Prestige Philately Auction 208 CatalogueNEW ZEALAND
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Superior group with Maori studies x8 including heavily tattooed chiefs & a beautiful real photo "On the Wanganui River" (superb), mourning card for Richard Seddon (superb), Exhibition Cards for Christchurch x4 & Dunedin, real photo "The Mountaineer Leaving Queenstown", and a few others, condition variable but most are very fine to superb, Ex Bronte Watts.
Wide-ranging collection with good sections of Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson & Wellington plus many smaller towns, numerous real photo cards with some of exceptional photographic quality including by Tanner Bros and Frank Duncan, many fine topographicals including several tram cards, also "Kauri Gum Diggers" (!) and Department of Tourist & Health Resorts chromolithos x14 (a couple duplicated), etc, condition variable but many are fine to superb; also 1906 Christchurch Exhibition labels No 4 x2 (no gum) 5 6 & 7 with large-part o.g. & 1950s Norwegian (?) ship's PPC of Wellington non-philatelic usage from Pitcairn Island . Ex DB McFarlane.
(Qty 230 approx)
Attractive single-volume collection with many better cards including small towns, Napier Before & After the Earthquake, Stewart Island x4 (superb unused), Cowboys (!), "Basin Reserve, Wellington" with Cricket Match in Progress, "Boar Shooting in the Waikato", etc, also Maori subjects x26 - one franked with Christchurch 1d - including Hakas, "The Canoe Poi, Ruatoki", real photo multi-view "With the Maori - Tena-Koe", etc, mostly unused, also "18 Photographic Views of Wellington" (245x190mm, cover faults) & two real photos of Geysers Erupting, condition variable but generally fine to very fine.
(Qty 132 + book)
1907 R Reid real photos captioned "Kiss Georgie" of Auckland identity the dwarf Georgie Lett, as a newspaper boy (his day job, corner bend), cycling, a-courting & in a child's swing, the last used at Auckland in 1911, another used under cover; also five uncredited cards of Georgie & a tall companion dressed as a woman x2 & as a pious anti-gambling preacher x3, very fine to superb unused.
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1909-10 (c.) Amy Bock cards comprising three real photos, Patillo Bridal Photographer (Dunedin) photos x2 listing five aliases including Percy Carol Redwood "The Female Bridegroom", and Universal (Dunedin) caricature & two comic cards of the same subject but with different captions, mostly fine to very fine. [Tasmanian born Amy Maud Bock lived most of her life in New Zealand where she was jailed several times for larceny & fraud. In 1905 she assumed the guise of wealthy sheep farmer Percival Redwood & subsequently married Agnes Ottaway. When the deception was discovered she was prosecuted for fraud & declared "an habitual criminal"! Hollywood calls!]
1910 (c. ?) real photos inscribed on the reverse "£2000 worth of whalebone from the Campbell Islands drying in Picton..." and "Herrings stranded on the beach at Picton", a few faults.
1916 (c.) "Public Bodies & Children's Princess No 3" to raise funds for wounded soldiers, unused. Rare.
1931 Hawke's Bay Earthquake eleven real photo cards of the devastation, one with Miss Faulknor imprint, others with plain backs (one with Beck's Pharmacy Napier backstamp), very fine to superb unused; also eleven pre-earthquake views including five real photos, fine to very fine. Ex DB McFarlane. [Exceptional social history . At least 256 people died in what was New Zealand's deadliest earthquake. The consequent fires destroyed all of central Napier, the subsequent re-building creating what is today one of the finest Art Deco cities in the world ]
ENTERTAINMENT: "The Westwood Family from Foxton New Zealand" featuring Wilfred, aged 11. weighing in at an impressive 21st 4Lb & his literally big sister Ruby, aged 13, all 17st 4Lb of her!, and separate cards of these two heifers inflicting metal fatigue on an enormous tricycle, unused. Good grief! Ex Keith Harrison.
HUMOUR: 1909 Universal (Dunedin) comic "(Air) Ships that Pass in the Night", creased & a little soiled, unused; & "Airships in Various Forms", used at 'MATAURA' in 1912. [Dunedin "Evening Post" of 29/7/1909: "The airship mystery is exciting tremendous interest...It was a bright light...with a dark body attached..."]
HUMOUR: World War I Mence & O'Halloran Scenes at Trentham Military Camp x11 & similar by Charles ("Buck") Buchan x5 (plain backs) lampooning Camp medical procedures, dentistry, food, Army boots etc; also 1915 real photo of Trentham Camp; condition variable but generally fine, all but one are unused.
HUMOUR: World War I NZ Observer "The Free Lance/The Bully of Europe - Kaiser Bill Runs A-Mok", "Stirred to Action" (British Lion Attacking German Raven), "Meddlesome Willy" & "Come Out" (British Bulldog Barking at German Rat in a Bottle), and similar Laidlaw Leeds "What Will He Do with It?" (Bulldog with 'GERMANY' Sausage in his mouth), a couple with minor spotting, unused. A rare quintet. [The artist "Blo" was William Blomfield]
MILITARY - WORLD WAR I: Group with three real photos of Camps in NZ (one with lengthy message headed "Tanherenikau Rest/11 12 16"), cartoon types by Mence & O'Halloran x4 (plus one duplicate), Buchan x3, NZ YMCA "Our Little Gray Home at the Base" & NZ Free Lance Post Card with illiterate message from the addressee's father (?); and three others, condition variable unused or used.
MILITARY Brett Printing Co "The King's Message...New Zealand's Reply", Daily Mail "Anzacs in France - A Brawny Maori Butcher", BB London lovely embossed card "To One of the Anzacs...", all unused; and five different postcard-size Christmas cards from the Troops; a few minor problems.
MILITARY WORLD WAR II: mid-1941 NZ Govt Copyright artist cards by Captain Peter McIntyre "Kiwi", "Maadi Camp", "The Long Range Desert Patrol", "The Landing - Crete", "Galatos" & "Dressing Station - Maleme" (both towns on Crete), "Barge from Crete" (landing craft with an improvised sail) & "Return from Crete", some tonespotting mostly on the address sides, unused; also contemporary photographs of "...Keep Your Mouth Shut" poster by McIntyre & of a similar poster by Kim Stoddart (creased). [Peter McIntyre was New Zealand's official war artist. He served in North Africa & Crete]
(Qty 10 items)
MAORI: Artist cards by Horatio Gordon Robley ("GR") three of a Maori warrior with slightly different inscriptions (two for Iles of Rotorua, plus a fourth version used on an Iles Kodak Store advertising envelope with a couple of minor repaired tears) and a different horizontal design, all unused; plus Wellington Museum real photo "Fine Specimen Maori Carving" addressed to "Major-General H Gordon Robley" in London. [Major-General Horatio Gordon Robley saw service in New Zealand during the Maori Wars of the 1860s, and retained a lifetime fascination with the country & her indigenous people. He even fathered a child with a Maori woman. In 1887, at the age of 47, he retired from the Army. He died in 1930]
(Qty 5 + envelope)
MAORI: Lovely group with real photos x7 including portraits, greeting (rubbing noses) & "Children Jumping from Bridge for Pennies", also "Wharepuni at Otokou", "Maoridom" (array of artefacts; addressed to Maj-Gen Robley in London), "The Maoris/Living Races of the World" nine coloured vignettes, "Whaaru (Leader of Hursthouse rescue party)...", etc, generally fine to very fine. Ex DB McFarlane. [In March 1883, surveyor Charles Hursthouse & his staff were kidnapped by Maori who objected to the Main Trunk Railway being constructed. They were rescued by another group of pro-government Maori]
MAORI: original drawing on a postcard of a female mokomokai by HG Robley & initialled "GR", unused. Unique & culturally important . [Robley became an avid student of Maori culture & acquired the extraordinary number of 35 mokomokai (the heads of heavily tatooed Maori - moko - that were severed after death & treated for preservation). Also an original drawing of a Tiki & other artefacts on a postcard, probably by Robley but not initialled or signed]
MAORI: Frank Duncan (Auckland) real photo of HG Robley's portrait of 'Tomika Te Mutu, Tatooed Maori Chief' initialled "GR", a couple of minor surface defects that are not immediately apparent. A really superb portrait & a wonderful study of moko.
MAORI: c.1905 undivided back "Guide Maggie, Rotorua", autographed across the photograph, used in 1906 from 'WHAKAREWAWERA' (Maggie's home; the PO opened 5/3/1906) & taxed. [Makareti Papakura was one of the most popular guides in the Rotorua District. She wrote "Guide to the Hot Lakes District" & formed a Maori performance troupe that toured NSW & England, where she later settled. In 1926 she enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology at Oxford University. Her thesis, published after her death in 1930, is regarded as the first major ethnographic work by a Maori scholar]