(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.
(French Maritime Mail) 1869 (1 Sept) entire to Dijon, France bearing, at military concession rate, 20c Laureated Napoleon tied by anchor in dotted lozenge with Cor. D. Arm. Lig. T. Paq.Fr. no.1 cds at right, framed PD at centre, reverse with Paris transit and arrival cds. Inverted month in cancel. A recently discovered cover from the Messageries Imperiales shipping agent in Mahe. The French Post Office at Mahe was open from 1864 to 1870, the agent corresponded back to France over this period. Of this correspondence of 11 covers only three bore French stamps.
(French Maritime Mail) 1870 (12 Mars) entire to Dijon, France bearing, at military concession rate, 20c Laureated Napoleon tied by anchor in dotted lozenge with Cor. D. Arm. Lig. T. Paq.Fr. no.2 cds at right, framed PD to right, reverse with Paris transit and arrival cds. A recently discovered cover from the Messageries Imperiales shipping agent in Mahe. The French Post Office at Mahe was open from 1864 to 1870, the agent corresponded back to France over this period. Of this correspondence of 11 covers only three bore French stamps.
(Mauritius Used in) 1870 entire from Mahe to Dijon, France franked on reverse horizontal strip of four 1863-72 Mauritius 4d rose, Wmk Crown CC (SG Z20), each cancelled ‘B64’ obliterator with cds on front together with framed P.D. and red octagonal POS.AN.V.Suez P.F.AMB.mars. Fine condition, very rare. BPA Certificate 2014.
(Mauritius Used in) 1882 (MR 26) Mauritius 6c green stationery card showing a fine ‘B64’ obliterator, Seychelles cds in association without index letter, sent to Mauritius with arrival cds of AP 1. The reverse with inking out of message, central vertical crease. A rare item with only 6 such cards known.
(Mauritius Used in) 1883 (March) envelope to Annecy, France franked 1879-89 8c. blue pair tied by two clear ‘B64’ obliterators with Seychelles cds without index letter at right, arrival backstamp. Envelope roughly opened at top with some loss of paper, scarce.
(Mauritius Used In) 1887 (28 SP) envelope, with red Government House crest on reverse, to London franked 1883 16c. vertical pair tied ‘B64’ obliterators, Seychelles cds alongside with reverse ‘C’ index; arrival backstamp with backflap torn on opening.
(Postal Stationery) 1879-80 Mauritius 6c green card struck at bottom left corner with POST OFFICE SEYCHELLES black intaglio seal. Some very slight soiling One of two known, considered to be a trial of the Seychelles mailbag seal
(Postal Stationery) 1901 (MY 12) ‘SIX CENTS’ on 8c envelope to France additionally franked 1897-1900 2c. orange-brown and green (pair and three singles) tied by index A cds, arrival backstamp; diagonal crease and some ageing mainly affecting stamp at right
(Postal Stationery) 1902 3 Cents on Four Cents unsevered reply stationery card with ‘LOCAL’ handstamp and locally overprinted ‘Specimen’; small ink stain on outward section. As intended only for local use, no UPU distribution specimens prepared. Only one card known locally handstamped ‘Specimen’ for presentation purposes.
(Postal Stationery) 1903 KEVII registered envelope, size F overprinted SPECIMEN on reverse (DLR Type D-PS 1) and additionally handstamped ULTRAMAR in blue at top of portrait by Portuguese. Some slight soiling, a scarce handstamp on Seychelles.
(Postal Stationery) Two 6c. on 8c. size A envelopes, 1904 uprated used to France paying correct 15c foreign rate, La Reunion a Marseilles maritime cancel, plus 1902 envelope of same size to Mauritius paying 6c Imperial Penny Post, cancelled Seychelles cds showing inverted ‘A’; first envelope some staining
1870 (Apr 13) entire from Mahe to Dijon, France paid in cash with the manuscript “paid” underneath ‘B64’ obliterator, unframed P.D to left and red French maritime, reverse with Seychelles cds, Marseille A Apris transit and arrival cds, sellotape strengthening bottom left corner. Thought to be a unique stampless item with the B64 cancel.
1895 commercial envelope to Paris bearing an oval handstamp J.L. Simon/ MAHE (Seychelles) franked 25c. Sage tied octagonal Ligne T Paq. Fr. No.3 date stamp; fine clean condition without backstamps. Fine example of French Office at Mahe.
1903 envelope to Paris franked at UPU rate by 1903 15c ultramarine showing variety Dented Frame (SG 50a) tied by cds, with La Reunion A Marseille L.V. No3 octagonal French maritime, arrival backstamp; some slight ageing affecting stamp, scarce commercial usage of variety.