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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

GIBRALTAR postal history
1880 wrapper per "Mongolia" to Malta with GB QV 2d Plate 18 pmk'd "A26" duplex dated B/JY 11 80, top flap with E/JY 15 80 arrival, stamp crossed by filing crease along top.
£48

SIERRA LEONE postal history
1895 use of QV d Post Card marked per S.S. "Roquelle" to Hasselt, Belgium pmk'd "B31" with FREETOWN B/JY 13 95 plus handstruck "LATE", landed with red LIVERPOOL A/AU 5 95/SHIP cds (Private Ship as opposed to Liverpool Packet arrival) with HASSELT 7 AOUT 1895 arrival, lengthy reverse text in French.
£150

RUSSIA via GIBRALTAR to SPROSTON'S STEAMERS LTD, Georgetown
1915 cover with Nicholas II 10k pmk'd GAINDRIA LIFL 5-2-1915 to passenger on board vessel "Roma" c/o Messrs C. Hoffman, Russian Consulate, Gibraltar, Spain b/stamped GIBRALTAR 28 MR 15 arrival alongside Russian purple military censor handstamp, forwarded next day arriving LONDON 6 AP 15 re-addressed Demerara with GEORGETOWN 23 AP 15 arrival b/stamp.
£95


BERMUDA postal history
1883 cover p. S.S. "Orinoco" to Troy, Ohio with QV d stone, pair QV 1d rose-red (SG.19,23) tied HAMILTON K3 "1" duplex dated A/DE 6 83 during the first blue ink period March 1882 to January 1884. This is a very rare combination as the few covers known in this band of use are normally made up with QV d, 2d franking.
The OC 1 1876 USA-Bermuda postal convention set a 2d rate effective OC 3 1876 between the two countries but allowed Bermuda to charge 2d per half ounce. Bermuda had no d adhesive until the d stone was issued MR 25 1880 and accepted the loss during the interim years.
£375

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


BERMUDA postal history
1889 cover marked S.S. "Alphny" (Alpha?) via Halifax to London with 1880 QV 4d orange-red (SG.20) pmk'd HAMILTON K4 "1" duplex dated A/AU 2 89 (the "U" in AU having distinctive appearance of being a "W" as also seen on another same date cover), reverse with attractive printed flap and very fine red hooded London A/AU 19 89 arrival.
Letters to England via Halifax had become unusual by this time owing to the more frequent steamers to New York, and even more unusual cancelled with K4 "1" introduced 1 January 1889
£225

JAMAICA postal history
1875 wrapper to Messrs John Ranking in London marked per "Tasmanian" with 2 x QV 1/- brown CC wmk (SG.13) pmk'd "A01" with KINGSTON C3/AP 24 75 despatch cds.
£225
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