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VICTORIA postal history (ex Groom)
1856 entire headed "Melbourne 26 July 1856" to London marked p. "Formosa" to Pt de Galle" with 6d Woodblock pmk'd Melbourne "1" on JY 29 1856 showing handstruck red "1d" accountancy and OC 18 1856 arrival. Ex GROOM.
£80

BARBADOS postal history
1854 cover to Clifton, Bristol rated 1/- with PAID AT BARBADOES in red with JU 27 1854 despatch dbl-arc on reverse coupled with PAID AT BARBADOES in black on local cover pmk'd open bootheel duplex FE 20 93, plus further impressions in black, one overstruck bold "5", the other dated C/MR 4 96. The black strikes used during shortages of d and d adhesives, and all three showing chipped short right leg in "A" of BARBADOES etc, the two covers with faults.
£120


DOMINICA and MARTINIQUE postal history
1947 b/w ppc of "A Country Road, Dominica" with Dominica KG6 1d affixed for Chula Vista, California, carried privately to Martinique with pair 3fr on 2fr added and tied FORT DE FRANCE */15 4 47 cds. Closed tear to card at top but a most unusual combination.
£75

BARBADOS and SIERRA LEONE combination, MARTINIQUE postal history
1954 unusual combination and out of period use cover to Nelson, Lancashire with Sierra Leone 1937 KG6 1d Coronation coupled with Barbados 1948 KG6 1d RSW tied FORT-DE-FRANCE 27 MAI 1954 machine slogan with purple strikes boxed "CIE GLE TRANSATLANTIQUE/26 MAI 1954/ S/S ANTILLES" handstamps, no backstamps.
£36


BARBADOS postal history
1866 entire with printed colourless embossed DUMMETT & Co. BARBADOS letterhead to E.H. Fitt & Co, Trinidad with 6d orange-red (SG.30) tied Bridgetown "1" bootheel with top flap displaying MR 6 66 despatch and Trinidad MR 8 1866 arrival, left frontal crease with central split.
On DE 1 1862 Barbados and Trinidad had agreed to abolish the collection of 1d from both sender and addressee, this prepaid 6d adhesive comprised 1d to port, 4d sea post, 1d delivery.
£180

FRANCE postal history
1970's Hotel Edison, New York airmail cover used in France to Japan, some soiling etc.
£15

BARBADOS postal history
1895 printed address reg. cover to Knowle, Warwickshire with QV 4d pale brown and pair QV 1/- chestnut affixed with gum tied C/JU 6 95 cds, Birmingham 26 JU 95 transit backstamp.
£95

BARBADOS postal history
1862 refolded horizontally along top (to reduce/improve) wrapper front and back to London with 6d (SG.29) pmk'd Bridgetown "1" with BARBADOES NO 7 1862 despatch dbl-arc showing red London NO 29 62 arrival, discoloured at left.
£85

BARBADOS postal history
1936 reg. cover to Woodford, Cheshire with pristine corner marginal 1932 KGV 2/6 carmine/blue Seahorse (SG.238a, Cat.200) pmk'd GPO REGISTRATION MY 21 36 d/ring, full flap and backstamps.
£225


TASMANIA postal history
1859 cover to London with QV 6d dull lilac pmk'd "59" with Launceston FE 12 despatch showing London AP 11 59 arrival.
£225



VICTORIA postal history
1883 cover with QV 2d sepia strip of three (right stamp large tear) to London pmk'd "587" with COBDEN SE 1 83 despatch. RPS (2012) Certificate.
£475


The ERROR PANE (see scan below) Carnival booklet, St. Vincent stamps
1975 $2.50 Carnival booklet printed WITHOUT THE 35c denomination but including a SECOND 25c BY ERROR (the four panes adding up to only $2.40 instead of the intended $2.50). A great modern rarity in perfect unmounted mint condition.
The booklet was assembled by the St. Vincent Philatelic Bureau staff (126 girls at its peak in 1978). At a very late stage of collation and early stapling it was noticed there was no 35c value. A corrected pane was rapidly sent from the printers in Holland but some error booklets had already got into the standing order supply chain. The expectation was that no more than about 10 error booklets were in circulation and most have not been found to this date.
£1250

BERMUDA postal history
1942 envelope used elsewhere (New York printed changed Bermuda typewritten) to Rutherford, New Jersey with airmail rate KG6 7d pmk'd HAMILTON 5 JUN 42, most unusually handstruck red "THIS LETTER CAME IN BY AIRMAIL", no backstamps, commercial as opened 3 sides.
£36


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


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



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
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