(Accountancy) 1830 outer letter sheet to London struck with an oval-framed GALICIA/ CORUNA handstamp, a two-line ESPAGNE PAR/ St. JEAN-DE-LUZ’ French entry handstamp and annotated “Via Calais”. On arrival the front struck with dotted framed ‘Oz at 8s/8d per Oz’ handstamp applied at the London Foreign Branch. Light vertical filing creases at sides.
(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.
(Incoming Mail China Station) Envelope to England bearing five 1d. lilacs cancelled on arrival. (The 5d. rate was typically a civilian rate from foreign countries, here with London cancel could indicate arrival by military mailbag)The 1d lilac was issued December 1881 and a miss Lucy Halloran married in January 1883. H.M.S. Cleopatra embossed backflap, this ship left the China Station towards the end of 1882.
(Jamaica transit mail) 1829 (6th June) entire to Belfast, Ireland endorsed to travel “pr Prince Elizabeth Packet”, bearing on front two-line red ‘FRANCO HAS/ TA E PUERTO’ handstamp, rated “3/6” made up of 2s1d UK inward Packet Letter charge plus 1s5d inland postage through to Ireland, reverse with fine green MEXICO fleuron applied in transit at Falmouth, red arrival backstamp, very fine, Ex Hugh Wood.
(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.
(Missionary Mail) 1843 outer letter sheet to Wesleyan Missions House, London, docketed as from George Parsonson, St Mary’s, 9th May 1843 (received 27 June), reverse shows a red London arrival overstriking a straight-line SHIP LETTER, carried by the “Patriot” that arrived at Dartmouth on 26th, the mail presumably in a closed bag that was sent up to London and sorted there, the front showing “8”d charge erased and ½oz to 1oz charge of “1/4” . A fine early item.
(Naval Mail) Two 1885 covers from Naval Cadet Edwrd A Baird on the 14 gun armoured ship HMS Triumph which served as Pacific flagship from January 1885 until December 1888 and was in Coquimbo, Chile from 3 May until 25th June. Each cover franked with four 1d. lilac and carried to London by naval bag where they were cancelled by the Foreign Section with ‘F’ in diamond killer. Ringwood receiving cancels of 27 May and 10 July.
(Ship Letter) 1849 outer letter sheet from Mauritius to London, endorsed (by ship) “John Stuart”, charged “8”d. uniform ship rate to Great Britain, bearing very fine bright blue BELFAST/ SHIP LETTER framed handstamp, reverse with Belfast cds (MR 21) in same ink and London arrival of 23rd; fine and attractive.
(Transatlantic) ) 1807 entire to Dewsbury Nr/ Leeds, from Philadelphia without postal markings so carried privately with manuscript marking top centre and, on arrival fine oval ShipLetter/ (crown)/ HULL handstamp. One of two known, Ex Robertson
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 (SE 11) entire to Dublin, Ireland that has been handed into British Consulate at Cadiz after the mail had closed and too late to be included in the mail bag and thus carried loose to Falmouth where green CADIZ/ SE 11/ 1810/F date stamp was applied, manuscript “2/-“ rate applied for mail to Falmouth and then overland to London and thence to destination. The envelope with some spotting, a good clear strike of this scarce cancel.
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.
1812 (23rd August) entire from the ‘Tower’ correspondence to Aberdeen, endorsed to travel on the “Neptune” which arrived in Lancaster on 30th October – a long transit of 69 days, bearing a very fine SHIP LETTER/ crown/ LANCASTER oval handstamp, manuscript charge “1/4” under the Act of July that year (4d Ship Letter and 1/- for 230-300 miles inland to Aberdeen). The content is mainly concerned with the purchase of puncheons of meal to tide the slaves over until the yam crop. Ex Robertson and Booth.
1812 entire datelined “Real Cuidad Rodrigo” to Birmingham, rated “2/6” and bearing green Lisbon F unclear date stamp applied on the Falmouth Packet. The entire mentions battle of Salamanca (Peninsular War) and the appalling conditions sustained during the campaign
1818 entire from John James in Barbuda to Sir Bethel Codrington at Dodington, carried from Antigua to St Thomas where straight-line I.THOMAS applied (only used in 1818), transferring to the main packet for Falmouth where charged “2/2” ; small part of entire excised otherwise fine and fresh. Ex Brian Brookes.