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David Stirrups - Gibraltar

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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    Lot 2001

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - THE SPANISH PERIOD - LETTER TO SPAIN, ETC.; 24 May 1698 letter (no address wrapper) from "Francisco de Espinoza" at "Gibraltar" sent to "Madrid" with fine contents in Spanish; rare item from the Spanish period (prior to the British occupation in 1704). Plus small c.1860 map and print of the peninsula/rock. (3 items)

    Estimate: £150
    Realised: £440

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2001

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - THE SPANISH PERIOD - LETTER TO SPAIN, ETC.; 24 May 1698 letter (no address wrapper) from "Francisco de Espinoza" at "Gibraltar" sent to "Madrid" with fine contents in Spanish; rare item from the Spanish period (prior to the British occupation in 1704). Plus small c.1860 map and print of the peninsula/rock. (3 items)

    Estimate: £150  Realised: £440 ×

     



     

    Lot 2002

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - EARLY BRITISH PERIOD - RARE EXETER "E" BISHOP MARK ON COVER TO G.B.; Remarkable 25 Jan. 1706/7 EL (folds to display internal heading beside address; some neatly strengthened folds and with minor dusting of the address panel and flaps barely detracts) from "Gibaralter" [sic] to Bristol charged "3[d]" (posted there as an inland letter and so without the Ship Letter fee of 1d) with a mainly very fine rare "E/MR/5" Exeter Bishop Mark (1698-1713; only used on Cross-Post letters such as this) on the top flap. The writer, a ship's Captain buying horses, complains that prices are high in Gibraltar because "...nothing can come to it but by water [sea], for what little land comes up to it [the rock] is blocked up by the Spaniards...". Very rare at this early date. [Ex Metliss & Moore.]

    Estimate: £750
    Realised: £800

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2002

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - EARLY BRITISH PERIOD - RARE EXETER "E" BISHOP MARK ON COVER TO G.B.; Remarkable 25 Jan. 1706/7 EL (folds to display internal heading beside address; some neatly strengthened folds and with minor dusting of the address panel and flaps barely detracts) from "Gibaralter" [sic] to Bristol charged "3[d]" (posted there as an inland letter and so without the Ship Letter fee of 1d) with a mainly very fine rare "E/MR/5" Exeter Bishop Mark (1698-1713; only used on Cross-Post letters such as this) on the top flap. The writer, a ship's Captain buying horses, complains that prices are high in Gibraltar because "...nothing can come to it but by water [sea], for what little land comes up to it [the rock] is blocked up by the Spaniards...". Very rare at this early date. [Ex Metliss & Moore.]

    Estimate: £750  Realised: £800 ×

     



     

    Lot 2003

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - VERY EARLY SHIP LETTER RATE COVERS TO G.B. - ONE WITH LONDON INSPECTOR's "CROWN" MARK; Apr./Dec. 1734 pair of ELs (both fold to show the internal headings beside the address; some faults and reinforcing due to damp damage - mainly internally) from "Gibraltar" (same correspondence) to the same Woolwich address, each with London Bishop Mark; one charged "[d]9" (changed from "5" with fine London Inspector's Crown), the other charged "7[d]" - landed at different GB ports and charged double 3d or double 4d inland rates, each with 1d rate added for the Ship Letter rate. Good pair of very early Ship Letters. (2 covers)

    Estimate: £240
    Realised: £240

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2003

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - VERY EARLY SHIP LETTER RATE COVERS TO G.B. - ONE WITH LONDON INSPECTOR's "CROWN" MARK; Apr./Dec. 1734 pair of ELs (both fold to show the internal headings beside the address; some faults and reinforcing due to damp damage - mainly internally) from "Gibraltar" (same correspondence) to the same Woolwich address, each with London Bishop Mark; one charged "[d]9" (changed from "5" with fine London Inspector's Crown), the other charged "7[d]" - landed at different GB ports and charged double 3d or double 4d inland rates, each with 1d rate added for the Ship Letter rate. Good pair of very early Ship Letters. (2 covers)

    Estimate: £240  Realised: £240 ×

     



     

    Lot 2004

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - EARLY LETTERS VIA CADIZ - TO G.B. (PACKET RATE) & TO MADEIRA; Feb. 1748 EL (reinforced folds) from Gibraltar to London by P.O. Packet ship charged "1/6" with London Foreign Branch Bishop Mark on flap; plus May 1763 EL (light toning) from Gibraltar carried by unidentified means to Madeira (endorsed by recipient as having been received "Via Cadiz") without postal marks. Pre-1770 mail from Gibraltar is rare, especially at the Packet rate to GB. (2 covers)

    Estimate: £200

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2004

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - EARLY LETTERS VIA CADIZ - TO G.B. (PACKET RATE) & TO MADEIRA; Feb. 1748 EL (reinforced folds) from Gibraltar to London by P.O. Packet ship charged "1/6" with London Foreign Branch Bishop Mark on flap; plus May 1763 EL (light toning) from Gibraltar carried by unidentified means to Madeira (endorsed by recipient as having been received "Via Cadiz") without postal marks. Pre-1770 mail from Gibraltar is rare, especially at the Packet rate to GB. (2 covers)

    Estimate: £200 ×

     



     

    Lot 2005

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - VERY EARLY "Andalucia/Alta" MARK ON COVER TO G.B. AT 2/- PACKET RATE; Fine 24 June 1765 EL (folds neatly to show internal heading beside address) from "Gibraltar" (a British Officer) to Edinburgh with mainly fine "Andalucia/Alta" on the front and v. fine London Foreign Branch Bishop Mark on the top flap, charged "1/6" (Packet rate) and then "In [all] 2N" (2/-; inc. extra 6d on to Scotland). Pre-1770 Packet letters from Gibraltar are rare.

    Estimate: £300

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2005

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - VERY EARLY "Andalucia/Alta" MARK ON COVER TO G.B. AT 2/- PACKET RATE; Fine 24 June 1765 EL (folds neatly to show internal heading beside address) from "Gibraltar" (a British Officer) to Edinburgh with mainly fine "Andalucia/Alta" on the front and v. fine London Foreign Branch Bishop Mark on the top flap, charged "1/6" (Packet rate) and then "In [all] 2N" (2/-; inc. extra 6d on to Scotland). Pre-1770 Packet letters from Gibraltar are rare.

    Estimate: £300 ×

     



     

    Lot 2006

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - FRANCE - PAIR OF EARLY COVERS WITH SAN ROQUE "Andalucia/Alta" MARKS; 1775/78 ELs pair (long interesting letters in French) from "Gibraltar" (both fold to show internal heading beside address) to the same Marseilles address, each charged "20[decimes]" with near fine or very fine black "Andalucia/Alta" marks on the front. Early mail to France is hard to find. (2 covers)

    Estimate: £240
    Realised: £240

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2006

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - FRANCE - PAIR OF EARLY COVERS WITH SAN ROQUE "Andalucia/Alta" MARKS; 1775/78 ELs pair (long interesting letters in French) from "Gibraltar" (both fold to show internal heading beside address) to the same Marseilles address, each charged "20[decimes]" with near fine or very fine black "Andalucia/Alta" marks on the front. Early mail to France is hard to find. (2 covers)

    Estimate: £240  Realised: £240 ×

     



     

    Lot 2007

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - EARLY "DEAL/SHIP LRE" COVERS + ACTS & NEWSPAPER REF. QUARANTINE OR POSTAL RATE/ROUTES; 1785 EL from "Gibraltar" to London charged "9[d]" (double inland 4d + 1d Ship Letter) with a mainly fine small "DEAL/SHIP LRE" on the front (good contents ref. the US etc.)[ plus complete April 1784 "London Gazette" with notice ref. lifting of Quarantine restrictions for ships to Gibraltar & fine 1793/99 pair of printed Acts ref. banning P.O. ships to enemy countries or fixing new Ship Letter rates. (4 items)

    Estimate: £200
    Realised: £140

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2007

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - EARLY "DEAL/SHIP LRE" COVERS + ACTS & NEWSPAPER REF. QUARANTINE OR POSTAL RATE/ROUTES; 1785 EL from "Gibraltar" to London charged "9[d]" (double inland 4d + 1d Ship Letter) with a mainly fine small "DEAL/SHIP LRE" on the front (good contents ref. the US etc.)[ plus complete April 1784 "London Gazette" with notice ref. lifting of Quarantine restrictions for ships to Gibraltar & fine 1793/99 pair of printed Acts ref. banning P.O. ships to enemy countries or fixing new Ship Letter rates. (4 items)

    Estimate: £200  Realised: £140 ×

     



     

    Lot 2008

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - DISINFECTED MAIL TO G.B. - WITH EARLY "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" MARK; 6 Jan. 1789 E (disinfection scorch stained edges) from "Gibraltar" to Edinburgh charged "1/6" and then "2/1" (1s-6d Packet rate + 7d on to Scotland) with an exceptionally fine black "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" (early usage of this type) nicely placed on the front with London Foreign Branch and Edinburgh Bishop Marks on flap. The contents include a significant P.S.; "The Communication by sea is opened [again] between Spain in [= and] Gibraltar".

    Estimate: £300

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2008

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - DISINFECTED MAIL TO G.B. - WITH EARLY "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" MARK; 6 Jan. 1789 E (disinfection scorch stained edges) from "Gibraltar" to Edinburgh charged "1/6" and then "2/1" (1s-6d Packet rate + 7d on to Scotland) with an exceptionally fine black "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" (early usage of this type) nicely placed on the front with London Foreign Branch and Edinburgh Bishop Marks on flap. The contents include a significant P.S.; "The Communication by sea is opened [again] between Spain in [= and] Gibraltar".

    Estimate: £300 ×

     



     

    Lot 2009

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - MAIL TO G.B. - EARLY PAIR OF COVERS WITH "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" MARK IN BLACK OR RED; 1790/91 pair of ELs (first with good contents ref. Morocco Emperor's moves to oust the Spanish and make friends with the English) from "Gibraltar" to Scotland/Bath charged "1/6" and then "2/6" or "1/11" (1s-6d Packet rate + 5d or 1/- on to Scotland/Bath) and both with mainly very fine "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" marks in black or red respectively nicely placed on the front with London Foreign Branch Bishop Marks (one partial) on the flaps. Good pair showing the start of red ink in San Roque. Both of Exhibition Quality. (2 covers)

    Estimate: £300

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2009

    EARLY PRESTAMP MAIL, 1698-1793 - MAIL TO G.B. - EARLY PAIR OF COVERS WITH "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" MARK IN BLACK OR RED; 1790/91 pair of ELs (first with good contents ref. Morocco Emperor's moves to oust the Spanish and make friends with the English) from "Gibraltar" to Scotland/Bath charged "1/6" and then "2/6" or "1/11" (1s-6d Packet rate + 5d or 1/- on to Scotland/Bath) and both with mainly very fine "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" marks in black or red respectively nicely placed on the front with London Foreign Branch Bishop Marks (one partial) on the flaps. Good pair showing the start of red ink in San Roque. Both of Exhibition Quality. (2 covers)

    Estimate: £300 ×

     



     

    Lot 2010

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - THE CANARY ISLANDS - RARE GIBRALTAR COVER TO TENERIFFE VIA SAN ROQUE & CADIZ; 12 Jan. 1795 EL (toned fold above address) from "Gibraltar" to "TENERIFFE" with partial red S. Roque "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" and matching red h.s. "8q." on the front with mainly fine scarce red Teneriffe "ESPANA" mark (close to toned crease) on the front; presumably carried via Cadiz. Rare destination from Gibraltar, especially at this early date.

    Estimate: £150

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2010

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - THE CANARY ISLANDS - RARE GIBRALTAR COVER TO TENERIFFE VIA SAN ROQUE & CADIZ; 12 Jan. 1795 EL (toned fold above address) from "Gibraltar" to "TENERIFFE" with partial red S. Roque "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" and matching red h.s. "8q." on the front with mainly fine scarce red Teneriffe "ESPANA" mark (close to toned crease) on the front; presumably carried via Cadiz. Rare destination from Gibraltar, especially at this early date.

    Estimate: £150 ×

     



     

    Lot 2011

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - VIA CORUNNA COVER TO G.B. WITH RED "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" - RE-ROUTED DUE TO WAR; 30 Nov. 1795 EL from "Gibraltar" (good contents ref. naval battle etc.) to Edinburgh endorsed "Via Corunna" with mainly very fine oxidised red S. Roque "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" on the front, charged "3/-" and then "4/2" with London Foreign Branch and red Edinburgh Bishop Marks on the reverse. Plus complete fine June 1793 London Chronicle newspaper with P.O. Notice ref. the opening of the new Corunna route. (2 items)

    Estimate: £240

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2011

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - VIA CORUNNA COVER TO G.B. WITH RED "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" - RE-ROUTED DUE TO WAR; 30 Nov. 1795 EL from "Gibraltar" (good contents ref. naval battle etc.) to Edinburgh endorsed "Via Corunna" with mainly very fine oxidised red S. Roque "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" on the front, charged "3/-" and then "4/2" with London Foreign Branch and red Edinburgh Bishop Marks on the reverse. Plus complete fine June 1793 London Chronicle newspaper with P.O. Notice ref. the opening of the new Corunna route. (2 items)

    Estimate: £240 ×

     



     

    Lot 2012

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - VIA CORUNNA COVER TO G.B. WITH OXIDISED RED "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" - RE-ROUTED DUE TO WAR; Long 10 June 1796 EL (originally enclosing a will & death certificate of a fellow-officer in Haiti) from "Gibraltar" (some reinforced faults) to London endorsed "Via Corunna" with mainly very fine oxidised red S. Roque "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" on the front, charged "3/-" with very fine London Foreign Branch Bishop Mark on the reverse. Good example of this little-used routing.

    Estimate: £200

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2012

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - VIA CORUNNA COVER TO G.B. WITH OXIDISED RED "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" - RE-ROUTED DUE TO WAR; Long 10 June 1796 EL (originally enclosing a will & death certificate of a fellow-officer in Haiti) from "Gibraltar" (some reinforced faults) to London endorsed "Via Corunna" with mainly very fine oxidised red S. Roque "ANDALUCIA/VAXA" on the front, charged "3/-" with very fine London Foreign Branch Bishop Mark on the reverse. Good example of this little-used routing.

    Estimate: £200 ×

     



     

    Lot 2013

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - LISBON PACKET RATE COVER TO G.B. WITH RARE LONDON "PP/1797" IN CIRCLE TRANSFER MARK; 17 June 1797 EL from "Gib[raltar]." to Woolwich charged "3/4" (double rate via Lisbon and Falmouth) with v. fine 2-ring London "FOREIGN OFFICE" arrival cds on the flap beside matching mainly fine rare London "PP/1797" in circle (no extra charge for transfer from Foreign Branch PO to the local London Penny Post messengers for delivery). With very detailed contents about the various Fleets around Spain and noting that "Sir John Jervais has bought [H.M.S.?] Ouze which he has fitted out as a Bomb Vessel...". Plus a fine printed 1799 Act ref. GB Ship Letter rates. (2 items)

    Estimate: £200
    Realised: £140

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2013

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - LISBON PACKET RATE COVER TO G.B. WITH RARE LONDON "PP/1797" IN CIRCLE TRANSFER MARK; 17 June 1797 EL from "Gib[raltar]." to Woolwich charged "3/4" (double rate via Lisbon and Falmouth) with v. fine 2-ring London "FOREIGN OFFICE" arrival cds on the flap beside matching mainly fine rare London "PP/1797" in circle (no extra charge for transfer from Foreign Branch PO to the local London Penny Post messengers for delivery). With very detailed contents about the various Fleets around Spain and noting that "Sir John Jervais has bought [H.M.S.?] Ouze which he has fitted out as a Bomb Vessel...". Plus a fine printed 1799 Act ref. GB Ship Letter rates. (2 items)

    Estimate: £200  Realised: £140 ×

     



     

    Lot 2014

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - PACKET/SHIP LETTER PAIR TO G.B. - VIA "PORTSMOUTH" OR "LISBON" + ACT/NEWSPAPER; Fine 2/11 Feb. 1801 pair of ELs from the same correspondence from "Gibraltar" to Bath sent by different routes; the first with mainly fine early "LISBON"on the front (thought to be the only known cover from Gibraltar with this scarce 1798-1803 mark) charged "1/8" Packet rate. the other with mainly. fine double-oval "Ship Lre/[Crown]/PORTSMOUTH" (contents ref. the Egypt Expedition etc.) charged "10[d]" (4d Ship Letter rate + 6d inland rate). Good pair showing the differeing rates/routes. Plus 1799 printed Act & "Evening Mail" newspaper both with details of new Ship Letter rules. (4 items)

    Estimate: £200
    Realised: £260

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2014

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - PACKET/SHIP LETTER PAIR TO G.B. - VIA "PORTSMOUTH" OR "LISBON" + ACT/NEWSPAPER; Fine 2/11 Feb. 1801 pair of ELs from the same correspondence from "Gibraltar" to Bath sent by different routes; the first with mainly fine early "LISBON"on the front (thought to be the only known cover from Gibraltar with this scarce 1798-1803 mark) charged "1/8" Packet rate. the other with mainly. fine double-oval "Ship Lre/[Crown]/PORTSMOUTH" (contents ref. the Egypt Expedition etc.) charged "10[d]" (4d Ship Letter rate + 6d inland rate). Good pair showing the differeing rates/routes. Plus 1799 printed Act & "Evening Mail" newspaper both with details of new Ship Letter rules. (4 items)

    Estimate: £200  Realised: £260 ×

     



     

    Lot 2015

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - THE 3-LINE "S. Roq./ANDALUCIA/VAXA" MARK ON COVERS TO G.B. (RARE) & SPAIN, ETC.; 1802 EL (with news of the death of the Governor that morning) from "Gibraltar" to Bath charged "4/10" (double rate via France - short-lived route of the Peace of 1800-03) with partial rare red 3-line S. Roque mark on the front; plus June/Aug. 1804 pair of fine ELs from "Ghiberaltar" to Taragona charged "11[q]" with partly fine red strikes of this elusive 1800-05 3-line S. Roque mark of which only a handful are recorded on Gibraltar mail. Plus printed July 1806 Act establishing the Malta/Gibraltar Packet letter rates. (4 items)

    Estimate: £300

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2015

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - THE 3-LINE "S. Roq./ANDALUCIA/VAXA" MARK ON COVERS TO G.B. (RARE) & SPAIN, ETC.; 1802 EL (with news of the death of the Governor that morning) from "Gibraltar" to Bath charged "4/10" (double rate via France - short-lived route of the Peace of 1800-03) with partial rare red 3-line S. Roque mark on the front; plus June/Aug. 1804 pair of fine ELs from "Ghiberaltar" to Taragona charged "11[q]" with partly fine red strikes of this elusive 1800-05 3-line S. Roque mark of which only a handful are recorded on Gibraltar mail. Plus printed July 1806 Act establishing the Malta/Gibraltar Packet letter rates. (4 items)

    Estimate: £300 ×

     



     

    Lot 2016

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - VERY RARE 1st-PERIOD BLACK USAGE OF "GIBRALTAR" ARC - ON COVER EX "[H.M.S.] AMPHION, MALTA"; 13 Feb. 1807 EL (from the Hoste correspondence; interesting contents) from "[H.M.S.] Amphion off Malta" to Norfolk charged "2/9" Packet + inland rates with a 90%-complete "GIBRALTAR" arc mark (slightly off the edge) nicely placed on the front; this mark was only used in black from Feb. to March 1807 before the Postmaster was instructed to use red ink, and so only 4 examples of this first black-ink period are known on covers (the black ink was reintroduced for this mark from 1831 to 1837 when a second similar mark was issued and again used in black until 1848).

    Estimate: £400
    Realised: £380

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2016

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - VERY RARE 1st-PERIOD BLACK USAGE OF "GIBRALTAR" ARC - ON COVER EX "[H.M.S.] AMPHION, MALTA"; 13 Feb. 1807 EL (from the Hoste correspondence; interesting contents) from "[H.M.S.] Amphion off Malta" to Norfolk charged "2/9" Packet + inland rates with a 90%-complete "GIBRALTAR" arc mark (slightly off the edge) nicely placed on the front; this mark was only used in black from Feb. to March 1807 before the Postmaster was instructed to use red ink, and so only 4 examples of this first black-ink period are known on covers (the black ink was reintroduced for this mark from 1831 to 1837 when a second similar mark was issued and again used in black until 1848).

    Estimate: £400  Realised: £380 ×

     



     

    Lot 2017

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - VERY RARE INCORRECT BLACK USAGE OF "GIBRALTAR" ARC - ON COVER EX "[H.M.S.] GLORY"; 20 July 1807 EL from "[H.M.S.] Glory, Gibraltar" to London charged "2/8" Packet + inland rates with a mainly fine "GIBRALTAR" arc mark (filing crease) nicely placed on the front; this mark was only used in black from Feb. to March 1807 before the Postmaster was instructed to use red ink, and this July 1807 example appears to have been struck in error as no other black examples are known between March 1807 and 1831 (black ink was reintroduced for this mark from 1831 to 1837 when a second similar mark was issued and that was again used in black until 1848). There is a faint trace of red ink in the mark at right suggesting that red ink had also been in use on this date.

    Estimate: £300
    Realised: £220

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2017

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - VERY RARE INCORRECT BLACK USAGE OF "GIBRALTAR" ARC - ON COVER EX "[H.M.S.] GLORY"; 20 July 1807 EL from "[H.M.S.] Glory, Gibraltar" to London charged "2/8" Packet + inland rates with a mainly fine "GIBRALTAR" arc mark (filing crease) nicely placed on the front; this mark was only used in black from Feb. to March 1807 before the Postmaster was instructed to use red ink, and this July 1807 example appears to have been struck in error as no other black examples are known between March 1807 and 1831 (black ink was reintroduced for this mark from 1831 to 1837 when a second similar mark was issued and that was again used in black until 1848). There is a faint trace of red ink in the mark at right suggesting that red ink had also been in use on this date.

    Estimate: £300  Realised: £220 ×

     



     

    Lot 2018

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - MOROCCO - EARLY LETTER FROM TANGIER TO SPAIN EXAMINED IN GIBRALTAR SECRETARY's OFFICE; Fine 30 July 1807 EL (in English ref. trade & insurance) from "Tanger" to Xerez (via Gibraltar) with mainly very fine red 3-rine "S. ROQUE./ANDALUCIA/BAXA" (filing fold) on the front with no postal rate apparent. A Proclamation from the Gibraltar Secretary in October 1807 declared that all letters for Spain should be sent via his office (for censorship) but it seems likely that this letter was similarly treated. 1807 mail from Gib to Spain is rare and this is an unusual cover from Morocco in this period.

    Estimate: £240
    Realised: £250

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2018

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - MOROCCO - EARLY LETTER FROM TANGIER TO SPAIN EXAMINED IN GIBRALTAR SECRETARY's OFFICE; Fine 30 July 1807 EL (in English ref. trade & insurance) from "Tanger" to Xerez (via Gibraltar) with mainly very fine red 3-rine "S. ROQUE./ANDALUCIA/BAXA" (filing fold) on the front with no postal rate apparent. A Proclamation from the Gibraltar Secretary in October 1807 declared that all letters for Spain should be sent via his office (for censorship) but it seems likely that this letter was similarly treated. 1807 mail from Gib to Spain is rare and this is an unusual cover from Morocco in this period.

    Estimate: £240  Realised: £250 ×

     



     

    Lot 2019

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - EARLY RED "GIBRALTAR" ARC COVER + MATCHING COVER WITH MARK OMITTED; 12 Dec. 1807 EL (slight toning) from "Gibraltar Bay" ("...the Packet is under way...") to London charged "5/4" (double Packet rate) with London "FOREIGN" backstamp but not Gibraltar mark; plus similar 16 May 1808 EL (slight speckling of address panel; disinfection?) from "Gibraltar" to London (for Madeira) charged "5/4" with the London backstamp but also with a very fine red "GIBRALTAR" arc nicely placed on the front. During 1807 there was considerable change and chaos in the Gibraltar P.O. which may explain the lack of a mark on this 1807 cover. (2 covers)

    Estimate: £150
    Realised: £150

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2019

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - EARLY RED "GIBRALTAR" ARC COVER + MATCHING COVER WITH MARK OMITTED; 12 Dec. 1807 EL (slight toning) from "Gibraltar Bay" ("...the Packet is under way...") to London charged "5/4" (double Packet rate) with London "FOREIGN" backstamp but not Gibraltar mark; plus similar 16 May 1808 EL (slight speckling of address panel; disinfection?) from "Gibraltar" to London (for Madeira) charged "5/4" with the London backstamp but also with a very fine red "GIBRALTAR" arc nicely placed on the front. During 1807 there was considerable change and chaos in the Gibraltar P.O. which may explain the lack of a mark on this 1807 cover. (2 covers)

    Estimate: £150  Realised: £150 ×

     



     

    Lot 2020

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - RED "GIBRALTAR" ARCS ON MAIL TO MALTA/G.B. + 3-LINE "S. ROQUE" MARK ON MAIL TO SPAIN, ETC.; June/Aug. 1809 pair of ELs from Gibraltar to G.B./Malta at "5/4" or "1/-" rates and each with a remarkably fine red "GIBRALTAR" arc on the front; plus Nov. 1808 EL from "Gibraltar" to Cadiz with mainly fine scarce red "S. ROQUE./ANDALUCIA/BAXA" (rare on mail from Gibraltar) and red h.s. "9q" on the front, and an unrelated Nov. 1809 letter (no wrapper) signed by "Colin Campbell, M. Gnl." (Governor of Gib., 1809-14) to an Admiral ref. "Shipping Cash to Portugal". (4 items)

    Estimate: £300
    Realised: £280

    David Stirrups - Gibraltar, Lot 2020

    THE NAPOLEONIC WARS PERIOD, 1794-1815 - RED "GIBRALTAR" ARCS ON MAIL TO MALTA/G.B. + 3-LINE "S. ROQUE" MARK ON MAIL TO SPAIN, ETC.; June/Aug. 1809 pair of ELs from Gibraltar to G.B./Malta at "5/4" or "1/-" rates and each with a remarkably fine red "GIBRALTAR" arc on the front; plus Nov. 1808 EL from "Gibraltar" to Cadiz with mainly fine scarce red "S. ROQUE./ANDALUCIA/BAXA" (rare on mail from Gibraltar) and red h.s. "9q" on the front, and an unrelated Nov. 1809 letter (no wrapper) signed by "Colin Campbell, M. Gnl." (Governor of Gib., 1809-14) to an Admiral ref. "Shipping Cash to Portugal". (4 items)

    Estimate: £300  Realised: £280 ×

 

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