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WORLDWIDE MARITIME POSTAL HISTORY
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
142   imageWRECK OF THE S.S. EMEU - MATCHED PAIR OF "VIA MARSEILLES" COVERS TO G.B. (ONE MISSENT VIA SOUTHAMPTON); Remarkable 15 Sept. 1857 pair of ELs from Melbourne (Victoria) to the same London address and each endorsed "P. Emeu via Marseilles" - franked by 1854 1/- Blue octagon or 1854 3d Blue + 6d Orange (clear margins in places) all tied by "1" Numerals. The Emeu ran aground on 22 Oct. on a reef near Duberdabb in Sudan; these letters were then taken across the Red Sea in a small local vessel to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), and on in another small boat northwards where it fell in with the S.S. Madras by which the mails were taken on to Suez. Only a small proportion of the mails were prepaid at the Via Marseilles rates (9d and 1/-; under ¼oz, or ¼oz up to ½oz) but this 9d-rate letter was accidentally routed via Southampton and so arrived in London 7 days later (each with fine cds on the front; 30 Nov. & 7 Dec.) than this 1/- rate letter. Rare matched pair of Exhibition Quality covers from this fascinating incident, the mails from which unexpectedly (!) transited both Sudan and Saudi Arabia. With copious research notes. [Both ex Capt. Ward.] (2 covers) Cross Reference: VICTORIA, CRASH/WRECK MAIL, SAUDI ARABIA, SUDAN (Image)

Starting at £ 340

SOLD for £750.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
143   imageWRECK OF THE S.S. COLOMBO COVER EX VICTORIA TO G.B. RECOVERED FROM INDIA's LACCADIVE ISLANDS; 25 Oct. 1863 env. (stamp washed off, one small side-flap lost, and light staining/wear consistent with having been in the sea) from "CASTLEMAINE" (Victoria part duplex) to "Arbroath, Scotland" having a v. fine red "LONDON E.C" transit cds (23 Jan. 1863) on the front and a superb strike of the boxed "Saved from the wreck of/the Colombo" mark (type 1; late usage) on the reverse. Exhibition Item. Plus 1857-78 group of slender unrelated printed GB Govt. reports (6) on West Indies or Dover/calais mail services etc. (1 cover + 6 reports) Cross Reference: VICTORIA, CRASH/WRECK MAIL, INDIA (Image)

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Starting at £ 220

SOLD for £260.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
144   imageALLAN LINE ADVERTISING ENV.: Havana advertising env. for the Allan Ship Lines sent to New York endorsed "Pr Steam Ship Knickerbocker"with a pair of Cuba 5c SG...... tied to env. with large purple oval "CORREOS/FEB 11 1882/HABANA" adjacent & 'dumbbell' shaped "NEW YORK/FEB/15/PAID/FULL" cds on reverse. Front of env. decorated with large "[Leve &]Alden/TOURS OFFICE/207/BROADWAY" and illustrated panel on rear depicting sailing & steam ships with the wording "LEVE & ALDEN'S AMERICAN TOURS/Including all Summer and Winter Resorts/and Points of Interest in America./GENERAL PASSENGER AGENTS/ALLAN LINE/TO AND FROM EUROPE". An exceptional item. Cross Reference: CUBA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (Image)

Starting at £ 110

CLOSED
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
145   imageALLAN LINE ADVERTISING ENV.: An env. posted to Bordeaux franked with a QV 2½d tied with a fine Glasgow "159" duplex and a Bordeaux receiving cds on reverse with a very fine vignette of "JAMES & ALEXANDER ALLAN/[ship]/70 GREAT CLYDE ST, GLASGOW" on the flap. Damage to rear lower left corner which does not detract. Cross Reference: GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE (Image)

Starting at £ 65

CLOSED
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
146   imageWWI WRECK MAIL - TO GB: A trio of covers inc. 1915 PPC ex Japan with a fine "RECEIVED AT LIVERPOOL/DAMAGED BY SEA WATER" cachet applied as a result of an unknown disaster; 1916 front ex Togo endorsed "Per SS Appram" with fine blue boxed "File No./Recd. 19 FEB 1916/Ack." cachet after the ship was captured by the Germans off Madeira; 1917 large piece of front ex USA with "DAMAGED BY SEA WATER" cachet after the sinking of the SS Norwegian. Cross Reference: JAPAN, TOGO - ANGLO-FRENCH OCCUPATION, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CRASH/WRECK MAIL (Image)

Starting at £ 100

SOLD for £110.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
147   imageWWI WRECK MAIL: 1915 env. ex USA to Holland with fine blue s/l "Beschhadigd door brand a.b SS. ROTTERDAM" cachet after sabotage on board ship; also 1905 PPC ex France to Egypt with the v.fine blue "SAUVE DU NAUFRAGE DU CAIRO/SAVED FROM THE WRECK OF SS CAIRO" cachet, and a real photo PPC of HMS Dreadnought. Cross Reference: FRANCE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, EGYPT, CRASH/WRECK MAIL (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 80

SOLD for £90.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
148   imageWWI WRECK MAIL - EX-GB: A trio of covers inc. 1916 env. (badly burned around edges) to Sweden carried on the SS Newton with fine boxed purple "Skadad vid eids-/vada ombord a angaren/'Newton' i Sunderland/den 14 februari 1916." on front & back; 1917 env. ex-Paisley to India with missing stamps & fine double oval blue "ACCIDENT AT SEA/MONGOLIA/23 6 17" cachet; and 1917 env. (foxed) with fine blue boxed "DAMAGED BY IMMERSION/IN WATER" cachet on front from an unidentified disaster. Cross Reference: INDIA, SWEDEN, DURHAM, CRASH/WRECK MAIL (Image)

Starting at £ 130

SOLD for £150.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
149   imageWWI MAIL MIXTURE; Range with Feb. 1916 envs. to or from Captain Bishop; to Brighton ex Port Said and franked Egypt 5m + 2m June or to Port Said ex Brighton and franked GB KGV 1d endorsed 'killed in action' and Apr./May 1916 India and GB OHMS or Telegram env. probably notifying of the death, 1916 GB KGV ½d PC to London (apparently uncancelled to retain security; from Marine Hubert Love) with hand-coloured illustration on rear endorsed 'HMS EDINBURGH CASTLE' (at Falkland Is., July 1916 real-photo PPC (depicting troops at Crowborough) to Kent franked KGV ½d tied by "CROWBOROUGH CAMP" cds, Sep. 1917 env. to the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force franked India KGV ½a pair tied by Simla cds and other related examples. (17 items) Cross Reference: MILITARY - GB FORCES OVERSEAS, FALKLAND ISLANDS, MILITARY - WWI, PICTORIALS, HAND-DRAWN (Image)

Starting at £ 65

SOLD for £190.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
150   imageGB RMS CARONIA; Extensive range on annotated leaves in binders (5) in carton inc. real-photo PC's of the interior, Jan. 1949 maiden voyage cover franked GB 3d tied by a NY machine cancel, ship letterhead/notepaper used on the maiden voyage, 4 Feb. 1949 airmail PPC (written on board) to England franked Bermuda KGVI 2½d, June 1949 env. to England franked GB KGVI 1d (2) + ½d tied by NY Paquebot machine cancel and "S.S "CARONIA"" h.s. on front, 1950 cruise fold out brochure & itinerary Feb. 1950 env. to Cape Town franked S.Africa 3d with framed "TRISTAN DA CUNHA.SETTLEMENT OF/EDINBURGH/SOUTH ATLANTIC" h.s. on front, contemporary photos, single-day visitor ticket, menus, advertising, on-board theatre productions & entertainment programmes, disembarkation cards, cocktail party invitations etc. (500+ covers & cards) Cross Reference: SHIPS/SHIPPING, PAQUEBOTS, GREAT BRITAIN, TRANSATLANTIC MAIL (Image)

Starting at £ 130

CLOSED
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
151   imageSOUTH AMERICA GROUP; 19th/20th Century range with 1883 Colombia 2c PC to Danish West Indies with "Moselle" ship name h.s. on front and St Thomas arrival cds on rear, 1886 env. to Berlin franked Colombia 10c tied by Barranquilla cds with Calais transit cds on front, 1897 Argentine 6c PC to Paris with "PAQ. FR. No.5" French Packet d.s. on front, 1899 Uruguay 3c lettercard to Hamburg uprated 7c and endorsed 'Vapeur La Plata' at top, 1900 env. to England franked imperf 10c blue tied by Cartagena cds with "PARA" ship name h.s. on front, 1911 env. 'por Vapor Aragon' to England ex Montevideo franked Uruguay 5c, 2c & 1c and a few others. (20 covers/cards) Cross Reference: SHIPS/SHIPPING, POSTAL STATIONERY, COLOMBIA, FRANCE (Image)

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Starting at £ 65

SOLD for £160.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
WORLDWIDE MILITARY POSTAL HISTORY
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
152   imageWAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION (1741-48) - CAMPAIGN LETTER FROM AN INFANTRY CAPTAIN; Fine 6 July 1745 EL to Paris from a French Officer "At Camp near Mainz" (not far from Frankfurt) with a fine rare "ARM: DU RHIN" mark on the front, rated '12' sols (the special military concessionary single rate from forces "beyond the Rhine" to Paris) and with relevant contents (fully typed transcription and translation included) incl. "...we were all on the move until yesterday. We arrived near Mainz and not far from enemies, because their Hussars [cavalry] harass us from all sides... We are about to leave to ward off another helping [!]...". Rare campaign letter from this area.Cross Reference: FRANCE, GERMAN STATES, MILITARY (Image)

Starting at £ 160

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153   imageCAPTN. [SIKUNDER] BURNES - WHO WAS 1st KABUL CASUALTY IN 1st AFGHAN WAR - COVER TO JOSEPH HUME; 25 June 1834 E (partial Arabic red wax seal) sent locally in London to the famous politician and Postal Reformer "Joseph Hume Esqr., M.P., 6 Bryanston Square" with fine London h.s. "2" charge-mark and mainly v. fine boxed "T.P/Regent St N.O". There is no contents but Hume, in his distinctive writing, noted on the front that the letter was from "Captn. Burnes, the traveller", and a comparison on the handwriting of the address matches a known Burnes letter (copy and other research notes included). Burnes was in London from 12 Mar. to 16 July 1834 as part of his GB tour to organise the publication of his "Travels into Bokhara..." record of his pioneering travels around Afghanistan and Persia. Burnes returned to Afghanistan in 1835 and was the first casualty in Kabul when he was murdered on 2 Nov. 1841. Burnes covers are understandably very rare.Cross Reference: INDIA, AFGHANISTAN (Image)

Starting at £ 100

SOLD for £110.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
154   image1st AFGHAN WAR - CAMPAIGN LETTER REF. CABUL/CANDAHAR/ETC. SENT TO G.B. WITH OFFICIAL DISPATCHES; 3-10 Nov. 1839 travelogue letter sent to England by the addressee’s cavalry officer husband, Captain R.N. Gillespie of the 4th Dragoons while he was with the returning Afghanistan Invasion ‘Army of the Indus’ at “Quetta” (part of Afghanistan at the time) after their successful invasion and capture of Cabul. The writer - very well connected to the ‘top brass’ of the Army - managed to get this letter sent back to England with the official dispatches. So it has no postal markings but was endorsed as received in London on “13 Feby. 1840”, which ties in with the arrival date of the official dispatches (extracts of which were published in the London press on that day). It went by military means to Bombay, reached Suez on 19 Jan. and Marseilles on 7 Feb, reaching London on 12 Feb. via Calais. Gillespie writes; “We have had a most awful march of it... To prevent our retracing our steps over the same road by which we reached Candahar on our way to Cabul... [we crossed] a range of mountains... inhabited by savage tribes with whom no conversation could be formed... availing themselves of every opportunity to plunder and murder our followers... many died in a state of the most wretched helplessness. Since the 27th September we have had the thermometer as low as 18 and 20 [below freezing]... Sir John Keane left the capital [Cabul] on the 13th... he rejoins us at Bukhur where we shall probably have to await the result of an Expedition against Kelat (90 miles from this)... We leave this tomorrow... [to make] our way through the pass of Bolan where no food for man nor beast is to be found for 7 days.... [4 Nov.] I have received an invitation from Lord Elphinstone to reside at Government House when I arrive at Madras...". [With fully typed transcript & research notes.] Very few letters from this first phase of the 1st Afghan War are still in private hands. Cross Reference: INDIA, AFGHANISTAN, MILITARY (Image)

Starting at £ 200

SOLD for £3,600.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
155   image1st OPIUM WAR - CAMPAIGN COVER SENT SHIP-TO-SHIP OFF CANTON - REF. PREPARATIONS TO ATTACK THE CITY; 4 Dec. 1857 letter (+ env.; fully typed transcript included) sent ship-to-ship by British Naval Messenger just 8 days before the British commander sent an ultimatum to the Chinese to hand over control of Canton. It concerns preparations for an expected attack on the city and was sent by “Wm. Thornton Bate”, the commander of the British survey-ship “[H.M.S.] Actaeon off Macao Fort” [less than 3 miles down-river from Canton City and so 70 miles from Macao]. It was sent to “Captain… Arthur Cochrane… H.M.S. Niger” which was anchored nearby as part of the blockade of the Canton River and gives an update on the recent secret survey of the river’s depths; “We moved up here the other night, taking advantage of a high spring tide for the purpose. I do not like to sound above the Macao Fort for fear of awakening suspicion. As far as we can discover I feel pretty certain the passage is not blocked up… The ships occupying Whampoa will, I hope, throw them on another scent. One thing we are sure of, and that is carrying 9 feet to Canton, no restriction being visible at dead low water, and if the worst comes to the worst, our Gun Boats can fit with that... I quite expect the rascals will send a fire raft or an infernal machine down on us the first dark night we are exposed on either tide to their villainy.” Captain Bate was sadly killed a few weeks after he wrote this letter, during the storming of the city walls on 29 Dec. 1857. [With detailed research notes ref. writer, recipient, etc.] Rare Campaign letter concerning the imminent British attack on Canton. [Ex Eddie Lawrence.]Cross Reference: CHINA, HONG KONG, MILITARY, NAVAL MAIL (Image)

Starting at £ 200

SOLD for £220.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
156   imageTAHITI - FRENCH NAVAL CONCESSION RATE COVER TO FRANCE (+CIVILIAN U.P.U. REGISTERED RATE COVER); Fine 11 July 1870 unpaid stampless env. from Papeete to France with by a sailor serving on the French frigate S.S. ‘Astrée’ and so was charged at the reduced Naval Concession rate of “11 [decimes = 1f 10c]” . It has the 3rd-type “TAHITI (OCEANIE)/* PAPEETI *” c.d.s. on the front and it was endorsed “Frégate L’Astrée, Vu L’off[ici]er en Second, Delhaye” on the flap. It was carried by ship (probably the ‘A. A. Drebert’, Capt. Booth) from Tahiti to San Francisco (23 Aug.) and then overland across the U.S.A. to New York & on to Liverpool & Calais. Plus attractive 11 June 1887 env. registered from "PAPEETE/TAITI" (v fine cds cancels) to Bordeaux with very scarce Dubois 75c Red pair (rounded corner at top left of LH stamp) for the 5-times UPU 25c rate + 25c reg. fee. Good pair. (2 covers) [Both ex Eastgate.]Cross Reference: MILITARY, FRENCH COLONIES, REGISTERED MAIL (Image) (Image2)

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Starting at £ 100

SOLD for £140.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
157   imageG.B. WWI COVERS RETURNED BY THE CENSOR WITH EXPLANATORY LABELS/SLIPS/CACHETS: Small collection of scarce 1915 covers returned by the censor with various notices/labels. Inc. env. opened out to show "OPENED BY CENSOR/RETURN TO SENDER" label and Belgian patriotic label on back with accompanying "Enclosure £1 note mentioned missing/when opened by Censor" slip; env. ex Portugal with missing stamp & accompanying "POSTAL CENSORSHIP/The British Censorship is not responsible for the/absence of Stamp from the cover of this postal packet" slip; env. ex Italy with "CONDEMNED" cachet on back crossed out and "RELEASED" cachet applied beneath with accompanying "BRITISH POSTAL CENSORSHIP/Philatelic Export and Import Control/This cover [words crossed out] being of philatelic interest was detained under war-/time regulations and is now released to you." slip & original letter; PPC to Colombia with boxed "Picture Post cards addressed to/Neutral countries are returned/by the Censor" cachet plus a slip explaining this regulation; and an env. ex Colombia to Germany with "Return to Sender" label and large "UNDELIVERABLE/(ENEMY COUNTRY)/RETURN TO SENDER" cachet. All in fine condition. (5 envs./PPC, 4 slips) (14 items) Cross Reference: MILITARY - CENSORED MAIL (Image)

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Starting at £ 130

SOLD for £220.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
158   imageG.B. WWII "RETURNED BY THE CENSOR" COVERS WITH EXPLANATORY LABELS/SLIPS: Small mounted collection of scarce 1939-45 covers with varied returned by the censor notices/labels, inc. 1939 env. to the British Legation in Oslo returned with a red PC81 slip informing the sender that the letter should have been accompanied by a Banker's form (indicating it contained cash) and a PC82 slip detailing stationery items that cannot be sent by post; 1942 env. with a PC178 slip regarding Philatelic export; 1941 env. with a PC101 slip regarding sending postage stamps abroad; 1944 env. with a pink PC80 slip regarding "Pictorial cards/newspaper cuttings"; 1940 reused env. with a PC102 slip detailing that using gummed address labels on envs. to foreign destinations is prohibited, and a 1945 env. with a PC110 slip regarding the same issue; 1940 env. with a PC3 slip detailing that "The communication returned in this cover constitutes a Breach of the Defense Regulations."; 1942 env. with slip I/S returned "...as the address indicates the possible position of the ship in the near future."; plus others of a similar nature. A fascinating collection of seldom seen items. (14 envs., 15 slips) Cross Reference: MILITARY - CENSORED MAIL (Image)

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Starting at £ 260

SOLD for £280.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
THE STEPHEN DOWD COLLECTION - SINO-JAPANESE WAR
Lot Catalog No. Descrip Opening
159   imageMILITARY MAIL GROUP; Range with May 1895 env. to Tokyo franked 2s tied by Nagaro, Akamagaseki cds and from Wang-chia-tun (in Manchuria) where there was no FPO, May 1895 to the Field Artillery in Wei-hai-wei ex Tokyo also franked 2s and tied by Rikuchu, Mizusawa cds and with a 5th FPO (Shih-ho-tsang,Manchuria) transit cds and a May 1896 reduced env. to Kawahashi franked 2s (defective) tied by No.2 Formosa (Taiwan) FPO cds plus an unused pictorial printed env. depicting The Great Japanese Naval Victory off Dagushan. (4 items) Cross Reference: JAPAN, CHINA, MILITARY (Image)

Starting at £ 130

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Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
160   imageFOLD-OUT PICTURE MAILER TO ENGLAND; 6 Nov. 1937 fold-out booklet 20 War Pictures of Shanghai/Sino-Japanese War 1937 addressed to London and franked 5c Sun Yat Sen (small fault) tied by a Shanghai cds. Scarce. Sold in a July 2019 Hong Kong auction for $HK5060 Cross Reference: JAPAN, PRINTED MATTER BY POST, CHINA, INCOMING OVERSEAS MAIL (Image)

Starting at £ 200

SOLD for £220.00
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM
161   imageJAPANESE FORCES IN SHANGHAI; Pair with New Year military PC with framed orange-red censor mark on front and circular pictorial cachet on front commemorating the Fall of Nanking on 12.12.1937 and Dec. 1937 unfranked censored military 'star' PC to Miyago Prefecture with an unframed mark to indicate Mail charged to Water Supply Car of Kodai (Shanghai Kanebo) apparently a large civilian company assisting the troops in providing a water supply. (2 cards) Cross Reference: JAPAN, CHINA, MILITARY, MILITARY - CENSORED MAIL (Image)

Starting at £ 100

CLOSED
Closing..Dec-13, 03:00 AM

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