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Displaying 14 Lots in Category - India
C of A - Postal History
1939-44 inwards airmail covers including from Argentina 1939 at 1p95c rate, India 1941 twice censored, Panama 1944 at 90c rate with postal tax unpaid but forwarded after additional 1c affixed and cachet crossed-out, USA x2 at 70c PanAm Clipper rate, also surface mail from England forwarded to Trinidad, South Africa with Hobart black censor label, USA to New Hebrides via Sydney, condition mixed but mostly fine.
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Consignment remainders with a modest Indian collection, an album of Nauru blocks of 4, Norfolk self-adhesives large blocks, range of Tasmanian cds on Pictorials including a superb 'BLESSINGTON UPPER' (rated RR), also some early editions of "Australian Stamp Monthly" plus 1980s "The Australian Philatelist" (an excellent publication).
Worldwide used accumulation in stockbooks, albums, Hagners & packets including Australia & Territories with range of New Guinea & Papua including a few NWPI overprints, Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India and some China, Germany with Third Reich, etc, condition variable but many fine. Weighs 24kg.
Accumulation mostly used with Asia including China Junks & Sun-Yat Sen with overprints, Hong Kong with some QV and KGV Silver Jubilee set **, Shanghai 1893 Jubilee overprints 1c Letter Card and 2c Envelope x7, also a few Ceylon, India, Indo-China, Japan, Malaya, North Borneo, etc, then worldwide with pickings including Switzerland 1932 Airmail 90c, plus some literature, variable condition. Weighs 5kg.
Worldwide accumulation mostly pre-WWII on leaves and in albums noted Australia & Colonies, Great Britain, British Africa, India, New Zealand & Dependencies, Sarawak 1934 low values in blocks of 4 **, Sweden 1866 17o violet, Austria, etc, some Foreign POs with overprints, condition mixed but many fine. Weighs 11kg.
Asia accumulation mostly used including China with range of Sun Yat-Sen and PRC overprints, Hong Kong with QEII 'CONTRACT NOTE' revenues to $50, India noted KEVII 10r and 15r 'OHMS' overprints, Malaya with Straits Settlements QV range, Thailand, etc, quantity of low values with potential postmark interest, condition mixed but many fine. Weighs 9kg.
INDIA: Rotary Photo Co spectacular portraits of the rulers of Bhopal, Bihar (stained on reverse) & Kolhapur, also Norway.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND - Postal History
1904 (Apr 28) commercial cover from Wales to a forwarding agent in Calcutta with his cachet on the reverse, forwarded to Japan - a "foreign" destination - so taxed & with 'SINGAPORE TO HONG KONG/29MY/1904' transit b/s, Japanese 'DUE/SEN/...' h/s applied in rosine but the fee not paid & forwarded "co Agents/Christmas Island" with 'VICTORIA/30JU/04/HONG-KONG' & 'TUTICORIN/15JL/04' transit b/s and 'CALCUTTA/20JL04/' arrival b/s from where the agent BK Roy forwarded it to Christmas Island but it was apparently missent to Aden with 'SEA POST OFFICE/JL23/04' b/s, then apparently returned to Calcutta under cover then sent on with 'PENANG TO SINGAPORE/SE3/1904' transit b/s & largely very fine 'CHRISTMAS ISLAND/SE--/1904' arrival cds on the face, further endorsed "[ship] gone to S'pore or Batavia/for repairs", 'SINGAPORE/NO22/1904' arrival b/s, from here returned to the sender with boxed 'REEXPEDIE' h/s, minor soiling as one would expect. A truly remarkable cover that demonstrates the extraordinary lengths to which the Post Offices of this time went to attempt delivery, all for a 1d paid. [Colin Riddell states this is the earliest recorded Christmas Island transit cover, and offers a slightly different explanation of the chain of events, which is included for consideration]
1870 French entire to France "via Bombay & Suez" with 8p x2 & 4a green tied by private 'Stamped' cachet in blue, superb 'PD/10/SEP/70/CALCUTTA' b/s in red, French 'POS AN V SUEZ/7/OCT/70/P AN A MARS' marine sorter in red & boxed 'PD' h/s in black, minor edge faults & internally reinforced with archival tape.
BHOPAL: Fascinating selection including SG 2 unused, SG 2a in unused marginal block of 4, SG 4 unused x2, SG 8 Pin-Perf at Base used, SG 54/e complete sheet of 32 with listed varieties & SG 56 complete sheet of 32, etc, also three native covers one with SG 30, and two literature items. [See also Lot 882]
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS: FIFTH REINFORCEMENT: Indian PPCs each with boxed '.../JUL 19 1915/.../FIFTH REINFORCEMENT' d/s in violet (scarce) or blue, and a philatelic piece with Indian stamps tied by the d/s of JUL 17 1915 in violet. [The "Fifth" comprised three ships. The different inks on the same day indicates usage on different ships, suggesting that there were probably three identical datestamps]
Forces in Egypt
1915 Egyptian PPC censored "LH Jardine" at U/L, & two 'FIELD SERVICE/INDIA/...' postcards (one with 'INDIA' obliterated) all with 'INFANTRY BRIGADE/FIELD/13FE15/POST OFFICE/NZ DIVISION' cds & Indian Censor cachets #77 or #78 x2 in rosine, from the Forces defending the Suez Canal against attack by the Ottomans, this being the first action for the NZ troops. [Lt (later Lt Col) Leonard Jardine was one of the most decorated NZ officers during WWI. The other cards were written by brothers Clive & Frank Statham, both of whom were killed at Chunuk Bair (Gallipoli)]
DATESTAMPS: Covers & PPCs with locally made steel cds 'HEADQUARTERS/FIELD/POST OFFICE/NZ DIVISION' x2 (one unnecessarily with Egypt 5m, the other to Australia), '.../ADVANCED/BASE/ARMY POST OFFICE' local philatelic usage, 'DIVISIONAL TRAIN/FIELD/POST OFFICE/NZ & A DIVN' to GB, and '.../NO 1/STATIONARY APO', minor blemishes.
1940 stampless cover to London with triangular 'PASSED BY 38 CENSOR/("initials")' h/s (Little #Hi; rated 9) & self-censored '("HFrench") Captain/Officer Comdg B Company/SCC KAR' cachet, Berbera b/s of 23AP/40. With the enclosed letter on Somaliland Camel Corps letterhead.