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GREAT BRITAIN STAMPS & POSTAL HISTORY continued...

FREE MAIL
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1364   imageCHESTERFIELD - TWICE-CHARGED 1742 FREE; Fine and attractive 3 Apr. 1742 EL to London with very fine "CHESTER/FIELD" on the flap beside the Bishop mark but with the initial "4" charge cancelled (to Sir John Heathcote - ? an M.P.?) although the "4" charge was then reinstated with a P.O. Inspector's initials.Cross Reference: DERBYSHIRE (Image) Starting at £ 48

Currently...£48.00
Selling...USD 62.61
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1365   imageRARE SATIRICAL PAMPHLET REF. THE NEWLY TIGHTENED UP FRANKING LAWS; Fine and very rare 1784 24-page pamphlet (ex binding; c.21x26 cms. - just fits album page) entitled "An authentick letter from a disconsolate Member of Parliament to his unfortunate son, lately convicted of robbing the General Post Office" and published under the suitable pseudonym "FRANCIS FRANKUM"; written to coincide with the 1784 reforms of the franking system which introduced the rule for signing and heading all free franks for the first time. Written in an amusing style to highlight the risks of prosecution (and loss of reputation) that would be faced by those cheating the system, such as "Mr Alderman Invoice, Messrs Packum, Cheatum and Co., Mr./Mrs./Miss Pengrubber, Sukey Sentiment..." etc.! With ownership signature on the title-page of "J. Luther"; thought to have been John Luther (c.1739-1786) who was MP for Essex from 1763-84, and lived at Great Myles at Kelvedon Hatch which is considered to have been one of the largest manor houses in England. Believed to be the only recorded example in private hands and a rare published response to Postal Reform before 1800. [We have traced two other copies in the British Library and one in the Wellcome Foundation collection.]Cross Reference: LITERATURE - PHILATELIC, POSTAL REFORMS, ESSEX (Image) Starting at £ 65

Currently...£65.00
Selling...USD 84.79
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1366   imageSET OF BROWN-BLACK 2-RING UNDATED "FREE" MARKS ("C", "P" & "S") FRANKED BY SAME MP, ETC.; 1788/9 EL/part E & front all franked by the famous and wealthy Welsh M.P. "T[homas] Johnes" (1748-1816; of Hafod, Wales) with mainly fine to v. fine scarce brown-black 2-ring London "FREE" marks with "C"/"P"/"S" (frank Inspectors Coltson, John Palmer & Stafford) - the EL an abuse of privilege with letter from someone else - fine 1835 pair of ELs franked (& written) by "[the Duke of] Newcastle" to Aberystwyth ref. the harbour there, 14 free fronts with Welsh connections, and scarce July 1837 printed 42-page Govt. "Return" listing every British Postmasters' "perquisites" (Late fees, extra 1d's for local 'town' letters, etc.). (4 covers, 15 fronts & 1 Return)Cross Reference: WELSH POSTAL HISTORY, LATE FEE/TOO LATE MAIL, POSTAL REFORMS (Image) Starting at £ 100

Currently...£100.00
Selling...USD 130.44
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1367   imageGROUP INC. RARE DUBLIN TYPE & OFFICIAL ENVS. SIGNED BY PRIME MINISTERS/CHANCELLOR ETC. - 1801-05 'apple' type group (6 fronts plus E), 1822 front with very rare Dublin "FREE[within crown]/SUNDAY" ds, Mar. 1839 env. to Bristol with mostly fine MX type hs, 1836 front & 1865 env. signed at lower left 'Melbourne' or 'Palmerston' both at the times they were PM, 1869 env. signed 'Hatherley' with embossed "LORD CHANCELLOR" on the flap, and 1912 env. with "PRIME MINISTER" imprint at lower left and embossed "THE PRIME MINISTER" on the flap. Interesting group. (13 items)Cross Reference: AUTOGRAPHS (Image) Starting at £ 110

Currently...£240.00
Selling...USD 313.06
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1368   imageRARE FREE FRANKED "ARMED DAILY HORSE POST" FULLY COMPLETED TADCASTER/SETTLE TIME-BILL; Remarkable Aug. 1836 EL (minor toning and a couple of reinforced places in the folds) sent free from "TADCASTER" (v. fine UDC on flap) to "J.A. Fletcher Esq., G.P.O. Surveyor &c., York, Forward." - rare example of the GPO Surveyors' franking of all mail addressed to them. The contents are a very rare survival from the pre-1840 period; a 2-sided printed "TIME BILL" sheet for the "Tadcaster and Settle... ARMED DAILY HORSE POST". While a very small number of similar pre-1840 P.O. Time-bills for mail coaches have survived, we do not recall having seen one like this relating to a horse-post before. Both sides have been fully completed for both outward and return journeys by each Postmaster along the route (5 in all). Wonderful Exhibition Item. Cross Reference: YORKSHIRE, COACHING (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 100

Currently...£100.00
Selling...USD 130.44
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
LATE FEE/TOO LATE MAIL
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1369   imageRARE & VERY EARLY GIANT OVAL-FRAMED "Too late" OF MANCHESTER; 16 June 1802 EL charged "4[d]" from Manchester to Warrington with a partly fine scarce "185/MANCHESTER/16 JUNE 1802" mark on the flap with a matching enormous oval-framed "Too late" mark (W&J M96; only a few known in 1802 or 1804; light filing fold) alongside. This 60mm x 30mm mark is one of the earliest British Too Late marks and it seems that the Postmaster of Manchester was keen to advertise the fact that correspondents were not paying his Late Fees for letters posted just before the mail closed! Exhibition Item.Cross Reference: LANCASHIRE - MANCHESTER, TOO LATE MARKS (Image) Starting at £ 100

Currently...£260.00
Selling...USD 339.14
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1370   imageTHE SMALLEST OF ALL "TOO LATE" MARKS? - THE TINY FOLKSTONE "Too Late" IN BLUE-GREEN; 23/24 July 1855 EL from Folkstone to Canterbury with 1d Red 'Stars' tied by a fine "303" Numeral with a tiny blue-green "Too Late" mark (9x15mm!) alongside. This mark is not recorded in Willcocks & Jay and we cannot recall having seen another example.Cross Reference: TOO LATE MARKS, KENT (Image) Starting at £ 65

Currently...£65.00
Selling...USD 84.79
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
MILITARY - GB FORCES OVERSEAS
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1371   imageMOSTLY WWII GROUP OF MAIL - inc. May 1940 airmail env. to Bengal with 'NOT OPENED BY/CENSOR/A/3', Mar. 1941 censored airmail env. to Rio de Janeiro franked with 1/- & 2/6 stamps, 1943 env. to Alexandria with various censor marks and 1944 censored airmail env. to Iran with 6d & 9d stamps; good range of Berlin zone mail and a few Swedish & German items. (c100 items) Cross Reference: MILITARY - WWII, MILITARY - CENSORED MAIL (Image) Starting at £ 55

Currently...£160.00
Selling...USD 208.70
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
OFFICIAL MAIL
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1372   imageVARIED COLLECTION OF KGV & QEII OFFICIAL/O.H.M.S. STATIONERY: used and unused in two binders. We note KGV mourning black edged OHMS envs., other unusual items eg. exemption from dog licence certificate, etc. (c.160 items) (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 48

Currently...£48.00
Selling...USD 62.61
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
PARLIAMENTARY MAIL
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1373   imagePARLIAMENTARY NOTICE: Long blue env. inscribed "Parliamentary Notice" addressed to Dunleer, Co. Louth. Trivial damage to one corner. Franked with 2d blue cancelled by 12 Dec 1857 Belfast 'spoon' and 6d mauve (SG 28a) similarly cancelled, paying the compulsory Registration Fee. Cover is accompanied by the original enclosure, a printed "Belfast & County Down Railway/Parliamentary Notice". Contents ref. the building of an embankment on the Ballynahinch extension of the Railway. A scarce item. Cross Reference: IRELAND, REGISTERED MAIL, RAILWAY MAIL, BELFAST (Image) Starting at £ 160

Currently...£170.00
Selling...USD 221.75
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
PICTORIALS, HAND-DRAWN
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1374   imageUNIQUE HAND-MADE "FISH" ENVELOPE POSTED WITH 1d RED & MX OF TAUNTON; Local 1 Feb. 1843 env. in the shape of a fish (hand-made from a single sheet of paper sealed with a small wax seal at one end; glued around the other 3 edges - space inside for a small enclosure) with hand-drawn fins, scales and eye (latter overstruck by "1" of date of cds) sent locally by post in Taunton to "Miss Lindon at Mrs. Foster's, Cannon Street Taunton". Endorsed "Free" because prepaid with a 1d Red (AH; good to wide margins all round, just touched at top right) tied by a very fine Maltese Cross with a fine matching "TAUNTON" cds on the front. Remarkable item; we cannot recall having seen any other hand-shaped covers of the 1840s that went through the post. Marvellous Exhibition Item.Cross Reference: 1841 1d REDS, SOMERSET (Image) Starting at £ 260

Currently...£280.00
Selling...USD 365.23
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1375   imageSIR EDWIN LANDSEER (1802-73) AUTOGRAPH LETTER WITH HAND-EMBELLISHED ENVELOPE; 18/20 June 1864 env. sent locally in London - somewhat fanciful penmanship used for the address - with 1d Red tied by "LONDON-W/W/14" Duplex and initialled "E.L." by the famous animal painter Sir Edmund Landseer at lower left; with original contents sent to "Wm. Lyon Esq." on Landseer's crested writing paper with a pictorial lion used in place of the word - "Dear [Lion]" - depicting a classical lion very similar to the famous statues in Trafalgar Square on which he was working at the time this letter was sent. [He accepted the commission for the Trafalgar Square lions in 1858 but they were not completed and installed until 1867.] Remarkable letter from this brilliant and famous painter.Cross Reference: ART AND ARTISTS (Image) Starting at £ 100

Currently...£100.00
Selling...USD 130.44
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1376   imageCOLOURFUL, HAND PAINTED 1871 LADIES' ENVELOPE WITH GEOMETRIC DESIGN: 30 Aug 1871 env. with red, gold & black geometric design border around the address panel. "596" numeral and Oswestry c.d.s. cancelling 1d red Plate, IJ. Small tear at left clear of stamp.Cross Reference: SHROPSHIRE (Image) Starting at £ 200

Currently...£200.00
Selling...USD 260.88
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1377   imageJUDGE WITH FEARSOME CANE & GRIMACE + TROJAN HORSE ARTIST DESIGN 1d RED COVER; 20 Feb. 1875 env. (some dusting/toning - mainly on reverse) to Aylesbury (to a member of the Tindal family; connected to the Erasmus/Charles Darwin family) with 1d Red (pl.150) tied by fine "BUXTON/155" Duplex with the address forming the front of the desk of a judge pointing (and staring) at the stamp with other curious characters on wither side. A complex and intriguing design that is hard to fathom out.Cross Reference: PICTORIAL ENVELOPES - HAND-DRAWN, DERBYSHIRE (Image) Starting at £ 80

Currently...£80.00
Selling...USD 104.35
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1378   imageQV PERIOD ILLUSTRATED CARD & COVER & 'ALL-OVER' PRINTED ADVERTISING ENVS.; 7 Mar. 1876 1¼d PC to France with London WC duplex, the rear illustrated in pen and ink showing a ship departing port, another illustrating ill passengers on a ship and a Quarantine Measles address tag, unusual and early illustrated postcard and 23 Dec. 1883 large env. to Hull franked 1d Lilac tied by Marlborough duplex depicting an elaborate pen & ink scroll, decoration and a Dragon motif. Lot also includes 10 Sep. 1872 env. (defects) for 'IMPROVED LOWE'S HEAT PHOTOMETERS" to Paris franked 1d Red strip of three tied by London SW duplexes and with Calais and oval "PD" mark on front and 6 June 1883 "GEO. COLE & CO/COMMISSION MERCHANTS" env. (one rear flap missing) used to Germany franked 2½d Blue tied by London d.s. Uncommon pair (4 items) Cross Reference: OVERSEAS DESTINATIONS, FRANCE, POSTAL STATIONERY, Q.V., ADVERTISING COVERS (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 95

Currently...£95.00
Selling...USD 123.92
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1379   imageTHE 'INQUISITIVE DERBY POSTMAN' (READING A LETTER TAKEN FROM A PILLAR-BOX!) RED-BROWN DESIGN; 3 Apr. 1895 env. (minor overall dusting) with 1d Lilac tied by very fine "DERBY/242"! Duplex with the address-side dominated by a "Rough Sketch" of a postman ("GPO 118" on his collar) walking away form a pillar-box (which he has presumably just emptied) with mailbag on his shoulder busily reading a letter, the envelope for which (with the diminutive Manchester address of the actual letter) is falling to the ground! Rare example of a QV envelope depicting PO staff.Cross Reference: DERBYSHIRE, PICTORIAL ENVELOPES - HAND-DRAWN (Image) Starting at £ 100

Currently...£100.00
Selling...USD 130.44
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1380   imagePEN-AND-INK DESIGN OF 12 "ARCHITECTURE" WONDERS INC. THE "PYRAMIDS", "ALHAMBRA", "ST. PAULS", ETC.; 14 Jan. 1895 env. (flap lost; minor stains hardly detract) to Norfolk with 1d Lilac tied by very fine "DERBY/242" Duplex having the address relegated to the bottom right corner, as the rest of the space is taken up with a large drawing of the "Alhambra", and miniature sketches of 11 other samples of "Architecture" including the "Pyramids", "St. Pauls", "Oudekerk Amsterdam", "St. Werbergh's Derby", "Stoke Poges", "Venice", etc.; an eclectic mixture!Cross Reference: PICTORIAL ENVELOPES - HAND-DRAWN, DERBYSHIRE (Image) Starting at £ 65

Currently...£70.00
Selling...USD 91.31
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1381   imageHAND-PAINTED PAIR OF KEVII COVERS WITH A THEATRICAL FLAVOUR BY ACTOR J.A. STIMSON; 29 Nov./3 Dec. 1908 pair of spectacularly hand-coloured envelopes in very fine condition, both sent to his wife in London by the touring actor John A. Stimson (believed to have been performing at Derby theatre at the time); each with KEVII 1d tied by fine 2-ring "DERBY" cds. The first with crying dog in street beside posters advertising "BEECHAMS PILLS" and various productions at the "THEATRE ROYAL" or "PALACE DERBY", and the other with a glamorous female face ("This stares me in the face when I wake up"!). Good pair. (2 covers) (Image) Starting at £ 200

Currently...£85.00
Selling...USD 110.87
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
PICTORIALS, PRINTED
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1382   imageSPECTACULAR GRETNA GREEN LETTER-SHEET USED BY THE INN's LANDLORD WITH "GRETNA/PENNY POST"; 8 Apr. 1844 EL prepaid 1d in cash and sent from "Gretna Hall" to Carlisle with red m/s "1" plus a mainly fine scarce "GRETNA/PENNY POST" on the front; the contents are headed by a most attractive engraving depicting "GRETNA GREEN (RETURNING)" with 1842 imprint and showing a a young couple in a small carriage with four fine horses racing away from the Inn and village of Gretna Green where there is a small sign inscribed "LINTON/Gretna Hall/INN". The letter is written and signed by the landlord "Jno Linton" himself; he performed over 1,100 Gretna Green marriages between 1825 and 1855 - it was a very profitable business! Superb Exhibition Item. Cross Reference: SCOTLAND, CUMBERLAND (Image) Starting at £ 100

Currently...£100.00
Selling...USD 130.44
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1383   imageCOMIC HYDROTHERAPY PICTORIAL 1d FRONT + SET OF ILLUSTRATED WRITING PAPER; 14 Mar. 1879 front with 1d Red tied by "MATLOCK BATH/520" Duplex having a comic "I AM CURED BY STEAM" printed design alongside the stamp showing a portly gent in the steam room (with "May 1 1876 Newman & Co., London" imprint); the only example of this design that we can recall having seen. Plus 1855/7 imprint set of four similar "Rock & Co." comic hydrotherapy scenes printed on unused sheets of writing paper. Rare group. (5 items)Cross Reference: PICTORIAL ENVELOPES - PRINTED, DERBYSHIRE (Image) Starting at £ 80

Currently...£220.00
Selling...USD 286.97
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.

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