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Lot 5780 - brit. colonies Gibraltar -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

Lot 5780 - brit. colonies Gibraltar - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

1857 (Dec 15): Great Britain 1855 2 d. blue, wmk. Large Crown, perf 14 and 1856 4 d. rose-carmine in a rich shade, used on 1857 cover from Gibraltar to Deptford endorsed 'per First Steamer, Paid' at left, tied by two fine strikes of the "G" in bars obliterator with three line dated GIBRALTAR / SHIP LETTER in blue below (Dec 15) and circular SOUTHAMPTON / SHIP LETTER cds of receipt (Dec 22). A magnificent cover of great aesthetic appeal.rnProvenance: Collection Geoffrey Osborn, Christie's, London, 14 May 1991, lot 1144.

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Lot 5778 - brit. colonies Gibraltar -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

Lot 5778 - brit. colonies Gibraltar - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

1858 (March 24): Great Britain 1857 1 d. red, wmk. Large Crown, perf. 14, six examples used on 1858 part cover from Gibraltar to London tied by six strikes of the"G" in bars obliterator with double arc GIBRALTAR datestamp below (March 24) in blue. London arrival (March 30) in red on reverse.

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Lot 5797 - brit. colonies Gibraltar -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

Lot 5797 - brit. colonies Gibraltar - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

1858 (Dec 22): Combination cover, Great Britain 1855 2 d. blue, pl. 6, a used example on cover from Gibraltar with Carver Brothers cachet at left, mailed to Cadiz (MacPherson correspondence) endorsed 'per San Fernando' tied by "G" in bars obliterator with single ring GIBRALTAR cds below (Dec 22) in blue and Spain April 1856 4 cs. rose (Michel 40) alongside and pen-cancelled paying for onward transmission. Reverse with Cadiz arrival cds (Dec 23). A fine and rare combination usage.rnNote: One June 14, 1856, the Spanish Postmaster in San Roque informed Edmund Cresswell Jr., the Postmaster in Gibraltar that in future all mail addressed to destinations within Spain would have to be prepaid by Spanish stamps (the 2 d. Gibraltar rate was more frequently prepaid in cash). This continued until 1875 when, on Nov 25, an agreement between Spain and Gibraltar was signed allowing prepayment of letters with stamps of the country of origin.

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Lot 5771 - brit. colonies Malta -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

Lot 5771 - brit. colonies Malta - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

1877 (May 12): Great Britain 1873/77 1 s. green pl. 12, a sheet marginal example with part imprint at top '(POST)AGE ONE', used on 1877 mourning envelope to Japan tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (May 12). Carried on the P&O Steamer 'Cathay' between Singapore and Hong Kong and thence on the 'Malacca' to Yokohama with arrival at British P.O. Yokohama on reverse (June 23) in black. One flap missing and corner clipped but opens well for display.rnNote: Basil Hall Chamberlain (1850-1935) at this date was teaching at the Imperial Naval Academy in Tokyo, he was later a Professor at Tokyo Imperial University, writing some of the earliest translations of haiku into English.rn 

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Lot 5791 - brit. colonies Gibraltar -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

Lot 5791 - brit. colonies Gibraltar - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

1860 (May 9): Great Britain 1856 4 d. rose, a single example used on cover from Gibraltar to Lyttleton, New Zealand tied by "A26" obliterator with single ring GIBRALTAR despatch cds in blue alongside (May 9). The adhesive also just tied by "Auckland / New Zealand" transit cds (July 17) with faint "Port Victoria / New Zealand" cds (Aug 12) at left. Pinhole in cover at left (probably hung up at the Post Office awaiting collection) and reverse with flap fault and 'Malta' transit cds. The rate is inexplicable.

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Lot 5765 - brit. colonies Malta -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

Lot 5765 - brit. colonies Malta - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

1877 (March 17): Great Britain 1876 4 d. vermilion pl. 15, a horizontal pair used on 1877 mourning envelope from Malta to Basil Hall Chamberlain in Yokohama, Japan tied by horizontal "MALTA / A25" duplex (March 17) Carried on the P&O Steamer 'Zambesi' and struck unusually on obverse with circular HONG-KONG / SINGAPORE TO HONG KONG / MARINE SORTER datestamp (Proud D6) in black (April 23). From Hong Kong carried on the 'Malacca' with British P.O. 'Yokohama' arrival cds. Peripheral edge wear to envelope but a rare stamp on cover to a scarce destination.rnNote: Basil Hall Chamberlain (1850-1935) at this date was teaching at the Imperial Naval Academy in Tokyo, he was later a Professor at Tokyo Imperial University, writing some of the earliest translations of haiku into English.rnProvenance: Collection Francisco, Christie's, London, 22 March 1989, lot 2299.rnrn 

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Lot 5786 - brit. colonies Gibraltar -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

Lot 5786 - brit. colonies Gibraltar - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

1864 (Oct 28): Great Britain 1864 1 d. red pl. 71 and 1862 4 d. vermilion-red, hairlines, in a horizontal strip of three used on 1864 single rate cover from Gibraltar to London, Canada West tied by four strikes of the "A26" obliterator with single ring GIBRALTAR despatch at left (Oct 28). 'London / Paid' transit cds on front (Nov 4) and reverse with double arc 'Hamilton / UC' and 'London / UC' arrival cds's (Nov 17). The adhesives with minor imperfections as slightly to top edge of thin paper envelope but an unusual cover.

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Lot 5785 - brit. colonies Gibraltar -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

Lot 5785 - brit. colonies Gibraltar - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

1869 (Oct 18): Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 133, two horizontal strips of three lettered QI-QG and RG-RI, used on 1869 cover from Gibraltar to London all tied by six strikes of the "A26" obliterator with GIBRALTAR despatch cds alongside (Oct 18). Prepaid for single rate, found to be double weight and struck with rare "INSUFFICIENTLY / * / PREPAID" and two line"DEFICIENT POSTAGE (6d.) / FINE (6d.)" in black. Circular MORE TOP PAY below and handstruck "1/-" charge marking (Oct 25). Edge abrasions sensibly restored but a rare and most appealing usage.

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Lot 5779 - brit. colonies Gibraltar -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

Lot 5779 - brit. colonies Gibraltar - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

1858 (April 7): Great Britain 1855/58 2 d. blue, wmk. Large Crown, perf. 16, a used example on cover from Gibraltar to Tangier tied by the "G" in bars obliterator with double GIBRALTAR cds above in blue (April 7). File folds but an exceedingly scarce stamp on letter. The Tangier British Post Office opened in April 1857, this being one of the earliest covers known that would have been handled by that Office Gi = £ 400 off cover.

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Lot 5798 - brit. colonies Gibraltar -  Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

Lot 5798 - brit. colonies Gibraltar - Corinphila Auction AG Auction 250 - 256 Day 1

1873 (Feb 26): Combination cover originally mailed from London as an enclosure, mailed with Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 141, two examples used on cover to Cadiz (MacPherson correspondence) tied by blurred "A26" obliterator with GIBRALTAR datestamp at left (March 5) in black and paying the Ship Letter fee, Spain January 1873 10 c. ultramarine perf. 14 (Michel 122) tied by diamond mute obliterator in black. Reverse with Cadiz arrival cds (March 6). A few wrinkles but a rare cover of fine appearance.rnNote: On June 14, 1856, the Spanish Postmaster in San Roque informed Edmund Cresswell Jr., the Postmaster in Gibraltar that in future all mail addressed to destinations within Spain would have to be prepaid by Spanish stamps (the 2 d. Gibraltar rate was more frequently prepaid in cash). This continued until 1875 when, on Nov 25, an agreement between Spain and Gibraltar was signed allowing prepayment of letters with stamps of the country of origin.rnProvenance: Collection Geoffrey Osborn, Christie's, London, 14 May 1991, lot 1135.

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