(British Occupation) 1915 (31.3) ‘Sofort zu offnen’ (Open Immediately) printed envelope that has been amended in manuscript to “O.H.M.S.” stampless registered envelope to St Jouan des Guerets, France, with blue manuscript lines and R , two strikes of framed ‘T.’ Handstamps, Duala (Kamerun) a cds at top left, Registered Plymouth transit backstamp with registration label applied to front, arrival backstamp; a rare occupation cover.
(Chinkiang Local Post) 1894 registered cover to Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, Shanghai franked Golden Mountain 1c. (2) and 5c. tied by two Chinkiang Postal Service handstamps (The two 1c. stamps have been previously cancelled – they were often sold cto for collectors at the Post Office. The left-hand 1c. tied by same cancel tying 5c. and central cancel tying both 1c.), very fine REGISTERED handstamp, numbered “15” , reverse with dated Chinkiang cds and Shanghai arrival cds, also with full wax seal of Municipal Council Chinkiang with remains of string. Small cut to corner of envelope and opened out for display, a very rare commercial registered cover.
(East Africa) 1914 (2.11.) registered cover to Amani bearing single franking watermarked 30h. tied Taveta Deutsche Feldpost cds, to left a registered label with manuscript Taveta/ Deutsche Feldpost, reverse with arrival cds of 16th. Fine condition.
(Far Eastern Republic) 1923 (5 12) registered cover to Bulgaria bearing multi issue franking with 1921 Chita 3k. (pair and single) plus 10k. together with Soviet Union for the Far East 1923 2k. on 70r. and 5k. on 10r. (two pairs and two singles) all tied by Vladivostok cds, Cyrillic and English registration labels, reverse with Bulgarian transit and arrival cancels, plus a Charity label. A spectacular franking, all stamps with four margins.
(German Post Offices) 1901 (16 5)registered cover to Trier franked 1896 56 degree overprint 5pf. (3) and 25pf. (with gutter margin) each tied by TIENTSIN a DEUTSCHE POST cds, registration label bottom left, arrival backstamp; central vertical crease not detracting from a good commercial envelope at the correct registered rate.
(Hannover) late 1860s outer letter sheet registered to Bremervorde franked by three watermarked 1Ggr, a single and horizontal pair) tied by blue BREMEN 29/12 cds, RECOMMANDIRT handstamp at top in same ink, also showing manuscript “Charge” , framed arrival backstamp of the next day.
(Mexico) 1914 AR registered cover to Manchester, England bearing single franking 12c. Franklin tied Veracruz. Mex. cds, violet registration handstamp to left, reverse with Vera Cruz cds in same ink and New York transit; missing backflap and some light toning, showing generally good quality cancels.
(Moheli) 1908 (27 Juin) registered cover to Paris bearing single franking 45c. tied by blue Mayotte et Dependances Moheli cds with registration handstamp to left in same colour. Fine example of rare double weight registered French community rate. Ex Grabowski, who recorded six known 45c single franking usages.
(New Republic/ Transvaal) 1888 (18 Aug) envelope registered to Bordeaux bearing 2d. (4 Jan 87) on granite paper without embossed Arms, in combination with Transvaal 1883 re-issue 1d. (3), 1885 6d. blue, 1885 ½d. on 1s. green and 1887 2d. n 3d. mauve (, one damaged), all tied by oval VRYHEID date stamp in violet with year error ‘87’, red manuscript registration number, London and Calais to Paris cds, with on reverse, Dundee Durban and arrival cancels, the envelope with large part cut away on reverse. This letter was posted less than a month after the New Reublic became part of the Trnsvaal. Transvaal postage stamps wre already available in Vryheid. The postage rate to France from the Transvaal was 9½d. via the Cape Colony and 7½d. via Natal. The registration fee was 4d. The 2d New Republic internal charge should no longer have applied, but was nevertheless paid by the sender. From the transit marks this letter followed the more convenient and cheaper route through Natal and is thus 4d overpaid.
(Occupation of Odessa) 1943 (10 Apr) registered express cover to Munich, franked with pair of 12L and strip of three 24L Transnistria issue all tied by ODESA1*RECOMANDATA cds, provisional Odessa boxed registration handstamp below. Munich arrival and censor mark & label applied on arrival.
(Official Mail) 1899 (23 Janv) ‘LETTRE TOMBEE EN REBUT’ printed Post Office envelope to St Marie with Tananarive cds and straight-line CHARGE, “charge” repeated in manuscript top right. This envelope was used by the Post Office to return undeliverable mail, always by registered post for security; central vertical crease, ex Grabowski.
(Ottoman Empire) 1912 (27.2.) registered cover to Versailles, France franked on reverse 1908 Turkish 1pi. strip of three tied by bilingual Hodeida 2 date stamp, Alexandria and Port Said transits and arrival cds, fine U.P.U. Turquie registration handstamp with manuscript number on front. Rare registered envelope.
(Papal States) 1869 registered cover to Bastia, Corsica bearing mixed issue franking of imperf 80c. single and a further pair of 80c. in a brighter shade together with a perforated 10c. tied by four lozenges, straight-line ASSICURATA handstamp, Roma cds, red framed PD, unframed CHARGE and French entry cds, reverse with framed registration, transit and arrival cancels. The reverse is a bit messy, light vertical filing crease running between two of the 80c. Very rare cover to a fine destination.
(Post Agencies in Mexico) 1914 (25.V.) registered printed envelope to Paris franked 5c. and 10c tied by framed Vera Cruz, Mexico/ U.S.Mail Agency, violet registration handstamp at left, arrival cds on front, reverse with Vera Cruz despatch cds, New York transit and further arrival cancels. Both the manuscript and printed routings have been crossed out and ignored.
(Postal Stationery) 1905 36c. envelope registered to Switzerland with despatch cds, red oval Registration date stamp with blue manuscript number, French maritime octagonal date stamp, arrival backstamp. Good clean example.
(Priamur and Maritime Provinces) 1922 (1.11) registered cover to Troy, N.Y., USA franked Sept 1922 1k on 2k., 2k., 3k on 4k., 4k. and 10k. (2) plus two 15k. without frame, Vladivostok despatch cancels and both Cyrillic and English registration labels, reverse with Seattle transit and arrival cancel.
(Priamur and Maritime Provinces) 1922 (13.5.) registered cover to Troy, N.Y., USA franked 1921 unoverprinted 2k. (2), 4k. (2) and 10k. (2) plus Far Eastern Republics 1920-21 perf 7k. on 15k. (4), Vladivostok despatch cancels and both Cyrillic and English registration labels, reverse with Seattle transit and arrival cancel. Ex Dick Scheper.