Prestige Philately Auction 170 CatalogueSOUTH ATLANTIC ISLANDS
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Displaying 20 Lots in Category - SOUTH ATLANTIC ISLANDS
ASCENSION: 1849 unstamped cover endorsed "By HMS Flying Fish" to "Lieut John Townsend/Isle of Ascension/ West Coast of Africa" rated "1/-" in red, 'BATH/AU30/1849' cds & London Paid cds in red, 'Damberg/ VI /24 25 26' impressed in wax on the flap; with the enclosed close-written 8pp letter. Sergio Sismondo Certificate (2004) states "...is in excellent state of preservation". In 1815, Ascension was garrisoned by the British, and was officially designated by the Royal Navy as a "stone frigate" named HMS "Ascension", with the classification of "Sloop of War of the smaller class"!!
ASCENSION: a very similar cover from one month later endorsed "By HMS Hecla", again with the lengthy enclosed letter. Sergio Sismondo Certificate (2004) states "...is in excellent state of preservation".
ASCENSION: 1852-54 series of letters from Captain Henry William Bruce to his daughter Jane, mostly headed "Penelope Ascension" or similar. Includes 1852 stampless cover to Devon with London '[crown]/PAID/14JY14/1852' d/s in red & 'TORQUAY' arrival b/s in blue; 1852 stampless cover to County Derry with Dublin b/s ' 5 /NO17/1852/ 9 ' in red, 'BALLYMENA' cds in blue & on the face undated 'BELLAGHY' h/s; & an 1853 part-entire from which the stamp has been torn-off to Torquay & readdressed to Portsmouth. [Bruce had served at the Battle of Trafalgar, as a 13yo, & in the War of 1812 against the United States. Commanding HMS "Penelope", he was in charge of an anti-slaving squadron based at Ascension & patrolling the coast of West Africa. The letters speak of the anti-slaving operations, life on Ascension, & contain many references to other naval officers including Lieut John Alexander, who married Jane Bruce, the recipient of these letters. There are also a number of ribald jokes: "Which of His animals did Noah see the least of in the Ark? His Ass"] (Qty 9 items)
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ASCENSION: 1861 cover endorsed "from A Newbury Boy HMS Arrowgant" & countersigned "RB Cay", to Scotland with 1d Stars tied by very fine '37'-in-diamond cancel of London Foreign Branch, London transit & Edinburgh arrival (affected by opening fault) b/s. Carried per Union SS "Norman" departed Ascension 5/7/1861; arrived Plymouth 31/7/1861. Ex Geoffrey Osborn (private transaction).
ASCENSION: 1866 cover endorsed "from J Clark HMS Flora" & countersigned "John Fletcher Rees", to Devon with 1d Plate '94' tied by 'PLYMOUTH/AU16/66 - 620' duplex, superb 'DEVONPORT' arrival b/s. Carried per Union SS "Norseman" departed Ascension 25/7/1866; arrived Plymouth 16/8/1866. [Between 1866 & 1868, HMS "Flora" was three times recommissioned at Ascension. John Clark, boilermaker, was on the "Flora's" books as a civilian. As such, he was not entitled to the 1d rate. However, it's likely that a blind eye was turned where members of a ship's complement were concerned]
ASCENSION: 1867 cover endorsed "from John Clark Boilermaker Ascension" & countersigned "John Hawkins for Commanding Officer", to Devon with fair 'ASCENSION/AU2/67' cds on the face & 1d Plate '78' (rounded corner) tied by '250' cancel of Devonport, 'PAID/DEVONPORT/CAPE-PACKET/22AU67' arrival b/s in red, minor peripheral faults & repairs. Sergio Sismondo Certificate (2004).
ASCENSION: a rather similar cover from the same correspondence, to Devon with fair 'ASCENSION/DE2/67' cds on the face & 1d Plate '97' tied by '250' cancel of Devonport, unframed 'CAPE-PACKET/DE22/1867=DEVONPORT=' arrival b/s in red affected by repaired opening tear. Sergio Sismondo Certificate (2004) wrongly states that the stamp is from Plate 87.
ASCENSION: another cover from the same correspondence but countersigned "JMolloy", to Devon with fair 'ASCENSION/ JA5/68' cds on the face & 1d Plate '103' tied by 'DEVONPORT - 250' duplex, repaired tear on flap.
ASCENSION: 1869 cover endorsed "officers letter" to England "via Liverpool" with 'PAID/LIVERPOOL/BR PACKET/18JL69/ 4A ' cds in red & 1d Plate '72' x6 (two strips of 3) cancelled with BN '466' of Liverpool, very fine 'BATH' arrival b/s, flap fault. [6d was the officer's privilege rate. The flap bears the Alleyne Family crest over the sender's 'NHA' monogram. There was no officer's letter from Ascension in the 2007 sale of Geoffrey Osborn's collection] The illustration is above Lot 155.
ASCENSION: 1875 flapless cover endorsed "From EM Reade/Hospital Matron Ascension" & countersigned "John Bradley/Staff Surgeon/In Charge", to Westmoreland with part 'ASCENSION' cds on the face & 1d Plate '154' tied by a very fine strike of the rare 'PLYMOUTH/MR2/75/HMS - 620' duplex, superb 'KENDAL' arrival b/s, overall spotting. [Unusual usage from, & countersigned by, staff at the island hospital]
ASCENSION: a very similar, but far superior, cover from the same correspondence, fair 'ASCENSION/AP17/75' cds on the face & 1d Plate '154' tied by a largely fine strike of the rare 'PLYMOUTH/HMS - 620' duplex, 'KENDAL' arrival b/s. Sergio Sismondo Certificate (2004) states "A rare cover, from about five known sent by the Matron of the Military Hospital, all in 1875".
ASCENSION: 1898 cover endorsed "CJ Johnson Writer I of Ascension" countersigned "DOM" [?] with 1d lilac tied by 'ASCENSION/ A /AU11/98' cds (SG Z7), to Portsmouth with largely superb 'PLYMOUTH/SHIPLETTER' b/s, repaired tear at top. Sergio Sismondo Certificate (2004) states "Military concession rate covers from Ascension are scarce". [In an age when illiteracy was rife, the ship's writer or scribe was an important member of the crew]
MADEIRA (PORTUGUESE): 1864 cover endorsed "From W Lynn HM Ship Princess Royal Madeira" and countersigned "JPMaclean" [Maclear ?], to Kent with 1d Stars (oxidised) tied by 'EC/9'-in-bars of London (cds of AP21/64), ripped-open & repaired. Carried per "Hawthorne", departed Madeira 16/4/1864, arrived London 21/4/1864. [William Lynn was Boy 1st Class]
MADEIRA (PORTUGUESE): 1880 cover with embossed 'HMS INCONSTANT' crest in red on the flap, endorsed "From GR Smith Seaman HMS Inconstant" & countersigned "GWS" (Midshipman George W Smith), to Lincolnshire with 1d Venetian red tied by 'PLYMOUTH-TO/NO15/80/BRISTOL-TPO' cds, 'ULCEBY' arrival b/s. [HMS "Inconstant" was one of 5 ships comprising the round-the-world Flying Squadron. It was at Madeira 6-10/11/1880. An unarmoured vessel, at the time the "Inconstant" was the fastest naval vessel afloat]
ST HELENA: 1842 stampless entire to "Richard Wall Seaman/On Board HMS Erebus/St Helena/Or Else Where" with light 'WOOLWICH/1D PAID' h/s & London d/s of 27AU27/1842, overall soiling & internal reinforcing. Ex Gerald Sattin (private transaction). Exceptional destination item. [The ungrammatical letter is from the sailor's wife: "...so glad to mark that you haer comen home". Even in this period, letters from working class women are rarely seen. In 1848, the "Erebus", under Captain Sir John Franklin, disappeared in the Arctic]
ST HELENA: 1850 stampless cover endorsed "from Richd E Harris Seaman/On Board HM Brig Lily" & countersigned "W Burdon", to Cornwall with London cds of 18SP18/1850 & large undated 'CAMBORNE' arrival h/s both on the face, soiled & the flap removed. Carried per "Gloriana", departed St Helena 1/8/1850, arrived Falmouth 18/9/1850. [According to the ship's log, the "Lily" was at St Helena on 1/8/1850 en route to Simon's Bay (CofGH) & Amsterdam Island (now within the French Southern & Antarctic Territories)]
ST HELENA: 1862 cover endorsed "A Newbery seaman on Bord HMS Philomel" & countersigned "Chas RK Smyth", to Scotland with 1d Stars tied by superb '50'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, London b/s of MY-2/62 & superb Edinburgh arrival b/s, repaired tear at upper-left. Ex Geoffrey Osborn (private transaction). Carried per Union SS "Dane", departed for Ascension 4/4/1862, arrived Plymouth 1/5/1862. [The ship's log states that, on 1st April, the "Philomel" was at single-anchor at James-Town St Helena, & mentions arrival of the "Dane". The Robert Deakin "St Helena" (July 2011) included no sailor's letter, no usage of GB stamps in St Helena, and his earliest soldier's letter was from 1886]
ST HELENA: a rather similar 1864 cover from the same correspondence with 'PAID/LIVERPOOL/BR PACKET/11MY64/ 2A ' arrival cds in red & 1d Stars tied by BN '466' of Liverpool, Edinburgh arrival b/s. Carried per Union SS "Athenian" via Jellah Coffee (Gold Coast); arrived Liverpool 11/5/1864. [There is a curious notation "shut/[initials]" to the left of the stamp. Our suggestion is that this is a reference to the letter being accepted as a late letter, after the naval bag had been locked]
TRISTAN DA CUNHA: 1867 & 1870 attractive pen & ink illustrations from "The Illustrated London News" captioned 'TRISTAN D'ACUNHA' or 'TRISTAO DA CUNHA', the first re the visit of HMS "Galatea"; also two lovely pen & ink illustrations by George Crabb of HMS "Emerald" & HMS "Comus" that visited the island in 1878 & 1880 respectively. (Qty 4 items)
TRISTAN DA CUNHA: 1867 cover endorsed "From 113th Coy Sergt Wm Grimes HMS Galatea" & countersigned (First Lieut) "FH Poore", to London with 1d Plate '78' x3 tied by 'H'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, two London b/s of SP2/67 both in red, repaired opening tear & rather aged. HMS "Galatea", under command of Captain HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, visited Tristan on 5/8/1867, where - at the request of the islanders - the Duke named the principal settlement Edinburgh. Simon's Bay (CofGH) was reached 15/8/1867. Based on the relevant dates, this cover was almost certainly written at or off Tristan & was probably carried per "Alert", out of St Helena, that arrived London 2/9/1867.