Prestige Philately Auction 170 CatalogueINDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS
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Displaying 13 Lots in Category - INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS
MADAGASCAR: 1883 (May) cover endorsed "G Doody RMLI HMS Dryad Madagascar" & countersigned "MBF" (= Lieut MB Fowke), to Essex with very scarce overseas usage of 1880-81 2d rose tied by one of two strikes of the French 'UNION/14/JUIN/83/MARSEILLE' cds in red, 'COLCHESTER/JU16/83' arrival b/s, minor flap fault. Carried per Messageries Maritimes Packet "Argo", departed Tamatave 19/5/1863; arrived Réunion 22/5/1883; per "Saghalian", departed Réunion 23/5/1883, arrived Marseilles 14/6/1883; by train across France, & channel ferry, arrived London 16/6/1883. One of the gems of the collection: we found no comparable item in the vast French maritime collections formed by Tom Roberts and Bernard Berkinshaw-Smith. [Gerald Ellott states that the 'UNION/MARSEILLE' cds was applied to loose ship letters pending assessment for postage due: Postal Union Decree of 14/4/1883, effective from 1/5/1883, making this an extremely early example]In February 1883, the French Rear-Admiral Pierre was ordered to enforce his country's claims in Madagascar. Pierre's squadron arrived at Tamatave on 31st May to find the British sloop HMS "Dryad" anchored in the roads. The French ordered the withdrawal of all foreign consuls but the British envoy was critically ill and, in fact, died that day. Commander Charles Johnstone of the "Dryad" assumed the role of acting consul, removed all the consular papers to his ship, and placed 19 marines - probably including the sender of this cover - on guard at the consulate. Despite the British presence, the French bombarded Tamatave and other towns, inciting the First Franco-Hova War against the Malagasys, which lasted until 1886.
MAURITIUS: 1845 unpaid entire - cleverly folded to appear to be an envelope - signed "John Leak" but endorsed "From John Bailey seaman/HMS Conway Mauritius Decr 29 45" & countersigned "A Hesseltine Commandg Officer", to Lincolnshire with 'KY/25MR25/1846' London b/s in red & '2' h/s for the postage payable, 'STOCKPORT' arrival b/s in blue, the address panel soiled. Carried per "British Sovereign", arrived Gravesend 24/3/1846; or "Chartley Castle & Lily", arrived Gravesend 25/3/1846. [From 1/8/1837, postage could not be prepaid from Mauritius, and 3d was payable by the addressee. On 1/9/1840, the fee was reduced to 2d. [The sender several times intriguingly addresses the recipient, R Dearing, as "Parent"]NB: the GPO Notice of 7/2/1834 stated that letters should be folded in such a way as to imitate envelopes. Easier said than done, unless you're trained in origami: this and the next lot are the only two examples we have seen of the sender being able to accomplish this difficult task!
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MAURITIUS: a very similar entire of 9/7/1846 from the same correspondence, 'AV/8OC8/1846' London b/s in red and 'STOCKPORT' b/s in blue. [The illustration is above Lot 169]
MAURITIUS: 1883 cover endorsed "From M Sullivan Skilled Shipwright/HMS EURYALUS/Port Louis Mauritius" and countersigned (Lieut) "HH Philips" unusually in red, with 2d rose tied by 'LONDON/ XW /SP9/83' cds, part-Birmingham arrival b/s, redirected to 'RHYL' (part-b/s; a seaside resort in North Wales), opened-out & part of the flap removed but renovated. Carried per Messageries Maritimes "Caledonien", departed Port Louis 14/8/1883, arrived Marseilles 6/9/1883; mail arrived London 9/9/1883. Michael Sullivan Fig 16. [In April 1883, the Messageries Maritimes commenced a monthly service between Mauritius & Sydney, extending to Port Vila (New Hebrides)]
MAURITIUS: a similar 1883 cover of superior quality, countersigned (Naval Clerk) "J Murray" again unusually in red, with 2d rose tied by superb BN '176' of the London Foreign Branch, 'BIRMINGHAM/ 31 D /OC3/83' arrival b/s, part of the flap removed but renovated. Carried per Messageries Maritimes "Melbourne", departed Port Louis 11/9/1883, arrived Marseilles 30/9/1883; mail arrived London 2/10/1883. Michael Sullivan Fig 17.
ZANZIBAR: 1878 cover to "R Whitaker Seaman/HMS Fawn/Zanzibar/or elsewhere" with 1d Plate '176' tied by ' B / CHATHAM/JY17/78 - 176' duplex, no other markings, peripheral faults & repaired tear at the top. [HMS "Fawn" was a screw sloop engaged in surveying duties "in the Red Sea"]
ZANZIBAR: 1883 (?) cover-front endorsed "From M Sullivan Skilled Shipwt [= shipwright]/HMS EURYALUS/ Zanzibar E Coast of Africa" & countersigned (Lieut) 'ERolfe' (h/s, unusually in violet), 2d rose tied by bold BN '176' of the London Foreign Branch. Michael Sullivan Fig 18. [HMS "Euryalus" was at Zanzibar from late-1883 until early 1884, engaged in anti-slavery patrols]
ZANZIBAR: 1888 cover endorsed "From William Clark Skd Carps Mate [= Skilled Carpenter's Mate]/HMS Garnet/Zanzibar" & countersigned "William W Smythe", to Devon with Indian 2a tied by 'ZANZIBAR/OC23/88' squared-circle, superb backstamps of 19mm 'SEA POST OFFICE/ D /2NO/88' used aboard P&O "Coromandel", 23½mm 'ADEN/NOV 3/88' & 'DEVONPORT/ A /NO20/88' (inverted 'A') arrival, ironed-out light vertical crease. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $3808 at our auction of 9/11/2002. A very scarce item, having been sent through the civilian postal system. [HMS "Garnet" was engaged in anti-slavery patrols]
ZANZIBAR: 1888 cover endorsed "From M Sullivan Sk SW [= skilled shipwright]/HMS Griffon Zanzibar" and countersigned "WmF" (Chief Engineer William Firkes, at lower-left), with 2d Jubilee tied by 'FB'-in-bars of the London Foreign Branch, 'BIRMINGHAM/ BA 29 /JA14/89' arrival b/s, repaired tears on the reverse. Carried to Aden; then per P&O "Ballaarat", departed Aden 27/12/1888, arrived Brindisi 11/1/1889; mail arrived London 14/1/1889. Michael Sullivan Fig 43. [Between 17/6/1888 & 2/10/1889, HMS "Griffon" was mostly at Zanzibar]
ZANZIBAR: a similar mid-1889 cover but endorsed "...East Indies" & countersigned "LGT" (Lieut Leicester FG Tippings, at lower-left), with 1d lilac pair tied by 'FB'-in-circle-&-bars of the London Foreign Branch, superb 'BIRMINGHAM/ U68 /JU1/89' arrival b/s, repaired tears on the flap. Apparently written at sea. Michael Sullivan Fig 45.
ZANZIBAR: 1889 usage of Ceylon 5c Envelope with 5c vertical strip of 4 added & tied by poor 'F' cancels of 'BATTICALOA', to "S Coonew/Ward Room Cook/HMS Reindeer/Zanzibar or Elsewhere", 'COLOMBO/PAID' & 19mm 'ADEN' transit b/s, flap fault & some staining. Excellent origin/destination item. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $700 at our auction of 9/11/2002. [The "Reindeer" was engaged in anti-slavery patrols]
ZANZIBAR: 1889 cover with 'HMS GRIFFON' embossed on the flap, endorsed "From M Sullivan Sk SW/HMS Griffon Zanzibar" & countersigned "LGT" (Lieut Leicester FG Tippings), with 1d lilac pair tied by 'LONDON/ NU /OC24/89' cds, superb Birmingham arrival b/s, repaired tears on the reverse. Michael Sullivan Fig 49. [On 1/7/1889, Sullivan was demoted to shipwright. On 11/11/1889, he was sentenced to 21 days in Bombay's Byculla Gaol for breaking the conditions of a leave pass]
ZANZIBAR: 1891 cover endorsed "From D Strang Seaman/HMS Redbreast Zanzibar" & countersigned "FWD" (Sub-Lieut Frederick W Dean), to Devon with 1d lilac strip of 3 tied by ' OX /LONDON/MR25/91' cds, 'DEVONPORT' arrival b/s, roughly opened, renovated at lower-left & new flap added. Carried per P&O "Ganges", departed Aden 6/3/1891, arrived London 25/3/1891. [From 1/2/1880, the rate for a seaman's letter via Brindisi was 2d. The overpayment suggests that the sender overpaid by ½d the UPU letter rate of 2½d]