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COMMERCIAL PERFINS: Selection on Hagners including several pairs & several on piece plus usages on PPCs x3 (one of 1920 "tied"), on 1900 James Spicer & Sons cover, on 1901 Trustees Executors & Agency registered cover (opened-out) & on oversize 1901 cover with 1d & 2d x12 all with 'RR/&Co' of Robert Reid & Co.
(Qty 188 + 6 covers)
WOODBLOCKS (SG 32-35, 53-61, 82, 102 & 129-130c)
1857 Experimental Separations 6d orange Serrated 18-19 SG 60 with serrations except at right tied to late-1857 cover to Scotland "p City of Sydney" by light BN '1' of Melbourne, 'GOUROCK/JA14/1858' arrival b/s. "City of Sydney" departed Melbourne 16.11.1857, arrived Suez 27.12.1857; "Teviot" departed Alexandria 29.12.1857, arrived Southampton 12.1.1858.
1859 Perf 12 by Robinson 4d dull rose-red SG 80 with Prominent Diagonal Feather Flaw - a very rare, apparently unique franking - tied to cover by light BN '48' clear of the variety, light 'HAWTHORNE/[crown]/AP14/1859/VICTORIA' b/s, Melbourne transit of the same date & Geelong arrival of AP15/59, grossly undercatalogued at £325 x2+ on cover. With lengthy partly cross-written lady's letter. [Gibbons states that reserves of old issues Perf 12 by Robinson were issued Jan-May 1859, and that Perf 12 stamps printed by Robinson were issued only from May 1859. Geoff Kellow at page 119 states "about 8 copies are known...one on piece dated 12.2.1859". No usage on cover is recorded. Ken Barelli's superb example sold at the Prestige auction of 2.5.2014 for $1840]
SIX PENCE: 1867-70 Emergency Printings on Saunders Paper with 'THREE/PENCE' or 'FOUR/PENCE' Watermarks SG 165 & 166 (stated to be the earliest recorded usage on cover) tied by Melbourne duplexes to covers to Launceston. Very scarce frankings. Ex Rodney Perry.
1879 Large Format with Security Underprint Wmk V/Crown 9d mauve/lilac (stained) & 3/- yellow/blue (superb) affixed to the reverse of 1882 card parcel tag for Moubray Rowan & Hicks (152x112mm), indistinct cancels probably of Spencer Street RS, minor blemishes. A marvellous item. Ex Les Molnar: acquired on 29.6.2012 for $748.
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1917-41 "Wings" rouletted 3d olive/white & 8d red/yellow marginal examples tied by inditinct cancels to James McEwan & Co Ironmongers & Hardware Merchants parcel tag to "Flinders Naval Base/Crib Point". A rare survivor in remarkably fine condition.
1953-58 'Victorian Railways' Perforated 3d 1/6d & 5/- affixed to reverse of 1964 'BICYCLE' tag for delivery from Spencer Street to Yarrawonga, 'OWNER'S RISK/...shall carry to bicycle only at the consignor or owner's risk...' printed on the reverse. The only such item we have seen: a wonderful item for a Cycling collection.
1953-58 'Victorian Railways' Perforated values to 5/- x2 on four large-part to complete parcel tags inscribed 'PARCELS LABEL/...', 'PARCEL ADDRESS LABEL/...' or '.../Passengers Luggage' x2, and complete tage with Hardie Rubber Co address label & 3d 3/- & 10/- pairs on the reverse, a few blemishes. Very scarce group.
Registered mail including 1859 to GB, 1867 to NSW with Laureate 1/-, 1867 to Tasmania, 1873 to Scotland, 1881 usage to GB of first type 4d Registration Envelope, 1893 double-rate to Italy, 1891 to GB with Naish 4d pink pair & superb unframed 'R' cancel, 1900 to Transvaal during the Boer War, 1901 (June) with 1d olive x4 (on issue for one month only), 1900 front to NZ with Boer War Charity 1d (+1d & 3d), 1900 to Nova Scotia, 1903 to Prince Edward Island, etc, also two registration receipts & a few unused Registration Envelopes, condition variable.
Advertising covers & Postal Stationery Envelopes with imprints including for Horwood Bros Albion Foundry (Castlemaine) (1870), London & Lancashire...Insurance Cos (1873), Phillips Hotel Ballarat x2 different and China Traders' Insurance Co; embossed flaps for Fergie & Harston Stationers (1860), Bank of Victoria (1879), Alfred Hospital (1882), Koroit Hotel (1902) & Goldsborough Mort Stock Agents (1911); illustrated covers for "Milo" Bacon, "Robin" Starch, Joubert & Joubert (2 different) "Flo-Eesi" Inks and Homells Granulated Wheat; illustrated PPC for 'ORIENT/LINE/TO AUSTRALIA'; others with various imprints or handstamped cachets; also 1907 illustrated envelope "Bendigo" in a style we haven't seen before; condition variable.
Early covers etc addressed to Thomas Ham including 1855 to "Quartz Works/Taradale" with Half-Lengths 1d & 3d, to "Quartz Works/Castlemaine" with Half-Lengths 3d pair & care of his father-in-law at Hawthorn with Half-Lengths 1d x4, 1856 to Hawthorn with manuscript "X" cancels & postmaster's endorsement "Taradale" on the flap, 1861 two covers from Brisbane to his wife in Melbourne, 1869 & 1875 covers from Brisbane to his wife at Sandgate or locally, etc, very mixed condition but presentable; also a piece with full "Thomas Ham" signature. [These items first came on the market only in 2011]
Thomas Ham was the engraver & printer of Victoria's first stamps. He later tried his hand on the goldfields & in 1861 moved to Queensland.
(Qty 12 items)
Miscellaneous Melbourne covers including 1873 OHMS lettersheet with tiny 'MOO/MELBOURNE' cds within, 1885 to Germany with Bell ½d & Naish 8d, 1880 to Castlemaine with superb 'NOT KNOWN BY/LETTER CARRIER', 1893 with boxed 'INSUFFICIENTLY/ADDRESSED', 1901 OHMS mourning cover to USA with 'REGISTERED/ MELBOURNE - R' duplex, 1906 with boxed 'IRREGULARLY/POSTED', 1903 "The Advance Australia" wrapper with double-circle 'PAID AT MELBOURNE/-1-' cds, 1908 mangled PPC with boxed 'RECEIVED TORN/AT GPO', 1925 with extremely late usage of boxed 'RETURNED TO THE POST/OFFICE MELBOURNE FROM/...', etc, also Official postcards with various 'PAID AT/...' datestamps including 1903 with double-circle '8', 1912-16 'PAID AT/MELBOURNE VIC' '11' x2 & '12' each with '½D' slug, condition variable.
Late Fee group including large piece with Woodblocks 6d orange & 6d 'TOO LATE' (very fine with large margins), 1882 & 1895 to GB at 6d rate + 2d late fee, 1900 to South Africa at 2½d rate x2 + 3d late fee for posting at GPO before 3pm, 1895 front only to Belgium & 1901 to Ireland both at 2½d rate + 6d late fee for posting on the English Mail TPO, etc, also 'TOO LATE' h/s on 1866 covers from Talbot & Warrnambool and on 1884 cover from Tungamah with 'UP TRAIN/MG6' transit b/s, condition variable.
The balance of the covers with better items including 1858 with boxed 'PAID AT/CHEWTON', & 1875 to Wales with Bell 9d pair (creased), 1878 very fine outer to France with Bell ½d & 1/-, 1878 fragile Book Post wrapper to Hannover with Bell 2d (not in Ben Palmer's census), 1883 from France readdressed to Brisbane with Naish 2d brown added, 1884 Postal Card with 'Essendon Football Club' header on the reverse, 1884 David Hill wrapper with Stamp Statute ½d on 1d, 1882 with 'INVOICE ONLY' on embossed pink field & Bell 1d, 1886 underpaid to New Brunswick & taxed, 1889 & 1894 'ROYAL MINT' envelopes with light Governor franks, 1903 endorsed "Per Trolly [sic] Service/Via Tallarook", 1906 PPC with NSW stamps cancelled at 'WODONGA', 1908 glassine envelope for posting postcards with 1d pink, 1912 OHMS to USA with 2½d punctured 'OS', etc, also a large piece with complete black/white 'INLAND PARCEL POST' label, postmark interest including instructional handstamps, a few TPOs, an indecipherable crown seal & "knuckle-duster" cancels, condition rather mixed.
(Qty 200 approx)
Post Office ephemera including a series of twenty clippings re takings at the GPO in January 1850 (Ex Purves) that prove that the Half-Lengths - available at the GPO from 1.1.1850 - were actually not sold until 3.1.1850; also three pieces signed "A McCrae" as Chief Postmaster of Victoria (1851-53) & as Postmaster-General (1854-1857), four Government Gazette extracts re postal matters & defective 1852 'REGISTERED LETTER' receipt.
(Qty 28 items)
Municipal bundle of covers, Stamped-To-Order Envelopes, & postcards for mostly smaller municipalities including Town of Brighton, Shire of Boroondara, Shire of Barrabool (1871), Shire of Tambo, Shire of Darebin, Heidelberg & Eltham Railway Construction Trust, Shire of Mount Franklin & Omeo Waterworks Trust etc, also Borough of Heathcote (1863) & Borough of St Arnaud lettersheets, Town of Northcote postcard with statistics including height above sea level!, postcards with advices headed 'Municipal Association of Victoria' & 'MUNICIPAL RATING REFORM', 1863 outer to Carngham & Beaufort Road Board with very fine 'CARNGHAM' crowned-oval b/s (LRD), 1865 Borough of Creswick lettersheet with poor strike of the rare 'CRESWICK/VICTORIA - VICTORIA' duplex, 1871 Shire of Ballarat lettersheet, 1910 real photo PPC "Wimmera Shire Hall & Offices", & a few MMBW items, mostly pre-1913 but with a few KGV items including 1d violet Envelope for Shire of Minhamite, condition rather mixed.
Bundle with Classic frankings including 1856 OHMS with Half-Length 3d & apparently signed at lower-left by the famous explorer Robert O'Hara Burke (?), 1857 with postmaster's endorsement "Raglan/22 10 57" on the flap, 1859 with very fine BN '89', 1859 to Switzerland with Queen-on-Throne 6d pair, 1860 part-insurance company outer "turned" with Emblems 2d on both sides, 1861 from GB with 'MALDON' Crowned-Oval b/s, 1863 with Beaded Ovals 3d blue, 1864-65 with Redrawn 6d black x5 (one with very fine 'M' - via Marseilles - h/s of Geelong, another with manuscript cross-hatching cancel), 1869 mourning cover to London with Laureates 10d brown/pink, 1873 with rare franking of Laureates ½d on 1d x4 (faults) with light strikes of First Type BN '51' (rated RR) of Horsham, 1876 to London with Woodblocks 2/- green/yellow (a bit spotty),
1843-51 Port Phillip District group including 1843 very fine entire from England, 1843 entire to Scotland with 'SHIP LETTER/MELBOURNE' b/s in red, 1845 outer & 1847 entire both with 'GEELONG/NEW S WALES' b/s, 1845 Wodonga-Melbourne with 'ALBURY/NEW S WALES' d/s & rated "11d", 1846 entire headed "Mustons Creek" (no d/s) to Sydney rated "1/5", 1848 piece with 'SEYMOUR/PORT PHILLIP' d/s, 1849 outer from England to "Portland/Port Phillip" with JB Wilcocks Emigration Agent cachet (Ex JRW Purves), 1849 cover with very fine 'GEELONG/PORT PHILLIP' b/s in red, 1850 outer from India with boxed 'CALCUTTA' d/s in red & tiny 'COLVIN AINSLIE/COWIE/& Co' Forwarding Agents wafer on the flap, 1850 & 1851 consignees' letters "p Honduras" rated "1/8" & "p Admiral" rated "10", 1850 large piece with boxed 'PAID AT/PORT FAIRY' h/s, etc, also a small piece with proof strikes 'HORSHAM/AU*11/1848/PT PHILLIP' d/s plus boxed 'PAID/HORSHAM' & 'PAID/BURN BANK' h/s, condition rather mixed but generally good to very fine.
(Qty 24 items)
1843-51 1843 OHMS outer to "Wandoo Vale/Mt Rouse" endorsed "pDiana" and signed at lower-left "CJ Latrobe", light but fine strike of the boxed 'FREE/MELBOURNE' h/s in red & 'MELBOURNE/OC25/--/NEW.S.WALES' b/s (no year), minor blemishes. [The addressee, John George Robertson, arrived at Melbourne in -.2.1840 & took up the Wando Vale run near present-day Casterton. The "Diana" departed Melbourne for Portland 26.10.1843. Charles La Trobe was appointed Superintendent of the District of Port Phillip. After Separation in 1850, he was named Victoria's first Lieutenant-Governor. Covers with his signature are rarely available]
1845 lengthy Bunbury Correspondence entire headed "William's Town December 10th 45" to Suffolk "Per Spartan" with boxed 'INDIA LETTER/DARTMOUTH' h/s & rated "8" in black, 'DARTMOUTH/MY15/1846' transit & 'BURY ST EDMUNDS' arrival b/s, redirected to "Poste restante/Venice" with rate calculation to "2/1" in red, 'PD'-in-oval h/s of London in red & superb boxed 'ShipLetter'-in-italics b/s, light 'JTALIEN'-in-oval h/s, then forwarded to "Cologne" (at the time, in France), red-ink stain on the address panel. Ex Ray Kelly. [This is the earliest recorded item from Victoria to France, and any of the Italian States . The earliest recorded by Ben Palmer are of 1850 & 1856 respectively]
The chatty contents include references to aborigines, political unrest & the need for Separation from New South Wales, and the discovery of gold, some five years before the first "official" finds! "...The practical importance of these Colonies appears to be overlooked and practical jokes one might almost suppose them to be are played upon the unfortunate colonists by each succeeding Minister...[One of the Port Phillip members of the Legislative Council] told the G-G that he would drive the people into a rebellion...another...has openly at public meetings and in the newspapers advocated armed rebellion to the measures of the FitzRoy Government...The sheep farmers are all getting disgustingly rich and have no means of investing their surplus money...Gold of the highest quality has been found on the Sydney side ..."