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"B" (St. Marks parish), GRENADA postal history
1901 cover to Derby re-addressed locally with QV 1d Keyplate affixed to reverse flap tied "B" dated 15 AU 01 with St. George's transit and Derby arrival alongside.
£75



2nd Battalion The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, BARBADOS postal history
1891 QV 2d rate regimental cover to Cushendun, Co. Antrim, Ireland pmk'd SP 12 91 duplex with neatly written 14 sides on 3 pages regimental note paper in the form of a diary spanning the period 14 days Saturday 29th August to Friday 11th September.
Newsy contents mention loss of 70 worth of silver in a robbery, the subsequent capture of one of the robbers when he tried to sell some of the spoons to a jeweller, another of the garrison had up by the police for refusing to pay full fare on the railway, and additionally getting caught when he gave his A.D.C.s free pass to his sister, polo matches, guard duty, shooting of braces golden plover, long legs and chirps, and taking the ponies for a swim and their rapid exit due a nearby blue shark. There is also mention of sketches of the glens of Antrim by the English artist and author Rose de Crespiguy.
£150


GIBRALTAR destination postal history
1871 wrapper with sender's cachet to Gibraltar with Great Britain QV 6d (postage) and QV 1d (late fee) twice pmk'd London IX/21 AP 71 "9" duplex.
£85


CHILE postal history
1906 b/w ppc of La Laguna, Santiago with text at base to Fort de France, Martinique with 2c, 20c pmk'd 22 1 05 with JAMAICA/TRANSIT ("A" below last leg of "M") and Kingston 5F/FE 19 05 transit alongside, some blemishes.
£115


COLOMBIA postal history
1901 cover with pair 5c pmk'd at Honda SEP 10 1901 to Paris, France with two strikes JAMAICA/TRANSIT ("A" below middle of "M"), reverse Kingston 4H/SP 25 01 transit.
£115


GRENADA postal history
1926 printed return Montgomery Ward, Chicago with KGV 4d paying registered post pmk'd CARRIACOU C/JU 7 26, some smaller faults.
Unusual use of Spanish language envelope for this English speaking island
£60

GINGERLAND, Nevis postal history
1960 underpaid cover to Downington, Pennsylvania with St. Kitts QE2 2c, pair 3c pmk'd GINGERLAND */FE 26 60 with "T" tax handstamp, on arrival 2 x U.S. pre-cancelled 3c Postage Dues added.
£30



MOGADOR, Morocco postal history
1887 use of the ST. VINCENT QV 1d carmine Post Card overprinted for use in GIBRALTAR written from MOGADOR with "Mog. 5/4 87" with turquoise PER "EMPUSA" to Stuttgart, Germany pmk'd at Gibraltar with "A26" duplex dated A/AP 10 87, some harsher toning.
The Mogador Post Office opened in 1887
£325


BARBADOS postal history
1960 Polish Ocean Lines ms Stefan Batory printed cover with QE2 12c strip of three pmk'd GPO Barbados 4 FE 60 to Uxbridge, Middlesex re-directed London, reverse with delightful machine slogan.
£30

JAMAICA postal history
1835 outer wrapper docketted "Kingstown Dec 14 1835" to London rated 2/2, carried "loose" so on arrival JA 18 1836 matching red ink cds and boxed "PACKET LETTER" added to confirm type of entry.
£65

BARBADOS railway
B/w ppc of "Bathsheba Railway Station" showing train approaching (Advocate Stationery Co.) unused.
£24

BERMUDA postal history
1881 local cover to Warwick with QV 1d Crown CC wmk tied St. Georges K3 "2" duplex dated A/DE 19 81.
£75

BARBADOS railway
B/w ppc of "Bathsheba station" showing down train approaching (J.H. Burton Nr. 195) used with 2 x KGV d pmk'd 9 DEC 14 to Palace Plain, Norwich, some perf. toning and crease at right.
£24


BARBADOS postal history
1899 unsealed rate cover with handstruck purple "MAIL VIA ST. LUCIA." to New York with d Seal pmk'd B/JY 24 99.
£60

NEW BRUNSWICK postal history
1856 cover to Gottingen, Hanover, Germany with handstruck "PAID" and NEW BRUNSWICK DEC 12 departure, NEW YORK DEC 13 transit, AACHEN 28/12 FRANCO boxed transit, reverse turquoise GOTTINGEN 29/12 arrival.
£225

BARBADOS railway
Coloured ppc "Barbados Light Railway at Bathsheba", unused (55504).
£24


BARBADOS postal history
1894 cover marked blue crayon "Down Train" to Airy Hill House, St. George with 1d Seal tied ST. JOHN MR 22 94 showing ST. GEORGE 4/MR 22 94 arrival, backstamped Barbados A/MR 22 94, toned spotting. (Ex Tony Sheppard).
£120


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

INDIA to BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1889 opened-out India QV a PSE pmk'd JAN 12 from the small village of Hariherpur (Uttah Pradesh) to a servant on "Demerara Island" with added QV 4a tied Bombay JAN 15 89, London FE 4 89 and Georgetown 22 FEB 1889.
£150
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