1900 BOER WAR SIEGE OF LADYSMITH - Sir William Maxwell letter - then war correspondent for The Standard, Jan 22 1900, brilliant typed letter with great content, speaking of conditions, the death of two fellow reporters, a rare insight, from a notable war reporter of the time.
Interrupted Mail: 1900 envelope with contents sent from ‘Lord Roberts’ HQ Bloemfontein, 31 March 1900, a typed letter from Sir William Maxwell (reporter for The Standard at the time), sent to The Editor. “Standard” London, and was recovered from the Wreck of the SS Mexican, which collided with a trooper ship HMS Winkfield.
1893 envelope “County Asylum Gloucester” franked with an SG172 1d Lilac tied by the 312 Gloucester MR 3 sent to Nottingham but undelivered, opened and returned, sealed with SG172 marginal selvedge. Nice Undelivered GLOUCESTER County Asylum to Nottingham.
GB Queen Victoria a very attractive wrapper set off by a superb SG17 C1 1854 1d Red Plate 172 (QB) in an incredible deep-brown-plum shade (almost plum but not quite), tied by London Inland sent to Surrey, C1 SC Wmk, Perf 16, Die I, Alphabet II.
GB Queen Victoria 1855 SG22 C2 1d Red Plate 203 (RH) tied by the Bath 53 Sideways Duplex, with an STON EASTON (Somerset) UDC on reverse sent to Glastonbury. Scarce spec: C2 Die I, Alphabet II, SC Wmk, Perf 14. C£160.00 on cover but much more difficult.
GB Queen Victoria a fine example SG17 1854 1d Red Plate 199 (QF) very fine used, scarce plate much more so than cv suggests, in a deep almost plum shade - attractive - Spec C1 SC Wmk, Die I, Alphabet II, perf 16. Cv £280.00.
GB Queen Victoria a fine example SG17 1854 1d Red Plate 199 (KF) very fine used, scarce plate much more so than cv suggests, comes with a Mike Williams Certificate, Spec C1 SC Wmk, Die I, Alphabet II, perf 16. Cv £280.00.
A wrapper lettersheet franked with an SG22 C2 1855 1d Red-brown (shade!) Plate R2 (TD) spec Die I, SC Wmk, Perf 14, and an SG21 C4 1d Red (shade!) Plate 2 (RJ) Spec Die II, Perf 16, SC Wmk sent to Devon from London March 29 1855 - lovely mixed spec combination cover and shades.
1852 1d Red Plate 153 (EH) four margins, cancelled by the tricky 987 Burbage Numeral, matched with an 1852 1d Red Plate 135 (OD) four margins - just clear - cancelled by a very fine BLUE 987. Scarce numeral SG c£80.00 in black, much harder in blue.
Cornwall: 1841 entire franked with an SG2 1d Black Plate 3 (DG) ragged at top and left, tie by a fine strike of the Launceston Black Maltese Cross, sent to St Austell JY 24 1841. Attractive despite the adhehance and filing creases, includes content.
An envelope franked with an SG17 C1 1d red Plate R5 (RF) tied by a very fine strike of the tricky 046 Crewe Station, with an accompanying towndated in green on reverse dated MY 16 1855, sent to Sheffield, arrival MY 17th. 046 is SG c£75.00.
An envelope franked with an SG43 G1 1d red Plate 138 (ND) tied by the London Duplex 3, dated 19 DE 1871 sent to Great Yarmouth, but undelivered, with manuscript “not Known” in red and with two different, and fine Yarmouth Norfolk cds the one to front Christmas day.
An entire franked with two single SG2 1840 1d Blacks Plate 2 (QA) and (PJ) four margins, tied by red Maltese Crosses sent from Fakenham (Norfolk) to Norwich OC 15 1840 but ‘Missent to’ (manuscript in red) Dereham Skeleton OC 16th 1840. Scarce cover.
An outer wrapper franked with two single SG5 1840 2d Blues Plate 2 (GE) three margins, (FL) four margins, tied by upright black Maltese Crosses sent from Harleston (Norfolk) JA 26th 1842 to Long Stratton (Norfolk) with arrival on front 27th. Scarce cover.
A very unusual Registered GB Postal Stationery envelope made up of two sepearate printed to order envelopes a 1d, 1½d separated and a ½d envelope joined in the middle, sent from Stowmarket with fine CDS cancel JY 20 1894, sent to Walpole Halesworth. Rare item.
A four margin, fine used SG8 B2 1852 1d Red Plate 153 (OE) in STATE II, showing the transfer roller line in the right margin, spec Alphabet II, SC Wmk, imperf. States from unhardened plates are unpriced in the SG Specialised Volume 1..
A Parcel Tag franked with an SG172 1d Lilac tied by the Clacton on Sea Squared Circle MR 1st 1893 sent to Ventnor, Isle of Wight, , with arrival cds 2nd MR, and three different Instructions/postage due marks: the 2d/210, ‘Of the nature/of a letter/210’ and the “More to Pay/above 2oz/210”.
A very attractive Parcel Label franked with an SG188 1½d Lilac tied by the Leeds Duplex sent to Chiswick, London, with two strikes of the Instructional “Found in I.B. / without contents”. In red sent 25 SP witharrival SP 26th. Lovely use.
A very scarce four margin SG8 B1 1851 1d red BLOCK OF TWELVE Plate 123 (KA-FL) Small Crown, Imperf, Die I, Alphabet I, folded between C and D row and some soiling down RHS but rarely seen in such fine condition.
A wrapper franked with an SG8 1d Red (CD) three margins, tied by a London Suburban sent to North Wootton, Nr Wells, SEPT 17th 1845, but endorsed ‘not for Wootton by Lynn, with Lynn arrivals and redirect dated to front, and Wells Norfolk to reverse, then sent to Wells Somerset aand with a very fine strike of the scarce *Castle Rising / Penny Post*,...
1875 wrapper (note vertical filing crease one through the 6d) franked with an SG147 6d Grey Plate 14 (JL) and an SG48 ½d Rose Plate 10 (BN) tied by the Grimsby Duplex 325 NO 10 1875 sent to Denmark, Registered. Not a common franking.
GB Queen Victoria Stanley Gibbons Stamp Importers advertising flap envelope sent Registered franked with a fine used SG196 1885 1s Dull Green (LH) tied by REGISTERED cds AU 22nd 1885, sent to France, REDIRECTED to Belgium, a scarce stamp as a single franking - as a stamp on cover SG c£600.00. More for a Registered and redirected.
Queen Victoria envelope franked with a four margin fine used SG8 1843 1d Reds Plate 32 (BI), tied by the London Number 1 Maltese Cross sent to Halifax. The datestamp for Halifax on the reverse has a date error "183" - unusual SG c£550.00.
A wrapper franked with two SG2 1840 1d Blacks Plate 1b (DH) & (DL) both very fine four margin examples, tied by the distinctively coloured Reddish-purple Manchester Maltese Cross, sent to Bowden Downs, AU 29 1840. This colour mentioned in Jackson/Rockoff 3rd volume.
A scarce example of a misperf on this series SG22 / C2 1855 1d red tied to an entire by a London Inland sent JY 9th 1855, spec Die I, Alphabet II, Perf 14, SC Wmk, a scarce series, but almost never seen in this manner.
An envelope franked with a Inland Revenue Fiscal 1d Lilac tied by the Dumfries Duplex, June 28th 1881 sent to Hill street, endorsed “ no such street in Dumfries” ‘Try’ ‘not’ “Edinburgh”. With cds for Edinburgh on back 29th. Interesting cover.
An envelope franked with a King George V 1d 19 March 1917 sent to servicemen British Expeditionary Forces in France, returned undelivered with the Instructional cachet *PRESENT LOCATION / UNCERTAIN*, British Army PO on reverse.
An envelope franked with a SG157 2½d Blue Plate 23 (JE) tied by a very fine strike of the BROADSTAIRS CDS dated JY 14 1883 sent to Massachusetts USA, with New York arrival on reverse dated 28th JY – note: opening tears/damage to top, but stunning CDS.
An envelope franked with a vertical pair of SG142 2½d Blue Plate 20 (AL-BL) AL NW corner rounded, a 5d franking, tied by a fine strike of the '158' Duplex Cambridge dated FE 4 1881 sent to India, with a single circle SEA POST OFFICE dated 10th Feb on reverse. SG cv £180. as x2 singles on cover.