Lot Number: 329

(Ephemera) Air France 1939/40 promotional festive season PPC used Christmas 1934 flown from Bahia, Brasil to Brno, Checkoslovakia, showing silhouette of an airplane above a map of France on green/blue and grey background, reproduced form an Air France poster. Verso, a message in ESPERANTO, a boxed cachet in Portuguese 'Carried entirely by air', and a ? anti war label 'CIVILISACAO' (Civilisation). Franked at the concessionary rate of 1500r, stamps mounted on picture side of card, see scan.  A rare and interesting item, not seen by us before.

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Date: Other collateral items
Est. price: £100.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: Air France 1939/40 promotional festive season PPC used Christmas 1934 flown from Bahia, Brasil to Brno, Checkoslovakia, showing silhouette of an airplane above a map of France on green/blue and grey background, reproduced form an Air France poster. Verso, a message in ESPERANTO, a boxed cachet in Portuguese 'Carried entirely by air', and a ? anti war label 'CIVILISACAO' (Civilisation). Franked at the concessionary rate of 1500r, stamps mounted on picture side of card, see scan. A rare and interesting item, not seen by us before.
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Lot Number: 384

(Ephemera) Rare Imperial Airways luggage label, and airmail etiquette. Ex Alex Newall personal collection.

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Date: Vignettes, etiquettes, labels
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: Rare Imperial Airways luggage label, and airmail etiquette. Ex Alex Newall personal collection.
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Lot Number: 256

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) RARE Imperial Airways and/Athens-Warsaw three airline cover, Egypt to Romania, CAIRO to BUCHAREST, bs 4/6, carried first on IAW northbound service AN 242 by Hannibal to Alexandria then by Satyrus to Athens, bs 4/6; then ? inaugural TRANSFER to airline SHCA (Sociיtי Hellenique des Communications Aיriennes)  for carriage to Salonica, then TRANSFERRED again to the Polish airline LOT for carriage to Bucharest, arriving 5/6. Anhoury corner cover, franked 42 mls Egyptain stamps, canc 'Cairo/....ovement    Etranger/3 Jun 35' cds, fine strike red framed 'First Flight/June 4th 1935/ by/Imperial Airways and/Athens-Warsaw Air Line/Egypt-Bulgaria-Roumania & Poland'. Returned, arriving Cairo 20/6. Unlisted and not seen by us before!.

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Date: 1935, Jun 4
Est. price: £250.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: RARE Imperial Airways and/Athens-Warsaw three airline cover, Egypt to Romania, CAIRO to BUCHAREST, bs 4/6, carried first on IAW northbound service AN 242 by Hannibal to Alexandria then by Satyrus to Athens, bs 4/6; then ? inaugural TRANSFER to airline SHCA (Sociיtי Hellenique des Communications Aיriennes) for carriage to Salonica, then TRANSFERRED again to the Polish airline LOT for carriage to Bucharest, arriving 5/6. Anhoury corner cover, franked 42 mls Egyptain stamps, canc 'Cairo/....ovement Etranger/3 Jun 35' cds, fine strike red framed 'First Flight/June 4th 1935/ by/Imperial Airways and/Athens-Warsaw Air Line/Egypt-Bulgaria-Roumania & Poland'. Returned, arriving Cairo 20/6. Unlisted and not seen by us before!.
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Lot Number: 254

(Scarce and Unusual Routings) Rare commercial airmail  PALESTINE TO INDIA, JERUSALEM TO RAMNA, by Palestine Railway to Gaza, then by Imperial Airways eastbound service IE 234 which left Gaza 20/9 on Satyrus,  arriving Karachi 22/9 on Hannibal, and on by surface to Ramna 26/9. Plain cover franked 18mls, etiquette cancelled by black framed 'Karachi/Cancelled/22 Sep' hs. On this flight Satyrus made a record flight across the Mediterranean from Greece to Egypt in 4 1/2 hours, see wingent p103.

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Date: 1933, Sep 19
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Scarce and Unusual Routings

Description: Rare commercial airmail PALESTINE TO INDIA, JERUSALEM TO RAMNA, by Palestine Railway to Gaza, then by Imperial Airways eastbound service IE 234 which left Gaza 20/9 on Satyrus, arriving Karachi 22/9 on Hannibal, and on by surface to Ramna 26/9. Plain cover franked 18mls, etiquette cancelled by black framed 'Karachi/Cancelled/22 Sep' hs. On this flight Satyrus made a record flight across the Mediterranean from Greece to Egypt in 4 1/2 hours, see wingent p103.
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Lot Number: 241

(Recovered/Salvaged ) RARE PILOT SIGNED, Short S23 Empire flying boat CALYPSO made forced landing in English Channel, Cover date stamped  Pretoria 19 December 1938, flown by S.A. Airways Coast Service to Durban to connect with IAW service DN 156 (departed 25/12). After making an overnight stop at St. Nazaire, she was flying to Southampton on 31/12 (one day late) when she experienced engine trouble and was forced to land in the Channel near Alderney. She was towed to Cherbourg by the Swedish motor tanker Rigel, arriving at 06.00 on 1/1/39. Mails and passengers were flown to London by an Imperial AW plane, arriving the same morning, but two days late. COVER SIGNED BY PILOT Comdr. G.S .BROWN/31/12/38, Ref #381231, Sandford £250/300. Only a few covers are known, so a pilot signed example is likely to be RARE. Also newspaper cuttings and pictures also accompany this item. See scans

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Date: 1938, Dec 31
Est. price: £385.00
Category: Recovered/Salvaged

Description: RARE PILOT SIGNED, Short S23 Empire flying boat CALYPSO made forced landing in English Channel, Cover date stamped Pretoria 19 December 1938, flown by S.A. Airways Coast Service to Durban to connect with IAW service DN 156 (departed 25/12). After making an overnight stop at St. Nazaire, she was flying to Southampton on 31/12 (one day late) when she experienced engine trouble and was forced to land in the Channel near Alderney. She was towed to Cherbourg by the Swedish motor tanker Rigel, arriving at 06.00 on 1/1/39. Mails and passengers were flown to London by an Imperial AW plane, arriving the same morning, but two days late. COVER SIGNED BY PILOT Comdr. G.S .BROWN/31/12/38, Ref #381231, Sandford £250/300. Only a few covers are known, so a pilot signed example is likely to be RARE. Also newspaper cuttings and pictures also accompany this item. See scans
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Lot Number: 228

(Newfoundland) 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

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Date: 1930, Oct 9
Est. price: £575.00
Category: Newfoundland

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
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Lot Number: 158

(GB Internal) A rare first BEA 'All Up' service, Isle of Tiree (the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland) to Glasgow, plain cover franked 2 2/2d canc Scarnish/Isle of Tiree 14 Jne 1948, large violet "BEA/First 'All Up' Mail/Renfrew-Tiree/14 June 1948" with a map of the islands. Beith states"little mail is known from the first day as the service was not well publicised". He reports the outgoing flight, and having seen one item of mail from that flight with a red commemorative cachet, see Beith R, Scottish Air Mails 1919-1979, p22 and the illustration of the red cachet on the same page. But he makes no mention of a return flight, or any mail from therefrom. A truly scarce item, and a must for the gold medal exhibit.

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Date: 1948, Jun 14
Est. price: £250.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: A rare first BEA 'All Up' service, Isle of Tiree (the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland) to Glasgow, plain cover franked 2 2/2d canc Scarnish/Isle of Tiree 14 Jne 1948, large violet "BEA/First 'All Up' Mail/Renfrew-Tiree/14 June 1948" with a map of the islands. Beith states"little mail is known from the first day as the service was not well publicised". He reports the outgoing flight, and having seen one item of mail from that flight with a red commemorative cachet, see Beith R, Scottish Air Mails 1919-1979, p22 and the illustration of the red cachet on the same page. But he makes no mention of a return flight, or any mail from therefrom. A truly scarce item, and a must for the gold medal exhibit.
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Lot Number: 159

(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 June 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). Also a map, 10x5cm showing the route.  All mounted on album leaf.

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Date: 1948, Jun 14
Est. price: £100.00
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 June 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). Also a map, 10x5cm showing the route. All mounted on album leaf.
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Lot Number: 164

(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
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.
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Lot Number: 142

(GB Internal) 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.

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Date: 1934, May 29
Est. price: £375.00
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.
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Lot Number: 145

(GB Internal) Railway Air Service, a rare first flight, Douglas to Birmingham via Manchester, bs Birmingham 21 Aug 34, flown to Manchester on the first day of the service, then by rail to Birmingham, 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 Birmingham". According to Redgrove, p61, flown Douglas-Manchester covers are very 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. Only 10 such are known and even fewer have back stamps.

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Date: 1934, Aug 20
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB Internal

Description: Railway Air Service, a rare first flight, Douglas to Birmingham via Manchester, bs Birmingham 21 Aug 34, flown to Manchester on the first day of the service, then by rail to Birmingham, 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 Birmingham". According to Redgrove, p61, flown Douglas-Manchester covers are very 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. Only 10 such are known and even fewer have back stamps.
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Lot Number: 105

(GB External) Rare first acceptance of mail carried from England to Malta by the new Imperial Airways speeded up service, PC franked 2 1/2d canc London cds, bs Valletta MY 5/34, typed 'London-Malta, airmail etiquette, sent from Francis Field to Forbes-Bentley, also Francis Field authentication hs verso. See p19, Air Mails of Malta, Malta Study Circle Paper 29, pub 2000. Not referenced in Wingent or Proud.. so definitely one or the exhibit. Image.

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Date: 1934, May 4
Est. price: £65.00
Category: GB External

Description: Rare first acceptance of mail carried from England to Malta by the new Imperial Airways speeded up service, PC franked 2 1/2d canc London cds, bs Valletta MY 5/34, typed 'London-Malta, airmail etiquette, sent from Francis Field to Forbes-Bentley, also Francis Field authentication hs verso. See p19, Air Mails of Malta, Malta Study Circle Paper 29, pub 2000. Not referenced in Wingent or Proud.. so definitely one or the exhibit. Image.
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Lot Number: 104

(GB External) F/F London to Rangoon, bs 1/10, official blue/yellow souvenir cover, franked 1/- embossed postal stationary cut out, Imperial Airways/Indian Trans-Continental Airways. Rare item, only 4 recorded franked with 1/- postal stationary.

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Date: 1933, Sep 23
Est. price: £85.00
Category: GB External

Description: F/F London to Rangoon, bs 1/10, official blue/yellow souvenir cover, franked 1/- embossed postal stationary cut out, Imperial Airways/Indian Trans-Continental Airways. Rare item, only 4 recorded franked with 1/- postal stationary.
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Lot Number: 47

(Bermuda) RARE BERMUDA FIRST ACCEPTANCE OF MAIL TO ENGLAND FOR CARRIAGE ON THE IMPERIAL AIRWAYS NORTHERN ROUTE, bs over GB 1/2d confirms delivery at 'Toll Bar Rotherham on 12/8, airmail etiquette cover franked 2/- KG VI keyplate stamp, canc St Georges/5 Aug 39, ms 'Imperial Airways/First Transatlantic Flight/Northern Route. This important dispatch was catalogued for the first time in 1990, when W.J. Clarke reported in his Airmails of Bermuda that he only knew of TWO such covers. We have only seen one in the last 20 years. This realised £500.00 in 2008.

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Date: 1939, Aug 5
Est. price: £500.00
Category: Bermuda

Description: RARE BERMUDA FIRST ACCEPTANCE OF MAIL TO ENGLAND FOR CARRIAGE ON THE IMPERIAL AIRWAYS NORTHERN ROUTE, bs over GB 1/2d confirms delivery at 'Toll Bar Rotherham on 12/8, airmail etiquette cover franked 2/- KG VI keyplate stamp, canc St Georges/5 Aug 39, ms 'Imperial Airways/First Transatlantic Flight/Northern Route. This important dispatch was catalogued for the first time in 1990, when W.J. Clarke reported in his Airmails of Bermuda that he only knew of TWO such covers. We have only seen one in the last 20 years. This realised £500.00 in 2008.
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Lot Number: 25

(Australia) Rare first acceptance of mail for Mozambique, Kew to Beira, bs 28/12, via Cairo 22/12 and Ambulancia/Beira-Umtali/27/12, carried on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service to Broken Hill, then by La Service de la Navigation Aerienne de Madagascar to Beira, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked 1/6d x2 and 2d, canc 'Kew/7 Dec/Vic' cds. Carried from Cairo to Broken Hill on IAW flight ASS 199, This  service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. 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.

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Date: 1934, Dec 12
Est. price: £55.00
Category: Australia

Description: Rare first acceptance of mail for Mozambique, Kew to Beira, bs 28/12, via Cairo 22/12 and Ambulancia/Beira-Umtali/27/12, carried on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service to Broken Hill, then by La Service de la Navigation Aerienne de Madagascar to Beira, souvenir blue/light grey 'Kangaroo' company cover, franked 1/6d x2 and 2d, canc 'Kew/7 Dec/Vic' cds. Carried from Cairo to Broken Hill on IAW flight ASS 199, This service carried mail for Africa flown on Imperial Airways first return Brisbane-Singapore extension of the Eastern route. See Wingent p65. 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.
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Lot Number: 19

(Australia) AUSTRALIA TO EGYPT, rare first acceptance  of mail for Alexandria, Egypt from Australia for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Sydney to Alexandria bs 22/12, via Cairo 22/12, also large violet oval Thomas Cook Cairo 24/12 receiver, 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.

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Date: 1934, Dec 7
Est. price: £75.00
Category: Australia

Description: AUSTRALIA TO EGYPT, rare first acceptance of mail for Alexandria, Egypt from Australia for carriage on the first regular Imperial Airways/Qantas Australia-England service, Sydney to Alexandria bs 22/12, via Cairo 22/12, also large violet oval Thomas Cook Cairo 24/12 receiver, 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.
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Lot Number: 391

(Reference Material) Rare 'Manual of Air Pilotage' - 'Adjutant's Copy', published by the Air Ministry 1930 (cover dated 1927, 1930 ms correction., 230 pp, 12 chapters, 116 illustrations, 6 maps..

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Date: Reference material
Est. price: £50.00
Category: Reference Material

Description: Rare 'Manual of Air Pilotage' - 'Adjutant's Copy', published by the Air Ministry 1930 (cover dated 1927, 1930 ms correction., 230 pp, 12 chapters, 116 illustrations, 6 maps..
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Lot Number: 327

(Ephemera) Uruguay, rare early airmail enveope, gerey/pale blue/blue, with "Republica O. del Uruguay - Correo Aereo" text and engraving of airship and flying boat, unused.

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Date: Flying Boats
Est. price: £8.00
Category: Ephemera

Description: Uruguay, rare early airmail enveope, gerey/pale blue/blue, with "Republica O. del Uruguay - Correo Aereo" text and engraving of airship and flying boat, unused.
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