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French Indo China

1905 | French Indo China (DR20197)

French Indo-China. (French General Colonies - Postage Dues). 1905. Picture post card of 'Souvenir of Wassy' addressed to Saigon, French Indo-China bearing France 'Type Blanc" Yvert 111, 5c green tied by Wassy double ring '31st Aout 05', underpaid with hand-struck triangular framed 'T' and bearing French General Colonies postage due Yvert 19, 10c brown (imoperf) tied by Saigon-Central/ Cochinchine arrival '21st Sept' on face. Lovely quality.

£150.00
French Indo China

1894 | French Indo China (DR20196)

French Indo-China. (Postage Dues). 1894. Stamp-less Red Band envelope written from Haiphong addressed to Longxuyen, Cochinchine, underpaid with hand-struck 'T' and bearing French General Colonies postage dues Yvert 5, 5c black (imperf x 2) and Yvert 8, 20c black (imperf) applied and tied on arrival by Longxuyen/ Cochinchine double ring '10th Jan 94'.

£175.00
China

1901 | China (DR20195)

China. (French Expeditionary Force in Kouang-Tcheou-Wan). 1901. Stampless envelope addressed to France endorsed'Corps D' Occupation de Kang Tcheou Wan (Chine) with circular 'Marine Francaise/ Service a la Mer' in blue with Quang Tcheou/ Indo-Chine Francaise' double ring '19th Mars 01' and undated 'Corps Exped/ Tonkin' on face with Plouesat arrival on reverse.

Early mail from the French Occupation of Kouang-Tcheou-Wan.

£750.00
China

1911 | China (DR20194)

China. (French Territory in Kouang-Tcheou-Wan). 1911. Picture post card of 'Bal s' Along, Passage de "Sully" Tonkin' addressed to Tonkin, French Indo-China bearing Kwangchow SG 21, 5c grey-green tied by Fort-Bayard-Indochine' double ring '16th Jan 11' (Desrousseaux Type 3), routed via Haiphong and Hanoi '20th Jan' with Pho-Ninh-Gia arrival '28th Jan' on face.

Scarce Fort Bayard postmark from Kouang-Tcheou French Territory.

£950.00
China

1935 | China (DR20193)

China. (French Territory in Kouang-Tcheou-Wan). 1935. Air Mail envelope addressed to France bearing French Indo-China SG 183, 15c brown (2) mixed with Kouang-Tcheou-Wan SG 82, 6c scarlet and SG 86, 10c plae-blue (3) tied by Fort Bayard - Kouang Tcheouwan date stamp '27th May 35', routed via Hanoi and Marseille with framed 'Hanoi - Marseille' hand-stamp on face.

£225.00
China

1905 | China (DR20192)

China. (French Territory in Kouang-Tcheou-Wan). 1905. 'Gouvernment General De L' Indo-Chine/ Territoire De Kouang-Tcheou-Wan' headed postcard of 'Boutiques Chinoises en plein air, Kouang-Tcheou-Wan' addressed to France bearing French Indo-China SG 34, 10c rose tied by Kouang-Tcheou-Wan-Chine double ring '8th Feb 1905'.

A scarce item from Kouang Tcheou Wan (Desrousseaux Type 2).

K.T.W. card published by "Ming Tomg-San, Ma Tche."

£375.00
China

1944 | China (DR20191)

China. (United States - American Red Cross). 1944. Red Cross message form headed 'To The Comitee International de la Croix Rouge - Geneve, (Suisse) written from 'Ernest Schilling, (British), No 1286, Civilian Assembly Centre, Weihsien, Shantung, North China' addressed to 'Madeline Schilling (British), 2165 Beach Street, San Francisco, California, U.S. America' cancelled by boxed 'American Red Cross/ Jan 3 1944/ Inquiry Unit' with hand-struck '11010/ U.S. Censor' in violet.

The censor cachet '11010/ U.S. Censor' was issued as a Prisoner of War censorship in New York.

Allied civilians in North China were confined in one camp at Weihsien in March 1943.

£225.00
Portugal

1864 | Portugal (DR20190)

Portugal. (Sweden). 1864. COVER FRONT addressed to Sweden bearing 'King Pedro V' SG 15, 100r lilac (three singles imperf) tied by '1' numeral in dotted circular (struck three times) with adjacent Lisboa double ring dated '12th Sept 64' with French entry cachet in red on face and hand-stamped '144' charge (value in ore).

Very rare second issue classic imperf cover to Sweden paying the double letter rate up to 15 grams.

Please note FRONT COVER only !

£1550.00
Portuguese Colonies

1945 | Portuguese Colonies (DR20189)

Portuguese Colonies. (Mozambique - Kenya). 1945. Air Mail envelope addressed to Mombasa, Kenya bearing Portuguese Mozambique SG 356, 30c bright purple (pair) and Air Mail SG 372, 1f blue tied by octagonal Lourenco Marquis date stamp '18th July 45' with 'Por Aviao/ Par Avion' air mail label with Kenya 'Opened By Examiner/ N/ (329) censor label

£95.00
Portuguese Colonies

1917 | Portuguese Colonies (DR20188)

Portuguese Colonies. (Azores - Prisoner of War Post). 1917. Registered envelope written from 'Karl Sander, Angra do Herismo, Azores' headed 'Ao Cuidado de Crux Vermelha Portuguese' addressed to 'Comite International de la Croix Rouge, Agence des Prisonniers de Guerre, Geneve, Suissa' cancelled by 'Deposito/ Conoentrados Alemaes/ Ilha Terceira/ CENSURADO/ 20 JUN 1917' in carmine on reverse, routed via Portugal with arrival 'R/ Lisboa/ 28/6' on reverse and bearing Azores SG 237 2 1/2c violet (pair) tied by Lisboa date stamp '6th July 17' with matching registration label and hand-stamp 'Commission Portugaise/ des/ Prisonniere de Guerre/ Lisbonne' in violet on face with framed 'Vendu par/ L' Agence Internationale/ Des Prisonniers De Guerre' on reverse and hand-struck 'Comite Internationale de la Croix Rouge/ Geneve/ Agence Internationale Des Prisonniers de Guerre/ Service des Enveloppes a Timbres de Guerre' , routed via France with 'Contole Postal Militaire' label tied by oval Ouvert/ Par L' Autorite Militaire/ 206' on face and reverse with Geneve receiver '15th Aug 17' on reverse.

Superb item written from a German Internee in Angra de Herismo Prisoner of War Camp during World War 1.

£550.00
Portuguese Colonies

1940 | Portuguese Colonies (DR20187)

Portuguese Colonies. (Mozambique). 1940. Registered envelope addressed to Paris, France bearing Mozambique SG 354, 15c brown/ purple, SG 362, 80c orange (pair) and SG 365, 2e lake tied by octagonal Lourenco Marques date stamp '24th Aug 40' with matching registered label, carried by the steamer "Mouzinho" hand-stamped 'Pelo Vapor "Mouzinho" in violet to Lisbon with Lisboa/ Central transit '24th Sept', held until '19th Mai 41' with instructionals 'ZONE OCCUPEE' with 'Retour A L' Envoyeur/ Relations Postale/ Interrompues' both in carmine with framed 'Retour A 'L' Envoyeur/ 126' all on face, routed via Spain with boxed 'Certificado/ Madrid 23 May 41' and German censor tape tied by circular German censor cachet applied in Munich and Paris arrival '5th June 41' on reverse.

Registered mail sent from Mozambique, held in Lisbon from '24th Sept 40' until '19th May 41' then via Madrid to Munich and arrival in Paris '5th Juin 1941'.

After the fall of France on 22nd June 1940 the Germans did not allow mail from overseas addressed to the Occupied Zone.

Ex Robert Johnson.

£175.00
Portuguese Colonies

1901 | Portuguese Colonies (DR20186)

Portuguese Colonies. (Lourenco Marques). 1901. Postal stationery card '10 reis' illustrated 'Porta Lateral Dos Jeronyatos' upgraded with Lourenco Marques SG 41, 20r mauve tied by 'Correio/ Magude' date stamp '12th Mai 01' (struck twice), addressed to Belgium with Lourenco Marques/ Mozambique transit in blue '15/5' and Gand arrival '18th June'

Attractive item of illustrated stationery from Mozambique.

£225.00
India

1870 | India (DR20185)

Ireland. (Great Britain - India). 1870. Envelope addressed to 'Lieutenant Macgregor Greer, Royal Engineers, 8th Division, Madras Presidency' bearing Great Britain SG 43, 1d rose and SG 108, 6d purple (pair) tied by Dublin/ 186 duplex 'Ap 14 70', endorsed 'via France' with London transit and oval 'Sea Post Office transit '1/5' with Madura/ 2nd Dy' double arc arrival on reverse in red dated '12th May'.

£175.00
Isle of Man

1916 | Isle of Man (DR20184)

Isle of Man. (Internment Camp Mail). 1916. Envelope printed 'Prisoners of War' written from 'Camp 2. Compound 3, Section 4 B, Knockaloe Camp Peel, Isle of Man' addressed to London bearing Great Britain SG 357, 1d scarlet tied by 'The Camp, Knockaloe/ Peel' double ring '2nd Sep 16' with faint oval 'Aliens Detention Camp/ Knockaloe. I.O.M./ Censored' in violet on face.

£75.00
Isle of Man

1909 | Isle of Man (DR20183)

Ilse of Man.(Skeleton Postmarks). 1909. Picture post card of 'This is the place for sport' addressed to Peel bearing Great Britain SG 218, 1/2d yellow-green tied by St. Johns/ Isle of Man skeleton dated 'Aug 24th 09.

£50.00
Isle of Man

1916 | Isle of Man (DR20182)

Isle of Man.(Prisoner of War Mail). 1916. Envelope printed 'Prisoner of War' written by 'M. Zeeber, Aliens Camp 1, Douglas' addressed to London bearing Great Britain SG 357, 1d scarlet tied by Douglas/ Isle of Man double ring '14th Nov 16' with adjacent bold 'Aliens Detention Camp/ Douglas, I.O.M./ Censored' in cerise on face, endorsed 'Business Letter' and London arrival on reverse '16 Nov'.

£75.00
Isle of Man

1943 | Isle of Man (DR20181)

Isle of Man. (Internment Camp Mail). 1943. Stamp-less envelope written from "O" Camp House 50, I.O.M. c/o Chief Postal Censor, Liverpool' addressed to Lytham St. Annes cancelled by oval 'O. Camp Post Office/ Onchan, I.O.M.' in violet dated '5th Feb 1943' with circular 'Official Paid' date stamp in red 'Feb 10' with 'P.C. 90/ Opened By Examiner/ 51 - 851 - W.H.H. Ltd.' censor tape applied in Liverpool.

£95.00
Kuwait

1956 | Kuwait (DR20180)

Persian Gulf. (Kuwait). 1956. Air Mail envelope addressed to Paris, France bearing Kuwait SG 111, 1a on 1d blue and SG 114, 2 1/2a on 2 1/2d carmine (pair) tied by Ahmadi/ Kuwait date stamp.

£50.00
Kuwait

1958 | Kuwait (DR20179)

Persian Gulf. (Kuwait). 1958. Air Mail envelope addressed to Chicago bearing Kuwait SG 120, 1 n.p. on 5d brown, SG 121, 3 n.p. on 1/2d orange, SG 122, 6 n.p. on 1d blue and SG 124, 12 n.p. on 2d light brown tied by large bilingual Safat/ Kuwait double ring. '25th May 58'.

£75.00
Pakistan

1919 | Pakistan (DR20178)

Persian Gulf. (Muscat - Pakistan). 1919. Envelope written from Karachi with oval firms chop in violet addressed to Muscat bearing India SG 157, 1/2a green tied by Muscat double ring applied on arrival

£95.00
Persian Gulf

1957 | Persian Gulf (DR20177)

Persian Gulf. (Bahrain). 1957. Envelope addressed to Awalia, Bahrain bearing Bahrain SG L2,1a indigo (pair) tied by Awali/ Bahrain double ring '30th May 57. ' with bilingual Bahrain date stamp on reverse.

£50.00
Aden

1937 | Aden (DR20176)

Aden. (Persian Gulf). 1937. Aden "Dhow" mint postal stationery card 9 pies olive-green cancelled "SPECIMEN".

Very fine and fresh.

£75.00
Thailand

1952 | Thailand (DR20175)

Thailand. (Thai Navigation Company). Circa 1952. Envelope written from 'Yip In Tsoi & Co. Bangkok' addressed to Surat Station (Bandon) bearing Thailand SG 340, 25s carmine tied by oval 'M,/S. "Prasidhsin"/ The Thai Navigation Co. Ltd.' in violet with Bandon arrival on reverse.

The Company was formed as the 'Danish East Asiatic Company' in 1897. The Company had a steamer calling port to port down the Malay Peninsula with passengers, goods and had a contract to carry the mail. More vessels were added until the 'Siam Steam Navigation Co.' was founded in 1909.

In June 1939 the 'Siam Steam Navigation Company' changed its name to the 'Thai Navigation Company Ltd.'. At the same time Siam changed its name to Thailand. Then in 1940 the Thai Government purchased ships of the 'Thai Navigation Company and established its own company.

The mail situation was finally put on an official footing in August 1948 when the Post Office issued permits to post letters on board ships and provided official hand-stamps for the purpose.

The steamers would carry mail from port to port in the mail bag. Loose letters were cancelled by the Purser's fancy rubber hand-stamp and mail cancelled on board ship is very rare indeed.

£350.00
Thailand

1951 | Thailand (DR20174)

Thailand. (Thai Navigation Company) Circa 1951. Envelope written on board the 'S.S. "Bandon" addressed to 'The Manager, Adelaide Steamship Co. Ltd. Sydney, Australia' bearing Thailand SG 331, 20s brown and SG 336, 5s bright purple tied by oval 'Thai Navigation Co. Ltd/ Bangkok/ "M.S. Bandon" hand-stamp in violet.

The M.S. "Bandon" built by 'Higashi Nippon Jukogyo, Yokohama, Japan' in 1951 for the 'Thai Navigation Co.' The 'M.S. "Bandon" foundered on a reef of Patani in heavy weather on '25th October 1962.'

The Company was formed as the 'Danish East Asiatic Company' in 1897. The Company had a steamer calling port to port from Bangkok down the Malay Peninsula with passengers, goods and had a contract to carry mail. More vessels were added until the 'Siam Steam Navigation Co.' was founded in 1909.

In June 1939 the 'Siam Steam Navigation Company' changed its name to the 'Thai Navigation Company Ltd.'. At the same time Siam changed its name to Thailand. Then in June 1940 the Thai Government purchased ships of the of the 'Thai Navigation Company' and established its own company.

The steamers would carry mail from port to port in the ships mail bag. Loose letters were cancelled by the Purser's fancy rubber hand-stamp and mail cancelled on board ship is very rare indeed.

£450.00
Thailand

1957 | Thailand (DR20173)

Thailand. (Thai Navigation Company). Circa 1957. Envelope written from 'Yip In Tsoi & Co. Bangkok' addressed to 'Surat Station, Southern Siam' bearing Thailand SG 386, 10s claret, SG 387, 15s emerald and SG 391, 1b brown tied by straight-line 'M.V. "Temburong" in violet (struck twice).

The Company was formed as the 'Danish East Asiatic Company' in 1897. The company had a steamer calling port to port from Bangkok down the Malay Peninsula with passengers, goods and had a contract to carry mail. More vessels were added until the 'Siam Steam Navigation Co.' was founded in 1909.

In June 1939 the Siam Steam Navigation Company changed its name to the 'Thai Navigation Co. Ltd.'. At the same time the country changed its name from Siam to Thailand. The in 1940 the Thai Government purchased ships of the Thai Navigation Company and established its own company. The mail situation was finally put on an official footing in August 1948 when the Post Office issued permits to post letters on board ships and provided official hand-stamps for the purpose.

The steamers would carry mail from port to port in the mail bag. Loose letters were cancelled by the Purser's fancy rubber hand-stamp and mail cancelled on board ship is very rare indeed.

£275.00
Thailand

1925 | Thailand (DR20172)

Thailand. (Siam Steam Navigation Company). Cira 1925. Envelope headed 'The East Asiatic Co. Ltd. Bangkok Branch' addressed to 'The East Asiatic Co. Ltd. Bandon' bearing Siam SG 211, 2s chocolate/ yellow (2) and SG 213, 3s red-brown (2) tied by ornamental "The Siam Steam Navigation Co. (with flag and anchor in center)' hand-stamp in violet.

The Company was formed as the 'Danish East Asiatic Company' in 1897. The Company had a steamer calling port to port from Bangkok down the Malay Peninsula with passengers, goods and had a contract to carry mail. More vessels were added until the 'Siam Steam Navigation Co.' was founded in 1909.

This fancy Steam Navigation cancel was used on the 'S.S. " Suddhadib" of the 'Siam Steam Navigation Company's fleet. The 'S.S. "Suddhadib" was built in 1918 and sunk during World War 2.

The steamers would carry mail from port to port in the mail bag. Loose letters were cancelled by the Purser's fancy rubber hand-stamp and mail cancelled on board ship is very rare indeed.

£550.00
Thailand

1949 | Thailand (DR20171)

Thailand. (Thai Navigation Company). 1949. Envelope written from 'Yip In Tsoi & Co. Bangkok' addressed to Surat Station, Southern Siam' bearing Thailand SG 339, 20s chocolate tied by 'Lacon/ Bangkok' date stamp '31st Mar 92 (1949) in violet with second strike on reverse.

The Company was formed as the 'Danish East Asiatic Company' in 1897. The company had a steamer calling port to port from Bangkok down the Malay Peninsula with passengers, goods and had a contract to carry mail. More vessels were added until the 'Siam Steam Navigation Co.' was founded in 1909. In June 1939 the 'Siam Steam Navigation Company' changed its name to the 'Thai Navigation Company Ltd.' At the same time the county changed its name from SIAM to THAILAND. Then in June 1940 the Thai Government purchased ships of the Thai Navigation Company and established its own Company. The mail situation was finally put on an official footing in August 1948 when the Post Office issued permits to post letters on board ships and provided official han-stamps for the purpose.

The steamers would carry mail from port to port in the mail bag. Loose letters were cancelled by the Purser's fancy rubber hand-stamp and mail cancelled on board ship is very rare indeed.

£275.00
Thailand

1938 | Thailand (DR20170)

Thailand. (Netherlands - Philippines). 1938. Air Mail envelope written from Beemster addressed to the Philippines bearing Netherlands Yvert 146, 25c olive and Yvert 373, 12 1/2c blue tied by Beemster date stamp '5th Dec 38' with m/s 5 gram' in pencil, routed via Bangkok '11/12' and Victoria/ Hong Kong '14th Dec' with hand-struck two parallel bars in black on face.

The 'jusqu'a' hand-stamp indicating the end of Air Mail service from Hong Kong to the Philippines. The cover was carried from Holland by 'K.L.M.' to Bangkok and then by Imperial Airways to Hong Kong on the weekly flight and further by ship to Manila.

£175.00
Thailand

1916 | Thailand (DR20169)

Thailand. (Great Britain). 1916. Great Britain KGV postal stationery card 'one penny' red cancelled by Bangkok/ 2 date stamp '2nd Feb 1916' addressed Bangkok, Siam.

£95.00
Thailand

1966 | Thailand (DR20168)

Thailand. (American Air Force Base in Khorat). 1966. Air Mail envelope endorsed 'SP6, Herbert M. Buhs, RA 16371910, USASCC - T, APO, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 96304' addressed to San Antonio bearing United States SG A1210, 8c carmine tied by 'Army & Air Force Postal Service/ A.P.O. (96223)' rubber date stamp '24th Feb 1966'.

During the Viet Nam war the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base was a front line facility for the United States Air Force.

£25.00
Thailand

1944 | Thailand (DR20167)

Thailand. (Military Mail - Secret Army Censored Mail). 1944. Official Army "Secret" envelope (with Garuda on reverse), endorsed 'SECRET' with framed 'Department of The Ground Staff of the Armed Forces' in violet dated '13th Feb 87 (1944) addressed to 'The Office of the Permanent Secretary of Energy' with military label tied by m/s censorship and signed.

£350.00
Thailand

1918 | Thailand (DR20166)

Thailand. (Red Cross). 1918. Red cross SG 177, SG 178, SG 179 (blocks of four) and SG 180 and SG 181 mint singles.

Red Cross overprints issued by Siam in memory of the Siam Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War One.

£25.00
Viet - Nam

1973 | Viet - Nam (DR20165)

Viet-Nam. (South Viet-Nam - Belgium). 1973. Air mail envelope addressed to Saigon, South Viet-Nam bearing Belgium 2f grass-green and 3f 50 brown (2) tied by slogan date stamp, underpaid with framed 'T 4/ 8' hand-stamp and bearing Viet-Nam postage due SG SD316, 5d multi-coloured and SG SD317, 10d multi-coloured (pair) tied by Saigon arrival.

Underpaid commercial mail to South Viet-Nam with postage dues, very scarce.

£75.00
Viet - Nam

1959 | Viet - Nam (DR20164)

Viet-Nam. (South Viet Nam). 1959. Photographic post card of 'Nhatrang bay and ships' addressed to Cholon bearing South Viet-Nam 1d multi colour tied by Quihon date stamp, underpaid with 'T' hand-stamp and bearing South Viet-Nam postage due SG D1, 2s lilac tied by Cholon arrival.

£45.00
Viet - Nam

1974 | Viet - Nam (DR20163)

Viet-Nam. (South Viet-Nam). 1974. Illustrated 'Viet Nam Cong Hoa' blue Aerogram envelope addressed to Saigon with Tho - Phat hand-stamp, underpaid with 'T' hand-stamp and bearing Viet-Nam postage dues SG D14, 20c green and vermilion tied by Saigon date stamp.

Rare Aerogram from South Viet-Nam used by the French Military and taxed with South Viet Nam postage due.

£75.00
Viet - Nam

1969 | Viet - Nam (DR20162)

Viet-Nam. (Hong Kong - Viet - Nam). 1969. Air Mail envelope addressed to Saigon, South Viet- Nam bearing Hong Kong 10c violet (pair) tied by slogan date stamp, underpaid with large framed 'T/ 40c' hand-stamp in violet on face and bearing Viet-Nam postage due SG D314, 2s multi coloured (block of four) tied by Saigon arrival.

Lovely item of commercial mail underpaid from Hong Kong and bearing scarce South Viet Nam postage dues on cover.

£60.00
Viet - Nam

1972 | Viet - Nam (DR20161)

Viet - Nam. (Malaya - South Viet - Nam). 1972. Air Mail envelope addressed to Saigon bearing Malaysia 10c (pair) tied by Penang date stamp, underpaid with 'T' hand-stamp and bearing South Viet-Nam postage dues SG D 315, 3p (pair) multi-coloured and SG D317, 10p (pair) olive tied by Saigon date stamp with hand-stamp 'Nov 21 1972' in red, detained for 3 years with hand-struck '05 Sep 1975' applied in violet.

Scarce commercial mail from Malaya underpaid with scarce South Viet-Nam postage dues on cover.

£75.00
Russia

1917 | Russia (DR20160)

Russia. (Allied Intervention Forces). 1917. Stamp-less envelope with hand-struck 'Ministre des Affaires Etrnager' in blue addressed to 'Russian au 43rd Colonel, Sectur Postal 198' with circular 'Le Captaine de Vaisseau Delague de la Marine Francaise/ Pres Du Commandant en Chef Des Forces Naval en Russes/ Marine Francaise' in red on face (with anchor in center) and Paris/ R. de Bourgogne' arrival '13th March 1917.'

Circular cachet in red translated as. The Delegated Ship Captain of the French Navy. Near the Commander in-chief of the Navel Forces Russian.

A unique item from the combined Russian and French Navy in World War One part of the Baltic Fleet. Around this time February early March 1917 Russia entered a turbulent period with the Russian (Bolshevik) Revolution.

£775.00
Russia

1918 | Russia (DR20159)

Russia. (French Intervention Forces in Siberia). 1918. Envelope addressed to 'Monsieur Sergeant Lemee, Mission Militaire Francaise, Vladivostok' bearing on reverse Russia Yvert 65, 5k lilac (block of 8 and pair) tied by Chita doublering with Vladivostok boxed censor No 83 in blue on face.

A scarce item into the French Intervention Forces.

£450.00
Russia

1919 | Russia (DR20158)

Russia. (United States Intervention Forces in Siberia). 1919. Stamp-less envelope headed 'LT. PW Gerdes, Ord U.S.A. A.E.F. Siberia' and endorsed 'Official Mail' addressed to Harrisburg, Pa. cancelled by U.S. Postal Agency/ Siberia/ 1 duplex dated 'Jun 2 1919' with framed rubber 'A.E.F. Siberia/ Censored' and signed by the Censorship with Pittsburgh PA. on reverse 'June 25th.'

Major General Graves arrived at Vladivostok on September 1st 1918 with 5000 Eighth Division troops. Finding no threat to the city he ordered the troops to their Garrison. Graves stated that U.S. Troops were "not here to fight Russia or any group or fraction in Russia. A strict policy of neutrality was immediately announced to the troops. Bolsheviks and White Russians would be treated equally.

£225.00
China

1940 | China (DR20157)

China. (Interrupted Mail). 1940. Envelope addressed to Amsterdam, Netherlands bearing SG 390, 2c olive (2), SG 418, 20c brown-lake, SG 420, 8c orange, SG 455, 8c on 40c orange and SG 456, 10c on 25c blue tied by Shanghai date stamp '27th April 40', endorsed 'via Siberia' with German censor tape tied by censor cachet in red with circular 'C' (Berlin) and framed instructional 'No Service/ Returned To Sender' in violet on face with hand-stamp 'Reexpedie apres avoir ete/ retourne a Shanghai' and returned with vernacular slogan '19th Aug 40'.

Translation for the hand-stamp 'Forwarded after to have Summer/ returned to Shanghai.

The Netherlands was occupied by the German forces May 10th.

£550.00
China

1941 | China (DR20156)

China. (Szechwan Province). 1941. Envelope written from the French Gunboat "BALNY" on the River Yang-Tse hand-stamped 'Canonniere "BALNY" in violet on reverse, addressed to France bearing 'Szechwan Province SG 5, 5c green and SG 20, 20c brown-lake tied by Chongking date stamp, endorsed 'via Siberia' with vernacular hand-stamp on face in violet and French arrival on reverse.

The French Gunboat "Balny" was active on the Blue and Yellow River (Yang -Tse) from 1914 - 1944.

£275.00
Thailand

1918 | Thailand (DR20155)

Thailand. (Prisoner of War Camps in India). 1918. Picture post card of 'Siamese Women, Bangkok' addressed to 'W. Engelhardt, (No 2160), Prisoner of War Camp, Ahmednagor, India' endorsed 'Service of Prisoners of War', cancelled by Bangkok/ 2 date stamp '2nd August 18.'

Siam declared war on Germany and Austria on the 22nd July 1917, all German and Austrians residing in Siam were placed under arrest, businesses closed and nine steamers had been seized.

The Prisoners of War were held in Bangkok Internee Camp and the Siam German Concentration Camp, Ayudhya.

On the 13th February 1918 the Germans (180 men, 90 women and children) departed on the "Pia Samud" and 'Den Samud" for Ahmednagar Camp in India for the duration of the War.

£275.00
India

1941 | India (DR20154)

India. (British Occupation of Italian Colonies - Eritrea). 1941. Air Mail envelope written 'c/o Legal Department, 'O.E.T.A. (Occupied Enemy Territory Administration), Asmara, Eritrea' endorsed 'In a Camp en route somewhere in East Africa' dated 'Friday 25th April 1941', addressed to 'Miss Evelyne Husseuet, Heliopolis Sporting Club, Cairo Egypt' endorsed 'On Active Service' and bearing India SG 251, 8p violet tied by Army Post Office No 304' rubber date stamp with circular 'Deputy Chief Field Censor' in violet on face and Heliopolis arrival '7th May' on reverse.

Lovely item written from the campaign written by Capt. Maxwell Seton (whom after the war produced more than 15 Hollywood movies) to his sweetheart in Egypt. A very interesting four page text from TESSENEI the Indian Field and Army Post Office being in Tessenie, Eritrea 10.10.41 - 1.4.43.

Captain Maxwell was Chief Censor to the Occupied Enemy Territory Administration in Asmara, Eritrea and also in Cyrenaica.

£450.00
India

1941 | India (DR20153)

Sudan. (Indian Field Post Office in Sudan). 1941. Envelope headed 'Air Mail Letter Card' written from 'Base Ordnance Dept, Indian Forces in Sudan' c/o Base Air Postal Depot/ Karachi' dated '10.10.41' addressed to 'No 140 Jeet Singh. 10/ 15th Punjab Regt, Ambala, India' bearing India SG 250, 1a carmine and SG 251, 2a vermilion tied by Field Post Office/ No R - 2' date stamp '10th Oct 41' with triangular '(Crown) Passed By Censor/ No 2970' in violet on face and signed by the censor with Ambala/ Dely arrival on reverse '20th Oct'.


Mail from the Indian Field Post Office in Sudan (Reserve) F.P.O. No R - 2 ATBARA (Sudan) 1.10.41. - 1.3.43.

Written in Urdu.

£125.00
Russia

1846 | Russia (DR20150)

Russia. (Baltics - Memel). 1846. Pre stamp envelope addressed to France written from 'Gzack' dated 'Sept 30 1846' cancelled by hand-struck 'GZACK/ Sept 30 1846' on reverse with hand-struck 'R' (Van der Linden 2383) and 'C.R.P.F.' (Correspondance Russe Port Frontier) in (Van der Linden 839), routed via Tilsit '20/10' with 'Prusse/ Givet 3' French entry cachet '26/10/ in red on face and rated '33' in m/s, forwarded in Paris with arrival in blue '27th Oct' and oval '1d' with oval '4. d' on reverse and boxed 'J. 27' postman's chop for local delivery.

£150.00
Poland

1865 | Poland (DR20149)

Poland. (Russia). 1865. Folded letter addressed to France written from Russia with hand-struck 'Franco' and bold 'P.D.' in red, rated '3/ 5f'r' in red crayon and routed via Eydikuhnen with framed transit 'Eydtkuhnen/ 19/ 5/ 11/ 12', routed via Poland with 'AUS POLAND' hand-stamp on face and 'Prusse/ Erquelines/ 3' French entry cachet in blue'21st Mai' with Marseille arrival on reverse.

Scarce item of Russian pre stamp routed via Eydtkuhnen and Poland with 'Aus Poland' type not listed by Van der Linden.

£125.00
Russia

1864 | Russia (DR20148)

Russia. 1864. Folded letter addressed to France written from 'St. Petersburg' dated '17th March 64' with double ring St. Petersburg double ring dispatch on reverse '18th Mar', bold 'P.D.' hand-stamp with framed 'Aus Russland/ Franco' in red on face (Van der Linden 325), m/s '2f 8' in blue ink on reverse, routed via Konigsberg with 'Konigsberg/ Bromberg 2' ambulant on reverse with 'Prusse/ Erquelinnes/ 3' French entry cachet in blue '2nd Avril 64' and Paris arrival '2nd Avril'

£95.00
Russia

1842 | Russia (DR20147)

Russia. 1842. Folded letter written from Moscow dated 'May 22 1842' addressed to France cancelled by hand-struck red 'Moscow/ 1842 Mai 23' with 'Aus Russland/ Franco- Tout' (Van der Linden 326) and 'P. Paye' on face (Van der Linden 2256) with oval '11/ A.E.D.' in red (Affranchissement Etranger Destination), various m/s with '153' in red ink on face and ''102 1/2' on reverse, routed via Tilsit with hand-struck 'Tilsit/ 10 Juni' on reverse and 'Prusse/ Forbach 2' French entry cachet on face with Lyon transit and Marseille arrival '20th Juin' on reverse.

Very nice item of transit mail from Russia to France with 'A.E.D.' type not listed by Van der Linden.

£175.00
Baltic States

1827 | Baltic States (DR20146)

Russia. (Baltic States - Memel). 1827. Folded letter addressed to France written from 'St. Petersburg' dated '16th Dec 1827' with circular dispatch on face, hand-struck 'P.P.' in red with oval 'A.E.D.' (Affranchissement Etranger Destination), routed via MEMEL with hand-struck 'Memel/ 2 Jan' in black and boxed 'AV' (Van der Linden 418b), various m/s notations including '10' and '12 = 102 1/2' with Lyon arrival 'Jun 18' on reverse. Very fine.

£125.00

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French Colonies

6th Apr 2022

Its a real pleasure to add a magnificent selection of French Colonies from Africa, Asia, The Caribbean and Oceania. Very fine pre-stamp, British Post Office, Charged Mail, Advice of Receipt, Printed Matter and postage due mail. A lovely selection of censor mail, some with five or six censor cachets and labels, routed Trans-Africa, two Ocean or over the Atlantic with some unusual destinations.

A few items from the Dr. Edward Grabowski collection, this amazing sale sold in three parts by Spink. Also interesting Tahiti and New Caledonia from Tony Eastgate's life time work.

Over the next few months we hope to add many items to grace the finest collections.

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China, French Indo China and Chinese Labour Force.

6th Apr 2022

A strong area of stock is our China from Imperial to WW2 with many fine censor covers and Air Transits. A good selection of the overseas Post Offices, Austrian, British, French, Japanese and Russian with offices in Manchuria. Many mixed combinations, I.P.O's .

Coming soon the John Marc Sitarek accumulation of China, French Post Office and Indo-China with magnificent French Detachment in the Boxer Campaign covers.

John Marc also had a fine selection of the Chinese Labour Force which are not often seen, he built this selection over thirty years. One of the darker aspects of World War One was the plight of 12,000 Chinese workers who were recruited by the British Army from the North of China in 1916 to serve on the battle front in France as labourers, trench diggers, munitions carriers, mine disarmers and corpse bearers under often inhumane conditions. A large number were also struck down by the devastating Spanish flue of 1918.

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