London 2020 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 30

Bermuda, Collection of Early Postal History, 1810-76, Balance of a specialized collection comprising about 60-65 covers, mainly stampless, and just about all between England and Bermuda, with examples of various transatlantic rates and routes; also includes an 1836 letter datelined Melville, Bermuda concerning a captured Portuguese brig with African slaves onboard; 1824 & 1830 "Bootleg" covers from Halifax, Nova Scotia to St. Georges; an 1824 cover hand-carried from Bermuda to England and placed in the Two-Penny Post in London; 1832 & 1837 Ship Letters from Bermuda to Norfolk, Va. and to Boston, respectively; a May 1812 Bill of Lading for the Thetis from Bermuda to New York a month prior to the outbreak of the War of 1812, and another from 1864 for the Henrietta from New York to Bermuda; a "BERMUDA/SHIP LETTER" on an 1845 cover from New York to St. Georges and a "HAMILTON BERMUDA/SHIP LETTER" on a mourning cover, also from New York to St. Georges (small piece of a corner missing); additionally we note an 1856 cover from Bermuda to England franked with six G.B. 1d reds canceled on arrival in Liverpool (one stamp and corner of cover missing); an 1868 cover from St. Georges to Halifax, Nova Scotia franked with a 6d dull purple (SG 6); an 1861 mourning cover from England to "Ireland Island, Bermuda" franked with a G.B. 6d pale lilac (SG 70); an 1842 stampless folded letter from St. John, Newfoundland to Bermuda via Halifax; three 1840s covers from Jamaica to Bermuda, two via Havana, the other via St. Thomas; Collaterally, included are two folded address leaves, 1811 & 1825, with manuscript Free Franks of U.S. Treasurer, Thomas T. Tucker, who was born in Bermuda, both postmarked Washington, 1811 to Philadelphia and 1825 to Portsmouth; there are also a handful of later covers addressed to Bermuda. All-in-all, a most interesting and unusual lot of this seldom-seen material.

Price: $7,500.

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