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ST. PETER, Barbados postal history
1898 mourning cover marked "Pd 1d" to Grand View, St. Michaels with 1d Diamond Jubilee pmk'd ST. PETER AP 27 98.
£32

NOT TUCKERS, Bermuda postal history
1902 stampless backed reduced cover front with fine "NOT TUCKERS" handstamp (carved in wood by Boer postmaster) incoming to "Hokens Eilands" (sic) showing numerous manuscript cancels.
£70

"F" (used Carriacou), GRENADA postal history
1894 use of QV 1d carmine Post Card to Airdrie, Scotland pmk'd Grenada "F" dated 31 MY 94, reverse with S.J.D.D. STANISLAUS/HILLSBORO'/CARRICON (sic)/GRENADA, W.I. sender address plus text in shorthand plus further fine GRENADA/94/MY 31 cds.
£50

BERMUDA postal history (Ex LUDINGTON, OSBORN, SHANKS)
1887 cover to London with 3 colour combination QV d stone, QV 1d dull rose, QV 2d ultramarine pmk'd St. Georges K3 "2" duplex dated A/JA 13 87, edge toning. Ex LUDINGTON, OSBORN, SHANKS.
£185

K3a "4" used MANGROVE BAY, Bermuda postal history
1885 cover via New York to Larbert, Stirlingshire with pair QV 4d orange-red Crown CC wmk (SG.20) pmk'd full upr. duplex dated A/DE 3 85, reverse fine strikes Falkirk, Carron, Larbert for DE 18/19 85, central vertical crease.
A DE 3 1885 cover to Hechler/Halifax, Nova Scotia carried S.S. Beta with QV 1d strip of three tied K3a "4" was estimated 4/500 in Ludington sale and realised 920
£275


K3a "3" used INLAND-ISLAND (error), Bermuda postal history
Latest recorded use of 11 months 11 days after introduction of K4/K4a duplex series on 1889 use of QV 1d Post Card pmk'd C/DE 11 89 to Bournemouth, England, reverse headed "H.M.S. Canada, North America & West Indies Station", some faults.
The K4a "3" duplex with corrected IRELAND-ISLAND issued JA 1 1889.
£145


BERMUDA postal history
1892 use of QV d deep blue Post Card pmk'd Ireland Island K4a "3" to Hamilton headed "H.M.S. Irresistable. No.3 Mess" with text from E.E. Mills, Caterer, requesting Potatoes, Oysters, Cabbage, Parsnips with HAMILTON (H4) B/DE 30 92 arrival.
£135



GRENVILLE (St. Andrew parish), Grenada postal history
1884 most unusual outer wrapper docketted as being written by "P. A. Neckles, Grenville" to London with wrongly rated QV 2d ultramarine and wrongly dated initialled manuscript "7th January 1883" instead of the expected Parish "D" cds overstruck Head Office applied A/GRENADA/JA 07 84 cds confirmed by JA 29 1884 arrival, alongside "T" tax handstamp, blue crayon "2" and "1d" with bold circled 3d due handstamp applied on landing at Plymouth.
£225

GUADELOUPE "via ST. KITTS" to NOVA SCOTIA
1889 cover from J. Fleurot & Cie, Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe to J.H. Porter & Co., Tusket Wedge, Nova Scotia carried privately to St. Kitts and posted with QV 4d grey tied "A12" with C/JA 19 89 despatch, light part YARMOUTH N.S. FE 6 89 transit on reverse. Small tear at top and other peripheral faults but the only cover recorded as such.
£280

BRITISH GUIANA postal history
1888 cover to Barbados with DLR 2c orange strip of three, defective single Crown CA wmk pmk'd GEORGETOWN 29 SEP 1888 squared circles, toning and small corner fault, backstamped BARBADOS close to outer rim OC 1 88 cds.
£90

ST. KITTS PAID used during shortage 4d stamps for UPU rate to SCOTLAND.
1889 stampless cover front with single flap to Edinburgh with the (4d) UPU rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/NO 21 89 despatch showing DE 7 89 arrival on opened flap. Fragile with horiz. crease and edge faults mounted against black background sharing the earliest known use date. Ex FORSYTH, BROOKES.
The 1889 shortage of d, 1d, 2d, 4d stamps currently spans a 22 day period NO 21 1889 to DE 12 1889. New supplies were invoiced NO 29 1889 comprising d dull green (6,080 stamps), 1d carmine-rose, 2d ultramarine, 4d grey (6,100 each) all Crown CA wmk, with expected arrival in time for the DE 19 89 sailing to UK. Only four covers and two cover fronts are recorded comprising NO 21 89 (at the over 300 miles rate) to Trinidad, NO 21 89 and DE 5 89 cover fronts (at the 4d UPU rate) to Edinburgh and London respectively, DE 5 89 and DE 12 89 (at the 2d under 300 miles radius rate) to Barbados and Antigua respectively, and DE 10 89 (at the 1d local rate) to Nevis.
£350

ST. KITTS PAID (used during shortage 1d stamps for the internal rate) to NEVIS.
1889 stampless cover to Miss. Richardson, opposite the church, Charlestown, Nevis with the (1d) rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/DE 10 89 despatch and NEVIS A/DE 11 89 arrival backstamp. Minor blemishes but unique as such and the latest recorded use. Ex BROOKES.
The 1889 shortage of d, 1d, 2d, 4d stamps currently spans a 22 day period NO 21 1889 to DE 12 1889. New supplies were invoiced NO 29 1889 comprising d dull green (6,080 stamps), 1d carmine-rose, 2d ultramarine, 4d grey (6,100 each) all Crown CA wmk, with expected arrival in time for the DE 19 89 sailing to UK. Only four covers and two cover fronts are recorded comprising NO 21 89 (at the over 300 miles rate) to Trinidad, NO 21 89 and DE 5 89 cover fronts (at the 4d UPU rate) to Edinburgh and London respectively, DE 5 89 and DE 12 89 (at the 2d under 300 miles radius rate) to Barbados and Antigua respectively, and DE 10 89 (at the 1d local rate) to Nevis.
£1350

ST. KITTS PAID (used during shortage 4d stamps for UPU rate) to ENGLAND.
1889 stampless reduced cover front to London with the (4d) UPU rate covered by black undated ST. KITTS PAID with ST. KITTS C/DE 5 89 despatch. Ex URWICK, BROOKES.
The 1889 shortage of d, 1d, 2d, 4d stamps currently spans a 22 day period NO 21 1889 to DE 12 1889. New supplies were invoiced NO 29 1889 comprising d dull green (6,080 stamps), 1d carmine-rose, 2d ultramarine, 4d grey (6,100 each) all Crown CA wmk, with expected arrival in time for the DE 19 89 sailing to UK. Only four covers and two cover fronts are recorded comprising NO 21 89 (at the over 300 miles rate) to Trinidad, NO 21 89 and DE 5 89 cover fronts (at the 4d UPU rate) to Edinburgh and London respectively, DE 5 89 and DE 12 89 (at the 2d under 300 miles radius rate) to Barbados and Antigua respectively, and DE 10 89 (at the 1d local rate) to Nevis.
£375

ST. VINCENT postal history
1899 use of QV 2d blue PSRE with added QV 1d red (SG.48b) pmk'd Kingstown A/AP 14 1899 to London paying the EMPIRE PENNY POST rate introduced DE 25 1898, no backstamps.
Short-lived use with this stamp as its replacement, the QV 1d Keyplate (SG.68), was supposely placed on sale 8 days later. I have kept no record for earliest use SG.68 at Kingstown but at Barrouallie last use of SG.48b is AP 4 99 and earliest use SG. 68 is AP 17 99. Probably the only survivor as such on full QV 2d PSRE.
£180

BARBADOS postal history
1882 use QV 1d red-brown Post Card to London with design pmk'd open bootheel duplex dated A/FE 1 82, landed with red SHIP-LETTER/A/PAID/FE 20 82/LONDON cds. Soiling and with pieces paper obscuring parts of reverse text.
Mail landed by private ship from Barbados to UK ports is rarely met for the later period. During period 1865 to 1886 only six entires are recorded as such, one landing Dover, five landing London.
£185

OLD CALABAR RIVER, Southern Nigeria postal history
(T.1) AU 31 00 on GB ovp'd 1d Post Card to Leipzig, Germany, pencilled text on reverse.
£85

BERMUDA postal history
ST. GEORGES (H1) two strikes of this elusive cds dated B/DE 17 95 on QV 1d Reply Post Card portion pencil addressed with full pencil text to East Kirkby, Nottinghamshire.
£185

T.18 used Princes Town, Trinidad postal history
1883 use of GB QV 1d Post Card pmk'd Birmingham JA 31 83 sqc to Mrs Cleaver, Savannah Grande, Trinidad with "T.18" arrival duplex dated C/FE 24 83 on address panel.
On JA 20 1880 Princes Albert and George (later KGV) disembarked ship at San Fernando and took the Cipero Tramway to the town named The Mission Of Savannah Grande, where they planted two pooi trees in the St. Stephens Anglican Church compound, on their way to visit the Devils' Woodyard (famous mud volcano which first erupted 1852) near Indian Walk. To commemorate this event Savannah Grande was re-named Princes Town on FE 18 1880.
£250

FIRST ANNUAL HORSE RACING AT CEDROS, Trinidad social and postal history
1884 use of the QV 2d blue Post Card (for India and Countries in the Far East via UK) to Hampstead, London pmk'd "T.21" duplex dated C/SP 25 84 (Type 0.9, used Cedros). Writer says he has written "giving an account of the Races" and that he saw Luther "at the Races" with mention of Palmcole Estate.
Cedros, one of the most isolated areas in Trinidad, had little in the social calendar. In 1884, some of the colonial officials and larger planters of the area joined to hold a series of races at Columbus Bay, the sands being firm enough for their purpose. The event, which came off on September 18, was held under the patronage of the Governor, Sir F.B. Barlee. He came down for the occasion along with many guests aboard the island steamer. It was then an annual event, being held on New Year's Day, thereafter. The last races were held in 1950.
£325

BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1888 cover with 10 CENTS on QV 4d mauve (SG.40) to Berlin, Germany pmk'd "O" obliterator in combination with BELIZE/JY 9 88 cds.
This stamp has a normal 9 months short life pmkd O obliterator in combination with BELIZE/date cds (Proud D6 recorded MR 20 88 to MR 12 89, this being the earliest cover dated JY 9 88). The stamp has a longer life pmkd O obliterator in combination with BELIZE cds (D7) from AP 18 89 until replaced by the 6c rate in March 1891.
£300
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