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1968 Irelnd - 1968 High Value Packet label, that was used for inter-bank money transfers, with a 5/-, 2/6d, 6d and 1d, paying an 8/1d rate, cancelled CORCAIDH 11 IX 68. A Cork registration etiquette is on the label which has been sent from the National Bank in Cork to the National Bank in Dublin. A  scarce H.V.P. Label.1968 Irelnd - 1968 High Value Packet label, that was used for inter-bank money transfers, with a 5/-, 2/6d, 6d and 1d, paying an 8/1d rate, cancelled CORCAIDH 11 IX 68. A Cork registration etiquette is on the label which has been sent from the National Bank in Cork to the National Bank in Dublin. A  scarce H.V.P. Label.1968 Irelnd
1968 High Value Packet label, that was used for inter-bank money transfers, with a 5/-, 2/6d, 6d and 1d, paying an 8/1d rate, cancelled CORCAIDH 11 IX 68. A Cork registration etiquette is on the label which has been sent from the National Bank in Cork to the National Bank in Dublin. A scarce H.V.P. Label.
£35.00
Reference: G3001

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1968 Ireland - 1968 High Value Packet label, that was used for inter-bank money transfers, with a 2/6d and pair 1/- cancelled TIOBRAID ARANN 10 IX 68. A Tipperary registration label is on the card which has been sent from the National Bank there to the National Bank in Dublin. A scarce H.V.P. Label.1968 Ireland - 1968 High Value Packet label, that was used for inter-bank money transfers, with a 2/6d and pair 1/- cancelled TIOBRAID ARANN 10 IX 68. A Tipperary registration label is on the card which has been sent from the National Bank there to the National Bank in Dublin. A scarce H.V.P. Label.1968 Ireland
1968 High Value Packet label, that was used for inter-bank money transfers, with a 2/6d and pair 1/- cancelled TIOBRAID ARANN 10 IX 68. A Tipperary registration label is on the card which has been sent from the National Bank there to the National Bank in Dublin. A scarce H.V.P. Label.
£25.00
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1876 New South Wales / Victoria - 1876 cover to London with a New South Wales 2d and a Victoria 6d, cancelled by   49 obliterators of WAGGA WAGGA. On the back of the cover are Wagga Wagga JA 23 76 and Melbourne JA 25 76 datestamps. A few minor cover faults, but a scarce New South Wales / Victoria combination cover. 1876 New South Wales / Victoria
1876 cover to London with a New South Wales 2d and a Victoria 6d, cancelled by '49' obliterators of WAGGA WAGGA. On the back of the cover are Wagga Wagga JA 23 76 and Melbourne JA 25 76 datestamps. A few minor cover faults, but a scarce New South Wales / Victoria combination cover.
£850.00
Reference: K3398

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1856 Mauritius - 1858 outer wrapper to Cape Town, Cape Colony, endorsed Pr Emily Smith, via Algoa Bay, franked with a 4d surcharge stamp, with good to enormous margins, tied by a concentric circle canceller. A PORT LOUIS SP 1 1858 departure cancel is on the back along with a Port Elizabeth SP 28 and Cape Town OC 2 1858 transit and arrival cancels. Minor mount soils are on the front of the wrapper, but a fine and rare example of this stamp used on a folded cover.1856 Mauritius
1858 outer wrapper to Cape Town, Cape Colony, endorsed 'Pr Emily Smith, via Algoa Bay', franked with a 4d surcharge stamp, with good to enormous margins, tied by a concentric circle canceller. A PORT LOUIS SP 1 1858 departure cancel is on the back along with a Port Elizabeth SP 28 and Cape Town OC 2 1858 transit and arrival cancels. Minor mount soils are on the front of the wrapper, but a fine and rare example of this stamp used on a folded cover.
£4000.00
Reference: K3397

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1819 Mauritius -  1819 (15 July) folded letter to Caen, France, with a fine strike of the oval PORT LOUIS / POST PAID handstamp. A COLONIES PAR / BREST handstamp is at the upper left. A fine example of this Port Louis strike. 1819 Mauritius
1819 (15 July) folded letter to Caen, France, with a fine strike of the oval 'PORT LOUIS / POST PAID' handstamp. A 'COLONIES PAR / BREST' handstamp is at the upper left. A fine example of this Port Louis strike.
£650.00
Reference: K3396

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1938 Canada - 1938 Canadian Bankers Money Packet Letter Service label from the Bank of Toronto, Toronto, to the Bank of Toronto St. Catherines, with a 10c, 20c, 50c and a block of 8 x $1, paying a $8.80 rate, the stamps cancelled TORONTO 5 DE 38. A St. Catherines DE 6 38 arrival cancel is on the front of the label. A HIGH VALUE PACKET (HVP) service was used for the transfer of money between banks. A scarce item from this HVP service, particularly with such a high franking.1938 Canada - 1938 Canadian Bankers Money Packet Letter Service label from the Bank of Toronto, Toronto, to the Bank of Toronto St. Catherines, with a 10c, 20c, 50c and a block of 8 x $1, paying a $8.80 rate, the stamps cancelled TORONTO 5 DE 38. A St. Catherines DE 6 38 arrival cancel is on the front of the label. A HIGH VALUE PACKET (HVP) service was used for the transfer of money between banks. A scarce item from this HVP service, particularly with such a high franking.1938 Canada
1938 Canadian Bankers Money Packet Letter Service label from the Bank of Toronto, Toronto, to the Bank of Toronto St. Catherines, with a 10c, 20c, 50c and a block of 8 x $1, paying a $8.80 rate, the stamps cancelled TORONTO 5 DE 38. A St. Catherines DE 6 38 arrival cancel is on the front of the label. A HIGH VALUE PACKET (HVP) service was used for the transfer of money between banks. A scarce item from this HVP service, particularly with such a high franking.
£125.00
Reference: G2999

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1862 Colombo Shipwreck - ‘COLOMBO’ 1862. The P.& O. Steamer ‘Colombo, whilst on a voyage between Australia and England, struck on Minicoy Island, the most southern of the Laccadives, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean three hundred miles due west of the southern tip of India, at four o’clock in the morning of 19th November while encountering very heavy monsoon rain. Within a short time the ship was flooded, but all the passengers were safely transferred by lifeboats to the island. They were subsequently rescued by the ‘Ottawa’ on the 30th November. 530 boxes of mail were recovered by divers, mostly over the next 5 weeks, but some were under water for 2 months. Covers emanating from this shipwreck are usually found in very poor condition. Many were so badly damaged that they had to be put in ‘ambulance’ covers and then forwarded to the recipient. All the mail received a boxed two line cachet “Saved from the wreck of / the Colombo” either in red or black ink. This is the first recorded cachet applied to Australasian wreck mail. There appeared to be four different handstamps used, with small variances between them. This cover to Scotland has been cancelled MELBOURNE OC 25 62. The stamp, as usually found on this wreck mail, has been washed off. The cachet applied here is the Type 3. A very fine strike of this cachet.1862 Colombo Shipwreck - ‘COLOMBO’ 1862. The P.& O. Steamer ‘Colombo, whilst on a voyage between Australia and England, struck on Minicoy Island, the most southern of the Laccadives, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean three hundred miles due west of the southern tip of India, at four o’clock in the morning of 19th November while encountering very heavy monsoon rain. Within a short time the ship was flooded, but all the passengers were safely transferred by lifeboats to the island. They were subsequently rescued by the ‘Ottawa’ on the 30th November. 530 boxes of mail were recovered by divers, mostly over the next 5 weeks, but some were under water for 2 months. Covers emanating from this shipwreck are usually found in very poor condition. Many were so badly damaged that they had to be put in ‘ambulance’ covers and then forwarded to the recipient. All the mail received a boxed two line cachet “Saved from the wreck of / the Colombo” either in red or black ink. This is the first recorded cachet applied to Australasian wreck mail. There appeared to be four different handstamps used, with small variances between them. This cover to Scotland has been cancelled MELBOURNE OC 25 62. The stamp, as usually found on this wreck mail, has been washed off. The cachet applied here is the Type 3. A very fine strike of this cachet.1862 Colombo Shipwreck
‘COLOMBO’ 1862. The P.& O. Steamer ‘Colombo, whilst on a voyage between Australia and England, struck on Minicoy Island, the most southern of the Laccadives, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean three hundred miles due west of the southern tip of India, at four o’clock in the morning of 19th November while encountering very heavy monsoon rain. Within a short time the ship was flooded, but all the passengers were safely transferred by lifeboats to the island. They were subsequently rescued by the ‘Ottawa’ on the 30th November. 530 boxes of mail were recovered by divers, mostly over the next 5 weeks, but some were under water for 2 months. Covers emanating from this shipwreck are usually found in very poor condition. Many were so badly damaged that they had to be put in ‘ambulance’ covers and then forwarded to the recipient. All the mail received a boxed two line cachet “Saved from the wreck of / the Colombo” either in red or black ink. This is the first recorded cachet applied to Australasian wreck mail. There appeared to be four different handstamps used, with small variances between them. This cover to Scotland has been cancelled MELBOURNE OC 25 62. The stamp, as usually found on this wreck mail, has been washed off. The cachet applied here is the 'Type 3'. A very fine strike of this cachet.
£350.00
Reference: K3395

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1892 Gold Coast - 1892 envelope to Dessau, Germany, endorsed per Ella Woermann, via Liverpool, with a 1d, 2½d and ½d, correctly paying the 4d rate, each cancelled ADA JA 29 92.  A boxed TOO LATE handstamp (Proud I 2) is on the front of the cover, along with a Paid Liverpool Br. Packet 25 FEB 92 datestamp. Accra JA 31 and Dessau 29.2.92. transit and arrival cancels are on the back. Fine. Ex John Sacher collection. 1892 Gold Coast
1892 envelope to Dessau, Germany, endorsed 'per Ella Woermann, via Liverpool', with a 1d, 2½d and ½d, correctly paying the 4d rate, each cancelled ADA JA 29 92. A boxed 'TOO LATE' handstamp (Proud I 2) is on the front of the cover, along with a Paid Liverpool Br. Packet 25 FEB 92 datestamp. Accra JA 31 and Dessau 29.2.92. transit and arrival cancels are on the back. Fine. Ex John Sacher collection.
£425.00
Reference: K3394

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1856 Barbados - 1856 outer wrapper to Dominica with a (1d) blue, lightly tied by a barred 11 obliterator. A 4d charge mark is on the front of the wrapper, BARBADOES DE 28 and Dominica DE 30 1856 cancels are on the back. 1856 Barbados
1856 outer wrapper to Dominica with a (1d) blue, lightly tied by a barred '11' obliterator. A 4d charge mark is on the front of the wrapper, BARBADOES DE 28 and Dominica DE 30 1856 cancels are on the back.
£425.00
Reference: K3393

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1855 Victoria - 1855 outer wrapper to Sydney with four 1ds, brick-red shade, Stone 2, 7th printing, margins large to touched, tied by 1/V obliterators of MELBOURNE with an OC 16 cancel on the back. Also on the back is a SHIP LETTER SYDNEY OC 19 1855 cancel. A few faults but an unusual and attractive franking.1855 Victoria
1855 outer wrapper to Sydney with four 1d's, brick-red shade, Stone 2, 7th printing, margins large to touched, tied by '1/V' obliterators of MELBOURNE with an OC 16 cancel on the back. Also on the back is a SHIP LETTER SYDNEY OC 19 1855 cancel. A few faults but an unusual and attractive franking.
£690.00
Reference: K3392

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1870 Victoria - 1855 outer wrapper to Sydney with a pair of 3d deep blue on poorer quality paper, Stone D, ninth printing, positions 5 & 6, with very large margins other than at the top right corner where just touched. The stamps have been tied by the 2/V canceller of GEELONG with a SE 17 1855 cancel on the back. Melbourne SE 18 and Sydney SE 21 cancels also on the back. An ADVERTISED / UNCLAIMED h/s is on the front of the letter. Ex Charles Lathrop Pack (1944) and Dale / Lichtenstein (1990) 1870 Victoria
1855 outer wrapper to Sydney with a pair of 3d deep blue on poorer quality paper, Stone D, ninth printing, positions 5 & 6, with very large margins other than at the top right corner where just touched. The stamps have been tied by the '2/V' canceller of GEELONG with a SE 17 1855 cancel on the back. Melbourne SE 18 and Sydney SE 21 cancels also on the back. An 'ADVERTISED / UNCLAIMED' h/s is on the front of the letter. Ex Charles Lathrop Pack (1944) and Dale / Lichtenstein (1990)
£950.00
Reference: K3391

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1874 Victoria - 1874 folded letter to France, endorsed Via Brindisi with a 1d, a single and a strip of 5 x 2d and a 9d, paying the 1/10d rate for a letter under a ½ oz, cancelled MELBOURNE MY 19 74.  The 1d and the 9d have been lifted and replaced to check the watermarks. A most attractive and colourful item. 1874 Victoria
1874 folded letter to France, endorsed 'Via Brindisi' with a 1d, a single and a strip of 5 x 2d and a 9d, paying the 1/10d rate for a letter under a ½ oz, cancelled MELBOURNE MY 19 74. The 1d and the 9d have been lifted and replaced to check the watermarks. A most attractive and colourful item.
£695.00
Reference: K3390

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1881 Gibraltar - 1881 cover to London with a ½d and pair 1ds tied by GIBRALTAR FE 7 81 A26 duplex cancels. A London FE 11 81 arrival cancel is on the back. 1881 Gibraltar
1881 cover to London with a ½d and pair 1d's tied by GIBRALTAR FE 7 81 'A26' duplex cancels. A London FE 11 81 arrival cancel is on the back.
£185.00
Reference: K3389

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1894 Bermuda - 1903 1d postal card to Turks Islands cancelled by a HAMILTON 1 JU 18 94 duplex canceller. A Turks Islands JU 23 94 arrival cancel is on the front of the card. An uncommon destination.1894 Bermuda
1903 1d postal card to Turks Islands cancelled by a HAMILTON '1' JU 18 94 duplex canceller. A Turks Islands JU 23 94 arrival cancel is on the front of the card. An uncommon destination.
£50.00
Reference: K3388

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1903 Bermuda - 1903 1d postal card to St.Thomas, B.W.I. cancelled HAMILTON MR 23 1903. A St Thomas 11.4.1903. arrival cancel is on the front of the card, on the back a New York MR 25 transit cancel. An uncommon destination.1903 Bermuda
1903 1d postal card to St.Thomas, B.W.I. cancelled HAMILTON MR 23 1903. A St Thomas 11.4.1903. arrival cancel is on the front of the card, on the back a New York MR 25 transit cancel. An uncommon destination.
£35.00
Reference: K3387

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1879 Gibraltar - 1879 outer wrapper to Madrid with two G.B. 1ds, Plate 222, paying a double rate, tied by GIBRALTAR A26 duplex cancels, dated NO 3 79. A Madrid NO 6 79 arrival datestamp is on the back.1879 Gibraltar
1879 outer wrapper to Madrid with two G.B. 1d's, Plate 222, paying a double rate, tied by GIBRALTAR A26 duplex cancels, dated NO 3 79. A Madrid NO 6 79 arrival datestamp is on the back.
£195.00
Reference: K3386

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1910 Bechuanaland -  1910 picture post card (Police camp, Mafeking) to England with an ED VII 1d cancelled LOBATSI B.P. MY 29 10. 1910 Bechuanaland
1910 picture post card (Police camp, Mafeking) to England with an ED VII 1d cancelled LOBATSI B.P. MY 29 10.
£28.00
Reference: K3385

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1916 Tanganyika -  1916 picture post card (The Fort at Dar Es Salaam) to Bloemfontein, endorsed On Active Service with an F.P.O. No. 304, 29 AU 16. datestamp. Between the end of July 1916 and the end of May 1917, F.P.O.304 was based at TANGA. 1916 Tanganyika
1916 picture post card (The Fort at Dar Es Salaam) to Bloemfontein, endorsed 'On Active Service' with an F.P.O. No. 304, 29 AU 16. datestamp. Between the end of July 1916 and the end of May 1917, F.P.O.304 was based at TANGA.
£50.00
Reference: G2998

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1873 Mauritius - 1873 folded letter to Marseille, France, with a pair of 6d and a 4d paying the rate for a double weight letter, (it was 8d per ½ oz) cancelled by B53 cancels with a MAURITIUS FE 7 73 datestamp on the back. An indistinct red Suez French Paquebot 11 FE 73 is on the front of the letter.1873 Mauritius
1873 folded letter to Marseille, France, with a pair of 6d and a 4d paying the rate for a double weight letter, (it was 8d per ½ oz) cancelled by B53 cancels with a MAURITIUS FE 7 73 datestamp on the back. An indistinct red Suez French Paquebot 11 FE 73 is on the front of the letter.
£150.00
Reference: G2995

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1893 Orange Free State - 1893 cover to Port Elizabeth with a pair of 1ds cancelled SENEKAL 21 MY 93. A Port Elizabeth MY 24 93 arrival cancel is on the back. 1893 Orange Free State
1893 cover to Port Elizabeth with a pair of 1d's cancelled SENEKAL 21 MY 93. A Port Elizabeth MY 24 93 arrival cancel is on the back.
£70.00
Reference: G2994

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