Sale 3050 - The Alan J. Melville Collection of Tristan da Cunha
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  • Lot# : 1 Tristan Da Cunha

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    "Interrogatories, and Answers, given by Mr. Lambert, resident of the Island of Tristan d'Acunha, December 22nd 1811" heading on a 203x330mm document (folded) with the questions and answers regarding life on the island filling each of the four "pages", among the questions (and answers) asked "At what time did you land? (January 6th 1811) ", "How many persons landed with you? (Two, both remaining)", "Did you find any animals or vegetables of service to you (Wild pigs...Wild goats...Wild celery)", "What is the nature of the soil? (Slight black vegetable, about 18 inches deep)", "What quantity of land can be cultivated with advantage? (About 300 acres...)", "What protection have you against the weather? (One Hut of Skins)", "What materials have you for building? (Stones at Hand)", etc. with the last being "Would negroes be of any service? (Yes, about 20 men, women and children)", signed (in a different hand) at the end by "Sam Warner (Captain)", document has been restored by Museum Africa in 2013, Very Fine, a unique account of island life in the early 19th century
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    Lot# : 2 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Pre-Cachet, 1898 Cover Front to USA, addressed to Charles Murtha in Brooklyn NY and inscribed "We have no stamps on Tristan D'Acunha", additional manuscript notation at bottom left (in a different hand" "From Tristan D Acunha/ No Stamps Procurable", postal markings include a Simons Town 15 NO 98 transit, St Helena NO 27 98 transit, various postage due markings including NY City Dec 24 Due 10 cents "opera glass", some edge faults of little consequence on this Fine early piece of postal history from Governor Peter Green; this cover was taken by HMS Thrush which was at Tristan from Nov 3-15, 1898 to pick up survivors of the shipwrecked "Glenhuntley" which foundered off Tristan on June 4, 1898rnProvenance: Dr Gene Scott
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    Lot# : 3 Tristan Da Cunha

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    "The Sad Plight of Tristan d'Acunha" heading on a magazine article by A.G. Wise published in "The Graphic, January 12, 1907" and accompanied by four photos showing island-born children, a group of fishermen and their boat at the end of the day's work, a bullock cart and a typical hut, article gives a general overview of the history and life on the island and prospects for the future; accompanied by an article from the same magazine titled "The Hard Case of St. Helena" published Oct 20, 1906 accompanied by 9 photos of the island along with historical background and future prospects, Fine and interesting
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    Lot# : 4 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type I; 1908, desirable full strike on an envelope addressed to Glasgow N.B., manuscript "Tristan De Auchuna" vertically along left edge, Cape Town DE 25 08 cancel with accompanying framed "T 10c" and "1d" due markings (these were never collected), cover faults/ repairs, nice early use from the first mailing using this cachet; the type I cachet was supplied by Casper Keytel of Cape Town in early March of 1908 and was first used by the American whaling ship "Canton". The cachet was in use until December 13, 1919.
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    Lot# : 5 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type I, c. 1921, five impressions (two very light), two on a thick piece of manila board and the other three on a block of four of a GB 4d postal stationery cutouts, Very Fine, likely to have been done for "Edgar Weston" (Victor Marsh), a London dealer (see Crabb pg 165-67)
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    Lot# : 6 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type I, c. 1921, light strike on a small piece with "pair" of GB 1d postal stationery cut-outs affixed, Very Fine; a British dealer, Edgar Weston, supplied the Type III cachet to the island in 1921 and in return received the Type I handstamp, which he subsequently used to cancel various stamps and his well-known cut-outs, many on piece. While they are genuine examples of the Type I cachet, they are in reality a dealer's made-up material.
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    Lot# : 7 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type II, 1919, cachet ties GB 1d George V on S.S. "Clan Macmillan" mail cover to St Helier, Jersey, "London/F.S. 30 JA 20" arrival cancel plus a "PAQUEBOT" straightline, backside with 2-line "CLAN MACMILLAN/ DEC 13 1919" handstamp, cover opened three sides for display, central vertical pocket-fold, Fine use
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    Lot# : 8 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type II, 1920, fabulous strike of the cachet in violet at the upper right of an envelope addressed to "Mrs Davies" in England, "South Georgia JU 4 20" transit cancel (where mail was landed), "1½d F.B." due marking, GB ½d, 1d dues affixed and tied by "Widnes 23 JY 20" cancels, a trivial bit of edge wrinkling, Very Fine; the Type II cachet was supplied in July 1919 By Percy Clough of Devon and was modeled after contemporary South African cancels for unknown reasons. This cover was carried from Tristan aboard SS Pentam on May 25, 1920.rnProvenance: Jack Cole
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    Lot# : 9 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type II, 1926, nice strike on envelope addressed to "Miss E Armstrong" in Bath franked with GB 1½d George V, tied by the cachet and "London F.S./ Paquebot 12 AP 26" cds, insignificant backflap tear, Very Fine cover from the "RRS Discovery" mailing
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    Lot# : 10 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type II, 1928, partial strike of the cachet at upper right of envelope addressed to "AE Hopkins" in Bath, franked with GB ½d, 1d George V canceled by black cork (½d tied by cachet), incorrectly assessed at the 2d South America-UK rate instead of the proper 1½d rate resulting in "½d 134" handstamp and a GB ½d Due affixed and tied by Bath 20 MR 28 cds, Very Fine cover carried on "Empress of France"
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    Lot# : 11 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type II, 1928, fair strike of the cachet in black at upper right corner of an envelope addressed to dealer Adrian Hopkins in Bath, bold "2d 134" due marking with a GB 2d Due affixed and tied by Bath 20 MR 28 cds, a trivial bit of aging does not detract, Very Fine; the cover left Tristan on the "Empress of France" on March 26, 1928. rnProvenance: Dr William Mayo
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    Lot# : 12 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Pre-Cachet, 1922 Shackleton Expedition, GB 6d George V pair with framed "TRISTAN DA CUNHA" and "S-R Antarctic Expedition 1921/ MY 25 22" cancel, each stamp with a light crease, Fine appearance; signed Sismondo and with his 2004 certificate
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    Lot# : 13 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Pre-Cachet, 1922 Shackleton Expedition, GB 1sh George V block of four with framed "TRISTAN DA CUNHA" over each horiz pair and a centrally struck "S-R Antarctic Expedition 1921/ MY 25 22" cancel, vertical perfs reinforced, F-VF; only 431 singles of this value were used by the expedition and only a portion of them had this handstamp applied; 2010 Ceremuga certificate
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    Lot# : 14 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Pre-Cachet, 1922 Shackleton Expedition, GB 6d George V block of four with framed "GOUGH ISLAND" over each horiz pair and a centrally struck "S-R Antarctic Expedition 1921/ MY 25 22" cancel, some perf reinforcement by hinge, F-VF; only 326 singles of this value were used by the expedition and only a small fraction of them had this handstamp applied; 2010 Ceremuga certificate
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    Lot# : 15 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type III, 1922, two strikes of the cachet tie four GB 1d postal card cutouts on an envelope addressed to "inscrutable" dealer Edgar Weston in London, backstamped Rio De Janeiro 9.IV.22 and Stockwell UK 2 MY 22, notation "Registered" at upper left but no registry service was available in Tristan at the time and the registry lines are "crossed out", cover open three sides for display, Fine use, the Type III cachet was provided to the island by Edgar Weston but before sending it out he used it on a large number for his postal stationery cut-out covers, very few of which went through the mail. This genuinely used, and hence rare, Weston cover was from the second use of the cachet and was taken off the island by the "Tacoma Maru"
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    Lot# : 16 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type III, 1929, envelope from Mrs Swain addressed to Mrs Cave in London franked with GB 1½d George V, tied by multiple strikes of the cachet with a "London F.S./ Paquebot 26 JU 29" cds alongside, envelope with some faults, cover carried on the "Halesius"
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    Lot# : 17 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type III, 1929, faint but full strike of the cachet at the top of a hand-written letter to "Mrs Cave" from Andrew Swain in which he tells of additions to his family and laments "I cannot write you a long letter this time as I am anxious to write all my friends as we hear that a ship will be coming this way and might call", letter with a small tape stain at bottom, Fine and unusual use; this letter left the island on the "Halesius" on May 14, 1929; The cachets were, on rare occasion, used on letters due to extraordinary circumstances rather than normal practice. The Rev Partridge arrived in Feb 1929 to replace ailing Rev Pooley, brought the Type V cachet with him. It appears that in the interim, islanders gained control of the Type III cachet to create unique items.
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    Lot# : 18 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type III, c.1920s, three strikes - one just legible and two smudged on an envelope addressed to the "Foreign Dept/ The Editor/ The "Times"/ Times Office/ Printing House Square/ London", envelope a bit of wrinkling, Fine and scarce
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    Lot# : 19 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type IV; 1928, nice strike of the cachet in violet (very rare as opposed to the usual red or use of black on Oct 1928) on an envelope addressed to London and forwarded on to Blunham, manuscript "From Tristan Da Cunha" at top, backstamped London MAR 18 and Kensington Mar 19 1928, cover roughly opened on two sides with some small breaks, some light staining along the bottom, otherwise Fine use, left Tristan in the first Type IV mailing on the "Empress of France" on Feb 26, 1928.rnThe Rev's. Pooley and Lindsay arrived in March 1927 bringing the new Type IV cachet. Lindsay took strict control of the (now three) existing cachets and their application to letters, even forcing dealers to send clothing and food to the islanders before he would stamp their letters.
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    Lot# : 20 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type IVa, 1928, legal-sized printed matter cover front addressed to Liverpool franked with GB ½d George V (3 singles) which are tied by the Type IV cachet, a full strike of the Type IVa cachet and the bandeau (that which makes the Type IV a Type IVa) are alongside to the left, manuscript (in Rev Pooley's hand) "28.10,28" date below the franking, small nick at the bottom but overall Very Fine cover from the first mailing of the Type IVa cachet showing all three combinations of the cachet, departed from the island on the "Baron Tweedsmouth" on Oct 28, 1928. It is thought that this ship, on its way to Calcutta, brought the "Island Of" handstamp to Rev Pooley.
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    Lot# : 21 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type IVa and Type Va Combination; 1929, nice strikes of each of these cachets on an envelope addressed to England, full "1½d F.B." due marking with GB ½d Dues strip of three affixed and tied by Twickenham 27 JU 29 cancels, London Paquebot 26 JU 29 cds, foxing spots each side but still Fine and rare being one of just two recorded examples of covers with a combination of these two rare cachets - the other known example has the Type IVa on front side and the Type Va on the back; the cover was carried on the "Halesius" mailing of May 15, 1929 and is the latest known use of the Type IVa cachetrnProvenance: Dr Gene Scott
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    Lot# : 22 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1929 Letters from Mrs Andrew Swain to Mrs Cave (England), two letters datelined "Tristan da Cunha/ 26 March 1929" or "May 16 1929", each with some observations on island life including "..can you send me a pair of shoes for my little boy..", "..we had a very poor crop of potatoes this year. The grubs ate them..", "..the children do sit by the fire crying for something to eat..", "..a steamer is in sight..", etc., Fine content
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    Lot# : 23 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type V, 1935, fair strike on an envelope addressed to USA and with accompanying letter from Robert Glass thanking him for his gift, envelope with bit of wrinkling at top, Fine use; the letter mentions arrival of the "Empress of Australia on the 23rd of last month" and "we had the Dutch Samerine (sic) the day before" indicating a 1935 letter which also mentions "170 people at present"
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    Lot# : 24 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type V, 1935, nice strike ties South Africa 1910 2½d Parliament (pre-affixing crease) on envelope addressed to Tristan da Cunha, also tied by a Johannesburg 14 Dec 35 cancel, airmail etiquette at upper left, backstamped Johannesburg 24.VIII.36, Fine use; cover was flown from Johannesburg to Cape Town and then carried on the "Larrinaga" which arrived in Tristan on 28 Dec 1935, envelope was returned to sender via "S.S. Harmala" which left on 11 Aug 1936
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    Lot# : 25 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type V; 1936, two strikes of the cachet tie GB ½d Silver Jubilee (2 singles) to postcard addressed to England, Very Fine; interesting handwritten message from Rev. Wilde on back - "Sent to Tristan da Cunha by mail which left England on 29th November, 1935 per R.M.M.V. "Warwick Castle"...carried the mail to Durban, whence it was carried to Tristan da Cunha by the "S.S. Auditor"...The mail arrived at the island 7 Jan 1936...Received back in England September 1936"; the card left Tristan on the "Harmala" 11 Aug 1936
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    Lot# : 26 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Durban Handstamp; 1936, *Tristan Da Cunha* handstamp on registered envelope addressed to Johannesburg, South Africa 1d, 2d pair tied by "Registered/ Durban 8 Jan 36" (1d) or Type V cachet (2d), Very Fine; in Jan 1936 the "Sylvia De Larrinaga' arrived in Durban with a (mostly) philatelic mailing from the island. The envelopes received one of two different cachets (this being the abbreviated version) in addition to the standard arrival cancel.
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    Lot# : 27 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Durban Handstamp; 1936, 3-line "Received without/ endorsement from/ *Tristan Da Cunha*" handstamp on registered envelope addressed to "Poste Restante/ Tristan Da Cunha", South Africa ½d, 1d (2), 2d pair tied by "Registered/ Johannesburg 14 Mar 36" cancels (1d, 2d) or Type V cachet (½d), Johannesburg registry handstamp, additional "Registered Durban 8 Jan 36" arrival cancel, backstamped "Registered Johannesburg 14 Mar 35" and with bilingual "Undeliverable-Return to Address Shown on Cover", Very Fine; in Jan 1936 the "Sylvia De Larrinaga' arrived in Durban with a (mostly) philatelic mailing from the island. The envelopes received one of two different cachets in addition to the standard arrival cancel.
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    Lot# : 28 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Private "Cutress" Handstamp, 1936, two covers, each with "Tristan da Cunha" handstamp over a Type V cachet, each addressed to "G.P. Cutress" in England and charged 1½d due, one cover franked with ½d, 1d Victoria Jubilee issue (demonetized at the time and hence postmaster charged the postage due), Very Fine, each cover left the island on "SS Harmala", the franked cover signed Sismondo and with his 2004 certificate rnFor many years it was assumed this marking was a third version of the Durban handstamp. However, recent research has shown that, apart from all known covers being addressed to Mr Cutress, the typesetting of the letters is different than the Durban cachet. Also, it is always applied over any Tristan cachets. This leads to the conclusion that the cachet was Mr Cutress's own cachet, possibly modelled after the Durban handstamp, and was applied post-delivery in the UK.
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    Lot# : 29 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type V, 1937, oversized "Visit of the H.M.S. Carlisle - March 1937" cover, addressed to South Africa, nice strike of the cachet adjacent to the maps, bold "1d" (due) handstamp plus "Cape Town/ Paquebot 8 Mar 37" cancel, South Africa 1d postage due affixed and tied by indistinct postmark, includes the stiffener with typed notice regarding production of the cover, signed by the ship's mail officer at lower right, Very Fine and attractive; produced on board the ship (500 copies) as a souvenir for officers of the visit and shows a map of the island and its position in the South Atlantic
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    Lot# : 30 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type V, 1937, oversized "Visit of the H.M.S. Carlisle - March 1937" cover, addressed to England, nice strike of the cachet adjacent to the maps, franked with GB ½d-2½d Edward VII which are tied by "London F.S./ Paquebot 30 MR 37" cancels, includes the stiffener with typed notice regarding production of the cover, signed by the ship's mail officer at lower right, opened at top resulting in a tear along the top right, still Very Fine and attractive
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    Lot# : 31 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    1937; HMS Carlisle, oversized OHMS envelope addressed to England franked with South Africa 1d Ship pair, tied by blurry Cape Town cancel, with enclosure from the mail officer (Lieut. Adams; also signed the officers' covers) of the HMS Carlisle (then berthed at Simonstown) on official stationery stating "I have been directed by the Commanding Officer to inform you that it is not possible to undertake to post letters from philatelists, at Tristan da Cunha", envelope some edge wrinkling, Fine collateral item
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    Lot# : 32 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type V, 1937, nice strike on an envelope addressed to England, "1½d F.B.C." due marking plus "London F.S./ Paquebot 30 MR 37" cancel, GB ½d, 1d dues affixed and tied by blurry Axminster 31 MR 37 cancels, envelope some typical light wrinkling and a torn backflap, Fine cover carried on HMS Carlisle from island resident Mrs Francis Swain to Mrs CH Dent
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    Lot# : 33 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type V, 1937, two covers with GB ½d-2½d Edward VIII issue franking; one to London with stamps tied by London 30 MR 37 cancels with full strike of the cachet in blue alongside, backstamped Cape Town 16 Apr 37; second cover to Cape Town with stamps tied by bold strikes of Cape Town/ Paquebot 8 Mar 37 cancels with equally strong strike of the cachet in black below, Fine pair of covers from HMS Carlisle mails
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    Lot# : 34 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type V, 1929/38, a splendid selection of 23 covers plus two unused envelopes with impressions of the cachet; mostly HMS Carlisle or Anatolia mailings with an excellent variety of additional markings, some with added GB or So Africa dues, note covers with Falkland Isl or Turks and Caicos franking, some with enclosed correspondence, some minor faults as usual but an overall Fine lot of these popular covers
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    Lot# : 35 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Rev Wilde Private Use and Overprint; 1941, GB ½d Silver Jubilee with typed "Tristan da Cunha/ 16" private overprint, tied on unmailed envelope by two strikes of the Type V cachet, manuscript "Good Friends/ Good Books/ Good Music" at left and the "self-addressed" and dated "19/11/41.", central vertical fold and a couple of age spots, still Very FinernRev Wilde, upon leaving the island in 1940, took the Type V handstamp with him and used it frequently on personal letters. He also typed the name of the island over stamps on a limited number of covers.
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    Lot# : 36 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type Va, 1930, cachet ties vertical pair of South Africa ½d Springbok pair (pre-applied by the dealer) to envelope addressed to Cape Town, initials "A.G.P" (Augustus George Partridge) inside cachet and dated (in same hand) "21/1/30" below, backstamped Cape Town 7 Apr 30 and an offset of the cachet, Very Fine and choice, the rarest of the pre-stamp cachets being one of just 8 recorded used in the proper period, this cover was part of the last Type Va mailing, leaving on the "Tymeric" on Feb 12, 1930.
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    Lot# : 37 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type Va, Cachet Impressions and Defacing, comprised of a photo of the Type Va handstamp and two impressions of the handstamp on paper, additional piece of paper with three strikes of the defaced cachet ("Type Va with "A" removed") dated "2 Aug 1985" and signed by Gerry Bullock plus a South Africa 6d pair tied on piece by Type V, Very Fine collateral rnRev Lindsay removed the Type Va cachet from Tristan in 1930 and its whereabouts remained a mystery until 1974. After Lindsay's death, Gerry Bullock and George Crabb traced and then purchased the Type Va handstamp. After it was located, studied and written about, it was defaced to prevent future forgeries
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    Lot# : 38 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1932; "Tristan da Cunha" manuscript notation at upper right corner of and envelope addressed to England, a "London/ Paquebot 27 AP 32" cds overlaps the notation, "1½ F.B." due marking, GB ½d, 1d dues affixed and tied by light Bradford 28 AP cds, envelope some typical light wrinkling, Fine and rare use from the first manuscript period (7 Jan 30 - 30 May 32), carried aboard "King William" which departed in Feb 1932
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    Lot# : 39 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    No Cachet 1st Period; 1932, manuscript "Tristan Da Cunha" at upper right corner of an envelope addressed to Durban, Natal, multiple postage due handstamps with a South Africa 1d due single and vertical bisect (SG D13, D13 var.) affixed and tied by "Kloof Natal 19 May 32" cancel, additional "London F.S./ Paquebot 27 AP 32" transit cancel, backstamped Kloof 19 May 32, envelope roughly opened at right and some creasing along the top, with the original enclosure from May Repetto (nee May Glass) relating a visit from the Bishop of St Helena, population of 163 on the island, farming activities, etc., Fine use during this period when no cachets were available as Rev Partridge took them when he left the island Jan 7 1932 and returned at the end of May; this cover left the island on the "MV King William" and routed through Shanghai before going through London and then Natal; 2004 Sismondo certificate
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    Lot# : 40 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1932 Stampless Cover to South Africa, ladies envelope with bold strikes of "2d" and octagonal framed "T 20c" due markings, back side with South Africa 1d Dues damaged pair tied by partial 28 MY 32 town cancel, bit roughly opened with some backflap tears and a few small edge breaks at top, a bit of transfer from another document on the address side, a Fine use; 2004 Sismondo certificaternThe envelope was carried on the M.V. King William which departed Tristan on Feb 14, 1932. The enclosed letter from Frances Repetto is datelined at Tristan the same day. In it she mentions that a ship has not stopped by the island for 10 months, the bishop of St Helena visit, and other bits concerning life on the island. There was a period in 1932 when there was no cachet available as it had been taken by Rev Partridge on a 5-month leave of absence from Jan-May 1932.rn
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    Lot# : 41 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    No Cachet 2nd Period; 1933-34, manuscript "TRISTAN DA CUNHA" at upper right of an envelope addressed to England with a GB 1½d tied by a "Cape Town/ Paquebot 24 Feb 34" cancel, small paper clip stain lower right, Fine; left the island on RMSP Atlantis
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    Lot# : 42 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    No Cachet 2nd Period; 1933-34, manuscript "tristan da cunha" at the top of an envelope addressed to England, GB ½d George V tied by "Cape Town/ Paquebot 24 Feb 1934" cancel, "1d To Pay 723" due marking, GB 1d Due affixed and tied by Epsom 20 MR 34 cancel, Very Fine and choice; the cover left Tristan on the "RMSP Atlantis" on Feb 19, 1934. Rev Wilde arrived at Tristan on the same ship and returned with the Type V cachet which had accidently been taken by Rev Partridge to England 10 months prior; signed Sismondo and with his 2004 certificate
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    Lot# : 43 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    No Cachet 2nd Period; 1933-34, manuscript "Tristan da Cunha" at upper right corner of an envelope addressed to England, Cape Town Paquebot cancel partially obscured by GB ½d, 1d Dues, octagonal "T 20c" and "1½d I.S.F." due markings, the dues tied by Ilkeston 20 MR 34 cancel, envelope some minor faults, Fine use during period, the cover left aboard "RMSP Atlantis" on Feb 24, 1934.
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    Lot# : 44 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Dutch Submarine KXVIII Mail; 1935, 3-line cachet ties Argentina, Portugal and Uruguay franking on an envelope addressed to a crewman's parents-in-law c/o the ship in Tristan and then readdressed to Buenos Aires, nice strike of the Type V cachet at upper left, some aging spots on envelope and stamps, still a Fine use of the cachet on a full cover as opposed to most being used on postcardsrnThe Dutch submarine K XVIII was launched in 1932 and visited the island in 1935 during its deployment trip to Surabaya. The cover was posted by Cornelis van der Linde, the head machinist on the submarine.
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    Lot# : 45 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Private Cachets; 1935, "From Tristan Da Cunha" and "20 Apr 1935" handstamps on the backflap of an envelope addressed to "Mrs Dent" in England, Durban 2.V.35 transit cancel plus framed "PAQUEBOT" marking (Hosking 2774, rare on Tristan mail), oval "T 10c" and "1d To Pay 723" due markings, GB 1d due affixed and tied by "Axminster 28 MY 35" cancel, additional manuscript "Mrs Joe Glass/ Shoes Size 4" along left edge, Very Fine, guesses about the cachet and this mailing in general include that it most likely created by the unidentified ship's crew; that there were probably loose mails hurriedly written on the ship's arrival and it isn't known why Rev Wilde did not apply the Type V cachet
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    Lot# : 46 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Private Cachets; 1935, "From Tristan Da Cunha" and "20 Apr 1935" handstamps on the backflap of an envelope addressed to "Mrs Dent" in England, Durban 2.V.35 transit cancel plus framed "PAQUEBOT" marking (Hosking 2774, rare on Tristan mail), oval "T 10c" and "1d To Pay 723" due markings, GB 1d due affixed and tied by 'Axminster 28 MY 35" cancel, additional manuscript "Mrs Joe Glass/ asks for tea pot" along left edge, Very Fine, guesses about the cachet and this mailing in general include that it most likely created by the unidentified ship's crew; that there were probably loose mails hurriedly written on the ship's arrival and it isn't known why Rev Wilde did not apply the Type V cachetrnProvenance: Dr Gene Scott
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    Type VI, 1937, bold strike of the cachet on George VI Coronation envelope with usual cachet and signed by William Repetto (Headman), South Africa 1d Due affixed and tied by Simons Town 25 Jan 38 cancel, bit of ink bleed from cachet at upper right but Fine and scarce cover carried on the Anatolia and dated one day later than most of the mail offloaded, according to Crabb, this is one of seven covers sent for stamping sent by islanders in the Anatolia mail
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    Lot# : 48 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type VI, 1937, registered oversized "Visit of the H.M.S. Carlisle - March 1937" cover, addressed to London, nice strike of the cachet (scarce as majority of these received the Type V cachet) at the lower right, franked with GB ½d-2½d Edward VIII, each tied by "London F.S./ Paquebot 30 MR 37" cancel (same as a backstamp), London registry label, signed by the ship's mail officer at lower right, Very Fine and attractive; produced on board the ship (500 copies) as a souvenir for officers of the visit and shows a map of the island and its position in the South Atlantic rnThe Type VI cachet was supplied by JRA Moore of Cape Town and was first used Aug 11, 1936 on non-islander mail taken by the "Harmala" as islander mail had already received the Type V cachet.
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    Lot# : 49 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type Vi, 1937, bold strike of the cachet on George VI Coronation unsealed envelope (printed matter rate) with usual cachet and signed by William Repetto (Headman), South Africa 1d Due affixed and tied by Simons Town 24 Jan 38 cancel, bit of ink bleed from cachet at upper right but Fine and scarce cover carried on the Anatolia
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    Lot# : 50 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type VII, 1939, envelope addressed to Allan Crawford in London with bold strike of the cachet partially obscured by the ½d, 1d GB postage dues affixed and tied by "London W.C. 24 MR 1939" cancel, "1½d F.B." due handstamp, backstamped with a "27 MAR Recd" handstamp which has been framed in pencil, and signed, missing backflap, Fine envelope from Lily Glass and with the scarce War Correspondents cancel
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    Lot# : 51 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type VII, 1940, strong strikes of the cachet in deep blue tie GB 1d George V and the "poached egg" test stamp on envelope addressed to Lundy Isl care of the Heanton Court Aerodrome in Devon, a Lundy Isl ½ Puffin with 1929-1939 overprint tied by Lundy slogan cancel in green with Lundy 1 Apr 1940 cds alongside, 3-line "Air Service to Lundy I./ Suspended/ For Duration of War." handstamp, envelope opened top and right, Very Fine, the cover was carried from the "HMS Dorsetshire" on March 7, 1940 and represents the last use of the cachet in the first (early WW II) period, also one of two known Lundy Island mails with the local carriage stamp and with the cds and slogan cancel; additionally likely unique being the only Tristan mail seen with the "poached egg" test stamp applied and used as if it were valued at ½drnProvenance: Jack Cole
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    Lot# : 52 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type VII; 1945, bold strike of the cachet in red ties GB 1d George VI to envelope addressed to English collector M Kershaw, Very Fine, this cover left Tristan on Oct 11 1945 on "RMS Darro"; During WW II, the military censor on Tristan (from Aug 1940) was issued a red ink pad for use with the "tombstone" censor mark which remained on the island after the war. The Type VII cachet was applied in red by error by the wartime censor who used the red ink pad instead of blue by mistake for the cachet. It is thought that only 6-10 of the Kershaw covers, and no others, received this red cachet. (see "Ice Cap News", Vol. 27, Whole No. 151, pg 18)
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    Lot# : 53 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type VII; c.1948, crisp strike of cachet ties South Africa 2d to an envelope addressed to South Africa with added boxed "Tristan Da Cunha/ South Atlantic Ocean" handstamp (known to collectors as cachet "E"), Very Fine; this cachet "E" was first (and sparingly) used by Allan Crawford in 1948 and appeared again in the post-evacuation period
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    Lot# : 54 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type VII, 1938/48, selection of 36 covers (good number philatelic as expected incl a "Wilson" cover and frankings of various countries), carried on different ships and featuring variety of frankings incl some postage dues, markings including Paquebot, etc., some minor faults as expected but an overall Fine and desirable group
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    Lot# : 55 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type VIII; 1949, fair strike ties GB 2½d Silver Wedding to envelope addressed to England, oval "T" and "1½d" due markings with GB ½d, 1d Dues affixed and tied by Richmond 6 SP 49 cds cancels, Very Fine; the Type VIII cachet was supplied by Allan Crawford when he returned on May 8 1946.rnThe Sept 6 1949 arrival date is significantly later than the last known use of the Type VIII cachet (departed on "HMSAS Transvaal" on Jan 28 1949) and is possibly an unauthorized use that could have departed with "MV Pequena" on Apr 2 1949 (no other ships at Tristan from April 2-Sept 17) so there is no direct match with the arrival date. It is perhaps more likely that the late date is due to a postal delay, though to date no other delay covers are known
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    Lot# : 56 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type IX; 1948, clear strike of the cachet with manuscript "5/3/48" inserted (by Rev Lawrence) on an envelope addressed to Cape Town with "The Tristan Venture 1948" cc and island view, the "Potato" stamp affixed and tied (illegally) by crisp strike of Type VIII cachet, envelope with a couple of tiny age spots, Very Fine; cover #12 of the 21 known "Tristan Venture" covers and accompanied by a rarely seen letter on the "Tristan Venture" letterhead datelined "The Naval Station/ Tristan Da Cunha/ South Atlantic/ 25th Feb 1948" and signed by John Findlay (galley-boy)
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    Lot# : 57 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type IX with Central Date Line, 1949, nice strike ties South Africa 1d George VI (2) to envelope addressed to England, stamps also tied by a Cape Town 15.II.49 cancel, Very Fine and choice; departed the island on the MFV Pequena on Dec 8, it is believed there are fewer than 10 examples of the Type IX cachet with date line recorded
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    Lot# : 58 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type IX with Central Date Line, 1949, the Type IX cachet but with an additional central stamped date line - "1 DEC 1949" (used only on this one date), perfect strike applied on envelope addressed to England with "Cape Town/ Paquebot 15.XII.49" cancel, oval "T" and "1½d" due markings (unpaid), Very Fine and choice
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    Lot# : 59 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type IX with Central Date Line, 1949, nice strike of the cachet plus a lightly struck Cape Town Paquebot cds tie Mauritius 5c Silver Wedding (2) to envelope addressed to England, Very Fine and rare; stamps of Mauritius were invalid for postage from Tristan and this cover may thus be unique; 2000 Sismondo certificate
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    Lot# : 60 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type IX, 1950, nice strike of the cachet on an unsealed envelope addressed to London partially overlapped by the GB 1d UPU Congress tied by "Cape Town/ Paquebot 8.II.50" cancel, manuscript "P.P. Rate" at upper left, with enclosure (small portion of a newspaper page), Very Fine and choice, there is a pencil notation indicating this envelope transited on the "MFV Pequena" but that ship was at Tristan until Feb 15 indicating the cover more likely went via the "HMSAS Natal" which left Jan 31
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    Lot# : 61 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type IX, 1950, two covers addressed to USA, first on Cardonia stationery with fair strike of the cachet plus octagonal "T 10c" due marking, 2-line "Postage Due 4 Cents/ Foreign Sect G.P.O.N.Y" handstamp, Cape Town/ Paquebot 22.II.50 cancel, USA 2c Dues affixed (partially over cachet) and cancelled by partially struck double oval cancels; second cover (unsealed) with octagonal "T 10c" and circular "Due 4 Cents" markings plus Cape Town/ Paquebot 22.II.50 and circular New York, NY/ G.P.O. undated cancels, Very Fine pair
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    Lot# : 62 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type IX, 1948/50, 11 covers plus a 1960 cover to South Africa, includes 1948 to England with type VII and IX cachets, a 1950 postcard to USA with a handwritten note attached by staple with note from islander "This island has no Post Office all postage has to be paid by the receiver/ Tristan Da Cunha", etc., generally F-VF
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    Lot# : 63 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type X variety, Crawford's cachet "F", 1943, Crawford's map of the island ("The Tristan Times", Aug 1 1943, supplement no. 2) folded in half vertically, back side with his well struck "A.B.C." dated double-oval cachet with a manuscript "Sup. 2" above the date, signed "A.B. Crawford" and with added notation "Surveyor of the Island/ 1937-38. (Norwegian/ Scientific Expedition).", Very Fine; this cachet would come back to the island in 1946/47 but with the "A.B.C." initials removed, becoming the Type X cachet
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    Lot# : 64 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type X; 1948, nice strike of "6 Mar 1948" dated cachet along with a Type VII cachet on envelope with "The Tristan Venture" cc and printed cachet, addressed to South Africa, envelope with few small age spots and lightly folded in half in each direction, Fine; "The Tristan Venture" (organized by Rev Lawrence to promote commercial fishing) printed 200 envelopes but only 21 covers are known to exist, this being cover #11; the Type X cachet shows one of two private use days during the Venture expedition
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    Lot# : 65 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type X; 1950, light strike (as often) on an envelope from an islander addressed to Allan Crawford in Cape Town and then forwarded, "Cape Town/ Paquebot" 1950 cancel with a boxed "Postage Not Collected" and circled "T 2D" due handstamps, South Africa 2d Dues (one for the incoming postage due, the other for forwarding fee); one faulty) tied by double-circle cancels, backflap missing, Fine the boxed Cape Town handstamp is seldom seen on Tristan mail
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    Lot# : 66 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type X, 1950, good strike of the dated cachet on an envelope addressed to New Zealand with mixed GB/ New Zealand franking tied by "Cape Town Paquebot 5.X.50" cancel, slight offset of the cachet on the back side, with letter enclosure dated 24 Apr 1950 and confirming to the recipient that the letter was sent out on that date, it is signed "Arthur" (Glass?), Very Fine, traveled on the "MFV Pequena"
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    Lot# : 67 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type X; 1950, fair strike (dated 3 Nov 1950) on an envelope addressed to Scotland, GB 2½d Silver Wedding tied by "Cape Town/ Paquebot 13 Nov 50" cancel, "Potato" stamp affixed at lower right, Fine use, the Type X cachet was derived from Allan Crawford's private cachet used from 1943-45 and was put into use (without the initials) beginning in March of 1950 noting some deterioration had taken place
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    Lot# : 68 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type X variety, Month in Numerals; 1951, light strike of the cachet dated 29-9-1951 on an envelope addressed to a collector in Australia, circled "T 2D" due marking (unpaid), Very Fine; unusual destination; accompanied by original enclosure from Administrator Hugh Elliot dated 28.IX.51 explaining returning "...International Reply Coupons, which are not of course negotiable until a Post Office opens here. We have no official postmark"
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    Lot# : 69 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type X variety, Month in Numerals; 1951, light strike of the cachet dated 29-9-1951 on an envelope addressed to a dealer in England, circled "T 2D" due marking is crossed out and a "2D To Pay 242" handstamp is added with a manuscript "½" added, GB ½d and 2d Dues affixed and canceled by indistinct postmarks, Very Fine; this marking was the last of the pre-stamp cachets and was used for just six months in 1951; this cover shows some of the confusion among postal workers about the rates from Tristan
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    Lot# : 70 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type X variety, Month in Numerals; 1951, light strike of the cachet dated 23-10-1951 on an envelope from an islander addressed to England, circled "T 2D" due marking (not collected) plus diamond postal census marking indicating arrival in the UK during October or November, Very Fine; it is unknown why the date setting was changed form letters to numerals with theories ranging from administrator whim to a failure with the cachet
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    Lot# : 71 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type X, 1950/51, 7 covers incl 1950 with Pitcairn Isl franking (2) and 1951 with Turks & Caicos franking (cachet date in numbered form), F-VF
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    Lot# : 72 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type XI, 1962, near-perfect strike on an envelope addressed to USA, South Africa 1½c tied by "Cape Town Paquebot 7.II.62" cancel, boxed "S.A.S. Transvaal" handstamp, a light wrinkle on the left edge the only mar to the cachet, Very Fine mailing from the 1st official mail (see Crabb pg 282-83)
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    Lot# : 73 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type XI variety, 1963, strong strike of the cachet on an unsealed SS Argentina envelope showing residue from the removal of the "Royal Society" inner script, South Africa 2½c Settlers' Monument tied by "Cape Town/ Paquebot 11.III.63" cancel, additional strikes of "SS Argentina Captain's Office" and "Gough Island M.V. Tristania" circular handstamps plus a "Gough Island" straight-line, Very Fine
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    Lot# : 74 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Type XII, 1962, five covers with the framed cachet plus an additional strike of the Type XIII cachet, each with South Africa Franking and Cape Town Paquebot cancel except on with Tristan #20 tied by Tristan cds and addressed to USA; includes one cover with Type XII cachet showing a feint break as in the Type XI cachet, two covers marked "Landing of advance party for resettlement Tristan da Cunha", F-VF
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    Lot# : 75 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1939 Cacheted Cover to Tristan da Cunha, envelope with printed cachet showing and offshore view of the island franked by Netherlands 12½c Wilhelmina, tied by Vlissingen 18.I.39 cancel, addressed to "Mrs Frances Repetto/ Tristan da Cunha/ via London and further/ with S.S. Viceroy of London" (last two lines of the address crossed out), backstamped Bombay G.P.O. 3 Apr 39 and with message from ship's clerk on backflap reading "Received on board/ Viceroy of India/ @ Bombay/ 30/3/39/ This ship called at/ Tristan da Cunha 11/2/39", Fine and attractive cover sent by Jan Bander (author of "Tristan 1506-1950")
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    Lot# : 76 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    World War II Censor Mark, bold strike of the "tombstone" censor mark in blue- violet rather than the usual red, partially overlaps the "Post Office/ Maritime Mail" handstamp, addressed to Kingston-On-Thames, England and forwarded to Nottingham, Very Fine; cover from the garrison commander, Lt Cdr EJ Wooley (also surgeon) and addressed to his wife or mother and it is only from his dated initials in the censor handstamp ("E.J.W. 13/10") that it is certain the cover originated in Tristan; accompanied by a 1943 folded hand-written note on "Naval Message" form certifying the presence of mice and rats on the island and that they are "not related to each other and are separate and distinct species", nice strike of the "Medical Officer-In-Charge/ Tristan Da Cunha/ 19 Jul 1943" double oval handstamp
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    Lot# : 77 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1948/51 Islander Mail Assortment, includes 1948 cover (two strong type VIII cachets) to England with letter including a photo of the Walker family; 1948 cover to Mrs Veal in England with type VII cachet and charged postage due on arrival (accompanied by response from the P.O. on why postage due assessed); picture postcard from 1950 "Caronia: visit addressed to USA with type IX cachet; 1950 cover to Mrs Veal in England with type X cachet and charged postage due (2); a 1951 two-page handwritten letter from Marjorie Rogers to Mrs Veal, etc., F-VF; nice lot of postal history from the period
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    Unofficial Cachets; 1949/50, "Tristan Da Cunha" and year date in a 45mm double circle, one dated 1949 struck on an envelope with hand-written message from Rev Lawrence dated "3.11.50" and with comments including "This frank was discovered by me on Tristan - to the best of my knowledge it has not been used....However no collection of early frankings can be considered complete without a copy of it.", accompanied by a strike of the frank dated 1950 struck on piece of paper originally sent as a block of six to Dr Boertie Davidson (block has been broken for collectors), Very Fine, the frank is believed to have been made by John Butler of the Tristan Development Co.
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    Non-Official Cachets, Butler/ Wilkinson, 1949, two covers to England with the unofficial cachet (Type "L") which closely resembles Type VIII and is most likely to have been produced by John Butler of the Tristan Development Co. and is most associated with envelopes typed by Wilkinson, one cover with clear strike of the marking and manuscript "4" due (unpaid), the other cover with two strikes tying GB ½d, 1½d, 2½d George V plus a strike of the Type IX cachet (the only recorded cover with dual official/ unofficial cachet strikes), F-VF
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    Lot# : 80 Tristan Da Cunha - Pre Stamp Cachets

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    Non-Official Cachets, Edgar Weston (Victor Marsh), 1951, "Tristan Da Cunha/ Edinburgh Settlement" ("Horseshoe") cachet on an envelope addressed to Marsh, the cachet ties GB ½d Due, typed "P.P. Rate/ Postage Due ½d" at upper left, GB 3d Due affixed and tied by "Richmond and Twickenham 23 JU 51" cancel with another strike adjacent to the cachet, "3D O2L" due marking, Very FinernIn 1951, Edgar Weston (a.k.a. Victor Marsh), who supplied the Type III cachet, attempted to have a new cachet authenticated. He sent a batch of 1,000 covers, pre-stamped and already franked with this new "Horseshoe" cachet to the island. His intention was to have the covers included in the regular Tristan mail by Mrs Lily Glass. However, the administrator declined to approve this scheme and the covers were returned in bulk. Weston dropped some of these returned covers (as offered here) in an attempt to authenticate the use. The handstamp was sent to Mr Harding, the island's schoolteacher who used it privately on mails (a 1956 airletter is included showing his use of the cachet)
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    Lot# : 81 Tristan Da Cunha

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    "POST OFFICE TRISTAN DA CUNHA" Straightline Handstamp, nice impression of the handstamp which was issued to the island in Oct 1951 in preparation of the establishment of a Post Office, the marking is at the top of a letter along with a Tristan 2 SP 56 cds (letter is to a collector describing the 1956 Pictorial issue), accompanied by an official OHBMS parcel tag addressed to the island's Administrator, Very Fine, only a few examples of the straightline handstamp exist
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    Lot# : 82 Tristan Da Cunha

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    "TRISTAN DA CUNHA" Straightline Handstamp, in blue on an envelope franked with three 1952 1d Overprint plate no. 1 singles canceled by "Tristan Da Cunha 1 JA 52" date of issue cancels, also a "J Ball" handstamp (though to be from the local fishing company), Very Fine, a rare straightline marking
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    Lot# : 83 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1954/59 Formula Registered Envelopes, four different-sized covers; 1954 to South Africa with the 1954 Views to 1sh tied by date of issue cancels; 1955 to Canada with 1954 ½d, 4d, 1sh; 1957 to England from Tristan postmaster with 1954 1½d, 2½d pair, 6d, 1sh pair tied by cds with the horseshoe "Edinburgh Settlement" cachet on back, 1959 to England (forwarded) with 1954 9d single franking tied by cds, typical mixed condition for these large envelopes, Fine and scarce
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    Formation of the Tristan Da Cunha Post Office; 1951, letter from administrator Hugh Elliot to an American collector regarding a local Post Office, indicating "...no Post Office has yet been established on Tristan, though preparations to that end are on the way. When and if they are put into effect, you will of course be able to order stamps", Very Fine, accompanied by a proof impression of the "Administrator/ South Atlantic/ 28 SEP 1956/ Tristan Da Cunha" handstamp
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    Lot# : 85 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1961 Evacuation Mail, envelope addressed to England (and forwarded), GB 3d Elizabeth II tied by "Post Office Maritime Mail" naval cancel, backstamped Liphook 23 Oct 61 and with return address of Mrs Mary Swain, red "Commanding Officer/ H.M.S. Leopard/ 15 Oct 1961" commanding officer's cachet, slightly rough opening at top, Fine and rarernWhen news of the volcanic eruption on Tristan went out, HMS Leopard was despatched from Cape Town and reached the island on Oct 13. Shore parties from the ship performed clean-up duties on the island, secured islanders' houses and brought away any portable items belonging to the residents. In addition, a total of four letters written and waiting to be posted were found. These had stamps added on board the ship and were stamped with the Commanding Officer's cachet.
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    Lot# : 86 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1962-63 Resettlement Period Postal History Exhibit Selection, 12 covers all neatly arranged and annotated on exhibit pages, variety of cancels, ship markings, two covers with the "Potato" stamp affixed, cachets incl the Type XI "Royal Society" incl two with the "Royal Society" inscription removed, Type XII Resettlement, various Capt Cook private cachets, etc., also includes a piece of paper with the "Potato" stamp affixed and accompanied by 8 strikes of a small circular cachet assigned to Chief Islander Willie Repetto, Very Fine assortment with some of the covers or markings existing in small quantities
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    Lot# : 87 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1963 Visit of "USS Spiegel Grove", #55-58, 61, 63, tied on registered envelope addressed to Cape Town by "Tristan Da Cunha 2 May 63" cds, ship's rubber stamp return address upper left, accompanied by another "Spiegel Grove" cover to USA with #63 tied by "Tristan Da Cunha 2 May 63" cds and a 4-line "Missent to Trinidad B.W.I." (creases at top affect stamp), F-VF; a helicopter was used to transport mail from the shiprnUSS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) was a Thomaston-class dock landing ship of the US Navy, named for Spiegel Grove, the home and estate in Fremont, Ohio of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President. The LSD loaded supplies during January 1963 and sailed, on 15 February for her second good-will tour which lasted until late May. The ship steamed over 21,000 miles and visited nine countries, Tristan among them, before returning home.
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    Lot# : 88 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1963 SS Argentina Ship Mail, Captains Office cachet on envelope addressed to Cape Town, South Africa, 2½c Settlers Monument tied by "Cape Town/ Paquebot 11.III.63" cancel, additional "7 Mar 1963", "M.V. Frances Repetto" specs and scarce straight-line "Gough Island" handstamps, Very Fine; as the cover has the rare "Gough Island" handstamp, it is speculated that the mail may be from the "Frances Repetto" that may have met "SS Argentina" near Gough the previous day
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    Lot# : 89 Tristan Da Cunha

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    Ship's Mail, "M.V. Tristania", three 1964 Capt Scott covers (2 unsealed) with the "Tristan Da Cunha/ M.V. Tristiana" double circle cachet and a Cape Town paquebot cancel (2 different types), various other handstamps including "Posted on the High Seas" and "Mail Office/ H.M.S. Jaguar" handstamps, fresh and Very Fine
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    Lot# : 90 Tristan Da Cunha

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    Helicopter Covers, 1964-65, three Capt Scott covers, two with "Mail Office. -1 Dec 1964/ H.M.S. London" handstamp with red typed "Helicopter Flight" below, the other with French "Porte Helicoptres Jeanne D' Arc 7-3 1965" hexagonal cancel and rectangular ship cachet, Very Fine
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    Lot# : 91 Tristan Da Cunha

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    1946 "Potato" Stamps, a bottom left corner margin block of four signed "Originals E. Lawrence 3.11.50" and the sheet of nine different designs denominated from ½d-1sh and showing different aspects of island life, both NH, F-VF
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    Lot# : 93 Tristan Da Cunha

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    7, 1952 6d Overprint, tied on formular registry envelope addressed to England by "Tristan Da Cunha MY 5 53" cds with another strike alongside, Tristan registry label at lower left, some wrinkling bottom left corner, Very Fine properly franked use; recent research indicates that just 28 examples of this envelope exist though, according to Crabb, 100 envelopes were sent to the island with the initial Post Office stock
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    Lot# : 94 Tristan Da Cunha

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    18, 19, 21, 1954 2½d, 3d, 5d Views, tied on an unaddressed "Caronia" envelope by crisp strikes of "Tristan Da Cunha FE 8" cancels with year date omitted, Very Fine, from the third visit of the "Caronia" (7/2/58)
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    Lot# : 95 Tristan Da Cunha

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    SG SB1 var., 1957-58 3sh6d Booklet, "FE 8" Postmark on Back Cover, without year date, front cover light bend from opening, Very Fine, unlisted in SG postmarked on this date
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    Lot# : 96 Tristan Da Cunha

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    28-41, 1960 ½d-10sh Fish, blocks of four plus the ½d booklet pane of four, NH, fresh and F-VF (Scott $306; SG 28-41, £300)
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    Lot# : 97 Tristan Da Cunha

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    55-67, 1963 1d-10sh Resettlement Overprints, three FDC; one with paste-on view of the island, Resettlement double oval, circular "M.V. Tristania" and framed "First Day Cover", the second with Resettlement double oval, framed "First Day Cover" and signed by "Willie Repetto", the third with blue strikes of "M.V. Tristania" and framed "First Day Cover" handstamps, F-VF
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    Lot# : 98 Tristan Da Cunha

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    58a, 1963 3d Resettlement Overprint, Double overprint which shows as the outline of the Queen's head printed double, top margin single (pos 7), NH, Very Fine, with photo of the unbroken sheet, copy of a letter from Harrison and Sons explaining the error and the authenticating purchase letter from "The Connoisseur Stamp Service" of Fareham (UK) (listed but unpriced in Scott; SG 58a, £300)
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    Lot# : 99 Tristan Da Cunha

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    390 var., 1986 25d Elizabeth II 60th Birthday, Silver Color (Cypher and Logo) Omitted, bottom left corner margin single, NH, Very Fine, just one sheet of 100 reported (unlisted in Scott, SG 408a, £325)
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    Lot# : 100 Tristan Da Cunha

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    2002 Post Office Anniversary Proposed Design Original Artwork as designed by Robin Taylor for The Crown Agents, designs for seven single stamps plus a S/S all on approx 12"x8" art board with the design pasted down with a plastic overlay showing the captions, denomination, etc., designs show various facets of mail service on the island - residents with mail, buildings used, etc., also includes 10 cacheted FDC of the issued S/S (Scott 705) signed by Robin Taylor, Very Fine and attractive
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
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    Lot# : 101 Tristan Da Cunha

    2006 500th Anniversary of Tristan Da Cunha Proposed Designs Collection, proposed designs for a 1d-£10 definitive issue by Robin Taylor commemorating the discovery of the island in 1506, two similar designs for each denomination in horizontal or vertical format with the denominations commemorating or showing some facet of Tristan history, from the Portuguese explorer Tristao Da Cunha to a 17th century visit by Dutch ships, maps and views of the island and its residents, etc., each 8¼x11¼ sheet shows the proposed design with a clear plastic overlay (with or without an added design element), Very Fine and, in the words of the representative for the Crown Agents Stamp Bureau, "This is a very attractive issue"
    Start Price : 200.00 USD
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