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TARPUM-BAY, Bahamas postal history
1924 use of KGV 2d PSRE to Wall Street, New York City with added KGV 1d, 2d pmk'd TARPUM-BAY (T 7 1) dated 25 AUG 24, opened most of two sides.
£85


THE BIGHT, Bahamas postal history
(T.1) arrival dated reversed C/AP 7 91 (year error for 01) on TRANSVAAL 1d V.R.I. Briefkaart pmk'd BOKSBURG 31 JAN 01 from affectionate brother to Rev. R.K. Bennett, Cat Island, Bahamas.
During his tenure as Rector (1912) of St. Mary's Church New Providence Reverend Bennett documented changes that met resistance in the church - altar curtains looked at with disapproval, altar lights seen as an unpardonable offence, wafer bread thought of as an insult to the Blessed Sacrement etc.
£250



BAHAMAS postal history
1909 destruction by earthquake of Myrtle Bank Hotel, Jamaica Post Card to Irvington, N.J. with KE7 1d tied purple Hamburg-American Line/Atlas Service PRINZ AUGUST WILHELM d/ring oval dated APR 15 1909, Pitch Lake, Trinidad sticker added by sender.
£200

LATE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE QV 1d CARMINE, Bahamas postal history
1911 cover to Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada with 1890 QV 1d (SG.49) pmk'd TARPUM-BAY (T.1) dated C/OC 20 11, this currently a unique cover with re-introduced use of the QV 1d during the KGV reign (KE7 having been monarch period JA 22 1901 - MY 6 1910).
The late uses of the QV 1d are currently confined to the period MY 20 11 to JA 28 12. Examples are far from common but are recorded for Bimini, Clarence Town L.I., Deadman's Cay, Fresh Creek, George Town (LRD), Green Turtle Cay, Inagua, Mangrove Cay, Mastic Point, Nicholls-Town, Rock Sound, Rum Cay, Spanish Wells (ERD), Tarpum-Bay, "The Bight", Watlings
£425

ARRIVING IN THE U.S.A. ON DAY LINCOLN ASSASSINATED, BAHAMAS postal history
1865 stampless cover "p. Corsica" to Miss Benjie Henderson, Newark, Delaware with red NASSAU/B/AP 10 65/PAID cds rated red "4" showing 5/APR 14 N. YORK BR. PKT cds (day Abraham Lincoln assassinated) and manuscript "Due 5 cts at Newark". Some soiling, no backstamps.
On AP 2 1865 victory of Grant over Lee concluded the Civil War, on AP 14 1865 Abraham Lincoln assassinated in Washington DC and died the following day. During the Civil War Delaware was a slave state which remained in the Union
£425

RUM CAY, Bahamas postal history
(T.1) B/FE 6 24 on horiz. strip of three KGV 1d (SG.116) reg. cover to Battle Creek, Michigan.
£95


NASSAU, Bahamas postal history
Express Delivery cover with KGV 6d, 8d pmk'd 3 FE 36 to Meriden, Connecticut, reverse with tied "COME TO NASSAU" advertising label.
Sheet format unknown. No broken sunshades or red spots adjacent woman as seen on 8 OCT 37 cover with pair of labels
£60

HARBOUR ISLAND, Bahamas postal history
KGV 2d PSRE with added KGV 1d (SG.116) pmk'd 10 MAY 26 to Baltimore, Maryland, opened 3 sides.
£48

BAHAMAS postal history:
1867 cover with QV 4d dull rose CC wmk P.12½ to New York, b/stamped BAHAMAS OC 21 1867/C broken dbl-arc, slightly reduced at right on opening. Ex STAIRCASE.
Southbound the St. Thomas harbour devasted by severe hurricane October 29 1867
£185













DEPARTMENTAL CACHETS etc, Bahamas postal history
group of mainly 10 stampless foolscap OHMS etc covers to Nassau.
£45


BAHAMAS postal history to PORT ROYAL, Jamaica
NASSAU-NEW-PROVIDENCE (N1) dated MR 29 1846 as despatch backstamp alongside KINGSTON AP 5 1846 arrival on prestamp envelope marked "4" unpaid to Edmund Lawless, Asst. Surgeon H.M.S. Vesuvius, Port Royal, Jamaica.
£175

LONG CAY, Bahamas postmark
(T.7 I, D4) 30 JUN 31 tying KGV 1d (SG.116) on large piece local cover front.
£40

BAHAMAS postal history:
1881 cover with QV 4d dull rose Crown CA wmk P.14 (SG.36) tied "A05" to Wexford, Ireland, b/stamped A/BAHAMAS/MY 4 81 despatch cds and WEXFORD A/MY 22 81 arrival.
The U.P.U. QV 4d rate (using CC wmk P.14) to UK introduced JY 1 1880, and QV 4d CA wmk P.14 issued March 1882. Covers with the former scarce to England and particularly rare to Ireland during this 21 month period.
£325



Rare LAST KNOWN USE BAHAMAS str. line (B1) - in RED INK for PREPAID MAIL
1846 cover with red BAHAMAS str. line (B1) marked “Prepaid” and rated red “4” to Edward Lawless Asst. Surgeon, H.M.S. Vesuvius, Port Royal, Jamaica with Kingston FE 2 1846 dbl-arc on reverse. No despatch date but expected to be JA 13 1846, overall soiling. Rare as only 6 examples currently known. Ludington (Page 206) records the earliest known pre-paid cover from Bahamas as c1842 with red strike BAHAMAS (B2) to New Orleans marked “Pd” and rated red 18/-. No examples of the NASSAU-NEW PROVIDENCE dbl-arc (used SP 3 1842 to JY 12 1846) are known on pre-paid mail and the BAHAMAS (B1) in red ink was used exclusively on prepaid mail period 1844-1846. The six known examples are dated MR 10 1844, MR 14 1844, JA 31 1845, MY – 1845, SP – 1845, and JA (13) 1846 (this currently being the last known recorded use of any Bahamas str. line cancel). The PAID AT BAHAMAS crowned circle was registered at the GPO, London on MY 22 1846.
£525

MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas postal history
purplish TRD dated SEP 25 1971 tying Coinage issues on cover.
£10

LANDRAIL POINT, Bahamas postal history
reg. local cover with bluish-black TRD dated JAN 7 1952.
£30

BAHAMAS postal history
1879 mourning cover to New York with QV 4d dull rose CC wmk P.14 (SG.36) tied clear "A05" with very fine B/BAHAMAS/AP 23 79 despatch cds clear of missing flap, taxed on arrival with New York Due 3c opera-glass handstamp.
Unusually, for this period, the sender did not take the opportunity of prepaying the U.S.A. internal postage with a U.S. 3c adhesive available at the Nassau Post Office period JA 1 1879 to JY 1 1880 (date of UPU entry) and was taxed in lieu of.
£450

BAHAMAS postal history:
1850 entire from Governor's Harbour, Bahamas to London rated 1/- with clear BAHAMAS OC 10 1850/B broken dbl-arc despatch. Ex MORETON BLACK.
£120

EL SALVADOR to Bahamas First Flight cover:
1931 (JU 29) pilot signed reg. FFC with 5c, 3 x 25c, various cachets and b/stamped Nassau 1 JY 31 arrival, rare.
£125

BAHAMAS postal history:
1841 entire to Wesleyan Mission, London rated "8" being part 3 of the Nassau 31/3/1841 AGM displaying LIVERPOOL/SHIP LETTER (S.14) top flap, b/stamped JU 2 1841 arrival.
£115
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