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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


Rarely seen 2d RATE TO USA, GIBRALTAR postal history Ex METLISS, OSBORN, STIRRUPS
1874 printed headed entire by private ship "Pleiades" to New York with GB QV 2d blue pmk'd light "A25" duplex dated A/OC 9 74 landed with NEW YORK SHIP LETTER cds dated OCT 26 showing 4c to be collected. Ex METLISS, OSBORN, STIRRUPS.
'Direct' ship letters to New York were quicker and cheaper than mails via Liverpool.
£350

A TECHNICALLY ILLEGAL LAST SAILING USE OF GB QV 6d, St. Christopher postal history
1860 cover front to Macclesfield with left flap, small portions right and lower edges irredeemably folded back and held with hinges (now browned) with GB QV 6d neatly tied "A12". The left fold has been prized open to show ST. KITTS MR 28 1860 dbl-arc and manuscript "posted too late", no indication of arrival. Use of the GB QV 6d alone on cover at St. Christopher is must scarcer than expected, currently I only record 7 items. No attempt has been made to improve the flap but with care it could be restored.
The expectation is that this "cover" was held over until the next sailing on AP 11 1860 and would have provided an interesting situation as on AP 1 1860 control of the West Indian Post Offices was officially transferred to local authorities, and GB stamps after that date were not technically permitted. The red ST. KITTS/PAID handstamp being used until St. Christopher provided itself with their own postage stamps (first supplies invoiced FE 14 1870). Use of the red ST. KITTS/PAID on AP 11 1860 is illustrated and described Brian Brookes sale lot 148 (Spink JA 23 2018).
£450

BERMUDA postal history
1065 (NO 14) underpaid cover with QE2 1/3d to Manchester with various tax handstamps and GB 3d, 4d Postage Dues added and cancelled.
£28

GIBRALTAR postal history
1876 mourning cover to Maryport, Cumberland with GB QV d, pair 1d tied "A26" with Gibraltar A/NO 26 76 despatch, part reverse flap clear of very fine Maryport C/DE 4 76 arrival.
£125

GIBRALTAR postal history
1878 double rate cover to Auburn, New York, USA with pair GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 10 tied "A26" duplex dated B/MY 6 78.
£48


GIBRALTAR postal history
1877 cover with black "FORWARDED BY THE/AMERICAN AGENCY/GIBRALTAR/RENNY MASCARENHAS & Co/AGENTS" who added QB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 7 pmk'd "A26" duplex dated A/AU 30 77 to Capt. E.D. Lane, Yarmouth, Maine, USA, opened right edge severing perfs.
£140

GIBRALTAR postal history
1880 mourning wrapper from Larios Hermanos to Genoa, Italy with GB QV 2d Plate 17 tied "A26" duplex dated A/MY 5 08 (year error), backstamped top flap for display with Estafeta De Cambio, Madrid (MY 7) and Genova (10 5-80).
£75

GIBRALTAR postal history
1880 mourning cover to Sir. Thomas Hare, Stow Hall (2nd Baronet 1807-1880), Downham Market, Norfolk with GB QV 2d blue Plate 17 tied Gibraltar duplex dated A/MR 21 08 (year error), backstamped superb Downham A/MR 26 60 cds, small faults.
Early use of the "08" year error and early use GB QV 2d blue Plate 17 as issued in Great Britain FE 5 1880.
£60


C used CONSTANTINOPLE, GB used abroad postal history
1875 cover with summer use "via Varna" to Maidenhead, Berkshire with GB QV 4d Plate 14 pmk'd "C" and signed "T. F. Hughes" lower left, reverse circled H.B.M.E.C handstamp and red Constantinople JU 23 1875/A datestamp (7 days prior change to 2d rate with JY 1 1875 joining of the U.P.U.).
Thomas Fiott Hughes (1825-87), Oriental Secretary at Constantinople from 1859 was regarded by Ambassador to Constantinople Sir Henry Elliott as "perfectly useless". After Hughes' retirement in 1875 the post was abolished.
£150

POSTMARKED DAY GB STAMPS ARRIVED and also on DAY THEY WERE PLACED ON SALE, Jamaica postal history
FROM AN OFFICE ABOUT TO BOYCOTT THEM!: 1858 entire to Archibald Campbell in London with weakly struck GRANGE-HILL manuscript dated 6 May (185)8 marked "Paid "6" in red crayon showing both red JAMAICA/PAID MY 8 1858 and London Paid MY 31 58 arrival. This being a unique "associated first day cover" for the day that GB QV adhesives were placed on sale in Kingston, Jamaica.
The GB QV 1d, 4d, 6d arrived on "Solent" MY 6 1858 and were placed on sale at Kingston MY 8 1858. When Grange Hill received its supply of GB adhesives it boycotted their use for some 3 months along with about 30 other offices (Thomas Foster handbook Page 127) as GPO London ruled on April 16 1858 that the PMG's deputies at the Post Towns would receive only 1% commission on sale of the GB stamps whereas they had been receiving 15% commission on prestamp letters prepaid in money.
£350

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

GIBRALTAR postal history
1870 cover to Carlisle, Pennsylvania with 2d, 6d pmk'd "A26" duplex dated A/MY 2 70, red London and New York Packet transits and handstruck "2 CENTS". The 2d a little oxidised.
£140

GREY-TOWN, Nicaragua postal history
1856 piece addressed Edward Clark, Granada, Nicaragua with US 1c blue, 3c rose-red x 2, 3c dull red tied NEW YORK JUN 21 with GREY-TOWN JU 28 1856/A arrival dbl-arc.
Only one other example of the GREY-TOWN double-arc dated MR 1 1856 recorded in the GB used abroad Parmenter/Gordon handbook (Page 4/49).
£480


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

C used CONSTANTINOPLE, GB used abroad cover
1874 wrapper with pair GB QV 4d vermilion Plate 13 pmk'd "C" to London, top flap could display clear red JU 9 1874/A despatch dbl-arc, some soiling.
£95

GIBRALTAR postal history (Ex MOELLER)
1868 cover to The Very Revd The Dean of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia with GB QV 2d blue, QV 4d vermilion Plate 10 tied "A26" with GIBRALTAR A/NO 3 68 alongside, reverse with blue MELBOURNE 3 Z/DC 22 68 arrival, small repair at base. Ex MOELLER.
£450

C61 used SAN JUAN, Porto Rico postal history
1872 entire to Lanman & Kemp, New York with GB QV 4d vermilion Plate 12 pmk'd "C61" with red PORTO-RICO PAID C/DE 13 72 and black N.Y. STEAMSHIP/10 dated DEC 20 cds, the adhesive lightly crossed by filing fold.
£250
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