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Aden  
1881 cover to Bombay, franked horizontal strip of three 4a. tied Aden B-22 duplex, ship endorsement at top, reverse with Sea Post Office E cds; envelope slightly unevenly reduced at top.Aden  
1881 cover to Bombay, franked horizontal strip of three 4a. tied Aden B-22 duplex, ship endorsement at top, reverse with Sea Post Office E cds; envelope slightly unevenly reduced at top.

Aden

Covers and stamps / Aden / India / Maritime

1881 cover to Bombay, franked horizontal strip of three 4a. tied Aden B-22 duplex, ship endorsement at top, reverse with Sea Post Office E cds; envelope slightly unevenly reduced at top.

£255

France (Accident Mail) 1936 (Dec 1) cover addressed to Sudan Railways, Atbara, Sudan endorsed to travel by SS “Queen Mary”, the envelope sustaining damage en route across the Mediterranean on a French ship. The front with violet Bureau Ambulants Mediterranee cds of 11.12. and in same ink two-line DETERIORE par/ accident de Service, two examples on front and one on reverse tying the Post Office sealing tape, above this an Alexandria machine transit cancel. Stamp soaked off and some slight damage.France (Accident Mail) 1936 (Dec 1) cover addressed to Sudan Railways, Atbara, Sudan endorsed to travel by SS “Queen Mary”, the envelope sustaining damage en route across the Mediterranean on a French ship. The front with violet Bureau Ambulants Mediterranee cds of 11.12. and in same ink two-line DETERIORE par/ accident de Service, two examples on front and one on reverse tying the Post Office sealing tape, above this an Alexandria machine transit cancel. Stamp soaked off and some slight damage.

France

Covers and stamps / USA / France / Maritime / Interrupted Mail

(Accident Mail) 1936 (Dec 1) cover addressed to Sudan Railways, Atbara, Sudan endorsed to travel by SS “Queen Mary”, the envelope sustaining damage en route across the Mediterranean on a French ship. The front with violet Bureau Ambulants Mediterranee cds of 11.12. and in same ink two-line DETERIORE par/ accident de Service, two examples on front and one on reverse tying the Post Office sealing tape, above this an Alexandria machine transit cancel. Stamp soaked off and some slight damage.

£195

Russia (China) 1920 commercial cover to Vladivostok with 1r. imperf strip of five and single paying the triple 2r. foreign rate current in Siberia from October 1919 to June 1920, tied by Vladivostok – Shanghai/ Steamship zh 22.2.20 date stamp in violet of the Russian Volunteer Fleet, with censor cachet on arrival; fine and attractive. The steamship cancel was the same in both directions, arrival backstamp of 28.2., six days later, consistent with posting at Shanghai.

Russia

Covers and stamps / China / Russia / Maritime

(China) 1920 commercial cover to Vladivostok with 1r. imperf strip of five and single paying the triple 2r. foreign rate current in Siberia from October 1919 to June 1920, tied by Vladivostok – Shanghai/ Steamship zh 22.2.20 date stamp in violet of the Russian Volunteer Fleet, with censor cachet on arrival; fine and attractive. The steamship cancel was the same in both directions, arrival backstamp of 28.2., six days later, consistent with posting at Shanghai.

£875

France (Corsica) 1877 (14 Fevr) outer letter sheet to Marseille bearing mixed issue franking of 1871-75 1c. olive green and 2c red-brown vertical pair plus 1876-78 ‘Sage’ 20c brown lilac cancelled by three Ajaccio Bat A Vap cds, arrival backstamp of next day; some slight creasing not detracting from a fine cover.

France

Covers and stamps / Corsica / France / Maritime

(Corsica) 1877 (14 Fevr) outer letter sheet to Marseille bearing mixed issue franking of 1871-75 1c. olive green and 2c red-brown vertical pair plus 1876-78 ‘Sage’ 20c brown lilac cancelled by three Ajaccio Bat A Vap cds, arrival backstamp of next day; some slight creasing not detracting from a fine cover.

£2275

France

Covers and stamps / France / Maritime

(Corsica) 1877 (14 Fevr) outer letter sheet to Marseille bearing mixed issue franking of 1871-75 1c. olive green and 2c red-brown vertical pair plus 1876-78 ‘Sage’ 20c brown lilac cancelled by three Ajaccio Bat A Vap cds, arrival backstamp of next day; some slight creasing not detracting from a fine cover.

£2275

France

Covers and stamps / Corsica / France / Maritime

(Corsica) 1877 (14 Fevr) outer letter sheet to Marseille bearing mixed issue franking of 1871-75 1c. olive green and 2c red-brown vertical pair plus 1876-78 ‘Sage’ 20c brown lilac cancelled by three Ajaccio Bat A Vap cds, arrival backstamp of next day; some slight creasing not detracting from a fine cover.

£2275

France (Corsica) 1880 outer letter sheet to Livorno posted on board a vessel at Bastia, franked with ‘Sage’ 5c. (2) and 15c., arrival backstamp and handstamp “coi Postale Francesci” on front to indicate transport by a non Italian postal vessel; fine and scarce.France (Corsica) 1880 outer letter sheet to Livorno posted on board a vessel at Bastia, franked with ‘Sage’ 5c. (2) and 15c., arrival backstamp and handstamp “coi Postale Francesci” on front to indicate transport by a non Italian postal vessel; fine and scarce.

France

Covers and stamps / Corsica / France / Italy incoming mail / Maritime

(Corsica) 1880 outer letter sheet to Livorno posted on board a vessel at Bastia, franked with ‘Sage’ 5c. (2) and 15c., arrival backstamp and handstamp “coi Postale Francesci” on front to indicate transport by a non Italian postal vessel; fine and scarce.

£995

Netherland West Indies (Curacao) 1891 (23/10) cover to New York bearing single franking 25 CENT on 30c. pearl grey (perf fault at top) paying the double rate, tied square circle Curacao date stamp. At top annotation “Per SS Philadelphia” of the Red D Line. Opera Glasses arrival backstamp.

Netherland West Indies

Covers and stamps / Netherland West Indies / Maritime

(Curacao) 1891 (23/10) cover to New York bearing single franking 25 CENT on 30c. pearl grey (perf fault at top) paying the double rate, tied square circle Curacao date stamp. At top annotation “Per SS Philadelphia” of the Red D Line. Opera Glasses arrival backstamp.

£85

French Levant (Disinfected Mail) 1871 outer letter sheet to Genova, franked ‘Bordeaux’ 20c. and 40c. with close to large margins, cancelled by ‘anchor’ lozenge, octagonal maritime Constantinople Paq. Fr. No.3 date stamp, framed PD, with two disinfection slits, reverse with Messina transit. A rare cover with a heavy central horizontal creasing.French Levant (Disinfected Mail) 1871 outer letter sheet to Genova, franked ‘Bordeaux’ 20c. and 40c. with close to large margins, cancelled by ‘anchor’ lozenge, octagonal maritime Constantinople Paq. Fr. No.3 date stamp, framed PD, with two disinfection slits, reverse with Messina transit. A rare cover with a heavy central horizontal creasing.

French Levant

Covers and stamps / Constantinople / French Levant / French Maritime / Disinfected mail / Maritime

(Disinfected Mail) 1871 outer letter sheet to Genova, franked ‘Bordeaux’ 20c. and 40c. with close to large margins, cancelled by ‘anchor’ lozenge, octagonal maritime Constantinople Paq. Fr. No.3 date stamp, framed PD, with two disinfection slits, reverse with Messina transit. A rare cover with a heavy central horizontal creasing.

£495

China (French  Post Offices) 1879 cover from Toulon-S-Mer addressed to the “Champlain” at Hong Kong, “Division navale des mers de Chine”, endorsed “Voie Francaise par Marseille”, franked at 15c. rate, reverse with Marseille transit; fine condition with long letter contents.

China

Covers and stamps / Hong Kong / France / Maritime / Military / Via Marseille

(French Post Offices) 1879 cover from Toulon-S-Mer addressed to the “Champlain” at Hong Kong, “Division navale des mers de Chine”, endorsed “Voie Francaise par Marseille”, franked at 15c. rate, reverse with Marseille transit; fine condition with long letter contents.

£125

Seychelles (French Maritime Mail) 1869 (1 Sept) entire to Dijon, France bearing,  at military concession rate, 20c Laureated Napoleon tied by anchor in dotted lozenge with Cor. D. Arm. Lig. T. Paq.Fr. no.1  cds at right, framed PD at centre, reverse with Paris transit and arrival cds. Inverted month in cancel.
A recently discovered cover from the Messageries Imperiales shipping agent in Mahe. The French Post Office at Mahe was open from 1864 to 1870, the agent corresponded back to France over this period. Of this correspondence of 11 covers only three bore French stamps.
Seychelles (French Maritime Mail) 1869 (1 Sept) entire to Dijon, France bearing,  at military concession rate, 20c Laureated Napoleon tied by anchor in dotted lozenge with Cor. D. Arm. Lig. T. Paq.Fr. no.1  cds at right, framed PD at centre, reverse with Paris transit and arrival cds. Inverted month in cancel.
A recently discovered cover from the Messageries Imperiales shipping agent in Mahe. The French Post Office at Mahe was open from 1864 to 1870, the agent corresponded back to France over this period. Of this correspondence of 11 covers only three bore French stamps.

Seychelles

Covers and stamps / French Colonies / French Maritime / French Post Offices / Seychelles / Maritime / Military

(French Maritime Mail) 1869 (1 Sept) entire to Dijon, France bearing, at military concession rate, 20c Laureated Napoleon tied by anchor in dotted lozenge with Cor. D. Arm. Lig. T. Paq.Fr. no.1 cds at right, framed PD at centre, reverse with Paris transit and arrival cds. Inverted month in cancel. A recently discovered cover from the Messageries Imperiales shipping agent in Mahe. The French Post Office at Mahe was open from 1864 to 1870, the agent corresponded back to France over this period. Of this correspondence of 11 covers only three bore French stamps.

£1495

Seychelles (French Maritime Mail) 1870 (12 Mars) entire to Dijon, France bearing,  at military concession rate, 20c Laureated Napoleon tied by anchor in dotted lozenge with Cor. D. Arm. Lig. T. Paq.Fr. no.2  cds at right, framed PD to right, reverse with Paris transit and arrival cds.
A recently discovered cover from the Messageries Imperiales shipping agent in Mahe. The French Post Office at Mahe was open from 1864 to 1870, the agent corresponded back to France over this period. Of this correspondence of 11 covers only three bore French stamps.
Seychelles (French Maritime Mail) 1870 (12 Mars) entire to Dijon, France bearing,  at military concession rate, 20c Laureated Napoleon tied by anchor in dotted lozenge with Cor. D. Arm. Lig. T. Paq.Fr. no.2  cds at right, framed PD to right, reverse with Paris transit and arrival cds.
A recently discovered cover from the Messageries Imperiales shipping agent in Mahe. The French Post Office at Mahe was open from 1864 to 1870, the agent corresponded back to France over this period. Of this correspondence of 11 covers only three bore French stamps.

Seychelles

Covers and stamps / French Maritime / French Post Offices / Seychelles / Maritime

(French Maritime Mail) 1870 (12 Mars) entire to Dijon, France bearing, at military concession rate, 20c Laureated Napoleon tied by anchor in dotted lozenge with Cor. D. Arm. Lig. T. Paq.Fr. no.2 cds at right, framed PD to right, reverse with Paris transit and arrival cds. A recently discovered cover from the Messageries Imperiales shipping agent in Mahe. The French Post Office at Mahe was open from 1864 to 1870, the agent corresponded back to France over this period. Of this correspondence of 11 covers only three bore French stamps.

£1295

Zanzibar (French Post Offices) 1889 (3 Dec) registered envelope to Berlin  franked unoverprinted Sage 25c. marginal pair tied by two Zanzibar double-ring cds, red framed ‘R’ handstamp and red octagonal La Reunion A Marseille L.V. No.2 date stamp; central vertical filing crease and some slight toning on bottom perfs.

Zanzibar

Covers and stamps / French Maritime / French Post Offices / Zanzibar / Maritime

(French Post Offices) 1889 (3 Dec) registered envelope to Berlin franked unoverprinted Sage 25c. marginal pair tied by two Zanzibar double-ring cds, red framed ‘R’ handstamp and red octagonal La Reunion A Marseille L.V. No.2 date stamp; central vertical filing crease and some slight toning on bottom perfs.

£135

China (French Post Offices) 1890 cover to Stuttgart, Germany bearing blue oval I.G. Mail Matter handstamp, reverse with I.G. of Customs Peking in association, Customs Shanghai transit and on front French 75c. added for overseas postage and tied Shang-Hai Chine cds, another strike to left and octagonal maritime Ligne N, Paq Fr. No.1 date stamp, arrival backstamp; fine clean example.China (French Post Offices) 1890 cover to Stuttgart, Germany bearing blue oval I.G. Mail Matter handstamp, reverse with I.G. of Customs Peking in association, Customs Shanghai transit and on front French 75c. added for overseas postage and tied Shang-Hai Chine cds, another strike to left and octagonal maritime Ligne N, Paq Fr. No.1 date stamp, arrival backstamp; fine clean example.

China

Covers and stamps / China / French Post Offices / Maritime

(French Post Offices) 1890 cover to Stuttgart, Germany bearing blue oval I.G. Mail Matter handstamp, reverse with I.G. of Customs Peking in association, Customs Shanghai transit and on front French 75c. added for overseas postage and tied Shang-Hai Chine cds, another strike to left and octagonal maritime Ligne N, Paq Fr. No.1 date stamp, arrival backstamp; fine clean example.

£1795

Turkey (Incoming Mail) 1907 (29 Aug) printed envelope to Constantinople franked Romania 25b. tied by Buzeu cds, Constanta-Alexandria ship transit cancel of same date, though cover would have departed on the Smyrna run, reverse with further despatch plus arrival cds of the Austrian Offices; light central vertical filing creaseTurkey (Incoming Mail) 1907 (29 Aug) printed envelope to Constantinople franked Romania 25b. tied by Buzeu cds, Constanta-Alexandria ship transit cancel of same date, though cover would have departed on the Smyrna run, reverse with further despatch plus arrival cds of the Austrian Offices; light central vertical filing crease

Turkey

Covers and stamps / Turkey / Austrian Levant / Romania / Maritime

(Incoming Mail) 1907 (29 Aug) printed envelope to Constantinople franked Romania 25b. tied by Buzeu cds, Constanta-Alexandria ship transit cancel of same date, though cover would have departed on the Smyrna run, reverse with further despatch plus arrival cds of the Austrian Offices; light central vertical filing crease

£85

Greece (Ionian Steam Navigation Company) 1900s envelope bearing good strike in blue Destouni Yannoulatos Edremit with image of company flag at centre; with contents, without backflap, a good quality strike.

Greece

Covers and stamps / Greece / Flags / Maritime

(Ionian Steam Navigation Company) 1900s envelope bearing good strike in blue Destouni Yannoulatos Edremit with image of company flag at centre; with contents, without backflap, a good quality strike.

£175

Greece (Ionian Steam Navigation Company) 1900s envelope bearing good strike on reverse  in dark blue Destouni Yannoulatos Edremit with image of company flag at centre; with conents, a good quality strike.Greece (Ionian Steam Navigation Company) 1900s envelope bearing good strike on reverse  in dark blue Destouni Yannoulatos Edremit with image of company flag at centre; with conents, a good quality strike.

Greece

Covers and stamps / Greece / Maritime

(Ionian Steam Navigation Company) 1900s envelope bearing good strike on reverse in dark blue Destouni Yannoulatos Edremit with image of company flag at centre; with conents, a good quality strike.

£175

Mexico (Jamaica transit mail) 1829 (6th June) entire to Belfast, Ireland endorsed to travel “pr Prince Elizabeth Packet”, bearing on front two-line red ‘FRANCO HAS/ TA E PUERTO’ handstamp, rated “3/6” made up of 2s1d UK inward Packet Letter charge plus 1s5d inland postage through to Ireland, reverse with fine green MEXICO fleuron applied in transit at Falmouth, red arrival backstamp, very fine, Ex Hugh Wood.Mexico (Jamaica transit mail) 1829 (6th June) entire to Belfast, Ireland endorsed to travel “pr Prince Elizabeth Packet”, bearing on front two-line red ‘FRANCO HAS/ TA E PUERTO’ handstamp, rated “3/6” made up of 2s1d UK inward Packet Letter charge plus 1s5d inland postage through to Ireland, reverse with fine green MEXICO fleuron applied in transit at Falmouth, red arrival backstamp, very fine, Ex Hugh Wood.

Mexico

Covers and stamps / Great Britain Incoming / Ireland incoming mail / Jamaica / Mexico / Maritime

(Jamaica transit mail) 1829 (6th June) entire to Belfast, Ireland endorsed to travel “pr Prince Elizabeth Packet”, bearing on front two-line red ‘FRANCO HAS/ TA E PUERTO’ handstamp, rated “3/6” made up of 2s1d UK inward Packet Letter charge plus 1s5d inland postage through to Ireland, reverse with fine green MEXICO fleuron applied in transit at Falmouth, red arrival backstamp, very fine, Ex Hugh Wood.

£975

Korea (Japanese Post Offices) 1896 (25 Dec) 4k Russian postal stationery card bearing good strike of the rare framed PAQUEBOT handstamp (Hosking type 3089), cancelled Gensan I.J.P.O.; some overall ageing to card, rare, especially with such clear cancels.

Korea

Covers and stamps / Japan / Korea / Russia / Maritime / Postal Stationery / Paquebot

(Japanese Post Offices) 1896 (25 Dec) 4k Russian postal stationery card bearing good strike of the rare framed PAQUEBOT handstamp (Hosking type 3089), cancelled Gensan I.J.P.O.; some overall ageing to card, rare, especially with such clear cancels.

£795

Portugal (Madeira) 1869 (2/10) fragile outer letter sheet to Nova Scotia, franked 1868 100r imperf (four good margins) and 1868-70 perforated 120r cancelled ‘51’ barred numerals, Funchal two-ring cds at centre with framed PD, endorsed “Via England” , red Paid London Ship Letter transit and ‘3d’ accountancy handstamp. Some reinforcements and repairs to  cover.

Portugal

Covers and stamps / Portugal / Madeira / Great Britain Incoming / Maritime / Accountancy

(Madeira) 1869 (2/10) fragile outer letter sheet to Nova Scotia, franked 1868 100r imperf (four good margins) and 1868-70 perforated 120r cancelled ‘51’ barred numerals, Funchal two-ring cds at centre with framed PD, endorsed “Via England” , red Paid London Ship Letter transit and ‘3d’ accountancy handstamp. Some reinforcements and repairs to cover.

£545