(French Post Offices) 1879 cover from Toulon-S-Mer addressed to the “Champlain” at Hong Kong, “Division navale des mers de Chine”, endorsed “Voie Francaise par Marseille”, franked at 15c. rate, reverse with Marseille transit; fine condition with long letter contents.
(Postal Stationery) 1892 6c green card to Brusells, endorsed with handstamp ‘Via Marseille’ and cancelled on board with French maritime Ligne T Paq. Fr. No.3 date stamp partially overstruck by arrival cds, two words greetings message.
1838 incoming entire from , with printed list of new books in English and manuscript message, endorsed”par Bateau a Vapeur de Marseille”, Paris despatch cds and framed PD, reverse with good strike across flap of Local Post ’27 March 3d’ applied on arrival.
1848 entire from Zante to Boston, United States endorsed “Via Marseilles” without any clear indication of despatch except for commercial chop top right, addressed care of forwarding agents in London whose blue ornate handstamp appears at base, red PAID date stamp of London and red ‘29’ US accountancy.
1868 (SE 26) mourning cover from Dera Ghazee Khan to Bath, endorsed “Bombay Marseilles/ officer’s letter” with signature at lower left, franked at 6a8p concessionary rate with single franking showing fine duplex. Backstamps of Lahore, Bombay and Bath with framed UNCLAIMED. A couple of slight faults at edges, a very scarce usage and single franking.
1868 cover to New York franked 12c. and 30c. vermilion each cancelled B62 obliterators, envelope endorsed ”Via Marseilles” with London Paid transit, New York Paid All cds and ‘3 CENTS’ accountancy, reverse with Hong Kong cds and good strike of ‘Forwarded By/ Russell & Co./ Hong Kong’; fine and attractive cover.
1868 entire to London, endorsed “Via Marseilles” franked 1863 8c orange and 24c green each cancelled by blue ‘B62’, manuscript rating on front, reverse with Hong Kong index C cds overstriking Augustine Heard & Co circular dated company handstamp. Light horizontal filing crease.
New South Wales: 1867 outer letter sheet to Nantes, France bearing Melbourne despatch cds, annotated to go “Via Marseille”, faint red Paris transit, diamond-framed accountancy ‘G.B./ 1f.62 4/10th c’ applied and rated ‘10’ decimes, reverse with Paris a Nantes tpo and Chanternay S Loire arrival cds