(Benin) 1900 (31 Dec) 10c. postal stationery card to Porto Novo cancelled Cotonou Dahomey cds with another strike at left, at bottom right straight-line APRES LE DEPART handstamp, arrival cd at base. With New Years message.
(Hamburg) 1858 (22 May) small envelope addressed to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with ‘gull wing’ despatch date stamp, London Paid transit of MY 24, at top an unclear UNCLAIMED handstamp and at left fine red three-line ‘SENT BACK TO ENGLAND/ WITHOUT A REASON/ FOR NON DELIVERY’, reverse with unclearly dated Melbourne cds; slight fault at centre of envelope.
(Togo) 1890 (8/4) cover to Lagos bearing Germany 20pf. forerunner tied Klein-Popo cds, Lagos W. Africa arrival cds, re-addressed to St Gallen, Switzerland with red FORWARD handstamp, Liverpool transit, reverse with Accra transit and arrival cds; fine early cover, Ex Sacher.
(Transvaal) 1897 (16 Jun) cover to Netherland Indies franked 1896-97 ½d. and vertical pair 1d. tied Pretoria cds which is repeated on reverse, Padang square circles of 8/8 and Weltevreden of 12/8, the cover being returned with framed VERTROKKEN/ PARTI handstamp and redirected to Netherlands with oval blue handstamp on front, reverse with Marseille transit and arrival cds of 26 Oct.
1865 (FE 28) cover to Reading, underfranked with Great Britain 1862-64 6d. tied A26 obliterator. Underfranked with fine example of Insufficiently Prepaid handstamp, manuscript “Deficient postage 6d/ fine 6d” and ‘1/-‘ handstamp at right. The Insufficient handstamp had just been delivered to the Gibraltar Post Office in January 1865.
1871 cover to Helena, Mont., USA bearing 1863-77 perf 12½ 4d. dull rose tied by clear‘A05’ numeral obliterator, reverse with Panama transit of British Post Office (NO 11), front with N.Y. Steamship 3 transit (NO 19), arrival cds at left (Dec 13), framed ‘ADVERTISED’ and ‘UNCLAIMED’ and straight-line NOT FOUND, reverse with blue DEAD LETTER OFFICE Feb 14
1873 Stampless registered envelope from Elgonskov to Leipzig, postage paid in cash - annotation at the back side. Front shows Prussian RECOMANDIRT and "AUS RUSSLAN / FRANCO - TOUT" handstamp. Nice and attractive cover
1881 (12/7) underfranked envelope to Tonbridge, England franked 1880 10pf vertical pair tied Hamburg cds, framed Unzureichend/ franeirt handstamp and at left similar two-line italic handstamp, framed ‘T.’ and handstamped ‘5’ charge, Tunbridge arrival backstamp.
1891 3m. on 5m. postal stationery card with a range of instructional hand stamps and cancellations of Samanoud including three negative handstamps and a Samanoud Caisse cds, Registration and T handstamps, AR and Return cancels. Very fine and unusual.
1892 folded printed matter with complete wrapper to Boston, franked 1c. strip of three and a 2c. tied Tunis cds with single circle UNCLAIMED handstamp stamp and on reverse triangular DEAD LETRTER OFFICE handstamp with USA in the corners.
1894 (Abr 2) cover to Bruxelles, Belgium franked 1893 5c. and 40c. tied by violet circular negative ‘star’ in violet and 40c. additionally by red London cds (of return journey), oval Republique de Honduras/ Bureau/ Postal D’Exchange/ PUERTO CORTEZ dated cachet, undelivered with a fine range of instructional handstamps ‘retour a l’auteur’, ‘REBUT’ on front and on reverse framed ‘PARTI/ Vertrokken’ and manuscript “Parti sans laisser l’addresse/ Le factuer” and signed by him, Bruxelles 1 and 5 cancels of 22 Avril, Bruxelles 1 new despatch of 24th, New York cancels of outward journey, red ‘3’ handstamp applied on arrival back.
1895 (DE 31) cover from BUSHIRE to Cairo franked on reverse by India 1892-96 2a.6p. yellow-green tied by fine large part strike of type Z16 ("C14") "BUSHIRE" squared circle (still clearly showing "E" complete) with two strikes of boxed "TOO LATE" above (applied at the Bushire P.O.). Bold "SUEZ" (27 1 96) and "CAIRE" (28 1 96) transit and arrival cds alongside. Some cover creases but desirable with the "TOO LATE" marking.
1901 '3' on '4 cents' on 2c. postal stationery newspaper wrapper cancelled cds and addressed to Bordeaux, black two-line Retour/ a L'Envoyeur at base, reverse with straight-line INCONNU a RAPPEL B handstamp plus another example with index 'C'.
1902 (April) 4d registered stationery envelope, size H2, additionally franked 2½d. King George II tied by unclear cds, addressed to New York, reverse with Registered Auckland transit 3 May, various Dead Letter Office and other instructional handstamps of New York, fine violet Dead Letter Office N.Z. cds on return.
1902 picture postcard ‘Gare de Toussoun’ to New Zealand written on board steamer in the Suez Canal frankd Great Britain ½d. green Jubilee tied by framed ‘MISDIRECTED’ handstamp, Suez cds alongside (14 IV) and to left of this Christchurch arrival cds of 20 MY. Fine and unusual.