(British Post Offices) 1928 (13 AP) registered cover to England franked Great Britain 1½d. and 3d. tied Army Post Office 1 cds, fine handstamped registration label at left, reverse with further despatch, Liverpool and Gosport registered cancels; fine registered item.
(British Military Offices) 1937 (30 Aug) cover to England franked Great Britain 1½d. cancelled by Field Post Office No.1 cds, then based at Tientsin. The envelope is endorsed at top left “Posted on mannouvers1937/ Field Post Office No 1/ Headquarters 1st Division/ Youngshung” (Yangtsun). Fine condition and unusual usage of tne Coronation stamp.
(China) 1920 commercial cover to Vladivostok with 1r. imperf strip of five and single paying the triple 2r. foreign rate current in Siberia from October 1919 to June 1920, tied by Vladivostok – Shanghai/ Steamship zh 22.2.20 date stamp in violet of the Russian Volunteer Fleet, with censor cachet on arrival; fine and attractive. The steamship cancel was the same in both directions, arrival backstamp of 28.2., six days later, consistent with posting at Shanghai.
(Chinese Expeditionary Forces) 1901 (20 AP) cover to Tongku bearing combination franking of India C.E.F. 3p. tied F.P.O. No.20 date stamps, these cancels also tying China 5c. on ½c. B.R.A. (British Railway Administration) which is cancelled by violet undated Railway Post Office Tientsin , reverse with F.P.O. No.4 cds. Very fine condition.
(Chinkiang Local Post) 1894 registered cover to Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, Shanghai franked Golden Mountain 1c. (2) and 5c. tied by two Chinkiang Postal Service handstamps (The two 1c. stamps have been previously cancelled – they were often sold cto for collectors at the Post Office. The left-hand 1c. tied by same cancel tying 5c. and central cancel tying both 1c.), very fine REGISTERED handstamp, numbered “15” , reverse with dated Chinkiang cds and Shanghai arrival cds, also with full wax seal of Municipal Council Chinkiang with remains of string. Small cut to corner of envelope and opened out for display, a very rare commercial registered cover.
(Chinkiang Local Post) 1894 (27 NV.) cover to Switzerland, “Via Canada” bearing first issue ½c. vertical pair tied by very fine Chinkiang Postal Servicecds, additionally franked French Post Offices 25c. tied Shang-Hai Chine cds, reverse bears further despatch, unclear Shanghai Local Post transit and arrival cds of 5.1.5. A fine and very rare overseas destination cover.
(Chinkiang Local Post) Undated ‘Captain Binns’ cover bearing oval-framed ‘TO PAY’ handstamp with pair 1895 ½c. Postage Due with red overprint tied Chinkiang Postal Service cancel which is repeated top right and on reverse. The red overprint is rare on cover.
(French Post Offices) 1880 cover from Toulon-S-Mer addressed to the “Champlain”, “Division navale des mers de Chine et du Japon”, endorsed “Voie Anglaise par Brindisi”, franked at 35c. rate, reverse with Paris A Modane transit; fine condition with thick letter contents.
(French Post Offices) 1882 cover to Southampton franked Sage 2c. (2), 3c. bistre on yellow pair and a 15c. tied ‘5104’ large numerals with Shang-Hai cds below, arrival backstamp. A fine, unusual way to make up the 25c. rate and with very rare multiple of 3c.
(French Post Offices) 1890 cover to Stuttgart, Germany bearing blue oval I.G. Mail Matter handstamp, reverse with I.G. of Customs Peking in association, Customs Shanghai transit and on front French 75c. added for overseas postage and tied Shang-Hai Chine cds, another strike to left and octagonal maritime Ligne N, Paq Fr. No.1 date stamp, arrival backstamp; fine clean example.
(French Post Offices) 1901 (11 Avril) Japanese picture postcard to Germany franked pair France 5c. Sage tied Tresor et Postes aux Armees 5 Chine 5, at left is violet German military cachet for KRIEGSKASSE with a lesser strike on picture side, unusual mixture.
(German Post Offices – Prisoner of War) 1916 (17/3) stampless registered cover to Wilsnack bearing Tientsin a date stamp, blue registration handstamp at left overstruck by free handstamp, double ring Shanghai China (U.S. Postal agency) Registered date stamp on Mar 29 partly overlaid by censor label, New York transits of 2nd and 3rd of May and arrival of 16th June.