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Large commercial envelope with label for 'The Harem Monthly" from Lahore to Nottingham; Pakistan pictorials 10p, 7p; m/s "not known at this address", Nottingham cds 13 June 1975; on reverse 'received in London June 1975'; from MV 'Nordwind', trapped in the Suez Canal after the Six Day War

Reference: 1246

boxed h/s INDIA LETTER PORTSMOUTH boxed on front of long entire letter from Calcutta 11 February 1826; large m/s rate mark 1/1(?) crossed out and 1/6 added; boxed Scottish additional ½ penny h/s; b/s d/r Calcutta General Post Office m/s 12(?) February 1826; London transit 4 July 1826; Edinburgh 6 July 1826

Reference: 1242

boxed h/s INDIA LETTER SOUTHAMPTON on reverse of entire letter 2 pps; faint Scottish additional ½ penny h/s; m/s rates altered twice to 1/6; Calcutta General Post Office d/r cds on front with m/s date 11 February 1825; on reverse London transit 7 June 1825,  2 d/r cds 9 June 1825;  a fine scarce combination

Reference: 1241

Independent UDI Rhodesia 2 x 10c + 2 x 5c pictorials, Salisbury to Gloucester 15 April 1970; stamps not considered valid in GB; green 'To Pay'/'I.S.' (inland service) boxed h/s: red label added indicating unrecognised issues; GB postage due 2 x 1/- + 2 x 2/6 (2 applications): a fine example of this period

Reference: 1231

Christchurch Air Race, 5 Red Cross issues (50c) SG769-773 plus 25c airmail and 10c definitive; illustrated cover for 8 Oct 1953 with VF race cachet in violet; cancelled Rotterdam 23 September 1953; b/s Christchurch 11 Oct 1953

Reference: 1227
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

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

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
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