Prestige Philately Auction 233 CatalogueCOCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - Straits Settlements Postal Agency 1933 to 1937
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Displaying 12 Lots in Category - COCOS ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY - Straits Settlements Postal Agency 1933 to 1937
1936 (Jan 5) Orient Line PPC 'SS Ormonde' with message headed "Indian Ocean near Fremantle", to NSW with boxed 'PAQUEBOT' h/s & Australian KGV 1½d brown tied by Fremantle cds of 7JA36. Plus a different unused PPC of the ship. [The message states "...Saw Cocos Isl in middle of Indian Ocean...most beautiful & interesting..."]
1936 cover with imprint of Captain Irving Johnson (Springfield, Mass) to "John Clunies-Ross/Keeling Cocos Island/Via Singapore" with Bermuda (!) 1½d & 2½d tied by 'ST GEORGES' cds, minor blemishes. A remarkable origin/destination item. [Probably contained a letter of thanks for hospitality extended during the visit to Cocos of the US Schooner 'Yankee' on its 1935 round-the-world voyage]
DATESTAMPS - 'BLANK AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/20AU/1933' (Proud #D1) largely superb strike on Straits 3c red & 4c red. [Ted Proud indicates this type is twice as scarce as #D2. Kim Dwyer had no example, only one cover is recorded, and those offered here are the only examples we have seen]
DATESTAMPS - 'BLANK AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/20AU/1933' (Proud #D1) superb strike on Straits 5c pair.
DATESTAMPS - 'BLANK AT BASE':'COCOS ISLAND/20AU/1933' (Proud #D1) very fine strike on Straits 2c green & 10c to Missouri "via Singapore". Stated to be the only recorded cover with this rare marking. [Sold at an English auction in 2003 for £3910]
DATESTAMPS - 'FILLED AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/25NO/1936' (Proud #D2) largely very fine strike on Straits 8c grey. [Kim Dwyer's only example was a B3 strike on 25c Jubilee which sold for $776]
DATESTAMPS - 'FILLED AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/20AP/1933' (Proud #D2; ERD) two largely superb strikes on Straits 1c 2c & 5c on family cover to "Mrs JS Clunies-Ross" in England, light vertical fold clear of the stamps. From the first official outgoing mail. [The so-called "Queen Rose" cover. In late-1927, John Sidney married Rose Nash in London. Acquired at a Perth auction in 2001 for $7260]
DATESTAMPS - 'FILLED AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/16NO/1935' (Proud #D2) largely very fine strike on Straits 25c Jubilee on philatelic cover to GB with rare 'Singapore' registration label No '82' overprinted 'Cocos Island', Singapore transit b/s. Only three registered covers are recorded: the almost identical cover with 'R' label '83' - stated then to be unique - sold at a Perth auction in 2007 for $10,175]
DATESTAMPS - 'FILLED AT BASE': 'COCOS ISLAND/6AP/1935' (Proud #D2) superb strike on Straits 5c orange on cover to Penang Turf Club. This is the cover from which Proud's illustration is taken.
This datestamp is substantially different from the other three strikes of Proud #D2 listed above in respect of diameter (29½mm as compared to 30½mm for the other three), width of the semi-circular 'band' in the base (3mm compared with 3½mm in the others), inscription - in particular the shape of the letters 'S' in both 'COCOS' & 'ISLAND' - and its slightly but obviously smaller date slugs. While it is questionable what need Cocos would have for three different datestamps in this period, the only other explanation is the rather inconceivable one that this cancel is a fake, albeit one that passed Proud's scrutiny and of which no other has turned up to the best of our knowledge. Given the unlikelihood of obtaining an unqualified Expert Certificate for such an item, we must reluctantly offer this lot 'as is'. Personal assessment highly recommended.
TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGES ON POSTAL CARDS: 1934 (July 9) Straits 2c with 40mm 'EASTERN EXTENSION... TELEGRAPH COMPANY/SINGAPORE/...' cachet on the reverse, to GB uprated with 2c green tied by Singapore cds of 9JY/1934, minor blemishes. Message: "Cocos/.../Try arrange Airmail PCs...Huge letter & many snaps coming by August boat..." [Kim Dwyer had no example of such cards with messages sent to Singapore]
TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGES ON POSTAL CARDS: 1934 (July 16) Straits 2c with 40mm 'EASTERN EXTENSION...TELEGRAPH COMPANY/SINGAPORE/...' cachet on the reverse, to GB by air uprated with 2c green & 10c x2 - underpaid 1c but not taxed - tied by Singapore cds of 16JY/1934, minor blemishes. Message: "Cocos/.../Orama arrives four days, hurray!..." [Prior to 29.3.1934 the airmail postcard rate per Imperial was 25c but 24c per KLM. From that date both rates were 25c]
TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGES ON POSTAL CARDS: 1934 (Nov 12) Straits 2c with 40mm 'EASTERN EXTENSION...TELEGRAPH COMPANY/SINGAPORE/...' cachet on the reverse, to GB by air per KLM uprated with 5c brown, 6c red & 12c blue tied by Singapore cds of 12NO/1934. Message: "Cocos/.../Lovely Orsova letter...& two ripping cables..."