By Category: Gold Coast

Lot Number: 238
Date: 1937, Aug 13
Est. price: £30.00
Category: Gold Coast

Description: Elders Colonial Airways, experimental survey flight, Accra to Lagos, bs 14/7, pale grey airmail etiquette cover, franked 6d, canc Accra cds, typed "Per First (Experimental) Inter-Colonial Air Mail/Lagos-Accra". Official mail, but the flight was not advertised, so only a small mail was carried (ref Porter). Ex Porter, album page #35, see West African Airmails, The McCaig and Porter Collections, Priddy, B., West Africa Study Circle, 2002.
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Lot Number: 239
Date: 1938, Mar 23
Est. price: £175.00
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.
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Lot Number: 240
Date: 1939, Nov 11
Est. price: £20.00
Category: Gold Coast

Description: Early World War II censored registered (label) airmail to England, no arrival ds, correctly rated 1/6d (1/3d for new wartime airmail rate + 3d registration), franked Asamankese cds, red hexagonal boxed "Passed By Censor/Gold Coast/6" censor mark on front. Flown on Elders AW Takoradi-Lagos service, and OAT by BOAC to destination via Khartoum, Cairo and Southampton. Uncommon origin.
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Lot Number: 241
Date: 1943, May 29
Est. price: £40.00
Category: Gold Coast

Description: World War II airmail, F/F Accra to Conkary, 9/6 arrival ds on front, CARRIED ON THE RESUMED AEROMARITIME FRENCH GUINEA-LAGOS SERVICE, printed' Par Avion' corner cover, franked 1/3d, canc Accra cds, black boxed "Un Seul/But/La/Victoire" cachet. Mail on the outward flight left Conakry on 21/5 and called at Accra on 23/5 and reached Lagos on 25/5. A SUPER WARTIME ITEM. A SIMILAR ITEM IS ILLUSTRATED ON P138, of West African Airmails,The McCaig and Porter Collections, Priddy, B., West Africa Study Circle, 2002.
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