Saturday 28 April 2018

AGM and Auction at Spink, Southampton Row, London

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Lot Country Description Est Pic
1 Anguilla Though the AN code may be wilting a trifle from wear, this is an admirable complete cds of AU 25 20 on Leeward 1d scarlet. Do we need to add value for unaddressed env. on same page holding tercentenary 6d, 1/- and a purposeless 2/6 alongside each with its own Valley cancel of JA 17 51? £28 link
2 Anguilla Anguilla Valley cds on script 1d rose-carmine (1925) and Leeward 1d bright scarlet (1928) – reasonable examples and v. difficult to find on Leeward issues – well you can see how long they must have had the 1d in stock. Which you probably wouldn’t find at all on the 1d violet £10
3 Anguilla To Bessie Harper on 26 MR 29 went a rare ppc of Pump Day, Sandy Point, St. Kitts. It was written 3 days earlier, franked ½d, cancelled at Anguilla (Valley cds) reached Basseterre same day with its friendly message from Beryl. Without Bessie’s voluminous correspondence to and from her Antigua High St. location there might be nothing like this still to be found (an odd mild fox spot noticed) £40
4 Anguilla Ernest Panton Cover (name erased) 25 JA 32 to St Lucia underfranked with ½d cancelled Valley cds nicely twice, St. Kitts 11 days later, to earn, as intended, St Lucia 2d due (no. 7053). Though we deprecate the huge values people put on Panton’s items nowadays, we have to take some notice £40 link
5 Anguilla If you shied away from Anguilla, when the first issue hit unobtainable heights, you may have shunned the issues of the 1960’s that followed. We occasionally watch opinions change as emissions approach the 50-year mark so this lot offers 9 covers housing the 2 nd , 3 rd , 5 th , 7 th , 9 th , 10 th and 11 th issues of the 1960’s – FDC’s except the 2 nd . You could probably pop round the corner shop and buy more cheaply than our estimate, but do you still have a corner shop? £25
6 Anguilla This album page demonstrates with a miniature sheet at a 1979 face cost of $4.10 that Anguilla boasts six outer islands including Sombrero, captured bloodlessly form the Virgins at some date unknown to us. The six landscapes destroy any confidence in the power of the Orinoco River to create a landscape to stand up to a hurricane hit £1.50
7 Antigua Your album page may just about accommodate this MAP OF ANTIGUA, said to be dated 1746, produced in Paris and annotated in French basic enough for anyone to understand. Indeed, you’ll be more at home than the French when you meet Falmouth, Willoughby, Codrington, and Baye Nonsuch, even if St Jean and St Pierre need translating. Clean, pleasantly coloured, rare R£80 link
8 Antigua A venerable, entirely reputable 1978 BPA cert. accompanies no wmk. QV 6d SG1 “part original gum….genuine”. Stamp is centred NE which will sometimes enhance – as here – because a smidgen of the stamp below is captured and white mgns. emphasise the freshness of colour – SG1, cat. £800 £180 link
9 Antigua There’s not a lot to recommend the used 1d values in this lot (16 star wmk, 3 CC) because we’d write off about 8 for condition, and there’s only one rather reticent A18, so cat. of perhaps £900 is rather irrelevant. Still you’ve got shades to play with, wmks to examine, and you could probably make a page look attractive. Let’s say £20
10 Antigua Only a few wrecks among 50 presumed mainly CA wmk used 1d. 3 are turned back to front to show wmk. reversed or something, and the shades vary, so that again you can give colour and appeal to an album page £20
11 Antigua There are 58 used QV 6d on this lge s/card and 29 face the wall apparently to show wmk. reversed (which is no great shakes on this value). We’d write off about 8 for deplorable condition, but seller draws attention to a mildly thinned N of PENCE on one stamp, and to the re-entry which affects the UA of ANTIGUA on another. The one visible A18 is a good strike, star wmk., we infer £60
12 Antigua The 1879 2½d, 4d CC SG19, 20 v.g.u – as everyone has the 4d, we value by ref. to the 2½d (cat. £170) which, when graded fine rates half-cat. £50 link
13 Antigua The QV 1d carmine-red in a complete sheet of 120 with full margins, most stamps of course are mint, apart from a few split perfs a survivor to admire. The re-entries at row 1/8, 2/8 are nicely prominent and although this fairly inexpensive stamp is fairly easily gettable in multiples, we believe there are very few sheets that are still intact, SG25 cat £300+ £140 link
14 Antigua The UPU Specimen set of 3 QV CA values, the 2½d, 4d, 1s of 1886-7 SG27s, 28s, 30s. Distribution was beginning to expand by then, but well below its zenith – cat £150 £48 link
15 Antigua The well-known re-entries at position 8 of rows 1 and 2 of the QV 1d plate vary in intensity according both to the depth of inking and the degree of wear on the plate. There are 14 carefully labelled examples here, whose identification we take from vendor’s annotation, which looks to be accurate. Used examples unless otherwise stated, general appearance gd to fine, with pmks largely not in conflict with the critical value tablet, they comprise: for position 8, SG6, 13 (2, one with revd wmk), 16, 24, 25 (one m., one pen-cancelled), 26; for position 20, 13 (2, one revd wmk), 16, 17, 25m, 26. SG cat is above £170, re-entry valuation is our province of course £180 link
16 Antigua The next 4 lots offer QV 6d stamps, with re-entries allocated to their sheet positions. These are far less well-known than those on the 1d values; for detailed information of position and description of flaws on the 6d plate we recommend reference to Antigua hand book p47-9. Re-entry row 3, 3 (Morton Evans showing measle spots on the letters of PENCE) is on SG29, fine lge pt o.g. cat £60 £70
17 Antigua In similar fine condition, no gum, on SG29, from row 6, 9 (Sefi no. 1, the S and P showing the major effect). We infer that all our examples would have been plucked from one sheet, to make impossible acquisition feasible at all £70
18 Antigua The Iremonger re-entry at row 7, 10 shows a dash of colour below the S, in the margin. We value a bit higher, as a badly centred stamp could be deprived of this variant £80 link
19 Antigua Our final re-entry on SG29 is Sefi no.2 from row 10,1, and here l.h. wmk mgn is visible. On this one the C has grown a forelock, slight perf toning at lower left. £70
20 Antigua 1903 Badge issue, the full SPECIMEN set of 10 to 5/- SG31s/40s cat. £200 (once upon a time as in tight finishes to a cricket match of yore, you used to have to “get them in singles”). Light rubbing at top of 1/- in attempt to remove blue line. £75 link
21 Antigua This is the 1903-7 Badge set of 10 used. Most are succulently fine, SG31 to the end, but set price of £500 might require adjustment for 2/- whose sparkling frame contrasts with some colour wash at centre, 2/6 with its despatch from BARBUDA (cancel let’s guess late ‘20s) and 5/- posted 1912, so chalky paper £190
22 Antigua The MCA badge issue presents as a fine m. set of 8, with colour or shade variety added by an extra ½d (3), 1d (3), 2½d and 6d (2), adding nearly £100 cat. to set price £170 for SG41/50, a few low values with mild gum toning. £85
23 Antigua The used MCA badge set has just one each of the 8 values. A bit of regn crayon keeps pmk company on 3d (we take this in our stride, some out there don’t), a red line on the 6d and 2/- has an indeterminate pmk, which is of greater significance – we can’t criticise the rest £60 link
24 Antigua Badge CC ½d with full All Saints cds 1904, 1d with most of PAQUEBOT NY 2D Div., 2½d, normally used at St John’s (what’s it doing here?) MCA 1d emphatically cancelled at Canterbury (home of TALES) to make up for despatcher’s weak wrist and 2½d awarded a 1937 date and style pmk for long service £14
25 Antigua Badge 3d CC flaunting centrally at 11 o’clock a full “SOLENT” h/stamp in black, the letters are spread wide from years of use, even though the vast majority are buried at sea. Emergence on this value has to be a rarity £95 link
26 Antigua Throughout our BWI territories early covers franked at only 1d are few and far between. This example is a neat orange-brown (prices current) envelope to Nova Scotia DE 27 67. Franked with 1d dull rose SG6, it paused at St. Thomas DE 29, and front shows rate mark 1 (d). Cat. from £550 but our instructions are to estimate very modestly. Fine condition £180 link
27 Antigua Badge 1d p/s env. to Toronto 1904 (part flap torn off and discarded, but it’s scarce); then regd covers 1929 to NY, 1936 to London’s Fleet St, each paying 4½d, the first by Leeward 1½d horiz. strip of three with r.h. gutter mgn, the other using domestic 1½d, 3d – all three were commercial from St. John’s £33
28 Antigua 6 Leeward franked commercial items from St John’s: PSRE to London 1901, 2 QV 1d added; ppc 1904 1d rate possibly to Maine; Botanical Station ppc 1d red DE 07 to Cornwall; KE 1d p/s card to Ipswich (the Suffolk one) 1913; Govt Printing Office blue wrapper to Long Island, faulty KG5 1½d; and Antigua distillery cover to Derby by air, date not deciphered, 1/-, 1½d, ½d pay the fare, all KG5 Die II £20
29 Antigua Post Office Antigua OHMS long cover folded one third in, where no harm will be caused, handstamped for registration to Neuilly-sue-Seine in France and then the face was cancelled with the Official Paid cds JU 16 09. At that point the cover was passed to the Postmaster or another clerk who applied a 2/6 Leeward CA SG27, cancelled it with same day St John’s cds, and then …? As a final act, and with such precision as he could achieve, used his canceller to try and obliterate the Official cds. So de we apply multiples of x5 to the £80 cat … or what? Definitely not. The procedure described for us that the 2/6 was used for a plain philatelic purpose, not to achieve the necessary rate. We can only just accept a multiplier above 1. £21 link
30 Antigua We next describe a cover of very similar character (Post Office – OHMS etc) but earlier. It was regd to Paris AP 6 02 endowed with Leeward QV 1/-, the cds one of the Antigua series there, the multiplier to consider is 10 x£60, and we can think of ways to make up a 1/- rate which, in the absence of any firm evidence, we cannot prove or disprove, we have to compromise £120 link
31 Antigua Post Office/Crown/Antigua cachet gives authority to regd. OHMS cover JY 18 27 to Hawkesbury, Ontario, using 1d and 6d stamps. Decent condn (opened 1½ sides) you can’t help admiring b/stamps of St John N.B., St John & Montreal RPO, Montreal and Montreal, Rigaud & Ottawa RPO of AU 8, 9, and 10 £32 link
32 Antigua We don’t infer artifice using block of 10 1d stamps to send a cover by air to Yosemite St, Detroit MR 21 31, especially as two Leeward 1d had to be added to make up the rate. So you wouldn’t easily create this item – but would you want to? Soaked off cover the block would look better and be worth more £25
33 Antigua Correctly franked with current tercent. ½d, 1d pair, 2½d; SE 30 1932, a regd. cover to Horsham, Sussex, re-regd. at Plymouth on the way. Rough opening at top largely mitigated by careful scissor surgery – moderate soiling consistent with its age and commercial use £38
34 Antigua We’ll agree that choice of 26 JA 33 for posting was probably deliberate, to secure the obsequial LAST DAY h/stamp, but tercent. 1½d was correct rate for Kitchener, Ontario and the cover from William Buckley was opened for its content – that’s all you need for complete respectability £21
35 Antigua Antigua ½d, 1½d, Leeward 2/- on cover to a school in Yorkshire regd by air for travel via NY, which it took 4 days to reach through San Juan; and goodness knows whether it crossed th Atlantic by air, there’s no b/stamp of arrival, so British postal clerks were twiddling their thumbs somewhere (still, today they’d be busy tweeting) – cat. from £230, but we can’t have that £46 link
36 Antigua Not least because of the recent publication of the Antigua handbook, and the discovery (offered under BARBUDA) of the use of censor mark CH2, as modified, nearly 2 years after apparently being put into cold store, the next 7 lots offer WWII covers handled by Antigua censors. In this lot, Air Mail cover of JY 28 1941, paying 1/0½d for travel by air to Montreal. Resealed with plain manila strip overstruck with type CH2 £20
37 Antigua A similarly franked cover by air to Toronto, sealed with a darker strip h/stamped with the large 2 line Examined mark type CH3. It left St John’s 22 Oct 41, and a crayoned 2 gives censor no. £21
38 Antigua A PC90 label Opened by Examiner BB/2 brings on censor no.2 again for a 2½d Leeward franking a Bessie Harper cover from S. Kitts (whose code was BB). A companion in this lot went to St. Eustatius from St. Kitts (combining the Leeward 1d, domestic 2d). The h/stamps – similar to CH6, not identical – is in carmine plum show BB/ as part of the text with 2 added for our friend above. This unusual destination item lost a portion at SW when its censor strip was ripped away £38
39 Antigua We meet Examiner BB/1 and BB/3 on Bessie Harper covers from St. Kitts with domestic franking of 2½d to go by air and 1½d by sea. BB/1 received an extra no. – 26 in red, BB/3, 139 in pencil £35
40 Antigua The cover on the next album page bears a P.C.90 label with censor no.”AA183” added in blue crayon. After close consideration we conclude that its Leeward 1½d with part Plymouth, Montserrat cds is original, though the tie is very faint. The cover is to Bessie Harper, rather roughly opened and handled, as were many of her hoard. Page completed by b/w ppc, St George’s Hill, Montserrat £19
41 Antigua One can only barely make out that the 2½d Leeward used on this Bessie Harper 1944 cover was cancelled at St. Kitts. With P.C.90 Examiner label unembellished, except by its St. John’s arrival cds, we can value very modestly £5
42 Antigua Animation returns when a cover from St. John’s chases Miss Harper c/o Barclays in NY and is redirected c/o Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto. The 1/1 air fare combines Leeward 1/- with domestic 1d, and the P.C.90 label is coded IB728, thus identifying Antigua/transit/censor no. £18
43 Antigua We don’t agree that we’re overdoing Antigua censorship labels this year, because type CL10 is rather scarce. This example was printed for Examiner (B/)235, bound AP 7 43 for Ohio by air carrying Leeward 1/-, Antigua 1½d. You might think they’d only stock Leeward issues by now, but Caribbean citizens weren’t as concerned with saving paper as their British counterparts £26
44 Antigua B/w ppcs of Sugar Loaf Estate, Falmouth, and St John’s Harbour from Rat Island, each addressed to Brussels, dated and initialled on 15/5/13, but the printed matter rate ½d on the front corner of each shows despatch only on JU 14 13 for the first, with a curious MR 19 13 for the second. If it helps, a similar ½d franked coloured ppc of the harbour “from South” was addressed to Troyes, France, with despatch date JU 17 13. We infer these the work of a collector exchanging cards, but who was being casual? The sender? GPO? Or both? £30
45 Antigua No anxious thoughts invade us as we inspect 1d badge on b/w Botanical Station ppc, addressed to a lad in Weston Super Mare JA 8 06; or a sepia Cedar Hill Estate MR 15 30 to Toronto, 1d scarlet aboard; or 2. 8. 39 to Yorkshire, re-addressed to Criccleth, N. Wales – the 1d stamp and absence of re-direction postmark suggest war had begun, when it reached UK. We do, however, pause to wonder at “On the look-out at Fort James” (in colour) and b/w Government House, each addressed to Yugoslavia, one with 1d mauve, other with 4d, each on the face, cancelled NO 18 31, with no message or other indicia of travel – though one was given a serial no. We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt – why not? £48
46 Antigua “Redcliffe Street looking up” (some might think it’s looking down) to Sussex, stamp removed, not with care; clean early view of “A street in St John’s”; “Welling’s reservoir, from south” and “East street and R.C. Church”, these two have divided backs, last is in colour. On each of these ½d badge, franking on the face, processed in mid-1913, like the others offered elsewhere, only here there’s no message and no sign of intention to despatch. Must be the same collector but we can’t read his mind £21
47 Antigua 80+ QV fiscal long blue or blue and black (pence values)), blue and orange (shilling values) on s/cards all m., most we expect are mint, varying, as usual, in freshness. We note 22 x2d, inc. block of 10 with current no. 38, single with plate no. 1, 8 x3d; 13 x4d; 7 x6d plus a wreck; 8 x1/-; 7 x2/- inc. plate no.; 7 x3/-, 9 x4/-, current no. single here; oh yes, one 1d. These used to be plentiful (except where you found one of two wmks difficult) nowadays they are not so often seen £95
48 Bahamas Attractive and colourful map of the Summer Isles, alias Bermuda (40cm x 30 cm). Latin text suggestive of early 1800’s, place names in English, printed in Amsterdam. Map looks to be in good condition, which is more than can be said for a badly damaged frame £70
49 Bahamas We take full note of the very pale colour, persuasive light part A05 killer, palpably thin paper and assess this 1d Chalon as SG2 – but as there’s only a hint of mgn. in places no one will certify it. Pass on to another no wmk. Chalon with perf. 11½ all round, slightly trimmed – but still visible lower left, v. light killer cancel in the soft shade of SG8. We offer these two together, non-returnable; at a very low estimate, and please don’t call SG2 a spacefiller, it’s an education £60 link
50 Bahamas QV 2½d ultramarine centred strikingly SE and 6d mauve, both with SPECIMEN opt. SG 52s, 54s £50 link
51 Bahamas Plate 1 examples from QV 1d bright carmine SW corener block of 6, 2½d ultramarine, top row, 4d yellow, NW corner pair, 6d mauve, bottom row, all of them mint without blemish, SG 49, 52-4. If you happen to buy the SPECIMEN duo, the two singles here would team up nicely £70
52 Bahamas QV £1 fine mint from bottom margin endowed with plate 1 SG57 £160 link
53 Bahamas 1911 KE 6d MCA SG74, a mint rt. mgnl. block of four, probably from l.h. pane. The gum is evenly toned, which really goes rather well with the healthy bronzed shade of the stamp. Cat £68+ (and a trifle minus) £18
54 Bahamas ½d, 4d, 6d, 1/- all MCA plate 1 corner mint or o.g. examples, respectively from NW, NE, SW and SE of pane or sheet. Focusing particularly on 4d and 1/-, each guillotined at right, we propose that these came from sheet margin, implying that they are first, or early, printings, before plate 2 was linked with plate 1 to form a sheet of 120. Views or objections anybody? £24
55 Bahamas To emphasise the point just made here are an MCA 1d aniline-carmine and 5/- SG88, each with plate no. 1 and mgns. from NE and SE respectively. The 1d has guillotined mgn., the 5/- gutter mgn. (The contrast is capable of throwing light on quantity of War Tax stamps overprinted, but that’s for another day). 1d is mint, 5/- o.g. £38
56 Bahamas Next one MCA 2d plate 1, 1/- plate 2 both mint from NW corner, but 1/- has gutter mgn. because by now the two plates were linked £16
57 Bahamas Still with MCA plate nos. here are king’s head ½d, 1d, 2½d, 6d in mint or o.g. plate 1 corner blocks of four from NW, along with 4d plate 1 from SE (gutter mgn.) and plate 2 2d from NE, with a sheet no. as usual alongside (1d, 2½d are better shades) £75 link
58 Bahamas MCA 1d deep rose, top row of 6 mint, from r.h. pane with plate 2 at each end, no gutter mgn. at left, otherwise full mgns. and sheet no., few split perfs £34 link
59 Bahamas A top gutter mgnl. block of four of the MCA ½d, to start you off if you don’t yet have plates 1 and 2 linked at the top. (Health warning – you can go all the way up to the £1 like this, and we know somebody who does) £19
60 Bahamas At row 10/2 of the 6d pane you can find a shorter rt. leg to N of PENCE, seen here in MCA block of 4 m. It’s from SW corner but has lost its mgns., so we can’t say whether it’s from left or right pane. £20
61 Bahamas The central vignette for the staircase issue, proofed in blue, on stiff card about 30 x 40 mm. Only one tree trunk shows up, despite the theory promulgated that two tree trunks were intended top left for all 60 stamps in the plate £120 link
62 Bahamas KG5 MCA £1 f.u. 2 JA, year might be 2.. or 3.., just off to right (A vestige of a subsequent postmark above this Nassau cds confirms that the stamp has travelled and is just as healthy as it looks, SG89, Cat. £350 £120 link
63 Bahamas 1d staircase in its July 1916 WAR TAX format, and 1917 Red Cross format (SG 92 and 90) each in a SW corner block of 4, with black 2 in mgn. for the second vignette plate. The blocks contrast in their relation to the frame lines, so that the outer vertical line for the WAR TAX stamps has been guillotined away £12 link
64 Bahamas The first 1/- WAR TAX SG95, offered here in a fine mint block of four, top mgnl, showing both plate no.1 and sheet no. 105 . This is, of course, from NE corner with r.h. mgn removed, and out of the recorded 20 sheets overprinted, it must be doubtful whether there is any other surviving block retaining both plate and sheet nos. However the issued quantity of the stamp is intended to be discussed in our Bulletin. Cat. £440++, possibly unique £220 link
The next 5 lots provide a detailed study, closely annotated, of the 5 staircase stamps overprinted for War Tax. They particularly concentrate on scratching of the plate, which is prevalent at this period. Bidders will be given the option to bid for the lots individually and/or as a whole, as the lots will be offered twice for this purpose.
65 Bahamas 1d carmine SG92 54m, 1u (at Harbour Island) on 4 pages inc. 2 singles and vignette plate 2 pair from outer corners, 2 blocks of 4, block of 24 from rt half of sheet with mgnl pairs at NE, SE, SW removed (for obvious reasons). Among the smaller units scratches are generally arrowed, slight opt irregularities noted, some positions given, stamps all selected and most are probably mint. Both tree trunk varieties are present £120 link
66 Bahamas 3d purple/yellow SG94 2 pages, 29 stamps: 24m include 3 blocks of four, inc. NE corner with sheet no., and an ordinary 3d with forged WAR TAX; the 5 u. inc. I fisc. with H.E. ASPINALL and date in crossing s/l h/stamp, and an example from row 1/7 which is dramatic. Some shade variance is apparent and condn seems fine throughout, both tree trunk vars. included £80 link
67 Bahamas 3d purple/yellow SG98 28m, 1u (and 2m we ignore because they face the rear for no reason given). There are 2 SPECIMEN singles, 4 vert., 2 horiz. mgnl. pairs, these two inc the two tree-trunk var.; 3 of the vert. pairs are from NW corner perhaps from differing vignette plates. The trunk/rifleman appears again as sheet no. single with slight fault in mgn. £60
68 Bahamas 3d black and brown SG100 82 on album pages and 33 on s/card inc. many multiples; 4 singles and a pair are used, the rest m. This issue uses vignette plate 4 – scratches are fewer, re-entries from 3 positions are noted, at least 3 full dbl. tree-trunks for good measure £85 link
69 Bahamas 3d black and brown SG105 The final 3 pages, with 32 stamps (2 more ignored). 6 u. include block of 4, 24 Jul 19, the posn. 56 tree-trunk within, and also present as mgnl. single m., a SPECIMEN (cat. £100) a NW corner single and a re-entry also figure; scratches are on the increase £95
70 Bahamas Left mgnl 1d Peace SG107 straddling the sheet’s centre perfs in a fine mint block of four, showing it’s plate no. 2, which you won’t often find still on hand. There would have been an earlier plate 1, and we can’t tell you which is harder to get £30
71 Bahamas Peace ½d, 1d, 2d each in mint NE corner blocks of four, sporting their own sheet nos., 0286, 0758, 0604, SG 106-8 cat. £26 if that matters £12 link
72 Bahamas Staircase script 2/- SG113, mint mgnl. pair from bottom row, but offering double tree-truck as bonus £32 link
73 Bahamas Lower mint mgnl. singles of each value of the 1935 SJ issue, providing plate nos. 4, 2A, 2B, 4. Fresh appearance, but a small area of mild gum browning on 1/- (not foxing) and if that’s too much on your plate just leave it £33
74 Bahamas 1935 SJ 2½d, top rt. mint corner block of four with sheet no. £18
75 Bahamas The 1938 pictorial 4d, 6d, 8d, in set of three perf. SPECIMEN, SG 158s,/160s cat. £150 £56 link
76 Bahamas Our reason for a KG6 1938-52 set to 1/- being offered in our auction (one of each colour, 18 stamps, cleanly mounted on small page, all fresh m.) is not to encourage fly-speck enthusiasts, though we feel there’s fodder for them here, but to invite attention to the 2d green, the base of whose TWO PENCE is mired in the inner frame line and to the dropped N in SHILLING – page cat. around £100 £20
77 Bahamas The cognoscenti gain pleasure from the damaged Y in PENNY, top rt. corner of KG6 1d sheet. We offer corner blocks of 1d carmine, 1d grey each mint, showing how the fault has progressed between sheet 0912 and 09027 £44 link
78 Bahamas A sumptuous full mint sheet of 1942 Columbus 3/- with all its margins. We find the distinction between slate-purple and brownish-black irksome and unhelpful, so prefer to value as the cheaper shade, irrespective SG173, cat £600 £240 link
79 Bahamas The larger V in FIVE on the KG6 5/- (SG174a in this instance) is becoming widely known, and it may not be long before it gets a listing – fine and fresh mint cat. £40+ £35
80 Bahamas 1948 SW duo each fine mint with its plate no., the £1 precisely centred SG 194/5 cat £45.20 £38
81 Bahamas The desirable PURE GOLD part cancels on this horiz. pair of MCA 1/- is a few carats short of purity in our eyes, as it’s obvious that the item is part of a much larger multiple, anointed throughout with this seldom seen type 7 instrument – but don’t treat it as gold dust, it’s scarcer than that £26
82 Bahamas 1889 cover to “His Excellency Sir A. Shea…” in NY the 4d yellow (surprisingly scarce in solo action) so lightly cancelled with its B killer, and NY PAID ALL duplex suffocating b/stamp beneath, that one can only guess at out.island origin. Central filing fold – how very Victorian £31 link
83 Bahamas Franked KE 2½d cover with printed address of Thos. A. Poole M.D. 4 Bay St. went on AU 10 05 to a Philadelphia firm – it seems as if never opened – this we don’t believe. Daisy Stamp Co. used an ostentatious 1d War tax to send First Air Mail cover of Jan 2 1929 for Dr. Hess G.P.O. Miami (self-addressed?). Lastly a W.T. Wilson cover of 17 Nov. 15 with 6d in a pale shade, and a 1/- black and scarlet neatly applied (No such shades? Listen, we’ve given up on SG king’s head colour descriptions here: the black is stronger than the normal grey-black, or the Script “black and carmine” nothing like jet-black in Federated Malay States, and weaker than the shade of War Tax SG105. As for carmine, don’t ask). As a trio £52
84 Bahamas 6 covers from Nassau 1903 – 36, in date order: KE7 2½d to Syracuse NY, Hotel Colonial Stationery; 1911 QV 1d (still in current usage) to Boston; 1d to Montgomery Ward, printed address C.C. Saunders; 1934, Royal Victoria Hotel, stationery to Florida, 4 x ½d strip with Miami air mail m/c cancel; 1936 8d flamingo by air to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, no philatelic flavour despite Wm. McFarlane address h/stamp; another Royal Victoria cvr. used 6d plus 1½d for England, by air to United States only, address excised, also ran (front only) £58
85 Bahamas KG5 flamingo 8d (not yet superseded Apr 30 1938) took this commercial cover by air to Massachusetts and KG6 Sea Gardens 4d took a quite delightful ppc of Paradise Beach to St. Louis. Juxtaposed these two items create a colourful ensemble, with the bonus feature that in 1952 few, if any, thought of the card’s destination as if it read St. Lewis – cat. from £14 £12
86 Bahamas May 23 1941 cover (Nassau Daily Tribune env.) free- franked with h/stamp of The Development Board, Nassau, same day by air to Miami (having been PASSED BY CENSOR – s/l h/stamp) its modest and rather inapposite PAQUEBOT overwhelmingly trumped by Pan-Am’s flamboyant AIRMAIL/AIRMAIL/PAQUEBOT add-on cachet which, we’re told, is scarce, because used only on mail arriving at airport after normal closure. We repeat this with reservations, as lethargy (encouraging lateness) is surely one of the comforts of Bahamian existence £40
87 Bahamas KG6 1/- and 8d on AIR MAIL cover to Switzerland – perhaps it was the right rate at that time – its neatness would satisfy the most fastidious Swiss philatelist. Columbus day cover, 4 x ½d Columbus thereon, was posted from San Salvador Oct 12 ’42, its pencilled address thereafter erased. Just as neat as the other two, by far our favourite inhabitant of the three, is a 1952 cover whose KG6 4d and ½d block (can we not think of a better name than brown-purple for this shade?) took it to Pennsylvania from LIGNUM VITAE CAY. Seriously, the carmine of AIR MAIL PAR AVION comes close to ½d shade – how about pinkish maroon? £42
88 Bahamas The most authentic way to find Commisioner’s Office TRD’s in standard use, is to be tolerant of large covers passing between the out-islands and Nassau on government business (Customs, Road Traffic or the like). There are nine of these here ranging from Clarance (sic) Town, Long Island, Duncan Town, Fresh Creek, Green Turtle Cay, Harbour Island, Inagua, to Kemps Bay, Mayaguana and San Salvador – all are classy strikes £30
89 Bahamas Three “home-grown” ppcs featuring unusual views, of course. 1931 by air to Maine (6d with rounded corner) portrays “A consignment of Booze” (that would have taken an awful lot of drinking, but the recipient would have been licking his lips – prohibition was still in force); 1936 from BIMINI to Detroit, pictures Government Buildings on the island, 1½d stamp, but was Miss Bachor as keen on fishing as the writer? Lastly, Post Office, INAGUA and posted from there to N Y using 2x 1d scarlet £46 link
90 Bahamas This more familiar batch of 17 ppcs (8 of them unused, 2 undivided backs) covers a good range of view and activity from 1905 to early 1940’s (date inferred for 2 cards). Our favourite is the lady who had trouble finding the recipient’s address, then omits it herself. Yet the card has ½d Peace on Fort Charlotte picture side, which is duly cancelled. So how did it get wherever it got? £42
91 Bahamas Sperati’s original photographic negatives yielded a series of b/w reproductions in the form we see here, QV £1 with part killer, KE £1 with dated cds (both stamp size) and signed die proof for KE £ also. The final touch, “Reproduction interdite” is , alas, not present in this group, but we are sure that Sperati never tested whether he could sue anyone for breach of copyright £25
92 Barbados Headed “Barbados 16 th March 1846” a carefully written (and wholly legible) double letter sheet to the Reverend Prescod Hinds of Philadelphia was landed from “SHIP” MAY 31 at “Alexandria D.C.” (both these marks in red) rated 7 in brown ink. Except for the disturbance caused by separating the letter from its monogrammed wax seal this EL is in excellent condn. £44 link
93 Barbados A clean, neatly written letter, on stiff durable stationery, is still enclosed in a custom-made envelope abt. 120 x 70 mm. Written to Reverend William Hinds of Belmont Place, Philadelphia and pre-paid, it sports red Crown Circle PAID AT BARBADOS on face, along with US ‘STEAMSHIP/10/Cts’ h/stamp, and on reverse dbl.arc Barbados JY 05 1852, overlapped by larger St. Thomas dbl. arc 10 days later. Use of purpose-made envelopes was very occasional at this period. Cat £475 £170 link
94 Barbados Its huge north and east mgns. proclaim this fine used (1d) deep blue as from NE corner; its internal mgns. are substantial too; glue residue on reverse where presumed stuck to an early page will probably wash off and make an exceptional item even better £35 link
95 Barbados Lightly u. horiz. pairs of imperf. (1d) on white paper, the Sept. 1857 printing deep enough for any other to pale by comparison, though a simple “blue” will usually suit most of them £90 link
96 Barbados A venerable Royal Cert. of 1970 signed John H. Wilson comes with a fine mint block of the unissued deep slate imperf. Britannias SG5b, whose shade is absolutely distinct. For the uninitiated the “(no value)” included in cat. description refers to denomination, not price, as cat. from £1,000 will confirm £360 link
97 Barbados A worthy used example of the 6d rose red in its deeper shade, gd. to lge. mgns. all round, SG11a. Cat £180 £60 link
98 Barbados Rough perf. No wmk (½)d persuasively identified to us as the four shades listed, SG20-22 inclusive, all in fresh strong colours, used at GPO, a mile away from the lack-lustre shades that many collections contain. More surprisingly, SG21 figures as a horizontal pair, flagged as “only known example”. Though we cannot confirm the comment our estimate treats the 5 stamps (cat. £241) as containing a rarity £110 link
99 Barbados No wmk rough perf. (6d) SG29 on the normal dull rose-red and a stronger shade also, both fine, well-centred for these issues, pt o.g., cat. £750 £220 link
100 Barbados Two f.u. examples of SG29 echo, a little less boldly, the shades of the previous lot, and the bootheel ‘1’ is slender on each so as to enhance, not diminish, while centring is exceptional. Cat £48+ £38
101 Barbados 1864 (6d) orange-red SG30 pt o.g., pure in colour, centred left, but not so as to allow perfs to intrude on design, cat. £180 £70
102 Barbados (6d) SG30(2) almost retaining the purity of their unused predecessor, both nicely used at GPO, the example with the heavier bootheel is the better centred, cat £64 £25
103 Barbados This is the bright orange-red shade of the no wnk (6d) pt o.g. There are three lovely large mgns, sparing but non-intrusive at rt where light soiling can be seen at foot, cat £160 £52
104 Barbados Never mind that (6d) SG31 is not listed imperf., because all the 1861-72 issues are probably capable of turning up as imperf. singles. This pt o.g. example of bright orange red has all round even margins that you could not produce from a stamp that the rough perf ‘A’ machine has conditioned £95 link
105 Barbados Three f.u. examples of (6d) bright orange-red SG31 f.u., one lightly u. at GPO, the others with strong uprt bootheel ‘5’ and ‘7’, from St John and St James, cat £105 £40
106 Barbados 2 small s/cards of used Perkins Bacon Britannias – the 9 perf. 1d do include pin-perf 14, alas, a marginal bite to the west of neck and hand diminishes what wd otherwise be a very nice example. 7 x 1/- perf. values include Lge star SG61 which is respectable. There’s a 6d imperf with no mgns to speak of (or perhaps keep quiet about) and a horiz. pair of large star 6d which would be classy if you could arrest and partly reverse the oxidisation that has begun. Thus, cat. in the hundreds value in the tens, and a collectable group £32 link
107 Barbados Convenient as it is to have a cat. quote (£150) for SPECIMEN h/stamps on 1876 Britannia 6d chrome-yellow SG79s, it can hardly claim to be a UPU production can it? Still, all the more reason to acquire one £60 link
108 Barbados Two contrasting shades of the 1880’s 1d keep watch over their older relative the perf. 14 Britannia 3d mauve-lilac who has a central thin which, she assures her companions, can be largely ignored. All three are o.g., and cat of SG75, 90, 92 is £320 £75 link
109 Barbados We usually have little time for a colour changeling: this one’s a beaut. 1d SG92 used ’89, it has taken on the shade of a 3d value £1
110 Barbados 1883 ½d dark green lightly u. with wmk. inverted, SG 106w cat. £140 minor perf fault. around SW corner, but wmk. is beautifully clear £35
111 Barbados A tempting miscellany of modestly cat. (or uncat.) items. The mint or other unused are rough perf ½d green (scintillating but regummed), QV ½d on 4d, 1903 ¼d, ½d, 1d (continuing used from 2d to 2/6 black and irange) the scarce (1915) 1d scarlet with small “Revenue” opt and 1934 mint mgnl 1/- with sheet no. 1077. In the used add five examples of 1d SG66 and the 1921 and 1925 2/- purple/blue £50
112 Barbados We’re unsure when or how 1905 MCA 8d SG142 reached its heady 3-figure cat. heights, yet we have to take due note of cat. £130 and this bright and fresh, lightly cancelled, well centred example is about as good as it gets £40 link
113 Barbados Victory 1d MCA mint left marginal from centre row displaying plate no.1 in this instance tucked between the two mgnl frame lines and the inner central cross. Now why wasn’t this done with the 1921 small seal issue? Our victory 1d has slight gum creasing, fine appearance and is obviously scarce £16 link
114 Barbados We have Patricia Capill to thank for the appearance in this auction of ¼d SG217 in a l. mgnl block of four from the two middle rows, and its plate no. 2 peeping shyly beside the two vert. frame lines, the digit’s nose and toes just clipped by the guillotine. We are reminded of the star wmk plate nos. £50 link
115 Barbados KG6 2½d ultramarine fine lge pt o.g. showing listed variety mark on central ornament SG251a cat. £55 £20 link
116 Barbados Useful KG6 page holding Coron set m. and u., and some low value commems in between – stc £65 – is joined with about 45 earlier stamps scattered on 3 pages, which swell cat. quote and with condn v. mixed just about double the value £15
117 Barbados Barred oval 1-11: the complete set of 11 numerals, gd to fine strikes on 1d blue, 3 imperf (11 mgns out of 12) 8 perf., the stamps also gd to fine. Ex Freeland £210 link
118 Barbados Missing only number ‘9’, we next offer 10 out of 11 of the barred oval pmks on imperf ½d (3); (4d) imperf and perf; 6d (3 imperf – 2 are 4 mgn, one v. close, other ample to v large – 2 perf) - so we start with cat. £1,100 before valuing pmks which are tough to get on these values. Strikes are mainly superior quality, ex Freeland £380 link
119 Barbados Further to widen your choice here are fine to lovely strikes of barred oval 6, 7, 8 on ½d imperf, none quite achieves four mgns, but one on blued paper £220 link
120 Barbados 1855 (4d) brownish red SG5 (3½ mgns, 2½ of them close, corner nick) elegantly houses barred oval ‘5’. Can you believe that this not-so-hard stamp stood at cat. £450 35 years or so ago? How did it get there? But we digress, and it has edged down to £275. SO with pmk uplift we can now value at one third cat. £90 link
121 Barbados The same (4d) with almost no mgns carries a strong barred oval ‘7’; almost as well positioned as the ‘5’ in the previous lot. We put the two items on a par for quality – but we damp down the cat. uplift £46 link
122 Barbados You can treat yourself here to a high quality barred oval ‘8’ on rough perf (1d) blue £24
123 Barbados … or else you can go for an almost identical quality ‘8’ in company with the barred oval 2, 7, 9 and 10 on the same stamp (these others at varying orientations) and boot heel 10 and 11 on (½d) and (1d). The first type 10 is the best of this group £56 link
124 Barbados The B16 Plymouth to Bristol killer is, in our view, the Rolls-Royce of maritime cancellations, because it can be found on almost any stamp of the late 19 th century Empire, and is never less than scarce on any individual value. Here it is, bold and fine at 8.30 o’clock of DLR perf 14 Britannia, which we’d better call SG81, as there’s nothing dull about the colour – ex Freeland £60 link
125 Barbados As 1896 usage of Crown Circle CC1 was in place of the ¼d stamp, it comes on newspaper and is much scarcer than back in 1893. Well, you can wait to find a complete newspaper, we suppose, or you can settle for a wrapper that once held one. What your album page really wants, of course, is a newspaper snippet, of character, and you have it here, a slice from roughly top rt. of the (AD)VOCATE with 3 pmks MR 27 96 inc. CC1 and a weak St James 7 – ex Freeland £95 link
126 Barbados The Barbados boxed Posted on Board cancels 2 KE7, 1 KG5 1d stamps, and ½d GB franked ppc. (home made showing Yankee ‘dude’ of the epoch) to Trent Valley which was taxed on arrival for being (much) too wordy. That’s 1 album page; another sports QV 1d, 2½d, KE 1d, KG5 ½d, all Leeward and Dominica 1½d, Montserrat 1d, all cancelled as maritime landings in Barbados £29
127 Barbados Large part JU 27 1857 outer wrapper to St Lucia, franked with a gd colour 3 mgn imperf 1d dark blue, the brown 4(d) rating mark recording the rate to be collected on delivery along with any local postage addition. The reverse shows the thimble cds of despatch, its GPO ‘1’ characteristically sideways at foot, the missing part would have shown missing third of Barbadoes dbl-arc, and similar St Lucia cds on receipt. Cover is otherwise in sound condn £56
128 Barbados Beam Turner printed cover of 1887 to Philadelphia per “Flamborough via New York” used current ½d, 1d, 2½d for its 15 day journey from Bridgetown £24
129 Barbados Correctly franked with large seal 1d carmine-red, and War Tax 1d bright red, a simple cover to a lady in Lyss, Hampshire. War tax was brought in only a few weeks earlier – it’s easy to forget how much less easy it is to get this kind of item than an ordinary cover from the previous 30 years £16
130 Barbados Window env. From Royal Bank of Canada, Barbados (so we can’t say to whom addressed) with a swarm of directional and other marks, Jan 30 to Feb 6 1936 to show it regd. to NY, batted between Regn. Div., Brooklyn, and NY Foreign, No Reply to First Notice, Second Notice, UNCLAIMED Returned to Sender (multiple) then lots of deletions and “Intercepted by request of addressee See attached memo” – now that’s one you don’t often find, and what value for 5½d postage £25 link
131 Barbados 9 covers left, reached or visited GPO and every parish except St Philip: the latest, 3 philatelic to Ceder, Tacoma, all regd, impressively decorative, used 3d plus ¼d x2, or 2½d plus ½d x2 from St James, Andrew, Lucy; the earlier six all commercial, went St Peter to Switzerland 1921, Victory ½d, 1d (2); Christchurch to Newfoundland, 1d rate 1920; ½d on 1d p/s env 1893 to St George; ½d brown p/s cards GPO to St Thomas and local within St John; last and best of all JA 29 96 wrapper to St Joseph on which GPO duplex frames “ ¼ postage”. We treat this manuscript franking as rarer and even more desirable than using CC1 (ex Freeland) £280
132 Barbados 48c was spent in mid-1950 to send this cover regd by air to the British Linen Bank, Paisley Rd, Glasgow from St Peter, and the parish numeral 10 above date on the two top-class cancels on the face give it a lovely glow. Owner rates it commercial, but even if we were to associate it with the stream of interesting philatelic covers to connected individuals in the Paisley area in pre-war days our valuation would be the same £20
133 Barbados FDC that used 10x QE 1c to reach Oldham from St John parish regd 13 AP 53 (block on front, 6 over flap) – for all we know this may be the right rate; also a fine mint block of four (worth more than its £0.40 cat.) £7
134 Barbados A Money Order Advice travelled “FREE UNDER CONVENTION”, as this 1907 example from M.O. Office, Barbados to a Cincinnati Postmaster reminds us – a clean cover with deeply embossed Barbados seal £28
135 Barbados A stamp dealer of sorts in London’s North Finchley used a QV 1d/1½d mauve p/s card ( reply half ) anointed with GB 1d to communicate with a contact in Denmark in 1921. So did Barbados contribute to postage? We wouldn’t bet the ranch on it, but defy you to find another such £19
136 Barbados 6 ppc’s to England franked by Nelson Centenary (3 at 1d, 3 at printed matter ½d). All are town or country views, though the caption Quamynns on a Seifert card has got us stumped £36
137 Barbados The “best seller” b/w Roebuck St ppc. much enhanced by Christ Church 20 JAN 12 cds, sent with birthday wishes to a lady in St Michael, with a pencilled “Roughcraig Strathclyde” replacing “Waterloo” in her address (which remains local, not to be confused with Belgium or Glasgow) £24 link
138 Barbados B/w ppc’s of Beckwith Place and Savannah Club each 1 SE 13 to Belgium with a pair of the contemporary ¼d neatly embedded on the face of each, illustrating the wide availability of the ½d printed matter rate £14
139 Barbados This lively Seifert b/w street scene is a view we don’t remember meeting hitherto. The ppc. went 27 MA (March) 13 to Edinburgh – the 1d is a bright colour which you could take as scarlet, but look at SG cat. date – and was re-addressed to Douglas, Isle of Man on 13 AP; so a scarce card and, ultimately, an unusual destination £18 link
140 Barbados 12 ppc’s unposted, 3 with messages, 9 unused; 7 with undivided back, the others probably pre WWI. Mainly scenes or activities – we particularly take note of “milk market”; “Queen’s Park Opening Day” and a rare interior of sugar boiling house, with stand-alone merit in most, if not all, of the rest £54
141 Barbados 12 more ppc’s used with ½d (7) and 1d (5) singles inc. 3 at printed matter rate to Vienna. All are pre-war from 1904 to 1938, town and country scenes apart from one cathedral interior, the liveliest being Chamberlain Bridge, Tercentenary Day. 3 of the others are in colour £48 link
142 Barbados The familiar boxed posted on Board of Barbados (perhaps a grandson of the original) is seen here beside a 1974 Russian 10 Kop commem. Franking a Bridgetown ppc to Norfolk. A partly legible crimson cachet yields MIKHAIL LERMU…G as the name of the cruise liner. Adhesive has top mgnl fault, dignity is retained £6
143 Barbuda 1922 2d slate-grey – the rare reversed wmk variant, lge pt o.g., 6mm diag. crease at NE – SG3x, conservatively cat. in our view at £100 £40 link
144 Barbuda The 1922 2½d with wmk inverted is rightly considered the least difficult of the 3 listed wmk varieties – even so, it’s years since we had one to offer, SG4w fine part o.g., cat. £38 £21 link
145 Barbuda Leeward KG6 1d scarlet, 1½d chestnut, 2d olive-grey, 5/-, QE 12c, SG99, 101,103, 112b, 134, and SW 2½d all used in Barbuda from 1940 on (we rate at full cat.) £30
146 Barbuda W. T. Wilson cover (neatly typed address) regd to Birmingham OC 23 29, 2 days to St John’s using Antigua’s 3d and 6d, cancelled with customary care. Characteristic, too, is orange-pmk tone of the inked regn box £38
147 Barbuda Earlier in date, higher in value, the Antigua 5/- was the vehicle for a Wilson cover of AP 3 26, with printed address. The regn h/stamp is a bit smaller in size and lettering, cancelled and preserved with care R£80 link
148 Barbuda SE 4 22 OHMS cover from Manager, Barbuda, Registered (in red ink) to Eugene Klein, Philadelphia – a philatelic address, sets out the 8 ½d to 3,- values in a regimental line, and the 5/-, 4/- values below. Each stamp in the full set of 10 nestles beneath its precise individual cancel producing a harmony that an odd minor wrinkle of the cover does not disturb. Shall we say roughly 10% discount from £275 off cover? £240 link
149 Barbuda “Marshall” cover regd MY 10 28 to the usual Barton Arcade address, correctly rated with Leeward 1½d and 3d. Transit through to St John’s, Antigua gets b/stamp, Manchester stayed mute – maybe there was too large a Marshall input that day to be worth the bother £35
150 Barbuda 1/- franked cover of great interest regd SE 6 43 to Griswold, Bridgeport, Connecticut, a philatelic address. Currently the latest recorded usage of a Barbuda stamp (see Antigua handbook, p. 130) the major feature is a censor h/stamp , intended for discussion in a Bulletin article. This mark corresponds to type CH2, whose use is not recorded after 1941, and must be the same instrument with ANTIGUA excised (cp handbook p232/3). Pencilled writing on h/stamp identifies Barbuda origin, and censor. Consistent with wartime practice, there is no mark of transit through Antigua. NY held it in Regd and Foreign Sections from October 10 for 4 days before onward despatch £60 link
151 Barbuda Because this year’s Barbuda section includes the newly discovered modified form of the original Antigua Censor h/stamp, now dubbed CH2a, the least we can do in support is to re-offer last year’s signed cover of Au 29 41 from Irving Johnson’s 3 rd world cruise on schooner Yankee on which an unimpeachable example of the original CH2 is struck across the flap. (NB IF we remember, our Johnson cover will be offered immediately after the Barbuda one.) By the way did Johnson reach the finish line in WWII? We haven’t checked £22 link
152 Bermuda QV 2d CC bright dull blue cancelled ‘2’ at 2 o’clock – but that’s immaterial, it’s here for its inverted wmk. Strt edge at rt, where some Victorian resented a wing-mgn, SG3w cat £700 – or call it 4w if you prefer £85 link
153 Bermuda This is a clean, fresh lge pt o.g. example of the 1873 3d yellow-buff, and we don’t need to mention that it is centred SW because the CC wmk is inverted, and that’s a prestigious variety SG5aw cat. £1,400 £320 link
154 Bermuda QV 6d dull mauve with CC wmk inverted, pleasant but slightly anaemic colour, which isn’t the central reason for owning it, anyway – SG7w cat. £140 £52 link
155 Bermuda 1865 6d dull purple with the usual shorter and longer perfs. of the period, and slight signs of scuffing (or perhaps only paper adhering) at NE, if you look really hard for something to criticise SG6, cat £1,000 £110 link
156 Bermuda QV 6d dull mauve and 1/- green, 2 shades of each, the deeper green mint, the lighter pt o.g., one with wing mgn SG7, 8 cat £746 £140 link
157 Bermuda One Penny/ 3d SG16, a fine looking fresh example on which one of those deluded Victorians sliced off its wing-margin at right to make it fit the rectangle on his album page (and no doubt sheathed in muslin the legs of his dining table). However, the stamp is uplifted by the soft type K1 ‘4’ of Mangrove Bay which is not only for once clearly legible but also authenticates a stamp which is often not easy to verify. Without it, bearing in mind the cautious footnote beneath these issues one would need to think very much lower than cat. £350 (maybe 10%) but pmks. outside the 3 main offices make a huge difference, they are rare, indeed £80 link
158 Bermuda 1d/ 1/- SG17, strong colour, centred NE, the odd shorter perf. – but all are there – and an indelible pencil has marked the reverse; yet if you want a lightly used example, this is just right for you, the killer could hardly be less visible, cat £250 £70 link
159 Bermuda Do we offer damaged stamps as collectable? There are exceptions to everything. 1d/ 1/- SG17 with a small triangular bite from the bottom, which would look insignificant even with just paper backing. A lovely lightly u. example in all other respects, whose overprint we rate beyond suspicion (cat. £250) £10
160 Bermuda We view with caution a cat. average of £125 for SPECIMEN examples of stamps issued in the early 1890’s when, in theory, there could be a fair number in existence. However, we’ve got the 2d aniline purple SG26s and we can recollect an awful lot of occasions when we haven’t seen it. Little or no gum seen, but there’s a tiny spur on left leg of ‘N’ which we believe makes it plateable £36
161 Bermuda Package containing 65+ pieces with QV values on them. Before you get too excited these ae all clipped from OHMS blue envelopes with anything from 1 to 8 1d stamps on them, so that they come either from Hamilton or Ireland Island. Just an odd piece has ½d pair, and all seem to be +/- 1900 £20
162 Bermuda The purpose of a part page which holds 12 mint or o.g. 1d script Galleon stamps flagged as SG79 or 79a is to highlight the contrast in size between damp and dry printing. Several stamps are marginal and some minor variants are arrowed too; but cat. quotes in double figures for these readily obtainable stamps carry little weight with us £24
163 Bermuda View in haste, repent at leisure? To avoid this, we have transferred to stockcards, and separated into manageable lots, a collection whose wildly improbable cat. quotations would have misled an overhasty viewer. Part 1, to KG5, offers 156 m and u (QV head 30 inc 6d CC better shade, and similar 1d CA m) docks (21), galleon (21 MCA, 44 script, tercent (14), a few War Tax, 1935 SJ set m. and 2 values u., and most of the pictorial set, but up to the mid-1920’s denominations do not reach 6d again – general condn looks gd to fine. Duplication is mainly among galleons where you may find plate varieties £140 link
164 Bermuda 1923 script 2d grey with reversed wmk SG80x unpriced used. Unused quote is £75, normal are level cat. m. or u. but we infer used examples of this variety are scattered to the four winds £60 link
165 Bermuda As the KG5 pictorial set morphs in part to the KG6 period, this set is included among 61 unused to 1949 for the most part looking fine mint or part o.g. There is some duplication of values to 1/- which may include shade differences not separately listed. In the larger format there are 2/- (4), 2/6 (5), 5/- (4) which we think are from separate consignments, but don’t guarantee. No line perf. –we’d reckon cat. at £700 or above £150 link
166 Bermuda KGVI high value printings exceed the separation of their listings, and our expertise is limited in this regard. The 2/- value in this lot might categorize as the cheapest listed, but we see these two as a sub-category. The wartime ink printing king’s head seems to us to have addled somehow producing an unfamiliar mottling effect which in the case of the used example seems to imitate laid paper. If you don’t agree, don’t buy £40 link
167 Bermuda Perf 14 10/- mint, 12/6, £1 both o.g., with the gum streakiness characteristic of wartime influence, but milder on the £1, SG119c. 120b, 121 cat £455, all fresh and well centred £160 link
168 Bermuda 10/- bluish grn and red/green SG119a o.g. (streaky gum, as 12/6 in previous lot); another fine one, cat. £225 £80 link
169 Bermuda The 1948 SW £1 fine o.g. in a luminescent shade of carmine, cat. £45 £20 link
170 Bermuda It only remains to offer the used stamps from the KG6 period, Coron to UPU, 58 stamps inc. between 2 and 5 of each listing 1d to 1/-, 2/- (3) and 2/6, generally fine £35
171 Bermuda A complementary lot from another source offers multiples of KG6 defins to 1/-, mint, or substantially so, thus: 1d 3 shades in NE corner blocks of nine, two also in SE imprint plate blocks of eight; blocks of four of 1½d (3 shades), 2½d, 3d, 6d, 1/- and, for what they are worth, ½d in blocks of eight and four. All these are marginal, most from corners, and 6d boasts plate 2a, cat. apparently £300 or so £60
172 Bermuda In August 1974 the BPA declined to give a full cert. for a KG6 12/6 grey and yellow – the printed text refers to poor condition, the added text to uncertainty over colour. Our view of colour 42+ years later is to plump firmly for the grey and yellow shade of SG120d (and by the way the Hamilton cds is dated 15 NOV 47, which is spot on). Until you get close it looks very fine – then you realise it has been stabbed several times with a pin, which only once actually penetrated, and then only just. We assess this as a stamp to enjoy at 10% cat. £50 link
173 Bermuda Prominent among the high-flying varieties of KGVI high values is the £1 with shading omitted, top rt. scroll. Our example is mint, well-centred, bursting with vitality, although it lost its corner mgns long before its present owner teamed up with it. SG121cb – cat. £4,000. Well, we can shade it a little £600 link
174 Bermuda The CC 1d here has a pulled perf. at foot, another on the west side, a few more a bit trimmed, and looks a trifle weary – but hang on, if we’ve put you off: the two-thirds type H2, PAID cds includes the numeral ‘11’ which we think would be towards the top of Maurice Luddington’s £10-25 value estimate published more than 60 years ago. Do we multiply by 20? Or rather more? Orientation is 7.30 o’clock, and the ‘7’ of the year, subtending FE 10, is just visible at NE corner £60 link
175 Bermuda PEMBROKE WEST – a treasure hoard on QV 1d CA – 3 example of this rarity, all part strikes of the upper 30-50% on QV 1d carmine rose or aniline, respectively showing code A, B, and B inverted £100 link
176 Bermuda Type K3a ‘12’ at 11.30 on 3d yellow-buff SG5 – lightly inked, yet the background colour makes it clearly visible, and it’s not easy on the 3d value – which does, however, have a central thin £26
177 Bermuda Type 4a ‘14’ on 1d CA, a really powerful uprt strike which will leap off your album page £30
178 Bermuda 2d bright blue CC hosts type K3a ‘16’ and the digits are parade-ground uprt and smart, even though a strike 1mm to the left would have lost the ‘1..’. In our belief a strike this precise must belong to the first organisation £27
179 Bermuda 4d orange-red and ½d stone CC are the vehicles for ‘17’ in types K3a and 4a. Both strikes are uprt, the first is clear and central, though quite lightly inked, the other is sharper, well onto the stamp, but towards SE £40
180 Bermuda The numeral on this QV½d green is blurry to say the least, inked from a dry pad, all too often characteristic of Bermuda cancellations. After communing with ourselves, we accept the seller’s ascription to K4a ‘19’ which is wickedly elusive these days £16
181 Bermuda We plead guilty to giving single lot status to four numerals that used to reside on the second of two pages carefully prepared to receive nos. 3 to 19 in both K3a and K4a format. So what remains are numerals 3 to 15 less the K3a ‘14’ (and the separated ‘12’ on 3d) and K4a ‘7’ and ‘10’. Almost all the strikes are uprt., about three quarters show a degree of dry ink syndrome – but we are valuing 22 different numerals and they can’t go cheap £110
182 Bermuda 1938 FDC, using a lovely fresh line-perf KG6 2d to Darlington (Yorkshire). With this, an afterthought, for the SJ 2½d that took our other cover to Santa Barbara, California from PAGET was used in 1957, not 1937. Nevertheless, it’s properly rated, and scarce £24
183 Bermuda 1934 regd letter by air from Frigorifico Artigas Montevideo to a business address in Hamilton. It paid 2.24 pesos (including a pair of the 1p yellow-brown), travelled via Cristobal and NY, earning itself a tax mark, the box filled in, then deleted. There’s been much Bermuda-related correspondence on the market of late – this is well out of the usual run £21
184 Bermuda 1½d red p/s card 1892 from Hamilton to the writer’s mother in Portsmouth, as HMS Bellerophon waits for HMS Blake to arrive before sailing for England. Probably treated for foxing – the traces are light but extensive on the face £11
185 Bermuda 4 ppcs each used commercially 1907 to (we think) early 1920’s – date difficult to unravel here. Each went from Ireland Island, the nautical references including HMS Berwick, Cape Town, Cressy and SS Kronprinzessin Cecilie £8
186 Bermuda We should probably pay more attention to modern Revenue issues – after all, it’s nice to get something back from the taxman now and then. Here we have the earlier dedicated QEII design with $1, m., $5, $12, £1, £2 u., and the succeeding design (REVENUE/BERMUDA surrounding a cross between pig – think taxman – and cash cow – think taxpayer) the $1, 2, 5 all used. These are either not often seen or, as yet, not often collected £18
187 Bermuda A few Xmas or other Charity labels (National Trust, Lions, TB&c Assn) and 1978 5c, 20c together with a label to suggest they came from a booklet packet by Bermuda Physically Handicapped Assn £6
British Guiana
188 British Guiana Don’t get over-excited by our cotton-reel and Waterlow 1852 4c provisional: if these were the real thing, we wouldn’t be estimating at £5 link
189 British Guiana S/card of Waterlow 1862-75 ship types comprising 1c (3, 2 are m.), 2c (5), 4c (4), these are all used – not minutely inspected, but most are surprisingly well centred, and mainly legibly cancelled, of fine appearance, one 4c being in the early deep blue shade, various perfs, must cat. around £300 – looks a classy selection £40 link
190 British Guiana 3 Waterlow classics of character (we can’t give them unequivocally a blameless character, but surely an interesting one) all used, c1865/75. The 2/24c official SG05 is l-mgnl. (perfs with splits) and much reverse staining – reversible by those who know how. The two 6c couldn’t be more different: the perf 10 example is SG92, soft milky-blue, combines light gothic A03 with date stamp NO 23 1869 – it’s handsome; the perf 12½ example is deep blue with greenish tinge (SG70/71, take your pick) the paper so pelure, that you wonder whether a skin has been soaked from the back. In our view, no, and a remarkable stamp, pulled perf. mid-left, rather blotchy killer. Cat. from £380, a gift at 10% £38 link
191 British Guiana The fairly common 5d accountancy mark on 12c grey-lilac SG37, in almost a class of its own – the 5d in bold, bright scarlet, clearly and fully outlined, the stamp with perfs and structure intact, centred west in a manner which enhances – at 40% cat. it’s a gift £20 link
192 British Guiana 7 type 9 24c used sit on s/cards with labels proclaiming a different perf or setting for each. Cat. listing allows for this, the stamps are gd to fine and would have cat. rating close to £100 £24 link
193 British Guiana 1863 2c orange, SG68, with the freshness of spring about its colour, centred a trifle SE, yet with loads of margin to spare all round, and its large part original gum is just as fresh as its face, cat £95 £29 link
194 British Guiana There are plenty of unused 1c black still in circulation, as these used to be found in cheap packets, once upon a time. So you want to go for quality, and this example of the 1875 perf. 15 issue gets it right – part o.g., fresh in colour, neat even perfs, v. nearly perfectly centred, SG 106 cat £65 £22 link
195 British Guiana 1862 1c provisional, wrong ornament at rt. (SG116d). With harsh but justified criticism 2017 RPSL cert draws attention to 2 (minor) thins and notes that “lower left corner has been detached and re-affixed slightly out of alignment” (to make the patient) “No longer representative of the issued stamp”. Don’t be too put off: appearance is still rather splendid, a fresh wizard at paper could re-affix, if need be, in closer alignment, and a wholly redeeming feature is a postmark of NO 13, 1862 (NO 13 clashes with inscription RM, Ac Rg) and BG at top, denoting sub-office use. With no side letters visible at left or right of line below BG but some unidentifiable central cipher, we infer this is R (for Railway Station) launching its letter along the line from Georgetown. Stamp was almost certainly bought at GPO, yet sub-office cancel makes a rarer rarity of this rare item. Cat. £1,300 £150 link
196 British Guiana For those who take heed of the extra dimension, this part o.g. 1876 2c CC SG127 is line perf, not comb, and jolly well centred. We would not recommend paying close to its cat. £85 for it, but you don’t have to, do you? £26
197 British Guiana We note the creativity with which SG list SPECIMEN stamps for the 1876 DLR ship types (rated at £150 a time) so we shan’t mention that Bill Townsend once owned the full set to 96c (three values with plate no. attached) and that we know of a separate 96c and shade. Simply offer a fine, fresh 2c value with SPECIMEN h/stamp inverted £70 link
198 British Guiana …. To be followed by the 12c value, but here the SPECIMEN h/stamp is the right way up (that is to say, down) £60 link
199 British Guiana …. And followed in turn by the 8c value perf. SPECIMEN – but watch out this is CA wmk. SG174s £35
200 British Guiana 1888 Inland Revenue $2 SG186, fisc. u., its pen-cancel and some of the fugitive green subdued, still looks respectable, and bears violet upper case SPECIMEN (square dot) h. stamp. We shan’t authenticate but still worth £15
201 British Guiana Left mgnl. block of four from rows 3 and 4 (the mgn. guillotined v.close) lge. pt. o.g. but with gum bend and paper adhering, the stamp at row 4/1 showing the E of CENTS losing part of its horizontals, but not yet reduced to the ‘I’ of CINTS. With the block comes an f.u. single from the same position in the same state of disrepair £40 link
202 British Guiana 1890 8c, 1900 2c SG215 and 234, each in rt mgnl block of four, the 2c from bottom corner with plate no.3. Frontal aspect is spruce, both mint except perhaps 8c lower left, mild even toning of gum, cat. £57 £22
203 British Guiana Even when you get the 1898 Jubilee surcharge mint – ant they all look to be that in this and the two following lots – there are always some that appear to have had a rough ride through life, but there are plenty of fine multiples (v. few singles) if you want to cull a bit, and the mgnl items have very likely all kept their margins. 2c/5c SG222 . 94 stamps in singles, pairs, 3’s, 4’s, and 12’s. Sadly someone has been greedy in breaking up sheets of this value, as we haven’t found listed varieties. You’ll have to make do with such minor variants as you find, though we haven’t looked at watermarks £70 link
204 British Guiana 2c/10c SG223&c . 27 stamps here, 7 singles, multiples of 2, 3, 4. A tag points shaved E out for you (SG223d). We’re not looking for wmks, but wish you luck; otherwise you’ll be playing with the moderately varying levels at which surch. appears, and any flies you might pin down with a speck spotter £36 link
205 British Guiana SG224&c . We count 106 of the 2c/15c, give or take. Signs of distress are infrequent, another shaved E is tagged, the multiples include a 6, and a 16, and in this value you get considerable variety in the appearance of the central landscape and its mountain. Of the 3 values, this is usually rated the most rewarding to study. £90 link
206 British Guiana 2c/10c SG223, the r.h. half of sheet (the 5 rows from columns 7 to 12) with all its margins, mint but with most of the original backing paper adhering, and signs of ageing at selvedge edges. In this rare setting the GENTS and CINTS aberrations have been corrected, but there’s a fresh ‘no stop’ at row 2/9 and raised ‘T’ in TWO at 2/111 – cat. abt £150 or what you will £52 link
207 British Guiana Plate no.3 at foot of 2c purple and black/red SG235, fine mint, lower mgn. irregularly severed £4
208 British Guiana Seven SPECIMEN stamps being 1901/2 CA 6, 48c, 1905 5, 6, 96c, 1907 5c, 19 27 96c SG236/7s, 243/4s, 250s, 255s, 282s cat. say, £170. 2 stamps previously stuck together, now separated. £40
209 British Guiana If you like, you can buy Specimen 96c, SG250s on its own cat. £40 £12
210 British Guiana 1922 6c bright blue SG276, SW corner block of four incorporating plate no. 2, fresh mint, the side mgn. angled neatly down at top, minor, unobtrusive gum creasing £9 link
211 British Guiana KG5 1934 set, 5 high values, the 48c, 72c, $1 lightly u., the 50c, 96c o.g. (original hinges still attached) fresh and precisely centred, SG 295/6, 298/300 £28
212 British Guiana KG6 1c green with A missing from Script CA wmk – we are told “3 known” by a seller who keeps a better eye on the scoreboard than ourselves. If you grudge paying for a stamp commanding cat. well into four figures, please remember the thousands of hours spent by philhydrocipher enthusiasts in their unrewarded search for number 4 (or whatever) £300
213 British Guiana A captivating example of E1C whose full lettering and date SE 24 1866 can be read by your describer at a distance of 3 metres. Struck on 24c yellow-green SG79, it is further enhanced by part red London arrival cancel at lower left – how much more would you get even on cover? An ordinary example of this code is fairly easy but this is exceptional £36 link
214 British Guiana E R code (Essequibo River) JAN 31 1885, a 90% strike on 1882 2c orange at 11 o’clock £20
215 British Guiana D. R. W. /2 on perf. 15 2c orange-red, a 90% upright strike. The full stops unique to this cancel are readily seen, the W is barely visible and the ‘2’ cannot be seen at all – but DRW without digit configures differently – FE is the only clue to date – we’d say no plugs were inserted for day or year. If you won this you can kid yourself that the 2 that far below the R has dropped out. We don’t value on that basis £36
216 British Guiana E6C is a strike of very similar character, also on the perf. 15 2c, but the quality is half a grade better, and the code is harder to find than DRW2. For date, we get as far as DE 28 18.. but the last two year digits didn’t print or were never there £48 link
217 British Guiana ‘L’ MY 1 1865 at 8 o’clock on 4c blue SG61 – yet another 90% strike (we’re going great guns this year) £30
218 British Guiana E.C.B./5 – you might just decide it’s ‘6’, both numbers are equally rare – the top half of the cds at 2 o’clock on (2c) on 8c rose SG148 (cat. £140). We reckon about half cat. is about the right level £70 link
219 British Guiana In a written-up 3 page study of accountancy cancellations, the first four stamps are the early 12c value with the familiar red 5d taking up all the space there is (condn poor, fair, gd, v.g. cat. abt £160). There are 2 perf 10 6c whose red A03 is part of a 1½d h/stamp. 4x 2c relate to four different h/stamps incorporating 1d. Two more 12c stamps cancelled A03 were (when in full) integrated with duplex Georgetown cds, subtended by PA41D – one of these DLR CC. With inconspicuous artistry a former owner has added in the missing accountancy markings on a background piece. You can turn to Townsend & Howe for greater precision, but the overall effect is quite pleasing and adds a further £150 or so cat. value £46 link
220 British Guiana There are 48 12c orange on this s/card, each with a different postmark, usually a full or nearly full strike. This does not equate to 48 locations, as some appear in more than one type £27 link
221 British Guiana We’ve counted close to 2,000 stamps/pieces and 25 covers, but don’t hold us to precision, it makes us dizzy. In 3 s/books (heavy to post) and there for their pmks. This doesn’t mean they’ve been assembled knowledgeably, and no doubt will have been scrutinised since. So there will be good variety of common to approaching scarce, duplication of course, which probably helps to build your own statistical appreciation of types, dates and frequency of office representation up to about late ‘50’s. Real treasure is unlikely to be present, unless it be wmk. variety, which has only been partly explored. Quality of strikes looks high, especially on stamps with space to receive them. The product, we reckon, of some 80-100 offices, inc. plenty of TPO’s £280
222 British Guiana Despite the philatelic prestige of de Bernardy correspondence, you can still sometimes pick up an example without needing a second mortgage. Our offering here was used at Georgetown’s Registration Branch MR 25 84, and a DLR 12c sufficed for the journey to St John St, just north of Gray’s Inn. Apart from the regn crayon lines, there’s another crayon mark on the face, and we’re unsure if it’s meant as some kind of rate mark, or a doodle of sorts or celebrating the flowers of spring £27 link
223 British Guiana Cover New Amsterdam to Pennsylvania, another Georgetown to Exeter re-directed to Salisbury, both properly rated with 2c and War Tax 2c; 2c franked ppc of the Bandstand to a ship’s 2 nd officer, c/o of the London agents +/- 1910; also 4c and 6c franked slogan-cancelled covers of 1937 and 1941 to New South Wales and New Jersey £28
224 British Guiana Two 1931 centenary covers, the “Husbands” one with 1c centenary pair for the local rate, the cachet the elaborate one with the biplane, the other the commoner double oval enclosing text, franked 1c block for travel to Barbados, but address changed c/o a firm in Georgetown £17 link
225 British Guiana In 1932-3, 4c would pay for an ordinary letter to the UK or US and the centenary value was commonly used, seen here on commercial covers from Georgetown to Glasgow and (per “S/S Stuyvesant”) to Bournemouth. A third cover, to Texas, received a v. clear, E.C. Railway cancellation before passing GPO on its way £31
226 British Guiana We deduce from postmarking and/or annotation that it took 3 days and 3 attempts from 26 Oct 35 before a cover to Dolcis Shoe Co. London FOUND IN ORDINARY MAIL, franked with five KG5 2c went on its leisurely surface mission armed with regn label. We are not sure if this was honoured on receipt in the absence of b/stamps, and the reverse is mucky enough in appearance to have been treated as a 3 rd class citizen. We can’t now see where it was opened – it must have been as it is empty now £9 link
227 British Guiana 48c black SG295, picked for freshness and centring brought a regd cover by air to Trinidad in early 1936 £18
228 British Guiana Companion cover (small water? stain at foot of address) travelled same route, same time, same address regd by air, its stamp the $1 value SG300, most beautifully centred – each cover records a 3-day journey) £38 link
229 British Guiana We follow with some pages of postmarks ex Proud. He had sources and made some of them look common. We regard that as an illusion, and value accordingly. These come as singles or multiples KG6 or QEII, and we tell you below simply how many items from either reign. In this instance ANNAI KG6, QEII 2 each. There are also 8 early Anna Regina on the page of which we take no account £30
230 British Guiana APIQUA KG6 2, QEII 5. APOTERI, disguised as Postal Agency no. 7 KG6 (2) £36
231 British Guiana BUSH LOT KG6 (2), QEII (5) – the name says it all £27
232 British Guiana CANAL No. “ (or canal polder, which we suspect is tautologous) KG6 (4), QEII (5). At a much more minor level with KG5 (2), KG6 (4), QEII (5), we reach Charity (and when you get there in reality, you find it’s the end of the road) £38
233 British Guiana COOMAKA QEII (5) – dropping down a level or two to COVE & JOHN – essentially a link between 2 pages with KG6 (2), QEII (7), CRABWOOD CREEK QEII (10) (from the early development that made it next stop Surinam) £56
234 British Guiana ENACHU (10) all QEII and when locals pronounce it, it doesn’t sound like they’ve caught a cold £28
235 British Guiana 29 ORANJAPAI of which 4 are KG6 (Postal Agency no.12) £42
236 British Guiana ORINDUIK 4 skeletal QEII £32
237 British Guiana 17 from PERENONG of which 4 are KG6 £46
238 British Guiana Our postscript to this section is a delicious 1959 QEII piece (2x 2c) with a crystal clear TOO-LATE, clear enough to be first time of use. If you’ve bought the 9 previous lots, you can gloat over your rivals by displaying this one. If you’ve missed them then this is bitter-sweet consolation £9 link
239 British Guiana “GIRL PAT” looking spruce in a ppc produced after return to Britain, the label on reverse authenticated 27.8.37 by Geo. Elliot, Engineer of the relief crew that brought her back – not posted, but presumably supplied to the Press. On his personal account for a biography Girl Pat’s skipper was financed by British Intelligence to act as spy and saboteur at the time of the Spanish Civil War, and the publicised version of him as pirate was a cover story! £70 link
240 British Guiana The used 19 th century Revenues hold the dollar 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 20 values in both perf. 10 and 15 and the summary jurisdiction octet from 12c to 96c and a further 60 and 72 c looking strikingly different on their soft azure paper. Most are fully dated £115
241 British Guiana The 1865/80 Summary Jurisdiction issues, untarnished by fiscal usage, make up this album page. In perf. 12½ you get 12, 16, 24, 48 and 60c (two of these) and in perf. 15, echoing the 1875 change in the postal issues, the 48 and 72c – correction one 60c was used and cleaned on the face with minimal effect on the colour and the 24c has no gum. The rest look fine, and you all know how few unused are to be found £75
242 British Guiana Opened carefully at the foot (so as not to disturb the adhesives fixed very near the top) a 2c p/s env. needed and used 1c and 2c Jubilees to take it to “The Masters Seedorff” c/o their dad’s firm in Lehe, near Bremerhaven, Germany in 1899. Despite hints of ageing, it’s fairly well preserved for its 120 th year, cat from over £25 if one ignored the p/s cover £19
243 British Guiana 1944 PSRE regd to Commissioner of Lands & Mines G’town came from a 13½ Miles Issane Rd address (Postal Agency 8 at this time) 2c added to the 4c pictorial die stamp, - regn label numbered, otherwise blank, sorting office Superintendent completed the b/stamping before delivery, and now you’ll find joy in deciphering this rare cancellation on cover, which probably defeated you the first time you looked £42 link
244 Guyana Guyana posts were still to a degree at sevens and sixes in 1976, hence we find a de Laurence cover, regd from TIMEHRI AIRPORT in May endorsed with a numbered label, demurely captioned “Parcel” in place of R – franked flower issue 25c, 50c £5
245 Guyana Cover, East La Penitence for American Astronautical Society 29 SP 83 that lingered nearly a month in Washington before return to sender “Addressee Unknown”. Stamps surcharged “12 X” on SG489 and “110” (and POSTAGE, separately in blue) on SG504 may correspond to SG861 and 830. We can only say that there’s some kinship and hope that one day a catalogue will list intelligibly these unintelligible stamps. We hope that they won’t list 4 large stamps and a larger miniature sheet purporting to celebrate as anniversaries, Man on the Moon, birth of Graf Zeppelin and 1798 balloon ascent of Testo-Brissy on horseback, each given a $2 denomination. We treat these as I.G.P.C. fantasies that neither got, nor deserved to be, listed for Guyana, and we do not uplift our intended estimate to take account of them. (You can pay a little extra if you wish, our seller won’t mind) £5
British Honduras
246 British Honduras The annotated text of the page which holds EL of Dec 9 1839 to Guatemala details the governance of the kingdom and its subject provinces (now Central American Republics) and postal arrangements with Belize. The letter rated only ‘4’ (reales) took 40 days in transit £65
247 British Honduras Addressed by name to Consul General of Spain, Kingston, Jamaica on Official business, this rare EL of JU 20 1847 bears on its reverse impeccable strikes of origin and arrival, with the lingering impression of the wax seal that once embellished it. The cover ages so gracefully that we leave to the buyer the pleasure of opening out to absorb the contents £120 link
248 British Honduras EL AP 12 1849 Belize to Paris via London, 1/- rate. Written from Guatemala and privately carried on its first stage it bears the usual Art. 13 boxed London accountancy cachet on its face, along with red Boulogne transit. The dbl. arc Belize cds on reverse is far too muscular for a red London cds punching above its weight £70
249 British Honduras April 1849 cover to Bristol with beautiful despatch and arrival b/stamps and red London transit – cover ex Simon Richards, David Pitts (lot 89 Spink 24.1.17 - £160 + buyer surcharge) £110 link
250 British Honduras An important letter from San Geronimo (Guatemala) to Aylesbury, Bucks Dec 4 1849. The contents fully transcribed portray the revolution in progress and its impact on the sender’s estate. Cover presumed hand-carried to Belize, whence despatched JA 11 1850 at packet rate, 43 day transit. On reverse Belize and Aylesbury date stamps are locked in unfriendly embrace £105 link
251 British Honduras Dec 16 1858 cover to a French notary in Mortagne (Orne) – perhaps pre-paid as far as London at a rate of ‘6’ and endorsed on the face with 90 (decimes) no doubt for onward travel from Calais, which its TPO mark shows that it visited. GB (in triangle) over boxed 2F accountancy mark in black is the appropriate h/stamp for the route and period. Journey of 34 days to London, and 2 days on from there £75
252 British Honduras A Spanish mastiff must have chewed the top left of this 1863 mourning cover to San Lucar de Barrameda (Spain) but had the discretion to leave intact the important parts of the face with its dramatic grey-blue dbl. ring cds of Nove 2 and its profusion of red transit and pre-paid accountancy markings alongside. Belize rated it 1/4 paid upon despatch from there, and you might like to work out how they got their money back from next door. It’s damaged, of course, yet we love it £60 link
253 British Honduras From what dark archives O celestial queen….? You see, the queen is QV, the 1d stamp is pale celestial blue, the Specimen opt. is Samuel D5, and in 1865 wmks had there none. Perfect it isn’t: there’s a NE corner thin, signs of light staining; yet perfs are present to a degree all round, there’s some o.g., and its aspect is gentle and pleasant. Do we need to say rare? £70 link
254 British Honduras 1872-9 QV, 5 CC, being perf 12½ 6d, 1/- deeper green, perf 14 1d, 3d, 1/-, all quite kindly cancelled. Cat. £157 £46
255 British Honduras Last minute arrival of QV local 3c/3d chestnut SG26 fine pt o.g. introduces us to a variety recorded by Robson Lowe, not yet on our own files. It is a disembowelled ‘N’ of CENTS that would make any broken M in Specimen cringe into insignificance. Do you think you can find it perf 12½ too? Let’s start looking. Cat £110 – add you own pluses, foxspot £70 link
256 British Honduras TWO on 50c on 1/- grey, a fresh unblemished mint example of SG35 (cat £60) which rates a premium over normal; for good measure half of the local ‘5’ overprint has failed to register – pity! It would have been fun to have a ‘0’ cents surcharge £25
257 British Honduras QV 4d mauve CA, together with its 10c local surcharge, and the local and London printed 20c on yellow, all nicely used. The two 20c each sport the ‘O’ killer (we were just talking of’0’ were we not) and their slightly contrasting shades bring out the point that there was a fresh printing of the 6d yellow, all of which was surcharged before issue – SG20, 28/9, 41 cat. £85 £24
258 British Honduras From different sources we are able to offer KE& 20c in multiples both for the basic stamp and its SPECIMEN version. The letter is horiz. strip of three (fine but no gum); the former is a block of 27 from NE of sheet, with mgns, largely mint in its 7 rows, stamp at top left column removed in all other respects the 4 columns are present and fine, of course incorporating plate no.1, cat £465+ for all £150
259 British Honduras And here’s another KE block of 27, the 25c black/green SG100 from the bottom rows of l.h. pane, fine mint (we infer) on its annotated album page. Half of row 7 (the three stamps at left) remain, rows 8, 9, 10 are there in full, as are the outer and gutter mgns. The block used to be folded in half vertically, but not severed and perfs still look intact, no plate nos. at foot in this format, cat £215 £50
260 British Honduras The Belize Relief Fund set of five, each value a mint top rt. corner example bearing sheet no. (previously mounted in margin). £30
261 British Honduras This cover has W G Aikman’s address printed on reverse and went regd. to Canada MR 18 92, using 12c, SG59, Belize to Belleville. We feel sure that it once housed Aikman’s bisects or the like, yet you won’t find him in a more commercial course, for date stamps, h/stamps and re-registration markings are plastered back and front. A TPO heading NE from Montreal took it through Windsor to destination arriving MR 28. Possible seal removed at base of flap, yet this unusual cover all but justifies SG x15 (£52.50) £50 link
262 British Honduras Plastered with 9 low value stamps to a total of 24c (=1/-), this 1892 commercial cover went through London to Bodenstadt in Austria, from which it diverted to a hotel in Vienna. Addressee name and original address were discreetly (but regrettably) excised thereafter. In other respects the cover – abt. 6” x 5”, so it will fit your album page – has been adequately preserved, and at 10d postage plus 2d regn. has paid at 4 times the standard rate to Europe for the weight it carried within, gaining further brownie points for scarcity £75
263 British Honduras We sometimes remind you, you’ll remember, that ROATAN (now Ruatan) was briefly a British Island. Well it must have flourished on reverting to Honduras, because on this advertising cover of 1892 to Chicago, the Burchard Honduras Fruit Co pictures a 12 storey building erected in Ruatan (shades of Dubai 2018). The cover travelled over Xmas, with the correct 6c ultramarine £30
264 British Honduras Even those who think of Corozal as readily available should get a lift from an 1892 cover from Belize, bearing an appropriate 3c value, endorsed “p Freddie..” which was the mail-carrying launch at the time. We rate v. scarce £54 link
265 British Honduras Marginally later, and only slightly less scarce is an 1897 cover Corozal to Belize, the rate down to 2c by now for the journey £44 link
266 British Honduras Small cover (its flap made smaller by rough opening) retains dignity and rarity in its journey from ORANGE WALK to Belize. Neatly b/stamped SP 18 93 its 1c/1d, 2c SG36, 52 were killer cancelled A06 in the village, front also bearing Belize arrival SP 21 £60 link
267 British Honduras No, we can’t offer Punta Gorda, and STANN CREEK takes us out of the 19 th century to SP 01 for a local cover to Belize. The QV 2c has a soft dbl-ring cds, it probably took 2 days to arrive and reverse also bears h/stamp of the British Honduras Syndicate Ltd. beside Belize receiver £50 link
268 British Honduras QV 10c SG58 on regd. MR 1903 cover from Belize to Maine via New Orleans and NY. SG cat. suggests from £127.50, which we can mitigate to allow for clumsy opening; it’s still in good health, and we can’t all be perfect £40
269 British Honduras We can’t think of a rate which would justify the use of 3x 24c yellow and blue QV stamps sandwiched between 1c and 2c on a 1903 regd. printed cover to Geo. Lathrop Pack, Lakewood, New Jersey, but we can admire the colour scheme; and as the stamps cat. £70 off cover, we reckon that’s a fair estimate £70
270 British Honduras We shall assume chalky paper for the 7 KE 1c stamps that conveyed a classy official Post Office cover of DE 28 06 regd. to Director of Posts & Telegraphs, Sterkrade, Germany (you wouldn’t want us to think cat. from £240, would you). It has scarlet Post Office/arms cachet printed on flap, and a nicely matching hooded London regd. cds – so much more authentic than your standard OHMS job £32
271 British Honduras If we could justify the use of QV 25c SG61 on cover, SG would suggest cat. from £2,100. Relax, please, we don’t attempt to justify. This example, in company with 2c/1d SG37, each superseded for several years past, is sure to have been sent to Stettin, regd. Feb ’06, for the philatelic pleasure of the addressee. Even so, respect must be paid to cat. £140 off cover £70 link
272 British Honduras New England Stamp Co. (going strong as early as 1909) received, not without hazard, a cover regd. from Belize, for it was both the subject of “second notice” and “Supposed liable to Customs Duty”! Large black wax seals no doubt prompted that – so would the 13c rate, were it understood, comprising (at 6½d) 2½d postage, 2d regn., and – as a seldom noted feature – 2d insurance. Alive with postal markings and its Customs label, it’s plainly worth well above cat. “from £34”, but we note use made of sellotape at some stage (to the disbenefit of the envelope, not the stamps) and show restraint £48
273 British Honduras 4c medley – 3 covers to different US addresses in Mobile (2) and St Louis 1921-31, paying the rate with 2c Peace (2); MCA 1c, 3c; and 1929 4c grey, all commercial £19
274 British Honduras RIVERSDALE turns up here in about 1921 with what seem to be part strikes of 3 different types of TRD – it’s an easy office with a rather promiscuous character – rather naughty, really. £25
275 British Honduras SAN ESTEVAN is attractively represented here with the dumb part, code A, B, C, within its regular cds between 1911 and 1921 (code C reversed or downright upset (2) with date doing the same on one of them), these keeping company with 2 different TRD’s of the 1930’s, while a QEII complete cds struck in violet on 1c on large piece doesn’t look overshadowed either £40
276 British Honduras With persistence you will make out (and become rather proud of) a 60% violet strike of (SPANISH) LOOKOUT 27 (J)UL (1)911 at 1 o’clock on KE7 2c red – think what was paid for a full example last year. £40
277 British Honduras Undated ST. MARGARET’S VILLAGE/BELIZE, reposing on a large piece shared with the 10c toucan (or is it a hornbill?) was orphaned last year, and we want to find her a new guardian £2
278 British Honduras What “destination” enthusiast could resist targeting a cover when KE7 2c adhesive took it to Port Louis, MAURITIUS in late 1905? It’s certainly the first that we’ve handled. £34
279 British Honduras Royal Bank of Canada needed 3 stamps to make up the 21c rate to register a cover by air in late Dec 1949 to the cashier of a Cincinnati finance house. Rather happily St George’s Cay 1c, 15 combined with UPU 5c. Here’s a hint: when you see 2 current commem. Issues doing commercial service, grab it before someone else does £18
280 British Honduras Never used and b/w, yet we view “Royal Mail Steamer, Orange Walk, New River” irresistible. Undivided back, of course £15
281 British Honduras Here are b/w Belize River Mouth (unused, folded corner) – South Front, St., St. Mary’s Church; Country Scene, Stann Creek (2 different touched up in ochre). All three went to New Orleans 2c franking 1908-11; and we’ll forget about A. E. Morlan’s ‘Belize – Coconut Palms’, they could be anywhere £39
282 Belize Our unfamiliar BZ code for this lot reflects the toils of an unknown prospector in 1985, ’86, ’88 to assemble 18 Belize UPU 10c p/s cards featuring the cds of a different village, with only one, Hopkins, sporting a 25c stamp. If this was done Shank’s pony, imagine the mileage. Are you up to date with DANGRIGA or GRACE BANK VILLAGE? £54
Cayman Islands
283 Cayman Islands KE7 5/- SG16, an average part o.g. example, hinge remainders on reverse £65 link
284 Cayman Islands 1d/ 5/- SG19, used appropriately DE 9 07 looks fine until you get up close and personal, when repair can be seen at top and foot. It has to be cheaper but musn’t be cheap (cat £400) R£70
285 Cayman Islands We shan’t be complimentary about this 1d/ 5/- SG19 – the gum is very heavily toned, shortish NE corner perf., slightly soiled appearance, so you’ll probably be the only bidder, which is why we quote a reserve figure, cat. £275 R£24
286 Cayman Islands Album page laid out to display m. and u. examples of each listed denomination and shade from SG 1-15, then SG17, and from 25 to 34. The 52 stamps resulting take up tidily all the space allocated for them, and include an extra 1907 ½d m. and u.: shade contrast for the QV issue could be improved upon. The KE values pull their individual and collective weight, with a calculated cat. value for all about £1,100. For the 1908-9 higher values, please see next lot £220
287 Cayman Islands To complement the preceding lot here are the higher KE7 denominations. Both 1/- (CA, MCA) and the 5/- are m; the used are the cheaper 1/-, 5/-, 10/-. The last has tiny thin spots, which would not have been noticed had these stamps been left on their album page – cat. £391 £115 link
288 Cayman Islands For the KG5 period a similar exercise begins with the 1908/09 ¼d then tackles the 1912-20 key plate issue. The matched m. and u. values work their way to the 3/- stamp, with the 5/- m. but not present u. There is an extra 2d shade but only 5 paired 3d, when 6 listings are given by SG, one unpriced m. or u., and on the page itself one used 3d has lost come colour, but we believe the values listed and priced are all in place for total cat. about £580 £140
289 Cayman Islands A single reference, SG41 classifies the KG5 1913 ½d green. Yet even the most advanced collector could have difficulty matching the contrast between the shades of name and duty tablet on our part o.g. single here and the contrast of both with the equivalent features of the horiz. pair that completes this lot. Cat £8.25 £4
290 Cayman Islands The page for the War Stamps is less ambitious. The 25 stamps here do include a few shades and ½d green in SW corner block of 4 (with plate no. 5): the varieties claimed are SG54a (no fraction bar) m., and 54b (straight serif) m. and u. We unreservedly accept 54a, are unconvinced by 54b, though the used version is either right, of its top bit has failed to print – we view either result as possible, which calls for a moderate valuation £40
291 Cayman Islands Arriving at the 1921-6 issue, all the script wmk. places are filled from SG69-83, with a prominent extra shade for the ¼d, and aside from a shortish SE corner on the used 10/-, they all look fine. For the MCA wmk. there are m. and u. for two 3d, the 4d and 1/-, m. only for the 5/- and the 10/-. The seller is not confident that the expensive 3d is included. Paper looks pale yellow, but has it lost colour between manufacture and the present time? We shan’t be dogmatic, and use cat. £600 as the basis for our valuation £150 link
292 Cayman Islands The two listed MCA 3d and the 1/- keep company with the 13 script values (from ¼d to 3/-) of the 1921-6 kings head defins SG60, 60b, 63, 69-81, all gd looking m. Cat £114 £33 link
293 Cayman Islands The centenary set (present here to 5/- value both m. and u.) is not the happiest of designs, for the two monarchs have now been staring at each other for over 85 years and they still look bored or disapproving or both. (Which they probably were because KG5 loved his stamps but wouldn’t have liked sharing them with another monarch). This is perhaps why what you need to buy this lot probably wouldn’t get you the Falkland centenary set used to 1/- £80
294 Cayman Islands The page which contains the 1935 pictorial and Jubilee sets looks a bit crowded with everything there m. and u. – but the king looks relaxed again, as he’s put William IV behind him, 32 stamps, cat. £440 £150 link
295 Cayman Islands 1935 SJ set of four both m. and u., each set looking fine £16 link
296 Cayman Islands We’ve reached KG6 where you need 52 stamps to get each listed value and perf. to cover Coronation and the first pictorial defins. 1938/48 both m. and u. We count 53 on the 2 pages here, accounted for by a superfluous ¼d. So we infer that everything is here that should be to add up to cat. about £380 and invite you to do the same £100
297 Cayman Islands Victory and 1948 SW occupy our next 2 pages, the basic issues m. and u., used blocks of the 3 low values, and a NW corner vert. pair of the 3d which contains the dotted listed variety (mint, mounted in mgn.) SW high values are now much in fashion – did you know? £32
298 Cayman Islands The last two pages of the collection from which we have been selling offer the 1949 UPU set and the 1950 defins. Paired m. and u., for which you expect and you get 32 stamps, cat. £138 £48
299 Cayman Islands 1935 1d pictorial on small piece, the str.-line “SHIP MAIL” of Bahamas struck boldly across it in grey-black £2
300 Dominica QV 4d blue f.u. horiz. pair and it’s only when you come across a multiple that you realise these are very hard to find. By the way the stamp is not flattered by cat. £3 – it used to be way ahead of the 4d grey – and look at them now £10
301 Dominica ½d on half 1d lilac SG12, slightly rounded corner top left. When so many of the 1882-3 bisects were philatelically used, often in clumps, it’s a thrill to find one that must have done proper service, for the very tip of the Crown Circle Paid of Dominica has encroached from the right, with the crown landing a sucker punch on the surcharge. This stamp would have been stuck on a cover carried from a village by the local bobby furnished also with cash to pay extra postage from GPO. Were this a philatelic item you can bet it would have been preserved on piece in a different format. £20
302 Dominica The 1920 1½d on 2½d SG60, comprising the top 4 rows of 5 with their three margins and two plate nos ‘1’, mint. We have gently mutilated the carefully annotated backing on which these are mounted, lest you be tempted to retain the sub-text “1.5d in black on 2.5d orange” . If you decimalise the true sterling ½d you abandon your philatelic integrity. We assume the previous owner was too young to know that. Cat. £160 £48 link
303 Dominica SJ 1/- fine o.g., a clear and very well centred example of the dot-by-flagstaff variety, SG95h, cat. £160 £60 link
304 Dominica Three pages 1951-7 embrace the KG6 set of 15, ½c to $2.40, the QEII set of 19 covering the same spread, and the 5 stamps that come between, all f.u., cat. over £180. If you find that the QEII 5c change of colour is the better shade, that’s a bonus £54
305 Dominica Genie in a bottle. We intend illustration will show that behind this bogus A11 on this authentic ½d/6d SG17 lies a contemporary dated manuscript cancellation, whose escape, the Djinn who tried to bleach it out of existence, is powerless to resist (acknowledgements to the Arabian Nights) £10 link
306 Dominica 1d on 1/- mauve SG19 finds room for “Ports” (usually thus abbreviated for Portsmouth) “2/16”; the least challenging village mark, still scarce £60 link
307 Dominica Pointe Michel must have had a resident 19 th century enthusiast who procured its strikes on a much wider range of issues than the office could be expected to stock; but you still don’t meet the cds every day. Here we have complete examples, DE 29 12 on Leeward KE 3d; NO 5 21 on landscape MCA 1d – connoisseur quality £18
308 Dominica Pointe Michel, with cds on landscape 2d grey (COLI)HAUT 1921 on 2½d brigh blue (MARIG)OT (3)6 on 1d black and scarlet, the seldom seen dbl-ring cds (on KG5) as it was introduced so late in the reign, a v. partial strike, pity £15
309 Dominica Landscape ½d Script CA block of four each lightly cancelled St. Joseph AP 19 22 (cat. £88) and a 1928 McFarlane cover the four ½d SG71 each with lovely LA PLAINE cds, b/stamp of Rosalie and GPO £52 link
310 Dominica Dbl-ring instruments only reached the villages in about 1937 and are very hard to get on KG5 issues. These three show Portsmouth on ½d, COLIHAUT and MARIGOT £22
311 Dominica Pre-addressed Geo. A. Hunt cover left Roseau MR 6 99 to steam per SS Pretoria for Wolura, Mass. Leeward 4d and ½d paid for its regn. Sharing this lot is Leeward p/s card to Brussels from which the added adhesive has been spirited away. KE period, FE 23 04 from Roseau, written to Reverend Father Cassiars in conversational latin, much of which you may follow with unexpected ease. 17 days en route, postal route 50 on arrival £44 link
312 Dominica On a precision postmarked cover of AU 28 02 from Portsmouth to G. B. Seignout (or some such name) in Roseau, Leeward 1d/6d pair and single pay the regd fare in place of the more usual 3 surcharges. If we could classify in earnest as non-philatelic this would give cat. from £160, and justify a higher value still. Well, it was opened, and we’re tempted, but something tells us that would be OTT, so we assess it £85 link
313 Dominica Miss Miles of Glasgow W1 was one of a group of perhaps 8 to 10 denizens of Glasgow or Paisley; philatelic covers were procured from obscure and distant offices. So we can’t put a “Paisley gang” (our internal name for them) cover overfranked with Leeward script 2/6 in the “times 5” multiplier category. What we can do is to give proper weight to a 1928 cover regd from GRAND BAY – this sort of item is never a light weight £56
314 Dominica Harking back to an original landscape CC (or perhaps the MCA successor), the 1910 1/- black/green, the 1½d and 3d War Tax and the 1½d/2½d orange, off went a cover from Portsmouth regd. to Vienna, without regard to the actual postage required for the journey, so far as we can see. By today the recipient would probably have got much better value from 1/7 spent on the landscape script issue, but what does anyone know today of values 90-odd years ahead? Anyway this 1925 cover is busy but decorative £3
315 Dominica There’s a “hold-to-light” character for an opened-out cover to Manchester whose addressee’s name and business address have been cut out. What a thoughtless act, when it’s a regd village cover of OC 15 32 that was being injured. Someone else has arrowed the Marigot transit cds on the face as scarce, along with the less prominent CASTLE BRUCE of day before – which is ten times scarcer and cancels the 3 x 1½d also £28
316 Dominica A delightful MY 4 35 cover from LA PLAINE to a schoolboy in Glasgow, its album page artistically drawn to explain the b/stamps and route to Roseau. If the 1d and 1½d adhesives made over-generous provision for postage, they contributed to 3 dramatic La Plaine pmks on the face, of which the free-standing cds received in pen ’35 for the year and the cipher 13½x12, upon which we do not comment £60 link
317 Dominica However this slightly earlier cover, from DELICES 24.3.35 to a different Glasgow addressee, also displays the 13½x12, which enables us to infer that it forms part of the busy correspondence with remote villages in the Caribbean and elsewhere conducted in this period by a handful of people living in Glasgow and Paisley. So we treat this cover as equally philatelic, and a little less endearing as the addressee, Miss Mandan, might have been an adult. The Delices date stamps show only 24, no month, no year; the Grand Bay and Roseau b/stamps are 25.3.35 £50 link
318 Dominica On a DE 1 1936 cover to A. James, London SW (the “Knights of Malta” chap, wearing his other hat) you get the ½d black and green and a top mgnl 1d black and violet showing two thirds of plate no.1 – frustrating, of course, this is simply the way they come on 1923/33 issues £14
319 Dominica Roger Wells covers franked 4½d in Leeward ¼ d, ½ d, 1d, 2 ½ d or 3d values for registration from ST. JOSEPH and MAHAUT to Grimsby on 8 JA 40 …..STOP!!! These stamps lost their validity at the end of 1939 when Dominica left the Leeward and went Windward. They got Tax marks in Roseau. These were blotted out in London where one, possibly both, were treated as registered, the St. Joseph receiving a London label and POSTED OUT OF COURSE h/stamp. Exceptional, irregular, R-R-Rare £120 link
320 Dominica Covers of 1946/7 to Staten Island from DELICES (3d paid, T mark, then deleted), via Grand Bay; COLIHAUT (2d + 2½d), and VIEILLE CASE (regd, pairs of 2d, 2½d) – the last interested US Customs, but was ruled Free of Duty, leaving it busy if not dizzy with pmks. £48 link
321 Dominica 5d paid (with 2 x 2½d) for Aguilar covers, 1951 to Kingston from GRAND BAY, ROSALIE and WESLEY; ½d plus 2d franked 1947 cover from POINTE MICHEL, pencil addressed to Roseau; Roger Wells cover regd DE ?46 from CASTLE BRUCE via Marigot, Roseau to Grimsby; and a respectably non-philatelic cover AP 26 10 to Massachusetts, using landscape 2½d blue – meritorious melange £60 link
322 Dominica Super WESLEY (19)00 on p/s 1d cut-out, with Portsmouth and Dominica thimble cds for company; also high quality strikes of DELICES, GRAND BAY, LA PLAINE, MAHAUT, VIEILLE CASE on landscape 1d, POINTE MICHEL on 2d £36
At this point we feature and favour some post-war philatelic covers. We don’t even admit our standards are slipping.
323 Dominica A cover to W. Butler, Toronto, 1968 – the last digit may be earlier, down to ’63 – received 1963 1c SG162 in rt. mgnl. block of 6, with the RIVIERE CYRIQUE cds struck on each stamp and once also alongside. We’ve not met this postmark on cover before £25 link
324 Dominica Stan Durnin procured the next four covers by air in the same period. Burdened with 3, 4 or 5 stamps paying 28c (’65) or 30c (’68) they have gained maturity and wisdom in coming up to their half century. Delices and Loubiere are the less exotic; CLIFTON and BOETICA take some finding, and we especially like the DE 63/5 form of date on the last pmk. £65 link
325 Dominica Locally franked 4c, this cover went from GRAND FOND NO 25 68 to William Flossiac c/o Bulletin office, Roseau – We can’t be sure it was philatelic £16 link
326 Dominica Lastly the wholly familiar names of Roger Wells and Aguilar: GRAND BAY did Roger proud on Mayday ’51, with its own regn. Label and 3d plus 2½d paying the way to Grimsby. Yet a very care-worn WESLEY – AP7, no year date – came from nowhere to cancel 2½d pair for air travel to Kingston. Said, in pencil, to have been 1951 – this note aside, how did Everard organise this? £42
327 Dominica 1d landscape p/s card 16.11.33 from MARIGOT on which, it seems, an alumnus of Codrington College reports to his former tutor success in Inter BSC (Econ) London. We’d sooner enthuse over the hard-to-find village usage inter-island to Barbados £24 link
328 Dominica Postal fiscal Revenue 1d CC SGR1. Very few survive unused, and this is the first pt o.g. example to be offered since circle auctions began. Much under-cat. at £80 £70 link
329 Dominica Postal fiscal 6d, part o.g. with wmk inverted SGR3w cat. £130 £48 link
330 Grenada Endowed with a two-line Grenada date stamp showing date as JAN 14, the year 1813 can be collected from the Glasgow arrival h/stamp (6 Mar) to which this entire from the Dunlop correspondence to Air (which means Ayr, not travel by balloon) was sent per packet. For the less initiated, you’d expect a careful statement of account within and you find one. Rate marked 5/- it would seem £60 link
331 Grenada Pre-paid (at 2/-) packet letter to Madeira, strong handsome Grenada dbl arc AP 25 1856, transit through Plymouth MY 18, having left London the day before as shown by PAID cds on face, followed by blue 160 (reis) rating on the last leg, all this might have got you valuing in high double figures – but you have to think again. There’s a skeletal Crown Circle of origin on face also which uplifts significantly (but not so high as to validate the £400/450 estimate when figuring in the Jaffe auction) £180 link
332 Grenada No wmk 6d SG3 nursing a very gentle nearly complete first period C code mark of 1862, the ink of the rest being so light we cannot even guess at day and month in this soothing example £48 link
333 Grenada 1/- deep mauve SG13 was presented with a code ‘E’ cancel on Mar 8 1879 at 6 o’clock. It’s a desperately difficult find on this value, but our estimate is temperate, as the date stamp could have done with some extra ink on its east flank at the time £18
334 Grenada The only Chalon heads that come with neat perfs are the large star wmk. (Somerset House) perf. 14 1/- deep mauve and 1d green SG13 and 14, so we offer them together here part o.g., cat. £785 £240 link
335 Grenada 1881 Large star 4d blue SG23. It’s clean part o.g. and for once the perfs are clear of design. Cat from £140, what more can you ask? £44 link
336 Grenada 6d mauve, a tete-beche pair pt. o.g., showing bottom mgn. plate no. 1 . So should the lower stamp have its wmk. uprt. Or normal? If you want to see whether the item corresponds with your answer, you’ll need to go for this lot, because we like to leave something for you to do. SG34a cat. £18 without its mgn. £20 link
337 Grenada The later QV 1d tete-beche with plate no. 1, SG40a, pt. o.g. from the other end of the sheet (top mgn. chamfered at left, but plate no. unaffected). Now did you get the right answer to our earlier question? One of the four stamps involved must have an inverted inverted wmk. (but that’s normal) we’d tell you the answer except that we’re now confused ourselves £12
338 Grenada The 1886-91 surcharges are offered in 4 bite-size lots: SG 37, 38 lead off, each fine, fresh pt. o.g. cat. £110 £36
339 Grenada On the 2/- fiscals SG41-3, the ½d surcharge has hinge remainders clinging, the 4mm 4d has crackly gum; yet both 4d values may be mint and the 5mm version shows class with a strong well printed surcharge – when 9 out of 10 of this version are faint – cat. £135 £40
340 Grenada Next come SG44 f.u. SG45 v.g.u.; both have wholesome light cancels, the second dropping a grade for a fox mark on reverse – cat £155 £44 link
341 Grenada On the 8d grey-brown defin. The surcharges SG46a, 47a are tete-beche pairs fine pt. o.g. cat £88 £28
342 Grenada The next four lots of archive and/or Specimen key types are kept in their chronological order, beginning with DLR’s archive examples of the 6d, 8d and 1/- stamps each attached to card dated May 1895. We draw attention here to a blob at bottom rt of the foot of the M of SPECIMEN, common to all three stamps £150 link
343 Grenada Next the same three values are present in horiz. strips of 5 each, part of the SPECIMEN consignment prepared for despatch to Geneva for UPU distribution to members. 1/- has one pulled perf at lt. We have not checked whether this took place before SG’s listed date of 6. 9. 95, which will usually have been derived from a DLR invoice SG53s/55s £180 link
344 Grenada The 1d value attached to card dated Apr 1896, same format and handwriting, M of SPECIMEN showing the same characteristic, listed by SG with May date for issue £50 link
345 Grenada The ½d value was put into archives in June 1899, written by the same hand as before, but no SPECIMEN opt. For the past 9½ years Grenada has been using the surcharged fiscal stamp for service as ½d, yet SG’s dating leaves a 3 months gap before actual issue £40
346 Grenada The 1895-9 Queen’s head defins set of 8 and 2½d anniversary, SG48-56 vg to fine pt o.g. Cat £132 £42 link
347 Grenada The KE7 MCA set of 10 almost all lightly mounted or mint – our estimate allows for mild toning on gum of 10/- SG67-76 cat. £250 £130 link
348 Grenada KG5 1/- on emerald SG98c, the bottom 3 rows of 6 from a l.h. pane, plate no. 2 under stamp no. 56, cat £27 (which wouldn’t show a profit on its original 18/- cost price) £24
349 Grenada Upper left corner block of the local WAR TAX, fine mint £10 link
350 Grenada London print War Tax 1d scarlet upper half of r.h. pane fine mint, o.g., with full mgns £14 link
Plate numbers. At long last, these have acquired value in their own right beyond the field of speciality (eg the recent de Keyser sale of Leeward I. They will become increasingly hard to collect economically, especially in multiples, except perhaps in the case of WWI War Tax issues, or by acquisition of unbroken sheets or half sheets of low values. Our valuations henceforth will take the trend realistically into account)
351 Grenada As easy as 1, 2, 3. These are mint plate nos.- ‘1’ is on KG5 3d SG96 upper mgnl; ‘2’ is on 1d SG91; ‘3’ on ½d SG48, both lower mgnl. First two are immaculate, ½d reverse shows up gum crease almost confined to mgn, unobtrusive in front £8 link
352 Grenada KG5 1d brown, SG114, the plate 3 mint lower corner blocks of four from left and right, both fine, insignificant gum creasing in margins £36 link
353 Grenada Lower l .h. corner block of plate 3 2d grey, SG117, and r.h corner block of 2½d grey, SG118, from the same plate £40 link
354 Grenada KG5 10/- with SPECIMEN opt, SG134s £20 link
355 Grenada The complete KG5 script set of 22 SG112-34 part o.g. (the 10/- being mint) cat. £110 £40
356 Grenada The 1934-6 pictorial set of 10 to 5/-, SG 135/44 cat £60 fine pt o.g., the line perfs have admirably survived the ordeal of separation £23 link
357 Grenada 1934 Pictorial 1d to 2/6, all 8 values f. u., the 2/6 especially so as it sits morning fresh on 1935 regd cover to Durban whose boxed regn h/stamp shows an unusually high no., 10888 £32 link
358 Grenada An album page holding 1937 Coron trio and 1938 ¼d to 10/- set of 12 fine pt o.g. sounds too cheap nowadays at cat. £81, but maybe it isn’t. That’s a matter for you £28
359 Grenada KG6 1d defin. Fine mint horiz. pair SG155a incorporating coil-join £5
360 Grenada 2d surcharge Postage on 6d mauve SG D6, cat. £200 only. We can’t charge its full scarcity rating as the gum, which is nearly full is evenly toned £34 link
361 Grenada In pale green and hi-vis orange, here is the fiscal version of QV type 13 – and it’s the ONE POUND value o.g., its hinge still attached. Mild toning and a mere hint of acne on the gum side – but it’s such a rare stamp unused £60 link
362 Grenada Lower mgnl. KG5 strip of 3 x1d on JA 16 35 from St. David’s via GPO to Alan S. Round, Stourbridge, displays full printer’s imprint (correctly rated for regn), cat a long way from £33. On the companion cover with 3 x KG6 ½d lightly cancelled, a bold SNUG CORNER 13 NO cds – no year date; GPO b/stamp reveals to be ’45 – shows the intent of the barely readable cancels aforesaid. These two covers can add a dimension to your enlarging collection £58 link
363 Grenada While we don’t normally think of multipliers for philatelic covers, would you not agree that the KG6 10/- on a local FDC deserves a multiplier of 3? Oh, by the way, you get the other values from 3d to 5/- as well £44 link
364 Grenada 18 covers 1970’s to Radio Antilles, Montserrat (1 Missent to St Lucia, 7 from small villages); 6 covers to Cartwright, Basingstoke (from Victoria, St David’s, Sauteurs, 1960’s – 1 is air letter, 3 are regd.); 5 more, which include 1937 Coron. FDC and 3 Alfred Large; also KG6 air letter unused, yet abused. £22
365 Grenada PSRE to London, text and R in oval printed in red, two QV 1d adhesives added, FE 13 01 despatch, 14 days en route regn nos scribbled in ink & crayon £30
366 Grenada A touch of class in 2 post war p/s items: the outgoing KG6 7c air letter uprated with QEII 4c, and plate 1 1c, went from Sauteurs to Edinburgh in ’54 on busy philatelic business; the incoming 1c QEII wrapper to Alfred Large (also Sauteurs) bore United Nations air mail (according to a 3-line b/stamp) from Port of Spain ’67, and shows an add-on 5c meter-franking code NE 16 £23 link
367 Grenada Lovely 1d franked ppc, written MR 16 1911 in German by Julius Greisuer to a lady in Hamilton, Ohio. View is the Supply Stores, St. George’s in front of which you see bunting, a large Union Jack, forming part of an awning and an enigmatic cast of locals in animation or suspense. Perhaps it marks forthcoming Coronation of KG5, for nothing moves too rapidly in Grenada £29 link
368 Grenada PPCs stamped view side: Grenada sepia vignette, ’02 2c from Georgetown, B.G.; Joy of Living, Grand Anse, Road to Cemetery, St. George’s each 16 OC 14 from Grenville, via Sauteurs GPO, KG5 1d, all these three to the same Ontario address. Next Donkey Cart at Botanic Station ½d 7 SP 17 to Madeira, wartime 10 weeks to arrive; lastly, St George’s from the Spout, followed by a fresh harbour view, and another captioned Harbour, St. Georges (the last two in colour) all three with Sauteurs cds AP or MY 20, and business side blank of either message or address £38
369 Grenada Stamped on business side: JA 2 06, b/w rural view from a sender whom we met in Antigua, writing again to Weston Super Mare, and off to St. Vincent on the morrow; 1d stamp there, and again on Carenage view to Lisbon; we were tempted to by-pass Oyster Beds, Carriacou, (½d pair to Denmark) which, surely, only an Oyster could love; and fancy sending sepia Roman Baths, Bath, to London – there was a proper reason for writing, of course, and the ½d pair started at Victoria; the group ends with the popular “Market Day” – (Now you can see “The Stores” for yourself) – would that thrill recipient in the City of London? £22
370 Grenada 5 ppc’s showing familiar, but pleasing, scenes around the Harbour, only The Inner Harbour being in colour. 4 are unused, the last went to Ede in Holland but has been robbed of its adhesive £14
371 Grenada 10 unused b/w ppcs printed in Saxony and marketed in Granby’s stores, St. George’s harbour stores; growing cocoa; rural views – but sorry no mailboats in port £32
372 Jamaica Herman Moll map of Jamaica republished after his death in 1732 showing Jamaica in great detail. Taken from the cartographic publication volume 3 page 577, c 1746 £52 link
373 Jamaica When all you of you turned down an opportunity to buy David Atkinson’s GB horiz. pair used in Jamaica, you missed a bargain at our 2015 estimate of £210, because we had misclassified it as SGz2, when it is actually z7 with light duplex part cancels of JY 1 (1859 is our interpretation of the year). Current cat. is £800 against the £200++ that we prophetically ventured before – but we shan’t uplift our valuation all that much. £250 link
374 Jamaica SPECIMEN in block caps. On 1d pine. centred left, strt. edge at top and light rust marks at that level – that’s the downside. The upside is rich colour and an amusing wonky S in the opt. £22
375 Jamaica We still have 4 pages of Derek Sutcliffe’s Pines, in assorted shades. They comprise lots 325-328 from our 60 th anniversary auction with 1d (19), 2d (6), 3d (10), 4d (9), all u. estimated £202. They will now be put up again together at final reserve, but a member willing to pay £85 can purchase on the spot pre-auction first come , first served R£75
376 Jamaica Multiples of CC values in blocks of of 1d deep blue and 2d rose (both cancelled A52), 4d red-orange (A01), 1/- brown (anonymous cds) and an o.g./mint strip of 6 of the ½d claret. Cat £170+ £40
377 Jamaica MCA Arms ½d, 1d, SG37, 39 each in mgnl block of four with the lower stamps mint, cat £84 £16 link
378 Jamaica 5d arms lge pt o.g. from lower mgn with pane below, and demonstrates layout of printing plate. Stamp is fine, gum has harmlessly picked up a sprinkling of blue from a 2½d which formed a brief attachment. Cat £65 £22 link
379 Jamaica 1905 5/- arms lge pt o.g. from r.h. pane together still with its l.h. gutter mgn. Note that this stamp and the preceding 5d can be combined to show that the arms series was printed from a plate 240 set. Cat. £55 £19 link
380 Jamaica 2x 1½d WAR STAMP blocks incorporating gutter mgns: one straddles the panes plenty of roughed up opt letters, but lacks a no stop variety originally claimed (slightly rounded SW corner). The other is NE corner block far l.h. pane, does include ‘No Stop’, is mint and altogether tidier £4
381 Jamaica The 1919 pictorial 3/- in fine lower mgnl block of 4, the bottom two stamps are mint, SG87 cat. £108 £30 link
382 Jamaica David Atkinson’s page of the 1919-21 MCA pictorials has two each of the 1½d, 2½d and 5/-, others one each. Second page holds 1923 Charity set, 1927 MSCA ½d normal and “bow” variety, ending with 1929-32 MSCA (4) and 1938 MSCA (3). Not vetted for condition, but all o.g. and attractive. Cat. £476 £85
383 Jamaica The plus feature of s/cards holding 1938-51 defins. pt. o.g. to 10/- (no ½d green, 3 x 5/-, the rest one of each listed colour) is that one of the 5/- is lower mgnl. showing OHMS DE LA RUE & COM.; All look fine, cat. abt. £135 £40
384 Jamaica There are 21 stamps on a s/card which contains 21 used to £1 (they look sensibly picked), inc. 2d (3), 5/-, 10/- (two each) so we infer that these cover the perf. changes, but it’s the £1, not the 5/- that’s line perf £18
385 Jamaica Repaired Chimney variety admirably clear on lightly u. KGVI 1/-; nicely centred, folded SW corner perf. still attached, and very minor creasing in the opposite corner, do not mar overall appearance. SG130a, cat. £110 £40
386 Jamaica 1945 New Constitution 1½d sepia, complete mint sheet with Waterlow imprint, plate 1, full mgns. – happily it’s the cheap perf., or we’d be embarrassed by cat. quote otherwise. Folded at a convenient column, to fit its album page £12
387 Jamaica The New Constitution 2d green, complete mint sheet to the same specification, just as fine £12
388 Jamaica Here to complete the trio is a mint sheet of the 3d ultramarine equally complete, folded and fine. As the format is vertical it will sit uprt on the album page, and we estimate a bit higher £15
389 Jamaica In 1979 John Waddington brought their skills in the production of playing cards into the field of philately, and printed the year’s new definitive. Here are complete sheets of the six lowest values, 50 stamps in each one, divided into two panes of 25. The printers missed one trick only – which card players ought not to do – by omitting a gutter mgn between the panes. Thus a sheet had to be folded back a little awkwardly for page to receive it, instead of separating into two elegant, self-sufficient panes. The six values are mint, intact and fine, and we use an out-of-date cat. quote on which to base our valuation, which might advantage you, but remember stamps can go down as well as up, and buy because they suit your collecting tastes, not for investment (perish the thought) £70
390 Jamaica By 1984 amid escalating inflation, low values ran short, and the current 6c and 12c defins were surcharged 5c and 10c to fill the gap. Mint sheets of SG605/6 are offered here with all the character of the preceding four lots £15
391 Jamaica We’ve seen dealers at auction paying 40% cat. for unused 1948 SW high values of late (and they don’t need to be unmounted). We’ll be a bit softer with this Jamaican £1 SG144 fine lge pt o.g. now cat. £28 £12
392 Jamaica Numeral pmks, A32, 33, 34, 38, 78 (pine strt edge), 79 (type K) all on 6d except 34 (4d CA), then G16 (1d carmine), 193 (4d CC), 640 (2d rose). These strikes are all readily identifiable, quality usually just below fine, so we give some weight to cat. value in our estimate £50 link
393 Jamaica Numeral postmarks comprising AO1 On GB 4d, 6d then one of each numeral from A27 to A83 except for A80. The strikes are mainly medium to fine, but the rare types are usually not included. Topaz premium attributable is £500+ for all, and excluding the GB, the basic stamps have estimated cat. value £150-200. So the collection can be treated as a one-stop representation of the area or a sound basis for add-ons, ad lib £200 link
394 Jamaica The next section comprises the pure alphabet codes (only B and C are present, and the E, F, G numeral codes (11 arguably, E06 and G13 absent). The best strikes are G15, 16, both complete sideways, and an even higher class E58 on 2d rose vert. pair, other strikes being of variable quality £75 link
395 Jamaica The final section (numerals with no letter prefix) comprises 10 out of 12, omitting 615, 622. All strikes are virtually full, orientation varies, so does strength, but all are readily identified. We make Topaz premium about £390, the leaders being 631 on 6d CC, 598 on key-plate 1d, 201 on 1d official, 642 on 1d red CA £140 link
396 Jamaica Perhaps you only fancy letters B, C, E in isolation, available as a respectable group on ½d and 4d CA, 2d CC, at approximately 12, 3, 9 o’clock. Topaz premium £117 £40
397 Jamaica Uncommon early regn. oval on QV ½d CA teams with F96 and G16 both on 1d CC, A66 on 4d CC and a bold F98 at 5 0’clock on QV ½d yellow-green, bur precedence goes to a weak but uprt. Strike of A39 on key-type 2½d dull purple and lilac. This is rare with a Topaz premium assessment decades ago of £63, so we’ll ignore the others and value all at £44
398 Jamaica A48 killer for once all but throttles a pale orange-brown 4d pine. (mildly rounded SE corner) so we take more notice of Topaz premium (v. scarce, £42) than of cat £50 £18
399 Jamaica A81 on ½d CC at 4 o’clock, not outstanding, entirely acceptable – Topaz premium is £48 £14
400 Jamaica A28 on 6d CC, A73 on 1d rose postal fiscal and the railway cds of GREE(N VALE) MAR 25 1920. All three are gettable strikes – these are superior quality £20
401 Jamaica A43 on 1d carmine CA; A47 on 2d CC; A49 on 1d, 4d CC, 2d slate, 4d CA, key type 2d; A58 moderate strike on 1d red Falls – the rest are decent to fine £16
402 Jamaica 1d key type (x10) carrying A47, 55, 62, 64, 66, 67, 71, 76, B, 193 – all are legible and full £17
403 Jamaica A62 on 1d pine, 6d pair, 1d CC pair, CC 2d, 6d, CA 1d carmine, 2d slate, 1d, 2d key-type, 1d official; A63 on 1d red Falls, fullish strikes mainly vg to fine – the ½d official is far more prestigious than all the rest put together £35
404 Jamaica A71 on CC 1d, 2d, 3d, 6d, 1/-, CA ½d, 1d carmine, 4d, key-type 2d; A72 on CC 2d; A73 on 1d, 2d, 3d; A74 on CA ½d. Strikes are gd to fine throughout £46 link
405 Jamaica Pale blue 1d pine, strt edge at rt type L A75 at 10 o’clock – what’s special about that? We thought someone would like a perfectly formed example of this pmk, which is usually so thickened and worn with use £5
406 Jamaica Not all Topaz premiums for numeral pmks are up in the clouds. On this s/card for A75 the total add-on for the killer on 12 different values (of which 6d and 1/- pine are also pairs) is not much over £20, the stamps with cat. abt £140 so the whole is modestly valued. Yet, even where many of the killers are central, and strongly impressed, to boot, you’ll see why we have singled out the 1d pine lotted singly, as a paradigm example
407 Jamaica With A76 (using 2 killers, from roughly when CC issues replaced pines) the add-on for Topaz is even lower in respect of the 1d, 2d pine and 11 later values inc. 1d CC pair. We’re looking here at cat. only just into 3 figures £30
408 Jamaica Moving on to A78, we have 1d pine in two shades, one a pair, and 7 later values, premium lifts cat. in the £60s to about 3 figs, but we pay a bit more respect to the pmks £28 link
409 Jamaica Once we move beyond the A numerals, we have 18 stamps: F96 on both 2d CA; a super G16 on key-type 2d; a poor ‘193’ on a wretched 1/- CC; ‘640’ on 5 values inc. 6d CC; ‘647’ on 1d blue pair and 1d key-type; ‘B’ acting sole on 5 values to 4d. Cat. here is in the negligible £20s premium a healthier £140 £44
410 Jamaica We’ve singled out as an envoi 4 stamps with more pmk character: 1d official with A33; 2d deep rose hosting ‘196’; ‘617’ on ½d CA; ‘B’ on 2½d/4d, decent value for £25 link
411 Jamaica On key-type 1d, type 8 of ALBANY and BOWDEN clear enough, if a bit fuzzy; railway cancels of Porus and Green Vale on 1d falls and 1½d pictorial; 1932 Xmas label on piece with ½d £35 link
412 Jamaica “LAMBS (RIVER)/ JAMA(ICA) 2/6./-”. A fine 50% type 8 strike in black on ½d CA. All recorded strikes were 1896. The pmk was probably shared by ½d pair, but the key half is preserved here. Note that Aguilar wrongly inserted an apostrophe in LAMBS. To that extent the present lot may be treated as a proving example £25
413 Jamaica Very few early TRD’s show the high visibility of this Type 11 (T)ITCHFIELD 2.3.03 – a 90% strike on key-type 2½d (pulled NE corner perf.) £28
414 Jamaica The main merit of Ronald Wong’s self-addressed P/S 1½d cards is that the TRD cancels are generally high quality, easy to read. Either that, or this batch of 37 cards from Fort George to Winchester (pausing for places like Jackson Taylor, Kellam, “Means”, O’Meally, Scott’s Run in between) has been solicitously culled. Date range is 1965 to ’70, and only Martha Brae inverted its date. You’ve had lots of TRD’s of late, so we estimate economically at £80
415 Jamaica Broken into two, because we think, perhaps wrongly, that one is more interesting than the other, also to make room for the names, are TRDs (mid ‘60s to ‘70s as usual) mostly on blank cards, involving liaison between clergymen in Kingston (Jamaica)and Lancashire. First group comprises: Baker’s Hill; Barneyside; Baulk; Belgar: Chantilly; Duhaney Park; Golden Run: Kilancholly; Lakes Pen; Peggy Barry; Platfield; Richards Pen; Rio Hoe; Shelley Piece; Silent Hill; Thatch Walk; Valley Piece. All fine strikes £12
416 Jamaica … and the next group is – Bath Mountain; Big Bridge; Burnt Ground; Chatham; Cotterwood (2); Dukes; Hayfield; Hendon; Irwin; Jubilee Town; Lewisburg; Lime Hall; Reckford; Red Valley; Redwood; Rose Town; Summerfield; York Pen £12
417 Jamaica Nothing unusual about QV 2½d dull purple and blue taking cover of FE 13 01 to NY. The code in the cds under Kingston does look unfamiliar – W right of centre and another letter to left imperfectly inked £12
418 Jamaica This (F)ROME type 33 on 2d (at 2 o’clock, as complete as its host stamp will allow). We read date as 2 JAN 1940 – Aguilar says office opened in 1940 – so was the office opened New Year’s Day, or is ours a proving FD strike? £15
419 Jamaica The pre-WW1 section of a pmk collection comprising abt. 200 stamps on s/cards. We count over 90 offices here, and varied strikes where office features more than once. A small section tackles Kingston code marks, and another a variety of Street Letter Box cancels. Names such as Bartons, Pear Tree, Point Hill are not of common occurrence, most strikes are full or fullish £75
420 Jamaica 8 early TRD’s in this group: Type 8 are Lawrence Tavern, Walderston, Williamsfield; type 11 is Titchfield; type 12 are Race Course (2); type 15 is Windsor Castle; type 16 is Mount Royale (on 3d). The rest are of sufficient quality to be offered alone, so the basis of estimate is wholesale £90
421 Jamaica The railway cancels from the same collection (but there’s a Clarendon lurking in the general lot): 18 stamps in this lot including Annatto and Annotto Bay, Cambridge, Chapelton, Daubs, Buff Bay, Appleton, Kingston Baggage Dept, Maggotty, Richmond, and we observe stamp 19, a United Fruit Co. strike – we leave the rest for the buyer’s enjoyment £48
422 Jamaica In the KG5 era we count (or miscount) 85 singles or items on piece, and they include type 18 (Gra)nge Lane on king’s head 1½d and type 21 Askenish on pictorial 1½d, both of superior quality; and we count 60+ offices. On the sidelines are 4 stamps disabled with CANCELLED and a WW1 Red Cross (½d). A damaged 1d supports Ipswich otherwise stamp condn. looks satisfactory throughout. Of the cdc strikes we suggest that Walter Mount will not be easily matched for scarcity £60
423 Jamaica Our count (or miscount) for the general pmk. coverage of the KG6/QEII era is 12 covers and 472 singles, multiples or pieces, of which perhaps a bare 100 are pre-1953, while only about 1 item in 8 carries a TRD. For all that, the range of offices is very wide, there does not seem to be much duplication of location and type and there are bound to be hard-to-gets £60
424 Jamaica 1887 cover from a watchmaker and jeweller in King St to a firm in Birmingham, tidily franked with QV 2d slate horiz. pair, their Kingston squared circle cds with code II. When you think about it, this 2d is seen on cover much less often than the 4d of the period which served a rate in constant use £30 link
425 Jamaica Printed cover from Sterling Textiles Ltd was regd at Kingston for travel by air to London WC2, but the 9d and 1½d stamps across the flap were ignored until reverse was cancelled at Miami and NY Foreign Section en route. Miami won the character battle with a cds in violet and the whole date in yoga position £9
426 Jamaica “Imbecile” yelled the Cuban Postmaster to his assistant while scrubbing through the h/stamp reading “Insufficiently paid for transmission by air” (our translation). He should have been more tolerant, as this cover to Kingston came from Tampico, franked of course with Mexican air mail values, and the error was picked up in time for it to catch the flight sporting its appropriate cachet – but, the anger radiated through the deletion £22
427 Jamaica KG6 stamps came on issue 10 Oct 38. Along with 2½d a FDC to Gilbert Collett, no less, come 4 covers to show late or extended use in a commercial setting of the 1932 2½d and 6d values:- 2x 2½d plus 1929 1½d paying 6½d airmail rate to Huddersfield from Ocho Rios 13 FE 38; 2½d earlier 4d AU 25 38, same rate to London from BRAES RIVER (seldom seen on cover); regd Groves & Lindley, getting away with the use of 6d and the newly issued ½d, untaxed by air Spanish Town to Huddersfield, via NY; 2½d from Falmouth (Good Hope) to Havana on DE 14 39 (deciphered with difficulty) £28
428 Jamaica Having made confession we shall reintroduce some of last year’s air mail over the next several lots, for the primary purpose of inviting scrutiny of the rates. We got it wrong for the 2 GB covers in last year’s lot 386. Each was neatly franked with a 1½d and 1/- and each was accepted 13 JA 31 for first service via NY to Jamaica next day. This info is endorsed, in default of cachet, and they must have travelled surface (dry and wet) after NY, as arrival was JA 28 £21
429 Jamaica Culpa nostra: though you were all offered these BOAC VC10 FFCs last year, we didn’t highlight the rates, which are probably worthy of scrutiny for unintended inconsistency. 30 Ap 65: out of NY – for Montego Bay, 15c US, no extant address; 14c U.N., then back to Connecticut; 13c US, same route. Out of Montego Bay, 6d to Nassau via NY. Out of Kingston, for Montego Bay, 3d; for London, 1/6. 28 OC 65 covers accepted for Lima, 29.10.65, out of Kingston and Montego Bay, each paying 8d. 4 AP 66 out of London for Mexico City, 1/3, bits of Caribbean visible from the window en route £36
430 Jamaica Despite all the FFCs we’ve offered over recent years from Pan Am and others, we cannot recollect one incoming from the Dominican Republic before now. This philatelic example, clean and compelling, in the Santo Domingo – Kingston flight of 8.8.32, franked with 7c and 10c, the pink cachet a 5-point star enclosing plane and text. Machine cancel on reverse produces only wavy lines £19 link
431 Jamaica We are winding down the survivors from David Atkinson’s collection this year, so that 6 Eastern Airlines covers are on offer here at a reduced estimate. A C-day 10c franks DE 13 69 FFC Kingston-Newark to John Lockie, Manitoba, one of our early joiners, as was Bob Swarbrick recipient of one of 5 JY 72. FFCs to or from Atlanta hub and Kingston or Montego Bay. Two are now unaddressed, and two went to a Milwaukee collector, inc. the one whose routing cachet extended to Minneapolis – St Paul £18
432 Jamaica 3 more FFCs each costing 10c: 8.8.32 for FAM6 from San Juan, Porto Rico to Kingston; DE 11 1959, an Everard Aguilar FFC, Miami to Kingston on Pan Am’s Boeing 707; DE 1 71 Air Jamaica Kingston to Philadelphia, using the special 1 st flight TRD. For the 1959 flight the Foreign Office stepped in with a veto – so not just first flight, but the only one for the time being with this service. Hence the apparently OTT one-time £12 price tag on the cover. As to the veto, was history repeating itself? Think of the initial delays to commercial flights £16
433 Jamaica Our membership – that’s right you – turned their backs last year (rather unkindly, we thought) on our offering of FFCs to or through the Canal Zone linking with Kingston or Montego Bay – ex Atkinson, you’ll recollect. 10 covers, estimated at £127 are now offered with more than one third off. We probably won’t reduce below that and if you don’t get them, they’ll be gone £80
434 Jamaica 3 covers ex Atkinson accept 30 or 31 MCH 1949 for Br. Caribbean Airways 1 st flight to Miami or onward, unsold last year, are offered again more economically. They must be worth £4 each, surely? £12
435 Jamaica Commercial cover from St Ann’s Bay DE 8 30 to Vancouver and we don’t believe the FFC element had any significance in its despatch. Accidentally scarce, therefore £27
436 Jamaica FFCF Managua Feb 4 1931 to Kingston. The last F stands for failed – it didn’t fly – last year’s lot 387 now bottoms out. If you don’t know about Nicaragua’s air mails of 1931-3 or thereabouts you’re missing something. The collectors of Nicaragua can’t find them either – but this cover used earlier, gettable stamps £18
437 Jamaica Same-source FFCs from Kingston through Miami to Dominican Republic, Haiti, San Juan, Porto Rico. Each of the three is of the same character, franked 1/- and king’s head ½d, and C.H. Stollmeyer no doubt got them back safely, with or without return address £30
438 Jamaica We think these 10 Lufthansa FFCs (unsold from last year) cost David Atkinson much more than £4 each, and we’re doing him an injustice in our estimate. Still, it’s Xmas at the time of writing and we do seem to have reached the end of the bin £40
439 Jamaica 20ppcs showing towns, villages and rural views. Only 6 have undivided backs, yet we haven’t spotted a motor car anywhere. Six are used from Jamaica, 1 in GB, 3 messages, no stamp, 10 unused. A pleasant selection, not exotic, though More Town, Portland is seen less often, and there are 3 of Newcastle, from which you can freewheel back to Kingston if your car breaks down. (We know, we did) £54
440 Jamaica The tipping of a shelf yielded Eastern Airlines FFC’s linking Kingston/Montego Bay with Philadelphia and Newark Dec 13 1969; and Atlanta Jul 1 1972; prior to that, Lufthansa broached the route to Guayaquil 1 AP 67; and Air Jamaica made it to Frankfurt 3.xi.75, their cover proclaiming in German at Frankfurt, it was the shortest way to Jamaica and the first direct flight to Montego Bay. Had this airline been nodding off during the years of pioneering by the bigger operators? (8 covers) £35
441 Jamaica Our sender aspired to send covers of 1969 and 1973 by air to a London address near Harrods using a 10c C-DAY stamp from Corletts Road, and later a miserly 2c. Each cover arrived marked INSUFFICIENTLY PAID for TRANSMISSION BY AIR, so if the sender was a client of the receiver, memory and concentration studio, that firm hadn’t done much for his memory and concentration in the interim £9
442 Jamaica In Mar 1890 the forward half of a 1½d red-brown p/s reply card went from mother in Brown’s Town via Claremont and Dry Harbour to Master Eden in York Castle. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could unite it with a reply. It seems that the other kids all had measles, but we’re confident this card is no longer contagious £25
443 Jamaica In the KE period ½d wrappers are abundant – not so the ½d p/s card. This example from Kingston to Morant Bay AP 11 07 £14
444 Jamaica Judicial overprints QEII (queen’s head) 5c to $2 (9 values) and alongside the 2/- value in NE corner pair with sheet no. All these immaculate mint, except for faint trace of a paper clip on one 2/- (ex Sutcliffe, valued low) £25 link
445 Jamaica By strongest inference this is a postcard view of activity alongside the German cadet ship Viktoria Louise, home-produced, lacking a caption, showing the ship’s cutter head on her port side, officers and crew on both vessels, and something mysterious being hoisted. The philatelic content yields a 5 pf. Germania franking to Germany, written from Kingston 8.11.11, text in German, bearing the date stamp of MARINE SCHIFFSPOST 6, the office numeral and the date enabling the ship and its movements to be readily identified from records a century and more before. (These offices were themselves mobile, being on occasions transferred as a unit from one ship to the next). The fact that the Caribbean location can be gathered from the text, without recourse to records, makes this item an exceptional rarity £90 link
446 Jamaica 5 AU 07 earthquake ppc (Harbour St looking west) Kingston to Tasmania, arrival cds. of BREAM CREEK OC (no day) 07 after San Francisco transit; JA 16 08 ppc. of Gordon Town posted at Adelphi to same destination FE 27 arrival. We regret the non-BWI uplift in valuation the cds. at arrival is itself rated rare, but you can explain any self-extravagance as ‘rare destination’ £39 link
447 Jamaica “A Village Post Office”. A charming unused scene in colour. Made in Germany so presumed pre-WWI. Marketed by Dr. Jas Johnston, Brown’s Town, P.O. Despite that hint we can’t give positive identification – maybe you can £5 link
448 Jamaica In a 1909 (earthquake) ppc of Harbour St, looking west, TJD (or suchlike) complains to Miss Emmott of London’s Ennismore Gdns of the ruinous cost of cabs (but you could say the same these days of used earthquake postcards, this one from Constant Spring) £12 link
449 Jamaica B/w earthquake ppc’s: “Corner King and Harbour Streets” was used Apr. 07 in East Anglia to tell of a missed train, expletive deleted. The unused are “St. George’s Church”; “Orange St”; “Port Royal Street”; “Harbour Street”; “King Street from Water Lane” £54
450 Jamaica 3 more unused earthquake ppc’s, which we think are less well-known: “Colonial Bank”; “Back View Myrtle Bank Hotel”; “Dr. Robertson Dispensary, Duke Str.” All are Duperly cards Made in Germany £26
451 Jamaica 3 Port Antonio ppc’s, 1 b/w, 2 in colour, derive from a single photographic exposure with subtle differences in printing and production. One is written for a lad in Jamaica’s Malvern, not posted. The others paid 1d in arms issues in 1906 and 1911, for sending to Massachusetts and Brussels. We twin this group with neighbouring Titchfield Hotel, the b/w unposted sees gents war retailer promote his King St. shop, the other coloured unused, takes in the hotel from across the harbour £24
452 Jamaica The era which nurtures the impressionist painters also encompassed the emergence of colour photographs. In both forms the detail which delights at a distance dissolves if you get too close. We have picked “Town of Lucea” and Greetings from Jamaica, showing Mandeville (2) and Port Maria as an also ran, to illustrate the artistry and effectiveness of postcard production 1905-10, all unused and visually pleasing £19
453 Jamaica Ppcs to Los Angeles, Cambridge (Mass.) and Sussex – arms stamps – feature the Court House at Falmouth, the South Camp Rd, hotel, Kingston and the Post Office Savanna la Mar. Officer’s quarters Up Park camp joins the ppc party, never been used £18
454 Jamaica A melange ex Sutcliffe around a 1919-21 hub, with pictorials 2d (8), 1/- (9), 2/- (5) in singles, 1½d (12), 2½d, 2/- (4 each), 1/- (8) in one or more blocks (all be, usually mint); Groves & Lindley who feature in 1 cover, 5 fronts, I revenue; 3 unused Spanish Town ppc’s; and the outriders are QV 1d postal fiscal u. (inc numerals &c, 1919-20 1d (16m), a postwar ppc and KG6 FDC from Lascelles £56
455 Jamaica Early Maxim cards? Not exactly but the very scenes used for the 2½d and 6d stamps of the 1932 pictorials, on 1930’s postcards, all 3 unused and in colour £15
456 Jamaica Red Cross stamps m, u and on cover to Half Way Tree on two David Atkinson pages, the second of which houses six WWI Red Cross labels with more text than value. These come with the KG6 set of 18 defins m. spread across two pages so as to include listed perfs (guess which is missing) and shades of 10/- perf 13, 9d (2), 1d scarlet and 1½d (3 of which might once have passed as v. light brown). Cat. for these pages £192 £42
Leeward Islands
457 Leeward Islands Two mint examples of KE 2½d SG23 in one of which name and duty are bumping their heads against the frame ceiling. Displacement has to be more to gather the magnetism of the shift in the QV 1d, but this one has tried £12
458 Leeward Islands KG6 ¼d top marginal, with sheet no. 111 above it (Note for the uninformed; when an English cricket team reaches that number of runs a wicket often falls) £2
459 Leeward Islands Mounted on an album page, but presumed substantially mint, is a plate 3 block of 48 from the top 8 rows of l. h. pane, and thus including the valuable D I flaw, SG99, 99a, cat £294, A thin dramatic line takes the place of a second Jubilee line in the gutter mgn on the left – this neither puts us off nor turns us on £95 link
460 Leeward Islands KG6 2/- and 5/- each perf SPECIMEN and still in possession of its r. h. gutter mgn, which has to be a rare occurrence £85 link
461 Leeward Islands Broken E on KG6 5/- substantially o.g. No, don’t get excited about 112a etc: we think a foreign body sat briefly over E and W in the upper tablet, holding name (unless you know better) £25
462 Leeward Islands KG6 £1 violet and black showing small break in lower scroll which vendor has “not found…recorded anywhere, and it may well not be constant” – or else Dickgeisser and every other geezer have nodded. So SG114a fine o. g. centred rt cat. £35 with as many pluses as you care to add £40 link
463 Leeward Islands £1 purple and black/carmine SG114a fine m. cat. £90 £54 link
464 Leeward Islands Another KG6 £1 SG114c mint where the King’s upper lip is completely bare of shading (mind you, a normal stamp doesn’t have all that much) and the normal slightly but intensified diagonal shading behind the lips becomes a thickened black line. We treat as non-recurrent. Disprove that, and you have a bargain offering – lt pencil notation on gum £35
465 Leeward Islands Medley for the general collector of the Leeward group offers QV (7 to 2½d and 1d/7d) featuring one or two from each of the island killers, except Antigua (which you’ve got already), Barbados cds on 1d on piece, KG6 2½d light bright blue NW plate 2 corner block, 2d olive-grey SE plate 3 + 2 corner block fine mint or mgn mounted; also, moving to domestic, St Kitts duplex on 1½d orange, fairly good CAYON TRD on 3d ultramarine (both KG5 of course) and Virgin Gorda as complete as you can get MR 24 06 on KE 1d – one A12 looking purplish, may be illusion £56 link
466 Leeward Islands 7 KG5 MCA 3d used around the islands on this s/card. They probably cover the listed shades (we’ve given up trying to classify for used) and anyway cat £24 or more each with 2 name and duty unusually low £32
467 Leeward Islands Loop flaw . Let’s not discuss whether this modest aberration deserved its listing (or should have remained a specialist’s amusement). It’s here; it’s constant; and GeoSix is a powerful lobby. Moreover, it’s so nicely positioned, second row beneath the second plate number. Ideal for blocks you see, and here are the ½c to 4c and 6c values in immaculate mostly mint corner blocks, mounted on an album page. SG126-30, 132 with their ‘a’ numbers, cat £119. Go higher, spend more, see next lot £48
468 Leeward Islands Loop flaw (continued). In these days of instant world-wide communication, rules are here to be broken. This lot, comprising 1c corner plate block of 8 (2 columns of 4) and the 5c in its NW corner block, this lot (which includes a further minor 1c variety) will sell pre-auction to the first £20 bid to reach us £20
469 Leeward Islands Loop Flaw (continued) Here, on a similar album page, are corresponding corner blocks for the 8c to $1.20 values inclusive SG133-8 with ‘a’ numbers, cat. £285. Aesthetically, the cheaper page is more colourful; those smile. These look rather stern. Investmentwise please don’t mention the word £120 link
470 Leeward Islands This album page houses QEII ½c horiz. pair with r. h. mgn used and l. h. mgnl mint(ish) block of 9 with two minor varieties flagged by illustration. To give a youngster a chance our valuation is kept v. low. Will it stay there? £1.50
471 Leeward Islands The listed broken scroll variety on QEII $2.40 faultless o.g. (its hinge still in place) SG139a Cat. £110 £42 link
472 Leeward Islands The $4.80 value SG140a in similar faultless condn. Cat. £140 £54 link
473 Leeward Islands The POINTE MICHEL cds is slightly too large for a KE7 2½d CA to accommodate and this example of SP 4 03 hit its target 2 mm too high to leave a full uprt strike. On the plus side, the host stamp is beautifully fresh, good strikes of the village can and should be repeated, for the wide range of stamps on which (by courtesy of a local philatelist?) they can be found, and this is a fine, clean strike £10
474 Leeward Islands There’s a copperplate address to a doctor in Lowell, Massachusetts on a cover whose QV 2½d pair has a neat A12 duplex cancel, reverse is mildly mauled at the foot, where previously mounted. On the front “April 29/96” appears in pencil between 2 parallel lines , the date of arrival in Lowell, which may also be date of departure from NY, We don’t think 5d was deliberate overpayment. Imperfect regn? Double weight? Dunno £32
475 Leeward Islands If you are already familiar with this scarce mark you will readily recognise both the shade of red ink and the handwriting in which the name ESK is written on this Leeward QV 1d (highly esteemed by those in the know). See also Oliver (Leeward Islands) for handwriting illustration £40 link
476 Leeward Islands As night follows day, here is the handwritten SOLENT from the same collection on another QV 1d, with similar features to lead to instant recognition of authenticity. Easier to find by a very short head £39
477 Leeward Islands Cover of AU 22 02 sent to or procured by Mrs Myler of Roseau, 1d rate paid by 1d/6d SG18. Was there a ½d local rate then, or was it only for newspapers? Cat. £18 off cover £20 link
478 Leeward Islands KE 2½d blue franks DE 3 08 cover from St. Thomas to Priscilla Publishing Co. Boston (wounded flap) £18
479 Leeward Islands 32 stamps to a total value of 10 bob (that’s shillings for some of you youngsters) were sent to Paris from the Antigua post office, regd, in a tidy crested OHMS manila env. of AP 10 13, bearing 6d on face, 2d on flap, and the filled-out 1913 statement that it still encloses. It deserves almost full cat. valuation £40
480 Leeward Islands Regd cover MY 23 13 from St John’s Antigua to Yorkshire’s Halifax using the 5 LE7 universal colours from 2d to 1/-. Unexpected but unobtrusive, central fold avoids the stamps and does not detract from their dignity. Cat. off cover £53.75 £42 link
481 Leeward Islands This Bessie Harper cover never moved from St John’s office where it would have been put in the post, until she collected it. Duly initialled, foolscap size, it bears only the violet-black Leeward Islands Governor’s cachet (and part of its rectangular frame) and was on formal OHMS business – rather scarce £12 link
482 Leeward Islands Bessie’s mum kept her correspondence too, for here is a St Kitts ppc of Pall Mall Square, Basseterre (little changed, even today) whose ½d adhesive, sent just before Xmas, was cancelled by the 6-ring end of an ebony ruler. 3 other adhesives on the album page (QV 2½d, KE 2d, KE 1d red, all Leewards) show the impression of similar rulers with 4 or 5 rings. They support the theory that these were used on the small mail boats, plying between the islands £30 link
483 Leeward Islands The Commissioner’s Office in Montserrat regd a pre-addressed cover to Rev. R. Foster in Wallington on JA 12 1917, using Leeward 3d SG51b. It took just 4 weeks to reach London via Liverpool, uncensored (and might have taken more in WWII) – cat. from £100 (surely too high as starting level?) £40 link
484 Leeward Islands We like to weave a story behind a cover, so we’ll say that the tastefully printed GOVERNMENT House, LEEWARD ISLANDS on flap of a clean neat envelope came from a sender high in administration in St Johns. Miss Bankes, the addressee at 61 Brook Street, London W1 (that’s in Mayfair) was a next-generation relative, receiving Xmas greeting. Sender knew that 1½d War Stamp, despatched DE 12 18, ought properly to have been replaced by ½d with a postal 1d – but he didn’t care. The war was over at last £18
485 Leeward Islands Montgomery Ward get their usual supporting role, as recipient of 2d franked, duplex-cancelled cover of JY 7 24 from St Kitts (but their Chicago correspondence has dwindled right off by this time) £18
486 Leeward Islands Properly rated commercial use of Leeward KG5 script 3d deep ultramarine SG68a attracts a multiplier from x5 for its use on cover (which is certainly rare). Where we hesitate over a 1927 example to ZIHLSCHLACHT, Switzerland is on 2 grounds. Was it on sale in Basseterre, from which the letter was sent? Our view here is that the only sources would have been Montserrat, or from Crown Agents through a dealer. In that case, cat. from £300 would be pushing it, but it’s valuable all the same £90 link
487 Leeward Islands McFarlane used SJ 1½d block to register 1936 cover to the Boston area; a really bright blue 2½d Die II cover of 20 JA 35 to the Boston area; and we could have given reasonable status to a 1951 OHMS cover to NY from Tortola by air bearing 3d deep blue and 6d, if it hadn’t been chopped up to leave just a large slice of the front £28
488 Leeward Islands The short-lived octagonal Crown/PASSED/B/100/3 (crystal-clear) offers purpose and apology for 1½d – franked cover FE 1 43 from Antigua to Rev. C. Ashton, St. George’s Rectory. It arrived Plymouth, Montserrat in 3 days and is endorsed in pencil Dioc(esan) Treas(urer) 4/2/43 £24
489 Leeward Islands Uncensored printed cover of OC 11 44 from Barclays, Basseterre bore the best of the KG6 1/- values (the black and grey/emerald), arriving in Toronto in tip-top fresh condition “VIA AIR MAIL” – impressive cat., from £65 £40 link
490 Leeward Islands Air mail cover from St. Kitts to Michigan paid 10d to travel in 1946 with 6d and 2 x 2d values £16
491 Leeward Islands A 1956 philatelic cover (with a REGISTRATION imprint reminiscent of contemporary radiator grilles) holds QEII 1c, 5c singles 2c, 3c blocks, the 2c from SE corner showing in unmatching shades their plate no.1 for both head and duty plates. With added profusion, a lady in St John’s, Antigua, has preserved a local unregd. Cover on which are QEII 1c and 48c in blocks of 6, the 48c top mgnl. from columns 5, 6, 7. Ugh! £24 link
492 Leeward Islands We have grown a bit choosy over Specimen examples of pre-KG6 postal stationery, but give a genuine welcome to KG5 ½d and 1d p/s cards using Die II king’s head, the ½d superseding the old block capital form of SPECIMEN with a similar bold serifed version, and the 1d substituting a shorter dbl-lined, shaded, gently serifed opt. These are uncommon as you find from KG6 £42 link
493 Leeward Islands Collection of 52 p/s items housed in red Simplex binder, mounted on succinctly annotated pages. QV items comprise 3 envs. 3 PSRE (1 a SPECIMEN), 5 cards (inc. 1 reply, 1 SPEC.), 3 wrappers (1 SPEC.). For later reigns the corresponding numbers are KE7, 2, 2 (1 SPEC.), 5 (2 SPEC.), 2; KG5, 5 (1SPEC.), 2, 10 (1reply, 2 SPEC.), 1; KG6 3, 3, 2, 1. One KE7 env. was sent to Venice MY 8 03, 1 KG5 short-lived env. (1934 rate reduction to 1d) was addressed to Port Antonio, not posted, the others are unused; there’s a nibble out of a KG6 wrapper, staining on 2 envs. Of the reign, otherwise condn gd to fine. No duplication that we’ve picked up and scarcer sizes are included £150
494 Leeward Islands There’s nothing unduly upmarket about Montserrat’s Parliament St (looking South) – C.E.E. Browne Jr. No3 – sent to Bessie Harper 22.11.16, Leeward SG47 paying the ½d inter-island rate; just a relaxed b/w view of Trescillian House, and Vancouver House Hotel(?) smiling at one another, and other 2-storey buildings towards the background (minor faults). The text hoped Bessie was as jolly as when the sender left Antigua, During WWI this was an untroubled overnight journey from Plymouth to St John’s £16 link
495 Montserrat 1d red CC with S of MONTSERRAT inverted SG1b, still with almost all its gum, crackled, as usually met, overlaid with hinge and paper adhesion, the delicate removal of which will spruce you and your acquisition up no end, cat. £1,000 £300 link
496 Montserrat Thank you vendor: we are surprised and, candidly a little flattered to offer the rare 6d blue-green SG3 for two years running, fine part o.g. (gum lightly crackled) – from memory it’s a slightly better example than last year’s, small pencil notation on gum, cat. £1,300 £500 link
497 Montserrat The re-entry at row 1/8 on 1d red CC and rose-red CA, SG1 and 8c, both fine part o.g., and re-entry at row 2/8 on SG 1 f.u. Cat. £70++ £70 link
498 Montserrat If you find us lukewarm about watermark varieties at times, we can enthuse when they are (as here) plainly visible on the reverse. The lot-makers are 1d CC SG1w and 2½d ultramarine CA SG10w, both f.u. for their era, the 2½d especially so and really hard to get; combined cat. £205 £80
499 Montserrat We revert to re-entries with SG1 from row 1/8 and 6d SG2 (2 different) from row 6/10 and 10/1 (usual mgnl wnk line). All are fair of face m. – well that’s more elegant than designating QV ‘fresh’ – and cat. £169++ (see under Antigua for more detail of the re-entries) £160 link
500 Montserrat Line-perf 2½d red-brown SG4 fine part o.g., with the odd slightly shorter perf that you always see, impeccably centred, cat. £250 £85 link
501 Montserrat QV CC 1d, 3m., 2u., 6d m. and u. gd. to fine – we note one 1d wmk. inverted, another reversed, but you expect that sort of thing with the 1876 issue, cat. £210 £52 link
502 Montserrat The 1880 2½d and 4d CC SG4 and 5, each m. and u. cat. £620; each 2½d is considered to be line perf. otherwise comb perf. Is assumed from here on £130 link
503 Montserrat This 4d blue CC is comb perf. and its wmk is inverted, which SG list as 5w, but only price used. Some original gum remains, a little tender loving care should part if from a small hinge remainder and leave reverse looking pleased with itself. Our price (which you are welcome to challenge or multiply) is £320 link
504 Montserrat 1883 perf. 12 m. and u. and an r.h. bisect well tied by its A08 killer to a small piece, SG6 and 6b, cat say £300 £75 link
505 Montserrat 1884-5 ½d (short NW corner perf), 1d (2 shades), 2½d red-brown and ultramarine, 4d mauve, all m. between SG7/13, cat. £364 £75 link
506 Montserrat Comb-perf. QV 2½d and 4d CA, SG 9 and 11, each f.u. cat £315 £130 link
507 Montserrat Undisturbed on an album page are QV ½d, 1d, (4 inc. both listed shades), 2½d red-brown and a rather blue ultramarine, 4d blue and mauve, all looking sensibly used, with a small piece to keep them company on which contentedly reposes an unsevered pair of bisects each lightly cancelled A08. We call cat. around £800, though we prefer bisects to do solo duty £170 link
508 Montserrat Carefully aligned on the lower part of an album page you’ll find the KE7 period CA badge defins. to 2/6 both m. and u., which we leave for you to rehouse if you wish. These are SG 14-22, cat. over £330 £60
509 Montserrat This album page houses all the MCA KE7 issues both m. and u. except for the used CA 2/- badge and the 5/- black and red, which is wholly absent. So except for SG31, you get SG24-32 and 35-47, one of each both m. and u. and there are shades of the 2½d blue and the 3d purple/yellow, m. only. Total cat. is about £800, but estimate reflects slight wariness over the small part Regd. cancel on the 5/- £180 link
510 Montserrat KE7 5/- black and red CC, SG23, looking fit and fresh, perhaps even mint, and unfazed in appearance by minor gum crease, cat £160 £50 link
511 Montserrat 1914 KG5 5/- SG48 lge. pt. og. ,its colours of red and green on yellow glowing gently just the way we like them, cat. £90 £32
512 Montserrat Now that you have acquired or declined SG48, we can offer the entire listed defins and war stamps between SG49 and 83 as matching pairs both m. and u., followed similarly by tercentenary issue to 1/-, 98 stamps on 2 pages whose cat works out about £1,050 £320
513 Montserrat KG5 MCA defins the set of 11 in SPECIMEN form. The 1d and 2d seem to be deeply impressed with their status, which the others carry more lightly, but all are smartly turned out – SG 49s/59s. Cat £250 £90 link
514 Montserrat 1932 tercentenary 2/6 and 5/- fine pt. og. SG92/3, cat. £158. You can unite them with the lower values, if you wish, but they’ve been living on separate pages with the current owner and we didn’t want to unsettle them. £44 link
515 Montserrat To avoid chopping up album pages, the 1935 SJ set introduces the KG6 era and is followed by 1937 coron., the 1938-48 pictorials (we hope, as does the vendor, with both perfs. throughout, the Victory, SW, UPU and Uni College pair, every m. stamp with its u. partner, 80 stamps on 3 pages, our cat. calculation over £530 £150 link
516 Montserrat A fine mint 1½d and 3d Victory twosome, and we are confident that they didn’t feel the pin-pricks which gave them their SPECIMEN character SG113s/114s cat. £85 £30
517 Montserrat The final KG6 page from the collection which has yielded the preceding lots, holds the 1951 set SG123/135 in which the m. and u. of each value are paired up in alignment. Cancellations are all unobtrusive, but that’s a plus in the eyes of many collectors, cat. £135 £46
518 Montserrat In this postmark assembly you’ll find a Roger Wells cover of 17 SP 38 with CUDJOE HEAD on each of the coronation trio, boxed magenta regn h/stamp; a Wells Victory duo of FE 1 47 from HARRIS, treated as underpaid regd, and underpaid, at Southampton, but perhaps regarded only as ordinary mail on despatch; then a semi –SW FDC from SALEM, pairing the non-simultaneous Leeward and domestic 2½d to no visible address; finally, QV(4) and two later issues with Montserrat cancels, inc. another SALEM £40
519 Montserrat 1929 Wilson cover with a difference – plainly commercial: OHMS regd. from GPO to Birmingham, postage paid with 3x 1½d stamps (combining domestic (2), with Leeward) it must have contained stamps ordered. Hooded red London transit mark a full 31 days after despatch and, curiously, nothing to mark Handsworth arrival. B/w ppc of West Entrance Botanic Gardens – photo by Has. J. Wall & Co – also adds variety, cancelled ½d on face, SG35 tied, but not legibly, unless 9.10.13 pencilled on reverse is accepted. Nothing else appears there, except an ambitious trader’s “Rare £40” £28 link
520 Montserrat The large format QV 1d fiscal m. (thin noted) and u. – this with the usual uneven perfs. (in contrast to its later sibling) and showing 3 half-hearted cds strikes before addition of a firm A08 killer for good measure £3
521 Nevis 1d dull lake SG1, two examples m. There are still enough of these around to begin and even complete a plating exercise – these apparently originate from positions 3 and 4, cat £220 £52 link
522 Nevis We see to our delight that SG has dropped a blued paper listing for the 1861 quartet; not least because, in our experience, the scarcest forms in which to find an example of the breed is one which shows no bluing at all. What’s more we now have a 4d of this character, unbelievably pure and soft in shade , centring beyond reproach, perfs close to immaculate, and – turn it over- full original gum with hinge attached, and looking none of its 157 years. We eschew the much-abused word ‘superb’ which wouldn’t even do it justice – Sg2, cat £160 £110 link
523 Nevis Next comes a 1d SG1 which we are sure has cohabited with our SG2 throughout, looking just the same from the reverse. Yet in each of the other described characteristics we grade it a semi-quaver lower. There is also in this lot 1d pale red (no gum) and another which falls between two listed shades (there were several printings, not three) pt o.g. – but gum like SG1 and 2 in character, SG9 and 15/17, also probably long-term cohabitees – cat. say, £210 £52 link
524 Nevis From the same album page (and stable?) come a lightly u. 4d SG11 and 1/- pale green SG20 (reverse again recalling SG1 and 2). Design is in no way impaired, yet we think the shade too pale, and we wonder whether some other stamp formed a lasting face-to-face attachment and, when separated, felt a little green with envy. Treat this as demurely attractive, but with a shadow in its history. Cat £113 £21
525 Nevis 3 unused Nisan & Parker 1d comprise a fresh SG1, SG10 masquerading as a proof – it’s been cut down, but colour’s lovely, last is litho, SG 17; there’s a 4d SG18 proudly refusing to be smothered by a heavy A09 assasin; and a DLR QV 1d carmine more than holds it own, sporting the diagonal date 22.9.87 inscribed by the local copper on his postal round, overstruck by its A09 – a useful range £52
526 Nevis Litho 1d SG 16, 17m. share this lot, reputed to come from positions 3 and 9. Plating is either easier or harder than with SG1, depending on whether you group the litho 1ds together, or plate the stamps separately where separately listed – cat. £87 £28
527 Nevis QV 2½d red-brown CA a decent used example of a difficult stamp. We’ll grade it v.g. as the perfs are not quite regular and there’s the tiniest rub on top frame line, yet we’re unkind to it, because it gained rather than lost from it’s neighbour, is perfectly centred, and has exactly the same robust killer, at exactly the angle, that you expect from issues used in the classic period – SG28, cat. £50 £17
528 Nevis 1d lilac-mauve CC stays in company with its pt o.g. friends ½d, 2½d ultramarine, 4d grey CA, all these with hinge or bits of hinge clinging on. Then there’s 1d carmine CA that’s been used – cat. £161 in all £27
529 Nevis Preserved on a fragment of a piece not even large enough to contain it is the A09 cancelled left half of 1d SG26, which a PFSA cert. describes as made for the collector market. To our dimmed eyes, the item is inconsequential and scruffy enough to have been properly used, but what do we know? R£30 link
530 Nevis The scarce 1883 6d green SG32, there’s the tiniest thin to edge of NE corner perf, and mild soiling but a v. presentable example, cat. £450 £65 link
531 Nevis Last in our current beauty parade is SG34 which for us is 1/- deep pale violet (yes, we know it’s a solecism) pure o.g., hinge attached cat. £110. Then we close the stable door £35 link
532 Nevis A restrained and pleasing compendium of pages for Nevis, with its A09, its cds and duplex on Leeward QV(3) and KG5 1d pair surrounding b/w ppc of “Morning Star” (or something unlike it) to Antigua for, we presume, father Harper; unused ppc of Cocoa_Nut Valley (sic); JUL 3 1941 uncensored OHMS cover, initialled by Warden, unfranked, but sporting Official Paid cds (from Warden’s pocket? Want to bet?); lastly Roger Wells cover 3 MY 47, fully franked, regd from Gingerland £33
Saint Christopher
533 Saint Christopher Unfranked serifed ST. KITTS PAID scarlet strike of AU 30 51 sits over a later red receiving cds of SP 24, on a 1/- rate small envelope to London’s East End. Packet journeys were so much quicker once sail gave way to steam. Routing diagram is on a separate page £210 link
534 Saint Christopher Village cancel 25/5/88 adorns mildly toned ONE PENNY/2½d ultramarine SG28 (at. £70) – a stamp on which village use is RR (though we remind ourselves this is the way used examples of 28a come) £60 link
535 Saint Christopher Perhaps you have enough dated pen-cancels from villages to shrug your shoulders at 24/7/80 on perf 14 magenta CC – but there’s a squiggle below the date. Look very closely – it has to be a hasty SP for Sandy Point £46
536 Saint Christopher Mint upper and lower corner blocks of four from the left of the little sheets of 20, therefore showing current no. 40 and plate no. 1 in the mgns., SG R3 cat £22+. Vert. gum crease on upper block not noticeable on face £18
537 Saint Christopher The DB duplex of NO 28 01 (Dieppe Bay) is here to cancel Leeward QV 2½d on cover to Mead Cycle Co, Chicago, transit next day through Basseterre, and reverse showing NY PAID duplex, and arrival DEC 9. Don’t expect sparkling appearance; the two cancels on front were fuelled by partly dry ink pads, and there’s a lightly tanned appearance to much of the surface area. In terms of rarity, however, a cover from this source and at this date is quite exceptional £60 link
538 Saint Christopher Less rare, still a very scarce item, is this CA (Cayou) coded cover for a London Correspondence College, passing Basseterre JY 6 10, the day after posting. Franking was a line of 4x KE7 ¼d, and the instrument, the small cds, isolated from any killer, but another instance of village inkpad running dry, the not unusual inversion of day and month, the easiest feature to discern. The stamps slumber unperturbed by central fold and mild general rumpling of the envelope (arr. JY 25) £52 link
Saint Kitts
539 Saint Kitts 1903 5/- SG10 fine lge pt o.g. cat. £70. If this were Geosix period, someone would have told us whether what appears to be a white line almost vertical between hair and eyes of the profile of the lady standing – and resuming briefly below her chin – is a flaw or a recurrent characteristic. As it is, we plead ignorance £28
540 Saint Kitts The four plate 1 numerals on three mint marginal examples of the 1907/16 1d SG14/a from SW, gutter mgn centre and SE of bottom row, illustrate the structure of the 120-set sheet of the badge/medicinal spring issues at the foot (cat. £10.50) £5 link
541 Saint Kitts Companion lot for the war tax issues – ½d green block from SE of l.h. pane, with plate no.1, deep green single NW of r.h. pane, three 1½d orange, all fine mint with full mgns from side, top or bottom – display same sheet structure, cat. £15 £4 link
542 Saint Kitts St Kitts/DB/AP13/08 at 6 o’clock on Leeward KE – the contemporary village strike can’t come more complete than this, and a strong DB (for Dieppe Bay) is always a winner £14
543 Saint Kitts St Christopher perf. 14 1d magenta CC with 23/3/81 village pen-cancel; Nevis litho 1d (NW corner has perished) pen-cancelled 6/10/74 – treat as fiscal, if you wish – for us, it was written by the island bobby on his rounds; St Kitts ½d SG1, high visibility DB code (Dieppe Bay) at 6 o’clock – long intervals between its emergence nowadays £20
544 Saint Kitts Using only Leeward stamps and stationery, here are 4 covers from St Kitts: 2½d p/s env. Travelled JA 25 93 to the Sussex coast; PSRE, QV 2½d added, went, MR 20 99, to NY; OHMS cover to Toronto used 4 values for regd travel to Toronto (at 4½d) – nicely b/stamped for Halifax & St Johns TPO leg to destination, not so nice damage to reverse elsewhere; lastly KE 2½d on 1911 cover to Massachusetts £85
545 Saint Kitts Here are two covers that paid 4½d for their journey from St Kitts, 1897 to Jersey using Leeward 1d (2), 2½d, and 1912 to Vienna using Leeward 2½d blue and 2d from the preceding MCA issue. The difference is that the latter was OHMS regd, with 2-line Postmaster of St Kitts, while former travelled as ordinary letter, though there’s nothing philatelic about it. Perhaps a servant was instructed to register it and didn’t. Unrealistic contrasting cat. quotes from £3.40 and £108.25 £52
546 Saint Kitts 2½d bright-blue on small envelope NO 7 14 commercial to NY £10
547 Saint Kitts Village cover of 15 JA 25 to Priscilla Company… Boston, Mass. New York City (but we learned long ago through Lizzie Borden, Massachusetts is a fortnight from New York). Two Leeward 1d violet were used, and a former owner has diagnosed the code is that of the OLD ROAD duplex. We hesitate to concur that the letters OR (pretty worn by this time) can be read. The A12 can perhaps be identified from appearance, but we’ll sit on the fence. Nice same day St Kitts date stamp on the front £22
548 Saint Kitts Covers of 1926, 29, 30 to Detroit, Vancouver and Toronto, paying 1½d with Leeward 1d violet and ½d, 1½d, 1d scarlet and ½d. This ½d is Die I, but we’ve shown you before how long this stayed in stock at Basseterre £30
549 Saint Kitts Here is Raymond Brainard of Mahwah (is this kiss-kiss?) New Jersey, receiving covers of 15 FE 29, franked with 2½d brown and separately 2½d ultramarine, and another of 27 MR 31 with the MCA orange-yellow. We include an unused badge reply card, for stiffness, not value £22
550 Saint Kitts Despite its heavy St Kitts wax seal, we don’t expect you to love a 1914 PSRE, Leeward 1d added for its overnight trip to Antigua (festooned as it is by foxing); you could be much better pleased by the coloured ppc’s of The Circus (which includes an almost prehistoric motor car) and a jaunty resident crossing “Church Street looking South”, July and Xmas 1927 to Annie Harper and daughter Bessie; we pass over an unaddressed, 3d stamped, cover of 16 FE 55, marking a visit by Princess Margaret, to close with KG6 2½d, Official Paid 1952 and an OHMS Official Paid cover, 15 JU 45 to Bessie Harper, whose egg-shaped, initialled Administrator’s cachet is deservedly faint-hearted when compared with the elegance of its predecessor h/stamp £56
551 Saint Kitts Montgomery Ward printed cover St Kitts to Chicago 26 FE 25 (their trade had been withering for about 4 years by now). Cover has class, left intact, clean, quite carefully opened, and registered with Leeward 1d and 4d whose (presumed Script wmk) cat. £21brings it up to the £100+ category £38 link
552 Saint Kitts We know that in modern times “FDCs” can take so long to process that the essential date might appear on a cover handled days later. Did this happen with the 1935 Jubilee issue? Here is a cover for St Kitts SJ 1½d. Mr Watson of Montreal placed his order from Ottawa on 14 Apr 1935, enclosing envelope self-addressed. His cover with the correct date stamp arrived morning of June 4. Q.E.D? £9 link
553 Saint Kitts This 1943 KG6 1d p/s cover scores a good few place points. Sent to a Mrs Mansfold in Cheshire, it’s odds on it came from her husband, a significant cog in Imperial Censorship, St Kitts. With boldly fashioned PAR AVION/VIA AIR MAIL/TRANSATLANTIC (albeit, the h/stamp struck in sun-dried magenta) it combined Leeward 2/- with domestic 2½d and 3d and was resealed at either end, once with PC90 label of Examiner 9552, also with plain manila. It doesn’t look self-censored, does it? (combination franking, combination censorship) £52
554 Saint Kitts 3 transatlantic covers in wartime: 1941 uncensored, costing 2/6½d to reach the City of London; 1944 to Iowa paying 1/3, opened by Examiner BB/198; 1944, uncensored, foolscap size, to Manchester at a cost of 2/9. At a glance you could mistake the shades of the 3d on the last, for those of the 2/6 on the first, whereas shades of the supposedly related 2/6’s on each are miles apart. WWII covers tend to look as if they’ve had a rough ride – these are no exceptions £40
555 Saint Kitts St Kitts at peace, in a manner of speaking: combination cover using 5 Leeward or domestic values to register to Scotland 20 OC 45, still with that war-weary look: 1951 from Gingerland, paying 2d for surface travel to a bank in England; 5 AP 51, clean commercial to Scotland by air for 1/3; finally FE52 to Scotland again by air – now it’s costing 1/7 (combination franking). These 4 non-philatelic items reflect the flavour of the period from our perspective £58
556 Saint Kitts QEII medley sees R. King of Brighton getting a 1971 cds from Basseterre on a GB reply postcard; G. Barber capturing strikes in the same type on neat low value covers returned from Layou, Old Road and Dieppe Bay, date 1968; the Post Office sending UNESCO values regd to New Jersey in Jan ’67, slow surface travel and as a change from philatelic there’s a free-franked 1960 OHMS cover to Crown Agents from St Christopher’s Police – we’d love to know what that was about £24
557 Saint Kitts A Roger Wells cover regd JA 21 57 from Sandy Point using Hamilton Bicentenary 24c. This is not his traditional style, and we offer cheaply for a member who might like to dip a toe in the Wells £2
558 Saint Kitts On 16 Aug E. P. sent 4 coloured views (3, Basseterre, 1 Old Road Bridge) to a presumed pen-pal in Madeira, each holding 1d stamp on the picture side. The lot is completed with b/w view of Basseterre from off shore, whose 1d stamp took it to Derby, Connecticut, 1907 £24
559 Saint Kitts Inferentially this undated 2d franked view of Old Road Bay, St Kitts, sent to Brooklyn, went there in mid-1942, as stamp is perf 14 and deep grey, soon to become more anonymous. It mentions current import and export restrictions. The accompanying 3d franked view of The Circus, Basseterre, 1944 to Yorkshire, by way of Charlotte Amalie, discusses through the pen of S/Sgt Reg. Pickles, R.E. Leewards Battalion, the leading local hotel, and its service. Yorkshiremen are blunt £18 link
560 Saint Kitts Uncensored OC 41 ppc of Pomp Bay and Brimstone Hill boldly h/stamped in magenta for its trans-Atlantic air journey, further embellished by 2 Leeward, 5 domestic stamps totalling 1/1 and including SG71a, 73a, went to Stranraer and, readdressed to Stirlingshire, reached a doctor there, to be passed on to his stamp-collecting friend. As the rate looks appropriate and this busy item shows character after its tiring journey, we take account of cat. from £41 £28 link
561 Saint Kitts Leeward QV ½d wrapper (St Kitts duplex) sent to Cayon JU 13 94. Very clean condition, but nothing to show it got there, or didn’t; pity £9
Saint Lucia
562 Saint Lucia Barbados 1d franked outer wrapper to St Lucia rated 4(d) in black posted DE 10 1857 arrived DE 12. An almost identical cover is listed under Barbados, but this one has 4-mgn 1d, and wrapper is complete, thus showing the 3x cds, Barbados thimble and dbl-arc, St Lucia dbl-arc. Some fox spots, probably treated, on face, otherwise healthy condn “ex Freeland” £105 link
563 Saint Lucia 1d rose red SG1, 2m, their wmk visible from the front. The example without gum is half a grade fresher than the other – which has quite a lot, cat. £200 £23
564 Saint Lucia 6d emerald green, SG6, perfs all round, no more than usually ragged, though shortish at top; centred NW; this said, A11 is graceful and soft, whole appearance is pleasant and we’ll treat wmk as reversed (for economy) though we think it’s normal for once – so cat. £190 £32 link
565 Saint Lucia Or maybe you’ll opt for SG6x m. and u. (for these do show wmk reversed). We regard them as more average, but they’ll hold their own on an album page, cat. £370 £40 link
566 Saint Lucia The 1891 die II 5/- fine pt. o.g. with 2mm r.h. mgn., presumably from l.h. pane, guillotined through the gutter – SG51, cat £55 £19
567 Saint Lucia The 4 items in this lot are KG5 Die I ½d block of 4, upper mgnl. with plate 6 numeral (short SW corner perf.); KG5 1½d carmine, lower mgnl. strip of 3 with plate no. 1 ; St Lucia L (for Laborie) AP 8 93 on die II (a stunner) and QV ½d on half 6d, an unseparated pair f.u. – here, though the ‘1’ in each surcharge looks quite dissimilar, we cannot say that you have SG54e (we see candidates now and then and think “is you is or is you aint?”). So our very ample estimate is fuelled by the Laborie cds, in principle only mildly scarce, in this instance a once-in-a-decade example £46 link
568 Saint Lucia KG5 MCA “3d SG82 showing very clear example of decoupage flaw (doubling of the scroll work, etc.)” – we quote the seller verbatim here, both out of gratitude for assistance and in admiration of a linguistic tool which reduces a technical printing irregularity to a single word. When the French economise in words to that extent (a rare happening) it’s usually a masterstroke £18
569 Saint Lucia On this script 1d deep brown f.u. the king has developed a broad strip of alopecia, which you and we can enjoy, while suspecting that, had it been offered to him in his stamp-collecting days, he would not have been flattered £12
570 Saint Lucia Pictorial 10/- SG124 f.u. – in this instance ‘socked on the nose’ simply describes where the r. h. bulge of the light regd cancel impacts on KGV’s face. Cat £100 £40
571 Saint Lucia Though it was quite unnecessary to spend 1/3 to post cover of JA 14 13 to London (not even registered) using ½d, 1d, 2d (Pitons), 2½d, 3d, 6d – and the only stamp with any cat. power is 6d SG84 (cat. £21) there’s a pleasing understatement of the philatelic nature. It’s even folded gently in the centre, respecting the stamps alongside, and the 1d would feel more at home under the description scarlet, at least under artificial light. 1916 it’s not £42 link
572 Saint Lucia Post office OHMS regd cover used 1d and 2d (2) in 1913 to reach Vienna; 1921 cover to Mitcham, Surrey violet regn box, not very imaginative in the use of ½d, 1d, 2d, 2½d; we prefer 1914 cover to a Boston stamp dealer whose 6d SG84 paid 6d for regd journey – uneven calculation of “cat. from” produces £80+ £48
573 Saint Lucia Although the separate Castries cds of 25 SP 29 is eloquent, you have to look carefully before you realise that the 2½d pair and 3d on this cover do each carry the 1 ST AIR MAIL h/stamp. This is a clean wholesome FFC (which we prefer to the more plentiful ones travelling at the dbl. rate of 1/4) it went to San Juan, Porto Rico £22 link
574 Saint Lucia Q. What happened to the purpose-made Castries First Air Mail canceller at the end of the first day? A. The word ‘First’ was removed and it was used (on rare occasions) instead of an AIR MAIL etiquette. This makes our cover of DE 7 29 scarce and rather desirable. We don’t quite understand the use between Castries and Georgetown (B.G.) of 2 each 2½d and 6d, but there doesn’t seem a philatelic purpose in a letter to an addressee in Georgetown’s Public Hospital £27
575 Saint Lucia Regd. cover by air 19 DE 30 to Constant Spring P.O. houses all values to 1/- then in stock. Most have side mgns., 1d is plate 21 , 2d is plate 3 . It arrived Xmas day, Castries and Kingston b/stamps also, alongside a plain boxed REGISTERED that you seldom see. It should have been more carefully opened, and thenceforward protected against age and climate, but remains worthy of respect £46 link
576 Saint Lucia 1938 Lady Drake cover bearing 1½d pictorial perf. 13x12 was landed at Port of Spain on way to Glasgow’s School of Accountancy (violet cachet) £18
577 Saint Lucia 1957 sepia photo ppc of Castries and its harbour to friends in Bermuda. The writer’s naval obligations forced him to rush off without saying goodbye, so he makes his apology by means of QEII 8c and 10c stamps, giving a rather vague contact address in Great Britain £2 link
578 Saint Lucia 5 covers, 2 ppc’s, earlier 1970’s returned to Castries for sender from destinations which included St Croix, Martinique, Barbados, French Guiana and Malawi – re-directions and instructional markings galore £25
579 Saint Lucia QV p/s cards of DE 11 95 to Gerhauser, Leipzig. Though they travelled together, each bore a separate commercial message, and one used the 1d carmine card, the other the smaller 1½d red-brown – the balance between them is attractive £24
580 Saint Lucia 1903 and 1904 (damaged corner) b/w ppcs of ‘Botanical Gardens’ and ‘Coal Carriers’ bearing respectively, Pitons 2d and KE7 1d £16 link
581 Saint Lucia St Helena ½d black on Panton cover of AU 15 32 (his name painstakingly abraded from the address, typed as usual with a blue ribbon) received a boxed T 30c h/stamp before arrival in Castries, and 1d 16459, 2d 11614 gave the cover its Due reward £46 link
582 Saint Lucia Red Statehood opts. On postage due 2c, 4c fine o. g. – see note after SG D12 £20
583 Saint Lucia Described to us as the 1861 postal fiscals SGF2, 3, 8, 10 we reckon the pmks on first and last were born on the wrong side of the blanket, and that would imply earlier fiscal use and ink removal, of which there are no obvious signs. F3 is authentic in classification, but leaves no doubt as to ink removal, as much of the colour has gone with it. F8 is fresh in colour, much o.g., vertical gum creasing – valuation of this quite scarce quartet has to be a compromise £60 link
584 Saint Lucia This is – we’ve checked it stamp by stamp – a complete QV Die II set of 10 to 10/- with each stamp fiscally u. (cat. as postal £425). Do you want to spend the time and trouble to do it for yourself? £25
585 Saint Lucia You may have inferred (correctly) that we are re-offering the fiscal element of what remains of the late Mike Nethersole’s collection in what we believe may be a more convenient format. So here is a fine fisc. u. horiz. pair of the first of the postal fiscals the Chalon One Penny Stamp SG F1 £10
586 Saint Lucia Here, with work to be done if you want to enlarge it, are the Chalon ½d and 6d surcharges, four more 1d postal fiscals with 2d and 3d values, and the QV Die I values apart from the findable but costly 6d violet and 1/- orange, all gd to fine fisc. u. Postally u. these would cat. at least £300 £24 link
587 Saint Lucia We are re-offering last year’s fisc. u. pairs in unchanged format in case either our estimate needed softening or someone out there has now ambitiously decided to expand the four QV Die II pairs into a full set of the pairs. The KE7 1/- here is high cat. £14
Saint Vincent
588 Saint Vincent Two each of the 1861 1d (perf A) and 1862 1d (perf B) SG1 and 5, each in pale and deep shades, and attractively used. You may find it convenient to compare these with the lovely 1d reserved at £350 this year, but in any case these are worthwhile in their own right (cat. £68) £20
589 Saint Vincent In 1995 the 1861 1d intermediate perf was quoted by SG at £7,000 unused, then it was martyred. Its listing was expunged, its reason for existence was destroyed. Now, consider, please, this unused 1d pale rose-red. Once upon a time the Perkins Bacon ‘A’ machine was new. Is this how its perforations were expected and intended to appear? May this be a prototype? No expert panel will certify. There is no Peter Jaffe to tell us the shade is right: is it worth a punt at 5% of the former cat. price R£350 link
590 Saint Vincent 1862 6d deep green, an attractive horiz. pair where the A10 cancel on each stamp is a mere caress – SG4, cat £38 £15
591 Saint Vincent A softly coloured 1/- lilac-rose SG20 (its B perfs, leaving it a bit less tall than most of its original brothers and sisters) shows OC 11 74 at just after 9 o’clock in just the right position to show up the village code, if only the village code showed up. Should technology reveal it before the auction, we’ll announce it, but scarce as codes on 1/- always are we’ll value at about a third of cat. only £120
592 Saint Vincent QV DLR 1d drab SG39 pt o.g., hinge remainders on reverse. Cat £75 £22
593 Saint Vincent 2½d/4d milky blue, 4d brown and chocolate, 5/- carmine lake; SG49, 51, 51a,53 fine pt o.g., cat. £170 (don’t take too much notice of this total, only 2,500 were issued in carmine-lake – see PML p.178) £56 link
594 Saint Vincent It may surprise that this group of 13 pt o.g. values to 5/- from much the same period is cat. abt. Half the lot before – only once you subtract the 4d chocolate and see that you’ve added DLR key-type ½d to 4d (3 values) at front end, ½d, 1d at the back, you see why – besides which the 5/- is the commoner printing of 6,000 £24
595 Saint Vincent The pmk. on our ONE PENNY/ 1/- block of four is only just visible; as used blocks are few and far between one could justify a premium, but we give it the doubt of the benefit, and assume it’s philatelic, SG121, cat. £160 £48 link
596 Saint Vincent We surrender to the general hope to fill the vacant space, by hiving the KE7 £1 away from its lower values to go solo. It has a strong uprt 60% Kingstown cds, so we can’t tell you year of usage, SG93 cat. £350 £130 link
597 Saint Vincent The KE7 1902 set of 8 to 2/- f.u. along with ½d (both papers), 1d, 2½d, 2/- of the MCA paper link
598 Saint Vincent The London printings of the WAR STAMP offer marginal mint multiples of four (2), six (2) and nine to show the varied treatment of margin, with two thin parallel lines, or just one, or none at all. The local first setting chimes in with bottom mgnl vert. pair (one with stop, one with comma, and is of interest also for its battered letters, the major victims being A, S and P. We noted a few split perfs in the block of nine, otherwise the group looks healthy enough £26
599 Saint Vincent If you prefer a lesser sample here is the second setting of WAR STAMP in vert. NW corner pair and rt mgnl block of four. The three mgns offer 2 lines, I line and none, the stamps are mint. Cat. £66 £20
600 Saint Vincent Arranged on 2 s/cards are a single 1d/1/- m. and a quantity of the concurrent War Stamps. Four mint blocks come from the London issues – you can decide for yourself whether there are the four listed shades. The local opts number 8 singles, 3 horiz. pairs of which 2 singles and 1 pair are used. They all look fine cat. above £150 £36
601 Saint Vincent Damage to the printing plate for the 1d value shows up in a local WAR STAMP as a thin diagonal line at a tangent to the stop after STAMP, and in a London printing as a diagonal from left of name label to half-way, then angling back towards left value tablet – both stamps fine o.g. £15
602 Saint Vincent In our next lot are 8 more WAR STAMPS where the two words get closer together, the last in line being the scarce third setting fine mint. The others are fine too, but most are large part o.g. rather than mint. Many wounded letters here £60 link
603 Saint Vincent As a last look for the time being at the local WAR STAMPS, here are a pair and 2 singles both m. and u. They show weak or muscular examples, variance between stamps in a pair, a dropped S on STAMP, and letters out of shape or alignment stc £144 £26
604 Saint Vincent The emphasis is on pmks over the next 7 lots, mainly grouped for the denomination on which they appear. 1d black (not differentiated for perfs) – BAR AU 14 (??); CA JU 27 76; CO NO 4 7(?); also OC 19 7(?); RAB (??) 29 77, all these in red, and the codes are quite strong once you find them (remember the puzzles for kids, “can you find the monkey in the tree?”) £50 link
605 Saint Vincent CA JA 28 76 in red on 6d deep blue-green, paired with 1/- slate perf BxA, with cancellation fragments in red and black, so must have travelled into Kingstown from one of the villages – the stamps cat. £170 £60
606 Saint Vincent On 4d yellow: CA JA 8 76; RAB 9 J (?) 76, both marks in red, the stamps cat. £160 a piece, the CA example is lukewarm for quality, but its hostess stamp is excellent, perfs not intruding on design, yet nipping the flank of its r.h. neighbour £90 link
607 Saint Vincent On 1d olive-green : CA JY 18 81, sharp precise, full in black; RAB AU (??) 81, moderate red, a bit messy; ST (??) 6 83, modest, red at 10 o’clock £42 link
608 Saint Vincent On PB Star 1d drab: black CA JA 25 8(?); red CO 11 o’clock JY 24 82 £30
609 Saint Vincent On 7 DLR 1d drab SG39: red B1 (photo filtering might help read code and 84 date); BIABOU cds FE 16 85, 11 o’clock (pulled perf at top); CH OC 20 8(-) – strong code, pulled perf left; Colonarie DE 19 (-) at 2 o’clock; black MES (-)E 8 8(?), 10 o’clock; red ST (---)85, almost full, strong code. In between these six is a 30% code at 2 o’clock for which our eventual conclusion is RAB, so don’t expect too much of it, ’cos we rely on others for our estimate £65 link
610 Saint Vincent On 1d red(dish): Barrouallie MR 17 99, 10 o’clock; Calliaq(ua) AU 22 90 (perhaps); (Chat)eaubelair (S)P 30 94 – 70% strike, 3 tiddlers for a quiet closure to the group £12
611 Saint Vincent CO (for COLONARIE) SP 24 83 in red on 1d drab SG39, almost uprt. Nicely legible £24
612 Saint Vincent 9 x QV 1d amongst which you find really classy examples of the BEQ and CALLIAQUA date stamps, Barrouallie not far behind. The full Georgetown cds is bashful about its name, not about its dates, but what about the 5 common-or-garden Kingstown strikes? Well, you might take due note of dates and shades. The Bequia code cds is usually of quality, mid-’90s : this one is distinguished by inclusion in the PML handbook (p.97) £52 link
613 Saint Vincent Should you win the contest for RABACCA/C/DE 7/86 on 4d red-brown SG50, you might not only own one more of these than the Rabacca office ever had in its own stock, but also own more than any other collector you meet can produce. Go for it £60 link
614 Saint Vincent Hard luck, if you’ve missed the 4d. Lovely full strikes at different dates in the ’90s on ½d deep green pair; 1d red; 2½d/1d milky blue, could bring consolation £60 link
615 Saint Vincent We refer you again to PML (p.110) for this super full strike of CANOUAN code C, AP 18 6 (for 1906) at almost 3 o’clock. Why not substitute it for your not-quite-so-good example, and we’ll try and get you most of your money back for it next year? £70 link
616 Saint Vincent 1 st setting WAR STAMP with comma for stop SG 122b bearing light CALLIAQU(A) cds at 6 o’clock, month and year not readable (day is 24). When did you last see a village cds on one of these stamps? This must be one of rarest pmk offerings for St Vincent – but we’re not talking of its value, only its rarity £30
617 Saint Vincent The left half of an OHMS regd cover, which probably has everything on it that really matters, although the rt half would have told us the addressee, and have held any b/stamps applied. On the extant half we see it was posted at Kingstown MR 31 97, and harboured 2 x5/-, 5d/6d deep lake, 6d dull purple, 1/- orange, cat. £155 off cover, all fine. Between the stamps and the printed G.P.O. St Vincent, you’ll find in holograph the name of the Postmaster and “Colonial Postmaster” – but we have no reliable record of the name: if you know it already, please check and publicise. By now the 5/- was on its final printing (4,160 out of the issued total of 18,780) £85 link
618 Saint Vincent A St Vincent 6d surely overpays a cover MAILED AT SEA, landed Barbados 19 DE 30 on its way to Bath in England. The serifed str.-line cancel recited above pitches in the middle as if the boat were having a rough ride as the Purser’s hand descended. We can ascribe to one of the Lady Boats and note that the seller attributes to Lady Hawkins (but we stay neutral) £23
619 Saint Vincent 6 busy b/stamps on OHMS regd cover to Chicago, the rate paid with KG5 1½d and 4d 20 Ap 37; SJ cover of 16 AU 35 to Monmouthshire, using 1d plus 1½d and the 2-line h/stamp of POSTMASTER/ST. VINCENT B.W.I; interisland cover to a High St address in Georgetown, Demerara 28 AU 24 when ½d and 1d came together to pay its way £40 link
620 Saint Vincent J.E.Lea was a Manchester stamp dealer to whom a cover of FE 17 14, paid from Kingstown with 1d stamp, must have been sent on business; so were Ross Shiells & Co. in London, and the same can be said about one of JU 24 17, whose correctly rated 1d defin. and 1d War Stamp were applied to the reverse £28
621 Saint Vincent UPU 5, 6, 24c paid for this FDC to travel regd by air to New Jersey; b/stamps of Kingstown, Trinidad (after 4 days – was this leg by sea?) NY and New Vernon used a week for the trip. The face is initialled by Colonial Postmaster, pleasingly balanced by air mail label, Kingstown cds and regn etiquette, which we specially enjoy – it reads RP1 – we can’t imagine a better number. (and even better no blue crayon) £16
622 Saint Vincent QV ½d wrapper in fine condition, that travelled to Rhode Island from Kingstown on MR 18 90 – we think it had its qualifying publication tucked within on its journey (not now, obviously) £12
623 Saint Vincent This ppc, posted from Kingstown to London’s Edmonton on DE 7 06 franked with a sparkling KE 1d is of a bit of a medley. Photographed by J. Le Grand, the scene and text is ‘Martinique – Mont Pele in activity’ – to which the anonymous writer (we guess writing to his wife) adds the laconic words “comparatively speaking”. £17 link
624 Saint Vincent A pointless KG5 6d was stuck on face of a rare b/w ppc “Bequia Boats & Fish Market” which went no further than an album page where it acquired paper and hinge remainders, its lot maker are “Dad aboard SS Yanarwa (or something like that) sending b/w Kingstown view MR 18 11 to London’d Crouch Hill and a silent sender to Copenhagen SP 18 11, of Colonial Native Hut, printed matter ½d rate snugly on face £30
625 Saint Vincent Ppc of St George’s Cathedral whose 1d and 2d stamps tied to picture side could readily be described as slate and rose red; but as date of despatch is late summer 1924, we ought to assume we are looking at the far cheaper script wmk. It went to a station master at Gouvry – or something like it – in Belgium, an unusual recipient, if that counts £18 link
626 Saint Vincent Even gentlemen of the cloth sometimes relax, and here is an Edinburgh cleric, briefly at Bishop’s House, St Vincent (has the corner with (Bi) typed on it been chopped off for confidentiality) sending a ppc of roofless Holyrood House, 1d franked, uncensored, to a colleague in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before his own onward process through the Grenadines to Nova Scotia, 4 OC 41 £1
627 Tobago The second French occupation of Tobago (October 1802 to June 1803) spans the period when this EL of 6 March 1803 left the island until landed as a Ship Letter at Dover after 66 days. Nothing in the letter suggests that those on the island were incommoded. The Governor’s recent death was “universally regretted”, the writer expected “to get great prices for our production in France”, and the Warden of Tobago was clearly doing a good temporary job filling the Governor’s shoes. Cover shows its age and some frailty, but is legible, bears the dbl oval SHIP LETTER/Crown/DOVER, and red London receiver on its face, also a tangle of rate marks unravelled to 2/8 whose break up via London to Edinburgh is annotated and explained on its album page – An early rarity which can’t go cheaply R£340 link
628 Tobago Remarkable and delightful posthumous usage of 6d orange SG3. We doubt whether by 1892 there was anyone in the office who remembered the phasing out of the 1879 issue, 12 years earlier, and this stamp earned itself a 60% (P)ARCEL-POST/B/MY 12 (inverted) 92, v. clearly struck at 9 o’clock. A scarce strike anyway on a stamp that should have made itself scarce, so possibly even unique £44 link
629 Tobago Handsome 1/- CC SG4 used with virtually complete uprt. Dbl. arc date stamp AU 4 1880 cat £80 £25
630 Tobago Although your auction team has divergent views of the actual scarcity of the 1880 1/- yellow-ochre used, we all agree that many collections can’t get it. This example was used in the 90’s (it was current until 1894). SG12 cat. £130 £60 link
631 Tobago The repair to the slash flaw is very difficult to spot on a single stamp, and we remain of the view that it did not deserve listing as a variety for exactly that reason. All the same it is listed, and this is an example of the variety on the 4d grey fine part o.g. authenticated by your auction team SG22ca cat. £250, but valued below a customary cat. proportion because who but advanced collectors feel comfortable with it £40 link
632 Tobago Twelve stamps between SG20 and 31 all used. Some with minor faults. Six bear various Tobago cancellations with upright ‘A’ incl. 2½d/4d: three have code letter ‘A’ to right or left, far from run-of-the-mill; and a code letter ‘C’ on 6d orange. Bringing up the rear, however they lead in scarcity, are two 1d with rural No.14 cancellations; one at 7.30 o’clock, the weaker at 9 o’clock £32
633 Tobago s/card with 18 stamps (6 are surcharges) – half are m., half are u. A clean looking bunch which are all different and include 2½d/6d, stc around £400 £50 link
634 Tobago 140 m. stamps from 1879 to the end. A few with minor faults. Values from ½d to 5/- (this CA wmk, toned gum), A few 1d CA have large ‘O’ in ONE; 6d duty plate flaws noted; both shades of 1/-; later surcharges less ½/6d orange are present with their usual disparate and idiosyncratic printings, noted 1d/2½d and ½/4d (SG33a) wide and wider spacing £75 link
635 Tobago The CARNBEE skeleton type 8, two quite gentle examples on QEII 1c. The 60% strike has name in full, 23 DE, the year was left behind on its cover. The 75% strike shows 7 AU 1955 along with CARNBEE and OBAGO, but the name is less easy to read. Scarce anyway £20
636 Tobago An underpostmarked 1d franked cover of 1929 from Scarborough to Beeston (in Nottingham) and re-directed to Brighton. There is no transit mark from Port of Spain, no receiving mark in Brighton, and we would suspect the 1d brown with its internal cancellation, did not the Beeston cancel on the front clip the adhesive by the barest whisker £6
637 Tobago Using the ½d printed matter rate a rare cover from ROXBOROUGH (with faint-hearted pmks. of JA 2 1908) found its way to a Notary in Galveston. The same office regd. 1954 air mail cover paying 44c to George Odom, Leicester and despatched a 1978 House Party radio request to Montserrat £36
638 Tobago There are 6 Roger Wells regd Victory covers fed to him by E. L. Giuliany between March and May 1947 from BETHEL, GOODWOOD, LAMBEAU, MORIAH, PEMBROKE and Scarborough. The villages all used standard form regn labels, to which only Goodwood added its cds £48
639 Tobago LANSE FOURMI – is that fire ant, and a place of which to stay clear? Well, we hardly ever meet it and this is a skeleton cds 10 OC 72 embracing the 10c Lady McLeod that took a cover to Radio Antilles, Montserrat. We’ll have to take real notice of scarce pmks of this era soon, 50 years are nearly up £18
640 Tobago If our count is accurate, this batch from 1970’s to mid-80’s comprise 19 covers from Scarborough, 41 from other offices, with 20 or more locations represented, 1 incoming from Trinidad (all these look commercial) and three blank cards sampling outlying pmks. How old was the nipper who wrote to Montserrat? £38
641 Trinidad 1854 (1d) Britannia dark grey SG10, a fine pt. o.g. horiz. pair whose l.h. mgn. is almost the width of another stamp, cat. £110 £32 link
642 Trinidad 4d brownish lilac clean-cut perf. SG47, v. light (GPO) ‘1’ cancel. Sold by SG in days gone by who described “one shortish perf.”. We agree quality is commendable, but feel we should tell you that scissors were used to separate it, depriving its western neighbour of the perfs. at west, but achieving a military crop on top. Happily it left a clear mgn. there. So we can still value quite high £50 link
643 Trinidad 1904 1/- black and blue/ yellow, 1913 1/- black/green each in horiz. pair f.u. – we think the usage is natural, not contrived and deserves uplift (SG141, 154 cat. £29) £15
644 Trinidad MCA Britannias 1913. Comprising 2½d 10m, 2u, inc 2 x plate 1, top mgnl, 2 x plate 2 lower mgnl. Then comes the 4d value, 9m 2u, one each of plate 1 and 2 in the same mgnl format, which hints to us of a 240-set linking plate 1 above to plate 2 below – but we haven’t researched this. We believe all SG listings are incorporated, and we have to value plate nos nowadays £46 link
645 Trinidad 1905 MCA Postage Due 2d with its wmk. inverted, SG D11a cat. £350. It was cancelled in Port of Spain, which may have been the only source for this variety £110 link
646 Trinidad Another of this year’s ‘mix and unmatch’ lots, combining a nice upside down type 7 large ‘23’ on 1d Britannia, with an Arima cds of (19)00 on 2d Pitons, a horiz. strip of 3 of 2½d SG108 (which we would like to value as a rare 7½d denomination with its two not quite decipherable tall alien killer cancels) and a 1d/6d green which would be quite normal, had not some joker armed with black ink over written the red surcharge and bar. Shamelessly we value at more than the sum of its individual parts £30
647 Trinidad ½/(1d) lilac CC holds at 10 o’clock a dramatic strike of Arouca’s type 6 ‘6’. The diamond fits so snugly there’s almost room for it all, say 96% £27
648 Trinidad T22 (of Claxton Bay) – though weakening in the final digit, a very powerful almost uprt. Strike on 1883 4d grey (on which its normal v. scarce rating climbs to rare) worth £1 per number £22
649 Trinidad Aside from T2 of San Fernando, thee are 11 different type O9 numerals on a s/card, most being uprt with most or all of the numeral half of the duplex on target, but varying in strength. They comprise the rare T34 light but clear on 1883 4d, a powerful T12 made a rarity by the 2d due that hosts it, an unbroken run of six from T17, the last, T22 enhanced by its background 1883 1d; the 5 Britannias surcharged ONE PENNY include for strength T7; T10, 11, 15 complete those attending £120 link
650 Trinidad (1d) Britannia scarlet perf. 12½ cancelled type O2 ‘17’ CC wmk inverted SG69w cat. £65 £20
651 Trinidad (F)LANAGIN-TOWN, a v. scarce mark on any stamp, is virtually unobtainable on pre-Tobago stamps of Trinidad. This example is at 6.30 o’clock on 1d SG147 and the name and code B are beautifully clear, though the 09 date is hard of reading £40 link
652 Trinidad 20 numeral pmks, types O2 to O6 on Britannia issues (bar one), some stamps with faults, some strikes undistinguished, so we really only rate ‘3’ (type 2) on 1/- chrome yellow, ‘6’ (type 6) on one penny surcharge, ‘7’ (type 2), ‘15’ and ‘16’ (type 4), and later ½d with second type 4 series ‘5’. Type )7 chimes better with 9 stamps, including respectable ‘16’, ‘17’ (2), ‘19’, ‘23’ (both), TOO LATE (3) – one in both black and red, a partly suffocated but rare type 6 ‘21’ – these four on 6d – and the upper half of D22, used Br. P. O. Venezuela £48 link
653 Trinidad Pmks. Letters A-B for both Trinidad and Tobago, comprises Arima (12), Arouca (10) various types, Balmain, Barbados, Barrackpore, Basseterre (2, inc. scarce type Va), Belmont (8), Barrackpore, Biche (4), Blanchisseuse (3), Blundel, Bon Accord, Brasso (2), Brasso Piedra, Brothers Road (both v. scarce types) and Buenos Ayres (well, there’s a London in Canada, after all) – quality strikes almost throughout £70
654 Trinidad Offices from the same collection starting with C or D. We have counted 103 items, spread across 33 offices here (out of 42 listed by Ed Addiss). We note Caparo (v. scarce before 1913), Cap de Ville (28 May 36, but Ed only recorded 1 date in 1937) with other scarce to follow which we leave for you to find (including COCOYER Registration excised) £90
655 Trinidad Offices beginning letters E to I, 55 stamps here, a few on piece. Starts with EAST DRY RIVER (Registration excised) and our count of 27 offices also include Five Islands and a scarce Gonzales £60
656 Trinidad Offices from L to N follow next, 79 items counted from 25 or so offices including another ‘registration’ excised (MUCURAPO) and 3x “MOUNT…” from TOBAGO (Grace, Pleasant, St. George – but do they all pass the 1,000 foot plus test?). Mayo includes the scarce type £70
657 Trinidad Letters O to R offer 59 items, introducing 20 fresh offices (Port of Spain appeared earlier as GPO and Parcel Post). Taking the honours here are Park St. P. O. and Pelican, with an honourable mention for an early Poole £46
658 Trinidad Letter S provides 99 singles (if we so count the treble-size “Great West Indians”) and even then we only reach Speyside. Of course there are lots of Saints or equivalent in different locations, some of them busy offices. Pick of the bunch is St. Mary’s Village which, pleasingly is pre-1913 with Siparia Junction close behind £65
659 Trinidad Letters T to W conclude our straightforward run through the alphabet – or maybe tortuous is more appropriate. There are 60 items and 19 fresh offices and our attention is caught by a Tableland which we rate the rarest of the types V and VI in this collection, and a pre-war Tamana Four Paths, while Vance River and Vega de Oropouche are names unfamiliar to many. Finally the multi-faced Tunapuna (Tumpuna) has added Tunapuna Delivery to its armoury – no doubt a stride forward locally, but too recent for many palates £54
660 Trinidad Our postmark collection bows out with a few slogans on piece, 3 WWII items, some miscellaneous cancels of which 3 less common villages and 2 maritime are worth a glance, and a handful of post-war covers among a 1957 despatch from Balmain to Foyle’s (in London) “The World’s Greatest Book Shop” must have pleased the addressee £22
661 Trinidad For the Dornier DO-X Special Flight your reference to Ron Wike’s invaluable work is p.52-6, 191, his propounded value for a cover, £150. Our present example (for the leg Suriname-Trinidad, in a rare period of health for this capricious giant aircraft) bears a pair of the custom-overprinted 15c air stamps and has been opened out to display the black dbl-ring cachet on the face and the violet boxed cachet on the reverse. The stamps cat. £42 off cover, though Ron’s valuation applies irrespective of franking. £105 link
662 Trinidad Air mail cover 1/8 to Wisconsin late SP 1929, so FFC, centre fold; 1936 regd. GPO to Troy NY, 12c pictorial; 1941 uncensored, 26c regd. by air to London, forwarded to Oxfordshire for RCAF officer; PoS stamp dealer wrongly guesses his sales list in open cover sent from San Fernando will reach St. Louis for 1c (nice tax markings though); Scarborough by air to Hollywood 1952 4 stamps paying 24c – and we’ll ignore two neatly truncated covers in between – quite a useful lot £33
663 Trinidad Regd 10.5.30 to St Clair, Port of Spain, the 28 kop of Russia’s Industrial Loan Propaganda issue SG566 (it’s not the rare perf) launched this cover from TAGANROG (Sea of Azov) whose travelogue is, at the time of describing, explained in a Bulletin article in the pipeline. Stamp is over flap, front shows some wear and tear, and we’ll leave the illustration to explain which name is the sender and which the recipient, as we’d be guessing. Or maybe we’re too excited through offering our first ever inter-war cover from Russia to the Caribbean to do a proper job of the description £60 link
664 Trinidad Wilson cover becomes a conversation piece when WAR TAX ½d SG181a shows battered lettering and War Tax 1d SG180 shows a break in W – the 1d red defin. Making up the numbers needs no comment. We are accepting of the W flaw, less charitable about the origins of imperfections to the ½d – put us down at Don’t Know. We quite like a 1937 air mail cover to Miami, that has noted a Col. Sqmuek F. Reeves sent it (Samuel wasn’t a good typist) Queen’s Park Hotel supplied the stationery, 2x 12c pictorial + a 2c paid for it and we expect Mr R Warner Ring “Sec’y Treas. ANGLO AMERICAN CO?” absorbed its contents. So you think Col. Sqmuek had a good war to follow? £27 link
665 Trinidad You’ll not find many ppcs used in the KG6 era pre-war. This one, showing a rural view of a bullock cart (undescribed, unattributed, must be of local origin) was sent 23 JAN 39 to a lady in a Swiss bank in Berne, and seems to your describer to be written in dog German, viewed through British minds. A simple, wholesome 1938 cover to a weekly illustrated magazine in London, using 1c and 2c stamps of 1936/7 vintage completes a pleasant lot £16
666 Trinidad We’d have thought that in 1948 1/9 was enough to pay for a cover by air from New Zealand to Trinidad. Not so. It was 5d short, and attracted a 60 centimes penalty, the 10d equivalent being settled with 2c and 10c dues: Trinidad went on using dues in the superseded currency until 1947, these attracting an SG multiplier of x12, yet at present SG chicken out altogether from propounding a multiplier for dues in cents. Our view is that in 1948 it cannot be less than x8 to give a cover value from about £80 (and this is a fine example). We’ll cut one third off £54 link
667 Trinidad 7 covers inspired, it seems, by member no. 538 Universal ship cancellation society, mark the recurring interest of the US Navy in Port of Spain with visits from USS Hannibal 1931, Fairfax 1935, Phelps, Chester, Indianapolis 1936, Downes and Permit 1937, giving the current US commems they used something else to commemorate £36
668 Trinidad 12 commercial covers, the eldest 1895 1d red p/s card to Surrey, 1d adhesive added, the youngest 1 NO 39 by air, Camberwell (London S.E.5) 12 days to Port of Spain, plastered with 19 x ½d, 1d, 1½d stamps to make a 2/- rate. In between come covers costing 3d to Paris, 1d to Canada, 2d to Carlisle, ½d wrapper to London, and the rest to US at rates of 2d (2), 6c pictorial (2), and two for special mention: one, 1928, paying 1½d and 3d was given pencilled numbering and regn. at Sangre Grande, before reaching mainstream handling through P.O.S and NY to Kansas City, Missouri; the other, 1931, paid 10d for regn. and passage to New Jersey (by air?. It doesn’t say so) and acquired “MISSENT” at Woodbridge Aug 25, before reaching RAMWAY on Aug 24, as claimed by magenta b/stamp – a useful lot £75
669 Trinidad Covers of 1940, ’43, ’47 (Roger Wells), ’53 (air letter), ’57 , all from Princes Town heading for New Jersey, Missouri, Grimsby (of course) and the last two London WC1 and 2. The ’45 cover was censored both in Trinidad and the US, where Examiner 6177 used not very durable tape to reseal. Now that all five have reached middle age they make quite a useful range £25
670 Trinidad “Trinidad. Carreras Island. Convict Depot.” is the caption for a b/w ppc of the island prison by a printer struggling above his weight with languages foreign to him. Written 4.2.02 in Port of Spain, but posted next day at MUCURAPO, whose dry ink pad makes for uneasy reading of the cds. It was sent to a lady in Bant, near Wilhelmshaven, and the sender’s handwriting is so formless that we’re not even sure if it’s written in English or German. Yet we rate this highly for character and sub-office origin £32
671 Trinidad Coals to Newcastle? An owl to Athens? Ppc of the Red House 1913 to Government House? Captain Boyle was the Trinidad addressee – but the writer was probably travelling east, as (s)he had no time for lunch in Barbadoes and it was bitterly cold a day short of the Azores. Reverse bears a rather messy large violet RMSP cachet and was landed 24 ABR at Ponta Delgada £11
672 Trinidad Written in Spanish in December 1917, you’ll notice that no War Tax stamp was required to be added to the 1d value on the picture side of coloured ppc to Buenos Aires from Port of Spain. We’re never sure whether the East Indian lady is suffering or smiling from the ornament on her nose, either way she seems in fashion a century later. A sepia view of Queen’s Park Hotel, 4c franked to Scotland during WWII, 25 years later; the sender has invisibly marked his room and would rather be back home £8 link
673 Trinidad QV 1d red wrapper 1889 to a pathologist in Paris; KE7 ½d wrapper to a Rue Joubert address in Paris, 1906; each sent from GPO, both clean and tidy £22
674 Trinidad 1½d brown p/s card 1890 to Germany with thimble cancels of Trinidad capturing a moderate octagonal French Fr. No. 1 cancel en route. The writing is visible but has faded. £20 link
675 Trinidad Cedros is easy enough to find on a loose stamp, not so on commercial cover. This example clearly struck SP 16 94 on QV 2½d ultramarine fortifying size F 2d grey PSRE for London tarried for 3 days before leaving Port of Spain, then 2 weeks to destination. Regn label on reverse in a shade almost matching the instructionary text is a bonus feature £42
676 Trinidad The link between Port of Spain and Ciudad Bolivar had withered after the BPO there closed down, so that this was a rare destination by the reign of KE7, and we have to get animated by a ½d KE wrapper uprated by as much as 2½d to reach this Venezualan city per s/s Delta £26 link
677 Trinidad Apart from the impact of the two plate 1 numerals and the confidence and balance of the blocks, the lower two rows of 4d due SG D21, with all its margins intact, fine mint, shows amusing variation in what passes for a stop under the d of value £40 link
Turks Islands
678 Turks Islands Almost a paradigm example of 1d dull rose SG1 f.u.: colour soft, killer cancel on left third only, usual scissor separation on N, E and S sides to leave a tall narrowish stamp. Probably non-use of scissors at left indicates stamp too close to book mgn to be conveniently cut, and this leaves two shorter (not missing) perfs lower down. Over 1 mm of upper stamp captured, with minimal sacrifice at foot. Cat. £60 £8 link
679 Turks Islands ½ on 1/- lilac type 4, SG12 part o.g., hinge remainders. We’ve seen a tiny imperfection visible from reverse below letters DS. This might be inherent in the manufacture of the paper – we mention and don’t diagnose – cat. £275 £65 link
680 Turks Islands The 1900-04 set of 9 to 3/- part o.g., the 2/- v. fresh in colour but brought to parity with the other 8 by being the most off-centre SG101-9 cat. £130 £37 link
681 Turks Islands The 1900-04 set of 9 f.u. with extra 1d and 4d f.u. (the 2/- again aberrant in centring) – cat £207 £54 link
682 Turks Islands 8 MCA ¼d stamps which SG would categorise as 115 (2m, 2u) and 116 (3m, 1u) but vendor perceives as four, if not five shades, relating to printings of 1910, 11, 16, 20 “inc” deep salmon pink (for which we might be tempted to substitute red-purple and grey-purple, as centre and frame sometimes disorientate themselves). Shutting our eyes to low, low cat. £5 link
683 Turks Islands The KE7 set of 10 (½d to 3/-) fine pt o.g., which rightly perceives the difference between two 3d printings and includes both, SG 117-26 cat. £112 £38
684 Turks Islands Here you get the same basic set f.u., with duplicate 2½d, 3d, 4d, to make the same point about different printings, and an extra 1d to capture Hudson NY Term Sta Paquebot cancellation – cat £125 £44 link
685 Turks Islands Another KE 2½d has collected that frilly boxed PAQUEBOT mark we associate with Bermuda (to get pmk variety in Turks then, you are almost obliged to go maritime) £5
686 Turks Islands With only one 2/-,but with added ½d, 1d(2), 4d here comes the KG5 MCA set of 11 f.u. SG129/39 cat. abt £130 £44 link
687 Turks Islands A chance to see if one of your youngsters can still do arithmetic without a calculator. This is a mint block of 3d War Tax with all mgns belonging to six rows of six is clearly visible at each marginal edge. Cat £12 per stamp (and don’t cheat put your own calculator away) – Overprint varieties are annotated too SG153y £105
688 Turks Islands The 1957 QEII set of 14, 1d to 10/-, along of course with the 1960 £1, all fine lge pt o.g., SG237/50, 253 cat. £155 £48
689 Turks Islands A regd. cover for Capt. G. Leonard Hearn received the 6d mauve SG201 in a block of four, was opened by Examiner 4307 went via NY 7.10.40, having left Oct 1, and after 17 days more reached Stevenage (whose first taste of the war was a bomb crater in a field at which locals gaped in late May of that year – your describer was one of the gapers) £21 link
690 Turks Islands In a brief philatelic spree, we offer the 1950 pictorial thus: the 10 values to 1/6 on cover regd. to Iselin, N.J. via Kingston and NY; the 5/- to Challis in Essex via Nassau; and the ½d, 1d and 3d on covers to England from SALT CAY £38
691 Turks Islands 1951 Regd. cover to Schreiber, New Jersey, bearing the cheap, later, colours of the 6d and 1/- from SALT CAY, teams up with 1946 10/- on a 1950 Donald Steele cover. We never really warm to a Steele item, perhaps it’s the slightly pompous Jenkinstown, Penna. in the address – a Penna for your thoughts £24 link
692 Turks Islands SALT CAY appears yet again on 1946 cover to Staten Island, which aligns the ¼d to 1½d values of the salt raking issues in drill order on the cover (while the ‘6’ of ‘46’ all but pierces the envelope). With this you meet COCKBURN HARBOUR throttling vert. pairs of the later 6d and 1/- of the same issue on a local cover £28
693 Turks Islands We include a 1981 Royal Wedding FDC to remind the ill-informed (ourselves included) that Caicos I. issued their own stamps from 1981 to 1985, when they were pulled back from Disneyland into the real world. You get for your money here a map of the islands on your cover and a South Caicos pmk. £3
Virgin Islands
694 Virgin Islands 1866 1d green and deep green SG1 and 2 fine pt. o.g.; these are selected examples that have a plus factor in freshness, colour contrast, perf. quality and even centring, cat. £105 £35 link
695 Virgin Islands 1889 1/- sepia SG40 used, and we simply cannot fault it. At our estimate if you are the only bidder you would snap it up for under one third cat. (just); you should be so lucky £44 link
696 Virgin Islands 3d War Tax 2 singles, 2 pairs, 3 blocks of four, one of which has the ubiquitous inverted wmk, another, interpanneau, includes the short overprint variety, all mint or o.g. and each of the 3 papers included SG79a, b, bw, c cat. +/- £180 £48 link
697 Virgin Islands Piece cut from an OHMS regd. cover of JU 23 18 holds horiz. pairs of WAR STAMP 1d and 3d SG78b, 79a, the 3d with r.h. gutter mgn., cat. £54 £16 link
698 Virgin Islands 1922 MCA 5/- SG85, which we treat as f.u. while reporting that the cancellation presents as an arc at SE, with no letter or digit visible. This translates into the language of v.f.u. for the uninitiated and judge-for-yourself in our auction speak £22
699 Virgin Islands MCA 5/- SG85 a most attractive positional block from SE corner of l.h. pane, with full r.h. gutter mgn, lightly mounted on upper row, free from blemish cat. £192 £70
700 Virgin Islands Two pages of pmks offer A91 on Leeward QV ½d and 2½d also Tortola cds 93, 97, (19)01, on 4d, 2½d, ½d, then maritime cancels on SJ 1½ d, Coron 2½d (on piece with S.S. INKOSI cachet – Harrison Line), KG6 1½d chestnut – all Leeward – and WEST END cds 1920’s on 1d, 1½d on piece and a second 1d £35
701 Virgin Islands Despite this being a printed Wilson cover to Handsworth, Birmingham, it’s a worthy stand-alone item. Properly rated, for once, with horiz. pairs of KG5 ½d. 1d SG69, 70 it was regd. from Tortola JY 21 1913, processed again at St Thomas, where they struck through Roadtown’s regd. h/stamp, then travelled via London (8AU) to destination, its boxed violet ST. THOMAS R h/stamp taking centre stage then and ever since – neat, clean, colourful cat. from £90 £44
702 Virgin Islands Cover of Feb 5 1917 (addressee’s name regrettably excised) with these remarkable features: endorsed Registered by sender, processed as such in Tortola, whereupon it was observed to be underfranked with ½d singles of 1883, 1899. Blue crayon cross was then interrupted, and boxed regn mark scrubbed out in pencil, to go off by ordinary post BUT on arrival at St Thomas, again in New York, and both at Liverpool and in Manchester, treated as duly registered. The stamps used were clearly still current, and valid as 1d postage; the cds is the temporary short-lived rubber cds, and either it or inkpad was on its last days. The back stamps are as full and complete as if it was peacetime and (though, mind you, the US was not yet at war) the cover passed uncensored. We have never, not ever, seen the like, and the contemporaneous multiplier x6 does it far less than justice at almost £100 upwards. Still we must allow for excision £70 link
703 Virgin Islands On a regd. cover Tortola to Toronto DE 23 26 the presence of 1d, 1½d orange-yellow, 5d and 6d stamps tell of Xmas enthusiasm, not postal economy. The stamps all being fresh and fine, we value by reference to off-cover cat. total over £55 £48 link
704 Virgin Islands A typical W.T.Wilson cover regd from Virgin Gorda to his Birmingham home using the ½d, 1d, 1½d, 2d, 2½d stamps current at time of despatch MY 16 27, taking a month to its destination by way of Tortola, St Thomas, NY. Wilson covers were generated in fair quantities yet nearly all vibrate variety and character £32
705 Virgin Islands Gently nibbled in SW corner a Husbands cover regd AU 22 27, used 2½d ultramarine pair to pay its way over 23 days to Demerara via St Thomas, where it must have had a long wait; its companion 9” x 5½” pre-printed Registered Air Mail cover to JJ Marshall, Cornwall, used 6 sets of the Victory pair on MA 31 47, yet its 2/3 only earned a hand pointing VIA, STEAMER ONLY (bit of a rip-off, really) £26
706 Virgin Islands KGVI covers of NO 27 40 (8 values to 1/-) and MR 4 52 (6 low values adding to 6½d should help you distinguish chalky paper from ordinary – which often leaves ourselves unsure – and the 1952 set to 60c on locally addressed cover adds some extra weight. Then you have the puzzle of 2 identical parrot pictures on cards sent to France and Belgium 1956 (later reunited) bearing similar, not identical, printed advertising texts in French, celebrating, French version, the 1493 role of Columbus in the Virgin I. and, English version, the prior claim of the parrot £35
707 Virgin Islands 1947 cover with Victory pair and 6 values of defins. to 6d, papers possibly mixed, seems to have gone to St John’s, Antigua, and probably been directed back to Methodist House, Roadtown from there – still poor value for 1/7½d postage. The lot is shared by the 1952 set to 12c on cover to New Jersey, a Stan Durnin cover sent to New Mexico from North Sound, Virgin Gorda, and a 1950’s ppc of St Thomas taken from off-shore which has nowhere else in this auction to go – yet the view could have been labelled Tortola and few would know £26 link
708 Virgin Islands In April 1890 an evidently clued up US philatelist used a current blue US 2c p/s card from Massachusetts addressed to “Postmaster Kingston Virgin Islands British Colony” to ask that this be handed to someone to send a lot of Virgin stamps in exchange for US stamps on a one-for-one basis. We refrain from comment save to report that the card reached St Kitts AP16, Tortola 5 days later, where we would like to feel that it died the death. Had there been at the time the philatelic equivalent of the literary “bad sex” award, we think this unrepeatable item would have qualified as a finalist £34 link
709 Virgin Islands Hand-drawn map of the Kleine Antillen (Lesser Antilles) assiduously charts, in German, the 22 day journey of S.M.S. Falke between Trinidad and St Thomas, apparently taking a fresh port each day. The canvas was a Virgin I. ½d p/s card sent from Tortola to the obscure office of SCHKEUDITZ but its dbl-arc adhesive has been removed £18 link
710 Virgin Islands Benedict Prieth left a good few missives to him in New Jersey for posterity. This example from Tortola from W.F. Jan 18 1911 oozed contempt, “nearly all peasant proprietors here” so, uprated as the 1d p/s card is with its KE ½d, we can talk it down in good conscience for its slightly scuffed die stamp and the minor faults at its corners £14
711 Virgin Islands Used examples of the KG5 1½d red PS env,, introduced 1926, superseded in brown 1928, rank somewhere between impossible and unobtainable, especially when commercial. Sadly this example is frayed at the edges, rather shabby, and unrecovered from a foxing attack; a Leeward 1d with dbl. circle Tortola cancel and, more philatelically, QV 6d with Virgin Islands/*/JA 25/03 add dignity and cleanliness £42 link
712 Martinique 30 ppcs ex Sutcliffe (2 used in GB) usually from a Gale & Polder series chosen for their celebration in dignified colour of regiments that included Martinique within their battle honours £48
713 Martinique Slim 1980’s travel brochure for Martinique together with Derek Sutcliffe’s typed potted history of British & French occupation, also 2 maps, one neatly drawn by hand the other on a postcard £2
British Post Offices Abroad
714 British Post Offices Abroad Dramatically intense dbl-arc VERA CRUZ 1847 DE 16 nestles on flap of wrapper to London, paying 2/3 per RMSP Steamer. Cover arrived 30 JA (red cds) delivered next day, answered Feb.1. Half another dbl-arc on face defeats our efforts to decipher . It went to Huth & Co. (no street, no nothing) £39 link
715 British Post Offices Abroad Endorsed “ p R.M.Stmr La Plata”, cover of AP 28 1861 to Edinburgh bears strong, if slightly blurred red type CC1 PAID AT ST THOMAS with 6 brownly added to show the freight, the blue manila nicely b/stamped St. Thomas dbl. arc, and fairly swift Edinburgh arrival MY 14. Central filing fold, but clean – cat. £550 £190 link
716 British Post Offices Abroad 15 Oct 1861 A printed circular detailing freight and shipping movements and charges in and out of St. Thomas left St. Thomas for Jamaica reaching Kingston in 5 days as the b/stamps record, and a high quality CC1 PAID AT ST THOMAS emblazoned on the face. This isn’t all good news: though we know G. W. Smith & Co sent it, address is cut out, leaving its surroundings fragile and wistful. So cat. £500 minus, but a plus for character £90 link
717 British Post Offices Abroad 1861 cover to Le Havre, on whose front boxed SG//1F 60c, ‘8’, and Angl…Amb. Calais cds jostle for position, while St Thomas dbl-arc, red London transit cds, Paris and arrival marks crowd into a corner of the reverse. For a change its filing crease is horizontal £48 link
718 British Post Offices Abroad This envelope to Jamaica shows its journey up front with St Thomas Paid cds of JU 16 64 and inked 4 both in red, endorsed p. mail and Kingston receiver of JU 20. The embossed St. Thomas cachet of G. W. Smith & Co and the Messrs. Barclays & Mc Dowell might also throw light on the 1861 circular described above, but we make no promises. The cover was opened roughly but remains whole £110 link
719 British Post Offices Abroad GB 1/- and 4d on small piece and singles of 4d (pl. 8 and 13), 6d buff pl. 11, 1/- pl.5, all with reasonable, not outstanding, C51 or St Thomas cds, cat. over £300 £40
720 British Post Offices Abroad This page from St Thomas, which you may break up, but we shan’t, uses the C51 killer and the duplex interchangeably on its GB stamps. You get the horiz. killer on plate 8 4d vermillion at 7 o’clock; the vert. killer at 2 o’clock on plate 15 6d grey (each of these on horiz. pair); the duplex FE 16 75 on pl.165 1d on piece; and duplex JA 29 76 on pl.12 1/- to London, the outer wrapper showing heavy amateurish obliteration of addressee, otherwise attractively postmarked £180 link
721 British Post Offices Abroad Fragile front less than 6”x3” crammed with info., interest and animation. Franking is GB 4d vermillion pl.11, sharing C58 killer of Havana. Alongside are 8d rate, INSUFFICIENTLY PREPAID (as unframed are enclosing small diamond) and, left of line ANGL./AMB.CALAIS in dbl. circle enclosing 27 AVRIL 78. Above these, enclosed in pen “Via le Ingleterre” (early fractured Franglais defying the Academie Francaise), finally in diag. formation to SE, GB//1F 60c in rectangle, then 10 (still to be paid), and HAVANA AP 6 PAID in contradictory thimble. The original cover went to Paris to be sorted out, and we wouldn’t part with it (stamps cat. from £130) for less than R£90 link
722 Miscellaneous With which introduction we land in St Thomas or maybe Charlotte Amalie, to offer products of the islands, beginning with a pricey but powerful collection of D.W.I stamps lovingly set out on album leaves with first type imperf. or perf. 3c (5m., 7u.) 4c (m. and u.), 1873-1902 12m. and 21 u., each to 50c (but no 14c) with shades, frame and perf. variety; 1900-03 set m. and u. surcharges, change of currency; sets of 1905, ’07, 15m., 1905 to 1 kr, 1907 all u. 1915 25c only, also dues m. and the odd u., cat. runs into several ‘000’s condn. Gd. to mainly fine £800 link
723 Miscellaneous Briefly in 1903 with 2c not in stock the current 4c was used bisected. This example is the perf 14 x 13½ version SG19a cat. £140 on piece. On piece? Don’t start thinking x10 on cover, because covers are fairly plentiful and we can’t think why SG doesn’t quote a cover price. They are usually philatelic, but we make no judgement about the present lot, locally addressed within St. Thomas £32 link
724 Miscellaneous A further bisect (perf. 12½, SG33b cat. £110 on piece) went to W. D. Auchinleck Esq. Treasurer. Antigua. A plain card initialled on reverse with vignette of RMS EDEN (our choice of upper case) so we can’t value lower £32 link
725 Miscellaneous Unused ppc’s introduce us to St. Thomas’s National Bank and Harbor (sic Harbour), then Frenchman’s Hill; Grand Hotel carries an unposted message to say how narrowly the writer escaped being stranded on his steamer’s final call; and a fifth card of an almost Moorish Police Station was posted from “Atlantic” (i.e. City, New Jersey) to South Shields, then in County Durham £27
726 Miscellaneous We move on a generation or two to take the GB franked covers of 1939 and 1957, landed in each case at Charlotte Amalie from SS Carinthia and RMS Mauritania, and a 1944 cover (15c US air value) opened by Examiner B/112; then we meet a card of Magen’s Bay Beach, posted from Norway in 1975; and with all those we sweep up (like a comet’s tail) six 2, 3 and 6c items of p/stationery fine unused, that date back to the 1870’s and 1880’s £26 link
727 Miscellaneous Mint BG War Tax retains its stamp-size interpanneau mgn. below; KG5 St. Lucia 1/- is fisc. cancelled by Barclays (Dominica) Overseas & Colonial – the other 12 are pmk. interest, which include a lovely ROCK SOUND on Bahamas KE 1d, Trinidad type O7 ‘16’ on Britannia, MUCARAPO on 1898 2d (v. scarce), moderate ‘642’ on Jamaica, 9 others pre WW1 – recommended £30
728 Miscellaneous Another whimsical medley contains: Antigua QV 6d perf 12½ with 8 o’clock A18 cancel; Bermuda 2d galleon with type K3 ‘1’ cancel brought out of store for presumed Xmas usage; Barbados 1/- black cut down to simulate imperf, but its bootheel ‘5’ at 11 o’clock looks splendid; entirely normal Jamaica 2d pictorial MCA pt. o.g. (we just like the crispness of colours); finally St Kitts tercentenary 2d with red SPECIMEN opt. (small block caps.) – we treat as normal, but are not sure that it is £30
729 Miscellaneous P/S cut outs? No we are not fans of theirs. Yet they do save space, they do make the parent cards scarcer and more valuable, and when you have about 300 of them around the BWI (as here) they can even make DLR productions wide-ranging, and turn up with some pmk. Variety; but don’t be fooled by the claim for A18 – English Harbour; you won’t need John Jordan’s compelling iconoclasm to read it as A12. The last item in the display is British Virgin Islands, 18c US currency, Clavelina – Sea Squirts. There’s a moral there somewhere £30
730 Miscellaneous We won’t go into ecstasies over clean Victory pair covers from Barbados and British Guiana to St. Lucia and St. Kitts to Barbados. Yet we applaud a 1937 coronation set on a hand-addressed Br. Guiana FDC for Yeovil, Somerset (some staining and fox spots) which attracted a lvely boxed Georgetown h/stamp in pink £12
731 Miscellaneous This strange cover regd. 1947 in Nassau probably never intended to tour the world. We need to explain reverse frankings of KG6 ½d and 4d in blocks of four cancelled 23 JUN 47, 1/- black and carmine 4 SEP – no room for year, and on face 2d scarlet, 2½d violet, in blocks of cancelled 14 FEB 47 – clearly the initiating cancels, all of them from Nassau. The clues AND COMPLICATIONS are an ASCENSION cds of 3 OC 50, and PITCAIRN ISLANDS cds of 28 FEB 51 and 27 MAY 51, this tying the two blocks on the front. Ouch! Was it sent from Nassau twice in ’47, returned first time without comment (or something submerged below adhesives on reverse?). It was addressed in pencil to THEO CHOUPROFF, in ink to GEORGETOWN ASCENSION SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN, all this deleted, with PITCAIRN ISLAND / S.P.O. written above. We fail to see a plausible role for KG 1/-, not tied, we can’t explain a wait of up to 3 years in Ascension, but lack of space left no incentive or facility for regn. endorsements. Other than our wary view of the 1/-, we do not mistrust any postmarks – but should we? We see this cover as a winner, even as a loser £54 link
732 Miscellaneous Sep 1929 was the season for FFC’s and here are covers from Tacoma, Miami and San Juan (3) joining the San Juan – Paramaribo flight Sep 22 to or through St. Thomas (all with cachets) while a less ornamental cover leaves St. Thomas Sep 26 destined for Lockhaven, Pa £28
733 Miscellaneous 1951 BWI uni set of 28 f.u. (no fancy pmks). Q. Why half-cat est. for a cheap issue? A. Finding all by D.I.Y will cost you more £15
734 Miscellaneous 1921-57 features a commercial cover from each decade, giving you 1921 Castries to Washington, New Jersey (1d over flap); 1934 Castries to Washington D.C., Furniss Bermuda Line stationery, ½d and 1½d attached; 1948, 6d franking to a Wisconsin doctor; lastly West End, Grand Cayman with 9d air mail to the Pru in NY £20
735 Miscellaneous Two maritime pages firstly display High Seas cachets of S.S. FORT ST GEORGE and ROSALIND, the first on cover whose NY Paquebot duplex captures a Leeward ½d block on cover of 1928; the other clutches Leeward Die II 4d on tiny piece with Montserrat KG5 ½d green; while the second page (QV to KG5 low values) yields two St Lucia cancels, one Port of Spain cds, and St Kitts ½d, 1d, 1 ½d which would appeal more had they not all once been attached to the same 1934 cover with a Boston/code E killer duplex causing at least partial suffocation £44
736 Miscellaneous Guadeloupe and its Dependencies are nicely represented this year by a b/w ppc portraying the Grand Constantin Waterfall, reaching an exchange mate for postcards in Xanthe, Greece (10c franking at Port Louis, Ligne D transit mark) and a b/w card of the Marigot beach, 5c franked, locals handling fishing nets on the Saint Martin island shared with The Netherlands – but the card left from Basseterre 8. 4. 05 £21
737 Miscellaneous Dbl. circle cancel 1. IV. 48 of St Eustatius, Oranjestad, ushered this cover bearing Curacao’s 15c air stamp, on its way to Scarborough via St Kitts £16
738 Miscellaneous In the first decade of the 20 th cy, most of the casual written exchanges between friends were on postal stationery – it perhaps explains why Danish West Indies 2c SG40 is quite expensive, and is scarce on ppc. Here “Palm Avenue St Croix” went as printed matter to Canada 20.11.04 from St Thomas £38
739 Miscellaneous On 3 pages dedicated to the Danish West Indies you’ll find a 2c blue p/s card unused, and used to Mexico 1886, the 4c bisected for 2c on slightly reduced cover, not difficult to get, but this one sent commercially to Frederickstead (sic) St Croix by someone who couldn’t spell in Danish; there’s also an unused b/w ppc town scene pre WWI and the local flag shown on a silk, another popular collectable of the period. PS We have seen this 2c p/s env. priced unused, in knowledgeable hands, at £40, so our estimate here could be a bargain – that’s for you to decide £54
740 Miscellaneous A brief look here at mail between St Thomas and NY, in contrast to Caribbean mail passing through each. Letters of Feb 1860, Sept 1863 both travelled as ship letters, one landing at Philadelphia, the later at Boston. Each bears a 5 and a SHIP h/stamp, of similar, not identical, character, and an annotated page reveals that the earlier letter would have paid 1c more had it landed at NY itself. Black date stamps of arrival from each port £85
741 Miscellaneous Rural b/w scene in French Guiana shows a narrow defile in the hills giving access, we gather, to a modest gold mine – the card travelled to Calvados in 1930 on the no. 2 Atlantic line between Colon and St Nazaire. It’s now partnered by a ppc from, and showing m/v RANGITANE franked with GB 2d cancelled by a WILLEMSTAD duplex whose blurb about Curacao is in English £19 link
742 Miscellaneous That the usage of a Leeward Islands KE7 6d on this album page took place in WWI is confirmed by a cover of 1.4.17 from Tenerife to Copenhagen whose full, sharp black double oval censor h/stamp reading OUVERT/912/PAR L’AUTORITE MILITAIRE is the mark whose left half cancels our loose stamps £40
743 Miscellaneous Cover of 27.12.43 which took nearly 4 months from St Maarten to reach its Lincolnshire destination by way of Willemstad, Antigua and, we presume, NY, being twice censored on the way. Antigua’s intervention was by Examiner 7777, and examiner 14344 wwe infer to be US, not Dutch. It bears four different pmks – extravagant for a WWII cover at this period, and sits – like several of this year’s lots – on an desirably written up and illustrated album page £32
744 Miscellaneous Outer wrapper 19.8.1862 Guadeloupe to Nantes, rated 19 centimes with Pointe a Pitre skeleton stamp of despatch accompanied by green dbl-oval cachet. Hand endorsed (Voie d’Angleterre) face also shows England-Calais TPO cds and 2 more b/stamps for Paris transit and arrival. We can make nothing of mini tyre-tracks on a corner at back and front save that they might be compatible with the passage of a baby iguana in the Galapagos £37
745 Miscellaneous A wholly numerate postal worker returned a cover intended for Trinidad by air, to secure additional postage of 5c. Back it came with 6c added to take off from Charlotte Amelie Jul 24 1942 by coiurtesy of US Examiner 14200. If you read the Trinidad b/stamp as JY 27 1943 you’ll probably agree with the seller that one or other got it wrong. We’ll opt for office of receipt rather than upset the most powerful of our wartime allies £16
746 Miscellaneous How sad that the ppc view of Harbout of St Thomas, posted to Glamorganshire 1905, has been deprived of its adhesive. Accompanying1937 FDC Charlotte Amelie to Nothumberland is embellished by a pair of the 3c mauve commems showing another view of the town and harbour, embellished by a related vignette on the cover itself framed by a proclamation “Virgin Islands Guardian of the Panama Canal”. Are we hearing straight? Is that why what we understood to be a 99-year lease of the islands was not returned to Denmark last year? £22
747 Miscellaneous Very carefully opened cover to H.A.Beyer, Detroit, OC 11 37, used 1½d Bahamas Coron vert. rt mgnl pair from the two centre rows on board Lady Rodney whose grey purser’s cancel lends balance to the face from its SW corner £22 link
748 Miscellaneous Canadian National Steamships fuel the next 5 lots, grouped by ship. R.M.S. Lady Drake kicks off with 1933 cover to Philadelphia, Boston m/c cancel on Canada 1c SG275 x3, magenta cachet type CN7; then 1934 cover to Nova Scotia, Boston Paquebot m/c cancel on Discovery Centenary, CN7 cachet in mauve; lastly b/w CNR ppc, Lady Nelson the background to quayside Reception at Montserrat, the card went off to Washington, violet cachet type CN8 – all 3 items fine and dandy £70
749 Miscellaneous Lady Hawkins : CNS Stationery cover of 1933 to Nova Scotia used 2x Canada 3c with presumed excess of zeal; eponymous Hawkins ppc to Toronto, just Canada 2c needed for this – both had Boston slogan cancels, and both with violet cachets, the larger and earlier type CN17, the other CN16. Hinge remainders on envelope £48
750 Miscellaneous Lady Nelson the double oval type CB22 appears in black on cover to Michigan, the Bermuda ½d(2), 1½d with Boston Paquebot m/c cancel MAR 5 35; another in mauve, Canadian commems landed Port of Spain JA 14 33; the small type CN23 in violet appears on KG6 Canada 3c cover back to Halifax N.S., stamp slogan-cancelled Boston APR 24 1939; and Boston Paquebot m/c cancel is met again on Tinidad 3c Feb 13 1939 with violet Purser’s cachet type CN24 on sepia ppc view of Mount S Benedict chapel £90
751 Miscellaneous Lady Rodney used her Purser’s cachet type CN32 in violet on Kingstown St Vincent b/w ppc landed at Port of Spain 13 NO 48, using Grenada KG6 2d (not itself cancelled, but clearly belonging to this lightning tour of the Caribbean); and the same cachet in black on cover to Italy at the printed matter rate using crimson US 2c stamp struck with Jamaica Paquebot cds in 1937 (that’s 6 countries linked here) £46
752 Miscellaneous Lady Somers : her Purser’s cachet copies type CN32 without the frills on outer circle. v. cleanly struck in pale magenta on Nassau ppc of the Law Courts, it went to Halifax N.S. with Bermuda 1d stamp, Boston m/c cancel MAR 5 1932. We meet the cachet again on cover to Hampshire – its Canada SJ 1c, 2c with str-line PAQUEBOT cancel, landed Hamilton, Bermuda 2 SEP 36, and by now the cachet shows up in drunken black ink. The vessel was ill-fated, engaged on secret mission WWII and sank in 1941 – fewer covers survive than from the other Lady Boats £48