Prestige Philately Auction 204 CatalogueVICTORIA - Postal History
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1850 (Nov 12) cover to Sydney endorsed "Per Shamrock" but crossed-out & amended in the same hand to "Per Overland Mail" with very rare franking of Ham 1d dull red SG 8a horizontal abnormal pair [5-28, the right-hand unit being substituted for 6] with almost full margins (the left-hand unit with White Flaw Obliterating the Upper-Right Corner), Butterfly '1' cancels of Melbourne (b/s) & Sydney arrival b/s of NO*19/1850, minor blemishes. Ex JRW Purves, Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli. Rodney Perry Certificate (2006, unsigned). [Abnormal pairs are very scarce, and usage on cover is quite remarkable]
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1851 entire letter to Geelong with a very fine example of Ham's Second State (More Colour above 'VICTORIA') 1d pale red-brown SG 5 tied - unusual for Half-Length covers - by very fine Butterfly '1' of Melbourne, 'MELBOURNE/ MY*7/1851/PORT PHILLIP' & Geelong arrival b/s of the same day. A delightful Half-Lengths cover, & certainly one of the finest we have ever handled. Ex Guy Linfield and Gary Diffen: sold 14/11/2007 for £4465. [The inland rate was 2d, & the town rate was 1d, so this item should have been taxed or returned for additional postage. According to the Gary Diffen sale catalogue "Eight covers are recorded in this shade and this is probably the finest"]
1855-80 goldmining group with crowned-oval 'HEPBURN' d/s on 1855 piece, then seven covers (two - one a front only - are registered) with various Classic frankings including Woodblocks Imperf 2/- & Perf 12 2/-, scarce cds of 'EGANSTOWN', 'GAFFNEYS CK', 'KANGAROOFLAT' (one word) & 'YANDOIT' noted, all but one with various 'PD' (Paid to Destination) markings, rather scruffy but value at the estimate. [Priced by a European dealer for €1750]
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1857 double-rate mercantile cover to London "Per Simla & Overland" with Emblems 4d brown-vermilion SG 42a x2 (one an apparently enormous upper-left corner stamp, the other with 3 good to large margins) plus No Watermark 2d grey-lilac SG 45a x2 (both with margins at places) all overlapped & tied by BN '2' of Geelong (b/s of MY*27/1857), superb London arrival cds of 3AU3/1857 in red on the face. A very pretty cover. Carried "Simla", departed Melbourne 31/5/1857, arrived Suez 12/7/1857; then per "Scamander", departed Alexandria 14/7/1857, arrived Southampton 1/8/1857. Ex Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli. [The writer speaks of a decline in demand for gin but "...we have no doubt we shall soon see an improvement"]
1857 small local cover with Emblems Imperf 1d pair (margins good to large) tied by BN '3' of 'CASTLEMAINE' (oval b/s), two very fine strikes of the unframed-oval 'ADVERTISED/AND/UNCLAIMED' h/s. Delightful. [Many itinerant goldminers had their mail addressed to the closest post office. As there was no delivery and notification system, acceptance of mail required the personal attendance of the addressee. Often, unsuccessful miners moved to "greener pastures" without advising the post office of their whereabouts (often unknown in advance). Ken Barelli's similar cover sold at the Prestige auction of 2/5/2014 for $1265]
1857 internal cover with Emblems 4d dull rose SG 44 marginal horizontal corner (?) pair from the right of the sheet (margins good to huge except at upper-left where there is a small fault), superb "socked on the nose" BN '1' of Melbourne (b/s of AU18/1857), very fine 'GEELONG/[crown]/*AU19/1857/VICTORIA' arrival b/s (the star incorrectly & unusually positioned to the left of the month slug), vertical & horizontal folds well clear of the stamps. Ex Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.
1858 internal cover with Emblems 4d rose-pink SG 65 irregularly separated single just tied to outer by BN '57', largely fine oval 'KYNETON/[crown]/1*MA/1858/VICTORIA' (1st March, not May) & Melbourne arrival b/s. This is a significant cover because it proves that No Watermark imperf stamps were issued prior to the cancellation for fraud & theft of Calvert's contract, in April 1858. Ex CL Pack, BD Forster, Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.
1858 double-rate mourning cover to England with Emblems 4d dull rose (oily ink) SG 67 three singles (one is superb) tied by BN '5' of Ballarat (b/s), Melbourne transit b/s & London arrival cds of JY19/58 in red on the face, repaired tear at left & a couple of other faults still a handsome cover. A very rare franking. Ex Sir Chester Beatty, BD Forster, Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli. See "Stamps of Victoria" at page 118.
1858 outer to Scotland "pr Australasia" with Emblems 2d pale lilac SG 45 vertical pair (margins good to large except at left where a little shaved) & 2d grey-lilac SG 45a single (good even margins) tied by BN '1' of Melbourne (poor b/s), two different 'GREENOCK/AU16/1858' arrival b/s, a bit soiled, repaired tear at upper-right clear of the stamps.
1858 cover to Wales "pr Monthly Mail/Collumbian" [sic] with Emblems 1d pale emerald SG 62 horizontal pair plus Rouletted 4d pale dull rose on Vertically Laid Paper SG 71 tied by BN '9' cancels of Beechworth (light b/s of AU-13/58), Melbourne & 'COWBRIDGE/ OC19/58' b/s, ironed-out vertical fold well clear of the stamps, some blemishes. A scarce franking. Carried per "Columbian", departed Melbourne 17/8/1858, arrived Suez 3/10/1858; then per "Cambria", departed Alexandria 5/10/1858, arrived Southampton 18/10/1863.
1859 quadruple-rate entire headed "Beehive Association" with Emblems 4d rose-pink SG 85a pair & two singles, BN '60' & very fine oval 'MALDON/[crown]/NO30/1859/VICTORIA' b/s, Melbourne arrival b/s, minor faults that don't affect the fine facial appearance. A very scarce internal franking. Ex Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.
1859 double-rate cover with Emblems 4d rose-pink SG 85a pair, BN '1' of Melbourne & Geelong arrival backstamp.
1860 double-rate mercantile entire to Geelong (b/s) with 2d brown-lilac Horizontally Laid Paper SG 69 x2 plus Beaded Oval 4d rose on Bordeaux Paper SG 89a, ironed-out folds that don't affect the stamps.
1860 mustard-coloured envelope to New York "Pr Columbian/via England" with Emblems 2d brown-lilac Horizontally Laid Paper SG 69 (folded over top of the envelope) plus Octagonal 1/-, very fine oval 'B MORTIMER & SON/...' cachet at upper-left (affected by a repaired opening tear), BN '1' & Melbourne b/s of JA17/60, London cds oif MR12/60 & New York cds of 28/3/1860. Despite the repaired tear, this is a most appealing cover. Carried per "Columbian", departed Melbourne 18/1/1860, arrived Port Louis 6/2/1860, arrived Suez 25/2/1860; then per "Pera", departed Alexandria 27/2/1860, arrived Southampton 11/3/1860. This was the second-last P&O homeward voyage via Mauritius. Ex Ken Barelli.
1860 part-entire endorsed "Registered" with Emblems 4d rose-pink SG 87 plus Perf 12 1/- Octagonal SG 81, poor BN '4' cancels & fair oval 'SANDHURST' d/s on the face, 'REGISTERED/MELBOURNE' arrival cds in red also on the face, the contents headed "Specimen Hill/Sailors Gully/Sandhurst". Ex CL Pack, BD Forster, Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.
1860 duplicate entire to London "Via Marseilles" with Emblems 2d brown-lilac Horizontally Laid Paper SG 69 plus Perf 12 4d rose-pink SG 87 & Queen on Throne 6d blue, BN '2' & very fine 'M' (signifying carriage via Marseilles) of Geelong (b/s of AP-16/60) in red, London arrival b/s of JU12/60, two vertical filing creases one of which affects the stamps. Carried per "Emeu", departed Melbourne 25/4/1860, arrived Suez 2/6/1860; then per "Panther", departed Alexandria 4/6/1860, arrived Marseilles 10/6/1860. Ex Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.
From prominent lawyer, pastoralist & politician Sir Charles Sladen, to his brother, enclosing a Second of Exchange for £25,000! In 1855, Sladen was Treasurer in Victoria's first Responsible Government. In 1863 he established the Colony's pre-eminent Leicester sheep stud at "Ripple Vale" Birregurra (from where the letter was written), named after his family home "Ripple Court" in Kent. Sladen post office in suburban Geelong opened 18/10/1954.
1860 entire to Scotland "p Emue [sic] SS/Via Marseilles" with Emblems 1d dull green SG 84 plus Rouletted 2d SG 69 & Queen on Throne Rouletted 6d SG 73, "killer" BN '1' & Melbourne b/s of AP24/60, British 'Insufficient Postage ("3")/Fine ("6")' & 'MORE/TO/PAY'-in-circle handstamps both in red, Edinburgh arrival b/s of JU13/60, internal writing shows through the paper but otherwise remarkably fine & attractive. Carried per "Emeu", departed Melbourne 25/4/1860, arrived Suez 2/6/1860; then per "Panther", departed Alexandria 4/6/1860, arrived Marseilles 10/6/1860. Ex Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.
Presumably sent in a closed bag as there is no London transit marking. If the underpayment had been noted in Melbourne, it should have been sent by the long sea route. However, the arrival date proves carriage via Marseilles.
1860 flimsy entire to England "Via Marseilles" with Emblems 4d rose-pink SG 87 vertical pair plus Wove Paper 1d yellow-green SG 84/a gr on, barely legible BN '214' & poor 'BIRREGURRA' b/s of MY13/60, minor blemishes. Carried per "Benares", departed Melbourne 18/5/1860, arrived Suez 28/6/1860; then per "Panther", departed Alexandria 29/6/1860, arrived Marseilles 6/7/1860. Ex Sir Chester Beatty, BD Forster, Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli. [The reverse was sealed with a piece of selvedge from a sheet of the Woodblock Perf 13 2/- blue/green SG 129 with part of the marginal inscription!]
1860 (Dec 26) cover to London "Via Marseilles" with scarce franking of Woodblocks Rouletted 6d orange SG 53a & Beaded Ovals 3d blue SG 88 tied by BN '1' of Melbourne (b/s), London arrival b/s of FE12/61 in red. Carried per "Jeddo", departed Melbourne 26/12/1860; "Nemesis", departed Galle 18/1/1861; & "Euxine". departed Alexandria 4/2/1861, arrived Marseilles 10/2/1861.
1861 mourning cover to England "Per Behar/Via Marseilles" with Emblems 1d yellow-green SG 98/a vertical strip of 3 plus Queen on Throne Rouletted 6d blue SG 73 BN '5' & tiny 'BALLARAT/JA25/61/VICTORIA' b/s plus similar Geelong & Melbourne transit b/s, 'M' h/s applied at Geelong, very fine 'BIRMINGHAM/MR17/61' arrival b/s, minor soiling. Carried per "Behar", departed Melbourne 26/1/1861, arrived Galle 14/2/1861; per "Nubia", departed Galle 17/2/1861, arrived Suez 4/3/1861; then per "Valetta", departed Alexandria 8/3/1861, arrived Marseilles 15/3/1861. Ex JRW Purves, Rodney Perry & Ken Barelli.