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PORT LEWIS, Outer Hebrides to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1813 outer wrapper docketted "Port Lewis 5th July 1813" to Richard Shepherd, Merchant, Cape of Good Hope rated 4/- unpaid and landed with oval d/ring SHIP LETTER/(crown)/CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
£75

FRANCE to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1855 (FE 12) entire written Paris to Monsieur le Consul de France, Cape de Bonne Esperance with 20c, 40c, 80c plus excised missing stamp arriving Cape of Good Hope MY 5 1855, adhesives with faults.
£120

RHODESIA postal history
1944 stampless cover to Sqdn Ldr E.G. Brant, R.A.F. Station, Warboys, Huntingdonshire pmk'd CRANBORNE 22 AUG 44 with red crowned RHODESIAN/OFFICIAL FREE/AIR TRAINING GROUP cachet and censor label tied censor handstamp.
£36


Great Britain 1971 Postal strike: EMERGENCY MAIL SERVICE, Rhodesia postal history
1971 complete with text AIR LETTER to Oxford, England with 2½c, 5c affixed for postage and additional 50c fee pmk'd CAUSEWAY 25 FEB 71 with circular EMERGENCY AIR SERVICE d/ring alongside.
Writer mentions new service (inaugurated on or about the 20th February) for such airletters at a cost of 5/- or 50c cents local. Such letters were taken by private couriers. The UK postal workers strike was period January to March 1971
£75

MONEAGUE, Jamaica postal history
1845 wrapper docketted as from "C. Pavery, Ardvck Pen, 1 May 1845" to the Wesleyan Mission, London rated 1/2 with upper flap displaying MONEAGUE MY 22 1845 dbl-arc and London JU 20 1845 arrival.
£40


GIBRALTAR postal history
1953 O.H.M.S. printed reply envelope to Stanmore, Middlesex with KG6 3d pmk'd 3 FE 53 with purple boxed H.Q., C.R. A.S.C. sender cachet.
£48

BONNY, Southern Nigeria postal history
1807 cover to Banbury, England with 2 x KE7 ½d pmk'd BONNY A/SE 6 07, reverse SP 29 07 arrival.
£28

BULAWAYO MATABELELAND, Mashonaland postal history
1898 used of British South Africa Company 1½d International Post Card to The Colonial Bank, Port Elizabeth with full text pmk'd BULAWAYO, MATABELELAND AU 13 98 with PORT ELIZABETH GP/AU 17 98 arrival.
£185

6 CONCENTRIC CIRCLES maritime postmark, Leeward Islands postal history
1919 reg. cover front to Clifton, Bristol with Leeward Islands KGV 1d, 3d, 6d tied 6 Concentric circles dumb maritime handstamp with St. John's, Antigua FE 27 19 despatch alongside.
£75


MONTSERRAT postal history
1944 cover to Bridgetown, Barbados with KG6 2½d pmk'd GPO Plymouth */NO 13 44, at left BB/561 censor label.
£120

BLACKNESS, Jamaica postmark
1956 local cover with temporary rubber datestamp in purple dated 22 DEC 1956.
£8



ATLAS STEAMSHIP CO. Limited cachet, Jamaica postal history
1893 use of QV ½d Post Card pmk'd Kingston and Mandeville for MY 18 93, reverse fine ATLAS STEAMSHIP Company cachet and text signed by the General Manager W. Peploe Forwood.
£80



NEW SOUTH WALES cross border RIVERINA "forerunner", VICTORIA postal history
1852 wrapper with large part content to Deptford, London with clipped corners Victoria 1d x 2, 3d (SG.9a, 37 paying 2d inland rate, 3d ship letter rate) pmk'd Maidens Punt barred oval "12 and rated unpaid"8", reverse MAIDENS PUNT DC 18 1852 and Melbourne DC 20 1852.
The Maidens Punt Post Office was actually at Moama in New South Wales on the northern bank of the Murray River, and therefore can be considered as a cross border Riverina "forerunner".
£250


AROUND THE GLOBE IN 100 DAYS, York, Halifax N.S, San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia
1879 QV One Penny Farthing Foreign Post Card written by "John G. Dayn Jan 13th 1879 8pm" and pmk'd same night with YORK "930" duplex dated I/JA 13 79 with addresses and instructions for a bid to travel around the Globe in 100 days via Halifax, Nova Scotia, San Francisco, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia, Java (with comment "out of the direct course"), and back to York showing Halifax JA 27 79, Hong Kong A/MR 19 79, Weltevreden 31 3 79 cds, some toning and closed base tear.
Two other similar items are noted for the period with Hong Kong MR 21 79 cds on Denmark post card with USA, Hong Kong, Hawaii adhesives, and Hong Kong MY 10 79 cds on German post card with Hong Kong, South Australia adhesives and via Uruguay address. Jules Verne published his novel "Around the World in 80 days" in 1873.
£225


TOO LATE FOR PACKET and SENT AS A PRIVATE SHIP LETTER, JAMAICA postal history
1841 entire headed "Morant June 17th 1841" to Sir Henry Fitzherbert Bart, Savage Gardens, London with manuscript "too late for Packet" appended "Barque Rawlins" landed DEAL/SHIP LETTER and rated "8" unpaid. No previous examples seen as such.
Contents mention abundant rains so much as to flood the rivers preventing his visit to Blue Mountain and getting full shipments to the vessel at Morant Bay.
£240

DOUBLY DELAYED (39 days, missed packet plus stopped for coal at Azores), JAMAICA postal history
1856 wrapper docketted "John Mcnains letter" to James Mcnain in Glasgow rated unpaid "6" showing on reverse KINGSTON AP 28 1856 dbl-arc, KINGSTON-JAMAICA AP 28 1856/inverted "V" dbl-arc and arrivals for 39 days later for London and Glasgow JUN 4 1856.
Missed Clyde at Jamaica AP 26 1856 and held over for Conway MY 11 1856 arriving St. Thomas MY 17 1856 where transferred to Solent arriving Southampton JU 5 1856 having put into Fayal, Azores for coal on MY 29 1856.
£150

EMPIRE 1d rate with MALTA, GIBRALTAR combination
1902 cover to Devonport with Malta QV 1d carmine and Gibraltar QV 1d carmine both tied Gibraltar "A26" duplex dated SP 8 02, b/stamped Devonport SP 13 02 arrival.
£140



THE UNITED FRUIT COMPANY, Jamaica postal history
1901 cover and enclosure on printed sender address envelope and letterhead to Mrs. L. D. Baker, Hotel Tourraine, Boston, Massachusetts posted with QV 2½d Keyplate pmk'd Port Antonio DEC 18 01.
This letter from Joshua on Capt. Lorenzo Dow Baker letterhead to Mrs. L.D. Baker would infer that this is from a second son. The letter mentions dear old Bowden, having a vaccination which did not take, and children Edith and little Dow.
£225



EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF A ST. VINCENT STAMP and a first sailing date of use
(Placed in POSTAL HISTORY section for convenience): This QV 1d rose-red Perf. 14 to 16 (SG.1) in the accepted paler shade of colour of the first printing, as mentioned PML handbook Page 27, came from the first delivery invoiced from London on 27 March 1861 (56,040 stamps plus 10,020 6d deep yellow-green, SG.2) with expected arrival on 8 April 1861. These adhesives were seemingly not immediately unpacked as known covers of AP 9 61 and AP 24 1861 to the UK are cancelled with the red “PAID AT ST. VINCENT” pre-stamp handstamp. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue lists 8 May 1861 for issue date of the two denominations, which may be true. This 1d adhesive was cancelled by horizontal “A10” (PML.1) on the 8th, 9th or 10th for the 10 May 1861 sailing, and travelled on R.M.S.P. Teviot collecting BARBADOES dbl-arc arrival dated MY 11 1861 making this the EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF A ST. VINCENT STAMP and a first sailing date. The first known adhesive cover bears a strip of three QV 1d, pair QV 6d pmk’d JU 8 1861 addressed to Norfolk, Virginia and travelled in through New Orleans being possibly the finest known American Civil War blockade running cover. The second delivery of the QV 1d rose-red was not invoiced until 22 July 1862 (28,020 stamps), slight thinning.
£450

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 "1½" accountancy. Ex LLOYD-LOWLES.
£195
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