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BARBADOS stamps:
Newly discovered 1874 ½d deep green (SG.65), a used example with unlisted DOUBLE PRINT.
Scan of normal for comparison only (not included)
£75

ANTIGUA
Newly discovered proof printed on white paper for a Keyplate style QV 1d in black (no shading behind both lighthouse and sailing ship).
£125

ANTIGUA
Newly discovered proof printed on white paper for a Keyplate style QV 1d in black (no shading behind both lighthouse and sailing ship).
£125

ANTIGUA
Newly discovered unused copy affixed plain grey stock unaddressed envelope with printed and perforated QV 1d in greyish-black (Keyplate style, no shading behind both lighthouse and sailing ship), slightly rounded lower left corner perf.
£85

ANTIGUA
Newly discovered bogus Essay (Keyplate style) for a QV 1d stamp WITH SHADING BEHIND BOTH LIGHTHOUSE and SAILING SHIP (no actual printed stamps currently seen) in black printed on white stock.
Printed and perforated stamps without shading behind both lighthouse and sailing ship are recorded.
£180


ANTIGUA (bogus) postal history
Newly discovered home-made wrapper with printed and perforated QV 1d in greyish-black (Keyplate style, no shading behind both lighthouse and sailing ship) tied "A02" to a Mr Frederick Young, last heard of in Canterbury Settlement, care of Messrs. John White Villet & Sons, Parliament Street, Liverpool, England, peripheral faults.
£175

NASSAU, Bahamas postmark/cancel
Unrecorded in both LUDINGTON and PROUD handbooks 20mm cds dated B/SP 7 82 on 1882 QV 1/- green CA wmk P.14 (SG.44).
No obvious signs of "PAID" excised from base as per Ludington (P4) and Proud (PD3) illustrations
£150

GREGORY TOWN, Bahamas postmark/cancel
hand-drawn dated C/SP 1 94 on QV 1d (SG.48), previously unrecorded.
£200




WRECK of the Private Ship "ROBERT" at Egg Island, Bahamas, journey continued by "Lord Eldon"
A newly discovered wreck entire written "Nassau 11 Dec 1816" marked "Robert" changed "Lord Eldon" to Glasgow landed with PORTSMOUTH/SHIP LETTER rated 1/4 and 1/6 with poor boxed Scottish wheel tax "½", two chisel slits, rarely found on Private Ship Letters from the BWI, struck from reverse (about 1½ inches or 1 6/16th inches or 17mm) with (London) 13 FE 13 1817 b/stamp, Glasgow 16 FEB receiver above address panel.
Robert entered Lloyd's Register in 1815 as an American prize. Until 1822 the brig was a West Indiaman based in Liverpool and sailing to the Bahamas or Havana. Lloyd's List reported (FE 2 1817) that the "Robert", Wilkes, master, had been sailing from New Providence to Liverpool when she struck a reef off Egg Island, Bahamas, and had to put back for repairs.
£2000

MONEY-ORDER-OFFICE, St. Vincent postmark/cancel
Newly discovered with 'A' code part dated A/JU 2 on 1907 1d Arms (SG.95).
Normally found with 'C' code period C/AP 10 02 to C/MY 19 05.
£75


MAIL FROM THE PROLIFIC FORGER Raoul De Thuin, British Honduras postal history
1939 reg. printed address cover with previously unseen Belize's French Stores, DE THUIN, PAZ & Co., P.O. Box 206, Belize sender address to Monsieur T. Allen, 5 Blake Hall Road, Wanstead, London E11 re-directed Frinton-on-Sea with KGV 10c pmk'd 2 FE 39 being just one of numerous printed address aliases used by the prolific stamp forger Raoul de Thuin to circumvent the spotting by the U.S. Post Office of his fraudulent activities to particular persons or firms (full details in BWISC Journal under article headed Around The Caribbean 7). Further research shows that the cover is addressed to the famous Tommy Allen, who did live at both Wanstead and Frinton-on-Sea. ALLEN, Thomas 1895-1984. Originally dealer in British Colonial rarities, who with Charles Nissen purchased, in 1936, the Perkins Bacon stock and records; most of the records were afterwards acquired by RPSL. Council Member RPSL. Curator of its forgery collection, 1954-67. Member of Expert Committee, for whom he reorganised their vast quantity of reference photographs. A philatelist of wide experience, he was a member of the Executive Committee for the London International Exhibition 1960, and served on the jury at FIPEX, New York 1956.
De Thuin (born Belgium 1890, died Guayaguil Ecuador 1975) started his philatelic “work” as early as 1916 leading to a shop in Brussels in 1927. He entered Mexico in 1931 on the run from French and Belgian police who wanted him for 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 Mexico in 1941 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. “The Yucatan Affair” published by The American Philatelic Society illustrates his fabrications on much of the 523 pages. 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.”
£360


BARBADOS stamps:
1861 (1d) pale blue (SG.23), unused without gum showing previously unnoticed prominent large birthmark on Britannia's arm, a constant variety found Row 5/3 on Plate II.
£36

BARBADOS SHIP LETTER postmark/cancel
(Benwell D3) dated 2 FE 82 on 1876 2d red (SG.76), extremely rare as an adhesive "killer".
In the post-UPU period (Barbados joined SP 1 1881) adhesives on cover were cancelled by this oval BARBADOS SHIP LETTER datestamp, a fact not previously known. No examples yet found on "loose" 1882 Queen's head issues.
£240

EKUTULENI, Natal postal history
Previously unrecorded d/ring with maltese cross at base dated 21 FEB 13 on Natal KE7 1d UPU Post Card with same day MELMOTH, ZULULAND transit to Klefoa, Sweden, full text.
Head Office MELMOTH, previously named SITEKU (office opened 1910), renamed EKUTULENI (OC 1 1911).
£150

A64, Jamaica postmark/cancel
Topaz unrecorded OVERPRINT INVERTED (17mm) on QV ½d OFFICIAL (SG.01e).
£160

GB/40c, St. Vincent postmark/cancel
(allocated PML.73a showing an upright serif on the '4') an exceptionally clear strike on 1877 QV 1/-vermilion (SG.24).
Most strikes of this instrument are badly worn, and it is due these elusive early clear strikes that it was noticed that three, instead of two, types of GB/40c exist. PML.73 sans-serif '4' and rounded top to instrument, PML.73a seriffed '4', PML.74 small 'c' and pointed top to instrument.
£75

GB/40c, St. Vincent postmark/cancel
(allocated PML.73a showing an upright serif on the '4') on 1877 QV 6d light yellow-green upr. star (SG.26a).
Most strikes of this instrument are badly worn, and it is due to elusive early clear strikes that it was noticed that three, instead of two, types of GB/40c exist. PML.73 sans-serif '4' and rounded top to instrument, PML.73a seriffed '4', PML.74 small 'c' and pointed top to instrument.
£24

SEROWE, Bechuanaland postmark/cancel
Newly discovered skeleton type relief datestamp for FE 7 1922 on GB ovp'd KGV 2d (SG.76a).
£160

DENBEIGH (error of spelling), Jamaica postmark/cancel
Newly discovered 11 JUL 1967 temporary rubber datestamp tying perfs. pair QE2 1d Lignum Vitae (SG.217) to piece.
The David Horry Encyclopaedia of British West Indies Postmarks Queen Elizabeth II illustrates the first DENBIGH with 20mm spacing base of "D" to "H" and the wider spacing DENBIGH with 27mm spacing base of "D" to "H". This error of spelling has 25mm spacing base of "D" to "H".
£48


BARBADOS stamps:
1876 ½d bright green CC wmk P.14 (SG.72), used showing prominent plate-scratches in second "N" of "PENNY", some trimmed perfs.
Three used examples and one mint copy now recorded on this issue.
£48
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