United States. (France). 1873. Envelope addressed to France bearing SG 161, 6c rose and SG 163, 10c brown tied by cork cancel with adjacent New Orleans date stamp 'Dec 16', endorsed 'via Angleterre' with French Convention 'New York/ 12/ PD' transit in red dated 'Dec 20', oval 'PD' and French entry cachet with Paris arrival on reverse '1st Jan 74.'
United States. (Trans - Atlantic Mail - Germany). 1828. Pre stamp folded letter addressed to Wurttemberg written from Philadelphia dated '15th May 1828', routed via France with framed French entry cachet 'Pay s D' Outremer/ Par Le Havre' in red on face and hand-stamp 'C.T.F.' (Van der Linden Fig 862) and circular arrival '23rd Juin' on face in red rated '34+ 3 = 37' in m/s red crayon on face.
Very attractive item of early Trans - Atlantic mail to Wurttemberg.
United States. (Canal Zone - Denmark). 1925. Picture post card of 'Ancon Hospital' addressed to Denmark bearing Canal Zone 'one cent' green (pair) tied by Christabal duplex, underpaid with 'T/ 10 Centimes' tax hand-stamp and bearing Denmark postage due Yvert 20, 10c green tied by Copenhagen receiver. Nice combination.
United States. (Switzerland). 1867. Stamp-less envelope addressed to Switzerland cancelled by New York/ 18 date stamp '20th Nov', endorsed 'Per steamer "Savannah" erased with hand-struck instructional 'Too Late' and carried by the "City of Washington" via Paris with boxed French accountancy 'F/ 30' on face (Van der Linden Fig 1163) and French entry cachet in blue with m/s crayon '220' in red and Neuchatel arrival on reverse '14th Dec 67'.
Lovely item of Trans-Atlantic mail paying the double letter rate sent by Hamburg Convention mail.
United States. (France). 1873. Envelope addressed to France bearing United States SG 139, 6c carmine (2) tied by concentric ring obliterator with adjacent Bandera/ Tex. date stamp 'May 7', routed via New York with French Paquebot 'Etats - Unis Paq. Fr. No 2' on face in red with hand-struck '5' in m's on arrival and Chalamons receiver.
Lovely item of Trans-Atlantic mail from this small Texan town to France.
The town was formed by Polish immigrants from Upper Silesia in the mid 19th Century.
India. (Aden - Prisoner of War Mail). 1918. Envelope addressed to 'Comite Internationale de la Croix Rouge, Geneve' bearing India SG 171, 2a6p ultramarine tied by Aden date stamp '18th April 18' with circular 'Passed Censor/ Aden/ AB - 105' and 'Postage Censor/ Aden' negative seal on face with boxed 'Vendu par/ L' Agence Internationale/ des Prisonniers de Guerre' and hand-struck 'Comite International de la Croix Rouge/ Geneve/ Agence Internationale Des Prisonniers de Guerre/ Service des Envelopes et Timbres de Guerre' in green on face with ;Opened by Censor' label and Geneve arrival '14th May' on reverse.
Scarce negative seal censor with AB - 105 censor from Aden Camp.
Persian Gulf. (India used in Aden). 1902. Registered envelope addressed to Palermo, Italy bearing India SG 96, 4a olive and SG 113, 1/2d yellow-green tied by 'B' bar obliterator with circular 'R' hand-stamp and Aden/ Reg date stamp 'Oct 29 02' on reverse with Napoli transit and Palermo arrival '11/2' on reverse. Very fine.
Persian Gulf. (Aden). 1851. Stamp-less folded Missionary letter written from Aden dated '1st January 1851' addressed to France cancelled by framed 'Aden/ Paid (8as)' in red on face, routed via the British Post Office Alexandria 'Ja 22nd' with Malta disinfection and French entry cachet 'Paris/ Marseille' in red, rated '10' in m/s and Lyon receiver '31st Jan' on reverse.
Letter written by 'Father Luigi Sturla' to the President of the Central Council of the Propagation of the Faith, Lyon' with reference to the Mission in Persia.
Persian Gulf. (India used in Aden). 1889. Envelope addressed to Bombay bearing India SG 93, 3a brown-orange tied by Aden Cantonment squared circle 'Jan 14 89' with adjacent Sea Post Office/ E date stamp 'Jan 10'.
Very interesting item. Perhaps originating in another Gulf State with Sea Post Office transit '10th January and carried to Aden 'January 14th 1889.
Persian Gulf. (India used in Aden). Circa 1876. Envelope addressed to Meadow Street, Bombay bearing India SG 62, 2a orange (pair) tied by 'B - 22' obliterator with Aden date stamp 'Dec 9' (with no date slugs) and Sea Post Office/ B on reverse dated '13th Dec'. Very fine.
Thailand. (Ireland - Late Fee Paid). 1933 Registered envelope addressed to Ireland bearing SG 254, 5s violet and SG 255, 10s carmine (4) tied by Bangkok/ GPO date stamp '29 April' with matching registration label and framed instructional 'Late fee Paid' on face with Ros Cre receiver '24th July' on reverse.
Very few Late Fee covers known from Siam and this a very scarce destination from Bangkok to Ireland.
Thailand. 1938. Air Mail envelope addressed to London bearing SG 260, 1b blue and black tied by Bangkok GPO date stamp with 'KLM/ By Airmail' label in red on face. Very fine.
Thailand. (A.V. 2 - Canada). 1951. Air Mail envelope addressed to Vancouver bearing SG 334, 2b yellow, SG 335, 3b grey, SG 336, 5s purple (pair), SG 337, 10s green (pair) and SG 342, 1b blue tied by Bangkok GPO date stamp with bold 'A.V. 2' hand-stamp.
Nice five colour combination paying the 6 baht 30 satang Air Mail rate to Canada with Avis de Reception hand-stamp.
Thailand. (Laotian Civil War). 1971. Stamp-less Air Mail envelope addressed to Bangkok cancelled by Pua date stamp '22nd Sept 2514 (1971) with 'Royal Thai Army Border Patrol/ Command' hand-stamp in violet/ blue on face, endorsed 'Army Censor/ Checked' and signed by the Commanding Officer and Bangkok '24th Sept' arrival on reverse.
Royal Thai Army Troops had been in the Doi Phu Kha, National Park (Nan Province) on the Thai Laos border as part of 'Operation Phalat' a military offensive of the Laotion Civil War.
Thailand. (Singapore - Trans - Pacific Mail). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to Connecticut bearing SG 295, 25s orange and slate and SG 297, 1b grey and blue (strip of three on reverse) tied by Bangkok/ 1 date stamp with Thai censor circular '6' or '9' in violet and Singapore brown censor tape tied by 'Passed By/ Censor/ 155' on face and reverse with hand-stamp 'G' and '1' applied in Singapore.
Carried on 'California Clipper' to San Francisco and domestic service to Connecticut.
Thailand. (Penang - Australia). 1941. Envelope addressed to Melbourne, Australia bearing SG 292, 5s violet and SG 293, 10s red tied by GPO Inland Section date stamp '5th May 84 (41) with bold Thai censor circular '8' in violet on face, routed via Penang with brown censor tape tied by boxed 'Opened By/ Censor. 45' in violet on face and reverse. Very fine.
Thailand. (Censor Mail). 1941. Envelope addressed to Philadelphia bearing SG 289, 15s blue tied by Bangkok GPO date stamp '7th April 41' with circular '3' censor cachet in violet on face. Very fine.
Thailand. (Horse Shoe Route). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to Switzerland bearing SG 297, 1b grey and ultramarine tied by Bangkok date stamp '28th June 84 (41)' with Thai censor circular '6' or '9' in violet, routed via Penang with brown censor tape tied by framed 'Opened By/ Censor. 49' in violet on face and reverse with a red hand-stamp of two parallel bars applied on the printed 'Air Mail' label, censored in London by 'Opened By Examiner 441' label.
Very fine cover paying the 'one baht' rate, carried by B.O.A.C. on the "horse-shoe" routed via Durban, then by ship to Lisbon and air to U.K.. The red parallel hand-stamp indicates the end of air transport.
Morenweiser lists the Penang censor from '2-- 48'.
Thailand. (United States - Australia). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to Sydney, Australia bearing SG 292, 5s violet and SG 296, 50s grey and orange tied by Bangkok GPO date stamp '30th June 41' with bold Thai censor circular '6' or '9' in violet on face, endorsed 'By Airmail/ Per K.L.M. Plane', with bilingual 'Par Avion' label, routed over the Pacific with 'Examined By/ 6868' label anointed '10506' and '281' m/s on label with boxed receiver '4th Sept 1941' on reverse.
Very interesting item from Siam routed via the United States with censor label applied in transit.
Netherlands East Indies. (Marine Post). 1947. Stamp-less Air Mail envelope written from the 'R.N.N. "Marbrig" at Batavia endorsed 'On Active Service' addressed to Switzerland cancelled by 'Ned Indie 105ct/ Batavia MARINE' meter cachet in carmine with Marine/ Postkantoor/ Soerabaja on face,
The Marine meter cancel must be very scarce.
Ex Paul Bulterman collection.
Netherlands East Indies. (Veldpost). 1947. Illustrated Air Mail envellpe written from '1 - 4, R.I. Reg. Inf. Bandoeng' addressed to the Netherlands endorsed 'In Actieve Dienst', cancelled by Veldpost - Bandoeng' double ring '15th Avril 47'. Attractive item from the Dutch Indies War of Independence.
Netherlands East Indies. (Veldpost). 1947. Illustrated Air Mail envelope written from '1 - 1 R.1. Reg, Inf. Medan' addressed to the Netherlands, endorsed 'In Actieve Dienst' cancelled by 'Veldpost - Medan' double ring and signed by the Unit Commander with Zwartewaal arrival.
Netherlands East Indies. (Veldpost). 1947. Illustrated Air Mail envelope written from Dutch 'R.V.A./ 6' addressed to the Netherlands written from Batavia cancelled by Veldpost - Batavia/ 8' date stamp.
Ex Paul Bulterman.
Netherlands East Indies. (War of Independence). 1946. Printed illustrated 'In Actieve Dienst' envelope from '1st Company, 1 - 1 R. Inf. X Brigade, Java' addressed to 'Post Box 212, Singapore' bearing Netherlands Indies SG 476, 30c grey tied by 'Post - A - Div/ Soerabaja' rubber stamp in violet dated '21st July 46'. Very attractive military cover.
Ex Paul Bulterman collection.
Netherlands East Indies. Circa 1945. Stampless envelope written from Den Haag addressed to 'Concentration Kamp, "Aek Pamienke" S.O.K. Ned Ost Indies' with 'Nederlandsche - Indisch/ Roode Kruis' circular hand-stamp in carmine on face.
The 'Aek Pamienke' Camp held 5000 European women and children in three large camps from April to July 1945 in the last month of the Japanese Occupation, the conditions were primitive and a large number of the internees died of sickness and exhaustion.
The Japanese surrender was announced here on August 24, 1945.
Mail into 'Aek Pamienke' Concentration Kamp' (Sumatra) is very scarce. Little mail would have survived.
Netherlands East Indies. (Dutch War of Independence). 1947. Air Mail envelope addressed to 'The French Zone, Wurttemberg' bearing Netherlands Indies 'Dutch Rule Restored' SG 477, 60c grey tied by Batavia Centrum date stamp with circular ''Dev/ 5' censor hand-stamp, endorsed 'Par Avion' with 'Opened by Allied Censorship (Neth) label tied by circular 'A.C.N./ 3037' censor hand-stamp on face and reverse with 'Nederlandscheposteryen' label applied by the Dutch Post Office for damaged mail.
A very attractive item.
Ex Paul Bulterman.
Netherlands East Indies. (Dutch Rule Restored). 1946. Envelope addressed to 'Post Ende, Flores, Dutch Indies' bearing 'Dutch Rule Restored' postage dues SG D480, 2 1/2c on 10c vermilion, SG D481, 10c vermilion, SG D482, 20c magenta and SG D483, 40c yellow-green tied by Makasser date stamp '4th April 46' with adjacent circular 'T' hand-stamp.
Scarce postage dues on cover, the 40cent green a difficult stamp off cover.
Netherlands East Indies. (Singapore). 1940. Air Mail envelope addressed to the Netherlands bearing SG 347, 20c violet tied by Semarang date stamp '5th May 40', routed via Singapore with 'Crown/ Passed by Censor' label tied by framed 'Passed By Censor 156/ Singapore in violet on face and reverse, with circular single numeral '28' on face with German censor tape 'Geoffnet "C" applied in Cologne and tied by German censor with framed '12' in violet applied on arrival.
Morenweiser Type 4a is listed from 19th May 40 and censor numbers 111 - 142. The Passed By Censor two line label black on white (Morenweiser Type 2B) is only known with the date range 7th Sept 39.
The single ring numeral censor appears to have been applied in transit at Singapore early 1940.
Netherlands East Indies. (Australia). 1945. Air Mail envelope addressed to Queensland, Australia headed 'On Active Service' bearing Australia SG 187, 3d purple-brown tied by 'Field Post Office/ 026' date stamp '27th July 45' with framed 'From H.M. Ship/ Passed By Censor' on face and signed.
Australian Field Post Office 026 was based on Morotai Island (Docks Area) 23.4.45 - 25.9.45.
Indonesia. (Viet - Nam War Contingent). 1974. Illustrated 'Warkatpos Khusus Garuda 1V. Indonesia, ICCS Vietnam' postal stationery envelope addressed to the 'Indonesian Contingent, Garuda V, PO Box 2951, Saigon' cancelled by 'Kebayoran/ Pasarminggu date stamp '2nd Feb 74' with framed 'Garuda 1V' endorsed '1X' in blue ink and Jakarta '5/2' on reverse.
The International Commission of Control and Supervision (ICCS) was the result of the Paris peace accords of '27th Jan 1973' to end the war and comprised military and civilian personal from two communist nations Poland and Hungary and two non - communist nations, Canada and Indonesia to supervise the cease fire, the withdrawal of troops, the dismantlement of military bases, the activity at ports of entry and the return of captured military personal and foreign civilians, however the war continued until Saigon fell on 30th April 1975.
Scarce item used commercially with content.
Netherlands East Indies. (Marine Post). 1951. Registered envelope addressed to the Netherlands bearing Indonesia 'National Sports' SG 655 to 659, 35s + 10s blue tied by Marine Post/ Djakarta date stamp '25th Oct 51' with framed hand-struck 'Marine - Postkantoor/ Djakarta/ R. No (149) on face with Arnhem arrival on reverse.
Registered mail from the Marine Substation is scarce.
Ex Paul Bulterman.
Netherlands East Indies. (Marine Post). 1947. Stampless Air Mail envelope endorsed 'On Active Service' addressed to the Netherlands cancelled by oval 'Marine - Postkantoor/ Soerabaja' dated '28th July 47' in violet.
Netherlands East Indies. (Luchtpostbrief). 1948. "Luchtpostbrief" military folded envelope headed 'Militair Portvri' and 'On Active Service' written from Poerwokerto addressed to the Netherlands cancelled by '18' date stamp. Very fine.
Netherlands East Indies. (Dutch Catholic Label). 1947. Air Mail envelope addressed to England bearing Netherlands 2c brown, 4c green, 7 1/2c brown 10c lake and 20c blue tied by Tilburg date stamp '9th Dec 47' with 'K.J.M.V. Tilburg 1 Cent' label on face reading 'En Toch/ Shunt de Zon' (and yet the sun will shine) and on reverse 'Een Brief Van Thuis/ Brengt Zonin Huis' ( a letter from home brings sunshine home).
Scarce Catholic Young Man's Association (K.J.M.V.) label.
Ex Paul Bulterman.
Netherlands East Indies. (Dutch Rule Restored). 1946. Air Mail envelope addressed to Holland bearing Netherlands Indies SG 471, 7 1/2c olive and SG 474, 17 1/2c carmine tied by 'Postkantoor/ Oranji Boulavaart/ Batavia' date stamp in violet with large bold 'Per Luchtmail' label on face. Very fine. Attractive item.
Netherlands East Indies. (Veldpost). 1949. Air Mail envelope addressed to Holland bearing Netherlands Indies SG 403, 10c scarlet and 'Dutch Rule' SG 476, 30c grey tied by Veldpost - Batavia double ring.
Ex Paul Bulterman.
Netherlands East Indies. 1937. Picture post card of 'Temple at Kintamani, Bali' addressed to France bearing Netherlands Indies SG 344, 10c scarlet tied by Bandoueng date stamp with adjacent framed 'N.E.W. Trein' hand-stamp in violet.
Netherlands East Indies. (Suriname). 1944. Stampless photographic card addressed to Suriname, Dutch Guyana cancelleed by framed 'Censuur/ 2nd C. Overzee' and dated '17th July 44', endorsed 'Free', routed via 'U.S. Army A.P.O. 829' dated 'Aug 27 1944' with circular 'Passed by Examiner/ Base 0001 Army' and bilingual 'Gezien/ Censuur' applied in Suriname.
Netherlands East Indies. (Marine Post). 1947. Un-stamped envelope endorsed 'On Active Service' addressed to Batavia cancelled by oval 'Marine - Postkantoor/ Batavia' dated '18th July 47' in green with framed 'K.M./ Marvo. N.I./ Batavia' on reverse in violet. Very fine.
Ex Paul Bulterman.
Persia. 1901. Envelope written from the 'Imperial Bank of Persia' addressed to London bearing Yvert 152, 12ch blue tied by Shiraz date stamp, endorsed 'via Teheran' with Baku transit and Kensington arrival on reverse. Scarce single franking.
Persia. Circa 1896. Registered envelope addressed to Teheran bearing Yvert 76, 5c blue (2) and Yvert 78, 10c orange tied by Saoujbouagh date stamp with 'R/ Perse' registration label, routed via Taurus with Teheran arrival. Very fine.
Persia. 1904. Registered postal stationery envelope 12c carmine upgraded with Yvert 199, 1c violet, Yvert 201, 3c green and Yvert 205, 1k violet tied by Tabriz date stamp with framed hand-stamp 'R/ Tabriz' on face addressed to England, endorsed 'via Berlin' with hooded London/ Registered arrival. Attractive item of registered uprated postal stationery.
Persian Gulf. 1924. Persian New Years Greetings postal stationery illustrated post card cancelled by Teheran (Depart) date stamp with circular 'T' hand-stamp on reverse. Very fine.
Persia. (Air Mail Instructional). 1931. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to Wrexham, Wales bearing Persia Yvert 524, 1c green and lilac, Yvert 531, 15c olive and blue, Yvert 534, 2k orange and violet and Air Mail Yvert 41, 10c ultramarine and red, Yvert 44, 1k turquoise and carmine and Yvert 46, 3k brown and green tied by Tehran double ring with hand-struck 'R/ Tehran' and boxed instructional 'Received Too Late/ For Inclusion in Air Despatch' on face in violet, endorsed 'Air Mail/ Teheran - London', routed via Bagdad with oval Registered/ Wrexham arrival.
The Air Mail instructional is not listed by 'Ian McQueen' in his hand-book 'Airmail Directional Handstamps.'
British Occupation of Italian Cols. (Rhodes). 1945. Multi franked envelope 'Governodelle Isole Italiane dell' Egeo' addressed to Rhodes bearing M.E.F. SG M11, 1d pale scarlet, SG M12, 2d pale orange, SG M13, 2 1/2d pale ultramarine, SG M14, 3d pale violet, SG M15, 5d brown, SG M16, 6d purple, SG M17, 9d deep-green, SG M18, 1s bistre and SG M19, 2/6d yellow-green tied by Simi/ Egeo negative seal '21st May 45'.
Very scarce cancellation from the Occupation.
British Occupation of Italian Cols. (Cyrenaica). 1949. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to Malta bearing 'B.O.F.I.C.' SG M15, 5d brown (3) tied by Tobruk/ Cyrenaica double ring '21st Mar 49' with provisional registration label (tied) and endorsed 'By Air Mail', routed via Tripoli with oval Registered/ Malta receiver '1st Ap 49' on reverse.
Lovely item sent Air Mail to Malta.
British Occupation of Italian Cols. (Dodecanese). 1946. Multi franked envelope headed 'Governo Delle Isole Italiane Dell' Ego' bearing M.E.F. SG M11, 1d pale scarlet, SG M12, 2d pale orange, SG M13, 2 1/2d pale ultramarine, SG M14, 3d pale violet, SG M15, 5d brown, SG M16, 6d purple, SG M17, 9d deep-green, SG M18, 1s bistre and SG M19, 2/6d yellow-green tied by Cos/ Dodecanese date stamp '13th Sept 46.'
British Occupation of Italian Cols. (Tripolitania). 1948. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to Australia bearing British Occupation of Italian Cols, Tripolitania SG T1, 1l on 1/2d pale green, SG T4, 4l on 2d pale orange, SG T5, 5l on 2 1/2d pale ultramarine, SG T6, 6l on 3d pale violet and SG T12, 120l on 5s red tied by Tripoli Corrispondenze Pacchi (R) double ring '6th Nov 48' with matching registration label and boxed hand-struck 'Par Avion', routed via Egypt with bilingual Aeroport Farouk/ R.D. transit '9th Nov' with Darwin N.T. '26/11' and Melbourne arrival '30th Nov' on reverse. Superb.
British Occupation of Italian Cols. (Dodecanes). Circa 1945. Air Mail envelope addressed to England bearing 'B.O.F.I.C.' SG M11, 1d pale scarlet, SG M12, 2d pale orange and SG M14, 3d pale violet tied by Rhodes/ Dodecanes date stamp with hand-stamp 'By Air Mail/ Par Avion' on face.
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.
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.