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Postal History, Foreign continued...

The L.V. Pont Collection of Early Air Mail Postal History continued...
LotNo. Symbol Cat No. Lot Description
1562 CVR India imageAPR.19.1929 Karachi to Basle Switzerland Flight, franked with a 1a and 8a KGV definitives, with red and blue cachet and double circle "BY AIR", with Zweisimmen receiver dated APR.30. Signed on back by Stephen Smith, very fine. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 100

SOLD for C$160.00
Will close during Public Auction
1563 CVR India imageJUN.14.1929 Souvenir Cover for the Tenth Anniversary of the First Successful Trans-Atlantic Flight from Newfoundland to Ireland by Capts. J. Alcock and Whitten Brown. A group of five covers, specially prepared for this event at the Dum Dum Airport, with a colourful cachet and event handstamp. Two covers are addressed to Mr. Pont, one to Stephen Smith and two to Miss. Lamborne, all in Calcutta. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails.

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Est $ 100

SOLD for C$160.00
Will close during Public Auction
1564 CVR India imageNOV.4.1929 First Day of Issue of Air Mail Stamps Flown Registered Cover, mailed from Park Street Calcutta to Leon Pont in London England, "by Imperial Airways / India - Great Britain". The cover is franked with all 5 stamps issued on that day (the 2a was issued later), and has four different air mail labels plus a boxed "FIRST DAY / OF ISSUE OF / AIR MAIL STAMPS", with Park Street registration label on back, plus an oval registration receiver dated NOV.30. The cover is signed on back by G. Grant (the designer of the stamps) and Stephen H. Smith. Small tear at top, into the 4a stamp, still very fine and rare. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 2,000

SOLD for C$3,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1565 CVR India imageNOV.4.1929 First Day of Issue of Air Mail Stamps First Flight Registered Covers, with four covers, each franked with a sheet margin block of four of the 3a, 6a, 8a and 12a first Air Mail stamps, with signature of their designer G. Grant (and date) on the selvedges. These covers were mailed registered to Leon Pont in London, England, "By Imperial Airways / India - Great Britain", with Stephen H. Smith signature on backs, alongside NOV.20 oval registration receivers. Rare and very fine. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (Scan 3) (Scan 4) (All Scans)

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Est $ 2,000

SOLD for C$6,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1566 CVR India imageDEC.20.1929 First Day of Issue of Inland 2a Air Mail Stamp on Cover, franked with a sheet margin block of four, signed and dated in selvedge by G. Grant, the stamp's designer. There is a double-boxed "DATE OF ISSUE / INLAND / AIR MAIL STAMP" on front, addressed to Stephen H. Smith in Calcutta, with his signature on back, alongside a same day receiver. Light stains, still scarce and very fine. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 300

SOLD for C$950.00
Will close during Public Auction
1567 CVR India imageMAR.9.1930 "Maryland Free State" First Flight from Calcutta to Alameda California, piloted by Geysendorffer and Scholte, franked with 1a KGV definitive and a USA 2c cancelled at Alameda on MAY.12. Handstamped "AIR LINER / MARYLAND FREE STATE" and signed by pilot Scholte. Back has Stephen Smith signature. The American stamp fell off due to humid storage and has been replaced with a hinge, still rare, with only 26 covers flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails.

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Est $ 400

SOLD for C$1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1568 CVR India imageFEB.5.1931 French Flight Marseille to Saigon, franked with two 1a KGV definitives plus a ½a pictorial definitives, each tied by c.d.s. dated FEB.5, FEB.7 and FEB.10, with purple cachet depicting a lion and a horse "CALCUTTA to JODHPUR / 6th February, 1931" plus naming the aeroplane and pilot. Back has a blue-green "Cie AIR - ORIENT / Premier vol de Saigon à Marseille" cachet and two Calcutta c.d.s. dated FEB5 and FEB.10. Very fine, with only 35 items flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 300

SOLD for C$400.00
Will close during Public Auction
1569 CVR India imageFEB.6.1931 Delhi to Croydon First Flight Cover with Stamp Variety, lovely cacheted envelope is franked with a sheet margin vertical pair of the 8a Air Mail stamps, with top stamp showing the "Missing tree-top" (S.G. #224a £250 used), also indicated in light pencil on cover as "Foliage missing". The selvedge is signed by the stamp's designer G. Grant (plus another signature), with another G. Grant signature on back alongside signature of Stephen H. Smith. A scarce variety, especially on cover, very fine. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 100

SOLD for C$2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1570 CVR India imageMAR.7.1931 Delhi to Mwanza Africa Flight, mailed registered from Calcutta franked with a 3r Air, 8a Air and a 2a KGV pictorial to Stephen Smith in Mwanza, with return address prominent on front. Boxed bilingual unclaimed and undelivered for reasons stated. Back shows 9 postmarks, including DLO from Bombay and Calcutta, c.d.s. from Mwanza, Calcutta and others. Adherence on front (could be carefully removed), else very fine and probably scarce. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 300

SOLD for C$230.00
Will close during Public Auction
1571 CVR India imageMAR.28.1931 American Flight Calcutta to Akyab Cover, franked with a 1a KGV definitive and a 1a pictorial definitive, addressed to Mr. Pont in Calcutta. There is a real photograph on front depicting the two pilots and their aeroplane, alongside both of their signatures. There are also two handstamps, one describing the flight and another reading "held up till 1st April / Owing to unforeseen circumstances". Back has a APR.5 Calcutta receiver. Very fine, with only 35 items flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails.

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Est $ 300

SOLD for C$350.00
Will close during Public Auction
1572 CVR India imageAPR.3.1931 Calcutta to Port Darwin Australia Flight Cover, franked with a pair of ½a and a single 1a KGV pictorial definitives, plus an Australian 2d stamp tied by Darwin c.d.s. dated APR.24. The cover has a purple cachet depicting a lion and "BRITISH FLIGHT / ENGLAND - AUSTRALIA" plus the pilot names. Also a violet "DETAINED TILL 5th APRIL / ENGINE OVERHAULED" handstamp on front. Back shows two Park Street Calcutta c.d.s. dated APR.3 and MAY.25 alongside Stephen Smith signature. Very fine, with only 43 items flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 300

SOLD for C$1,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1573 CVR India imageMAY.1.1931 Akyab to Calcutta First Flight with Stamp Variety, lovely cacheted envelope is franked with a 1a KGV definitive, plus a 3a Air Mail stamp, the latter with with 1 instead of second I" variety (S.G. #221b £325 for used). Front and back ALSO have a purple handstamp reading "VIA IMPERIAL AIRWAYS, / 1ST EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT / AUSTRALIA TO ENGLAND". Cover is addressed to Stephen H. Smith (and signed by him on back), alongside a MAY.4 Calcutta receiver. A scarce variety, especially on cover, very fine. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 100

SOLD for C$1,250.00
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1574 CVR India imageAUG.10.1931 Croydon to Shanghai Flight by the American aviators Charles and Gladys Day, with two covers, both franked with a 1a KGV and ½a pictorial definitives and both addressed to Stephen Smith in Calcutta, both also have a handstamped date "3 SEP 1931", the day the couple actually left Calcutta. The first cover was flown from Calcutta to Rangoon bearing a photographic vignette of Mrs Day tied by the "American Flyers" 3-line cachet. Second cover is similar but with a different cachet in the shape of India. Both have a second strike of the purple cachet on back. Both very fine and scarce, with apparently only 14 covers flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 500

SOLD for C$525.00
Will close during Public Auction
1575 CVR India imageJAN.13.1932 Haliburton-Stephens Flight Cover Over the Himalayas, carried by "The Flying Carpet", with two yellow and red descriptive labels plus a handstamp on front and back reading "American Fliers / In Stearland Biplane". The front shows a signature from the pilot and back is signed by Stephen Smith, very fine. 50 covers were flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 200

SOLD for C$425.00
Will close during Public Auction
1576 CVR India imageFEB.20.1932 Viceroy's Cup Aeroplane Race, a group of 6 covers flown in this race, from Delhi to Agra to Jhansi to Lucknow, back to Delhi. Each cover bears two blue and red labels prepared for the flight, one reading "TIME IS MONEY / USE THE AIR MAIL / TO ENSURE IT", tied by a two-line handstamp "FLOWN / FEB.20.1932". All are addressed to Stephen Smith in Calcutta and are franked with five copies of the 3r KGV definitive. 5 covers have two pilot signatures and one is signed by all 5 pilots (rare). Unfortunately 5 of the 6 were damaged by water and the labels are starting to come off, as well as warping and staining and the one that was not damaged has remnants of a melted elastic on its back. Still a useful group, with 90 items flown only. All scanned online. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (Scan 3) (Scan 4) (Scan 5) (Scan 6) (All Scans)

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Est $ 200

SOLD for C$240.00
Will close during Public Auction
1577 CVR India imageMAR.28.1932 American Flight Calcutta to Rangoon Cover, with purple airplane-shaped cachet explaining the route and pilots, plus a two-line handstamp reading "Held up till 1st April / Owing to unforeseen circumstances", addressed to Mr. Pont in Calcutta, with signatures of John E. Pratt and Ross Hadley on front (pilots). Back has two Calcutta c.d.s. dated MAR.28 and APR.8 plus a second impression of the two handstamps on front. Very fine, with only 45 items flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 300

SOLD for C$200.00
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1578 CVR India imageAPR.14.1932 Bertram "Atlantis" Attempted Round-the-World Flight cover flown Ichapur to Rangoon franked with 1a3p in postage and canceled Rangoon. Backstamped Calcutta, Apr 27, with violet "Atlantis"/ Ichapur" cachet tying a red label, plus a black "Bertram - Atlantis Expedition" cachet. Addressed to Mr. Pont, care of Stephen Smith (signed by him on back). This flight crashed in the Indian Ocean and everyone was rescued. Corner creases, still overall fine. AAMC TO 1162. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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AAMC $ 650

SOLD for C$375.00
Will close during Public Auction
1579 CVR India imageAPR.14.1932 Bertram Atlantis Round the World Flight Cover, Rangoon to Calcutta, with fancy handstamp cachet "Bertram Atlantis Expedition" in dark blue, plus a special label, tied by a smaller purple cachet to cover addressed to Leon Pont in Calcutta, with APR.27 receiver on back, alongside Stephen Smith signature. Very fine, with only 75 covers flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 400

SOLD for C$350.00
Will close during Public Auction
1580 CVR India imageOCT.18.1932 Madras to Karachi First Flight Set Without Union Jack Flag, includes all 20 of the flight legs, to and from Ahmedabad, Karachi, Bombay, Bellary and Madras. These colourful covers were designed by Stephen Smith "by Sanction of Messrs. Tata Sons Ltd" with inscription on back reading "A Souvenir of a Great Indian Enterprise" and signed by Stephen Smith. The cover design was originally submitted with a Union Jack, which proved to be less than popular, so most of the stock was destroyed. Those that remained were meant for foreign collectors, and those without the flag for Indian collectors. All of these are addressed to Mr. Pont, care of several people in several cities. Some have staining (mostly on back), still overall fine and a rare offering. Scan only shows one of the 20 covers offered here. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails.

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Est $ 200

SOLD for C$2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1581 CVR India imageOCT.18.1932 Madras to Karachi First Flight Set With Union Jack Flag, includes all 20 of the flight legs, to and from Ahmedabad, Karachi, Bombay, Bellary and Madras. These colourful covers were designed by Stephen Smith "by Sanction of Messrs. Tata Sons Ltd" with inscription on back reading "A Souvenir of a Great Indian Enterprise" and signed by Stephen Smith. The cover design was originally submitted with a Union Jack, which proved to be less than popular, so most of the stock was destroyed. Those that remained were meant for foreign collectors, and those without the flag for Indian collectors. All of these are addressed to Mr. Pont, care of several people in several cities. Some have staining (mostly on back) and one has tears on back, still a rare offering. Scan only shows one of the 20 covers offered here. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails.

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Est $ 200

SOLD for C$2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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