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BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1940 reg. and censored cover from THE FRENCH PHILATELIC AGENCY, Belize to Philadelphia with mixed reign (genuine stamps) franking KGV 2c x 3, KG6 1c, 3c pmk'd Belize 19 JA 40, backstamped New York (JA 25) and Philadelphia (JA 27). Raoul de Thuin, a prolific stamp forger, dedicated half a century managing his skills to relentlessly fleecing the gullible, the knowledgeable, and mostly unsuspecting philatelists, and The French Philatelic Agency, P.O. Box 206, Belize was just one of numerous aliases used to circumvent the spotting by the U.S. Post Office of his fraudulent activities to particular persons or firms. De Thuin (born Belgium 1890 died Guayaguil, Ecuador 1875) started his philatelic work as early as 1916 having a shop in Brussels in 1927. He entered Mexico in 1931 on the run from French and Belgian police who wanted him forgery. He was expelled from Mexico for setting up a forgery ring and moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where he was jailed and expelled in 1936 and then lived in Belize until moving back to Mexicio in the early 1940s where he settled until 1968 when he moved to his wifes home in Guayaguil. He specialised in forging overprints of Central and South American countries, especially Mexico, turning common stamps into rarities. He is quoted as saying that I have no conscience at all at having deceived all those foolish people. They are just fanatics who neglect their families for their passion. His method of sale was to use aliases to send sheets of approvals to collectors, mainly in the USA, which mixed a few genuine common stamps with forgeries of rarer items. Many collectors were duped and in 1962 a London sale of 498 lots of classic Mexico belonging to Prof. Hormer Lizama was cancelled when the sale was revealed to consist mainly of de Thuin fakes.
£250



BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
Coloured ppc of Sergeant's Cay with red cachet "1 R HAMPS" and 3-line "FORCES MAIL/BRITISH TROOPS/BELIZE" written with sender address of Up Park Camp, Kingston, Jamaica to Swindon, Wiltshire with QE2 10c pmk'd Belize 15 OC 60.
Writer's message includes "overleaf is where Princess Margaret stayed".
£48


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1918 reg. OHMS cover with Royal Coat-of-Arms embossed flap to the Italian Translator, Post and Railway Department, Berne, Switzerland with vertical strip of five KGV 1c WAR (some middle perfs split) and pair KGV 3c WAR pmk'd Belize A/JU 17 18.
£35


BRITISH HONDURAS to BARBADOS postal history
1944 cover to His Excellency The Governor, Bridgetown, Barbados with KG6 50c pmk'd Belize 9 NO 44 showing two purple OFFICIAL PAID/COL. SEC. cachets and secretive "1" handstamp at lower left.
£35


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1953 large piece painted with gum to which block of four plus single KG6 5c, and single KG6 $2.00 affixed pmk'd Belize 24 AP 53 alongside tied PARCEL POST form (140-51-P-41) No. 28808.
£90

URUGUAY envelope used BRITISH HONDURAS
1931 cover to Manchester, England with KGV 4c, 5c, 10c pmk'd Belize 21 SP 31 with 3-line purplish "AIR FEE/prepaid to/New York only" and Air Mail sticker deleted by mauve jusqu'a bars, part recipients name blacked out.
Stated to have been posted by one of H.M. Cruisers from Belize when the ship was sent to assist the inhabitants after the disastrous hurricane which struck on the afternoon of 10 September 1931.
£75


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1935 advertising from "THE ANGELUS" Printing Office and Book Store on reverse KGV 4c, 5c, 10c rate cover pmk'd Belize 16 DE 35 to Southampton, England.
£28

BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1962 Chief Medical Officer and 1964 Income Tax Office OHMS OFFICIAL PAID stampless covers, first opened three sides, second with water stains.
£18

San Pedro Ambergris Cay, British Honduras postal history
1932 cover with San Pedro sender address to Fort Worth, Texas with KGV 5c pmk'd Belize 4 AU 32.
£36

BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
OFFICIAL PAID/GOVT. PRINTING OFFICE/BELIZE wrapper front to Washington D.C., USA pmk'd Belize 14 MR 63.
£18

BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1948 Guy N.F. Nord importer/exporter cover marked "via Express Delivery" with Post Office label added to New York with KG6 1c, 2 x 15c (31c rate) pmk'd Belize 17 JA 48, reverse JA 19 arrivals.
£20


BRITISH HONDURAS via DUBLIN to GLASGOW postal history
1892 interrupted mail cover with W. BINNEY & Co., Belize colourless embossed flap to Glasgow, Scotland with QV 6c tied "0" obliterator with BELIZE A/JA 15 92 despatch, postmarked DUBLIN FE 2 92 and on reverse GLASGOW FE 3 93 arrival.
£175

BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1888 cover with 10 CENTS on QV 4d mauve (SG.40) to Berlin, Germany pmk'd "O" obliterator in combination with BELIZE/JY 9 88 cds.
This stamp has a normal 9 months short life pmkd O obliterator in combination with BELIZE/date cds (Proud D6 recorded MR 20 88 to MR 12 89, this being the earliest cover dated JY 9 88). The stamp has a longer life pmkd O obliterator in combination with BELIZE cds (D7) from AP 18 89 until replaced by the 6c rate in March 1891.
£300

BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1961 cover with Germany 5pf pair pmk'd BELIZE 18 JU 61 with S.S. "Karl-Christian" and "PAQUEBOT" handstamps alongside.
£16


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1840 entire headed "Sch Outesie at the town of Belise in the bay of Honduras Sunday June 7th 1840" to Maine, USA landed red BOSTON JUN 30 with red SHIP and rated 20c.
£225


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1881 QV 1d Post Card pmk'd "O" with Belize JA 22 81 cds marked "per S.S. Glendale via England" to Helsingfors, Finland, Russia with red SHIP-LETTER LONDON B/MR 2 81 cds, b/stamped blue St. Petersburg 22 FEB 1881 transit.
£625

BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1898 underpaid cover to Germany with QV 5c (SG.54 paying 2d single rate) pmk'd Belize JA 7 98 showing local "T" and large handstruck "5d" (applied Liverpool) plus 40pf in blue crayon. Reverse 5 A/LIVERPOOL/US PACKET/22 JA 98 and GRANSEE 24.1.98 arrival, some creasing and tears to flap.
£195

BAHAMAS and BRITISH HONDURAS postal history:
1835 entire written June 17th from Anne Edgar, 6 Mary Place, to her son Alexander Edgar, 2nd West Indies Regiment, Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas re-directed Honduras (docketted as received 18 Oct 35) rated 2/5 plus Scottish toll tax "".
Scottish toll applied on more than two wheel mail carrying coaches period June 18th 1813 to December 5th 1839.
£185
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