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Bermuda

1941 | Bermuda (DR17995)

Bermuda. (French New Caledonia - Spanish Maroc). 1941. Air Mail envelope addressed to French Morocco bearing New Caledonia Yvert 142, 5c green and grey, Yvert 152, 75, turquoise and grey, Yvert 159, 5f violet and brown (2). Yvert 174, 2f25 blue (2) and Air Mail Yvert 27, 10f lilac and brown tied by Hienghene/ Nelle Caledonia double ring '12th Mars 41' with 'Ouvert Par La Censure/ Nouvelle Caledonie' censor label tied by circular 'Controle Postal/ Nouvelle Caledonie', endorsed 'Pan American Airways' and routed via Noumea '15th Mars' and San Francisco, intercepted in Bermuda with 'Opened by Examiner 5471' label with hand-struck 'Released' in violet and endorsed 'Stopped' in blue crayon on face and reverse with Madrid transit '12th April' and Larache '18/4' with French Maroc Fedala arrival '18th April' on reverse. Superb item of mail, two Ocean route over the Pacific and Atlantic intercepted in Bermuda.
Ex Tony Eastgate.

£550.00
French

1943 | French (DR17994)

French Colonies. (Camerouns - Nigeria). 1943. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to Kankan, French Guinea, French West Africa' bearing Cameroun 'Air Mail' Yvert 12, 1f orange and Yvert 15, 10f black (pair) tied by Nkong Bamba/ Cameroun date stamp '25th Dec 43' with matching registration label and circular 'Control Postal/ Commission A/ Territore du Cameroun' censor cachet with 'Controle Postal Militaire' label tied by oval 'Ouvert/ Par L' Autorite Militaire' cachet, routed via Nigeria with 'P.C. 90/ Opened by Examiner' label tied by framed 'Crown/ Passed/ P.P. 18' hand-stamp and Conakry/ Guinee Francaise arrival '5th Jan 44' on reverse. Lovely item of censored mail routed Trans Africa.

£175.00
French Colonies

1897 | French Colonies (DR17993)

French Colonies. (French Occupation of Benin - Dahomey). 1897. Stamp-less military mail envelope endorsed 'Troupes de Benin' addressed to France cancelled by Cotonou/ Dahomey date stamp '24th Aout 97' with circular 'Tirailleurs Aoussas' hand-stamp in blue with 'Etablissements de Benin Ligne M. No 3' double ring '(Salles 1262) with octagonal French paquebot 'Loango a Marseille L.M. No 3' date stamp (Salles 1252) and Paris arrival on reverse '12th Sept 97.' Exhibition item from Benin with Etablissements de Benin No 3 not listed undated by Salles.

£450.00
French Colonies

1900 | French Colonies (DR17992)

French Colonies. (French Occupation of Sudan - New Caledonia). 1900. Stamp-less envelope addressed to Noumea, New Caledonia cancelled by Kouroussa/ Soudan Francais double ring '5th Juil 00' with miltsry cachet 'Corps Expeditionnaire du Soudan Francaise' on face and counter signed by the Commander, routed via French Guinea with Conakry/ Guinee Francais transit on reverse '26th Juil', with octagonal French paquebot 'Loango a Marseille L.M. No 2' date stamp '31st Juil' (Salles 1256), routed via Paris '16th Aout' in red on reverse and Noumea/ Nelle Caledonie arrival '26th Sept 00' and forwarded to Nepou in blue crayon. Amazing item of destination mail from the French Occupation of Soudan to the French Pacific Island of New Caledonia.

£750.00
France

1897 | France (DR17991)

France. (Tunisia). 1897. Mourning envelope addressed to Tunisia, North Afica bearing France 'Type Sage' Yvert 90, 15c blue tied by Annonay/ Ardeche double ring '21st Feb 97', routed via Marseille '22/2', underpaid with Tunisia Yvert 5a, 25c black/ rose (with perforated T inverted) tied by 'a percevoir' hand-stamp and Tunis/ Regencies de Tunis arrival on reverse '24th Feb' Very fine quality.

£225.00
French Colonies

1943 | French Colonies (DR17990)

French Colonies. (New Caledonia - Red Cross). 1943. Envelope headed 'American Red Cross' addressed to 'La Poste Francaise, Noumea' bearing New Caledonia Yvert 154a, 1f rose/ carmine tied by Noumea/ Nouvelle-Caledonia double ring with circular 'Censure Allee/ Nouvelle-Caledonie/ 8' cachet in violet on face. Lovely item with 'American Red Cross/ Service Club' note inside.

£95.00
India

1968 | India (DR17989)

India. (French Colonies - Cote Des Somalis). 1968. Envelope written from the 'Bank of India, Bombay' addressed to Djibouti, Somalis Coast cancelled by Bombay meter date stamp 'Bombay "00.50" with boxed slogan 'State Bank For Service' dated '13th Aug 68', sent 'Sea Mail', underpaid with circular 'T' hand-stamp and bearing Cote Des Somalis postage due Yvert 53, 20f violet applied and tied by Djibouti/ Ter Frs. Afars-Issas' date stamp '11/10' on face and reverse. Very scarce destination from India with rare postage due on cover.

£350.00
Morocco

1943 | Morocco (DR17988)

French Colonies. (French Maroc - Martinique). 1943. Stamp-less envelope headed 'Courier Familial des Antilles' written from Rabat, Morocco addressed to Fort de France, Martinique cancelled by Rabat Residence/ Maroc '28th Jan 43' with circular 'Cavalerie de Maroc/ Rabat' in blue with 'Controle' censor label tied by oval Ouvert/ Par L' Autorite Militaire/ YA 612' in red, endorsed 'via Casablanca' with 'Correspondance Familiale Destination des Antilles/ Sur Lettre Reposne' label on face. Very fine and scarce item from the Cavalry Detachment with rare Antilles label.

£550.00
France

1941 | France (DR17987)

France. (French Indo-China - Corsica). 1941. Registered stamp-less envelope headed 'Gouvernement General De L' Indochine/ Service de L' Inscription Maritime' endorsed 'F.M.', cancelled by Saigon Commerce/ Cochinchine date stamp '2nd July 41' , endorsement 'No 382' (for registration) with circular 'Gouverement General de L' Indochine/ Inscription Maritime/ Saigon' hand-stamp in violet on face and reverse, routed via London or Bermuda with 'P.C. 90/ Opened by Examiner 4733/ 51-8959--W.H.H. Ltd.' censor label and Bastia/ Corse arrival on face and reverse '11th Aug 42'.' A very nice item of Official "Inscription" (Registration) mail, possibly detained but certainly delayed as the cover was over a year in transit.

£275.00
Morocco

1916 | Morocco (DR17986)

Morocco. (French Maroc). 1916. Registered envelope headed 'Troupes D' Occupation/ du Maroc Occidental' addressed to Casablanca bearing French Maroc Yvert 40, 5c on 5c green (strip of three) and Yvert 44, 25c on 25c blue tied by 'Tresor et Postes Aux Armees/ Casablanca' date stamp with registered label and military cachet 'Bureaux de Comptabilite T.M.O. Casablanca' with Casablanca arrival. Superb item of military mail.

£150.00
French Colonies

1850 | French Colonies (DR17985)

French Colonies. (St. Pierre et Miquelon). 1850. Stamp-less envelope written from St. Pierre dated 'July 7th 1850', addressed to Gloucester, Massachusetts, endorsed 'per packet via Sydney' with circular 'Boston/ 5 Cts' date stamped '21st July' in red on face. Very nice item from Saint Pierre et Miquelon sent via the summer route of Cape Breton and not Halifax, Nova Scotia.

£450.00
French Colonies

1861 | French Colonies (DR17984)

French Colonies. (Reunion - Mauritius). 1861. Stamp-less envelope written from St. Denis addressed to Mauritius cancelled by 'St. Denis/ Ille de la Reunion' double ring in blue '13th Avril' with boxed 'PF' in blue on face, endorsed "par Neptune", G.P.O./ Mauritius receiver on reverse 'Ap 15' and charged '6' in red crayon for inter-island mail. Lovely item with 'Paid Frontier' in blue, recorded by Jamet on mail to Foreign countries in red.

£225.00
French Colonies

1935 | French Colonies (DR17983)

French Colonies. (New Caledonia - Australia). 1935. Envelope headed 'Chambre d' Agriculture' addressed to the 'Department of Entomology, Sydney, Australia bearing New Caledonia Yvert 150, 50c lilac and sepia and Yvert 154, 1f olive and rose tied by Paquebot/ Sydney date stamp '23rd April 35.' Attractive item.

£75.00
French Colonies

1937 | French Colonies (DR17982)

French Colonies. (New Caledonia - Netherlands Indies). 1937. Envelope written from the Netherlands East Indies addressed to Paris bearing New Caledonia Yvert 155, 1f10 green and sepia tied by oval "S.S. Maatschappij" paquebot with adjacent Soerabaja date stamp '2nd June 37' om face.

£75.00
French Colonies

1874 | French Colonies (DR17981)

French Colonies. (Reunion). 1874. Envelope addressed to France bearing French General Colonies 'Napoleon' Yvert 10, 80c rose and 'Ceres' Yvert 17, 5c green (strip of four) tied by dotted lozange with adjacent 'St. Denis/ Reunion' double ring '26th Juin', framed 'P.D.' in carmine, endorsed 'via Suez' with octagonal 'Col. F.V. Suez. Paq. F. 1 Mars. 1' French entry cachet in red (Salles 1854). Lovely mixed franking classic cover from Reunion, full of colour

£900.00
China

1913 | China (DR17980)

China. 1913. Picture post card of 'Temple of Corporal Punishment, Peking' addressed to Canton bearing 'Commemoration of the Revolution' SG 242, 1c orange tied by Peking date stamp, routed via Shanghai with Canton arrival. Very fine.

£225.00
China

1902 | China (DR17979)

China. 1902. Large Parcel front addressed to Germany bearing Chinese Imperial Post SG 110, 2c red tied by Imperial Post Shanghai date stamp with French Post Office Shanghai transit, endorsed 'Photo's Only'. A rare item to Europe paying the special Book Post rate.

£350.00
China

1900 | China (DR17978)

China. (Boxer War). 1900. Post card written from the 'German 3rd Company, 6th Regiment, Tientisn, China' dated '31st Oct 00', addressed to Germany bearing Chinese Imperial Post SG 110, 2c red tied by 'K.D. Feldpostexped/ Das Ostasiatischen/ Expeditionscorps' date stamp with boxed hand-stamp 'S.B./ Ostas. Exped/ 3rd Bat. 6. In-Regmts' and Zerbst arrival on face '20/12'. Very fine item from the German Troops in China during the Boxer Rebellion.

£350.00
China

1906 | China (DR17977)

China. (Postcards). 1906. Picture post card of 'Sien Tcheng Hsien, Honan' addressed to Shanghai bearing Chinese Imperial Post SG 110, 2c red tied by Hankow date stamp '21st Feb' with Shanghai Local Post arrival 'Feb 24th' on face. Very fine.

£125.00
China

1909 | China (DR17976)

China. 1909. Picture post card of 'Street scene Peking (with camels) written from Kao-Tien dated '17th April 09' addressed to Tien-Tsin bearing Chinese Imperial Post SG 151, 2c green tied by 'Kao-Tien' vernacular date stamp with Imperial Post arrival and French Post Office Tien-Tsin-Chine Poste Francaise arrival '18/4'/ Nice item.

£175.00
China

1910 | China (DR17975)

China. (Japanese Post Office in China). 1910. Picture post card of 'Chinese Orphans in Canton' addressed to France bearing Japanese Post Office SG 9a, 4s rosine tied by Canton I.J.P.O. routed via the Japanese Post Office Peking and Manchuria with Changchun-s/ I.J.P.O. transit in violet. Nice item.

£150.00
China

1927 | China (DR17974)

China. (Manchuria - France). 1927. Registered envelope addressed to 'Poste Restante, Antibes, France' bearing China SG 280, 20c brown-lake tied by Harbin date stamp '26/1', endorsed 'via Russia' bearing French 'Sower' Yvert 192, 30c blue applied and tied by Antibes date stamp '18th Feb 27' with adjacent 'R/ Kiosk No 1' registration label. Very scarce combination.

£350.00
China

1916 | China (DR17973)

China. (French Detachment in Singapore). 1916. Picture post card of 'Tamil road repair, Singapore' written from Singapore and dated '30th Nov 16' addressed to France cancelled with circular 'Transport Auxiliaire "Nera"/ Service a la Mer' on face with hand-struck 'Transport Auxiliare "Nera", routed via French paquebot with octagonal 'Yokohama a Marseille' date stamp. Scarce item from a French Gunboat in Singapore during World War One.

£225.00
China

1935 | China (DR17972)

China. (French Naval Detachment in China). Circa 1935. Stamp-less envelope written from Shanghai addressed to Paris cancelled by framed 'Base de Shanghai' on face in violet with hand-stamp 'Francaise Militaire' and circular 'Marine Francaise/ Service a la Mer' in violet on face. Lovely item from the French Navy Base in Shanghai. See Desrousseaux livre (book) 4, page 258, figure 74.
Ex John Marc Sitarik.

£175.00
China. (French Indo-China)

1918 | China. (French Indo-China) (DR17971)

China. (Chinese Labour Forces). 1918. Picture post card of 'Pont Gallieni, Lyon' addressed to Seine cancelled by Seine Oise date stamp with circular 'Travailleurs Tonkinois de la Cie 6th Navigation/ Lyon (Rhone)/ Le Commandant du Groupement.' Very fine.

One of the darker aspects of World War 1 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 flu epidemic of 1918.
Ex John Marc Sitarik.

£175.00
China. (French Indo-China)

1919 | China. (French Indo-China) (DR17970)

China. (Chinese Labour Force). 1919. Picture post card of 'Bombardment de Reims' addressed to Paris cancelled by Warmeriville/ Marne date stamp with circular 'Travailleurs Coloniaux/ Groupement Indo-Chinois/ Warmeriville (Marne)/ Le Commandant' in violet. Very fine.

One of the darker aspects of World War 1 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 flu epidemic of 1918.
Ex John Marc Sitarik.

£175.00
China. (French Indo-China)

1916 | China. (French Indo-China) (DR17969)

China. (Chinese Labour Force). 1916. Picture post card of 'Le 14th Juillet a Paris en 1916, Les Anammites' addressed to Dome cancelled by Paris date stamp with circular '15th Bataillion de Travailleurs Indochinois/ Le Chef de Commandant' in violet on face and reverse. Very fine.

One of the darker aspects of World War 1 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 flu epidemic of 1918.

Ex John Marc Sitarik.

£175.00
China. (French Indo-China)

1918 | China. (French Indo-China) (DR17968)

China. (Chinese Labour Force). 1918. Picture post card of 'La Poundrerie, Vonges' addressed to Seine cancelled by Saone date stamp with circular 'Detachement des Travaillurs Chinoise/ Vonges (Cote d'Or)/ Le Commandant de Groupement' in violet. Very fine.

One of the darker aspects of World War 1 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 flu epidemic of 1918.
Ex John Marc Sitarik.

£175.00
China

1941 | China (DR17967)

China. (Yunnan Province - Burma). 1941 Air Mail envelope written by 'Maj. General Dennys, British Embassy, (British Military Attaché), Chungking' addressed to India bearing China SG 465, 5c green and SG 474, $2 brown and blue tied by Pahsien (Chungking) date stamp endorsed 'Air Mail via Rangoon.' routed via Burma with circular 'Not Opened by Censor/ Burma/ 12' in violet on face with 'Opened by Censor' label tied by triangular 'Passed Censor/ D 11' applied in Madras and framed Bangalore slogan arrival '18th May 41' on reverse. Superb item showing the rare circular Burma censor No 12.
The $2 has been hand-stamped with a Bandit Control cachet in violet.
Major General 'Lance' Dennys (B.M.C.) was with the British Military Mission in Chungking, his role was to advise Chiang Kai Sheck on the War with Japan and to and to persuade Chiang Kai Sheck on the defense of Burma. He died in a plane crash near Kunming in 1942.

£575.00
China

1901 | China (DR17966)

China. (Boxer Rebellion). 1901. Envelope addressed to Lyon, France endorsed 'Corps Expeditionnaire de Chine' bearing Chinese Imperial Post SG 122, 1c ochre (5), SG 123, 2c red and SG 127, 10c green tied by Tresor et Postes Aux Armees 1. China 1.' double ring with Lyon receiver on reverse. Very fine item from the French Detachment in Peking during the Boxer Campaign.

£550.00
China

China (DR17965)

China. (French Post Offices). 1901. Picture post card of 'Chinese Sedan Chair, Chefoo' addressed to France bearing Chinese Imperial Post Office SG 110, 2c red (pair) tied by Chefoo date stamp, routed via the Imperial and Chinese Post Office Shanghai bearing French China SG 2, 5c yellow-green (pair) tied by Shang-Hai/ China double ring with Manche arrival on face. Nice card published by "H. Sietas & Co, Chefoo.'
Colourful mixed franking.

£275.00
China

1941 | China (DR17964)

China. (Yunnan Province - Burma). 1941. Air Mail envelope written by 'Maj. Gen. Dennys, British Military Attaché, Chungking,' addressed to India bearing China SG 465, 5c green and SG 474, $2 brown and blue tied by Chungking date stamp '12th May 41', endorsed 'Air Mail via Rangoon', routed via Burma with circular 'Not Open by Censor/ Burma/ 27' in grey-green on face with Opened by Censor' label (red on white) tied by triangular 'Passed Censor/ D 11' applied in Calcutta with hand-stamp '14' censor cachet and framed Bangalore arrival '27th May' on reverse. Superb item showing the rare circular Rangoon censor No 27.
The $2 has been hand-stamped with a Bandit Control cachet in violet.
Major General Lance Dennys (B.M.C.) was with the British Military Mission in Chungking, his role was to advise Chiang Kai Sheck on the War with Japan and to persuade Chiang Kai Sheck on the defense of Burma. He died in a plane crash near Kunming in 1942.

£575.00
French Colonies

1874 | French Colonies (DR17963)

French Colonies. (New Caledonia). 1874. Stamp-less envelope addressed to France cancelled by Nlle-Caledonie/ Noumea double ring '17th Juin 74' with framed 'PD' and French entry cachet 'Paq. Suez a Marseille' in red, routed via Marseille with Paris arrival and forwarded.
Noted by Cavendish to be an early 'Cash Paid' envelope during the stamp shortage period of 1874 to 1877.
Ex Tony Eastgate.

£150.00
French Colonies

1942 | French Colonies (DR17962)

French Colonies. (St. Pierre et Miquelon). 1942. Air Mail envelope addressed to Niamey, French Niger bearing St. Pierre et Miquelon 'France Libre' Yvert 245, 5f on 1f25 black and grey and Yvert 289, 10f on 1f25 blue and rose tied by St. Pierre et Miquelon date stamp '24th June 42', endorsed 'West Africa Service/ via Miami and Lagos' with US censor tape 'Examined By' and Lagos transit '5th Aug' with framed 'Nigeria censor in violet and circular 'Controle Postal/ Commission A/ Territoire de Cameroun' with 'Controle Postal Militare' censor label tied by oval 'Ouvert/ Par/ L Autorite Militaire' with Douala/ Cameroun '10th Aug' on reverse. Very rate destination from St. Pierre routed over the Atlantic and Trans African route.
Scarce stamps on cover.

£350.00
French Colonies

1858 | French Colonies (DR17961)

French Colonies. (Tahiti). 1858. Stamp-less envelope written from 'The Ministry of Marine/ Havre' with hand-struck 'Mns. De La Marine/ des Colonies' on face, routed via Paris '3rde Sept 58' with framed 'P.P.' (Paid Part), endorsed 'via Anglaise' with London Paid transit 'Sep 14' on face and rated '8' on reverse for the 'Ship Letter.' fee. Early mail into the Society Islands (Tahiti) at this time. The only other mail sent inwards is to Navy ships.
Ex Tony Eastgate.

£650.00
French Colonies

1945 | French Colonies (DR17960)

French Colonies. (British Censorship in Reunion). 1945. Registered Air Mail envelope addressed to Mauritius bearing Yvert 144, 2f orange (2) and Air Mail Yvert 30, 5f brown tied by Saint Denis/ Reunion date stamp with matching registration label and 'British Censorship' label tied by framed 'Crown/ ZC /' in violet on face, oval Registered/ Mauritius and Curepipe Road arrival '5th Mar 45' on reverse. Very scarce Registered Air Mail cover showing the British censor label and cachet used in Reunion.
John Little B. 11.

£350.00
French Colonies

1900 | French Colonies (DR17959)

French Colonies. (French Occupation of Madagascar - Belgium). 1900. Stamp-less envelope endorsed 'Troupes Occupation de Madagascar' addressed to Belgium cancelled by Tananarive date stamp with circular military cachet and signed by the Commander and bearing Belgian postage due Yvert 8, 50c bistre applied and tied on arrival by Bruxelles receiver '26th Jan 1901.' Rare item of taxed mail from the French Occupation of Madagascar.
No postage would have been required for mail to France or another colony but mail to Belgium was taxed.

£550.00
French Morocco

1933 | French Morocco (DR17958)

French Morocco. (Crash Mail). 1933. Air Mail envelope addressed to Paris bearing French Maroc Yvert 113, 50c grey and Yvert 120, 2f brown tied by Tanger- Chehifier/ Maroc date stamp '8th May' with Air Mail label and hand-struck 'Correspondance Avion/ retardee de descendre/ par suite de l' accident aerian/ survena le "9 Mai 1933" on face with Paris arrival.
The plane was on the line Casablanca - Toulouse. She left Barcelona at 2.30pm for Perpignan and crashed near Villadrau, the crew and three passengers were killed.
A violet or black cachet was applied to the mail. Very fine.

£125.00
French Colonies

1943 | French Colonies (DR17957)

French Colonies. (New Caledonia - Porto Rico). 1943. Air Mail envelope addressed to Rabat, French Morocco bearing New Caledonia Yvert 147a, 35c black and lilac, Yvert 151, 65c brown and blue, Yvert 160, 10f lilac and brown and Yvert 232, 25c apple-green (2) tied by Hienghene double ring '13th Mai 43' with circular 'Censure Alliee Nouvelle Caledonie/ 8' in violet on face, endorsed 'via U.S.A.' with 'Examined By/ 10197' censor tape applied in Puerto Rico and French Maroc 'Controle' censor label tied by oval 'Ouvert/ Par Les Autorite Militaire/ YB' censor on face and reverse. Lovely item of mail sent the Two Oceans route over the Pacific and Atlantic.

£225.00
French Levant

1936 | French Levant (DR17956)

French Levant. (Lebanon - Egypt). 1936. Stamp-less 'Messageries Maritimes' envelope written from Egypt addressed to Beyrouth, Grand Liban (Lebanon) cancelled by Alexandria date stamp '10th Nov 36', underpaid with 'T' hand-stamp and bearing Grand Liban postage due Yvert 36, 15pi black applied and tied by Aley receiver '13th Nov' on face. Scarce item of postage due mail.

£275.00
French Colonies

1878 | French Colonies (DR17955)

French Colonies. (Senegal). 1878. Envelope with four page letter written from St. Louis dated '7th September 1878 addressed to France bearing French General Colonies Yvert 34, 20c brown/ lilac and Yvert 36, 25c ultramarine tied by Senegal Et Depces St-Louis date stamp in blue '7th Sept 78' with adjacent strike and French entry cachet 'Outre-Mer Amb. Irun a Bordx.' date stamp in red (Salles 1192) dated '7th Oct' with Eure arrival and forwarded to Rouen '10th Oct' on reverse. Very fine and attractive franking.

£450.00
Gold Coast

1942 | Gold Coast (DR17954)

Gold Coast. (Afrique Equatoriale Francaise). 1942. Air Mail envelope addressed to French Morocco bearing Afrique Equatoriale Francaise Yvert 60, 5f green and Yvert 147, 1f lilac/ cerise (2) tied by Carnot/ Congo Francaise double ring '19th Aout 42, routed via Bangui/ Oubangui Chari '3q1st Aug' with circular 'Controle Postal/ Congo Francaise' cachet (under label) and 'Controle Postal/ Commission E/ Afrique Equatoriale Francaise' circular censor with blank censor tape tied by oval 'Ouvert/ Par L' Autorite Militaire' and circular 'E/ 1', routed via Gold Coast with 'Gold Coast/ Opened By Censor' label and framed 'Passed by Censor/ Gold Coast/ 10' in blue on reverse, routed via London with continuous '(Crown) Opened by Examiner/ 9225/ PC 90' and 'Correo Aereo/ Madrid transit '26th Oct 42'.
A wonderful item of mail, censored in 5 countries with scarce British censor Type 2, only 12 examples recorded by Morenweiser in the period October to December 1942.

£375.00
French Colonies

1940 | French Colonies (DR17953)

French Colonies. (New Caledonia - Netherlands East Indies). 1940. Air Mail envelope addressed to New Zealand bearing New Caledonia Yvert 189, 2f 50 brown tied by Noumea/ Nelle Caledonia double ring '12th Dec 40', routed via Sydney, Australia with 'Opened by Censor' label tied by 'Passed by Censor/ S. 90' hand-stamp in violet and routed via the Netherlands East Indies to Soerabaya with circular Deviezeninst/ Deviezen Censuur Soerabaya/ 2' in red with adjacent 'Gecensureer/ 36' hand-stamp on face and reverse. Very unusual routing via the Netherlands East Indies with censorship.

£225.00
French Colonies

1942 | French Colonies (DR17952)

French Colonies. (Oceania - Bermuda - French Congo). 1942. Air Mail envelope addressed to French Equatorial Africa bearing Oceania 'France Libre' Yvert 140, 3f green and brown and Yvert 167, 10f brown tied by Papeete date stamp with 'Controle Postal Militaire' censor label tied by circular 'Control Postal/ Etablissments/ Francais/ De L' Oceanie' with oval 'Ouvert/ Par/ L' Autorite Militaire', endorsed 'Air Mail via New York and Buenos Aires' with 'Opened by Examiner/ 5637' label endorsed 'I.C.' of Bermuda and 'Controle Postal/ Commission F/ Afrique Equatoriale/ Francaise' in violet on face with Brazzaville/ Moyen Congo transit and Fort Archambauli/ Tchad (A.E.F.) arrival on reverse. Remarkable destination and routing down to New Zealand and across the Pacific to Argentina and up to New York for Trans-Atlantic flight via Lisbon but intercepted in Bermuda and censored with No 5637 listed by Burrows and then Trans Africa.
Exhibition item.

£550.00
French Colonies

1939 | French Colonies (DR17951)

French Colonies. (Soudan Francaise). 1939. Air Mail envelope addressed to France bearing Soudan Francaise Yvert 77, 90c carmine and orange and Yvert 84, 2f red-brown and green tied by Toukoto/ Sudan Francaise double ring '28th Oct', routed via Kayes '29th Oct' and the A.O.F. with circular 'Controle Postal/ Commission L/ Afrique Occidentale Francaise' in blue on face and hand-stamp 'l/0' on reverse, underpaid with 'T' hand-stamp and bearing French postage due Yvert 40a, 1f lilac-brown applied and tied by Paris receiver '7/11'. A very attractive item from the French Soudan.

£95.00
French Colonies

1942 | French Colonies (DR17950)

French Colonies. (Guadeloupe - Trinidad). 1942. Air Mail envelope addressed to Cristobel, Canal Zone bearing Guadeloupe Yvert 120, 5f blue and orange and Yvert 157, 2f 50 orange and green tied by Basse-Terre/ Guadeloupe double ring '9th Oct' with plain censor tape tied by circular 'Controle Postal/ Commission B/ Guadeloupe' censor and oval 'Ouvert/ par L' Autorite Militaire' with circular 'B/ 2' applied at Pointe-a-Pitre, forwarded by Pan Am Airways via Trinidad with 'Opened by Examiner/ 8023/ IE/-' applied at Port of Spain. Lovely item of censored mail.

£225.00
French Levant

1943 | French Levant (DR17949)

French Levant. (Lebanon - French West Africa). 1943. Envelope addressed to Kankan, Guinee Francaise bearing Grand Liban 'Air Mail' Yvert 69, 5p green tied by Bekfaya date stamp stamp '3rd Jan' with circular Free French 'C.P./ 4' cachet in violet, endorsed 'via Francaise', routed via Egypt and Nigeria with bilingual 'M/2/ Censorship' and hand-stamp '81' and '29' in violet (Egypt censor) with Nigeria triangular censorship and 'Controle Postal/ Commission A/ Afrique/ Equatoriale Francaise' censor cachet on face with 'A. 7' in red and transits of the Belgian Congo 'Elisabethville '12/3' and Leopoldville '29/3' on reverse with Kankan/ Guinee Francaise receiver and French Africa censor tape. Very scarce routing through Africa and wonderful item of destination mail.

£350.00
French Colonies

1910 | French Colonies (DR17948)

French Colonies. (Cote Des Somalis). 1910. Registered envelope addressed to Ethiopia bearing Somalis Coast Yvert 13, 30c brown and rose (2) tied by Djibouti/ Cote Francaise des Somalis' double ring with hand-struck 'R' and French Post Office 'Dierre-Daoua/ Abyssinie' receiver on reverse (Pothion Type 04FB). Very fine.

£450.00
French Colonies

1897 | French Colonies (DR17947)

French Colonies. (Djibouti). 1897. Envelope addressed to France bearing Yvert 12, 25c rose and blue tied by Djibouti Postes date stamp in blue '16th Juin 97', routed via French paquebot with octagonal 'Ligne N Paq. Fr. No 10' date stamp '28 Juin' with Toul arrival on reverse. Very fine.

£150.00
French Colonies

1942 | French Colonies (DR17946)

French Colonies. (British Internee in French Soudan). 1942. Stamp-less envelope written by 'George Whalley, Internee Britannique, Tombouctou, Soudan Francaise, A.O.F.' addressed to 'P. Johnson, Camp D' Internement, Kan Kan, Guinee Francaise, A.O.F. (Afrique Occidentale Francaise) cancelled by 'Tombouctou/ Soudan Francais' double ring '17th Feb 42' with Siguiri/ Guinee Francaise transit '5th Mars 42' on reverse.
The writer George Whalley was a radio officer on the "Criton" which was torpedoes by Vichy French Warships. He was taken to hospital in Dakar and on to Koulikoro Camp before being sent to the Internee Camp at Timbuktu in the French Sudan and after down the Niger River to Kankan Camp in French Guinea. He was one of 32 internees in Timbuktu from the ship plus 10 natives. He wrote to the Camp in Kankan which housed only eight internees until the arrival of the men from the "Criton" and later a group of Dutch and Norwegian seamen. He was in interned for 21 months before his release and passage home via Freetown.

£1250.00

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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