Lot Number: 2
Description: Australia 1929-55, a fine selection of 16 first flights including 1946 first post war civilian service Sydney-Singapore 8/4 purple o/p 7d air letter signed Furze & Moxham; 1929 2/6 Adelaide-Perth; 1930 30/5 Melbourne-Sydney; 1934 Australia-PNG 26/7; 1934 registered dual frank Australia-PNG-Australia 2/8; 1934 6/12 Brisbane-London souvenir cover; 1937 30/8 ANA Brisbane-Adelaide; 1938 31/5 Youami-Perth 2/6 and return; 1940 1/5 Australia-NZ inaugural Flying Boat Service special cover.On our web site you can inspect a front and back life size image of every cover in the collection. So view in the comfort of your own home and avoid the cost and hassle of a journey to the auction house and any risk of having to bid blind.
Lot Number: 28
|Date: 1931, Mar 19|
Description: FDI Kingsford Smith 2d, 3d & 6d set of 3 on special Melbourne-Sydney registered (label) souvenir cover, posted Melbourne 19/3, arrived Fortitude Valley 21/3 via Brisbane 20/3, signed by the pilot, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, Australian National AW. Top corner nibbles and top edge wear, otherwise good. See Image.
Lot Number: 41
|Date: 1947, Dec 1|
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: 62
|Date: 1935, Oct 1|
Description: Count De Looz-Corswarem, Mahieu and D'Hoore official flight to the Congo via the shortest route over the Libyan desert via Tunis-Sebha-Fort Lamy, Brussels to Leopoldville 17/10, carried by air to Leopoldville, then returned by surface mail to Belgium, Van Reet pictorial card franked Belgium 1F and Belgium 1c to obtain ultimate arrival mark (1/12) and Congo 75c canc Lepoldville 17/10, black "Raid Mahieu" cachets front and verso, signed by Count De Looz-Corswarem under a handwritten comment on the deferred departure from Brussels. Rare, only ten such items were carried. Ex Clowes.
Lot Number: 243
|Date: 1937, Feb 5|
Category: Interruptions and Accidents
Description: PILOT SIGNED 'CASTOR' Interrupted FIRST FLIGHT flight, SOUTHAMPTON TO ALEXANDRIA bs 10/2. Carried by IMPERIAL AIRWAYS AFRICA EASTBOUND SERVICE IE 521. Cover posted London 5/2/37, departed Southampton 6/2 on 'CASTOR' but returned after 10 mins with oiled up spark plug; unable to depart next day due to gales. She then encountered bad weather in the Rhone valley which required a deviation to Hourtin and again at Marseilles from where she departed 2 days late, arriving Alexandria 1 day late, see Wingent p191. plain cover franked KE VIII 1/2d, 1d, 2 1/2d, typed ''1st Regular Flying Boat/Service by Castor', and signed by the pilot commander H.W.C.ALGER. Also original unused Tuck's B&W PPC of 'Castor' taking off. SCARCE item in exhibition condition
Lot Number: 322
|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: 356
|Date: 1938, Dec 31|
Description: RARE PILOT SIGNED, Short S23 Empire flying boat CALYPSO made forced landing in English Channel, Cover datestamped Pretoria 19 December 1938, flown by S.A. Airways Coast Service to Durban to connect with LA. 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. 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, Nierink & Sandford. Only a few covers are known, so a pilot signed example is likely to be RARE. Newspaper cuttings and pictures also accompany this item. See scans
Lot Number: 407
|Date: 1934, Mar 8|
Category: South Africa
Description: Stampless O.H.M.S. cover to L.A.Wyndham, House of Assembly, Cape Town with the Royal Tour datestamp and violet oval 'ROYAL TOUR H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE/OFFICIAL FREE/1934' bilingual cachet, backstamped at Cape Town (Mar 9), signed by the postmaster of the Royal Train and the S.A.A. pilot Pat Murdoch. Special instructions were issued stating that all official correspondence from the Royal Train was to go by air where possible. Very scarce and unusual.
Lot Number: 443
|Date: 1963, Jul 13|
Description: Special Pro-Aereo flight Langenbruck-Berne-Locarno, bs 13/7, to commemorate 50th anniversary of Oscar Bider's 1st Alpine Flight, souvenir cover, franked 2F canc special dated flight cachet. Signed by the Swiss pilot Edmond Audemars (1882-1970) who participated in the New-York Belmont park meeting in October 1910, and flew over several US including some flights over Mexico and Cuba. He was the close friend of Roland Garros and stopped to flying when Garros died in 1918.