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NEW ZEALAND - Postal History

1438  1856 (Aug 27) large-part outer to Melbourne, endorsed "via Sydney" with Blue Paper 2d blue (SG #5 - large margins except at right where cut-into, Cat £300 x2+ on cover) tied by poor cancel of Wellington (light backstamp), very fine red oval 'SHIP.LETTER/FREE/SE-27/1856/GPO.VICTORIA' arrival backstamp. Ex Benvie. 400.00 This lot is no longer available
1439  1861 (May 11) cover with White Paper 6d pale brown (SG #14 - margins just clear to large, Cat £300 x2+ on cover) tied by neat '15' cancel of 'NELSON' (b/s), 'MELBOURNE/MY24/61' transit & large oval 'BACCHUS MARSH/VICTORIA' (crown worn away) arrival backstamp, minor blemishes. 250.00 This lot is no longer available
1441  1863 (Jul 11) cover to Scotland with attractive franking of Perf 13 at Dunedin 1d orange-vermilion & 2d pale blue single & strip of 3 (probably SG #68 & 73), '016' cancels & fine double-circle 'GOLD FIELD/A/JY-11/63/OTAGO.N.Z.' backstamp used at Waitahuna, 'N.Z./DUNEDIN/OTAGO/JY14/6[3]' transit & '1 Y/EDINBURGH/SP14/63' arrival backstamp, some very minor soiling. Carried per "Bombay", departed Sydney 22/7/1863: mail arrived Marseilles 12/9/1863 & Southampton mail arrived 17/9/1863. Waitahuna PO 15/10/1861; renamed Waitahuna Gully 1/12/1876. Ex Benvie
Lot 1441 [1 of 2]:1863 (Jul 11) cover to Scotland with attractive franking of Perf 13 at Dunedin 1d orange-vermilion & 2d pale blue single & strip of 3 (probably SG #68 & 73), '016' cancels & fine double-circle 'GOLD FIELD/A/JY-11/63/OTAGO.N.Z.' backstamp used at Waitahuna, 'N.Z./DUNEDIN/OTAGO/JY14/6[3]Lot 1441 [2 of 2]:1863 (Jul 11) cover to Scotland with attractive franking of Perf 13 at Dunedin 1d orange-vermilion & 2d pale blue single & strip of 3 (probably SG #68 & 73), '016' cancels & fine double-circle 'GOLD FIELD/A/JY-11/63/OTAGO.N.Z.' backstamp used at Waitahuna, 'N.Z./DUNEDIN/OTAGO/JY14/6[3]
1,400.00 1,150.00 sold
1442  1864 (Feb 13) double-rate cover to Flintshire/North Wales with Imperf 2d blue Plate I Worn Plate (margins good to large) & 6d red-brown x3 (all with faults) tied by 'CHRISTCHURCH/FE13/64/NEW ZEALAND - CH.CH' duplex, 'HOLYWELL/AP13/[6]4' arrival cds on the face, opened-out. Carried per "Madras", departed Melbourne 25/2/1864: the mail arrived Marseilles 11/4/1864 and the Southampton mail arrived 16/4/1864. [From 12/9/1863, the rate via Marseilles was varied to 6d + 4d per half-ounce, in effect an all-up rate of 10d per ½oz: see Ellott at page 95.] Ex Ellott & Benvie. 600.00 This lot is no longer available
1443  1864 (Oct 13) cover to Mrs Laver/12 Regiment/Victoria Barracks/Sydney with Imperf 6d red-brown (SG #43 - margins just clear to large) tied by light strike of the undated 'QUEENS REDOUBT' handstamp & 'NEW ZEALAND' cds used at the Redoubt, partial Auckland cds alongside, repaired opening faults on the reverse & small opening fault at the top. From the period of the Second Maori War. Ex du Bois. Odenweller Cert (2006). [The sender was Quartermaster Robert Laver of the 12th (East Suffolk) Regiment of Foot that served in New Zealand from 3/10/1863 until 17/5/1867. With Gerald Ellott's remarkable Maori Wars collection now in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, collectors have few opportunities to obtain military covers from this important campaign.] Ex Benvie. 850.00 This lot is no longer available
1444  1866 (Jan 14) cover to Post Office/Rockhampton with 2d deep blue Plate II single & pair, poor '5' cancels tied by 'TIMARU/JA14/66/CANTERBURY.N.Z.' backstamp, very fine Dunedin transit backstamp unusually in red, on arrival redirected to Brisbane & then to Ipswich rated "2" & then "4d" (why) for the forwarding fees, Queensland backstamp of Brisbane (twice), Rockhampton (twice) & Ipswich arrival, repaired flap faults. Ex Marcel Stanley, Ellott & Benvie. 500.00 This lot is no longer available
1446  1867 (May 6) flapless mourning cover to London - unusually with a pre-printed address - with 6d red-brown P12½, tied by poor barred cancel of 'PICTON' (fine backstamp), superb London arrival cds of 27JU67 in red on the face. Carried per Mataura, departed Wellington 8/5/1867, arrived Panama 4/6/1867; mails arrived in the UK 26/6/1867. Ex Benvie.
Lot 1446 [1 of 2]:1867 (May 6) flapless mourning cover to London - unusually with a pre-printed address - with 6d red-brown P12½, tied by poor barred cancel of 'PICTON' (fine backstamp), superb London arrival cds of 27JU67 in red on the face. Carried per Mataura, departed Wellington 8/5/1867, arrived Panama 4/6/1867; mails arrived in the UK 26/6/1867. Ex Benvie. Lot 1446 [2 of 2]:1867 (May 6) flapless mourning cover to London - unusually with a pre-printed address - with 6d red-brown P12½, tied by poor barred cancel of 'PICTON' (fine backstamp), superb London arrival cds of 27JU67 in red on the face. Carried per Mataura, departed Wellington 8/5/1867, arrived Panama 4/6/1867; mails arrived in the UK 26/6/1867. Ex Benvie.
250.00 190.00 sold
1447  1867 (Nov 8) entire endorsed "Per Ruahine/Via Panama" to London with 6d red-brown (SG #122?, apparently on toned paper, corner fault) tied by Wellington duplex, superb London arrival cds of 30DE67 in red on the face. Carried per "Ruahine", departed Wellington 8/11/1867, arrived Panama 4/12/1867; mails arrived in the UK 28/12/1867. [By this stage, it was most unusual for the sender to endorse the name of a particular ship. The writer comments on the imperfections of our duplicates of our letters and attribute the same to the quality of the Ink used...!] Ex Ellott & Benvie. 400.00 This lot is no longer available
1448  1868 (Jan) large-part cover (opened-out to display the stamps that were folded over the edges) to Locarno with P12½ 1d vermilion x5 & 1/- yellow-green pair cancelled with squiggly lines attributed to Waimea (unrecorded by Wooders), Hokitika transit backstamp of JA22/68, fine strike of the scarce 'REGISTERED/PD/S/30MR68/LONDON' "overlapped duplex" transit d/s in red, 'ANGL/AMB CALAIS A' TPO cds & French 'CHARGE' handstamp, Swiss postage due handstamp plus backstamp of Basel, Lucerne & Locarno & undated-oval '[cross]/GIUMAGLIO' arrival handstamp. A famous item, that oozes character. Carried per "Kaikoura", departed Wellington 7/2/1868; arrived Panama 5/3/1868; mails arrived Plymouth 28/3/1868. [While this might appear to be overpaid 1d for a ¼oz letter, the Swiss handstamp shows the weight as 8gr (= just over ¼oz) so the correct rate was 1/4d + 1/10d registration = 1/- plus an extra 5d per ¼oz x2 - see Ellott Vol 3 at page 20-47: note 'f' - which means that 3d & 6d stamps are missing (apparently from the upper-right).] Ex Woolfe & Benvie. 500.00 This lot is no longer available
1449  1868 (Aug 10) cover with P12½ 6d red-brown (trimmed at right on opening) tied by poor cancel of 'OAMARU/OTAGO NZ' (b/s), 'NY STEAMSHIP/10' postage due handstamp & capsule 'U.S. 10cts' handstamp, 'MOHAWK/OC23/68/CW' arrival backstamp, repaired tear at lower-right. Carried per Mataura, departed Wellington 9/9/1868, arrived Panama 8/10/1868; mail arrived St Thomas 15/10/1868. [On 1/6/1867, the rate was halved to 6d per ½oz.] The 'U.S. 10cts' handstamp was applied at the Buffalo (NY) exchange office. This is one of only two New Zealand covers recorded with this handstamp. [Mohawk PO 6/4/1836; renamed Mount Pleasant in 1922.] Ex Ellot & Benvie.
Lot 1449 [1 of 2]:1868 (Aug 10) cover with P12½ 6d red-brown (trimmed at right on opening) tied by poor cancel of 'OAMARU/OTAGO NZ' (b/s), 'NY STEAMSHIP/10' postage due handstamp & capsule 'U.S. 10cts' handstamp, 'MOHAWK/OC23/68/CW' arrival backstamp, repaired tear at lower-right. Carried per Mataura, departed Wellington 9/9/1868, arrived Panama 8/10/1868; mail arrived St Thomas 15/10/1868. [On 1/6/1867, the rate was halved to 6d per ½oz.] 
The 'U.S. 10cts' handstamp was applied at the Buffalo (NY) exchange office. This is one of only two New Zealand covers recorded with this handstamp. [Mohawk PO 6/4/1836; renamed Mount Pleasant in 1922.] Ex Ellot & Benvie. Lot 1449 [2 of 2]:1868 (Aug 10) cover with P12½ 6d red-brown (trimmed at right on opening) tied by poor cancel of 'OAMARU/OTAGO NZ' (b/s), 'NY STEAMSHIP/10' postage due handstamp & capsule 'U.S. 10cts' handstamp, 'MOHAWK/OC23/68/CW' arrival backstamp, repaired tear at lower-right. Carried per Mataura, departed Wellington 9/9/1868, arrived Panama 8/10/1868; mail arrived St Thomas 15/10/1868. [On 1/6/1867, the rate was halved to 6d per ½oz.] 
The 'U.S. 10cts' handstamp was applied at the Buffalo (NY) exchange office. This is one of only two New Zealand covers recorded with this handstamp. [Mohawk PO 6/4/1836; renamed Mount Pleasant in 1922.] Ex Ellot & Benvie.
250.00 190.00 sold
   
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