(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 Occupation) 1904 (2 Fevr) stampless envelope to Paris, endorsed “detachment du Siam” bearing large bluish double-ring handstamp ‘DETACHEMENT D’OCCUPATION DE CHANTABOUN * SIAM *’,to left with Saigon Cochinchine Corps Expd cds with inverted centre, arrival backstamp of 2.5.; fine and rare.
(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.
(Kurram Valley Field Force) 1879 Officers envelope to London franked India 2a. and 4a. tied by two-line manuscript “Habib Kala20/2/79”,reverse with Kohat and Bombay transits and London arrival (MR 29). From a known correspondence by Bt. Lt. Col. G. de C. Morton after the assault and capture of Peiwar Kotal. A rare cover from the Afghan War.
(Macedonia) 1942 cover sent from SKOLPJE to Trieste bearing unique Italian Military cachet "COMANDO MILITARE/ITALIANO STAZIONE/SKOPLJE" of small Italian military unit at Macedonia, manuscript "Zona sprouvista/francoboli" - NO STAMPS AVAILABLE, censored, transit and arrival cds. Unique, ex. Cihangir (lot 3901)
(Military) 1917 (21 Oct) French patriotic propaganda card to France, unfranked and bearing violet cachet ‘Mission Militaire Francaise En Russie’ then at Petrograd, Russia. Shortly after Bolshevik revolution when town name was changed from St Petersburg.
(North Russian Expeditionary Forces) 1918 (26 DE) stampless envelope endorsed “On Active Service” bearing very fine Army Post Office P.B.2 cds and violet oval ‘X20’ censor cachet; a little roughly opened at top. P.B.2. was used at Archangel from sept 1918 to October 1919.
(Northern) 1901 (10 Nov) stampless cover (with original contents) from Wase to England, endorsed “No stamps obtainable/ w.H. Wilkin Lieut/ 2. WAFF”, with manuscript “Ibi 18 11 01” in violet ink and Northern Nigeria transit cds (additional strike on reverse). Charged postage due on arrival with blue crayon “T” and “1d/620” tax markings and South Molton cds.
(Post Offices in Crete) 1898 (24 Nov) printed soldier’s envelope ‘From’ “Lca Sgt F. Pagett 5th Fusiliers Crete”, endorsed bottom left corner “British Forces Crete” , stamp cancelled Candia Oesterreichische Post cds, reverse with Dover Station Office cds; some slight faults to envelope, opened-out for display a rare and unusual item of mail from the International Peace-Keeping Force in Crete.
(Przedborz) 1917 (23.XII.) unsealed printed matter rate envelope to Przedborz franked German Occupation 3pf tied Warschau cds, violet handstamped ‘DRUKI’ at left, additionally franked with perforated 2Gr. tied K.u.K. Etappenpostamt Przedborz, Kreis Konsk
(Sino – Japanese War) 1897 (7th April) cover franked with eight 2s. cancelled by Wei-Hai-Wei No. 1 P.O. from 2nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Batalion, 7th Company, to Japan. The cover is likely to be a heavy printed matter rate, only a few items are recorded at this rate.
(Sino – Japanese War) 1897 entire from Shosaku Yoshiggoe, Field Artillery Unit, Wei-Hai-Wei to Banemon Yoshigoe, Toyogo-Mura, Shimo-Takai Gun, Nagano-Ken, Japan, bearing postmark of Ikaiei field post office No.1 30-2-25 cds (Wei Hai Wei 25 February 1897). The first organised overseas mail service from Wei-Hai-Wei was the field post office.
(Soldiers Overseas Privilege Letter) 1850 (March 8th) part entire with letter page removed to Suffolk, England bearing double circle MAURITIUS/ POSTOFFICE despatch, struck in England with good strike of SOLDIER & SEAMANS LETTER/ 4/ BY SHIP’ (2d for ship captains, 1d for British inland Soldiers letter postage and an additional 1d. fine), blue BUNGAY arrival cds, reverse with part Portsmouth Ship Letter and transit date stamp.