(Benin) 1893 stampless military cover to Boulogne endorsed “Expedition du Dahomey”, 'anchor' illustrated MARINE FRANCAISE DERVICE A LA MER handstamp and Correpce Militaire Porto-Novo Benin cds, blue Établissements Du Benin Ligne L No.1, maritime date stamp with triangular framed 'T' in same hade, a 30c. postage due applied and tied on arrival (damaged at top). The cover being taxed despite the milir=tary cachets as it has not been counter signed by an officer
(Benin) 1902 (22 Oct) cover to Paris franked 15c. tied multi faceted Telegraphie Militaire/ Poste No.6/ Benin with another clearer cancel alongside, bottom left octagonal Loango A Bordeaux L.L.No.3 maritime date stamp, Cotonou transit and arrival backstamps.
(Disinfected Mail) 1837 entire from Cairo, Egypt to Marseille bearing maritime PAYS D'OUTREMER handstamp and arrival cds, reverse with two-line PURIFIE LAZARET/Marseille handstamp and further cds, cover with four horizontal slits.
(Disinfected Mail) 1871 outer letter sheet to Genova, franked ‘Bordeaux’ 20c. and 40c. with close to large margins, cancelled by ‘anchor’ lozenge, octagonal maritime Constantinople Paq. Fr. No.3 date stamp, framed PD, with two disinfection slits, reverse with Messina transit.
(French Post Office) 1897 (4 Sept) registered, slightly larger cover to Metz franked at 7½a. double rate with registration with 2a. on 20c., 2 ½a. on 25c. and 3a. on 30c. tied double ring cds, red framed ‘R’ handstamp, La Reunion A Marseille LV. No.3 octagonal maritime cancel, Metz arrival backstamp. The backflap is missing but still desirable as the latest recorded use of the red ‘R’.
(French Post Office) 1899 (29 Juil) cover to Mooldava, Madagascar franked on reverse with 2 ½a. on 25c. tied unclear cds, a good strike on front, octagonal Marseille A La Reunion LU No.3 date stamp, Majunga Madagascar cds to left.
(Maritime Mail) 1868 outer letter sheet to Genova per Savona franked ‘Laureated’Napo;eon 80c. pair and single tied by ‘anchor’ lozenge cancel with faint octagonal Buenos Ayres date stamp at centre, various Italian transit and arrival cds. Carried by the “Carmel” to Montevideo and thence by “Guienne” to Bordeaux.
(Maritime Mail) 1871 (Fe 21) cover to Tenby, Wales franked ‘Laureated Napoleon’ 10c. and 20c. tied by’723’ obliterator (of Southampton), framed Southampton/ france/ MB handstamp below, arrival backstamp; very fine condition.
(Maritime Mail) 1880 (DE 2) cover to Bristol franked 25c. ‘Sage’ cancelled ‘723’ numeral (of Southampton) and to left Southampton/ France/ MB framed date stamp, arrival backstamp partly removed by loss of part of backflap; some toning.
(Postal Stationery) 1892 6c green card to Brusells, endorsed with handstamp ‘Via Marseille’ and cancelled on board with French maritime Ligne T Paq. Fr. No.3 date stamp partially overstruck by arrival cds, two words greetings message.
(Postal Stationery) 1905 36c. envelope registered to Switzerland with despatch cds, red oval Registration date stamp with blue manuscript number, French maritime octagonal date stamp, arrival backstamp. Good clean example.
1843 Entire to Confolens bearing 'ALEXANDRIE * EGYPT' date stamp of the French Post Office and red boxed 'PAQUEBOTS DE LA MEDITERRANEE'. Rated '9' decimes on arrival. Routed via Malta where disinfected and LAZARETTO cachet applied on the reverse.
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.
1867 entire from Odessa with fine company chop bottom left, forwarded to Constantinople with agents handstamp at top, addressed to Palermo, sicily and carried on French ship with octagonal Constantinople P.Fr. U No.3, framed Italian PIROSCAFI/POSTALI/FRANCESI handstamp, reverse with Messina transit and arrival date stamps.