Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Sale Number 40)
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Click to view full image... First Opium War. 1841 (Jan 23) Entire letter written from Chusan by an Officer, C. Edwards, to his mother in England, endorsed "Favored by Capt. Payne, 18th R.I Regt" (Royal Irish) and posted unpaid upon arrival in England with a Bristol c.d.s (Sep 20), charged 2d. The letter includes "long before you receive this you will have heard of the termination I hope of our campaign ...... the negotiations are going on at Canton ...... we have had some interesting accounts of the prisoners the Chinese took, one was a Captain in the Madras Artillery, he was overpowered by numbers and when first taken he was barbarously treated being confined in irons in a cage ..... the other prisoners were the crew of a brig (the Kite) at least such as were saved from the wreck, the marines have died, a lady the wife of the Master is still in their hands .....". Split along one fold, otherwise fine. Photo on Page 84. £200-250
  First Opium War. 1841 (May 7) Entire letter written from Hong Kong harbour by an Officer, C. Edwards, to Trincomalee, Ceylon, endorsed "Eastern Expedition" and "via Calcutta", backstamped boxed Calcutta Ship Letter datestamp, charged 1/8. A long cross written letter and an early letter from Hong Kong. £200-250
Click to view full image... 1873 G.B 1d Pink postal stationery envelope uprated with 1/- green plate 7 and 2d blue plate 14 tied by Drogheda 179 duplexs, addressed to "Chas. J Tishe, China Inland Mission, Chinkiang, China". An exceptional use of this uprated stationery envelope from Ireland to China. Photo on Inside Front Cover. £2,200-2,400
Click to view full image... Large Dragon Cover. 1885 (Jan 21) Cover to Bordeaux, France, with oval "L TALLIEU / PEKIN" senders cachet on both sides, franked on the reverse by Large Dragon 3ca pale red (S.G. 8a) cancelled by central oval Peking seal in blue, backstamped "IG OF CUSTOMS / PEKING" (Jan 21) in blue, "CUSTOMS / TIENTSIN" (Jan 24), "CUSTOMS / SHANGHAI" (Feb 4), and arrival datestamps of "MARSEILLE A LYON / SPECIAL" (Mar 13) and "BORDEAUX" (Mar 14). Franked on the front by France 1877-90 Peace & Commerce 25c bistre tied by "SHANGHAI / CHINE" French P.O c.d.s (Feb 4) with a second strike on the front. The cover opened out for display, a fine, attractive and rare Large Dragon cover from a known correspondence, with B.P.A Certificate (2017). Photo on Back Cover. £13,000-16,000
Click to view full image... 1886 Cover from London to Shanghai franked 1884 5d green, backstamped at Hong Kong and Shanghai, unusually redirected to Kiukiang, very fine. Kiukiang was a treaty port but never had a British Post Office, the cover probably forwarded by the Chinese Imperial Customs Post. Photo on Page 87. £280-320
Click to view full image... 1894 Dowager Empress 60th birthday, 12ca brown-orange first printing, mint with large part original gum (a little unevenly distributed), very fine appearance with R.P.S Certificate (2016). S.G. 23, £850. Photo on Page 75. £350-400
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... Shanghai Local Post/Japanese P.O. 1895 Cover to the USA posted into the Shanghai Local Post paid in cash with blue "SHANGHAI / LOCAL POST" backstamp (Dec 5), then handed to the Japanese Post Office where a 5sn stamp was applied and tied by "SHANGHAI / I.J.P.O" c.d.s (Dec 6), also backstamped at Yokohama, Tacoma and Brooklyn, N.Y. Very light vertical fold, otherwise fine and scarce. Photo on Page 87. £500-600
  1897 Macau 30r postcard to Smyrna with "CUSTOMS / LAPPA" c.d.s and other datestamps of Colombo, Suez and Alexandria on the front. Also 1901 Korea 1c postcard uprated 3c, from Seoul to Germany with Shanghai French P.O transit datestamps, faults. (2). £150-180
  1956-73 Issues mint including 1961 Tang Dynasty Pottery set of eight, 1970-71 Revolutionary Opera set of six, 1972 30th Anniversary of Publication of Yenan Forum's discussions on Literature and Art set of six, 1973 Giant Panda set of six, etc. Also 1973-84 covers and cards (9) bearing various sets and singles. A few cover faults, the mint stamps fine. S.G. £1,300+. (51 stamps + 9 covers). £200-300
  French Post Offices. 1901-21 Covers and cards (33) and fronts (2) including 1901 Boxer Rebellion period Army Post Offices (6, all stampless, one a red band envelope), Chefoo, Hankow (6, one a red band envelope), Peking (7, two Army P.O datestamps), Shanghai (5) and Tientsin (10, one a postcard made of bark), some faults, an interesting group. (35). £200-250
  Indo-China Post Offices. 1903-19 Covers and cards (30) and a front from Canton (9, one an attractive handpainted postcard), Chungking (6, one a red band cover, one bearing 1903 Tchonking 25c blue), Hoihow (red band cover), Mongtze (9, one a fine illustrated lettercard to Switzerland with Chine 15c and Mongtseu 10c), Pakhoi, Younan (5), a few faults but an interesting lot with some fine covers. (31). £250-350
  Indo-China Territory of Kwangchow. 1903-42 Covers and cards from Fort Bayard (10), Kwangchow (2) or Po Teou, three registered, one with a combination of Indo-China and Kouang-Tcheu stamps. (13). £100-120


  1932 1d Black and lake depicting Captain Cook, an imperforate plate proof block of 15 from the lower right sheet corner, fine unmounted mint. £120-140

(Also See Lots 37, 38, 186, 233, 234)

Click to view full image...Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1851-1992 Mainly used collection in an album including various 1851-63 issues with 1858 4sk private perf 12, numeral cancels, 1864-70 set of five, 1875-1901 set of ten, 1904-05 set of five, 1907 newspaper stamp set, 1912 surcharges, 1912 and 1915 5kr, 1915 80ore on 12ore mint and used, 1918 surcharge set on newspaper stamps, 1919-41 parcel post set including 50ore black and claret, 1kr yellow-brown and 10kr, 1921 Red Cross pair, Officials with 1871-73 set of three, postage dues with 1921-30 set, a few faults mainly to imperf issues, otherwise mainly fine, a useful collection. (100s). Photo on Page 94. £250-300

(Also See Lot 462)

  1908-35 Mint selection comprising 1908-20 2/6 and 5/-, 1923-33 £1 unmounted mint and various other values to the 5/-, and 1935 Silver Jubilee 1/- variety dot by flagstaff. S.G. £500. (16). £120-140
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1923-33 £1 Unmounted mint and used, both very fine. S.G. 91, £575. (2). Photo on Page 75. £150-180
  1923-33 £1 Unmounted mint, three examples, all very fine. S.G. 91, £675. (3). £180-200

(Also See Lot 253)

  1865-1939 Mint and used collection in an album including 1865 4r used, various overprints and surcharges, officials, a few Specimen overprints, etc. (100s). £100-150

(Also See Lots 320, 321, 844, 846, 937, 946, 1128, 1159)

  1746 and 1760 Entire letters from Cairo to Venice, written in Italian, endorsed "Con Nave del Capn Filetto Che D.C" or "Con Cap Lubenconech C.D.Q". (2) £200-250
  French Occupation. 1799 Entire letter sent within Cairo, addressed to "au citoyen Mareel, Directeur de L'Imprimerie Nationale au Caire", lower flap removed, otherwise fine. £100-120
Click to view full image... French Occupation. 1799 Entire letter signed "Faultrier" sent from Alexandria to General Dugua, Commanding the French Base in Egypt, at Cairo, handstamped with rare "ALEXANDRIE." (50x4mm capital letters, recorded Sept. 1798 - May 1799), unusually disinfected with two chisel slits. Dugua commanded the French forces in Egypt whilst Napoleon was in Syria, January - May 1799. A rare letter, ex "Bonaparte" Collection. Photo on Page 87. £800-1,000
Click to view full image... French Occupation. 1800 (June 27) Entire letter from General Menou in Cairo, on fine printed "Armee D'Orient" notepaper, addressed to Damiette with superb straight line "LE CAIRE" (34x4mm) in red, fine and rare, no more than six examples recorded in red. Photo on Page 87. £1,000-1,200
  1892 Cover to Germany with G.B 2 1/2d cancelled by retta in black, backstamped at Port Said. £120-150
Click to view full image... 1935 Silver Jubilee British Forces seal in a mint block of four, lower two stamps unmounted, some gum toning. S.G. A10, £1,300. Photo on Page 80. £200-250

Air Mails

  1910 Heliopolis Air Meeting. 1910 Real photo picture postcard of Hauvette-Michelin with his Antoinette monoplane published by Aziza Dores of Alexandria, posted from Cairo; photograph of similar card depicting Gusman and his Bleriot monoplane; cards published by "Le Khedive" cigarettes depicting aeroplanes over Cairo landmarks, drawn by George Dorival (3); and coloured cards of Cairo views all with an aeroplane superimposed (5, three posted in Egypt in 1910). (10). £200-240
  1910 Heliopolis Air Meeting. 1910 Real photo picture postcards published by Aziza Dores of Alexandria, depicting Hauvette-Michelin and his monoplane, Mortimer Singer's wrecked Farman aircraft, or the injured Singer lying alongside his wrecked plane. (3). £120-150
  1910 Heliopolis Air Meeting. 1910 Picture postcards of Cairo views with an aeroplane superimposed, franked 1m brown tied by "HELIOPOLIS / AERODROME" c.d.s, one card sent within Cairo on 6th November (first day of the air meeting, c.d.s with "Aerodrome" incomplete), the other cancelled to order on 13th November, the final day of the meeting, with a second c.d.s alongside. (2). £180-220
  1910 Heliopolis Air Meeting. 1910 Picture postcards with 3m orange tied "HELIOPOLIS / AERODROME" c.d.s, one sent to Belgium (Nov 10), the other cancelled to order (Nov 13, final day of the air meeting) with a second strike alongside, the card depicting a Nile scene with an aeroplane superimposed. (2). £200-240
Click to view full image... 1910 Heliopolis Air Meeting. 1910 (Nov 6) Picture postcard of Cairo with an aeroplane superimposed, posted from Heliopolis to Alexandria on the first day of the air meeting, the picture side bearing 2m tied fine "HELIOPOLIS / AERODROME" c.d.s and an advertising label for the air meeting, the reverse with datestamps of Cairo and Alexandria. A few stained perfs (mainly to the label) otherwise fine. Photo on Page 87. £200-250
Click to view full image... 1910 Heliopolis Air Meeting. Sixteen page programme with card covers, the front cover with a superb coloured picture of aeroplanes over Cairo, transparent tape repair at left edge, reverse cover with small tear and minor corner stains, otherwise fine and very scarce. Photo on Page 89. £250-300
  1913 (Dec 29) Menu for a lunch at the Heliopolis Palace Hotel, signed by 17 guests present at the meal, including Marc Pourpe. Pourpe left on his flight to Khartoum six days later, on January 4th. Central fold, otherwise fine and unique. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1914 Marc Pourpe flight. 1914 (Jan 22) Letter written at Halfa, the envelope addressed to Lady Stamfordham at St. James Palace, London, handed to Marc Pourpe and flown by him to Cairo where the cover was posted bearing Egypt 5m + Sudan 5m both cancelled at Heliopolis (Feb 13) and handstamped "POSTE AERIENNE / L.N.A / MARC POURPE / 1913-14 / CAIRE-KHARTOUM" in blue. Backstamped at Cairo, the flap with "THE PALACE / KHARTOUM". The letter includes "Just a line to take the opportunity of writing to you by aerial post. The airman Pourpe returns from Khtm today & is taking letters which he will post at Cairo or somewhere north. I suppose he will put his own postmark on them as he has brought a special stamp with him." A fine and rare Marc Pourpe flight cover with enclosed letter. Photo on Inside Back Cover. £2,800-3,200
Click to view full image... 1914 Album page bearing two original real photos, one of Marc Pourpe and two other aviators including Samuel S. Pierce, signed by all three aviators; the other photo showing Pourpe's monoplane at Cairo after his flight from Khartoum. Photo on Page 90. £200-250
Click to view full image... 1925 (Oct 26) Cover franked Egypt 10m tied by Hilwan Les Bains c.d.s, endorsed "By Special air mail Cairo-Kano" and addressed to "S/L A. Coningham, Royal Air Force, Kano, Nigeria", arrival backstamp (Nov 2). A rare cover from this R.A.F survey flight, very few covers carried. Photo on Page 87. £250-300
Click to view full image... 1926 (Jan 9) Cover from Abu Suwer to Khartoum franked 5m, handstamped violet "Special Flight / Cairo to Khartoum" and "Khartoum 11/1/26", initialled by V.E Stoner, Officer Commanding the flight. 65 Covers carried on this R.A.F test flight (prior to the Cairo to Cape survey flight). Photo on Page 87. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1926 (Jan 15) Stampless cover carried on the return R.A.F test flight from Khartoum to Abu Suwer, handstamped "By Return of / Special Flight / Cairo to Khartoum", "Khartoum 15/1/26" and "17 JAN 26", initialled by V.E Stoner, just 35 covers carried. Photo on Page 97. £180-220
  1931 Graf Zeppelin flights, postcards bearing the 50m Zeppelin stamp sent to England with the Port Said c.d.s or to France with the Cairo c.d.s, and a cover to Athens franked 1m, 3m, 5m on 50m and 100m each tied by Alexandria c.d.s, all with Friedrichshafen transit datestamps. All fine, the Graf Zeppelin c.d.s of Port Said uncommon. (3). £220-260


Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1918-40 Mint collection (with some 1990-92 issues), including 1919 "Eesti Post" overprints (19, seven used, not guaranteed), all other issues complete including 1924 300m, 1923 Air pairs surcharged with imperf set and the scarce perf pairs (S.G. 46a/47a), 1923 Charity overprint imperf and perf pairs, 1936-40 set, a fine lot. Also 1986 Estonia handbook by Hurt & Ojaste. S.G. £3,280 (excluding 1919 overprints). (237). Photo on Page 75. £400-500


  1919-27 Surcharges on the 1919 pictorial issue, mint selection including scarce 1927 1g on 3t and fourteen stamps with various overprint varieties including spaced colon, additional colon, missing colon, small or large "2" in " 1/2", wider or narrower spacing between lines of surcharge, most of these constant varieties unlisted by Scott or S.G. but shown in the Eric Payne listing, an interesting selection. Scott 135/44, 146/9, 151/4, $1,000++. (26). £250-300
Click to view full image... 1927 1g on 3t pair fine mint, one with no gap between "1" and "guerche". Scott 154, $800+. Photo on Page 94. £250-300
  1936 Italian Occupation 10c - 1.25L, two unmounted mint sets. Scott N1/7, $600. (14). £100-120
  c.1940-41 Aerial Propaganda leaflets dropped by allied forces over Ethiopia, printed in amharic (13) or Italian (4), some a little stained though a scarce group, all different. Also 1942 press photo of Emperor Haile Selassie signing the Anglo-Ethiopian agreement. (18). £340-380
  1941-44 Forces mail including 1941 stampless O.A.S cover with unusual boxed "CIT• DIRE DAUA / 25 GIU 41 / F.S C.I" and army censor; 1944 registered cover to South Africa with Eritrea 75c block cancelled E.A A.P.O 60, violet boxed "R / ARMY POSTAL SERVICES" and "POSTAGE / REGISTRATION FEE / PREPAID / TO A.P.O IN / O.E.T", E.A forces and E.A sub-base censors; and other covers from E.A A.P.O 62, 63, 64 (2) or 65. (7). £120-150
  1941 (Dec 9) Stampless cover from Addis Ababa to a civil internee at Camp No. 1, Berbera, British Somaliland, with E.A A.P.O 60 c.d.s, redirected to 2nd Echelon, Nairobi, handstamped violet "P.O.W", "POLIT. HQ EVAC BRANCH - HARAR" and "NOT KENYA / INDIA", boxed "P/W EAST / AFRICA 001" and "P.O.W / E.A.C" c.d.s, three other censors, an unusual cover sent to Somaliland, Kenya and India. £100-120

(Also See Lots 64, 105, 106, 128, 130, 137, 141, 144, 963, 964)

  1904 (June 19) Registered cover to England bearing QV 1/2d, 1d pair, 2d, 4d and 6d all tied by "FALKLAND / ISLANDS" c.d.s with sideways "C" code, "(crown) / REGISTERED" handstamp, the 6d discoloured, otherwise fine. £100-120
  1943 (June 9) Stampless O.A.S cover with violet "PASSED BY CENSOR / No. / 4428" and red "POST / OFFICE / MARITIME / MAIL" machine, enclosed letter headed "Pte J. Robinson, Falkland Island Forces", manuscript note shows it arrived in Yorkshire on Sept. 9th. Flap missing and a couple of small edge tears, otherwise fine. £120-150
Click to view full image... South Georgia. 1911 (Dec. 8) QV 1d Postal stationery postcard (no message) to a crew member of the German research ship S.S. "Deutschland" at Grytviken, the stamp cancelled "SOUTH / GEORGIA" c.d.s code "C" with small "South Georgia" imprint below, very scarce on a postal stationery postcard. Photo on Page 97. £600-700


  1856-1994 Mainly used collection in an album including 1856 10k (pen cancel, faults), 1860-71 serpentine roulette 10k, 5p and 40p with good roulettes, 1891 1k - 1r and 7r, 1918 set of eight, 1927-29 set of ten, 1930 Zeppelin 10m, issues from 1930 virtually complete, mainly fine (100s). £150-180

(Also See Lots 39, 40, 142, 254-256, 331, 453, 514, 560-562, 570-572, 971)

  1849-1980 Mainly used collection in two Davo albums including 1853 5c with private perforations, 1870 imperf Bordeaux printing set to 80c, 1876 Peace and Commerce "N" under "B" set with scarce 2c, 1877-90 new colours set to 5f, 1900-06 Merson set, 1917-19 War Orphans 2c-25c, 50c and 1f, 1918 Red Cross 15c, 1922 War Orphans set, 1925 Philatelic Exhibition 5f, 1926 55c precancel, 1926-27 War Orphans set, 1927-30 (Mar) Sinking Fund issues, 1928-31 pictorial issues and 1927-29 surcharges (also 1931 40c, 1f.50), 1936 100th Flight 10f, 1937 PEXIP miniature sheets mint and used, 1938 Ader 50f, 1949 CITEX 10f, 1950-57 National Relief Fund issues, Air Post issues with 1927 International Aviation Display 2f, 1947 500f, postage dues, etc. A good lot, a few faults mainly to imperf issues, the majority fine. S.G. £8,000++. (100s). £600-800
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1849-2004 Mint and used accumulation in 18 albums or stockbooks, much duplication, some reasonable imperf issues, 1926 55c on 60c precancel used, various mint including 1901 25c blue Sower, 1925 Paris Philatelic Exhibition 5f, 1926 10f Sower, 1930 Sinking Fund 1f.50, 1937 PEXIP miniature sheet (small faults), 1950 Air 1000f unmounted, 1949 CITEX 10f, 1942 French Legion miniature sheet used with Feldpost c.d.s, some First Day Covers and maximum cards, a few prestamp letters, Sower Die Proofs without value in light or dark green, etc. (1,000s). Photo on Page 37. £500-600
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Sale Number 40)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 930 6109
Date: 29th September 2017 Time: 11:00AM
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