(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.
(Official Mail) 1904 printed envelope to the Commisioner of Customs at Nanning, printed ‘ON SERVICE.’ at top and to right framed ‘Inspectorate General/ POSTAGE PAID/ Statistical Department’, reverse with Shanghai despatch and Wuchow cds; fine condition.
(Western) 1901 OHMS registered cover Perth to England franked with 5d Swan tied ‘R’ handstamp, various violet Officil handstamps and London transit, arrival backstamp. The stamp used was not necessary. The envelope has had the ‘HER’ replaced by handstamped ‘HIS’ at top.
1883 envelope with imprinted albino seal on backflap ‘Secretaria De Hacienda’, addressed to Paris routed through Colon to connect with the “Ville de Brest” bound for St. Nazaire. Front bears red French maritime octagonal Panama-Union * Paq.F.A.No.1 * date stamp (Salles 1415a/1) with blue arrival alongside. Rare and early Official cover. Ex Schatykes.
1891 stampless envelope ex Government House to London, endorsed “pr Amber Via Gibraltar” and initialled in the corner “W.B.G.” of W.B Griffith, the Governor. On arrival in London with good strike of Official Paid London E.C. cds. Faults to the periphery of the envelope, a rare Official cover.
1891 stampless cover from Paris to Tunis, endorsed "affaire de service/ Colis postaux", straight-line handstamp 'a percevoir' applied on arrival and pair 15c. applied with large 'T' perfin, one upright and the other inverted, reverse with tunis cds
1894 stampless envelope from London Post Office addressed ‘Bulletin de Verification/ pour/ “Tahiti”, red oval despatch date stamp, San Francisco transit registration label top left, reverse with New York transit and Papeete arrival backstamp. Fine and unusual.