Prestige Philately Auction 161 CatalogueINDIA - Postal History
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1844 outer from NSW rated "3" in red for an outgoing shipletter with 'PAID SHIP LETTER/SYDNEY' d/s in red, boxed 'CALCUTTA/SHIP LETTER/Bearing...' b/s in black crossed-through & 'CALCUTTA/Paid...' b/s applied in red, readdressed to "Tumbook". Ex Brian Peace: acquired for $661 at our auction of 5/9/2009.
1856 cover to "Major Berthon/late of Bombay Engineers/Weatherboard Station/River Leigh/Geelong/Port Phillip" with very fine pair of the 1854 Imperf 2a green SG 31 (large margins clear of the outer framelines on all sides) & superb '25'-in-diamond-of-bars cancels in blue, largely fine boxed 'DEESA' b/s in red, Bombay cds b/s & poor 'BOMBAY/BPP/Paid' h/s in red on the face with 'INDIA'-in-oval h/s also in red alongside, endorsed "To be forwarded from Bombay by the very first opportunity", 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/GPO VICTORIA' transit & largely fine oval 'SHELFORD/[crown]/VICTORIA' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. Outstanding destination. Shelford was renamed from The Leigh 1/1/1854.
1856 a similar cover from the same correspondence endorsed "Paid per first Mail for China/and Australia" with 1854 4a blue & red (neatly cut to shape) & poor numeral cancel in black, light but clear strike of the boxed 'DEESA/1857AUG25/Paid' b/s in red, two different Bombay transit b/s & boxed 'INDIA PAID' h/s in red on the face, endorsed on the flap "Missent to Penang/4Oct57" but no Straits markings, oval 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/GPO VICTORIA' b/s & remarkable irregular usage of Barred Numeral '1', soiled but full of character.
1857 (June) cover to "Captain H Berthon/Inverleigh, Geelong/Port Phillip/care of Mr Augustus Wolfen/Elizabeth Street/Melbourne" with 1854 4a blue & red (neatly cut-to-shape) tied by '1'-in-diamond-bars cancellation, 'BOMBAY/BPP/Paid' h/s in red on the face & Bombay cds b/s in black, Melbourne arrival b/s & endorsed "forwarded by A Wolfen/Melbourne", the latter part of the address crossed-through & Emblems 4d rose (margins just shaved - at base - to large) affixed partly across the 4a, fine BN '1' ties both stamps, minor blemishes & inconsequential flap fault. An exceptional combination franking & a highly desirable cover for the collector of Indian or Victorian postal history, or of the forwarding agents. [Under Victorian Regulations, until 1865 payment of additional postage as a redirection fee was required]This and the two previous lots are from a recently liberated family correspondence that has never before been on the market. The balance are listed under Tasmania & Victoria.
AIRMAIL COVERS: 1932-37 group with 1932 (Oct 14) Karachi-Bombay & Bombay-Karachi; 1932 (Nov 9) Karachi-Basra-Cairo-GB; 1933 (July 11) Calcutta-Karachi & Jodhpur-Karachi (both aged); 1934 (Dec 4-6) Sukkur-Karachi & Karachi-Sukkur; 1935 (Jan 4-5) Bombay-Hyderabad & Hyderabad-Bombay; & 1937 (Oct 5) commercial cover to England per flying boat "Camilla"; generally fine to very fine. (Qty 11)