Australia - International - Pacific Cable Board.
Cablegram delivery envelope: IAP-EC-1.

General characteristics:

Heading and notes: No form number.
Message area: Blank with Pacific Cable Board logo on the left.
Reverse side: Comment in red about reply.
Colours (text & envelope): Red on grey-green or brown.
Size of envelope overall: 78 × 135 mm.
Distinctive characteristics of this form:

Used Cablegram delivery envelope.

IAC-EC-1A rev IAP-EC-1 (reverse).

Reverse side of the above used Cablegram delivery envelope.

Sold at Phoenix Auctions 2013.
The cover had previously sold for $3,200 +GST + commission at Prestige Philately in June 2005 Lot 1213.

Norfolf Island via Sydney to Vila, New Hebrides.

Used Cablegram delivery envelope.

  1. printed 'CABLEGRAM' & The Pacific Cable Board pictorial (globe) imprint in red;
  2. NSW 5d tied by a characteristically poor 'NORFOLK ISLAND/NSW' cds;
  3. a very fine strike of a double-oval 'THE PACIFIC CABLE BOARD/NORFOLK ISLAND/12APR1907/STATION' in violet on reverse;
  4. 'R' in oval handstamp and Sydney backstamp;
  5. endorsed in crayon upon arrival "try/Burns Philp/Sydney".

An important and rare registered cover despite being slightly soiled and having a repaired tear on the upper edge.

Norfolf rev Reverse side of the above envelope showing an exceptionally clear Pacific Cable Board oval date stamp for Norfolk Island Station of 12 A0ril 1907.

Details of use and rarity.

Schedule number Earliest recorded date Rarity rating
EC-1A None Date of use unknown. RRR
EC-1B None 12 April 1907 at Norfolk Island. RRR