Prestige Philately Auction 133 CatalogueVICTORIA - Postal History
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Bundle of covers including 1856 to Scotland with 6d Woodblock & British 'MORE/TO/PAY' h/s, 1858 entire to Glasgow with Half-Length 3d pair, 1861 part-entire with "Netted Corners" 1d strip of 3 & Q-on-T 6d, 1860 to England with Q-on-T 6d x2 in different shades, 1890 Castlemaine to England with boxed 'REGISTERED', 1891 registered to Italy with 'MARKET SQUARE GEELONG' cds & Italian boxed TPO d/s on the face, 1900 to London with 'GOVERNOR...' Frank & superb oval 'VICTORIA/[crown]/OFFICIAL PAID' h/s, 1907 to London readdressed to Paris with French Postage Due etc, condition variable. (Qty 44)
Selection of pre-1913 covers, PPCs & Postal Stationery with a wide array of postmarks including numerals, duplexes & cds, no Melbourne. A handy if unspectacular lot in generally fine condition with many very fine strikes noted. (Qty 95)
1849 (May 1) entire to the Supreme Court at Melbourne (b/s) with fine strike of the boxed 'PAID AT/ALBERTON' h/s in red & unusually fine oval 'ALBERTON/NEW.S.WALES' b/s, rated "11" in red for an inland letter conveyed between 171 and 230 miles. Ex Ray Kelly.
1850 (June 14) headed "Loyola" to Melbourne (b/s) with good strike of the scarce oval 'SEYMOUR/PORT PHILLIP' b/s in blue & rated "4" in black, docketing on the face. Ex Ray Kelly.
1855 stampless entire "pGaston & Felice" (?) endorsed "Via Mauritius" & on the reverse "forwarded by Leunere & Co" in magenta and with the ship's name crossed-through, to Melbourne to "remain @ Post Office until called for" with '[crown]/MAURITIUS/ JA22/1855/=GPO=' d/s on the face & 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/GPO VICTORIA' cds in red on the reverse, superb strike of the rare "Butterfly" '34' used at the Melbourne GPO in red on the face, minor defects & a little aged though still of very fine appearance. Ex Hugh Freeman. ̃̃Stated by Freeman & White at page 9 to be the only recorded usage in red. Butterfly '34' was originally allocated to Border Post, which was renamed Lindsay 1/1/1854 & closed 21/12/1854. It was then returned to the GPO from where only this item, and a late strike in black on a pair of 1d Emblems are recorded, making this a RRRRR marking in the re-allocation period. ̃̃It seems to us that there is even more to this cover than first meets the eye. Both the name of the vessel being erased, and a forwarding agent's endorsement - "forwarded by..." - being added to the reverse, strongly suggest that this originated somewhere other than Mauritius. At this time, Réunion & Seychelles were the only islands in the Indian Ocean with direct regular shipping routes to Mauritius. Réunion might be the favoured contender because of its relative proximity to Mauritius but the sender's penmanship strongly suggests English rather than French origin. If our hypothesis is correct, this would be one of the earliest postal items from the Seychelles. Jeffrey Weiss (Harmers of London 15/12/2004) had only four earlier items, dated between 1833! and 1853.
1855 (Feb 3) unstamped outer from London "via Liverpool/pBoomerang" addressed to "Mr Aug CH Boltzmann/care of John Davison Esq/Geelong/Victoria/Australia Felix" with London paid cds in red, rated "1/8" & "4" both in red, superb 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/MY*12/1855/GEELONG-VICTORIA' arrival b/s in red, rather worn around the edges which is hardly surprising as it still contains 13 letters in German - ranging in size from brief notes to 6pp epistles! - many headed "Hamburg" & all in very fine condition. Despite the absence of a forwarding agent's handstamp, this is without doubt an extraordinary example of forwarding agents' mail, and the only such group from any country into Australia known to us. ["Australia Felix" = Blessed Australia, was a term coined by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836 to describe the lush western parts of Victoria. It is rarely seen as part of an address. Herr Boltzmann is unknown to us but was presumably one of the earliest German settlers in the Colony]
1855 (July 7) flimsy outer to Sydney (b/s) "Pr City of Sydney" with Half-Length 3d deep blue SG 31c vertical pair (full margins except where the lower unit is just shaved at right otherwise very fine) tied by Barred Oval '1' of Melbourne (b/s).
1856 small cover to London per "Francis Henty" with Woodblocks 6d orange (4 margins) tied by superb BN '1' of Melbourne (small oval b/s), London "tombstone" arrival & superb '3d' h/s both in red on the face.
1856 entire to London "pTrue Briton" with a superb Woodblocks 6d orange (margins good to huge) tied by BN '2' of Geelong (b/s), London "tombstone" arrival & superb strike of the very scarce '1d' h/s both in red on the face. Connoisseur quality.
1857 large-part outer to "Hong Kong/China" endorsed per "Simla to Galle" with Woodblocks 6d orange (large even margins) tied by poor BN '1' of Melbourne (small oval b/s), 'HONG KONG' arrival b/s across the flap, some aging & discolouration on the face. Terrific destination.
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1865 stampless Ploos van Amstel & Co outer to France with Melbourne duplex & good strike of the 'GB/1f62.4c' Franco-British accountancy h/s in red, poor French mailboat cds in red, superb '9' (decimes) h/s, ironed-out horizontal fold.
1865 cover to England "Per Overland Mail/via Marseilles" with scarce franking of Laureates 10d grey tied by Melbourne duplex, there is a tonespot at right of the stamp & minor stain at base from a "sticky tape" repair.
1866 cover to Carlton with Laureates 2d rosy-lilac Perf 12x13 SG 109da(i) x2 tied by recut BN '98' of 'MALMSBURY' (cds alongside). An early date for a recut - inner side-bars removed - Barred Numeral.
1866 entire to Melbourne (b/s) with Laureates Second Setting Perf 13 4d SG 121 tied by the rare 'BEECHWORTH/ FE5/66/ VICTORIA - VICTORIA' duplex (rated RRR), vertical filing crease & light staining on the face. The earliest recorded usage of a 4d from the Second Setting.
1868 cover to England with Laureate Emergency Printing on Tasmanian Double-Lined '4' Paper 2d grey-lilac SG 155 strip of 3 tied by Geelong duplex cancels. [With the enclosed letter]
1868 Wm Johnstone entire to Launceston posted aboard ship with Laureate Emergency Printing on Tasmanian Double-Lined '4' Paper 2d grey-lilac SG 155 strip of 3 cancelled on arrival with fine BN '52' cancels, diamond b/s in red.
1869 cover to Switzerland with rare franking of Laureates 8d orange & 1/- blue/blue - double 10d rate - tied by poor numeral cancels of Maldon, 'P.D.' h/s in red applied at Melbourne, French & Swiss transit b/s & 'BIGNASCO' arrival b/s, both stamps damaged from having been folded at edges of the cover which has been "reconstructed" as a consequence. [Only 13 8d orange covers have been recorded. This isn't one of the prettiest but it is one of the most affordable]
1872 mourning cover to Texas USA - an unusual destination - with DLR 2d (defective) & Laureate 1/- tied by fine 'BALLAARAT - 5' duplex, London & New York transits in red on the face, a little aged & slightly truncated at right. [The letter (repaired with archival tape), from "Robt Gibbs" to his step-son tells the addressee that his mother has died of "valvular disease of the heart" despite a doctor recommending "having blisters on her stomach" (clearly no clue!) & continues "...grief is killing me. Oh I am desolate...every object is a reminder of my lost love. I had but one companion - one loved one - she is gone & I am alone..." His pain is palpable & the letter is truly moving. There is a reference to his wife having been from Franklin Louisiana and she may have emigrated after the Civil War. US dealer Richard Frajola has advised us that more Southerners moved to Australia than to any other country bar Mexico]
1872 cover to Switzerland "Via Brindisi" with Laureates 3d orange & 1/- blue/blue tied by Melbourne duplex, two strikes of the small 'PD' h/s applied in red at Melbourne, superb 'COMO' transit b/s. Outstanding quality.
1872 cover to Scotland "Via Brindisi" with Laureates 'NINEPENCE' on 10d brown/pink tied by Melbourne duplex, Glasgow arrival b/s.