Prestige Philately Auction 118 CatalogueVICTORIA - REGISTERED MAIL - The 1852 Victorian Act
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Displaying 19 Lots in Category - VICTORIA - REGISTERED MAIL - The 1852 Victorian Act
Selection comprising 1853 outer with 'PAID/GEELONG' d/s & '2' rate h/s both in red; 1855 memo urging use of registration; 1856 to GB with 1/- 'REGISTERED' but postage paid in cash; 1856 OHMS front to GB with 1/- 'REGISTERED' & Imperf 2/-, 1859 front & 1864 cover with 'REGISTERED/ MELBOURNE' cds in red; faults. (6
1852 (Dec 17) part OHMS outer to "HM Gaol/Geelong" (b/s) with fine Half-Length 2d tied by oval 'PAID/[crown]/MELBOURNE' d/s in red, endorsed "Sheriff's Office" at lower-left, "Registered" (faded) on the face & "Sheriff O" on the reverse. Ex Pack & Dale-Lichtenstein, none of whom recognised that this was a registered item. Believed to be the only recorded cover with the 'PAID' d/s as a cancellation]
1852 (Dec 21) OHMS entire to Melbourne (b/s) with rare franking of Ham Half-Lengths 1d x2 (different shades) & 2d paying double-rate tied by Barred Oval '2' cancels of Geelong (b/s), endorsed "Registered" in red (paid in cash) & "228 Husband" in red on the reverse, also "TH/Geelong" at lower-left, filing crease affects the 2d adhesive still very fresh and attractive. ["T"homas "H"usband was Bailiff at Geelong. Kellow has expressed the opinion that this is one of the "Top 10 Half-Length covers", on which recommendation the estimate must be conservative]
1853 (March 6) front to Melbourne with light strike of the oval 'PAID/[crown]/BENDIGO CK' d/s & the only recorded example of the boxed 'REGISTERED AT/BENDIGO CK' h/s both in red, rated "2" in red for inland letter, the h/s crossed by a repaired tear. Ex Purves. [An official report showed Bendigo was registering more than 1000 items per month, yet only one example of the h/s has been noted]
1853 (Nov 8) outer to Melbourne with good strike of the oval 'PAID/[crown]/BENDIGO CK' d/s in red, endorsed "Registered" in red & rated "2" in red for inland letter. [Evidently the boxed h/s had been withdrawn by this time]
1854 (Dec 15) cover to London "Per the Antelope Steamer" with very early usage of the 1/- 'REGISTERED' stamp (margins just shaved - at top - to large) tied by Barred Oval '2' of 'GEELONG' (b/s), rated "1/-" in red for shipletter (paid in cash) & "1/-" in black for GB 6d incoming packet fee + 6d registration, boxed 'TOO LATE' h/s in red indicates the 6d fee was also paid at Geelong in cash. [The 'REGISTERED' stamp was issued only two weeks earlier on 1/12/1854 & prepayment of postage with stamps became compulsory from 1/1/1855. Usages such as this could therefore occur during only the one month and are rare]
1855 (Dec 11) cover to Switzerland with Half-Length 3d x2 (different shades, both rudely separated) paying the postage to London, endorsed "Registered 1/-" in red paid in cash as evidenced by small boxed 'PAID AT/HEPBURN' h/s in red, the flap endorsed "Hepburn/11 12 55" in the absence of the d/s, boxed 'COLONIES/ART 18' h/s (scarce on Australian mail) in red, 'AUSTRALIAN/ LIVERPOOL/ G /=PACKET' transit b/s, French 'ANGL/AMB CALAIS' TPO cds on the face & unframed 'LOCARNO/1856MAR29M' arrival b/s in blue, minor soiling. [Possibly the earliest recorded usage of the Article 18 h/s on an item from Australia: see "Australian States at Pacific Explorer 2005" by Ben Palmer "Sydney Views" (May 2005) at page 6]
1855 to 1912 variety of registration receipts including 1855 receipt for an incoming item from England with oval 'SHIP LETTER' d/s in red, condition variable. [Registration receipts were introduced in 1852] (11
1856 cover to England with unusual franking of Queen-on-Throne Imperf 1d green two singles & a strip of 4 (all a bit cut-into) & 1/- 'REGISTERED' (large margins, a couple of tonespots) tied by light BN '43' (rated RR) of 'FRYERS CK' (superb oval b/s). [The 1d was issued only 15 days earlier]
1856 (June 2) outer to England with unique franking of privately rouletted Woodblock 6d & 1/- 'REGISTERED' tied by BN '61' of 'MARYBOROUGH' (oval b/s), endorsed "Registered" in red, rated "1" in red retained by Victoria & GB 'd6' h/s for inwards registered mail, ironed-out folds well clear of the stamps. Perhaps the most important cover in the collection. [Gibbons doesn't record privately rouletted stamps. Rouletting at the GPO commenced only in August 1857. Kellow records a single cover with a privately rouletted 6d orange but does not record this cover]
1857 busy cover to Switzerland with Emblems 4d pair (opened-out from having been folded over the edge at right), Woodblocks 2/- pair & 1/- 'REGISTERED' tied by BN '4' of 'SANDHURST' (oval d/s on face), endorsed - obscured - "under ˝oz" at upper-left, remarkably with the postal clerk's calculation of the postal rate at lower-left, large 'PD'-in-circle h/s in red, GB 'd6' h/s for fee on inwards registered mail, French 'ANGL/AMB.CALAIS' TPO cds & unframed 'LOCARNO' arrival b/s, a few faults still a remarkable registered cover.
1857 (Sep 14) cover to Scotland with rare franking of Rouletted at the GPO 6d orange & 1/- 'REGISTERED' tied by BN '1', readdressed on arrival, the flap endorsed "there is 6 pance [sic]/to pay for this/letter". [Rouletting at the GPO began only in August 1857. Kellow states "Four or five covers bearing the rouletted stamp are known, all used in the last months of 1857"]
1858 long outer from 'SANDY CREEK' (oval b/s) to Scotland "Per RM Ship Victoria" with unusual franking of Woodblocks Imperf 6d block of 6 - the largest recorded block of this stamp - cancelled in pen "Registered/(62)" but otherwise uncancelled, faults still a dramatic cover. [The 1/- 'REGISTERED' stamp was withdrawn from 5/1/1858. This is the only such usage we have recorded. Not pretty, but it is an important cover]
1858 (Sep 27) cover to Switzerland with exceptional 3-issue imperf franking of Half-Length 3d pair (almost full margins), Shilling Octagonal strip of 5 (minor faults along the top) & Emblems 2d all with faint BN '25' of 'HEPBURN' (oval b/s), 'PD'-in-circle h/s in red over mss "4/2" indicating the amount to be credited to the British and foreign post offices, French 'ANGL/AMB CALAIS 1' TPO cds on the face & 'LOCARNO' arrival cds on reverse. Ex Pack & Dale-Lichtenstein. [The 1/- strip of 5 is the equal largest-recorded multiple on cover: see "Australian States at Pacific Explorer 2005" by Ben Palmer "Sydney Views" (May 2005) at page 6]
1859 (March 15) cover to England "pr Overland mail" with Shilling Octagonal x2 singles tied by BN '3' of Castlemaine (b/s), with lengthy endorsement "I certify that this letter contains 10dwts of Gold on which 1/3d duty has been paid..." Ex Ken Kutz. [A remarkable and poignant survivor from the goldrush era]
1860 double-rate outer to Melbourne with Emblems Horizontally Laid Paper 4d pair & Perf 12˝ 1/- tied by BN '2' of Geelong (b/s), small 'REGISTERED/GEELONG' (poor) & 'REGISTERED/MELBOURNE' cds both in red on the face. [This type of cds was introduced in 1859 & allocated also to Ballarat, Castlemaine & Sandhurst. This cover was acquired by the vendor over 40 years ago and has never been offered at auction]
1860 a rather similar cover to Switzerland with Queen-on-Throne 6d & Shilling Octagonal pair tied by very fine BN '239' of 'DUNOLLY' (fine oval b/s), formerly opened-out for display.
1861 cover to Germany with exceptional 4-issue franking of Emblems Rouletted 2d, Beaded Ovals 3d blue, Queen-on-Throne 6d & Shilling Octagonal x2 tied by BN '3' of 'CASTLEMAINE' (oval b/s), 19mm 'REGISTERED/MELBOURNE' transit cds in red on the face, endorsed "1/5" in red for the postage to be credited between Britain & Germany, lovely combination of British & German markings all in red on the face, 'FRANKFURTaM' transit & 'MARBURG' arrival b/s. Quite simply a stunningly beautiful cover of the highest order, to an unusual destination. [The 2/11d rate - incorrectly noted in the printed catalogue as "2/1d" - is difficult to explain. However the existence of a similar registered cover from NSW to Baden also at 2/11d supports the correctness, and rarity, of the rate: see "Australian States at Pacific Explorer 2005" by Ben Palmer "Sydney Views" (May 2005) at page 7]
1863 cover to "Ivenhoe/Hidelsberg" [sic] with Laureates 4d & Redrawn 6d pair tied by BN '81' of 'TARRAVILLE' (fine oval b/s), fine 'REGISTERED/MELBOURNE' cds in red on the face & fine oval 'WARRINGAL' arrival b/s, opened-out for display.