(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 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 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 Military Occupation) 1919 “On Active Service” stampless envelope to Sunningdale, Berks, England bearing unclear red framed censor handstamp and fair strike of the rare FIELD POST OFFICE T.27 date stamp of 16 AU, then at Tiflis
(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.