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TASMANIA postal history
1867 scarce internal double rate mourning cover to a Miss Reid, near Cricket Ground, Launceston with Chalon 4d pair watermark double-lined numeral "4" tied Hobart Town and backstamped red boxed Pre-Paid NO 22 1867, face docketted "27 Nov 67" arrival. Some peripheral tears at base and centre of flap removed.
The North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground (NTCA) is the oldest first-class cricket ground in Australia. Known as Launceston Racecourse it was renamed in 1841 as the Launceston Cricket Club ground. In 1851 the ground held the first ever first-class cricket match in Australia with the Van Diemens Land XI defeating the Port Phillip XI. In 1986 it hosted its first one day international with a record crowd of nearly 10,000 watching India defeat New Zealand. The envelope stock has curious crowned head watermark which has been seen on preparation sheet 1866 Montserrat revenue stamp issue, and on internal Jamaica printed letter about the forthcoming 1891 Exhibition.
£450

73 used Buckland, TASMANIA postal history
1863 cover to Mrs. Parsons, Queen's Orphan School, New Town with Chalon 4d imperforate tied Buckland "73" with postmaster's manuscript "Buckland 19/11/63" at left and red Pre-Paid NO 20 1863 at right, no reverse markings.
Settled in 1820 and originally known as Prosser Plains. Best known for its historic Church of St. John the Baptist, convict built in 1846, and its mysterious East Window possibly from an Abbey built by William the Conqueror on the spot that King Harold died in 1066. In the early years the majority of the children at the Orphan School, built 1833, were born to convict women under sentence.
£475



NEW SOUTH WALES postal history
1877 printed circular for two lots of land at Pottinger County (Premer Run and Moredevil Run) for SALE AT THE POLICE OFFICE, GUNNEDAH on May 2nd 1877 posted with exceptionally rare SG unlisted diagonally bisected QV 2d correctly tied Gunnedah AP 16 1877 "145" to James Wilson, Llangollew, Cassilis which can display TAMBAR SPRINGS (AP 8), COOLAH (AP 19), CASSILIS (AP 22) transits. Age marks and hinge reinforcements.
£925

MALTA postal history
1861 wrapper to Ancona, Italy with GB QV 4d pmk'd "A25" duplex dated A/NO 8 61, transit and arrival backstamps can display. An unusual destination.
£125

MALTA postal history
1860 entire to Genoa, Italy with GB QV 4d pmk'd "A25" duplex dated A/NO 3 60 showing sender's cachet and backstamped GENOVA 9 NOV 60 arrival.
£75

MALTA postal history
1860 to Genoa, Italy with pair GB QV 4d tied "A25" duplex dated A/MY 5 60, large part of reverse cut away with nasty hinge remains but the double rate uncommon.
£50

A75 used SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Jamaica postal history
1867 wrapper to Walter Feurtado, Spanish Town with QV 1d bisected diagonally firmly tied "A75" showing SAVANNA-LA-MAR A/JY 29 67 despatch and SPANISH-TOWN A/JY 31 67 arrival, frontal creases, reverse with BLACK RIVER (JY 30) and MANDEVILLE (JY 31) transit cds.
£175

GIBRALTAR postal history
1870 cover to Carlisle, Pennsylvania with 2d, 6d pmk'd "A26" duplex dated A/MY 2 70, red London and New York Packet transits and handstruck "2 CENTS". The 2d a little oxidised.
£140

GREY-TOWN, Nicaragua postal history
1856 piece addressed Edward Clark, Granada, Nicaragua with US 1c blue, 3c rose-red x 2, 3c dull red tied NEW YORK JUN 21 with GREY-TOWN JU 28 1856/A arrival dbl-arc.
Only one other example of the GREY-TOWN double-arc dated MR 1 1856 recorded in the GB used abroad Parmenter/Gordon handbook (Page 4/49).
£480

ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
1884 thin paper stock cover to The Lord Bishop of Antigua, Ealing, London with QV 4d blue Crown CA (SG.17) boldly tied "A12" with ST. KITTS C/OC 25 84 despatch, peripheral faults and opened three sides.
£150


RETRIEVED STOLEN REGISTERED MAIL from PROSECUTING SOLICITORS FILES, Trinidad postal history
1874 cover front to Joseph Veira, Fish Market Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts twice handstruck red str. line "REGISTERED" with 1/- chrome-yellow (SG.74) paying 6d inter-island postage plus 6d reg. fee. Pmk'd SP 8 1874 and rated red "4" and endorsed with "contents not shown/stated no money/(initials)". Missing is the reverse which would have had wax seals but no backstamps, and the case file number "14876/74" as this cover front was evidence in the prosecuting solicitors files against a corrupt postal official.
Three retrieved stolen mail registered covers and one cover front are currently known for period spanning JY 26 1874 to SP 8 1874 all addressed St. Kitts from case file "14876/74". The JY 26 1874 to Mrs Alice Davoren, Palmetto Point with Colonial Postmaster/Trinidad (large stop at base) impressed into reverse wax seal, three dated SP 8 1874 comprising full cover and cover front to Joseph Veira, and to Miss Margaret Rennels, Dieppe Bay (Marriott Lot 378 realised 2,875) with Colonial Postmaster/Trinidad (rosette at base) and POST OFFICE/(arms)/SAN FERNANDO red wax seals on second.
£1250

BOOTS & SHOES, Boston, Massachusetts American advertising cover, NEW BRUNSWICK postal history
1858 unusual local cover to Dorchester N.B. with 3d tied grill ovals with blue S.G. DAMON, THOMAS & CO. advertising oval, backstamped ST. JOHN JU 5 1858 with partial DORCHESTER arrival. Reverse opening tear justs affects top left corner.
£250

NEW SOUTH WALES postal history (Ex WILLCOCKS)
1863 cover to Lambeth, London with QV 6d plus (6d) REGISTERED pmk'd "36" with handstruck REGISTERED/BRAIDWOOD and red (crown)/REGISTERED applied on arrival, reverse Braidwood JA 19 1863 despatch clear of missing flap. Worn appearance. Ex Martin WILLCOCKS (1999).
£195

RARE "TRAFFIC BOTH WAYS" COMBINATION COVER, VICTORIA postal history
1858 cover with GB QV 6d pmk'd London S.W. duplex dated DE 21 58 to Melbourne, South Australia arriving MR 20 59, returned with tied 6d Queen on Throne to Shinfield, Reading. Soiling with some perf. toning. 144 days total in the mails.
By THAMES Southampton JA 12 59 to Alexandria, COLUMBIAN sailed JA 30 from Suez to Melbourne MR 20 59. Back home by P&O MALTA Melbourne AP 18 to Suez, CEYLON Alexandria to Southampton JU 10 1859. Mail 89 days out, 54 home.
£425


C used CONSTANTINOPLE, GB used abroad
1880 H.M.S. Falcon flap cover to Bombardier John Wilder, 10th Brigade, 16th Battery, Pembroke Camp, Malta with GB QV 2d blue Plate 19 pmk'd "C" with red A/JY 9 80 despatch alongside, some toning.
£180

C used CONSTANTINOPLE, GB used abroad cover
1874 wrapper with pair GB QV 4d vermilion Plate 13 pmk'd "C" to London, top flap could display clear red JU 9 1874/A despatch dbl-arc, some soiling.
£95

ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
Originally an exceptionally rare and wonderful unique franking to The Right Reverend Bishop Potter in New York which had six QV 1d magenta P.14 (SG.6) pmk'd worn use of the APMY killer plus ST. KITTS MR 30 78 despatch and New York APR 17 DUE 5c duplex on face with red crayon "4" showing sea post paid.
You can either enjoy a distressed cover with single 1d removed or perhaps improve by adding, by hinge, a suitable stamp of matching shade and postmark.
£625

GRENADA postal history
1872 mourning cover to Mungo Campbell, San Fernando, Trinidad with QV 6d orange-red (SG.7) tied "A15" with A/GRENADA/MY 02 72 despatch backstamp showing small part TRINIDAD MY 3 1872 arrival rated red crayon "4". Ex RUSSELL JONES, PITTS.
£475

GIBRALTAR postal history (Ex MOELLER)
1868 cover to The Very Revd The Dean of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia with GB QV 2d blue, QV 4d vermilion Plate 10 tied "A26" with GIBRALTAR A/NO 3 68 alongside, reverse with blue MELBOURNE 3 Z/DC 22 68 arrival, small repair at base. Ex MOELLER.
£450

C61 used SAN JUAN, Porto Rico postal history
1872 entire to Lanman & Kemp, New York with GB QV 4d vermilion Plate 12 pmk'd "C61" with red PORTO-RICO PAID C/DE 13 72 and black N.Y. STEAMSHIP/10 dated DEC 20 cds, the adhesive lightly crossed by filing fold.
£250
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