUCCESSOR TO A. PEROT & Co. DEMERARA" marked "p. French Mail" to Beaune, France with 5c pmk'd Georgetown 4 JUL 1906, alongside octagonal d/ring CAYENNE A FORT-DE-FRANCE LC dated 6 JUL 06.
There are strong links between the Perot's of British Guiana and Bermuda. Covers from Demerara (1859) and Berbice (1872) are known to William H. Perot, Baltimore, son of the famous William Bennett Perot of Bermuda. Two 1833 entires from Demerara to Philadelphia have manuscript endorsement Hamilton, Bermuda. Forwarded by Your Most Ob Servant Wm. B. Perot whilst working as a forwarding agent during the period before he was appointed Postmaster of Bermuda by warrant dated SP 6 1836.
£120


BERMUDA postal history
1908 1d red Dock design with simulated perforations printed on paper to resemble a newswrapper with purposeful indecipherable cancellation addressed St. Etienne, French postage dues from another cover added pmkd St. Etienne 6-3 07.
£135


BERMUDA postal history
1927 cover with advertising on reverse for PALMER'S LOTION SOAP to Hyman Cohen and Cutting Room Employees of the Bankcroft & Walker Shoe Company in Boston, Massachusetts with 1d Caravel strip of three tied Hamilton 28 FEB 27 machine cancel.
£35

BERMUDA postal history
1881 local cover to Warwick with QV 1d Crown CC wmk tied St. Georges K3 "2" duplex dated A/DE 19 81.
£75

AGAR'S ISLAND, Bermuda internal postal history
1916 cover with 1d Ship pmk'd Hamilton 6 DEC 16 wavy lines machine locally to W.J. Crozier, Agars Island showing light P.C./BERMUDA (CM15) censor, re-directed New York with DEC 19 DUE 3 CENTS duplex then forwarded Zoological Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts arriving DEC 21 1916.
Agar's Island, bought 1611 by Sir Anthony Agar, is also known as Gunpowder Island due a top secret underground powder magazine built there in 1870, which was reputedly the largest in the world at that time. It was also home to Bermuda's first aquarium (destroyed in the 1922 hurricane). More recently it was the home of billionaire James Martin, a respected leader and contributer in computer science and futuristic technology, who prophesied that by 2050 mankind will experience a 'gigafamine' in which a billion people will die. Martin restored the underground chambers and Rudi Guliani hosted a 40 person private banquet there.
£150

BERMUDA postal history
1947 underpaid cover to Bath, Somerset with KG6 1/3d franking tied AIRMAIL G.P.O. 2 MAR 47 cds, Bermuda tax 300 centimes duplex and black boxed TO PAY appended 2/6d, some perf. faults.
£24

BERMUDA postal history
1943 underpaid cover to Silver Springs, Maryland with KG6 1d pmk'd St. Georges 28 APR 43 cds, Bermuda 120 centimes tax duplex with OPENED BY EXAMINER/ C/8018 label at left.
£15
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