(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)
(Incoming Mail) 1907 (29 Aug) printed envelope to Constantinople franked Romania 25b. tied by Buzeu cds, Constanta-Alexandria ship transit cancel of same date, though cover would have departed on the Smyrna run, reverse with further despatch plus arrival cds of the Austrian Offices; light central vertical filing crease
(Labuan) 1894 (JY 21) registered cover to “Secretary of the German Consulate General” , Constantinople, Turkey bearing single franking 18c. ‘Mount Kinabalu’ tied Labuan cds, oval framed ‘R’ and blue manuscript number, reverse with Napoli transit and arrival backstamp of Austrian Post Office.
(Ottoman Post Offices) 1869 20pa and 1pi yellow, perf 5-11, used on 1871 outer letter sheet to Venice tied by circular ‘Scutari’ handstamps in blue (Coles & Walker fig. 3)with Austrian Post Office ANTIVARI cds in transit, black ‘P.D.’ deleted (1½pi paid to the border only) and taxed with Italy 1870 Postage Due 10c. and 60c. tied by rectangular framed Venezia datestamps on arrival. Reverse with Triest transit. Illustrated Coles & Walker, Part 1 on page 4. Fine and rare.
(Palestine) 1906 parcel card to Trieste bearing single franking 10pi. surcharge tied Jerusalem Osterr. Post cds, reverse with cyrillic transit and arrival cds; left-hand portion of card removed, a scarce single franking
(Post Offices in Crete) 1898 (24 Nov) printed soldier’s envelope ‘From’ “Lca Sgt F. Pagett 5th Fusiliers Crete”, endorsed bottom left corner “British Forces Crete” , stamp cancelled Candia Oesterreichische Post cds, reverse with Dover Station Office cds; some slight faults to envelope, opened-out for display a rare and unusual item of mail from the International Peace-Keeping Force in Crete.
1767 folded entire from Smyrne, forwarded at Salonique by "Tavernier" (recorded by Rowe in 1767 only), held for three weeks and then sent to Naples where disinfected, a yellow cursive 'SALONICO' applied in transit at Rome by the Neapolitan Post Office; a rare item.
1869 (4/9) printed entire to Trieste franked 1867 Coarse Whiskers 2s. yellow horizontal pair tied fine wreathed CONSTANTINOPEL , arrival backstamp. A Light horizontal filing crease otherwise very fine with stamps exceedingly fresh. Ex Monte Napoleone and Provera.
1871 outer letter sheet to Genova bearing three-colour mixed franking of 5Kr. postal stationery cut-out together with 3sld and 15sld tied Gallipoli Nel Levante cds, endorsed "Via Brindisi", unframed P.D., reverse with Corfu trnsit, Brindisi transit and arrival cds; fine and very rare combination. Fritz Puschmann certificate.