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GREAT BRITAIN STAMPS & POSTAL HISTORY continued...

GB MIXED POSTAL HISTORY
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1464   imageSHOEBOX - KGVI-QEII ACCUMULATION ON COVERS - mostly to 1971 plus a few decimal FDCs, inc. useful used stationery, 1949/53 Torquay or Guernsey 'multi-view' PPCs, Wildings covers inc. 6 July 1953 FDC of the 5d, 8d & 1/- values, 1954 env. to Canada with full 3 x 1d blue booklet pane, and 1964 commercial env. to Iran franked with 4½ chestnut pair, 1953 Coronation & 1961 Savings Bank FDCs (SG £80/75), 1963-81 trio of Recorded Delivery mail, a small range with Royal or Parliamentary connection inc. 1959 handwritten letter on Buckingham Palace letterhead and 1935 env. from Lord Great Chamberlain, the decimal FDCs include several signed by pilots etc. inc. 1982 Darwin signed by HMS Beagle commanding officer et al. (a few hundred) Cross Reference: FIRST DAY/SPECIAL EVENT COVERS, RECORDED MAIL, ROYALTY, POSTAL STATIONERY COLLECTIONS (Image) Starting at £ 65

Currently...£260.00
Selling...USD 339.14
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1465   image20th CENTURY RANGE INC. TAXED & AIRMAILS; Eclectic mix inc. 1913 'Budget Letter Card' to France franked 1d, taxed with 20c + 10c p.dues, 1915/16 2c Mexico PC to Italy franked GB 1d or ½d pair tied by Watford cds, 1924 Brit. Empire Exhibition Pictorial Letter Card franked 1d & 1½d, 1928 'EXPERIMENTAL AIR MAIL/LIVERPOOL-BELFAST-LIVERPOOL' envs. (2) franked KGV 1½d + ½d pair carried by the Flying Boat Calcutta (Muller 153/b), 1929 window env. franked 1½d with 20c (6) Italian p.dues tied to front, 1936 KGV 1½d env. to France taxed and with 1F + pair 10c p.dues, 1939 envs. (4) all but one franked KGVI 1½d to Glasgow or Devon and all franked Lundy ½ or 1 Puffin and Lundy & Atlantic Coasts Air Lines labels, 1955 env. to Japan franked 2½d Wilding with p.due label and circular "DUE/'18' YEN" h.s. on front and others. (18 covers/cards) Cross Reference: LUNDY ISLAND STAMPS, AIRMAILS, POSTAGE DUE MARKS, POSTAGE DUE LABELS (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 100

Currently...£100.00
Selling...USD 130.44
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1466   imageQV & KEVII MIXTURE INC. INSTRUCTIONALS, TAXED, OFFICIAL MAIL; Range with large 1868 env. to Hitchin franked 1d Red ex Luton with elaborate Valentine enclosed, 1869 mourning env. to Ilfracombe franked 1d Red ex London redirected to Bath and then Bristol, 1869 official Returned Paid Letter env. redirected within London, 1877 env. to Liverpool franked 1d Red (Pl. 168 & 186), 1877 local env. to London franked 1d with circular "1D" and framed "More to pay/above '1' oz/WC" h.s. on front, 1882 embossed decorative env. used locally franked 1d Lilac and tied by Todmorden duplex, 1883 env. to the steamship Para at Plymouth franked 1d Lilac tied by South Sea BO duplex, 1903 printed official env. to France with London EC Official Paid cds and oval "POST OFFICE/MONEY ORDER OFFICE" cachet on front, 1905 PPC to Morecombe franked KEVII ½d tied by Douglas cds and 1905/08 PPC franked KEVII ½d with framed Contrary to Regulations marks on front. (10 covers/cards) Cross Reference: LONDON POSTAL HISTORY, MOURNING ENVELOPES, REDIRECTED MAIL, ISLE OF MAN POSTAL HISTORY (Image) Starting at £ 55

Currently...£55.00
Selling...USD 71.74
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
ENGLISH COUNTIES MIXED POSTAL HISTORY
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1467   imageLATE 1700s TO MOSTLY 1830s STAMPLESS ACCUMULATION: A small box containing a mix of covers inc. c1766 E to London with 'HAVERFORD/WEST' [VE damaged] & Bishop's mark receiver, 1799 E with LLANDILO horseshoe, 1823 EL with unlisted red boxed 'PAID/BATH' on the front, 1832 EL to Thornbury with very fine oval 'No 1' of Clifton on the front and BRISTOL ds on the flap, 1835 trio of covers with LEICESTER cds and octagonal TOO/LATE, 1836 EL with 'Christ/Church/Penny Post' on the flap and unboxed 'No 2' on the front, 1839 front with 'Crawley Hants/Penny Post' (rated GPO), 1843 1d pink with MARCHWOOD udc (GPO) on the front, etc. (c150) Cross Reference: WELSH POSTAL HISTORY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, SOMERSET, WILTSHIRE (Image) (Image2) (Image3)

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Starting at £ 180

Currently...£85.00
Selling...USD 110.87
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
CORNWALL
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1468   imageMOSTLY QV GROUP OF MAIL - inc. Mar. 1854 env. (stamp missing) with rare NORTH-HILL udc in blue on the back; Nov. 1858 env. to Launceston with rare CAWSAND udc in blue on the back; Dec. 1858 env. with rare STOKE-CLIMSLAND udc on the back; 1897 regd piece with ST GERMANS squared circle; and 1901 OHMS env. Bodmin to Wadebridge redirected to Liskeard. (12 items) (Image) Starting at £ 48

Currently...£48.00
Selling...USD 62.61
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1469   imageLAND'S END - Box file holding a remarkable collection of PPC's of Land's End, many used with a wide range of privately applied handstamps, printed cachets & labels inc. "From the old man at the Land's End", "FIRST & LAST HOUSE/LAND'S END", "The First & Last House/In England/LANDS END", "First & Last Refreshment House, LANDS END", "FIRST AND LAST HOTEL IN ENGLAND, LANDS END", etc. A wonderful lot for the specialist. (100+) (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 65

Currently...£70.00
Selling...USD 91.31
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
CORNWALL - SCILLY ISLANDS
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1470   imageST. MARTINS - VERY EARLY LETTER POSTED FROM ST. MARY'S WITH "SCILLY" MARK TO LONDON; 10 Mar. 1828 EL (interesting Missionary contents signed by "George Nance" requesting a small salary for a preacher on St. Martins and the inability of the islanders to pay for one) headed from the tiny "St. Martin's Island, Scilly" (it folds neatly to display this heading beside the address and postal markings) and addressed to the "Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge" in London; charged the single rate of "1/1" with a mainly fine (and well indented) St. Mary's "SCILLY" straight-line mark (struck in transit on the largest of the Scilly islands) nicely placed on the top flap. Rare early letter from this small island; believed to be the second earliest recorded cover from St. Martins in private hands. Exhibition Quality. (Image) Starting at £ 260

Currently...£220.00
Selling...USD 286.97
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1471   imageST. MARY'S - MISSIONARY LETTER WITH FINE FULLY INKED "SCILLY" REF. EXPENSIVE POSTAGE; 5 Jan. 1831 EL from "Scilly" to London charged "1/1" with a very fine and fully inked St. Mary's "SCILLY" mark (filing fold) on the top flap beside the red London arrival cds (10 Jan.). The contents include; "In haste (through the great irregularity of the packet)..." followed by a list of Rev. George Wordley's recent expenses (£32-7s-0d in all including "Post[age]s & [tax] Stamp 7s-0d") and concluding thus; "I have a great number of Receipts in my desk, which I wish I could forward to you by some less expensive channel that that of the Post Office. Your directions respecting them will much oblige...". Good insight into the problems of high postage in the 1830s.Cross Reference: POSTAL REFORMS (Image) Starting at £ 100

Currently...£100.00
Selling...USD 130.44
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1472   imageST. MARY'S - XMAS DAY USAGE 1d RED COVER WITH "610" NUMERAL & REDIRECTED FOR 1d IN ERROR; 25 Dec. 1868 env. (opened out for display with some dusting and slightly reduced at left) with "a merry christmas/[mistletoe]" device printed on the flap sent to Cambridge with two 1d Reds (pl.96; rubbed where over the edges) tied by very fine rare Scilly "610" Numerals. The letter was redirected to London on 28 Dec., but was oddly charged only 1d; was this an error or was the letter overpaid in St. Mary's, or did St. Mary's have a 1d Late Fee system? Puzzling but very rare Christmas Day cover.Cross Reference: CHRISTMAS INCLUDING CANCELLATIONS, CHRISTMAS/RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS, POSTAGE DUE MARKS (Image) Starting at £ 80

Currently...£260.00
Selling...USD 339.14
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
DERBYSHIRE
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1473   imageALBUM-PAGE FRIENDLY 18th CENTURY COUNTY MAPS + c.1860 KELLY's P.O. MAP, PICTORIAL PAPER, ETC.; 1744-1787 quartet of small maps (up to album-page size; some folds); 1744 Cowley/Dodsley, 1753 Read/Roque, Bowles (c.1766; with fine contemporary hand colouring) and John Cary (1787; neatly hand-coloured & with mileages marked); plus c.1855 unused small sheet of writing paper with fine engraving (light toning) of "Curzon Street, Derby" (showing the building which was later to house the 'Derby Stamp Shop' - ex D.G. Manton's own collection), and cut-out hand-coloured matching print (toned) of "Royal Hotel, Post Office and Bank, DERBY" (both pub. by "P. Peal...Derby"), c.1860 Kelly's "POST OFFICE MAP OF DERBYSHIRE" (c.23.5x30.5cms) showing POs with Money Oder facilities and all rail/tramways). Plus a large reprint of a coloured Pollard print (central fold) of a racing stagecoach ("LEICESTER MANCHESTER DERBY" on the doors). Good group of scarce items. (5 maps + 3 others)Cross Reference: MAPS, PICTORIAL ENVELOPES - PRINTED, PICTORIALS, PRINTED (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 80

Currently...£80.00
Selling...USD 104.35
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1474   imageTHE VERY DAY THAT BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE TURNED BACK FROM DERBY - CONTEMPORARY NEWS; 6 Dec. 1745 manuscript letter (some faults and creasing) written on the very day that the Scottish invasion army turned back from England – presumably written from Derby itself – with no address wrapper but clearly sent to a man of importance in London (probably by private Express messenger). It gives news of the Rebels’ retreat from Derby; “The Rebels are gone from Derby on their Road to Ashbourn; Horse, Foot, Artillery & all. The Duke of Cumberland was at Litchfield yesterday & sent his Artillery to Coventry, expecting the Rebels wou’d March South, and the reason he had for it was [that] the Rebels had secured, by a Strong Guard, Swar[ke]stone Bridge which is 3 miles from Derby in the road to Loughborow, so that from hence tis very plain the rebels’ scheme was to draw his Highness a sufficient way south in order to open a passage for themselves back [northwards] & consequently to slip both Armys, which tis feared by some will be executed….J. M.” [The writer "J.M." has yet to be identified...] The “Young Pretender”, Bonnie Prince Charlie, invaded England with his sizeable Scots Army (some 5,000 men) in Nov. 1745, reaching as far south as Derby (where his forces sacked the Post Office among other things!) at the start of December. He was then apparently unaware that his road to London (and the throne of England) lay open and more or less unopposed. Instead of pressing on, he turned his forces around on Friday 6 Dec. 1745 and retreated northwards. A rare contemporary account. [Ex Martin Willcocks; Sotheby's Manuscript auction, 1 Dec. 1994.] Cross Reference: MILITARY, SCOTLAND (Image) Starting at £ 200

Currently...£240.00
Selling...USD 313.06
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1475   imageTHOMAS TELFORD (FAMOUS ROAD ENGINEER) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER REF. A "NEW ASHBOURNE ROAD"; 26 Nov. 1825 EL (filing folds) from London to a solicitor in Leek charged "10[d]" with a London cds backstamps. The contents are headed "Derby and Stockport Road", and were written and signed by the famous road engineer, "Thos. Telford", reporting on developments regarding the plans for an “Ashbourne New Road” (filing note). He reports that “the Post Master General... cannot pledge that Department to forward the Mails by any Varied Line, nor direct me to furnish Copies of the Maps of the Surveys…” but is not uncooperative. The great Scottish road-builder, Thomas Telford (1757-1834), was responsible for many new roads and bridges around Britain during the early 19th century, and in 1825 he was working towards a new Ashbourne route, under the auspices of the trustees of the “Derby and Stockport Road”. Part of the plan was to persuade the Post Office to change the route for the distribution of letters in the area. Rare autograph letter specifically concerning the Post Office mailcoach routes of Derbyshire. [Ex Cavendish Jan. 1998; lot 1704; realised £258.] Cross Reference: AUTOGRAPHS, CHESHIRE (Image) Starting at £ 200

Currently...£240.00
Selling...USD 313.06
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1476   imageSPECTACULAR PICTORIAL DERBY 1d BLACK "PEGG & CO." BILLHEAD COVER; Remarkable 29 July 1840 EL (one side-flap removed; some closed tears around but not affecting stamp) sent from Derby to Leicester with 1d Black (just 4m; TI - Plate 5) tied by a light orange-red Derby MX with a light matching "DERBY" cds alongside; the contents are a beautifully printed pictorial billhead for the paint manufacturers "Robert Pegg & Co." depicting their factory with smoking chimneys but also having a neat flower garden in the foreground. Quite an idealised view of industrial 1840 Derby! [With RPS 1984 clear certificate of genuineness. Ex Ron Vickers.]Cross Reference: 1840 1d BLACKS, ADVERTISING ENVELOPES, PICTORIALS, PRINTED, ADVERTISING COVERS (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 100

Currently...£60.00
Selling...USD 78.26
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1477   imageSPECTACULAR DERBY COAT-OF-ARMS BILLHEAD INVOICE TO LORD SCARSDALE WITH 1841 1d RED; Remarkable 19 Dec. 1843 billhead (filing folds) for "£9-8-6" for "repairing a gig" sent by post from Derby (fine Green 1 Jan. 1844 cds backstamp) to "Kedleston Hall" with (v. near 4m) 1d Red just tied by black Derby MX; the contents are a detailed invoice for coach repairs on sheet with a superb printed Royal coat-of-arms heading (by appt. to "QUEEN ADELAIDE & PRINCE ALBERT") of "Herbt. & Alfd. Holmes" of the "MANUFACTORY FOR Fashionable CARRIAGES AND HARNESS, LONDON ROAD, DERBY". Superb early printed advertising cover from an original 'find'.Cross Reference: ADVERTISING ENVELOPES, PICTORIAL ENVELOPES - PRINTED, ADVERTISING COVERS, 1841 1d REDS (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 65

Currently...£90.00
Selling...USD 117.40
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1478   imageWATERCOLOUR LETTER-SHEET DEPICTING BONSALL SIGNED BY ARTIST "G.R. VAWSER"; Colourful 10 Feb. 1858 letter (no address-wrapper; overall light toning but with good colour) written and signed by Charlotte Vawser with a fine watercolour of Bonsall village and cross at the start signed by her brother "G[eorge] R[obert]. Vawser [junior]" offering to sell the recipient (unnamed) similar full-scale paintings by her late father (G.R. Vawser snr.) or her brother. This must have been an effective way of reminding potential customers of the quality of pictures that could be had. Miss Vawser admits that Matlock, though picturesque, “is the most inconvenient place to live in”! Charlotte, her father and her brother all successfully submitted paintings to the Royal Academy from the 1830s to the 1870s. The only example of the Victorian marketing of paintings using an example in a letter-sheet that we can recall having seen.Cross Reference: PICTORIAL ENVELOPES - HAND-DRAWN, PICTORIALS, HAND-DRAWN, ART AND ARTISTS (Image) Starting at £ 65

Currently...£70.00
Selling...USD 91.31
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
BRISTOL
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1479   imagePAID/AT/BRISTOL TO TASMANIA & 4d-POST COVERS + "EAST-HARPTREE" UDC CANCELLING 1d RED; 18 Dec. 1839 E to Watchet with red m/s "4" and mainly fine circular "PAID/AT/BRISTOL" (rare Uniform 4d-Post Period prepayment), Nov. 1861 EL (from Fry's chocolate makers ref. disposal of slow-selling products in Australia!) prepaid 6d in cash to Tasmania with v. fine circ. "PAID/AT/BRISTOL", and rare small 9 Oct. 1847 env. with 3m 1d Red tied by partly fine "EAST-HARPTREE" UDC (rare thus) with "134" then struck in transit - endorsed "Not to be delivd. till Monday" (the sender was clearly an anti-Sunday work campaigner). Good trio. (3 covers)Cross Reference: UNIFORM 4d POSTAGE PERIOD, OVERSEAS DESTINATIONS, 1841 1d REDS, 1840s CANCELLATIONS (Image) Starting at £ 80

Currently...£80.00
Selling...USD 104.35
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1480   imageRARE CLOTH-COVERED DUPLEX COVERS - 4d RATE TO FRANCE + INTERNAL 2d RATE, ETC; 7/15 Sept. 1869 E/env. pair to St. Malo/Poole franked by single 4d Vermilion (filing crease) or 1d Reds pair; all are tied by very fine "BRISTOL/134" Duplexes clearly showing the impressions affected by some kind of cloth - though to be a brief experiment with cloths placed over the heads of the Duplex to reduce the consumption of ink (without affecting thoroughness of obliteration); this trial is thought to have lasted for only 3 months in Bristol and to only have affected a proportion of the letters cancelled. Rare pair. [The second ex Martin Willcocks, 1977; £90.] Plus 1879 env. with 1d Red ex Birmingham with v. fine "EVESHAM" arrival cds backstamp clearly showing the same 'cloth-covered' strike. It seems likely that the scheme was successful for backstamps (e.g. railway TPOs in Scotland) but not for cancellation purposes (due to faint strikes...). (3 covers)Cross Reference: WORCESTERSHIRE, OVERSEAS DESTINATIONS (Image) Starting at £ 100

Currently...£110.00
Selling...USD 143.48
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
1481   imageGLOUCESTERSHIRE POSTMARK STUDY INC. VILLAGES, SMALL TOWNS, ETC.: Two box files containing an assortment of covers, postcards, and First Day / Commemorative covers 1720-2000s inc. Apr. c.1720 E to London, reverse with partial 'GLOUS/TER' & a good 'IV/20' hs; 6 Mar. 1828 EL Uley to London with ms '9'd & a weak 'ULEY' udc to reverse & good 'E/6MR6/1828' red London arrival cds; 26 Oct. 1827 E London to Gosberton charged ms '9' then '10'd (extra local 1d rate), with good oval 'MISSENT/TO/GLOCESTER' hs; fine duplex cancellations for Almondsbury (PPC damaged), Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloster & Gloucester (2), Stow-on-Wold, Stroud, etc.; and a large K-size 3/4d Registered Letter env. with a 1d Machin postmarked "21 AP 69" with a Stroud cds. Plus studies of towns & villages from Acton Turville to Wraxall. Many PPCs with local scenes. (c.200 covers & many on piece) (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 130

Currently...£85.00
Selling...USD 110.87
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1482   imageMISCELLANY of E/ELs, envs. & PPCs with a good variety of postal markings inc. 1813 EL with two-line "GLOUCESTER/Penny Post", 1824 E with circular Bristol mileage & s/l "TOO LATE", 1838 EL with circular "MORETON IN MARSH", 1842/43 Gloucester Station cancellations, 1889 postal stationery env. with ½d & 1d adhesives tied by Gloucester Single rings & with additional "GLOUCESTER DOCKS", UDCs of Bedminster, Bisley, Cains Cross, Charlton Kings (in red), Montpellier, Uley, boxed "M Dean (Mitcheldean) Py Post", etc. (26). (Image) Starting at £ 120

Currently...£550.00
Selling...USD 717.42
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.
1483   image1840 1d BLACK WITH RED MC: 30 June 1840 EL from Gloucester to Cheltenham with four close to large margins fine 1d Black (pl.4 LA) cancelled with a neat red MC. Cross Reference: 1840 1d BLACKS (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 80

Currently...£85.00
Selling...USD 110.87
Closing..Mar-10, 01:00 AM EST.

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