Lot Number: 74

(Australia) Rare first acceptance of mail for Cairo, Egypt from Australia for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Kew to Cairo, 22/12, also Thomas Cook Cairo 22/12 receiver, blue/grey printed souvenir cover franked 1/7d. Flown Brisbane-Darwin by Qantas, then Darwin-Cairo 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.

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Date: 1934, Dec 7
Est. price: £185.00 £157.25
Category: Australia

Description: Rare first acceptance of mail for Cairo, Egypt from Australia for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Kew to Cairo, 22/12, also Thomas Cook Cairo 22/12 receiver, blue/grey printed souvenir cover franked 1/7d. Flown Brisbane-Darwin by Qantas, then Darwin-Cairo 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: 93

(Belgian Congo) First acceptance of mail from the Congo for Nyasaland, bs Limbe 9/3, via Broken Hill 8/3, and Blantyre 9/3, plain pale grey cover franked 3F airmail plus 2.5F overseas postage, canc Elisabethville cds, black boxed 'Avion' hs, violet st line  "First Official Air Mail" cachet, black "S.Rhodesia-Nyasaland" hs, black boxed 'Avion' hs. Carried from Elisabethville to Broken Hill by Aero Club de Katanga, then to Salisbury by Imperial Airways, then Salisbury-Blantyre on the return F/F of the new RANA service. A rare item in fine condition. Only 4 flown, see Godinas F, 1951, p133.

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Date: 1934, Mar 7
Est. price: £375.00 £318.75
Category: Belgian Congo

Description: First acceptance of mail from the Congo for Nyasaland, bs Limbe 9/3, via Broken Hill 8/3, and Blantyre 9/3, plain pale grey cover franked 3F airmail plus 2.5F overseas postage, canc Elisabethville cds, black boxed 'Avion' hs, violet st line "First Official Air Mail" cachet, black "S.Rhodesia-Nyasaland" hs, black boxed 'Avion' hs. Carried from Elisabethville to Broken Hill by Aero Club de Katanga, then to Salisbury by Imperial Airways, then Salisbury-Blantyre on the return F/F of the new RANA service. A rare item in fine condition. Only 4 flown, see Godinas F, 1951, p133.

Lot Number: 250

(GB External) Rare first acceptance of "all air" dispatches from GB to Angola, London to Mossamedes, plain cover correctly rated 1/6d canc Sutton Coldfield/Birmingham cds, flown by Aeromaritime to Pointe Noire 19/1, then by newly established Portuguese air service D.T.A. to Loanda 20/1, Lobito 21/1, Lubango 28/1, and finally arriving Mossamades on 30/1 owing to temporary suspension of air service over last leg. A one hundred word typewritten text compiled by Francis Field giving details of this new service with illustrations of all transit date stamps accompanies this lot.. A mouth watering cover with particularly well documented routing. Image.

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Date: 1939, Jan 13
Est. price: £200.00 £170.00
Category: GB External

Description: Rare first acceptance of "all air" dispatches from GB to Angola, London to Mossamedes, plain cover correctly rated 1/6d canc Sutton Coldfield/Birmingham cds, flown by Aeromaritime to Pointe Noire 19/1, then by newly established Portuguese air service D.T.A. to Loanda 20/1, Lobito 21/1, Lubango 28/1, and finally arriving Mossamades on 30/1 owing to temporary suspension of air service over last leg. A one hundred word typewritten text compiled by Francis Field giving details of this new service with illustrations of all transit date stamps accompanies this lot.. A mouth watering cover with particularly well documented routing. Image.

Lot Number: 252

(GB External) Rare acceptance from Great Britain for Bermuda, bs St Georges 9 Jun 39, for carriage over the Pan Am Southern Route, airmail etiquette cover under franked with KGVI 5d strip of 3 canc Hackney cds,  black 'T' in hexagon  and '1s/-' tax due hand stamps on front,  typed  'North Atlantic Air Service'. Only a few covers were prepared addressed to Bermuda, see Clark W.J.,#32.1.

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Date: 1939, Jun 8
Est. price: £175.00 £148.75
Category: GB External

Description: Rare acceptance from Great Britain for Bermuda, bs St Georges 9 Jun 39, for carriage over the Pan Am Southern Route, airmail etiquette cover under franked with KGVI 5d strip of 3 canc Hackney cds, black 'T' in hexagon and '1s/-' tax due hand stamps on front, typed 'North Atlantic Air Service'. Only a few covers were prepared addressed to Bermuda, see Clark W.J.,#32.1.

Lot Number: 300

(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: £80.00 £68.00
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: 301

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, an exceedingly rare first flight commercial cover to Enfield cancelled with the Douglas Isle of Man 10am postmark, Flown on the first stage to Manchester where the flight was terminated due to weather conditions, then forwarded by surface. Franked with a KG V 1½d photogravure on its day of issue.Making it a double first (See Redgrove p61).

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £200.00 £170.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, an exceedingly rare first flight commercial cover to Enfield cancelled with the Douglas Isle of Man 10am postmark, Flown on the first stage to Manchester where the flight was terminated due to weather conditions, then forwarded by surface. Franked with a KG V 1½d photogravure on its day of issue.Making it a double first (See Redgrove p61).

Lot Number: 328

(GB Internal) A truly 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).

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Date: 1948, Jun 14
Est. price: £100.00 £85.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: A truly 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: 341

(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: £100.00 £85.00
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: 512

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) POLAND TO ETHIOPIA, WARSAW TO ADDIS ABABA. Departed Warsaw Airport (Warszawa 19 Port Lotincz/7.X.32) for Paris where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa India eastbound service IE185 which left Paris 8/10 arriving Galilee 11/10, then transferring to rail ds 'T.P.O Haifa-Rafa12 Oct 1932', arriving Port Said ds 13/10, then by sea to Djibouti and on by rail to Addis Ababa, 23/10  arrival date stamp. Registered (hs) cover, black framed 'Par Avion/Jusqu'a (ms) Haifa' and a Polish 'Samolotem' (plane) hand stamp, and verso the remnants of a wax seal. RATED 7.50GR (ordinary postage was 50gr for the first 20 grams & 30gr for each additional, and registration was 60gr. We do not know the air fee.  The service IE185 was also the first to carry mail to connect with Tata & Sons first Karachi-Madras feeder service, flown 15&16 October. A cover in fine condition with truly rare routing, good research documentation and great provenance, which might be almost impossible to find again.

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Date: 1932, Oct 7
Est. price: £450.00 £382.50
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: POLAND TO ETHIOPIA, WARSAW TO ADDIS ABABA. Departed Warsaw Airport (Warszawa 19 Port Lotincz/7.X.32) for Paris where transferred to Imperial Airways Africa India eastbound service IE185 which left Paris 8/10 arriving Galilee 11/10, then transferring to rail ds 'T.P.O Haifa-Rafa12 Oct 1932', arriving Port Said ds 13/10, then by sea to Djibouti and on by rail to Addis Ababa, 23/10 arrival date stamp. Registered (hs) cover, black framed 'Par Avion/Jusqu'a (ms) Haifa' and a Polish 'Samolotem' (plane) hand stamp, and verso the remnants of a wax seal. RATED 7.50GR (ordinary postage was 50gr for the first 20 grams & 30gr for each additional, and registration was 60gr. We do not know the air fee. The service IE185 was also the first to carry mail to connect with Tata & Sons first Karachi-Madras feeder service, flown 15&16 October. A cover in fine condition with truly rare routing, good research documentation and great provenance, which might be almost impossible to find again.

Lot Number: 527

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Madagascar to French Congo, ANTSIRANA to BRAZZAVILLE. Posted Antsirana 28/3 cds then carried by 90 miles by train to Tananarive bs 28/3, then 380 miles by postal van and river barge to the port of Majunga bs 5/4 cds, then by the Messageries Maritimes paquebot 'General Netzinger' to Dar es Salaam bs 9/4, then by WILSON AIRWAYS to Nairobi where transferred to IMPERIAL AIRWAYS Africa southbound service AS 162 (Hadrian) which left Nairobi 10/4 for Broken Hill bs 12/4 via Dodoma bs 11/4. Then transferred to the AERO CLUB DU KATANGA service to Elizabethville bs 13/4, where offloaded and on by rail/river to Port Franqui, then likely SABENA internal service to Leopoldville bs 25/4, delivered Brazzaville bs 25/4. Plain cover, red/black 'PTT Madagascar Serie E no 131/Par Avion' label graded rare by Mair, ms 'Par Avion' correctly RATED F4.50 for 50c domestic and 4F/5g air surtax. An aerophilatelist's dream - an early airmail carried over land, sea and river, and by air involving three (possibly four) airlines; a scarce and complex itinerary; and  detailed route
 marks. Ex the late Ted Proud collection.

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Date: 1934, Mar 28
Est. price: £250.00 £212.50
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Madagascar to French Congo, ANTSIRANA to BRAZZAVILLE. Posted Antsirana 28/3 cds then carried by 90 miles by train to Tananarive bs 28/3, then 380 miles by postal van and river barge to the port of Majunga bs 5/4 cds, then by the Messageries Maritimes paquebot 'General Netzinger' to Dar es Salaam bs 9/4, then by WILSON AIRWAYS to Nairobi where transferred to IMPERIAL AIRWAYS Africa southbound service AS 162 (Hadrian) which left Nairobi 10/4 for Broken Hill bs 12/4 via Dodoma bs 11/4. Then transferred to the AERO CLUB DU KATANGA service to Elizabethville bs 13/4, where offloaded and on by rail/river to Port Franqui, then likely SABENA internal service to Leopoldville bs 25/4, delivered Brazzaville bs 25/4. Plain cover, red/black 'PTT Madagascar Serie E no 131/Par Avion' label graded rare by Mair, ms 'Par Avion' correctly RATED F4.50 for 50c domestic and 4F/5g air surtax. An aerophilatelist's dream - an early airmail carried over land, sea and river, and by air involving three (possibly four) airlines; a scarce and complex itinerary; and detailed route marks. Ex the late Ted Proud collection.

Lot Number: 577

(Singapore) Incoming from Argentia to the Middle East Theatre of War, WWII censored airmail addressed to the 8th Battalion Kings Africa Rifles, Base Army Post Office, ED (East Africa) then forwarded to 'Middle East Forces", franked 1P and 30c (a further smaller low denomination stamp appears to be missing) canc Buenos Aires cds, ms 'Panagra via New York', sealed plain brown Singapore censor tape tied by violet three line Singapore "Passed By/Censor 240/A" censor mark, violet two line "To Be Forwarded By/Air From Singapore" hand stamp. On the original bill of sale from Francis Field dated 2/2/1943, which accompanies this item, FJF has written "Argentina May 1941, a cover by secret route across the Pacific-Indian Ocean-Africa to MEF, probably unique". A rare item that would benefit from reassessment by a WWII expert.

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Date: 1941, May 27
Est. price: £185.00 £157.25
Category: Singapore

Description: Incoming from Argentia to the Middle East Theatre of War, WWII censored airmail addressed to the 8th Battalion Kings Africa Rifles, Base Army Post Office, ED (East Africa) then forwarded to 'Middle East Forces", franked 1P and 30c (a further smaller low denomination stamp appears to be missing) canc Buenos Aires cds, ms 'Panagra via New York', sealed plain brown Singapore censor tape tied by violet three line Singapore "Passed By/Censor 240/A" censor mark, violet two line "To Be Forwarded By/Air From Singapore" hand stamp. On the original bill of sale from Francis Field dated 2/2/1943, which accompanies this item, FJF has written "Argentina May 1941, a cover by secret route across the Pacific-Indian Ocean-Africa to MEF, probably unique". A rare item that would benefit from reassessment by a WWII expert.

Lot Number: 587

(South Africa) The Visit of HRH Prince George to Southern Africa, first acceptance of mail from South Africa to Nyasaland, bs Limbe 9/3, for carriage on the F/F R.A.N.A. Southern Rhodesia-Nyasaland service,  Imperial Airways blue winged logo corner cover franked  4d x2 +1d South Africa 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 black two line 'S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland' and violet st. line 'First Official Air Mail' hand stamps. The flight was not announced outside Nyasaland and S. Rhodesia and even then only seven days notice was given"....."The most desirable F/F's are those posted on the Royal Train while it was in Basutoland and in the Union".  See South African Air Mails, Morton D.G., 2005, p25. A rare cover in fine condition.

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Date: 1934, Mar 6
Est. price: £225.00 £191.25
Category: South Africa

Description: The Visit of HRH Prince George to Southern Africa, first acceptance of mail from South Africa to Nyasaland, bs Limbe 9/3, for carriage on the F/F R.A.N.A. Southern Rhodesia-Nyasaland service, Imperial Airways blue winged logo corner cover franked 4d x2 +1d South Africa 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 black two line 'S.Rhodesia/Nyasaland' and violet st. line 'First Official Air Mail' hand stamps. The flight was not announced outside Nyasaland and S. Rhodesia and even then only seven days notice was given"....."The most desirable F/F's are those posted on the Royal Train while it was in Basutoland and in the Union". See South African Air Mails, Morton D.G., 2005, p25. A rare cover in fine condition.