Prestige Philately Auction 233 CatalogueLot 2432Catalogue by themepostal establishments - telegraph offices
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COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1946 cover to "Rev C Horsley/Bishop of Colombo" with Straits 8c grey tied by 'PAQUEBOT/15NO/1946/SINGAPORE' cds, addressee's docketing "Cover from Cocos-Keeling Islands" at upper- left. Carried per 'Islander' ex Cocos 31.10.1946 via Christmas Island, arrived Singapore 14.11.1946.
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1948 cover from Denmark to "Administrative Office/Cocos Islands", central vertical fold between two of the stamps, minor blemishes. Remarkably, this is the only recorded cover to or from Cocos in the year 1948!
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1949 Egyptian commercial censored cover endorsed on flap "H Elms co Marconi Radio Tel/Alexandria" by air to "Paul Barker/Cocos/co Cable & Wireless Ltd/.../Singapore" forwarded with oval 'COCOS IS/PER ("Islander")' cachet in violet & 'Cocos-Keeling/("7 11 49")/Is' cachet in black, minor blemishes. An extraordinary origin-destination cover. [The hand-written date on the second cachet is in the distinctive ink used by ER Leigh Parkin. It is believed that he introduced both cachets]
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1949 Leigh-Parkin cover to GB with 'Cocos-Keeling/("8 11 49")/Is' cachet in violet on the face, forwarded by air with Singapore UPU 50c.
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1950 Leigh-Parkin cover to GB with 'Cocos-Keeling/("6 6 50")/Is' cachet in black on the face, forwarded by air with Singapore 50c. Ex David Flaat: acquired for $834. [Carried per 'Islander']
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1950 Leigh-Parkin GB airmail postcard at 1/- rate via Cable & Wireless at Singapore with superb strike of the second-type 'C&W LTD/10NOV50/COCOS' cds on the face, message largely obscured with liquid paper (good grief!). [Strikes of the second Cable & Wireless cds differ in many details from the earlier type. Most obviously, the new cds has the letters 'LTD' all the same size; the earlier cds had smaller & raised 'TD'. The inner circle is 20mm across, compared with 18˝mm on the earlier cds]
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1950 apparently commercial cover from Mexico (!) to "Cable & Wireless/Keeling Islands" with oval 'COCOS IS/PER ("Islander")' cachet in violet & superb strike of the second-type 'C&W LTD/10NOV50/COCOS' cds both on the reverse.
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1950 OHMS cover with 'DIRECTOR OF POSTS/SINGAPORE' cachet at lower-left & 'Bulletin de Verification/Pour Bureau de Postes/["Cocos Island"]' address handstamp, 'SINGAPORE/21AUG50' b/s & superb b/s of the second-type 'C&W LTD/10NOV50/COCOS' cds. [The official nature of this cover, containing registration receipts, shows that the Post Office in Singapore treated the Cocos Cable & Wireless Station as a de facto postal agency. NB: this item highlights the delays experienced if mail missed a regular thrice-yearly sailing of the 'Islander']
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1950 mail bag tag with printed 'MAIL/SINGAPORE/TO/COCOS ISLAND', minor blemishes. [Stated to have been carried per 'Islander' arriving at Cocos 10.11.1950]
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1950 Leigh-Parkin surface cover to Devon with his personal dater '11NOV50' on the flap, Singapore 4c strip of 3 tied by Singapore machine cancel of 25NOV50, minor aging.
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1951 philatelic registered cover from Holland with Singapore transit b/s of 7SEP51 & oval 'COCOS IS/("2-12-51")/PER ("Islander")' arrival b/s in violet. [Another example of an almost-3 months delay in Singapore]
MAIL PER TSS 'ISLANDER': 1951 stampless cover with '[crown]/GviR' monogram h/s of King George VI at lower-left & 'OFFICIAL PAID/25AU/51/ BALMORAL CASTLE' cds in red, to "The Manager/Cable & Wireless Ltd/Cocos-Keeling Islands", minor blemishes. An outstanding item for collectors of Royal mail.
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1949 (Aug 24) social cover from Australia to ER Leigh-Parkin in Devon, redirected "co Cable & Wireless for Cocos/...PO Box 146/Singapore", oval 'COCOS IS/PER ("Frigate")' h/s in violet & 'Cocos-Keeling/("15 12 49")/IS' h/s in black both on the reverse. [Mail addressed to PO Box 146 was forwarded by the Singapore Post Office to Cocos on the first available vessel. This cover suggests that Leigh-Parkin arrived on Cocos no earlier than October 1949. A frigate arrived at Cocos 15.12.1949]
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1950 (Jan 21) stampless OHMS cover with huge 'COLONIAL SECRETARY'S OFFICE/SINGAPORE' cachet at lower-left, to "The Civil Administrator/Cocos Island". [A frigate arrived at Cocos 26.4.1950]
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1950 (Jan 30) Leigh-Parkin airmail cover from Devon "for Cocos/PO Box 146/Singapore", oval 'COCOS IS/PER ("Frigate")' h/s in violet & provisional usage of the earlier 'C&W LTD/26APR50/COCOS' arrival cds both on the reverse. [A frigate arrived at Cocos 26.4.1950]
The second cds was introduced by 28JAN50: see Lot 2414. Later & very occasional usage of the earlier cds has been noted.
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1950 (July 10) Leigh-Parkin airmail cover from Devon with superb emergency strike of the earlier 'C&W LTD/22AUG50/COCOS' b/s, minor spotting. [The frigate HMS 'Glen Dhu' arrived at Cocos 22.8.1950]
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1950 (Aug 23) Leigh-Parkin airmail cover to Kent with very worn 'Cocos-Keeling/("23 8 50")/Is' cachet on the face & Ceylon 75c tied by Colombo cds of 31AU/50. [The frigate HMS 'Glen Dhu' ex Cocos arrived at Colombo 31.8.1950]
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1950 Leigh-Parkin airmail cover to the United States with makeshift 'R COCOS/0002' label & superb 'C&W LTD/ 29NOV50/COCOS' b/s, Singapore 15c & $1 tied by 'MAXWELL ROAD/11DEC50/SINGAPORE' cds & Singapore 'R' label added, three New York backstamps. [A frigate departed Cocos 1.12.1950 for Singapore]
Singapore recognised Cocos' de facto postal arrangements when it suited them but drew the line at purporting to register mail from there, requiring that the process be done in Singapore. Such registered covers are rare: makeshift 'R' label #19 is on a cover dated 11JUN51, suggesting an average of fewer than three articles per month.
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1951 stampless OHMS cover with 'DIRECTOR OF POSTS/SINGAPORE' cachet at lower-left & Singapore cds of 1FEB51, to "The Postal Agent/Cocos Island". [Delivered 16.4.1951 per frigate en route Singapore-Colombo. To deter collectors sending mail to Cocos, Singapore had denied in the philatelic press that there was a post office on Cocos. This was technically true but this cover proves the reality of the situation]
MAIL PER ROYAL NAVAL FRIGATE: 1950 (Nov 10) cover to "Cable and Wireless Ltd for Cocos/PO Box 146/Singapore/China" (!!) with USA Prexie 3c only, 'T12 CTMS' h/s & 'POSTAGE DUE...CENTS' h/s both in purple, Singapore Postage Due 12c meter impression in green & oval 'COCOS IS/("10 4 51")/PER ("Frigate")' b/s, stained on the face. A most unusual cover. [Delivered 16.4.1951 per frigate en route Singapore-Colombo. There was, of course, no facility for collecting Postage Due on Cocos so the fee was charged to Cable & Wireless Ltd in Singapore &, presumably, recovered through internal accounting]