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DISINFECTED MAIL

Disinfected Mail
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101 1799-1908 Printed Acts, notices and letters regarding plague, disinfection or quarantine of ships or mail, mainly British but including items from Malta, Sweden, USA, Italy, France or Germany, one 1855 letter bearing printed Reggio disinfection label, also 1855 Report on Quarantine Practice in force at Gibraltar, reports of outbreaks of disease in various countries and changes to quarantine regulations, 1831-32 report concerning the cholera outbreak in Britain which killed 52,000 people, 1800 act establishing a lazaret at Chetney Hill in Kent, etc. An interesting lot. (107).

Est. £800-1,000

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
102 1836-43 British Parliamentary Papers in two bound volumes, the first entitled "Correspondence relative to the Contagion of Plague, and the Quarantine Regulations of Foreign Countries, 1836-1843" comprising 416 pages of quarantine regulations throughout Europe and 152 pages of "Queries and Answers relative to the Contagion of Plague". The second volume entitled "Report from the Select Committee on the Health of Towns" comprising 262 pages of evidence collected on the sanitary and health conditions of various town, with a diagram of "Back to Back" housing in Birmingham, and a further 258 pages on the effect of interment of bodies in town. Two interesting volumes, both ex Bath Reference Library, the second rebound.

Est. £250-300

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.

AIR MAILS

Air Mails
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103 1911-2003 Covers including 1911 First U.K Aerial Post card, airgraphs, and Concorde covers with 1970 (Nov 12) first test flight cover, 1976 (Jan 21) London to Bahrain and return flight, 2003 (Nov 26) final flight from Heathrow to Filton, etc. (12).

Est. £100-120

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104 1920-75 Covers including 1920 (Mar 5) Karachi to Bombay flight, 1938 covers from China to G.B flown via Hong Kong (4), 1939 Southampton to New York "Caribou" flight (2, one franked 2/6 Seahorse), 1968 (Apr 7) air letter from London to Israel recovered from the B.O.A.C Crash at London Airport with violet Israeli cachet, 1969 (Apr 9) Concorde first flight cover, 1975 (Aug 24) covers carried on first passenger flight of Concorde (2, one signed by all the crew, also a passengers flight certificate signed by Brian Trubshaw), etc. (15).

Est. £180-220

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105 Alan Cobham / Sir Sefton Branckner. 1926 Typed letter from Melbourne to W.L Miller of the Ford Motor Co. at Geelong, signed by Alan Cobham; and 1929 typed letter on Air Ministry notepaper to F.G Cousins regarding the planned London to Cape Town service, signed by Sefton Branckner, Director of Civil Aviation. Also a 1930 mourning card to the 48 people (including Branckner) killed in the crash of the Airship R.101 in France, and a 1921 postcard "Souvenir of the tragedy of the R.38 at Hull". (4).

Est. £160-180

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106 1929-39 Covers including 1929-31 first flights from Malta to Calcutta or Tripoli; 1931 Imperial Airways England Africa service Air Ministry agreement carried on the first flight from Germany to Kisumu and a time-table carried on the first flight from Alexandria to Khartoum; 1931 London to Sydney Christmas flight cover signed by C. Kingsford-Smith and G.U Allan; 1932 London to Limassol and return first flights (40 flown in each direction); 1934 G.B to Australia MacRobertson Air Race cover signed by C.E Kay; 1938 G.B to Brazil registered cover franked 7/3, and other transatlantic flights. (15).

Est. £350-400

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107 British West Indies. 1929-44 First flight covers including Antigua to San Juan or Cayenne; Trinidad to Antigua, St. Thomas, Havana, Cristobal or Jamaica; Barbados to Trinidad; Bahamas to Miami; and Bermuda to New York pilot signed. Also a 1946 Pan Am test letter from USA to Jamaica and posted back to the U.S. (12).

Est. £150-180

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
108 Pan-Am First Flights. 1935-41 Covers comprising 1935 (Nov 22 - Dec 5) San Francisco - Honolulu - Guam - Manila Route (13); 1939 (June 30) Dublin - New York route (3); 1941 (Feb 6) Horta - New York route via Guinea and the West Indies (5); or 1941 (May 2-10) Singapore - Manila - Guam - Honolulu - San Francisco route (10), virtually all flown on differing legs, also two commercial clipper covers from Manila to USA. (33).

Est. £150-180

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109 Dick Merrill. 1936 (Aug 21-28) Telegrams sent to Merrill in the USA concerning his forthcoming flight to G.B (completed on September 2-3), sending best wishes for the flight, requesting take-off time, co-operation of Irish and English radio stations, etc (5); and 1937 cover carried on his second trans-Atlantic flight, from New York to Croydon and back to New York, cachets and G.B and U.S stamps, pilot signed. A unique group. (6).

Est. £110-130

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110 imageScandinavia - World War Two. 1939-45 Covers and cards from Denmark (8), Norway (6), Sweden (3) or Finland, including 1941-42 commercial covers to Greenland handstamped "GREENLAND / (via Lissabon-New York)" and censored in Bermuda (2); 1939 first flights from Malmo or Copenhagen to Shoreham, Copenhagen to Perth (2) or Oslo to Perth; first flight from Stockholm to Wasa and return flight; 1941 cover from Denmark to P.O. Box 506, Lisbon, forwarded with a yellow label handstamped "THOS COOK & SON LTD / 16 JAN 1941 / ENEMY MAIL" and G.B 2½d (T.C/&S perfin) cancelled in London (small part address deleted); commercial covers to USA, censored in Germany (6); 1945 Sweden to Warsaw card "PAR AVION SPECIAL", etc. An interesting lot. (18). Photo on Page 12. (Image1)

Est. £240-280

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.

CRASH MAIL

Crash Mail
Lot Symbol Descrip Opening
111 1962 (June 20) Cover from Belgium to Venezuela with 25f meter, very soiled, recovered from the Air France flight from Paris which crashed on the island of Guadeloupe on June 23rd. Handstamped "Objet deteriore accidentellement" with a Basse-Terre c.d.s (June 26), the reverse with violet "CORREOS DE VENEZUELA / CORRESPONDENCIA BESCATADA / DEL ACCIDENTE DEL JET / BOEING 707 / CENTRO POSTAL CANO AMARILLO" and an arrival c.d.s. Scarce with both cachets.

Est. £80-100

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
1929-39 Imperial Airways & British Airways Crashes
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112 1929-37 Covers comprising 1929 (May 30) London - Stockholm night flight cover, water stained, having the appearance of having been recovered from a crash and previously sold as such though we can find no record of such a crash; 1931 "City of Cairo" London to Australia first flight covers (5), the plane wrecked near Koepang, Timor, one cover unusually missing a stamp and endorsed "Rec'd at Sydney with missing stamps on City of Cairo"; 1932 Southern Africa to G.B first flight covers, recovered from "City of Basra" at Salisbury and "City of Delhi" at Broken Hill (5); 1937 (Feb 5) cover from London to Cairo carried on "Castor" which had to return to Southampton due to engine problems and was further delayed by bad weather. (12).

Est. £120-150

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113 imageCity of Alexandria / "City of Athens". 1929 Cover from Colchester to Bombay, water stained and the stamps washed off, handstamped violet boxed "DAMAGED DURING / TRANSIT BY AIR", with Bombay backstamps (Nov 7). Recovered from the "City of Alexandria" which struck a buoy and was damaged when landing at Mersa Matruh, transferred to "City of Athens" which had difficulty in lifting off, ran into the reed ripping her hull and settled on the rocks, the water soaked mails then transferred to "City of Baghdad". Nierinck does not record any cachets on mail recovered from this double crash. Very scarce. Photo on Page 12. (Image1)

Est. £250-300

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114 imageCity of Washington. 1930 (Oct 24) Cover from Port Said to London franked 20m, blue Air Mail label tied by violet boxed "DAMAGED / BY FIRE", the final word crossed out and altered to "Flight". From the "City of Washington" Paris to London flight which crashed on October 30th at Neufchatel killing or severely injuring the six occupants. Part of addressees name and address neatly removed, otherwise fine and very scarce, no cachets from this crash recorded by Nierinck. Also a contemporary news cutting. Photo on Page 20. (Image1)

Est. £150-180

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115 City of Khartoum. 1935 Covers from England to Australia, New Zealand or India (3), one with London meter mark, the others all with the stamps washed off, the first from London (Dec 28) to Melbourne with an Australian "Found Open Officially Sealed" label tied by violet "RECEIVED AT G.P.O MELBOURNE / DAMAGED BY WATER" and Melbourne datestamps (19/20 Jan.), the three covers to India all with arrival datestamps (Jan 11), two of these endorsed "Salvaged mail" or "Salvaged ex Imp. Airways Liner "City of Khartoum"". Also a Sydney G.P.O printed slip intended to be enclosed with covers recovered from this crash. The "City of Khartoum" crashed into the sea near Alexandria on December 31st killing twelve of the 13 occupants; the mail was recovered a week later. No manuscript endorsements from this crash recorded by Nierinck. (6).

Est. £250-300

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116 City of Khartoum - Singapore. 1935 (Dec 24) Cover from Croydon to Singapore, the stamps washed off, Croydon backstamp, with accompanying Singapore G.P.O printed slip explaining the accompanying cover was salvaged from the "City of Khartoum", fine and scarce.

Est. £180-220

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117 Scipio - Hong Kong. 1936 Covers from Hong Kong, franked 50c or with the stamp washed off, with differing "Damaged by Sea Water" cachets. (2).

Est. £100-120

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118 Scipio - India. 1936 Covers (15) and a part cover from India to G.B, eight with all or some stamps washed off, all handstamped "Damaged By Seawater", virtually all differing cachets with several types unrecorded by Nierinck, one registered cover with a London c.d.s of 26 August (just four days after the crash at Mirabella Bay in Crete), a fine group with some scarce cachets. (16).

Est. £450-550

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119 imageScipio - India. 1936 Covers from India to Germany franked 8½a (another stamp washed off) or to Holland (and redirected to Germany) franked 9½a, both with French language explanatory labels (Nierinck type "r", differing settings) applied in transit at Brindisi; and 7½a on 8a air mail stationery envelope (other stamps washed off) to Belgium, handstamped red "Accident d'Avion" applied in Paris, Officially Sealed labels on reverse, unusually handstamped "T" with a Belgian 30c postage due stamp applied at Antwerp. An unusual group, the last taxed in error. (3). Photo on Page 20. (Image1)

Est. £280-320

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120 imageScipio - Afghanistan. 1936 (Aug 12) Large registered cover from Kabul to Germany, boxed registration handstamp and Landi Kotal transit c.d.s, all the stamps washed off, a German endorsement indicating postage was fully paid. An exceptional origin for a Scipio crash cover. Photo on Page 20. (Image1)

Est. £240-280

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121 Scipio - Ceylon. 1936 Covers from Ceylon to G.B (2) or Holland, the covers to G.B with all or some stamps washed off, differing Damaged by Sea Water cachets; the cover to Holland franked 55c, reverse with the French language explanatory label (Nierinck "r") applied in transit at Brindisi. (3).

Est. £120-150

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122 Scipio - Iraq / Palestine. 1936 Covers from Hinaidi, Iraq to G.B, or Palestine to Germany, the stamps washed off, handstamped "Damaged By Sea Water" or bearing German language explanatory label applied at Munich; and a postcard from Haifa to Germany franked 5m, another stamp washed off, with violet "Munchen Bahnpostamt 1" German language cachet. (3).

Est. £120-140

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123 Scipio - Australia. 1936 Covers from Australia to England (3) or Germany, all recovered from the "Scipio" which made a forced landing at Mirabella Bay, Crete, on August 22nd, and sank, two passengers being killed. Comprising a stampless O.H.M.S Money Order Advice envelope from Sydney to The Postmaster in London unusually with two differing "Damaged By Sea Water" cachets (boxed + unboxed types); cover from Sydney with stamps washed off and straight line cachet (type c); registered cover from Brisbane franked 2½d + 3d, other stamps washed off, unframed "DAMAGED BY / WATER"; and cover from Sydney to Germany franked 3d + 6d, another stamp washed off, with French language label (Nierinck "r") applied in transit at Brindisi. (4).

Est. £200-240

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.
124 British Airways G-ADEB. - Norway. 1936 (Aug 10) Fire damaged cover form Norway to Scotland, the remains of two Norway stamps cancelled at Voss with a further datestamp below, enclosed within a London Returned Letter Section ambulance envelope bearing an Official Paid datestamp (Aug 21) with an explanatory letter, "The accompanying letter which has been forwarded by the German Post Office, was salvaged from the wreckage of a British Airways Airplane which carried mails from Scandinavia and which came down near Cologne on the morning of 12th August and was destroyed by fire". The letter is altered to read "accompanying 2 letters ...." and the ambulance envelope is numbered "22 & 23", whilst the damaged letter is numbered "21", suggesting the addressee J.G Gordon may have received three items from the crash, with at least 23 covers recovered. A very rare crash cover, just two covers recorded by Nierinck.

Est. £300-350

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125 imageBoadicea - Kenya. 1936 Cover from London to Mombasa, the stamp washed off, the front and reverse both with the red cachet "SERVICE POSTAL FRANCAIS / Correspondance retardee par suite / du naufrage d'un Avion / Reconstitue par la Service Francais / NE PAS TAXER" applied in Paris, reverse with a "Found Open and Officially Secured" label tied by Mombasa c.d.s (Nov 9). The front inscribed by the recipient H.P Webster "This envelope was sunk in 1936 in the English Channel when the Imperial Airways Liner Boadicea disappeared. It was later washed up on the French coast & was salvaged and delivered at Mombasa 10/11/36, HPW". The Boadicea disappeared over the Channel on September 25th; a mailbag was found a month later on the beach at Cucq, further bags being found at Dymchurch on November 10th, and trawled up in 1938. A fine cover from the first mailbag recovered. Photo on Page 20. (Image1)

Est. £200-250

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Closing..Oct-13, 11:59 PM EST.

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