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1805 (20 May) EL from Fort Charlotte, St Vincent to Lieut. Robert Mc Pherson, 17th Native Infantry, Bengal.
1805 (20 May) EL from Fort Charlotte, St Vincent to Lieut. Robert Mc Pherson, 17th Native Infantry, Bengal.

Apparently carried privately to Perth, Scotland where posted to India with PERTH ds, Edinburgh Bishop Mark and London PAID ds. Worn at folds and with hole at lower left corner.
Fascinating contents, a letter from Thomas McGreggor who was with the 90th Regiment to his friend in India describing his time in Ireland and abrupt departure for the West Indies. He spent weeks aboard the transport in Barbados due to French fleet being in the vicinity and then arrived in St Vincent. He was very unhappy stationed high up in the Fort and with fellow officers and men already falling sick. 'Since I came here I have had a continued fit of the Blue Devils.' In the first year of its service in the West Indies the regiment lost eight officers and 136 men but remained as the garrison on the island till 1809.
£325.00


1848 cover with enclosure from Bermuda to England
1848 cover with enclosure from Bermuda to England

written by Lt. William Armytage, R.N. serving on H.M.S. Vesuvius (a 4 gun wooden paddle sloop)in Bermuda. Rated 1/- and with London and Banbury cds b/stamps. Fine.
The absense of any Bermuda postmark indicates that the ships bag containing the letter was delivered directly to the Velocity, the contract mail boat, which sailed on May 7 for Halifax. There it was transferred to Cunards America on May 13. Ex Osborn.
£60.00


1857 mourning cover from London to Kingston, Jamaica and re-directed to Nassau, Bahamas.
1857 mourning cover from London to Kingston, Jamaica and re-directed to Nassau, Bahamas.
1857 mourning cover from London to Kingston, Jamaica and re-directed to Nassau, Bahamas.

Addressed to a Lieutenant in the 1st West India Regiment and thus franked at the officer s rate of 6d. Kingston cds on reverse.
As the letter was addressed to a commissioned officer there was no redirection charge. Ex Osborn.
£100.00


1867 Officers letter from England to Panama
1867 Officers letter from England to Panama
1867 Officers letter from England to Panama

Small mourning envelope to Thomas Warr on H.M.S. Alert, a wooden screw sloop, franked 6d, the special officers rate. London cds b/stamp. Fine.
The ships log gives her location as Tabago, Panama Bay throughout January and February. This letter probably travelled per RMS Colon and then by rail across the Isthus.
£125.00


1875 mourning cover from England to San Fransisco, forwarded to Panama.
1875 mourning cover from England to San Fransisco, forwarded to Panama.

GB 3d plate 16 tied by fine BATH duplex. San Francisco Paid All cds in red at left and Liverpool cds b/stamp. Addressed to Commander Cookson, H.M.S. Peterel, care of British Consul, San Francisco. Fine.
When this letter reached San Francisco HMS Peterel was at Acapulco, Mexico and then 3 days later left for Panama. The consul, who was also the British Post Office Agent would have forwarded the letter per closed bag to Panama. Ex Harper.
£75.00


1888 (12 Apr) envelope from Martinique to Paris
1888 (12 Apr) envelope from Martinique to Paris

with 15c tied by octagonal 'CORR D'ARMEES FORT DE FRANCE' ds in blue. Scarce octagonal 'CORRESPONDANCE DES ARMEES MARTINIQUE' cachet at lower left.
£250.00


1892 GB postal stationery postal 1d postal card
1892 GB postal stationery postal 1d postal card
1892 GB postal stationery postal 1d postal card

addressed to 'Col. Caudfeild, 2 W.I. Regt., Kngston, Jamaica' with fine 'UP PARK CAMP' squared circle receiving mark.
The addressee wrote, 'One Hundred Years' History of the 2nd Batt. West India Regiment from date of raising 1795 to 1898 published in 1899
£22.00


1892 cover from England to
1892 cover from England to
1892 cover from England to

'Surgeon Major C.W. Moore-Mayo, Medical Staff, Jamaica.' Rather roughly opened.
£12.00


1894 Egypt postal stationery 5pi postal card
1894 Egypt postal stationery 5pi postal card

addressed to 'Mrs Caudfeild, Up Park Camp, Jamaica,' with squared circle 'UP PARK CAMP' ds.
Presumably related to Col. J.E. Caudfield who wrote the regimental history.
£30.00


1895 Barbados 2d cancelled by London squared circle
1895 Barbados 2d cancelled by London squared circle
1895 Barbados 2d cancelled by London squared circle

on cover to Major McCraken at Battalion HQ in Barbados unusually not charged postage due.
Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick William Nicholas McCracken KCB, DSO (1859-1949) of the Royal Berkshire Regiment resided at The Garrison, Barbados where he was Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General (DAAG) 1892-97
£75.00


1896 Barbados 1d Soldier
1896 Barbados 1d Soldier
1896 Barbados 1d Soldier's letter to Canada

endorsed, 'No 3287 Pt. West H. Coy 1st Bn. Kings Regt.' and countersigned by E.N. Stowe Lieut. Colonel Commanding 1st Bn The Kings Liverpool Regt.' New York and Parry Sound Ont. b/stamps. Cover restored at left
The regiment arrived from Nova Scotia on 17 Dec 1895 and formed the garrison at the Savannah before moving on to Burma in 1899.
£240.00


1901 Bermuda d on 1/- (SG30) pair together with Dry Dock d on 1907 postcard
1901 Bermuda d on 1/- (SG30) pair together with Dry Dock d on 1907 postcard
1901 Bermuda d on 1/- (SG30) pair together with Dry Dock d on 1907 postcard

to U.S.A. tied by Hamilton cds's. Good view of the Regiment on Parade and interesting message.
£30.00


1902 (11 May) mourning cover from Martinique to France
1902 (11 May) mourning cover from Martinique to France

with F.M. ovptd 15c Mouchon tied by Fort De France cds. Scarce octagonal boxed 'CORRESPONDANCE DES ARMEES MARTINIQUE' cachet at lower left. Small opening tears at top.
£100.00


1905 Bermuda Militia Artillery embossed envelope
1905 Bermuda Militia Artillery embossed envelope
1905 Bermuda Militia Artillery embossed envelope

with 1d Docks tied by SOUTHAMPTON WEST cds and used to St Georges.
£85.00


1907 postcard with d tied by GPO cds on picture side.
1907 postcard with d tied by GPO cds on picture side.

'FIERAMOSCA REGIA NAVE' Italian naval cachet at left. Unaddressed.
£36.00


1910 (25 Feb) West India 2nd Regiment embossed envelope
1910 (25 Feb) West India 2nd Regiment embossed envelope
1910 (25 Feb) West India 2nd Regiment embossed envelope

used by soldier from Sierre Leone to England with 1d tied by Plymouth Paquebot m/c. Fine.
£30.00


1910 cover from soldier in 2nd W.I. Regiment serving in Sierre Leone
1910 cover from soldier in 2nd W.I. Regiment serving in Sierre Leone
1910 cover from soldier in 2nd W.I. Regiment serving in Sierre Leone

sent to England with 1d cancelled on arrival in U.K. with PLYMOUTH PAQUEBOT machine cancel. Embossed West India Regiment monagram on reverse.
£30.00


1914 BALATA MARTINIQUE cds in blue on picture postcard to Italy.
1914 BALATA MARTINIQUE cds in blue on picture postcard to Italy.
1914 BALATA MARTINIQUE cds in blue on picture postcard to Italy.


Sent from Camp Balata, a military camp.
£18.00


1914 BALATA MARTINIQUE cds in blue on picture postcard to Italy.
1914 BALATA MARTINIQUE cds in blue on picture postcard to Italy.
1914 BALATA MARTINIQUE cds in blue on picture postcard to Italy.


Sent from Camp Balata, a military camp.
£18.00


1915 (18 May) boxed PASSED NAVAL CENSOR on Bermuda postcard
1915 (18 May) boxed PASSED NAVAL CENSOR on Bermuda postcard
1915 (18 May) boxed PASSED NAVAL CENSOR on Bermuda postcard

used to England with GB 1d tied by dumb cancel.
The censor has carefully snipped 'Bermuda' from the caption on the picture but not noticed that the postcard reads 'Bermuda' on the back.
£45.00


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[EGERTON Charles Calvert] The Journal of an Unfortunate Prisoner, on board the British Prison Ship Loyalist, in Jamaica, from November 1, 1812 to April 5, 1813. Together with some interesting occurrences on his passage home. Baltimore: Printed for the author n.d. 82pp. 1st ed., small piece missing from lower margin of first 8pp and last page torn with considerable loss. Otherwise clean in old worn half calf. Concerning the war of 1812. Rare.
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