Warcovers :: Up to 1914

Up to 1914

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1854-6 Crimea   1861-7 Franco-Mexican   1880-1 First Boer   1911-2 Italo-Turkish
1856-60 Second Opium   1870-1 Franco-Prussian   1883-5 Chinese-French   1912-3 Balkan
1857-8 Indian Mutiny   1877-8 Russo-Turkish   1894-5 Chinese-Japanese   1899-1901 Second Boer
1861-5 American Civil   1878-80 Second Afghan   1898 Spanish-American   1900-1 Boxer Rebellion

 

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1782 entire JAMAICA to GB carried by (HMS) Ardent. Man of War. 'Jacques & Fisher'

1782 entire from JAMAICA to GB, carried by (HMS) Ardent. Man of War with PORTSMOUTH / SHIP LRE h/s. From 'Jacques & Fisher, Kingston' to 'William Philip Perrin'- merchant owner of Grange Hall Estate, Jamaica. Slave owner. Letter refers to the "the risks from the Enemy" (Pirates targeted shipping) GR watermarked paper. [April 1782. Battle of the Saintes - the Comte de Grasse, forcing the French and Spanish to abandon a planned INVASION of JAMAICA. The British captured a number of ships including ARDENT and a convoy under Rear-admiral Graves escorted the prizes on the journey back to England]
Jamaicas internal strife was accompanied by external threats. A large French fleet, with Spanish support, planned to invade Jamaica in 1782, but the British thwarted the plan at the Battle of the Saintes, (April 912, 1782), in the AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Ref: 315-007.


Price: £250.00
1795 entire 'Captain Bower, "Earl How" East Indiaman'. account HMS BOYNE blew up

1795 (1st. May) entire from 'Captain Bower on board "Earl How" East Indiaman'. mss "some of her shot struck our Ship". Letter transcribed giving eye witness account how HMS BOYNE caught fire and blew up. The Royal Marines of the vessel were practicing firing exercises. [The death toll on Boyne was only eleven men. Because the guns were always left loaded, the cannons began to 'cook off', firing shots at potential rescuers making their way to the ship, resulting in the deaths of two seamen and the injury of another aboard Queen Charlotte, anchored nearby] Ref: 315-047.


Price: £200.00
1804 (Nov) entire [HMS] LEOPARD, off Dover. Lieut 'John Forbes' re: letter to Admiralty

1804 (Nov) entire [HMS] LEOPARD, off Dover. Lieut 'John Forbes' re: letter to Admiralty. [She served during the Napoleonic Wars: 1803 1815, and was notable for the actions of her captain in 1807.
1-3 Oct 1804 fire ships expended and the trial of a new form of fire boat known as a "catamaran," on the French flotillas anchored off Boulogne.
The Chesapeake-Leopard affair: 22 Jun 1807 the Leopard weighed per the Bellona's instructions and some five leagues from the land bore down to speak the US ship Chesapeake, to discuss the problem of British deserters onboard the Chesapeake. Her CO refused to discuss the subject, resulting in 3 broadsides being fired by the Leopard in order that the Captain could carry out his instructions.
[On 25 December 1803 HMS Suffisante was wrecked due to a poorly-chosen location and the officers had mishandled the situation. "Lieutenant John Forbes" should have taken the watch, but remained below, leaving a midshipman in charge. The master, John Coleman, had gone below for his dinner and left the pilot in charge of the positioning; Coleman stated that he was unaware that the pilot had gone ashore. Heathcote was below dining with his officers and unaware of the developing situation. The court martial found him partly to blame for the loss and reprimanded him but did not punish him. It also reprimanded Coleman, and sentenced "Forbes" to the loss of one year's seniority] Ref: 315-046.


Price: £120.00
1808 entire to 'Serjeant James Macpherson, 2nd. Battalion., 92nd Regt., Edinburgh'.

1808 entire to 'Serjeant James Macpherson, 2nd. Battalion., 92nd Regt., Edinburgh'. From 'Colonel (D) Macpherson of Cluny. [NE Scotland] mss "it is not in my power to comply with your request .. with the Duke of Gordon & Sir James Grant, in that .. I cannot make any further application to either of these gentlemen".
Ref: 312-064.


Price: £35.00
1811 entire to 'Col Macpherson, Cluny'. From 'James Macpherson, Sergeant 92nd Regt'

1811 (Jan.) entire to 'Colonel Macpherson, Cluny'. From 'James Macpherson, Sergeant 92nd Regt. recruiting Edinb'. mss. .. "your kind promise of recommending me for a commission in either the Abedeen or Invennes Milita .. recommendation of me to Colonel Cameron of the 92nd Regt., I was appointed Serjeant in 1804 .. my age is 26 unmarried". Faults. Ref: 312-064.
[John Cameron of Fassiefern. Born Inerscadale 1771; served on Corsica 1796; served in Irish rebellion 1798; served at Helder 1799; served in Egypt 1801; Major in 92nd Foot5 April 1801; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 25 April 1808; Lieutenant-Colonel23 June 1808; commanded 1/92nd Foot 1809 to 1815; served at Walcheren1809; served in Peninsula October 1810 to April 1814, wounded four times; commanded brigade in 2nd Division in Peninsula June and July 1813; brevet Colonel 4 June 1814; wounded and thrown from horse at Quatre Bras 1815, died shortly afterwards]


Price: £25.00
1817 entire JAMAICA to 'New York' endorsed 'Brig Margaret. Capt. George Bell'

1817 (March) entire from JAMAICA to 'New York' endorsed 'Brig Margaret. Capt. George Bell'. From 'Campbell Ellis, Falmouth, Jamaica' regarding "One hundred Puncheons of Rum". Faults. Ref: 310-087.


Price: £65.00
1825 entire 'Duporth' to HMS EURYALUS. Postage Not Paid / to London h/s.

1825 (May) entire from 'Duporth' to HMS EURYALUS with boxed 'Postage Not Paid / to London' h/s. [HMS Euryalus was a Royal Navy 36-gun Apollo-class frigate, which saw service in the Battle of Trafalgar] Euryalis rendered assistance to the American brig Charles and Ellen at the island of Milos and stayed for a week, lending some 70 to 80 men to the brig to effect repairs, a kindness acknowledged her Captain, P.R.Bing and two Boston insurance companies, by posting a notice in the National Intelligencer of 23 March 1825. After her return to England Euryalus was converted to a prison hulk for boys. Soiled. Ref: 304-100.


Price: £120.00
1831 (July) entire to 'Lieut. Geo. Vaughan Hart. RN, HMS Victor, Portsmouth'

1831 (July) entire to 'Lieut. Geo. Vaughan Hart. RN, HMS Victor, Portsmouth' from his father. Mentions his meeting with 'Sir Thomas Hardy' [Nelson fame] and 'Admiral Dundas'. 1842 sailed from Vera Cruz for Halifax: all lost] Letter transcribed. Ref: 314-057.


Price: £60.00
1838 entire Indian Navy Fund re: Death of Lt. Thomas Clendon, Indian Navy

1838 (May) entire from the Indian Navy Fund, London to 'Geo Clendon, Deal' regarding the Death of Lt. Thomas Clendon, Indian Navy. [Thomas was a Lieutenant, Bombay Marine Midshipman May 19 1819, 2nd Lieut Nov 10 1824. From Oct 1819 to Dec 1824 he served Died 1838.] Ref: 310-001.


Price: £35.00
1840 (Dec) cover to 'Captain Henderson, HMS Gorgon, Malta'. PAID p/m.

1840 (Dec) cover to 'Captain Henderson, HMS Gorgon, Malta' with PAID p/m. [HMS Gorgon, 1837 Frigate. 3rd. Nov, 1840 bombardment of St. Jean dAcre. 8th. Dec 1840 had arrived Marmorice Bay, Turkey from England. Ref: 314-075.


Price: £35.00
1843 entire IRELAND to 'The Earle of Haddington, First Lord of the Admiralty'

1843 (April) entire from IRELAND to 'The Earle of Haddington, First Lord of the Admiralty, London' regarding the death of seaman serving on HMS Herald, China - involved in the First Anglo-Chinese War. Mrs C. Burns requesting details of a will made by 'John Dumphey alias Murphy .. in the Military Hospital of Macoa in China and duly attested by Surgeon Allen and Mr Diamond'.

[John Dumphey, aged 44, Able Seaman belonged to HMS Herald; taken ill in Canton River; sick or hurt, intermittent fever quotidien; put on sick list 30 Aug. 1841, died 25 Oct. 1841]

Including written response drafted inside from The Earl. The original entire was from the Navy (Office of Inspectors of Seaman's Wills) dated Jan. 1843. [For margined SG8 1d. tied by very fine Cootehill Maltese Cross] The First Sino British War, or Opium War. HMS Herald was paid off at Chatham in May 1842. Ref: 313-152.


Price: £500.00
1846 (Sept) cover MALTA to GB. Brevet Major 'Napier' after First Anglo-Sikh War

1846 (Sept) cover from MALTA to GB and endorsed 'Napier' to 'Lady Napier with poor circ. MALTA / PAID p/m. Just after First Anglo-Sikh War when promoted to Brevet Major on 3rd. April 1846 and was chief engineer at the siege of the fortress of Kote Kangra in the Punjab by Brigadier-General Wheeler in May 1846. Envelope endorsed "By closed mail via Marseille" with Napier wax seal to reverse. Ref: 309-024.


Price: £100.00
1846 entire MALTA to France. ''The Three Brothers' ship. 'Captain Lavagna' died

1846 (Sept.) entire from MALTA to France with circ. MALTA p/m. to rear regarding ''The Three Brothers' ship and that 'Captain Lavagna' had died. Excellent letter transcribed. mss .. 'nave "Tre Fratelli" Cap. Nicola Lavagna'. To Messrs. Rocca Brothers, Marseilles': Shipping agents. Ref: 309-008.


Price: £95.00
1847 l/s's BELGIUM to 'Monsieur Fiott capitaine de Marines britanique, a Liege'

1847 l/s's from BELGIUM to 'Monsieur Fiott capitaine de Marines britanique, la Station a Liege' with d/r. LIEGE p/m. British Naval Marine. Ref: 317-021.


Price: £20.00
1853 outer GB to Australia 'per Sea Snake'. Migrant ship. ADELAIDE p/m.

1853 entire from GB to 'Mr Edwd. Montgomery Martin', South Australia endorsed 'per Sea Snake. 9 Nov 1853' with circ. GPO / ADELAIDE SA receipt p/m. [Feb 9 1954] Migrant Ship for South Australia:- SEA SNAKE arrived Port Adelaide, 09.02.1854. left Liverpool 10.11.1853 with Capt. Gilbert, C. Message inside from 'Mother Susanna Martin'. [Ann and Edward Montgomery Martin and their 7 children came to S. Australia in 1851 on the "Anglia", a three-masted barque. This migration was undertaken to escape the official discrimination in England against people of dissenting religions] NB: Worm damage. Ref: 312-125.


Price: £60.00
1854 cover to 'Rear Admiral Hay' from 'Edward March 11th. about Peiping' CHINA

1854 (March) cover to 'Rear Admiral Hay' from 'Edward March 11th. about Peiping' - a former name of Beijing, CHINA. Also circ. LEAMINGTON receipt p/m. to rear. Edward Hay R.N. [Royal Navy] Youngest son of Rear Admiral James Hay. 30Aug.1852 made Lieutenant and on 22March1858 made Commander. [One of Shannon's Officers, Shannon's Naval Brigade: 2nd China War 1856-60] Ref: 305-097.


Price: £60.00
1855 (June) cover from GB to CRIMEA. 'Capt. Charles E. Mansfield ADC, Crimea'

1855 (June) cover from GB to 'Capt. Charles E. Mansfield ADC, care of Lieut. General Sir Colin Campbell K.C.B, Crimea'. [Lieutenant Charles Edward Mansfield Joined the army in 1848 as an ensign in the 33rd Regiment of Foot. He became a lieutenant in 1831. He was aide-de-camp to Sir Colin Campbell during the Crimean War, was present at the battles of Alma and Balaclava in Sept. and Oct. 1854, was mentioned in dispatches and promoted to captain in Dec. 1854. He was present in the trenches at the attack and fall of Sevastopol in 1855 and was again mentioned in dispatches] Also cigarette card of Sir Colin Campbell. Ref: 307-045.


Price: £175.00
1855 cover + letter GB to 'Captain R. Portal, 4th. Light Dragoons, CRIMEA'

1855 (Aug.) cover and letter from GB to 'Captain R. Portal, 4th. Light Dragoons, British Army, CRIMEA' with strip of 3 x 1d adhesives. Capt. Robert Portal took part in the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava on 25th. Oct. 1854. He survived having his horse shot beneath him. As ADC to Lord George Paget he was present at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman, Tchernaya and the Siege of Sebastopol. Letter received 30th. Aug. just before the fall of Sebastopol on 8th. Sept. One of the Six Hundred (Captain Robert Portal) Ref: 309-028.


Price: £225.00
1857 (Nov) cover + letter GB to care of 'Lt Col Gosling, Comg. 10th. Regt. M.N.I.

1857 (Nov) cover and letter from GB to care of 'Lt Col Gosling, Comg. 10th. Regt. M.N.I., Rangoon, [BURMA] via Calcutta' [Madras Native Infantry] with d/r. CAL receipt p/m. (Dec). Post Paid 9d. INDIAN MUTINY 1857-59. 10th Madras Native Infantry. From 1796 there was always a lieutenant colonel on strength, but as he often served away from the unit the list below shows the senior officer present, who actually commanded: 10th Madras Native Infantry: Lt Col Henry Charles Gosling (Maj Gen) c.1857 -1866. Ref: 312-145.


Price: £150.00
1857 part entire GB to SWEDEN. Harriet Grote to 'Madame Nils von Koch'

1857 part entire from GB to SWEDEN. From Harriet Grote [nee Lewin, author and wife of George Grote, historian of Greece and radical] to 'Madame Nils von Koch' [sister Francis Lewin, wife of Nils Samuel von Koch, Swedish Justice Minister] Interesting contents incl. "G(orge) has been offered 3 seats [Parliament] if he would but stand, but he is firm in his resl(ution) to stick to Plato & Co". Ref: 308-126.


Price: £15.00