Prestige Philately Auction 169 CatalogueLot 833Catalogue by countryMarshall Islands
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CAROLINE ISLANDS: 1909 apparently commercial usage of PPC of "Postdampfer Germania" with message headed "Angaur 21 2 09", to Germany with Marshall Islands 5pf tied by 'DEUTSCHE SEEPOST/JALUIT-LINIE/21 2 b /09' cds.
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MARSHALL ISLANDS: 1901 Yachts 3pf to 5mk Mi 13-25 each with 'Specimen' overprint, apparently superb unmounted but regummed, Cat €1300. German Philatelic Society (USA) Certificate (2007). [Tim Rybak's unmounted set sold for $3910 at our auction of 26/4/2008] (Qty 13)
MARSHALL ISLANDS: 1903 philatelic usage of 5pf Postal Card to Germany with superb strike of the very scarce 'DEUTSCHE SEEPOST/SYDNEY-/HONGKONG/6 10 a /03' cds, Jaluit transit cds of two days later & light 'DARMSTADT' arrival cds.
MARSHALL ISLANDS: 1905 cover to "SMS Seeadler/Ponape" with 3pf x4 tied by 'JALUIT/28 7/05/MARSHALL INSELN' cds, largely superb 'KAISERLICH DEUTSCHE POSTAMPT/[crown]/PONAPE/KAROLINEN/[posthorn]' mailbag seal used as an arrival marking on the flap, minor blemishes. [A typhoon in April 1905 destroyed the Ponape cds. The mailbag seal was used until arrival of a new cds, in November 1905]
MARSHALL ISLANDS: 1911 local envelope with Jaluit Gesellschaft imprint at the top, delivered outside the postal system. With the original enclosure being a 3-page invoice for goods totalling 35,000mk! Most unusual. (Qty 2 items)
MARSHALL ISLANDS: 1912 apparently commercial cover with 'Otto Bock/Janit [sic]/Killi Marshall Inseln' imprint on the flap, to the Caroline Islands with 30pf tied by 'DEUTSCHE SEEPOST/JALUIT-LINIE/23 10 b /12' cds, with boxed 'Reichspostdampfer/ Germania' h/s & 'Deutsche Seepost/Jaluit-Linie' registration label, light 'PONAPE' arrival cds on the face.
MARSHALL ISLANDS: NAURU: 1901 commercial double-rate cover endorsed "Absender L Kaiser, Nauru/(Marshall-Inseln)" on the flap, to Germany with rare mixed issues franking of 'Marschall-Inseln' Overprint on 10pf Mi 3ii x2 and Yachts 20pf for the registration fee tied by 'JALUIT/2 2/01/MARSHALL INSELN' cds, 'Jaluit/(Marshall-Inseln)/Eingeschreiben' registration label, 'NEUSTADT' arrival b/s. An exceptional forerunner item. The post office on Nauru opened 14/7/1908 only. [Combination frankings of this nature were permitted only until September 1901]Nauru was annexed by Germany in 1888, pursuant to the Anglo-German Convention of that year]
MARSHALL ISLANDS: JAPANESE OCCUPATION: Yachts 3pf to 50pf (ex 40pf) with oval personal "chops" of Kinsaburo Kano (3pf 5pf & 25pf), Sub-Lt Kobayashi (20pf & 50pf) or Paymaster K Tamura (10pf & 30pf). Each with a separate Briefmarkenprüfstelle Basel "mini-certificate" (2005). (Qty 7)
NEW GUINEA - "G.R.I." Overprints
1915 Additional Surcharges on Marshall Islands '1' on '2d.' on 20pf ultramarine SG 64 [Stg 2, Pos 3] and '1d.' on 5pf green SG 51 [Stg 2, Pos 1] plus unoverprinted Marshall Islands 5pf 10pf & 3mk each with central "chop" in red of the Japanese Paymaster Temura, all tied to a single piece by oval Rabaul d/s unusually in blue, Cat £2580++. A remarkable, albeit philatelic, item. Peter Holcombe Certificate (1999) states "a rare combination". [Tim Rybak's & "Ello's" used examples of SG 64 sold for $4370 & $6612 respectively]
NEW GUINEA "G.R.I." Overprints - Postal History
1915 correctly rated official cover to Sydney with '1d.' on Marshall Islands 5pf SG 51 and 'G.R.I./3d.' on 'Rabaul/(Deutsch Neuguinea)' registration label SG 33 tied by oval 'RABAUL/FEB 22 1915/NEW BRITAIN' d/s in violet, a second strike at upper-left overwritten "Censored/GWM Rabaul/22.2.15", the flap sealed with three 'KAISERL.DEUTSCHE POSTAGENTUR' post office seals, Sydney arrival b/s, hinge remainders on the reverse. Ex Robert Gibbs. BPA (1981) & Briefmarkenprüfstelle Basel (2004) Certificates.This cover, addressed to Sydney dealer JS Smyth, is illustrated by Gibbs at page 21 where he states that it contained a letter of summons for Smyth to attend as a witness at the court martial of Lt George Moore, who was the censor of this cover! The caption is inaccurate: the summons quoted requires Smyth to produce inter alia "a letter written by [Moore] to you under date 22nd February 1915", which is a reference to the contents of this cover. Moore was court-martialled for having sold in excess of the imposed limit of 10/- face value of stamps to himself, and to another officer. The cover is a remarkable survivor from this fascinating episode.