(Accountancy) 1873 stampless cover to London bearing Levallois-Perret despatch cds, oval-framed ‘*FR/ 1f50c’ handstamp and manuscript “6d” charge, FB arrival on front reverse with blue Paris Etranger transit and arrival cds; with contents.
(Madeira) 1702 (Nov 3) entire to London posted during The War of the Grand Alliance, manuscript “3/” rate with on reverse manuscript “Forwarded By 13 Dec 1702/ Saml & Jos Clarke” with London Bishop mark DE/16. An interesting letter surrounding the uncertainty caused by War.
(Madeira) 1869 (2/10) fragile outer letter sheet to Nova Scotia, franked 1868 100r imperf (four good margins) and 1868-70 perforated 120r cancelled ‘51’ barred numerals, Funchal two-ring cds at centre with framed PD, endorsed “Via England” , red Paid London Ship Letter transit and ‘3d’ accountancy handstamp. Some reinforcements and repairs to cover.
(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.
1698 entire to London addressed “for Richard Bate Esq, To be left with Mr John Burrowes Merch”, arriving on 20th February 1699, 71 days later and marked on the back with the small size Bishop Mark. Endorsed “p. Capt. Milk Q.D.C.” and rated 3d.
1810 double rate “4/4” entire from Cadiz to Edinburgh, without despatch cancels as handed into the British Consulate after the regular mail had closed and too late to be included in the mail bag and thus carried loose to Falmouth where an unframed cursive CADIZ/ 29 JY 29/1810/F date stamp was applied, red arrival cancel; good condition.
1829 entire from Buenos Ayres to Edinburgh endorsed "pr Wellington pkt" and bearing very fine strike on reverse of Falmouth Fleuron BUENOS AYRES O in bright green, rated "3/9" due on delivery with red London transit and framed ADD 1/2 handstamp; light vertical filing crease.
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.
1869 Officer’s Letter to Dublin, Ireland franked with Great Britain 1858-79 1d red, plate 71, HA-HB, IA-IB, GA and GB tied by six ‘466’ obliterators applied at Liverpool, endorsed “No 15/ Officers Letter/ HMS Jaseur”, Liverpool Paid cds, part of reverse of envelope missing but still showing note “send me some stamps/ mine are all gone”. Despite the fault a fine looking, rare item, ex Sacher.
1877 Ship’s mail bag cover (flap missing) to Kent bearing Great Britain 1d red plates 178, 179 (5) and 182 (3), some apparently re-used with previous fragments beneath. This 9d, was equivalent of 36c. rate, cancelled by ‘43’ numeral obliterators, endorsed “Via Brandesi” but carried via Southampton rather than Brindisi with Feb 26 1877 transit backstamp. Ex Scott-Archer.
1879 (1 Feb) outer letter sheet to Zurich, Switzerland, franked rouletted pair of 16c. tied by Buenos Aires cds, endorsed “pr Biela” , Southampton Ship Letter and Ship Letter London cds both of MR 6, arrival backstamp.
1891 stampless envelope ex Government House to London, endorsed “pr Amber Via Gibraltar” and initialled in the corner “W.B.G.” of W.B Griffith, the Governor. On arrival in London with good strike of Official Paid London E.C. cds. Faults to the periphery of the envelope, a rare Official cover.
Cape of Good Hope: 1847 outer letter sheet to London struck with the Cape Town Crowned oval handstamp (unclear date), leaving on 6th Jan via the “Planet”, arriving London 17th March. Landed at Deal and struck in black with INDIAN LETTER/ DEAL handstamp. A very late usage.