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CANADA to Melbourne, VICTORIA
1893 exceptionally attractive cover front and single reverse side flap with QV 1c x 2, 5c to South Yarra.
£350

CANADA to BAHAMAS postal history
1917 cover to Nassau with Canada KGV 2c + 1c pmk'd Ottawa OC 5 17 with Bahamas 5d SPECIAL DELIVERY tied Nassau 21 OCT 17 cds.
£90

CARDIGAN BRIDGE, P.E.I., Canada postal history
1884 cover front with QV 1c, 2c tied smudged cancels to Boston, Mass. with CARDIGAN-BRIDGE, P.E.I. MY 25 84 despatch, handstruck ADVERTISED JUN 14 with U.S. 1c Postage Due firmly tied str. line UNCLAIMED being the advertising fee cost.
£180

MISSENT TO THE BAHAMAS
full cover Canada to Turks & Cicos Islands posted 3 NO 80
£12

SHIP MAIL NASSAU, Bahamas
full cover dated DEC 21 1951
£20

SYDNEY, Nova Scotia, Canada postal history
1899 cover to Lancaster, Massachusetts with QV 1c pmk'd SYDNEY N.S. cds dated MY 22 99 with two line "INSUFFICIENTLY/PREPAID" and U.S, 2c brown POSTAGE DUE affixed.
£75

TRINIDAD postal history
1941 cover to Toronto, Ontario, Canada with blue framed "From H.M.C. SHIP/PASSED BY CENSOR" handstamp with added KG6 2c, pair 12c pmk'd Port of Spain FE 1 41 d/rings, no backstamps, some soiling.
£28


The GHOSTS of POINT ELLICE HOUSE, the most haunted house on VANCOUVER ISLAND
1898 cover to Mrs (Caroline Agnes) O'Reilly (1831-1899, thought to appear as an apparition in the grounds of her house) at Point Ellice, Victoria, Vancouver Island pmk'd KINGSTON AU 10 98 and then mysteriously spirited some 4,432 miles to DUBLIN (AU 24 98, husband Peter originated from Ballybeg, Co. Meath, only 45 miles from Dublin) before travelling a further 4,502 miles to VICTORIA, B.C. PM/SP 6 98 per b/stamp) with I/SP 7 98 and "10" cents tax due handstamp added the next day, some soiling.
Husband Peter, former Indian Reserve Commissioner, is the subject of supernatural investigations at the house which went live on a YouTube video October 31 2020. Visitors and volunteers have had spooky encounters with lights switching on and off, a piano playing on its own, and apparitions chasing them away. In later years "a nice young lady in a blue dress" had shown visitors around the house giving many previously unknown facts, when questioned they went back inside the house and pointed to a blue gown lying across a bed, "that's the one she was wearing" in daughter Kathleen O'Reilly's bedroom. Kathleen had returned! For many years the whereabouts of the grave of Caroline Agnes was a mystery, but in her final year, being so ill, she made a last visit to her family in England, dying only a few days after arrival. Her remains lie in the cemetery at Cheriton, Folkestone (only 2.1 miles down the road, a 39 minute walk, from me!).
£475

LEEWARD ISLANDS postal history
1894 cover front to Ontario, Canada with Leewards QV 2d pmk'd ANTIGUA JA 31 94 cds, marked "No P.O. given" in manuscript with handstruck 2-line RETURNED FOR/BETTER DIRECTION, soiled with edge faults.
£12


R.M.S. "LADY RODNEY" cachet, Bermuda postal history
1937 Canadian National Steamships printed flap cover with sender address from Inverurie Hotel, Paget Parish to Detroit Michigan with CANADA KGV 1c pair, 3c tied str. line "PAQUEBOT" with Hamilton 17 JLY 1937 along base, superb magenta 3-line R.M.S. "LADY RODNEY" cachet.
£95

Mail to the "U.S.S. Michigan" (Fenian Raids/Canada), MALTA postal history
1872 cover marked "Via Italy & Germany" to a U.S. Naval Lieutenant on the U.S.S. Michigan, Erie, Pennsylvania with GB QV 1d, 3d, 6d pmk'd Malta "A25" duplex dated B/NO 18 72 showing London Paid (NO 26) but without arrival backstamps, small corner fault.
U.S.S. Michigan was the first iron-hulled ship in the U.S. Navy and was built in response to the British Government arming two steamers in response to the Canadian rebellion in the late 1830's and operated on the Great Lakes out of Erie, Pennsylvania. Irish immigrants in the Fenian Brotherhood, after the American Civil War, saw their opportunity to attack the British Empire at their weakest point on the borders with Canada, and seize a sufficient portion of Canada to form a belligerent government recognised by the United States. In early June 1866, 850 Fenians led by Col. John O'Neill crossed the Niagara River. Battles with Canadian Volunteer Forces and British regiments were fought at Ridgeway and Fort Erie, and with some 2,000 to 3,000 re-inforcements unable to cross from Buffalo the raid was effectively over. In 1866 the 'Michigan' intercepted and interned the army of the Fenian Brotherhood as it returned from its invasion of Canada near Buffalo.
£625

U.S. Patriotic cover BRITISH GUIANA to CANADA postal history
1944 U.S. patriotic cover to Signals Dept., R.A.F.T.C., Dorval Air Port, Quebec, Canada with KG6 4c x 2, 36c pmk'd Air Mail 25 FE 44, reverse back portion of I.I./8 censor label, boxed MAR 2 1944 arrival and sender address of R.M. Kelly, Chief Steward on a Motor Vessel (name indistinct), some faults.
£30



Wreck of the 'Schiller' (Hoboken N.J, Scilly Isles, Germany's "Titanic"), Canada postal history
THE ONLY RECORDED WRECK COVER ORIGINATING FROM CANADA marked "Via United States" with Small Queen 2c green x 2, QV 6c brown x 2 pmk'd HALIFAX N.S. A/AP 22 75 duplex to The Manager, The Imperial Bank, Lothbury, London taken from the wrecked S.S. Schiller on the Retarrier Ledges, Scilly Isles to London where red London Paid 10 MY 75 cds applied, reverse with handwritten contemporary endorsement of "This Envelope was down in the Sr. Ship Schiller wrecked on a rock off the Scilly Isles in the month of May 1875".
Accompanied by a wonderfully easy to read pre-owned copy of "The Victorian Titanic".
£3000


MAIL TO THE WRITER OF THE WHITE HORSES OF WILTSHIRE, Canada postal history
1868 cover to The Reverend W. Ch. Plenderleath (1831-1906), Cherhill Rectory, Calne, Wiltshire with QV 12c tied Quebec oval of bars with cds dated FE 1 68, reverse very fine Chippenham A/FE 21 68 arrival. Accompanied by good condition copy of his illustrated book.
Travelled by Allen Line "S.S. Austria" sailing from Portland FE 9 68 arriving Liverpool FE 20 68.
£225



MAIL TO CRIMEAN WAR GENERAL WHO INVENTED A HEATED CANNONBALL AS A BED-WARMER, Canada postal history
1863 cover to General Higginson, 9 Wilton Crescent, London with QV 12c tied Montreal duplex dated AP 17 63.
Grenadier Guards General Sir George Wentworth Alexander Higginson was born in Wilton Crescent Belgravia and during the Crimean War improvised a bed-warmer for the freezing nights by heating up a cannonball in the campfire.
£225



R.M.S. "LADY RODNEY", Canada and Bahamas postal history
1930 cover to Springfield, Massachusetts posted with pair Canada KGV 1c off-loaded and pmk'd Nassau 8 FE 30 showing various handstamps applied on board the "Lady Rodney" (with str. line type across flap on reverse) plus black "PACKET".
£100

CANADA postal history
1864 cover from John Dougall & Co., Commission Merchants to John Broadbent in the very small community of Buxton, Ontario with handstruck REGISTERED and 5c Beaver (for postage, reg. fee paid in cash) pmk'd Montreal NO 16 64, reverse Hamilton NO 17 and Chatham NO 18 transits.
South Buxton is south of Chatham U.C. and has a current population of 78, there being three roads and a church.
£125

Canada "used abroad" envelope BARBADOS to Holland postal history
1904 "W. DOHERTY & Co, DOHERTY ORGAN, CLINTON, ONTARIO, CANADA" cover used with Barbados 2d Seal pmk'd B/NO 5 04 to Oss, Holland.
£48


CANADA to BERMUDA postal history
1952 cover with Canada 7c pmk'd Montreal to Harrington House, Baileys Bay with numerous instructional and tax handstamps showing handstruck Bermuda "POSTAGE/3d/DUE", eventually marked "Return to Sender", soiling etc but full of character.
£40

CHINESE COMMUNITY in BERMUDA to Canada postal history
1938 (JU 16) Queen Caf underpaid with d franking to Chesterville, Canada, red tax duplex.
£60
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