STOCKHOLMIA 2019 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 11

Bermuda, 1875 (May 26), the Moncrieff cover, a spectacular envelope, mailed from Ireland Island and addressed to H.A. Moncrieff Esq., 3 Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, London SW, bearing each of the "One/Penny."-overprinted Provisionals: the 3d yellow buff (4: single, plus horizontal strip of three, straight edge at right), 2d dull blue and 1s green, plus an 1865 rose red 1d—all tied by light "3" (K1) cancels. "BERMUDA/I/26MY75/PAID" P5 datestamp at lower left (the "2" and "7" of the date added in brown ink in manuscript), with "Via New York" in, if not two different hands, then two different inks, running up the left side. Reverse bears "LONDON •     S.W/MN/JU12/75" receiver to left of flap, the tip of which bears a striking deep blue "H.M.S. Bellerophon" crest.

The cover travelled from Bermuda via the Quebec Canima to New York and thence by Cunard Abyssinia to Queenstown and London.

The cover also bears the distinction, following Groten & Pitts' Bermuda: Crossroads of the Atlantic—A Postal History, of being the earliest recorded cover bearing the 1d on 3d overprint, which had been issued May 8.

Some age stains and edge wear (including a small inconsequential bit of flap missing).

A phenomenal eye-catching centerpiece for any Bermuda collection or exhibit., the sole cover known bearing all three varieties of the 1875 1d Provisional Issue, Provenance: Ex-JS Sidebottom, Sir Archibald Alison, Sir Henry Tucker, Baron Stig Leuhusen.


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