Buka: 'BUKA/(DEUTSCH-/[NE]UGUINEA)/6.1/[?]' large-part strike on 10pf, a little aged, Bothe guarantee h/s on the reverse. Rated F by Powell (but that includes philatelic usages during the early days of the Australian Occupation). One of the rarest postmarks of all the German Colonies: an example of 29.5/14 on piece sold for Dm25,300 in 2001! PO opened 26/7/1913; closed -/12/1914. [Buka is an island to the immediate north of Bougainville. Though geographically in the Solomons Group, it was occupied by Germany in 1886 & absorbed into Deutsch Neu Guinea]
NB: In December 1914, the cds fell into Australian hands. A number of strikes dated '6.11/14' are known on GRI stamps, and one example of the same date on unoverprinted stamps: that item sold for $3910 at our auction of 24/1/2004. Consequently, it is believed the dateslugs had become corroded or "frozen". While the year is not evident on this example, it must be 1914.
Auction Category: NEW GUINEA - German (Deutsch) New Guinea - Postmarks
Postmarks , GERMAN COLONIES , New Guinea , Germany , NEW GUINEA German (Deutsch) New Guinea