Auction Details
G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 54) Day 1 of 2
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 25th April 2024 Time: 10:30AM
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Auction Lots - Page 15
702
  Ahmednagar Civil Camp. 1915-16 Postcard and cover to Germany both with printed heading "CIVIL DETENUS LETTER" or "CIVIL DETENUS POST CARD" and "Passed by Superintendent, Civil Camp, Ahmednagar", and a stampless cover to Bombay, the postcard and stampless cover both with violet boxed "PASSED CENSOR / JHG / Superintendent / Civil Camp, Ahmednagar", the printed cover with unframed "Passed by ..... Superintendent / Civil Concentration Camp". Fine and scarce. (3). £180-220
703
  Belgaum. 1915-19 Covers and cards, four stampless items with "Colonel / Supt. Civil Camp, Belgaum" in violet (2) or black (2, handstamp worn), three with additional "Service of Prisoners of War" above, one also handstamped "PASSED CENSOR / BELGAUM / W.E.H", one unusual card to another P.O.W at Ahmednagar and forwarded to Maadi Camp in Egypt with Sidi Bishr P.O.W Camp censor cachet; cover from Bombay to Belgaum with violet "PASSED / CENSOR, BELGAUM" and red censor seals; and a card from the camp to England probably from a camp guard. (6). £120-140
704
  Bellary. 1915 Stampless postcard and cover from the civilian internee camp (which closed by the end of 1916), sent within India endorsed "Prisoner of War Letter", with violet "CENSORED / W.N.H / SUPT., BELLARY" or "Passed Postal Censor". Fine and very scarce, very little mail recorded from this camp. (2). £120-150
705
Click to view full image... Dagshai. 1916 Printed Ahmednagar Camp P.O.W postcard with the camp name changed to Dagshai in manuscript, handstamped fancy framed "PASSED CENSOR / G.E.R", and a stampless cover endorsed "Prisoners of War Letter Censorship Stamp, Passed by Commandant, Prisoners of War, Dagshai" with violet oval "STATION STAFF OFFICE / Dy. No. / Date / DAGSHAI", both sent by A. Fritz to Germany. Fine and very scarce, very little mail recorded from this Convalescent Camp. (2). Photo on Page 102. £160-180
706
  Katapahar. 1917 Stampless cover to Switzerland endorsed "Prisoner of War Service, no stamp required, Civil Detenus Letter" with violet boxed "Passed by / G. RYLE SMITH / Supervising Officer / KATAPAHAR", Bombay censor cachet and label, light backstamp. Very scarce, very few covers recorded from this camp, which held just 36 people in a census of March 1916. £120-140
707
Click to view full image... Kodaikanal. 1915 Stampless cover to Germany endorsed "Free Service of Prisoners of War" with boxed "PASSED CENSOR / KODAIKANAL", Bombay censor and circular "POST FREE / P.C. / PRISONERS OF WAR", Kodaikanal backstamp. Very few items recorded from internees at Kodaikanal, believed to be the only recorded example of this censor cachet. Photo on Page 102. £100-120
708
  Ramandrug. 1918-19 Printed Ahmednagar Camp P.O.W postcard with the camp name altered to Ramandrug in manuscript, reverse handstamped "FROHE / WEIHNACHTEN & Neujahr", and a Prisoners of War envelope on white shiny paper, both with boxed dated "PASSED CENSOR" cachets of Ahmednagar with differing censor initials. Scarce, very little mail recorded from this Convalescent Camp. (2). £160-200
709
Click to view full image... Sholapur. c.1918 Stampless cover to Holland with censor label on reverse, and a Prisoners of War envelope on white shiny paper to Germany, both with violet "Lieut. Colonel, / Supt. Civil Camp, / Sholapur" and a Bombay censor cachet, the plain cover with violet "Service of Prisoners of War", the P.O.W envelope with red boxed "Forwarded as a / Special Case". The P.O.W envelope with two file holes at left, otherwise fine and very scarce. Very few covers recorded from this camp, the "Special Case" cachet the only example recorded. (2). Photo on Page 102. £160-200
710
  Takdah. 1917 (Nov 27) Stampless cover to Ghum, headed "On Prisoner of War Service" with violet boxed "Passed by / Supervising Officer / TAKDAH" (signed), despatch and arrival backstamps. A little toning but rare, virtually no mail recorded from this camp. £100-120
711
  Yercaud. 1918-19 Stampless postcards (2), one with "On Prisoners of War Service" printed heading, and a printed cover "Prisoners of War Letter, For Transmission Overseas from India, Prisoners of War, Yercaud" (5,000 - 8-1-18 imprint) sent to Germany, Sweden or the Red Cross in Switzerland, two with violet circular "PASSED BY CENSOR / YERCAUD" with or without a central crown, the other with circular Madras censor. Fine and scarce. (3). £180-220
712
Click to view full image... Burma - Shwebo. 1918 (Oct 1) Stampless cover to Switzerland inscribed "On Prisoners of War Service. Postage Free", endorsed "Passed by Censor, N.N Smart, DC Shwebo, W.W.W" backstamped at Shwebo and St. Gallen, opened out, fine and rare. Shwebo used as a Convalescent Camp for civilians from Thayetmyo Camp, very few covers recorded. Photo on Page 102. £200-250
713
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... Burma - Thayetmyo. 1917 Printed P.O.W envelopes to Bombay, one with "From Prisoners of War Camp, Thayetmyo / Burma, India" printed at the base with a printed circle for the censor cachet, with differing circular censor cachets in violet, "CENSORSHIP STAMP / Passed by / Commandant / Date 25 JAN 1917 / signature or initials / R.J.H / Camp THAYETMYO / BURMA" or "CENSORSHIP STAMP / Passed by / Commandant / 4 MAR 1918 / R.J.H / P. of W. Camp, THAYETMYO". Backstamped at Thayetmyo and Bombay, the standard type P.O.W cover with minor soiling, otherwise fine and scarce. (2). Photo on Page 104. £300-350

Air Mails
(Also see lot 381)

714
Click to view full image... 1911 (Feb 18) Allahabad First Aerial Post, cover to Bombay with KEVII 1a tied by the pictorial Aerial Post cancel in magenta, Allahabad and Bombay Fort backstamps, fine. Photo on Page 104. £200-250
715
Click to view full image... 1911 (Feb 18) Allahabad First Aerial Post, cover to Jubbulpore with KEVII 3p (2) and ½a tied by the pictorial Aerial Post cancels in magenta, Allahabad and Jubbulpore backstamps, fine. Photo on Page 104 £200-250
716
Click to view full image... 1911 (Feb 18) Allahabad First Aerial Post, registered cover to Bombay franked KEVII 1r tied by the special pictorial Aerial Post handstamp in magenta with a second strike on the front, reverse with a registration label bearing boxed "R / ALLAHABAD" and datestamps of Allahabad and Bombay. Fine and a scarce high franking, additional strikes of the Aerial Post handstamp usually only applied to privileged mail items with the handstamp in black and to highly franked covers bearing rupee value stamps. Photo on Page 104. £450-550
717
Click to view full image...Click to view full image... 1911 (Feb 18) Allahabad First Aerial Post, cover addressed to "Clarksonville, Cave Valley P.O, Jamaica, West Indies" with KEVII ½a pair cancelled by the special pictorial Aerial Post handstamp in magenta, backstamped at Allahabad, Bombay, Kingston (Mar 23) and Cave Valley. A remarkable and unique destination, presumably the first Air Mail cover ever sent to the West Indies. Photo on Page 104. £2,400-2,800
718
  1920 (Jan.-Mar.) Karachi to Bombay experimental air service, covers carried on the first, fifth and seventh flights from Karachi, or the first or seventh flights from Bombay, all with special Air Post datestamps, the Bombay first flight cover registered, all very fine. (5). £250-300
719
Click to view full image... 1925 (Feb 5) Anglo-Indian Survey Flight by Alan Cobham, picture postcard of Cobham's De Havilland aircraft flown from Calcutta to London with the violet flight cachet and green vignette, bearing an uncancelled India 1a stamp, posted upon arrival with a "WADDON AERODROME / CROYDON" c.d.s (Mar 17), "1d / E.C" charge mark and a 1d postage due stamp cancelled at Kensington W., signed by the flight engineer Arthur B. Elliott. Fine, 31 postcards flown to London. Photo on Page 104. £150-180
720
Click to view full image... 1927 (Feb 16) Stack and Leete Karachi to Delhi flight, flown cover with KGV 1a tied by the special cancel in violet, unusually addressed to Ceylon, signed by Neville Stack. An uncommon pilot signed cover to Ceylon. Photo on Page 108. £120-150
721
  1927 (Feb 16) Stack and Leete Karachi to Delhi flight via Lahore, covers with the special cancel in violet, flown from Karachi to Lahore (2, sixty flown), or Karachi to Delhi (3, one to Gwalior), all fine. (5). £150-180
722
  1927-40 First Flights and other special flights, covers including 1927 Stack & Leete Karachi to Lahore flight (60 flown), 1933 (Mar 21) Dacca to Dum Dum experimental flight (53 flown), 1933 (Sep 6) Edmonstone Island to Dum Dum flight with a cargo of fish (55 flown), 1933 (Dec 1-4) Indian National Airways flights (7), 1934 (Dec 4) Lahore to Karachi flight cover to Bahrein, 1936 Paris to Saigon flight by Arnoux and Japy which crashed at Karachi, etc. (24). £400-500
723
  1929 (Mar 30/Apr 7) Cover from England to Bombay, carried on the Imperial Airways first flight to Karachi, unusually signed by the pilot Capt. A.S Wilcockson; and covers carried on the first return flight from Karachi to London (5, one registered), two unusually franked by a single 1r or 5r. (6). £120-150
724
  1929 (Apr 7) Covers from Karachi to USA, carried on the first Imperial Airways Karachi to London flight, flown to Bushire, Jask or London. (3). £100-120
725
  1929 (May 21) Calcutta to Darjeeling flight by Bengal Air Transport Co., flown cover franked KGV 1a with arrival backstamp, and printed newspaper wrapper "PRESS-PACKET / The Englishman / PER BENGAL AIR TRANSPORT Co" with printed address of Darjeeling, inscribed and signed "Genuine flown copy, Stephen H. Smith". 78 Covers flown (64 cancelled at Calcutta), the newspaper wrappers scarce. (2). £150-200
726
  1929 Imperial Airways flights, covers from Calcutta to Switzerland or Germany carried on the August 4th first flight from Karachi to Genoa; and covers carried on the November 12th Karachi to London flight over the new Middle Eastern route, to Baghdad, Alexandria or London (2, one registered from Sangrur, Jind State). Scarce, few covers carried on the Genoa flight, just two services flown over the altered itinerary in November. (6). £120-150
727
  Aerodrome Datestamps. 1929-31 Covers and cards with differing "AERODROME" datestamps used at Quetta (1929) or Karachi (1930), 1931 souvenir card from the first Aero Philatelic Exhibition with "CIVIL AERODROME / DELHI" c.d.s, 1931 "AERODROME / JODHPUR" c.d.s on reverse of first flight covers from Delhi (Feb. 10/Mar 31) or as cancel on first flight cover to Delhi (Nov 23), an uncommon group. (6). £160-200
728
  1929-39 Flight covers, mainly first or special flights from India including 1929 covers to Australia franked for Perth to Adelaide service (2), 1931 first intended flight from India to Western Canada (flight aborted), 1931 first flight to London with night flying from Basra to Baghdad, 1932 first acceptance to South Africa, 1933 first flights to Rangoon (2, one to Tokyo) and return flight, 1933 first Guadur to Singapore flight, 1934 first 3d postcard rate from G.B to India, 1935 first duplicate service to Singapore, 1938 first accelerated service to G.B (2), 1939 first regular service to New Zealand, etc. (18). £350-450
729
  1929 (Dec 30) Karachi to Delhi by Indian Air Services, covers carried on the first flight from Karachi to Jodhpur or Delhi (registered), and covers (3) and a postcard carried on the first return flight from Delhi, addressed to G.B (2), Germany or USA. (6). £120-150
730
  1930 (Aug/Sep) Jacobabad to Reti emergency R.A.F flights due to flooding, covers franked 1a flown from Jacobabad to Reti (Sep 1) or Reti to Jacobabad (Aug 12), and a 1a envelope flown from Jacobabad to Reti (Aug 21) redirected back to Jacobabad and also carried on the return flight, all with violet "EMERGENCY AIR MAIL" cachets. (3). £200-250
731
  1931 (Feb 25) Imperial Airways first despatch to Africa sent entirely by air, covers to Assouan, Nairobi, Mwanza, Dodoma, Selukwe or Johannesburg all flown from Karachi to Cairo to connect with the East Africa service, also a March 7th cover to Mwanza carried on the first flight after the official Post Office notification of the service in India. The Dodoma cover a little stained, otherwise fine and scarce with very small postings to most destinations, three registered. (7). £300-400
732
Click to view full image... 1931 (Apr 13) Cover from Bombay to Goa franked 1a, red "FIRST AIR MAIL / FROM BOMBAY TO / PORTUGUESE INDIA", Nova Goa backstamp. Very scarce, just 15 covers flown. Photo on Page 108. £150-180
733
  1932 (Jan 5) Delhi to Karachi first flight by the Delhi Flying Club, cover to England signed by the pilot P.D Sharma, just 17 covers flown. £100-120
734
Click to view full image... 1932 (Oct. 17/18) Tata Sons Ltd, Karachi to Madras route, small Aero-Philatelic Club of Calcutta covers carried on the first return flight from Madras, Bellary, Bombay or Ahmedabad all addressed to Gwadur, with arrival datestamps; and covers posted at Gwadur carried on the Oct. 20th return flight by Imperial Airways and Tata, addressed to Ahmedabad, Bombay, Bellary or Madras. Fine and scarce, very few covers flown to or from Gwadur. (8). Photo on Page 108. £600-700
735
  Saudi Arabia. 1932-35 Commercial air mail covers from Karachi to Jeddah franked 7½a, all flown from Karachi to Cairo, transit and arrival backstamps. A very unusual destination from India. (3). £180-220
736
  1933 (Apr 5) First KLM flight to Japan and the Philippines via Singapore, covers from Calcutta to Manila and Akyab to Tokyo, backstamped at Singapore (Apr 8), the Calcutta cover with a few edge faults, the Akyab cover registered, scarce. (2). £150-180
737
  1933 (July 7/11) England to India air route extension to Calcutta, covers carried on the first flight from Jodhpur to Cawnpore, Delhi to Cawnpore, Cawnpore to Allahabad, Asansol to Calcutta (2), or on the first return flight from Calcutta to Cawnpore, Delhi, Karachi (2), Bahrain, Baghdad, London (3, one underpaid and charged 4d, one posted at Rangoon), Salisbury (S. Rhodesia), Asansol to Baghdad, Khartoum, Allahabad to London, Delhi to Athens (posted at Simla), some very scarce, all fine. (19). £400-500
738
  1933 (Dec 1/8) Indian National Airways first flights between Rangoon and Calcutta, covers carried on the outward flight from Chittagong to Calcutta, and return flights from Calcutta to Chittagong, Akyab, Sandoway, Bassein, Rangoon, Chittagong to Akyab, Sandoway, Bassein to Sandoway, Chittagong, Calcutta, also Dec 1st first flights from Calcutta to Dacca or return flight, all fine. (13). £300-350
739
  1933 (Dec 23) Rangoon to Singapore extension, covers posted from Tavoy to Elisabethville or Kimberley, both intended to catch the first flight but handstamped with boxed "TOO LATE FOR AIR MAIL / 25 DEC 33 / RANGOON", unusual. (2). £120-150
740
  1934 (Jan 20) Picture Postcards depicting Capt. C.D and Mrs Barnard in front of their aeroplane "The Spider", flown from Calcutta to Bihar and back, bearing Bihar Earthquake Relief Fund flight label tied by "THE FLYING CIRCUS" cachet, 3p + ½a stamps cancelled at Calcutta, one card signed on the front by Capt. Barnard, the other signed by his wife. Two uncommon signed cards. (2). £160-200
741
  1934 (Feb 10/11) Madras to Calcutta service by Madras Air Taxi, cover from Baghdad flown to Vizagapatam, also a cover from Calcutta to Madras with flight cachet, the Iraq acceptance scarce. (2). £100-120
742
  1934 (Dec 4) Indian National Airways Lahore to Karachi service, first flight covers from Lahore to Bahrain, Basra, Baghdad, London (2), Rangoon, Akyab, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Tientsin or Christchurch, also a cover to Cape Town flown from Multan to Karachi and a cover flown from Sukkur to Karachi, the cover to New Zealand with Karachi-Lahore cachet applied in error and deleted, the cover to China with the Lahore-Karachi datestamps crossed through and "cancelled" written alongside. All fine, a scarce group, very small mailings to many overseas destinations. (13). £500-600
743
  1934 (Dec 6) Indian National Airways, Karachi to Lahore first return flight covers, from Karachi to Sukkur (2), Mooltan (2) or Lahore (2), Sukkur to Mooltan or Lahore, Mooltan to Lahore, all fine. (9). £100-120
744
Click to view full image... 1934 (Dec 14/15) First London to Australia service by Imperial Airways and Qantas, cover from Calcutta to Mr & Mrs Hudson Fysh in Brisbane signed by the pilot L.J Brain, and covers from Akyab to Rambang or Brisbane both signed by the pilot V.G Wilson, all fine, pilot signed covers very scarce. (3). Photo on Page 108. £300-350
745
  1934 (Dec 4) Covers bearing Chamba or Jhind stamps, intended for the Lahore to Karachi first flight, the Jhind cover registered from Sangrur sent by surface mail endorsed "State stamps are not available by air hence forwd by ordinary mail", the cover from Chamba flown. Also 1930 Patiala State 1a envelope bearing Patiala stamps to London with violet boxed "INSUFFICIENTLY PAID FOR / INDIA-LONDON AIR SERVICE"; and two 1933 (July 11/13) cover bearing Jhind or Chamba stamps both paid for air mail from Delhi to Karachi, the Jhind cover apparently flown, the Chamba cover sent by surface mail with the Air Mail label deleted by a handstruck cross. Minor staining but a scarce and unusual group. State stamps were not valid for air mail; however special permission was given for 62 covers bearing Chamba stamps to be accepted for the 1934 first flight between Lahore and Karachi. (5). £240-280
746
  1935 (Feb. - Nov.) Tata flight covers comprising Feb 25/26 Bombay to Calcutta demonstration flights (5), Oct. 29/Nov. 1 Bombay to Trivandrum demonstration flight (7, one to Cape Town), all fine. (12). £120-140
747
  Quetta Earthquake. 1935 (June 4 - 12) Stampless covers endorsed "Earthquake area" or "Ex Quetta", one to Mashobra with enclosed letter, the other two to England (one with flap missing), two handstamped "QUETTA EARTHQUAKE POSTAGE FREE", one also with triangular framed "I.S." inspectors mark. (3). £120-140
748
  1935-36 Covers from India to England all with boxed "TOO LATE FOR AIR MAIL" datestamps for Cawnpore, Sukkur or Delhi, the Cawnpore datestamp (2 Mar. 35) on a cover sent on the second Imperial Airways flight diverted from Athens to Malta due to political trouble in Greece, the Sukkur cover redirected to Switzerland with a G.B KEVIII 1d. (3). £100-120
749
  1936 (Dec 22/24) Tata Christmas flights to Ceylon, cover from Calcutta to Lady Ezra in Colombo only franked 3a with a "T" handstamp, and return flight covers from Colombo to London or Nairobi both signed by the pilot H.D Bhamcha, pilot signed covers scarce. (3). £120-150
750
  1936 (Dec 22/24) Tata Christmas flights to Ceylon, covers flown from Madras to Trichinopoly, Trichinopoly to Colombo or Madras to Colombo (6), and return flight covers from Colombo to Trichinopoly or Colombo to Madras (8, one to Manitoba). (17). £120-150
751
  1937 (Nov 10) Gwalior to Delhi, first return flight by Tata, cover with Gwalior overprint QV 1a6p + KGV ½a tied by the violet boxed flight cachet of Lashkar, and a Gwalior overprint 4a3p registration envelope bearing Gwalior overprint KGV 2a + India KGV 3p, 9p, 4a and KGVI 1a. Exceptionally Gwalior stamps were allowed on this one flight to Bombay and Delhi, 23 covers to Delhi bearing these State overprint stamps. (2). £120-150
Auction Details
G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 54) Day 1 of 2
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 25th April 2024 Time: 10:30AM
Details: For viewing details and enquiries regarding this auction - Telephone No. 0207 930 6100
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