G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 45)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
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Date: 6th March 2020 Time: 11:00AM
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Auction Lots - Page 21
  Uganda. 1899 (Feb 1) Long cover self addressed to "Major C.H.A Price, 27th Baluchis, Masindi, Ungoro, Uganda Protectorate" bearing Uganda 1a - 5r set of seven each cancelled by "MASINDI" c.d.s, apparently cancelled on the first day these stamps were available at Masindi, their issue delayed at Masindi due to a mutiny of the Sudanese troops. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1912 Cover to France, written at the Catholic Mission at Bukumi, with KEVII 3c vertical strip of three + 6c tied by "BUGANGADZI / UGANDA" datestamps (day and month inverted), backstamped at Entebbe, Mombasa and in France, a scarce cancel. Photo on Page 152. £250-300
  World War One - Forces Mail. 1915-17 Stampless covers and cards from army or navy forces (8) with Base Office E single ring c.d.s and Indian F.P.Os, various differing censor cachets including straight line "censored", fancy framed "(crown) / CENSORED / Indian Expdy Force B / Base Office E", octagonal "OPENED BY CENSOR UNDER / MARTIAL LAW", "D.E / POSTAL CENSOR / NAIROBI, B.E.A", also a 1915 6c postcard from the Catholic Mission at Alwor posted from Yala to Holland with fancy framed "PASSED BY / POSTAL CENSOR / MOMBASA". (9). £130-160
  World War One - P.O.W Mail. 1918-19 Covers and a card to or from P.O.Ws in East Africa, comprising stampless cover to Holland endorsed "Prisoner of War letter" with East Africa and Entebbe censor cachets and an Entebbe backstamp; 1918 postcard from Switzerland to "Alfred Moll, Prisoner of War, Dar-es-Salaam"; and 1919 P.O.W lettersheet from a P.O.W in Sidi Bishr Camp, Alexandria, to "Fritz Knorr, Prisoner of War, Nairobi" and readdressed to "Passenger Per Carisbrook Castle, Kilindini" with Field Post Office GM2 skeleton c.d.s, Port Said, Nairobi and Mombasa datestamps. A scarce group. (3). £180-220
  World War One - P.O.W Mail. 1916-18 Covers and a card to or from P.O.Ws captured in East Africa, comprising 1916 card from Nakuru with Mombasa censor seal and cachet to "Edgar Rossegger, Prisoner of War from East Africa, Ahmednager Civil Camp, India"; 1918 Ahmednager Camp formula type postcard to Tanga with arrival c.d.s, censor cachets of the camp and East Africa; and 1918 stampless cover from a P.O.W in Cairo to his wife in Amani, Army Post Office SZ10 skeleton c.d.s, army censor and boxed "FREE" with "PASSED CENSOR / C.T. Dsm" and orange "OPENED / under / MARTIAL LAW" seal. (3). £150-180
  1919 4c on 6c Scarlet, complete mint sheet of 120 split into two panes of sixty, each with plate number "1", also a photograph of the unique surcharge die proof sheet. S.G. 54, £150+. £70-80
  1938 KGVI Perf 13 20c unused block of twenty without gum, from a consignment of stamps despatched to Mombasa on the S.S "Breda" which was sunk in an air raid in Lochnell Bay, Oban, on December 23rd 1940, a few sheets of stamps apparently being washed ashore. A few faults though surprisingly good appearance considering its history, with various notes about the "Breda" sinking. S.G.139. £70-80
  World War Two. 1940-41 Stampless O.A.S covers all with the scarce "E.A.A.P.S / NAIROBI" numbered rubber datestamps comprising 3 (on a cover to Trinidad), 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 (earliest recorded use), or with the steel double ring "E.A ARMY POSTAL SERVICES / No. 1" c.d.s or No. 2 c.d.s (2), three with "APS EAF" datestamps, five also with boxed "O.H.M.S / NO .... / MILITARY / FRANKED" handstamps. Also 1939 (Oct 5) cover to Zomba with KUT 30c + 1/- cancelled oval 2nd K.A.R Orderly Room cachet with manuscript "Passed by Military Censor, 2KAR"; 1942 official covers to London with Army Signals datestamps and inscribed "Fast Air Mail All the Way" or handstamped "AIR LETTER SERVICE"; and a 1945 G.B 1½d forces air letter to East Africa returned with A.P.O handstamps and "Believed Returned to United Kingdom" cachet. (12). £200-240
Click to view full image... Postal Stationery. 1924 KGV 15c Red envelope stamp, die proof on thin wove paper, a lighter shade than that used for the issued envelope, 50x50mm, fine and scarce. Photo on Page 148. £400-500
Click to view full image... Tanganyika. 1931 (Sep 24) Stampless cover headed "Poppy Day Fund Postage Free" and posted from Dar-es-Salaam to Mikindani, with despatch and arrival datestamps, two repaired tears to lower edge, otherwise fine. Also 1928 Kenya Colony Memorial Service programme for Earl Haig, founder of the Poppy Fund. A very scarce cover, just two others recorded from Tanganyika. (2). Photo on Page 152. £250-300

German East Africa

Click to view full image... 1916 Emergency 7½h provisional envelopes comprising unused envelopes of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanga or Morogoro (punch holes and light fold), and Morogoro cover used with oval "MITTELLANDBAHN / BAHNPOST / ZUG / b" datestamp (Feb 4) and a Daressalam arrival backstamp. (4). Photo on Page 152. £200-250
Click to view full image... c.1918 Large size "Hohenzollern" Yacht phantom issue, comprising 2½h, 7½h, 15h and 30h mint, 2½h and 4h with "Feldpost" datestamps, and "G.E.A / BRITISH / OCCUPATION" overprints and surcharges comprising imperf 3c on 4h mint, perforated 3c on 4h, 6c on 7½h, 12c on 2½h, 15c on 15h or 25c on 30h mint, 6c on 7½c with "Army Post Office" datestamp and 25c on 30h with "Field Post Office" datestamp. A scarce phantom issue in the design of the issued stamps of 1905, its origin unknown but apparently produced in or shortly after 1918, rarely seen, (14). Photo on Page 148. £300-400


Click to view full image... 1884 5m Rose used with "JENCHUAN" intaglio cancel, two short perfs at base, cancel not guaranteed and offered "as-is". S.G. 1, £6,000. Photo on Page 148. £100-120
  1904 Long official cover posted within Seoul, from the Foreign Ministry of Korea to Feng, Acting French Minister, with 1903 marginal 3ch orange tied by "SEOUL / COREE" c.d.s, a further strike alongside and a red official cachet on reverse. Central vertical fold and a few minor tone spots, otherwise fine and a scarce commercial cover. £200-250
  North Korea. 1958 Cover from the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea in Pyongyang, to J. Brown's shipyard in London, franked imperforate 1952 Partisan Heroes 70wn, 1954 Taedong Gate 5wn (2) and 1957 Red Cross 2wn pair, a few minor edge faults, otherwise fine and a scarce commercial cover. £100-120


Click to view full image... 1894 6c Bright green imperforate plate proof sheet of ten on wove paper, stamp nine with the variety missing stop in second left arabic character, 122x73mm, fine and scarce. Photo on Page 150. £600-700
Click to view full image... 1894 16c Grey imperforate plate proof sheet of ten on wove paper, 118x72mm, fine and scarce. Photo on Page 150. £550-650


  1916 (May) "Long Island Gazette" No. 1 which includes postal and censorship regulations issued by Lt. Commander H. Pirie-Gordon with news of Post Offices at Nikola and Northend to be opened on May 7th, and a detailed description of typewritten issue stamps issued on May 6th (due to the inadequate supply of captured Turkish fiscal stamps which have been overprinted and adopted for postal use), the Gazette listing the values issued with exact numbers of sheets and stamps printed. Also a 1916 (May 7) letter written and signed by Pirie-Gordon from Government House, Long Island, to Captain Douglas sent on the day the local post offices opened, which includes "we have issued stamps for here - you will find one on your envelope"; and a 1928 cover to Rear-Admiral Douglas with enclosed typed letter from Pirie-Gordon describing how the Long Island stamps were issued, the opposition to their issue by the British postal authorities, and how King George V was pleased with a set presented to him. A unique group, the contemporary Gazette showing many of the quantities of issued stamps differing from those quoted in the S.G. catalogue. £200-250


Click to view full image... 1890 Cover to London, carried by the British Consular Post from Antananarivo to Tamatave with superb violet "BRITISH / MAILS / 21 NOV 90 / ANTANANARIVO", then transferred to the French Post Office with French Colonies 25c pair (one with small fault) cancelled by octagonal "LA REUNION A MARSEILLE / L.V No. 2" Sea Post datestamp, a further strike on the front, a fine and scarce cover. Photo on Page 152. £900-1,200

(Also See Lot 1136)

  1926 Registered cover to Switzerland with a Raffles Hotel registration label, franked on the reverse with seven stamps paying the 27c rate all tied by "RAFFLES HOTEL / SINGAPORE" datestamps, an unusual commercial cover. £80-100
  Air Mails. 1926 (Aug 21) Singapore to Port Swettenham flight by Air Survey Co. DH9 seaplane, cover franked 2c pair with Tanglin c.d.s and "BY AIR MAIL", Singapore and Port Swettenham (Aug 23) backstamps, fine. £100-120
Click to view full image... Negri Sembilan. 1911 (July 6) Picture postcard to England with F.M.S 3c cancelled by oval "PERHENTIAN TINGGI" rubber datestamp (Proud D1, date inverted), Seremban and Penang transit datestamps, a rare cancellation, only recorded October 1910 until July 1911, this card being the latest recorded use. Photo on Page 152 £800-900
Click to view full image... Pahang. 1899 4c on 8c, Variety surcharge inverted, upper perfs a little toned, otherwise fine and scarce used, with R.P.S Certificate (2018). S.G. 25a, £1,800. Photo on Page 136. £400-500
  Penang. 1949-79 Mint and used collection on pages with 1949-52, 1954-57 and 1957 sets mint and used, some multiples, 1965-68 10c with downward shift of black and 15c with green shifted to left (5), 1971 10c misperforated vertically resulting in the value appearing at the left of the stamp, etc. (273). £180-200
  British Military Administration. 1945-48 Specialised collection written up in an album with Specimen stamps to the $2 (13, missing $5), mint and used sets, multiples, studies of the printings with shades, papers, stamp and overprint varieties, also covers (25), etc. (100s). £500-600

Censored Mail

World War One

  Penang. 1915 Covers from Penang (3) or Kampar to India all with boxed "PASSED / LETTER CENSOR" (type PH1) applied at Penang in violet (3) or black, some cover toning but a scarce censor cachet, only recorded May-September 1915. (4). £100-120
  Penang. 1916-18 Covers from India to Kuala Lumpur, Netherlands Indies to Seremban or Kuala Lumpur to Switzerland franked F.M.S 3c + 5c all with Penang type P3 censor seals tied "LETTER CENSOR'S OFFICE / G.P.O", the 1917 cover to Switzerland also handstamped violet boxed "PASSED / BY CENSOR / PENANG" (type PH5) and the 1918 cover from Medan handstamped violet boxed "PASSED BY / POSTAL CENSOR / PENANG" (type PH7). (3). £120-150
  Singapore. 1916-18 Covers from Netherlands Indies to Holland (4, one registered) or from the Philippine Islands to Switzerland, all censored in transit, bearing Singapore labels, types S1 (tied by two wax seals impressed "...CENSOR / SINGAPORE"), S2, S4 (2, one from Philippines) or S6 (also with G.B label), all fine, a scarce and unusual group. (5). £220-260
  Singapore. 1916-18 Covers from Indo-China (4) or Ceylon to Singapore, or Singapore to Muar, handstamped with circular "Eye" cachets (2), straight line "PASSED CENSOR SINGAPORE" or "Passed by Censor", or bearing Singapore censor labels (2), one cover stained and some toning. (6). £120-150
  Singapore. 1917 Covers from Penang bearing Singapore type S7 censor labels with "No. 1" or "No. 2" printed upon the labels, both these numbers previously unrecorded on this type of label, a little toning and minor edge faults, very scarce. (2). £100-120

World War Two

  Forces Mail. 1940-41 Covers with triangular British army censors comprising 1940 (Dec 3) cover from Kuala Lumpur bearing ten Selangor stamps paying the 55c Imperial Airways rate to G.B; 1940 (Dec 21) cover from Kota Bharu to India bearing Kelantan 8c; and 1941 (Sep 6) cover from Sungei Patani to India franked at the Imperial Airways rate by Kedah 25c tied by Indian "F.P.O / No. 36" c.d.s, three fine covers. (3). £120-150
  Australian Forces. 1941 Covers franked at the 25c air mail rate to Australia, all with "A.I.F FIELD P.O" datestamps, numbers 17 and 20 bearing Straits stamps, No.18 on Perak 25c, No. 19 on Johore 25c and No. 20 on cover with red "POSTAGE PAID / 25 CENTS / MALAYA", two covers with triangular British army censor No. 2675, the other three with boxed Australian Imperial Force censors, all fine. (5). £160-200
Click to view full image... 1939 (Aug 30) Cover franked Perak 12c, from Ipoh to USA, censored in Singapore, bearing a "PASSED BY / CENSOR" label with "14B" added in manuscript. A very early censored cover, almost certainly censored before the outbreak of war on Sept. 3rd. Photo on Page 152. £120-150
  1939 (Sept 7-25) Covers and cards from Penang or Singapore all posted in the first month of the war, three franked at the 55c air mail rate to G.B (2) or India, other destinations include China and Australia. Six with boxed numbered "PASSED BY / CENSOR" of Singapore (numbers 3, 7, 10, 17, 19 all with one clipped corner, number 16 complete), two with circular "PASSED BY CENSOR / (crown) / PENANG". (8). £220-260
  1940-41 Covers to the USA, one sent at the 12c surface rate, the others all sent air mail franked at the $1.50 clipper rate (3) or $3 double rate, one bearing an "Arrived Safely" patriotic label, one cover from Malacca with meter machine U14, all fine. (5). £140-160
  Malayan States. 1939-41 Covers from Johore (2), Negri Sembilan (6), or Perak (6), nine sent by air mail franked 50c (2) or 55c (6) to G.B or Ireland, or $1.10 to India. Censor cachets include numbered boxed "PASSED BY / CENSOR" of Singapore (4, two with clipped corners) or Penang (2), triangular numbered "PASSED FOR / TRANSMISSION" of Singapore (3) or Penang (3) or boxed "PASSED BY CENSOR 136 / SINGAPORE". A fine group. (14). £350-400
  Selangor. 1939-41 Covers, various destinations including Peru, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Canada, two franked at the 55c air mail rate to G.B, one cover with boxed "TRAIN LETTER", another unusually bearing a Negri Sembilan 8c stamp. Various censor cachets include circular "PASSED BY CENSOR / (crown) / PENANG", boxed numbered "PASSED BY / CENSOR" of Singapore (3, two with clipped corners), etc. (10). £240-280
  Selangor - Clipper Mails. 1941 Covers from Kuala Lumpur to England franked $2 or registered and franked $2.15 all bearing Selangor $2 stamps (one with S.G. 84, two with S.G. 87), various Singapore censor cachets, the registered cover addressed 'c/o British Philatelic Association' and bearing their "Examined" seal. (3). £300-350

Japanese Occupation

  1945 15c Registration envelope (H&G2) posted within Penang, ten Japanese Occupation issue stamps on the front or reverse. £120-140
  Kelantan. 1942 (July 1) Cover from Kota Bharu to Teluk Anson bearing 8c on 5c with red seal overprint (S.G. J21), Japanese censor cachet and seal at left, some staining mainly around the stamp and two punch holes at left, nevertheless a very scarce commercial cover. S.G. £170 (x10 on cover). £250-280
  Perak. 1942 (April 1) Stampless cover sent within Ipoh with red Japanese chop handstamp and manuscript "Ipoh, Postage Paid, 15cts, 1-4-2602", typed inscription "Inauguration of the Postal Services in the State of Perak after the fall of Singapore", a scarce manuscript provisional prior to the issue of stamps two days later. £100-120
Click to view full image... Selangor. 1943 Kedah 15c overprinted registration envelope (H&G4) used from Kapar to Kuala Lumpur franked 1943 8c, censor seal tied by wax seal at left, addressees name inked out, otherwise fine and commercial. Scarce. Photo on Page 152. £130-150

(Also See Lot 823)

  1805-46 Entire letters and entires posted from G.B (7) or Gibraltar to Malta including 1846 1oz letter prepaid 5/5, 1809 entire letter with "POOL / 116" mileage mark mentioning the loss of a Malta Packet in Cadiz Bay from which the mail was saved, etc., also a letter without address panel. (9). £100-120


Click to view full image... 1852 (Feb 18) Entire letter from Port Louis to the Royal Military Asylum in London, headed "From Bombardier G. Grimes, Royal Artillery, Mauritius" and countersigned, with oval "PACKET LETTER / MAURITIUS" datestamp, posted unpaid, therefore charged 2d, twice the 1d soldiers concession rate. Grimes seeks the whereabouts of his wife's son by a former husband, her son being a former pupil at the Asylum. A very fine and scarce soldiers rate letter from Mauritius. Photo on Page 156. £700-800


  1912-17 Picture postcards cancelled at the Russian P.O at Urga (3, two types of c.d.s); and a 1931 red band envelope from Ulan Bator to China bearing 5m + 20m Mongolia revenue stamps overprinted for postal use, Chinese postage due stamps removed. (4). £150-180

(Also See Lots 576, 659-672, 704, 1028)

  Curacao - WW2 Forces Mail. 1940-44 Covers (30) and fronts (3) from or to British, Dutch, US or Canadian army or naval forces in Curacao or Aruba, also three other censored covers, and five covers from U.S forces in Surinam. (41). £100-120


Click to view full image... Japanese P.O.W Mail. 1946 Japanese army postcard sent from Rabaul to Japan by an army Corporal, endorsed "Disarmed Japanese Personal", with Japanese censor chop and boxed "RELEASED BY / CENSOR", very scarce. Photo on Page 156. £200-240


  1897 Australasian New Hebrides Co. Ltd 1d and 2d local stamps, plating studies comprising photographs of quarter panes of thirty with flaws highlighted and actual stamps hinged into the correct sheet positions, also singles and blocks on pages showing the major plate flaws, comprising 1d (61) and 2d (36, one used), unusual. (97). £120-150
  1897 Australasian New Hebrides Co. Ltd 1d and 2d local stamps in complete sheets of 120, both sheets spilt into four blocks of thirty, unusual. (240). £240-280

(Also See Lots 143, 401/2, 861/8)

  1862-1994 Mint and used collection in an album with Chalon Heads (20 + proof) and a good range of 1873-1915 issues, virtually complete mint from 1935, 1958 2d error of surcharge on 1953 1½d, Officials with 1928 2/- fine used, postal fiscals, etc. (100s). £250-300

(Also See Lots 709-713, 968)

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G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 45)
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 6th March 2020 Time: 11:00AM
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