Prestige Philately Auction 169 CatalogueLot 786Catalogue by themeMissionaries & Mission Stations
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Displaying 5 Lots in Category - Missionaries & Mission Stations
FRENCH POLYNESIA: 1851 missionary entire headed "Tahiti May 3rd 1851" & signed "WH Howe", to London "per Overland Mail via/Marseilles/Castle [?] Calcutta" with 'PAID SHIP LETTER/JU*26/1851/SYDNEY' d/s in red where rated "3" for an outgoing shipletter, London arrival b/s of 1851/17OC17 & rated "2/-" for a double-weight inwards India letter, light horizontal filing fold at the base. An extremely late English missionary letter. [In 1843, the French outraged the British when they took formal possession of Tahiti. By the end of 1846 all the British missionaries had departed. Was Howe an exception, or did he return later?]
CAROLINE ISLANDS: 1910 missionary's cover with 'Liebenzeller Mission/Truk Carolinen' imprint at upper-left and boxed 'Reichspostdampfer/Germania' ship's cachet, registered to Germany with combination franking of German 10pf and Carolines 10pf pair tied by the very scarce 'DEUTSCHE SEEPOST/JALUIT-/LINIE/22 9 b /10' cds, 'Deutsche Seepost/Jaluit-Linie' registration label, 'FRIEDRICHSHAGEN' arrival b/s, a couple of very minor blemishes. An exceptional cover.
NEW GUINEA - German (Deutsch) New Guinea Postal History
1914 entire address panel on parcel piece (145x105mm) with typed endorsements "Sender: Lutheran Mission/ Finschhafen -D.Neuguinea" & "Korrekturbogen/Proof-sheet" and 'Drucksache' (= printed matter) h/s at upper-left, to Brisbane with rare franking of 25pf 30pf & 1mk tied by superb 'FINSCHHAFEN' cds. A marvellous & colourful item. [The foreign printed matter rate was 5pf per 50g so the packet weighed 1.550kg, as endorsed at left in blue pencil]
1914 double-rate mission cover to Germany with 5pf x2 & 10pf tied by 'HERBERTSHOHE' cds, officially opened & resealed with two 'KAISERLICHES GOUVERNEMENTSBURO/[eagle]/RABAUL' (= government offices) seals, largely very fine strike of the rare 'Gouvernementsseitig/unter KRIEGSRECHT geöffnet/Rabaul ("8") Septemb 1914/Uberwachungsoffizer' censor cachet on the reverse & signed by the censor, the cachet affected by a 50mm repaired tear, opened-out for display. A great rarity of German New Guinea. Chris Ceremuga Certificate (2003) states "Extremely rare with only a couple of covers censored by the Germans recorded"
NEW GUINEA "G.R.I." Overprints - Postal History
1915 (early) missionary cover to Rev Theile in Queensland with German New Guinea 10pf pair tied by two fine to fine strikes of the defaced '____/[(eagle)]/Friedrich-Wilhelmshafen' mailbag seal (Powell #21 - rated F; Gibbs #17), "To pay" in blue pencil partly obscured by plain resealing censor tape & endorsed "Passed" at left, very fine 'PASSED CENSOR/23MY15/BRISBANE' cds in red on the face, flap fault & very minor blemishes. [Kevin Nelson's similar cover but also with Kangaroos ½d & 2d added sold for $9487 at our auction of 27/11/2010]