Saturday 11 May 2019

AGM and Auction at Spink, Southampton Row, London

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The following special measures will be taken, to avoid unfairness to the selling owners.

  1. Early Book Bids [absent bidders 1 to 12] where no higher reserves already apply, bidding will start at our usual lowest figure.
  2. Later Book Bids [N numbers from 1 onwards] Reserves at a new auction-day level, that is, the nearest bid above 80 or 85% of estimate (subject to any higher reserve). The opportunity to buy at 75% vanishes this year.
  3. Post-Auction sales 90% of estimate, for lots not specifically reserved, with discount, 5% for three or more items estimated together at £250 or more.
  4. The post-auction formula will apply immediately the sale closes, unless the auctioneer is advised of your continuing interest in items unsold, during a mid-auction break.
  5. Any lots unsold from 12 May 2019 onwards may be withdrawn from sale without further notice.
  6. Any member who satisfies us in that any one or more bids which would have qualified as an early book bids were made but have not been received/acted upon will be accommodated under category 1 above, for any lots available for sale.

pp the Auction Team – Simon G.

N.B. Delayed book bids have often caused administrative problems in years gone by, and it is likely that rising reserves will become the Circle's established policy in years to come, to compensate for late bidding.

Lot Country Description Est £ Real £ Pic
Anguilla Anguilla
1 Anguilla Anguilla has been thinly supported in recent years and we’re tempted to eliminate the title, but Anguillans didn’t struggle for Independence to lose their identity so we’ll put our members on probation. This is a typical Ernest Panton cover, Castries address typed in blue, addressee name erased, as so often, the St Kitts ½d neatly cancelled ANGUILLA VALLEY cds 30 JU 32, repeated alongside, earning horiz. pair of St Lucia Dues 14938/28, cat. from £254.50 (see St Lucia for comparison) 70 60 link
2 Anguilla Given the availability of Anguilla Valley date stamps on single stamps, covers ought to be fairly easy to find in the KG5 period, but they are not. It’s a contrast with Barbuda, and they probably merit a multiple of 3 or 4, compared with similar items from larger islands. So we rate PSRE of 24 JY 29 paying the postage element with 2½d ultramarine via Basseterre GPO and Plymouth to Lennards in Bristol accordingly. On the face No. 807 in red ink subtends Anguilla in period. The reverse is surprisingly void of any back stamp 90 75 link
3 Anguilla On the same basis, we rate a 1933 cover to Harrow, Middlesex, bearing just the 1½d red-brown against the £16-18 that cover from St Kitts might deserve 54 48 link
4 Anguilla Artwork for the production of Easter issue in 1978, but in fact used 1979 (SG351/6). It comprises (at x3 the intended stamp size in each direction) what we take to be a photograph of the Church interior, signed by designer Barrett with text, denomination, crown EIIR added around the perimeter. It includes a progress proof of the 22c which you will find significantly altered both in design and text “East End Church”, “Road Methodist Church” and “The Valley Methodist Church” refer to the same site 50 44 link
Antigua Antigua
5 Antigua This letter from J. W. Turner in Antigua to Christopher Codrington is on record in the Codrington correspondence – but the writer had sent at least one other letter not so recorded, which was categorised as impertinent and resulted in his summary discharge from employment. If you read the present letter, observe the careful writing, the commendable grammer, the moderate tone and the indicia of a proper education, your sympathies may lie with Turner who has no means to pay his debts. Well it’s too late for redress so let’s look at the philatelic character: large fleuron of JUN 1 (no year date is the norm) the fleuron strong ANTIGUA weak; carried per Elizabeth packet via St Thomas 12 JUN 1813 reaching Falmouth 12 July. Rated 1/2 for the packet, 11d for the onward travel, to make 2/1 in all. Turner worked in the Barbuda estate for several years and was probably not alone in being given a raw deal 300 unsold link
6 Antigua The horiz. pair of 6d black plate proofs were certified as genuine, probably by APS in the late ‘90’s. We don’t have the ticket – you won’t need it to know they’re right 80 85 link
7 Antigua “Antigua, proof of the (QV) 6d value green on thick paper… is genuine in all respects” says 1994 APS cert no. 90452, and who’s going to quarrel with that? – though the enlarged photo flatters with its yellowish green hue 80 75 link
8 Antigua Defaced QV 6d grey-black plate proofs in lower marginal block of six, valued to sell at 60 52 link
9 Antigua QV 6d SG1 fine unused (traces of o.g.) complete with its 2002 APS certificate. It just safeguards its own design while hijacking more than a trace of the stamp below 95 80 link
10 Antigua QV 1d SG7 horiz. pair centred low rt; firm, not overpowering A02 killer on each, just a hint of oxidation but it’s still got class 60 unsold link
11 Antigua A02 at 10.30 o’clock all but suffocates Queen Victoria on SG 4d rose, so powerful and full is the killer. Stamp is centred east and l.h. perfs have been trimmed quite close, but they are all there. In fact, condition is thoroughly sound unlike so many used abroad. SG24 cat. £600 110 130
12 Antigua Thin star wmk 1d rosy mauve presents as an imperf. Example v.f.u., but here is our diagnosis: it has been cut down (vestigial traces of perfs at top, and in the absence of horiz. imperf between listing for this shade the same follows for side mgns, but l.h. mgn so wide, we have to infer left mgnl. It comes as close as you can get to our ‘imperf v.f.u. and we think someone should offer 10 8.5 link
13 Antigua Even though multiples of the 1884 1d SG25 are plentiful, this simple mint pair from SW sheet corner with all its margins, will add character in many collections – cat. £4.50 2 2.5
14 Antigua The QV SPECIMEN set of three, being the line-perf 2½d, 4d (thickened ‘S’), 1/- issued 1886-7, SG27s/30s cat £150 56 58 link
15 Antigua A fine mint SPECIMEN example of KE7 5/- in vivid colours 36 32 link
16 Antigua For those who crave SPECIMEN stamps with plate no., here is the 1935 SJ 1d flaunting it’s lower mgn “2A” perf. SPECIMEN. It’s mint, its mgns are tidily chamfered, but you’ll have to put up with a thin that doesn’t show through, because you won’t find another 25 22
17 Antigua Here are the 7 MCA values from the KG5 defins which first came on issue in 1921, SG55-61, cat. £500, selectively and individually assembled, all f.u. 200 unsold link
18 Antigua The SJ 2½d that follows is lge pt o.g., almost perfectly centred, and is another rarity, showing dot to left of chapel, SG93g. It’s not a prominent variety and you’ll enjoy it more if you illustrate enlarged, as SG do – cat. £225 80 70
19 Antigua Silver Jubilee perf. SPECIMEN set of four SG91s/94s cat. £110 38 35 link
20 Antigua The KG6 Coronation set of 3 perf. SPECIMEN fine mint, cat. £110 38 37 link
21 Antigua The 10 original KG6 pictorial defins to 5/- perf. SPECIMEN. (The 10/- and £1 denominations were issued nearly ten years later and were among the last issued stamps to be distributed in SPECIMEN form. (We’ll try to track the pair for you one day) SG98s/107s. Cat. say £200 70 70 link
22 Antigua KG6 ½ d, 1d, QE 1c, all three with imprint ; QE 3c pair, 4c single each stamp with plate no. 1 below – all five, of course, lower mgnl mint except ½d (hinged o.g.) 12 unsold link
23 Antigua We award high marks for design and dignity to the 1932 centenary issue, present here as the complete set of 10 fine m., cat. £225 85 52 link
24 Antigua That’s part of the reason why we’re really pleased with the next 4 covers beginning with a C. E. Ceder cover regd FE 23 33 from FALMOUTH (regd h/stamp belongs to village) to his Tacoma home using 1½d, ½d, 1½d for its centenary display 65 52 link
25 Antigua We follow with another cover regd MR 14 33 with 1½d and 2d centenary but receiving its label at St John’s. The mere cds is hideously rare, but if you want MONTPELIER on cover, we turn to plagiarise a bygone ad. Which we think goes back to that era – “ oh, see da (lovely L.C. Ceder) polish” RRRR 150 130 link
26 Antigua … and here, finally is another commercial cover. It comes from an Antiguan business address, went to another in Halifax and the Paquebot/Posted at Sea/Received/ (date)/Saint John. N. B.” cds, cancelling tercent. 1½d inverts half its date and even then leaves us at least guessing whether 12 Aug or 8 Dec 60 unsold link
27 Antigua As so often cat. from £65 seems too high for a 1923 cover regd to New Jersey from St John’s combining Leeward 2d with domestic 3d; but those features on a commercial cover take us a fair way towards it 30 26 link
28 Antigua (see too Leewards L3) When 9d postage is made up, as here, of Antigua 3d and 6d, rather than Leeward equivalents, SG quote comes down to ‘from £23.75’, so we can value on its FFC merits, an ordinary air mail cover to Seymour Rose c/o postmaster h/stamped VIA AIR MAIL, further struck with the 3-line FAM Antigua to US on arrival at St Thomas at 4 pm 26 SEP 29 15 15
29 Antigua A. James self-addressing a cover to London SW19 (Wimbledon) is best known for his Knights of Malta philatelic correspondence – but here he hits the jackpot with tercentenary ½d and 1d sent NO 22 36 from FALMOUTH, each stamp from NE corner with sheet number 75 unsold link
30 Antigua Five Falmouth Antigua date stamps elegantly cancel and escort the ½d and two 1½d tercentenary stamps framing their journey to C.E. Ceder, as regd mail (always assuming he wasn’t standing over the counter clerk to receive it, for there are no other signs) 80 70
31 Antigua OHMS cover regd SP 21 42 to Tillsonburg, Ontario spent 8 days under heavy scrutiny – well it may have glided through St John’s and NY, but a minatory black/red customs label and in initialled label cancelled by Director of Postal Services, London, Ontario proclaim its struggle to arrive Duty Free. The neatly placed 2d and 1/- x2 Leeward stamps turn their backs on the turmoil beside, beneath and within 52 46
32 Antigua Bessie Harper would have been proud of her lower mgnl KG6 10/- Leeward stamp with plate no. date stamped 15 JA 48 (SG 113c cat. £100). So will you, if you like this sort of cover 60 unsold link
33 Antigua When this FDC was acquired by the owner, it was thought to be second day of issue, but is now known to be the real thing. Is that a plus or a minus? We’ll give this colourful item a minus for a fold at foot, but a genuine plus for starting from ALL SAINTS 10 8.5
34 Antigua This year’s auction contains 4 Silver Wedding FDC’s of 1948/9 which you’ll immediately realise, you very seldom come across. The reason is that the high values were expected and issued on differing dates, which made commercial exploitation difficult to organise. Our first example (like two of the others) was sent from an outlying village (GRAY’S FARM to the US) and it received the bold ‘Forwarded’ h/stamp of Staten Island, when re-addressed to California 35 36
35 Antigua FDC of 22 FE 54, regd at St John’s to – and perhaps from – Bessie Harper gains its colour from the 9 low values that festoon it rather than from the occasion 5 4 link
36 Antigua The Tirlemont (Station) at which this b/w ppc arrived was in Belgium; card, written 13/5/07, shows turn of the century English Harbour, fairly trim, but shipless of course. ½d rate badge CC adds character 18 15 link
37 Antigua 1½ written up pages display b/w ppc of Port Arthur Day, posted without message to one of the Harpers AU 22 28. Another of even better quality unused and an opened out cover which went unstamped to Oxendale of Manchester and earned a GB 4d postage due. We believe this to be wmk single cipher inverted, which won’t get you excited when you look it up 38 unsold linkex
38 Antigua We think that Mrs. Shand (the family is still prominent today) was being royally entertained on holiday at Queen’s House, Nevis, when this scarce 1d p/s env. was sent to her from St John’s SP 18 06 32 unsold link
39 Antigua And (Mrs Shand) was still at Queen’s House when this follow-up p/s 1d env. was sent to her a week later from Antigua, with the more informative endorsement ‘Per S.S. Trinidad’. Forgive the minor bends – it might have been bad news 36 31 link
40 Antigua 1931 3d deep ultramarine PSRE to London, 1½d red-brown paying for travel; and the lot is spiced up a bit to include tercentenary 1d with part All Saints cancel, and Leeward 2½d (KG5) showing (JOHNSON’S) POINT at SW corner and a partial transit mark that suggests to us it was used in period 30 26
41 Antigua Bill of exchange drawn Oct. 20 1796 at St John’s, Antigua on a Dublin bank. Ex Brian Brooks – we leave it to you to trace connection with St Kitts. Bills were customarily drawn in triplicate, this one (first and third unpaid) was the second of exchange. All three would be endorsed by payee, the acceptor would honour (or decline) only the earliest to arrive 12 32
Bahamas Bahamas
42 Bahamas A fine imperf single from the uncirculated remainder of SG1 (see cat. note under SG2) – cat. £250 75 unsold
43 Bahamas RPSL cert of 22 May 2013 issued to Charles Freeland reads as follows:- SG No 39b 1s green – perf 14 – watermark crown CC – De La Rue – manuscript Specimen (Perkins Bacon) is genuine. Have you got it? Neither have we. Nor does it inform you. Nor does it tell you that scissors have trimmed the perfs off at top and bottom, leaving them to modest advantage at right. Anyway it is what it is, pretty rare in any case and you won’t get the stamp either if you don’t buy it now R£70 unsold link
Bahamas The next 5 lots study the SPECIAL DELIVERY issues in some depth – the stamps being generally fine o.g. or mint.
44 Bahamas Our first page holds two of the part extra tree trunk/rifleman one with full corner margins from row 1/12, and the complete extra tree trunk in pair with its bottom margins SG31 from positions 55/6 32 26
45 Bahamas Our next page holds 10 examples of SG51 (one of these f.u.) each one of which is plated, with settings identified (per bible according to Fernbank). 9 are from the “common” setting of 6,000 stamps, and one is from the positively scarce 3 rd setting to which we would assign a cat. multiplier x10. Therefore cat., say £180, of real value 100 90 link
46 Bahamas 3 album pages and 1 s/sheet offer 69 mint or o.g. examples of Special Delivery, SG52; 44 of these in multiples of 4 or 8. You’ll find a wealth of plate scratches guidance on re-entries, the tree trunk varieties, of course and plate positions often assigned for you 48 40
47 Bahamas Two album pages combine SG52 and 53 with 4m, 2u and 1m, 12u respectively, going to town on a plate scratch from vignette 2, and including among the used, two blocks and a pair, with less plating help but adding some cat. value 18 15 linkex
48 Bahamas The CC staircase issue, a sprightly set of the 4 values lge pt o.g. SG58-61 cat. £75 26 unsold
49 Bahamas KE7 CA SPECIMEN set of 7, SG62s/70s cat. £300. We note toning on reverse of several and estimate modestly to allow for it 60 unsold link
50 Bahamas Boosted by a SPECIMEN example (cat. £70) the black and mauve Special delivery adds a further 54 mint or o.g. examples, including blocks of 12 and 8, and among the 2 blocks of 4 and several pairs, you’ll find the dbl. tree trunk from stamp 56, and three examples of the lesser variety plus rifleman from posn 12, complete with sheet no. (6 album leaves, 1 s/card) 90 80 linkex
51 Bahamas Mint, with gum creasing, heavily toned, this is NE corner block of staircase 1d SG75b, intact with all mgns (we have to declare its good features too) from sheet no. 4007, and beneath the number, of course, the secondary staircase and rifleman variety – cat. £44 10 unsold
52 Bahamas 1911-19 MCA Staircase set of 6, with 2 shades of 1d and 3d/yellow all handsome lge pt o.g., between SG75a and 80, cat. £128 42 unsold
53 Bahamas Lower mgnl mint examples of QV 6d CA, KE MCA ½d, KG5 4d yellow, script CA 1½d (SG 54, 71, 85a, 117) first three fine with plate no. 1, last with plate 2, its numeral showing blank area where something blocked ink from paper and on reverse tiny trace of perhaps a stamp that once adhered to the gum. All four look fresh and wholesome 36 27 link
54 Bahamas Blocks of six of the 1920 Peace 1d and 3d, fine mint add a bit of weight and imagination to a standard lge pt o.g. set of the ½d to 1/- in singles – SG 106/10 cat. £55 20 unsold
55 Bahamas The Peace set of five f.u. has also asked us to include it and we’ve agreed, so here are SG106to 110 in their alternative mode, cat. £55 20 unsold link
56 Bahamas We are starting to feel that the 1930 tercentenary set is due for another rise (No we haven’t been eavesdropping). Anyway here is the set of 5 fine lge pt o.g. SG126/30 cat. £70 24 unsold
57 Bahamas If you, like ourselves, find it hard to tell the listed shades of the 1931-46 2/-, 3/- apart, you can’t do better than acquire the SPECIMEN examples for comparison. We have the pair duly perf. SPECIMEN on offer for you here SG131s, 132s cat. £95, both fine 40 50 link
58 Bahamas KG6 1/- on striated paper, fresh and wholesome, whose aspirations to live up to cat. quote £1,000 for SG155a are slightly diminished by light horiz. crease showing up on reverse 120 100 link
59 Bahamas Our view that cat. quote is too generous to the striated paper KG6 listing was formed well before the supply in this year’s auction became available. Still it’s nice to be able to choose between our used pair on piece and a v. lightly used single 5s SG156a (or even splash out for both and the unused example too) cat. £700 120 160
60 Bahamas On tiny piece, KG6 5/- vert. pair rather dull app….. STOP RIGHT THERE i.e. should look dull. This is the stamp on the thin striated paper SG156a, and judging by the appearance of its sundry cancels, mostly v. light, it has travelled with a parcel. Cat. £1,400 by the way 240 unsold link
61 Bahamas When we descend from the heights of thin striated paper, we cease to be critical of SG cat. quotes. Here are KG6 5/-(2), £1, fine pt o.g. SG156 b and a, 157a, cat. £230 75 70 link
62 Bahamas Missing from a group aiming to represent the listed shades of the 1942 Landfall values 1/- to £1 are the first 1/- SG171, and the best 2/- SG172a. 9 of the 10 present are mint, only the 3/- SG173a having previously tasted a hinge; all are fine - SG171a to 175a cat £259 85 unsold
63 Bahamas Landfall 2/- brown-black and steel blue SG172b f.u. cat. £35 14 14
64 Bahamas This is our first opportunity to offer the prestigious COIUMBUS variety, found on the 4d, 6d and 8d denominations of the 1942 landfall set. Most of the few that exist have found their way into major collections. Our current example is at bottom right of a block of four, on 6d, SG169a in well tended unused condition involving only hinge in its life to date. It comes with a Murray Payne certificate which makes an L of a difference cat. £1,200 480 unsold
65 Bahamas Landfall set of 15 f.u. with extra shades of 5/- and 1/- (the 1/- shade omitted is the cheapest) – between SG162 and 175a, cat. adjusted for shades is about £110 40 34
66 Bahamas For those of us who won’t follow the preceding block into the stratosphere here is the 6d landfall in a horizontal and vertical pair and an 8d pair from SW corner, all these fine marginal mint, fault free. Between them they nicely bring out the character of their line perfs, which is harder to spot on the block with the error 5 4
67 Bahamas Tercentenary ½d, 4d, 6d, 10d, SG 178, 184/5, 187 each in a fine mint imprint pair – you’ll see a cornucopia of such items in this year’s sale, which doesn’t make them easy to find 18 14
68 Bahamas A further glimpse of life at the margins. Enschede brought to the NE corners of the 1962 Nassau Centenary pair, sheet no. and the start of their name striding down r.h. selvedge; moving back in time you’ll meet KG5 script 2½d and 3d/ pale yellow, each with upper plate no. 2 (which is r.h. pane) the 2½d with left gutter mgn also; finally there’s the tercentenary 3d displaying sheet no. 422 – all are fine mint, cat. £13.30 with quite a big plus 12 9
69 Bahamas A treat for the exisiting (or just about to start) sheet no. specialist : our NE corner QV 1d rose-carmine mint block has its sheet no. “111” written on the margin in crayon; and the QEII 1954 ½d keeps company in an immaculate mint top right corner block whose sheet no. 08820 is lightly duplicated on the stamp itself – SG48 and 201 – but we pay no attention to cat. quotes for rarities like these 36 28 link
70 Bahamas The next two lots each show two booklets in one of which the panes are stitched in normal upright, and in the other the panes are upside down. We begin with the 3/- booklet SG SB2, holding 8 of each of the 1d, 1½d and 2d values in panes of four 40 unsold
71 Bahamas And we continue with the 6/- booklet with 4 each of the 4d, 6d, 8d. Now two members have a chance. This is SB3 40 unsold
72 Bahamas Tagged to us as SG28 – and intense colour notwithstanding – we make this Chalon 4d perf 12 CA. It matters little for the impact of this piece is the NEW YORK STEAMSHIP cds alongside whose SEP 18 date leaves no space for the year. Starts at reserve to protect seller’s aspiration R£33 33 link
73 Bahamas KG5 script 1d houses quite decent strikes of Grants To(wn), Hatchet (Bay), (Rock S)ound, and (The) Ferry Exuma, but (G)RAND BAH(AMA) ib blue is genuinely scarce and being on ½d SG81a by far outweighs the rest 36 28
74 Bahamas Mixing metaphors or the like on the picture side, you’ll find GB KE7 defins ½d to £1 – plus a £5 for good measure – reproduced “used” with two dbl-ring cancels TO GREET YOU 28/3/05, and the Royal Coat of Arms deeply impressed, richly coloured, “Nassau Bahamas” in unconvincing quotes, and a rose-pink Toweer Bridge poster stamp to plug Waterlow & Sons, lest they felt left out. Turn over and there is a 1d staircase cancelled 16 FEB 09 to finance journey to Nashville, Tennessee. What next? “Prohibited” sandwiched between two lines loud and clear in blue crayon. We have our views about this, and you will have yours. Tell the Bulletin editor, not us – we think the card got delivered anyway 25 unsold
75 Bahamas A McFarlane cover 1d franked from Cat Island’s ARTHURS TOWN, elegantly readable type 7 cds atop and beside the stamp – probably a stamped addressed cover with a purpose as it’s been opened 34 unsold
76 Bahamas A Dr Hess cover, First Daily Flight to Miami 2 JA 30 addressed to Dr Peachey, whom you’ll meet in the next following lot, at NY’s Explorers Club. Hess used a block of the last 1d WAR TAX issue, and a changeling pair of the War Charity 1d, now almost simulating a 5d Special Delivery 18 unsold
77 Bahamas We are sure that these two covers of 3 FE 30, one to Dr Peachey the other to his wife, were the work of Dr Hess and you’’ see the same colour changeling effect on the 1d staircase used on each. Of course the franking didn’t stop there. The husband’s cover was embellished with tercentenary 1d pair and staircase 3d black and brown; the wife’s received the 5d tercentenary, and the Special Delivery 5d, SG53, together with an EXPRESS Delivery etiquette (of which we doubt notice was taken). Both covers went by air and used Manson Steamship Lines stationery 42 unsold
78 Bahamas This is probably your first encounter with a GB KG5 ½d cancelled at Harbour Island. It wasn’t alone of course; there’s a 1d staircase alongside and 3 clear type 7 cds strikes over flap. No, “flap” isn’t a flip-flop of the pen; just turn over and you’ll see that the missive originally travelled from Brighton to Bury, Suffolk in 1809 and is postmarked accordingly – so it’s a dashed-off wrapper put to new mischief 38 unsold
79 Bahamas No crayon cross or label of origin at PALMETTO POINT 20 AUG 32, just a horiz. strip of 3x King’s head 1d and ‘25’ circled in blue crayon to give the registration message sufficed to secure regd passage through Miami to its Tacoma destination. There are multiple strikes from village of origin on 20 AUG 32 – noted as EKD on its sale to a previous owner which maybe it still is (we haven’t checked). Opened when received by O.D. Mann, clearly a rare and significant item 105 unsold
80 Bahamas The usual 8d and 2d defins send a business cover by air to Miami. The face received a PASSED BY CENSOR h/stamp, to which “to P.A.A.” and in which A.W. and 17.2.40 are added. It’s the era of PanAm’s two-line AIR MAIL/PAQUEBOT and is addressed from Fort Montagu Beach Hotel 22 unsold
81 Bahamas Escaping censorship, but not GPO vigilance over rates, we meet cover of 19 DEC 40 to a Mr Vigouroux of New Rochelle, NY, whose 2d and 2 x ½d adhesives, earned a seldom seen boxed T_____ h/stamped, in which 1 and 10 were entered, reiterated later by DUE/”/CENTS NY duplex 28 22
82 Bahamas Our next cover, predictably, bears the same scarce boxed tax h/stamp and 1/10 addition, this time addressed to England and with just two 1d stamps carelessly placed, posted Xmas day 41. Cover as sent by Rev. G.H. Brooks of Grand Bahama to a relative or clansman of the cloth “HMS Rodney c/o GPO London”. Look again at the face and, yes, the cancels are from EIGHT MILE ROCK whose pad was running war-time dry. We are unsure, from memory, whether Rodney was still afloat on the high seas, at this stage of the war 44 38
83 Bahamas Cover 1945 to Jacksonville, Florida, whose 3d stamp receoived a juicy Bimini cds was opened by Examiner IG/5846. Reverse shows bands of discoloration from the gum that sealed within 24 unsold
84 Bahamas You get a lot of San Salvador for the 3 grams recorded on the regn h/stamp of this philatelic cover of 29 Jun 1931, a pilot-signed FFC between El Salvador and Nassau. Even the GPO h/stamp is fully signed. It took 2 days to reach Nassau, where it hung around for nearly 3 weeks before finding its way back to Salvador with less of a flourish. Vert. fold at left; 80c paid with 3x 25c biplane air stamps and defin 5c to make up full rate 32 33
85 Bahamas A small cover with the printed address of A.C. Sheldrake of Airdrie, whose 1d franking gets a worn FRESH CREEK cds of 9 AUG 38. Did you think it would be type 7? Look again on the reverse, where there is a repeat strike exactly centred over flap. This is Type 3a which Ludington and Raymond treat as put out of use 8 years earlier. That, you see, is why you get Andros Island with the name (which doesn’t appear on type 7). A bit contrived perhaps, but opened, serving a purpose, and, we suspect, an accidental rarity 40 unsold
86 Bahamas A Montgomery Ward cover left intact (we’ve reached a regn date of 12 OC 25, and practice had changed at the receiving end). It looks untidy with its 3x 1d stamps carelessly affixed, the directional and transit markings on front and back are just as casual and the violet date stamps cancelling the 2x 1d are themselves difficult to read in their patchy dark violet. But stop – don’t runaway. The cover was sent from NORMAN’S CASTLE (we’d like letters two feet high for that) sender’s printed address on face. Its RRR – should we add another 85 unsold
87 Bahamas 1936 air mail cover sent by a journalist to Kelsey Press Co, Connecticut, using 8d flamingo on the front and poster stamp over flap, plugging Nassau Paradise Isle; a clear New York Paquebot 1933 duplex cancels 1d on ppc, where face shows Sponging Vessels, Nassau; 10d franked 1948 ppc of a Palm Fringed Shore, Nassau went to Stockholm. We like this trio even if this year’s sale makes Sweden look like a common destination (which it ain’t) 32 unsold
88 Bahamas Having met the Crown Circle PAID AT BAHAMAS quite often in rather pedestrian 20 th century use, it’s a pleasure to find it employed on RAF official business, sent 2 December 1943 from RAF Station 111, Nassau. The long air mail cover (with vertical fold) went otherwise unfranked via US AIRMAIL (a prominent emblem) to Glasgow’s LMS Railway Operating Manager. Intriguing but the contents are lost to history 40 unsold link
89 Bahamas The cds of 14 FEB 48 struck boldly in violet front and back gives a whole extra dimension to a commercial cover from GRAYS (Long Island to Kansas City) 16 unsold
90 Bahamas Use by GPO of an economy OHMS envelope in late 1948 to air mail regd to New Jersey may explain that it was shortage of raw material that caused the issue of 1947 tercentenary of settlement to be delayed to the following year. This cover used 5 different low values to pay a postal rate of 8d 17 unsold
91 Bahamas 1962 unstamped OHMS from Commissioner’s Office Inagua to GPO Postmaster, official business, 2 days en route; 1963 San Salvador to Nassau box no., by air franked 1½d and 6d. Each is on a long registered cover and bears what we recollect as a short-lived regn box of about 80mm length, the San Salvador example an especially elusive h/stamp 9 unsold
92 Bahamas 34 more long covers 1960-2002 – none is philatelic – all from out-island offices, largely unduplicated. We count 10 of the new millennium era (boxes reading Post Office/date/location). Aside from a Marsh Harbour in the same period TRD, the rest mainly track back 40 or 50 years, 2 went unclaimed, 4 are on official post office business, 8 travelled regd and there’s nothing ragged about a Ragged Island cds in as near as may be new blue, an assembly with potential if you can cope with the dimensions 42 32
93 Bahamas We can’t resist separating for separate offer a further long cover regd from Clarence Town to Director of Immigration (Nassau box no.) which went to THIRD NOTICE. A classic example of bureaucratic infighting, surely? 2 unsold
94 Bahamas 36 covers, all we think from different out-island offices and only 5 look philatelic. The latest is 2002, the rest at least 20 years earlier, going back to 1963. The only obvious TRD here is a dbl oval from Hope Town, 1977, but a gd range of frankings and usage, some are regd. 48 37
95 Bahamas Picked out for extreme character are two philatelic covers, once owned by Fred Seifert: the 1965 one used the Bimini negative seal to cancel in deep ultramarine; the 1969 one came from Gambier with large and small double-boxed cancels. Along with them you get a 1974 cover from Spanish Wells to Nassau Box no., which somehow got MISSENT TO BOSTON. We are stumped for a reason 10 8
96 Bahamas A Dr Hess cover that is wholly different: it reached him in Nassau Dec 1919 via NY, regd from Nelson NZ – PSRE chocolate brown 2d + 1d, with 1½d, 50 days on the way – respectable commercial condition 25 unsold link
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97 Barbados Powerful 2-line DEAL/SHIP LRE welcomed 200 ton ship Gibbons to port 1 Aug 1773 about 2 months after she left BARBA/DOES – this mark on flap was less clearly struck, Capt John Coare was the Master. The cover cost 1d gratuity plus 9d for its onward journey of 73 miles to reach Rev. Dr Hinds of St Ann’s Westminster 480 unsold link
98 Barbados … and we possibly haven’t offered a more dramatic early mark than this large fleuron of BARBADOES on this EL of 10 February 1824 since an 1804 Trinidad horseshoe captured our back page way back in the last Millennium. 3 ½ pages written to my dear mother cost 2/2 160 190 link
99 Barbados Imperf white paper 1d (clear to lge mgns); 6d pale rose red (narrow mgns, close at lower left, indeterminate bootheel cancel); cleancut perf 1d well centred, f.u.; 4d dull rose-red, bootheel 1; SG 9, 11, 19, 25 cat. £350 48 unsold link
100 Barbados Compound perf ½d, large star 4d, SG 56, 60 both v.g.u.; yet the lateish 1875 date of the 4d, and the inability of its perforator to go on cutting cleanly, shows it to be one of the tail-enders of its issue – cat. £315, or make it less 52 44 link
101 Barbados Lge star 1/- clean-cut perf., SG61 attractive part o.g. centred slightly north, cat. £150 40 34 link
102 Barbados Large star 1/- clean cut perfs, block of 4, centred slightly rt, the o.g. heavily crazed with scraps of paper adhering in a couple of places, but a scarce item with strong visual impact, SG61, cat. £500 190 240 link
103 Barbados Light but pervasive duplex killers tend to subdue a self-respecting 1873 5/- whose shade is authentic, but it’s centred left SG64, still cat. £300 after all these years 44 44 link
104 Barbados 1873 3d brown-purple SG63 part o.g. – perfs at left were aligned much too far rt, and the integrity of the stamp has been preserved and its character enhanced by meticulous separation 1½ mm farther left. On reverse perfs at top show v. minor staining at the very edge (not uncommon for this stamp) frontal appearance exudes a warm welcome, cat £325 75 unsold link
105 Barbados DLR Britannia perf. 12½ 6d chrome yellow SG70, light Barbados 1 cds of DE 3 75 centred with precision, a high grade example, cat £70 27 30 link
106 Barbados Fine o.g. examples of the two shades of the Britannia perf. 14 6d CC, which contrast dramatically. The chrome-yellow is probably strengthened by mild toning of the gum; its companion could be almost new-born, SG79, 80 cat. £500 120 150 link
107 Barbados 1878 Britannia 1/- purple CC (crown to rt), a scarce part o.g. block of four, good colour, perfs a bit ragged at left, top rt stamp with a patch of gum thinning, but we’re being over critical, it’s a nice item, SG81 is cat. £600 120 260 link
108 Barbados Negative photo of artist’s essay for the alter accepted design of the 1882 issue, showing Queen’s head, surround and BARBADOS in Chinese white, 7 of the duties in simulated capitals alongside, “ 2½ penny” added in manuscript. Approving stage which seldom survived, apparently unrecorded by Frank Deakin 70 60
109 Barbados Intermediate values of the 1882-6 issue being 2½d ultra, both 3d, 4d pale brown, 6d, 1/-; then ½d/4d with and without hyphen, all fresh pt o.g. SG95 has horiz. crease, others fine (between SG 93/104) cat. say £300 60 unsold
110 Barbados The 1886 QV 5/- SG103 pt o.g. is offered separately and cheaply as the gum is toned, cat. £170 20 22
111 Barbados The 1886 SPECIMEN stamps had a low distribution but the 6d here is quite widely toned on reverse and the 5/- not much better – we discount heavily from cat. £190 40 30 link
112 Barbados 1892-1903 small seal set of 11 pt o.g., slightly mixed condn, many fine SG103/13 cat. £250 36 31
113 Barbados Some would ignore a slightly shortened perf at left of our lightly cancelled 1897 Jubilee 2/6 and describe f.u. For us it lacks a bit of sparkle and is valued cheaply 10 12
114 Barbados 1897 Jubilee, the top 5 values SG120/4 fresh m. (this varying from pt o.g. with hinge remainders to 6d full o.g.), also Kingston Relief m. 1907 with uprt and invtd surcharge, cat. abt £300 70 58
115 Barbados The 1905 MCA small seal short set of 5 to 8d, and the 1909/10 new shades or colours, including ½d, 2½d (relegated from separate listing to “shades”) SG135,42, 163/9, fine pt o.g. cat. abt £250 65 unsold
116 Barbados More SPECIMEN stamps: as the 1892/6 ¼d, ½d are rather toned we value only the MCA 1910 trio (2d, 6d, 1/-) and the small seal 1921 1/- MCA and script 6d, 2/- 44 38 link
117 Barbados The Nelson CC set of 7, (1906) and the 1907 MCA trio, SG 145/51, 158/162 fine pt o.g. – centring varies – cat. £117 28 22
118 Barbados 1916 3/- deep violet fine o.g., beautifully fresh on face, gum with acceptable mild toning - SG191, cat. £75 24 20 link
119 Barbados 3/- green and deep violet SG200 centred right, light smudgy cancel, which you’f prefer to be readable cat. £110 25 21
120 Barbados Victory 2/- SG210, centred left, impeccable used, cat £75 27 23 link
121 Barbados Victory 3/- SG211 lge pt o.g., centred SE, otherwise suitably triumphant appearance cat £55 18 unsold link
122 Barbados Sampling 3 further SPECIMEN issues we offer 1912 2d and 1/-, 1916 2d, 2½d, 1918 3/- (all large seal), 1925 2/- 46 39
123 Barbados Lower mgnl mint 2d claret trio with plate no. 1 and 2½d quads with imprint. Some bright spark has arrowed a minute extra frame line alongside 2½d, but come on! If you want to arrow the imperfections of WWII printing you’ll need a quiverful 6 5
124 Barbados KG6 2½d ultramarine fine lge pt o.g. showing listed variety mark on central ornament SG251a cat. £55 20 16
125 Barbados KG6 4d black boasting the prominent flaw, curved line top rt. Gum has a hint of sun-tan on reverse but looks mint – SG253b cat. £140 36 46 link
126 Barbados A study collection of the 1d/2d provisional of 21 Apr. 1947 accompanied by charted information on settings and detailed annotation of minor varieties. 81 stamps (of which 32 used include two imprint blocks) divide between the two perfs and include blocks of six and four, pairs and a few singles. The work is done, you’ll need to find the listed varieties for SG264/a to give it real body 60 52
127 Barbados On 24 Apr 1947 a cover, now opened out, was regd to Colin Bayley in Ottawa, paying the 1/3 air fare plus regn with 6 x1d/2d SG163 on each of front and reverse with 3d added – one minor variety but a major frolic on a busily written up page – cat. £72 off cover 48 unsold link
128 Barbados In a slightly lighter shade here is a rt mgnl sample mint block of six of 1d/2d SG264 – note the alignment of ONE to PENNY – cat £15 3 3.25
129 Barbados The same collector has laid out 4 pages headed Plate Varieties’ holding KG6 low value defins. He has gone to town on 48 1d blue-green, most in strips or blocks of four, six and eight, mint or o.g., inc 2x imprint, the 15 other values are handled in more rustic fashon 24 25 link
130 Barbados The 1962 Scout Jubilee threesome in mint lower mgnl pairs, which incorporate their two 1a plate nos and the ENGLAND of B.W.’s imprint. Make do with that, the full text would take up too much space 8 unsold
131 Barbados Multiply your outlay? 1967 1c/4c SG392, a fine mint horiz. strip of 3 from SW corner. Never mind the half DLR imprint in side mgn, just look at r.h. stamp, where you’ll find a non-conforming ‘C’ in CENT, a variety not yet listed, so that’s up to you, the buyer, to negotiate. So our estimate is nominal only 2 5.25
132 Barbados This is the dramatic 1988 Cricketer error – you’ll know him by his less tidy collar (start looking again at your cricketer now). Latest cat. for SG856a is £500, and a flawless SE corner example, mint with traffic lights and mgns must be worth a 1/3 or more 160 unsold
133 Barbados And now you can bend the knee in reverence. The cricketer error is unpriced used and here you have the error on cover alongside 15c. defin., used to even better advantage from Christchurch, a numeral 2 cds of JU 4 88. We wonder if Sue Jackson in the US ever learned what came into her hands. She was a collector, for sure, as the air mail cover stayed unopened – it might be the only cover to be spotted, and for the moment it looks flawless 400 420
134 Barbados Scrutinised closely, imperf (1d) SG10 has tiny but impeccably even mgns – its solo presence is secured here by barred oval ‘9’ doing a handstand as usual – you get about ¾ of the killer and don’t need the rest 30 unsold link
135 Barbados Bootheel ‘5’ struck with intensity at 8.30 o’clock on 6d orange SG33 – perhaps add a plus for fine centring and hint of cds at SW 24 21 link
136 Barbados When you find bootheel ‘8’ on 1872 6d SG53 (or if you buy it here, of course) rate it v. scarce (and in this case commendably fine) cat. £90 40 95 link
137 Barbados The standout item in a batch of 5x DLR Britannia bootheels is ‘2’ at about 6 o’clock on a nicely coloured 4d carmine, and we like the contrast between ‘10’ on deep blue 1d SG66 and 6d chrome yellow; ‘11’ and a poorish ‘3’ on 1d grey are also rans 38 75 link
138 Barbados The blue pad was used occasionally for cancelling Britannias. Here you get a bootheel struck firmly on DLR perf 14 1d and just discernibly on 1/-, while another 1d and 4d of the same vintage show use of a black pad without cleaning the dbl-arc instrument so that the 1d shows a lot of blie but after another thump on black pad 4d shows almost black (same date, SP 9 1881) 18 unsold
139 Barbados With one PB exception ½d, 1d and later 2½d stamps from QV to about 1910 offer a range of parish numerals with or without parish names in cds form, and a bootheel set ‘2’ to ‘11’ with a spare bootheel that looks as if it terminated a fly while killing the stamp. There are 39 largely unduplicated strikes, so our valuation comes easily - quality varies, many are fine 39 33 link
140 Barbados Arrayed on stockcards with careful attention to date order are 83 x 1d stamps, either SG92 (4), 107 (57), 118 (21) and a solitary MCA, 137. Marks are type M3 representing the parishes of St Philip, St Thomas, St Peter and St Lucy (two of these show the numeral 11 as part of cds) 40 unsold
141 Barbados A maritime group about 1925-50 in which seal type or SJ 1d and 1½d (5 stamps) acquired KNSM or Paquebot cancels, a 2d pair on piece went from m/s HECUBA to Amsterdam Central station, and a 1933 philatelic cover to Willard Snyder used a 10 year old 2½d ultramarine to add to its boxed KNSM SS COSTA RICA cancel – Paquebot duplex from Cristobal 30 33
142 Barbados You have probably not heard of N.E. Parravicino, Ship Broker & Steamship Agent. In 1901 he signed a New Year ppc with vignette view from the quayside, sent (1d stamp) DE 20, per CATANIA, to a business in Delaware 25 27 link
143 Barbados We are always finding you postcards of the railway around Bethesda, but did the train ever run? Emphatically, yes; here it is captured in black-and-white crossing a bridge on the coast of St Andrew, and only one of you can have it, because we’ve never seen another. 1d stamp on front, so tax marks deleted on its way to Amsterdam April 1905 30 36 link
144 Barbados We shall assume that substantial philatelic demand was expected and experienced for the large quantity of Kingston Relief, 1d/1d specially overprinted inverted second time round, perhaps achieving a fairly even split between normal and inverted (but printed in the proportion of 3:2 normal: inverted). We also accept a cover multiplier of 8 for inverted used price of £6.50 – but would reject it for a normal stamp of 8x £15. Here we have a cover sent to London 19 Mar 07 so let’s also assume it’s philatelic (although we could be wrong). Now hold tight: one of the pair is NO STOP variety, so cat in all is about £160, and that’s a real figure 70 unsold link
145 Barbados Commercial covers of 1942, ’43, in the well-known correspondence to A.J. Large in Grenada. First has the early “OPENED BY CENSOR” label with no added annotation. Second was opened at each end P.C. 90 label of Examiner SS/8 and Grenada’s Examiner H/25 32 44
146 Barbados Modest medley brings together Imperf and clean-cut perf. (1s) pale blue, no wmk 6d orange-red, 1905 MCA 2/6 pt o.g. (SG9, 18, 30, 144) and front of ½d brown newspaper wrapper, used late 1880’s with 2 x 1d adhesives to pay postage to London and LATE FEE, on duly stamped face. The stamps (cat. £242) do not quite achieve top grade, but usefully reflect 50 years of early Bajan philately 54 unsold linkex
147 Barbados 8 acceptance receipts from May 1995 show where Peter Kaulback registered items from different offices. He also “captured” a stout yellow baggage tag from Bridgetown, used for 3 parcels on Apr 5, which somehow collected 2 parcels at St Joseph on May 12 and travelled by air from GPO 5 days later bearing marking to show postage paid and MISSENT TO BARBADOS. What was going on? You tell us 15 unsold
148 Barbados ½d p/s env. with ½d/4d SG104 added for local delivery from GPO MR 27 94. So far as we can say this is entirely commercial usage (and scarce thus) with not too obtrusive filing creases to prove it 28 unsold
149 Barbados A size H2 3d ultramarine PSRE with 3x 1d added to take it to NY in early 1928, is partnered here by a 1937 cover to Exeter, Posted at Sea on KNSM Colombia, with landfall at Plymouth for the last 30 miles to destination. 44 48
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150 Barbuda 1922 ½d to 3d f.u. and we shan’t count the 1/- which has a forged cancel – SG 1-4, 9 cat. £53 12 unsold
151 Barbuda Any 1922 cover from Barbuda, with its own issues franking it, is good news, and most are philatelic anyway. This one went regd to Nick Nikoletich in Oakland, carrying 2d and 2½d horiz. pair with r.h. gutter mgn R£75 unsold link
152 Barbuda Barbuda 1d (pair), 2d, 3d (pair), neatly aligned on cover NO 22 23 to Colchester – entitlement to register not exercised. 5 years ago, we would have halved the cat. value of these stamps for our estimate, but philatelic covers have since gained in esteem. Therefore we count 1d for postage x5, cat. value of the rest (£50) to produce cat. £115 56 unsold link
153 Barbuda W.T. Wilson regd cover of DE 2 27 from Barbuda using Antigua 3d and 6d, usual meticulous cds on each. A multiplier of 4-5 for the 3d, and cat. for the 6d is about the right level for assessment 32 unsold link
154 Barbuda A matched pair of 1933 underfranked covers sent 4 months apart to Cayman I., the ½d (mild staining at foot) earning the 2d centenary for postage due and the 1d earning centenary 1d. Differing T marks, Panton’s name left unmolested on each and the 1d version has even been opened 150 unsold link
155 Barbuda If this Selfridge wannabe FD Coronation cover proves anything, it is that there was less demand than anticipated for FDC’s from Barbuda. So it travelled as a private letter to Nottingham SE 2 37 (Coron 1d and 1½d) and probably served a useful purpose 9 8
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156 Bermuda Incoming mail to Bermuda is quite widely available from the 19 th century, and we try to dig deeper for character. This pre-stamp OHMS letter of 14 NO 1846 came from the Admiralty’s Accountant General, to its medical inspector and Agent at the Naval Hospital, Bermuda. Its confidentiality has been preserved by removal of the left part of the letter sheet, yet we feel this is a most unusual official item to escape into the public domain 50 unsold link
157 Bermuda The 6d CC SG6 comes in 2 shades, of which the darker version is the more distinctive, but the other – which is the one now offered – is the richer hue. It is lightly cancelled with a blue killer, and centring is exceptional – cat. £75 24 18
158 Bermuda QV 6d dull purple CC centred left (yet much better centred than usual) a few short perfs at foot, fresh and fine visually. Of the two distinct shades of SG6, this is the softer and more gettable. We treat full cat. as if it were £500, not £1,000. We suspect a small patch of re-gumming over possible v. shallow thin at base of neck, but may be over-critical 50 unsold
159 Bermuda To fill the space for the 3d/1d rose red SG12 f.u. you either need a pot of money, or a well-executed forged overprint. Try this one 30 unsold
160 Bermuda We cannot commend too highly a type 6a 3d/ 1/- SG13b gd u. – so we don’t! Treat the overprint as a forgery 20 unsold
161 Bermuda The highly prized MCA docks 1d with wmk inverted f.u. (Note not needed by yoga enthusiasts who can get the inverted thrill by standing on their heads) SG37b cat. £350 140 160 link
162 Bermuda Whether one treats the digit ‘1’ as vestigial or completely invisible, there is enough of an upright ‘9’ with its framing bars to prove this pmk to be the RR type K3a ‘19’ – attributed to St David’s, struck on QV 4d 50 unsold link
163 Bermuda By the reign of KG6 numbers of Specimen stamps distributed have shrunk and of collectors aiming for high values have grown. So high values perf. SPECIMEN are in demand. This one is the 10/-, much o.g., tiny area of gum discolouration lower rt, maybe influenced by the deep lake ink on the face 25 19
164 Bermuda Brought together in a single lot are KG6 1½d, 2½d, 1/- SG 111, 113b, 115 in imprint pairs to which are added 1953 defins 12 values to 1/3 (7 singles, 5 pairs) all lower mgnl, each stamp subtended by plate no.1 or 1a; you also get a similar pair of the 1956 Ocean Race 8d, while the 1953 Royal Visit arrives in a block of 8, incorporating imprint as well as the 2 plate nos – all mint and fine 48 unsold
165 Bermuda Considering that a 16/- stamp would be a rarity and that this KG6 block of 8x 2/- (used at Hamilton 1945) from SE corner with full mgns preserves the usual 60% of plate no. 1, we estimate accordingly. It is Dickgiesserable accordingly, we feel sure, but haven’t done or homework 15 11
166 Bermuda 1948 5/- booklet SG SB1 stapled left – looks in the pink of health, cat. £140 50 unsold link
167 Bermuda If only the type K3 ‘3’ was visible on this small 1888 cover to NY Weekly World Office, our valuation would be £24; but as the full ‘INLAND-ISLAND’ of the JA 26 duplex is plain to read, a multiplier x5 makes it cheap - RRR 120 100 link
168 Bermuda FURNESS BERMUDA line features on two maritime covers to US: the Bermuda 1d franking was struck with NY slogan duplex Dec 13 1928, cover embellished with black dbl-ring Posted on the High Seas, and the decorative rather uncommon cachet of the line; the Dominica 1d black and violet received the issued NY Paquebot duplex Feb 25 1929 and the S/l violet Posted on the High Seas h/stamp pencil annotated “1 st day of recorded use” 48 unsold link
169 Bermuda Canada’s 1927 confederation 1c orange paid for this 1933 cover to Philadelphia. Its pmks came from 3 different inkpads, black for PAQUEBOT on stamp, grey-black for Hamilton slogan duplex, greenish grey for the Lady Hawkins cachet, a shade of ink you seldom find at this date 19 unsold
170 Bermuda 3 colours of ink, too, on roughly opened 1930 cover for Cristobal – blue for Paquebot, black for SS Westernworld’s duplex used on its NY & Buenos Aires run to clobber 2x Bermuda 1d, and brownish grey for the two strikes of a hand pointing UNCLAIMED/RETURN TO WRITER for onward travel to East Orange 48 unsold link
171 Bermuda A Munson line envelope used by a sender on SS Munargo to send to Pawtucket, Rhode Island a 1931 cover regd from Hamilton bearing five defins ¼d to 2½d 18 unsold
172 Bermuda Anchor line’s SS TRANSYLVANIA stocked better cards portraying the vessel in pictures for its cruises to Canadian North Cape and Bermuda. This example was franked with SJ 2½d for NY’s East Side and was slogan cancelled in Bermuda on landing there 28 unsold link
173 Bermuda Ireland Island : ½d p/s card MR 1898 to Hamilton ordering food for a Naval Mess: 1902 1d p/s card to a London tailor requesting an account for clothes supplied; ½d p/s card 1896 from Hamilton presses Capt. Davies for a reply – light K4 receiving duplex on message side. 2 cards are very clean, the one to London is average 50 unsold
174 Bermuda QV p/s cards sent with little or no message, being ½d blue, Hamilton local 22.2.89; 1d red, 1891 to the Hague; and another ½d blue with ½d added; 1d red, 1902 to Switzerland, 1909 to Vienna; 1½d red 1892 to Otto Bickel, Italy; the difficult 1d on 1½d, 1893 to Adolph Bauer, Erfurt – generally fine 75 unsold
175 Bermuda 3 more examples of the ½d deep blue p/s card. Of the two sent from Hamilton in 1893, the later went to Senf Brothers in Leipzig, with a very short message which presumably enabled it to travel at printed matter rate. The earlier one was for Ireland Island, whose K4 duplex can barely be seen on the reverse. The third card, which is white and was printed for the Second Annual Banquet of the Quaker City Philatelic Society, February 18 th 1887, and received a Philadelphia duplex cancel of that date. How come? We don’t know. Do you? 50 unsold
176 Bermuda This ½d deep blue p/s card shows scarce local usage from Hamilton to Ireland Island with a brief greeting from Charley. The card had all corners rounded, presumably supplied that way, yet carefully done and does not detract. K4 ‘1’ of Hamilton on front and K4 ‘3’ of receiver on reverse are both faintly struck (the dry ink season?), so that receiving cds is all but albino, but the duplex ‘3’ is pleasantly clear, Date DE 2 93 is just readable on front 25 unsold
177 Bermuda Miss Smith living in Warwick in 1894, and having moved to Paget in 1896, received and retained these two ½d deep blue p/s cards from an effusive but incoherent lady living in Hamilton. After a period, worms had a good nibble at each of them. The cards show their K4 ‘1’ duplex cancelling the die stamp and the individual K4a ‘8’ and ‘6’ on the address side. Scarce, of course, but we discount for condn 42 unsold
178 Bermuda ½d blue p/s card to Senf Brothers, Leipzig, probably allowed at printed matter rate; local use from Hamilton of another, Mar 1900, to Vice-Admiral Sir Fredk Bedford of Admiralty House dealing with Committee business of St John’s Ambulance Assn 18 unsold
179 Bermuda Five 1½d or 1d red QV p/s cards which addresses and frustratingly indistinct pmks lead us to believe they were sent as follows:- Aug 31 92, FLATTS to Halifax, Nova Scotia; 16.4.95 Ireland Island to Alkmaar, Holland; Feb 1897, PAGET WEST to Baltimore, Maryland; Feb, 95 SOMERSET BRIDGE to NY; 1897 WARWICK EAST to Cardiff 75 unsold
180 Bermuda We meet the ½d blue p/s card again uprated by 1d in 1894 for the Royal Artillery’s Military Academy and with ½d uprate for London in 1898’ each from St George’s. Both have personal messages from writers with a peripheral collector awareness, and the earlier card (whose K4 duplex is of mixed clarity) appears to us to have the scarcer K4 ‘2’ duplex, but card has been folded in half, so two more cards to Germany are added to this lot, no message. The 1d p/s card went to Kiderlen JA 4 94, the scarce One Penny/1½d to Landgraf 56 unsold
181 Bermuda Use in the QEII period of postal stationery was probably more abundant than elsewhere in the B.W.I. but it can’t be treated as plentiful. In this lot you get 7 examples, all commercially used. The 2d blue, 3c and 4c black, one of each, going locally 1966; to Pennsylvania ’73; locally ’74; are keeping company with 4 x 1d red cards, 2 with different slogans, ’59 and ’61; 2 have 1d stamps added in ’62 and ’64, one going by air to New Jersey, while two of the other three got b/stamps from Bailey’s Bay – all are fine. 30 unsold
182 Bermuda Shamelessly philatelic cards, all devoid of message. The 1d cards arrived at Pembroke from Crawl, Devonshire South, Flatts, Hamilton, Mangrove Bay, Perot Post Office, Somerset Bridge, Southampton, Warwick. The other four are all 4c black. One never left the Castle Harbour Hotel from Bermupex ’78; another went from Pembroke to Devonshire; the others went regd to Paget and Flatts, ’74 and ’78, acquiring a 25c adhesive and 3 totalling 27c 34 unsold
183 Bermuda The hardback version of Ludington’s “The Postal History and Stamps of Bermuda” – 432 pp of text (plus 13 intro) including pictures of all the post offices, and still with its ageing dust jacket. Seldom on the market nowadays 35 unsold
184 Bermuda Holmes BERMUDA the 1932 handbook. His HRH initials intend no lese-majeste, but anyway were given by his parents. Do the 46 retouches said to exist on 1926 2½d attract or repel? 12 unsold
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185 British Guiana Selections from the well-known Sandbach correspondence beginning with a letter Glasgow to Liverpool 12 Feb 1806, seeming to be written on a letter from Demerara to Liverpool 19 Aug 1805. We don’t follow the mechanics of the journey, unless the 1805 original went to Glasgow with this sheet included as a duplicate copy. The 1806 letter (2-line dated despatch mark on front) paid 1/10 and seems to carry a detached 4/1 rate on reverse. Most of this group were heavily folded 22 32
186 British Guiana We follow with closely written 1827 letter Demerary to Liverpool (annotated as copied for Glasgow) which received two-line step-type SHIP LETTER/DOVER on landing, rate of 1/4 amended to 1/8 for onward travel; with it we include an 1834 letter sheet which did land at Liverpool, a quality LIVERPOOL SHIP LETTER on flap and 8(d) substituted for deleted 1/4, the lower rate entered and initialled in red. “Indian Chief” carried this one 48 60
187 British Guiana We give solo status to an 1835 letter which bears a nicely preserved seal with the initials of PMW (Sandbach), which travelled on “Pantaloon” a smaller, worn, boxed LIVERPOOL SHIP LETTER here, and 1/4 properly charged, as it carried a bill of exchange in favour of Sandbach when it arrived 30 36
188 British Guiana Another EL of 1835 was single sheet, less tidy outside; it went per Laura to land at Liverpool paying 8d. Then comes an 1843 EL paying 2/- because of the duplicate of an earlier letter once enclosed. It travelled per mail via Barbados, and to describe its pmks as messy is flattering. By 1853 Sandbach have become Sandbach Tinne; this letter went per packet from Demerara – its pmks are fairly clean. Our last two letters here are both 1858, making the journey direct per packet, their pmks clear and nicely varied, yet their state of preservation leaves something to be desired 48 40
189 British Guiana A03 at about 2.30 on GB 4d rose – a lip smacking full strike on a stamp of gentle shade and without blemish – SGz2 cat. £180 65 75
190 British Guiana The first-type A5C code saw a lot of use and you can see it all but worn out here, with much of the date stamp barely visible, and 1860 added in pen. Oh, yes, the stamp … it’s a 1c, for once not SG11, and, with some hesitation, we plump for type C rather than type A (but take the opposite view if you prefer). Shade is a pale dull red, shallow thinning is visible in places when viewed from reverse light, and it has 3 tight mgns, just in along most of the r.h. side. We value at roughly 2½% cat., but feel it’s rather better than that 60 75 link
191 British Guiana We try not to take sides over whether classic ship-types arrived imperf in Georgetown, available for issue to the public. When you find – as here – a 1c black on thin paper, equivalent to SG42, with mgns up to 2mm on each of 3 sides and of decent size at the top, does it really matter whether it was for issue or of proof status. Reverse is lightly gummed, something miniscule was written at foot there in violet ink, and one can spot on that side a diagonal crease running from SE corner. Worth a punt? 30 unsold link
192 British Guiana 18 Waterlow ship types 1862-71, seller’s SG nos against each (open to mild challenge) 2 are m., the rest u., values to 12c, cat. over £450, condn mixed but broadly decent for these issues. Pmks noted are a fair EIC 1874 on 2c, pr. Red London receiver on 8c and two examples (necessarily incomplete) of the PA4ID accountancy mark on 6c ultramarine and 12c (see T & H p. 219, fig 6). These are not easy to find on single stamps 65 56 link
193 British Guiana SG45, 46, 47 unused but with the odd missing perf and very high cat. £825; SG61 fine used; SG162 fine used pair; SG132 used and 2 different 2 cents, one cancelled Demerara River and the other Plaisance 90 unsold link
194 British Guiana Forgeries of the early issues: four are the usual RETIMUS error (2x 1c, 8c, 12c) and if anyone is fooled by simulation of the 1c vermillion (m.) and 4c blue (u.) of the 1850’s, it’s time to give up collecting. Yet despite being unsigned, and being unable to convince with paper or pmk, the spirit of the 1862 2c provisional type11 is reflected in the last of our forgeries here 18 unsold
195 British Guiana We are rather chuffed to offer 1906-10 24, 2, 12c each mint with lower mgnl plate no.4 . And here’s a thought: as the 2c is the re-drawn SG253a, may not this 24c itself be a re-drawn version of SG246? We are not sure this has been looked into anywhere, so that this could turn out to be a seminal lot. Prepare your ground with care, with a plate 3 example of the 24c, before approaching the SG editor 32 24 link
196 British Guiana We take 2c SG253 out of order to follow our lots from plate 4 and to reveal a small surprise. This stamp (cat. £21 as normal) is mint marginal plate no.1 . Whatever was going on at DLR at this point? Are we missing something 18 21 link
197 British Guiana Now here is the 5c SG255, also with lower mgnl plate no.4 . The same trick can be tried with this and we’ve separated the two lots in the hope of starting a race (cat. as normal is £21) 25 26 link
198 British Guiana We next further confuse ourselves (and probably you) by offering 1c green in plate no.1 top mgnl strip of five (CA wmk of course) and MCA single, top mgnl plate no.4 . We’d say you have SG213 and 242 here, cat £21 as normal 20 21
199 British Guiana On pure mischief bent, we close this 5-lot mini-series, by offering mint top mgnl plate no.3 examples of 2c dull purple and carmine and 48c grey and purple-brown. These by the way are CA wmk SG234, 237, cat £53 as normal (but we’ve stopped thinking of these type 30 issues as normal 40 35 link
200 British Guiana This year’s plate no galaxy now takes us to the 1913-21 MCA definitive where, from top mgn we have fine mint plate no.1 examples of 1c, 2c (2 shades), 5c, 8c, 12c, 24c, 48, 96c and lower mgnl 4c, from plates 1 and 2 (very different shades) and lastly 8c – between SG259a/269c, cat. a mere £48 without the plate nos, but we added for these 70 unsold link
201 British Guiana The 1921/2 Script defins yield 1c, 2c violet, 4c all with lower mgnl plate no.2 , 24c mgnl with plate no.1 top, plate no.2 bottom; and throw in a nominal £1 for a lonely plate no.2 War Tax where some hoodie has blown a hole through its sails 32 24 link
202 British Guiana We move from plate nos. to imprints as we reach the 1934 pictorials, and have the 2c and 24c values in fine mint imprint pairs 17 14
203 British Guiana Our KG6 24c mint imprint pair comes with uprt wmk so cat. £52 as normal 30 32 link
204 British Guiana Next comes mint imprint pairs of the 3c perf. 12½, and KG6 36c, along with a f.u. block of the 6c carried by air on some assumed philatelic mission 25 26 link
205 British Guiana The year’s imprint selection gains in style with the 1948 SW pair, fine mint 39 34 link
206 British Guiana We conclude to this year’s supply of imprints and plate numbers with mint imprint pairs of QEII 5c, 6c, 12c, 36c, and plate nos thus: 1890 1c on $2 (plate 2), QEII 1c, 8c (plate 1 singles) 36c (plate 1 pair) – only SG208 is from the top mgn – cat. abt £55 in all 44 38 link
207 British Guiana 1898 2c surcharges: a 10c and 15c (2) pt o.g. with hinge remainder showing NO STOP variety for each, and the ‘comma’ lodged between ‘N’ and ‘T’. These are nice examples, none of the familiar hang-dog appearance, cat. £101 plus 39 unsold
208 British Guiana 1921-7 Script 2c violet to 96c, 8 values without 60c, each with plate no.1 , mostly mounted behind plate no., and we decline to place value on the 12c and below because 4c number lies detached alongside, 6c and 12c are heavily toned (we mean heavily) and the 2c looks weary. The four top values are better news, and must be worth estimate 40 unsold
209 British Guiana We can ignore the 1c of the same issue (also mgn mounted m. with better plate no., and heavily toned) while giving plaudits to the statement alongside; for here you have a top mgnl strip of four corresponding plate no. and sheet no. 182 (no r.h. mgn) – these were used 1930 in Georgetown and are rare as a unit 12 unsold
210 British Guiana The 1931 centenary $1 value f.u. and very well centred, SG287, cat. £65 25 unsold
211 British Guiana The 1931 centenary set of five f.u., the shade a trifle richer than that of the previous lot; for centring the one before just wins, SG283/7 cat. £65 25 unsold
212 British Guiana 1935 Jubilee 6c gd u. the light cds staying well clear of dot to left of chapel variety – SG302g, cat. £190 35 36
213 British Guiana On 2c SG127 (rounded corner) a well-inked, clearly struck, all but complete pmk of MR 12 1881 reads B G/DR/1. The E or W that isn’t there ought to be fully legible unless the letter has dropped out. If one consults T&H reproductions, this should be D R E – which is ever so scarce – rather than D R W, which is less so. We confess with shame that this stamp passed through our hands 18 years ago, and we didn’t single it out for sale or comment. We’ve done so now and it’s make-up-your-mind time 40 48
214 British Guiana CC 1c and 2c of the DLR 1876 defins, each showing part type 2 cds for Bellfield, Buxton, Enmore, Plaisance (plaisantly strong) and Skeldon. It’s actually a starter group, as we think you’d find all the other type 2 cancels more difficult, but none of this type is considered easier than scarce, and all have to be hunted down 34 37 link
215 British Guiana E6C on DLR 2c CC of compelling stand-alone quality struck strongly at 1.30 0’clock with the precision needed for maximum exposure. Since T & H was published, we have all learned that the original E6C was used (very rarely) with its ‘6’ inverted, but was brought back into use in place of the second type E6C, with ‘9’ now in position, to read as it should. This non-pareil example has no month inserted to follow 16 and the year 79 is upside down. Enjoy 50 140 link
216 British Guiana 2c brown and indigo Jubilee SG217, whose violet dbl-ring cds of APR 22 1899 reads between the rings “POLICE/BRITISH GUIANA”. More interesting than many a postal cancel, but of lower value 1 2
217 British Guiana In this group of 14 stamps (defects noted on 3) all with 2 nd series code marks, we would pick out an L on 12c used 1866, ECB 2 on 1c CC, large W4C on 2c CC, commend A2C, 4C, 5C (these are not difficult) and take note of the quite difficult DRW2 and WCB for trying hard. The other examples are rather run of the mill, but a code mark is a code mark 75 110 link
218 British Guiana Postmark collection on stockpages, reputedly ex-Proud (but he formed several). About 45 offices generate 500+ items each different from one another giving a varying, but not consistent, range of types and values belonging to the particular office from early to about the later 1960’s – no code marks, plenty of skeletons, with some fairly elusive items to be found here. Difficult to value, say 320 240
219 British Guiana 31 Pairs of 1c slate SG170 (or perhaps a couple are wmk CC) on 2 album leaves, each with a different cds, and all different locations, except Georgetown which figures twice. All strikes are identified unless instantly readable and the offices are the more usual ones, Airy Hall, Bel Air, Fredericksburg, Sisters, Zorg probably the least available , but even the commonest are not easy in this format, and the stamps are free from obvious fault 60 105 link
220 British Guiana The next page holds the Waterlow perf 12 ½ 24c and 48c values and perf 15, 8 stamps in all, inc a better E1C 1874 on 2; then come DLR 1876 to 48c u. mainly fine inc 48c; duplicates of the 2c yield D.R.W and a classy ’78 Mahaica – 1881 provisionals 2m. 2u. – total cat. overall £500 plus includes SG112, 114 90 unsold link
221 British Guiana The next 7 pages from the same colln continue from QV to end KG5, with 1882 DLR, Inland Revenue surcharges to 20c, then at least one of each value in every subsequent issue, nearly always used, absentees noted being 1890 1c/$4 (m. not u.) and 1903 60c, not there at all. We count 134 stamps, 21 of these m., to take in extra perfs, shades, pmks. None of these pmks (which include TPOs and a Postal Agency) is difficult in itself, but there’s a PLAISANCE on tercent 4c of such quality that it will almost tempt you on its own to take this lot 180 unsold linkex
222 British Guiana Two DLR 12c, each firmly struck with A03 killer funded this cover of MR 2 78 from Georgetown to London, no unwarranted frills 30 29
223 British Guiana Three Centenary FDC’s each with the flattened oval cachet (kick-off 21 JU 31). They are 6c franked regd. for Husbands; unregd franked 4 and 6c for a local – both would lie inert for collection. The third went surface to Forest Gate, Essex, opened out displaying 2x 1c, plus 2c, and a poster stamp added over flap 38 unsold
224 British Guiana 3 covers from GPO are: 1936 for Water st, 2c frank, Kaieteur Waterfall slogan cancel; 1934 and ’37 for Toronto and a PSRE with 6c adhesive added, the first using the less common 4c red-brown, the other back to indigo with 6c rate 40 unsold
225 British Guiana The next four covers are: 1933 regd to Toronto 4c defin, 6c faintly showing violet Kaieteur Falls cachet on front; same year Reliance regd to Brighton, 2c PSRE, 2c defin 6c cent. for full fare; 1934 Wismar to Canal Zone, 12c franking, regd, no air-mail reference; 1937 by air, regd to Morton Evans in Bristol, using 48c black 54 46 linkex
226 British Guiana 1932 2c pink p/s env. to London, 2c added from New Amsterdam; same year Mackenzie sent a surface letter to Massachusetts using 3x 2c; next year from Bartica a similarly franked, grubby cover, went regd (now its opened out) to Kitty courtesy of TPO Bartica Steamer and S.O. Supt 33 unsold
227 British Guiana By late 1950, when a regd cover was posted “TOO LATE” from Queenstown to Chicago for de Laurence & Co its regn etiquette was numbered as high as 97287 – 30c was paid for the journey 22 19
228 British Guiana It took 17 days from end September 1936 for a cover with an air mail etiquette to reach Georgetown from Vienna, but maybe they spent 2 weeks finding out where British Guiana was, as we don’t see much traffic like this 1 sch. Red, and 3 more stamps for 2 sch in all. The flimsy grey cover is structurally intact, but blanched in places, so perhaps a frightening journey – rather scarce anyway 18 unsold
229 British Guiana Franked on the back with l. mgnl 2c black/red which earned this 1902 cover 2x cds from Bagotville and one from Georgetown in transit, it was undoubtedly the high-status name of Nawab Mohammed Ibrahim Alli Khan which enabled this otherwise scantily addressed cover to reach Ajmer in the east of India by way of Sea Post Office, and onward to its destination in Tonk. There’s nowhere like India for working up a lather on pmks. To quote Flanders & Swann – was it not? – “it all makes work for the working man to do”. Even the sender contributes here too 28 24 link
230 British Guiana This rather crumpled 1942 transatlantic cover, bearing $1 stamp, had its own status, coming from the Governor, Sir Gordon Lethem, to his wife in Edinburgh, Governor’s cachet in red on back and front. We even infer a somewhat tearful wartime reception 30 25 link
231 British Guiana 3 more covers paying $1 by air to Britain, each with pale blue Par Avion etiquette label. First, with route inscribed via Natal, Dakar & Paris, using KG6 $1, went 12 August 1938; second, a week later, route typed on face, used 2x 48c yellow and 4c; each went to Swansea. The final, larger envelope, from the Geological Society’s Economic Geologist went to Stourbridge 23 Dec 38, route in pen, rate paid by 96c purple and 4c 36 34
232 British Guiana Six fronts or covers otherwise truncated. They are retrospectively: fronts from Reliance (5c Intnl Coop Year, dbl ring cds) and LETHEM (same 5c, 2c added, RUP skeleton) each to Georgetown; 1961 regd to Georgetown from Eversham (skeleton cds) via NA mails to Georgetown (skeleton arrival); 1960 Suddie (skeleton cancels) to Georgetown; 1914 r.h. half of regd cover to Montgomery Ward from Mahaica – at this seldom seen early date the envelope is plastered with advertisement; 1913 p/s front to Rochester NY, uprated with 1 and 2c from Leonora – a frustrating but fanciable group 40 unsold linkex
233 British Guiana 19 th century p/stationery – 22 items for disposal all unused and 18 of them sport the ship design for the 1876 and following stamp issues. As wrappers you get 1c, 2c, two each; cards offer 1c SPECIMEN, then 1c, 3c (2), ONE CENT/3c (9) –yes, 9 – 2CENTS/3c (with a corner nick), 2c reply cards (2); finally 1, 2c p/s envs with the alternative framed circular designs and we make up the number with the 5c env., stains along the border. As for surcharges you can persuade yourself into difference between one and the next, the old value is deleted by hand, and just think of what you have to pay for other 1878-81 provisionals 42 33
234 British Guiana Damage to the message side of a 1d p/s card posted Feb 1897 to Richard Cornelius in Surinam reveals that he held supplies of stamps of Surinam and Curacao to sell on commission, but leaves uncertain why Grace & co of Hong Kong were being told about this. Our guess is the card was spoiled and sent for economy – it wasn’t put back in the post 10 7.5
235 British Guiana A forkful of fiscally used values – the latest dated 1931 on 96c but mainly much earlier: two of each of the 5 and 3 dollar Inland Rev. series (one of them with pulled corner) a mix of lower and high values inc. the entirely fiscal $2.40, 4.80, and the postally available $2.40. One 2c is postally cancelled Georgetown Apr. 1906 plus a scrawl of initials for which we have no feeling of hope. Condn generally is sound 38 29 link
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236 Guyana 17 long covers all of which went ILS, Scanton, Pa. around the late 1990’s. On the way their stamps were uniformly cancelled with large dbl ring TR date stamps, up to about 45mm outer diameter before the rubber begins to distort – most are from different offices 12 12.5
237 Guyana 3 pieces (tagging along with 21 covers) include Kurupong and Rosemary Town (which is new to us). Some of these covers are pedestrian so we’ll mention only that there are some useful (and some dull) surcharges, a cover from a no.74 village address posted from PA72 Corentyne and another from TPA Pomeroon whose bouquet of flower stamps would animate most collections if only Guyana had not enlarged the issue into an encyclopaedia 10 11
238 Guyana To test whether Guyana deserves more followers now that it’s over 50 years strong, we offer 5 FDC’s between 1969 and 1971. The locally posted woodcutter of 19 JUL 1971 is designer signed John Criswick on the flap (which is roughly where we think the first cuts should have been made to make the tree fall in the correct alignment). Ought we to have told him? 10 9
British Honduras British Honduras
239 British Honduras Spanish language EL of May 2 1836 on business to Guatemala, on page written to suggest private carriage. 27 days on the way and two identical h/stamps each reading 4. We presume equal rates paid in each country, but don’t know the mechanism for collection and accountancy 48 36
240 British Honduras Wesleyan Mission outer wrapper of 22 July 1842 to London’s Bishopsgate St Within, endorsed received 29 Aug which agrees with the red London arrival cds – rated 2/3, headed Letter of Advice, no despatch markings 40 32
241 British Honduras Outer wrapper paying 1/- packet rate to London, successfully addressed in Spanish to Messrs Dr Frederico Huth & Co, traders London. At first you may be conscious only of a partially effective attempt to improve widespread foxing. Closer scrutiny of the front reveals quite a pleasantly struck red Belize dbl-arc for AU 15 1844. London arrival cds of 6 OC on reverse records a rather swift journey 39 30
242 British Honduras EL SP 15 1845 Belize to Kingston, Jamaica, for Spanish Consulate, rated 8d. The writer was worried, no letters for him on the incoming packet from Jamaica, no acknowledgement of letter and money sent by him to his lady friend, and of March from Havana (well, you’d have been worried in his place). Flap displays a powerful red Belize dbl-arc, and a dignified black Kingston one alongside on OC 3 54 80 link
243 British Honduras Wrapper of SP 21 1846 to Revd Joseph Angus, Moorgate St, London. We consider that the letters A.M. following name added status to the recipient, but no premium value to the cover. Black Belize dbl-arc wrestles with red London arrival on reverse (Belize wins) 40 unsold link
244 British Honduras Don’t be put off by the rather sickly yellow colour of this envelope. It was carried privately (and it looks like free of charge) from Belize to NY in 1864 (Jan 3 to Feb 6) and the date stamp on the face in slightly fancy type reads “NEW YORK SHIP LETTER 4” around the rim. If you think this journey was slow, read what the sender says about use of mail 48 54 link
245 British Honduras This year we have two collections which are offered intact, because we think there may be one or more members ready to plunge into new territory at the deep end. This British Honduras assembly, which we’re told has cat. pricing above £6,000, sets out to find one of each listed stamp and shade m. and u.. The 1865-79 issues (SG1-16) are present used, but unused are in shorter supply, both no wmks 1d, and CC to 3d with shades and perfs. Move on to SG25, 27/9, 35, and the rest of the 1888/91 surcharges plus the 1891/1901 defins to $2, (except for $1 m.) both m. and u. with two spaced FIVE m., one in block, also the QV Revenue opts m. and u., together with BEVENUE on 25c and the 50c value, both m. There are no KE7, the KG5 issues cover all defins to $2 except 1913 $2 u. with war stamps, Belize Relief Fund sets, dues, inc. multiples and we note a TRD, perhaps Seine Bight – c.240 stamps 1150 unsold linkex
246 British Honduras Softly coloured 1872 6d rose CC f.u. SG9, cat. £55, and give it a plus for the quality of its centring 18 13.5
247 British Honduras The 1882-7 1d blue, rose and carmine, 4d mauve each m. and u., no visual faults observed, and now please pause at the 1d bisect that comes with them. We agree with seller who classifies it rose, you’ll note SG does not list bisect on carmine, and cancel is oval dumb instrument that Proud assigns to use on registered mail from Belize. We conclude that the bisect precedes the Aikman era, is inferentially non-philatelic and could readily have been a stand alone lot, where SG do not even price a cover. Cat of the other 8 stamps is £330 70 unsold
248 British Honduras 1885 6d yellow CA SG21, another stamp whose numbers were depleted by surcharging. It’s pt o.g. and some gum creasing cat. £275 60 54
249 British Honduras QV 1/- grey SG22 fine used, its modest issue nos also diminished by the surcharging that followed cat. £160 60 52
250 British Honduras The perf 12½ QV 2c/6d unused SE corner perf. fractionally short; this example has the broken N in CENTS which we seem to remember occurs once in the setting, SG23, v. scarce cat. £350 90 unsold
251 British Honduras Perf 14 3c/3d chestnut SG26 fine pt o.g. cat £110 36 unsold
252 British Honduras 6c/3d ultramarine SG39, mint block of 16 – no margins on any side cat. £104 35 30
253 British Honduras Bisects (Aikman and after) sourced from Aikman are a cover of 9 MY 91 (on one of his personalised envelopes) h/stamps for Henry L. Carter, no further address, damage at foot, bearing the usual 2c and diagonal bisect; a slice from the business part of a similar cover 2 days later, the stamps just tied; and the much more significant bisect of the TWO on 50c/ 1/- grey, tied to tiny piece (No Aikman memorabilia with this, just experience). Finally there’s a tiny piece from a regd front on which a bisect of the local perf. 14 2c/6d CC. The stamp was once-genuine – the piece, we assure you is now a fake 48 37
254 British Honduras FI…VE, in other words the wide space 5c on 3c on 3d re-brown of 1891 SG49a o.g. fine cat. £60 20 15 link
255 British Honduras QV 5c ultramarine which once travelled from Belize on a regd cover, and there’s a bleached out area around the postmark. That’s not the sad point: on the lower half there’s a strong BEVENUE opt. It’s a forgery (in our belief). We don’t like the alignment of the word, or of the letters among themselves. We don’t like the ‘B’ or the letter ‘V’, and we don’t trust the ink. We haven’t measured length, and if you are so minded, you can ignore our criticism and treat it as right 3 2.5
256 British Honduras 30 KE defins on this album page, which details as the total issue of the reign up to the $1 both m. and u., SG81-91, 95-100. The $1 lost some of its colour when soaked of its cover, the rest have stood up well to the passage of time, cat. abt. £540 150 unsold link
257 British Honduras KE7 $2 SG92 fine and fresh o.g. cat. £160 65 unsold
258 British Honduras We can only guess and cannot prove that the 1929 script 1c Sg126 is a pretty scarce item with top mgnl plate no.1 and must surely be worth full cat. when fine mint 20 15 link
259 British Honduras The 1935 SJ set of 4 and the 1937 Coron trio each stamp present m. and u., all fine on part album page, cat. £43.85 15 unsold
260 British Honduras You need a strip of three of the 5c SG154 to accommodate the full mgnl imprint, whereas the vertical 2c does it neatly with a pair. The St George’s Cay issue (of which we have the 3c, 4c, 5c values) gets both imprint and plate no. onto a pair, though imprint may look a bit shifty; and we don’t rate highly the plate 2 War Stamp SG120 that joins this lot; but all six items are healthy mint 26 unsold
261 British Honduras The KG6 issues bedeck 3½ album pages complete from SG150-178, each stamp present m. and u. inc SG151a, all fine. Extra to these are the SW 4c in blocks of 4 m. and u., also the Victory pair perf SPECIMEN, but these are heavily toned. For that you must blame the unidentified UPU member, who didn’t look after them – cat. in all abt. £490 150 unsold link
262 British Honduras 3 covers with sender’s printed address, from Belize to – Montreal 1907, 2c purple and black/red; Massachusetts 1908, via New Orleans, 5c black and blue/blue; Chicago, 1930, 4c, 5c, 10c during this yo-yo period of air mail rates. We add in an Aikman cover, locally processed 1891, 2c/1d carmine, plus its bisect only just tied, but that doesn’t matter, as all Aikman bisects are genuine, and we regard them of small intrinsic value 46 unsold
263 British Honduras Covers of 1891, QV 6c to Hamburg; 1899 QV 5c; 1912 KE 5c to Rochester NY – all three went to, or through, New Orleans – and 1913 to London, 2x KE 2c red, no evidence of routing, 5 sound commercial items 52 40 linkex
264 British Honduras Commercial covers to Philadelphia, London, Altenburg uniformly franked Qv 5c 1895 and ’98 (2). If the one to Saxony was underfranked it escaped taxation, but all have been roughed up a bit (within acceptable limits). Hang 0n – could the London one have travelled for 2c? 40 unsold link
265 British Honduras S. Wolffsohn Auctioneer and commission merchant, Belize sent this 1895 cover to Queen’s County NY. The 3c brown and 1c/1d green pair (proper rating) suffered K65 killer strikes. Small Belize cds on front completes the postal story 30 50 link
266 British Honduras 3x QV 5c struck randomly on 1896 cover to Akron, Ohio, suggest a casual sender and an obese missive (paying for up to 1½ oz), but this smooth yellow cover has weathered the years pretty well 33 25 link
267 British Honduras Written up on album pages are registered letters of 1895 and 97 to Augusta, Maine and Queen’s NY. The first has proved frail at left, but compensates by having used (quite artlessly we think) QV 5c interpanneau pair. The other saw the use of an aggressively fuelled inkpad to best one Belize cds R in oval and K65 killer on front and 10c stamp (grn and mauve). We soften valuation of 2 scarce covers, noting 10c with pulled corner, and gently patched frontal tear 80 60 linkex
268 British Honduras Do you share our enjoyment at finding there was place in Guatemala called LIVINGSTON in the 1890’s? Should we alert collectors of Africa? To be fair the rubber arrival date stamp probably saw quite a bit of use. The two covers were franked QV 5c, and are kept company here by a rather twee 1908 cover to a chemist in New Jersey 44 26 linkex
269 British Honduras The 6c, 2c pair, 1c/1d green sufficed to pay for a most attractive co9ver of JU 26 98 to travel regd from Belize to Baden Baden. It was then readdressed to Laboe near Kiel, and a further 20 pf was added on the flaps, presumably to pay for regn to continue to a new destination. A supernumentry QV 24c travelled on the front. It wasn’t needed and ignored and left uncancelled by the postal authorities, whilst adding pleasing extreme colour for posterity. The cover deserves a full valuation notwithstanding any philatelic overload 60 46 link
270 British Honduras This locally used cover of OC 28 99 had a 1c and 2c for postage cost, and these are duly cancelled at GPO. 5c, 25c Revenue and 10c SG99 were added and left unmarked. It is not the over-inking of value tablet of 25c that grabs us, but the true narrow U variety which, as you all know, comes only once in a pane and may well not have been present throughout the overprinting, because we find it very elusive. Cover shows peripheral staining, probably diminished by treating; the stamps look fresh and seem reasonably clean. Our valuation is influenced by the pricing of listed varieties 65 unsold link
271 British Honduras We shall treat an apparently overfranked cover from Belize to Mr F.H. Farrell, Chicago, 22 Jun 1900, appealingly using QV 3c brown and 12c mauve and green as philatelic, and then insist that it has gained genuine status on the way. You see it travelled by way of St Louis, then loitered, and a thoughtful Chicago machine cancel reads MAIL DELAYED/TRAIN LATE. Oh, to live in an era which took pride in trains running to time 46 unsold link
272 British Honduras 4 covers in this lot use QV 1c and 2c stamps between early January 1899 and May 1902 to pay rates of 2c to England and Canada, with 5c added in one case for regn, and a 5c rate to US, which did not have the benefit of rate reduction overseas. In case you doubt the annotation on the pages that hold the covers, a 1901 cover to the US is also included, this with QV 5c adhesive. This lot is nicely balanced for a mini display 95 unsold linkex
273 British Honduras The 10c/4d mauve SG40 turns up here with the v. scarce dumb cancel of Stann Creek – we don’t expect to find another on this stamp 35 32
274 British Honduras A dumb cancel struck in violet on the 1903 10c sepia of Honduras (SG122) so closely reflects the dumb cancel of the early duplex instrument of STANN CREEK that it hints at a common original producer 1 2.25
275 British Honduras There are 21 priced items left in a French approval book for postmarks and a 1912 2c franked cover to Wallace Brothers (Stamp dealers later H & A Wallace in the City of London) the marks mainly run of the mill, but a 1958 BOOM cds on GB ½d has us flummoxed, and a lovely 1931 ALL PINES cds on contemporary 1c horiz. pair – these three items explain our estimate 30 28
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276 Cayman Islands The 1914-20 key types SG40-51 as listed, 18 values to 5/- pt o.g., o.g., some mint. These cat. over £190 plus 3d on buff which SG decline to price – fine throughout. Remember though that Peter Fernbank lists a 6 th 3d shade which SG will never list. Nevertheless we regard this lot as complete enough, don’t you? 75 unsold link
Cayman Islands In the next 3 lots you have your choice of the 3 listed 10/- values – you can have them all if you bid high enough
277 Cayman Islands KG5 10/- deep green and red/green lge pt o.g. SG52 cat. £150 52 39 link
278 Cayman Islands KG5 10/- white back, mint, tiny dealer’s guarantee mark SW corner of reverse SG51b fine and fresh cat. £130 54 46 link
279 Cayman Islands KG5 10/- blue-green, olive back, fine mint top mgnl SG51c cat. £120 50 39 link
280 Cayman Islands 3d MCA purple on pale yellow has o.g. with wnk inverted. Didn’t we have one theseslast year? It doesn’t make them any less scarce – SG60bw, cat. £375 95 190
281 Cayman Islands Mint lower mgnl singles of 1935 pictorial ½d. 1938 ¼d, 2½d; also QE 1953 4d imprint pair (1 stamp hinged) also present KG ½d with plate 1, WWII toning, and the ever present 1½d/2½d and ½d with their equally prevalent plate 5, which we never escalate 20 unsold link
Cayman Islands The next 17 lots break down a used collection, from commencement to 1962. The original owner set out, we think, to store runs in selected singles of uniformly fine quality except for our odd comment on what follows:
282 Cayman Islands QV ½d, 1d, two each in different shades and the five KE7 CA values. We ignore the attention drawn to Cayman Brac pmk on 1/- on 5 sided piece, but do observe it is left mgnl. Cat. £295 95 unsold link
283 Cayman Islands The 1905 KE7 MCA set of five. The ignoscenti would treat the wisp of a corner postmark on 6d as very fine used, whereas we regard classification as used as requiring very fine judgement. On review we treat as normal – cat. £110 40 unsold link
284 Cayman Islands The 1907 new colour 4d, 6d, 1/- SG13-15 cat. £225 75 unsold link
285 Cayman Islands The 5/- SG16 used MY 17 07 cat. £325 110 90 link
286 Cayman Islands The ½d/1d SG17 cat. £85 30 unsold link
287 Cayman Islands The 1d/ 5/- SG19 cat. £400. A perceptive friend suggested the surcharge could be a forgery and – fair enough, surcharge is only just tangential to cds, and is struck above the value panel instead of sitting on the value in the usual way. We take the view that it’s OK, and only value level with the unsurcharged 5/- because year date would have appeared off the stamp. Oh, yes: if we judged the surcharge to be forged, our estimate would be higher for an item that might even be a one-off R£110 unsold link
288 Cayman Islands As it is dated 1908, we introduce a block of 12x 1d carmine at this point. Philatelic? Pale carmine? Never mind. Treat it as paying 1/- postage in lieu of 1/- SG12 (cat. £48) 20 unsold
289 Cayman Islands Next we offer the KE7 1907-9 set of 8 along with the 6d shade and the two ¼d shades, cat, abt £180 60 unsold link
290 Cayman Islands KE7 issues conclude with the oddball and difficult CA 1/- and 10/- SG33/4 cat. £350 140 unsold link
291 Cayman Islands There are 15 KG5 key-type MCA issues from 1912 on, which include 2 of 2½d, 3d, 1/-, the rest in singles to 5/-. We suspect previous owner did not further multiply the 3d representation because usage makes clear identification of paper on used stamps something of a mystery tour. Between SG40/51, cat. approaches £400 or maybe more, we haven’t checked 130 unsold link
Cayman Islands At this point you can decide whether to go for the 10/- trio one by one or leave them in peace
292 Cayman Islands 10/- deep green and red/ green SG52 cat. £250 95 105 link
293 Cayman Islands 10/- deep green and red/white back SG52a cat. £190 70 70
294 Cayman Islands 10/- blue-green and red/ olive back SG52b cat. £250 95 105
295 Cayman Islands The War Stamps with pair and block of 1½d on 2d grey, ½d green with plate no. 5 attached (pause for yawn) and 3x 1½d/2½d lack inspiration so we’ll tack on the 1935 SJ set to produce cat. abt £95 25 unsold
296 Cayman Islands Reaching SG type 19 with two each of MCA 3d, 1/-, 5/- and 15 Script, each to 10/- (two x 6d script) owner would claim cat. abt £700 between SG60/83 and may well be correct 220 180 link
297 Cayman Islands The centenary set must have escaped before the collection reached us, so that the 1935 set of 12 pictorials complete KG5 issues present, SG96/107 cat. £200 65 54 link
298 Cayman Islands 76 stamps on 6 pages take us through KG6 and QEII also as far as 1962. We think only the assumedly better shade of the KG6 5/- is absent, except for the 1937 Coronation which wouldn’t add much. Between SG115/179, cat. over £250 85 unsold
299 Cayman Islands The full set of 14 KG6 pictorials each perf. SPECIMEN, SG115s/126s cat. £500 – distribution at this time was around the 380 level, and no KG6 enthusiast would consider there are enough to go round 180 unsold link
300 Cayman Islands Piece surviving from front of commercial cover via Kingston to Birmingham, holds top mgnl 2½d block, presumed MCA. Its Jamaica regd, dbl oval of AP 16 signals 2 weeks journey time from Grand Cayman 25 unsold link
301 Cayman Islands The violet boxed RURAL POST/COLLECTION/GRAND CAYMAN (introduced in 1909) embraces ¼d brown horiz. pair on tiny piece with an almost perfect strike of this elusive h/stamp 40 40 link
302 Cayman Islands EAST END/Grand Cayman/RURAL/ Post Collection gives luxury shelter to 2½d ultramarine housed with all its wording on an even margined piece 25 32 link
303 Cayman Islands ‘Collection’ begins correctly with a C on the violet boxed WEST BAY h/stamp shared here between KG5 1d and 2d, which are loose here but may well have travelled together on the same cover. With them comes the successor West Bay cds, part strike in violet on ¼d grey-brown. 32 26 link
304 Cayman Islands Dbl-ring Boddentown cds cancels KE 2½d ultramarine AU 18 11 on a piece of comfortable size, and KE 1d with KG ½d AP 11 13 together on a smaller one 15 12.5
305 Cayman Islands The rare type 3b Grand Cayman cds was in use for only 32 days from 29 Sep 1906 and a full set of the 5 current KE defins to 1/- has been seen to fetch over £500 with this cancel. Here we offer the top 4 values (no ½d) and the 6d is a super strike dated 20 OC 06 150 300 link
306 Cayman Islands A philatelic cover regd MR 28 1950 to Worthing in Barbados evidently includes the 12 values to 10/- that were available in GPO at that time. There is a slight cramping or folding at cover edge and includes two good stamps the 2/- deep green and the better still 5/- crimson which have escaped in valuation of 40 unsold
307 Cayman Islands Hardback version of Fred Melville’s “Cayman Islands”, whose introductory insert of brief headings to be cut out and used as annotations suggests that one or two printing variants may have lost significance since about 1920 (see the text also). Pages 14/5 are still uncut 14 unsold
Dominica Dominica
308 Dominica A bill (i.e. cheque) for £100 was sent from Roseau with letter of 12 Dec 1814 to credit Mr Smith’s a/c with Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh. When detected by beady-eyed, sharp-fingered postal staff, the 2/5 rate was doubled and, of course, the additional ½d charge came too. A neat red dated circle of FEB 13 1815 adds colour and dignity to the slightly careworn face; on reverse a moderate large fleuron of Dominica (void of any dating input) was the real reason why this entire once graced Peter Jaffe’s collection 90 unsold
309 Dominica A slightly earlier missive, also ex-Jaffe, went to John Whyte Melville in London at a charge of 2/-. As we only retain the outer letter sheet, but there was originally a second sheet within, a less sharp-fingered London missed its chance to double the rate. The letter apparently of 2 Feb 1811, duplicated one of 7 Jan and was caustic about the manager of the Melville Estate in Dominica. The island’s large fleuron was struck on the front in black, a trifle more legible than in the preceding lot – one can at least read FEB as part of the date 110 unsold
310 Dominica This Wesleyan Mission wrapper, endorsed as received from Roseau June 10 1832, Dated April 12, actually bears the faintest of Antigua small fleuron h/stamps over flap, and must have been hand carried to St John’s. London was being charitable here and reduced 4/4 to single rate 2/2. Did they guess that the outer sheet was blank written and allow for that? 48 unsold
311 Dominica We don’t often see a pre-stamp cover from the 1840’s resembling a proper envelope, which is why we take much pleasure in this mini example of 29 JY 1848, unfazed by signs of staining around the edges. It travelled at the packet rate of 1/-, with clear dbl-arc despatch mark, strong London AU 20 red transit cds and dbl-arc York arrival next day 54 unsold link
312 Dominica QV 6d orange nicely u. – this stamp was under cat. for decades, but a reasonable level at £90 has now been reached (by overvalue of others?) and we can offer a better proportion than before 30 31
313 Dominica 1903/6 landscape CC 6d, 1/- (both), 1908 MCA 2/6, KE7 5/- all pt o.g., minor gum creasing on 1/-, a good looking group, cat over £250 50 40 link
314 Dominica Aesthetically, the hard-to-spot “diagonal line by turret” is, we confess, the least favourite of SJ varieties. It has a different appeal – your only way to get listed variety side by side. And here they are in a flawless mint SW corner block of four. SG93f, cat. £202 at positions 10/1, 10/2 105 unsold
315 Dominica Never mind that QV perf 12½ SG1 is quite hard to find used – when did you see one that didn’t look woebegone? Well, here’s your chance. It’s too clean not to have had a hot water wash, but that doesn’t hurt, if you leave out chemicals. We have eyes, and we value only for this stamp, but there are about 50 others, landscape to earlyish post war, mainly m., on the same s/card, one 1½d surcharge retains its plate no, 35 31
316 Dominica Now and then covers to Kiderlen in Ulm, would reach him on business, as did one regd. from Dominica AP 8 13, franked by Leeward KE 6d, vert. pair, and opened for its contents on receipt – cat from £60 44 unsold link
317 Dominica SJ 1½d Leeward Die II 3d purple/yellow took this tidy regd cover to the Secretary, Central Examination Board, Sheffield on JY 29 35, leaving at least one examinee quaking in his shoes, we imagine, desiring a longish delay awaiting the result – neat appearance, neat Roseau date stamps 30 unsold link
318 Dominica Three carefully annotated pages, including outline map, feature Leeward QV ½d wrapper (surname unfeelingly excised) and ½d, 1d, 2½d all sent from GPO; then Delices, Pointe Michel, St Joseph, Wesley, all on KE values with Portsmouth on QV 2½d; 1d landscape or badge presents Colihaut, Marigot or Rosalie; KG5 Leeward ½d claims Soufriere. Then St Joseph returns on ½d franked cover of 20 DE 39 to Bessie Harper marking Dominica’s LEEXIT (without controversy) 48 42
319 Dominica The Glasgow/Paisley collaborators procured the regd. despatch of this handsome orange-red cover from LA PLAINE MR 21 29 combining 2½d black and yellow badge with Leeward 5d. Just 1 day to GPO, taking in Rosalie en route, with mountains no impediment. The regn markings are in manuscript 48 42
320 Dominica It was probably 1936 when 1d and 6d badge in their livery of violet and magenta brought this regd cover from SOUFRIERE to Cheshire. Mr E. Payne had no interest to open it on receipt 40 37 link
321 Dominica We meet Bessie Harper yet again as the recipient of a 3d PSRE DE 28 28 from GPO Roseau, the current 1½d black and red added for trip to St John’s. She didn’t look after this one, but if you can diminish the extensive staining it will be worth much more than our estimate 10 8.5
322 Dominica 8 early unused ppc’s of Dominica, 7 are Raphael Tuck productions printed in sepia, the last by Jose Anjo, b/w, undivided back. If you didn’t know, the island is mountainous and wet, and we’ve yet to discover how it happened that so many were produced and, we presume, sold, from a thinly inhabited island with limited facilities for tourists. Rural views allure as much as they repel, you’ll enjoy Soufriere Bay, Looking Festive and The Market with a cast of 100, mainly female, in apparently spotless white 26 unsold linkex
323 Dominica Two unused b/w ppc’s both we think pre-1910 (Geo. Tudor and G. E. Pinard). The more familiar one shows where the paths divide leading uphill away from the town centre towards the church and elsewhere. The second shows Pointe Michel: it’s rare, and you need it, to go with the several pmks of the village that you’ve assembled by the efforts of a keen but unidentified philatelist who lived there at the time 14 13 link
324 Dominica The postal fiscal 6d with inverted wmk, SG R2w – on offer here well-centred fine pt o.g. – is no easier to get than many more highly cat. such varieties, just a bit easier on the pocket, cat. £130 48 unsold link
325 Dominica 6d SG R2 and CA 1d R5 in o.g. multiples here, 6d as a block of four, 1d as sextuplets, cat. just £51 10 8
326 Dominica The local opt Revenue on QV 1d rose SG R6, is nicely cancelled here with tall A07 killer at 4 0’clock. While the traditional claim that only 1 sheet was so overprinted cannot be supported, cat. quote of £70 is realistic, maybe too modest 22 unsold
327 Dominica A.C. Winston of “Providence” was the recipient (and was he the creator?) of an undated local cover endowed with 5 singles of the Revenue 1d CA, well tended since its birth. Ignore both cat. and multiplier times 5 (which some of our less knowledgeable stamp friends would apply to all five). We value philatelic covers nowadays on character, appeal and scarcity 50 40 link
Grenada Grenada
328 Grenada On 6 Jun 1815 Thomas Tarleton writes a business review to his father in Chester. Directly obsequious, he is his own master dealing with business. A clean, clearly expressed report; in writing, he hears and records that British troops have taken possession of Martinique without opposition. Endorsed p packet 9 June 1815, but the two line Grenada h/stamp records Jun 11; charged the current 2/2 packet rate, it was redirected to Hoylake on arrival, at a further cost of 4d 65 unsold link
329 Grenada We hope you do better than ourselves in getting the drift of an 1842 letter to Broughty Ferry which includes copy of an earlier letter, and apparently has something to do with celestial observation (meant, we believe, literally). It is long on wind, short on precision, but you hope each sentence will clarify – presumably we missed the one that does. The 1/- packet rate was pre-paid, to the probable relief of the Scottish addressee. Grenada despatch mark is even more vague 32 34
330 Grenada Wesleyan Mission outer wrapper of 1844, no contents within, merit in the strength of the smaller dbl-arc despatch mark on the flap 38 30 link
331 Grenada We would not ordinarily award single lot status to a group of 8 chalons (3x 6d gd to fine u., 5x 1d, 4 of refreshing unused appearance, but only one pt o.g.) – these are too simple to assemble, for all appear to be small star uprt, apart from the inevitable SG14. What swings the vote here is the class shown by the perfs of one 1d. SG18 may lurk here but we don’t warrant 34 unsold
332 Grenada An unsevered pair of the POSTAGE on (half) 1d orange overprint SG29a, fresh, no gum – so you can take your pick whether unused cat. £1,500, or used and somehow escaping pmk, cat. £450 (not available for revenue use, remember). Either way, value comes out much the same 110 unsold link
333 Grenada Postage and 1d Revenue on Chalon 2/- orange and green SG44 f.u. It’s imbued with character as you’ll see from the way the overprint stretches out to suppress the TWO SHILLINGS and make space for the ‘1’ of 1d, while a full bottom mgn captures almost half of the next POSTAGE below. We think that makes it worth almost half of cat. £85 (or are we aiming too low?) 42 34
334 Grenada From memory there’s more than one small ‘A’ in TAX in a pane of local WAR TAX, and this example top left of a mint block of four from rt of l.h. pane has to be the smallest. Interest is added because both the overprinting locally , and the printing of name and duty plate have heavily indented the gum 8 6.5
335 Grenada Alongside KG6 ½d, 1½d, 2½d pairs, each with imprint – or even KG5 script 1d carmine with plate no.3 – all mint lower mgnl, mere mint vert. pairs of QV ½d, 4d, 6d and the later 1d SG40, lose some of their collecting edge, but do add nearly £70 cat. 40 unsold link
336 Grenada Our nicely central lge pt o.g. KG6 3d shows emphatically why the colon flaw SG158ba is worth its listing – cat. £170 60 50 link
337 Grenada 77 SPECIMEN stamps are mounted on two laid paper watermarked sheets from the archives of a Portuguese Colony, dating from 1904 to 1938. They include 1904-6 MCA set of 10, 1906-11 set of 11 (h/stamp ULTRAMAR throughout) 1916 local WAR STAMP KG5 pictorial set of 10, 1937 Coron set, 1938 KG6 set of 12, 1921/2 set of 4 dues, but 27 KG5 Kings Head with 2 of each of 5/- and 10/- are not complete with shortage in MCA issues and possible duplication amongst the script where 9d and 2/6 are missing. There are 3 or 4 with visible defects similarly with colourwork, but the sheets, lightly annotated, have kept the stamps in better than expecte4d condition. The COLONIAS h/stamp in various colours was used on some of the KG5 issue. Theoretical cat. is estimated about £1,700, and the icing on the cake is broken M variety on KE 2s, 3d and 1/- R£600 unsold linkex
338 Grenada Two continuation sheets from the same Specimen archive hold the further 27 stamps issued in the reign of KG6 together with the 1952 PD set of four and QEII Coron. Only the Victory pair proclaim their status with perfin SPECIMEN (these cat. £90), the rest are as listed, with annotations in French, minor Portuguese additions, stamps look fine condn throughout cat. over £60 as normal 60 unsold link
339 Grenada Maintenance of an archive of Specimen stamps ended in 1958 so that the last 2 pages of the archive comprise the QEII 1953/55 defins to $1.50 (the $2.50 not being issued until 1959) and the BCF 1958 issue. Final page is a roughly separated part sheet, but the French notation is preserved giving in most cases dates when the individual stamps went on sale 12 unsold
340 Grenada Spectacular use of 2 nd series code E struck twice at 7 o’clock on QV ½d horiz. strip of 3 28 34 link
341 Grenada A small cover of JA 18 90, to Winch Brothers “Stamp Collectors” may have been telling them of a fresh supply of the 4d grey SG33, which paid the postage, but use of the inferentially superseded 4d surcharge would have been more prescient 25 19 link
342 Grenada Two philatelic covers of OC 1892, posted locally, using the 1d, then the 2d surcharge postage on6d basic value as usual 18 unsold
343 Grenada Small OHMS cover regd OC 3 16 from GPO Grenada, whose printed address it bears, is full of purpose and mystery. We can see it was addressed to The Secretary, General Post Office, and there are deletions on the front which would yield to modern technology; it reached Liverpool 28 OC, thence to London, we presume, where R.L.B initialled it (30/4). The paper of the cover is salmon coloured, and the regn label in rose type adds the final embellishment 45 unsold
344 Grenada You might think that the owner of “Sea Views” Grenada writing impatiently to G.C. Gunter, Jamaica Govt. Rly. Accountant Dept. would realise that, in using two 1d War tax from GPO instead of a single with ordinary 1d defin, he was complicating Grenada’s War Tax accounting. Still, he was plainly prominent and influential, as his letter of 12.12.17 endorsed “Per S.S. Muriel via ‘Trinidad’ or any other early opportunity” passed uncensored, unobjected for lack of origin about 3 weeks on its wartime route 25 unsold
345 Grenada There was a volume of philatelic covers locally addressed from St George’s, franked with the surcharge postage dues, but these were overwhelmingly franked with the overprinted 6d value. So finding the 1d and 2d values on the basic 8d brown, each on its separate small cover is a distinct bonus. (PS sender still missed a trick: he should have saved the two vertical pairs from which the stamps used were taken and left them to his great-grandchildren) 42 unsold link
346 Grenada A printed addressed env. for H.F. Ketcheson, Belleville, Ontario was regd at GPO St George’s JA 28 93 and used two 2½d/8d SG47 to pay postage carelessly applied, skewed corner to corner. These overpaid by ½d yet, with all current stamps being surcharges at the time, sender probably used stamps conveniently to hand. This was a plainly commercial sending, a week to NY, 3 days more to destination via Toronto, cat. from £120 56 unsold link
347 Grenada Cover of 20 NO 30 from St George’s to a Postmaster in Nova Scotia, franked 1d brown. It travelled on Lady Hawkins and was so endorsed on the face, but no cachet because, for once, not Posted on Board. Certainly unusual for that feature 18 unsold
348 Grenada The SJ set of four on a 1936 regd cover to England, none of them flying a kite (and in case you’re wondering, the currency in which the price was once marked is Icelandic 21 unsold
349 Grenada In early March 1940, before the politically correct ‘Examiner’ replaced Censor, Censor labels were far from uniform. This 3d franked cover to a Chicago Carmelite Monastery used a tear off label just reading OPENED BY CENSOR in distinctly styled 2mm caps, that acquired a pink 3 and afterwards a vermillion-red 7 – no b/stamps 12 unsold
350 Grenada We think we recognize Charles Freeland’s collecting style in covers of 1956, ’73, ’76, MISSENT TO GRENADA (3 different h/stamps). Two, as usual were destined for Montserrat. The last, for St Vincent, came from the Philatelic Bureau of Mauritania 18 unsold
351 Grenada We think the sudden issue of the $2.50 to add to the QEII defins issued 4-6 years earlier took the philatelic trade by surprise, so that you very seldom see its FDC. This one (NO 16 59, obviously) went registered to Gainesville, Ohio 46 unsold link
352 Grenada Postage Due 1d/6d f.u. with a close but emphatic double overprint, supported by 1989 BPA cert. whose signatories include Fred Twining and John Taylor – SG D4b cat. £275 95 90 link
353 Grenada 1915 One pound Revenue grey-black and pale chestnut, one of a small quantity printed in sample colours on card, imperf, with large even mgns all round, optd SPECIMEN, Samuel’s type D9. Diag. crease shows up under magnification, but why would you want to spoil its wholly pleasing appearance by making it larger than life? 75 70 link
Guadeloupe Guadeloupe
354 Guadeloupe A worthy 1852 pre-stamp cover of Guadeloupe rated 15 decimes. The front boasts elegant double-ring strikes of 11 and 12 June in black from Basseterre and Pointe-a-Pitre, the red boxed ART.13 cachet and Channel TPO mark to Calais, and reverse shows the trail through London, Paris and its railway TPO, up to Nantes arrival. You don’t even need to juggle to read them 42 32 link
355 Guadeloupe 12 postmarks of Guadeloupe from 1891 to WW1 and in one case 1937, on singles, except one multiple. You meet Basseterre and Pointe a Pitre all the time. How much do you know of Bananier, Capesterre, Gosier, Gourbeyre? You’ve possibly met Lamentin, think you recognise Pointe Noire and Port-Louis (but are you sure?) – perhaps it was St Louis. And we’ve still got Pigeon and Saint Claude for you. Make your own scarcity table 70 60
356 Guadeloupe If its covers you want we’ve got Basseterre 1938 to New Jersey 1fr. And 75c, presumably by air; Gourbeyre to Paris 11948, using 10fr and 15fr; Saint Claude 1953 to St Lucia, paying 30 fr. 42 unsold
Jamaica Jamaica
357 Jamaica It appears that this letter and duplicate earlier letter from Jamaica (presumably Spanish Town or Kingston) was brought to England in 1803 by HMS TRENT, Frigate, where on landing it received the dbl-oval SHIP LETTER/Crown/PLYMOUTH, and paid 1/-. By this date this h/stamp was looking very worn, but not, we think by overuse from Jamaica. Text of letter shows something of a Lewis Carroll race to recover money from Bills 90 70 link
358 Jamaica The SHIP LETTER/Crown/DEAL dbl oval that met this cover as it landed in 1802 is even more worn than the marginally younger of the preceding lot and you’ll be grateful, as are we, for the transcript of contents. The letter was written at MORANT BAY, travelled in care of Capt. Dornell, and the Hatton Garden addressee was told of a £100 bill drawn on him for a loan at 12½% interest, when Kingston was charging only 10%. You’d have to know whether the borrower, Capt. Pauls, was an AAA risk before deciding who got the better bargain 60 unsold link
359 Jamaica EL from a lady in Kirkmichael Manse – somewhere in Scotland, we suspect – went to MORANT BAY, costing 2/3 in transit. Her handwriting is agreeably readable, her grammer only par for the course. We learn that her worthy husband dyed the day that some work of accounting was due to be done. This put her in a situation by which she does not otherwise appear unduly distressed 28 unsold
360 Jamaica EL of 14 April 1837, charged 2/6, written by Alex Gauld from “Frontier” (we infer and add Estate) in Jamaica to Aberdeen, a transcript is provided. No postal markings until Falmouth struck its boxed ½ h/stamp in green to rate the additional ½d cost to North Britain. Perhaps, from the reference to Job’s Hill (Estate?) and to “the Barque St Mary’s now in this port” someone out there may be able to pin-point the port of despatch 50 unsold link
Jamaica GB Used in Jamaica
361 Jamaica GB 4d rose pair tied to very small piece, each stamp with its own A01 Kingston killer, and still firmly clutching a snippet from its former r. h. neighbour. SGz4 cat. £160 60 52
362 Jamaica GB 6d f.u. horiz, pair (wmk somewhat misaligned) each lightly cancelled A01 at 11 o’clock SGz5 cat.£170 54 75
363 Jamaica A28 of Annotto Bay at 3 o’clock on GB 4d rose, perfs irregular at left, shortish at right lower down, but still present. SGz21 cat. £250 70 60
364 Jamaica A33 (Chapelton) on 6d lilac at 1 o’clock, stamp fresh within neat perfs, numerals clarity becomes a bit impressionistic at close range, so view from 12 inches, SgZ37 cat. £400 48 65
365 Jamaica A44 (Goshen) struck at about 3 o’clock on 1d rose red, slightly rounded corner top right. Though identity is assured, the final digit is not clearly struck and could be misread as ‘1’ you might prefer it to be SGz72 cat. £350 56 80
366 Jamaica A53 (Mandeville) at 8 o’clock on 4d rose, strong strike a bit messy, perfs trimmed close at foot SGz98 cat. £160 38 42
367 Jamaica The A54 of May Hill v. lightly struck at 5 0’clock on two 1d rose-red, tying then together but not to the tiny piece to which we are quite sure they belong, having once been part of a larger strip – SGz101 cat. £550 85 80
368 Jamaica The important part of a cover has been preserved to show the first line of a business address, light dbl-arc Ocho Rios MR 1 1860, strong next day Kingston receiver, both on flap, and you return to front to inspect GB 4d rose, the A60 of Ocho Rios just tying it to cover at 4.30 o’clock, SGz120 cat. £200 90 140
369 Jamaica 1d rose-red horiz. pair shortish corner top left, centred left, fresh colour and appearance, each stamp cancelled by rather indeterminate A57 of Montego Bay – SGz109 cat. £550 80 105
370 Jamaica A76 of Spanish Town ties 6d deep lilac to small piece at 2 o’clock – stamp defective but not unsightly. SGz171 cat. £180 25 unsold
371 Jamaica A78 of Vere at 6 o’clock on 4d rose, centred left, fresh and fine SGz177 cat. £225 65 120
372 Jamaica 11 pines used, one each of 2d, 3d, 4d (this with surprisingly slim wmk), 2x 1d shades, 3 each 6d, 1/- - we notice A38, 61, 69 and 2 more of which you might make something, condn varies, mainly v.g. to fine 40 30 link
373 Jamaica 1885 QV 2d grey, a pt o.g. block of four for which we have nothing but admiration – cat. £600 160 200 link
374 Jamaica 1/- brown CA, a mint block of four, with its left mgnl “60 JAMAICA” inscription adding character and interest. The undisturbed gum shows just a hint of even toning with which only the ultra-finicky could quarrel – SG24 cat. £38 – or you could call it (milk) chocolate, cat. £68, as the listed shades are not really distinct. Add pluses to either 20 70 link
375 Jamaica QV 1/- CC, horiz. strip of three v.g.u. an extremely scarce multiple 22 26
376 Jamaica 190- 2½d/4d f.u. (2 outside Kingston) – one of the 4 narrow spacing, and the only wide spacing shows PFNNY for PENNY – SG 30/c cat. over £180 36 28
377 Jamaica KG5 SPECIMEN stamps comprising 1912/19 1/-, 2/-; last ½d War Stamp; Script pictorial ½d, 1½d, 2d, 2½d, 3d. We include but do not value 1912 3d, which is heavily toned, apportioned cat., say £180 58 65
378 Jamaica F.u. multiple of 1932 2½d which would presumably look better split into rows of 4 and 3, or evened to make a 6, but is far scarcer as a 7. With it comes 1d Falls black and red, dropped in Quink, but you can believe in it if you wish 10 unsold
379 Jamaica Compendium of 25 multiples (12 are KG6, values to 4d; 13 are QEII values to 5/-) all of which are lower marginal inc. 12 from corners, one block being used, the other fine mint, 9 show the imprint in full, 3 more show snippets, all but 3 of the 25 incorporate one or more plate nos, and no duplication has been noted – we counted about £105 cat. before we became dizzy 85 75
380 Jamaica The 1962/3 set of 16 to £1 SG159/74 fine m. (well we can be conventional sometimes you know) 32 unsold
381 Jamaica A49 (of Lilliput) is an easy strike on Pines, yet struck at 2 o’clock as clear and intense as this on 4d brown-orange (cat. £50) it’s a stunner 12 18 link
382 Jamaica E06 appears quite often on 2d CC, and it’s standing on its head here, but it’s so precisely struck here that it deserves single status 8 6
383 Jamaica Clarendon Parish includes pages from Clarendon, Alley (formerly Vere), Chapelton, May Pen, Milk River; 84 stamps of which 45 are codes; of the names only 3 are post KG5 180 190 linkex
384 Jamaica Hanover Parish offered here are the pages for Green Island, Lucea, Chester Castle, A45, A49, F98. 46 stamps of which 20 are codes, 3 are post 1937 70 56 linkex
385 Jamaica Kingston Parish represented in this section only by Port Royal (A67), 13 stamps, all but 2 are Code. They include 6d pine(colour and cancel of equal power), 3d CC, 1d postal fiscal 52 50 link
386 Jamaica Manchester Parish this section begins with Mandeville and Mile Gully (A52, A54) 53 stamps to 1937, 14 of them being codes inc pine 1/- and 3d, fine upright A5(4) – the code style is unmistakeable – and a note records an unfamiliar bluish ink used for two others. The names are generally full and clear, feature 1d arms in a block of six, add more to interest than to value 80 85 linkex
387 Jamaica Manchester continues with Newport, Porus, Watson’s Hill, Shooter’s Hill, Spur Tree (A59, A68, F95, F96, A53), 66 stamps, 34 codes, 4 post 1937 120 100 linkex
388 Jamaica Portland Parish offers Buff Bay, Hope Bay, Manchioneal, Port Antonio, Priestman’s River (A32, A47, A51, A64 and some trenchant G16) – 85 stamps, 37 codes, but a few A51 & A64 strikes are not up to standard 130 110 linkex
389 Jamaica St Andrew Parish houses Gordon Town (A42), Cold Spring (193), and just one A41 from Golden Spring. There are 29 stamps with 19 codes, no names beyond 1937. Gordon Town has some better early values, mixed condn, but it’s 193 at 10 o’clock on 2/- CC that stands out in this group 75 65 linkex
390 Jamaica St Ann’s Parish features Alexandria, Brown’s Town, Claremont, Dry Harbour, Half Way Tree, Moneague, Ocho Rios, Pedro, St Ann’s Bay with 44 codes, 85 names, just 2 post 1937 140 120 linkex
391 Jamaica St Catherine’s Parish with pages from Ewarton, Linstead (but there’s confusion here with St David, which would list under St Thomas), Old Harbour, Spanish Town – codes 27, names 40, pre-1938, except 2 85 70 linkex
392 Jamaica St Elizabeth Parish provides Balaclava (the page includes 4x A79, which are part strikes, but one of them is the r.h. two thirds of type J (A)79 looking good on 2d CC), Black River, Lacovia, Malvern, Middle Quarters (with classy A82 on 6d CC), Newmarket, Santa Cruz, Siloah, Southfields – we make it 112 stamps with 4 post 1937, codes 41, the rest names. These add A30, A50, A82, A43, A46 also E06, E30 and 647 210 180 linkex
393 Jamaica St James Parish we now come to the star of the postmark collection – if you buy it, it will probably become the star of your collection too. E58 of LITTLE RIVER on 4d CC (as if the host stamp mattered here) central, uprt, muscular, precise – add your own epithets 40 44
394 Jamaica For the rest of St James, Montego Bay is quite modestly endowed with 14 codes (probably 4 are on pines) and 10 names; Little River adds 2 more E58, 2 names; Adelphi produces a reasonable 598 at 2 o’clock, harassed a bit by another part strike upside down on top, also 3 names 70 60 linkex
395 Jamaica St Mary Parish takes us to Annotto Bay, Flint River, Gayle, Guy’s Hill, Port Maria, Richmond, Salt Gut. Some 3 or 4of the codes don’t deserve their attribution, but a strip of 3 2d is favoured with A28 on each. So you get here A28, A39 (just one), A40, A66, A74 then 199. The 56 names keep up the good standard on which we’ve hardly commented up to now, 2 only post 1937 115 95 linkex
396 Jamaica St Thomas Parish here we find Bath, Blue Mountain Valley (3 out of 5 codes v. strong), Morant Bay (some of its A57 v faintly inked, especially a 2d strip of 3), P.G. River, Port Morant ( 2 A65 out of 7 much to our taste), Trinityville (one sideways A83 out of two bursting with strength). There are 41 codes, the 32 names include Hagley Gap, all but one pre-1938 130 160 linkex
397 Jamaica Trelawney Parish brings us Clarks Town F81, Dunstan A37, later B, Falmouth A38, Hampden G14, Rio Bueno A70, Stewart Town A77, making up 42 Codes, 51 Names, 4 post 1937 150 190 linkex
398 Jamaica Westmoreland Parish presents Savannah La Mar (A75) along with Grange Hill (A44), Bluefields (A58), Little London (F80), Petersfield (642). There are 31 codes, 31 names (2 next generation). We like the quality of the A44 codes much more than A58, and there’s a scattering of better values 105 90 linkex
399 Jamaica Having run through the Parishes, we find we’re left with these pages: Liiiput, A48 on 1d and 3d pine, belongs to St Elizabeth, Rambles with 3x A69, inc 6d pine and 5 names, ought to be with Hanover; Hayes, with 4x 617 and 3 names is teamed with 2 high quality 622 and a more than adequate and scarcer 631 – these adhere to Clarendon, Westmoreland and Manchester. The final page holds one code C and 4 code E, and if you have discovered where they were used you’re ahead of us, so please let us know 110 95 linkex
400 Jamaica 1935 SJ, 1937 Coron – 65 low values with town or village postmarks from 65 different locations. The major offices are not represented here, many offices are fairly obscure and the strikes are of general good quality – all are identified 75 unsold
401 Jamaica Type 8 (E)NFIELD TRD almost complete on key type 1d used -/1/96, fine 26 27
402 Jamaica We’ve sneaked the preceding lot from 6 album pages which feature killers and various cds of Kingston, single and dbl-ring mainly QV with a sprinkling of 20 th century added. The selection is not comprehensive, neither is it dull; you get GB 4d (3), 6d on piece, six different A01 killers, squared circle in 2 sizes and the 63 stamps, some in pairs include 3x 3d postal fiscals and a pictorial 5/-, total cat. over £800, condition a bit mixed, mainly fine 75 unsold
403 Jamaica Continuation pages, 37 stamps on 5 pages play with street letter box and regn dbl. ovals. They include Montego Bay, and a few KG6 have joined them too 9 8
404 Jamaica 36 stamps on 3 ½ pages, identify 29 offices and leave prepared spaces for 27 more along the RAILWAY routes. These are all in blue ink (the earliest would be red) and most are satisfactory examples, usually on larger stamps 95 110
405 Jamaica Pot-pourri of stamps that were the seller’s end-papers – some more earlier railway cancels, mainly unidentified, later issues showing TPO and numbered 1, 2, 3 also; a page of WWI Red Cross, mainly u., and the solitary WWII issue m., Jamaica receiving GB or other BWI cancels on arrival; GB taking the reverse reception. 60 stamps in all and we’d have loved to see the cover on which GB QV ½d, Jamaica wen t side by side to Kingston from (royal) Windsor 52 unsold
406 Jamaica And here you get no less than 6 TRD’s 1890’s to 1920’s – and they are rather scrappy PR(atville) all but complete otherwise, but the date hard to read, and much too big for stamp; (BO)WDEN – 7.96, this is a fine strike, stamp faulty; type 8 ….GE, now what would that be on a ½d green? On 1d arms (2) glimpses of (ST PE)TER’S and (MY)RTLE B(ANK); DIRECT (CABLE) of course on pictorial 1/- script 50 unsold
407 Jamaica 100 different village or town pmks on s/card QV to KG5 20 or so have been carefully identified then preparation ran out of fuel, it seems. Useful strikes throughout – have fun 46 50
408 Jamaica 8 QV to KG5 era pmks of claimed obscurity: one of these is the familiar ‘12’ from a US maritime duplex. There are the concentric rings of an unidentifiable end of a large ebony ruler, and an apparent digit on Qv 1d which could be Latin American. We give up on the other five; can you do better? 5 unsold
409 Jamaica The Royal Lancashire Fusiliers crest printed on the flap and the Newcastle cds on each of the black and red Falls 1d, demonstrate that this trim 1902 dbl. rate cover to Farnham, Surrey, came from a military source 15 13
410 Jamaica Cover impressed with Elder Dempster’s Myrtle Bank Hotel logo sent in 1906 to Constant Spring Hotel, bearing (with an obvious logic) key-type QV 2d, two 1d black and red Falls, ½d. 1d arms 22 18 link
411 Jamaica If only in the name there’s character in a 1916 letter to the Savage Fire Co. of San Diego. A Jamaica Red Cross stamp is added to the postage as a bonus. This is the hors d’oeuvres – the main dish is a regd 1919 letter to the little known Mexican city of Tacubaya. Postage is paid by 2x 1½d, 3x ½d War Stamps (observe the variation in plate pressure in this trio) the expenditure is authorised in manuscript on behalf of Ja. Govt Rly; the torn regn label as the low no. 7; postal markings abound front and back, and both 1½d are curiously defective. That’s all folks 48 42
412 Jamaica A 1916 cover from Kingston to Harry Huber, franked with a line of 4 x ½d War Stamps, was rated deficient by 40 centimes, the charge being raised by 4x 2c dues, pre-cancelled at Pittsburgh – and 3 of these are in a vert. strip. Even if you don’t go for US stamps, or pre-cancels, used multiples are far from common, and we don’t think Harry could have set this up himself 35 unsold
413 Jamaica The blue United Fruit Co cachet cancelling the 2½d pictorial on a long cover to Lascelles & Co., NY, defeat our effort to read the ship’s name – presumably in the ‘20’s. We balance out on legibility by adding a Groves & Lindley front (sent 1931 to Huddersfield) 1d stamp. Duncans pmk violet duplex 10 centimes tax mark of Jamaica, English black 1d to PAY accountancy mark, GB 1d due all colourful and clear –you’ll decide 42 unsold
414 Jamaica Cover regd on April Fool’s Day 1942 to Black River has got us in a maze: between point of despatch at JUNCTION P.O. and arrival there were five intermediate stops, first Southfield, then (alphabetically not geographically) Balaclava, Maggotty, Malvern, Santa Cruz. 3x 1½d defins and a claim to uniquity 20 19
415 Jamaica An internment camp card sent to Buffalo, NY 23 Nov 1942. Most neatly written, seen by Camp and US censor, clean and meticulously preserved. We think the German writer probably got the shoes and headgear he wanted. 24 21
416 Jamaica It’s years since we had an Internee’s letter from Jamaica’s Gibraltar Camp (there was a genuine connection with The Rock, if you remember) and this almost immaculate example, sent to Buffalo (NY state) 17 May 1946 neatly written in German, clearly came from an interned German civilian. The combined unsealed letter sheet and cover was h/stamped over flap by censor no.2 40 95 link
417 Jamaica A familiar always charming RMSP postcard landed as a Southampton Ship Letter (struck twice AU 20 0(?) on two GB ½d). If it was your describer’s long deceased friend, Keith Buckingham, who identified the scene as Kingston Harbour and priced the card at £1, he is likely to have been right, and it takes us back to the days when you could buy a good BWI ppc for 1/-. Prices, alas, have risen 22 unsold
418 Jamaica In this lot the small QV ½d red-brown p/s card is present fine unused; used battered during or after an AU 23 94 journey from Christiana to Stoney Hill, via Kingston; and with ½d added, to NY via Kingston. Only one of the three takes our fancy but please form your own view 29 unsold
419 Jamaica Two interesting b/w ppc’s to Germany, each franked. The 1904 one to Breslau (now Wroclaw) shows a carefully posed group outside a village Post Office, one presumes the postmaster is prominent among them, and a signboard seems to begin with the name “E.L. Fr…”. The 1913 one went to a German midshipman aboard S.M.S. Rheinland, and was sent by Mona, apparently the seated lady on the Rock Fort picture side (that’s where the bridge gets washed away on the main road, every other decade) 20 unsold link
420 Jamaica 2d grey official SG O5 in a block of four, the lower stamps mint. You don’t often meet unused multiples, but there’s a short perf. top left, so we value at a third, instead of the half cat. a block deserves 42 32
421 Jamaica A whimsical page with the understated heading ‘fiscals’ includes SG type 1 in its 3 wmks, fiscally u., plus the CC version fine o.g., and an unlisted wnk inverted fisc. u.The postal fiscal 5/- is killed with vert. oval 556 (of Gold Coast? We can’t authenticate of course). There’s a UFC perfin, a 9 hole diamond perfin on 1/- pictorial, UFC cachet of S.S. METAPAN on 2½d on piece, a dramatic HORN LINE cachet on 6d pictorial on piece (route between River Plate and Kingston) and a splendid FIVE POUNDS die stamp optd Jamaica in its perf version, this impressed by red die stamp for cancellation onto a document piece with added Jamaica opt in gothic script – this is one to grab 110 105 link
422 Jamaica We must have seen hundreds, probably thousands, of the QV Judicial 1/- and here at last for the first time is the $ variety fiscally u. clear of the error. It has to be a rarer survivor than the postal stamp 60 52
423 Jamaica We often see QV JUDICIAL issues vastly overpriced for retail sale. Here, heavily cancelled is the one you don’t find – the QV 5/- value, fine 20 unsold link
424 Jamaica A good range of QV-KG5 Judicial opts; 3d to 5/- with CA and MCA wmks represented, with multiples for QV 1/-, KG5 1/-, 2/-; and there are1/-, 2/- QV and KG5 of unused appearance, which is usually an illusion – 25 stamps here inc 5 x 5/- 46 unsold link
425 Jamaica QV telegraph3d lilac and 1/- purple-brown (3) used for that purpose, plus similarly used pictorial 2½d, 6d (2), 1/- and KG5 king’s head 4d 12 10
426 Jamaica This legal document created by a Pennsylvania attorney required the attention and co-operation of the Bank of Nova Scotia, the Bank of the Manhatten Co., the Chase Manhatten Bank, the Tradesman’s National Bank and Trust Co., and the Kingston Postmaster who signed it. For the philatelist it has a 2d stamp with a perfin that we think none of you possesses. Circulated in late 1955, it’s a cheque for $2.45 (US) 5 28
Leeward Islands Leeward Islands
427 Leeward Islands Sexagenary ½d, 1d, 2½d, 6d all m. fresh of face and with healthy h/stamps. To reassure our newer members, we aim to tell you any doubts we entertain over authentication of overprints and the like. We particularly remember sale of a Cayman I. 2½d/4d described, but not warranted as forged surcharge, and the purchaser complained it appeared genuine. We offered a full refund, if the purchaser provided a certificate to that effect, but the offer was generously declined 40 35
428 Leeward Islands Clean RPSL cert. of 1978 certifies the authenticity of a sexagenary 1/- SG15, fine pt o.g. (hinge remainder) cat. £130, ex Jaffe 50 54 link
429 Leeward Islands KG5 script 1922/9 defins, 19 m. or u. between SG58 and 4/- SG77, comprising one of each listed colour together with 1935 SJ set m. cat. approaching £200 46 unsold
430 Leeward Islands Do you bridle at a full cat. valuation of KG5 script 6d used in August 1938, when still on issue? You see it sports top mgnl plate no.28 . Doesn’t this make it rather special? 50 unsold
431 Leeward Islands This is a starter lot for a youngster with collecting instincts, 43 m. and a few u., KG6 mainly defins to 1/- (2 of these) and QEII values to 60c. Total cat. is about £64, from which we exclude SG83 (used in Dominica) because of short corner perf 8 unsold
432 Leeward Islands On a stockcard of Leeward QV to KG5, ½d and 1d bar 1) QV offers violet Montserrat on 2½d, All Saints and maritime combined square and diagonal cross, possibly overstruck by faint killer. On KE St Mary’s, St Peter’s (ignore another), St Kitts OR and SP. On KG5 SEATONS MR 13 34, Barbuda 1930, Sandy Point, and bypass the last 40 unsold link
433 Leeward Islands The only reason we offer a modest all regional page of used that probably won’t even cat. £50 is that we think we recognise St Kitts village writing on QV ½d: this doesn’t make us raise our valuation 7 5.75
434 Leeward Islands 1898 cover to a distillery in Delft, Holland, QV Leeward 2½d was used from St Kitts 24 36
435 Leeward Islands FE 2 03 is the date on which our KE ½d was struck with a magnificent COULIBISTRIE cds (as complete as a stamp of the size can register. This office is a Leeward rarity in both QV and KE, closing about 1904 44 56
436 Leeward Islands Or perhaps we’re wrong about rates to the US (which fluctuated) for here is a cover regd from St Kitts NO 9 11 paying presumably 2d regn and 2d to post to Minnesota. The stamps, all KE MCA, make up 4½d with ½d(2), 3d, ¼d(2), SG29a, 33a, 36. Were you listening? That gives an SG quote of from almost £450, correctly using multiplier on the most expensive stamp. Well folks this cover (plainly commercial) has a central fold, its REGISTERED rose pink h/stamp is blotchy and blurred, and the back’s a bit grubby too, so we’ll estimate low, but if it goes for that you’ve got a bargain 90 170 link
437 Leeward Islands A fragile OHMS cover from Antigua GPO, impressed crest, normal size, regd (with Leeward QV 1d (2), 2½d) to St Louis JU 6 02, a period when our friends across the Atlantic all cheerfully pronounced destination as if they spoke French. The cover was ruthlessly opened on arrival but all essential parts survive and this franking is in short supply, even from GPO 17 unsold
438 Leeward Islands The three one penny surcharges used together on a smallish cover regd SP 17 03 from St John’s to Roseau. Though this type of cover is presumed philatelic, you can take into account that the 3d pays postage and regn and cover has been opened for its content (but 8x £18= £170 – no way) 48 unsold link
439 Leeward Islands Leeward 2½d took this cover of AU 22 28 from St John’s to Lakewood, Ohio – it has been less than lovingly handled since despatch. So condn, while still presentable, is on the average side of average 8 unsold
440 Leeward Islands All cats may be grey in the dark, but not all FFC’s of late Sept. 1929 need the same rating. This example, for instance, is an Air Mail cover printed with a coloured vignette of San Juan Gate, self-addressed to Jaime Gonzalez for the flight of 26 Sep 29 from St John’s Antigua to San Juan. The 9d postage happened to be paid with Leeward 6d and 3d Sg72 (cat. £50) and 69, giving an SG quote of “from £262.50”. Hinge remainders on fringes leave their mark – we must still value high 56 unsold
441 Leeward Islands An exactly similar FFC (addressed c/o postmaster St Thomas to Gonzalez) received Leeward 2d, 3d, 4d SG65, 69, 70 to pay 9d, yielding SG quote “from £112.30”. It was landed at St Thomas 3 hours earlier than the preceding lot at San Juan, and we presume that the 3-line First Air Mail, Antigua to USA, September 1929 was stamped on arrival, as the San Juan cover missed out. This time we value downwards 30 26
442 Leeward Islands Two long covers sent to Alex Elder, Fenchurch St in 1933 from Antigua, each paying 1½d postage with Leeward 1½d red-brown, are respectively endorsed per Lady Drake and Lady Nelson and presumably travelled on them 20 15
443 Leeward Islands If you want proof that someone in the Royal Bank of Canada in Antigua had philatelic leanings here it is in a large envelope in the Bank’s Form E82 bearing on its face on AP 10 40 the 8 current values from ¼d to 6d in carefully cancelled blocks of four. It went registered, uncensored to Boston (vert. fold well clear of stamps). We treat with respect since the stamps off cover total over £85, and we think the shades at this date – especially of the 6d – will interest KG6 fans 40 unsold
444 Leeward Islands Though we classify as Leewards, because Bessie Harper registered it JY 1 49 to South Africa as an FDC for the 6 new colours, this cover became about as miscellaneous as it could get. It could neither be delivered to its address, retained in Johannesburg; so back it came to Antigua via Trinidad simply plastered with pmks and instructional extras, and just a mite travel weary, as you’d expect. One of Bessie’s favourites? Betcha! 28 unsold link
445 Leeward Islands If you think about it, by the reign of KE7, a used 2½d p/s env. is hard to come by, and this is why: the destination had to be outside the British Empire and US. We have here a clean attractive example, light St Kitts duplex cancel, 1905, and it went to Bern in Switzerland 48 80 link
446 Leeward Islands Used from GPO (we’re guessing) FE 16 24, this St Kitts 2d ultramarine PSRE went to Groves & Lindley in Huddersfield with Leeward Die I 3d added, you can take your choice which of the buff papers, but we’ll plump for SG51c for which SG would start from £200. By now G & L were less coy about their customers, so cover is no way mutilated, with a nice trader’s cachet on reverse 48 42 link
447 Leeward Islands The Postage Stamps of the Leeward Islands. This is the Author’s Edition of the work, published (with illustrations) at the offices of “Stamp Collecting” in 1918, and is signed, “No 6. A. E. Hopkins”. A rare survivor, and it is fascinating to consider the additional knowledge gained in the 100 years since. The 1948 reprint, without illustrations, and with small additions to text, appears elsewhere in this year’s auction 33 34
Martinique Martinique
448 Martinique Business EL written from St Pierre 22 Oct 1798 to Mrs Bourbel, Nassau St, Soho. This was during the second British occupation of Martinique and it arrived at Plymouth as a ship letter (2 line strike) after 2 months or so, London 26 De 98 bishop mark, being answered Jan 1799. For an 18 th century letter it is outstanding in cleanliness and integrity 70 85 link
449 Martinique EL written by son in Toulouse to his father Count de Traversay in Fort Royal, Martinique on 7 May 1816, giving news of the family and seeking for himself (in the customary submissive terms that sons used in that era) some kind of indulgence which our command of French is not subtle enough to interpret, other than he’s looking at next year and the one after. A BORDEAUX capitalised h/stamp on the front shows port of despatch. Rate would b read as 22/6 in English, so must mean something else from France. Clean and intact, no endorsement of receipt – a French Count wouldn’t think it necessary – and no mention of war (ditto) 56 unsold link
450 Martinique A Chamberlene of St Pierre Martinique, sent these covers of 1851/2 period at the single and double 35c rate, the earlier (Paquebot arrival pmk 8 Feb) going via Le Havre to a family member in Senlis, the second on the same line A (arrival pmk 10 Feb) for a merchant in Nantes. This contains an original printed despatch note from the carrier, (a bill of lading perhaps) and an original bill of exchange drawn on the addressee, second of exchange, first and third unpaid 85 80 linkex
451 Martinique A tiny mourning cover to Quimper franked at the rate of 50c current in 1866 for passage from Martinique, made up with 2x 20c, 1x 10c eagles, a colour combination easy on the eye. Nothing in British Empire markings rivals the elegance and delicate lettering of standard French colonial and maritime markings as exemplified here by the Fort de France despatch cds, the orange-red transatlantic paquebot datestamp and the MQE in diamond of dots across the stamps, disturbed just a trifle by an inadvertent reverse of the Paris to Nantes TPO offset from the next cover in the queue. This mark appears for real on the reverse as do strikes from Quimper to record arrival and used readdressing. Apparently the cover was carried on the LOUISIANE, made a rapid crossing to St Nazaire, but was quarantined for several days before being allowed to dock. Should we assess at 150 euros? 140 190 link
452 Martinique Tidy business EL written 22 Feb 1875 bound for a merchant in Bordeaux, where received 16 Mar. Rate of 19 decimes is deleted, so perhaps a consignee letter. Also on the face is Matinique/St Pierre despatch cds, while the 27 Feb octagonal of French Paquebot B No.1 tells an historian that the vessel was the Ville de Brest, in service by then for 4 years. Each letter at which we have so far looked in the context of Martinique is the product of neat writing and soundly taught grammar 48 54 link
453 Martinique With this cover of 1898 we move into the unfamiliar ground of the French Military, with a soldier’s letter of 11 Aug. to Bordeaux at the concessionary rate of 15c, paid with 5 and 10 c ‘Sage’ issue of Martinique. The army octagonal cancels are struck in blue; the Colon a St Nazaire one, in black. The carrier was the 3.800 ton FRANCE, a mite smaller than its namesake liner, which competed for the Atlantic blue riband in the 1930’s 75 60 link
454 Martinique We continue but conclude the military theme with a 1902 cover, sent to a Cognac address with a request to forward, if gone away. On arrival was readdressed to Angouleme, which probably completed its journey. This time a 15c military stamp was used (current 15c optd F.M.) and all pmks on the face were struck in blue, “ DEC (when dated) 60 50 link
Montserrat Montserrat
455 Montserrat We now have instructions to offer re-entries unsold last year at significantly lower levels. We begin with last year’s lot 499 which contains SG1 and two x 6d green SG2. We consider these latter two are now available at a level materially below their real market value 100 90 link
456 Montserrat The three x 1d stamps in last year’s lot 497 are now offered at a figure which would have been appropriate at the end of the second millennium (Good heavens, how time has flown) 50 unsold link
457 Montserrat The QV assembled on this s/card are 1d CC and CA perf. 12 m., CC and CA pair perf. 14 all f.u.; their used 6d escort lowers the standard slightly with heavy killer obtruding in SE quadrant on gentle cds, but even that respects queen’s profile, and cat. approaches £200 42 unsold
458 Montserrat QV to KG5 medley comprising s/card with QV 4d (A08), domestic ½d pair used 1908, 4 low values, maritime usage, SJ 1d, 1½d on whose light cancel we can’t assist. These join forces with b/w ppc of Havana sent 1917 from Montserrat to Antigua (generous message for its Leeward ½d, worms have produced hold-to-light effect), QV 1½d p/s card to Germany, adhesive uplift removed, separate reply half unused, and Bank of Canada letter to London 1923, franked 2x 1d SG50a 37 unsold
459 Montserrat The 1916-22 defins mounted on part page containing an example of each listed shade and value between SG49/59 plus an extra ½d, in each case both m. and u. and looking fine – cat. abt £600 110 unsold
460 Montserrat The same zeal for collating one of each m. and u. produces the 4 listed War Tax issues plus an extra 1½d, followed by the full Script 1922/9 set plus the extra 2½d – from SG50/83 cat. well into the £400’s 85 unsold
461 Montserrat The tercentenary in the same m. and u. format only reaches the 1/- (8 values) which are twinned with the 1935 and ’37 SJ and Coron sets (30 stamps in all). Sorry to disappoint but you’ll pay much less for SG84/91, 94/100 40 unsold
462 Montserrat There are 46 stamps in the same m. and u. format when we reach the 1938/48 KG6 defins which exactly covers the listing of perfs and shades for SG101/12 cat. over £400 again 85 unsold
463 Montserrat This sequence closes more modestly with the commems m. and u. from SG113/22 – of course the 1948 SW issues have begun their upward climb, expected to continue 10 unsold
464 Montserrat There’s significant value in this group of plate no.s etc: QEII providing 1953 1c, plate 1a, 1958 Federation set of 3, plate 1; KG6 offers plate 1 singles of KG6 perf 14 ½d, 1d, 1/-, the 3d in imprint pair and UPU pair with both imprint and plate 1; going back to KG5, the script 1½d orange-yellow and red-brown, plus paler 2½d, are preceded by pricey MCA 2/6 (cat.£40) – all mint lower mgnl except KG5 script upper mgnl 60 unsold link
465 Montserrat This QEII Leeward $2.40 has a full and part St John’s cds of JU 30 with what might be part of the digit 6 the only visible sign for year date, though there’s plenty of space. We think this might even have travelled on a package, fine though it is, and yes we are discussing St John’s, Montserrat. How much less likely can a pmk get? 24 unsold
466 Montserrat Straddling WWII are a typical 1936 ‘James’ cover (he of Knights of Malta) from Plymouth to London, with his trademark SJ 1d, tercentenary ½d; and a ‘Harper’ Victory FDC on which the king’s head picture shows the stress of the years between 16 unsold
467 Montserrat A 1943 Mail Order cover addressed to National Hellas, New York, which was opened by Examiner 4517. The period annotation 1C shows this was done in Antigua on a cover from Montserrat. The cover combines perf. 14 Montserrat 1/- with Leeward 1d, for the air mail charge to US, and the one disappointment for a none too common item is that the sender’s address was in Salem, but cover was cancelled in Plymouth 27 21
468 Montserrat Thimble cancels of AP 2 94 from both Montserrat and St Kitts launched a Leeward 1d p/s card uprated by QV ½d to Washington via NY. Sender (on surname terms with addressee) advises the mailing inter-alia of Society Annals brought with him from NY and “ had no time to read”. Given the time of that journey, there’s a credibility gap, but never mind; postal stationery from GPO Plymouth with genuine commercial motivation is scarce, indeed 32 unsold link
469 Montserrat Leeward I. 1d pink p/s envelope, endorsed Bookpost and addressed to Otto Bickel in Cosnye, Montenegro (this is not the name of the backstamp of the receiving office). The letter was written by hand, and journeyed unsealed via Barbados and, in contrast to any other Bickel correspondence we’ve seen, is wholly commercial 35 unsold link
Nevis Nevis
469a Nevis Black plate proofs of the four values in issue 1862-78 each on card. The printing is beautifully done, the 1d comes from row 4/1, and our plated examples of the 6d and 1/- are all used, which hinders comparison. Significantly the 4d does not plate and has a diagonal pea-line across it, which suggests strongly to us that this position was re-engraved as a complete fresh entry, and there is a deep vertical scratch on our black 4d in support. We know of no outside evidence to term these progress proofs, but we’re agitated anyway – there are traces of touching up on the other three. Later amendment these were reprints. 28 unsold link
470 Nevis The plus factor for this f.u. example of the rather scarce 6d grey SG19 is that it is cancelled less aggressively than the Nevis office was wont to do, and you can enjoy seeing almost all the stamp – cat. £200 70 52 link
471 Nevis 1879/80 1d, 2½d CC SG23/24, each lge pt o.g., nicely centred, wholesome appearance, cat. £240 70 60
472 Nevis 1882 1d lilac-mauve CA SG26 a rare used horiz. pair (well, when did you last see one). Each stamp is vigorously killer-clouted, which would put off a lay collector, yet you and we know this is just like the period and issue 40 unsold
473 Nevis Fine Crown Circle PAID AT NEVIS on 1d dull rose SG27, as complete as you can get on a single stamp 30 unsold
474 Nevis Right and left bisected QV 1d stamps each surcharged with Nevis ½d in violet reading down, have been left as Siamese twins, when individually killer-cancelled, thus rerating the bisects to the original 1d denomination as pair – condition is fine, their purpose is obscure 52 46 link
475 Nevis Locally addressed cover of JY 31 97 on which a pair of the very recently issued sexagenary ½d was used to pay its way. Cat. from £325 is a bit OTT, as there was more sexagenary usage from Nevis than you might suppose 65 56 link
476 Nevis From a clergyman in Nevis to a friend in Brooklyn, regd by air 5 Au 43, whose franking of 1/4½d comprises each value from ½d to 6d and presumably overpays the air mail rate. Deep turquoise AIR MAIL label, opened by IS censor examiner 9813, Such frankings usually reveal the current stock at the office of despatch 40 unsold link
477 Nevis The popularity and relative scarcity of Nevis attracted the attention of a number of forgers, so we shan’t give an identity to this imperf. “used” 1/- pale green. Not the best craftsman, certainly not the worst, has the advantage of being undamaged 5 4.5
Netherlands West Indies Netherlands West Indies
478 Netherlands West Indies This letter of Oct. 27 1779 was written to “Dear Grace” from Curacao by her “ever loving and Affectionate Houseband” during the French occupation of Grenada. He had bound himself as a matter of honour to return to Grenada and intended there to seek the Governor’s permission to leave, hoping to obtain passage from either Curacao or St Eustabius to Holland, and thence to England. The letter became an exhibit in litigation 3 years later, has been divorced from its outer wrapper, but throws light on French control over residents and their property, as the occupying power. Much folded, splits in places, yet legible and nowhere near the end of its life 25 unsold
479 Netherlands West Indies In this letter of Jan 22 1805, written by Thomas Maling, Captain of HMS Diana, then at Aruba, to Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth in Jamaica, the writer reports his recovery of his best schooner after this had been ‘retaken’ by a boat from Aruba. It seems the Diana not only recovered the schooner but incidentally captured the island. Should the Admiral approve of Aruba remaining “in our hands it would be necessary to find 20 or 30 men of any colour or description” to defend the harbour entrance, the inhabitants being well disposed towards the English. Presumably the admiral had the political sagacity not to approve. The 3 page letter has no outer wrapper, and we presume it was carried by hand to Jamaica in any case. An intriguing tale of a minor war, probably not otherwise recorded in history. R£95 unsold
480 Netherlands West Indies Pre-stamp covers of 1817 and 1844, privately carried on board and presumed posted on arrival. How the earlier EL (rated ‘20’ in red) reached its addressee defeats us today, yet as the named recipient is clear, the carrying vessel is decipherable, and port of landing was no doubt appropriate, if you can read it, which we can’t. The later EL, rated 6, with vessel named, which the cognoscenti could decode, had a clear NY address which would cause no headaches 46 unsold
481 Netherlands West Indies We remark at intervals on the sufficiency of Fred Huth & Co, London, as an address. Here it is again on a letter in Spanish from Curacao off 27 Dec 1823 landed as (step-type) HASTINGS SHIP LETTER received 18 MR 1824. Much folded, in probable need of reinforcement, but scarce 44 38
482 Netherlands West Indies Four letters to Messrs Lanman & Kemp, NY, arrive at differing cost before the days of stamps at point of origin. The earliest from Curacao 23 Jan 1861 carried per Maurice was rated a bold 6 in circle; 3 months later another EL from the same took about 4 weeks and was rated 5 in similar format; in 1864 an EL from Maracaibo via Curacao was landed as a New York Ship Letter, rated 4; the 4 th EL was a consignee’s letter from Maracaibo in 1872 per Spring Bird and was free of charge. It shows the logo of the consignor both impressed and neatly h/stamped 58 50
483 Netherlands West Indies A remarkable p/s card from the Dutch half of St Martin addressed to the postmaster at Curacao from an office opened Jan 1 1882, and this card is dated 24.1.82 (so far no earlier missive is on record). 15 days en route, 202 in diamond cancel, surcharged 7½c in bold boxed format. You want? You pay… 75 48
484 Netherlands West Indies The Netherlands W Indies yield 3 covers here: Paramaribo to Hamburg by air 21.10.37, Surinam 40c Luchtpost (air mail) its franking; 13.12.40 from Oranjestad, Aruba by air to NY uncensored, using Curacao 60c Luchtpost, Aruba bank logo on the front; 27.10.41 Willemstad to Oakland, California, 12½c surface franking, seen front and back by Curacao’s censor no.5, but never opened – these are not plentiful items 24 20
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485 Saint Christopher We met one Caucus race with our 1803 Jamaica EL landing at Plymouth. Now here’s another from St Kitts, where a bill of exchange for £44-13-4 gets whittled down to near invisibility. The cover, neatly written as a letter went to Glasgow July 1834, with a double rate charge of 4/10, there’s another repeat of the green boxed ½ surcharge for North Britain (bit pallid), the St Kitts small fleuron despatch mark was struck strongly on flap, but too low, losing its ornament, and age leaves this EL rumpled. Enough feature and content, anyway, to justify 40 unsold
486 Saint Christopher A more ordinary business EL, we think it was charged 2/- for 2 sheets, had its 1844 St Kitts small fleuron complete on reaching London’s Finsbury Circus 30 25 link
487 Saint Christopher Outer wrapper St Kitts to a London, Lincoln’s Inn address, paying 1/- packet rate, MR 29 1848 dbl-arc despatch mark and red London 24 AP 24 arrival in red on flap, clean and tidy 32 unsold
488 Saint Christopher GB 6d used in St Kitts, SG Z4 (cat. £225), damage to 2 perfs at foot, but the impact of its A12 is very powerful 50 50 link
489 Saint Christopher FOUR PENCE/6d with and without stop SG22/1 one unused, one pt o.g. both fine and well centred, especially for the perf stamps, cat. £140 36 unsold
490 Saint Christopher With the ill-matching type and ill-performing printing press, no two examples of the ONE PENNY on 2½d, SG28 are exactly the same, and it deserves to be collected in quantity (only there isn’t a quantity to collect). Here you have examples lge pt o.g. and used, each is fresh, plenty of incomplete letters, cat. £140 44 39
491 Saint Christopher …and here you have a scarce horiz. pair, sharing a recumbent A12, lightly used. The two Y’s are different fonts, and the P and O at left are breaking up – the printing forme having suffered damage, we presume, cat £140+ 60 65
492 Saint Christopher The 11 stamps on this s/card all v.g.-f. u. are intended to be SG11 to 21, one of each. Not all would agree that the 2x 1/- - though distinguishable in shade – include the 1890 shade, so cat. may be £750 rather than £90 more. As the 6d used is worth half the cat. on its own the debate on the 1/- won’t disturb our estimate 280 unsold
493 Saint Christopher The 14 QV on this album page include 1d magenta, 6d CC, 6d, 1/- CA, all m. and 4x 1d or 4d surcharges (m. except one) for total cat. abt £560, no duplication – the better defins are unused for which our valuation allows 46 unsold link
494 Saint Christopher 10 different QV in this lot. We can arrive at our valuation by looking only to Saint/Christopher on 1d SGR1 fine pt o.g. with h/stamp sideways (cat. £375) and ignoring the rest, or by disregarding R1, and plugging 1d (2), 2½d CC SG1, 2, 7 fine unused and 6d green, unsevered ½d/1d and 4d/6d fine pt o.g. (there are three cheapies also). Worth double? That’s up to you 130 115 link
Saint Christopher The next four lots, all ex Brian Brooks are fine mint sheets of 20 of the four 1882-4 low values, doubtless derived from the Bishop Auckland purchase of the remainder of the final consignment superseded by the 1890 Leeward issues. We pay scant attention here to the cat. quotes for single stamps and base our valuation on our view of the relative scarcity of the denominations in full sheets between themselves.
495 Saint Christopher The ½d sheet as above considered the easiest to acquire in sheet format despite its higher cat. quote. The r.h. margin, 6 perf holes wide is two thirds the width of the l.h. margin, ending as it does at the outer line of perfs 65 70 link
496 Saint Christopher The 1d sheet as above, with full r.h. margin, extending 3 perf holes beyond the r.h. vert. line of perfs 75 130 link
497 Saint Christopher The 2½d sheet as above, with full width r.h. margin. It shows trivial gum creasing, but is believed to be the least available of the four values in sheet format 85 160 link
498 Saint Christopher The 4d sheet as above, with full width margins. We cannot reconcile its low cat. quote with availability in sheet format 80 130 link
499 Saint Christopher 1/- bright mauve SG21 gd u. This example does not sparkle like the one sold in 2017 (thought to derive from the unneeded 1891 consignment), but is probably from the original very small consignment and as deep a shade as was ever available for use before the general Leeward issues arrived 45 48 link
500 Saint Christopher If you don’t want our complete sheets maybe you fancy the bottom row of a QV 4d sheet with all mgns, plate and current nos together with current no.40 from top row with ½d, 1d, 4d (or maybe not?) 18 27 link
501 Saint Christopher Postal fiscal 1d SGR3, a complete mint sheet of 20 with current no.40, plate no.1 in top and bottom margins and an extra line of vert. perfs in r.h. margin. A faulty ‘T’ in SAINT at row ½ is much more visible than any distortion of ‘E’ in ONE at row 2/1 30 50 link
502 Saint Christopher Never mind that the cat. quotes are fairly close, if you spent £1 on a full sheet of the postal fiscal 1/-, that was serious money. Anyway, there’s one on offer here with full mgns, which we assume to be mint. There is some gum creasing round the edges, the stamps look fine 50 42 link
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503 Saint Kitts KG5 script 2/- from SW corner, with plate no.1 – stamp fine mint, previously mgn-mounted, and mgn a bit ragged bottom rt 9 unsold
504 Saint Kitts 1925 10/- SG35, a mint block of four from SW corner with all margins (where we see a trace of previous hinging), cat. still only £48 – how long can it hold at that level 35 30
505 Saint Kitts Why would anyone want to collect the Victory pair in used blocks of four? Well, one day, perhaps 2 unsold
506 Saint Kitts We look at it like this: when you buy the 1948 SW 5/- carmine from bottom row flawless mint in strip of four, complete imprint and plat no. 1a, you are buying a £1 value post office fresh, with all the pluses and where would you get another 36 unsold
507 Saint Kitts Some of the very best covers come from someone throwing a party (think Post Office Mauritius) and we believe that these two covers posted from Sandy Point, St Kitts to two ladies who lived there had that in common; though you can only read the SP code on one duplex, each is dated JA 30 20 and you can deduce that other similar ones came in between. Our assessment for the party duo 44 unsold link
508 Saint Kitts Printed cover for Rev. E.T. Simpson, Stockport Rd, Manchester regd from St Kitts with domestic 1½d, 2d, 2½d huddled together on SP 8 20 add up to a face crowded with information, quite a bit of colour, and ready to reach its centenary in a new environment calmer than some it has encountered – cat. from £35 25 21 link
509 Saint Kitts These two pages capture Leeward 2d (small faults) taking 1923 cover to NY, and 1½d DIE II pair and single on regd cover to New Jersey; both are commercial. QV and KE ½d singles each add a classy uprt ‘SP’ code to one page – though the queen might have whispered “Edward, your duplex is showing” 85 80
510 Saint Kitts For members who would rather ring the changes we pair off a 1924 cover to the Bronx (you can just read the SP on the duplex cancel against the unsuitable background of 2x Leeward 1d deep violet) with a cover of AU 9 32 whose Leeward 1d pair and ½d (the 1d are Die I – the ½d has clipped perfs at top) are cancelled by Sandy Point cds – the faithful source is the Numismatic Co. of Texas (flap discarded) 60 unsold link
511 Saint Kitts Festooned with 15 SJ stamps (1d, 5; 1½d, 4; 2½d, 4; 1s, 2) this regd cover of 23 MY 1936 from St Kitts to Nassua, Bahamas was carefully opened and has been carefully preserved since – central fold avoids the neatly aligned displays 28 unsold
512 Saint Kitts KG6 Coron set on 1939 Tibbles cover to Stockport; QEII Coron, domestic 2c, plus Leeward 3c pair combined with Leeward 6d to fly commercially to NY (no computers then to check the rate) – these are postmarked Nevis cds, and Charlestown. Companion pages hold Roger Wells Coron cover from Cayon and Old Road, and include CA code on domestic tercent. 2d, Leeward KE ¼d, ½d, KG5 1d, DB and OR codes on KE 1d 40 35
513 Saint Kitts This is an airmail regd cover of 9 AP 36 to its h/stamped Broadway Stamp Co NY address, its SJ set is (for a philatelic cover) not all that tidily arranged, and you have to look with some care to see kite and horix. log variety . When you satisfy yourself that it’s there (it is, we assure you) cat. £550 (no multiplier’s, no set addition) is high enough to assess value and it must be one of the few to survive on cover R£180 unsold link
514 Saint Kitts Twin to the large two-ring Antigua/Crown/PASSED BY CENSOR h/stamp CH2 (see handbook p232/3) is the St Kitts version, seen here in blue on AIR MAIL (2-line h/stamp) outgoing cover to NY – franked 1/- and damaged 1½d – and in rose-pink on incoming cover from Chicago. Both bear the no. 3 after CENSOR, and each was resealed with brown tape – but it’s the incomer, a roughly handled window env., that excites ‘posted at Stock Yards Sta 3’ Oct 18 1939, it was returned by Foreign Sec. for 2c Additional Postage (so h/stamped) and a cerise Presidential 2c (cancelled with angry black blotch) lies above the 3c imperf by perf Washington, to arrive just in time to trump the EKD for CH2 . This is proved by a clear SANDY POINT cds of OC 30 39, but for which its destination would not be known. Ex Brian Brooks 48 unsold link
515 Saint Kitts Similar window env. from Chicago Oct 1940 – probably a once a year despatch – got similar rough handling and censor mark, but the Sandy Point arrival cds of OC 30 is partial and less prominent. Louisa May Alcott 5c (faults) got the fare correct this time. Keeping company is an A. Moure Losada env., its 1/1½d postage mixing domestic 1d with Leewards. It was passed by censor BB/3 in St Kitts (cp Antigua CH5) then examined by 4396, presumably in Antigua, at whose door we lay the rather savage tear top left, now hinged back in place. Ex Brian Brooks 32 unsold link
516 Saint Kitts Skerritt & Co. Druggists used 3d SG73 writing on 5 DE 40 to a business address in New Jersey. The cover was opened, re-sealed and received the bold rose-pink Passed By Censor h/stamp that so resembles its Antigua sibling. Folded in the centre after receipt, if anything else were needed to confirm commercial status – cat. from £40 25 21 link
517 Saint Kitts Wary as we prefer to be over-cautious, we find ourselves convinced that this 2d franked cover 25 AP 41 from Dieppe Bay uncensored to Toronto is identical in shade to companion cover of JA 16 41 from Old Road to School of Accountancy at London’s Bush House and readdressed to Glasgow (also uncensored). That said our valuation of £24 each is based on wartime village origin, and we’ll leave it to the buyer to debate with SG over their 18.2.41 date for SG71a 48 42 link
518 Saint Kitts 1943 cover, regd to London for Kensington’s Borough Treasurer, travelled uncensored by air, taking 2 weeks to NY, where it stayed for 2 more, and did it go on by air via Lisbon, or take its chances on the high seas (for this month saw the climax of the Atlantic battles with U-boats). Fare paid was (we are sure, a proper rate) of 2/9½d combining Leeward 2/- with St Kitts issues, and this high charge doubtless reflected the contemporary hazards. We make cat. from £40, not a whit too much for a cover of this character 40 35 link
519 Saint Kitts Here is another Silver Wedding FDC on the usual decorative envelope. We apologise for ignoring the low quote for SG81 which we have explained we do not apply to First Day village origin at Old Road 27 unsold link
520 Saint Kitts Further to add to this year’s coverage of Sandy Point come 2 ppcs which are artificial, as they never went anywhere, but most attractive both in scene and franking. Vert. Sandy Point village combines Leeward ¼d with domestic ½d. Horiz. view of Pump Bay from on shore, hosts 3x Leeward ¼d including 2 marginal with plate 5 top and bottom, and domestic MCA ½d, 1d, 1½d. Both are b/w, all stamps on face, 1922 duplex cds 60 unsold link
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521 Saint Lucia The scarce 1885 6d lilac SG35 pt o.g., quite heavily hinged in the past, but authentic beyond suspicion unlike the all-too-frequent examples that have been fiscally u. and cleaned cat. £300 85 75 link
522 Saint Lucia Two pages on which 19 pt o.g. to 5/- are mounted, probably intended to hold all listed between SG78/88 don’t include the 1/- orange-brown or the better 6d, and the two 3d, though from different printings, are both Die I. Those present are visually fine pt o.g., so cat. around £145 28 unsold
523 Saint Lucia Small ACE s/bk with just on 200 m. and u. from Chalons (12 + 11 postal fiscals) to first KG6 decimals – values to 1/- only – which leaves plenty of scope amongst St Lucia issues, disregarding a few visibly defective, and some of the postal fiscals we reckon you’ll find a decent range here to KG6 with most perf changes (not the two that really matter , of course) and first decimals – mild duplication here and there – which doesn’t affect our cat. est. of £900 in acceptable codn 50 38
524 Saint Lucia Fine mint lower mgnl examples of Script 2½d dull blue, 1/- orange-brown each with plate no.11 dating from 1925/6 SG98, 103 cat.£18+ 24 18 link
525 Saint Lucia For a modest divestment you can acquire on leaves or cover the 1935 SJ set (with a few earlier low values) and the 1936 pictorials, one of each to 5/-, less 2/6, all f.u., the 6 bottom values on 2 FDC’s – cat. over £50 16 unsold
526 Saint Lucia Mint lower mgnl examples of KG6 3½d, 3/-, 5c, each a single showing plate no.1 and 2½d violet, (a threesome), 1/- perf.13½ (a pair) each of these with full imprint , cat. as normal £20.75 25 unsold link
527 Saint Lucia 1½ album pages on which have been mounted the KG6 defins fine m. – 27 pre-decimal, 16 decimal issues and extra 1c, 2c pairs whose coil joins you need magnification to spot. So all you need to cover the whole SG listing 128.141, 146/159 is the better perfs of the 4c and 12c. (Wed didn’t say it was easy did we?). Cat. £208 with a tiny plus 70 unsold linkex
528 Saint Lucia On this s/card with QV x5, ½d, 1d, 2½d and KE ½ d, 1d (2 each) we can identify with clarity code D (Dennery) 2, L (Laborie), M (Micoud), S (Soufriere), VF (Vieux Fort). This leaves one 2½d where we cannot interpret what – if anything – lies where a code mark would be. Maybe it’s exciting, but not yet for us 26 22 link
529 Saint Lucia Philatelic cover of MR 6 95,locally addressed, bearing two each of the three types of surcharge (being SG44/6) no varieties, plenty of defective letters or digits, vert. fold well clear of the stamps, whose arrangement has impact and not affected by reverse soiling and minor tear to cover at SE 95 unsold link
530 Saint Lucia Three Lindbergh era FFC’s of Sep ’29; each with 2x St Lucia stamps all cancelled with the Castries 1 st Air Mail instrument created for the purpose. We estimate that a multiplier of x4 allocated to each stamp so cancelled gives sensible retail value, and here we have covers paying the expected interisland rate of 6d and one paying the international rate of 1/4; but this needs a bit extra as it came in from Miami on a US 5c p/s env. accepted Sep 20 with 20c adhesive added, addressed to St Lucia and adorned with the San Juan – Paramaribo FF cachet; the St Lucia 4d and 1/- were added for the return flight, re-addressed to San Domingo, accepted for this 25 Sep, and routed via St Thomas next day. So fair retail value, say £75 50 unsold
531 Saint Lucia Panton underfranked cover to Castries, the St Kitts ½d carefully cancelled 1 JY 32, this repeated to its left, rewarded on arrival with 2d yellow SGD3 no.10387, cat. from £501.50 (see Lot 1 for its companion) 70 58 link
532 Saint Lucia Far less common than the Lindbergh covers of 1929 is a commercial cover to Wohlen (Switzerland) on 11 AP 34, using a prominent and unfamiliar air mail etiquette 22 17
533 Saint Lucia Two WWII covers featuring US 3c Idaho to Lasky, Jamaica NY from US Naval Base, St Lucia, AUG 28 1941, and US air 15c to Washington AU … 1942 from APO 867 (St Lucia) boxed censor cachet of Examiner 801 20 unsold
534 Saint Lucia Silver wedding FDC is given a big boost by being posted (unregistered) locally from GROS ISLET (which had not yet become a destination for tourists) on 26 NO 48. The cover has a few spots well away from the £1 value 50 40
535 Saint Lucia A dealer in St Lucia was disappointed by the price Stanley Gibbons offered him for 1,500 mixed West Indies stamps (does that sound familiar?) and sent this 1½d brown reply card on SP 5 86 to Whitfield King hoping for a better offer. The reply half didn’t get used, but Ipswich P.O. might have inhibited that by a b/stamp on the reply half. The obviously genuine commercial use is anything but common, though you’ll need to tolerate widespread foxing, lightened, we think, but not suppressed 15 unsold
536 Saint Lucia The 1923-47 Postage Due set of four, SG D3-6 fine pt o.g., and the earlier Dues unused, being 2d no. 5627; and 1d nos 12815, 21310, so that you have one with the wide font – included between SG d1/2. Cat. is £107 30 unsold
537 Saint Lucia Are we too close to devastation, catastrophe and instant news of it to appreciate the deadening effect on the economy of St Lucia of the fire that destroyed four fifths of the commercial centre of Castries in October 1948? These two high gloss b/w photos were taken on the first anniversary of the fire. They show the centre laid low to ruin just starting to regenerate after a new builders yard began to function, and the enterprise of a baker back in business after 5 days and a reflection of the blitz spirit 20 24
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538 Saint Vincent If memory serves, one of the very few things missing from Stephen Sharp’s assembly of Ship Letters from St Vincent was the red crown/EXEMPT SHIP LETTER h/stamp which (perhaps once in a blue-on-blue moon) can only turn up on a consignee’s letter. This treasured item arrived as a DEAL SHIP LETTER on the merchant ship “ James Cruikshank” skippered by Capt. Young, reaching port on 23 August 1838 after 7 weeks (readdressed from London to a village in Herefordshire). We’ll leave you to interpret any relevant rating squiggles on the way, ex Jaffe 600 unsold link
539 Saint Vincent 1d SG5 perf B all round, an unused block of six (gum in places). As a unit, it has a nicely centred, handsome appearance. Individually, you’ll find the left column has been greedy, and the right one starved, with left perfs trespassing on design, giving it character, think you not? Cat. £210 85 70 link
540 Saint Vincent 1d rose red SG5 (product of the B machine) proudly sporting all its perfs and an odd few pinched from the r.h. neighbour, fine pt o.g., cat. £168 52 unsold link
541 Saint Vincent Perf A (rough perf 14/16) no wmk QV 6d deep green and 1s slate grey, pt o.g., SG4 and 9, in neither case do the perfs cut design, but SG4 was less charitable to the stamp above, when they parted as siblings – cat. £435 85 unsold
542 Saint Vincent 4d deep blue SG7, a glowing lge pt o.g. example separated outside its top and bottom perfs, leaving full perfs at each end, to the obvious disadvantage of its former siblings R£115 unsold link
543 Saint Vincent Both our 4d yellow and 6d deep blue-green are fine used and would be perfectly centred had not each got greedy and grabbed a nibble of a neighbour on one side. They were each posted form Callingua in 1876 and their company now is a 1/- slate-grey v.g.u. This has travelled, but we can’t say from where it reached GPO – total cat. £330 75 65
544 Saint Vincent With commendable consideration for future postmark collectors RABacca placed a 70% strike of the code mark towards the right, then added the other 30% at left. As the host stamp (4d yellow) is in lovely condn, this calls for valuation at half cat. Date is 9 JU 76 80 70
545 Saint Vincent 6d light yellow-green SG26a gets upgraded by a notch or so when cancelled with GB//40c shield (black) 25 48 link
546 Saint Vincent 4d/ 1/- bright vermillion SG35 with FD cancel 28 NO 81. Keeping faith with Peter Jaffe as best we can, and accepting the setting of 30 interpretation, we’d say this blunt-nosed surcharge is foundry not stereo, comes from l.h. setting, column 3 (note surcharge bar ends well short of r.h. side) and, with top and bottom mgns medium to modest, is not from row 1 or 10. Its 2017 BPA cert. notes two (pinhole) punctures, attributed to pressure from surcharging, and a corner crease, while we suspect a cleaning (with hot water only) in its recent past. None of these detracts from a rich, fresh appearance, but we sell under reserve in case competition is unreasonably deterred from going for a highly collectable example of a cat. £800 stamp, which Peter alone made look gettable R£130 180 link
547 Saint Vincent Here are the two QV perf.14 4d of the SG41 grouping with CA wmk reversed. It printed better that way, both are used and both have a glow; but now, please ignore the deeper shade for value; it has several defects, and is only there to satisfy you that the other is a very well centred fine example of the line-perf SG41a, cat. £350 105 unsold
548 Saint Vincent Large mint blocks are Marmite aren’t they? Love ‘em or hate ‘em. We need the luvvies for QV 1d rose SG48a in a mint block of 40. L.h. mgn of SW corner is reduced diagonally from corner upwards by up to perf. Widths – otherwise this looks intact. Cat. £160 with your Marmite plus or minuses 90 80 link
549 Saint Vincent Marmite war continues as we shift from the top four columns of one QV 1d sheet to the three l.h. columns of another (the 1d red SG48b) with all its mgns, along which there are signs of staining. We haven’t looked on the reverse side, content with clean frontal appearance of the stamps. They are not alone, as there’s an allied ½d green SG47 featuring the top 3 rows with all margins, assumed mint. At this point, lest we be accused of taking sides, we’ll simply quote reserve. Some split perfs here R£60 60 link
550 Saint Vincent Mint blocks of four of 1891/3 2½d on 1d blue, 6d purple (2 shades, one with pt l.h. mgn), 1/- (2 shades of orange (one with 2 split perfs) SG55a, 57/8, all of good colour, Cat. £79 24 unsold link
551 Saint Vincent Assembled here are the DLR QV 4d yellow as SPECIMEN single and two mint blocks of four in slightly different shades. In the old days you’d have been straining to find someone to certify the “good” shade. Now that there is no longer a “good” shade, you won’t have to pay for it, (if there is one). Lucky you! (SG56/s) cat. £49 20 17 link
552 Saint Vincent Fine mint or o.g. marginal blocks of 1892 ½d (NW corner r.h. pane), 2½d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 1/- (gutter mgn at right) apparently fault free – between SG67/74, cat. over £220 70 60 link
553 Saint Vincent Various KG5 script wmk values in blocks of four on a stocksheet. They comprise ½d, 1½d (2), 2d, both 3d, 4d, 6d (we’d say from separate printings), 1/- ochre, and £1. All are large pt o.g., and all show toning which is heavy for several and heaviest of all on the £1. Frontal appearance fine. A few split perfs between 3d blue and l.h. mgn. Any uplift for blocks disappears here and we value at 90 unsold link
554 Saint Vincent KG5 Script £1 – a block of four (SE corner clipped, clear of design) once upon a time fiscally u. now endowed with two light cds, courtesy of Madam Joseph. Makes a change from using stamps that have simply lost their gum – but how other than this would you get a used block of four? Forget cat. as postal of £560 it would be worth far more 90 unsold link
555 Saint Vincent ST (Stubbs) struck with precision SP 26 81 on 1d olive green (in red of course) 36 40 link
556 Saint Vincent Stocksheet intended for pmks holds 33 items inc. 4 pairs, all QV or KE7, but most are of small account, commonish Georgetown or even Kingstown so let’s look at the top end. Winner by many lengths is compound 1/- vermillion with lovely uprt GB/40c shield. Another such on 1d black ties for 3 rd place with Mesopotamia on key-type QV 2d, both dropping their heads in the finish. In between came 1886 BIABOU on 1d carmine rose but it faded in the final furlong, there’s an odd Stubbs, a Colonaire, Calliaqua – the rest you don’t need to know about 70 60 link
557 Saint Vincent Pmks on KE7, with PML numbering given in brackets, 8 of the 9 inc lge size ones are virtually complete and good to fine examples. These are BEQ(uia) (22), Calliaqua (49), Colonarie (54), Gerogetown (57), Layou (59) and Stubbs (66). While Chateaubelair (53) and Mesopotamia (62) being larger are less complete. For Bridgetown KE7 wears the morning-after-the-night-before expression, but that would have been true to life 52 44 link
558 Saint Vincent The Pax et Justitia 1d’s offer Bridgetown (47), Canouan (51, always desirable), Colonarie (55), Cumberland (56, probably not philatelic), Georgetown (58), Layou (60), Mesopotamia (63) and St Vincent C (18 – TROUMACA) 54 unsold
559 Saint Vincent KG5 ½d (marks on these are always more elusive) yield Bequia (45), Calliaqua (50), St Vincent A (17 – New Adeplphi and not easy to read, but most of us miss out on it). Then we go back to a QV 1d of 1901 to bring forth Union (67) 24 21
560 Saint Vincent KG6 values in mint lower mgnl pairs (two were once lightly hinged on mgn) with imprint on 2½d and 6c; plate nos 2a, 2a and 2, 3 for brown and blue on 1d (we find this numbering incongruous) and 1a, 1a for the two colours of 6c and 48c – cat. £16.20 as normal but what’s normal about this group? 25 20 link
561 Saint Vincent We think that a cover of 16 OC 35 for which 2/0½d was paid to register from Georgetown to Salcombe, Devon by air deserves commendation, for a bottom marginal vert. pair of the SJ 1/- paid all but a smidgen of the way, the cover is clean but feels commercial and non-philatelic multiples if the 1/- used are usually hidden away 60 unsold
562 Saint Vincent The last of our Silver Wedding FDC’s was regd through to St Paul’s Grenada, but the last of the back stamps came from GPO. Was the village too lazy or had the office closed, we haven’t checked 60 unsold link
563 Saint Vincent The Kingstown sub-office of SION HILL cancelled philatelic covers of 2 DE 48 bearing ½d, 1d, 2½d, 3d, and 26 MR 49 with 1c to 24c, this readdressed to NY and now 70 years old, would you believe 15 unsold
564 Saint Vincent Stocksheet holding 37 QV revenues. The only Perkins Bacon entrant is the 6d bright green with local slanting opts – looks unused, but don’t bet on it. DLR shows the same opt on DLR 1d drab (4), 6d (2) – one with Revenue poorly and clumsily erased – and 1/- which has an intriguing pen cancel, in contrast to two of the foregoing who hold themselves out as unused. You’ll also meet here the 1888 3d (PML32) and 1890 1/- (PML44) rated as rare and scarce, the former good appearance, pen cancel gently diminished. The others include a useful range of the 1884/6 issues, which are not plentiful. Also seen is the interesting 1d on 1d red (PML31) used from 1888, and a single KE 3d sneaks in for its fiscal usage. Up to 10 other PML listings are covered among stamps not specifically picked out and the stamps are generally free from defect 90 unsold
565 Saint Vincent 1966, 20 ore P/S reply card with 10 and 5 ore added for full 35 ore rate (you’ll meet this genre elsewhere); Leaders of the World 5c and 35c BEQUIA railway engines 1984 to Helsingborg, Sweden (there you are, these stamps could travel, and ever so fast); 1974 30c St Vincent to Reykjavik, finds itself a 1973 Iceland stamp cancelled in Reykjavik a week later. How come? Well, if you know your rates, it’s acting as a Postage Due. We didn’t say these 3 items were commercial, and they’re not, just lively 15 unsold
566 Saint Vincent We’ve looked again at a 1924 ppc of St George’s Cathedral, with 2d and 1d stamps to Belgium, which no one wanted last year, when we assumed the stamps were script wmk. Our review now leaves us believing we can see MCA on 2d through the card. So we reoffer at unchanged estimate, on the basis that if you, with better technology, can assure us 2d is script, we’ll credit back your purchase price on return. Not much of a gamble really at cost of return postage (lot 625 of 2018) 18 unsold link
Tobago Tobago
567 Tobago Clean outer wrapper to Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh, paying 1/- packet rate from Tobago whose double arc of OC 9 1852 A overcomes with crystal clarity the effort of a vermillion 3 NO 1852 transit mark to throttle it. Next day Scottish arrival b/stamp is just as pristine, and we’ll say nothing about a blurred vermillion mark on the front – for if it can’t be read why put it there? 24 unsold
568 Tobago On this s/card the bottom row has fiscally u. CC 1d, CA 1d lilac, 3d blue, 6d purple and blue, 5/- grey this cleaned and provided with faked CC wmk – beside it ½d CC unused with written CC added to gain knowledge and lose value. Top row has CA ½d, 1d (2 each u.) 1d, 6d m., and you’ll see adequate 14 cancel, less inspiring part 15 17 unsold
569 Tobago Now you can relax: this 5/- slate CC is v.g.u. with light central killer cancel SG5 95 90 link
570 Tobago This group of 9 stamps on s/card is valued for its ½d CC, 2½d dull blue, ½d/6d stone wide space – all fine pt o.g., but you’ll also find 3x ½d/6d normal, another 2½d, 1/- pale olive green, and 3d fiscal lilac and black all fine m, and ½d u. 25 unsold
571 Tobago The QV 2½d blue is cat. higher without surcharge, so whoever forged the surcharge has dropped a clanger. At least he picked the cheaper wrong shade. A genuine example added in to show the contrast will help you distinguish – both are pt o.g. 15 unsold
572 Tobago 20 stamps arranged with curious artistry on an oversize (i.e. continental) page. The 7m include 1879 1d, 1/- CC, 2½d/6d. Among the used, we ignore 1879 6d for fake killer, 4d CC because no collection lacks it, assume in your favour that 2x 1/- shades do not alter cat. rating, like the 1d CC for its 1887 cds and estimate cat. around £650 75 unsold
573 Tobago 3x 1d brown SG219 were used for a rather scarce JA 1932 cover to Editor, US Navy magazine from ROXBOROUGH to San Diego 30 unsold link
574 Tobago Roger Wells cover of 24 OCT 47 using Victory 3c (2), 6c for regn to Grimsby. MOUNT GRACE origin earns it single status 10 9
575 Tobago There are boomerangs in philately, too, you know e.g. a reply card self-addressed returning home from exotic places. This example 30 ore face with 5 ore adhesive added brought a little tropical warmth from Tobago to Halmstad, Sweden in 1986 5 unsold
576 Tobago SG21 used with the very much less than common code letter ‘B’ facing left. Don’t believe us? We challenge you to find another. Valuation would be more, if we could read the date. 18 15
Trinidad Trinidad
577 Trinidad Writing to his brother, a clergyman in Ireland, this officer serving in Trinidad has a tale of woe to tell of his treatment buy his fellows, his own higher regard for duty and the health of the rank and file, at risk of dying in large numbers. Under seal of secrecy, he aims to transfer his property back home to the brother. This EL cost 2/7, penned 31 Jan 1833, quite a good-looking Trinidad fleuron on flap 3 days later 46 46 link
578 Trinidad The 1855 second issue (1d) provisional in the typical pale blue shade, tiny mgns all round (an even tinier nick at top, which does not reach design) f.u., the cancel at SE, leaving most of the stamp clean and clear – SG15, cat. £1,000 105 85 link
579 Trinidad 1858 fourth issue (1d) litho, the shade more blue than slate, thus leaving background lines clearer than usual. It is v. lightly u., 3 lge mgns, scalped at top, but has captured slightly more of the stamp below, to compensate. Under magnification small defects can be seen in the upper reaches, but this is a far better looker than one usually finds with these fragile stamps – SG18 cat. £650 50 40 link
580 Trinidad Litho (1d) provisional in a very deep shade (much more slate than blue), on tiny piece barely bigger than the stamp , which nevertheless looks to have good mgns all round, until you look closely and realise it is only just clear at top left. Lightly used, and the 4 th and 5 th issues don’t come much better than this 80 70 link
581 Trinidad We reach the 1860 provisional (1d) red to offer a fine o.g. block of four, the lower stamps mint, the item so carefully separated that there are clear mgns all round, though v. close at the sides as is unavoidable, SG20, cat £64 30 unsold link
582 Trinidad If you want our opinion (and you get it anyway) the rarest of all these litho provisionals when used is the 1d red, and the only reason for cat. to be as low as £600 is because of the plethora of forged postmarks on the gettable unused singles. We have complete confidence in the ‘2’ cancelling the present example – which is also, by a whisker or less 4 mgnl – after careful comparison with the same cancel on an almost contemporary rough perf. 1d rose red. At owner’s insistence we value modestly 220 220 link
583 Trinidad We have no such confidence in the delightful 4-mgn 1d red, which is the centrepiece of our next lot, and bears at SE a part numeral which you may persuade yourself has a chance (but you’ll have to persuade an expert committee too). Its companions are two others in pale shades, mgns all round and fake cancels, a 3 mgns pt o.g. example in pale pink and an indifferent used 1d pin-perf 50 unsold link
584 Trinidad 4d grey-lilac SG25 f.u. with clear to gd mgns all round, a richer shade than usual cat. £325 85 80 link
585 Trinidad The imperf. 6d SG28, most gently cancelled, its close even mgns framing a natural hint of warmth that escapes a slightly deeper shade (but cat. £425 remains a bit generous to the seller) 85 unsold link
586 Trinidad An imperf. group of the 1859 values, offers the 4d and 1/- pt o.g., the 4d and 6d lightly u., all with mgns throughout (close in places) and all, so far as we can see, free from defect – SG 25, 28/9 cat. £980 170 150 link
587 Trinidad 6d pin-perf 13½/14 for which we would choose the bright yellow-grn shade, but our estimate is based on the quality of the perfs which is far above normal. The light killer cancel frames Britannia, the numeral 1 acting as a sash across the breast 95 115 link
588 Trinidad Pin-perf 13½/14 (1d) rose red, 6d deep green, each with 2 full rows of perfs and a hint of more both kindly used, SG 38, 41 cat. £115 50 46 link
589 Trinidad 1/- purple-slate f.u. (5,000 issued). We can’t stop there because at first, or even second, blink, you think you have it imperf. all round (just clear or just touched at top rt). Well you haven’t and the accompanying photocopy enlarged at 400%, then 160% shows why. At lower left you can now see two perfs 10mm apart. This converts to the tidier pin-perf 12½, not the more ragged 13½/14. So a stamp which, if left untouched by scissors, would have merited full cat. £1,300 for SG37 gets discounted to 5%. Just imagine if it were truly imperf. 65 unsold link
590 Trinidad The small piece on which it sits hides the faults of a gd-looking 1/- grey, cancelled with 1 st type woodblock ‘1’, followed by 3 more imperfs, (1d) SG7, 12 6d, SG28; SG7 just tangential top centre, the 6d v.close even mgns all round, then ½d CA SG100 (these four v. kindly u.) – with these 6d green with type 6 ‘2’ (top half) and 1896/1900 1d. 4d. 6d, 1/- f.u., cat. high ‘00’s 80 unsold link
591 Trinidad 1884 6d olive-black – fine mint NE corner block of 6 with full mgns; SG111 cat. £48 before uplift for plate 2 34 29
592 Trinidad We’ve never known why one (at long intervals) can find QV 1d SG107 with block cap. FEE opt postally u., as here in 1887. Maybe the postage was sometimes part of a direct charge to a litigant 17 unsold
593 Trinidad On p.88 of John Marriott’s TRINIDAD as revised and expanded uncleared vignettes of the large and small 1896 DLR Britannia issue (on glazed card) are described, and a complete die proof of the small vignette Before Striking (4 JA 1896) is illustrated. This lot is either the twin of the small vignette described or, more likely, the actual item, and deserves to join a serious collection 110 95
594 Trinidad Offered as a fine mint top mgnl strip of three, the 2½d dull purple and blue SG117 is much less dull when as here plate 1 takes centre stage, cat. £18 16 unsold
595 Trinidad Top rt corner strip of three keeps these 4d dull purple and orange together with their plate no. 1 . 1 stamp has been hinged, otherwise mint, Sg118, cat. £27 18 16
596 Trinidad We move on to plate 2 with 1d, SG128 in top mgnl pair, mint and fine 11 9
597 Trinidad Shifts neither receive nor deserve a catalogue listing, yet are sometimes richly desirable; as witness ½d WAR TAX SG187 whose irregularity of printing gives you 2½ opts on mint horiz. pair from r.h. pane with l.h. gutter mgn. Each stamp gets on its west and east sides about half the opt in reverse order. We don’t assert that it’s value at the reserve figure, only that we think it’s at least as good as a double opt in this context and the seller won’t accept less R£48 50 link
598 Trinidad 1935 Silver Jubilee 2c, a mint SW corner block of four, with extra flagstaff variety top left SG239a, the gum is evenly toned, cat. £35.90 10 unsold
599 Trinidad Collection formed in Germany (on oversize pages) QV to KG5, and 6 of the 7 covers went there (they include ½d wrapper to Arima, 1924 cover using ½d block of six, 1921 1d p/s card to Meissen(home of porcelain). The early undenominated include SG2 and 20 m., 3, 6, 7, 12 u.; 31 u. Britannia cover most listed stamps and shades to 1/-, among the cancels 2x ‘16’ and an ‘18’ stand out. You get 5/- CA m., CC u. (several thimble cds) and SG122 m., page of 1883/94 used with pmk interest and the 1896 10/-, 20/- have complete fully dated Registrar General cds (worth their 10% of cat. £875). Coverage thereafter is broad, with a useful group of dues (2x ½d u.) but no “upright” 1/- and the good 1d War Tax is absent. Decorative front page holds a modern cover, part of a map to show the Antilles and a 1½d die stamp with adjacent ½d adhesive, sliced from a p/s card Scarborough to Prague, which would have been far better left alone. The stamps cat. about £1,350, we think, but there’s as much value or more from the covers and fiscally u. 250 unsold
600 Trinidad A decent upright type O4 ‘10’ on 1878 perf 14 (1d) Britannia scarlet – not a plentiful pmk. 15 12
601 Trinidad Type O6 ‘6’ and type O9 ‘T6’ – these are both very high class strikes 35 29 link
602 Trinidad From type 7, perf 14 6d Britannias yield dated examples of Large 2, and 7; (1d) features 11 and 16; the 1/- settles for a fullish dbl-ring 80 75 link
603 Trinidad Type O9 ‘T8’ at 3 0’clock on 1883 ½d, its ‘8’ at centre stage a little more prominent than T – scarce anyway 18 13.5
604 Trinidad ‘26’ in diamond of bars (type O6) is another of our postmark rarities, on the gentle background of QV 1d SG107, clear to read, not strong enough to reach 3 figures 60 85 link
605 Trinidad If type 5 and 5A pmks are scarce on single stamps they become rarities on cover. We offer here type 5 BELMONT 7.3.31, with current 1d brown carrying it to Glasgow’s school for budding accountants. Against the coloured background of the stamp the mark is almost unreadable but a light wholly legible repeat lies alongside at 4 o’clock (opened roughly at foot) 42 unsold
606 Trinidad KG6 issues (and an odd earlier QEII) usually on small piece, have been picked for their pmks. Seller has rightly emphasised Calcutta Settlement, an elaborate cachet of German motor ship Caribia, a skeleton of Gonzales and Mason Hall of Tobago. The 60-odd others are more commonplace and in a few cases slogans are the attraction, but the quality of the marks is generally commendable 40 34
607 Trinidad 4d grey SG110 pays the then current 4d rate from GPO to Connecticut JU 3 88 24 unsold link
608 Trinidad Whitfield King cover SP 5 96 from Port of Spain needs a divisor not a multiplier stamp with side margin is so faded we can’t tell whether it’s SG type 10 or 11,leave alone 6d as annotated in pencil. Comes with 1893 1d p/s card to Germany, the handwriting so elongated and compressed we’re amazed anyone could read it or do business with the writer. With these, cover of MY 18 14 to London’s Forest Hill, the 1d used on it showing an unusual r.h. gutter mgn. Finally a 1924 cover, commercial to New Jersey, the 2d stamp machine cancelled with the Port of Spain British Empire Exhibition 1924 duplex on May 27 1924. This adds a touch of class in our view. 30 unsold
609 Trinidad A purist might object to a pair of War Tax paying both Tax and postage on SP 24 19 to London. We’ve seen this often enough to welcome the conjunction of normal with wider spacing (over flap) for SG188 with 189. We reckon, mind you, that SG citation of cat. from £241 here is OTT but can easily support 60 54 link
610 Trinidad The reverse of a 1919 Montgomery Ward cover has been scribbled over but not mutilated, so we can give proper weight to regd village despatch from MORUGA 28 unsold
611 Trinidad Typical 6d franked FFC Trinidad to Grenada accepted 19.7.30 for the next day NYRBA feeder service (see Wike p.34) the FAM information typed in red on the face. 224 out, 221 back tells of its own story of philatelic matching 18 unsold
612 Trinidad ….. but this cover on the return flight, without endorsement, just AIR MAIL etiquette, addressed to G.M.Ghent c/o S.M. Somerson Esq, and more attractively franked 2d grey and 4d red/yellow might even be a scarce commercial sending 25 unsold link
613 Trinidad We reckon that a Dunedin Health Camps 1938 FDC underfranked for Trinidad with 1d and 1d SG610 takes us half-a-world away from philatelic FDC’s, and within touching distance of SG’s cat. from £51.25 when taxed, and 1d PD D18 is added 46 unsold link
614 Trinidad Have no illusions: these US Forces covers sent back to the US with military cancels and censorship are nearly always philatelic (as shown here by the use of 15c air mail stamps from 1926/8) but they still form a significant record of US armed forces organisation up to and during WWII. With these two covers you encounter Examiners 706 and 736 and 2 different pmks of APO 803. One cover is US 6c p/s env. Each stamp has a minor fault 20 unsold
615 Trinidad 4 commercial covers 1957-68 from Couva, Gasparillo, San Juan, Siparia (gaining respect once over 50 years old). They don’t need to go to bible classes or radio producers you know – these all went to England on business 24 unsold
616 Trinidad PSRE of SP 21 93 adding QV 2½d SG109 (2) for dbl-rate postage to Frankfurt on Main 30 unsold
617 Trinidad Used, even the KE7 1d p/s card is not plentiful. This one went JY 7 14 to Venlo, Holland from a stamp collector wanting to exchange; its companion is the much more difficult KG5 wrapper which reached Old Broad St, London EC, in commendable condn, early in 1920 25 25
618 Trinidad Two 1949 covers come next. The first is a 6c indigo PSRE used at PENAL to Detroit (a few months before that office was destroyed by fire) pictorial 6c being added to complete the postal rate. The second used UPU 6c to make the journey to Philadelphia from the small agency of Bonne a Venture on 15 DEC 49, the very day after the fire at PENAL. These two covers have matured nicely, clean and by no means easy to replace 30 26 link
619 Trinidad 9 covers, 2 pieces none addressed, all with a variety of meter marks. One piece, folded, shows six pre-decimal values between ½d and 1/-; the rest various dates 1949/54, show from 1 to 4 denominations between 1 and 20c. We suspect that these were proving items of some sort, rather than someone wasting money playing with several different meter machines 20 unsold
620 Trinidad Patriotic ppc, the h/stamped address revealing it’s a C. Leotard & son selfie, displays Union Jack, country name, date 21 OCT 1915 and on the face beside them, the Red + 1d SG174 with FD cancel. Mild discoloration of the card in places with multiplier x10 cat. from £50 25 21
621 Trinidad Stocksheet of CA and MCA postage dues, mixed m. and u. In the CA set, 6d, 1/- are m., 1d m. and u. (this toned but used in Couva) the rest are used, with the ½d surprisingly cancelled Money Order cds. The MCA set is complete m., also 1d, 2d (used Guaico), 4d used singles, 1/- used block of four. Condn looks gd to fine except as noted. Cat. well over £500 80 unsold link
Turks Islands Turks Islands
622 Turks Islands 6d dull blue SG3 well centred, cancelled neatly with pen stroke, before T1 killer reached these islands, scarce so fine 28 22
623 Turks Islands Lower mgnl mint or o.g. SW pair SG208/9 the 1d was lightly hinged at top, 10/- at foot; both show their plate no.1 12 9 link
624 Turks Islands 1900 2/- purple, attractively centred light killer cancel, grouped with ½d and 1d each a pair on piece (last is regd) 2½d u. on piece, 4d block of four f.u. 1915, 6d gentle killer, cat. £115 all high quality 40 unsold link
625 Turks Islands QV-KE7 range on s/card 1882-1911 (plus ¼d black) 36m. inc 4d ultram. 1d orange-brown and 12 other QV inc. both 2½d, 1d/2½d, both 4d, 5d, 1900 set of 9 to 3/- plus 3d, KE7 set to 3/- less 6d, cat. over £600 and SG50 is fine mint 110 85
626 Turks Islands Would you like some 1d/1½d surcharges? We’ve got five of these. They are on unused p/s cards, of course, but wouldn’t it be nice if they were on real stamps. Anyway these will give you a feel for the ink and the methods used in surcharging over the previous 10 years or so. Also 4 other items of QV p/s, one later used to publicise the City of London auction 20 15
627 Turks Islands Bermuda 1d p/s card and (stained but presentable, probably after treatment) was most neatly penned with an elaborate Yuletide message, and arrived in Grand Turk on Xmas Eve. It travelled per S.S. Alpha and earns alpha plus for timing. Bold Hamilton 1 duplex assaults the Queen’s head 28 26
628 Turks Islands The same correspondence was very much alive more than 7 years later, as seen in this very chatty and less stained 1d p/s card of JA 18 1897. The 2-ring Hamilton cds is far more respectful of the queen whereas the Turks I receiver on address side has deteriorated no end. Recipient’s family name is Smith – it doesn’t tell us much 23 18
629 Turks Islands 1902 OHMS cover, crest embossed, provided with 1d and 6d to carry it to NY. It’s appropriately addressed to a Henry M. Turk, one of the young Turks, we presume as the older ones are not reputed to survive in the Wall St destination. NE corner minutely nipped clear of stamp 60 52 link
630 Turks Islands A Montgomery Ward cover regd to Chicago mid-May 17, paying the 4½d charge with ½d (2), 1d, 2½d. There we would have stopped had not a pencil written “Salt Cay” on the back, and though we can’t properly make out the very faint cancels on the front, they differ hugely from the GPO b/stamp MY 12 17 SALT CAY MUST BE 50 42 link
631 Turks Islands OHMS env. with crest embossed JY 22 22 to McFarlane “Collector of Postage Stamps” (and then some). 2x ¼d red plus 2d slate were used, which, from GPO at this date must have been script SG157, producing cat. from £60 28 unsold
632 Turks Islands A philatelic cover with the printed address of Willard Snyder of Pennsylvania, gained much kudos by using Turks ½d and 2½d on board KNSM S.S. AMOR, receiving boxed h/stamp od 2 SEP 1932, and being postmarked together at Cap Haitien and Port au Prince (unopened) 30 26
633 Turks Islands This air mail cover regd to Alrincham, Cheshire on MR 7 46 reached NY by way of Kingston on MR 11. By air or surface? – both look possible. The 2/- rate was paid with two 6d black plus 1/- 14 19 link
634 Turks Islands Pleasant 1975 cover regd to Totnes, Devon from SALTCAY, franked 30c map stamps; lotted with locally surcharged 1d on QV 1½d p/s card, fine unused. We feel we can’t get enough of these, because each example is microscopically different from the next. 10 21
635 Turks Islands 1½d red-brown p/s card AP 96 to Gerhausen, Leipzig. One doesn’t have to call this one philatelic, as the brief message asks for business instructions 19 unsold link
Virgin Islands Virgin Islands
636 Virgin Islands As we find cat. distinction between shades of the 1866 1d and 6d and their paper imprecise, even artificial at times, the 1d (2m, 2u) and 6d (2m, 2u) offer coverage of SG 1 to 7 about as satisfactorily as any other choice you might make, limiting yourself to the same quantity. They present themselves as fine for these values (not closely examined) cat. say £600 150 130
637 Virgin Islands Listing of the perf 15 1d green (SG8, 9, 12) is nothing, if not arbitrary, so we’ll simply say we offer 3m, 3u, intended to represent these categories. We do not trust one pmk, and the stamp chosen for SG12 is a plating example (pulled corner perf.) – we take cat. £460 with more than a pinch of salt 80 70
638 Virgin Islands 1868 6d rose a lovely fresh unused (no gum) example of this rare stamp on white paper, which has been plated to position 2 of row 3 – SG10 cat. £600 (1,000 issued to split between the two listed papers) 150 115 link
639 Virgin Islands 6d dull rose SG13, alas it’s a space-filler example, without gum, black spot on face and a piercing at waist level, diag. crease cat. £300 20 unsold
640 Virgin Islands We treat as unused with diag. crease 4d SG15 that just might have been used. We have no similar reservations about 6d rose g.u. SG3 with light indeterminate cancel from a very dry pad, cat. £165 20 unsold
641 Virgin Islands A stand-out example of the 4d value in an intense shade on pale rose paer, bold and clear (A)13 killer, for which double cat. may not be too much to pay. Size and centring amaze – we have yet to see an example which is comparable to this stamp. The killer used was out of use from mid-‘70’s to about 1902 when it was cleaned and re-used for a short but heavy period. Perhaps this stamp is too fresh and has been chemically treated. Even that we would forgive, and would like to think this saw postal use shortly after issue in 1867 60 unsold
642 Virgin Islands 1867 1/- with crimson frame, rounded corner, otherwise f.u. (you can call it white paper if you wish) and an unusual forgery albeit with scant resemblance – cat £100 or less + forgery 30 unsold
643 Virgin Islands Collection of 19 th century issues on leaves, comprising 1866 1d, m. and u., 6d m., 2u., 1867/8 4d, 3m. 3u., 1/- crimson frame 2m., single line frame m., DLR litho 1d green 3m. 3., QV key types, at least one of each listed value and shade both m. and u., similar coverage of the 1887/9 litho issues 4d/ 1/- m. and u.; the new design 1899 issue sets m. and u. with both varieties u. (poor condn), one only m. condn generally good to fine except as noted. Stc about £3,600 and collections pre-1900 are seldom offered 900 unsold linkex
644 Virgin Islands The 189(8)/9 ½d in two blocks of four, one mint, one lge pt o.g., between them offering the two listed errors SG43 1/b, cat. £194, fine 65 unsold
645 Virgin Islands Spiro forgeries (3 ‘used’) of the two single-line frame examples, one is in wretched condn, and the crimson frame example has just one line of vert. perfs meandering through design 7 unsold
646 Virgin Islands Within the album pages or part pages offering the next 9 lots, the owner has set out, with a large measure of success to incorporate both m. and u. the full SG listing of values and shades. The KE7 set to 5/- begins the sequence with the set of 9 present both m. and u. on a part page. Condn looks fine or thereabouts all through; the used with variety in cancels and their dates, the 5/- used on piece, SG54-62 cat. £240 90 unsold
647 Virgin Islands There is one gap in the KG5 1913-9 defins. which is the ½d yellow grn used. Therefore there are 29 stamps on this part page, and in our opinion the listed shades are faithfully represented – SG69/77 inclusive, cat. just on £500 180 unsold
648 Virgin Islands The next group holds War Stamps, 6 m., 5 u. Missing from the listed shades is the 3d purple/buff yellow used, near enough £120. Here again we counsel moderation 20 17
649 Virgin Islands The KG5 defins of 1922/8 don’t include MCA 2/6, 5/- used and the Venetian red 1½d are ill matched for shade m. and u. The others (with 2d duplicated for shade) marry up pretty well, and the pricey 5d has a pert WEST END cancel – 40 stamps in all SG82/101 cat. above £400 150 unsold link
650 Virgin Islands We interpose again 3m, 3u of the 1922/8 defins which the owner regarded as non-conforming shades – denominations between ½d and 1/-. There were more printings than there are listed shades, and someone might like to have another go at shade-matching m. with u. Cat. here close to £50 16 unsold
651 Virgin Islands The next 2 pages hold 1935 SJ set of 4 and 1937 Coron set of 3 m. and u. and spread the KG6 defins to £1 over to the second page – there is only one 2/6 used out of two, so the intended full range of chalky and ordinary paper doesn’t quite make it. Otherwise we think distinction between the papers looks credible (though not warranted by us) so cat. between SG103/121 should be well above £400 140 unsold linkex
652 Virgin Islands Two more pages hold SG122/135 m. and u., adding in used blocks of the Victory pair and the SW 2½d, all fine, cat. £69 25 unsold
653 Virgin Islands The final page in this sequence holds the 1952 pictorial set of 12 m. and u. SG136/147. At a combined set cat. of only £115, we suspect that this issue will rise in value over the years, but we claim no special knowledge or foresight 40 34 link
654 Virgin Islands The 1921 Die II ½d with SPECIMEN opt is here twinned with the DieII ½d and 1d o.g. – SG 80S, 80, 81 all fine, cat. £65 25 unsold
655 Virgin Islands The Die II ½d, 1d of 1921 each f.u. We’d prefer a little more character to the cancel on the ½d, but don’t suspect it – SG80/1 cat. £95 40 35
656 Virgin Islands 1951 legislative council issue in fine mint imprint blocks of four, cat. £22 21 unsold
657 Virgin Islands Like yourselves, we don’t go overboard for Donald Steele regd covers. Still you’d be lucky to find this one’s $4.80 block of four f.u. for our reserve here and it’s companion is the $2.40 f.u. on its own cover. The Jenkinstown receiver on each adds a little local colour, too. Come to that, you can always soak them off – SG147, 146 cat. £103 R£30 31
658 Virgin Islands A useful trio of philatelic covers comprising SJ set 1935 to Birmingham (not FD); 23 AP 82 Humming Bird set to Helsingborg (Sweden); 1984 to Malmo with the two Lloyds List low values and the 4 1979 defins low values, cat. of these off cover £40; £4 and over £12 (and Sweden a useful destination) 18 unsold
659 Virgin Islands A long OHMS cover (a Waterlow product) despatched regd JU 18 90 to the Belgian dealer Moens, arriving Brussels 5 July. He carefully dissected it down to collector size, removing flap and right half of envelope while preserving – he thought – all the collector ingredients. A near miss by the standards of 2019, for which we compensate by removing the final 0 from the Gibbons multiplier of x30 for the 6d rate made up of 1d (2) and 4d, SG34, 37 to add to cat. quote from £238 120 95 link
660 Virgin Islands We realise that as Postmaster Cameron exercised several other functions in Tortola, but why did an apparent member of the same social circle send a scarce 1d p/s card from Antigua OC 21 87, addressing him as His Honour President E.J. Cameron? Well, there’s a plus factor in most Cameron correspondence 26 22
661 Virgin Islands Walter Beckhaus of Berlin’s Steglitz used to have his address ready printed on British Empire postal stationery. This example is the scarce p/s env. sent from Tortola MY 9 26, with ½d and 1d added to make the full fare to Germany 38 34
662 Virgin Islands We interpose 4 p/s cards of the period, the small ½d St Ursula, SPECIMEN and normal unused, unused 1d env. in not much bigger format and St Ursula 1d card, used philatelically to Hermana Meyer, no message. Migliavacca (2001)would cite a cat. value above $200 for these items – our view is far more modest 22 19
British Post Offices Abroad British Post Offices Abroad
663 British Post Offices Abroad Cleanly written business letter to Edinburgh, on its front dbl-arc RIO JANEIRO 1844/OC 12 seemingly rated 2/9. At this date the London packet usually arrived monthly, late in the month, and early arrival on this occasion found the sender ill-prepared owing to the great press of business in the Custom House. On the flap, clear red NOV/M26M/1844 32 40
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664 Miscellaneous Royal Mail ppc of R.M.S.P. ATLANTIS, the Leviathan of the Atlantic when launched shortly before the era of the Queens and S.S.France. Sent by a passenger to the Kent coast at Westgate, the GN 1½d Paquebot cancelled in Madeira clean and fresh Posted on the High Seas cachet 27 Jan 1931 alongside 10 8 link
665 Miscellaneous Lady Boats often gravitate to our miscellaneous section so we’ll introduce you here to a fifth one – “Lady Hay”. This rare and historic b/w ppc (unused) shows Barbados Police and Volunteers crowding aboard the Tug, Lady Hay, to tackle the RIOTS IN ST LUCIA. (A Seifert publication, produced in Germany) 38 60 link
666 Miscellaneous In black on glazed card, a £20 denomination “Oversea Dominions” Essay, showing Minerva, side-face, seen here in horiz. pair. This was produced early 20 th century by De La Rue, when they were starting to feel the heat of competition 39 unsold link
667 Miscellaneous To support our widening interest in the Dutch connection, here an 1893 1c p/s card to Paramaribo (don’t read pmk as Boeraserie, it’s Georgetown) accompanied by 4 wartime flown covers, one possibly initiating a KLM service on 5 Sep 1939 to and from Surinam and Curacao, another from Surinam heading for NY, then two from Curacao, to NY, then Philadelphia, interest in frankings, rates, and on the latter three much variety in censor scrutiny and markings 28 21 linkex
668 Miscellaneous Those who are familiar with Gimbel’s Stamp Club covers know what to expect from one displaying “MAR.DET.ISLAND OF ANTIGUA” duplex cancel of May 17 1941. We think it melds nicely here with Leeward SJ 2½d on piece, landed Bermuda, and SJ1/- landed Boston, with the respective cachets of Lady Hawkins and Lady Nelson 40 34
669 Miscellaneous D.W.I. 2c blue UPU p/s card, and ppc of St Thomas share an album page – the ppc went to Glamorgan, and has been parted with its adhesive – respectable, not pristine – but there’s a weary look about a bisect on local St Thomas cover on a different page, and even the 1957 M.S.SAMOA PAQUEBOT cover landed at Charlotte Amalie isn’t pristine; we’ve given up trying to work out how many years history the stamps commemorate 37 unsold link
670 Miscellaneous In 1928 the post office of St Eustatius had been open getting on half a century, and you’d still have to look far and wide for a commercial cover. This one went to a clergyman in Devon from a friend, of the cloth, and the cds. of origin, alas is only just readable 20 17
671 Miscellaneous This 12½c p/s env. from SABA, with 15c regn added, went to the Numismatic Bank of Texas, and the island is so small that if you dropped a coin bought from the addressee, it would probably roll off the edge. Page is written up to reveal the main town is BOTTOM – some things you can’t invent 46 unsold
672 Miscellaneous Endorsed “via Barbados per S.S. Korma”, 1911 cover starting from Roseau for Dresden, so lightly cancelled that a home made cork pmk was superimposed on this 2½d landscape. Two filing punch holes add character to the cover but would lose face for a continental purchaser 20 15
673 Miscellaneous 28 sheets have been raided to indulge you with a complete set of imprint pairs of the BWI University College issue. We value at £2 an imprint regardless of the catalogue 56 unsold
674 Miscellaneous If by now you have developed a taste for imprints and plate nos here is a melange to conclude, likely to be mint throughout. Imprints are : Virgin I. 1968 Human Rights 10c, 25c; Turks I. 1948 ½d, 2d pairs; British Honduras 1953 10c; St Kitts 1957 24c Hamilton pair. Plate nos (1 unless stated) are Turks 1950 ½d, 1d, 1½d; Trinidad 1937 Coron ½d (A1), Official ½d SGO10; St Kitts 1956 ½c, 1938 1½d, 1907 ½d; Leeward KG5 2d, ½d (5), KG6 ¼d (2), QEII ½d; Dominica KG6 ¼d pair (2), QV Revenue 6d; Barbados 1937 2½d Coron; Antigua KG5 1/- script 58 unsold
675 Miscellaneous 4 stamps mint or pt o.g. for the collector of left-handed teacups. The Barbados 1874 ½d has bald patch at hem of dress – call it squashed fly syndrome to inhibit ink reaching paper. Nevis dull rose SG27 is an immaculate NW corner example, they don’t make them like this anymore. Tobago 6d orange-brown SG23 is plate 1 mgnl, the mgn at one time folded back, hinged and chamfered each side (to save weight or what?). Trinidad (1d) purple-brown SG2 is anything but purple, a warm, rich brown that looks natural. All four are fine in appearance 40 unsold
676 Miscellaneous We would normally value a Harry Huber cover downwards especially as this FFC of Sep 25 1929 is the oh-so-familiar FAM 6. Instead, we boost it upwards, for this cover was pilot signed V.A.Brooke, and Harry had this sent to Barbuda – this part by sea of course as the plane dropped it off in Antigua – fare paid was 1/6 38 44 link
677 Miscellaneous 1905 cover endorsed “per S.S. MARAVAL” (of the Trinidad & Tobago shipping line) was carried to NY where Grenada’s KE7 2½d (alas CA wmk) which paid for the journey received the 2-line PAQUEBOT (N.Y. 2 D DIV) to inhibit further usage. The NY thimble cds of FEB 16 and follow-on m/c cancel are timed 30 mins apart 18 19
678 Miscellaneous The Packet Service between La Guaira and St Thomas via Puerto Cabello and Curacao. This is a collection assembled and annotated by Derek Nathan, with information that extends beyond the catalogue listing under La Guaira (Venezuela) on the final page of SG Part20. The collection contains: the ½ , 1, 3c imperf Robert Todd issues in their original form and the reprinted 2, 4c fine unused (between SG1-5,11); two each of the 1964 issues unused, 3x 2r green with postal cancels (1 cut to shape all round) and 2r yellow, pen cancel (between SG 17-24; further examples of the above with ½ r, 2r (2) unused, 2r (3) used; ½ r in m. sheet of 100, divided into halves (SG27). Total cat. is in excess of £3,000 420 unsold linkex
679 Miscellaneous 5 VC10 FFC’s 1965-71 take in NY, Kingston, Montego Bay, Antigua, St Lucia, while a pre-war “Cavalier” cover from Hamilton, Bermuda addressed to Mr Kibitz, leave at least one of your team wondering whether he was the gentleman who gave his name to the practice of watching four others playing bridge and intermeddling 27 unsold
680 Miscellaneous Some useful philatelic covers: 1945 to Arthur Pierce from Pointe Michel using Dominica ½d x2, 2d; LADY RODNEY mailed at sea 1920’s using Canada 1c orange pair, m/c slogan of Bermuda; Leroy Lusher from m/v Canadian Constructor, 1953, the Leeward 1d with Paquebot Bermuda cds; McFarlan 1962 from Old Road (Antigua) collecting a boxed shipping line mark in place of its Gunthorpes destination; while a 1969 cover from West End, Tortola, may have had a purpose, but is decorative anyway, with its 10x 1c values 50 unsold
681 Miscellaneous Poster stamps of BWI were a feature of the pre-war cruises of RMSP from Canada. They have never been plentiful – probably few survived the War. Here are six of them, daisy fresh, neatly mounted on blue card from which you wouldn’t want to remove them (even if you could). They portray Demerara, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Kitts, Trinidad, and there’s nothing cheap about them (but they’re not cheap, of course) 42 44
682 Miscellaneous Rural and Agricultural life is portrayed in a 1904 sepia photograph lovingly presented to a sister by one of the three presumed “gentlemen of substance” riding in a stationary mule cart. Along with this comes high gloss b/w photographs taken for the Central Office for Information, in St Kitts (1) and Barbados (3) to show the cutting, harvesting and loading of sugar cane, and the careening of a schooner in Bridgetown harbour (see also under St Lucia) 44 unsold
683 Miscellaneous Six single stamps ex Waterlow archives with their characteristic punch-hole comprising KG5 Cayman 1½d, Grenada 1½d, SJ ½d, QEII BG 2, 5, 48c 48 unsold link
684 Miscellaneous Cover with Royal Artillery crest printed on reverse was Posted On Board off Barbados, using pair of St Lucia KE7 1d on MY 20 05 to pay double rate for passage to London’s Hyde Park area 48 36 link
685 Miscellaneous By way of “amuse-bouche” (although effectively post-prandial in the present auction) the following medley in reverse alphabetical order: Cayman I. 1967 FDC from Hell; Br. Honduras Churchill 1c NE corner block, damaged ‘6’ top rt; Barbados KG6 4d f.u. ‘flying mane’ var. SG253a; Bahamas 8c/6d to Berlin from Governor’s Harbour, on which USAF Major Rowland as signatory advertises his services as a Notary Public; Antigua 1d badge grey and red, where misplaced CC wmk is considered significant (maybe it is). Looking back on it, this has almost become a meal in itself 48 unsold
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686 Philatelic Literature NEVIS by Melville (rust stained around the hinges, sound internally). This copy belonged to G. Ayers and is signed by him. The illustrations and plating notes enable positioning of each of the four original values to be done item by item from the first single example acquired. With this handbook also comes the 1948 reprint LEEWARD ISLANDS by Hopkins. (See elsewhere for the 1918 original) 20 unsold
687 Philatelic Literature The Melville series handbooks for ANIGUA and VIRGIN ISLANDS both in better than usual condition. It’s worth reminding yourself of the low issue numbers of the CC higher values of Antigua. If time allows at the end, the two works may be re-offered separately 25 unsold
688 Philatelic Literature The Melville handbook for JAMAICA and CAYMAN I. this a handbook with pages 34/5 uncut – quite a good way of handling the ½d, 1d/5/- surcharges 25 unsold