Prestige Philately Auction 231 CataloguePITCAIRN ISLANDS
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Displaying 10 Lots in Category - PITCAIRN ISLANDS
New Zealand Postal Agency period group all with 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds including 1935 Mt Cook on Shaw Savill Line cover to USA and 1d on 'Long Boat' illustrated envelope, 1937 ANZAC 1d printed matter to USA, Coronation set cover plus uncancelled 6d with d/s on 'R' label, 1939 KGVI 1½d to NZ with letter enclosed plus another with 1d commercially used to USA, 1940 Centennials ½d and 1½d tied '14OC40' on cover endorsed "Last Day NZ PA", etc, also unauthorised use of Australia KGV 2d on 1½d to London, condition mixed but mostly fine.
Commemorative covers all with 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds comprising 'Mutineers' illustrated envelope featuring Bligh & Christian signed "Andrew C Young", 'Long Boat' illustrated envelope from Alta Christian, 1937 'Mailed at Pitcairn Island' cover with 1d Coronation (toned) signed "Richard E Christian", 1940 with large 'HMS Bounty' cachet, plus PITC illustrated covers x16 with 'Radio Communication' cachet including signed "Richard E Christian" x3, "Andrew C Young" x4 or "Granville P Lindley", condition mixed but many fine.
1920 Australian YMCA cover sent to Minnesota with manuscript endorsement "Posted at Pitcairn/Island collect 2d" in red pen, via New Zealand with 'LYTTELTON/-6NO20' transit and scarce 'CHRISTCHURCH/-6NO20/PAID' d/s in blue - with 'PAID' crossed-out - on face, first taxed 'TO PAY/4d' but crossed out and 'COLLECT/2d' cachet at upper right with international 'T/20/CENTIMES' tax marking alongside, 'Postage due 4 cents/Seattle, Wash' h/s in violet & on arrival Postage Dues 2c pair with 'SAINT PAUL' pre-cancels affixed, couple of minor edge faults hardly detract. Ex Vadheim.
Until the commencement of a regular mail service in 1920, mail from Pitcairn was sent on any passing ship. David Lume "Pitcairn Islands Philately" (2nd Ed; 1999; page 3) states "... in June 1921 ... the New Zealand and British governments agreed to accept and deliver unstamped mail from Pitcairn" and various concessional 'No Stamps Available' cachets were introduced. This item was carried on the regular mail service before the introduction of the postage concession - hence the "collect 2d" endorsement - and appears to be one of the first such items of mail to transit through New Zealand, which would explain the confusion over whether it should be marked 'PAID' and how much tax to charge.
1932 stampless White Star Shipping Line cover with superb strike of the very rare 'From Pitcairn Is./no postal facilities' handstamp in violet (Kitching #1.13), superb 'LOOSE SHIP LETTER/30SP32/SYDNEY' cds & boxed 'TAX/2D/No 1 SYDNEY' h/s in red, Postage Due 2d affixed & tied by pencil cancel, minor blemishes that barely detract from this handsome cover. The only recorded example: illustrated on the front cover of "Pitcairn Islands Postal Markings 1883-2005" by Cy Kitching (2012). Ex Vadheim, in a mixed lot! [The free mail privilege was terminated in May 1926. After that date New Zealand stamps were used and unstamped mail was taxed as appropriate. It is expected that this marking was introduced during a temporary shortage of NZ stamps]
1935 cover from Lucy Christian to USA with New Zealand Pictorials 1d Kiwi tied 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/17SP35/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds enclosing letter on White Star Line illustrated stationery which includes a lengthy description of life on the island and its inhabitants including "... I am born Young a direct descendant from Young of the Bounty and married to Christian ... the fourth generation from the originals of the Bounty", couple of minor blemishes.
1936 cover from Richard Fairclough to USA with New Zealand Pictorials 1d Kiwi tied 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/-5MR36/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds carried via England with 'LONDON FS/8AP/36/PAQUEBOT' transit d/s alongside on face, enclosed letter includes a lengthy description of life on the island and its inhabitants including "... The population is about 200 persons, there besides the Islanders 6 New Zealanders, 1 American, 2 English, that is my sister and I", opened on three sides & a couple of small blemishes.
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1938 Richard Edgar Christian return-addressed envelope to USA with New Zealand Pictorials 1d Kiwi tied 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/-6MR38/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds enclosing five dried leaves including transparent 'soap tree' types personally inscribed from his wife Ada Christian to the addressee, couple of minor blemishes. These leaves are still today produced as tourist 'trinkets' from the Island; remarkable survivors in quite fine condition.
1939 cover with 'Hands Across the Sea' & HMS Bounty 1789 cachets to Canal Zone with New Zealand Pictorials 2½d Mt Cook tied 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/18AU39/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds, apparently held for some time before able to be forwarded as stamp also tied by 'PITCAIRN/ISLAND/23JAN1940/.../150 Years Anniversary' cachet in blue, Australian-type (?) 'OPENED BY/CENSOR' red-on-white label at left. [We have been unable to identify the censor label: the layout is similar to labels used at Perth but without the characteristic border ornaments or dots; overall it appears most like the Gilbert & Ellice Islands Little Type #L8 but with different font. Can anyone enlighten us?]
1944 inwards cover (flap unsealed) to Miss Agnes Ross with New Zealand KGVI 1d green tied 'UPPER SYMONDS ST/23AU/1944' roller cancel paying printed matter rate, censored with 'PASSED/DDA/8/("119")' crowned octagonal cachet in blue, 'PITCAIRN ISLANDS/-4NOV44/POST OFFICE' arrival d/s on face, couple of very minor blemishes.
1945 New Zealand Patriotic Fund 'On Active Service' cover airmail to "The Old House/Pitcairn Islands" from 2nd Lt RD Evison (Engineers #213651) with 'NZEF/FIELD/POST OFFICE' cachet most likely used in Fiji, 'CENSORED' cachet in green signed by sender, Pitcairn arrival cds of 30JAN45 on face, forwarded to Australia, couple of very minor blemishes.