Prestige Philately Auction 161 CatalogueVICTORIA - Postal History
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Displaying 19 Lots in Category - VICTORIA - Postal History
1861 cover from Melbourne with crowned-oval 'BATESFORD' arrival backstamp; 1889 Postal Card with boxed 'UNCLAIMED...' h/s; 1906 Department of Agriculture cover with 1d perf 'OS; Education Department 1d with 'OS'-in-the-Die Envelopes used at Beechworth in 1919 (taxed) or at Bonnie Doon in 1921; a few blemishes. (Qty 5)
Hagner album with a group of 1850s entires with the stamps removed, Melbourne postmark duplicates, "Belt & Buckles", TPOs etc, & a 1916 form with oval 'POST & TELEGRAPH OFFICE/CLUNES' d/s in blue.
1852 mourning cover to England with Ham Half-Length Second State of the Dies 3d blue SG 7 , the stamp an unusually large example with margins close to large & Major Plate Wear (White Void) at Upper-Right, Barred Oval '1' of Melbourne (b/s in red), minor blemishes. Photocopy of Rodney Perry Certificate (2007).
1854 (Jan 20) stampless cover Geelong (b/s) to Hobart endorsed on the flap "unpd" & on the face "Detained for 5d postage", transit b/s of Melbourne & Launceston (30JA30), rounded-boxed 'SHIPLETTER INWARDS FREE/ 31JA31/1854' arrival d/s in red on the face, minor faults. An early postage due article.
1854 (Sep 6) cover front to Adelaide with 1/- Octagonal (4 margins but stained) & Melbourne d/s alongside but endorsed "By Adams Cos Express pAriadne" and with a light but clear strike of the rare chamfered-boxed 'ADAMS & CO/EXPRESS/MELBOURNE/NSW' cachet in red at lower-left a little obscured by the Adelaide arrival cds, has been repaired & it is apparent that a label (stamps?) has been removed at left. Ex Bill Hornadge & Michael Silvasich. RPSofV Certificate (2010) which doesn't mention the problems. [A very rare item handled by both a private express company and the Post Office]
1854 (Sep 15) entire (230x110mm) to "Bank of Victoria/Geelong" & endorsed at lower-left "per Burdell's Express", fine example of the rare 'FORWARDED BY/BURDELL & CO'S/BRITISH & AUSTRALIAN/EXPRESS' imperforate label (characteristically a little cut-into & uncancelled) affixed at upper-right, brief note within regarding the enclosed life insurance policy (now not included), 'LIVERPOOL & LONDON INSURANCE COMPANY' wax seal on the flap, minor peripheral tears caused by the bulky contents & a little soiled. A world-class carrier or local stamp cover. The Burdell's label was the first local post or similar stamp issued in Australasia. A mere nine examples are recorded, of which only four are on cover, this being the earliest recorded usage. As noted on the label, Burdell's operated between Melbourne, Geelong, Sydney, Adelaide, Launceston, "the Diggings" and Great Britain, "forwarding and delivering Gold Dust, Specie, Bankers and other valuable packages..." etc.
1854 complete edition of "The Argus" (folded to 240x180mm) to England "Per first opportunity" with rare franking of Half-Lengths 1d dull red SG 23b tied by a fair strike of the oval 'NEWSPAPER/[crown]/MELBOURNE' datestamp, 'MOTTRAM' arrival cds alongside, extensive soiling & some damage still presentable. Ex Rodney Perry & Gary Diffen. [Gary Diffen has advised us that some 13 Half-Length "newspaper" usages are recorded, most being commercial Prices Current. He states there are only four usages on entire newspapers, of which this is "the most famous and complete". Pictured in "Victoria Illustrated 1834-1984"]
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1855 (March 3) cover to Ireland "Per first Mail" with the postage apparently paid in cash, endorsed "7007/ Registered/314" & with Woodblock 'REGISTERED' 1/- SG 34 (3 margins, a little cut-into at the base; Cat £170 x8 on cover) affixed but not tied by Barred Oval cancel of Melbourne (b/s), very fine 'AUSTRALIAN/LIVERPOOL/ =PACKET=' & Dublin transit b/s, light 'SKIBBERRAN' arrival b/s in red, minor blemishes. Offered "as is". [Pre-payment of postage was compulsory from 1/1/1855 but we can see no evidence of a stamp having been removed. Max Watson's similar very fine cover of 15/12/1854 - in the one month when such solo usage of the 'REGISTERED' stamp was permitted - sold for $6900 at our auction of 8/10/2005]
1856 entire to England "Per Sardinian" with Imperf Woodblock 6d (3 margins) tied by very fine BN '2' of Geelong (b/s) & one of two strikes of the rare '1d' h/s in red, Melbourne transit b/s & British 'AUSTRALIAN/PACKET' cds.
1856 (Nov 24) outer from Ballarat to Geelong with Half-Lengths 3d greenish blue SG 31a (margins close to huge with a fragment of the adjoining unit at left) + Queen-on-Throne Rouletted 1d yellow-green, both affected by an ironed-out filing crease.
1858 (Nov 12) cover to Wiltshire per "OLand Mail" with Half-Lengths 3d pair (full margins) tied by BN '10' of Warrnambool, scarce 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/[GEELONG] VICTORIA' in black & oval 'SHIP LETTER/FREE/GPO VICTORIA' in red transit b/s & light 'MELKSHAM' arrival b/s, minor blemishes & a small repaired fault well away from the stamps.
1859 (Dec) cover to England "Per Overland Mail/via Marseilles" with Half-Length 3d blue Perf 12 SG 78 (rounded upper-right corner) + Queen-on-Throne 6d tied by Barred Numeral '1' of Melbourne (b/s), Stafford arrival b/s.
1859 (Dec 2) cover to Switzerland with rare franking of Shilling Octagonal horizontal strip of 3 [35-37] & Queen-on-Throne 6d tied by poor to fine BN '25' of 'HEPBURN' (poor oval b/s), registration markings including the sender's signature on the flap as required by the Regulations, numerous transit markings including '[crown]/ REGISTERED' & 'PD'-in-circle h/s of London both in red, French 'CHARGE' h/s & 'ANGL/AMB CALAIS B' cds, Swiss 'BASEL' & 'BIASCA' (?) & octagonal postage due calculation h/s all on the reverse, minor blemishes on the face & a bit stained on the reverse. Ex Dr Geoff Kellow RDP & Michael Silvasich.A unique franking. The first 1/- unit has the Major Retouch 'SHILL--G' and Defective '+' at Right which is not at all obstructed by the cancels. Apparently an attempt to correct a Creased Transfer. This is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding lithographic transfer variety covers of the British Empire.
1860 (March 12) cover to England (b/s) with fine strike of the rare curved 'Victoria Express' handstamp on the reverse, placed into the mails with Emblems Perf 12 1d SG 74 x6 each cancelled with manuscript "X" & manuscript "Lamplough/12 3 60" on the reverse, Melbourne transit backstamp, a bit soiled but one of the great "Goldfields Express" covers, being the only recorded usage of the handstamp. Ex Michael Silvasich: acquired for $6612 at our auction of 22/4/2006. RPSofV Certificate (2008).Illustrated at page 36 of the "Australian Philatelist" (Autumn 1989): a copy of Allan Levy's article is included. S Collou began his express service at Lamplough in January 1860, the same month in which the local post office opened. However the government service was quite unsatisfactory, the town newspaper reporting "...complaints are numerous of persons having to wait for hours before they can obtain their letters..." The miners soon moved on to new finds, and Collou relocated to Inglewood by April 1860. Thus the handstamp had a life of less than 4 months. Lamplough PO - 6km ESE of Ararat - opened 1/1/1860 but clearly two months later BN '271' & the oval datestamp - no example recorded - were yet to be received. The earliest recorded cds is of 1907!
1866 large-part outer to "Borough Chambers/Sandridge" with Laureates 4d tied by First Type BN '156' (rated RR), clear strike of the rare 'MANSFIELD/[crown]/JA9/1866/VICTORIA' b/s (LRD of only 3 recorded), heavy vertical filing crease. PO 18/1/1858. [Our earliest recorded Mansfield cds is of DC4/68]
1897 large-part commercial cover to Sydney with rare commercial franking of Charity 1d x7 (including two pairs) & 2½d overpaying by ½d the triple-rate of 2d x3 + 3d registration, multiple 'REGISTERED/MELBOURNE VIC' cds, some spotting, Cat £220 x4 on cover.
1907 registered Tatts cover to Hobart with 2d only & manuscript cancel "Pirron/Yallock" plus very unusual endorsement "3d Pd" alongside apparently because the office had run out of 3d stamps, 'PIRRON YALOAK' [sic] b/s, minor blemishes. Ex Gary Watson (many years ago!). RPSofV Certificate (2008). A very rare & unusual cover. [Virtually all such manuscript cancels in indelible pencil were applied at the GPO to registered mail that arrived uncancelled. This is an originating office marking]
POSTAL STATIONERY: Album of mostly Postal Cards with a few Federation types, Letter Cards including 1889 uprated to Adelaide & 1893 taxed with 2d Postage Due affixed, PTPO Envelopes including 1d with octagonal 'DOWN TRAIN/MG13' cancel, also Franks & Wrappers. No rare items but some nice usages including to Argentina & Hungary and generally fine to very fine used. (Qty 81)
POSTAL STATIONERY: 1899 No 'POSTAGE' 1½d+1½d reply card Imperforate along the Join Stieg #P22d, minor discolouration, CTO AP6/01, Cat $US300 (2001); also Bell 1d+1d reply card, unfolded & CTO. (Qty 2 items)