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Lot Country Description Est Offer? Link
3 Anguilla The hollow large A Social/Security/Bound/Anguilla h/stamp used here in blue on 1994 meter franked commercial cover to the Valley (Box address) and in black to tax an unstamped local cover of 1992. Both are initialled – that’s probably the limit of its range 9
7 Antigua Along with the used QV perf. 14 6d blue-green CC with wmk inverted, are star 1d dull rose, perf. 12 1d CA, and perf 12½ 1d CC, (rather dry print with gaps in the inking of name and duty tablet) and you’d take all three 1d to be unused, but we’ll classify the last as used (the merest hint of possible pmk at rt just below level of queen’s topknot) while regarding it as quite the unusedest stamp plus pmk that we recollect seeing – so cat. £337. You can always criticise these stamps for something – in our view they make a distinctly attractive group 40 link
8 Antigua QV star 1d rosy mauve and dull rose, 6d dark green (fair or better used) along with forgeries of the 1d and 6d also ‘used’, the genuine cats £161 20 link
9 Antigua QV star 1d dull rose and vermillion, CC 4d blue, CA ½d + both 2½d and both 4d, all rather nicely u. unless you disapprove tall A02 killer on 4d, cat. £203 28 link
10 Antigua Small star 1d, dull rose and vermilion, perf. 14 1d in both shades CC, and a CA, all are m. fresh for colour on the face, not flattered by their reverse, high cat. obviously 42 link
11 Antigua ½d dull green SG21, a full plate 2 pane of 60 from left of sheet, so you don’t get the Thompson (detached triangle)flaw. This sheet poses a dilemma. The stamps are mint, apparently free from the usual splits and weaknesses and no more than very mildly toned, one small gum crease, with just one tiny central fox spot. Yet the margins show serious rusting especially along the sides. Your problem is how to preserve or protect or dissect, ours is how to value. The stamps cat. at £5 each; we conclude that rusting precludes a sheet premium and we should value as 60 stamps and 2 plate numbers 85 Offer #1
12 Antigua Heavy pressure from the printing plate on this very scarce part o.g. block of four of the QV 6d CA SG29 reveals vertical ridged lines from the watermark so that we infer the stamps came from columns 1 and 2. The stamps are of good colour and fresh and, for all the closeness of the setting the perfs are all but clear of the design. Whiteish flecks can be seen between X and P on stamps 1 and 4 and the odd (fruit) fly speck for microscopic interest, we are not persuaded by seller’s suggestion of minor re-entry. We arrive close to half-cat of £240 110 Offer #1 link
13 Antigua This is a starter lot for a youngster of a suitable age, to learn something about Antigua and the Victorian era with the two key-type ½d, 2½d ultramarine and 4d chestnut, and the 1d carmine-red lower mgnl pt o.g., we expect for a fiver or less 5
16 Antigua Badge 2d CC, a top mgnl block of four which you’d take to be unused, until you’re close enough to discern the caress of a cds on the dull purple badge area of the design; and we promise you that there’s nothing dull about this brand of dull purple – SG33, cat £100, add a plus 36 Offer #1
17 Antigua We have known for many years of an Antigua MCA blue-green ½d badge with an A91 cancel, and we have kept our eyes open since. A second example, struck at 10 o’clock has now reached us for sale. It’s probably just a philatelic frolic and we can say the same for many of our postmark treasures, can we not? 30
18 Antigua The Antigua 4d CA is placed sideways at NE of a cover of MR 26 86 to Wisconsin; small NY duplex APR 3 and RACINE arrival cds show on reverse how it got there. Stamp not tied by its tall A02 killer, unless you count a microtrace beneath. More importantly for us, no hint of any earlier stamps in that position cat. from £156 52 link
19 Antigua Printed Frank Brown (Boston) cover, the 1/- badge over flap, and as date is DE 18 08, your guess is as good as ours whether stamps is CC SG37a or MCA, but we’ll treat as SG49, the stamp looks a tad tired (only a tad mind you) and this is not our favourite destination. With cat upwards from £65 is needed for 1/- on cover. 52 link
21 Antigua KG5 King’s head issue on 6 covers to US, England or Canada with 1/- on 1921 regd to Frank P. Brown Co. Boden, 2d grey 1926, 1d violet + 1d mauve (Miss Robertson, philatelic), ½d + 1d 1935; 1½d red-brown 1929, ?1930 but this (from which address was dissected) is the scarce unlisted v. prominent deep shade 50 linkex
22 Antigua Antigua ½d tied by boxed slogan to Panton fully addressed; two 1d Cayman I. tercentenary spread across the foot to pay the intended penalty 48 Offer #1
23 Antigua Cover of NO 22 35 to A. James in London bearing corner copies of tercentenary ½d and 1d each with its sheet no., posted from FALMOUTH. James is best known for his generation of “Knights of Malta” correspondence P£58/65
24 Antigua Quite a classy air mail cover franked with KG6 1/- went JU 5 46 to Arthur D Pierce of New Jersey from PARES. We value with reluctant restraint (it travelled unsealed) 40 link
26 Antigua Bill Cornell made plentiful use of the 5c SG125 in blocks of four on cover in the 1960’s preserving margins, imprints and so on where stamps were from top, bottom or sides. Examples in this lot are from All Saints, Bendals, Bolans, Johnson’s Point, Liberta and Old Road (and see also under Barbuda) 42 linkex
27 Antigua In these further examples from All Saints, Bolans, Liberta and Nelson’s Dockyard, Cornell paid closer attention to postal rates. Thus 6c was produced by a single defin. and a cluster of two blocks with the 1966 defins full air mail rate from Liberta and second class rate from Bolans and Johnson’s Point (a poor strike) 32
28 Antigua Variety is introduced when a correspondent wrote to him from Freetown (long airmail cover, 1963); same year self-addressed from Cedar Grove (not many of these around) whose 2-line inverted date of cds reads */10/JY 63, and no message; reply paid 7c US card to Ohio from St John’s 25
31 Antigua We meet C. Wood Thibou as a resident of St John’s, when the local rate was a modest 2c. He procured covers from All Saints, Bolans, Gray’s Farm and Parham 20
32 Antigua Stann Durnin was still going strong in ’68 when he recvd a cover from Gray’s Farm overfranked massively with the Deep Water Harbour $1. As this stamp would seldom have been used at this office, we value upwards instead of down 20
36 Antigua Wiegenau covers are philatelic with a flair, so the 4½d regd rate from St John’s to Illinois was paid with 1d p/s env and 2d both badge type on face, Leeward ¼d horiz. pair between them and ½d badge pair over flap, with all the right dated pmks and regn markings. Don’t you agree it trumps our Brown of Boston cover for value? 60 link
37 Antigua Well preserved size H2 (foolscap) 2d badge regd env. of 2 SP 12 propelled on its way to Sheffield with Leeward 2d grey adhesive. Addressee seems to read Geo. W. Roome whom we don’t recognise 50 Offer #1
38 Antigua Antigua’s Magistrate’s Court MCA perfin on QV long fiscal 2/-, clean-looking example, but several minor faults 4
41 Bahamas Outer wrapper of a letter of account from John Mortier in Georgetown, Bahamas 16 May 1839 to the General Secretaries at 77 Hatton Garden, landed as a Ship Letter at Liverpool (that’s how we interpret the all but albino h/stamp) with 1/7 onward journey to London JY 1. We confirm Liverpool from an even more albino second strike, and our rating is at the lower end of mission correspondence 27
42 Bahamas We offer next some early Bahamas which do not track the usual paths. First comes an early 1d in a credible shade of dull lake with genuine A05 killer. It is not imperf as appears at first sight but shows signs of pin-perf on 3 sides, on which we offer no opinion, the paper is medium, not opaque, but fairly stiff. We price as a curiosity of interest 30
43 Bahamas The rough perf. 1d, 4d, 6d that follow are healthy used examples of the 1861-2 issues, but for our taste, not of sufficient stature for sale singly, so we offer together, citing cat. as £1,225, when you might call the 6d grey-lilac and add £100. There again, if you enjoy them better than we do, be our guest 115 link
44 Bahamas When we reach July 1862 the 4d SG10 (cat. £425) just meets our criteria for single offer. Despite being centred right, with perfs shortish at rt. and clipping name and duty at top and bottom, soft colour and tidy, genuine killer just make the grade 40 link
46 Bahamas When we reach the 4 perf 12 values between SG56.59a all four get offered together. This is because one of the 1d values is a deep heavy shade on this occasion, which is out on its own amongst the Chalon 1d. The killers are less complete, and lighter than in the lots preceding. The shades of the 4d and 6d don’t attempt the confidence of their predecessors. Cat. over £1,100 flatters the group a little 105 link
47 Bahamas We make no apologies for treating the substantially catalogued 1868/77 issues (other than the 4d rose-lilac, in which some of us perhaps have never fully believed) as run of the mill. Our chosen next port of call is the 4d/6d SG45. What we like about this overprint is how the state of the final E proclaims or refutes authenticity. This one is very lightly used and it’s the surcharge that assaults the portrait, as it must. Perfs are not brilliant, yet our estimate makes this stamp (cat. £400) very affordable 60 link
48 Bahamas We think we have made sense of the listing of the QV 1/- green by means of this s/card which we reckon holds CC SG39, 39b, 39ba f.u. and CC SG39ba, CA SG44, 44a pt o.g., the first two of these mildly toned on reverse, cat. £188 32
49 Bahamas We next offer together the QV 5/- and £1 pencancelled and the KE7 £1 assailed with 4 part strikes of the initialled cds (one of two of course) once believed to be in postal use – cat. of these three when posted £685 50
51 Bahamas QV 5/- sage green mildly toned, Tercentenary 2/-, 3/- fresh of face, a little less so on reverse, each of these are o.g. or large part so, SG56, 129/30, cat. £167 38 link
54 Bahamas Page featuring use of the ‘27’ killer used at GPO to cancel out-island mail arriving with one or more adhesives uncancelled. There are four 1d Chalons (perf. 12 and 3x perf. 14) and queen’s head 1d, 2½d pair, 2 singles, all blue, probably more alluring than the Chalons, stc nearly £200 40 link
55 Bahamas We haven’t forgotten about postmarks, so a 1d staircase used quite late in 1918 with the thimble Hope Town cds gets its slot 5
56 Bahamas This is the Red Cross long stroke variety SG90a on 7 October 18 regd cover to Switzerland, along with horiz. pairs of ½d, 1d War Tax SG96/7 (cat. from £82,65 by our dead reckoning, which doesn’t multiply varieties). The tell tale dash at rt is there to prove plate position, but you’d think it was part of pmk if you didn’t know to look. A rare item on cover, with no overt sign of Dr Hess at work, but who else generated this type of cover? 65 link
57 Bahamas 3d brown War Tax SG100 paid the 1d + 2d ordinary regd rate to Albany NY, 5 Sep 19 on crested OHMS cover from Nassau GPO reregd twice on the way 17 link
58 Bahamas Regd. 8 Mar 19 to a local Nassau address, a clean, carefully opened cover bearing War Charity block SG101, gets bonus points from us for a plate scratch starting bottom rt, and seen on 3 stamps before petering out at upper left. Stamps are current, and with 1d deducted for charity, properly rated 20 link
59 Bahamas A lighter diagonal plate scratch affects the middle staircase 1d in strip of three taking regd cover free of War Tax Mar 17. We don’t have the short story (must have been very short) presumably enclosed to the Salem, Mass publishing house address. 1920 Peace set of five on regd Kimber cover Mar 1920 opened out (cat. £55 off cover) shares this lot 38
60 Bahamas Decorative FFC from San Salvador regd c/o Postmaster, Nassau 29 JUN 1931 (arrived 1 JY) and returned 27 JUL 1931, pmks and cachets in blue, violet and deep magenta, franked with current 10, 20c air values. Vertical fold extreme left 18
63 Bahamas The 1965 set of 15 pictorial defins on a cover locally postmarked for Coin of the Realm Ltd of Nassau. Face value was £2 3/6 all neatly cancelled on 21 Mar 66. Set now is £28 off cover, so would you be happy waiting 50 plus years for your profit? Look we’ve said it before philately is not for investment, it’s for fun 25
64 Bahamas Maritime covers from 1957 on; those landed show Proud SL12 violet Aug 7 1957 on Swiss; SL13 black Jan 15 1968 on Panama (add 11 months to Proud); SL15 violet Mar ’72 on Liberia; Proud SL2 black undated on Liberia. Also, landed Miami from Liberia’s SS Florida using 5c/4d SG277; 1995 from CTC’s Southern Cross, landed Malaga, Spain using 40c SG898 – all are philatelic – isn’t that what cruises are for? 25 linkex
72 Barbados If you want to see how a social climber would network at high level in 1824 this clearly penned letter written to Mother from Barbados by a pushful serving officer is for you. It was hand carried to London and posted for 2d to a Crescent near Russell Square, so that its machinations are all buried within 30
73 Barbados Re-rated from 2/7 to 2/5 on arrival in Scotland with a boxed green additional ½ in a class of its own, an outer wrapper boasts a strong medium fleuron of 1826 on its last legs in urgent need of replacement for legibility of dates, if nothing else; no doubt this happened 50 link
75 Barbados A barred oval killer has only caressed this ½d yellow-green SG1, leaving 90% of the stamp clear but why is the colour paler than usual, and the bluing more evident from face than reverse? Were than an old-time RPSL cert. (there wasn’t) it would no doubt say “treated”. The stamp is still a treat, with a short diagonal crease at SW the only other criticism to make. Neat mgns, cat. £700 60 link
76 Barbados For this imperf. (½d) yellow-green we suppose that we should accept it as the 1855 printing, as the paper is not very white, but it’s not very blue either. Shallow thinning behind the sails. With large to ample mgns everywhere else, it misses being nipped at the bottom corner by less than a whisker 40 link
81 Barbados There is no reason to trust this unused no wmk perf (½d) in a shade lighter than the pin-perf (½d) of the previous lot, for the north and east sides have the punched perfs undetached, while perfs south and west are clean as a whistle, and the bits of gum on the back are not its own – but goodness – what a looker, - as is then 10
86 Barbados We’re not surprised that a ½d green no wmk Britannia, fine, lge pt o.g. reached us with a question mark appended, as we make the perfs about 11½x13, and they are much too tidy anyway. So we throw it on the market at an estimate which probably puts its owner on a profit anyway 10
87 Barbados We’ll grant this pt o.g. 1/- the undemanding clean-cut status of 1872 (SG 54) thus reducing cat. to a low, uninhibiting cat. £150. 3 sides are nicely centred; r.h.s. is the exception, where one might try to argue for rough perf. For decent classics, one mustn’t clip cat. unduly 44
89 Barbados 5/- SG64, light cds of MR 1 1878 at 9 0’clock overlays an earlier uprt effort too faint to read, leaving Britannia only slightly ruffled by the interplay above her. The dull rose colour has not mutated by travel or time, and SW centring leaves room for a snippet of red London arrival showing the month was still March. We have shifted from mild disapproval to a growing affection for this stamp, cat. £300 70 link
91 Barbados 27 different from issues 1882-1912 look appealing on a large s/card; in case this flatters 1882 to 1/- with surcharge (5), 1893/6 (7 to 6d), Jubilee to 5d (5), Nelson to 2½d (4), 1912 to 3d (6) – cat. abt £310, we value economically 30
92 Barbados If you like your wmk varieties plainly visible this inverted CA on ½d SG106w, light duplex cancel, is for you. We suspect tiny repair SW corner, perhaps unfairly, cat. £150 36
97 Barbados Barred oval ‘7’ sits at 3 o’clock on imperf 1d deep blue on white, whose mgns move gently from clear of the design to full and generous in smooth expansion. Alongside is 1d deep blue SG48, 10 o’clock orientation with Bootheel ‘7’ – they blend together as siblings 38
98 Barbados Although apart from G.P.O.’s ‘1’ numeral ‘10’ is the easiest to find, this example is so beautifully located on such a rich blue background that it deserves a place in most collections – even yours perhaps? Stamp is SG10, mgns just clipped upper east side 25 link
101 Barbados A modest offering of just 8 postmarks on singles or piece reminds us how slowly new offices have opened outside those of the 11 parishes. We note here the addition of St Lawrence, Worthing, Eagle Hall, Black Rock and Welches Road, Brittons Hill, and then see something else! There are numbers being added to Worthing, and perhaps Eagle Hall, Isn’t it time for an article to tell us the significance? 6
102 Barbados 13 items picked and assembled on s/card for their unduplicated cancellations. Of 7 maritime there is a cross-channel TPO, from …ENBOROUGH-VLISSINGEN (=FLUSHING), smothering a small seal 1d in 1908 that is new to us and most strikes are full face. One is fiscal from Bridgetown, Late Fee on QV 1d, KG6 2c, full Southampton (2) and St John N.B. receiving marks, and 1d Britannia cancelled on arrival in Georgetown B.G. are other highlights 34
104 Barbados Piece cut from a brown manila cover or package holds a block of 21 x 1d postage due with much of its mgns – it omits the final strip of three from SE of the bottom 4 rows. Date of use looks like 36 and shortfall of 10½d suggests air travel. One takes a commercially used block of this size as it comes. Signs of previous crumpling, integrity retained 30
105 Barbados Cover regd from Battersea DEC 14 97 to CC Weatherhead in Bridgetown, franked with 1/- dull green SG211 received at GPO in 13 days. Cover cat. price is £190 which confirms our view of value 60
108 Barbados Clean air mail cover 1947 (filing fold just inside left mgn) sent to the Manager (T.R.Evens) in Basseterre, on which the 4d stamp is left faced by pmk to flourish the curlive flaw (SG253b) at top rt. If you want to know more of the stamp’s issuing history, notes on its attendant part album page will help you. Cat. of variety is £70 – we don’t apply a multiplier, but don’t discourage it 56 Offer #1
111 Barbados Regd use DE 28 00 of 2d grey-blue PSRE, Bayley’s issue 6, RE 24 is enhanced not simply by use of Jubilee 2½d as the adhesive, but much more so by specific use of money order office cds which persuades us that the cover was used to send the actual money order issued, to reach a financial house addressee in E23rd St NY. The key features are the use by the recipient of a dated C in circle cancelling cipher on 7.1.1901 (US style, actually, 1 over 7) struck twice on die stamp, once on reverse alongside boxed violet receiver 60 link
112 Barbados We are captivated by these three 1916 high values (the 1/-, 2/-, 3/-) with red Revenue opts; Bayley’s R5, 6, 7. Each is fine elegantly centred and endowed with a precision struck, dated Colonial Bank thimble cancel. Philatelic motivation? Quite possibly – but glance at the small numbers sold and you’ll see why we value as if fine postally u. 60 link
113 Barbados Scarcest of the 1916 high values (by a whisker) was the REVENUE ONLY 2s surcharge on 3/- of which the 1,050 printed were a sell-out. This is Bayley’s R28 a fine mint example with even lightly toned gum. Sharing this lot is the Revenue One Penvy variety on 2½d from the second batch optd in purple. This is probably scarcer than its high value neighbour, but less prestigious (Bayley R30a) 42 link
118 Barbados A much readdressed 1950 ppc of the attractive Dearborn Inn in a suburb of Detroit visited Barbados St Philip, then St Lawrence PO by way of GPO, next off to North London before ending up in the Isle of Wight. All this for a US 1 cent? Well, no, actually. It was underfranked and carried the burden of a violet T/CENTIMES/12 duplex and a vert. pair of Barbados ½d dues (cat. from £234). We can’t help wondering who paid then. There’s more than one way to dig out now 85 Offer #1
120 Barbuda Printed A. Lewis Inniss (of Trinidad) envelope enhanced with the 5 Barbuda low values to 3d, cancelled in violet ink fighting a black pad on JY 24 22, using the wannanotbe official cds modified to eliminate “Official Paid”. So it won’t surprise you that this is a phenomenon of the opening weeks of the issue and very few covers appear to have survived, we’d guess they’d be philatelic like this one 85 link
121 Barbuda 5 Antigua defins adding up to 7½d took a week to bring Wilson cover of DE 2 27 to St John’s and 38 days more to reach Plymouth, presumably by sea slug. Rose-carmine boxed regn h/stamp and handsome individual Barbuda cds for each adhesive 21
122 Barbuda Manager, Barbuda used his crested OHMS envelope to Astra Stamp co. Massachusetts propelled by Official Paid Barbuda cds of OC 30 22. It passed through St John’s, was carefully opened on arrival and doubtless contained stamps ordered. It always seems to need a stamp dealer to generate elusive items like this which leaves us with a tinge of disappointment but not the rest of you, we hope 44 Offer #1
123 Barbuda 1964 cover from SE sheet corner the 5c. full mgnl block subtended by plate no. 1 for frame and central vignette 9
124 Barbuda McFarlan cover with his address and REGISTERED MAIL hand stamps, furnished with Die I Leeward 3d purple/yellow, 2½d bright blue, all set for regd return to him from Barbuda. This was done with customary solicitude MY 22 31. We rather think that the 3d is on orange-buff, can’t tell wmk of 2½d, which makes little difference to value. Unexpectedly we regard the pick of the postmarks as being sender’s hometown return effort in Downingtown 40 Offer #1
125 Barbuda Pairs of Barbuda 1d and 3d sandwich 2d slate-grey on philatelic cover to Colchester of NOV 22 23. Perhaps some of the original issue was still held on the island, after post office stocks had run out – we know not P£42/48
126 Barbuda The Antigua 3d and 6d on this cover to Wilson in Handsworth are so meticulously cancelled with Barbuda cds of DE 2 27 as to produce a role model for a philatelic regd cover P£24/27
128 Bermuda One Penny/1/- CC, with the right type of cancel in the usual subdued ink in the bottom third of the stamp. Seen from reverse, the printing characteristics look authentic, but it has a vertical crease, and some mild rumpling which we feel would readily unrumple with a bit of TLC. The surcharge is bold and strong. Our verdict: we don’t entirely trust it, and offer at a very low estimate. If it turns out to be authentic, the benefit is all yours 12
132 Bermuda 1912 MCA 2½d light wavy lines m/c cancel, its watermark inverted and reversed SG48y centred NE cat. £325 90 Offer #1
133 Bermuda KG6 10/- perf 14 substantially o.g., the gum with characteristic WWII streakiness; perf 13 mint – these are SG119a, 119e, both cheerfully fresh, cat. £273 R£80 link
134 Bermuda The same wartime streakiness clothes our KG6 12/6 SG120b; again it’s fresh and substantially o.g. – the Bermudian enthusiasts, while spending lavishly on high values, preserved these carefully too – cat. £110 R£35 link
135 Bermuda Still showing wartime streaks, better absorbed by the red paper, is the large pt o.g. £1 value and nicely centred – SG121, cat. £275 R£70 link
136 Bermuda Allowing for inflation this £1 SW SG126 fine o.g. may cost you less now than if you’d bought it as a new issue – but don’t think of money, think of pleasure R£16
138 Bermuda Gazing a little wistfully at an exact central and upright half of type K3a ‘5’ duplex on 3d CC yellow-buff, we suddenly realise this is not a half-a-loaf situation, but a cause for delight. How otherwise could a stamp of queen’s head size accommodate the characteristic both of the numeral and of the cds? So it must be right to offer to a discriminating fan of these numerals. The background is ideal to do justice to a lightish strike. Unrepeatable 50
139 Bermuda 3d CC yellow-buff cancelled type K3a ‘12’ at 11.20 of the clock. It’s the right background to give satisfactory clarity, which a habitually dry inkpad diminishes with other shades. Our estimate is, of course, based partly on substantial cat. for the stamp – we allow for a thin also 25
141 Bermuda Do you yearn for the days when numerals like type K4a ‘17’ were findable and didn’t cost the earth? This example (on ½d stone) sits tall on SE quadrant, thus revealing a smidgen of its duplex 22
142 Bermuda Numerals 6, 8, 9 (fair only) and 15 on 1d CA (3) and 4d orange-red – the other three are better examples 12 link
143 Bermuda We have offered ST GEORGES WEST on galleon type 1d in the past, but demand for it probably still exists, so here is another on small piece. Date reads 16 NOV-7E, make what you can of that 20
144 Bermuda Look closely behind the Sutton duplex choking the QV 2½d that sent this readdressed cover on its way in mid-May ’93, and you’ll see the Ireland Island duplex of origin. Second journey took it to Station Office, St leonard’s on Sea, and a Naval enthusiast has pencilled the name (unfamiliar to us) of a warship with which contents must have been associated. Roughly opened without major damage 27
145 Bermuda Regd FDC to London bearing six KG6 stamps on issue 20.1.38 would have floated surface as 1/10 paid, was not quite enough to pay by air, if we remember. Stamps are fine, fox spots on cover; but on 1.8.47 1/3 was enough to route a cover from Hamilton to catch Colonial Airlines inaugural flight via Washington (then to NY) addressed to a major in the Royal Army Pay Corps, Whitchurch, Hants 20
146 Bermuda Another similar FDC comes together with WWII covers at 2½d by surface to Berkshire and to NY,; 1941 by air to Chicago at 6d; another by air 1945, same Berkshire address, paying 1/9 – none of these censored, four with name and address endorsed; then in 1948 1/- paid with 7 stamps, sufficed for a cover by air mail to London. The bigger the plane, the lower the fare, we suppose 21
147 Bermuda Ppc 1923 sent to New Jersey clergyman illustration a plaque (we assume) in a “300 year old church” whose lengthy memorial on Alured Popple a governor for 6 years. Died aged 45, and is richly and obsequiously commemorated but, sender Gladys Getty’s found 3x ½d stamps (damaged) to send from St Georges 5
148 Bermuda 5 ppcs: the unused begin with South Shore (coloured but unfriendly); the Cedar Bar, Bemrudiana Hotel (thinly populated); then switch in b/w to the 23,000 ton Monarch of Bermuda, born 1931, died 1967, on a second Real Photo version (unreal ones had yet to come into fashion) with amplified specification added by a fan, post-demise. Finally comes a less glossy version, posted from PAGET (1961 we judge from its 1½d stamp) to a lady in Massachusetts, who may not have appreciated that M. Anderson was greeting all the girls (our emphasis). We doubt that a fairy tale ensued 19 linkex
149 Bermuda This small group of 5 lots features vessels of the Fyffes Line (earlier trading as Elders & Fyffes Ltd). We begin with 4 unused ppc’s all looking fairly venerable. Fans will know whether they were reshaped, or replaced by namesakes 20 linkex
150 Bermuda We think this Patuca ppc to Petworth, Sussex is franked with GB 1d bright scarlet to make it the earliest used card in the group. It shows PATUCA emphasised by the boxed 2-line OCEAN MATE PATUCA h/stamp (ship name is added in stronger ink, overstruck twice by Bermuda’s PAQUEBOT in black 11 link
152 Bermuda Do you wonder why most people who send ppcs don’t date them properly, when that’s what one likes best when they’re kept? Anyway CHANQUINOLA comes with the date 26 found at the tail end of a Hamilton m/c cancel type M1 at extreme end. The stamp? Removed of course 6 link
161 British Guiana 1c rose SG29 v.g.u., as it’s centred left; with it 1c brown SG41 fresh and fine u. cat. £525 140 link
163 British Guiana Thick paper perf. 12 8c pink SG35 gently u. perfs bitten short at top left, but warm in colour – cat. £90 9
164 British Guiana 1860-3 8c, 12c, 24c(2) identified to us as SG35, 39, 54, 65 (cat. £325, if so) all f.u. for these issues 75 link
168 British Guiana 5 used 1878-81 provisionals we’ll assume the cheap fully cancelled Sg152 is cto (they usually are); SG141 was scissor separated rather close l. and r.; SG144, 148 are cork-cancelled ugly fine; SG146 adds character and value with the cork that encloses a pentacle design – cat. £750 in all 150 link
170 British Guiana 2 on 24c Official, SG159 pt o.g. The yellow-green is pale, but fresh; the type 19 surcharge was overinked and left traces around it, and the centring is quite exceptional, which adds up to a real plus on cat. £275 120 link
174 British Guiana In this state of its setting a left mgnl pt o.g. block of four, SG222, from rows 3 and 4 shows narrowing E and T of CENTS, which will later meld into the CINTS variety and at right in the row above letters slipping out of alignment. For good measure you get the f.u. version of row 4.1 in the same state of development – we value as varieties in gestation 36
185 British Guiana Still minding our P’s (for office designations) and Q’s (for the questions we strive to answer), we reach PRESENT HOPE, and a letter from the Postal Agent embellished with 3 immaculate examples of a cds of 9 JU 60, which is really a compromise between types 33 and 42. We don’t know what has happened to the cover enclosing the letter, but you’ll learn of the arrangements to get the mail from and to Parika 30 link
187 British Guiana Weldaad, with its 10 examples on this page hardly deserves the distinguished company we’ve been keeping up to now. At least we omit the commonest markings, so the 6 KG6 defins with their dbl-ring cds are treated by T & H as relatively common and the 4 earlier ones are rated as scarce, which in our more casual experience they struggle to deserve 22
188 British Guiana Reaching WESTERN HOG ISLAND we are back on hallowed ground. Unexpectedly the 3 defins all have the earlier cancellations of ’55 and ’56, rated rare, and for the second type rated slightly easier we have to rely on b/stamps on piece, each from reverse of coves, but they are powerful 46 link
194 British Guiana Cover of MR 59 to Davis, franked 2x 2c, received a partly underinked UITVLUGT type 38 cds, behaving as if dbl-ringed. The outer ring is actually the rim of its cancelling instrument. WC Railway skeleton fits our immediate category, with its year date inverted for character, this and arrival b/stamp both dated 5 MR 18
195 British Guiana A less interesting Davis cover has its 2c defin struck directly with WC Railway skeleton, so there’s no clue where it came from, except it was presumably closer than Uitvlugt 8
198 British Guiana 3 pages headed Berbice River hold 7 KG6, 5 QEII issues with appropriate cds – none is a skeleton 15
200 British Guiana DEMERARA RIVER The next two pages offer 9 KG items on stamp or piece and 10 QEII, the strikes with a high level of clarity and completeness. 25
219 British Guiana AIRY HALL, with 11 19th century marks and BELAIR with one more, both used the same type of dbl-ring cds, and we think there is nothing to choose between although T&H rate one RC, the other S. The strikes here are of mixed quality, otherwise our estimate would be higher. 32
221 British Guiana We think of ANNA REGINA as a hive of activity on the Demerara West Coast, worthy of attention because of the variety of its postmarks. On these whole and part pages, we count 78 items with 11 skeletons and, sorry, the type 2 representation has flown the coop. Still there are enough strikes of quality to please you, we believe. 25
222 British Guiana Charity (12), the effective western end of West Coast Demerara; Danielstown S4, with 22 stamps, one of these a commercial cover; and fairly close together to the west of Essequibo; and Dartmouth 9 of which 8 are KG6, rated scarce by Horry and Howe, as are others of the foregoing by Howe, earn a place here too. 105
224 British Guiana ARAKAKA was (with Morawhanna) one of two busy offices in the remote north of the country. This was due to the efficient services of the North-West steamer, itself so elusive as a post mark. Of 37 items in this lot just two in the 60’s can be treated scarce or more so, but the strikes here are high quality in the main. 52
225 British Guiana AGRICOLA had status from earlier times, yet its marks are never easy, and nearly always scarce to grades of rare, but the plums have been sold before now, the 17 in this lot includes 3+ or – 1900. 54
228 British Guiana DEKINDEREN scores 15, only 2 rated scarce, a 1960’s skeleton cover for neighbouring Mahaicony has turned up out of nowhere and BLAIRMONT, once known as the Ferry (but not so named in postmarks) helped them towards Berbice, when that was appropriate. There are 22 items with this cds, which had a very long life without undue wear (2 larger pieces sport stamps in pairs, one with a larger single) 60
230 British Guiana Apart from PARIKA, offered in the preceding lot, AURORA (inc a mediocre type 2, 11S) BARTICA (65, 6S – and despite the bubble of this office, scarce can be included) and FORT ISLAND (16) were the major links in the period being dealt with, up and down the sometimes choppy Essequibo River 130
235 British Guiana BENAB has never been a challenging office, though the early dbl-ring Benab Corentyne Coast is less plentiful than the later postmarks and there are 9 of these out of 13 QV to KG5 era items. To the other 26 we add 2 items from Postal Agency no.5 which Proud allocated to Apoteri, to help mail from the coast on its way to New Amsterdam or the rest of Berbice. 32
245 British Guiana A philatelic cover of 12 MY 64 used the current 2 and 3c to travel from PRESENT HOPE to Charity Pomeroon for J.A Comacho. Each stamp is cuddled by a complete strike of the skeleton and a third example sits proudly at S.E. corner. This cover received a transit b/stamp at Parika and the next day reached Charity where both Charity cds were struck on the reverse. You can correct the note at p 288 of T&H: the two marks are readily distinguishable not so much in size but the name is much more widely spaced in the later mark. The cover was not (we think) open and resealed, yet there is a small jagged bite of the N.E. corner, so we use two digits in place of 3 for our estimate. 60 link
246 British Guiana The Type 31 Cornhill rated scarce by Horry, that is, on the $2 value, which classifies as a rarity. It’s a 70%, near enough a part strike and has the grace to land the name against the light back ground of the sky. We rate it a full cat. item is this too low? 27 link
250 British Guiana With a multiplier of x 10 ruling at this period for ordinary adhesives, we treat with respect a p/s card ONE CENT/3c which went to Mahaicony (elegant dbl circle receiver MY 9 87) to ask for the sending of white cotton hammocks 32
253 British Guiana Four attractive p/s items of the mid-30’s. One is a SPECIMEN example of the 4c black PSRE, the next an unused example on slightly creamier stout paper. Then there’s a 2c yellow-brown unopened p/s envelope cto but not posted 27 JAN 1936, then posted 3 days later with 4c black added, the address a Beckhaus label for Berlin-Streglitz, Lastly a very healthy PSRE of 7 FE 36 from a sender on the rt bank of the Essequibo to Booker’s manager in Water St, 2c adhesive alongside 4c die and fine TPO Bartica Steamer cancel 42
262 British Honduras 1d blue, 2 each of QV no wmk, CC, and CA with shades varying between each pair, though we’d agree with SG in not finding enough shade difference to distinguish the two CA. All are m., unusually lge pt o.g., the CC are one of each perf cat. abt £500 95 link
264 British Honduras 1885 6d yellow SG21 m. full of sparkle, not much gum visible on reverse – cat. £275 50 link
266 British Honduras The 1888 2, 10, 20c surcharged, and the TWO on 50c in similar condition SG27/9, 35 cat. £175 56 link
267 British Honduras The 7 London surcharges SG36-42, fine m. as above cat. £85 30
268 British Honduras 1891-1901 set of 14 to $2 with an extra 24c shade, cat. abt £350 all m. as above, small fox spot on $2 95 link
269 British Honduras These two QV 24c are assumed to show the two shades of SG60/60a, though both can be interpreted as orange and blue in broad daylight (is it one of those cases where you always think that a single example is the more highly rated shade?). Both started their journey looking f.u. cancelled by not unduly obtrusive killers, struck corner to corner. Then one arrived in London to receive a bold crimson cds at 3 o’clock. For the uninitiated that’s a turn-off. The likes of us think, not quite necessary, a bit messy, but it adds interest – two shades cat. £81 22
272 British Honduras The inverted wmk shows up well in transparent light from reverse, so a satisfying example of KE7 2c dull purple and black on red cat. £200, but has horiz. crease 50
274 British Honduras An unobtrusive cover of AU 1936 which will startle most of us. It travelled from CAYO to CAITHNESS franked with Belize Relief 4c grey. Thurso is a long way north for a discriminating collector, and the 4c value is long way north for a commercial cover, which is how this item presents through and through. SG cat. is from £380. We’ll opt for ¼, which might still be a red hot bargain 95
275 British Honduras There are two interesting points arising out of a $2 SG109 sitting on front (only) of a cover regd from Belize to London AU 30 17. The first is that it sits alongside 1c War Stamp SG114, showing meticulous respect for the requirement to add for War tax irrespective of the massive overpayment of postage. The second is the name Ewens as addressee, giving, in effect, a character intermediate between commercial and philatelic, for here is the philatelic press getting sight of the issue – perhaps a new consignment along with SG106a (but we’ve not checked this). There’s an argument for adding a multiplier, even though the front is slightly reduced and has crumpling clear of the stamps. Our own estimate adds an interest factor to f.u. cat. £130 70
276 British Honduras Use of a single 3c War Stamp SG120 to take a cover of Jan 7 1919 to New Orleans (with an assumption, again unchecked, that 2c was enough to pay for postage) shows the more casual approach to tax regulations. More significant is the continuing use with black ink of the Belize TRD to cancel (effectively to smother) the stamp, and that here is a rare example of a WWI censored cover which the handstamp on resealing label shows was dealt with by censor 1159. Sender was John Harley & Co 105
277 British Honduras We ascribe to philatelic enterprise in Philadelphia an unsealed commem. yellow-ground cover franked 1c to Union City, Connecticut, with enclosures from its publisher; for it defies logic to feature a 1798 Spanish attack in mid-1934. A decorative scene is shown anyway 12
278 British Honduras OHMS cover with Colonial Postmaster’s h/stamp sent regd to Buffalo, franked 10c and, we doubt not, with such enclosures as were requested. Seller helpfully suggests that regn h/stamp of a special character was used for the pleasure of the recipient. Maybe so – yet most postmasters complied with philatelic requests where time and regulations allowed and we do not devalue such practices, we also note a very high penned regn no. and wonder how that level (A23324) came to be reached. We think recipient in NY state got full value for his order. This cover is twinned with a 20c franked cover by air to the Commercial Museum, Philadelphia, OC 2 36. Its cds is the airport cancel that took the place of the PAA office instrument, and is probably no more plentiful, at any rate off cover 48
282 British Honduras The Baking Pot double oval in violet 19 Nov 1951on KG6 1c; this has come off a Roger Wells cover, you may be sure and – for us, anyway – is all the better for having been soaked off 4
283 British Honduras The first four marks correspond with the previous lots (but dates different) and there follow Corozal, Stann Creek Baking Pot, Louisville and Rockstone Pond 44 linkex
285 British Honduras You may regret that the MCA KE7 $1, 2, 5 here are fiscally u. – we doubt you’ll find fresher used examples anywhere else – cat. as postal £855 75 link
290 Cayman Islands KE7 CA and MCA ½d, 2½d, 6d, 1/-, SG3, 5-8, 10-12, all of a good colour nicely centred m. cat. £185 56 link
291 Cayman Islands The 1907 new values, colour changes and ½d on 1d, SG13-17, cat. £360 fresh m. 110 link
292 Cayman Islands KG5 Pictorials the set to 2/- f.u. Enjoy the scenery and save yourself an expensive holiday. Cat. abt £60 20
293 Cayman Islands If you want the 5/-, it comes f.u. by itself, SG 106, cat. £65 23
295 Cayman Islands KG6 1938-47 pictorials set of 14, and the 8 commems to 1949 that followed all mounted on small leaves, fine m. together with 4 more defins which show a second 6d, so that you have SG122 (cat. £15) as a plus here 25 linkex
296 Cayman Islands Similarly mounted you have the QEII 1953/9 and 1962 sets of 15 each, all fine m. cat. £200 40 linkex
297 Cayman Islands This lot is for the neophytes who have just realised the pleasure you get from collecting Cayman I., but we have missed, or missed out on, the recent major sales. Full Boddentown cds AU 18 11 on KE key-type 2½d on piece; full East End/Rural Post/Gollection at 3 o’clock on KG5 ¼d vert. pair on tiny piece. The deep brown shade is not a kind background for this popular TRD 24
298 Cayman Islands This Panton cover is different in character from those one normally sees (we’re not saying better, simply different). Origin is Valetta, Malta (mid-1932) franking 2x the larger size ¼d overprinted POSTAGE and the m/c slogan cancel spreads all the way across the cover, which meant the name Panton could not be excised without spoiling the marking. Tax paids of current ½d and the usual T (no circle) take up much of the vacant space. Small fox spots here and there, so as to give more of a feeling that underpayment was inadvertent, with Panton? As if…. Also a Shakespeare FDC regd from Little Cayman 42 link
299 Cayman Islands Panton cover from Malta using ¼d x2 Britannia issue optd POSTAGE. Continuous Valetta slogan machine cancel protects the address in full; King’s head Cayman ½d and 1½d protect GPO revenue 44 Offer #1
300 Cayman Islands Though you all know our views on Panton covers, we continue to offer, when requested, at current values, as our members show there’s still a demand. This one comes with air mail 1d stamp by surface from Rabaul (that’s New Guinea) posted 1933, received MAR 12 34, so it might prove the slowest mover in your collection. Name erased from the address, and the grey 2d penalty tercentenary matches the mood in which we describe 44 Offer #1
302 Cuba With business origin in Tuspan (not pronounced dustpan, we hope) on 23 JUL 63, the clustered b/stamps show transit chop of J. Maranon, presumed Havana forwarding agent, sloppy Br. P.O. dbl-arc cds SP 6 (6 weeks on – was the agent sloppy too?), London red transit of SP 29, same day TPO Paris, Le Havre arrival 30 Sp, and beneath, the deeply embossed crest of the former wax seal. Then the front shows rate mark of * between Calais TPO 29 Sept and boxed GB//1F60c, all in black. Absent a transatlantic rate, we now infer that this sailed as a consignee letter, and the 6-week interlude was a shipper’s delay – multum in parvo 34
303 Cuba We need the receiver’s endorsement to confirm Havana origin of this 1870 outer wrapper to Charente in France. Two different numeral h/stamps give ratings of 4 and 8, while a triangle on rectangle displays GB/2F after Atlantic crossing. The cross-channel TPO cds appears of course and the journey is signed off at Aigre with 2x thimble cds 40
304 Danish West Indies Variously rated 23 in red, 17 in blue, 1/4 in black we are uncertain whether this 1854 EL on business from St Croix to Copenhagen is written in Danish or a tongue of which we know even less. It shows St Thomas dbl. arc transit of MR 3 54 overstruck with red London cds of AP 17 – these across the flap, balanced at left by oval cancel and dbl-ring cds beneath both dated 19 AP, latter looks like Hamburg-Copenhagen TPO, arrived endorsed 21 Apr. All marks are clear to intelligible, and were they in English, we’d value upwards 40 link
305 Danish West Indies With members becoming acclimatised to finding a little space allocated to St Thomas, the major port or St Croix the adjoining larger island, we offer unused and used examples of the late 19th cy 2c grey-blue p/s card, the used one commercially despatched in 1886 from St Thomas to Vera Cruz, Mexico, (well worth our estimate on its own) and the usual prolific and assumedly philatelic diagonal bisect on 4c sent locally from Christianstad to Frederikstad in St Croix, 1903 40
307 Danish West Indies Unused b/w ppc street scene we’d date around 1910 or a little before. If the two locals standing with huge loads on their heads are posed, the rest are certainly not. Well-drained, well-swept, well-ordered, and stress free, where else in the Caribbean could this be? It’s Denmark overseas, a St Thomas view. The crested flag is included here in a silk form the 20th series by BDV cigarettes (no. 74), but this has not had stress-free existence 9
308 Dominica Landscape CC ½d, 2d, 3d, MCA 1d all from SW corner with mgns, not tidily separated. If, as we suspect, all were bought at one time, there should be 3 CC with chalky paper, with cat. uplift, but we value for their plate nos (3d left margin has thin line of toning) 40 link
309 Dominica Landscape CC ½d (3), 1d, 2d, 2½d, 3d (2 each). All are o.g. or lge pt so, and we infer from appearance that there should be one chalky paper for each value, but we note creasing or gum disturbance on one ½d (chalky?) and one 3d (ordinary?). At worst cat. is £108.50, at best £244. Our estimate is in-between 35 link
314 Dominica 22-ring pages written up to house isues to 1976. QV – KG5 issues (18m, 8u) stc £160 (£only) Total cat. (£ only) is brought up by 300+ more m. and about 30 cto which we ignore. They include the defins for Statehood (1968), 1969/72 and 1975 to give very adequate value at 25
315 Dominica In a departure from our usual style, there are assembled here some 30 landscape issues which , so far as examined appear to date from the 1907/8 MCA issues. Specifically, there are 9x 1d (inc. triplet) 10 x 3d inc. pair, 6 x 6d. 5 x 1/- to give postal use cat. over £400. The common link is that all have a handstamp (if only a date in a few cases) not all of them are Colonial Bank and may fit somebody’s research pattern for the first decade of the century 23
319 Dominica Perhaps it is the proximity of Grand Bay to GPO that made the village office one of the more difficult to find on front or back of a cover. This 1931 example, combining Leeward 1d violet with domestic badge ½d took 11 days to reach Pennsylvania and is a Mc Farlan philatelic product, which we shan’t hold too strongly against it 40
322 Dominica We look slightly askance at the posthumous use of red WAR TAX 1½d horiz. pair from WWI on 22 JU 48 in Roseau 22 JY 43 (wrong war) but it was addressed to J.M. McIntyre Esq, Chief Clerk Govt Office, and perhaps we should be more forgiving 25 Offer #1
324 Dominica 6d, 1/- SG2, 3 v.g., g.u. cat. £170 42 link
325 Dominica CC ½d m., 2½d, 6d u. gd to fine SG4, 6, 8cat. £85 21
326 Dominica Bisects SG11 m., 10 and 12 and ½d CA u. gd to fine cat. £146 36 link
327 Dominica 1d/1/- CC, 1d lilac CA m. ½d u. v.g. to f. SG19, 14, 13 cat. £94 23
328 Dominica 1903 Landscape CC 1d to 5/- (set except ½d) 6d u. rest o.g. or substantially so, all appear fine, cat. £223 (paper not assessed) 52 link
329 Dominica 6d, 2/-. 2/6 m., 2/6, 5/- u. similar condn cat. £258 65 link
330 Dominica 2/-, 2/6, 5/- SG53b/54 gd to fine m. (wmk unchecked) cat. £112 25
333 Dominica Badge issue script 2/-, 2/6 u. 2/6 m., 5/- m. 5/- u. all seem fine cat. £218 52 link
334 Dominica SJ set of 4, KG6 ½d to 10/-, 1948 SW, SG92/5, 99/109, 112,3 with all listed values and 2½d shade, substantially o.g. and apparently fine, cat. £136 35 link
336 Dominica The KG6 and QEII defins of 1951/62 look complete fine m. – wmks unchecked, QEII has both 10c shades, cat. £155 40 linkex1
337 Dominica The 1951 $2.40 f.u., cat. £55 18
339 Grenada We offer SG2 and 3 together as both show first period use of the alphabet pmks. The D, at 6 o’clock, is not a challenging mark in the context, but a worthy example. The 6d, centred NW, but a lovely soft shade, showing only the right half of the cds has the cleanest postmark we’ve ever seen of its class. Only the bottom tip of the letter is visible but it is plainly the tip of the letter A, and the 61 of the year is plain as plain. Believe us, cancels in that year a real rarity 100 link
343 Grenada The 1/- deep mauve, the large star 2½d and 4d, and the broad star 2½d are all very kindly used, and the last is the claret shade, so cat. £144 – these give value at ¼ cat. 36 link
358 Grenada Neatly arranged and written up album page for large star 1875 1d Chalon SG14 contains 3m. 7u., all looking fine as stamps, and the pmks unobtrusive except one featuring the mark in brown, and another to point to a blind perf where a pin had broken. We wonder how long Somerset House tolerated that, though there’s another example m. – cat. £311 44 link
359 Grenada Coil stamps have no separate listing in Grenada, so you might not anticipate the healthy total of £83 that applies to two strips of five, each with coil-join, in yellow-green and blue-green. That’s a credible level with the two extra features 32 link
361 Grenada By present-day standards it would be tough to think of a more creatively expensive way of spending 4d in GPO St Georges to send an 1890 cover to Winch Bros in Colchester. The front bears only the address and a blue 21 mm cds of NO 20. There’s a small tear to the cover, top centre, for information rather than criticism, and now please turn over. A plate no.1 heads a block of 8 x1883 ½d Sg30 in 2 vert columns, all cancelled. The rate is a proper one, and doing the arithmetic the proper way, you have one tete-beche pair at from 20 x £22 on cover, add £66 for three more vertical pairs connected, add for plate no = over £500. Now we don’t know how we should value this ourselves, so we’ll take vendor’s reserve, and let you decide R£120 link
363 Grenada Cover printed with address of H. F. Ketcheson of Belleville, Ontario regd from St Georges, carelessly using 2x 2½d/8d grey-brown SG47 to pay regn and carriage 28 JA 93, 12 days via NY. Sender could have saved ½d on fare and manifestly couldn’t be bothered to find the right stamps P£42/48
364 Grenada Covers paid at 2½d rate by SG32 JA 1895 to Syracuse NY and SG51 FE 1902 to a dental manufacturing Co. in Canton, Ohio. (Toothache was painful to treat in those days) 44
366 Grenada Cover from the Postmaster, Upper Stewracks, Nova Scotia endorsed “Per C.N.S. Lady Hawkins”. No cachet for this one, which was posted 20 NOV 30 from St Georges before anchor was raised P£14/16
367 Grenada We introduce a touch of pedantry to comment that the violet cachet ex R.M.S. Latitia reading English Mail Posted on the High Seas admitted this cover to the postal system as sea mail franked with 2x 1d violet Grenada coronation, which then landed at Tortola, who challenged that claim with machine Paquebot cancel (= “No, we are bringing it into the postal system”). Of course it should have been franked with British stamps. Everybody was wrong 15
368 Grenada Twinned here are a Grenada Paquebot cover of 19 Aug 55 on its way to Solihull, overfranked with SW corner column of 3x 1½d Jubilee, mgnl code W/35 and a LADY NELSON cover to Sun Life of Canada in Dublin, furnished with KG6 1½d pair. Did it need 3d? we can’t decide 30
369 Grenada We are seeing double on a cover to Lennards of Bristol, bearing KG6 1½d. Posted on board Harrison Line’s S.S. INANDA, because a line m/c cancel from Plymouth appears right way up at top, upside at bottom, and somehow part of the top cancel has migrated to the reverse. The dealer who sold it explained “reduced and slit” – we don’t understand the mechanism. Also on offer here, a 1931 philatelic cover, 5 stamps rise from ¼d to2d h/stamped VISIT GRENADA, beneath this, in violet “via A.O. LINE”. We guess that A.O. is not meant to stand for “Any other” 30
370 Grenada There are three 1952 LADY RODNEY covers in this lot. Two philatelic items, each franked 4c, one with single 4c, the other 1c and 3c, both receive the Barbados boxed Posted on Board sea mail cancel and were landed for delivery from Barbados GPO 29 SP. If the directors saw the worn state of the purser’s seal they would then and there have decided to withdraw RODNEY from service, which happened anyway at year end. The earlier cover paid 10c and went to Australia franked 11c (5+6c) having landed at Grenada. So it deserves uplift, whether or not philatelic 44
371 Grenada We give no detailed description for covers of ’58 and ’60 from S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam, RMS ANDES ’63, QEII ’69; there’s more animation on a ’64 cover Posted on Board M.V. FEDERAL PALM out of Trinidad on its way to New Jersey. All five were landed at Grenada 32
374 Grenada Two regd covers to England: the normal size earlier one surprised us by travelling uncensored to a clergyman in Wallington, Surrey on 27 JU 18, receiving full GPO markings front and back, carriage paid by a block of four London printed War Stamps and hooded red London arrival. The war over in the Atlantic therefore, the end in France not yet in sight. The later cover is quite a twee small size, to a Fleet St address, a normal and harmonious 3d and 1½d sharing the cost of travel. We wouldn’t want you to pay the combined £105 price once marked on these two for retail sale. 40
375 Grenada Forgive us please if we find it difficult to measure perfs and widths on a KG6 10/- which subtends 6 penn’orth of lower values from ¼d pair up, lining the north and west sides of a regd cover 27 MR 1945 addressed to Mrs Harry B. Jones, Perkins School, Lancaster, Mass. by air from her friend Mrs Nigel Campbell, Green Gables. You see, we make out the 10/- as belonging to SG163, and shall so treat. Our problems were worsended by an Examiner’s label sprouting top to bottom on the west whose numer, wouldn’t you guess, collides with regn R. We think no. may be 5920 – don’t count on it. How to value is anybody’s guess 65 Offer #1
376 Grenada By 1965 Grand Anse was about to take shape as a holiday destination and here is a rather pleasant promotional ppc for the Silver Sands hotel, sent from there to Norwich, 30c for the fare 12 link
377 Grenada With what intent did a cover with the handstamped address of Gerald Smith, Marine Cottage, St George’s, Grenada, B.W.I. come to be posted unstamped from Kingstown, St Vincent? The ‘T’ mark gets a pencilled note “unrecorded” on the part album page. We refrain from comment as we do about a small red ink heart on the cover enclosing H. So we have cds of origin MY 8 93, Grenada thimble MY 12, blue crayon 1/25 and SGD1-3 to collect 6d – but isn’t that too much? At bridge an unjustifiable, unsupported bid is often called a psyche. We think we’re looking at a psyche in stamps. Prove us wrong 40 Offer #1
382 Grenada Out of the hundreds of KG6 ¼d/½c wrappers that your describer must have seen, this ½c wrapper is the first to be handled with enthusiasm. It went uncancelled to a named addressee, Union P.O. We don’t know how long it rested there. On 15/9/51 it was signed – we assume by the Union Postmaster – h/stamped black UNCLAIMED twice, and violet RETOUR, this taking place 18 SP, you won’t read but will easily interpret the dbl-ring UNION cds and the DEAD LETTER OFFICE receiver is loud and clear 20
383 Grenada The point of the b/w ppc of the Exchange, Manchester sent from Swindon to Torquay in 1903 is to prove – as it does – that the Swindon Station cds SP 3 12 resting on 2d orange, Grenada’s SG79 is authentic. With the trouble taken to cross-match, this rarity must deserve 10
384 Guadeloupe Doubly censored cover of 13 Sept 44 using commercial stationery from Pointe a Pitre to a probably linked company in NY, by air the 3 stamps paying 9Fr50 in all. Military censor from Commission B had the first go, followed by Examiner 1894. Your understanding (but not our own) may be enhanced by ‘B1’ in circle, added on the face 20
390 Jamaica Another Sutcliffe disposable, comprising 10 pairs of what we presume to be 1d blue CA, and 11 used 1d pine. You can squeeze out a few code marks, the only one of which engages our attention is A33 on pine 32
396 Jamaica Keeping company with a 1905 cover that travelled on C.S. Chamberlin stationery to NY per S.S. Alton (if we read the endorsement aright) with arms 2½d collected at St Letter Box, Kingston, are the 1903/4 arms set of 4 in mint blocks of four (small fox spot on ½d, mild toning on 5d) cat. £120 plus the cover 30 link
397 Jamaica There are 12 listed values and shades in the 1905-11 MCA arms issues and the full range appears to have been chosen with care and discrimination on this s/card to arrive at cat. over £170 (SG37-45, 12 m.) 42 link
398 Jamaica The pictorial script 2d, 2½d, 6d and 2/- to 10- on this s/card are attractively fresh o.g., the top 3 values in fact probably mint, between SG98/106 stc £158 38
399 Jamaica There is substance in the oft-repeated MYTH that SPECIMEN examples of the 1923 Child Welfare set are exceptionally rare. Of course they aren’t UNLESS one is discussing Archives in Specimen form. And here they are removed from their former thick card backing, bearing in red the Bradbury Wilkinson diagonal overprint. Value? Well four standard Specimen sets would cat. £560. And, by the way, you couldn’t find an ordinary Specimen set in blocks of four – think about it. These must be alone in private hands 1500 link
401 Jamaica MCA 10/- myrtle green from a late, worn printing SG89 hinged o.g. – gentle toning on reverse shows up wmk nicely – v. fresh on face, cat. £80 22
402 Jamaica Similar gentle toning, just about detectable on face also is visible on the same MCA 10/- used in 1931. Though script successor was by now in use, we don’t scent philatelic usage on this occasion – SG89, cat. £150 40 link
403 Jamaica We presume that this rare 1935 SJ 1/- block of six has come off a parcel, there are minor faults consistent with such usage, but a commensurate philatelically u. block would command a significant premium on cat. £144 for SG117 x6. Our estimate takes account of condition (minuses, rarity (plus) 40 link
404 Jamaica Folded between column 6 and 7 to fit a normal album page but blessed still with all its margins, this is a complete mint sheet of the KG6 2½d with cat. quote of £1,140 unless uplifted meanwhile. Your describer is reluctant to admit that he thinks design balance is improved against the original SG type 4 by insertion of king’s head 95 link
405 Jamaica KG6 1/- lightly u. the chimney variety (broken or repaired, according to taste) well clear of pmk, SG130 cat. £110 – small thin at top mgn beside king’s head 20
406 Jamaica If you can verify the postmark on this 1948 SW £1 you’ll make a handsome profit on our estimate. Offered “as-is” 10
408 Jamaica Most of the numeral codes here are too skeletal to deserve a premium, e.g A42, 44, 45, two of each on lowest values; A27 on 4d CC is ok, so is G15 on 2d deep rose CC, while 2 others on ½d CC pair, CA single barely register; 196 on 2d rose is good enough; the scarce 615 is skeletal on 1d carmine and ½d Official; 617 on 1d fiscal will just about do; and there are 3 partial 622 on 1d or 2d. we don’t want to be too mean in estimate so, say 100 link
410 Jamaica Commoner , and not much improvement in strikes are A40 on 7 different (with faulty 3d CC, and a 6d) also A60 on 5, one a pallid 6d with defect 42 link
418 Jamaica On 3 sheets and a bit a collector with access to the Topaz premium assessments has annotated the F and G series of numeral postmarks. There are 35 stamps here, with signs of pruning by someone with an eye for marks rated better than scarce. Strikes are of varying quality, and only 1 stamp is in place for each of Copse, Hampden, Priestman’s River and 8 each for Clark’s Town and Chester Castle. We count 2 labelled very scarce, 13 scarce, after eliminating a misplaced ½d. So it’s a useful guide to the 10 numerals represented for an aspiring postmark fan 65 linkex
419 Jamaica On falls to KG5 pictorial issues, s/card holding cds (except as stated) as follows :- Buy British Empire Exhbn (m/c), Christiana (2) Direct Cable (2 boxed R D) and cds Green Island, Falmouth, Little London, Lucea, Malvern (2), Mavis Bank, Petersfield, Railway for Balaclava (we think) and Port Antonio (also St Letter Box), St David’s – most strikes are complete, some on 2 or 3 stamps on piece 50 link
421 Jamaica There are 33 ½d, 1d and 1½d stamps here, all with railway cancels in blue. Only a very few of these will enable you to identify the office of origin, unless you have photocopies of the full cds of the particular office. The mere railway connection is lure enough for some of us, of course 20
426 Jamaica The Plane plus Red+ label optd Jamaica was used on both items described here. The first sees it sandwich between m/c cancelled APR 3 16 ½d War Stamp and 1d defin acc “The Grain Store” cover addressed Jamaica Railway Stores, Kingston, top left corner snipped off to conceal printed name on cover. Below it we see FRED L. MYERS & SON flaunting their wares to G.A. Goubault, Annotto Bay, 1½d WAR STAMP (lge opt) was used MY 10 17 (customarily and improperly) to fund postage and tax together 48 Offer #1
427 Jamaica 10 non-philatelic covers (inc 1ppc) from 1d Falls to 1937 regd for 3½d to Canada, 5 to England, 4 to Glasgow, the others franked 1d, 1½d, one 2½d all KG5 defins bar one KE7 arms, modestly assessed at £4 a piece – a good value lot 40
428 Jamaica Dec 1932 Panton cover, for a change no attempt to erase address, colour added by use of Cayman’s tercentenary 1½d and ½d to make up the deliberate deficit of 1d postage, and subdued duplex tax mark of Jamaica with 20 (decimes) to show amount due. We estimate with our customary allowance for fashion, but with less than usual reluctance 65 link
430 Jamaica How would you like to own a cover from Kingston to WAKEENEY, Kansas 1941 by E.S. Benbow Rowe in an unusual regn env. Franked if you please with KG5 3d, and 6d pictorial of the same era, inviting US Customs to open and inspect used stamps within as long as they resealed afterwards? US Customs duly did their stuff and didn’t charge duty, so if yours is the highest bid, you’ve got it. Somehow the philatelic Dept of Selfridges got involved in this – not everyone would approve 22
432 Jamaica A modest melange from the Sutcliffe estate, comprising 2 used pines, the paler of which has a lovely clear wmk; a KG5 SJ FDC incorporating royal arms, around king’s head, in purple and SJ 1d, and a full set that went to Glasgow Oct 35 regd. Finally, flight souvenir labels from Panam’s Mexican subsidiary, Avianca, boasting its long history, and four different BWIA examples. Value at 30
433 Jamaica Air covers: in case anyone missed out on recent large helpings of the mid-60’s, here is a familiar Aguilar FFC on Air Jamaica to Miami, 1966, with a 1975 cover to Montego Bay to remind us the DC8 did the trip non-stop by then. There follow 7 covers connecting Jamaica with some part of Lufthansa’s 15/16 Jan 66 journeys between Frankfurt and Santiago with calls at NY, Guayaquil and Lima plus one as an FFC between Kingston and Guayaquil, 1967 all are philatelic (By the way, next time you find yourself there, take a day trip to the Galapagos. You pay entry tax, yet it’s far the most economical way of visiting and can give all the pleasure of a long-term stay) 36 linkex
434 Jamaica A remarkable ½d brown Replycard: it went from CHESTER CASTLE 27 MY 96 with message in English to Kingston 29 MY and was readdressed back to Chester Castle with a message added (of course in a different hand) in German. So it was not legitimately readdressed, the post office was cheated out of a further ½d, and we wouldn’t ourselves know where to find Chester Castle on the map. Reply cards are scarce enough from main offices. Shall we ever again find one used for a double-reply 40
435 Jamaica It’s curious to see a Buff Bay address for the sender of this uprated p/s card posted at the remote Hagley Gap, yet a lot of business was transacted from there, some of it philatelic – but we don’t think this card is 20
441 Jamaica A mix of Officials, Postal fiscals and pen-cancels on this album page. The 5 telegraph stamps here are all u.. The CC 1d rose SGF2 is pen-cancelled, as are 2x 1d purple (probably F5 and F56) and 1/- F7, 1d rose CA over Crown is here m. and u. (A66?), and there are way above average m. examples of F4, 4b, 5c (as postal cat. £300) 56
444 Leeward Islands Sexagenary ½d used Antigua, 2½d, 6d mint, 1/-, all with genuine h/stamp, pence values fine, 1/- not unsightly but signs of staining in places 18 link
449 Leeward Islands Before and after the sexagenary issue come the set of 8 QV definitive and the 1902 surcharges. The 2½d here is lightly u.; other low values to 7d and 1d/7d look fine m., while the 1/- and 5/- are both fiscally u. in fair condn (say 5% cat. for that state, 11 stamps cat. £104, one part page 30
451 Leeward Islands The last segment of this page holds the MCA set of 7 to 1/- SG29 to 35 (1d, 2½d, 3d are used, others m.m.) and Universal colours to 1/- including 1d shade m. – all 13 m. look fine stc abt £300 75 link
453 Leeward Islands The equivalent printed page for KG6 issues is overfull with the following ranged around the basic denominations of listed colours and commems for which the page was prepared: ¼d, 1d red (3), 2d, 2½d blue, 3d orange, 6d (2), 1/-. Small reverse adhesion needs removal from one 2d, otherwise fine. M. appearance overall and, despite divided views in team, we have to allow for KG6 popularity in assessing weight to give to stc £340 120 link
454 Leeward Islands The very scarce wide ‘A’ variety on 2½d MCA Sg32a gd u. with a faint wholly indeterminant pmk Cat. £550 140 link
456 Leeward Islands For want of a Dickgiesser think alike to identify high-value flaws in comparable detail for the KGV period, our auction team has little information and record on the topic other than is furnished in SG cat. for Bermuda (and Leeward I. for KGVI). We note, obviously, that the variants listed are all on the r.h.s. of the central vignette while Nyasaland contributes at upper left. What then of lower left? In describing a fresh and fine script £1 SG80 which one could probably call o.g. if a hinge still in place were carefully peeled away, we can report a damaged leaf at about the level of the base of the neck. Worth investigation? Worth a restrained premium? We’d say yes to both. Cat. as normal is £225, so let’s say £300 before it reduces 110 link
459 Leeward Islands KG6 1/-, the 3 shades with full o.g., the early shade on ordinary paper, streaky wartime gum, SG110b, ba, bb (this lower mgnl) cat. £159.50 46
460 Leeward Islands LEEWARD I. QV to KGV collection of 160+ used stamps (and an odd fiscal cut-out), so arranged on a 2-sided s/card as to afford the owner at a moderately specialised level a comprehensive overview of postmarks on these issues. Overall stc +/- £300, but cat. bears little relevance to postmark values 120 linkex
461 Leeward Islands We’d guess you don’t yet own a copy of the circular of 7 May 1879 issued out of Stockholm GPO under the signature of Wilhelm Roos and Axel Husberg (no doubt PMG and deputy) to announce the Leeward group joining the UPU, and consequential postal rates – so here’s your chance. You might not identify Jungfru Barne as Virgin I, 22
464 Leeward Islands Lower mgnl die II 3d, vert. pair took OHMS cover regd to London in 1926. Flap is partly missing, so we add in another OHMS regd same year to Barbados (b/stamp Barbados RLO). Both were sent from Antigua GPO, and second would be classy, had not its die II 6d been mangled to Kingdom come 35
465 Leeward Islands 2½d p/s env. KE7 Leeward Die, used in Antigua JY 9 03 to Mayer in Domitz on the Elbe, a standard unopened philatelic product, which needs to be commercial to animate 18
467 Leeward Islands Up for grabs: the MCA perfin used in the KE7 era on long king’s head 6d fiscal – a first time inclusion in a Circle auction, we believe 15
471 Montserrat We would generally get excited by a Montserrat cds in sexagenary 6d, were it not that the late Stan Durnin was a master at securing cancels around Antigua etc where exactly the top half of the cds appears prominently and the year is for anybody’s guess, This is why our estimate is a mere quarter cat. If the cds is contemporary this item is worth double 32 link
472 Montserrat Deep green ½d War Stamp, mint r.h. pane with full external and gutter margin on all sides. Minor staining in one or two places, vert. crease in gutter mgn, a few split perfs at top. If we muse on, we’ll devalue to nothing, so we’ll add a premium for block appearance, completeness, and smaller opt. at SW corner 10 link
473 Montserrat The dedication of an earlier owner in matching m. and u. sets on the same page went unappreciated so that this and the following lot now has m. and u. separated (alas). We begin with the 1916-22 defins fine lge pt o.g. with the listed shades, and the 4 War stamps. Thought for the day: can you reconcile cat. quote for SG50a, with those for the rapidly superceded 1922 SG53a, 54? Anyway, these are SG49-61b inclusive, cat. £175 56
475 Montserrat The 1922-9 defins are complete m. with the extra blue 2½d included, 22 stamps from SG63-83, similar lge pt o.g. condition as before with hinges attached, cat. £103 34
477 Montserrat We have noticed the 1935 Silver Jubilee issues are prone to spray minor spots of ink where they are not intended. The 1½d of this set of four, fine mint where checked is firing a blue missile at the l.h. turret, the 2½d makes for a far weaker effort 10
480 Montserrat The KG6 1938/48 defins have now been divided into mostly narrow strips of their album pages in response to your collective abstinence (usually re-stated as public demand) on the earlier occasion. We hope that you appreciate our response. The strips still contain all shades and perfs, 23 stamps totalling cat. over £340 for the m. section. They all look carefully chosen and fine, which, with the current popularity of KG6 issues, merits 85
484 Montserrat The 1967 set of four SG190/3, feature as two pairs for each value, where we note St Johns, St Patrick, St Peters 12
485 Montserrat You might opt for a small sample provided by the four stamps celebrating the Olympic Games in Mexico. The pairs here show only St Patricks and St Peters 5
486 Montserrat The full 1965 set of 17 is present in pairs and these add Harris and another Dyers to the St Johns, St Patricks and St Peters you’ve been meeting along the way. The top values were all cancelled at St Peters 42 linkex
488 Montserrat Little as we care for Kiderlen of Ulm, use of Montserrat’s uncommon 1d badge p/s env. 1/- black/green SG44 on its regd journey in 1912 is a tempting combination. B/stamps are hooded regd cds in London, and a heavy cds of Ulm station. Many hinge remainders on reverse which don’t need to stay there. Stamp off cover is cat. £45 48 link
489 Montserrat A very similar Kiderlen entire which made the same journey at the same time used the next value up, 2/- SG45, cat. £60 56 link
493 Montserrat This registered Roger Wells cover of JA 20 40 is highly prized by the seller whose animating characteristics comprise CUDJOE HEAD village of origin, early wartime date, caretaker address and rose-pink boxed R h/stamp with its very low number. We offer without further comment at seller’s notified reserve R£115 Special
501 Netherlands West Indies With apology that our command of the Dutch spoken in Surinam is far less than adequate, we suggest that the cancelled, unwritten, unaddressed p/s card with 5c adhesive used in the 1890’s has boxed mark whose 3-lines approximate Dutch Indies/Steam Ship/Registered. A later p/s card with a die stamp 5c was posted to Waterside (Waterzyde) Paramaribo, sent to Wardelen (is that Warden?) and the over-written surname we read as Seidl. This will explain why we include this modest lot, triggered by reference to a telephone conversation with someone called Smith 6
502 Netherlands West Indies 5c King’s head purple/pale blue UPU p/s card 20.10.1898 Paramaribo cds to Amsterdam with numeral 2½c crimson added; blue/grey-blue card squared circle dbl-ring Paramaribo cds needing no extra postage for KLEINWELKA, Germany. Both show boxed 3 line SURINAM VIA HAVRE, postal rates must have lowered meanwhile 10
503 Nevis 1863 1d, 6d, 1/- SG1, 2, 4 f.u. We are happy that one no longer applies a cat. differential for apparent blueing, but 6d, 1/- are unashamedly white paper, cat. £205 46 link
504 Nevis 1867-76 1d gd u., 4d, 1/- yellow-grn f.u., the 1/- a gorgeous fresh colour, impressively centred SG9, 11, 14 cat. £183 65 link
505 Nevis We’d say these four used 1d values satisfactorily represent the 1871/8 lithographic shades of SG15-17, 22. All approach or achieve fine condn, SG15 is an aristocrat, cat. £150 50 link
506 Nevis 1878 4d, 1/- f.u. – as sometimes happens 1/- shade is intermediate between the two, so deem it pale, SG18, 20, cat. £148 44 link
507 Nevis This example of litho 1/- SG20 (washed and given fake pmk) is well worthy of your rogues gallery 9
508 Nevis The ideal used example of 6d grey when used will sport a neatly centred A09 cancel which the freshness of the stamp’s colour will dominate, even when quite heavily inked. This example gets there, and only because centred slightly to left (without impacting design) does if fall below superb – SG19 perhaps now undercat at £200 75 link
510 Nevis A minimal repair at NE corner brings this lge pt o.g. example of Nevis 6d green SG32 down from cat. £450 to a just about affordable level (scarce as you know) 48 link
511 Nevis The 5 listed 1d stamps and shades between SG23 and 27a, together with the bisect of CA 1d lilac mauve, tied to small piece (SG26b) followed by the two 2½d and two 4d SG28-31, all the above with characteristic A09 killer cancellation – cat. (with bisect at 10%) abt £330 85
513 Nevis 9 Nevis earlies are 4d rose, 6d grey-lilac, litho 4d, unused 6d grey-lilac, recess 1d, litho 1d(2), Revenue 6d CA pt o.g., and defective 1d ignored, except as to its deep rose-red shade, cat. £500 60 link
514 Nevis A Galbraith cover regd to NY combining St Kitts 3d ultramarine with the 2 shades of the Leeward 3d Die II, the deep one being lower mgnl, respectively SG45, 68, 68a. The stamps are lightly cancelled, which gives you full value for £105 on or off cover 60 link
515 Nevis OHMS cover addressed to Harbour Master, Charlestown, Nevis. It received an Official Paid cds of 10 MY 43 and a fine well defined large dbl (well treble really) ring cachet of Harbour Master Basseterre St Kitts. Presumably a WWII communication of significance between two officials of comparable status and we treat it with respect 42 Offer #1
518 Saint Christopher 6d lilac embracing A12 at 11.20 o’clock centrally sited on 6d lilac, the stamp centred a tiny bit low left. SGz4, cat. £250 well worth 40% 100 link
520 Saint Christopher We don’t go a bundle for the w (inverted wmk) version of 1d magenta SG2, and this one’s unused. We’ve given it a companion SG2 pt o.g. you’ll have a real giggle at the entire contrast between basic stamp shades and those of duty tablet. We recommend that you carefully remove hinge remainder on the real SG2, to restore its flexibility and prolong its life – SG2, 2w cat. £250 60 link
521 Saint Christopher We think the residue of this small QV assembly all m. comprises perf 12½, 3 perf 14, all CC, to give SG1, 2 (4), 5, 6, 9(2) and if so cat. £740. If you find something better, be happy 60 link
522 Saint Christopher 1879 2½d red-brown CC immaculate o.g. SG7 cat. £190 85 link
523 Saint Christopher Line-perf 4d blue CC fine pt o.g., v. well centred SG8 cat. £200 70 link
524 Saint Christopher 1d (3), 6d(2), 2½d, 4d on s/card offer pleasing use of SG2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 12, 15 cat. £200 40
525 Saint Christopher Perf 12½ CC 1d magenta, 6d (4, one yellow-green) and perf 14 4d blue (2); two stamps with cds, others dumb, one of which you could argue – with insufficient evidence – uses two bars, not three, cat. £103 20
527 Saint Christopher 3 surcharges on 6d green, being 1d, two different 4d, SG22, 24, 25 look fresh and fine on their face and the last is fine pt o.g.; 1d/6d is regummed; SG22 formed a deep attachment to its album page illustration. When they broke off their engagement, the illustration was deeply hurt, the pt o.g. stamp unwounded but attachment lingers on. They combine (at cat. £150) with a group of 9 different defins m. and u., cat, much the same 58 link
531 Saint Christopher The overprinted Revenue set SG R3-6 together with a second 1d in deeper shade and the unlisted 5/- yellow which St Kitts did not order (or need?) but collectors liked – all with lge pt o.g. As duty tablets are printed separately the shades do not really match, cat. abt £50+ 20
532 Saint Christopher Our final look this year at the 1885 postal fiscals illustrates divergence between shades of the 1d to 1/- value with a single 5/- to keep them company. One 6d and one 1d are used. The date on the 1d might be of village origin (no promises). It is from either of the first two supplies, not from the last. 36
536 Saint Kitts A Brooklyn resident perhaps alerted to the recent change of wmk received from GPO St Kitts regd tawny brown OHMS cover franked with Leeward script 6d SG72, now cat. from £50x5. The postmaster, be it said, was a bit tiddly that afternoon – forgot the b/stamp and his POSTMASTER h/stamp slipped off the foot 60 Offer #1 link
540 Saint Kitts Finding a St Kitts cover of 1935 whose SJ 1d and 1½d have conveyed it to the Photo-engraving dept of Aurora School, and a half page of Aurora pmks 1880’s to 1912 in accidental juxtaposition, we can’t resist combining them, but you can always divorce them again, as Arora (for Aurora?) Missouri may have no affinity with Br. Guiana. They add a morsel of value, but we’re on overload with the like this year 115
541 Saint Kitts Our seller was excited to own a St Kitts (Nevis) 1937 Coron FDC to Montserrat with quite a bit of blue ink in the cds postmarks – he’s got a point 12
554 Saint Lucia 3 Imperial printed pages, every space filled m. or u., but don’t jump to conclusions: main blips are SG28, bite out of top, SG29 the postal fiscal substitutes: 1/- SG36 is suffused somewhat, 6d Sg35 has a better chance; KG5 1d red mingles with better Edward items; 5/- SG76 is colour washed. Those are the main deficiencies, we note M for Micoud on ½d and we make cat. well over £4,000 (e. and o.e., which are plentiful with us nowadays). It has to be gd value at reserve 400
555 Saint Lucia The KG6 issues are set out on 2 New Age printed pages, the stamps in their proper places where checked, and a slightly random mix of m. and u.. It makes for a ball-park estimate 40
556 Saint Lucia The KG6 decimal set of 14 fine m., some with mgnl imprint SG146-59 cat. £48 – plus you get about £100cat. on these s/sheets which includes the 1953/63 set of 13 both m. and u. and some useful KG6 u. 15
560 Saint Lucia Long air mail cover for which 36c was paid 26 FE 53 with 12c and 8 each 1c and 2c to travel to Ottawa for Colin Bayley, courtesy of Col. H.G.Reid in SOUFRIERE. If you haven’t already guessed this format yields 8 coil join vert. pairs and the very cover yields the exhortation “Paste up pairs – Do not soak off”. Forgive us if we don’t enthuse (but we remind ourselves that there were once a good few St Lucia complete coils in circulation, and this is one way of using them up), The stamps of course are all perf. 12½, not just the 12c. We value on the basis of £5 per coil join and £10 per cover, in the belief that if these are to one’s philatelic taste, one should be made to pay for them 42 Offer #1
569 Saint Vincent This delicately coloured 1861 1d would once have fought to be described as intermediate perf., but now it’s lost its chance. Quite a strong A10 killer at 3 o’clock but there’s a streak of traditionalism in our approach and we value at full cat. 14
570 Saint Vincent The 1862-8 1d, 4d, 6d on this card are fine used by most people’s standards, but we (and our valuation) have eyes only for the 4d value, good colour, light part A10, profile absolutely clear, and scissor separation has for once nowhere impinges on design and even the perf holes keep their distance on three sides with the just the gentlest of kisses at the top. SG5, 6, 7 cat. £205 together but think only SG6 v.f.u. cat £110 65
577 Saint Vincent You have the 3 different 1d blacks here in attractive used condn, and one has a full GB // 40c cancellation, we tack on a 6d SG29 that gets halfway there 22
586 Saint Vincent The WW1 ONE PENNY on 1/- is on parade here in NE corner block of 12 and top mgnl single mint (or substantially so) and a single f.u. A previous owner suggested the block contains an example of ONE double, which we reject and you can please yourselves. So it’s cat. £170 for this group (all fine) 40 link
587 Saint Vincent Two £1 stamps removed from Imperial pages 723, 725 form the next lot. Every other space is filled. Here, three low values and the second 6d (with dot) of the Pax et Justicia series and SG112b are f.u. the rest all appear fresh m. Cat. abt £220 48
588 Saint Vincent Two KG5 £1 mauve and black used: the script example lightly u., has short NE corner perf: cancel on MCA version leaves 90% of stamp clear, but we rate as a fiscal and has a scuff within 20
590 Saint Vincent For KGVI we move to SG pages for the new era and the two printed sides are complete with 51 stamps, condition looking fine, as you would expect – some lower values of the pre-decimal series are f.u., so for a brownie point, is the SW £1, all but two values of the later issues are m. Cat will be £140 or so, and presence of the SW £1 nudges our assessment upwards 40
591 Saint Vincent These 21 stamps are the SG listed denominations that were issued as defins between 1955 and 1961. They are ex-Jaffe, mint or o.g. (hinge lightly attached in the odd instance, SG189-200a, cat. £189, all fine. It’s the extra shades that add the value 36
592 Saint Vincent A small beginning can trigger a lifetime interest in postmarks. Perhaps the item of 19 NO 58 sent from Chateaubelair to the Windward I. Bible Institute at a cost of 2c will do exactly that. There were many such covers, the bulk of which arrived in poor condition. Now that they have matured, we shall probably start to pick and choose from the survivors for those worthy of collection and display, and we’ll see for how long the estimates stay modest 3
593 Saint Vincent We are saddened to feel that since the 1980’s St Vincent has sold its soul to printers whose adherence to tradition and relevance was marginal at best. Why was it appropriate for Format to generate imperf. pairs of the 1987 $1 Child Health issue, SG 1052? From memory the issue may have brought enough for 2,500 pairs into the world. This pair comes with normal mint pair and is fine ungummed – not the only baby receiving injection could be saying ‘ouch’, but maybe you see future profit at 12
594 Saint Vincent The next imperf. doormat – sorry Format – aberration is 15c SG1079 produced with QV portrait inverted. Don’t expect us to applaud, even if your profit potential is greater, unless you collect a Chamber of Horrors 20
595 Saint Vincent Format as printers had curious ways of marketing their wares, as their liquidation sales demonstrated. So we record without speculative comment, two pages on one of which reposes an imperf block of 30x 10c grey-green badge of the former colony design (at a distance not unlike an elephant) where, at the foot of the 5 rows of 6 is the format imprint exactly centred (page annotated ‘St Vincent 1980 Imperforate’. Then on the second page, noted ‘St Vincent 1988 Revenue printed in sheets of 100, two panes of 50’, is a block of 20, 5 rows of four, again with its immaculately centred imprint below the stamps which are evenly perforated throughout. We refrain from comment, save to mention that the central guide cross in the upper margin is about 6mm west of central perfs. Your theories, please, to the Bulletin editor, not to us 48 linkex
598 Tobago This is the outer wrapper of a 1/-packet letter to the Manager of Edinburgh’s Bank of Scotland. A super Tobago dbl-arc OC9/1852/A masters with ease the effort of a mustard red crown/date cds to smother it; after a predecessor strike has left a bleary smear on the front side the receiver reading NOV/S4M/1852 is just as crystal clear 24
600 Tobago We make it cat. £152 for 8x6d, 4x1/- orange-chrome and 6 1/- olive-yellow, 2 of them pale. We’ve wavered over whether there’s a repaired slash flaw, but give the buyer the benefit of any possible doubt 32
602 Tobago Present here are the 2½d/6d, 1d CA venetian red, ½d green, 6d orange-brown, all fresh-looking m. We have left in place a much used brand of modern hinge which, alas, behaves as if concreted on. These can prove removable with the right liquid used in the right quantity – we’d rather it was done by you than us – cat. £120 20
604 Tobago 10 used Tobago issues include 2½d/6d, ½d/ and 2½d/4d grey, ½d/4d postal fiscal, ½d CC (lovely looker, but a pinhole lurks) and the next ½d, 1d (ignore 4d CC which always turns up) and two tired 2½d – CA; cat, say £380 50 link
609 Tobago This FFC from Port of Spain to Grenada, accepted 19.7.30 for flight next day was carried by NYRBA on the last of their feeder services to be set up, before Pan Am swallowed NYRBA whole – see Wike p.34 P£14/16
612 Trinidad This missive from Trinidad left 8 Aug 1825 and was received 13 Oct, though you can’t work out the date from the well inked, well worn small fleuron of despatch struck over flap. It was endorsed “single-sheet” was double rated at 4/4, then reduced to single rate 2/2, so there must have been some debate over the issue, and we don’t know whether this took place in Trinidad or London. 77 Hatton Garden was a clerical address and they used to carefully monitor their outgoings. We infer, perhaps wrongly, that there was something within that was allowed to travel free of charge 120 link
614 Trinidad 5 classics m. comprising (1d) purple-brown (compare and contrast our pair), blue (2) paper only faintly blued, (1d) local litho red, 1/- slate-grey, SG1, 3, 10, 20 mgns all round, v. close at times, cat. £132 36 link
621 Trinidad Imperf 4d grey-lilac pt o.g. and 1/- indigo unused, each with the usual tidy mgns, share this lot SG25 and 29 cat. £220 48 link
627 Trinidad An array of shades and denominations of the KG5 MCA defins and Red Cross and War Tax issues, 34 different m. look quite inviting on a medium-size s/card – but don’t go overboard for it, you’ll still have to look for the ones that matter. Cat. at least £150, we think 20
629 Trinidad The 9 m. 1935 Jubilee on this s/card comprise the set of four, corner block of 2c (margins folded, splitting some perfs) and 3c single, each of these with extra flagstaff, cat. £111 – sound but not lustrous 30 link
630 Trinidad If the 71 m. on s/card sell for estimate, you pay two sevenths for the MCA P. due set of 8 included and nothing more for all listed KG6 stamps and shades except $4.80 plus QEII 1953-9 defins, coron and surcharges, a few later to $10, and did we mention the 1935 pictorial decimal set of 9? Oops QEII 12c , 24c are used not m. Condition looks OK throughout 40
635 Trinidad 13 pmks on this s/card (largely late 20’s to mid-30’s, 2 earlier) with a pencilled crib on the reverse. The most elusive are Cedros and Mayaro in the scarce type 5, while the earlier Hicacos isn’t easy 22
639 Trinidad Printed address of a senior RAMC officer in Hampshire fronted a registered cover from Port of Spain 1913, backstamps of London and Christchurch. Narrow security strip unnecessarily reinforcing each side of the cover, red regn label, black R h/stamp 22
641 Trinidad Apiece on which 10c, 40c, 1Fr of Guadeloupe unite to pay, a fragment of the red bridge-type Paquebot Trinidad Instrument consigns them, and a Port of Spain cds of NO 9 31 receives them into the postal system, happily highlights a direction in which our circle interests have widened in recent years 20 Offer #1
642 Trinidad Forget about the uplift x2 when you come across genuine commercial use of the 72c value SG238 paying most of the 82c fare to S. Africa’s Kenilworth, close to Cape Town. The FE 1(9) 37 cover was opened unkindly and folded centrally clear of the stamps, so – although we think uplift from x5 would be the minimum appropriate, we’ll settle on 44 link
643 Trinidad FFC for KLM’s first Trinidad-Barbados flight OC 19 38, the recipient resident in Black Rock. As Ron Wike recorded for us, the Barbados government honoured and respected its contract for KLM to carry mails between the two islands, which made commercial development awkward for NYRBA and the soon-to-emerge BWIA in this part of the Caribbean 12
650 Trinidad Scarce b/w ppc marketed by Waterman “the hatter and outfitter”. It shows 7 photographic vignettes of prominent buildings and locations interspersed with floral sprays. Sent to Barbados without greeting, obviously for Xmas, on DE 23 08. Stamp not tied but manifestly healthy. Endorsed in red ink “Per S.S. Jan” which you may interpret more readily than ourselves 15 link
651 Trinidad We can’t resist ppc’s sent in the 19th century, can you? This coloured card, about 80% of normal width shows London’s National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, fountain playing in front, but was 1d franked from Port of Spain to Kiel, written in German, fine condn 20
654 Turks Islands The 1d dull rose SG1 looks rather common unused until you start screaming for condition – colour, centring, integrity, freshness, this perhaps, one in a hundred times you meet one like this. On three sides it is scissor-separated (GPO made constant use of scissors) along E and S perfs, outside N perfs. It captures a sliver of its western neighbour, the final tug inducing a trivial wrinkle at SW corner. Reverse is smooth lge pt o.g., tiny dealers or proprietary mark in one corner. For this example cat. £65 isn’t enough 25 link
655 Turks Islands 1d dull rose from position 24, with throat flaw, fresh pt o.g., scissors wielded less adroitly than usual, so as to trim the eastern perfs from halfway up, which soft fresh colour and relative prominence of the flaw – which can be hard to spot on the earliest issue – partly atone – SG1a cat. £250 50 link
657 Turks Islands 1d dull red SG5 and 1/2 /1d dull red SG15 (from top tow) both are sound unused examples, cat. £145 36
658 Turks Islands 1/- dull blue fresh unused and lightly u. consort here with 1d dull red more heavily u. and could do with a wash on the reverse (that’s legitimate you know). They present themselves in different sizes, yet look closely and you’ll see perfs on all 12 sides. Miss Stewart’s problems with alignment of the sheets may leave them to look disabled now, so in the age of enlightenment, we should treat them all as of equal status – SG3, 3 and 5 cat. £220 48 link
661 Turks Islands 1/2 /1s dull blue, so carefully separated by scissors that design could hardly be better centred with just a few perfs at left minimally intruding before the scissors were used, fresh colour, even a trace of gum still present – SG9, cat. £120 50 link
670 Turks Islands 1900 badge type 2/-, 3/- of high standard for fresh frontal appearance and centring, each large pt o.g. We rate them equally on reverse side, though the depth of ink colour on top value, produces a darker appearance there, SG108/9 cat. £130 42 link
671 Turks Islands 1938 5/- yellowish-green, 1957 10/-, 1960 £1, SG 204, 250, 253 all fine o.g. and the centring of the 5/- beyond reproach, cat. £134 38 link
672 Turks Islands Foolscap-size OHMS cover to A D Jonny Esq, in one of those narrow alleys in central Vienna. Franking is 1/- badge pair and KE 3d, regd late Jan 1913, by which time the 1/- was obsolete and the KE set soon to go. We assumed it came from GPO at first, but could have been some other official source. Fairly harmless central fold, its only b/stamp a London regd transit cds – cat. from over £200 70
675 Virgin Islands Each of the boldly cancelled 1866 1d, 6d, perf 15 1d has a minor fault that brings cat. down to ¼ . Paper is debatable as usual – we’ll accept as white for 6d deep rose, thus SG4, 6, 12 cat, £340 85
677 Virgin Islands This s/card holds 4 1d green classics (perf 12, 15, 2 each) and 4d (3) all m., and you can ascribe two 4d to buff, 1 to rose paper. We must remind you that these issues, especially the 1d green do not slip easily into their SG listed slots (not surprising when you have to allow for about 15 separate deliveries and the wide shade varieties). If one of them answered exactly to the description of SG12 we’d tell you. None does for that was a printing of 1,000 stamps only. Few survive and they are worth a good deal more than their listed price when identified for you. Cat. here is upwards of about £375 85 link
678 Virgin Islands This s/card holds 3x 4d and 2x 6d of the 1866-8 classic issues which, however, do not slip neatly in to their SG listings but oscillate gently between one and another. Each is considerately used with, in 4 cases, the A91, fifth the A13 killer, and the 6d, in lighter and deeper shades is on the less common white paper, so we would count cat. at £445, but you can do it differently 140 link
680 Virgin Islands 1/- black and rose carmine f.u. on greyish paper. A rather formless killer occupies only the SE quadrant leaving the Virgin, alone, unblemished. This is an internal example without the enlarged margin for instant recognition. The translucency of the paper is also an unmistakeable defining characteristic of SG20 – cat. £900 190 link
682 Virgin Islands 1898/9 ‘St Ursula’, this broken ‘F’ variety at row 8/2 in fine lge pt o.g. pair with normal, SG43b cat. £89 30 link
684 Virgin Islands Page of issues to 1884 all used, with two 1d perf 15, then DLR key-types as listed with 3 extra ½d green and one extra 2½d ultramarine. The 1d perf 15 are green and yellow-green, but it helps more to tell you that these are early printings with wide margins and would probably plate to belong to transfers A and B (but we haven’t done the exercise). All but one ½d green are kindly cancelled. Another such ½d has a brown A91 (from mixing red and black ink). An odd minor fault in some though most are fine, so would rate cat. at £500 instead of the £670 one could calculate 170
685 Virgin Islands These are the 1887 lithographs by DLR mounted on a page, 1d and 4d, 3 each, 6d and 1/- 2 each. The stamps are fine m. but the shades here are not extreme enough to show the range of shades that is SG listed, cat. say £240 70
686 Virgin Islands The 1887 DLR issues used, with 3x 1d and 4d, 2x 1/-, one 6d only, shade differentiation better than among the m. stamps but could still be more distinctive from one another. Two of the resident stamps have strong killer pmks, the rest are gentler, cat. over £400 95
687 Virgin Islands The 18(98 to )99 St Ursula set of 8 m. on a part album page, along with extra ½d pair, one showing PFNNY error SG43/50 inc. 43a cat. £219 70
688 Virgin Islands The 1899 set used together with both errors of lettering, the cancels clear of those errors, SG43-50 inc 43a, b cat. £380 130 link
689 Virgin Islands The KE7 set of 9 good-looking m. SG54-62 cat. £110, dismounted form a page, hinges not removed 35
690 Virgin Islands KE7 set of 9 f.u. The 5/- flaunts its philatelic origin on piece. The others were probably acquired one by one SG554-62 cat. £130 0 link
691 Virgin Islands This is another lot from QV (to KG5) with modest representation – unduplicated we think but several both m. and u. among the 50 stamps here. There are 9 of the 1899 issue to 1/-, 2 earlier, 10 KE7 to 6d, 12 KG5 key-type inc War Tax, 17 of the next defins, with 2x 2/6. Stc £290 which we’ll reassess at £250 in case of inaccuracy, which is easy 25
692 Virgin Islands The 1913-9 KG5 defins with all listed shades accurately included. The stamps are fresh, fine lge pt o.g. with what appear to be original hinges left attached for reuse, if so desired. SG68/77 (17 stamps) cat. £187.50 58 link
693 Virgin Islands This is the f.u. assembly of the KG5 defins, and with all the rest all present the careful build-up has yielded the ½d SG69a. The 5/- is on piece – between SG69/77 (16 stamps) cat. £346.50 85 link
694 Virgin Islands The 1922-8 defins, the two watermark sets totalling 20 stamps with listed colours and shades with an extra 2d as distinct shade from its fellow as are the two blue 2½d (and quite uncommon) SG82-100, cat. £170 60 link
695 Virgin Islands The used 1922-8 defins offer the MCA 3s, 1/-, but not the two higher values, along with the same values and shades as are found in the unused script denominations. Between SG82/101 cat. £200 plus 90
696 Virgin Islands KG5 SJ set of 4, 1937 coron set of 3, each both m. and u. 1938 defins on chalky, full set of 10 to 5/- u. and ordinary to 1/- u. on 2 pages, all look fine – between SG103 and 127, cat. abt £160 44
697 Virgin Islands The KG6 set of 10 on chalky paper (it goes only as far as 5/- - the higher values come later) m. all lge pt o.g., hinges left in place, ½d, 1d 1½d are marginal SG110-9 fresh and fine, cat. £218 60 link
698 Virgin Islands The KG6 set of 12 to £1 on ordinary paper, in similar lge pt o.g. condition equally fine SG110a-121 cat. £75 25 link
699 Virgin Islands KG6 5/- to £1 f.u. on ordinary paper SG119a-121 cat. £41.50 15
700 Virgin Islands While we hesitate to commend to our members the collection of many of issues that followed the change of designation to “British Virgin Islands”, we think that the theme of birds has been quite sensitively dealt with. The next two lots would make a useful starter collection. Questa offered some quality in their defin. set of 19 values, 1c to $5 issued 3 July 1985, SG560 to 578. This large s/card holds the full set-mint with lower margin folded under, where we have checked – and 6 different f.u. including the $2, 3, 5. Cat is abt £95 in all 20
701 Virgin Islands The next s/card takes us to 1987/8 where you get the change of wmk set of 7 with 1987 imprint, SG 647/60 and 9 of the Officials, values to $5 between SGO16/34. All these stamps (where checked by us) are mint, lower mgnl, total cat. £40+ 12
702 Virgin Islands If you go for specialist interest at this period you might fancy the unusual inverted curved silver OFFICIAL opt. on $3 mauve SGO14a. This example is mint right mgnl. A happy accident? We reserve our views, cat. £110 35 link
706 Virgin Islands We blink when we see that a block of 3d War Stamp used with a dbl-ring cds of 4 OC 18 (SG79) is rated £140 off cover. It’s philatelic of course – we’ll say 20% cat 28 link
707 Virgin Islands Regd 1920 from Virgin Gorda, large part Montgomery Ward front from which address of sender has been excised at NW. A block, a pair, 2 singles of Leeward ½d used to pay carriage, capturing 3 luscious cds, very scarce in commercial use and one of the better M.W. village origins 60
709 Virgin Islands Nowadays we rate the KG6 $4.80 SG147 used on a Donald Steele cover at just a fraction over half cat. 11
710 Virgin Islands The ½d and 1d p/s cards in hand were used 1902 locally in Tortola and 1901 to a notary in Ghent with the stamp of “J. Kinze”, top left. Each is unashamedly philatelic, without a message, and the ½d (to Capt. A Tillay) would have been one of scores circulating through the stamp market in the mid-70’s. Buy them if you like them, but you won’t build a good collection this way 30 Offer #1
712 Virgin Islands Size H2 Leeward PSRE whose rather stained Walter Beckhaus label took it safely from Tortola to Berlin AU 27 26 via NY, if you please, yet still arriving in 19 days. It was opened and resealed, the adhesives being domestic 3d and ½d, yielding cat. from about £54. The pmk of origin used a pad devoid of life, and the boxed regn h/stamp and cds markings are lifeless also, but it wasn’t sent merely as a philatelic specimen 40 Offer #1
713 British Post Offices Abroad This is the contemporary GB 5/- plate 1, endowed at 2 0’clock with as fine an example of Callao’s C38 killer as you are ever likely to see. Before you dig deep into the hip pocket, you need to know that the stamp has been slashed diagonally downward at top right from behind through the stamp sized piece on which it sits, perhaps an overeager packet opener getting careless with a killer knife. It still looks superb and unmissable at our estimate 40 link
715 Miscellaneous Flat-iron Building ppc 1906 in colour (possibly the earliest skyscraper) was pre-franked with US 2c on top of which was placed Trinidad 1d to allow posting from Port of Spain NO 19 to Venezuela collecting blue-grey duplex of Cuidad Bolivar 3 days later 26
716 Miscellaneous The Virgin I referred to in this imperf stamp on piece optd in red with 4 ct. added is US territory (on 1920 class A issue) – or is it 1929, when stamp was cancelled? – the piece on which it sits with horiz. rumple. A modest sleeper we think 3
717 Miscellaneous This Cinderella item dated May 20.21 1927 is new to us. Captioned “New York to Paris… the World’s Hero” and “The Mother of a Hero”, it portrays se-tenant Captain Charles A Lindbergh and Evangeline (mum) coloured in deep blue-black, framed in red. Ungummed, previously folded along vert. perfs. Maybe the US was flooded with these once – we rate them now as century old rarities 10
720 Miscellaneous Of the four maps in this lot, the 1915 Waterlow map of British Guiana at 50 miles to the inch is oversize for the standard album page and has become seriously frayed at top and bottom, but the body of the map is fully serviceable, with just minor intrusion at 3 points onto the longitude-latitude frame. We have given it a continental page to rest on with stiffening outside the map, in the hope that it will not come to further grief before the new owner frames it. A more manageable size shows the river system with simpler clarity and is said to date from 1885. A third item tackles the river system and TPO’s with photocopies of TPO markings beneath a hand drawn at about 40 miles to the inch which takes you inland as far as Apiqua and Omai, this attached to a list of TPO’s and TPE’s in manuscript. These were published in Hocking’s articles of 1958 in Stamp Collecting whose continuation text of 21.2.58 is attached. The final map shows JAMAICA, coloured to separate Middlesex from Cornwall and Surrey, naming, but not otherwise locating the parishes, is at about 25 miles to the inch, and is said to date from 1905 34
721 Miscellaneous Maritime covers along the east coast of the Americas: 1937 from Brazil on EASTERN PRINCE; 1957 from Brazil to NY per “LUIDE VENEZUELA”; 1958 typical BM/HTOM from Barbados with stamps from Panama – 1966 on DONA NANCY; 1976 on TEXACO VIRGINIA; 1980 on MARDI GRAS; 1982 on ROMANZA; 1983 on KAPITAN; 1968 Cristobal on RANGITANE; 1969, Cayman 6d, at Miami on KIRKDALE; DALESMAN from Liverpool landed Jamaica 1975; 1984 on BIBI from Bermuda to Japan; 1977 at sea on CARIBE, probably from Germany. At this point we run out of steam 44
723 Miscellaneous Furness Prince Line has links, among others with Antigua, Bermuda and anywhere southward as m.s. Southern Prince leads you to expect, so we’ll treat this cover POSTED AT SEA as miscellaneous. The Antigua tercentenary gets a dumb cancel resembling an arriving rocket which propelled it to 1934, the Chicago area 52
724 Miscellaneous An 1856 EL from Cartagena to NY records the decision of the local lawmakers to turn Cartagena into a free port and improvements in navigability within the port, tells of shipping movement of British vessels in and out, and shipbuilding activity in Britain for the Caribbean. A distinct change from the parochial 32
728 Miscellaneous Scarce small-size Antigua 1d badge p/s card SP 18 06 from St John’s to Mrs Shand, Queen’s House, Nevis via St Kitts P£24/27
730 Miscellaneous We move this maritime lot to the miscellaneous category and substitute a touch of mystification. The first of 3 covers is convenience franked 5 ore landed from the Sewdish Paquebot m/s Kungsholm, at Grenada 18 MR 35. Only the signature on the front needs elucidation. Then comes a William Butler, an air mail cover landed Grenada in the 1960’s franked with a plate 2 imprint strip of 7x QEII 6c, presumably on its way to Toronto, and endorsed RMS Carmania/Paquebot/Mail. Everything there contradicts everything else. We pass on. Lastly comes a United Fruit Co. Cover, the Grenada SJ 1d cancelled by a First Day violet cancel from SS Veragua and a special boxed, dated Purser’s cachet reading “Honored/for Passage/SS VERAGUA”. The cover would go by pre-addressed handstamp to PHE Lauder of North Harrow. We diagnose a special Jubilee cruise, but it would take a kite and log (which isn’t there) for us to embark on this 40
731 Philatelic Literature and Accessories The Arthur Hind collection was sold over 9 days between 31 March and 10 April 1934 at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The seldom available sale catalogue, comprising 3506 lots, tersely described, and valued by reference to catalogue price or estimate is supplemented by a pack of 56 b/w photo plates which despite the irritation of the anti-forgery central line white break required by US law - portraying a clarity of reproduction which few present day catalogues achieve. Stuffed with major varieties, nut if the goodies are out of your range, see how many errors you can spot in the auctioneer’s description. 95
732 Philatelic Literature and Accessories Charlton Henry Part 1 – the owner of this copy of the 4-day Harmer Rooke sale catalogue (with prices realised) was fortunate enough to attend parts of the sale, so it bears his notes and his or other handler’s paw marks. So you get a replay of the first day and can watch cat. quotes go up in puffs of smoke (ex Freeland but he wasn’t the original owner, we can promise you). 48
733 Philatelic Literature and Accessories Charlton Henry Part 2 – this is the catalogue for the ensuing four day sale in December 1961, of which Freeland was again an intermediate owner, though it may not have been he who was careless with coffee and the opening inner pages. The rest is pretty clean and anyway we offer it for the info, the illustrations and the prices realised 30
734 Philatelic Literature and Accessories Offered together with PR collections of J.S.Strange to 1890, Harberstick to end KG5. Harmer sales of Mar 29/30 1954, Feb 7/8 1955 BWI sparse in both but quality of material is very high and reminds us how much less BWI cost to collect than in the rest of the Empire 6
735 Philatelic Literature and Accessories (Room purchase only). Binder for 22 ring pages, almost as new. 2 pages with 1978/01 sets to give BWI flavour for Cayman I. (Might be worth 50p – we did say might) 3