(Abyssinia Field Force) 1868 mourning cover to a Colonel Macintire/ Commanding Royal Artillery/ Bangalore, endorsed Via Bombay and franked India Four Annas cancelled by F.F. in bars, reverse with fine Filed Force Post Office Abyssinia, hexagonal Bombay transit and Bangalore, small tear in backflap, a scarce cover.
(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.
(British Post Offices) 1928 (13 AP) registered cover to England franked Great Britain 1½d. and 3d. tied Army Post Office 1 cds, fine handstamped registration label at left, reverse with further despatch, Liverpool and Gosport registered cancels; fine registered item.
(British Army Post Office) 1923 (23 AP) registered airmail cover to Glasgow granked KGV ½d. and 6d. tied Army Post Office S. 40 datestamps, further strike repeated on reverse together with violet oval British Rhine M.L./ Patrol Flotilla, Registered London transit; scarce cover but ½d. stamp damaged.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1918 (20 AUG) stampless envelope endorsed “On active service” countersigned below line at left, bearing oval-framed violet X25 censor, framed ‘RECEIVED FROM H.M. SHIPS/NO CHARGE TO BE RAISED’ which has been overstruck with multi faceted London V date stamps; envelope opened on three sides, no cancels on reverse.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1918 picture postcard to England from British soldier, censored with violet oval-framed X15 handstamp, the censor presumably responsible for erasing the cyrillic inscription on face of card. Red London Paid slogan arrival cancel of OCT 13.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1919 (14 JY) censored stampless “On Active Service” envelope to London cancelled by Field Post Office P.B. 14 cds of Sadllier-Jackson’s 238 Brigade in the Drvina Force, overstruck by signature of Officer, blue Passed By Censor No. 60 R crown handstamp; good condition.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1919 (22 JA) stampless “On Active Service” cover to Burntisland, Fife, Scotland cancelled by Field Post Office P.B.44, then assigned to Bakharitza, overstruck with censor, envelope signed by officer/ censor in corner, P.S. Hughes, part of Archangel Garrison. A few pin holes top left and without backflap. A scarce F.P.O.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1919 (28 JU) stampless cover to Hampstead, London redirected to St Louis Institution, Tours, France cancelled by Field Post Office P.B. 77, then at Emetskoe, London cancel of Jul 14 and Tours arrival backstamp of 16th. Small violet circular censor No. 65 R and OPENED BY CENSOR P.W. 214 censor tape. A rare F.P.O.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1919 (6 AU) stampless “O.A.S.” to Inverness, Scotland cancelled Field Post Office P.B. 66, used at Obozerskaya, violet censor handstamp No. 27 R overstriking Officer/censors signature; some slight staining.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1919 (JU 26) censored stampless cover to England with Field Post Office P.B.55 cds, then at Beresnik, black (No.28) and red (No. 708) censor cachets, the latter tying tape OPENED BY/BASE CENSOR NO. 16; some slight faults to edges of envelope.
(British Military Concession Cover) 1839 (Mar) outer letter sheet to London endorsed from George Stevens on the HMS Donegal in Lisbon and countersigned by Lieut. Duthy. Endorsed ‘1’(d) for the military concession and with London cancels front and back, at bottom left very fine strike of the rare Crowned To be/ delivered/ FREE handstamp indicating no London local charges due. Sold at Cavendish Jan 2004 sale for £1700. Fine Exhibition item. The H.M.S. Donegal landed Portuguese Seamen taken from the slaver ‘Diligente’ instead of prosecuting them for slave trading, as agreed by the Foreign Office.
(British Military Offices) 1937 (30 Aug) cover to England franked Great Britain 1½d. cancelled by Field Post Office No.1 cds, then based at Tientsin. The envelope is endorsed at top left “Posted on mannouvers1937/ Field Post Office No 1/ Headquarters 1st Division/ Youngshung” (Yangtsun). Fine condition and unusual usage of tne Coronation stamp.
(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.
(Incoming WW1 censored mail) 1918 stampless envelope from Lumbres, France addressed to Hankau cancelled Army Post Office S.19 double-ring cds of 14 Nov, censor tape and two different handstamps applied together with circular framed ‘S’ (special treatment as overseas mail) and on reverse very fine strike of British Post Office Hankow cds of DE 29. A fine cover coming from the Western Front.