(Air Transits) 1941 (9.9.) cover to Dallas, Texas franked New York S.Y.S. $1, $2 and $5 tied by Shanghai cds, fine blue-violet AIR TRANSIT 6 double ring handstamp, ‘OPENED BY CENSOR’ tape applied at left, tied on reverse with small framed ‘31’, whilst at right there is a ‘64’ both in ink of Air Transit h/s; some glue staining around stamps.
(Airmail) 1940 (17.6.) registered cover to Lisbon franked $3 rate ($2 Air, 50c. postage and 50c registration) for airmail via India and Egypt. The cover was held in China until August and then sent to Hong Kong where the two-line ‘Diverted by air via U.S.A. owing/ to suspension of Air France Service’ added, reverse with Honolulu transit of Sept 6, New York transit Sept 10 and then to Bermuda where censored, arriving in Lisbon on Set 19th. A fine diverted WW2 airmail cover.
(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 Combination I.P.O.) 1901 (17 Apr) card to Leipzig, from Swatow where domestic postage was paid in cash and bilingual cds applied, the 4c on 3c black surcharge stationery card bearing red framed I.P.O. handstamp and image tied Hong Kong cds, arrival cancels at left. The card with ‘Reply’ erased, a very rare usage of this stationery card.
(China I.P.O.) 1901 2c. postal stationery envelope to Leipzig, bearing bilingual Amoy cds where cash was paid for the internal postage, very unusually a 2c. stationery envelope has been used together with pair 4c. to make 10c. overseas rate all cancelled with two fine framed I.P.O. handstamps of Amoy and three cds, arrival backstamp. The backflap is missing but a very rare example of cash paid on a stationery envelope.
(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.
(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) 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) 1879 (3 OCT) mourning envelope to France, endorsed “per English mail” bearing mixed issue franking Ceres 15c. pair and Sage 5c. tied by ‘5104’ large numeral lozenge with Shang-Hai Chine cds, unclear red French maritime datestamp, reverse with Marseille A Lyon tpo and arrival cds. Most of backflap missing and slight ageing but still a good example of a more unusual franking.
(French Post Offices) 1881 (1 Juil) envelope to Mainz franked Sage 2c., 4c. and two 15c. tied by ‘5104’ large figures lozenge with Shang-Hai Chine cds in association, arrival backstamp. The 2c. is unrecorded with with the gross chiffres ‘5104’ cancel, believed to be a unique franking.
(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) 1920s company envelope to Chemnitz, Germany franked by 1922 large surcharges 2c. on 5c. ‘Blanc’ and 4c. on 10c. and 8c. on 20c. ‘Mouchon’ tied by smudged Shangh-Hai Chine cds, at top and left three-line violet ‘BY EXPRESS/ TIENTSIN-PUKOW/ RAILWAY.’, reverse with red wax seal of two flags.