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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

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

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

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

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



BLUED PAPER, CONSTANTINOPLE postal history
1875 cover to Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, Ireland with BLUED PAPER GB QV 2d rosy mauve tied Constantinople "C" with red AU 14 1876/A despatch alongside, backstamped BLACKROCK and STILLORGAN arrivals with face manuscript appended "Received at Mainz (Germany) 27 Aug 1876".
£425
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