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1943 St Lucia - 1943 censored cover to Columbus, Ohio, with a 2½d and a 1d cancelled CASTRIES 25 MR 43. An OPENED BY EXAMINER  T.T. / 1 tape (Miller CL10) has been used to reseal the envelope. This is the only recorded use of this tape. A very rare censored cover.   1943 St Lucia
1943 censored cover to Columbus, Ohio, with a 2½d and a 1d cancelled CASTRIES 25 MR 43. An 'OPENED BY EXAMINER T.T. / 1' tape (Miller CL10) has been used to reseal the envelope. This is the only recorded use of this tape. A very rare censored cover.
£295.00
Reference: A3508

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1946 St Lucia - 1946 cover to the USA with a block of 4 x ½ds and a 1½d, cancelled DENNERY 4 JY 46.   1946 St Lucia
1946 cover to the USA with a block of 4 x ½d's and a 1½d, cancelled DENNERY 4 JY 46.
£40.00
Reference: A3507

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1956 St Lucia - 1956 air mail envelope to Ascension Island with 2 x 25c, a 15c and a 1c tied CASTRIES 8 JY 56. A red two line “PLEASE INFORM SENDER / AIR MAIL SERVICE NOT AVAILABLE” handstamp is at the lower right. A very uncommon cachet. 1956 St Lucia
1956 air mail envelope to Ascension Island with 2 x 25c, a 15c and a 1c tied CASTRIES 8 JY 56. A red two line “PLEASE INFORM SENDER / AIR MAIL SERVICE NOT AVAILABLE” handstamp is at the lower right. A very uncommon cachet.
£115.00
Reference: A 3506

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1937 St Lucia - 1937 cover to Hong Kong with a Coronation 1d and 1½d tied CASTRIES 4 OC 37.  A boxed LATE FEE handstamp is at the lower right of the cover. There is cover creasing and other small faults but an unusual Late Fee cover to Hong Kong. 1937 St Lucia
1937 cover to Hong Kong with a Coronation 1d and 1½d tied CASTRIES 4 OC 37. A boxed 'LATE FEE' handstamp is at the lower right of the cover. There is cover creasing and other small faults but an unusual Late Fee cover to Hong Kong.
£50.00
Reference: A3505

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1944 St Lucia - 1944 censored cover to Canada wit a pair of 2½ds and a 1/- tied by CASTRIES 16 OC 44 datestamps. The cover was opened by the censor and resealed with Miller type CL8 tape P.C.90, OPENED BY EXAMINER TT 6 on greyish paper. Uncommon.  1944 St Lucia - 1944 censored cover to Canada wit a pair of 2½ds and a 1/- tied by CASTRIES 16 OC 44 datestamps. The cover was opened by the censor and resealed with Miller type CL8 tape P.C.90, OPENED BY EXAMINER TT 6 on greyish paper. Uncommon.  1944 St Lucia
1944 censored cover to Canada wit a pair of 2½d's and a 1/- tied by CASTRIES 16 OC 44 datestamps. The cover was opened by the censor and resealed with Miller type CL8 tape 'P.C.90, OPENED BY EXAMINER TT 6' on greyish paper. Uncommon.
£95.00
Reference: A3504

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1911 St Lucia - 1911 cover sent registered from Government House, Castries, to France with a 2d and 2½d paying the 2d registration fee and 2½d UPU letter rate tied by CASTRIES DE 7 11 cancels. A boxed A R handstamp is on the front of the cover, along with a blue crayon AR This is the only recorded strike of this A R handstamp (Proud type AR2) On the back are French Paquebot transit datestamps and a Dieulefit, Drome, 25 12 11 arrival cancel. It is interesting that no surcharge appears to have been levied for the AR service, possibly as it was from Government House. A very rare cover in excellent condition.  1911 St Lucia
1911 cover sent registered from Government House, Castries, to France with a 2d and 2½d paying the 2d registration fee and 2½d UPU letter rate tied by CASTRIES DE 7 11 cancels. A boxed 'A R' handstamp is on the front of the cover, along with a blue crayon 'AR' This is the only recorded strike of this 'A R' handstamp (Proud type AR2) On the back are French Paquebot transit datestamps and a Dieulefit, Drome, 25 12 11 arrival cancel. It is interesting that no surcharge appears to have been levied for the 'AR' service, possibly as it was from Government House. A very rare cover in excellent condition.
£450.00
Reference: A3503

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1898 St Lucia - 1898 cover sent registered to London with eight ½ds (strip of 5, strip of 3 and a single) paying the 4d registered rate, cancelled ST LUCIA L  MY 27 98. This canceller with the L was used at Laborie, a village on the south coast of St Lucia, named after Baron de Laborie, who was the French governor of St Lucia from 1784 – 1789. A Castries transit datestamp is on the back of the cover and a London 8 JU 98 arrival c.d.s. is on the front. A scarce cover from this village. 1898 St Lucia
1898 cover sent registered to London with eight ½d's (strip of 5, strip of 3 and a single) paying the 4d registered rate, cancelled ST LUCIA 'L' MY 27 98. This canceller with the 'L' was used at Laborie, a village on the south coast of St Lucia, named after Baron de Laborie, who was the French governor of St Lucia from 1784 – 1789. A Castries transit datestamp is on the back of the cover and a London 8 JU 98 arrival c.d.s. is on the front. A scarce cover from this village.
£325.00
Reference: G3502

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1877 St Lucia - 1877 outer wrapper to France with a (1/-) orange tied by a barred A11 canceller. A ST LUCIA FE 8 1877 datestamp is on the front along with a red manuscript 1/2 and a French Paquebot cancel. 1877 St Lucia
1877 outer wrapper to France with a (1/-) orange tied by a barred 'A11' canceller. A ST LUCIA FE 8 1877 datestamp is on the front along with a red manuscript '1/2' and a French Paquebot cancel.
£425.00
Reference: A3500

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1940 Hong Kong - 1940 incoming cover from Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. to China that has been censored with red Type 4b tape G  R OPENED BY CENSOR HONG KONG that has been tied by a small boxed 54. A number of Canton arrival cancels are on the cover, including one that ties a pair of Christmas Greeting stamps. An attractive cover! 1940 Hong Kong - 1940 incoming cover from Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. to China that has been censored with red Type 4b tape G  R OPENED BY CENSOR HONG KONG that has been tied by a small boxed 54. A number of Canton arrival cancels are on the cover, including one that ties a pair of Christmas Greeting stamps. An attractive cover! 1940 Hong Kong
1940 incoming cover from Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. to China that has been censored with red Type 4b tape 'G R OPENED BY CENSOR HONG KONG' that has been tied by a small boxed '54'. A number of Canton arrival cancels are on the cover, including one that ties a pair of Christmas Greeting 'stamps'. An attractive cover!
£125.00
Reference: G3113

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1872 Hong Kong - 1872 envelope to Glasgow, endorsed via Brindisi with a 30c tied by a blue Y1 barred cancel. A manuscript 1/3 charge mark is on the front of the cover. On the back of the cover are YOKOHAMA MY 14 72 (also in blue), Hong Kong MY 21 and Glasgow JY 10 72 transit arrival cancels. A red oval Schultze, Reis & Co, MAY 14 1872, Yokohama company h/s is also on the back of the cover. Fine and uncommon. 1872 Hong Kong
1872 envelope to Glasgow, endorsed 'via Brindisi' with a 30c tied by a blue 'Y1' barred cancel. A manuscript '1/3' charge mark is on the front of the cover. On the back of the cover are YOKOHAMA MY 14 72 (also in blue), Hong Kong MY 21 and Glasgow JY 10 72 transit arrival cancels. A red oval 'Schultze, Reis & Co, MAY 14 1872, Yokohama' company h/s is also on the back of the cover. Fine and uncommon.
£1400.00
Reference: G3112

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1942 Basutoland - 1942 cover sent air mail to a Sgt Gedye, c/o A.P.O. Durban, with a 1/- and 3d cancelled MASERU 22 AUG 42. From his wife, an uncommon cover to a member of the armed forces from Basutoland. 1942 Basutoland
1942 cover sent air mail to a Sgt Gedye, c/o A.P.O. Durban, with a 1/- and 3d cancelled MASERU 22 AUG 42. From his wife, an uncommon cover to a member of the armed forces from Basutoland.
£30.00
Reference: G3111

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1947 K.U.T.  - 1947 cover to South Africa, endorsed By Air with 10 x 10c tied by TABORA – KIGOMA T.P.O. DOWN 14 AP 1947 datestamps. 1947 K.U.T.
1947 cover to South Africa, endorsed 'By Air' with 10 x 10c tied by TABORA – KIGOMA T.P.O. DOWN 14 AP 1947 datestamps.
£35.00
Reference: G3110

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1913 Australia - 1913 envelope to the USA with a ½d and two 1ds tied by NEWCASTLE 15 NOV 13 roller cancels.  Ex the Sulphide Corporation, Boolaroo, N. S. W. 1913 Australia
1913 envelope to the USA with a ½d and two 1d's tied by NEWCASTLE 15 NOV 13 roller cancels. Ex the Sulphide Corporation, Boolaroo, N. S. W.
£35.00
Reference: G3109

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1900 Boer War - 1900 censored envelope to Carnarvon, Cape, with a pair of ½ds cancelled JOHANNESBURG 31 OCT 00. The cover has been censored and resealed with Boer tape (Seal Type 3) and tied by an oval P.R.C. Johannesburg 1 NOV 1900 h/s. A Carnarvon NO 9 00 arrival cancel is on the back. It would appear as though some old captured stock of these censor tapes were used when there was a shortage of British censor tape. A very uncommon item. 1900 Boer War - 1900 censored envelope to Carnarvon, Cape, with a pair of ½ds cancelled JOHANNESBURG 31 OCT 00. The cover has been censored and resealed with Boer tape (Seal Type 3) and tied by an oval P.R.C. Johannesburg 1 NOV 1900 h/s. A Carnarvon NO 9 00 arrival cancel is on the back. It would appear as though some old captured stock of these censor tapes were used when there was a shortage of British censor tape. A very uncommon item. 1900 Boer War
1900 censored envelope to Carnarvon, Cape, with a pair of ½d's cancelled JOHANNESBURG 31 OCT 00. The cover has been censored and resealed with Boer tape (Seal Type 3) and tied by an oval P.R.C. Johannesburg 1 NOV 1900 h/s. A Carnarvon NO 9 00 arrival cancel is on the back. It would appear as though some old captured stock of these censor tapes were used when there was a shortage of British censor tape. A very uncommon item.
£195.00
Reference: A3487

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1904 Hong Kong - 1904 picture post card (Attempt to block Port Arthur in the Russian-Japanese War) to England, endorsed on the back H.M.S. Vengeance, Wei Hai Wei, 5.9.04 with a 4c tied LIU KUNG TAU SP 7 04. In 1902 H.M.S. Vengeance, a pre-dreadnought battleship was assigned to the China Station but the Anglo-Japanese Alliance rendered her presence there unnecessary and she returned to Europe in 1905. An interesting card written from a sailor on board the Vengeance. 1904 Hong Kong - 1904 picture post card (Attempt to block Port Arthur in the Russian-Japanese War) to England, endorsed on the back H.M.S. Vengeance, Wei Hai Wei, 5.9.04 with a 4c tied LIU KUNG TAU SP 7 04. In 1902 H.M.S. Vengeance, a pre-dreadnought battleship was assigned to the China Station but the Anglo-Japanese Alliance rendered her presence there unnecessary and she returned to Europe in 1905. An interesting card written from a sailor on board the Vengeance. 1904 Hong Kong
1904 picture post card (Attempt to block Port Arthur in the Russian-Japanese War) to England, endorsed on the back 'H.M.S. Vengeance, Wei Hai Wei, 5.9.04' with a 4c tied LIU KUNG TAU SP 7 04. In 1902 H.M.S. Vengeance, a 'pre-dreadnought' battleship was assigned to the China Station but the Anglo-Japanese Alliance rendered her presence there unnecessary and she returned to Europe in 1905. An interesting card written from a sailor on board the 'Vengeance'.
£135.00
Reference: G3108

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1909 Labuan - 1909 picture post card (Principal Street, Victoria, Labuan) to England with a 3c cancelled LABUAN 25 NOV 1909. Fine and scarce. 1909 Labuan - 1909 picture post card (Principal Street, Victoria, Labuan) to England with a 3c cancelled LABUAN 25 NOV 1909. Fine and scarce. 1909 Labuan
1909 picture post card (Principal Street, Victoria, Labuan) to England with a 3c cancelled LABUAN 25 NOV 1909. Fine and scarce.
£375.00
Reference: G3106

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1971 Sharjah - 1971 air mail envelope to London, stamped with a G.B. 3d and endorsed at the top Forces Air Mail. The stamp has been cancelled FIELD POST OFFICE 514, 18 AP 71. This canceller was in use at the R.A.F. Station in Sharjah at that time. A scarce cancel as there were only a few personnel there and the R.A.F. Station closed in December that year. 1971 Sharjah
1971 air mail envelope to London, stamped with a G.B. 3d and endorsed at the top 'Forces Air Mail'. The stamp has been cancelled FIELD POST OFFICE 514, 18 AP 71. This canceller was in use at the R.A.F. Station in Sharjah at that time. A scarce cancel as there were only a few personnel there and the R.A.F. Station closed in December that year.
£125.00
Reference: G3102

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1907 New South Wales / China - 1907 picture post card (Public Library, Melbourne) to Sargent Cantrell, Royal Army Medical Corps, Tientsin, China, with a 1d cancelled ARMIDALE MR 7 07. The cover went via Hong Kong (Victoria 30 MR) arriving 9 AP with an F.P.O. No. 4 arrival dtestamp. A very uncommon destination to a member of the medical services serving in China at that time.1907 New South Wales / China
1907 picture post card (Public Library, Melbourne) to Sargent Cantrell, Royal Army Medical Corps, Tientsin, China, with a 1d cancelled ARMIDALE MR 7 07. The cover went via Hong Kong (Victoria 30 MR) arriving 9 AP with an F.P.O. No. 4 arrival dtestamp. A very uncommon destination to a member of the medical services serving in China at that time.
£165.00
Reference: G3101

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1918 Hong Kong - 1918 picture post card (Victoria City) to London with an “ACTIVE SERVICE” handstamp across the top. At the lower left is a red OFFICIAL PAID HONG KONG 19 JU 18 datestamp and a signature, H. Brewster,  (presumably censor) with a three line Captain R. G. A. / Adjutant Royal Artillery, / China Command. cachet. A scarce, attractive and desirable item.1918 Hong Kong
1918 picture post card (Victoria City) to London with an “ACTIVE SERVICE” handstamp across the top. At the lower left is a red OFFICIAL PAID HONG KONG 19 JU 18 datestamp and a signature, H. Brewster, (presumably censor) with a three line 'Captain R. G. A. / Adjutant Royal Artillery, / China Command.' cachet. A scarce, attractive and desirable item.
£350.00
Reference: G3100

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1903 Somaliland - 1903 envelope to Scotland with a 1 Anna cancelled BASE OFFICE OBBIA 29 AP 03. Aden MY 2 and Ayr MY 16 transit and arrival cancels are on the back. 1903 Somaliland
1903 envelope to Scotland with a 1 Anna cancelled BASE OFFICE OBBIA 29 AP 03. Aden MY 2 and Ayr MY 16 transit and arrival cancels are on the back.
£365.00
Reference: G3099

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