Lot 1036 India Correspondence of Two Irish Gunners from the East India Company, 1828 to 1855, consisting of 16 letters mailed to No. 2 or No. 3 Pill Lane in Dublin Ireland. These letters were mailed from England, as well as from mostly different parts of India and Burma. Six of the letters (including two that are franked with 1 Anna red stamps, Scott #4) are part of an exhibit which had been presented in a Royal show in 1993. These are very well written up, and contain lots of information on the varied postmarks, rates, routes and more. The lot also contains 20 file folders containing research pertaining to the postmarks, rates and routes on these covers, as well as the extra covers not in the exhibit. Each cover has a hand written transcript of the (usually) long and fascinating letters inside. The two gunners who wrote these letters are John Hoare and R. Johnson. A lovely and rarely offered collection, with many rare and lovely postmarks, in very nice overall condition and ideal for the specialist. All covers are scanned online. Estimate $750, sold for C$2,100.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1056 Worldwide Group of 73 Selected Better Worldwide Covers, from many different countries such as China (PRC), Switzerland, Germany, France, Zanzibar, Austria, United States, New Brunswick, India, Malta, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Cyprus, Gibraltar, French Polynesia, and much more. Noted commercial covers, first day covers, Zeppelin covers, destinations, frankings, a 1935 Portuguese Red Cross inverted overprint error cover, etc. A very useful and valuable lot, with a few small faults but overall fine or better, and quite worth a close look. Estimate $500, sold for C$900.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 386 Canada 1899 Overpayment of the old UPU Registered Rate to India, mailed Shediac NB on AUG.28.1899 (squared circles) registered to Madras, British India, through St John NB, London England (SEP.6), SEA POST OFFICE (SEP.18), Triplicane (SEP.25) and Mylapore (SEP.25). 2c stationery cover is uprated with a 2c Map, two different Provisionals and a 2c Numeral, paying the old UPU rate of 10c, overpaying by 3c. The new 7c (2c + 5c) rate took effect on January 1st, and not everyone must have known, or some would say they refused to acknowledge it. Very fine. From the Robert Lunn Map Stamp Collection. Estimate C$200, sold for C$1,000.00 plus 15% buyer’s premium.