Lot Description Est Real View
Anguilla
1 Accompanied here by 1d. (two pairs) and 1½d., 2½d. all used, (which you might prefer to ignore) here is the tercentenary 6d. in vert. pr. top mgnl. with plate no. 1. v.f.u. (we don’t often add the ‘v’) - low cat. £5 £3.75
2 We think Anguillees would applaud our listing their St.Kitts tercentenary set of six in the island’s own name! and please forget cat. quote because each stamp is fine lower mint mgnl. with plate no. 1. You might wish to trim the mgns. more neatly, there is scope for it. £15
3 The 1950 tercentenary set in fine mint blocks of four SG 86-91 (of St. Kitts Nevis) £4
4 The Death of Nelson Anniversary SG MS453 immediately precedes what we would view as the “Disney” era (the point at which any reasoned collection of Anguilla should be put into suspense or cease). So a fitting way to close off your support for this territory and let’s face it, inexpensive, quite attractive, with much relevance also for collectors of Antigua, Barbados, and so on £1
5 In a trial to see whether we, as a Society, turn our backs on relatively modern issues this is the first (and least) of a few lots in the current auction. Most will include commercial mail unlike this initial batch which are exclusively philatelic (and larger covers of varied sizes):- 1968 ships set (cover maltreated); 1973 Royal Wedding; 1979 On Postal Service (Postmaster mail, no stamp); 1982 (a tad classier) Princess Di at 21 FDC 17.5.82 £3 View
Antigua
6 A rare 1779 EL from Antigua with DEAL SHIP-LRE written by Otto Bayer to his London bankers to arrange funding to resist an appeal to the Privy Council. Strong bishop mark, 7d charged for inland postage; mounted on annotated page which quotes from contemporary Lloyds list £170 £130
7 QV plate proof on thin card in black, mgns. tight l. and r. ample at foot, v. lge at top, presumed from top row, admirable print clarity £85
8 Similar plate proof in green, a trifle easier to find gd to lge mgns. except at extreme SE corner where outer frame line is touched. On west side the blade smears pt. of mgn in green, a regular phenomenon amongst the issued classics of St Lucia £60 £46 View
9 Large A02 cancel on QV 4d blue CC (21), does not flatter when enthusiastic, but it treats most of its subjects gently here, SG20, cat £13 each after a price that has stood for decades has subsided a bit – cat. now £273, and watch for the rebound £40
10 There are 16 used 2½d. red-brown CA on this page (ignoring another that is damaged) most of these with the tall A02 killer sometimes smothering its host with affection, decently restrained on about half, and there’s a good range of shades SG22 cat £880 £110
11 There are 24 QV 4d blue CA on this page all struck with A02, usually tall, and if you’ve just bought their 2½d. pals they’ll be lonely unless you take these too. SG 23 cat. £13, nudged downwards like the CC values, to reach £299 in total £42 £32 View
12 After a few quiet years, be it said, Antigua values seem to be rising by the day, which makes a page of 17 QV 4d CA chestnut m and a mgnl block of 4 hinged only at its mgn. look a useful buy at £13 £10 View
13 QV ½d. green pt.o.g. showing the Thompson Flaw (detached triangle). a reasonable example to which the Royal would grant the accolade ‘soiled’ were it invited to certify; centred a bit NE, cat. £325 SG 21a £105
14 2½d red-brown, & 4d. blue CA, SG 22. 23 pt.o.g., 4d. with pulled SW corner perf., cat. £465 £46 £35
15 A similar pair, the 2½d. marginally better looking, the 4d. unused £48 View
16 Album page offers 4d. CA blue (9), chestnut (11) all with a fairly full c.d.s. (just 2 or 3 heavy) and free from noted faults SG 23, 28 cat £159 £21 View
17 The QV 1/- SG 30: one pt.o.g.; the other carries a weight of black ink laid down by its tall, over-enthusiastic A02 killer - character replaces beauty £58 £42 View
18 Thompson flaw on CC? No that would be heresy. We offer (with curiosity uplift only) world-weary 4d. CC whose top left triangle shows a rather similar phenomenon, on which a light cancellation and small tear do not impinge £30 £23
19 Leeward QV 4d. is very seldom seen with a village cancel so ST.PETER’S almost full AU 15 00 is quite something £24 £18 View
20 Imperf. arms ½d. colour trial in the issued shade, but on Crown CA paper, not MCA as issued, for good measure the paper was gummed, fine £180 £170 View
21 A similar ½d. colour trial on similar paper in the issued shades of the 3d. (so should we value up or down?). We’ll make it the same £180 £210
22 We had no faith in a MCA KGV 5/- whose cancellation shows MO perhaps N at top, O (for OC) at centre and A at foot, in SE quadrant of the stamp, then we found a genuine Montpelier c.d.s. to compare and IT’S RIGHT. So………MONTPELIER on 5/- which the office wouldn’t hold in stock; let’s assume it posthumous, but RRRR and full cat. of £50 is too low £54 View
23 A village cancel with only the ‘M’ visible? Yes, and it stands for PARHAM, a 40% strike some time in ‘39 (not Feb. because day is 29 on KGV 1d. scarlet). Out of date? probably not - a small village may not yet have received or started stamps of the new reign. Do you see what you can exploit, next time the letter ‘M’ night comes up in your local society? £5 View
24 Full JOHNSON’S POINT c.d.s. on Leeward KGV script Die I 2½d. - similar to Stan Durnin’s products of the later ‘40’s - this is still very scarce £20 £15
25 The less difficult LIBERTA on SJ 1d. inadvertently reveals a ‘47’ year date, but it’s lovely strike of the name £10 £8
26 OLD ROAD (upper half) on Leeward SJ 1½d. is exactly how Stan Durnin aimed to receive his c.t.o. village cancels - more difficult than Liberta, but only just £12
27 (CED)AR GROVE was less free with its favours than most of the other village offices. It is here on SJ 2½d. with a sliver of the final digit of the year protruding - conceivably a 6, but we’ll guess at ‘48’; it’s certainly scarcer than the three that precede, but a less vivid strike £18 £14
28 This is another JOHNSON’S POINT struck sideways to the west of SJ 1/- and you know by the ‘4’ of year date (just distinguishable) that it’s posthumous, even had we not given you all the Durnin clues, still the stamp is cat. £27 m., and £40 used, and will not be given away £20 £15
29 Ppc to Hertfordshire franked with KG5 1d bright scarlet, cancelled St John’s OC 18 38. What’s that? No it’s not posthumous. It’s last chance saloon (look up the date) £14
30 Reg’d. OHMS cover of 2 SP 41 from St. John’s with, we deduce, some censorship history to be gleaned, as it was opened and re-sealed at GPO - note the dbl. oval cachet and initials over home-made gummed manila. 20 days via NY to Washington; S Reichgut for O.H. Reichgut. 8d. fare paid with four stamps £18 £16.5
31 Neat reg’d. cover of 20 FE 14, label on front, Leeward 3d over flap. Flagged to us as white back (for which date is consistent) we are put off by cat. from £640 and shall offer as SG51 (cat. from £80) – well you can’t see back of stamp anyway £50
Bahamas View
32 QV Chalon 6d left mgnl. plate proof in black horiz. pr. on stout card. The lady on the left is mildly affected by a crease above the shoulder, but we don’t rate highly significant: if you want these things cheap, buy New Zealand £110
33 1862 6d. lilac perf. 13, light part killer cancel very fine used (we reserve that for something special) 1990 BPA cert. in support, SG 19a, cat. £450 £150 £130
34 Once upon a time we used to see QV plate nos. now and then, but nowadays we realise that it was then that we saw them. So we are quite pleased to stumble across plate no. 1 on fine mint 1d. (top mgnl.), and 6d. (lower mgnl.) We reckon the 1d. to be a true pale rose, but in case this view could be deemed too rosy, we estimate at a level which could be applied to any shade of the 1d. with its 6d. companion £30 View
35 In various printings of the staircase issue, the double tree-trunk variety appears on stamp 56, the secondary tree-trunk /rifleman on stamp 12, and there’s a prominent re-touch to the sky at pos’n. 31. All three are assembled here on 3/- and 5d. CC, and script 1d. in the aniline-carmine-red shade, (this latter has a pulled perf. lower left), SG 61, 59, 112, cat. as normal £62 £46 View
36 KE MCA 6d., the misshapen E var. from row 6/6 v.lightly u., the c.d.s. just tickling without concealing the crucial letter; but we persist with our view that the earlier wmk. is the more difficult of the two – SG74a cat £475 £120 £90
37 KGV 2½d. MCA, sloping “2” variety fine o.g. – not an easy variety to spot, so you save much trouble when it’s identified for you, SG84b cat £275 £95 £75 View
38 It is likely that small stocks of the difficult WAR TAX 1/- SG95 were held in a few out island offices, and type 3a SIMMS appears considerately hit about 1 o’clock, with full name showing. The stamp, cat £160 if f.u. RRR £80 £80 View
39 Tercentenary 2/- SG 129, a fine block of four, the upper two share a hinge, the lower two are mint, cat. £72 £30 View
40 Landfall 5/-, a fresh and fine left mgnl. reddish lilac and blue horiz. pr. on striated paper, SG 174, cat. £100 £40 View
41 We notice that SG have not listed any Bahamas missing colours in part 1 – and can think of more than one explanation. In case that reflects policy rather than actual rarity we don’t go overboard in valuing missing red on 1969 12ct. Sailboat SG335; good luck if you establish it’s the discovery example (normal for comparison) £35 £27 View
42 4 pages studying and evaluating the ‘27’ and ‘B’ obliterations ascribing the latter to use by inter-island mail boats for mail posted on board. ‘27’ (two types, not distinguishable in practice) is said to have been superseded about 1890, and to be scarce on the DLR 2½d. (a pair is included here, and several singles). There are 5 x 1d. Chalons (two are perf 14 CA) and 2 x 4d. rose, all QV to KGV, bar two KGVI and a truncated QEII cover of 1962, which demonstrates the mailboat explanation. £85
43 Concerned chiefly with GPO these four pages relate only to the QV period. Apart from the A05 killer and the date stamps used in Nassau, there are two lovely strikes of the money order c.d.s. on 1d., a genuine 4d and 6d Chalon, forgeries and fakes of the latter, including the misused Bimini c.d.s., a 1d. arriving in NY Hudson Terminal Station and 1d Chalons with assumed or actual fiscal markings – just 21 stamps here – multum in parvo £52 £40 View
44 War Tax 3d. purple/yellow SG 98 lower mgnl. mint block of four starting from the half-way line, and therefore featuring dbl. tree-trunk which is not prominent in this shade. There’s a bonus. On the bottom stamp to the left there’s an eagle perched on top of the tall tree at right. (let’s assume this was caused by a small oil stain). Heading towards it is a cannon ball which does recur on this stamp for a period. Diagonal crease doesn’t dismay. Fresh £18
45 KGVI £1 dp. grey-green and black SG 157, used at Nassau 24 MAR 42, and by no means necessarily philatelic, cat. £150 £35 £28
46 Special Delivery 5d. black and orange with double overprint fine o.g., supported by 2002 BPA cert. and plated to row 4/3. So all is known except that the last word has still to be written about the involvement (or not) of Dr. Hess in the emergence of the listed errors, SG 51a, cat. £800 £320 £240 View
47 Postmarks between types 1 and 7 from the QV to KGV period, 58 items (with an odd pair or triplet), no major rarities, plenty of lower level satisfaction, such as Spencer’s Point, The Bight, Watlings, Wemyss Bight, Mastic Point, with boxes prepared and annotated throughout, showing – less happily – some of the ones that have previously got away £180 £140
48 We begin a group of reg’d. covers with one from Nassau to Scott Publications, Wall St. New York, DE 21 97 rate paid two 1d. aniline and 2½d. ultramarine, the reg’n. c.d.s. and h/stamp in brown (from a pad where red and black had been mingled). An unusual NY mauve b/stamp shows month and day plugged inside serifed B in circle £26 View
49 KEVII 2½d. stamped p/s envelope from the Bank of Nassau 28 Apr 10 to a business address in Bordeaux, red 3 rate mark added; with this come the unused version, two SPECIMEN, and two left fallow: also present, QV 1½d. p/s card (small corner clip) to England, and re-addressed early 1890, embellished by soft B killer and thimble c.d.s. £46 £35
50 1920 3d. Peace (SG 109) with r.h. selvedge still attached pays the fare and reg’n. on cover (1921) to South Africa. R in oval in black with reg’n. no. added in m/s and encircled. Receipt cancelled on the reverse. Commercial and fine £11 £12
51 Even without the gutter mgn. it would be apparent that the two lower mgnl. 2d. stamps, with plate no.2 nestling beneath the l.h. 2d. which came from the SW corner of the r.h. pane (because l.h. pane is plate no.1). The item reposes on FFC Jan 2 1929 to Miami (just how did that plane get off the ground with its load of philatelic mail?) It’s a Sutcliffe item, the Jamaica connection being a Kingston addressee, and box no. and shows a far-sighted use of grey matter in its choice of franking £16 £12
52 FDC’s with a difference for the Columbus issue, as these two OC 12 (year 42 omitted) come from San Salvador bearing ½d block of four (the Columbus Day Cover) and 3d (the Nassau Daily Tribune cover), the former unaddressed. No hint of war-time austerity here (but Montgomery was set to win at Alamein) £30 £26
53 Three Curteich-Chicago ppc’s used 1947-51 franked 2d., 4d., 10d. to US (2) and England showing bustling scenes in and around Bay St.; a further two show either a later view of Miami Beach, or powdery white sands. A worthwhile quintet £20 View
54 PSRE 21 FE 01 to Aberdeenshire, 1d. carmine added, escorts covers of 1967 and 1968 from Harbour Island and Marsh Harbour to Nassau: each uses two 8ct. adhesives, one with MARSH HARBOUR (R.No. h/stamp, the other with neat, probably local, serifed REGISTERED h/stamp) all other reg’d. markings added by hand. Even as late as this reg’d. out-island commercial mail is hard to come by £38 £30 View
55 A similar Marsh Harbour (part of the same correspondence), NW corner repaired with sellotape, and paired with commercial reg’d. cover from San Salvador, again 1968, and two 8ct. adhesives(evidently the most convenient way for an outlying office to make up the 16ct. rate). This one has its own REGISTERED h/stamp made from local rubber ingredients, both went to Nassau where acquiring GPO and a red numbering h/stamp £22 £21 View
56 Eleuthera contributes similarly franked commercial reg’d. covers of 1969 to Nassau from Spanish Wells and Governor’s Harbour, the sender a resident of North Palmetto Point. No local enterprise for reg’d. markings, which are all manuscript, but enthusiastically b/stamped, like most of its ilk £25 £19
57 The final of our four out-island commercial offerings of this era (well, we did say they were hard to come by) again they all went to Nassau -date from 1969, ‘68, ‘65, ‘64, from Georgetown, Inagua, Cedar Harbour and McKennons (whose spelling defeated the sender) Inagua sported a REGISTERED h/stamp of its own; Georgetown used only pen, Cedar Harbour only red crayon (this cover opened by snipping and discarding SE corner), 6d. and 3d. stamps were used; McKennons received four scattered 1½d. New Constitution, and the Nassau number is scrawled in ball-point £54 £42
58 This 1964 cover is a postscript, as we’ve just used the word ‘final’: a lovely clean 6d. PSRE plus New Constitution 1½d. for the journey to Nassau from Green Turtle Cay. We pass lightly over the 10-year arithmetical lapse that allowed the c.d.s. to read 4 APR 54 because we noted that the clerk at McKennons (see previous lot) who allowed four 1½d. stamps to pay reg’n and postage wasn’t too good at arithmetic either £10 £10.5
59 This year’s manuscript cancel from Lower Deadman’s Cay is sadly only a front. The KGVI 6d. and E.II 2d. side by side are each endorsed “Lr. D Cay” and the very much more neatly written address also includes AIR MAIL and the sender’s particulars, so it was clearly accepted into the post and travelled as intended. The chances are, mind you, that the reverse was blank so that had it survived it would have added no information, merely collector comfort £40 £31
60 Three philatelic items mark the inauguration of the daily flight between Miami and Nassau (what a load that plane must have carried). The Geo. Street outward cover parades 5ct. airmail, 2ct. Valley Forge commem., and full violet FF cachet; the return cover hosts King’s head 2½d., the normal FAM endorsement and route diagram; Roessler’s card picks up the Valley Forge theme with an illustration that may appeal to those to whom this sort of thing appeals £25 £20
61 As the E.II 6d. came out in 1964, a strip of three cancelled four times PURE GOLD 26 OCT 43 on a cover with a BOAC label to Gosforth (in England’s north coast) evokes some scepticism; but let’s be charitable, this wasn’t a busy office, the date stamp need only have been dormant for a generation. No contents to the cover, we doubt there ever were £12 £9
62 After 50 years a postmark becomes respectable, and GREAT GUANO CAY on 1963 non-philatelic cover to Nassau desirable, but anyway by then the locals felt there was a certain odour about the middle name, which was changed shortly after to rhyme with Bwana £6 £10.5
63 Personally addressed to Lt. G.J. Raymond ℅ a doctor in Nassau is a letter written from the Naval Detachment in Windsor Field New Providence, 1954. Perhaps this was the time when Gale sustained the gunshot injury that disabled him for life but sapped neither his energy nor morale. Cover is franked by E.II 1d. cancelled U.S: Navy 17029 c.d.s. £15
64 Two pages examine Commissioner’s Office TRD’s and are offered as they stand: from THE BIGHT, Cat Island, a cover and 5 full strikes on piece, 1966-8, are applauded as genuine postal use of an official mark; so is the use of the Governor’s Harbour instrument to free frank an OHMS cover front; whereas use at MAYAGUANA is categorised as dubious when hemming in KG6 1½d. on a large vacant piece with a heavy, heavy, black strike of JUL 31 1951. If we follow the logic, we don’t quite follow it, so to speak. We can think of several reasons for using the MAYAGUANA device to annihilate postage stamps, and it’s D rare (L&R rating, not an adjective) if merely philatelic £50 £38
65 Four covers and two pieces on 4 pages for maritime mail type S12 cancels capture, GB 2½d. on 1957 philatelic cover on RMS Mauritania; Canada 4c on 1951 cover on board Canadian Challenger, and Bermuda ½d pair on Queen of Bermuda piece; KGVI 4d. cuddles Ocean Monarch cachet alongside NY Paquebot duplex 1952; S13 cancel encircles US 4c 1961, the cover boldly also housing Ingres Line h/stamp for S/S NASSAU, and an irregular tax mark. Finally and foremost the short lived SHIP MAIL FREEPORT TRD figures on 1960 m/s DALITH cover, the Freeport mark soon to be withdrawn because of damage £54 £44
66 In ’64 and ’65 3 covers from Nassau, one each from Spanish Wells and Man-of-War Cay made their way to Abaco, each proclaiming its routing on the face. Had you been a fly on the stamp you would have visited Fox Town, or Hope Town, or Crossing Rocks, and always Cherokee Sound, even when destined for Green Turtle Cay, supposedly going by air – and these were all personal mail, no philatelic mail production £48 £36
67 A page devoted to Inagua (8 items) another to cancellers using island rather than town or village names (8 more), a KG6 piece from Lower Deadmans Cay, 1942 Landfall on cover to 1/-, and the inevitable Sea Floor souvenir cover complete the ex Raymond material still on hand £70 £56
68 A page showing three types of tourist slogan from the KG5 era. Opens with a cover of 31 Jan 18 to Ewens in London where the full mark cancels the Red Cross 1d. SG 90, as the only franking just escaping War Tax, but how did GPO get its full 1d. The other two slogans are on piece while a second page has a duplex mental health slogan on cover of 1968 £42
69 Eight covers 1927 (careworn PSRE, 1d. added) to 1967 (a Bob Topaz product with Churchill 1/- and 1½d. defin. embraced by San Salvador Commissioner’s TRD) sandwich six other covers out of Nassau 1938-57, mainly commercial but incl. Pan Am FFC NY - a 1942 despatch to NY was opened by Examiner 4827 - and one just perceptibly from Marsh Harbour £34 £27
70 On portions of album pages “used” Spiro forgeries of Chalon 4d. (4), 6d. (6), 1/- (3) are shamefacedly stationed behind genuine singles. The 1/- CA is fine lge.pt.o.g., the 6d. CC fair to middling unused, and the 4d. dull rose a grade lower, but cat is around £600, plus the impostors £90
Barbados
71 The redeeming feature of a distinctly tatty 1799 wrapper, annotated Barbadoes, is a bold two-line LIVERPOOL/SHIP LRE (5mm lettering) struck over central fold. Weighed in at 2 oz ¾ the recipient would have had to pay 7/5 postage to London – we hope it was worth it £30 £46
72 We would read the address as “To Sir James Lowther Bart”, but there’s a bunch of correspondence to him from Barbados and we think the surname is read differently by others. This wrapper was landed as PORTSMOUTH SHIP LRE with “10” inland rate to London. It’s distinctly tatty in parts, but a bishop mark over flap offers venerability and the red seal which was circumnavigated in opening adds real class. Though cracks are inevitable the intaglio design is deeply impressed and essentially undisturbed: there is no decipherable reference to Barbados visible from without, we’ve not delved within £54 £65
73 2d. rated 1824 EL which you can just discern (from faint step-type h/stamp) was posted in Bridge St Lambeth might be taken to have fulfilled its entire mission on arrival near London’s Russell Square; acquires a totally different character when you open up and read that it was written on 6 Au 1824 in Barbadoes by R J Roath to “my dear Mother” – presumably hand-carried to London and speedily too £25 View
74 By 1827 the large BARBADOES fleuron was getting careworn, so don’t expect the strong strike across the flap here to look pristine. The EL is transcribed by hand and, of course, it’s all about Madeira wine – what else did they have to think about? 2/2 rate to London £44 £46
75 Six months later went another EL to the same address also rated 2/2; the text includes a copy of an intermediate letter – you’ll have to do without transcription – if you think the fleuron mark here is smaller you’d be wrong, they’re both 28mm £34 £35
76 1840 EL from one Thompson, a serving junior officer to another Thompson at Lincoln’s Inn. Endorsed “Paid” - no rate shown - close slanting writing not easy to read, but probably worth the effort - a rather formal somewhat pernickety character, full of detail, almost empty of information. We picture a humourless, youngish writer married to the army, and not high up the learning curve of life £32 £48 View
77 Tiny mourning cover with a very discreet black frame. The UK departure c.d.s. is on the front 1851/11 SP 11/ N♔H, and a soft, very clear BARBADOES OC 08 1851 dbl.arc over flap alongside white flower on black wafer. A scarce incoming item whose slight soiling can probably be readily spruced, 1/- packet rate £60 £48 View
78 Not much excuse for an 1856 cover to travel without a stamp but the baronet of Ashbourne (Derbyshire) to whom addressed could presumably afford the 6d on receipt. Nice, strong markings, annotation and address, though a weak London transit was struck in red between Barbadoes double-arc and the GPO thimble - transit clerk out of practice now that stamps were the norm? £40 £30
79 A semi-clear New York Ship Letter c.d.s. incorporating numeral 4 is the only postal marking on a brief, polite business EL from Barbadoes 1865 – rather featureless, rather uncommon £28 £36
80 Page noted as SG3/4, 9/10 Barred oval cancellations 1-11. Blue background does not flatter strikes of this series, so that, despite strikes of good quality mainly uprt and centred, the page doesn’t sparkle and we’ve given up trying to verify 6 against 9. The imperfs. alternate between 3 and 4 mgns. High cat of course for any set of 11 £280
81 Another set of barred oval cancellations which we divide between this lot which contains and annotates nos. 1 to 5. Three examples of ‘1’ are shown as (types a, b, c) only one of which and the ‘5’ are on (1d.) blue value. Four of the other five stamps are on (½d.) green, and the ‘4’ is on (6d.) rose red. Strikes of similar quality to our preceding lot, but more eye-catching and the stamps are all four mgn. Min. cat. is £660, we’d say £850 actual £300
82 Numerals 6 to 11 all on imperfs., four being (1d) with numeral ‘10’ on ½d green, the paper faintly blued, ‘9’ on (6d) in the deeper shade. Sited below St. Joseph ‘6’ the distinction between the digits can for once be clearly seen. Mgns are usually comfortable, often large, and even very generous; but St. Lucy is rather close at two corners and St. Thomas just touched at extreme SE, cat around £700 £270 £210 View
83 A range of bootheel numerals; this contains ‘1’ on two values, one being (4d) while ‘2’ to ‘5’ are respectively on (1d), 6d, 1/-, 6d, the annotation stating that some are recorded only on (1d) values. Don’t let this discourage, with perseverance you could one day complete a set without using the (1d), as all are stated to be the highest PB 1870-3 issues (so cat here should be £200 or up) £90
84 (1d.) pale blue SG9 with comfortable even mgns. all round gives a haven to a nice barred oval ‘2’ at 1.30 o’clock £35 £36 View
85 Imperf. (1d.) pale blue (trepanned at top, mgns. clear at sides and foot) (½d.) deep green, and DLR perf. 14, SG 9, 20, 21, 72, unused (first and last) or pt.o.g. Cat. over £270 £25 £19
86 Page with 23 perf Britannias assembled to represent the SG listed shades from 20 to 35 and from 43 to 47. Assessment of shade is of necessity subjective, but there’s a credible variety, an odd fault in the odd stamp, but generally sound to v.g., s.t.c. abt. £1100 £130 £150 View
87 Bootheel cancels 2 to 11 on page which also includes large star ( ½d) with thimble ‘1’ c.d.s. Numeral’3’ is on rough perf (4d), one of two numeral ‘7’ on DLR 4d, one of each of the others, most being strongly visible, only ‘2’ and ‘5’ (this on 1/-) being subdued by their background £65
88 ½d. Britannia plate proof in black with gd. to lge. mgns. on 3 sides, closer on the west £36 £27
89 A single 1/- in black with ample even mgns all round, requiring precision to separate thus (P.B. 1858) £50 £56
90 Lt mgnl plate proof 4d horiz. pair in greyish black with comfortable even mgns everywhere else £75 £58
91 The 3d. value in fine lt. mgnl. horiz. pr. in black with impeccable mgns. throughout (DLR 1873) £65 £50 View
92 6d. and 1/- SG 60 and 61 correctly so labelled on reverse, the 1/- with little to fault save a certain crustiness of gum, the 6d. bright-coloured as she is and despite her wmk. viewed through the front giving the appearance that Britannia has just been crowned Miss World is less than flattered by heavy crease at neck - and waist-line - cat. together £1,050 £120 £90
93 Imperf block of four. This is the large star 6d. SG 60b. As we usually see this stamp used (don’t believe the note about it, by the way) we are unclear whether these began life with gum - these four look bald from birth - slight creasing at corner clear of design - cat. £200, just one eighteenth of its siblings when found gummed, and perforated £80 £95 View
94 16 ½d. to 4d. values of the 1882-5 issues show type M2 c.d.s. (Barbados and digit) from 2 to 11, some on more than one value. The very difficult 8 is on 1d. at 2 o’clock, something to cherish, 3 and 9 could, and 6 should be improved upon £85 View
95 The type M3 c.d.s. (with Parish name, some with a digit) on nine of the same issue and value range, and one later 1d. Those with digit are 3, 6, 7, 11; a second CH-CH of Christchurch appears where you would hope for St. Andrew 9 - the examples shown are carefully chosen, all more or less full and fine £40 View
96 You’ll remember from the last occasion that we had the QV 1886 values to offer as UPU SPECIMEN items of which only about 100 went to Berne. Here is the 6d SG100s £60 £48
97 …… and here is the 1/- SG 102s - minor gum creasing £50 £38
98 … (la Troisieme est la derniere) … so last of three comes the 5/- SG103s £70 £54 View
99 The unused appearance of no wmk. (½d.) (4 incl. 2 clean-cut perf) and (1d.) (3) is reasonable, yet we’re happy with only one pt.o.g. (1d.), and a grassy green (½d.), putting the rest in the twilight zone between used and unused. Then there are 20 more (½d.) and (1d.) used Britannias, some with wmk star. Condition - one manky, the others fair to good, and there’s a bootheel 5 and 10 £54
100 (½d.) imperf and pin-perf, (1d.) imperf (5) all on white paper used, (one poor, others fair to good) barred oval ‘7’ noticed £46 View
101 1858-70 6d. Britannias, all used - two imperf with mgns here and there, four rose-red, barred oval cancels, four later shades with bootheels, in average condition £40
102 11 no wmk. or star wmk. 1/- used Britannias in sound used condition, bootheel ‘10’ among them £23
103 Samuel type BAR 2 SPECIMEN on QV 5/- Britannia of just the right shade: the stamp is of course off-centre (to the west), but the ovpt. is perfectly positioned! SG 64s, cat. £350 £150 £150
104 1874 star wmk. ½d. (5, two pt.o.g.), 1d. (pt.o.g. and two used), condition v.g. to fine, in fact we particularly commend one ½d. for its dbl-arc date pmk., and another whose centring is spot on - go on, check what they are usually like, SG 65 and 66, cat. nearly £300 £56
105 Along with f.u. examples of 1897 Jubilee 5d. and 10d. we accept the blued paper aspirations of ¼d., ½d., 1d. mint, and another 1d. used in St. Philip. Make what you will of an extra ½d. used in St. James - we regard it as the illegitimate child of Stephen’s (ink) - cat. £220 £46 View
106 New issue dealers were not excited by the small seal of the colony issue change of wmk. to MCA in 1905, and this is surprisingly difficult to get unused nowadays (but cat. prices reflect this). Missing the top value we offer the short set to 8d., fine, lightly mounted, four of them perhaps mint. SG 135-41, cat. £187, but let’s say £170 £54 £42
107 33 stamps m. on s/card from Nelson centenary to UPU, taking in olive-blossom, lge seal to 1/-, victory to 6d, tercentenary set and a few more, the stated cat. of £150 doubled by inclusion of 1936 cover by air to NY whose 1/1 fare includes the better perf SG 137a, cat from £50x3 £40
108 Multiples - will they enhance your collection, or, just get in the way? The used are Kingston Relief and Large Seal ¼d.; the mint are QV 4d. brown pair, SW corner 1892 ¼d. trio, plate 1, War Tax mgnl. block of six, plate 1, 1927 tercentenary 1d. mgnl. top strip of four; 1892 1d. on 4d., 1d. carmine, 1897 Jubilee ¼d., 1906 Olive Blossom, Large Seal 4d. - blocks of four except as stated, perhaps an odd hinge mark that we’ve missed. Cat somewhere north of £230 £60
109 The 1916 large seal set of 11 to 3/- in SPECIMEN form (each still with a hinge attached). Toning of the reverse of the stamps on white paper appears to have spared those on coloured, SG 181s-191s, cat. £275 £56 £90
110 1920 Victory 3/- v.g.u. centred rt. SG 211 cat. £95 £28 £21
111 The 1925-35 issues - all listed shades and perfs represented by the 21 unused stamps on s/card, mint except three or four merely o.g., and all fine - SG 229-239 inclusive, cat. £215 £65 £80 View
112 In this instance the 1925 3d. comes in an NW corner imperf block of four in an indigo shade, an item to tempt you to start on proofs if you are not already addicted - think wove paper, no gum, no wmk. £240 £190
113 1933 2½d ultramarine SG233a – a rare used block of ten in two rows of five £10 £11.5
114 The short-lived KGVI scarlet SG 249 (perf 13½:13) pt.o.g. (hinge remainder) centred left, but fit for purpose, cat. £275 £60 View
115 Mint SE corner block of four of KGVI 5/- SG 256a confidently displaying plate no.1, cat. £40 £20 £20
116 Four album pages on which the 1d. on 2d. surcharges of 1947 are explained, annotated and arranged with the utmost care to display the issues in their two perfs and highlight the recurrent minor varieties (7 different ones featured at least once). There are 37m including corner or mgnl blocks 18, 4 and 4, 10u. All participating stamps look fine, and cat. with the listed varieties looks to be about £400, while the unlisted ones deserve a premium £250 £190
117 The E.II 1953 set of 13, and the 1964-5 change of wmk. set of 8, both present fine mint, the earlier 48ct. lower mgnl. with plate no. SG 289-301, 312-19, cat. £93, and free from fault £35
118 A shame that Eric Bateson is no longer around to see us soften our attitude (and harden our estimate) for philatelic covers this year. Well, it isn’t every day that you’ll find the 2/6 violet and green (we’ll assume it’s MCA) sharing a 1912 trip on cover to Prague with lovingly balanced Kingston Relief 2d (opt uprt. and opt invtd.) and ¼ d(2) all beautifully balanced along with reg’n. label. All neatly pmk’d. back and front, stamps cat. £175 £150
119 Ten ‘used’ Spiro forgeries neatly arranged on part album page. The undenominated Britannias are (½d.) (3), (1d.), (4d.) (3), then denominated 6d. (2), 1/-, all imperf. Crude designs as always, yet the shades get quite close, except one ½d. ovpt. for the later yellow-green; let’s not be too critical - Barbados is not an abundant source of forgery £36 £29
Barbuda View
120 Up to now our members have had to find their Codrington item outside the study circle, so it makes a pleasant change to offer an 1839 EL from John Osborne on the estate to Sir C Bethel Codrington Bart Dodington Cirencester. Osborne has qualified to practise at the Bar, has dealt with a case in Antigua, and is planning to return to England, one assumes to practise there. Cover is carefully written up on album page, displays moderate Antigua small fleuron and 2/1 rate (interpreted as 1/2 packet rate, 11d inland) but boxed italic Cirencester Penny Post shows a local add-on thereto (Codrington correspondence JO 360). The family were getting itchy feet at this time: only the other day we were shown a mid-century letter written by a Codrington from Norfolk Island R£240 £240 View
121 The 1922 set of 11 to 5/- neatly mounted on part of an album page, SG 1-11, cat. £150, unexamined for wmks. (You should be so lucky!) £60
122 Leeward I. ½d. green horiz. pair originally receiving routine Barbuda c.d.s. of DE 27 27 then immediately overstruck with OFFICIAL PAID c.d.s., same date (or vice versa? - not in our belief). A scarce item, to some degree illuminated by a copy of Harry Huber on Barbuda cancels, appended for convenience £36 £48 View
123 Piece cut from cover (We’d have preferred the whole cover!) shows Reg in red at top, initials G.W beneath, authenticating a light violet OFFICIAL-PAID c.d.s. of JY 22 22, repeated more strongly alongside. Beneath for good measure “post Office Barbuda”. in block ink and a bit of blue crayon. Copy of Huber article included as before £16 £12 View
124 Barbuda cancels on Antigua tercentenary 6d. and the four SJ values, 1d. & 1½d. once shared a cover DE 30 35, the other are part strikes £28 £27 View
125 KGVI Leeward I. - you get the 14 different colours to 6d. all used in Barbuda, one group of eight on two 1945 pieces, the latter six at one of two dates in 1949, a lazy but convenient assembly £25 £19 View
126 An Oswald Marsh cover reg’d. NO 24 22 from Barbuda, dignified by the 1922 set of 7 to 1/-, with each Barbuda c.d.s. (of five) struck with delightful precision, to offer a halo for 2d, 6d, 1/- and equal apportionment for the other four stamps (but where was your soul, Ossie, in using a cheap brown envelope and opening it roughly when you got it back?) £90
127 Roger Wells FDC sports two E.II 2ct. Coron. of Antigua, each neatly cancelled Barbuda 2 JU 53 £1 £2
128 The Codrington Correspondence (Robson Lowe 1951) needs no introduction to our membership. The copy now in our hands bears the h/stamp of Twickenham and District Philatelic Society, but we are assured that our seller member has every right to dispose of it. £28 £27
Bermuda
129 A profusion of QV defins. follows; QV wmk. CC 2d., 6d. (3), 4d. (2), then wmk. CA 1d. (71), 2½d. (2), ¼d. (14), Docks ¼d., ½d.(5), 1d. (16) £10
130 QV 4d. (corner fault), 6d. (three shades), and 1/- perf. 14:12½ each bear part of Hamilton type PM4 cancel, used in its second period without date plugs. As these are higher values it tends to support the theory that PM4 by then represented Parcel Post, stamps cat. nearly £160 £42
131 1875 One Penny. on 13d. SG 16 lightly cancelled, cat £350 – we’d like to stop there. Instead we have to tell you that, with only a normal looking A within normal looking bars, and no other digits visible, though there’s space for them, this is not a cancel that belongs to Bermuda, though A01 to A15 were used all round the BWI, and other numerals of course elsewhere. Postmark is above opt; we detect no anomaly in measurement, and our seller would be quick to discern anything dodgy there anyway. Over to you £80
132 ‘10’ (Type K4a) on QV 2½d blue; doubling of the numeral has slightly blurred the usage but a more than adequate strike £7
133 1893 ½d. grey-green, fine mint lower mgnl. resting on plate no.1. Too pricey? This is the third millennium £12 £9 View
134 ¼d. on 1/- grey, horiz. pr. on small piece, beautifully struck Bailey’s Bay SP 27 1901, partners a SPECIMEN example (no gum) which we blush to call bluish (cat. contradicts) £23 £22
135 Ship-type 2d. grey fine o.g. with script CA wmk. reversed (visibly so in this instance) SG 80x cat £75 £33 £26
136 Do you know how many re-entries/fresh entries are found on Bermuda ship-types? No? Well we’ve forgotten, but we saw them studied once, and, …..if you have the patience of a saint…you may be interested in ½d. (21), 1d. (60), 1½d. (4), 2½d. (36), 3d. (7), 1/- (66) - a few are mint, assumed all script, but we’ll leave the checking to you. Have fun £30
137 It must be about 35 years since we had a specialised batch of the KGV era ship-types about which we sometimes reminisce. Here once again is an entry card to this topic, based on years of study. We group together the detail of the 1d value (in both wmks and a few war stamps) in sections dealing with individual fresh entries and re-touches (36 stamps); then Plate I in block of 30; and Plate IV in two lots of multiples – most of the above are fine mint, and most carefully annotated. Yes it involves fly-specks, but remember how often flies have opened our eyes to gems. Total cat. is probably around £4,000, if you take notice of such trivia £440 £330
138 WAR TAX 1d. red, fine mint block of 54, i.e. rows 2-10, but bottom mgn. only remains. If you want to know where re-entries etc. are, look at or buy one of our annotated lots – if we did all the work it would spoil all the fun, or else you can look for defective letters here- there’s one very obese X (not worth a lot of smackers, mind) £18 £19
139 We follow on with the 2½d. value in both wmks, blue then ultramarine. There are 3 mint sheets (in 3, out of 12(!) states, including the final two). These are broken into quarter blocks of 30 each on a separate page, and you can work your way through the re-touches inter alia. (Did you manage to get the lot from which we have just moved on?) Total cat here is a more meaningful £1,500, though we like the MCA version better than the pricier script successors £320 £250
140 2d. SG 102, 112 (two shades of frame) all f.u. Cat. £21.50 £6 £8
141 KGVI - a half-hearted study of the 1d. with its various shades (90) 1½d. (2m., 21 u.), 2d. blue and red (4 m., 31 u.) clashing with SG by listing perf. 11.95 for 11.9, and 11.8. for 11.75 - should we take sides on this intriguing debate? £10
142 S/card with 2½d. SG 113 (67), 2½d. sepia and blue (71, incl. 11 prs.), 3d. SG 114 (16); all look f.u. but pmks. usually too light to make use of, so we estimate wholesale at about 5% of cat. or less £20
143 This saga concludes with KGVI 3d. black and blue (41), black and rose-ish (46); 7½d. (4 m., 15 u.); 1/- (1 m., 27 u.); 2d. SG 113, and 100+ stamps between SG 98 and 104a (incl. 2d. (3 m.) which probably add £80 to cat. total without setting the world on fire, so total cat. around £500 £35
144 Numerous as ppc’s are from Bermuda, they weren’t often sent from the smaller offices. This one went in 1904 to Virginia, its 1d. docks cancelled at Paget-West £18 £13.5
The following lots break down a modest collection of covers from Bermuda
145 You could ask all sorts of questions about an item registered to Erfurt, which we think with less than certainty functioned as a wrapper - it could not be less philatelic. Two overlapping QV 4d. paid the fare. Duplex pmk. is so under-inked we could be offering a ‘19’ for all we know - but don’t take that seriously - the mark is just tied, we believe genuinely so, and was probably struck twice. Year? The single quite inadequate Erfurt b/stamp suggests 1886 to us, not necessarily to you. What we assume to be an R in small oval was anointed with blue crayon 169 (perhaps). Erfurt’s ‘412’ over-writes something which might be red ink. The horiz. fold suggests a sort of parcel content, again, we could be wrong. Right! It’s make-your-mind-up-time - have fun £35
146 1897 PSRE to Masonic Temple Minneapolis from St. George’s with ½d. and 2d. aniline purple added. It’s downhill from there: cover was neatly slit open at each end, and that was the end of the reg’n. die stamp, and shallow defacement on the face removes part of the pmk. We think you’ll agree with us this did not remove an adhesive, but made it more difficult for someone to know the addressee was a Gubbins; if he did it himself, we’d still call him a Gubbins. It comes with a front to Liverpool, repaired with sellotape (Boo) with one of its two ½d. stamps dealt with unkindly elsewhere (Boo) otherwise nicely endowed with red PAID LIVERPOOL U.S. PACKET c.d.s. £31
147 Maybe it was the standard 1930’s cover to the US that gave tuppenny ha’penny its derogatory ‘low-value’ meaning; anyway two of these three examples are fortified by instructional additions and deletions, one to the Numismatic Co. Texas being positively savaged officially in an unsuccessful hunt for dutiable goods, following which it either did or did not pay additional postage depending on what you make of it £13
148 Seven more commercial covers, ship-type franking, 1925-36: to England went frankings of 1½d. and reg’d. ½d., 1d., 2½d.; to USA, paying 3d. with ½d. (2), or 2½d., 1d. (2 each); and reg’d. with 3d. plus 2½d.. or 1d. plus 1½d.; also a simple 2½d. (yawn) all from Hamilton and mainly in good shape £46
149 Bank of Bermuda 5 Aug 1940, 2½d. surface rate to Wilfred Hill-Wood “Postal Censorship” Liverpool. As the addressee’s family used to own most of Arsenal Football Club, would he have wanted to censor out anything about the £14,000 record fee wasted on Bryan Jones just before the war? (The club never could use him) £6
150 A personal reg’d. cover to Long Island JA 20 41 was OPENED BY CENSOR 78 in orange-pink on a PC 102 label; 3 x 3d. and 1½d. took it by air, and roughly opened on arrival. A Harry Huber cover (not directly philatelic) pmk. date not legible, but with discernible FEB 7 1941 h/stamp - just about pinpoints transition to form B.C.I. “OPENED BY EXAMINER 207” in grey-blue, 3 x 2d. stamps give a total cat. of over £50 which in the censorship context is unrealistic for once or not £46
151 Seven philatelic covers, 1937 Coron. (2); Perot set of three; 1938 defins to 3d.; then 2d. + 3d. Coron., and the next three are FDC’s; but, hello, Aug 1 ‘47 Inaugural Flight Colonial Airlines to Washington, it may have got you there and back. Your describer hasn’t heard of this one - was it their last flight too? Lastly KGV 3d. and 1/- on pleasant air cover to the above, cat. over £65 and we think FFC worth over 10P £40
152 Air Mail covers of ‘42, ‘46, ‘47 (2) (one reg’d.) plastered with stamps to rate 1/3, 1/4½, 1/9, 2/-, all to England (3) and Wales (1), and perhaps all commercial, one originates from Mangrove Bay, stamps cat. ± £40 £32
153 Covers of ‘37, ½d. to Hampshire, ‘39 , 2½d. to NY, ‘42 (air, uncensored) to Scotland, ‘46, 3d. to a corrupted US address, all these non-philatelic are not considered to be demeaned by being teamed with a person to person FDC for two 7½d. new arrivals which acquired blotches, a V for Victory cachet 18 DEC 1941 and needed another 6 penn’orth of stamps to get it, tattered, to Surrey. We’ve also left in another standard 2½d. cover of 1927, because we like the Headquarters, Police Station, New York city address, and the Hotel Bermudian envelope £28
154 The long and short of it, three of the long covers are OHMS, one sending 7½d. block (complete with V for Victory cachet 18.12.41) to NY; one from Colonial Secretary to UN Director of Volunteer Services, NY, 6d. paid air travel; the free-franked to Canada, Bermuda Official Paid h/stamps; then a long reg’d. cover to Gen. Robert Davis, “American Red Cross” paying 10½d.; and the short is normal-size 1936 cover to London EC with a neat 1d. franking £32
155 1948 OHMS cover from Attorney’ General’s Dept. to London’s Colonial Dept., officer signed and handsome array of Official Paid and other markings teams with the good KGVI 2d. SG 112 pt.o.g. and 5/- SG 118d fine o.g. - a classy, clean sampling of what Bermuda has to offer at this era. Cat.£150 plus cover £44
156 These elegantly mounted and written up pages present in detail the 1953 and 1956 commemorative overprints – a ready-made, ideal exhibit to take to your local society evening when you can link it with the letter designated for that occasion £25
157 If your cruise ship called at Bermuda before the war and if you flew in again in 1950 and kept your air ticket, you probably won’t need these two KG5 10/- values or the KGVI 12/6 still embedded on its coloured airline cover. Otherwise you should find this album page appealing £12 £31
158 Or perhaps you flew in again in 1955 and so can resist our BOAC passenger coupon, with its QEII £1 revenue gazing at your aircraft on the cover. Only £1 tax? That was then £18
159 1923 US air 8ct., 16ct., SG A614/5 for travel by “Los Angeles” airship via Lakeside, New Jersey to Bermuda spells £50 cat. to start with, so such covers don’t come cheap. This is a pleasant example about 170 x 110mm neatly addressed and cancelled. You might be puzzled by a sort of inside-out Hamilton machine cancel on face, till you realise it was only off-set from the cover above. These items are always philatelic, of course, but you probably see a dozen going from Bermuda for every one you see incoming £48
British Guiana
160 1828 EL Demerara to Mission House, Austin Friars, though the theme is mainly secular (value of the principal house, chapel and whole estate, cost of repairs and discussion of rents, and so on), but the writer did marry four couples (presumably to one another). Clear, legible step-type DEAL SHIP LETTER rated 1/4 to reach London; despite filing fold, and one area of staining, condition is above average £35 £42 View
161 Letter of 18 Sep 1836 from Demerary to Sandbach Liverpool travelled per Caesar, light, clear serifed step-type SHIP LETTER (italics) DOVER, which its host album page records as reached on 31 Oct. The southward diversion added 1/8 to cost to meet ship letter charge and inland mileage. Also on the page is an attractive coloured print of Dover harbour (which we found less attractive on our last visit, as the harbour walls teemed with small scorpions) R£105
162 On 14 April 1846 Simon Dawson wrote a letter from Berbice, and here is a duplicate of 1 May addressed to Honiton. Although it only shows red London transit and Honiton dbl.arc, a 1/2 rate mark on face persuades us that this EL did cross the Atlantic. Spanning the centuries 5ct. franked covers of 1909 to NY (one per SS Tjomo) and two Guyana covers of the ‘70’s complete the package £40 £30
163 There are serious imperfections in this lightly cancelled four-mgnl. 1ct. dull red type C SG 16, now cat. £2,500, yet appearance is soft, warm - even seductive, and we deem it worth our 2% estimate £50 £70
164 1854 4ct. blue retouched SG19a, neat small 1858 Demerara c.d.s., gd fairly even margins all round, but there’s a disguised tear at rt. half way up. Now cat £1,000 and you’d be hard put to fill the space better at our valuation £60 £80
165 1855 4ct. pale blue, light, complete Demerara c.d.s. of 1859, very large even mgns. all round, looking its age perhaps, yet we find no fault on close inspection, SG 20, cat. £700 £180 £180
166 The 1863 24ct. yellow-green imperf., with ample mgns. especially top and bottom, and in any case sparkling with authenticity as one occasionally meets the breed. Thin ungummed paper, all ready to dominate an album page. A break in the SW corner frame line might make this stamp plateable if, that is, it survived pre-issue scrutiny and represents the printed version £50 £38 View
167 The key stamp of the officials is 6ct. brown, cat. £5,500 mint, and an example is offered here. Not much gum, and a thin top centre, which shouldn’t cause you much grief, as it’s very unobtrusive on the face, unless you know it’s there £280 £360
168 Officials, the two 1ct. values and 1877 2ct., 4ct., SG O1, O6, O7, O8, good to f.u. Of the 1887 trio overprint is low on 1ct., midway on 2ct., 4ct. Cat £131 in 2015, possibly more now £42 £54
169 On SG O2 code R at 5 o’clock; on O8 perfs show clipping at SE, an almost complete W 1 C at 11 o’clock. This is the rare early type code mark - B, and W 1 C are strong, but fight with OFFICIAL. 18 was prepared for last two digits of year to be written in - this did not happen. The G of (BG) has failed to register; was it still there by 1877? Day and month far too faint to read. For someone this is a frustrating must-have £48 £65 View
170 Elegant type 2 ANNA REG(INA) MAY 3 1881 at 3 o’clock using all the space allowed by DLR 8ct. CC £50 £39
171 1878 (1ct.) on 6ct. brown SG 142 well centred, all but full o.g., perfs. intact, yet somehow looks half asleep – rated at ¼ cat where a lively one could make full cat £105
172 2ct. on 10ct. fresh lge.pt.o.g. showing ‘shaved E’ variety SG223dg it’s perfectly centred which for us cancels out a trivial wrinkle at SW and equally trivial sooty shadow at NW, leaving it fine, cat £38 £12
173 What does it tell us about the categorisation of the 48ct. CA of 1900 on SG237, 237a, that we are able this year to offer the two shades together in SPECIMEN form? We shall rate 237a as scarce £30 View
174 SPECIMEN examples of the following DLR ship types: 1889 6, 48, 96c; 1890 5c; 1905 2, 5, 6, 48, 96c; 1907 4, 5c. (2c also present but pulled perf, ignored) (NB available duplicates of SG 244s, 250s, 255s can be quoted on enquiry – first come first served). The twelve stamps offered here £75
175 SPECIMEN examples from the 1913-27 issues are:- MCA 2, 48, 60, 72, 96c £50
176 Red Georgetown dbl-circle c.d.s of JA 24 1872 appears on 4ct. pale blue (strt. edge two sides) debatable whether this strike at 6 o’clock is part of a larger accountancy mark or an independent c.d.s. Its companion here is an 1865 ONE CENT Reprint (see Note below SG20) with what appears to be a genuine A03 cancel, this takes some explaining £25 £26 View
177 ECB6 is a rarish code mark; this example, a bit too heavily inked, comes on DLR 12ct. CC, with the bonus of 22.6.78 in ink below. A powerful example – if it’s missing, don’t miss it £40 £70 View
178 1878 provisional SG 140, OFFICIAL and bar at foot has a code cancellation (JA 24 187 with 9 added in pen) that one can interpret as the serifed E7C, though only the E is clear, the 7 spectral, and the C not much better. The stamp (cat. £75) has OK appearance, perhaps ironed in the past. Code mark once identified is rare £30 £54 View
179 Perf. 12½:13 6ct. milky blue, and 48ct. pale red, each of clean, pleasantly soft colour on the face, 6ct. has full gum, very crackled, and a brown spot lurks beneath, perhaps treatable; 48ct. has traces of gum, faintly toned, and we’ve spotted tiny imperfections which you might not even notice - so condition good, perhaps even v.g. SG 72 and 82 (combine cat. £565) £80 £65 View
180 Small s/card alluringly houses 12ct. SG 99 with florid diagonal A.0.3. killer, DLR 2ct. CC, one with full A 2C/FE 22/18; one with pt. red (A)03 accountancy mark., one in its OFFICIAL guise with cork cancel, and for contrast, type 34 ORINDUIK complete on blue manila piece, each item worthy, in combination, or solo £37 £54
181 17 stamps on s/card, the five 1878-81 provisionals in commendable cond., being SG 138, 153 m., 139, 140 (clean cork cancel), 142 (E 6 .. [C] ); nine earlier Waterlow ship types 1, 2, 4, 8, 12ct. (all kindly used, one with code W) are much more mixed cond., but still presentable, and the odd Mailboat on KGV 2ct., Fort Wellington on 2ct. SJ, 72ct. Summary Jurisdiction h/stamp Central Demerara Judicial District - estimated cat. about £1,600 (the provisionals £700) £140 £110 View
182 (W.) C.B./2 at 5 o’clock, FE 13 1878, light, but clear enough on (2ct. on 8ct. provisional SG 148, itself cat £130), so of equal value from each direction £38 £48
183 1881 2 on 24ct. Official SG 159, a fine left mgnl. example, small pt.o.g., the OFFICIAL sits in comfort on the brush stroke intended to suffocate, cat. £375 £110 £90
184 Freed from the taint of illicit fraudulent presentation, here is AMACURA SP 2 1899 on 2ct. rose p/s die cut round. We don’t usually favour cut-outs, but we’ll make an exception for this rarity £40 £30 View
185 GB//40c on DLR 1ct. SG 170 – a commendable example of this scarce curiosity struck uprt. in black – see T&H p.222 £18 £23
186 (CA)BACABURI, the squared circle type at about 3 o’clock on 2ct. SG 171, a fine strike of MAY 2 84, and there’s almost no scope for more of the c.d.s. to show up on this size of stamp £18 £19 View
187 1898 2ct. on 10ct. pt.o.g. with its watermark reversed, which of course you don’t see till it turns its back on you - SG 223x, cat. £180 £40 View
188 (OR)EALLA AU 24 1898 on 2ct. SG 194 at 5 o’clock; if you don’t already do BG pmks. this is an excellent one with which to begin £18 £33
189 The centenary $1 deep violet SG 287 in a scarce mint block of four (but the gum has a mildly toned, mildly cooked appearance) - a powerful item despite our criticism in parenthesis - cat. £240+ £65 £50
190 1934 pictorials the entire set of 13 in lower marginal imprint pairs presumed to be mint or o.g. cat £220 plus more than a bit £150 £190
191 Toning on reverse can sometimes give a stronger, fresher, whiter impact on the face and does so for the 1934 o.g. 48, 50, & 60ct. in this lot, SG 245-7, cat. £52 £15
192 12ct. SG 293/a is the right size and background to house attractive near-complete pmks., and there are 48 on this s/card, unduplicated, though some offices feature more than once. No obvious rarity spotted, but we haven’t dismantled to see which Postal Agency is represented £28 View
193 The 8ct. carmine and black medicine label in a fabulous mint block of 14, which your album page or s/card can accommodate with breathing space all round. “Mint” here means with its backing paper still fully in service, and wouldn’t you need it over more than a century in its country of origin. Is it the largest block to survive? Well, anything bigger would just be showing off £350 £270
194 Two b/w ppc’s sent side by side to S. Australia 1905 at the bargain rate of 1ct. because they carried no messages. Tower Hotel, as was, is imposing for the period. “Bush Scene, Konaworook” takes you to the heart of the richest gold producing area £16 £17.5
195 “Girl Pat” ex blockade runner, piratically spirited away from Europe by her own skipper, earned world headlines in 1936 before reaching Demerara by way of Freetown and Cayenne. The non-postal labels were procured by the captain of her relief crew (courtesy of the Daily Chronicle). We don’t think we had seen one unused before this lovely top mgnl. block of four arrived, printed of course without gum in near-royal blue: if not the Queen of Caribbean cinderellas, at least the Crown Princess. P.S. If a Bahamas enthusiast chases you up on this, keep going, the Bahamas connection is much more tenuous £160 £210 View
196 An odd Girl Pat label even passed muster in the posts, but not this one, which is bounced back to the trawler, unmarked for later delivery by hand to Mr. J. Whalley, Mackenzie, Demerara River. By that time the two-line carmine-pink h/stamp “Returned from “Girl Post” as Illegal Mail had christened the label nestling yoga fashion on the flap. It’s rare – well you haven’t got one, have you? £160 £210
197 Bear with us, this characterful cover is schizoid! The BWI element has a dramatically strong example of the 1911 Philatelic Exhibition mega-cachet cancelling 48ct. (which may or may not be chalky paper) on 21 Oct. The cachet is not all that difficult pace Bill Townsend, Fred Howe, but on 48ct. perhaps unique. In its second phase the cover was posted from London E7 to Lewisham no 14 11 and you may want to consider whether by chance the ½d. and 1d. Downey Head stamps might be SG 323, 331 (look them up). We ignore this possibility, but award plaudits for the 48ct. £70 View
198 This 1923 cover from Austria was inspired by the International Correspondence and Exchange Club, and it’s a fact that we haven’t seen much liaison with Br. Guiana hitherto. The surprise here is not that it was an inward cover to Husbands, but that we learn one of his middle names was Rodhouse, which is meticulously written as a double-barrel. The contents were printed matter, we gather, so there’s little more for the philatelist to learn here £16 £12 View
199 Three covers and one b/w ppc spanning 1925 to ‘28, all to the same addressee in London. Two have 2 x 2ct. franking, one has 4ct., and the Tuck’s p/card a vert. strip of three 1ct. No. 13 European Quarters Demerara Bauxite Co. Br.G. All are commercial £22 £16.5
200 Though we suspect this Daily Chronicle ppc franked centenary 4ct. was self-addressed to a gentleman in Georgetown, the combination of the paper’s map on the front and the most elaborate , and most common of the centenary cachets on reverse earns it the status of a lot of its own £12 £9
201 Three more covers use the 4ct. centenary, one to Bournemouth plastered with address and annotation was to travel onboard the KNSM Stuyvesant, and presumably did; an ordinary second went to Glasgow’s School of Accounting; the third to Fort Worth’s Numismatic Co. (who seem to have preserved every cover they received) has a E.C: RAILWAY c.d.s. 11 FE 32
202 Full centenary set of five on FDC of 31.7.31 with the usual self-advertising cachet was addressed to Plu Lusignam, east Coast, and arrived at Buxton (about 50 years too late to have neat postal history importance) £42
203 A largish cover (but it will fit your album page) from a lady in Georgetown to a lady in Chicago looks to be private correspondence paying a required air mail rate of $1 with SG 287 on 24 Jul 31 (FDC’s were three days earlier). Nevertheless, we find a suggested cat. of x 8 (=£520) hard to accept, so how about x 2 on cover? £130 £100
204 1931 centenary 1ct. gets star treatment (if only Z list) with 1ct. p/s wrapper SPECIMEN (the newer format), pair on Husbands’ cover 14 OC 38, block of four addressed to Barbados altered to a local address, each with a different centenary cachet, and a Panton underpaid cover on which Cayman ¼d. block, ½d., and 1½d. share the limelight in 1932 £52
205 Three covers travelled reg’d. on 8 OCT 36 to make Sir Charles Belcher in Port of Spain the proud owner of 48, 72ct., $1, SG 245, 298, 300 we value as philatelic mail by ref. to cat. £60 and you may add a cover premium should you fell so inclined £44
206 In p/s format the KGV 2ct. SG 289 is represented by 2ct. wrapper SPECIMEN (the large serifed style in use for years) die shade much as issued; the succeeding SPECIMEN on 2ct. p/s env. is more of a yellow-brown shade, an unused issued example, and another used 30 OCT 37 to NY, uprated by 4ct. coron. and slogan b/stamp £48 £36
207 The 4ct. slate-violet SG 291 seen here in SPECIMEN form as PSRE and an unusual example (both invite acknowledgement of receipt for an extra fee), and one used to a local address: 2ct. adhesive added, 1936; then the 4ct. stamp itself uprating p/s envelope, philatelic to Berlin; finally the 4ct. uprating Mar 1937 cover franked 72ct. for Air Mail to NY, and we infer the 4ct. was for onward travel to Sir Grattan Bushe, Colonial Office, London £54
208 B/w ppc of the Lamaha Canal, Georgetown, franked 4ct. to England FE 2 37 travelled on Lady drake, received its cachet, and had its first landfall in Port of Spain £22 £39
209 Reg’d. air mail cover of 6 NO 37 by air BG to NY, then surface to London needed 50ct. for carriage, and received this with SG 296, top mgnl., cat. from £110 £44 £33
210 Neat and clean reg’d. cover of 13.4.42 franked on the face with KGVI 2, 3, 4, 6ct. travelled uncensored to Berne via NY handsomely embellished on its flap by the blue and red British Guiana Red Cross label surrounded by its date stamp admirers £35 £27
211 We meet the Red Cross label again (gum stain around its edges) on the face of a commercial reg’d. cover of 25 JA 43 by air from Georgetown to Montreal (50ct. paid by four stamps), tacked alongside is EXAMINER 2213 label, and a large violet Duty-Free cachet from Montreal plus a Halo-ed Cinderella of Monk and Infant over flap add plenty of third party interest. Also aboard this lot is an unused Red Cross label - for how much more could one ask? £40
212 if you like your FDC’s to be undemonstrative, how about the 1951 University College duo in mgnl. prs. on a very plain reg’d. envelope, where you will work to find the date until you look at the reverse. Two ordinary covers of 1934 and ‘53 come along for company £5 £3.75
British Honduras
213 Capt. Fairfoot master of ship Britannia, had a “very tempestes” passage of 52 days from (British) Honduras… “no damage but a great weare and tear among our sails”. This rare letter of Mar 23 1792 was written shortly before arrival as DOVER SHIP-LRE and would have given comfort to addressee Reeve & Green/Merchants/London. Bishop’s mark is dated MR 24 R£200 £260
214 You don’t see any overt confirmation of Guatemalan origin on this scarce 1845 wrapper to Isaac Cooke/Bristol: the pen endorsement “Belize 12th Feb 1845/ Forwarded per Sophia…” tells its own story. The landfall is COVE/SHIP LETTER over flap and high-quality COVE dbl-arc c.d.s. MR28 1845 add distinction to scarcity (as should the attribution ex Foxley). Rate mark of 2/8 for ship letter and onward travel suggests that economy was not achieved by this route £240 £270
215 That difficult key stamp, the QV 6d yellow SG21 fine and healthy pt.o.g., cat £275 £85 £63.75 View
216 Bisected 2ct. on 1ct. carmine SG 37a, on a twee-sized Aikman wrapper which is probably all there ever was to this item. Cat. £110 £15 £11.5 View
217 When 10ct. on 4d. mauve SG 40 converts to used status, its value shoots down; here the unmistakable dumb cancel, part of the primitive early duplex mark, shoots it straight back up again, fine (and dandy) £15 £11.5 View
218 Red 6 on 10ct. on 4d. mauve SG 43 of 1891, fine pt.o.g. lower mgnl. with plate no. 1 £4 £31
219 QV 4d. mauve CA v. lightly cancelled showing 10 CENTS surcharge inverted. A jolly good effort. Well you could always try for a certificate, but you know what answer you’re going to get £10
220 This is the 1895 QV 1ct. variety with the splattered “S”, SG 51a on which a rather heavy K65 killer conveniently rests completely clear of the word POSTAGE. That’s the way to collect your used example cat. £200 £95 £75
221 The 1899 25ct. postal fiscal fine pt.o.g. displaying the BEVENUE error nicely authenticated by the break at the foot of the V to which we intermittently draw attention – SG 68a, cat £200 £52 £39
222 Though Mike Spaven is no longer with us his flaws live on. To qualify they need not be prominent, they must be recurrent and Mike could have trumped DLR’s inspectorate any day. This one is on a kindly used KE 25ct. SG 89, you can just pick out the nick to frame NE of S of Honduras and the break to frame of NE quadrant. As someone has possibly played at reducing a reg’n. crayon mark, we simply value by ref. to cat. £60 with a deduction for the failed Pickfords attempt, and plus for the frame break £18 £13.5 View
223 E.II 1 to 5 and 15ct. each mint from SE corner showing plate no. 1, probably all 1957, as 3ct. and 5ct. are perf. 14. Despite guidelines for positioning vertical guillotine of mgns. is inconsistent - either machine or operator had a squint, depth of bottom mgns. varies too £6 View
224 Ppc used at about the end of the 6 week period when the Belize New River Service instrument was in temporary use at GPO after the fire there at the end of May 1909. Bottom half of c.d.s. all but unreadable and an irrelevant view of a factory complex administered by the US Treasury – unorthodox but scarce £18 £13.5
225 John Belzoin (what a splendidly local name) used a KEVII p/s card in 1912 to ask a Boston Catarrh Specialist for their presumed advertised free treatment. machine cancel shows new Orleans transit £12
226 Long cover sent 1932 by American Consular Service, Belize to Oakland, California 3c and 2c stamps mixing 2 issues £12 £9
227 The address to Mr James M. Eaton, American Export Airlines (of Broadway, NY) gives the clue that an ordinary looking air mail cover franked with KGVI 10ct. pair which Belize c.d.s. of 20 NO 40 only just reaches, was actually an FFC to New Orleans (Nov 21 duplex b/stamp). As one of the two countries was at war, a fanfare and cachet would not be de rigeur £16 £12
228 WWII cover by air to NY (we’d say ’42 or’43) three stamps paid 21ct. and examiner 12160 pinched a label from his colleague 12142 penning his own no. A run of the mill trader’s cover 1953 to Scotland accompanies, as does a delightfully posed fully coloured ppc of “coolie settlement near Belize”. This was posted to Longbog Kug “By Whitehaven” from Port Elphonstone in summer 1914; so as you all know, it went from Aberdeen to Argyll – oh very well we looked it up too £28
229 Useful group of nine WWII censored covers, one to Jamaica, the others to USA. On three earlier ones the censor label carries no local identity, later we meet Examiner J/8121(3), one each of 8174, 8175, and a last example with brown manila closure Passed by Examiner 1959. Two were sent from Punta Gorda, seven from Belize, and all labels are different in some respect £80 £80
230 Three Roger Wells covers, the 1947 example from Seine Bight, the TRD covers 5c and 3c pair; the 1951 duo took the Univ. College pair from Roaring Creek and Guinea Grass (one of whose two TRD’s did not receive the 1951 add-on), all three were reg’d. Also aboard are 1957 flown comm. cover, 2x 10c, c.d.s. of Roaring Creek; and an underpaid 1954 5c cover to Wilkinson from San Estevan and we regret to have to question whether one of its two c.d.s. strikes has been “improved”. The answer is probably no, but we mention it anyway £70
231 In the early 1950’s TRD covers for the Wilkinsons, London E2, went deliberately underpaid, so this one 21 Nov 1953, its 2 and 3ct. handsomely cancelled at BARRANCO had 2d to pay £40 £42 View
232 This lot and the next are not Roger Wells, though the philatelic forethought is visible- why else posthumous KGV 2ct. and 3ct. to go with KGVI 5ct. to make up 10ct. rate? The journey was from CAYE CAULKER the TRD AUG 18 1953 twice beautifully struck- in colour and impact this really is a CORKER (irresistible) £34 £46
233 We should have said the last lot and this went to Hornchurch, Essex, perhaps s.a.e.’s (handwriting we conclude is the same) though this one has certainly been opened: it came from BARRANCO, the TRD struck twice (less dramatic than Caye Caulker) Feb 25 1954, taking 20 days to reach Punta Gorda, and another two to Belize (while the previous cover reached Belize overnight). We’re proud of both £30 £30
234 Written up album page shows the locally optd. 5ct. on 1½d. p/s card in 3 slightly altered settings, unused, and the succeeding 2ct. card unused and as SPECIMEN also £15
Cayman Islands
235 When it comes to Jamaica used in…….. SG type Z1 and ½d. green are not all that collector-friendly - think of Lofty and Shorty as comrades. Still on this ½d. (nibbled at foot to the right) you get GRAND C, the surrounding framework and MAR 23 - the ink just isn’t very strong, the green background isn’t very welcoming, and the POST OF…. part is more or less faded out unable to make proper use of the space available for it. So it’s SG Z1, cat. £600 for you to treasure or deprecate £50
236 A straightforward run of the type 2 and 3 KE7 issues SG 3 to 17 (½d. on 1d. with a large stop) gd. To mostly fine pt og, except 1d MCA. This appears to be pen-cancelled so we’ll ignore it, but you can have it if you like, as it probably paid a customs charge as some of the following surcharges did – cat £510 in all £170
237 From the same era, starting with QV 1d. deeper shade, the used are KEVII ½d., 1d. CA, ½d., 2 ½d., 6d., 1/- MCA, ½d. on 1d. (between SG 2 and 18) gd. to mainly fine, cat over £220 £60
238 The 5/- value used JU 26 07 gets a lot to itself, both the shades and wmk are more prominent than usual, we comment out of interest, not as criticism, SG 16, cat. £325 £115 £90 View
239 Don’t be put off by the 1982 RPSL cert. which categorises our ½d. on 5/- SG 18 as…unused, soiled – this was a much favoured epithet in those days for anything that didn’t sparkle; actually there is a fair amount of gum, very finely crackled (plus pencilled annotation on rear are quite enough to earn that note of earlier disapproval) – cat £300 £105 £85 View
240 We move on to the KE 1907-9 set to 10/-, in which both shades of 6d, both wmks. of 1/- appear – all part o.g. except ½d. which is top mgnl mint with plate no. 1, SG 25-34, cat. £380 £140
241 The 1908 5/- SG 32 f.u. NO 24 08, one of the great unwashed (i.e. full colour preserved) cat £75 £30 £24 View
242 Starting with 1908-9 ¼d. (2 shades) and omitting the War Stamps this lot of 84 m. on s/card gives very substantial coverage to the KGV defins between SG 40 and 83. The earlier set has at least two of each value ex 5/-, thus a basic set, at least one, often two repeats, and 1/- altogether 6, 3d 13. The later set is fairly similar, apparently 4 MCA 5/- there, but while many of each are from different plates or printings, we suspect an odd shade or paper gap. Cond. mainly fine, cat guesstimate £900+ £180 View
243 This 1922 ¼d. with wmk. reversed pt.o.g. (mildly toned, well that helps with wmk.) would like to be called SG 69x when SG get around to listing it, if they haven’t done so by now, we’re guessing with £120
244 Well, it’s not all that much of a guess - is it? - when a ¼d. in similar condition with wmk. inverted and reversed, SG 69y is assigned cat. £325 £100
245 The 1932 centenary and the 1935 pictorials, in each case a respectable pt.o.g. set to 5/-, cat. about £340 £100
246 But we’ve cheated slightly here by hiving off the 1935 10/- left mgnl. mint SG 107, because it looks so attractive on its own, cat. £100 £40
247 Anyway, if you want the 1935 pictorials complete in a single lot, they’re here f.u. cat. £200 £85
248 The War Stamps are in this lot, as are fine sets of the 1935 SJ both m and u. About 50 stamps in. plate blocks of 4 and 6 (3) from top corner, and 5 singles with plate no.s, one of them f.u. Mainly fresh and fine, maybe 4 stamps a bit tired and we could have got excited about so many plate nos. if only plate 5 was something to get excited about. Say cat £150 (instead of £200) plus 9 x plate no. (one used) £27 £21 View
249 The 1926 script 10/- SG 83 f.u. philatelic? We presume so – when are they not? Cat £100 £40 £30
250 The remains of a Caymans collection from which last year and this has been enriched with individual lots is assembled on tidy s/cards (and some duplicated also-rans) within which are 1948 SW, 1962-64 pictorials each both m and u, 1953-62 pictorials m., all these complete and fine, cat £330, and strength in the defin. Issues which follow to c1980. About 60 stamps rather duplicated are pre QEII, later include an odd M/S, plenty of cat value to add to the above £75
251 Some catalogues illustrate an enlarged variety by magnifying glass. Here the exact effect is by chance on 2ct. SG 221 with part of a slogan pmk. – worthless, but comes with normal for comparison £0.50 £0.75 View
252 Two ½d. pictorial send a typical R.M.S Atlantis cover to London FE 22 37; Georgetown launches first QE 4d. on FDC to Quebec; then, on island tour, the Creek sends ’53 Coron. To Minke (NY); Shakespeare 6d. takes FDC from Hell to Halifax for Tony Shepherd; next we meet Bodden Town, Savannah and South Sound covers, the last a first for both stamps and pmk; and we end with North Side, ½d. franked JY 1952 back to Georgetown and this was probably read mail £30
253 1965 cover with Churchill set, ICY pair, two current 3d had just enough room in front for boxed RETURN TO SENDER and insufficient address but there wasn’t an address at all. Inside is notepaper from The Colony, Montego bay. That’s all folks £5 £5.5
254 Two dozen or more post-war covers, mainly Foster family correspondence from Stake Bay or Georgetown, often to Canada some fairly recent. A few philatelic include 1959 OHMS sporting 2/-, 5/-, 10/- and we notice a cover from Trinidad, another from Barbados £40
255 Long OHMS cover of JUN 1 1978 is franked by a vehicle-tyre logo reading CAYMAN ISLANDS CURRENCY BOARD / GRAND CAYMAN with OFFICIAL POSTAGE PAID in red, back and front, in case one didn’t get the message. New to us, but there must be more around as it went to the Registrar of the Institute of Bankers, Air Mail £4 £3.25
256 A heavier batch of 2 dozen covers, most if not all FDC’s from the earlier ‘80’s £18
Dominica
257 Flimsy, fragile, and wounded 1807 EL to Aberdeen having travelled per packet at 2/4, altered to 2/6, an acceptable strike of the Dominica large fleuron on its face (you’ll struggle to read the dates). A transcript has been penned to save you battling with the folds and frailty £32 £24
258 There is such profusion of the ‘82 bisects in philatelic clumps that one might despair of finding bisects properly used. Well this piece addressed to “…lins Esq.” - a Collins we doubt not, will cheer you up. A forerunner dated AU 12 82 paying 2½d. with two 1d. SG 5 and their bisect casually (yet somehow artistically) arrayed above c.d.s., the whole admirably tied by light small A07 killer cancels. SG 5a is cat. £2,500 on cover, and we’d rate this piece well above the customary 10% R£240
259 On OC 24 83 “Mrs Small/Eden” (only demi-paradise at that time, we imagine) received a small cover franked with postal fiscal 1d., SG R1, QV being lightly framed by her killer, c.d.s. below – cat from £120. No b/stamp, as usual, but the cover is v. flimsy and a removed hinge seized the opportunity to bite off a tiny morsel below flap £60
260 1d. lilac CC perf. 14 m and f.u. accompany the bisects that they spawned. The small block ½ opt. SG 10 comes as a used pair, the large red ½ SG 11 as pt.o.g. pair and block of four on small piece cancelled lge. A07, the formats familiar and philatelic, cat £266 £65
261 The scarce QV 6d. orange SG 25 challenged but not subdued by its tall A07 killer as its fresh colour shines through; a tiny fault is visible at the back which doesn’t detract: you probably wouldn’t notice if it wasn’t mentioned – cat £90 £18 View
262 SPECIMEN reads upwards on SG 34s, but that’s not why we have two of them - turn over. Their watermarks face in opposing directions - see cat. footnote. The normal example is the fresher of the two, but mgn. is unobtrusively scuffed under TWO £42 £32 View
263 Five QV ½d. whose part strikes of COLI(HAUT), (MAH)AUT, (ROSA)LIE, VIEILLE (CASE) and (WES)LEY affirm that the full pmk appeared on a pair (4 horiz., 1 vert.). Last in line is most of PORTSMOUTH on QV 1d., a pmk that seldom lies about itself £40
264 WESLEY and the Sexagenary ovpt. are not natural buddies: either one will be forged, or both. Here we have QV 1d. (2), 6d. (1). Each Sexagenary ovpt. is wrong - and if the WESLEY c.d.s. (04 where readable) is right it was in the wrong hands at the time. Fine items from the wrong side of the blanket £18 View
265 100 odd years ago much of the business at POINTE MICHEL was with philatelic mail. A four fifths strike on Leeward I: KEVII 2½d. CA might not be such, but we wouldn’t bet on it £5 £4
266 Except for Roseau the dbl-circle c.d.s. is hard to capture on KGV 1923-33 issues, as these were near the end of their life when this type was introduced. This example shows a strong LA PLAINE, the date hard to read as it competes with a violet part cancel at SE £9 £7
267 KEVII, KGV complete our tour around the villages: Grand Bay, (complete 7 o’clock) 1d violet on piece; La Plaine 14 MY 25 (Die I 6d. on piece); Marigot, KGV 1d. red, 1½d. red-brown (we ignore KE ½d. with OT); KE 2d grey, Pointe Michel; Portsmouth KE 1d, KGV 1d., 1½d; Rosalie, KGV 1d. (nice); St Joseph KE ½d.; Wesley KE ½d. CA, and perhaps in use elsewhere by now £70
268 Plate no.1 on Landscape ½d. pr., 2½d. deep blue NE corner; script ½d. and 1d. SW pairs, 1d top mgnl., 2½d. W corner, SG 47b, 50b, 62, 63, 66, all fine mint or o.g. £30
269 Landscape 1d. grey and red CC attractively wearing at its foot the top half of 21mm Portsmouth c.d.s. £1 £0.75 View
270 Useful between-the-wars selection: 1d. landscape p/s card, ½d. added, 1922 to a printer in Germany, lightly struck cachet by the Merchant sender; coloured ppc of Layou River; 1923 set of nine to 1/- (the early colours) hinged to a card; Coron. FDC, Soufriere to Roseau (perhaps friend to friend, it’s been opened) lovely dbl-circle cancel on each stamp £36
271 Even though we have to make the assumption that fine Dominica village strikes outside of the two principal offices are philatelically inspired, we find a KGV block of four on piece cut to size with two lovely strikes of GRAND BAY 11 JY 21 (at 10 o’clock) irresistible £28
272 (DELI)CES..28..35 at SW of SJ 1d., and we assume an outcrop of the pmk. has launched a satellite aerial on l.h. turret, while flagstaff simulates a break on the way up. We note minor defects on stamp, clear of these amusements £2 £5
273 A complete mint sheet of 120 KGVI 1951 ½ct. SG 120, folded between the central columns, looks good enough to eat – it’s the right colour anyway £6 £9.5
274 Four Leeward KEVII ¼d. carried a rather soiled 1909 cover to Somerset; ½d. and 1d. landscape took a cleaner one uncensored to Michigan 1917; s/card with eight landscape (to 2½d.) and KGV 1½d. pmks. from Vieille Case, Wesley, or maritime complete this assembly £48
275 Powerful full Nevis AP 09 on 1d. landscape; dominant Rosalie DE 26 on 1½d. black and scarlet; (Grand) Bay perhaps (0)7 on ½d. green; Mahaut MY 9 30 on 1d. black and violet; indistinct Vieille Case dbl-circle 38 on 1d. black and scarlet; a damaged lge. part cover to Manchester 1924, 1d. black and violet over the flap completes the party £26
276 KGV ½d. black and green, 1d. black and violet were partnered with Series C.G. Phillip “Carnival – Dominica No.2” when POSTED ON THE HIGH SEAS and received 1930 NY Paquebot duplex on their way to Chicago. A sepia-black card SE corner chamfered, presumably a quarrel with its album – no impact on the picture or anything else £22 £17
277 When did we last see a commercial reg’d. cover of the early ‘30’s from CASTLE BRUCE to Manchester (or anywhere else in the UK)? Alas, bits of the address are excised and the cover opened out though full postal markings proclaim its two-day journey via Marigot to Roseau where the audit trail ends. Sender was a T.J.L.Registe £38
278 In 1936 Mr. Grosset of Rutherglen sent a reply card from Glasgow asking for return of reply half. This is what came back, kept in shelter ever since, clean, tidy, caressed by Roseau c.d.s. on reverse, seductive violet General Post Office/ Dominica on face, both dated 9 Feb. Philatelic with a difference, and v. scarce £28 £21
279 Of the hundreds of Dominica ppc’s that we’ve seen, this rare b/w view of “Time Factory, Dominica, B.W.I.” (should that be Lime?) is a stand-out. As the KGV 1d. black and scarlet alongside POSTED ON THE HIGH SEAS in circle also bears NY Paquebot duplex of APR 2 1938, our valuation goes through the roof £24 £29
280 On picture side “Tropical Palms” dwarf the quartet posing beneath; on reverse KGVI 1d 1½d. and Lady Drake cachet each receive Boston Mass. Paquebot duplex Sep 26 1938. A number of the passengers had trans-shipped from Lady Nelson. Card went on to Chicago £19 £25 View
281 Travelling uncensored, but not incognito, 11 MY 40 to Augustus Maine, the neat Roseau cancels two ¼d. and 2½d. and detract from the rough opening of this cover, which also has a finger-shaped coffee-stain at foot £8 View
282 It’s 1940, Dominica is about to transfer its allegiance to the Windward Islands and Leewards used in Dominica (even from Roseau) during the year will be very few and far between. How much more so from a village! This attractive piece dated JA 8 40 harbours KG6 1d and ½d and comes from MAHAUT….mmm… £25 £19
283 Apart from a 1984 Phil Section cover resurrecting 3x $3 1983 Commonwealth Day Issues, there are about 50 normal size commercial covers, most for radio requests; two-thirds from GPO all with some individual feature for inclusion 1969 – late 70’s, the other third evenly divided between Portsmouth and smaller offices. A long comm. cover to Melbourne 1954 adds muscle with 2x 48c SG154 (total rate $1.14) and 6 other covers of odd sizes include 3 free-franked to Australia £28
Grenada
284 EL written 15th April 1838 2/5½ to cross the Atlantic and fund the additional ½d. to Edinburgh, soft red b/stamp on flap shows arrival 23 May 1838; across from the seal is a very moderate Grenada small c.d.s. £42
285 What, we wonder, deserved a heavy black deletion at top rt. when the front of this small late Dec. 1848 envelope is so normal with 1/- packet rate, and full name and Edinburgh address. Starting with Grenada dbl. arc, there are three pleasantly balanced b/stamps, so the redaction does less than justice to a cover in very nice condition £39 £30
286 6d. SG 3 with an ever-so-light code C cancel of 1862 at about 3 o’clock keeps company with five other 6d. rose whose soft shades and light killers give the Queen an overall projection of benevolence with which we don’t normally associate the Chalon portrait £32
287 We often think to ourselves that an unused Chalon 1d. green looks lonely, and get a lift here from a well-balanced and sparkling horiz. pr. of the SG 19, fine o.g., cat. £320 £100
288 Yet an unused 6d. Chalon rests comfortably alone, so why not try this pt.o.g. 6d. deep vermilion SG 17, cat. £850 £190 View
289 1882 2½d. SE corner block with full mgns and plate no. 1 (fresh but crease across the value), 8d grey-brown, block of four (mildly toned), 1887 1d. vert. pair – all these are mint, except 8d., cat £150 £22
290 Oh, what a scarce, but tattered cover, reg’d, from Carriacou to the Archbishop’s House, Port of Spain, for Father Dowling V.C. (in this instance it’s the abbreviation for Vincentian Congregation) as Administrator. Even the 3d. SG 71 is badly stained. This lot however, is sweet and sour, as it also comprises the 1888 4d. on 2/-, one unused, two ordinary used, and a third with 5mm spacing, and the customary fainter inked appearance. These are SG 41, 42, cat. £126 £40 £42
291 On this part album page the 1895 key type 2½d., 3d., 6d., 8d., are mounted and annotated with taste and precision in horiz. strips of four, SG 51s/54s x 4 and a notional cat. value of £360 plus, plus sounds about right £180 £220
292 1d. on 8d. SG 46 f.u. much embellished by well struck ‘E’ at 8 o’clock probably used MAR 1892 £14 £10.5 View
293 KEVII ½d. CA, a SPECIMEN example with the sought-after broken ‘M’ variety; for completeness, there is minor rubbing which you only notice when you magnify to get a closer look £23 View
294 KEVII MCA 10/- fine pt.o.g. (we shan’t mention that we clocked a minute slot in a frame here, because we’re not looking at Cayman I.) SG 76, cat. £190 £90
295 Badge 3d. purple/yellow fine o.g. SE corner plate block of four with plate no. 1 - one perf. hole still plugged at right adds character, the sort of mechanical laziness that could cost a vote in the US £25 £19
296 Have you noticed how well the design of the 1906-11 badge set, and its universal colours harmonise? Here’s a fine lge.pt.o.g. set of 10 to prove it (one 1/- only CA) SG 77-80, 83-88. Cat. £300 £95
297 HOPE - The full name of this very scarce strike - one third of the c.d.s. on KGV 1d. scarlet £16
298 No hope? On the contrary HO and shadowy P is readily seen, central and upright, but ¾ of the HOPE c.d.s. has made no impression on KGV script 1d. red £2
299 The WWI ONE FRACTION Red Cross labels, the undated type fine mint, the 1914, 1915 version fine mint - these whimsically partnered by a modern perforated mock up of the 1953 E.II to produce with profile reversed a ‘1d. black’ £10
300 Local 1d. WAR TAX showing the A in TAX broken into a Greek delta, or triangle if the cat. insists. Stamp is very lightly u., careful not to tread upon the injured letter – SG 109b cat £70 £26 £20
301 Beyond propounding the view that the shade is a bright carmine - which we do not warrant - we are prepared only to identify this 10/- stamp as narrow, unclassified SG 163 - fresh of face, upper mgnl. full mint, light diagonal crease barely visible from the front £20 View
302 1944 10/- slate-blue and carmine-lake SG 163d. fine mint centred NW, cat. £140 £36 £27
303 The original green/cream wrapper proclaiming “12 INLAND POST CARDS” still has its KGV 12 p/s cards within. Was this 6d. wasted, or a shrewd investment for the grandchildren? £39
304 The full set to 10/- on cover (a baker’s dozen really, as the ¼d is a pair). The 9 c.d.s. strikes so gently inked we can’t tell whether it’s ‘43, ‘45, ’46, even ’48. It went reg’d. to Barbados, and the 10/- doesn’t help our date as it’s perf 12x13. For all its philatelic display, it got opened, the stamps look fine and we rather like it £48
305 A welter of pmks. Back and front of 1925 reg’d. cover from Grenville to Washington; 5d. SG124 pays the way, there’s a reg’n. h/stamp from the parish and label from GPO, the 3 small seals over flap reveal a decorative S. It would be happier if cleaner, and without a base-band of discoloration both sides, but in a way it all comes together as business like £20
306 Pub Quiz: how would you explain a cover of 12 AU 37 sent to a major in the Royal Horse Artillery in Monmouthshire which paid 4½d. in KGVI stamps, yet there are only two Coron. issues? … Time’s up … the rest are 8 x ¼d. (and it’s not philatelic) £20 £15
307 Following the death of KGVI, three successive Extraordinary editions of the Grenada Government Gazette were published on 8th, 11th and 14th of February 1952 to proclaim the succession of QEII, to promulgate her declaration on succeeding to the crown and to convey messages to the Armed Forces. The three editions headed by the Royal Arms, and with broad black frame lines are offered together, well preserved R£75
308 Philatelic local cover of SP 19 92 using 2½d. on 8d. SG 47 at St. George’s instead of the more usual ‘die’ surcharges £20 £15
309 With printed address on gothic script and GPO reg’n. label in serifed lettering, there’s eye appeal to a reg’d. cover with War Tax 1d. allied with properly rated 2½d., 2d., 1d., the last top mgnl. plate no.1 - reverse left free for NY and Oakland to smother £14
310 When a 1972 cover to Radio Antilles Montserrat from the unfamiliar French Guiana office at KOUROU (“Ville Spatiale”) got somehow MISSENT/ TO GRENADA we reckon they lost the plot £6 £4.5 View
Guyana View
311 A compendium of published articles and personal annotation relating almost exclusively to the Guyana Independence issues, from which even the most advanced specialist might pick up something fresh £3
Jamaica
312 Sellotape, now removed, has not enhanced the appearance of this 1808 cover to Melrose, North Britain, rated 2/-, upped to 2/4, having central filing fold and light large JAMAICA fleuron, hardly more than a dusting over flap – what gives real character is a balancing 2 line GREEN_POND?JA at right, and you don’t expect to find that so easily – Foster didn’t anyway £40 £30
313 The text which precedes the 1d. and 3d. pine on this part album page, each pen-cancelled Specimen ascribes them to DLR reference to specimens, and so they may be; but the 1928 handbook (see p.51/1) and the numbers surviving suggest a wider circulation and purpose. Scarce items these two, certainly, but happily not the exclusive province of a very few collectors, (in contrast to a few other BWI territories). Both stamps fresh, 3d. has short edge at right, but you can’t pick and choose condition of these items which are probably close to top class for their breed anyway £200
314 Next we offer the 1d., 2d., 4d., 6d. pine imperf with black SPECIMEN ovpts. - these, we are sure, existed both as archive material, and for selective distribution; the four still repose neatly on a snippet of their old album page, waiting for their new welcome into your home £200 £150
315 These two (again still on their part page) show the smaller SPECIMEN diagonally placed at about 30° from the horizontal - a format far more difficult to hunt down than the former in the preceding lots, so if you are forced to choose, get these! £240 £300 View
316 Finally we come to the period of the CC issues, and the small page section which still holds the ½d., 1d., 2d., 4d., and 6d. in neat alignment, imperf in pristine colours on thin card. Each has the neat CANCELLED ovpt., which turns up in a variety of colonies, sometimes in multiples. Prompted only by instinct we would rate this group the most likely of our four related lots to come from DLR archives £320 View
317 3d. die proof, black on thick card, reduced to 22 x 28mm. Alas, this rarity is scuffed at the chin, and insignificantly elsewhere, but just think what you would have to pay for it were it fine £32 View
318 Diagonal Specimen (written by Postmaster Sullivan) on 3d. pine - see 1929 handbook p 50-1. no gum, some perfs trimmed NE corner, pleasant to look at, and own. Owner’s reserve is £100 which some major auction houses regard as a minimum for the species nowadays. As we disagree, you may bid less, and the highest bid will be put to the owner - success is not promised R£100 £100 View
319 Pine wmk. 4d. red-orange SG 4a, a fresh horiz. pr. of good colour with wing mgn. at left, and traces of the stamps above, at the top. We suspect a shallow thin at NW corner which does not detract from the impact of a rare item, full of character - cat. £450 £80 £65 View
320 One could take this MCA 2½d pictorial for pt.o.g. when looking at reverse side. In fact it is gently cancelled, mildly toned – all the better to see C missing from wmk. SG 82b cat £300 £120 £95 View
321 A stock card holds 25 QV values with numeral codes, 12 1d. Falls, all with just about full strikes, and 12 other stamps, QV except for 1d. arms with Annotto Bay railway c.d.s., and two 1920 1d. pictorials. The QV are from all three wmks., and a few key plates. Average of the numeral strikes is around v.g., quite a few are fine, most identifiable at a glance, but the stamps are more variable for condition. C.d.s. standard mainly v.g. to fine - nothing hugely rare, just a good sound pmk. lot, with one bemused interloper “Parochial (something), St. Catherine’s” £70 £54 View
322 The Topaz premium for a full type A79 on 3d. pine, which is what’s on offer here, is a colossal £320, and this example would fetch that with ease, if our postmark collectors had the deep pockets of the collectors of Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Malaya or Rhodesia. As we practice moderation for most of the BWI, and the stamp has shallow thinning at left - all but imperceptible on the face, we think £140 more appropriate £140 £230 View
323 Although we would rate manuscript ‘Middle Quarters’ on 2d. CC (Kingston c.d.s. JY 24 76 also visible) even rarer than the A79 you’ve just seen it needs a very sophisticated home which may reduce demand £80 £130 View
324 A27 on 2d. rose CA; A40 on pale rose pine; A42 on Official 1d. red; A45 on 2d. grey; A60 on 1d. CC; A69 on 2½d. on 4d.; G16 on 1d. carmine CA; 196 on 1d. CC; 617 on 1/- CC. These are all v.g. to fine strikes at varying orientation, some obviously scarce on their hosts, meriting a premium of over £150, on cat. much the same £110 View
325 A81 (type K) on 1d. blue CC is allocated a huge rarity rating of £144 in our scarcity tables and as the strike here (at 9 o’clock) gives you the clear numeral and its four upper killer bars, there’s a case for full premium - but we believe in a more modest approach, not least because blue is not a great background even for a strike as fine as this £60 £48 View
326 This 2d. rose has spent its whole working-life carrying (at almost 3 o’clock) the strongest G15 you’re likely to meet. Wing-margin and all, no wonder the square-shaped host is looking tired £20
327 Jamaica numerals: for anyone in the early stages this is a decent representative collection, 66 stamps of which we disregard 2, and allocate to the rest a Topaz premium of £560, which you might increase by careful wmk inspection. A56 is duplicated (but different types) the rest all different offices – and we’ve ticked or double-ticked the marks which score into double figures – of course most of the strikes are on the usual suspects. Stamps in variable condn. but cat adds up, too, with a few pines lurking £150 £115
328 4 Pages display David Atkinson’s coverage of the stamps issued during Queen Victoria’s lifetime, one for each listed stamp and shade between SG 1 and 32, used to SG 26 except CC 2/-, 5/-, m. thereafter, an extra 1d. pine m. to show wmk and SG30, (PFNNY) – 56 stamps altogether. We don’t necessarily say David got all his shades right, but with a few numeral pmks. to add premium, cat. £1,200 should be sound £140
329 David’s script pictorial set presumed o.g. or mint on album page: there are 24 stamps intended to satisfy every value and shade, plus a 2d showing HOOSE for HOUSE and a separate 6d sandwiched between abolition of slavery and 1/- inverted frame in illustrated form (if only…) SG93/106 cat should be £335 £100
330 You could fit four extra flagstaffs nose to tail into the vertical guideline prominently visible on this 1½d. SJ SG 115, but we’ll value as a single 115a, as this variant doesn’t get listed. A thin spot in the paper, a result of the paper manufacturer’s production has resulted in an unclean separation at left £36
331 The vignette of Falls 1d. black and red does nothing to flatter the boxed TRD’s of Constant Spring and Titchfield; Myers Wharf fares much better as a two-thirds strike on rudimentary piece linking ½d. pair with damaged red cross (½d.) label £34
332 All you see of the BECKF[ORD KRAAL] boxed TRD is the top left corner with lettering heavily distorted- but this is a rarity, and you’ll likely not find it better; ½d. pictorial is the carrier £20 £32
333 GRANGE LANE 25.10.1918, just about complete on small piece, has chosen 1½ d brown-orange on which to display its peacock violet (the date one day beyond Aguilar’s handbook listing – but the mark classy enough to last another 100 years). Besides it, Lucky Hill is somewhere suppressed on 1½d. pictorial and we can’t give it high marks £30 £23
334 ½d. pictorial on small piece captures most of (L)UCKY HILL/ .10. 1920 (JA)MAICA, but WOOD HALL trumps this with complete strike for 8.5.1921 on 1½d. pictorial on piece, so positioned as to be clearly legible £28 £31
335 David Atkinson’s page for the 1919-21 MCA pictorials contains 1½d, 2½d, 5/-, two each, otherwise one for each value. Another page locates Child Welfare Set, 1929-32 with both dies, 1932 pictorial trio, and adds the 1927 ½d. and its ‘bow flaw. All these stamps are m., not scrutinised for condn, though we’d expect mint to be incorporated. Cat abt. £476 £85
336 The Atkinson Jubilees comprise the set of 4 m, and the extra flagstaff variety on 1½d. (horiz. pair) and 6d. (vert. corner pair) – we’d guess both these are mint. Cat over £320 £100
337 The KGVI set of 18 defins. m. spread across 2 pages, so as to include listed perfs (guess which is missing) and shades of 10/- perf 13, 9d (2), 1d. scarlet, and 1½d. (three, one of which might once have passed muster as v. light brown). Two more pages feature the WWII Red Cross stamp m, u and on a cover to Half-way Tree from John Crook Ltd, dealer in Firestone Tyres. There are also six WWI Red Cross labels on a page that were more kept than valued. Cat. where applicable is £192 £60
338 Ten pages from Derek Sutcliffe’s assembly of KGVI defins., featuring ½d. to 3d., SG 121 to 126b inclusive, all used, between 8 and 25 of each value allocated to various shades and perfs.; then the 6d. (only 4 used, but 8 m. included) and 2/- (8). It’s clear that stamps have been culled from the pages on which these two values appear, and they have diminished exuberance. we don’t recollect being the culprits ourselves £25 View
339 The variety called ‘extra frond’ in the old days is now dubbed ‘extra branch’ by SG, but it’s still just as feathery. On these two pages you’ll find the pedigree as part of Derek’s annotation for mint and used examples. There was formerly a second mint example, which we sold earlier, but these two are in blocks of four, the mint one with its full corner mgns. SG 124/a. Cat. £78.75, fine £28 £22
340 We describe what we see, and must risk upsetting KGVI fans, by regarding the ‘fishing rod’ variety SG 124b underwhelming. Nevertheless here it is on mint SE corner blocks of eight and four whose plate digits are 3 for the eightsome and, 8 and 4 for the foursome, cat. over £100! £26 £36
341 The broken (or repaired) chimney variety on used 1/- SG 130a on a page fully annotated and colour-illustrated by Derek. The outer ring of the c.d.s. is quite heavy; not so what lies within, and the variety is boldly visible - cat. £110 £50
342 Still on Derek’s own page are KGVI 10/- perf. 13, three examples, and £1, merely two, SG 133, 133a, all look fine mint. Cat. £93 £33 View
343 Almost a replica page except these are f.u., and there’s only one £1 - cat. £68 £25 View
344 The 6d. SG 223 left mgnl. presenting a spectacular shift which places ‘Papilio Homerus’ and 6d. at the top of the stamp, JAMAICA half-way down, and the poor swallowtail with its yellow innards exposed, and part of its black tail doing an impression of an art deco light fitting at top, the rest is down below (like a coffee table with filigrained legs). But why, oh, why, do some people collect invisible wmks.?(Shhh..) £30 £52
345 You didn’t want Derek’s WWII German propaganda sets when we offered them before, so we’ve split them into two. They mimic the current GB ½d. to 3d. and in this set of 6 all but the 2d. appear to have been left ‘unused’ £150 £120
346 This is the more familiar “used” set of six, but we think the chap who chose the D-day date for pmk. shot himself in the foot (presumably before the Gestapo meted out their own punishment). Derek’s text is enclosed £140 £105 View
347 We shall resist the temptation to offer an unused QV ½d. green with lovely dbl. opt. as genuine – it will make an admirable addition to your rogues’ gallery £8 £6.5 View
348 We seldom see TRD’s on Official stamps, and are excited to offer SG O4 that turned sideways to accommodate a virtually full strike of ENFIELD (Type 8) 2.8.1896 - this is a piece to exhibit £44 £56 View
349 QV JUDICIAL; 6d. yellow-orange (2), 1/- (8 incl. pr.), 2/- (16) all looking spruce, and cancelled with perfins in various combinations of 0, 1, 2, and X £35
350 QV ½d. wrappers - over 50 of them travelled to the Daily Chronicle in Georgetown, Demerara in the early ‘90’s, about a third of them from Falmouth, the rest from Kingston. Normally ½d. was added for the 1d. rate, an odd one came through unscathed without adhesive added. We only spotted one that seems complete, the others left little bits of themselves on the cutting-room floor. Did someone just say, “It’s a wrap”? £20 View
351 1888 cover to NY, its 2d. slate sandwiched between two 1d. postal fiscals, paying the 4d. rate - roughly opened without impact at the front £40 £75
352 1892 ½d. p/s card Montego Bay via Kingston to Santa Cruz; its writer probably didn’t score high marks for spelling and grammar at school. This wouldn’t have mattered as addressee didn’t receive or claim his card, and who knows whether he ever got his luggage back from Falmouth. Faded red ‘Unclaimed’ in m/s has used up its half-life £16
353 1d. p/s card to Kingston 1892, Queen’s head killed by A59, the Newport of b/stamp not readable on reverse, but address is there anyway. Salt River is hardly more decipherable within the squared circle that cancels 1905 ½d. p/s card to Port Antonio that shares this lot as an equal partner £21 View
354 Ten covers 1893 to 1903; on each the key-plate 1d. or 2½d. is used, with ½d. green added to four of them to make up the rate: destinations are; US (7), Canada, England (2), one of these reg’d. to Winch Bros., the other being the only one in this batch to travel at the 1d. rate £90
355 Falls 1d. red travelled with a 3d. sage-green and ½d. on 1900 reg’d. cover to Baltimore. The other three went to England, each using 4d. stamp: it’s alone on 1889 journey to Winch Bros., joined in 1899 by a 10 inch cover to which two 2d. slate-grey were added. On the last (of 1898) key-plate 1d. was also used, which must have somehow have been needed, as cover has all the flavour of commerce £50 £48
356 There’s a big time gap between an underpaid 1896 p/s card to Hamburg and the other 16 post-war covers in this lot, though all show in different ways methods of collecting underpaid postage by returning to sender, tax-marking and collecting from recipient, or diverting from air to surface mail, except for 2 covers whose instructional marks show a journey broken between air and surface. So lots of instructional marks and (if we interpret rightly) we’re taken with an OHMS cover “Returned for Postage” which we think comes back into the 1951 system free-franked by the military £70 £100
357 The Hotel Titchfield logo on the back of its envelope features a pineapple within sprays of leaves, and if you are very lucky you’ll find one used (as here) in the right period to have the stamp on the front (2½d. here) cancelled with the type 11 TRD (in this case the second type, pen-dated 11.3.04, thus extending Aguilar’s “last known” date by 11 days). The purple of the TRD is so faint that after TIT and JAMAICA the rest is smothered by the purple of the stamp (on its way to Massachusetts). One might suppose these TRD covers would turn up now and then, but from Titchfield they would have been off to the States, Europe on so on, and been lost to posterity, for in our experience such a cover is hugely rare. A bit grubby, tiny imperfections, but so, so authentic £150
358 Colour, pose, poise and balance in the four ppc’s here with stamps on picture side, and messages none. Patient villagers, cattle, donkeys, all on their Sunday best behaviour, composed and compelling; sent to Vienna and Jersey for the pleasure of non-philatelists, we infer £36 £31
359 Rather unexpected to see 1d. SG F3 used as late as 1910. A rich shade on a neat cover, posted at Kingston to a prominent solicitor there £30 £56
360 Promoting Jamaica 1923-40: 6 covers comprising 1923, ’26 for 2nd and 3rd Philatelic Exhibition (nothing special had been arranged for the first); 1924 from the Wembley Exhibition 2½d. pictorial, a bit dog-eared at SW; BUY BRITISH GOODS asserted differently in 1931 and 1940; welcome to the Duke of Gloucester 1935 (we’ve assumed, as did Jamaica, that British Goods stood for Empire) £34
361 Reflecting courtesy calls from the U.S. Navy are a Feb ’35 card sent from U.S.S. Wright (a seaplane tender) and U.S.S. Philadelphia on a shakedown cruise Jan ’38, 6 months before commissioning £12 £9 View
362 We’ll risk your disapproval by offering a post-war reg’d. cover with (we believe) commercial merit; OC 19 49 Jamaica Social Welfare Comm. writes to Gen. Sec. International Alliance, the 1/6 rate made up with UPU 3d. (5), plus 2d. and 1d. defins. (cat. about. £12.75 off cover). Condition sparkles £10 £7.5
363 Four MISSENT covers: for the 1971 one Glasgow W.I. was mistaken for the West Indies, in 1977 and 1981 covers intended for the St Vincent Philatelic Bureau went to Jamaica, one addressed to Kingston, the other correctly to Kingstown; a 1982 local cover to Kingston 4 was bounced back to CSO (the sorting office) which had been thumped a rather violent cachet on our 1981 example, but received from Kingston a positively growly MISSENT £20
364 15 wayward covers being MAILED OUT OF COURSE or T.O.L.B. (taken out of letter box) 4 1947-74; delayed or undeliverable, 4, 1967-82 (large instructional h/stamps); UNCLAIMED, 5, 1891-1972; requiring surgery and delivered after Post Office hospital treatment, 2, an animated bunch £65 £52
365 No apologies for offering a non-Sutcliffe farrago of covers from the usual period, with a group that offers variety with further choice in 73 covers (17 with TRD’s) – subject to recount – including the following c.d.s. which we regard as uncommon:- Bailey’s Vale; Bull Savannah; Byndloss; Cascade (worth a small fortune in Mauritius – pity!); Halse Hill; Mark Hill; Mount Salem; Petersville; Simons; Steer Town; Sunning Hill; Top Hill. Very assorted sizes incl. tiny offices liaising with HQ £75 £58
Those to whom variety of rates (whether necessary or not) appeal may appreciate the following four lots.
366 Four KGVI FDC’s; 3d. with bottom row of six ½d. complete with mgns. and imprint, local at Cross Roads; 4d. with two 2d. to USA; 7½d. with 2d., 2½d., 3d. reg’d. Guy’s Hill to Kingston; 9d. air mail to USA £18 £16.5
367 Maidstone to Huddersfield, Red Cross War Fund label added; 6d. reg’d. from Liguanea with two 3d. to Roger Wells; 8d. with 6d., two 1d. to Huddersfield (USA) by air; 1/- to Butler, Toronto using 4d. bottom rt. trio with all the trimmings; 1/6 to Wythenshawe , Manchester with three 6d. (one escaping cancellation); 1/7 to Odom, Leicester from Montego Bay (boxed reg’n. details in crayon) with 1/-, six 1d., and a E.II 1d.; 1/10 more conventionally reg’d. from Montego Bay, with 4d., three 6d.; 5/- single, reg’d. by air Spanish Town to Wales £50 £39
368 10/- Opened by Examiner 8839 to Major Menzies, White’s Club, St. James, addressed from the West Indies Sugar Co. Ltd. blurred c.d.s., not possible to read year (too busy at Kingston to clean the instrument? - there was a war on you know). Derek deemed this commercial, we’ll send the jury out £30 £24
369 £1 with 5/- rt. mgnl. block, reg’d. from Halfwaytree (all one word on the label) to High Wycombe where M. Gordon saw no need to open the envelope £22 £16.5
370 Royal Bank of Canada cover, 3d. franking, left Kingston 6 Nov 1941 addressed to the American Express Manager, Hong Kong. It travelled surface as far as NY, and ricocheted back h/stamped RETURNED TO SENDER / SERVICE SUSPENDED. Derek’s screed reaps the uncomfortable state of the War at this period. Uncensored on its aborted journey £20 £42
371 Two examples of 1942 mail to Canada from two rankers serving in 1st Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, one paying 1/- air mail the other free-franked and each with a “Y” force censorship cachet (no.2 and no.5) – these are not easy to find £24 £65 View
372 16 covers and an associated Gimbel advertisement reflect US army and navy occupation of Jamaica lease-lend base at Portland Bight and Goat Island on pages which also tell the story. Most are censored, one with the lax loquacity of Charles Beer before Pearl Harbo(u)r and many have patriotic themes and pmks. Included is a TRD from Sandy Gully which served the influx of Jamaicans working at Fort Simonds base. This lot is a collection in itself, date range presumed mid-41 to 1947 £120 View
373 A page headed World War II Prisoner of War Mail, actually displays a letter from the Internment Camp, though the complex housed both POWs and internees. An unglamorous cover to NY’s National Refugee Centre, its postal markings confined to the four line h/stamp of Postal Censor 6 and the Camp cachet on the reverse £18 £13.5
374 Outgoing censored mail, 4 covers 1941-4 revealing intervention by censor 13, and examiners: D./8829; I.D./8838; D./8844. £30 £23
375 1947 reg’d-cover to England from the Up Park Camp Signal Centre (still using the war economy env) and 1950 cover to England with RASC cachet on reverse come together with four free-franked covers of military flavour or connection £14 £46
FFC’s etc by airline – next 14 lots
376 BWIA:- DE 15/44 Trinidad-Jamaica (simple cachet) privately addressed to Kingston 5c rate, perhaps not philatelic; 16.12.44 Barbados-Kingston, 1d, 3d stamps; 8.12.44 Kingston-Port of Spain 1s 2d paid, Examiner I.D.1822; Apr.1.1950 Kingston-Miami, and another addressed to Canada (unaware perhaps of FF status); 2 Apr 50 Kingston-Nassau. 4 BWIA labels on pages. £50 £39
377 KLM accepted Curacao 18.8.41, local censor, 70c orange red adhesive 19 Aug cachet First Regular Service (to Kingston agents). V for Victory printed cover blue cachet First Official Flight – this leg Oranjestad-Aruba-NY blurred blue cachet, no legible date – addressed privately to Ontario. Both covers uncommon. £34 £27
378 Chicago & Southern (flights 31 July 48 Southbound Aug 1 Northbound) inaugurating route Houston-New Orleans-Havana-Kingston-Curacao: From Houston violet cachet, addressed NY; northbound for Houston (2) reg’d. at 9d, ordinary mail, 6d; no cachets for these two, typed or manuscript endorsement, both philatelic. You don’t meet this airline often – we’re not sure if it folded or was swallowed. £48
379 Trans-Canada Airlines single cover for Palo Alto via Toronto, 6d paid at Kingston DE 3 48; 2 dissociated covers – Oracabessa for Baltimore JU 16 47 to mark reduction of air mail rate to 6d; DE 19 53 for England endorsed Second Class Air Mail (3x 3d) h/stamped A.O. £35 £27
380 Avianco. First Regular Flight Columbia – Montego Bay AP 26 53 (for Aguilar, with cachet) same day Montego Bay – NY, 6d +2d; 17 Jan 62 Quito to Kingston on Boeing 720B magenta cachet £26
381 LACSA. San Jose to Kingston Dec 5 68 – pilot signed: this sort of flight tends to slip under the radar – but franked 3s and 1s constabulary commems – bound for Connecticut, so return flight to Costa Rica or what? £24
382 B.O.A.C. :- JAN 05 ’60 NY-Jamaica, the loved but ill-fated Comet 4, purple cachet; Apr 30 1965, 3 covers, Super VC10, UN to Kingston, UN stamps, NY to Montego Bay UN 13ct. (English, French, Spanish, Russian); the last “flown from NY to Jamaica” pilot signed but Jamaican stamps uncancelled all that’s missing in PAQUEBOAC we presume £40
383 Mexicana de Aviacion. Mexico – Jamaica (Kingston in fact) Dec 1 62 cachet in deep violet; Sept 4 ’63, Mexico – Merida – Montego Bay and (running out of M’s) Kingston the cachet in deeper violet still £18
384 Delta airlines 1st Jet Flight New Orleans and Kingston AP 26 ’64 (2), cachets in green or black; return next day celebrates Convair 880, by print and by cachet, Miss World looks in glad rags and pose £23
385 Feb 24 ’57, franked at 2d., addressed to American Consul General, and headed “FIRST HELICOPTER FLIGHT KINGSTON – IRISHTOWN” we can’t put a name to the carrier this time. You’ll find that it arrived at 11.48 am £14 £11
386 Lufthansa:- batch of 8 covers sees S. America opening up with 11.1.66 from NY to Kingston (a loop omitting Montego Bay, Guayaquil en route for Lima, Santiago); then onward (next cover for Lima) the cachet with anticipatory 12.1.66 date; 16.1.66 sees a cover on the way back from Santiago, another from Lima, both to Montego Bay; the Quito – Kingston direct route opens up 13.4.73 “Eilzustellung Express” which the DC10 takes over on 1.4.77, though NY – Kingston has been served by DC10 since 8.4.76 (2 covers accepted at NY GPO, and JFK) £48
387 Eastern Airlines:- even by FFC standards we regard these 4 covers between Atlanta and Montego Bay (two each way) as suffocatingly philatelic, but hope some of us will like them nonetheless £19
388 Air Jamaica at last:- 1.5.66 (Palisadoes) Jamaica 1/- receives non-stop jet FFC from NY, pilot signed; 18.7.75 brings out DC8 Toronto – Kingston (non-stop to Montego Bay first); 18.11.78 we find the first flight to Haiti; 2.4.79 we celebrate 10th anniversary of the line with an FDC £30 £23
389 Postscript: anonymous cachet “First Flight Kingston La Paz” AP 7 68; we decided, correctly, that Kingston - La Paz Poste Restante, with landing about 4,200 metres, was over-ambitious for our first thought, Air Jamaica; it was actually Lufthansa and there won’t have been many carried, surely £10 £8
390 John Fowler married Cydippa Dutton Smith in Kingston October 26 1810. A beautifully hand-stamped document of 3rd Jan 1891 so certifies, and you can be its proud possessor if you wish £8 £31
391 Perfins ex Atkinson: Jamaica Telegraph Co, 1922 1d (2), KG6 1½d, 2d all u.; United Fruit Co. one of its commercial covers, using KG6 6d; Bank of Nova Scotia, its 9-hole diamond used with disregard for accuracy on SG 113 (2), 102a, and the bank lost its 2/- as no one of these was used £36 £27
392 Two Anderson pages, back-of-the-book etc; the listed ones are values to 1/-, no pine 1d rose; 1d CC is m and u (A66 cancel); arms type 1d (2) and one 3d m; the others cancelled (two 3d and one 1/-); so are the QV to KG5 JUDICIAL (9 different 6d to 5/-); for QEII a set of 8 fine m, 5c to $1 from the days when cents still had a meaning – cat of listed in m and u around £300 £85
393 For the telegraph CC stamps in greater depth, two of Derek Sutcliffe’s pages offer the 3d m and 2u and the 1/- 3m, 9u, one of these with Cave Valley Squared Circle pmk. of 1900 £40
394 We don’t promise that the III print philatelic production to mark and celebrate Columbus Quincentenary of Xaymace “The Fairest Isle” has more intrinsic value than a GB Presentation Pack – it certainly has more durability and eye appeal £12
Sutcliffe Collection - Bulk Offerings
In the belief that our members have had a fair opportunity to take their pick from Derek’s wide-ranging collection, much of what now remains will be offered in this section of the auction, with our normal auction service restricted accordingly. Descriptions are brief, quantities may be approximate, and the aim is to give flavour of each lot rather than detail. To level the playing field there will be no viewing, not even by those attending, but we give our estimated value for each lot and a low start figure. To add to the fun of our lucky dip, items bought from this section will not be subject to return, (provided we match the correct lot with your bid).
395 45 George Odom covers, usually air mail, mainly reg’d. Sent from Ocho Rios, Old Harbour, Oracabessa, Port Antonio, Savanna la Mar, most are pre/decimal - value £40 £18 £25
396 About 50 pre-decimal covers from Kingston to George Odom, air mail except one or two, usually reg’d. - value £30 £12 £12
397 20 covers with A-B offices of origin, TRD’s except one from Bois Content, rates from 1½d. to 55ct., only one duplicate noticed, value £55 £24 £25
398 23 covers for letter C, all are TRD, and similar rates and period except one 1988 cover from Chalky Hill costing $2.05 by air - value over £60 £25 £25
399 25 pre-war items from Kingston, these are usually Groves & Lindley, fronts or backs with their stamps; about 30 post-war covers, largely pre-decimal - all collect Kingston markings, which are often TRD, but some originate from other offices incl. one from Antigua, on its way to Dominica – value £35 £16 £21
400 40 covers with slogan cancels, rather repetitive, mainly pre-decimal, varied frankings, value £25 £10 £10
401 Jubilee Town gets its own lot with 20+ covers and 25 or so stamps on piece, each with a full TRD cancel - a bonanza for the local Voice of Prophecy rep., we reckon value £60 £20 £20
402 We’ve counted 79 covers and an odd piece or two in this lot, featuring letter D to L, and except where we plough through Kingston to meet an occasional machine or c.d.s., all display TRD’s, period and variety mainly ‘60’s and ‘70’s, and 47 (our count) offices included. Value £100-120 £40
403 71 covers, two pieces, letters M to R and a profusion of TRD’s from about 40 offices, but some strikes are below standard, so we value at £100 only £36
404 We’d estimate 150 slogans here in slogan-sized pieces, assumed to be Kingston, though somewhere like Montego Bay might figure too. Value £30 £10 £10
405 These are slogans on full cover, about 50 - that is covers, not types, which will be far less - value £40 £16
406 50-60 covers in this batch from about 1950, usually larger size from larger offices, a proportion are philatelic, we reckon value £60 £20
407 This looks a rather similar lot which should be valued similarly (£60), but the auctioneer might offer these together £20
408 Back with Kingston and slogans, probably 100 covers, including a handful of long covers - value £70 £24 £24
409 FFC’s 1930-2 priced in pencil to over £210, taking in Miami, Canal Zone, Haiti, we think we saw Trinidad - varying condition £65
410 29 Flight covers 1943-70 priced individually ±£150, most are philatelic FFC, (six are foolscap size) - KLM, Delta, Lufthansa, BOAC, Eastern, Air Jamaica, American, Pan-Am, British Caribbean are the contributing air-lines £60
411 Varied though the frankings may be, 21 pre-decimal covers from Savanna-la-Mar by air to George Odom might have diminished appeal had we not noted one reg’n. label reading “Savannala Mar” [Cue for chorus “Death to Savanna(ro)la]. Value £21 £9
412 31 covers all to Odom by air, 10 different town or village offices using c.d.s. not TRD - Value £22 £10
413 Two dozen pre-decimal covers to Odom, one tarried at sea, the rest by air incl. an (un)clear pmk from Up Park Camp, Two thirds are Kingston origin incl. N.W. and TRD’s. Not all the others can be deciphered. Value £10 £4 £14
414 Batch of about 50 Kingston - Odom covers, majority KGVI; they incl. Kingston N.W., no TRD’s seen, almost all by air, fewer than usual, if any, scruffy ones here - value £22 £9 £9
415 16 covers with TPO markings (incl. elusive TPO 3) most are middle or earlier TRD marks, p.t.s. at £88.50 £32 £46
416 This batch of Odom covers, (‘50’s and ‘60’s like most in our other lots), all came from Spanish Town, all markings c.d.s. Saving the presence of a listed variety (which we’ve neither seen nor expect) value is £20 £8
417 Substantial variety in this group, about 72 covers, 35 points of origin, TRD’s abound, incl. different types from the same offices (letters S to W). All but a few a decimal currency, wide range of issues, average value £1.50 each £40 £40
418 Here’s another clutch of about 50 air mail covers Spanish Town to Odom. A 1960 one sporting E.II 2½d. block and centenary 1/- adds a touch of class, even if not quite pristine, value £23 £10 £10
419 Almost all of the covers, pieces, fragments etc. here are pre-war, part going back to QV period (though we did see stamps of 1957 cancelled by favour in Cuidad Trujilla. Items which are or resemble covers p.t.s. over £130, and there are plenty of pieces without pricing £50
420 ±50 brown envelopes of various sizes, usually large, on governmental business with free-franking, indeterminate dates to about 1970. Value £25 (or nil should you happen to be an anarchist!) £10 £10
421 60-odd covers from 60’s onwards (at least one a third millennium item), all with machine cancels from post towns outside GPO, some incorporate slogans - value around £80 £28
422 Derek’s patience and appetite were almost inexhaustible, and here are about 100 more Odom covers from Kingston among which we’ve noted nothing special - maybe we’ve not looked properly - they are still worth about 30p. each, so £10
423 A batch of 200+ covers to varied destinations to some extent, has a few Groves & Lindley fronts, and not all items are from Kingston, but at value £60 we don’t get excited £20
424 ±45 long covers pre-decimal rated 1½d. and above, most are 1960’s. We assume duplication yet there seems to be a good range of rates and origins, not all within Kingston - value £22 £8 £8
425 About 40 covers of similar character, the envelopes of smaller dimensions. Value £20 £8 £8
426 Another similar batch and quantity - mind you one of those may be better than the other, we just have no idea which. Value £20 £8
427 Last of our meter marks - over 50 decimal period covers, character is similar, majority are larger size. Value £25 £10
428 Western District P.O. TRD features on about 25 covers and an odd piece, and there’s a photo. Most went by air. Value £15 £6
429 Medley of mainly ‘60’s and ‘70’s - Daily Gleaner cover and several wrappers, Telegram covers; stamped (but used) traveller’s cheque, Paquebot covers, meter frankings, assorted sizes, about 30 items; p.t.s. at nearly £100 which is way over the top, so……… £25 £25
430 About 25 p/s items used pre-decimal to late ‘60’s. The bulk are 1½d. cards to “Best by Request” (radio) from Kingston, some, TRD; of five earlier (‘40’s) one 1d. card to Brown’s Town, three wrappers, one card covered in adhesives as appropriate, noted is one wrapper to Palestine. Value around £40 £15 £15
431 PSRE size F, an interesting batch of 11, four are pre-decimal 6d. (postage 3d.) rate, rest 25ct. (postage 5ct.) - all from different offices, various adhesives added to all except one. Value £45 £18 £21
432 PSRE; seven unused in father bear, mother bear (3), baby bear (3) sizes; reg’n. fees 6d. (4), $1.50 (3); plus father bear (six used) and most, despite commercial usage are plastered with adhesives: four pay $1.50 reg’n., one 25ct., one 6d., but decimal surcharges added. Value £40 £14 £14
433 This is a study collection of TRD’s of Western District Offices. We count over 330 items of which eight are covers, a few show TRD’s on piece often of two or more stamps together, some in isolation, the rest are single stamps etc. Date range appears to be mid-60’s to mid-80’s. Value £50 £20 £22
BONUS LOT
434 This batch of ±90 Kingston - Odom covers (perhaps with the odd exception) will be given to whoever buys a lot in our bulk section at the highest percentage above published start level. This will be adjudicated by the auctioneer - if practicable at the first break following this section. In the event of a tie the winner will be decided by actual amount of increase over start, and if need be, preference to a purchaser attending the auction £00
Leeward Islands
435 QV 4d. Antigua c.d.s. NO 5 90 This was the date of the first sailing to England following introduction of the Leeward issues and for practical purposes this date on 4d value can be treated as the first day of issue (next sailing was NO 19) £20 £22
436 A crisply overprinted 1897 ½d. SG9 shows a vigorous bounce leaving doubling of the top ornament and most of SEXAGENARY – fine lge. pt.o.g. £5
437 ½d. 1d., 4d., 6d. all with genuine Sexagenary ovpts. illustrating the variations of appearance of the h/stamp at differing intensity. ½d. with all but full o.g. will not convince you of its light pmk.: 1d. used in Antigua, no worries; pmk. on 4d. we neither warrant nor condemn when we read ‘OURNE’ opposing possible ‘VIC’; 6d. pt.o.g. has lovely clear h/stamp - pulled SW corner makes a lovely sow’s ear out of a silk purse £30
438 The Sexagenary 5/- SG 16 fresh in colour, lge pt.o.g., and its ovpt. is for once a lovely even upright strike with every aspect well-defined. Cat. is £450 and vendor instructs to value at a bargain level (should you be the only bidder). If two or more compete, it’s not our fault £115 £90
439 A further chance to buy Sexagenary 5/- SG 16 lge.pt.o.g. (cat. £450). Each ovpt. is healthy, this is weaker, neither is the stamp as fresh being mildly toned (as the majority are). Yet such is the auctioneer’s burden that we are not permitted a bargain estimate this time - at valuation £130
440 1902 One Penny on 4d. (SG 17), no gum, deficient two perfs at SW corner, one of the presumed 25 supplied to Lisbon for the Colonies and lightly h/stamped ULTRAMAR which identifies its Specimen status £20 £15.5 View
441 QV 1d. on 4d. SG 17 fine o.g. or perhaps mint. This comes from a sheet position where only the up of first n of Penny print – but in this example the variety shows first n as virtually absent altogether. This is by far the most dramatic example that we’ve seen and surcharge is otherwise strongly inked £12 £9
442 1d. on 7d. (fine mint block of four, one has small adhesion spot, and another has a light crease, not discernible from the face, and with owner or dealer initials on the reverse) accompanies a sibling single from Montserrat 1 NO 1902 to Edward Cameron, by now Administrator of St. Vincent after his tours of office in Virgin I. and Turks I. We ascribe the familiar writing to his wife on an Island visit. When adopted by their present owner, stamps must have been separated from the single for 90 years or much more. The cover though has the measles, so in rude health (see scan) - cat. from £104 (+ £26 for the block) £65
443 1902 2½d. g.u. showing wide A in LEEWARD the rather scrappy pmk. staying considerately clear of the variety SG 23a cat £160 £60
444 Much as we miss the redoubtable Mike Spaven there are still those eager to conduct post-mortem on the DLR key types; so here are two KEVII 2½d. CA one mint, the other pt.o.g., mildly toned on reverse, name and duty high on the first, low on the other. It’s the name that caught our attention. To our eyes the high one shows final S fractionally small, the low one all but suggests a different font, product we suppose of heightened pressure or perhaps a stutter in its print. Cat. £12 if it matters £4 £3 View
445 The nine 1907-11 values to 2/6 in universal colours f.u. cat. abt. £110 and worth a bit extra as the ¼d. was used in Montserrat £50
446 1910 5/- green and red/yellow SG 45 showing the rt. half of the Roadtown dbl.circle c.d.s., commendably fresh as colour – it’s not all that scarce but still rather a premium for Virgin I. use £50 £39
447 Mint SW corner blocks of KGV ¼d., plate 23, ½d. plate 26, and Die I lower mgnl. 1½d. chestnut, plate 23, all fine, cat. £65++ £48 £37 View
448 KGV Die II 1½d. red-brown (6), ¼d. (15) all used, aberrant lettering always likely on the ¼d. £10 £8
449 When KGV 3d. deep ultramarine is found; as is this mint or o.g. block, the chances are it was part of the original consignment to Montserrat, and reflects the climate there – a pity we have to value it down, but we must. All the same it is a scarce multiple and could almost be dubbed fine for this issue (pace the London dealers) Cat £240 £54
450 A dazzling fiscal page which sees the MCA perfin (for Court A) in use to cancel horiz. pair of QV 1/-, and triplet of QV 1d., SG 7 and 2; and beneath these the KEVII tall Fees stamps 6d., 1/-, 2/- forming the bottom layer, each with a single clear perfin punch, except for the duplicate 6d. which received two. The SG 7 are presumed to have been soaked off a document losing some of their colour, none of their dignity £95 £75
451 KGVI, 13 different to 5/- mint, two with gutter mgns.; two 1½d. and especially 1d. (though this has crease at NW) show name and duty low, cat. about £80 £20 View
452 Leaving Montserrat in October a long OHMS reg’d. cover reached Hull on Armistice Day 1918 and was then re-addressed. How come 5d. was paid with QV stamps? It is very much the worse for wear with two patchwork Post Office seals at the top, and its western end tattered or sliced away; inelegant, irreplaceable, so a chance to acquire something you may live to regret £32 View
The following six lots could, in general, all be allocated to their islands, but then the generalist might miss out
453 (Antigua) mainly pmks. here, with All Saints (8) on QV ½d. (3), 1d. (2), KEVII 1d., KGV ¼d., SJ 1d.; St. Mary’s KGV 1d.; St. Peter’s QV ½d. pair, KEVII ½d. (2), 1d.; an ordinary 2½d. f.u. name and duty in pale blue; KGV 3d. (used 1922) with part London red reg’d. transit mark added to its c.d.s.; CEDAR GROVE on Crown 2½d. (courtesy Stan Durnin); and the MCA perfin of Magistrates’ Court A - quite a muscular lot £54 £42
454 (Dominica), just eight QV to KGV, the QV 1d., and KGV 1½d. (2) used at GPO, but with the others you’ll see KEVII 2½d. CA from Portsmouth (two different), KEVII 1d. CA from LA PLAINE, Marigot on KGV 1d., St. Joseph on KEVII ½d. green - these last three few and far between on Leeward issues £42 £33
455 Though - we shan’t take this back unless you can prove us wrong, we ascribe 26/7/93 on QV 1d. to St. Christopher - under which please see comment re Old Road; “Now where will you find village cancels 1881-8 unless on Leewards?” £5 £7
456 Three different types of A12 duplex here on QV 2½d. (2) and 4d. pr., showing another duplex - probably head office - above; contemporary Old Road on KGV ½d., large SP on 1d. violet, Sandy Point on KGV 2½d., SJ 1d., and Nevis cancels on QV-KGV lower values £36 £28
457 With fiscal usage coming steadily into fashion we offer QV 1d. (4), 7d., 1/- (colour weak), KGV 3d., Die I 5/-. Two relate to Dominica, the CA was received at Montserrat Treasury; one we think acknowledged payment of an early telephone account; the 1/- might perhaps be postal, it’s so indeterminate; the 5/- is multi-cancelled, not quite suffocated, there’s a diagonal date which we don’t propound as postal, and someone with knowledge of business names in 1899 might make sense of the final 1d. £24
458 Paquebot or other transit or arrival cancels on QV ½d., 2½d., KEVII ¼d., 1d. (2), 2½d., KGV ½d. (4), 1d., 1½d. (2), and SJ 2½d. - hang on, there’s an odd-man-out, part of a St. John’s m/c cancel which is scarce £29
459 This lot was kindly donated to the Circle in memory of Mike Spaven: it comprises the Hopkins handbook The Postage Stamps of the Leeward Islands (1949), Victor Toeg’s monograph on the Leeward I. adhesive stamps (published BWISC 1991) full of interesting information, but we have certainly raised our publishing standards since then. Finally there is Mike’s personal copy of Victor Toeg’s Leeward I. sale (RL 9 Mar 71) prices partly marked and the printed realisations too. Also inside is Mike’s bidding card, which it’s too late to use or return – sorry. £18 £13.5
Martinique
460 An interesting mixed bag from Martinique: 20 or more post-war covers from the later ‘40’s to early ‘80’s with variety in frankings, offices of origin, and metered mail included. Earlier includes a few dozen stamps sorted into packets, unused postal stationery (incl. type J10ct. on formula card), ppc’s and F.M. 20ct. on cover. Value £65 £16 £12
461 Rescued from our blind bulk miscellany of Martinique is an unused formula card of, we imagine 1879/80 endowed with colonies 10ct. brown on rose SG 20; cat. in 2006 £160 mint. It’s cut sloppily to lose a touch or two of its right side, and captured an equal sliver of its former l.h. neighbour NB: A bid for this item of over £50 or marked “£50 firm” will be treated as trumping any lower bid for the preceding “blind Martinique lot” so as to entitle the winning bid to both lots. £40
Montserrat
462 Letter of 28 January 1846 from Montserrat to London, no outer wrapper, but two inconsistent endorsements on back and front, so we infer hand-carried, and regard arrival 11 March as the more credible: Even when the topic is mainly about Madeira wine, letters at this date are anything but plentiful £60 View
463 QV 1d. pale red from row 1/8 where re-entry no.1 appears. The indicia of re-entry are less prominent than usual, because of its pallor; happily the A08 pmk. doesn’t interfere £14
464 QV 1d. perf. 12 CA very lightly used and the proud subject of an unqualified RPSL certificate going back to the days (1985) when the inverted S flaw variety was SG 13a, since promoted to SG 6a, cat. £1,300 £520
465 We can only think of kind things to say about a part album page on which reposes 1d. rose-red CA perf. 14 in a block of 15, flanked by the earlier 1d. and 6d. fine mint - we assume that the block is largely mint, cat. about £500 £120
466 The Thompson flaw on ½d. green f.u…. you’d be surprised how often the cancellation makes a beeline for the part of the triangle where the flaw might appear, but here a very light morsel of a c.d.s. stays respectfully clear. SG 7a is unpriced used, but has to be worth oodles more than its mint equivalent £220 View
467 QV 1d. rose-red CA in a mint lower mgnl. block of twelve (three rows of four) with scattered off-set on reverse from the ink of the stamp once behind, accentuated by a strong imprint of the Montserrat overprint SG 8c, cat. £348 £110 View
468 QV 4d. CA SG 11 sporting 80% strike of the scarce Plymouth to Bristol TPO AP 11 84, neat and clear at 5 o’clock. What’s left to see of the stamp is fine and well centred too. Cat. £250 plus £110
469 The 1903 SPECIMEN set of ten nice and fresh, and it’s almost fly-specking to tell you they have been previously mounted. SG 14s/23s, cat. £225 £100 £75
470 1908-14 SPECIMEN set of 11 incl. both papers of the 3d. value; on the 1d. stamp both ‘E’s of SPECIMEN have weakened, cat. £307 £130 £100
471 A fascinating s/card - make what you will of it: an ordinary QV ½d. mint; QV 1d. fiscal rose-lake unused; 1½d. WAR STAMP top plate no.1 pr.; SPECIMEN 2½d. SG 71s; badge 1d. (2); KGV 1½d. red-brown with maritime cancels; and two big question marks - badge 2d. grey and brown “B02” killer cancel; SJ 2½d. dbl.ring BATHURST (Gambia) £38
472 We find ourselves unable to dismount ½d deep green War Stamp (black opt) complete r.h. pane of 60 with full peripheral mgns and gutter mgn from its moorings and cannot assert or deny that its wmks. are all present and correct. So you have the short opt clearly visible at row 10/1 and a minuscule chance of finding the expensive variety, SG 61b, bb fine mint £20
473 1½d. War Stamp in five corner blocks of 6 (the one from SW of r.h. pane does not have smaller opt. – a past owner was wrong); also ½d. from corner (3 black opt. pairs, 1 red single) all these winged o.g. We estimate for the 8 plate no. 1, the stamps come free £12 £9 View
474 Plate no.1 examples of 1916 1d. carmine red, 6d. dull and deep purple, both mint, 6d in top mgnl (hinge attached there, perfs. starting to split), 1d from SW corner. We don’t applaud cat. £38 for the 1d., but it has to affect our valuation £20 View
475 KGV 1½d. pale red-brown top rt. mgnl. block of four used FE 5 1929 preserving its plate no.1. No apologies for the gulf between cat. £2 and estimate £15
476 KGVI Leeward to 1/-, 14 different all used in Montserrat, the date ranges show that most have not come straight off a philatelic cover, cat. abt. £20 £12 £13
477 Perf. 13 vert. strips of ½d. (9) and 1d. (10) showing coil-join; each is mint and rather toned - well wouldn’t you be if caged indefinitely in a tropical vending machine? SG 101-2, cat. £114 £30 View
Nevis
478 1862 1d. m 6d u, 1866 1d., 4d. m, and we’d say the other three 1d. (1m) and the 4d. are litho, variable, quite passable condn. Indeed, the unused SG 12 looks freshly laundered, but not in a sinister way. Another 4d. is said to have a wmk (not impossible in Nissen & Parker) but it leaves us doubtful so value up, down or ignore, according to taste. Cat well over £500 £65 View
479 With this 6d. SG 7 you receive an RPSL cert signed by John Wilson, granted to Angus Parker in 1974, saying “6d. grey unused - manuscript SPECIMEN is genuine so far as one can say”. A pulled perf. at foot makes it even more lifelike as a specimen £150 £115
480 Thinned for two fifths of the way, bitten into below SH, 3mm tear level with O of ONE - have we awarded single lot status to a stamp of poorer condition before now? never mind: this is 1/- on vert. laid paper SG 14a, and we can now add, otherwise f.u., cat. £6,000 (ex Jaffé). To the best of our belief two panes of 12 once existed £200 View
481 Supported by a 1946 Wilson RPSL certificate (to which we can attach 100% credibility) this is 1/- yellow-green SG 14 used on a small piece. Plated by seller (who usually gets it right) as row 1/3 (but by ourselves tentatively as row 2/2), it’s a good healthy example, cat. £110 £44 £33 View
482 1d. panes of 12 being more plentiful we can confirm pos’n. 12 for 1d. SG 16, as recorded on Phil. Fed’n. of S. Africa cert of 2007, noted there as slightly soiled, toned, and unused. Cat. £42, collectable with confidence £12 View
483 Cert. 1392 dated 4 Apr. 2013 from Phil. Fed’n. of S. Africa describes Nevis 1882 1d. lilac-mauve (SG 26) vertically bisected on a small remnant and judiciously opines “the piece has been made for the collector market”. Aren’t they all? SG 26 cat £700 on cover £40 View
484 1d. dull rose CA SG 27 pt.o.g., from row 10/5 at which pos’n. you find the I in NEVIS adopting the profile of a timber post which is rotting at its base - an unobtrusive variety which is satisfying to own, SG cat £42 £30 View
485 1d. pale lilac-mauve CA pt.o.g., SG 26 lower mgnl. with plate no.1 showing the same deformed “1” as the previous lot - we’d describe the face as softly spoken, and the reverse as a trifle bleary-eyed, but mustn’t wax too anthropomorphically - cat. £110 £50 £38
486 An admirable example of the Thompson (triangle) flaw in 1884 1d. carmine, quite a bit of its original hinge on the back, otherwise very fresh o.g., SG 27ab, cat. £600 £240 £180 View
487 The difficult 6d. green SG 32 pt.o.g., mild toning is counter-balanced by nice centring especially at left and right, cat. £450 £120 £90
488 Yet another Thompson (triangle) flaw. This is on 6d. chestnut, and you could start a new sideline in this year’s sale, two bits of selvage cling to an otherwise full o.g. reverse, and we value down accordingly, but what might a bit of TLC achieve? SG 33a, cat. £850 £180 £140
489 DLR key type – the two CC are m, the CA to both 4d are u, except for one 1d carmine and an extra 2½d. blue. No 6d. green (as if …), 1/- and you get SPECIMEN 6d., 1/- and h/stamped bisect – not on piece for once. And waits on another page SG R2, 7, 8 (all m). F8 is not SG 32 optd., the issue here was printed separately – cat £957 £120 £90 View
490 A nice forged 4d. orange (this is not your standard Spiro) planted on a piece to which it isn’t even tied by its bogus pmk. With it QV 2½d. ultramarine fine unused block, embellished with 3 forged A09 killers, which are not, we think, the same as the Fournier version lying alongside, but we may be wrong £18 £13.5
491 35 items on 2-sided s/card most KGVI, 9 earlier, one later, aim to squeeze variety from pmks of Nevis. About 10 different types are shown with small and large c.d.s., duplex, dbl circle, slogan and so on, 8 stamps showing Gingerland. The surprise star item of all (have you got one?) is NEVIS SHIP LETTER on Bermuda type 1½d., about 30 years after these marks were back in vogue £50 £38 View
492 Five 19th century Revenue, one being SG F2 (we don’t even pay lip service to the existence of F1 as a London Revenue ovpt), and four issued 1d. with local Revenue ovpt. Printing in all directions. Three of the above are fiscally used, some have blue paper remnant adhering to the their reverse, you could perhaps claim unused status for the fifth, which has gum aplenty and an amusing detached stop at left which belonged to its neighbouring stamp. Stamps with visible stops are rare, as it happens £18
493 To avoid accusations of favouring Anguillans this year over their former compatriots, here for the Nevis enthusiast is their 1980 breakaway set of thirteen to $10 in mint SE corner singles, no faults seen, all of course showing all but the THO of DLR imprint £5
494 Euphonious date stamps of Gingerland, Charlestown, and St. Kitts pin left mgnl. 2/6, SG 76a to reg’d. cover of 24 JY 47, the reg’d. label presumably added at Charlestown (for we wonder whether Gingerland had either label or stamp in stock). B/stamps of Miami, NY, and Staten Island (arriving JUL 30) show the onward routing. Central fold clear of stamp £18 View
Roatan
495 Do you remember Mr. Bodden of Ruatan (formerly Roatan) about 3 years back? Here he is writing an env. emblazoned INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF GOOD TEMPLARS to an address in Chatham, his own address being ‘Bethesda’ Lodge no. 5. Flowers Bay Ruatan in 1922 – contemporary 20ct. stamp cancelled by neat HONDURAS in bars whose light violet ink marries perfectly with the Ruatan c.d.s. Flap is missing – but no b/stamps anyway. Reminder: 60 – odd years earlier ROATAN was a British possession £30 £23 View
496 Because the violet cancels from LA CEIBA are blotchy where date appears we can’t tell whether this cover to the same address is earlier or later. Similar env. franked 2x 10ct. values – here the printed address is ‘ESPERANZA’ Lodge no.3 (Wesley Chapel, Coxen Hole, Ruatan). Our unverified guess is that La Ceiba is on the island, and the pink label on the reverse (Remember the previous ‘no brainer’?) reads ‘Liquor Tyranny or Local Option! WHICH?’ Poor tormented Mr. Bodden £34 £26
Saint Christopher
497 Incoming EL between lawyers prepaid in London in 1853 at the packet rate of 1/-. Red b/stamp is indecipherable - we can’t say if it’s St. Kitts £28 £21
498 Village date cancels of 4/4/7_ (see below); 4.2.82; 14.6?.82; 16.3.83; 6.2.86; on 1d. CC P12½ & P14 (2), CA, 1d. rose. Ignore no. 5, the 1d., cheap anyway, is damaged; no. 4 shows ‘3’ written in the style of Old Road; nos. 1 and 3 are consistent with what we have seen of Sandy Point; shall we call no. 2 Cayon? Now back to no. 1: the first year’s digit reads most probably as 7 over-written by S; the second year digit might be 8, if so much smaller than the other three digits, we refuse to make it P, draw no conclusion, but remind you that nos. 1 to 4 cat. £116 irrespective of village usage £40
499 1/- mauve lightly used with wmk. inverted, SG 20w, cat. £190. It was separated from its neighbours by scissors which came too close for comfort at the top, but you won’t easily find a better example, will you? £60 £65
500 Postal fiscal 1/- olive SG R6 with neat dated cancel JU 10 93 at SE, name part not showing, 1d. R3 lge pt. o.g., both fine cat £44.75 £14 £10.5
501 A page of Nevis Revenues with opts or h/stamps of Saint Christopher. These comprise SG R1m, R2 with A09 killer (much more likely to be found than A12, as it happens) and 24 of the types not considered as available for postal usage, plus another R1 most likely fisc. u. There are 1d. (4), 4d. (3), 6d. (7), 1/- (10), with some duplication, about 15 being fisc. u. and the others apparently unused. Several have the type R1 opt., others the similar h/stamp reading Saint Chris-/topher. You get two St Kitts SG 9 with their special type-set opts, the h/stamp on Nevis F3; otherwise the basic stamps are taken from the Revenue issues purpose-printed and optd. in London by DLR which were on both CC and CA paper £250 View
502 You may prefer, of course, to stick with SG listed stamps, so here are two further unused examples of 1d. SG R1, one of these with handstamp inverted (something like a 10% chance in our experience). Cat. £375 each with a plus for variety is too high by most standards. Try £110 £85
503 … or else you can go for R1 on its own: this one does have a little gum, which as you’ve just seen is not always the case £75 £70 View
Saint Kitts View
504 ST.KITTS c.d.s. on Leeward (20) and domestic (13) issues, the latter include 3 x 1961, otherwise all KGV/KGVI; 1951 piece combines Leeward 3d., 1/- with domestic 2/6; the clear highlight is script die I ¼d. SG 81 which is very scarce here. A nice group, total cat. about £60 £30 View
505 1920-9 issues mixed m. and u., MCA to 6d. script to 2/-. (this f.u.), cat. over £85 from which we leave out 2/6 nicely used, but with short NE corner perf £21 £16
506 2/- purple and blue/blue (KGV script) SG 47 with full mgns. from SE corner incorporating plate no. 1. Unusually the paper developed a diagonal crease before being gummed, probably after printing, with some smaller symptoms at mgn. corner. If Equality legislation applied to stamps this disability would entitle our one to equal treatment against healthy stamps (with which, in any case, it is visually near enough on a par) £10
507 PAQUEBOT in violet on tercentenary 2d. Formerly one of the set to 1/- removed from a low-grade cover where arranged higgledy-piggledy, similarly h/stamped. Not shown in Oliver, perhaps produced by an adult on a child’s printing outfit. In case you think otherwise, contact details of present owner are taped to s/card for purchaser only to unseal £1 £0.75
508 Admirably full strike of Dieppe Bay 16 Mar 46 on local 6d. and Sandy Point June and August 48 on 2d., for once we don’t have to add a sizeable slice of an enhanced cat. value which nobody wants to pay anyway £5 £3.75
509 Propelled by 1905 5 bit vert. pair SG 51 a b/w ppc of St. Thomas brought Xmas and New Year greeting to F. Hicks at Basseterre’s Colonial Bank. But for a tiny nibble at top rt. of the picture side, our estimate would be x3 – need we say scarce? £10 £7.5
510 1920 10/- cancelled with part of the decorative oval cachet of the Administrator of St. Christopher & Nevis has five companions of which we mention only 1921 1d. & 1/- with SPECIMEN (ovpt. and perf. respectively), each with pulled corner, and tercent. 2d. f.u. £8 £6
511 Suburban transport in the rush hour: here are hundreds of stamps ± 1905 to early 1960’s, presumed low values, sorted into packets squeezed into sectional stockpage, possibly some better cat amongst them, but they’ll need finding. About 2 dozen packets, say ± 500 stamps – good hunting £12 £9
512 St. Kitts badge 1d. p/s card of whose message side the sender made prolific use in 1904 writing in German to Rev. K Wolter in Caledon, Cape Colony £16
513 This label, signed by Crown Agents’ Inspector (and now backed with cardboard) records the supply against Req’n. 973 on 26.8.22 of what was to become £1 SG 36. If we interpret correctly, there were just 40 sheets (unless we should be reading 70) but you can have fun checking elsewhere £27
Saint Lucia
514 Plate proof single. Its mgns. are rather close top left, otherwise fine enough; the sad part is a tear at top mgn which you can maybe forgive as we value at £15 £14
515 (1d.) SG 1 four unused (well one has some gum), and three show their wmk. to some extent on the face. Value up or down? We’ll disregard it, cat. £400 £44
516 DLR (1d.) SG 5ax, bx, three unused, two used, (the paler one with unobtrusive thin), the deeper shade fine, cat. £410 £54 £52
517 1863 (4d.), (6d.) each unused, and (6d.) (two used), one with possible small thin, the other fine, cat. (as cheapest wmk.) £680 £85
518 S/card parading SG 7, 25, 26, 28, F15 m., 11 14c, 18, 24 F1 u. brings out a recurring feature of Perkins Bacon’s work – the recurring pressure lines of colour along the r.h. side of a proportion of the Chalons. Most of these are plateable you know. Want to try it? (Homan did). Cat is £585 and condn. looks gd. to mainly fine. Modernists might talk of doctor blades; we think the press had weak shock-absorbers on one side £80 £60
519 Major re-entry no.1 (from Row 18/1 of the sheet of 240) on 1/- orange SG 18 f.u. For the less experienced look for the echo letter above the G of POSTAGE and of the inner oval frame-line at the top. Your chances of finding more on single stamps are less than 1 in 120, as others have been there before you. £30 £30
520 Well, if you’re serious about plating here are seven fine o.g. ½d. SG 25 (ex Sacher) - from rows 1, 3, 4, 8, 11 (two of these) and 14, posn’s. neatly pencilled on the reverse. Cat. £224 £40 View
521 S/card replete with Chalons neatly arrayed, largely in cat. sequence; a DLR 6d. green m. (with some gum) is followed by 1d. (various) (28), 4d. (12), 6d. (17), 1/- (12), ½d. (18), 2½d. (12), 2d. or thereabouts. Cond. is a bit mixed but all look v. presentable and many are fine. Cat. should be around £3,500 (but we’re adding up late in the day) plus whatever you choose to add for the postal fiscals £400
522 1883 1d. carmine-rose SG 22 pt.o.g., quite a good stamp in its own right, adds interest with an interrupting break in bottom frame line - unlikely to be recurrent, but deserving of uplift £22
523 Except for the 6d. lilac and the 1/- orange-brown (which you may have fiscally used already) here are all the QV key-type defins individually assembled, all fine fisc. used £40 View
524 QV Specimens – the 1/- Die 1 and the 2d, of course Die II, and at least in theory the more widely distributed of the two, though the 1/- has lost its gum, both look sound in wind and limb £23 £18
525 What looks like a small scuff at SE does no favours to an otherwise prominent example of the Thompson flaw (detached triangle) on QV 2½d. v. lightly u. SG 33a cat £190 £50 £38
526 QV 4d. Die II, the four l.h. columns of a sheet of 60 complete with full mgns. and plate no.3 at top and bottom, wholly or substantially mint and fine SG 48 cat £320 £105 £115
527 110+ QV on 2/sided s/card all but one 1d Chalon are DLR key-type, with 1d., 2d. (2), 5/-, 10/- SPECIMEN: among the Die I are 2 x 3d. which only partly atones for missing SG 34-36; Die II runs to 10/- with some lower values and 5/- duplicates. Among the used (which include some postal fiscals postally u. + fisc. u. on these and some surcharges etc), there are plenty of ½d. to 2½d. but you’ll be heartened by pairs or bigger strips of ½d., 1d., 2d., 2½d. incl. ½d. pair sharing 1902 Barbados c.d.s. The 1/- orange-brown hides its head in shame clothed with a “pmk” that was never used on land or sea, We reckon there’s £1,200 cat here £140 View
528 There’s an entirely fiscal flavour to the 39 stamps in this lot QV to KGV. We are comfortable with A11 on one 1d. rose SG F25, consider no other to have seen genuine postal use, but it’s an attractive array, mainly postal fiscals, or better values and three pairs are noted. We reckon they’re good value at £60 View
529 ½d. deep green, 1d. rose-red MCA, both mint lower mgnl. respectively showing plate no.5 and 6, SG 78, 79 £12 £10
530 If you prefer your fiscal display in multiples here are pairs of QV Die I 4d., 1/-; Die II ½d., 2½d., 1902 Pitons, KEVII 1/- CA, and a triplet of KGV MCA 5/-, all fine fisc. used, they would cat. far more than the preceding lot were they postally used £48
531 A two-sided s/card contains KEVII, KGV issues, 83 stamps in all. Specimens to 5/- have theoretical average cat £390, with duplicate 6d., 1/-. King’s head values contain one 5/- only, SG 76 fine m. Pictorials to 5/- f.u, others u to 2/6 and SJ m, plus 2d. imprint pair. Mainly gd to fine, moderate duplication – then add cat. abt. £450 £95 £100 View
532 KGVI, QEII (with +/- 230 stamps to 1965) offer pretty comprehensive coverage (except for the rare perfs) either m, u or both. £1 SG 141 lovely u. on piece (how long can it stay at present modest level), SW £1 is o.g., there is useful duplication of 1938/48 6d., 1/-, 2/-, 5/- cat. abt. £320 looks modest, have we miscalculated? £56 £42
533 You can kid yourself that the four 1d. on 4d. m. contain type II or III (they don’t) but small A in HALF on 3d. Die II pt.o.g. argues its case better. Pass or fail? After comparison, we award it “pass”, but remember that the A in HALF tends to vary in posn. from stamp to stamp, so don’t pay a fortune for SG 56c, cat £225 (+£34) £46
534 QV 5/- and 10/- SG 51-2 fine lge.pt.o.g., cat. £150. Your currency will lose value - these two won’t grow cheaper £54 £54
535 Code pmks. (21) on QV to KGV. Nearly all ‘S’ on ½d. to 2½d. Well of course you’ll find D, M (one each); L, VF (three each, incl. VF on 1912 3d.) £40 £30
536 Though the QEII 1953 low values are dead common their appearance in the format of this lot is anything but common. For the 1ct. you have the top two rows of 10 with full mgns and central dot at top (in colour of stamp) plus sheet no. 068. For the 2ct. and 3ct., each is the bottom row of 10, with full mgns, plate no. 1 and Waterlow imprint. The control dot (a button really under magnification) is off-centre left (3ct.) and rt. (2ct.) and all three multiples show light reg’d. Cancels, early ‘60s. Plainly we can’t say whether these were c.t.o. or posted, but philatelic is the only recipe for this kind of thing £15 £14.5
537 Although the 8ct. lake is in theory just as worthless, we take a lakier, sorry rosier view of a block of 24 (6 x 4) with similar reg’d. cancels 2 FE 62, centred imprint button dot, just left of centre. If this was sent by post it was paying $1.92, and a stamp of that denomination would be rather good £8 £7.5
538 Small part of boxed cancel on 1954 $1 (what it lacks in elegance it makes up for in scarcity); 1902 Pitons with part boxed Posted on Board of Barbados; UPU set of 1949 all sent from Soufriere, then Vieux Fort, Patience, Micoud on KGVI, Choiseul 1921 on 1d., Babonneau ‘55 on 3ct. - these are all quality strikes £19 £19 View
539 This lot is not subject to return, but we shall give you our thoughts about it - please refer to SG F1, its varieties and the red and black ovpt. as noted. The stamp, the subject of the note is owned by a member; a second example is owned by another member. One of the two ostensibly unused examples in this lot has red and black ovpt, and is believed to conform with the other two. We regard all three as trial ovpts to see which worked better (and still think they chose wrongly). The other stamp has a purported double, both in red, about which we are less confident, partly because the spread of the red ink makes accurate appraisal so precarious. We give you a 50/50 chance that one has to be right, but believe that you have a decent chance with both £120
540 Eight QV postal fiscals with cancellations of which our preferred views (these are always open to debate) give pass marks to 2d., 4d., 1/-, SG F14, F16, F20 as postally cancelled, and others less healthily treated - these are 1d. F7, 4d. F16, 6d. F17; 3d. F19; and the less than easy 4d. F26. This makes healthy cat. £29 (so we’re probably right about these), and the would-be balance £219. here’s a tip; try UV examination for signs of penmanship; if none perhaps upgrade, as unused stamps have more value than even postally cancelled £30 £24
541 St .Lucia Steam Conveyance Co. Ltd. - symmetrical left mgnl. mint blocks of twelve of both 1d. and 3d., each with the brown gum characteristic of the original printing, a brown spot on reverse of 1d., ghost of the same on the 3d., which is a pale shade, yet these multiples are scarce, and fine for this issue £150
542 In 49 years 1d. SG D1 no 15565 will make a great christening present for a baby born on just the right date, but more patience would be required for 2d. no. 10792. Neither stamp would acknowledge its kinship with D7-10, the o.g. set that joins them here, but they all look fine together. Cat £55 £14 £11
543 A powerful residue of the Addiss s/book holds a further range of postal fiscals and fisc u., a quantity of pmks. ancient and modern, 4 steam conveyance locals, a few dues, KGVI pre-decimal set m, with all perfs and lots of extra values 6d. to 5/-, some mint sets of later 60’s, early 70’s with standout 1ct., 6ct. Associated Statehood blocks with black opt. and a lustrous imperf left mgnl. single of SG type 51, presumably a 1967 Harrison proof. Over 370 stamps in all £120 £90 View
544 Though Spiro forgeries are crude and usually in a poor state, they can achieve elegance when selected for shades and condition. On this part album page are 18 undenominated ‘used’ examples, being (1d.) red (4), and one black, (4d.) blue (5), (6d.) green, and mauve to violet (four of each) £44 £33 View
545 Outer letter sheet St. Lucia to Audebert Freres, Bordeaux written 27.9.76 posted with 1/- pale orange (not tied), next day (indistinct dbl-arc on face), red circular quartered mark reading 6/10/N (in inner centre circle) 18/76 over flap, same day dbl-arc Angl. Amb Calais on face, back to reverse for a laconic next day Bordeaux receiver - cat. from £450 £240
546 KGV p/s 1d. red envelope with the dbl.-lined, serifed SPECIMEN imprint of the period £15 View
547 1934 air mail cover to Massachusetts whose 1/3 postage was paid by KGV 1d. brown and QV 2d. (7) - yes, QV in a strip of six and single. We offer with unreserved confidence as a commercial item as the cover has a trader’s printed details and it went to a business address. Use of QV stamps in Turks & Caicos at this time is well known - in St. Lucia it is all but unprecedented £50 £38
548 The KGV p/s 1d. env. (always difficult used) was still available in AP 41 when sent to Cape Town, uprated with KGVI 1d. Merchant’s cachet in violet over flap, untouched by censor £35 View
Saint Vincent
549 Average condition 1826 EL from ST. Vincent landed as a Shipletter at Liverpool on its way to the incumbent of a castle in Whitby. Classy step-type SHIP LETTER mark adorns the flap. The sender deals with his business sparingly, and had plenty of space to give better value for the 3/- it cost to send or receive £32 £48
550 We think the market has now just about soaked up the batch of horiz. plate proof pairs of the ½d. in black, that appeared about 4 years ago – but this is a rt. mgnl. example of the breed which we estimate a shade lower than hitherto £80 £75
551 Perf. B 1d. pale rose-red SG 5, fine unused block of four, cat. £168 £40 £36
552 The scissors used to separate 4d. deep blue SG 6 leave it looking fine and classy pt.o.g. despite its heavy hinge remainders - cat. £275 £80 £60 View
553 1/- slate-grey SG 11 fine pt.o.g. inoffensively centred SW; though the shade is lighter than we expect to meet, nothing untoward has shown up under one of our u.v. lamps – cat £275 £50 £50 View
554 Sideways wmk. QV 6d. pale green SG 26 - a shallow thin top centre (the fault of a callous original owner?) Anyway it has led a sheltered life since and looks f.u. - cat. £450, centred left £60
555 1d. olive-green SG 29 fine lge.pt.o.g. As singles these would look off-centre, but as a horiz. pr. you have two elegant busts resting on a small plinth, cat. £360 £170 £160 View
556 Nicely wmk’d. yet mysterious 5/- SG 32 which we have seen before, so we give you our best second thoughts (which may still be second-best). Stamp has been cleaned (committees prefer ‘heated’), perfs. improved to look tidier than the ‘B’ basic product originally. Though not familiar with the D killer, it would be no surprise if this was used for cancellation on a document, with another strike on stamp alongside at right. Minor imperfections, barely noticeable - please don’t complain at reserve R£85 View
557 Tmesis affects a nicely visible reversed wmk. on fine lge.pt.o.g. 1d. drab SG 39x. This isn’t a disease, merely the division of the left and right portions between two separate Crown CA impressions - cat. £95 £30
558 The DLR 1883 1d. drab fine lge.pt.o.g., CA wmk. reversed, SG39x, cat £95 £24 View
559 CUM (for Cumberland) AU 5 83 in red at 11 o’clock on 1d. drab (rather bright drab actually) SG 39 £50 £65
560 On 2½d. on 1d.lake wmk. variety comes every which way, and then some. With only the Crown visible inverted on this example we can’t tell if it’s SG 40w or y, so we’ll cat. as cheapest, and you can persuade yourself you’ve got the good one. Stamp is fine, gently used, cat. £12 £5 £3.75
561 We see little to discredit DLR QV 6d bright green SG44 pt o.g. for having been hinged quite a few times – our eyes are for the front which is button-bright and commendably well-centred – cat £150 £42 £32 View
562 DLR QV ½d. deep grn. with CA wmk reversed SG47x v.g.c. cat. £17 £8
563 Type II Specimen on 4d deep brown (see PML p. 80) one of the rare ones, diminished only by the underinking of r.h. side of h/stamp £65
564 The QV 6d. violet SG 50 fine pt.o.g., cat £180, QV at her most demure somehow £54 £70
565 2½ PENCE on 1d. blue, SG 55a, a fine, and pleasant NE corner block of 16 with full mgns. - mint except where still hinged to part of album page, cat. £28 £12 £9
566 In common with the late Stephen Sharp we prefer to term SG 51 (milk) chocolate and 51a purple-brown; most of us prefer to follow convention; anyway this is the UPU version of SG 51s about 100 distributed which makes it scarce enough to be more widely collected than the Type II h/stamp offered separately – and just as valuable £65 £80 View
567 1892 5d. on 4d., the highly individual SPECIMEN version where surcharge and overprint were printed together, SG 59s, cat. £48 £18 £13.5 View
568 A small page devoted to the QV Five Pence on 6d., and 3d. on 1d., each stamp present m, u and as Specimen and m. multiples (5d. block, 3d. pair). The block just about qualifies as carmine-lake which would lift cat. total, but we prefer to say cat. at £170 or more £60 £46 View
569 FIVE PENCE on 6d. lake, complete sheet of 60 fine mint, the short F var. visible at row 5/1 when you look carefully enough, SG 60b, would cat. about £200 (NB – if you wanted to call the colour deep lake, it would make no difference because we would then value at half-cat). £70 £95 View
570 5/- lilac (PML 23) with REVENUE ovpt. used by DKP Co. in May ‘89. This scarce stamp looks splendidly fresh, though it proves to be thinned down its right side having been pulled away from the document to which it was once attached £18 £14 View
571 Pax et Justitia 3d. SG 98, an immaculate used block of four; doubtless philatelic, but had it travelled commercially like the 1d. franked, postmaster initialled, OHMS cover to Port of Spain which shares this lot, it would have been treated with less respect £33
572 KEVII 5/- green and blue with the special serifed SPECIMEN ovpt. classified as Samuel type 12, thus depriving it of UPU status, but making it rather special £40 £65 View
573 1955 QEII 10c reddish violet SG 194 complete mint sheet of 100 stamps with full mgns and imprint at foot. As this arrived folded in plastic with stiffening we’ll take the half we don’t see as read, and mention to you two split-perfs – visible at foot, bit of wear and wrinkles about r.h. mgn. otherwise fine £10 £12
574 Page of QV Revenue opts. Identified by ref. to PML Listing – 3d bisect (5), local opt on stamps in stock (11, 13, 14) and three of the commoner 1d (9), then two 3d (10) (17, 18, 18, 24, 31, 31, 32, 35-37, three in all, 38, 39, 42,45). A few are early, the rest are not, and several are scarce. All purported pmks are forged, the others are pen-cancelled, and don’t trust the one that looks as if it might be unused £110 View
575 Page featuring 9 QV fiscals all fiscally u., comprising (by handbook. Listing) 3d. on 3d. (PML 38)(2), 39(2), 1d. (PML18), 6d (21)(2), 1/- (22)(2), 1/- on 4d. (44). The 6d. and 1/- values are never abundant, and PML 44 is rather special as former value is obliterated with split (not soiled) bar conforming with the illustration for 6d. PML 43, but not for the 1/- at PML p154 £60 £48
576 Forgeries (refs here are to PML p.133-5): QV 6d. green type A; 1d. red., 4d. blue, 1/- slate, type B; 5/- Facsimile, p.135 £20 £20 View
577 Type E (Panelli) tracks 1/- rose, as noted by PML and adds 1d. black, 4d. blue - all lightly ‘used’, only the 1/- has a discernible wmk. Perf. around 12 is a compromise between line and roulette - as forgeries all are fine £40 £31 View
578 Six more Panelli forgeries, all fresh ‘unused’, each fine, with smooth even gum, and the perfs. much less crude (but where you arrive between 13 and 14½ seems to depend on where you measure - shades of North Borneo!) On parade are 4d. indigo, and yellow, 6d. pale green, and blue-green, 1/- pale rose, and red-rose - mmmmmm! £70 £60 View
579 Three unused pre-war ppc’s - Kingstown (no.25308) in colour; Lowman’s Bay (Verbek Leys), and The Harbour from the Campanile of St. Mary’s, both in sepia £6 View
580 5 QV p/s items philatelically used, all with blank message sides (1d. and 1½d. reply cards and ordinary one-way cards (three are to Kiderlen) and the earlier small 1½d. card addressed to St. Vincent Street, Birmingham. To animate these we include a stockcard with a few QV fiscally used (plus a KEVII 3d.), also a QV ½d. on which Proudfoot placed his underprint (an ad to sell unused stamps at face), and a WWI War Stamp piece, oh and a few Pax et Justitia values - issued for the St. Vincent Grenadines! £40 View
581 Starting in 1895 and ‘97 with PSRE to Hanover (adhesive removed) and a healthy ½d. wrapper, there are 14 more covers 1914 to ‘51; two are inter-island, incl. to the Archbishop, Port of Spain, only coron. and Victory FDC’s are philatelic, the rest to UK or US at standard rates. One size H2 PSRE is heavily foxed, otherwise generally sound condition; and an uncensored ‘44 cover from the Bishop of the Windward Islands enclosed a letter still retained, is worthy to single out, not just for news, addressed to F.S. Ogden £80
582 QV ½d. wrapper and p/s card, unruffled by their travels to Manchester, 1898, and Guernsey 1906 share this lot with 1951 ppc of River Bed Soufriere, which paid 18ct. to go by air to Sheffield, and the Air Mail h/stamp is so light we wonder whether it caught the plane £27
583 The dignity and sincerity with which KEVII chalky paper ½d. horiz. pr. conveyed the message within a 1907 mourning cover to Aberdeen survives to this day £26 £32
584 2½d. on the face lends colour and character to b/w ppc of Wesleyan Methodist Church, Kingstown (an unattributed view). It left there AP 19 18 arriving 20 May in Livry Gargan, France. You wouldn’t know there was a war on from the text; travel time and a sort of make-do quality to the material used for the card tell a different story £18 £14
585 In 1940 and ‘43 these two reg’d. covers went from the Colonial Postmaster to a Texas addressee paying 6d., and 1/9 (by air) with three stamps each. The earlier, uncensored is still tidy - almost handsome. The second, examined by (US) 9817 acquired central fold, clear of stamps, shows its reg’n. no. in pencil, no label, and was re-addressed - so distinctly unhandsome, reminding us there was a war on £30
586 8 more Phil. Bureau covers with a different range of stamps take a back seat against 21 with commercial flavour, mainly to Radio Antilles ‘70’s and ‘80’s, and we’ve noted Union Island, Troumaca, Spring Village, Sandy Bay, Rose Bank, Lodge, Greggs, Diamond Village; so cat. low, pmk. interest substantial £22
587 Two dozen covers from 1960 onwards, with a range of village etc. cancels, mainly for Bible correspondence courses, though we recognise the zeal of one of our members in two recent ones £32
588 Ppc’s sent to USA, 1974, ‘77, 15 and 20ct. rates, eight more unused from ‘50’s or ‘60’s, and another fully written, but sent as an enclosure; all are in colour £15
Tobago
589 A14 at 12 o’clock on BG 6d. SG Z3 is about as nice as you could wish for, and condition of the stamp? Quite horrible, but it’s putting a brave face on it. Cat. £275. Probably neither you nor the owner will like our estimate, but we’ll tell you anyway £54
590 Though perfs are shortish along r.h. side, this is in every other respect a fine lge.pt.o.g. example of 5/- CC SG 5, cat. £900. Are you tempted? £180
591 The difficult 1/- yellow-ochre SG12 both m and fu (cat together £220). A14 is unusual as instrument has been recently cleaned and was inked from a dry pad; to allay any disquiet a 4d CC is included, showing comparable characteristics. This 4d has defects and is treated as worthless except for comparison £80 £65
592 QV 1d. venetian red CA, fresh lge.pt.o.g. prominently showing extended leg to G of POSTAGE which is constant at row 8/3 £12 £17
593 The final S of SHILLINGS has nodded off to sleep on this fine pt.o.g. 5/- grey CA and sinks below its fellow letters (ex Ben Ramkissoon). Our recent handbook confirms this characteristic on the first stamp of each column. £40 £44 View
594 QV ½d. purple-brown CA unused showing the recurrent stop between G and O of TOBAGO - for once this is a prominent example of a variety that does not always convince £3 £6.5
595 We have lost the owner’s attribution for this QV 4d. pt.o.g., which we originally took for a plate proof, but now believe we see traces of perforation, despite mgn’s. of fair size. Therefore you may offer a speculative bid as-is, or (2) send us a BUY bid which we shall execute free of charge, subject to reasonable authentication post-auction, (and if two or more such from different sources, we’ll adjudicate). As a plate proof our estimate would have been £90. As it is………. £0 View
596 When the issue date of a stamp is 1886, it’s axiomatic to treasure SPECIMEN examples which we still regard as under-cat. by SG. This is the 6d. orange-brown, good colour, centred SE like most of its siblings £36
597 ½d. on 2½d. showing the break in second O in TOBAGO – why don’t you try to get it listed? It’s actually our favourite among the recurring plate flaws, and possibly had the shortest life. With it is a ½d. prominently showing extended leg to G of POSTAGE (a flea, or a careless human seems to have dropped a particle of chocolate on the adjacent S); also a 2½d. that thinks it has the dot between G and O at top (we’ll sit on the fence); lastly there’s a 6d. orange-brown whose G of Postage is messily printed but doesn’t qualify – all four are of reasonable appearance £20 £22
598 2½d. on 4d. grey two pt.o.g. to compare and contrast – not just the varied depth of background and the all-but-black of one FOUR PENCE tablet: when you get to the large 2 in 2½, you could almost swear you are seeing two different digits. You might get away with that somewhere in Africa; but in Tobago, it’s almost that no two surcharges are exactly alike – cat £46 £19 £15
599 These two pt.o.g. unsurcharged 4d. greys provide a further shade contrast with the preceding lot and with one another. The deeper shade shows stop between G and O of TOBAGO £15 £12
600 SPEYSIDE c.d.s. almost full at 10.30 o’clock on SJ 2ct. – a good example of this v. scarce pmk – though only the 3 of ‘30’s year date can be read. Companion strike at rt. Repeats letters SPE £22 £16.5 View
601 1d. rose CC, nicely centred, light killer cancel, good colour, no fault to find classifies as v.f.u. by SG standards, even if we prefer pmks. with more character. Supporting cast is good-looking 1d. rose CA - cleaning suspected, QV 6d. orange-brown pair, 1/- olive-yellow m., 4d. grey used, and a few later to early E.II used in Tobago, so it’s primarily about SG 1 really, cat. £110 £30
602 Large album page on which 20 stamps are arranged with artistic asymmetry, and perhaps selected in the same way. Disregarding SG 3 6d. with its “A10” cancel, cat. adds to about £650 if you count SG 24 twice, though both could qualify for the unpriced pale shade. SG 1, 12, & 13 are unused, five lesser lights also, the used mainly look fine £80
603 Attractive range of the QV fiscals: 1d. rose, 3d. blue, 1/- green CA, and their successors, 1d., 3d., 4d., 6d., 1/-, the pence values with head in dull purple, with second colour applied for duty plate on 3d. (black), 4d. (carmine), 6d. (blue), plus 1/- in greenish-grey throughout. These are all good looking mint; there’s also £1 CA which has central thin so that we deduce letters ‘uty’ superimposed in ink spoke of duty rather than “Oh you beauty”. This lot has value £70 £70 View
604 10 used fiscals comprising the first CA issue 1d., 3d., 6d., 1/-, 5/-, and the following QV issue in dull purple etc., 1d., 3d., 4d., 6d., 1/-: eight are pen-cancelled, two show part killer. We judge the A14 on 6d. orange-brown to be genuine, and think the 1d. dull purple has a sporting chance too £50
605 The type 1 CA (Fiscal) 1d. rose pair, 3d. blue, 4d. lilac and red pair, horiz. wrinkle crease, 1/- green (faults) all with undated fiscal cancels £14 £11 View
606 1½d p/s card with ½d. added for transmission to A Gerhausen of Leipzig AU 30 95, so clean and neat we felt sure it was philatelic, and it is. Frederik reports his safe arrival (in English). Reversed code C c.d.s. (is a small saving grace) - anyway they are not that common £25 £19
Trinidad
607 This is perf. 11½:12 1d. SG 60 as you’ve probably never seen it before: so mis-perforated that it had to be converted to a usable imperf before being put into service. The north and west lines of perforation stand out starkly about 1mm into design. Cat. as normal £26 £12 £9
608 This has to be the most gently used example of QV 1/- aniline mauve CC that we can remember, so we offer it solo despite its low cat. status. SG 73b, cat. £7 £3 £5
609 Type O9 T7 precisely centred on 1d. on 6d. SG 105 - would be a fine strike on carmine background, struggles against deep green, but all T numerals from T3 up are scarce on this provisional £16 View
610 1901 5/- lilac and mauve with SPECIMEN ovpt. and the further bonus ULTRAMAR (for Portuguese colonies, of which there were seven). A hinge is attached, the gum unruffled, a faint horizontal crease, but a long way short of a curvature of the spine £20 £23
611 We think we diagnose ‘38’ on an incomplete, recently cut and issued (or re-issued) type O4 numeral on 1d. SG 141 - it certainly begins with 3. No other promise, you can make the second digit what you will £1 £0.75
612 On this attractively mounted page the 1882 1d. on 6d. green is shown in blocks of four (3) in the lighter and darker shades and with wmk. reversed – a block of 15 with wide r.h. mgns. sits peacefully beneath these – all these are fine m., mainly mint we presume. The wmk. variety is ex Charlton Henry and Marriott, though the pricing adopted by SG suggests that one does not need this distinguished pedigree to acquire an example. Total cat is £425 £150 £180 View
613 No surprise that SG selects a multiple of x20 for SG 194/5 on cover. This example of JA 20 83 from San Fernando to Lionel Legge in Port of Spain – for appearance and condition a splendid example of the breed £85 £95 View
614 In harmony on a s/card 5/- of 1884 and 1907, lithograph (1d.) red, and 1859 1/- indigo, all fine pt. or nearly full o.g. They are SG 87, 144, 20, 29, this last earning brownie points as it’s the darker shade that has sojourned in Trinidad, so cat. £246 doesn’t do justice to this quartet £75 View
615 Pmk. collection 217 stamps and pieces fairly tidily arranged on s/cards – a good range of offices up to the earlier ‘60’s and the standard is reasonable though not outstanding. Class leader by several lengths is type 4 MAYO on 1909 ½d. a rarity at this date well worthy of individual lotting; Five Islands is another good early mark, and among the later you’ll find examples of Brother’s Road and Lance Noir, Tobago is included, not kept distinct and there is a modest sampling of numeral marks, among which ‘5’ in type O.4 as re-cut and re-issued needs more clarity to stand out. Overall decent value at £80 View
616 Artistic asymmetry (see Tobago) continues with Trinidad from classics to 1935, but fronted by a page coupling a 1987 FDC with a map escorted by a postal stationery 1½d. plus ½d. cut-out from Scarborough with code W (1912). We count over 1670 stamps, seven covers, six imperf., 31 perf. Britannias, most of these and what follows are nicely used; pmks. noted incl. 3, 15, 26, 28. Values to 5/- ,with 10/- and £1 being fiscally used as is so often the case, and we exclude these and an odd fiscally used lower value from cat. which nevertheless totals around £1,150-1,200. A bulky lot and there has to be value in it at £200 View
617 The last section of our asymmetrical collection contains 14 covers, 1 ms., and ±150 stamps, chiefly used; includes 1935-7 pictorials with all the perfs., and an extra 72ct., becomes patchy thereafter with some gaps and duplication to about 1980, not much thereafter. Cat. is around £280 unless there are better papers in the 1969-72 issues. The display maintains its individual style of arrangement £30
618 A lovely strike of T4 at 11 o’clock, yet for once we feel a need to down-value a tad because the 1d. stamp’s pulled NW corner perf impacts on the harmony £26 £20
619 (T.P.)O. (ARIM)A SECTION MR 14 99, Mail Boat Cedros Route JU 19 89, S.S. ST PATRICK 19 NO 18 (thin at 4 o’clock) and you’ll have to wait until the next lot to get another chance at these scarce, desirable and valuable cancellations, all fine. Seriously you’ll wait a long, long time before you get another two bites at this cherry £105 £85
620 Three all but identical strikes, quality only a fraction below what has just escaped, all on 1d stamps, as before, Arima Station one week earlier, St Patrick on WAR TAX issue £95
621 French octagonal nail boat cancels on QV 4d., 1914 1d,, 1907 2½d,, being Trinite ligne C No 1, Cayenne a Fort de France, Colon a Bordeaux picked examples £28 View
622 Four 1d., one ½d. of the 1896-1913 era portray part coastal steamer cancels, well one is Cedros Route again, small enough to be complete (year date not inserted) you’d think it fine, if you hadn’t seen the other two £24 View
623 Our last maritime lot in this group offers 6 more French octagonals, 4 English mailboat strikes (to Plymouth, Southampton, and maybe Liverpool) on QV 4d. (2) later ½d., 1d. (5), 2½d., to 1920’s the rates appropriate to their era and destinations £20
624 Yes, we too wish there was more to see of (INDIAN) WALK (…) 21, yet even a quarter glimpse of this rarity on 1914 red is more than most of us enjoy £12
625 A tiny piece bears bisected perf. 14 1d. lake on which a type 04 numeral 1 is struck. We are not persuaded of its authenticity, but shall not warrant that it’s a fake £5 £4
626 A small piece on which the T16 duplex twice cancels the two 1d. on 6d. SG 101 and their bisect. You’ll find you’ve got 2¾d. of stamps here as the bisect and its neighbour both come oversize. Date of use was NO 24 82 (£550 on cover) £40 £42
627 The dbl-arc San Fernando cancel appears here on perf 14 1d. Britannia, ½d. surcharge, and (probably) 1d. ditto; the ½d. being SG 101x £10 £7.5
628 Postage Due SG D1 pt.o.g. and used, each with a dignified layer of toning, cat. £69 £15 View
629 Postage Dues of QV to KGV period: the 1894 issue (lacking 6d.) is near complete used; MCA 4d. to 1/-, and script 1d. to 3d. are all present pt.o.g. - SG D1-6, 8, 9, 14 to 20, cat. approx £180 £30
630 SPECIMEN overprint (Samuel type TR11) on 6d. and 1/- Postage Due CA - normal stroke to 1/-; these stamps are scarce, so the upright stroke illustrated p.161 of the Trinidad handbook might have used the whole supply of the variety. These offered are fine pt.o.g. £54
631 1923-25 Postage Due 1d. and 3d. fine o.g. with SPECIMEN ovpt. in red SG D18s, 20s £24 £18
632 It’s not often we enthuse about unused postal stationery, but the ½d. on 1d. QV wrapper is always considered scarce. This written-up album page houses two examples of this scarce surcharge, one wrote the late Ed Addiss, “with extra bars” – for once Ed was missing the point when you look closely you’ll see that this time the bars are struck twice. Ergo the bars are struck separately from the “HALFPENNY” – we are strongly tempted to term it a semi-double surcharge. All three are fine unused £48
633 16 Britannia forgeries carefully set out on part page. Not all are Spiro - two or three are worse - condition is variable; so are mgns., some of which attempt to achieve perforation. Contrast the two at the top: one has huge imperf. mgns.; the other simulates a proof and is h/stamped FAUX - a scarce group to assemble £52
634 Left (huge) mgnl (1d) dark grey on 1854 wrapper from San Fernando to Port of Spain decent type O.7 10a h/stamp, numeral 2: but the stamp, with its high aspirations continuing at N Eastward to capture at the last a nick of the stamp above, then losing its way as separation moves southward and turns back to the west. Thus, no mgn. at rt. And DAD’s feet are sliced before our stamp regains respectability. Still cat. from £900 allows a lot of room, let’s say £85 £50 View
635 On SP 8 82 a cover was addressed to H L Cleaver St. Port of Spain. We can’t tell you what else was on it, because that has been surgically excised. What remains is an unimpeachable bisect of 1d on 6d. SG 105a – cat £300 less excision £60 View
636 You might read the b/stamp on this 1885 ½d. wrapper from GPO to Mayaro as T40 - and you wouldn’t be the first to do so. You should be so lucky! It is actually a bouncing double of the T10 duplex of Mayaro, and goodness knows that’s rare enough - how many times have you seen it on cover? For what wrappers are, this is a very clean and tidy item, its original newspaper we infer eased out of it, and the wrapper then pressed or folded flat £85 View
637 Seven p/s wrappers used between 1888 and 1919, being QV 1d. (3), ½d. (2), KEVII, KGV ½d. used to Germany (4), Switzerland, Puerto Rico, and local, non-philatelic, all in nice condition £50 £38 View
638 This cover which was carried by S.S: CRYNSSEN and bears its boxed KNSM cachet 26 JUN 1929 is subtly philatelic, as it’s franked by 1916 Red Cross SG 175 from SE corner. Yet it was probably on family occasion: A.M. Stollmeyer was a passenger aboard S.S. Sylvia, Barbados, the cover addressed from A.V. Stollmeyer & Sons £21 £27
639 1931 cover (small tear at right) to New York on Queens Park Hotel Air Mail envelope with DO-X SPECIAL FLIGHT PAN AM, Trinidad to USA cachet. Paying the airfare are SG 219, 224, & 226, totalling 11d. (See Wike p.55) £32 £24
640 Ppc of Italian motor ship ORAZIO (Horam) - an infrequent visitor in the BWI - from Port of Spain DE 29 33 back to Cornwall with three ½d. stamps, one dishevelled before use. Five years earlier a 1d. stamp upgraded GB ½d. reply card, this too went from Port of Spain bound for a village near Halifax apparently reached by way of Leeds. The card was written in Barbados - its format not endearing, but the rarity is incontestable £26 £20
Turks Islands
641 Deliberate quadriplication of 36 values between SG 1 and 180 (all mint) leaves us thankful we are not catalogue editors faced with the tyranny of shades. Subtle distinctions throughout, some doubtless the result of climatic exposure, but can you tell where 2½d. SG 104 begins (if it begins at all?). Cat. must be around £700, and we wonder what cutting-edge colour analysis would show up £70
642 ½d. on 1d. dull red SG 17, five mint with V 1, 3, 4, 6, 10 pencilled on the back to show sheet pos’n. (repeated for temporary convenience on their present s/card). Thus you need two of each surcharge in the setting of fifteen, yet have the advantage of knowing whether the stamps belong to the left or the right of the sheet. Condition is respectable, and posn’s. 3 and 6 for once not scissor-trimmed at the foot - cat. £600 £50
643 The one Turks surcharge you can get without much difficulty used is SG 43, but owner tells me this is SG 42. Well it ain’t. Bacon warned us about the embellishment which the 19th century fakers found so tempting – just add a top hat (fashionable in those days anyway). So genuine use followed by genuine misuse. Still very collectable, and could be the only used 1881 surcharge you’ll ever get £30 £23 View
644 Aligned with military precision on a snippet of album page are 1d. orange-brown, dull rose, 6d. black, 1/- blue, all of fine mint appearance, impact triumphing over cat. order - SG 53, 1, 2, 3 (£370) £90 £70 View
645 The preceding lot used to subtend the 17 classic forgeries on this half page which of course are tracked by the four stamps just offered. We’ve made reunification optional and allowed the subtlety of each lot to be individually evaluated £50
646 The 1893 2½d. ultramarine and the 1895 4d. purple (nothing dull about it) and ultramarine, each a horiz, strip of five with SPECIMEN ovpt. the 4d. still possessing l.h. mgn., neatly mounted on part album page - five being the ordinary maximum of a SPECIMEN multiple, SG 65s, 71s. Cat. £500 £150 View
647 The 1894-5 4d. and 5d. in Specimen form SG 71s, 72s cat £100. We note SPECIMEN is at different levels (they were printed a year apart). Could one be a forgery? That would be exciting £30 £23
648 1904 2½d. greyish blue with wmk. inverted, SG 104aw pt.o.g.; the gummed side is toned which brings wmk. into admirable prominence - cat. £110 £37 View
649 The 1913 2/- red/ blue grn SG 138 in a fine mint block of 10 from the two r.h. columns, with full mgns, cat £230, but just as hard to get in this format as the two more expensive shades R£90 £90 View
650 If we have reservations about the elevated cat. for KGVI 6d. mauve SG 201, our lower left corner block of four mgnl. reduces them. The wide mgns. show diagonal crease, reverse is mildly toned (as often the case with WWII issues), on the plus side it’s mint £21
651 A soiled 1902 mourning cover (most of flap missing) reached the Miss Stubbs we meet elsewhere in this auction by way of Halifax, Nova Scotia. With it come 1917 reg’d. cover paying 6d. in low values, address excised (most likely a Wilson cover); half of a 1919 Ziegler cover with 1d. and 3d. War Tax blocks; piece from large 1919 OHMS front 1d. War Tax irregular block of nine, and p/s (3) QV; 1d. reply card intact, used philatelically to England, 1d. on 1½d. surcharge, and 2½d. blue env. unused, as these so often are £27 View
652 In 1906 Alfred Stubbs owned an estate close to East Harbour. This regd. cover reached him from Denver, a long commercial mail item from Colorado Comstock Mining Co – a five figure reg’n. no., 8 contemporary 1c and the 10c US stamps are plastered with REGISTERED roller cancel, and the odd worm has burrowed for industrial secrets. Handsome? No. Scarce? Definitely. Nice restrained Turks I. c.d.s. after 15 days £36 View
653 8 years later a scruffy similar sized cover from a Boston business was sent reg’d. to Miss Emily Stubbs at East Harbour. Stamps of a softer hue (but lower cat.) paid the way, yet the front was endorsed with a peremptory “Return Receipt Demanded” – how rude! Still, the Turks arrival c.d.s. was impressed with lethargy, not passion. We gather delivery would be taken at G (and only) PO. Two wormholes, we nearly forgot. £32
654 Reg’d. cover of MR 11 26, the KGV 2d. and ½d. each cancelled with impeccable SALT CAY c.d.s. Beneath the str-line REGISTERED (23) in red is deleted and replaced with 16. The East Harbor (sic) resident to whom it was addressed opened it carefully at right £30 £105
655 Unusually for an FFC an OHMS cover franked 2 x 3d. was used for 1st Direct Airmail Turks I. to Jamaica AU 16 47 addressed to M.A.Fenandez. Philatelic of course, but we don’t think many covers caught this flight £20 £52
656 KGV PSRE size G, a clean SPECIMEN example; a 1952 cover flown by BOAC for Tyneside, bears a 1/6 Cockburn Harbour stamp and was cancelled there; 13 MA 56 FFC to Nassau (an Aguilar item, franked 8d) Bahamas Airways cachet – a useful trio £35 £39
657 1950 reg’d. cover from SALT CAY destined for Alfred Theodore Hogg of Bangor, Co. Down was not philatelic. It received ½d. pair, 2d., 1d., casually aligned, travelling surface by way of Kingston, Jamaica, and Washington, and was opened on receipt. The village reg’d. h/stamp was smothered with Turks Island label at GPO £40 £140 View
658 Grand Turk postmaster having received 41ct. (=2/-) dug our 2/- worth of stamps used 1/2½ to register this cover to NY where a series of distractional pencilled graffiti disclose problems of delivery which evoked a ‘First Notice’ h/stamp also. After much brouhaha the cover seems to have got to the chap who self-addressed it 17 days after despatch from Grand Turk £28
659 The first Bahamas Airways flight from Turks I. to Nassau took place 13 MR 56. Not many FFC’s it would seem and most are thought to have been given a cachet. This example to Aguilar in Kingston, where the flight has its intermediate stop, is with cachet, however. £16 £16
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660 1d. die proof in green (a little paler than the 1866 shades) cut down to stamp size, neat and clean £80 £60
661 1887 6d. dull violet and 1/- light brown, both ovpt’d. SPECIMEN (the latter a nuance or two darker than the very light brown which no longer receives recognition), SG 38s, 41s, cat. £150 £54 £42
662 Undenominated die proof in black for the 1899 issue, the values of course to be printed in due course from their own separate plate. This proof can be ascribed to April 1898, as the original plate prepared from the die cracked and was replaced. Very rare £240 £200
663 With the issue that DLR struggled to produce for much of 1898, the set of 8 to 5/- (invoiced 1.1.99) liberated the Leeward Islands from the yoke of standardised key-type issues. This is the SPECIMEN set SG43s/50s moored with precision on an album page, cat £190 £60 £80 View
664 WEST END TORTOLA JA 3 10, a two thirds strike at 2 o’clock on KEVII 1d. - at this date we think it has to be the TRD - we’re never completely sure £20 £15 View
665 A SPECIMEN example of the 1913 5/- green and red/yellow, SG 62s £12 View
666 A nice mint 1d. WAR STAMP block of 36 from the bottom 3 rows of both panels, folded in half but looks otherwise free from fault, plate 6 prominent at left and right. This is SG 78c, and we refuse to call it scarlet: it is the exact contemporary of the much over-catalogued SG 70c and very similar in shade. SO we re-designate as WAR STAMP 1d. carmine-red aka scarlet, cat. £90+ £24
667 The short-lived 1921 Die II script wmk. ½d., and 1d., each in horiz. pr. ovpt’d. SPECIMEN, SG 80s, 81s, cat. £170 £60 £48 View
668 After all the trouble you have had finding KGV ½d. and 1d. from Die II in used condition (no we don’t supply them this year) why not take them in SPECIMEN form also? A meaningless supply internationally, but UPU regulations required it – light toning on reverse, SG 80s, 81s, cat. £85 £30
669 1922-3 5/- o.g. (2), MCA and script wmks. The latter has reverse stains left and right so we’ll simply value as SG85 cat £45 £15 £12 View
670 We chuckle over a label signed by Crown Agents Inspector in respect of Requisition 129/21. Whoever buys this can confront SG’s editor with proof that the assignment of (Mar) 1922 to SG 86/7, 92/3 and 15.6.22, or 6.22 to SG 82-5 and 97/8 is to distinguish the undistinguishable. All 10 values were supplied at one time. The label itself is undated, wouldn’t you know, sheet quantities are given for each denomination but we advise caution over 5/- 2 (sheets) the scribe ran out of space for the two noughts to follow £28 View
671 ‘Used’ Spiro forgeries of the classics, the 1d. and 6d. as singles, the 4d. in horiz. strip of five, and one single with part of a sort of ‘c.d.s.’ The 1/- is with coloured mgns. and two of the single-line frame version, which is less gettable than any of the others £35 £28
672 Block of 16 E.II 3ct. Leewards SG 129 is housed with precision by 1956 reg’d. air mail envelope from Road Town to William Butler, opened with equal precision on arrival at Potters Bar: it won’t be lonely as its temporary companion s/card holds nine assorted KGVI Leeward lower values, each of which bears a Tortola c.d.s. (one complete) on ¼d. pr. on piece £20
673 The KGVI £1 and 10/- on cover addressed “R de Castro, Tortola” – it was possibly intended as an FDC, which was missed by a day – perhaps sender overslept £42 View
674 Dinky little reg’d. Cover to E.H. Wilson, Staten Island, NY quite neatly franked with 1d, 2d and 1½d pair cat from £27.50 £15
675 Standard size Post Card neither P.O: stationery nor picture and obverse blank. This unpromising start gets better: addressed to Rochdale, plastered with VIRGIN GORDA c.d.s. x 7, several with year 33 added in m/s to AP 21; AND they cancel Leeward SE corner block of four from l.h. pane, with full gutter and lower mgns., where script wmk. is visible that this is re-use from Die I (from plate 23). If you look for nicks you’ll find them in the value frame on stamps 59 and 60, SG 81 cat. £84. We don’t use the multiplier, as we can’t be sure the card travelled, but it has to be worth around full cat. £80 View
676 A useful reminder of sub-offices and postal or instructional markings, 1970’s to mid ‘80’s: covers from Cane Garden Bay; East End and West End (OHMS with Postmaster cachet), Virgin Gorda offers AIR PARCEL POST and REGISTERED strikes, also oval reg’d. c.d.s.; Jost Van Dyke provides Treasury and Customs cachet, and 3-line sub-P.O. h/stamp, which are all it possessed, along with copies of its current c.d.s. £18 £13.5 View
British Post Offices Abroad
677 A blue envelope, ageing to bistre in its left side left IQUIQUE JA 7 1873 via Callao 5 days later on its journey to South Wales, its 1dinero green indeterminately cancelled by a killer, presumably D87, and a second strike with the thimble-sized town c.d.s. splattered more ink, but barely contributes to legibility either there or by the further example on the other side. It looks as if there was still 1/6 to pay on arrival with nothing to say how, if or when that was settled. A pity that no GB stamp was used on despatch, yet covers of the present character must be just as hard to find. Fair wear and tear, and a nice Callao b/stamp £50 £38
678 GB 2/- milky blue (plate 1 obviously) with beautifully positioned E53 – of Port au Prince, Haiti – the 3 lighter than E5, yet still crisp. It reflects the £2,000 quote for GB far more than the £200 for an average copy of Z54. This is estimated at a reserve figure because on this rare occasion we do not wish to suggest an upper limit R£180
679 “Sres Fed Co Huth & Co Londres” enabled a missive costing 2/3 to reach its destination in Aug 1845; the full postal markings of both the local and British Office in La Guayra and London transit, all in red, now rather subdued, acknowledge pre-payment and a logo proclaiming B Morasso La Guayra embellishes the wrapper offered here £32 £40
680 Similarly addressed, and reaching London only 10 days later, but from Vera Cruz (Mexico) again showing local franking and next-day large dbl-arc c.d.s. of the British Office is a similar wrapper also rated 2/3, the pmks. have weathered better but no logo to add a final touch £30 £23 View
Miscellaneous
681 A QV medley: when Jamaica 4d. CC with nice A77 at 5 o’clock and Trinidad (1d) rose red with 2 of its margins and much of its type O.2 “20” @ 10.30 were introduced moderately gd. examples of 1/- lilac-rose and claret, they were made friends so we decided to offer them together, cat over £570, incidentally £52 £39
682 In this album made to shelter glossy photos, nestle half sheets of Barbados ½d. SG 230, Grenada 2d. SG 136a, St. Lucia ½d. SG 113, Trinidad ½d. SG 218, and Leeward Victory 3d., full folded sheet, all fine mint. Also included are Grenada QV 2½d. on 8d., a Bahamas Sea Floor cover, along with Jamaica QV p/s cards, ½d. on 1d. blue, ½d. brown, 1½d. greenish grey, 3d. green - this lot must be worth £40 £30
683 A complete sheet of the 10ct. Private Postage Stamps of Hamburg American Packet Company (West India Line) the two panes of twelve printed tete-beche to one another. Original or reprints? The answer is they are reprints (the third lot to be made) from 1955 produced using the litho-plates of the 1938 (2nd) reprints. The first reprinting took place before 1938. R£80 £85 View
684 1d. p/stationery, 8 used items: two (of course) are Kiderlen (but reply cards, KE Bahamas, QV Bermuda), and one a Meister KE wrapper, Trinidad to Montserrat; the next, all commercial, KE Trinidad card, Barbados 1903 card, both to Germany; Grenada QV wrapper to London and re-addressed; two quite uncommon KG5 cards 1923, ’24 to Czechoslovakia £60
685 Six early p/s cards, two wrappers, all from their relevant G.P.O.’s to somewhere in Germany: Barbados to Hamburg 1906: Br. Guiana 2ct. wrapper 1891 to Breisgau, re-addressed to Glarus (Derek Nathan in collecting Br. Guiana used to search vainly for p/s items from the 1880’s): Jamaica 1½d. 1889 to Bremen, ‘91 to Weserling, 1d. 1895 to Wilhelmshaven, and re-addressed; Trinidad 1½d. 1890 to Kiel, 1d. 1901 to Berlin, re-addressed to Cuxhaven, all in sound commercial condition £48 £36 View
686 A decent quality lot incl. 1904 cover Grenada to Germany, 1914 ppc from Nassau with 1d. staircase, 1921 ppc (Titchfield Hotel) Kingston to Sweden, and Bermuda Cavalier FFC hobnob with ½d., 1d. and 1½d. p/s cards (7) and wrappers (4) from Bahamas, Barbados (2), Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Trinidad (6), all in good health, just one to Meister, a familiar address £80 £60
687 1937 Coron. covers - FD are Dominica (3 sets of this), Turks, Virgin I., (West End); later are Virgin I., Turks (2), one with four 2½d., the rest being sets reg’d. save one £20 £15
688 First day censor? Or something very like it? S.S. CRISTOBAL left on its maiden voyage late Aug 1939, the cover, franked contemporary 1c, 5c landed for cancellation at Colon, 27 Aug. Addressed to Berlin, it passed through British censorship somewhere in the Caribbean, receiving PC66 CENSO(-) 295 (-) label in consequence. It’s a decorative commemorative cover which was roughed up a bit on the way – perhaps because there was a war on. No pmks to show how it reached Mrs Frazer, if it ever did, but this has to be something special £80
689 It would be difficult to explain a cover addressed to Syracuse NY Feb 3 ’41, 10ct. US stamp to which came to be added Bahamas 8d, and next Jamaica 1d and 9d (with date stamp) Feb 3, Nassau (Visit the Fair: War? What War?) Kingston FE 4, Cristobal Paquebot FE 5, but a letter written in March explaining this was a survey flight with 275 souvenir covers carried (all we expect) with the imprint American Export Airlines inc £19
690 Sometimes a sample purchase of a territory will prompt a decision to explore further or look elsewhere. To that intent we combine here a s/card of Antigua with KG5 defins to 2/-, tercentenary to 6d, KG6 to 1/-, a mix of m and u, and a s/card of Trinidad with a moderate run from 1896 to QEII. The one highlight there is the gd. perf of 60c SG295a which contributes £50 cat to an approx. £360 for the two territories. As a final sideline there’s a 1973 Lufthansa FFC to Nassau, mix and unmatch at £56 View
691 Pmks. of Bahamas, Br. Guiana, Jamaica in the form in which they’ve reached us, assorted s/cards and packets, about 150 stamps at a guess, from QV to perhaps 1970, condition of strikes looks mixed, no obvious rarities, there should be a reasonable range £50 £38
692 Despite wear and tear Aspinall’s coloured view of street in St. John’s Antigua (undivided back, before the cars arrived) still looks attractive and was posted from GRENVILLE, Grenada to Ireland OC 3 05 at printed matter rate - ½d., CA or bargain MCA? £15 £11.5
693 Three 1923/33 Dominica used include Pointe Michel on 1d., Portsmouth on 2½d.: Jamaica contributes 1920 1½d. cover to London, and QV wrapper to Switzerland; there’s an unused wrapper from St. Lucia, and SPECIMEN ½d. QV outward half of reply card of Tobago; Leeward I. offer 11 used low values from their first 20 years; Trinidad wags the tail quite strongly with 3 Groves & Lindley fronts of the early ‘20’s and six values to 6d. from this period including Parcel Post, Erin, and the distinctly scarce Palo Secco where the spelling shows the unconvincing double C £54
694 Cover from Sherborne, Dorset 17 MY 34 furnished with GB 3d. and 1/- was intended to go by air to Barbados for delivery to an Assistant Surgeon aboard SS FRANCONIA on world cruise. Somehow someone re-directed it to Cunard in Liverpool, but the b/stamps record Castries, St. Lucia 30 MY and Barbados GPO 1 JUN 34: So when did it reach the ship? We have no concluded view (opened aggressively) £20 £15
695 FFC 8.1.31 Cayenne to Driffield (an air mail specialist) ℅ Postmaster Barbados. Ron Wike illustrated a similar FFC similarly franked 9Fr.50 to Port of Spain, which had two h/stamps on reverse and shows a stop at Paramaribo (Surinam) 9.1.31. Wike’s cover has 10.1.31 b/stamp - one hop per day - ours shows 13.1.31 b/stamp which we take to be departure by sea for Barbados, arrived 17 Jan - so was there a programmed onward flight which didn’t happen? Ron Wike didn’t miss much, but then neither did Driffield £75
696 Supporters of Bermuda, Jamaica, and USA will each find interest in combination covers of 1936, ‘37, ‘38 travelling via NY to reach Kingston by air for Voorhus Ward (of the Jamaica Times) of Half-Way Tree for his wife. Contemporary 1½d., and US air mail 10, 15, 20ct. were all put on cover at Hamilton, each territory cancelling its own progeny £40 £30
Philatelic Literature
697 GEOSIX Newsletters 166, 168 & 170 contains by an article in parts on Forged Coronation P’marks; and Study Paper No.10 on Leeward I. stamps. All clean and tidy and no doubt containing information that is still pertinent. £10 £7.5