BWISC AUCTION 2021

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Lot Country Description Est £ Image
Anguilla Anguilla
1 Anguilla St Kitts KG5 script 1d, 2½d, KG6 2d, 3d all host Anguilla Valley cds, the 2d less generously than the rest 5
2 Anguilla No great detective work needed to confirm that the opened-out envelope printed for Carter Rey, ANGUILLA, BWI was posted there, for the St Kitts cds of 24 JY 25 on the front is 4 days later than the cds on St Kitts 2d slate-grey which is single, not double, circle. Thus fortified you can just discern the large A cds for Anguilla, and this was a commercial cover to Broad St, NY. We support, but can’t quite confirm the stamp is MCA (cat. £8 in St Kitts). Whether or not, try guessing how many (hundred) overseas on business left Basseterre, for every one that left Anguilla at the time 54 link
Antigua Antigua
3 Antigua We have two GB 6d lilac with strong AO2 killers struck at 9.50 to 10 p.m. We’d describe each as wounded in action, and our reserve prices slightly prefer the example whose wounds just affect r.h. side to the one whose perfs have only been left alone at left. So we value the better example at R£50 link
4 Antigua And our second example at R£42 link
5 Antigua At the 14.1.76 meeting of the RPSL headed by H.R. Holmes they came to the not very hard opinion that tis horiz. pair was the 6d yellow-green SG10 cancelled A18 at English Harbour and it still is. Cat. £200+ 85 link
6 Antigua QV 4d chestnut, 17m on an album page. We promise they haven’t come from a single sheet, so let’s call it a selection 10
7 Antigua 1d SG25 row 1-2 at positions 7-9 which includes the two re-entries at posn 8. This block is fine m. with top mgns intact 30 link
8 Antigua In these over-enlightened times an MVA 6d badge fine mint from S.E. corner can hardly be under half cat. 16 link
9 Antigua Fine ¾ full cds on tercentenary issues each in date, being All Saints on ½d (far less common in this era than earlier or later and the rare BOLANS on 1d and 2½d earlier these are companions on the same 1933 cover 42 link
10 Antigua In lower mgnl pairs, probably mint are KG6 imprint s of the ½d, 1d, QEII 1c; QEII plate no.1 4c brown-red, 5c, yellow pairs 12 link
11 Antigua Cover posted 27 April 1938 paying a correct 1/- rate for air mail to Massachusetts just finds room for ½d plate 1 lower marginal trio and 3d singles (2) of KG5 era, along with Leeward 1d pair, before filling in with Coronation 1d, 1½d and leaving space for address. All these items were still just in date 36 link
12 Antigua Two covers each franked QEII 3c black and yellow, each from late Dec 60, each addressed to Antigua Sugar Factory went from different villages. The Cedar Grove one was addressed to The Chemist, The Bendals v ibe to Mr Mc.Farlane. Did you know he was one and the same? It’s new to us 6
13 Antigua Not all of these village cancels need to be philatelic, but let’s assume so, for they are all now over 50 years old. Parham has 1c. 4c on piece together. All Saints, Bendals, Boden, Freeport, Gray’s Farm, Nelson’s Dockyard, and more singles on or off piece while New Winthorpe and Johnson’s Point get extra space on larger piece and appear on cover 34
14 Antigua Two b/w ppcs: the airy fairy just post QV went OC 12 04 from St John’s to Minnesota with 1d badge; classic Anjo, St John’s cathedral with KE Leeward 1d DE 4 06 to London’s Surbiton area. First with minor faults, other healthy 18
15 Antigua How many today would recognise that an intended as a new year greeting by the Antigua Standard, showing its own building flying the Japanese flag would reach the Russo-Japanese conflict, early in the 20th century? The card was self-addressed with KE7 Leeward ½d without message by J.N. Harper, who was Bessie’s father 10
Bahamas Bahamas
16 Bahamas One of the unused remainders of the imperf 1d lake on medium paper could go nicely with the used SG2 on offer this year, a decent o.g. example, usual pencilled or initialled annotation on reverse 40 link
17 Bahamas 1d dull lake SG2, pleasing 3 mgn example whose genuine killer at right centre leaves most of portrait clear. There’s also tiniest thin spot below second N of PENNY which brings 10% cat. Appearance down to half – colour is just right 75 link
18 Bahamas 1d lake clean cut perf. SG3, central A05 killer at 6 o’clock (too much ink on the A). Healthy colour, and though some perf trimming at top left, this example of the breed is easy to like. Cat. £750 46 link
19 Bahamas This is another lot which will meld quite well with the other earlies, the 1d lake with its more usual rough perf, three 1/- CC, the perf 12½ example flanked by 1/- perf 14 (2) in lighter and deeper shades, all quite lightly used, the cheaper two fine, the higher cat ones are fair to gd 40 link
20 Bahamas Strong July 18 WAR TAX on 1d carmine SG97 large pt o.g. clearly showing double tree trunk from posn 56 – streaky wartime gum. It’s in company with the same variety on script 1d SG111 pt o.g. On reverse at very top is thought to be a touch of black paper adhesive 26
21 Bahamas Complete sheet of 60 of War Charity issue SG101, line perf and prepared for break-up, as each column is folded back vertically, then later reprieved and left intact as sheet 3928 mint. One often meets plate scratches on this issue and find those especially prominent in column 2 where they slant in each direction. Moderate overinking left splashes, including cannonball between A R of Charity on row 1/12. Double tree trunk and rifleman varieties are present of course. Usual minor wrinkling around the mgns – internally gum looks clean. Quite useful for detailed study by those who enjoy it 25 link
22 Bahamas Peace and Plenty: that is to say you get the top two rows of the 1920 Peace ½d, 1d, 3d complete with all margins and 4-digit numbering at top rt of each multiple – cat. not very much at £65. We must add (or detract) that the 1d is moderately toned and the others heavily toned. Well the harvest takes in the autumn of its days, does it not. We would double cat. quote if the multiples were fresh, so we’ll divide by roughly 3 40 link
23 Bahamas In our view the tercentenary set of five is bit better balanced than the defin 2/-, 3/- that followed on, but much nicer to see the stamps in use, so we’ve found you a 1d value franking a cruise ppc of s.s. CONTE GRANDE 40 link
24 Bahamas 1942 Columbus issue on s/card with values from 1/- multiplied to show 1/-(2), 2/-(3), 3/-, 5/-, £1 (2 each), all differently listed, the 20 stamps looking fine m. stc £325 65 link
25 Bahamas 3 album pages, ex Jaffe, took a brief look at the use of the B killer and ‘27’ on mail form the out islands from 1870’s to the 1960’s – 13 items with 3 chalon heads 50 link
26 Bahamas RI underlined in black ink on KE 1d CA can only be RAGGED ISLAND. No obvious reason for it at Duncan Town, yet it’s a fine rarity, and these things happen 20
27 Bahamas A WWI censored cover from HOPE TOWN t15 JU 18 to Augusta, Georgia with two pairs of the Red Cross staircase (SG90) and a pair of the 1d local WAR TAX (SG92) to send it registered. Opened by censor 1732 and arrived 3 July in Miami but only reaching Augusta 19 August 50
28 Bahamas In all the Walter Hess covers that we have handled, this is the first to come to life. It went to Singapore, encloses a personal letter acknowledging receipt of a set from Trengannu, and enclosed a War tax set “only on sale ten days”. The cover was registered 14 SEP 18 displaying 2x QV 1d, 2x 1d War Tax. As purists we disapprove of one of these paying postage. Hess of course wouldn’t be refused anything at GPO 34 link
29 Bahamas Dr Hess regd cover to Philadelphia in Jul 17 with Red Cross block of four; three weeks earlier a regd cover went commercially to Mississippi using an extra 2 Red Cross singles. So which got it right? The Hess cover has long stroke to 1 btm ft (not seen by previous owner) 65
30 Bahamas Two covers from Nassau crossing the water to Florida 1920/21 using Peace commems (1d on one, 2d on t’other) – why the difference, and both got sent back to Nassau, one with REBUT and crayon ‘not signed’, other with much directional work. They also tell you how much a British colonial administrator needed to do to bring up standards of literacy in New Providence at this time 48
31 Bahamas 1d staircase grey-black and carmine-red (SG75b) was re-addressed locally from one Croydon address to another, as sender requested. The heavy Croydon datestamp od 21 AU 22 eliminates any chance of seeing the original Bahamas cancellation 12 link
32 Bahamas By 1925 a Monty Ward cover to Chicago stood a good chance of ending up unmutilated, as did this really rare cover with name and address printed on the envelope showing NORMAN’S CASTLE (Abaco). You can tell from the cover that the violet pad was both pooled and dry with ink. The little office had its own s/l REGISTERED h/stamp (which had hit a pool) and a cds whose patchy strike in places shows depth but little ink for the most part and name hard to interpret if you didn’t know what it reads. 3x 1d were enough to pay postage and regn. If you don’t like our estimate we wish you sincere good luck in finding a replacement 120 link
33 Bahamas 3d Peace issue paying the all-in registered cost to Montgomery Ward in Chicago 1927. At this date the stamp was the most recently issued 3d stamp and would remain so for 3 years – thus quite an uncommon usage 22
34 Bahamas We like 1930 tercentenary covers to rise above the merely philatelic. Here are 3, 1d franked that qualify: one, simple tourism m/c slogan cancel from Nassau bore address to Biddeford’s Main St, Maine; second, slightly reduced on one opening to “Maitland Malone, School Teacher, Spanish Wells (alas no b/stamp); last shows challenge of jurisdiction: S.S. MONARGO cancelled it POSTED ON THE HIGH SEAS, Miami gave it a PAQUEBOT cancel and stamped 2… CENTS as due, Philadelphia collected the tax. It’s all about whether a British 1d was properly used, and Miami had the expertise 30
35 Bahamas A manifestly commercial cover cost Royal Bank of Canada 1/8 on 15 FE 35 to fly from Nassau to Kingston (1/-, 2x 4d) -that’s a rate that can’t have lasted for long 26
36 Bahamas No favours were done to an unsealed ½d franked cover to Nassau by the enthusiast who inked in letter and date of an underinked, indecipherable cds on the cover front, 1935 from THE BIGHT; for the detail can just be collected from the cds on the stamp and a pencil note would have sufficed. Yet this item is a commercial rarity and deserves an appreciative new home 25 link
37 Bahamas As early as 3 Nov in the autumn calendar the Expedition known as “OPERATION DEEP FREEZE I.” was in trouble with a seriously ill team member rushed by helicopter to San Salvador – a clean and tidy cover carried all the information 15
38 Bahamas A mischievous Hesse cover of 4 FE 39 sent a load of stamps to a Collegeville address in Philadelphia, using KG ½d, 1d, KG5 1d War Tax. Hackles rose before despatch as more should have been paid for the outward despatch of unused Bahamas stamps. Result was directional marks alternately in black or purple with rage and 5d penalty paid with 2½d pair 35 link
39 Bahamas Useful batch of postwar covers (bar 2) the most recent from Ferry S.S. Hamburg, plying Hamburg-Harwich 1989 slogan cancelled in German; then Harbour Island ’64; printed Nassau Life Assurance Co; 3 m/c slogan cancelled at Nassau, 10d air rate (one of 2 to London has the 4d and 6d pictorials); 2x 2d rose red, 1950 from Symonette Shipyards surface to Redhill (in Ghana that would be kokomlemle, if that’s ever of use to you); 1944 7d air letter to Watford from a Sgt, RAF Station, Nassau; and a philatelic SEA FLOOR cover, Aug 39 – these turned up everywhere 50 years back, now you seldom see one 35 link
40 Bahamas Although an 1893 cover to St Martin’s Lane in London (a centre of stamp dealers in the 1950’s) was bound to be on philatelic business, as the red surcharge 2½d/4d brown-purple p/s envelope, it deserves respect – there are not all that many about – clean carefully opened 26
41 Bahamas When it reached Montgomery Ward this cover was widely opened on two sides but has an intriguing tale to tell the philatelist. It was regd 2 Jan 25 from Nassau and ‘1’ in circle (hand-drawn) strongly suggests the office was closed New Year’s Day, and the cover was the very first of the year to be registered in the office. In support of this we see the crude circle was drawn above a rose-pink s/l REGISTERED h/stamp. 3d brown staircase SG77 paid 2d+1d for the fare and Nassau re-regd. We pair this cover with War Charity 1d on 1922 sealed cover to Boston (underpaid by ½d) and Boston caught and taxed it 50 link
42 Bahamas Some juggling with air mail rates in this lot. 1929 cover embossed The Shelton New York, via Miami to Nassau for 7c, that was ok – 8d air mail paid for Pittsburgh, Nassau printed address 1937 8d flamingo m/c slogan cancel got it right again. 8d flamingo on cover to Sussex, correctly m/c cancelled and also boxed strikes for AIR MAIL UNITED STATES ONLY – and that was fine as the cover was intended to travel to England on the Queen Mary and did so. The last cover was duly regd from Nassau, for air mail in USA and Europe, for which Berlin addressee got 2x 8d airmail, one with full imprint and a NW corner plate 2 ½d pair, to take no chances. Philatelic, clearly, but subtle and still 13 days en route. For justified triple paid franking we take the multiples to each franking and arrive for these four at 60 link
43 Bahamas Confidently cancelled GRAYS 14 FEB 48 front and back paying KG6 3d ultramarine to get to Minnesota, quite a scarce cover much enhanced by cds being violet 24
44 Bahamas About 2 dozen stamps QV to 1940’s on a messy s/card useful included and 7 covers KG5 to inc SS MUNARGO, also clean commercial items and 3 QEII with better pmks 48
45 Bahamas These are two examples of 1961 booklet Sg SB2 in one of which the stamps are sewn in upside down cat. £56 28 link
46 Bahamas Bahamas p/stat the earlier QV comprising 1½d and 1d/1½d rose cards, and Queen’s head in carmine or rose-carmine 7 items inc 1½d and 1d/1½d, Specimen 1d, reply etc; and 6 items with 2½d duty stamp, blue or grey with PSREs, two of the six are SPECIMEN, they look fine unused throughout 25
47 Bahamas P/stat envs follow with QV 4d violet, 2½d/4d violet or brown-purple 1 black, 2 red surcharges. Next come the uncommon 1d staircase SPECIMEN, and as issued, and KE SPECIMEN PSRE with 2½d blue, 2d red regn die stamp, the issued items unused as before 26
48 Bahamas P/stat continues with KG5, 8 items of similar character, with denominations 1d(3), 2d regn scarlet or crimson (5). 3x SPECIMEN are included, now looking a bit grubby, 4 of the 8 are SPEC inc the later KG5 with hollow lettering 23
49 Bahamas We’ve held back one of these later KG5 Spec (a 1½d card) for comparison with the plainer smaller format chum for KG6, where you get 3x PSRE 2d die stamp, and cards at 1½d rust-brown, 2d grey, 2d crimson(2), 3 of this reign are SPEC also, none is common 35
50 Bahamas With QE2 on the throne p/stat can be said to fade into history: just 6 PSRE with regn die stamp for 6d, the Queen’s head 6, 8(2), 20c and a lone 7c with numeral replacing QEII head 28
51 Bahamas PS envelopes, larger size all for regd mail. Start with OHMS cover, blue-background, logo embossed on flap, for returning undelivered mail. Unused and scarce, wear and tear. Foolscap size, QV 2d grey blue, KE7 2d rose-carmine, size approx. 7½ x 5”, KG5 2d rose-carmine, QEII(3), 2x 10c near identical, and 20c, shades of blue; QV show signs of age, the others are v.g. to fine 23
52 Bahamas Our first ppc, softly coloured private mailing card 1d franked 1904 to London shows Sponge |Fleet at Nassau. The second 1d franked around 1905/6 went via Paquebot to Connecticut. The sepia picture, suitably located in Hog Island, shows 7 contestants about consume in competition packed and speared oranges, and maybe the loser should have travelled with the postcard to the sanatorium. Add in QV 1d stamp, Money Order Savings Bank cds, KE1d, George Town cds; then opened out Munson line cover to Encyclopaedia Britannica, London, airmail US for 2x 2½d, 1d usual boxed US only, with banking endorsements etc over; SJ 2½d on tomato business to Atlanta; 5 more coloured ppc’s (2 are unused), others with US stamps pre-war or early ‘40’s 56
53 Bahamas 3 familiar forgeries of each of Chalon 4d rose, 6d violet (2 not strikingly different shades) and 1/- green. Plus the 4d, 6d and 1/- genuine – our estimate would be higher if the genuine 4d dull rose didn’t present as a rather dull example 70 link
Barbados Barbados
54 Barbados Only a very poorly struck Barbados large fleuron of 2 JA 1833 reveals that Byde Mill from which this letter sheet was sent was in Barbados. A truly affectionate mother writing to her very dear child in Surrey made the fullest use of the inner sides of the paper, with 1½ pages closely written and the other 1½ pages cross-written (needing cross-stitches for the eyes). The child was on her way to England – did she travel on the same ship. We’d love to decipher content and interpret the red G P on the front but you need training or infinite patience 40 link
55 Barbados Pre-stamp cover addressed from St Anns 20 Feb 1833, but in fact written by a Major Barnes, travelling on board to Britain on an unidentified merchant ship, which made both very sea-sick. Perhaps this is why they didn’t post the letter aboard so as to avoid ship letter charge for its undeserving recipient. On land the letter went by ordinary post to Aberdeen paying 1/- for the ride and the additional ½d for North Britain. A delightful engraving of St Ann’s Garrison said to date from about 1820 by Lt J.L. Carter is part of this album page and that is where the writer and the 25th Regiment were stationed. Heavy filing fold. All else neat, clean, proper 50 link
56 Barbados From the second sheet of this letter, on back of the cover we learn that John Bissett’s wife had been suffering from piles and tumours for some months before leaving Demerara via Barbados for Britain. (1/- packet letter, b/stamp dbl-arc MY 3 1843) reached 2 June). Household travel cost £80, another ship quoted £120. No wonder John was begging prayers and sympathies from the Mission which surely were offered 42
57 Barbados Very unusually for a 1/- packet letter in 1849, this is a cover complete with its enclosure. It went to a baronet in Taymouth Castle, Perthshire. Clear and even Barbadoes dbl-arc OC 10 1849 balances strong Aberfeldy NO 3 1849 after overnight travel on Caledonian Railway affirmed by slanting C R initials on the front. Confidentiality was obviously intended by sender who was hoping Sir Max would negotiate a lease of Perthshire land for him within sender’s budget. The letter was kept so it probably bore fruit 48 link
58 Barbados Part of a folded letter sheet from Hy Hurd in Barbados to the Rev. Geo Osborn at Bishopsgate Street Within, London. Rated 6 m/s in black and used after the introduction of adhesive stamps. Backstamped Barbados type A7 for MY 12 1857 and E1 with Parish No.1 mark below the year, London arrival 2 JU 1857 46 link
59 Barbados A delicately used, lovely looking example of white paper (½d) yellow-green neat, attractive margins three sides and at the top (do you ever think of the pole-vault at this point, athlete at full stretch as … will he? … won’t he?) Well the bar trembled here but we j-j-just make it clear and this makes all the difference. There’s a left mgnl horiz. Pair of (no value) slate blue SG5 alongside as carefully and generously margined as ever, these are seldom more than a side show, but SG7 is worth is cat. £110 44 link
60 Barbados Though we tend to treat an imperf (1d) blue on white paper as not meriting a lot to itself, we can make exception. Here, a powerful bootheel thick ‘1’, instead of suffocating Britannia, frames her in a “glory”. She has large even mgns all round and is just the right pale blue shade to get us thinking 1/3 cat. 23 link
61 Barbados Buy one get one free – how touching. Two x 6d pale red (SG11) nicely u. cat. £240. Plenty of mgn most of the way, one just clear, second doesn’t quite make it 60 link
Barbados We offer in the next 8 lots a group of Barbados items of picked superior quality, which deserve to be appraised serially
62 Barbados A very gently used example of the v. scarce (½d) yellow-green on its lightly blued paper whose margins are well clear to ample all the way round SG1 cat. £700 280 link
63 Barbados No hint here in the soft, rich red-brown (4d) of the slight deepening of shade that so regularly follows mild oxidisation, yet a former owner chose to remove a hinge and in so doing took a little patch of gum with it. Margins are Christmas crisp and even all round, SG5 cat. £120 38
64 Barbados A bold barred oval ‘8’ of St Thomas sits firmly on each (½d) on ‘white’ paper in this horizontal pair. Stamps, of course, are marketed quite differently from other produce, so instead of two for the price of one, you get one (item) for significantly more than the price of two – SG7, cat. £220 180 link
65 Barbados Mint horizontal pair of (1d) deep blue) on white paper whose margins are so evenly cut that even a Regimental Sergeant Major on a passing-out parade would deem them properly dressed – SG10, strong even colour, Cat. £220 75 link
66 Barbados 6d pale rose-red lightly cancelled at GPO decent margins most of the way come close at lower right, SG11 cat. £120 28
67 Barbados Perf 14 1876 ½d bright green h/stamp SPECIMEN in red, fresh and fine SG72 cat. £110s 52 link
68 Barbados The 1878 3d in the form of a black imperforate proof fine even margins fragment of hinge clings to reverse at the top, see (SG75) R£50 link
69 Barbados A similar black unwmkd proof of the 4d value, cut v. close at rt – we have to take our proofs as we find them – see SG76 R£50 link
70 Barbados Rough perf (1d) not quite deep enough for SG24, so SG23, a classy barred oval 7 supports Britannia’s chin; and 4d SG29, very well centred left and right retains its full design at top whole collaring half the name tablet of its former neighbour below. Though it shouldn’t crow, this stamp is spectacular 30
71 Barbados There are times when we’d be glad of expert’s opinion, others where we’d rather express distrust of our own. If you take a v. lightly used (1d) blue and prod all round at a credible gauge, would you back yourself to produce a beautiful pin-perf all round? We leave it to you, and don’t come back to us if you don’t 50 link
72 Barbados Classic Barbados page knowledgeably annotated, and here we detect mentor and mentee (the word may not yet exist, why not use and promote it?). From the no wmk 1860’s 6d (6), 1/- (3) all used, condition from v. gd downwards. They show the range of shades, but you would want to upgrade 3 we think 30
73 Barbados (4d) dull rose-red with barred oval 1, bootheel 1, and unused, each in a clean soft shade and its hinge still attached (mark on a northern perf is pencil, not pmk but it wouldn’t make much difference anyway) SG25 cat. £330 54 link
74 Barbados Miss Stewart’s thoughts were – oops- elsewhere when she perforated this example of 1d brown-red SG26 large pt o.g. and captured half the BARBADOS above her in exchange for her own. We forgive her because we like an odd one like this - fresh, fine, cat. £190 42 link
75 Barbados These present themselves as working pages of no wmk issues from a very knowledgeable source mainly ½d and 1d stamps, with 6 imperfs and 14 others of which two are undenominated (4d), 1x ½d is in sub-standard condition, the rest are well above average, and we’d reckon cat. to be north of £1,000 105 link
76 Barbados There’s more class in a page of 1871-3 issues, which we re-classify as SG43-5, 48, 52, 60, the two later 1d being pt o.g., cat £800 in all, but isn’t the cat. of the two small star 1d is a bit ambitious 95 link
77 Barbados We move on next to DLR Britannias, a carefully selected 16 stamps to which the 14 red SG76 adds strength by being m. To give it its due, a PB 1/- SG57 has slipped into the herd and, instead of looking drab as they so often do, this one looks to be power driven – worth a slot of its own on fact. We make cat. about £1 for each day of the year 65 link
78 Barbados Sometimes we have bin ends to offer. This one has 7 respectable stamps: unissued (1d) slate blue (2, one with wide r.h. margin); 6d (2) deeper 3 mgns, paler just manages 4; 1d SG91 Barbados 10 cds; large seal 3d, full R.L.O. cds Jun 1919, whose apparent deep colour makes it the cheaper shade; 1925 1d scarlet Paquebot Plymouth cancel – seller reserve R£30
79 Barbados 1d on half 5/- SG86, lightly used. Tucked into a black plastic holder, the blackness at centre right looks to be part of the pmk – bu tit very much isn’t – it’s a chunk missing and central thin. A frugal classic, not for the perfectionist, Cat. £650 25 link
80 Barbados Two pages in annotated format bring you wisdom and unwisdom, on the first advice and illustration of forgery of the 1878 1d on 5/- bisect. On the second (with a large seal 3/- violet and green so brown of gum that you want to add sun-screen to the reverse) are SG162 (Nelson 2½d m. and u. together with a 1997 Royal cert. for the later. You can bet that this wasn;t what Mr Gordon as owner wanted. So here’s a tip about SG162a: don’t bother asking you won’t get one. You see the stamp, if it exists, is liable to change colour, sorry and all that 27
81 Barbados 4d grey SG97, its pt o.g. is easier to feel than see. We can’t be sure whether the hint of thin at top centre is just wmk showing strongly or the affect of a greedy hinge that has been taken its leave. Anyway this stamp m. is absent from most collections cat. £350 and we’ll give it the doubt of the benefit 50 link
82 Barbados ¼d Jubilee of Barbados theme to this lot with Specimen (SW perf trimmed) then m., used St Philip, then on blued paper with oval dumb cancel that rings no bells. The BG 2c orange got St Philip transit too 27
83 Barbados 1897 Jubilee set of 9 lge pt o.g. or (½d and 2/6) mint, complete and fresh. Also ½d and 2½d are lower mgnl with plate no. 1 guillotined short at foot and perforated short at right because no. was printed too far rt. So both have character for which some (not us) will give it a bad character. Cat £300 130 link
84 Barbados 1921-25 takes in the two sets of 12 and 13(small and larger seal) SG214-239 unused all sparking fresh either large part o.g. or mint. We think that set quotes are light at £160, when you consider that the key SG226 and 238a are both difficult to get 90 link
85 Barbados Post WW1 Victory 2d to 2/- all optd SPECIMEN value pro-rates for SG205s/210s abt. £140 50 link
86 Barbados Barbados colln in standard leaves with 24 Britannias to 1/- and we count 340 odd m. and u. besides. The first KG6 defins are complete fine m. with listed perfs and shades, less the good 1d (which we’re told to expect from another source). Not a collection with starred items, small pockets of duplication, harmless and to be ignored as cat. (sd to be £1,120) counts only ££ no p p p. Goes to about early ‘60’s some quite useful noted to 1, 2, 3/- and from the 1880’s quality is carefully chosen 105 link
87 Barbados 1938 ½d to 5s set of 15 values perforated SPECIMEN (missing 2d claret) fresh looking, lightly mounted mint, some values with gum toning, between SG248s and SG256as cat. £420 pro rata 140 link
88 Barbados ½d green perf. 14 SG248b fine mint, cat. £70 25
89 Barbados The perf 14 ½d, 1d in mint vertical pairs showing coil-join. SG248c, 249c the ½d control which hardly ever happens 5
90 Barbados KG6 fine mint vertical coil strip of 1d blue green 9
91 Barbados KG6 1d scarlet the two perfs, hinged but essentially o.g. Each is mildly toned and SG249 centred well to left, 249a does better, just a bit to the right, cat. Together £294 65 link
92 Barbados Without the 1d scarlet perf 13½x13 your KG6 wartime defins are incomplete. This example centred a tad left, pretty good top and bottom, with hinge remainder on reverse. Colour is fresh, not quite as scarlet as scarlet can be, as there was a war on (just) SG249 cat. £275 80 link
93 Barbados The study of KG6 defins 1938-47 (as dated by SG) begins with 12 perf 13¼ x 13½ stamps as m. singles and two blocks, one of these is so deeply browned that no reference to WWII constraints on staff and materials could go near to explain it – but that still leaves you with 8 stamps cat. £48 and reference to Commonwealth cat. which distinguishes for shades. We are comfortable with separating shades, but it’s not our idea of sage-green as ascribed 24
94 Barbados A block and 11 singles figure on this page and all classify as SG249a with the variation of shade, gum, paper that you meet throughout this collection – cat. £209 gives more scope to valuation 40 link
95 Barbados We’ll take a batch of 14 pages at a gallop: ½d green 248b, 3u.; 1d orange, 3 singles, 2 blocks mix of line and comb perfs assumed from here on; 1d blue-green, 5 singles, grey-green block; 2nd page 2 singles, 1 plate block; 1d carmine 7 (2u.) ; 2d carmine 4 singles, pair, 3 blocks; 3d brown, 2 singles, 4 blocks; 4d black 16 (1u.), 2 blocks; 6d violet 5, much shade variation; 8d, 7 (2u.) and 2 blocks (both plate but signs of deteriorating gum with high frontal visibility. Only one of these 8 is not aniline and seller believes it has real prospects of uplift – remember we were the second to tell you 35
96 Barbados Perf 13 x 13¼ issues as follows ½d bistre or yellow-buff, 4 dates noted 5 singles, 6 blocks; 1d blue-green, grey-green 5 singles, 1 block; page with 1d showing retouch added; 1d deep orange, red-orange, 5 singles, 2 blocks, 3 dates; 2d claret, rose-carmine, 7 singles (1u.) 1 block, 5 dates, 2 blocks ascribed to 1938, conflict here with SG; 2½d ultramarine or pale 3, bright 6 38-9 continuing with 3 imprint blocks of eight wither-entry flagged further block and 2 singles; 3d brown, block, 6 singles (1u.). The above are assembled as a specialised group to which cat. is hardly relevant. Paper, gum, shade vary throughout, plate no. may slip in, wartime materials affect condition 35
97 Barbados The perf 13¼ x 13 1/- gets a lot to itself. Page 1 has 10 singles with 5:5 split between the listed shades plus a super manky imprint block of 8f 8 with the horror-brown gum that you meet elsewhere. Page 2 has an imprint block of 16 (from bottom right) which includes plate no., and, as re-issued 9.8.48 dominates with 8 singles on clumsily dissected cover which also shows the 3d die stamp of a PSRE and a 4d black presumed to make up the full rate required. |The imprint block is flagged in two places as “ imperfect re-touch”. Cat. £20 plus for the regd front and a bit, and it doesn’t even start for the block. We do it in the other direction, 5 + 15 for this page 30
98 Barbados 2/6, 4 singles: 3 1 38 brown gum (2), Sept 42 cream gum (2); unfilled space for Sept 44 clear gum. Cat. £48 24
99 Barbados The 5/- indigo, present as 3 singles and a block dated to June 41, Feb 44, Oct 49. Spaces for another of that date and for August 48 are no longer filled, cat. £84 40 link
100 Barbados Our final tussle with the 1938 etc defins brings you two printed pages which act as a crib to flaws and retouches. We follow up by leaving you to identify flagged variants and ourselves assuming cheapest cat., which may not always be the case. Here goes: 1d, 2 blocks of 8 from r.h. centre margin down, blue-green; same 1d block of 4, imprint block 16; same 1d marginal block of 4 from right, 6 from left, 3 items ‘flagged’; ½d bistre, vertical strip of 3, one flag. We close with an estimate and a health warning that people can become addicted to collecting stamps in this way. Your describers have not themselves been hooked 40
101 Barbados Tercentenary set of five in lge pt o.g. blocks of four, hinge remainders, fine SG257-61cat. £68 22 link
102 Barbados We finally reach SG398 the 4X cautionary tale not of alcohol or doctored drink by themselves but of government printers under the influence of such substances. We describe as a whole, then do our best to tot up a cat. value. On your marks with a Harrison imprint block of 16 on 5c SG346 surcharged while sober; next blocks of 6 and 9 where the surcharges go wandering in mutual self-disgust; now a block of 12 from left of sheet where only the bottom row feature the overprint; two blocks of 9 one from left, one form right producing 6 places where vert. pairs exist without and with surcharge. Lastly a block of 15 which produces two such vertical pairs but in the r.h. column one of the 4’s itself starts to crumble away before the unsurcharged stamp is reached. At that point we assume it was the dazed printer who hit he floor first. Our cat. assessment is that these pages merit an overall rating of £750 to make our estimate 150 link
103 Barbados 11 stamps on this s/card all with alien original or overstruck cancels most of them from 19cy GB; as we see (4d) dull rose-red and 3d SG63 among them (this with a very perplexing cancel) we have to be fairly generous towards the seller 60 link
104 Barbados 1974 Orchids 4c wmk to right of crown, 50c wmk reversedSG488w, 496w both mint the 50c from NW corner with full mgns 32
105 Barbados So far we, as describers have shown more enthusiasm for the Barbados sample black prints than you out there have. We’ve got flowers (4), shells (2), the four ships to $2 include Jolly Roger and Atlantis submarine and the 50th Anniversary set of five with the larger size commem. Can’t be bad value at under £3.50 each 50 link
106 Barbados Small, inconspicuous but, we suspect, quite scarce quite scarce stamp booklet containing mint blocks of 4 of orchids 5c, 8c and 15c – SG489, 490, 493 not listed by SG 12
107 Barbados The cork cancel here may be St Helena but this stamp is 1d SG91 of Barbados, so here is another of our traditional rarities at lowest estimate 1 link
108 Barbados Crown Circle CC1 struck in black with duplex FE 20 83 on small cover to commercial premises in Broad St. These covers are usually philatelic, far fewer admit this. Here the violet h/stamp of John Seybold, Syracuse, NY, proclaims it on the reverse, just 3 days after launch. Postulate agent on spot, envelopes to hand, and telegraphic instructions – waiting for e-mail would have taken longer 24 link
109 Barbados To the Banyans Barracks at St Anns went ½d franked local letter 1892, 1d franked mourning cover ’97, both are above-average items 28
110 Barbados Mourning covers tend to get torn open, as was this example sent from GPO JA 14 1893 to Beckenham, Kent, 12 days in transit. The 2½d bootheel cancelled which spread across NE corner is not tied, says a previous seller’s typescript, and one can debate this either way. There was just room for it to be applied without sprawling, but it’s our job to take a view: on balance of probability we would say it’s the stamp that made the journey 38 link
111 Barbados The Austro-Hungarian consul in Bridgetown had his own envelopes for correspondence. The staff member using one in 1894 deleted the printed consular reference to send a letter to Dumfries franked with 1d plus 5d. The cover incurred a LATE FEE (the boxed mark here is very ink dried) to need so much postage. SG advocates uplift x4 without the FEE, Proud advocates x20, not further enlarging. We assess the cover as worth £80 at cat. rates 32 link
112 Barbados Four Farthings give more than 1d value for postage, a very slaty 2d pays regn and off went this cover to Croydon. Opened with painstaking care, as you’d expect from C.W.Ward 12
113 Barbados In early 1934 La VARRE Brazilian-Guiana Expedition (about which we have no information, and it may be worth investigating) won the attention of Price News Pictures and generated this cover with its 2d, 6d, 2/- defins, paying 2d for surface travel to Trinidad, and double air rate 1/3 on to NY. Typed AIR MAIL on address pencil ringed to highlight divided journey, and BY AIR MAIL etiquette not often used. Research of NY prices would probably enlarge the facts a few days either side of end May 1934 35
114 Barbados Origin – St Lawrence Village. Destination – Papua. Writer, a young lady with neat writing, bursting with flourish and character, and probably thinking of faraway places – but a 1938 RDC, paying ½d plus 1d would have gone by surface and taken almost forever. Her make friend wishes small and unimaginatively – why otherwise would he carefully identify the two stamps, after the 1d had been downsized to an SG ‘a’ number? Mind you Port Moresby itself can be quite chilly at times 8
115 Barbados Cover from C Large, ChristChurch to Mrs Large, Grenada was inspected by ISS/148 in April 1944, then resealed with P.C.90 label, for its bargain onward air journey at 4d (2x2d). Well no wonder it averaged 5 mph 18
116 Barbados Long cover from Church St Annex NY16 franked 3c Washington, 1938 to Barbados was taxed 20 centimes collected through 2x 1d SGD2 at Barbados – pleasantly commercial 30
117 Barbados We offer without elaboration two almost identical philatelic covers, one of which contains SG198 with and without surcharge, lower marginal with 1978 Bridgetown Foundation 12c and 1988 cricketer (the right one), The other cover has the surcharge variety at bottom of strip of three. We take cat. at unused level (no extra for artificial postmark) the second surcharge at half for quality, and postmark 13 MR 15 at posthumous face value (both unaddressed) – also Edmund Bayley normal surcharge cover +1c SG142 40
118 Barbados 8 items of p/stationery representing phases of use basic reddish violet 1½d p/s card, comprising SPECIMEN single card, unused reply (both parts) and complete reply cards surcharges ONE PENNY unused and another cancelled NO 15 92 on each side (only this one is reasonably free of ageing). In better health are a single unused, another sent with message and greetings to Kiel late 1891; then surcharge singles, one unused, another philatelic to Nottingham Aug 95 60
119 Barbados ½d wrapper in intense brown used locally 1899 within St Peter; ¼d chestnut wrapper 1904 from GPO to St Peter, the first gently treated, the other rather eagerly opened (most don’t survive commercial usage 22 link
120 Barbados 1d carmine p/s card sent to Sao Paulo. Brazil 24 JA 1905 per S.S. Amazonense of the Booth Line 24
121 Barbados Violet dbl oval cachet for W.P. Leacock Commission Merchants and Ship Brokers, Barbados, W.I. adds balance and character to One Penny brown orange PSE itelf uprated by Queen’s head 1d carmine for travel to London, either unsealed or with the lightest of gum disturbance to that. Also uprated from the local ½d violet h/s on 1d pink PSE with small seal ½d to carry it through to St John’s Antigua, the letter to Miss Mary Heath of St Mary’s St. It was sport at that time to call out loudly from a horse-drawn conveyance, MARY. Half the ladies in earshot would turn round 20
122 Barbados Under Convention a Money Order Advice went free to the Postmaster receiving. This example left Barbados 3 Dec 06 for Cincinnati by way of Hamilton, Ohio powerful cds of each office on reverse, 6 hours apart, the flap showing embossed Barbados crest, which was resealed after opening. It looks as if a postal marking ( a tax mark perhaps) was struck on the front in error and deleted as gently as practicable (character, not defect) 36
123 Barbados Full l.h. pane od Postage Due 1d deep green on chalky paper, guillotined east of central perf line, hinged behind top mgn, otherwise mint, with the sort of colour wrinkling etc that such sheets habitually develop, but in substance fresh and fine, SGD4a 9 link
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124 Barbuda You can be sure that Antigua horiz. pair of 2½d orange-yellow sporting the top third of a Barbuda cds is philatelic – it doesn’t need to be posthumous, and it’s such a suitable background. Substantial cat. 20
125 Barbuda The 1922 set fine m. neatly mounted on part album page, cat. £150, pleasantly fine and fresh 50 link
126 Barbuda Set to 1/- regd to Oswald Marsh NO 24 23 – one of his flimsier brown envelopes roughly opened, to its disadvantage, doubtless to get to mint stamps within. Maybe you can see through to check watermark – we seldom carry out such last chance exercises. At least you don’t have the whole set to pay for this time 70 link
127 Barbuda 1926 Meister cover to Colorado posthumously franked with Barbuda ½d, 1d, 3d paying the right regd rate; the boxed regn h/stamp struck in deep rose. Any uplift is cancelled by the down-thrust of the late usage. 40 link
128 Barbuda Its often a matter of chance whether a “Marshall” cover to Barton Arcade is properly rated. This one regd in May 28 correctly bears the 1½d and 3d then on issue SG63, 69 sharing a single cds has its boxed Barbuda h/stamp applied with clear precision to produce for a change a strike in brown, with hardly a hint of the black and red inks that must have blended it 40 link
129 Barbuda Regd to J.B. Daykins at a private address in Leeds, regn label on reverse with the low no. of 0019, neat placing of SJ 1d, 2½d, 1½d to pay correct rate, Barbuda cancels of MR 30, no year date in plug, but St John’s backstamp shows year as 36, therefore in period, and opened for its content – perhaps philatelic, far from artificial, cat. from £65 27 link
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130 Bermuda Nearly 350 QV 1d CA in the two cheaper shades. Please note this lot is for plating study, not for pmks, but the stamps have been mounted conveniently on tidy album pages 10
131 Bermuda Pmks on the cheaper QV 1d CA; Flatts (6), Bailey’s Bay (8), Crawl, Harrington Sound, Paget E or W (3). Mangrove Cay (7), Warwick East (3), Warwick West (5), Pembroke West; mixed quality 20
132 Bermuda 17m., 22u. mounted on an Imperial page, with QV CC issues to 6d (2), CA to 1/-. all spaces for Docks and ship issued filled, most are fine, cat. well over £500 70 link
133 Bermuda KG6 2/- m. and u., both perf. 14 comb on chalky paper, each with clear indications that the printers were losing the struggle to maintain pre-war printing standards with replacement staff. Beyond that the yellow wartime gum of the o.g. stamp has turned the reverse to turquoise, and if the hand holding of the canceller had wavered a trifle more north-east it would have missed the stamp altogether. Gazing at the King’s head, you might think it printed on laid paper – an illusion of course. SG116 f.u., 116a m. cat. £378 60 link
134 Bermuda The first of two lots from our 2004 Golden Jubilee sale. KG6 10s yellowish green and deep carmine red/green unmounted mint Plate np. Pair from the bottom right corner of the sheet, showing the ‘broken lower right scroll’ variety at Row 5/12, a small discolouration below ‘REVENUE’ on the adjoining stamp, otherwise fine, SG119c/ce, cat. £2,820, ex Wilson-Wong 1200
135 Bermuda Stamps inconsequentially adding up to 1/7¾ were arranged along top and r.h.s. of a 1912 philatelic cover to London’s Campden Hill Square. The envelope has RMSP logo embossed. Southampton Packet Letter cds on reverse and was first landed at Hamilton. Cat. roughly mid £40’s, mild wrinkling, NE corner of which the unimportant 1d took the brunt, and we don’t trivialise philatelic covers these days 46 link
136 Bermuda Bank of Bermuda stationery used a m/c slogan – cancelled 2½d to write to Wilfred Hill-Wood “Postal Censorship”, Liverpool on 5 Aug 1940 – one would take it not to be on urgent business and the low numbers doodled on the back neither impress in their arithmetic nor do anything to elevate the status of the family to which addressee belonged, for it owned Arsenal Football Club, mild, extensive staining, probably treated, central fold, ironed flat again, flap a bit torn, but you can whole-heartedly place it between your photos of Bryn Jones and Denis Compton for that’s where it belongs and our valuation is outrageous 10
137 Bermuda Coming from Mrs Fred Lines (a lady not a shipping entity) on early ’41 cover to Long Island used 3x 3d black and rose-red and 1½d deep blue and purple brown for regn and air mail and was opened by censor 78 all printed in rose-pink on type PC102 label and unkindly opened. The second cover used type BCI Opened by Examiner 207 label printed in blue, probably sent Feb 1941 to Harry Huber for whom we now add impacts. 3 light blue and scarlet2d frank a pleasantly clean and open cover making up cat. from about £50 for the two which comes out roughly right at our valuation 50 link
138 Bermuda Cover about 10” x 6” used 6/6 postage in 1951 from Mangrove Bay to an APO in NY, one 2/6 was damaged when applied and the cover was damaged in opening. The supporting cast is a ppc of Waterlot Inn sent to London by a Perot centenary 6d, plus a fdc for the 7½d Air Stamp which travelled from the Hamilton GPO along with 2½d pale blue and sepia, to take it as far as the Princess hotel. This being Bermuda an elaborate boxed handstamp was created to add the V for Victory much in vogue at that period, If we were to add more that would be greedy 42
139 Bermuda Most of our kids will turn their backs on philately in favour of i-pads (no comment). If you know one in the 10-15 range who might have the instincts of a future philatelist, start him or her on covers. These may acquire or retain value. Their loose acquisition will not. We offer a random batch of a dozen here and have looked at the detail. Period post-war to 1970, most pre-1960, KG6, 9 commercial, and illustrate ordinary use of commems as they arrive. Postmark variety, rating interest, education in shades and so on. Our estimate is not related to resale value, nor to condition (as random as a batch usually are) but to their suitability for a successful first try 15
140 Bermuda A letter card of Anchor Lines s.s. Transylvania nicely used to New York, with Silver Jubilee 2½d. To buy or receive one you needed to travel on her or have friends who did. 5 sides filled with the vessels history and b/w pictures of the public rooms 27 link
141 Bermuda This satisfying p/s card travelled inter island in 1893 to Capt. W. Davies in Ireland Island, the Hamilton duplex on the indigo ½d matched by duplex 3 receiver on reverse, carrying a short message from Byron that cash would follow shortly (and it probably did) 15
142 Bermuda The surcharged or formular p/s cards of the 19th Century are prestigious in every format. We now offer the ½d/pale turquoise, the ½d stone + 1d rose-carmine on light brown both with text in red and the One Penny/1½d deep scarlet surcharge. The first was clumsily glued to backing, the other two each have a small age stain on the edge, all three well up to collectable standard. The stamps on the two that have them cat. £77 unused which must get us over halfway there for the three 40
Bermuda Individual p/s cards in QV times were often rather prosaic. Bermuda is rather different because they show how the life of the Bermudians was promoted and held together by the quick interchange of local message, or rendered awkward by isolation from wider activities or occasionally threatened by the Imperial aspirations of Imperial powers and, let’s face it, the US too. Selected groups follow:
143 Bermuda Group 1 gives the flavour L.B.R.A (we interpret a long-barrelled rifle association hand-written re usual monthly competition)|Contribution card (printed) from a local Life Assurance Society (both ½d indigo cards)|1d card hand-written from dangerous waters as sailing yacht Lusitania anchors 3-miles offshore in 1898|Also with 1d franking, reply card to Holland 1895 whose other half only received a neat-red London thimble cds|Lastly a card to central Paris from a would be exchanger of ppc’s and of course it went via NY. A Poste Restante address there is given, where the cards will arrive “ a son temps” = in their own good time. |You could compose a short story from this group 26
144 Bermuda Group 2 No German group would be complete at this era without Kiderlein taking part (You get one blank with the One Penny/1½d (quite scarce used) and the ½d indigo uprated by ½d dull green. Another of these is scarce commercial usage one of five cards sent to scattered locations from the ‘90’s with Diepholz, Hamburg, then Magdeburg, Pulswitz, Stettin – you can see the influence of Germany expanding. The 1893 card reports the institution of a “through” postal service from Bermuda to Europe 60
145 Bermuda Group 3 is our final batch 1 local, 3 thoroughly prosaic cards to England, and one we also rather like from St George’s, not Hamilton, signed by a parish Surgeon very resply yours – the age of deference still very visible in 1907 23
146 Bermuda This group of p/s cards shows them propping up local social activities in the same way as you saw with the QV equivalent. Three reminders of Geoff Osborn, who contributed much knowledge and perception to the circle. Two cards have had adhesives added 30 link
147 Bermuda It’s such a waste – don’t you agree? – that when you at last find the large format One Penny/1½d card used it had been sent without message to Paul Kiderlein 19
148 Bermuda And here, if you please, is another of these cards used with the pathetic message “This is passed through the p.o. to show genuineness of the surcharge stamp.” Nevertheless when you do find genuine usage please remember that choosers can’t be beggars. Corner here snipped off to compromise 16
149 Bermuda With these 5x ½d blue cards from various printings your local society can be shown how p/stationery from clubs and interest groups kept society alive and active in the limited confines of 19th century Bermuda 18
150 Bermuda As we are busy with p/stationery at the moment, here are 7 1d red and 4x 4c black QEII cards,, which have been put to philatelic use at different offices around the islands. Two of the decimal cards have adhesives added. We feel sure these are exactly the sort of thing that will be liked by those who like that sort of thing 20
151 Bermuda Our QV postal stationery in this auction show life in the islands humming in those days. A dozen QEII items, 4 unused, two with adhesives needed or added and 6 in use (one is cto) show Bermuda society still vibrating through these cards 70 or more years later 34
152 Bermuda Coron 1½d yellow-brown on ppc to Washington DC 14.8.37 which shows Swedish American Kungsholm and sister ship Gripsholm passing at speed in opposite directions, the Kungsholm bearing down a little two close for comfort – fine condn 12 link
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153 British Guiana 24c green SG29 has the sort of visual appearance that leaves cat. quotes well behind – soft shade, beautifully centred, evenly perfed, light AO3 that enhances rather than detracts. All that glitters is not gold. Bring out your magnifier and you’ll spot little faults, cat. £80 30 link
154 British Guiana 4c pale blue, 6c milky blue, 12c grey-lilac all perf 10, SG91, 92, 98 all make light use of the flowery gothic duplex the two blue stamps coaxing both halves on to the stamp with the 6c adding a Liverpool cds for good measure, without a twist of suffocation for the stamp. DLR 6c brown, killer cancel, 12c (red accountancy style cancel) complete a useful quintet, cat. £85 25 link
155 British Guiana “Blue” gives no flavour to mystical dark depths of the 1862 provisional with its translucently white initials where the ink of the day ate into the colouring. Plated to row 2/1 this virtually square example has its left roulettes intact, A03 killer inverted and a satisfyingly square appearance despite the sacrifice of roulettes on the other 3 sides. We’ll not go looking for faults, but suggest that this is offered at a more favourable proportion of catalogue than any previous 4c that has come your way (if indeed any have) SG122, cat. £950 220 link
156 British Guiana Collection assembled in France, therefore on oversize pages, start with imperf reprints of the early 1c, 4c, a dozen or so of the perf. 10 ship types used bar 1; DLR to 48c (this m., others u.); some useful provisionals and surcharges; a decent showing of the following ship types with many of the high values, 1898 Jubilee, 1931 Centenary, also KG5 to 96c, 1934 to 50c. Estimated cat. around £2,400 250
157 British Guiana Three 1876 (1c) provisionals here SG137 and 142 on 6c CC and SG141 on 6c milky blue SG93, and all three are very well centred and lightly or sparingly cancelled (one can’t identify village of origin for SG137, the others are GPO and (for completeness only because impact is terrific there is a trivial shortening of perfs on SG141 at left at foot, cat. £315 140 link
158 British Guiana So the market didn’t change when the high spending sheik from Qatar expired without meeting his obligations, but we’ve always fancied the 1878 provisionals and pt o.g. example of 1c on 6c brown (SG142, cat. £425) looks just abt rt at 1/3 cat 140 link
159 British Guiana An Essequibo River (code ER) cds DLR 2c OFFICIAL with bar cancel, the cds a 90% strike close to 9 o’clock SG140 f.u. cat. £75, so pmk barely counted. As you’d expect, year date 78 is inked 40 link
160 British Guiana This lot tackles the 1888/9 postal fiscals. There is much accumulated cat. but toning, light moderate or heavy almost throughout. 1c plate 2 triplet from SW corner almost escapes, most of the rest are affected to a degree tough plenty are lge pt o.g. You get 3c plate 2 pair from NW corner, another 3c and 1, 2, 4, 6c (3 each), 8, 20c (2 each), 10, 72, $2 and 2/2c unused. Used provide 2, 3, 2/2c then 4, 8c with Postmaster-General cachet (these are postal) then 10 and 72c clean and healthy and fiscally u. $3, 5, mild colour worn. Leave the m. cat £477, healthy u. £80, fiscal when postal £1,125 70 link
161 British Guiana 2c dull purple and orange SG194 a fresh and fault free mint block of six, cat. £57 £!6
162 British Guiana The $1in this tercentenary set is very well centred for a line perf and strongly coloured. We add in 4 covers; the minnow is 1936 local, the 2c with Kaieteur slogan cancel; the earliest is TPO Railway EC on p/s 4c envelope to Mahaica where duly b/stamped; the 1934 PSRE is 4c die again orange-brown replacing deep red-brown for shade, it went to Toronto tercentenary 6c uprated it; and the 1937 one to Connecticut was a deep indigo 6c PSRE and the pictorial 6c was added 75 link
163 British Guiana 155 stamps between DLR 1882 CA to 12c (Brahn cds noted) to 1935 SJ set with 3 added for pmk variety. In between come postal revenue to 20c 1889 (5m to 72c) and 16 used to 96c, another is fiscal; 1890 has no large 4, the CA trio to 8c and the 1898 Jubilee with extra and a fairly comprehensive range of all that follows and a quite perfect PLAISANCE 19 AU 39 on 4c centenary. This is, we assure you, the first time this language has been used in our 49 auctions to date (the stamp itself is fine). Total cat. looks to be in the region of £1,400 160 link
164 British Guiana Three 2c orange, one of these with OFFICIAL opt.. are cancelled code A2C FE 22 18 – (m/s 77 or 78 not penned in); cork cancel, 4 quarter circles; part red tall A03 – accountancy mark. Also a full strike of Orinduik PA skeleton, cut from a blue cover 32 link
165 British Guiana DLR 12c SG131 whose rather half-hearted code-mark cds can be deciphered to read E3C in (18)77 3
166 British Guiana Yellow 2c provisional 3-master, cat. £50 and BOERASIRIE the cds, which has to get us most of the way there. For good measure the date is probably JA 17 82, though the J is buried in the sails. SPECIMEN up from rt. 40 link
167 British Guiana CANE GROVE was inadvertently left out of last year’s array of BG postmarks, but it’s not very exciting – No QV, no skeletons – begins abt 1910, ends middle ‘60’s, four different types for 27 items, a few on piece 20
168 British Guiana With the enhanced status nowadays of Revenue and Telegraph connection, the TLB Clerk cds should be given higher status than in Fred Howe’s time. This example is on a nicely centred 1931 centenary $1 SG287 cat. £65. SW corner is not weak, just line perf 20 link
169 British Guiana Postmark collection on stock pages bound together, we count 30 offices, 300 plus items, most are single stamps, some multiples, a few on piece, just one cover. You are not going to find rarities here, these are the easier offices to assemble, yet there is enough interest to push a dabbler in to the next stage of learning and enjoying 110
170 British Guiana Two-sided s/card, about 100 inhabitants with pmks arranged in alphabetical order; two type 2 seen at the front end. 8-10% skeletons, as the marks get younger. Selected for the full use of the strikes, more than for scarcity – but fullness has its own scarcity 80 link
171 British Guiana To add more TPO cancels from the same era complementary to the preceding lot, type identified and indexed, 2 more said to be N W Steamer, the rest more modest with some later types and various railway types added. Most strikes are pretty full 36 link
172 British Guiana On this s/card pair of 1c SG193 franked by squared circle Skeleton cds on CA 2c, 8c. Above rt is perf. 10 2c orange with code mark which could only be L or R and doesn’t look a bit like either – and to the left is an 8c OFFICIAL but before you say now you’re talking you have to take into account near top left a pinhole letting wind through a sail, and some unhappy perfs. By now it doesn’t matter whether opt is right or wrong (which we would say it is or that its chewed up look can be explained otherwise). We give this lot E for effort or rather low marks. Have your pick 15
173 British Guiana 24c perf 12½ blue green SG87 (2nd setting stamp A) on cover to London, reverse crest CHRISTE ADJUYANTE, red London pmk on quite a busy front, roughly opened 70 link
174 British Guiana A long cover regd from GPO to London’s Cheapside, for which 44c was paid for 4x 8c postal fiscals and the two types of the 6c. The flap is no longer there and we have searched vainly to read a year date to follow MA 10, we presume it would be 89 or 90. This lot also contains two covers that went to East Coast destinations along the East Coast Railway, each damaged by rough opening, These covers are not common, they have to be value at estimate 58
175 British Guiana Two mourning covers from Tuschen-de-Vrienden to L.A.A> East Coast which you probably needed 19th century knowledge to interpret. They were sent probably to a husband and wife (one has a bite out of the black) using West Coast Railway, crossing Demerara river, then through Georgetown to Demerara Railway. Husband was manager of a plantation named on our next cover which came from BEL AIR (which can’t be termed common) on our next cover age staining along the fringes, a cover with merit, all the same. We see less merit in 2c DLR franked cover, probably 82, not 92, sent by the same railway, we doubt not, collecting no b/stamp and lots of age spots on the face 56
176 British Guiana We can almost forgive Bickel in Wolfradshaven on the fringes of Munich for not opening an 1899 PSE (red Two Cents on grey die) with 2c/10c and 2c/15c Jubilee added for regn and nicely b/stamped, but it got slightly stained or foxed in his custody, which should only happen to commercial sendings: decorative anyway 25 link
177 British Guiana A 2c p/s card printed in carmine left Carmichael St, Xmas Eve 1902 for a clergyman at Better Hope Manse, East Coast. Its NE corner has been snipped off diagonally and it’s been folded in two. Predictably it travelled East Coast Railway and you learn that Reliance is the nearest postal point to the Manse. So card, which is worthless in collectable terms gets a low estimate, and we’d love it to be picked up by a youngster to introduce her to postal history 2
178 British Guiana Our next group pairs two 1931 centenary covers (one is commercial to LA) with two 1940 items. The first as an air letter sensibly advising as to prevent TB (How? We don’t get it); the other received a centenary cachet on the way to a Derek Harrod in Parson's Green, but the real Harrods is back along the road a bit 24 link
179 British Guiana Grove on cover received higher approval from Proud than it deserved. This KG5 cover 24 MR 36 has horiz. strip of three across flap sent to a school of mechanical dentistry, Philadelphia. Mild staining each side, squeezed by a paper clip, stamps fine 33 link
180 British Guiana From Caracas, Venezuela paying 50c with 3 stamps for air mail to Georgetown (and Mother St Anne, Ursuline Convent) a flimsy air mail envelope with file folds at centre is not a good prospect to be Opened by Examiner. It has survived its ordeal pretty well after mid-November posting 1942, and the obviously gentle attention of its censor I/11 21
181 British Guiana 4 KG6 covers from GPO: On 24 MR 45 a GONSALVES sealed cover sneaked untaxed to the US with a 1c stamp; late in the year 24c paid carriage to London, the boxed air mail showed air travel only to NY; 6c air letter with 2c added went to NY’s Nassau St (then a core area for philately) 15 MY 50, asserting itself to be FDC; and in early SP 51, 19c proved insufficient to pay air-fare to Derby – cover is h/stamped to say so 17
182 British Guiana As we approach transition there’s an air letter 6c blue, 2c 4c added for London, Beterverwagling skeleton cancels 19 NO 59; then we’re into the ‘70s and a ppc of the airport uses 30c to Holland. A sense of freedom as family and friends gain a few feet of access airside to wave goodbye. Last and least comes Suite 515 Chicago to receive regd letter from Guyana’s airport for 75c of Marabunta and Guzmania lingulate (the flower to which Guzman gave his name with tongues flowing outwards) and Tim on the label means the airport not a bible student 16 link
183 British Guiana A lot of dollars (1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 16) went into the purchase of these Inland Revenue used fiscals – and in THREE looks very much the worse for wear. The others look rather fresh and appealing for these raggedy perf issues although you will understand that the $8 can never be fresher than a freakish dirty grey 36 link
British Guiana Guyana
184 British Guiana 4 covers that travelled from Guyana to Hong Kong while cents still had purchasing power in Georgetown. One with POMEROON skeleton of course proclaims ESSEQUIBO IS OURS and we like the “AND SONS” in the margin adding a perhaps accidental printed footnote. The other covers all host at least one butterfly, the last acknowledging the International year of the Disabled as well as sporting a 2d due routing for Essequibo. We think Guyana is worth collecting in the cents period, and poor Caracas has more to worry about than the gateway to Berbice. 28
185 British Guiana 1967 local independence opt INVERTED on 4c violet fine mint, SG423b cat. £80 24 link
British Honduras British Honduras
186 British Honduras Outer sheet used to enclose letter from Belize SP 21 1846, 45 days in transit to Moorgate, London. The Belize dbl. arc struck over flap is clean, clear, precise and the London receiver headed FT sitting on top can’t do much to spoil it 40 link
187 British Honduras Two Wesleyan Missionary Society ELs The first of MY 19 1851 1/- rated to London, endorsed Eng. Mail. The Belize dbl. arc date stamp is struck clearly on reverse, except that one would not expect the digits 18 to last to the end of the century. The second of OC 9 1851, similarly endorsed poorer strike of dbl. arc 52 link
British Honduras Several of this year’s British Honduras lots are on neatly type-written pages with fulsome descriptions. These are likely to be helpful to the purchaser, but we don’t adopt the text as part of our description and in some cases disagree with it
188 British Honduras CC 1d pale blue and 1/- deep green on this page. The 1d (barely a trace of gum, so we’ll call it unused) is SG5w, wmk inverted. The 1/- is described as break in inner frame f.u. Prominent it’s not – more worthy of a Geo. Six enthusiast compiling a biography of fly-specks – cat. £300 48 link
189 British Honduras On this album page you get used examples of the 18 listed colours and shades of SG 1 to 16, inc 9a, 10a; 1d SG1 m. The killer cancels are generally light, never overpowering and we’ve noted one perf folded back, one stamp with wing mgn and two instances where line perf unfairly hint at a short corner. Colour contrasts are convincing. Selection of inmates looks careful. Cat. around £1,250 290 link
190 British Honduras These two pages offer the 2c carmine-rose SG52 in a block of 15 and plate 2 block of four with full margins, presumed mint and fine, cat. £95 24 link
191 British Honduras All used page of key-plates between SG51-68b comprising the listed defins to 24c (two shades) then 50c, $2 the green only slightly misted and Revenue 5, 10, 25c each with 12mm opts, cat. abt £620, all with healthy pmks assembled one by one 160 link
192 British Honduras Catalogued at close to £400, here in careful mounting leaving the stamps at liberty for examination are the Revenue opts fine m., housing the four 12 mm values and 5c to 25c 11mm. It’s ambitious, but this issue is probably plateable. You get a dropped E on SG68 here 54 link
193 British Honduras On this page you get two 12mm 5c opts fine m. and 11mm 10c f.u. under the rubric “damaged E” SG66.67. We are not willing to warrant the 10c, the other two are unmistakeable, cat. £106 32 link
194 British Honduras Album page holding 1899 5, 10, 25c with longer overprint and the 10c with Bevenue, all fine m. Certification is an unnecessary expense on this variety: you just need to look for the break between the two diagonals at the foot of the V – SG66/8 and 67c. £55+ £350 = cat £405 150 link
195 British Honduras Three pages feature KE7 CA issues, with the set of four fine m., the 1c in plate 1 SW corner block of six, the 2c left mgnl block of four, then 1c (2) m., 2c f.u.. wmk inverted (this is far commoner than when m.), 5c insignificant u. Ignore the annotated reference here to colour change, for we offer colour wash, rather snobbily – cat. £185 42 link
196 British Honduras This page presents the KE issues to $1, vertically matched m. and u. format on the album page. We make cat. tot up to about £570, the $1 has given away a bit, by no means all of its doubly fugitive green – in the rest we see nothing to criticise 130 link
197 British Honduras s/card holding 24 stamps all seem to have different pmks, so that after taking in the familiar types for the main towns there are good ones to find. We note Riversdale, New River Service, a quarter strike of CALEDONIA, a 7-line extension of one of the scarce small village in cherry red, no name visible. In summary, though, strike quality is not high – examples more than exhibits 44 link
198 British Honduras 4 covers in this lot use QV 1c and 2c stamps between early January 1899 and May 1902 to pay rates of 2c to England and Canada, with 5c added in one case for regn, and a 5c rate to the US, which did not have the benefit of rate reduction overseas. In case you doubt the annotation on the pages that hold the covers, a 1901 cover to the US is also included, this with QV 5c adhesive. This lot is nicely balanced for a mini-display 95 link
199 British Honduras The message from this local cover with QV 1c, 2c cancelled 1899 and Revenue 5c, 25c either side of 10c SG57 left alone is “we do not need your surplus postage you can use them again if you wish”, shows admirable punctilio and we estimate for the correct local usage 30
200 British Honduras This De Bernardy cover franked with QV 3c and 1c/1d vert. pair, left Belize FE 1 95 for London’s Bedford Row, London arrival b/stamped in red. Mild discoloration around the edge, not affecting stamps and paper glued to base on reverse disrespects but doesn’t damage this example of this prestigious correspondence 56 link
201 British Honduras 1903 letter to a swiss Doctor of Philosophy in Berne on which 10x QV 1c stamps were used to pay the double rate above ½ oz. The one chance in five of a distended S didn’t turn up: you still get cat. from £60. It reposes on a carefully annotated page. Scarce, mild fox stains 48
202 British Honduras We still haven’t quite exhausted the supply of commercial covers with QV stamps to pay postage. This appealing member of the group took aboard the 3 and 12c stamps to travel from Belize to Chicago, earning at main station arrival DELAYED TRAIN LATE – this may have reflected minutes rather than hours overdue – a colourful and attractive cover anyway cat from £74.50 58 link
203 British Honduras There’s satisfying neatness to a cover sent by A.E. Morlan, Jeweller, bookseller and stationer in Belize to its New Orleans bankers JY 05 01. The 5c grey & ultramarine on blue paid the postage to yield cat. from £63 42 link
204 British Honduras We sometimes chuckle at SG suggestions for cover uplift. Let’s take a ‘for instance’, where two printed Montomery Ward covers both dated 1919; one env. a deeper blue than the other. Each has address and name not too roughly torn out, frankings with 3c orange, one from Cayo, the other from Monkey River. The one other point of difference that one stamp is overprinted with the large WAR. Full cover price wd be from 60p for the one, £285 for the other. The CAYO is the better pmk 50 link
205 British Honduras Between the despatch of two 1959 covers by air on Bank of Bermuda stationery from Gales Point and San Pedro (that’s on Ambergris Cay) each paying 4x 5c for air travel, and 1965 8c cover, Sir Henry Tucker had been knighted. A damaged label on the last cover warns of the risk of fire; it came from Sand Hill 16
206 British Honduras 7x 1965 covers to Birmingham with Granite Rock, Punta Gorda, Roaring Creel, Monkey River, San Estevan, San Ignacio and Boom were all opened, and possibly enclosed a recurring commentary on the region. All went surface at 5c 21
207 British Honduras We are fascinated by these close-up photos of Belize from the air. Though a page that houses one is annotated WWII censored mail, they were taken by an RAF reconnaissance plane 26 Aug 1941 and look very much uncensored to us 30
208 British Honduras On this half page of Dues you’ll find the 1923 set of three in used singles and in blocks of four and the 2c on chalky paper. Unused you get the two sets and a snow-white example of 1c SGD1c, producing cat. of £187. We treat the blocks as philatelic not deserving of premium. Disagree by all means 65
Belize Belize
209 Belize Most careful interpretation is needed of an unissued mint folded sheet of 50 10c/35c of the early 1980’s. The type is the shell series, as SG532-48, but the basic stamp is a horizontal shell, so not the Glory of the Atlantic, much as we’d like to twin it with SG746 (q.v.) and then tell you SURCHARGE 1s INVERTED THROUGHOUT. Your valuation is a compromise and maybe you’d reap a bonanza, if no competition 90
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands
210 Cayman Islands Though two rows of the QV 1d pale rose-carmine add to a natural 1/-, this multiple was cancelled JU 26 08, so we’ll give you the doubt of the benefit, presume philatelic and halve the value we would otherwise quote – fine and fetching 20
211 Cayman Islands The 1905 MCA set lightly used on morsel of an album page SG8-13 cat. £110 40 link
212 Cayman Islands The 1907 4d, 6d, 1/- MCA in new colours, SG13-15 cat. £225 f.u. on page fragment 80 link
213 Cayman Islands The One halfpenny/KE 1d carmine has always been a challenging stamp to find used and may start going up in cat. quote again, so SG17 ct. £85. This example f.u. 40 link
214 Cayman Islands 1d/5s SG19 a lovely example fine used, and fresh colour and unusually with the surcharge sitting above and clear of the value tablet; the cds is the r.h. portion showing only the final digit 7 which we think, without checking back, makes it either NO27 or DE 7 in period of use and availability. To be able to assert with full confidence that this is entirely genuine we have diligently compared with the four other m. or u. examples (including pair) to which we have immediate access. And, by the way, the SG representation of surcharge is not and is not intended to be precisely delineated. Cat. now £400 140 link
215 Cayman Islands Ordinarily we do not include two examples of the same stamp (1d on 5/- salmon and green, SG19 used in Georgetown). Based on cat. £400 our valuation is based on comparing the condition of each – this used DE 9 07, surcharge sits just atop digit 5 75 link
216 Cayman Islands KE 1d CA Specimen example, but this the rare broken M variety (no gum). As normal these are cat. £50 each – fine 40 link
217 Cayman Islands KG5 the basic 12 values f.u. to 5/- (making set price from £310) with extra 2½d, 3d (on orange-buff), 1/- to bring cat. up to over £350. As you’ve had a lot of Cayman I. to absorb in recent years we rate at a fifth cat. 70 link
218 Cayman Islands If a feather light part cds is your criterion for v.f.u. this KG5 key-type 3/- SG50 meets it and yes, the cancellation is genuine, cat. £75 25
219 Cayman Islands The KG5 1912-14 2/-, 3/-, 5/- o.g. SG49-51 cat. £120 fine and fresh 42 link
220 Cayman Islands The 10/- deep green and red/green with SPECIMEN overprint SG52s fine (a paper fragment adheres harmlessly) cat. £120 52 link
221 Cayman Islands 2/- to 10/- SG124-6 mint, as fresh and true in colour as its streaky war-time gum allows. Cat. £135 34
222 Cayman Islands A most miserly helping of a Cayman Brac cds at SE corner is not our preferred style of cancellation. Far more space was available without coming near the dot by flagstaff variety of SG111h. There was aniline used in this batch of ink, which has suffused behind the purple section. This strikes us as character interest, but our estimate is modest enough for you to deem it a fault (cat. £450) 60 link
223 Cayman Islands A Cayman I collection neatly mounted on pre-printed pages which appears to be a complete run through from the start of the 1938 defins to the end of the 1962 set to £1. Add to that that these stamps don’t show the uniformity that comes from soaking stamps from philatelic coves. Isn’t that worth something extra? We make cat. over £320 and haven’t spotted anything below fine 110
224 Cayman Islands In this Cayman assembly on 2 sides of a large s/card the seller has made a fairly credible attempt to pick out more shades of the KG5 defins to 1/- than are listed by SG with 2/-, 3/- to add a bit of muscle. KG6 used to not spectacular, one 5/- value add a bit of pmk variety among the lower values, while the m. on the other side show up with two shades of the 5/-. You’ll probably find cat. well above £300, condn generally fine 40
225 Cayman Islands The 1948 Silver Wedding ½d and 10/- o.g. and used, all fine. The 10/- being used from Stake Bay, though that’s not a big deal, cat. now £90, a leap forward since we last looked 40
226 Cayman Islands Decaying black ink fuels a slim boxed Grand Cayman regn h/stamp which we now know would hang-on in use for nearly 17 months from JU 7 1919 date of despatch. 1½d/2½d orange war stamp took it to Brooklyn – commercial, correct marking. With it a Ewens cover NO 1918 paid for regn with block of 4 of the low-priced 1½d/2½d blue War Stamp – the regn box drawn by hand in blue 38
227 Cayman Islands 8d was probably the correct rate for a regd cover of 16 JU 19 to Switzerland. It was paid with l.h. marginal blocks of the ½d green and 1½d orange WAR STAMPS cat. from £27.50. Hooded London transit 19 JY, arrived Berne 22.7. Nibbles at top of cover, so we twin it with l.h. mgnl block of 1½d/2½d deep blue SG56 NO 13 17 from Cayman Brac via Jamaica and NY to Philadelphia, the regn label defective top rt. The coastal route was safe by mid-1917 in contrast to an Atlantic crossing 44 link
228 Cayman Islands Two long OHMS covers from GPO to Dr Richard d’Aulnay R. de Milan, Paris IX. You can’t read despatch date on the regd one, franked with horiz. Trio of 2½dWar Stamps on blue and on orange, each rt mgnl, but both reached Kingston, Jamaica 3 FE 1920. The second which we much prefer was carried by KG 1d red, along with the cheap 1½d/2½d deep blue, giving the correctly stamped, correctly added tax stamp, which we so often don’t meet, and left Grand Cayman JA 16 1920 46
229 Cayman Islands Dr W.R. White-Cooper prepared his own long covers for Registered despatch of 1935 SJ FDC’s to Dartmouth, Devon. The care which his printed labels requested was forgone by whoever folded the envelope short – the stamps survive safely – dispatched from Cayman Brac 25 link
230 Cayman Islands PSRE size H (seldom seen from any point of origin) left Grand Cayman NO 4 1920 – where the deeply inked boxed Grand Cayman regn h/stamp was in popular use on its first day in service. The cover reached Ewen’s Colonial Stamp Market in Norwood 29 NO. No intermediate transit mark, strongly impressed fleur de lys wax seal on reverse. We obviously can’t say whether 2/- was a correct rate, but we think the strong philatelic enhancement merits the x4 multiplier anyway, say cat a worthy £110 85
Danish West Indies Danish West Indies
231 Danish West Indies Going back to 2013 the 23 stamps on these two s/cards cat. over £300, with one plain and obvious forgery, with 3 stamps flagged as inverted frame (which doesn’t always make them more valuable). Prices have tended to rocket since then and we reckon our estimate should now be 80 link
Dominica Dominica
232 Dominica Despite age stains on fringes, there is much to admire on this tiny 1/- rated letter to England for a Miss Burton in York whose b/stamps neat, precise and complete, Dominica dbl-arc 28 JY 1848, York arrival AU 21.1848/F and red London transit XH/20 AU 20/ 848 – the 1 too faint to confirm. For once, none of the three b/stamps overlap, so that London’s practice of showing day of month either side of the month is an unnecessary benefit. Would that modern dating were so reader friendly 50 link
233 Dominica This s/card holds 1886 Half Penny/6d m. and u., One Penny on 1/- m. each in a fine block of four, and the One Penny on 1/- m. single SG17, 19 cat. £207. You’ll find the expected signs of loose lettering 52 link
234 Dominica Two pages of Leeward used on Dominica comprise QV to 6d and 1/-, Jubilee to 4d (this on piece) and 1/- (this v. mildly washed) 1903 surcharge trio, KE7 CA 1d, 2½d, 3d, 6d, 1/-, 5/-, univ. colours 1d, 2d, 3d KG5MCA ½d, 1d, 4d, script ¼d, 1½d and ½d Die I. Note now that the ½d, 1d Jubilee have forged h/stamp, 4d is ok on piece dated JY 27 97, 1/- has upper half cds, code C, no date to confirm use in period, 2½d also ok but so overinked in SW quadrant few owners would take it. Cat. abt £700 140 link
235 Dominica 2 larger s/cards of landscape used. One holds mainly ½d values, pmk interest with most of the 27 stamps such as Colihaut, Vieille Case, Delices, Marigot, Soufriere and others, a few fiscal, quality very mixed. Second card holds 20 x3d War Tax in pairs and multiples of 8, 2 of each, cat. £80 60 link
236 Dominica The top six rows of a mint sheet of 1919 WAR TAX 1½d red overprint on 2½d orange complete with margins. Two plate numbers and short fraction bar at row 6/4 – but what low level of education left the former owner describing as 1.5d on 2.5d orange? We suggest you substitute a new album page. Otherwise a handsome addition to any album without it 32
237 Dominica SJ 1/- fine o.g.. a clear and very well centred example of the dot-by-flagstaff variety SG95h, cat. £160 60 link
238 Dominica When you associate Dominica pmks with Leeward I., bear in mind that Dominica reverted to Windward before WWII. We have KG5, Leeward (3) with Barbados Posted on Board and 15 more appear on the domestic issues to which you can add as maritime, one Paquebot, one Trinidad and the “Posted at sea/ Received St John’s”, 3 o’clock on 1½d/2½d orange, two KG6 among forgoing. Last page of domestics includes 5 earlier Portsmouth, with 2d, 3d same on War Tax, 3 king’s head/badge and a decent ROSALIE on early landscape 44
239 Dominica Though it goes against the grain to be friendly towards a Kiderlen cover, a 1913 cover holding vert. pair of the 1911 MCA Leeward 6d SG42 plainly travelled on business probably carrying Dominica new issues when it was registered to the Ulm firm from the Roseau GPO. Cat from £60 46 link
240 Dominica Two covers using a 1d landscape. The carmine one left NO 22 13 for Manchester, not itself tied, faint echo cds on front; the more interesting one in Scarlet travelled on S.S. Korona to Tortola and on to Botanic gardens for Fishlock who was a stamp collector but primarily a long-lasting and dedicated curator. For a change the St Thomas transit and the not too common wartime dbl-ring are lip-smackingly good 34
241 Dominica Registered DE 9 35 from Roseau this combination SJ cover used Leeward 1d vert pair, domestic 2½d block of four. No we didn’t claim it got the rate correct, only that it pleasantly tracks its journey through Boston and Montreal to destination Vernon, Br. Columbia 34 link
242 Dominica Our first small s/card holds the 5 postal fiscals fisc. U., the 6d having also a thimble cds over which you may choose whether to shoot our reservations. The second card has 4 QV to 6d, 7 landscapes, 4 1922/3, 1d SJ and various pmks included 25
Grenada Grenada
243 Grenada Pr steamer 25th February – and you can collect 1859 from reverse – to Thomas Hauhey & Co, 7 Mincing Lane its GB 6d, a fresh colour, damaged NW corner, just finds space in top rt corner of outer. The A15 cancel is only partly inked – just enough to know it’s there, a relief in a way from the blotchy over-inked ones that are far more familiar. We get more than half-way to the ton (cover is clean after all) but only just 52 link
244 Grenada Imperial pages holding about 60 scattered QV to KG5 and a promising cut down album page with 10 or so to add, which lives down to its promise by mutilating what was once a distinctly attractive 1864 cover arriving in London – but there has to be value in our estimate here – maybe more (includes 17½ Chalons) 60 link
245 Grenada 25 1d Chalons on s/card, all v. lightly used, except 1 (a couple with no discernible pmk). Condition is mixed including fine, and one has a full array of horiz. Wmk lines to give laid paper effect to queen’s head 50 link
246 Grenada A carefully mounted and protected page of Chalons from which one 6d has been removed leaving in place 7 x 1d, 4 x 6d, and 6 of the 1875/81 surcharges mixed m. and u., and in our view must cat. in the high hundreds, reveal a rounded corner on SG2 and otherwise look gd to fine for condn. We have to guesstimate 90 link
247 Grenada A pleasing collection displaying 60 stamps, QV period through to SG56 which must, we believe, cat. the £2,000 plus a mite, which is claimed for it. The split is roughly 50/50 between chalons and later and all the pre-printed spaces are filled except, of course, the hand-written postage over written duo of Jamaica (well we did sell you one once) and the fairly inhibiting bisects under “broad star” you do get the claret 2½d used and the 4d deep blue in very fresh m. beautifully centred top to bottom, a bit less successful side to side and even there perfs are tangential to design. On the second page the upright surcharge is missing, some extras added in. Used are in the minority here, No wreckage is included, mint are fine. 250 link
248 Grenada Hours of devotion have gone into scrutinising used Chalons for their wmks resulting in stockcard showing the facing reverse of 43, of which 13 show marginal letters or lines from top row; 27 pick up lines on right or left; 3 collect lines from bottom row. We are always ready to guarantee you won’t find SG15 in a mixed lot of Chalons and haven’t had a complaint yet. Mixed condition as always. But they look generally sound 60
249 Grenada Postage Two Pence Half-Penny claret Chalon wmk broad pointed star, the value wording missed the portrait which received the lightest possible brushing from the date. Despite a bit of ageing on a minor fringe of the reverse and the simulation of a rounded SE corner by the line perfs, this is an exceptional example of an intrinsically scarce stamp of rich, fresh colour SG25 cat. £120 60 link
250 Grenada KG5 Script ½d, plate 2 pair from top row; 2d orange plate 3 SE corner pair; split perfs noted in ½d 20 link
251 Grenada 6d dull and bright purple is a routine SG description used for KG5 MCA and script issues. We take no notice whatsoever of cat. pricing for SG97, in valuing two lge pt o.g. examples mildly toned on reverse, glowing with health on the face. The shade contrast is amazing. A script 6d is appended, not to add value, as it shows damage on reverse, but because the shade adds still further contrast 10
252 Grenada KG5 2/-, 5/-. 10/- SG99-101 fine mint, perhaps bought as new issues, cat. £90+ 35 link
253 Grenada KG5 script 10 different to 1/- pictorial 2d, all decent u. cat. +/- £45 10
254 Grenada KG5 pictorial 2/6 and 5/- each so gently caressed by cds as to be all but invisibly used, yet they’ve felt the full face of this instrument, none of your cto rubbish SG143/4 cat. £78 28
255 Grenada Page with 1934 set & SJ set fine u. cat. £122 SG135-148 38
256 Grenada 3 pages with KGVI & QEII issues fine u. SG149-207 complete. Cat. £102 32
257 Grenada A page for postmarks which is pedestrian in the 5 Chalons included, but does include the full sets of A to G on later issues (8 letters, including two x A) and these are more or less complete strikes, five of them, including E, close to upright 60 link
258 Grenada A flesh coloured env. which we infer concerned transfer of money travelled OHMS regd OFFICIAL PAID (handsome rose-pink, high no regn label) OC 3 16, escaping U-boats, if we read receiving cds correctly, re-sealed after delay 28 OC 16. This makes it futile, don’t you think, for the secretary at Liverpool GPO to attempt to achieve confidentiality by deletion of GPO address 54 link
259 Grenada 3d SG122 on clean 1929 cover to Brainard, Mahwah, New Jersey (that was before the town came to be pronounceable as a term of affection), and along with it 1926 regd cover (boxed GPO regn with a very high regn no.) paying a heavy 1/4 with a block of four, heading for Leggett & Co NY 27/28 St. There is cover damage top rt. which the stamps just escape 24 link
260 Grenada 1d and 1½d SG114-5 on cover stamped with the NY address of B Duveen Jr (while another family member was flogging old masters, we assume) – 9 NO 34, but the feature is the seldom seen cachet of S.S. SCANMAIL (American Caribbean Line) (Oliver type SM3) ex Ludington 30 link
261 Grenada You have to look hard to satisfy yourself that this roughly opened 1934 cover with its 1d and ½d stamps started at Carriacou for an overnight trip on JU 16. Some of your fellow collectors, of course, can only enjoy the certificate that tells them where the value lies because as owners they haven’t got the apparatus that will reveal it 17
262 Grenada After long deliberation we date this cover 23 JA 1940, which is nowhere near where we began. It has the full KG6 set to 10/-, was posted to Carmen Archer c/o of R.E. Bryden & Sons, Barbados. The ¼d is a pair, the cover is of necessity foolscap size, and we feel that set price doesn’t do justice to a local WWII philatelic cover, even though the war was still phoney 32 link
263 Grenada A 1949 cover has reached us from St Andrew’s bound for Malung, Sweden using KG6 ½d, 1d, 2d and sealed (perhaps opened and re-sealed) and we find the rate strange and on any view likely to have a short life. Anyway an uncommon destination 10
264 Grenada Covers from the family Large (this one signed A.J. Large) could get quite adventurous. This one, franked 2½d (no, not the good one) went in 1953 to Donnybrook, Western Australia 11
265 Grenada P/stationery, rather mixed condition, comprising QV SPEC ½d card, reply-card, 1d, 1½d cards; unused QV cards ½d, and reply; 1d and reply; 1½d and reply; wrapper ½d, 1d (1 white, 1 brown); KG5, 1d card light brown; PSRE QV 2d grey, late 1892 to London’s Lincoln’s Inn, stamp removed 25
266 Grenada A dbl-sided s/sheet holds 6 p/s items. Those with the standard large SPECIMEN all have their H&G ranking attached, with ½d green card and wrapper, 1d red card and reply card and the 1½d brown reply-card. We consider them over-rated and far too expensive at a collective valuation of £76. The last and by far the best is the sought-after 1d turquoise green H&G1, once priced for sale at £40 which at retail level does not do it justice, condition is amazingly fresh. Our perception of value for all six is 52
267 Grenada A brief introduction to Grenada QV Revenue issues comprising 6 x Chalon Heads to 1/- inc. one 1d surcharge and 6 key plate to 2/-. This could be enough to get one of us to start on a difficult and intriguing new journey 10
268 Grenada Two small s/cards offer just a hint of how to animate a collection, one with fiscally used orange and green Chalons to 1/- (6), 1d to 6d key-type QV revenue (4) and a piece with 1908 declaration (Hubbard). The other with samples of tete-beche pairs, plate no., QV 8d with plate no., the 1916 and 1918 red cross label, local War Tax overprint shifted left, KG5 chalky blue and blue fine m. – so quite a bit of cat. value too 44 link
CHARLES FREELAND SECTION
This year we are delighted to offer approximately 100 lots from Charles’s collections from across our collecting areas. Charles eye for the rare and unusual was quite exceptional and members have an opportunity to acquire something special for their collections.
Anguilla Anguilla
269 Anguilla A meter franking from Metupulayam charged all of 9 rupees 20 to take this cover to Tortola in 1985. Well we should have said towards Tortola as it got MISSENT TO ANGUILLA in a straight line. What’s unusual about that? Just about everything 12
Antigua Antigua
270 Antigua GB used abroad: cat. price of £3,250 is a fair reflection of the rarity of the 1/- value used in Antigua. This example has a chamfered NE corner, having sacrificed it seems, 2 vertical and 1 horizontal perf in the 160 years of its life. Its A02 cancel resting just short of 3 o’clock could not be more complete: the head of the killer brushes r.h. frame line, l.h. of killer brushes top frame line and the clarity of the A02 about as good as they come. Adhesions on reverse may hide thins. We regard our valuation as munificent 400 link
271 Antigua 1d dull rose horiz. pair in a confident shade, mint o.g. Miss Stewart struggled with the perforations of this issue, but our pair came off better than its neighbour, surrendering little at left and top while compensating at right and grabbing some 1½ mm of the stamp below. SG6 cat. £240 90 link
272 Antigua ½d dull green CA, the Thompson flaw (detached triangle), the lower half smooth o.g. but hinge remainder above has tightened the surface to cause minor wrinkling on the face SG21a cat £250 115 link
273 Antigua The 2½d red brown and 4d blue CA SG22/3, each lge pt o.g. centred left, the first with triangular loss of gum from a third way up left, which may not impact on the paper and is not visible from the front, these two otherwise sound and of good colour, cat. £400 60 link
274 Antigua The merit of finding full cds strikes on each of these 4d CA stamps is rather submerged by the quantity seen here – SG23 (9), SG 28 (11) cat. £150 20
275 Antigua A Frank B. Brown cover, for once addressed in manuscript, by a sender who couldn’t remember street no,, sent from St John’s, Antigua OC 19 17, it nicely cancelled Leeward 1d with halfpenny badge, red WAR STAMP 32
276 Antigua Using Colonial Bank embossing a 1½d orange badge WAR STAMP took this cover to the “Literary Digest” New York. In very neat pencil Charles recorded buying it from our Circle in our 1986 auction. We break no confidence if we tell you that his record-keeping was to become more haphazard 15
Bahamas Bahamas
277 Bahamas Imperf. black Chalon plate proof horiz. Pair with wing-margin at left, on thick card. At some time this has been bent forward to cause a crease at shoulder level from right to left. On reverse you can’t really detect the mishap but us philatelists will insist on magnification instead of admiring at a distance. Still worth E 60 link
278 Bahamas 6d lavender grey perf 11½-12, gently caressed no more than nose-high by its A05 killer nestling at 5 o’clock. The design never quite reaches its margins on any side, yet within that constraint can be treated as almost perfectly centred, and dignified in shade SG11, cat. £500 170 link
279 Bahamas As you approach this brown-lake SG17, you might think what lovely centring. Come closer and you’ll see the effect is achieved with scissors top and foot. Unloose the Hawid sheath and it’s unused, no gum. So much to admire, much to regret. At cat. £750 we plump for 75 link
280 Bahamas The 4d on 6d SG45 offered as a space filler because of the defect on r.h.s. The surcharge is genuine showing the defective top bar of the final ‘E’, which SG is, as usual, careful not to describe or illustrate. Neither is there anything unusual in pen-cancel – and killer postmark, where a stamp travels between an outer island and Nassau, but it is cluttered – cat. £400 18
281 Bahamas Dbl tree trunk varieties on 5d CC, Rifleman, half extra tree trunk variety on 3/- CC, SG59, 61 each fine o.g, the 3/- beautifully centred; with these a script 1d in an intense aniline shade houses a prominent re-touch in the sky found at position 31 – this too is full o.g. (but you realise, with the 3 stamps side by side that this vignette never had much sky anyway), nibbled at SW corner. Cat £60 as normal 46 link
282 Bahamas Why is SG so fond of ‘malformed’ when deformity will usually occur at some point after formation? Never mind this is SG122a f.u. – except that cds of 14 MR 33 lands on deformity (shaken but not stirred?). Variety is visible, otherwise we wouldn’t describe it; one or two nibbled perfs r.h.s. Cat. £160 48 link
283 Bahamas Tercentenary 2/- in fine o.g block of four, previously hinged on upper pair, lower pair mint – SG113 cat. £88 38 link
284 Bahamas The 5/- lilac and blue on thick paper SG156 fine mint, whose brown, streaky gum proclaims its wartime printing. That’s for starters, because this is the elongated V in FIVE variety which will surely get listed one day and meanwhile is gobbled up by specialists like yourselves. Cat £170 as normal 115 link
285 Bahamas Master die-proof (frame only) for the 1948 tercentenary issue on stiff card 100x70mm, headed XC4251, the proof coloured in brown-purple and deep blackish purple 240 link
286 Bahamas One of the more obscure Bahamas sub-offices is Eleuthra’s James Cistern which spills over into Tacoma Wash(ington) when this powerfully struck cover was sent to the US mainland. The cover cost 3d to register in 1932, paid for by 2d and ½d pair who shared 3 full cds with the cover front. The best the local office could do was to write Reg12, and perhaps they were continuing from the start of the year to reach so high a total by early September. Whatever Proud may have chosen to say, value has to be 3-figures 110 link
287 Bahamas B/BAHAMAS 20mm cds of FE 25 87 sends a standard size p/s card of the era on its way, the 1½d die cancelled with B killer, its carmine shade matching the text and the framed Grecian type border. It is worth noting that this is an instance of the killer being used for mail from Nassau on outgoing mail, so it wasn’t reserved for mail from the out-islands, then. 3 corners have been nibbled from being mounted here and dismounted there, This is private correspondence 16
Barbuda Barbuda
288 Barbuda It could be rash to assume that a KG5 Die I 6d franking a cover from BARBUDA MY18 35 is the Script Die I at cat, off cover £160 (and probably x5 on cover) so let’s look at the merits of an MCA 6d addressed to a schoolboy in Glasgow’s Pollokshields. This cannot be classed with the contrived stream of material from faraway destinations to a disguised group of receivers. In contrast, though with a probable motive to kick-start an interest in stamps, it should be treated as a rare and genuine private sending 95
Bermuda Bermuda
289 Bermuda Filing folds and ageing have done nothing but mischief to this 1860 EL on blue paper, or its GB 6d already suffering the impact of numeral 11 canceller in diamond within bars. The letter was from Robert Tucker & Co to executors of J Outerbridge, travelling on Royal Mail Steamer through Liverpool and Halifax, to effect transfer of £69-7-7 from estate funds. The ink used to annotate receipt also proved bad for the health of the writing paper. Yet for all the faults described the appearance of the EL folded is readily acceptable 32 link
British Guiana British Guiana
290 British Guiana Demerara packet letter to London. A painstaking transcription of a letter of MR 16 1841 from Wm Gordon to Messrs Webster, Gordon Cossart & Co (who are wine merchants in London’s New Broad St) reveals the writer setting out in formal detail his comings and goings and intentions prior to leaving the Caribbean. An obvious family member, active and conscientious whose activities and clarity double the value of a far from ordinary packet letter 50
291 British Guiana The lightest of red cancels could cause some to mistake this 1867 12c grey-lilac SG75 for unused. A tall example in a very delicate shade, perhaps from bottom row, centred a trifle right, yet the neatly separated perfs still well clear of design – a seductive stamp, cat. £48 25 link
292 British Guiana Imperfs of the 1860’s are too prevalent to be explained away as cut down jumbo perfs (and what a waste if they are) but it’s best to treat them as unproven and set a compromise value. Candidates here are 4c unused and used, 12c used, so the three 25 link
293 British Guiana Not much character to the wmk on A03 cancelled 2c perf 10 reddish orange SG88 (but it’s identifiable); the orb on 24c pale green SG50 is far more appealing, but there are serious perf. faults to forgive 40 link
294 British Guiana Perf. 10 24c bluish green SG102, tall example well centred vertically, to the right cancelled with part of a well-defined gothic A03 duplex date stamp; readily displays its dbl-lined ERS wmk on the reverse 22 link
295 British Guiana 2c/10c large pt o.g. wmk reversed SG133x cat. £200 (perhaps on the generous side) 60 link
296 British Guiana The Br. Guiana DLR 4c CC perf 12½ (and it’s a blob of a pmk, not a short perf, top centre, SG135 cat. £200. Noting the acclaim accorded to this stamp and the compound perf SG136 in the 1914 brochure for W.G. Webster’s collection at NY Harmer Rooke sale, we reckon these are overdue for a rise 85 link
297 British Guiana This interesting essay by E.S. Truck, mounted on stiff card 78x97mm featured in the 1914 Br. Guiana Stamp Design competition, but would have needed the skills of DLR’s own artists to make its mark 120 link
British Honduras British Honduras
297a British Honduras QV 1c, KE 2c and 1c blue-grn SG51, 85, 95 in used block of four, first with SE corner perf shortened (some split vert. perfs) 8
298 British Honduras Album page of surcharges, the used comprise 1888 between sg25-41 – 2c (both) 10, 20c, TWO on 50 , 1888-91 SG36-50 one of each listed, the 2c on piece with typical Aikman bisect (no tie but none needed) an extra SG50 strongly inked; the spaced FIVE cents comes with the unused group, which also adds NE corner block of 5/6c. the stamps fine mint, their top mgn stamp and a second 15/6c whose blurred surcharge is over inked not double cat. over £600 180 link
299 British Honduras For the same issue a perf. colour trial (5c) in deep chestnut and blue-green king’s head added with precision, SPECIMEN overprint in black. Then things go wrong: there is serious damage top rt; turn over and sickly white gum has been added to reverse where we infer none was present hitherto (but we can’t give it away) 18 link
300 British Honduras Imperf. colour trial for the 1922 issue, the frame printed in black from the master die and impeccably centred, King’s head added too low in blue-green; the whole overprinted SPECIMEN in black, fresh, fine, desirable 130 link
301 British Honduras S/card with KE 4, KG5 3 plus 1c singles with pretty full San Estevan’s cds, year date to (19)15, a QEII 1c (ignored) and the 3-ring dumb half of the rare primitive duplex, this on 3c SG38 30
302 British Honduras In principle BARRA(CKS) TRD – seen here on 50c SG134 was grossly overvalued by Proud, bit on this higher value it is worthy of admiration 42 link
303 British Honduras 40% of the RAD(IO STATION)/GPO TRD comes up here on a lovely, fresh example of the 1922 $2 purple and green which has clearly fulfilled its proper role by telegraphic use. It was, we infer, only lightly attached to the telegraphic form, as traces of gum are still visible 44 link
304 British Honduras A typical 2c SG37 and its bisect (not formally tied or blocked, which matters not on an Aikman bisect cover) sits below 13 other stamps there for their pmks which include Parcel Post, dumb cancels and maritime. If we allow a tenner for the cover and take a/c of a respectable £40 cat. for the stamps in decent condition page must be worth 40
305 British Honduras A crowded frustrating page for Monkey River and district. Monkey River itself is well represented – with several good to fine thimble cds and dumb cancel of oval shape bar, but the other offices, of which there are 7 or 8 different strikes vary from inadequate (bar two) to barely visible. There is not one that we would pluck out for separate sale 100 link
306 British Honduras Caledonia, Double Head Cabbage, Ladyville, Libertad kick off a page with the dbl-ring cds on earlyish QEII low values… Are you in to this period yet? Quality postmarks carry weight from any date 25 link
307 British Honduras A genuine CAYO regn label is attached to a 1910 cover to Boston whose KE7 10c SG87 cancelled at Belize. To accept Cayo connection requires you to suspend disbelief. Charles probably did but, sorry, we don’t! However cat. from £120 gives plenty to play with and the mailing was ‘RECEIVED IN BAD CONDITION’ (not all that bad) which bestows character 35 link
308 British Honduras Interpanneau horiz. Pair of 1925 2c brown SG127 was planted askew on a Government House stationery envelope to Mrs C Douglas-Ince, Finchley N. London. Posted uncancelled, we have no doubt that two blotchy black dumb cancels were a gift from New Orleans and all that jazz. Opened roughly at tip of flap, so govt logo survives and we value as high society merit 27
309 British Honduras 1925 cover regd at Benque Viejo (R label top left) carries interpanneau 2c brown, 5c, SG127, 131 + earlier 1c (presumed script wmk). S?L REGISTERED spreads on to 1c and cover transits Belize, Mobile for Chicago who all made their marks. As of today a strip of gummed brown sprawls in turn across the REGISTERED mark – where and why they put it there we know not. No crossed lines on envelope? Underpaid? Surely not at 5d equivalent. A mystery to resolve but that’s for th buyer, cat. from about £105 42 link
310 British Honduras AU 1929 cover from PUNTA GORDA (dbl ring cds) to school of Applied Art, Battle Creek (Michigan). What a contentious artistic setting – just as well PEACE no longer figured in the 4c slate that franked it. Of much greater consequence is the 1901 cover to NY, Floral Park, endorsed ‘only seeds sample’ the earlier dbl ring form PUNTA GORDA 2 OC 01, paid by 5c QV 5c grey and ultramarine, 2 days to Belize, 3 more to New Orleans, cat. from £63 44 link
311 British Honduras A light initial dry strike if 16 AUG 1946 followed by 2 more swimming in excess of ink is not the treatment BENQUE VIEJO would give to a Roger Wells cover, but this is commercial from the Missionary Church of the Nazarene to a lady of Kansas City, Missouri, and you should see the mess made of the KG6 2c trio to pay the journey. If you don’t like it go back to Roger Wells, but you did say you wanted a commercial example. The cover was kept in Missouri for a few weeks then re-addressed to Oakland 30 Sep. Remember we price here for scarcity, not beauty 30
312 British Honduras Roger Wells Victory cover, using 5c and 3c (2) to pay regn to Grimsby from SAN ESTEVAN using its double ovel TRD 12
313 British Honduras Colin Wilkinson liked to send himself underpaid covers from far away places but lacked the panache of “Panton” and economised on penalty by keeping the deficit to 1c. From Banque Viejo 1950 franked 1, 4c. With it a v. clean Montgomery Ward cover franked 3c which left Banque Viejo NO 4 19, the cds showing code E prostrate 34
314 British Honduras CAY CAULKER, Roger Wells cover 1951. Despite the regn crayon, the ink is so faint that the TRD’s and the scarce local regn h/stamp are barely visible and we suspect this travelled as ordinary mail once it reached Belize 18
315 British Honduras For a short period at the end of the 1940’s the easiest way to pay the ever-changing air mail rate of 25c was with 10c UPU and 15c St George’s Cay, each of which is otherwise v. scarce on commercial cover. SG have not yet valued covers to this date, but no matter. Our present example by air from CAYO to Alexander Elder, London’s Ship Tavern Passage is good value at £1 for each postal cent 25
316 British Honduras Meter-franked in Luxembourg for 09.00 (Fr) in 1975 as printed matter flying by Luftpost, this cover was headed to SAN PEDRO SULA (Honduras), and one can for a change see a reason for it being MISSENT TO BELIZE (and then post haste to Charles). It whetted his appetite but will it fit your album page? Not very easily 8
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands
317 Cayman Islands The 1921 3d orange on buff paid for a tidy 1922 cover to London WC1. Slight rumpling consistent with ordinary postal usage, cat. from £40 28
318 Cayman Islands First used in deep rich violet on NO4 1920, the boxed Grand Cayman regn h/stamp (struck here in bone-dry fade away black) seems at death’s door on a size G PSRE to Edinburgh less than 9 years later. The two 3d stamps are clearly from different printings so we diagnose SG60b and 75 (never opened). Such convers deserve some uplift nowadays, but we play fair, it’s 2x cat. for the cheaper value, half cat. for the good one, plus a bot for the PSRE 48 link
Dominica Dominica
319 Dominica The pen cancels on ½d dull green CA and QV Revenue 1d, 6d (year 78 and 79) are all fiscal cancels, but we have no doubt about the authenticity of the red (Sol)ent on Leeward 2½d in handwriting repeatedly seen 20
320 Dominica The m/s “Ports”, here 2/10/ quite likely ‘8’ off the stamp appears on numerous QV values, but One Penny on 1/- magenta, as here, is one of our favourites 60 link
321 Dominica In 1883 a front with a postal fiscal 1d can only hold SGR1 which, in spite of its real rarity unused is rated a little lower than R4 on cover, but still from £120. The example here went to “Mrs Small, Eden”, a very clear cds on the front, its year ’83 much more heavily struck than the rest. There are signs of glue around the edges of the stamp, probably used to produce adhesion when attached, as the stamp is convincingly tied. This does not, to ourselves have any flavour of a sending by favour, in contrast to other covers we have seen, and we treat it as a private correspondence, and a small stained area at NE of stamp is consistent with glueing. Rare 60 link
Grenada Grenada
322 Grenada A small and very pleasing collection of WWI Red Cross stamps in their varying formats, which includes the 1914-15 issue in a sheet of 10 and used singles, the 1914, 15, 16,1 7 issue, part sheet of six. The undated first issue comes m., u., and on piece with 1d (cds cancel, while the two-date issues get cancel on 2 covers and 2 singles). Condn looks fine all through 75 link
323 Grenada The Belgian relief “One Fraction” charity label printed in rich orange-brown is much scarcer than its slightly smaller counterpart for Barbados. This rouletted example has not been used on a cover to judge by appearances, and is as fresh as they come 50 link
Jamaica Jamaica
324 Jamaica A mother’s arms are for her infant however unattractive to others. This Jamaica ½d’s arms are for the inverted wmk lover who will disregard the distasteful pmk and bestow affection on the variety clearly seen on reverse SG33w is cat. £35 14
325 Jamaica There is quality in two batches of covers divided by us to separate two reigns. KG5 comprises in rate order: 1d business p/c Port Maria – Delaware; 2x 1d, ½d Black River – NY; 3x 1d regd Brown’s Town – Topeka, re-addressed, opened out with contents; regd 2d, 2½d pictorial Monty Ward full cover Lucea-Chicago; 2x 1d, 3x 2d pictorial Williamsfield – London by air; same rate and year (33) Kingston – London, 3d, 2d, 6d; 1938 Ocho Rios, KG5 still in stock at Straw Park Hotel, 6d x3, 4d, 1d – all the above in very mixed commercial condition – and with them a clean personal ppc full message Bluefields – Kingston paying ½d local rate 70
326 Jamaica We reach KG6 covers with earlier ½d and Coron, Kingston – London, and earlier 1½d joining ½d+4d regd Whitfield Pen to Tennessee. Then, in rating order, as before, 1d Seaforth to Groves & Lindley, Huddersfield; 1½d DIAS TRD local – Kingston; 2½d Lucea – Madison Square; 1½d(2) Brown’s Town – Pittsburgh, opened by censor 20.1.1942; 6d Titchfield Hotel to Mc Farlane; 4x New Constitution 2d Mandeville – Miami air mail (and most or all to follow); 1d plus 2d Ocho Rios – NY, censor; next Guy’s Hill regd to Bible Plane, Tennessee with 10d New Constitution +1d; 1/- censor, Kingston – NY; 4x 3d Oracabessa – Chicago; 1/3 Kingston – London to Royal Mail Chief Marine Supt; we conclude with 2/8 needed for The Rum Company (Jamaica) Ltd to write to its daughter co. in Switzerland, Poster Stamp over flap intended to cause a shot of CORUBA 60
Leeward Islands Leeward Islands
327 Leeward Islands 4 FE 46: paper, ordinary; SG no.? There’s the thing is it SG113a, cat. £375 or 113b cat £90? Hand on heart we’d say 113a, but green paper behind pale green and dull red needs confident experience to distinguish same from behind green and red. We shall resolve it by playing a trump. Anguilla Valley on 10/- must be such a rarity that we can ignore designation and corner fault, and value by pmk alone however the rest resolves 90
328 Leeward Islands Leeward ½d yellow-green pair, on its manifestly chalky paper received the softest of large Montserrat A cds cancels in 1916, nestling in SW quadrant on their way to Miss Hollings of Byng Place, London WC, who opened roughly. We think, of course, only of the Admiral executed about 2 ½ centuries ago to shock his colleagues in to action. The cover glows 28
329 Leeward Islands Leeward I. pink 1d PSE accompanied by the ½d black WAR STAMP/green left St John’s for Chelmsford 16 DE 16, the envelope, the convenient 4½”x 3¾” which was not all that widely used. An early taxed example of authentic commercial mail 36 link
Montserrat Montserrat
330 Montserrat 1d red SG1 pt o.g. and 1d red CA perf. 12 each show the very well known re-entry at row 1 posn 8. SG1 is fine, centred a little high its line perfs causing some irregularity, no defects. SG6 is defective with extensive thinning, mainly shallow and little residual gum, but the thinning is mainly visible around the NW of value. We value the two varieties as if both were SG1 fine 60 link
331 Montserrat Diag. bisect of Montserrat 1d red, the upper portion cut from rt to left on piece which preserves only upper part of cds, stamp itself well tied by A08 killer. It is of course SG1a, cat. £1,400 on cover, but we prefer to see a larger piece of cover before thinking ion 10% terms 60 link
332 Montserrat The thin so plainly visible on reverse of 6d green SG2 is caused mainly by crackled gum peeling away from the rest and is far less discernible on the face. Of far more consequence is the re-entry which impacts on the upper neck and much of the cheek, so as to put in the shade the other 6 re-entries which we promote from time to time. In fine condition this example would rate £150-200, so it’s 60 link
333 Montserrat Someone who noted the slightly yellowish shade of the 6d re-entry just offered might suppose that these 5 6d were SG3. Well, they are not. There’s one that presents as very fresh, fine m., and 3 of the others are v. gently cancelled while most would class the example with heavier cds as f.u. So it’s cat. £230, valued from frontal appearance only 70 link
334 Montserrat We think the disparity between quote for QV ½d dull green m. and u. is too wide, but when it comes to the Thompson flaw, detached triangle, unpriced u., your chances of finding an example which pmk doesn’t obscure are slim indeed. So grab this example or regret it for up to evermore. The pmk is v. light and steers meticulously clear of the triangle, and we decline even to consider whether a white mark below the L has significance. We start this one at £200 and if there’s opposition you can fight it out R£200 link
335 Montserrat Perf 14 1d red CA v.g.u. showing re-entry no. 2 row 2 posn 8 and with it QV 4d blue CC, v. lightly u. fine SG 8 and 5, cat. £41 as normal. Happily the heavy part of the A08 killer on 1d falls on the name leaving re-entry fully visible 40 link
336 Montserrat QV ½d, 1d, 2½d red-brown, SG7-9, one of each lge pt o.g., and v. lightly u., fine, cat just south of £400 105 link
337 Montserrat 4d red-brown CA, SG9 a block of four, o.g. at top, mint in the lower pair, a rich shade which tends to give the gum behind a toned appearance when sent to the tropics. We find no fault in the lower pair. Stamp at top left perhaps the faintest rubbing of letter A next to |T. A v. scarce block, cat. £1,100 without premium for multiples 320 link
338 Montserrat QV 4d blue comb perf. CC, its killer cancel so unobtrusive it’s all but invisible and the watermark could win a prize for prominence, cat. a mere £30 22 link
339 Montserrat KG5 script 1½d red-brown, plate no.1 top marginal block of four cancelled Montserrat/A/date stamp of FE 6 1929, quite shortly after the issue of this colour change, the block’s blue regn crayon discreetly visible at extreme right, fine 18 link
Nevis Nevis
340 Nevis 1878 6d grey SG19 of Nevis, a rt marginal block of four, in fact from SE corner of the pane of 12, though it has lost its bottom margin and just about all its gum. The shade, usually downbeat on this issue, is lively for once. A few perfs have split between the two in the upper row, but this is a rarity, fine and very desirable example of a stamp that usually arrives in singles 250 link
341 Nevis Nevis ½d surcharge in black reading down on half of REVENUE 1d lilac-mauve, used and well tied by its A09 cancel to a very tiny piece, SG36c, a hint of ageing on perfs top rt. Nevertheless as fine an example of this obscure rarity as one is ever likely to see cat. £550 200 link
342 Nevis Also in the Freeland collection was an unused example of the same ½d surcharge in violet on r.h. bisect of the 1d lilac-mauve, reading upward, SG35. This rates a cat. quote of £1,100, which we suggest is pushing it. However, this pt o.g. example is described on the authenticating RPSL certificate issued to the Lord Spens in Aug 1935 as ‘Toned, slightly creased’, from which we do not dissent 110 link
Saint Christopher Saint Christopher
343 Saint Christopher 6d green where the final E of PENCE has somehow been squeezed short. The small part of a cds, low left, is far away from the variety. We’d assume it’s a one-off and Charles either plucked it from a quality collection or paid more for it than you probably will with unknown prominent varieties it takes two or more to make a feast 25 link
344 Saint Christopher 1886 ONE PENNY on 6d, SG24; the three A12 cancels at 10.30 o’clock and that orientation smothers more of the stamps than any other. A fourth strike wasn’t necessary and was left out. The block is fine but loses the premium we would normally have assigned to it, cat. £200 65 link
Saint Kitts Saint Kitts
345 Saint Kitts On 1 OC 34 a cover to Akron, Ohio left Anguilla Valley and the St Kitts transit cds was struck strongly on the front 7 days later. This is a front only franked with domestic 2½d ultramarine – but what could backstamps on reverse have added to one’s philatelic knowledge of the period? Our answer is zilch, so it’s half the cover, half the value 40 link
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia
346 Saint Lucia There’s nothing artificial in the elusive KG5 p/s standard-size cover combining its penny half penny worth with KG6 1d violet in SP 41 – each was current and they travelled together to Cape Town. Unusual and scarce 40
Saint Vincent Saint Vincent
347 Saint Vincent Here are two examples of 1875 1/- claret in imperf proof form, one with full bottom margin, both have nibbles pulled from a corner, the colour is powerful. No gum or wmk at this stage 120 link
Tobago Tobago
348 Tobago A14 killer placed centrally at 10 past midday on 6d lilac – a clear full strike with impact SGz3 cat. £275. A tiny nibble at SE will keep cost down, so you can give it an even warmer welcome 46 link
349 Tobago Sperati reproduction of Tobago QV 4d and 6d in black on separate cards approx.. 2” x 3”, each with signature below 30 link
Virgin Islands Virgin Islands
350 Virgin Islands Plate proof of the Nissen & Parker 4d, perhaps a little more red in it than as issued, yet perhaps just within colour range to be found in the stamp as issued. It has magnificent large margins and, while we haven’t fastened on a plate position we feel sure this is from one of the two settings, we’d say the clean rather than dirty settings, as we have recurrently described them. Margins microscopically fuller left then right, ungummed, soft opaque paper. An item to treasure 70 link
351 Virgin Islands QV key-type 2½d red-brown of 1879 perfectly centred. The current A91 killer cancel faces almost due west along the vertical length of the stamp – SG25, cat. £130 40 link
352 Virgin Islands The scarce 1d deep red p/s envelope of Virgin 1. With KG5 ½d green added, received a wholly indeterminate maritime cancel when sent to McFarlane at his usual Pennsylvania address, and he endorsed it as received Nov 9 1926. That’s all we know about it except that it was opened, therefore sent on business 40 link
END OF CHARLES FREELAND SECTION
Guadeloupe Guadeloupe
353 Guadeloupe FG Graduate binder comprising the four lots separately described below. These lots will only be offered one by one if the album and contents do not sell as a whole, at a reserve of R£110
354 Guadeloupe Fragments of cover from Mayor & Co, forwarding agents, holding 25c commerce type J, featuring elusive BORDY-RAPIDE maritime mark 1887; 1899 cover Basseterre – Pointe a Pitre 2x 15c type Sage; followed by cards, illustrations a few stamps on and off piece from 1851 to very recent times. Noted are a ppc from La Moule, and 1958 unstamped election envelope 40
355 Guadeloupe Saint Martin 10 pages containing covers, cards, maps, pieces, illustrations etc, 1958 to recent in the French half of this low-lying island 28
356 Guadeloupe 9 pages with similar content for St Barts noting directional marks not listed by McQueen (2003) 25
357 Guadeloupe Islands well off the beaten track are featured on 9 more pages showing La Desirade, Ile des Saintes, Marie Galante, with their history of piracy, leprosy and solitude 35
Jamaica Jamaica
358 Jamaica Neat page with 10 August 1767 letter from the Blue Mountain Estate to Banff, N. Britain, carried by “The Earl of Halifax”, Captain Dalton, with manuscript 6, ex Larson 44 link
359 Jamaica Attractively written up page from the same source, holding 18 Jan 1795 pkt letter to Delneis, N. Britain with faint ‘IAMAICA’ h/stamp, rated 3s 2d and carried by ‘Duke of Cumberland’ pkt ship 75 link
360 Jamaica A76 at 2 o’clock on mostly dissected piece from a blue envelope struck on GB 6d deep lilac; the strike is clean and precise, but the stamp has a 3-4mm chunk out of its NW corner when affixed. Not nearly enough to do service as a twelfth of face value ½d, so sender merely had no care for any future philatelist. Cat. £180 (but only when decent) 30 link
361 Jamaica Pine 2d rose with roomy margin at right; usually the perfs trimmed too close by scissors lower left and hand separated rather close top right would put us off and on reverse, the smoothness of more gum than one actually sees. For us this example comes out soft, square and delicate. We see few examples of similar appeal – SG2, cat. £225 40 link
362 Jamaica QV perf 12½ 5/- SG15 in deepish lilac and another a paler shade v.g.u. cat. £340 52 link
363 Jamaica Album page for used QV CC values comprising 6d (9) in shades of mauve or lilac of varying depths, and similarly 1/- (9) in shades of dull or deep brown; lastly 2/- (7) in Venetian red, pale or deeper. Condition looks sound to mainly fine. A73 turns up twice here, but it’s pretty common, and page is not chosen for pmks. We make cat. across the board close to £400 52
364 Jamaica The listed values of the Jamaica arms issues are neatly mounted on this page in individual hawid pockets all m. together with the SER.ET variety in left gutter marginal horiz. ½d strip of three f.u. and the 1d variety m. stated to cat. abt £285, they look fresh and selected examples throughout 95 link
365 Jamaica The QV MCA defins on this s/card don’t venture above the 1/- values, so it’s a short set and the reign of KE7 all lightly used cat. £230 60 link
366 Jamaica The MCA arms o.g. or mint take up three sheets holding the ½d in 2 blocks, 2 singles; 2x 1d singles, 2½d 2 pale ultra., 3 deep, 1 ultra & grey, 3 x 6d, 2x 5s cat. around £160 36 link
367 Jamaica Large s/card for KG6 1938/52 pictorials all believed to be mint holding complete set together, we’re told with all listed perfs and shades except, of course, the 5/- SG132a, thus stc about £300, as there are the odd further shade and ½d orange in imprint block of 8. No apparent faults noted 75
368 Jamaica KG6 2d frame 3 (centre plate 1) SE corner block of six mint, with its frame no. and margins on two sides. A minor diagonal crease crosses the value tablet well clear of the fishing rod variety SG124b which occurs on this stamp on frames 1 to 7,and is nicely visible on this example – cat. £65 12
369 Jamaica KG6 2d perf 12½ r.h. block of 24 in four columns of six showing frame no. 3 which we take to relate to frame not vignette, mint with all three mgns intact all but £90 when one includes the not all that significant fishing rod flaw bottom right 30
370 Jamaica A similar r.h. block of 24 from frame 7, also four columns of six with margins all round but horiz. perfs are split in several rows in r.h. margin. Nevertheless, this is the last frame within which the fishing rod variety SG124b appears, there is wear on the vignette plate which brings the variety into greater prominence. We allow for minus and plus 28
371 Jamaica KG6 2d perf 13x13 ½ SG124c, together with lower mgnl imprint block of four with very prominent guide dot to pin for printing alignment, both fine mint, cat. £20 14
371 Jamaica We are still with 2d perf 12½ when we reach frame 8 in conjunction with vignette plate 4 in a lower rt two row strip of six running from imprint at left to plate numbering 8, 4 at rt. We are now well past war end we can add in as of very little weight 5 more perf 12½ blocks, all but one marginal and war-time gum. The multiple of 21 has been wrongly marked in pencil for the fishing rod 22
373 Jamaica KG6 2½d multiples comprising left marginal block of four, lower marginal imprint pair and imprint block of four SG125 all fine mint, cat. £95 30
374 Jamaica A01 is the theme for this page, type 1 holding GB 4d (2) and 6d on 1859 piece with its separate cds, plus 4d, 6d pines, their killers lacklustre – SG type 2 had a killer life – it could still be coaxed to perform well, the CC issues (2) as well as pines (3) but only when in the right mood; the wing margin GB 4d is good quality. The page is cat, around £400 46 link
375 Jamaica The follow-up pages need separate attention for their intent to continue on GPO cancels. There are +/- 50 items where one 4d CC in a delightful shade catches the eye. Among the squared circles you’ll find 3d purple/lilac as single and pair in familiar very pale shade, and seller has resisted the temptation to over-elaborate by ending time-wise with script pictorial 5/- SG105c. Now if you please forget about the above and we’ll introduce you to a quite superb Kingston/M/double ring cancel for JY 1 11 on QV 2/- Venetian red. This surely must be by date SG55 cat. £170 and we value the above in the estimate 60
376 Jamaica 9 items on a page of QV, KG5 headed ‘Jamaica used in GB or vice-versa’ we substitute cancelled for precision. One includes ½d from each century and the office down from the castle took no exception. There’s a page for Red Cross (16 items, WWI and II, railway cancels in blue (8)) plus a whole and part page for TPO markings, 20 items here, period WWI to the ‘50’s 44
377 Jamaica The sort of variety page we enjoy. It begins with the QV 1d rose Official in SPECIMEN garb, the rest is KG5, broadly mid-twenties, primarily perfin and maritime with a couple of visitors from abroad – 15 items altogether. Don’t forget a SPECIMEN official rates £50 a time 48 link
378 Jamaica In this collation of 90 stamps on small s/cards only one is used and that is flagged as inverted wmk, damaged. That’s unkind, it’s one pulled perf, but 1½d SG71w is not a scarce stamp. There are two commercial covers, one with red cross added. Plate no. with 3d single (2), and 1½d pair and block of six, ½d and 1½d multiples with frills at margins. A decent start, one can go a lot further 56 link
379 Jamaica A chance sighting on stockcard with some not very promising numerals threw up a QV ½d claret on which conveniently sitting at 3 o’clock as you often find it (well not all that often) is an A and a 9 and a space in between. As the ½d has defects, though not a wreck, we moderate our estimate for this key version of A79, but we can’t help it, if you want to pay more 60 link
380 Jamaica B16 (the Plymouth to Bristol TPO) greeted this 6d pine as it landed ashore; register is 3 0’clock, slightly high for stamp to show it all. One tiny thin spot doesn’t show through 32 link
381 Jamaica On 1d pine, 2d CC, 6d SG1, 9a, 5 A28, A49, A76 all full diagonal code strikes 20 link
382 Jamaica A very strong and clear G15 sits so firmly on a wing margin 2d that you can hardly see/recognise the stamp beneath it 18
383 Jamaica Small group of the later issued code marks – on 2d rose CA or CC – F95, 96, 99 with another faintly used, age stain, but colour is as powerful as it comes, on key type 1d F95 smothered by regn oval and F96, on 2d grey F95 and the highlights, central B at 1 0’clock on 1d carmine, the scarce E on 2d CC at midday or midnight according to mood 25
384 Jamaica ‘193’ on CC (4 inc. 1/-) – Cold Spring; ‘196’ on 1d CA – Ewarton; ‘201’ on ½d, 1d CA – Milk River – modest material 8
385 Jamaica A v. scarce and equally frail commercial cover from Ocho Rios which went to Bovey Tracey in England’s far south west via Pt Royal, Kingston and Newton Abbot in early 1891; the ½d green and two key-type 1d are individually cancelled A60 at 3 0’clock, but cover itself is now urgently needing skilled repair 42 link
386 Jamaica Myrtle Bank on 2 s/cards provides 16 pre-decimal stamps from 1904 (1d arms the only apparent duplicate). Values ½d to 1/- which includes piece cut from ½d wrapper with the larger hotel TRD 1910. Decimal period adds 4c, 10c, 10c all different 28 link
387 Jamaica There’s a boxed ALLMAN Town TRF on the back of a pre-war cover to San Francisco’s China Town. We think it was dated 18.7.1939, used 1x 1d plus ½d and was manifestly commercial. Not many of these knocking about we reckon 40 link
388 Jamaica Not all “First Day Covers” from the Selfridge Stamp Dept were fraudulent (in the long run) for here is one of the breed bearing KG6 2/-, 5/-, 10/- regd from Kingston and the date stamps on back and front tell a delightfully conflictory story. Did the addressee complain? The stamps are very fine, and our estimate contemplates that the buyer may want to write up the rise and fall of Gordon Selfridge for the benefit of the younger members of his or her local society 15 link
389 Jamaica Just in case you are peeved at the low percentage of TRD’s in other de Laurence & Co lots elsewhere this year (but do please remember they are sorted by parish) here is a de Laurence batch where every cover shows a TRD somewhere, we’d reckon on 110/120 items -they seem to have been sorted, so wide range, little duplication – legibility not assessed 50
390 Jamaica QV ½d brown p/s card posted MY 5 02 from BALACLAVA, collected hooded TOO LATE (no indication of extra charge involved) on its way to Myrtle Bank, where, in arrival, the hotel used its smaller Myrtle Bank TRD to record receipt, hand dated 6.5.02 – a scarce desirable item 36
391 Jamaica 3 unused b/w ppc’s from the “as ruined by the earthquake, Kingston” series photographed by H.S. Duperly. These 3 views are definitely uncommon, whereas others are easier to find. They comprise “Arnold Malabre, Port \Royal St, lodging House and Up Park Camp (where Duperly shows a thoroughly disintegrated building on the site 25 link
392 Jamaica In the second half of 1917 we see that WWI was no bar to the peaceful exchange of ppc’s between Montego Bay and Finland. This 1d franked card, posted Aug 26, reached KUOPLO October 22 – the town was still very much under Russian control at that time, the turmoil was shortly to begin. Card shows Nova Scotia Bank, whose profile does not seem to have changed in the interim 22 link
393 Jamaica Spring Hill was never a busy office, so a cover regd from there to a law firm in Bristol 1932 is quite good news. 11d was paid in postage to include 3x 3d script pictorial. On a second page there’s a cover regd from Spanish Town 1931 to Plymouth paid with 2½d pictorial and 2x ½d King’s head. These two pages 46
394 Jamaica It’s ages since we had anything from the Jamaica internment camps, and there are those who value the covers in gold dust nowadays. There are two here from the women’s camp, each with the characteristic staining from sealing gum, used to convert a sheet of paper into an envelope. Each has its Ab in circle authorisation from the post and the tall octagonal Crown/Passed/D/5 or D/39 censor identification. These simple missives would tear hearts at the other end 65 link
395 Jamaica American Aid for War Prisoners was the Buffalo NY destination of our third cover, sent by Johannes Hockle 624, beneath it a very discreet INTERNMENT CAMP JAMAICA h/stamp; below that site the Internment and P.O.W. Camp cachet dated 7 Jan 1942. On the front BY AIR is boxed and there is a POSTAGE PAID h/stamp, and, upside down, addition to read POSTAL CENSOR/JAMAICA/PASSES/(5) 32
396 Jamaica 2/- booklets of 1947 staples right, 1952 staples left, each holding 18x 1d, 12x ½d of the current issues, both fine. Cover of the second is more accurately yellow-buff SB10a, 13 cat. £110, £35 50 link
397 Jamaica Loose on s/card are QV Revenue issues, at least 110 x 6d yellow of which only 5/6 are MCA and about 20 x 2/- only 1 MCA – we believe all are used 25
398 Jamaica The key item in this page of JUDICIAL overprints is the QV perf 12½ 5/- which would justify being lotted separately even with its solid fiscal use. Of the 1/-, 2/- CA alongside looking unused, only the 2/- stands any chance, you then get the 3d, 6d, 1/-, 2/- CA and MCA and two arms 5/- in very different shades, as to a degree are the two KG5 5/- singles. The 1/-, 2/- are here as singles and vert pairs and a block of four of the QV 1/- CA fills the page at bottom right, as it’s an acquisition that wasn’t pre-planned – a page of distinction 48 link
Leeward Islands Leeward Islands
399 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
400 Leeward Islands The 1903 surcharges in 3 mint blocks of six, one penny stamp with brown spot on reverse, cat. £57 15
401 Leeward Islands The KE Leeward Specimen set of 10 universal colours SG36s/45s; all look fresh of face, all have been mounted and left with hinges attached, not always tidily separated from their neighbours before distribution, but on the whole they’ve borne it well. Cat. £300 90 link
402 Leeward Islands Fine horiz. pairs of KE7 2d, 3d, 1/- in their universal idiom, large pt o.g. but the hinge remainders show they were stuck over both stamps cat. £38 12 link
403 Leeward Islands The CA KE7 2½d dull purple and ultramarine showing the wide ‘A’ variety gd u. The indeterminate killer cancel well below value tablet and leaving much of the design clear also, SG23a, cat. £160 60 link
404 Leeward Islands We recently sold a f.u. example of the MCA KE7 2½d bright blue wide ‘A’ variety, this further example goes one slightly better with its 2 o’clock cds showing use in Montserrat. The 50% cancel shows the upper part, just missing out year date – SG40a cat. £180 R£65 link
405 Leeward Islands KG6 Leeward 10/- bluish green and deep red SG114 very fresh and fine, full o.g. centred slightly left, otherwise beyond criticism, cat. £200 65 link
406 Leeward Islands There isn’t much that doesn’t get spotted by Geo Six fans, so what is there known about a mint KG6 £1 where the royal upper lip is completely bare of any vestige of hair? The phenomenon is carefully illustrated on the annotated page section that holds this curiosity – cat. £90 plus 42 link
407 Leeward Islands Too many people bought the KG6 £1 for the commoner version to escalate. If you still want to have one SG114c is the cheapest at cat. £35, though we don’t give them away; this one is standard of its class, fresh and fine in shade, full o.g. except for small hinge remain. It was still austerity Britain, and gum was not yet quite up to pre-war standard, so tending to wrinkle a bit over time 14
408 Leeward Islands Before rock and roll converted to sound RMSP’s Eden, Esk and Solent were producing their own version on the not always gentle waters of the Caribbean. Here SOLENT gets a different lift, featuring the h/stamp @2/30 o’clock on Antigua 3d badge. The purser carried no such opulent stock, so the sender would have bought his own – fresh and dramatic 65
409 Leeward Islands There are two choices for a cover regd from Antigua to Edgbaston mid-March 1914 so we’ll call it plain SG51, to avoid frightening you with cat from 3 x 51a. Stamp is on reverse flanked by two regn marks. V. carefully slit open. 48 link
410 Leeward Islands 1914 regd cover to Vienna from St John’s Antigua handsomely overpaid with 1914 use of the KG5 Leeward 5/- on white paper. Normally this would lead the field in cat. quote. This time the other 5/- would be valued slightly higher 54
411 Leeward Islands 1d red p/s card from Antigua NO 1 1900 to “Hand in Hand” (Life Assurers in the City of London) asks the interesting question “Gentlemen. Will you issue policies on persons resident in Antigua?” The answere would be interesting but we don’t have it 16
Montserrat Montserrat
412 Montserrat We can see nothing to criticise as regards a most gently used 1d red CA perf 12 with inverted S . Neither did the Royal in issuing that rarity a certificate clean of comment in 1985 under chairmanship of RAG Lee. Then SG13a, it’s now SG6a cat. £1,300 and fine 360 link
413 Montserrat 14 Montserrat 1d on this s/card, no perf 12, 5m., 9 u., condition looks quite decent just a bit mixed – so we’ll assume 4m.x32, 8u.x15 = £250ish 25
414 Montserrat A bit of double vision is needed this year with Montserrat QV: it is not necessarily overlap, as these f.u. examples of CC 4d, CA 2½d both colours and 4d mauve all look to be comb (never quite certain in singles, of course). In SG terms it’s 5, 9, 10, 12 f.u. cat. £116 28 link
415 Montserrat There are 21 KG5 ¼d to 5/- stamps used on this s/card which adds up to the full script set SG63-83 cat. £360 90 link
416 Montserrat This part album page houses the tercentenary set to 1/- in neat matching order m. and u. Condn is a bit mixed. The 16 stamps cat. abt £200 between them. You can just detect that the 1d was posted at Salem, but don’t pay extra for it 36
417 Montserrat The 1935 SJ set of four, each stamp lge pt o.g. perf. SPECIMEN SG94s/97s cat. £110 – if you specialise and don’t have it, it’s a need 42 link
418 Montserrat Part album page on which nest the Victory, SW, UPU and BWI Unic. College both m. and u. and fine. We regard the Silver Wedding 5/- as undervalued, especially used – it isn’t as if 5/- was too high a denomination in this case 14
419 Montserrat Long cover 1898 Montserrat to Myerscough, London. Obviously a regular correspondent who plastered it with Leeward issues anyway without targeted request. The only higher value (a 4d) probably had unserviceable gum, as it had to be re-attached – it certainly travelled with the rest. 1/- paid in all to include regn 40
420 Montserrat On OC 26 1929 a New Jersey stamp dealer hungry for overseas mail, was rewarded with despatch of a cover from Montserrat’s Island Road Improvement Association embellished with Leeward 2½d yellow-orange lying recumbent – an item with attractive balance 18
421 Montserrat Light as is the HARRIS strike on private correspondence in mid-December 47 to the Deanery, St John’s, Antigua for Rev, G Aston, it’s not on a philatelic cover, and that makes it a heavyweight 40
422 Montserrat The disadvantage of collecting Montserrat stamps in Nairobi was finding someone from whom to buy them. The advantage – if you kept the covers – was the uplift paid by the cognoscenti for unusual destination. Here the perf. 14 2d orange and deep brown pair off to pay their way on 4 May 1950 regd to Kenya Colony and the asterisk on GPO Plymouth cds splendidly simulates Tower on Hill. Cat on cover £38 24 link
Netherlands West Indies Netherlands West Indies
423 Netherlands West Indies In 1805 the Captain of HMS Diana set sail from his station in Aruba to track down his best schooner which had been pirated. Catching up with the schooner in Curacao, he took it back, and found that he had accidentally captured the whole city and harbour. A letter written by him is in our hands. It was, no doubt, carried between ships and taken to his admiral with an offer to garrison and hold it with a force of 30 ‘of any colour’. His older and wiser admiral would have none of it – he had enough to look after in his own fleet, and it was left to the Dutch to give Surinam its freedom in the fullness of time. Surely rather a valuable relic of the history that never was 60
424 Netherlands West Indies Two pre-war stamp covers from Curacao – the one written 21 July 1817 (a month in transit, ‘20’ in rating) accounts for commission on tobacco, which you wouldn’t guess from the writer’s text, splits at folds, but holds together. The 1844 one to Capt Geo. Green, Beckman St, NY, rated ‘6’, holds on a little better but has nothing of interest for the writer to report. They may each have come from an English expatriate 42 link
425 Netherlands West Indies 1934 10c/20c (Luchtpost) red, SG154, horiz. Pair alongside 5c brown SG141 on a slightly reduced (opened out) large cover carried by SS El Liberator to Mracaibo on 7 Sep 1934. The stamps (cat. +/-£50) which are fine are tied by two boxed KNSM date stamps bearing the ship’s name – a scarce maritime item 38 link
426 Netherlands West Indies A very philatelic KLM cover to celebrate the genesis of its short sea-route trans Atlantic service in 1943. It went through the US and Caribbean as far as Miami, to be returned in comfort to ‘sender’ at Paramaribo. It was the onward leg to and through Gambia to the Middle East that might prove hairy 20
Nevis Nevis
427 Nevis 1d dull rose CA SG27 pt o.g., from row 10/5 at which posn you find the ‘I’ in NEVIS adopting the profile of a timber post which is rotting at its base – an unobtrusive variety which is satisfying to own 30 link
428 Nevis Perfectly centred Crown Circle PAID AT NEVIS (SG CC1) struck on 1d dull rose SG27. Do you suppose that any cover with a similar strike on 1d, sent on a 6d journey would be taxed en route? Well doesn’t that establish what the actual purpose of this cancellation was? We’ve stuck to this view throughout 30 link
Saint Christopher Saint Christopher
429 Saint Christopher Line perf 14 FOUR PENCE on 6d in a soft shade of green, without stop, unused no gum, with stop pt o.g. both fine. They might have come from the same sheet, as each carries a hint of more than one contact with the printing plate, but we won’t make much of it. SG22/22a both fine cat. £140 38 link
430 Saint Christopher One Penny./6d SG24, 6 pt og (I heavily toned) collated to show variation in surcharge depth and variation in relation to top and bottom line of surcharge – cat. £360 75 link
431 Saint Christopher Postal fiscal 1d rose in full sheet of 20, presumed mint and fine. For us this is as pleasurable min sheet format as any produced by DLR, and the distorted ‘E’ is present here – SGR3 cat. £87 60 link
Saint Kitts Saint Kitts
432 Saint Kitts Our perception is that the 1948 SW 5/- is an unblemished strip of four showing complete imprint and plate 1a would be extremely hard to duplicate. We wonder whether there would have been an earlier or later plate no. Colour is black-pink fresh, the margins crudely separated by hand. Full cat. of £38 is barely enough 38 link
433 Saint Kitts Top mgnl plate 1 1½d War Stamp cancelled late JA 1920 franks this twee cover from GPO to Sandy Point. It’s the twee size of a typical Miss Robertson cover and addressed to “Miss Antoinette Rogers” (we don’t get the point of this line). Very clean and most carefully slit – a rather charming item 18 link
434 Saint Kitts Mild toning on reverse does not spoil the impact of 1923 1d tercentenary plate 1. S.W. corner pair 10
435 Saint Kitts An assembly of St Kitts pmks, generally dated cds on KG6 issues (except 2) – 35 are St Kitts, 18 Leewards, of which 11 are ¼d. We note 9 2d, 3d, 6d St Kitts values, so reasonable cat. here – the former owner was interested in changes of asterisks – we suppose the postmaster kept dropping them out of the date plug and altered his expletive each time 21
436 Saint Kitts In the absence of a serial correspondence (we don’t know of one) a 1934 letter using Leeward 2½d Die I for AMPENAN in Dutch East Indies to L. Frantzmann is capable of being a one-off destination from St Kitts. Lovely round receiving cds over flap, plus postman’s boxed 4 (mildly stained) 32
437 Saint Kitts The small map and printed history of St Kitts is said to have been taken from a publication of 1855. Forgive us if we are sceptical. The text reads as far more recent. All the same, the content is informative and you’d learn more about the island from it than if you trundled round the island on its hay-wagon railway, if that still runs 5
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia
438 Saint Lucia (1d) rose-red SG1 pt o.g., of pleasing full colour, and just about perfect centring, achieves a high grade for a stamp that seldom sparkles – cat. £40 32
439 Saint Lucia QV p 12½ CC 1d, 4d, 6d (2 each), 1/- (3) with shades all used, only one cancel is heavy, though whoever held the killer was seldom tidy, cat. £282 54 link
440 Saint Lucia 3m., 30u. with Chalons (4) the others QV to KG5 Jubilee all different SG, mixed condn, some are fine, cat. over £280 25
441 Saint Lucia The 1882 almost issued half penny bright emerald in block of four, the surcharge printed with vigour instead of the usual diffidence, little if any gum but rather nicely centred. Listed as SG9 at the present time – all this is due to change, cat. £280 70 link
442 Saint Lucia The second lot from our 2004 Golden Jubilee Sale, Perkins Bacon perf. 12½ 1s pale orange, a fine block of six, unmounted mint or large part original gum, SG14c, cat. £1,350 600
443 Saint Lucia SPECIMEN on 1916 1d WAR TAX SG90s the shade very rich, even allowing for the deepening effect of 2-line black overprint. There’s a run on War Tax remember. Hinge remainders will vanish with the right liquid, cat. £55 22 link
444 Saint Lucia We have 14 Script participants in what should be a KG5 SPECIMEN set of 15 (cat. £325) so we have to make one blue 2½d do the work of two. Dead easy for two reasons. (1) An inspired SG describer could well come out with “bright dull blue for the shade”. (2) said 2½d has sustained a printing shift so that N precedes SPECIME. That surely gives you double its cat. value 105 link
445 Saint Lucia In this perf. SPECIMEN set of 12 of the 1936 pictorials, the 1/- is seriously defective, so we bring cat. down to £250, but keep it to remind how closely line perf can look like comb perf on singles. It gave flexibility for non-standard sized definitives at the cost of the precision DLR could bring to usual sized definitives, and the 1930’s would not have been a comfortable time for DLR management. SG 113s/124s (ii fine) 95 link
446 Saint Lucia 1935 Silver Jubilee set of four perf. SPECIMEN, each most unobtrusively hinged once on full o.g. As a process, the 1/- is perfectly centred, ½d not far behind, SG 109s/112s cat £95 32
447 Saint Lucia Did you ever suspect that the 1937 Coronation set might take off in value? We’ll leave the response open for now, as we’re describing a set of the 3 values perf. SPECIMEN, each fine o.g., hinged once cat. £90 – Will supply meet future demand? 30 link
448 Saint Lucia The Specimen set of 17 to £1 containing 3 values with straight line SPECIMEN perforated and four others where it is hooped. We need to drop SG cat. of £475 to £430 to reflect that the 1d has lost its SW corner, probably weakened at the time of perforation, and we keep estimate down to 140 link
449 Saint Lucia KG6, 1938 set to £1 with the original better perfs plus the later 3/- added, all neatly mounted on album page, without the colour changes and 3½d, all look fine m. 13 stamps 40 link
450 Saint Lucia There were not enough Victory stamps perf SPECIMEN printed for the KG6 collectors who will one day decide they ought to go for a pair, so the £80 quote for St Lucia still has room to climb, you also get the SW pair, al four stamps o.g., hinged once and fine, cat. £97 40 link
451 Saint Lucia 1948 SW 1d, £1 for both St Lucia and St Vincent, small hinge remains on each, otherwise full o.g. cat. £45 18
452 Saint Lucia Two quarter sheets of 1953 4c slate which were palpably once joined at the hip to constitute a mint top-half sheet of 50 with full mgns and sheet no. (0872) and the curious off-centre top marker whose function we forget, but you’ll know when you see it (hey, that’s full cat. – no cat’s merely nominal) 5
453 Saint Lucia Originally, if you recollect, the 1967 Statehood issues were treated as street ragamuffins. In time they became gentrified and SG now informs you “The 1c, 6c, $2.50 also exist with overprint in black instead of red” and they are in horizontal pairs paying 14c for a Bank of Nova Scotia cover to go by air from Castries to Barbados. While SG quoted £8 for 1c, $2.50 used (off cover) in red, philatelically being assumed there, we have to think of a multiplier for possible non-philatelic use of these variants here. How about x12 for cat. £100? 50 link
454 Saint Lucia Code D over inked on QV 1d pair, S on KE ½d (2), QV 1d, 2½d, VF on QV 2½d, all strikes pretty full 24
455 Saint Lucia Whether a cover of JU 7 12 regd to Aug. Nolte of a Nolte family firm in Cologne (address printed or h/stamped in violet) is philatelic or business, we reckon cat. from £200 is more than enough to pay for KE7 6d dull and bright purple to frank it (SG72ab). We don’t treat stamp as posthumous – it’s unclear whether the KG5 equivalent is on issue, there will still be KE7 waiting to be used. It’s pleasant, clean, very carefully slit open 75 link
456 Saint Lucia Post Office OHMS regd cover used 1d and 2d (2) in 1913 to reach Vienna; 1921 cover to Mitcham, Surrey, violet regn box, not very imaginative in the use of ½d, 1d, 2d, 2½d; we prefer 1914 cover to a Boston stamp dealer whose 6d SG84 paid for regd journey – uneven calculation of “cat. from” produces £80+ 48
457 Saint Lucia OHMS cover, small size, arms embossed 17 AP 26 violet boxed regn h/stamp to Lakeshore Blvd, Oakland, California. Newly issued 2½d dull blue SG98 horiz. pair paid the fare, and perhaps that was the point of the despatch which was painstakingly slit oon two sides on arrival. Clean unexceptional, unexciting 16
458 Saint Lucia A horizontal used pair of St Lucia dues SGD1 numbering from the right of course 22164, 22174, lightly cancelled, not as spruce as the usual dues from philatelic covers, so perhaps commercial for once. The series is thought to go up to 24,000, cat. £46 19
459 Saint Lucia Though SG list the 1933-47 SPECIMEN Postage Dues as a set, it’s worth remembering that they arrived in two pairs of values 14 years apart. The 1d value of this set has diag. crease and fresh as they all are, hinge remainders cling, so with cat. £150 we come below this to £50 36 link
Saint Vincent Saint Vincent
460 Saint Vincent St Vincent – vin maison. As our 2019 auction showed an appetite for uncomplicated singles or small groups, carefully chosen, at sensible estimates, we repeat the exercise here, aiming generally for 20-25% of cat. In the absence of reason to uplift or discount. Many of the stamps in this group are ex-Jaffe, we cannot be sure that they all are
461 Saint Vincent Though this imperf 1d rose-red pair has lost most or all of its gum, it has been detached from former neighbours with extreme care and sensitivity when you realise the narrowness of the margins. You’ll admire all the more the work of the legendary Miss Stewart. SG1b cat. £275 70 link
462 Saint Vincent 1d rose-red 1m, 4u, the range of perfs and one would have been called clean-cut, in the days when that was considered appropriate, cat. abt £100 16
463 Saint Vincent 1d black 1m., 3u., one with red cds – nothing of note, noted. Cat. abt £100 17
464 Saint Vincent 6d deep green SG4 cat. £19. Are you disappointed we haven’t begun with SG7. Actually we’ve slipped you one in and, as it’s ex-Jaffe, colour is lovely and cancel is light, but there are faults which wouldn’t allow it to rank in a quality classic collection, so we don’t add in cat. 5
465 Saint Vincent Still on a Peter Jaffe page, 5x 6d deep green, pretty maids all in a row, used – two with commendably clear profile, cat. £95 20
466 Saint Vincent On this page 1d rose-red SG5 pairs horizontal and vertical m., single and horiz. Pair lightly u., shade so soft you can stroke it, cat. over £220 48
467 Saint Vincent We regard the no wmk 4d deep blue perf B SG6 as an easy stamp to find f.u. and it takes something exceptional for us to offer on its own. It is a stamp from the top row (for scissors outside top perfs produce a wider mgn than the foot, which captures some of the stamp that was below). There is the liniest blemish at very NE corner of stamp where hand separation at the top perf level has just affected the stamp corner surface – but the centring is wonderful. Miss Stewart managed to perforate the whole stamp clear of the design. We don’t recall seeing the like before. Tall A10 killer half strike at 3 o’clock. We value at double catalogue divided by thee and doubt if we shall see its like again 75
468 Saint Vincent 4d deep blue SG6, perf 13 all round – the centring is quite exceptional, the A10 at an almost exact 9 o’clock is fully accommodated and the perfs are cleanly cut all round. A stamp of this quality would merit full £110 cat., but we promised you cheap estimates 48 link
469 Saint Vincent 6d deep green SG7 fine, lightly u., centred rt. Cat £75 18
470 Saint Vincent We are to the late Stephen Sharp to share the revelation that when the A10 on your 1/- slate-grey perf B all round is a brown beige from mixed red and black inks, this is SG8 cat. £900 120 link
471 Saint Vincent 1s slate-grey SG9 f.u. centring average, cat. £140 28
472 Saint Vincent 1/- slate-grey perf BxA pt o.g., well centred left and right, some soiling r.h.s., quite a nice example for all that, SG11 cat. £275 60 link
473 Saint Vincent Compound perf 1/- slate-grey SG11 f.u. cat. £120, average perfs 20
474 Saint Vincent 4d yellow on this page, SG12, one pt o.g.. 3 lightly u. (one oh so gently, it could pass as m., but isn’t) – cat. £830 so it has to be 150 link
475 Saint Vincent 4d yellow perf. 13 SG12 light centred A10 cancel f.u. (by most people’s standards v.f.u.) cat. £160 42 link
476 Saint Vincent 1/- brown SG14 centred left, wide top mgn, perhaps top row, lightly u. cat. £140 27
477 Saint Vincent 6d deep green wmk sideways SG16a, light red killer cancel f.u., centred left cat. £90 22
478 Saint Vincent 1/- deep rose red SG17 gd u. cat. £140 23 link
479 Saint Vincent 3x 1d black with ruled horiz. Lines attributed to Specimen. Two with single lines but the third, which has damaged centre of left margin, is a RARE EXAMPLE of double line 30 link
480 Saint Vincent 1/- claret SG21 gd u. ct. £250 30 link
481 Saint Vincent 6d dull blue green, SG29 f.u. cat. £50 14
482 Saint Vincent 6d deep blue-green SG19 f.u. cat. £50, short perfs at rt 9
483 Saint Vincent 1877 4d deep blue, light killer cancel, leaving profile clear SG25 cat. £90 25
484 Saint Vincent Peter had a sly, mischievous sense of humour, and it must have amused him to find his used so imperceptibly cancelled that you have to guess at the postmark. Two 4d deep blue here. The small pt o.g. one has very little gum – you’d want more for a substantial fraction of cat. £550, yet colour is so strong and perfs so close to being clear of design, you almost forgive 140 link
485 Saint Vincent 6d yellow-green SG26a GB//50c shield cancel, cat. £29 10
486 Saint Vincent We include the original page for this prestigious SG26, but have removed the stamps to a stockcard for closer inspection. Please bear in mind that we consider this stamp easier to get than cat. quote suggests. On the narrower 6d m., whose wmk is sideways, the crackled gum is overlaid by much paper which may be removable, but Peter didn’t attempt this. Should you? SG 26c m. (a normally wide stamp) has even more paper adhering – no further comment. The two used companions are both wmk uprt, one with an incompletely struck GB//50c shield – so cat. in all is £2,358, we estimate at 210 link
487 Saint Vincent 6d bright green f.u. centred at left (but it’s a nice looker) which grabbed more than it lost, SG30, cat. £70 16
488 Saint Vincent 1/- bright vermillion SG31, cat. £60 lightly u., centred left. This stamp feels re-backed 3
489 Saint Vincent On this s/card we note 6d SG2. 3d on half revenue, 6d bright green, 6d perf BxA not exactly pale, 1877 1/- vermillion, 1/- SG13, DLR 4d perf 14 ultramarine, and a really, really chocolate 4d on piece. All gd to v.g.u. for these, cat. abt £600 80 link
490 Saint Vincent 4 pages are put together here. One displays 11 examples of the ½d orange – all are m. There are separate pages for the 1/- bright vermillion used (unannotated) and lge pt o.g., whose annotation gives Peter’s viewpoint on mgnl wmk lines. A final annotated page from which 1/- claret, rose-red, lilac rose have all been removed, now houses only GB 3d rose plate 4 (wmk unchecked) to show the inspiration for the shade of the St Vincent 1/-. As a typical Jaffe whimsy the corner letters for the GB stamp chosen are, of course, GB. Cat. for these pages is £1,200 or perhaps a bit more 180 link
491 Saint Vincent 1881 4d blue SG38 f.u., cat. £120 25
492 Saint Vincent We’ve seen some very doubtful examples of the DLR 4d offered as grey-blue: you’ll have no doubts about this one, and a very bright, bright blue alongside – each is lightly killed (but a bit more profile would be welcome) SG43, 43a cat. £300 95 link
493 Saint Vincent The 3 surcharges SG40, SG4 m., 46 u. They look nice, but only the last is in satisfactory condn 12
494 Saint Vincent The merit of a fine pt o.g. horiz. pair of 1/- red-orange SG59a is to see the precision of DLR perforation at this point, with the stamps set amazingly close together on 3 sides. At north the margin is generous, probably top row don’t you think? – cat. £28 but has premium value and two lighter shade f.u. for a further cat. £28 25 link
495 Saint Vincent More perf precision on this ppt o.g. 5 pence/4d SG49 only here top perfs reach design yet bottom ones are only just clear – cat. £45 14
496 Saint Vincent You would search a long time to get better contrasting shades of 2½d/1d milky blue, grey-blue, ultramarine (this m., others f.u.) which is why we rate at half cat. 6
497 Saint Vincent When you buy your 4d red-brown SG50 (cat. £27) this is the rich colour you need – a bit too much of the killer, still f.u. 10
498 Saint Vincent We’ll call this fine pt o.g. 4d purple brown, but there’s no clear distinction between the listed shades, which have more than two printings, If this is SG51 cat. £100, and if it were SG51a it would be same difference, cat. £100 30 link
499 Saint Vincent 6d violet v. lightly u., shallow thin at top visible only from reverse, with it 6d purple, light cds SG52, 57, cat. £250 50 link
500 Saint Vincent 5/- SG53b unused, a rich deep shade, French dealer h/stamp on reverse (they never say what they guarantee do they?) v. fresh appearance 10 link
501 Saint Vincent Here we get 2½d/4d SG54 sandwiched between two more 4d, all three v. lightly u., and you can see the nuances of shades multiplying – cat. £120, that’ll do for the two 40 link
502 Saint Vincent 5d/6d, the 3 shades SG60, a, b – the 60a is used, others m. cat. £28 7
503 Saint Vincent QV 4d yellow m. and u., 2½d/1d blue, 3d/1d mauve, 1/- orange, all u., handsome but gettable cat. £56 11
504 Saint Vincent We’ve left till last an ordinary mix of ½d green m. and u., 1d drab, 2½/ 1d lake u., 1d red covering the range of 4 shades, 2m incl rt. mgnl, single, horiz. pr u. – and they don’t look so ordinary on their s/card, cat. abt £14 3
505 Saint Vincent S/card housing 17 QV lower values (2m., one Rev. 1d forged pmk, others gd to f.u., unduplicated, with shades, an introduction for the novice to DLR issues cat. abt £140 26 link
506 Saint Vincent The imperial page that follows on has one empty space for 6d violet as an interloper, the KE £1 is represented by a Specimen example, as is the 5d/4d chocolate, but that one is the locally produced version, a minor bonus. The key types are present in 3 sets to 5/-, fresh mint, except KE ½d. Total cat. abt £840 owner reserves at one-sixth R£140 link
507 Saint Vincent A parcel post page ex Jaffe has evidently been re-used to assemble Parcel Post cancels (always elusive) on a QV 6d dull purple (2), 1/- red-orange. ½d deep green block of six which went registered, and 2½d SG105, to which a hinged stamp above became attached. The bond between this courting couple has broken leaving hinge remainder as a face covering. Solicitous dabs with the right cosmetic remover should leave the abandoned ex refreshed and proud to display at 6 0’clock its 75% cds of NO 23 13. The stamps cat. over £80 50 link
508 Saint Vincent It’s already mid-April and this is the first description written for the 2021 auction – the 4d yellow SG56 cancelled with a full ST VINCENT A cds for NO 21 01, PML type 7. We value at our minimum £1, just 4% cat. with cancellation so precise that the strike touches each side of the stamp at its diameter. It isn’t the bargain it seems, as you can see a tower like thin from the base to the waist-line, already there before cancellation. Reverse shows thick, heavily crackled gum, which may have been added for any purpose at any time. So condition is lamentable and we don’t force you to pay more than the minimum, but feel sure that two or more will want to do so 1
509 Saint Vincent 38 m and u on modern display sheet the Perkins Bacon comprising ½d, 1d (5), 4d, 6d (6), 1/- (5), the DLR ½d, 1d (3), 2½d (5), 3d, 4d (5), 5d (3), 6d, 1/- used except 6, cat. approx. £750 gd to fine almost throughout. 85 link
510 Saint Vincent You meet the source of annotated, instructive early material in mixed condition from a knowledgeable source elsewhere in this auction. Here we repeat an extra from another source, this time from the late Stephen Sharp. Where you meet a brown killer cancel on 1/-, this will distinguish it as a slate-grey shade (SG9 or 11) and not an indigo, which are often quite close, but not here. It’s an SG11 here, so the cat. is not huge, but there are 28 in this used QV to KG5 range, with cat. over £400 and we think this v. presentable but less than perfect SG11 will land you SG9 unrecognised hereafter 50 link
511 Saint Vincent KE7 (11 to 3d) most are ½d or 1d each with a part strike of one of the village offices, acceptable, none outstanding, then back to QV for 1d rose-red, black(2), ½d orange and green, 4 have killer cancels bar ½d K 30 link
512 Saint Vincent KE7 1902 set of 9 complete to 5/-, 1904-09 set to 2/- with each of the chalky linked also, cat. abt £320. We haven’t systematically inspected each reverse and our estimate allows for occasional heavy hinging 80 link
513 Saint Vincent WAR STAMP collection on 5 large s/cards holds 59 local opts (11 u.), London prints 53 (4 u.), locals do not include 3rd setting or major varieties; claims are made for doubling of letters, or even a full line. As the printing of the letters was a shambles anyway, we don’t address specifically. The differing shades and comma varieties are present of course and plenty of aberrant single letters for drunken formation or alignment. The London print range through the four shades, include mint multiples, stamps with occluded value tablet, and a single with north to south plate scratch which might start to remove cataract in king’s eye. We reckon cat. must be £1,200 or more. Will they hold their value? That’s your call 240 link
514 Saint Vincent Peter Jaffe often succumbed to the have it in quantity. On this 2 sided s/card with added album page, you’ll find 1935 Silver Jubilee, 11 sets of four m. plus a few singles, the SPECIMEN set of four, a set used and 3 low values with maritime cancel. We rate the Specimens at half cat, so 85 link
515 Saint Vincent A further page ex Jaffe, used only. Holds the SJ set first day from Kingstown, another 1/- captured first day at MESOPOTAMIA with 1½d some weeks later from the same office and boxed PAQUEBOT TRINIDAD on the 3 low values. The two village cancels more than double our estimate, they are rare on Jubilee issue 36 link
516 Saint Vincent The 1946 Victory pair perf. SPECIMEN, mint and fine SG160/1s cat. £75 30
517 Saint Vincent Cover posted locally to Miss Joyce Anderson, Kingstown, holds, we presume, the script set of 8 values ½d to 6d. No reason to think the 2d is MCA wmk, strong slate colour, so we’ll upgrade our estimate anyway. Date is 10 MR 38, and typed at foot reads ‘Last Day Cover’. We reckon this is a pre-war selfie, don’t you? 28 link
518 Saint Vincent 1966 20ore p/s reply card with 10 and 5 ore added for full 35 ore rate (you’ll meet this genre elsewhere); leaders of the world 5c and 35c BEQUIA railway engines 1984 to Helsingborg, Sweden (there you are, these stamps could travel, and ever so fast); 1974 30c St Vincent to Reykjavik a week later. How come? Well. If you know your rates, it’s acting as a Postage Due. We didn’t say these three items were commercial and they’re not, just lively 15
519 Saint Vincent Forgeries: QV 1d in sterile crimson, 6d green, 1/- greenish-black (where did they get that from?) the work we reckon of two lacking in craftsmanship (but generally familiar) together with a facsimile 5/- relevant to another lot in this auction 13
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520 Tobago Stockcard of just 9 stamps cat. £725 includes 6d stone, 1/- yellow ochre, 2½d/6d SG11, 12, 13so the total is inflated by the over-priced ½d purple-brown CC, condition looks healthy 200 link
521 Tobago Though we don’t go a bundle on the CC ½d to 4d SG8-10 m. the slash flaw on CA ½d green u., 1d rose-carmine m. and u., 6d orange-brown and 1s yellow-ochre both m. add considerably and you get both 4d yellow-green and 1s yellow-ochre lightly used. Cat. £990 for those that matter which we take at 1/3 cat and ignore the remainder 330 link
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522 Trinidad We like this lot, 14 imperf classics on this album page, purple- brown 2m, 1u., blue 1 of each, brownish-grey, then 7, 8 u.. If the next PB value started life purple we’d say she’s lost her choler and has mellowed to a gentle beige brown v. lightly u. Dark grey 1m., 2u., rose red u/ and all the u, are caressed not killed. We now come back to a red litho (1d). It has a barred oval 1 killer which some would accept. Our view? Those who want it genuine used should have fought for the one we had years ago 110 link
523 Trinidad The (1d) purple-brown SG2 is in good supply. We don’t treat blocks as plentiful, so here’s one to be given a new home. The SW stamp kissed lips with the scissors on the way up and somehow retained its virginity. The stamp above 1 nanobreath to the right was never in peril – cat. £84 25 link
524 Trinidad Five Britannias m. on s/card identified to us as SG 6, 7, 20, 69 (shade is scarlet) and 77. Plenty of gum for the most part on reverse (probably too much on (1d) brownish: we’d call the 3 imperfs clear to decent margins all round (or contest it for (1d) litho red) anyway pleasing appearance, and we haven’t scrutinised too closely for faults stc £560 65 link
525 Trinidad 1859 imperfs. The usual trio, on album page, 4d, 1/- m., 6d u., mgns neat, tight in places, 4d just shaved at lower rt cat. £645 75
526 Trinidad Just in case there’s someone around who hasn’t got one (mind you they’re not always authentic) here is another lightly u. 6d deep green SG26 where mgns are a tiny bit less tight and we’ll offer it on its own. Cat. £425 as we think it has been for yonks 50 link
527 Trinidad Pin-perf 6d dep green SG42 with no hint of gum and no hint of postmark, so we’ll rate it transgender, with what we’ll term a pulled perf at left half-way up. Let’s say this is a fault (which is hyper-critical with a pin-perf) – This aside there are visible perfs all round and the note under SG45a makes this a rarity, even by the Circle’s standards. If we look only at cat. £75 for average used we’d have to think of cat £5-600. Lightly inked price 1/- on reverse – no further comment 110 link
528 Trinidad Trinidad collection on Imperial leaves, our count is 128 stamps with 21 Britannias inc 3 imperf, following pages include ONE PENNY on (1d) m., long 5/- (2, one is Specimen) other defins to 1/-, War Tax, dues, Officials, est cat. £1,050 to £1,100 110 link
529 Trinidad 1d/6d bright yellow-green. Not a black overprint of course, but the dip before last was to the black well and the manuscript 1d was lined with black – definitely a cut above the rest 20
530 Trinidad WAR TAX SG107 r.h. marginal block of six whose ink is so dry that the opt. can barely be read, with TAX almost completely vanishing (if only that could happen). A remarkable DLR aberration even in wartime 10
531 Trinidad The last two stamps in 1935 3 cents SJ column 1, forming the SW corner pair with full margins and extra flagstaff, sparkling mint. SG240/a cat.£60 24
532 Trinidad The 1935-7 pictorial set of 9 to 72c in immaculate MINT BLOCKS OF FOUR. They look ti us like the original issue and probably are, but as haven’t checked all the line perfs, no promise. They obviously rate a full proportion of cat. £300 140 link
533 Trinidad Why do we value an ordinary horiz. Pair of the 1898 2d commem. with a standard GPO registered cds at double cat.? You’ll find it very unusual to get any used multiple of this 2d stamp, unless philatelically inspired. The 4d fare would have paid 3d for postage and the extra 1d for postage could have taken it anywhere in the British Empire 5
534 Trinidad SG116 is the 1900 Die II 1d stamp for unused examples of which so many Trinidad collectors yearn. This example has full original gum on which a small apparently raised ridge (or arc) suggests to us previous light hinge. We reduce from its half-cat status (cat. £325), used example accompanies 115 link
535 Trinidad The four 1d stamps on mid-1919 cover to Montgomery Ward represent 1d for the fare to Chicago from MORUGA, 2d to register the cover from there and tax to the War recently ended. The violet s/l REGISTERED on the face also belongs, by inference, there. Some crayon doodles on the back add nothing to revenue or its tatty regn label running to a 6-digit no., but as the scribble conceals nothing it cannot fairly be said to detract on the even blue surface. Cover was very carefully sliced open, and that makes a change 30
536 Trinidad Cover San Francisco to Philadelphia 4d + 1d paid for regn in 1924. Attracts attention for the variety of cds instructional marks front and back. Too much to list, buy it and see for yourself 22
537 Trinidad We try to put out of our minds the ubiquity of the air mail traffic generated by Lindbergh and his senior pilot ally, for the closing of the FAM 6 circle brought inter-communication by air to so many fresh place3s. So we’ve stopped ourselves in time from referring to the traffic as a cult activity for all philately can be so described and we all adore some aspects. So let’s give a mild welcome to a rose-pink cover accepted Port of Spain SEP 25 1929, bound for St Thomas, the 6d, 1/- SG226/7 and air mail etiquette m/c cancelled, arrival 24 hours later 24
538 Trinidad To E. A. Williams of London’s Walthamstow franked with SJ 6c, SG241. There’s no philatelic endorsement to highlight FD usage, and a letter was certainly enclosed so we treat as commercial usage for which uplift x2 is quite inappropriate. If you don’t agree, don’t buy it 14
539 Trinidad Cover regd 1936 to Radio Training Assoc. of America in Chicago, labelled and re-regd in Port of Spain, on to Chicago via NY 4x 3c defins equivalent 6d for the journey – you wouldn’t expect much animation from that, would you? But we haven’t told you yet – it came from SIPARIA which had no regn facilities , so they home-made them up, with a red ink circle, a blue colour wash R and of course their own cds for 7 Oct 36 and a pencil scribble that seems to suggest there was a money order within. Would you believe we cannot recollect seeing a similar improvisation before? We improvise a multiplier x8 for a standard type of value and the wax seals on reverse are just as home-made 48 link
540 Trinidad KG6 used pictorials from 6c to $4.80 – 2x 12c – and 1948 SW duo also used (total cat. abt £100) are joined here by Pointe a Pierre cover from a property co. there to Eng. Lt Cmdr in Southsea. Posted 4 Mar 40, 3c frank, central fling fold. We assume this uncensored item reached destination when the war ended. 40 link
541 Trinidad We owe to John de Vries (a circle member for some years) the listing of Tobago’s repaired slash flaw, for SG were persuaded by his skills as a draughtsman illustrator (we are not sure he did us a favour). Here we have covers to him in Lincolnshire, which regularly enclosed newssheets form Joe Chin Along, decoratively and sensitively franked between 1982 and 1993 with postal rates rising nearly x4.|All covers have 30mm skeleton-type cds and we spill off office names without correction or checking to enable you to assert strike quality. BON AIR reversed GS (Trinidad appears and is omitted throughout); BRASSO VENDORR; CALCUTTA NO TPO; CARLSEN FIELD; CHAGUANAS PO; FIVE RIVERS (corner nibble to cover); GASPARILLO; LAS CIEVAS; LAVENTILLE; MARCAND QUARRY; MORVANT PO; MILLERFIELD; REFORM; SALAZAR TR; SANTA ROSA H’TS; WINDOSR PARK; WOODLAND PA; … T ANN… (this would have you guessing if you don’t jump to the conclusion. We end with congrats to Joe for getting to all these offices. 35 link
542 Trinidad You can get the queen’s head SG110 on and off cover in all sorts of guises. When you find it on PSRE in the middle of the 1880’s uprating a cover to London, with the not very widely used GPO 20 mm cds you have a complete and far more desirable item than its later roles. The classic period for this type peters out with the lowering of postal rates. The red and two black regn ovals are all London transit on arrival 42 link
543 Trinidad PSRE of 1893 to Frankfurt (Main) paying dbl rate with 2½d pair. The habit of central filing fold puzzles us. Does it really save space, or does it add squeeze and pressure to the space it is allowed to occupy? Anyway the fold here hasn’t done much harm, which makes this a rather pleasant item. First we read, regn no. as 999, now we see it is 666, that’s the number of the beast 35 link
544 Trinidad At least one member of the family that gave its name to DABADIE was in Paris in June 1897, and here’s a carefully opened 1d p/s wrapper to prove it. This was posted from Couva 18
545 Trinidad QV ½d wrapper in excellent condition for such postal stationery went to Edward Doyle, Esq, Mayaro. There is a ‘proving’ T10 duplex b/stamp (not that proof is needed) which bounced and duplicated. Items of this character are more than scarce 75
546 Trinidad No high speed trains when this PSRE (H&G CR size F) was posted NO 6 08 from CHAGUNAS and, believe it or not, it received a neat morning arrival h/stamp of Nov 18 from Montgomery Ward in Chicago. We cannot remember an earlier sighting. Regn was 2½d, so was the adhesive added, and with no external sender’s address, was left unmutilated. We commend it 20
547 Trinidad Postage dues 23 CA wmk used comprise ½d(3), 1d (5), 2d (5), 3d, 4d, then 5d, 6d, 8d two each just one 1/- column 5. Ignoring pence and one damaged 6d, one unused ½d we reach cat. over £220 75 link
548 Trinidad Reaching MCA with PD’s we have a mint 3d, and 1d, 2d (3), 8d on piece and then Specimen 3d, 4d to give cat. abt £160 42 link
549 Trinidad We’ll treat as a multiple of eight a very fine NE plate no. 1 block of 9 from NE corner of l.h. pane. Complete with guillotined gutter mgn (whose r.h. pane was probably housed as separated 60. The block if fresh, fine, faultless, cat. £480 and, even though it is the less popular back of book area, has to reach 3 figures 110 link
550 Trinidad Our PD’s conclude with used lower mgnl plate 1 singles for 2d (3), 3d, 4d, 5d you’d be hard put to duplicate any one of these 80 link
551 Trinidad Starting with 2x ½d Official SGO8 there are seven more officials with light part cancels that appear to be one each of the other listed Official overprints down to one type O6. As cat. quotes have now more or less caught up with the shortage of these issues used, and we scent the slight philatelic motivation of this assembly, we treat cat. of around £180 as a reasonable guide, and don’t promise complete accuracy over identification of this confusing issue 100 link
552 Trinidad 6 b/w ppc’s v. mixed condn arriving in Port of Spain in 20th century mid-noughties, all have kept their stamps, points of origin were London, Paris (flimsy and damaged) tax mark deleted when came picture side, Marseilles, Seine-et-Loire, Pisa (b/w Panorama which doesn’t capture the peacefulness of the location, and inter-island from Martinique mini-cascade from a natural spring harnesses within narrow constricting walls 37
553 Trinidad Two forgeries of the 1860 fifth issue of the grey-ble (1d) lithograph as unconvincing as SG19 itself 20
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554 Turks Islands On part pages you’ll find the rest of the pre-surcharge issues. The perf. 11-12½ comprise 1d dull rose 3m.,1u., 6d and 1s m. and u. with extra 6d forgery ‘used’; the perf 15 provides 1d dull rose 2m., 3u., dull red 2m., 1u., Cond’n is fair and upwards with fine among them (the 1s blue attracts the eye) cat. abt £1,150 120 link
555 Turks Islands We now have four surcharged on part page which seller classifies as SG15, 17 m. and u. , 18, 21. We shan’t try to substitute a different view, which could spoil your fun in doing your own verification, and the allocation could well be right, in any case. Four are fresh for colour by the standards of the these difficult issues, and if the fifth is showing slight signs of age around name and duty (we’re being perhaps hyper-critical now) it more than atones by being just about perfectly centred. Not checked for thins, which we haven’t been finding up to now and you’ve got the used stamps as insurance, assumed cat. value £510 180 link
556 Turks Islands This part page displays 4/6d, 1d brown-orange, 4d blue, 6d olive black, 1/- olive-green, but 6d comes m. only, not u.. So these take us to SG43, 49-52. Therefore you get cat. close to £1,400 but we warrant only £1,200+ 150 link
557 Turks Islands An impressive half page where the stamps here on show are identified – in our view correctly – as m. and u. the ½d’s SG53, 53a, 1d orange brown SG55, 2½d red-brown, 4d grey, SG56/7, 1d crimson lake, normal, wmk reversed, and with throat flaw on each of these, then 6d yellow brown, 1/- sepia, 1d/2½d SG59-61 with m. and u. 1/- shades, 6d u. only. Now we want to say to those of you who have in the past turned your noses up at buying both m. and u. together at one time (and you know you have) “come off your high horses” – this is a work of dedication and toil, a splendid way to collect. We’ll even let you claim it your own work; you’ll have paid for it after all cat. close to £700 190 link
558 Turks Islands 1/- sepia lge pt o.g. lower mgnl with double perfs at the foot. As late as 1887 this should not happen at Somerset House who did not play games at work. So is it a fake? Well all things are possible, but the wmk looks to us to have a uniform character from top to bottom consistent with this stamp being from bottom row. We also know – do we not? – that the Turks plates for printing gave trouble through disconformity of sheet size. On the whole we think this item stands a real chance of being genuinely wonky, but can’t warrant any. You take a speculative chance here 30 link
559 Turks Islands With dedication just as determined, the final lot in this enjoyable Turks collection tackles the rest of the CA issues from SG62 producing this result m. and u. We’ll go back to front to make it easier: from the values ½d, 2½d, 4d, 6d complete with extra ½d shade. The 1d pale crimson-lake pair with throat flaw and neck flaw SG62b/c; lake 63 m. and u. 63/c pair as with neck flaw; crimson lake also throat flaw and neck flaw. You have to find for yourselves the rather baffling ½d/4d grey issues, cat. abt £360 100 link
560 Turks Islands A largely mint assembly in multiples of four, usually marginal or, where no. is given in parenthesis, larger, a smaller no. in bracket, e.g. (1-) advises of lower condition and we add some comment. 1914-21 MCA: ½d, 2(1-), 1d 3(1-), 2d, 3d, 2(1-), 4d, 1/- (6), 2/- 138a, gum creasing on these two. 1922-26 script: usually toned, 2d is better; 1d,1½ d(6), 2d (12), 2½d, 3d (1-), 4d, 5d; 1928 script ½d (margins stained), 1d, 1½d, 2d, 2½d cat. abt £275 50 link
561 Turks Islands Some pay up to full cat. nowadays for 1948 SW top values f.u. and we can’t really criticise: here are the Turks and Caicos pair, indifferently centred, but f.u. 10
562 Turks Islands On DE 2 02 a mourning cover arrived for Miss Stubbs/East Harbour, having left London’s Holloway N NO 11 02 franked by KE 2d, routed via Halifax N.S. and NY. Flap torn off in haste or grief on receipt, and heavily age stained on both sides. Miss Stubbs was one of the few Turks residents regular and active in correspondence at this time 20
563 Turks Islands Frankly (between you, us and the rest of the philatelic world) we find the pale turquoise of the Frank P. Brown & Co covers for Boston hard to like. They lose colour easily, but here perhaps the pallidity of l.h. side reflects something stuck on and removed (Examiner label?) as it’s a wartime cover, posted DE 12 17 using War Tax 1d pair, 3d, SG143/4 cat. from £33, filing fold 22 link
564 Turks Islands Entires, pieces medley (p/stat, War etc: QV 2½d p/s card unused, 1d reply card posted to Worcestershire, not used onward, both fine; 1d/1½d card age spotted; as also 1917 regd cover to England but ½, 1d, 2d, 2½d on it are fine, address exercised; War format in quadrant of huge OHMS cover sporting 9x 1d scarlet SG150, and two thirds Zeigler cover to Newark, with blocks of the 1d, 3d SG152,3, fewer broken letters than usual 28
565 Turks Islands Regd air mail cover NO 13 51 carried the later 6d and 1/- values to Schreiber in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This may even have been the right rate, which doesn’t make it any less philatelic as used at SALT CAY 14
566 Turks Islands If you have never read a Conch News, you’ll be surprised at how lively and informative it is, not least with its convenient and customer friendly shuttle service by air between the islands. This edition was sent for 8c to Brick Lane House in London’s Cannon St using the Letter’s Patent Tercentenary 12
567 Turks Islands 14 QV “used” forgeries 8x 1d (inc-pair), 5x 6d black, 1x 1/- black, 2x 1/- blue. None tries lilac which one may presume the forgers had never seen. We’d say there are 3 forgers displaying their craft, but the craft is not altogether seaworthy. As forgeries condition is select 35 link
Virgin Islands Virgin Islands
568 Virgin Islands 1867 4d lake red and lake brown well contrasted shades for SG15, 17 with cleanly cut perfs and well centred pt o.g. to make them stand out from the herd – cat. £100 40
569 Virgin Islands The rose-carmine of the classic 1/- design figures on four lge pt o.g. stamps here to offer two 1/- with coloured mgns, another with single line frame (row 1/2) and the 1888 4d surcharge, to represent SG18, 19, 21, 42, cat. £460 each with hinge attached 150 link
570 Virgin Islands 1/- of 1868, 2 single-line frame cancelled A13, one strong at 10 o’clock, other very light at 9. First has thin at NW, second (plated to tow 3/3) with r.h. perfs ragged, a factor disguised by pmk, they are both fresh in colour, from a consignment of only 2,000. SG21, cat. £380 65 link
571 Virgin Islands ½d dull green SG27 flawless mint block of four cat. £26 13
572 Virgin Islands 1d pale rose SG29 whose lower marginal plate no. 1 has been guillotined half-way down, the gum with tropical tan c£50+ 18
573 Virgin Islands 1888 4d/1/- rose carmine SG42 – a most attractive f.u. example of this difficult item, cat. £160 60 link
574 Virgin Islands The usual way to meet the two-listed errors in the 1898 issue (invoiced 1.1.1899) at the request of the colony) is in a single block of 6, which sheet format just fits, But here you have the more sophisticated format of SG43a, 43b, each in a lge pt o.g. block of 4, yielding cat £194 with the six accompanying ½d, SG43 all fine 60 link
575 Virgin Islands KE7 5/- green and blue a perfect example of a feather light but quite genuine Tortola cancel on this top value SG62 30
576 Virgin Islands Divided into two sections with 7 and 5 columns, you get the top four rows of a full sheet of 120 for the ½d SG69b. Despite full cat. of £60 only, there is much from which to self-educate in the 48 stamps on offer with the aid of Peter Fernbank’s outstanding work (2nd edn) of huge value for self-education. The stamps have been folded through perfs in several places, with a little wrinkling affecting r.h. margins. And the happily aborted decision to split off column 1. In all other respects fine mint, fresh colour. Recommended Fernbank refs are to pp 378-80, the slight variance in name and duty plate alignment from row to row – we shan’t go further to spoil your fun. Fine, fresh m.except as noted above 50 link
577 Virgin Islands WAR TAX 1d scarlet the bottom six rows from r.h. pane with full gutter mgns at left, lower mgn with plate no. 6. Thin r.h. mgn guillotined at tapering upward angle – fine mint. This setting includes the shorter opt at bottom left – cat. £112+ 40 link
578 Virgin Islands KG5 Die II ½d SG80 lightly u. If you don’t already have one, bite the bullet and pay for it – in practice there is zero chance of finding one on dealer’s stocks or an ordinary collection – cat. £60 28 link
579 Virgin Islands 1922 6d, 1928 1/- SG98/99 in NE and NW corner blocks respectively, each fine with full margins 24
580 Virgin Islands There is no way to authenticate or justify pmk “…AMARAI” on 2d grey SG92, except freaks animate a collection. It seems to have made a trip to the south seas 3
581 Virgin Islands We think that this 1d stationery envelope regd and uprated with ½d deep dull green and the newly despatched 3d on pale yellow was sent in answer to a request from an English connection for the 2/6, 1/- and 3d next mentioned. The interval looks just long enough for the issues to be reported and for request and payment to reach the Roadtown agent. On arrival the address was eviscerated - unforgivable. The addressee either dealer or speculator deserved similar treatment. Yet this scarce item is still collectable. It travelled through St Thomas (welcomed there in rich violet) and no English arrival b/stamp. We suspect corruption 35
582 Virgin Islands A neatly arranged 1929 cover to Massachusetts which resurrects KE ½d, the three 1d War stamps and the 3d on buff-yellow, adding ½d, 1d and 3d, cat over £90 52 link
583 Virgin Islands As we prepare this part of our 2021 auction, the market feels very buoyant, and we feel that the 10/- and £1 on local cover which (we note with a certain satisfaction) just misses FD status rates full cat. (off cover) rating. Will this last? We just have to wait and see 34 link
584 Virgin Islands 1d PSE of NO 27 02 sent unsealed “Per Book Post” to F. Salzmann in Berne to dispense with uprating – a scarce item when breaking local bounds. With it that familiar name Hermann Mayer in Donitz on the Elbe is on 2½d PSE of DEC 22 03. This one had something enclosed and was carefully slit open 19 link
585 Virgin Islands This rare forgery doesn’t even get close to simulating the used 1/- with coloured margins on toned paper used, but in value there’s little to choose between them 25 link
586 Virgin Islands …so we’ll offer the white paper version of the genuine stamp at the same estimate f.u., one corner slightly rounded 25 link
Miscellaneous Miscellaneous
587 Miscellaneous In WWII Portugal remained neutral though sympathised with Britain and much anti-Axis propaganda was produced in Lisbon. Here you meet a rare unused postcard showing ‘The New Order’, together with this you get a series of 9 cards on album pages, seemingly from 1941 making fun of Mussolini and Hitler. Perhaps only peripheral to our area, but a most unusual and colourful addition to any wartime collection 120
588 Miscellaneous A maritime small miscellany QV to KG5 period has St Kitts ½d, 1d, 1½d each carefully (and philatelically) cancelled in 1934 Boston E in small duplex, Leeward 1d Pt of Spain 1912, QV 2½d with lovely thimble size St Lucia C, Dominica landscape 1d arrived there too. Then you’ll find KG5 Leeward 4d and Montserrat ½d sharing a piece for S.S. Rosalind on the High Seas, and a whole cover posted aboard S.S. FORT ST GEORGE using 4 x ½d Leewards to reach Cyrus Adams in Chicago, welcomed by Paquebot duplex of 1929 42 link
589 Miscellaneous Though Purser’s dominant FEDERAL PALM violet cachet claims “POSTED ON BOARD” Grenada GPO where landed 16 FE 64 correctly treated this cover as Paquebot post because the stamps used were St Vincent 10c, 4c bound for Vermont. If it’s unfamiliar territory look up the rules – they make an interesting extra feature this time 12 link
590 Miscellaneous DLR photographic essays in a very fine imperf pair on card portraying a £20 “Oversea Dominion” postage design with side face portrait of Minerva who, for our money, would not have won the golden apple in a beauty contest – but she didn’t win anyway. Would the exercise have gone better with a £5 denomination? Well, let’s be fair, DLR retains a dominant role as printers at least up to 1935 Silver Jubilee 50 link
591 Miscellaneous A rare advertising cover for Kerosene lamps, sent by A H Bergstrand of Lima (Peru) to the Export Dept of Challenge Cycle & Motor Co. Ltd, getting a big leg up from its use of the 2 and 10c 1916 provisionals which are a sight for sore eyes on cover even before the lamps are lit 60 link
592 Miscellaneous A small group of clean unused early p/s cards – from Dominica ½d, 1d; St Christopher 1d; Trinidad 2d; Turks 1d; Virgins 1d, 1½d; and a printed Aikman cover 2c paired with its lower diag. bisect (C killer cancel), some of the space it vacates above protected by the cds cancel – we take a bit more notice of this than usual as it was opened for its contents, so fulfilling its postal purpose 32
593 Miscellaneous E J Cameron’s spell as Commissioner of Turks & Caicos (Caicos used by now, not yet formally adopted) attracted far less correspondence as the posts were separately administered. This 1895 cover; which got rougher than usual treatment was an Official communication vouched by handsome Barbados/Paid/Official cachet initialled and the JAMAICA/TRANSIT h/stamp which we’d like to see more often, only that would reduce its allure. Reverse shows it’s Government House Barbados stationery, Kingston 4E code cds OC 11 95 42 link
594 Miscellaneous Cross-written double letter sheet from Miss Carter in Barbados 26 Aug 1842 to Colonial Bank, Grenada– paying 4d for the journey, we conclude (others may disagree). They would have used second sight, not candlelight, to interpret the contents of those days. Much folded and unfolded, so as to cause repeated splits and the like, though still holding together. The Barbados date stamp shows no enclosing circle. Ex Nethersole 36
595 Miscellaneous At first blush this 1919 cover from La Paz looked like air mail (you have to compare to late 1930’s issues to see why). It’s interesting for its travels, it left GPO on 21 Nov bearing an attractive rose-pink regn label, made its way across the continent then the Atlantic to Nymegen in Holland where the Allied advance blocked off in WWII. Arrived for Clara Schiffer early evening 31.12.19. That’s New Years Eve something that could not have been planned 14
596 Miscellaneous Outer wrapper addressed 17 Mar 1849 took its time to reach La Rochelle 24 May on the tub(?) Melanie, rated 15, neat red COLONIES FR transit mark on face, then straight off to Bordeaux same day 18
597 Miscellaneous For those who, like ourselves, are unfamiliar with the promotional endeavours of Bradbury Wilkinson, here are 6x double sided productions presumed separated from a larger publication, and conveniently with pencilled in dates ranging from 1978 and ’87. Our favourite is the earliest commemoration of Charles Dickens in Rochester, but the quality of the work is alluring throughout 30
598 Miscellaneous 4 pages remaindered from a 19th century album which hold Leeward SV (5) values to 4d and 1d/7d m.; Trinidad, QV 4d grey cancelled type 2 ‘3’ and 1d/6d red surch. m.; Montserrat QV ½d, 2½d ultra. m.; JAMAICA 1d pine, 5/- CC, ½d, 3d CA, 2½d key type 2½d/4d all m. Cat. abt £250 40
599 Miscellaneous Double-sided s/card holds St Vincent and Trinidad QV to KG5 except for 2 rows of low cat. more recent issues which we disregard. Obvious faults and a fake pmk, excess colour was to arrive at healthier cat. of around £450 60 link
600 Miscellaneous There is no chance of our believing that a regs cover from Port of Spain to Porto Rico, franked 1/6 for air mail travelled there in 1923 as its b/stamp seems to claim (in fact 1929); so it comes to you in company with a Panama TRIPPE printed cover from Georgetown, BG franked at a curious 59c (unopened, but unwisely glued to a page in time past); plus a delightful unused ppc of LADY RODNEY which was elegantly swaying through the ocean at that era 27 link
601 Miscellaneous A first flight out of Montreal was carefully planned for JU 6 1930. Bad weather intervened and the Fleet Air Arm and its seaplanes were marooned. Nearly 9 months passed before a rescue seaplane arrived out of clear skies from HMS Dorsetshire and returned the plane and its cargo of 338 letters to circulation. We have 2 examples here – for La Perle Estate, St Lucia and Scarborough, Tobago both are regd and with weak FF boxed cachet paying 1/3½d, 1/4½d; perhaps the extra miles to Scarborough account for the extra. This one has Trinidad transit cds, the other only St Lucia 48
Philatelic Literature and Accessories Philatelic Literature and Accessories
602 Philatelic Literature and Accessories Belonged to the Bournemouth Philatelic Society and was donated in 1923 to the local library. Since withdrawal in 1994 it passed into private hands and is now available for your enlightenment (the original edition with ads) 14
603 Philatelic Literature and Accessories ST VINCENT – the Robson Lowe 1983 of the remarkable collection of Bobbie Messenger with prices realised stapled inside front cover, 576 lots and colour plates 8
Supplement
Anguilla Anguilla
611 Anguilla We think Anguillans would applaud our listing this St Kitts tercentenary set of six in the island’s own name! and please forget cat. quote because each stamp is fine lower mint mgnl with plate no.1. You might wish to trim mgns more neatly, there’s scope for it 15
Bahamas Bahamas
612 Bahamas With a 2013 RPSL certificate of genuineness requested by Charles Freeland comes the 1s green, perf 14, watermark CC SG39b with manuscript “Specimen” rare 200
British Guiana British Guiana
613 British Guiana Another escaped postmark lot, this time APAIQUA with 7 examples on singles or multiples with types D4, D5, D6 both states, two on pieces 24
Guyana Guyana
614 Guyana Collection of pages with many plate blocks and large multiples to $5 of the locally overprinted GUYANA INDEPENDENCE 1966 issues, both watermarks. SG420-440. The catalogue value is reputed to be £1,600+ 250
British Honduras British Honduras
615 British Honduras Three neat album pages. The first holds the wartime 1, 2, 5c SG111-113 each in top and bottom unused blocks of four with No. 1 numeral. On the other pages you get the 1923 postage due set used, cat. £65 and then mint and in mint lower right corner blocks of six. 32
616 British Honduras WAR STAMPS in five used blocks of four all with Belize cancels. Only one of them is single-ring being plate 2 NE corner, full mgns, 1c blue-green SG119. The other four are dbl-ring temporary instruments, on 1c SG116b in blue, SG116 in black, 3c SG118 in blue and SG120 radio and telegraph in blue. Total cat. is over £160 60
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands
617 Cayman Islands QV set of 2 optd SPECIMEN plus both unused shades of ½d and 1d, cat. £274 65
618 Cayman Islands SG13, 14, 15 4d, 6d, 1s optd SPECIMEN, faint rubbing on two but attractive, cat say £160 40
619 Cayman Islands KGV part SPECIMEN set ¼d, ½d (2), 1d, 2d, 4d, 6d cat say £200 54
Grenada Grenada
620 Grenada Approximately 70 covers most with village cancels, arranged by parish – 1907 to 1981 – good selection (Apparently missing are St Patrick’s and Mt Rose (rare)), value at 80
621 Grenada 1882 2½d SE corner block with full mgns and plate no.1 (fresh but crease across value), 8d grey-brown block of four mildly toned), 1887 1d vert. pair – all these are mint (except 8d) cat. £150 22
Jamaica Jamaica
622 Jamaica CC multiples on album page: the deep shade 1/- has 3 cancels of mm cds NO 25 85, otherwise void – we suggest it was on internal post office business. The others are 1d deep blue, 2d deep rose, both A52, 4d red-orange A01 and ½d left-wing marginal strip of six m. cat. £160 altogether 40
Jamaica In the supplement we feature some BULKY (postal bidders please note) lots of largely commercial mail featuring village cancels. Each bundle contains covers in alphabetical order, largely from the early Elizabethan era The bundles are lotted clockwise by parish, starting with St Ann – so enjoy your tour of the island
623 Jamaica We start our tour on the north coast with St Ann – which offers just on 200 items. Of the four P.O./P.A. photos we’ve found Alexandria, Discovery Bay, Lumsden and we may have to leave the last to you. This part is dominated by Ocho Rios, and your describer while driving there once saw a mother goat teaching her kid to cross a road safely. Very prudent – not every driver on the central road is considerate. We’ve just passed two cricketers and made sure (alas) that both faces are the same, and we still haven’t found photo no. 4 Still there are enough plus factors here to justify 48
624 Jamaica St Mary with 225 items collected here illustrating why these parish collections rely so heavily on de Laurence correspondence and the incidence of TRDs is low, on average always below 10%. To get a point of difference between one cover and the next. A cds can differ from one to the next by change of code letter, inversion of a date, presence of an asterisk and the like, so towns like Annotto Bay and Highgate will spawn numerous varieties, A TRD presents only one face, to ring the changes demands a new TRD. An obscure P.A. may develop a dry barely legible date stamp. Cover condition of a rare cds may disappoint. All these factors along with the numbers of different offices affect the average weight we assign to valuation 46
625 Jamaica Portland – civilized and comfortable enough at Port Antonio and Buff Bay this interesting parish becomes in turn wilder, rather bleak and eventually rugged and challenging as you work away from the coast. We offer (as reported to us) 169 small covers, 13 larger ones and just one post office photo which you may perhaps have predicted would be Moors Town. A characterful lot we’d say 50
626 Jamaica St Thomas – well known as locations like Airy Castle, Bath, Golden Grove, Morant Bay, Port Morant, this parish has its little known backwaters too, and the reported 163 covers with 10 of them larger, will provide plenty of scope to explore them, We think you’ll find full value at 40
627 Jamaica St Andrew – If you start from Newcastle, you hold the high ground and your bicycle or broken down jalopy will freewheel your weary frame down to sea level besides Palisadoes and along to where the waters have drowned the land in days gone by. The 310 (reported) covers found here, 38 in larger size, will bring back all the history you’ve passed on the way. A to M take up two-thirds, N to V the rest 60
628 Jamaica Kingston - The large throughput of mail used to wear out the sturdiest of steel cds instruments, and lead to a high number of TRDs here, themselves rather common; so we get about 20% coverage out of 150+ items going back, just, to QV times. We notice two PSRE’s one to our much admired member of old, Mark Swetland, but we estimate here with restraint 32
629 Jamaica The parish of St Catherine is still a hive of Jamaican activity which has lost little of its prestige since Spanish Town was outgrown by Kingston. You won’t be surprised that there’s more material here than any of the other parishes, though there isn’t a whole lot of difference. There are two bundles of covers – A to L should have 170+ covers (19 large) and M to W nears 150 with 11 large – 321 items reported in all. We think that to assess 7 covers to £1 comes out about right in this instance and if we are under the mark that will benefit the unopposed bidder. With apologies to the parishioners we can’t bring ourselves to bestow the same cohesive character here as we do for the other parishes discussed 46
630 Jamaica Clarendon – kicks off with 38 large covers and 16 of these feature TRD’s. You’ll find this is due in part to the enthusiasm of a lady in the West Midlands for this brand of post mark. A recorded 40 more out of a total stock of 224 small covers owes a little more to the lady above as well as a higher percentage of Voice of Prophecy (who used to canvass harder in the small villages where emotions probably ran higher, whereas with de Laurence there was always the drive for turnover from the larger centres). We also suspect duplication here – there seems to have been a rush of blood to the head in Denbigh for instance. All the same the young lady in West Bromwich has to contribute to our scope 65
631 Jamaica Manchester where Newcastle offers the high spots, Mandeville prolongs the bloom of health, and every foot of height gained puts an extra spring in your step. You’re not always in the clouds (though sometimes they’ll remind you with a downpour), you can start at the level with Alligator Pond which is real, but the residents seem to regard tourists as having the same right to be there as themselves. If you don’t know this parish, try it out, it’s well worthwhile. The land is lush and fruitful, the few TRDs are not plentiful but include real eye-catchers, and you don’t have to squeeze your laughs out of a cover addressed to “Suite 515” or “the personal manager”. Just short of 150 covers, 19 of them large 48
632 Jamaica St Elizabeth – For all its hilly sections you are never far from Jamaica style home comforts in this parish and if this is one of your more familiar memories of Jamaica, just reading the names will bring back to you that frisson of enjoyment experienced when you were there. Arlington to Woodlands, some 146 small and 21 larger covers in two packets 40
633 Jamaica Hanover – Perhaps you think of this Parish as compact by Jamaican standards (which is partly true) and think ‘what have you got beyond Green Island, Lucea, Sandy Bay?’. Well DIAS has come on a bit since it was little more than a few grains of sand blowing in the wind; but in this batch of over 100 covers, usually small, you’ve got more than 20 other places to visit, quite a few attractive TRD’s, and if you know this stretch of coast you feel an intimacy with this part of Jamaica with each reminder 32
634 Jamaica St James – which includes the highly popular tourist beaches in and around teeming Montego bay. 95 items are said to be here and only 10% TRD. The diversity of the towns and villages is reflected in out average value of 30p a cover 32
635 Jamaica Trelawney – is represented by mail from perhaps 2 dozen towns and villages with cds dominant but TRD’s from several. There are photographs of 10 or more post offices, numerous regd covers and an unusual incoming letter to Clarke Town from Argentina. Though the inevitable de Laurence and the discredited George Odom (Barrington-Smith) destinations are the large majority this is a premium lot of 80 items 65
636 Jamaica This interesting collection said to comprise 69 pages, sets out to bring to life post offices and their parishes all round Jamaica. We begin with a press report of the opening on 9 Sep 1970 of Belgar Postal Agency, St Catherine’s; then with the animation of photographs, postcards, covers, special issues, special cancellations and annotation, we meet scores of offices, people who run them, their opening and closing, events and scenery around them and the work they do to keep communities large and small in touch. A tour of Jamaica to take in your own time, at your own pace and in your own setting 65
Leeward Islands Leeward Islands
637 Leeward Islands The 1936 Die I 6d script wmk dull purple and mauve to Miss H Pollock in Ayrshire. The name is probably a pseudonym as a c0-ordinated group in Ayrshire used to procure large quantities of stamps to be sent from a large variety of overseas sources and liked to obscure the philatelic origin. SG 86 is, however, overvalued at cat. £100, it is at least as common as any other Leeward 6d, suggested cat. value on cover is £150-200. A fine example 70
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia
638 Saint Lucia 1d dull mauve SG44 in mint block of 6 together with 2½d ultramarine SG46 in bottom left corner block of four with plate No.3 cat. £84 42