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Brazil-Canada 1945

Diamond shape commemoratives 3 x 40 ctvos on registered envelope to Nova Scotia, inspected twice by censors and sealed with Brazilian & British censor tape; various b/s including 3 T.P.O.s; forwarded and mis-routed (?) in the post; cancellation on stamps unclear but presumed to be Brazil

Reference: 1209
Egypt prepaid 1935

Unstamped envelope franked with red crowned cachet "Egypt Postage Prepaid 17" with s/r cds M.P.O. ALEXANDRIA 17 February 1935; on reverse red "British Forces in Egypt" 1 piastre letter stamp; cancelled with a Retta diamond h/s

Reference: 1208

Airmail envelope franked with KGVI Coronation issue 30c x 5, 20c x 5 and (on reverse) 5c x 5 ; from Mbale, Uganda to Elmenteita, Kenya 12 May 1937; FDC

Reference: 1201

KGVI 2as 6p, 6as, 2 Rs on airmail envelope cancelled Coonoor 25 October 1940; endorsed in m/s 'via Hong Kong - U.S.A. - England'; boxed h/s "Not Opened by Censor"; b/s Gloucester slogan ds 9 December 1940 and Victoria (Hong Kong?) 6 November ’40, forwarded to London; also on reverse blue boxed h/s 15

Reference: 1200

3 x ½ Anna + 2 annas all cancelled s/r cds WADHWAN CITY 31 October 1907 (error for "3 October"?); re-addressed several times; b/s Vichnia Kathianar 3 October, 5 November, 11 November; Chuda 1 November; Morvad 1 & 2 November;  forwarding details uncertain; ms in red 'refused'; fragile but interesting native language cover

Reference: 1199

Cut down 3as registered envelope with added 17 copies of QV 3 pies grey + 1 dropped off and endorsed in blue crayon (7 ½ as rate); cancelled Lahore 2 November 1936; b/s Sutton Coldfield 23 November 1936; late use of QV issues

Reference: 1198

India KGV 4as & 3as cancelled d/r cds boxed h/s Lahore 24 August 1937 on airmail envelope franked with large T in circle & m/s 50c crossed out and 40c added; on reverse 8 x Kenya postage due cancelled ELMENTEITA 1 September 1937; faults to envelope where opened but a spectacular postage due franking

Reference: 1197

Mixed franking France 10c Merson + Gibraltar KEVII 1d purple on red, both cancelled 2 September 1904; on twin view of Gibraltar PPC; with s/r cds on readdressing from Llangefuis to Llanberis

Reference: 1182

KGVI 2/- and 10/- on airmail envelope lightly cancelled GRENADA 26 September 1942, to Sussex; wartime airmail, uncensored; small faults to envelope and front only but a good franking

Reference: 1181

QV 1c yellow cancelled circle of bars and s/r cds, St Catherines, 15 August 1894; h/s 'Not called for' and 'Returned to'; arrival d/s St Catherines, 31 August 1894; no b/s; 1c used alone for the local rate; 2 different cds of the same town

Reference: 1178

complete envelope (has been opened out) with illustrated advertising for Hats and plastic tablecloths (front & back), franked with 6 x 3d pictorials, for 1/6 airmail rate to Bristol, cancelled Kingston 16 September 1955, slight faults to envelope but a very striking cover

Reference: 1169

Canada 2 x 3c Royal Visit issue (SG 374) cancelled Hamilton 26 August 1940, with censor's sealing strip 5636: Lundy 2 puffins orange cancelled by green Lundy slogan d/s and s/r cds 21 September 1940: a most unusual combination

Reference: 1168

Gold Coast KGV issues overprinted Togo Anglo-French Occupation 4 x  ½d & 3 x 1d, (2 stamps on reverse), cancelled 16 June 1916 with bridged d/r cds, registered; violet h/s ' Passed by Censor Lomé (Togo) ',  b/s Registered Plymouth 10 July, London 11 July, Buchs, Aarau 14 July 1916: note one ½d has the variety small 'F' in French.  A fine scarce item

Reference: 1167
Bermuda threepence registered envelope 1922

KGV 3 pence embossed registration envelope 8" x 5"; c1922, unused, scarce (previous owner sold for £50)

Reference: 1164
Egypt hotel envelope to London

Unstamped official envelope SUMMER PALACE HOTEL (Alexandria, Egypt), franked with superb red crowned cachet "Egypt Postage Prepaid 17" (re-use from an earlier era (?), with cds MILITARY POST OFFICE ALEXANDRIA, 23 August 1923 to London; sealed on reverse with red "BRITISH FORCES IN EGYPT" 1 piastre Letter Stamp; cancelled with the RETTA diamond h/s

Reference: 1163
South Africa Unclaimed on two ships 1947

3 x 3d (SG 113) ROYAL VISIT on envelope rather battered by forwarding, cancelled m/c d/s Port Elizabeth, 14 May 1947, to a Union Castle ship, forwarded more than once: 2 boxed violet h/s "UNCLAIMED ON BOARD ARUNDEL CASTLE" and "UNCLAIMED ON BOARD CARNARVON CASTLE 21 MAY 1947"; airmail label; b/s London 20 May 1947; faults to envelope but spectacular maritime item

Reference: 1158
Trinidad & Tobago OHMS to Bristol 1964

Official envelope inscribed "On Trinidad and Tobago Government" franked with 12c QE2 stamp, to Bristol 19 August 1964: h/s "On Postal Service" & "Postmaster General" and "Air mail" with an official letter from Trinidad Postmaster General, signed, enclosing a typed list of all the Post Offices then open (in August 1954) including in Tobago, with 27 added in ms; important historical document

Reference: 1157
Egypt to UK 1940 censored

King's Head 5 mils, 10 mils, 4 x 15 mils, 13 mils + 30 mils airmail pictorial, all cancelled bilingual s/r bridged cds Alexandria 16 January 1940 to London; m/s "Imperial Airways" and h/s "English language"; red circular censor's h/s 'M'; no b/s; attractive franking

Reference: 1142
Nigeria registered airmail 1950

KGVI 20 x ½d, 2 x 1/d, 1/- on 3d registered envelope; by airmail, cancelled with oval registered d/s MAIDUGUN, NIGERIA (also on reverse) 16 August 1950 & s/r cds KANO; blue-green GB Customs Inspector's cachet; a striking 2/3d rate

Reference: 1136
German POW in Australia to GB 1941

German Prisoner of War in Australian POW camp (full details on reverse); 1/6 airmail cancelled GPO Sydney NSW 25(?) Feb 1941 to Wolverhampton; m/s 'By Airmail via South Africa', plus violet h/s 'Prisoner of War Service' and 'Passed by censor S.59'; a very unusual combination

Reference: 1135
New Guinea Salvation Army envelope 1947

Australia KGVI 4 x 2½d + ½d Kangaroo used in New Guinea on Salvation Army envelope (faults) by air; no b/s; light, partially legible cancels, unusual and interesting despite faults

Reference: 1134
GB to Newfoundland 1943 censored

GB KGVI 2 x 7d + 1d to St Johns, Newfoundland, 27 November 1943(?) cancelled with US Army APO 610(?) cds & bars and with censor's h/s; by airmail from a US soldier in hospital (APO 514-B); a good franking

Reference: 1132
Canada special delivery 1939

Envelope with KG VI 2c + 20c special delivery stamp (SG 510) cancelled s/r Vancouver BC 30 May 1939; no b/s, local delivery; scarce use on envelope

Reference: 1123
Holland to South Africa and return 1938

Illustrated telegram envelope franked with 7 Dutch stamps cancelled d/r cds Amsterdam Central Station 5 December 1938; on illustrated reverse South African stamps 6 x 1d and 4 x 1½d VOORTREKKER commemorative, cancelled PRETORIA 15 December 1938; very unusual combination. (Note 1 picture for this is showing in S1119 in arror and will not permiot the error to be rectified)

Reference: 1120
GB 2/6 value used 1941

GB KGVI 2/6 brown plus 3d deep violet on envelope to British Guiana, inscribed "Via North Atlantic Air Service"; cancelled Harrogate 20 December 1941 m/c d/s; censor tape 'Examined by C34"; b/s Air Mail GPO British Guiana

Reference: 1118
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