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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.
Lot 1438 [1 of 2]: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. Lot 1438 [2 of 2]: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.
400.00 300.00 R
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.
Lot 1439 [1 of 2]: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. Lot 1439 [2 of 2]: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.
250.00 190.00 R
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.
Lot 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]
600.00 460.00 R
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.
Lot 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.
850.00 650.00 R
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.
Lot 1444 [1 of 2]:1866 (Jan 14) cover to Post Office/Rockhampton with 2d deep blue Plate II single & pair, poor '5' cancels tied by 'TIMALot 1444 [2 of 2]:1866 (Jan 14) cover to Post Office/Rockhampton with 2d deep blue Plate II single & pair, poor '5' cancels tied by 'TIMA
500.00 380.00 R
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.
Lot 1447 [1 of 2]: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. Lot 1447 [2 of 2]: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.
400.00 300.00 R
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.
Lot 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.
500.00 380.00 R
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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