Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction Number 37)
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Auction Lots - Page 7
  1912 (June 22) Picture postcard of "Pago Pago, Savo - Solomons" to England with Small Canoe 1d tied by a Tulagi c.d.s. Franks 342. £100-120
Click to view full image... 1913 (Aug 14) Cover to Kieta, Bougainville with Small Canoe 2d tied by Shortlands c.d.s, the date inverted. An unusual destination and a fine Shortlands c.d.s. Photo on Page 46. £200-250
Click to view full image... 1913 (Aug 14) Registered cover to Germany bearing Small Canoe 5d and 6d and KGV 3d definitive each cancelled by Shortlands c.d.s (date inverted), a Tulagi registration label applied in transit, backstamped at Sydney and upon arrival in Germany. Vertical fold clear of all the stamps, otherwise a fine commercial cover with the combination of the 1908-11 Small Canoe and 1913 definitive issues. Franks 402. Photo on Page 46. £240-300
Click to view full image... 1913 (Sep 26) Cover to New South Wales bearing Small Canoe 1/2d and 1d pairs, both the thin paper printing, tied by Shortlands datestamps with a Coffs Harbour arrival c.d.s (Oct. 9) below, backstamped at Tulagi (Sep. 30, blue-black c.d.s) and at Sydney. Also unmounted mint corner marginal pairs of the 1/2d and 1d Small Canoe stamps on thin paper. Franks 405. Photo on Page 49. £120-150
Click to view full image... 1913 (July 3) Large O.H.B.M.S cover with Small Canoe 4d vertical strip of three tied by Tulagi datestamps, a registration label applied, sent to the Ipswich stamp dealer William Bradbury but addressed to him "c/o The Crown Agents for the Colonies, Whitehall Gardens, London S.W", the address crossed out and endorsed "Returned by Dead Letter Office Sydney N.S Wales, R.R Pugh", with Parliament St. and London S.W datestamps of Sep. 23/24. The reverse bearing a label explaining that The Crown Agents cannot identify the addressee without particulars of the colony and appointment to which he is connected, with datestamps of Sydney (July 16), London (Aug 24), Dead Letter Office Sydney (Nov 24) and Tulagi (Dec 9). Vertical fold, a little creased and two tears to the upper and lower sides near the left edge, still a scarce 1/- franking and an exceptionally unusual registered cover returned to Tulagi five months after it was first posted. Franks 396. Photo on Page 46. £250-350
Click to view full image... 1913 (Dec 23) Cover to Kobe, Japan with Small Canoe 2 1/2d (small perf stain) tied by a Tulagi c.d.s, the flap with "Burns, Philip & Company, Makambo" printed upon it. Makambo Island, located close to Tulagi, was purchased by Burns Philip in 1908 and remained the Company's Headquarters in the Solomons until World War Two. An unusual destination. Franks 415. Photo on Page 49. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1913 (Dec 31) Registered cover to Ireland bearing Small Canoe 2d pair tied by Tulagi c.d.s (Proud D3, horizontal bars above and below the date) and a registration label, backstamped at Sydney (Feb 13). A fine registered cover. Franks 416. Photo on Page 49. £160-200
Click to view full image... 1912 (Sep 9) Registered cover to Sydney franked by Small Canoe 4d apparently on white paper, tied by a Tulagi c.d.s and bearing a registration label, backstamped at Sydney (Sep 26). Franks 352. Photo on Page 49. £200-250
  1914 (May 11) Registered cover with printed address of Lt.-Col. Clements in Bournemouth, bearing Small Canoe 4d tied by Tulagi c.d.s (Proud D3) with a Tulagi registration label, backstamped in London (June 29) and Bournemouth. Franks 423. £100-120
Click to view full image... 1913 (June 9) Picture postcard to St. Petersburg, Russia, bearing 1913 1/2d and 1d definitive each tied by Gavutu c.d.s in violet. A rare cancel and an unusual destination; this Post Office only open 1907-14. Photo on Page 49. £250-300
Click to view full image... 1913 (July 16) Cover to Switzerland franked by 1913 1/2d and 1d pair definitives cancelled by violet straight line "S.S KULAMBANGRA" (45x3mm) and two Sydney datestamps, backstamped at Bern (Aug 23), the flap with "Burns Philip Line" printed upon it. The S.S "Kulambangra", owned by Levers Pacific Plantations Ltd, operated between Sydney and the Solomons from 1913 until 1916. A fine and rare cover, just two other Small Canoe issue covers (see lot 300) and a piece recorded with this ship cancel. Photo on Back Cover. £1,000-1,200
  1913 (Aug 17) Real photo picture postcard depicting "Bugotu Boys - Solomons" (photographers handstamp of J.W Beattie, Hobart Tasmania), written from Malaita Island to England with a 1913 1d definitive tied by light Tulagi c.d.s, an arrival c.d.s of Torquay (Oct 6). Malaita Island did not have a Post Office until after World War Two. £100-120
  1913 (Dec 11) Picture postcard of the Mission Ship "Southern Cross" sent to New Zealand with 1913 1/2d definitive pair tied by light Gavutu c.d.s (date inverted) with an Auckland arrival c.d.s (19 Jan) below, backstamped at Tulagi (Proud D5, Dec. 22) and Sydney (Jan. 1). A scarce cancel, the Gavutu Post Office open 1907-14. A little corner creasing, otherwise fine. £120-150
  1914-19 Registered covers from Tulagi all with Proud type D4 c.d.s (with horizontal lines above and below the date) and bearing blue registration labels, two to England franked 1913 "Postage Postage" 1d and 3d or 1914 "Postage Revenue" 1/2d pair and 1d strip of three, or O.H.M.S covers to India franked 1914 4d + 5d (cover a little shortened at left) or 1d, 4d, 5d and 6d (a fifth stamp having fallen off), a useful group. (4). £200-250
  1917 (Mar 24) Long stampless O.H.B.M.S cover registered to England with two superb strikes of violet boxed "BRITISH / SOLOMON / ISLANDS / PAID / TULAGI", a Tulagi registration label and datestamps of Tulagi, Sydney (Apr. 28), London and Rugby (June 15). Central vertical fold, otherwise fine, an early use of this Paid handstamp, recorded in use from September 1915 until 1929. £100-120
Click to view full image... 1917 (June 1) Registered cover to Melbourne with "Malayta Company Limited, Aola, Solomon Islands" printed on the flap, bearing 4d definitive tied by very scarce Aola c.d.s (Proud D2) with a further superb strike alongside and a Tulagi registration label added in transit, backstamped at Tulagi (June 13) and Sydney (June 26). The Aola Post Office, on Guadalcanal Island, was open from 1908-12 and again in 1916-20 when this scarce second type c.d.s was used. Very few examples recorded. Photo on Page 49. £300-350
  1917 (June 9) Cover to Holland bearing 2 1/2d definitive pair tied by Shortland c.d.s (Proud D2) with a second strike below and boxed "CENSUUR / GEPASSEERD", backstamped at Tulagi (June 15) and Hulst (Sep 7). A fine example of the second type c.d.s of Shortland Island, used 1916-20. £130-160
  1920 (July 13) Cover to Italy bearing 1914 1/2d pair + single and 1d definitives tied by Shortland datestamps (Proud D2, recorded 1916-20), backstamped at Tulagi (July 21) and Moncalieri (Sep 19), and 1928 cover to British Columbia with 1 1/2d definitive tied by Shortland Isld c.d.s (Proud D3), a good pair to unusual destinations. (2). £160-200
  1924 (Dec 11) Registered "Deakin" cover to England franked 1/2d, 1d, 1 1/2d, 2d and 3d definitives each tied by Tulagi c.d.s, most unusually with boxed "R / Tulagi 5767" registration marking in manuscript, presumably due to a shortage of registration labels, backstamped at Sydney and Bromsgrove. £100-120
  1926-28 Stampless O.H.M.S covers registered to London or Germany with boxed "BRITISH / SOLOMON / ISLANDS / PAID TULAGI" in violet or black, both bearing registration labels, one with Registered Letter Tulagi c.d.s (Proud R1, 21 JA 28, the earliest recorded use). (2). £140-160
Click to view full image... 1927 (Dec 13) Registered cover to England with 5d definitive tied by the rare "MONEY ORDER / OFFICE TULAGI / BRITISH SOLOMON IDS" c.d.s with further strikes on the front and reverse, used in error, all with "Money Order Office" crossed out in blue crayon, a Tulagi registration label applied, backstamped at Sydney (Dec 23). This Money Order Office datestamp is not recorded by Proud, but is the same type datestamp as the Registered Letter c.d.s (Proud R1); both datestamps were probably issued late in 1927, this Money Order c.d.s being used in error instead of the similar Registered datestamp. An exceptional cover. Photo on Page 49. £200-250
  1929 (April 28) Registered "Deakin" cover with 2 1/2d and 3d definitives each tied by Vanikoro c.d.s (Proud D2, used from 1924), registered in transit at Sydney where a registration label was applied to the reverse, backstamped at Sydney, Birmingham and Bromsgrove. Also 1938 (April 11) registered cover with 1937 Coronation 1d (2), 1 1/2d and 3d each tied by the Vanikoro c.d.s, the reverse bearing a Vanikoro registration label, believed to be the earliest known use of this label. Philatelic but a scarce and interesting pair from Vanikoro, which had no registration facilities in 1929. (2). £140-160
  1929 Registered "Deakin" covers with 1/2d and 4d definitives tied by Gizo c.d.s (Proud D3) and bearing a Gizo registration label (recorded 1924-29); or with 1 1/2d and 4d definitives tied by Shortland Isld c.d.s (Proud D3) with scarce Shortland Island registration label (only recorded 1928-29), both backstamped at Sydney, Birmingham and Bromsgrove, philatelic but scarce. (2). £100-120
  1929-36 Commercial covers all with the distinctive Registered Letter Office datestamp of Tulagi (Proud R1) and Tulagi registration labels, comprising covers to Sydney bearing three 1 1/2d definitives, to Switzerland with four 1 1/2d definitives, or to South Africa with four 1935 Silver Jubilee 1 1/2d stamps, all backstamped at Sydney. (3). £150-180
  1930 (July 31) "Smye" Cover to the Solomon Islands with Australia 1/2d pair cancelled by a Tulagi c.d.s (Proud D7), endorsed "Not Known, Tulagi" and redirected back to England, philatelic but very unusual. £80-100
  1932 (July 28) Registered Cover to England with 4 1/2d definitive tied by superb Gizo c.d.s (Proud D4) with a second strike on the front and scarce blank provisional type registration label, backstamped at Sydney (Sep 2) and Salcombe (Oct 10), very fine. £100-120
  Air Mail Covers. 1934 (Dec 8) England to Australia first flight cover franked 1/3, addressed to Tulagi, unclaimed and returned with Tulagi Dead Letter c.d.s (Proud D2) and "Return To Sender" cachet (Proud I3) on the reverse; two 1938 first flight covers at the 1 1/2d Empire air rate from G.B, both returned with similar cachet and Dead Letter c.d.s; and two 1938 (Sep 27/29) covers from Tulagi carried on the first flight from the Solomons to England at the 1 1/2d rate both with Oct. 17 arrival backstamps. All fine, the 1 1/2d rate return first flight covers from the Solomons scarce. (5). £170-200
  1935-39 Stampless O.H.B.M.S covers with boxed "BRITISH / SOLOMON / ISLANDS / POSTAGE / PAID / TULAGI" (Proud PD3) in black (2) or red (2), three with crowned oval "PROTECTORATE POSTMASTER / TULAGI" cachet (two dated) in mauve, two registered with differing Tulagi registration labels. One with the Registered Letter c.d.s (Proud R1), the others with type D7 c.d.s, one to Canada, all fine. (4). £150-180
  1937-39 Covers comprising two 1937 covers to G.B bearing KGV 1/2d + 1d violet or 4 1/2d definitives tied by Tulagi or Gizo datestamps, 1939 registered covers from Gizo to G.B franked KGVI 6d or Shortland Island to Australia franked KGVI 2d + 2 1/2d both with registration labels, the 1939 registered cover from Gizo with printed return address of "Solomon Islands Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, Ranoga via Gizo". (4). £130-150
  1937 Coronation issue sets on genuine and forged covers, comprising genuine 13 May 1937 F.D.Cs with cancels of Gizo (2, one with registration label, the other with handstruck registration etiquette) or Tulagi (4, two with Registered Letter c.d.s, one with printed return address of M. Harper on Mandoliana Island); 1938 (Jan 12) sets on registered covers from Shortland Island with violet boxed registration handstamps (2, not recorded by Proud and the only known use of this handstamp, on the only mailing of Coronation sets from Shortland Is.); and "Bowie" or "Harris" F.D.Cs with forged Tulagi datestamps (4), one with the careless date error of 17 MY, which contributed to the conviction of J.D Harris for fraud (sentenced to nine months imprisonment). Also single stamps with forged cancels comprising 1935 Silver Jubilee issue (5), 1937 Coronation (7) or 1946 Victory (3). An interesting group. (12 covers + 15 stamps). £150-200
  1938 (Mar 5) Cover to Sydney with New Guinea 2d (a few perf stains) cancelled by large violet "PAQUEBOT" (Hosking 1799, Proud SL3, recorded 1927-38) with a Tulagi c.d.s alongside. £80-100
  1938 (July 3) Cover to London bearing KGVI 3d, 4 1/2d and 1/- definitives tied by Shortland Isld c.d.s (Proud D3) with a further superb strike alongside and a blue By Air Mail label, an unusual 1/7 1/2 rate presumably paying for air mail from Australia to G.B. £80-100
Click to view full image... 1939 (Apr 18) Cover with "Burns Philip Line" on the reverse, posted on the company's vessel M.V "Malaita" and addressed to a Burns Philip employee at Kieta, New Guinea, with KGVI 1 1/2d cancelled by a Kieta c.d.s and straight line "PAQUEBOT" (Hosking 1702, only recorded 1939) with "MALAITA" cachet in the lower left corner. A scarce Paquebot, possibly applied on the ship rather than upon arrival at Kieta. Photo on Page 49. £100-120
  Postage Due Mail. c.1947 Unstamped "Silvester" cover with circular Munda Tax mark (Proud UP1) and a 3d postage due stamp tied by Munda c.d.s (Proud D2); and 1958 cover from Auki to Yandina (addressees name deleted in ink) franked QEII 1/2d + 1d with circular Auki Tax mark (not recorded by Proud) and a 1d postage due stamp tied by Yandina c.d.s (Proud D3). (2). £80-100

Picture Postcards

  1905 (Oct 12) Melanesian Mission postcard depicting "A Solomon Islander, Mother and Child", posted from Norfolk Island to England with a N.S.W 1d tied by the Norfolk Island c.d.s with a second strike alongside, both typically awful impressions but "LAND" clearly readable. Also an unused example of the same card. (2). £100-120
  c.1905-30 Picture postcards including real photo cards by J.W Beattie of Hobart (6, with "A Florida Canoe", "Inside Pallisade at Norefou, Malaita", "Fighting Man of Ulawa", etc), Melanesian Mission series I and II cards (14) and later real photo series printed in Britain (28), Marist Missions (2), Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, Western Pacific Herald Series, cards by Brodziak of Suva, Fiji (2), also a card of Aola posted in Queensland in 1908, and other real photo postcards (2) or photos (2). A scarce lot. (59). £450-600
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... c.1913 Real photo postcards apparently taken by Frederick Christian Mittelheuser who went to the Solomons to work for the Malayta Company in 1913, with his handwritten explanations of the views written on the reverse. Views include Mittelheuser with gun in the plantation, copra drying shed, natives preparing copra, trading station at Marovoo Lagoon, fetching drinking water in a canoe, recruiting natives from a canoe at Malayta, Malayta boys on the plantation (2), his native valet Asa (2), natives in a canoe, company station at Aola, Roviana women, native women at the mission station, etc. A fine lot, all well taken, probably unique cards. (22). Photo on Page 53. £320-360


(Also see lots 41, 43, 44)

Click to view full image... 1940 Cover (with enclosed letter) from Captain Humphrey French, Officer Commanding 'B' Company of the Somaliland Camel Corps, Kings African Rifles, to his mother in London. Handstamped with French's personal cachet and triangular "PASSED BY / 38 / CENSOR", backstamped at Berbera (Ap. 22), very unusual. Photo on Page 53. £200-250


Click to view full image... 1838 Entire letter from Moulmein to England headed "From Gunner Thom. K. Holland, B. Co 3rd Battalion Artillery" and countersigned by the Commanding Officer, charged the 1d soldiers concessionary rate plus 2d sea postage because it was sent by private ship, handstamped "INDIA SOLDIERS / 3 / LONDON". Small fault at upper edge and a little faded but a very scarce soldiers letter from Burma. Photo on Page 53. £500-600
Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1854 India imperforate issues cancelled in Burma, comprising "B/5" numeral of Akyab on 1/2a blue, 1a red (8), 2a green (6), 4a red and blue (3); "B/127" numeral of Moulmein on 1/2a blue (5), 1a red (7), 2a green (4); "B/108" numeral of Kyuk Phyoo on 1a red; "B/156" numeral of Rangoon on 1/2a blue pair and 1a red; "B/171" numeral of Shoay Gyen on 1a red; "B/179" numeral of Thayetmyo on 4a red and blue. A scarce group. (40). Photo on Page 56. £2,000-2,500
Click to view full image... 1854 Stampless cover (with enclosed letter) to Scotland charged 1/10, endorsed from "A. Gibbon, Surgeon, 65th Regt N.I", backstamped "RANGOON / 185 / MARCH" (Proud PS11, this type used May 1853 - April 1854, with a new datestamp made each month) and endorsed "Bearing". Backstamped at Calcutta, London and Aberdeen, with red boxed "INDIA". Recipients endorsement concerning the letter written on the front above the address, otherwise fine and scarce. Photo on Page 53. £350-400
  1858 Stampless entire letter written in native script from India, addressed to "Shaik Amed, Regimental Moonche of the 45th Regt N.I, Rangoon" and endorsed "Bearing", Vellore and Madras datestamps, the front also with a "RANGOON / P.O" arrival c.d.s (Proud D4) in blue, fine and scarce. £140-160
Click to view full image... 1867 Cover to England headed "From Private H. Hessey No 8 Co 2/19th" and countersigned by the Commanding Officer, franked at the soldiers concession rate by 8p mauve (small corner defect) tied by octagonal "B/179" of Thayetmyo. Backstamped at Thayetmyo, Calcutta and upon arrival in Yorkshire. An unusually fine soldiers rate cover from Burma. Photo on Page 53. £500-600
  1882 Cover to England with India 1/2a and 4a each tied by a diamond of horizontal bars (Proud K7) and backstamped "TOUNGHOO" c.d.s (D6). £120-150
Click to view full image... 1889 1/4a Service postcard from Rangoon to "The Battalion Commandant, Mily Police, Chin Frontier Levy, Kalamyo or Kumbale via Kalewa" with "BURMESE FIELD / NO. 2 / SUB P.O" arrival c.d.s (Aug 14) on the front, very scarce. This Field P.O c.d.s recorded used 1885-86 during the Third Burma War, and again on this one date in 1889. Photo on Page 53. £350-400
  QV-KGVI Covers all with India or Burma stamps, includes 1903 registered cover with "THONGWA" datestamps and boxed registration handstamp (R1, believed to be the only recorded example), 1892 12a6p envelope with "YENANG YEUNG" squared circle, 1896 2a6p envelope with "SOORTEE BAZAAR / RANGOON" c.d.s, these three mostly fine, many later covers stained. (47). £200-250
  1901 1/2a Stationery envelope with 1a pair on the reverse tied by Sandoway c.d.s (Proud D4, only recorded example), addressed "To Superintendent of Survey, Bankake (Siam) via Rangoon" and redirected within Siam, backstamped at Singapore and with eight Bangkok or other Siamese datestamps. Piece torn from the flap well clear of the stamps, otherwise fine, an unusual destination. £100-120
  1910 Cover to Mahathai, Bangkok with KEVII 1/2a and 1a pair each cancelled Papun-Burma c.d.s (Proud KD5, only recorded example), sent by the overland route with a Bangkok arrival backstamp, seal cut out, otherwise fine and very scarce. £170-200
  1934 Cover with KGV 2a6p tied by "TIGER CAMP / B.O / NORTHERN SHAN STATES" c.d.s, fine and scarce. £140-160
Click to view full image... 1946 (May 19) British forces air letter, turned inside out and used by a Japanese Prisoner of War, headed "Mail of Disarmed Military Personnel" in both English and Japanese with a red censor chop of "Nitta" and U.S censor cachet and seal. Written by Sgt. Naohiko Miyazaki of 1st Bn HQ, 112th Infantry Regt., 55th Div., with a translation of the message. Piece torn away from the lower left corner and repaired, otherwise fine and very scarce. Photo on Page 53. £160-180


(Also see lot 762)

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Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction Number 37)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 930 6109
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