Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Sale Number 41)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
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Date: 9th March 2018 Time: 10:30AM
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Auction Lots - Page 15
  1941 Stampless cover sent by Rear-Admiral W.A Bishop to his wife in South Africa with type VI "TRISTAN DA CUNHA" cachet, endorsed by Bishop "letter from Tristan shortly after the establishment of the meteorological station in 1941", a scarce wartime use. Also 1936 cover from Holland to Tristan with two type V cachets applied upon arrival, unfortunately with severe faults to lower right edge. (2). £100-120

(Also See Lots 102/3, 395-403, 487/9, 495, 720, 1087)

  c.1860-1915 Entire letters, covers and cards comprising c.1860 entire letter with seal handstamp of Damascus (Syria), stampless 1921 registered cover with c.d.s of Saida (Lebanon), and stamped covers from Greece with Drama c.d.s, from Iraq with Baghdad seal cancel or Nedjaf c.d.s, or from Libya with datestamps of Tripoli, Benghazi (2) or Dernah, a fine lot. (9). £220-260
  1887-1937 Covers and cards including 1901 20pa reply card used from India, 1922 cards with bisected 5pi stamps of Anatolia (2), 1937 cards from France with postage stamps used to collect postage due charges (2), etc. (9). £200-250
  Balkan Wars. 1912 (Oct 23) Cover franked KEVII 2½d from London to Monastir with Stamboul arrival backstamp, then returned due to the war in Macedonia handstamped "CAUSE DE GUERRE" (on both sides) and boxed "RETOUR", received back in London on December 16th, unusual. £100-120
Click to view full image... World War One - German Forces. 1915-18 Stampless covers and cards from German forces in Turkey with "Kais. Deutsche Marine Schiffspost" naval datestamps (16); "Feldpost Mil. Miss." datestamps used at the Military Missions A.O.K.4 (2, used at Jerusalem), 1 Expeditionskorps (2, written at Bir El Mazar), Smyrna, Jerusalem, Hamure, Damaskus, Konia, Mossul, Mardin (2), Diarrekir, Konstantinopel (17), Aleppo (3) or unnamed type used at the Turkish H.Q Dardanelles; Kais. Deutsche Feldpoststation No 185; also a stamped card from Aya-Stefano with German unit cachet, a fine lot with some scarce cancels and various cachets. (52). Photo on Page 106. £600-800
  World War One - P.O.W Mail. 1915 Covers from Turkey to Turkish P.O.Ws captured at the Dardanelles and held on Mudros Island, both with Turkish censor seals and cachets and Piraeus backstamps, one with red boxed "CENSORED". (2). £120-150
  World War Two - Internee mail. 1942-43 Stampless covers from French Naval Internees held in Erdek Camp, all to France with Turkish censor cachets, Beyoglu c.d.s, boxed "SERVICE DES BELLIGERENTS / INTERNEES" and circular "MARINE NATIONALE / (anchor) / SERVICE-A-LA-MER". Return address include the Vichy ships "Massalia" (3), "Elan" and "Adour". (7). £160-200

(Also See Lots 69, 79, 113, 119-121, 156, 350)

  Transatlantic Mail. 1833-73 Prestamp and stampless entire letters sent between the USA and Europe, includes 1857 prices current to Holland with circular undated "BALTo / PAID" and triangular "1 1/2c / SCHIEDAM" applied upon arrival, 1862 cover to Germany with "4 1/2 Sgr. / 6Xr.", 1872-73 entires from San Francisco with "G.B / 2F" Anglo-French accountancy marks (2), etc. (13). £200-240
  1841-1946 Covers and cards including entire letter with red "RAILROAD" and manuscript "Palatine Bridge", 1899 2c envelope bearing Trans-Mississippi 5c tied "MILITARY STA. / No. 10 / HAVANA / N.Y.P.O" duplex, 1914 Mexico 4c postcard bearing U.S 1c postage due both tied by differing U.S Postal Agency Vera Cruz datestamps, 1937 cover from San Francisco to Holland but returned with "GEMEENTE-POLITIE / HILLEGOM" and "Return to Sender / Delivery forbidden by / judicial sentence", 1942 U.S A.P.O 663 in Belgian Congo, 1946 stampless cover with "SWAN ISLAND, U.S.A / Caribbean Sea" cachet and "Steamboat / Pacquebot" of Tampa, etc. Also 1885 document appointing the Postmaster at Leock, Md., signed by the Postmaster General W.Q. Gresham. (10). £220-260
  1854-93 Covers and a front comprising 1854 3c envelope to France uprated by imperf 1c pair (edge tears), cover with 1869 3c tied broken circle composed of hollow triangles in blue with matching Leominster Ms c.d.s, 1889 registered parcel front to Germany bearing 5c + 10c (8, with strip of five), and 1899 registered printed matter cover to Germany franked 10c. (4). £140-160
  Hospital Ships. c.1862 Cover franked 3c from Providence to "John Burt, Steamer Elm City, New Haven, Conn." (the "Elm City" working as a U.S Sanitary Commission hospital transport on the Pamunkey River during the Civil War); 1910 registered cover from Brazil to a U.S Naval Surgeon on the U.S Hospital Ship "Solace" with violet "U.S.S SOLACE / REGISTERED" backstamps; and 1919 stampless soldiers cover with interesting letter written on U.S.S "Madawaska" then engaged in repatriating sick and wounded soldiers from Europe to U.S.A. (3). £160-200
Click to view full image... Special Delivery. 1889-98 Covers all bearing 10c special delivery stamps with covers from Boston to Prince Edward Island or Germany, from Italy to New York (stamp not tied) or Denmark to Boston and redirected to New York (edge faults), and a single franking on 1898 cover to a U.S soldier redirected from Washington D.C to Cuba and then to Michigan. Some faults but an unusual group. (5). Photo on Page 106. £200-250
  Undercover Addresses. 1940-44 Covers to various undercover addresses in New York including shipping lines, American-Polish Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Trade Mission, etc, also cover to Istanbul redirected to New York. (8). £80-100
  Censorship. 1941-45 Covers with "RELEASED / BY I.C.B" numbered censor cachets on covers from Hawaii (10), Hawaii cover with "THMA CENSOR 243" seal, handstruck "RELEASED BY AUTHORITY OF / THE DISTRICT POSTAL CENSOR" (2, one from Hawaii), "RELEASED BY P.O INSPECTOR / ENGAGED ON CENSORSHIP", "THIS COMMUNICATION REFERRED / TO DISTRICT POSTAL CENSOR / BY U.S NAVAL AUTHORITIES" (2, both from Vichy ship "Nivose" in Morocco with Poste Navale c.d.s and straight line "CASABLANCA-NAVAL"), similar "THIS COMMUNICATION / REFERRED TO DISTRICT POSTAL / CENSOR BY U.S CUSTOMS" (on stampless merchant marine cover), also U.S A.P.O cover with "STAMPS REMOVED BY CENSOR". (18). £200-250
  Hawaii. 1890-98 Postal stationery postcards (2) and 1893 Provisional Government 2c envelope all cancelled by double ring rubber datestamps of Kealia, Koloa or Lihue in violet. (3). £120-140


  1840-78 Prestamp and stampless entire letters with handstamps of Caracas (3), Guayra (5) or Valencia, red "FRANCA", red boxed "COLONIES / &c. ART. 13" or similar "Art. 12", "LIGNE A / PAQ FR No. 3" c.d.s, etc. (13). £220-260
  1861-1902 Entire letters or covers (8) and a front, frankings include 1859-62 1/2r, 1865-70 1r (2) or bisected 1r, 1871-76 1/2r, later bisects (2), and two stampless covers with endorsements on reverse explaining there were no stamps available, one of these sent in 1892 to New York with large official cachet, the other sent in 1902 to France with oval Coro datestamp. An interesting group. (9). £250-300
  1867-79 Entire letters or covers to France, four stampless with octagonal "LA GUAYRA" (3) or "PORTO-CABELLO" French Packet Agency datestamps, all charged upon arrival, three with "T" handstamps; the other franked France 1870-75 40c + 80c each cancelled by an Anchor within retta with octagonal "VENEZUELA / PAQ. FR. A. No. 3" datestamp. (5). £180-220


  c.1900 Front to Aden bearing bisected Turkey 1892-98 1pi, and 1902 picture postcard to France with 1901 20p, both tied by differing bilingual "HUDEIDA" datestamps, the postcard with Aden transit c.d.s and "reexpedie". (2). £160-200
  1931-54 Covers (13) and a postcard bearing stamps of the 1930-31 (12) or 1940 issue (2), with cancels of Hodeida (6), Sanaa (6), Taaz or Qijridi-Taiz, two registered, all fine. (14). £300-350


  Sea Post Offices. 1926-31 Covers and cards (42) and pieces (4) with sea post office datestamps including Kotor - Split, Kotor - Ercegnovi, Split - Rab, Split - Metkovic, Kotor - Hercegnovi, Susak - Obrovac, Susak - Rab, etc., one with scarce Kotor "Paquebot". (46). £200-240

(Also See Lot 41)

  1894-1937 Covers and cards (27), a part cover and fronts (2) including 1894 India 1/4a postcard franked 1a to Transvaal, part registered cover with India 4a pair and cover to India bearing India 1/2a (2, one partly torn away upon opening) with unusual boxed "BOUNTY MONEY / UNPAID" backstamp; Zanzibar overprints with 2a6p on 1896 cover to Lindi, German East Africa, 1a + 12a on 1896 2a registration envelope, and 1a postcard; French P.O transit c.d.s on 1902 postcard from Madagascar to Transvaal; 1906 card with Zanzibar 1a tied by German Seepost c.d.s and smudged "Africa / Oe Lloyd" transit c.d.s; 1907 postcards with Zanzibar stamps cancelled at Mombasa (2); unpaid cards with "T" handstamps (2); 1909 oval "AR" handstamp; 1930 stampless "Postal Service" cover registered to G.B; registration envelopes, picture postcards, etc. (30). £380-450
Click to view full image... World War One - Royal Naval Air Service. 1916 (July 21) 12c Size F registration envelope bearing two 6c stamps, addressed to "Officer Commanding Royal Naval Air Service, Mbuyuni, B.E.A", both sides with circular violet "PASSED / NAVAL A.S Censor / ZANZIBAR", backstamped at Mombassa, Voi and Indian F.P.O 321. Small edge fault on the front above the stamps, otherwise fine and very scarce, very few examples recorded of this Zanzibar R.N.A.S censor. The R.N.A.S Squadron in East Africa was formed in May 1916 and amalgamated with the Zanzibar Squadron in January 1917. Photo on Page 106. £250-300


Literature & Ephemera

  1661 (May 8) "Act for Preventing of theft and rapine upon the northern borders of England", six pages, printed in 1662 by John Bill and Christopher Barker, printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, a few small edge faults not affecting the printed text. The act allows J.Ps to raise a body of men, numbering up to thirty in Northumberland or twelve in Cumberland, to pursue and apprehend criminals and bring them to trial. £80-100
  "British Line Engraved Stamps, Twopence Blue Studies of Plates 1 to 15" by H. Osborne, published 1946, 170 pages + plates, hardbound; and "The Plating of the Penny Black Postage Stamp of Great Britain, 1840" by Charles Nissen, 1998 S.G. reprint, 122 pages + plates, hardbound (retail £85). Two very useful works. (2). £100-120
  Books on G.B stamps and printers including the "Essential Guide to the G.B Line Engraved 1d and 2d Stars" by K.W Statham in 16 volumes, "May Dates" by M. Jackson, "De La Rue History of British & Foreign Postage Stamps" by J. Easton, "The De La Rue Years" by W. Wiseman, "Penny Red Stars" by G. Tonna, etc. (50+). £150-200

(Also See Lots 1067/8, 1074, 1141/2, 1303-1325, 1341)

Click to view full image... 1840 1d Blacks all with good even margins on all sides, JC plate 2 with red Maltese Cross, BA plate 6 and HA plate 7 with black Maltese Crosses, HA with light vertical crease, otherwise all fine and attractive examples. (3). Photo on Page 160. £240-280
  1840-70 Line Engraved issues in four albums with 1d blacks (8, two fine, one of these on cover), 1840 2d blues (2), extensive plating studies of imperf and perforated 1d reds with a few black plates, various varieties and re-entries, numbers in Maltese Crosses, some covers and a few mint stamps. Very mixed quality but many fine. (1,000s). £900-1,200
  1841-51 1d Reds (13) with eight entires bearing nine stamps, includes fine four margin stamps on entires with good Maltese Crosses of Manchester, Wick and Castleconnell (stamp plates 26, 20 and 36 respectively), one entire containing a printed plan of the first class ship "Auriga". (4 stamps + 8 covers). £100-120
Click to view full image... 1852 1d Red-brown IG plate 171 with Treasury Roulette on all sides tied to piece by London Inland Branch numeral obliterator "8", trace of minor toning to a few roulette tips, otherwise very fine and scarce, with B.P.A Certificate (2016). S.G. £7,200. Photo on Back Cover. £1,400-1,600
  1865 Entire letter from Newcastle on Tyne to Sweden bearing 1858 2d blue plate 9 (5, two pairs + single) and a 1d red, blue Aachen transit c.d.s and "FRANCO" with "SODRA ST. BANEN" backstamp and blue "Wfr. 3 3/4". Horizontal fold through the 1d red and one 2d blue otherwise fine and an attractive franking, this 11d rate via Belgium and Stralsund only applicable from June until October 1865. £150-180
  1847-54 Embossed issues, cut square, comprising 6d (three margins, touched at top), 10d on piece (four margins, close at base) used with 2d blue, 1/- (touched two sides, creased) and 1/- pair (faults, cut into), a useful group, the 10d finer than usual. (5). £150-180
  1854 Cover from London to Liverpool bearing embossed 6d (cut square, three margins) and 1854 1d red brown singles (2) + block of six, the 1/2 rate for a cover of 6-7oz weight, the cover reduced at left but still an unusual and attractive franking. £180-200
Click to view full image... 1854-1913 QV and KEVII Embossed and surface printed issues in two volumes with QV embossed (9, faults), surface printed with some fine C.T.O cancels and used abroad, overseas overprint issues with Cyprus 4d overprint mint and used, mint QV controls with 1d lilac inverted "X", 1/2d orange "C" for "O", etc., official overprints, a few covers including QV 1/2d orange + 1/2d green used together and cancelled London MB datestamps, a useful range of KEVII controls, high values with 1883-84 blued paper 5/- (creased), white paper 5/- (2), 10/-, Imperial Crowns £1 brown and 1891 £1 green (both with faults), KEVII 5/- (2), 10/-, £1 (creased), etc. (1,000s). Photo on Page 164. £800-1,000
Click to view full image... 1877 4d Sage-green plate 16 block of eleven unmounted mint (comprising BG-DI block of nine + EG-EH pair), small tone spot and light crease to EG, light vertical crease to BH/CH/DH, a couple of other minor gum creases, a rare and attractive block, superb colour and very fresh appearance. S.G. 153, £19,200+ (as two blocks + three singles, mounted mint). Photo on Back Cover. £4,000-5,000
Click to view full image... 1903 KEVII De La Rue 1d "Canada Head" Essay, die 2 with large head in pale orange on glazed thin wove paper, no watermark, 34x45mm, fine and scarce. S.G. £3,250. Photo on Page 114. £600-800
Click to view full image... 1902 KEVII Plate proofs comprising 1/2d blue-green pair on yellowish paper, 1d pale green block of four on thin white card, 1d deep green double impression block of four on thin white card, 1d carmine on thin white card (1986 R.P.S Certificate) and 1d bright scarlet on buff paper, all fine. S.G. £1,060. (12). Photo on Page 112. £200-250
Click to view full image... 1906 KEVII 5d Dull purple and ultramarine on chalk-surfaced paper, unmounted mint block of six (3x2) with margin at base showing marginal rules, very fine. S.G. M29 (1), £805+. Photo on Page 112. £300-350
Click to view full image... 1905 KEVII 9d Slate-purple and deep ultramarine on chalk-surfaced paper, unmounted mint block of four with margin at top showing marginal rules, superb. S.G. M40 (4), £1,100. Photo on Page 112. £450-550
Click to view full image... 1906 KEVII 10d Dull purple and carmine on chalk-surfaced paper, unmounted mint corner block of four from the upper left corner of the lower left pane, margin at left and top showing marginal rules, upper margin also with horizontal and vertical coloured blocks, as printed between the panes, superb. S.G. M43 (1), £1,300. Photo on Page 112. £500-600
Click to view full image... 1902 KEVII £1 Dull blue-green unmounted mint, from the upper left corner of the sheet with margin at left and top showing marginal rules, upper margin also with vertical blocks, lightly folded along the upper horizontal perfs, mounted in the upper margin, a superb stamp. S.G. 266, £3,500. Photo on Page 164. £1,400-1,600
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1902-13 King Edward VII used collection written up on pages with a good range of shades, many fine c.d.s cancels and parcel post labels (12), including 1902 De La Rue 2/6 (all three shades), 5/- (both shades), 10/- and £1; 1911 Harrison perf 14 issues with 1d aniline-pink and 3d, and perf 15x14 issues; 1911-13 Somerset House issues with 6d dull purple on Dickinson coated paper, 2/6 (both shades), 5/-, 10/- and £1, generally very fine. (195). Photo on Pages 160 & 164. £1,000-1,200
Click to view full image... 1911 (June 8) Picture postcard to Burma bearing KEVII Harrison 1d aniline rose (S.G. 275a, £140 as a stamp) tied by Wickham Bishops c.d.s, Rangoon Cant. arrival c.d.s alongside. A superb used example of this uncommon shade. Photo on Page 118. £100-120
  1902-c.2000 KEVII - QEII mint and used collection in four albums or stockbooks with KEVII shades and printings mainly fine used with c.d.s cancels, a good range of KGV shades and controls, 1912-24 1 1/2d "PENCF" variety mint in pair with normal, watermark varieties, KGVI controls, booklet panes and booklets, 1948 and 1951 £1 unmounted mint blocks, etc. (100s). £250-300
Click to view full image... 1910 KGV Essay (S.G. type A) for a 1d stamp printed by Perkins Bacon, in carmine-pink, on wove paper. S.G. £300. Photo on Page 160. £80-100
Click to view full image... 1910 KGV Large size Essay (S.G. type B) for a 1d stamp in violet, printed by Perkins Bacon using the Miller and Motley photographic method, on white glazed card, 125x86mm, fine and extremely scarce. S.G. £2,800. Photo on Back Cover. £700-1,000
Click to view full image... 1910 Essay Proof of King George V in Admiral's uniform, believed to have been printed by Harrison and Sons based on a design by Bertram Mackennal, in red on wove paper, unusual and scarce. Photo on Page 160. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1910 Hentschel half-tone zinc block colour trial essay die proofs, 3d trials in brown, green and carmine, each printed using Slater & Palmer inks, numbered "SP/1", "SP/2" or "SP/3, the green trial with small tone mark well away from the printed design, otherwise all fine, on white wove paper, S.G. £1,050. (3). Photo on Page 114. £280-320
Click to view full image... 1910 Hentschel half-tone zinc block 7d large format colour trial essay die proof in red on white wove paper, 70x65mm. S.G. £350. Photo on Page 112. £90-120
Click to view full image... 1910 Hentschel half-tone zinc block 4d colour trial essay die proof in orange on white wove paper, the colour written in ink below the trial, 60x57mm. S.G. £950. Photo on Page 114. £200-250
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Sale Number 41)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 930 6109
Date: 9th March 2018 Time: 10:30AM
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