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SINGAPORE via CEYLON to INDIA, Malaya postal history
1898 cover marked "via Colombo" to Deva cotta, Madura, (India) with QV 8c x 2 pmk'd Singapore A/JA 25 98 with NEGAPATAM 2 FE 98 and DEVAKOTA FE 5 98 backstamps.
£120


JAMAICA postal history
1822 entire "p. Raines" headed "Green Island, Jamaica 14 April 1822" to Archibald Cranfield, Edinburgh landed with SHIP LETTER/(crown)JU 1 1822 rated "8" changed 1/9 with boxed Scottish "½" and red JUL 4 1822 arrival (supported by docketing) making a potential eleven week journey.
Mentions that the Ship Isabella Smpson Capt Millar will call at Savanna La Mar to take on board the sixty hogshead Three Mile River Sugar for Leith, and on that vessel you can order insurance.
£120


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 1940’s where he settled until 1968 when he moved to his wife’s 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



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



MARTINIQUE postal history
1824 entire headed "St. Pierre le 13 Juillet 1824" carried by private ship "Papillon" to Havre, France with str. line MARTINIQUE.
£140


BARBADOS postal history
1931 U.S. 2c PSE pmk'd West Chester, Pennsylvania (AP 14) to Kingston, Jamaica and returned (AP 30), marked "Try Bridgetown, Barbados" arriving JU 2 31 with eventual "UNCLAIMED" handstamp, marked with "RETURN TO SENDER" (OC 9) arriving back New York (OC 18).
£60

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

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
TOO LATE FOR THE FIRST FLIGHT combination of Leeward Islands KGV 1½d PSE with added KGV 6d plus added Antigua KGV 3d pair, single pmk'd St. John's SP 26 29 to Limpsfield, Surrey, England, the BY AIR MAIL sticker obliterated by purple jusqu'a bars, some flap damage, no backstamps.
£150

VIRGINS ISLANDS to BELGIUM postal history
1933 cover with "114, Place La Fayette, Paris" printed on flaps diagonal edge stampless to Tortola with partial ROAD-TOWN OC 19 (33) backstamp, manuscript "unknown - return to sender" with matching ink asterisk alongside printed "LIGUE CONTRE LE POURBOIRE" (League Against Tipping), handstruck RETURN/VOIRauDO5, boxed RETOUR/A L'ENVOYEUR", and handstruck "T" with Bruxelles 28 XI 1933 arrival and 1fr Postage Due (closed tear) added and cancelled.
£65

JAMAICA postal history
1939 cover with Jamaica Fruit & Shipping Co. Ltd, Kingston senders address marked "via St. Thomas, V.I." to Chicago, Illinois with Jamaica KG6 ½d, pair 1d carried on the first leg by m/s "ERRIA" and red crayon cancelled by the purser with second leg using U.S. Virgin Islands 3c pmk'd Charlotte Amalie "1" duplex dated JAN 14 1939.
A rare two countries combination to destination.
£65



EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ANTIGUA FLEURON AS ARRIVAL MARK, St. Christopher postal history
1815 entire dated "Basseterre May 14th 1815" from Thomas William Sturgeon N.O. (Naval Office) to J. King, Secretary to His Excellency Sir, James Leith, Antigua carried through the mail as rated "4" unpaid. Docketted on lower flap "St. Christopher as requesting either the original warrant for his appointment, or copy".
Fleurons used as ingoing arrival marks are by far the rarest in their group and very seldom found.
£825

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


EIGHT MILE ROCK, Bahamas postal history
1931 reg. A.C. Sheldrake cover to Lanarkshire with 3d Staircase pmk'd purplish-black EIGHT MILE ROCK (T.5) cds dated */30 MR 31, overall tone-spotting.
£30


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 pmk’d St. Etienne 6-3 07.
£135



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

ROCK ISLAND, Trinidad
Unused b/w ppc.
Size only 50 x 30 metres.
£18



TRINIDAD postal history
1886 use of QV ½d Post Card pmk'd A/JY 23 86 locally to Miss Palmer, Palm Grove, Princestown, reverse headed "P. of Spain 22.7.86" with message reading "No visit expected, as cause was removed on 13th inst.; but all possible precautions shall be taken to protect, With love A xxxxx" Text surrounded by a gibbet, cannon, blunderbuss, revolver, cudgel, mantrap, swords, and a barrel marked "Y NAM" (dy namite). Overall toning.
The text may only be cryptic humour but might have a connection with the Ordinance of 1879 whereby a Volunteer Corps was raised with one Company under Captain Wilson permitted to use the Police headquarters for parades. In 1885, the year before this card was written, the Volunteers’ own headquarters, the Drill Hall in Tragarete Road, was opened by Governor Havelock.
£150



Only recorded BARBADOS prestamp entire with straight line "ANTIGUA" (period 1780-1799)
1793 entire headed "February 20th" with "Barbados" (same colour ink as final humble servant sentence) to Ballantine & Pitkethly, London initially marked to go by private ship via Bristol (crossed out) and carried "loose" to the Antigua Post Office with straight line "ANTIGUA" (PD9) rated 1/- changed by Inspector's crown to 2/-.
Written on behalf of Jane Carr with signature showing an elderly or frail hand, the writer replies to a letter received with "observed by the contents a report of my being dead" and with mention of her son writes "I am glad to hear he is living and hope my daughter Jane is also alive and well".
£475

EMPIRE PENNY RATE, JAMAICA postal history
Beeching "Hands across the sea" illustrated envelope for Christmas 1898 introduction of the Empire 1d rate with 1d Falls pmk'd Kingston K/OC 22 01 d/ring marked via "S.S. "Adler" to Herne Hill, London, backstamped NO 7 01 arrival.
£195
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