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Displaying 21 - 40 of 41 Lots in Category - Military - World War I
C of A - Postal Stationery
LETTER SHEETS - STAMPED TO ORDER: 1918 (Sep) KGV 1d red Die 1 BW #LSS5 for the Department of Defence with roneo'd recruitment letter over facsimile signature of "RM Orchard" Minister for Recruiting, the sealing flap removed but otherwise superb, 'ADELAIDE/PAID ½D - .../ELIGIBLES ENLIST' slogan cancel of 2NOV18 being effectively an uprating for payment of the War Tax, Cat $2000. [This early example of "junk mail" must have been very widely distributed but very few examples have survived]
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postmarks
WORLD WAR I MILITARY CAMPS: Mostly part-strikes on KGV Penny Reds, from 'BATHURST...' (on 1/- Roo perf 'OS'), 'CASULA...' (very fine strike on defective 1915 cover), 'COOTAMUNDRA...', 'HOLDSWORTHY...', 'LIVERPOOL...' (on soiled 1917 cover), 'MENANGLE...' (on stained 1917 cover), 'MOORE PARK...', 'ROSEBERY PARK...' (rare, largely very fine strike on piece) & 'WARWICK FARM...'(Qty 13 items)
NEW GUINEA - "G.R.I." Overprints
1914-15 6mm Spacing '8d.' on 80pf black & carmine/rose SG 11, ironed-out crease, unused, Cat £900; also BNG 2½d SG 12 used (with RPSofV Certificate !).(Qty 2)
NEW GUINEA - "N.W./PACIFIC/ISLANDS" Overprints
1915-16 King George V Single Watermark ½d green with the Watermark Inverted SG 65aw abc strip, the first unit with a hinge remainder, the other units unmounted, Cat £6400++. [Barry Gribble's a b & c singles - all hinged - sold for $1380, $1667 & $2530 respectively at our auction of 25/3/2011. The b & c units here are the only unmounted examples known to us]
1915-16 Kangaroos Second Wmk 9d violet SG 89 type c with White Flaw Under 'TA' of 'POSTAGE'  BW #21(1)d, well-centred, a little aged, ACSC Cat $950. A rare variety with NWPI overprint.
1918-23 Fifth Setting Large Multiple Watermark ½d bright green with the Watermark Inverted SG 119w, well centred, unmounted, Cat £100 (mounted).
1916 usage of OAS Gratuitous Distribution Letter Card with poem printed on the reverse, message to the sender's young son headed "Madang 26.8.16", KGV 1d red tied by 'MADANG' cds curiously of 24AU16, rare oval 'CENSORED BY/DISTRICT OFFICER/WMB OGILVY' cachet & 'RABAUL' transit b/s of 1SE16, a few faults but most presentable. A rare usage in New Guinea. [Not listed in the ACSC because it was produced by staff at the Commonwealth Stamp Printing Office & not for the Post Office]
1918 Reinhard cover to Switzerland with provisional usage of small 'RABAUL.' h/s in violet in lieu of a registration label, a little reduced at the base; and 1919 OHMS cover with 1d tied by Rabaul cds & 'THE TREASURY/RABAUL' cachet.(Qty 2)
SAMOA - 1886-1900 "Palmtrees"
POSTAL CARDS: 1d blue/bright green commercially used to New Zealand with Auckland transit & 'KAMO' arrival cds.
SAMOA - 1914-1920 Overprints on New Zealand
Apparently commercial World War I group comprising 1914 to NZ with 'G.R.I.' ½d on 3pf x2 & ½d on 5pf pair, Overprints 1d on two OAS covers, and nine civilian covers - five registered, one with scarce black/white label - to the USA (6), New Zealand (2) & Hawaii, condition variable; also philatelic covers registered to Victoria, GB (2, one with scarce boxed registration cachet), Holland or Switzerland (2, from 'PALAULI' & 'TUASIVI').(Qty 18)
1914 pair of stampless OHMS covers to Kent, both endorsed OAS but one taxed at Sydney & with British Postage Due 1d affixed, minor defects, each with letter headed "Apia Samoa/11th Sept 1914". [The writer states: "...We have no mail service here, letters are just kept on the odd chance of a ship calling...I am stuck doing garrison duty...We took this place without firing a shot which was very disgusting as we have not even justified our existence..." and "...We never hear a word of what is happening in Europe...I simply hate this job...We have all the discomforts of warfare...without anything to compensate for them..."](Qty 4 items)
No longer available
1914 cover to Germany with 'SAMOA' Overprints on ½d & 1d tied by Apia cds of 28.10.14, 'Passed by Censor' h/s, a few blemishes. [Stated to be from the last mail accepted for enemy countries]
1914 (Nov) homemade wrapper to Wellington with 'SAMOA' Overprints on NZ 1d tied by the German-type Apia cds.
1914-24 Overprints on QV Postal Fiscals Clean-Cut Perf 14½x14 £2 bright violet Scott #126 (formerly SG 133), very lightly lightly mounted, undercatalogued at $US400. Ex Gernot Reiners. [The current Gibbons footnote states "We no longer list the £2 value as it is doubtful this was used for postal purposes". At least two genuinely postally used - and expertised - examples of the £2 value exist: see Lot 878 in our auction of 12/2/2010 & Lot 963 in our auction of 19/11/2011]
1915 (Mar) local OHMS cover with embossed 'NEW ZEALAND/[arms]' in vermilion on the flap and typed "Official/('JNash')/Secretary" at upper-right. Superb!
1917 OHMS cover to Wellington with 'BRITISH MILITARY OCCUPATION/OFFICIAL/FREE/SAMOA' cachet & superb oval 'BRITISH MILITARY OCCUPATION/OFFICE OF THE/ADMINISTRATOR/21FEB1917/APIA/SAMOA' cachet both in violet, Censor #2 h/s in green, ironed-out central fold.
1917 commercial cover to England with Overprints 1d & endorsed "Censored/JRS OC Radio". Very rare. ["JRS" = Captain John Ray Smith. The wireless station was at Tafaigata, 4 miles inland from Apia]
1918 commercial cover to Christchurch with Overprints 1d & light strike of the rare 'Censored by ["APP Capt"]/OIC Radio' h/s in bluish ink, slightly reduced at the top. ["APP" = Captain AP Polkinghorne]
1918 commercial usage of overprinted KEVII 1d Letter Card with Overprints ½d added for the War Tax, boxed Censor #3 h/s in green. A surprisingly rare item, from an English-speaking civilian in Samoa.
1919 apparently commercial internal covers from 'SAILALUA' with Censor #3 h/s in violet and from 'MULIFANUA' uncensored (flap removed). Scarce pair.(Qty 2)