G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction number 49) Day 1
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 10th March 2022 Time: 10:30AM
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Please note new locations: Great Connaught Rooms,
61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA
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Thursday 10th March 2022 - to be sold at 10.30 am

Autographs, Stamp Boxes, Picture Postcards, Philatelic Literature 1 - 9
Air Mails
  General lots, G.B & Ireland including 1911 Aerial Post 10 - 64
  Europe, Transatlantic Flights, Americas, Middle East, Africa 65 - 96
  India, Persian Gulf 97 - 239
  Malaya, Far East, Australia, New Zealand 240 - 265
  Crash Mail 266 - 312
Wreck Mail, Train Crashes, Damaged Mail 313 - 330
World War One, including Air Forces, P.O.W & Internee Mail 331 - 397
World War Two P.O.W Mail, Cinderellas & Patriotic Labels 398 - 409
Great Britain
  Stamps 410 - 471
  Officials, Postal Fiscals, Postage Dues, Revenues & Cinderellas 472 - 495
  Postal History - Mixed Lots 496 - 515
  Cancellations, Christmas - Posted in Advance for Xmas Day 516 - 559
  Exhibitions, Congresses & Special Events 560 - 594
  Late Fees, Maritime Mail 595 - 622
  Military & Naval, Mulreadys, Pictorial Envelopes, Postage Dues 623 - 635
  Postal Reform, Postal Stationery 636 - 664
  Railways, Registered & Express Mail, Royalty, Telegraphs 665 - 686
  Uniform Penny Post - covers from the Peter Chadwick Collection 687 - 727
  Bristol, English Counties, Scotland 728 - 752

Friday 11th March 2022 - to be sold at 10.30 am

Worldwide Stamps & Covers - Mixed Lots, Proofs & Essays 753 - 768
British Empire - Mixed Lots, Omnibus Issues, Proofs & Essays 769 - 815
Aden, Antigua, Ascension, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Bechuanaland 816 - 847
Belgian Congo, including Katanga, Ruanda-Urundi, Zaire 848 - 1018
Bermuda, Bolivia, British Honduras, British Levant, British Solomon Islands 1019 - 1029
Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Ceylon, Chile, China, Colombia 1030 - 1067
Crete, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Falkland Islands, Fiji, France & Colonies 1068 - 1102
Gambia, Germany & Colonies, Gilbert & Ellice Is., Gold Coast, Greenland 1103 - 1117
Grenada, Hong Kong & Treaty Ports, India & States, Ionian Islands 1118 - 1147
Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, KUT, Labuan 1148 - 1182
Leeward Islands, Malaya, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Morocco, Nauru 1183 - 1207
New Zealand, Nigeria, North Borneo, Nyasaland, Palestine, Panama 1208 - 1232
Papua, including New Guinea, PNG 1233 - 1379
Paraguay, Peru, Pitcairn Island, Portugal & Colonies, Rhodesia 1380 - 1395
Russia, St. Helena, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent 1396 - 1407
Sarawak 1408 - 1508
Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa including Provinces, Boer War 1509 - 1535
Sudan, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, UN, USA, Virgin Islands 1536 - 1550
Zanzibar 1551 - 1614

(Also See Lots 676/7, 679/80, 682/5, 1592)

  c.1800-1911 Letters, etc., with autographs, mainly artists or authors, including 1825 letter written and signed by the wood engraver Thomas Bewick from Gateshead, to fellow engraver Richard Wingate discussing engravings of birds (folded, faults but a scarce signature); 1848 letter from the artist Alfred Edward Chalon; undated letter from Jerome K. Jerome, author of "Three Men in a Boat"; 1864 letter from the artist Edward Henry Corbould regretting he has no photo of himself to give as requested, including sketches of two photos taken of him which may be had from a Douglas photographer; two undated letters from the artist Edwin Landseer concerning the purchase of the painting "The Judgement of Solomon" from Haydons Studies at the auction held by Fosters of Pall Mall, etc. (23). £300-350
  George Cruikshank, etc. 1827-57 Entire letters and covers addressed to the artist and caricaturist George Cruikshank (16), four with sketches drawn by Cruikshank, and further sketches on a small piece initialled "GCK". Also various other autographed letters and notes including artists and sculptors, Richard Tattersall, Benjamin, Leonard or Joseph Wyon, etc. (c.40). £150-180
  Joseph Chamberlain/Winston Churchill. 1899 (Nov 13) Four page letter written and signed by Joseph Chamberlain, the Colonial Secretary, to Winston Churchill, thanking him for a copy of his latest book "The River War", and referring to the Boer War - "I suppose that you are now once more in the thick of things & I hope you will have the opportunity of describing the most interesting state of the present conflict. Up to the present time it has proceeded very much as I expected when I saw you last, except that we have held our own better than I hoped & the conduct of the troops has exceeded even the most sanguine anticipations. I imagine that you will not find many of your contemporaries to whom it has been given to witness & report the exploits of British arms in such different circumstances as those in the North West Frontier, Egypt & the Transvaal". £150-180
  Artists. 1947-51 Letters (23, twenty with envelopes) and a postcard, handwritten signed letters from various artists to J.A Wilkinson in Morpeth including a good series of letters from Dorothea Sharp (9), many discussing paintings sold to Wilkinson; others from Frank Brangwyn, William Russell Flint (3) and Laura Knight, also Borlase Smart, Steven Spurrier, C. Spencelaugh (4), W.G de Glehn, Hugh Ridge, Francis Hodge and Francis Whiting. (24). £200-250

(Also See Lots 522, 562/3, 636, 638-641, 822, 848, 1161)

  Postcards. 1891 ½d Postal stationery postcards with printed "ROYAL NAVAL EXHIBITION / TOP OF EDDYSTONE LIGHTHOUSE" and a picture of a lighthouse on the reverse, postally used with the Eddystone Lighthouse Exhibition datestamp (2); 1897 QV Diamond Jubilee picture postcard posted in 1897 from London to the USA; and a picture postcard of Oxford posted to Germany in 1899. (4). £100-120
  Picture Postcards. c.1900-40 Cards, mainly British (c.1060), also some foreign (c.190) including West Indies, British Empire Exhibition and earlier exhibitions, shipping, railways, Christmas, comic, aeroplanes, etc. Also some more recent cards, a few signed photos, ephemera, cigarette cards and Christmas cards, and 1924 Wembley Exhibition official guide. (1,250+). £400-500
  Philatelic Literature. "The Postal History of Bristol", volumes 1-4; "British Censorship of Civil Mails during WW1, 1914-1919" and "Prisoners of War in British Hands during WW1" both by Graham Mark; various Forces Postal History Society publications (5), etc. (17). Also a few non philatelic books. (22). £50-60
  Stamp Boxes. Various stamp boxes (32), stamp coil dispensers (5), blotters (2) and a paper knife, including items made of silver (12, four hallmarked), brass, agate, marble, bone, ivory, glass, ceramics, mother of pearl, wood or leather, some American, an interesting collection. (40). £400-500
  Stamp Boxes. Two examples of The "Wonderland" Postage Stamp Case, both within card folders, together with the booklets "Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter Writing" by Lewis Carroll, all within a printed envelope. Also a third example of the card case (missing the folder, booklet and envelope), all three stamp cases with a picture of Alice in slightly differing colours. £120-150

(Also See Lots 349, 588, 1003/5, 1105, 1159, 1193, 1217, 1362, 1372, 1505/8, 1613/4)

  Duchess of Bedford. 1911 (May 3) Letter written and signed by Mary, Duchess of Bedford, on S.Y "Sapphire" notepaper (but written from Woburn Abbey), ordering books on ornithology. A noted Aviatrix, she broke the flight record to South Africa in the 1930s, and organised the first all-woman flying meeting in 1931. £100-120
  Alan Cobham. 1931 (Feb 26) Cover from London to "Sq Ldr W.D Long, Ministry of Communication, Cairo" carried on the Imperial Airways first flight, with an enclosed typed letter signed by Alan Cobham on his headed notepaper; a picture postcard of Sir Alan Cobham's Air Liner "Youth of Britain" signed in ink by Alan Cobham; and a 5/- ticket for a flight during the 1934 National Aviation Day Display organised by Cobham. (3). £180-220
  Alan Cobham. 1931 (Feb 27) Cover from London to "The Hon. R.S.D Rankin, The Resident, Zanzibar" franked 7d, carried on the first Imperial Airways flight, with an enclosed letter signed by Cobham on his headed notepaper. Also unused imperforate 1925 London - Cape Town flight vignettes (2), supplement to "Airways" with details of his Cape flight, a 1928 photograph of his aeroplane, and a newspaper caricature signed by Cobham in 1969. (6). £200-240
Click to view full image... Von Gronau. 1932 Round the World Flight covers flown from Shanghai (Sep 24) to Manila, or from Manila (Sep 29) to Soerabaya both with the violet cachet "ROUND THE WORLD FLIGHT / CAPT. WOLFGANG VON GRONAU 1932 / MANILA"; photograph of the crew taken in Detroit, signed by Von Gronau; and a news cutting. Also 1930 Von Gronau Germany to New York flight, cover flown in the final leg from Halifax (Aug 26) to New York; covers from the subsequent tour of the USA (3) all signed by Von Gronau, one also signed by the other three crew members; and news cuttings (5). An interesting group concerning the two pioneer long distance flights made by this German aviator. (7+). Photo on Page 8. £400-500
  Air Mail labels and leaflets. 1920-38 Labels and leaflets issued by the British Post Office or Imperial Airways including 1920 (Aug.) first G.P.O leaflet on Air Mail Services with an example of the first Air Mail label attached; 1921 (Apr.) European Air Mail timetable; other 1929-38 G.P.O pamphlets (9) and 1931 Air Mail timetable issued by Imperial Airways; c.1928-37 Air Mail bag labels (2) and a letter bundle label; Imperial Airways booklets of Air Mail labels (12, three exploded); Imperial Airways Air Mail publicity labels (7); 1930 postcard depicting the special blue Air Mail van and posting box, flown to Germany with first day use of the "LONDON F.S / AIR MAIL" c.d.s; 1937 Christmas concession labels waiving the surcharge on underpaid mail, British P.O labels unused (2) or on a cover from South Africa, also similar unused labels issued in South Africa (strip of five), Kenya (2) or Southern Rhodesia. A fine and interesting lot. (46). £400-500
  Imperial Airways. 1924-38 Ephemera including c.1924 illustrated Paris to London luggage labels (2, one applied to a tie-on tag with red weight label); leaflets comprising 1931 England to Egypt & Northern Africa, Summer 1931 European Services, July 1933 New London to Calcutta Air Route (2), Summer 1938 European timetable, 1938 Winter timetable England to Egypt, Iraq, India, Hong Kong, Malaya & Australia, also picture postcards (2), etc. (10+). £140-160
  1934-39 Imperial Airways covers, virtually all commercial, including 1936 North Borneo cover franked 75c to G.B, 1934 cover from Singapore franked $2.41 to G.B, 1935 cover from G.B to Seychelles, 1935 Italy cover flown to Jerusalem, etc. Also 1934 British and Indian Post Office leaflets on Air Mail rates and routes. A useful lot, virtually all commercial. (31). £200-240
  1935-36 Imperial Airways covers all delayed en route, comprising 1935 (Apr 30) cover from Sydney franked 12/- and May 4th cover from India both delayed at Cawnpore (IW335); 1935 (Dec 2) cover from Afghanistan to France delayed at Basra and Alexandria (IW398); 1936 (Mar 16) cover from India delayed by forced landing in Mediterranean (IW427); also 1935 cover from Australia flown via Malta due to the rebellion in Greece. (5). £120-150

Great Britain & Ireland
(Also See Lots 255/8, 588)

  1911-38 Covers, cards and labels including 1911 London to Windsor postcard and emergency printing envelope used; 1923 J.P.S Air Mail stamp essay labels (16); 1934 Air Post exhibition covers and cards (5), labels (18), Zucker rocket post vignettes (4) and unused pigeongram; 1934 Island Air Express booklet of 20 labels, etc. (38+). £200-250
  1921-30 Covers and cards flown from G.B to Europe including 1921-23 covers franked 4½d to Paris (3), 1924 London-Copenhagen first flight, British Empire Exhibition flight to Berlin, 1928 cover posted at Balmoral Castle flown to Berlin, London to Stockholm first night flight, 1929 (Mar 20) postcards to Paris franked 3½d or 9½d (for express delivery) both delivered at the same time, 1930 Express late fee cover franked 1/2½d flown from London to Mannheim, etc. Also a 1923 letter (with cover) from Handley Page Transport Ltd in Paris, and associated postcards. (17). £240-280
  1925-77 Covers comprising internal flights (25, mainly first flights), external first flights (11) and other commercial covers (23), including 1933 (Aug 20) Western Air Express Plymouth to London flight bearing a 3d Air stamp but the postage unpaid so charged 3d postage due; first flights to Leopoldville, Antananarivo and Mossamedes; 1941 covers to Singapore returned to sender with air fee refunded (2, one with G.P.O slip); and other commercial pre-war covers with rates up to 10/6. An interesting lot, nearly all pre 1942. (60). £250-300
  1929 (Oct 18/25) Special flights from London to the British fleet at Corfu, covers carried on the first flight to H.M.S "Courageous", or the second flight to H.M.S "Royal Sovereign" with the ship's cachet on reverse. Also a 1929 (Nov 28) receipt from Francis J. Field showing these two covers were sold for 22/6 just a month after they were posted. Scarce, very few flown. (2+). £100-120
  1931-40 Covers and cards to, from or via G.B including 1931 Corfu to London first acceptance for mail to USA, 1933 first London to Bucharest flight, 1935 London to Budapest first flight (5, one a test letter), commercial covers including express mail, etc. (26). £150-180
  1932 (July 19) Cover from Ashford to Buenos Ayres franked 8/- for French air service from Toulouse via Dakar, bearing 6d + Bradbury Wilkinson 2/6 + 5/-, an attractive cover with Toulouse and Buenos Ayres backstamps. £160-200
  1934-36 Covers from G.B comprising 1934 first 3d rate postcards to Calcutta or Singapore and first 6d rate letters to Bombay, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore (also a cover from Germany to India carried on this first reduced rate flight franked 65pf); 1934 first accelerated flight to Malta; 1935 first bi-weekly flight to Rangoon, first Tuesday service to Calcutta, May 7th Silver Jubilee set on F.D.C flown to Athens; 1936 Imperial Airways test letter to Athens, also the Post Office leaflet on the second stage of the Empire Air Mail scheme to Africa, India and Malaya. (12). £120-150
Click to view full image... Ireland. 1932 Bank of England envelope with "LONDON / 1½d / PAID" imprint, addressed to Maryborough, Queens Co., carried on one of the special War Loans Conversion Notice flights of July 1st - 4th, handstamped "SPECIAL / AIR", fine and scarce. Photo on Page 8. £200-250
Click to view full image... Ireland. 1932 (July 2) Cover from London to Maryborough, Queens Co, with London 1½d Paid machine, three enclosed letters from the Bank of England concerning the conversion of war loans, the cover handstamped "SPECIAL / AIR". Flights were made from London to Ireland on July 1st - 4th to deliver War Loan Conversion Notices, the covers receiving this "SPECIAL / AIR" cachet. Only commercial covers without stamps were carried and very few covers were therefore kept. Light vertical fold and minor creasing, otherwise fine and scarce. Photo on Page 8. £200-250

1911 Coronation Aerial Post
(Also See Lot 113)

Click to view full image... Postcard essay in green, printed from the envelope block C, various differences to the issued cards include "Copyright" below the lower left corner and "Address only to be written here" in italic lettering, the reverse stating "contains correspondence card" (instead of "special note paper"), Hendon Aerodrome (instead of London Aerodrome) and including the printers imprint "Bemrose & Sons Ltd., London and Derby". A rare essay in fine condition, the front with faint "SPECIMEN" handstamp. Photo on Page 8. £800-1,000
Click to view full image... London to Windsor postcard proofs in dull olive green, uncut vertical pair with large edge margins, from the single proof sheet of thirty retained by Sir Walter Windham, subsequently divided into singles and pairs. Minor staining but finer than many proofs from this sheet, some of which had significant creasing. Signed and certified on reverse by F.J Field as positions 1, 6 from the unique proof sheet, also with his 1972 paper certificate. Photo on Page 8. £800-1,000
Click to view full image... Postcard proof in brown, printed on thick card, the reverse blank, very rare. Photo on Page 8. £500-600
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 15) Postcard in a deep red brown, the corner imprints barely visible, the reverse entirely blank, almost certainly a proof card. Addressed to Switzerland with KEVII ½d and KGV ½d each tied by the London Aerial Post c.d.s code 2, a Luzern arrival c.d.s (Sep 27) on the front, redirected back to England with Godalming (Sep 28) backstamp. Very fine and unusual. Photo on Page 8. £150-200
Click to view full image... Envelope proof with enclosed notepaper, both in an unissued green colour, superb unused. Photo on Page 10. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 16) London to Windsor envelope proof with enclosed notepaper, both in an unissued green colour franked by a KEVII 1d tied by the Windsor Aerial Post c.d.s code 2, Caterham Valley arrival backstamp (Sep 19). Part flap missing and a few minor edge faults but a scarce postally used proof envelope, flown from Windsor. Photo on Page 10. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 15) London to Windsor proof envelope in an unissued green colour, postally used with KGV 1d tied by the Aerial Post c.d.s code "3". Some proofs were sold to the public and postally used when the standard envelopes began to run out. Flap torn, otherwise fine and unusual. Photo on Page 10. £200-240
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 9) Envelope proof in an unissued red colour, the monogram omitted from the reverse, with enclosed notepaper printed in a similar red colour on light blue paper, the letter written from Hendon Aerodrome. Addressed to "Sir James Murray, Oxford", franked KGV 1d tied by the London Aerial Post c.d.s code 6, used at Hendon Aerodrome, marked inside the flap "arrived at Oxford 15 Sept 1911", flown on one of the two Sept. 14th flights. A very scarce postally used envelope proof. Photo on Page 10. £250-300
Click to view full image... Proof impressions of the Aerial Post datestamps, a piece of lined white paper with London code 4 datestamp dated 1911 only and Windsor code 2 datestamp of 16 SP both in violet ink; and two impressions of the London code 1 datestamp dated SP 9, in black on brown paper. Also a piece cut from a waybill with London code 5 datestamp dated SP 12 (the "12" in manuscript). Very unusual. (5 datestamps on 3 pieces). Photo on Page 76. £150-200
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 9) Violet London to Windsor privilege mail postcard, a KGV ½d tied by the London Aerial Post c.d.s code "1". Sent by S. Kenealy, who writes "The first aerial postcard sent with letters from the King + Queen of England ..... the hard work to ensure the success of the scheme was done by your father who sends this card to his little son". Kenealy was the Aerial Post Secretary at P.C Burton, the official Aerial Post agents. Photo on Page 10. £400-450
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 9) Violet London to Windsor postcard with the printed text "Souvenir of the First United Kingdom Aerial Post". With the Compliments of the Founder. This Post Card was carried in the First Bag and on the First Journey from London to Windsor", signed by Walter Windham, addressed to "Mrs Rawlins, c/o Major Windham, Bunbridge" and redirected to Heaming Hall at Aysgarth, a KEVII ½d tied by the London Aerial Post c.d.s code "4". A fine example of this very scarce card produced for Walter Windham, sent to his father's address. Photo on Page 10. £900-1,200
Click to view full image... London to Windsor violet privilege mail postcard with red "Aerial Post Closed" post box printed to the right of the picture, the reverse with six line new year greetings from D. Lewis-Poole, organiser of the Aerial Post. A scarce card, superb colour and extremely fine. Photo on Page 10. £300-350
  1911 (Sep 9) Green London to Windsor postcard bearing two KGV ½d stamps, one applied to the base of the card, both with the Aerial Post c.d.s, one a little unclear at base but appears to be code "1", the other code "4", unusual. £120-140
  1911 (Sep 9-16) London to Windsor envelopes in green or purple-brown, London to Windsor postcards in brown (5), red-brown (4) or green (3), and Windsor to London postcards (3) all with Aerial Post datestamps (two code "5" or "6" c.d.s of Hendon Aerodrome), several cards with the sheet position identified, two bearing KEVII ½d stamps, one to New Zealand franked by two KGV ½d stamps, all fine. (17). £360-420
  Ceylon. 1911 (Sep 9) Brown London to Windsor postcard with two KGV ½d stamps tied by Aerial Post code "2" datestamps, addressed to Lindula, Ceylon, backstamped at Colombo (Sep 30) and Lindula (Oct 1), a fine card to an uncommon destination. £120-150
  Ireland. 1911 (Sep 9) Brown London to Windsor postcard with J. & J. Colman advert on reverse, posted at Hendon Aerodrome with KGV ½d tied by the Aerial Post code "5" c.d.s, addressed to Monkstown, Co. Dublin. A scarce advert card to Ireland. £100-120
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 9) Brown London postcard with Bovinine Company advert printed on the reverse, used with Aerial Post c.d.s code "2", very minor corner creasing, otherwise fine and a scarce advert. Photo on Page 12. £200-240
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 9?) Brown London postcard with Brown Brothers advert printed on the reverse, used with Aerial Post c.d.s, small corner crease, otherwise fine, an uncommon advert. Photo on Page 12. £140-160
  1911 (Sep 9) Brown London to Windsor postcard used with the Aerial Post code "4" c.d.s, the reverse with advert for F. Hedges Butler, founder of the Royal Aero Club, celebrating ten years since the club's foundation, with illustrations of a balloon and aeroplane, very fine. £100-120
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 9) Green London postcard with The Gramophone Co. Ltd advert printed on the reverse, used with Aerial Post c.d.s code "4", tiny edge tear, otherwise fine and a scarce advert. Photo on Page 12. £150-180
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 9) Brown London postcard with Nobels Explosives advert printed on the reverse, used with Aerial Post c.d.s code "2" to "Clova Shootings, Lumsden, N.B", minor creasing and two small edge tears, a very scarce advert. Photo on Page 12. £180-220
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 15) Green London postcard, the reverse with handstamps of "ENGLISH & SCOTTISH LAW LIFE OFFICE" and "THE BRITISH LAW FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED" in Queen Victoria St., London E.C, manuscript "J.P Wansboughs Compts by first aerial post", with Aerial Post c.d.s code "1". A very scarce advert, very fine. Photo on Page 12. £180-220
  1911 (Sep 9) Brown London to Windsor postcard with Educational Book Co. advert on reverse, addressed to Col. W.W Bemrose in Derby, with Aerial Post c.d.s code "3". Bemrose of Derby were the printers of the Aerial Post cards. £120-140
Click to view full image... 1911 (Sep 15) Brown London postcard with Oxo advert printed on the reverse, addressed to The Master of St. Giles-in-the-Fields Union Workhouse, with Aerial Post c.d.s code "1". One of the rarest of all the adverts, very fine. Photo on Page 12 £300-350
G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction number 49) Day 1
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 10th March 2022 Time: 10:30AM
Details: Please contact the office for sale details.
Please note new locations: Great Connaught Rooms,
61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA
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