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Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 44) Day 1 of 2
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
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Date: 26th September 2019 Time: 12:00PM
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ORDER OF SALE
Day One - Thursday 26th September 2019 - to be sold at 12 noon
   Lots
Imperial Airways Crash Mail - The John Oliver Collection 1 - 69
Other Air Mails, including G.B & Ireland, Africa, India, Iraq, Australia 70 - 206
Napoleonic Wars, including Nelson signed letters & documents 207 - 226
Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902 - The John Marks Collection 227 - 531
Forces Mail, Campaign Covers & Censorship, from The Alistair Kennedy Collection
 Pre 1914 Period 532 - 578
 World War One & Inter-war Years 579 - 742
 World War Two & Postwar 743 - 907
Malaya WW1 & WW2 Censorship - The Mac McClaren Collection 908 - 975

Day Two - Friday 27th September 2019 - to be sold at 12 noon
Albums & Philatelic Literature 976 - 979
Crowned Circle Handstamps 980 - 999
1935 KGV Silver Jubilee Postal History - from The John Cooper Collection
 Cyprus, Gibraltar, Malta 1000 - 1045
 Gambia, Gold Coast, KUT, Mauritius, Nigeria & Cameroon, Somaliland 1046 - 1157
 Ceylon, Newfoundland 1158 - 1188
Thematic Collections - Whales & Whaling, Captain Cook 1189 - 1213
World & British Empire Stamps and Covers - Mixed Lots 1214 - 1228
Aden, Antarctic, Antigua, Ascension, Australia, Austria 1229 - 1250
Bahamas, Barbados, Bechuanaland, Belgian Congo, Belgium, British Honduras 1251 - 1262
Brunei, Burma, Canada, China, Egypt, Estonia, Falkland Is., Fiji, Finland 1263 - 1281
France & Colonies, including Djibouti, Obock & French Somali Coast 1282 - 1328
Germany, German East Africa, Gold Coast, Grenada, Hong Kong 1329 - 1353
Hungary, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, KUT, Laos, Libya 1354 - 1374
Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria 1375 - 1386
Paraguay - The Douglas Armitage FRPSL Collection 1387 - 1427
Rhodesia, including Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia, Rhodesia & Nyasaland 1428 - 1463
Roumania, Russia, St. Helena 1464 - 1467
South Africa with Cape of Good Hope including Slavery Letters, Natal, OFS, Zululand 1468 - 1508
South West Africa, Spain, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland 1509 - 1520
Thailand, Tibet, Tobago, Trinidad, Tristan da Cunha, United Nations, Virgin Islands 1521 - 1530
Great Britain
 Stamps, including Officials, Cinderellas & Locals 1531 - 1616
 Cigarette Cards, Picture Postcards, Banknotes, Ephemera, Books 1617 - 1623
 Handstruck Prepayment Marks of the Uniform Penny Post, 1840-53
   - The Peter Chadwick FRPSL Gold Medal Exhibit Collection 1624 - 1713
Postal History - Mixed Lots 1714 - 1718
Cancellations
 Maltese Crosses, Experimental Cancels, Numerals, Squared Circles  1719 - 1779
 Machine Cancels 1780 - 1803
Maritime Mail, Mulreadys, Parliamentary, Pictorial & Advertising Envelopes 1804 - 1814
Postal Stationery, Royalty with Henry VIII signature, Uniform 4d Post 1815 - 1826
Channel Islands - Sark 1827 - 1831
Hertfordshire - The Alistair Kennedy Collection  1832 - 1861
Isle of Wight  1862 - 1880
London, Suffolk, Yorkshire 1881 - 1884

IMPERIAL AIRWAYS CRASH MAIL
The John Oliver Collection


John Oliver was born in Essex in 1936, and has been a collector from the age of ten, initially in Swiss material as his mother was from Switzerland. After National Service in the RAF and studying at Cambridge University John became interested in the history of early aviation, including balloons, crash material and flying boats, researching the Pilots, their log books and the aviation routes. Imperial Airways was always an important part of his collecting life. He was a member of the Croydon Airport Society and made many trip to aviation shows. John was lucky enough to own his own manufacturing business which enabled him to travel around the world, and during his many trips to the USA, Africa, South America, the Middle East and around the UK he found many of the items in his extensive collection. John joined the National Coastguard as a volunteer in his retirement in Cornwall.

This fine collection of Imperial Airways crash covers, which contains many unusual origins, destinations and rarely seen cachets and labels, is part of a very varied Air Mail collection that has now come to the market as John is unwell. Other air mail covers from the collection are also included in this sale, and further items will appear in future auctions. Also see lots 164, 183.
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  1937 (May 22) Cover from Johannesburg carried on the final flight of "Hengist" from Alexandria to Karachi sent by Capt. Ginn to his wife in Singapore, two photos of Hengist at Karachi, and three photos of the aircraft on fire on May 31st (destroyed by fire in the hanger at Drigh Rd whilst cleaning); 1939 piece of red fabric removed from "Capella" which was damaged in a crash in Batavia, returned to Short Bros Ltd in Kent for repairs but subsequently scrapped; and 1939 Air Ministry report on the loss of "Cavalier" between New York and Bermuda, and the five page summary notes for the press. (9) £100-120

City of Birmingham

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  1931 (June 4) Cover from Colombo to H.M.S "Enterprise" at Mombasa franked Ceylon 9c + 10c + 50c, backstamped at Kisumu (June 20) and Kilindini . "City of Birmingham", operating from Cairo to East Africa, crashed at Aswan on June 16th 1931; the mails were forwarded by "City of Jodhpur" without any explanatory cachet. Closed tear at upper edge, otherwise fine and scarce, this crash unlisted by Nierinck. £100-120

City of Basra & City of Delhi

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  1932 (Jan) First flight covers from South Africa to England (5) or Southern Rhodesia (and reposted from Salisbury to Kenya franked 1/6) involved in both crashes (two with signs of water damage and air mail labels washed off), and five further covers carried on the subsequent service from South Africa, South West Africa (2), Nyasaland or Southern Rhodesia, all recovered from the "City of Delhi". "City of Basra" was carrying the first air mail on the South Africa to England route when it crashed near Salisbury on January 29th. The mails were transferred to "City of Delhi" (flying the first return flight from South Africa) but this flight was also forced down during a storm, landing in a bog 55 miles from Broken Hill on February 4th. The mails were taken into Broken Hill and completed their journey from there in "City of Baghdad". (11). £150-180

Apollo
"Apollo" was en route from Cologne to London when it struck a wireless aerial near Ruysselede, forty minutes after taking off from Brussels, on December 30th 1933. Two crew and eight passengers were killed in the crash, which destroyed most of the mail.

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Click to view full image... 1933 Cover from Germany to London with a 40pf meter mark, a few edge faults and waterstaining, the reverse bearing a label "It is regretted that this packet has been accidentally damaged in the post" with London F.S c.d.s (2 Jan 1934), four strikes of boxed "DAMAGED / BY FIRE" on the reverse with a fifth strike on the front. A scarce crash cover, with enclosed letter from Auerbach, a large press photo of the wrecked plane, and a 1934 receipt from W.H Smith & Sons for the photo which they sold to the addressee of this cover. (2). Photo on Page 6. £200-250
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Click to view full image... 1933 (Dec 30) Cover to London with "Bankhaus A. Levy" meter mark and a Koln c.d.s, water stained, upper edge repaired by three labels regretting damage and delay in the post each with a London F.S c.d.s (2 Jan 1934), both sides handstamped boxed "DAMAGED / BY FIRE". Also a contemporary postcard showing the wrecked plane, and two newspaper cuttings. A scarce cover. (2). Photo on Page 6. £180-220

City of Khartoum
"City of Khartoum" was en route from Brindisi and Crete to Alexandria when its motors failed and it crashed into the sea 2km from Alexandria on December 31st 1935, killing nine passengers and three crew. The mail was recovered one week later.

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  1935 (Dec 23) Cover from Lerwick, Shetland Islands, to New Zealand bearing two 1/- stamps, a third washed off, enclosed within an ambulance envelope from the Sydney Dead Letter Office with Sydney Air Mail c.d.s (17 Jan 1936), an enclosed G.P.O Sydney letter of the same date explaining its recovery from the "City of Khartoum" lost in the Mediterranean Sea. (2). £100-120
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Click to view full image... Austria. 1935 (Dec 28) Registered cover from Vienna to Sydney with Air Mail and registration labels, franked Austria 60g with a second stamp washed off, the cover dealt with at Darwin, handstamped violet "Damaged in accident / To Mail Plane", the reverse bearing a "Found Open, Officially Sealed" label endorsed "Recd in wet bag". Backstamped at Darwin (Jan 14), T.P.O 2 South Up (Jan 16) and Lakemba. Also a Sydney G.P.O explanatory slip (Jan 17) which may not belong to this cover. An exceptional origin, this cachet unrecorded by Nierinck (who does not record any mail from this crash dealt with at Darwin). Photo on Page 6. £200-250
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Click to view full image... Siam. 1935 (Dec 23) Cover from Winchester to Bangkok bearing 1935 Silver Jubilee 2½d vertical pair with "W/35" control, another stamp washed off, enclosed within a Siam "On Postal Service" ambulance envelope with "PROTECTING COVER" cachet and a Bangkok c.d.s (12 Jan 1936) and bearing the explanatory label "Airmails saved from the Imperial Airways / machine accidentally wrecked near Alexandria / on 31st December 1935". A remarkable destination, the Siam label unrecorded by Nierinck. (2). Photo on Page 6. £400-500
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  Germany. 1935 (Dec 27) Cover from Germany to Adelaide, the stamps washed off, handstamped violet "RECEIVED AT G.P.O MELBOURNE /DAMAGED BY WATER", the reverse with a Found Open & Officially Sealed label tied by Melbourne c.d.s (20 Jan 1936). An unusual origin from this crash. £80-100
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  1935 (Dec 23/24) Cover from Inverness to India, water damaged and the stamp washed off; and cover from London (with Air Staff, Air Ministry Christmas card enclosed) to Hinaidi, Iraq, the stamp washed off, reverse with a Found Open & Officially Sealed label tied by Baghdad c.d.s (Jan 9), both without any cachet. Also a contemporary news cutting, a fine photo of the aircraft, and a copy of the report into the crash. (3+). £100-120

Artemis
"Artemis" hit a tree and crashed when taking off from Pietersburg on 11th February 1936, when bound for Johannesburg. The recovered mail was forwarded without any explanatory cachet.

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  1936 (Jan 31) Cover from Birmingham to Durban franked 3d, arrival c.d.s (Feb 12), fine and scarce. Also two contemporary news cuttings. £100-120

Scipio
"Scipio" was en route from Alexandria to Brindisi when it crashed in high winds at Mirabella Bay in Crete whilst landing to refuel, on August 22nd 1936. The flying boat sank, with two passengers being killed.

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Click to view full image... 1936 (Aug 17) Cover from Jodhpur to England franked 1a + 2a on the reverse with two further stamps washed off, a stamp from another cover adhering to the front, handstamped boxed "DAMAGED BY IMMERSION / IN SEA WATER I.S", rather extraordinarily signed by the pilot, Captain A.S Wilcockson. Also picture postcards (2, one a real photo card) and cigarette cards (3) depicting the Scipio, a fine real photo of the wrecked plane with its tail protruding from the sea, and contemporary news cuttings about the crash (12). A scarce pilot signed crash cover (with pilots understandably reluctant to sign such covers!). (19). Photo on Page 6. £150-180
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  Iraq. 1936 (Aug 19) Cover from Kut to London bearing Iraq 3f + 20f (torn) on the reverse, handstamped violet boxed "DAMAGED BY WATER", an unusual origin. £80-100
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  Egypt. 1936 (Aug 21) Cover from Cairo to Paris, the stamps washed off, handstamped red "Accident d'Avion" with French Officially Sealed labels on reverse, an unusual origin. £80-100
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  1936 (Aug 1) Cover from Perth to London bearing Australia 1/6 pair, handstamped "Damaged By SEA WATER", both sides signed "A.S. Howard, wireless operator, F.B Scipio". A very unusual signed cover, crew involved in air crashes understandably reluctant to sign covers recovered from the crash! £80-100
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  USA. 1936 Cover from Melbourne to USA, the stamps washed off, the reverse with London G.B Officially Sealed tape with E.R cypher (Edward VIII), handstamped boxed "DAMAGED BY SEA / WATER" and "Not in Air Mail", the latter cachet very unusual, a rare destination from this crash. £100-120
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  1936 Cover and picture postcard both from Tel Aviv to Germany, the cover with the stamp washed off and a Munich Post Office explanatory label on reverse; the postcard franked Palestine 5m with a further stamp washed off and handstamped violet "Aus verunglucktem Flugzeug / geborgen / Munchen Bahnpostamt 1". (2). £100-120
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Click to view full image... 1936 Cover from Brisbane to Germany bearing French language explanatory label "Lettre endommagée de l'eau de la / mer à la suit du désastre aérien", backstamped at Brindisi (Sep. 1, "Posta Aerea" c.d.s), a scarce explanatory label, this item illustrated in Nierinck. Photo on Page 6. £120-140
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  Switzerland. 1936 (Aug 14) Cover from India ("Srinagar Secretariat" datestamp) to Switzerland, the stamps washed off, bearing the French language explanatory label "Lettre endommagée de l'eau de la / mer à la suit du désastre aérien", backstamped at Brindisi (Aug 29, "Posta Aerea" c.d.s), a little minor staining, a scarce explanatory label and a very unusual destination from this crash. £120-140
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  1936 Covers from India (8) or Burma to England, all bearing India stamps, all handstamped "Damaged by Water" or "Damaged by Sea Water" in various types comprising Nierinck types a, b, e (2), g, h, also violet "DAMAGED BY / SEAWATER" and straight line "Damaged By Sea Water" in red or black not shown by Nierinck, one cover with a London R.L.S ambulance envelope and enclosed explanatory slip "The accompanying item was salvaged / from the wreck of the Air Liner / "Scipio". / Returned Letter Section / London". (9). £250-300
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  USA. 1936 Cover from Calcutta to New York franked 2a + 3a6p, backstamped violet "DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER", a cutting about the crash attached to the flap. A rare destination for mail from this crash. £100-120
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  Egypt. 1936 (Aug 21) Cover from Cairo to Germany franked Egypt 10m, other stamps washed off, the reverse with a Munich Post Office explanatory label, an unusual origin. £80-100
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  1936 Covers from Hong Kong or New Zealand to England, the stamps washed off, backstamped violet "DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER", one with the cachet applied to a Found Open & Officially Sealed label. (2). £80-100
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  Italy. 1936 Cover from Calcutta to Italy bearing 1a + 4a (2), another stamp washed off, with the French language explanatory label "Lettre endommagée de l'eau de la / mer à la suit du désastre aérien", reverse with Italian Officially Sealed labels tied by Brindisi Posta Aerea c.d.s (Sep 1), a scarce explanatory label, small rust mark at upper left, otherwise fine. £100-120
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  Italy. 1936 (Aug 27) Italian ambulance envelope, used to forward a registered cover (no longer present) from Delhi to Switzerland, with a Brindisi c.d.s and French language explanatory label "Lettre endommagée de l'eau de la / mer à la suit du désastre aérien", arrival backstamps, unusual. £80-100

Boadicea
"Boadicea" left Croydon for Paris on September 25th 1936 but disappeared whilst crossing the Channel, the plane and two crew never being found. A mail bag was found on the beach at Cucq a month later, another was found at Dymchurch on November 10th whilst a third bag was salvaged by a trawler on 27th April 1938.

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  Documents and photos concerning Alfred Cecil Thomas, pilot on the "Boadicea" who died when the plane disappeared over the Channel, comprising 1900 birth certificate, 1918 first class certificate of proficiency in radiotelegraphy granted by the Postmaster General, 1920 USA commercial first grade radio operator licence, 1933 letters of recommendation in support of an application for employment by Imperial Airways from officers in the 600 City of London (Bomber) Squadron Auxiliary Air Force, 1934 Imperial Airways terms and conditions of employment, photographs of Thomas (9, four taken in front of Imperial Airways aircraft with other crew or passengers), 1937 obituary from the magazine of Holloway School, etc. In March 1936 Thomas was pilot of the first aeroplane to carry mail to Hong Kong, one of the photos showing him at the end of that flight in front of "Dorado". A unique group. (19). £300-400
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Click to view full image... Kenya. 1936 Cover from Shoreham by Sea to Nairobi, the stamp washed off, handstamped violet "DELAYED SALVED / FROM BOADICEA", the reverse with French Officially Sealed labels and the red cachet "SERVICE POSTAL FRANCAIS / Correspondance retardee par suite / du naufrage d'un Avion / Reconstitué par le Service Francais / NE PAS TAXER" with a Nairobi arrival c.d.s (Nov 9). A fine and scarce cover to Kenya, from the first mail bag washed up at Cucq. Photo on Page 6. £220-260
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  Kenya. 1936 (Sep 25) Long cover, with enclosed letters, from London to Nairobi with violet "DELAYED SALVED / FROM BOADICEA" and red "SERVICE POSTAL FRANCAIS / Correspondance retardee par suite / du naufrage d'un Avion / Reconstitué par le service Francais / NE PAS TAXER", reverse with French cachet, Nairobi arrival c.d.s (Nov 9). Small piece missing from lower right corner and water damage at left, a fine and scarce cover from the first mail bag washed up at Cucq. £180-220
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  South Africa. 1936 (Sep 25) Long cover from London (mirror image of datestamp on reverse) to South Africa, the stamps washed off, handstamped red "SERVICE POSTAL FRANCAIS / Correspondance retardee par suite / du naufrage d'un Avion / Reconstitué par le service Francais / NE PAS TAXER", reverse with French Officially Sealed labels. Also two real photos of the Boadicea, and eight contemporary newspaper cuttings. (11). £180-220
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  India. 1936 (Sep 25) Cover from London to Lahore, India, bearing KGV 1½d vertical pair, water damaged with further stamps washed off, forwarded within a London R.L.S ambulance envelope with the enclosed explanatory slip "The accompanying packet which was / washed ashore on the coast of England / was apparently conveyed by the Imperial / Airways Airplane "Boadicea" which left / Croydon on the 25th September and failed / to arrive at Paris. / The inconvenience occasioned is / regretted. / Returned Letter Section / Mount Pleasant / "E.C.1"", with arrival backstamp (Nov 24). A scarce cover to India, from the second mailbag found at Dymchurch. £180-220
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Click to view full image... Australia. 1936 Picture postcard from London to Sydney, water stained and damaged with the stamp soaked off, bearing the explanatory label "The accompanying packet which was / washed ashore on the coast of England / was apparently conveyed by the Imperial / Airways Airplane "Boadicea" which left / Croydon on the 25th September and failed / to arrive at Paris. / The inconvenience is / regretted. / Returned Letter Section / Mount Pleasant / "E.C.1"", with a London R.L.S ambulance envelope (vertical fold) in which it was forwarded to Australia. A scarce card, from the second mailbag found at Dymchurch. (2). Photo on Page 6. £180-220

Athena
"Athena", en route from London to India, Malaya and Australia, caught fire while taking off from Delhi on 29th September 1936. All crew and passengers escaped but a large part of the mail was destroyed.

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  1936 (Sep 21) Cover from Erith to New South Wales bearing KGV 6d block of five, a little stained, handstamped "Salvaged from Air Liner / ATHENA". £80-100
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  1936 (Sep 21/22) Covers from Rhyl franked KGV 3d + 1/-, or from London bearing six KEVIII 2½d stamps, both to Sydney, both with a Sydney G.P.O explanatory note reading "I regret that this article addressed to you was damaged when the airliner "Athena" was destroyed by fire at Delhi, India, on 29th August", these notes attached to or enclosed within the covers, one with a handstamp "29 SEP. 1936" correcting the crash date, the other with the August date left uncorrected. (2). £180-220
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  1936 (Sep 22) Covers from London franked 6d to Rangoon or 1/3 to Queensland, both with some fire damage to the edges, the cover to Rangoon endorsed "Burnt at Delhi" on the reverse, the cover to Queensland endorsed "Damaged in transit by fire", the reverse with a Brisbane c.d.s (Oct 9) and further explanatory note probably written by the recipient. Two uncommon covers with manuscript endorsements. (2). £120-140
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  USA. 1936 (Sep 15) Cover from New York to Calcutta franked 27c, inscribed "S.S Normandie, Air Mail via London and Air Mail in India", fire damaged at right, Calcutta arrival backstamp (Sep 30), with a letter written by the recipient of this cover from the Grand Hotel, Calcutta, on October 2nd 1936 - "I was the fortunate recipient of an air mail letter in the ill fated Imperial Airways plane "Athena"; this envelope has been badly scorched". A very scarce origin for mail from this crash. £120-150

Capricornus
"Capricornus" was on its inaugural flight from London to Egypt when it hit a tree and crashed on the Mont du Beaujolais in the Rhone Valley during a snow storm, on March 24th 1931. Five of the six occupants were killed. The mail was recovered and forwarded without special markings.

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  1937 (Mar 22/23) Covers franked 4½d from Sutton to Egypt with Alexandria backstamp (Mar 25), endorsed by the recipient (?) "carried on the Capricornus which crashed into the Beaujolais Mts five killed", or franked 6d to India with Karachi backstamp (Mar 29). Also three contemporary news cuttings about the crash. All fine and scarce. (5). £200-250

Courtier
"Courtier" was en route from Alexandria to Athens when it crashed into the sea whilst trying to land at Phaleron Bay on 1st October 1937, three passengers drowning.

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  1937 (Sep 29/30) Cover to England franked G.B. KGVI 1½d pair and a picture postcard of S.S "Orama" franked G.B. KEVIII 1d pair, both tied by Port Said Paquebot datestamps with violet boxed "DAMAGED BY SEA-WATER". Two unusual items of Paquebot mail recovered from an air crash. (2). £100-120
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Click to view full image... 1937 (Sep 30) Cover from Alexandria to Athens, the stamps washed off, boxed bilingual "AIR MAIL" and two strikes of boxed explanatory cachet in Greek, backstamped at Athens (Oct 5), fine and scarce. Photo on Page 12. £180-220
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Click to view full image... Switzerland. 1937 (Sep 29) Egypt 13m postcard from Alexandria to Switzerland, another stamp washed off, handstamped violet "Durch Meerwasser beschadigt", a scarce destination and cachet. Photo on Page 12. £140-160
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Click to view full image... Netherlands. 1937 Cover from India to Holland bearing 3p pair, other stamps washed off, the reverse with a pair of "NEDERLANDSCHEPOSTERYEN" Official Seals tied by three violet "POSTKANTOOR AMSTERDAM / Loket Nr. 10 / Poste Restante" cachets with a Dutch P.T.T card attached bearing the same cachet and a handwritten note explaining the mail was damaged in an emergency landing of an Imperial Airways aircraft and has been forwarded by the post office at Athens for delivery without payment. The card and cover both with a little damage caused by the rusting of the paperclip used to attach the card, otherwise fine and very scarce, this very item illustrated by Nierinck. (2). Photo on Page 12. £180-220
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  1937 (Sep 28/29) Covers from Egypt (3), and a cover from Tel Aviv (Oct 3), the Palestine cover franked 13m and a cover from Port Said bearing Egypt air mail 4m, 5m, 6m, 7m (another stamp washed off) both with violet boxed "DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER / IN AIRPLANE / ACCIDENT", a registered cover from Attarin to London franked 3m (another stamp washed off) with three strikes of violet "DAMAGED BY / WATER", and a cover from Alexandria to Germany with stamps washed off backstamped violet "Aus verunglucktem Flugzeug / durchnasst geborgen" with a Munich Officially Sealed label. Also nine contemporary news cuttings. (4+). £150-180

Cygnus
"Cygnus" was en route from Karachi to England when it overturned and sank whilst taking off from Brindisi on 5th December 1937. One passenger and one crew member were killed and all other occupants injured.

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  1937 (Nov 26) Covers from Hong Kong, one franked 50c to England handstamped violet boxed "DAMAGED BY SEA-WATER", the other to Germany with the stamps washed off, handstamped violet "SERVICE POSTAL FRANCAIS / Correspondence retardee / par accident d'Avion / Priere de ne pas taxer" and "Ohne Marken beim / Postamt Hamburg 1 / eingegangen", the reverse with French Officially Sealed labels, the last cover unusual. (2). £100-120
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Click to view full image... 1937 (Nov 19) Registered cover from Western Australia addressed "To His Majesty the King, Buckingham Palace, London England", the stamps washed off, handstamped violet "DAMAGED BY / WATER" and endorsed "Salvaged from the air liner Cygnus which was wrecked off Italy", backstamped at Dowerin and Perth. A scarce registered cover to an unusual address. Photo on Page 12. £100-120
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  Austria. 1937 (Nov 29) Cover from Jerusalem to Vienna, the stamp washed off, with arrival c.d.s (Dec 11) and violet "Bei Flugzeugabsturz / durch Wasser beschadigt", reverse with a Vienna Post Office Officially Sealed label. An uncommon cachet and destination. £100-120
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  1937 (Nov 30) Cover from Lahore to Holland franked 6a, another stamp washed off, handstamped "Doorweekt vliegongeval / Brindisi", a scarce cachet. £100-120
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Click to view full image... 1937 (Dec 1) Cover from Tel Aviv to Holland franked 15m, handstamped "SERVICE POSTAL FRANCAIS / Correspondance retardee / par accident d'Avion / Priere de ne pas taxer" in violet and "LETTRE DETERIOREE / ACCIDENT AVION" in black, the reverse with French Officially Sealed labels. An unusual combination of cachets. Photo on Page 12. £120-150
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Click to view full image... Philippines. 1937 (Nov 18) Postcard from Manila to Belgium bearing Philippines 36c, handstamped violet "SERVICE POSTAL FRANCAIS / Correspondance retardee / par accident d'Avion / Priere de ne pas taxer". The first Cygnus crash item we have seen from the Philippines, an exceptional origin. Photo on Page 12. £180-220
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  1937 Covers (6) and a postcard to G.B, comprising covers from Queensland with Australia 2d (3, one other washed off), from Cairo with Egypt 15m (3), from Auckland with New Zealand Coronation 1d + 2½d + 6d pair (one other stamp washed off) or from Colombo (Paquebot machine) with stamps washed off, all four with violet boxed "DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER / IN AIRPLANE / ACCIDENT"; cover from Rangoon with Burma KGV 2a6p strip of three handstamped violet boxed "DAMAGED BY SEA-WATER"; cover from Malaya, stamps washed off, no cachet but bearing ER (Edward VIII) Officially Sealed tape; and a postcard from New Zealand (file holes) with stamps washed off bearing black boxed "DAMAGED BY SEA / WATER". (7). £180-220
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  1937 Covers from India to England all with stamps washed off handstamped boxed "DAMAGED BY SEA-WATER" (4 covers) or "DAMAGED BY / SEA WATER / IN AIRPLANE / ACCIDENT" in violet, or "DAMAGED BY SEA / WATER" in black, one cover with "T" handstamp, another with ER (Edward VIII) Officially Sealed tape, two covers with London R.L.S ambulance envelopes. Also a real photo card of the plane and seven contemporary news cuttings about the crash. (9+). £180-220

Dorado
"Dorado" caught fire prior to taking off from Hong Kong for Bangkok on June 3rd 1938. Passengers were evacuated and mails were transferred to "Daedalus".

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  1938 (June 1) Cover from Hong Kong to England franked 25c pair, from the mail transferred from "Dorado" to "Daedalus", fine and very scarce, no mail from this incident recorded by Sandford. £150-180

Calpurnia
"Calpurnia" was flying from Southampton with Christmas mails for India, Australia and New Zealand when it crashed into Lake Habbaniyah in Iraq, during a storm on November 27th 1938. Two crew and two passengers were killed.

Auction Details
Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 44) Day 1 of 2
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 26th September 2019 Time: 12:00PM
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