(Anjouan) 1895 (25 Mai) 10c. ‘Sultanat d’Anjouan’ postal stationery card to London cancelled blue octagonal ANJOUAN COL. FRANC., repeated at left and overstruck with D’Zaoudzi Mayotte transit, Marseille A La Reunion maritime date stamp, annotated “ViaLa Reunion/ et Seychelles”. Some toning, Ex. Grabowski.
(Benin) 1892 stampless military cover to France endorsed “Corps expeditionnaire du Dahomey” and cancelled CORRESPce MILITAIRE PORTO-NOVO BENIN, reverse with maritime Établissements Du Benin Ligne M No.2, Marseille A Lyon Special tpo and some transits and arrival cds; some toning.
(Benin) 1893 stampless military cover to Boulogne endorsed “Expedition du Dahomey”, 'anchor' illustrated MARINE FRANCAISE DERVICE A LA MER handstamp and Correpce Militaire Porto-Novo Benin cds, blue Établissements Du Benin Ligne L No.1, maritime date stamp with triangular framed 'T' in same hade, a 30c. postage due applied and tied on arrival (damaged at top). The cover being taxed despite the milir=tary cachets as it has not been counter signed by an officer
(Djibouti) 1899 (5 Sept) registered mourning envelope to Algeria franked on reverse 1894-1900 50c. and 1899 ‘0,40’ on 4c. tied by blue Cote Francaise des Somalis Djibouti cds, Alger arrival cds; a fine combination.
(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.
1878 (7 Janv) mourning envelope to Scheibenhardt, Alsace, Germany bearing three-colour franking 1872-73 General Colony ‘Ceres’ 5c., 10c. and 25c., the latter with small corner fault, otherwise close to large margins, tied by SNG lozenges, St. Louis cds in association, red French maritime cds, endorsed on reverse “Correspondence des armees” and signed. Despite this the cover was prepaid the full 40c. rate as Alsace was now part of Germany and the military rate did not apply. Ex Sacher
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.