This page records the covers with:

  1. a combination franking of the two NSW Charity stamps together with a summary table;
  2. a mixed franking of both of the NSW Charity stamps with other issues together with a summary table.

Combination frankings of the two Charity stamps.

There are 15 recorded covers with both the NSW Charity stamps in combination franking:

Two pairs.

  • a 1d (1/-) marginal pair from the lower right corner with selvedge on two sides; and
  • a 2½d (2/6) pair from the lower right corner with selvedge on two sides.
    These two stamps are #29 and #30 in the sheet (from row 5). The left stamp (#29) has the flaw of two dots between NSW and Postage in small letters at the base - see details elsewhere.

Both pairs on a large cover sent from Sydney to the S. S. Tanais, Messageries Maritimes Co. on 30 June 1897 -
Registered Sydney, NSW.

Appears to be a genuine postal usage and paying the correct fee.
Postage rate paid was 4d postage for 2nd step and 3d registration fee.

As an aside, the S.S. Tanais sailed to Noumea on 1 July at 1:00 pm. On 9 July at noon, the Tanais left Noumea on the return trip to Sydney but broke her after crank shaft soon after. The ship foundered until finally reaching Brisbane on 19 July.
See the description of the event elsewhere.

The 2½d 2/6) pair has a flaw - see elsewhere.

Spink Sale September 2004 Lot 191 (the Miles Rivett-Carnac Collection)

Pair of the 2½d (2/6).


Provenance: M. & S. Berry, UK; Johnstone.
The Exchange for local delivery.
18 August 1897.

One of the two known combination covers with a pair.

Millennium Rarieties Auction, October 2004, Lot 13.
Private sale, March 2015.

 

Singles of each stamp.


Charles Leski Auctions, Sale 253 Lot 1140.
Sydney to Phillip Street, Sydney.
29 June 1897.

Early uses of combination franking - day after official issue of 2½d (2/6) stamp.

Flap of reverse side has decorative emblem for Deutscher Club.

 


Provenance: Carrington.
Sydney to Pitt St. Sydney.

30 June 1897.
Sydney 36 NSW duplex.

Millennium Auctions,
November 2012, Lot 814.

Abacus November 2019,
Lot 1520.


Prestige Philately January 2004 Lot 534.
Ebay March 2015.
Sydney to Mildura, Vic.
1 July 1897.

Both denominations used on an OHMS cover for the Postal and Electric Telegraph Dept. which had been formed by an amalgamation of the two sections earlier in the year.

Underpays the 5d registered (3d) intercolonial (2d) rate.

 


Ebay August 2015.
Leadville to Sydney Town
18 August 1897.
Has a 1667 duplex of Leadville.

Both stamps on small envelope overpaying the intra-colonial postage rate.

 

The Exchange for local delivery.
18 August 1897.
1134 duplex of The Exchange.

Status Auctions December 2022 Lot 1268.


Haymarket for local delivery.
24 August 1897.
865 duplex cancellations.

Date stamp touches lower frame of the image.

Overpaying the local postage rate.

Ebay November 2016.

Another three very similar covers to the same addressee (Mr Bilbrough) - all with a Haymarket 865 duplex - are:

  1. 23 July 1897
The duplex can be just seen at the right and the date stamp overlaps the 7th perforation on the right of the 2½d (2/6). Cherrystone July 2006 Lot 1328.
Cherrystone March 2015 Lot 557
  1. 24 July 1897
The left date stamp over the 1d stamp is lower and touches the NN of PENNY. The duplex 8 is cut by the vertical perforations. The 6 of the duplex across the 2½d stamp is cut by the left perforations. Also 2 pm. Premier Philately May 2002 Lot 314.
(Col. Harrie Evans collection).
  1. 24 July 1897
The left date stamp nearly touches the POSTAGE box. Ebay Oct 2016

 

A summary of the 17 combination covers using only the two NSW Charity stamps is as follows:

Date From To Franking of the two Charity stamps Seller/Reference Date (lot)
29 June1897 Sydney 42 duplex Phillip St., Sydney 1 of each Charles Leski Sale 253, Lot 1140.
30 June 1897 Registered Sydney S.S. Tanais, Messageries Maritimes
(M. Martin).
Marginal pair of 1d.
Lower right corner pair of 2½d.
Mike Berry September 2017.
30 June 1897 Sydney 36 duplex Pitt St., Sydney
(to Harvie & Joseph Thompson
from T.J.Thompson & Sons, Stock and Share brokers).
1 of each

Millennium

Abacus

Nov 2012, Lot 814.

November 2012, Lot 1520.

1 July 1897 Haymarket Haymarket 1 of each Status July 2002, Lot 1250.
1 July 1897 Sydney Registered Mildura, Vic 1 of each
  • Prestige Philately.
  • Ebay
  • Jan 2004, Lot 534.
  • March 2015.
18 August 1897 The Exchange BN 1134 duplex The Exchange
(Master Harry Waterhouse)
1 × 1d + 2½ pair.
  • Millennium;
  • Ebay
  • October 2004 Lot 13;
  • March 2015
18 August 1897 Leadville duplex Sydney Town 1 of each Ebay August 2015
18 August 1897 The Exchange BN 1134 duplex Mr. W. D. Merritt, Hale, Jo....???
Large parts of the lower corners have been torn off.
1 of each Ebay (techgifts) March 2018.
Status December 2022 Lot 1268.
23 July 1897 Haymarket
865 duplex.
Haymarket
(Mr. Bilborough).
1 of each Cherrystone July 2006, Lot 1328.
March 2015, Lot 557.
24 Aug 1897 Haymarket
865 duplex.
Haymarket
(Mr. Bilborough).
Cancellation touches NN of PENNY.
1 of each Prestige May 2002, Lot 314.
24 Aug 1897 Haymarket
865 duplex.
Haymarket
(Mr. Bilborough).
Cancellation just touches the POSTAGE box.
1 of each Ebay October 2014.
24 Aug 1897 Haymarket
865 duplex.
Haymarket
(Mr. Bilborough).
Cancellation just touches the lower frame of the image.
1 of each Ebay November 2014.
           
    Melbourne 1 of each    
    Adelaide 1 of each    
    Victoria 1 of each    
    London 1 × 1d + 2½ pair    
18 Aug 1897 Mosman Unaddressed Pair of each Harmer (Sydney) April 1972, Lot 62.

 


Mixed frankings of both of the NSW Charity stamps with other issues.

Sydney for local delivery.
3 July 1897.

Registered local letter rate (4d) paid with both Charity stamps plus a ½d grey.

  • Stanley Gibbons September 2001 Lot 1302.
  • Cherrystone July 2006 Lot 1326.
  • Ebay June 2013.

Note the vertical Registration line passes through the B.

Sydney for local delivery.
3 July 1897.

Registered local letter rate (4d) paid with both Charity stamps plus a ½d grey.

Status Auction 378 February 2023 Lot 2618.

Note the vertical Registration line is to the right of the B.


9½d franking on piece taken from a large cover.

19 July 1897 cancelled on a registered item at Sydney.

Has a block of 4 of the 1d red Arms, a 2d blue Queen Victoria plus both stamps from the NSW Consumptives Home issue.

  • Spink Sale
  • Ebay August 2019.

An important piece in plating the 2½ (2/6) NSW Charities issue because the stamp is common to both the Johnstone block and the Burrus block. It shows the flaws of stamp 12 (Row 2 Stamp 6) - namely -

  • a red dot above the N of NSW;
  • a dot on the C of Consumptives; and
  • a broken scroll in the top left corner
Sydney to Germany.
23 March 1898.

Mixed franking of the two Charity denominations plus three denominations from the Jubilee issue.

The posting is considerably beyond the date of validity.

  • Prestige Philately;
  • Corinphila June 2019,
    Lot 3529.
Sydney to Germany.
4 November 1898.

Mixed franking of the two Charity denominations plus three denominations from
the Jubilee issue.

The posting is considerably beyond the date of validity.

  • Status Auctions July 2002 Lot 1247.
  • Millennium Auctions October 2002 Lot 209.
Arncliffe to Sydney.
18 December 1930.

6d registered letter rate paid with both Charity stamps and three KGV stamps.

Philatelic use 23 years after issue - given that the Charity stamps were valid for postage for only three months.

  • Prestige Philately August 2012 Lot 258.
  • Status Auctions December 2012 Lot 1749.

 

The 6 mixed covers (and one piece) with singles of both the 1d (1/-) and the 2½d (2/6) stamp together with stamps from another issue which have been sighted are:

Date From To Franking in addition
to the two Charity stamps
Seller/Reference Date (lot)

3 July 1897

(2 examples)

Sydney Reg'd Sydney ½d grey
  • Stanley Gibbons;
  • Cherrystone;
  • Ebay.


  • Status
  • Sept. 2001
    (Lot 1304);
  • July 2006
    (Lot 1326);
  • June 2013.
  • February 2023.

19 July 1897
( on piece).

Sydney Registered Unknown Block of 4 of 1d red Arms and 2d blue Queen Victoria.
  • Spink
  • Ebay
  • Sale
  • August 2019
23 March 1898 Sydney Reg'd Baden-Baden Germany 1d, 2d and 2½d purple (Die 1) Jubilee
  • Millennium
  • Corinphila.
  • Sept.
  • June 2019,
    Lot 3529.
4 November 1898 Sydney Reg'd Baden-Baden Germany 1d, 2d and 2½d deep violet (Die 2) Jubilee Millennium Sept. 2002 (Lot 209)
    Adelaide Strip of 3 of 1d Centennial    
      1d, 2d & 2½d Jubilees on 3d on 4d Registration envelope Stanley Gibbons Dec 1970 (1050)
18 December 1930 Arncliffe Sydney 1d engraved KGV + ½d and 1d violet KGV Status Dec. 2012 (1349)