Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Sale Number 40)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
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Date: 29th September 2017 Time: 11:00AM
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Auction Lots - Page 18
  c.1870-1940 Covers and cards with T.P.O or railway station cancels mounted in alphabetical order in four albums, also many cancels on stamps or pieces and picture postcards of stations, an interesting collection. (100s). £400-500

(Also See Lots 47, 145, 181, 206, 219, 223-230, 270, 271, 393-405, 410, 454, 456, 457, 487, 856)

Click to view full image... 1927 1k - 80k Definitives (13 values, missing the 7k and 18k olive) sent by the U.P.U as specimen stamps to Bechuanaland where the stamps were applied to archive pages and each handstamped "SPECIMEN" (type BEC 2a). A unique specimen group, applied to four pieces cut from the archive page. (13). Photo on Page 102. £400-500
  1918-91 Soviet Union issues, mint and used collection in seven albums with imperf issues and miniature sheets, largely complete in either mint or used condition from 1935, many useful stamps including 1931 imperf Graf Zeppelin set used, 1932 Second Polar Year air express pair used, 1934 Civil Aviation tenth anniversary no watermark set mint and watermarked set used, 1935 anti-war set used, Rescue of Chelyuskin set used, Spartacist Games set used, 1937 Air Force Exhibition miniature sheet mint, 1942 Uzbek Poet Mir Ali Shir pair used, 1943 Marx anniversary 60k with 21x33 1/2mm frame used, Turgenev pair used, 1946 Soviet Postal Service anniversary 30k miniature sheet mint, 29th Anniversary of Revolution miniature sheet mint, 1947 800th Anniversary of Moscow type 1 imperf miniature sheet used, 1949 Pushkin miniature sheet used, 1950 130th Anniversary of first Antarctic Expedition pair mint, Moscow Building Plan set used, 1951 Hydro-Electric power stations 20k - 60k mint, etc., condition generally very fine. (Many 100s). £900-1,200
  1956-2002 Postal history in 18 volumes with many illustrated postal stationery covers and new year postcards, special cancels, F.D.Cs, two volumes of post-1990 covers with unusual Ukraine including local issues and handstamps, etc. Also Russian thematic collections with stamps and covers, some photos, postcards and ephemera, on the themes of Lenin (9 volumes), World War Two (4 volumes), 1917 Russian Revolution (2 volumes), Heroes of the Soviet Union (3 volumes), Russian shipping history (4 volumes) and sailing ships, and worldwide thematic collections of sailing ships (6 volumes) and lifeboats. An extensive lot in several boxes. (48 albums). £700-800
  Manchuria. 1908-12 Picture postcards with oval Vladivostock-Harbin (264) T.P.O datestamps (3). Also three other picture postcards, one with Army cachet of Chabarowsk. (6). £150-180

(Also See Lot 65)

  QV-QEII Mint and used selection in a stockbook including 1922-27 7/6 mint, 1938-44 set mint, 1953-59 set used on cover, etc. Also some Tristan da Cunha issues with 1952 set mint. S.G. £550+. (c.500). £100-120
Click to view full image... 1922-37 15/- Fine mint. S.G. 113, £1,100. Photo on Page 108. £300-400
Click to view full image... 1922-37 15/- Fine mint. S.G. 113, £1,100. Photo on Page 108. £300-400
Click to view full image... 1922-37 £1 Fine mint, S.G. 96, £450. Photo on Page 108. £120-140
Click to view full image... 1922-37 £1 Fine mint, S.G. 96, £450. Photo on Page 108. £120-140
Click to view full image... 1934 Centenary 1/2d - 10/- set of ten fine mint. S.G. 114/23, £425. (10). Photo on Page 75. £120-140
Click to view full image... 1935 Silver Jubilee 6d, dot to left of chapel, fine mint. S.G. 126g, £750. Photo on Page 75. £200-250


Click to view full image... 1922 £1 Superb unmounted mint. S.G. 36, £300. Photo on Page 108. £100-120


  1902 (Aug 7) Mourning cover from Castries to USA franked 2 1/2d with two enclosed photos showing a dead body or destroyed buildings caused by the recent volcanic eruption; two fine c.1890 real photos (256x198mm or 256x172mm) showing ships in Castries harbour; c1904-30 picture postcards (25); c.1920 guide; 1949 proof impressions of datestamps on paper from eleven offices; 1930 P.O notice giving air mail rates; 1758 map of the island, etc. (44+). £150-180


Click to view full image... 1893 (June 29) Registered cover from Peruvian Vale to Germany franked 1892 5d on 4d (S.G. 59), the small "ST. VINCENT" c.d.s code "A" (used at Peruvian Vale 1888-94) applied on the front, the stamp then cancelled at the G.P.O by Kingstown c.d.s and handstamped oval framed "R", red "LONDON / PAID" transit c.d.s and Hamburg backstamp. An exceptional registered cover from a village post office and a scarce stamp on cover. Photo on Page 122. £600-700
Click to view full image... 1898 Cover to London with 2 1/2d on 1d blue tied by "UNION" c.d.s code "C", a second finer strike on the front, backstamped at Kingstown and London, reverse with repaired tear, otherwise fine. A very scarce village datestamp. Photo on Page 122. £450-500


Click to view full image... India Used in Sarawak. 1862 (Mar 17) Cover to England via Marseille bearing India 1856-64 2a dull pink and 8a carmine cancelled double ring "POST OFFICE / SARAWAK", additionally cancelled "B/172" in transit in Singapore, backstamped with a further strike of the double ring "POST OFFICE / SARAWAK" with manuscript date "17 Mar 1862", a fine and very scarce India used abroad cover. Photo on Inside Front Cover. £10,000-12,000
  1907-58 Covers including 1907 cover from Sibu franked 10c, 1929 registered cover from Kuching to Costa Rica franked 2c, 3c, 10c, 12c, 1923 and 1937 registered covers from Miri to G.B franked 2c (2) + 3c (2) or 50c all with violet registration handstamps, 1941 covers with boxed censor cachets (3, one registered, one with "T" handstamp), and later explanatory handstamps. (9). £200-250
Click to view full image... 1908-31 Covers bearing 1898-1914 issue stamps, all with village cancels comprising Mukah, Rejang, Sadong, Betong or Limbang, the Muka cover with faults and Betong c.d.s poor, the others fine and scarce. (5). Photo on Page 132. £250-300
  1923 4c Red postal stationery postcard cancelled Baram c.d.s with a second strike on the front, and 1939 2c postcard to Kuching cancelled Sarikei c.d.s, fine and scarce village datestamps. (2). £150-180
Click to view full image... 1928-38 Stampless O.H.M.S covers to Kuching or Bintulu all with village datestamps comprising Oya (2), Matu, Kanowit, Simanggang or Balingian, two with official cachets of Oya District or District Court Kanowit, fine and scarce. (6). Photo on Page 132. £300-400
  1931 Stampless O.H.H.S cover to Kuching with Simanggang c.d.s and boxed "PAQUEBOT", and 1934 cover with 5c tied "PAQUEBOT" of Sibu, the first with corner fault but the only recorded example of this Paquebot. (2). £150-180
  1936-41 Covers bearing 1934-41 issue stamps, all with village datestamps comprising Simanggang (2), Serian, Baram, Saratok or Daro (with Binatang transit c.d.s), some a little faint, the first three superb, one with censor seal. (6). £220-260
  1945-47 Covers comprising 1945 (Dec 9) cover to Sarikei with Australia 3d tied Simanggang c.d.s; 1946 cover to Australia with BMA 1c strip of three + 2c + 3c each cancelled "SIBU / 4 / MAR 1946" (Proud D10) with "AUST ARMY P.O / 239" transit backstamp; and 1947 cover with 8c tied by Kuching c.d.s and manuscript "DALAT 29/4/47" arrival cancel. (3). £200-250
  1946-63 Covers (36) and a front, includes Kuching Paquebots (2), Simunjan, Serian, Mukah, Lawao, Bintulu, Binatang, three line Sibu datestamps, also registered mail, air mails, etc. (37). £150-200
  1952-53 Stampless official covers with "Official Post Paid" cachets and datestamps from various offices including Bintulu, Kanowit, Baram, Limbang, Lawas, Dalat, Simunjan, Mukah, etc., some with registration handstamps, one with violet "PAQUEBOT" of Kuching. (19). £120-160
  Air Mails. 1934 (Dec 11) Cover from Kuching to South Australia franked 3c, 10c, and 12c with blue Air Mail label, endorsed "Per Eng-Aust. Airmail Service, Spore-Aust., via Singapore" with Adelaide backstamp (Dec 23). Carried from Singapore on the first flight from G.B to Australia, very few covers from Sarawak carried on this flight. £160-180
  Picture Postcards. 1909-37 Postcards including the G.P.O, Kuching Regatta, fort and landing, real photo cards of the school and an event at Government House, harbour area and a street scene, rubber factory at Goebilt, etc., also a c.1850 print and a photo of the S.Y " Maimuna" on the Sarawak River. Thirteen cards postally used or C.T.O. A scarce group. (16). £280-320


  1910-25 Mainly used selection including 1916 perf 12 1/2pi, 1925 red Hejaz Government, 4th October 1924 overprints on 1916-17 roulette 13 1pa - 1/2pi and 2pi (S.G. 66/8, 71, 74), and blue overprints on 1921 1/2pi or 1pi dull violet both also with 1340 Hashemite Kingdom overprints (S.G. 84/5), etc. S.G. £720. (42). £100-120
Click to view full image... 1916 Perf 12 1pi dark blue, mint block of twelve (2x6) with upper margin, four lower stamps with a little gum disturbance or hinges, one other stamp with a little paper adhering, otherwise fine with seven stamps superb unmounted. S.G. 3, £3,900. Photo on Page 110. £750-900
  1918 Cover from Djedda to Egypt bearing 1916 rouletted 1pi blue, circular "PASSED BY CENSOR / No. 5", backstamped at Port Taufiq and Suez, central vertical fold, otherwise fine. £150-180
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1934 Proclamation of Emir Saud 1/4g, 1/2g, 3g, 3 1/2g and 20g - 1s fine mint, also 5g, 10g unused without gum, the 3g, 5g, 10g and 1s imperf, the other seven values perf 11 1/2. S.G. 316/7, 319/27, £3,000. (11). Photo on Page 75. £500-600
  1964-75 Small mint selection including scarce 3p light grey and vermilion (S.G. 887, £600), mounted, hinge remainders. S.G. £689. (7). £80-100

(Also See Lot 501)

Click to view full image... 1901 (Aug 7) 6c on 8c Postal stationery envelope cancelled by 20mm Seychelles c.d.s code "6" with the date incorrectly shown as "AU 7 / 7", overstruck the following day with the 22mm c.d.s of Victoria. This c.d.s used at Grand Anse from the start of the rural service in January 1901 until late August when the named Praslin Grand Anse c.d.s was received from London. A little minor soiling but very scarce, very few of these numbered 1901 rural service datestamps recorded. Photo on Page 132. £300-400
  Picture Postcards. 1905-30 Postcards including Government House, crew of S.S "Longwood" on Assumption Island, Pointe Cabris, King Prempeh of Ashanti and other political prisoners, Royal St. Mahe, Albert St. Victoria, horse drawn cart on Coetivy Island, etc., four with stamps cancelled to order, the others all postally used. (13). £100-120


  1932 £1 Purple and 1933 Centenary of Abolition of Slavery 10/- black and green both fine mint. S.G. 167, 179. £480. (2). £120-140
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1933 Centenary of Abolition of Slavery 1/2d - £1 set of 13 fine mint. S.G. 168/80, £1,100. Photo on Page 108. £300-350
  c.1905-20 Picture postcards (100, about a third posted, some faults); 1949 proof impressions of datestamps on paper from 58 offices (some with multiple strikes of the c.d.s); c.1800 maps of West Africa (2); 1927 press photo of Freetown; an album kept by a soldier in WW2 with photos, ephemera and two "RWAFF" cloth shoulder badges; and "The Postmarks of Sierra Leone" by F. Walton. £180-200

(Also See Lots 35, 297, 302, 319, 326, 330, 343-361 (Boer War), 1018, 1160, 1195)

  1881-1943 Covers and cards including 1881 cover from USA to Cape Colony franked 30c orange, 1900 Cape card from Basutoland to France cancelled "156" with Mafeteng and Quthing datestamps, Albertina 1900 undated double ring cancel in violet and 1902 c.d.s with arcs at the base, skeletons, WW1 and WW2 P.O.W and internee mail, etc. (43). £180-220

Cape of Good Hope

This collection includes items from the districts of Mossel Bay, Knysna and Oudtshoorn, which were originally in the district of George.
Click to view full image... Ninth Frontier War. 1878 (Aug 13) Cover to England posted without stamps endorsed "no stamps obtainable G.S" with two "KOKSTAD" datestamps, a Cape 6d added in transit and cancelled at Cape Town with a numeral obliterator, Cape Town c.d.s (Aug 24) alongside, the "no stamps" endorsement crossed out. Redirected from Chatham to Curragh Camp and again to "Chippenham Volunteers, Wiltshire", then reposted two days later from Kingston on Thames to Newport Pagnell franked by a 1d red. Small piece torn from right edge upon opening, otherwise largely fine and an unusual cover from the final Frontier War in the Cape. Photo on Page 132. £150-180

Postal History of the George District


  c.1811 Entire letter sent free of postage by Landdrost Van Kerval to the Receiver of Land Revenue, Cape Town, faint oval Cape Town arms handstamp, endorsed "Landdrost of George" with a red wax seal impressed "GEORGE DROSDY / 26 APRIL 1811" with royal arms in the centre. Also c.1812 entire to "A.G Van Kerval, Landdrost Colonie, George in hande", privately carried; and c.1817 entire signed by Van Kerval and addressed by him to the Secretary to the Chamber of Insolvent Estates in Cape Town with "crown" Post Office handstamps of George and Cape Town. A fine trio. (3). £170-200
  c.1820-55 Entires sent from George to Rev. Moll in Uitenhage or the Church Council in Cape Town (both with George "crown" handstamps, one with boxed "TO PAY") or from Deacon P.L de Brujn in Cape Town sent on behalf of the Church Council, to Rev. G. Ballot at George with oval G.P.O datestamp and boxed "POST PAID"; and local hand delivered entires to Rev. Ballot, Rev. Herold or the Church Council in George. An interesting group of letters sent on church business. (6). £180-220
  1827 Entires from the Post Office at George to Postmaster Crozier in Cape Town sent free of charge, the first endorsed "Post Office George" by Postmaster du Toit with crowned "POST OFFICE / FREE / JA 29 / 1827 / CAPE TOWN"; the second endorsed "Actg Postmr of George" by Fred Peterson with "POST OFFICE / GEORGE" crown handstamp. Peterson acted as Postmaster in the place of Mr du Toit in May and June 1827, and was Postmaster 1828-29. (2). £100-120
Click to view full image... 1854 (Sep 26) Registered entire from George to Cape Town endorsed "Registered Prepaid", the 6d registration fee paid in cash with postage paid by a 4d triangular (S.G. 4, two margins) tied by triangular "CGH" obliterator with red oval George datestamp below, backstamped with similar George and Cape Town datestamps. Reverse with small piece cut from flaps and a little paper adhering, the front fine. A scarce registered entire. Photo on Page 132. £240-280
  1856-1911 Entires, covers, cards and a front including 1856 and 1859 stampless official entires to the Postmaster General in Cape Town (one with red oval George datestamp, both with details of the original enclosures now in the Cape archives), black oval datestamps, triangular "CGH" obliterator, "17" barred oval numerals, 1874-75 entire and front both endorsed "Book Post" and franked at the 1d rate, 1911 registered cover with five O.R.C 1d stamps tied by single ring c.d.s, postcard franked 1d to Belvidere and reposted at Knysna only franked 1/2d, incoming mail with 1904 postcard bearing red Port Elizabeth Paid c.d.s, etc. (12). £200-240
  1882 Cover to England, sent as a ship letter endorsed "Per R.M.S Spartan", bearing Griqualand 6d (S.G. 27) tied by numeral "17" with George c.d.s alongside, backstamped at Cape Town and upon arrival at Woolwich. A few edge faults but still an attractive late use of the Griqualand stamp in the Cape and an unusual ship letter use from the small town of George. £80-100
  1882 Long O.H.M.S covers from George, one franked 3d to "The Pay Master General of Colonial Forces, King Williams Town" charged 6d, endorsed "Capt Charter, 6d paid by me on this letter, H. Tucker" with an internal note "Refunds claims of Burghers & compensation. From Mr J.P Swemmer, George Town 28 June 1882"; the other franked 2d to the "Acting Inspector of Stores, Colonial Commissariat Dept., King Williams Town" charged 8d, endorsed "claim for compensation of Mr Steyl for horse", both covers handstamped oval "WAR DEPARTMENT / 28 MAY 83 / EXAMINED / ACCOUNTING OFFICE". Two interesting underpaid covers from inhabitants of George who had done military service on the Eastern Frontier. (2). £100-120
Click to view full image... Barred Oval Numerals. 1890 Covers with Barred Oval Numeral cancels and datestamps alongside proving their place of use, comprising "34" used at George (Apr 22), the same "34" numeral used at Wellington (May 19), and "17" used at George (May 8), also three other covers of 1872-90 (Nov) showing the use of B.O.N.C "17" at George. Despite George having the numeral "17" throughout 1890 this group proves it also used B.O.N.C "34" briefly in April of that year, the numeral "34" then being transferred to Wellington by May. Neither Frescura or Nethersole recorded B.O.N.C "34" used at George and this is still the only recorded cover from George. A remarkable proving group. (6). Photo on Page 132. £180-240

George District

  Avontuur/Willow. 1869-87 Entires, covers and a telegram form, with oval Avontuur datestamp on 1869 stampless O.H.M.S entire to Postmaster, Willow, and cover franked 6d (2, faults) to Willow both with "WILLOW" double arc arrival c.d.s; 1876 stampless entire to "The Secretary, G.P.O Cape Town" with oval Avontuur datestamp and rare "5" barred oval numeral; 1887 registered cover with Avontuur c.d.s and triangular "CGH" obliterator; and 1881 telegram with Avontuur c.d.s sent between two ostrich feather traders, the confidential message written in code. The two official letters both signed by the Avontuur Postmasters, the Willow datestamp rated RR (very rare) by Putzel. (5). £240-280
  Blanco. 1866-1911 Entire, entire letter, covers, cards and a front including 1866 stampless official entire to The Postmaster General with oval Blanco datestamp and an entire letter with 4d stamp unusually cancelled by the same oval datestamp; 1881-82 covers cancelled by the "291" BONC (2, one with oval Blanco datestamp alongside) and 1910 postcard cancelled "276" BONC; triangular "CGH" obliterators, single ring and double ring datestamps. A scarce group. (9). £240-280
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Sale Number 40)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 930 6109
Date: 29th September 2017 Time: 11:00AM
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