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Worldwide Stamps & Postal History continued...

WORLDWIDE MILITARY POSTAL HISTORY continued...
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
201   imageINDIAN MUTINY - "MALWA FIELD FORCE" COVER FROM MHOW REFERRING TO JAMES HILL's V.C.; Fine 23 Aug. 1857 EL from an unidentified British Officer ("H.N.D.P."?) headed "Mhow, Malwa Field Force" and sent to John Hills (Jack Hills' brother; see previous two lots) in Poona, with India perf. ½a Blue tied by very fine "43" Mhow Diamond with v. fine red boxed "MHOW/Paid" d.s. (very slightly off the edge) on the front along with a fine red "POONA" arrival cds (27 Aug.). The contents refer to Jack Hills' good prospects of being awarded the V.C. for the action of 9 July (see previous lot); "Your brother Jimmy is now a very distinguished man, and if his conduct is properly reported, there is no doubt but that he will receive the Victoria Cross. I wish him every success... for he is a noble fellow...". Jack/Jimmy Hills did indeed receive the V.C. as per the 'London Gazette' notice of 16 Jan. 1858. The writer continues; "Here all is quiet, tho' a hostile Rajah is only 6 miles off and Indore 14 miles... We are strengthening the Fort [at Mhow] as much as possible - it is a miserable affair. The grass cutters of Dragoons and Artillery were thrashed by enemy's Sowars a day or two ago. Troops from England are the great desideratum...". Rare and most attractive Campaign cover from this little-known Field Force.Cross Reference: INDIA, MILITARY (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 200

SOLD for £2,600.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:07 AM EST.
202   imageABYSSINIA EXPEDITION - FIELD FORCE CAMPAIGN COVER + LETTERS EX JAMES HILLS V.C. & HIS BROTHER; Small 1868/9 archive of family letters to/from the Hills brothers (James who won the VC in 1857 - see Indian Mutiny lots above - and his soldier brother John/"Jack"). A long and important 11/14 Apr. 1868 letter from "Mortar Battery Picquet below Fallah & Magdala" written by James Hills V.C. in a stampless env. (edge wear) to his sister Mrs. Veronica Evans in Aberystwyth (no pmks. - probably sent under cover along with John Hill's 12 Apr. 1868 letter), headed "via Marseilles. No Stamps Available in Camp nr. Magdala - Abysn." and signed "J. Hills Major, Com[mandin]g. Mortar Battery". The letter describes the last few days of their Siege of Magdala Fort in Ethiopia (c.155 miles north of Addis Ababa) ending with its successful capture; "...I am well in the front - in fact today am in the advanced post... yesterday there was a very stiff little skirmish... Theodore [Emperor Tewodros II] commenced the Sally by firing 3 shots from his heavy pieces & then the whole hillside seemed alive with men all streaming down to the attack... a Mountain Train Battery & the two Rocket Batteries - these gave it to them in a fearful style... 3 times they came on but it was no go. They were swept down & their leader - Theodore's head man killed...Theodore this morning sent in [his prisoners] Mr. Flad, Lt. Prideaux & his son-in-law to make terms of peace. I believe the reply sent back was unconditional surrender & prisoners to be given up. About an hour ago Flad & Prideaux again passed this very Battery... saying that Theodore was in a towering rage, that they had expected every minute to be shot & that they were carrying a message... Here comes an order for me...to retire for today to Camp...Here come my elephants, so I must see they are laden & move away. 12th [April]...a dozen Prisoners came in.. they said Theodore was lying drunk & had tried to shoot himself...". There is much detail of the rigorous march into the area and descriptions of the state (and numbers) of Theodore's European prisoners (men, women & children). There is a second small sheet; "14th We stormed Magdala yesterday; entrance very difficult but no flanking defences & loopholes wrongly placed, so loss trifling on our side... Theodore was shot in the leg & then as the Europeans advanced put a pistol to his mouth & shot himself... a youth called Gobezaye is to be put on the throne & then we march back." A breathless but fascinating account of the climax of the Campaign. Plus a separate 12 Apr. 1868 letter from John Hills to Veronica from "Camp Senafe" (c.250 miles to the north of Magdala) complaining of not being with the James & the advance party of the Expedition at Magdala, but mentioning James Hills, the elephants and Theodore. Also an unused self-addressed envelope in James Hills' hand to the "Abyssinian Field Force", and four July/Dec. 1868 letters from John/James Hills to Veronica, plus a stamp-removed env. regd. ex Lucknow to Wales in James Hills' hand. Stunning eye-witness account of the denouement of this famous Ethiopian Campaign. (6 letters + 3 envs.) Cross Reference: MILITARY, ETHIOPIA, INDIA (Image) Starting at £ 260

SOLD for £6,500.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:09 AM EST.
203   image3rd BURMA WAR - C.-IN-C. SIGNED "FRED ROBERTS" MANDALAY/CAMP LETTERS REF. BHAMO DEFENCES; 24/25 Nov. 1886 pair of letters in one envelope (small tears etc.; flap lost) sent from Army H.Q. at "Mandalay" to "Colonel Hills"; one is a covering note from "E.O.[?] Baker" at "Army H.Q. Mandalay" advising that "Sir Frederick Roberts is not quite satisfied with regard to the state of the defences ar Bhamo, & he would be glad if you would arrange to proceed there at an early date...", the other is Roberts's "Private" letter on "C.-IN-C. IN INDIA" headed paper on the same theme; "I am not quite happy about Bhamo. It seems certain that the permanent garrison will be [he lists the regiments there] ...there ought I think to be a stockading around the barracks to prevent their being rushed and block houses... Bhamo is so important that I think you had better go there and take the business in hand...". Plus a similar 18 Oct. 1886 letter on C-in-C paper from Roberts un "Camp" to Hills about him "getting local rank" (promotion). (3 letters + 1 env.)Cross Reference: BURMA, INDIA, MILITARY, CHINA (Image) Starting at £ 100

SOLD for £1,300.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:11 AM EST.
204   imageBOER WAR - FAMILY CORRESPONDENCES INC. HAND-DRAWN PICTORIAL, "RESCUED FROM BOER...", ETC.; 1899-1902 covers (some with good contents) with 1899-1900 ingoing group (8; same corresp.) ex GB with 1d Lilacs incl. 4 May 1900 env. ex Cranbrook to 1st Scots Guards endorsed ion the front "Rescued from Boer Laage near Roodewal Stn., 13/6/00. J.S.M. Sgt.", and 25 Oct. 1900 ex Cranbrook to 13th Imperial Yeomanry with v. fine rare claret h.s. "RETURNED FROM/ADDRESSEE'S UNIT/UNDELIVERABLE"; also 11 covers to GB (mainly with 2-ring FPO cancels on 1d Lilacs) incl. 5 Sept. 1900 1d Pink env. with FPO 5 cds cancel and the oval stamp used as balloon from which a top-hatted man (Kruger?) is hanging by a string tied round his neck while he saws through the bench he stands on. (19 covers)Cross Reference: MILITARY - BOER WAR, RETURNED MAIL, PICTORIALS, HAND-DRAWN, PICTORIAL ENVELOPES - HAND-DRAWN (Image) Starting at £ 130

SOLD for £420.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:12 AM EST.
205   imageWWI - S. RUSSIA - 36-PAGE HAND-WRITTEN COPY REPORT ABOUT ANGLO-RUSSIAN COOPERATION; 14 Apr. 1917 lengthy hand-written copy of a 1 Feb. 1917 "Commander Locker Lampson's report (confidential) to Sir J[ames] Hills-Johnes V.C. etc.". In 1916/7 Locker Lampson was in command of the Anglo-Russian Armoured Car Expeditionary Force (also known as the Russian Armoured Car Division) but was still an M.P. (and a hugely influential politician); the Report describes his activities in Russia from Sept. 1916 to Jan. 1917, starting from Kars and then Tiflis (where he lunched with "Grand Duke Nicholas", the 1st cousin once removed of Tsar Nicholas II, and the D-on-C of the Russian forces in the Caucasus), discussing the idea of an excursion into Romania, the next move to Odessa, his 19 Oct. 1916 lunch with Tsar Nicholas himself, the move to Braila, a very detailed description of a 29 Nov. Battle with the Bulgarians there in which the armoured cars were only partly successful but prevented a rout of the Russians (who lost 9,000 men), the fall of Bucharest, the withdrawal from the Dobrudja, etc., etc., etc. Well worth transcribing and publishing in our view. Fascinating reading.Cross Reference: RUSSIA (Image) Starting at £ 100

SOLD for £320.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:13 AM EST.
206   imageWWII NAVAL MAIL GROUP; range mainly to or from GB inc. c1941 env. to Boston franked KGVI 1/- + pair 5d tied by "RECEIVED/FROM/H.M.SHIPS" UDC and with censor mark & tape at left, c1941 OHMS Official Paid env. to H.M.S York franked KGVI 2d + ½d pair with 'H.M.SHIPS' printed reg. label on front and s/l "RECEIVED FROM H.M.SHIPS" h.s. on front, Jan. 1941 unfranked env. to Manchester with censor mark and "RECEIVED FROM/H.M.SHIPS" cds on front, c1942 env. to Glasgow franked KGVI 10d + 1d (5) tied by bold rubber "RECEIVED/FROM/HM/SHIPS" UDC and with framed "PASSED/9625/NAVAL CENSOR" h.s. on front and other related examples. [Ex John Daynes] (70 items) Cross Reference: GREAT BRITAIN, MILITARY - WWII, MILITARY - CENSORED MAIL (Image) Starting at £ 100

SOLD for £110.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:14 AM EST.
207   imageWWII - FRENCH POWs IN GERMANY - DIRECTIONAL MAIL INDICATORS: Jun. 1940 to Jun. 1944 collection of mail from French POWs in German camps. Organised in order of camp number. Two earliest examples (23 & 24 Jun. 1940) are French Army cards, printed "F.M." types, handstamped "Kriegsgefangenpost" in red, simply addressed to Angers, France with no other directional indicator. Later cards bear variations of the handstamped "Besetztes Gebiet" (Occupied Zone) or "Unbesetztes Gebiet" (Unoccupied Zone). The handstamps occur in a wide variety of formats, fonts & colours. We note a scarce Oct. 1941 POW card from Stalag VI A to Dakar, Senegal. Very little POW mail to French African Colonies is to be found. Lot also includes an article on the subject from the journal 'Germania' by David Trapnell. (35 cards) Cross Reference: FRANCE, MILITARY - P.O.W. MAIL, FRENCH COLONIES (Image) Starting at £ 120

SOLD for £130.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:14 AM EST.
208   imageWWII - "PAIFORCE" - THE "PERSIA AND IRAQ FORCE", 1942-46: A well presented study of the military & civilian mails associated with the allied occupation of Iran & Iraq during and just after WWII. The collection is accompanied by David Trapnell's definitive book on the mails and censorship of the period (Published 2019) with many of the scarce covers illustrated being present in this lot. Includes examples of mail from Polish Forces based in Iran, incl. Dec. 1942 OAS cover to Polish Embassy, London (illustrated on front cover of Dr. Trapnell's book). Also, Jul. 1942 censored, printed Postal Stat. env. of "HQ Tenth Army" to GB, 1945 'Blue Triangle' Air Letter of Indian Army Field Force from Shaiba to GB having RAF censor mark and printed 1944 Xmas card from US Military Mission, Moscow (APO 193) addressed to Philadelphia but missent to US Military Mission, Tehran (APO 523). Scarce thus. Other scarce items incl. letter from Italian POW working with PAIFORCE (very unusual to find such POWs so far East of Palestine), Aug 1943 Air Mail to Texas from US APO 816 (Basra) - the only American APO in Iraq and scarce thus. Good range of civilian censored mail showing combined use of Anglo-Soviet and Anglo-Soviet-Persian censor marks, etc. A comprehensive collection of this little known force, the main purpose of which was to protect the Middle East oil fields from Axis forces and to maintain supplies for the Russian war effort by providing convoys north through Iran to the Caucasus. A fascinating study. (c. 36 cards/covers plus a book) Cross Reference: POLAND, IRAN/PERSIA, IRAQ, MILITARY - CENSORED MAIL (Image) Starting at £ 340

SOLD for £360.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:14 AM EST.
209   imageWWII RARE ENEMY ACTION CACHETS:1943 (May) part env. from HMS "Frisky" (R.N. tug based at Manchester) to Glasgow with on reverse a strike of the scarce "DAMAGED AS A RESULT/OF ENEMY ACT(ION")" h.s. 18 Oct 1940 env. (soiled) from Rossendale to London with on reverse a printed "The Postmaster/much regrets that/this packet has/been/damaged/delayed/in the post" with m/s "By Enemy Action" (2 items) (Image) Starting at £ 95

SOLD for £340.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:15 AM EST.
210   imageWWII DAMAGED MAIL INCLUDING "SIBLEY" FORGERIES:1943 (May) env. naval censor h.s. and on reverse an large "G Crown R./OFFICIALLY SEALED IN THE/RETURNED LETTER SECTION./LONDON POSTAL REGION" with violet "DAMAGED BY ENEMY ACTION" h.s. Also covers (2) with various forged damaged by enemy action h.s. forged by A H Sibley and certificates from Nottingham Constabulary stating that they were used as evidence against him. (3 items). (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Starting at £ 80

SOLD for £140.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:15 AM EST.
211   imageWWII - FRENCH POW MAIL "VIA GRANDE-BRETAGNE": Remarkable assembly of mail from French POWs in German camps dated between 27 Oct. 1944 and 25 Jan. 1945. The earlier of these have manuscript endorsements "c/o General Post Office/via Grande-Bretagne", others with the same instruction applied by 2 line handstamp, with slight variations in handstamps of different camps. Most unusually, a 25 Jan. 1945 letter ex Stalag IIIA with the handstamp entirely in English "c/o General Post Office/via GREAT BRITAIN" with capitalization and deletion of the directional option boxes as if to really emphasise the "via GREAT BRITAIN" endorsement. Lot includes an article ex 'Germania' by David Trapnell. An extraordinary group. (11 covers) Cross Reference: FRANCE, MILITARY - P.O.W. MAIL, MILITARY - WWII (Image) Starting at £ 120

SOLD for £130.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:15 AM EST.
212   imageWWII ITALIAN POWs IN GERMANY - DIRECTIONAL HANDSTAMPS ON MAIL: Collection of Italian POW mail from various Stalags in Germany, dated between Jan 1944 & Jan. 1945. To facilitate distribution to German occupied Northern Italy or 'Enemy-held' Southern Italy, the cards are endorsed Northern Italy or Southern Italy either in manuscript, by application of a hand stamp, or inclusion of a 'directional box' printed on the cards. Alternatively cards may be handstamped in red "FEINDBESETZTES GEBIET" (Enemy-held Territory) or "Deutschbesetztes Gebiet" (German-held Territory). Examples of all these types are included. Wide variation of fonts, size and colours between different camps. Lot includes an illuminating article on the subject from 'Fil-Italia' by David Trapnell. (19 cards plus a few photocopies) Cross Reference: ITALY, MILITARY - P.O.W. MAIL, MILITARY - WWII (Image) Starting at £ 110

SOLD for £130.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:16 AM EST.
AIRMAILS
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
213   image1950-90s AIRCRAFT FIRST FLIGHT ACCUMULATION OF COVERS - in two small & long cartons, duplicated range the great majority with US, French or German stamps, mostly commemorating the first flight of an aircraft type, inc. 1 Nov. 1970 env. Munich to NY commem. the first Boeing 747 flight, etc. (c800) Cross Reference: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FRANCE, GERMANY (Image) Starting at £ 100

SOLD for £110.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:16 AM EST.
214   imageMOSTLY 1970s ACCUMULATION OF COMMEM. COVERS - good World range mostly commem. first flights of various aircraft and/or routes. (c500) (Image) Starting at £ 65

SOLD for £130.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:17 AM EST.
215   image1917 THE FIRST AIRMAIL STAMP ON FLOWN CARDS:22 May 1917 Two official cards (one numbered 139 - reason unknown) carried on the 1st experimental flight from Turin to Rome, each bear a single example of the 1st air mail 25c stamp tied by a mute c.d.s. and "POSTA PEA/TORINO/A/ROMA/MAGGIO 1917" c.d.s. (2 cards) (Image) Starting at £ 65

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-02, 07:17 AM EST.
216   image1917 THE FIRST AIRMAIL STAMP USED ON FLOWN COVERS:20 May 1917 green official card carried on the experimental flight from Torino to Rome with an example of the 1st 25c airmail adhesive. Tied by mute c.d.s. and "POSTA AERE/TORINO/A/ROME/MAGGIO 1917" c.d.s. Also an env. with the same franking flown from Rome to Torino with "POSTA AEREA/ROMA-TORINO" c.d.s. A good pair. (2). (Image) Starting at £ 65

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-02, 07:17 AM EST.
217   image1917 THE FIRST AIRMAIL STAMP USED ON COVERS: 20 May 1917 PPC flown on the 1st experimental flight from Rome to Turin bearing the 1st airmail 25c stamp tied by "POSTA AERA/ROMA-TORINO" c.d.s. PPC are rare from this flight. Also an env with the same adhesive carried on the same flight, plus a used example of the stamp with similar c.d.s. Also a copy of "World's/FIRST/AIR STAMP" by L.H. Harris. (4 items) (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 65

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-02, 07:18 AM EST.
218   image1927-70 AIRMAIL POSTAL RATES COLLECTION - in boxed Lighthouse binder. We note 23 Nov. 1928 postcard to Germany bearing KGV 3d violet & ½d green with 'London Stamp Exhibition' c.d.s.'s and Berlin Airport cachet plus 24 May 1929 postcard to Zurich franked PUC 2½d blue with special Congress c.d.s. Lot also inc. 1931 env. to Monte Carlo with 4d grey-green tied by MIDDLESBOROUGH cds, 1931 FFC to Mwanza, Tanganyika with J17 control strip of three 1d red, 1935 env. to Jerusalem with 3d violet tied by London cds, 1942 censored env. to Buenos Aires with 1/- bistre & 2/6 brown arms issue, 1951 env. to Morocco with 6d purple, 1961 PC to Bahrain with 5d brown Wilding, etc. A very fine lot. (57) Cross Reference: AIRMAILS (Image) Starting at £ 160

SOLD for £160.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:18 AM EST.
AUTOGRAPHS
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
219   imageA RARE STANLEY GIBBONS/CHARLES PHILLIPS SIGNED DEBENTURE: 29 Aug. 1890 Stanley Gibbons large printed debenture for 50 x £500 debentures at 6% per annum to be payable on 1st Jan. or earlier. The document is signed by Stanley Gibbons and Charles Phillips, with an embossed 12/6d revenue stamp. The debenture was redeemed on 22 July 1898 and signed by Stanley Gibbons across a 1d lilac. An interesting item. Note: it is interesting that Stanley Gibbons sold his company to Charles Phillips for £25,000 in 1890. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Starting at £ 80

SOLD for £600.00
Closing..Jun-02, 07:19 AM EST.
EPHEMERA, MANUSCRIPTS, ETC.
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
220   imageTHREE MATCHING FRAMED 'PRINTS': Three frames, each c.540mm x c.440mm made from 'cut-out' images of early GB stamps and covers from various catalogues. Ideal to cover up those holes in the wall! NB. GLASS FRONTED FRAMES - SO BUYER MUST COLLECT, WE WILL NOT POST! (Image) Starting at £ 18

CLOSED
Closing..Jun-02, 07:19 AM EST.

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