Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction Number 37)
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Date: 4th March 2016 Time: 10:30AM
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Auction Lots - Page 8
  1867-74 Stampless covers with datestamps of "BUSHIER" (Parsons type C4a), "BUSHIRE" types C5a or C9 (3) or "BASHIR", two with boxed "BUSHIRE / P.O / BEG 1 ANNA" or similar "2 ANNA" handstamps, the others with boxed "POSTAGE DUE" and charged 1a and 2a. The "BEG 2 ANNA" cover torn and crudely repaired, the others with the occasional minor edge fault though largely fine. (6). £200-250
  1871-1917 Covers bearing India stamps tied by various Bushire cancels, comprising "BUSHIRE / 26" duplex (type C5, cover torn), "BASHIR / K-5" duplex (C9), "B" within bars (C11), "BUSHIRE / B" duplex (C12, franked 1/2a, "POSTAGE DUE / 1 ANNA" on reverse), or large squared circle type C14 (11), one 1915 cover with semi-circle "BUSHIRE / DUE / AS". A few tears and stains, the majority however fine. (15). £400-500
  QV-KGV Stamps (173) and pieces (96, with 168 stamps) all with various Bushire cancels including "26", "B" and "K-5" duplexs, "BUSHIRE / REG" c.d.s and many squared circles, also a couple of Busrah cancels and two Persia stamps unusually with ""JASK" squared circles, many multiples, some written up on album pages. (273). £250-300

1915 British Occupation Overprints

  Mint and used selection (23), all genuine overprints, the majority with the overprint setting and position identified, fourteen fine stamps comprising 1ch mint, 2ch mint (3) and used, 3ch mint and used (2), 9ch mint, 10ch mint and used, 12ch mint and used (on piece) and 1kr used, nine other stamps with faults including 9ch mint and 1kr used both with no stop variety. Also the reverse portion of a censored registered cover bearing setting IIA 3ch and 6ch, both fine. S.G. £1,325 for the fine stamps. (24). £300-400
Click to view full image... Setting IB 12ch mint strip of ten, the complete row showing all ten overprint positions, stamp nine with no stop variety, stamp ten separated and rejoined with hinges, two stamps unmounted, the others mounted with part gum. Small perf tones to stamps 1, 9 and 10, otherwise fine and attractive and very rare as a complete strip. With 1921 Stamp Trade Protection Certificate and 2015 B.P.A Certificate. S.G. 8/a, £1,275. Photo Inside Front Cover. £350-400
Click to view full image... Setting IB 24ch pair used, positions 8-9, the right stamp with no stop variety, this stamp with a small tone spot, otherwise fine. With B.P.A Certificate (2015). S.G. 9/a, £510. Photo on Page 64. £100-120
Click to view full image... 1915 (Aug 18) Local cover franked on the reverse with 6ch (IIIA9), 24ch (IIA3) and 10kr (IB9), the 6ch and 10kr both with plate flaw 4 which occurs just four times in each sheet, the 10kr also with the no stop variety (therefore sheet position 29 or 79). Just 17 10kr stamps possible with this combination of varieties. A little perf staining, otherwise fine and an exceptional 10kr use on cover. (S.G. £910 as basic stamps). With B.P.A Certificate (2015). Photo on Page 53. £900-1,100
Click to view full image... 1915 1ch Surcharge on 5ch with Bushire Under British Occupation overprint, setting IB/1, fine mint with large part original gum, four expertising signatures lightly handstamped or in pencil on the reverse, with B.P.A Certificate (2015). The rarest of all the basic stamps overprinted Bushire with just four examples supposedly overprinted. Listed but unpriced by S.G., who price other less rare stamps at up to £14,000. A key rarity of Bushire. With B.P.A Certificate (2015). S.G. 30, unpriced. Photo on Front Cover. £6,000-8,000
  Two exceptionally detailed and useful files of reference notes, allowing the identification of genuine overprints together with their setting and sometimes their actual sheet position, comprising good photocopies of genuine stamps for all settings (mostly complete strips of ten) with detailed notes on identifying each stamp and tables showing where the setting and specific varieties occur in the sheet, with some photos of genuine stamps and expert committee certificates given for both genuine and forged issues. Also examples of the unoverprinted Persia stamps showing constant flaws that can be used for plating the overprint issues, and detailed notes on forgeries showing various types with accompanying notes and good colour copies, or actual forged overprints (46). £100-150


(Also see lots 147, 1190, 1202)

Click to view full image... 1833 Soldiers cover prepaid 1d from Quebec to Scotland, headed "From Alex. Fletcher, Pte 7th Regiment No. 166" and countersigned with Quebec and Edinburgh datestamps. The letter includes "we met with a great accident on our way across Lake Erie in a steam-boat, one of the boilers bursted and killed 3 men and lamed one, we were only 30 miles from Amherstburgh when it took place and we went 300 miles on one boiler". Small tear at upper edge, otherwise fine. Photo on Page 60. £300-350
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1851-64 Dominion of Canada issues mint (4) and used (51) on pages including imperf 1851 laid paper 6d (just touched at base) and wove paper 1/2d (faults), 3d (4, including a pair with 1965 B.P.A Certificate) and 7 1/2d (faults), 1858 perf 1/2d and 3d, 1859 1c mint and used (10), 5c mint and used (15) 10c mint (regummed, with 2012 R.P.S Certificate) and used (7), 12 1/2c (4), 17c (3) and 1864 2c mint and used (3), some faults, a useful selection. S.G. 1-45, £10,000 (approx). (55). Photo on Page 56. £600-700
Click to view full image... 1859-1953 Mint and used range in a stockbook including 1897 Diamond Jubilee 6c, 8c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 50c and $1 (2) mint, mainly fine. Also Newfoundland issues from 1865 and a few other Canadian provinces issues on stockcards. (100s). Photo on Page 56. £400-500
  1868-93 Large and Small Queen issues mint (9) and used (101) on pages including Large Queen Ottawa printing thin transparent paper 12c used, medium wove paper 15c mint, 1873-79 Montreal printing 10c, 1889-97 Ottawa printing on poor paper 10c mint, etc. (110). £150-180
Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1897 Diamond Jubilee 1/2c - $5 set of sixteen mint with additional listed shades of the 1c, 2c, 5c and 50c, fine, large part original gum. S.G. 121/140, £6,290. (20). Photo on Page 56. £1,200-1,500
Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1897 Diamond Jubilee 1/2c - $3 and $5 used with additional listed shades of the 1c, 2c, 3c and 50c, fine. S.G. 121/140, £2,955. (19). Photo on Page 56. £500-600
  1897-2010 Used collection in three albums and on pages including 1908 Quebec Tercentenary set of eight, 1915 War Tax 50c pair, 1928-29 1c - $1 set (with extra $1 shade), etc., also 1893 20c (2) and 50c (2), and a few F.D.Cs. A fine lot, largely complete. (100s). £250-300
  1898-2000 Mint collection in four albums and on pages including 1898 10c, 1908 Quebec Tercentenary set of eight, 1928-29 1c - $1 set of eleven, 1930-31 1c - $1 set of sixteen, also booklet panes, coil stamps, a few KGV proofs, an album of QEII booklets, and 1893 20c vermilion. An attractive collection, commemoratives largely complete from 1898 and definitives from 1928. (100s). £500-600

Wreck Mail

  S.S "Empress of Ireland". 1914 (May 26) Cover from Quebec to London, the stamp washed off, backstamped at the Ottawa Dead Letter Office (Sep. 14) and endorsed "M.O for 67 cents, MOB 1 Oct. 1914", enclosed within an Ottawa DLO ambulance envelope with a 2c stamp from another wreck cover applied, the stamp tied by an Ottawa (Dec. 29) machine, the ambulance envelope and enclosed wreck cover both handstamped violet "Recovered by divers from wreck of S.S Empress of Ireland". Also a picture postcard of the ship. The Canadian Pacific Railway Co. steamer "Empress of Ireland" left Quebec for Liverpool with 1,467 passengers and crew. On the night of 28/29 May she encountered fog in the St. Lawrence River 20 miles from Rimouski, put her engines astern and signalled this, but was then struck by the Norwegian collier "Storstadt", tearing a huge hole in her side flooding the boiler rooms. The liner put out an SOS and managed to launch four boats, but sank within 15 minutes with the loss of over 1,000 lives. Some mail was salvaged by divers and processed over several months at Ottawa, the above cover being salvaged nearly four months after the wreck but then not forwarded from Ottawa for a further 3 1/2 months. A fine cover with an ambulance envelope and an unusually clear cachet. (3). £250-280
  S.S "Empress of Ireland". 1914 (May 23) Cover from Indian Head, Sask. to Blackpool, the stamps washed off, the explanatory cachet applied in green ink, with matching oval 'Branch Dead Letter Office, Ottawa' datestamp (Oct. 23) on the reverse. £120-150
  S.S "Nascopie". 1947 (Aug 1) Cover to England with partial oval "EASTERN ARCTIC PATROL / R.M.S / CANADA" datestamp, the stamp washed off, handstamped violet "SALVED FROM THE SEA", the reverse with an Officially Sealed label bearing the violet c.d.s of 'District Post Office Inspector, D.L.O, Winnipeg, Man.' (Aug 8). Also another cover with Canada 4c tied by Lake Harbour N.W.T c.d.s (July 16) with the "SALVED FROM THE SEA" cachet", bearing a blue label explaining it was salvaged from the R.M.S "Nascopie" lost at Cape Dorset, sent to Rev. Cole in Stirling, the label and cover both bearing Stirling, Ont. datestamps (Aug 13). The "Nascopie" sailed from Montreal but ran aground on a reef in the Hudson Straits, off Baffin Island, and was abandoned. All passengers and crew were rescued and the mail saved. The blue explanatory labels were manufactured by the Rev. Cole, in collusion with the Stirling Postmaster, who affixed the labels after the covers had been delivered. (2). £120-150


  1908 Cover to Grand Cayman with George Town c.d.s (Oct 13) and red manuscript "Pd 1/4d W.G.McC", written by the Postmaster William Graham McCausland after the Post Office ran out of 1/4d stamps during October. S.G. MP2, £250. £100-120


(Also see lot 130)

  1799 Entire letter from Trincomalee, Ceylon with oval "Ship Letter / (crown) / LONDON" (Rob S8, recorded 1799-1802), charged 10d. £100-120
Click to view full image... Forwarding Agents. 1844 Entire letter from Port Louis, Mauritius, to France sent by forwarding agent to Colombo and then put into the post prepaid 1/8, with oval "LAMBE RINALS & Co / FORWARDED BY / COLOMBO" F.A.C. and crowned oval "COLOMBO / POST PAID" datestamp, an "ALEXANDRIA" double arc date stamp applied in transit at the British Post Office and disinfected at Malta with slits and "PURIFIE AU LAZARET / MALTE" handstamp. An attractive entire, the Colombo F.A.C unrecorded by Rowe and very scarce. Photo on Page 60. £250-300
  1846 O.H.M.S Wrapper to The Govt Agent, Kandy, endorsed from "Toll Rentey, Top the Pass N.Ellia" backstamped with "NUWERA-ELIYA / POST FREE" (Proud OPD2, recorded 1846-48), with manuscript date. £250-300


(Also se lots 470, 473, 930)

  1912 Large registered cover to England bearing Republic of China overprint 2c (corner fault) and 3c block of ten tied by Chinese datestamps, a Moukden c.d.s alongside. Central vertical fold and later writing on the reverse, otherwise fine, an unusual cover from Manchuria. £80-100
  Russian P.O. 1905 Picture postcard to France with Russian P.O 1k and 3k on the picture side, cancelled at Hankow, backstamped at Shanghai (Russian P.O) and Hong Kong. £80-100
Click to view full image... Mongolia. 1932 Red Band envelope to Kalgan, the reverse bearing Mongolia 1931 5m on 5c and 20m on 20c cancelled at Ulan Bator, in combination with China 4c single and block of four cancelled at Harbin, a little minor wear, a scarce and attractive combination cover. Photo on Page 60. £380-420


  1888 Registered cover from Barranquilla to Germany bearing 1883 imperf 2c pair and strip of three and 1886 perforated 10c orange, with a 10c red registration stamp correctly left uncancelled in the upper right corner, an octagonal "LIGNE D / PAQ. FR. NO 1" transit datestamp on the front. A little roughly opened at upper edge, otherwise an attractive and unusual mixed issue registered cover. £140-160
Click to view full image... 1900 Cover from Barranquilla addressed to Kuala Lipis, Ulu Pahang, Malay Peninsula, inscribed "Via New York". Franked 1899 1c pair and strip of three and a 5c with A.H Berg senders cachets of both Honda and Barranquilla, backstamped at New York, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Kubu, Klang and Kuala Lipis. A fine cover to a very unusual destination. Photo on Page 60. £200-240


  1899 USA 2c Stationery envelope bearing 1898 Trans-Mississippi 5c cancelled by "MILITARY STA / NO. 10 / HAVANA /N.Y.P.O" duplexs, Malden Mass. machine cancel on reverse applied upon arrival, this 5c scarce on mail from Cuba. £140-160
  1917 Cover franked 5c to the German Help Committee in Stockholm, endorsed from M. Renkel, Prisoner of War, Castillo del Morro, Havana. The reverse has a British censor seal with blue manuscript "P.W". £120-140


(Also see lot 95)

Click to view full image... 1863 Entire letter from Liverpool to Cyprus bearing 1862 1/-, endorsed "via Marseille per French Packet" with datestamps of London, Calais, Paris and Beyrout. An unusual destination from G.B at this early date. Photo on Page 60. £150-180


Click to view full image... British P.O. 1819 Entire Letter from La Guaira, Venezuela, to London rated "6/6", with an almost complete strike of the straight-line "ST. THOMAS" handstamp in black of the British Post Office. Small corner fault but a fine example of this very uncommon handstamp. Photo on Page 60. £700-800
  1887 Cover from Liverpool to St. Thomas "p. Australian" bearing G.B 1d lilac block of four each cancelled by "LIVERPOOL / 466" hooded circle datestamp, backstamped at St. Thomas, Christianstad and Frederiksstad. The envelope has "Forwarded by DAWSON BROS, Ship & Insurance Brokers & Forwarding Agents, 28 Chapel Street, Liverpool" printed under the flap. A fine and attractive cover. £100-120


  1903 Parcel Post Customs Declaration labels, both for natural history specimens sent to London, with Dominica datestamps and "Dominica" parcel labels applied in London, one with a few small faults, very scarce. (2). £200-240
Click to view full image... 1951 KGVI 2c Upper left corner block of four, the second stamp with variety "A" of "CA" missing from watermark, superb unmounted mint. With B.P.A Certificate (2003). S.G. 122b, £600. Photo on Page 134. £150-180


  c.1873 Long cover to Quito bearing 1872 1r tied by Otavalo c.d.s, reverse with tear and possibly a little reduced, the front fine. £90-110


(Also see lots 23, 24, 31, 62, 76, 101, 106, 107, 121, 125, 131, 515-517, 924)

  Wreck Mail - S.S "Cairo". 1905 Picture postcard from Poissons, the stamp washed off, handstamped violet "SAUVE DU NAUFRAGE DU "CAIRO" / SAVED FROM THE WRECK OF S.S "CAIRO"", with an Alexandria c.d.s (Mar. 6). The S.S "Cairo" ran ashore at the entrance to Alexandria harbour on March 6th, the mailbags which were stacked on deck being swept overboard; 51 bags were recovered. £100-120
Click to view full image... Marc Pourpe Cairo to Khartoum Flight. 1913 (Dec 23) Stampless advertising cover of the Cairo watchmaker and jeweller L. Kramer with watches depicted on the reverse, addressed to "His Excellency Lewa Crawford Pacha, The Palace, Khartoum" with the large violet cachet "POSTE AERIENNE / L.N.A / MARC POURPE / 1913-14 / CAIRE-KHARTOUM". The enclosed letter from Kramer sends Christmas greetings, and includes "These wishes sent through Mr Marc Pourpe's Aerial Post, in the first flight in aeroplane from Cairo to Khartoum". Marc Pourpe flew from Cairo on 4th January 1914 arriving at Khartoum on the 12th after stops at Menshah, Luxor, Wadi Halfa and Abou Hamed. Approximately ten stampless covers carried on this flight for addressees in Sudan. Light vertical fold and flap missing, otherwise one of the finest of the very few covers recorded from this rare flight. Ex Jeidel Collection. (Also see lot 924). Photo on Page 60. £2,000-2,400
Click to view full image... 1919 Stampless O.H.M.S. cover to the Director of Army Postal Services, E.E.F, flown by the R.A.F. emergency air service from Alexandria to Bir Salem in Palestine with fine two line cachet "AERIAL POST / EEF" and "BASE ARMY POST OFFICE / Z" datestamp, backstamped "FIELD POST OFFICE / GM1" skeleton datestamp of March 26th. Photo on Page 60. £300-350
Click to view full image... 1922 (Mar 28) Cover from Cairo to Germany with red 4m meter mark, the first meter mark of Egypt, only used by the National Bank of Egypt in Cairo between February 27th and March 31st. Meters invalid on international mail at this period, therefore handstamped "Porto" and charged 800m but refused and returned, arrival machine of April 18th on reverse. Very scarce. Photo on Page 66. £150-180

(Also see lots 45, 46, 48, 51)

  1912 Cover to Switzerland with 1909 1g pair cancelled "ARADA-ADDIS-ABBEBA" datestamp with a second strike alongside, and 1930 registered cover to Germany bearing 1930 Coronation of Haile Selassie overprint issues (5) and regular issue 4g all cancelled at Addis-Abeba Station. (2). £150-180
  1934-38 Cover to London bearing Sudan Air Mail 10m and 15m, and official postcard to Cairo with official S.G. overprint 3m (corner fault) both cancelled by "GAMBEILA" datestamps (Proud types D3 & D4). Gambeila is located in Ethiopia, although a Sudan Post Office operated there from 1915-56. Very scarce. (2). £260-300

(Also see lot 217)

Click to view full image... 1901 De La Rue photographic essay for a 2d King Edward VII stamp affixed to thick card which is lettered "A" and dated "Nov 27th. 01.". The card is endorsed "DUPLICATE" and has the intended colours of the stamp shown - maroon for the king's head and blue-green for the border. A unique Essay from the De La Rue archives. Photo on Page 62. £1,000-1,200
  KGVI 4d Registration envelope size H used to England, and three air letters to London franked 6d, all cancelled at Port Stanley, two containing copies of telegrams received from Base "G" at Admiralty Bay. Also 1964 St. Helena size G and H2 formula registration envelopes unused and used, the two used items to England franked 7d, both with Certificates of Posting. (8+). £100-120

Falkland Islands Dependencies

Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1946-48 Map Issue, the highly specialised collection in four superbly written up albums and four stock books with many listed and unlisted varieties, some in plate or imprint blocks, mainly superb unmounted mint with some used and covers. Thick map issue varieties include missing "I" in "Is" on 1/2d, 1d (2), 2d, 3d, 6d (2) mint and 3d used, extra island 1/2d (2), 1d, 3d, 6d mint and 1d used, extra dot by oval on 1/2d, 1d (2), 2d (2), 6d (2) mint, 1/2d and 1d used, "POKE" variety on 1/2d, 4d plate block, 6d (5, one a plate block), 9d (2), 1/- (4, one a plate block) mint and 1/- used on cover, 3d with teardrop flaw mint (8, two in imprint blocks), and many other constant but unlisted varieties all identified by plate number and position, also 6d ochre mint (29, one with arc variety, one a plate block of four) and used (4, one on cover), other shades, etc. The thin map issue includes the dot in "T" variety mint (2 sets) and used ( 1/2d, 1d, 3d, 6d -1/-), other sets mint (3) and used (3) and constant but unlisted varieties. A fine lot, all in superb condition, the mint stamps all apparently unmounted. (S.G. £10,300+ for the major listed varieties/shades). (100s). Photo on Page 64. £2,500-3,000
  A stockbook containing Falkland Island issues used in South Georgia or South Shetlands (22) including KEVII 3/- on piece with "SOUTH / GEORGIA" c.d.s (AU 15 10) and type Z2 handstamp applied below, and 1929-37 Whale and Penguin issue 1/2d, 1d (2), 2d, 2 1/2d (2), 4d (3) and 6d on separate pieces each with a South Georgia c.d.s, and later mint and used issues of Falkland Islands Dependencies. Also two further stockbooks with mint and used stamps of British Antarctic Territory, Australian Antarctic Territory or Ross Dependency, and Australia 1987-91 issues in blocks of 25 with Specimen overprints (9 blocks). (100s). £120-150
  1936-2000 Covers and cards from South Georgia, British Antarctic Territory, N.Z or Australian Antarctic Territory, including 1984 covers or cards from South Georgia with British F.P.O 141 datestamps (6), 1989 stampless Forces air letters from South Georgia (12), 1988-89 Forces covers from Scott Base in Antarctica with meter marks sent to New Zealand (55) or G.B (6, with N.Z stamps added), 1987-88 formula registered envelopes from South Georgia (2) or British Antarctic Territory, etc., also a 1936 cover with Falkland Islands Centenary 1/2d block of six cancelled at Fox Bay, and two 1930 British Polar Expedition picture postcards (Wharton NA 2/3). (Approx 270). £150-250

(Also see lots 17-25, 32, 33, 37, 38, 45-47, 49-56, 61, 71, 116, 219, 449, 450, 484, 639, 640, 727, 1113, 1224, 1225, 1228, 1229, 1344, 1345)

  1861-1938 Stamps and covers including a study of broken or damaged frames and other flaws on the 1862 20c (50, some on cover); 1877 newspaper with precancelled 2c; 1918 registered cover from Serbian forces with Tresor et Postes 504 c.d.s and registration handstamp and a Serbian censor; 1938 visit of King George VI Epreuves de Luxe (3, stamp + two stationery values), special Versaille visit card and cancel, and two original press photos of the visit; 1938 Australian War Memorial cards used (3), etc. (90+). £100-150
  1869 Entire letter from Constantinople to Paris bearing 1867 10c single, strip of three (two defective) and strip of four each cancelled by an Anchor within retta, the octagonal Constantinople French Packet Agency datestamp below. £80-100
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction Number 37)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 930 6109
Date: 4th March 2016 Time: 10:30AM
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