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Displaying 5 Lots in Category - Netherlands Indies
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
1866 cover endorsed "Per SS Hero via/Torres Straits Batavia/& Marseilles", to Nottinghamshire with Perf 13 8d red-orange SG 167a (and a 2d stamp lost) tied by Sydney duplex of '66/JY31', fair 'WORKSOP/OC30/66' arrival b/s, repaired flap faults. A great rarity of maritime mail.
Hero was diverted from a Sydney-New Zealand service to succeed "Souchays" on the experimental Torres Strait service between Brisbane & Batavia, thence to Europe. Her first departure from Moreton Bay was scheduled for 4/8/1866. However, the propellor shaft seized & she had to be beached for repairs, finally departing 20/8/1866 & missing the French mailboat at Batavia. Colin Tabeart at pp367-8 states the only recorded cover endorsed for this service was dated at Sydney -/8/1866 with a Worksop arrival of OC21/66 indicating carriage from Sydney per P&O "Massilia", departed Alexandria 5/10/1866; arrived Southampton 20/10/1866.
The cover here - almost certainly from this same correspondence - arrived 9 days later . Our assessment is largely in line with Tabeart's reasoning: carried per "Hero" to Batavia, arriving 8/9/1866; then Dutch ship "Minister Franzen van den Putte" departed Batavia 15/9/1866, arrived Singapore 19/9/1866; then per French ship - probably in a closed bag - arriving Marseilles 28/10/1866. Colin Tabeart suggests carriage from Singapore per P&O but the extension dates from Galle do not conform to that theory. What is clear is that this is the first cover to be recorded per "Hero" via Torres Strait .
1879 cover to France with Indies 25c tied by '8'-in-diamond-of-dots cancel of 'BUITENZORG' (cds below), French octagonal 'POSS NEER/24/AOUT/79/PAQ FR No 1' d/s in blue & 'INDO-CHINE/25/SEPT/79/PAQ FR MODANE' cds in red both on the face, very fine 'PARIS/GRENELLE' arrival b/s, ironed-out vertical fold & small repair at upper-right. Ex Michael Scott-Archer (2004).
1881 & 1891 different style 7½c Postal Cards to Holland or France each with 'N-I AGENT SINGAPORE' cds (apparently the ERD & LRD for this marking), the first also with very fine '89'-in-diamond-of-dots cancel used by the Dutch Postal Agent, the other with octagonal 'LIGNE N/PAQ FR No 7' transit d/s, blemishes. A desirable duo.
No longer available
1882 7½c Postal Card to France with Weltevreden cds, superb strike of the rare French 'LIGNE P/3/JUIL/82/PAQ FR No 1' cds on the face, 'LIGNE N/28JUIL/82/PAQ FR No 9' transit b/s & 'MODANE A PARIS/4/AOUT/82' TPO transit cds in red on the face, Paris arrival b/s, minor blemishes. [The French Ligne P was a feeder service between Batavia & Singapore only. Raymond Salles at Vol V page 125 states (translated) "...the small number of pieces known makes it impossible to reconstruct the complete schedules from January 1867 to the end in 1884". In almost every case, Salles illustrates and quotes a price or gives a rating for every marking. For Ligne P, he doesn't even provide an illustration, an obvious indication of great rarity]
1906 usage of '15 C/NED.-INDIE' Envelope to "Tientsin/China" uprated with 1c olive, 3c orange x3 & 10c slate, 'BANDJERMASIN' squared-circle & registration label, backstamps 'N.I.AGENT SINGAPORE' squared-circle, Hong Kong & Shanghai transits & 'TIENTSIN' arrival. Bandjermasin is in the south of Kailmantan & was the capital of Dutch Borneo.