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Displaying 19 Lots in Category - PITCAIRN ISLANDS - Postal History


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Lot

Type

Quality

Description

Estimate

Realised


827

c=

Packet of covers on leaves starting with NZ Agency cds x13 including 1938 Radio Station x3 (two signed by "Richard Edgar Christian" or "LS Bellem Jr/Director of Engineering"), 1939 with boxed "Bounty" h/s in black or in blue, 1940 with 150th Anniversary h/s x4 (one signed by "Richard Edgar Christian"), various KGVI frankings with printed or handstamped cachets, a few early QEII covers, 1954 OHMS from Fiji, etc, a few are registered, also a range of postmarks including Agency cds on NZ stamps on piece, finally 1951-58 typewritten (4) & handwritten "Mail Notice"s re the occasional opening of the post office, condition rather mixed with lots of mostly minor toning throughout.(Qty 40 covers)

750.00

$575.00






828

c

b

1883 cover with Burke Family crest embossed in red on the flap, to Ireland with a very fine strike of the first recorded postal marking 'Pitcairn/Island' (CK #1.1) at lower-left, United States 5c Garfield (corner fault at lower-right) cancelled in transit with 'NEW YORK/DEC29/83 - 12 ' duplex, light 'DUBLIN' arrival b/s (affected by opening tear), minor piece missing from the reverse. The earliest recorded stamped cover from Pitcairn Island & thus a remarkably significant item that has probably never before been offered at auction. [Unrecorded by Bill Hornadge. Cy Kitching records usage until 1891 but this is the only cover we have recorded] [** The statement in the printed catalogue that this cover was not recorded by Bill Hornadge is wrong. He both recorded and illustrated it! We apologise for this glaring oversight. As a result of that information, and Bill Hornadge's negative comments about this cover, we launched an investigation into the validity of his comments. Basically, our conclusion is that the Hornadge comments, & those attributed to one-time Sydney dealer Ray Simpson, have no foundation or credibility. Click here to read the full story **]

4000.00

$6,750.00








829

c

b

1891 cover to England with a very fine strike of the second postal marking 'PITCAIRN ISLAND' with quotation marks (CK #1.2) in rosine at lower-left, United States 5c Grant cancelled in transit with 'SAN FRANCISCO CAL/FEB26/91 - 17' duplex, very fine 'BOURNEMOUTH/16MR91' arrival b/s (affected by opening tear), ironed-out vertical fold & minor soiling/toning. Another highly significant item that also has probably never before been offered at auction. [Unrecorded by Bill Hornadge. Cy Kitching records usage between 1890 & 1900 but this is the only cover we have recorded. We do wonder if Captain Kitching was guessing about the period of use. It's certainly possible that usage of #2 overlapped with #1, but we consider that it's unlikely. Also, he obviously hadn't sighted an example because the ink colour is noted as "struck in ?"] With note from the addressee dated 19.3.1891 & signed "ECopeman" stating "I have great pleasure in forwarding one of the Envelopes as discussed", which explains the central fold. He goes on to talk about seeds sent to Pitcairn for a trial planting. The cover was almost certainly carried per the barque "Pitcairn Island" which departed 14/1/1891 bound for San Francisco. [** The statement in the printed catalogue that this cover was not recorded by Bill Hornadge is wrong. He both recorded and illustrated it! We apologise for this glaring oversight. As a result of that information, and Bill Hornadge's negative comments about this cover, we launched an investigation into the validity of his comments. Basically, our conclusion is that the Hornadge comments, & those attributed to one-time Sydney dealer Ray Simpson, have no foundation or credibility. Click here to read the full story **]

4000.00

$7,500.00




830

c

b

1920 plain unaddressed envelope with a fine but worn strike 'POSTED IN PITCAIRN/NO STAMPS AVAILABLE' handstamp (CK #1.3), endorsed at lower-left "An old envelope/as used years ago/on Pitcairn Island/ML Ward", minor aging. [This is SG C1, recorded 1920-25, Cat ?3250 on cover]

400.00

No longer available


831

c

a

1920 another example on a similar but rather cleaner envelope.

500.00

$380.00




832

c

a-

1923 similar unaddressed & endorsed envelope with 'POSTED IN PITCAIRN ISLAND/1923 NO STAMPS AVAILABLE' handstamp (CK #1.6), minor blemishes. [This is SG C4, recorded in 1923 only, Cat ?2750 on cover]

500.00

$380.00




833

c

b

1924 cover to England with very fine strike of the italicised 'POSTED AT PITCAIRN ISLAND/NO STAMPS AVAILABLE' handstamp (CK #1.9), London arrival cds of 15JA25, superb inspector's segmented h/s & '1?D/FB' h/s, Postage Dues 1?d tied by a different London cds, light toning. [This is SG C8, recorded 1923-27 only, Cat ?1900 on cover]

1000.00

$1,250.00




834

c

c

1925 cover to England with a generally fine strike of 'POSTED AT PITCAIRN ISLAND/NO STAMPS AVAILABLE.' handstamp (CK #1.5), London arrival cds of 16NO25, superb inspector's segmented h/s & sensational '1?D/FB' h/s, Postage Dues ?d & 1d tied by a different London cds, toning. [This is SG C3, recorded 1922-28 only, Cat ?2000 on cover]

600.00

$750.00




835

l

b

1925 two generally fine strikes in violet at top of letter headed "Pitcairn Island/Oct 21 1928" & signed "Richard Edgar Christian/(Postmaster)" who mentions the handstamp impressions "...we use [sic] on our own letters before becoming a branch of the New Zealand Post Office". Various authorities quote 7/6/1927 as the Opening Day of the Agency but Christian states it "first opened July 12 1927". This suggests that the earlier date was the intended or official opening date but that there was actually a 5 weeks delay. We note that James Brill had a purported 7th June Opening Day cover but our assessment is that it's as phony as a $3 bill]

400.00

$550.00






836

c

b

1927-40 covers with various New Zealand stamps tied by the 'PITCAIRN ISLAND/NZ POSTAL AGENCY' cds comprising 1) philatelic uprated 1d Envelope with 3 very fine to superb strikes; 2) 1935 commercial to NSW endorsed on the flap "From Roy P Clark..."; 3) 1935 cover to NSW possibly commercial but with 1d Universal pair; 4) c.1938 ilustrated cover to Canada signed at lower-left "Miss Alta Christian"; 5) 1938 commercial to NSW with NZ Shipping Co imprint on the flap, light stain; & 6) 1940 commercial to Victoria with 2d Tasman.(Qty 6)

400.00

$400.00




837

c

a

1935 NZ Shipping Co PPC of RMS "Ruahine" with message headed "Posted at Pitcairn", to New Zealand with 1d Admiral tied by single-framed 'PACKET BOAT' h/s & Auckland cds alongside.

300.00

$230.00




838

c

b

1936 Karl Lewis illustrated cover of the island to Canada with NZ ?d Bird pair tied by very fine cds with date error '19NO26', 'BALBOA CZ/DEC 8/PAQUEBOT/36 - 1' transit on the face, minor discolouration. Pretty. [James Brill's four Karl Lewis covers sold for an average of ?320]

400.00

$525.00






839

cl

b

1939 long unaddressed envelope with roneo'd '.../VISITED BY/USS NORTH STAR/OF THE/UNITED STATES ANTARCTIC SERVICE/...' cachet, boxed HMS "Bounty" cachet & Agency cds of 14DE39, signed at upper-right "Richard Edgar Christian", a bit soiled. [James Brill's four similar covers sent through the post sold for an average of ?852]

350.00

$400.00




840

cl

b

1940 long HE Maude cover with NZ 2?d tied by Agency cds of 14OC40 (last day of use) & Pitcairn KGVI 1?d tied by double-circle 'PITCAIRN ISLANDS/15OCT40/POST OFFICE' cds (first day of stamp & datestamp), two vertical folds clear of the stamps

250.00

No longer available




841

cl

b/a

1940 Pictorials ?d to 2/6d tied to long plain cover by four strikes of an excellent forgery of the double-circle cds by the infamous Georgie Gee (pencil note on the reverse), the stamps crossed-through with red ink & "Forged Postmark" endorsed below, a couple of folds; with a genuine FDC of the low values - signed "Fred M Christian/Chief Magistrate" - for comparison. [No reserve](Qty 2)

100.00

$80.00








842

c

c

1944 cover to Victoria with 1?d George Adams and plain censor label with typed "OPENED BY EXAMINER/ PITCAIRN ISLAND" & initialled "DS" (= David Shepherd, in charge of the Radio Station during WWII), some toning mostly on the face. The rarest censor device from Pitcairn; with the original letter. [James Brill acquired 150+ Pitcairn censor covers but had only one example of this label. His cover was ambitiously estimated at ?1000 & didn't sell]

400.00

$480.00








843

c

a-/b

1945-61 commercial group to NSW comprising KGVI frankings on three covers - one with 'Seventh-Day Adventist Mission/Pitcairn Island' imprint - & a remarkable registered parcel piece, & QEII frankings on four covers one with "Bounty" Anchor illustration & one with fanciful Pitcairn tourism illustration, the QEII covers with senders' endorsements of "Roy P Clark", "Andrew Young", "Nola Young" or "A Ross".(Qty 7)

300.00

$290.00




844

c

a/b

1958 Australian Christmas FDC to Pitcairn but forwarded to NSW with 'MISSENT PITCAIRN ISLAND' h/s used as a forwarding mark & 1961 cover from NSW with AAT 8d sent airmail to New Zealand only, both with Pitcairn arrival cds on the face; and 1971 commercial makeshift wrapper to NSW with 4c "Bounty". (Qty 3)

150.00

$115.00








845

c/co

REGISTERED MAIL: Mini-study on leaves including 1936 cover with NZ Silver Jubilee set & large NZ-type label; 1948 cover made of coconut-fibre (ah-ah) with registration h/s but the address has faded; 1951 cover with mss "R" & number h/s; 1964 oversize airmail cover to NSW with rounded-boxed cachet franked Birds 4d x2 & 1/-; etc, also five registration receipts; condition rather mixed.(Qty 14 items)

300.00

No longer available


Displaying 19 Lots in Category - PITCAIRN ISLANDS - Postal History



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