(French Postal Agency) 1864 (Dec) cover to Mme Cordier in Paris with enclosed eight page letter headed Mahe and franked with Mauritius 4d. and 1s., but carried privately to another port (presumably Bombay)where the stamps were not accepted, handstruck ‘18’ decimes and forwarded as an unpaid letter via Aden Steamer Point. Faint red Poss An V Suez Paq F dated 15 Dec, indicating origination in a British colony. A fine item of postal history.
1859 cover to “Passenger Overland/ Post Office. Aden”, red Boston Paid cds, carried by British Packet at 39c rate on cunard “Niagura”. At top manuscript endorsement “N J Kindman’s complis/ Aden May 23rd 1859” for forwarding out of mails to Penang, a manuscript arrival endorsement on reverse.
1896 2 ½a stationery envelope registered to Poshciavo, Switzerland and additionally franked 1r. blue, 2r. green and 3r. dull purple each cancelled by thimble cds, reverse with Aden transit and arrival cds. The front also shows blue manuscript registration of Indian Sea Post Office; fine and attractive.
1896 ‘Grand Hotel de l’Univers’ cover to Cairo franked India 2a., 2a.6p., 6a. and 8a. tied ‘B’ handstamps, ‘R’ in circular handstamp and blue manuscript registration number of India Seapost, reverse with unframed Aden Reg date stamp, Suez and Caire cds.
1902 ‘Avis De Reception’ complete form for a letter from Haiphong Tonkin to Nottingham Road, Natal, franked with 10c. tied red Haiphong Tonkin date stamp, this date stamp repeated inside, also with Aden transit and T.P.O. Natal arrival.
1903 registered cover to Duisburg, Germany franked by three ‘British Somaliland’ overprints on India 1r green and aniline carmine each tied by Berbera cds, registration handstamp at right and further framed BERBERA handstamp bottom left which identifies the Office, red ‘1887’ handstamp of Indian maritime service, reverse with Aden transit and arrival
1904 registered Value Declared (Twelve Pounds) triple rate cover to Yokohama, Japan, franked by two 1900 2a. and 1902 1a. plus two 1892 1r. green and aniline carmine, cancelled by 'B' in bars obliterators, reverse with red wax seals, Aden cds, registered Hong Kong transit and Yokohama arrival cds. A fine cover with rare value declared label and extremely rare usage of two 1r.
1908 Value Declared registered cover to London, endorsed “Insurance £45 fourty five pounds only” franked 2a., 12a. and 1r. tied unclear cds, blue manuscript registration number of Indian Sea Post Office, red on yellowish Valeur declare label, reverse with red wax seals and arrival cancel; small corner fault to envelope, rare.
1918 OHMS registered cover to Hull bearing single franking 6a tied Berbera cds with registration handstamp alongside, at left blue manuscript REGISTERED and number of Indian Sea Post, large Aden censorship cachet, reverse with Aden transit and various British cancels; good condition.