Prestige Philately Auction 133 CatalogueNEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
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Displaying 15 Lots in Category - NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
Attractive collection of circular datestamps on mostly 1897-1912 issues. Nothing startling but lots of nice strikes, a few TPOs etc. (Qty 300 approx)
Interesting bundle including 1852 mourning cover with 2d Laureate & 'MIDDAY/MAIL'-in-oval, 1872 mourning cover to England with an apparently imperforate DLR 6d, 1892 to the "Asylum/New Norfolk/Tasmania", 1895 advertising cover for Wall & Molesworth, 1892 registered front with 'CASHIER/GENERAL POST OFFICE' datestamp, 1901 officially registered with mss "OR/6d to pay" etc, condition variable. (Qty 59)
Covers etc to a variety of overseas destinations with several to Germany including 1887 underpaid to Saxony & 1895 with 2d Emu block of 4 + 2½d Allegorical x8; others to France (1883), Italy (1897) & Sweden (1908), also 1890 defective cover from HMS "Swinger", etc, very mixed condition. (Qty 14)
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Early trio to England comprising 1841 entire with fair strike of the boxed 'BRAIDWOOD/POST PAID' h/s in red; 1856 cover with Imperf Laureates 3d x2 and very fine '3' h/s in red; and 1857 mourning cover with defective Imperf Diadem 6d. (Qty 3)
1838 pre-stamp entire to "GRNichols/Sydney" with GPO arrival b/s & very fine '2' h/s for the postage due, the letter headed "Sydney Gaol" & signed "John Fynn" who requests Nichols to visit him regarding his case, minor soiling/toning. [George Robert (Bob) Nichols was the son of the first Sydney postmaster Isaac Nichols. In 1833 he became the first Australian-born solicitor. He later had a distinguished legislative career]
1841 entire to England with fair strike of the rounded-boxed 'GOULBURN/POST PAID' handstamp in red, rated "1/1" in red (faded) & "8" in black, oval 'GOULBURN/NEW.S.WALES' & Sydney b/s, 'BRISTOL/SHIP LETTER' h/s unusually on the face, a bit soiled. [The writer states "...they were attacked by the Blacks...the number of Blacks they supposed to be 500, & only 13 or 14 White Men...all got away...but one & the Blacks carried him off on their Backs & left him for Dead, but he recovered & had nothing but a Dogs Tongue to eat for 5 Days...I hear that Government at home talk of bringing them [the aborigines] under the Law he may as soon catch the Old Hares at home & learn them to Talk..." The writer, "Arthur Bush", may have been a convict: he writes "Brother Jere[miah]... expect his liberty next December..."]
1857 outer to United States via London (cds in red on face) with Diadems 2d & 1/- (both with 4 margins) tied by Diamonds-&-Bars cancels of Sydney (superb b/s), unusual endorsement "Per RM [Royal Mail] Steamer/Simla", ' 5 /N YORK BR PKT' arrival cds on the face, addressee's name crossed-through & vertical fold at left.
1881 yellow cover to New York with DLR 6d tied by unusual Sydney duplex, 'PAID ALL'-in-oval in purple alongside, San Francisco transit in red & 'BROOKLYN NY/RECD' arrival b/s, ironed-out fold.
1882 cover to New York "via San Francisco" (in red) with printed advert at left for the Australian representative of Lockwood Press of New York, DLR 6d tied by Sydney duplex & 'PAID ALL'-in-oval h/s in purple alongside, 'PAID/PO/ALL' duplex arrival b/s. A lovely advertising cover.
1886 stampless cover Sydney to England "Via Brindisi" sent entirely unpaid but not taxed, superb 'DOWNHAM' arrival b/s. Very unusual oversight in this period.
1897 apparently commercial cover to Ireland with rare franking of Charity 2/6d (very fine) crisply cancelled with Rays '25' of 'KIAMA' (b/s), Sydney transit & poor Kingstown arrival b/s, vertical fold well clear of the stamp. A remarkable usage of this stamp correctly paying the UPU letter rate of 2½d, the additional 2/3½d being a surcharge for the Consumptives Home.
1899 commercial cover to "Government House/.../Turks Islands/West Indies" endorsed "Via San Francisco" ('.../PAID ALL' transit b/s), very fine 'TURKS-ISLANDS' arrival cds on the face, repaired flap fault. Great destination.
1901 OHMS cover to England with very scarce solo franking of 8d Lyrebird tied by Sydney cds, superfluous 'POSTAGE PAID SYDNEY/NSW' cds also on the face, London transit (on the face) in red & 'HULL' arrival b/s, heavy vertical fold doesn't greatly detract. [A similar but very fine cover sold recently for $690 at a Sydney auction]
1906 cover to British Columbia endorsed "Post Cards", badly damaged in transit from being over-packed, mss "T30" & Canadian "12cts due" with Canadian Postage Due 2c x6 tied to the reverse by 'NANAIMO' cds, apparently returned to the sender endorsed "on almost every packet I had to pay that much or more. Safe [sic] this for your collection as it is"! Full of character! [The letter rate was 2d per ½oz so 3d did not cover the second weight step. However, by endorsing the cover "Post Cards", the sender may have expected that the Printed Matter rate of 1d per 2oz would apply, and it is debatable whether the cover was underpaid at all]
LORD HOWE ISLAND: 1897 cover to Wales with Allegorical 2½d tied by 'LHI'-in-bars cancel & almost fine strike of 'LORD HOWE ISLAND/JY9/97/NSW' cds - the only recorded example with a 2-year dateslug - alongside, Sydney transit & 'MERTHYR-TYDVIL' arrival b/s, a little soiled. Although the post office opened in 1882, this is the earliest recorded cover from the island, and five years earlier than Hopson & Tobin's ERD for the cds. [With the chatty contents headed "Post Office/Lord Howe Island/July 9th 1897" & signed "Campbell Stevens/PM LHI" (as he was from 1882). who states "...it must have been about the beginning of our Queen's reign when the first settlers landed here...supplying the Whale Ships which were at one time very numerous in these seas...they are now a thing of the past...we are visited periodically by a small vessel from Sydney...our population is something under 100..."]