(French Post Offices) 1880 cover from Toulon-S-Mer addressed to the “Champlain”, “Division navale des mers de Chine et du Japon”, endorsed “Voie Anglaise par Brindisi”, franked at 35c. rate, reverse with Paris A Modane transit; fine condition with thick letter contents.
(Italian Post Offices) 1876 entire to Mulhouse, Alsace bearing single franking ‘Estero’ overprinted 30c. tied ‘234’ numeral lozenge with Alessandria D’Egitto Poste Italiane cds alongside, endorsed Via Brindisi with their transit on reverse together with ‘horseshoe’ arrival.
(New South Wales) 1881 (JY 2) registered cover to Brighton, Sussex franked with 1871-1902 8d yellow (imperf between stamp and margin) plus two 2d. D.L.R. to pay the registration fee, cancelled by roller with double-oval Registered Sydney date stamp, London transit above this and arrival on reverse; small part of backflap missing.
(Tasmania) 1885 (NO 14) cover to Brighton, endorsed “Via Brindisi”, bearing single franking 1871-91 double-lined numeral watermark, perforated 6d. tied ‘74’ numeral obliterator with Sandy Bay cds in association, reverse with Hobert transit and arrival cds.
1873 (JA 3) part entire from Pondicherry to Bordeaux, endorsed “Via Brindisi”, franked at ½oz rate of 13a4p with 1866-78 6a8p slate horizontal pair, tied by fine Pondicherry 111 duplex and sender’s cachet, red PD and French entry cds Poss. Ang. V. Brind/ A MOD; some slight perf tones but still a fine cover with a rare franking.
1874 ‘Finlay, Scott and Co’s/ East India Price Current’ folded printed document from Bombay to Amsterdam, endorsed ‘Via Brindisi’, franked 1860 8p. and 1865 watermarked 2a yellow tied Bombay/Outw duplex and by sender’s chop, reverse with black PD and unusually with arrival cds.
1876 (24 Nov) entire to Marseille, endorsed “Per Bombay &/ Brindisi” franked 1872-73 15c. large figures and 25c. cancelled by Inde dotted lozenge, Inde Pondicherry cds to left, red French maritime Col. FR V. BRIND A. Mod between these, arrival backstamp; 15c with margin just touched at right, light vertical filing crease, fresh condition.
1876 (30 VIII) 25c. postal stationery envelope uprated 50c. from Basel to Yokohama, Japan, endorsed “Via Brindisi” whose transit cds of 2 Set appears on reverse together with Hong – Kong Marine Sorter/ Singapore to Hong Kong double-ring cds of OC 19, this appears to be an inverted ‘9’ in the date as there is an arrival cds of the Hong Kong office. Fine and very rare.
1877 Ship’s mail bag cover (flap missing) to Kent bearing Great Britain 1d red plates 178, 179 (5) and 182 (3), some apparently re-used with previous fragments beneath. This 9d, was equivalent of 36c. rate, cancelled by ‘43’ numeral obliterators, endorsed “Via Brandesi” but carried via Southampton rather than Brindisi with Feb 26 1877 transit backstamp. Ex Scott-Archer.
1878 (1 Fevr) entire to Marseille, endorsed “Par Bombay &/ Brindisi” bearing single franking 1876 40c. Sage with good to large margins cancelled by Inde Pondichery cds, repeated at left, Col. FR V. Brind A. Mod maritime cds, arrival backstamp.
1878 (AU 2) registered cover to Waddington Post Office, Canterbury, New Zealand franked 1858-79 2d., PH, unclear plate (damage to top right corner) and 1876 8d., MC, with heavy obliterators, Registered Lombard St. cds, large oval Registered Dunedin SE 7 78 arrival date stamp, Registered Christchurch alongside, the obverse bears manuscript “Unclaimed” and “No Contents of Value”, the front also with Christchurch cds of 9 JA 79. Also with Post Office workshop proof with manuscript notes.
1881 (5 Janv) outer letter sheet to Marseille, endorsed “Par Bombay &/ Brindisi” bearing single franking 1872-73 25c. Ceres with margins just clear at top, cancelled by blue Inde Pondichery cds, repeated at left, plus Modane A Paris unclear cds with a clearer cds below, part arrival backstamp.
1891 (Abr 15) registered cover to Cannanore, India, endorsed redirected to Basle, Switzerland franked on reverse ‘Arms’ 5c., 10c. and 20c. tied by registration handstamp without any number in association. Redirected and annotated “Via Brindisi & Bombay” showing various Indian transits a thimble Sea Post Office cds and blue manuscript oval “593” of the Indian Sea Post, Basel arrival backstamp.
1933 30c. postal stationery registration envelope uprated 50c. and 1/- and sent airmail to Germany from Tanga, airmail handstamp at top has been handstamped ‘ANNULATO’ at Brindisi on transit, reverse with Moshi transit, Brindisi transit and Italian t.p.o. and Altona arrival cds.
Italian Occupation: 1916 (27.12.) registered censored cover to Salonique franked by Italian adhesives tied by Poste Italiane Himara (Albania) cds, handstamped registration label bottom right, Valona censorship at left, reverse with Brindisi and Bologna transits and Greek language arrival cds. Small violet ink stain at top not detracting from a rare origin cover.