Prestige Philately Auction 237 CatalogueTASMANIA - Postal History
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Displaying 10 Lots in Category - TASMANIA - Postal History
1855 small envelope to Hobart Town with Courier 4d (cut-square, margins clear to good) with small triangular punch tied by superb First Allocation BN '18' & boxed 'CAMP TOWN/23 May 55' d/s alongside, 'tombstone' 'PRE-PAID/26MY26/1855' arrival d/s in red, a bit crumpled which has affected the stamp but still of pleasant appearance.
1856 large-part entire to London "pr Lightning" with Large Star 2d & 4d SG 16 & 17 - each with three margins; Cat £580 x3+ on cover - tied by light BN '60' cancels, diamond-'POST OFFICE/LAUNCESTON/[crown]/23AU23/1856' d/s below, Liverpool tombstone d/s of NO20/1856 & London arrival of the next day all in red on the face.
1861 (July 4; Independence Day) cover to "Birds run/Guernsay County/Ohio" - a rare destination - with Imperf 'VAN DIEMENS LAND' 4d x2 (3 or 3½ margins) & 'TASMANIA' 6d (a huge stamp with full margins & fragments of the units at right & left) all tied by BN '52' with very fine diamond Launceston d/s alongside, London transit of SP19/61 in red & scarce 'DETROIT AM PKT/ 5 ' postage due h/s both on the face, endorsed "5 cts postage due" on the flap, minor blemishes. [Rather grumpy letter headed "St Leonards" & signed "J Trethewil" about a relative, & Cobb & Co: "...I wish your Children were nearer so as to make friends with her, to get her money after Death(!)...There ware a Company of Yankeys two or three years ago came out to Melbourne to the Gold fields and cut down the price of Coaching as to throw others out of employment...our male from one town to another was advertised for tender..."]
1864 (Oct 22) small cover to an army officer on the Deccan Plateau "Via Bombay" with 'TASMANIA' Imperf 6d & 1/- both with almost full margins tied by BN '52' cancels of Launceston, diamond 'POST-OFFICE/LAUNCESTON/ [crown]/...' d/s in red alongside & straight-line 'REGISTERED' handstamp, tiny 'BOMBAY' transit b/s & large-part 'SECUNDRABAD/1864/NO22' arrival b/s in red on the reverse, minor blemishes. A scarce destination from Tasmania. A very attractive franking of the 'full set' of the 1858 'TASMANIA' issue.
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1890 cover with inspection slits at the sides endorsed "Scrip Certificates" to "Broken Hill Proprietary Silver Mining Co/Melbourne", Sideface ½d orange solo franking tied by BN '69' with 'NEW NORFOLK' cds alongside, a few blemishes. [Printed Matter was required to be unsealed, unless inspection slits made it possible to see the contents]
1894 (Feb 13) OPSO locally used envelopes for Lands & Works Department (with the enclosure) or Tasmanian International Exhibition (with the Frank h/s in rosine) both to "Captaine de Chauliac/French Warship Scroff" (!) or "...Scorff". [Between 1887 & 1908, a Franco-British Naval Commission operated in the waters of New Hebrides & New Caledonia. The 'Scorff' was one of the French vessels, which also made occasional visits to Australian ports. It had arrived from Dunedin (NZ) on 12.2.1894]
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ENVELOPES: 1898 Waterlow 2d & 2½d scenic issue complete set of 12, a few minor blemishes &/or paper-hinge remainders on the flaps otherwise very fine to superb unused. Australia's most beautiful postal stationery issue, of which only 306 sets were prepared.
ENVELOPES: 1898 Waterlow 2½d scenic issue 'GOVERNMENT HOUSE, HOBART' to Denmark with 'HOBART/AU4/1902/ TASMANIA' cds, a few very minor blemishes, partial-Copenhagen arrival b/s. Rare. [Of the 306 sets prepared, a very high proportion were retained unused as souvenirs]
POSTAL CARDS: 1906 'THE ADDRESS ONLY...' KEVII 1d printer's rough proof in black with a second impression below without the stamp on thin card (124x168), light discolouration in the upper portion, unfolded. Possibly a prototype for an unissued Reply Postal Card.
WRAPPERS - STAMPED TO ORDER: 1890s 2d green 165mm wide with banner 'The Tasmanian Mail/Only Illustrated Weekly in Tasmania/6d.', to London with Hobart dumb bars cancel, folded at left clear of imprint.