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Wanted: Cover dated OC 25 1867 from Barbados to England. Please send scan, or advise selling price. Thank you.



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NEW ZEALAND postal history
1870 reg. cover front with 2 x 6d tied Wellington "070" duplex to the Old ground or the rookery, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland showing London 26 NO 70 transit and A/ENNIS/NO 29 70 arrival. Soiled in places.
Approximately only 1 in every 100 NZ Chalon covers were sent registered.
£265


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



REGISTERED BOOK POST, New Zealand postal history
1871 opened-each-end foolscap wrapper (232 x 103mm) marked "Per Book Post to be Registered" and "via San Francisco" to Edinburgh, Scotland with QV 4d, 6d tied WELLINGTON duplex dated JA 3 71 with London 27 FE 71 transit and Edinburgh FE 28 71 arrival backstamp, some peripheral edge faults and filing crease but exceptionally rare and probably unique as such.
With the termination of the route via Marseilles, the postage rate via Brindisi was reduced to 9d per half ounce letter on THIS SAME DATE of 3 January 1871
£1250

PENINSULAR AND ORIENTAL STEAM NAVIGATION Co., Transvaal postal history
1893 cover with superb magenta sender's cachet to Germany with pair 2d pmk'd JOHANNESBURG 28 MEI 93 sqc.
£175


JAMAICA postal history
1877 1d Floriate (Henderson printing) POST CARD to James Bourke, Gibraltar, Clarke's Town pmk'd KINGSTON B/MY 24 1877 with CLARKS TOWN C/JA 25 77 arrival.
£125

B01 used ALEXANDRIA, Egypt postal history
1864 entire with 2 x GB QV 6d to Aden, top panel with fine ALEXANDRIA A/NO 27 64 and smudged ADEN 4 DE 64 arrival cds.
£325

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

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

"A76"(O) used SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica postal history
1891 cover to Olean, New York with QV d, pair 1d Keyplate pmk'd "A76"(O), reverse SPANISH-TOWN B/MR 5 91 despatch cds.
£30



Arrival of James Grant Forbes, Planter, JAMAICA postal history (and ST. LUCIA historical interest)
1786 entire headed "Jamaica 12th November 1786" from newly arrived James Grant Forbes to his father Lieut. General James Grant in London rated 1/- with "IAMAICA" and JANUARY/M/22 experimental Bishop mark on lower flap.
Major General James Grant was born at Ballindoch, Banffshire in 1720. By 1757 he was a major fighting in the French & Indian Wars and captured at Fort Duquesne. Fought at the Siege of Havana, made Governor of East Florida. Served in the American War of Independence, was General William Howe's primary planning officer, led a division at the Battle of Long Island. In 1778 he led an expeditionary force to capture the French island of St. Lucia with its surrender at the Battle of La Vigie. Died 1806
£200

CAYMAN ISLANDS postal history
JAMAICA ASHENHEIM FAMILY: 1953 cover to the c/o Milholland, Ashenheim (see footnote under Jamaica Red Cross Labels in SG) & Stone, Kingston, Jamaica with mixed reign franking KG6 1d and QE2 1d Coronation pmk'd GEORGETOWN JU 15 53 d/ring.
£14

JAMAICA postal history
1859 mourning cover front to Thomas Perrier, London with GB QV 6d pmk'd "A01" (SG.Z5) with KINGSTON-JAMAICA A/SP 10 59 and LONDON PAID OC 3 59 cds alongside.
£120


Return by RMSP "Tay" (28th home, arriving Falmouth MR 19), JAMAICA postal history
OCANA - SANTA MARTA - KINGSTON - LONDON: 1843 wrapper docketted from Marcelino de Pinillos, Ocana (Colombia) JA 2 with manuscript forwarding at coastal town Santa Marta on JA 20 with Q.B.S.M. (que besa su mano - who kisses your hand) with KINGSTON FE 16 1843 dbl-arc transit addressed Federico Huth, London (MR 21) rated 1/-, address panel soiled which would display opened in inverted position.
£185

Immigration to Australia, Cholera outbreak, JAMAICA postal and social history
1852 entire from Robert Bogle to D.J. Lanman, New York marked "pr. American steamer Sierra Nevada" with red KINGSTON JAMAICA PAID dated JY 24 1852/A rated red "4" with STEAMSHIP 10 Cts. Contents refer to a great many young men finding their way to Australia determined to seek their fortunes with an agent sent to New York to charter a fine vessel to come here and fit out, she is to carry 50 passengers at $200 each, plus we have had very bad accounts from Navy Bay, a number of people who went there (report) more dead than alive, Cholera has broken out among the people, our authorities act with much indifference, An American Steamer is now coming in from Navy Bay, I suppose I fear the accounts by her will be bad, the operations on the Railway are likely to be impeded if cholera breaks out.
£95

PLANTAIN GARDEN RIVER, Jamaica postal history
1861 entire headed "Duckenfield" to Barclays & McDowall, Kingston rated "4" with PLANTAIN-GARDEN-RIVER (P5) dated MR 29 1861 displaying top flap with KINGSTON MR 30 1861 arrival on address panel.
Jamaica own stamps placed on sale NO 23 1860, no "A62" covers recorded by me until JU 3 1864 with this being the only PGR entire recorded between the two dates
£75

Return by RMSP "Solway" (6th home, arriving Falmouth MY 26), JAMAICA postal history
1842 entire showing large part SPANISH-TOWN (P2b) dated AP 15 1842 to Alexander Murchison, Elgin rated 1/- with MY 28 and MY 29 transits and boxed ELGIN/MY 30/1842 arrival.
£36

ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
1885 reg. cover front to Anerley, London with 8 x "Halfpenny" on bisected QV 1d carmine-rose (SG.23, Cat.42 each), pair QV 1d carmine-rose (SG.13) and FOUR PENCE on QV 6d green (SG.22, Cat.50 and very scarce on cover) each pmk'd "A12" with ST. KITTS C/AP 11 85 despatch cds alongside, creasing, some faults, and reverse hinge re-inforcement.
£275
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