Prestige Philately Auction 170 CatalogueBRITISH WEST INDIES
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Displaying 14 Lots in Category - BRITISH WEST INDIES
BAHAMAS: 1876 cover endorsed "From W Edmiston CB [= Chief Bosun's] Mate/HMS Pert Nassau" and countersigned "BS" (Assistant Paymaster Beresford C Scott), to Hampshire with 1d Plate '162' (minor faults) tied by a superb strike of the very rare 'D67'-in-bars (stated to be the only recorded example on cover; another impression set-off on the reverse!), very fine '1d' h/s for master's gratuity, very fine 'GOSPORT/JA13/77' arrival b/s. Carried per American steamer "Leo" Nassau-Halifax, attracting the master's gratuity; Allan Line "Sarmatian", departed Halifax 31/12/1876, via Queenstown & arrived Liverpool 11/1/1877. Ex Gerald Sattin (private transaction). It is believed that the 'D67' h/s was used at Queenstown (at the terminus of the Dublin to Cork Travelling Post Office). Harold Wilson at p204 states "D67 has been recorded on a sailor's letter from the Bahamas and addressed to Gosport". We suggest that this may be an instance of mis-sorting: on arrival at Queenstown, this letter was included in the Irish mails landed there; placed aboard the TPO, the mail clerk cancelled the stamp & then noticed the English address; the cover was returned to the SS "Sarmatian" before it departed for Liverpool. [Wilson also states that the related 'D68' h/s, also allocated to the TPO, has not been recorded]
BERMUDA: 1856 cover endorsed "From George Evindon Seaman/on board HM Ship Boscawen/Bermuda" & countersigned "H Johnston" in blue, to Kent with 1d Stars (faults) tied by a superb strike of the '43'-in-diamond of the London Foreign Branch, poor London b/s overstruck 'CHATHAM/MR6/1856' arrival b/s in blue, repaired faults. Carried per SS "Curlew", departed Nassau 23/1/1856, arrived St Thomas 29/1/1856; RMS "Parana", departed St Thomas 18/2/1856, arrived Southampton 5/3/1856. Ex Gerald Sattin (private transaction).
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BERMUDA: 1862 cover endorsed "From Wm Wright seaman/on board her majest ship/rinaldo" & countersigned "RL Turton", to Devon with 1d Stars tied by BN '620' of Plymouth, very fine 'PLYMOUTH/MR5/1852/ =SHIP-LETTER=' & 'DARTMOUTH' arrival b/s, superb '1' h/s representing the master's gratuity payable, ironed-out vertical fold. [HMS "Rinaldo" had left Ireland Island en route for blockade duty off Charleston South Carolina, during the American Civil War. Encountering difficulties, the nearby HMS "Cleopatra" was requested to provide a tow. The opportunity was taken to put the mail aboard "Cleopatra", and she actually took the mail to England. GPO Notice No 41 of 4/6/1859 stated that where there is no direct communication by British packet, a penny gratuity to the master of a private ship must be paid. However, "Cleopatra" was a naval vessel]
BERMUDA: 1864 cover endorsed "From George Grayson HMS Phaeton" & countersigned "C Paget", to Surrey with 1d Stars x2 with Misplaced Perforations (originally a vertical pair, the right-hand unit a little damaged) cancelled with '50'-in-diamond of the London Foreign Branch, 'PAID/JY18/64/LONDON' cds in red on the face, repaired flap fault. Carried per British Packet "Alpha", departed Nassau 28/6/1864; Cunard "Africa", departed Halifax 8/7/1864, arrived Liverpool 16/7/1864. [Gerald Ellott notes he has seen another HMS "Phaeton" cover endorsed "Bermuda" with the same arrival date but paid 1d only. 2d was the rate if carried by private ship & the sender may have thought this was required]
JAMAICA: 1801 part-entire to "George Farrington/HM Ship La Topaze/at the Island of/Jamaica", endorsed "pd 1" & "Post Paid 1d", London tombstone ' E /PAID/JUL29/1801' d/s in red & faint Waltham Cross mileage h/s, no arrival marking. Ex Bob Swarbrick. [The French frigate "La Topaze" was taken by the British at the surrender of Toulon in 1793]This is an important & significant item, being one of the earliest recorded concession rate covers addressed to overseas. In fact, Gerald Ellott advises that it is the only letter to a sailor serving abroad that he has recorded prior to the Crimean War! This item technically contravened the 1795 Act, which required that the 1d postage on letters to soldiers & sailors be paid upon arrival. Perhaps the postal clerk wisely accepted payment from the sender, as it could not be collected in Jamaica. Gerald Ellott notes that mail to ships overseas was not specifically covered in the original enactment. It was only in 1806 that the Act was amended to cover sendings "...within any part of His Majesty's Dominions".
JAMAICA: 1860 cover endorsed "From Henry Richman Seaman/HMS Icarus Port Royal" but not countersigned so it should have been taxed, to Hampshire with 1d Stars tied by '37'-in-diamond of the London Foreign Branch, ' DY / LONDON/MY28/60' transit & 'PORTSMOUTH' arrival b/s. Carried per RMS "Teviot", departed Port Royal 10/5/1860; "Atrato", departed St Thomas 14/5/1860, arrived Southampton 27/5/1860. [The Swarbrick sale (2005) included no sailor's letter with GB stamp]Port Royal is Kingston's harbour. The original town - immortalised in "Pirates of the Caribbean" - was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692.
JAMAICA: 1861 cover endorsed "From James Young Yeoman of Signals/HMS Mersey Port Royal Jamaica July 14th" & countersigned "JS Twysden", to Somerset with 1d Stars tied by superb 'LONDON EC/AU13/61 - 79', 'BATH' arrival b/s. Carried per RMS "Trent", departed Port Royal 24/7/1861; "Atrato", departed St Thomas 29/7/1861, arrived Southampton 13/8/1861. [The sender contracted yellow fever &, on 5/10/1861, was "discharged, dead"]
JAMAICA: 1863 cover endorsed "From Isaac Dawson Seaman HMS Phaeton" & countersigned "C Paget", to Surrey with 1d Stars & '50'-in-diamond cancel of the London Foreign Branch, ' 7E /LONDON/MR31/63' b/s in red. Carried per RMS "Thames", departed Port Royal 11/3/1863; "Tasmanian", departed St Thomas 16/3/1863, arrived Southampton 31/3/1863.
JAMAICA: 1864 cover endorsed "From Isaac Dawson Seaman/HMS Phaeton Port Royal Jamaica" & countersigned "AJK" (Lieut Andrew Kennedy), to Surrey with 1d Stars & superb '50'-in-diamond cancel of the London Foreign Branch, two different London b/s of OC14/64 in red. Carried per RMS "Solent", departed Port Royal 25/9/1864; "Seine", departed St Thomas 29/9/1864, arrived Southampton 13/10/1864.
JAMAICA: 1864 cover endorsed "Officers letter" & "EJP/Aug 7th 64" (Commander Edwin John Pollard, of HMS "Royalist"), to Scotland with 1862-64 6d lilac tied by very fine 'LONDON EC/AU29/64 - 77' duplex, superb 'DUNKELD' arrival b/s, part of the reverse missing. Carried per RMS "Tyne", departed Port Royal 9/8/1864; "Shannon", departed St Thomas 15/8/1864, arrived Southampton 29/8/1864. [HMS "Royalist" was in Jamaica 1864-65 to suppress a local rebellion]
JAMAICA: a very similar cover dated "Oct 24th 64" at lower-left, to Scotland with 1862-64 6d lilac tied by very fine '61'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, superb 'DUNKELD/NO16/1864' arrival b/s, part of the reverse missing. Carried per RMS "Tamar", departed Port Royal 25/10/1864; "Tasmanian", departed St Thomas 29/10/1864, arrived Southampton 15/11/1864.
JAMAICA: 1875 cover endorsed "A Fricker Seaman HMS Woodlark Jamaica" & countersigned "AA Broughton", to Somerset with 1d Plate '151' & light 'C51' of St Thomas, superb 'BATH/JA16/76' arrival b/s. Unusual & very scarce carriage outside the naval bag. RPSofL Certificate (1993) states "is genuine as far as one can tell". Carried per RMS "Tasmanian", departed Port Royal 25/12/1875 (Christmas Day), departed St Thomas 28/12/1864, arrived Plymouth 15/1/1876.
ST THOMAS (DANISH WEST INDIES): 1865 cover to "Captain EJ Pollard RN/HMS Royalist/St Thomas's/West Indies" with 6d lilac (defective) tied by very fine 'DUNKELD/AP15/65 - 118' duplex, London transit b/s in red & fine 'ST THOMAS/MY1/1865' arrival b/s. Carried per RMSP "Shannon", departed London 17/4/1865, arrived St Thomas 1/5/1865. [Edwin John Pollard joined the Navy as a cadet on 12/10/1846 (aged 13). He saw action in the Crimea and China. 30/10/1863, appointed Commander of HMS "Royalist". Retired 1885 as a rear-admiral]
TRINIDAD: 1898 cover endorsed "From PW Fitz CC [= Chief Carpenter] HMS Rambler WIS [West Indies Station]" & countersigned "CEM" (Lieut Charles E Monro), to Middlesex with 1d lilac tied by 'LONDON/MR31/98' cds, 'SHEPHERDS BUSH' arrival b/s. Ex Geoffrey Osborn (private transaction). Carried per RMS "Orinoco", departed Port of Spain 10/3/1898, arrived Plymouth 31/3/1898. [HMS "Rambler" was at Port of Spain 10-14/3/1898, then departed for Halifax, Nova Scotia]