(Crete) 1901 picture postcard of Leo Tolstoy from Russia to Crete with 1k. franking on each side with very fine ROPIT AGENT KRITI date stamp on reverse ( a less clear offset on front), the front bearing double-ring ROPIT CONSTANTINOPOLI transit and Greek Xania arrival; fine and scarce.
(Crimean War) 1855 stampless ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ envelope with embossed back flap to England, endorsed “via Marseille”, POST OFFICE BRITISH ARMY A cds of Constantinople. The cover has been charged “6” in spite of the heading.
(Disinfected Mail) 1847 entire to Paris with various manuscript rates, Constantinople/ 30 JUIN two-line handstamp, T.A. (Austrian transit) and red French entry cds, reverse with disinfection cachet across flap; filing crease at base.
(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.
(Express D’Orient) 1889 (AU 27) registered formula stationery envelope to Leipzig franked ’40 PARAS’ on 2½d. plus rare black label tied by single BRITISH POST OFFICE CONSTANTINOPLE index C cds, arrival backstamp and with selvedge of stamp used to additionally seal envelope; a fine example.
(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) 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.
1861 (14 Aout) entire to Lyon franked 1853 Napoleon 10c. and 40c. tied with unclear lozenge, Sinai ship cds at base, framed PAQUEBOTS/ DE LA/ MEDITERRANEE; small fault top left of entire and stamps with variable margins.
1861 (28 Aout) cover to Marseille franked 1853 Imperf Napoleon 10c. and 40c. (close to good margins) tied petits chiffres ‘3707’ with at right Constantinople Turquie cds, red framed PAQUEBOTS/ DE LA/ MEDITERRANEE and PD, arrival backstamp.
1865 (23 Feb) entire to Eupatoria franked Russia 1858 10k. perf 12½ in two horizontal strips of three tied by blue Constantinople cds in Cyrillic; stamps fine and fresh, refolded to hide horizontal splitting and toning along filing fold, a spectacular franking.
1865-66 three ‘Seated Helvetia’ printed commercial covers to Constantinople, all from Butschwyl, April 1865 30r red and 60r copper bronze, endorsed to travel via “Wien & Kustendje”, Dec 1865 cover with three colour franking at 90r rate to go via Trieste and 1866 cover endorsed to go by Marseille and franked two 60r copper bronze, the first two with arrival cancels of Austrian offices and the last French, a fine trio of covers, two with BPB Certs and last with P Guinand Cert .
1867 (10 Juil) outer letter sheet to Lyon franked 1862 40c. tied by anchor lozenge, octagonal Constantinople P. Fr. U No.4 date stamp alongside, red framed Paquebots/ De La/ Mediterranee, reverse with Marseille and arrival cancel.
1867 entire from Odessa with fine company chop bottom left, forwarded to Constantinople with agents handstamp at top, addressed to Palermo, sicily and carried on French ship with octagonal Constantinople P.Fr. U No.3, framed Italian PIROSCAFI/POSTALI/FRANCESI handstamp, reverse with Messina transit and arrival date stamps.
1868 (22 Avril) entire to France franked 1862 40c. tied by unclear lozenge, octagonal Constantinople P. Fr. U No.3 date stamp alongside, red framed Paquebots/ De La/ Mediterranee, reverse with Marseille and arrival cancels.
1868 (6 Mai) entire to Cette franked 1862 40c. tied by faint anchor lozenge, octagonal Constantinople P. Fr. U No.1 date stamp, red framed Paquebots/ De La/ Mediterranee, reverse with Marseille transit and arrival cds.