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NEW GUINEA (German) - Forerunners (Vorlaufer)
1889 (Oct 7) cover from Wurttemberg with 10pf pair tied by 'URACH' cds to "Finschhafen/Kaiser Wilhelmsland/Neu Guinea" & endorsed "Via Genoa", 'GENOA' & 'SOERABAJA' transit backstamps, surprisingly fine for such an early inwards item. Ex Fred Pearson & Michael Courtis: acquired for $2340 at the Mossgreen auction of 19.6.2015. [The first postal agency in German New Guinea opened at Finschhafen 15.2.1888, and closed 19.3.1891. This is one of the earliest inwards items to New Guinea that we have seen. The addressee, Dr Carl Weinland was Medical Officer with the Neu-Guinea Compagnie.
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1889 commercial cover to Germany with doubled but still very fine strike of the rare 'KERAWARA/3 12/89' cds, Berlin arrival b/s of '19/2' (1890), ironed-out vertical fold. This cover would have been carried on the "Ottilie" to Soerabaja. A rare cover from this small outpost. PO -.5.1888; replaced by Herbertshohe -.6.1890. Ex Michael Courtis: acquired for $7187 at the Prestige auction of 12.10.2012. [Kerawara, Mioko & Kabakon are small islands in the Prince of Wales group. Kerawara is less than 1 square kilometre in size]
1889 (Dec 28) inwards cover to Dr Weinland at "Stefansort" (sic) with Wurttemberg 10pf x2 tied by 'REUTLINGEN' cds, largely very fine 'FINSCHHAFEN/24 4/90' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. [Dr Carl Weinland died of malaria at Finschhafen in March 1891]
1890 commercial cover to Germany with very fine strike of the rare 'KERAWARA/3 1/90' cds, 'OLDENBURG/1.4.90' arrival b/s, some staining/aging. Michal Jaschke-Lantelme Certificate (2015).
1891 usage of 10pf Envelope to Netherlands Indies with an almost fine strike of the rare 'HATZFELDTHAFEN/23 6/91' cds uprated with 5pf x2 & 20pf tied by three further poor to fair strikes of the cds, imperforate registration label (Einfeldt #1, fault at lower-left, gum-stained), 'SOERABAIJA' & 'WELTEVREDEN' transit & 'AUSG' arrival b/s. PO 1.4.1888; closed 30.9.1891. Ex Michael Courtis: acquired at the Prestige auction of 12.10.2012 for $2645. [Carried by the steamer "Schwalbe" on its second New Guinea-Singapore run. Hatzfeldthafen is a small settlement on the central north coast of Madang Province]
1892 commercial cover to Germany with 5pf x2 10pf & 20pf tied by very fine strikes of the 'STEPHANSORT' cds, unusually with no backstamps, central fold.
1892 stampless envelope with 'Department of Communications of Japan' imprint at U/R & 'Official Business' at L/L, to 'The Director-General of Posts/New Guina [sic]/German Protectorate" with 'TOKIO * JAPAN/24 XII/1892/MEIJI 25' & similar Yokohama cds, Hong Kong & Sydney transit b/s, with the enclosed New Year greeting card in French with gold-embossed stylised Chrysanthemum, both a bit aged. A remarkable origin/destination duo.
1893 cover with 'NEU GUINEA COMPAGNIE' imprint at top, to Germany with 5pf x2 20pf & 50pf (stained) tied by 'STEPHANSORT/1 4/93' cds & first-type 'Stephansort' 'R' label, superb 'FRIEDRICH-WILHELMSHAFEN' transit cds unusually on the face & Kiel arrival b/s of 31.5.93, a few faults.
1893 usage of 10pf Envelope (147x104mm) to Germany with 3pf pair & 5pf tied by very fine 'HERBERTSHOH/20 11/93' cds, 'GERA' arrival b/s of 6.1/94. Ex Michael Courtis.
1896 & 1898 covers to Germany with 20pf & 'FRIEDRICH-WILHELMSHAFEN' cds, the first from a mission endorsed "Schwester Augusta" [= Sister Augusta] on the flap
1897 cover with 'Hernsheim & Co/----97/MATUPI/Bismarck-Archipel' cachet across the flap, to Hong Kong "via Singapore" with 20pf pair tied by very fine 'STEPHANSORT/7 6/97' cds, 'SINGAPORE' & poor 'SINGAPORE/TO HONG KONG' marine-sorter b/s, minor blemishes.
1898 cover to Germany with 20pf pair tied by two fair to fine strikes of the 'MATUPI' cds, imperforate registration label (Einfeldt Type 1), 'FREIBURG' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. Ex Michael Courtis: acquired for $661.
GERMAN NEW GUINEA - Postal History - General
1898 cover to Germany with Overprints 5pf pair 10pf & 20pf tied by 'HERBERTSHOH' cds & 'Herbershoh' 'R' label (Einfeldt #2), Frankfurt arrival b/s of 29.1.99'. Superb! Ex Michael Courtis.
1899 10pf overprinted Postal Card code '1196f' with brief message headed "Jamara 8.II.99", to Germany with very fine 'BERLINHAFEN/.../15 2/99' cds, Breslau arrival cds of 27.3.99. PO 22.5.1898; closed 30.9.1912.
1900 cover with double-oval 'HERNSHEIM & Co/MATUPI, B-A' cachet on the flap, to Germany "via Singapore" with Overprints 10pf tied by very fine 'MATUPI/6.1/00' xds, Frankfurt arrival b/s of 23.2.00.
1900 inwards usage of British 2d Size K Registration Envelope with superb 'J & W GOFFEY' (shipping company) cachet at lower-left and rare franking of Jubilees 1½d & 1/- green vertical strip of 3 (one badly damaged) tied by oval 'REGISTERED/EXCHANGE-LPOOL' d/s, to "Ralum/New Britain/Bismarck Archipelago", flap fault & central fold. Ex Michael Courtis. [The rate was 2½d per ½oz x15 = 3/1½d + 2d registration. The addressee was Emma Forsayth, known colloquially as Queen Emma. Born in Samoa & a descendant of King Malietoa, she & her blackbirder (= slave-trader) husband traded around New Guinea from 1878. She moved to the Gazelle Peninsula in 1881 where she established large coconut & cocoa plantations, including at Ralum on Blanche Bay, near Rabaul]
1902 commercial Mitläufer usage of un-overprinted Germania 10pf x4 tied by superb 'MATUPI/8 4/02' cds on linen-lined cover (206x155mm) to Germany "via Sydney pr D Tanglin", defective registration label, Hamburg arrival b/s of 25.5/02, vertical fold & part of the flap removed. A handsome cover.
1903 cover with Yachts 40pf tied by 'MATUPI/8 4/02' cds & imperf registration label, to Sicily with poor 'PALERMO' arrival b/s, minor blemishes.
1905 double-rate cover with 'JOH FLIERL, ev-luth Missionar, Sattelberg...' imprint at the top, to Germany with Yachts 10pf pair tied by light 'FINSCHHAFEN' cds, 'NEUENDETTELSAU/20/7/05' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. [Sattelberg (= Saddle Mountain) is a mountain village on the Huon Peninsula in Morobe Province. A Lutheran mission was founded there in 1892]
1906 cover to Germany with Yachts 10pf strip of 3 tied by 'HERBERTSHOHE/.../13 8/06' cds, 'HERBERTSHOHE' h/s in violet on 'Matupi' registration label (Einfeldt #6ii), 'GERNSHEIM/20.9.06' arrival b/s, light staining on the reverse.