(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.
(Benin) 1892 stampless military cover to France endorsed “Corps expeditionnaire du Dahomey” and cancelled CORRESPce MILITAIRE PORTO-NOVO BENIN, reverse with maritime Établissements Du Benin Ligne M No.2, Marseille A Lyon Special tpo and some transits and arrival cds; some toning.
(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.
(Disinfected Mail) 1845 entire from Alexandria to Marseille bearing despatch date stamp of French Post Office, framed red maritime hanstamp, two disinfection slits with straight-line PURIFIE LAZARET MARSEILLE, arrival cds alongside; good clean condition.
(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.
(French Post Offices) 1865 wrapper to MARSEILLE franked 10c & 40c Napoleon Empire Franc, cancelled '5080' gros chiffres with 'ALEXANDRIE * EGYPTE' cds in association. Obverse also bears boxed 'P.P.' and red boxed 'PAQUEBOTS/DE LA/MEDITERRANEE'.
(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.
(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
(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.
(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.
(Maritime Mail) 1891 5m Sphinx stationery letter card uprated 5m. to Berlin only cancelled by fine strike of the rare two-line handstamp Piroscafi postali/ Inglesi which was applied at Venice or Brindisi to letters posted on a British ship. There are no further cancels front or back, with both Sorani and A Dienna initials.
(Maritime Mail) 1899 cover to Kurau, Germany franked strip of three 10k. tied two Japanese Nagasaki cds, framed PAQUEBOT handstamp in association, reverse with octagonal French maritime Ligne N Paq. Fr, No.4 date stamp; some slight ageing, scarce cover
(Maritime) 1876 entire to Galatz franked Danube Steam Navigation Company 10kr green cancelled by an oval D.D.S.G. Odessa 29.4. in blue, ships mark Metternich in blue oval, on arrival a 50 bani charge was raised for local delivery. A fine an unusual cover. Holcombe Cert.