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NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
1893John A Kean, Oil & Color Merchant illustrated advertising cover showing 'New Regent House' shopfront on back, sent to France with Centennial 1d violet x3 tied Sydney 'JU27/93' cancels, taxed with 'T' inverted-triangle marking and boxed 'TOO LATE' cachet (later crossed out in blue pencil), French 'MODANE A PARIS/15AOUT/93' TPO d/s in red on face and pen-cancelled Postage Dues 30c black x2 affixed alongside, a few edge faults and aging marks.
Worldwide accumulationin eight archive boxes mint and used with stockbook of Earlies from Australia & Colonies, Fiji overprints, Hong Kong, New Zealand, etc, then Great Britain, British Comonwealth and USA in quantity, China 'Qingdao Beer Festival' book including M/Ss, France 1980s 'Collection Philatelique' folders x20+, modern thematics, also mixture in Hagners, envelopes of loose and on paper plus old Triumph album, will reward careful inspection, condition mixed but many fine.
Western Europe mostly commercial coverswith Italy 1928 uprated postal card to Manchuria, Switzerland 1915-17 with Melbourne 'PASSED' censor cachets & 1945 airmail to Australia with 'OAT' cachet, France 1939 to US Military Attache in Costa Rica, also Greece, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, etc, a few pre-stamp items, WWII and later airmails & censorship, registered, postage dues, advertising covers, postal stationery and PPCs, some Flights & FDCs, condition generally fine.
Air Mail issues with mint 1936 set to 3fr50 (mostly unmounted), then unmounted 1947 500fr, 1949-50 1000fr Paris x3, 1954 100fr to 1000fr (top value VLMtd) and 1957-59 300fr 500fr & 1000fr corner blocks of 4, also used 1949-50 Cities x3 sets & 1949 100fr, Cat €1300+.
Extensive collection in three expensive Lighthouse hingeless albums, sparse in the early issues which are used & in mixed condition, handy range of pre-WWII mint with a few unmounted including 50fr Ader, 1945-89 issues apparently complete and mostly lightly mounted to 1966, then apparently unmounted, also a smattering of Back of Book issues. High thematic content.
(Qty many 100s)
NEW HEBRIDES:1938 Gold Currency 'CHIFFRE TAXE' SG FD65-69 punctured 'SPECIMEN' vertical strips of 3 as distributed to UPU members, affixed to aged piece from an archival source, Cat £600++. Rare multiples. [Our personal preference would be to remove the strips from the piece of paper]
No longer available
1631-1796group of mercantile entires comprising six to Italy (Livorno x3, Genoa x2 & Siena), the latest with very fine '[crown]/MADRID.I.' transit b/s; 1633 internal to "Castello davide" (about 150km E of Lisbon, near the Spanish border); 1634 to "Notre Dame a Paris" with agent's endorsement on the reverse "Par la voye des Sr Cramoisy"; 1724 to Aberdeen which states "...this goes by sea to London..."; 1733 to "Leith near Edinburgh" with London transit bishop mark of 'MR/11'; 1772 to London with arrival bishop mark of 'DE/7'; 1787 two to Flanders both with light 'PORTVGAL' transit h/s applied in Spain; and 1789 from London rated "8" (pence) & "120" (reis); all but one are fine to very fine. [These are curiously noted as from the "Period of Correios-Mores" (= Post Office), but the public mail service had been created in 1520]
1808(June 6) lengthy entire in French headed "Lisbonne ce 6 Juin 1808" to Paris with partly very fine strike of the rare 'BAU GAL/ARM DE PORTUGAL' h/s (Frazao #Armée 2; rated 9), superb 'October/29/1808' transit b/s of London & French "10" (decimes) endorsement. [Refusal by the Portuguese to place an embargo on the UK resulted in Napoleon Bonaparte's troops invading Portugal. Lisbon was captured on 8.12.1807, causing the royal family to flee to Brazil where a government-in-exile was established at Rio de Janeiro. Mail from the first French Invasion period is rare, & unpriced by Luis Frazao]
1810(July 24) partly cross-written entire from Scotland endorsed "Pd 1/2" with 'TURRIFF/563/E' b/s & Edinburgh Free d/s in red, to an officer "with Lord Wellingtons Army/in Portugal/Lisbon" endorsed "PPd via General Post Office London" but with no London transit so presumably carried directly to Portugal, separation of the panels unfortunately 'repaired' with adhesive tape still presentable.
1811(Jan 10) lengthy entire in French headed "thomao le 10 Janvier 1811" (= Tomar, 110km NE of Lisbon) to Caen with a very fine strike of the rare 'BAU GAL/ARM DE PORTUGAL' h/s (Frazao #Armée 2var; rated 9), disinfection slit at right & heavily stained from being fumigated but, as our friends in real estate would say, 'full of character'. [Luis Frazao notes only the one handstamp of this type: see the previous lot, it measures 52x8mm. The h/s on this & the next lot measures 53x10mm & is unrecorded]
1811(Jan 13) lengthy entire in French headed "Le Punhette le 13 janvier 1811" (= Punhete, 120km NE of Lisbon) to the Loire with a very fine strike of the rare 'BAU GAL/ARM DE PORTUGAL' h/s (Frazao #Armée 2var; rated 9), two 37mm disinfection slits, rated "9" (decimes), the address-panel soiled, Pothion guarantee h/s on the reverse. [In response to the second French invasion of Portugal in 1809, the Duke of Wellington's forces intervened & defeated the French. A third invasion was launched in September 1810 but the British-lead forces contained the offensive & drove out the French in March 1811. French forces mail from this brief third invasion period is extremely rare]
1811(Jan 29) entire in French headed "Thomarle 29 Janvier 1810" (= Tomar, 110km NE of Lisbon: the year date is an error) to Montargis with a light but fine strike of the rare 'No 6/ARM DE PORTUGAL' h/s overstruck with very fine 'BAU CENTRAL/ARM D'ESPAGNE' h/s in use at Valladolid (Spain), small disinfection slit, rated "9" (decimes), redirected with very fine 'DEB 43/MONTARGIS' b/s, Pothion guarantee h/s on the reverse. [The No 6 Army h/s is not recorded by Luis Frazao so it would be rated 10]
1811(Feb 16) entire in French headed "Santarem le 16 fevrier 1811" (70km NE of Lisbon) to "Monaco/Dept des alpes Maritimes" with a very fine strike of the 'No 9/ARM FRANCAISE/EN ESPAGNE' h/s believed to be in use at Salamanca (Spain), 25mm disinfection slit, rated "10" (decimes) corrected to "15", a bit soiled. A wonderful item for a Monaco collection. [Monaco was absorbed into France in 1793 until 17.5.1814 only. NB: David Weeden had no Napoleonic War covers]
1814(May 23) fascinating mercantile entire comprising three separate letters, two marked "duplicate" headed "New York May 25th 1814", the third headed "Glasgow 25th July 1814", endorsed "PPacket" & "Pd 2/9" with 'PAID/AT/GLASGOW'-in-oval h/s & boxed 'GLASGOW/27AUG1814/405---U' d/s, docketed "Received 9th September 1814", ironed-out filing crease. [The first letter states "The communication with your Port now entirely cut off..." & the second states "As the Blocade of our Ports prevents any Communication with Lisbon..." During the British-American War of 1812, the British blockaded US ports, the blockade being 'total' by the end of May 1814. It is thus remarkable that any commercial correspondence from that time got through the lines. Hostilities ceased only in February 1815]