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Martinique 1787 (5 Nov) entire to Bordeaux prepaid at 20 sols, under 1oz. rate by Paquebot royal from French colonies, bearing rare LA MARTINIQUE handstamp used only between 1787-88. Endorsed on reverse "Par La Jeune Marianne Cape Labrouche, Q.D.C."
Martinique 1787 (5 Nov) entire to Bordeaux prepaid at 20 sols, under 1oz. rate by Paquebot royal from French colonies, bearing rare LA MARTINIQUE handstamp used only between 1787-88. Endorsed on reverse "Par La Jeune Marianne Cape Labrouche, Q.D.C."
Martinique

1787 (5 Nov) entire to Bordeaux prepaid at 20 sols, under 1oz. rate by Paquebot royal from French colonies, bearing rare LA MARTINIQUE handstamp used only between 1787-88. Endorsed on reverse "Par La Jeune Marianne Cape Labrouche, Q.D.C."

£565
Poland 1793 entire from Warsaw to Steyr bearing fine strike of unframed (crown)/ W, red manuscript "8" rate; light vertical filing crease that runs through the cancel not detracting from fine appearance of cancel.
Poland

1793 entire from Warsaw to Steyr bearing fine strike of unframed (crown)/ W, red manuscript "8" rate; light vertical filing crease that runs through the cancel not detracting from fine appearance of cancel.

£445
Guadeloupe 1794 (23rd April) outer letter sheet to “Salopian Coffee House”, London bearing cursive ‘PORTS/ MOUTH’ incoming handstamp, arrival backstamp. This occupation during the Napoleonic War lasted for 6 months only, this item a few days after invasion.
Guadeloupe

1794 (23rd April) outer letter sheet to “Salopian Coffee House”, London bearing cursive ‘PORTS/ MOUTH’ incoming handstamp, arrival backstamp. This occupation during the Napoleonic War lasted for 6 months only, this item a few days after invasion.

£375
Jamaica 1800 entire from Westmoreland Jamaica privately carried to London and posted there to Madeira but not prepaid (compulsory for mail to Madeira at this date) so endorsed "Returned for 1/8 Postage, Enquire Mr Gordon, Percy Street". Forwarded with two ringed Foreign Office cds front and back, that on the front crossed out as having the wrong code in centre.
Jamaica 1800 entire from Westmoreland Jamaica privately carried to London and posted there to Madeira but not prepaid (compulsory for mail to Madeira at this date) so endorsed "Returned for 1/8 Postage, Enquire Mr Gordon, Percy Street". Forwarded with two ringed Foreign Office cds front and back, that on the front crossed out as having the wrong code in centre.
Jamaica

1800 entire from Westmoreland Jamaica privately carried to London and posted there to Madeira but not prepaid (compulsory for mail to Madeira at this date) so endorsed "Returned for 1/8 Postage, Enquire Mr Gordon, Percy Street". Forwarded with two ringed Foreign Office cds front and back, that on the front crossed out as having the wrong code in centre.

£175
Bahamas

1801 entire to Madeira bearing manuscript rating and double oval-framed Paid London crown handstamp, without other cancels but endorsed on arrival by recipient as sent from Nassau Near Providence on 10th June and received 1st Sept. The letter headed "Nassau" discusses the loss of wine delivery that went via Martinique

£225
Jamaica 1818 entire from Kingston to Covington endorsed "P.Ship Glasgow to Greenock". The letter was sent using the services of the Commercial Rooms at Kingston and bears two impressions of the handstamp KINGSTON*JAMAICA (This cancel different from one recorded in Foster). Also bearing Greenock Ship Letter framed handstamp and receiving cancel.
Jamaica

1818 entire from Kingston to Covington endorsed "P.Ship Glasgow to Greenock". The letter was sent using the services of the Commercial Rooms at Kingston and bears two impressions of the handstamp 'KINGSTON*JAMAICA' (This cancel different from one recorded in Foster). Also bearing Greenock Ship Letter framed handstamp and receiving cancel.

£795
Great Britain 1822 entire to Corfu endorsed at bottom left to travel privately to Malta and to be passed to care of forwarding agents "William Hutton". The reverse bearing straight-line April 24: T-2,10 charge handstamp applied in Malta, front bearing Ionian Islands arrival handstamp. The entire is disinfected with two vertical slits.
Great Britain 1822 entire to Corfu endorsed at bottom left to travel privately to Malta and to be passed to care of forwarding agents "William Hutton". The reverse bearing straight-line April 24: T-2,10 charge handstamp applied in Malta, front bearing Ionian Islands arrival handstamp. The entire is disinfected with two vertical slits.
Great Britain

1822 entire to Corfu endorsed at bottom left to travel privately to Malta and to be passed to care of forwarding agents "William Hutton". The reverse bearing straight-line 'April 24: T-2,10' charge handstamp applied in Malta, front bearing Ionian Islands arrival handstamp. The entire is disinfected with two vertical slits.

£575
Danzig 1824 entire to Bordeaux bearing cursive despatch date stamp, ‘C.P.R.5.’ accountancy handstamp, incorrect French framed entry ‘BAVIERE/ PAR/ FORBACH’ applied and overstruck by FORBACH straight-line handstamp, the correct French entry handstamp applied below. An unusual item.
Danzig

1824 entire to Bordeaux bearing cursive despatch date stamp, ‘C.P.R.5.’ accountancy handstamp, incorrect French framed entry ‘BAVIERE/ PAR/ FORBACH’ applied and overstruck by FORBACH straight-line handstamp, the correct French entry handstamp applied below. An unusual item.

£125
Malta 1824 entire to Corfu bearing good example of scarce MALTA*P PAID handstamp, large double-ring Isole Ionie arrival handstamp; no backstamps, fine and scarce.
Malta

1824 entire to Corfu bearing good example of scarce MALTA*P PAID handstamp, large double-ring Isole Ionie arrival handstamp; no backstamps, fine and scarce.

£1125
Cape of Good Hope 1826 entire addressed to Amsterdam bearing manuscript rate markings and stepped Weymouth Ship Letter handstamp, forwarded through London by "Baring Brothers". The reverse of entire suggests that the entire was forwarded from Amsterdam to Batavia,Netherland Indies.
Cape of Good Hope

1826 entire addressed to Amsterdam bearing manuscript rate markings and stepped Weymouth Ship Letter handstamp, forwarded through London by "Baring Brothers". The reverse of entire suggests that the entire was forwarded from Amsterdam to Batavia,Netherland Indies.

£275
Ionian Islands 1827 entire to Corfu bearing fine red POSTA A DELL ISOLE DI PAXO date stamp with manuscript date, large arrival handstamp of the British Post Office; fine and scarce.
Ionian Islands

1827 entire to Corfu bearing fine red POSTA A DELL ISOLE DI PAXO date stamp with manuscript date, large arrival handstamp of the British Post Office; fine and scarce.

£375
Ionian Islands 1832 internal Corfu entire bearing manuscript "6" rate overstruck fine example of the small oval British Office Coat of Arms handstamp, reverse with framed date stamp.
Ionian Islands

1832 internal Corfu entire bearing manuscript "6" rate overstruck fine example of the small oval British Office 'Coat of Arms' handstamp, reverse with framed date stamp.

£125
Malta 1836 entire to Sardinian Consul at Alexandria, Egypt bearing fine straight-line MALTA POST OFFICE handstamp, without backstamps, slight damage above cancel.
Malta

1836 entire to Sardinian Consul at Alexandria, Egypt bearing fine straight-line MALTA POST OFFICE handstamp, without backstamps, slight damage above cancel.

£85
Jamaica 1837 entire cover from London bearing the (as usual) blurred strike of Kingston/ Ship Letter undated circle. The letter is from David Morris to Alexander Logan advising him that he has despatched a copy of Geometrical and Graphical Essays and discussing coffee prices in London.
Jamaica

1837 entire cover from London bearing the (as usual) blurred strike of Kingston/ Ship Letter undated circle. The letter is from David Morris to Alexander Logan advising him that he has despatched a copy of 'Geometrical and Graphical Essays' and discussing coffee prices in London.

£75
Malta 1839 entire from Turin to Livorno disinfected in transit at Malta with red wax seals Opened And Resealed Lazzaretto Of Malta (Meyer type IV), straight-line Malta Post Office handstamp. On reverse forwarding Agents endorsement "Per Gerolami Tessi Malta 8 Nov 39", arrival backstamp of 20 Novembre.
Malta 1839 entire from Turin to Livorno disinfected in transit at Malta with red wax seals Opened And Resealed Lazzaretto Of Malta (Meyer type IV), straight-line Malta Post Office handstamp. On reverse forwarding Agents endorsement "Per Gerolami Tessi Malta 8 Nov 39", arrival backstamp of 20 Novembre.
Malta

1839 entire from Turin to Livorno disinfected in transit at Malta with red wax seals 'Opened And Resealed Lazzaretto Of Malta' (Meyer type IV), straight-line Malta Post Office handstamp. On reverse forwarding Agents endorsement "Per Gerolami Tessi Malta 8 Nov 39", arrival backstamp of 20 Novembre.

£175
Malta 1839 entire to Genova bearing good strike of straight-line Malta post Office handstamp, arrival backstamp; light horizontal filing crease, a good legible example.
Malta

1839 entire to Genova bearing good strike of straight-line Malta post Office handstamp, arrival backstamp; light horizontal filing crease, a good legible example.

£75
Ionian Islands 1840 (13 Marzo) entire to Florence bearing fine coat of arms handstamp on front and ornate framed Corfu date stamp on reverse, disinfected in transit with two slits, straight-line @Malta post Office handstamp, reverse with straight-line LIVORNO and two-line APRILE 1840 handstamp. Small part of entire missing but generally fine appearance.
Ionian Islands

1840 (13 Marzo) entire to Florence bearing fine 'coat of arms' handstamp on front and ornate framed Corfu date stamp on reverse, disinfected in transit with two slits, straight-line @Malta post Office' handstamp, reverse with straight-line LIVORNO and two-line APRILE 1840 handstamp. Small part of entire missing but generally fine appearance.

£335
Austrian Levant 1840 entire to Genova, forwarded by "anto Berzolese, Cospoli", bearing two-line VIA DI/ VOGHERA handstamp on front, while on reverse cachet Sanitatis Sigillum and red wax seal of Semlin.
Austrian Levant 1840 entire to Genova, forwarded by "anto Berzolese, Cospoli", bearing two-line VIA DI/ VOGHERA handstamp on front, while on reverse cachet Sanitatis Sigillum and red wax seal of Semlin.
Austrian Levant

1840 entire to Genova, forwarded by "ant'o Berzolese, Cospoli", bearing two-line VIA DI/ VOGHERA handstamp on front, while on reverse cachet Sanitatis Sigillum and red wax seal of Semlin.

£75
Jamaica 1841 entire to Sterling, manuscript "Paid 1/8" and Jamaica Paid cds, reverse with Vera Jamaica date stamp showing inverted year, and arrival cancel.
Jamaica

1841 entire to Sterling, manuscript "Paid 1/8" and Jamaica Paid cds, reverse with Vera Jamaica date stamp showing inverted year, and arrival cancel.

£85
Russia 1841 entire to Vevey, Switzerland cancelled on reverse French language, unframed St. Petersbourg circular handstamp, FRANCO/ AUS RUSSLAND transit applied in Berlin whose cds is on reverse, arrival backstamp. An extremely rare St Petersburg postmark, not recorded in Dobin. Baillie & Peel 1F, the three examples they record are all to Bordeaux. A rarity.
Russia

1841 entire to Vevey, Switzerland cancelled on reverse French language, unframed St. Petersbourg circular handstamp, FRANCO/ AUS RUSSLAND transit applied in Berlin whose cds is on reverse, arrival backstamp. An extremely rare St Petersburg postmark, not recorded in Dobin. Baillie & Peel 1F, the three examples they record are all to Bordeaux. A rarity.

£795
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