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Displaying 1 - 20 of 28 Lots in Category - Straits Settlements
c.1870 (?) Torres Strait Settlement 4c to 36c complete (missing the 2c brown), the 4c is marginal, the 16c & 36c have one straight edge, unused. Very scarce "phantom" issue.
The Torres Strait labels offered here are all part of the "Brussels Find": see our auction #180 of 7/5/2013. . Most of these labels were stuck fast in a stiff paper "pancake". Some had been damaged as a result of a misguided attempt to separate them: they have been discarded. As a result of being soaked, most of the labels now have no gum. Remarkably, not a single example of the 2c brown was included in the find.
c.1870 (?) Torres Strait Settlement 4c to 36c complete, the 4c 16c & 24c are marginal, the 36c has a straight edge at the base, unused.
c.1870 (?) Torres Strait Settlement 4c to 36c complete corner blocks of 4 with straight edge at the top (8c & 16c) or at the base, the last 36c unit has a significant repaired tear, unused. [This is the only "set" of blocks of 4 in the Find]
c.1870 (?) Torres Strait Settlement 4c ultramarine complete sheetlet of 20 (4x5; missing the lower-left corner unit) with straight edges at the top & the base, a couple of minor blemishes, unused. [We expect this is the first time that the sheet format of these issues has been recorded. Of the 4c, a single, blocks of 4 12 & 15, and one similar sheet - also missing one unit - are yet to be offered]
c.1870 (?) Torres Strait Settlement 8c orange block of 15 (3x5; missing the left-hand column) with straight edges at the top & the base, the last unit badly defective, unused. [Ten examples of the 8c - in singles & pairs - are yet to be offered]
c.1870 (?) Torres Strait Settlement 16c green complete sheetlet of 20 (4x5; missing the upper-left corner unit) with straight edges at the top & the base, the seventh unit with a major repaired tear, unused. [Of the 16c, nine units plus a block of 15 are yet to be offered]
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 .
MALAYA - Postal History
Very fine 'NEBONG/[crown]/T[IB]AL' on CA 2c rose, superb 'S'-in-bars of Sarawak on CC 6c lilac, very fine 'MEDAN' (Dutch indies) on CA 8c orange, very fine 'PENANG' cds on French 80c, fine 'NI POSTAGENT PENANG' squared-circle on CA 6c lilac, etc, also a few security "chops" including 'JOHN LITTLE & Co' on CA 96c & oval '[FOR]WARDED/[...]ANDS BETTI[...]/[P]ENANG' in blue on 12c on East India 4a, stamps Cat £400++.
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Superior group comprising 1858 stampless entire to Mauritius "p City of London"; 1867 stampless entire with 'PENANG/11/DEC/1867/P.O.' cds & French 'POS.ANG.V.SUEZ/P.AN.A.MARS' mailboat cds in red; 1867 badly dessicated cover to Bombay with East India 4a cancelled at Singapore; 1873 double-rate cover to India with 12c x2 & 'SINGAPORE/ A /JA9/73/PAID' cds in red; 1874 outer to "Baden/Germany" endorsed "via Triest" with 12c tied by a company's cachet in blue & poor 'PENANG - D17' duplex; 1874 cover to Scotland with 30c SG 17 & 24c SG 16 - paying the late fee - both pre-cancelled with Chartered Mercantile Bank cachet & tied by Circle-of-Squares "killer" (Proud #K15); 1875 stampless cover 'PENANG' to 'HONG-KONG' (b/s); and 1880 cover to Paris with 8c & three different French mailboat d/s; and eight mostly used PPCs; condition variable.
1855 (c.) piece with part-flap, Indian 1854 Imperf 1a (3½ margins, just touched at upper-left, creased at the top) just tied by very fine diamond-of-dots cancel (Proud #K1; rated 7500 Pts) with largely fine 24mm double-circle 'PENANG/P.O.' cds (Proud #D2; illegible date) in red. [The cds was introduced mid-1855. The diamond-of-dots was replaced by the octagonal 'B/147' cancel about 6 months later]
1866 mercantile entire headed "Singapore 20 Jany 1866" & signed "Wm McDonald & Co", to Bombay rated "4" in red with East India 4a blue-green tied by boxed 'WM Mc DO/NO...' security "chop" & a poor octagonal 'B/172' cancel of Singapore (unusually with no datestamp), very fine ' 1M /BOMBAY/FE4/66' arrival b/s in red, some damage likely caused by immersion in sea water, still quite presentable. Rare shipwreck mail, possibly the only recorded example.
P&O "Jeddo", out of Hong Kong, departed Singapore 21/1/1866, arrived Galle 27/1866, en route to Bombay wrecked on Choul Keeder Reef, 30 miles S of Bombay. The ship was a total loss but the passengers were transferred to "Salsette" and the crew salvaged the cargo, stores & mail. This incident is not recorded by Norman Hoggarth & Robin Gwynn. There was no example of mail from this incident in John Woolfe's or Robin Gwynn's collections. Our vendor states the only earlier wreck mail recorded from Malaya is a single 1864 cover from the "Hydaspe",
1867 part-entire to India "Per P&O Str Emeu" with scarce franking of '[crown]/THREE CENTS' on 1a brown SG 3 single & strip of 3 (Cat £380+ x20+ on cover) tied by 'B/172'-in-octagon h/s of Penang, superb 'GPO/MADRAS/OC12/1867/OVERLAND MAIL' (TPO ?) b/s in red. The Overprints were issued 1/9/1867.
1870 cover to Scotland "via Brinidisi with 2c brown single & pair and 32c pale red SG 18 (small faults, Cat £70 x12+ on cover) tied by 'PENANG/DE8/70 - D17' duplex (Proud #KD5), fair arrival b/s of JA9/71, minor soiling & repaired flap fault. [Ted Proud states at page 94 that the rate was 38c between 17/11/1869 & 6/1/1871, when it was reduced to 30c (unless by French packet, for which the rate remained at 38c]
1872 large-part mercantile entire to France "per Mail Steamer/via Brindisi" with three-colour franking of 2c brown, 8c orange & 12c blue tied by two very fine strikes of 'KALTENBACH ENGLER & Co/29/JUN/1872/SINGAPORE' firm's cds in blue, three early large-part strikes of the small bars "killer" (Proud #K17; ERD 17/1/1872), 'SINGAPORE/JU30/72/PAID' cds in red & superb strike of the small 'PD' (= Paid to Destination) handstamp (#PD4; LRD by almost 13 months), largely superb French 'POSS ANG V SUEZ/29/JUIL/72/ALEXANDRIE' transit in red, 'MARSEILLE A LYON/SPECIAL' transit & 'LYON' arrival b/s, ironed-out horizontal filing crease & tiny blemishes hardly detract from the attractiveness of this scarce cover. Ex Arthur White (NY 2006). [Carriage was per P&O "Tanjore" to Galle & "Pekin" to Suez; then from Alexandria by French vessel "Scamandre" to Marseilles, NOT via Brindisi as endorsed]
1873 cover to Pennsylvania "via Hong Kong/& San Francisco" with 8c orange & 12c blue tied by small bars "killer" (Proud #K17), very fine 24mm 'SINGAPORE/MR28/73/PAID' cds in red & superb strike of the boxed 'PAID ALL' Postal Convention h/s (#PD2; rated 5000 pts on cover), no American markings, dessicated & with extensive archival tape repairs still attractive.
1875 (Jan) flapless cover to Hampshire with GB 1/- green tied by '42'-in-diamond-&-bars cancel of the London Foreign Branch, docketed on the face "Lieut JEC Goodrich", minor blemishes. Lieut Goodrich was serving on the battleship HMS "Audacious" at Penang. Carried per P&O "Golconda" to Galle; then "Mirzapore" to Southampton, arrived 8/3/1875. Ex Geoffrey Osborn.
1887 commercial usage of 3c blue Postal Card to Saxony with 22mm 'SINGAPORE/OC5/87' cds & a very fine strike of the rare French mailboat 'POSS.ANGL/6/OCT/87/PAQ FR No7' d/s in red ('N' Omitted; Salles #1934var with sans serif year), creased at left with crude "sticky" tape repair on the reverse, full message in German.
1888 (Dec) cover with printed 'United States Consulate/at ("Singapore")' at upper-left to the USA "Per German Mail/SS Preussen/via Brindisi", 8c orange & 10c slate tied by light but largely discernible 'CONSUL OF THE UNITED STATES/SINGAPORE' intaglio seal in red & Singapore cds, light boxed registration datestamp at the base, New York arrival b/s in purple. A lovely cover. Ex Derek Clayton: sold in Singapore 4/7/2009 for $S2160.
1893 & 1895 2c & 3c Postal Cards 1) to Holland with octagonal French 'LIGNE N/PAQ FR No 2' d/s; and 2) to Belgium with similar '.../...No 6' d/s, very fine 'MARCHIENNE-AU-PONT' arrival cds on the face, soiled.
1900 PPC of the Singapore (?) "Cricket Club" endorsed "Feld Post" to Germany with Straits 3c brown tied by 'KAIS DEUTSCHE/MARINE-/SCHIFFSPOST/ No 70 /7 10/00' cds, 'WINDERSHEIM' arrival cds, minor soiling. The ship was en route to China in response to the Boxer Rebellion.