(French Postal Agency) 1864 (Dec) cover to Mme Cordier in Paris with enclosed eight page letter headed Mahe and franked with Mauritius 4d. and 1s., but carried privately to another port (presumably Bombay)where the stamps were not accepted, handstruck ‘18’ decimes and forwarded as an unpaid letter via Aden Steamer Point. Faint red Poss An V Suez Paq F dated 15 Dec, indicating origination in a British colony. A fine item of postal history.
(Maritime Mail) 1851 entire letter to Bristol, England from an army officer in Port Louis, endorsed “Per Bell”, prepaid the 8d ship rate, handstamped ‘Ship Letter’ and crowned Mauritius GPO date stamp, most unusually the letter was landed at Waterford and is handstamped ‘WATERFORD/ SHIP LETTER’ (Robertson S2) in blue, with backstamps of Waterford and Dublin. Robertson did not record this mark in blue, an unusual use of a rare ship letter handstamp, of exceptional quality.
(Mauritius Used in) 1864 (OC 22) cover to Calne, Wiltshire endorsed “via Marseilles” at base so paying the 10d. rate with 1863-73 4d. rose and 6d. dull violet (SG Z20 and Z21) each cancelled by very good strikes of ‘B64’ obliterators, Seychelles backstamp and arrival cds; fine and extremely rare. BPA Certificate 2012.
(Mauritius Used in) 1869 cover to London franked Mauritius 1863-72 1d. purple-brown and 1860-63 9d. dull purple each cancelled by good strike of ‘B64’ obliterator, the 1d. additionally by London arrival, reverse with Seychelles index a cds and arrival cds; slightly roughly opened at top not detracting from a fine and rare franking cover. BPA Certificate 1977
(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.
(Postal Stationery) 1892 6c green card to Brusells, endorsed with handstamp ‘Via Marseille’ and cancelled on board with French maritime Ligne T Paq. Fr. No.3 date stamp partially overstruck by arrival cds, two words greetings message.
(Postal Stationery) 1905 36c. envelope registered to Switzerland with despatch cds, red oval Registration date stamp with blue manuscript number, French maritime octagonal date stamp, arrival backstamp. Good clean example.
(Postal Stationery) 1908 15c. CENTS on 18c ultramarine stationery envelope uprated 1902 12 CENTS on 18c. green and ultramarine to Paris, both tied by Curepipe cds, red registered date stamp below and manuscript number to left, arrival backstamp.
1848 outer letter sheet to Bordeaux, annotated p"Richmond" via Londres, bearing on reverse Mauritius Post Office date stamp, front with red framed COlonies & Art. 13 handstamp, bluish-green GREENOCK/ SHIP LETTER, both overstruck by French entry cds, reverse with Greenock date stamp, red London cds and arrival cds; a fine unusual routing
1866 incoming mourning cover from Bangor, Wales franked Great Britain 6d., plate 5, PF tied duplex, showing very late usage of manuscript "Paid", red 4 1/2d charge handstamp, London transit and arrival backstamp; fine and neat.
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.