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BARBADOS postal history
1882 use QV 1d red-brown Post Card to London with design pmk'd open bootheel duplex dated A/FE 1 82, landed with red SHIP-LETTER/A/PAID/FE 20 82/LONDON cds. Soiling and with pieces paper obscuring parts of reverse text.
Mail landed by private ship from Barbados to UK ports is rarely met for the later period. During period 1865 to 1886 only six entires are recorded as such, one landing Dover, five landing London.
£185

BOOTS & SHOES, Boston, Massachusetts advertising, NEW BRUNSWICK postal history
1858 unusual local cover to Dorchester N.B. with 3d tied grill ovals with blue S.G. DAMON, THOMAS & CO. advertising oval, backstamped ST. JOHN JU 5 1858 with partial DORCHESTER arrival. Reverse opening tear justs affects top left corner.
£250

NEW SOUTH WALES postal history (Ex WILLCOCKS)
1863 cover to Lambeth, London with QV 6d plus (6d) REGISTERED pmk'd "36" with handstruck REGISTERED/BRAIDWOOD and red (crown)/REGISTERED applied on arrival, reverse Braidwood JA 19 1863 despatch clear of missing flap. Worn appearance. Ex Martin WILLCOCKS (1999).
£195

RARE "TRAFFIC BOTH WAYS" COMBINATION COVER, VICTORIA postal history
1858 cover with GB QV 6d pmk'd London S.W. duplex dated DE 21 58 to Melbourne, South Australia arriving MR 20 59, returned with tied 6d Queen on Throne to Shinfield, Reading. Soiling with some perf. toning. 144 days total in the mails.
By THAMES Southampton JA 12 59 to Alexandria, COLUMBIAN sailed JA 30 from Suez to Melbourne MR 20 59. Back home by P&O MALTA Melbourne AP 18 to Suez, CEYLON Alexandria to Southampton JU 10 1859. Mail 89 days out, 54 home.
£425

K used KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent postmark
dated JU 30 85 on QV 1d red REVERSED CA wmk (SG.48x).
£5

K used KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent postmark
dated JY 22 85 on QV 1d red (SG.48).
£4


HRH Prince Alfred round-world-voyage 12 days prior assassins bullet, New South Wales postal history
1858 (MR 1) concession rate cover, signed by Francis H. Poore Commanding Officer, to London from Sgt. Wm. Grimes 61 Company Royal Marines H.M.S. "Galatea" - Sydney with 3 x GB QV 1d red Plate 93 pmk'd mail-boat "A99" with London AP 26 68 arrival. Perf. faults and edge soiling. Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria's second son (1844-1900) was never expected to be King and joined the Royal Navy as a midshipman aged 12. In 1867 he commissioned and commanded the 'Galatea' for a voyage around the world which would include the first royal visit to Australia. On FE 26 1867 the 'Galatea' left Plymouth Sound but the tour was abruptly curtailed in Sydney New South Wales on MR 12 1868 when Henry James O'Farrell, a Fenian sympathiser, attempted to assassinate the Prince - the Duke fell forwards on his hands and knees exclaiming "Good God! I am shot; my back is broken". His Royal Highness was tended back to health by six recently arrived nurses trained by Florence Nightingale.
Full details of the voyage can be found in the 487 page book entitled "The Cruise of H.M.S. Galatea" by John Milner and Oswald Walters Brierly. Prince Alfred was the first serious stamp collector in the royal family. He sold his collection to King Edward VII who shared his enthusiasm, who in turn gave it to his son King George V. Keenly expanded by the latter the two collections became the basis of what is now the Royal Philatelic Collection.
£1750





EARLIEST RECORDED LETTER written at LOUBIERE during the SEVEN YEARS WAR, Dominica postal history
1759 entire letter datelined at base of second page "Loubiere, Dom/que Le 8 Avril 1759" addressed to Capt. Brough of the Marines on board Her Majesty's Ship Panther (St. Rupert's Bay, Dominica). Contents in French, signed by G. Mayne St. Luce, discuss the increased prices of provisions which prevent him fulfilling Capt. Brough's order, remarking in particular on the scarcity and expensiveness of sea fish; he is, however, able to forward a cheese. Remarkably fine condition and a rare internal mail survivor with unusual content. (The previous earliest letter was written Dominica NO 10 1763 ex Nabarro 3/1975 R90, Sugarman 3/1994 R552 during the first British occupation as Dominica ceded to Britain by the Treaty of Paris FE 10 1762, the French settlers retaining their estates).
H.M.S. Panther, a 60 gun ship under Captain Molyneux Shuldham, was part of the fleet under Commodore Moore which captured Guadeloupe on JA 24 1759, during the Seven Years' War. Several ships, including H.M.S. Panther, were then detached from the fleet and proceeded to Prince Rupert's Bay at Dominica, in order to observe and follow the newly arrived French fleet which contained troops for the relief of the French islands in the West Indies. Mail from this theatre of war with campaign connection is virtually unknown. (Loubiere is in the south of the island near Roseau; Prince Rupert's Bay is in the north).
£1850

A10 used Kingstown, St. Vincent postmark
(PML.4) in red on 1869 QV 4d yellow (SG.12, Cat.160), slightly oxidised.
£20

BARROUALLIE, St. Vincent postmark
C/JY 11 98 on QV 1d red (SG.48b), blunt perf.
£10

KANDEPOLA, Ceylon postmark
DE 16 95 on horiz. pair QV 5c (SG.195).
£5

CLARENCE TOWN, Bahamas postmark
(T.7a) 30 NOV 10 on KE7 1d (SG.72).
£12

BIMINI, Bahamas postmark
(T.1) C/26 OC 6 (LRD) on KE7 1d (SG.72).
£25

RUM CAY, Bahamas postmark
(T.1) B/MR 11 14 on KGV 1d (SG.82).
£10

WESLEY, Dominica postmark
*/MY 7 02 on Leewards QV 1d (SG.2).
£25

4 CONCENTRIC CIRCLES dumb handstamp on LEEWARD ISLANDS stamp
full strike on QV d (SG.1).
£24

ST. JAMES, Antigua postmark
part strike with year "29" showing full office name on KGV 1d (SG.63), very rare office.
£75

CEDAR GROVE, Antigua postmark
*/11 NO 48 on KG6 3d (SG.103) fragment.
£7

PARHAM, Antigua postmark
*/NO 18 47 on KG6 1d (SG.100) piece.
£9

K3a "13", Bermuda postmark
on 1880 QV d stone Crown CA wmk (SG.19).
£32
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