(Victoria) 1875 cover from St Kilda to Manchester franked three 2d and a 6d. tied numeral duplex cancels, on arrival at Manchester envelope re-directed to New York and additionally franked 6d. gray, plate 14 tied Manchester duplex; small part of backflap missing resulting in only small part of arrival cancel surviving, bottom right front corner missing and opened out for display.
1948 London Olympics: two stamp size photographic essays of Harold Nelson design, mounted onto card which is numbered “13”. Also with letter to Harold Nelson from the G.P.O. Headquarters. Nelson’s original design, offered by us as a different item, included a Hammer and Sickle which has now been changed as the Soviet Union were no longer going to be invited to the Games. Unique group.
(1911 Windsor Flight) 1911 (SP 9) card addressed to “Captain John Humpfrey, Yorkshire Regt, District Commissioner, Lagos, Southern Nigeria” franked two ½d. tied FIRST UNITED KINGDOM AERIAL POST LONDON cds, reverse with unclear entry cds of SP 29 and double ring BADAGRY SOUTHERN NIGERIA cds of SP 30; a fine and most unusual destination and part from slight ink smudge in very fine condition with arrival cancels
(Advertising Stationery) Late 1870s 1/2d.brown postal stationery card with fine illustrated advertisement for ‘Fancy Stained Wood & Veneered’ in Bethnal Green, London, used to Lubeck with uprating stamp carefully removed; unusual overseas usage.
(British Army Post Office) 1923 (23 AP) registered airmail cover to Glasgow granked KGV ½d. and 6d. tied Army Post Office S. 40 datestamps, further strike repeated on reverse together with violet oval British Rhine M.L./ Patrol Flotilla, Registered London transit; scarce cover but ½d. stamp damaged.
(British Military Concession Cover) 1839 (Mar) outer letter sheet to London endorsed from George Stevens on the HMS Donegal in Lisbon and countersigned by Lieut. Duthy. Endorsed ‘1’(d) for the military concession and with London cancels front and back, at bottom left very fine strike of the rare Crowned To be/ delivered/ FREE handstamp indicating no London local charges due. Sold at Cavendish Jan 2004 sale for £1700. Fine Exhibition item. The H.M.S. Donegal landed Portuguese Seamen taken from the slaver ‘Diligente’ instead of prosecuting them for slave trading, as agreed by the Foreign Office.
(British Occupation – Incoming Mail) 1794 (4th Sept) entire from London addressed to Lord Sinclair, 15th Regiment bearing two-line TOOTING/3 handstamp and “Paid 1d” London Penny Post, total postage of “2/-“ (a double rate for London to Martinique via Falmouth). The letter concerns application for Leave for Lord Sinclair’s Regiment suggesting he apply to Charles Grey, the officer commanding the expedition that had captured Martinique. Fine and rare.
(Crimean War) 1855 (JA 22) stamped envelope to Regents Park, London franked 1854-57 Wmk Small Crown, perf 16 1d. pair on blued paper, OG-OH and single HH cancelled by two *(crown)* barred cancels, reverse with greenish POST OFFICE BRITISH ARMY A cds and arrival cds; good sound example. Z2 unpriced in S.G., Ex Alan Brown
(Crimean War) 1855 stampless ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ envelope with embossed back flap to England, endorsed “via Marseille”, POST OFFICE BRITISH ARMY A cds of Constantinople. The cover has been charged “6” in spite of the heading.
(Hamburg) 1822 (15 Oct) entire (with two messages, earlier dated 3/8) to Porto, Portugal bearing a fine example of the rare cursive framed Hamburg Paid, routed via London transit backstamps, obverse with Lisboa transit and manuscript accountancy. Only a few of these handstamps recorded.