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    AUSTRALIAN COLONIES, VICTORIA, POSTAL HISTORY

    Lot 585
    Estimate: $250

    1856 (15 Jun) cover Melbourne to England bearing Imperf 6d Woodblocks (2, each four margins, one close at top) tied by BN '1', mss 'per "Australasian" ' and backstamped Newark. A fine and attractive double rate cover

     

    Lot 586
    Estimate: $25,000

    1858 (8 Sep) entire Hepburn to Intra, Sardinia (Italian States) bearing the extraordinary franking of 3d Half-length strip of five (ironed out crease), 1/- Octagonal vertical strip of five and 1d Emblems (ironed out crease), all faintly cancelled BN '23' and representing the ¼-½oz combined postage rate, 6d GB ship letter rate plus 1/- registration fee, with Hepburn, Melbourne, Alexandria, Malta, Turin and Intra backstamps. Fragile and some peripheral faults, still arguably the most remarkable example of Colonial registered mail extant given the extremely rare rate, destination and franking. A major exhibition item. Ex Bachi & Palmer. 2003 BPA & 2005 Sismondo Certificates

     

    Lot 587
    (Withdrawn)

    1859 (16 Jul) cover Melbourne to Warsaw endorsed ''pr Northam'' bearing 1/- Octagonal, 1d Emblem Perf 12 and 2d Emblem Rouletted pair tied by Melbourne BN ''1''. Underpaid by ½d (via Southampton) though missent via Marseilles, routed via Paris where the capsule ''F./39'' handstamp applied (three examples recorded on mail from Australia) and charged a final ''65½'' kopecks on arrival, with Melbourne, Marseilles, Paris and Warsaw backstamps. [The Northam was stranded on a reef in the Red Sea en route and the mail and passengers landed on the island of Myetta, however the ship eventually got clear after five days]. One of the most extraordinary Australian Colonies covers extant and probably a unique destination. A major exhibition item in very fine condition. Ex Gibson, Davis & Palmer

     

    Lot 588
    Estimate: $700 Realised Price : $525

    1859 (16 Aug) cover Melton to Bückeberg (Thurn & Taxis) bearing vertical strip of three 6d Queen-on-Throne, additionally tied by Aachen transit handstamp, with London paid cds and oval 'P' marking. Endorsed 'via Marseilles', over-scored and sent via Southampton. A rare and attractive franking

     

    Lot 589
    Estimate: $700

    1860 (24 Dec) outer from Geelong to London bearing perforated 1/-Octagonal, 6d Queen-on-throne and 3d Beaded Oval (showing numerous flaws at left and unpriced on cover). Only two examples of this three issue mixed franking are recorded

     

    Lot 590
    Estimate: $600

    1861 (8 Jan) front and large part back folded cover to Melbourne bearing perforated 1/- Octagonal and 4d Beaded Oval pair, the reverse with rare Ballan mss despatch marking. Scarce double inland plus registration rate

     

    Lot 591
    Estimate: $250

    1861 (24 May) cover Bunninyong to France bearing 6d Queen-on-throne pair, with transit markings of Melbourne, London and Calais on reverse and face. A few stains, still an uncommon example of mail to France via Southampton

     

    Lot 592
    Estimate: $1,250

    1861 (25 Jul) entire Melbourne to Birmingham bearing perforated 1/-Octagonal pair and single and 3d Beaded Oval, representing the quintuple 'via Marseilles' rate. The only example of this rate believed to exist and a famous cover, offered in the 1921 Marken and Ganzachenhaus auction (Lot 4218). Ex Davis and Palmer

     

    Lot 593
    Estimate: $350

    1861 (20 Dec) outer (few file folds) from Melbourne to Dunedin 'per Aldinga' bearing 2 x 6d Beaded Oval. Only four double rate covers to New Zealand are recorded. Fine and uncommon

     

    Lot 594
    Estimate: $250

    1863 (19 Feb) cover Beechworth to USA franked 4d Beaded Oval and 2 x 1d Netted Corners apparently passed as fully pre-paid probably due to addressing. The rear with Beechworth and Melbourne cds and the face with London Paid & two strikes of the Boston packet marking. A few minor blemishes, still a neat cover and scarce franking

     

    Lot 595
    Estimate: $450

    1863 (26 Aug) cover Sandridge to New York bearing perforated 1/- Octagonal and 6d Adapted Design (closed tear), with UK accountancy and transit markings on face and routed 'via Marseilles'. A few minor filing faults but a very early example of the revised Marseilles rate of which only five examples are recorded by Palmer

     

    Lot 596
    Estimate: $450 Realised Price : $380

    1864 (17 Oct) registered cover front Deep Creek to Switzerland bearing 1/- Octagonal pair, 4 x 6d Adapted Design and 2d Laureate, representing the via Marseilles double registered rate, with REGISTERED/MELBOURNE cds, two strikes of the framed 'P.D.' marking and French 'CHARGÉ' marking on face. A rare and colourful franking. Ex Jaffe and Palmer

     

    Lot 597
    Estimate: $1,250

    1865 (25 Jul) cover Melbourne to Belfast, Prince Edward Is bearing strip of transit and Prince Edward Is arrival backstamps. The sole example recorded to this destination. Ex Lehr

     

    Lot 598
    Estimate: $700

    1867 (25 Oct) cover front from Castlemaine (with rare 'Registered/Castlemaine' cds) to Switzerland bearing 3 x 1/- and 10d Laureates, representing the double postage and foreign registration rate plus 6d domestic registration. A few peripheral faults. Ex Harvey, Jaffe, Palmer

     

    Lot 599
    Estimate: $700

    1869 (4 Dec) cover Beechworth to France bearing outstanding franking of Laureates 1/- pair, 6d and 4d. Some flap damage, still the sole recorded example of a quadruple 'via Marseilles' rate. Ex Kekko

     

    Lot 600
    Estimate: $80

    1871 (25 Jan) small envelope Melbourne to Swansea, Tasmania bearing 3d Laureate, fine. An uncommon rate. Ex Blake

     

    Lot 601
    Estimate: $1,200 Realised Price : $1,100

    1871 (13 Jul) cover Melbourne to Karchau, Hungary bearing 2/- Dark blue Woodblock and redirected upon arrival. Probably rated at the double 1/- via Trieste part-paid rate with additional charges raised upon arrival. Few flap faults though a very rare solo franking and the only pre-UPU cover to Hungary recorded by Palmer (2009) at page 128. Ex Purves & Perry

     

    Lot 602
    Estimate: $125

    1872 (16 Jul) and 1876 (23 Dec) covers Melbourne to Genoa (both backstamped), the first with solo franking 9d on 10d Laureate and the other with 1/- Bell and 3d Laureate, addressee's name excised on both, still scarce and attractive frankings (2 covers)

     

    Lot 603
    Estimate: $125

    1875 (15 Jan) folded 'prices current' Melbourne to Launceston bearing 1d Laureate solo franking. A fine and scarce printed matter rate. Ex Blake

     

    Lot 604
    Estimate: $350

    1875 (23 Mar) cover Melbourne to Germany bearing 1/- Octagonal and 4d Laureate (both tied), London paid handstamp on front and arrival backstamp. A few stains and rear flap missing, still a rare double rate cover

     

    Lot 605
    Estimate: $600

    1875 (10 Aug) folded outer Melbourne to Paris bearing 1/- Laureate, 9d and 1d Bell, French transit marking on face and arrival backstamp. A very fine double rate and three colour franking. Ex Perry

     

    Lot 606
    Estimate: $400

    1877 (12 Jun) cover from Melbourne to Toulouse, France bearing ½d and 1/- Bell and 6d Laureate, representing the Modane TPO rate plus 6d Late Fee. Very scarce, ex Linfield

     

    Lot 607
    Estimate: $800

    1878 (28 May) use of 1d Violet on Pale Buff Postal Card, Stieg P2-c, HG 2-b, from Melbourne to Carlton, with superb strike of the very rare framed handstamped 'POSTED AT/NEWSPAPER SLIPS'

     

    Lot 608
    (Withdrawn)

    1879 (16 Apr) cover from Ballarat to Durban, Natal bearing 4d Laureate and 1/- Bell. Few repaired cover tears, still a rare destination, being one of only two covers from Victoria recorded

     

    Lot 609
    (Withdrawn)

    1879 (26 Dec) cover Melbourne to Berlin bearing 6d Laureate, 1d and ½d Bell, representing the scarce via Southampton rate. A few blemishes, still an attractive three colour franking

     

    Lot 610
    (Withdrawn)

    1880 (27 Apr) cover from Melbourne to Cape Town bearing 1/- Bell solo franking, peripheral faults and rear flap damage, still a rare destination

     

    Lot 611
    Estimate: $200 Realised Price : $150

    1881 (20 Jun) cover from Melbourne to Paris bearing ½d and 1/- Bell, representing the single Modane TPO rate. Ex Purves

     

    Lot 612
    (Withdrawn)

    1885 (11 Sep) cover Maryborough to Paris bearing 6d Cobalt Naish (stained, though scarce on cover), endorsed ''per SS Sydney/Messageries Maritimes'', with octagonal cds ''No.4'' for the next day, backstamped Melbourne and ''MARSEILLE A LYON/SPECIAL in dated double ring. Few small defects at rear, however a very scarce example of mail carried by a French packet

     

    Lot 613
    (Withdrawn)

    1887 (13 May) cover (repaired flap damage) Melbourne to France bearing solo 1/- Dull Purple-brown representing the double rate, Narbonne backstamp. Attractive and very scarce

     

    Lot 614
    (Withdrawn)

    1895 (14 Mar) PMG Frank stamp on Melbourne GPO ''OHMS'' cover used from Melbourne to Antwerp, uprated with 2½d stamp as required by UPU regulations. Uncommon use of franked stationery

     

    Lot 615
    Estimate: $100

    1907 OHMS covers to 'The Consul General/for Germany/Sydney', bearing punctured 'OS' 1d + 4d, 4d, and 2d pair, from Department of External Affairs (2) and Governor-General (1) (3 covers)

     

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