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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
1582 CVR India imageOCT.18.1932 Madras to Karachi First Flight Sets, With and Without Union Jack Flag, includes two each of 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 40 covers offered here. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 400

SOLD for C$5,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1583 CVR India imageNOV.5.1932 First Non Stop Flight Calcutta to Bombay on the "Spirit of Fun", with special label explaining flight, pilots, etc and purple handstamp reading "1,000 MILES NON STOP FLIGHT / Calcutta Nov.5 8am, Bombay NOV.5 3pm" franked with nine 3pie KGV definitives and addressed to Stephen Smith in Calcutta, with his signature on back, alongside signature of pilot James B. Dickson and NOV.8 receiver. Light creases, still quite rare with only 15 items carried. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 300

SOLD for C$325.00
Will close during Public Auction
1584 CVR India imageNOV.17.1932 French Canadian World Flight, Calcutta to Akyab, with Akyab c.d.s. dated NOV.17, addressed to Leon Pont in Calcutta, with a NOV.21 receiver. The cover has a red label (in French, partially detached) "Par un Français du Canada" describing pilot, plane, etc, and there is a bilingual purple handstamp reading "Across the Bay to Akyab / Asmany Chari / " plus a separate airplane handstamp in purple, with Jacques Hebert pilot signature. Very fine, with 57 items flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails.

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Est $ 200

SOLD for C$170.00
Will close during Public Auction
1585 CVR India imageAPR.8.1933 First Mount Everest Survey Flight Covers, with a small 1a3p stationery cover and a larger cover franked with a 1a and a 3p definitives, both addressed to Calcutta. Both have the special Union Jack flag label prepared for the occasion and the large fancy cachets in purple (large cover has a second strike on back). Both covers have been damaged by humidity, mostly affecting the addressee ink on the small cover and the label on the large cover (partially coming off) and there is overall staining, still scarce, with only 87 covers flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 200

SOLD for C$900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1586 CVR India imageFEB.2.1934 Earthquake Emergency Flight, was supposed to fly on JAN.29, but the landing strip in Darbhangah got damaged by an earthquake and the plane was damaged. The cover has a pink "Delayed in Transit / Plane Damaged" and purple "Earthquake Emergency Flight" handstamps on front and back, with a Union Jack flag label especially prepared for the flight, using the same design as was used on the 1933 Everest to Purnea flight. Addressed to Stephen Smith in Calcutta, with FEB.3 receiver on back alongside his signature. Very fine, with only 50 covers flown. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 200

SOLD for C$170.00
Will close during Public Auction
1587 CVR India Rocket Mail imageGroup of Four Different First Rocket Despatch Covers, includes the very first firing, ship to shore on SEP.30.1934 (with red and green rocket label, 140 were carried, 3 were lost when the rocket exploded over the sea), the first land rocket experiment on SEP.30.1934 (with red and blue label, 209 were carried), a first shore to ship experiment on OCT.4.1934 (with red and green label, postage due marking in Calcutta, 135 were carried) and a land rocket experiment cover that was carried twice on SEP.30.1934 (with two different labels and cachets, only 8 were carried twice). Each cover is duly signed by either the lighthouse keeper, commander of the ship, are addressed either to Mr. Pont or Mr. Smith, and all are signed by Stephen Smith. Very fine. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (Scan 3) (Scan 4) (All Scans)

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Est $ 400

SOLD for C$525.00
Will close during Public Auction
1588 CVR India Rocket Mail imageOCT.4.1934 Diamond Harbour Experiment Cover, fired from a Hilsa fishing boat in Diamond Harbour, with appropriate label tied by "Ship to Shore" handstamp and then forwarded to Stephen Smith in Calcutta (OCT.10 receiver) where it was written "rec'd without contents, return to sender", etc. Only 75 covers were carried, and when the rocket burst all the covers were dispersed on the beach. Very fine and signed by Stephen Smith. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 100

SOLD for C$90.00
Will close during Public Auction
1589 CVR India Rocket Mail imageGroup of 5 Different December 1934 Experiment Covers, includes a first night flight cover, with appropriate label and cachet, plus four different shore to ship covers, each with the red and white label and purple cachet, each containing a miniature newspaper page, one from Punch, one from The Evening Chronicle, one from The News of The World and another unidentified. Two rockets were used to carry 100 covers each, and both fell into the sea. The covers were salvaged, but this has sealed them shut - we carefully slit one open to be able to show its two-sided newspaper insert. Four were mailed to Stephen Smith, and one (a pink envelope) was mailed to Hector Smith, his son, all are signed by Smith. 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 $ 300

SOLD for C$475.00
Will close during Public Auction
1590 CVR India Rocket Mail imageFEB.24.1935 Dhakuria Test Firing, bearing a purple label for the occasion, tied by a purple rocket handstamp, mailed to Mr. Pont and signed on front by Stephen Smith, Park Street Calcutta FEB.27 receiver on back. A small rocket was fired on that day carrying 130 covers, which blew up scattering all the mail across the ground. Two other 18 foot long rockets were also fired but exploded upon takeoff. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails.

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Est $ 100

SOLD for C$130.00
Will close during Public Auction
1591 CVR India Rocket Mail imageMAR.23.1935 Royal Silver Jubilee Covers, both bearing the blue and yellow label, tied by a diamond shaped cachet, both addressed to Mr. Pont, care of D. King (the customs officer in Diamond Harbour), signed by Stephen Smith on front. One cover is franked with a single 9 pie and the other with a 3 pie plus a ½ Anna. Two rockets were shot ship to shore on this event, carrying a total of 200 covers. All 10 covers owned by Mr. Pont are wrinkled, perhaps due to how they were stored in the rockets. Lot also includes three unused labels. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (Scan 3) (All Scans)

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Est $ 200

SOLD for C$170.00
Will close during Public Auction
1592 CVR India Rocket Mail imageApril 1935 Sikkim Rocket Experiments, with 8 different covers, all carried between APR.7 and APR.13 from various places, bearing various coloured overprinted Jubilee labels (two are stationery "Rocketgram" cards with these labels printed), and all addressed to Mr. Pont, care of Stephen Smith. The lot also includes one each of the four overprinted Jubilee labels (unused). Some have wrinkles, still a rare offering, all scanned online and signed by Stephen Smith. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (Scan 3) (Scan 4) (All Scans)

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Est $ 500

SOLD for C$750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1593 CVR India Rocket Mail imageCollection of 22 Different Rocket Mail Covers, ranging from the very first SEP.30.1934 to APR.13.1935, with different labels, cachets, frankings, etc. All but three are addressed to Mr. Pont (the other three to Stephen Smith). All are scanned online and overall fine to very fine, save for a few wrinkles. A unique opportunity to obtain such a complete collection. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (Scan 3) (Scan 4) (Scan 5) (Scan 6) (Scan 7) (Scan 8) (Scan 9) (Scan 10) (Scan 11) (All Scans)

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Est $ 1,000

SOLD for C$1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1594 CVR India Rocket Mail imageBalance of the Rocket Mail Collection, includes a total of 48 covers, with some duplication of up to 8, includes the SEP.30.1934 rocket (with 5x green labels and 6x blue labels), OCT.4.1934 rocket (with 4x red labels), DEC.16.1934 night firing (x4) and so on. Also includes an original 1934 publication signed by Stephen Smith titled "First Indian Rocket Despatches 1934" with three pages of historical facts on these fascinating trials. Also a group of 1935 Jubilee unused labels, with the first (x7) and two each of the four overprinted Sikkim labels. Last but not least is an original black and white photograph of Stephen Smith holding one of his rockets, signed by him. A great lot for dealers, resellers or rocket mail enthusiasts. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails.

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Est $ 2,000

SOLD for C$3,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1595 CVR. Ireland image1924 Dublin Air Mail Cover to Persia (Iran), mailed Dublin on SEP.17.1924 with "LATE FEE" postmarks, with Teheran SEP.27 receiver on back, very fine. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails.

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Est $ 100

SOLD for C$85.00
Will close during Public Auction
1596 CVR/PC Italy imageGroup of 16 Air Mail or First Flight Covers and Cards, 1917 to 1931, with a 1917 experimental flight Rome to Torino (with a cover, plus a special white card cataloguing $1,300 in Scott, each with #C1 frankings); a 1925 cover with large Livorno label, franked with four pairs of Campari advertising tab 15c stamps (each cats $90 on cover); a 1930 flight Maryland Free State from London to Tripoli, signed by pilot; a 1930 first flight Rome to Rome Aerial Circuit of Europe cover (described by owner as one of 10 covers in existence, signed by pilot Winifred Spooner); as well as various others (to Malta, Germany, India, etc., some faults due to dampness). Also includes two 1929 first flights from the Vatican. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (Scan 3) (Scan 4) (Scan 5) (Scan 6) (Scan 7) (Scan 8) (All Scans)

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Est $ 300

SOLD for C$1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
1597 CVR Liechtenstein image1931 Registered Air Mail Cover to India, mailed from Vaduz on FEB.4.1931 to Stephen Smith in Calcutta (FEB.18 receiver), franked with a complete set of First Air Mail issues (Scott C1-C6) plus a Scott #94 (on back). The Scott catalogue value for each of the seven stamps on cover totals $376, and Scott catalogue value of the complete Air Mail set on first day cover (Aug.1930) is $1,000. Very fine. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 100

SOLD for C$220.00
Will close during Public Auction
1598 CVR Malta imageGroup of 11 First Flight or Air Mail Covers, 1922-1937, with a 1929 first flight by Imperial Airways cover mailed to Stephen Smith in Calcutta, India through Egypt (was in Mr. Pont's exhibit, with notation "scarce cover"), rest are mostly registered covers sent airmail to India, but also France and Egypt. We note many frankings, postmarks, etc. One legal size cover is creased, rest are overall fine, a few have staining. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (Scan 3) (Scan 4) (Scan 5) (Scan 6) (Scan 7) (All Scans)

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Est $ 100

SOLD for C$400.00
Will close during Public Auction
1599 PC Monaco image1914 Le Rallye Aérien Picture Postcard Set, a group of 6 cards, each with a label issued for the occasion, tied by an APR.1914 c.d.s. from Paris, Gotha, London, Madrid, Milan and Brussels. Each card also has the same c.d.s. free strike on front. The divided backs are not addressed but two of them are signed by Stephen Smith. These cards retail for between €90 and €300 each online. Very fine. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (All Scans)

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Est $ 200

SOLD for C$210.00
Will close during Public Auction
1600 CVR/PC Netherlands imageGroup of 54 First Flight or Air Mail Covers and Cards, 1929-1933, includes better material such as a 1929 crash cover to Calcutta, a 1929 first flight to Goedereede (only 25 covers carried), three 1930 emergency flight covers to Vlieland, Urk and Bommel (these three were in Mr. Pont's exhibit), a 1932 Graf Zeppelin cover, 1934 London-Melbourne air race cover addressed to New Zealand, and much more, with various frankings, flights, postmarks, stationery, some Netherlands Indies items, etc. Many of these covers have been damaged (to various degrees by dampness), still many useful ones, see scans for an idea. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails. (Scan 2) (Scan 3) (Scan 4) (Scan 5) (Scan 6) (Scan 7) (Scan 8) (Scan 9) (Scan 10) (Scan 11) (All Scans)

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Est $ 200

SOLD for C$575.00
Will close during Public Auction
1601 CVR New Zealand imageFEB.12.1931 Emergency Earthquake Air Mail Cover, flown from Grisborne to Napier and addressed to R.G. Collins c/o The G.P.O. Napier. Cover is signed by the pilot at lower left and has a New Zealand Air Mail Society expert committee handstamp on back. Very fine and scarce. From the L. V. Pont Collection of India Airmails.

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Est $ 150

SOLD for C$85.00
Will close during Public Auction

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