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Displaying 16 Lots in Category - Postage Dues
Stockbook with four pages of Classics plus later issues to 5/- used pair & a damaged KEVII £1, also punctured 'OS' to 2/- x2, Postage Dues & a handy selection of Revenues, condition variable.
Small box of stamps loose & on stockcards including a card of Shilling Octagonals (one Imperf apparently unused), Woodblocks 6d orange Rouletted x3 & 6d black apparently imperf, Laureates 5/- blue/yellow, Astley 6d pair apparently Printed on the Gummed Side, some CTO including Postage Dues to 5/- x3, etc. Seek and ye may find!
CANCELLED TO ORDER: All-different selection with Large Stamp Duty x10 values to £10 (Cat £850), Small Stamp Duty x11 values to 2/- x2 (these are very scarce), No 'POSTAGE' x5 values to 1/-, KEVII £2 (superb!), and Postage Dues Red & Green set to 5/-, many with large-part o.g.
CANCELLED TO ORDER: 1901-10 V/Crown horizontal pairs comprising 3d 4d 5d 6d 9d 2/- & 5/- plus Postage Dues 1d 4d 6d 1/- 2/- & 5/-, large-part o.g. Ex AE Layton. There were no multiples in Bill McCredie's exceptional collection.
(Qty 13 pairs)
POSTAGE DUES (SG D1-37)
Extensive but largely untidy collection with Blue & Claret set mint & used (the 5/- with boxed LC datestamp & rare thus) plus many others including 6d mint block of 4, Red & Green array mostly used to 5/- & a few CTO to 5/-, plus some unusual cancellations & a few covers.
BOXED OFFICE HANDSTAMPS: 'GREAT WESTERN' & mss "23.1.06" on 1d pink on PPC to GB, 'T/10c' h/s.
CHIEF SECRETARY: Die 1 ('FRANK STAMP' at base) h/s superb strike in blue on tiny envelope (104x60mm), poor BN '201' of Toorak, repaired flap tear. (S&W #E10). The smallest recorded franked envelope.
CHIEF SECRETARY: Die 1 h/s in blue on Police Department envelope endorsed "Officially Registered/supposed to contain coin" with "killer" '1' of Melbourne & 'REGISTERED/FE3/65/MELBOURNE' cds in red, superb '["6d"]/MORE TO PAY' handstamp (S #E1770). Ex Hans Karman: acquired at the Charles Leski auction of 24.3.2004 for $3105. A remarkable item: registration fees were payable on franked mail only between 3.8.1864 & 31.7.1865. This item helped bring about the change. [Illustrated at page 22]
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GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA: 1902 envelope with largely very fine Die 5 (29mm double-circle) h/s in violet & 'VICTORIA/[crown]/OFFICIAL PAID' h/s (S&W unlisted), to London where redirected to France & 'T' h/s applied, 'VEULES-DES-ROSES' arrival b/s, flap removed. [From about 1896, Franks no longer had validity on overseas mail & required an 'OFFICIAL PAID' marking to be added. The Post Office in France probably understood the handstamp to mean "Paid to Destination" so no fine was collected]
POSTMASTER-GENERAL: Die 3 printed on GPO envelope to the USA in 1895 uprated with ½d pink, 2d violet & 3d yellow-olive tied by large 'R' h/s, San Francisco transit & Baltimore arrival b/s; and Die 3 printed on plain envelope with elaborate Post Office & Telegraph Department crest in blue on the flap, to Germany in 1897 but neither uprated as required nor taxed, Berlin arrival b/s.
UP TRAIN 1: Type 1 (Large Vertical Oval) very fine cancel of 14AU65 tying Laureates 4d to cover to Melbourne (very fine b/s), very fine 'MORE TO PAY'-in-oval h/s with "1/-" inserted but amended to "6d". Ex Charles Lathrop Pack and Roy Holland: acquired for £720. Another extremely important item, being the earliest recorded TPO cover, the only recorded cover showing the 6d charge for late fee on TPO letters unpaid & taxed , and one of only three covers with the datestamp cancelling the stamp . Rated RRRRR as a cancellation on cover. [Illustrated at page 4 where Molnar & Waugh state: "...mail that was handed directly to mail guards was subject to an additional late fee...the bulk of the uncancelled mail...came from designated free-standing post boxes...at the train stations. These required no late fee..." The late fee seems to have been reduced to 4d by January 1866 - see Lot 281160 - but it was some time before this nonsensical situation was resolved by the late fee being revoked. This cover indicates that the postage due was the deficient fee only, and not double the deficiency]
UP TRAIN 11: Type 2 ('TPO 11') large-part strike of 30NO12 on Ballarat PPC from Ballarat to Melbourne unusually with curved 'LATE FEE' h/s & Postage Due 1d manuscript cancelled. [By this date, the late fee was equivalent to a single rate of postage]
DOWN TRAIN 3: Type 4 ('TPO 3/VICTORIA' with No Arcs) large-part strike of 16AP12 on face of stampless entire 'REPORT OF CASE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE' with Kyneton cds & superb 'T ("1d")'-in-val h/s, to "Elphingstone" [sic] but redirected with Postage Due 1d tied by 'METCALFE' cds. Rated RRRRR on cover, being the only recorded postal usage on cover. [A remarkably short haul TPO item. Elphinstone is only 24km - 14 miles - NNW of Kyneton]
DOWN TRAIN 4: Type 1 (Large Octagon) largely very fine strike of JA1666 tying Laureates 4d to cover front to White Hills, endorsed "More to pay 8d" & with very fine '("8d")/MORE TO PAY'-in-oval handstamp. Rated RRRRR as a cancellation. This is the earliest recorded MG 4 marking by nine months! Illustrated at page 58. [This is also probably the earliest recorded TPO cover with payment of the late fee reduced to 4d ]
UP TRAIN 5: Type 2 (Duplex) very fine cancel of MR27/89 on 3d red/green Postal Card with message in Swedish, to Sweden but not uprated or taxed until arrival with manuscript "80" in blue & superb 'T'-in-inverted-triangle, largely very fine Swedish 'PXKP No 2 A...U' TPO cds, faint bends. Illustrated at page 66. [An excellent example of a relatively common postmark in uncommon circumstances: these cards paid the rate to the UK only via Italy. Additional postage was required to European destinations. Pre-1891 commercial usages are very scarce]
TYPE 2 (DUPLEX): Part b/s of AU18/94 unusually on 3d Registration Envelope to a member of the Bombay Philatelic Society, uprated with 2½d red/yellow tied by 'R'-in-circle h/s apparently used aboard the TPO endorsed "Officially" above the printed 'REGISTERED' as it was seemingly placed aboard the train en route to Adelaide. Incorrectly struck with the 'T '-in-oval h/s for use on domestic mail; this has been crossed-out & 'T/25c'-in-octagon h/s applied, mounting stains at the corners. Ex Trevor Davis and George Bowman who acquired it at the Prestige auction of 12.5.2007 for $632.
It is generally accepted that Victorian TPOs were not equipped with instructional handstamps - but see Lot 281238 - & that they had no registration facilities. This cover provides strong evidence that at least the English Mail TPO had a complement of instructional handstamps, & the capacity to handle registered mail.