Prestige Philately Auction 147 CatalogueGILBERT & ELLICE ISLANDS
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Displaying 8 Lots in Category - GILBERT & ELLICE ISLANDS
FANNING ISLAND: Mounted annotated collection with seven New Zealand Period covers comprising 1913 Roessler cover with 2½d Lake Wakatipu, 1924 registered to Dunedin & 1925 registered to the Philippines (via Vancouver!) both with large provisional labels, 1923 apparently commercial to USA but paid only 2d & not taxed, 1931 stampless Cutress cover to GB with Postage Due ½d & 1d, 1938 inwards Empire Airmail Scheme covers (2), G&E Period two 14FEB39 "First Day Covers", 1941 wrapper to NZ with 3d 6d & 1/- boxed Censor No 1 h/s & 'HM CUSTOMS/RELEASED/AUCKLAND' h/s, 1943 cover with boxed Censor h/s, 1944 two covers to NZ with boxed Censor No 1 h/s, 1943 US Forces cover with APO 967 cancel, etc, generally fine to very fine. Ex George Speirs (as is most of the other Fanning Island material offered here). (Qty 19 items)
FANNING ISLAND: Picture Postcards comprising Dicketts "Typical Scene", "English Harbour" & "The Palace of the King", the last with abrasions on the view; Mills "Typical Scene" (vertical) & "The Greig Homestead", Pacific Cable Board 1904 Christmas Card "Settlement Fanning Island" used in New Zealand; "Greetings/from/FANNING ISLAND/1924" with 7 vignettes; and two different of HM Cable Steamer SS "Iris"; generally fine to very fine unused. Scarce group. (Qty 9)
FANNING ISLAND: 1904 Fiji Postcard Co PPC ("Pacific Cable Station, Fanning Island") to Sydney with NZ ½d pair tied by very fine 'FANNING ISLAND' cds; and 1912 PNutt PPC ("Labourers houses, Fanning Island") philatelic usage to London with typed "via Midway"; minor blemishes. Scarce pair. (Qty 2)
FANNING ISLAND: 1939 (Oct 31) cover to Adelaide with 1½d & manuscript "Passed by Censor" in red at upper-left. Very early WWII item from Fanning. [The letter rate was 2d but the size of the envelope suggests it contained a greeting card that may have attracted a lower rate?]
FANNING ISLAND: 1941 (Dec 29) 'V/FOR VICTORY' envelope from 'WAIUKU/NZ' to an army signaller with "2nd NZEF/Overseas/A Company" & endorsed "Fanning/Island" at lower-right, simple brown-paper tape tied to the reverse by a superb strike of the rarely seen 'RELEASED/BY I.C.B. - 145' (Internal Censorship Board) handstamp. A rare inwards item to the small New Zealand Force sent to Fanning to defend the island's important cable relay station.
FANNING ISLAND: 1943 (June 3) Commonwealth Bank of Australia printed registered letter envelope to Sydney with 2d & 3d paying the correct rate & boxed registration h/s, 'COMMTH SAV/BANK/FANNING ISLAND' cachet in violet at L/L, US transit b/s 'HONOLULU, HAWAII/JUN/10/...', 'NEW YORK NY/JUN/ 12/1943/NAVY 10047 BR', 'U.S./JUN/13/1943/NAVY' & 'U.S. NAVY 135/JUN/23/1943/REGISTERED' transit backstamps, minor blemishes. A remarkable wartime item. [The CBA's official history notes that Fanning was the Bank's most distant outpost & the only one that operated in a war zone]
FANNING ISLAND: 1952 'FANNING ISLAND/VR3C' "ham radio" card to Port Moresby, minor blemishes. Very scarce.
WASHINGTON ISLAND: c.1950 cover to USA with 3d tied by Fanning island cds & printed imprint 'AMATEUR RADIO/VR3A/WASHINGTON ISLAND/...' at upper-left, minor opening faults. Commercial mail from this tiny & remote outpost is rare. [3d was the foreign rate until July 1951]