(Balearics) 1819 (31 Oct) entire with printed ‘REGIO/ Consolato Generale/ Di S.M.Sarda/ in Mahone’ to Torino, Italy with straight-line MENORCA handstamp and, at top an interweaved SG (Sanita Genoa – in use 1819-20). Fine and scarce.
(British Occupation – Napoleonic War) 1812 (1 July) entire to London bearing framed MARTINIQUE handstamp of British Packet Agent, manuscript “2/2” charge (1/3d. packet rate West Indies to Falmouth pus 1/- to London less 1d rebate). Reverse with manuscript “not known at the Spanish Ambassadors/ not Spanish Consul” and re-addressed to Upper Berkley St, Portman Sq. From the Third British Occupation 1809-14.
(British Post Office - Disinfected) 1853 outer letter sheet to Barcelona, rated “1/-“ in manuscript, also bearing black crown circle Paid At Buenos Ayres that is overstruck by circular framed 7.R handstamp, endorsed at top “Via Canarias” with on reverse red Canarias (3 Ago) cds and Barcelona (18.8.)arrival, rated. The wrapper also shows four small diagonal slits for fumigation.
(Canary Islands) 1853 entire to Buenos Ayres with endorsement on reverse folded out for display which was overlaid once delivered to the “Paqueta Amalia” Captain at Cadiz, datelined from Puerto Real and endorsed “Via de Tenerife” and bearing very fine British crown-circle PAID AT TENERIFFE, where "2/-" double rate was charged,"10" quartos charged on arrival. Ex. Sacher.
(Constantinople) 1870 (9 april) unpaid stampless entire to Livorno, endorsed “Via Brindisi”, three-line origin maritime handstamp, manuscript rate markings and 30c and 40c Postage Dues applied n tied single framed Livorno date stamp, reverse with Triest transit cds and Udine – Verona tpo; some slight ink running but generally good appearance.
(Crete) 1901 picture postcard of Leo Tolstoy from Russia to Crete with 1k. franking on each side with very fine ROPIT AGENT KRITI date stamp on reverse ( a less clear offset on front), the front bearing double-ring ROPIT CONSTANTINOPOLI transit and Greek Xania arrival; fine and scarce.
(Crimean War) 1855 stampless ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ envelope with embossed back flap to England, endorsed “via Marseille”, POST OFFICE BRITISH ARMY A cds of Constantinople. The cover has been charged “6” in spite of the heading.
(Disinfected Mail) 1847 entire to Paris with various manuscript rates, Constantinople/ 30 JUIN two-line handstamp, T.A. (Austrian transit) and red French entry cds, reverse with disinfection cachet across flap; filing crease at base.
(Disinfected Mail) 1852 entire addressed locally to the Sardinian Consul at Odessa where disinfected by slitting and rastel punching at quarantine station, oval dated handstamp on reverse ‘Cleaned in the Odessa/..../....’ , a good strike for this.
(Disinfected Mail) 1871 outer letter sheet to Genova, franked ‘Bordeaux’ 20c. and 40c. with close to large margins, cancelled by ‘anchor’ lozenge, octagonal maritime Constantinople Paq. Fr. No.3 date stamp, framed PD, with two disinfection slits, reverse with Messina transit. A rare cover with a heavy central horizontal creasing.
(Golf) 1947 (3 Feb) souvenir postcard for Australia’s first fieldpost office at University of Melbourne, depicting scene of postal officials clearing mail at the FPO. Special handstamps for PICAO’s meeting (Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization), autographed by H.A.Robertson, Postmaster. Good condition.
(Hamburg) 1858 (22 May) small envelope addressed to Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with ‘gull wing’ despatch date stamp, London Paid transit of MY 24, at top an unclear UNCLAIMED handstamp and at left fine red three-line ‘SENT BACK TO ENGLAND/ WITHOUT A REASON/ FOR NON DELIVERY’, reverse with unclearly dated Melbourne cds; slight fault at centre of envelope.
(Incoming Mail) 1866 (24 Jan) outer letter sheet to Genova bearing Constantinople company chop, at top French maritime cds for ship Danube, framed entry PIROSCAFI/ POSTALI/ FRANCESI handstamp indicating French Packet, Messina transit of 28th and red framed arrival.
(Kewkiang Local Post) 1895 ‘On Her Britannic Majesty’s Servive’ cover to H.M’s Consulate General at Shanghai franked at quadruple 4c rate with ½c. black/pink pair and two ½c. red/yellow in two singles and a pair of 1c. black, tied vilet double framed oval Kewkiang Local Post 7 Apr 95, reverse with faint Shanghai Local Post cds. Horizontal creasing at top affecting two stamps. The only known cover bearing the double framed oval dater of Kewkiang, used between March and April of 1895.
(Maritime Mail) 1868 outer letter sheet to Genova per Savona franked ‘Laureated’Napo;eon 80c. pair and single tied by ‘anchor’ lozenge cancel with faint octagonal Buenos Ayres date stamp at centre, various Italian transit and arrival cds. Carried by the “Carmel” to Montevideo and thence by “Guienne” to Bordeaux.
(Maritime Mail) 1872 ‘Frassinet Shipping Company’ invoice to Constantinople from Marseille franked ‘Laureated’ Napoleon 40c. cancelled on arrival by ‘5083’ gros chiffres, endorsed at top in manuscript “par Gyptis” as stated in body of invoice.