(German Prisoner of War – Bando Camp) 1918 (7.12.) illustrated stampless Christmas card to Tientsin, China bearing cds and large red Sce DES PRISONNIERS DE GUERRE handstamp; good condition.
(Hotel Advertising) 1927 Hotel Carls-Rite colour advertising envelope fine used from Toronto to Wilmington, USA
(Hotel Envelope) 1907 fine colour illustrated envelope for 'King Edward Hotel, Toronto' used to Ottawa and franked 2c., some slight faults to sides of envelope. Attractive item.
(Incoming Mail) 1871 stampless entire written from Corfu to Venezia bearing unclear despatch cds, handstamped ‘6’ rate marking, on arrival 60c. Postage Due applied tied framed VENEZIA ARRIVO date stamp, repeated on reverse.
(Insured Letter) 1938 cover to Vienna, insured at 2£ with red V label at base, franked 3d. and 6d. tied registered date stamps, reverse with Napoli Ferrovia Estero cds and framed insurance handstamp, Udine Ferrovia cds of following day and Amb Roma Trieste 137 cds incorrectly dated; fine and fresh.
(Italian Post Offices) 1904 picture postcard of Tientsin sent to Rome franked 2c brown tied Comando Truppe Italiane In Cina date stamp. Postman’s routing number handstamp at centre. A fine example of this scarce 2c. rate applied to cards with a message of less than five words.
(Italian Post Offices) 1919 (2.9.) Company Envelope registered to New York franked Italy 1906 5c. (3) and 10c. (4) tied Posta Militare 50 cds in use at Durazzo, registration handstamp with manuscript number at left, reverse with Brindisi and Torino transits, arrival cancels; some faults to periphery of envelope, a scarce usage.
(Italian Post Offices) 1919 Privilege Military card ‘R.R.Truppe Italiane In/ Estremo Oriente’ used to Venice with three-line cachet that has been overstruck with red framed censor cachet, part arrival cds above this. Fine and scarce card used whilst at Vladivostok.
(Italy) 1700 (30th mars) entire to Paris bearing good example of the first recorded French mark used in Italy ‘De Rome’, manuscript “10” decimes charge; very rare.
(Italy) 1855 entire to France franked 1853 20c. pale blue with full even margins tied by grill cancel with Corps Exped...d’Italie 2e Division cds above, various French transit backstamps, fine condition.
(Maritime Mail) 1891 5m Sphinx stationery letter card uprated 5m. to Berlin only cancelled by fine strike of the rare two-line handstamp Piroscafi postali/ Inglesi which was applied at Venice or Brindisi to letters posted on a British ship. There are no further cancels front or back, with both Sorani and A Dienna initials.
(Maritime Mail) 1909 picture postcard to Finland franked two Greek 5L. tied BOSNIA Piroscafo Postale Italiano cds with another strike alongside, redirected on arrival from Abo to Helsingfors
(Maritime) 1896 envelope to Massaua, Eritrea, franked 20c. Umberto tied by TORINO squared circle date stamp. On reverse, boxed dated 'MASSAUA/SERVIZIO ITALIANO/DEL MAR ROSSO'.
(Maritime) 1923 cover to Rome franked pairs 10c. and 15c. ‘Leone’ tied by violet cachet Societa Navigazione/ Piroscafo/ Brioni, octagonal picture date stamp of Zara top right with ordinary cds on reverse together with arrival cds.
(Napoleonic Mail) 1812 long entire to Hotel de L’Europe, Paris bearing straight-line ‘ARM D’ITALIE’ handstamp, manuscript rate, reverse with red arrival cds; fine, neat example.
(Natal) 1906 ‘The Natal Navigation Collieries & Estate Co., Ltd printed 1d stationery printed letter card promoting Port Natal as a Coaling Station. Long printed contents detailing charges and services. Addressed to Melbourne, Australia with Durban cds, selvedge missing at left and largely detached at right.
(Ottoman Post Offices) 1869 20pa and 1pi yellow, perf 5-11, used on 1871 outer letter sheet to Venice tied by circular ‘Scutari’ handstamps in blue (Coles & Walker fig. 3)with Austrian Post Office ANTIVARI cds in transit, black ‘P.D.’ deleted (1½pi paid to the border only) and taxed with Italy 1870 Postage Due 10c. and 60c. tied by rectangular framed Venezia datestamps on arrival. Reverse with Triest transit. Illustrated Coles & Walker, Part 1 on page 4. Fine and rare.
(Ottoman Post Offices) 1870 incoming outer letter sheet to Scutari , endorsed “Via Trieste” and “Vapore Antivari”, franked 20c and damaged 40c tied by numerals with Venezia cds in association to left, Ottoman 1869 1pi yellow, perf 5-11 applied and tied ‘Scutari’ double ring handstamp, Triest transit backstamp; despite the damaged stamp an attractive combination cover.
(Picture Postal Stationery) 1897 (6 Dec) ½ Penny green card with additional ½d. added at left with general view of Johannesburg, entitled ‘Greetings from Johannesburg’ and in addition ‘Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’. This is the EARLIEST KNOWN usage of this card with the Christmas message. Used to London, good condition.