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Displaying 15 Lots in Category - Official Mail
C of A - Postal History
1920 (c.) parcel piece with scarce franking of KGV 4d orange & Kangaroos Third Wmk 1/- x5 (including a vertical strip of 3) all perf 'OS' - paying the rate for a parcel weighing between 10 & 11 pounds (the maximum allowed weight) - tied by a large-part strike of the enormous 'CHIEF PARCEL OFFICE/MELBOURNE' undated rubber cancel (no serifs). Ex Mac Clarke.
1920 (c.) parcel piece with complete black/red 'INTERSTATE/PARCEL LABEL' and rare franking of KGV 5d brown & Kangaroos Third Wmk 3d olive & 2/- brown horizontal pair all perf 'OS' - paying the rate for a parcel weighing between 8 & 9 pounds - tied by a virtually complete strike of the enormous 'CHIEF PARCEL OFFICE/ MELBOURNE' undated rubber cancel. Ex Mac Clarke. [A very rare usage; Kevin Nelson's rather similar item sold for $2875 at our auction of 27/11/2010]
1930s bundle of mostly long official covers - some are fronts only - with good range of adhesives including 'VG' perfins - very scarce on KGV values - on CofA 1d pair, 1d x3 & 4d (registered), 1½d (on postcard), 2d, & 5d (remarkably late usage in 1951!), also 1928 Geelong Centenary Celebrations illustrated cover, 1934 airmail to GB with Vic Centenary 2d x2 & 1/- plus two Celebrations labels, a few better postmarks including South Australian 'POSTED IN LATE FEE BAG', condition variable. Good lot. Ex Mac Clarke. (Qty 44 items)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal History
TASMANIA - Postal History
OPSO covers 1) 1880 with '[crown]/FREE' cds in red & signed "HughMHull", stained & notations; 2) 1896 with Chief Secretary frank h/s in violet, soiled; & 3) undated with 'Corporation of Launceston' imprint at upper-right. Scarce trio. [Hugh Munro Hull was the father of Arthur Basset Hull] (Qty 3)
No longer available
1854-55 Lithographs Rouletted 1/- pale brown SG 6a with small Imperial puncture, rouletting clear of the design on all sides, 15-bar '16' cancel of York, Cat £900. Chris Ceremuga Certificate (2011) states "extremely rare combination" of rouletting and official puncture.
CAROLINE ISLANDS: 1902 Post Office cover (200x140mm) with 'BEZIRKSAMT/[arms]/PONAPE' cachet on the flap, to the Marianas "via Yokohama" with rare commercial franking of 10pf and 50pf tied by Ponape cds, 'Ponape/(Karolinen)/ Eingeschreiben' registration label, Hong Kong & rubber 'YOKOHAMA/JAPAN' transit b/s & 'SAIPAN/MARIANEN' arrival cds on the face, minor wrinkles.
1946 internal cover with Abassi family crest & large oval 'Office of the Staff Officer/...' cachet on the flap, to Cholistan with Centenary of Alliance 1a green/black with Sarkari (official) overprint tied by 'SADIQGARH/11SEP46/ BAHAWALPUR' cds, Cat £15,000. Superb! Philatelic Federation of Pakistan Certificate (2010). One of the great rarities of Bahawalpur.
1949 internal philatelic covers with complete sets of the UPU issue & Sarkari (Official) Overprints in Red tied by 'DEH-RAWAL' or 'BAHAWA-GARH' cds. (Qty 2)
NEW GUINEA "G.R.I." Overprints - Postal History
1915 correctly rated official cover to Sydney with '1d.' on Marshall Islands 5pf SG 51 and 'G.R.I./3d.' on 'Rabaul/(Deutsch Neuguinea)' registration label SG 33 tied by oval 'RABAUL/FEB 22 1915/NEW BRITAIN' d/s in violet, a second strike at upper-left overwritten "Censored/GWM Rabaul/22.2.15", the flap sealed with three 'KAISERL.DEUTSCHE POSTAGENTUR' post office seals, Sydney arrival b/s, hinge remainders on the reverse. Ex Robert Gibbs. BPA (1981) & Briefmarkenprüfstelle Basel (2004) Certificates.This cover, addressed to Sydney dealer JS Smyth, is illustrated by Gibbs at page 21 where he states that it contained a letter of summons for Smyth to attend as a witness at the court martial of Lt George Moore, who was the censor of this cover! The caption is inaccurate: the summons quoted requires Smyth to produce inter alia "a letter written by [Moore] to you under date 22nd February 1915", which is a reference to the contents of this cover. Moore was court-martialled for having sold in excess of the imposed limit of 10/- face value of stamps to himself, and to another officer. The cover is a remarkable survivor from this fascinating episode.
1915 correctly rated official cover locally addressed to "Lands Office/Rabaul" with '1d.' on 3pf also overprinted 'O.S.' SG O1 and 'G.R.I./3d.' on 'Rabaul/(Deutsch Neuguinea) registration label SG 33 both tied by oval 'RABAUL/APR 3 1915/NEW BRITAIN' d/s in violet, overall soiling & repaired tear at upper-left.
'N.W./PACIFIC/ISLANDS' Overprints - Postal History
1917 registered cover to NSW with 2d Roo & 5d KGV both type c tied by Rabaul cds, German-type registration label & oval 'THE TREASURY/RABAUL' cachet in violet, Sydney transit & 'PETERSHAM/NSW' arrival b/s, central vertical fold & minor wrinkling.
SAMOA POSTAL HISTORY
1915 (Mar) local OHMS cover with embossed 'NEW ZEALAND/[arms]' in vermilion on the flap & typed "Official/('JNash')/Secretary" at upper-right. Superb!
THAILAND - Postal History
1886 cover to Germany with boxed bilingual '.../TELEGRAPH BANGKOK' cachet in bluish ink on the reverse, 1sik yellow horizontal pair - another stamp sadly excised - tied by 'BANGKOK/ P /PAID/16 7/86' cds, 'BRINDISI/(A)' transit & 'GALLINGEN' arrival b/s, overall aging. Despite the faults, this is an interesting and desirable cover. Ex Len Colgan (not included in our auction of 24/6/2011). [A previous owner speculated that the cachet would have included a central Garuda bird. However, our view is that it was left blank to accommodate a wax seal, as is the case here]
1898 stampless OHMS cover with 'Tonga' imprint at lower-left & Arms on the flap, to "HM Customs/Wellington" with superb 'A'-in-bars of Auckland (b/s), 'NZ/RPO WN-N/ 3 ' transit b/s, on arrival readdressed to Christchurch, minor soiling/spotting; also 1891 1d Envelope Letter with superb embossing on the flap, unused & remarkably fine for these.