Prestige Philately Auction 153 CatalogueVICTORIA - Postal History
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Displaying 9 Lots in Category - VICTORIA - Postal History
1854 cover to Melbourne (b/s) with Half-Lengths White Veils 3d blue SG 14 horizontal pair (full margins except at left where a little cut into, with fragments of 3 adjoining units), light Barred Oval of 'WILLIAMS TOWN' (fine b/s of AU21/1854), the address partly obliterated. [On 1/5/1854, inland postage was increased from 2d to 6d!! This caused an outcry that resulted in the former rate being reinstated from 1/7/1855. 6d rate covers are surprisingly scarce: Gary Diffen recorded only nine]
1856 entire headed "Bald Hill" to Hobart Town with unusual franking of Half-Lengths Campbell & Fergusson 1d lilac-rose SG 28b single & pair + 3d indigo SG 31d tied by light BN '34' (rated RR) of 'DONNYBROOK' (light oval b/s), Hobart arrival in red on the face, the stamps affected by ironed-out filing creases & the addressee's name crossed-out. Donnybrook (1) from Kinlochewe 1/1/1854; renamed Kalkallo 19/11/1874.
1860 (Nov 22) entire to Switzerland with scarce franking of Octagonal 1/- Perf 12 single & pair plus Queen-on-Throne Rouletted 6d, poor BN '25' of 'HEPBURN' (poor oval b/s), endorsed "Registered" on the face & signed by the sender "Giuseppe Strozzi" on the flap as required by the regulations, very fine 'REGISTERED/MELBOURNE' transit cds in red on the face plus British '[crown]/REGISTERED' h/s, 'LONDON/REGISTERED' d/s & 'PD'-in-oval all in red on the face, various French & Swiss transits including very fine boxed rate-calculation handstamp, some internal reinforcing. An attractive & very "busy" cover.
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1864 double-rate cover to England "Via Marseilles/per Mail" with lovely three-issue franking of 2d Laureate, 6d Redrawn Design & 1/- Octagonal tied by crisp Melbourne duplexes, a couple of bends & minor blemishes. Very attractive.
1864-73 Laureates frankings 1) 1864 to Switzerland with 4d pair with Hairclip Flaw & 1/- Octagonal with Blue Line variety, both noted in ink by an illiterate; 2) 1869 mourning cover to London with 10d brown/pink, flap fault otherwise very fine; 3) 1872 to GB with 9d on 10d, very fine; 4) 1872 to GB with 1d x3 & 3d orange, BN '380', faults; & 5) 1873 to Germany with 6d & 9d on 10d, minor blemishes. (Qty 5)
1891-1907 postage due covers including 1891 from NSW with Blue & Claret 1d & 2d, 1892 from GB with Blue & Claret 5d (faults), 1900 from NSW with Scarlet & Green 4d, 1901 local to the Swiss Consul (with invalid 1d) with Scarlet & Green 2d, 1902 from Ceylon with Scarlet & Green 1d strip on the reverse, 1904 OHMS (invalid Frank Stamp) with Scarlet & Green 1d, & four underpaid PPCs, condition variable. A good lot. Ex David Watson (UK). (Qty 10)
1895 usage of 3d Registration Envelope to the Telegraph Office in Berlin (b/s) with ½d pink x2, 1d orange & 2d violet x2 tied by untidy Melbourne cancels, bold strike of the rare 'OFFICIALLY REGISTERED/AT G.P.O.' handstamp at left, minor blemishes & opened-out for display. [This marking was absent from both Max Watson's "Registered Mail of Victoria" & Hugh Freeman's extraordinary collection of instructional handstamps. United Kingdom collectors have confirmed that it is not a London marking]
1897 cover with all-over advertisement for Atlas Press Printers & Stationers, to United States with Naish ½d & 1d tied by Melbourne cds. Gorgeous!
POSTAL STATIONERY: 1893 1d brown+1d orange-yellow (error of colour) PTPO Envelope with printed address of Briscoe & Co & adverts for galvanised iron, kerosene & Formby's Cement Works HG KB12, Beechworth duplex & Melbourne arrival b/s, a couple of very minor blemishes. One of the most attractive Victorian issues.