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BARBADOS postal history
1953 Fishery Products 4-colour combination foolscap cover to Bridgetown with Canada 7c pmk'd St. John's, Newfoundland, tax handstamps and 1c pair, 2c (fault), 6c Postage Dues added pmk'd GPO REGISTRATION dated 28 DE 53.
£140

BARBADOS postal history
1942 foolscap cover originally addressed Montserrat but changed Barbados with USA 8c postage, tax marks and 3 x 1d Postage Due added and tied GPO 13 FE 42, peripheral faults.
£85


BARBADOS postal history
1935 cover to the Ursaline Convent, Barbados with USA 20c Airmail pmk'd WALL ST. STA. dated FEB 1 1935, on arrival bluish 5-line instructional handstamp "YOUR POSTMAN'S ROUTE IS/BRIDGETOWN No.15/Please include it as part of your Address, and ask your correspon/dents to do so." (Proud Type 145, this being the only recorded date for No.15 instruction).
£275


CAYMAN ISLANDS postal history
1913 cover (opened 2 sides) to Chas H. Phelps, Milk River Baths (mineral springs, highly radioactive), Milk River P.O., Jamaica with KGV 1d red pmk'd Type 5 GEORGETOWN MY 3 13 (SG lists FE 25 13 as release or earliest date), re-directed in blue crayon to Moneague House Hotel, Kingston and three times endorsed manuscript "Left the Island" with purple "REMOVED/ADDRESS UNKNOWN." (Proud Type 1100) and black "UNCLAIMED." (with stop), red RETURNED LETTER BRANCH, JAMAICA dated 9 JU 13 and presumed sender's name of "Mrs A.J. Robertson" in red crayon at left edge. A rare commercial inter-island cover full of character.
£625

MALTA postal history
1860 wrapper to Marseilles with GB QV 4d strip of three (fault) pmk'd A/MALTA/AU 11 60 "A25" duplex paying the scarce 1/- rate with oval "P-D." in black.
£240


BULL BAY, Jamaica postal history
1897 QV d Post Card from L.O. Chitty, Inspector of Schools to The Teacher of Harbour Head School, Kingston with printed text re forthcoming inspection pmk'd Kingston Street Letter Box F/NO 2 97 marked blue crayon "Unclaimed" and "Bull Bay" with partly fine BULL-BAY NO 9 97 cds and eventual RETURNED/LETTER/BRANCH/25 DE 97/KINGSTON alongside address panel.
£75

BERMUDA postal history
1884 cover marked per "Nubian" with 1880 QV 4d orange-red (SG.20) pmk'd ST. GEORGES K3 "2" duplex dated A/FE 21 1884 to London locally directed with crowned "R" handstamp to denote no additional charge, reverse with (early) black HAMILTON (H1, first period blue ink ended January 1883) dated B/FE 21 84 and red London MR 13 84. A rare cover from the second voyage of the "Nubian".
The first voyage of the "Nubian", in transit from Virginia on an experimental new service for the Union Line, was announced to call at Hamilton on JA 10 1884. The ship was five days late and single covers are known from St. Georges pmk'd JA 10 1884 and JA 15 1884 and both landed with red LIVERPOOL SHIP cds.
£450

ANTIGUA postal history
1903 underpaid cover front to Funchal, Madeira with Leeward KE7 1d pmk'd ANTIGUA AP 22 03 showing tax handstamps and handstruck "1 30" due, plenty of character and most unusual destination.
£65


DELAYED DUE GENERAL STRIKE, British Guiana postal history
1963 cover from Canada with 10c pmk'd Halifax, N.S. to Georgetown, endorsed in manuscript on reverse "Posted in Halifax on 9th June, rec'd in Georgetown on 12th July - due to general strike."
The British Guiana Post Office Workers' Union joined the General Strike on AP 23 1963 which ended July 1963
£40

PORT ANTONIO, Jamaica postal history
1853 entire to Orleans, France re-directed to Charing Cross, London rated 1/2 with framed red "POSTAGE NOT PAID/TO LONDON" despatched with PORT-ANTONIO dbl-arc (P3) dated MY 6 1853. Lengthy content from John Richards describing the discovery of "copper well interspersed with silver" found on one of his properties and "strong indications of Black Lead" on another. The letter goes on to describe the boom in mining and exploration - "The Parish of Portland seems to be one vast lump of mineral worth, every day brings a new discovery"
£240


BRITISH GUIANA postal history
T+H and Proud handbooks unrecorded 2-line "Air Mail to LONDON only, thence/by Surface Route." handstamp in purple ink on KG6 12c AIR LETTER to Entebbe, Uganda with typed content from Vincent Roth headed B.G. Museum, Georgetown dated 17th October 1949.
£95

BRITISH GUIANA postal history
3-line "By Air/From British Guiana/To New York." (T+H Type 2, Proud AM17) in mauve ink (unrecorded by T+H) on KG6 4c, 6c, 36c cover to Plymouth, England pmk'd NEW AMSTERDAM 23 MR 44.
T+H only records in red ink, period of general use MY 15 37 to NO 11 44 per Proud handbook
£30

BRITISH GUIANA postal history
3-line "By Air/From British Guiana/To New York." (T+H Type 2, Proud AM17) in red in on KG6 4c, 6c, 36c cover to Gowrock, Scotland pmk'd AIR MAIL 28 MY 43, cellophane EXAMINED BY 4413 attached.
T+H only records in red ink, period of general use MY 15 37 to NO 11 44 per Proud handbook
£14




BRITISH GUIANA compulsory payment of postage on returned unpaid letter
1850 printed Bank of Scotland Office letter headed Edinburgh 9 Jan 1850 to David Bridges, Demerara rated 1/- unpaid with on reverse rare combination both BERBICE MY 17 1850 and DEMERARA JY 4 1850 dbl-arcs. Address panel with red crayon "Not called for" and partially legible red surmounted by Crown handstamp reading "The Party to whom this letter/is Addressed has not Called for it/3 AU 1850" applied London on return. No example of this handstamp is recorded on any other letter addressed to the British West Indies.
Only one other entire is known with combination BERBICE (MY 4 1850) and DEMERARA (MY 5 1850) dbl-arcs, and is addressed to Antigua. David Bridges was a surgeon living at Riverstown, Essequibo and died MR 22 1859. Explanation of very rare use of this London Returned Mail dated handstamp accompanies the Gibraltar scan (enclosed for buyer) below.
£480



TOO LATE used KINGSTON, Jamaica postal history
1868 worm-eaten edged cover open most of 3 sides b/stamped Kingston C/AU 10 68 to Richard Hill, Spanish Town showing TOO LATE (TL3, LRD) and Spanish Town A/AU 11 68 clear of address panel, flap with printed blue buckled DAT CURA COMMODUM (carefulness bestows profit). The absence of adhesive or manuscript postal charge being usual on official correspondence mailed within the island.
£125

AR, Sierra Leone postal history
(716.02) alongside KG6 6d, 1/- tied REGISTERED G.P.O. oval dated 12 JU 42 on censored cover to Old Hill, England.
£65

RETURNED FOR/POSTAL ADDRESS, Jamaica postal history
(Proud Type 173, ERD) on QV d Reply Post Card (reverse blank) pmk'd KINGSTON 3D/FE 26 90 sqc from Capt. Clark to a George D'Pass with text reading "I leave today for Buff Bay and to leave next week for Kingston. What you have for me save for me. I been laying here six days now and would take to rum quickly". He obviously did as with no postal address.
£180




Confirmation new 6d rate with locally handstruck "6d", Jamaica postal history
entire headed "Duplicate. Kingston Jamaica 24th June 1854" pmk'd KINGSTON-JAMAICA JY 11 1854 dbl-arc to John Mathie, Stirling, North Britain rated manuscript "6" unpaid confirmed with handstruck "6d" which appears to be in matching ink colour. Red JY 31 1854 (applied London) and red circled M/NR (Morning, Northern Railway applied London) and STIRLING AU 1 1854 in paler black ink. Currently the only known example.
The new 6d rate per half ounce was introduced MR 23 1854. Three experts on UK postal history have been approached and their combined opinion is that the handstruck "6d" is not a British handstamp, and therefore most probably applied at Jamaica (a similar handstruck "6" is known on two ingoing unpaid Barbados entires)
£725


ESHOWE, Zululand postal history
(re-introduced Z.10) JY 15 25 as arrival on much travelled GB KGV 1d Post Card from Rochester to Teneriffe, forwarded Cape Town, Johannesburg, Eshowe, Zululand and back, two vertical creases.
£225

JAMAICA postal history:
1871 cover with pairs USA 2c brown, 3c green pmk'd cork cancels with BROOKLYN MAR 21 despatch to wife of Alex Lindo, Attorney at Law, Kingston, handstruck black "4" applied St. Thomas changed to blue crayon "5" at Kingston, reverse ST. THOMAS A/MR 30 71 and KINGSTON C/AP 3 71 cds.
Carried by U.S. and Brazil Mail Steamship "North America" departing New York MR 23 71 and arriving St. Thomas MR 30 71. Transferred to R.M.S. Elbe departing St. Thomas AP 1 71 arriving Kingston shortly after midnight AP 3 71
£225
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