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1903 Tonga - 1903 envelope to Tonga, Friendly Isles, endorsed Card Only, franked with a G.B. 1d cancelled HORNSEY NO 26 03. A boxed CLOSED AGAINST INSPECTION handstamp is on the front of the cover as well as a hexgonal T tax mark. A circular TO PAY 8 DOUBL E DEFICIENCY POSTAGE handstamp is also on the front of the cover. This marking is very similar to New Zealand tax markings, so could have been applied there as the letter went via Auckland (28 DE 03). On arrival in Tonga a ˝d and 7˝d postage stamps were affixed and used as Postage Dues. These have been cancelled NUKUALOFA JA 18 4. The cover has been opened out for display. A scarce item.
1903 Tonga - 1903 envelope to Tonga, Friendly Isles, endorsed Card Only, franked with a G.B. 1d cancelled HORNSEY NO 26 03. A boxed CLOSED AGAINST INSPECTION handstamp is on the front of the cover as well as a hexgonal T tax mark. A circular TO PAY 8 DOUBL E DEFICIENCY POSTAGE handstamp is also on the front of the cover. This marking is very similar to New Zealand tax markings, so could have been applied there as the letter went via Auckland (28 DE 03). On arrival in Tonga a ˝d and 7˝d postage stamps were affixed and used as Postage Dues. These have been cancelled NUKUALOFA JA 18 4. The cover has been opened out for display. A scarce item.
1903 Tonga
1903 envelope to Tonga, Friendly Isles, endorsed 'Card Only', franked with a G.B. 1d cancelled HORNSEY NO 26 03. A boxed 'CLOSED AGAINST INSPECTION' handstamp is on the front of the cover as well as a hexgonal 'T' tax mark. A circular 'TO PAY '8' DOUBL E DEFICIENCY POSTAGE' handstamp is also on the front of the cover. This marking is very similar to New Zealand tax markings, so could have been applied there as the letter went via Auckland (28 DE 03). On arrival in Tonga a ˝d and 7˝d postage stamps were affixed and used as Postage Dues. These have been cancelled NUKUALOFA JA 18 4. The cover has been opened out for display. A scarce item.
£550.00
Reference: K2828

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1895 Tonga - 1895 envelope to Lyon, France, bearing two single 1ds and a bisected 1d olive-green (SG 32, 32a) paying the 2˝d rate, tied by a boxed PACKET-BOAT handstamp. On the back of the cover are Auckland 2 DE 95 and partial Colombo and Lyon transit and arrival cancels. Addressed to Reverend Pere Hervier, Procureur des Missions, this was probably written by a missionary in Tonga. A rare commercial cover. 1983 B.P.A. certificate.
1895 Tonga
1895 envelope to Lyon, France, bearing two single 1d's and a bisected 1d olive-green (SG 32, 32a) paying the 2˝d rate, tied by a boxed 'PACKET-BOAT' handstamp. On the back of the cover are Auckland 2 DE 95 and partial Colombo and Lyon transit and arrival cancels. Addressed to 'Reverend Pere Hervier, Procureur des Missions,' this was probably written by a missionary in Tonga. A rare commercial cover. 1983 B.P.A. certificate.
£1750.00
Reference: K2827

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1838 Tonga - 1838 folded outer sheet of a letter to London from a missionary in Tonga, most probably Peter Turner, that has a red PAID SHIP LETTER, SYDNEY, OC 5 1838 on the front and a boxed India Letter Romney and London FE 22 1839 arrival c.d.s. The contents of the letter include “Bro. Lyth and I left for Haano in a small sailing canoe … went to the chapel and preached, and after the sermon baptised an adult and two children.” On his return trip later that day the mast broke, causing delay. The following day (Fri. 23rd) “preached at Togalelaka”. Other interesting comments, written over several days. A very fascinating account of a missionarys life on the islands, albeit in only part of a letter.
1838 Tonga
1838 folded outer sheet of a letter to London from a missionary in Tonga, most probably Peter Turner, that has a red PAID SHIP LETTER, SYDNEY, OC 5 1838 on the front and a boxed 'India Letter Romney' and London FE 22 1839 arrival c.d.s. The contents of the letter include “Bro. Lyth and I left for Haano in a small sailing canoe … went to the chapel and preached, and after the sermon baptised an adult and two children.” On his return trip later that day the mast broke, causing delay. The following day (Fri. 23rd) “preached at Togalelaka”. Other interesting comments, written over several days. A very fascinating account of a missionary's life on the islands, albeit in only part of a letter.
£1100.00
Reference: K2831

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1918 Tonga - 1918 Tongan Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints printed envelope to the U.S.A. bearing a 3d cancelled NUKUALOFA 6 AP 18. An uncommon and early Mormon Church cover from Tonga.
1918 Tonga
1918 'Tongan Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' printed envelope to the U.S.A. bearing a 3d cancelled NUKUALOFA 6 AP 18. An uncommon and early 'Mormon Church' cover from Tonga.
£60.00
Reference: K2064

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1893 Tonga - 1893 envelope to FIJI bearing a 2d and bisected 1d to pay the 2˝d rate, cancelled by a barred duplex of NUKUALOFA 5 JL 93.  On the reverse are Suva 18 JY and Levuka 19 JLY 93 transit and arrival cancels. Bisecting 1d stamps was authorised from 31 May 1893 prior to the arrival of the ˝d on 1d overprinted stamps on 21 August 1893.  A correct usage in the right time period to an uncommon destination. Fine.
1893 Tonga
1893 envelope to FIJI bearing a 2d and bisected 1d to pay the 2˝d rate, cancelled by a barred duplex of NUKUALOFA 5 JL 93. On the reverse are Suva 18 JY and Levuka 19 JLY 93 transit and arrival cancels. Bisecting 1d stamps was authorised from 31 May 1893 prior to the arrival of the ˝d on 1d overprinted stamps on 21 August 1893. A correct usage in the right time period to an uncommon destination. Fine.
£900.00
Reference: K1707

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1899 TONGA - 1899 cover to Auckland, New Zealand, bearing a 2d pale violet  and a diagonally bisected 1d bright rose to pay the 2˝d overseas rate, cancelled NUKUALOFA 25 MR 99. On the back is an Auckland 29 MR 99 arrival cancel. A late usage of this bisect. A 1990 B.P.A. Certificate states that the cover is genuine but philatelic (?) which one would query.
1899 TONGA
1899 cover to Auckland, New Zealand, bearing a 2d pale violet and a diagonally bisected 1d bright rose to pay the 2˝d overseas rate, cancelled NUKUALOFA 25 MR 99. On the back is an Auckland 29 MR 99 arrival cancel. A late usage of this bisect. A 1990 B.P.A. Certificate states that the cover is genuine but philatelic (?) which one would query.
£650.00
Reference: K1441

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1916 Tonga - 1916 censored 3d Registered Envelope (H&G 16) to Auckland, New Zealand, with a 4d added, cancelled VAVAU 26 SEP 16. A triple ring oval ‘Registered at Vavau, Tonga’ with the number ‘64’ in manuscript is on the front of the cover. The cover was opened and resealed by the censor on arrival in New Zealand and a red ‘PASSED BY THE / MILITARY CENSOR / N.Z.’ handstamp applied. On the reverse is an Auckland 9 OC 16 arrival c.d.s. Fine and very uncommon.
1916 Tonga
1916 censored 3d Registered Envelope (H&G 16) to Auckland, New Zealand, with a 4d added, cancelled VAVAU 26 SEP 16. A triple ring oval ‘Registered at Vavau, Tonga’ with the number ‘64’ in manuscript is on the front of the cover. The cover was opened and resealed by the censor on arrival in New Zealand and a red ‘PASSED BY THE / MILITARY CENSOR / N.Z.’ handstamp applied. On the reverse is an Auckland 9 OC 16 arrival c.d.s. Fine and very uncommon.
£425.00
Reference: GW2351

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1895 - 1895 4d registered size G envelope (H&G 6) to Sydney, New South Wales, bearing a pair of 2˝ds cancelled HAAPAI 11 OC 95.  On the reverse is a VAVAU 14 OC 95 transit, and Sydney NO 16 95 receiving cancel. This registered envelope has the date 1.1.93 printed under the flap and is unpriced used by Higgins and Gage. A very fine and rare commercial envelope.
1895
1895 4d registered size G envelope (H&G 6) to Sydney, New South Wales, bearing a pair of 2˝d's cancelled HAAPAI 11 OC 95. On the reverse is a VAVAU 14 OC 95 transit, and Sydney NO 16 95 receiving cancel. This registered envelope has the date 1.1.93 printed under the flap and is unpriced used by Higgins and Gage. A very fine and rare commercial envelope.
£675.00
Reference: A0454

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1895 - 1895 registered envelope to New Zealand bearing a pair of HALF-PENNY on 2˝d, a pair of ONE PENNY on 2˝d and a 7˝d on 2˝d, each cancelled NUKUALOFA 7 AUG 95. An oval Registered at Tonga F.I. handstamp is on the face of the envelope, on the reverse is an Auckland 20 AU 95 receiving datestamp. A very scarce cover with Holcombe 1993 certificate.
1895
1895 registered envelope to New Zealand bearing a pair of HALF-PENNY on 2˝d, a pair of ONE PENNY on 2˝d and a 7˝d on 2˝d, each cancelled NUKUALOFA 7 AUG 95. An oval 'Registered at Tonga F.I.' handstamp is on the face of the envelope, on the reverse is an Auckland 20 AU 95 receiving datestamp. A very scarce cover with Holcombe 1993 certificate.
£1500.00
Reference: A0456

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