Lot Number: 104

(Basutoland) The Visit of HRH Prince George to Southern Africa, first acceptance of mail from Basutoland for carriage on the F/F R.A.N.A. Southern Rhodesia-Nyasaland service, Maseru to Limbe, bs 9/3, via Blantyre 9/3, airmail cover franked 9d Basutoland stamps canc with special postmark of the PO attached to the Royal Train used by HRH Prince George during his visit to Southern Africa, also Maseru cds, black two line 'S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland' and violet st. line 'First Official Air Mail' hand stamps. "F/F mail from countries other than S. Rhodesia and the Union was very small because the flight was not announced outside Nyasaland and S. Rhodesia and even then only seven days notice was given"....."The most desirable covers are those posted on the Royal Train while it was in Basutoland and in the Union. The train was only in Basutoland one day and even the ordinary mail there from is scarce. See South African Air Mails, Morton D.G., 2005, p25. A rare cover in fine condition.

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Date: 1934, Mar 1
Est. price: £350.00 £297.50
Category: Basutoland

Description: The Visit of HRH Prince George to Southern Africa, first acceptance of mail from Basutoland for carriage on the F/F R.A.N.A. Southern Rhodesia-Nyasaland service, Maseru to Limbe, bs 9/3, via Blantyre 9/3, airmail cover franked 9d Basutoland stamps canc with special postmark of the PO attached to the Royal Train used by HRH Prince George during his visit to Southern Africa, also Maseru cds, black two line 'S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland' and violet st. line 'First Official Air Mail' hand stamps. "F/F mail from countries other than S. Rhodesia and the Union was very small because the flight was not announced outside Nyasaland and S. Rhodesia and even then only seven days notice was given"....."The most desirable covers are those posted on the Royal Train while it was in Basutoland and in the Union. The train was only in Basutoland one day and even the ordinary mail there from is scarce. See South African Air Mails, Morton D.G., 2005, p25. A rare cover in fine condition.

Lot Number: 118

(Belgium) Uncommon Belgian acceptance fro Brazil, cover postmarked Brussels March 29, 1935 with transit b/s Paris March 30 and arrival b/s Porto Alegre (Brazil) April 7th. Blue bilingual Belgian airmail label. Nice clean cover.

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Date: 1935, Mar 29
Est. price: £15.00 £12.75
Category: Belgium

Description: Uncommon Belgian acceptance fro Brazil, cover postmarked Brussels March 29, 1935 with transit b/s Paris March 30 and arrival b/s Porto Alegre (Brazil) April 7th. Blue bilingual Belgian airmail label. Nice clean cover.

Lot Number: 121

(Belgium) Acceleration of the Paris to South America service, first acceptance of Belgian mail for carriage on the inaugural first night service from Paris to Toulouse, bs 19/4, card franked 35c canc Brussels cds, red two line 'Paris 1er Avion de nuit/Paris-Toulouse'.

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Date: 1936, Apr 19
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
Category: Belgium

Description: Acceleration of the Paris to South America service, first acceptance of Belgian mail for carriage on the inaugural first night service from Paris to Toulouse, bs 19/4, card franked 35c canc Brussels cds, red two line 'Paris 1er Avion de nuit/Paris-Toulouse'.

Lot Number: 129

(Belgium) First Belgium acceptance for New York, bs 1/7, for carriage on Pan American F/F 'Northern' trans Atlantic route. Plain cover franked 5F air + 75c, canc Bruxelles 27/6 cds, typed "By 1st air mail Southampton New-York". Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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Date: 1939, Jun 27
Est. price: £45.00 £38.25
Category: Belgium

Description: First Belgium acceptance for New York, bs 1/7, for carriage on Pan American F/F 'Northern' trans Atlantic route. Plain cover franked 5F air + 75c, canc Bruxelles 27/6 cds, typed "By 1st air mail Southampton New-York". Francis Field authentication hs verso.

Lot Number: 187

(France) Rare first acceptance of mail from Sweden for the Gold Coast for carriage on the Air France/ Aeromaritime F/F France-Gold Coast, Paris to Takoradi, bs 3/3, registered (label) cover franked 130 ore canc Stockholm Luftpost cds, red diamond "Air France/Aeromaritime" cachet , typed "1 iere service le 28 Fevrier/France-Liberia-Cote d'Or". Nice item in fine condition.

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Date: 1937, Feb 27
Est. price: £100.00 £85.00
Category: France

Description: Rare first acceptance of mail from Sweden for the Gold Coast for carriage on the Air France/ Aeromaritime F/F France-Gold Coast, Paris to Takoradi, bs 3/3, registered (label) cover franked 130 ore canc Stockholm Luftpost cds, red diamond "Air France/Aeromaritime" cachet , typed "1 iere service le 28 Fevrier/France-Liberia-Cote d'Or". Nice item in fine condition.

Lot Number: 312

(GB Internal) Rare first acceptance of mail for Thurso for carriage on Highland Airways Inverness-Wick-Kirkwall service, Inverness to Thurso, bs 10/12, plain airmail etiquette cover  franked 1 1/2d canc Inverness 10/12 machine postmark.  A super item in fine condition.

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Date: 1934, Dec 10
Est. price: £60.00 £51.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Rare first acceptance of mail for Thurso for carriage on Highland Airways Inverness-Wick-Kirkwall service, Inverness to Thurso, bs 10/12, plain airmail etiquette cover franked 1 1/2d canc Inverness 10/12 machine postmark. A super item in fine condition.

Lot Number: 499

(Malta) First acceptance of Malta airmail for the Belgian Congo, Valletta to Leopoldville, 9/8, via Aba 11/7, Buta 18/7 and Stanleyville 22/7, Forbes Bentley corner cover franked 9 1/2, all stamps canc ,Air Mail/3 Jul/1931' cds, also Valletta Jy 3 31 cds. Likely by sea to Cairo, then  Imperial Airways England-Africa service No AS19 from Alexandria to Juba, then 150km by road from Juba-Aba, then 800km by rail to Stanleyville, and finally downstream by river to Leopoldville. A scarce item with great routing and in fine condition.

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Date: 1931, Jul 3
Est. price: £150.00 £127.50
Category: Malta

Description: First acceptance of Malta airmail for the Belgian Congo, Valletta to Leopoldville, 9/8, via Aba 11/7, Buta 18/7 and Stanleyville 22/7, Forbes Bentley corner cover franked 9 1/2, all stamps canc ,Air Mail/3 Jul/1931' cds, also Valletta Jy 3 31 cds. Likely by sea to Cairo, then Imperial Airways England-Africa service No AS19 from Alexandria to Juba, then 150km by road from Juba-Aba, then 800km by rail to Stanleyville, and finally downstream by river to Leopoldville. A scarce item with great routing and in fine condition.