Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction Number 37)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
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Date: 4th March 2016 Time: 10:30AM
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Auction Lots - Page 10
  WW2 Feldpost covers in a box, several noted with Luftfeldpost stamps. (100s) £100-120

(Also see lot 139)

  1855 Stampless cover with "6" charge mark in green, backstamped with matching "GIBRALTAR / 27 MR 1855 / SHIP LETTER" and boxed Liverpool Ship datestamp. £120-150
  1866 Cover from Southampton to Newcastle franked 1d, redirected to Gibraltar charged 6d and handstamped upon arrival with boxed "TO / PAY", returned to England with the charged increased to 1/-, finally sent to the original Newcastle address but marked "Refused", very unusual. £150-180
  1880 G.B 1/2d Postal stationery postcard to Malaga cancelled Gibraltar A26 duplex, a few light tone spots but a scarce card used in Gibraltar. £90-120
  1886-96 QV Selection comprising 1886 overprint 1/2d, 1886-87 1/2d, 2d, 4d and 6d, 1889 10c, 25c on 2d (short foot to "5"), 50c and 75c surcharges, 1889-96 20c olive-green and 40c-5pi (with both 1pi colours) all fine mint. S.G. £583. (16). £100-120
  1904 Parcel Post Customs Declaration label, for a hand painting sent to London, Gibraltar c.d.s and a "Gibraltar" parcel label applied in London, 2cm edge tear at upper right, otherwise fine and scarce. £100-120
  1916 Picture postcard from Switzerland to Gibraltar with a 5c stamp on the picture side, handstamped "INCONNU" (not recorded by Proud) and "GIBRALTAR / RETURNED LETTER OFFICE" c.d.s. £150-180


  1911 1/2d - 1/- Overprints on Fiji, the set of seven fine mint. S.G. 1/7, £180. (7). £60-70
Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1911-12 Stamps, some on pieces, cancelled with handstamps of the S.S. "DAWN", "MUNIARA", "TAMBO" (2 types), "KULAMBANGRA" (2 types) or "BRUNNER" (3 types), or manuscript cancellations from the S.S "Aeolus", "Tokelau", "Tambo" and "Brunner". A scarce group. (24 pieces + 20 stamps). Photo on Pages 42 & 56. £1,200-1,400
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1911 1d (7, one on piece) with manuscript cancellations of "Ni Kunau" (4) or "Onotoa" (2), or straight line handstamp of "ABEMAMA". Scarce. (7). Photo on Page 146. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1912-24 Multiple Crown CA 2 1/2d, 4d and 1/- - £1 fine mint. S.G. 15, 17, 20/24, £600. (7). Photo on Page 146. £150-180


Click to view full image... 1877 (July 19) Cover to London "Per S.S Kinsembo" bearing marginal perf 14 6d orange cancelled "556" with "ACCRA" and red "PAID / LIVERPOOL / BR. PACKET" datestamps on the front, backstamped at London. Marked "5" (due to G.B) and "1d" (to be retained by the colony) in red ink. Small fault at lower left corner, otherwise fine and a scarce early stamped cover from the Gold Coast. Photo on Page 74. £300-400
Click to view full image... 1887-94 Stampless covers to G.B with charge marks applied at Liverpool, the first endorsed by the British and African S.S Co "Lualaba" with "6d" charge; the other with Cape Coast c.d.s (Aug 13), "T" and a "5d" charge, both backstamped "LIVERPOOL / BR PACKET" c.d.s. A fine fair, the first charged at the single 6d rate, the second at twice the U.P.U rate of 2 1/2d. (2). Photo on Page 74. £200-250
Click to view full image... 1895-96 Covers franked t the 2 1/2d U.P.U rate, the first to England with five 1/2d stamps each tied by "PAID / LIVERPOOL / BR. PACKET" unusually struck in black; the other from Accra to Switzerland bearing a single 2 1/2d stamp with the Paid Liverpool Br. Packet c.d.s in red applied in transit. A fine pair, the first very attractive and unusual. (2). Photo on Page 74. £350-450
  1896 QV 1/- Postal Orders with manuscript "Kumasi 1/5/96" instead of an issuing office datestamp, all sent to the same person at Elmina but not cashed, very unusual. (5). £200-250
  WW1 Captured Mail. 1916 (Jan 4) Registered cover from Accra to London franked 3d, the reverse endorsed "This letter was on board the Appam when she was captured by the Germans. The letter was dated 3rd Jan. 1916 from Accra, West Africa and arrived in London 19th February 1916, JMF", with a London arrival c.d.s (Feb 18). In February 1916 the "Appam" was captured by the German auxiliary cruiser SMS "Mowe", who placed a prize crew aboard and sailed her to Hampton Roads, USA, where they tried to sell the ship and cargo. The British owners filed a suit to recover possession and the U.S Supreme Court ruled that prizes could not be brought into neutral U.S ports, and returned the ship and cargo to its British owners. An interesting cover. £150-180

(Also see lots 62, 76, 118, 439-442)

  P.O in Turkey. 1856 Entire letter to Athens with a fine datestamp of the Greek Post Office in Constantinople, applied in blue. Also 1920 registered cover from Constantinople to Salonica franked Greece 50L with datestamps and boxed registration handstamp of Greek A.P.O 920. (2). £180-220
  Crete. c.1899 Cover with the Greek flag printed in the upper left corner, bearing British Post Office 1899 10pa and 20pa each tied by straight line Heraklion cancel, addressed to Belgium but without any backstamps, probably cancelled to order. Also 1906 picture postcard from Belgium to Crete with arrival datestamps of the Austrian and Italian Post Offices. (2). £140-160


Click to view full image... 1896 Cover to London with return address of Trinidad but franked by Grenada 1883 1/2d and 1887 1d pair (one with corner fault) which are cancelled by the "A10" numeral of St. Vincent, backstamped by "KINGSTON/ST. VINCENT" c.d.s. An unusual use of the "A10" numeral, 17 years later than recorded by Pierce. Photo on Page 74. £300-350

(Also see lots 140, 699)

  QV (23) and KEVII (3) stamps all with I.P.O tie-prints and Hong Kong or Shanghai cancels, most identified with tie-prints of Hankow, Chungking, Canton, Swatow, Pak Hoi and Foochow. (26). £100-120
  QV-KGV Used accumulation in four stockbooks, also China overprints and a few mint stamps, the occasional better cancel noted, apparently unchecked for watermarks. (Many 100s). £250-300
Click to view full image... 1889 Cover to San Francisco "per City of New York" franked by 1885 50c on 48c pair each tied by "B65" numeral, Hong Kong (Apr 16) and red San Francisco Paid All datestamp (May 10) datestamps on the front. The linen backed envelope with a few pieces of surface paper loss at the edges, otherwise fine and exceptionally rare, just one other cover recorded bearing this 50c surcharge stamp, this cover unique with a pair. With B.P.A Certificate (2009), which mentions surface defect on right hand stamp (consisting of two small wrinkles which are virtually invisible to the naked eye). A unique franking on cover. Photo Inside Front Cover. £2,000-2,500
  1901 (Feb 25) Picture postcard of opium users and a pagoda, posted to France bearing China 4c cancelled by a Shanghai Imperial Post Office c.d.s and Hong Kong 2c pair tied by the Shanghai British Post Office c.d.s, with an arrival datestamp of Chapelle-Voland. £100-120
Click to view full image... 1911 Cover from Zurich to Hong Kong with an arrival backstamp and the explanatory handstamps "REBUTS" and "ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN", returned to the sender with a 1912 Zurich arrival backstamp. Two scarce Hong Kong handstamps, both unrecorded by Proud. Photo on Page 74. £250-300

(Also see lots 58, 59, 70, 109-112, 213-216, 339-353, 502-505, 508, 513, 514, 1121, 1336)

  1800-48 Entire letters including 1800-25 letters from G.B to India with various Indian handstamps including "Post not Paid" with separately struck date (2) and "Post Paid / Fort St George" with separate date, 1823 and 1848 soldiers letters to G.B with "INDIA SOLDIER / 3 / LONDON" or a 2d charge, also 1847 cover with embossed arms of Lord Dalhousie in the upper left corner containing a letter written and signed by Dalhousie (Governor General of India) posted within England. The two soldiers letters with some faults, otherwise fine. (10). £200-250
Click to view full image... 1817 Printed Bill of Exchange for £103.2.4 signed by the Accountant General at Fort William, and on behalf of the Secretary to the Government, addressed to London with red boxed "KINGS SEA / POSTE PAID / CALCUTTA" (Giles SD5), "SHIP LETTER / GRAVESEND" (Rob. S7) and boxed "MORE TO PAY" of London (Jay 1098), charged 6d. A little creased but very unusual and scarce. Photo on Page 74. £600-700
  1855 Small native cover bearing 1/2a blue die 1 with large margins tied by a retta of dots. £70-80
Click to view full image... Indian Mutiny/G.B Used in India. 1858 (Ap 25) Cover from Plymouth addressed to "Lt. Col Radcliffe, H.M 20th Regt, Expeditionary Force, Bengal, India" franked on the reverse with G.B 1d red block of eight + single, the stamps overlooked in England and left uncancelled, all then cancelled upon arrival in India with diamond obliterator "52" of Benares and tied by a Benares c.d.s. Directed to Benares, Lucknow and finally Calcutta the cover has a "ST BG / As 6" charge mark applied and crossed out, and datestamps of Bombay Paid (May 27) and Lucknow (June 10). Small part flap missing, otherwise fine, an exceptional use of Indian cancels on G.B 1d reds, on a cover sent to India during the mutiny. Photo on Page 74. £300-400
  Indian Mutiny. 1858 Watercolour showing British troops in the Indian countryside, folded up and posted to London by Capt. Sitwell, with "LUCKNOW / P.O" c.d.s dated 7/4/55 in manuscript, the Post Office having newly reopened after the recapture of the city in March. Handstamped "INDIA UNPAID" with London and Bombay datestamps, endorsed "Bearing" and charged 6d. The address panel a little reduced at upper edge, very unusual. £300-350
  1862-69 Stampless entire letters from Bombay or Calcutta to France with diamond shaped "GB/IF66c" (2, differing types) or "G.B / IF 62 5/10" Anglo French Accountancy Marks applied in India, a couple with small faults, otherwise fine. (3). £180-220
Click to view full image... Wreck Mail - S.S. "Carnatic". 1869 (Sep 2) Cover from Bishops Waltham to "Major W.H Saulez R.A, Malligaum, Bombay", endorsed "Officers letter", bearing a 4d stamp tied by the numeral "85", a second stamp washed off. Backstamped at Bishops Waltham, Southampton and London, and with scarce first type label "Recovered from wreck of "Carnatic"" (without the word "the"), this label only used on a small percentage of the recovered mail, all apparently amongst the first items received at Bombay. Backstamped upon arrival at Malligaum (Oct. 2, tying the label) with a blue hexagonal "MUNMAR" datestamp (Oct. 1) on the front. The "Carnatic" left Suez for Bombay on September 12th, but struck a coral reef off Shadwan Island the following morning, the ship suddenly splitting into two. 29 People were drowned, the remainder reaching Shadwan Island in boats from where they were rescued by the "Sumatra" and taken to Suez. Some mail was found near the wreck and brought back on the "Sumatra", further mail was found floating near the wreck and another 16 bags were recovered in October by divers and taken to Bombay. Opened out, some staining, laid down on blue paper. A good example of this scarce label. Photo on Page 76. £350-400
Click to view full image... 1885 (Dec 23) Official postal service postcard from the Postmaster of F.P.O. No 5 addressed to "Surgeon E.A. Mapleton, E/44 R.A, Northern Force" with "FIELD P.O. No 5 / 2ND / DELY" c.d.s. This F.P.O. was used by the Northern Force on manoeuvres in the Delhi area; Proud recorded a single example used on Dec. 28th. Photo on Page 76. £150-200
  1892 Cover to Isfahan, franked on the reverse by 1a block of four each cancelled "BOMBAY KARACHI / SEA POST OFFICE" squared circle, a Bouschir transit c.d.s alongside. £100-120
Click to view full image... 1907 Cover to France with French 10c cancelled by boxed "RECEIVED BY / FRENCH STEAMER / BOMBAY 7 NO 07", the only recorded use of any of these boxed Bombay Steamer marks cancelling a stamp and an exceptional use on a French stamp. Photo on Page 76. £200-240
  Wreck Mail. 1920 (Aug 25) Cover from Hyderabad to London franked KGV 1/2a and 1a handstamped "DAMAGED BY SEA / WATER", from the P&O "China"; and 1921 (Apr 2) waterstained cover from Bombay to Switzerland franked 2a6p, damaged on P&O "Kalyan". Also a 1961 cover from Chandigarh to London with "DAMAGED BY / SEA-WATER / M.P / I.S" cachet. (3). £180-200
Click to view full image... Postal Stationery. 1881 On Postal Service stationery card with error "AST" for "EAST" in the heading, posted from Calcutta to Nepal, central vertical fold, otherwise fine. A previously unrecorded variety. Photo on Page 76. £300-350
Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image... French Possessions. 1854 Imperforate 1/2a blue (4), 1a red (4), 2a green (2), 4a blue and red (3) all cancelled "C/111" numeral of Pondicherry, and 1/2a blue (2), 2a green cancelled numeral "C/147" of Karikal. (16). Photo on Page 146. £1,500-1,800

Air Mails

Click to view full image... 1911 (Feb 18) Cover to Allahabad with KEVII 1/2a tied by a fine strike of the "FIRST AERIAL POST / 1911 / U.P EXHIBITION ALLAHABAD" cancel in violet, backstamped at Allahabad. Photo on Page 76. £200-250
Click to view full image... 1911 (Feb 18) Cover to England with KEVII 1a tied by a fine strike of the "FIRST AERIAL POST / 1911 / U.P EXHIBITION ALLAHABAD" cancel in violet, backstamped at Allahabad, Bombay and upon arrival at Wokingham. Photo on Page 76. £200-250
  1920 (Jan 23) Covers to England franked 9 1/2a, both carried on the first flight of the experimental air service between Karachi and Bombay, with the "KARACHI / AIR POST" cancels depicting an aeroplane. (2). £150-180
  1920 (Jan 23 - Mar 6) Bombay-Karachi experimental air service covers and cards with the special Karachi Air Post datestamps flown to Karachi on the 1st (3), 2nd, 4th (2), 5th or 7th (and final) flights, or with Bombay Air Post datestamps flown to Karachi on the 2nd, 5th or 6th flights, three registered, one of these from the Karachi first flight unusually with its Certificate of Posting which also bears the Karachi Air Post c.d.s. All bear the additional air fee of 8a, two covers to England. (12). £500-600
  1926 Cover with an Akyab return address embossed on the flap, addressed to England with typed inscription "Per kind favour Major Alan Cobham" bearing G.B 1 1/2d and India 1a pair all cancelled in London by "The Hyde S.O N.W" c.d.s (Oct 2), signed by Cobham, the reverse with a typed label "Carried by Mr Alan Cobham's De Havilland Aeroplane on the Flight From Australia". Unfortunately roughly torn open with a large piece torn from the upper edge, still a very rare cover hand carried by Cobham from Akyab to London and posted upon arrival. Also two 1962 letters signed by Cobham. £170-200
  1927 (Feb 18-22) R.A.F. Air Pageant, printed one page Programme of Events possibly dropped by aircraft, and flown covers and a card with special "ROYAL AIR FORCE DISPLAY 1927" datestamps of Lahore, Delhi or Risalpur; also a cover flown from Karachi to Delhi by Stack & Leete and then in the R.A.F display at Delhi, signed Neville Stack, and a proof impression on piece of the Stack & Leete cachet. (6). £90-110

Indian States

  Indian States covers and cards, mainly postal stationery from both native and Feudatory states, unused and used, a few stamped covers noted including stamps of Hyderabad, Indore or Jammu and Kashmir in combination with India stamps, other covers bearing stamps of Saurashtra, Indore, Travancore, Hyderabad, Jammu and Kashmir or Jaipur, also a few Hyderabad prestamp covers, Cochin Certificates of Posting and six covers bearing Nepal stamps. (224). £240-300
  Patiala. 1932 Registered cover to Kuala Lumpur franked on the reverse by KGV 2a strip of three and ten 3a stamps, one with "Patiala State" overprint, this state overprint stamp incorrectly accepted as valid, an unusual franking. A little wear and creasing. £80-100
  Bhopal. 1937 1/2a on 1/4a Official postal stationery postcards with differing views of Bhopal, headed "On H.H Beguns Service" with the stamp overprinted "Service", one card unused, the other posted at Sehore bearing a 1/4a service stamp. The unused card with a couple of small marks on the picture side but otherwise largely fine, the used card with extensive creasing, 8mm tear at upper edge and a small hole caused by the heavy cancel, nevertheless two very scarce stationery cards, not recorded by Higgins & Gage. (2). £100-120
  Charkhari. 1897 1/2a Postal stationery envelope addressed to "Colonel Forbes, The Palace" with a Charkhari State squared circle cancel, vertical fold at left edge, otherwise fine and scarce. H&G1. £100-120
  Indore. c.1889 Cover bearing handstamped 1/2a black on pink paper (S.G. 4) with a central numeral cancel, two differing backstamps, edge faults and the stamp and cover with a little light soiling at right. £80-100
Click to view full image... Jammu & Kashmir. 1878 India 1/2a Stationery envelope registered to Amritsar with an India 1/2a stamp on the front, the reverse with Jammu & Kashmir 1878 1a slate-purple imperf single and strip of three tied by native cancels, and India 1/2a (4, one with corner fault) and 1a pair tied by Sialkot duplexs, boxed Sialkot registration handstamp. A little roughly opened at left edge, otherwise fine and an unusual registered cover. Photo on Page 76. £180-220
Click to view full image... Jammu & Kashmir. c.1879 India 1/2a stationery envelope used from Sealkote to Pind Dadun Khan bearing Jammu and Kashmir imperf 1/2a red with an unusual large white printing flaw tied by boxed cancel, the embossed stamp torn into upon opening, otherwise fine. Photo on Page 80. £250-280
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction Number 37)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 930 6109
Date: 4th March 2016 Time: 10:30AM
Details: VIEWING:
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