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Displaying 61 - 80 of 118 Lots in Category - Victoria
1905-13 Crown/A Perf 12½ ½d to £2 plus many extra shades, Cat $1300+ (£1000+). (Qty 28)
1905-13 Crown/A Perf 12½ £1 rose Watermark Upright BW #127Caa (SG 431ab), Cat $600 (£300).
LOCAL STAMPS: mid-1860s Murray River Steam Navigation Co set ½d black, 1d scarlet, 2d blue (large-part o.g.) & 3d green, a few small faults as usual, unused. Rare. [With part of an article about the bona fides of the stamps including an illustration of the only recorded example - a 3d - used on cover] (Qty 4)
REVENUES: Array on Hagners including Stamp Statute 6d (3), 1/- (5), 2/- (3), 2/6d (2), 5/-, 10/- & £1 (3), 1879-1907 Stamp Duty including 15/- lilac, £1/5/-, £1/10/- (2), 45/- (3), £2 (3, including pair), £5, £10 (3), 1887 Bicolours £5 £6 £7 & £9, 1930 Relief Tax £25, plus 20th Century Stamp Duty issues including Numerals in multiples. (Qty 150+)
REVENUES: 1960s 'CATTLE' 1d yellow-olive (23, including block of 18) & 2/- olive (8, including strip of 4 with a few tonespots), generally fine to very fine unmounted. Also the accompanying envelope with typed "2/1d per head cattle/When cow is sold affix to account...". (Qty 31)
VICTORIA - Postal History
Bundle of covers including 1856 to Scotland with 6d Woodblock & British 'MORE/TO/PAY' h/s, 1858 entire to Glasgow with Half-Length 3d pair, 1861 part-entire with "Netted Corners" 1d strip of 3 & Q-on-T 6d, 1860 to England with Q-on-T 6d x2 in different shades, 1890 Castlemaine to England with boxed 'REGISTERED', 1891 registered to Italy with 'MARKET SQUARE GEELONG' cds & Italian boxed TPO d/s on the face, 1900 to London with 'GOVERNOR...' Frank & superb oval 'VICTORIA/[crown]/OFFICIAL PAID' h/s, 1907 to London readdressed to Paris with French Postage Due etc, condition variable. (Qty 44)
Selection of pre-1913 covers, PPCs & Postal Stationery with a wide array of postmarks including numerals, duplexes & cds, no Melbourne. A handy if unspectacular lot in generally fine condition with many very fine strikes noted. (Qty 95)
1849 (May 1) entire to the Supreme Court at Melbourne (b/s) with fine strike of the boxed 'PAID AT/ALBERTON' h/s in red & unusually fine oval 'ALBERTON/NEW.S.WALES' b/s, rated "11" in red for an inland letter conveyed between 171 and 230 miles. Ex Ray Kelly.
1850 (June 14) headed "Loyola" to Melbourne (b/s) with good strike of the scarce oval 'SEYMOUR/PORT PHILLIP' b/s in blue & rated "4" in black, docketing on the face. Ex Ray Kelly.
1855 stampless entire "pGaston & Felice" (?) endorsed "Via Mauritius" & on the reverse "forwarded by Leunere & Co" in magenta and with the ship's name crossed-through, to Melbourne to "remain @ Post Office until called for" with '[crown]/MAURITIUS/ JA22/1855/=GPO=' d/s on the face & 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/GPO VICTORIA' cds in red on the reverse, superb strike of the rare "Butterfly" '34' used at the Melbourne GPO in red on the face, minor defects & a little aged though still of very fine appearance. Ex Hugh Freeman. ̃̃Stated by Freeman & White at page 9 to be the only recorded usage in red. Butterfly '34' was originally allocated to Border Post, which was renamed Lindsay 1/1/1854 & closed 21/12/1854. It was then returned to the GPO from where only this item, and a late strike in black on a pair of 1d Emblems are recorded, making this a RRRRR marking in the re-allocation period. ̃̃It seems to us that there is even more to this cover than first meets the eye. Both the name of the vessel being erased, and a forwarding agent's endorsement - "forwarded by..." - being added to the reverse, strongly suggest that this originated somewhere other than Mauritius. At this time, Réunion & Seychelles were the only islands in the Indian Ocean with direct regular shipping routes to Mauritius. Réunion might be the favoured contender because of its relative proximity to Mauritius but the sender's penmanship strongly suggests English rather than French origin. If our hypothesis is correct, this would be one of the earliest postal items from the Seychelles. Jeffrey Weiss (Harmers of London 15/12/2004) had only four earlier items, dated between 1833! and 1853.
1855 (Feb 3) unstamped outer from London "via Liverpool/pBoomerang" addressed to "Mr Aug CH Boltzmann/care of John Davison Esq/Geelong/Victoria/Australia Felix" with London paid cds in red, rated "1/8" & "4" both in red, superb 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/MY*12/1855/GEELONG-VICTORIA' arrival b/s in red, rather worn around the edges which is hardly surprising as it still contains 13 letters in German - ranging in size from brief notes to 6pp epistles! - many headed "Hamburg" & all in very fine condition. Despite the absence of a forwarding agent's handstamp, this is without doubt an extraordinary example of forwarding agents' mail, and the only such group from any country into Australia known to us. ["Australia Felix" = Blessed Australia, was a term coined by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836 to describe the lush western parts of Victoria. It is rarely seen as part of an address. Herr Boltzmann is unknown to us but was presumably one of the earliest German settlers in the Colony]
1855 (July 7) flimsy outer to Sydney (b/s) "Pr City of Sydney" with Half-Length 3d deep blue SG 31c vertical pair (full margins except where the lower unit is just shaved at right otherwise very fine) tied by Barred Oval '1' of Melbourne (b/s).
1856 small cover to London per "Francis Henty" with Woodblocks 6d orange (4 margins) tied by superb BN '1' of Melbourne (small oval b/s), London "tombstone" arrival & superb '3d' h/s both in red on the face.
1856 entire to London "pTrue Briton" with a superb Woodblocks 6d orange (margins good to huge) tied by BN '2' of Geelong (b/s), London "tombstone" arrival & superb strike of the very scarce '1d' h/s both in red on the face. Connoisseur quality.
1857 large-part outer to "Hong Kong/China" endorsed per "Simla to Galle" with Woodblocks 6d orange (large even margins) tied by poor BN '1' of Melbourne (small oval b/s), 'HONG KONG' arrival b/s across the flap, some aging & discolouration on the face. Terrific destination.
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