Auction Details
G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 54) Day 2 of 2
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 26th April 2024 Time: 10:30AM
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Auction Lots - Page 11
1504
  1946 (Aug. 16) Air Mail Cover from Singapore to Tasmania franked B.M.A. 50c, pinned to a July 31st U.S.A. air mail cover to same addressee, both with some fire damage, accompanied by G.P.O. P.M.G. letter explaining the mail vehicle from Cambridge Aerodrome to Hobart G.P.O. developed a fire. £100-150
1505
  1946 (Nov. 5) Cover from Singapore to Holland franked B.M.A. 10c (2) + 50c pair tied by Singapore double ring skeleton c.d.s, Dutch Post Office printed labels either side with manuscript "Received in Damaged Condition Bussum" on reverse. £100-120
1506
  1952 (March) K.L.M. Johannesburg-Amsterdam crash near Frankfurt, cover from Kota Bharu, Kelantan, to Denmark franked 35c, handstamped "T/60c", with Danish label "Beskadiget ved flyveuheldet ved Frankfurt (Main) den 22.marts 1952. OMKARTERINGS POSTKONTORET, KOBENHAVN V.". Very scarce from Malaya. £200-300

1953 (May 2) Comet Crash at Calcutta

1507
  1953 (May 1) Covers from Singapore (3), showing the three different types of cachet, two metered, the other stamp washed off, bearing a U.K. R.A.F. forwarding slip with R.A.F. Collaton Cross handstamp. (3). £150-200
1508
  1953 (Apr. 30 - May 1) Covers (4) with the large cachets, two with Calcutta spelt with a 'C', others with a 'G', one of either spelling from the states of Perak and Selangor. (4). £150-200
1509
  1953 (May 1) Cover from Singapore to a sailor on M/S "Willem Ruys" at Rotterdam franked 60c, with large cachet (Calcutta spelt with a "C"), octagonal "T/CENTIMES/40" deleted. £80-100
1510
  1953 (May 1) Cover from Singapore to Norway with 85c meter, fine large cachet (Calcutta spelt with a "C"), a scarce destination. £100-120
1511
  1953 (May 1) Covers from Singapore to London with large cachet (Calcutta spelt with a "G"), one registered from Geylang. (2). £100-150
1512
  1953 (May 1) Singapore 20c registration envelope size H franked 35c, registered from Changi to London, with large cachet (Calcutta spelt with a "G"), a scarce use of stationery. £100-150
1513
Click to view full image... 1953 (May 1) Registered air mail cover from Singapore to South Orlceny (sic) Islands, Falkland Island Dependencies, correctly franked $1.25 + 20c registration, with large cachet (Calcutta spelt with a "G"). A remarkable destination, almost certainly unique to the South Orkney Islands. Photo on Page 190. £200-250
1514
  1953 (May 1) Cover from Singapore to G.B., soiled and edge faults, enclosed within an Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department ambulance envelope, which bears the large cachet (Calcutta spelt with a "G"), scarce. (2). £150-200
1515
  1953 (Apr. 30) Registered brown paper package franked $5.80 from Tanah Rata to England with large violet circular "Station Staff Cameron Highlands", from a Trooper Royal Lancers (probably sending tea), with large cachet (Calcutta spelt with a "G"), G.P.O. resealing tape with "FOUND OPEN AND / RESEALED IN R.L.O" handstamp. Severe faults but a remarkable franking, which includes a rare commercial use of the Pahang 1950 $5. £100-150
1516
  1953 (Apr. 30) Air Letters (2) and a cover from Pahang all with the scarcer small date cachet, comprising 50c air mail cover from Bentong marked "T" and 25c air letter, both to G.B., and a 35c air letter (front and reverse separated) to Kenya with cachet in an unusual reddish purple ink. (3). £150-200
1517
  1953 (May 1) Covers from Singapore to G.B. with the scarcer small date cachet, one cover with 70c meter, the other a Forces cover with Singapore slogan cancel, the stamp washed off. (2). £120-150
1518
  Sarawak. 1953 (Apr. 30-May 1) Covers from Kuching to G.B., a long official cover (May 13 arrival backstamp) and a registered cover franked 90c, both with the large cachet (the first with "C" spelling, second with 'G' spelling cachet applied across stamps), an unusual origin. (2). £130-150

1954 (Jan. 10) Comet Crash at Elba

1519
  1954 (Jan. 7/8) Air Letters with the stamps washed off, both with the "DAMAGED BY SEAWATER / COMET MAIL" cachet in bright red, one from Malacca unusually to Barbados with arrival c.d.s and "T" below "Y" cachet, the other from Kuala Lumpur with similar "T" below "B" cachet, both with London backstamps. (2). £120-150
1520
  1954 (Jan. 7) Covers from Klang, Selangor, and Kuantan, Pahang (a pair of Trengganu stamps stuck on back!), both with "T" below "Y" cachet, and an air letter from Kuala Lumpur with "T" below "B" cachet, all to G.B. The Klang cotton lined cover with "Found Open and Resealed" label, all with some or all stamps washed off, London arrival backstamps (Jan. 26-Feb. 1). (3). £150-200
1521
  1954 (Jan. 8) Covers from Singapore to G.B., both with the "T" below "Y" cachet, one with part reverse washed away but unusually with 35c pair franking remaining. (2). £100-150
1522
  1954 (Jan. 7/8) Cover from Penang and air letter from Kuala Lumpur, to G.B., both with "T" below "B" cachet, the cover with "Found Open and Resealed" tapes on reverse, the air letter unusually with a 5c stamp still attached, London arrival backstamps (Jan. 26). (2). £100-120
1523
  1954 (Jan. 8) Covers (2) and a picture postcard from Singapore with "T" below "B" cachets, comprising postcard with slogan cancel to Holland; registered cover with two strikes of cachet each side and London F.S. registration label, a "P125 H Postmaster much regrets..." label on reverse; and British Post Office O.H.M.S. ambulance envelope with very water damaged and torn cover enclosed both with the red cachet, all stamps washed off, London arrival datestamps (Jan. 21-Feb. 2). (4). £250-300
1524
  1954 (Jan. 8) Cover from Singapore to Sweden with "T" below "B" cachet on reverse, stamp washed off and a little water crumpled, an unusual destination. £100-120
1525
  Brunei. 1954 Long commercial cover to England with small part Brunei datestamp on the front and "T" below "Y" cachet in bright red, backflap with Brunei imprint and "Found Open and Resealed" tape tied London F.S. datestamps (Feb. 1). An offset of North Borneo stamps suggests Bornean mail was bagged together. Very small mail from Brunei £120-150
1526
  Sarawak. 1954 (Jan 7) Cover from Kuching to England bearing 1950 20c, another stamp washed off, with red "T" below "Y"cachet. A scarce origin, with London backstamp (Jan 28). £100-150
1527
  Sarawak. 1954 (Jan. 7) Registered cover with "T" below "B" cachet on both sides, boxed Kuching registration handstamp and small part c.d.s on the front along with London F.S. registration label, Singapore transit and London F.S. (Jan. 23) backstamps, stamps washed off, scarce from Sarawak. £120-150
1528
  1954 (Jan. 8) Large registered cover from Singapore to London with "DAMAGED IN COMET / AIRCRAFT CRASH" cachet in violet, Singapore 'E' G.P.O. registration label. A scarce cachet only seen on registered mail. £150-200
1529
Click to view full image... 1954 (Jan. 8) Registered cover from Singapore to London with Singapore 35 registration label and the scarce violet "DAMAGED IN COMET / AIRCRAFT CRASH" cachet, only seen on registered mail. Photo on Page 190. £200-250
1530
Click to view full image... 1954 (Jan. 7) Water damaged Forces Mail cover from Raub, Pahang, to England with black boxed "DAMAGED BY SEA-WATER", London I.S. in triangle inspectors mark on the front also in black. This London G.P.O. cachet was used on pre-war covers (e.g. "Centurian") and clearly shows some wear by 1954, previously unrecorded from this crash. Rare. Photo on Page 190. £200-300
1531
Click to view full image... 1954 (Jan. 7) Registered Forces Air Mail cover from Taiping, Perak, to G.B., bearing a Taiping registration label, stamps washed off, both sides with violet "DAMAGED BY SEAWATER / *COMET MAIL*", the front also with similar red cachet "DAMAGED BY SEAWATER" with just an "M" in the second line. Enclosed within an O.H.M.S. registered ambulance envelope with cachet and seals of Letter Branch Mount Pleasant. The only recorded examples of both cachets, an exceptional cover. Photo on Page 198. £250-300
1532
Click to view full image... 1954 (Jan. 8) Registered cover from Singapore to Amsterdam with $1 meter, a Dutch Post Office "Door ongeval beschadigd to / Amsterdam CS entvangen" label tied by Amsterdam Central Station datestamp (Jan. 19). Rare, the label probably only used on mail to Amsterdam. Photo on Page 190. £200-300
1533


Click to view full image... 1954 (Jan. 6) Registered cover from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam, eight stamps totalling $4.20 reaffixed, with a Kuala Lumpur A registration label, the Dutch Post Office label "Door ongeval beschadigd to / Amsterdam CS entvangen" tied by Amsterdam Central Station datestamp (Jan. 19), rare. Photo on Page 198. £150-200

1954 (March 13) Singapore Crash of Constellation G-ALAM

Information and quoted numbers known are taken from "Australasian Crash Mail and Mail from other Incidents, Volume Five 1950-2005" by Brian R Peace (2023).

1534
  Colony of Singapore Report of Public Enquiry published for Colonial Office by H.M.S.O. London, a full report which makes harrowing reading in places, good condition, rare. Also two large press photos of the burning wreck, another of the distressed mail in a heap on the grass being picked over, and a few newspaper cuttings. £150-200

Mail to the United Kingdom

1535
  From Australia. 1954 (Mar. 11) Large cover to Thos Cook franked Royal Visit 2/- (2) and Arms £1 blue (2) with boxed cachet in red, an exceptional £2.4.0 rate. £100-150
1536
  From Australia. 1954 (Mar. 12) Covers enclosed within oversize O.H.M.S. buff ambulance envelopes, comprising cover with Malaya resealing label within 250x122mm envelope with London Official Paid c.d.s, cover franked 18/- within 153x122mm envelope, and an airline mail envelope to the Australian Booking Unit B.O.A.C. within 280x125mm envelope, the ambulance envelopes or contents all with usual handstruck boxed cachet in red. Also buff foolscap annotated O.H.M.S. cover with contents to Australian P.O. representative at the High Commission franked 2/-. A scarce and unusual group. (8). £250-300
1537
  From Australia. 1954 (Mar. 11/12) Covers, various rates and frankings, including Forces Air Letter franked 10d, Forces Concession Rate letter franked 3d, ambulance envelope with unusual handstruck (instead of printed) cachet, cachet in mixture of red and violet inks, ambulance envelope with printed cachet much redirected and returned with D.L.O. Melbourne label on reverse, Malaya "Found Open and Officially Secured" label, etc., an interesting lot. (11) £300-400
1538
  From New Zealand. 1954 (Mar. 10/11) Covers with meter marks (3) all enclosed within O.H.M.S. ambulance envelopes with printed cachets, one a white envelope with manuscript "NZ", the other two buff envelopes with manuscript "NZ" or "A" (in error), one cover with handstruck cachet. (6). £150-200
1539
  From New Zealand. 1954 (Mar. 10) Cover from Wellington with 1/6 meter, enclosed within O.H.M.S. buff ambulance envelope (304x125mm) with manuscript "NZ", the largest size ambulance envelope seen for this flight. (2). £100-150
1540
  From New Zealand. 1954 (Mar. 9-11) Covers, two enclosed within white ambulance envelopes, including 1/6, 3/- (official stamps) and 6/- rates, two covers with Malaya "Found Open and Officially Secured" labels, etc. (11). £250-300
1541
  From Fiji / New Zealand - Missent Mail. 1954 (Mar. 8) Cover from New Zealand addressed to Voe, Shetland Islands, misdirected with "MISSENT FIJI" cachet in violet, soiled and charred, enclosed within a buff O.H.M.S. ambulance envelope with printed cachet in red. A remarkable cover, one of just two recorded from Fiji. Ex Norman Hoggarth. (2) £300-400
1542
  London G.P.O. Supplementary Cachets. 1954 (Mar. 11) Cover from Australia franked Royal Visit 2/- with straight line "SALVAGED MAIL-AIRCRAFT CRASH. / SINGAPORE 13-3-54" in black; cover from New Zealand, the stamps washed off, with "SALVAGED MIL / SINGAPORE CRASH" in black; and a clearer strike of this last cachet in violet on a plain buff ambulance envelope, all three to England, first has contemporary tape at sides. A rare trio. (3). £300-400
1543
  Maritime Mail. 1954 G.B Coronation Air Letter posted on board R.M.S. "Orcades" from Fremantle to England with Paquebot machine cancel and red handstruck cachet. £100-120

Mail to non U.K. Destinations

1544
  Afghanistan. 1954 (Mar. 11) Cover from Australia to Kabul franked 1/3, enclosed within buff O.H.M.S. ambulance envelope with manuscript "A", both items with handstruck cachet in red. The only cover recorded to Afghanistan. (2). £200-300
1545
  Austria - From Fiji. 1954 (Mar. 10) Fire damaged Air Letter to Austria franked 3d + 6d, enclosed within buff ambulance envelope with printed cachet in red, one of just two recorded items from Fiji. Ex. Norman Hoggarth. (2). £400-500
1546
Click to view full image... Austria - London G.P.O. Supplementary Cachet. 1954 (Mar. 11) Registered cover from Canberra to Vienna franked 8/9, with boxed "DAMAGED / BY FIRE" cachet in violet and the usual handstruck red cachet, Wien 1 perforated resealing labels at foot tied on reverse by 'received damaged' cachets with arrival backstamp. A very rare cachet - Nierinck illustrates another example, also on a registered item to Austria. Photo on Page 198. £1,000-1,500
1547
  Cyprus. 1954 (Mar. 8) Cover from Brisbane to Kyrenia franked Australia Royal Visit 2/-, with red handstruck cachet. One of two covers recorded to Cyprus. £100-150
1548
  Germany. 1954 (Mar. 10) Cover from Mackay, Queensland, franked 2/- to Berlin, enclosed within a white O.H.M.S. ambulance envelope with printed cachet, redirected but not found, bearing small perforated "Unbekannt / Inconnu" label, returned initially to Singapore and then to Brisbane. Also 10d Aerogramme from Yarraville, Victoria, to Weser, British Zone. (3). £100-150
1549
  Germany. 1954 (Mar. 11) 10d Aerogramme from Sydney with handstruck cachet, enclosed within a buff O.H.M.S. ambulance envelope with printed cachet; and a cover from New Zealand franked 1/9, enclosed within a similar ambulance envelope. (4). £120-150
1550
  Hong Kong. 1954 (Mar. 10) Cover from Sydney to Hong Kong franked 1/3, with handstruck cachet. One of four covers recorded to Hong Kong. £80-100
1551
  Hong Kong - From Papua New Guinea. 1954 (Mar. 10) Long cover to Hong Kong with remaining 1/- stamp just tied by handstruck cachet in red, another stamp washed off. One of two covers recorded from Papua New Guinea (and one of four covers recorded to Hong Kong). Very scarce. £300-350
1552
  India. 1954 (Mar. 10) Covers from Australia franked 1/3 to Madras or Bombay, both with handstruck cachet, the first with complete Malaya "Found Open and Officially Secured" label tied by a second strike of the handstruck cachet. Two of the five recorded covers to India. (2). £150-200
1553
  Netherlands - From Australia. 1954 (Mar. 8-12) Covers franked 2/- (2) and 10d aerogrammes (2), one cover with Malaya "Found Open and Officially Secured" label, the two aerogrammes enclosed within with buff or white O.H.M.S. ambulance envelopes with printed cachets, the buff item addressed to Post Office for local delivery as the name is undecipherable. (6). £200-250
Auction Details
G.B & Worldwide Stamps and Postal History (Auction 54) Day 2 of 2
Auctioneer: Argyll Etkin Limited Location: London
Contact: Tel: 0207 930 6100 Fax: 0207 494 288
Date: 26th April 2024 Time: 10:30AM
Details: For viewing details and enquiries regarding this auction - Telephone No. 0207 930 6100
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