G.B. & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Sale Number 43)
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Date: 1st March 2019 Time: 11:00AM
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Auction Lots - Page 2
  Lundy Island. 1929-c.2000 Picture postcards (80+), covers and stamps in three stockbooks and loose with many multiples, varieties and some proofs, including 1935-37 covers bearing differing Atlantic Coast Air Services stamps (3), 1943 cover bearing IX Anniversary overprint set of eight, 1939 Lundy & Atlantic Coast Airlines 1d sheet of 48, 1943 IX Anniversary 6, 9 and 12 puffin stamps in blocks of eight each containing missing propeller and no dot on "i" varieties, 1940 ½ and 12 puffin Red Cross stamps with broken cross varieties, 1969 "APPEAL" overprint on 9 puffin, etc. (100s). £500-600

(Also See Lots 83, 152, 615/6, 873, 1020, 1195)

  Post Offices. c.1902-30 Picture postcards of Post Offices (230) with many village offices, a few real photos, the occasional more modern card, also other cards (19) depicting postmen or post boxes. (249). £250-300
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... Post Offices. c.1902-30 Real photo picture postcards of Post Offices, many very fine with many village offices, a good lot. (110). Photo on Page 11. £300-400
  Essex. c.1902-30 Topographical postcards including real photo cards, mainly from Romford, Hornchurch or Upminster, noted are some excellent real photo cards of busy street scenes, markets, railway stations, windmills, public houses, etc., also a few post-war cards. (324). £300-350
  South East London. c.1902-30 Topographical picture postcards of Lewisham, Catford and Sydenham with some fine real photos of street scenes with trams or buses, stations, markets, cinemas, etc. (141). £100-120


  1677-1840 Letters and documents including 1703 letter from the Office of Ordnance regarding supplying the "Triumph, Speedwell, Dispatch Brigantine, Isle of Wight Yacht, Hampshire and Poole", carpenters for the Terror Bomb vessel, guns for the Royal Oak, carriages and tar barrels for Hurst Castle and the island of Guernsey; 1677 letter from the Admiralty regarding the fitting out for sea and victualling of ten named ships; 1763 letter from the Purser of H.M.S "Marlborough" regarding the loss of the ship (faults); 1830 letter regarding a meeting with the Duke of Polignac; 1837 letters (2) and cover signed "Mole" regarding the award of the French Legion D"Honneur to Sir Charles Doyle; 1840 entire letter posted from London to "Arthur Cochrane, H.M.S Benbow, Malta", etc. (10). £140-160
  1867 Entire letter from Haddington franked 1d, endorsed from "J.C Brown, late Colonial Botanist" to "R. Southey, Colonial Secretary, Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, care of Colonial Office, London". Also 1889 cover from Wimbledon franked 1½d to "Hampden Willis, Under Colonial Secretary, Colonial Office, Cape Town, c/o Colonial Office, Downing Street, London S.W" and endorsed "For Cape Colonial Office Bag", the enclosed letter mentions laying the submarine cable direct to Cape Town and enclosed a note for someone in Mowbray, and another cover to be posted in the Cape (for which he does not know the address, and for which he enclosed English stamps!). Two unusual covers sent to South Africa by diplomatic bag and therefore with postage paid at the G.B. inland rate only. (2). £100-120
  1885-86 Covers bearing 1883 lilac and green issue comprising two covers to Paris bearing 2½d block of four or 1½d + 6d (stamp fault); cover franked 5d from Northampton to India; cover franked 6d from Midleton (Ireland) to Victoria with violet boxed "DEFICIENT POSTAGE 6d / FINE 6d / 1/-" and oval framed "1s / MORE TO PAY"; and cover franked 6d from Sidmouth to Natal redirected from Newcastle to Moodies Reef with Natal 6d added, an interesting group. (5). £180-220
  c.1903-2010 Covers and cards mostly with explanatory or postage due handstamps, many covers returned to sender, some items damaged or delayed in the post, also 1969 postal strike cover sent by rail and notices concerning the suspension or partial re-introduction of parcel post due to the postal strike, and 1971 postal strike covers delivered by bus, or from a hospital with "DELIVERED FREE BY / UNION OF POST / Office Workers / Bristol Branch", etc., mostly 1970-2010 but with some earlier covers. (c.600). £200-250
  1963-78 Service Suspended covers, mostly due to civil unrest or war, with 1971 Rhodesia air letter to Pakistan handstamped "SERVICE SUSPENDED" (due to Unilateral Declaration of Independence), the others all from G.B comprising 1963 cover to Finland handstamped "RETURN TO SENDER / SERVICE SUSPENDED BY FINLAND" (due to P.O and civil service strike), 1997 covers to Sierra Leone (2), Burundi or Congo with various cachets, labels or endorsements, and 1998 piece from a packet to Eritrea with Amharic/English "SERVICE SUSPENDED" cachet applied in Ethiopia. Also 1975 telegram from G.B to Canada sent during a strike by Canadian P.O workers. An unusual lot, all commercial. (8). £100-120

Air Mails
(Also See Lots 36, 90, 200, 224, 226, 230/1, 291-419, 994/5, 997)

Click to view full image... 1910 "Empire Illustrated" flight postcard flown by C. Grahame-White from Blackpool, intended to be flown to Southport but only flown seven miles as the plane was forced to land due to bad weather, the reverse overprinted with an explanation in red. The cards were then carried to London and posted, franked ½d cancelled at London W.C (Aug 26). A scarce card in unusually fine condition. Photo on Page 11. £250-300
Click to view full image... 1916 (Nov 22) ½d Downey Head postcard to Henfield, posted at Tunbridge, the reverse with the message "Finder please post in nearest box. Dropped from H.M Balloon Hazel over Keston Lake, Height 3200, 22 Nov 1916, Sid". The balloon "Hazel" piloted by Lt. Baldwin R.N.V.R flew from Hurlingham, over Clapham Common, Crystal Palace, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge, landing at Penbury 1hr 45 minutes later. Minor creasing, otherwise fine, very unusual and scarce. Photo on Page 11. £360-400
Click to view full image... 1919 (Oct 2) Cover from London to "Messrs J&R Tennent Ltd, Wellpark Brewery, Glasgow" endorsed "Aerial Post" and franked KGV 1½d + 1/- pair. Carried by the emergency air mail service, which operated during the rail strike of October 1st - 6th, an airmail fee of 2/- being charged in addition to normal postage. A small tear at upper edge and vertical fold, otherwise fine and apparently commercial (unlike many of the covers seen which were sent by philatelists). Photo on Page 14. £180-220
  1920-24 Covers and cards (6) and a front flown to or from London, comprising 1920 postcard from Berlin to London franked 80pf endorsed "Durch Luftpost" with "BERLIN / LUFTPOST" c.d.s; 1920 postcard franked 85c and 1921 cover franked 1f both from Paris to London with "Par Avion" etiquettes applied; 1921 cover to Paris franked 4½d and front to Belgium franked 7d; 1923 cover from A.P.O S40 at Cologne franked 3½d to England; and 1924 cover to Paris franked 4½d with boxed "NO FLIGHT / SENT BY / ORDINARY MAIL". (7). £150-180
Click to view full image... 1932 Card attached to a weather balloon, with printed address of the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington, the reverse with a request for the finder to complete details of when and where the card was found and to post it, franked KGV ½d. However this card was found in France, three French stamps therefore applied, posted at Envermeu, very unusual. Photo on Page 14. £100-120

1911 Coronation Aerial Post

  Picture postcards of the four pilots, Greswell, Hamel, Hubert and Driver, the last possibly a later card produced from an earlier image, the others fine contemporary real photo cards. (4). £100-120
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 9) Violet "Privilege Mail" card produced for Windham with "Souvenir of the First United Kingdom "Aerial Post", With the Compliments of the Founder" and "This Post Card was carried in the First bag and on the First Journey from London to Windsor" printed to the right of the violet picture and signed by Windham, addressed to his father, "Major Windham, Bembridge, I. of Wight" with KEVII ½d tied by the London Aerial Post c.d.s code 4. Pinhole at top and light corner crease, otherwise fine and a unique use of this rare card. Photo on Page 14. £1,400-1,600
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 9) Red-brown postcard bearing KEVII 1½d, 2d, 2½d, 3d, 4d and KGV ½d all tied by five strikes of the London Aerial Post c.d.s code 2. A little creasing and 15mm tear at upper edge but still an attractive and extremely unusual franking. Photo on Page 14. £400-450
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 9) Brown London to Windsor card with Buchanans "Black & White" Scotch Whisky illustrated advert on the reverse, addressed to Nigeria franked KEVII 1d (JB / &Co perfin) tied by the London Aerial Post c.d.s code 2, a Lagos arrival c.d.s (Sep 29) alongside. A very unusual destination for this uncommon advert card. Photo on Page 14. £500-600
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 12) Violet London to Windsor "Privilege Mail" envelope to "P.C Burton & Co, offices of the Aerial Post, General Buildings, Aldwych, W.C" with enclosed violet notepaper, bearing KGV 1d tied by the London Aerial Post c.d.s code 3. An exceptional late use of this envelope, which was supposed to have been cancelled and flown on September 9th, superb colour and rare. Photo on Page 16. £700-800
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 16) Violet Windsor to London "Privilege Mail" postcard with KGV ½d tied by fine Windsor Aerial Post c.d.s code 1, a little light creasing, otherwise fine with good colour. Photo on Page 16. £400-500
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 16) Violet Windsor to London "Privilege Mail" envelope with KGV 1d tied by Windsor Aerial Post c.d.s code 1, addressed to "Captain W. Windham, 30 Evelyn Gardens, London S.W" and signed "W. Windham, Founder of the 1st Aerial Post", backstamped at Cricklewood (Sep 18). Very fine, extremely good colour and rare; just three violet envelopes recorded addressed to and signed by Windham. Photo on Page 16. £1,000-1,200

(Also See Lot 166)

Click to view full image... Channel Islands Maltese Cross. 1841 1d Red and 2d blue both with large part strikes of the rare distinctive Channel Islands Maltese Cross, the 1d RK with four margins but with horizontal crease, the 2d SF with three margins, cut into on the left side but very rare, one of just four examples of this cancel on 2d blues recorded by Rockoff and Jackson. S.G. £10,000 on a 1d red, unpriced on a 2d blue. (2). Photo on Page 7. £500-600
Click to view full image... Channel Islands Maltese Cross. 1844 (Sep 20) Cover to London bearing a 1d red, four margins, tied by a slightly doubled but clearly recognisable Channel Islands distinctive Maltese Cross, backstamped "SOUTHAMPTON / SHIP-LETTER" and two London datestamps, wafer seal with letter "T". Ex "Ferry" collection (sold Robson Lowe 1953) and Leslie G. Tomlinson collection (sold Robson Lowe 1963), number 14 in the Rockoff and Jackson listing, being the latest of the fourteen covers recorded in 1843-44. Fine and rare. S.G. £55,000. Photo on Page 16. £1,200-1,400
  1841-45 Entire letters or entires (8) and a part entire all with imperf 1d reds, with Maltese Crosses (7) including distinctive cross of Stirling (four margins) and blue crosses of Truro (2), also Irish "105" numeral of Carrick on Suir in blue, or Templecloud undated circle + "134" numeral of Bristol. (9). £240-280
Click to view full image... Penny Posts. 1842 Entire letter from Sarkfoot, Gretna to Appleby with a 1d red (4 margins) tied by part strikes of "....Y POST" with complete "GRETNA / PENNY POST" applied alongside, very unusual and scarce used as a cancellation. S.G. £8,000. Photo on Page 16. £200-240
Click to view full image... 1847 (Aug 10) 1d Pink envelope cancelled by "ILCHESTER" double arc datestamp, similar arrival datestamp of Ilminster in blue alongside, the first example of this Ilchester datestamp used as a cancellation we have seen. Small hole in address panel, still attractive and rare. Photo on Page 16. £100-120
Click to view full image... Liverpool Experimental Pin Cancels. 1855-57 Large Crown perf 14 1d cancelled by "466" numeral with six pins above or at the sides of the numeral, and 2d cancelled by "LIVERPOOL" triple arc dotted datestamp (MR 26 1856), the first with some faults, two rare cancels, the 466 numeral unknown on cover. (2). Photo on Page 7. £120-140
  Scotland. 1855-73 Covers bearing 1d reds, cancels include Edinburgh duplex in blue (2), "Calton / Glasgow" datestamp, Milngavie and Coate Bridge double arc datestamps, Peebles single arc datestamps (3) or c.d.s, etc. (12). £150-180
  Scottish Local Cancels. 1855-58 Covers bearing 1d reds (also one 1d pink envelope) all with Scots Local cancels including type III "DUNGLAS" and "DALMALLY", type V "GRETNA" and "KILNINVER" (2), type VII "B. MUIRHEAD" and "NEWINGTON", type VIII "KILNINVER" (2), circular type XX "BALFRON", "BLANTYRE" and "CAMBUSLANG", etc., a few faults and quality of strikes rather varied but some fine and scarce cancels. (23). £450-550
  Houses of Parliament. 1859 Cover with a 1d red tied by "HP/1" obliterator and backstamped with superb "HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT / SW" c.d.s, scarce. £150-180
  House of Commons. 1881 (Feb 21) Cover with House of Commons crest, a 1d venetian red tied by London S.W duplex, backstamped "HOUSE OF COMMONS / S.W" c.d.s, very fine and scarce. £100-120
  Squared Circles. 1885-1920 Picture postcards (and a few covers) with squared circle cancels, arranged alphabetically in four albums, from Ampthill to York, mainly fine strikes, many different offices and cancels. (306). £240-260
Click to view full image... 1886 ½d Postcard to Vienna bearing 1883 ½d blue, the card cancelled by "CHARING CROSS W.C" Hoster machine, the stamp tied by a Charing Cross squared circle, attractive and unusual. Photo on Page 16. £200-250
Click to view full image... c.1894 1d Postal stationery postcard to France cancelled by "(crown) / FROM / LONDON / G.P.O" intaglio mailbag seal handstamp, unusual and very scarce. Photo on Page 16. £380-450
Click to view full image... Christmas. 1903 Unsealed cover posted locally within Leicester with KEVII ½d cancelled by red oval "POSTED IN ADVANCE / L.E / 1903 / FOR DELIVERY ON XMAS DAY". 15,222 Items were posted in advance for delivery on Christmas Day in Leicester in 1903. An unusually fine strike, scarce on a cover. Photo on Page 18. £240-280
Click to view full image... Christmas. 1905 Picture postcard to Frodsham with KEVII ½d cancelled by black oval "POSTED IN ADVANCE / W.A. 1905 / FOR DELIVERY ON XMAS DAY". 17,082 Items were posted in advance for delivery on Christmas Day in Warrington in 1905. Very fine. Photo on Page 18. £200-240

Exhibitions & Special Events

Click to view full image... 1890 (May 19) London Philatelic Exhibition "Menu de Dejeuner" card printed by Maclure & Co., containing the menu and wine list, reverse with a list of the Exhibition Committee members including F.A Philbrick, F.K Tapling, E.D Bacon, M.P Castle and J.A Tilleard, the front cover inscribed "In Celebration of Fifty Years of Penny Postage" bears a 1d black (just three margins, possibly a used stamp) and unused imperf and perforated (plate 205) 1d reds, 1d venetian red and a 1d lilac. The menu card now split into two halves, a small piece of tape at the lower edge on the reverse of the front card, a scarce and attractive item. Photo on Page 18. £800-1,000
Click to view full image... 1914 (May 28) Registered cover sent within Bristol with KGV ½d and 2½d each tied by "BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION / 1914" c.d.s, a further strike on the reverse, bearing a Bristol registration label with handstruck "101". A very scarce registered cover sent on the first day of the exhibition. Photo on Page 18. £140-160
  1935 (July 6) Printed cover for the visit of King George V to Mildenhall Aerodrome, addressed to the USA bearing Silver Jubilee set each tied by scarce "MILDENHALL A'DME / BURY ST. E." skeleton c.d.s (Pearson B229, used on this one day only). Also the programme for the R.A.F Review at Mildenhall and Duxford, held as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations. (2). £100-120

1890 Jubilee of Penny Postage
(Also See Lots 32, 126)

  Imitation Mulready postcards published by H.H & Co with "The Mulready Envelope, A souvenir of the Penny-Postage Jubilee" printed on the front, the reverse with differing Christmas Greetings verses, unused, one with a few very minor stains, otherwise fine and a scarce pair. (2). £120-150
  1890 Guildhall Conversazione, two sheets of Post Office notepaper with embossed arms both bearing proof strikes of the "octagonal star" datestamp with central "12", one page with twelve strikes in black, the other with nine strikes in red, all dated 16 May, red impressions contrary to regulations and very scarce. (2). £400-500
  1890 Penny Postage Jubilee 1d envelopes (10) or the insert cards (7) all with the South Kensington Penny Postage Jubilee datestamp of July 2nd (one envelope with the small size c.d.s), including covers to a soldier at Chatham unusually bearing a 2½d stamp or to "The Stamp News" with additional blue crown type datestamp, insert cards posted unpaid but not charged or franked ½d and charged 1d (2), also an insert card with the South Kensington "GR" and "Crown" handstamps applied by favour then posted in 1907 franked KEVII ½d. (17). £200-240
  1890 1d Uniform Penny Postage envelopes all containing insert cards with interesting messages referring to the stationery envelopes, all posted in London, two on July 2nd, one registered to Melbourne, Victoria, on July 4th uprated with 2d and 5d stamps, arrival backstamps, a little staining and tear at upper edge but unusual. (4). £80-100
  1d Uniform Penny Postage envelope franked 2½d and insert card franked 1d, both posted to Bohemia in 1892 with Stafford Station 730 duplex cancels, the card handstamped "T" and charged; and 1d envelope with July 3 1890 Wellington College Station squared circle. (3). £100-120
  1890 1d Uniform Penny Postage Jubilee envelope addressed to "Bimbashi Du Plat Taylor, Egyptian Army, Suakim, Egypt", with South Kensington Penny Post Jubilee c.d.s of July 2nd on both the cover and insert card, which bears a message from the addressee's father. The cover has no backstamps and may therefore have been sent under cover, nevertheless an unusual use of this envelope. £80-100

1929 U.P.U Congress
(Also See Lot 36)

Click to view full image... 1928 Preparatory Commission in Paris. Cover to Berne with "Union Postale Universelle / Commission Preparatoire / du Congres" printed in the upper corner, and circular dated cachet "COMMISSION PREPARATOIRE DU CONGRES DE L'U.P.U / PARIS" (Nov 19), and red "Commission Preparatoire / du Congres de l'U.P.U / PARIS 19 NOV 25" 1.50f meter mark. Also "L'Union Postale" magazine for October 1928 which includes a list of delegates on the preparatory committee meeting in Paris, to examine proposals to be presented to the 1929 U.P.U Congress in London. A scarce official cover and Commission meter mark. (2). Photo on Page 18. £150-200
  1929 Covers and cards (14) and pieces (2) bearing PUC stamps including May 10th First Day Covers (6) bearing a single ½d, 1d, 1½d (2 covers), 2½d (Postal Union Congress c.d.s, sent to Switzerland, probably from a Congress delegate), or ½d + 1½d + 2½d (registered, King St. Aberdeen datestamps); other Postal Union Congress datestamps on postcards franked ½d, 1d or 1½d (3 cards) or on pieces bearing the four ½d - 2½d values (2 pieces), three of these postcards to Czechoslovakia and another to Switzerland, probably all from Congress delegates; and commercial covers franked 2½d to Holland (O.H.M.S cover with War Office cachet) or to Switzerland. Also a cover with the four ½d - 2½d values each tied by a forged 10 MY Postal Union Congress London c.d.s. (16). £250-300
  1925 Wembley Exhibition Post Office Exhibit picture postcard with "P.O EXHIBIT GOVT PAVILION / WEMBLEY" c.d.s, reposted in 1929 from the U.P.U Congress to Stockholm with PUC 1d + 2½d each tied by "POSTAL UNION CONGRESS / LONDON" c.d.s (June 26), carried on the first night flight from Amsterdam with special flight c.d.s, very unusual. £100-120

Boy Scout Camps

Click to view full image... 1929 (Aug 12) Registered cover bearing PUC ½d pair, 1d (2) and 1½d each cancelled by "ARROWE PK CAMP / WIRRAL CHES" skeleton c.d.s with a further strike on the reverse, and Birkenhead 59 registration label (No. 90), arrival datestamps. A fine and scarce registered cover from the World Scout Jamboree, the skeleton c.d.s only used on registered mail and items requiring counter work (with ordinary letters posted at the jamboree cancelled at Birkenhead). Photo on Page 18. £600-700
G.B. & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Sale Number 43)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 1st March 2019 Time: 11:00AM
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