French Indo-China. (Cambodia). 1905. Picture post card of 'Exhibition Agricole, Pnom-Penh' bearing French Indo-China SG 33, 5c green tied by Kathom/ Cambodge double ring '26th Sept 05', underpaid with 'T' hand-stamp and bearing French postage due Yvert 19, 10c brown tied by Marseille arrival '2nd Nov.' Scarce item from this small Cambodian village. Only one small archive of 12 postcards were written and mailed from this elusive Mekong village.
Malaya. (British India Ship Letter). 1828. Pre-stamp envelope written from Singapore dated 'October 13th 1828' addressed to London, rated '1/3d', routed via India and taken up the River Dart with framed 'India Letter/ Dartmouth' in black on reverse (Robertson In 1) and London receiver '20th March 1829'.' Lovely item charged India sea postage 4d and Inland Dartmouth to London 9d. Total due 1/3.
Transit time of 158 days.
French Indo-China. (Cambodia). 1905. Picture post card of 'Cases, (Huts) in Cambodian village' bearing French Indo-China SG 33, 5c green tied by Kathom/ Cambodge double ring '26th Sept 05', underpaid with 'T' hand-stamp and bearing French postage due Yvert 19, 10c brown tied by Marseille arrival '2nd Nov.' Scarce item from this small Cambodian village.
Only one small archive of 12 postcards were written from this elusive Mekong village.
Philippines. (India - Singapore). 1847. Stamp-less envelope written from Calcutta addressed to J.W. Jones, Manilla', sent on the steamer 'p "Kelpie", routed via Singapore with oval 'Forwarded By/ John Purvis & Co./ Singapore' on reverse in black, left Singapore on the "Dardo" (Feb 6th) with 'Manila/ ls Filips' arrival on face dated '20th Mar 1847.'
Mail into the Philippines is very rare.
John Purvis had gone to China and settled in Singapore in 1822 starting his own trading company. Purvis Street in Singapore is named after him.
French Indo-China. (Cambodia). 1905. Picture post card of 'Bac-Touck village near Pnom-Penh' bearing French Indo-China SG 33, 5c green tied by Phom-Penh/ Cambodge double ring '6th Mars', underpaid with 'T' hand-stamp and endorsed '0f 05' and bearing French postage due Yvert 19, 10c brown with Haut Saone receiver '5th Avril' on face. Very nice card.
Hong Kong. (Singapore - India Ship Letter). 1837. Pre-stamp envelope written from 'E.D. Otavie & Co, Canton' addressed to London, rated '1/2d', routed via Singapore and India with oval 'Forwarded By/ J. Balestier/ Singapore' on reverse in blue-green, landed at Weymouth with framed 'India Letter/ Weymouth' in orange on reverse (Robertson In 1). Lovely item charged India sea postage 4d and Inland Weymouth to London 8d. Total due 1/2d.
India Letter Weymouth in red is scarce as only used between 1836-1839.
Forwarded By J. Balestier, Singapore one of the more elusive forwarding agents in Singapore.
Hong Kong. (Singapore - Trans-Atlantic Mail). 1865. Stamp-less envelope written from Hong Kong dated 'April 15th 1865' addressed to Boston, United States of America, endorsed 'via Marseille', rated '1/11' in red crayon, routed via Singapore with oval 'Forwarded By/ Boustead & Co/ Singapore' on reverse in blue-green with Singapore/ P.O. in red transit and London/ Paid 'May 27' with Boston B.R. Pkt./ 5' arrival on face '9th June'. Attractive item of Trans-Atlantic mail from Hong Kong forwarded via Singapore and London to Boston.
Thailand. (Switzerland). 1893. Switzerland postal stationery post card addressed to Bangkok, Siam bearing Switzerland Yvert 59, 5c brown-carmine tied by Berne/ Brf. Exp. date stamp '18th May 93' with Bangkok receiver on face '18th June'. Scarce item of incoming mail from Switzerland.
Thailand. (Postcards). 1910. Coloured picture post card of 'Canal scene with Wat Saket, Bangkok' addressed to Germany bearing SG 130, 3s on 3a grey and violet (pair) tied by Bangkok/ 1 date stamp '25th April 10'. Lovely coloured card.
Thailand. (Trade Card). Circa 1900. Advertising card for 'Creme Express CH. Jux, Confiseur, (confectioner), Paris'. Very fine mint card published for the Exposition Universal 1900 in Paris showing the Siam Pavilion.
Thailand. (Postcards) 1945. Photographic post card of 'Chedi at Wat Po (Temple), Bangkok'. Fine mint card published by "Associated Screen News, Montreal." Issued for the 'Canadian Pacific Cruise.'
Thailand. (Postcards). Circa 1930. Coloured picture post card of 'Pagoda, Bangkok.' Nice mint card specially ordered by 'The Rajawongs Store, Bangkok, Siam.' Scarce card.
Thailand. (Postcards - Royalty). Circa 1910. Picture post card of 'Royal Kathin Procession, Bangkok with Rama V attending the Parade'. Scarce locally published Royal King Rama V card.
Malaya. (Siamese Post Office in Kelantan- Burma). 1921. Picture post card of 'Victoria Park, Rangoon' addressed to 'Miss Gimlette, Kota Bharu, Kelantan' bearing India SG 160, 1a carmine tied by Rangoon/ Sorting double ring'28th Jan 21', re-directed on arrival in Kelantan to England bearing Kelantan SG 3, 4c black and scarlet tied by Kota Bharu/ Kelantan date stamp '7th Feb 1921, forwarded via Singapore with transit on face. Very rare item.
The sender was Dr. J.D. Gimlette a colonial medical officer who was impressed by the healthcare skills of the BOMORS (medicine men) and who largely authored 'The Dictionary of Malayan Medicine' that was published after his death.
Thailand. (Postcards). Circa 1920. Picture post card of 'Orphan children at Sam-Sen, Siam'. Nice mint card published by 'Congregation des Sours de Saint Paul, Chartres.'
Thailand. (Postcards - Straits Settlements). 1928. Coloured picture post card of 'The Oriental Hotel, view from river Menam (The famous Mother of Waters0, Bangkok, Siam' addressed to the United States bearing Straits Settlements SG 282, 6c carmine tied by Singapore double ring. Nice card published by 'Waterlow & Sons, London.'
Thailand. (Siam used in Cambodia). 1905. Picture post card from Siemrap of 'The Ruins of Angkor' addressed to France bearing Siam SG 68, 2s grass-green and SG 72, 4a carmine tied by bilingual Swiss type Siemrat date stamp. Very fine and scarce usage of Siam used in Cambodia.
Thailand. (Postcards). 1910. Coloured picture post card of 'Canal scene with Wat Saket, Bangkok' addressed to Germany bearing SG 130, 3s on 3a grey and violet (2) tied by Bangkok/ 1 date stamp '12th Jan 10' with Bangkok/ 2 transit. Lovely coloured card with 'Temple of Light' surcharge issue.
Thailand. (Postcards). 1928. Picture post card of 'The Menam river and market, Bangkok' addressed to Paris bearing SG 213, 3s brown, SG 230, 2s chocolate/ yellow and SG 250, 5 satang on 15s carmine tied by Bangkok/ 10D date stamp '8th March 28' and endorsed 'Received 8th Avril'. Nice three colour franking paying the 10 satang rate to France with difficult surcharge on card.
Nepal. (Book Post). 1970. Air Mail envelope sent 'Book Post' addressed to 'Mrs Erika Leuchtag, Fitzjohn's Avenue, London' bearing Nepal 25p blue/ white tied by Katmandu date stamp with New Year card from the Nepalese Queen Mother inscribed 'Season's Greetings & Best Wishes for the New Year/ Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Nepal (Her Majesty The Queen Mother).
Erika Leuchtag was the first woman to be allowed inside the Nepal Royal Palace, she befriended King Thihuvana and wrote a book 'Erika and the King' published in 1958.
Korea. (Burma). 1923. Registered envelope written from Phengyang, Korea addressed to Rangoon, Burma bearing Japan SG 173, 5s violet (2 x strip of four) mixed with "Orient" International Correspondence and Exchange Club' label tied by Phengyang vernacular date stamp with boxed 'Registered', routed via Kobe with 'R/ Kobe; registration label sent by French paquebot with octagonal 'Yokohama a Marseille' French paquebot and Singapore transit with Rangoon arrival. Very scarce destination from Korea.
China. (Trans-Pacific Mail). 1940. Registered Air Mail envelope written from 'G.L.C. Johnson, c/o Tientsin Piolet Assoc. Taku, Hopei, North China' addressed to 'Midshipman Lionel Johnson, R,N,R,/ H.M.S. "Westcott", London' bearing China SG 420, 40c orange(pair), SG 473 $1 brown and slate and SG 476, $10 violet and green tied by Shanghai date stamp stamp '18th Nov', with matching registration label, routed via Hong Kong and Hawaii 'Dec 8th', New York/ Reg '31/12' and Great Britain 'Opened by Examiner/ 1009' censor tape. Nice item sent 'Two Oceans' route over the Pacific and Atlantic to Lisbon and Poole. Franked at $11. 80 cents.
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.