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ST. GEORGES, Bermuda postal history (Ex Ludington)
1883 local cover to Annie Outerbridge, Baileys Bay with QV 1d pale rose CC wmk (SG.1) tied ST. GEORGES K3 "2" duplex dated B/AP 10 83 in blue ink (LRD), no backstamps. Ex LUDINGTON.
The 2nd period blue ink is currently recorded MR 23 1882 to AP 10 1883
£140

BERMUDA postal history
1884 cover to London with pair QV 2d bright blue CC wmk (SG.4) tied black K3 "2" ST. GEORGES duplex dated A/SP 11 84, b/stamped red London SP 26 84 arrival.
Only three such covers currently recorded with this franking K3 "2" black period MY 22 1883 until DE xx 1886 (release QV 2d blue Crown CA wmk)
£225

BERMUDA postal history
1877 cover "per Camima" to Cincinnati, Ohio with 2 x QV 1d pale rose CC wmk (SG.2) tied K2 B/1 with ST. GEORGES oval (H3) dated AU 22 1877 alongside.
The 2d rate per ounce to USA was published in the Royal Gazette OC 3 1876. The actual rate was 2d but Bermuda had no d stamp (until MR 25 80) and was obliged to accept a loss. The franking was usually the 2d blue and only two covers with 2 x 1d franking are currently recorded from St. Georges with the K2, H3 postmarking combination
£240



BERMUDA postal history
1889 cover marked "Printed Circular" with QV 1d (intermediate shade between SG.23 and SG.24) tied K4 Hamilton "1" duplex dated B/AU 2 89, reverse London arrival of AU 19 89 clearly shows that flap was tucked in (unsealed).
£195




BERMUDA postal history
1893 cover to Major McCracken, The Garrison, Barbados with defective corner QV 2d pale ultramarine (SG.27b) pmk'd Hamilton K4 "1" duplex B/NO 15 93, reverse flap from a fellow serving officer of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, the entitlement given for service in the 1st Opium Wars (1840-42). Scarce inter-island mail with BARBADOS/27 NO 93/SHIP LETTER arrival backstamp.
Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick William Nicholas McCracken KCB, DSO (1859-1949) of the Royal Berkshire Regiment resided at Banyan, The Garrison, Barbados where he was Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General (DAAG) 1892-97
£175


BERMUDA postal history (ex LUDINGTON)
1858 cover to Mrs. Ebenezer Darrell, Georgetown, Demerara rated "4" unpaid, reverse HAMILTON (red PM4) AU 31 1858, ST. THOMAS SP 5 1858 dbl-arc transit and DEMERARA A/SP 23 58 arrival cds. Ex LUDINGTON (1999).
£300

BERMUDA postal history
1911 col. ppc of Somerset Bridge used to Christchurch, England with d Dock x 2, d Ship pmk'd IRELAND ISLAND B/2 DE 11 d/ring.
£50

BERMUDA postal history
1885 cover per "Orinoco" to Lyme, Connecticut with QV 2d pmk'd HAMILTON K3 "1" duplex dated B/AU 13 85, b/stamped New York AUG 16 85.
£60

BERMUDA postal history
Mail carried by substitute steamer "Flamborough": 1886 cover to St. John's Wood, London with QV 4d orange-red CC wmk (SG.20) tied very fine ST. GEORGES K3 "2" duplex dated A/JY 22 86, reverse red LONDON-N.W. K7/AU 5 86 arrival, some edge toning.
The S.S. Flamborough, substitute steamer, made four sailings from Hamilton on 8 July, 22 July, 6th August, 19th August. The S.S. Trinidad resumed her regular service in September 1886
£135

BERMUDA postal history
1883 cover to New York with QV d stone CC wmk, QV 2d dull blue (SG.19,3) pmk'd ST. GEORGES K3 "2" duplex dated A/OC 25 83, some faults including 2d adhesive with large tear but this combination seemingly very scarce from St. Georges to the USA.
£115

BERMUDA postal history
1887 cover to St. John's Wood, London marked "Builder etc" at lower left with QV 1d rose-red, QV 3d grey (SG.23,28) pmk'd St. Georges K3a "2" duplex dated A/JU 16 87 with London N.W. JY 1 87 arrival backstamp, some soiling etc.
£150


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
1883 mourning cover to Oswego County, New York re-directed to the Palace Hotel, San Francisco with QV 2d dull blue CC wmk and QV d stone (SG.3,19) tied HAMILTON K3 "1" duplex dated B/AP 11 83 during the first blue ink period March 1882 to January 1884. Few covers are recorded with this combination.
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.
£275

BERMUDA postal history
1852 wrapper (no side flaps) to George Clerk, Ireland Island with red HAMILTON+BERMUDA (PM4) dated JA 1 1852 (day slug inverted). Ex TUCKER, ULRICH, "LONGTAIL".
The Forand/Freeland handbook only records two red PM4 entires to Ireland Island (other dated OC 4 1854).
£325

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
1937 prepaid cover for indirect "accelerated rate" service via USA to Jamaica with Bermuda KG6 2d Coronation pmk'd Hamilton 24 NOV 37 and USA 15c Airmail pmk'd New York NOV 26 37 duplex to Jamaica Times, Kingston, Jamaica.
This cover was carried under the scheme whereby mails from overseas, instead of being carried by slower surface transport, could be accelerated by air from the USA provided that the current air fee was pre-paid in U.S. stamps
£85

BERMUDA postal history
1938 combination cover with KG6 1d, 1d, 3d pmk'd Hamilton 20 JAN 38 with pre-affixed USA 10c pmk'd Boston JAN 27 1938 for "Special Delivery" to Boston, Mass. Scarce as such.
£65

BERMUDA postal history
1832 faded archive backed entire written "Hamilton 14th Sept 1832" to Darrell & Smith, Halifax, N.S. with poor St. George's 14 SE 1832 fleuron (PM2) rated 8d changed 9 1/10.
Only four fleurons recorded on entires to Nova Scotia, all from the same faded correspondence
£225

BERMUDA postal history
1832 faded archive backed entire written "Hamilton 14th Sept 1832" to Darrell & Smith, Halifax, N.S. with poor St. George's 14 SE 1832 fleuron (PM2), marked rate by weight "1oz" and with 1/8 changed "1N10".
Only four fleurons recorded on entires to Nova Scotia, all from the same faded correspondence
£225


ST. GEORGES, Bermuda postal history
K3 "2" duplex (Handstamp II) dated A/NO 20 80 on 50% top half cover to Warwick West b/stamped Hamilton B/NO 20 80 and very poor K3a "8" arrival.
The elusive Handstamp II recorded OC 21 1880 to DE 11 1880
£120
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