1859 cover addressed care of a Doctor at the British Museum, forwarded to Oxford, from St Petersbourg, Russia with diamond framed despatch on reverse which also displays a Gt Russell St, a red London and an Oxford cds, on forwarding envelope to Oxford a 1d. red has been added over ‘PORTO’ handstamp with fine ‘7 1/2 ‘ charge handstamp alongside. Torn bottom flap to envelope otherwise fine and scarce.
1860 entire from Odessa with company chop bottom left, forwarded to Constantinople with agents handstamp on reverse, addressed to Malta and carried on French ship ‘Borysthene’ with cds top right, at double rate 2/- on arrival manuscript charge, arrival backstamp.
1865 (1 Aug) entire to Sira franked 1858 30k. perf 12½ tied by Taganrog cds, Odessa rhomboid transit backstamp and black circular FRANCO on front, Syros arrival backstamp and taxed “50” with Greek 10L and 40L added (40L touched margin at base)with fine Syros cds; a fine and attractive, scarce combination.
1897 cover to St Petersburg, posted on ship, 2k. and pair 4k. cancelled at Korean port Gensan I.J.P.O. (3 Dec) and framed PAQUEBOT handstamp on reverse. The envelope is endorsed “Via San Francisco” and shows transit of Yokohama (6 Dec) and arrival cds of 27 XII (8.1.98 New Style) indicating a journey of 36 days. Before the construction of Trans-Siberian Railway it was quicker to send mail via Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, especially during winter.
1898 cover from Vladivostok addressed in English to Copenhagen, Denmark, placed in ship’s letter-box and the 10k. Russian stamp cancelled on landing at Niigata Japan, framed PAQUEBOT (Hosking type 3268) alongside, Tokio transit, reverse with San Francisco transit and arrival cds. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE NIIGATA PAQUEBOT MARK. Ex Hosking and Dr. Casey.
1900 back side of an Official cover from St Petersburg shipping company Nadezhda, posted from Meched where vertical strip of three 12ch. applied, routed via Gaudan shoing both Persian and Ruusian Goudan cancels, also with arrival Petro Aloksandrovsk syr Dar. Region cds.
1901 cover to Dundee, Ill, USA franked Russia 10k. and pair of 20k. tied by Nagasaki Japan cds with boxed PAQUEBOT to left, an apparently unrecorded type (see Hosking 3244), transit Yokohama and San Francisco and Dundee arrival backstamps; fine condition.
1914 envelope addressed to Kurgaus, Wurttemberg, franked on reverse 10k. Romanov tied by purple Favignana * Piroscafo Postale Italiano date stamp (Black Sea Line). Censored en route at Munich with censor strip applied with violet cachets, the strip with manuscript date of 20th September, curiously, the maritime cds is dated 9th November; vertical filing crease and sme staining, a most unusual cover.
Eastern Roumelia 1883 envelope to St Etienne, France franked 1pi. tied by barred cancel and with green Philippopoli date stamp in association, Constantinople transit and Odessa disinfection cachet at centre. With rastel punches and cuts at edge on each side.
GREAT BRITAIN: 1937 (11 SP) airmail cover to Yokohama, Japan franked KGV 4d. and to KEVIII 1d. tied Taunton Somerset cds and showing very fine example of the framed instructional handstamp TRANSMISSION BY AIR/ MAIL BEYOND LENINGRAD/ AND MOSCOW NOT REQUIRED, reverse with Berlin Zentralflughafen transit. Rare so fine.