(Abyssinia Field Force) 1868 mourning cover to a Colonel Macintire/ Commanding Royal Artillery/ Bangalore, endorsed Via Bombay and franked India Four Annas cancelled by F.F. in bars, reverse with fine Filed Force Post Office Abyssinia, hexagonal Bombay transit and Bangalore, small tear in backflap, a scarce cover.
(Airmail) 1911 internal registered cover franked 3p., 2a. and 8a. tied by single illustrated FIRST AERIAL POST/ U.P. Exhibition Allahabad cds, fine legible registration handstamp bottom left, manuscript registration number “9”. Fine and attractive.
(Bangladesh) 1878 entire to Mauritius franked ½a pair, 1a. and 2a. tied Calcutta duplex, overstriking two ‘Stamped’ handstamps, endorsed at left ‘Via Bombay’/ “& aden”. Senders handstamp bottom left as from Chittigong and letter so annotated, reverse with Sea Post Office B transit and blue arrival; good condition.
(Chinese Expeditionary Forces) 1901 (20 AP) cover to Tongku bearing combination franking of India C.E.F. 3p. tied F.P.O. No.20 date stamps, these cancels also tying China 5c. on ½c. B.R.A. (British Railway Administration) which is cancelled by violet undated Railway Post Office Tientsin , reverse with F.P.O. No.4 cds. Very fine condition.
(French Postal Agency) 1864 (Dec) cover to Mme Cordier in Paris with enclosed eight page letter headed Mahe and franked with Mauritius 4d. and 1s., but carried privately to another port (presumably Bombay)where the stamps were not accepted, handstruck ‘18’ decimes and forwarded as an unpaid letter via Aden Steamer Point. Faint red Poss An V Suez Paq F dated 15 Dec, indicating origination in a British colony. A fine item of postal history.
(Jammu and Kashmir) 1887 cover to Stradbally, Ireland franked India 1862-90 4a6p in combination with Jammu and Kashmir 1a. dull green both cancelled by ‘L’ obliterators, reverse with Kashmir cds, Bombay transit and part arrival partly lost with backflap.
(Used Abroad) 1867 cover to Kazerun franked with five ½a cancelled by ‘308’ numerals of Bushire with extra pen markings. Kazerun is some 60 miles east of Bushire in Persia and evidently carried under local arrangements, since there was no Persian Posta Services at this time.
1866 (AU 26) cover from Pondicherry to Bordeaux, franked at 5a 4p (1/4 oz) rate by India 1856-64 4a. grey-black and 8p horizontal pair, tied by fine Pondicherry/ 111 duplex, crescent India Paid, fancy P.D/Madras cds and French entry cds. Reverse with further Madras cds and arrival cds; stamps just overlapping envelope, an attractive and scarce franking.
1867 (JU 14) entire from Bombay to Mauritius endorsed “Per Steamer “Behar”/ Via Point de Galle”, franked at 20a rate by 1866-78 6a8p slate (issued Apr 1867) horizontal strip of three, tied by two fine Bombay India Paid duplex and by red company chop, ‘2d TO PAY’ charge mark and arrival backstamp in same ink; light filing creases, a most attractive usage of this stamp.
1868 (SE 26) mourning cover from Dera Ghazee Khan to Bath, endorsed “Bombay Marseilles/ officer’s letter” with signature at lower left, franked at 6a8p concessionary rate with single franking showing fine duplex. Backstamps of Lahore, Bombay and Bath with framed UNCLAIMED. A couple of slight faults at edges, a very scarce usage and single franking.