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France (Accident Mail) 1936 (Dec 1) cover addressed to Sudan Railways, Atbara, Sudan endorsed to travel by SS “Queen Mary”, the envelope sustaining damage en route across the Mediterranean on a French ship. The front with violet Bureau Ambulants Mediterranee cds of 11.12. and in same ink two-line DETERIORE par/ accident de Service, two examples on front and one on reverse tying the Post Office sealing tape, above this an Alexandria machine transit cancel. Stamp soaked off and some slight damage.France (Accident Mail) 1936 (Dec 1) cover addressed to Sudan Railways, Atbara, Sudan endorsed to travel by SS “Queen Mary”, the envelope sustaining damage en route across the Mediterranean on a French ship. The front with violet Bureau Ambulants Mediterranee cds of 11.12. and in same ink two-line DETERIORE par/ accident de Service, two examples on front and one on reverse tying the Post Office sealing tape, above this an Alexandria machine transit cancel. Stamp soaked off and some slight damage.

France

Covers and stamps / USA / France / Maritime / Interrupted Mail

(Accident Mail) 1936 (Dec 1) cover addressed to Sudan Railways, Atbara, Sudan endorsed to travel by SS “Queen Mary”, the envelope sustaining damage en route across the Mediterranean on a French ship. The front with violet Bureau Ambulants Mediterranee cds of 11.12. and in same ink two-line DETERIORE par/ accident de Service, two examples on front and one on reverse tying the Post Office sealing tape, above this an Alexandria machine transit cancel. Stamp soaked off and some slight damage.

£195

Cuba (Accountancy) 1871 entire Habana to Bordeaux transiting via New York, ‘12’ handstamp indicting amount due to America, also 1873 outer letter sheet following same route despite endorsement “pr Franch mail”,  with 12c charge for America, both with framed G.B.// 3f.60c. which was used on mail coming from countries without conventions, with the American or German Packets and transits in London.Cuba (Accountancy) 1871 entire Habana to Bordeaux transiting via New York, ‘12’ handstamp indicting amount due to America, also 1873 outer letter sheet following same route despite endorsement “pr Franch mail”,  with 12c charge for America, both with framed G.B.// 3f.60c. which was used on mail coming from countries without conventions, with the American or German Packets and transits in London.

Cuba

Covers and stamps / Cuba / USA / Accountancy / Transatlantic Mail

(Accountancy) 1871 entire Habana to Bordeaux transiting via New York, ‘12’ handstamp indicting amount due to America, also 1873 outer letter sheet following same route despite endorsement “pr Franch mail”, with 12c charge for America, both with framed G.B.// 3f.60c. which was used on mail coming from countries without conventions, with the American or German Packets and transits in London.

£75

United States (Advertising Stationery – Hotel) 1900 1c. stationery card to Oschatz, Germany uprated 1c. with some heavy toning with Chicago ‘Flag’ machine cancel, reverse with fine maroon illustration of ‘Hotel Restaurant Bismarck’.

United States

Covers and stamps / USA / Advertising stationery / Hotel

(Advertising Stationery – Hotel) 1900 1c. stationery card to Oschatz, Germany uprated 1c. with some heavy toning with Chicago ‘Flag’ machine cancel, reverse with fine maroon illustration of ‘Hotel Restaurant Bismarck’.

£65

United States (Advertising Stationery) 1880s 1c. ‘Franklin’ blue on buff (U35) with illustration at left of an Iron Bridge at Aurora, Ind., good used within State.

United States

Covers and stamps / USA / Advertising stationery / Bridge

(Advertising Stationery) 1880s 1c. ‘Franklin’ blue on buff (U35) with illustration at left of an Iron Bridge at Aurora, Ind., good used within State.

£65

United States (Advertising Stationery) 1880s 1c. ‘Franklin’ blue on buff (U35) with illustration at left of an Iron Bridge, from Bloomington, Ill. to River Falk, Pierce Co., Wisconsin; small red ink mark at top.

United States

Covers and stamps / USA / Advertising stationery / Bridge

(Advertising Stationery) 1880s 1c. ‘Franklin’ blue on buff (U35) with illustration at left of an Iron Bridge, from Bloomington, Ill. to River Falk, Pierce Co., Wisconsin; small red ink mark at top.

£55

United States (Advertising Stationery) 1887 2c. envelope with Dog illustrated company logo for a starch manufacturer, sent to Hamburg and uprated two 2c. tied Cincinnati duplex.

United States

Covers and stamps / USA / Advertising stationery / dogs

(Advertising Stationery) 1887 2c. envelope with 'Dog' illustrated company logo for a starch manufacturer, sent to Hamburg and uprated two 2c. tied Cincinnati duplex.

£65

United States (Advertising Stationery) 1893 1c stationery card used from Richmond, VA to Racine, Wis., with on reverse company heading and illustration of Donkey with legend ‘Mule Milliners’ below; good condition.United States (Advertising Stationery) 1893 1c stationery card used from Richmond, VA to Racine, Wis., with on reverse company heading and illustration of Donkey with legend ‘Mule Milliners’ below; good condition.

United States

Covers and stamps / USA / Animal / Advertising stationery

(Advertising Stationery) 1893 1c stationery card used from Richmond, VA to Racine, Wis., with on reverse company heading and illustration of Donkey with legend ‘Mule Milliners’ below; good condition.

£50

u (Advertising Stationery) 1901 1c. postal card uprated 1c. Pan American Exposition to Bremen cancelled by New York machine cancel, fine illustration of Beer Hall and Restaurant Scheffel Hall, 3rd Ave, New York depicting Monks drinking at a table.u (Advertising Stationery) 1901 1c. postal card uprated 1c. Pan American Exposition to Bremen cancelled by New York machine cancel, fine illustration of Beer Hall and Restaurant Scheffel Hall, 3rd Ave, New York depicting Monks drinking at a table.

u

Covers and stamps / USA / Advertising stationery / Alchohol

(Advertising Stationery) 1901 1c. postal card uprated 1c. Pan American Exposition to Bremen cancelled by New York machine cancel, fine illustration of Beer Hall and Restaurant Scheffel Hall, 3rd Ave, New York depicting Monks drinking at a table.

£55

United States (Advertising Stationery) 1917 1c. envelope of ‘Ajax Fire Engine Works’ with fine red image of machine in use, addressed to ‘The North German Lloyd of Bremen, Batavia, Java, Dutch East Indies’, New York despatch and arrival backstamps; heavy central vertical filing crease.

United States

Covers and stamps / USA / Advertising stationery

(Advertising Stationery) 1917 1c. envelope of ‘Ajax Fire Engine Works’ with fine red image of machine in use, addressed to ‘The North German Lloyd of Bremen, Batavia, Java, Dutch East Indies’, New York despatch and arrival backstamps; heavy central vertical filing crease.

£75

China (Air Transits) 1941 (9.4.) cover to New York franked S.Y.S. 5c., 50c., $2 (2) and $5 (3) tied by Shanghai cds, fine blue-green AIR-TRANSIT 6 double ring handstamp, ‘OPENED BY CENSOR/ HONG KONG’ tape applied at left tied on reverse with small framed ‘26’, a blue-green ‘70’ appears at right; a fine example.China (Air Transits) 1941 (9.4.) cover to New York franked S.Y.S. 5c., 50c., $2 (2) and $5 (3) tied by Shanghai cds, fine blue-green AIR-TRANSIT 6 double ring handstamp, ‘OPENED BY CENSOR/ HONG KONG’ tape applied at left tied on reverse with small framed ‘26’, a blue-green ‘70’ appears at right; a fine example.

China

Covers and stamps / China / Hong Kong / Airmail - AV2 OAT / Censored mail

(Air Transits) 1941 (9.4.) cover to New York franked S.Y.S. 5c., 50c., $2 (2) and $5 (3) tied by Shanghai cds, fine blue-green AIR-TRANSIT 6 double ring handstamp, ‘OPENED BY CENSOR/ HONG KONG’ tape applied at left tied on reverse with small framed ‘26’, a blue-green ‘70’ appears at right; a fine example.

£295

Bosnia Herzegovina (Austrian Occupation) 1878 (5/12) Hungarian 5Kr. stationery parcel card cancelled with Feldpost Expositur No.1A cds from Visegrad. Some tone spotting and central vertical filing crease but still a very rare usage of a Hungarian parcel form used during the Austrian Occupation of Bosnia, with only one so far recorded.

Bosnia Herzegovina

Covers and stamps / Bosnia Herzegovina / Hungary / Parcel cards / Postal Stationery

(Austrian Occupation) 1878 (5/12) Hungarian 5Kr. stationery parcel card cancelled with Feldpost Expositur No.1A cds from Visegrad. Some tone spotting and central vertical filing crease but still a very rare usage of a Hungarian parcel form used during the Austrian Occupation of Bosnia, with only one so far recorded.

£250

Albania (Austrian Post Offices) Ottoman 1869 Postage Due 1pi yellow-brown and red-brown, perf 5-11, used on 1870 outer letter sheet to Venice paying the internal rate from Scutari cancelled by extremely fine Scutari D’Albanie, franked Austrian Levant 5s and 10s (2) tied by Antivari cds for onward transmission. Arrival cds on reverse. The address re-written and some ageing around Austrian issues. A scarce and attractive combination. A Diena Cert. (1974)Albania (Austrian Post Offices) Ottoman 1869 Postage Due 1pi yellow-brown and red-brown, perf 5-11, used on 1870 outer letter sheet to Venice paying the internal rate from Scutari cancelled by extremely fine Scutari D’Albanie, franked Austrian Levant 5s and 10s (2) tied by Antivari cds for onward transmission. Arrival cds on reverse. The address re-written and some ageing around Austrian issues. A scarce and attractive combination. A Diena Cert. (1974)

Albania

Covers and stamps / Albania / Austrian Levant / Italy incoming mail / Combination covers

(Austrian Post Offices) Ottoman 1869 Postage Due 1pi yellow-brown and red-brown, perf 5-11, used on 1870 outer letter sheet to Venice paying the internal rate from Scutari cancelled by extremely fine Scutari D’Albanie, franked Austrian Levant 5s and 10s (2) tied by Antivari cds for onward transmission. Arrival cds on reverse. The address re-written and some ageing around Austrian issues. A scarce and attractive combination. A Diena Cert. (1974)

£1275

Russia (Azerbaijan) 1923 (11.VI.) registered cover to Baden, Switzerland with Baku registration label on the front, franked on reverse 1921-22 5000r green pair in combination with Transcaucasian Federation Russia 35k. and two pairs of 1r. with star overprint, tied by Baku cds, arrival cancel to side; some slight creasing.Russia (Azerbaijan) 1923 (11.VI.) registered cover to Baden, Switzerland with Baku registration label on the front, franked on reverse 1921-22 5000r green pair in combination with Transcaucasian Federation Russia 35k. and two pairs of 1r. with star overprint, tied by Baku cds, arrival cancel to side; some slight creasing.

Russia

Covers and stamps / Azerbaijan / Russia / Combination covers

(Azerbaijan) 1923 (11.VI.) registered cover to Baden, Switzerland with Baku registration label on the front, franked on reverse 1921-22 5000r green pair in combination with Transcaucasian Federation Russia 35k. and two pairs of 1r. with star overprint, tied by Baku cds, arrival cancel to side; some slight creasing.

£295

Portugal (Azores) 1918 (22 Agos) 1c. Ceres postal stationery card to Berlin, the message datelined from Angra, endorsed at top “Correspondencia de prisioneiros d. guerra” with local red censor cachets and violet German cachet at top upside down.

Portugal

Covers and stamps / Azores / Portugal / Censored mail / Postal Stationery / Prisoner of War

(Azores) 1918 (22 Agos) 1c. Ceres postal stationery card to Berlin, the message datelined from Angra, endorsed at top “Correspondencia de prisioneiros d. guerra” with local red censor cachets and violet German cachet at top upside down.

£245

Portugal (Azores) 1918 stampless envelope to “Bureau International Paix, Section civile” at Berne, Switzerland with faint Angra despatch cds bottom right, reddish violet two line dated CENSURADO, censor tape at left tied front and back by ‘203’ cachet, reverse with senders details and ornately framed oval DEPOSITO/ DE/ CONCENTADOS ALEMAES/ NA/ ILHA TERCEIRA; fine.Portugal (Azores) 1918 stampless envelope to “Bureau International Paix, Section civile” at Berne, Switzerland with faint Angra despatch cds bottom right, reddish violet two line dated CENSURADO, censor tape at left tied front and back by ‘203’ cachet, reverse with senders details and ornately framed oval DEPOSITO/ DE/ CONCENTADOS ALEMAES/ NA/ ILHA TERCEIRA; fine.

Portugal

Covers and stamps / Azores / Portugal / Censored mail / Prisoner of War

(Azores) 1918 stampless envelope to “Bureau International Paix, Section civile” at Berne, Switzerland with faint Angra despatch cds bottom right, reddish violet two line dated CENSURADO, censor tape at left tied front and back by ‘203’ cachet, reverse with senders details and ornately framed oval DEPOSITO/ DE/ CONCENTADOS ALEMAES/ NA/ ILHA TERCEIRA; fine.

£475

France (Ballon Monte) 1870 (14 Nov) entire to Moscow, Russia franked 1863-71 Laureated Napoleon 80c. tied ‘24’ Paris Star with cds in association, red framed PD and blue manuscript ratings applied in transit; without backstamps, fine and fresh. Brun Certificate.

France

Covers and stamps / France / Russia / Airmail

(Ballon Monte) 1870 (14 Nov) entire to Moscow, Russia franked 1863-71 Laureated Napoleon 80c. tied ‘24’ Paris Star with cds in association, red framed PD and blue manuscript ratings applied in transit; without backstamps, fine and fresh. Brun Certificate.

£2395

France (Ballon Monte) 1870 (26 Oct) small entire to St Petersbourg, Russia franked 1863-71 Laureated Napoleon 80c. tied ‘18’ Paris Star with Paris, A. D’Amsterdam cds in association, framed PD and red manuscript rates in transit. Small tear at back, fine and fresh to rare destination.
The letter was sent to Councellor of State Mr Alexandre de Schulz denying any involvement of Prince Napoleon in scandal with forger of Russia’s banknotes made by Mr. Dombrowsky.

France

Covers and stamps / France / Russia / Airmail / St Petersburg

(Ballon Monte) 1870 (26 Oct) small entire to St Petersbourg, Russia franked 1863-71 Laureated Napoleon 80c. tied ‘18’ Paris Star with Paris, A. D’Amsterdam cds in association, framed PD and red manuscript rates in transit. Small tear at back, fine and fresh to rare destination. The letter was sent to Councellor of State Mr Alexandre de Schulz denying any involvement of Prince Napoleon in scandal with forger of Russia’s banknotes made by Mr. Dombrowsky.

£3200

Germany (Bavaria) 1911 (9 Aug) parcel card from Munich to Switzerland franked vertical strip of three type I 80pf. (Mi. 85I), tied Muenchen cds; good condition.

Germany

Covers and stamps / German States / Parcel cards

(Bavaria) 1911 (9 Aug) parcel card from Munich to Switzerland franked vertical strip of three type I 80pf. (Mi. 85I), tied Muenchen cds; good condition.

£45

Russia (Belarus) Undated envelope without flap from the Military HQ in Minsk whose cachet appears on reverse with 10k. blue to Geneva, cancelled by pen cross and LAUSANNE GARE/ EXPEDITION handstamp; slight envelope faults, unusual.Russia (Belarus) Undated envelope without flap from the Military HQ in Minsk whose cachet appears on reverse with 10k. blue to Geneva, cancelled by pen cross and LAUSANNE GARE/ EXPEDITION handstamp; slight envelope faults, unusual.

Russia

Covers and stamps / Russia / Switzerland Incoming Mail

(Belarus) Undated envelope without flap from the Military HQ in Minsk whose cachet appears on reverse with 10k. blue to Geneva, cancelled by pen cross and LAUSANNE GARE/ EXPEDITION handstamp; slight envelope faults, unusual.

£115

South Africa (Boer War) 1901 (19 Feb) cover from Barberton to Green Point Camp, franked with Transvaal 1900 1d. rose-red and green overprinted ‘V.R.I.’, addressed to the elusive “Mr A Gunning/ Tent No.14 (Transvaales)/ Greenpoint, Cape Town”, censored on departure with large double-lined violet oval ‘Burgher Camp/ Barberton’ with “censored” and initials at centre, sent via Pretoria (24.2.) to Green Point Camp (1.3.) where it was censored on arrival, redirected north to Ladysmith camp where it was again censored and rectangular ‘PASSED/ S.O.P NATAL/ CENSOR/ P. of W.’ and triangular ‘PASSED/CENSOR P. OF W.’ Applied, from there sent to Diyatalawa Camp CEYLON where three separate censors have applied their violet oval handstamp. One censor en route has improvised some tape handstamping it ‘On H Majesty’s Service’ (folded out for display). An extraordinary redirected cover, showing eight censor marks on face, having travelled through FOUR camps. Remarkable and probably unique.South Africa (Boer War) 1901 (19 Feb) cover from Barberton to Green Point Camp, franked with Transvaal 1900 1d. rose-red and green overprinted ‘V.R.I.’, addressed to the elusive “Mr A Gunning/ Tent No.14 (Transvaales)/ Greenpoint, Cape Town”, censored on departure with large double-lined violet oval ‘Burgher Camp/ Barberton’ with “censored” and initials at centre, sent via Pretoria (24.2.) to Green Point Camp (1.3.) where it was censored on arrival, redirected north to Ladysmith camp where it was again censored and rectangular ‘PASSED/ S.O.P NATAL/ CENSOR/ P. of W.’ and triangular ‘PASSED/CENSOR P. OF W.’ Applied, from there sent to Diyatalawa Camp CEYLON where three separate censors have applied their violet oval handstamp. One censor en route has improvised some tape handstamping it ‘On H Majesty’s Service’ (folded out for display). An extraordinary redirected cover, showing eight censor marks on face, having travelled through FOUR camps. Remarkable and probably unique.

South Africa

Covers and stamps / Ceylon / South Africa / Transvaal / Boer War / Censored mail

(Boer War) 1901 (19 Feb) cover from Barberton to Green Point Camp, franked with Transvaal 1900 1d. rose-red and green overprinted ‘V.R.I.’, addressed to the elusive “Mr A Gunning/ Tent No.14 (Transvaales)/ Greenpoint, Cape Town”, censored on departure with large double-lined violet oval ‘Burgher Camp/ Barberton’ with “censored” and initials at centre, sent via Pretoria (24.2.) to Green Point Camp (1.3.) where it was censored on arrival, redirected north to Ladysmith camp where it was again censored and rectangular ‘PASSED/ S.O.P NATAL/ CENSOR/ P. of W.’ and triangular ‘PASSED/CENSOR P. OF W.’ Applied, from there sent to Diyatalawa Camp CEYLON where three separate censors have applied their violet oval handstamp. One censor en route has improvised some tape handstamping it ‘On H Majesty’s Service’ (folded out for display). An extraordinary redirected cover, showing eight censor marks on face, having travelled through FOUR camps. Remarkable and probably unique.

£895