(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.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1918 (20 AUG) stampless envelope endorsed “On active service” countersigned below line at left, bearing oval-framed violet X25 censor, framed ‘RECEIVED FROM H.M. SHIPS/NO CHARGE TO BE RAISED’ which has been overstruck with multi faceted London V date stamps; envelope opened on three sides, no cancels on reverse.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1918 picture postcard to England from British soldier, censored with violet oval-framed X15 handstamp, the censor presumably responsible for erasing the cyrillic inscription on face of card. Red London Paid slogan arrival cancel of OCT 13.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1919 (14 JY) censored stampless “On Active Service” envelope to London cancelled by Field Post Office P.B. 14 cds of Sadllier-Jackson’s 238 Brigade in the Drvina Force, overstruck by signature of Officer, blue Passed By Censor No. 60 R crown handstamp; good condition.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1919 (22 JA) stampless “On Active Service” cover to Burntisland, Fife, Scotland cancelled by Field Post Office P.B.44, then assigned to Bakharitza, overstruck with censor, envelope signed by officer/ censor in corner, P.S. Hughes, part of Archangel Garrison. A few pin holes top left and without backflap. A scarce F.P.O.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1919 (28 JU) stampless cover to Hampstead, London redirected to St Louis Institution, Tours, France cancelled by Field Post Office P.B. 77, then at Emetskoe, London cancel of Jul 14 and Tours arrival backstamp of 16th. Small violet circular censor No. 65 R and OPENED BY CENSOR P.W. 214 censor tape. A rare F.P.O.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1919 (6 AU) stampless “O.A.S.” to Inverness, Scotland cancelled Field Post Office P.B. 66, used at Obozerskaya, violet censor handstamp No. 27 R overstriking Officer/censors signature; some slight staining.
(British Forces Intervention in North Russia) 1919 (JU 26) censored stampless cover to England with Field Post Office P.B.55 cds, then at Beresnik, black (No.28) and red (No. 708) censor cachets, the latter tying tape OPENED BY/BASE CENSOR NO. 16; some slight faults to edges of envelope.
(China) 1920 commercial cover to Vladivostok with 1r. imperf strip of five and single paying the triple 2r. foreign rate current in Siberia from October 1919 to June 1920, tied by Vladivostok – Shanghai/ Steamship zh 22.2.20 date stamp in violet of the Russian Volunteer Fleet, with censor cachet on arrival; fine and attractive. The steamship cancel was the same in both directions, arrival backstamp of 28.2., six days later, consistent with posting at Shanghai.
(Far Eastern Republic) 1923 (5 12) registered cover to Bulgaria bearing multi issue franking with 1921 Chita 3k. (pair and single) plus 10k. together with Soviet Union for the Far East 1923 2k. on 70r. and 5k. on 10r. (two pairs and two singles) all tied by Vladivostok cds, Cyrillic and English registration labels, reverse with Bulgarian transit and arrival cancels, plus a Charity label. A spectacular franking, all stamps with four margins.
(Japanese Post Offices) 1896 (25 Dec) 4k Russian postal stationery card bearing good strike of the rare framed PAQUEBOT handstamp (Hosking type 3089), cancelled Gensan I.J.P.O.; some overall ageing to card, rare, especially with such clear cancels.
(Japanese Post Offices) 1899 (1 Jul) 4k Russian postal stationery card bearing rare framed PAQUEBOT handstamp (Hosking type 3089), cancelled Gensan I.J.P.O. and showing arrival cancel; overall ageing to card with usual unclear cancels, rare.
(Maritime) 1876 entire to Galatz franked Danube Steam Navigation Company 10kr green cancelled by an oval D.D.S.G. Odessa 29.4. in blue, ships mark Metternich in blue oval, on arrival a 50 bani charge was raised for local delivery. A fine an unusual cover. Holcombe Cert.
(Maritime) 1899 (27 Aug) cover to Bank of California, San Francisco, endorsed “Via Japan”, bearing five value, four colour franking of 1k., 2k., 3k., 4k. and 10k. tied by three Nagasaki Japan cds with framed PAQUEBOT handstamp (29 x 8mm, Hosking 3244), reverse with Yokohama transit and arrival cds, seal and senders details cut out from reverse, the 4k. and 10k. with slight horizontal creasing; attractive item.
(Maritime) 1900 (4 July) printed envelope to Seattle, USA franked vertical laid paper 10k. pair tied Nagasaki Japan cds with further strike below, framed PAQUEBOT (31 x 9.5mm, Hosking 3243). A postage due charge handstamp has been applied and deleted with blue crayon. The sending company address amended from Shanghai to Vladivostok with handstamp, arrival backstamp, reduced at sides.