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Pizza box with untidy array including a few Classics & a few covers, some postmark interest & some Post Office forms, mixed condition.
(Qty few 100)
ENGRAVED BY THOMAS HAM: 2d reddish brown SG 18 strip of 4 [U-X to Y-B] Pos 45-48, margins close to large, small fault at upper-left & scissor-cut between the first two units (not affecting either stamp), lightly cancelled with indistinct Barred Ovals most unusually in red & believed to be ''6' (rated RRR) of Barwon/Winchelsea. A rare & attractive multiple. Ex Dale-Lichtenstein: part of Lot 249. Geoff Kellow at page 66 states "...strips and blocks are rare", highlighted by the fact that Jim Johnstone's largest multiples were two pairs, one creased, the other on cover]
1877 Stamp + Coupon 9d (without control handstamp, the coupon - which clearly belongs - has been rejoined), 1/6d (very fine) & 3/- (the coupon damaged at lower-right) all with the coupon still attached, double-boxed datestamps of Riddell's Creek (9d) or Stawell and the latter two additionally cancelled on arrival at Melbourne. Ex Ray Kelly: acquired on 1.12.2007 for $604. [The sender was supposed to retain the coupon as proof of sending. Intact examples are therefore rarely seen. The system was expensive, inconvenient & unpopular. The Riddell's Creek d/s is known used postally: for postal usage of the similar Burrumbeet d/s see Lot 333 ]
No longer available
1878 (Jan) Small Format 1d green, 2d mauve, 3d blue & 6d rose-pink plus 3d 'NEWSPAPER', small faults. [In late-1877, the coupon system was scrapped, and the rates were significantly reduced]
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.
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)
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)
1853 page from a "Government Gazette" with notice of 25.10.1853 stating "...in consequence of the altered nomenclature of the positions of many of the Post Offices in Victoria, it is proposed from the 1st January  to adopt the most recent names for each..." followed by a list of the 57 post offices then open - not including Melbourne Geelong & Williamstown - indicating name changes for 24 of them, and also Violet Town to "Voilet Town" which is probably how the locals pronounced it but that one didn't happen!, folded for display. A very important document. With 1854 (Aug 2) entire from Geelong to "Fiery Creek" with typically poor 'STREATHAM' arrival b/s (ERD), forwarded to Muston's Creek (Caramut). Both name changes had come into effect 7 months earlier but there was apparently some resistance. Ex Rod Moreton.
(Qty 2 items)
1854 entire from Geelong to Launceston "p Royal Stephen/via Melbourne" with irregular usage of oval 'PAID/DC8/1854/MELBOURNE' transit b/s in lieu of Ship Letter datestamp & irregularly struck in black, the stamps unfortunately lost.
1855 part-entire with superb strikes of the octagonal 'PAID AT/MURCHISON' handstamp and 'MURCHISON/ [crown]/FE*6/1855/VICTORIA' b/s. PO opened 19.1.1855; remarkably early usage. [The only recorded examples of both postmarks, the crowned-oval being the earliest datestamp by 15 years]
1855 outer to GB "Per True Briton" with Woodblocks 6d pair (full margins but creased) tied by BN '10' of Warrnambool, largely fine 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/SE*1/1855/WARNAMBOOL VICTORIA' cds (note spelling) & Melbourne transit b/s, Hull arrival b/s of DE9/1855 in blue, repaired opening tear; and part-entire from Sydney "pr steamer/Wonga Wonga" with Laureates 2d x3, to "Belfast/Port Fairy" with light but clear 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/DC27/1855/BELFAST VICTORIA' arrival b/s
1860s-1870s array of covers with Laureate frankings with values to 1/-, better usages including 1d printed matter rates x2, 1d + De La Rue 2d to NSW, 2d strip of 3 to NSW redirected with NSW 2d added, 2d strip of 3 on Bailliere's Victorian Atlas advertising lettersheet to Tasmania, 3d orange to Hobart, 3d orange + 6d to Ireland, 1d pair 3d orange & 6d plus DLR 2d pair to Belgium (the second-earliest recorded from Victoria; not in Ben Palmer's Census), 4d with part-marginal inscription 'in each sheet' (very rare on cover), 10d brown/pink on mourning cover to GB & on two covers with different 'VIA MARSEILLES' embossings, '½ ½/HALF' on 1d - a rare solo franking - on makeshift address label on 1873 part-entire, 1868 Beechworth to France, 1869 1d on Ballarat town letter, etc, a very good source for early Melbourne duplexes, condition very mixed but many are fine to superb & all those mentioned are at least presentable.
1868 OHMS cover with 'POSTMASTER-GENERAL' frank h/s Die 1 (no fleuron below 'VICTORIA') very fine strike in blue & 'EDUCATION OFFICE/...' imprint at L/L with transits of 'SKIPTON', 'ROKEWOOD' (the earlier of only two recorded examples) & partial 'LEIGH ROAD' (on the face; used at Leigh Road R.S. & the later of only two recorded examples) & 'MT MERCER' arrival (the only recorded example) on the face, minor imperfections.
1899 large piece (120x120mm) from a parcel endorsed 'NATURAL HISTORY SPECIMENS' with complete address label, to a government entomologist in Washington DC with Astley 6d tied by 'MYRNIONG' cds in blue.
OFFICIAL MAIL: An excellent selection of envelopes including with imprints of Attorney-General (1857), Treasury (1859) & Public Lands, 1889 for Royal Mint, 1890 for Board of Health headed 'FREE BY ACT No 1011 SEC 9' & another unused (rare thus), 1901 mourning envelope for GPO registered to France, 1908 for Money Order Office with 'MO OFFICE/MELBOURNE VIC' cds in blue, etc; lettersheets including 1867 for GPO to be 'turned", 1872 for Accounts Branch, 1893 'MEMORANDUM FROM PARCEL POST BRANCH', 1894 'Notice of Withdrawal' (from Post Office Savings Bank), 1902 for Registrar-General, etc; postcards including 1889 for Registrar-General headed 'Free by Act of Legislature', 1910 Mines Department 'Particulars in Tendering for Slack Coal' with the reply-half still attached (not previously seen by us), etc; & various wrappers for Government Printer & Telephone Exchange; a few franked items & a few Government Gazette wrappers with John Ferres' "frank", etc, some duplication, postmark interest especially Melbourne duplexes, condition variable but many are fine to very fine. A very interesting lot that could be the subject for a single-frame or multi-frame exhibit.
(Qty 150 approx)
MANUSCRIPT CANCELLATIONS USED AT NEWLY OPENED OFFICES: 1) Cross-hatching on Laureates 1d pair & large-part postmaster's manuscript endorsement "(A)voca Forest/Dec 26th/72" on the flap, very fine 'BERLIN' transit & 'WEHLA' arrival b/s, part flap missing. A very rare combination of Goldfields markings & almost certainly the earliest cover from this office. According to Watson Webster & Wood, the Avoca Forest PO opened only on 1.1.1873. This cover is 5 days earlier & suggests an earlier opening date. Closed 1.7.1894. Berlin PO 15.2.1869; renamed Rheola c. -.11.1876 and Wehla PO renamed from Jericho 17.9.1867; 2) " - " on Beaded Ovals 4d with postmaster's endorsement "McArthur/19 1 62" on the flap, oval 'BELFAST' transit & oval 'WARRNAMBOOL' arrival b/s. Macarthur PO opened 1.1.1862; and 3) "squiggle" - thought to be the initials of Postmaster Pitkethly - on Emblems 4d with postmaster's endorsement "Pitfield/Dec 7th 57" on the flap, crowned-oval 'GEELONG' transit & 'BALLARAT' arrival b/s, minor faults. Pitfield PO opened c. -.10.1857; closed 1.6.1893.
POSTMASTERS' MANUSCRIPT ENDORSEMENTS DURING ANNUAL DECEMBER/JANUARY "CHANGEOVER" PERIOD: "Broadford PO/Dec 29th 1854" on reverse of cover with Queen-on-Throne 2d pair (full margins, minor stain) tied by First Type BN '20'; "Bunninyong/31 1 54" on reverse of superb stampless OHMS outer, Melbourne b/s of FE1/1854; "Carngham/Jan 1st 1861" on reverse of cover with Beaded Ovals 4d tied by BN '122' (rated R); "Colac/20 1 57" on reverse of outer with Emblems 4d tied by BN '31'; "Donnybrook/4th Decr 1854" unusually on the face of entire to Tasmania with defective 1/- tied by Barred Oval '77' (RRR), the addressee's name stupidly obliterated; "Hexham/12 1 61" on reverse of cover with Beaded Oval 4d tied by light BN '138'; "Janefield/12 1 59" unusually as an arrival on reverse of stampless cover from London "By Steamer Salsette"; "Kilmore/24 Dec 1853" on reverse of entire headed "McIvor Inn", vertical fold & stamp removed; "Plenty/Decr 2 60" on reverse of cover with Beaded Oval 4d tied by BN '68'; "Queenscliff/Decr 18 1856" on flap of cover - affected by repaired tear - with 'PAID/GEELONG' arrival b/s in black; and "Worringal Dec 19 54" on flap of mourning cover to GB with defective 1/-; condition variable still a very desirable lot illustrating this little known element of Victoria's postal history.
OTHER MANUSCRIPT MARKINGS: 1) "X" on Emblems 2d with tiny 'FITZROY/AU2/62/VICTORIA' b/s mof Fitzroy (1), Melbourne transit & part South Yarra arrival b/s, flap damage; 2) "Big Hill/17 10 62" unusually as an arrival on reverse of cover from Melbourne with poor oval 'LOCKWOOD' transit d/s unusually on the face; 3) "PO Maidens Punt/20 2 52" on reverse of part-entire to GB with Half-Lengths 1d & 2d pair (all with clipped corners) cancelled in transit at Melbourne with b/s of FE*23/1852; and 4) "Tallarook/12 8 71" unusually on the face of cover with DLR 2d tied by recut BN '343'.
BOXED OFFICE HANDSTAMPS: 'GREAT WESTERN' & mss "23.1.06" on 1d pink on PPC to GB, 'T/10c' h/s.