Prestige Philately Auction 133 CatalogueGILBERT & ELLICE ISLANDS - Postal History
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Displaying 5 Lots in Category - GILBERT & ELLICE ISLANDS - Postal History
Box of unsorted covers mostly KGVI to last issues with most if not all offices included & better items noted including "Sydney Island/12.2.40" manuscript cancel, 1934 & 1939 with NZ stamps & different 'FANNING ISLAND' cds (both possibly commercial), 1939 'POST OFFICE/FANNING ISLAND' First Day, Christmas Island 10c Local on 1934 Christmas Day cover, 1939 'POST OFFICE/CHRISTMAS ISLAND' also with huge Plantations cachet, 1957 with 'JARVIS ISLAND/(SPECIAL PROJECT STATION)' cachet, 1968 with 'FANNING ISLAND PLANTATION LTD/MANAGER WASHINGTON ISLAND' cachet, 1937 'USS/AVOCET - CANTON/ISLAND' two different Solar Eclipse Expedition covers, etc, some commercial & official mail to Canada & used within the islands, a few inwards items, condition variable. Good basis for expansion. (Qty 100+)
Picture Postcards a mainly modern group including a few commercially used, plus unused early real photo type of Gilbertese children (stamps on view), P Nutt (really!) "A Coconut Plantation Fanning Island" & "Iles Gilbert - Couvent des Soeurs a Tarawa". (Qty 20)
1924 Iremonger cover with Palms set tied by two very fine strikes of the rare 37mm undated '.../P.O./TAMANA/ISLAND' handstamp, red 'NSW/CENTRAL SQUARE' registration label added at Sydney (b/s), minor blemishes.
1943 (c.) cover to a native serving with the navy in Fiji with 2d tied by superb strike of the rare 'CUSTOMS OFFICER/GILBERT &/ELLICE ISDS/BERU ISLAND' handstamp, 'PASSED BY CENSOR/ No 8' h/s in violet, a bit wrinkled & opened a little shortened at left where roughly opened. A rare & desirable cover. [The Customs h/s is recorded from late-1943 until September 1944]
UNITED STATES POST OFFICES: Annotated WWII covers from APOs 240 (Tarawa), 914 (Canton), 915 (Christmas) & 967 (Fanning) & CG Unit 84 (Makin), later items include 1956 commercial cover with 'CANTON ISLAND/PHOENIX GROUP' d/s, philatelic mail with 'HONOLULU HAWAII/CANTON ISLAND BR' & similar '.../CHRISTMAS ISLAND BR' d/s, 1961 postcard with 'CANTON ISLAND/PHOENIX GROUP' pre-cancels etc, condition a little mixed. (Qty 25)