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.