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MALTA postal history
one of those wonderfully distressed fragile cover fronts with adhesive missing which would have been a fine exhibition item with creased GB QV 4d despatched B/MALTA/JA 20 73 to Henry Bevan, 95th Regiment, Aldershot, Farnham, England with FARNBORO STATION D/JA 29 73 forwarded Athlone, Ireland showing C/WICKLOW/FE 3 73 and DUBLIN FE 4 73 with manuscript "Not Known" added prior return to FARNBORO STATION D/FE 5 73 collecting handstruck "1d" due.
£125

BRITISH HONDURAS to IRELAND postal history
1868 cover to Dublin, Ireland with red BELIZE PAID dated A/NO 3 68 showing London 24 NO 68 transit, reverse H&K PACT NO 24 1868, some light staining.
£250


BRITISH HONDURAS landed with COVE/SHIP LETTER
1845 outer wrapper marked by sender "1 Jan'y 1845' (but origin unknown) to Isaac Cooke, Bristol rated 2/8 with manuscript "Belize 12th Feb. 1845, Forwarded pr. Sophie by Evans & Schurer" and landed with COVE/SHIP LETTER alongside COVE MR 28 1845 and BRISTOL MR 30 1845/F dbl-arcs.
£250


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

INISFADA LONG ISLAND, West Cork Ireland local carriage service postmark
currently the only known copy with dramatic shift of magenta colour on 4p tied piece dated 24 APR 1973.
£185

Northern Ireland to ST. VINCENT missent JAMAICA
1977 (NO 8) underpaid and taxed cover to St. Vincent with GB QE2 9d pmk'd Belfast, purple str. line "MISSENT TO JAMAICA", stamp with glossy glue stain.
£10


LONG ISLAND (West Cork, Ireland) postal history
1973 cover with Eire 7p airmail printed matter rate pmk'd Sgoile Mhure (Schull) 24 IV 73 on face and Long Island 4p Harbour issue tied to reverse addressed Bombay, India, returned with various handstamps showing Baile Atha Cliath (Dublin) 7 AUG 1973 return. Very few of these returned covers which travelled thousands of postal miles are known.
Permission for Long Island locals was given by the Department of Posts, Dublin. After a year of preparation, much delayed by difficulty in finding a perforating machine, the stamps were issued AP 24 1973. First Day Covers were prepared and serviced in Schull (and collected later in the day) and over 1,000 others letters were posted that day to collectors and stamp trade worldwide. Instead of travelling the 60 miles direct to Cork Airport these letters reached nearby Skibbereen where postal rules dictated that all mail should be cleared before employees go home. Instead of the expected 15 or so letters over 1,000 arrived and on noticing the Long Island locals on reverse Dublin was phoned who said not to accept more mail until the matter was looked into. Orders were serviced in the following weeks, but due Government reshuffles no authorisation to continue ever came and the service, although legally approved, was eventually abandoned.
£125


LONG ISLAND (West Cork, Ireland) postal history
1973 cover with Eire 7p airmail printed matter rate pmk'd Sgoile Mhure (Schull) 24 IV 73 on face and Long Island 4p Harbour issue tied to reverse addressed Caracas, Venezuela, returned with various handstamps showing Baile Atha Cliath (Dublin) 22 AUG 1973 return. Very few of these returned covers which travelled thousands of postal miles are known.
Permission for Long Island locals was given by the Department of Posts, Dublin. After a year of preparation, much delayed by difficulty in finding a perforating machine, the stamps were issued AP 24 1973. First Day Covers were prepared and serviced in Schull (and collected later in the day) and over 1,000 others letters were posted that day to collectors and stamp trade worldwide. Instead of travelling the 60 miles direct to Cork Airport these letters reached nearby Skibbereen where postal rules dictated that all mail should be cleared before employees go home. Instead of the expected 15 or so letters over 1,000 arrived and on noticing the Long Island locals on reverse Dublin was phoned who said not to accept more mail until the matter was looked into. Orders were serviced in the following weeks, but due Government reshuffles no authorisation to continue ever came and the service, although legally approved, was eventually abandoned.
£125


BRITISH HONDURAS via DUBLIN to GLASGOW postal history
1892 interrupted mail cover with W. BINNEY & Co., Belize colourless embossed flap to Glasgow, Scotland with QV 6c tied "0" obliterator with BELIZE A/JA 15 92 despatch, postmarked DUBLIN FE 2 92 and on reverse GLASGOW FE 3 93 arrival.
£175

LONG ISLAND, West Cork, Ireland local issue
PROGRESSIVE PROOFS in unmounted mint blocks of four (7) of the 1973 set of four local stamps depicting Cottages Midland Harbour, Map of the Island, nearby scenes of Leamcon Castle and Fastnet Lighthouse, only 8 sets exist.
Issued to carry mail from the island to Schull mainland village, County Cork
£400



BLUED PAPER, CONSTANTINOPLE postal history
1875 cover to Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, Ireland with BLUED PAPER GB QV 2d rosy mauve tied Constantinople "C" with red AU 14 1876/A despatch alongside, backstamped BLACKROCK and STILLORGAN arrivals with face manuscript appended "Received at Mainz (Germany) 27 Aug 1876".
£425


HRH Prince Alfred round-world-voyage ended by Fenian assassination bullet, Gibraltar postal history
1867 cover from Tinahely to W.H. Symes, HMS 'Galatea', Gibralter (sic) with pair GB QV 1d red Plate 84 and strip of three, single Plate 85 pmk'd Rathdrum "388" diamond numerals when Ireland was a part of Great Britain, Tinahely and Rathdrum backstamps for MR 16 67 with London MR 18 67 transit. 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 for the Mediterranean with stops at Lisbon, Gibraltar (MR 14 to 26), Malta, a stay at Marseilles prior a crossing to Rio de Janeiro, returning via Tristan Da Cunha, staying at Cape of Good Hope prior onwards to Adelaide, South Australia with subsequent stays at Melbourne, Victoria and Tasmania. The tour was abruptly curtailed in Sydney NSW 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". On board was surgeon James Young, M.D. and Assistant Surgeons William L. Powell and William H. Symes (1851-1933 of Tinahely), the two former names being mentioned as giving immediate assistance to His Royal Highness who 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.
£1250

LONG ISLAND, West Cork local issue (incl. view Fastnet Lighthouse)
1973 set of four depicting Cottages Midland Harbour, Map of the Island, nearby scenes of Leamcon Castle and Fastnet Lighthouse, complete unmounted mint sheet.
£28

POA 80, Natal postal history
tying pair QV d on cover to Wexford, Ireland, b/stamped Durban 2 JU 1900, both cover and adhesives toned.
£48

BAHAMAS postal history:
1881 cover with QV 4d dull rose Crown CA wmk P.14 (SG.36) tied "A05" to Wexford, Ireland, b/stamped A/BAHAMAS/MY 4 81 despatch cds and WEXFORD A/MY 22 81 arrival.
The U.P.U. QV 4d rate (using CC wmk P.14) to UK introduced JY 1 1880, and QV 4d CA wmk P.14 issued March 1882. Covers with the former scarce to England and particularly rare to Ireland during this 21 month period.
£325
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