By Category: GB External

Lot Number: 117
Date: 1925, May 15
Est. price: £55.00
Category: GB External

Description: F/F 'all air' London to Copenhagen, bs 18/5, registered (label) cover franked 5 1/2d +4d air fee, dark blue/black etiquette. Service suspended 3/10/25.
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Lot Number: 118
Date: 1925, Jun 29
Est. price: £45.00
Category: GB External

Description: Imperial Airways/Derluft. F/F London to Finland, bs 2/7, via Berlin 30/ transit cds, plain cover correctly franked 2 1/2d post + 6d air fee, canc London FS/ 29 Jun 25 cds. Image.
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Lot Number: 119
Date: 1927, Mar 10
Est. price: £50.00
Category: GB External

Description: 1927 airmail cover endorsed for 1st GB Dispatch via Cairo -Uganda-Kenya correctly dated & rated
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Lot Number: 120
Date: 1927, Mar 10
Est. price: £125.00
Category: GB External

Description: Attempted first regular airmail to Uganda, London to Jinja bs 4/4, via Kisumu 31/3, also red circular 'Kenya-Sudan/Mr 31 27/Air Mail' ds verso, and red framed explanatory cachet "Service officially arranged to operate from London, March 10 1927, but abandoned due to crash of Hydroplane on Lake Victoria" on front, black/buff Francis Field printed cover franked 6d 4d & 1 1/2d, canc London cds. Scarce, rated 280 points by Newall (p89).
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Lot Number: 121
Date: 1927, Sep 17
Est. price: £45.00
Category: GB External

Description: British Army of the Rhine (BAOR), Wallingford to Cologne, PSC addressed to an army sergeant based with BAOR at APO 40 based in Cologne, 1d PSC with additional 1 1/2d, dark blue/black airmail etiquette, also bearing ms note "Southern Forward Manoevres 1927/ **** ** cut from PO on/day of abandonmnet of ?manoevres" and signed by Smye 22.9.27. Interesting.
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Lot Number: 122
Date: 1929, May 8
Est. price: £100.00
Category: GB External

Description: SCARCE First GB acceptance, Surrey to Melbourne, for sea mail to Freemantle and "ADDITONALLY FLOWN LONDON-MARSEILLES" (confirmed by 7 1/2d postage and ms alongside airmail etiquette 'till Marseilles/and again in/Australia"), then F/F over Australian Perth-Adelaide service, See Baldwin #222.
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Lot Number: 123
Date: 1929, Sep 13
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB External

Description: UNDERPAID airmail GB to Egypt, EDINBURGH to ALEXANRIA, Egypt 19 SP 27 cds tying Egypt 3ml postage due on front. Retrned to sender 5/10 arriving Edinbugh 10/10 cds tying GB 1d postage due. Sepia photocard showing Westland Wapiti J.9403 on the ground, ms 'Via London-Alexandria', underfranked franked 1 1/2d control pair 'Pure Virginia Cigarettes). One for the exhibit!
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Lot Number: 124
Date: 1931, Feb 25
Est. price: £15.00
Category: GB External

Description: Commercial airmail carried on the first flight of the Imperial Airways Africa south bound service AS1, London to Kampala, Uganda bs 9/3, and on to uncommon destination Fort Portal 12/3, plain cover, correctly rated 7d and posted on the first day of the new postage rate combining the air fee and ordinary postage
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Lot Number: 125
Date: 1932, Nov 18
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB External

Description: Aeropostale airmail and ship service, London to Buenos Aires, bs 4/12, via Toulouse 26/11, airmail cover correctly rated using 5/- GV seahorse, 2x 1/-, and 3x 4d stamps. Attractively displayed as a one page exhibit with explanatory text.
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Lot Number: 126
Date: 1933, Feb 8
Est. price: £15.00
Category: GB External

Description: UK to Sudan, LONDON to KHARTOUM, bs 13/2 carried by Imperial Airways Africa southbound service #AS102. Sudan Government official cover, correctly franked 9d for 1oz rate.
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Lot Number: 127
Date: 1934, Feb 6
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB External

Description: UK TO ZANZIBAR by Imperial Airways Africa Service flight AS154 which left Croydon 7 /2 and carried by 'Hanno' to Khartoum 11/2, Juba 12/2 and Kisumu 13/2. Transferred to Wilson?s Airways service to Nairobi, Mombasa and Zanzibar (b/s 14 Feb). Franked 7d for ½ oz, 6d each add 6 ½ oz. double rate: 1s. 1d.
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Lot Number: 128
Date: 1934, Oct 20
Est. price: £375.00
Category: GB External

Description: MAC ROBERTSON AIR RACE COVER SIGNED BY CHARLES SCOTT & TOM CAMPBELL BLACK: 1934 (24 Oct.) commemorative England-Australia Mac Robertson Air race cover franked GB ½d plus four assorted Australian adhesives addressed to Patrick Campbell, Baron's Court, London, signed on reverse by the two pilots. Fine & Scarce. See front and back scans.
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Lot Number: 129
Date: 1934, Oct 20
Est. price: £50.00
Category: GB External

Description: MacRobertson Air Race, England-Australia, Mildenhall depart cds, Palmerston arrival 15/11 cds on front, official black/grey printed cover carried by Hewitt, Kay and Stewart in Dragon Rapide "Tanui", signed by CE Kay.
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Lot Number: 130
Date: 1936, Jul 27
Est. price: £55.00
Category: GB External

Description: British Airways, scarce first night flight to Stockholm, bs 28/7, airmail etiquette cover franked 2 1/2d, canc London EC 27 Jly 1936, BA Gatwick to Hanover where transferred to ABA plane to destination.
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Lot Number: 131
Date: 1937, Oct 4
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB External

Description: London to Nicaragua, first day of accelerated service increasing previous transit time by 9 days, airmail etiquette tied Nottingham cds, correctly rated 1.3d for new service, bs Managua 17/10,
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Lot Number: 132
Date: 1938, Apr 9
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB External

Description: ENGLAND to RANGOON, bs 14/4, TEST COVER carried on the First Flight of the NEW ACCELERATED ENGLAND-INDIA-AUSTRALIA SERVICE #IE643. Carried all the way by flying boat Centaurus to Karachi, then by Coogee to Rangoon. Plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, ms 'First regular/accelerated/service/Summer 1938' addressed to the Traffic Manager, Imperial Airways.
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Lot Number: 133
Date: 1938, Apr 10
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB External

Description: England to Australia, carried on the FIRST FLIGHT OF NEW ACCELERATED ENGLAND-INDIA-AUSTRALIA SERVICE #IE643 London to Melbourne, bs 20/4. Carried by Centaurs to Karachi, by Coogee to Singapore, and by Canberra to Melbourne. Plain cover, franked 1/3d, ms 'First Flight By/Accelerated Service/To Astalia' Wingent, p41. ALSO FLOWN BACK on flight IW648 by Canberra to Darwin, Caledonia to Penang and Calpurnia to Southampton. A scarce item offering a flying boat feast.
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Lot Number: 134
Date: 1938, Apr 10
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB External

Description: ENGLAND to PALESTINE, bs Tiberius 12/4, TEST COVER carried on the First Flight of the NEW ACCELERATED ENGLAND-INDIA-AUSTRALIA SERVICE #IE643. Carried all the way by flying boat Centaurus. Plain cover, franked 1 1/2d, ms 'First regular/accelerated/service/Summer 1938' addressed to the Traffic Manager, Imperial Airways.
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Lot Number: 135
Date: 1938, May 27
Est. price: £20.00
Category: GB External

Description: London to Rio de Janero, bs 16/4, imprint etiquette cover correctly rated 3/6d (1/- x3 + 6d), canc London cds, fine strike 'Deutsche Luftpost/Europe-Sud Amerika hs, Day and date of arrival confirms DLH seaplane service # L339, plane 'Zyklon'. Image.
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Lot Number: 136
Date: 1938, Jun 26
Est. price: £150.00
Category: GB External

Description: SCARCE, Qantas for Imperial Airways, FIRST 'ALL THE WAY' BY FLYING BOAT MAIL TO AUSTRALIA on Imperial Airways Eastern Service flight # IE265, bs Sydney 6/7, plain cover franked 1/3d, canc London 25 Jun 38 cds, ms 'England-Australia/First Service by Flying boat/All the Way'. Camilla/Cordelia to Karachi, Challenger/Cordelia to Singapore, Challenger to Sydney.
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Lot Number: 137
Date: 1938, Jul 23
Est. price: £150.00
Category: GB External

Description: LAST DISPATCH OF SURCHARGED AIRMAIL, GB to AUSTRALIA, Liverpool to Melbourne, correctly rated 1/3d with mixed KEVIII, KGV and KGVI franking, typed 'Last despatch of Australian/surcharged airmail/July 23 1938'. Carried on Imperial Airways Eastern Service flight #673 by 'Castor ' to Karachi then 'Cariolinus' to Sydney, bs 2/8, and onward to Port Moresby, bs 10/8. RARE.
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Lot Number: 138
Date: 1938, Jul 23
Est. price: £175.00
Category: GB External

Description: LAST DISPATCH OF SURCHARGED AIRMAIL, GB to PAPUA, NEW GUNEA, Liverpool-Port Moresby, correctly rated 1/3d with mixed KEVII and KGV franking, typed 'Last despatch of Australian/surcharged airmail/July 23 1938'. Carried on Imperial Airways Eastern Service flight #673 by 'Castor ' to Karachi then 'Cariolinus' to Sydney, bs 2/8, and onward to Port Moresby, bs 10/8. RARE.
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Lot Number: 139
Date: 1938, Oct 27
Est. price: £35.00
Category: GB External

Description: First acceptance for Lisbon, bs 31/10, via Stuttgart and German service, airmail etiquette cover, franked 4d, , Imperial Airways
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Lot Number: 140
Date: 1939, Jan 13
Est. price: £150.00
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.
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Lot Number: 141
Date: 1939, Apr 13
Est. price: £30.00
Category: GB External

Description: UK to South West Africa, LONDON to WINDHOEK, by Imperial Airways Durban southbound flying boat service DS188 which left Southampton 15/4 and arrived Durban 20/4, and OAT by S.A.A. to Windhoek bs 25/4. High Commission of South Africa cover, logo on flap, good strike High Commission of South Africa h/s on front, franked 6d for air rate.
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Lot Number: 142
Date: 1939, Oct 30
Est. price: £100.00
Category: GB External

Description: First airmail service during WWII, Shoreham to Belgium, no arrival ds, correctly rated 2 1/2d for PC, cancelled Sutton Coldfield cds, special printed card with logo and "First Despatch/War Air Mail/30 October 1939", cancelled by violet st line "Censor Permit No C4" censor mark, Francis Field authentication hs's x2 verso. On the outbreak of war flights over the east of England and Scotland were prohibited by the Air Navigation (Restriction in Time of War) Order 1939, and operations were moved from Croydon to Shoreham. The service was suspended when Germany invaded Norway in April 1940. A copy of a six page A4 article on the airmail services at Shoreham on the outbreak of WWII, is included with this item.
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Lot Number: 143
Date: 1939, Nov 23
Est. price: £40.00
Category: GB External

Description: Wartime airmail service to the continent, Shoreham to Oslo, no arrival ds, pc correctly rated 2 1/2d cancelled Sutton Coldfield cds, "Censor Permit No C4" censor mark, Francis Field authentication hs verso. Likely British Airways, see Boyle p353. Service suspended when Germany invaded Norway in April 1940. Nov 23rd was also first conveyance of mail under PO contract by Scottish Airways. Faint bend top rh corner. See scans
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Lot Number: 144
Date: 1940, May 31
Est. price: £40.00
Category: GB External

Description: World War II, London to New York carried on F/F British wartme service, London to Lisbon, no b/s, first regular service to connect with PAA Lisbon-New York service, franked 1/3d, ms endorsement "First British Wartime Service to Lisbon", plain etiquette cover. (BOAC was only formed on April 1st, 1940).
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Lot Number: 145
Date: 1940, Jun 14
Est. price: £250.00
Category: GB External

Description: World War II Empire Emergency Service (operated by C class flying boats, 16 of which were South of Italy on 10th June), first dispatch of airmail to Australia, carried via the "Horsehoe Route" (by sea to Durban and thence by air), fine large red cachet.Francis Field authentication hs.
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Lot Number: 146
Date: 1940, Jul 23
Est. price: £65.00
Category: GB External

Description: England to Australia, WWII censored airmail flown 'all air' across the Atlantic, the US mainland and the Pacific, airmail etiquette cover correctly rated 4/6d (inc GVI 2/6d) canc Teddington cds, sealed by Australian NWS, Sydney red/cream OBC with 2 dots censor tape overlaid by violet 'Passed By Censor/S 103' censor mark. The service lasted from July 1940-November 1941. Uncommon. There is a barely visible non invasive vertical fold, otherwise fine. See image.
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Lot Number: 147
Date: 1941, Apr 6
Est. price: £50.00
Category: GB External

Description: WWII, first flight new wartime airmail postcard service to forces serving in the Middle East.
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Lot Number: 148
Date: 1941, Dec 2
Est. price: £175.00
Category: GB External

Description: World War II censored airmail cover, flown all the way from London to Calcutta, bs 31/1/42, airmail etiquette cover, franked 5 x 1/-, canc Cardigan 2 DEC cds, ms "Via North Atlantic. Trans Pacific Route', sealed India OBC brown/red crown censor tape tied by crown in triangle censor mark. Correctly rated 5/- at 'The Two Ocean' rate, for carriage all the way by air by BOAC/KLM to Lisbon, FAM 18 to New York, US internal airline to San Francisco, FAM 14 to Hong Kong then OAT to India. Until May 22, 1941 the only airmail route to India was by sea to South Africa, then onward transmission by air. A great item, full of history.
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Lot Number: 149
Date: 1942, Sep 12
Est. price: £45.00
Category: GB External

Description: The Red Cross Postal Message Scheme. Cover send to Geneva from London, franked 5d, ms ' Red Cross Postal Message Scheme' and 'Air Mail', opened by censor and dealt with in accordance with the March 1941 Post Office Notice. Under arrangements made by the British Red Cross Society and The Order of St John brief messages could be sent by relatives to persons residing in Enemy Territory. The messages we're limited to 20 words and had to relate to only to family matters.
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Lot Number: 150
Date: 1943, May 10
Est. price: £35.00
Category: GB External

Description: Dual censored WWII airmail from London to Zurich, via Lisbon where airmail label annulled by Lisbon 22 May 43 cds for onward transmission by rail. Plain cover franked 5d, sealed by GB and German censors, verso black German censor mark applied on arrival in Paris, and red censor mark to clear forwarding to Switzerland. Written in hungarian.
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Lot Number: 151
Date: 1943, Aug 28
Est. price: £75.00
Category: GB External

Description: London to Italy WW II, undelivered British Prisoner of War Post/Kriegsgefangenenpost/Service des Prisonniers de Guerre type 2 airmail lettersheet, blue tablet "Air Mail/Par Avion",franked imprint 2 1/2d KGVI, postmarked Catford wavy line, addressed to Sapper Keeton, Campo PG53, PM 3300, Italy, red octagonal "PW 6061" hs, verso blue duble ring Italian censor mark and black six line "This letter formed part of/undelivered mails which fell/into the hands of the Allied/Forces advancing in Italy./It is undeliverable as addressed and is therefore returned to you" hs
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Lot Number: 152
Date: 1943, Nov 24
Est. price: £25.00
Category: GB External

Description: Airmail from ships of the Royal Navy, air letter posted and censored on the ship, then blue tomb stone censor mark applied, fine strike red boxed "FREE/CHRISTMAS/AIR MAIL" instead of postage stamp, addressed to England. Image.
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Lot Number: 153
Date: 1944, Dec 1
Est. price: £15.00
Category: GB External

Description: British Prisoner of War Post/Kriegsgefangenenpost/Service des Prisonniers de Guerre, blue tablet "Air Mail/Par Avion", important warning about POW numbers, blue/white, franked imprint 2 1/2d KGVI airmail letter sheet, mint
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Lot Number: 154
Date: 1945, Apr 1
Est. price: £65.00
Category: GB External

Description: British POW 1 1/2d unused air letter card issued for prisoners in Japan with Japanese script at top lh corner reading "Furyo Yubin"(Prisoner of War post), impressed with 1 1/2d stamp and issued on 1/4/45 when he postage rate was reduced from 3d to 1 1/2d. The production of a postcard, rather than any other form of stationary stemmed from the Japanese refusal to allow prisoners to receive more than 25 words in their correspondence.
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Lot Number: 155
Date: 1946, Jan 15
Est. price: £150.00
Category: GB External

Description: Very scarce first direct airmail with a fascinating history. London to Dublin, airmail etiquette cover franked 5 1/2d, typed 'First Airmail/London-Dublin'. Recorded in Stroud "15 January (1946) West Coast Air Services began carrying mail on its Liverpool-Dublin services". The press announced that the service was starting on January 9th but there was no official announcement because GPO claimed it was only a temporary replacement of a similar service withdrawn at short notice (a 200 word explanatory article accompanies this item). No covers are known posted on 9/1, hence Stroud's entry of 15/1 for the start of the service. Also see Hansard 24 July 1946 vol 426 c19, "West Coast Air Services Ltd (WCAS) is one of several companies which are operating certain services under an agreement with the Minister of Civil Aviation, the Associated Airways Joint Committee (AAJC) acting as agents. It was arranged with AAJC that WCAS Ltd, should cease to operate the Liverpool?Dublin and London?Dublin services on 1st July, 1946.
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Lot Number: 156
Date: 1946, Apr 6
Est. price: £85.00
Category: GB External

Description: Postwar reopening of the England-Australia Empire Air Route", first BOAC/Qantas Lancaster "Kangaroo" flight, Hurn to Sydney, bs 10/4, KG VI 6d airletter, postmarked London 6 Apr machine cancel, red typed "Reopening/England-Australia Empire Air Route London to Sydney/via Singapore", signed by Captains K.G. Jackson, H.J. Mills, and R.O. Mant.
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