(Benin) 1894 cover to Marseille franked 1892 surcharges ‘01’ on 5c. pair and ‘40’ on 15c. tied Cotonou Benin cds with further strike below, to left red octagonal maritime LOANGO A MARSEILLE L.M. NO.2, light central vertical crease. A scarce cover.
(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) 1833 entire to Marseille with framed ‘PAYS D’OUTREMER’ handstamp and Marseille cds alongside, reverse with straight-line MARTINIQUE despatch and italic ‘Purifiee a Marseille’ (partly missing) and another arrival cancel. Deisinfected with rastel punching.
(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.
(Incoming Mail) 1866 (24 Jan) outer letter sheet to Genova bearing Constantinople company chop, at top French maritime cds for ship Danube, framed entry PIROSCAFI/ POSTALI/ FRANCESI handstamp indicating French Packet, Messina transit of 28th and red framed arrival.
(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) 1872 (31 Juil) entire to Lyon franked 1863-71 Laureated Napoleon 40c. (2) tied by two ‘anchor’ lozenges with octagonal Constantinople P. Fr. U no.4, framed PD and red PAQUEBOTS/ DE LA/ MEDITERRANEE, Marseille transit backstamp; filing crease towards base that has started to split.
(Maritime Mail) 1872 ‘Frassinet Shipping Company’ invoice to Constantinople from Marseille franked ‘Laureated’ Napoleon 40c. cancelled on arrival by ‘5083’ gros chiffres, endorsed at top in manuscript “par Gyptis” as stated in body of invoice.
(Maritime Mail) 1873 envelope to Marseille franked ‘Ceres’ 25c. blue strip of four cancelled by two ‘anchor’ lozenges, at right octagonal Cuba date stamp of 25 Janv, two further maritime cancels on reverse ‘Ligne Paq Fr.*No.1*’on 25 Janv and octagonal Ligne B...No.4 date stamp of 31 Janv.
(Maritime Mail) 1880 (27 Fevr) military concession rate cover to France franked four margined Sage 15c. tied by red octagonal COL. FR. PAQ.FR. B. No.1 date stamp, second fine strike to right and below this Corr. D.Armees Lig.-B-Paq No.1 cds of same date, on reverse large double circle MARINE SERVICE A LA MER, Paris arrivals.
(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.
(Maritime Mail) 1899 cover to Kurau, Germany franked strip of three 10k. tied two Japanese Nagasaki cds, framed PAQUEBOT handstamp in association, reverse with octagonal French maritime Ligne N Paq. Fr, No.4 date stamp; some slight ageing, scarce cover