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Falkland Islands - Postal History

Lots 255-257

Lot 255    

Falkland Islands, 1871 (Jan. 30) Port Stanley, Falkland Islands to Southport Ct., unpaid cover with full contents, carried on Pacific Steam Navigation Company Foam from Port Stanley Jan. 31st to Montevideo, then by PSNC Nemesis departing Montevideo Feb. 12th to Liverpool arriving Mar. 18th, red London (3.18) backstamp, blue crayon "26" cent debit to U.S. for 24¢ transit plus 2¢ sea from Liverpool, carried by Cunard Line Java departing Liverpool Mar. 18th to New York arriving Mar. 30th, pencil "31 Cts Due" and "New York '31 U.S. Notes' Mar 30" depreciated currency cds equivalent to 28¢ in coin (26¢ for the British debit plus 2¢ inland to Southport). Opened at on end, Very Fine.
Estimate    $5,000 - 7,500.

AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FALKLAND ISLANDS TRANSATLANTIC USE TO THE UNITED STATES.

The enclosed letter is from Captain Richard M. D. Nugent, master of the ship "Lookout" which was repaired in Port Stanley between October 1870 and February 1871, and includes an invoice for costs. The British rated the letter as being from Montevideo (12 pence) rather than the Falklands (6 pence).

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Current Opening Bid: $2,400

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Lot 256    

Falkland Islands, 1878 London, England to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, folded letter franked with G.B. 1873, 6d gray (S.G. 147) and tied by "London, E.C., No 22, 78" cds and bar duplex, bold red "1d" London handstamp showing a 1 pence "Colonial" fee due the Falkland Islands, discernible "Falkland Islands" post office receiving date stamp at center (Barnes F.1), Very Fine.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

This letter likely left Southampton November 27, 1878 on the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company’s "Tamar", arriving at Montevideo on December 27, 1878. The Falkland Islands Company branch packet schooner was likely the "Black Hawk", arriving in Port Stanley on February 9, 1879. The addressee, J. Gerard, was the American Consul in Port Stanley at the time.

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Current Opening Bid: $725

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Lot 257    

Falkland Islands, 1907 Falkland Islands to Montevideo, Uruguay, 1888, 1d QV entire canceled by "Falkland Islands, Jy 27, 07" cds (Barnes F.4B) short paying the 2½d foreign mail rate, "T" (taxe) Montevideo post office postage due hand stamp and Uruguay 1902, 2c + 4c Postage Due issues (Scott J2-J3) tied by very rare "Oficina De Tasa, Montevideo, 3 Agosto 1907" cds; cover missing backflap and small tear at top, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

This letter traveled on the Pacific Steam Navigation Co's. "Oronsa", departing Port Stanley July 21st bound for Punta Arenas and on to Montevideo.

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