Lot Number: 35
|Date: 1934, Dec 7|
Description: Rare first acceptance of mail for Aswan, Egypt from Australia, for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Kew to Alexandria bs 26/12, via Cairo 22/12 and Luxor 23/12, blue/grey printed souvenir cover franked 1/7d, flown Brisbane-Darwin by Qantas, then Darwin-Alexandria by IAW IW 298. Only 463 items were flown from Australia to all points other than London, viz to the Far East, Middle East, the Med, Europe and Africa. Thus some sections are likely to be great rarities. This item is likely to be one such.
Lot Number: 77
|Date: 1934, Mar 1|
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: 247
|Date: 1934, May 29|
Category: GB Internal
Description: BASUTOLAND acceptance of mail for carriage on the Highland Airways F/F Inverness to Kirkwall, scarce Type 1 "Orcadian Envelope" correctly franked 10d canc fine 'Kirkwall/11.15am/29 MY 34' scarce imperforate red/green/black oblong rectangular vignette. By air Kirkwall-Inverness, train to London, IAW flight AS 170 to Jo'burg, surface to Maseru, arrival ds on front, and redirected to Leribe, arrival 13/6. Orcadian F/F covers are SCARCE; Type 1 vignettes on F/F covers are RARE; and such covers carried to Basutoland are EXTREMELY RARE. The cover is in fine condition.
Lot Number: 261
|Date: 1939, Jul 31|
Category: GB Internal
Description: Scottish Airways F/F KIrkwall to North Ronaldshay, bs 31/7, RARE Orkney Herald Type I souvenir cover with red plane but with blue fuselage and blue clouds missing, franked 1 1/2d canc Kirkwall cds, yellow/black/white Scottish Airways propaganda label verso. The missing blue fuselage and clouds is a variety, only have been recorded, see Redgrove p134.
Lot Number: 267
|Date: 1948, Jun 14|
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).
Lot Number: 273
|Date: 1955, Jun 9|
Category: GB Internal
Description: Railway Strike Mail, cover fown fom Linton on Ouse to Northolt to Honiley, no arrival ds, plain cover franked 2 1/2d canc Ilkley/9 Jne 1955/ Yorkshire'.Rarely seen, ex Stratton.
Lot Number: 285
|Date: 1941, Jan 8|
Description: Germany to USA, flown by LATI, rare double rate censored WWII imprint etiquette airmail cover, Berlin to New York, uncommon red Berlin 8 1 41 455rpf machine cancel, typed "Mit Luftpost uber Sudamerika", ms "8g", sealed black/white German OKW censor tape, code e Frankfurt, also small German framed number censor marks. Correctly rated 450rpf for double rate Germany to USA via LATI (2x 215rpf air fee + 25rpf basic, see Beith p38). Flown Rome to Brazil by LATI, FAM 6 to Buenos Aires, then Panagra Pacific coast route to USA (see ?Pacific route endorsement below etiquette) and on to Cristobal for exchange of airlines, FAM 8 to Brownsville, then CAM 22 and internal airline to final destination. An expensive, but effective, method of sending Axis airmail to USA to avoid British censorship in Bermuda (FAM 18) and Jamaica (FAM 5). A superb exhibit item in particularly fine condition.
Lot Number: 337
|Date: 1931, Jul 20|
Category: Interruptions and Accidents
Description: Interrupted flight, Kenya To France, NAIROBI TO SAINT MARS DE CUTAIS by Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN20 which left Kisumu 22 July, arriving Athens 26 July (b/s), then on by surface, delivered 31 July Saint Mars de Cutais (b/s). Plain etiquette cover RATED 75c (5c, 10c,20c x3), bears a rare Type 13 Kenya/Uganda instructional handstamp 'Air Fee Prepaid/To Europe' (Colley reports only ever having seen one, used in 1947, p65). Flight interrupted because the mail for Europe had to be sorted again in Athens as well as Alexandria. Thereafter, for all future flights, it was arranged that all correspondence for Europe would be in a direct mail for Athens. One other cover is known. Athens. A copy of an explanatory letter from PO included with this item. No other mail is known.
Lot Number: 358
|Date: 1941, Feb 24|
Description: Rare Italy to New York, double rate cover carried by LATI to Recife, then by ship to New York, censored airmail etiquette cover franked 8L on front, canc Salerno cds, with additional 9.5L verso, canc small remnants of rare three black "Par Avion Jusqu'a Recife" hs's, ms "Via Lati/Via Rio de Janeiro", ms '6g', sealed black/white Italian censor tape tied by violet circular Salerno censor marks. The "Par Avion Jusqu'a Recife" hs was used on Italian mail to indicate airmail to Recife, then ship to USA. An extremely scarce LATI item, and definitely one for the exhibit.
Lot Number: 427
|Date: 1930, Oct 9|
Description: Transatlantic flight by 'Columbia'. Newfoundland to London, 1c PSC with additional 1c canc with fine strikes of 'Harbour Grace/Oct 9 /30/Newfd', verso stamped affidavit signed by the pilot Errol Boyd swearing before a Notary Public that this particular card had been carried by him on the flight from Harbour Grace to Croydon England. The card is also signed on the front by Harry P. Connor, the flight navigator. A rare item in superb condition, only 50 pieces posted at Harbour Grace with an ordinary stamp, AAMC NF 21c $1,000.00
Lot Number: 477
|Date: 1931, Jun 24|
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings
Description: Rare commercial airmail KENYA TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA, NAIROBI TO OBERSLAU, BOHEMIA, Imperial Airways Africa northbound service AN68 (City of Swanage) which left Nairobi 26/6, arrived Athens 1/7, sorted 7/7, delivered 11/7 (dated m/s confirmation). Flown, on schedule, by City of Swanage to Juba, City of Khartoum to Khartoum, and Ctiy of Glasgow to Athens. Cover bears a rare Type 13 Kenya/Uganda instructional handstamp 'Air Fee Prepaid/To Europe' (Colley reports only ever having seen one, used in 1947, p65), RATED 70c (20c, 50c) for air fee prepaid to Europe (likely Athens), then surface to Czechoslovakia.