Prestige Philately Auction 220 CatalogueTPOs: MELBOURNE-SALE 1878-1921
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Displaying 12 Lots in Category - TPOs: MELBOURNE-SALE 1878-1921
UP TRAIN 8: Type 2 ('TPO 8') two very fine cancels of 27NO12 on Price Griffith & Co cover to Melbourne with scarce combination franking of 1d pink with 'PG/M' commercial perfin & Tasmania 'ONE PENNY' on 2d, minor blemishes. Rated RRRRR: the only recorded usage on cover. Ex JRW Purves & Max Watson: acquired at the Prestige auction of 7.5.2013 for $529. Illustrated at page 80. [Most multi-State frankings are overtly philatelic whereas this is clearly commercial mail. Interchangeability of State issues was allowed from October 1910]
DOWN TRAIN 8: Type 1 (23mm Octagon) very fine cancel of MR3/79 & another similar strike below on 1d Postal Card, message headed "Warragul" & 'ROSEDALE' arrival cds on the face, minor blemishes. Rated RRR: the earliest of 11 usages on cover recorded. Illustrated at page 76. [This is the earliest recorded cover, and the only pre-1894 cover f rom the North Gippsland Line ]
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DOWN TRAIN 8: Type 2 ('TPO 8') large-part cancel of 7SE11 on PPC from Warragul to Mirboo North, minor blemishes. Rated RRRRR, being the only recorded usage on cover. [NB: the 'DOWN' indicator is entirely off the card. However, the card would have been carried on the Down service Warragul-Morwell & then on the branch line to Mirboo North]
DOWN TRAIN 9: Type 1 (Octagon) light & partly indistinct strike of JE15/80 unusually on the face of cover from Austria "Via Brindisi" with 10kr x3 (one with a corner fault) tied by 'MERAN/29.4/80' cds, Brindisi & Melbourne transit & 'SALE' arrival b/s, minor soiling.
DOWN TRAIN 9: Type 1 (22mm Octagon) light cancel of AU18/79 on Bell 2d on cover to Benalla with Melbourne b/s, pencil note "is 9/checked/JRWP" (Bill Purves), minor blemishes. Rated RRR: the earliest of 12 usages on cover recorded. Illustrated at page 76. [Purves wrote about this cover "Does it mean that TPO 9 was originally allocated to [the Wodonga] Line? ". That theory is supported by the absence of any Gippsland marking. However, it could have been missorted at Melbourne onto the North Gippsland Line where the error was noted & the cover transferred to the next Up train, perhaps from Dandenong or Warragul]
UP TRAIN 15: Type 2 ('TPO 15') largely superb cancel of 20JA11 on 1d pink on PPC with message headed "Morwell", to Kew. Rated RRR: 12 usages on cover recorded.
DOWN TRAIN 15: Type 1 (Octagon) largely very fine b/s of JE17/02 on mourning cover from Scotland with superb 'BARRHILL/AYRSHIRE' cds, to "Metung/Gippsland Lakes" with Bairnsdale transit & 'METUNG' arrival b/s, redirected to Hawthorn, minor flap fault. Rated RRRR: seven covers recorded. Ex Max Watson.
DOWN TRAIN 15: Type 2 ('TPO 15') largely superb large-part cancel of 15JE11 on 1d Coronation Postal Card with message headed "Warragul", to Moe. Rated RRRRR: the earlier of only 2 usages on cover recorded. Illustrated at page 79.
UP TRAIN 16: Type 2 ('TPO 16') very fine cancel of 22JY09 on 1d pink on Hammond (Dandenong) PPC ("Commercial Bank & Town Hall Dandenong") to "Leopold/Via Geelong" with light 'LEOPOLD' arrival cds. Rated RRRRR: the earliest of only 3 usages on cover recorded.
UP TRAIN 16: Type 2 ('TPO 16') very fine cancel of 23JE17 on KGV 1d red on cover to "Bulghail", endorsed "Try Swan Hill" with superb 'SWAN HILL' cds also tying the stamp, boxed 'INSUFFICIENTLY/ADDRESSED' handstamp, DLO b/s & "fickle finger" h/s both in red, creased & flap removed. Rated RRRRR: the latest of only 3 usages on cover recorded. Acquired at the Prestige auction of 26.11.2006 for $483.
DOWN TRAIN 16: Type 1 (Octagon) largely very fine b/s of FE12/86 on cover from the Ballarat-Geelong-Melbourne Line with 'UP TRAIN/MG 1' b/s & superb 'TPO/ 1 ' obliterator, to "Inspector/Railway Station/Heyfield/Gippsland", a bit soiled. Rated RR+: the only cover recorded with MG1 & MG16 markings.
DOWN TRAIN 16: Type 2 ('TPO 16') superb large-part cancel of 17SE09 on 1d pink on PPC to Bairnsdale. Rated RRRRR: the earliest of only 5 usages on cover recorded.