(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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)
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.