Danish West Indies
Danish West Indies, 1908, 24
Picture postcard from Frederiksted 9 May 1908 to Rouen, France. Pair 5 BIT King Christian IX green tied by LAP 'FREDERIKSTED 9/5 1908', transit LAP 'ST. THOMAS 10/5 1908' and reception cds 'ROUEN SEINE-TNF 25/5 08'. In Rouen stamped 'RUE INCONNUE / A ROUEN / Le Facteur-Chef' and signature, boxed 'INCONNU' and returned to Danish West Indies, arriving at LAP 'FREDERIKSTED 28/6 1908'. Stamped with German ship mark 'See-Post / D.Sachsenwald / 13/VI.08', a very rare Sea-Post mark from Danish West Indies.
Danish West Indies, 1907, 36
Pair 5 BIT King Frederik VIII on piece, cancelled with ship mark S/S. „St. Thomas” 1-ring rubber mark. Rare postmark on DWI stamps.
Danish West Indies, 1914, 51
50 BIT King Christian X die colour proof in the violet colour approved for the 15 BIT stamp. Printed on cross watermarked white paper stamped by the printing house H. H. Thieles Bogtrykkeri København, dated manuscript 30/10-14. A most spetacular exhibition item. Unique.
Danish West Indies, 1905
5 Francs St. Thomas Harbour issued cancelled with cds ‘ST. THOMAS 30/7 1908’. Plate flaw with broken white line under ‘K·VE’ in DANSK VESTINDIEN, on the upper stamp of the pair. AFA catalog value for the stamps alone DKK 5.400.
Danish West Indies, 1912
Registered letter from St. Thomas 15 November 1912 to Steyrermühl, Austria. Franked with the entire set of King Frederik VIII issue except for the 50 BIT, overfranked.
Danish West Indies, 1857
St. Thomas 16 July 1857 to Canari, Corsica, France. Stamped with British PO crowned 2-ring red ink 'PAID AT ST.-THOMAS', prepaid '1/2'. Sent with RMSPC steamer 'PARANA' departing from St. Thomas 16 July and arriving at Southampton 1 August. London 'PAID ALL / AU 2 / 1857', red circle 'PD', French 'ANGL / AMB.CALAIS 1 3 AOUT 57', backstamped small double ring 'ST. THOMAS 16 JUL 1857', Paris and receiving mark 'ST-FLORENT-EN-CORSE 9 AOUT 57 / 19'.
Danish West Indies, 1878, 11
Letter from St. Thomas 14 August 1878 to Odense, Denmark. Franked with pair 10 cents I printing (horizontal crease in top of stamps), canceled with antiqua 'ST. THOMAS 14/8 1878' and transit stamped 'LONDON PAID' on front, although still a very rare early letter. UPU 10 cents double letter rate 20 cents 1.9.1877 - 31.12.1901.
Danish West Indies, 1851
Copenhagen 19 September 1851 to St. Croix, Danish West Indies. Royal Service letter to the Governor of Danish West Indies at St. Croix, stamped with boxed 'Aus Daenemarck. / d. Meckleburg', tpo 'HAGENOW-ROSTOCK', 'MAGDEBURG-WITTENBERG', 'BERLIN-HAMBURG', 'BERLIN-MINDEN' and 'AACHEN - BAHNHOF 22/9' and red 1-ring London 'AN 23SP23 1851'. An unusal Royal Service letter to Danish West Indies, effected by the tropical climate.
Danish West Indies, 1902
1 CENT 1901 double postal card from locally within St. Thomas 22 April 1902 and replied on message side St. Thomas 23 April 1902. Chess card sent among soldiers at the fortress at St. Thomas. Only 950 double cards 2nd printing issued with ‘1 CENT 1901’ overprint, very few unsevered provisional double cards recorded.
Danish West Indies, 1906, 24-32
Registered letter front from Christiansted 16.5.1906 to Aarhus, Denmark. St. Thomas harbour 1 Franc, 2 and 5 Francs together with King Christian IX 5, 10, 20, 25, 40 and 50 BIT, complete sets on cover. Cancelled with cds CHRISTIANSTED 16/5 1906, registration mark 'Dansk Vestindien / R / No. 177 (6284)' and boxed 'Anbefalet'. ONLY RECORDED with complete set of the King Christian IX and St. Thomas Harbour view on cover.
Danish West Indies, 1878
Liverpool 1 December 1878 to Port-au-Prince, Puerto Rico. Noted with routing instruction 'per Nile'. British 1/- green plate 13 prepaid to destination. The letter was carried outside the British mail to St. Thomas and postmarked and postmarked with Danish 'ST. THOMAS 16/12 1878' on back as well as used for canceling the adhesive, arriving with RMSPC 'NILE' at St. Thomas 16 December. Next day, the 17 December, it was shipped with RMSPC steamer 'NILE' arriving at Jacmel on the 19 December. A most unusual letter and so far, probably the only recorded British stamp cancelled with the Danish postmark on letter.
Danish West Indies, 1895
Insufficiently franked letter from St. Kitts 10 April 1895 to St. Thomas, Danish West Indies. A 2 1/2d Leward Islands stamp affixed, not obliterated, and on arrival at St. Thomas charged 10 cents. A note on the letter ‘ad S.T. 448/95’, possible because a clerical note about the missing postage, reception mark ‘ST: THOMAS 11/4 1895’. A rare and unusual postage due letter.
Danish West Indies, 1908, 36
Domestic letter from St. Thomas 24 December 1915 to Christiansted. 10 BIT King Frederik VIII tied by LAP 'ST. THOMAS 24/12 1915', local CHRISTMAS SEAL 1915 on reverse and tied on reception at 'CHRISTIANSTED 24/12 1915', thus cancelled when arrived at Christiansted, very unusual. 10 BIT is the local letter rate within DWI.
Danish West Indies, 1879, 12a
Complete letter sheet sent from St. Thomas 25 January 1879 to Saint-Pierre, Martinique. 12 cents I printing tied by datestamp ANT2 'ST. THOMAS 25/1 1879', routing instruction RMSPC ‘ PAR EIDER ’. EIDER left St. Thomas 26th of January and arrived at Martinique en route to Barbados, reception mark on reverse MARTINIQUE * ST. PIERRE * 28 JANV. 79.12 cents 1st transitional UPU rate from 1.9.1877 - 1.4.1879, a rare example of 12c Intra- Caribbean rate, only two such letters recorded in the census with 12c single franking. The 12 cents was the first UPU rate and lowered to 10 cents on 1.4.1879.
Danish West Indies, 1895
3 CENTS single postal card sent from St. Thomas 20 November 1895 to Berlin, Germany. 3 CENTS with 5 text lines (PC5B3a – FG5GII) with imprint type 3, NE-frame line broken near NE-feathers. Cancelled with cds ‘ST. THOMAS 20/11 1895’ and receiving cds ‘GROSS-LICHTEFELDE 2. KADETTEN-ANSTALT / 13/12.95 4-5N’ struck on front. On the back a wonderful drawing depicting Caribbean scenes made by the sailor Pfeiffer, a similar cards from the same sender exists in the Lauth collection. UPU postcard rate 3¢ until 31.12.1901.
Danish West Indies, 1902, 8,12,13
3 CENTS stationery envelope from Frederiksted 13 May 1902 sent locally. 3 CENTS red-orange envelope watermark III (Engström E7A) with buttom flap above side flaps. Uprated with 7 CENTS bicolored II printing, 12 CENTS bicolored II printing and 50 CENTS first and second printing, tied by LAP 'FREDERIKSTED 13/5 1902'. Overfranked but hardly any letter is known with the 50 CENTS stamp, here it is with both of the printings.
Letter from St. Thomas 27 April 1873 to Paris, France. British 4d plate 12 and 3d plate 9 cancelled with duplex 'C51 ST-THOMAS / A AP27 73 PAID' alongside red 1-ring 'LONDON M / PAID / F 4 MY73'. From St. Thomas with RMSPC steamer 'ELBE' 28 April and arriving Plymouth 14 MAY 1872. Rate 7d to France from July 1875 - 31.12.1875. One round corner on 4d stamp.
Danish West Indies, 1857
Prepaid entire from Copenhagen 30 October 1857 to St. Croix, Danish West Indies. The rate to DWI 60 sk. paid in cash, the Danish/Foreign share of the rate noted on the front 51 / 9. Postmarked KJØBENHAVN 30/10 1857, KDOPA HAMBURG 31/10, HAMBURG 31 OCT 1857, transit LONDON BG NO2 57 PAID, British post office ST. THOMAS NO 20 1857 and ST. THOMAS 20/11 1857. A due mark in circle PORTO stamped in Danish West Indies, 4¢ due by addressee, this is the earliest recorded PORTO and the most beautiful of letters recorded with this scarce due cancellation.
Denmark, 1911, 37
Domestic letter sent from Kingshill 24 August 1911 to St. Thomas. 10 BIT King Frederik VIII red/red tied by KINGSHILL 24/8 1911 LAP1, with ST. THOMAS 25/8 1911 LAP4 receiving mark on reverse.
Danish West Indies, 1891
Printed matter wrapper band sent from St. Thomas to Jersey City 10 March 1891 bearing two 1 cents VI printing tied by “St. Thomas” CDS. Printed matters are extremely unusual from Danish West Indies, small defect on lower left corner of stamp.
Danish West Indies, 1890
Letter sent from St. Thomas to Jersey City 31 December 1890 bearing a 10 cents V printing tied by “St. Thomas” CDS and NY transit and Jersey City arrival mark on reverse.