BWISC AUCTION 2020

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BWISC Auction Lot Owner identification

The assistance of all members who have taken part in our auction is invited to provide information, raise queries, make claims or volunteer disclaimers, which will assist to identify sellers with their property and unite them with their proceeds of sale.

The problems have been caused by pandemic and lockdown, and break down as follows:–

  • The following lots belong to a single one of our members, a Grenada enthusiast: 367-373, 383, 729-730.
    Please make yourself known, with thanks in anticipation.
  • The following lots are thought to belong to one out of two collectors (the same two members in each case): 310 (Dominica), 388, 429 (Jamaica)
  • Four lots believed to belong to a single owner: 51 (Bahamas), 396, 406, 438 (Jamaica)
  • Two miscellaneous lots probably linked: 720, 731 (Maps)
  • The residue, probably separate owners: 357 (Grenada), 384 (Guadalupe), 408, 420, 430 (All Jamaica). 670 (Turks and Caicos)

As more than the above may prove to be queried challenged or disclaimed please keep an eye open for additions to the above phone calls please to Simon Goldblatt (0208 686 1696) emails to Simon Richards (auction@bwisc.org) and thank you all from tremendous support and a tremendous result.

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DESCRIPTION AND VALUATION OF LOTS:
We try not to get carried away by the enthusiasm of a seller, or the tendency of less specialised auctions to value too low or too high. Our estimates aim to be fair to both buyer and seller, and often give a guide to condition and quality.
A lot of trouble is taken over description, and words such as ‘rare’ or ‘scarce’ are not used lightly.
In ascending order we describe condition as ‘poor’, ‘fair’, ‘good’, ‘fine’, ‘very fine’, and so on. Defects are usually noted; where nothing is said about the condition we consider the standard of the item to be broadly acceptable, but there are likely to be occasional faults amongst a group of stamps or covers; and when the interest lies in the postal markings, less attention is paid to the condition of a stamp or cover.
Where stamps have not been used, ‘unused’ will mean little or no gum, ‘mint’ means – apparently unmounted, and descriptions in between speak for themselves; however, ‘m’ applied to a group of stamps indicates only that those stamps have not, in our opinion, been used.
We do our best to describe lots accurately and the descriptions reflect our opinion. Where a lot is rejected on grounds that are considered appropriate, the purchase price will be repaid. Beyond that the Society cannot accept liability of any kind arising out of the auction.
There are numerous lots to which no describer can do justice and those who can do so are urged to attend the auction and view before bidding.
If you have any questions regarding lot descriptions / valuations, then please contact Simon Goldblatt (0044 (0) 207 832 1132) or email to auction@bwisc.org.
CORRECTIONS: After publication, description errors / clarifications are required at times, these will be placed on the web site, please check them out.
Additional facilities. It is likely that others will be available on occasions or at some periods to deal with enquiries from those minded to participate in the auction. Details will be posted and updated as far as practicable on the website which members should always check before launching an enquiry.
VIEWING:
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EXTENSIONS:
Should you require an extension to submit an item for expertising please inform when making the bid, and at least 48 hours before the auction. Expertising fees, for good or bad results, are to be borne by the successful bidder.
BID VALUES:
Lots cannot normally be sold below the proportion of estimate explained under ‘EARLY and LATER BIDDERS ‘below, and may be reserved up to, but not normally beyond, full estimate (indicated by a ‘R’ after the estimate). Also, the seller may compete in the auction. Postal bids are executed as economically as the competition allows.
Bids are in sterling with normal rises of 25p to £6; 50p to £18; £1 to £40; £2 to £60; £5 to £120; £10 to £300; £20 to £500; four increments per £100 to £1,000; by £50 to £1500; by £100 to £2,000, then at auctioneer’s discretion. Lots are sold at about 200 an hour.
We try to ensure absolute fair play between postal bidders and participants in person. In case of misunderstanding or dispute, the auctioneer may re-open the bidding; otherwise the fall of the hammer closes the sale. Commission from sellers is 10%. The hammer price is what the buyer pays (no buyers premium).
EARLY and LATER BIDDERS
As delayed bidding complicates auction administration, we shall continue to discriminate between members with “early bird” status and those without, as in 2019.
Early Bird status is acquired in two ways:--
By any bids received by 7pm GMT (6pm BST) in London on 31 March 2020.
By a catch-up bid. This requires a bid for 20 lots (or more) which is considered by the auctioneer to be a fair attempt to acquire at least 10 of the items bid for.
The bids must be received by 7pm GMT (6pm BST) on Saturday 19th April 2020. Within that timescale the bidder is allowed to amend the bid sheet.
N.B.
Early Birds qualify for the lowest available sale price where unopposed, which will be 75% estimate or any higher reserve.
Those attending the auction can obtain early bird status by a provisional bid whose survival can be confirmed with the auctioneer on day of sale.
POSSIBLE PRE-SALES
A ‘P’ before the estimate identifies lots which may be bought at a fixed price before the sale on a first-come, first served basis. The lower price applies only to a member with ‘early bird’ status.

Some facilities may be available to those attending the sale and themselves in the auction room, or bidding live through a proxy still in the room. The proxy must be a seated live bidder. Members engaged in recording, distributing lots, or equivalent admin. activities are not available as proxies and the auction will not be interrupted to receive written bids at breaks in the sale.
The facilities include:--
Updating or amendment of auction descriptions and prices
The possible addition of lots available only in the Room
The offer at fixed prices of additional literature items.
These, if on offer, are intended to be listed, should be signed and time-dated by purchaser, to be handed to the auctioneer when the sale concludes. His decision as to priorities, and availability of any item for collection will be final.
Subject to contingencies, we intend to conclude the auction at or before 5:30 pm, even if the full number of lots listed in the catalogue as listed have not been sold under the hammer. In that event written bids may be left to be dealt with post-auction as absent bids. Any decision of the auctioneer as to who is the purchaser of any item on offer, and at what price, if made in the Room or otherwise on the day of the sale, shall not be open to subsequent review.

BID SUBMISSION:
All bid forms posted should be returned to Simon Goldblatt, 81 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DD England.
All other bids should be submitted by email to auction@bwisc.org.com placing ‘ BWISC AUCTION 2020’ in the subject bar, up to 19:00 GMT on Friday 24 April 2020.
As an emergency concession to those whose local time from their point of communication is six hours or more behind GMT, for the purposes only of correcting or modifying a pre-existing bid on one or more lots a telephone attempt may be made to Simon Goldblatt on 0044 (0) 207 832 1132 or Simon Richards +44 (0)771 368 4263), up to 09:00 GMT on the day of sale. No guarantee can be given that any emergency call of this nature can be actred upon. We will simply consider what, if anything can be done in the circumstances prevailing on the day of the sale. Any last- minute attempt to submit additional bids will be disregarded but if any such attempted bids are confirmed in writing (including email) within three days of the auction, they will be treated as offers (backdated to the time of call) to buy any unsold lots listed at their prevailing offer price.

Telephone bidding, if available this year, will be restricted to lots with an estimate of £150 or above. Requests can be made by email to auction@bwisc.org and should be subject headed “Telephone Bidding” and should be made sufficiently in advance for arrangements to be finalised. A fee will be incurred. As an alternative, the auctioneer may allow a non-member whose authority and credentials have been duly established to bid as a proxy for the absent member. Any participation by such a proxy will be binding in all circumstances on the absent bidder (look out for website updates)

All bids are dealt with in order of receipt, and the earlier of two equal bids takes precedence; but where the bidder imposes an overall limit on his or her spending, priority may be affected by the need to respect that limit.

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Lot Country Description Est £ Real £ Pic
1 Anguilla From recollection a combination air rate by air to NY then on by sea, paid from Anguilla with St Kitts ½d and 1/-, Leeward 1d, fits better with 1949 than 1942 (to resolve an ambiguous final digit) – the cover was correspondence to the Paragon, Bristol. The stamps are tidily applied, the 1/- already imperfect. A very light Par Avion/Via Air Mail h/stamp is qualified by red ink endorsement. Actually, coming from Anguilla, we prefer a cover without philatelic pretentions – don’t you? 21 21
2 Anguilla R.C. Coleman was a busy producer of philatelic covers in the 60’s and 70’s, but didn’t overdo the first Anguilla issues. Here we meet the 4c and 6c values, SG 5 and 7, to make the 10c rate to St Thomas. No message, just the stamped address on an Expo 67 ppc of Montreal, and we can just discover the 67 year date and Anguilla Valley cds 5 38 link
3 Anguilla The hollow large A Social/Security/Bound/Anguilla h/stamp used here in blue on 1994 meter franked commercial cover to the Valley (Box address) and in black to tax an unstamped local cover of 1992. Both are initialled – that’s probably the limit of its range 9 unsold
4 Anguilla An international reply coupon issued from London’s Western District Office 1 MR ’60 was used 15 AU 66 to send the Arts Festival Pair SG159/60 from Anguilla Valley to a Nevis Box no. – rather more artifice than art, perhaps 20 unsold link
5 Antigua The Caribbean has less experience than the Mediterranean of disinfection with chisel and fumigant, so we hope, but do not warrant, that any relevant disease has been dispersed since this EL was so treated 190 odd years ago. It was written in Antigua May 1828, presumably hand carried to North Britain and, having escaped transatlantic postage, also underpaid in Edinburgh at 1/- for single sheet and additional ½d to reach Fort George,a s the annotated page here reveals the existence of a second sheet. We doubt that the offence(s?) committed were hanging one(s) but even today reuse of a used stamp as if unused is a forgery 32 32
6 Antigua It is wholly exceptional for us to attach credibility to the high cat. numbers given to star wmk 1d stamps unused. Here is a brilliant example of the exception, the 1d rosy mauve SG5 PAIR where the smooth outline of the rough perf outline around the stamps is broken at one point only, for one single perf. Even then, the design of the stamp lies wholly within the perfs, albeit that centring is very slightly to the right. At the foot a wide margin captures a sliver of the stamp below. Cat. £260 and our search for an adjective yields non-pareil 120 140 link
7 Antigua Along with the used QV perf. 14 6d blue-green CC with wmk inverted, are star 1d dull rose, perf. 12 1d CA, and perf 12½ 1d CC, (rather dry print with gaps in the inking of name and duty tablet) and you’d take all three 1d to be unused, but we’ll classify the last as used (the merest hint of possible pmk at rt just below level of queen’s topknot) while regarding it as quite the unusedest stamp plus pmk that we recollect seeing – so cat. £337. You can always criticise these stamps for something – in our view they make a distinctly attractive group 40 unsold link
8 Antigua QV star 1d rosy mauve and dull rose, 6d dark green (fair or better used) along with forgeries of the 1d and 6d also ‘used’, the genuine cats £161 20 unsold link
9 Antigua QV star 1d dull rose and vermillion, CC 4d blue, CA ½d + both 2½d and both 4d, all rather nicely u. unless you disapprove tall A02 killer on 4d, cat. £203 28 unsold link
10 Antigua Small star 1d, dull rose and vermilion, perf. 14 1d in both shades CC, and a CA, all are m. fresh for colour on the face, not flattered by their reverse, high cat. obviously 42 unsold link
11 Antigua ½d dull green SG21, a full plate 2 pane of 60 from left of sheet, so you don’t get the Thompson (detached triangle)flaw. This sheet poses a dilemma. The stamps are mint, apparently free from the usual splits and weaknesses and no more than very mildly toned, one small gum crease, with just one tiny central fox spot. Yet the margins show serious rusting especially along the sides. Your problem is how to preserve or protect or dissect, ours is how to value. The stamps cat. at £5 each; we conclude that rusting precludes a sheet premium and we should value as 60 stamps and 2 plate numbers 85 unsold
12 Antigua Heavy pressure from the printing plate on this very scarce part o.g. block of four of the QV 6d CA SG29 reveals vertical ridged lines from the watermark so that we infer the stamps came from columns 1 and 2. The stamps are of good colour and fresh and, for all the closeness of the setting the perfs are all but clear of the design. Whiteish flecks can be seen between X and P on stamps 1 and 4 and the odd (fruit) fly speck for microscopic interest, we are not persuaded by seller’s suggestion of minor re-entry. We arrive close to half-cat of £240 110 unsold link
13 Antigua This is a starter lot for a youngster of a suitable age, to learn something about Antigua and the Victorian era with the two key-type ½d, 2½d ultramarine and 4d chestnut, and the 1d carmine-red lower mgnl pt o.g., we expect for a fiver or less 5 unsold
14 Antigua The 1885/6 SPECIMEN trio SG27, 28, 30s. You might take the 4d as mildly toned on the reverse, whereas we attribute the effect to the influence of the chestnut ink, which we have often observed – cat. £150 60 60 link
15 Antigua The much sought after Thompson (detached triangle) flaw on 4d chestnut large pt o.g., SG28a, cat. £350. Minor imperfections below U of FOUR hints at tiny thin, but we don’t agree to mild toning on reverse – see our comment on the SPECIMEN stamps 105 105 link
16 Antigua Badge 2d CC, a top mgnl block of four which you’d take to be unused, until you’re close enough to discern the caress of a cds on the dull purple badge area of the design; and we promise you that there’s nothing dull about this brand of dull purple – SG33, cat £100, add a plus 36 unsold
17 Antigua We have known for many years of an Antigua MCA blue-green ½d badge with an A91 cancel, and we have kept our eyes open since. A second example, struck at 10 o’clock has now reached us for sale. It’s probably just a philatelic frolic and we can say the same for many of our postmark treasures, can we not? 30 unsold
18 Antigua The Antigua 4d CA is placed sideways at NE of a cover of MR 26 86 to Wisconsin; small NY duplex APR 3 and RACINE arrival cds show on reverse how it got there. Stamp not tied by its tall A02 killer, unless you count a microtrace beneath. More importantly for us, no hint of any earlier stamps in that position cat. from £156 52 75 link
19 Antigua Printed Frank Brown (Boston) cover, the 1/- badge over flap, and as date is DE 18 08, your guess is as good as ours whether stamps is CC SG37a or MCA, but we’ll treat as SG49, the stamp looks a tad tired (only a tad mind you) and this is not our favourite destination. With cat upwards from £65 is needed for 1/- on cover. 52 unsold link
20 Antigua War stamps galore on the following: from St John’s: local front ½d block, black opt NO 28 18; MY 7 19 to Tittman, Port Washington, 3x ½d red opt; 1½d, ½d pair red opt, ditto black opt, this one from SE corner with plate no. 1, full mgns; and OHMS regd SP 3 19, 5x 1½d, inc 2 pairs, ½d red opt, we presume there were stamps enclosed upon despatch. Thus you have 3 items, cat. £41.75 and one non-philatelic cat. from about £30. Our assessment is `£40 unsold linkex
21 Antigua KG5 King’s head issue on 6 covers to US, England or Canada with 1/- on 1921 regd to Frank P. Brown Co. Boden, 2d grey 1926, 1d violet + 1d mauve (Miss Robertson, philatelic), ½d + 1d 1935; 1½d red-brown 1929, ?1930 but this (from which address was dissected) is the scarce unlisted v. prominent deep shade 50 unsold linkex
22 Antigua Antigua ½d tied by boxed slogan to Panton fully addressed; two 1d Cayman I. tercentenary spread across the foot to pay the intended penalty 48 unsold
Antigua POSSIBLE PRE-SALES This lot and a number of later ones were on offer last year. Due to our admin problems they did not get a fair run in the auction and a misunderstanding prevented them being on sale at Basingstoke. 14 days BEFORE this year’s auction, bids in hand will be reviewed and at that point a qualifying lot will be treated as pre-sold to a qualifying bid. Two levels of pricing apply, depending on whether the buyer has early bird status, which takes priority over a later bid. Where bids in hand competitively exceed sale price, the lot will remain in the auction Look for Code P
23 Antigua Cover of NO 22 35 to A. James in London bearing corner copies of tercentenary ½d and 1d each with its sheet no., posted from FALMOUTH. James is best known for his generation of “Knights of Malta” correspondence P£58/65 unsold
24 Antigua Quite a classy air mail cover franked with KG6 1/- went JU 5 46 to Arthur D Pierce of New Jersey from PARES. We value with reluctant restraint (it travelled unsealed) 40 unsold link
25 Antigua You can add F.B. Lisle of Kingsbridge, Devon to your list of those procuring village cancels on self-addressed covers. These two were posted 5 MR 63 from Bolans and Seatons neatly using the current 2, 5, 10c pictorials 6 unsold
Antigua Even in the present reign there would be an acute shortage of collectable cancellations from the smallest offices, without the enthusiasm of a handful of collectors and dealers to create them. The next lots explore the style of some of the more prominent contributors to Antigua
26 Antigua Bill Cornell made plentiful use of the 5c SG125 in blocks of four on cover in the 1960’s preserving margins, imprints and so on where stamps were from top, bottom or sides. Examples in this lot are from All Saints, Bendals, Bolans, Johnson’s Point, Liberta and Old Road (and see also under Barbuda) 42 unsold linkex
27 Antigua In these further examples from All Saints, Bolans, Liberta and Nelson’s Dockyard, Cornell paid closer attention to postal rates. Thus 6c was produced by a single defin. and a cluster of two blocks with the 1966 defins full air mail rate from Liberta and second class rate from Bolans and Johnson’s Point (a poor strike) 32 unsold
28 Antigua Variety is introduced when a correspondent wrote to him from Freetown (long airmail cover, 1963); same year self-addressed from Cedar Grove (not many of these around) whose 2-line inverted date of cds reads */10/JY 63, and no message; reply paid 7c US card to Ohio from St John’s 25 unsold
29 Antigua G. N. Holmes kept his P.O. Box busy in St John’s. Here he is using four stamps each time to make up an economic local rate
on cover of 1968 from Bolans, Cedar Grove, Freetown, New Winthorpes, Parham – all fine strikes
36 unsold
30 Antigua This batch of 6 covers include one which he hand-addressed and registered (weak boxed regn mark) to Cornell from Gray’s Farm, and 5 which he serviced for Joe Chin Aleong who has done so much over the years to record and preserve postal history for Trinidad and other parts of the Caribbean. Those from Bendals, Freetown, New Winthorpes, Seatons all have well-inked regn boxes. One got the Churchill 25c, the other three combine 4c Football and 15/12c. Last, also from New Winthorpes, was accidentally struck “Returned for Additional Postage of 5 Cents”, deleted and sent on via Bendals and GPO 46 46
31 Antigua We meet C. Wood Thibou as a resident of St John’s, when the local rate was a modest 2c. He procured covers from All Saints, Bolans, Gray’s Farm and Parham 20 unsold
32 Antigua Stann Durnin was still going strong in ’68 when he recvd a cover from Gray’s Farm overfranked massively with the Deep Water Harbour $1. As this stamp would seldom have been used at this office, we value upwards instead of down 20 unsold
33 Antigua Roger Wells belongs to the KG6 era. On 17 May 1951, with transition from one currency to the next you get the Victory pair with 1d defin added making up the 5½d rate to Grimsby from Old Road, and the University College paid (3c with plate no.) doing the same job from Gray’s Farm 20 20 link
34 Antigua A final lot in the line-up of philatelic covers offers a 1971 cover from that fairly wide-ranging Yorkshireman C. Hinchcliffe featuring Seatons; a Victory pair FDC from All Saints acquired by Charlesworth Ross (who for all we know may have been a personal collector); and covers of 1955 generating commem. Covers of Princess Margaret’s tour for C Wood Thibou again (4 low value defins) and for London’s John Nisbet 15 15
35 Antigua Badge 2½d p/s env JU16 09 to Dr Eurich of Frankfurt am Main, neatly addressed, neatly opened, and a cut above run-of-the-mill 25 unsold link
36 Antigua Wiegenau covers are philatelic with a flair, so the 4½d regd rate from St John’s to Illinois was paid with 1d p/s env and 2d both badge type on face, Leeward ¼d horiz. pair between them and ½d badge pair over flap, with all the right dated pmks and regn markings. Don’t you agree it trumps our Brown of Boston cover for value? 60 unsold link
37 Antigua Well preserved size H2 (foolscap) 2d badge regd env. of 2 SP 12 propelled on its way to Sheffield with Leeward 2d grey adhesive. Addressee seems to read Geo. W. Roome whom we don’t recognise 50 unsold
38 Antigua Antigua’s Magistrate’s Court MCA perfin on QV long fiscal 2/-, clean-looking example, but several minor faults 4 unsold
39 Antigua Recipts of 25 October 1873 from Antigua’s Marshal’s Office numbered 279, 280 for payment of Water Tax totalling £1-10-5 and 10/-, with commission. Only the first receipt bears long QV black and blue Revenue Stamp though form is laid out to carry this stamp on each 10 48 link
40 Antigua Doctor’s partnership billing 3 months professional services from end Sept 1874, paid and receipted 10 May 1875, 1d revenue Stamp added. People were in no hurry to pay their professionals in those days (Times haven’t changed much) 9 13
41 Bahamas Outer wrapper of a letter of account from John Mortier in Georgetown, Bahamas 16 May 1839 to the General Secretaries at 77 Hatton Garden, landed as a Ship Letter at Liverpool (that’s how we interpret the all but albino h/stamp) with 1/7 onward journey to London JY 1. We confirm Liverpool from an even more albino second strike, and our rating is at the lower end of mission correspondence 27 unsold
42 Bahamas We offer next some early Bahamas which do not track the usual paths. First comes an early 1d in a credible shade of dull lake with genuine A05 killer. It is not imperf as appears at first sight but shows signs of pin-perf on 3 sides, on which we offer no opinion, the paper is medium, not opaque, but fairly stiff. We price as a curiosity of interest 30 unsold
43 Bahamas The rough perf. 1d, 4d, 6d that follow are healthy used examples of the 1861-2 issues, but for our taste, not of sufficient stature for sale singly, so we offer together, citing cat. as £1,225, when you might call the 6d grey-lilac and add £100. There again, if you enjoy them better than we do, be our guest 115 unsold link
44 Bahamas When we reach July 1862 the 4d SG10 (cat. £425) just meets our criteria for single offer. Despite being centred right, with perfs shortish at rt. and clipping name and duty at top and bottom, soft colour and tidy, genuine killer just make the grade 40 unsold link
45 Bahamas We treat the 6d grey SG11 as in a different class. Yes, it’s centred high, yes, perfs are light at left and right, yes, the killer at 3.30 is no respecter of the portrait, it’s the confidence with which the clean, tidy perfs and the bold lavender-grey colour still dominate the scene that carries the day for us 95 95 link
46 Bahamas When we reach the 4 perf 12 values between SG56.59a all four get offered together. This is because one of the 1d values is a deep heavy shade on this occasion, which is out on its own amongst the Chalon 1d. The killers are less complete, and lighter than in the lots preceding. The shades of the 4d and 6d don’t attempt the confidence of their predecessors. Cat. over £1,100 flatters the group a little 105 unsold link
47 Bahamas We make no apologies for treating the substantially catalogued 1868/77 issues (other than the 4d rose-lilac, in which some of us perhaps have never fully believed) as run of the mill. Our chosen next port of call is the 4d/6d SG45. What we like about this overprint is how the state of the final E proclaims or refutes authenticity. This one is very lightly used and it’s the surcharge that assaults the portrait, as it must. Perfs are not brilliant, yet our estimate makes this stamp (cat. £400) very affordable 60 unsold link
48 Bahamas We think we have made sense of the listing of the QV 1/- green by means of this s/card which we reckon holds CC SG39, 39b, 39ba f.u. and CC SG39ba, CA SG44, 44a pt o.g., the first two of these mildly toned on reverse, cat. £188 32 unsold
49 Bahamas We next offer together the QV 5/- and £1 pencancelled and the KE7 £1 assailed with 4 part strikes of the initialled cds (one of two of course) once believed to be in postal use – cat. of these three when posted £685 50 unsold
50 Bahamas The KE7 Specimen set of 7, SG62s/70s heavily toned, which brings its £300 cat. value down by half. The residual price for our E series (available for pre-purchase) is P£45/51 45 link
51 Bahamas QV 5/- sage green mildly toned, Tercentenary 2/-, 3/- fresh of face, a little less so on reverse, each of these are o.g. or large part so, SG56, 129/30, cat. £167 38 unsold link
52 Bahamas Staircase 3/- full o.g. and fine, the CC wmk inverted and reversed, SG61y cat. £120, centred low, if that matters to you 60 60 link
53 Bahamas As John Davis has stoked up the popularity of War Stamps and there’s an example m. and u. in each space that a KG5 Imperial page provides, here is what appears in the collection form which we have been working – 16 stamps between SG 90 and 105. A 3d staircase is left in to keep it tidy, we’ve left out the cat. on principle (£167) 56 56 link
54 Bahamas Page featuring use of the ‘27’ killer used at GPO to cancel out-island mail arriving with one or more adhesives uncancelled. There are four 1d Chalons (perf. 12 and 3x perf. 14) and queen’s head 1d, 2½d pair, 2 singles, all blue, probably more alluring than the Chalons, stc nearly £200 40 unsold link
55 Bahamas We haven’t forgotten about postmarks, so a 1d staircase used quite late in 1918 with the thimble Hope Town cds gets its slot 5 unsold
56 Bahamas This is the Red Cross long stroke variety SG90a on 7 October 18 regd cover to Switzerland, along with horiz. pairs of ½d, 1d War Tax SG96/7 (cat. from £82,65 by our dead reckoning, which doesn’t multiply varieties). The tell tale dash at rt is there to prove plate position, but you’d think it was part of pmk if you didn’t know to look. A rare item on cover, with no overt sign of Dr Hess at work, but who else generated this type of cover? 65 unsold link
57 Bahamas 3d brown War Tax SG100 paid the 1d + 2d ordinary regd rate to Albany NY, 5 Sep 19 on crested OHMS cover from Nassau GPO reregd twice on the way 17 unsold link
58 Bahamas Regd. 8 Mar 19 to a local Nassau address, a clean, carefully opened cover bearing War Charity block SG101, gets bonus points from us for a plate scratch starting bottom rt, and seen on 3 stamps before petering out at upper left. Stamps are current, and with 1d deducted for charity, properly rated 20 unsold link
59 Bahamas A lighter diagonal plate scratch affects the middle staircase 1d in strip of three taking regd cover free of War Tax Mar 17. We don’t have the short story (must have been very short) presumably enclosed to the Salem, Mass publishing house address. 1920 Peace set of five on regd Kimber cover Mar 1920 opened out (cat. £55 off cover) shares this lot 38 unsold
60 Bahamas Decorative FFC from San Salvador regd c/o Postmaster, Nassau 29 JUN 1931 (arrived 1 JY) and returned 27 JUL 1931, pmks and cachets in blue, violet and deep magenta, franked with current 10, 20c air values. Vertical fold extreme left 18 unsold
61 Bahamas We suspect most covers reaching Glasgow from out-islands between the later 1920’s and mid-30’s of being philatelic, but are inclined to exculpate Mr A.B. Clements, as Govan is just outside the usual catchment area. The cover was registered 31 AUG 35 from GREAT GUANO CAY, and the 8d flamingo intended for air mail duly took it on its way. Cancellation of stamp and cover front are well up to the philatelic standard and it’s scarce enough to rate 60 90 link
62 Bahamas December 1943 cover from Nassau to Glasgow operating manager of London Midland and Scottish Railway went on Official Business of the RAF . Bears a large OFFICIAL MAIL h/stamp of RAF Station No. 111 and neat Crown Circle Paid at Bahamas to frank it. This is a rare and very openly postmarked long “VIA US AIR MAIL” cover and they were treating the war in the Atlantic as over by then P£30/34 30
63 Bahamas The 1965 set of 15 pictorial defins on a cover locally postmarked for Coin of the Realm Ltd of Nassau. Face value was £2 3/6 all neatly cancelled on 21 Mar 66. Set now is £28 off cover, so would you be happy waiting 50 plus years for your profit? Look we’ve said it before philately is not for investment, it’s for fun 25 unsold
64 Bahamas Maritime covers from 1957 on; those landed show Proud SL12 violet Aug 7 1957 on Swiss; SL13 black Jan 15 1968 on Panama (add 11 months to Proud); SL15 violet Mar ’72 on Liberia; Proud SL2 black undated on Liberia. Also, landed Miami from Liberia’s SS Florida using 5c/4d SG277; 1995 from CTC’s Southern Cross, landed Malaga, Spain using 40c SG898 – all are philatelic – isn’t that what cruises are for? 25 unsold linkex
65 Bahamas A package of 27 different commercial covers with out-island or sub-office markings which (with 2 or 3 exceptions) are of higher quality than usually found, (vintage from early ’60’s for about 10 years) consistent, obviously with the length of time the instruments used had been in use. Two TRD’s only 30 38
66 Bahamas A very similar package, but strike quality is not as good, though 5 extra non-duplicating covers are added 30 30
67 Bahamas Although the design was printed in Georgetown and shows an outline of the country, we list under Bahamas because it was from there that the relief crew began their marketing exercise following their highly publicised ‘rescue’ of the SPY SHIP, “GIRL PAT”. We gave the history in detail the last time we sold a Girl pat item. This one is a SE corner copy of the label, no gum of course, and not many reach the market nowadays 36 38 link
68 Bahamas The 3/- and 6/- booklets SB4 and 5, two of each, of which one example is normal fro each value and the other has its panes bound in upside down (so please don’t explode it). Cat. £76 plus uplift 35 35 link
69 Bahamas No Lot 22 unsold
70 Bahamas Photographic reproductions of Sperati’s forgeries of a KE7 die proof for the ONE POUND value, signed by Sperati, between similar photos of the QV and KE7 values both ‘used’. These were marketed by BPA following their deal with Sperati to pass over the physical apparatus and products of his forgery business, lock, stock and barrel (but we believe he left out the barrel) 50 50 link
71 Bahamas BAHAMAS EARLY MAIL SERVICES AND POSTAL MARKINGS (1982) This is an important hoard of collated research by Maurice Ludington which somehow crept below the radar for you rarely see it available. 208pp with plenty of room for the new owner to make notes, as the previous one was pen-shy (a hardback, by the way) 22 unsold
72 Barbados If you want to see how a social climber would network at high level in 1824 this clearly penned letter written to Mother from Barbados by a pushful serving officer is for you. It was hand carried to London and posted for 2d to a Crescent near Russell Square, so that its machinations are all buried within 30 unsold
73 Barbados Re-rated from 2/7 to 2/5 on arrival in Scotland with a boxed green additional ½ in a class of its own, an outer wrapper boasts a strong medium fleuron of 1826 on its last legs in urgent need of replacement for legibility of dates, if nothing else; no doubt this happened 50 unsold link
74 Barbados Typical formal business EL to a City of London address useful and informative to the recipient, dry as dust to the uninvolved. 1/- rated, despatched JY 13 1855 to secure dated thimble cancel with the bar under date representing the ‘1’ of the central parish of St Michael sideways. There is a strong Barbados dbl arc set to the same date, and the usual red London transit mark, which rarely provides competition with the other receiving marks 42 42
75 Barbados A barred oval killer has only caressed this ½d yellow-green SG1, leaving 90% of the stamp clear but why is the colour paler than usual, and the bluing more evident from face than reverse? Were than an old-time RPSL cert. (there wasn’t) it would no doubt say “treated”. The stamp is still a treat, with a short diagonal crease at SW the only other criticism to make. Neat mgns, cat. £700 60 unsold link
76 Barbados For this imperf. (½d) yellow-green we suppose that we should accept it as the 1855 printing, as the paper is not very white, but it’s not very blue either. Shallow thinning behind the sails. With large to ample mgns everywhere else, it misses being nipped at the bottom corner by less than a whisker 40 unsold link
77 Barbados This imperf (½d) with decent to large margins all round is far too deep a shade to be other than SG2, yet with a rather stiff feel to the paper, and barely a hint of blueiung back or front, we wonder whether rebacking and re-gumming has occurred. For all that the intensity of colour is hard to resist – cat. £150 30 30 link
78 Barbados (2d) greyish-slate imperf. SG4a unused, a comfortingly fresh example its 4 margins neatly separated, cat. £300 70 140 link
79 Barbados This is an imperf bisect the subject of a venerable RPSL certificate and we’ll give you the bad news first. Condition of the front leaves much to be desired – significant signs of ageing; yellowish spots and a small jagged hole close to but not on the stamp, plentiful filing folds, a small nick at the top, no obvious means to identify addressee, unless the text of the letter on front’s reverse gives a clue. The good news: the folds are exactly clear of the stamp. Its three outer margins are generous; they are overlapped by the GPO barred oval ‘1’ and there is a clear dbl-arc of despatch dated OC 05 1854, struck twice. The certificate was issued to Boucher (we haven’t his sale catalogue to hand to check) and here’s the best part – a clear manuscript 4 for the rate. For the less familiar with rating (sometimes this includes ourselves) the ‘4’ signifies that 1d has been allowed for the bisect, to make the unbisected stamp a (2d) i.e. stamp as, now SG4b, on the faith of its original certificate and not subject to return 400 w/dwn link
80 Barbados A richly coloured (½d) yellow-green, strong, not disfiguring barred oval 1 at 3 o’clock, its pinperfs visible for about half the length of its margins SG13 cat. £425 – it has sparkle 85 80 link
81 Barbados There is no reason to trust this unused no wmk perf (½d) in a shade lighter than the pin-perf (½d) of the previous lot, for the north and east sides have the punched perfs undetached, while perfs south and west are clean as a whistle, and the bits of gum on the back are not its own – but goodness – what a looker, - as is then 10 unsold
82 Barbados There is more distance in cat. quote than scarcity between ½d and 1d pin-perf (which is also not easy to tell apart from rough perf. When you don’t have it, as here, on all four sides). In this case, the barred oval ‘1’ at 3 o’clock will give you confidence – SG14, centred high left, toning more visible on face than reverse, but those who know how could freshen it up nicely ‘cos usually you have to make do with perfs on 3, 2 sides or even 1. Cat. £160 32 32 link
83 Barbados Small star wmk 1d blue (most of wmk however is mgnl lines across upper half) and here’s why we don’t give SG No. for a handsome-looking stamp with neat AU 22 73 thimble cancel at 5 o’clock: you see stamp presents as imperf. Now before you scoff at the close mgns top and bottom, have a think about the 2mm mgns left and right. We guarantee nothing here, but we do not regard the perforation history of Barbados as complete for this era. Think for instance of the number of times you’ve seen imperf singles of SG60b, whilst SG stick doggedly to their “two used singles …. seen”. So we offer simply as a stamp for which you probably pay to get your fingers burnt 25 28 link
84 Barbados The no wmk orange-red 6d Britannia o.g. has large margins all round and would be touching full cat. had not its NE perf nearly detached in perforation. It should be kept in Hawid protection for life. The dull orange vermilion has much closer margins, pt o.g., just about clear at SW. We can’t fault the two shades, SG30, 32 cat. £360 150 150
85 Barbados Rough perf 6d orange-red horiz. pair sharing between them heavy bootheel with a thick ‘1’ and another bootheel that seems to have an empty middle. Because 1/- stamps proliferate, 6d pairs don’t cat. £64 24 24
86 Barbados We’re not surprised that a ½d green no wmk Britannia, fine, lge pt o.g. reached us with a question mark appended, as we make the perfs about 11½x13, and they are much too tidy anyway. So we throw it on the market at an estimate which probably puts its owner on a profit anyway 10 unsold
87 Barbados We’ll grant this pt o.g. 1/- the undemanding clean-cut status of 1872 (SG 54) thus reducing cat. to a low, uninhibiting cat. £150. 3 sides are nicely centred; r.h.s. is the exception, where one might try to argue for rough perf. For decent classics, one mustn’t clip cat. unduly 44 unsold
88 Barbados An almost exactly central barred oval ‘7’ on almost 4 mgns imperf deep blue is worth our estimate, so we won’t add for the Britannias (PB (1d)x3, DLR ½d. 1d and Queen’s head 1d, 2½d, 4d) that accompany 20 22 link
89 Barbados 5/- SG64, light cds of MR 1 1878 at 9 0’clock overlays an earlier uprt effort too faint to read, leaving Britannia only slightly ruffled by the interplay above her. The dull rose colour has not mutated by travel or time, and SW centring leaves room for a snippet of red London arrival showing the month was still March. We have shifted from mild disapproval to a growing affection for this stamp, cat. £300 70 unsold link
90 Barbados Enter stage right the perf 12½ Britannia CC in both shades – these are dramatic examples glowing with vitality. The cheaper SG70 shows bootheel ‘10’ at 10 o’clock; if you say there are better digits we respond, this way you get two of them – be happy it’s not the all pervading ‘11’; cat. £170 54 75 link
91 Barbados 27 different from issues 1882-1912 look appealing on a large s/card; in case this flatters 1882 to 1/- with surcharge (5), 1893/6 (7 to 6d), Jubilee to 5d (5), Nelson to 2½d (4), 1912 to 3d (6) – cat. abt £310, we value economically 30 unsold
92 Barbados If you like your wmk varieties plainly visible this inverted CA on ½d SG106w, light duplex cancel, is for you. We suspect tiny repair SW corner, perhaps unfairly, cat. £150 36 unsold
93 Barbados 1d denomination colour trial in scarlet/yellow for the 1925 middle-size seal issue, on script wmk paper, no gum – it may never have had any. When the 4d was issued it was muted in colour and paper 35 35
94 Barbados 1925 6d purple SG236, attractive imprint block of eight, light hinge on 2 corner stamps, others mint, fresh and fine, (even at our estimate there isn’t much profit on an original 4/- investment, so just enjoy it) 6 6
95 Barbados Coil stamps in Barbados represent only the tiniest proportion of surviving unused bottom values, so when we offer the ½d bistre and 1d blue-green in fine mint strips of four each immaculate with coil-join we disregard cat. 10 22
96 Barbados The $5 Kingfishers from Harrison’s birds of 1979, the bottom two rows complete with traffic lights, plate nos and imprint, mint and as fresh as when it left the press. Do you want something extra? You get it, as wmk is inverted, cat. £80+ 60 60
97 Barbados Barred oval ‘7’ sits at 3 o’clock on imperf 1d deep blue on white, whose mgns move gently from clear of the design to full and generous in smooth expansion. Alongside is 1d deep blue SG48, 10 o’clock orientation with Bootheel ‘7’ – they blend together as siblings 38 unsold
98 Barbados Although apart from G.P.O.’s ‘1’ numeral ‘10’ is the easiest to find, this example is so beautifully located on such a rich blue background that it deserves a place in most collections – even yours perhaps? Stamp is SG10, mgns just clipped upper east side 25 unsold link
99 Barbados Though there’s little challenge in finding thimble cancels for parish nos 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 and the reversed digit that often stands in for 5, merit is added when, as here, the cds is virtually complete. Examples of code A, B and D are added; D being distinctly uncommon; a second card offers St Philip 3 times, 3 official paid over a 50 year span, Late Fee on Jubilee ½d, and Parcel Post from 1930’s. You have to work to get Parcel cancels in any quantity 20 24
100 Barbados There’s a sparkle to this stockcard with 46 stamps selected for postmark away from the parish of St Michael. Most cds are virtually complete; most bootheels are central and strong. Out of 17 bootheels only 3 are on the usual 1d stamps. Stamps are generally in sound condition; we estimate cat. around £200. In essence we reckon every stamp earns its place, and its decent value at 160 160 link
101 Barbados A modest offering of just 8 postmarks on singles or piece reminds us how slowly new offices have opened outside those of the 11 parishes. We note here the addition of St Lawrence, Worthing, Eagle Hall, Black Rock and Welches Road, Brittons Hill, and then see something else! There are numbers being added to Worthing, and perhaps Eagle Hall, Isn’t it time for an article to tell us the significance? 6 unsold
102 Barbados 13 items picked and assembled on s/card for their unduplicated cancellations. Of 7 maritime there is a cross-channel TPO, from …ENBOROUGH-VLISSINGEN (=FLUSHING), smothering a small seal 1d in 1908 that is new to us and most strikes are full face. One is fiscal from Bridgetown, Late Fee on QV 1d, KG6 2c, full Southampton (2) and St John N.B. receiving marks, and 1d Britannia cancelled on arrival in Georgetown B.G. are other highlights 34 unsold
103 Barbados When you find the Postage Due 1d bisect on entire, expect to find an immaculate ½d wrapper posted from St George to Geo. Evelyn of Wotton Ch. Ch. It will be routed through G.P.O. to receive its T in circle tax mark and the neatly severed half stamp cancelled with the current dbl-ring cds there, and on its neighbouring parish next day to be further cancelled with CHRISTCHURCH 2 cds. It may also have the stamp endorsed “½d” in red or black which adds £450 cat. to produce quote of £2,250. This example received red ink and was processed, NO 2 and 3 1934. Don’t protest it’s philatelic – they probably all were, and this is exactly what SG D2a and its annotation represent 650 650 link
104 Barbados Piece cut from a brown manila cover or package holds a block of 21 x 1d postage due with much of its mgns – it omits the final strip of three from SE of the bottom 4 rows. Date of use looks like 36 and shortfall of 10½d suggests air travel. One takes a commercially used block of this size as it comes. Signs of previous crumpling, integrity retained 30 unsold
105 Barbados Cover regd from Battersea DEC 14 97 to CC Weatherhead in Bridgetown, franked with 1/- dull green SG211 received at GPO in 13 days. Cover cat. price is £190 which confirms our view of value 60 unsold
106 Barbados The second printing of the Kingston Relief issue with all its overprints inverted gave rise to this philatelic cover to Ealing, London, fuelled with a horiz. pair. No need for a multiplier as one has NO STOP variety; cat. quote for SG153/153e gives ample backing for our generous estimate P£42/48 42 link
107 Barbados During the long period for which construction dragged on, much claims – directed correspondence reached the Canal Zone, Panama. This cover is an example from Barbados, franked 2½d in 1913, slit open with meticulous care 9 unsold
108 Barbados Clean air mail cover 1947 (filing fold just inside left mgn) sent to the Manager (T.R.Evens) in Basseterre, on which the 4d stamp is left faced by pmk to flourish the curlive flaw (SG253b) at top rt. If you want to know more of the stamp’s issuing history, notes on its attendant part album page will help you. Cat. of variety is £70 – we don’t apply a multiplier, but don’t discourage it 56 unsold
109 Barbados You might suppose you wouldn’t dream of buying an example of the very first issue of Ghana in 1957. Now think again, please. Here is the top (1/3) value franking a cover from the Accra Ministry Branch Office to Barbados, an ordinary commercial letter 5 days after the service began. But the top value wasn’t enough to pay the full fare, presumably by air, and our cover was taxed 1/6 paid with a single and vert. pair of the 6c carmine. We’ll assume these are chalky paper which isn’t always an easy assessment at this period, but that still gives us cat. from 27x £8.50, approx. £230. This for a cover from newly constituted Ghana would-you-believe? Actually we do, but it’s been opened by slitting and losing an unimportant quarter of reverse, so 70 70 link
110 Barbados A special printing of the 1965 4c Marine Life enabled Edmund Bayley to make up 10, presumably identical, covers of which it is believed 4 were sold without being cancelled and 6 were philatelically used. This seems to be the basis for catalogue listing of SG325a, and here is one of those covers – cat. £250 – it was regd 160 180 link
111 Barbados Regd use DE 28 00 of 2d grey-blue PSRE, Bayley’s issue 6, RE 24 is enhanced not simply by use of Jubilee 2½d as the adhesive, but much more so by specific use of money order office cds which persuades us that the cover was used to send the actual money order issued, to reach a financial house addressee in E23rd St NY. The key features are the use by the recipient of a dated C in circle cancelling cipher on 7.1.1901 (US style, actually, 1 over 7) struck twice on die stamp, once on reverse alongside boxed violet receiver 60 unsold link
112 Barbados We are captivated by these three 1916 high values (the 1/-, 2/-, 3/-) with red Revenue opts; Bayley’s R5, 6, 7. Each is fine elegantly centred and endowed with a precision struck, dated Colonial Bank thimble cancel. Philatelic motivation? Quite possibly – but glance at the small numbers sold and you’ll see why we value as if fine postally u. 60 unsold link
113 Barbados Scarcest of the 1916 high values (by a whisker) was the REVENUE ONLY 2s surcharge on 3/- of which the 1,050 printed were a sell-out. This is Bayley’s R28 a fine mint example with even lightly toned gum. Sharing this lot is the Revenue One Penvy variety on 2½d from the second batch optd in purple. This is probably scarcer than its high value neighbour, but less prestigious (Bayley R30a) 42 unsold link
114 Barbados KG ½d yellow-bistre, left mgnl block of 12, six of whose residents are overprinted ENTERTAINMENT Tax in 3 different type settings, one vertical, 2 diagonal. Block is mint but lightly toned 35 35 link
115 Barbados Perhaps from the same sheet a companion block of four from NW corner shows a further vertical trial setting, repeated on each stamp. If you know their status, we’d be very pleased to learn 18 36 link
116 Barbados When the $250 Revenue stamp was cancelled in 1978 the top postal denomination was $10, sot the tax left quite a hole in someone’s pocket. There is also a piece that holds $50 and $100 (pair), used on the same day to make the hole bigger, and a fine mint $25 nestling alongside. Stamp colours are soft and apologetic, the numbers are bold 50 50 link
117 Barbados When we think Barbados and postcards, our favourites by far are the 19th century court cards and their colourful vignettes. This card we sold six years ago for £24. It shows vignette4s of Roebuck St, Upper Basin & Public Buildings, and Bay Mansion Hotel, each with characteristic delicate appeal. Posted 29 October 1900 to Antwerp, with tac tful greetings by Maria in Flemish, J. Bixmans in French, leisurely surface arrival after 25 days. Stamp stupidly not, destructively, removed – if you find a 1d stamp of just the right date why not hinge it on to show what the complete card once looked like. We’ll offer at the original sale price, but a modest uplift would not hurt 24 unsold
118 Barbados A much readdressed 1950 ppc of the attractive Dearborn Inn in a suburb of Detroit visited Barbados St Philip, then St Lawrence PO by way of GPO, next off to North London before ending up in the Isle of Wight. All this for a US 1 cent? Well, no, actually. It was underfranked and carried the burden of a violet T/CENTIMES/12 duplex and a vert. pair of Barbados ½d dues (cat. from £234). We can’t help wondering who paid then. There’s more than one way to dig out now 85 unsold
119 Barbuda The 1922 Barbuda SPECIMEN set of 11 – we arrive at a double discount from cat. for the fault of a rounded corner SW on the 4/- and base our valuation on a notional cat. of £180 (the other ten values are fine) 56 60 link
120 Barbuda Printed A. Lewis Inniss (of Trinidad) envelope enhanced with the 5 Barbuda low values to 3d, cancelled in violet ink fighting a black pad on JY 24 22, using the wannanotbe official cds modified to eliminate “Official Paid”. So it won’t surprise you that this is a phenomenon of the opening weeks of the issue and very few covers appear to have survived, we’d guess they’d be philatelic like this one 85 unsold link
121 Barbuda 5 Antigua defins adding up to 7½d took a week to bring Wilson cover of DE 2 27 to St John’s and 38 days more to reach Plymouth, presumably by sea slug. Rose-carmine boxed regn h/stamp and handsome individual Barbuda cds for each adhesive 21 unsold
122 Barbuda Manager, Barbuda used his crested OHMS envelope to Astra Stamp co. Massachusetts propelled by Official Paid Barbuda cds of OC 30 22. It passed through St John’s, was carefully opened on arrival and doubtless contained stamps ordered. It always seems to need a stamp dealer to generate elusive items like this which leaves us with a tinge of disappointment but not the rest of you, we hope 44 unsold
123 Barbuda 1964 cover from SE sheet corner the 5c. full mgnl block subtended by plate no. 1 for frame and central vignette 9 unsold
124 Barbuda McFarlan cover with his address and REGISTERED MAIL hand stamps, furnished with Die I Leeward 3d purple/yellow, 2½d bright blue, all set for regd return to him from Barbuda. This was done with customary solicitude MY 22 31. We rather think that the 3d is on orange-buff, can’t tell wmk of 2½d, which makes little difference to value. Unexpectedly we regard the pick of the postmarks as being sender’s hometown return effort in Downingtown 40 unsold
125 Barbuda Pairs of Barbuda 1d and 3d sandwich 2d slate-grey on philatelic cover to Colchester of NOV 22 23. Perhaps some of the original issue was still held on the island, after post office stocks had run out – we know not P£42/48 unsold
126 Barbuda The Antigua 3d and 6d on this cover to Wilson in Handsworth are so meticulously cancelled with Barbuda cds of DE 2 27 as to produce a role model for a philatelic regd cover P£24/27 unsold
127 Bermuda QV 1/- green (imperf?) on CC wmk paper with almost full gum. We see no sign of cut-down perfs (and what would be the point of mutilating an expensive stamp anyway?) and mgnl wmk vert. line suggests to us that it was chopped from the rt of an imprimatur sheet. There is a tiny fold in each top corner of a stamp which boasts more scarcity than allure 30 50 link
128 Bermuda One Penny/1/- CC, with the right type of cancel in the usual subdued ink in the bottom third of the stamp. Seen from reverse, the printing characteristics look authentic, but it has a vertical crease, and some mild rumpling which we feel would readily unrumple with a bit of TLC. The surcharge is bold and strong. Our verdict: we don’t entirely trust it, and offer at a very low estimate. If it turns out to be authentic, the benefit is all yours 12 unsold
129 Bermuda The labours of Hercules have gone into studying the inter-war galleon issues (an enterprise being carried on and updated by a successor). We had not realised until now how much scope there is for flaw-spotting among QV low values – white spots amounting almost to philatelic leukemia. There are 27 stamps in this lot noting 17 flaws with links between two or more stamps for 7 of these (two are docks issues, the rest queen’s head). In one instance 4 stamps show the flaw unaffected by change of wmk. One can’t value the labour involved – this is a study which should be taken over and continued 60 90
130 Bermuda 1911 ½d green SG45 – diagnosis of line perf. 14 on a single stamp can be unreliable; the best corner to view here is at NE and you have to be patient to identify one. See note under SG51 10 10
131 Bermuda MCA 1919 1d carmine with wmk inverted, used 1921 at Ireland Island, the variety clearly visible from reverse, SG46w cat. £500. We need to mention that we don’t quite share SG valuation enthusiasm for these Bermuda varieties as our estimate reveals, but don’t let us discourage you from going with SG 130 130
132 Bermuda 1912 MCA 2½d light wavy lines m/c cancel, its watermark inverted and reversed SG48y centred NE cat. £325 90 unsold
133 Bermuda KG6 10/- perf 14 substantially o.g., the gum with characteristic WWII streakiness; perf 13 mint – these are SG119a, 119e, both cheerfully fresh, cat. £273 R£80 unsold link
134 Bermuda The same wartime streakiness clothes our KG6 12/6 SG120b; again it’s fresh and substantially o.g. – the Bermudian enthusiasts, while spending lavishly on high values, preserved these carefully too – cat. £110 R£35 unsold link
135 Bermuda Still showing wartime streaks, better absorbed by the red paper, is the large pt o.g. £1 value and nicely centred – SG121, cat. £275 R£70 unsold link
136 Bermuda Allowing for inflation this £1 SW SG126 fine o.g. may cost you less now than if you’d bought it as a new issue – but don’t think of money, think of pleasure R£16 unsold
137 Bermuda This is the 1962 5/- f.u. with watermark inverted, SG177w cat. £325. We wish we knew how to assess whether varieties of this category are worth tens, hundreds or thousands other than by looking up the catalogue. Well, sorry we don’t, we simply follow the herd 105 105 link
138 Bermuda Gazing a little wistfully at an exact central and upright half of type K3a ‘5’ duplex on 3d CC yellow-buff, we suddenly realise this is not a half-a-loaf situation, but a cause for delight. How otherwise could a stamp of queen’s head size accommodate the characteristic both of the numeral and of the cds? So it must be right to offer to a discriminating fan of these numerals. The background is ideal to do justice to a lightish strike. Unrepeatable 50 unsold
139 Bermuda 3d CC yellow-buff cancelled type K3a ‘12’ at 11.20 of the clock. It’s the right background to give satisfactory clarity, which a habitually dry inkpad diminishes with other shades. Our estimate is, of course, based partly on substantial cat. for the stamp – we allow for a thin also 25 unsold
140 Bermuda Type K3a ‘17’ located with central precision on 4d orange-red SG20 20 24
141 Bermuda Do you yearn for the days when numerals like type K4a ‘17’ were findable and didn’t cost the earth? This example (on ½d stone) sits tall on SE quadrant, thus revealing a smidgen of its duplex 22 unsold
142 Bermuda Numerals 6, 8, 9 (fair only) and 15 on 1d CA (3) and 4d orange-red – the other three are better examples 12 unsold link
143 Bermuda We have offered ST GEORGES WEST on galleon type 1d in the past, but demand for it probably still exists, so here is another on small piece. Date reads 16 NOV-7E, make what you can of that 20 unsold
144 Bermuda Look closely behind the Sutton duplex choking the QV 2½d that sent this readdressed cover on its way in mid-May ’93, and you’ll see the Ireland Island duplex of origin. Second journey took it to Station Office, St leonard’s on Sea, and a Naval enthusiast has pencilled the name (unfamiliar to us) of a warship with which contents must have been associated. Roughly opened without major damage 27 unsold
145 Bermuda Regd FDC to London bearing six KG6 stamps on issue 20.1.38 would have floated surface as 1/10 paid, was not quite enough to pay by air, if we remember. Stamps are fine, fox spots on cover; but on 1.8.47 1/3 was enough to route a cover from Hamilton to catch Colonial Airlines inaugural flight via Washington (then to NY) addressed to a major in the Royal Army Pay Corps, Whitchurch, Hants 20 unsold
146 Bermuda Another similar FDC comes together with WWII covers at 2½d by surface to Berkshire and to NY,; 1941 by air to Chicago at 6d; another by air 1945, same Berkshire address, paying 1/9 – none of these censored, four with name and address endorsed; then in 1948 1/- paid with 7 stamps, sufficed for a cover by air mail to London. The bigger the plane, the lower the fare, we suppose 21 unsold
147 Bermuda Ppc 1923 sent to New Jersey clergyman illustration a plaque (we assume) in a “300 year old church” whose lengthy memorial on Alured Popple a governor for 6 years. Died aged 45, and is richly and obsequiously commemorated but, sender Gladys Getty’s found 3x ½d stamps (damaged) to send from St Georges 5 unsold
148 Bermuda 5 ppcs: the unused begin with South Shore (coloured but unfriendly); the Cedar Bar, Bemrudiana Hotel (thinly populated); then switch in b/w to the 23,000 ton Monarch of Bermuda, born 1931, died 1967, on a second Real Photo version (unreal ones had yet to come into fashion) with amplified specification added by a fan, post-demise. Finally comes a less glossy version, posted from PAGET (1961 we judge from its 1½d stamp) to a lady in Massachusetts, who may not have appreciated that M. Anderson was greeting all the girls (our emphasis). We doubt that a fairy tale ensued 19 unsold linkex
149 Bermuda This small group of 5 lots features vessels of the Fyffes Line (earlier trading as Elders & Fyffes Ltd). We begin with 4 unused ppc’s all looking fairly venerable. Fans will know whether they were reshaped, or replaced by namesakes 20 unsold linkex
150 Bermuda We think this Patuca ppc to Petworth, Sussex is franked with GB 1d bright scarlet to make it the earliest used card in the group. It shows PATUCA emphasised by the boxed 2-line OCEAN MATE PATUCA h/stamp (ship name is added in stronger ink, overstruck twice by Bermuda’s PAQUEBOT in black 11 unsold link
151 Bermuda PATUCA figures again posted from Kingston, Jamaica to Chesterfield, 1924 (first year of the British Empire Exhibition) its two ½d pictorials m/c cancelled with the Exhibition slogan 9 unsold
152 Bermuda Do you wonder why most people who send ppcs don’t date them properly, when that’s what one likes best when they’re kept? Anyway CHANQUINOLA comes with the date 26 found at the tail end of a Hamilton m/c cancel type M1 at extreme end. The stamp? Removed of course 6 unsold link
153 Bermuda Finally we meet CAVINA again on a 2d franked card sent to Uncle Richard in Putney 19 JUN 52 (and the vessel had 4 years of life still to come) a very worn TRD (a short name perhaps beginning with S – we can’t do better). In her full life we’d guess she carried more than 60 million bananas – but that’s hardly more than a single day at 1 per head of our population 8 unsold
154 Bermuda Because you don’t often see a ppc of this character coming into Bermuda, a view of the yachting marina off the coast of Santa Barbara to Smith’s Parish becomes of unusual interest; the 10c machine cancel of origin is supplemented by Flaks transit and Harrington Sound arrival 8 8
155 Bermuda The H.R.Holmes 1932 handbook. He was the eminence grise of Bermuda in his day and has lost very little of his eminence since then. Available for pre-purchase at our differential rates for early and late bidders P£9/10.50 unsold
156 British Guiana Sandbach cover written 18 Sept 1836, landed at Dover from the brig Caesar reported as recd 31 Oct, next day red London transit balancing step-type SHIP LETTER, paying 8d for ship 1/- onward from Liverpool. A tranquil colour-wash illustration of the harbour lends attraction to the view which you won’t experience today, but we feel sure that the harbour walls housed scorpions then as they do to this day 75 75 link
157 British Guiana Written up page displaying items from 1842 from Berbice and identifies the mail carriers. The first, paying 2/- to reach the London Missionary Society in Finsbury is a wrapper only – v. clear serifed dbl-arc FE 27, 8 weeks en route. The second is a business letter to Bristol at the very end of the year, anxiously awaiting instructions for the sale or maintenance of a local estate and reimbursement of outlay, clear dbl-arc strikes on flap of arrival and despatch, packet charge 1/-, 5 weeks in transit 65 140 link
158 British Guiana Mr Matthew Aitken was the addressee of an 1845 EL from Berbice to Symington (Ayrshire), whose undated dbl-arc appears on flap alongside messy red London transit with dated dbl-arc of origin straddling flap, but the area dominated by boxed 3 line Glasgow transit for 8 JA 1846 3.30 pm, as loud and clear as the local accent is obscure to the uninitiated. Packet postage paid was ½ for a long tale of weather, fever and the like, its folds in turn flapping with wear 52 60 link
159 British Guiana The page holding this missionary cover to Blomfield St, London is written up to show that it travelled from Demerara to Southampton via Barbados and St Thomas, carried by R.M.S. Conway, Eagle and Tay in succession; the cover bears dbl-arc serifed Berbice despatch mark of AU 3 1848 on flap and manuscript ½ on front. The contents are less revealing, just a message to the treasurer to honour a bill 40 65 link
160 British Guiana This 1c black/magenta (No! not that one) cancelled FE 22 1853 at Demerara has lost a slice at bottom right (poor thing), yet when you consider the depth of colour, the very few surface flecks, and no sign of repainting, condition creeps up well towards medium. How does 2½% of cat. for SG9 grab you? An illustration on stiff paper and, of course, shows more differences than the cat. note describes 130 170 link
161 British Guiana 1c rose SG29 v.g.u., as it’s centred left; with it 1c brown SG41 fresh and fine u. cat. £525 140 unsold link
162 British Guiana The 9 ship type issues on this s/card cover 25 years of classic history in blue, used except one. The one-margined deep blue SG18 is nicely cancelled and quite collectable at a low % of cat.; the three 1862-6 4c in pale blue or blue are lightly u., as are the four 6c, which include perf. 15 ultra., but for once are less well centred than the lower values, and the small pt o.g. SG141 is centred so low as to capture bits of the stamp above and lose its own value tablet. These 8 add abt £600 cat, two of the lesser ones have small thins 120 120 link
163 British Guiana Thick paper perf. 12 8c pink SG35 gently u. perfs bitten short at top left, but warm in colour – cat. £90 9 unsold
164 British Guiana 1860-3 8c, 12c, 24c(2) identified to us as SG35, 39, 54, 65 (cat. £325, if so) all f.u. for these issues 75 unsold link
165 British Guiana Yes, we’ve all got a decent enough used copy of 1863 1c black SG51, but the one offered here is in a class of its own, lightly cancelled, and so beautifully centred that it has snitched a morsel of the stamp next door on all four sides. We estimate without apology at full cat. – it’s worth more 24 25
166 British Guiana 1876 96c olive-bistre SG134 lightly cancelled with an upside down (A03) duplex – this is never an easy stamp to get, cat. £250 85 85 link
167 British Guiana Not fully inked, strongly impressed L [the code for Leguan] NO 14 78 at 6 0’clock on (1c)/6c SG137 adds quality to the only 1878 provisional that normally comes m. – a g.u. example cat. £120 37 39 link
168 British Guiana 5 used 1878-81 provisionals we’ll assume the cheap fully cancelled Sg152 is cto (they usually are); SG141 was scissor separated rather close l. and r.; SG144, 148 are cork-cancelled ugly fine; SG146 adds character and value with the cork that encloses a pentacle design – cat. £750 in all 150 unsold link
169 British Guiana Now that you know f.u. may mean fine ugly here we’ll use it again for SG 139(2) and 140. The 1c values are not duplicates as they show OFFICIAL in mid-line and low, the 2c being low-slung. They come with a wannabe 1862 4c provisional Type 15 – just don’t try to kid yourself that it’s right – cat. £225 plus O 70 70 link
170 British Guiana 2 on 24c Official, SG159 pt o.g. The yellow-green is pale, but fresh; the type 19 surcharge was overinked and left traces around it, and the centring is quite exceptional, which adds up to a real plus on cat. £275 120 unsold link
171 British Guiana 1882 provisionals the four values with 2 and 3 masts f.u., SPECIMEN perf with differing orientation for each value, SG162/3 cat. £165 48 48 link
172 British Guiana Pairs of the 2 and 3 master for both values on rather scruffy pieces (but stamps are sound) one pair with Demerara Railway cancel, 1c with perf SPECIMEN lower left to upper right, 2c upper right to lower left with blotchy cancels, cat. £220 50 50 link
173 British Guiana 1882 provisional two-master 1c magenta block of four f.u., the 1 with serif variety at NW, and perfin SPECIMEN from SE to NW, which shows the block to be second setting 5th printing, positions 7 to 10 SG162,a cat. £175 44 44 link
174 British Guiana In this state of its setting a left mgnl pt o.g. block of four, SG222, from rows 3 and 4 shows narrowing E and T of CENTS, which will later meld into the CINTS variety and at right in the row above letters slipping out of alignment. For good measure you get the f.u. version of row 4.1 in the same state of development – we value as varieties in gestation 36 unsold
175 British Guiana Specimen examples of SG ship type 30 with CA wmk, being 1889 6, 48, 96c, 1891 5c, 1901 2, 48c SG versions of 197, 202, 206, 214, 235, 237 cat. £100 or so 27 27
176 British Guiana We follow with type 30 MCA. These comprise 1905 6, 96c, 1907 4, 5, SPECIMEN 6c, SG244, 250, 254/6 (one is slightly stained) 20 20
177 British Guiana All three of the pre-world war I 60c values are elusive used, even SG248a, the MCA chalky paper version. This example, lightly u. 1911, somehow lacks the DLR sharpness of printing – maybe the rosine ink had an off-day – cat. £95 30 44
178 British Guiana MCA 12c SG245a, lower mgnl lge pt o.g. example, whose plate no. 4 even though mildly subdued by the chalk in the paper is deep as deep, rather than dull; and you may not think justice is done to the name and value tablet by ‘bright purple’, but what’s in a name? Despite short NW corner perf. and some gum creasing, an interesting stamp 5 5.5
British Guiana The last shall be first….. well not quite, but the next 12 lots still offer pmk goodies from the labour of Fred Howe and Ted Proud
179 British Guiana MATTHEWS RIDGE, 3 examples. Type 41 is complete on piece for 25 JY 61, but the two-thirds for which 12c gives space only houses RIDGE with faint date smothered by central design. The type 33 two thirds on 5c, with the early date for T & H of 17 MY 62 has RIDGE running in the reverse direction from the handbook’s illustration for the Wichabai offices, and we have to go back to type 13 and 14 for the probable layouts. We leave Proud for you to check this part of the catalogue, to avoid complication 48 48 link
180 British Guiana A full page of hand-drawn map and a text illustrates MAZARUNI RIVER DISTRICT and holds a single example of MAZARUNI (for T & H, an office without a location) an under-inked full cds of SP 33 on 1c p/s cut-out tentatively ascribed to KAMAKUSA. We value the page as well as the strike in our estimate 30 31 link
181 British Guiana MORABISI on KG6 2c and 4c, whose inscription reads HILLFOOT MAZARUNI – and if you have bought our MAZARUNI lot you’ll know where and why: the fuller strike is dated 18 AU 53 32 32
182 British Guiana Morawhanna, with 21 stamps on 2 pages, ranging between types 5c and 21d is found among its later companions here because it’s right up on the Venezuelan border and we can only admire the amount of mail it handled in those earlier days – decent strikes, seldom outstanding 42 42 link
183 British Guiana Perhaps you would prefer to have a cover from PORT KAITUMA masquerading as MATTHEWS RIDGE. This has a lovely strike of the mother office dated 21 OC 61 on the 5c stamp which took it to AWB Long at the Park Hotel, Georgetown. This lot also contains connected correspondence from Long to Fred Howe which tells you, the buyer, the whole story 80 80 link
184 British Guiana A page headed Postal Agencies puts us (and almost everyone else) in trouble – we’ll do the best we can. KG6 1c has cds more or less type 2c and a clear 16 we take pencilled Ida Sabina to be a Proud update. KG6 3c holds type 4 no. 21 25 MR 49, pencilled at side Lethem another presumed update. A type 1 80% strike is on KG5 2c violet dated 24 SP 26 (we believe) and with the eye of faith we detect the very bottom curve of numeral 5, the rest being on the missing 20%, but it’s somewhere within a day’s march or float of Georgetown, we feel sure. Finally we have two dbl-ring violet cds on KG6 3c defin and 3c victory. The resemblance of type 4 is inexact, and, in the absence of a Proud update, we would rule out Schepmoed, yet maybe you can so interpret the blurred base of cds on the larger stamp, whereas Proud didn’t go the extra mile 75 80 link
185 British Guiana Still minding our P’s (for office designations) and Q’s (for the questions we strive to answer), we reach PRESENT HOPE, and a letter from the Postal Agent embellished with 3 immaculate examples of a cds of 9 JU 60, which is really a compromise between types 33 and 42. We don’t know what has happened to the cover enclosing the letter, but you’ll learn of the arrangements to get the mail from and to Parika 30 unsold link
186 British Guiana A few miles further from Parika, we reach WARIMIA. There are 5 examples on this page from QE Coron and p/s cut-out to defins. Most are underinked and this would have been quite a busy office during the construction work that led to its 7-year existence 32 32 link
187 British Guiana Weldaad, with its 10 examples on this page hardly deserves the distinguished company we’ve been keeping up to now. At least we omit the commonest markings, so the 6 KG6 defins with their dbl-ring cds are treated by T & H as relatively common and the 4 earlier ones are rated as scarce, which in our more casual experience they struggle to deserve 22 unsold
188 British Guiana Reaching WESTERN HOG ISLAND we are back on hallowed ground. Unexpectedly the 3 defins all have the earlier cancellations of ’55 and ’56, rated rare, and for the second type rated slightly easier we have to rely on b/stamps on piece, each from reverse of coves, but they are powerful 46 unsold link
189 British Guiana YAKUSARI Type 36 cds on 5c piece dated ’66 (T&H close in ’65). This mark is only rated very scarce, but quality is mouth-watering 20 26
190 British Guiana We come finally to ZEELANDIA from whose name we deduce that all the houses are built on stilts, which are common on the coast and the Essequibo estuary. All 4 cancels on this page are of the scarcer type before the switch to Caledonia at the end of 1955 44 48
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British Guiana Communication by Rail and Water . The lengthy section to follow stem’s from the work of Fred Howe and Ted Proud to assemble information and material. In substance the location based postmark holdings recently dispersed through the Circle are not duplicated. While we continue to use only T & H as our reference source as opposed to Proud work, we bear in mind that Proud’s work added an extra dimension of quantity and has swamped many of the T & H scarcity ratings. We open with skeletons in the cupboard
192 British Guiana 2 single stamps, 7 pieces with stamps, 2 pieces without stamps, each item showing virtually complete skeleton from the 50’s or 60’s holds Bartica Steamer ( 3, and observe STEMRE) Essequibo Str ( 2 inc. v. fine violet TRANSPORT & HARBOUR DEPT. w stamp); WC railway; TPA MAZARUNI (2); TPA POMEROON (3) the ACQUERO b/stamp recording exit route from the river) 7 Differently assembled skeletons are shown. Duplication reveals minor differences or effects of wear. Strike quality is probably not improved upon in the bulk material that follows. 50 50
193 British Guiana Public Works Dept HQ at the period was at Vreed-en-Hoop headed by District Engineer P. Davis. His cupboard yielded many skeletons, we feel sure. Our first sample is regd JY 59 from near neighbouring Met-en-Meerzorg, may not have travelled by rail or water, and is plastered with 4x 4c and even more skeleton strikes on reverse. Note also initials of postmaster on regn label 15 15
194 British Guiana Cover of MR 59 to Davis, franked 2x 2c, received a partly underinked UITVLUGT type 38 cds, behaving as if dbl-ringed. The outer ring is actually the rim of its cancelling instrument. WC Railway skeleton fits our immediate category, with its year date inverted for character, this and arrival b/stamp both dated 5 MR 18 unsold
195 British Guiana A less interesting Davis cover has its 2c defin struck directly with WC Railway skeleton, so there’s no clue where it came from, except it was presumably closer than Uitvlugt 8 unsold
196 British Guiana A BONASIKA CREEK cover, with its ER rating would have thrilled Fred Howe. We feel bound to downgrade the rating. The deep violet of 4c makes anything but CREEK hard to decipher though the FORT ISLAND b/stamp will satisfy you that identification is spot on. On any basis this 1957 cover is a real rarity, yet we value with restraint 30 30 link
British Guiana TPO’s and Agencies The complexity of this category of postal service along and alongside the country’s many rivers is considerable, and we recommend re-reading (and absorbing?) T & H notes pp389-405 before tackling the bulk offerings that follow
197 British Guiana An untidy s/card (like much of what follows) contains 30-odd items featuring Bartica steamer. About a dozen belong to the KG5 era or earlier, the balance very largely TPO skeletons or QEII period stamps, perhaps 8 strikes belong to KG6 30 30
198 British Guiana 3 pages headed Berbice River hold 7 KG6, 5 QEII issues with appropriate cds – none is a skeleton 15 unsold
199 British Guiana For the busy Demerara River, 2 pages take us from QV days to KG5 – there are 28 stamps here 14 14
200 British Guiana DEMERARA RIVER The next two pages offer 9 KG items on stamp or piece and 10 QEII, the strikes with a high level of clarity and completeness. 25 unsold
201 British Guiana As you would expect, Essequibo River is the busiest of the lot, but you’ll find an overlap with other lots in the cancellations assigned, and the opening 3 pages are really KE7 and KG5, 27 items in all, 4 of them an overflow into KG6 18 18
202 British Guiana The next 3 pages, two reigns are all skeletons, 67 items if we’ve counted right, the strikes being impressively complete, so have fun with your magnifier 56 56
203 British Guiana We have now reached Essequibo River Estuary and in the QV to KG5 period, we count 49 items on 3 leaves, one of which we see in KG6 which followers of David Horry may enjoy more. Most are single stamps – 3 pieces are noted, T&H or Proud will tell you what to expect from this category. We suppose there will be up to a dozen different cds here, but we haven’t checked. 35 37
204 British Guiana You might now like to refer back to T & H to appreciate a small stockcard holding 3 Victory pairs, with philatelically inspired cds of mid-March 19448 for Bartica Steamer, Dem. River and Essequibo Stn cds 7 7
205 British Guiana ESSEQUIBO RIVER ESTUARY This bring us to the related skeletons. There are 15 of these clinging to or free-floating from a page, divided 6-9 between the two reigns. The completeness of the strikes here suggest you can have fun looking for variants and lifts our estimate. 28 28
206 British Guiana Our last lot under this heading is a cover from Barclays DCO to a Mutual Life Co. with a complete Essequibo str skeleton embracing the colourful 5c Churchill commem. of 1965 11 14
207 British Guiana For our next journey we are in Upper Demerara River and back to QV to KG5 era. These mail boat cancels are not at all common, and there are just 13 on an album page 27 27
208 British Guiana The dbl-ring Berbice River cds has only 11 examples on an album page, for the heading really belongs only to QV, KE7 of which just 3 values are duplicated 14 14
209 British Guiana CANJE RIVER We are for the moment done with the busy, and move to the smaller rivers, some of which remained a hazard to life and limb well into the reign of QEII. Canje River does not really fall into that category. It does expose one of the very few weaknesses in Fred Howe’s work, for we get precious little help over the Canje Launch cds while Proud made it look simple. There are two album pages here; KG5 scores 4 examples, rated scarce by HORRY QEII score 16 for a service that seems to be historically intermittent 65 65 linkex
210 British Guiana CUYUNI RIVER is here represented by a single and a pair of the inevitable QEII 4c. It was a very irregular service and surely maintains its v. scarce rating 30 30
211 British Guiana MASSARUNI STEAMER brings us back to QV’s reign – 20+ stamps or pieces on this page and the dbl-ring instruments show the TPO name running clockwise on one and anticlockwise on the other. We should have said, but you already know we’re in the mainstream in the run to the Prison Settlement. The instruments were busy and strikes are often unclear, so quantity here is a bit mixed, but some are juicy 30 32
212 British Guiana We have 3 pages and 39 items for MAZARUNI RIVER inc. block of four of the common KG5 2c violet and cds and skeleton. We are back in wild river territory, there are cds and skeletons (and there will be points in the river that harboured real skeletons). KG6 issues outnumber the other strikes are mixed in clarity but make full use of most stamps here. On balance we like this lot. 60 60
213 British Guiana We leave 10 examples of POMEROON (KG5 period) on 2 pages – you have to work a bit to get there 30 30
214 British Guiana TPA Pomeroon 25 skeletons on a QEII page – 4 being KG6 interlopers ao we must fight a bit to hold to the rating as scarce 70 70 link
215 British Guiana We end our water excursions with a bang not a gentle fade out. We’ve found where T&H hid the Canje Launch reference – it comes under TPA PARAKEET, so here is one of each along with MAHICONY CREEK all are on small piece. Joining forces with these three is a truly commercial cover (air mail envelope, franked 2 x 6c whose cancel you can’t read – you find it from reg. label on cover front Sorry this lot can’t go cheap. 80 80
216 British Guiana Corks 14 x 1878/79 vintage 2c CC, 2 x 5c sundry cork cancels, 10 or so different types most look like blots on a family escutcheon. They’re collected to save you swallowing your pride more than once; these widely scattered items are what we prefer to buy when no one’s looking. Allow nothing for cat value. 16 16
217 British Guiana Rather than a deluge of duplication, railway cancels are assembled in a single lot, so that multiples and pieces aside, any one cds should appear on different stamps, and any one stamp should appear with different cancels (fingers crossed). For Demerara Railway, East Coast and Berbice this s/card holds 31 items, and for West Coast there are 20. Strike quality is selected, many complete, and almost all values are 1, 2, 3, 4c denominations, 5c creeping in under QEII around 1960. This makes all the more interesting a lovely Demerara Railway cds of 1894 on 5c SG214. We’d have loved to see the cover it left behind 95 100 linkex1
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British Guiana Town and Village PostmarksWe reach the final bulk group of postmarks sourced form Fred Howe and Ted Proud many of which have already been dispersed through the circle, grouping with an eye on volume through offices (though scarcer material lurks there) proximity, similarity of character, and acknowledged scarcity. The whole group comprises only offices whose first letter is A, B, C, D, E, F, O, P.
218 British Guiana The starting lot in this group assembles busy offices, all readily accessible from or integral with Georgetown. We include our count of stamps or pieces for each location, and the number of S(keletons) seen within, adding comment that may be helpful – our count may prove imprecise, but the majority of the cancellations are fairly full to complete. ALBOUYSTOWN (71, 12S) – 8 album pages, with 2 photographs
BAGOTVILLE (34, 7S) on 3 pages
BELFIELD (47) on 4 pages. There are 4 type 2 cds within, two of which are substandard
BOURDA (29, 14S) Two pages along with skeletons on 3 post office counterfoils
CARMICHAEL ST (79, 14S) Some are rated above common, but mat not deserve this. We didn’t spot Carmicheal
CORNHILL (26, 10S) not all are common
ENMORE (31, 8S) no shortage of these, 3 pages entered
FELLOWSHIP (33) on 2 pages. There are 5 type 2 cds, fair to v.g. strikes, one with a cork additive, probably a GPO transit mark
FORT WELLINGTON (42, 7S) on 3 pages. We treat the skeletons as common
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219 British Guiana AIRY HALL, with 11 19th century marks and BELAIR with one more, both used the same type of dbl-ring cds, and we think there is nothing to choose between although T&H rate one RC, the other S. The strikes here are of mixed quality, otherwise our estimate would be higher. 32 unsold
220 British Guiana We group here the busy offices of BETERVERWAGTING and BUXTON (61 with two moderate type 2) with the following near neighbours ANN’S GROVE(22), CLONBROOK(20 inc. a fairly classy type 2 on 4c) COVE AND JOHN (20). There is not much to stretch your purse in the two busiest offices, and you ring the changes on Cove & John with the stamps not the strikes. The other two are curiously interchangeable. The hard part which we won’t resolve for you is to know when Clonbrook was being itself, or using its team mate’s instruments – but the hint of scarcity in later Ann’s Grove may give a clue. 90 90
221 British Guiana We think of ANNA REGINA as a hive of activity on the Demerara West Coast, worthy of attention because of the variety of its postmarks. On these whole and part pages, we count 78 items with 11 skeletons and, sorry, the type 2 representation has flown the coop. Still there are enough strikes of quality to please you, we believe. 25 unsold
222 British Guiana Charity (12), the effective western end of West Coast Demerara; Danielstown S4, with 22 stamps, one of these a commercial cover; and fairly close together to the west of Essequibo; and Dartmouth 9 of which 8 are KG6, rated scarce by Horry and Howe, as are others of the foregoing by Howe, earn a place here too. 105 unsold
223 British Guiana Postal Agency No.5 (20 items, 3 in pairs) for Enachu and No.11 (14) for Upper Eping, are well represented on these two pages. 70 110
224 British Guiana ARAKAKA was (with Morawhanna) one of two busy offices in the remote north of the country. This was due to the efficient services of the North-West steamer, itself so elusive as a post mark. Of 37 items in this lot just two in the 60’s can be treated scarce or more so, but the strikes here are high quality in the main. 52 unsold
225 British Guiana AGRICOLA had status from earlier times, yet its marks are never easy, and nearly always scarce to grades of rare, but the plums have been sold before now, the 17 in this lot includes 3+ or – 1900. 54 unsold
226 British Guiana AGRICOLA a 1959 commercial cover on medical business to Devonshire, the 30c franking for airmail cancelled by two PA BG skeletons 18 23
227 British Guiana EVERSHAM (35, 14S) combines here with BUSH LOT (only one of whose 13S reads COR and not CORENTYNE). Except for one 1c item with type 12b, all are 1945 and after, and only 8 of the Evesham are rated below scarce by T & H, but we think scarcity is overrated. In the face of this quality and generally dark background of the stamps, we value at 105 105 link
228 British Guiana DEKINDEREN scores 15, only 2 rated scarce, a 1960’s skeleton cover for neighbouring Mahaicony has turned up out of nowhere and BLAIRMONT, once known as the Ferry (but not so named in postmarks) helped them towards Berbice, when that was appropriate. There are 22 items with this cds, which had a very long life without undue wear (2 larger pieces sport stamps in pairs, one with a larger single) 60 unsold
229 British Guiana (PARIKA) only developed as a hub for water transport at about the time of the death of KG5, and its early strikes are fairly scarce, even though the earlier and later strikes of the familiar CDS are distinguishable only by size. (see T&H note on type 21, p310) There are 23 items on these 3 pages, 3 x KG5, but strikes are undistinguished, 7 are the scarce dbl-ring PERIKA, and we treat QEII as common, but take notice of a piece with 3 x KG6 stamps upon it. 44 46
230 British Guiana Apart from PARIKA, offered in the preceding lot, AURORA (inc a mediocre type 2, 11S) BARTICA (65, 6S – and despite the bubble of this office, scarce can be included) and FORT ISLAND (16) were the major links in the period being dealt with, up and down the sometimes choppy Essequibo River 130 unsold
231 British Guiana ANNAI RUPUNUNI qualifies fairly well to be described as the middle of nowhere – we have five items here, 2 on small piece, one of the other three in violet, so it gets lot status on its own. Strike on the largest piece difficult to read – it’s there alright when you orientate and magnify. Though only rated scare, if you need it get it. 34 34
232 British Guiana These days CRABWOOD CREEK is the jostling ferry terminal from Surinam. All but one of these 11 QEII skeletons date from the 1950’s, where it’s approach road was a bumpy and perhaps swampy, track – so rate it scarce or better. 52 52
233 British Guiana CABACABURI is represented by 10 stamps: 3 are closely lettered CDS, 2 have spaced lettering, there are 5 other stamps. The close lettering is a little easier to find than the rest. All cds are fine strikes, the skeleton variable, but all fairly full 33 33
234 British Guiana FIVE MILE CABURI ROAD, which is rare nevertheless provides 12 examples of the skeleton, two of which, though hard to read are in blue or blueish ink. Legibility is usually medium to good: two on piece we rate as fine, with two more not far behind. 80 80 link
235 British Guiana BENAB has never been a challenging office, though the early dbl-ring Benab Corentyne Coast is less plentiful than the later postmarks and there are 9 of these out of 13 QV to KG5 era items. To the other 26 we add 2 items from Postal Agency no.5 which Proud allocated to Apoteri, to help mail from the coast on its way to New Amsterdam or the rest of Berbice. 32 unsold
236 British Guiana ARUKA RIVER 7 stamps of a single type – all are scarce and all look decent strikes (on QEII) 35 35
237 British Guiana APIQUA 5 stamps, from KGV period – two are only about 50% on stamp all are rated scarce. 30 32 link
238 British Guiana ACQUEERO in 4 different guises on KGV violet; three of these on struggles to get. Of the easier fourth version there are 16 examples which include one on a regn label, and two variants on each QEII values within 48 52 link
239 British Guiana We twin CARIA CARIA (19 items all Stamps) with not too distant CAMPBELLVILLE (which has 4 stamps) 75 75 link
240 British Guiana CANAL No.2 (Canal Polder) 9, 1 cut-out all scarce. 35 35 link
241 British Guiana BARACAR cds on KG6 2c; BONASIKA (2 KG6); BOOTOOBA; COOMACKA. All are S. the last two all on QEII 4c 50 54 linkex
242 British Guiana BONASIKA on KG6 1c, 2c; BOOTOOBA cut from cover; BURISANOWA on KG6 3c, 6c all scarce last three complete or virtually so. 54 56 link
243 British Guiana ATKINSON FIELD This lot holds 15 stamps of which 12 are on QEII 4c and 2 on 2c. The last combines KG5 36c with 12c on piece and is certainly scarce, but the feature which allowed Proud to distinguish two types, are not easily seen on the QEII values, and we do not rate them highly. 44 44 linkex
244 British Guiana DUKWARRI or DUKWAREE? The second spelling is apparently correct. The dates given for the first are 1952-3, rated rare by Horry and T&H. The second may be a sole T&H citing (from 1958) and received the top ER accolade. Our example here gets the base of the ending on the top margins and you can identify the AREE with no difficulty. We give it single lot status and close our postmark section. If the letters were fully visible we’d go much higher. We can’t read the year date wouldn’t you know.? 30 31 link
245 British Guiana A philatelic cover of 12 MY 64 used the current 2 and 3c to travel from PRESENT HOPE to Charity Pomeroon for J.A Comacho. Each stamp is cuddled by a complete strike of the skeleton and a third example sits proudly at S.E. corner. This cover received a transit b/stamp at Parika and the next day reached Charity where both Charity cds were struck on the reverse. You can correct the note at p 288 of T&H: the two marks are readily distinguishable not so much in size but the name is much more widely spaced in the later mark. The cover was not (we think) open and resealed, yet there is a small jagged bite of the N.E. corner, so we use two digits in place of 3 for our estimate. 60 unsold link
246 British Guiana The Type 31 Cornhill rated scarce by Horry, that is, on the $2 value, which classifies as a rarity. It’s a 70%, near enough a part strike and has the grace to land the name against the light back ground of the sky. We rate it a full cat. item is this too low? 27 unsold link
247 British Guiana ORANAPAI shelters its identity behind Postal Agency No.12, divided half and half here between KG6 and QEII low values, including an SW pairing gettable, not plentiful. 30 56 link
248 British Guiana These are 14 examples of ORINDUIK on the usual low values, and two of the KG6 items are cancelled in a blue violet ink, which you find only now and then in a postmark already scarce. 48 48 link
249 British Guiana PERENONG is represented by 15 two reign values up to 6c. All are skeletons, so this lot does nothing to eliminate confusion over its earlier history as a Postal Agency. It’s never less than scarce. 46 46
250 British Guiana With a multiplier of x 10 ruling at this period for ordinary adhesives, we treat with respect a p/s card ONE CENT/3c which went to Mahaicony (elegant dbl circle receiver MY 9 87) to ask for the sending of white cotton hammocks 32 unsold
251 British Guiana The six least highly cat. of the 1875-7 Official issues are present in this lot showing decent, healthy usage. They’re not free from faults as a group but you’ll find it hard going to better them – SGO1-3, O6-8. Cat. £299 (that’s £300 to most of us, remember) 80 80 link
252 British Guiana Size F PSRE regd DE 9 1897 to Water St, Georgetown, from ARAKAKA arriving 4 days later. On reverse are tiny wax seals at each corner with a luscious central wax impression of the full Arakaka registration seal. Busy though the office was, T&H emphasise the real scarcity of full covers, from all but the two main offices, and with a seal of there’s no real limit 60 60 link
253 British Guiana Four attractive p/s items of the mid-30’s. One is a SPECIMEN example of the 4c black PSRE, the next an unused example on slightly creamier stout paper. Then there’s a 2c yellow-brown unopened p/s envelope cto but not posted 27 JAN 1936, then posted 3 days later with 4c black added, the address a Beckhaus label for Berlin-Streglitz, Lastly a very healthy PSRE of 7 FE 36 from a sender on the rt bank of the Essequibo to Booker’s manager in Water St, 2c adhesive alongside 4c die and fine TPO Bartica Steamer cancel 42 unsold
254 Guyana The local independence opt in SE corner clusters of 10 from columns 9 and 10 lightly cto. These are the 2, 3, 6c script wmk and philatelic of course, but we still take note of cat £71 for the “1966” varieties at row 7/10 35 35
255 Guyana Mounted here on an album leaf are the 9 denominations of the 1976 Revenue stamps 2c to $5, the symbolic map of the country resembling nothing more closely than a coloured snowman in a field of snow. You might think that couldn’t have needed a mountain of artistry, and you might very well be right, for here are 3 die proofs for the 5c yellow, 20c green, 50c pink; none of these appears in our set of 9, but the snowman lasted through to the final product. Some creasing and soiling and a numbering system not self-explanatory implies these have not led a sheltered life 56 56 linkex
256 Guyana Did Guyana need to reprint their 1966 Independence opts up to 21 months after the event (with locally sourced opts at that)? We have ambivalent views. 3 items all dated 4 MR 68 by GPO dbl-ring cds comprise the cds cut from airmail, 6c on another piece from the back, it seems, of a second cover and a lower mgnl 6c which received its cds separately, cto no doubt. Someone asks, why fuss over trivia? But it’s not trivia – the third item has dbl-opt, SG424c cat. £90. Food for thought. We conclude that the whole set-up is too crude to have been produced by anyone bar the original printer, who should have been sacked from the start. So the variety is real in our view; we offer on its merits, or lack of them, and treat cat. quote as appropriate for exactly this type of example 30 31 link
257 Guyana Well, the printer didn’t get the sack, or someone else followed, for here in the middle ’80’s is the Annatto Tree stamp being maltreated with a fierce struck 7, intended to convert the victim into a 75c version, and in another top marginal example to 220 set up, with X at foot to choke any other value that might be there. This surcharge was used twice with enthusiasm and as it happens there was no intermediate surcharge for either X to choke. Both stamps are mint, you can find such aberrations on postmarked covers we are told. We treat these two stamps as curiosities pointing poor Guyana’s way down to Avernus and thence to IGPC 18 18 link
258 British Honduras Don Senor del Cantillo, Consul General of Spain was addressee of 1851 EL from Belize to Kingston, Jamaica. Rated 8 unpaid from Belize endorsed “on service of H.M.C. Majesty””. Written in English by the Vice Consul, elaborate red h/stamp over flap and seal 60 120 link
259 British Honduras 1851 EL by inference carried privately to Belize and mailed from there to Paris, Belize dbl-arc of despatch, Boxed red Art. 13 h/stamp and Calais TPO cds on face, overwritten 15 (decimes). Text in Spanish, useful writing-up in its album page 52 90 link
260 British Honduras A rather twee mini envelope sent in 1853 from Belize to Captain Jones in Leicester, but apsrt from having the appropriate markings of despatch , transit and arrival we find nothing but size to give it extra character unless you count a subdued impressed crest on flap 40 48 link
261 British Honduras Small lightly struck central A06 lends dignity and purpose to GB 4d rose, 2 shorter perfs but not pulled, SGz2 cat. £425 140 150 link
262 British Honduras 1d blue, 2 each of QV no wmk, CC, and CA with shades varying between each pair, though we’d agree with SG in not finding enough shade difference to distinguish the two CA. All are m., unusually lge pt o.g., the CC are one of each perf cat. abt £500 95 unsold link
263 British Honduras QV 3d CC red-brown, chocolate, chestnut SG7, 8, 13 all m. as above, but the last (and best looker) has shallow thin to E. margin cat. £530 120 120 link
264 British Honduras 1885 6d yellow SG21 m. full of sparkle, not much gum visible on reverse – cat. £275 50 unsold link
265 British Honduras 2c on 6d rose CA, SG25: this is a lovely example; like many of these QV stamps, hinge is still lightly attached – it’s perfectly centred, cat. £190 85 85 link
266 British Honduras The 1888 2, 10, 20c surcharged, and the TWO on 50c in similar condition SG27/9, 35 cat. £175 56 unsold link
267 British Honduras The 7 London surcharges SG36-42, fine m. as above cat. £85 30 unsold
268 British Honduras 1891-1901 set of 14 to $2 with an extra 24c shade, cat. abt £350 all m. as above, small fox spot on $2 95 unsold link
269 British Honduras These two QV 24c are assumed to show the two shades of SG60/60a, though both can be interpreted as orange and blue in broad daylight (is it one of those cases where you always think that a single example is the more highly rated shade?). Both started their journey looking f.u. cancelled by not unduly obtrusive killers, struck corner to corner. Then one arrived in London to receive a bold crimson cds at 3 o’clock. For the uninitiated that’s a turn-off. The likes of us think, not quite necessary, a bit messy, but it adds interest – two shades cat. £81 22 unsold
270 British Honduras The 1899 local REVENUE overprints, each of 5, 10, 25 in the larger and smaller size, one only of the 50c, normal 12mm, all m., cat. nearly £400 115 unsold link
271 British Honduras The 25c value of the same issue showing BEVENUE variety, SG68a cat. £200 fine hinged o.g. 75 85 link
272 British Honduras The inverted wmk shows up well in transparent light from reverse, so a satisfying example of KE7 2c dull purple and black on red cat. £200, but has horiz. crease 50 unsold
273 British Honduras For those amongst us who like their higher values in SPECIMEN form, here are the 1913 $1 and the 1922 $2, SG108z, 137s 18 20
274 British Honduras An unobtrusive cover of AU 1936 which will startle most of us. It travelled from CAYO to CAITHNESS franked with Belize Relief 4c grey. Thurso is a long way north for a discriminating collector, and the 4c value is long way north for a commercial cover, which is how this item presents through and through. SG cat. is from £380. We’ll opt for ¼, which might still be a red hot bargain 95 unsold
275 British Honduras There are two interesting points arising out of a $2 SG109 sitting on front (only) of a cover regd from Belize to London AU 30 17. The first is that it sits alongside 1c War Stamp SG114, showing meticulous respect for the requirement to add for War tax irrespective of the massive overpayment of postage. The second is the name Ewens as addressee, giving, in effect, a character intermediate between commercial and philatelic, for here is the philatelic press getting sight of the issue – perhaps a new consignment along with SG106a (but we’ve not checked this). There’s an argument for adding a multiplier, even though the front is slightly reduced and has crumpling clear of the stamps. Our own estimate adds an interest factor to f.u. cat. £130 70 unsold
276 British Honduras Use of a single 3c War Stamp SG120 to take a cover of Jan 7 1919 to New Orleans (with an assumption, again unchecked, that 2c was enough to pay for postage) shows the more casual approach to tax regulations. More significant is the continuing use with black ink of the Belize TRD to cancel (effectively to smother) the stamp, and that here is a rare example of a WWI censored cover which the handstamp on resealing label shows was dealt with by censor 1159. Sender was John Harley & Co 105 unsold
277 British Honduras We ascribe to philatelic enterprise in Philadelphia an unsealed commem. yellow-ground cover franked 1c to Union City, Connecticut, with enclosures from its publisher; for it defies logic to feature a 1798 Spanish attack in mid-1934. A decorative scene is shown anyway 12 unsold
278 British Honduras OHMS cover with Colonial Postmaster’s h/stamp sent regd to Buffalo, franked 10c and, we doubt not, with such enclosures as were requested. Seller helpfully suggests that regn h/stamp of a special character was used for the pleasure of the recipient. Maybe so – yet most postmasters complied with philatelic requests where time and regulations allowed and we do not devalue such practices, we also note a very high penned regn no. and wonder how that level (A23324) came to be reached. We think recipient in NY state got full value for his order. This cover is twinned with a 20c franked cover by air to the Commercial Museum, Philadelphia, OC 2 36. Its cds is the airport cancel that took the place of the PAA office instrument, and is probably no more plentiful, at any rate off cover 48 unsold
279 British Honduras Three letters from Stann Creek in 1951, 53, 67 went by air to the US, franked 17, 20, 22c, the second to a Colorado pastor, first and last to de Lawrence, this with the successor Stann Creek Town cancel. Of far greater interest is a 1950 cover by air to a bank in Wisconsin, the 16 cent rate being paid by an ordinary 5c defin. along with the 1949 1c anniversary commem. and the 10c UPU value. The cover received a central filing fold which happily did not damage the stamps. We can be certain that there was no philatelic intent to use the two commems – they would simply have been current and to hand to pay the rate. You will find that either is scarce on a commercial cover and to find them used together for a commercial purpose creates, in our opinion a major rarity of the period. We stick our necks out as to value 60 60
280 British Honduras Ted Proud used to get animated about Br. Honduras dumb cancels, so we’ve assembled 4 different types for you here on 1 to 5c values: 3 are ovals of bars in different sizes, the fourth has its cancelling lines very thin and closely set, one can’t tell the overall shape, call it bullet train just emerging. There are 4 supernumery – a strip of 3 QV 1c, where a C killer looking overboard hits the stamps diagonally with the C all but suppressed; there’s a shield from a US machine duplex and CANCELLED (2 types in violet and blue) which we treat, probably without evidence, as connected with postage due 12 22
281 British Honduras While the 14 KG5 items here originate from the more significant offices outside Belize, there are not repetitive strikes, but each shows a different mark and in one case a foreign receiver. Some are on piece, most pretty complete, featuring Cayo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Punta Gorda, San Estevan, Stann Creek (nice dbl-ring on 3c surcharge here). KG6 enhances with pieces cut from United Fruit Co letters, Santa Marta in Crimson and in black, Antigua in black, and a smaller piece with 4c subte4nded by PAQUEBOT 28 28
282 British Honduras The Baking Pot double oval in violet 19 Nov 1951on KG6 1c; this has come off a Roger Wells cover, you may be sure and – for us, anyway – is all the better for having been soaked off 4 unsold
283 British Honduras The first four marks correspond with the previous lots (but dates different) and there follow Corozal, Stann Creek Baking Pot, Louisville and Rockstone Pond 44 unsold linkex
284 British Honduras 1928 size G PSRE regd at Orange Walk from a New River address to Montgomery Ward 24 AP 28. One of the 2 x2c brown adhesives casually added has missing SW corner, the cover itself undamaged 20 18
285 British Honduras You may regret that the MCA KE7 $1, 2, 5 here are fiscally u. – we doubt you’ll find fresher used examples anywhere else – cat. as postal £855 75 unsold link
286 British Honduras QV 2c carmine-rose with 2-line surcharge ONE CENT in 2½ mm block caps, value tablet cancelled with 4 pen-drawn lines. Prosecution: no literature, no record, no need, no reason to blot out queen’s head, surcharge could and should go on value tablet; a flight of impertinent frivolity. Defence: Anything can take place in an essay; no lese-majeste can arise in Britain. The 1c green was issued nearly 4 years after 2c; clearly shortage could be anticipated. The stamp is fresh mint, from proper custody, manifestly; opt ink shows through nicely on reverse. Well worth a shout. So….worth a punt at twenty quid? You are the jury 20 100
287 British Honduras 8 forgeries here, the work of 3 producers. 4 are Spiro with the usual crude paper and rough; the other four at least have tidy perfs (The name Oneglia comes to mind for a popular trio – we’ve not checked this) 22 22 link
288 Belize Two items of tourist correspondence for which we make a gentle suggestion: a 1974 cover went by air to London, 5 boxed and starred air mail cachets back and front, from Belize City, the 32c rate carefully built from 3 stamps; a 1988 ppc of the city went from AMBERGRIS CAYE, the San Pedro TRD struck twice in blue to make up a rate of $1.14 to N.Z. with 4 flower stamps of excessive size (has IGPC gained control). Our thought is that covers showing the changing rates of travel by air can economically echo the habits of the pre-stamp experts on rates, and give parallel insight on the social development of the emerging nation 9 unsold
289 Cayman Islands For anyone familiar with the Cayman I. postmark type SGz1, one glance is enough to reveal that this Jamaica ½d local official is cancelled thus. Close scrutiny shows up the letters POST and the date 16 JU 90 is plainly visible. One can see that the ink is a mix of violet and black, with black wholly dominant, but only (if photocopying) will intensified colour show up the possible ghost of letters which might perhaps represent GRAND. How does this reconcile with the flowery SG reproduction for type Z1? A. By reminding ourselves that this is a hand drawn reconstruction of a full mark, taken exactly from the origin of Aguilar/Saunders handbook. This is an early instance of the only instrument available in the islands then and the text explains the characteristics of the ink at times fading away. As the lettering mostly relevant is nigh invisible we rate at 5% only of cat. £1,400 – but if two if you want it, there’s no ceiling 70 70 link
290 Cayman Islands KE7 CA and MCA ½d, 2½d, 6d, 1/-, SG3, 5-8, 10-12, all of a good colour nicely centred m. cat. £185 56 unsold link
291 Cayman Islands The 1907 new values, colour changes and ½d on 1d, SG13-17, cat. £360 fresh m. 110 unsold link
292 Cayman Islands KG5 Pictorials the set to 2/- f.u. Enjoy the scenery and save yourself an expensive holiday. Cat. abt £60 20 unsold
293 Cayman Islands If you want the 5/-, it comes f.u. by itself, SG 106, cat. £65 23 unsold
294 Cayman Islands We offer the 10/- value nicely centred fresh o.g. light hinge still attached, cat. £100 36 36
295 Cayman Islands KG6 1938-47 pictorials set of 14, and the 8 commems to 1949 that followed all mounted on small leaves, fine m. together with 4 more defins which show a second 6d, so that you have SG122 (cat. £15) as a plus here 25 unsold linkex
296 Cayman Islands Similarly mounted you have the QEII 1953/9 and 1962 sets of 15 each, all fine m. cat. £200 40 unsold linkex
297 Cayman Islands This lot is for the neophytes who have just realised the pleasure you get from collecting Cayman I., but we have missed, or missed out on, the recent major sales. Full Boddentown cds AU 18 11 on KE key-type 2½d on piece; full East End/Rural Post/Gollection at 3 o’clock on KG5 ¼d vert. pair on tiny piece. The deep brown shade is not a kind background for this popular TRD 24 unsold
298 Cayman Islands This Panton cover is different in character from those one normally sees (we’re not saying better, simply different). Origin is Valetta, Malta (mid-1932) franking 2x the larger size ¼d overprinted POSTAGE and the m/c slogan cancel spreads all the way across the cover, which meant the name Panton could not be excised without spoiling the marking. Tax paids of current ½d and the usual T (no circle) take up much of the vacant space. Small fox spots here and there, so as to give more of a feeling that underpayment was inadvertent, with Panton? As if…. Also a Shakespeare FDC regd from Little Cayman 42 unsold link
299 Cayman Islands Panton cover from Malta using ¼d x2 Britannia issue optd POSTAGE. Continuous Valetta slogan machine cancel protects the address in full; King’s head Cayman ½d and 1½d protect GPO revenue 44 unsold
300 Cayman Islands Though you all know our views on Panton covers, we continue to offer, when requested, at current values, as our members show there’s still a demand. This one comes with air mail 1d stamp by surface from Rabaul (that’s New Guinea) posted 1933, received MAR 12 34, so it might prove the slowest mover in your collection. Name erased from the address, and the grey 2d penalty tercentenary matches the mood in which we describe 44 unsold
301 Cayman Islands On 28.2.2000 Bob & Sylvia wrote this ppc from HELL (crimson non-postal circle imprinted) stayed overnight for leap century day, and posted it next day for Jamaica. We twin this item with a cover whose 1/9 Churchill commem sent it from Georgetown to Westminster , whence re-addressed to Cheshire. The cover is empty, but was it opened? Maybe the MP would have thought HELL as wonderful as Bob & Sylvia did when he was young 10 unsold
302 Cuba With business origin in Tuspan (not pronounced dustpan, we hope) on 23 JUL 63, the clustered b/stamps show transit chop of J. Maranon, presumed Havana forwarding agent, sloppy Br. P.O. dbl-arc cds SP 6 (6 weeks on – was the agent sloppy too?), London red transit of SP 29, same day TPO Paris, Le Havre arrival 30 Sp, and beneath, the deeply embossed crest of the former wax seal. Then the front shows rate mark of * between Calais TPO 29 Sept and boxed GB//1F60c, all in black. Absent a transatlantic rate, we now infer that this sailed as a consignee letter, and the 6-week interlude was a shipper’s delay – multum in parvo 34 unsold
303 Cuba We need the receiver’s endorsement to confirm Havana origin of this 1870 outer wrapper to Charente in France. Two different numeral h/stamps give ratings of 4 and 8, while a triangle on rectangle displays GB/2F after Atlantic crossing. The cross-channel TPO cds appears of course and the journey is signed off at Aigre with 2x thimble cds 40 unsold
304 Danish West Indies Variously rated 23 in red, 17 in blue, 1/4 in black we are uncertain whether this 1854 EL on business from St Croix to Copenhagen is written in Danish or a tongue of which we know even less. It shows St Thomas dbl. arc transit of MR 3 54 overstruck with red London cds of AP 17 – these across the flap, balanced at left by oval cancel and dbl-ring cds beneath both dated 19 AP, latter looks like Hamburg-Copenhagen TPO, arrived endorsed 21 Apr. All marks are clear to intelligible, and were they in English, we’d value upwards 40 unsold link
305 Danish West Indies With members becoming acclimatised to finding a little space allocated to St Thomas, the major port or St Croix the adjoining larger island, we offer unused and used examples of the late 19th cy 2c grey-blue p/s card, the used one commercially despatched in 1886 from St Thomas to Vera Cruz, Mexico, (well worth our estimate on its own) and the usual prolific and assumedly philatelic diagonal bisect on 4c sent locally from Christianstad to Frederikstad in St Croix, 1903 40 unsold
306 Danish West Indies The Lady in the French Department of Seine Inferieure would have known from where this discreetly unsigned ppc of activity in small boats “At Water’s Edge, St Croix D.W.I.” came. 10 bit stamp on face, St Thomas 2/8/1907 cds, stained on reverse, nevertheless scarce. Keeping it company are p/s envs of current 2c blue and 3c red, first St Thomas to London 25.4.1884 and re-addressed; second 16.12.1892 Frederiksted to Christiansted. We note that the earlier cover cost less than the local one; neither is philatelic, but first was left unsealed, each in satisfactory condn. 48 48 link
307 Danish West Indies Unused b/w ppc street scene we’d date around 1910 or a little before. If the two locals standing with huge loads on their heads are posed, the rest are certainly not. Well-drained, well-swept, well-ordered, and stress free, where else in the Caribbean could this be? It’s Denmark overseas, a St Thomas view. The crested flag is included here in a silk form the 20th series by BDV cigarettes (no. 74), but this has not had stress-free existence 9 unsold
308 Dominica Landscape CC ½d, 2d, 3d, MCA 1d all from SW corner with mgns, not tidily separated. If, as we suspect, all were bought at one time, there should be 3 CC with chalky paper, with cat. uplift, but we value for their plate nos (3d left margin has thin line of toning) 40 unsold link
309 Dominica Landscape CC ½d (3), 1d, 2d, 2½d, 3d (2 each). All are o.g. or lge pt so, and we infer from appearance that there should be one chalky paper for each value, but we note creasing or gum disturbance on one ½d (chalky?) and one 3d (ordinary?). At worst cat. is £108.50, at best £244. Our estimate is in-between 35 unsold link
310 Dominica 1908-20 SPECIMENs – 6 are the low values of the first KG5 set SG48s to 53s and then the WAR TAX ½d 56s, 57s. While the last is all but mint, and all are fresh, the rest all have heavy paper adherence. We’d like to say they’ve been pulled off some nation’s display sheet (and they might have been) we have no evidence of any kind 30 30
311 Dominica We can’t help but wonder at what level we would have valued Leeward 1d block with two full Grand Bay cds cancels of 1921, if these were still on their original cover instead of a dissected piece. Scarce? Find another block if you can 30 50 link
312 Dominica Album page written up in copperplate to house the 1937 Coronation sets m., u., and in SPECIMEN mode. The stamps are fine (in fact the 2½d S grabbed a whole extra perf. from its sibling above) – it’s the page that shows a bit of fade and wear 25 25
313 Dominica The 14c National Day commem. of 1968 with double overprint – fine mint lower marginal holding four plate 1A numerals, functioning as traffic lights also. We view the extra opt as a deliberate ploy to remedy initial misalignment, but the remedy looks worse than the disease. Maybe they were still intoxicated from celebrating statehood nearly 12 months earlier – Sg235a, cat £75 plus 29 29 link
314 Dominica 22-ring pages written up to house isues to 1976. QV – KG5 issues (18m, 8u) stc £160 (£only) Total cat. (£ only) is brought up by 300+ more m. and about 30 cto which we ignore. They include the defins for Statehood (1968), 1969/72 and 1975 to give very adequate value at 25 unsold
315 Dominica In a departure from our usual style, there are assembled here some 30 landscape issues which , so far as examined appear to date from the 1907/8 MCA issues. Specifically, there are 9x 1d (inc. triplet) 10 x 3d inc. pair, 6 x 6d. 5 x 1/- to give postal use cat. over £400. The common link is that all have a handstamp (if only a date in a few cases) not all of them are Colonial Bank and may fit somebody’s research pattern for the first decade of the century 23 unsold
316 Dominica Then we thought we should go the whole hog, and add pen-cancels where either full name, intelligible initials or clear handwriting enable identification. Here are 10x 1d (with 3 pairs) 3d, 6d (4 each) 1/- (6) to add (similar cat for postal use). Interest is added with Leewards 3d, 1918, Leeward 1d, 4 landscape with Montserrat, maritime from Barbados, Bermuda and GPO Dominica, no date plugs 30 35
317 Dominica Stationery of F.S. Maynard & Sons of Roseau reveals a philatelic address we’ve not consciously registered hitherto. The buyer of this philatelic cover of DE 9 20 got the short fraction bar variety in a block of four, which we rate at full cat. in the context. A note to “Ralph” shows this cover was sent him by his sister stressing the rarity of some of these BWI (War?) stamps. Starry eyed, perhaps, as the next wartime generation became about stamps being “obsolete”. Don’t follow fashion, dear member – create your own 70 70 link
318 Dominica Horiz. strip of 3 War tax ½d/½d green animate a printed W.J.Wilson cover of SP 1 17, SG55a. The variety is first in the strip and refutes a belief of some that its position is at the r.h. end of the row 25 25
319 Dominica Perhaps it is the proximity of Grand Bay to GPO that made the village office one of the more difficult to find on front or back of a cover. This 1931 example, combining Leeward 1d violet with domestic badge ½d took 11 days to reach Pennsylvania and is a Mc Farlan philatelic product, which we shan’t hold too strongly against it 40 unsold
320 Dominica Locally posted FDC from SOUFRIERE to Roseau for 1937 Coron set. There are 3 strongly struck Birmingham type cds to cancel the three stamps which emblazon the front. 2½d value has top mgn with sheet no. 18 18
321 Dominica Letters 8-9mm high scream in indignation MISSENT TO DOMINICA, airmail cover from San Juan, Trinidad to Montserrat. We think some neighbouring islands were envious of the pulling power of Montserrat radio 12 12
322 Dominica We look slightly askance at the posthumous use of red WAR TAX 1½d horiz. pair from WWI on 22 JU 48 in Roseau 22 JY 43 (wrong war) but it was addressed to J.M. McIntyre Esq, Chief Clerk Govt Office, and perhaps we should be more forgiving 25 unsold
323 Dominica Souvenir Letter card (odd drops of candle grease on flap) provides within: Native Belle – maybe flattered to qualify – Morne Jaune – looks a stiff climb – Roseau view from Cathedral, Sea View Marigot, Old St Roseau, all photos in sepia. Dominica’s numerous ppc’s haven’t previously supplied this compendium for our auctions 10 10
Dominica Collections of Dominica and Grenada share the character that they have been pruned in essence of low value material, and can be offered in bite-size chunks. They will be offered between the end of other Dominica and the start of other Grenada, and the reduced reserves available to members who place early bids (received by 6 p.m. London time March 31) or send at least 20 “catch-up” bids (received by 6 p.m. London time April 19) may enable lots to be acquired from an unopposed bid at ¾ of estimate, subject to existing reserves. Where price is 80% of estimate or above, an extra 5% discount should be claimed.
324 Dominica 6d, 1/- SG2, 3 v.g., g.u. cat. £170 42 unsold link
325 Dominica CC ½d m., 2½d, 6d u. gd to fine SG4, 6, 8cat. £85 21 unsold
326 Dominica Bisects SG11 m., 10 and 12 and ½d CA u. gd to fine cat. £146 36 unsold link
327 Dominica 1d/1/- CC, 1d lilac CA m. ½d u. v.g. to f. SG19, 14, 13 cat. £94 23 unsold
328 Dominica 1903 Landscape CC 1d to 5/- (set except ½d) 6d u. rest o.g. or substantially so, all appear fine, cat. £223 (paper not assessed) 52 unsold link
329 Dominica 6d, 2/-. 2/6 m., 2/6, 5/- u. similar condn cat. £258 65 unsold link
330 Dominica 2/-, 2/6, 5/- SG53b/54 gd to fine m. (wmk unchecked) cat. £112 25 unsold
331 Dominica The same 3 values gd to fine u. cat. £290 60 80 link
332 Dominica The complete landscape script set of 8 SG62/70 mint and fine cat. £100 32 32 link
333 Dominica Badge issue script 2/-, 2/6 u. 2/6 m., 5/- m. 5/- u. all seem fine cat. £218 52 unsold link
334 Dominica SJ set of 4, KG6 ½d to 10/-, 1948 SW, SG92/5, 99/109, 112,3 with all listed values and 2½d shade, substantially o.g. and apparently fine, cat. £136 35 unsold link
335 Dominica An exactly corresponding lot, apparently f.u. cat. £117 40 42 link
336 Dominica The KG6 and QEII defins of 1951/62 look complete fine m. – wmks unchecked, QEII has both 10c shades, cat. £155 40 unsold linkex1
337 Dominica The 1951 $2.40 f.u., cat. £55 18 unsold
338 Grenada Our Grenada collection kicks off with SG1, intense colour, centred right, a very light, indeterminate cancel . Cat. of this stamp always seems to us on the high side, yet this needs a robust estimate as only the right shoulder is touched by the pmk. 75 75 link
339 Grenada We offer SG2 and 3 together as both show first period use of the alphabet pmks. The D, at 6 o’clock, is not a challenging mark in the context, but a worthy example. The 6d, centred NW, but a lovely soft shade, showing only the right half of the cds has the cleanest postmark we’ve ever seen of its class. Only the bottom tip of the letter is visible but it is plainly the tip of the letter A, and the 61 of the year is plain as plain. Believe us, cancels in that year a real rarity 100 unsold link
340 Grenada We follow with decent used examples of SG4, 4a and 5 for the 1d (green, wmk sideways, yellow-green) 6d (rose, orange-red and vermilion). One second period, first type C cancel, 5 A15 killers with nothing special about them (SG 4-7, 9) cat. £111 22 22
341 Grenada RPSL certificate 33131 of 11 APR 1949 identifies the next 6d as SG8 (its current designation) listed and certified as SG8a at the time. The description ‘deep’ flatters the shade, as does the b/w photograph, but never mind, it’s the right stamp, cat. £225. The killer cancel is formless but not extensive 56 56 link
342 Grenada The large star intermediate perf. 1d and 6d come next, SG11, 12 one with clean, one with scruffy cancel, both light, cat. £53 12 12
343 Grenada The 1/- deep mauve, the large star 2½d and 4d, and the broad star 2½d are all very kindly used, and the last is the claret shade, so cat. £144 – these give value at ¼ cat. 36 unsold link
344 Grenada The three 1d POSTAGE surcharges SG type 14 are most beautifully used, yet for the basic one shilling and fourpence values before surcharge, POSTAGE sits exactly on top, whereas THREE HALF PENCE could not be clearer to read. Our considered view is that SG37-9 here give a full return for their £188 cat. 58 58 link
345 Grenada There’s £172 cat. in a tete-beche 6d on piece and key-type 2d, 3d and 1/- all respectably used, but these are bland against the surcharges wouldn’t you say? 29 29
346 Grenada And the 5 surcharges now left for you are the two 4d POSTAGE on 2/-, the Postage and Revenue 1d on 2/- orange and 8d grey-brown and the 2½d/8d. VG to mostly f.u. SG41/2, 44, 46/7 40 40 link
347 Grenada KE7 MCA ½d, 1d, 2½d, 3d, 1/-, 2/- all f.u. cat. £248 52 80 link
348 Grenada The MCA 5/- SG75, of similar quality, cat. £120 30 56 link
349 Grenada Badge 1/-, 2/-, 5/- fresh and fault-free used, cat. £159 46 46 link
350 Grenada KG5 MCA 5/-, 10/- SG100, 101, just as fine as each of the preceding lots, Cat. £190 48 56 link
351 Grenada The 1934/6 pictorial set of 10 with the compound perfs added v.g. to f.u., SG135/44 cat £163 30 30 link
352 Grenada 1935 SJ set, 1948 SW pair 1953 set of dues all lightly u. but you and we prefer more character in cancellations, cat. £117 20 20
353 Grenada The KG6 2½d perf 12½ x 13½ gently u.- its top perf showing a hint of rusting at two points. This is the last lot of our two collections and is the only stamp where we have spotted this fault – SG157a, cat. £190 30 30 link
354 Grenada Thinly inked, but deeply struck GRENADA/OCT 8 on packet letter of 1808 to Air (Ayr) shows up the 30 mm circumference of the instrument holding the plugs (in use 30 years from 1799). A batch of bills of exchange must have travelled too, as packet charge was 8/-, ¼ inland from Falmouth. Writer’s style rather curt and abrasive, without being quarrelsome 48 52 link
355 Grenada 1/-rated packet EL to Manchester, the serifed dbl-arc cds of AU 2 1842 struck over flap, is clearly visible and has the further advantage of a transcript of the text included 38 38
356 Grenada Prepaid 1858 EL sent from Carriacou with alternative addresses to the addressee Captain Tarleton, initially for the care of a named Clifford’s Inn resident, and if absent, to Chester. The initial rating configures as a red 6 (can this be right?) – it was certainly prepaid, and on arrival at St George’s received Crown Circle PAID AT GRENADA, on the face, the difficulty of reading which explains the gap between cat. £2,000 for SG CC1, and our estimate. Grenada dbl-arc of JY 10 1858 across flap, London arrival AU 2. Ex Jaffe 180 180 link
357 Grenada Only a very sophisticated Grenada collector would have the knowledge and patience to spot the curl in the D of Grenada that was left by a fresh entry on the plate, and collate 4 different 1d chalons that display it. These are lightly used examples of SG2, 4, 14, 19 two of which are commendably centred, one with cds in blue. You don’t need to be so sophisticated to acquire and be proud to own them 60 unsold link
358 Grenada Neatly arranged and written up album page for large star 1875 1d Chalon SG14 contains 3m. 7u., all looking fine as stamps, and the pmks unobtrusive except one featuring the mark in brown, and another to point to a blind perf where a pin had broken. We wonder how long Somerset House tolerated that, though there’s another example m. – cat. £311 44 unsold link
359 Grenada Coil stamps have no separate listing in Grenada, so you might not anticipate the healthy total of £83 that applies to two strips of five, each with coil-join, in yellow-green and blue-green. That’s a credible level with the two extra features 32 unsold link
360 Grenada 14 QV to KG5 issues on this s/card: between them they contain all the more difficult village postmarks. In row 1 on pictorials HOPE (a real rarity). Snug Corner; row 2 Concord in blue and black, Crochu, Dunfermline, Grand Roy; row 3, Happy Hill, Hermitage (2 types), Petit Martinique, St Pauls, Union. You have a quality collection in one swoop and can expand smoothly with Horry and KG6 65 65 link
361 Grenada By present-day standards it would be tough to think of a more creatively expensive way of spending 4d in GPO St Georges to send an 1890 cover to Winch Bros in Colchester. The front bears only the address and a blue 21 mm cds of NO 20. There’s a small tear to the cover, top centre, for information rather than criticism, and now please turn over. A plate no.1 heads a block of 8 x1883 ½d Sg30 in 2 vert columns, all cancelled. The rate is a proper one, and doing the arithmetic the proper way, you have one tete-beche pair at from 20 x £22 on cover, add £66 for three more vertical pairs connected, add for plate no = over £500. Now we don’t know how we should value this ourselves, so we’ll take vendor’s reserve, and let you decide R£120 unsold link
362 Grenada Of the numerous philatelic covers of 1892/3 using the surcharged postage dues, only a small proportion are found on the 8d grey-brown. The two characteristic small covers here, one with 1d, one with 2d surcharge were for Dr St John, assumedly self-addressed. Each shows signs of fraying at its edge and one has an odd rust spot in front. SG price D5 and D7 together at over £200, even though philatelic P£32/36 32
363 Grenada Cover printed with address of H. F. Ketcheson of Belleville, Ontario regd from St Georges, carelessly using 2x 2½d/8d grey-brown SG47 to pay regn and carriage 28 JA 93, 12 days via NY. Sender could have saved ½d on fare and manifestly couldn’t be bothered to find the right stamps P£42/48 unsold
364 Grenada Covers paid at 2½d rate by SG32 JA 1895 to Syracuse NY and SG51 FE 1902 to a dental manufacturing Co. in Canton, Ohio. (Toothache was painful to treat in those days) 44 unsold
365 Grenada St George’s 2pm DE 12 17 Port of Spain 11 am DE13 – a promising start for a cover from Sea View Grenada with 2x 1d DLR WAR TAX, bound for Accountant Dept at Jamaica Govt Rly endorsed “per S.S Maraval via Trinidad or any other early opportunity”. – but from Port of Spain all haste dropped away with afternoon arrival Kingston Jan 3 of the following year P£19/22 18
366 Grenada Cover from the Postmaster, Upper Stewracks, Nova Scotia endorsed “Per C.N.S. Lady Hawkins”. No cachet for this one, which was posted 20 NOV 30 from St Georges before anchor was raised P£14/16 unsold
367 Grenada We introduce a touch of pedantry to comment that the violet cachet ex R.M.S. Latitia reading English Mail Posted on the High Seas admitted this cover to the postal system as sea mail franked with 2x 1d violet Grenada coronation, which then landed at Tortola, who challenged that claim with machine Paquebot cancel (= “No, we are bringing it into the postal system”). Of course it should have been franked with British stamps. Everybody was wrong 15 unsold
368 Grenada Twinned here are a Grenada Paquebot cover of 19 Aug 55 on its way to Solihull, overfranked with SW corner column of 3x 1½d Jubilee, mgnl code W/35 and a LADY NELSON cover to Sun Life of Canada in Dublin, furnished with KG6 1½d pair. Did it need 3d? we can’t decide 30 unsold
369 Grenada We are seeing double on a cover to Lennards of Bristol, bearing KG6 1½d. Posted on board Harrison Line’s S.S. INANDA, because a line m/c cancel from Plymouth appears right way up at top, upside at bottom, and somehow part of the top cancel has migrated to the reverse. The dealer who sold it explained “reduced and slit” – we don’t understand the mechanism. Also on offer here, a 1931 philatelic cover, 5 stamps rise from ¼d to2d h/stamped VISIT GRENADA, beneath this, in violet “via A.O. LINE”. We guess that A.O. is not meant to stand for “Any other” 30 unsold
370 Grenada There are three 1952 LADY RODNEY covers in this lot. Two philatelic items, each franked 4c, one with single 4c, the other 1c and 3c, both receive the Barbados boxed Posted on Board sea mail cancel and were landed for delivery from Barbados GPO 29 SP. If the directors saw the worn state of the purser’s seal they would then and there have decided to withdraw RODNEY from service, which happened anyway at year end. The earlier cover paid 10c and went to Australia franked 11c (5+6c) having landed at Grenada. So it deserves uplift, whether or not philatelic 44 unsold
371 Grenada We give no detailed description for covers of ’58 and ’60 from S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam, RMS ANDES ’63, QEII ’69; there’s more animation on a ’64 cover Posted on Board M.V. FEDERAL PALM out of Trinidad on its way to New Jersey. All five were landed at Grenada 32 unsold
372 Grenada Our travels at sea close with maritime cancels on largely single stamps or small pieces. 27 items in all from a variety of locations. We regard three of the cancels as quite unfamiliar, all cancels are on stamps of Grenada, which include the 1899 2d Paquebot cancelled in NY, though the KE ½d is the cheap one 42 42
373 Grenada We leave 4 loose but annotated items, all with Grenada stamps and off-shore cancels, together on a s/card, to add our own comment. The boxed Barbados ‘Posted on Board’ on KE 1d needs no introduction, and we take the v. clean piece holding KG5 1½d tied by full and clear boxed violet KNSM S.S. Simon Bolivar as having the same effect of authenticating sea mail. Whereas the circled 12 within an oval of bars labelled New York Foreign Mail cancellation and ‘scarce’ leaves one unenlightened, for one sees the 12 appearing from innumerable US maritime sources on foreign stamps, though often as part of a dated duplex. Perhaps this separate strike picked up the uncancelled stragglers as did the boxed London NW3 cancel on a 1d Chalon SG14 which travelled unmolested with ‘til that point 12 12
374 Grenada Two regd covers to England: the normal size earlier one surprised us by travelling uncensored to a clergyman in Wallington, Surrey on 27 JU 18, receiving full GPO markings front and back, carriage paid by a block of four London printed War Stamps and hooded red London arrival. The war over in the Atlantic therefore, the end in France not yet in sight. The later cover is quite a twee small size, to a Fleet St address, a normal and harmonious 3d and 1½d sharing the cost of travel. We wouldn’t want you to pay the combined £105 price once marked on these two for retail sale. 40 unsold
375 Grenada Forgive us please if we find it difficult to measure perfs and widths on a KG6 10/- which subtends 6 penn’orth of lower values from ¼d pair up, lining the north and west sides of a regd cover 27 MR 1945 addressed to Mrs Harry B. Jones, Perkins School, Lancaster, Mass. by air from her friend Mrs Nigel Campbell, Green Gables. You see, we make out the 10/- as belonging to SG163, and shall so treat. Our problems were worsended by an Examiner’s label sprouting top to bottom on the west whose numer, wouldn’t you guess, collides with regn R. We think no. may be 5920 – don’t count on it. How to value is anybody’s guess 65 unsold
376 Grenada By 1965 Grand Anse was about to take shape as a holiday destination and here is a rather pleasant promotional ppc for the Silver Sands hotel, sent from there to Norwich, 30c for the fare 12 unsold link
377 Grenada With what intent did a cover with the handstamped address of Gerald Smith, Marine Cottage, St George’s, Grenada, B.W.I. come to be posted unstamped from Kingstown, St Vincent? The ‘T’ mark gets a pencilled note “unrecorded” on the part album page. We refrain from comment as we do about a small red ink heart on the cover enclosing H. So we have cds of origin MY 8 93, Grenada thimble MY 12, blue crayon 1/25 and SGD1-3 to collect 6d – but isn’t that too much? At bridge an unjustifiable, unsupported bid is often called a psyche. We think we’re looking at a psyche in stamps. Prove us wrong 40 unsold
378 Grenada Of the 6 Chalons, 1d to 1/-. Inc 1d/1½d Revenue, and 4 later QV key types which keep 1921 MCA scarlet and green fisc. u. on this page, we judge all but two to have genuine postal cds, but we are not impressed by PENHY flagged as variety 42 unsold link
379 Grenada 27 QV Revenues, used except 1d (2) and 1½d Chalons, ranging between the two Chalon issues, there are 1d (4), 3d, 4d, 6d, (2 each), 2/- (4) and only one of the 1½d, 2d, 9d, 1/-, 5/- plus the SG type 18 fiscal before POSTAGE AND was added. The successor key-type has short set of 8 to 5/-. Value spacing and lettering is erratic as usual, no significant variants seen 30 30
380 Grenada This PSRE (2d grey die-stamp, scarlet printed text) was sent OC 26 95 to S. Croydon franked with 1d and 4d adhesives, presumably to pay dbl-rate. We think you’d be disappointed if we didn’t mention that it was addressed to E.D. Bacon. Doubtless he received heaps of correspondence, but how much survived to find its way to our members’ collections? Anyway 5d is not a common franking, and condition is respectable for 125 years of age and handling 60 60
381 Grenada This PSRE made its 2 day journey to Thomas Garraway in Barbados on OC 05 95 at dbl-rate paid with horiz. pair of 2½d ultramarine SG32. The Garraway’s, if you recollect, turn up in several islands and we think of them as cock of the commercial walk in Dominica. A nice cover in reasonable commercial condition, teamed up in this instance with a SPECIMEN example of 1898 Jubilee commem. of fine appearance. We commend the survival of attenuated, elongated line perfs at top, report with less enthusiasm the reverse with heavy hinge paper, old style, clinging to top and diag. crease to diminish the glossy impact of an expanse of fresh o.g. 52 unsold
382 Grenada Out of the hundreds of KG6 ¼d/½c wrappers that your describer must have seen, this ½c wrapper is the first to be handled with enthusiasm. It went uncancelled to a named addressee, Union P.O. We don’t know how long it rested there. On 15/9/51 it was signed – we assume by the Union Postmaster – h/stamped black UNCLAIMED twice, and violet RETOUR, this taking place 18 SP, you won’t read but will easily interpret the dbl-ring UNION cds and the DEAD LETTER OFFICE receiver is loud and clear 20 unsold
383 Grenada The point of the b/w ppc of the Exchange, Manchester sent from Swindon to Torquay in 1903 is to prove – as it does – that the Swindon Station cds SP 3 12 resting on 2d orange, Grenada’s SG79 is authentic. With the trouble taken to cross-match, this rarity must deserve 10 unsold
384 Guadeloupe Doubly censored cover of 13 Sept 44 using commercial stationery from Pointe a Pitre to a probably linked company in NY, by air the 3 stamps paying 9Fr50 in all. Military censor from Commission B had the first go, followed by Examiner 1894. Your understanding (but not our own) may be enhanced by ‘B1’ in circle, added on the face 20 unsold
385 Jamaica Carefully written and fairly optimistic EL giving estates news from the Blue Mountains is dated 29 Nov 1799, arriving Jan 29. There’s a printed enclosure discussing ways of preserving fruit, wine and materials, and other contemporary aspects of a planter’s existence. Looking closely, you find a well pressed, just legible, two line Jamaica h/stamp – a packet rate of 3/4 was charged 30 56
386 Jamaica Dec 1820 EL Spanish Town to Worksop, duplicate of March 1820 letter added, gets busy when re-addressed to Ashbourne. At first charged 2/2 (it’s a single sheet in decent condition) the further journey seems to have cost 1/6 more. Marks crowd the flap, dominated by small fleuron of DE21, two thirds of it strongly inked. A single worm passed through and left for pastures new 32 32 link
387 Jamaica This letter of 1832 from Clarendon is quite cheerful in tone – we doubt whether anyone could decipher its origin from the b/stamp alone 27 27
388 Jamaica 1840 1/- rated packet letter to Mayhill PO with a strong brown Maltese Cross shaped London despatch mark of NO(V). No prizes for guessing what inspired that. A previous letter was also duplicated within. Old habits die hard with lawyers 40 40
389 Jamaica A35 at 11 o’clock, and almost centrally placed on 6d lilac which itself is centred low. None of these post town cancels is easy to get: CLARENDON, SGz42 is about midway in the rating, cat. £425 130 230 link
390 Jamaica Another Sutcliffe disposable, comprising 10 pairs of what we presume to be 1d blue CA, and 11 used 1d pine. You can squeeze out a few code marks, the only one of which engages our attention is A33 on pine 32 unsold
391 Jamaica About 20 SPECIMEN stamps 1860’s to about 1930, most have problems with condition, but there’s one rarity found here and our estimate of £1 a stamp will take care of the rest 20 26
392 Jamaica The pine 3d and 1/- with the 18mm SPECIMEN opt in tiny sans-serif letters are in wretched condn, but, oh so scarce 16 16
393 Jamaica SPECIMEN examples of the key-type QV 1d, 2d, 2½d, the contemporary CA 3d, the red 1d Falls, and the 5d arms, cat. say £270, sound condition 50 50
394 Jamaica QV decent MCA 2/- SPECIMEN SG56s 18 22
395 Jamaica 5/- CC SG15, light squared circle cancel of AU 92 – in service for 12 years by then, and remained current until 1897 – lazy perforation at rt is not a fault, cat. £170 42 65 link
396 Jamaica Keeping company with a 1905 cover that travelled on C.S. Chamberlin stationery to NY per S.S. Alton (if we read the endorsement aright) with arms 2½d collected at St Letter Box, Kingston, are the 1903/4 arms set of 4 in mint blocks of four (small fox spot on ½d, mild toning on 5d) cat. £120 plus the cover 30 unsold link
397 Jamaica There are 12 listed values and shades in the 1905-11 MCA arms issues and the full range appears to have been chosen with care and discrimination on this s/card to arrive at cat. over £170 (SG37-45, 12 m.) 42 unsold link
398 Jamaica The pictorial script 2d, 2½d, 6d and 2/- to 10- on this s/card are attractively fresh o.g., the top 3 values in fact probably mint, between SG98/106 stc £158 38 unsold
399 Jamaica There is substance in the oft-repeated MYTH that SPECIMEN examples of the 1923 Child Welfare set are exceptionally rare. Of course they aren’t UNLESS one is discussing Archives in Specimen form. And here they are removed from their former thick card backing, bearing in red the Bradbury Wilkinson diagonal overprint. Value? Well four standard Specimen sets would cat. £560. And, by the way, you couldn’t find an ordinary Specimen set in blocks of four – think about it. These must be alone in private hands 1500 unsold link
400 Jamaica In case there’s more than one of our members who see premium merit in a used KG6 ½d blue-green described as having a “lopsided crown” in its script watermark, we give it as companion a used ½d green WWI War Stamp, no stop variety, SG73a, at a combined reserve 8 8
401 Jamaica MCA 10/- myrtle green from a late, worn printing SG89 hinged o.g. – gentle toning on reverse shows up wmk nicely – v. fresh on face, cat. £80 22 unsold
402 Jamaica Similar gentle toning, just about detectable on face also is visible on the same MCA 10/- used in 1931. Though script successor was by now in use, we don’t scent philatelic usage on this occasion – SG89, cat. £150 40 unsold link
403 Jamaica We presume that this rare 1935 SJ 1/- block of six has come off a parcel, there are minor faults consistent with such usage, but a commensurate philatelically u. block would command a significant premium on cat. £144 for SG117 x6. Our estimate takes account of condition (minuses, rarity (plus) 40 unsold link
404 Jamaica Folded between column 6 and 7 to fit a normal album page but blessed still with all its margins, this is a complete mint sheet of the KG6 2½d with cat. quote of £1,140 unless uplifted meanwhile. Your describer is reluctant to admit that he thinks design balance is improved against the original SG type 4 by insertion of king’s head 95 unsold link
405 Jamaica KG6 1/- lightly u. the chimney variety (broken or repaired, according to taste) well clear of pmk, SG130 cat. £110 – small thin at top mgn beside king’s head 20 unsold
406 Jamaica If you can verify the postmark on this 1948 SW £1 you’ll make a handsome profit on our estimate. Offered “as-is” 10 unsold
407 Jamaica Rather random group of numerals: quick check suggests – on pine, 1d A49,54,76, 6d A56; CC 2d A38, 57, 73; CA 1d carmine, A75, 2d rose E06, key type 2½d, F95, 2d Official. A76. Condn of stamps is mixed, strikes of decent quality 38 38
408 Jamaica Most of the numeral codes here are too skeletal to deserve a premium, e.g A42, 44, 45, two of each on lowest values; A27 on 4d CC is ok, so is G15 on 2d deep rose CC, while 2 others on ½d CC pair, CA single barely register; 196 on 2d rose is good enough; the scarce 615 is skeletal on 1d carmine and ½d Official; 617 on 1d fiscal will just about do; and there are 3 partial 622 on 1d or 2d. we don’t want to be too mean in estimate so, say 100 unsold link
409 Jamaica We regard A34 on 1d rose postal fiscal CC as a code cancellation gem. Well you haven’t got one, neither did Bob Topaz find one, and your only reason for not bidding for it is that you excuse yourself codes on postal fiscals. Shame on you. Stamp is cat. £55 and we’re not even valuing as high as that 52 140 link
410 Jamaica Commoner , and not much improvement in strikes are A40 on 7 different (with faulty 3d CC, and a 6d) also A60 on 5, one a pallid 6d with defect 42 unsold link
411 Jamaica A42 comes into its own on this s/card, with 10 stamps, all of these pines received this town cancel. There are 1d, 3d, 6d, 2 each, 2d, 1/- (3) and strike legibility is adequate to excellent 50 50 link
412 Jamaica Derek Sutcliffe’s estate was weak, to be candid, on code cancellations but we’ve found a stockcard with 17 QV stamps, at least 12 different SG nos and all with prominent A42 cancels (it’s not all that prevalent) 32 32
413 Jamaica And here’s another Sutcliffe offering. One stockcard is all the rather common A76, 14 stamps include one 1d blue CC pair, the otehres all different, another card with A47, A49 (5 different) and a lower grade, but full, A58 on Falls 1d red 25 25
414 Jamaica A30 (6d pine), A32 (1d CA), A38 (3d CC), A62 (1d F3), C (2d slate) this modest, the others four respectable strikes 18 18 link
415 Jamaica A50 comes here on two s/cards – the first looks to be all 6 values of pines, the second with only 1/- to represent CC, then CA through to 4d (7), key-type 1d, 2d and postal fiscal 1d rose. We don’t go overboard, as we think no type H killer has a wider range of affection for different stamps 60 70
416 Jamaica A81 is not a common numeral and when we find it with 3 strikes killing a horiz. strip of 4x ½d CA value multiplies. On the down side the l.h. stamp has NW corner damage, and the strikes are heavy and blurred leaving them just as rare but of reduced value 15 15
417 Jamaica About 150 stamps and 3 GB overprinted fiscals on this 2-sided s/card, priced and graded for their postmarks etc; mostly numerals of varying quality which probably cover about 60 different offices. We’d probably throw out about a dozen as not worth considering as postmarks, rate half the total as identifiable at a glance, the in-betweens as worth the trouble of scrutiny, and we’d price up and down from the levels that total about £300, probably not varying the total significantly. Two TRD’s seen. Topaz premium about £400 105 105 linkex
418 Jamaica On 3 sheets and a bit a collector with access to the Topaz premium assessments has annotated the F and G series of numeral postmarks. There are 35 stamps here, with signs of pruning by someone with an eye for marks rated better than scarce. Strikes are of varying quality, and only 1 stamp is in place for each of Copse, Hampden, Priestman’s River and 8 each for Clark’s Town and Chester Castle. We count 2 labelled very scarce, 13 scarce, after eliminating a misplaced ½d. So it’s a useful guide to the 10 numerals represented for an aspiring postmark fan 65 unsold linkex
419 Jamaica On falls to KG5 pictorial issues, s/card holding cds (except as stated) as follows :- Buy British Empire Exhbn (m/c), Christiana (2) Direct Cable (2 boxed R D) and cds Green Island, Falmouth, Little London, Lucea, Malvern (2), Mavis Bank, Petersfield, Railway for Balaclava (we think) and Port Antonio (also St Letter Box), St David’s – most strikes are complete, some on 2 or 3 stamps on piece 50 unsold link
420 Jamaica Our count yields 137 stamps/items as singles and the odd piece or block on large or small s/cards in a small collection of mainly postmarks and a few separate pines. The marks are mainly QV to KG5 cds with a small number of code marks included (best is A72 on 4d) and similar run on to into KG6. No obvious duplication, quality acceptable, but undemanding – from our perusal “Crossroads” on 1936 piece on 1d has the least familiar ring 105 105
421 Jamaica There are 33 ½d, 1d and 1½d stamps here, all with railway cancels in blue. Only a very few of these will enable you to identify the office of origin, unless you have photocopies of the full cds of the particular office. The mere railway connection is lure enough for some of us, of course 20 unsold
422 Jamaica In 1872 a 6d mauve plate 9 horiz. pair enabled a cover to travel from Farnbro Station to Spanish Town, Jamaica receiving the proving 023 duplex cancel for someone who didn’t know the answer already. All this information is retained on the small piece cut from the front before the rest was discarded 48 48 link
423 Jamaica This letter of 1891 for a commercial address in Bridgetown, Barbados used the key-type 2½d for its fare (were you expecting a 1d rate? We were). The thimbletype Barbados receiver of DE5, has no numeral or code letter, and is quite uncommon in this style – a useful example of inter-island mail 16 16
424 Jamaica A cover long enough to hold in the key-type era on its face 12x 1d, 3x 2½d and ½d CA required this total to pay a rate to the City of London 8x normal to carry 4 oz. Despatched JY 7 92, it was re-addressed 2 weeks later to Bayswater, unsympathetically opened, endowed with a filing fold, it is stout enough to have largely resisted the rough and tumble of the business world. Handsome it isn’t. Rare? It would take you years to find another such 80 80 link
425 Jamaica Cover of DE 26 98 from MONEAGUE to Dresden needing two key-type 1d and ½d to take it there. Mrs Cossar opened it roughly. Was she put out to hear from Mr G.C. Cossar? She kept the envelope anyway 18 18
426 Jamaica The Plane plus Red+ label optd Jamaica was used on both items described here. The first sees it sandwich between m/c cancelled APR 3 16 ½d War Stamp and 1d defin acc “The Grain Store” cover addressed Jamaica Railway Stores, Kingston, top left corner snipped off to conceal printed name on cover. Below it we see FRED L. MYERS & SON flaunting their wares to G.A. Goubault, Annotto Bay, 1½d WAR STAMP (lge opt) was used MY 10 17 (customarily and improperly) to fund postage and tax together 48 unsold
427 Jamaica 10 non-philatelic covers (inc 1ppc) from 1d Falls to 1937 regd for 3½d to Canada, 5 to England, 4 to Glasgow, the others franked 1d, 1½d, one 2½d all KG5 defins bar one KE7 arms, modestly assessed at £4 a piece – a good value lot 40 unsold
428 Jamaica Dec 1932 Panton cover, for a change no attempt to erase address, colour added by use of Cayman’s tercentenary 1½d and ½d to make up the deliberate deficit of 1d postage, and subdued duplex tax mark of Jamaica with 20 (decimes) to show amount due. We estimate with our customary allowance for fashion, but with less than usual reluctance 65 unsold link
429 Jamaica From the “Not known No.2” instructional mark, it looks as if the second try worked, as a cover on Hotel Coral Cliff stationery has been opened and preserved. It was posted in the street in Montego Bay, given an over-inked Street Letter Box cancel, and left – the mails in Keene, New Hampshire. A cover of interest, not the sort to stay pristine 18 unsold
430 Jamaica How would you like to own a cover from Kingston to WAKEENEY, Kansas 1941 by E.S. Benbow Rowe in an unusual regn env. Franked if you please with KG5 3d, and 6d pictorial of the same era, inviting US Customs to open and inspect used stamps within as long as they resealed afterwards? US Customs duly did their stuff and didn’t charge duty, so if yours is the highest bid, you’ve got it. Somehow the philatelic Dept of Selfridges got involved in this – not everyone would approve 22 unsold
431 Jamaica In sharp contrast to the familiar shambles of De Lawrence covers to Chicago, here are four registered covers of 1964 (3) and 1969 which have stayed unrumpled and intact, and were plastered with postal markings. Three, from Little River, Oxford St, Sherwood [Content] used the rich brown 6d registration fee PSRE die stamp. The fourth is a suite 15 printed envelope regd back from Old Harbour Bay. The adhesives added have their own merit 25 25
432 Jamaica A modest melange from the Sutcliffe estate, comprising 2 used pines, the paler of which has a lovely clear wmk; a KG5 SJ FDC incorporating royal arms, around king’s head, in purple and SJ 1d, and a full set that went to Glasgow Oct 35 regd. Finally, flight souvenir labels from Panam’s Mexican subsidiary, Avianca, boasting its long history, and four different BWIA examples. Value at 30 unsold
433 Jamaica Air covers: in case anyone missed out on recent large helpings of the mid-60’s, here is a familiar Aguilar FFC on Air Jamaica to Miami, 1966, with a 1975 cover to Montego Bay to remind us the DC8 did the trip non-stop by then. There follow 7 covers connecting Jamaica with some part of Lufthansa’s 15/16 Jan 66 journeys between Frankfurt and Santiago with calls at NY, Guayaquil and Lima plus one as an FFC between Kingston and Guayaquil, 1967 all are philatelic (By the way, next time you find yourself there, take a day trip to the Galapagos. You pay entry tax, yet it’s far the most economical way of visiting and can give all the pleasure of a long-term stay) 36 unsold linkex
434 Jamaica A remarkable ½d brown Replycard: it went from CHESTER CASTLE 27 MY 96 with message in English to Kingston 29 MY and was readdressed back to Chester Castle with a message added (of course in a different hand) in German. So it was not legitimately readdressed, the post office was cheated out of a further ½d, and we wouldn’t ourselves know where to find Chester Castle on the map. Reply cards are scarce enough from main offices. Shall we ever again find one used for a double-reply 40 unsold
435 Jamaica It’s curious to see a Buff Bay address for the sender of this uprated p/s card posted at the remote Hagley Gap, yet a lot of business was transacted from there, some of it philatelic – but we don’t think this card is 20 unsold
436 Jamaica Very clean 1c wrapper with 2c adhesive added bears the cachet of Sandbach Parker & Co on reverse, the die and stamp all very neatly cancelled at Georgetown, B.G. to reach “Lacelles” (not Lascelles?) de Mercado in Jamaica. It’s not our usual style for a wrapper to find favour with us 16 16
437 Jamaica Penned from a private hotel in Balaclava this KG5 1d p/s card 1916 to Boston is a far more personal message then one normally sees on open correspondence. Come to that, one rarely meets one of these KG5 cards from any but a principal office. A central filing fold is not unduly obtrusive. It would add interest to many a collection 18 18
438 Jamaica 200x120mm PSRE for $1.40, adhesives for 25/- and $1.50 added for posting or amusement, laundry fresh, share this lot with 1948 window envelope from Port of Spain, which we are sure has links with the Aguilar family, as you meet Everard’s niece Betty and nephew Rowland in two ppc’s of about 1939 and a 1905 ppc (origin p.o.s) ending up in the same hands. These four all look their age, and Betty’s was fodder for the odd bookworm that auntie kindly housed. To add to the postal history, one card shows Knutsford Park Racecourse on Sweepstakes Day – would you not have guessed? 30 30
439 Jamaica Label 90 x 24 mm headed Guaranteed Jamaica Cigars. These labels were gummed and attached to the lid of a box of cigars as a guarantee of conformity with standards and regulations in Jamaica. We assume that an excise duty was levied in exchange, and that this example was soaked off 3 5
440 Jamaica s/card on which are laid out 7 annotated items, 3 uncancelled, 4 postmarked to show and annotate three of the four types of WW1 Red Cross labels (not including the ½d surcharge) and the label issued in 1940 during WWII. Identifiable pmks are Myers Wharf TRD and Green Island cds, on a piece shared with King’s head 1d 8 8
441 Jamaica A mix of Officials, Postal fiscals and pen-cancels on this album page. The 5 telegraph stamps here are all u.. The CC 1d rose SGF2 is pen-cancelled, as are 2x 1d purple (probably F5 and F56) and 1/- F7, 1d rose CA over Crown is here m. and u. (A66?), and there are way above average m. examples of F4, 4b, 5c (as postal cat. £300) 56 unsold
442 Jamaica This page houses the telegraph 3d , 1/- used telegraphically, QV Judicials CA 6d, 1/-, 2/- MCA 6d, 2/-, arms 5/-, KG5 1/-, 2/-, 5/- and a spruce m. set of 8 QEII 5c to $1 26 26
443 Leeward Islands QV set to 1/- f.u. (in Antigua or St Kitts only) cat. £110 34 32
Leeward Islands In an attempt to suit all tastes, the 8 values of a set for the QV stamps with sexagenary values are offered in three parts
444 Leeward Islands Sexagenary ½d used Antigua, 2½d, 6d mint, 1/-, all with genuine h/stamp, pence values fine, 1/- not unsightly but signs of staining in places 18 unsold link
445 Leeward Islands QV 1d, 4d fine m., 7d m. with toning each with forged sexagenary opt. – the monograph by J.A.C. Farmer illustrates for you 12 different forged varieties of this overprint 12 12
446 Leeward Islands The h/stamp on 5/- SG16 is also genuine. We allow for a degree of toning and slight imperfection under magnification against cat. £325 in our estimate to offer this as a presentable example at a value which won’t overstrain 54 54 link
447 Leeward Islands A clean and clear inverted watermark on QV 2½d should encourage the sale of an example lightly u. in Dominica, SG3w, cat. £200 70 70
448 Leeward Islands A very dominant very forged sexagenary h/stamp sits atop a QV Leeward ½d that bears a strong Montserrat cds in yoga position whose year date the h/stamp must have buried 2 2
449 Leeward Islands Before and after the sexagenary issue come the set of 8 QV definitive and the 1902 surcharges. The 2½d here is lightly u.; other low values to 7d and 1d/7d look fine m., while the 1/- and 5/- are both fiscally u. in fair condn (say 5% cat. for that state, 11 stamps cat. £104, one part page 30 unsold
450 Leeward Islands The next page snippets house the KEVII wmk CA set, the ½d, 1d used in St Kitts, the higher values look fine m. SG20/28 cat. say £105 28 28 link
451 Leeward Islands The last segment of this page holds the MCA set of 7 to 1/- SG29 to 35 (1d, 2½d, 3d are used, others m.m.) and Universal colours to 1/- including 1d shade m. – all 13 m. look fine stc abt £300 75 unsold link
452 Leeward Islands The next page we have intact except for the promotion of the £1 to draw attention to the damaged leaf. Every other KG5 space on its Imperial page is filled, with 11 values 1/- or lower used, inc. attractive Paquebot cds on script ½d, the other 30 values, looking fresh and fine, especially the 3x MCA on qhite back. The page of course includes SJ quartet. Stc £520 in all of which white back trio count as nearly half 115 115 link
453 Leeward Islands The equivalent printed page for KG6 issues is overfull with the following ranged around the basic denominations of listed colours and commems for which the page was prepared: ¼d, 1d red (3), 2d, 2½d blue, 3d orange, 6d (2), 1/-. Small reverse adhesion needs removal from one 2d, otherwise fine. M. appearance overall and, despite divided views in team, we have to allow for KG6 popularity in assessing weight to give to stc £340 120 120 link
454 Leeward Islands The very scarce wide ‘A’ variety on 2½d MCA Sg32a gd u. with a faint wholly indeterminant pmk Cat. £550 140 unsold link
455 Leeward Islands Far more appealing to most collections, because it’s mint and at left end of mgnl strip of three is the same KE wide ‘A’ variety on the 2½d here. This has to merit 120 120 link
456 Leeward Islands For want of a Dickgiesser think alike to identify high-value flaws in comparable detail for the KGV period, our auction team has little information and record on the topic other than is furnished in SG cat. for Bermuda (and Leeward I. for KGVI). We note, obviously, that the variants listed are all on the r.h.s. of the central vignette while Nyasaland contributes at upper left. What then of lower left? In describing a fresh and fine script £1 SG80 which one could probably call o.g. if a hinge still in place were carefully peeled away, we can report a damaged leaf at about the level of the base of the neck. Worth investigation? Worth a restrained premium? We’d say yes to both. Cat. as normal is £225, so let’s say £300 before it reduces 110 unsold link
457 Leeward Islands KG5 script ¼d l.h. pane of 60 from the plate 23 Die I printing – mint with full margins all round, including the interpanneau gutter margin. Minor creasing at NW corner, otherwise excellent condition throughout. Apart from slightly uneven alignment of name and duty, this pane appears free from noatable flaws until row 10/6 is reached, where value tablet shows dent and break, and the marginal rule is interrupted. Sg81 – cat as singles £1,200 250 250 link
458 Leeward Islands The KG5 MCA Leeward trio are catalogued at £308 used being priced in descending order for 3d, 5/-, 1/-: now why? The key is use in Montserrat where alone the stamps were on public sale and comparatively few were used there. Dealers’ requirements were filled by the Crown Agents, from stocks separately supplied in London. Now these three, which are f.u. include both 3d and 5/- cancelled in Montserrat and we adjust for this by treating their cat. as £400, the 1/- having been predictably sent to Antigua for cancellation 130 unsold
459 Leeward Islands KG6 1/-, the 3 shades with full o.g., the early shade on ordinary paper, streaky wartime gum, SG110b, ba, bb (this lower mgnl) cat. £159.50 46 unsold
460 Leeward Islands LEEWARD I. QV to KGV collection of 160+ used stamps (and an odd fiscal cut-out), so arranged on a 2-sided s/card as to afford the owner at a moderately specialised level a comprehensive overview of postmarks on these issues. Overall stc +/- £300, but cat. bears little relevance to postmark values 120 unsold linkex
461 Leeward Islands We’d guess you don’t yet own a copy of the circular of 7 May 1879 issued out of Stockholm GPO under the signature of Wilhelm Roos and Axel Husberg (no doubt PMG and deputy) to announce the Leeward group joining the UPU, and consequential postal rates – so here’s your chance. You might not identify Jungfru Barne as Virgin I, 22 unsold
462 Leeward Islands This cover to Josef Muller in Vienna was regd from St John’s Antigua, and endorsed with Leeward KG5 MCA 5/- on white paper (yes, you can verify it from the shade, it’s not just the date JA 17 14, but the earlier 5/- cats even more used). No multiplier but a full cat. stamp on cover like this 90 unsold link
463 Leeward Islands Our enthusiasm diminishes for a cover 24 MR 26 regd to Marshall in Manchester’s Barton Arcade, with a pair of the Leeward script 3d deep ultramarine SG68a. You see, origin was St Kitts, when the stamps belonged only t Montserrat, these two were supplied by the Crown Agents in London and are out of their element, cat. £120 50 85
464 Leeward Islands Lower mgnl die II 3d, vert. pair took OHMS cover regd to London in 1926. Flap is partly missing, so we add in another OHMS regd same year to Barbados (b/stamp Barbados RLO). Both were sent from Antigua GPO, and second would be classy, had not its die II 6d been mangled to Kingdom come 35 unsold
465 Leeward Islands 2½d p/s env. KE7 Leeward Die, used in Antigua JY 9 03 to Mayer in Domitz on the Elbe, a standard unopened philatelic product, which needs to be commercial to animate 18 unsold
466 Leeward Islands The MCA perfin of Antigua is gettable on the QV Leeward defins, difficult on the QV long fiscals (here, sideways on 2/- value) but if you want the near impossible, move to the next lot. Our 2/-, though stained on reverse, which repeats more lightly on the face, is a very presentable example 8 8
467 Leeward Islands Up for grabs: the MCA perfin used in the KE7 era on long king’s head 6d fiscal – a first time inclusion in a Circle auction, we believe 15 unsold
468 Martinique Due to our admin crisis prior to the sale, not all our lots were given full exposure for sale. This Martinique cover is one of several to be re-offered. This was re-written and sent from Bordeaux and must be presumed to have reached its Port Royal destination during the fourth British occupation of 2 months from 5 June 1816. You will find that it has very high level connections with the French aristocracy long resurgent from the Revolution 95 95
469 Montserrat QV 1d rose-red CA, block of 12 from last 3 rows of the pane, position of CROWN (AGENTS) wmk at foot suggests from lower left corner with side mgn removed. It’s mint, a shallow vertical furrow runs down column 3 and rusting metal has left its mark on mgn of column 1-2, as has off-set rose-red ink on gum. Cat. of SG8c x12 =£384, our estimate balances condn against scarcity 105 105 link
470 Montserrat 12 stamps on 3 pages (used mainly fine) quite carefully chosen to cover SG1-2, 4-8c, 9-12. 6d has red part cds as found now and then. Cat. over £700, wmks unchecked 90 90 linkex
471 Montserrat We would generally get excited by a Montserrat cds in sexagenary 6d, were it not that the late Stan Durnin was a master at securing cancels around Antigua etc where exactly the top half of the cds appears prominently and the year is for anybody’s guess, This is why our estimate is a mere quarter cat. If the cds is contemporary this item is worth double 32 unsold link
472 Montserrat Deep green ½d War Stamp, mint r.h. pane with full external and gutter margin on all sides. Minor staining in one or two places, vert. crease in gutter mgn, a few split perfs at top. If we muse on, we’ll devalue to nothing, so we’ll add a premium for block appearance, completeness, and smaller opt. at SW corner 10 unsold link
473 Montserrat The dedication of an earlier owner in matching m. and u. sets on the same page went unappreciated so that this and the following lot now has m. and u. separated (alas). We begin with the 1916-22 defins fine lge pt o.g. with the listed shades, and the 4 War stamps. Thought for the day: can you reconcile cat. quote for SG50a, with those for the rapidly superceded 1922 SG53a, 54? Anyway, these are SG49-61b inclusive, cat. £175 56 unsold
474 Montserrat Here are the same 18 stamps from SG49 to 61b f.u. and SG offer quite a different perspective on value, with cat about £425. Well, perhaps they are right 130 130 link
475 Montserrat The 1922-9 defins are complete m. with the extra blue 2½d included, 22 stamps from SG63-83, similar lge pt o.g. condition as before with hinges attached, cat. £103 34 unsold
476 Montserrat The same 22 stamps f.u. left mounted on their album pages are also given much enhanced used prices totalling £317 at full quote. We’ll stick with 95 95 linkex
477 Montserrat We have noticed the 1935 Silver Jubilee issues are prone to spray minor spots of ink where they are not intended. The 1½d of this set of four, fine mint where checked is firing a blue missile at the l.h. turret, the 2½d makes for a far weaker effort 10 unsold
478 Montserrat The KG6 Coronation set of 1937 perfin SPECIMEN, a fine trio SG249s/251s, cat. £110 44 44 link
479 Montserrat We wonder at times whether our auction should accommodate a sprinkle more run-of-the-mill lots (suitably valued) for members who want modest representation of areas outside their mainstream interest. Here, for instance, is just such an offering, 86 m. (mostly) and u. on large s/card, QV to KG6 not venturing beyond 1/- or 24c, nothing defective visible, we’ll say cat. tops £200 20 unsold
480 Montserrat The KG6 1938/48 defins have now been divided into mostly narrow strips of their album pages in response to your collective abstinence (usually re-stated as public demand) on the earlier occasion. We hope that you appreciate our response. The strips still contain all shades and perfs, 23 stamps totalling cat. over £340 for the m. section. They all look carefully chosen and fine, which, with the current popularity of KG6 issues, merits 85 unsold
481 Montserrat Here then are the f.u. examples of the full KG6 1938/48 defins. If anything these look fresher and more carefully selected than the m. examples. In total cat. amounts to about £185 for you will observe the small margins between used quotes for most of the perf differences. Do you think these will be re-appraised as now visible amongst KG5 issues. Our present guess is that the trade hasn’t yet had to scrabble around much for the used lower values and that this will happen sooner or later. One way or another a higher cat. % is due 60 60
Montserrat A small batch of postmarks from the 1960’s has reached our hands
482 Montserrat The 1953 pictorials 15 begin modestly, offering Cudjoe Head on 4c, St Patrick’s on 5c, Bethel on 24c. One or two tiddlers are missing; the top values are present posted at Plymouth. We’ve not checked whether any of the village offices vanished when Montserrat began smoking 30 30 link
483 Montserrat The ICY pair, ITU pair, WHO pair (this in pairs), the other four as singles, together with the 1968 Human Rights set of 5 in pairs, capture St Johns, St Patricks, St Peters and the elusive DYERS 10 18
484 Montserrat The 1967 set of four SG190/3, feature as two pairs for each value, where we note St Johns, St Patrick, St Peters 12 unsold
485 Montserrat You might opt for a small sample provided by the four stamps celebrating the Olympic Games in Mexico. The pairs here show only St Patricks and St Peters 5 unsold
486 Montserrat The full 1965 set of 17 is present in pairs and these add Harris and another Dyers to the St Johns, St Patricks and St Peters you’ve been meeting along the way. The top values were all cancelled at St Peters 42 unsold linkex
487 Montserrat Cover of MY 19 1904, bearing ½d, 1d, 3d of the current issue with violet s/line REGISTERED h/stamp regd to Mr C.E.E. Browne, Hill House City, offers two possibilities; either there was a formal reason for the recorded registration, connected with the activities carried on at the time in Hill House, or it was a rather frivolous exercise in an island where anybody who was anybody would know everybody else. We’d like to plump for the first, but can’t warrant, so we offer at seller’s reserve. Now believe authentic - see website. R£140 /£250 260 link
488 Montserrat Little as we care for Kiderlen of Ulm, use of Montserrat’s uncommon 1d badge p/s env. 1/- black/green SG44 on its regd journey in 1912 is a tempting combination. B/stamps are hooded regd cds in London, and a heavy cds of Ulm station. Many hinge remainders on reverse which don’t need to stay there. Stamp off cover is cat. £45 48 unsold link
489 Montserrat A very similar Kiderlen entire which made the same journey at the same time used the next value up, 2/- SG45, cat. £60 56 unsold link
490 Montserrat A dealer called Brainard procured for himself from Montserrat’s Island Road Improvement Association a cover posted OC 26 1929 paying postage with Leeward 2½d orange-yellow, SG66. He traded from Makwah, New Jersey (in our age he would have shortened it to M’wah, as a mark of approval). Cat. £65 for the stamp makes it needless to think of a multiplier 48 unsold link
491 Montserrat If you were travelling from a Caribbean island on a booked flight, would you wait around for 8 months for it to take off? We only ask because we have for sale here two regd covers which did exactly that. The first (offered by itself of course) bears the Montserrat acceptance date of JU 6 1930 for a scheduled first flight. Bad weather, bad luck, it didn’t happen. Apparently 52 pieces of mail out of 338 (about a third of those regd). The patient addressee was John Frew of La Perle Estate, and when at last delivered because of the casual arrival of a seaplane in Montserrat 21 Feb 1931, this cover went on from Castries to Soufriere. Some would add points for stamina. We deduct for artificiality. Opened out on arrival 40 unsold
492 Montserrat The second cover accepted JU 6 1930 was bound for Trinidad and on to Tobago, so that Ron Wyke’s labour will add to the story. This reached Scarborough MR 5 1931, all thoughts of further air travel a distant dream, for this added 8 more days to its Port of Spain arrival, having paid 1d extra at the start for the privilege. A triumph of under achievement, over ambition – we restrict our valuation accordingly 40 unsold link
493 Montserrat This registered Roger Wells cover of JA 20 40 is highly prized by the seller whose animating characteristics comprise CUDJOE HEAD village of origin, early wartime date, caretaker address and rose-pink boxed R h/stamp with its very low number. We offer without further comment at seller’s notified reserve R£115 unsold
494 Montserrat 1½d franked personal cover to a gentleman of the cloth, the Deanery, St John’s, Antigua, Dec 1947. Looking carefully you can see it came from HARRIS, and all but the letter H is light but clearly visible against the sky background, Even as recently as this non-philatelic covers are very scarce 35 30
495 Montserrat Unopened air letter, neatly addressed with Leeward 1½d and SW 1½d on 14 JA (date ’49 collected from GPO transit 2 days later) to Canada, Province of Quebec, SALEM the office of origin, no cds of receipt but we’re sure it reached Harold G. Fisher and has been carefully looked after ever since 52 52
496 Montserrat There’s a hint of 2 to end year on just one of four Salem cds that grace an Antilles Stamp Co. cover housing perf. 14 1½d, 2½d, 3d dated JA 3, produced presumably for the 1952 new year, clean, colourful wholly philatelic 10 10
Netherlands West Indies A collection of NETHERLANDS ANTILLES is described in 4 separate lots to be offered one by one for provisional sale. At the close of bidding for all four the collection as a whole will be offered again . Bidding will begin at the higher of £110 or total of lots provisionally sold. An absent bidder, bidding for the whole collection may opt for the Simplax L/L binder to be sent. If not exercised, cover will be let out, to save postage
497 Netherlands West Indies This section begins with a map page on which the islands of the Netherlands Antilles are shown in their position in the Caribbean, and enlarged to show the individual islands. We follow with SINT MAARTEN (St Martin). 5 pages relate to the part administered as an adjunct of Guadeloupe with 4 covers, 1 ppc, sundry Guadeloupe adhesives – WWII censor cover included. The Dutch portion on 9 pages offers p/s card or 8 covers ranging between 1922 and 1992, inc. one WWII censor, 1 FFC, and one MISSENT and 3½ pages of stamps cancelled on the island, mainly post-war, but some are pre-WWI 70 200
498 Netherlands West Indies SABA offers 20 single items of all periods on 1 page, and 6 more for 2 ppcs, 2 censor covers (WWII) and 7 other covers from 1909 then 1940’s on 50 sold
499 Netherlands West Indies ST EUSTATIUS covers provide Montgomery Ward regd, 5 later post war and 12 stamps include one from 1902, one Leeward transit 30 sold
500 Netherlands West Indies BONAIRE provides 34 stamp items with 2 Paquebot covers, and we tack on a maritime page adding 4 early stamps and a later paquebot cover 15 sold
501 Netherlands West Indies With apology that our command of the Dutch spoken in Surinam is far less than adequate, we suggest that the cancelled, unwritten, unaddressed p/s card with 5c adhesive used in the 1890’s has boxed mark whose 3-lines approximate Dutch Indies/Steam Ship/Registered. A later p/s card with a die stamp 5c was posted to Waterside (Waterzyde) Paramaribo, sent to Wardelen (is that Warden?) and the over-written surname we read as Seidl. This will explain why we include this modest lot, triggered by reference to a telephone conversation with someone called Smith 6 unsold
502 Netherlands West Indies 5c King’s head purple/pale blue UPU p/s card 20.10.1898 Paramaribo cds to Amsterdam with numeral 2½c crimson added; blue/grey-blue card squared circle dbl-ring Paramaribo cds needing no extra postage for KLEINWELKA, Germany. Both show boxed 3 line SURINAM VIA HAVRE, postal rates must have lowered meanwhile 10 unsold
503 Nevis 1863 1d, 6d, 1/- SG1, 2, 4 f.u. We are happy that one no longer applies a cat. differential for apparent blueing, but 6d, 1/- are unashamedly white paper, cat. £205 46 unsold link
504 Nevis 1867-76 1d gd u., 4d, 1/- yellow-grn f.u., the 1/- a gorgeous fresh colour, impressively centred SG9, 11, 14 cat. £183 65 unsold link
505 Nevis We’d say these four used 1d values satisfactorily represent the 1871/8 lithographic shades of SG15-17, 22. All approach or achieve fine condn, SG15 is an aristocrat, cat. £150 50 unsold link
506 Nevis 1878 4d, 1/- f.u. – as sometimes happens 1/- shade is intermediate between the two, so deem it pale, SG18, 20, cat. £148 44 unsold link
507 Nevis This example of litho 1/- SG20 (washed and given fake pmk) is well worthy of your rogues gallery 9 unsold
508 Nevis The ideal used example of 6d grey when used will sport a neatly centred A09 cancel which the freshness of the stamp’s colour will dominate, even when quite heavily inked. This example gets there, and only because centred slightly to left (without impacting design) does if fall below superb – SG19 perhaps now undercat at £200 75 unsold link
509 Nevis By 1878 there was far less need than formerly for the 6d rate, and the 6d litho grey SG19 well deserves its high cat. status, and in our view used is the harder option, but who are we to judge? This example is centred right and low with perfs shaving design only if one’s not hypercritical. The level killer does nothing to flatter its victim, yet the overall impact is a positive well worthy example – cat. £200 36 65
510 Nevis A minimal repair at NE corner brings this lge pt o.g. example of Nevis 6d green SG32 down from cat. £450 to a just about affordable level (scarce as you know) 48 unsold link
511 Nevis The 5 listed 1d stamps and shades between SG23 and 27a, together with the bisect of CA 1d lilac mauve, tied to small piece (SG26b) followed by the two 2½d and two 4d SG28-31, all the above with characteristic A09 killer cancellation – cat. (with bisect at 10%) abt £330 85 unsold
512 Nevis The rare key-type 6d green SG32 lightly toned and lightly used – cat. £350 95 120
513 Nevis 9 Nevis earlies are 4d rose, 6d grey-lilac, litho 4d, unused 6d grey-lilac, recess 1d, litho 1d(2), Revenue 6d CA pt o.g., and defective 1d ignored, except as to its deep rose-red shade, cat. £500 60 unsold link
514 Nevis A Galbraith cover regd to NY combining St Kitts 3d ultramarine with the 2 shades of the Leeward 3d Die II, the deep one being lower mgnl, respectively SG45, 68, 68a. The stamps are lightly cancelled, which gives you full value for £105 on or off cover 60 unsold link
515 Nevis OHMS cover addressed to Harbour Master, Charlestown, Nevis. It received an Official Paid cds of 10 MY 43 and a fine well defined large dbl (well treble really) ring cachet of Harbour Master Basseterre St Kitts. Presumably a WWII communication of significance between two officials of comparable status and we treat it with respect 42 unsold
516 Saint Christopher By 1842 when this 1/- packet letter was sent to Lincoln’s Inn, it was probably common practice to use a St Kitts lawyer to deal with matters of administration over property in St Kitts. The days when Nevis was the dominant island had become history. Light but complete small fleuron over flap 34 52 link
517 Saint Christopher Wing-margin 6d lilac on neat blue-piece, probably from SW corner and scissor-cut outside the perfs at S. and W. We’re not going to niggle over crude separation at N. and E., this is a standout example of SGz4 cat.£250 115 115 link
518 Saint Christopher 6d lilac embracing A12 at 11.20 o’clock centrally sited on 6d lilac, the stamp centred a tiny bit low left. SGz4, cat. £250 well worth 40% 100 130 link
519 Saint Christopher A curious 1d dull rose of 1871, offered in one of our auctions many years ago, has returned to haunt us. The CC wmk is inverted. Unpriced before, it is now cat. £250 used and use is fiscal with carefully placed horizontal and vertical strikes of VAN KLEBER ANVERS, i.e Antwerp. We find no fault in condition, the perfs are not ragged as they so often are. We doubt that it was authorised for fiscal use, as there were local Revenue opts from Nevis around, which makes this a rarity from every angle, and we value around ¼ cat. in the circumstances 65 unsold link
520 Saint Christopher We don’t go a bundle for the w (inverted wmk) version of 1d magenta SG2, and this one’s unused. We’ve given it a companion SG2 pt o.g. you’ll have a real giggle at the entire contrast between basic stamp shades and those of duty tablet. We recommend that you carefully remove hinge remainder on the real SG2, to restore its flexibility and prolong its life – SG2, 2w cat. £250 60 unsold link
521 Saint Christopher We think the residue of this small QV assembly all m. comprises perf 12½, 3 perf 14, all CC, to give SG1, 2 (4), 5, 6, 9(2) and if so cat. £740. If you find something better, be happy 60 unsold link
522 Saint Christopher 1879 2½d red-brown CC immaculate o.g. SG7 cat. £190 85 unsold link
523 Saint Christopher Line-perf 4d blue CC fine pt o.g., v. well centred SG8 cat. £200 70 unsold link
524 Saint Christopher 1d (3), 6d(2), 2½d, 4d on s/card offer pleasing use of SG2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 12, 15 cat. £200 40 unsold
525 Saint Christopher Perf 12½ CC 1d magenta, 6d (4, one yellow-green) and perf 14 4d blue (2); two stamps with cds, others dumb, one of which you could argue – with insufficient evidence – uses two bars, not three, cat. £103 20 unsold
526 Saint Christopher 6d green CC, a rare perf. 14 strip of four (but rh stamp is defective) plus CA 4d horiz. pair, with the ubiquitous 1d SG12, each has dumb or killer cancel, none of them overdone, cat. £123, not applied as a simple percentage 54 54 link
527 Saint Christopher 3 surcharges on 6d green, being 1d, two different 4d, SG22, 24, 25 look fresh and fine on their face and the last is fine pt o.g.; 1d/6d is regummed; SG22 formed a deep attachment to its album page illustration. When they broke off their engagement, the illustration was deeply hurt, the pt o.g. stamp unwounded but attachment lingers on. They combine (at cat. £150) with a group of 9 different defins m. and u., cat, much the same 58 unsold link
528 Saint Christopher A clear example of the wmk. inverted on 1/- mauve f.u. SG20w cat. £190 65 65 link
529 Saint Christopher 1d perf 14 magenta (3) and dull magenta (2) whose village origins are expressed by diagonal pen dates of 18.8.78; 28.8.80; 14.10.81; 11.1.83; 31.5.83. Sg12 would never have attained its exalted cat. £70, if all the many with dated ink cancels had been acknowledged over the years as postally used. We prefer to value these 1d stamps at an even £10 a piece 50 50 link
530 Saint Christopher Two marginal examples of the overprinted Revenue 1d, both fine o.g., show current no. 40, the lighter shade at foot, the deeper shade at top – but duty tablets display the opposite. Dated used suggest the change was made in 1886, before the final printing of 9.8.86. Can a DLR historian tell us the reason for the change? 10 10
531 Saint Christopher The overprinted Revenue set SG R3-6 together with a second 1d in deeper shade and the unlisted 5/- yellow which St Kitts did not order (or need?) but collectors liked – all with lge pt o.g. As duty tablets are printed separately the shades do not really match, cat. abt £50+ 20 unsold
532 Saint Christopher Our final look this year at the 1885 postal fiscals illustrates divergence between shades of the 1d to 1/- value with a single 5/- to keep them company. One 6d and one 1d are used. The date on the 1d might be of village origin (no promises). It is from either of the first two supplies, not from the last. 36 unsold
533 Saint Kitts The 1903 SPECIMEN set of 10, Sg1s/10s, cat. £160 (and we still like the design, even if Columbus thinks he’s looking in to a sort of bottle) 54 54 link
534 Saint Kitts There’s some frailty around the margins of complete sheets of 120 of 1907 ½d, 1d SG12 and 14, so we’ll leave them as they presently are (mint, twinned vertical fold in centre) for the new owner to frame, dissect, or whatever. Cat. £390 40 40 link
535 Saint Kitts 1918 MCA 5/- SG21, an impeccable mint block of four with inter-panneau margin from the l.h. pane, cat. £180 65 65 link
536 Saint Kitts A Brooklyn resident perhaps alerted to the recent change of wmk received from GPO St Kitts regd tawny brown OHMS cover franked with Leeward script 6d SG72, now cat. from £50x5. The postmaster, be it said, was a bit tiddly that afternoon – forgot the b/stamp and his POSTMASTER h/stamp slipped off the foot 60 unsold link
537 Saint Kitts OHMS cover, small tear through the heading, used Leeward 1/- dull green and carmine, cancelled St Kitts duplex MR 30 14 so we infer it’s MCA. Addressee was Paul Kiderlen (sighs off stage – ‘would it were anybody but him’). An interesting regn label in grey, annotated as scarce, and Kiderlen couldn’t have contrived that. A two-line POSTMASTER/ST KITTS is annotated unrecorded by (the late Michael) Oliver. We decline to chase that one up – we arrive at value based on an enjoyable regn label, a probable cat. £140 stamp, a low-calibre addressee and ignore all the rest 80 80
538 Saint Kitts By 1928, when Groves and Lindley were running their business from Huddersfield, customer correspondence was being handled more kindly than before. This PSRE was sent from St Kitts in 1928 with Leeward script 2½d added for full postage, shows the violet cachet of Charles A Halbert, Basseterre, back and front, was most carefully opened, and, being penmarked urgent, we do not doubt was promptly dealt with. A cover doesn’t get pampered in commercial storage over 90 years – this one is bearing up nicely 35 35
539 Saint Kitts A Panton cover (no erasures) SP 20 33 from Sandy Point does at least have a full Caribbean connection, so could socialise with your village postmarks – St Kitts ½d, tercentenary 2d 44 44 link
540 Saint Kitts Finding a St Kitts cover of 1935 whose SJ 1d and 1½d have conveyed it to the Photo-engraving dept of Aurora School, and a half page of Aurora pmks 1880’s to 1912 in accidental juxtaposition, we can’t resist combining them, but you can always divorce them again, as Arora (for Aurora?) Missouri may have no affinity with Br. Guiana. They add a morsel of value, but we’re on overload with the like this year 115 unsold
541 Saint Kitts Our seller was excited to own a St Kitts (Nevis) 1937 Coron FDC to Montserrat with quite a bit of blue ink in the cds postmarks – he’s got a point 12 unsold
542 Saint Kitts Window envelope from Chicago’s American Technical Society posted for 3c from Stock Yard’s Sta 3 (wavy line m/c cancel) Oct 18, 1939, was returned for and received 2c additional postage (horrid blotchy black cancel) and left, as we still know by cds of receipt, for St Kitts, SANDY POINT, where it arrived OC 30 39. On the way it was h/stamped with triple circle ST.KITTS/CROWN/PASSED BY CENSOR, type CH2 in rose-pink. Though cover is rather the worse for wear, it was owned by Brian Brooks and that should be good enough for any of us 30 30
543 Saint Kitts The same CH2 censor mark (with 3 for censor no. added) can be seen in soft blue in a cover that went – without an address from the St Kitts sender – by air to the US Rubber Export Co., in Rockefeller Center, on 17 NO 41 armed with a St Kitts 1/- and 1½d orange-yellow with a damaged corner. This was another Brian Brooks item and again if he could accept, or keep it, in that condition, so can any of us. Antigua was still ready to b/stamp mail in transit to the US despite the war, and did so on 20 Nov 19 19 link
544 Saint Kitts St Kitts A12 duplexes cancel the pink 1d die of this Leeward p/s env and the 3d and ½d SG24 and 20 recumbant alongside NO 7 02 to pay for its regn to Frank P. Brown in Boston. The date looks early for a stamp issued in October. This cover took a leisurely 8 days to pass through NY and received a boxed violet h/stamp of Boston’s Registry Division a day later 40 40
545 Saint Lucia 1/- rate packet letter from St Lucia 24 Jan 1846 in dbl-arc on reverse, part of the Haile Boys & Austen business files, showing the writer unwilling to sign off accounts in the format requested, following the death of a Mr Hyde in 1844. With letters taking about 4 weeks each way at this period patient dialogue ensued, we presume 42 50
546 Saint Lucia The bar of H is missing from this example of the unissued ½d/(6d) emerald, not an unused recurrence for SG9 (cat. £70) 15 15 link
547 Saint Lucia It has taken the Circle 48 auctions to find an example of the rare unissued Six pence/(4d) SG10, sure to be admired even by those for whom cost is out of reach. The setting is unknown (at least one overheated surcharge, not ours, reads sex pence) but this surcharge, centred well to the right adds its own touch of mystery. Fine pt o.g., cat £1,100 faint reverse offset from the original printing; scissor separated, favouring r.h.s. over left 320 320 link
548 Saint Lucia Such was the one-time popularity of St Lucia Chalons that several collectors embarked on the horrific task of plating the sheets of 240. In this group of 7 x ½d SG25, Sacher did the initial work of plating, so you would only have 233 to go. Actually these are not just plating examples, they all look fine m., worth collecting on their own (cat. £210) 32 32 link
549 Saint Lucia 4 chalons being (1d) rose-red, perf 14 6d mauve u. (unless you want to call it lilac), ONE PENNY black on perf 12½ 4d yellow, the two ONE HALF PENNY/3d, Die I m., Die II u., condn gd to fine, cat. £375 (or more?) SG1, 17, 26, 27, 53, 56 60 60 link
550 Saint Lucia The Die I 6d lilac f.u. stamp and cancellation for once entirely healthy, SG35 cat. £200 65 90 link
551 Saint Lucia The 1/- orange-brown SG36 is just as healthy f.u. and one grade higher as date in thimble cancel is fully legible, cat. £160 60 70 link
552 Saint Lucia Shorn of the 10/- value which Madam Joseph had seduced, the QV Die II set to 5/- gd to mainly f.u. is carried by the 5/- which gives full value for our estimate at cat. £160 out of £200 60 60 link
553 Saint Lucia No frills to the four 1891/2 QV surcharges here, unless you bother with deformed lettering. The two ½d/3d are f.u., the bisect v.g.u. and the 1d/4d non-descript, SG53/6. Cat. just into 3 figures 25 26
554 Saint Lucia 3 Imperial printed pages, every space filled m. or u., but don’t jump to conclusions: main blips are SG28, bite out of top, SG29 the postal fiscal substitutes: 1/- SG36 is suffused somewhat, 6d Sg35 has a better chance; KG5 1d red mingles with better Edward items; 5/- SG76 is colour washed. Those are the main deficiencies, we note M for Micoud on ½d and we make cat. well over £4,000 (e. and o.e., which are plentiful with us nowadays). It has to be gd value at reserve 400 unsold
555 Saint Lucia The KG6 issues are set out on 2 New Age printed pages, the stamps in their proper places where checked, and a slightly random mix of m. and u.. It makes for a ball-park estimate 40 unsold
556 Saint Lucia The KG6 decimal set of 14 fine m., some with mgnl imprint SG146-59 cat. £48 – plus you get about £100cat. on these s/sheets which includes the 1953/63 set of 13 both m. and u. and some useful KG6 u. 15 unsold
557 Saint Lucia This collection 1970 to mid 1990’s is the “wallpaper” period for whose cat. we use SG 2002 and ignore pence column. We count 550 items (stamps and multiples) 20 mini sheets; no obvious duplication and many IGPC products (such as leaders of the world) hit the buffers as they don’t reach the £ column. It’s not all rubbish – you’ve got the high value defins well represented both m. and u. especially the 1976-9 birds, and you can think about wmks (at this period we don’t) cat. (our way) nearly tops £200 – the s/cards holding colln add weight 20 20
558 Saint Lucia 30 stamps segregated on s/card for their pmks of which 13 are KG5 or earlier, just 4 are KG6 or QEII heads, and the rest grow in size and wall coverage – even here names like MOREAU and SION should not try your patience 25 25
559 Saint Lucia A promotional hotel Air mail envelope which we guess to sing the praises of Hotel Beaumaris, Port of Spain, Trinidad, member of American Hotel Association, found its way to St Lucia, where an insensitive or, more likely, disapproving sender stuck a 3d purple/yellow over the name with the extra 1/- to pay the balance to Germany on the other side, The total effect is soft and colourful. There’s a 2-line dated rose-plug h/stamp for Frankfurt am Main at foot with a clean arrival b/stamp overleaf 20 18
560 Saint Lucia Long air mail cover for which 36c was paid 26 FE 53 with 12c and 8 each 1c and 2c to travel to Ottawa for Colin Bayley, courtesy of Col. H.G.Reid in SOUFRIERE. If you haven’t already guessed this format yields 8 coil join vert. pairs and the very cover yields the exhortation “Paste up pairs – Do not soak off”. Forgive us if we don’t enthuse (but we remind ourselves that there were once a good few St Lucia complete coils in circulation, and this is one way of using them up), The stamps of course are all perf. 12½, not just the 12c. We value on the basis of £5 per coil join and £10 per cover, in the belief that if these are to one’s philatelic taste, one should be made to pay for them 42 unsold
561 Saint Lucia While the rest of the philatelic world stayed aloof, St Lucia felt justifiable pride in associated statehood status and Edmund Bailey stayed alert. The result was a 5 AP 68 cover by air to him on Bank of Nova Scotia stationery, bearing pairs of the 1c and 6c issue optd SG type 49 in black (see note after SG239). We don’t know how many Edmund procured and you’ve just missed the 50th anniversary. We think this is one to tuck away for your grandchildren 75 75 link
562 Saint Lucia Whitfield King kept intact a 1½d plus 1½d reply card from a St Lucia dealer, unhappy with a Gibbons offer for a parcel of stamps and hoping for more. Two nice thimble cancels of SP 5 86, extensive light foxing probably treated to hold in check. Did Whitfield King reply at all? P£11/13 11
563 Saint Lucia It’s the size of the PSRE (8”x5”) and the proper adhesive addition of 1d+1d War Tax that removes any reluctance to offer an item addressed to Dr Hess, the Nassau Colonial Surgeon whose philatelic activities still cause a stir, more than a century later. We don’t see anything philatelic to criticise here. A cover of these unusual dimensions would not be used without a real purpose. Some minor foxing, perhaps treated 70 unsold
564 Saint Lucia PSRE (size G) regd 1933 to a NY publishing house from CHOISEUL and we deduce the office used its own boxed regn h/stamp to register there, rather than leave this to GPO. We disregard signs of gum behind the 2d adhesive at the top, for even if reattached the stamp travelled on the cover and belongs in every respect. Pmk is deeply impressed on stamp, fairly lightly on cover. This item is a rarity, not just scarce 90 90 link
565 Saint Lucia Sepia photo vignettes each subtitled SOUFRIERE, ST LUCIA B.W.I. Cauldrons in activity front and unused ppc with undivided back, which we ascribe to the 19th century. On the reverse the Royal arms top left are balanced by the photo Berlin logo of RTS Artistic Scene Trade Mark – a card of obvious quality 14 14 link
566 Saint Lucia This is the third example that we have recorded of ONE PENNY STAMP in black and carmine with fiscal pen-cancel bleached out as SG F1. Interestingly, you can see that the carmine surcharge was set up to print multiples (probably only a single row, as you get right and left parts of surcharge at foot but not at top) – really fine appearance 95 95 link
567 Saint Lucia We see no reason to warrant the authenticity of ONE PENNY STAMP double in rose-carmine on (1d) black, fiscal cancel bleached out as happens so often; but these primitive surcharges spring surprises and, in case we’re wrong, we up our estimate a bit and offer as-is, a fine looker 20 20 link
568 Saint Vincent Large and unfamiliar London PAID cds of JAN 9 1809 fronts business EL to P.M. Lucas S Vincent. Rated 2/- per packet, no b/stamp, the West Indies destination is confirmed by mention of Grenada in the text. Exceptionally clean and clearly written. Usual filing folds, we can’t otherwise fault condition – 77 days on its wartime voyage, a v. scarce early incoming item 95 95 link
569 Saint Vincent This delicately coloured 1861 1d would once have fought to be described as intermediate perf., but now it’s lost its chance. Quite a strong A10 killer at 3 o’clock but there’s a streak of traditionalism in our approach and we value at full cat. 14 unsold
570 Saint Vincent The 1862-8 1d, 4d, 6d on this card are fine used by most people’s standards, but we (and our valuation) have eyes only for the 4d value, good colour, light part A10, profile absolutely clear, and scissor separation has for once nowhere impinges on design and even the perf holes keep their distance on three sides with the just the gentlest of kisses at the top. SG5, 6, 7 cat. £205 together but think only SG6 v.f.u. cat £110 65 unsold
571 Saint Vincent We recommend this example of the compound perf. 1/- slate-grey SG11 for its brown A10 killer cancel (due to a mix of ink on the pad) because the late Stephen Sharp taught us that when you find this colour pmk on a 1/- perf B (i.e 12½) all round it is authentic SG8 and is not indigo. Our stamp is f.u. centred left, cat. £120 40 40 link
572 Saint Vincent Most of the serious collectors already own examples of the three 1869 classics SG12-14, so we offer the three together, valued a shade modestly, for a member aiming to catch-up. These are quite lightly cancelled, SG13 has ironed horiz. crease at hairline, if pmk has a hint of brown within (cSG11) we ignore it, cat. £410 100 100 link
573 Saint Vincent Treating the 1/- rose-red and lilac-rose with lightish black and red killers rather like the 1869 trio (and very different from the 1/- claret) we rate SG17 and 20 (cat. £490) 110 100 link
574 Saint Vincent When before now you seek the QV 1/- claret cented to exactly as to leave the perfs clear of design on all four sides? Colour is rich too, stamp fault-free, and would have earned a second v.f.u. had not the rather indeterminate killer mushed up the queen’s hairdo, while leaving profile clear – SG21, cat. £250 120 130 link
575 Saint Vincent If you find it hard to distinguish the darker green 6d issues, you are not alone, so we offer 4 together, all nicely u. If you change the order you may lose the plot, unless we already have. SG7, 16, 19, 19a; cat. £189 52 52 link
576 Saint Vincent We consider one meets the 6d pale green SG26 used far too often for its cat. to approach value at £450, while you can struggle to find an attractive example of the compound perf SG23. You get these both here with light red killer cancels, and you can allocate our estimate between cat. total of £500 exactly as you please 80 95 link
577 Saint Vincent You have the 3 different 1d blacks here in attractive used condn, and one has a full GB // 40c cancellation, we tack on a 6d SG29 that gets halfway there 22 unsold
578 Saint Vincent The slightly deeper shade saves you the trouble of checking that this 4d blue is the 1877 wmkd issue. Lightly ‘killed’ most of profile clear, large mgns S and W, huge above (to the extreme disadvantage of former neighbour) and even at the east the perfs didn’t nibble. Colour is rich and this example of SG25 is altogether exceptional – would you not agree? Cat. £90 48 48 link
579 Saint Vincent 1d on half 6d deep blue-green SG28, extremely lightly u., reverse shows some fox spotting, mainly along the outer perfs. This surcharge reached us in bad company (see our offered forgery of SG35) to be all but condemned out of hand. On review, the basic stamp is the right one, and the perfs stand up to close scrutiny on each of its four sides, so we turned to the amazing group of these surcharges that were held in Peter Jaffe’s collection at its ultimate height - came the clincher, see photocopies reproduced for comparison. Can anyone doubt that the three examples belonged to the same vertical column? Though Peter never plated all his 59 examples, he might well have plated this left marginal one. Surcharge is stereo, not foundry; there is no printing inconsistency in the surcharge wandering to the edge of the design, and wiser heads than ours have given it good prospects even without Peter’s ‘same column’ examples. In our considered view this rare stamps is genuine, cat. £375 120 120 link
580 Saint Vincent QV 1d (3 black, 1 drab), 4d deep blue(2), SG25, 36 all cancelled GB//40c in shield, fairly shaped on 1d values, far less so on 4d – we think different instruments were used on the overseas mail. The 4ds’, one of them remarkably well-centred, are not free from defect, but strong in contrasting colours and with a cat. above £250, in the region of one third won’t be wrong for the group 80 80 link
581 Saint Vincent We believe you like us now and then to offer groups which avoid the merely commonplace, yet don’t attempt the high spots, here’s a sample. There are: 5/- lake (choose your own printing out of 6_; DLR perf. 14 1/-, the orange and the orange-red; the 5 pence,/4d sepia, with 2 dealer marks to guarantee what they never state (the slight smudge at top corner we class as violet ink brushing by because of the deep pressure of the opt – have a look); 5d/4d (3), which we think will satisfy the shade listings, and don’t much care if they don’t; and the cherry on the cake – an ordinary 4d yellow and a beautifully used one on piece, which we believe could have stood as the rare shade before the rare shade ceased to exist. Heigh ho for glories past, cat. abt £150 or what you wish 44 44 link
582 Saint Vincent 1881 ½d/half 6d, ONE PENNY/6d m., quite gd examples. SG33 with only a trace of o.g., SG34 with quite a lot (and dealer or owner h/stamps on reverse) cat. £635 95 95 link
583 Saint Vincent Of course forgeries of the 1881 4d/1/- exist, but this example – with an oversize 4 and 3mm spacing from the bar – is on a genuine stamp, which presents as unused. How economic is that, if true? The stamp is too narrow and the perfs appear as B (genuine) by A, which would have been B for a genuine surcharge. So why use, or reperf. To, perf. A for an intended fake? We wonder whether there’s a faint deleted small A10 at 10 o’clock, but UV didn’t show it and vermilion does not proclaim ‘treated’. Anyway, value has gone into creating this, so our estimate is tough 30 25
584 Saint Vincent Perf 14 QV 4d ultramarine SG41 whose cancel is the GB//40c accountancy mark (about 60% at 10 o’clock) cat. as normal £75, I short perf 35 35 link
585 Saint Vincent 1/- bright vermilion SG51 scissor separated above and below, to leave straight edge at top, received overlapping GB/40c cancellations at 8 and 9 o’clock to reveal an interweaving pattern, but we’ll only charge for one of them 30 30 link
586 Saint Vincent The WW1 ONE PENNY on 1/- is on parade here in NE corner block of 12 and top mgnl single mint (or substantially so) and a single f.u. A previous owner suggested the block contains an example of ONE double, which we reject and you can please yourselves. So it’s cat. £170 for this group (all fine) 40 unsold link
587 Saint Vincent Two £1 stamps removed from Imperial pages 723, 725 form the next lot. Every other space is filled. Here, three low values and the second 6d (with dot) of the Pax et Justicia series and SG112b are f.u. the rest all appear fresh m. Cat. abt £220 48 unsold
588 Saint Vincent Two KG5 £1 mauve and black used: the script example lightly u., has short NE corner perf: cancel on MCA version leaves 90% of stamp clear, but we rate as a fiscal and has a scuff within 20 unsold
589 Saint Vincent 1935 SJ set of four with SPECIMEN perfin – there are shortened perfs in places, centring is excellent, we think plus and minus balance each other out, cat. £100 34 34 link
590 Saint Vincent For KGVI we move to SG pages for the new era and the two printed sides are complete with 51 stamps, condition looking fine, as you would expect – some lower values of the pre-decimal series are f.u., so for a brownie point, is the SW £1, all but two values of the later issues are m. Cat will be £140 or so, and presence of the SW £1 nudges our assessment upwards 40 unsold
591 Saint Vincent These 21 stamps are the SG listed denominations that were issued as defins between 1955 and 1961. They are ex-Jaffe, mint or o.g. (hinge lightly attached in the odd instance, SG189-200a, cat. £189, all fine. It’s the extra shades that add the value 36 unsold
592 Saint Vincent A small beginning can trigger a lifetime interest in postmarks. Perhaps the item of 19 NO 58 sent from Chateaubelair to the Windward I. Bible Institute at a cost of 2c will do exactly that. There were many such covers, the bulk of which arrived in poor condition. Now that they have matured, we shall probably start to pick and choose from the survivors for those worthy of collection and display, and we’ll see for how long the estimates stay modest 3 unsold
593 Saint Vincent We are saddened to feel that since the 1980’s St Vincent has sold its soul to printers whose adherence to tradition and relevance was marginal at best. Why was it appropriate for Format to generate imperf. pairs of the 1987 $1 Child Health issue, SG 1052? From memory the issue may have brought enough for 2,500 pairs into the world. This pair comes with normal mint pair and is fine ungummed – not the only baby receiving injection could be saying ‘ouch’, but maybe you see future profit at 12 unsold
594 Saint Vincent The next imperf. doormat – sorry Format – aberration is 15c SG1079 produced with QV portrait inverted. Don’t expect us to applaud, even if your profit potential is greater, unless you collect a Chamber of Horrors 20 unsold
595 Saint Vincent Format as printers had curious ways of marketing their wares, as their liquidation sales demonstrated. So we record without speculative comment, two pages on one of which reposes an imperf block of 30x 10c grey-green badge of the former colony design (at a distance not unlike an elephant) where, at the foot of the 5 rows of 6 is the format imprint exactly centred (page annotated ‘St Vincent 1980 Imperforate’. Then on the second page, noted ‘St Vincent 1988 Revenue printed in sheets of 100, two panes of 50’, is a block of 20, 5 rows of four, again with its immaculately centred imprint below the stamps which are evenly perforated throughout. We refrain from comment, save to mention that the central guide cross in the upper margin is about 6mm west of central perfs. Your theories, please, to the Bulletin editor, not to us 48 unsold linkex
596 Saint Vincent The note on this cover tells us that 98 were flown on Humming Bird between St Vincent and Barbados in 1932, and we suspect that everybody who might want one has now got one – bet we’d like you to prove us wrong. We’ve seen collectors pay nearly double our estimate for an example in the past. Is this an incentive? 44 unsold link
597 Saint Vincent There’s more character than you might expect to the interior of St George’s Cathedral, St Vincent, seen here on N.C. Cropper ppc sent 1907, ½d franking, to a lady in Chaumont, France, without even initials to show who sent it – the soul of discretion it seems 12 12 link
598 Tobago This is the outer wrapper of a 1/-packet letter to the Manager of Edinburgh’s Bank of Scotland. A super Tobago dbl-arc OC9/1852/A masters with ease the effort of a mustard red crown/date cds to smother it; after a predecessor strike has left a bleary smear on the front side the receiver reading NOV/S4M/1852 is just as crystal clear 24 unsold
599 Tobago Three lge pt o.g. from the 1880 issues. Forget about the decent ½d and 1d here because 6d stone is a half-cat stamp for any serious collector, and we don’t need a nit-picking description. In this instance we offer at reserve, so that, if there’s competition an appropriate higher level will result irrespective of early or late status. SG20 is £400, the others want to uplift by £170 – they won’t R£150 unsold link
600 Tobago We make it cat. £152 for 8x6d, 4x1/- orange-chrome and 6 1/- olive-yellow, 2 of them pale. We’ve wavered over whether there’s a repaired slash flaw, but give the buyer the benefit of any possible doubt 32 unsold
601 Tobago 11m. 7u. of which we ignore 4d CC as it’s s-s-so common and has slightly rounded corner. The rst, which cat. over £80, include 3 2½d shades m. and cat. is over £180 18 18 link
602 Tobago Present here are the 2½d/6d, 1d CA venetian red, ½d green, 6d orange-brown, all fresh-looking m. We have left in place a much used brand of modern hinge which, alas, behaves as if concreted on. These can prove removable with the right liquid used in the right quantity – we’d rather it was done by you than us – cat. £120 20 unsold
603 Tobago On this s/card, the 2½d/4d m. and u., followed by 1d CA venetian red 2½d and one each of the five 1885-94 ½d to 1/- all kindly u., between SG15 and 31, cat. abt £90 12 12
604 Tobago 10 used Tobago issues include 2½d/6d, ½d/ and 2½d/4d grey, ½d/4d postal fiscal, ½d CC (lovely looker, but a pinhole lurks) and the next ½d, 1d (ignore 4d CC which always turns up) and two tired 2½d – CA; cat, say £380 50 unsold link
605 Tobago If the order of these (basic) 2½d’s remains undisturbed, you’ll identify stop between G and O, slash flaw ultramarine m., 1d/2½d m. extended leg of G, ½d/2½d m., wide space, then 3 used showing code P, dull blue with inverted code, bright blue with code C doing press ups 65 unsold link
606 Tobago As a reminder to look more closely when you acquire a Tobago surcharge here is a normal ½/2½ d dull blue together with a forged example on 2½d ultramarine. Both are m. and the forgery is much scarcer 14 16
607 Tobago We’ve not seen this done before (but you can do it for yourself for perhaps 5% of our estimate plus time involved, say 10 years). 25 1d items in singles and pairs, one is war Tax, and ½d pair house the complete alphabet of 26 code letters for Scarborough. Some items on piece. If you didn’t know that all the letters are there to be found, you do now 50 80 linkex
608 Tobago The number of 3d franked covers travelling from Trinidad to Tobago as FFC’s on 8 May 1930 was swollen, we are sure, by those heading for Wight or Hope & Co, in Scarborough – and this is one of them, with red upper case endorsement and anonymous air etiquette. It was, at best, a hasty commercial exercise – for this stamp suffered damage in separation. So probably did its neighbour on every side 12 unsold
609 Tobago This FFC from Port of Spain to Grenada, accepted 19.7.30 for flight next day was carried by NYRBA on the last of their feeder services to be set up, before Pan Am swallowed NYRBA whole – see Wike p.34 P£14/16 unsold
610 Tobago Size F PSRE, the 2d die uplifted with ½d pair, 1d, despatched JA17 24 from Scarborough to the Colonial Bank, Port of Spain, the regn formalities left to be completed on arrival at GPO. The bank employee who opened the letter did so with extreme discourtesy, being untrained in philately 24 24
611 Tobago Casual or impatient opening worked through the inner lining of size G PSRE from Scarborough to Liverpool – the damage is limited in extent. Cover was regd 23 May 49 with 5 and 2c adhesives added – nothing to show when it was received – some wartime habits died hard 12 12
612 Trinidad This missive from Trinidad left 8 Aug 1825 and was received 13 Oct, though you can’t work out the date from the well inked, well worn small fleuron of despatch struck over flap. It was endorsed “single-sheet” was double rated at 4/4, then reduced to single rate 2/2, so there must have been some debate over the issue, and we don’t know whether this took place in Trinidad or London. 77 Hatton Garden was a clerical address and they used to carefully monitor their outgoings. We infer, perhaps wrongly, that there was something within that was allowed to travel free of charge 120 unsold link
613 Trinidad EL of 24 July 1852 to John Neill, Greenock ante-dating the covers referenced as TR SO 3190 and 3210 in the Trinidad handbook, and of identical character. (1d) SG3 is just clear on two sides, lge mgns the other two, the whole cover very clean, well preserved and clearly written. Some bags for Trinidad were dropped off beforehand (presumably in San Fernando) so no correspondence received from Glasgow. The arriving steamer was in command of Capt. Neill – relative? We know not. Prices current were originally enclosed. Despatched 25 JY, London transit AU 17, arrival AU 18 – cat. from £650 and worthy of a serious collection R£130 360 link
614 Trinidad 5 classics m. comprising (1d) purple-brown (compare and contrast our pair), blue (2) paper only faintly blued, (1d) local litho red, 1/- slate-grey, SG1, 3, 10, 20 mgns all round, v. close at times, cat. £132 36 unsold link
615 Trinidad Fine large pt o.g. horiz. pair of 1851 (1d) SG2, the paper only lightly blued so as to produce a richer than usual shade of brown, cat. £42 15 16 link
616 Trinidad 1854 (1d) dark grey m. its gum stained in patches (these don’t look sinister to us) SG10 cat. £55 16 16
617 Trinidad We are favoured this year with what was once a Specimen set of four DLR Britannia defins of the 1860’s and they have clearly lived their philatelic lives together until now. We have decided, with some reluctance, that it is time they were given the freedom to allow more than one member to acquire one, so they comprise the next 4 lots. The first is the perf 12½ (1d) lake, the over-writing in black ink in a spidery diagonal upward tilt, the product of a pen with a fine nib. We reckon that each stamp shows the original early shade 60 130 link
618 Trinidad Specimen is written by the same hand in exactly the same manner on the 4d bright violet 65 130 link
619 Trinidad ‘Specimen’ showing exactly similar characteristics comes next on 6d emerald. We’ve left its hinge attached 70 130 link
620 Trinidad The 1/- deep bright mauve comes last in the line-up and you’ll now recognise the writing instantly. If you have re-united the set we congratulate you, and the rest have had their chance 75 130 link
621 Trinidad Imperf 4d grey-lilac pt o.g. and 1/- indigo unused, each with the usual tidy mgns, share this lot SG25 and 29 cat. £220 48 unsold link
622 Trinidad The 25 used Britannias on two pages aim to include each listed shade between SG69 and 78. There’s one 6d too many, one 1/- too few, otherwise a credible job for what are largely matters of opinion. Cat. approaches £200, and we don’t uplift estimate for mild pmk interest 35 35 linkex
623 Trinidad On small piece 1d/6d (SG77a) bisected …. Hang on! How could this be genuine – never mind the 1883 thimble cds – when the stamp bisected was plainly used previously in some other way? It’s turn to answer – over to you 8 9 link
624 Trinidad Three beautifully centred tall Britannia 5/- values, SG132 and 132a. The lilac and mauve shade is present mint (gum evenly toned but immaculate) and used – complete cds of 2pm OC 11 16 at 6 o’clock. This is late for shade and date 2 years after MCA version reaches GPO, yet posthumous, deliberate use in wartime is unlikely. You could take the deep shade as mint too, with white even gum, the stamp very fresh, colour not one which degraded, but in our opinion regummed. So you don’t get our trio described as superb, as might happen elsewhere and we value at 60 60 link
625 Trinidad If we leave out of account the QV Tobago £1 for which there was no actual postal reason, by far the most difficult to find BWI stamps to find, when looking for pre-war top values used are the tall Britannia issues from Trinidad. This year we have two valued at half cat., and you’ll have to hope you’re the only one after them, as they can go through the roof. Here goes the 1907 MCA £1 green and carmine SG145 looking parade-ground fresh with an AP 14 09 registration cds rather indeterminately struck – cat. £375 180 360 link
626 Trinidad £1 deep yellow green and carmine regn cds OC 20 22 (as we read it) SG156a cat. £300 150 210 link
627 Trinidad An array of shades and denominations of the KG5 MCA defins and Red Cross and War Tax issues, 34 different m. look quite inviting on a medium-size s/card – but don’t go overboard for it, you’ll still have to look for the ones that matter. Cat. at least £150, we think 20 unsold
628 Trinidad If you include Specimen stamps of the 1930’s in your search for the holy grail, this is a lightly mounted perfin set of 9, SG230s/238s cat. £180 65 70 link
629 Trinidad The 9 m. 1935 Jubilee on this s/card comprise the set of four, corner block of 2c (margins folded, splitting some perfs) and 3c single, each of these with extra flagstaff, cat. £111 – sound but not lustrous 30 unsold link
630 Trinidad If the 71 m. on s/card sell for estimate, you pay two sevenths for the MCA P. due set of 8 included and nothing more for all listed KG6 stamps and shades except $4.80 plus QEII 1953-9 defins, coron and surcharges, a few later to $10, and did we mention the 1935 pictorial decimal set of 9? Oops QEII 12c , 24c are used not m. Condition looks OK throughout 40 unsold
631 Trinidad Here is this year’s RARITY of only nominal worth. You may one day match but can never duplicate this commercially u. KG6 8c with sheet no. 142 attached. Buy it for one of your kids, and start her off collecting stamps 1 5
632 Trinidad Complete mint sheets of the 2c, 6c Postage dues recorded as acquired Mar ’55 and Dec ’54, which makes them chalky paper. We’ll assume someone has checked the wmks – we’re not even going to look 25 25
633 Barbados Classy type O2 ‘7’ on imperf (4d) brown-red whose margins are almost too close to matter, yet they are visible on all but r.h. side (cat. £275) 42 unsold link
634 Trinidad 6 numeral pmks: Type 2 on faulty 1/-. And a weaker 7 at 3 o’clock on (1d) lake; type 4 15 on nice looker 6d green; two more (1d) reds for type 7 giving the low-down on 16 (when you’d prefer it higher) and 18 that’s just right; and T7 inverted on ONE PENNY surcharge 24 24
635 Trinidad 13 pmks on this s/card (largely late 20’s to mid-30’s, 2 earlier) with a pencilled crib on the reverse. The most elusive are Cedros and Mayaro in the scarce type 5, while the earlier Hicacos isn’t easy 22 unsold
636 Trinidad Up to now we think we’ve only seen the scarce TETERON BAY cds used philatelically. With hesitation we decipher the date 28 OC 41 on 3c black and scarlet SG248 10 10
637 Trinidad Violet cachet of J.H. Hart superintendent of Trinidad’s Botanic Garden authorised the OHMS despatch of a missive to the Director of the Botanic Garden, Calcutta. Front shows gorgeous 32mm OFFICIAL PAID h/stamp of 23 JA 96, along with Port of Spain cds, the reverse has a receiving cds to record delivery of something shipped; it looks heavily used and hard to read 30 30
638 Trinidad How often have you met a Montgomery Ward cover dating back to 1912? This one set off from ARIMA with an optimistic 1d franking, received a T in circle at Port of Spain; Husdon Bay Terminal contributed a duples to show 6c postage due; Chicago added 3x pre-cancel 2c dues; Monty Ward paid up and perhaps collected with interest in their invoice. Happily they hadn’t yet begun to mutilate incoming mail – not this item, anyway 40 unsold link
639 Trinidad Printed address of a senior RAMC officer in Hampshire fronted a registered cover from Port of Spain 1913, backstamps of London and Christchurch. Narrow security strip unnecessarily reinforcing each side of the cover, red regn label, black R h/stamp 22 unsold
640 Trinidad Using 13x 1d SG219 in blocks of 8, 4 and a single on the reverse, this cover travelled to NY, presumably by air (it’s an airmail envelope) posted FE 24 1930. Opened at the top leaving the stamps to their slumber. An unusual cover, for those who like this sort of thing 20 20
641 Trinidad Apiece on which 10c, 40c, 1Fr of Guadeloupe unite to pay, a fragment of the red bridge-type Paquebot Trinidad Instrument consigns them, and a Port of Spain cds of NO 9 31 receives them into the postal system, happily highlights a direction in which our circle interests have widened in recent years 20 unsold
642 Trinidad Forget about the uplift x2 when you come across genuine commercial use of the 72c value SG238 paying most of the 82c fare to S. Africa’s Kenilworth, close to Cape Town. The FE 1(9) 37 cover was opened unkindly and folded centrally clear of the stamps, so – although we think uplift from x5 would be the minimum appropriate, we’ll settle on 44 unsold link
643 Trinidad FFC for KLM’s first Trinidad-Barbados flight OC 19 38, the recipient resident in Black Rock. As Ron Wike recorded for us, the Barbados government honoured and respected its contract for KLM to carry mails between the two islands, which made commercial development awkward for NYRBA and the soon-to-emerge BWIA in this part of the Caribbean 12 unsold
644 Trinidad Three covers here censored in Trinidad: the first from Brazil by air mail via Trinidad 3,400 Reis paid was sent 27 November 1941 but was not examined until 7 February 1942 when resealed with a PC90 label OPENED BY EXAMINER and with IE added in crayon, it reached its Ohio destination, via Miami, four days later; 5c KG6 pictorial paid the postage to Barbados from Woodstock on 8 September 1943, censored and resealed with TR/5 label by IE/8700; another TR/5 label was used by censor IE/8780 to seal our final cover from Port of Spain to Montreal sent in 1943 for 26c (24+2 pictorials) 44 44
645 Trinidad TR/6 resealing labels were used on this group of three censored covers in 1944.The first sent 1 May from Port of Spain to California for 30c (24+6 pictorials) censored by IE/8768; the second sent 21 September from Arima to Ashbourne, Derbyshire for 68c (60+8 pictorials) censored by IE/8690; two days later IE/8060 censored our third cover from Port of Spain to Canada, postage 26c (24+2 pictorials). 44 44
646 Trinidad This is the stout 1879 Foreign Post Card in pristine unused condition before any stamps have been affixed to pay foreign postage 30 48
647 Trinidad And here, just as fresh is the same card with a single and vertical bisect of the perf. 14 1d lake 44 52
648 Trinidad While here, alas, a stronger shade of the same 1d has its fixed companion a ½d lilac which has oxidised to what old-timers would probably have called purple-slate, a euphemism for dirty grey 30 30 link
649 Trinidad The KG5 1d brown wrapper is a very elusive item. Perhaps the SPECIMEN version which we have here is easier to get but it deserves uplift against the run-of-the-mill 12 unsold
650 Trinidad Scarce b/w ppc marketed by Waterman “the hatter and outfitter”. It shows 7 photographic vignettes of prominent buildings and locations interspersed with floral sprays. Sent to Barbados without greeting, obviously for Xmas, on DE 23 08. Stamp not tied but manifestly healthy. Endorsed in red ink “Per S.S. Jan” which you may interpret more readily than ourselves 15 unsold link
651 Trinidad We can’t resist ppc’s sent in the 19th century, can you? This coloured card, about 80% of normal width shows London’s National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, fountain playing in front, but was 1d franked from Port of Spain to Kiel, written in German, fine condn 20 unsold
652 Trinidad An amateur dealer Hugh Aloysius Gamell sent this view of Mucurapo Bay to a collector in Bradford-on-Avon from ARIMA JU 8 09. A small family group stands on rocks at the water’s edge watching the shallow water ebbing gently in and out – 1d stamp on face 14 14
653 Trinidad At the joint request of Roosevelt and Churchill Pan Am incorporated a subsidiary to operate civilian flights across the Atlantic from Brazil to W. Africa. The planning of a new route began in Sept. 1941 but reckoned without Pearl Harbour. Acceptances for FAM22 at Trinidad are normally dated DE 7 but by the time of take-off from Brazil the US were at war (see Wike p.84/7). The FFC here, franked at 52c bearing the boxed cachet to show FF routing and an elaborate purple design specific to each of the three destinations (Bathurst, Lagos and Leopoldville) from Trinidad was b/stamped 12.12.41 on its afternoon arrival in Belgian Congo 18 22 link
654 Turks Islands The 1d dull rose SG1 looks rather common unused until you start screaming for condition – colour, centring, integrity, freshness, this perhaps, one in a hundred times you meet one like this. On three sides it is scissor-separated (GPO made constant use of scissors) along E and S perfs, outside N perfs. It captures a sliver of its western neighbour, the final tug inducing a trivial wrinkle at SW corner. Reverse is smooth lge pt o.g., tiny dealers or proprietary mark in one corner. For this example cat. £65 isn’t enough 25 unsold link
655 Turks Islands 1d dull rose from position 24, with throat flaw, fresh pt o.g., scissors wielded less adroitly than usual, so as to trim the eastern perfs from halfway up, which soft fresh colour and relative prominence of the flaw – which can be hard to spot on the earliest issue – partly atone – SG1a cat. £250 50 unsold link
656 Turks Islands The rare 1/- lilac SG6 has been characteristically separated with scissors on 3 sides, outside the perfs at S. and W., through perfs at top to leave a squarish stamp, just clear at E. A central thin requires valuation with a reserve – it doesn’t break the surface R£130 unsold link
657 Turks Islands 1d dull red SG5 and 1/2 /1d dull red SG15 (from top tow) both are sound unused examples, cat. £145 36 unsold
658 Turks Islands 1/- dull blue fresh unused and lightly u. consort here with 1d dull red more heavily u. and could do with a wash on the reverse (that’s legitimate you know). They present themselves in different sizes, yet look closely and you’ll see perfs on all 12 sides. Miss Stewart’s problems with alignment of the sheets may leave them to look disabled now, so in the age of enlightenment, we should treat them all as of equal status – SG3, 3 and 5 cat. £220 48 unsold link
659 Turks Islands 1d, 1/- SG1, 3 lightly u. and 3 x 1/2 /1d dull red SG15, 16, 18 the first two fine pt o.g. (for these issues) the last fair unused but said to plate to posn 29, in all stc. £500 75 75 link
660 Turks Islands 1/2 /6d grey-black SG8 unused, so you can coax off the hinge remainder, red J.H.Stokes h/stamp on reverse. Cleanly separated though perfs come a bit too close top and bottom. Cat £100, a nice example 20 20
661 Turks Islands 1/2 /1s dull blue, so carefully separated by scissors that design could hardly be better centred with just a few perfs at left minimally intruding before the scissors were used, fresh colour, even a trace of gum still present – SG9, cat. £120 50 unsold link
662 Turks Islands 1/2 /1s lilac SG12, part o.g. to which paper remains adhere; from reverse transmitted light produces a sort of laid paper effect on upper third and soiling on face reminds one of a ghost cancellation. Centred right with gain and loss from adjoining stamps. For all the above we don’t think we’re describing damage – it’s a scarce item with a bold strong surcharge, cat. £275 54 54 link
663 Turks Islands 1/2 /1s lilac part o.g. SG…. And here we pause. The problem with identification is that the ‘1’ has a straight serif (did someone say forged surcharge ? … If only … you’d then have the 1/- unused, with slight impediment). And it is most definitely not a twin of SG12, which does have a straight serif and a wholly different bar etc. Well now, is absolutely everything known about the 1881 surcharges? We ask. We don’t know the answer. Do you? Facial appearance is acceptable, hinge remainder and odd fox spots on the reverse. Summary: we are sure surcharge is genuine, generic resemblance to SG20, which we can’t assert to be its home. So there’s room and incentive for research and you might make a discovery 70 85 link
664 Turks Islands Type 29 4/1/- lilac is SG45, one of the limited range of surcharges above ½ that did see postal use. Scissor-seperated on usual 3 sides, into design at left, gd mgn at foot, captures smidgen of northern neighbour at top. Rough separation at rt. left SE corner perf hanging by a hope and a prayer. The surcharge carefully appraised is judged not to have been meddled with. The stamp comes with Hawid protector, and should never now live without one, on pain of losing even more of the £750 cat. that we have shed in offering for sale now 75 85 link
665 Turks Islands Although Turks I. surcharges sound from the catalogue as daunting to collect as, in truth, they are, we can suggest and help you with a satisfactory but far more limited exercise, derived from SG17 with or without the more challenging SG18. The first of two lots offers the 1st, 3rd and 4th positions in the top row, cat. 3x £60 = £180. All are m. of course. Used Turks are out of sight 42 unsold link
666 Turks Islands Our next Turks lot is also SG17, this time frompositions 6 and 10 in the first row – see pencil marks on back of stamps. You’ll note that the actual setting is of 15 stamps in a sheet of 30 (divided vertically at centre). So position 6 duplicates position 1 and you can choose to pass (and let another member buy, and become your rival – the choice is yours). Cat. £120 28 unsold
667 Turks Islands Small album page housing 1881 1d, 4d CC and the 1882-5 CA set of 4 v.g.u. to f.u. SG49, 50 and 53-7 cat. close to £250 – SG49 which is fine is missing from many collections 65 65
668 Turks Islands 1887-9 1d perf 12 6d, 1/- (2 shades) 1d/2½ d and the 1886-95 defins with the three 1d shades, the other values, one each SG58-65, 70-72 on 2 pages cat. about £120 f.u. 32 32
669 Turks Islands Dramatic T1 killer at 9 o’clock on badge type ½d green CA would fittingly introduce the KE7 issues and shows up incidentally the mismatch between paper, printing plate and pmk alignment 1 1
670 Turks Islands 1900 badge type 2/-, 3/- of high standard for fresh frontal appearance and centring, each large pt o.g. We rate them equally on reverse side, though the depth of ink colour on top value, produces a darker appearance there, SG108/9 cat. £130 42 unsold link
671 Turks Islands 1938 5/- yellowish-green, 1957 10/-, 1960 £1, SG 204, 250, 253 all fine o.g. and the centring of the 5/- beyond reproach, cat. £134 38 unsold link
672 Turks Islands Foolscap-size OHMS cover to A D Jonny Esq, in one of those narrow alleys in central Vienna. Franking is 1/- badge pair and KE 3d, regd late Jan 1913, by which time the 1/- was obsolete and the KE set soon to go. We assumed it came from GPO at first, but could have been some other official source. Fairly harmless central fold, its only b/stamp a London regd transit cds – cat. from over £200 70 unsold
673 Turks Islands Here from the well-known, some say notorious Selfridges Philatelic Dept is a (May 12 37) Coronation FDC with the ½d and 2d paying what looks like a proper 2½d rate to Nottingham cancelled SALT CAY 15 15
674 Turks Islands This pink cover to Staten Island is stained perhaps by coffee at its lower corner. In the clear parts reposes a top marginal block of four of the KG6 2½d yellow-ochre with three double-ring cancels of SALT CAY/B/FE 19 47 leaping off the stamps at you 12 12
675 Virgin Islands Each of the boldly cancelled 1866 1d, 6d, perf 15 1d has a minor fault that brings cat. down to ¼ . Paper is debatable as usual – we’ll accept as white for 6d deep rose, thus SG4, 6, 12 cat, £340 85 unsold
676 Virgin Islands In our experience one can distinguish 2 settings of the 1867 4d laid down side by side on the lithographic stone. In one setting but not the other, the ‘A’ of ISLANDS losses its r.h. foot on stamp 25 at SE corner, which here retains its side and bottom mgns but not the perf corner between – lge pt o.g., perhaps even mint, gum not quite clean, from one of our postulated 260 panes (scarcer therefore than the long-tailed ‘S’ variety on 1/- SG19). We prefer not to classify 4d paper shades which are seldom distinct 36 36 link
677 Virgin Islands This s/card holds 4 1d green classics (perf 12, 15, 2 each) and 4d (3) all m., and you can ascribe two 4d to buff, 1 to rose paper. We must remind you that these issues, especially the 1d green do not slip easily into their SG listed slots (not surprising when you have to allow for about 15 separate deliveries and the wide shade varieties). If one of them answered exactly to the description of SG12 we’d tell you. None does for that was a printing of 1,000 stamps only. Few survive and they are worth a good deal more than their listed price when identified for you. Cat. here is upwards of about £375 85 unsold link
678 Virgin Islands This s/card holds 3x 4d and 2x 6d of the 1866-8 classic issues which, however, do not slip neatly in to their SG listings but oscillate gently between one and another. Each is considerately used with, in 4 cases, the A91, fifth the A13 killer, and the 6d, in lighter and deeper shades is on the less common white paper, so we would count cat. at £445, but you can do it differently 140 unsold link
679 Virgin Islands This is a lovely example of the ½d yellow-buff cancelled with the A13 killer seen much less often than the A91, SG22 cat. £85 32 32
680 Virgin Islands 1/- black and rose carmine f.u. on greyish paper. A rather formless killer occupies only the SE quadrant leaving the Virgin, alone, unblemished. This is an internal example without the enlarged margin for instant recognition. The translucency of the paper is also an unmistakeable defining characteristic of SG20 – cat. £900 190 unsold link
681 Virgin Islands 1888 4d/1/- on toned paper f.u. SG42 cat. £160 60 60 link
682 Virgin Islands 1898/9 ‘St Ursula’, this broken ‘F’ variety at row 8/2 in fine lge pt o.g. pair with normal, SG43b cat. £89 30 unsold link
683 Virgin Islands 1899 5/- indigo fine, with gentle A91 killer, SG50, cat. £90 32 32
684 Virgin Islands Page of issues to 1884 all used, with two 1d perf 15, then DLR key-types as listed with 3 extra ½d green and one extra 2½d ultramarine. The 1d perf 15 are green and yellow-green, but it helps more to tell you that these are early printings with wide margins and would probably plate to belong to transfers A and B (but we haven’t done the exercise). All but one ½d green are kindly cancelled. Another such ½d has a brown A91 (from mixing red and black ink). An odd minor fault in some though most are fine, so would rate cat. at £500 instead of the £670 one could calculate 170 unsold
685 Virgin Islands These are the 1887 lithographs by DLR mounted on a page, 1d and 4d, 3 each, 6d and 1/- 2 each. The stamps are fine m. but the shades here are not extreme enough to show the range of shades that is SG listed, cat. say £240 70 unsold
686 Virgin Islands The 1887 DLR issues used, with 3x 1d and 4d, 2x 1/-, one 6d only, shade differentiation better than among the m. stamps but could still be more distinctive from one another. Two of the resident stamps have strong killer pmks, the rest are gentler, cat. over £400 95 unsold
687 Virgin Islands The 18(98 to )99 St Ursula set of 8 m. on a part album page, along with extra ½d pair, one showing PFNNY error SG43/50 inc. 43a cat. £219 70 unsold
688 Virgin Islands The 1899 set used together with both errors of lettering, the cancels clear of those errors, SG43-50 inc 43a, b cat. £380 130 unsold link
689 Virgin Islands The KE7 set of 9 good-looking m. SG54-62 cat. £110, dismounted form a page, hinges not removed 35 unsold
690 Virgin Islands KE7 set of 9 f.u. The 5/- flaunts its philatelic origin on piece. The others were probably acquired one by one SG554-62 cat. £130 unsold link
691 Virgin Islands This is another lot from QV (to KG5) with modest representation – unduplicated we think but several both m. and u. among the 50 stamps here. There are 9 of the 1899 issue to 1/-, 2 earlier, 10 KE7 to 6d, 12 KG5 key-type inc War Tax, 17 of the next defins, with 2x 2/6. Stc £290 which we’ll reassess at £250 in case of inaccuracy, which is easy 25 unsold
692 Virgin Islands The 1913-9 KG5 defins with all listed shades accurately included. The stamps are fresh, fine lge pt o.g. with what appear to be original hinges left attached for reuse, if so desired. SG68/77 (17 stamps) cat. £187.50 58 unsold link
693 Virgin Islands This is the f.u. assembly of the KG5 defins, and with all the rest all present the careful build-up has yielded the ½d SG69a. The 5/- is on piece – between SG69/77 (16 stamps) cat. £346.50 85 unsold link
694 Virgin Islands The 1922-8 defins, the two watermark sets totalling 20 stamps with listed colours and shades with an extra 2d as distinct shade from its fellow as are the two blue 2½d (and quite uncommon) SG82-100, cat. £170 60 unsold link
695 Virgin Islands The used 1922-8 defins offer the MCA 3s, 1/-, but not the two higher values, along with the same values and shades as are found in the unused script denominations. Between SG82/101 cat. £200 plus 90 unsold
696 Virgin Islands KG5 SJ set of 4, 1937 coron set of 3, each both m. and u. 1938 defins on chalky, full set of 10 to 5/- u. and ordinary to 1/- u. on 2 pages, all look fine – between SG103 and 127, cat. abt £160 44 unsold
697 Virgin Islands The KG6 set of 10 on chalky paper (it goes only as far as 5/- - the higher values come later) m. all lge pt o.g., hinges left in place, ½d, 1d 1½d are marginal SG110-9 fresh and fine, cat. £218 60 unsold link
698 Virgin Islands The KG6 set of 12 to £1 on ordinary paper, in similar lge pt o.g. condition equally fine SG110a-121 cat. £75 25 unsold link
699 Virgin Islands KG6 5/- to £1 f.u. on ordinary paper SG119a-121 cat. £41.50 15 unsold
700 Virgin Islands While we hesitate to commend to our members the collection of many of issues that followed the change of designation to “British Virgin Islands”, we think that the theme of birds has been quite sensitively dealt with. The next two lots would make a useful starter collection. Questa offered some quality in their defin. set of 19 values, 1c to $5 issued 3 July 1985, SG560 to 578. This large s/card holds the full set-mint with lower margin folded under, where we have checked – and 6 different f.u. including the $2, 3, 5. Cat is abt £95 in all 20 unsold
701 Virgin Islands The next s/card takes us to 1987/8 where you get the change of wmk set of 7 with 1987 imprint, SG 647/60 and 9 of the Officials, values to $5 between SGO16/34. All these stamps (where checked by us) are mint, lower mgnl, total cat. £40+ 12 unsold
702 Virgin Islands If you go for specialist interest at this period you might fancy the unusual inverted curved silver OFFICIAL opt. on $3 mauve SGO14a. This example is mint right mgnl. A happy accident? We reserve our views, cat. £110 35 unsold link
703 Virgin Islands 2½d p/s cover of 1902 is addressed to West End, St Croix. That takes it through Fredrikstad and Chistianstad, and into a different value class altogether, for the Danish west Indies boast many enthusiasts 60 75 link
704 Virgin Islands A cover to Mussen is usually philatelic in flavour, but it’s from 1900 onwards that one meets the St Ursula issue in any quantity. This clean cover, using a 2½d pair to pay postage and registration has pleasant regn markings and is a pretty scarce survivor from 1899; you won’t often find its Virgin Islands cds as early as Aug ‘99 either. Sent to Leicester, powerful arrival b/stamp. Cat. from £44 is far from generous 54 75 link
705 Virgin Islands Window envelope regd to Bromsgrove with a 6d stamp, SG98, from WEST END JA 10 30. Route and destination show up only from b/stamps which are full and explicit. You’ll enthuse, as we do, over purple R in oval and m/s WEST END No.52 75 70 link
706 Virgin Islands We blink when we see that a block of 3d War Stamp used with a dbl-ring cds of 4 OC 18 (SG79) is rated £140 off cover. It’s philatelic of course – we’ll say 20% cat 28 unsold link
707 Virgin Islands Regd 1920 from Virgin Gorda, large part Montgomery Ward front from which address of sender has been excised at NW. A block, a pair, 2 singles of Leeward ½d used to pay carriage, capturing 3 luscious cds, very scarce in commercial use and one of the better M.W. village origins 60 unsold
708 Virgin Islands KG5 1d script Die I – five of them on cover. Multiplier x6. Wow! No, hold your horses. The scarcity of SG81 used – as with the ½d SG80 – derives from their modest sale and usage in Tortola. From London, Crown Agents freely supplied the trade, even in advance of the stamps going on sale in Tortola, with these values to order, the 1d being more in demand than the ½d. This particular cover is a Harry Huber product undoubtedly, kitted out from London and must be valued as such. So no multiplier. Recognition as scarce, commended for correct rating 115 115
709 Virgin Islands Nowadays we rate the KG6 $4.80 SG147 used on a Donald Steele cover at just a fraction over half cat. 11 unsold
710 Virgin Islands The ½d and 1d p/s cards in hand were used 1902 locally in Tortola and 1901 to a notary in Ghent with the stamp of “J. Kinze”, top left. Each is unashamedly philatelic, without a message, and the ½d (to Capt. A Tillay) would have been one of scores circulating through the stamp market in the mid-70’s. Buy them if you like them, but you won’t build a good collection this way 30 unsold
711 Virgin Islands We’d like to find a rating reason for combining p/s 1d env (St Ursula) with 6d SG98 such as 2d regn and 2½d double rate, but we can’t help thinking motivation was philatelic; though survivors using this env.. do not abound, it was into a second consignment – this is one of them, in a deeper shade than the original. Anyway, the cover contained a communication for which it was carefully slit open, and we must leave it to you to decide whether you can treat it as commercial, and thus worth more than our estimate. It went to a Mr A G B Steel in Philadelphia 65 65 link
712 Virgin Islands Size H2 Leeward PSRE whose rather stained Walter Beckhaus label took it safely from Tortola to Berlin AU 27 26 via NY, if you please, yet still arriving in 19 days. It was opened and resealed, the adhesives being domestic 3d and ½d, yielding cat. from about £54. The pmk of origin used a pad devoid of life, and the boxed regn h/stamp and cds markings are lifeless also, but it wasn’t sent merely as a philatelic specimen 40 unsold
713 British Post Offices Abroad This is the contemporary GB 5/- plate 1, endowed at 2 0’clock with as fine an example of Callao’s C38 killer as you are ever likely to see. Before you dig deep into the hip pocket, you need to know that the stamp has been slashed diagonally downward at top right from behind through the stamp sized piece on which it sits, perhaps an overeager packet opener getting careless with a killer knife. It still looks superb and unmissable at our estimate 40 unsold link
714 Miscellaneous Peco’s card No. 56 (Loading Bananas, Port Morant) shows a swirl of colourful movement which the actual task probably revealed to be grim. This example with Leeward 1d was sent 1934 from Roseau (we don’t often meet this link with Jamaica). V. clean, but if you object to unobtrusive filing punch holes, move on 12 12 link
715 Miscellaneous Flat-iron Building ppc 1906 in colour (possibly the earliest skyscraper) was pre-franked with US 2c on top of which was placed Trinidad 1d to allow posting from Port of Spain NO 19 to Venezuela collecting blue-grey duplex of Cuidad Bolivar 3 days later 26 unsold
716 Miscellaneous The Virgin I referred to in this imperf stamp on piece optd in red with 4 ct. added is US territory (on 1920 class A issue) – or is it 1929, when stamp was cancelled? – the piece on which it sits with horiz. rumple. A modest sleeper we think 3 unsold
717 Miscellaneous This Cinderella item dated May 20.21 1927 is new to us. Captioned “New York to Paris… the World’s Hero” and “The Mother of a Hero”, it portrays se-tenant Captain Charles A Lindbergh and Evangeline (mum) coloured in deep blue-black, framed in red. Ungummed, previously folded along vert. perfs. Maybe the US was flooded with these once – we rate them now as century old rarities 10 unsold
718 Miscellaneous We are gazing at unused multiples with plate nos etc where a former collector with the brainpower of a turnip has spent hours lining the perfs on the gummed side with part hinges, or the like, to prevent the perfs from splitting. Assuming that, by using a paint brush and hinge remover with care, you can double your outlay by restoring the near enough o.g. we reduce our normal valuation (taking account of plate nos.) to one tenth. You are bidding for 69 War Stamps with 12 plate nos from Antigua, Bahamas, Br. Honduraas, Caymans, Dominica, Turks. Full value £195 19 19
719 Miscellaneous DLR Archives. The ledger from which these 4 pages were removed give room for numbered entries four to a side each show how DLR maintained colour consistency for the stamps, stationery and allied addenda they produced. You won’t learn much directly about the BWI, but can inform Stanley Gibbons with authority that the central vignette of JAMAICA’s 1d Falls black and red was printed in blue-black, and will learn about the black of GPO numbering, the blue, scarlet or green of certain stamps or stationery supplied to Somerset House, inks for Belgium, much about high denomination issues for the Indian State of Rewok (had you heard of it?) Uganda’s 1 and 5 Rupee Postage denominations and colours for Liebig’s share warrants. It is far from clear to us how DLR could find the piggledy from amongst the higgledy in their records, but we are all aware of the colour consistency of that their surface-printing. Now your own collection could prove to the stamp world something not yet public knowledge about DLR, and to our Circle something fresh about the two Falls stamps of Jamaica 95 unsold
720 Miscellaneous Of the four maps in this lot, the 1915 Waterlow map of British Guiana at 50 miles to the inch is oversize for the standard album page and has become seriously frayed at top and bottom, but the body of the map is fully serviceable, with just minor intrusion at 3 points onto the longitude-latitude frame. We have given it a continental page to rest on with stiffening outside the map, in the hope that it will not come to further grief before the new owner frames it. A more manageable size shows the river system with simpler clarity and is said to date from 1885. A third item tackles the river system and TPO’s with photocopies of TPO markings beneath a hand drawn at about 40 miles to the inch which takes you inland as far as Apiqua and Omai, this attached to a list of TPO’s and TPE’s in manuscript. These were published in Hocking’s articles of 1958 in Stamp Collecting whose continuation text of 21.2.58 is attached. The final map shows JAMAICA, coloured to separate Middlesex from Cornwall and Surrey, naming, but not otherwise locating the parishes, is at about 25 miles to the inch, and is said to date from 1905 34 unsold
721 Miscellaneous Maritime covers along the east coast of the Americas: 1937 from Brazil on EASTERN PRINCE; 1957 from Brazil to NY per “LUIDE VENEZUELA”; 1958 typical BM/HTOM from Barbados with stamps from Panama – 1966 on DONA NANCY; 1976 on TEXACO VIRGINIA; 1980 on MARDI GRAS; 1982 on ROMANZA; 1983 on KAPITAN; 1968 Cristobal on RANGITANE; 1969, Cayman 6d, at Miami on KIRKDALE; DALESMAN from Liverpool landed Jamaica 1975; 1984 on BIBI from Bermuda to Japan; 1977 at sea on CARIBE, probably from Germany. At this point we run out of steam 44 unsold
722 Miscellaneous We have no extraneous information about a Bradbury Wilkinson assembly of six photographic proofs of the design used for most of the Caribbean territories the subject of the 1966 Royal visit. There are three for Bahamas, two for Barbados and one for Antigua. Perhaps visiting arrangements 9.11.65 – with less than 3 months to go – were not finally decided, which is why Bahamas opted for the simplified wording “Royal Visit” 1966 and Turks & Caicos followed suit. Our valuation of the card before us is pure guesswork 90 unsold link
723 Miscellaneous Furness Prince Line has links, among others with Antigua, Bermuda and anywhere southward as m.s. Southern Prince leads you to expect, so we’ll treat this cover POSTED AT SEA as miscellaneous. The Antigua tercentenary gets a dumb cancel resembling an arriving rocket which propelled it to 1934, the Chicago area 52 unsold
724 Miscellaneous An 1856 EL from Cartagena to NY records the decision of the local lawmakers to turn Cartagena into a free port and improvements in navigability within the port, tells of shipping movement of British vessels in and out, and shipbuilding activity in Britain for the Caribbean. A distinct change from the parochial 32 unsold
725 Miscellaneous 1917 ppc of Barrington St, Halifax (Nova Scotia) was written aboard RMSP’s s.s. CHALEUR and sent to Toronto with a Die II 2c yellow-brown War Stamp SG238. The card became sea mail while afloat, and if you query the validity of this stamp’s usage (it never actually got cancelled) you must read up the prevailing regs for yourself. An underpowered double oval ship’s cachet struggles against an unhelpful background, and the PC Censor hand stamp is so weak it can hardly lift itself off the page. A real plus and minus conversation piece to which we unhesitantingly award a plus despite tattered corners view side 40 unsold
726 Miscellaneous We don’t usually favour maritime cards addressed to Capt. T.A. Smye. We’ll make an exception for the Dominica coronation set of three Posted on Board LADY DRAKE, whose cachet in violet shares the spotlight on the front. It was then landed as sea mail in Barbados 15 NO 37, and its grey-blue background offers subdued dignity 21 21 link
727 Miscellaneous Q. what have the 1959 Cayman I. New Constitution pair in NE corner blocks of 4 to do with QV Specimen of St Lucia? A. It’s all about colour. To enable you to compare the 19th century blue and orange with the mid-20th century rather synthetic equivalent (we’ve got some old recipes this year - see Lot 719) 8 unsold
728 Miscellaneous Scarce small-size Antigua 1d badge p/s card SP 18 06 from St John’s to Mrs Shand, Queen’s House, Nevis via St Kitts P£24/27 unsold
729 Miscellaneous We think that a clean Trinidad wrapper cancelled with Grenada’s 1899 s/line PAQUEBOT, and landed at St Georges FE 3 01 on tis way to Mess No.1 Hamburg deserves single lot status so that is can go to a buyer whose collection has the best fit 15 16
730 Miscellaneous We move this maritime lot to the miscellaneous category and substitute a touch of mystification. The first of 3 covers is convenience franked 5 ore landed from the Sewdish Paquebot m/s Kungsholm, at Grenada 18 MR 35. Only the signature on the front needs elucidation. Then comes a William Butler, an air mail cover landed Grenada in the 1960’s franked with a plate 2 imprint strip of 7x QEII 6c, presumably on its way to Toronto, and endorsed RMS Carmania/Paquebot/Mail. Everything there contradicts everything else. We pass on. Lastly comes a United Fruit Co. Cover, the Grenada SJ 1d cancelled by a First Day violet cancel from SS Veragua and a special boxed, dated Purser’s cachet reading “Honored/for Passage/SS VERAGUA”. The cover would go by pre-addressed handstamp to PHE Lauder of North Harrow. We diagnose a special Jubilee cruise, but it would take a kite and log (which isn’t there) for us to embark on this 40 unsold
731 Philatelic Literature and Accessories The Arthur Hind collection was sold over 9 days between 31 March and 10 April 1934 at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The seldom available sale catalogue, comprising 3506 lots, tersely described, and valued by reference to catalogue price or estimate is supplemented by a pack of 56 b/w photo plates which despite the irritation of the anti-forgery central line white break required by US law - portraying a clarity of reproduction which few present day catalogues achieve. Stuffed with major varieties, nut if the goodies are out of your range, see how many errors you can spot in the auctioneer’s description. 95 unsold
732 Philatelic Literature and Accessories Charlton Henry Part 1 – the owner of this copy of the 4-day Harmer Rooke sale catalogue (with prices realised) was fortunate enough to attend parts of the sale, so it bears his notes and his or other handler’s paw marks. So you get a replay of the first day and can watch cat. quotes go up in puffs of smoke (ex Freeland but he wasn’t the original owner, we can promise you). 48 unsold
733 Philatelic Literature and Accessories Charlton Henry Part 2 – this is the catalogue for the ensuing four day sale in December 1961, of which Freeland was again an intermediate owner, though it may not have been he who was careless with coffee and the opening inner pages. The rest is pretty clean and anyway we offer it for the info, the illustrations and the prices realised 30 unsold
734 Philatelic Literature and Accessories Offered together with PR collections of J.S.Strange to 1890, Harberstick to end KG5. Harmer sales of Mar 29/30 1954, Feb 7/8 1955 BWI sparse in both but quality of material is very high and reminds us how much less BWI cost to collect than in the rest of the Empire 6 unsold
735 Philatelic Literature and Accessories (Room purchase only). Binder for 22 ring pages, almost as new. 2 pages with 1978/01 sets to give BWI flavour for Cayman I. (Might be worth 50p – we did say might) 3 unsold