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    FINE AND RARE STAMPS 2008, AUSTRALIAN COLONIES, VICTORIA, POSTAL HISTORY

    Lot 213
    Estimate: $2,000

    1842 (9 May) lengthy entire letter (small fault at front), written horizontally and vertically, from well-educated Tally Sconce while residing with her family the Bunbury's at 'Stanney', Darebin Creek, to her father Robert Clement Sconce, Chief Commissary of Navy, Malta, sent via India (with oval 'INDIA'), endorsed 'post paid 10A' and '6' (pence). Rare origin/destination. [Very informed contemporary comments including wonderful account of capture of nine Bushrangers ('They will certainly be hung' and 'I feel considerably more comfortable now I know that they are in safe custody')]

     

    Lot 214
    Estimate: $500

    1855 (Mar) entire to England endorsed 'Per Ship James Baines' bearing Imperf 1/- Octagonal singles (4) tied by barred oval '37' cancels of Fiery Creek, endorsed '2/-', backstamps of Castlemaine, Melbourne, Australian Packet and Birmingham, reinforced slits, otherwise an attractive quadruple rate cover

     

    Lot 215
    Estimate: $2,500

    1856 (16 Feb) entire letter to Scotland bearing Imperf 6d 'Woodblock' (2, one just touched at top) endorsed 'Per 'Hellespont'/Via Singapore'. P&O withdrew Contract ships during the Crimean War, thus the only way in which mail could be routed to UK via the Far East was to link up with the P&O Far East service ships destined for India or the East. The 'Hellespont' and 'Kennington' are the only two voyages identified which made the journey, and as the former off-loaded mail at Singapore (rather than the P&O Ceylon connection), the British P.O. imposed additional charges, indicated by circular 'MORE/TO/PAY' applied below stamps, with adjacent mss. '6' and '8'. A recent discovery of an item carried on this highly important routing, and one of the finest of the very few recorded

     

    Lot 216
    Estimate: $1,750

    1856 (31 Jul) large part registered entire Williamstown to Bathurst endorsed 'Per First Steamer' bearing Imperf 1/- 'REGISTERED' (three margins and clipped left corner) and 2/- (four margins, concealed tear at left) tied by BN '11', various backstamps. Attractive

     

    Lot 217
    Estimate: $2,500

    1856 (2 Oct) entire Melbourne to Maryborough bearing C&F Half-length 1d Pink strip of three with squeezed transfer variety, Queen-on-Throne 2d, Woodblock 6d Dull Orange (2) and 6d 'TOO LATE', cancelled by BN '1', backstamps of Melbourne and Maryborough. Adhesives in somewhat variable condition, address partly painted-over, nevertheless a rare cover

     

    Lot 218
    Estimate: $3,000

    1857 (5 Aug) registered cover to England bearing four-margined 1/- 'REGISTERED' Die 2 (from the third ptg) and Woodblock 6d tied by BN '100' of Windsor, datestamp on reverse, Reading arrival datestamps, rated '6', minor blemishes incl missing flap. [Only four 'Die 2' covers are known to UK]

     

    Lot 219
    Estimate: $150

    1860 (22 May) entire letter to Melbourne bearing 'Beaded Oval' 4d Rose-Red, SG 92a tied by BN '82' of Wangaratta (RR)

     

    Lot 220
    Estimate: $150T Realised Price : $240

    1865 (24 Apr) cover to England bearing 6d 'Netted Corners' and Laureated 1d and 2d tied by Melbourne duplex, underpaid by 1d, small circular 'MORE/TO/PAY' and 'Deficient Postage (mss. 1d)/Fine___' in blue, arrival backstamps, minor blemishes

     

    Lot 221
    Estimate: $125

    1869 (29 Jan) cover to England bearing Laureated 2d strip of three with frame varieties tied by two strikes of BN '40' (type A2) of Echuca, transit and arrival backstamps

     

    Lot 222
    Estimate: $250

    1869 (21 Sep) opened-out cover Melbourne to Clunes bearing Laureated 2d, weak strikes of 'UNCLAIMED/AT CLUNES' in black and 'DEAD LETTER BRANCH/REGISTERED' in red, mss. details in red, arrival backstamp and DLO datestamp in green

     

    Lot 223
    Estimate: $100

    1870 (16 Jul) cover Richmond to New Brunswick endorsed 'Via Marseilles/By travelling post' bearing Laureated 6d and 2d DLR, tied by '71' duplex; London Paid in red, Melbourne, Fredericton and Gage Town backstamps

     

    Lot 224
    Estimate: $300 Realised Price : $360

    1880-1900 covers, mainly to UK, incl very scarce 1890 4d rate (bearing scarce 4d single), 1898 registered to USA bearing 1d Green (5) and d, 1888 front with 6d (3) tied by English Mail TPO duplexes, 1900 registered franked 1/- and 6d, 1884 use at Melbourne of Hibernian-Australasian Catholic Benefit Society illustrated cover, etc (23)

     

    Lot 225
    Estimate: $150

    1880 (4 Oct) cover 'per the Orient Line Steamer' Melbourne to Italy bearing 6d and 1d, minor faults, soiling, scarce example of 7d rate

     

    Lot 226
    Estimate: $150 Realised Price : $115

    1881 (16 Feb) cover Melbourne to Boulogne via Brindisi bearing Bell 1/- Deep Blue/blue Perf 12 and d Rosine, arrival backstamp

     

    Lot 227
    Estimate: $75

    1881 (22 Feb)cover to Cambridge, New Brunswick, 'Dominion of Canada' with 8d Brown/purple (cnr fault) tied by Richmond '71' duplex

     

    Lot 228
    Estimate: $100

    1898 (27 Jul) cover (reduced at base) with 2d (4) and 6d tied by English Mail TPO '+' duplexes, paying quadruple rate + 6d Late fee to UK, James Hardie & Co handstamp on reverse

     

    Lot 229
    Estimate: $600 Realised Price : $650

    1909 (11 Aug) use Melbourne to Italy of 'INTERSTATE PARCEL AND REGISTERED PACKET POSTS' black/pink form (210 x 245mm), inscribed 'FORM OF CUSTOMS DECLARATION', bearing 2d and 1d tied by 'P.P.' datestamp, details of contents 'One box with Ostriche fethers [sic]', valued at 2/10/0. [A similar item in our Australasia Sale realised AU$805]

     

    Lot 230
    Estimate: $350

    1930s-80s cover accumulation (strength in 1970s-1980s), more than half with 'VG' perfins, wide range of stamp issues, noted registered, certified, many Govt Depts, diverse lot and useful quantity for specialist, usual commercial quality (approx 650). Includes 'Victorian Government Punctures' handbook by Toop

     

    Lot 231
    Estimate: $125 Realised Price : $95

    Literature: 'The Numeral Cancellations of Victoria' (2001), by Freeman and White, 420 pages, hardbound with dust jacket. An outstanding book superseding Purves previous works. New

     

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