(French Post Office) 1897 (4 Sept) registered, slightly larger cover to Metz franked at 7½a. double rate with registration with 2a. on 20c., 2 ½a. on 25c. and 3a. on 30c. tied double ring cds, red framed ‘R’ handstamp, La Reunion A Marseille LV. No.3 octagonal maritime cancel, Metz arrival backstamp. The backflap is missing but still desirable as the latest recorded use of the red ‘R’.
(French Post Office) 1898 (15 Juil) registered cover to Uzel pres L’oust, France bearing single franking 5 annas on 50c. rose tied double-ring cds with another strike below, framed ‘R’ handstamp, Modane A Paris tpo. Reverse with Aden transit and arrival cds. Light vertical filing crease.
(French Post Office) 1899 (29 Juil) cover to Mooldava, Madagascar franked on reverse with 2 ½a. on 25c. tied unclear cds, a good strike on front, octagonal Marseille A La Reunion LU No.3 date stamp, Majunga Madagascar cds to left.
(Iles De Los – French Guinea) 1865 entire to Bordeaux endorsed “voie anglaise” and sent via Sierra Leone (cancel on reverse) with “1” manuscript for 1d. due to colony, via London where accountancy handstamp applied, French charge ‘10’ decimes and internal cancels on reverse; horizontal filing crease. Ex Sacher.
1794 (23rd April) outer letter sheet to “Salopian Coffee House”, London bearing cursive ‘PORTS/ MOUTH’ incoming handstamp, arrival backstamp. This occupation during the Napoleonic War lasted for 6 months only, this item a few days after invasion.
1863 (11 Dec) outer letter sheet to New York franked with General Colony 1859-65 5c. yellow-green and 40c. orange in horizontal strip of three (the first stamp with slight tear at base) tied with lozenge of dots, Pointe-A-Pitre unframed datestamp at left, transported through British mail with fair strike of rare red PAID AT GUADELOUPE crown circle and with red double arc Guadeloupe date stamp, routed via St Thomas with cds on reverse (DE 14) and per closed mail via Havana with Steamship 10 handstamp. A fine and very attractive item. RPS Certificate
1893 (21 Sept) printed envelope, 230 x 158mm, to Paris franked 1892 25c. horizontal strip of four with gutter, numbered ‘2’ tied by double ring Saint Pierre cds, the envelope is endorsed by date of ships departure and “Voie Anglaise”, vertical filing crease and stain at centre, no backstamps.
1898 (15 Juil) 25c. postal stationery envelope, 146 x 112mm, used to Melbourne, Australia tied double ring Papeete Taiti cds with another clear cds alongside, reverse with fine strike M.O. & S.B St. Kilda Ry Stn of AU 6.
1901 (18 Juil) large registered envelope, 270 x 200mm., handstamped ‘Tresorie de Tahiti’ to Paris franked 1892 25c., 40c. and 50c. tied Papeete cds, registration handstamp to left with manuscript number, arrival cancels front and back, reverse also with five AH red wax seals; some faults to periphery of envelope, vertical crease.
1903 picture postcard of Milwaukee, sent from there to Angra, Azores with faint despatch, also showing Libreville Congo Francaise transits, French maritime Loango A Marseille L.M. No.2 date stamp and unclearly dated Accra Gold Coast cds, plus arrival cds. An unusual routing.
1916 (4 Janv) unsealed printed matter rate envelope from a French Evangelical Missionary to Halifax, Nova Scotia bearing single franking 1912 05 on 15c. tied N’Gomo cds. Canadian Customs Duty Free handstamp. The cancel shows both month and year slugs inverted.
1940 (8 Dec) cover bearing three + 5Frs./ SPITFIRE values plus 25c. Waterfalls tied Nkongsamba Cameroun cds, framed illustrated ‘Journee Du Spitfire’ handstamp, these stamps were used towards the cost of purchasing the fighter plane for the Free French Airforce.