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Brit. Colonies

Malta
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4375 imageMail Boat Obliterations / Mediterranean Packets 1860 (Dec 9): Great Britain 1857 1 d. rose-red, wmk. Large Crown, perf. 14, a vertical strip of three rather muddily tied to Sailor's Concessionary rate cover from Malta to London by Mailboat "A81" obliterator ("Handed to Mr. Douglas for use on board, 18 March 1859") endorsed at top "From Hy Humber, Ship's Corpl. HMS Caesar, Malta" and counter-signed by Commanding Officer below. Carried back on the P&O Steamer 'Vectis' which left Malta on December 9 and arrived at Marseille on Dec 13; (rated at 3 d. pr ¼ ounce via Marseilles) with 'London / Paid' arrival cds (Dec 15) in red. An unusual franking.rnProvenance: 'Mailboat Covers & Cancellations', Spink, 7 March 2007, lot 1007; Collection Gerald Ellott, Prestige Philately, 16 Dec. 2011, lot 59.rnrnrn (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
Egypt Kingdom
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4376 imageMail Boat Obliterations / Mediterranean Packets 1859: Cover from Alexandria, Egypt to Sheerness endorsed 'via Southampton', franked by Great Britain 1856 6 d. lilac tied by fine strike of "A82" obliterator in black. The "A82" obliterator was handed to Mr. Mounsey, the P&O Agent, for use on board the packet when he travelled from Southampton to Alexandria, returning (with this letter) on the "HMS Behar", which arrived at Southampton on June 24. The reverse of the cover bears the corresponding arrival cds of Sheerness of the following day. The adhesive with small closed tear at right but a rare usage of the "A82" with just a handful of covers recorded. Cert. BPA (1993). (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF1,600.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
New South Wales
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4377 imageMail Boat Obliterations / Mediterranean Packets 1869 (Sept 2): Envelope from Sydney, New South Wales with embossed crest of "HMS Victoria" on flap, London transit cds (addressed to Elk Creek Post Office in Wisconsin, USA; dated on despatch at lower left in manuscript, franked by Great Britain 1867/80 6 d. mauve pl. 8, two examples, tied by "A86" obliterators in black and additionally tied by weak strike of "Boston Br. Pkt." datestamp in red. Carried initially from Sydney on P&O "Malta", to Galle via Melbourne, trans-shipped to the "Candia" (Nov 4), thence via Suez (Nov 19) to Alexandria (Nov 21), from there via "Pera" to Southampton. Reverse with London transit cds (Dec 6) in red and carried from there on Cunard "Tripoli" to Boston (arrived Dec 22); manuscript note of answer in pencil (Jan 11, 1870) on obverse. Weak edges to envelope and partial flap missing but a rare cover.rnProvenance: Spink, London, 7 March 2007, lot 1048.rnNote: The HMS Victoria was ordered by the Government of Victoria as a Warship and was launched in June 1855. She was placed at the disposal of the New Zealand Govt. in 1860 following the outbreakl of the Second Maori War. Retired from service in 1864, she returned to survey duties from 1865-1869. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,100.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM

Europe

Great Britain
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4378 imageMail Boat Obliterations / Mediterranean Packets 1860: Great Britain 1857 1 d. red star, perf. 14, three examples, unrecorded use of 1858 2 d. blue 7 and 1856 4 d. rose all tied to cover endorsed 'via Marseilles' mailed on the P&O 'Valetta' probably east of Suez, and tied by five strikes of the Mailboat "A87" obliterator ("Handed to Mr. Romayne for Marseilles Packet") in black. Reverse with Bromsgrove and Alcester datestamps (May 12). The earliest recorded usage of this obliterator and a superb three colour franking.rnProvenance: 'Mailboat Covers & Cancellations', Spink, 7 March 2007, lot 1053. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,800.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM

Brit. Colonies

Egypt Kingdom
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4379 imageMailboat Obliterations / Mediterranean Packets 1859: Cover probably from Bombay, India or Alexandria, Egypt to Sheerness, Kent franked by 1857 1 d. rose-red, Die II, Alphabet II, plate 61 lettered AE-AF BE-BF, JI and plate 57 lettered FL; all tied by individual strikes of the "A88" Mailboat obliterator in black. Carried on the P&O Steamer "Orissa" from Alexandria (May 12), arriving in Southampton (May 27) and backstamped in Sheerness (May 28). A charming and scarce cover. Cert. RPSL (1989).rnProvenance: Collection Charles Alfred Warren, Harmers London, 11-13 Nov. 1974, lot 788; Collection Dr. D.N. Seaton, Cavendish, Derby, 10 Sept 2014, lot 10. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF1,300.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM

Overseas

USA
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4380 imageMail Boat Obliterations / Atlantic Packets / Cunard Line 1862 (Sept 18): Crested mourning envelope and complete original contents addressed to the Fernie family in Berkhampstead, written on board the "Steam Ship Persia" franked by single 1857 1 d. red, Die II, Alphabet III, plate 52, slightly defective and crossed by fold due to contents, tied by bold strike of "A96" obliterator in black. Reverse with Liverpool transit cds (Sept 20). The contents note: "We left New York on the 10th & I hope this will be posted in Queenstown...ship rolling so much I can hardly write". This explains the rate - the letter was posted in British waters and thus just a single 1 d. rate was due. Despite faults a very scarce cover. Cert. RPSL (2007).rnProvenance: Spink, London, 7 March 2007, lot 1147; Collection Dr. D.N. Seaton, Cavendish, Derby, 10 Sept 2014, lot 14. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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CLOSED
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM

Brit. Colonies

Nova Scotia
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4381 imageMail Boat Obliterations / Atlantic Packets 1860/63: Nova Scotia 12½ c. black, a used example on 1862 attractive cover to London tied by Mailboat "A98" obliterator in black ("Mr. Nash, Marine Packet Service Atlantic Line") with 'London / Paid' cds of receipt (July 2) on obverse. Slight ironed file fold well away from the adhesive, a charming and immensely rare cover.rnProvenance: 'Mailboat Covers & Cancellations', Spink, 7 March 2007, lot 1177. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF4,600.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM

Europe

Great Britain
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4382 imageMail Boat Obliterations / Mediterranean Packets 1856: Great Britain 6 d. lilac used on 1860 cover from Gibraltar to London tied by bold strike of Mailboat "B12" obliterator ("To Mr. Fisher for use on board the "Delta"), dated on despatch "Feb 4th" at lower left when the 'Delta' was at Gibraltar. Obverse with manuscript 'Evening February 9th' when the ship docked at Southampton. Reverse with Torquay arrival cds (Feb 9). Rare. Cert. BPA (1959).rnProvenance: 'Mailboat Covers & Cancellations', Spink, 7 March 2007, lot 1084. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF900.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4383 imageMail Boat Obliterations / Mediterranean Packets 1857: Great Britain 1 d. red stars, perf. 14, six examples including a vertical pair used on 1861 small mourning envelope to London (Jekyll correspondence) tied by four fine strikes of the horizontal Mailboat "B16" obliterator ("Handed to Mr. Douglas for service on board the 'China' Mediterranean Packet") with London arrival cds (May 10) in red on reverse. Very fine and extremely rare - unrecorded in Stanley Gibbons.rnProvenance: Collection E.E. Yates, RL, London, 31 July-1 Aug 1940; Collection 'Victoriana', Spink, London, 4 Oct 2007, lot 2391. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,700.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM

Brit. Colonies

India
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4384 imageMail Boat Obliterations / Abyssinian Campaign 1867 (Dec): India 1866 4 a. green, Die I, in a horizontal pair tied to 1867 cover to Avranches, France endorsed 'via Marseilles' cancelled by sender's initials and by bold strike of P & O Mailboat "C79" obliterator and by part oval 'PD' applied with 'London / Paid' cds in red (Dec 2?). Carried by the 'S.S. Mongolia' with British P.O. SUEZ transit cds in blue (Dec 16). Reverse with Paris transit and Avranches arrival cds (Dec 29). One of very few covers known prior to the setting up of the Field Post Office in June 1868. Superb quality and most attractive.rnNote: Mailed from Lieut. C.B. Smith of the Madras Infantry, attached to the first wave of 1'500 troops landed at Annersley Bay, Gulf of Zula for the Campaign, he had arrived on the 'Star of India' in Annersley Bay on Dec 5, 1867. For further information on this Campaign and the known covers, see Roberto Sciaky's article in the London Philatelist, June 2003.rnProvenance: 'Mailboat Covers & Cancellations', Spink, 7 March 2007, lot 1112. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF7,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM

Europe

Great Britain
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
4385 imageSpanish Mail Packet 1869 (Nov 14): Entire letter from Santander, Spain to Carupano, Venezuela bearing Spain 1868 200 m. blue-green in a horizontal pair (Michel 95) tied in black with Santander despatch cds (Nov 15) below. Struck on obverse with "No. 2498 / DETAINED FOR POSTAGE (4)" in red with, on reverse superb strike of circular "SPANISH MAIL PACKET" datestamp (Dec 20, code A) in black. Some light staining but a cover of exteme rarity. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF1,500.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4501 imageHouse of Commons 1 d. envelope 1840: "To be posted at the House of Commons only. / Post Paid.- ONE PENNY.- Weight not to exceed ½ oz.", a used example of the 1 d. envelope on unwatermarked wove paper, mailed to Ipswich and struck with 'Crown Paid' cds (March 4) in red on despatch. Countersigned at lower left by Lt. Col. Rushbrooke, MP for the Western Division of Suffolk (1835-1845), with 'Library House of Commons' red wax seal on reverse. File fold at top, minor imperfections and some light aging but rare Gi = £ 3'000.rnReference: listed in Huggins & Klempka "The 1840 Parliamentary Envelopes" Prepaid as number 42 on page 83. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF800.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4502 imageMulready 1 d. letter-sheet First Day of Issue 1840: Mulready 1 d. black letter-sheet, stereo A24, a used example addressed to the Courier Office in the Strand, London struck with fine Maltese Cross in red with 'T.P. / Drummond St.' at right, reverse with clear hexagonal framed "MY.6 / 1840" despatch datestamp of First Day of Issue in red. Listed in Jackson 'May Dates' on page 227. Central file fold and aged at edges but rare and exhibits well Gi = £ 18'000.rnProvenance: Collection 'Idiens', Robson Lowe, 27 Jan 1954, lot 27. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF2,800.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4503 image1840: Mulready 1 d. black envelope, stereo A148, a used example from Chatham, Kent to Edinburgh cancelled by red Maltese Cross. Manuscript notation of despatch on front panel 'Robert. Chatham, May 10th 1840' and reverse flap, opened for display with double arc CHATHAM cds MY.10 / 1840 in red - an extremely rare usage on First Sunday May Date that exhibits well. Listed in Jackson 'May Dates' on page 303. Cert. BPA (2020) Gi = £ 10'000.rnNote: Mrs. Maclagan, Jane Whiteside Maclagan (1790-1878) lived with her husband David Maclagan (1785-1865) at 129 George Street, Edinburgh. David Maclagan served as Surgeon in Scotland to Queen Victoria.rnProvenance: Phillips, London, 7 Sept 1995, lot 111. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3) (Image 4)

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SOLD for CHF3,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4504 image1840: Mulready 1 d. black envelope, stereo A167, a fine used example cancelled by black Maltese Cross with framed BARRAS BRIDGE RH at lower left in red (Receiving House). Reverse with double arc cds of 'Newcastle-On-Tyne' despatch cds (Aug 17, 1841) in black and 'Durham' arrival cds in blue (same day). Fresh and fine, the envelope used as a wrapper with the letter inside Gi = £ 550. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF240.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4505 image1840: Mulready 2 d. blue letter-sheet, stereo a94, a used example from London to Great Yarmouth, cancelled by bold strike of London "No. 6" in Maltese Cross struck in black. Reverse with London Maltese Cross datestamp of despatch (Sept 23, 1843) in red and obverse with double arc Great Yarmouth arrival cds (Sept 24) in black. Signed at lower left by sender, Joseph Hume (1777-1855), the radical MP and mailed to Dawson Turner, banker, botanist and antiquarian. The Karl Louis Card Index records just 4 2 d. Mulreadies with the "No. 6" in Cross, of which this is undoubtedly the finest. A delightful and extremely rare usage Gi = £ 9'000.rnProvenance: Collection Wills, Harmers, London, 7 Nov 1989, lot 51; Collection Lou Grunin, Spink, London, 2 April 1998, lot 235. (Image 1) (Image 2) (Image 3)

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SOLD for CHF2,600.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4506 image1840: Mulready 2 d. blue letter-sheet, stereo a104, a used example to Lambeth struck with 'Cornhill' despatch in red and London "55" numeral obliterator in black struck over Britannia, reverse with framed arrival (Sept 18, 1850) in red. Somewhat soiled at right but a scarce commercial late usage Gi = £ 2'400.rnProvenance: Merkur Auktionen, Frankfurt, offer list 1971, lot 2347. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF460.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4507 image1840: Essay for a prepaid envelope, 116 x 69 mm., with Queen Victoria in oval 'engine-turned' surround with PAID at top printed in blue with no value indicated, internally printed in black "THE IMPROVED SAFETY ENVELOPE, / No. 484.- Registered Nov 18, 1840, by / MITCHELL AND SON, 39, CHARING CROSS'. Lower backflap partly torn into, otherwise very fine and fresh. Scarce. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF1,100.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4508 imageMulready Caricatures 1840: R.W. Hume's Mulready caricature, No. 1, 'Leap Year', an unused example in fresh condition but for two or three light spots, opens well for overall album page display. Scarce. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for CHF900.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM
4509 imageMulready Caricatures 1840: Spooner's caricatures, envelopes No. 1 to No. 6 complete, lithographed in black, imprinted 'Mulheaded' at base, all unused with a few minor age spots, largely very fine for these, a scarce and most attractive group. (Image 1)

SOLD for CHF1,000.00
Closing..Jun-08, 11:59 PM

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