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UNSURFACED GREYISH/GREENISH STOCK WITH COMMA AFTER 'Australia,' ACSC #LC8: 'SHEEP STATION/WIMMERA SA' in purple-black, & in dull purple the inscription amended with 'VIC' Handstamp, Omeo (Vic) duplex or 'BRIGHT/SA' squared-circle (rated RRR), Cat $1100. [A sarcastic letter to the 'Argus' of 13.7.1911 stated "...Evidently the [PMG's] department has acted hastily but lazily on the knowledge that the position of the [SA] boundary was recently in dispute". Stock on hand was handstamped the next day!]
THICK WHITE ENAMELLED STOCK (OFF-WHITE TO CREAM INSIDE) ACSC #LC11 'SETTLER'S HOME VICTORIA' in bright violet with margins intact, to Brisbane uprated with Queensland 1d for late fee tied by Qld TPO cds. Unusual domestic combination franking.
POEM ON THE REVERSE: On thick unsurfaced pale grey stock, post-Armistice usage most unusually with GB 1½d tied by 'SUTTON VENY CAMP/31AU/19/WILTS' cds. [The writer states "...I am sailing about the 5 Sept on the Plessey...we are going through the Suez Canal where the Euripides is sailing around the Cape..."]
PERF 12Â½ - INWARDS (REPLY) PORTION ACSC #LC32: 'GIANT RED GUM VIC' in red-violet rare overseas Forces usage to WA with British 'FIELD POST OFFICE/ FE24/18/185' cds & censor cachet in rosine, undercatalogued at $200. [The semi-literate writer states "Very many thank fro your Xmas box..."]
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SURCHARGED ON COOKE PRINTINGS ON SURFACED GREY STOCK (OFF-WHITE WITHIN) 'CIRCULAR QUAY/SYDNEY' (No Stop after 'CARD ') in blue-black, 'TARWIN RAIL/9JL20/VIC' cds, Cat $500.
SURFACED GREY STOCK (OFF-WHITE/PALE GREY WITHIN) PERF 10 ACSC #LC43: 'ZOO ADELAIDE SA' (flamingoes) used within Victoria, 'T ("1d")' h/s & Postage Due 1d tied by 'LONGWARRY/ 13OC20/VIC' cds, endorsed "Tax paid by F Wiltshire", Cat $150.
1936 (Jan 5) Orient Line PPC 'SS Ormonde' with message headed "Indian Ocean near Fremantle", to NSW with boxed 'PAQUEBOT' h/s & Australian KGV 1½d brown tied by Fremantle cds of 7JA36. Plus a different unused PPC of the ship. [The message states "...Saw Cocos Isl in middle of Indian Ocean...most beautiful & interesting..."]
1936 cover with imprint of Captain Irving Johnson (Springfield, Mass) to "John Clunies-Ross/Keeling Cocos Island/Via Singapore" with Bermuda (!) 1½d & 2½d tied by 'ST GEORGES' cds, minor blemishes. A remarkable origin/destination item. [Probably contained a letter of thanks for hospitality extended during the visit to Cocos of the US Schooner 'Yankee' on its 1935 round-the-world voyage]
DATESTAMPS - 'BLANK AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/20AU/1933' (Proud #D1) largely superb strike on Straits 3c red & 4c red. [Ted Proud indicates this type is twice as scarce as #D2. Kim Dwyer had no example, only one cover is recorded, and those offered here are the only examples we have seen]
DATESTAMPS - 'BLANK AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/20AU/1933' (Proud #D1) superb strike on Straits 5c pair.
DATESTAMPS - 'BLANK AT BASE':'COCOS ISLAND/20AU/1933' (Proud #D1) very fine strike on Straits 2c green & 10c to Missouri "via Singapore". Stated to be the only recorded cover with this rare marking. [Sold at an English auction in 2003 for £3910]
DATESTAMPS - 'FILLED AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/25NO/1936' (Proud #D2) largely very fine strike on Straits 8c grey. [Kim Dwyer's only example was a B3 strike on 25c Jubilee which sold for $776]
DATESTAMPS - 'FILLED AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/20AP/1933' (Proud #D2; ERD) two largely superb strikes on Straits 1c 2c & 5c on family cover to "Mrs JS Clunies-Ross" in England, light vertical fold clear of the stamps. From the first official outgoing mail. [The so-called "Queen Rose" cover. In late-1927, John Sidney married Rose Nash in London. Acquired at a Perth auction in 2001 for $7260]
DATESTAMPS - 'FILLED AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/16NO/1935' (Proud #D2) largely very fine strike on Straits 25c Jubilee on philatelic cover to GB with rare 'Singapore' registration label No '82' overprinted 'Cocos Island', Singapore transit b/s. Only three registered covers are recorded: the almost identical cover with 'R' label '83' - stated then to be unique - sold at a Perth auction in 2007 for $10,175]
DATESTAMPS - 'FILLED AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/6AP/1935' (Proud #D2) superb strike on Straits 5c orange on cover to Penang Turf Club. This is the cover from which Proud's illustration is taken.
This datestamp is substantially different from the other three strikes of Proud #D2 listed above in respect of diameter (29½mm as compared to 30½mm for the other three), width of the semi-circular 'band' in the base (3mm compared with 3½mm in the others), inscription - in particular the shape of the letters 'S' in both 'COCOS' & 'ISLAND' - and its slightly but obviously smaller date slugs. While it is questionable what need Cocos would have for three different datestamps in this period, the only other explanation is the rather inconceivable one that this cancel is a fake, albeit one that passed Proud's scrutiny and of which no other has turned up to the best of our knowledge. Given the unlikelihood of obtaining an unqualified Expert Certificate for such an item, we must reluctantly offer this lot 'as is'. Personal assessment highly recommended.
TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGES ON POSTAL CARDS: 1934 (July 9) Straits 2c with 40mm 'EASTERN EXTENSION... TELEGRAPH COMPANY/SINGAPORE/...' cachet on the reverse, to GB uprated with 2c green tied by Singapore cds of 9JY/1934, minor blemishes. Message: "Cocos/.../Try arrange Airmail PCs...Huge letter & many snaps coming by August boat..." [Kim Dwyer had no example of such cards with messages sent to Singapore]
TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGES ON POSTAL CARDS: 1934 (July 16) Straits 2c with 40mm 'EASTERN EXTENSION...TELEGRAPH COMPANY/SINGAPORE/...' cachet on the reverse, to GB by air uprated with 2c green & 10c x2 - underpaid 1c but not taxed - tied by Singapore cds of 16JY/1934, minor blemishes. Message: "Cocos/.../Orama arrives four days, hurray!..." [Prior to 29.3.1934 the airmail postcard rate per Imperial was 25c but 24c per KLM. From that date both rates were 25c]
TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGES ON POSTAL CARDS: 1934 (Nov 12) Straits 2c with 40mm 'EASTERN EXTENSION...TELEGRAPH COMPANY/SINGAPORE/...' cachet on the reverse, to GB by air per KLM uprated with 5c brown, 6c red & 12c blue tied by Singapore cds of 12NO/1934. Message: "Cocos/.../Lovely Orsova letter...& two ripping cables..."
1969-72 commercial covers comprising airmail to GB at 30c & to USA at 60c, stampless OHMS to GB with superb 'POSTMASTER/COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS' d/s, and Singapore formular aerogramme printed within for the Clunies-Ross Estate to GB.
NEW GUINEA (German) - Forerunners (Vorlaufer)
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]