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Displaying 21 - 40 of 56 Lots in Category - Postal History
1861 tiny cover to "Mr Fairbairn/School Master/Serpentine" with superb 1861-64 2d orange-vermilion SG 25 tied by 15-bar '8', 'FREEMANTLE/AP12/1861'=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA=' cds (#1a; note 'FREE...'). Pope & Reynolds Census #12. Very attractive. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1092. [John Fairbairn arrived in 1839 per "Hindoo". In 1848, he became the first school teacher in the Pinjarra region]
1861 (Aug 24) cover to London "Via Southampton" with scarce franking of 1861 Intermediate Perf 14-16 6d purple-brown SG 36 (Cat £110 x5+) tied by poor 15-bar '5', fair 'GUILDFORD/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA' cds below, London '[crown]/ R ' inspector's h/s & readdressed, minor blemishes. Census #6. Carried per "Benares" from Albany 16/9/1861; & "Indus" from Alexandria. Ex Patrick Pearson and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1725. RPSofL Certificate (1973) as the then SG 39.
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1862 (Nov 1) cover to London "via Southampton" with Albany cds at lower-left & the stamps washed-off, very fine boxed 'Saved from the wreck of/the Colombo' h/s, London arrival cds of JA1/63 in red, overall soiling. Carried per "Bombay" departed Albany 2/11/1862 for Galle. The "Colombo" was wrecked off Minicoy Island in the Laccadives on 19/11/1862. This item was put aboard "Nemesis" or "Ottawa" direct to Suez, then per "Massilia" from Alexandria 16/12/1862, arrived Southampton 30/12/1862. Ex John Gartner and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1725. ŽŽThis was the first incident involving Australian mail to which a wreck cachet was applied. Only a few covers from Western Australia have been recorded.
1864 cover to London "via Marseilles" with scarce franking of 1861 Intermediate Perf 2d blue x2 & 6d purple-brown SG 34 & 36 tied by 15-bars '21' of 'VASSE' (cds of DE21/1864 alongside) both in blue, London arrival cds of FE15/65 in red on the face, parts of the address blacked-out & small stain below the 6d. Pope & Reynolds Census #10. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $862. Rapture in blue-on blue-on blue! [Carried per "Northam" from Albany 31/12/1864; "Nubia" from Galle 17/1/1865; & "Poonah" from Alexandria 5/2/1865; departed Marseilles 14/2/1865] [The illustration is above Lot 266]
1864 cover to London by the long sea route, from the same correspondence with scarce franking of 1861 Clean-Cut Perf 2d blue SG 41 vertical strip of 3 tied by 15-bars '21' of 'VASSE' (poor cds of AP22/1865 alongside) both in blue, London arrival cds of JY10/65 in red on the face, the address partly erased & skillfully reinstated. Not included in the Pope & Reynolds Census: acquired for $1552 at our auction of 14/8/2010. [Carried per "Bombay" from Albany 3/5/1865; "Candia" from Galle 8/6/1865; & "Poonah" from Alexandria 27/6/1865, arrived Southampton 10/7/1865]
1865 cover to Ireland with scarce franking of No Wmk Perf 13 6d dull violet SG 51a (Cat £48 x6+) tied by 'PERTH/DE26/1865/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA= - GPO' duplex (#DxA1; ERD), 'DONNALSTOWN' transit and 'LEIGHLINBRIDGE' arrival b/s, a few pinholes not affecting the stamp. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $1035. RPSofV Certificate (2011).
1866 cover to "Elsworth/Maine" with exceptional franking of 1861 Perkins Bacon 4d vermilion Perf 14 SG 40 horizontal pair & Crown CC Perf 12½ 1/- bright green SG 61 tied by three very fine strikes of the 15-bar ‘6’ cancel, ‘ALBANY/JY4/1866/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA=’ cds at lower-left, London transit cds & manuscript “11½” overstruck with American ‘5/CENTS’ accountancy h/s, ‘N YORK BR PKT/PAID’ cds at upper-left, repaired opening tears on the flap in no way detract from the very fine appearance. Rare & beautiful! Not recorded in the Pope & Reynolds Census. RPSofV Certificate (2012). [We know of only one other cover bearing a multiple of the 4d vermilion, also a pair. Dr Cecil Walkley's very fine cover with a single 4d vermilion + No Watermark 6d deep lilac sold for $10,350]
1867 homemade mourning cover to England "via Marseilles" with 2d yellow pair & 6d violet tied by Perth duplex, London transit cds in red on the face & 'BRIGHTON' arrival b/s, repaired flap. Very colourful.
1870 (Dec 12) cover to Edinburgh "Via Brindisi" with rare franking of Perf 12½ 1d bistre & 1/- bright green SG 52 & 61, 15-bar '6' & Albany cds at lower-left, 'PRESTONPANS' arrival b/s, the 1/- was folded over the top of the cover from which the flap has been removed & the fold opened-out, docketed "Melbourne/6 Decr 70" (which indicates the letter was written in Melbourne but carried privately to Albany where it entered the mails). Pope & Reynolds Census #31. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $3450. RPSof V Certificate (2012). An important cover: believed to be the only 1/1d rate cover from Western Australia. Carried per "Avoca" 12/12/1870; "Candia" from Galle 28/12/1870; & "Delta" from Alexandria 14/1/1871; arrived Brindisi 18/1/1871.ŽŽBecause of the Franco-Prussian War, the via Marseilles route was closed on 13/9/1870. Between -/11/1870 and -/12/1871 the via Brinidisi mails were carried via Verona, Munich, Mainz, Cologne & Ostende. The 13d rate was announced in London on 19/10/1870 & advice was received in Australia late in -/11/1870.
1873 OHMS cover to Perth franked 2d yellow with 4mm Imperial Puncture (corner fault at upper-right) tied by 15-bars '14' cancel of 'NEWCASTLE' (cds alongside), both postmarks light but clear, Perth arrival b/s, docketing on the face "Receipt from Mr Clifton...", a couple of minor repaired tears. Pope & Reynolds Census #3 of only six recorded covers.
1873 cover to India with Perf 12½ 6d mauve SG 60 vertical pair tied by light but obvious 15-bar '16' cancels, 'YORK/NO22/1876/=WESTERN-AUSTRALIA=' cds alongside, Bombay transit & Delhi arrival b/s, repaired flap faults. Pope & Reynolds Census #10. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $460. A very scarce destination.
1874 (March 21) cover to London "Via Brindisi" with attractive franking of Perf 14 2d chrome-yellow SG 71 pair & strip of 3 tied by five strikes of the 15-bar '21' cancel, Vasse cds below, London arrival b/s in red, flap removed. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $506. Pope & Reynolds Census #14. Per "Nubia" departed Albany 2/4/1874; Galle per "Khedive" 17/4; & Alexandria per "Ceylon" 5/5/1874.
1875 (April 20) cover to England "via Brindisi" with Perf 12½ 6d mauve & DLR 3d brown tied by 15-bar '8', Fremantle cds below, 'LOUGHBOROUGH' arrival cds & redirected to London (b/s), minor blemishes. Pope & Reynolds Census #54. Ex "Austin" (du Pont) and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $661. [In 1873, the via Brindisi rate reverted to 9d]
1875 (Oct 4) cover to France with Perf 12½ 2d yellow & 6d violet SG 55 & 57 tied by bold 15-bar '2' cancels & Perth cds at lower-left, 'P.D.' h/s, the addressee's name obliterated, minor blemishes. Pope & Reynolds Census #25. The rate was 8d via Alexandria & Malta. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $862. [Dr Walkley states that the 'P.D.' h/s (= Paid to Destination) was applied at Perth. As the cover did not go via England, that would seem to be correct]
1882 (June 20) cover to England "Via Brindisi" with Perf 14 6d lilac SG 75 tied by light 15-bar '6' & Albany cds, Nottingham arrival b/s, minor defects. Not recorded in the Pope & Thomas Census. [Carried per "Peshawar", the first P&O vessel to carry mail through the Suez Canal without trans-shipment.]
1883 (April 7) cover to the Governor of South Australia with poor Perth cds & almost fine '[crown]/PAID' h/s, embossed Arms in red on the flap & oval 'GOVERNOR/[Arms]/WESTERN AUSTRALIA' cachet in blue on the face over endorsement "Administrator/Western Australia", fine GPO Adelaide arrival cds (date error) on the face, minor blemishes. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $402. [Sir Henry Thomas Wranfordsley arrived from Mauritius in 1880 as the new Chief Justice of WA. In 1883 he served as Administrator after the departure of Governor Robinson & before the arrival of Governor Broome]
1883 (Aug 7) cover to Italy "per Pekin" with Perf 14 1d yellow-ochre & 6d lilac tied by poor 15-bar '6' cancels, fine Albany cds at base, fumigated at Venice where cut by three chisel slits (one affecting the 1d, another through the complete Union Bank of Australia wafer on the flap), Naples arrival, upright-oval '1A/DIST/11/SET/83' & '81'-in-heart postman's backstamps, minor faults. Ex Patrick Pearson and Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $3105. RPSofV Certificate (2011). Carried "Pekin" 7/8/1883; then "Venetia" from Aden direct to Venice arrived 9/9/1883. A very scarce 7d rate cover: see "Black Swan" (Mar 1987). Pope & Reynolds Census #54. [A cholera outbreak in Egypt caused Italian authorities to accept mail from the East only if it was not trans-shipped in Egypt]
1885 masonic cover (symbol embossed in blue on the flap, that can be opened for display) to England with scarce franking of a very well centred Perf 12 6d reddish lilac SG 85 vertical pair (Cat £100+ x10+ on cover) tied by Fremantle duplex, Birmingham transit & 'SPARKBROOK' arrival b/s, a few very minor blemishes & repaired flap-tear.
1891 (Feb 5) cover to India "via Singapore" with De La Rue ½d & 2d tied by 'GT'-in-bars, 'GERALDTON/=WA=' cds (#2b), 'SINGAPORE' transit & two different 'CALCUTTA' arrival backstamps, minor blemishes. Pope & Thomas Census #4. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $368. [On 1/1/1891, the overseas rate to all destinations was reduced to 2½d but this lasted for only 2 months! The rate reverted to 6d, until it was again reduced to 2½d on 1/10/1891 when the Australian Colonies joined the UPU. Mail from this brief rate period - especially to unusual destinations - is very elusive]
1891 cover to England with DLR ½d green & 2d grey x3 tied by 12-bar '1' with Reversed Top Serif, light oval 'REGISTERED/2AP91/PERTH WA' d/s overstruck with London arrival d/s in red, London transit & 'BATH/MY5/91' arrival b/s, minor toning. Pope & Reynolds Census #3. An important cover: the rate to GB was reduced to 2½d on 1/1/1891 but this cover shows that the registration fee was not reduced from 4d to 3d at the same date, as was once believed. Ex Dr Cecil Walkley: acquired for $575. [See "Black Swan" (March 1991)]