By Category: Malta

Lot Number: 314
Date: 1928, May 23
Est. price: £150.00
Category: Malta

Description: F/F Valleta to Allahabad bs 11/6, via Alexandria 28/5, Cairo 30/5 and Karachi 7/6, first acceptance of mail from Malta to India for carriage on the new Imperial Airways service from London to Iraq, registered (label) cover franked 6d Air opt. & 3d &1 1/2d ordinary, stamps canc 'GPO/My 23/28/Malta' cds, violet 'Registered' hs, ms 'Per Air Mail'. Carried by sea from Malta-Egypt, then RAF Egypt-Iraq air mail service to Gaza, then surface to Beyrouth. The Malta Government Notices of March 20 and 28, 1928 notified that, as of 1st April, 1928, mails for Iraq, Persia, NE Arabia and NW India "will be accepted for carriage by the UK Egypt-Iraq air mail service". Acceptances for carriage by this route have been recorded for Baghdad (24/4/1928) and Allahabad (23/5/1928). For confirmation of first flight status of this cover see The Air Mails of Malta, Malta Study Circle, Study Paper No 29, 2000, pp 4&9. A scarce item with superb routing. Non invasive ironed vertical crease barely visible from the front, see scan.
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Lot Number: 315
Date: 1931, Jul 3
Est. price: £125.00
Category: Malta

Description: First acceptance of Malta airmail for the Belgian Congo, Valletta to Leopoldville, 9/8, via Aba 11/7, Buta 18/7 and Stanleyville 22/7, Forbes Bentley corner cover franked 9 1/2, all stamps canc ,Air Mail/3 Jul/1931' cds, also Valletta Jy 3 31 cds. Likely by sea to Cairo, then Imperial Airways England-Africa service No AS19 from Alexandria to Juba, then 150km by road from Juba-Aba, then 800km by rail to Stanleyville, and finally downstream by river to Leopoldville. A scarce item with great routing and in fine condition.
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Lot Number: 316
Date: 1934, May 29
Est. price: £10.00
Category: Malta

Description: Malta to England, no arrival ds OHMS buff cover, 10x20cm, franked 2 1/2d x2, stamps uncancelled, but Valleta MY 29 34 cds below, also black oval Commanding Officer/29 May 1934/HMS Enterprise hs. HMS Enterprise was one of two Emerald-class light cruisers of the Royal Navy. She served with British 4th Cruiser Squadron, mostly on commissions in the East Indies.
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Lot Number: 317
Date: 1943, Apr 8
Est. price: £25.00
Category: Malta

Description: World War II, forces censored concessionary mail to England, no arrival ds, unfranked imprint etiquette air cover, canc Valetta/Malta dr cds, ms "On Active Service", violet Malta triangle with crown "Passed By Censor/No 119" censor mark.
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