Prestige Philately Auction 173 CatalogueNew South Wales Postal History - Registered Mail
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Displaying 18 Lots in Category - New South Wales Postal History - Registered Mail
1851 entire headed "Sofala/River Turon/15 8 51" to England, carried outside the posts to Sydney where fine strikes of the scarce ovoid 'PAID/OC*11/1851/SYDNEY' d/s & italicised 'Registered/Sydney' h/s both in red were applied, rated "1/-" in red & on arrival "3/2" in black, fine 'CARLISLE' arrival cds in blue-black, readdressed with superb 'MARYPORT' arrival b/s in blue, minor soiling. A very early goldmining letter. [The writer states "After all my thoughts of California I am at the diggings but in Australia....it is a friend going to Sydney who will post this. In it you will find specimens of gold from the diggings here obtained by myself...we cannot trust the post here...last month I made £56...there are thousands here and claims are scarce..."]ÞÞIn early 1851, Edward Hargraves was credited with discovering gold in the Bathurst region and claimed the large reward offered by the NSW Government as the first man to do so. By May the first Australian gold rush was in full swing. Sofala was one of the first goldmining towns in Australia: the PO opened 16/8/1851 - the day after this letter was written. Goldmining letters from this earliest period are rare & highly desirable. Acquired for $6037 at a Sydney auction in 2004.
1853 cover to Sydney with Laureates 2d & 6d (each with 3 margins & a little cut-into on the fourth side), poor smudged cancels and manuscript "Goulburn/7.1.53" on the reverse, largely fine strike of the rare 2-line 'REGISTERED/GOULBURN' h/s, Sydney arrival b/s, docketed at the left "Tooranna [?] 6 Jany", minor blemishes. A rare cover, being one of very few registered covers we have seen with a postmaster's manuscript in lieu of the datestamp (that was apparently still in Sydney to have the year altered from '52' to '53').
1853 cover to Sydney with Laureates 2d (4 margins but fault at lower-right) & 6d grey-brown (margins in places) tied by two fine strikes of BN '38' (rated R) of 'QUEANBEYAN' (oval b/s), Sydney arrival b/s, a little truncated at right & two vertical folds clear of the stamps.
1854 entire to Sydney with Laureates 2d (margins good to large) & 3d yellow-green horizontal pair (good even margins except at the base where just touched to just clear), poor numeral cancels of 'WEST MAITLAND' (oval b/s) & largely very fine strike of the scarce 'REGISTERED/MAITLAND.' h/s, Sydney arrival b/s. Very attractive. [Maitland PO opened 1/9/1829. In 1852 it was renamed West Maitland but the registration h/s was not replaced]
1855 outer to West Maitland with Laureates 2d (cut-into at left) & Diadems 6d grey (margins good to large), poor BN cancels of 'ARMIDALE' (fair oval b/s), good strike of the scarce 'REGISTERED/ARMIDALE' h/s, fair Tamworth & poor West Maitland arrival b/s. [The bicoloured 'REGISTERED' stamp was issued on 1/1/1856]
1857 outer to the Bank of Australasia at Ipswich with Diadem 2d (margins at places) & (6d) 'REGISTERED' (almost full margins) tied by killer cancels of Sydney, oval 'REGISTERED/SYDNEY NSW' d/s in red at lower-left, unframed 'IPSWICH/JY6/1857/NSW' arrival b/s, stained at the base. [At the time, Ipswich was within the Moreton Bay District, later Queensland]
1858 (?) large-part outer to Sydney with Diadem 2d (margins just clear to good) & (6d) 'REGISTERED' (margins good to large), poor Rays cancels of 'MOLONG' (b/s).
1866 outer to England "Via Marseilles" with perforated De La Rue 2d pair, Diadem 6d purple & (6d) 'REGISTERED' all tied by very fine Rays '55' of 'NEWCASTLE' (cds below), fine strike of the now rather worn rounded-boxed 'REGISTERED/NEWCASTLE' h/s, Sydney & London transits & Southampton arrival b/s.
1870 Chinese merchant's cover to Sydney addressed in English & Chinese with Diadem 6d tied by poor Rays '104' of 'SOFALA' (light cds at lower-right), largely superb strike of the rare 'REGISTERED/SOFALA' h/s, faint Sydney arrival b/s, minor staining. [By this time the registration fee had been reduced to 4d]
1876 double-rate cover to London "Per P&O China" with Diadem 8d yellow & De La Rue 1/- black tied by 'NSW' "bootheel" cancels & London arrival d/s of 26AU76 in red, very fine 'REGISTERED/SYDNEY NSW' d/s in violet at lower-left, minor blemishes. BPA Certificate (1975). Actually carried per "Avoca", departed Sydney 8/7/1876; then "China", departed Melbourne 11/7/1876; "Mongolia", departed Galle 2/8/1876; & "Travancore", departed Alexandria 20/8/1876, arrived Brindisi 24/8/1876. The long route mails arrived at Southampton 3/9/1876. [The rate paid - 8d x2 - paid for carriage per the long sea route. However, the arrival d/s proves it was sent via Brindisi]
1884 double-rate cover to Saxony "via Brindisi" with De La Rue 2d x2 (one defective) 6d & 1/- tied by hand-held roller cancels, unusual American-style double-circle 'REGISTERED/JUN30/1884/SYDNEY' cds in violet, 'DRESDEN - NFURST/11 8/84' arrival b/s. Carried per "Ravenna", departed Sydney 1/7/1884; "Bokhara", departed Colombo 19/8/1884; & "Surat", departed Alexandria 5/8/1884, arrived Brindisi 8/8/1884.
1887-1906 covers with scarce frankings comprising 1) 1887 to GB with De La Rue 4d & 1/-, with the enclosed legal document; 2) 1899 OHMS to the USA with ½d green & 'SEVEN-PENCE/HALFPENNY' on 6d; and 3) 1901 to Mauritius with 3d & 'NINEPENCE' on 10d; a few minor defects. A very scarce trio. (Qty 3)
1893 usage of 1d Envelope with Rays '183' cancel of 'PADDINGTON' (b/s), to Tattersalls during its brief period of operation in Sydney, officially registered & endorsed "OR/3d" but with a superlative strike of the scarce boxed 'POSTAL COMMUNICATIONS &c/RELATING TO LOTTERIES &c ARE/PROHIBITED IN NEW SOUTH WALES' h/s in purple on the reverse, small fault at right.
1893 OHMS 'ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT' Envelope to Missouri with superb 'MOUNT VICTORIA' cds & 'R'-in-oval h/s, VICTORIA BC/CANADA', & superb 3-line 'REGISTERED/NOV 9 1893/SEATTLE WASH' (in green) transit & 2-line 'NOV 25 1893/ST LOUIS MO' arrival b/s in red-violet on the face. A highly desirable item & probably the finest of the few we have seen.
1898 philatelic cover to Germany with 1d 2d & 2½d paying postage + 3d registration but additionally with the 1897 Charity 1/- & 2/6d, light 'REGISTERED/MR23/98/SYDNEY NSW' cds, 'R'-in-oval h/s & private 'REGISTERED' h/s in rosine, 'BADEN-BADEN' arrival b/s. Beautiful!
1903 cover to "Quito/Ecuador" with ½d & 5d tied by BN '1199' of 'NEW ANGLEDOOL' (cds alongside), San Francisco & New York transit b/s & the 5d partly obscured by New York exchange office registration label, no Ecuadoran markings but on arrival readdressed to "Guayaquil", minor blemishes.
1904 usage of 3d Registration Envelope to New York with scarce franking of 1d & Commonwealth 9d - paying the 2½d rate x4 - tied by 'GEORGE ST NORTH' cds, minor blemishes.
1906 illustrated advertising cover for 'THE SINGLETON/BUDGET' with a matching black/red label sealing the flap, to the USA with scarce franking of ½d 1d & Commonwealth 9d - paying 2½d x3 + 3d registration - tied by 'SINGLETON' cds, minor defects. A wonderful advertising cover.