Prestige Philately Auction 125 CatalogueFIJI - Postal History
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 36 Lots in Category - FIJI - Postal History
Wide-ranging group of unpaid or underpaid mail including 1906 PPC with mss "T2d", 1909 local cover with boxed 'T ("2d"')' h/s, KGV covers to United States (4, three with Postage Dues affixed) & Sweden, KGVI covers to United States (with Postage Dues), Australia, England (2, one an apparently commercial airmail cover with st-line 'NATOVI' cancel on 1/6d Arms; the other with mss "Lodoni" cancels & 'KOROVOU' registration h/s), New Zealand (with Postage Due) & an internal cover etc, condition variable. (Qty 19)
Machine cancellations annotated collection mostly from Suva including continuous types with 1910 cover to Germany & 1911 PPC, then an array of slogan cancels including 'PAID' types on piece or cover, plus a few from Ba, Labasa, Lautoka, Nadi & Nadi Airport. (Qty 80 items)
Extensive annotated collection of meter marks with many on cover & many with advertising slogans. Noted 1930 proof strikes of M1 (5) & N1 (3) machines, 1930s usages for Morris Hedstrom (4) & Michelmore Chemist, then an array of later types including a few from Lami, Lautoka, Nadi & Sigatoka. (Qty 100+ items)
Useful group with 'MISSENT...' h/s (5,including 1952 Forces cover from Singapore to Australia); '...DAMAGED CONDITION' h/s (3, one in glassine "ambulance" envelope with printed 'POST OFFICE FIJI'); 1950 local cover with 'NOT FOUND' h/s; 1951 damaged cover with 'FIJI/G [arms] R/FOUND OPEN/...' labels; etc, condition variable. (Qty 12)
Two-volumes collection of commercial & philatelic registered covers from numerous post offices with useful KEVII to KGVI covers then the strength in the QEII period, some scarce postmarks and registration cachets/labels noted, some faults. An excellent basis for expansion. (Qty 120+)
1895-1972 study of registration at Suva with registration datestamps, manuscript markings, cachets & labels including provisional types. Better items include 1895 to New York with ½d x5, 1d black x3, 2d & 2½d; 1895 to GB with ½d 1d black & 6d; 1896 to GB with 2½d & 5d; 1899 to GB with 2½d x2; 1903 OHMS internal to "Rarayaka"; 1903 OHMS to GB with 6d rose x3; 1903 to Levuka with KEVII 1d & 4d; 1907 to New Zealand with KEVII 6d; 1912 to Victoria with KEVII 2d pair; 1917 Lautoka via Suva to USA; etc, mostly commercial and generally fine. Good lot. (Qty 22)
Pre-WWII commercial covers including a few internal items, 1901 to "Stockholm/Norway", 1902 from NSW with 'PO LABASA' arrival cds on the face, 1905 mourning cover with superb 'PO LAUTOKA' cds, KGV-period cancels including 'PO LAUTOKA', 'SAVU SAVU WEST', 'PO SOMO SOMO' & 'PO VUNISEA' etc, condition rather mixed. (Qty 16)
Excellent group of KGVI commercial covers from many offices & including four registered items. Also noted from 'SAVU SAVU EAST' with 'FIJI BOMBER FUND' label, 1938 with 'SHIP SIDE/SUVA' cds, 1952 with mss "PO BUA", straight-line cancels of 'PO WAINUNU' (1938) & 'WAINUNU ESTATE' (1951) etc, condition a bit mixed. (Qty 22)
"Mystery Box" of leftovers including 1930s registered covers from Suva, 'MAKOGAI' & 'ROTUMA', QEII commercial and official mail etc. (Qty 50 approx)
Box of modern commercial covers with a fantastic array of adhesives, registered, airmail and official covers from many offices so postmark collectors should take note. A wonderful opportunity for a new collecting interest. Vendor (not Gordon Rodger) says it has to be sold so it has a giveaway estimate that, frankly, is a joke. (Qty 150+)
1839 (March 18) entire to "Rev RB Lyth to care of/Rev T McKenny Wesleyan Mission House/Sydney" endorsed "No6" at upper-left & "Mrs RB Lyth" at lower-left, two different 'YORK' b/s, London tombstone 'PAID' d/s & oval 'PAID SHIP LETTER/LONDON' d/s both in red on the face, very fine oval '[crown]/GENERAL POST OFFICE/JY25/1839' b/s. From there it was forwarded to Fiji where it was neatly docketed on the face "Somosomo July 11 1840". Ex Lyth Correspondence. One of the earliest items into Fiji. [Lyth was posted to Fiji from 1838 until 1849, serving at Somosomo, Lakeba & Bau. A previously unknown cache of 38 letters sent to Fiji between 1839 & 1850 caused quite a sensation when offered at auction in 1987]
1839 Lyth stampless entire to "Rev RB Lyth/Wesleyan Missionary Feejee" care of the Wesleyan Mission at Auckland, York cds of JA7/1848 in blue, rated "8d" in red & "4" in black, fine strikes of the 'WELLINGTON/MY27/1848/=NEW-ZEALAND=' & 'AUCKLAND/JU19/1848/=NEW-ZEALAND=' cds on the face & very fine handstruck '4' in black for the fee to Fiji. One of the most attractive items from the Lyth Correspondence. [John Woolfe's very similar 1847 entire sold for £1527 at auction in October 2006]
1870 (Dec 1 & Dec 23) mourning covers from Great Britain "Via Brindisi" at the rare 1/1d rate or "Via Southampton" at 6d rate, both to "EVincent Sandilands/Port Morton/Figi/via Sydney" (b/s), both with a few faults. Rare pair. [Sandilands was a cotton grower on Naviti. The crops failed & he became British Vice-Consul at Levuka but drowned in a canoe accident in 1871. #2 & 4 on Alford's list of 7 similarly addressed items] (Qty 2)
1876 (June 7) flapless cover to London "Via Frisco" - but clearly not carried Trans-Pacific - with Underprints 'VR' 6d vertical pair (faults apparent under close examination) tied by Rays cancel of Levuka (poor cds at top), London arrival cds in red on the face. An attractive early cover. [Noted by Alford at p50]
1884 cover to Scotland with 'VR' Perf 10 2d & Perf 10x12½ 6d - both fine - tied by very fine strikes of the 'LEVUKA/FIJI' cds, 'AYR' arrival b/s. The cover repaired at top & left but very attractive.
1886 printed OHMS envelope to Suva (arrival cds on the face) endorsed "Thos Hill/Navua" at lower-left, a complete perforated 'FIJI/V [arms] R/FOUND OPEN/.../OFFICIALLY CLOSED' label - unfortunately damaged on opening - on the reverse. Rare.
1893 cover to New Zealand with 'FIVE/PENCE' on 6d vertical pair - fine, straight-edge at left - tied by 'LEVUKA/FIJI' cds, mss "Registered" in red & light strike of the oval 'REGISTERED/LEVUKA FIJI' h/s, faint Auckland transit b/s, a few blemishes.
1896 usage of envelope with 10-line printed address ending 'INDIA' addressed to a native "to lie at General/Post Office till called for/Calcutta" with 5d Pirogue tied by Suva duplex, various b/s including superb strikes of the boxed 'NON-RECLAME/NOT CLAIMED' h/s & square DLO d/s of Calcutta & Bombay, endorsed "Returned from India where unclaimed" in red on the face, minor defects. A highly significant & attractive item of great rarity. [These envelopes, ordered from India, were for use by Indian indentured labourers. The scheme was unsuccessful & very few examples have survived, this being the first of only 3 recorded by Alford pp94-95]
1899 commercial registered cover to Sturt Ogilvie & Co at Suva (no b/s), registration number in blue pencil crossed-through at Suva & a new number endorsed as was the practice, minor blemishes & a little roughly opened. [Nausori was the site of the first sugar mill in Fiji]
1902 registered commercial cover to "Sturt Ogilvie & Co/Suva" with 1d rosy mauve & 2½d brown pair (one damaged) tied by light strikes of 'PO BA' cds, no arrival cds. Very scarce internal registered mail.