(Azores) 1886 (29 Ago) stampless opened-out envelope to Rio de Janeiro with large oval CORREIO DA HORTA date stamp, circular-framed ‘T’ handstamp and octagonal 300 Rs. Charge handstamp applied on arrival, reverse with Lisboa transit (7 Set) and arrival cancels (24 Set).
(Azores) 1916 (Dec) stampless envelope to Sevilla, Spain with various cachets including ornate oval-framed DEPOSITO/ DE/ CONCENTADOS ALEMAES/ NA/ ILHA TERCEIRA front and back, violet four-line Mission Portugaise/ des/ Prisonniers de Guerre/ LISBONNE, two censor tapes at left side. A fine early item showing unusually fine quality handstamps throughout.
(Azores) 1916 Red Cross stationery card to Badajoz, Spain bearing three-line DELEGACAO/ DA COMISSAO DE PRISIONEIROS/ ANGRA DO HEROISMO handstamp, violet Commission Portugaise/des/ Prisonniers de Guerre/ LISBONNE handstamp, top right with small red Deposito/ De/ Concentrados/ Alemaes handstamp overstruck with Lisbon transit.
(Azores) 1917 Red Cross stationery card to Chemnitz bearing ornate oval-framed DEPOSITO/ DE/ CONCENTADOS ALEMAES/ NA/ ILHA TERCEIRA handstamp and two-line CENSURADO/ 16 SET. 1917 in same ink. Good condition with long message.
(Azores) 1918 (22 Agos) 1c. Ceres postal stationery card to Berlin, the message datelined from Angra, endorsed at top “Correspondencia de prisioneiros d. guerra” with local red censor cachets and violet German cachet at top upside down.
(Azores) 1918 stampless envelope to “Bureau International Paix, Section civile” at Berne, Switzerland with faint Angra despatch cds bottom right, reddish violet two line dated CENSURADO, censor tape at left tied front and back by ‘203’ cachet, reverse with senders details and ornately framed oval DEPOSITO/ DE/ CONCENTADOS ALEMAES/ NA/ ILHA TERCEIRA; fine.
(British Military Concession Cover) 1839 (Mar) outer letter sheet to London endorsed from George Stevens on the HMS Donegal in Lisbon and countersigned by Lieut. Duthy. Endorsed ‘1’(d) for the military concession and with London cancels front and back, at bottom left very fine strike of the rare Crowned To be/ delivered/ FREE handstamp indicating no London local charges due. Sold at Cavendish Jan 2004 sale for £1700. Fine Exhibition item. The H.M.S. Donegal landed Portuguese Seamen taken from the slaver ‘Diligente’ instead of prosecuting them for slave trading, as agreed by the Foreign Office.
(Madeira) 1702 (Nov 3) entire to London posted during The War of the Grand Alliance, manuscript “3/” rate with on reverse manuscript “Forwarded By 13 Dec 1702/ Saml & Jos Clarke” with London Bishop mark DE/16. An interesting letter surrounding the uncertainty caused by War.
(Madeira) 1869 (2/10) fragile outer letter sheet to Nova Scotia, franked 1868 100r imperf (four good margins) and 1868-70 perforated 120r cancelled ‘51’ barred numerals, Funchal two-ring cds at centre with framed PD, endorsed “Via England” , red Paid London Ship Letter transit and ‘3d’ accountancy handstamp. Some reinforcements and repairs to cover.
(Madeira) 1873 envelope to New York, endorsed “via England” and franked vertical pair and horizontal pairs of 1870 80r. orange with thin 3mm high letters tied numeral obliterators with Funchal cds in association, framed PD and London PAID trnsit, reverse bearing New York Paid All entry cds; tear in front of envelope and part of bottom backflap missing, still a scarce and attractive multiple franking.
(Madeira) 1954 airmail parcel card to Stuttgart, Germany franked 1953 ‘Medieval Knight’ 1E.50, 2E., 5E. and 50E. single and block of eight tied Funchal cds, Encomendas Lisboa transit Frankfurt Main transit; vertical filing crease clear of stamps.
(Malacca - Portuguese Mail) 1611 (12 Jan) entire letter written in Portuguese from the Holy House of Mia (Misericordia), Malacca to the same order in Portugal and showing on reverse red wax seal, the entire with the signatures of the members of the brotherhood. Believed to be the earliest known cover from Malacca.
(Napoleonic Mail) 1810 entire to Paris with black two-line unclear Directeur ... de la guerre, fine ‘No.3 DEB/ ARM DE PORTUGAL’, this handstamp repeated on reverse together with black ‘DEB. Bau .../ ARM. DE PORTUGAL’, a fine and rare cover
(Portuguese Mail) 1628 (20th October) entire from the Mission of Diu, on the north-west coast to the Mission headquarters at Avaeiro, Portugal concerning the granting of an Inheritance, with two red wax seals of ‘MIA DDIO’ (Misericrdia Da Diu). Mail could take a year to arrive, normally travelling in December to take advantage of winter monsoons to arrive in Europe in June of the following year, at the top of letter the recipients note from 1629, the second page shows signatures of members of the Brotherhood of Diu. Extensive Bolaffi certificate.
1786 entire from Faro to Gand, Belgium sent via the Spanish Postal Agent in Cadiz and struck with the straight-line PORTUGAL handstamp, manuscript "13" rate mark. An early example of this rare marking and believed to be the only recorded example on a letter written outside of Lisbon.
1812 entire datelined “Real Cuidad Rodrigo” to Birmingham, rated “2/6” and bearing green Lisbon F unclear date stamp applied on the Falmouth Packet. The entire mentions battle of Salamanca (Peninsular War) and the appalling conditions sustained during the campaign
1873 (3 Dec) entire from Lisbon to Bordeaux with ship endorsement at top that has been amended to be carried on the “Senegal” and bearing scarce French maritime Lisbonne Paq. Fr. J. No.3, handstamp ‘6’ rate marking, arrival backstamp; a fine example of this scarce cds.