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British Post Offices Abroad - The 'Dubois' Collection
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  • Lot# : 5511 Nova Scotia

    1847 (Oct 22): Entire letter from Minudie, Nova Scotia to Hartford, CT, USA with listing of items sent aboard the Schooner 'Mrs. Sprague', rated '11½' in red manuscript with very fine "♚ / PAID / AT / AMHERST N.S." in red (with 'Paid' crossed through in manuscript and '10' applied over the 11½). Reverse with AMHERST / N.S. double arc cds in red (Oct 24), 'Dorchester / N.B.' in black (Oct 24) and 'Sackville / N.B.' cds (Oct 25) in black and Robbinston transit (Oct 27) in red on obverse. A fresh and very fine entire Gi = £ 1'000.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 5512 Nova Scotia

    1855 (April 20): Prepaid cover to Maitland, Hants Co. struck with very fine "♚ / PAID / AT / ST. MARGARET'S BAY. N.S" in black with manuscript '3' (pence) in red crayon with reverse showing "St. Margaret's Bay / NS" cds in black (April 20) and oval arrival of the following day.rnThis cover, the earliest recorded, predates the sole recorded example illustrated in Parmenter & Morton (page 7/6) by over 5 months and the Frederick R. Mayer example. Less than five known - rare and superb.
    Starting bid : 5,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5518 Bahamas

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    1860 (March 17): Great Britain 1 d. red, perf. 14, used on Newspaper rate cover from Nassau to Washington D.C., signed at top by ex-President "Franklin Pierce" for free franking privilege within the USA, neatly tied by "AO5" obliterator in black with double arc BAHAMAS cds (March 17, code C) displaying well on reverse. Crayon '2' (cents) presumably not collected in deference to the President (1853-1857). Manuscript note at top: "You asked me for Gen. Pierce's autograph - here it is - I may, if you desire it be able to give you a letter". A very rare rate and stamp used on an historic cover. Cert. BPA (1993).rnProvenance: Collection 'Staircase', Spink, London, 8 April 1999, lot 60.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5528 Grenada

    1842 (Aug 29): Entire letter concerning drought on the Mount Pleasant estate on the island of Carriacou to Chester, England rated '1/-' in manuscript, struck with very fine strike of straight line "CARRIACOU" handstamp in brown with 'Pr. Pkt. 29 Aug '42' below in manuscript. Reverse with London cds in red and double arc Chester arrival cds (Oct 14) in black. Rare and fine - just three examples of this handstamp are recorded.rnProvenance: Collection Joseph Hackmey, RL, London, 26 Nov 1985, lot 13.
    Starting bid : 4,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5529 Grenada

    1858 (Nov 20): Great Britain 1857 1 d. red, perf 14, a vertical pair used on large part "St. George's Chronicle" newspaper to London, twice redirected on arrival, tied by "A15" obliterators in black with GRENADA double arc cds adjacent (Nov 20). On arrival in London redirected with 1 d. red to Devonport where further 1 d. red applied tied by '25' numeral obliterator and mailed to Stoke. Rare.rnProvenance: Collection Grant Glassco, RL, 25-27 Nov 1969, lot 334; Collection J.L. 'Bobbie' Messenger, RL, London, 16 March 1983; Collection Joseph Hackmey, RL, London, 26 Nov 1985, lot 16; Collection Andre Bollen, Köhler, Wiesbaden, 8 Dec 1993, lot 876.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5530 St. Kitts Nevis

    Nevis 1800 (July 24): Entire letter from Nevis to London endorsed 'p. Packet', rated '1/0' in manuscript, struck on reverse with superb two line "NEVIS / JUL 24.1800" handstamp of the British Packet office in black with arrival (Sept 12) in red adjacent. Fascinating contents regarding a slave wishing to purchase her freedom and a list of 'Mrs. MacDougal's Negroes'. The hole left by the original seal sensibly re-backed but a rare and most attractive usage.
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5534 Trinidad u. Tobago

    Tobago 1859 (July 24): Cover from Scarborough, Tobago to London endorsed 'Per Mail 24 July 1859' in manuscript, prepaid '6' pence in manuscript and struck with very fine double ring "♚ / PAID / AT / TOBAGO" in red. 'Paid / London' arrival cds adjacent (Aug 16) in red and reverse with TOBAGO double arc cds of despatch (July 24, code A) in black. A fine and most attractive cover Gi = £ 1'300.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5547 Danish West Indies

    1863 (May 1): Entire letter from St. Thomas to Kingston, Jamaica, endorsed 'Packet' and prepaid '4' (pence) in manuscript for inter-island rate, struck with very fine single ring "♚ / PAID / AT / ST. THOMAS" in red. Reverse with British P.O. ST. THOMAS double arc cds of despatch (May 1) in black and 'Kingston-Jamaica' arrival (May 5) in black. Fine and rare Gi = £ 1'800.
    Starting bid : 600 CHF
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    Lot# : 5564 Guadeloupe

    British Packet Agency 1862 (Oct 7): Entire letter from Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe to New York endorsed 'p. Mail via Havana' at top, franked by French Colonies General Issue 1859/65 Eagle 5 c. green on greenish and strip of three 40 c. orange, large margins all round, tied by dotted grill in black with 'Pointe a Pitre / Guadeloupe' cds below (Oct 8) in black. Transferred to the British Post Office, prepaid '1/-' in manuscript and struck with fine "♚ / PAID / AT / GUADELOUPE" handstamp in red with 'Steamship / 10' charge mark at right. Reverse with GUADELOUPE double arc cds in red (Oct 12) and 'St. Thomas' cds (Oct 14) in black. A rare and charming entire.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 1,200 CHF
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    Lot# : 5580 Puerto Rico

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    1873 (Jan 10): Great Britain 1 d. red pl. 154, a used horizontal strip of four on 1873 envelope from Mayagüez to Caracas tied by two splendid strikes of the "F85" obliterator in black with "Mayaguez Porto Rico / Paid" cds in black at left (Jan 10). The envelope with piece missing at upper left corner and heavy crease away from adhesives, with pencil '2' (reales) due upon receipt for internal postage. Reverse with small part of St. Thomas transit cds. Scarce cover with perfect strikes to an unusual destination. Cert. Sismondo (2005).rnProvenance: Collection J. Naylor, Köhler, Wiesbaden, 8 Nov 1983, lot 4504; Collection Gaspar Roca, Harmers, New York, 21 March 2006, lot 497.rn 
    Starting bid : 1,250 CHF
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    Lot# : 5586 Puerto Rico

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    1877 (April 9): Great Britain 1876 4 d. vermilion pl. 16, a fine single example used on 1877 entire letter from Mayagüez to St. Thomas tied by bold "F85" obliterator in black with "Mayaguez Porto Rico / Paid" cds in black at left (April 10). The entire with weak folds but an entire of wonderful fresh appearance - an extremely rare stamp used abroad. Cert. Sismondo (2005).rnProvenance: Collection Collection André Bollen, Köhler, Wiesbaden, 8 Feb 1983, lot 785; Collection Gaspar Roca, Harmers, New York, 21 March 2006, lot 493.rn 
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5592 Puerto Rico

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    1872 (Sept 12): Great Britain 1867 10 d. red-brown, a horizontal pair in a deep shade, used on 1872 double rate entire letter from San Juan to Barcelona, Spain tied by bold strike of the "C61" obliterator in black. Fair 'Porto-Rico / Paid' cds below (Sept 12) in red and 'London / Paid' transit cds (Sept 28) with oval 'PD' in red. Manuscript '4' in red crayon on front, some aging around perfs. but a most attractive and rare entire. Cert. Sismondo (2005).rnProvenance: Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 25-27 Nov 1969, lot 1017; Collection "Windsor", Harmers, New York, 28 Oct 1983, lot 676; Collection Gaspar Roca, Harmers, New York, 21 March 2006, lot 534.
    Starting bid : 850 CHF
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    Lot# : 5593 Puerto Rico

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    1866 (Aug 10): Great Britain 1865 3 d. rose pl. 4, 1865 4 d. vermilion pl. 8 in a horizontal pair and 1 s. green pl. 4, all used on 1866 cover from San Juan to Madrid tied by two fine strikes of the "C61" obliterator with red 'Porto-Rico / Paid' cds in red below (Aug 10). 'London / Paid' cds (Aug 28) and oval 'PD' and thus treated as fully paid in London. On arrival struck with large "½" (real) handstamp in blue and taxed for local delivery with 1866 20 c. lilac, two examples (Mi. 78) tied by Madrid cds (Aug 31) in black (repeated on reverse) and with '4' in red crayon. Ironed file fold but a remarkably beautiful and unique cover. Cert. BPA (1989).rnProvenance: Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 27-29 Nov 1969, lot 1012.
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5601 Panama

    1878 (Oct 6): Great Britain 1864 1 d. red pl. 191, a horizontal pair used on Sailor's Concessionary rate cover from Panama to Plymouth, endorsed from one J. Frost, a Stoker on board "HMS Pelican", tied by "PANAMA / C35" duplex (Oct 6) in black. Reverse with Plymouth arrival cds (Oct 28). One adhesive with rounded corner and the envelope aged but an extremely rare concessionary usage - rate of 1 d. for Panama transit charge and 1 d. for Sailor's rate.rnProvenance: Collection Charles A. Warren, Harmers, London 11-13 Nov 1974, lot 739.rn                   Collection André Bollen, Köhler, Wiesbaden, 8 Feb 1983, lot 598; David Feldman Private Treaty List, Ameripex 1986.
    Starting bid : 1,250 CHF
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    Lot# : 5613 Mexico

    1872 (Aug 26): Cover at double rate from Tampico to Vera Cruz franked by combination of Mexico 1872 imperforate 25 c. red (40-72) tied by oval FRANCO EN / TAMPICO oval in black (Schatzkes fig. 1582) and Great Britain 1865 4 d. vermilion p. 12 in a horizontal pair, tied by fine strike of the "C63" obliterator in black for the additional cost of the voyage by sea to Vera Cruz. Double arc "Tampico" cds of British P.O. (Aug 27) in black. Docketed internally as received (Aug 30). Central file fold well away from the adhesives, a fine and rare combination usage. Signed Todd AIEP.
    Starting bid : 4,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5621 Argentina

    1868 (Oct 27): Great Britain 1864 1 d. red pl. 146, 1865 4 d. vermilion pl.12 with closed tear and 1 s. green pl. 4 all used on 1871 cover from Buenos Aires to Stockholm, Sweden tied by two strikes of vertical "B32" obliterator in black. Double arc 'Buenos Ayres' cds on reverse (March 15) and Stockholm arrival cds (June 19), obverse with 'London / Paid' cds (June 16) and circular 'PD' in red with split rate '3d.' accountancy marking also in red. Despite imperfections a scarce cover - the 1 d. red plate 146 is not recorded by SG and the Swedish destination is, in all probability, unique from this Office.rnProvenanace: Afinsa, Madrid, 4 July 2001, lot 2022.
    Starting bid : 4,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5625 Argentina

    1867/68: Argentina 10 c. green perf. 12, a fine used example (Scott 18A) on small mourning envelope in combination with Great Britain 1864 1 d. red pl. 150 and 1858/79 2 d. blue pl. 13 all tied by three strikes of the "B32" obliterator in black. Two side flaps missing and undated but the envelope most probably contained a printed mourning announcement. Despite imperfections, a charming and extremely rare 'first period' combination usage.rnProvenance: Stanley Gibbons, London, Sept 1979, lot 983; Collection André Bollen, DF, Zurich 29-30 March 1984, lot 11537; Afinsa, Madrid, 20-21 Sept 2000, lot 75.
    Starting bid : 6,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5627 Bolivia

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    1875: Cover mailed at La Chimba / Antofagasta with superb oval CORREO DE LA CHIMBA / BOLIVIA intaglio seal with Ship vignette struck in black, prepaid to Cobija with fancy oval CANCELADO seal handstamp and framed FRANCA adjacent in black, alongside Great Britain 1858/69 2 d. blue pl. 13 (unpriced by Stanley Gibbons) and 1873 1 s. green pl. 10 tied by light strikes of "C39" obliterator with corresponding COBIJA datestamp of British P.O. below (July 22, code C). 'London / Paid' transit cds (Aug 28) and circular 'PD' in red; the 1 s. adhesive also tied by Calais entry marking in black (Aug 28) with Paris arrival cds on reverse. Insignificant aging but a spectacular and astonishing cover of great rarity and beauty. Signed A. Diena. Cert. RPSL (1972).rnProvenance:  'Junior Millionaires'', Shanahan Sale 84, Dublin, 7 Feb 1959, lot 323; Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 25.27 Nov 1969, lot 562; Collection Julius Steindler, RL, Basel,14 March 1972, lot 637; Stanley Gibbons, London, 17 May 1984, lot 36.
    Starting bid : 10,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5634 Brasil

    Unfortunately this lot was withdrawn from this auction.

    Lot# : 5653 Peru

    'Pisagua' 1868 (Oct): Great Britain 1867 2 s. pale blue, lettered HD, used on 1868 green envelope believed to be from Pisagua (Chile) to Colchester endorsed 'Paid' and 'via Panama' tied by the famous "D65" obliterator in black. Reverse with Colchester arrival datestamp (Oct 28) in black. Small envelope imperfections and tone spot but this is the sole recorded cover from Pisagua with a 2 s. adhesive, and, whilst further Great Britain stamps have been found with the "D65" obliterator only one further cover has come to light since 1953. See Parmenter & Gordon page 3/52 for further discussions on this cover. Unique.rnProvenance: RL Postal History, Bournemouth, 16 Sept 1953, lot 326; Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 25-27 Nov 1969, lot 630; Collection André Bollen, DF, Zurich, 29-30 March 1984, lot 11699.
    Starting bid : 3,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5665 Peru

    1865 (July 28): Part cover from Lima to New York struck in transit with fine "♚ / PAID / AT / CALLAO" handstamp in red with double arc PANAMA cds below (Aug 4) and 'Steamship / 10' charge marking in black. Docketing of receipt (Aug 25) in manuscript verso Gi = £ 850.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 5676 Peru

    1879 (March 14): Cover from Iquique to Bordeaux franked by Peru 1874 10 c. green (Scott 25) for internal tariff, alongside Great Britain 1873 1 s. green pl. 13 sharing light but clear "D87" obliterator with "IQUIQUE / PERU" datestamp below (March 14, code A). Circular PANAMA / TRANSIT datestamp at left in black (March 29) overstruck by octagonal French Paquebot "PANAMA / PAQ. FR. A No. 3" in black (Salles fig. 1413) and carried from Colon on the "Washington" (April 1) with Bordeaux arrival (April 25) on reverse. Slight closed opening tears but a charming and immensely scarce combination cover.rnNote: The "Washington" left Colon on the day (April 1, 1879) Peru joined the Universal Postal Union.rnProvenance: Collection Louise Boyd Dale & Alfred Lichtenstein, Harmers, New York, 17-18 Feb 1969, lot 289; André Bollen, DF, Zurich, 29-330 March 1984, lot 11693.
    Starting bid : 5,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5678 Peru

    1878 (July 23): Cover from Lima via Islay to Brooklyn, USA franked by Peru 1874/76 10 c. green (Scott 25) paying the internal postage alongside Great Britain 1874 6 d. grey pl. 16 each sharing bold strike of "C42" obliterator in black. Fine 'New York / Due 5 Cents' handstamp applied on arrival and reverse with Lima despatch cds (July 23) and Brooklyn arrival cds (Aug 17) in black. Slight trim to envelope at left but an extremely attractive and rare cover.rnProvenance: Collection Charles Jewell; Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 25-27 Nov 1969, lot 960; Collection André Bollen, Harmers, London, 22 Sept 1993, lot 747.
    Starting bid : 2,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5679 Peru

    1878 (Feb 24): Cover from Lima via Islay / Mollendo to Brooklyn, USA franked by uncancelled Peru 1874/76 10 c. green (Scott 25) paying the internal postage alongside Great Britain 1873/80 3 d. rose pl. 17 in a vertical pair tied by "C42" obliterator with MOLLENDO British P.O. cds of despatch on reverse (Feb 24, code A). Fair only 'Panama' transit cds on front (March 8) and 'New York / Due 5 Cents' handstamp of arrival (March 18) in black. This stamp unlisted by Stanley Gibbons used from Islay / Mollendo, edge wear to envelope but extremely rare - the MOLLENDO datestamp is a rarity.rnProvenance: Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 25-27 Nov 1969, lot 959; Collection André Bollen, DF, Zurich, 29-30 March 1984, lot 11696; Collection André Bollen, Harmers, London, 22 Sept 1993, lot 748.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5680 Peru

    1867 (Nov 15): Combination cover from Piura to Liverpool mailed with Peru 1862 Lecoq 1 d. pink (Scott 12) for the internal rate, additionally franked by Great Britain 1867 1 s. green pl. 4, two fine examples, all tied by two strikes of the "C43" obliterator with double arc "PAITA" datestamp below (Nov 16). 'London / Paid' transit cds on front (Dec 18) and Liverpool arrival on reverse of the same day. A magnificent and most beautiful rarity - the sole recorded combination cover from this Agency.rnProvenance: Collection E.E. Yates, RL, 31 July-1 Aug 1940; Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 25-27 Nov 1969, lot 965; Harmers, London, 25-26 Sept 1972, lot 445; Collection André Bollen, DF, Zurich, 29-30 March 1984, lot 11698
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5681 Peru

    1872 (Aug 23): Cover from Piura to New York endorsed 'via Panama', franked by Peru 1868 Le Coq 1 d. green (Scott 14) and Great Britain 1867 6 d. violet pl. 8, both stamps cancelled by superb srtrikes of Peruvian Post Office PIURA / PERU datestamps (Aug 23) in black. 'N.Y. Steamship /10' charge marking in black below (Sept 25) for incoming Ship Letter. A file fold well away from the adhesives, an absolutely stunning cover and entirely unique.rnProvenance: Collection Köhler (see Kohl handbook); Collection Andre De Cock, lot 130; Collection E.E. Yates, RL, 31 July-1 Aug 1940; Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 25-27 Nov 1969, lot 954; André Bollen, DF, Zurich, 29-330 March 1984, lot 11702.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 10,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5709 Egypt Kingdom

    1868 (July 18): Great Britain 1867 6 d. lilac pl. 6, a horizontal pair used on 1868 cover from Alexandria to London endorsed 'With the English Steamer', tied by three strikes of the "BO1" obliterator with 'Alexandria' despatch datestamp below in black. Scarce early usage of two line "POSTED AFTER / DEPARTURE OF PACKET" instructional marking at left in black. 'London / Paid' arrival in red (Aug 1). Overall soiling but a rare cover. Signed Todd AIEP.rnrnProvenance: Collection Kuyas, SG, London, 31 May-1 June 1979, lot 16.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 5725 Cyprus

    1878 (Dec 7): Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 179, used on local cover from Larnaca to the Commissioner, Colonel Falkland Warren tied by "942" obliterator with fine LARNACA / CYPRUS datestamp below (Dec 7, code B) in black. Col. Warren spent a great deal of his time in Cyprus excavating archaelogical digs for which he gave himself permission. Many of his finds are now housed in the British Museum and in the National Art Gallery in Ottawa. A charming and rare cover.rnProvenance: Collection Col. D.M. Eley, RL, Basel, 23 March 1976, lot 45.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5729 Cyprus

    1879 (April 16): Great Britain 1876 2½ d. rosy-mauve pl. 14 on 1879 cover from Larnaca to Alexandria at single rate tied by bold strike of the "942" obliterator with LARNACA / CYPRUS datestamp (April 30, code B) superbly struck at right. Reverse with Alexandria arrival cds in black.  Minor envelope imperfections but an attractive and rare cover.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5730 Cyprus

    1880 (Jan 13): Great Britain 1876/79 2½ d. rosy mauve, pl. 16 used on blue 1880 envelope to Hannover, Germany tied by "942" obliterator with fine LARNACA / CYPRUS datestamp alongside (Jan 13), Reverse with Brindisi transit cds (Jan 19) and Hannover arrival cds (Jan 22). Scarce and most attractive.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
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    Lot# : 5732 Cyprus

    1879 (May 6): Great Britain 1876/79 2½ d. rosy mauve pl. 13 used on 1879 cover from Limassol to London endorsed 'via Brindisi' tied by fine "975" obliterator with LIMASSOL / CYPRUS datestamp alongside (May 6, code B) and 'London / Paid' arrival in red (May 19) at left. Reverse with top flap missing and fine LARNACA / CYPRUS transit cds (May 7, code A). Superb strikes on a fresh and fine cover.rnProvenance: Collection J.C. North, RL, London, 2 May 1956, lot 52; Collection André Bollen, Köhler, Wiesbaden, 8 Feb 1983, lot 16.
    Starting bid : 2,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5733 Cyprus

    1879 (Feb 26): Great Britain 1876/79 2½ d. rosy mauve pl. 13 used on 1879 cover from Nicosia to London tied by fine "969." obliterator with NICOSIA / CYPRUS circular datestamp (Feb 26, code A) alongside at left. Reverse with LARNACA / CYPRUS transit (Feb 26, code B) and London arrivals (March 8). Extremely rare and superb.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5742 Malta

    1858 (April 10): Great Britain 1857 1 d. red stars perf. 14, an irregular strip of three and single 1856 6 d. lilac used on cover endorsed 'per French Steamer, via Marseilles' all tied by four strikes of the "M" obliterator with rare usage of the MALTA double arc cds on reverse in red (April 10), with London and Hythe cds's (April 16) adjacent. Carried at the 9d. rate for under ¼ ounce. Minor aging but a rare and appealing cover.rnProvenance: Collection Francisco, Christie's, London, 22 March 1989, lot 2164.rn 
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 5759 Malta

    1883 (June 20): Great Britain 1881 2½ d. blue pl. 23, the famous single example used on 1883 cover from Malta to Vizzini, Sicily boldly tied by double arc "MALTA" datestamp (June 20) in black. Reverse with Siracusa cds (June 22) and Vizzini arrival (June 23). One or two closed opening tears at top of no significance, this being the sole recorded usage of this datestamp as a cancellation device. Mentioned in Parmenter & Gordon on page 1/15. An exhibition item and stunningly attractive.rnProvenance: Collection André Bollen, Köhler, Wiesbaden, 8 Feb 1983, lot 145; Collection 'De Boer', Corinphila sale 100, Zurich, 16-21 June 1997, lot 4780.
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5766 Malta

    1879 (Jan 30): Great Britain 4 d. sage-green pl. 16, a used example tied to 1879 cover from Malta to Bombay, India tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (Jan 30) in black. Reverse with SEA POST OFFICE / D datestamp (Feb 7) and carried on the 'Khiva' from Suez arriving February 19. Slight aging but a scarce stamp on letter.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 5775 Malta

    1860 (July 7): Cover to Drummond & Co. in Charing Cross, London, struck on reverse with four line italic instructional marking "Posted unpaid and opened / in due course, but having / originated out of Malta / forwarded charged with fine" in black. Malta single ring cds (July 7) and London arrival cds (July 12) in red, the cover being charged '6' pence in manuscript. The sole recorded cover from Malta with this marking and mentioned in the Malta handbook. See Parmenter & Gordon page 1/17. The cover is "twinned" with the Proof strike of the same marking beautifully struck in red on horizontally creased piece of paper (95 x 50 mm.). A wonderful pairing with both unique and of the utmost importance for both Maltese and Mediterranean Postal Historians.rnCover Provenance: Collection E.E. Yates, RL, London, 31 July-1 Aug 1940, lot 579.rnProof Provenance: Collection Dr. Camillery, Christie's, London, 14 May 1991, lot 230; Harmers, London, 18 Dec 2001, lot 1262.     
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5776 Malta

    Mailboat Obliterations / Mediterranean Packets 1860 (Dec 9): Great Britain 1857 1 d. rose-red, wmk. Large Crown, perf. 14, a vertical strip of three rather muddily tied to Sailor's Concessionary rate cover from Malta to London by Mailboat "A81" obliterator ("Handed to Mr. Douglas for use on board, 18 March 1859") endorsed at top "From Hy Humber, Ship's Corpl. HMS Caesar, Malta" and counter-signed by Commanding Officer below. Carried back on the P&O Steamer 'Vectis' which left Malta on December 9 and arrived at Marseille on Dec 13; (rated at 3 d. pr ¼ ounce via Marseilles) with 'London / Paid' arrival cds (Dec 15) in red. An unusual franking.rnProvenance: 'Mailboat Covers & Cancellations', Spink, 7 March 2007, lot 1007.rnrnrn 
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
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    Lot# : 5780 Gibraltar

    1857 (Dec 15): Great Britain 1855 2 d. blue, wmk. Large Crown, perf 14 and 1856 4 d. rose-carmine in a rich shade, used on 1857 cover from Gibraltar to Deptford endorsed 'per First Steamer, Paid' at left, tied by two fine strikes of the "G" in bars obliterator with three line dated GIBRALTAR / SHIP LETTER in blue below (Dec 15) and circular SOUTHAMPTON / SHIP LETTER cds of receipt (Dec 22). A magnificent cover of great aesthetic appeal.rnProvenance: Collection Geoffrey Osborn, Christie's, London, 14 May 1991, lot 1144.
    Starting bid : 2,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5785 Gibraltar

    1869 (Oct 18): Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 133, two horizontal strips of three lettered QI-QG and RG-RI, used on 1869 cover from Gibraltar to London all tied by six strikes of the "A26" obliterator with GIBRALTAR despatch cds alongside (Oct 18). Prepaid for single rate, found to be double weight and struck with rare "INSUFFICIENTLY / * / PREPAID" and two line"DEFICIENT POSTAGE (6d.) / FINE (6d.)" in black. Circular MORE TOP PAY below and handstruck "1/-" charge marking (Oct 25). Edge abrasions sensibly restored but a rare and most appealing usage.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5794 Gibraltar

    1864 (Nov 16): Great Britain 1862 6 d. lilac, a single and horizontal pair, two stamps trimmed at left, used on 1864 entire letter from Gibraltar to New York endorsed 'per 1st Steam Packet via Liverpool', tied by three strikes of the "A26" obliterator with GIBRALTAR despatch cds in black (Nov 16), and one 6 d. also tied by 'London / Paid' transit cds in red (Nov 21). Carried on the 'Baroda' from Gibraltar to Southampton and on the NGL Steamer 'Hansa' from Southampton to New York where struck with '5 / N. York Am. Pkt.' in black (Dec 9) with '16 / Cents' credit marking in red. File folds but most appealing.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 5799 Gibraltar

    1865 (Dec 16): Combination cover with Great Britain 1858/69 2 d. blue pl. 9 used on cover to Cadiz (MacPherson correspondence) endorsed 'pr. Adriano' tied by "A26" obliterator with GIBRALTAR datestamp above (Dec 16) in black and paying the Ship Letter fee, overlapping Spain January 1865 4 c. blue perf. 14 (Michel 68) tied by barred "3" numeral handstamp cancelled on arrival in Cadiz in black and also tying the British adhesive. Reverse with Cadiz arrival cds (Dec 17). A charming cover of superb appearance.rnNote: On June 14, 1856, the Spanish Postmaster in San Roque informed Edmund Cresswell Jr., the Postmaster in Gibraltar that in future all mail addressed to destinations within Spain would have to be prepaid by Spanish stamps (the 2 d. Gibraltar rate was more frequently prepaid in cash). This continued until 1875 when, on Nov 25, an agreement between Spain and Gibraltar was signed allowing prepayment of letters with stamps of the country of origin.rnrnProvenance: Collection Geoffrey Osborn, Christie's, London, 14 May 1991, lot 1134.
    Starting bid : 5,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5800 Lagos

    1872 (June 6): Envelope from Lagos to Manchester endorsed 'Per Steamer Biafra', prepaid '5' (pence) in red crayon manuscript, struck with very fine "♚ / PAID / AT / LAGOS" in black with single ring LAGOS despatch cds alongside (June 6, code B). Circular erroneously set "PAID / LIVERPOOL / 3 PACKET / BR. JY 72 / 3A" datestamp in red on obverse and Manchester arrival (July 3) on reverse. In use for less than nine months as a pre-payment cancellation, fine and rare Gi = £ 4'000.rnProvenance: Spink, London, 13 Dec 2016, lot 1339.
    Starting bid : 1,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 5802 Morocco

    1873 (Oct 15): Great Britain 1858/69 2 d. blue pl. 14 and 1865 4 d. vermilion pl. 13, used on 1873 cover from Tangier to London struck with superb strike of "TAИGIER" datestamp with 'N' reversed in black (Oct 15, code A), the adhesives tied with duplex "GIBRALTAR / A26" and the "A26" obliterator in black with same day single ring datestamp alongside. Reverse with London arrivals in black and in red (Oct 25). Slight closed tear at top and at base well away from the adhesives, a famous and extraordinarily rare cover.rnProvenance: Collection E.E. Yates, RL, London, 21 Dec 1939, lot 191; Collection J.A. Taylor, Harmers, London, 13 Dec 1960, lot 421; Collection Grant Glassco, RL, London, 25-27 Nov 1969, lot 1146; Soler y Llach, Barcelona, 22 March 1994, lot 262.
    Starting bid : 10,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 5805 Great Britain

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    Mail Boat Obliterations / Mediterranean Packets 1856: Great Britain 6 d. lilac used on 1860 cover from Gibraltar to London tied by bold strike of Mailboat "B12" obliterator ("To Mr. Fisher for use on board the "Delta"), dated on despatch "Feb 4th" at lower left when the 'Delta' was at Gibraltar. Obverse with manuscript 'Evening February 9th' when the ship docked at Southampton. Reverse with Torquay arrival cds (Feb 9). Rare. Cert. BPA (1959).rnProvenance: 'Mailboat Covers & Cancellations', Spink, 7 March 2007, lot 1084.
    Starting bid : 1,250 CHF
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