Prestige Philately Auction 125 CatalogueLot 783Catalogue by countryCook Islands
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Displaying 8 Lots in Category - Cook Islands
1893-94 Makea Perf 12x11½ 1d brown (2), 1d blue (2), 1½d (3), 2½d (4), 5d (2) & 10d (2) showing a range of shades, also 1902-19 selection to 10d (2) including 1d Watermark Sideways block of 4, Clean-Cut Perf 14x14½ 1d Feather Flaw, a few unused but most have large-part o.g., Cat £750+ (2003). Ex Boulangier & still on his pages. (Qty 33)
1932 1d Captain Cook perf 13 upper left corner blocks of 4 (2) and pairs (5) all with the left-hand units Reperforated at Left resulting in Perf Compound of 13 & 14 SG100b, fresh unmounted, Cat £1620++
1935 Silver Jubilee 2½d SG 114 upper-right corner block Imperforate Horizontally, allover discolouration caused by the full unmounted o.g. A striking piece. Absent from the Fitzpatrick and Boulangier collections.
COOK ISLANDS - Postal History
1842 emtire letter with postscript "Rarotonga/March 29 1842" to "Rev H Nisbet/Samoa" welcoming him to the Pacific and signed "William Gill", carried by private ship & without postal markings as there was no post office in either island group at the time, vertical fold & some staining. Ex Boulangier: sold for $784 at our auction of 5/12/2003. One of the earliest letters from the Cook Islands: Fitzpatrick had one of 1832 and then nothing until 1844, while Jensen's earliest was of 1845.
1892 4-page letter to the British Resident at Rarotonga handwritten by Captain Rooke and headed "HMS Champion at Tahiti", a bit aged and a few faults. Ex Boulangier. An important historical document, of particular philatelic interest. [The writer communicates grievances from the chiefs of Mangaia & Aitutaki, inter alia about Queen Makea being on the proposed Cook Islands stamps (these were not issued until July 1893) & Rarotonga's large star on the first official frank h/s - the second type had all the stars of the same size. He suggests "...the simplest & best plan would be to annexe all the islands, give them the British instead of the disputed Federation flag & put the Queen's [Victoria's] head on their stamps..."]
1945 commercial cover (225x172mm) to Sydney with Pictorials 4d x3 & 3d Surcharge tied by light strikes of the 'MANGAIA/NZ' cds (a further strike on registration label, marginal from the base of the sheet), endorsed "contents manuscript, in English", Rarotonga transit b/s, some soiling & creasing. Rare printed matter rate, especially from an outer island.