Prestige Philately Auction 231 CatalogueLot 1297Catalogue by countrySeychelles
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 28 Lots in Category - Seychelles
1926-37 inwards covers 1) 1926 (Oct 10) from USA flown Washington-Philadelphia then by sea (believed the earliest "airmail" item to the Seychelles); 2) 1935 (Sep 29) commercial from GB per Imperial Airways GB-Mombasa; 3) 1936 (Jan 29) US-GB per "Ile de France" to contact with Imperial Airways to Nairobi where forwarded to Seychelles; 4) 1936 (Nov 25) commercial usage of GB 4½d Registration Envelope "Via Mombasa/& KPM" (Dutch shipping line) uprated with KGV & KEVIII franking; and 5) 1937 (Nov 2) USA to Holland per "Queen Mary" then KLM to Bombay but with 'KARACHI/CANCELLED' h/s; all with 'VICTORIA' arrival cds, a few mostly minor faults.
1928 (Apr 30) Swiss PPC registered and flown Zurich-Cairo-Baghdad with 'BASRA' transit on the face and '[VICTORIA/MY29/28/ SEYCHELLES' arrival b/s. A remarkable origin-destination item.
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1933-39 outwards covers comprising 1) 1933 to GB "via Mombasa" at 12c + 45c surcharge; 2) 1934 (Oct 5) cover to Ascension! endorsed "Air mail to Cape" with 2c 3c 12c & 20c strip of 3 paying 12c + 45c surcharge + 20c registration, Mombasa Nairobi & Cape Town transit b/s; 3) 1936 (Nov 2) commercial to France with KGV 6c & 1r (fault) paying 20c + 43c surcharge x2; 4) 1936 (Dec 6) to GB via Bombay with 9c & 20c pair paying 12c + 37c surcharge; 5) 1937 (Sep 4) to GB via Mombasa with 3c & 25c pairs paying 12c + 43c surcharge (overpaid 1c); and 6) 1938 (Jan 1) to USA per BISN 'Karanja' to Mombasa with KGVI 3c 6c 12c 20c & 25c paying 20c + 43c surcharge; the first & possibly the last are philatelic. [Official figures reveal only 217 & 227 airmail articles were despatched in 1933 & 1934 respectively]
1938 Empire Air Mail Scheme (EAMS) first day covers from GB 20FEB/1938 & South Africa 18FEB38 x2 (one registered); and from Seychelles MR21/38 & MR22/38 both to South Africa at 12c rate, the latter a vice-regal cover with embossed Crown on the flap.
1946 (May 30) social usage of poorly printed formular aerogramme with Tortoise 3c & 30c, to Cyprus with Nicosia transit of 25JU/46 & 'LIMASSOL' arrival b/s, two filing holes on the back panel. Rare. [After the RAF withdrew during May 1946, all mail went by surface & there was very little demand for aerogrammes. The writer states "...I was also in the war of Burma...only 2 months since I have arrived home from India..."]
1946-52 commercial covers to GB x4 (one a Mahé merchant's cover, two registered), France, Switzerland (with Silver Wedding 9c x5) or the USA (registered, with 1952 1r50c), various rates & frankings.
1949 (Feb 17) social usage of British-pattern formular aerogramme to Argentina with 6c Pirogue (fault) & 9c Wedding x3, Buenos Aires arrival b/s of MAR5/1949. [Hopson & McCloy state at p50 "...Not until the early to mid 1950s that air letters again began to be used". The writer was Rev VB Wynburne, Archdeacon of the Seychelles]
1953 (Jan 14) cover endorsed "Catalina Proving Flight/Nairobi-Mahe" & signed by the pilot "HC Holme" with Seychelles 9c cancelled on arrival; and two apparently commercial covers to Kenya both with 'First Air Mail/From Seychelles' black/pink label, the first with 3c Tortoise x8 on the reverse (minor faults), the other with 3c Tortoise pair & 18c Map. [Hopson & McCloy state at p45 that the plane from Kenya "...carried a very small mail, mostly from France & the UK"]
1953-93 commercial covers to GB x3 (one a formular aerogramme, the others registered - one with 2r25c Turtle), France x2, Germany, USA x3 (one triple-rate & registered), South Africa (OHMS) & New Zealand, plus PPCs to GB x3 (one taxed, one a social usage with 'FIRST AIRMAIL SERVICE/.../Praslin-Mahe' cachet) & 1965 to USA with boxed 'OAT/FB' cachet applied at London; also 3 philatelic items and 1971 Seychelles Bulletin 'Seychelles/ Welcomes/BOAC/...'; finally 1953 registered from SWA endorsed "Air Mail via Mombasa".
(Qty 20 items)
POSTAL CARDS: Mostly unused group of QV Postal Cards including Specimen Overprints & 6c Reply-Half with 'REPLY' Barred-Out, plus apparently commercial 1911 usage of the '3 Cents' on 6c 'LOCAL' issue uprated with KEVII 2c & 3c, also philatelic usages including three with 'LIGNE T/PAQ FR No 4' marine sorter d/s, condition variable.
POSTAL CARDS: 1931 philatelic return-usage of US 3c reply-half with two strikes of the rare 'VICTORIA/20-8-31/SEYCHELLES' bridge-type cds, message initialled "SM" by the Postmaster S Mathiot, staining removed. Rare: the only other recorded example is a part-strike of 9-1-41 on loose 9c.
ENVELOPES: Mostly unused group comprising Turtle First Issue 8c both sizes & 15c, 30c philatelic usages x2 + the 3 values with 'SPECIMEN' Overprint, 'SIX CENTS' on 15c & '18 CENTS' on 30c x2, and 'SIX CENTS' on 8c & '18 CENTS' on 30c with different 'Specimen' Overprints, 1895 8c carmine "Square" Format Hopson & McCloy (H&M) #E1a endorsed "Pattern Post" to GB in 1896 and "Rectangle" Format H&M #E1b local usage to the Chief Commissioner of Police in 1895 with scarce code '5' cds, 15c blue "Square" Format H&M #E2a with fancy 'VENTILATOR' (ship?) impressed in red wax on the flap to GB with '1' code cds, and 1900 'SIX CENTS' on 8c carmine "Square" Format H&M #E5a to London in 1903 with 3c Die II tied by code 'B' (Sideways) cds, condition variable but all presentable to fine.
ENVELOPES: 1895 15c blue "Square" Format H&M #E2a to an Armenian at "Trebizonde/Turquie d'Asie/Mer Noire" (= Black Sea; extraordinary origin/destination usage) with light 'TREBIZONDE/TURQUIE D'ASIE' arrival; 1895 30c brown Envelope H&M #E3 registered to Missouri with 12c Die II tied by code '5' cds & 'ST LOUIS MO/AUG 11 1895' arrival d/s in purple; and 1902 'SIX CENTS' on 8c carmine Envelope "Rectangle" Format H&M #E5b to England with two strikes of the scarce 'PRASLIN BAY ST ANSE' cds & code 'B' (upright) transit cds; a little aged. A rare trio.
1939 (Sep 5) commercial registered airmail cover to GB with scarce franking of 12c 20c 25c & 75c (Cat £70 x3), two strikes on reverse of the first type 'PASSED BY CENSOR' h/s (#H.1) & very fine 'PASSED BY CENSOR/MOMBASA/ 3 ' h/s on the face. Very early civil censored mail: War was declared 4.9.1939. [The rate was 12c + R1 surcharge + 20c registration]
1940 (Feb 10) commercial registered cover to GB with scarce franking of 2c, 30c Tortoise & 1r Pirogue and outstanding strike of 'PASSED BY CENSOR/Seychelles No 1' cachet (#H.IV.1) in violet. Superb!
1940 (Sep 6) commercial cover to South Africa with 9c scarlet pair tied by scarce 'GRAND ANSE' bridge-type cds, 'PASSED BY CENSOR/Seychelles No 2' cachet (#H.IV.2) in violet; and illustrated advertising cover for Meikles Hotel in Salisbury Rhodesia with arrival b/s & the No 2 censor cachet on the face.
1943 (Apr 16) registered airmail to GB with 2c plus 9c 20c & 30c pairs, very fine strike of the by-now worn 'PASSED BY CENSOR/-------No 2' cachet (#H.IV.2a) in black, minor blemishes. [Hopson & McCloy state at page 54 "Two examples...are recorded". From July 1942, the airmail rate was reduced to an all-inclusive fee of 1r. This cover may have been carried in a closed bag - which would explain the absence of transit markings - from Seychelles by RAF Catalina that flew to Diego Suarez on 19.4.1943]
1943 (Nov 10) cover to a convent in Ireland with 50c pair & a very fine example of the rare 'OPENED BY CENSOR LL...' label (#H.T.LL) tied by chamfered-boxed '[crown]/PASSED' cachet (#H.V), British censor label at right & Irish censor cachet in red.
1943 (Nov 14) soiled OAS cover to Australia with very fine '[eagle]/RAF/CENSOR/596' cachet used on Seychelles & 3c Tortoise - paying no recorded overseas rate - cancelled in transit at RAF Mombasa with 'EA/APO 81' cds, opened & passed at Sydney. [RAF Seychelles was established in March 1943. Flown per Sunderland flying boat of 230 Squadron, this is believed to be the earliest recorded RAF censor cover from the Seychelles]
1944 (Apr 8) usage of formular aerogramme to GB opened & resealed with plain labels & with superb '[eagle]/ RAF/CENSOR/596' cachet used on Seychelles, 18c cancelled in transit at RAF Mombasa with 'EA/APO 81' cds.