(Alsace Lorraine) 1871 (18/Oct) folded invoice to Metz bearing mixed franking pair 20c. with upwards network and France 'Laureated Napoleon' 40c. tied 1386 large numeral with Elbeuf cds in association, framed P.P., the 20c. pair only tied by French cancels and bu two blue crayon lines, next day arrival backstamps.
(Austrian Post Offices) Ottoman 1869 Postage Due 1pi yellow-brown and red-brown, perf 5-11, used on 1870 outer letter sheet to Venice paying the internal rate from Scutari cancelled by extremely fine Scutari D’Albanie, franked Austrian Levant 5s and 10s (2) tied by Antivari cds for onward transmission. Arrival cds on reverse. The address re-written and some ageing around Austrian issues. A scarce and attractive combination. A Diena Cert. (1974)
(Azerbaijan) 1923 (11.VI.) registered cover to Baden, Switzerland with Baku registration label on the front, franked on reverse 1921-22 5000r green pair in combination with Transcaucasian Federation Russia 35k. and two pairs of 1r. with star overprint, tied by Baku cds, arrival cancel to side; some slight creasing.
(China Combination I.P.O.) 1901 (17 Apr) card to Leipzig, from Swatow where domestic postage was paid in cash and bilingual cds applied, the 4c on 3c black surcharge stationery card bearing red framed I.P.O. handstamp and image tied Hong Kong cds, arrival cancels at left. The card with ‘Reply’ erased, a very rare usage of this stationery card.
(China I.P.O.) 1901 2c. postal stationery envelope to Leipzig, bearing bilingual Amoy cds where cash was paid for the internal postage, very unusually a 2c. stationery envelope has been used together with pair 4c. to make 10c. overseas rate all cancelled with two fine framed I.P.O. handstamps of Amoy and three cds, arrival backstamp. The backflap is missing but a very rare example of cash paid on a stationery envelope.
(Corfu) 1942 pair of censored covers to Athens franked ‘ISOLE JONIE’ overprinted postage issues in combination with Greek Postal Staff Anti-tuberculosis 10 lepta, one cover with five such values and a 10c. Isole Jonie, the other with 50 on 10 lepta together with Isole Jonie 20c. and 30c.
(East Africa & Somalia) 1940 express striking orange-red cover to Milano franked East Africa 1L Bateleur Eagle in combination with Somalia 3L. tied Mogadiscio Somalia Italiana cds, blue ESPRESSO (Expres) label bottom left; slight water staining bottom right, still a striking combination cover.
(German Post Offices) 1900 (30 Avr) cover to Oppeln, Germany franked Local Post ‘Mazagan – Marakech’ tied J. Brudo Marakech Maroc date stamps, additionally franked German Post Offices 3c. on 3pf. (2), 5c. on 5pf. (2) and 10c. on 10pf. tied Mazagan Deutsche Post cds, arrival backstamp; fine condition.
(German Post Offices) 1903 (29/7) 5pf postal stationery card addressed to Shanghai and tied by Hankau Deutsche Post cds, redirected on arrival to Tsingtau with China 1c. Coiling Dragon applied and tied bilingual cds, Shanghai b Deutsche Post cds bottom right, arrival cds at left; a fine condition combination card.
(Jammu and Kashmir) 1887 cover to Stradbally, Ireland franked India 1862-90 4a6p in combination with Jammu and Kashmir 1a. dull green both cancelled by ‘L’ obliterators, reverse with Kashmir cds, Bombay transit and part arrival partly lost with backflap.
(Local Post) 1898 cover to Berlin bearing French Post Office 25c on 25c. (for overseas postage) and Mazagan to Marakech 10c. cancelled J. Brudo Marakech date stamp, the French Offices stamp cancelled Mazagan on 11 Mai, further Local Post cds on reverse, Tanger transit and Berlin arrival. Some trivial toning not detracting from mixed franking cover from German Ambassador, shortly before the German Post Office.
(Local Post) 1900 cover to Tanger bearing French Post Office 10c on 10c. and Mazagan to Marakech 10c. ‘Hunting Gazelle’ cancelled J. Brudo Marakech date stamp repeated below, the French Offices stamp cancelled Mazagan, further Local Post cds on reverse together with fine violet bilingual military cachet. Fine and rare.
(Moroccan Local Posts) 1897 (6 Giu) cover to British Post Office, Tangier franked Marakesh a Mazagan 10c. tied violet Marrakesh cds, reverse with Mazagan cds (8 Giu) of Local Post and where put into the British Offices with pair of 5c. applied cancelled ‘A26’ obliterator, Mazagan Morocco cds alongside of 10 JU and Tangier backstamp of 15 JU. A little tone spotting of scant significance to this rare combination cover.
(New Guinea) 1907 picture postcard Gruss Aus Yap to Germany bearing combination franking Karolinen 5pf. and Deutsch Neu Guinea 5pf each tied Simpsonhafen Deutsche Neu Guinea cds, arrival at left; some slight staining.
(Orange Free State Bisect) 1868 (May 27) small envelope to Somerset East. The letter is believed to have been carried privately to Phillipolis postmaster (A.P.J. van der Poel), the sender having pinned a 1/-, the Postmaster bisected it, replaced half the stamp and the pin, and added a 4d. Cape, on arrival at Colsberg the stamps were cancelled, the cancel not taking to the bisected stamp because of the pin. A most remarkable and unusual item. With fine explanatory article by Douglas Roth in the Spt 1956 South African Philatelist, a Certificate from that year and a RPSL Cert of 1984.
(Ship Mail) 1865 entire to Piraeus, Greece, endorsed in Russian “Via Odessa Steamship” franked with three 10k. (some trimmed perfs) tied by Taganrog 15 Apr 65 cds with circular FRANCO handstamp alongside, disinfected in Odessa with fumigation slits and released 21 Apr, “50” in red crayon denoting charge of 50 lepta for French ship letter fee with Greece Large Hermes Heads 10l. and 40l. applied and tied by Piraeus cds, a very attractive combination franking, Ex Dr. Casey.
(Uganda) 1898 cover to Birmingham bearing combination franking British East Africa 2 ½a. tied square circle paying the external postage, together with Uganda Protectorate 1896 Typeset 4a (SG 58) with blue manuscript cancel plus by the Mombasa despatch; some slight faults as usual.
(Uganda) 1898 cover to London bearing combination franking British East Africa 2 ½a. tied square circle paying the external postage, together with Uganda Protectorate 1896 Typeset 1a , thin 1 (SG 54) with blue manuscript cancel paying the local postage only, the country not being a member of the U.P.U. at this time. Central vertical crease and some slight faults to envelope; scarce on cover.
(Used Abroad – Puerto Rico) 1872 (26 Set) outer letter sheet to Cadiz bearing pair 1867-80 10d. red-brown, LK-LL, cancelled by a full clear ‘C61’ obliterator of San Juan, in combination with Spanish Antilles 25c blue pair (l/h stamp with small fault at base) cancelled by Colonial Grill, cds top left. A fine cover with Philatelic Foundation (1970, 1984) and Sismondo (2005) certificates. Ex. Grant Glasco 1969 and Klempka. Fine and very rare.
1893 registered combination cover to Germany franked Sir Charles Brooke 2c. pair tied Sarawak cds of 1 DE and Straits Settlements 5c. and 10c. tied Singapore cds, there is a further Sarawak cds at base and a somewhat unclear Sarawak Post Office/ Registered Letter/ Date 1 DE 93 handstamp at left, reverse with further Singapore cds and partial arrival cds. In extremely fresh condition, most attractive.