(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.
1873 stampless outer letter sheet to Genova bearing Buenos Aires company handstamp, rate handstamp '10' and framed 'F.*56' acountancy, somewhat unclear French octagonal maritime Buenos Aires date stamp, reverse with Paris transit and upon arrival 1L. Postage due applied and tied cds; fine condition.
1876 (24 Nov) entire to Marseille, endorsed “Per Bombay &/ Brindisi” franked 1872-73 15c. large figures and 25c. cancelled by Inde dotted lozenge, Inde Pondicherry cds to left, red French maritime Col. FR V. BRIND A. Mod between these, arrival backstamp; 15c with margin just touched at right, light vertical filing crease, fresh condition.
1878 (1 Fevr) entire to Marseille, endorsed “Par Bombay &/ Brindisi” bearing single franking 1876 40c. Sage with good to large margins cancelled by Inde Pondichery cds, repeated at left, Col. FR V. Brind A. Mod maritime cds, arrival backstamp.
1891 registered cover to Paris franked 'Parisot' U.P.U. overprinted issues roulette 2ct. on 20c. pair and perforated 50ct on 1/2p. pair, both with pen crosses and blue despatch cds, registration hanstamp below, fine octagonal maritime Haiti A Fort De France L.E.No.1 date stamp, red Paris Chargements arrival at left. The stamps, as opposed to the stationery, are very rare on cover.