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C of A - Postal History
1913 commercial cover with Norddeutscher Lloyd imprint & endorsed "Abs Felix Fabian/Rabaul, Deutsch Neuguinea" both on the flap, to Germany apparently carried per favor to Fremantle where WA 2d & ½d Roo added and tied by Fremantle machine cancel, filing holes at left. Unusual.
1922 double-rate cover with printed "No Dutiable Matter whatever is contained in this letter", to Pennsylvania "per SS Makura" with scarce franking of Third Wmk Roos 6d milky greyish blue (Cat $500 on cover) tied by very fine 'SPECIAL/=SYDNEY=' cds. The rate was 4d for the first ounce + 2d for each successive ounce.
1933 commercial cover with Hudson Motor Car Co imprint & typed endorsement "By SS Maunganui", to the company's Detroit HQ with KGV 1d green x4 paying 3d rate + 1d late fee tied by the scarcer 30mm 'POSTED SHIP SIDE/SYDNEY' cds.
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
1866 cover endorsed "Per SS Hero via/Torres Straits Batavia/& Marseilles", to Nottinghamshire with Perf 13 8d red-orange SG 167a (and a 2d stamp lost) tied by Sydney duplex of '66/JY31', fair 'WORKSOP/OC30/66' arrival b/s, repaired flap faults. A great rarity of maritime mail.
Hero was diverted from a Sydney-New Zealand service to succeed "Souchays" on the experimental Torres Strait service between Brisbane & Batavia, thence to Europe. Her first departure from Moreton Bay was scheduled for 4/8/1866. However, the propellor shaft seized & she had to be beached for repairs, finally departing 20/8/1866 & missing the French mailboat at Batavia. Colin Tabeart at pp367-8 states the only recorded cover endorsed for this service was dated at Sydney -/8/1866 with a Worksop arrival of OC21/66 indicating carriage from Sydney per P&O "Massilia", departed Alexandria 5/10/1866; arrived Southampton 20/10/1866.
The cover here - almost certainly from this same correspondence - arrived 9 days later . Our assessment is largely in line with Tabeart's reasoning: carried per "Hero" to Batavia, arriving 8/9/1866; then Dutch ship "Minister Franzen van den Putte" departed Batavia 15/9/1866, arrived Singapore 19/9/1866; then per French ship - probably in a closed bag - arriving Marseilles 28/10/1866. Colin Tabeart suggests carriage from Singapore per P&O but the extension dates from Galle do not conform to that theory. What is clear is that this is the first cover to be recorded per "Hero" via Torres Strait .
TASMANIA - Postal History
1894 OHMS cover with the heading & 'Tasmanian Government/Railways' imprint scored-through, to Victoria with Sidefaces De La Rue strip of 3 & Local Printing 4d buff tied by four of five strikes of the rare boxed 'LOOSE/SHIP LETTER' h/s of Melbourne (b/s), folded at left, minor tonespots & repaired opening tears clear of the stamps & postmarks. Ex Roger Hosking.
1895 commercial cover to Victoria with Sidefaces De La Rue 1d pair & 2d x2 tied by two strikes of the boxed 'LOOSE SHIP LETTER' h/s of Melbourne (b/s), minor aging. Ex Roger Hosking.
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1857 Woodblocks Experimental Separations Pin-Perf Roulette about 10 6d dull orange , rouletted at left & right but cut from the sheet to preserve the design resulting in margins close - at the base - to large, minor soiling; tied to outer by Barred Numeral '1' of Melbourne (part-b/s of AP/1856), to London "pr Earl of Sefton", light but clear 'AUSTRALIAN/PAID/LIVERPOOL/JY16/*858/=PACKET=' cds & London arrival of the next day both in red on the face, minor blemishes & a small repair at the top of the cover. A great rarity ; unlisted by Gibbons. Ex JRW Purves, Rodney Perry and Roland Geitenbeek. Illustrated by Geoff Kellow at page 93: at page 94 he states "Several examples are known with a pin perforation gauging about 10...including two covers dated in 1856 and 1857...[They] must be classed, in the absence of any other evidence, as private and unofficial". RPSofV Certificate (2015) states "it is genuine, correctly rated and the stamp belongs".
This unusual form of separation predates by at least 18 months Calvert's official experiments of October 1857. It was almost certainly a private expedient that was clearly unsatisfactory, because any attempt to separate the stamps along such widely spaced roulettes would inevitably have resulted in damage to all units. In this case, presumably after initial attempts to tear the stamps apart had failed miserably, the sender resorted to a pair of scissors. The use of this unofficial separation is clearly analogous to Britain's Archer Roulettes - Cat £25,000 for a single mint stamp - and similar expedients in other countries. A classic Belgian cover with private roulettes - Ex Gary Kasparov - sold at auction in April 2012 for €200,000 plus commission. Admittedly, this classic Victorian cover is neither as attractive nor as valuable as the Belgian cover but it is just as rare.
VICTORIA - Postal History
1857 double-rate mercantile cover to London "Per Simla & Overland" with Emblems 4d brown-vermilion SG 42a x2 (one an apparently enormous upper-left corner stamp, the other with 3 good to large margins) plus No Watermark 2d grey-lilac SG 45a x2 (both with margins at places) all overlapped & tied by BN '2' of Geelong (b/s of MY*27/1857), superb London arrival cds of 3AU3/1857 in red on the face. A very pretty cover. Carried "Simla", departed Melbourne 31/5/1857, arrived Suez 12/7/1857; then per "Scamander", departed Alexandria 14/7/1857, arrived Southampton 1/8/1857. Ex Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli. [The writer speaks of a decline in demand for gin but "...we have no doubt we shall soon see an improvement"]
1858 outer to Scotland "pr Australasia" with Emblems 2d pale lilac SG 45 vertical pair (margins good to large except at left where a little shaved) & 2d grey-lilac SG 45a single (good even margins) tied by BN '1' of Melbourne (poor b/s), two different 'GREENOCK/AU16/1858' arrival b/s, a bit soiled, repaired tear at upper-right clear of the stamps.
1858 cover to Wales "pr Monthly Mail/Collumbian" [sic] with Emblems 1d pale emerald SG 62 horizontal pair plus Rouletted 4d pale dull rose on Vertically Laid Paper SG 71 tied by BN '9' cancels of Beechworth (light b/s of AU-13/58), Melbourne & 'COWBRIDGE/ OC19/58' b/s, ironed-out vertical fold well clear of the stamps, some blemishes. A scarce franking. Carried per "Columbian", departed Melbourne 17/8/1858, arrived Suez 3/10/1858; then per "Cambria", departed Alexandria 5/10/1858, arrived Southampton 18/10/1863.
1860 duplicate entire to London "Via Marseilles" with Emblems 2d brown-lilac Horizontally Laid Paper SG 69 plus Perf 12 4d rose-pink SG 87 & Queen on Throne 6d blue, BN '2' & very fine 'M' (signifying carriage via Marseilles) of Geelong (b/s of AP-16/60) in red, London arrival b/s of JU12/60, two vertical filing creases one of which affects the stamps. Carried per "Emeu", departed Melbourne 25/4/1860, arrived Suez 2/6/1860; then per "Panther", departed Alexandria 4/6/1860, arrived Marseilles 10/6/1860. Ex Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.
From prominent lawyer, pastoralist & politician Sir Charles Sladen, to his brother, enclosing a Second of Exchange for £25,000! In 1855, Sladen was Treasurer in Victoria's first Responsible Government. In 1863 he established the Colony's pre-eminent Leicester sheep stud at "Ripple Vale" Birregurra (from where the letter was written), named after his family home "Ripple Court" in Kent. Sladen post office in suburban Geelong opened 18/10/1954.
1860 entire to Scotland "p Emue [sic] SS/Via Marseilles" with Emblems 1d dull green SG 84 plus Rouletted 2d SG 69 & Queen on Throne Rouletted 6d SG 73, "killer" BN '1' & Melbourne b/s of AP24/60, British 'Insufficient Postage ("3")/Fine ("6")' & 'MORE/TO/PAY'-in-circle handstamps both in red, Edinburgh arrival b/s of JU13/60, internal writing shows through the paper but otherwise remarkably fine & attractive. Carried per "Emeu", departed Melbourne 25/4/1860, arrived Suez 2/6/1860; then per "Panther", departed Alexandria 4/6/1860, arrived Marseilles 10/6/1860. Ex Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.
Presumably sent in a closed bag as there is no London transit marking. If the underpayment had been noted in Melbourne, it should have been sent by the long sea route. However, the arrival date proves carriage via Marseilles.
1861 mourning cover to England "Per Behar/Via Marseilles" with Emblems 1d yellow-green SG 98/a vertical strip of 3 plus Queen on Throne Rouletted 6d blue SG 73 BN '5' & tiny 'BALLARAT/JA25/61/VICTORIA' b/s plus similar Geelong & Melbourne transit b/s, 'M' h/s applied at Geelong, very fine 'BIRMINGHAM/MR17/61' arrival b/s, minor soiling. Carried per "Behar", departed Melbourne 26/1/1861, arrived Galle 14/2/1861; per "Nubia", departed Galle 17/2/1861, arrived Suez 4/3/1861; then per "Valetta", departed Alexandria 8/3/1861, arrived Marseilles 15/3/1861. Ex JRW Purves, Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.
1861 cover to Scotland "Per Jeddo" with Emblems 2d brown-lilac Vertically Laid Paper SG 69a horizontal strip of 3, BN '1' & Melbourne b/s of JU20/61, Carlisle transit b/s of AU22/1861 & part 'SANQUHAR' arrival b/s, flap faults. Carried per "Jeddo", departed Melbourne 26/6/1861, arrived Galle 16/7/1861; "Candia", departed Galle 18/7/1861, arrived Suez 5/8/1861; then per "Delta", departed Alexandria 9/8/1861, arrived Southampton 21/8/1861. Ex Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli..
1906 PPC from Scotland to "WR Darling, Christmas Island, Straits Settlements via Singapore" with double-circle 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE/JY28/1906' transit cds and 'CHRISTMAS ISLAND/AU/1906' arrival cds. Message includes "hope you like your new island..."
MARSHALL ISLANDS - NAURU: 1907 philatelic cover with Marshalls 30pf & manuscript "Nauru/7 2 07", repaired tear at the top & some staining/toning.
MARSHALL ISLANDS - NAURU: another similarly serviced but very fine philatelic cover of the same date with Marshalls 20pf - plausibly paying the double letter rate - a couple of tiny imperfections. Ex John Darnell.
MARSHALL ISLANDS - NAURU: 1910 cover to Nauru with Marshalls 5pf pair tied by two fine strikes of the 'DEUTSCHE SEEPOST/ JALUIT-/LINIE/1.7/10' cds used aboard the "Germania", Jaluit transit b/s of the next day & Nauru arrival b/s of 17.9/. Friedrich Steuer Certificate (1995). [The "Germania" was en route to Hong Kong. The cover was offloaded at Jaluit to be put on the next southbound vessel]
MALAYA - Postal History
Superior group comprising 1858 stampless entire to Mauritius "p City of London"; 1867 stampless entire with 'PENANG/11/DEC/1867/P.O.' cds & French 'POS.ANG.V.SUEZ/P.AN.A.MARS' mailboat cds in red; 1867 badly dessicated cover to Bombay with East India 4a cancelled at Singapore; 1873 double-rate cover to India with 12c x2 & 'SINGAPORE/ A /JA9/73/PAID' cds in red; 1874 outer to "Baden/Germany" endorsed "via Triest" with 12c tied by a company's cachet in blue & poor 'PENANG - D17' duplex; 1874 cover to Scotland with 30c SG 17 & 24c SG 16 - paying the late fee - both pre-cancelled with Chartered Mercantile Bank cachet & tied by Circle-of-Squares "killer" (Proud #K15); 1875 stampless cover 'PENANG' to 'HONG-KONG' (b/s); and 1880 cover to Paris with 8c & three different French mailboat d/s; and eight mostly used PPCs; condition variable.
1866 mercantile entire headed "Singapore 20 Jany 1866" & signed "Wm McDonald & Co", to Bombay rated "4" in red with East India 4a blue-green tied by boxed 'WM Mc DO/NO...' security "chop" & a poor octagonal 'B/172' cancel of Singapore (unusually with no datestamp), very fine ' 1M /BOMBAY/FE4/66' arrival b/s in red, some damage likely caused by immersion in sea water, still quite presentable. Rare shipwreck mail, possibly the only recorded example.
P&O "Jeddo", out of Hong Kong, departed Singapore 21/1/1866, arrived Galle 27/1866, en route to Bombay wrecked on Choul Keeder Reef, 30 miles S of Bombay. The ship was a total loss but the passengers were transferred to "Salsette" and the crew salvaged the cargo, stores & mail. This incident is not recorded by Norman Hoggarth & Robin Gwynn. There was no example of mail from this incident in John Woolfe's or Robin Gwynn's collections. Our vendor states the only earlier wreck mail recorded from Malaya is a single 1864 cover from the "Hydaspe",