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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


WITHOUT DESPATCH DATESTAMP (contrary to regulations), MALTA postal history
1893 unsealed rate (flap tucked in) cover with printed enclosure to B.W. Kumler, Parker, Turner County, South Dakota with QV d tied "A25", no other markings.
£60

MAN OF WAR CAY, BAHAMAS postal history
1927 reg. cover to Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire with block of four KGV 4d orange-yellow (SG.121) pmk'd MAN OF WAR CAY (T.4, D3) dated 10 OC 27.
£95


JAMAICA to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1854 wrapper marked "via Southampton" to John Clark, Graffe Riennet (sic), Cape of Good Hope, South Africa pmk'd red KINGSTON-JAMAICA-PAID SP 26 1854 and rated red 1/6d (triple 6d new rate introduced March 23 1854 to London), black "8", black 1/8, black 2/- due with London Paid (OC 13) and b/stamped Cape Town (DE 29) with red GRAAFF-REINETT arrival dated JA 4 1855, centrally folded, peripheral faults but a rare destination.
£195

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


UPU MALTA to non-UPU Melbourne, VICTORIA, Australia postal history
1890 opened to display cover showing HUDDART, PARKER & Cos.. LINE printed sender's flap to Huddart-Parker & Co, Melbourne, Australia with QV 4d brown pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated H/SP 11 90, b/stamped Brindisi (13-9) and Melbourne (OC 16).
Malta joined the UPU on JY 1 1875 but Australia did not become a member until OC 1 1891.
£180

MALTA (4d rate) to Tokyo, JAPAN postal history
1886 cover to Basil Hall Chamberlain, Tokyo, Japan with pair Malta QV 2d grey pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated C/JA 30 85, b/stamped Tokyo and Yokohama (MR 18) clear of large missing flap.
£125


MALTA (5d rate) to Tokyo, JAPAN postal history
1883 printed sender's flap cover to Basil Hall Chamberlain, Tengin Dani, Tokyo, Japan with 2 copies GB QV 2d blue Plate 23 pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated B/JA 25 83 showing arrival cancel on address panel, b/stamped at Brindisi, Siracusa, and Yokohama.
This is the only recorded 5d rate cover to Japan (normal rate being 4d).
£280

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

MALTA to Helsingor, DENMARK postal history
1885 unsealed printed rate cover to Helsingor, Denmark with QV d green tied Malta "A25" duplex dated D/DE 31 85, backstamped Helsingor 7/1 arrival, opened at right with enclosed visiting card from the Chancelier du Consulat de France (text on reverse).
£275

BARBADOS postal history
1938 Red Tower Lager cover sent stampless to The Aurora School of Photo-Engraving, Aurora, Washington with scarce "T" in diamond tax handstamp, GPO 12 AU 38 despatch and New York Due 10 cents duplex.
£60


MT. AIRY temporary rubber datestamp, Jamaica postal history
1953 reg. commercial cover with sender's address "Duck Pond, Mt. Airy" to Kingston with KG6 6d pmk'd purple MT. AIRY 29 JUL 1953 TRD, various backstamps.
£28

KNOWLES'S, Bahamas postal history
1932 reg. cover to C.E. Cedar, Tacoma, Washington with KGV 2d (SG.84a) pmk'd KNOWLES'S (T.5, D2) */SP 13 32, b/stamped Miami (SP.21).
£85

RAGGED ISLAND, Bahamas postal history
1935 reg. cover to Alan Round, Stourbridge with Sheet Number 150 KGV 4d yellow (SG.85a) pmk'd RAGGED ISLAND (T.5, D3) */FE 2 35, further strike on reverse plus Nassau (8 FE) and Stourbridge (22 FE).
£60




INAGUA, Bahamas postal history
1903 use of KE7 1d UPU Post Card with full German text headed "17.9.03" pmk'd INAGUA SP 18 without year to Lubeck, Germany re-directed to Charlottenberg with handstamped and 14.10.03 pmk'd label affixed which translates "Not determined, confirmed P.A.I. Charlottenburg" and "Work of reference, recognised" (Nachschlagewerke eingesehen), unusual.
£95


FOX HILL, Bahamas postal history
1929 use of KGV 2d orange PSRE commercially used to Lennards Ltd, Bristol with added KGV 1d pmk'd blue FOX HILL (T. 7 I, D3) */FE 22 29 cds, reverse with Nassau 22 FE 29 and red hooded REGISTERED LONDON 8 MR 29 transit, opened along base only.
£240


JAMES'CISTERN, Bahamas postal history
1932 cover to Tacoma, Washington with KGV 1d pmk'd JAMES'CISTERN (T. 71, D2) 3 SEP 32 cds, philatelic but an extremely rare office.
£90


TRINIDAD postal history
1894 use of QV 2d PSRE with Wilson, Son & Co, Port of Spain sender's oval cachet to E.D. Bacon, London with added QV 2d tied REGISTRATION NO 1 94 cds with reg. label affixed and tied reverse with hooded REGISTERED LONDON 15 NO 94 arrival.
£30
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