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RATLAM, India postal history
QV anna PSE with added QV anna strip of four, pair, two singles tied 13/A-20 numerals with framed REGISTERED RATLAM handstamp and RUTLAM 12 JAN and BOMBAY JAN 14 cds, opened for display, edge faults.
£60


Postal Stationery "USED ABROAD", British Guiana postal history
1938 use one "ONE CENT" on 2c carmine UPU Post Card by the Regent Stamp Company to Oxton, Birkenhead put through the London machine cancel on 5 AUG 1938 with the uncancelled GB KG6 1d tied by London 5 AU 38 d/ring.
£36


STUBBS, St. Vincent postal history
1897 printed cover to Myerscough & Co., London with block of six and strip of three QV d green left to be pmk'd KINGSTOWN A/NO 25 97 with "R" in oval" plus STUBBS C/NO 25 97 and village "REGISTERED" str. line alongside plus hooded London C/DEC 9 97 arrival, reg. label R.3,921 on reverse, the cover having been poorly opened on 3 sides affecting address panel.
£180



Surbiton Hill, Great Britain destination mail to Fort Murray, BRITISH KAFFRARIA postal history
1859 mourning cover to George Brownlow, Fort Murray, British Kaffraria, Cape of Good Hope from SURBITON HILL (no date slugs backstamp) with GB QV 6d pale lilac tied KINGSTON-ON-THAMES "422" duplex dated D/SP 5 59 showing red crayon 1d credited to the Cape Colony, reverse London S.W., DEVONPORT E/SP 6 59, red CAPE TOWN NO 16 1859 arrival, under flap "Ansd letter to Edward 12 Dec 1859". (Carried by the "Dane" packet boat).
The area annexed to the British Cape Colony on 10 May 1835 as Queen Adelaide Province, but on 5 December 1835 the Cape Colony disallowed the annexation and it was renamed Queen Adelaide Land district with Grahamstown as its capital until 1847. On 17 December 1847 it was again annexed to the Cape Colony as British Kaffraria Colony with King William's Town as its capital. On 7 March 1860 British Kaffraria became a separate crown colony. It was finally re-incorporated into the Cape Colony on 17 April 1866.
£425


Wreck of S.S. "WINDSOR CASTLE" (Donald Currie Line), CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1876 cover and lengthy 5-page letter headed "Kersal Rectory (Salford) Sept 16 1876" to Miss Helen Ayliffe, Greystone, Grahamstown, Cape of Good Hope marked "per first Steamer, September 22 1876" with GB QV 6d grey Plate 15 tied Manchester "498" duplex dated SP 22 1876 with CAPE TOWN O/OC 20 76 arrival alongside, reverse shows DARTMOUTH B/SP 23 76 despatch and GRAHAMSTOWN OC 25 76 arrival clear of large part flap missing which shows both albino SPIERS & SON OXFORD envelope manufacturer and sender's emblem.
The "Windsor Castle" sailed from Dartmouth on 23rd September 1876 and hit rocks between 2 and 3am on 19th October off Dassen Island while approaching Cape Town. A Lt. Melville and a Mr Searle, after a most unpleasant journey, reached Cape Town at about 9pm with the news of the wrecked mail steamer. The "Florence" was despatched to the scene of the wreck, but due strong winds was unable to get out of the harbour until 4.15am, sighted the masts of the Windsor at 7am, and cast anchor at Dassen Island at 8am where the 160 passengers had assembled taking up a Robinson Crusoe kind of existence in tents rigged up from sails amongst heaps of saved baggage, boxes, gun cases and 70 to 80 mailbags. The "Florence" left at 1pm with the first of the survivors arriving at Cape Town at 6pm. Seven or eight feet of rock had ripped through the bottom and the ship broke up in heavy swells within a week. The rescued mail was postmarked at Cape Town on 20th October 1876.
£1200


BARBADOS "USED ABROAD" PICTURE POST CARD, BEQUIA St. Vincent postal history
1965 Bathsheba Coast, St. Joseph, Barbados coloured post card written from Bequia, having arrived by mail schooner, used with 2 x 1c Scout, QE2 10c pmk'd BEQUIA */6 JA 65 to Washington D.C.
£18


ANTIGUA "USED ABROAD" PICTURE POST CARD, St. Vincent postal history
1957 view of English Harbour col. Post Card mailed at Kingstown, St. Vincent with overlapped 2 x 1c, single 10c to Miami Shores, Florida, newsy text, postmark date fairly indistinct.
£12

Combination NATAL and British Occupied ORANGE FREE STATE stamps used ORANGE RIVER COLONY
1900 used of "E. No. 708" blue stock NATAL GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS (deleted) foolscap cover marked "Regd", "60", "Fee Paid" to Serg. Major C. Stride, Dorset Yeomanry, Wimborne, Dorset with combination Natal block of ten QV 1d carmine and British Occupied OFS 2d purple ovp'd "V.R.I." and 2d pmk'd P.O.A. 107 obliterators, both stamps and adhesives with faults, reverse Wimborne DE 8 00 arrival.
The Orange Free State was formally annexed to the British Crown and renamed the Orange River Colony on 28 May 1900.
£225

CONSIGNEE ENTIRE landed GRAVESEND SHIP LETTER, St. Vincent postal history
1910 cover marked "Consignee" and "p. S.S. St. Croix" to William Burr, Broad Street House, London with 1d re-drawn Arms (SG.99) tied purple str. line "THE EAST-ASIATIC COMPANY" handstamp with both GRAVESEND/SHIP-LETTER and GRAVESEND 2 AM/MY 18 10 arrival cds alongside address panel, reverse London E.C. 10.15AM MAY 18 10 arrival.
The East Asiatic Company was founded in 1897 in Copenhagen by Hans Niel Andersen, initially to operate shipping services between Copenhagen, Bangkok and the Far East. In 1907 the "St. Croix" was sold to the Hamburg America Line.
£750



SHIP MAIL ROOM ADELAIDE, South Australia postal history
1884 cover "per Lusitania" to Hollywood, King's Norton, Birmingham with QV 6d pmk'd SHIP MAIL ROOM ADELAIDE JY 23 84, reverse SP 4 84 arrivals.
£120




Massive 27mm LONG PLATE SCRATCH on QV 12c black, Nova Scotia postal history
1866 cover with colourless embossed "R.T. MUIR, 125 GRANVILLE ST." envelope manufacturer name under flap to the Inner Temple, London with QV 12c black/yellowish paper showing massive 27mm long vertical plate scratch at left tied oval grid with red London Paid 12 FE 66 arrival alongside, reverse partial WOLFVILLE N.S. JA 27 1866 and oval H/JA 30 1866/N.S. Halifax transit.
British packet mail carried by British Steamer Cunard Line "Asia".
£625



Wolverhampton to Kellerberrin, Western Australia re-directed Bulawayo, Salisbury, Rhodesia
1924 cover with GB KGV 1d pmk'd Wolverhampton to Kellerberrin, Western Australia forwarded Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia with boxed "UNCLAIMED/ADVERTISED" and Returned Letter Branch, G.P.O. Salisbury d/ring.
Wolverhampton DE 5 1924, Kellerberrin JA 8 1925, Bulawayo JA 2 and JA 7, Salisbury MY 6 1925.
£30


SHIKOHABAD and LASHKAR, GWALIOR STATE, India postal history
1894 use of East India QV anna REPLY CARD portion pmk'd SHIKOHABAD JL 15 (94) sqc with LASHKAR, GWALIOR STATE 16 JL 94 cds alongside address panel.
£16





PD in oval, ST. VINCENT postal history (Ex FORSYTH)
Newly discovered FIRST RECORDED USE OF THE "PD" IN OVAL IN BLACK INK USED AS A "KILLER" ON ENTIRE: 1878 wrapper from George Robertson, St. Vincent to Messrs. Charles W. Gray, London with QV 1/- vermilion P.11 to 12 x 15 (SG.24) tied by black "PD" in oval (PML.83) with matching ink colour ST. VINCENT AU 9 78 despatch plus red London Paid 28 (AU 78) arrival on address panel, adhesive crossed by filing fold and may have been lifted for inspection, recipient's purple notes on address panel include "Trouble with Rose Bank machinery". (Ex FORSYTH lot 562)
Similar purple ink recipient notes on this correspondence to Charles Gray show that letters were posted from Kingstown which was using the horiz. "A10" (PML.4) at this time but had changed from red to black ink mid-1878 as per illustrations JU 18 78 and AU 8 78; and this next day use may indicate late mail accepted into the Post Office.
£525


BARBADOS "USED ABROAD" U.P.U. POST CARD ACCEPTED IN ERROR AT DOMINICA
1886 use of Barbados QV 1d brown UPU Post Card with cross-written text headed "Mar 29" pmk'd Dominica vertical "A07" at Roseau with C/AP 3 86 despatch cds alongside to Miss M.B. Clinckett, Rev. Canon Branch, The Rectory, Barrouallie, St. Vincent with only KINGSTOWN C/AP 8 86 arrival b/stamp, corner fault but a fine example of accepted mail which should not have been accepted without penalty.
£275



MISSENT or POST OFFICE KNOWS BEST, Dominica and St. Vincent postal history
1886 use of Dominica QV 1d brown UPU Post Card with cross-written text headed "Dec 24" pmk'd vertical "A07" with C/DE 24 86 cds alongside to Miss M.B. Clinckett, Rev. Canon Branch, The Rectory, Barrouallie, St. Vincent with both KINGSTOWN and CALLIAQUA C/DE 30 86 transit and arrival cds alongside address panel.
Barrouallie is situated 14 miles west of Kingstown on the Leeward coast whilst Calliaqua is about 8 miles east of Kingstown at the bottom of the island on the near Windward coast.
£525




DIFFERING REGISTRATION LABELS (one "Cancelled"), ST. VINCENT postal history
1917 foolscap OHMS with embossed Royal Coat-of-Arms flap (unlikely to be of village origin) with "Saint Vincent." (18mm long) R.282 label "Cancelled" in red ink, and "Saint Vincent." (20mm long) R.352 label on corner copy KGV 1/- bistre (SG.117, Cat.32) cover to Port Washington, New York, USA showing Kingstown C/NO 23 17 despatch and G.P.O. A/FE 4 18 subsequent return, a wonderful item for the St. Vincent registered mail specialist.
£150

UNSEALED RATE, Grenada postal history
1895 unsealed rate cover to Utica, New York with QV d dull green pmk'd ST. GEORGE'S sideways facing down C/NO 25 95 cds.
£75


ATBARA, SUDAN to MALTA postal history
1898 use of Egypt 1p grey ovp'd "SOUDAN" ENVELOPE-LETTER with text headed "Atbara Fort" to Valletta, Malta pmk'd ATBARA 17 AU 98 (short-lived D2), reverse with WADI HALFA 20 VIII 98 (short-lived D4) with MALTA C/SP 7 98 and "10" in oval alongside, the soiled address panel showing SLIEMA B.O. for 10.45AM 7 SP 98, all flaps are open for display.
£115



SLIEMA, Malta postal history
1888 used of QV 1d carmine Post Card written at "Sliema 11/5/88" to a Leipzig bookseller pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated C/MY 11 88.
£85
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