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1915 Sudan - 1915 censored cover to England with a 5m tied by a datestamp of 19 IX 1915. Across the front of the cover is a PASSED BY CENSOR handstamp in black. (Firebrace SCC 4d) On the back are Halfa – Khartoum T.P.O. No. 2 19 SEP 15, Shellal – Halfa T.P.O. No. 1 20 SEP 15 and Teignmouth 5 OC 15 transit and arrival cancels. Firebrace states that there are only 4 known examples of this censor cachet.1915 Sudan
1915 censored cover to England with a 5m tied by a datestamp of 19 IX 1915. Across the front of the cover is a 'PASSED BY CENSOR' handstamp in black. (Firebrace SCC 4d) On the back are Halfa – Khartoum T.P.O. No. 2 19 SEP 15, Shellal – Halfa T.P.O. No. 1 20 SEP 15 and Teignmouth 5 OC 15 transit and arrival cancels. Firebrace states that there are only 4 known examples of this censor cachet.
£250.00
Reference: G3057

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1915 Sudan -  1915 censored cover to England with a 5m tied by a PORT SUDAN 20 VII 1915 datestamp. A violet PASSED BY CENSOR handstamp (Norton Collier SCC4E) is across the front of the cover. In the lower left corner is a cachet of Gellatly, Hankey & Co, Port Sudan, (shipbrokers) On the back of the cover is a Shellal-Halfa T.P.O. No. 2 23 JY 15 transit cancel. 1915 Sudan
1915 censored cover to England with a 5m tied by a PORT SUDAN 20 VII 1915 datestamp. A violet 'PASSED BY CENSOR' handstamp (Norton Collier SCC4E) is across the front of the cover. In the lower left corner is a cachet of Gellatly, Hankey & Co, Port Sudan, (shipbrokers) On the back of the cover is a Shellal-Halfa T.P.O. No. 2 23 JY 15 transit cancel.
£175.00
Reference: G3056

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1896 Zanzibar - 895 cover to Italy that has “R.N. VOLTURNO” embossed on the backflap, franked with an India 2½a overprinted ZANZIBAR (small second Z) dated 6 NOV 96. Aden NO 15 and Spezia 27 NO transit and arrival cancels are on the back. The R.N. Volturno was an Italian gunboat that in August 1898 landed a small detachment of sailors at Zanzibar to protect the Italian Consulate after the British suppressed a rebellion there. The Volturno was stationed off the East Africa coast for a few years.1896 Zanzibar
895 cover to Italy that has “R.N. VOLTURNO” embossed on the backflap, franked with an India 2½a overprinted ZANZIBAR (small second 'Z') dated 6 NOV 96. Aden NO 15 and Spezia 27 NO transit and arrival cancels are on the back. The R.N. Volturno was an Italian gunboat that in August 1898 landed a small detachment of sailors at Zanzibar to protect the Italian Consulate after the British suppressed a rebellion there. The Volturno was stationed off the East Africa coast for a few years.
£325.00
Reference: G3055

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1917 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation - 1917 registered letter to Baarle Duc ( A Flemish municipality of Belgium, much of which consists of a number of small Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands) with a 40c cancelled KIGOMA 4 JY 17. On the back is a Belgian Occupation of the Udjidji District h/s and a CENSURE MILITAIRE handstamp. An interesting cover to an unusual destination. 1917 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation - 1917 registered letter to Baarle Duc ( A Flemish municipality of Belgium, much of which consists of a number of small Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands) with a 40c cancelled KIGOMA 4 JY 17. On the back is a Belgian Occupation of the Udjidji District h/s and a CENSURE MILITAIRE handstamp. An interesting cover to an unusual destination. 1917 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation
1917 registered letter to Baarle Duc ( A Flemish municipality of Belgium, much of which consists of a number of small Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands) with a 40c cancelled KIGOMA 4 JY 17. On the back is a Belgian Occupation of the Udjidji District h/s and a 'CENSURE MILITAIRE' handstamp. An interesting cover to an unusual destination.
£65.00
Reference: G3054

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1917 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation - 1917 10c picture post card (Ruzizi River) to England, cancelled KIGOMA 10 DE 17. Alongside is an F.P.O. 320 11 DE 17 datestamp that was in use at Tabora. 1917 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation
1917 10c picture post card (Ruzizi River) to England, cancelled KIGOMA 10 DE 17. Alongside is an F.P.O. 320 11 DE 17 datestamp that was in use at Tabora.
£55.00
Reference: G3053

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1916 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation - 1916 cover to Nyansa with a 25c, 1Fr and a 5c cancelled POSTES MILITAIRES I XI 1916. An arrival backstamp of POSTES MILITAIRES 2 XI 1916 is on the back. This datestamp was used by the Belgian Army for troops on the move. On this date, this canceller was in Kigoma.  1916 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation
1916 cover to Nyansa with a 25c, 1Fr and a 5c cancelled POSTES MILITAIRES I XI 1916. An arrival backstamp of POSTES MILITAIRES 2 XI 1916 is on the back. This datestamp was used by the Belgian Army for troops on the move. On this date, this canceller was in Kigoma.
£75.00
Reference: G3052

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1917 & 1918 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation.  - 1917 5c picture post card (Albertville, Katanga) to France cancelled B.P.C.V.P.K. No. 15 16 DEC 17. This canceller was at Kilosa. Also a 10c picture post card (Lulanguru Station) cancelled B.P.C.V.P.K. No. 17 8 JUN 18. 1917 & 1918 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation.
1917 5c picture post card (Albertville, Katanga) to France cancelled B.P.C.V.P.K. No. 15 16 DEC 17. This canceller was at Kilosa. Also a 10c picture post card (Lulanguru Station) cancelled B.P.C.V.P.K. No. 17 8 JUN 18.
£75.00
Reference: G3051

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1919 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation - 1919 censored 10c picture post card (Lulanguru Station) to Holland cancelled KIGOMA 10 AP 19. A violet CENSURE MILITAIRE cachet is across the centre of the card.1919 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation
1919 censored 10c picture post card (Lulanguru Station) to Holland cancelled KIGOMA 10 AP 19. A violet 'CENSURE MILITAIRE' cachet is across the centre of the card.
£40.00
Reference: G3049

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1917 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation - 1917 censored Belgian Congo 5c post card to Disabled Soldier Southport, England, with a 5c added cancelled B.C.P.V.K. No 4 5 MAR 17 which was at Kigoma. As this was civilian mail, the card has been censored in Dar-Es-Salaam with a boxed censor cachet (Hoffman type 24) 1917 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo Occupation
1917 censored Belgian Congo 5c post card to 'Disabled Soldier' Southport, England, with a 5c added cancelled B.C.P.V.K. No 4 5 MAR 17 which was at Kigoma. As this was civilian mail, the card has been censored in Dar-Es-Salaam with a boxed censor cachet (Hoffman type 24)
£55.00
Reference: G3049

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1921 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo - 1921 10c Belgian Congo post card (Kigoma Bay) to Belgium, with a 5c added cancelled KIGOMA 18 MR 21. Three years after the war ended and the Belgians were still occupying part of Tanganyika.1921 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo
1921 10c Belgian Congo post card (Kigoma Bay) to Belgium, with a 5c added cancelled KIGOMA 18 MR 21. Three years after the war ended and the Belgians were still occupying part of Tanganyika.
£45.00
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1918 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo -  1918 registered 10c picture post card (Belgian gun emplacement at Kalemie River) to England with a 40c added cancelled KIGOMA 24 JY 18. 1918 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo
1918 registered 10c picture post card (Belgian gun emplacement at Kalemie River) to England with a 40c added cancelled KIGOMA 24 JY 18.
£65.00
Reference: G3047

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1918 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo - 1918 registered cover with two 15c sent locally to the Commandant in Kigoma and cancelled KIGOMA 7 OC 18 with a similar strike alongside. 1918 Tanganyika / Belgium Congo
1918 registered cover with two 15c sent locally to the Commandant in Kigoma and cancelled KIGOMA 7 OC 18 with a similar strike alongside.
£65.00
Reference: G3046

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1931 Great Britain - 1St Imperial Airways Experimental Flight cover to Australia with a 1/- and 4d cancelled BRISTOL APR 2 31. The flight left London on April 4 and was due to arrive in Melbourne on April 20 but only arrived on the 29th. This cover has been signed by Charles Kingsford Smith who carried the mail on part of the journey from Akyab to Darwin. This flight ran out of fuel at Soepang so was delayed. The cover has a Melbourne 29 APR 1931 backstamp. B.P.A. certificate of authenticity.1931 Great Britain
1St Imperial Airways Experimental Flight cover to Australia with a 1/- and 4d cancelled BRISTOL APR 2 31. The flight left London on April 4 and was due to arrive in Melbourne on April 20 but only arrived on the 29th. This cover has been signed by Charles Kingsford Smith who carried the mail on part of the journey from Akyab to Darwin. This flight ran out of fuel at Soepang so was delayed. The cover has a Melbourne 29 APR 1931 backstamp. B.P.A. certificate of authenticity.
£225.00
Reference: G3045

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1903 Victoria - 1903 cover to Richmond with a vertical pair of ½ds cancelled by a CARISBROOK 16 duplex dated OC 17 03. A Melbourne OCT 19 1903 transit datestamp is on the back. 1903 Victoria
1903 cover to Richmond with a vertical pair of ½d's cancelled by a CARISBROOK '16' duplex dated OC 17 03. A Melbourne OCT 19 1903 transit datestamp is on the back.
£22.00
Reference: G3044

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1916 Sarawak - 1916 envelope to Vancouver, Canada, with a 4c on the reverse cancelled KUCHING 28 FEB 1916. A similar strike is on the front of the cover along with a violet boxed P.B.C. censor handstamp. This was applied in Hong Kong when it transited through there on 7 March. A very scarce cover out of Sarawak that was censored.1916 Sarawak - 1916 envelope to Vancouver, Canada, with a 4c on the reverse cancelled KUCHING 28 FEB 1916. A similar strike is on the front of the cover along with a violet boxed P.B.C. censor handstamp. This was applied in Hong Kong when it transited through there on 7 March. A very scarce cover out of Sarawak that was censored.1916 Sarawak
1916 envelope to Vancouver, Canada, with a 4c on the reverse cancelled KUCHING 28 FEB 1916. A similar strike is on the front of the cover along with a violet boxed 'P.B.C.' censor handstamp. This was applied in Hong Kong when it transited through there on 7 March. A very scarce cover out of Sarawak that was censored.
£475.00
Reference: G3043

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1958 Swaziland - 1958 air mail envelope sent registered to London with a 3d, 6d and 1/- cancelled PIGGS PEAK 21 VI 581958 Swaziland
1958 air mail envelope sent registered to London with a 3d, 6d and 1/- cancelled PIGGS PEAK 21 VI 58
£20.00
Reference: G3042

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1901 Western Australia - 1901 picture post card ( Woodland scene) to Switzerland with a 1d and ½d tied by SHIP MAIL ROOM, PERTH, MY 27 01 cancels.  1901 Western Australia
1901 picture post card ( Woodland scene) to Switzerland with a 1d and ½d tied by SHIP MAIL ROOM, PERTH, MY 27 01 cancels.
£40.00
Reference: G3040

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1897 Western Australia - 1897 revalued postal card, 1½d on 3d, to Italy, cancelled by the  ALBANY AP 3 97 barred duplex K.G.S. A Napoli arrival cancel is on the front of the card. 1897 Western Australia
1897 revalued postal card, 1½d on 3d, to Italy, cancelled by the ALBANY AP 3 97 barred duplex 'K.G.S.' A Napoli arrival cancel is on the front of the card.
£45.00
Reference: G3039

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1897 Zanzibar - 1897 1A newspaper wrapper to Christiana, NORWAY, cancelled 2 JU 97. A very unusual destination, particularly for a newspaper! 1897 Zanzibar
1897 1A newspaper wrapper to Christiana, NORWAY, cancelled 2 JU 97. A very unusual destination, particularly for a newspaper!
£55.00
Reference: G3038

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1985 Swaziland - 1985 underpaid cover from South Africa to Swaziland, taxed on arrival with 15 x 1c postage dues, cancelled TSHANENI 14 IV 85. A most unusual franking for a postage due cover. 1985 Swaziland
1985 underpaid cover from South Africa to Swaziland, taxed on arrival with 15 x 1c postage dues, cancelled TSHANENI 14 IV 85. A most unusual franking for a postage due cover.
£95.00
Reference: G3037

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