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F87 used SMYRNA, British Levant postal history
1883 cover to Thomas Stephenson, Glen Caladh by Greenock with GB QV 2d tied "F87" with Smyrna B/DE 15 83 cds alongside, b/stamped Greenock DE 25 83.
Glen Caladh Castle had a number of owners including George Stephenson (1781-1848), nephew of the famous engineer and designer of the steam locomotive Rocket. During World War II the castle, situated on the western shores of Loch Riddon north of the Isle of Bute, was requestioned as a training establishment by Combined Operations becoming the Beach Pilotage School 1942-45, and designated H.M.S James Cook, a reference to the advancing navigation skills that the founder of Australia introduced into the Royal Navy, and reflected the task of operators of troop landing craft and their cargoes, and tank landing operations. The property was demolished in 1960, having been rendered unsafe by dry rot.

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.















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MALTA with chisel slits to Genoa, ITALY postal history
1865 part contents wrapper to Genoa, Italy with GB QV 4d tied MALTA "A25" duplex dated A/JY 26 65 with boxed PIROSCAFI/POSTALI/ITALIANI and disinfected by two chisel slits.
Other 1865 entires with chisel slits are recorded for OC 17 65 to Catania, OC 31 65 to Corfu, NO 14 65 to Tunis, NO 21 65 to Genoa, Italy, NO 23 65 to Messina, Sicily.

1861 cover to Mayfair, London with GB 6d pmk'd "A25" duplex dated A/MALTA/MY 17 61 showing London A 6/MY 22 61 arrival and forwarded to Wyck, Alton, Hampshire with GB QV 1d red pmk'd London W 11 duplex dated X/MY 23 61, b/stamped Alton MY 24 61 arrival. Ex Jakob von UEXKULL.
Such GB combination covers are seldom found and extremely rare, and do not exist for most countries and agencies that were supplied with GB stamps.

ARROYO, Porto Rico carried "loose" to ST. THOMAS postal history (Ex Don Gaspar Roca)
1874 entire, written at Arroyo on July 11th 1874 has the correct 4d rate adhesive for mail to the British Postal Agency at St. Thomas, but was carried as a loose letter (outside the mailbag) and was pmkd C51 on arrival, no datestamp was applied probably due the letter originating elsewhere. The letter was then carried from St. Thomas to New York by the U.S. and Brazil Mail Steamship Company, the only line serving New York and Brazil during this period. The line was viewed by the British Government as an intruder on the British monopoly over mail service to and from Brazil, and was consequently driven out of business by heavy British government subsidies to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. Ex Don Gaspar ROCA (2006).
Entires from the British Postal Agency at Arroyo, opened 24th October 1872, are seldom encountered with the GB adhesives pmkd F83. The few surviving covers are divided into two groups, those initially cancelled by round top 3 in the F83 and those with a replacement flat top 3 sent out 31st August 1876 due a fire.

A10 used KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent postmark/cancel
(PML.1) on 1858 GB QV 6d lilac (SG.Z4, Cat.325), some faults.

MALTA to ITALY chisel slit due cholera outbreak
1883 cover to Reggio de Calabria (Southern Italy) with two pair plus single Great Britain QV d pale green (SG.Z90) tied Malta "A25" duplex dated B/DE 6 83 showing single chisel slit on address panel, reverse 8 12 80 arrival, cover opened at both base and right edges.
Chisel slits were applied due to a cholera outbreak in Southern Italy. Covers with such chisel slits have been noted on Malta outgoing entires for JY 4, JY 8, JY 29, AU 5, AU 12, NO 24, DE 6 1883.

PAID-ONLY TO ENGLAND, Malta postal history (Ex Lloyd-Lowles, Camillery)
1869 wrapper with blue P. ERYNAUD & CO, MALTA sender's cachet marked "via Marseilles by French Steamer" to New York, USA (the recipient's name cut out) with GB QV 6d Plate 8 pmk'd B/MALTA/AP 7 69 "A25" duplex with 2-line "PAID-ONLY/TO ENGLAND" with blue crayon "8 cts" changed "13" in black, New York APR 27 alongside address panel with red London NN/AP 13 69 transit on reverse. Ex LLOYD-LOWLES, CAMILLERY.

A25 used Valetta, Malta postmark/cancel
on GB QV 1d Venetian red (SG.Z291).

C38 used CALLAO, PERU to JAMAICA postal history:
A UNIQUE FRANKING TO JAMAICA combination cover with Peru 1868-72 1d green, GB QV 6d pale buff (assumed Plate 11), GB QV 1/- green Plate 6 (SG.Z43, Z53) tied Callao "C38" cancels addressed John Small, Port Maria, Jamaica with 3-line PANAMA/3 AP 1873/TRANSIT plus pencilled "2" on face, b/stamped A/CALLAO/MR 26 73, Kingston IIIA/AP 8 73 and Port Maria C/AP 9 73 cds. Cover soiled with peripheral base tear and GB QV 6d with pale colour.
This Peru 1 dinero was cancelled "C38" from stocks held at the British Packet Agencies to comply with the tax on all outgoing mail.
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