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Belgian Congo

1917 | Belgian Congo (DR18100)

Belgian Congo. (Katanga - Prisoner of War Mail). 1917. Envelope written from Katanga addressed to 'Comite International de la Croix Rouge/ Service des Prisonniers de Guerre, Geneve' bearing Yvert 67, 25c blue and black (pair) tied by Katanga date stamp with hand-stamp 'VERIFE' and framed 'Vendu Par/ L' Agence International/ Der Prisonniers de Guerre' in lilac and hand-stamped 'Comite Internationale de la Croix Rouge/ Geneve/ Agence Internationale Des Prisonniers de Guerre/ Service des Enveloppes et Timbres de Guerre' on face, routed via Great Britain with 'Opened by Censor/4516' label and with Geneve arrival '5th July 17' on reverse. Very rare item from a P.O.W. in Katanga.

£550.00
Poland

1919 | Poland (DR18099)

Poland. (Prisoner of War Mail). 1919. Registered envelope addressed to 'Comite International de la Croix Rouge, Section Polonaise, Geneve' bearing Austro - Hungarian 'Feldpost' Yvert 61, 50h green tied by Lemburg. Lwow double ring '13th Jan 19' with registration label and hand-stamp 'Wojskowa Cenzura/ Lwow' i nviolet with framed 'Vendu Par/ L' Agence Internationale/ Der Prisonniers de Guerre' and Geneve receiver '25/1'. Very fine and scarce item.

£150.00
Turkey

1919 | Turkey (DR18098)

Turkey. (Constantinople - Prisoner of War). 1919. Stamp-less Official envelope headed 'On His Majesty's Service' addressed to 'Bureau International

£75.00
Rumaia

1918 | Rumaia (DR18097)

Rumania. (Levant - Prisoner of War). 1918. Atamp-less envelope endorsed 'F.M.' addressed to 'Maria Panait, Comuna Catina, Jud. Buzeu, Roumania, via Croix Rouge Romanian de Geneve' cancelled by circular 'Armee D' Orient/ Censure Militaire/ 38' on reverse with oval 'Ouvert Par L' Autorite/ 309' on face of Constantinople and Geneve arrival '27th Nov 18'.

£95.00
Egypt

1917 | Egypt (DR18096)

Egypt. (Prisoner of War Camp Mail_. 1917. Registered envelope written from 'Ras - El -Tin, Internment Camp' addressed to 'Comite de la Croix Rouge Internationale, Section des Prisonniers de Guerre, Geneve' bearing Egypt SG 78, 10m blue (pair) tied by Alexandria date stamp '4th May 17' with matching registration label with oval hand-stamp 'Aliens Internment Camp/ Ras - El - Tin Alexandria/ No/ Date' in violet with oval 'Passed By Censor/ No 13' on face and reverse with boxed 'Vendu par L' Agence Internationale/ Des Prisonniers de Guerre' and hand-stamped 'Comite International de la Croix Rouge/ Geneve/ Agence Internationale Des Prisonniers de Guerre/ Service des Enveloppes et Timbres de Guerre' with Geneve arrival '16th May' and endorsed 'Civil' in blue crayon. Registered mail from the Ras - El - Tin Aliens Internment Camp is scarce. A very attractive item.

£350.00
Ukraine

1918 | Ukraine (DR18095)

Ukraine. (Russia - Switzerland). 1918. Stamp-less envelope written from Odessa addressed to Ouchy, Switzerland cancelled 'K.U.K. Etapptenpost' with framed censor '363' in carmine and hand-stamp instructional 'Nachrichten an den Absender diese. Schreibens sind mit dessen Namen und mit der No (415) verschen, an die K.U.K. Zensurstelle, Feldkirch zur Weiterieung einzusenden' on reverse in carmine, endorsed '4125 letter de' Odessa' and bearing Swiss postage due Yvert 49, 30c green and red tied by Lausanne receiver.
Hand-stamp on reverse in carmine translates (Messages to the sender of this letter are provided with his name and No 415, to which K.U.K. censorship office. Send to Feldkirch for forwarding).

£175.00
Malaya

1945 | Malaya (DR18094)

Malaya. (Singapore - Burma P.O.W. Mail). 1945. Stamp-less envelope endorsed 'Prisoner of War Post' addressed to 'Pte. Gardiner, 4th Batt. Suffolk Regt. A.P.O. 1638 (Singapore), British P.O.W. c/o Huryojohokyoku, Tokio, Japan' with 'Opened by Examiner/ 2, 598' label with framed instructional 'Undelivered For Reason Stated/ Return To Sender' and 'Returned in Undelivered Mails/ From Territory Formally Occupied By Japanese Forces' in violet on face, returned via Repatriation ship "Farhu" in Burma with circular '305' date stamp applied in Rangoon '9th Nov 45' and endorsed "Farhu" on face. Superb item.

£175.00
Russia

1898 | Russia (DR18093)

Russia. (Foreign Censorship of Newspapers). 1898. Great Britain postal stationery envelope 'halfpenny' vermillion tied by London squared circle 'Feb 17 98' addressed to St. Petersburg with circular vernacular cachet reading 'S.P. Burg Postal Censorship of Foreign Newspapers & Magazines' in violet on face and St. Petersburg receiver on reverse.
Scarce censorship in use from 1896 - 1905 from the F.N.M.C.O. (Foreign Newspaper & Magazines Censorship Office), less than twenty examples recorded.
Ex Alistair Kennedy.

£150.00
India

1946 | India (DR18092)

India. (Prisoner of War Mail). 1946. Post card endorsed 'Intern Post' dated '16th September 1946' written by the family Antosch, Wien, Austria addressed to 'Josef Antosch, No 55514, Central Internment Camp, Premnagar, Wing 6, P.O. Dehra Dun, British India' cancelled by Wien date stamp (stamp removed by censor), circular 'Osterreichiache Zensururstelle/ 304/ W' on face and framed 'Crown/ Passed/ DHN/ 3' censor hand-stamp.
Josef Antosch (German) had been taken P.O.W. by the Allies in the Dutch East Indies and interned in Alas Vallei Camp, Sumatra before being transferred to various camps in British India. Antosch was later repatriated from Dehra Dun on the 'S.S. Marine Jumper" to a repatriation camp in the British and American Zone in Germany. His wife and children had been in Salatiga Protection Camp for women and children before being sent on the "S.S. Jumper" via North China to Japan.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection.

£95.00
NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES

1945 | NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES (DR18091)

Netherlands East Indies. (United States - Philippines - POW Mail). 1945. American Red Cross printed envelope (Form 539) written from 'Arnold C. Blumonte, Officer Gen. Postal D.V.O Bandoeng, Java' addressed to the Netherlands bearing United States 'Prexie' SG 826, 30c ultramarine tied by 'U.S. Army Postal Service/ A.P.O. 711' duplex dated '11th Oct 45'.
Attractive cover posted by a Dutch medical expert with the 'R.A.P.W.A.' (Recovery of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees). Forwarded to the U.S. Army Post Office in Manilla (711) as no U.S. Army Post Office on Java at this time.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection and illustrated in his book "Nederland's Indie in Oorlog" page 140.

£175.00
Australia

1945 | Australia (DR18090)

Australia. (Australian Army P.O. - Royal Netherlands Forces). 1945. Registered Australian postal stationery envelope 5 1/2d bistre-brown written from 'Balikpapan, Borneo' addressed to Hobart, Tasmania cancelled by 'Air Force Post Office/ No 254' date stamp '12th Oct 45' with framed hand-stamp 'R/ Air Force P.O. No' in violet on face, endorsed 'No 1519', routed via Brisbane and Hobart, Tasmania with Registration arrival '16th October.'
The Australian Air Force Post Office No 254 was based on the Dutch East Indies island of Borneo at Balikpapan from (3.7.45.) - (12.1.46.).
A very fine item of registered mail.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection.

£275.00
British North Borneo

1945 | British North Borneo (DR18089)

Labuan. (Australian Army P.O. - Royal Netherlands Forces). 1945. Registered Air Mail 'YMCA' illustrated envelope addressed to Hobart, Tasmania bearing Australia SG 187, 3d brown (pair) tied by 'Aust Army P.O. 239' date stamp '4th Oct 45' with framed hand-struck 'Aust. Army Postal Service/ Reg No' and endorsed 'APO 239' in blue ink, headed 'Air Mail' and routed via 'No 6/ Aust. Base. P.O./ D' with transit '4/10' on reverse and Brisbane and Hobart/ Registered arrivals on reverse '10th Oct 45'.
Scarce item of registered mail from the Australian Army on Labuan (18.6.45) - (26.6.46) and routed via No 6 Base P.O. an advanced Base BPO on British North Borneo (Labuan) from (1.7.45.) - (26.11.45.).
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection and described by him as being from Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo.

£225.00
Australia

1947 | Australia (DR18088)

Australia. (Royal Netherlands Forces). 1947. Air Mail envelope written from Morotai Island bearing Australia SG 188, 4d green tied by 'Air Force P.O. Morotai' date stamp '13th Jy 47' addressed to Sydney, N.S.W.
Lovely item from the Australian Forces on Morotai Island.
Not listed by Proud in 'History of the Australian Military Postal Services 1914 - 1950.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection.

£195.00
NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES

1946 | NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES (DR18086)

Netherlands East Indies. (R.A.F. Post). 1946. Stamp-less envelope headed 'On Active Service' written from the 'R.A.F. Batavia' addressed to 'A.P..C. H.Q. Chaplains Dept. Singapore, S.E.A.A.F. (South East Asia Australian Forces) cancelled by 'R.A.F. Post/ 209 double ring '15th May 46.'
The Royal Air Force were in Batavia, Java from '21st Nov 45 until 15th Oct 46.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Netherlands East Indies collection.

£75.00
NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES

1941 | NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES (DR18085)

Netherlands East Indies. (Red Cross Air - Mail Form). 1941. German Red Cross message form (Bulterman Formulier 6) headed 'This Internee Airmail message will be forwarded by the 'Comite International de la Croix Rouge - Geneve' dated 'Wien '19th Juin 1941', written from Rudolf Antosch, Wien (Deutschland) to his brother 'Josef Antosch, Centrale Intreneeringkamp, Alas Vallei, Sumatra, N.0.I.' with typed 'C.I.N. 375/ 2 - A'.
Josef Antosch was a German POW in Alas Vallei Internment Camp, he was transferred to British India, Dehra Dun Camp. His wife and children were in Salatiga Protection Camp and left for Japan on the "S.S. Asama Maru".
Very rare Red Cross message the only one known of this type.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection and illustrated in his book "Nederlands Indie in Oorlog" page 243.

£195.00
NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES

1945 | NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES (DR18083)

Netherlands East Indies. (United States Army in Dutch Indies). 1945. Special Netherlands 'Per Luchtpost' Air Mail envelope addressed to Dutch soldier No 10721 in Japan, written from Bandoeng, Java, routed via Morotai Island cancelled by 'U.S. Army Postal Service/ A.P.O. 926' dated 'October 19 1945' and anointed '13/11/45' indicating date received.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection.

£75.00
India

1945 | India (DR18082)

India. (Prisoner of War - Censors Office Mail). 1945. Letter with message headed 'Censor's Office/ C.I. Camp, Dehra Dun' dated '9th August 1945' written from 'Poldi Antosch' to her husband in Dehra Dun Camp, noted 'To Internee J. Antosch, Wing 6,' signed by (Mr. A. de Spinder) Deputy Assistant Censor for O.C. Censor Station', message answered '23/11/45/'
Josef Antosch (German) had been taken P.O.W. in the Dutch East Indies and interned in Alas Vallei Camp, Sumatra before being transferred to various camps in British India. His wife and children had been in Salatiga Protection Camp for women and children before being sent on the "S.S. Jumper" via North China to Japan.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection.

£95.00
NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES

1945 | NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES (DR18081)

Netherlands East Indies. (United States Navy in Dutch Indies). 1945. Stamp-less Air Mail envelope addressed to New York written from Batavia, Java cancelled by 'U.S. Navy' date stamp 'Dec 4 1945.'
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection.

£95.00
Switzerland

1940 | Switzerland (DR18080)

Switzerland. (Netherlands East Indies - India). 1940. Switzerland Red Cross stamp-less envelope headed 'Comite International De La Croix - Rouge - Geneve' addressed to Gedang, Sumatra' cancelled by 'Geneve/ Helvetia/ 030' meter in red '19th June 40', routed via India with red on white 'Opened by Censor/ 117 C' label tied by triangular 'Passed By Censor/ C - 19' with Medan 'Gecensueerd/ 1' censor hand-stamp on face and reverse and circular 'DEV/ 6', forwarded via Pematang Siantar to Kabandjahe Internment Camp.
This official Red Cross envelope would have contained a Comite International de la Croix Rouge Internee Air Mail message.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection and illustrated in his book 'Nederland's Indie in Oorlog" page 243.

£175.00
Australia

1918 | Australia (DR18079)

Australia. (Netherlands East Indies - POW MAIL). 1918. Envelope headed 'Service Des Prisonniers De Guerre' with circular Prisoner of War Letter/ Free' written from Trial Bay N.S.W. addressed to Captain H.W. Schumit S.S. "Argenfels" c/o De Scheepsagentuur, Batavia, Java' with framed 'Passed By Censor/ 80' and 'R. JW Holman/ German Concentration Camp/ Liverpool N.S.W.' with hand-stamp 'De Scheepsagentuur/ Soerabaia - Oedjang' on face and Batavia receiver '21st May 17' on reverse. Very nice item of destination mail from Trial Bay P.O.W. Camp.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection.

£195.00
India

1946 | India (DR18078)

India - Germany. (India Internment Camp Mail). 1946. Envelope written from 'Rudolf Antosch, Rheine, British Zone, Germany' dated '7th June 1946', addressed to 'Josef Antosch, No 55514, Wing 6, Central Internment Camp, Premnagar, c/o Dehra-Dun, British India', cancelled by St. Arnold/ Rheine date stamp '7/6' with 'Crown/ Opened by Examiner/ 1562' censor tape tied by circular 'Military Censorship/ Civil Mails/ 15523' in violet with framed 'Crown/ Passed/ DHN/ 3' and 'DHN/ 3' hand-stamp (applied where the stamps had been lifted and removed by the censor), censor hand-stamp in violet applied in Dehra Dun, anointed '20/7/46' in ink indicating the date received.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection and illustrated in his book "Nederland's Indie in Oorlog" page 47.

£125.00
NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES

1947 | NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES (DR18077)

Netherlands East Indies. (German - Prisoner of War). 1947. Netherlands East Indies postal stationery card 3 1/2c blue written from 'Onrust Prisoner of War Camp, Barrack 13' dated 7th March 47' cancelled by framed 'Prisoner of War' in violet and endorsed 'V.V.P.' (Vrij Van Port - Free of Postage) addressed to Batavia cancelled by Batavia Centrum receiver '12th March 47.'
After the surrender by the Japanese in August 1945, the Germans were once again held Prisoner of War. The small Island of Onrust in Jakarta Bay held 200 German P.O.W. most being released by October 1946.
Ex Paul Bulterman's Prisoner of War collection and illustrated in his book "Nederlands Indie in Oorlog' page 48.

£350.00
French Colonies

1943 | French Colonies (DR18076)

French Colonies. (Madagascar). 1943. Registered Air Mail envelope written from the Middle Congo addressed to Madagascar bearing Afrique Equatoriale Francaise Yvert 149, 2f grey and Air Mail Yvert 24, 5f brown tied by Brazzaville/ Moyen-Congo double ring '20th Feb' with matching registration label on reverse, circular 'Controle Postal/ Commission A/ Afrique Equatoriale Francaise' censor on face, with framed 'France -Libre/ Premiere Liaison/ Afrique Equatoriale Francaise/ Libre Madagascar' violet cachet with 'Opened by British Censorship' label tied by framed 'Passed By/ Censor/252 - 1' cachet with Tananarive arrival '27/2' on reverse. Nice item of British Madagascar censorship.

£125.00
French Colonies

1941 | French Colonies (DR18075)

French Colonies. (New Caledonia). 1941. Registered envelope addressed to Australia bearing New Caledonia Air Mail Yvert 24, 2f orange and sepia, Yvert 25, 3f lilac and sepia, Yvert 26, 5f blue and sepia and Yvert 27, 10f violet and sepia tied by Noumea/ Nelle Caledonie double ring '21st Oct 41' with adjacent registered label and circular 'Groupe du Pacifique/ Comm Superiur Des Troupes' in carmine on face and Sydney receiver. Very attractive Air Mail cover with scarce stamps on envelope.
French Troops were based in the Pacific to defend there territory against Japanese attacks.

£125.00
French Colonies

1942 | French Colonies (DR18074)

French Colonies. (Senegal - A.E.F. - Dahomey - Tchad - Nigeria). 1942. Air Mail envelope addressed to Lai, Tchad bearing Senegal Yvert 151, 2f violet (2) tied by Rufisque/ Senegal double ring '21st Aout 42' with circular 'Regiment de Tirailleurs au Senegal/ Le Vagumestre' military cachet on face in violet with 'Controle Postal' censor tape tied by oval 'Ouvert/ Par/ L' Autorite Militaire' with hand-struck circular 'A/ 3', routed via Dahomey with Cotonou/ Dahomey '26th Sept' and Lagos '24th Nov 42' with 'Opened by Examiner/ P.C. 90' censor tape tied by boxed 'Crown/ Passed PP/ 16' Nigeria censor on face and reverse with circular 'Controle Postal/ Commission F/ Afrique Equatoriale Francaise' in violet on reverse with Moundou/ A.E.F. transit '20th Jan 43' on reverse in blue. Superb item of Trans-Africa Air Mail with censors from 6 different censors and passing via 5 different countries in internal Africa to Tchad a scarce destination.

£195.00
French Colonies

1925 | French Colonies (DR18073)

French Colonies. (Madagascar). 1925. Mourning envelope addressed to Tamatave, Madagascar bearing Madagascar Yvert 188, 25c on 2f blue and olive tied by Tamatave date stamp '7th Nov 1925', underpaid with 'T' hand-stamp and bearing Madagascar postage dues Yvert 10, 5c green (pair) and Yvert 17, 60c on 1f orange tied by Tamatave arrival '8th Nov' on face. Very colouful usage of internal postage due mail from this African island.

£175.00
Libya

1860 | Libya (DR18072)

French Levant. (Libya). 1860. Stamp-less envelope written from a 'French Catholic Mission in Tripoli de Barbarie' dated '19th Nov 1860' with wax seal on reverse with French entry cachet 'Poss Angl/ Marseille' in red '3rd Dec', rated '16' in m/s with Marseille and Lyon receiver '4th Dec'. Very nice item of pre-stamp mail from Tripoli (Libya). The French Post Office did not open until 1880.

£550.00
United States

1906 | United States (DR18071)

United States. (French Colonies - Tahiti). 1906. Stamp-less Official mail envelope headed 'Consulate General de France a San Francisco' with violet consular cachet and signed in the Consulate, addressed to Papeete, Tahiti with circular 'Centimes/ 50 T' hand-stamp on face applied on arrival. Very fine item of incoming mail.

£350.00
French Morocco

1944 | French Morocco (DR18070)

French Morocco. (Great Britain). 1944. Envelope addressed to Casablanca, Morocco bearing Great Britain SG 489, 2 1/2d pale ultramarine tied by by London roller '27th May 44', with 'P.C. 90/ Opened by Examiner' label, underpaid with 'T' hand-stamp and bearing French Maroc Yvert 206, 40c lilac and Yvert 207, 50c green (pair) applied on reverse as postage dues and tied by Casablanca receiver and triangular 'T' hand-stamp on 50c green pair, with 'Controle' censor label tied by oval 'Ouvert/ Par/ L'Autorite Militaire'. Nice war time item.

£95.00
French Colonies

1878 | French Colonies (DR18069)

French Colonies. (Guadeloupe). 1878. Envelope addressed to France bearing French Colonies Yvert 17, 5c green/ blue (strip of eight) and pair) and Yvert 34, 20c lilac/ brown tied by Guadeloupe/ Basse Terre double ring '11th Juin 78' with French entry cachet in red '28th Juin', routed via England and Paris with Vendee arrival on reverse. Spectacular mixed issue franking paying the double packet rate via England post U.P.U., the 35c rate was only in use for 9 months and the 70c double letter rate is very rare. Exhibition item.
Ex Dr Edward Grabowski Gold Medal.

£1050.00
China

1943 | China (DR18068)

China. (Japanese Occupation of China - Manchuria). 1943. Envelope addressed to Switzerland bearing Japanese Occupation of China SG 155, 5c green (2) and SG 166, 20c lake (2) tied by Tientsin date stamp, routed via Manchuria with black on white/ blue Japanese Police censor label tied on face and reverse by circular censor and hand-struck three line censor cachet on reverse in violet. Very nice item of censored mail during the Japanese Occupation of China with scarce Japanese Police censor label used during the military occupation and control of Manchuria.

£295.00
China

1940 | China (DR18067)

China. (Yunnan Province- Trans - Pacific - Two Ocean Route). 1940. Air Mail envelope written from 'The China Inland Mission, Langchun, Szechuan, (Szechwan), China' addressed to 'The Editor, Young China, China Inland Mission, London' bearing SG 402, 25c ultramarine (pair) tied by Langchun vernacular date stamp with boxed chop (control censor) in red, endorsed 'via North America', routed via Chungking and Kunming (Yunnan) with French Indo-China 'Control Postal' censor label tied by oval 'Ouvert/ Par l ' Autorite Militaire', routed via Singapore with censor tape, tied by 'Passed by/ Censor 15/ Singapore' in violet. Very rare routing via French Indo China, Singapore over the Pacific and Atlantic, Two Ocean route.

£750.00
China

1931 | China (DR18066)

China. (Great Britain - Postage Dues). 1931. Envelope addressed to England bearing SG 273, 5c mauve and SG 280, 20c brown-lake tied by Shanghai date stamp, endorsed 'via Siberia', underpaid with framed 'T' hand-stamp and boxed 'T/ 30 ctms' in red on face bearing Great Britain postage due SG D14, 3d violet tied by Leeds receiver and hand-struck 3d'. Very nice item of underpaid mail to Great Britain with postage due.

£295.00
China

1933 | China (DR18065)

China. (Szechwan Province). 1933. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to Shanghai bearing Szechwan Province SG 5, 5c yellow-green and SG 16, 8c orange-red (8) mixed with Chinese Imperial Post SG 410, 1/2c sepia (4) tied by Tungchuan-Fu/ Yunnan vernacular date stamp with boxed 'R' hand-stamp and double hand-struck 'R/ R' for Recipients Receipt, bilingual Air Mail label and Receipt arrival label and Shanghai receiver. Very attractive and scarce item of 'R/R' mail from Szechwan Province/ Yunnan.
Ex Pat Clemo.

£550.00
China

1906 | China (DR18064)

China. (Yunnan Province). 1906. Photographic post card of 'Young Chinese Priest at the French Catholic Mission for the Yunnan Railway' addressed to France bearing Chinese Imperial Post SG 121, 1/2c brown and SG 124, 4c chestnut tied by Imperial Post "Mengtsz' date stamp. Lovely post card relating to the building of the Yunnan Railway.

£225.00
China

1905 | China (DR18063)

China. (French Indo-China). 1905. Chinese Imperial Post postal stationery reply card 1c red cancelled by Tientsin date stamp addressed to Tong-Kon (Tong-Ku), French Indo-China. Scarce usage into French Indo-China.

£550.00
China

1901 | China (DR18062)

China. (German China). 1901. News-Band wrapper addressed to Lyon, France bearing German China SG 8, 5pf green tied by 'Shanghai/ Deutsche Post a' date stamp. Nice item paying the overseas newspaper rate.

£225.00
China

1882 | China (DR18061)

China. (French Post Offices). 1882. Printed Circular card headed 'Printed Circular/ via Naples' with oval "Iveson & Co/ Shanghai" chop in violet on face, addressed to France bearing French 'Type Sage' Yvert 88, 4c lilac tied by '5104' in dotted lozenge with adjacent 'Shang-Hai/ Chine' date stamp '7th Mars 82', endorsed 'via Naples' with 'Modane a Paris' ambulant on face in red and Lyon arrival '16th Avril'. Very attractive item. Single 'Four Cents' very scarce.

£775.00
China

1922 | China (DR18060)

China. (French China). 1922. Cover FRONT addressed to Lyon headed 'Chambre de Commerce Francaise de Chine' bearing French China 'Type Blanc' SG 84, 2c on 5c yellow-green (9) tied by Shanghai/ Chine date stamp '27th May 22'. Nice franking with Millesime 6 Pair, very scarce on cover.
Ex John Mark Sitarik

£225.00
China

1903 | China (DR18059)

China. (French Occupation of China). 1903. Stamp-less envelope endorsed 'Brigade d' Occupation de Chine/ Le Chef de' Detachment' addressed to France cancelled by 'Corps Exp. Tonkin/ Ligne N. 7' double ring '12th Avril 03' with octagonal 'La Reunion a Marseille L.V. No 4' paquebot (Salles 2308' on reverse with 'T' hand-stamp erased and taxed again, bearing French postage due Yvert 33, 30c carmine (pair) applied and tied in Paris. Nice item of military mail taxed as civilian mail.
Ex John Mark Sitarik.

£225.00
China

1902 | China (DR18058)

China. (Boxer Rebellion). 1902. Stamp-less Red Band envelope headed 'Corps Expeditionnaire de L' Extreme Orient' addressed to France cancelled 'Corr. D' Armees/ Shang-Hai' date stamp '22nd Jan 02' with circular 'Canonniere "Le Surprise" / Commandant' on reverse with 'Marine Francaise/ Service a la Mer', hand-struck vernacular instructional on face and Paris arrival '24th Feb' on reverse. Very fine item from the Gunboat "The Surprise" part of the French Marine Detachment in the Boxer Campaign.
Ex John Marc Sitarik.

£350.00
China

1904 | China (DR18057)

China. (French Occupation of China). 1904. Picture post card of 'The Boxer Campaign' written from Tien-Tsin dated '26th Sept 04' addressed to Nice, France bearing French China SG 38, 10c carmine tied by Tien-Tsin Chine Poste Francaise double ring with circular 'Corps d' Occupation de Chine 1/2 Esen de Chasseurs d' Afrique/ Le Captaine Commandant' in violet on face, endorsed 'via Suez; with bold 'via Suez' hand-stamp. Much scarcer routing than the Siberian route. A lovely item.
Ex John Marc Sitarik.

£275.00
Egypt

1909 | Egypt (DR18056)

Egypt. (Japan). 1909. Envelope addressed to the Egyptian Cotton Flannel Mill, Osaka, Japan' bearing SG 63, 5m rose-carmine (pair) tied by Alexandria date stamp '6th Feb 09' with Kobe transit and framed instructional 'Inconnu' and 'Address Incomplete' in carmine on face with eleven Japanese instructional labels applied and cover returned via Suez with oval 'Return Letter Office/ Egypt' in red on reverse dated '21st June 09.'

£125.00
Zanzibar

1901 | Zanzibar (DR18055)

Zanzibar. (German East Africa). 1901. Un-stamped picture post card of 'Camp with two tents, Usambara, German East Africa' addressed to Berlin with Zanzibar date stamp '12th March 01', with circular ''T' hand-stamp, rated '20' in m/s crayon and Berlin arrival '27/4' on reverse.

£75.00
Great Britain

1942 | Great Britain (DR18054)

Great Britain. (Censor - Return To Sender Label). 1942. Illustrated envelope from 'Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton' cancelled by Paighton slogan '24th June', the envelope has been re-used and cancelled by 'Worcester 2 1/2d' meter with 'Lea & Perrins Sauce' slogan in red, with 'Opened by Examiner/ 2802' label and 'P.C. 23/ Return To Sender/ By The Censor/ For Reason Explained in Memorandum Enclosed in This Cover' label attached to face and signed. Enclosed inside the cover 'P.C. 110/ British Postal Censorship/ This letter is returned to sender because no envelope which has already been used may be adapted for re-use for the dispatch of a postal packet destined for the country to which this letter is addressed.'
Very unusual censorship, as this envelope had been re-adapted and used twice it was returned by the censorship.
Ex Alister Kennedy.

£50.00
Greece

1945 | Greece (DR18053)

Greece. (Rhodes - Return To Sender Label). 1945. Envelope cancelled by Rodi (Egeo) date stamp of the German Occupation with 'Returned To Sender/ By The Censor/ For Reason Explained in Memorandum Enclosed in This Cover/ C.P. 23' with printers code "10432/ PME. J - 2000 - 5/ 45" and signed. Enclosed in the envelope is form 'P.C. 137/ Postal Censorship/ The British Censorship is not Responsible for the Absence of Stamps from the cover of this Postal Packet.'
Morenweiser states Four "Return To Sender" labels are known from Rhodes with Printers code '10432/ PME.J - 2000 - 5/ 45" and code "C.P. 23' top right.
See Morenweiser, British Empire, Mediterranean & Middle East censorship.
Ex Alister Kennedy.

£225.00
China

1940 | China (DR18052)

China. (Manchuria). 1940. Envelope written from Yenki, Catholic Mission addressed to the Netherlands bearing Manchuria SG 6, 4f yellow-olive tied by vernacular date stamp, endorsed 'Nederland via Siberia' violet hand-stamp on face. Lovely item sent at the printed matter rate.

£175.00
China

1923 | China (DR18051)

China. (Japanese Post Office in Manchuria). 1923. Japan postal stationery card 4 sen carmine upgraded with SG 172, 4s scarlet tied by Dairen/ I.J.P.O. in violet addressed to England. Scarce item of stationery used in Manchuria. Very attractive.

£550.00
China

1926 | China (DR18050)

China. (Manchuria). 1926. Chinese Imperial Post 'Junk' issue postal stationery card 1 1/2c blue cancelled by Liaoyuan date stamp addressed to Peking with arrival on face. Fine item from Liaoning Province.

£150.00
China

1941 | China (DR18049)

China. (Manchuria). 1941. Registered envelope addressed to the United States bearing Manchuria SG 59, 8f yellow-brown (pair) and SG 95, 20pf brown tied by Harbin/ Manchoukou date stamp '15th March' with hand-struck 'Registered' in violet, routed via Mokden with registered label and transit, San Francisco 'Apr 10' and Scott Field arrival 'Ap 15' in violet on reverse.

£145.00

Philatelic News & Information

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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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