Lot Number: 82

(Australia) Australian Transcontinental Airways, Darwin to Adelaide, bs 11/10, airmail etiquette cover franked 3d air + 2d ordinary, not postmarked but the stamps bear ms "Posted in/Darwin to Adelaide/Air Mail/Wallet Bag". The envelope has a closed corner tear which has damage the bottom LH corner of the 2d stamp. . We believe this cover was given to one of the two pilots in Darwin prior to the final flight (this is reinforced by the fold in the middle of the cover with putting it into the pilots flying jacket pocket). A short lived air service - only eight return flights were carried out - so scarce for this reason. However the true rarity is the ms cancellation. One for the exhibit.

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Date: 1935, Oct 11
Est. price: £150.00 £127.50
Category: Australia

Description: Australian Transcontinental Airways, Darwin to Adelaide, bs 11/10, airmail etiquette cover franked 3d air + 2d ordinary, not postmarked but the stamps bear ms "Posted in/Darwin to Adelaide/Air Mail/Wallet Bag". The envelope has a closed corner tear which has damage the bottom LH corner of the 2d stamp. . We believe this cover was given to one of the two pilots in Darwin prior to the final flight (this is reinforced by the fold in the middle of the cover with putting it into the pilots flying jacket pocket). A short lived air service - only eight return flights were carried out - so scarce for this reason. However the true rarity is the ms cancellation. One for the exhibit.

Lot Number: 103

(Australia) Qantas F/F Australia-England service with Lockheed Constellation, Sydney to London, franked 1/6d, bearing special red/white/black Sydney to London label and the blue/grey 25th Anniversary label, official cover with company logo on flap, signed by Capt KG Jackson (flew Mascott-Karachi) and Capt DF McMaster (flew Karachi-London). A fine early post WWII item, see Crome pp 145/6.

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Date: 1947, Dec 1
Est. price: £75.00 £63.75
Category: Australia

Description: Qantas F/F Australia-England service with Lockheed Constellation, Sydney to London, franked 1/6d, bearing special red/white/black Sydney to London label and the blue/grey 25th Anniversary label, official cover with company logo on flap, signed by Capt KG Jackson (flew Mascott-Karachi) and Capt DF McMaster (flew Karachi-London). A fine early post WWII item, see Crome pp 145/6.

Lot Number: 198

(GB External) Marquise-Lympne, military mail from APO S.20,  Mulready facsimile souvenir card carried by Valency from France to England, bears S.20 (Marquis hs and volet framed crown over 'Passed/By/Censor/No/7029' censor mark. A typed text and hand drawn map of the route along which Army HQ 'express' mails were flown are included with this item.

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Date: 1918, Dec 10
Est. price: £100.00 £85.00
Category: GB External

Description: Marquise-Lympne, military mail from APO S.20, Mulready facsimile souvenir card carried by Valency from France to England, bears S.20 (Marquis hs and volet framed crown over 'Passed/By/Censor/No/7029' censor mark. A typed text and hand drawn map of the route along which Army HQ 'express' mails were flown are included with this item.

Lot Number: 297

(GB Internal) Highland Airways, F/F Inverness to Kirkwall, no arrival ds, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, pink/black/green 1st vignette. "Covers bearing the vignette are considerably scarcer" see Redgrove, p43. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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Date: 1934, May 29
Est. price: £18.00 £15.30
Category: GB Internal

Description: Highland Airways, F/F Inverness to Kirkwall, no arrival ds, plain cover franked 1 1/2d, pink/black/green 1st vignette. "Covers bearing the vignette are considerably scarcer" see Redgrove, p43. Francis Field authentication hs verso.

Lot Number: 302

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, a scarce first flight, Douglas to London, bs 21 Aug Aug 34, via Manchester, flown to Manchester on the first day of the service, then by rail to London, an official cover franked KGV 1 1/2d and postmarked 'Douglas Isle of Man/ 10am/20 Aug 1934', typed "By Air from Isle of Man to London". According to Redgrove, p61, flown Douglas-Manchester covers are rare due to an error made by RAS officials at Douglas, who posted the bulk of the souvenir mail after the plane had left for Manchester. These bear a 4pm postmark. Only a handful were posted in time for the flight - these are postmarked 10am.

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £100.00 £85.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, a scarce first flight, Douglas to London, bs 21 Aug Aug 34, via Manchester, flown to Manchester on the first day of the service, then by rail to London, an official cover franked KGV 1 1/2d and postmarked 'Douglas Isle of Man/ 10am/20 Aug 1934', typed "By Air from Isle of Man to London". According to Redgrove, p61, flown Douglas-Manchester covers are rare due to an error made by RAS officials at Douglas, who posted the bulk of the souvenir mail after the plane had left for Manchester. These bear a 4pm postmark. Only a handful were posted in time for the flight - these are postmarked 10am.

Lot Number: 308

(GB Internal) Highland Airways F/F Kirkwall to Wick, b/s, also three line arrival confirmation cachet tying special red/blue vignette, red/blue/ivory company envelope printed specially for the Dec 1st flights showing outline map North of Scotland and  map of route, franked 1 1/2d, canc Kirkwall cds. "Covers bearing the vignette are considerably less common than plain covers" see Redgrove, p43

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Date: 1934, Dec 1
Est. price: £30.00 £25.50
Category: GB Internal

Description: Highland Airways F/F Kirkwall to Wick, b/s, also three line arrival confirmation cachet tying special red/blue vignette, red/blue/ivory company envelope printed specially for the Dec 1st flights showing outline map North of Scotland and map of route, franked 1 1/2d, canc Kirkwall cds. "Covers bearing the vignette are considerably less common than plain covers" see Redgrove, p43

Lot Number: 333

(GB Internal) A rare first BEA 'All Up' service, Renfrew Airport, Glasgow to the Isle of Tiree, the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, plain cover franked 2 2/2d canc Glasgow 14 Jne 1948, large red "BEA/First 'All Up' Mail/Renfrew-Tiree/14 June 1948 with map of the islands. Beith states"little mail is known from the first day as the service was not well publicised". He reports having seen only ONE item of mail from this service. This was from this the outgoing flight , and it bore a red commemorative cachet (see Beith R, Scottish Air Mails 1919-1979, p22 and the illustration of the red cachet on the same page). So this item might l be only the second outgoing cover ever reported..

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Date: 1948, Jun 14
Est. price: £115.00 £97.75
Category: GB Internal

Description: A rare first BEA 'All Up' service, Renfrew Airport, Glasgow to the Isle of Tiree, the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, plain cover franked 2 2/2d canc Glasgow 14 Jne 1948, large red "BEA/First 'All Up' Mail/Renfrew-Tiree/14 June 1948 with map of the islands. Beith states"little mail is known from the first day as the service was not well publicised". He reports having seen only ONE item of mail from this service. This was from this the outgoing flight , and it bore a red commemorative cachet (see Beith R, Scottish Air Mails 1919-1979, p22 and the illustration of the red cachet on the same page). So this item might l be only the second outgoing cover ever reported..

Lot Number: 350

(GB Internal) Rare BEA first scheduled passenger service, Dundee to Glasgow, Wotherspoon cover franked 4d POA Paisley 5 Jly 1966 cds, typed  'First Scheduled Passenger/ Service/ Dundee to Glasgow', signed by the pilot and the Lord Provost. Verso "No 4 of 12 flown" and signed J. Wotherspoon.

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Date: 1966, Jul 5
Est. price: £150.00 £127.50
Category: GB Internal

Description: Rare BEA first scheduled passenger service, Dundee to Glasgow, Wotherspoon cover franked 4d POA Paisley 5 Jly 1966 cds, typed 'First Scheduled Passenger/ Service/ Dundee to Glasgow', signed by the pilot and the Lord Provost. Verso "No 4 of 12 flown" and signed J. Wotherspoon.

Lot Number: 430

(Ireland) F/F All Up Service between N. Ireland and Great Britain, Belfast to Liverpool, BEA ‘All-up Service’ cover.

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Date: 1947, Sep 28
Est. price: £18.00 £15.30
Category: Ireland

Description: F/F All Up Service between N. Ireland and Great Britain, Belfast to Liverpool, BEA ‘All-up Service’ cover.

Lot Number: 544

(Nigeria) RAF Experimental flight, Cairo to Kano, POA Nov 3rd, Kano dr. cds, plain cover addressed to Brig. General R. Ridgeway, C.B. and bearing ordinary Nigeria 1d and 1/2d stamps. No special cancellations or cachets were  used but Squadron Leader, later Air Marshall, Arthur Coningham, put his initials 'AC'  in bottom lh corner. Unfortunately a previous owner has tried to erase these on in this particular cover and only barely visible remnants remain. This notwithstanding it is a scarce item and bears a Francis Field authentication hs verso.

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Date: 1925, Oct 27
Est. price: £225.00 £191.25
Category: Nigeria

Description: RAF Experimental flight, Cairo to Kano, POA Nov 3rd, Kano dr. cds, plain cover addressed to Brig. General R. Ridgeway, C.B. and bearing ordinary Nigeria 1d and 1/2d stamps. No special cancellations or cachets were used but Squadron Leader, later Air Marshall, Arthur Coningham, put his initials 'AC' in bottom lh corner. Unfortunately a previous owner has tried to erase these on in this particular cover and only barely visible remnants remain. This notwithstanding it is a scarce item and bears a Francis Field authentication hs verso.