Detail: Lot 308

Lot No: 308
Date: 1938, Mar 23
Est. price: £500.00
Category: Gold Coast

Description: Crash cover en route from Gold Coast to London rescued from the Air France Dewoitine 388 which crashed in the Pyrenees on its way from Dakar to Paris, Ni380323. This cover is interesting, not only due to its intrinsic value as a crash cover, but also because it is a scarce example of the use of an alternative route for airmail from the Gold Coast to England. Plain registered (label) envelope franked 1/- plus ANO (likely 6d) which has been washed of, cancelled scarce 'Lagoon Road-Sekondi' cds, violet 'Correspondence Avion/Retardee et Deteriore/Par Suite L'Aident Gerien/Survenue Le' accident cachet, French 'Postes et Telegraphs' labels round the edges and few pale burn marks. Also a 'Too Late' annotation, hence the blank blue/white registration label. Likely a 'one off' Gold Coast or British West Africa item, hence the high estimate.

Bid:
(Gold Coast) Crash cover en route from Gold Coast to London rescued from the Air France Dewoitine 388 which crashed in the Pyrenees on its way from Dakar to Paris, Ni380323. This cover is interesting, not only due to its intrinsic value as a crash cover, but also because it is a scarce example of the use of an alternative route for airmail from the Gold Coast to England. Plain registered (label) envelope franked 1/- plus ANO (likely 6d) which has been washed of, cancelled scarce 'Lagoon Road-Sekondi' cds, violet 'Correspondence Avion/Retardee et Deteriore/Par Suite L'Aident Gerien/Survenue Le' accident cachet, French 'Postes et Telegraphs' labels round the edges and few pale burn marks. Also a 'Too Late' annotation, hence the blank blue/white registration label. Likely a 'one off' Gold Coast or British West Africa item, hence the high estimate.
(Gold Coast) Crash cover en route from Gold Coast to London rescued from the Air France Dewoitine 388 which crashed in the Pyrenees on its way from Dakar to Paris, Ni380323. This cover is interesting, not only due to its intrinsic value as a crash cover, but also because it is a scarce example of the use of an alternative route for airmail from the Gold Coast to England. Plain registered (label) envelope franked 1/- plus ANO (likely 6d) which has been washed of, cancelled scarce 'Lagoon Road-Sekondi' cds, violet 'Correspondence Avion/Retardee et Deteriore/Par Suite L'Aident Gerien/Survenue Le' accident cachet, French 'Postes et Telegraphs' labels round the edges and few pale burn marks. Also a 'Too Late' annotation, hence the blank blue/white registration label. Likely a 'one off' Gold Coast or British West Africa item, hence the high estimate.