Lot Description Est Real View
Anguilla
1 It's a promising start to see the printed address of "Carter Rey, Anguilla, BWI", and sure enough the 2d. slate grey, hard as it tries to camouflage its c.d.s., bears a full St. Kitts/ (large) A for Anguilla)/ JY 20/ 25. It took four days to reach Basseterre, the rest of the journey to NY is not revealed back or front - a rare commercial cover £54 £42 View
2 Though only a front, 2½d. franked cover of OC 34 to Akron, Ohio took a week to travel from Valley to Basseterre - a firm reminder of how isolated Anguilla still was 80 years ago £18
3 Eagerly opened at one end, censored by Examiner BB 334 at the other, an air mail cover franked 1/1 took 18 days from 31 JA 44 to House 21 San Nicholas (Aruba), picking up souvenir marks from Curacao, Oranjestad, and St. Nicholas on the way £24
4 Long cover to Bristol cancelled at Valley 23 Dec 67, 13 cts. entered in pen in the large boxed VALLEY POSTAGE / W.I./ VALLEY, used side by side with such stamps as were available at this period; 1/6 GB franked cover to Cincinnati, which the clued-up, or computer literate can associate with Anguilla by the FPO 1046 c.d.s. of 6 JY 70; 6ct franked cover to Radio Antilles, Montserrat whose 6 DEC 71 c.d.s. was applied at the Travelling Branch of Post Office Anguilla. Don't think to yourself, "not as grand as it sounds", for Anguilla is a creative office which, 40 odd years earlier had established sub-offices at places which did not even know of their own existence £27 £21
5 MISSENT TO ANGUILLA - had you and we been born and educated in Mettupalayam (India) we would better understand that to get within 100 miles or so of destination British Virgin Islands was a pretty good ranging slot. The cover itself was meter-marked Rup. 9.20 and spent a month on the way to Anguilla, after which we can assume it reached Vernon Pickering safely in Road Town in late 1985 £12
Antigua
6 EL of 18 Jul 1768 to a wine merchant, James Gordon, in London, was landed as a ship letter at Deal (poor strike, just legible). It comes with a meticulous transcription, which we shall summarise: "Please send us our wine to Antigua invoiced as vinegar. It will save us the duty" Tut, tut!..And tut! Well, writer could not have complained if the wine tasted like vinegar on arrival £52 £85 View
7 Letter of Feb 27 1837 sent by Robert Nugent Dunbar from Weymouth to a publisher in London enclosing half a sovereign to pay for a copy of the Caraguin. Antigua connection? The writer we are told was a well-known novelist. He might be a forebear of our esteemed secretary (we haven't asked). Written on black-edged notepaper £14 £10.5
8 Aside from a rate mark of 3/-, and a reference to a ship called (??) & Alfred, we find nothing to tell us how an EL of 1858 from Parham Hill reached Wells, Somerset. The formalised contents spell out a monthly return of wages paid, sugar, rum, molasses produced, articles received and so on, for Parham Lodge Estate. The lot is shared with a disconnected list written in Antigua in 1851, recording shipments of Madeira to Barbados, and Trinidad. Manna for a social historian £46 £50
9 However little heed we generally take of GB stamps, the use of an embossed 1/- on small 1853 mourning cover makes us sit up - cat. £1,800 on cover. And one can possibly count usage to Antigua on the thumbs of one hand. Stamp is three mgn., cancelled 35 in diamond in bars, left JY 16, arrival endorsed Aug 5, condition healthy in contrast no doubt to the subject matter £160 £150 View
10 We are now gazing wishfully at an 1856 GB 1/- with a lovely A02 cancel at almost 3 o'clock and it looks splendid apart from two pulled perfs at NE corner. Alas it isn't splendid - there are defects a plenty when you get up close and personal. Still, much value remains in a stamp of this rarity (SG Z6, cat. £3,250) and impact R£360 View
11 Timidly nestling beside the flap of a mini mourning cover to Dr. Edward, St. Johns, Antigua is a thimble cancel B/ANTIGUA/DE 2/73 that one very seldom meets, even in this muted state. The cover left Staplehurst (Kent) NO 16 73 with wing-mgn. GB 1/- plate no.8 cancelled with 939 duplex £44 £33 View
12 Nothing wrong with pt.o.g. QV 1d. dull rose, ½d. green, 4d. (2 shades), SG 6, 21, 28, it's just that cat. £128.50 is too generous to sellers £16 View
13 The 1d. star wmk. dull rose is quite an easy stamp to get used or unused. Multiples are another story- even just a lge.pt.o.g. pair as here. It has quite a dramatic appearance despite - or partly because - centred NW, as it has also gobbled part of the stamps below, without much sacrifice of its own upper design - SG 6, cat. £240 £80 View
14 Detached triangle (Thompson flaw) on ½d. green CA SG21a, lge.pt.o.g., just about as nice an example as you'll find, cat. £325 £140 View
15 This 1d Crown CA SG 25x with wmk. reversed is unpriced by SG in unused cond., but here it is nonetheless. It cats £35 used, and might be worth much more unused. We will let the bidders decide and price accordingly £40 View
16 QV 2½d. ultramarine with slanting foot variety from row 7/1, its central pmk. considerately clear of the tipsy numeral, SG 27a, f.u., cat. £250 £52 View
17 A very plain example of the detached triangle flaw on 4d. red-brown pt.o.g. SG 28a: perfs. not quite regular at S. and E. while west, where they are regular, two are trimmed just over half-way up. These are minor criticisms - cat. £350 £90 View
18 1½d. War Stamp with a break at the foot of S- we believe this recurs £2 £5.25 View
19 1921-2 MCA 3d., 4d., 5/- in mint blocks of four, being NW corner, NE corner with gutter mgn.(each of course from l.h.. pane), and 5/- merely with bottom mgn. We observe an attempt to hinge 3d. left mgn., two tiny brown spots on 4d., trivial crease in lower mgn., in all other respects, fresh and fault-free. Cat. at the time of describing just £61- isn't that absurd when you consider what the £1/2/4 face would have bought in 1922? £36 £28 View
20 By contrast blocks of script ½d. (NW corner), 1d. carmine red (six, .l.h. gutter mgn. lower plate no. 1), 1½d., 2½d., both orange-yellow (2½d. SW corner, plate no. 1), 6d. top mgnl. together cat about £100, and it is the plate nos. alone that propel us to an estimate of almost half cat. Hinge remainders on ½d, few split perfs. on 6d., otherwise all mint £46 £35 View
21 KGV script wmk. issues ovpt'd. or perf SPECIMEN - 17 of the 18 values assembled here. As it's the 4/- value missing, cat. is around £400. This series was issued over a period and fine full sets require patience (or a better source than say, Goa - see under Br. Honduras) £130 £110 View
22 QV long fiscals in mint blocks of four, comprising 4d. blue wmk. Crown over CC, 2d. blue, 1/- blue and brown-orange (both top mgnl.), and 2/- blue and brown-orange, all Crown over CA, but the 2/- which is in SW corner with current no.38 has defective stamp at lower right. Otherwise all fresh and fine £30 £23 View
23 P/s card written 11.4.87 from Greiffenberg (Schleswig) to Antigua via London and Southampton, arriving May 6. It is cross written in German to Herrn William Forrest, and we doubt if we've seen one of that era better preserved £25
24 We might have rated this 1d. on 7d. SG 19 on cover commercial when addressed to Treasury, Antigua, were it not so clearly dated AU 11 02- well, there you are, FDC, toothsome, though £22 £16.5
25 Now that we have all been alerted to the relatively low perceived rate of commercial covers combining 1d. defin. with ½d. War Tax (as propriety prescribed) it's nice to find cover of late Feb 17, St. John's to London with mixed franking of Leeward 1d., Antigua ½d. (black ovpt of course) £18 £13.5 View
26 Only a front; only from Antigua to Demerara; only a 1½d. War Stamp to pay tax and postage, but a crayon cross for pmk., the same crayon writing "St. Johns 3/9/19 Antigua" alongside and at top left more blue writing "Per S/S Chira" with a blurred Georgetown .c.d.s. of 6 SP to confirm it's all genuine. What more can you want from a maritime cover? And tell us about the vessel - we don't recognise it £40 £36
27 Unused b/w ppc's of Deep Bay and English Harbour circa 1910, Anjo productions, of course; with these a photo of St. John's taken from across the bay for Hayward of Montreal - this was sent by Marie to her sister Violet in Isleworth and re-addressed to Deal, franked with KGV 1d. scarlet, still current on 23 AU 38 £19 £14.5
Bahamas
28 Flanked by 4d. dull rose, and bright rose, each perf. 12½ and very respectably used, the stamp that interests us is a 4d. perf. 14 CC (if we have to choose it's a bright dull rose, not a dull bright rose) which, otherwise unused, has a pen-line drawn across the centre. In Perkins Bacon issues that's good news, but DLR?... Frankly, we still think it's a sleeper, so our valuation for this trio is £65 View
29 In terms of colour, healthy cancellation, teeth (i.e. perfs.) with a smile, just about all you could want in 4d. dull rose SG 10 - centred a bit low, to call attention to herself, cat. £425 R£150 View
30 Though lavender grey will never sparkle like dull rose, we could provide 6d. SG 11 with an almost identical description, and the centring is better. That doesn't mean perfs come clear of design- these stamps were set too close together for that - cat. £550 R£170
31 Handsome, fresh perf. 13 no wmk. 1d. SG 17 disappoints only from the work of the "abhorred shears" which have left the foot almost straight-edged, and the top not all that much better. On the plus side, it gives the stamp almost perfect centred appearance with clear mgns. all round - cat. £750 R£130 View
32 1883 FOUR PENCE on 6d. SG 45 pt.o.g., three dealers h/stamps on reverse, but you hardly need the warranty with this stamp, as a genuine surcharge always has the broken 'E' (no need to describe, you know it when you see it), and we've yet to see a forger who's aware of it, Stamp is evenly toned, two pulled perfs top rt., one of which introduces a miniscule thin - cat. £550 £65 View
33 The first of three examples this year of the sloping 2 variety on 2½d. SG 51a- bear in mind that the gradient of the slope is less than you're accustomed to in Antigua. The variety comes at SE corner of each pane. Light full c.d.s. cancel, cat. £120 £46 View
34 Now it's the turn of KE to display the sloping 2 variety on pt.o.g. example - on a mildly toned stamp, which brings the lettering up in sharper focus. SG 63a, cat.£250 £75 £60 View
35 The same 2½d. SG 63a, on which a fairly full c.d.s. is kind enough not to fight with the sloping 2 - cat. £120 £42
36 KE 1/- brownish-grey and carmine CA SG 68 (think of the shade as soft and peaceful, rather than drab, and you'll like it better) - a fine left mgnl. block of four from r.h. pane, three of the stamps still mint, cat. £88 £30 £23 View
37 Fresh Creek 13 JAN 12 Andros Island, dbl. ring type 2 on KE 1d. You couldn't get more of the cancellation on this stamp, and our premium as valuation reflects a strike that hums and dings as strongly as any that you have seen £16 £12 View
38 Staircase MCA 2/- lge.pt.o.g. from pos'n. 32 on the sheet of 60, at which point plate scratches intersect to form a celestial sign or mark of disfavour, depending on your viewpoint, SG 79, cat. £35 as normal, mildly toned £20 £15 View
39 We are ambivalent at times over wmk. varieties, but can enthuse with the rest when a mint (mgn.-mounted) NW corner example turns up complete with its plate no.1. This is War Tax 1d. SG 97y, it's inverted reversed wmk. just about visible on left mgn. and emphatic by any other test - cat. £325 £220 View
40 Inverted wmk. on 3d. WAR TAX SG 98w, mint and fine in all respects, cat. £170 £65 View
41 1920 Peace 3d. with wmk. crown to right of CA, SG 109w, fine o.g., gum crazed, centred left - cat. £300 £90 View
42 If you yearn for a die proof of the staircase vignette there are as we believe four (and only four) of the aboriginals that have survived, and each has found a new home in the past few years. Yet back on the market now is one that formed part of Graham Hoey's collection. Just about definitive stamp size, dated 21/3/01 in crayon on the reverse. We are told it sold for about £250 last time- and we shall be less ambitious £200 £260 View
43 KGVI 5/- SG 156, a mint example from row 10/2, showing the elongated V in FIVE, beloved of our plating enthusiasts. Streaky brown gum reflects early wartime stringencies; normal cat, £170 £80 View
44 The SPECIAL DELIVERY issues of 1917 and 1918 in SPECIMEN partnership, SG S2s, S3s, cat. £140 £50 £39 View
ex Raymond During his life time, no one knew more about Bahamian postmarks than Gale Raymond and we feel confident that the postmark lots offered here came into or through Gale's hands. Our best guess is that they formed part of his personal collection, and "ex Raymond" is used here in that sense. For the most part they date 1951-66, but there is some significant earlier material, and a small amount that is later. Generally, as might be expected, quality is "picked", with many postmarks complete
45 ABACO 32 items on six pages (on piece, except three) covering 14 different offices on the island- we count 26 different strikes or inks including stunning temporary marks for FOX TOWN, MAN-OF-WAR CAY, MOORES ISLAND, WALKERS CAY (crimson) £70 £90
46 ACKLINS ISLAND four pages, 18 items on piece, the temporary marks being from CHESTER, LOVELY BAY, POMPEY BAY, SNUG CORNER (2 in black, and violet) - we count seven offices and 15 varieties of mark or ink £44 £58
47 ANDROS 39 items in six pages, all on piece except three, ranging over 13 offices, plenty of TRD's with Deep Creek, Driggs Hill, Fresh Creek, Kemps Bay, Long Bay Cays, Lowe Sound, San Andros (this in crimson), all strikes of distinction, a drunken Pleasant Bay, and even more than these £75 £90
48 ANDROS Philatelic cover Oct 13 1966 (Rev. W. J. Smith, Nassau) franked 1d., 2d., 3d., three gorgeous strikes of San Andros TRD in black £15 £30
49 BERRY ISLAND offers six items on piece from Lignum Vitae Cay and Bullocks Harbour whose black dbl.circle TRD of 1959 is succulent £10 £16
50 The variety on three pages for BIMINI (a Raymond cover, and 14 other items, with 10 variations on TRD's) and Cat Cay (three different c.d.s.) taking up three pages in all, may surprise you, with quality largely impeccable £40 £65
51 CAT ISLAND pages feature a commercial cover of 1966 from THE BIGHT (Commissioner's Office TRD) 26 other items (on piece except one) from nine offices, TRD's of high quality for Bennett's Harbour, Industrious Hill, Orange Creek, lower quality, but high scarcity from Devil 's Point, and Old Bight £65 £58
52 The Port Howe steel instrument was still in regular use in Mar. '61 and cancelled the ½d. and 1d. stamps on this Gale Raymond cover (it was opened, be it said) but when you look at the weakness of the c.d.s. of 16 MAR 61 you'll understand why both stamps were endorsed in pen "PORT HOWE/CAT ISLD/14 MAR 61". We treat the endorsement as genuine zeal, not flattery to the addressee £60 £150 View
53 CROOKED ISLAND offers Colonel Hill, Fairfield, Landrail Point, and True Blue with six TRD's, seven c.d.s., all on piece except ½d. triplet. This is a true out-island more often out than in the ordinary collection £40 £44
54 From ELEUTHERA, 50 items (42 are on piece) ranging over 14 offices and only six TRD's here (did we just say "only"?) well, Eleuthera is an island of importance and probably got better services when indenting for a new steel canceller £70 £60
55 Harold Gisburn (remember him?) had himself sent the SW £1 value SG 195 on cover, and here it is on piece adorned with two strikes of the DEEP CREEK, ELEU TRD, the inverted date AUG 23 1949 altered by pen to 31 in each case. Unique?? £30 £56
56 The pages for 12 offices of EXUMA provide 30 items (on piece except two) amongst which spectacular coloured c.d.s. strikes for Farmers Cay, and Steventon hold their own with dramatic TRD's from BARRETERRE, FORBES HILL, and ROLLE TOWN, all these leading Mount Thompson by several lengths £48 £60
57 Grand Bahama (30 items on piece, except three) despite four examples of TRD's, Freeport is just about put in the shade by another 12 distributed between HIGH ROCK, McLEANS TOWN, PINE RIDGE, SMITH POINT, SWEETING’S CAY, and WEST END £60
58 HARBOUR ISLAND leaves its best till last: Eponymous date stamps share the opening page with The Bluff (and an interloping Bluff, Eleu), then Little Bay, and Lower Bogue - note the misspelling Lower BOQUE on one E.II c.d.s. - Spanish Wells and The Current come next, then there's a splendid page for UPPER BOGUE, where three pieces parade different TRD's, one of these a parade in itself (24 items, 19 on piece) £52 £80
59 And we have not yet finished with Grand Bahama, for here is a Roger Wells reg'd. cover of Dec 17 1940 on which the coronation set of three gets several strikes in black of the rare boxed SWEETING’S CAY TRD £40 £65
60 One could pass the three pieces and three singles on Inagua with a shrug were it not for the Raymond cover whose two E.II ½d. received the fairly short-lived 3-line INAGUA/ DATE/ BAHAMAS h/stamp on APR 27 1960. Ignoring GPO, New Providence joins in here with its own FOX HILL on a Rev. W.J. Smith TRD cover of Jun 7 1967, and, of course, other strikes from here, Gambier, with another Rev. Smith cover, Grants Town, Mackey St. and Shirley St. In all, then, three covers, 17 other items (10 on piece) £40
61 LONG ISLAND contributes 34 items (on piece except three)- 12 office names, incl. TRD's from LOWER DEADMAN'S CAY, McKENNONS (2), MORTIMER'S, SALT POND (part strike), SCRUB HILL, SEYMOURS, SIMMS £65 £58
62 In MAYAGUANA E.II ½d. captures a rare strike of ABRAHAM'S BAY TRD (but c.d.s. cancels stick with ABRAHAM on three pieces), and its other office is just as equivocal with a PIRATE'S WELLS TRD (in black, OCT 6 1942) which has to be rare, competing with Pirate Wells c.d.s. of 1957, and a larger piece which goes overboard to suffocate two E.II ½d. with three separate PIRATES WELL TRD's in black £35 £44
63 A Raymond cover adds to the confusion (opened not too carefully) with 1½d. stamp (pen-cancelled) Pirates Wells 26 Dec 1960. The Nassau strikes of 30 Dec look a bit indignant, but we prefer to cheer £65 £58
64 To conclude our island tour we have single pages for Long Cay (three pieces), Rum Cay (four, three on piece), and San Salvador whose seven items (on piece bar one) include circular TRD (SAN SALVADOR) and two examples of the boxed TRD for United Estate, which developed a concertina style £30 £28
65 However it came about that a cover from St. Louis reached a lady in Armstrong St., Nassau, bearing a block of four of black and mauve 5d. SG 53, and SPECIAL DELIVERY endorsement, we like to think that Dr. Hess for once was innocent of involvement. Quite a good colour match with the 3ct. US stamp, and done for love not money £60 £46
66 Group of five KGVI covers (incl. 1 ppc.) two to the US franked 3d. and (ppc) 1½d., one to Scotland with 2 x 10d., and to England with 10d. values, the last to Germany again with a 10d. Three have slogan pmks. a couple have been lightly annotated with regard to the cancellation confirming or condemning Proud - all are clean and tidy £22
67 Two Butler GVI covers, the first franked 1/3d (blocks of six of each 1d. and 1½d.); the second 1/2d (block of eight ½d., block of four 2½), both ostensibly by airmail, and both reg'd. and we'll leave you to discover any possible fly specks, both fine £24
68 Unused ppc of Queen Staircase (sic) printed in Germany, colour-washed by hand, c. 1905, we reckon; this would not quite qualify as a maximum card, but makes a far better shot of it than most staircase views that we've seen £6 £4.5 View
69 Printed by J Salmon, published by City Pharmacy Ltd; photos by Freddie Maura, here are five clean and clear ppc's of British Colonial Hotel; Fort Montague Beach Hotel; Prince George's Dock; Government House; and Queen's Staircase. We date them around 1950, and you now have two choices in this auction of what to show with your "staircase" pages, as a sort of 'maximum' card £11 £9
70 From another source comes a postmark collection of 100+ stamps early 1900 to about 1970 (about a quarter are QV to KGV). Some 45 or more offices are represented (and usually labelled) some with several postmark types. While most of the strikes are not too difficult, quality is usually good, and we note a classy WATLINGS on KGV 1d., and an excellent SPENCER'S POINT on QV 1d. Also included are a map and the Postmasters list of offices published Jan 1964 £90 £180
Barbados
71 EL of NOV 1813 went to Barbadoes from Capt. Dashwood of HMS Cressy which we infer he commanded. To judge by the high naval connections whose names he drops, he would belong to the family who started "The Hell Fire Club" some 20 years earlier, but the thrust of the letter is to enhance his prospects of being ordered to Jamaica on his next naval mission. A naval historian might find lines here between which to read. Sent from Portsmouth (73 miles from London). Rated 2/2 £56 £42
72 Sir Charles Smith writes to his dear Wilson in 1823 and his letter gets privately carried to the UK, and costs 1/1 to send on to Whitby. Smith is about to visit five or more other islands, a wide-ranging letter written with a stiff upper lip - he doesn't give much away £35
73 A magistrate in Barbados sends a Treasury Bill for £75 to Hatton Garden. New recruits to Jamaica earn far more than he- arduous workload - throughput 200 cases a month - yet the system works well. Weak large Fleuron on the front, year (1835) not legible. Had writer dispensed with the outer wrapper, letter would have cost its original 2/2 and would not have been uprated to 4/4 by the inspector who authenticated the change with his red Crown h/stamp. Included in this lot for good measure is a letter wrapper to Edinburgh which cost 2/5, plus additional ½d. The octagonal red receiver on the face is the highpoint, small Fleuron on reverse is very weak, and there are no contents £58 £130 View
74 Lawyers in London ask Capt. Jack in Barbados to sign a power of attorney to enable them to complete a share transfer on his behalf. The letter cost 2/- to send in 1846, and didn't even receive a Barbados arrival mark £26 £20
75 Small envelope, less than robust, travelled to Surrey per packet for 1/- in 1848, weak Barbados dbl.arc over flap, boisterous larger dbl.arc from Reigate in transit £18 £13.5 View
76 Letter sheet which bears the impressed stamp of Griffiths & Jaffrey enclosed their prices current (separate, or as text we are uncertain). It went on the Esmundo to Portland, Maine, and seems to have been treated as a consignee's letter as the postal marking reads NEW-YORK/ SHIP/ MAY30/5cts in 30mm circle, bold enough to read at 20 feet distance £46 £35
77 Envelope still with its original letter, both very clean and carefully preserved, dating from JY 05 1852, shows a slightly smaller STEAMSHIP/10 /cts, which is fine by its own right, and pales only by comparison with the preceding lot. Postage Paid is confirmed by red Crown Circle PAID AT (blotches…ES) on face, decent despatch mark and strong large ST. THOMAS dbl.arc on reverse. It went to Philadelphia £190
78 Standard type of formal business EL to London, rate of 6 deleted and 1/- substituted. On reverse a strong Barbadoes dbl.arc SP 27 1856 and same date on separate thimble-size date stamp which did not contain a numeral plug £32
79 Crown Circle PAID AT BARBADOES embellishes a clean wrapper sent to Colonial Bank AP 2 96 £30 £24
80 Imperf (1d.) pale (ish) blue, SG 9 with mgns. so generous that it has captured a chunk of the stamp at left- unaggressively used. Barred oval '1' at 2.30 o'clock £22 £16.5 View
81 Barred oval '2' at about 1 o'clock on 1d. pale blue SG 9 (mgns. in places) - delicate yet crystal clear, and fairly scarce £28 £21 View
82 Strong, centred barred oval '3' on 1d. dp. blue SG 10, ample even mgns. all round, cat. £60 £30 £30 View
83 Eight barred oval numerals distributed among imperf 1d. (5), 6d. and rough perf. 1d.: 1 is left out, 8 and 11 are missing, and we don't enthuse over the quality of 2 (if it is 2), 3 and 4, 10 just gets by, with 5, 6, 7, 9 very decent strikes on most stamps of varying quality. Our valuation is a compromise, as higher grade examples would cost you far more £70 View
84 With full mgns. at top and bottom only, E & W mgns. both in at the ⅔ level this (1d.) deep blue would not be entitled to its very own lot, but for its central barred '10' which is sumptuous £26 View
85 Yet the barred oval '2' - far less easy to find - on a similar stamp with mgns. all round, and its pmk. clearly defined, doesn't make single lot status. Instead it's embraced (and surely not suffocated) by the other 10 parishes represented by digits in bootheels; these are all on (1d.) blue/deep blue, except for '11' whose Britannia is ½d. value, the strikes good to fine, nearly all are central £60
86 In the bootheel set, the numerals are all struck more or less centrally, half of them near enough uprt., all on 1d. stamp except '2' whose guardian 6d. is thinned, we express no opinion whether '9' is on imperf or cut-down perf. 1d. - as a set it's well up to most peoples standards £65
87 (1d.) SG 66 wasn't used all that much outside GPO, so that four of this issue showing bootheels 5, 7, 8, 10 are quite good news £20 £23 View
88 If these pmks. were a battle group, the attractive 1 on imperf (1d.) pale blue would be CO, barred oval '5' (reluctant to reveal its identity) on perf. (1d.) the adjutant, bootheel '10' on 1/- the troop commander, and the 5, 7 to 11 inclusive on DLR 1d. would be NCOs at various levels of seniority £48
89 One for the connoisseur - Barbados '3' thimble c.d.s. on 1d. SG 52 MY 26 73 at 7 o'clock. If you don't know how scarce it is at this period, you don't deserve it £44 £110 View
90 Even more desirable (though slightly more gettable) is the thimble Barbados '8' JY 16 85, at 6 o'clock on 1d. rose (like each other example we've seen) £48 £36 View
91 The same 1d. rose accommodates the thimble 3, 4, 5 (the reversed enigmatic version), 7, 10, 11, all fully dated, though only half the stamps are fresh £38 View
92 All Barbados followers know of the frustration of hunting for bootheel numerals on the 1882 issues. Here is a very pleasing '4' (St. George) at 1 o'clock on 1d. rose £14 £11.5
93 A perfect strike at 9 o'clock of the scarcest regular parish c.d.s. - Barbados 8 MR 2 86 on……we can only say a ghost stamp. The paper is wmk. CA perf. 14, and very thin throughout. No stamp is visible as a design on the face, yet one can discern the indentation of surface printing, as well as a string impression of the c.d.s. from the reverse. An ordinary 1d. with the strike would justify an est. of £100. We offer on its (considerable) merits as-is at £10 £7.5 View
94 The serifed 'SPECIMEN' h/stamp found on issues of the 1880's prior to organised distribution to UPU members via Geneva. This example of type BAR 2 is on the 3d. value which we classify as SG 96 (controversially perhaps, though SG 95s refers, if you recollect only to standard SPECIMEN ovpt) - scarce, but toned £40 £30 View
95 St. Philip c.d.s. (18)87 on a disordered 1d., St. Philip 3 (18) 96 on 2½d., and (here's the point of it) St. Philip 3 recumbent AU 5 97 on 1d. - and a sleepy rarity £12 View
96 A c.d.s. for each of the 11 parishes 1890-43 for Christchurch to St. Lucy - all selected strikes - while GPO provided a blue c.d.s. on DLR 1/- Britannia - a representative, classy display £36 £36 View
97 We've never thought "dull blue" and "grey-blue" fitting descriptions for perf. 14 Britannia CC, but we'll call this 1d. SG 73, as the owner does. It's fine, well-centred, lge.pt.o.g. (cat. £140 for either shade) £42
98 Britannia 4d. carmine is given equal status with either normal or reversed wmk. We slightly prefer reversed at any rate when unused, and this example of SG 77x is fresh in colour, nicely centred, almost full o.g., and wmk. prominent from the back. The downside is a flattened vert. crease running from C to O, which you probably wouldn't know was there until you looked behind. Cat. £225 £56 £48 View
99 Britannia chrome-yellow 6d. CC lge.pt.o.g. and we haven't an unkind word to say about it. SG 79. Cat. £150 £48
100 Yes, we realise we have singled out DLR Britannias for individual sale - and with this lot you can try your luck with a wholesale purchase all 1875-80 mint. Perf. 12½ offers ½d. (39, 4d. (2); perf. 14, ½ (8), 1d. (7, one is grey-black, and doesn't look oxidised), 3d. 83), 4d., 6d. (2), 1/- (3), cat. £3,250 or above. They all look respectable, and we leave you to split between unused and o.g., wmk. normal or not, assessment of shade, if relevant, (and any other reason why). Ex Kaulback £320
101 The well-loved ONE FRACTION (¼d.) WWI Belgian Relief Charity stamp within (and tied to) which reposes contemporary 1d. used 6 NOV 14; fragment of another c.d.s. proves that the stamps are on their original piece £40 £36 View
102 That reclusive small seal script 1/-, so often missing from one's collection, SG 226: it's fine mint and lower mgnl. which adds that little extra something. Cat. £55 £28 £22 View
103 A trio of 1928 Guadeloupe 50ct. vermilion and green sit on a slightly irregular piece of conforming shape (these stamps are common used, mind you) which has received two boxed Posted on Board cancellations and bears a snippet of the Barbados dbl.circle c.d.s. from GPO, we'd suppose middle '30's - so the piece becomes anything but common £10 View
104 1938 2½d. showing the listed 'mark on central' ornament, SG 251a, fine o.g., cat. £55 £18 £13.5 View
105 A postmark collection which, with few exceptions tackled the period 1935 to 1970. 400+ stamps, some on piece or in multiples - nothing of course from GPO. Sorting by items, there are 50+ from St. Peter, St. Lawrence, Black Rock, 30+ from Christchurch, St. Philip, St. Lucy; the rest from 7 (St. Andrew) to St. George. Good strikes just about throughout, though not often bold, the flavour (albeit mixed) being more commercial than philatelic. Tidy pages…….so so £51 £52
106 The balance of a postmark collection comprising 32 stamps on s/card 1870's to 1990's but mainly pre-war, with a good range of types and most marks substantially complete £50 £40
107 1916 Revenue stamps artistically arranged on an album page in this order (using Bayley's invaluable listing):- Row 1; R1, R11, R12, R29, 29a (horiz. pr.), R3. Row 2 R1A (top rt. block of nine, L.h. pane), R10, R5 - all of these fine mint. The block of nine apparently comes from a trial printing of two sheets and is reported to be the largest surviving multiple (ex Alfred Nathan). Although shade of ink looks distinctly different at a distance, viewed against R1, at close range there is plenty of black in it, and colour change for the full printing may not have been deliberate. As to 2d. R10, we do not doubt that Bayley's quantities accurately report what is on record, yet we have come across this 'Revenue only' stamp enough times to wonder whether there were light fingers around at the time when 1080 were assembled for destruction. Be that as it may, this is a valuable page £320 £300 View
108 6d. bright orange-vermilion SG 31 enhances a rare 1868 wrapper to Tobago, then hugely diminished by meticulous excision (for contemporary privacy of names of sender and addressee). For an intact cover like this we'd be thinking of an uplift x10; in existing state we are driven back to x2, reflecting glass clear strikes of departure and arrival £65 £52
109 An intact inter-island cover, months earlier than the previous lot, but goes to Trinidad and uses a 6d. that has oxidised and might be either SG 30 or 31. While a frisky oval cachet of Dummett & Co anoints the front, a messy Trinidad dbl.arc reduces appeal. Barbados 1 thimble b/stamp. Business contents re import £90 £70 View
110 Cover of 12 OC 58 to Philadelphia endorsed via St. Thomas (which b/stamped), Bermuda (which didn't) (1d.) blue with bits of mgn. was added to cash payment of 4d., this being verified by red crayon 4 and Crown Circle Paid mark, and Steamer 10 in circle on face. Barred oval cancel is so light we can only infer GPO despatch, but are left to wonder why only one stamp was placed on it, not two…,and we think we know…: the sender hadn't left enough room outside the address - now wasn't that considerate of postmaster or deputy £150 £160 View
111 This 1868 wrapper crossed the Atlantic to Stourbridge and paid 1/- for the journey, the stamp bootheel-cancelled, centred a long way SW. Beside it Barbados 1 thimble and London Paid red c.d.s. wrestle for supremacy from a lose-lose position. B/stamp of Stourbridge thimble complete yet a shade weary, and the wrapper is feeling its age, but everything's there that should be £75 £58
112 A cleaner, neater small envelope leaves for Chester on JU 29 77, just the right time to receive perf. 14 1/- violet and a well positioned duplex cancel. This gives it colour, impact, and high cat. (from £200). Turn to the back and there is a crested monogram £95 £120
113 We could designate these four items "White Rabbit" covers: they all have TOO LATE or LATE FEE markings from the Lewis Carroll period. They range from ½d. p/s card to London with 4d. added; 1d. and 2½d. on merchant's cover to London's Leadenhall St.; local cover paying 2½d.; and a large tatty fragment from a cover addressed to St. Andrew, whose c.d.s. appears mistily there, as does a GPO duplex, but whatever stamp were needed neither they, nor traces of them, are there to be seen - it's sad but seductive £95
114 Moving on to the Queen's head issues, meet three covers of 1883, and one of 1890. 4d. grey franks cover to Moffat (on the road to Glasgow); 2½. on cover to Winch Bros.; 2 x 1d. and ½d. on mourning cover to Westerham, Kent (we take issue with an owner-scribbled comment 'scarce franking'), and 4d. deep brown on cover to Dumfries. We rate them all wholesome and clean £75 £120 View
115 Size F PSRE was used late 1892 for a cover addressed to Broad St. with 1d. adhesive added. Presumably no need for it to leave GPO, if addressee arrived to collect. Is that the reason why there is neither reg'n. label nor other endorsement, beyond bootheel duplex front and back? £44 View
116 1892 cover to L.G. Abrams in Christ Church; "bright green" does nothing like justice to the intensity of the horiz. pr. ½d. that paid for the journey. Duplex bootheel cancels, but with no receiving mark? Look more closely and there it is on the face, a CH CH c.d.s.; and not just that, there's a (very) soft red cachet from Da Costa & Co. - a cover to give subtle satisfaction, cleanly opened £23 View
117 Once placed on sale in 1892 the size H2 PSRE went racing off the shelves at the rate of two or three a week. This may explain why you so seldom find one used. Here at least is one of the breed, which sailed to NY MY 8 97. The adhesive is a double rate 5d. Condition overall clean and perky £80 £60
118 A sort of family kinship between two covers of FE 24, 27 93: the earlier went to Da Costa's W.L.Cole in Bridgetown's Colonnade; the other went to Charles Levy & Co. in Kingston Jamaica, no doubt enclosing some printed communication and it bears Da Costa's rose-coloured cachet as ship brokers etc. on the face. Both covers received the Crown Circle PAID AT BARBADOES cachet, in lieu of ½d. stamp £65 £52
119 A modest looking unstamped Official cover posted JY 2 (18)97 to a Bay St. address. Reverse shows impressed arms of Barbados. Front headed 'On Service, and bears imprint of INNIS HOWELL (Secretary, Water Works dept.) £28 £21
120 1898 PSRE size F to Manchester (England, we suppose being deemed unnecessary); 2½d Jubilee and dilapidated small seal 2½d. wereadded, no doubt for double-rate. Opened savagely on arrival after 11 days, a discourtesy which did not much distress this tough envelope £36
121 17 days after leaving Rio SEP 1900 for Guadeloupe 50r p/s card, 50r. added, received its oval Barbados Ship Letter of 16 OC, reaching Pointe á Pitre two days later. J. Costa, struggling a little with French, has given up publishing a periodical, but awaits orders for stamps. The card used commemorates the 15 November, we know not why £30
122 The same p/s card similarly franked was used by a Sao Paulo stamp dealer to order a series of advertisements from a publisher in the Dominican republic. Text in French, for translation into Spanish, references from Senf. Leipzig and Mekeels, St. Louis. Barbados Ship Letter oval 14 OC 03- who needed the internet in those days? £30 £23 View
123 In contrast this reg'd. cover 1903 to NY shows the public face of the Money Order Office, a plain cover to a business address, duly stamped 4½d., obviously enclosing a Money Order, and cancelled M.O. Office c.d.s. (you've guessed it, very scarce on cover) £40
124 M.O.Office printed envelope, reverse with impressed crest, sent to the Postmaster at Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio as "Money Order Advice FREE UNDER CONVENTION" 30 MY 07. Owner noted not listed by H & G, not mentioned by Bayley, but we'll bet Bayley knew about them. Our guess is printed in thousands, survival in tens £35
125 A similar M.O.O. item, similarly addressed, and where its brother had b/stamp only from Cincinnati, this had Hamilton also; but it's less clean at top centre of front where, possibly, a stamp was placed in error and hurriedly removed, or an instructional mark applied and deleted £31
126 2½d. franked cover of 1912 sent to a shoemaker in Lucerne- that's a long way to go for your footwear needs £10
127 Ppc's as follows:- Government House Gardens (b/w, unattributed), a band playing indistinctly beneath the largest tree; Atlantis Hotel Bathsheba Coast (b/w Collins' Carlisle Pharmacy) and of course it shows the railway as well - both these are unused in the style of 1905-10. Our used one here, captioned Breakers at Bathsheba, is "commercial chrome", and gives a longer distance shot with more prominence to the railway - it went to Dawlish, courtesy of small seal (1912) £18
128 From Barbados 18 FE 18, correct franking of 1d. War Tax, 1d. large seal to "His Grace The Most Rev'd. Pius Dowling” (the Archbishop in Trinidad) next day arrival Port of Spain and endorsed on reverse, "Wrote for medal to Br. Simon, Rome" 21.2.18. Was the medal awarded? We wonder £19 £14.5
129 1921 coloured ppc of the Carnegie library, franked Victory ½d. to NY; and an earlier b/w scene of Joe's River, franked ½d. to Canada, undivided back, each acquired tax marks and doubtless paid the price. There's a Valentine's Day flavour about the earlier mark which the JY 30 date wholeheartedly refutes £25 £25
130 Only someone called Bertie would suppose that "La vôtre avec amour" could hit the right note on ppc addresses to a lady in Paris. He didn't even take advantage of the printed matter rate, and 'love-struck' stuck a full 2½d. (SG 174) on the face of his chosen view of Codrington College. This at least was a good choice, in pleasant colours with the clock showing 1.30pm £10 £8
131 The bustling '20's and the '30's paying penance for them: unsealed ½d. cover to Brooklyn, 1d. cover from Knight's Ltd. to New Jersey, both 1926; 3d. stamp 1928 on reg'd. printed U.S. Supply cover to Pennsylvania; 1932 1d. ppc Marine Hold to Devon; 2½d. to send printed McCarrie School cover to Philadelphia; and here's a sleeper- 1933 1d. paid to a hospital address in South China b/stamped at Canton and WUCHOW £46 £35
132 Slogan-cancelled typed letter of 8 Feb 1932, unfranked to a writer from London. Can you imagine the Postmaster's successor writing "…..I have the honour to be, your obedient servant.."? (Post Office guide to be published soon). All part of the Sainsbury service. We wonder whether British suppliers of the same name would acknowledge a connection £12 View
133 Souvenirs of the '40's. Labour Commissioner Barbados writes by air to ILO Sec. Montreal late 1945, 1/- stamp; 6d. franked air letter to Pretoria "P.O. 876" if that helps on illegible date; censored air mail letter to Montreal 1943 paying 1/4 with 11 stamps; ½d. paid unsealed cover to Montreal; one of those amateur radio fans reporting back to his station in Essex at a cost of 6d. + 2d.; and we've reached the stage of buy four, get a fifth free - SW 1½d. FDC £26 £20
Barbuda
134 ½d. and 2d. SG 1 and 3, displayed on album page in matching SE corner blocks of 18, each showing plate no. 10, full corner mgns., no left hand gutter mgns. Slight gum wrinkling visible in selvedge, but, in substance, fine mint throughout - cat. £54 does these blocks less than justice £42 £56
135 2½d. value plate block of 12 with full corner mgns. from bottom of l.h. pane; stamps are fine mint, hint of fraying at very foot of the block. Looked after, but perhaps not with real love £17 £31 View
136 Reg'd. covers of mid Dec. in 1981 and again in 1982 franked Independence $1 and birds 10ct. and $1; though sent from the Barbuda Philatelic Bureau to a Chicago stamp dealer, they each have evident commercial purpose, which apparently failed as they hung around Chicago for a while before being pen-endorsed "NC" which is presumed to be "not claimed or collected" £8 £8
Bermuda
137 6d. dull purple SG 6 centred high left (why are we not surprised?), couple of shortish perfs. - what's nice about it is the strength of '2' pmk. (type K1) - it's seriously strong (with apologies to some alcohol or other) cat. £75 £25 View
138 THREEPENCE on 1/- Type 6a (SG 13b) pt.o.g. This very scarce stamp must come from rt. of sheet as wmk. CC includes some of the mgnl. vert. lines. There is minor imperfection at top, ending with a pulled perf close to NE corner, also central crease at a slight diagonal, nevertheless a thoroughly presentable example, cat. £2,000 £340 View
139 The 1875 surcharges One Penny on 2d., 3d., 1/- pt.o.g. SG 15-17, first and last centred right and left, 3d. pretty good, an odd very minor gum wrinkle, otherwise fine. Though we lot these three together, we reserve the possibility of offering these provisionals as singles, followed by a collective offering before any sale is finalised on day of sale Therefore postal bidders may submit individual bids or both, individually these stamps cat. £700, £450, £500, our estimate is collective £700 View
140 1875 One Penny on 1/- SG 17 ever so lightly used, perfs. a tad uneven, even so v.g.u., cat. £250 £40 View
141 QV ¼d. on 1/- grey, in its two shades, occupies three pages carefully written up to show a top rt. mint corner block of 36 (which includes a minor flaw to the G recorded by Ludington at pos'n. 18), and 55 used examples, all but four are in multiples, usually strips of four, cat, about £220/240 £50
142 Self-addressed by a guest in the Princess Hotel (and so lightly slogan cancelled, it was hardly worth doing), here is a cover with three of the ½d. on 1d. - perhaps 3rd printing says vendor - numbered 23 on the face, did he process a couple of dozen? Well you don't have one, or you wouldn't be buying this £5 £3.75
Flaws or beauty spots? Nine lots in which the combined research of the seller and predecessors feature wear and tear in the high-value head-plate and efforts of the printers to control or improve it.
143 This lot and the next deserve not to be separated, but this is for you to decide. They show KGVI 12/6 in a top mgnl. block of four, fine mint, this lot described to us as the 1948 (perf. 14) printing, and its later sibling- see next lot- the perf. 13 of 1950. Each block comprises positions 9, 10, 21, 22, and each sits on album page, on which chronological annotation is given for the minor flaws appearing - or departing. Treated as SG 120b, cat. is £440, we'll add a small plus £140 £105 View
144 The companion or sibling top mgnl. 12/6 block - for description see previous lot - SG 120e, cat. £400 £130 £100 View
145 Broken right scroll on 2/6 fine o.g. Note here, please, that SG 117be (they'll use up the whole alphabet one day) strictly refers to printings to 1943, whereas Dickgiesser text p.45 explains the initial flaw and its recurrence as 60b, while the table of flaws in the end paper is based on flaw 60b. Confusing is it not! So we use cat. £650 by compelling analogy £200 View
146 KGVI £1 from SE corner fine mint (mounted in mgn) showing broken lower right scroll listed as SG 121bc, cat. £2,000 (and counting) £650 View
147 The stamp at Row II/2 (Pos'n. 14) developed a perpendicular scratch down its r.h. scrolls. Here it is quite visible on 1950 2/6, much reduced by retouch on final printing of the 10/-, SG 117c lge.pt.o.g. 119f, mint, both fine, cat. £67 when normal £48 £36
148 NW corner block of four of the £1 value, fine (and we assume mint, but haven't dismounted to check) submitted to us as SG 121c, because it shows the repairs to the scrolls scratch just discussed, with flaw on panel beneath still distinct, see Dickgiesser p.36 - cat. £240 Correction SG121e (perf 13) Cat £720 £200 £70 View
149 Gash in chin variety on 2/- SG 116cf, cat. £150. At the date of this particular printing the purple is so sombre, and the grey-blue paper so enveloping that the flaw is surprisingly hard to spot. From the Leeward 10/- that we once sold, and from the three lots that follow you'll realise that this isn't always the case £50 View
150 Gash in chin on 5/- SG 118bf, very lightly used: for the purist there are minor signs of fraying on a couple of perfs., which can happen of course with line perf. - cat. £750 £240 £190 View
151 Gash in chin on £1 SG 121bf fine o.g., cat. £2,250. No need for more, in a stamp that speaks for itself £800 £600 View
152 Back down to earth (nearly) with KGVI 10/- SG 119a f.u. in 1941; if Dickgiesser had something to say about this one we haven't spotted it on a flick through for imperfections, cat. £130 £48 View
153 Completion made easy: this is the 1940 ½d. on 1d. SG 122 in three fine mint sheets of 60, representing the three printings, with Richard Lockyer's article to provide you with satnav. Cat. £225 - classy, yet economical £40 £48
154 1948 5/- booklet SG SB1 exploded on two pages to show the covers, with contents looking pristine- well would you rather have one intact with its normal grubby aspect, and the staples getting rustier week by week? Cat. £140 as booklet, about £80 as stamps, our valuation either way £40 £30
155 In similar exploded condition we offer the 10/- air mail booklet SB2, cat. £150 - or as we have moved from the carmine-lake into the (mature and drinkable) claret era, stamps cat. about £120 £50
156 Three colourful ppc's printed in Saxony (one written but not posted in 1916) show the jet-set of the pre WWI period - one taken in a pastoral setting, and two outside the Hamilton Hotel; picture a host of horses and carriages, and the high socialites who used them - think of Downton Abbey. One card is unused, the third was posted to Ireland, and its stamp was removed. We rate this trio from Phoenix Drug Co as attractive as any we've seen £25
157 Four more fine unused Tucker views, no. 9, 14, 37, 70 showing Water-Front "Round the Lane", Par-la-Ville Gardens, Flatts Village; Red Hole, Paget. Each painting is signed by the Tucker responsible for it £12
158 Seldom seen coloured ppc of Admiral's House and figure of the old "Irresistible" (no. 115, otherwise unattributed); Bermuda in June painting, 1d. docks 1907 to Hampshire, light messy cancels of Ireland Island; Cedar Avenue, 1909 red 1d. docks to Southampton area, Wm. Weiss & Co's Uncle Rastus, oldest man in Bermuda, ship-type 1d. to East Ham. All are in decent condition, but no. 115 was sent from Taunton to Plymouth with GB ½d. £23
159 It's the "PRISONERS OF WAR/ PASSED CENSOR/ 2/ BERMUDA" dbl.circle cachet that proclaims the character of this QV 1d. p/s card. Written in German at the Burt’s Island Camp 6 April 1902, dispatched from Hamilton AP 12 to The Hague, where immediately re-addressed to a German Baron in Berlin. A vert. fold does it no favours, neither do the filing punch holes, yet this busy item is an exciting survivor. The writer found time passing unbelievably quickly, not quite what you expect from a POW £80 £95
160 1d. docks cancelled PAGET-WEST AU 19 1906 took a ppc of Hamilton's Parish Church to an address in Yorkshire. This is an early coloured card, screen-printed, a product of S. Nelmes, The Tower, Hamilton £15 £11.5
161 Post offices S Nelmes polychrome view of Post Office and Parliament Building Hamilton; Ethel & CE Tucker's softly-coloured view no. 65 of Old Post Office, Mangrove Bay, both fine unused, undivided back £10
British Guiana
162 First-type code 'L' (JL 22 1857) on 4ct. blue SG 19. Stamp has narrow, even mgns. cut with unusual precision; date stamp in need of a clean, too heavily inked, as complete as it could possibly be, the crucial 'L' well-defined, cat. as normal £700 £180 £240 View
163 One doesn't really think of the perf. 12 1860-63 issues as a set of 12 (SG 29-40) because you don't expect to meet a set, do you? Well, there's a full set here, picked for shade and quality, near enough immaculate as f.u. except for a shallow thin on the cheaper 4ct., which you wouldn't suspect from the front. So we'll ascribe to this happy family a notional set price of £1,000 £380 View
164 1862-75 selected examples of the 24ct., all lightly used and fine, being type 7 (2), type 9 perf. 12½:13, perf. 10 (3), perf. 15, a range of shades, and SG 114 shows part of papermaker's wmk, cat. well over £200 £52 View
165 1877 the first three provisionals SG 137-9 unused, or perhaps the last still retains a lick or two of gum, fresh colours and cancelling bars so strong we wonder whether they've been enhanced (but what would be the point? The thought is fanciful). Cat is £550 at the time of writing, and will no doubt keep climbing £95 £75 View
166 The 1ct. black of 1861 and featured here as wide-spaced value thin paper P 12½ unused with some gum; Perf. 10 (huge mgns.) 4th setting type A f.u.; imperf. even mgns., no gum 3rd setting type B, very clear print, and in our view plate proof; 1878 provisional SG 138 v. lightly used, 4th setting type C; and a forgery fine 'used', an educational assembly £50 View
167 Education continues with two fresh perf. 10 unused examples of the third setting type E, one in black, one light grey-black: each has a prominent white flaw between S and Q of PETIMUSQUE even more evident than the two characteristics recited by Bill Townsend (T & H p.63). Did Homer nod? Cat. £42 £16 £12
168 Though the A is less distinct, DLR 2ct. CC shows a very nice sideways A 4 C/ SE. 25/ 18 7, which however takes second place to BG/ W/AU 6/1869. The stamp is perf. 10 2ct. oxidised to orange-brown, straight-edge at foot, and - who cares? we're valuing the pmk. £40 £85
169 Though we cannot endorse Fred Howe's ER rating for T & H AGRICOLA type I, it is by far the scarcest mark for this office, and here it is, light but virtually complete at 6 o'clock 24 JU 78 on DLR 12ct. SG 131 £90 £180 View
170 Faced with a choice between average unused and very lightly cancelled- for DLR 96ct. SG 134- we'll plump for used - well we would say that wouldn't we - but seriously, we think we can discern a light cancel. It comes with 48ct. companion whose light bottom half of tall killer cancel sets a numerical problem, looks nice but for perf. fault left centre. When you think of all the surcharges produced from them, these here are pretty uncommon, cat. the better part of £300. While the two stamps are genuine, we sell without historical warranty, but think they value at £40 £31
171 1878 provisionals - let's be candid: normal used appearance is rather drab, and 'corker' would not be a word of approval, but a reference to their usual unlovely cancels. Within these parameters our four examples here SG 140, 142, 144/5 are v.g.u. to f.u., and three have part code c.d.s., one probably for Airy Hall, the other two impossible to identify- cat. over £400 £90 £105 View
172 (2ct.) on 8ct. SG 148 where a sleepy postal clerk has drawn a horiz. bar at foot instead of over central OFFICIAL; this is not unusual- used. as above, cat. £140, c.d.s. indeterminate £40 £31
173 1881 '2' on 96ct. (the better one SG 151) rt. mgnl. fine pt.o.g., cat. £75 £24 £18
174 1882 1ct. provisional mint and used, 3-master, and 2-master each showing 1 with foot. The wide-margined SG164b looks lovely, but is thinned top right, with tear starting inside the perfs.; SG 162c has uneven top right corner, but is otherwise fine, perhaps used at Sisters- cat. £290 £35
175 2ct. unused horiz. pr. of the 1882 local provisional showing the two and three-master types, each with the small '2' variety se-tenant. This happens in the bottom row of the 2nd setting, 6th printing. So it's SG 163b, 165c, fine, cat. £290 and (sorry about this) there's an uplift for the positional enhancement, but we think you'll not regret it £120 View
176 Very occasionally one meets (usually, as here, on DLR 2ct. CA SG 171) the shield-shaped GB/40c accountancy mark, whose purpose is fully explained by T & H p.222-3, (but is beyond the scope of Proud). This example shows a strongish strike of the upper half £30 £56
177 The 1862 2ct. black/yellow, 4ct. black/blue naively reproduced here, no credibility of pmk. initialling or blue paper, possessed at the same of a certain allure - they are not from the "non bon" stable £36
178 'Used' forgeries of the 1863 6ct. in three different types and shades, good condition for these crude productions £10
179 Type 5 COTTON TREE MR 1 99 at 9 o'clock on Jubilee 2ct. brown and indigo SG 217 - a really fine full strike £44 £70
180 The GENTS error on the 2ct. on 10ct. 1898 Jubilee stamp sits here on bottom centre of a mint block of six, which would be less well-preserved, we are sure, were part of its backing paper not still adhering, SG 223/b £20 £15
181 Mint blocks being 1889 2ct. (six), 1890 8ct. (rt. mgnl. four), 1900 2ct. SE corner, plate no. 3 (four), SG 194, 215, 234 - all fine and fresh, just a hint of a former hinge on 8ct. mgn. - cat. £92 £40 View
182 Six succulent forgeries: they simulate 8ct. cotton reel, three 4 cent primitives, one (wannabee SG 24, 25, 27), pretends there was an OFFICIAL version of 4ct. SG 53 (lightly used, stamp's a wreck) and dream up an OFFICIAL version of SG 152 using 48ct. SG 105 g.u. The first four are reasonably fresh, have fun £40 £30 View
183 The RETIMUS forgeries of 1ct. to 12ct. inclusive (not too difficult as individuals, uncommon as a set of six) together with the later design of 6 and 24ct., all 'used'. Above average condition £20 £17 View
184 Small piece on which 2ct. and 4ct. are cancelled by the decorative, if not all that elusive cachet of the Philatelic Exhibition (date stamp is 27 OCT 1911) shares this lot with the well-known Raphael Tuck ppc. "14 Road in the interior of British Guiana" whose unposted message shows it was written on location and explains how the 'lorry' in the background (about the size of an Austin 7) came to be there £10 £14
185 Remarkable page of pmks. nearly all 19th century, many on most collector's wants lists. 12 are on stamps of standard size. 1ct. values house HYDE PARK, TARLOGY; 2ct. ABARY, CABACABURI, CUYUNI, NAAMRYCK, (2, 1900, 1916), OREALLA; On 4ct., BRAHN and CARMICHEAL ST (wrong spelling); on 8ct. BEL-AIR, BUXTON (Type 2). Five other stamps on Jubilee or their surcharges, AGRICOLA, AIRY-HALL, HACKNEY, SANTA ROSA, SISTERS. Most strikes pretty full, and the clear-sighted will identify all without magnification £300 £320 View
186 Don't you just love Booker Bros. perfins (probably the only users of this system in the territory)? This is on KGV MCA 2ct., and despite that it has a double, perhaps even a treble impression, (reasonably f.u. all things considered) we duly value at £1 £1.5
187 1913-21 2ct. carmine; 96ct./pale yellow, each in mint top mgnl. block of four, plate 1, the 96ct.NW corner, the 2ct. with no side mgns, l.h. or r.h., we'll leave it to you. Cat. £90 £48 £36 View
188 1914 48ct. plate 1 mint NE corner block of four, but this shows in addition sheet no. 123. You'll have noticed that the 96ct. in the previous lot did not show a sheet no. - did they run out of digits in WWI? (try a better response while we count 1, 2, 3., cat. £92 £50 £39 View
189 The 1931 Centenary set of five to $1 lge.pt.o.g., cat. £60 - not too hard to find, but if you haven't got the set don't you think it's time you did? £18 £13.5 View
190 1935 SJ 2ct., SE corner block of four from plate 4, hinge remainder on one stamp, otherwise mint £5 £5.25 View
191 KGVI $1 perf. 14 x 13 SG 317a, f.u. vert. pr. centred left - cat. (take a deep breath) £1,300 R£300 £360 View
192 DLR 2ct. (3) and 6ct. all with OFFICIAL ovpt., all used. One 2ct. genuine, the others convincingly h/stamped in German ovpt. forged- one 2ct. has rounded corner, 6ct. has blunt perfs top and right £15 £11.5
193 1ct. slate SG O6 ( the OFFICIAL ovpt., central, not too low) whose small part of cork cancel at foot, in use 1878, turns out to be a transit mark supporting part c.d.s. above. All you can read on this is 'Y P.O.', but that's enough to reveal type 2 RAILWAY P.O.- uneven perfs. at top, which can happen with line-perf.- cat., if you ignore pmk, but we don't is £65 £32 £37
194 As the OFFICIAL 4ct. blue was never abundant, not many of us presumably possess a top mgnl. block showing current no.1- so here is your chance: it's small pt.o.g., two tiny arcs nibbled from mgn. above the '1' and an odd spot visible on the reverse. If you like you can wait for a better example. cat. £560 £130 £360 View
195 Congratulations to the adjudicator or committee who rejected the entry by E.S. Truchot for British Guiana's Stamp Design Competition in 1914. We wonder whether anybody dared show it to the philatelist king. (ex. L.V. Phillips) £120 View
196 Another entry for the same Design Competition- the scale about three times the breadth and height of an ordinary stamp - is way too busy even in those dimensions. Dignified, but psychedelic. More kudos for those tasked with making the choices £600 View
197 The Inland Revenue dollar values from early 1870's:- perf. 10½, all used, are $1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 16, 20; perf. 16 $1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 20, these two perhaps unused; perf. 13 $1 used, $5, 6 lge.pt.o.g. and- need we say it?- scarce, good to fine for these eccentric issues, bar the $3, it's a wreck. In the current market valuation is guesswork £105 £85
198 From the very high quality Foxley collection (Spink 2014) come Inland Revenue $1, 4, 8 values apparently imperf. unused, yet we have to treat status as incapable of verification, but would ascribe the paper to the second printing: As the identity of the former owner was not revealed in our Bulletin we feel constrained to silence R£48 £48 View
199 Forward to the later Summary Jurisdiction issues. These are 10 sparkling fresh used 12 to 96ct. values, the duplicated 60 and 72ct. in markedly different shades/colours, the 48ct. the crimson-lake colour change. Then there's another 72ct. with wmk. reversed. Obviously scarce, and if we regard this as a step too far, we're out of date. All are perf. 14 £50
200 13 further Summary Justice values used; the perfs. are not uniform, and the 12, 16, 24, and 60ct. values are duplicated in shades more mutually consistent, but the 48ct. is present in grey-black and rose-pink £30 £23
201 Summary Jurisdiction 48ct. rose lge.pt.o.g. block of four, the gum even more wrinkled than your describer- all the same, how many unused multiples have you seen? £10 £30
202 Summary Jurisdiction, the intriguing 12ct. on 24ct. and 50ct. on 60ct. 1887 Provisionals, both unused without gum, and fresh of colour, the first with most perfs clipped at foot, making each look rather well centred. This is Year 1 ADF (after Dupont and Foxley) and if there is one nought too many in the cost, this is not of our choosing (ex Foxley) R£280 £280 View
203 We return from the stratosphere to the DLR ship types, whose denominations reflect that the cent. in BG equated to the ½d. sterling. Two each of $2.40, and $12, single $3, 4.80, 5 and 9.60; unlike the others which are cachet-cancelled and intact this has angled SW corner and is cancelled by pen. Correct! It's the hardest value to find £15 £17
204 Card no. 100 in the series sold by R.P. Kane in Georgetown shows Sproston's Timber Flats at Wismar, and sailing vessels hove to in the river- it is one of the key cards in the set, where the single line railway branches out into sidings £10 £7.5
205 Three more unused b/w ppc's in the Kaps series, nos. 37, 89, 90, showing Avenue of Palms (faults); Young East Indian Fruit Sellers; and the busy scene on Farmers Landing Stage; Charlestown, Georgetown, which we consider among the hardest in the series to track down. No. 90 had a stamp with TPO cancel, now vandalised, as so often £15 £12
206 In a letter of AU 1 72 London shipowners try to recapture the custom of Jos. Kaufmann & Co who were former shippers from Demerara; the missive travelled on the Elbe enhanced by wing-mgn. 1/- plate 5, duplex cancelled £56 £44
207 Roughly opened cover to E.C. Luard Plantation, Lusignan, Demerara left London AP 15 79 reaching GPO Georgetown May 3. GB 6d. plate 16 heavily cancelled by NW 14 London duplex, which helps to disguise its later wounds £36 £31
208 We are without expertise in heraldry and cannot identify the family crest on the reverse of this cover. It was addressed (with a 1d. stamp) on AU 4 88 to Sir David Patrick Chalmers, Chief Justice of British Guiana ℅ the Colonial Office Downing Street, and we infer it reached Chalmers somehow. Perhaps sender was just saving postage £40
209 An unassuming 1ct. p/s card cancelled 10 NOV 1898, and used locally within Georgetown, advising of a draw being held £18 £13.5
210 A v. scarce b/w ppc (K.G.L. von Ziegesar series, legend in red) portrays a lively scene in the main street of Vreed-en-Hoop. It went to Nimes, France 26 APR 01, to a lady at pensionat Evangelique; no message on the face, which seems excessively discreet, even if the addressee had taken a vow of silence £24 £19
211 The 48ct. black fulfils its proper function taking a commercial cover by air to NY, 1935, where re-addressed - unpretentious and respectable £22
212 Air mail cover of 15 NO 50 whose two 12ct. orange paid for it to travel to San Diego from no. 51 village, together with any separate charge implied for the TOO LATE strike on the face. Clear no. 50 dbl.circle date stamps back and front; routed through New Amsterdam and Georgetown £30 £50
British Honduras
213 Samuel type D5 SPECIMEN ovpt on QV 1d. This stamp has seen better days, thin top left, uneven perfs. at top, a sort of resigned appearance. Well, we're sorry- at times you have to take rarities as you find them R£75 View
214 QV 3d. red-brown CC a handsome horiz.pr. unused, which we’ll illustrate, well-centred though they are, the uneasy relationship between DLR and its line-perf. 12½ equipment in 1872. This is no defect but sadly, on r.h. stamp the queen's ear is pierced, and she's not wearing an ear-ring- Well you can only spot it by close inspection, and multiples of SG 7 are scarce - cat. together £340 £90 £100 View
215 Ignoring the 10ct. value, which is poor, the s/card holds the QV Revenue on 5ct. (12mm) and 25ct. (11mm) each pt.o.g., and the 12mm 25ct. along with 50ct. on 1/- slate-grey both fiscally used. Now we didn't say that was SG 30, did we? Because it isn't, and we have no faith in a Revenue ovpt on SG 42 - Shall we award whoever invented it an E for Effort? £20 View
216 50ct. on 1/- grey, ovpt'd. TWO in red, a fine looking block of four, substantially o.g.. NW corner perf has tiny, tiny thin, invisible from the front- if you decide to wait for a block in better cond'n., don't hold your breath - SG 35, cat. £240 £95 £75 View
217 Cat. £162 does nowhere near justice to a page that studies the narrow 'U' variety on 1899 REVENUE ovpts., at row 1/5. It is shown in the top three rows of the pane of 25ct., and again in a mgnl. pr. of the 5ct., and corner pair of 25ct. from the r.h. pane, all three items fine mint or o.g. with plate no.2. There is also 5ct. single f.u. plus a 10ct mint, but we are undecided whether this is correctly identified as 'U' is fighting with 'TA' of POSTAGE beneath £140 £160 View
218 Annotated page on which the shorter (11 mm) REVENUE ovpt. of 1899 is seen on 5ct. and pair f.u., and 25ct. mint and used, and mint block of four, all appearing fine. Double surcharge is claimed for a 25ct. which may only be too heavily inked, while the 'N' of REVENUE has chattered twice on the 10ct. There is historical connection with Burrus and the Toronto sale of Hart - we cannot give exact pedigree - cat. over £360 £130
219 After comparison- and with only half letter 'O' to play with- we can positively identify this cancel on KE 1ct. as Addiss type TSL 1 from BENQUE VIEJO, and have so endorsed it. We think this is the only office that used black ink- which may be a useful cross-check for the new owner - but we have not relied on that factor at all. On the stamp the doubly fugitive ink has upped and fled, emphasising the cancel £8 £6 View
220 When you have sport in Br. Honduras you are in WELLSPORT of course; and perhaps you haven't seen enough to realise how relentlessly the canceller clings to the edge of a stamp - as it does here on KE 1ct. MCA £10 £8.5 View
221 In the early 1930's DLR may have felt Waterlow breathing down their necks, and both firms produced an array of samples. Here is DLR's 1922 5ct. value in imperf. horiz.pr. in blue-green and black, unblemished on unwatermarked medium wove paper - it once belonged to Sir Henry Tucker £140 £105 View
222 Next course, the same 5ct. as a single ovpt'd. SPECIMEN and given as its companion, a perf. version of the same value, printed in lighter blue-green and bright chestnut, also with SPECIMEN ovpt. It has sustained some minor damage at top with signs of foxing on reverse. This one is not ex Tucker - if it had been it would have been Bush Tucker £95 View
223 Part of album page on which are arranged UPU SPECIMEN examples of the last three defins to be issued late '20's (2, 3, 4ct. SG 128-30), and the 1932 Belize Relief Set of five. Each of the eight stamps bears a serifed SPECIMEN h/stamp struck with diminishing enthusiasm in black or violet; and it's credibly suggested that these were once in some National Postal Archive Collection. Cat. as normal would be around £200, but deserve a lift for originality £105
The next three lots are specimens on rather careworn pages from the archive collection of a Portuguese Colony, suggested to be Goa. Stamps received as Specimens are stuck, generally by their own gum, in rows in a fairly random way.
224 This first page houses 28 stamps, the earliest (from QV 5ct., 10ct., SG 55 & 58s- this last duplicated) include a broken range of KE values (10 incl. the $ values heavily washed) all overstruck ULTRAMAR, then one meets COLONIAS (5 examples, incl. 1 peso ovpt. on Honduras itself) one struck SPECIMEN, and the rest, incl. $5 SG 124s, left as received. There are three War Stamps, low values only of 1913.21 defins., 2ct., 4ct. dues, 4ct. slate Peace design, and after 1922 a 25ct., the $1 and 5ct. make the cut. How much does one discount for condition? How much does one add for archive? We'll try £320 £240
225 Page 2 is simpler, but no easier to value. 15 Stamps comprise 2ct. Peace, 1ct. due, 1923 50ct. (pulled corner perf.) 1937 Coron. set of three, and KGVI shows nine of the 12 perf. SPECIMEN values, omitting 3, 4, 5ct. values. Except for the 50ct. these stamps are clean and wholesome, but firmly anchored to their page. Cat. as free-standing Specimens would be around £420 - we'll say £150 View
226 Continuation pages take in all issues from 1940 Victory to 1953 set of 12 (As we recollect by the issues of 1960 Goa had been subsumed into India) though the top three values SG 188-190 must be taken on trust, as they are stuck to a small piece of paper of similar character. Only the Victory set displays its SPECIMEN origins as SG 162s-3s, and free-standing cat´. is about £210. Strangely most annotation here is in French, but three pages are signed A de Costa, and one records "doze selos", Portuguese for 12 stamps £60
227 Targeting our A, B consumer members here are Roger Wells dbl.oval TRD covers for ALL PINES ('47), BAKING POT ('51), BARRANCO ('51), BOMBA ('47 and '51)- all are reg'd., two with Belize, one with Stann Creek labels, and local h/stamps for the later Bomba, and for Baking Pot - which also yields 1956 commercial air letter with c.d.s. cancelled 10ct. £150
228 Four pages hold covers from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, 1936-74. There's, of course, an unstamped Cutress cover of 7 May 1936 (one of a small identical batch with the TRD in grey-black); 1947 air mail, reg'd. to Staten Island (1, 2, 3, 4ct. and $2! lavished here); 1952 Williams cover- he habitually used a single 1ct. stamp- each of these two with their contemporary dbl.oval TRD; commercial covers of 1958 (reg'd. for 18ct. franking), and 1961 (10ct.) both to UK: 1973 unopened cover (paying 6ct.), and messageless 1974 p/s card (3ct. with 5ct. added), each to Belize; then back to 1936 for a commercial cover paying 5ct. to Virginia - but while the address is of San Pedro we feel sure this was posted in Belize. Well about six different pmks. on the rest, so don't be greedy £160 £180
229 McMichael reg'd. cover of 1 MR 28 was franked with block of four 5ct. plastered with BANANA BANK c.d.s. in violet, receiving its reg'n. label in Belize; sharing the page, adorned with SW corner 3c. coron. triplet plate no.1, and favoured with a real live Banana Bank reg'n. label, to say nothing of the grey-black dbl.circle TRD (its centre empty) struck twice on the stamps in late '39. It's Roger Wells of course, and philatelic. Life would be far less exciting without him £120 £200
230 Four covers here from Benque Viejo range between 3ct. franked 1919 Montgomery Ward item and a Colin Wilkinson despatch of 1954, bearing 1ct., 4ct., and a crayon tax mark not followed up, but it's the two in between that matter. No. 2 also Montgomery Ward, is reg'd. 6 AP 25, the 10ct. rate made up of interpanneau 2ct. pr. and 5ct. (SG 127, 131), and a 1ct. which by date has to be SG 122, hence cat. from about £100. No. 3 is better still, commercial strikes of dbl. oval TRD on the trio of 2ct. pictorials which took the cover to Kansas City, re-directed to Oakland £140
231 BARRANCO gets further attention in our next lot with TRD cancels (of mediocre calibre, be it said) on 5ct. (2) and 2ct. paying reg'd. commercial passage to Binghamton with reg'd. h/stamp of origin, transit through Punta Gorda, Belize, New Orleans, and NY, examined by censor 6908 en route £90 £75
232 There are three covers from BOOM. Dbl.ring c.d.s. of 1968 (reading Boom) and '71 (reading Burrell Boom) go to Fred Seifert and Colin Hinchcliffe; and the dbl-oval TRD graces the Victory pr., and 2ct. pictorial on reg'd. Roger Wells cover of Jan 25 1947 £44
233 CALEDONIA. You'll hardly ever see this reg'n. h/stamp which comes on a snippet holding 11ct. worth of Victory stamps, their dbl.oval TRD cancels looking hangdog £12 £9 View
234 So this Williams cover of 1957, usual 1ct. stamp, receives a successor TRD long superseded by the time Ted Proud received a cover of, we presume, mid '70's when his D9 c.d.s. has been replaced by a similar dbl.ring, of course reading Belize at the foot - we've now reached the Butterfly issue and 35ct. for air travel £15
235 CAY CAULKER, Roger Wells cover 1951. Despite the reg'n. crayon, the ink is so faint that the TRD's, and the scarce local reg'n. h/stamp are barely visible, this travelled as ordinary mail once it reached Belize £18
236 CAYO - all four covers here are commercial. Explain how you will one reg'd. to Boston July 1910, KE 10ct. franking; the c.d.s. front and back begins at Belize, but it does have a numbered Cayo reg'n. label. In 1920 and '31, Montgomery Ward items, with the Cayo c.d.s. (used since 1901), and Cayo for the air mail item, 4ct. (5) and 2ct., then to Alfred Wilson 1949, combining St. George's Cay 15ct. with UPU 10ct. - a premium franking to own, would you not agree? £75
237 Did we say COROZAL? Well this Montgomery Ward cover reads COROSAL, of course; but the real point is its reg'n. label which reads COROZEL, and we offer it on its own, so that everyone can have a go £18 £13.5
238 Corozal yields five covers, or cards; all look commercial though the earliest (5ct. p/s card) is on philatelic business, and the latest (1950 2 and 3ct. franked) went to an address we recognise. In between come 1896 3ct. p/s card, 5ct. franked cover 1898, these first three all have the barred oval 'C' killer, followed by a merchant's cover to Connecticut at the reduced 4ct. rate current in 1929 - a useful range £90
239 We have decided to use "the Paisley gang" to describe the recipients (in Glasgow, and occasionally Paisley) of philatelic covers from remote places. This (complete) front is a spectacular example, 2 April 28 from Double Head Cabbage with the reg'n. h/stamp of Bermudian Landing. The dbl-circle TRD's void centrally, date separately h/stamped across two of the three stamps used (totalling 11ct.) Correct rate? We're not sure - the Paisley gang often got it right though, and without them examples of these dramatic marks might not survive. This office used up several TRD's, of which this example is the first, and in pristine condition. Be honest, you haven't got one, have you? Have you ever seen it before? £120 £190 View
240 From GALES POINT, 1957 cover to Yorkshire, franked 5ct., tax-marked a further 3ct., keeps company with 1951 Roger Wells, Univ. pr., reg'd. and TRD's, plus a Hinchcliffe cover 1971 £35 £27
241 DOUBLE HEAD CABBAGE bursts further into flower with five covers: to Roger Wells - ℅ H.W. Blanks- a repeat of the strike on the front just described now date 28 JAN 1940. 1, 2, 3, 4ct. stamps; next to Staten Island, a fresh TRD APR 28 1948, with abbreviated 'HD' in the name; on JUN 17 1949, the successor TRD reading HEAD in full, a presumed Paisley gang item; the TRD repeated 25 MAY 1953 on underpaid Wilkinson despatch; lastly a non-philatelic cover to Northumberland showing emergence of steel dbl.ring c.d.s. dated OC 14 60 (month and day slugs are inverted) £95 £75 View
242 All Roger Wells are GRACIE ROCK 1947, LOUISVILLE 1951- both reg'n. label Belize - PLACENCIA (stamps cancelled, partly in pen July 5 1951, but own reg'n. h/stamp and full-dated TRD 14 OCT 1951, POMONA 1947, reg'n. label Stann Creek SARTENEJA 1951, own reg'n. h/stamp - TRD's throughout £95
243 Mmmmm! That is to say, Mango Creek (commercial 10ct. Air letter 1958); Maskall (Roger Wells, reg'd. 1947- and where would you be without his TRD exercises?) Mullins River - Roger Wells again, and the boxed reg'n. mark in pen and ink - plus a Wilkinson underfranked item of 1964, dbl-ring c.d.s. £60
244 Monkey River: we shall not get excited about covers of 1953 (TRD) 1965, '71 (both c.d.s.) addressed to Wilkinson, Higgins, and Hinchcliffe, nor a rather pointless envelope, unaddressed, its 5, 10, 15ct. stamps cancelled in the '40's; and a Monty Ward item of 1926 damaged at the front; so it is the TRD cancelled covers of 1941 and '46 that represent the value in this lot, both fully commercial, and the earlier is anything but fresh, yet two at one time! We're spoiling you £70
245 From Orange Walk a QV 1ct. horiz. pr. with gutter mgns. just get the A06 killer tie they need to be to be proved by the FE 14 00 b/stamp - it went to Ontario; also aboard are 5ct. franked 1911 to NY, 3ct. Monty Ward cover 1919, and two 1950 5ct. covers to philatelic addresses which don't add much to the other three £60
246 Covers of 1901 and 1929 to NY and Michigan, 5ct. and 4ct., SG 55 and 123, each from Punta Gorda, the markings of medium quality £30
247 ROCKSTONE POND 10 FEB 1953, 1ct. stamp, went to G.B.Gregory, Baking Pot Central Farm - surely, we have to classify this as non-philatelic - sadly no b/stamp £28 £21
248 On 5.6.52 (date in manuscript) a SITTEE RIVER TRD cancelled a 1ct. stamp on its way to J.N.Williams, and the name is in full for reg'n. h/stamp on 1962 cover to Ralph Group, though by now the c.d.s. just reads Sittee £30 £23 View
249 Staan Creek is represented by an incoming 1908 ppc. from Oxford bearing Belize transit and dbl.ring arrival; 1910 Montgomery Ward cover reg'd., KE 5ct. pr.; 1933 3ct. PSRE with 33ct worth of adhesives for transit by air to Trinidad (heartily chewed by the puppy at left); merchant's cover to Tampa 1942, 31ct paid by air, uncensored the M.O.B. TRD struck at front and back; and a clean 1952 cover to Yorkshire, unexciting by comparison £90
250 Roger Wells covers of 1947 (2), and 1951 from AG STATION S.C., HOPKINS S.C., and STANN CREEK VALLEY all receive reg'n. labels at Stann Creek, but the first displays its own reg'n. label £65
251 A mailbag negative seal of 20 MILES STANN CREEK cancels E.II p/s card from Carib Trading Ltd to Belize (cryptic message) - you'll be able to date it if you know your rates and their periods (which we don't) £12 £9.5
252 A large slice of the front of a cover where 4, 5, 10ct. stamps took it by air 12 May 1931 at least part of the way, from BARRACKS (rare on cover) to 13 Freeland Road, Ealing; and we can't resist putting a ST. GEORGE'S CAYE (lovely TRD) cover 1990 to CA Freeland into the same lot- indeed we almost wrote Foxley by mistake £40 £30
Cayman Islands
253 KE-KGV collection, 44 stamps mint on small stock card leaves with CA, MCA first issues, (7) to 6d (2); ½d. on 1d.; 1908/9 (3) to 1/-; 1922-9 script defins. full set of 14 to 10/-; centenary, 7 values to 1/-; pictorials, all 13 to 5/-; SJ (2). Not quite our (un)usual fodder, and condition a bit mixed, but many fine - cat. about £500 and useful items for those who haven't swum here before £85
254 1d. on 4d. Revenue fine lge.pt.o.g., cat. £250 (see note above SG 38) - the h/stamp is particularly clearly struck, we infer this stamp was one of the first of the 396 siblings to receive it £120 £130 View
255 By contrast when this KE 4d. stamp received its surcharge struck twice inverted, the hand that applied the h/stamp was likely to be tiring at the tail end of the exercise. At present we have reference to cert. 60,504 (probably RPSL) and hope, but do not promise to have the document to hand on the day of sale. In any case we are confident that it is to this actual stamp that the SG quote of £3,000 refers. Previously sold BWISC Jubilee Auction 2004, lot no. 19 and knocked down for £1,850 £2,000-2,200 £2100 View
256 1½d. on 2½d. Blue War Stamp SG 54, plate no. 5 block of 12 from SW of l.h. pane, written up and flagged up on its own album page, to show no fraction bar at row 9/4 and also at neighbouring 9/5 (but surcharge here has printed dry, and the bar, which is thin when normal, may simply have failed to print. At row 10 the serif of large 1 is damaged at posn's. 2, 3, and 4, though none of these is the straight serif as illustrated by SG. So cat begins at £95, and you must add some pluses to an item presumed to be substantially mint £60 £95
257 The same War Stamp, full l.h. pane of 60 (guillotined gutter mgn.) in a much deeper shade, fine mint. Here you see the contrast between no fraction bar at row 9/4, and the thin bar at posn. 5, as well as straight serif as illustrated by SG, row 10/2, the serifs normal and intact at posn's 3 and 4. Light diagonal crease clear of stamps SW corner. SG 54, 54a, 54b, cat. £271.50 £110 £130 View
258 Modestly sitting at the feet of the four War Stamps listed as SG 56-9, each shown mint and used on an informative well-displayed album page, is a pt.o.g. example of the stamp you all look for - SG 55. Need we say more? Page cat. £768.05, so would you go 'one higher' for the other stamps? £300 £240 View
259 Our final War Stamp page mounts mint blocks of four of ½d., 1½d. in blue, and in orange, SG 57, 56, 59, a further ½d. block of six (l. mgnl. flagging damage to 'T') and lastly another 1½d orange fine philatelically used. A page of low cat. elegance £4 £9
260 1937 coron. - half sheets of each of the three values, separated vertically, the mgns. evenly separated except for the 2½d. which lost a small piece at the foot - all are assumed to be mint - cat. now £48 £17
261 A two-sided stock page houses the substance of the KGVI pictorial defins. both m. and u. The used side sets out the original set of 12 and on most of them MY 5 1938 (issue date) is visible - probably all were first day. The 1949 set of 13 is there too - these all cancelled at Stake Bay - also 1943 perf. change ½d. On the mint side there are 20 different stamps from 23 listed for 1938-48 issues leaving out one cheap ¼d., 3d. orange, one perf. 14 6d., and the 5/- crimson, adding a distinct 1d. shade. The 1948 set of 13 is present and correct, and all look fine. Thus the only missing mint stamp that matters is 5/- SG 125a, and you can add £100 to the set prices of over £260 to account for the 1938-47 values £130 £100
262 Collection of about 190 stamps most being firmly stuck to their pages too tall for an ordinary album; KGVI and later issues to 1972. Only seven stamps and one MS remain unused, yet only a small proportion bear pmks. that can be classed as legitimate. These comprise the 1962 set of 15 (SG 165-79, cat. £60) to which FD cancels of NO 28 1962 at Stake Bay, and about 11 other stamps (cat. abt. £15) whose pmks include West End. Barring two fiscally used the rest were cancelled where they had been affixed by Stake Bay c.d.s. of No 17 (19)90 with date stamp probably being masked so that most stamps received only the tiniest hint of a pmk. Had all these (which include several complete sets of 15, 1948 SW, etc.) been legitimately used they would have added cat. about £290 to the total. We suppose we can ascribe some residual value here (cp cancelled remainders of North Borneo) but after you buy please strongly advise your grandchildren that this is not the way to collect stamps! £30 £24
263 Cover of Oct 16 08 left unsealed to qualify for the ¼d. rate went to Mr. Jonathan Ebanks to Georgetown with classic manuscript endorsement of W.G.McC type MP 2, cat. £250 £80 £60
264 A printed envelope of E.S.Parsons Law Agent, Grand Cayman carried something to R.W.Foster, Stake Bay, Cayman Brac on OC 30 1933 - franking is centenary ¼d. vert. pr.: it's a scarce - and genuine local cover, reduced at left on opening - v. scarce example of use of the ¼d. without philatelic intent £24 £52
265 This is a very similar PARSONS cover (do you suppose he had a relative formerly employed by the Post Office?) and it hasn't been reduced for opening, but it only has a ½d. stamp, and gets a lower premium rating £16 £19
266 Cover of MY 8 1945 to celebrate VE Day (which your describer well remembers). KGVI 1d. to 3d. (totalling 10½d.) took it by air to Randolph, Massachusetts passing by D/41 (octagonal censor h/stamp) en route, and kept unopened in receipt. Does D. Panton, Grand Cayman on reverse carry meaning for you? £16 £12
267 A neat and quite colourful reg'd. OHMS cover of AP 1938 which travelled to Toronto via Kingston, and Montreal, courtesy of KGV 1d. and 6d. pictorials, cat. from £22.50 £18
268 We are offering some Foster Family correspondence in this auction, and as some of them lived on Cayman Brac, this item of OC 17 47 to Port of Spain (where a family member lived) need not have been philatelic. It was franked 2d. pr. plus 1d., was given the standard FF cachet to Kingston, and got hand-endorsed in crayon "Via B.W. 2H” (or something like that). On arrival, presumably carried partly on CAYMANIA, Trinidad made a monkey-puzzle of day of month NO(vember) in b/stamp, cover was reduced at left to extract contents, then brutally folded in the centre. OK, we'll go firm on non-philatelic, one of the very few £20 £105
269 Seven would-be or actual FFC's illustrate the obstacles to the launch of air mail service between Jamaica and the Cayman I. to be carried out by Cayman Island Airways previously entitled Jamaica Air Transport. The earliest dated OC 18 47 is one of a substantial batch for travel between Cayman Brac and Kingston with suitable FF cachets. These did not fly and the date was re-fixed for Nov. 3 for which the lot contains two outward, accepted at Half-way Tree, and one inward (this with cachet as before, the outward mail endorsed by pen). None of the above went by air, but travelled on MV Caymania. Meanwhile on Oct. 20 an unofficial (pen-endorsed) FFC did fly to Cayman Brac - reputedly one of only three with three more to Grand Cayman - causing political ructions? We know not. Finally included is JU 4 48 outward bound cover to Grand Cayman (endorsed by pen "via the Caribbean international Airlines Ltd….", while the companion cover inward bound displays, C.I.A.'s FF cachet to Kingston. Early flight-share perhaps. Rates are 2½d. throughout, except one at 3d. See also under Jamaica. £95 £440
270 UPU set on ordinary cover maybe self-addressed in Georgetown. We place no value on three other covers which received mock cancellations at Stake Bay on NO 17 90, but these may cost more to post to an absent bidder. If you don't want them tell us, and we'll donate to Children or Charity £3
FDC's grouped more or less by decade
271 1950's Coron. six stamps each (3), 12 stamps each (4); JU 2 54, 2d. 2½d., 9d. (7); new Constitution 2½d., 2½d. and 1/-, cat. about £150 £15 £17.5
272 1960's; Shakespeare; ITU; ICY; Churchill; Royal Visit; WHO; ITL; Tourist Year; Human Rights (3); Olympic Games (2) £5 £9
273 1970's: 26 different issues JA 10 72 to Xmas '79. More weight? Yes. More value? Up to you £10 £8
Dominica
274 A QV assembly: perf. 14 CC 1d., 2½d, 4d. on dated piece, 6d., all used share stock-card with large ½d. surcharge on o.g. single and pr., both mint and used, Halfpenny on 6d. (, m), Spiro 6d. and 1/- 'used', and Revenue 6d. (weak corner), 1/- (CA of course), all mint, and 6d. and 1d. rose both used (perhaps just one pane of 60 for this 1d., if you remember last year's catalogue). Total cat. approaching £350 £50 View
275 Another s/card houses QV. A ½d. olive-yellow mint and used, other used are 2½d. (both), 4d. (2), and 6d.; onlookers being a further ½d. on 1d. (SG 11) on small piece, and yet another Spiro 6d. and 1/- 'used' which tempt us to digress, cat. about £160, and while we're on the subject just compare price 'u' for each 2½d. and tell us what you think £30 View
276 The QV Half Penny on 6d., One Penny on 1/- issues in pt.o.g. blocks of four, the latter l.h. mgnl. The Half Penny is largely free from printing quirks, but the One Penny has traces of loose or less well-defined lettering, as we've come to expect, SG 17, 19, cat. £116, fine £34 £26 View
277 QV ½d. green SG 20 fine mint SW corner plate block of four, l.h. side mgn. slightly tapered to the south (giving it a touch of elegance actually) £14 £26 View
278 Wesley on Revenue 1/- lilac SG R3? We can think of no reason why not, except we can think of no reason why the Wesley Office should ever have had this reclusive stamp in its hands. As the Wesley date stamp is said to have "wandered" now and then, we treat this rarity as speculative, and if two of us have full faith our full-cat. estimate should be lavishly exceeded £11 £15.5 View
279 Revenue 1d. SG R4, the bottom two rows of l.h. pane complete with all mgns., plate and current no. (both 1). Mint save for two hinges, and a light diagonal crease visible on reverse barely impinges on appearance- cat. £78++ £22 £35 View
280 COLIHAUT SP 16 01 on Leeward QV 1d.- this is probably as powerful a strike as you've hitherto met £35 £42 View
281 Full cat. (at our minimum estimate) for a Leeward I. ½d. Die I bearing the finest Dominica GPO cancel we've seen in years- it's JA 17 29, and we've pointed out previously that Dominica had probably still not yet received Die II consignments by this year £1 £4.25
282 WAR TAX: half sheet of ½d. and 1½d. on 2½d. SG 57 and 59, each neatly written up and presented (with full mgns. and two plate no's.) on its own album page, which a full set would be too big to fit. SG 57 shows upper half, SG 59 lower half; on this, all wmk. 'C's are visible while, significantly, so is an undamaged fraction bar at row 6/4. Thus the bar (constant as a variety on SG 60) must have snapped in the middle of a printing run - but when? £15 £25
283 1921-2 Landscape script set of eight with an extra 2d. and 6d., all very gently used. The two duplicates show minor shade differences from their fellows, but by then the current SG editor had stopped displaying interest. The ten stamps cat. over £395 £75 £160 View
284 MCA 2/6 SG 45 o.g. and f.u., former with small stain in perf above NIC, fresh elsewhere, cat. £97 £28 £21 View
285 The 1927 2½d., 3d., 3/-, 5/- each with SPECIMEN ovpt. SG 78s, 80s, 86s, 88s, the 3d. and 5/- being mint, cat. about £80-100 £40 View
286 A similar lot, but all have been mounted £32 £25 View
287 2/6, 3/-, (these with side mgn.) and 5/-, all on piece, dissected from a philatelic cover, you may be sure; and we can read year date 23 on one piece, so this is SG 85-6, 90, cat. £95 £32 View
288 With a reputed issue of 100 only (not that many were used, so far as we know), the QV 1d. lilac formula card is one of the postal stationery rarities of the B.W.I. This unused example has minor imperfection left centre, otherwise fine £65 £70
289 Mrs. Larocque, Coulibistrie, is a philatelic address which does not materially detract from the appeal of a small cover franked with revenue 1d. SG R4; large A07 killer cancel from GPO, separate c.d.s. code C (on its face) M? 4 82, cat. from £400 £80 £80 View
290 The successor printed 1d. lilac p/s card, used at printed matter rate (though not so endorsed) to greet a contact in Budapest, (not one of those familiar philatelic addresses either) £33 £46 View
291 Our companion 1½d. red-brown p/s card was sent to Peckham MR 84. The detailed message on the back is partly covered by a fairly transparent strip which is probably easily removable without damaging this scarce early card £42 £32 View
292 The commercial sending of QV 2½d. p/s envelope to Glasgow in the 1890's - (something to do with patent canvas shoes, we assume) - which shows that trainers were invented before the world gave birth to Nike £30 £23 View
293 Raphael Tuck's oilette featuring "Boats off Dominica" in soft pastel colours is further enhanced by the 1½d. SG 74 on its face that carried it to Vienna. Roseau pmks of DE 4 34 authenticate front and reverse £12 £11 View
294 Intended to travel by air, this reg'd. cover from ROSALIE DE 18 48, franked 3½d., 7d., and SW 1d. (2), took three days to GPO by way of La Plaine, and Grand Bay, another 12 days to NY, four more to LA, and next day delivery. It's not philatelic, but a power dresser back and front, and obviously scarce £27 View
295 Official OHMS envelope bearing reasonable strikes of Roseau 5 AP 49 and DOMINICA OFFICIAL PAID, however it is not for these that you will want this; it has its content within, a foolscap page listing the stamps available at the Post Office that year £22 £16.5
296 An attractive b/w reproduction of the painting of Roseau in 1850 by Lt. Caddy R.A., the work upon which Dominica's landscape design of the KE era was based. It's nicely written up on an album page £35 £27
Grenada
297 This is a small envelope, not a letter sheet or other wrapper, and there must have been significant contents, as it cost 4/- to send to Lt. Col. North in London's St. James; date as shown by clear dbl.arc c.d.s. on one limb of the reverse, was FE 25 1847- it's rather grubby, but intact £40 £30
298 6d. SG3 with 60% of a c.d.s. code C at 11 o'clock, an enticing example £42 £33 View
299 1/- mauve SG 13 just tied by a brownish killer to part of a front which shows addressee as Messrs. Thos. Duncan & Son, with most of red London PAID mark also on view. A full cover would cost from £180 - you might say this is a quarter of the way there. Or making a half-hearted leap, and you can see the ST having a friendly huddle in the middle of the P…AGE. If you buy this you'll see what we mean £30
300 About 400 used QV to KGV in this batch of s/cards and a dozen or so later than that with 19th century predominating: 55 1d. Chalons, six others; the whole is partly sorted by pmk., about 10% of which you could cherry-pick to make attractive pages. That is not to down-grade the whole, whose condition is good to fine virtually throughout. We don't think you'll find an SG 15, though we often wonder where they've all gone, but this is excellent value at estimate £160 £150
301 The QV Chalon yellow and green fiscal issues provide an object lesson in slipshod overprinting. Take the O in ONE on these 23 1d. Values - how do you want it? Tall and thin? Squat? Smaller than the letters that follow? Or taller? Misshaped? Space between the words - wide? Narrow? Uneven alignment? Under-inked? You name it. Most are cancelled with dates, initials, or lines. Couple of cachets. An odd unused? Maybe, don't count on it. Yes, we agree - they're fascinating and more of us should study them £14
302 At first sight the green and yellow fiscal 4d. is printed more evenly than the other values - an illusion when you get close and personal. Nine of them here, one is possibly mint, and two have cachet cancels - mixed condition is a given with fiscals, though this lot look a bit better than their companion lots. One dated 24.6.76 seems an earlyish use £9
303 40 6d. 1/-, 2/- Chalon fiscals sit on a s/card, with large and small star wmk. apparently segregated, which we shan't warrant. There's the same pattern of aberrant lettering, spacing and alignment, mainly cancelled with dates (1877 the earliest here) often initials added, and on one SIX PENCE sits amusingly over the crown £30
304 First series code A and F on 1d. chalon, B and D on 1883 ½d. and 1d.: then second series A to G (with both type A's) on QV or KE½d., 1d. and4d. Values - the strikes mainly good, but not outstanding £20
305 Tucked in NW corner of QV 1d. orange and green chalon (used) is an incomplete perfin which we think stands for D.A. - commended for scarcity rather than condition £4 View
306 The 1d. value is needed to complete QV SPECIMEN set SG 48s-55s - cat. of the seven stamps present is still climbing well above £160 £40 £34 View
307 1906-11 SPECIMEN set of 10 complete; mixed cond'n., but the values from 3d. upwards are mostly fine, SG 77-88s, cat. £250 £65 View
308 36 KGV used on s/card with MCA various low values plus 1/-, 2/-, 10/-, the three WAR TAX and script as listed to 5/-, less two 2½d. shades, cat. nearly £400, all look v.g.u. to v.f.u. £75 £58
309 One of this year's cheapies is a forgery of the WWI local WAR TAX ovpt. We have to value above the genuine, it's much scarcer £2 £5
310 The scarlet and green £1 Badge of the Colony revenue stamp in MCA and script wmks. Here are both f.u., and most of us will be missing one or both at present £18 £13.5 View
311 PSRE size F which sailed to London early 1901. Two QV 1d. received light blurred cancels at GPO, whose reg'n. no. is merely scrawled in blue crayon. The red print of the cover, and red ink of London arrival animate the face £33 View
312 Nothing of great consequence about this 4d. franked EL 1884 to London's Mark Lane; just a neat clean item lightly used stamp on sky blue background, quietly satisfying like the recent shipment on which the writer comments £40 £30 View
313 KGV period covers other than from the principal offices are hard to get nowadays. This one of 12 JA 33 to England went commercially from BIRCH GROVE to Birmingham, franked 1½d. £24 £18 View
314 Commercially used cover of 15 DE '48, using the SW 1½d. - you don't often see that. Addressed to Bellevue, St. Andrews, it made its way via Grenville to La Digue, yet was back in GPO six days later with UNCLAIMED h/stamp to receive same-day Dead Letter Office c.d.s. of 23 Dec. Doesn't that strike you as a rather hasty life and death? Quite a modern saga, we might say, except that 1948 is no longer modern £28
Guyana
315 2ct. air letters of May 5 66, and May 19 67 to London's Chingford, the added adhesives being 3ct. Independence, fresh, but with faults, and 3ct. Royal Visit respectively. This is Guyana in transition, the earlier just days before Independence celebrations £12
Jamaica
316 Because 18th century postal clerks would only know rates for part of a journey, most of their packet letters were re-rated. On this dbl.sheet letter Montego Bay to Edinburgh, Dec 1787 1/- was rated, 1/3 was pre-paid, and the re-rating was 1/7 leaving the lady cousin of the writer with an assumed 4d. to pay. Two-line Montego Bay, straight-line Jamaica, London Bishop mark, Edinburgh arrival chart the route, leap year day passing in London. Letter clearly written, professedly in haste, views with evident suspicion extension by a Mr Hamilton (assisted by an advocate) of his leave in Britain on the claimed ground of sickness. Will our member purchaser take sides? £65 £150 View
317 JUSTICE IN PERIL! This 1804 packet letter to London (1/10 rating) complains of the non-delivery to the Chief justice of a 105-gallon pipe of Madeira, and orders two further pipes. Pending their arrival, you can picture the sulphurous atmosphere in the Court in Spanish Town which is the point of origin of the letter. Faint two-line Jamaica/date h/stamp on flap, and scattered staining which David Atkinson regarded as a rare example of disinfected mail from Jamaica. We express no view. £50 £39
318 Two pre-stamp items on this page from David Atkinson's collection. The first looks to be a fragment too flimsy to disturb, so we leave it in peace with its parade of two-line Falmouth/JA, Jamaica large fleuron of SEP 1806, and London arrival of OCT 18. The second item, less obviously flimsy, not necessarily robust, is reverse of an assumed EL to Britain. MONTEGO BAY/ JA and smaller Jamaica fleuron of 8 OC 1815, both struck over flap, London arrival, or transit 2 DE £46 £35
319 From Clarendon to Scotland's Hawick sailed letters of 1811 and 1813 - perhaps both were put in the post in Spanish Town, which reads as two-line h/stamp on the earlier, and possibly only as straight-line at right angle to flap on the later. The rather bland contents deal with family matters on which 2/3 seems quite a lot to have spent at the time, but who are we to pass judgement? £56 £42
320 An amalgam of earlyish Kingston date stamps is arranged on this album page showing EL of 1836 and 1849, and two small pieces date 1844 £37 £36
321 In a lengthy letter to an (inferred) professional colleague, a Baptist minister writes from Montego Bay in June 1843 vigorously to deny the charge that the Baptist Church in Jamaica carried out the christening of children and the laying on of hands for a blessing. Clearly and neatly written, a fairly strong 29mm serifed date stamp on face. Paid 8d. deleted, rated 1/- in black. Journey time 30 days £48 £100 View
322 GB 1d. pr. and 6d. cancelled A75 at Savannah La Mar on part of album page, with David's commentary to show that the item may well represent first day of use of GB stamps at this office. We think b/stamp does, indeed, read 3, not 5, but treat David's deduction as strong probability, not certainty. Killer cancels are at 11 o'clock, distinct on 6d., less so on 1d. values, stamps cat. £800 £220 £260 View
323 Retaining David's commentary on part album page, this shows GB 1d. in horiz. pr. with two light strikes of the duplex A01 killer . This is not as rare on the 1d. stamp as the citation from Foster suggests, but surely carries weight on a pair. SG Z2, cat. £240++ £210 View
324 A01 on 4d. rose SG Z4, cancel central, upright, but weak at left, perfs. trimmed at foot for 5mm at rt. Cat. £80 £20 £15 View
325 A53 (needing a clean) struck on GB 4d. (2 o'clock, strong) and 6d. (1 o'clock, weak)- used at Mandeville, cat. £510 £85 £70 View
326 A67 at 1.30 o'clock- for power plus orientation the best that we've seen…and that's not the half of it, wait until we tell you! It's on the 1d. CA postal fiscal SG F3, and you won't even find a premium listing for it. We doubt there's an upper limit for it, but we'll say £50 £50 View
327 A76 of Spanish Town, a clear strike at 2.30 o'clock on GB 6d. on blue piece which disguises the loss before application of the stamp of a chunk from its NW corner, cat. £180 £33 £25 View
328 Although it's artificial, two ½d. claret have been twinned here to form a virtually complete A79, type J (rated rare) £32 View
329 Though the G15 on 2d. slate is at 7 o'clock, and the one at 2 o'clock on key-type 2d. is just a shade further east than one might wish, the strikes are dramatically strong and clear with a £72 premium rating £42 View
330 622, soft, central, upright, on CA 1d. blue (corner fault) and key-type 1d. £28 View
331 Used stamps only on Imperial pages up to 1911. Clearly some that had been present have been removed, 57 remain, values to 5/-, nine pines to 1/- with shades, no 3d., with choice 6d. deep purple, cat. over £650, most are in decent condition, a few with numeral pmks. £80
The next nine lots bring us to the 1883-87 issues in CA wmk., and are offered page by page in the profusion in which Derek loved to assemble his stamps
332 24 ½d. stamps mint, categorised as yellow-green, 20 green (SG 16, 16a), and you may form a different judgement. Some of the green is impressively deep. Did Derek always check his wmks? Cat. £96, or what you make of it. £20
333 This page holding SG 15-19 displays 1d. blue (3), 1d. rose (3), 1d. carmine (8), and a single 2d. rose- as classified by Derek. All are mint and cat. works out to a hefty £1,800 or so. Thinking Gertrude Stein for a moment ("A rose is a rose is a rose) you have flexibility over SG 18, 18a, condition looks variable, so we reckon £200
334 This page containing mint stamps assigns 2d. SG 20, 20a to four grey, five slate, 3d. SG 21, 21a eight sage green, and four pale sage green (incl. pr), whilst we would probably put the numbers the other way round - still, the money is almost all in the 2d. values anyway, and cat. upwards of £1,000 with condition looking more even this time £170
335 This page of 3d. and 4d. mint houses 15 3d., 10 4d. red-brown, and a gap (with which we agree) where red-orange might otherwise live. Condition appears satisfactory, cat. something over £60 £12 £9
336 On this page there are 14 4d. SG 22b (incl. a pr.), and eight 6d. classified as yellow. Given cat. disparity between this shade, as listed, and the much less expensive orange-yellow - to say nothing of the inconsistent treatment of these shades to be found in other contexts - we advise caution here. Cat. £180-200 allows plenty of margin for disagreement £35
337 The page that follows classifies 15 6d. orange-yellow and 16 1/- incl. a pr., and if you put the palest and deepest side by side, you'd wonder how they can both live under the same roof. All are mint as before, condition looks to be up to standard, and cat. is £211 £48
338 We arrive at 1/- (four dubbed chocolate), 2/- (12, separated as light and dark shades, and 5/- in a line of six, all mint, all decent lookers. That makes cat. £870- and not much less if any chocolate should be brown £180
339 Mint or o.g. blocks of four come next in the form of ½d., 3d. (3), 4d. (2), 6d. and a SE corner pair of the 6d., this with current no. 174. At this point we pay far less attention to the cat. pricing £60
340 We conclude Queen's head CA defins with more mint or o.g. multiples, viz, ½d. green lower mgnl. block of 12, showing current no. 54, but no side mgn.; 4d. SW corner block of six plate no.1; 4d. SE horiz. strip of three with current no. 170, and part mgnl. inscription; 6d. NE corner block of four with plate no.1/ they all look very healthy £70
341 We move on to Derek's 1889-91 key plates, which he introduced with a print of an essay, handpainted for a design which was not taken up, below which he added a brown-gum 2d. block of four (two have paper adherence, the other two mint). We believe that a SPECIMEN set might have been a better or supplementary choice, and we've incorporated this set, leaving its hinges attached for comfortable re-location- cat. £238 £75 £58
342 Four pages hold the key type stamps with the 1d. (16 mint, 15 used), 2d. (17 mint, 17 used), 2½d. (11 mint, 9 used), three pairs, one strip of three amongst 1d., 2½d. The pmk. range here will not excite. Unfilled spaces have been left for 1d. mint in purple and maroon, purples and pink, and for 2d. mint with error "blue tablet"; in our view the variance in shades occurs through use and exposure, not at the printing stage where differences are slighter. As it stands, cat. for this lot reaches over £900 - a bit high for these issues, think you not? £120
343 On now to the 1890-91 2½d. on 4d.: the opening page describes in outline the two principal settings and sets out 11 used at 1mm spacing, the first 11 are not well chosen, as surcharge fights too much with pmks. (just Kingston and main towns). The wider spacing evokes no such criticism - cat. £440 £80 £60
344 A far better choice of used stamps shows the full first setting of 10 positions on this page, giving the essential clarity for plating to most of the surcharges - yet one stamp, we observe, has a sliver of a dbl.circle PRATVILLE TRD; it's only 1890 after all - stamps cat. £160 £70 £54
345 ….but if you want the characteristics of the first setting typed out, then this is the lot for you. However Derek only put unused stamps beneath, filling six of the 10 spaces, and leaving the rest to a successor - cat. £228 £80 £80
346 The 2nd setting page for 2½d. on 4d. unused again contains the details of printing characteristics for each posn. and nine of the 12 posn's. are filled, leaving nos. 4, 8, or 9 to add. You won't be the first to think that more than two varieties qualified for SG listing, but be content with half a loaf, and enjoy your extra knowledge. General condition is good to fine, and all look fresh. Surcharge at posn. 1 is half way up the stamp, but escapes being doubled. Cat. of page is £483 and SG 30ca was given 1970 BPA cert. £140 £170
347 For the second setting the used page sets out eight of the 12 posn's.; here again the resident stamps are carefully chosen. Included here are the F for E at posn. three, and the other listed variety with F for E and broken K for Y at posn. Ten - SG 30c and 30ca. Posn. ten also features broken left limb of H which seldom gets mentioned (but can save you wanting a cert. when you find an example). Plate posn's. left to be filled are 2 and 6-8, so present cat. is £283 £85 £80
348 Mint (or o.g.) blocks of six and four on this page. The six is from first setting, so that each stamp in the same row duplicates the setting position, nos. 4 and 5 in this instance, but not in exact horizontal alignment. The four, less heavily impressed, and surcharges low, contains posn's. 1, 2, 7, 8 from the horiz. setting of 12, the lower pr. having the 1½mm spacing - cat. £400 in all £90 £270
349 2½d. on 4d. f.u. dbl. surcharge, SG 30b. If you recollect, these doubles are (as in this case) to correct a surcharge not sited over the value tablet, by printing another surcharge in the correct position - but they got this one wrong again!; for the new surcharge was printed about 5mm too far to the right. The actual stamp is from the top row, and both the high surcharge and the (intended) corrective one are 1st setting position 1 (cat. £225) £95 £105 View
350 Llandovery Falls was held high in Derek's favour to judge by the number of illustrated enlargements. The 1900 1d. red starts with a regular block of nine (assumed mint) above the Brown's Town series b/w ppc from which the design was taken. Minor dot varieties are illustrated on the next pages, after which comes a stamp used AU 6 00 at Priestman's River, which Derek apparently bought in an R.L. Bermuda sale and wrote up as a "double print over the top of the stamp". There is a clear red shadow for 1mm to the left upper half of the main print, yet we hesitate to classify as double anything. If we are being unfair to Derek we can only rely on his traditionally forgiving nature, and plead ignorance. Well it's pretty, and pretty unusual. There follows a 1d. franked cover to Dulwich, a used block of four, a 1901 cover from Balaclava to Leeds, 1d. stamp, central fold, h/stamped address, and 1901 cover from Lucea to Seattle, where a QV ½d. joined the 1d. pair to pay the 2½d. it cost £110 £120
351 Derek wrote an essay about the Llandovery 1d. black and red, and prepared pages for its reception on thick or thin paper, dark red or pale red, or lake, with centre in black or grey, the outcome is three blocks of four (presumed o.g.) and six singles all mint, 24 used incl. pr., strip of three, plus single mint with wmk. reversed, another used with wmk. inverted, cat. over £220 - we were tempted to call one of the blocks blued paper - that would be imprudent £80 £80
352 Derek's introductory essay comes alive when you see the two pages on which appear plate nos. for frames and vignettes, comprising six lower corner singles; the bottom two rows of a sheet (10 stamps with full mgns.), and two sixes in SW blocks (one has no side mgn.), all are different mint, condition mixed, and cat. around £252 £110 £300
353 In Bahamas staircase vignettes plate scratches abound; in Jamaica it's different - but here's one on used 1d. black and red £2 £3
354 Three pages are devoted to 14 stamps (two are mint) and four illustrations plus cover to Washington franked 1d. (2) and ½d. to show vignettes shifting up, down, left or right from the centre. We don't see these as dramatic, and recommend a would-be imitator to try his hand at the 1935 Silver Jubilee issue instead, or the Bahamas staircase emissions £40 £31
355 The 1d. black and red was still valid for postage in 1922 when two of them kept company with ½d. pictorial on a cover to Detroit. The lot is shared with a 1902 cover to Boston (two Falls, plus ½d.). The 1902 cover has central fold through one of its stamps £44 £33
356 Four of the five covers here are 1d. franked: 1902 Kingston to Derby; 1903 Port Antonio to Derby; 1903 to Spanish Town; 1903 Santa Cruz to Edinburgh; finally there's a Morant Bay to Vienna which needed an additional 1d. Falls and ½d. for the fare £75 £115
357 Reg'd. letter using the printed env. of John Lewis Childs, Seedsman and Florist, Floral Park, NY, travelled there late 1902, using key-type 2½d with two Llandovery 1d. It went from Kingston, as did the 1d. block of four on the same page £27 £30
358 A page for the arms type issues, 16 stamps presumed mint or substantially o.g. reflect CA, MCA with all listed shades; with the SERIET error on ½d. in a strip of three used 1908, and 1d. CA pt.o.g. Cat. about £350 £120
359 A similar one page exercise flushes out the QV MCA issues with each listed shade together with the KE 2d. - these are all mint or substantial o.g. and a KE 2d. used was added to give balance to the array, cat. over £380 £140
360 A page which seems to us accurately to display each listed shade and value of the KGV 1912-20 issues, SG 58-67b, and we infer all are mint, or near enough o.g. If one counts every stamp cat. will be close to £500, and getting all of them right is not as simple as it may look £160
361 Two pages of multiples, the blocks of four being 1½d. mint; 2d. mint (l.h. mgnl. with plate no.1) and used; 2½d. SW corner mint; 6d. used, 1/- mint and used, and an extra pr., cat. abt. £92 £33
362 3d. from SW corner showing plate no.2; 6d. l.h. mgnl. vert. pr. top stamp adjacent to plate no.1 and lower half of printer's guideline £26 £33
363 With growing confidence we offer from a similar page 1½d. and 1/- used, each with wmk. reversed, and another 1½d. used with its wmk. inverted and reversed, SG 96x, 99x, and 99y. As we like the look of this 1/- much better our valuation is less charitable £110 £85
364 At this point we try to present the stamps from the pictorials on cover. This is what you get:- Groves & Lindley reg'd. 1923, using ½d., 1d., 2d.,; 1½d. cover to New Barnet; 2½d. on Ewen & MacDougal Trade Reps cover to Philadelphia, both machine cancelled, 1921 and '24; 1/- plus 4d. 1927 by air to a consulate in Mexico; 2/- with four later 2d., and three King's head ½d. by air to Colonel Bradburn, Commandant British Guiana Militia (Demerara). Wow! For 3d. please wait. 6d.? Sorry, no can do. Hope you like our choice. £105
365 And so to the 3d. (with King's head ½d.) on 1931 reg'd. cover from Liguanea where Adrian L DePass, aiming to "Brighten Your Homes " offers (by his logo and cachet) "Twice the Light" from his White Flame Burner to a customer in Vreed en Hoop B.G. On the reverse he offers key rings with name tags, and also ppc's - 12 days to its village arrival £40 £30
366 Or perhaps you prefer a rather similar exercise with ppcs - lively and colourful village scenes, all franked on their face; three, bearing 1d. + 2d; 2½d.; 3d.; all went philatelically to Jersey: the last with an economical ½d. went to Vienna £52
367 Three of David's pages are devoted to War Stamps (20 singles mint except two), 1½d. and 3d. pairs, ½d. and 1½d. (2) in blocks of four, 3d. SG 72 an inter-panneau block of eight, ½d. SG 68 SW corner block of nine (all multiples taken to be mint) No stop varieties are flagged on ½d., 1½d., (two each), and 3d. block, the usual IWAR and attention drawn to (1) ½d. SG 73d ovpt. inverted (2), 1½d. SG 71b no S in STAMP and (3) "S inserted by hand and inverted d for P". We pause: how can you have both? We think we have to fail the 'S'; we are inclined to let d for P pass muster, yet are conscious of look-alikes in unexpected places, so proceed with caution here. It's g.u. (for slightly rounded corner). Cat. must be middle '00's, and certainly one high-flyer £130 £140
368 Something of a WAR STAMP show-stopper, this one: ½d. SG 70 o.g. horiz. pr. in which shift of ovpt. places STAMP at top, and WAR at foot, and when you look closely r.h. stamp has no bar to A in STAMP, perhaps deliberate selection of V inverted £15 £27 View
369 This would have been ½d. SG 73 immaculate mint, had the sheet not been placed back to front in the printing press. As it is the WAR STAMP ovpt. is on the back only, so SG 73c, just as immaculate, cat. £250 £95 £115 View
370 As we have come to expect from Derek the 1921-29 script wmk. pictorials are arrayed and written up in eloquent profusion up to the 1/- value, and we begin with the ½d. to 4d. values of which there are 66 mint and 74 used on 10 pages- we suppose cat. is around £300 or something more. In some values, notably 2d., 2½d., 4d., distinction between two listed shades is clear, in the rest it gets blurred, and the ½d. takes on shades which may be outside normal experience, some of which Derek classified together. So we cannot simply treat this as wholesale low values £60
371 When it comes to shades, the 6d. (of which there are 16 mint and 17 used on four pages) takes on a life of its own, especially among the unused where, at the extreme ends you can treat the front runners as on a different planet. Furthermore Derek differentiated Die II (with larger dimensions) from Die I, then includes (or possibly found) only 2 used, and none mint. If we were choosing a single value of the set in which to specialise, we'd plump for this one, cat. must be well over £200 £70 £95
372 8 mint, 8 used of the 2/- value on two pages. Derek wanted to show line perf. as well as comb, and doesn't seem to have found any - so another modest lot £8
373 Anyone for dots in value tablet of 4d.( on three separate examples)? Or poorly centred vignettes (3 mint, 2 used)? Maybe you'd prefer 2½d. (4) and 1/- shown back to front, to support the description of aniline ink. In all there are 13 stamps with four illustrations on six pages £25 £20
374 From a slightly ambiguous text, we infer, but haven't checked that this page holds inverted wmks. for 1d. (4 mint, 5 used, incl. one used Maidstone, and strip of three from Myrtle Bank); 2½d. mint, 4d. mint, 1/- used. Of course the one that matters (which we have checked) is the 1/- g.u. So you have cat. nearly £300 £60
375 1/- o.g. SW corner mgnl. block of 4, extra flagstaff var. at upper left; gentle but healthy even tan to reverse, top perfs. not quite regular, but if you turn your back it'll be gone- SG 117, 117c, cat. over £280 £75 £58 View
376 Bamboo Walk, also referred to as Grove and Avenue; the 2/- stamp opens this year's selection from KGVI. You may have driven with only mild interest through it, or even shrugged your shoulders at the stamp's design, but please bear with us - you could become bewitched. There are six copies of SG 181 mounted on a typical page, in this case from Derek (cat. £210 together), a second page holds a cover with the 2/- plus 2d., sent uncensored by air to the BBC in London, 1942, and then…a page with two ppc's. The first taken before the road was metalled, is almost a dead-ringer for the central vignette, yet the lady load-bearer starring in a sepia monochrome display, brings a natural haunting, three-dimensional character towards which the stamp struggles with scant effect. Move on to the larger, later card, photo E. Ludwig, John Hinde Studio. Yes it might seem Hollywood technicolour, but how natural are the mule or donkey, and its rider, and the two kids focused on one another, not on the camera! Are there just three dimensions? Is the backlighting by Turner? Do you think you could get fond of the 2/- stamp £80
377 Three H.G. Ware covers (the size roughly 8" x 5" that commands, without overwhelming an album page) successively showing ½d., 2d., 3d., 4d.; 9d., 1/-, 2/-, 5/-, 10/-; each was reg'd. from Kingston (DE 10 38, obviously). Cat. £16.45 today would not represent a good return, but that's not what it's all about. As presented by Derek, captivating £12
378 Pile 'em high and enjoy was Derek's practice, so a group of seven annotated pages contains ½d. green (18), orange (22 incl. imprint plate blocks). 1d. red (14), green (16), each includes imprint or other such interest, 1½d. (15, shades), 2d. (21, with perf. changes), 2½d. (8), 3d. SG 126 (nine singles, plus sheet of 60, frame and vignette both plate 2, and folded to fit album page). All these are, or appear mint, and look fine, cat. over £350 £80 £60
379 An untidy piece of brown manila which would no doubt have helped to convey a parcel from Highgate to somewhere else in Feb. '42. Ooh or ugh according to taste £3 £5
380 As the Ware FDC's miss out two low values, here is an FDC to Wales with ½d., 1d., 1½d., and King's portrait. Also present are an FDC of OC 25 51 with pairs of the new ½d., and 1d.; the 1d. in a booklet pane of six, fine mint, which has to be the 1952 issue; and the same 1d. green in block of four, gutter mgn. in between and a single to travel on a philatelic cover of Jul. '53 to Seattle £20
381 Separated from, but kindred to, some of the preceding lots is a lge. reg'd. cover from Kingston, singled out for having paid 11/6 for the air journey to Fenchurch St. (6d., 1/-, 10/-) in 1948. If the senders were not saving money, they were certainly saving paper (a WWII habit) as the very envelope had been used commercially before within Kingston, presumably delivered by hand. Cat. from £60 and, for once, well worth it £60 £50
382 Usually commercial covers by air required rates not covered for the time being by single stamps. In this batch from Derek's pages, eight for England, one each for Canada, USA, rates of 6d., 8d., 1/6, 1/10 (with reg'n.),2/4, 3/4, 5/- are largely met by two or more pictorials in combination, only the 6d. and 5/- (pulled corner perf.) flew solo. Points of origin include May Pen, Montego Bay, Myers Wharf, Myrtle bank, all earlier '50's or just about before; reg'd. cover from MARCH TOWN deserves special mention, as does the one WWII cover which left Kingston 24 Dec 1942, was viewed by Examiner I.D./8803 and goodness knows when it reached Alec Elder in London because to say that would have helped the enemy £140
383 The address to J.M. Nethersole, Resident Magistrate, Spanish Town, easily persuades us to include a further FDC of DE 10 38, this one reg'd. from GUYS HILL and sporting the five values from 2d. to 6d. £10 £8
384 Two more FDC's, this time dated JY 1 51, usher in the further colour change to green and scarlet of the 3d. value. One went from Moneague to Claremont with a single stamp. The second is presumably a "selfie", as it stayed in Whitfield Town (reg'd.!), and scooped a vert. pr. with plate no. 4. So the previous plates had seen a lot of service. Maybe we're wrong about a selfie, as this began life as a long cover, since reduced to suit horizontal display £11
385 By Sep. '44 when this cover left Kingston for London, Pan Am probably had its eyes fixed firmly on post-war flying and trading. Thus, though this large cover passed through the hands, and across the eyes of Examiner D 8824, a strip bearing the logo of PAA is emblazoned on the face, and NY reg'n. branch was shy no longer. It cost 8/7 to send, and you may be very grateful, because one of the eight 1/- stamps used shows the repaired (or broken) chimney variety (we've had this debate before). We also ignore debate about whether one applies a cat. multiplier to a variety, and value a rather precious item which just fits sideways on the page, and has a fold well clear of the stamps £130 £100
386 On six pages David Atkinson set out squared circle pmks. (a format adopted 1882-92, identifying 40 offices outside GPO of which he filled 32, incl. the Philatelic Exhibition. He left spaces for Annotto Bay, Cross Keys, Darliston, Mavis Bank, Salt River, Spur Tree, Whitehouse, York Castle. Two p/s cards and eight stamps reflect two types used in Kingston, distinguished by the use of Roman and Arabic numerals for the coded plugs, which are not studied in depth £100 £115
387 An Atkinson page themed on early single ring date stamp features a 1½d. p/s card 1888 to Cheshire, the separate G13 killer and c.d.s. of Half-Way Tree not fully inked (unlike the Kingston transit mark) with c.d.s. examples of other offices on single stamps, some on small piece, dates are 1900 or just before, except for two 1d. arms £30 £65
388 Railway postmarks - collection of 108 cancellations on stamp or piece, each with its identifying labels with coverage of 32 offices, once you separate Kingston from its Post Office. Date range has been read as 1902-1924, all strikes in blue (we'll find you red ones some other year) and quality of strikes is variable - but please remember that only about a quarter of the railway c.d.s. you find actually shows an identifiable part of a name, and we haven't had much railway to offer since the era of Bert Latham (he was before your time, and left us to collect GB, would-you-believe) £200 £290
389 QV 1/- ovpt'd. JUDICIAL vert. pr. fiscally used and as the lower stamp displays the $ variety, these are the top two stamps in column 2 £60 £95 View
390 To give everyone a chance of securing an 1877 used ½d. lozenge type p/s "Penitentiary" card, (these were made by prisoners) it precedes the large p/s lot which comes next. With no postal markings other than the usual red PAID date stamp, it was sent to Bath P.O. to advise, "Grand Concert tonight in Spanish Town", the addressee, "Miss Grace Vincé/ Bachelors Hall" - now what on earth was she doing there? £50
391 Postal stationery to the end of the 1960's, written up on album pages, the QV all unused, with 1877 Penitentiary (Lozenge 3d., Floriate ½d., 1d., 3d.), same denominations with Queen's head dies, then1½d. greenish-grey, and the ½ on 1d., 1½d. on 3d. (this UPU) surcharges, and ½d. wrapper; then KE ½d., 1d. cards, ½d. wrapper (did you think your 2d. stamp completes your collection?) with another used, and KGV wrapper used and uprated, from hereon it's aerogrammes- the two needing 6d. frankings attract UCWI 6d. and 3 x royal Visit 2d., along with three editions of KGVI pictorial die (incl. two used) on greyish paper (one of these as often, a BWIA Viscount FFC courtesy of Joe Chin Aleong, whose standard non-p/s FFC keeps it company) and a final such 6d. die on blue; we conclude with nine E.II aerogrammes all unused, four are 6d. pre-decimal, while decimal begins with 6ct. Commonwealth Games then propels us through 8, 9, 18, and 40ct. values. Picked condition throughout. £180 £200
392 Hand endorsed O.H.M. Service, here is a large part of the front on an env. and part flap on which one sees most of the printed seal of Executive Committee Office and that it used bisected blue 1d. pine, cancelled A73 (St. Ann's Bay) to travel via Spanish Town NO 3 69 for next day arrival to reach Clerk of the Peace, Falmouth. cat. £650 or more on cover £80 £100 View
393 Compassion needed for this 1888 cover: four 1d. carmine CA paid for it to travel to London at the then prevailing rate, and on arrival at Bedford Square it was so savagely opened by, or for, the Secretary to whom addressed that it lost half its flap, and more besides from the back. There aren't many like this still around £25 View
394 This time there are four of the CA 2d. slate paying dbl. rate to reach Bath (England) per Royal Mail Steamer in 1887- another rough reception on arrival- happily not disabling. Black ink for the address gives this scarce item impact unachieved by colour £42 £32 View
395 The vert. pair of key-type 1d. that took a cover from Morant Bay to Kingston in 1901 boast value tablets in almost perfect pink- good enough to eat £30 £23 View
396 A tidy cover sent reg'd. from Buff Bay to Colonial Bank, Kingston in 1901 paid with QV 4d. - what a nice way in which to use the stamp- common almost everywhere, but not like this £35 £34
397 Myerscough used to be so particular about stamps, yet in 1902 they got a reg'd. cover from Gayle which was torn wide open from the back. Fortunately it closes up neatly, and the sage green 3d. looks much more attractive in service here than it ever does as a mint or used single £34 £26
398 We leave on Derek's original page text which explains a variety of tax markings accruing to a QV ½d. which didn't get away in 1904 with writing 7 words to Bristol when 5 was its limit (extra weight of the ink, we suppose). The b/w view is the weir beside Bog Walk, which you seldom see featured. A card of character £20 £15
399 A cover designed to promote the business of Kingston's Edward M: Earle "Acetylinist Contractor" went to Ottawa in 1904. Its boxed logo at top right was created at the right size to enfold the Llandovery Falls 1d. black and red that took it to Canada £19 £24 View
400 Four locals straddle the banks of Irrigation Canal, Spanish Town, to animate a "Special Series" b/w ppc that we don't recall seeing before. Two ½d. War Stamps get it to England AP 27 18, placed and cancelled on face by squared circle of Mandeville (under-inked, and we infer name and month from text on address side). Far more than five words there, and card escaped taxation and censorship £16 £12
401 First non-flight cover to Jamaica. This is the optimistic departure from Colon OCT 6 1920, and the square boxed cachet explains it almost all. Colon Aviator encountered impossible weather conditions nearing Jamaica compelling return. Mail re-despatched by steamer. It is uncertain whether any of the 726 items loaded in the plane were destined for Jamaica, this example reached Aldan, Pennsylvania on an unrecorded date in absence of b/stamp - poor practice when the cover itself was headed for official business, that's why it only cost 2ct. £30 £48
402 A profusion of Bahamas War Stamps franks this cover to Jamaica to the tune of 10½d. Showing more than anything else, how far-sighted Dr. Hess was in his stock-keeping 10 years after the Tax itself was abolished; it caught the first daily flight 2 JA 30 Nassau to Miami and another eight days afloat- usual reg'n. markings and cachet £21 £36
403 A Husbands cover to Georgetown, Demerara of JUL 12 1930, endorsed by hand "via First Airmail Jamaica to British Guiana", but in fact its 10½d. franking only took it by sea to Trinidad where it picked up Flight FAM 6 for the last part of the journey - 19 Jul Kingston reg'n. cancel and label £18 £40
404 In a moment of exuberance an unidentified sender in Brown's Town placed a king's head 1d. and 2½ pictorial on the face of a coloured ppc of the Traveller's Palm bound for Jersey. They all look good together £5 £9 View
405 A Mr. Kunz of Miranda, Oriente, Cuba was the custodian for Mr. H. Hook of FFC DE 10 30 (year slug inverted) from Kingston, Jamaica. The rate of 1/½ being higher than other examples we've seen £10 £7.5
406 On Feb 10 31 the Lindbergh Circle of FAM 586 was completed by flights in both directions. This cover reg'd. for 3d., 6d., 1/- caught the southbound route via Cristobal, Maturin, to Trinidad, as one of 12 recorded. received by secretary of Trinidad Philatelic Soc. who got a personal letter with it. £40 £50 View
407 We play the fields and…SCADTA..- this cover of 1 MY 1931 marks the opening of an intermediate stop between BARANQUILLIA, Columbia & Cristobel, Panama so that SCADTA could play its part in providing airmail service to Jamaica. Columbian stamps frank the cover sent ℅ Pan Am in Kingston and the map used as a cachet portrays the route. Signature on the face subtended P.M. Jamaica £20 £26
408 Four x 3d. (three pictorial, one king's head) paid for a cover to travel on the Lindbergh flight of 22 Nov 31 to Cristobal. Rowe was the co-pilot and this lot also holds two covers addressed to him at Cristobal and Miami. We are unsure, as often, whether these were self-generated, or had a commercial purpose - both have been opened £35 £40
409 We presume that the logo of Mercury on map encircled by "KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES" refers to The Jamaican Times whose name is largely obscured by two 4d. pictorials and two 1d. that took this cover by air to New Jersey in 1932. Less tidy - indeed, a grubby area at the back, yet full of competing character - is a South Camp Road Hotel cover, its crest at the back, blue monochrome picture in front whose air mail transit to Aberdeen involved 2/- pictorial, KGV 1d. and 9d., and KGVI ½d. (reg'n. included). Not a philatelic mix on OC 10 38, just using up what was to hand £50 £38
410 On 8 Aug 1932 FAM 6, normally running Miami-Puerto Rico through Cuba, began to divert once a week to take in Jamaica, Haiti, and Dominican Republic to which the first cover on this page was addressed. A further cover from that republic came back to Jamaica, each item being sent by a Pan Am agent or dignitary. Each with appropriate cachet £40
411 A similar outgoing cover from Jamaica to Haiti, pilot-signed by a Capt. Tilton £22 £30
412 8 Aug 32 figured so strongly in David's collection that we highlight it with a wholesale lot. This was the day when FAM 6 was rerouted to call directly at Kingston once a week, and the 12 covers here came and went every-which-way, viz - one out and same day back to and from San Pedro de Macorie (Dom. Rep); out to Castries (unclaimed); Paramaribo; Port au Prince; Port of Spain; St. Thomas; San Juan; Santo Domingo (all these, of course, received the boxed FF "JAMAICA/HAITI - DOMINICANA/PORTO RICO/ (date) cachet). Then inbound with individual cachets, Dom. Rep. (2), San Juan, Haiti. All covers here are clean, fully franked - not necessarily consistently - and none is suspected by us as being other than philatelic. As we declare more than once here, such is airmail philately £240 £190
413 The light cruiser HMS Danae made a courtesy visit to Kingston 5.3.35 and the similar HMS Dragon was there for 11 days from Jan. 11 '37. Here are philatelic covers to the US both paying 1½d., the earlier treated as underfranked. Both cruisers saw War Service ultimately with the Polish Navy, and Dragon ended her days as part of the Normandy harbour deployment after D-day £24 £18
414 Kingston acceptance MY 6 36 of Zeppelin FFC, Lakehurst to Frankfurt, ultimately for Birmingham, usual elaborate violet cachet and corresponding Hindenburg b/stamp £30 £95 View
415 310 letters left Jamaica for the First Transatlantic flight to Europe via NY - there was probably something of a fanfare. This one reg'd. at Myers Wharf (83 reg'd. pieces of mail in all) already fully endorsed as part of the address to London, cost 2/3 to send, has its b/stamps at Kingston, and NY on arrival £34 £60 View
416 Yet this cover to Hertfordshire, reg'd. for 3/- (why so much?) from Kingston on the correct day, 1 July '39, and pen-endorsed for first flight, somehow got left out of the elite: NY gave its b/stamp 4 Jun and destination not reached until 13.6. Designate it FFFC (failed etc.) £25 £31 View
417 There's a buy-one-get-one-free feel to a cover that got its first flight Miami to Kingston's Postmaster and then, with his address deleted, goes back to Miami Beach. Well, that's first flight philately for you. US 10ct. air mail stamp, decorative violet cachet £20 £22 View
418 Roger Wells in different clothing! Imperial Airways started their N. Atlantic Air Service 4 AU 39. A service rapidly curtailed by war… eights flights in all. Roger's FFC comes from his Grimsby home town, is likely to be in his own handwriting (how often do we actually see that?), and went to Miss May Hay, The Post Office, Bog Walk, reaching her Aug. 8. Not many Jamaica-linked FFC's, we feel sure. 1/9 paid by seven GB stamps. The cover is a numbered Imperial Airways product - no FF stamp or cachet added £60
419 In 1941 KLM - war and all - was initiating an air mail service between Jamaica and Aruba, so here are covers of 22.2.41 respectively franked 30ct. and 20+15ct. (this with a relevant map cachet - but careless maps cost lives) on a survey of the route, and FFC's with mail cachets of 19.8.41 on the Curacao-Aruba-Jamaica run, one of which is rated 1/5, two others started in Curacao £36 £42
420 In 1943 KLM expanded their Caribbean route to Miami, as shown by two covers of 16 Aug. The one from Curacao, paying 35ct., received a full cachet; the other from Jamaica paying 1/- stayed bare, though both are KLM printed envelopes £17 £13
421 While we always find clusters of low values plastered on Myerscough covers artificial, when people breed multiples on cover to make up a rate, it's different. See what you make of 1/6 arrived at on three commercial covers as follows: 12 x 1½ on reverse of 1950 cover to the docks in Grimsby; 9 x 2d. suffocating one another on 1955 George Odom cover, Kingston to Leicester; six 3d. on back of another George Odom cover. (both are late in the year, and KGVI pictorials still have another six months to run). For contrast we add in a cover from Fr. Grenier at the Bishop's Residence in Kingston to his daughter in Massachusetts in 1953 when 8d, was paid by ½d. block, 1d. 3d., and E.II coron 2d. £32
422 Four covers, two aerogrammes, ppc, between 1957 and 1985 display a variety of boxed garrison Mail cachets in black, violet, purple, or pink, with the expected mix of military business, private communication, or inferred philatelic purpose £30 £23
423 When Eastern Airlines carried its first air mail on 13.12.69 over 4,000 items of mail left the USA for Kingston or Montego Bay, whereas only around 250 went the other way. In this lot are two covers from Newark- one each to Kingston and Montego Bay, but two each from Kingston and Montego Bay, boxed Newark, Baltimore, or Philadelphia (and beyond) £38
424 Three ppc views of King St., none was posted, at a guess 1905, 1915, 1930. All are Duperly, the earliest with shoppers turning to stare (scrawl on reverse); the second enables you from the carefully written message to identify post office and other features; the last (also in colour teams) with motor vehicles and prosperity- something of a social history theme, these three £16
425 Three more unused Duperly b/w ppc's- we think you'll be hooked on "an expert for a three miles Race, Kingston", and his bicycle, still more by "Crazy William, labourer". Both these are scarce cards, with more appeal to the connoisseur than the tourist. The earthquake card shows the Parish Church leaning drunkenly at 3.32 £16 £12
426 Four of the six R.M.S. ppc's that used to make up a ppc booklet for cruise passengers in the early 1900's. They comprise vignettes of Port Antonio, Port Kingston, Port Royal (2) against Jamaica scenes (two different for each of the three vessels). Pictured on four are Myrtle Bank Hotel, Northcoast Road, Rio Cobre, Roaring River Falls- all unused £18 £23
427 AN UNEXAMINED LOT! Crammed into a "Medium Flat Rate" box of the U.S. Postal Service, described only as Jamaica covers 1960's to 1990's, too heavy for us to welcome, too bulky to fit into our annual auction, and too potentially onerous to repeat, we invite you to take this consignment on trust, as we do, and if you fancy sifting through several hundred items in search of treasure - the rest is up to you. We warrant nothing but do not believe that (at least of you buyers in the room) you can lose out R£50 £90
Leeward Islands
428 The Sexagenary ovpts.: we happily leave intact an attractive and informative display page on which a genuine full set to 5/- fine mint is subtended by an array of forgeries which are explained to include two Fournier proofs in blue, double ovpts. on 1d. and 2½d. values, followed by ½d. and 2½d. mint, 1d., 2½d., 4d., 6d. where forged ovpts are added over genuine used QV stamps. Yet we must add a health warning; in our view the used 4d. shown is endowed with a genuine Sexagenary h/stamp, elevating cat. value of the genuine portion to £720 £420 View
The next eight lots amount to a study collection of the 1902 surcharges SG 17-19
429 A lovely clean FDC bearing One Penny on 7d. and Antigua c.d.s. of AU 11 02 starts us off. It is addressed to E.G.M. Dupigny, Trevanny, Antigua £40
430 One Penny on 4d., a block of 15 mint, plated to come from the top three rows of a pane. The first stamp here confirms the plating, as it shows long narrow '0'. Bear in mind, please, that for these issues, selvedge was removed to facilitate surcharging. A fresh looking block, cat. £129 £36 £27
431 If you prefer a larger multiple of the One Penny on 4d. this page houses a block of 54, having lost only the top row of six from the pane. Incorporates three examples of the long narrow '0', and numerous other surcharge aberrations, cat. about £400 £120 View
432 Stamp has been extracted at top rt. from an equally fresh block of 23 mint of One Penny on 6d.; as this value uses the same surcharge forme as One Penny on 4d. the same var. occur at posn's. 1 and 17. Cat. about £140 £70 £54
433 One Penny on 6d. mint block of 54 stamps, missing its top row so that as before you get 3 examples of the long narrow '0', and the recurrent dot in Penny. Stamp 54 at bottom left has almost lost its 'e' from One. Cat. close to £600, but not quite as fresh as those preceding £120
434 One Penny on 7d., block of 24 from rows 5 to 9, fresh condition, plentiful signs of enthusiastic inking, and loose type, especially in the bottom row - cat. £156 £40 £30
435 A further mint block of 54 from our study collection, the top row abstracted, as before, whilst even toning accentuates the colour. Much drunken type, not confined to the bottom two rows - on one position you read Ore Penny, which must still refer to standard coinage, cat. about £350 £80
436 If you want your SPECIMEN examples in fine condition, this KE 2½d. blue is not for you - except, you see, that it shows the wide 'A' variety, and how many do you suppose of SG 40s (to coin a reference) survived to celebrate their centenary? Cat. pro rata would be about £625 R£40 View
437 Added to the KGV MCA SPECIMEN set of 12, SG 46s-57s are extra 3d. and 1/- values in different shades. Why so? Well there was a war on £160 £120 View
438 Gold plated? No, plate no. 3 on KGV Leeward I. 1d. is worth far more than that. We know of only one other example, and the one on offer here comes in an impeccable NE corner strip of three R£900 View
439 In the Leeward group only Montserrat and Virgin I. used a 5d. value, so it's no surprise to find Leeward 5d. used in Tortola. here is a pr. on piece used SP 5 27. What think you - philatelic or paying a double rate? If this was the Virgin I. domestic 5d. in used pr., cat. would be £90 £15 View
440 From Dominica AU 4 98 a typical Myerscough cover, or should we say nicer than usual, as the ½d. aligned in two pairs, and a single looks neat rather than messy £24 £60 View
441 QV ½d. wrapper + ½d. adhesive roughly opened by Sir L.G. Walpole of Chobham, Surrey - but the front is intact, sent from Antigua DE 7 98 (that's how we read it- if it's 90 you've got yourself a bargain) £14 £10.5
442 A philatelic cover from Tortola sends all three surcharge values to the Harbour Master, Roseau, Dominica on AU 26 02, which may have been the date the issue went on sale in Virgin Islands. The stamps are cancelled by the recently resurrected A13 killer which had been out of use on the Island since about 1873 £60
443 The three 1902 surcharges placed with precision on a philatelic cover which went to Mr. Y. Bridgewater in Charlestown, Nevis on SP 3 02 from Dominica. Bold strikes of the tall A07 killer were placed on each stamp at Roseau, yet one can still see that the 1d. on 4d. came from the position that reads Ono penny £60 £58 View
444 Endorsed "Inland Post 15-6-03" (but the date stamps all refer to JY) a cover to Miss Callender, Woodford Hill, Lasoye received 1d. on 7d. SG 19 pair (why two 1d.?), and date stamps of JY 15 - and perhaps JY 16 also - from Portsmouth and GPO. There's a puzzle to resolve here, but the bell rings too faintly in our ears £25 £19 View
445 At some time in 1916 Miss Hollings of Byng Place London received a letter from Montserrat franked with Leeward ½d. pr. That's as much as we shall ever know about this clean cover, though we also realised that the sailor who was executed "pour encourage les autres", or one of his family, was commemorated in a Central London location £18
446 PSRE 1916 from St. John's Antigua, Leeward 1d. adhesive added, sent to a councillor in Sheffield, has had some rough treatment in its lifetime. It only gets exciting when you realise that the OFFICIAL PAID c.d.s. has come into service on it. Do you think you'd have spotted it without being told first? £60 £46
447 What excuse can there be for a cover posted at St. John's to a Mrs H.D. G. Morse ℅ Telephone Exchange St John's with mgnl. blocks of six and nine of Leeward 5d. attached (MY 4 37)? Still, who needs an excuse? Try to find another such. £46
448 KGVI period, four covers combining Leeward (mentioned first) with Antigua, all decent non-philatelic by air from St. John's, using 1/- + 1½d. (both bright and fresh) 1941, Antigua Passed by Censor dbl.circle to Long Island; 1/- + 1d., 1945 to Detroit; 3d. + 6d., 6d. + 3d., both 1950's to Chicago and Toronto; finally 1939 by surface to NY. Cat. from over £60 - and worth it £46
Martinique
449 EL closely written on four sides defeats our schoolboy French, especially as it seems to be without beginning or end; perhaps there was another sheet (rate mark is too skeletal to help). What we can gather is that it was written 24 Dec 1815, arrived 110 days later at an address that reads like an essay, and we haven't even deciphered that. It travelled via Marseille from MARTINIQUE, whose straight-line cancel stands out bold, while its COLONIES PAR/ MARSEILLE suggests back to front usage. Long time at sea? - these were turbulent times. We regard this as rare and desirable, and wish we could do it justice £220 £170 View
Montserrat
450 The well-known re-entry at posn. 8 row 1 present both on 1d. CC and perf. 12 1d. CA. SG 1 is pt.o.g., SG 6 has little or no gum, and is extensively thinned, though still of reasonable appearance £24 View
451 Though we are not known for enthusiasm over wmks., when we meet a fine mint block of four of the 1d. CC SG 1 and turn it over to see wmk. inverted and reversed reaching up to greet us, like an excitable puppy, our reservations disappear- this is SG 1y to stand comparison with any, cat. £200 £90 £70 View
452 We look coolly, by contrast on 1d. CC (three pt.o.g.) with wmk. reversed, SG 1x- you have to work as usual to make out the wmk., and one stamp has a prominent thin - cat. £96 or somewhat less £16 View
453 QV 1d. bisected diagonally (NW to SE on small irregular piece. While killer cancel and separate c.d.s. display all the authentic characteristics the piece shows AP date only, having been shorn above where the year plug was located, cat. on cover £1,400 £60 View
454 QV 6d. green SG 2 (5) of which one is fine lge.pt.o.g. (centred left), three are lightly cancelled, (one with small part PAID c.d.s.), fine and fresh, the fourth with a rather heavier killer thumping an equally heavy Montserrat and bar. In two cases ovpt. sits a bit low, with bar scoring an 'outer' on the target name, Antigua - cat. £250 £80 View
455 6d. SG 2 pt.o.g., with quite a significant thin, left centre, but our interest is focused on the re-entry at posn. 70 where you see a tiny deviation of rt. inner frame line at level of value tablet, and the vert. pattern of engine turning descending below 'A' of ovpt. initiating a Mexican wave - cat. £70 minus and plus £26 View
456 4d. blue CC SG 5 can be found either comb or line perf. This one is line (which we prefer) and a bright fresh pt.o.g. example, very well-centred- another plus, because line gives more margin for error. Cat. £150, and in our view worth £60 View
457 Two very lightly cancelled examples of the 4d. SG 5, and both are comb perf., neither able to compete with our unused example in shade or centring, though each may be rated fine in isolation - cat £40 each £25 View
458 QV 1d. CA perf. 14, five mint, one used, on carefully arranged and annotated album page to display examples categorised as red, scarlet, carmine-red, deep carmine-red, and a fifth with watermark reversed. This lightly killer-cancelled 1d. shows 2nd row re-entry (pos'n. 8). Total cat. about £150 £65
459 Perf. 14 1d. CA pt.o.g. and f.u. in the later rose-red shade, SG 8c, yet you can see a big shade difference between the two when you look closely - cat. £41 £12 View
460 QV ½d. and 2½d. red-brown CA, select fine examples of each, both mint and used, cat. over £350 £120 View
461 We leave undisturbed an annotated page for the 2½d. blue and 4d. SG 10 and 12 in their altered colours; shades of the 2½d. shown in two singles, and a block of four; and of the 4d. in lower mgnl. single and a block of eight, all fine mint, and one of each f.u. - cat. £235 £75 £58
462 We cannot explain the scarcity of QV 4d. CA SG 11, when unused, as it does not even have a surcharge in its pedigree. What's more CA usually looks older and even careworn compared to her CC sisters, for she tended to get a bit of a suntan, which does not quite suit you, if you start off looking blue. This pt.o.g. example is no exception, but give her her due: we see nothing else to criticise in her, and you don't attain cat. of £1,800 for no reason £270 View
463 What you see isn't what you get because this lovely-looking lightly used 4d. CA SG 11 has a shallow SW thin. Will it compensate, if we tell you that we've spotted the mirror image of an incipient Thompson flaw (detached triangle in modern speak) on the wrong side? Don't take it too seriously - you won't get it listed - cat. £250 £42 View
464 1903 badge issue the SPECIMEN set of nine to 2/6. If SG played it fair here they would list the 5/- separately, and your set would be complete £54 £42 View
465 1904-10 issues all mint or full o.g. with plate no. 1; being 2½d, 1d., 2½d pr. (SE corner l.h. pane), 3d. pr. (SW corner l.h. pane, SG 27, 36, 39, 40 - full of colour and character £30 View
466 KGVI 2/6 to £1, cheaper perfs., the four values f.u. SG 109-112, cat. £69 £21 £24 View
467 Two Iremonger reg'd. covers sporting GV 1/- values- one is MCA, the other is script wmk. - cat. £47 off cover £22 £16.5
468 Air Mail cover addressed to Portland, Oregon via St. Kitts bears boxed FIRST AIR MAIL/MONTSERRAT cachet and is franked ½d. plus script 1/-, the space between which leaves it obscure whether the J- 20/1930 abbreviates January, June or July. (Obviously June you would tell us). Well, come to the b/stamp: St. Kitts FE 23 31. Did it fly, or did it swim? Did it ever reach its destination? - it's never been opened £20 £38
Nevis
469 A truly beautiful colour trial for the 1862 6d. value in the form of a complete proof pane of 12 in violet-grey, showing part of the wmk. of A Cowan & Sons (probably continuing with extra A C & S). This is an exhibition piece of very high quality which does more than justice to the 6d. grey as issued £300 £250 View
470 A further colour trial in the format of a full pane of the 6d. value, this time on stiff card; the chosen orange colour is close to the shade of the 4d. value as issued in 1866, but the issued stamps showed more yellow. Nissen & Parker used a similar shade for Virgin Islands' colour proofs, and it is suggested that the present pane may be a few years earlier than the previous lot, say 1865/6 - it's fine £220 £170 View
471 In 1931 these were produced and the RPSL distributed 50 sheets of each of the four values (of 1862-78) each printed in black from the original plates. At that time the 4d. plate had been defaced, while the 1d., 6d., 1/- plates were similarly favoured immediately after this exercise. Here are the 1/- value, and the defaced 4d. value each in a full pane no. 22 having plainly lived together all their lives. Note that the earlier issued printings were all recess - the later litho printings being multiple transfers to a single stone to speed the printing process. Both the present panes are fine £150 £115 View
472 On stiff card in die proof form, a b/w photographic reproduction of the Sperati forgery of the classic Nevis 6d. His signature is faintly discernible below design £20 £15 View
473 1862 4d. rose, a soft shade, well-centred SG 6 fine unused, cat. £160 £30 £23 View
474 4d. dull rose, 6d. grey SG 6 and 7; a smudgy formless pmk. does no favours to a basically faultless 4d. stamp, which needed cheering up; the 6d., though fresh, has one pulled, one short perf., but gentle, tidy A09 cancel, cat. £135 £22 View
475 Fragment of a Book Post endorsed item addressed to Miss Pearce St. K(itts) from Nevis JU 4 83 holds r.h. bisect of 1d. lilac mauve, whose authenticity is beyond question, but whose aesthetic appeal is more limited - cat. on cover £700 £70 View
476 RPSL cert of 23 AUG 1995 issued to Lord Spens describes our right half bisect with violet surcharge as SG 35 Type 6 upwards (we concur here) with the observation “Toned, slightly creased”. Our version would be lge.pt.o.g., crazed gum, minor rubbing on NN of value tablet, surcharge under-inked. We haven't spotted a crease, and, if a little less than fresh, we find "toned" a harsh epithet. Take your pick, cat. £900 £200 View
477 Two 1d. lilac-mauve bisects (SG 35) repose on the remains of an annotated album page, each struck "NEVIS ½d." reading upwards in black; the right half, of fine colour, is noted as ex Dale Lichtenstein, while the left, slightly more wan, is marked forgery. Between you and us, we think you have a sporting chance with this one too - it is a h/stamp, after all. Still, we'll play it fair, and value one only at cat. (Goodness gracious) £1,100. With this provenance it has to be £340 View
478 This time we have two left halves of the bisect SG 35, one reading NEVIS ½d. up, one down. Each is used, we consider fine. Would RPSL differ? Cat. £110 £44 £33 View
479 This really is an unsevered pair of the 1883 black NEVIS ½d. surcharge (we got 'unsevered' wrong last year). it's unused with perhaps a trace of gum, black ink of surcharge has slightly spotted the face elsewhere, and a "STANLEY/GIBBONS" violet h/stamp on reverse gives some pre-history to which a red 21 in the centre contributes nothing. This is SG 36b, cat. £6,500, and if someone once paid nearly full cat for it, we are more modest at £700 £530 View
480 DLR 1d. carmine pen-cancelled 22/9/89, doubtless by the bobby on his island round, and overstruck in Charlestown with part A09 killer: similar status to Crown Circle PAID AT NEVIS, but may only have been paying a local rate £20 View
481 Revenue 4d. blue SG F7 - the last two rows of r.h. pane grace this lot, complete with all mgns., and its two plate no. 1s; two hinges affixed it to an album page, otherwise mint - some perfs. split between columns 5 and 6, but items of this character sell on their merits which are substantial - cat. £660 £160 £120 View
482 Revenue 6d. SG F8 - a companion block of 12 comes as a middle slice from l.h. pane, so side mgns. are the only add-on; mint, but for two hinges, gentle toning as with its companion - a fine item of considerable merit, cat. nearly £350 £75 £58 View
483 As KGV Leeward 3d. dp. ultramarine was sent to Montserrat, we don't often see it used elsewhere. Here is one lower mgnl. on reg'd. cover of NO 27 26 to NY accompanied by 3d. lighter ultramarine, and 3d. St. Kitts; no reg'n. box or label, merely 'No. 666K' in pen, but NY reg'n. division picked it up. Cat. over £100 off cover, but a clean cover of this nature deserves a premium £56
Saint Christopher
484 Two alternative addresses are on the face of this wrapper whose St. Kitts fleuron of Dec 4 1807 perches on the front at top left. Originally rated 1/- (to City Road, London) the inspector's crown in black authenticates the uplift to 4/- double rate - reasonably clean for its age, Jan 15 1808 arrival £48 £340 View
485 Perf. 12½ 6d. strip of three on a piece of similar size made of blue cartridge paper backed and reinforced by fabric. On that evidence this rare multiple franked some kind of package or parcel. Cat. around £70 £24 View
486 1879 2½d. CC well-centred, very lightly used, and no blemish seen, SG 7, cat. £250. So everything is going for it? Well the shade is on the pale side for our personal tastes £75 View
487 There is just enough of the left slice of a pmk. on slightly washed Leeward KE 2½d. CA to confirm that it bears the code SP for Sandy Point. On this stamp the mark is very scarce, and if you infer, as we do, that the r.h. side of the mark belonged to its pair (and perhaps philatelic) we rate value as undiminished £20 View
488 A rare unused b/w ppc captioned "A seaside view, Dieppe Bay", showing a number of locals with donkeys and drays probably about to unload from small craft in the background £12
Saint Kitts
489 Presumably inspired by the recent St. Lucia Chalon issue this 19th century bogus essay for St. Kitts blends well with a collection of either territory - it's familiar, it's black, and it's appealing £25 £20
490 1916 WAR TAX 1½d. orange SG 23, a fine SE corner block of 18 with mgns. at base and right, mint except for two hinges on fringe, and of course including the two plate no.1, and the listed type variety at bottom left. This is far more deserving of specialist respect (for listing it) as, in practice it won't be spotted on single stamps. Having said this we note a break here at foot of S. If this is recurrent it would be a pointer - but we've not checked or noted this on other occasions - cat. £53.50 £25 £28 View
491 1½d. WAR STAMP block of 18 of exactly similar character from SW corner, possibly from the same sheet; no gutter mgn., no type variety, mint but for fringe hinges, equally fine, cat. £31.50 £15 £11.5 View
492 1921-9 script issue, the SPECIMEN set of 16 in mixed cond'n., very possibly put together piecemeal from a variety of sources - SG 37s-47bs, cat. £400 £90 View
493 1923 Tercent., 10 values to 5/- fine lge.pt.o.g. (the 2d. is absent from this set) perhaps dismissed in disgrace (between SG 48-59) £40 View
494 There's a pleasing symmetry about an oblong piece on which SJ 1/- is tied by 1936 Boston m/c slogan cancel £8 £6 View
495 E.II 1952 pictorial set of 14 complete to $4,80, fine lge.pt.o.g. SG 106a-118 £24 View
496 Can you see the point of sending one of those uncommon small 1d. red p/s envelopes philatelically to Switzerland, tidily franked, we imagine, with an extra ½d. and 1d. stamp, receiving the light caress of three duplex strikes AU 4 05, and then removing the adhesives on arrival? Tchah! There's a 2½d. p/s env. of the same size to go with it. And wouldn't you know, it has a small ink blot at foot - sometimes you just can't win £16
497 An easy-to-get-along-with Meister cover reg'd. to him in Wichita on JU 21 23, the season for the Tercentenary, duly honoured with 1d. sideways, 1½d. regimental, and the elusive 2½d. in inverted yoga position - rather fetching, somehow, cat. from £76 £46 View
498 The J.E. Stephens b/w ppc, "Road through a Sugar Estate" had a long life, and is not too hard to get, yet we don't often find it properly used, as here, 25 JA 37 to Teddington on the wings of 1d. SG 38. In contrast to other countries, SG doesn't list shades for the stamp £12
499 Cover bearing h/stamped address of Adelbert Porter/ Pasadena, was "MAILED AT SEA" with 1½d. SG 40a, lightly cancelled by ST. John N.B. Paquebot c.d.s., springtime in the '30's (you can't read final digit) to which was added "RECEIVED AT ST. JOHN WITHOUT CONTENTS" - but we doubt whether it had any in the first place £26 View
500 The earlier of two unused ppc's is a good b/w view of the Landing Pier, Basseterre, which is quite hard to find; the second is even harder, as it features Berkeley Monument, Tercentenary Decorations (vertical view), photo by Pr. Skerrit, and German printers back in business, glad no doubt of the foreign currency orders after the inflationary trauma of the previous two years. Pity, though, it wasn't used with a Tercentenary stamp £15
Saint Lucia
501 The imperf. QV proofs noted by SG to exist were possibly trial pulls of a single sheet of 240 in every case. Here is a satisfactory example of the (1d.) intense black £40 £30 View
502 1d. rose red, 4d. dp. blue, unused, the 1d. with some less than glorious perfs., 4d. with some trimming along the west, but both personable or better, SG 1, 2a, cat. £325 or maybe more £50 £39 View
503 6d. green SG 3 pt.o.g. with its full l.h. mgn. with which it luxuriates, for without it you would have a stamp diminished in size at top and left. instead you have full view of the mgnl. likes of wmk. and a sliver of paper from above top perfs. to retain full design. Top mgn. perfs are split at left, not quite impinging upon stamp itself. A rather super example. Cat. £300 £105 View
504 6d. dp. green centred SW, and that's our only criticism because it's sweetly used and alluring in colour, cat. £225 £80 View
505 1860 1d. mint, 1d., 6d. lightly used, 1862 CC 1d., 4d., 6d., all used - respectable examples, though the perfs. of small star 6d. look to us to have been unnecessarily tidied, leaving it shorter in stature - cat. over £750 £90 £70 View
506 Half Penny on (6d.) SG 9 pt.o.g. minor gum-creasing at left, otherwise fine - less of these about than of its parent SG 8, but look at the difference in price, cat. £70 £20 £15 View
507 The 1882-4 surcharges SG 23-30 with both CC, CA, perf. 14 ½d., 4d., 6d., and perf. 12 4d., all fine pt.o.g., 1d. f.u. pair, but the 1/- is less fresh pt.o.g. and has central thin at left and right so we base valuation on the other seven, which sparkle - cat. over £800 £160 £120 View
508 The major re-entry from row 18/1 on ½d. CA SG 25 pt.o.g.: it has small hinge thin top right, not visible on face, and heavy gum toning which in this case is an advantage! It brings out the mgnl. character of the wmk. and strengthens the colour on the face to make this the most prominent example of the variety that any of your auction team recalls. It occurs once in the sheet of 240 stamps, and the uncleared traces of the original entry around S, C, I, A of name remaining below the name from the inner oval, of the P, O, S, and of course G, below that oval, and of the outer oval below those letters, for once reveal what a complete miscue the first entry was. We haven't mentioned yet the upward thrust of the outer rectangular frame. That's there loud and clear. We do not expect to see the like of this again. £60 £46 View
509 For those without their quota of used QV forgeries (are there any of you out there?) here is a 4d. indigo which we reckon to be Oneglia, green, blue, black, and mauve versions which are Spiro, and two in green and pink which are not Spiro - they're even worse £12 £9 View
510 Engraved forgeries by Oneglia of the undenominated 6d. green, and the ovpt'd. 6d. mauve, both 'used', the latter with a heavy killer cancel. Despite their failure to capture the essence of SG 3 and 28 in either design or shade, examples often take pride of place amongst St. Lucia forgeries £20 £15 View
511 QV Die 2 2d. a spectacular fiscally used block of eight delightfully cancelled with the large oval cachet of St. Lucia Usines Estates (undistressing vert. crease at left). Our estimate too high? Find another. £12
512 1891-98 Die II set of ten to 10/- near enough full o.g. some perhaps mint, cat. £200 £70 View
513 The detached triangle (Thompson flaw) on Die I 1/- SG 42a, neat cancel of DE 9 88 clear of the variety. Sometimes, as here, - and we've noticed the same in Montserrat - the frame-break is less prominent than usual. Minor faults, but presentable and very scarce, cat. £750 £100 £100 View
514 ONE PENNY on 4d. SG 55 whose dry-printed surcharge is hardly visible, yet it shows a pronounced echo, especially of the Y to low left, with the added brow of S for Soufriere FE 10 92 as a full strike at 7.30 o'clock £6 £4.75
515 The 1902 Pitons anniversary stamp in bluish black and crimson, imperf. on unwatermarked wove paper. We have no doubt that this has changed hands as a colour-trial in the past. What gives us pains is that the design - which we feel sure is accurately reproduced - is screen-printed, and rather coarsely so; as little as DLR cared for recess-printing for stamp production, why would they test colour using another process? We sell this against reserve, should two or more of you have faith, or curiosity, please fight it out R£50 View
516 The two KE 5/- values with SPECIMEN ovpt. in visually fine condition. (NB to justify set price SG 76s, 77s must cat. £65-75 each £50 View
517 ½d. script fine mint NW corner block of four showing plate no. 11 £12 £12.5 View
518 The same script ½d. SG 91 shows a virtually complete upright strike of AUSE(ANSE) -LA-RAYE whose year and date plugs seem not to have been inserted - the c.d.s. of this village is very hard to find pre KGVI £21 £16 View
519 Script 1d. brown lower mgnl. pair showing plate 20, used 10 JY 32 at Castries, very scarce item £15 £11.5 View
520 1935 SJ set of four each with perf. SPECIMEN which our parents used to think would render them worthless - SG109s-112s, cat. £95 £38 View
521 If you are set to buy the 1936 10/- pictorial used, you may as well go for a prime example, here with nearly full oval reg'd. cancel 4 SP 37, cat. £100 £40 View
522 Forget the catalogue please! Our valuation for KGVI 2½d. perf. 12½ on a lower mgnl. imprint block of eight with light reg'd. cancels is £5 £6.5 View
523 Curtain call for BWI SPECIMEN stamps came with the 1946 Victory set - with perf. SPECIMEN, cat. £80, and valued by us at £32 View
524 The Silver Wedding pair pt.o.g. join forces with 1d. scarlet in blocks of four mint (left mgnl.), and used (2), all born in 1948, SG 129c, 144-5, all fine £12 £9 View
525 Postmarks made easy: struck on the 1964-9 turquoise/ turquoise-green are 22 village pmks (and 2 more from GPO) - to save space in spelling them out, we'll let you do your own research £12 £21 View
526 A snuggle of pmks. (14 items) on s/card, M, S, VF on QV, Dennery on KGV; you'll find Chausseé, and Leslie Land (2), the least familiar of these - good to fine strikes £16 £26 View
527 Postage dues from 1933, 2d. f.u., 4d., 8d. mint, 4d. perf. SPECIMEN together with the decimal currency set of four (top three values are mint), all the above fine £26 View
528 In these enlightened days, stamp HQ (viz SG) has forgiven St. Lucia for acquiring Statehood, and celebrating the fact with philatelic ovpts. The PD pair (which we offer here fine o.g.) now have a price-tag of £100 - see note below SG D12 £30 View
529 Postal fiscals, SG F2, F3, F6 on which we offer diagnosis as follows:- F2, once used, cleaned, endowed with bogus A11, with angled serif, raised 'Y' from loose type: F3, once used, cleaned, colour faded, no cancel added, surcharge stands proud and clear: F6, lots of gum believed original, fresh, hint of doubling 3-4 mm low left, vert. crease. Scarce stamps and a recommended lot warts and all £70 View
530 If this is SG F10, it looks nothing like type F2 because the lettering is smaller, but it is lower case and neat; a light, bogus, serifed A11 proclaims authenticity for the surcharge - there would be plentiful used 1/- orange on which to fake a surcharge. We offer with optimism, expensively, and without warranty £30 View
531 Range of seven used postal fiscals, starting with ½d., 1/-. F11, F12; then 1d., 4d., 6d., 3d., 1d., F13, 16, 17, 19, 24: the 1/. is fisc. used, several of the rest may have seen postal use £52 £39 View
532 Three 1d. postal fiscals (SG F24, 27, 28) the authenticity of whose cancellations is beyond suspicion, and a used QV 1d. Die II whose name and duty tablet should be called mauve £15 £11.5 View
533 Monty Ward covers of 1919 from Vieux Fort (2 x 1d.), Soufriere (½d., 2 x 1d.) and reg'd, from Castries (2d., 2½d. dp blue) bedraggled in places, but no amputation or excisement £20
534 A Seymour Rose cover is personalised for the first flight Castries to Kingston paid for by 1/- and 4d. values, but the first airmail cancels were used only in 1929 so you get the normal c.d.s. of 16 DE 30. Opened at the top where the corner of the flap flaps loose, otherwise as neat as any philatelic cover is expected to be £12 £9
535 Within this FFC of Jan 15 87 Chuck Cwiakala tells one of several names well-known to BWISC of the arrangements for American Airlines to inaugurate its flights from San Juan (Puerto Rico) to St. Lucia. Cover bears printed AA logo, two US 22ct. stamps portraying cod and "muskellunge" (pike?), and b/stamp at Vieux Fort £5 £5.25
Saint Vincent
536 4d. SG 6 f.u., indeed perhaps as lightly used as any QV classic that you've so far seen 'killed'. But, soft! Its companion is even more lightly used, possibly sold as mint in the past, not even bruised by its killer, and we only looked closer, because we distrusted the copious gum on the back. fine colour, straight edge at left and right, explained by the single vert. perf. that runs 4mm in from the right (note to self; the B machine was drunk, not dear Miss Stewart, we feel sure) - so this stamp has character and deserves a place of honour in your collection, cat. £220 £60 £46 View
537 Apr. 1869 1/- indigo, a really handsome f.u. example, SG 13, cat. £90 £36 £40
538 1869 1/- brown, SG 14, pleasant, fairly lightly used - if we entertain small doubt about the early history of perfs. at left, this is probably only minor tidying with scissors of which there is just a trace elsewhere, which we take into account in our evaluation against cat. of £160 £40 £30
539 1/- rose red SG 17 cancelled with an all-embracing type 5 vertical killer, this in turn overstruck by the black horiz. killer in use at GPO. Thus this stamp travelled from Georgetown to Kingstown - see PML text on type 5 at p.88/8, cat. £140 £38 £46
540 MES in red at 10 o'clock on 1d. black perf. about 15 SG 18, its date is clearly legible (if you can manage to read it) and the stamp so handsome that you look for a pedigree. well it has one- ex Forsyth (Jun 8 76, we're informed) £60 £65 View
541 To the uninitiated this is 6d. dull blue-green v.f.u. What it really means is that it is quite hard to spot what is, in fact, a clean and tidy code CA for Calliaqua, the date possibly JY 10 75, SG 19, cat. £50 £32 £24 View
542 Star wmk. 4d. unused of good colour but centred slightly right, and with marked shallow thinning, SG 25, cat. £550 £70
543 1d. olive-green, SG 29 in a pleasant, gentle shade, not quite centred, fine pt.o.g. cat. £180 £58 £65 View
544 ½d. on 6d. bright green, an unsevered pr. pt.o.g., with the brightness of the background doing much to subdue the red surcharge (but QV as usual receiving slightly bloodied nose). This is a decent example, almost well-centred, SG 33a, cat. £475 £160 £120 View
545 One Penny on 6d. bright green, SG 34 pt.o.g. (paper adhering to gum at top, and still wearing a hinge). Surcharge is deeply impressed, straight-edge at foot (not the first time we've seen one like this, and it actually enhances the appearance). A good looker, probably from the bottom row of three, commendably fresh, cat. £450 £105 £80 View
546 4d. on 1/- SG 35 pt.o.g., the surcharge as bold as the brass you need to buy one of these. A pencil signature, and violet h/stamp on reverse (though the blunt nose of the 4 tells you all you need to know about authenticity). Decent centring, nice and fresh, cat. £1.600 £750 View
547 CO (COLONARIE) MY 15 83 in an almost complete strike on PB 1d. drab SG 37 deserves more respect than we think it got once from an illiterate worm. It's only a tiny nibble, and one can't expect the miscreant to go hungry all its life. This pmk. doesn't come much better £16 £21 View
548 Three QV 2½d. surcharges here, pt.o.g. - on 1d. lake, 1d. milky (but very little blue) and 4d. chocolate, that's SG 40, 49- we assume - and 54, cat. around £85 £26 £20 View
549 Now-you-see-it-you-don't- an all too familiar syndrome when one tries to interpret the red village code on QV 1d. black. This time it's L (for Layou) that causes the problem - two examples, the slightly easier one spurred on by GPO killer. A good supporting cast shows Layou c.d.s. (with recumbent code C on 1909-11 1d., 2½d., and 1913 1d., 2½d.- these are all ex Jaffé £32
550 RAB (for RABACCA) sets fewer problems on 1d. black of 1872 and '75, the 6d. blue-green of '73, '75, 1d. olive-green and 1d, drab, also DLR 1d. drab, some being far more prominent than the rest. As none of these goes solo, we take into account cat. of over £150 to arrive at £70 View
551 A further offering ex Jaffé is the thimble c.d.s. of Cumberland on KGV MCA 1d., London and local War Stamps, script 1½d., 2½d., KGV 1d., and the successor c.d.s. 1950 on 1ct., the emphasis on range more than individual quality £40 View
552 If you came second on the relevant lots preceding this one, here is a consolation repeat - still ex Jaffé - three each showing Layou ,and Cumberland on 1d., 1½d., or 2½d. £20 View
553 The 1907-8 badge issue SPECIMEN set of five; ovpt. is lower on 2d. Value - appropriate as this is the 1908 baby of the family - SG 94s-98s, cat. £130 £50 View
554 With Peace and Justice (Pax et Justitia) abandoned the badge issue turns to collection of both Postage and revenue. Here is the 1909 SPECIMEN set of three: SG 101s is fine, the other two have lowered their standing - cat. £80 £14 View
555 Neither the 1d. nor the 6d. value was included in the final badge SPECIMEN set of four, issued between 1909 and 1911 - SG 102s, 104s-106s, cat. £90 £35 View
556 KGV MCA SPECIMEN set of 13 as to which, for once, we have nothing to add or subtract - SG 108s-120s, cat. £250 £85 £65 View
557 Lovingly mounted and closely analysed page of the 1915 ONE PENNY on 1/- holds 20 mint examples, comprising block of nine, vert. and horiz. strips of three, and five singles. Between them they show much erratic , ill-formed, or broken lettering, and one single is claimed as SG 121c (now cat. £650). We doubt whether this would persuade one of the expert committees, but believe that another one might, for in this case PENNY can readily be seen twice (a necessary feature) while doubling of the bar is credible, the doubled letters being almost at the same level, which would thicken but not alter the bar. Basic cat. is £200 as normal, so this interesting page must be valued at £150
558 1916-18 War Stamps (9) among the local examples is a valuable double ovpt., and the five London examples (with shades) include one SPECIMEN. The third local setting is not represented - cat. overall £240+ £60 £46 View
559 Approaching a new year as we describe, we resolve to begin being kind to philatelic covers. This example bearing QV ½d., and 4d. yellow reg'd. AP 10 97 to W. Mussen in Leicester, neat pmks. back and front, square reg'n. label seated over flap like the old wax seal, is an appropriate launch-pad. Properly rated, unopened of course, could hardly be more pristine - cat. from £105, let's say £70 £75 View
560 How better to contrast the preceding lot than with a Myerscough cover, reg'd. from Kingstown less than a year later, FE 10 98? Typical boldly printed manila env., its nine ½d. stamps sprawled over the face (as the legend there requested) and we think to ourselves why? - yet some people love them. Messy or what! Then we turn over to see a neat square reg'n. label central over flap 1880 number higher than the last. Neatly opened too £46
561 Nothing remotely philatelic about cover OC 5 09 "per Steamer Only" to Kamloops (Br. Columbia). Some steamer, ploughing its way from NY via Saint Paul, Minnesota - well trains steamed too. SG 96, 99 franked it, and the St. Vincent 'A' c.d.s. is plainly still at Kingstown at this date. This cover has class. £60 £90
562 Philatelic WWI cover to Castries (which no doubt still housed several part-time stamp dealers) ½d. pair top left, balancing 1d. War Stamp block of four top rt. (how very charitable), careful Kingstown cancels of JY 30 18, for which read '18', put it down to a hangover £28 £21
563 Ppc of St. George's Cathedral - it went 6 SP 24 to a Station Master in Belgium, so may have needed the 1d. and 2d. adhesives prominently to the face £20
564 A chatty letter written on black-edged Government House stationery on Dec 11 1910 is still in the 1d. franked cover which took it to Oxford, from which redirected on Xmas day to Cambridge. At least the printed address on the envelope is in red, so it wouldn't have given too many wrong signals. We presume it was neither opened nor afterwards treated as a collector's item, by no means pristine condition, but very reasonable £38
565 There is a little island of the Indies of the West, where cotton, like my friendship, will stand the strongest test. We believe, (but cannot prove) that this charming pink and fluffy Xmas card must have travelled in the St. Vincent cover just described £15 £11.5 View
566 Unused b/w ppc's being "Native Hut", an early Proudfoot production, and "N.C: Cropper" views of Calliaqua and Edinburgh Bay (text in red) These may also have travelled with the two previous lots, but 100 years in each other's camp looks to be more than enough £15
567 Long reg'd. OHMS cover of 28 JA 38 neatly franked with 2d, and 4d. with the impeccable commercial flavour of being sent to the P.O.S.B. Stock Accounting Branch in Fulham. Filing fold at left £19
Tobago
568 This could prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a multiple of EIGHT 6d. CC SG 3! True, the block is fiscally used - and remarkably, dated as late as 1886, when you'd suppose it had long been replaced by 6d. CA - yet it glows as fresh as you'll ever see this stamp. We think you'll get competition at our valuation of £50 £56
569 A no-gimmick run of 19 stamps unused or pt.o.g. with 1879 1d., 3d., 1880 ½d., 1d., 6d., 1/-, 1883-4 ½d. to 4d. with 2½d. (3 shades), 1885-6 7 values, incl. 6d. (2 shades), gum disturbed in places, but they all look healthy, cat. ± £1,350 £180 £220 View
570 1d. venetian red CA, showing stop between G and O of TOBAGO. We usually play down this variety as much of the time it is less prominent. This 1d. is a very clear example, pt.o.g. (streaky gum) £12 £25 View
571 1884 6d. stone CA fine unused; the stocks were heavily reduced by surcharging, and nowadays there are not enough to go around - SG 19, cat. £550 £100 £115 View
572 4d. grey (2), fine o.g., each showing flaw between A and G of POSTAGE, The first is a sort of bubble attached to the G (from memory this may be row 10/5); the second which is rt. mgnl. shows a more diffuse generalised flaw, and might be a dry print, though colour is quite strong £18 £37 View
573 6d. orange-brown pt.o.g. with slash flaw SG 23a. There are faults near the foot which are not obvious on casual inspection - cat. £180 £30 £37 View
574 Slash flaw repaired- we have been heard to claim that this var. should not be listed, as you can't identify on a single stamp. We were wrong! And we recant. On this mint 4d. apart from a rough edge to r.h. frame traces of the flaw remain visible on close inspection - SG 23ab, cat £250, fine £85 £130 View
575 1886 ½ Penny on 2½d. dull blue horiz. pr. from posn's. 9 and 10 of its setting in which normal and wide space surcharges are side by side, and the P of each surcharge is reaching towards the ceiling- SG 26/a, cat. £48, fine pt.o.g. £30 £31 View
576 A fine mint block of ½d. on 6d. stone from rows 5 to 8 of SG 27/a (24 stamps with full mgns.) We shan't take sides in the debate over which setting is which; you have just two wide spacing stamps, to which you can add (from column 3) broken 'O', and, 'G' joined to frame, cat over £135 and add your plusses £75 £190 View
577 ½ Penny on 6d. stone (two, each pt.o.g.). One is a very clear example of G of postage joined to frame; the other is the broken 'O' in TOBAGO, again the best place to find it is on these surcharges £35 £44 View
578 The broken 'O' variety (at row 5/3) predates the slash flaw and is found on the 1886-7 surcharges (if you're lucky). So here it is on the best of all, the 6d. orange-brown pt.o.g. (100 sheets of 60), perhaps this is only one of twenty issued, but as the variety is unlisted, cat. quote for SG 24ca is possibly the best comparable, i.e. £350 £120 £180 View
579 1886-96, six of the seven surcharges, of course it's the ½d. on 6d orange-brown that’s absent. Also on board here are the CA 5/- grey, and the 3d. purple and black - these are unused or pt.o.g., SG 33 toned (as so often they are, they were in stock a long time before being surcharged), by and large reasonable condition. Cat. about £276 plus fiscals £70 View
580 Triplet and two pairs of E.II Coron 3ct. used on FDC from Scarborough to Ottawa £2 £2.5
581 Informative air letter 28 MAR 1956 Scarborough to Sydney, 12ct die stamp. The writer discusses in some detail the supply of plate blocks from Trinidad and elsewhere, and difficulties with offices that won't cooperate £6
Trinidad
582 1859 1/- indigo SG 29 fine lge.pt.o.g. with ample, virtually even mgns. all round. It's a gettable stamp, of which every classic collector needs an example, cat. £100 £35 View
583 1862 1/- bluish slate SG 63, great for colour, beautifully used, though perfs. were separated with scissors all round; they are all there, but when you see an army recruit given a short back and sides haircut, you get the same feeling that the barber might have been more generous - cat. £110 £30 £36
584 The no wmk. perf. 13 1/- is a scarce item. though it will sometimes lurk unrecognised, assumed to be a CC mauve, perhaps, and wmk. unverified. So check before you bid for this rather nice example, lightly used - but if you don't have one, go for it, SG 67, cat. £300 £65 £75 View
585 26 adhesives with TOO-LATE ovpts., of which 7 are used or presumed so. Perf 12½ are 4d. (4), 6d. (5), 1/- (3) before colour changes, and 4d. (4), 6d., 1/- thereafter. Perf. 14 (later colours) are (1d.) (2), 4d. (4), 1/- (2). The selection of Britannia rank and file just described is not random. Former owner made an impressive attempt to set out cat. shades as listed, so that every basic stamp tabulated at TPH 199-200 is present with most shades. Consequently we pay closer attention to cat. over £3,000 than we otherwise would £400
586 Britannia (1d.) perf. 12½ SG 69x lge.pt.o.g. strip of three showing wmk reversed, the TOO-LATE mkgs. lightly inked, its alignment entirely comparable to the block discussed TPH p.191. Cat £210 as normal, but cat. price does not figure too prominently in our estimates, as unused TOO-LATE pre-cancels are more readily obtainable (as singles) than as normal unused £40 £31 View
587 Britannia (1d.) perf. 14 a rare o.g. block of six, TOO-LATE oriented NW to SE, the alignment less exact than shown in TPH p.191 - cat. as normal £300 £90 £140 View
HONOUR items (2) i.e. Queens
588 5/- SG 87 with black TOO-LATE pre-cancel, no gum, so presumed used, perfectly centred, fine, cat. £75, scarce £50 View
589 5/- SG 87, presumed used, centred high, TOO-LATE pre-cancel in red, just clinging past the stamp, tiny thin below L of value, otherwise fine. The ovpt. in red is generally seen less often than in black in any value, and stamps when used seldom attract further pmks. £46 View
590 The 1883-94 defins selected used examples neatly arranged on an album page, which contains the 5/- value twice in slightly differing shades. 2½d. value shows as much as it is possible to get of the Couva c.d.s. of 1892 on a single stamp - say 99% each for completeness and orientation, the page cat. £220 £60 £46
591 51 used on album pages, of which Trinidad claims 26 (five are Britannia), Tobago (8), T & T 17. Don't get too excited over cat. £257 for Tobago, 'cos it includes 4d. yellow-green (2) - which is always going to be CC - and ½d. on 4d - fiscal (mind you used Xmas Eve '96, we imagine carrying greeting to PoS), which at cat. £235 are grossly OTT. The rest is modest values to 1/- (2), pleasant condition, use noted at Belmont, La Brea, Sangre Grande - we suggest £20 £15.5
592 Once in (quite a long) while the 1d. FEE stamp (SG 107 ovpt'd.) turns up with a GPO postal cancel. This one is f.u. DE 9 87. Legitimacy is open to question, authenticity is beyond dispute £7 £5.5 View
593 Our favourite SPECIMEN ovpt. is the demure small serifed type used locally in Trinidad. This time it's on QV 2½d. SG 108 (should we add an 's'? Is it UPU? - probably not). We note a small thin spot beneath TR of name which might only be a slight spread of wmk, and is no way obtrusive £29 £22 View
594 Flanking a QV 5/- perf. 14 is the crudest effort to simulate 2½d. used with OS 'overprint' that you are likely to see, and a 1d. bisect on small piece in which you are welcome to believe (we don't). IN addition this s/card holds 1884 1/- mint and used, with some lower values, incl. 1d. with a minute frame 'break' that appealed to a former owner, (but not to us), cat. maybe £100, mixed condition £20
595 1896 4d. SG 118 used at San Fernando with interpanneau mgn. attached (very saleable on its own) on s/card with CA 1d., 4d., 5d., 1/- pt.o.g., and used 1d. (both), 2½d., 6d. (fisc.), 1/-, - all seven fine £20
596 A carefully annotated album page offers a Zieber ppc. portraying stamp designs and 1896-1906 defins. to 1/- mint or used, SPECIMEN ½d. and 5/- (SG 132S) and 10/- (fiscally used of course, but fine), also three Columbus commems. £34
597 SPECIMEN 3d. on 5d. SG 126s fine (perhaps mint- these often are), cat. £75 £24 £18
598 We value lovely mint 1896 SPECIMEN 10/- at £30, and add nothing for companion mint 5/-, and £1, which have respectively perf. faults and two nasty spots behind £30
599 £1 SG 156, a fine example with part cancels of Port of Spain JU 2 18, code Q - we've not had a postal cancel on this or any earlier £1 value in any previous auction, cat. £325 £120 View
600 WAR TAX ½d. dp. green, fifth of the ½d. issues, as light pencil "5th" correctly notes in top mgn. of NE corner block of 12; this is the ovpt. in block capitals, close setting, fine mint, a few split perfs. in lower row £8 £12 View
601 Obviously it's the 1d. in the same setting that ---- if you are waiting for, and here it is SG 184 in fine mint block of six (vert. format). We remember only a single in the Marriott collection, maybe he would have been tempted too Cat. £420 £330 £260
602 For even better measure, here is SG 184 as a f.u. single, used in Scarborough, as it happens, and undervalued at cat. £60 in our view £33 £46 View
603 Type 22 WAR TAX 1d. red NW corner plate block of six tastefully used NO 2 17 at Rose Hill. It's really fine, the heavily inked ovpt. occluding several letters internally, though one A in TAX shows a hint of breaking up - SG 185 £15 £26 View
604 74 stamps in singles and multiples, chiefly War Tax and Officials, assembled or scattered through five pages, with the odd defin. or SPECIMEN of the period - includes plenty of aberrant lettering, some niggly, some rather nice, - we, especially like an offset War Tax on the back of ½d. SG 177 horiz.pr.; we once handled a pack of 100 sheets of this stamp, and there was nothing of the kind in that parcel £40 £30
605 On the 1922-8 issues plate no. 1 sits on the mgn. exactly between two stamps, there are mgnl. singles of ½d. and 1d. - frustration or half a loaf? They come with pt.o.g. 5/- and 1/-, cat. £33.50 £10
606 1922-8 u. values to 1/- incl. French Mailboat cancel on 1d., 1935 SJ mint and used (but no 3ct. mint), the 2ct. used at Basseterre, we know not how, and 1936 pictorials mixed mint and used forming most of a complete set - with perf. changes - and 72ct. is both mint and used - 38 stamps on pages, cat. over £200 £39 £31
607 KGVI to E.II coron. issues on two pages, and between these KGVI pictorial set mixed mint and used (some values, incl. $4.80 both m. & u.) also UPU, and the 4ct. chocolate SPECIMEN - cat. about £140 plus the uncommon SG 249s £42
608 1894 Official issue, the six values to 1/- pt.o.g., gum heavily toned, which is a pity; partial compensation in a very visible split in letter 'S' of ovpt. on 4d., cat. £328 £31 View
609 The 5/- with the same ovpt. SG O7 pt.o.g. is an altogether better proposition, reasonably fresh, unusual uneven perfs. in places, certainly further up the ladder towards its cat. £170 £44 £33
610 1909 1d. rose-red Official on which its ovpt. lurks inverted at foot of stamp, and it’s used (forsooth!) on small piece dated AU 5 11 at Port of Spain. A diagonal red line (ink or crayon? not very noticeable anyway) slumbers on the face, and our suspicious minds wonder whether the mother sheet was intended to be withdrawn from service, but sneaked out 18 months after issue; SG O9, cat. £225 £70 View
611 The script dues of the 1920's are on this page in SPECIMEN form, plus 2d. used, 3d. mint; then the higher values of the 1940's are mint, plus another 6d.; don't take much notice of a 1d. with missing serif. The next page has the sets of 1968-70 complete mint on ordinary and chalky papers, they tell us, with 4d. and 6d. on chalky also, so we'll take the word of the annotations for now - 30 stamps, cat. say, £400 or more depending how you count the specimens £75
612 The script 1/- Postage due with uprt. stroke DSG 25a is now cat. £140 would you believe. This example fine lge.pt.o.g. £40 View
613 TETERON BAY- a neat piece holding KGVI 3ct. green and brown with a full strike of this frustratingly elusive c.d.s. 3 DEC 44. Philatelic? You bet! £18 £19 View
614 And here is TETERON BAY on the $1.20 value SEP 44. The perfs of this NW corner stamp preclude us from deciding whether day of month is 7 or 18; the item is on a slightly larger piece, the postmark of high legibility £35 View
615 Pictorial 1ct. (pr), 2, 12, 24ct. all top corner items with Registration GPO c.d.s. 18 FEB 36, 12ct. is NW corner, the others show sheet nos. 28, 18, 22, all fine £6
616 A four-page QV postal stationery assembly gives appeal to this rather bland area of B.W.I. philately; page1 has the ½d. card unused in soft orange-brown, and used in deep brown inviting James Todd to lecture on water purification; dp. green ½d. newspaper wrapper unused floats between them: Pages 2 and 3 feature Reply cards, the 1d. and 2d. unused, the 1½d. unused and used (written in Dutch to Holland, reply half left in position); page 4 shows PSRE's from McCorquodale and DLR £34 £40
617 No, it's not Myerscough - a commercial cover to Massachusetts festooned with 5 x ½d. SG 114 to pay the 2½d. required £12 £9.5
618 Two ppc's each with undivided back which will enhance the collection of anyone who doesn't already own them. The one to Brooklyn DE 9 05 is, we believe Muir Marshall's earliest (b/w) version of Hart's Cut, and in our view their best. The coloured (larger) view of St. Vincent Wharf Walk and smaller view of Almond went to Zagazig, Egypt JY 5 05, about four weeks to get there. The ½d. stamp (same date as reverse) is on the picture side. Curiously so is a name and a date in 1900 (when we seem to recollect this card was already current) £23
619 A growth of Cocoa as b/w ppc DE 28 07 Port of Spain to New Jersey is a rather dull subject, except perhaps to an agronomist, especially when there is no message or signature. A Lucien F. Ambard & Son cover to NY on S/S Crown of Grenada MY 17 11 is a bit luckier; while Red House Tower (1d. franking on face) 1912 to Toronto, colourfully shows what a good job was made of rebuilding Government House after the riots five years earlier. What these three, plus a loose 400th anniversary commem. still current in 1913 have in common is the Port of Spain GPO c.d.s. which superseded alphabetical codes £29
620 Had this ppc of "Oil Boring Derrick" not been mailed on MR 8 09, we would have thought it about 15 years younger. A distinctly early (and rare) insight into the nascent oil industry, in natural colour and with a noticeably 3D feel to it. Nothing remarkable in the journey (Port of Spain to Pennsylvania) yet we regard this simple card as something special £25 View
621 Port of Spain to San Francisco DE 17 10, 2½d. stamp, a printed env. of MacKenzie & Kirton, General Commission & Estates Agents, clean front, not enhanced by chunk out of back, and we only lot separately so that one of us can work out why there's a magenta 6 (or 9) in circle on the reverse £6 £4.5
622 Reg'd. cover of MY 21 13 on which 4d. SG 152 (or is it 152a?) pays the rate to take it to the printed address of Lt. Col. W.G. Clements, a retired army medic living in Hampshire. It's neat and tidy, but we’d have preferred it without a thin cellophane strip at each side, and we assume the re-attaching of the reg'n. label with gum. The right sort of TLC could improve its long-term prospects £22
623 Useful small hoard of ppc's, four used, nine unused (one undivided back) we regard ten of these as 1920's or earlier, three more recent (two polychrome, one an oil refinery)- none is modern, but condition of two is substandard. Of the used, one was posted in GB, one, used from P.o.S. 1911 had its stamp brutally removed; on another (v. clean, no message) the very lightly cancelled stamp has no tie, though no indication of tampering either. Includes local activity, family, coastal scenes, hotel, war memorial, selling fruit, and village scenery, cultivation - most are from different publishing sources £42
624 The talking-point of these two unused sepia ppc's is the skill of the photographer in capturing the grace and motion of a diver in action (in, we suppose, the 1920's). Point Baleine makes a lovely background. (Distributed by F.P. Bruce-Austin) £8
625 Small cover of AP 6 21 that went to Creil (department of Oise) to the care of the Central Commission for War Wounded. Some symbolism maybe that the ½d. and 1d. singles and ½d. pr. are all struck round the edges, upside down. Small stain on face at SE adds further authenticity to an emotive cover £20 £15
Turks Islands
626 1/- dull blue, fresh and softly glowing, cancelled by the diagonal pen-stroke that pre-dated the T1 killer, keeps company with small pt.o.g. ½ on 6d. SG 7, separated on three of its sides by the less than meticulous scissors that were always to hand in the Turks post office at this period, cat. £155 together £30 £24 View
TURK ISLANDS SURCHARGES Even with the scholarship of Bacon late 19th century (and the meticulous SG listing and illustration) there are gaps in one's understanding of these fascinating issues. We are grateful to a member (whose blushes we will spare) for access to an important collection which enables us to describe the next 15 lots with a substantial measure of confidence
627 ½d on 1d. SG 17, a centrepiece of four from top row of setting, the stamps mint, mounted in mgn., unobtrusive diagonal crease SE corner of stamp at rt.: this is setting 10 showing the variants (in top row of setting) 4, 5, 1, 2, in that order. Has been subject to a Royal cert. in the past, which will be supplied if made available to us before the sale - cat. £310+ £200 £150 View
628 ½d. on 1d. SG 21 fine pt.o.g. - this correspond most closely to the first surcharge of this character in setting 11, but the fraction bar has moved to the left in the course of the printing run, cat. £120 £70 £85 View
629 This is ½d. on 6d. black fine pt.o.g. from setting 3, the top of the strip of three, SG 8, cat. £100 £36 £27
630 Next from the companion setting comes ½d. on 1/- dull blue, this example from the bottom row, it has dealer h/stamp on reverse probably dating from when it changed hands at 7/6. Centred low, but with full perfs - SG 9 fine pt.o.g., and now cat. £140 £50 £38
631 ½d. on 1/- lilac, a fine looking, tall, fresh pt.o.g. example, again with scissor separation well below the line of perfs at foot - this is SG 20, hint of a shallow central thin by transmitted light, no trace of it from the face, cat. £180 £65 £52 View
632 2½d. on 1d. dull red, SG 34 pt.o.g. - reverse shows browning of the edge of the gum, and perhaps a minor gum thin on west side of the stamp, nothing wrong with the appearance of this rare stamp, just feeling its age a trifle more than its current contemporaries, cat. £750 £240 £300 View
633 2½d. on 6d. black SG 28 fine pt.o.g. managing to show a bit of white mgn. all the way round, for a change, though more on the rt. than elsewhere - cat. £250 £90 £70 View
634 2½d. on 1/- lilac, fine pt.o.g. from setting 5 a handsome example whose central fraction is as brief as a supermodel's bikini, and here again separation at foot is well below the line of perfs. SG 29, cat. £550 £230 £180 View
635 2½d. on 1/- dull blue, an unused example- perhaps a trace of gum, gently glowing on its face, and the large 2 (which can be placed almost anywhere to the left of the fraction) quite neatly positioned- scissor separated at left, still leaving mgn. and most perfs virtually clear all the way round: SG 38 cat. £1,100 £280 £220 View
636 4d. on 1d. dull red, unused (well a modest amount of gum), the reverse showing two h/stamps of A:ROIG/BARCELONA when one would be enough - an example with no mgns. to speak of around the stamp - not unusual, and not deserving of criticism, it's just as it comes, with these surcharges - SG 48, cat. £850 £210 £340 View
637 4d. on 6d. black SG 43 is a gettable surcharge either mint or used, so it's worth waiting for one of the better examples. This one, fine pt.o.g., with more mgn. South and East (where the stamp next door lost out) than the other sides, should not disappoint, cat. £110 £40 £46
638 The same type 29 '4' on 1/- lilac is a much more difficult stamp. This one has perfs a bit close to design at left and rt., though it's fine pt.o.g., and should please its next owner- cat. £475 £160 £120 View
639 This 2½d. on 1d. lake will deceive no one, and you could make your own for less than our estimate- but that would be copycat (maybe breach of copyright!) and not an original forgery, possibly one of its kind. Perpetrated on DLR QV 1d. we can almost guarantee you have nothing like it in your own Turks Islands collection. Age? Your guess is as good as ours (For further information see Bulletin Dec. 2014) £10 £12
640 This would have been a genuine ½d. on 6d. SG 8 before someone from an earlier generation added the embellishment of a large 2. The stamp is unused, centred left low. The added 2 looks to us like a h/stamp, with a tiny curl put on after £18
641 2½d. on 1/- lilac; our conclusion is that this is indeed a genuine unused 1/- lilac to which a complete forged 2½ has been added. We have compared carefully with those ½ surcharges that can be found on the 1/- lilac, and find tribal differences that cannot be explained away. So you have an unused stamp in fine condition, theoretical market value ± £1,000 and how much does the forgery diminish it? Well you won't find another, will you? You can't say the same of a real ½d. on 1/- lilac can you? If no one else wants it, it's yours for a proportion of £140 £105 View
642 If you know your surcharges, you won't need to be told that the signed "Aufdruckfalsch" below where this 4 on 1/- dull red is hinged warns that the digit is forged. Spiro forgeries added here of 1d., 6d. and 1/- should stop it feeling lonely £16
643 Of course you have Spiro forgeries of SG 1, 2, 3, and used blocks of four won't excite much, especially as there is a damaged 1d. and 6d. - but a 1d. from a different hand adds spice to this lot £10 £10 View
644 1893 ½d. on 4d. grey pt.o.g., mildly toned on reverse, fine on face with delightfully crisp surcharge, SG 68, cat. £180 £54 £42 View
645 You won't need magnification to see double on this WAR TAX 3d. purple/buff SG 141a - it's mint, fresh and free from criticism, cat. £100 £50 View
646 War Tax 3d. purple/buff mint top mgnl., which enables reversed wmk. to be clearly visible - even we can enthuse when it's like this - SG 153x, fine mint, cat. £25 £12
647 Collection 1867-1959, 160 stamps on s/card pages, all mint, which only sample QV, early 1d. (2), ½d. on 1d. (2) and DLR ½d. (2), 1d. (3), 6d., 1/- (3 each) showing shade variation, after which one of just about every value to 1/- of KE7, KGV periods, with some issues to 3/- or 5/-, while KGVI misses only 1950 5/-, 10/-, and E.II has SG 234-2352 inclusive. This is not a specialised collection, but would kick-start one who would like to try out a fresh (and ultimately very challenging) Caribbean territory. Current cat. is calculated at £940 or perhaps a bit more £200
648 Since our late member Eric Bateson's collection of philatelic covers was dispersed at auction, we have to acknowledge that the better ones are worthy of substantial respect. This cover of FE 2 97 sent the 1893-5 ½d., 4d., 5d. reg'd. to Leipzig along with the current 2½d. ultramarine- strong T1 killer cancels each stamp, cat. about £60 off cover £40
Virgin Islands
649 On 2 June 1799 Capt. Pennington entered into a roughly 4½ year lease of Mandiwels Lot in Roadtown, having probably taken possession 12 days earlier. Must have been quite some property as the rent payable six-monthly in cash was £40 per annum in gold or silver currency. Can we link this captain with piracy or its suppression? Drawn up by the Receiver and Manager of the estate of Beraleel Hodge, but every other resident was called Hodge in those days. A rare document even if only hand-carried somewhere at some uncertain time £60
650 4d. on 1/- SG 42 pt.o.g., the gum heavily toned which is due at least as much to its length of time in the Tropics as to any characteristics of the paper at birth, nicely centred, cat. £140 (from row IV/3 pos'n. 18) £70 View
651 The top four rows of a full sheet of KGV ½d. SG 69b have been divided unequally to produce a section of 28 stamps incl. all mgns. (one a gutter mgn.) and plate no.8; the right section with the other 20 stamps, full mgns. and the second plate no.8. Left half has a few split perfs. and a bend (not a crease, which may not be permanent). In essence both are fine mint throughout - cat. £60 (+ plate nos.) £33 View
652 Is KGV 1/- SG 83 at cat. 0.75 the least expensive stamp of its era on the market? Too late to snap up this mint SE corner block of six for nought because there's a plate no. to pay for as well £10 £10.5 View
653 VÍRGIN GORDA (MY 21 1919) Monty Ward reg'd. cover address portion cut off top left, all markings still in place, franked by Leewards 1d. (2), 3d., which are far more rarely seen from this office than the domestic issue £24 £19
654 While we have long believed that KGV 1d. carmine-red SG 69 is over-priced by SG, when you find two of them sharing a small piece with a VIRGIN GORDA c.d.s. of NO 27 19, a much rosier view can be held. We are happy to assume that this one derives from a Monty Ward cover £20 View
655 Montgomery Ward cover of NO 7 19 franked with 1d. carmine-red SG 70c horiz. pr. (perhaps one paid War Tax, we haven't checked to see if still in force). Unkindly opened, tearing behind, but not into l.h. stamp, and NE corner crease of cover just catches r.h. stamp. If we count SG from x6 instead of x7 this is still OTT at 'from' £162, but must be worth £40
656 Monty Ward cover of 1919 and '20, each with Leeward 1d. (2) sent from Tortola, the difference in shade matching the contemporary shades of Virgin I. issues, the covers, as usual, less than pristine £14
Miscellaneous
657 1847 EL from RIO BUENO Jamaica to BARBADOES presumed between Wesleyan Mission Colleagues. Initial rate of 6 in blue, re-rated to 1/- as this was a double-sheet letter. Dbl.arc from Rio Bueno and St. Thomas over flap. Once again GPO was silent over arrival £50 £39
658 The third p/s item from Brazil to capture the oval Barbados Ship Letter date stamp had a much slower journey than the other two in this auction. Born with a removable perforated strip on three sides it opens to reveal a Porto Alegre address 3,000 miles or so from its destination in Caracas in Venezuela. Written on 28.11.1901, it left a S. LEOPOLDO office on 1 Dec., and didn't reach Rio until Dec. 18. Though rated 100r. (which we consider correct) it received a tax mark, probably not followed-up, a mark from an indeterminate office fights with the Casada Moeda pictured beneath. From Rio, another 37 days to Barbados, whence to Port of Spain next day, and then to Caracas? It doesn't say, a bit careworn, but wouldn't you be, with that experience £32 View
659 We don't have a British Packet Boat, but thought one or two of us might fancy ppc's of early Mailboats, produced either in Flanders or Holland- we cannot say whether text is Dutch or Flemish. Unused they picture boats from 1847 and 1848, the earlier being "one of the first mailboats between Europe and America”, the other being "Prussian Eagle" - we accept full responsibility for the translation £10 View
660 B/w ppc of Marine Hotel, Barbados, undivided back. Message on face includes," It is really not safe to stay here. Do advise". Not safe? Barbados? Turn over please. Take in R.M.S. Tagus and observe Trinidad 1d. stamp cancelled at GPO JU 10 07. Do you remember the riots in Port of Spain, and the burning of the Red House? How much closer can one get to social history? £30 £52 View
661 Bahamas 1d. chalon, v. poor; QV 1/- (fair), Barbados 1861 ½d. unused, perfs trimmed on two sides; St. Vincent 4d. Spiro forgery, and 2½d on 1d. blue; Virgin I. 4d. SG 17, a very respectable example, alas its pmk. is faded £9
662 A maritime miscellany (14 items) includes KNSM's SS COLOMBIA (3), SIMON BOLIVAR, and SOCRATES, all on KGVI Barbados, other boxed Posted on Board, and Paquebot Trinidad on KGV Dominica, and more recent Bermuda featuring Queen of Bermuda, and Royal Vikingson £15 £31 View
663 Assembled on s/cards are some modest pmks. from Anguilla (5) and St. Kitts (8) with fiscal or fisc. used ranges from Br. Guiana (12, with values to $12), Jamaica (14 incl. Judicial 5/-), St. Lucia (9, most are QV postal fiscals), St. Vincent (10, incl. badge type 10ct. Revenue), and Trinidad (6 incl. 3/- die, and QV Free Fee 5/-) £48 £37 View
664 We offer without shame or embarrassment a GB ppc which went to Paris in 1900. It shows a view of Windsor Castle from the exact angle from which it is depicted in the 1935 SJ issues, and will make a perfect foil to one of your BWI SJ treasures. Between the two dates a concrete wall was added on the southern bank - if we didn't tell you, you might not notice £10 £8
665 A page so rich and so elegantly mounted that we refuse to split it up. The modest heading reads "Overprints to create new stamps for new countries". In the centre is the 1922 Barbuda set of 11 to 5/-. The Montserrat QV 1d. CA subtends this in a line-up of 15 formed by blocks of nine and six, probably from the same sheet. Top row sets Montserrat 1d. (presumably CC) and 6d. at left and right - all these stamps are fine mint - and pride of place between them is given to perf. 12 1d. (ever so lightly used) variety inverted S - total cat. over £2,000 £800 View
666 Blending a standard set of DLR Officials from Jamaica with the Trinidad issues to the end of WWI is far from conventional philately; yet this page is so tastefully laid out that we refuse to disturb it. There are 18 officials, all appear fine mint, and beneath an umbrella of Jamaica O3-O5 you get a row of six different Trinidad ½d. optd. OFFICIAL, then the original set of seven to 5/-, opt. OS, set out in an inverted pyramid, whose 5/- base is flanked by O15 and 15b - its final h reads as an I. We calculate total cat as over £550, and if anything, the Trinidad assembly is undervalued by usual SG standards £180
667 On this album page, beautifully mounted and written up are the perf. SPECIMEN sets of the tercentenary of Antigua and Bahamas to illustrate the straight-line style of Waterlow, and the semi-circular form adopted by Bradbury Wilkinson - a page of real quality £180 £150 View
668 A 25ct. tablet key-type received some rough treatment before coming to rest on 1899 cover Cayenne to Boston, where it looks far more relaxed. A pleasant pmk. trail here; a French colonial mark of the period is always elegant (20 November departure), Port of Spain is reached DE 7, still another 8 days to NY, from where it is whisked to Boston, and a light but comforting duplex (at 11 pm) acknowledges to have "RECEIVED 3". Was this not the exact period when an innocent man languished in a cell at the start point £27
669 This cover looks like the beginning of a Caribbean Federation with h/stamped address C.R.Stollmeyer in Trinidad, this cover left Antigua DE 13 30 with a line of defins. totalling 1/11½ to reach a Walter Potter in Kingston. It was opened on arrival, so on the off-chance that it's commercial. Stamps cat. from £31.50 on cover £16 £12
670 None of us will get over-excited about the 1937 coron. set on a Cayman I. reg'd. cover, or the 2½d. reg'd. from Tortola to a publisher's address in London, together with KGV 2½d. on a Monty Ward cover from Grenada - yet these might be just the thing to fire up some youngster that you know to take an interest in philately £12 £9
671 On 16.12.44 BWIA inaugurated the route between Trinidad and Jamaica, taking in Barbados and St. Kitts. Four covers in this lot made the journey: Trinidad to Jamaica (FF boxed cachet), paid 5ct.; Barbados to Jamaica (dbl.oval initialled BWIA cachet), paid 4d.; Jamaica to Trinidad, and Jamaica addressed to Antigua paid 1/2, each bearing FF legend typed, or in carbon copy. Was the typist paid overtime, or was this just a rip-off? The cover to Antigua possibly commercial £42 £54
672 Long envelope of Shorty's Hotel restaurant stationery took the same route (we think Shorty's has changed hands or function since then - not much else in Basseterre has altered), but no reg'd. rip-off here, just voluntary masochism with the full set of 10 stamps to 5/- on display, just about all of them the cheapest shades. Addressed to Mr Strisiver (Tries too hard? Pays thrice over?) There's a semantic middle somewhere £16
673 On 18.6.46 B.W.I.A. flew to Belize for the first time, the FF section being Jamaica-Belize. Two related covers here use proprietary B.W.I.A. stationery originating in Port of Spain, personalised to the extent that you learn that their manager in Barbados was J. Percy Taylor, that Pilot and co-pilot were Capt. W. Cash and Capt. R. Williams. Had you been aboard your hostess would have been Miss Y. Edghill. Outgoing cover paid 1/2½d. cash from Barbados. Intended return same day, yet this inward cover displays 5ct. British Honduras stamp cancelled JU 21. Did it fly? Was it underfranked? Did it just miss the bar? We forgot to mention the hole in one which stamp collectors like less than golfers. We reckon these two rather scarce £27 £56
674 Nickerie, Nickerie, Dock- this is a Suriname internal FFC operated by Pan AM from or to Paramaribo on 17.7.30, the fare 31ct., on an elaborate violet cachet in Dutch on the face, and crisp b/stamps of origin and arrival, blank padding used for the contents £12 £9
675 Our next offering is a very decorative air mail cover which seems to defy any kind of postal logic. It bears a single address to a lady in California, it left Mexico JUN 29 1933 sporting a 35ct. contemporary air stamp, regular neat postal cancel and cachet, and same-day b/s. Then…. daisy fresh 1½d., 2½d. 1/- stamps of Jamaica, bold Kingston cancels of OC 29 1933. A Rip van Winkle frolic will not explain how it got its Jamaican add-ons. No sender’s address. No further b/stamps. Our final thoughts - product of a parallel universe. It's clean and never opened. Can you resist it? £20 £15
676 E.II goes classic - these are fantasy productions, all impeccable mint perf. spoofs (5) being two IMPERIUM, crimson and grey, and sepia and grey; Bahamas 1d. grey-brown and orange-vermilion; Br. Guiana 1ct. scarlet and black; Nevis 2½d. dp. magenta and myrtle green - just this one group available, however many of us want it £5 £3.75 View
677 Miscellany of ppc's in colour except as shown. Used (stamps removed) St. Thomas D.W.I. sent 1910 from NY to Isle of Wight (wear and tear); Jamaican Washerwomen, 1920 to Winchester from Myrtle Bank Hotel (both b/w), and Nassau to Romford 1936. Used, stamped; Newcastle Road, 1919 Myrtle Bank to Camberley; 1904 GB ½d. Daventry to Banbury, Going to Market, Jamaica, Castleton Gardens, Kingston to Kent 1932; Banana trees, Trinidad (b/w) (Peru) to New Jersey. Unused are West St., Nassau, and an unidentified, but distinctly elegant Sugar Mill and Plantation House, the card by inference, published in the USA £35 £27 View
British Post Offices Abroad
678 The packet Spider carried this 1841 EL from Rio to Messrs. Huth & Co, London, and at a cost of 5/6 it duly reached its thinly identified addressee, eight weeks after its 31 Aug departure. The contents are flimsy, and need careful courtesy. The Rio dbl.-arc on the front is powerful and dominates the rest £28 View
Six lots of GB used abroad
The stamps are poor to fair only, descriptions relate solely to postmarks.
679 B32 (Buenos Aires) v.g. at 8 o'clock on 1/-; quite good at 2 o'clock on 5/-; double strike partly obscured, at 9 o'clock, so fair only on 1/- Pl. 4, SGZ23,28, 24 £60 View
680 Valparaiso (C30) Strong at 11 o'clock on 4d. sage green; fine (top two thirds) at 2 o'clock on 6d. grey pl. 15; adequate at 10 o'clock on 1/- pl. 13 £44 View
681 C38 (Callao) Powerful at 3 o'clock on 1/- pl. 13 SGZ54 £10 £10.5 View
682 St. Thomas, D.W.I. : C51 on 4d. vermilion pl. 8, 4d. sage green; 1/- green pl. 4, 5, 11; moderate to good strikes at various angles; Paid c.d.s. on 4d. buff (pl. 12!), 6d. chestnut, reasonable strikes, Z10, 12, 18, 19, 29, 30, cat. about £500 or rather more £50
683 C61 (San Juan, Porto Rico) - lovely strike at 1 o'clock on 4d. vermilion pl. 11 £12 £9
684 C83 (Rio de Janeiro) tremendously strong at 6 o'clock on 6d. pl.9; much more reticent at 2 o'clock on 1/- pl. 4. Z48, 56 £12
Literature
685 Dating from 1822 and published by Sherwood Nealy and Jones, we offer a map of CARACAS and GUYANAS before birth was given to British Guiana. At the cut-off to the north, Tortola and the south coast of "St. Domingo" just squeeze in, the south catches the mouth of the Amazon. Size is about 230mm x 160mm, and it's crowded with place names. Montserrat must morph into San Fernando, and we wonder how many will recognise Brandwaal £36 £27
686 From the same stable in 1820 came WEST INDIES, same size, smaller scale, taking in all of Central America (Mexico is North America, remember), and only Mosquito Coast shows where British Honduras would sprout. Not much red on this map- the British Empire was built from stepping-stones £32 £40
687 While Secretary of the LPS S.A. Brown wrote a monograph on St. Vincent, published in 1917. We commend to your critical attention a passage on p.9 headed "PENNY REDS" USED ABROAD - not least for its illustrations and the assertion that the GB9d straw could be found cancelled A10. Make no mistake, Brown was an eminent philatelist, yet it’s fair to see how our shared activity has moved on in 100 years. Donated in memory of Mike Spaven £18
688 The RACONTEUR and Philatelist is a little-known monthly periodical of the middle '30's edited by Robson Lowe. Here are Vol. 2 nos. 4 to 10, Jan. to July 1936 - they are something of a revelation £20 £15
689 Surviving original copies of the first seven Bulletins (Apr. '54 to Oct. '55) must be few and far between, although reprints were later procured and made available to joining members. The set of seven originals now offered is part of the many philatelic publications and other documents generously donated to the circle in memory of Mike Spaven. They are laboriously typed, bare of embellishment apart from the designed logo featured from no. 2 (a photograph gummed to page in no.7). They make a splendid souvenir of the humble beginnings of a Circle with which so many who were, or became, philatelists of distinction have been connected. £20
690 The William Glossop sale cat. with PR 12-14 Mar 1956 (HR Harmer, London) - your missed opportunity to buy de luxe BWI for ground nuts (8 b/w plates) £8
691 The Charlton Henry catalogue (this is part 1 4-7-1961) with prices realised; if printed in current styles it would probably take up three volumes instead of 102 pages. Description not needed - go for it £48 £38
692 The H. Douglas Bessemer sale cat. (Harmer Rooke, London 14-15 Feb 1963), BWI Leeward Group, PR for lots 251-519 only, so you won't know what Dominica village pen-cancels fetched that year - 3 colour plates £12
693 As we rather enjoyed our historic Society flashbacks last year, here are photocopies of our first two auction catalogues (1974-75) PR recorded by hand, plus cryptic annotation. Highest price was £18 for a London Gazette £4 £3