1895 (Nov 18) Appendix sheet from De La Rue archives bearing two 2a Registered envelopes, sizes F and B, inscribed ‘State of N Africa’ being used as colour trials for British East Africa, British Central Africa and for Zanzibar. Size B envelope endorsed in pencil “The pattern sent to take the place of the British Coat Of Arms to take the place of this stamp” and on size F “to be replaced by pattern sent for postcards”. Some insignificant faults, very rare.
1907 Daily Graphic Balloon flight card from London, the balloon descended near Tosse, Sweden on Oct 12th. This card was thrown overboard immediately before descent and posted by the finder at Mellerud back to UK with framed T handstamp and 2d. charge raised in UK. Also with an unused card and a postcard sized photo inscribed in Swedish showing crowd around balloon; good to fine condition.
1897 (2 Jan) AVIS DE RECEPTION form from New York with Zanzibar arrival cds and put into a stampless Post Office registered envelope and returned, the AR form with thimble Zanzibar Reg cds of 8 FE, the envelope with similar cds of 16th, London transits on front and arrival backstamp; a fine and scarce survivor with both form and envelope together.
(Olympics) 1780 Map of ancient Olympic site from a book ‘Pour le Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis’, a fictional work abouth the travels of the Scythian sage Anacharsis in Greece in the middle of the 4th Century, written by Jacques Barthelemy and published in 1788; with vertical fold
(Austrian Occupation) 1878 (5/12) Hungarian 5Kr. stationery parcel card cancelled with Feldpost Expositur No.1A cds from Visegrad. Some tone spotting and central vertical filing crease but still a very rare usage of a Hungarian parcel form used during the Austrian Occupation of Bosnia, with only one so far recorded.
Two 1896 (22 July) British Bechuanaland overprinted stationery card, both addressed to ‘Otto Bickel’ in Bavaria, a single ‘Three Half Pence’ surcharged card uprated with 1d. lilac and a plain 1d. reply card uprated ½d. Jubilee and 1d. lilac, both paying the 2½d. rate, both sent from Ramoutsa.
1874 pair of outer letter sheets to France, 11 Mars to Bordeaux bearing mixed issue franking of General Colonies 1871-72 Laureated Napoleon 30c. (three margins) and 1871-76 Ceres 40c. (3 singles with touched margins) tied MQE lozenges and a 12 Dec to Marseille with Ceres 30c. and 40c. (Touched margin on one side). The first via French maritime and endorsed “Paquebot”, the latter via British mails with blue Colonies Fra. V. Angl. Cds.
1879 (9/9) stampless military cover from Ljubinje to Prag bearing ETAPEN POSTAMT No 4 cds on front together with straight-line ‘FRANCO’ , reverse with No.5 transit of Stolac, Sarajevo FPO transit and Feldpost Expositur No.7 transit of Donji Vakuf plus arrival cds; fine condition.
(Malacca - Portuguese Mail) 1611 (12 Jan) entire letter written in Portuguese from the Holy House of Mia (Misericordia), Malacca to the same order in Portugal and showing on reverse red wax seal, the entire with the signatures of the members of the brotherhood. Believed to be the earliest known cover from Malacca.
(Portuguese Mail) 1628 (20th October) entire from the Mission of Diu, on the north-west coast to the Mission headquarters at Avaeiro, Portugal concerning the granting of an Inheritance, with two red wax seals of ‘MIA DDIO’ (Misericrdia Da Diu). Mail could take a year to arrive, normally travelling in December to take advantage of winter monsoons to arrive in Europe in June of the following year, at the top of letter the recipients note from 1629, the second page shows signatures of members of the Brotherhood of Diu. Extensive Bolaffi certificate.
1903-06 Portrait of Tsar Nicholas II by Mouchon in bottom margin Zarrinch Essays in black, ‘full face’, Tsar in military uniform within a laureated frame, 1 rouble value tablet. Affixed to thin card confirming the portrait to be that of Nicholas Romanov and signed by an official F. K. Ochmetov and dated 27th May 1912. Probably unique.
1844 (April) outer letter sheet to Bordeaux, undocketed but from the west coast of South America, routed via Panama and Jamaica and then to England bearing Forwarding Agents cachet ‘Louis Lewis of Panama’ and similarly undated SOUTH AMERICA VIA PANAMA handstamp, Kingston Jamaica date stamp AP 22, London transit of 23 MY where framed accountancy handstamp applied, red French entry cds of 25 Mai and arrival of 27th. Sent unpaid and charged on arrival. A fine cover, ex. H. Wood.
1845 (4th June) thick entire from Columbia, South Carolina, USA via Philadelphia via private ship, rated “1/6” for a double Ship Letter rate plus inland postage from St Ann’s to Mandeville of 2d. for a total charge of “1/8”, showing the only recorded ‘SHIP LETTER/ St ANNS’ handstamp that is not recorded in foster but in Proud SL1. 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.
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.