Prestige Philately Auction 234 CatalogueQUEENSLAND - REGISTERED MAIL
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Mounted collection of two-line 'REGISTERED/...' Handstamps 'ADAVALE' to 'YEPPOON' mostly on Tatts covers but some other sources & a handful of 1880s-90s covers, mostly from smaller towns with many very scarce handstamps & other postmarks throughout, some unusual patterns & a few varieties noted such as damaged types from Bethania & Springsure, condition variable but the vast majority are fine to very fine with only minor duplication.
Bernie Manning has advised that most of these covers were acquired in a single purchase from the late John White, a leading collector of NSW & Queensland. They have been off the market for more than 25 years. Bernie has researched these handstamps and advises that about 30 of them are provisionally rated RRRRR. From our own experience we can confirm that many of them are very rare. This is therefore an outstanding opportunity to acquire the basis for an important collection, with about a quarter of the offices open in the relevant period represented here.
(Qty 200 approx)
1894-1907 covers with 'REGISTERED/...' cds of '.../BRISBANE' (two different), '.../CHARTERS TOWERS', '.../GYMPIE', '.../MARYBOROUGH' (1894 & 1907), '...'ROCKHAMPTON' & '.../TOWNSVILLE' (three different; of 1902 & 1906 plus a very late usage in 1947), condition variable.
1865 (May 18) to Liverpool with 6d yellow-green & Litho 4d lilac tied by fine to very fine Rays '74' of 'GOONDIWINDI' (cds at base; rated RRRR), largely superb 'REGISTERED/GOONDIWINDI' h/s (RRRRR in the Chalons period), superb double-circle 'REGISTERED/23AU/75/LIVERPOOL' b/s in red, redirected with Sheffield & York transit & 'RETFORD' arrival b/s, minor soiling. Very attractive.
1868 (Mar 11) cover to Dumfriesshire Scotland with Chalons 6d & 'REGISTERED' (6d) yellow tied by poor Rays '96' of 'MARYBOROUGH (cds alongside), light but obvious 'REGISTERED/MARYBOROUGH' h/s in red, superb 'ANNAN/ MY22/1868' arrival b/s, folded through the first stamp & with repaired tears at top but still attractive.
1870 (June 22) cover to Sydney with Chalons 6d apple-green & 'REGISTERED' (6d) yellow tied by poor Rays of 'GYMPIE' (b/s), superb 'REGISTERED/GYMPIE' h/s in red (rated RRRR), minor blemishes. Only four examples of the 2-line h/s recorded. [Gold Mining]
1874 (Feb 8) cover to "Shatland" (= Shetland islands) with 3d brown pair tied by Rays '169' (rated RRRR on Chalons) of 'SUGARLOAF' (very fine cds; RRRRR - the only recorded example) and 2d x2 tied by bold 'REGISTERED/SUGARLOAF' h/s (RRRRR), superb GB markings of oval London transit d/s of 3MY74, 'ABERDEEN' & 'LERWICK' arrival b/s, minor blemishes. An outstanding destination: Lerwick is the main port of the Shetlands, some 120km NE of the mainland. PO 1.1.1873. Ex Alan Griffiths. [Sugarloaf is 180km SW of Brisbane, close to the NSW border, near Stanthorpe]
On 1.7.1873, the 'REGISTERED' stamp was withdrawn & the fee was reduced from 6d to 4d.
1876 (June 23) mourning cover to Cambridgeshire endorsed "Via Torres Straits/Rout" [sic] with rare franking of Chalons Litho 4d yellow strip of 4 - folded over the top of the envelope - tied by fine Rays '84' (rated R) & 'SPRINGSURE' (cds below; RRRR) & very fine 'REGISTERED/SPRINGSURE' h/s (RRRR), 'REGISTERED/14SP76/LONDON' transit d/s on the face & very fine 'CAMBRIDGE' arrival b/s. Another very attractive cover.
1876 (Nov 3) to Cornwall with very fine Chalons 4d yellow & 6d yellow-green tied by poor Rays '83' of 'COPPERFIELD' (cds at right; RRR), fine 'REGISTERED/COPPERFIELD' h/s (RRRR), oval London transit of 8JA76 & superb 'CAMBORNE' arrival b/s, repaired flap tear. PO 1.10.1866. [Gold & Copper Mining. Today it's a ghost-town, 6km SW of Clermont, & 960km NNW of Brisbane]
1885 (June 24) mourning cover to London endorsed "Via Torres Straits" with Second Sidefaces Lined Background 2d pair & 6d unusually cancelled with 'KILKIVAN' cds, very fine 'REGISTERED/KILKIVAN' h/s on face & reverse, very fine 'REGISTERED LETTER OFFICE/BRISBANE' transit & London arrival b/s of AU31/85. [Kilkivan is 200km NNW of Brisbane in the Sunshine Coast hinterland]
1891 (Jan 24) cover to Essex with Second Sidefaces Lined Background 1d x4 & 2½d rosine tied by BN '256' of 'PORT DOUGLAS' (very fine cds below), 'REGISTERED/PORT DOUGLAS' h/s on face & reverse, London transit of 9MR91 in red & 'COLCHESTER' arrival b/s. PO 1.9.1877. Ex Alan Griffiths. On 1.1.1891, Queensland unilaterally reduced the letter rate to all overseas destinations was to 2½d per ½oz. This cover is from the first month of the new rate. [Port Douglas is some 1750km NNW of Brisbane, on the Great Barrier Reef coast]
1893 (Nov) cover to London with Second Sidefaces Lined Background 2d and 6d irregularly cancelled with superb 'REGISTERED/ IPSWICH' h/s, REGISTERED/B 7/25DE93/LONDON E' arrival b/s (Christmas Day). [The addressee, Dr Thomas John Barnardo, was a prominent social reformer & philanthropist who founded homes for poor children. There were 96 such institutions by the time of his death, in 1905. Early on, Barnardo was accused of kidnapping, which he confessed to as 'philanthropic abduction']
1899 (Jan) cover endorsed in red at L/L "Registered/Redlynch/272" with ½d 1d & 2d x2 tied by 'R'-in-oval h/s of 'CAIRNS' (cds at L/R), London arrival d/s of 11MR99 in red, a few faults. Redlynch RO -.12.1887; PO c.1925. [Very few Receiving Offices were issued with postmarkers. RO mail is scarce, registered items all the more so]
1904 (Oct 7) Tatts cover with 1d & 6d tied by double-oval 'POST OFFICE GLADSTONE/QUEENSLAND' d/s in violet & superb 'REGISTERED/GLADSTONE' h/s also in violet, 'TPO No 3 NCR' transit b/s, opened-out.
1905 (Oct 28) cover to the Guildhall in London with superb BN '526' 'REDHILL' cds & 'REGISTERED/REDHILL' h/s. Spectacular! PO 1.1.1879; reduced to RO 15.5.1891; PO 1895.
AVIS DE RECEPTION (= ADVICE OF DELIVERY): 1894 (Nov 16) stampless OHMS cover to Missouri, USA endorsed "Returned ackt of delivery" with 'REGISTERED/BRISBANE' cds & 'R'-in-oval h/s, light 'ST LOUIS MO/DEC 18 1894' d/s in red on the face. [The AR service was introduced when Queensland joined the UPU on 1.10.1891. International mail between post offices was sent free of postage]
AVIS DE RECEPTION (= ADVICE OF DELIVERY): 1900 (Feb 28) stampless OHMS cover to Germany with lovely combination of 'LONGREACH' cds, double-oval 'POST OFFICE/LONGREACH' d/s in blue & superb 'REGISTERED/LONGREACH' h/s, Brisbane transit b/s. Plus the enclosed German AR form with a second strike of the oval d/s & 'REGISTERED/ROCKHAMPTON' cds, reinforced along the folds. An extremely rare pair. [The oval datestamps are the only recorded examples. Longreach is almost 1200km NW of Brisbane. It was one of the original depots for Qantas & is home to the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame]
(Qty 2 items)
AVIS DE RECEPTION (= ADVICE OF DELIVERY): 1911 quadruple-rate use of McCorquodale 3d Registration Envelope to Ohio with 2½d purple/blue x2 & 5d tied by 'REGISTERED/BRISBANE' cds in blue as is the rare 'A.R.'-in capsule h/s at U/L & L/R, scarce red & black/white R label (marginal example!), San Francisco transit & Akron arrival b/s of DEC/13/1911. Lovely item. Ex Hugh Campbell - illustrated by him at page 83 - sold for $1904. [One other cover with the 'A.R.' marking has been recorded]
CASH REMITTANCE ENVELOPE: 1896 (Mar 30) formular Registration Envelope with stamp box at U/R - which was unnecessary for Post Office business - printed GPO address & 'CASH REMITTANCE' at U/L, fine to very fine 'MILTON' cds (rated RR) & 'REGISTERED/MILTON' h/s (RRRRR), also a very fine 'POST OFFICE/[crown]/MILTON' mailbag seal (RRRRR) impressed in red wax on the flap. Ex Hugh Campbell: sold for $1680. [There must have been thousands of these envelopes used every year. However, with the exception of one stamped envelope sent out-of-State, this is the only example we have seen. We expect the intention was that they be destroyed]
OFFICIALLY REGISTERED: 1904 (Sep 25) Tatts cover with 2d only tied by poor BN '546' of 'AYRSHIRE DOWNS' (cds alongside; rated RRR), endorsed "Supposed to contain Coin/..." with 'R'-in-oval & stocky 'T' h/s with mss "6" in blue, three different TPO b/s. [Ayrshire Downs is 1250km NW of Brisbane]
OFFICIALLY REGISTERED: 1905 (Jan 20) Tatts cover with 'DONOR'S HILLS' imprint on the flap & 2d tied by light BN '598' of 'DONORS HILL' (very fine cds alongside), endorsed "Officially Registered at Cloncurry Q/Supposed contain coin" with Cloncurry cds & very fine 'REGISTERED/CLONCURRY' h/s, Postage Due 3d pair affixed but uncancelled. [Donors Hill is a cattle station, almost 2000km NW of Brisbane & 120km SSW of Normanton]