1794 (23rd April) outer letter sheet to “Salopian Coffee House”, London bearing cursive ‘PORTS/ MOUTH’ incoming handstamp, arrival backstamp. This occupation during the Napoleonic War lasted for 6 months only, this item a few days after invasion.
1822 entire to Corfu endorsed at bottom right to travel privately to Malta and to be passed to the care of forwarding agents "William Hutton". The reverse bearing straight-line 'April 24: T-2,10' charge handstamp applied in Malta, front bearing Ionian Islands arrival handstamp. The entire is disinfected with two vertical slits.
1842 envelope ex Forbes correspondence from Bermuda where two 1d blacks applied, PJ and PF, the former with good to large margins showing portions of stamp above, the latter close to touched margins, endorsed “H.M.S. Illustrious Bermuda”, the last ‘a’ just tying PJ stamp, cancelled on arrival in Portsmouth with light Maltese Crosses. A couple of small envelope faults, PBA Certificate (1969). The only recorded use of the Penny Black from Bermuda. The stamps on this cover are from the same plate and the same row as those used on a cover to the same addressee, dated March 1842, from Barbados, and would appear to be conclusive evidence that the adhesives were applied to both covers at the time of despatch.
1853 (MY 26) stampless mourning cove to Nova Scotia bearing ABERDEEN cds in green overstruck with “10d” charge handstamp, handstruck ‘1/3’ at centre, reverse with Liverpool transit partly missing from wax seal removal and red Bridgwater arrival cds.
1857 (JA 3) entire from Manchester to Alep endorsed with forwarding notation “Care of Mr Belfanti, Alexandretta, Syria”, endorsed “Via Marseilles” with French entry cds. On arrival two-line POSTE FRANCAISE/D’ALEP and straight-line in larger typeface TAXE, both in blue, Beyrouth Syrie backstamp. Vertical filing crease.
1859 (April 15) envelope from London to Nassau, Bahamas, addressed to a Lieut. MacKenzie, 1st W.I. Regt and franked at 6d. military post rate with 1855-57 issue tied by heavy barred cancel, annotated “Via Liverpool & New York”, reverse with blue undated Hyde Park cds.
1863 copy entire that originated in Copenhagen, from London, endorsed “via Belgium” to Pernau, Estonia franked 4d. and 6d. tied by barred ‘12’ numeral and by red Aus England Per Aachen * Franco date stamp, reverse with octagonal London date stamp, Cyrillic Riga transit and arrival cds.
1865 entire, originating in Copenhagen and forwarded through London, to Pernau, Estonia, franked with faulty 4d. and 6d. tied barred numeral cancel of London, annotated to go via Ostend, blue Aus England Per Aachen Franco handstamp, red PD and blue ‘Wfr.3’ accountancy handstamp, reverse with Riga transit and arrival cds.
1866 incoming mourning cover from Bangor, Wales franked Great Britain 6d., plate 5, PF tied duplex, showing very late usage of manuscript "Paid", red 4 1/2d charge handstamp, London transit and arrival backstamp; fine and neat.
1867 (DE 26) cover to Sydney, Australia franked by two pairs of 1867 Wmk Spray 10d. red-brown, plate 1, SK-SL and RK-RL, tied by London SW 20 duplex, some slight faults with SK damaged top left, RK tiny nick bottom left. Envelope endorsed “Via Marseille” and Ship Letter Sydney backstamp. A fine high franking multiple franking. R.P.S,L Certificate 2015.
1868 (25 SP) ‘The Liverpool Cotton Brokers’ Association Weekly Circular’ to Alexandria, Egypt, endorsed “open printed circular Reg” franked 1858-79 1d., plate 102, ID and HC, tied 166 Liverpool duplex, central arrival cds of British Office; tear at right under stamp.
1873 (AU 6) entire to Bjorneborg, Finland bearing 1858-79 1d., plate 157, GI together with 1865-73 4d., plate 13, OB, tied by two London ZZ ‘99’ numeral duplex, endorsed to travel via St Petersburg whose transit appears on reverse, red circular-framed PD and Wfr 1½ accountancy, framed Finnish ANK handstamp at right; good clean condition.
1874 (AP 7) outer letter sheet to Bjorneborg, Finland bearing 1858-79 2d., plate 14 and 1873-80 3d., plate 12 tied London ‘87’ duplex, red ‘1½‘ accountancy handstamp, framed ‘ANK 18/4’ arrival handstamp, reverse with St Petersburg transit cds.
1877 (JU 28) envelope addressed to a “Richard Middleton Esq RN, H.M.S. “Flying Fish”, East India Station, c/o Postmaster, Aden”, endorsed “Via Brindisi”, franked 1876 8 orange tied by Exeter ‘285’ duplex. This Ship commenced service with the East Indies Station in 1874 in the suppression of the slave trade off the East African coast.
1878 (AP 30) outer letter sheet to Puebla, Mexico franked 1873-80 4d. sage-green horizontal strip of three GG-GI, plate 15, tied ‘498’ Manchester duplex, without backstamps but below left-hand stamp a local carriage charge handstamp ‘25ct’. Good condition with a scarce multiple.
1878 (AU 2) registered cover to Waddington Post Office, Canterbury, New Zealand franked 1858-79 2d., PH, unclear plate (damage to top right corner) and 1876 8d., MC, with heavy obliterators, Registered Lombard St. cds, large oval Registered Dunedin SE 7 78 arrival date stamp, Registered Christchurch alongside, the obverse bears manuscript “Unclaimed” and “No Contents of Value”, the front also with Christchurch cds of 9 JA 79. Also with Post Office workshop proof with manuscript notes.