Prestige Philately Auction 220 CatalogueOFFICIAL MAIL - FRANK STAMPS
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Handstamped proof impressions 1) 'ATTORNEY GENERAL' and 'CHIEF SECRETARY' both in blue on c.1864 single small piece, Rated RRR+; and 'GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA' Die 7 (30½mm single circle with 1½mm arcs at the sides) three superb proof impressions in black on c.1891 piece of very thin paper. The second is illustrated at page 80. [The only such proof items recorded for any franks of Victoria]
(Qty 2 items)
Bundle of all-different envelopes (mostly) etc for many "departments" all with various settings of the "penalty" admonition at upper-left, many with 'His' in the header & a good range of users' imprints, several registered including two registration envelopes with different admonitions & addresses for the Income Tax Office, condition rather mixed but a good basis for a serious study.
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Late usages of all-different group of postcards for various departments x7 & envelopes for Ministers of Health and Lands & Survey (two, one an enormous defective front only, festooned with 1d stamps) & Solicitor-General, all with 1d punctured 'OS' affixed as required to partly obscure the franks, generally fine to very fine. The franking system was terminated on 31.10.1902. After that date, franked items could be used only if full postage was paid & the frank was defaced (usually achieved by affixing the stamps over the impression.
Selection of all-different envelopes x19, postcards x10 & wrappers x2 from various 'departments", a few with handstamped franks, a few with the frank defaced, generally fine to very fine unused. A very scarce & desirable group.
Selection of frank cut-outs used on other mailings comprising 1) 'ATTORNEY GENERAL' h/s in blue tied by 'REGISTERED'-in-oval h/s to 1876 part-entire; 2) 'CHIEF SECRETARY' h/s in red, on large piece from a parcel wrapping, to Western Australia, stained; 3) & 4) ditto, printed, on 1891 & 1894 envelopes; 5) 'SOLICITOR GENERAL' h/s in blue, with BN '62' & 'MEREDITH' cds (mss date) plus 'UP TRAIN/MG 1' cds b/s; 6) 'DEPARTMENT OF TRADE & CUSTOMS' printed, on 1897 envelope with 'CUSTOM HOUSE' imprint; and 8) 'THE TREASURER' h/s in blue, on 1880 envelope with 'ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT/(Government Printing Office' imprint, fault at right. An unusual lot. [See also Lot 280958 ]
A basic collection of all-different envelopes (mostly), postcards, wrappers etc for many departments, fairly basic but some better items including a few unused & some scarce imprints, noted a very early September 1864 usage, a few registered items, rather mixed condition but many are fine to very fine. A good starter lot, at a "come and get it" estimate.
All-different selection from 8 departments all CTO with Melbourne cds of OC15/02, some toning & other faults. The same date suggests that at least one "set" was prepared for official records prior to termination of the franking system only 16 days later. The only such CTO items we have seen.
An all-different collection of cutouts '...AGRICULTURE' to '...WATER SUPPLY' with a high level of completeness including 'CHIEF SECRETARY' Die 10, 'COLONEL COMMANDANT OF VOLUNTEERS', 'COMMANDANT LOCAL FORCES' in black & blue, 'COMMANDER OF HM SEA FORCES' in red, 'GOVERNOR-GENERAL', 'THE PRESIDENT/...' in black, 'COMMR OF PUBLIC WORKS' Dies 1 & 3, 'COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS', 'COMMISSIONER OF RAILWAYS', 'MINISTER OF RAILWAYS' Die 2, 'COMMISSIONER OF RAILWAYS & ROADS' Die 1 in red & Die 2 in blue, 'ROYAL MINT' in blue black (faint) & rosine, 'SOLICITOR GENERAL' in black, 'COMMR OF TRADE & CUSTOMS' Die 1 in rosine & violet and Die 2 in blue, etc, many of the handstamps are unusually fine & some are superb! An excellent reference collection.
Unusual usages to overseas destinations comprising 1) 'CHIEF SECRETARY' envelope front endorsed "Book only" & used as an address label to Germany in 1891 with 3d & 1/- (& another stamp fallen-off); 2) ditto, wrapper to German Samoa in 1891 but neither uprated nor fined; 3) 'POSTMASTER-GENERAL' envelopes x4 a) to USA in 1897 with 2½d red/yellow, b) registered to USA in 1898 with ½d pink x3 & 1d orange-brown x4, c) "penalty" type - front only - registered to USA in 1901 with 5d pair, and d) to Scotland in 1896 with 2½d red/yellow redirected & registered with GB 3d & large registration label added; 4) 'DEPARTMENT OF TRADE & CUSTOMS' envelope to Singapore in 1900 with 2½d blue; and 5) '...AGRICULTURE' envelope - truncated at left - to Washington DC in 1903 with 2½d blue; condition variable. A very scarce group.
Proof-like impressions of all 17 printed franks still in use in 1902 on a single page (175x210mm) folded to permit each successive marking to be printed thereon. [The franking system was terminated on 31.10.1902. Remainders of franked stationery were to be either withdrawn or, if used, to have the appropriate postage affixed across the frank]
Large box of photocopies, notes, references, etc, and a draft of the "Franked!" book. NO RESERVE .
GENESIS OF THE FRANKS: 1864 Post Office memorandum (171x194mm) giving instructions for the preparation of a frank stamp for use on official mail, in accordance with the hand-drawn pen & ink sketch on the reverse inscribed 'FRANKED/[crown]/POSTMASTER GENERAL' with "Victoria" added in another hand, plus an appended note of the price of £3 to procure same from de Gruchy & Co of Melbourne, minor folds & a bit aged on the face. A highly important historical document. Ex Hans Karman. Illustrated at page 2.
GENESIS OF THE FRANKS: 1864 Post Office memorandum (230x185mm) dated "5.3.1864" & initalled "THF" (Postmaster-General TH Fellows) stating "The practice of using postage stamps on letters from this office appears to me to be unnecessary and not required by the Acts in force. It may be necessary to check the unauthorized transmission of letters and that may be done by an official stamp. For this purpose a stamp should be made which will save postage stamps and serve also as a pattern for a 'frank stamp' (if the new Bill passes) for other offices", with a light but very fine strike of the 'FRANKED/[crown]/VICTORIA/POSTMASTER GENERAL' handstamp (40x28mm) as foreshadowed in the previous lot in blue at the top of the document, horizontal folds & minor aging not affecting the handstamp. Another highly important historical document, with the only recorded strike of the handstamp. Ex Hans Karman. Illustrated at page 1. [Max Watson acquired this and the previous lot at the Oharles Leski Auction of 24.3.2004 for $6325]
One of the innovations in the new Postal Act that came into force on 3.6.1864 was the providing of frank stamps to Ministers of the Crown and military commanders in the Colony. These were to have effect from 3.8.1864.
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE GOVERNMENT: Posthumous per favor strike in violet on small piece. [Struck from the original handstamp held in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney: both items illustrated at page 9. No contemporary strikes, and no entires, are recorded]
Examples could be expected to exist from the six separate periods between governorships when an Administrator was appointed. However it is expected that the frank was never actually issued or used. The lot includes a 1901 mourning cover from the second period of administratorship of Sir John Madden, with Governor Die 6 h/s]
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AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF: Handstamped frank light but obvious strikes in blue or bluish black on 1889 envelope-front with Board of Viticulture imprint to Sydney; & on 1893 parcel tag with Government Entomologist imprint to Adelaide (S&W #T10: illustrated at page 30) & endorsed "Nat Hist Spec/With Care". Rated RRR; the parcel tag, in particular, being a very scarce item.
AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF: Printed on all-different envelopes comprising no imprint with fancy crest on the flap (S&W #E20; only one other recorded); imprints at lower-left including 'BOARD OF VITICULTURE', '.../ENTOMOLOGICAL BRANCH' x2, '.../(Entomological Branch)', '.../(Entomologist's Branch)' (#E230; the only recorded example), '.../Government Entomologist' x2 & '.../(Pathologist's Branch)' (#E260; the only recorded example); also postcard with no imprint, parcel tag with '.../Government Entomologist' imprint, and wrapper-fronts x2 (one with 'BOARD OF VITICULTURE' imprint); mostly fine to very fine.
(Qty 15 items)
ATTORNEY-GENERAL: 1864-91 all-different envelopes - three from the 1860s - with handstamp in blue black or violet including with no imprint but elaborate 'CURATOR OF THE ESTATES OF DECEASED PERSONS/...' cachet (S&W #260; the only recorded example); imprints at L/L including 'MASTER IN EQUITY'S OFFICE' x2, 'PATENTS OFFICE...' x2, 'PROTHONOTARY'S OFFICE', etc; and in rosine on envelope with 'OFFICE OF TITLES' imprint & boxed 'REGISTERED' h/s also in rosine; postcards x3 with different advices on the reverse; & lettersheet (adhesion on the face); condition variable but most are fine to very fine.
ATTORNEY-GENERAL: 1893-1900 all-different envelopes with printed frank & imprints at L/L including 'Master-in-Equity's Office', 'OFFICE OF COLLECTOR OF IMPOSTS/...' (S&W #E370; the only recorded example), 'OFFICE OF TITLES' x2 (both registered), 'PATENT OFFICE/Lonsdale-street', 'PATENTS OFFICE/LONSDALE-STREET WEST' & 'SHERIFF'S OFFICE' x2, etc; also on three different postcards (one with 'NOTICE TO JUROR' on reverse); condition variable but most are fine to very fine.
ATTORNEY-GENERAL: Die 2 (Coat of Arms 13mm high) printed in blue on 1900 lettersheet with Master-in-Lunacy's Office imprint in the same colour (S&W #L20), folded to 94x61mm with very late usage of "killer" '1' of Melbourne & 'CAULFIELD' arrival b/s, minor faults. Rated RRR+, which must be an error because this is not just the only recorded example of this item but the only example of Die 2 printed in blue. Illustrated at Colour Plate A.
CHIEF SECRETARY: 1868-1902 all-different envelopes - three from the 1860s - in a wide variety of sizes, with handstamp in blue, black, red or violet mostly with imprints at L/L including 'ABORIGINES' (S&W #E240; the only recorded example), 'Centennial International Exhibition, Melbourne 1888/...', 'CHIEF INSPECTOR OF FACTORIES' (#460; the only recorded example), 'Department of Industrial and Reformatory Schools' x2, 'DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS' (#E750, unused; the only recorded example), 'GOVERNMENT BOTANIST' x2, '[HOSPITA]L FOR THE INSANE' (slightly reduced, only one other recorded), '...Inspector' with 'EXAMINATION PAPERS STANDARD EXAMINATION' header (#E1010 - not #E960 as stated under the illustration on page 48; only one other recorded), 'LUNATIC ASYLUM', 'MEDICAL BOARD OF VICTORIA' (#1290; the only recorded example), 'PENAL AND GAOLS DEPARTMENT', 'PUBLIC LIBRARY' (#E2220; only one other recorded), 'REFORMATORY, BALLARAT' endorsed "Specimen only" (#E2510; the only recorded example), 'Royal Commission on the Tariff/...' x2 (#E2600 & a larger size; the only recorded examples), 'THE EXHIBITION TRUSTEES/...', etc, plus post-Federation 'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA/Department of External Affairs' (only two others recorded) & '.../Department of Home Affairs' (only two others recorded); also on postcard with 'VISITING COMMITTEE' header on reverse (#P120; only two others recorded), wrapper with 'LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY PAPERS' (unlisted), and an address label created from a 'PUBLIC LIBRARY, MUSEUMS,/...' envelope; condition variable but most are fine to very fine.