(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.
(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.
(Kurram Valley Field Force) 1879 Officers envelope to London franked India 2a. and 4a. tied by two-line manuscript “Habib Kala20/2/79”,reverse with Kohat and Bombay transits and London arrival (MR 29). From a known correspondence by Bt. Lt. Col. G. de C. Morton after the assault and capture of Peiwar Kotal. A rare cover from the Afghan War.
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.
1867 (NO 26) buff envelope addressed to ‘77th Regiment, Peshawpur, Cabul, India” (Afghanistan) franked 2d., 3d. and 4d. (strip of three with right hand stamp damaged at top) tied by ‘A01’ obliterators routed via London, rated “1/4”and handstamped ‘1d’, reverse with Kingston despatch, red Bombay cds (JA 24) and hexagonal Lahore (Jan 30), Peshawur in red and black both FE.1 and Nowshara arrival of FE 2. A striking cover to a most unusual destination. Ex H. Wood.
1868 (24 May) cover from Major Kent correspondence addressed to ‘77th Regiment, Nowshera, Cabul, India” (Afghanistan) franked 2d. (damaged at left) and 6d.(strip of three) cancelled by ‘A02’ obliterators routed via London, rated “1/4”and handstamped ‘1d’, reverse with Gordon Town despatch, Kingston transit (MY 24) green oval SEA POST OFFICE date stamp, hexagonal Lahore (Jul 23) and red arrival cds; some toning around perfs not detracting from a fine item. Ex H Wood.
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.