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This website is designed to show interesting or colourful covers of the whole world. We try to add about 25 to 30 new items each week. Many countries are included but there is particular strength in GB, the French Group & the German Group, as well as world-wide Wartime Censorship in WW1 & WW2, Postage Dues, Mis-routed mail, Special Services and Airmails. Please note items marked with a reference number BPS-xxx are auction lots for viewing only in a Bradford postal auction, not for immediate sale.

Items in category (b) Queen Victoria, most recent first.
GB Crimean War 1854
GB Crimean War 1854
Stampless envelope with unclear m/s charge mark 6(?), m/s "Army in the Crimea", 28th November (1854); to Dublin "via Marseilles"; on front faint blue arrival cds Kingstown 28 December; on reverse faint transit mark (London) 18 December; ex Reg Hindley Russia collection

Reference: S952
£30.00

Great Britain OHMS Crowned Paid 1852 to Yorkshire
Great Britain OHMS Crowned Paid 1852 to Yorkshire
Inland Revenue Document from London to Penistone, Yorkshire; m/s 'On HMS'; crowned PAID cds in red 27 September 1852; h/s of A. J. Fearons (Inland Revenue Solicitor General); b/s Barnsley 28 Sept

Reference: S951
£20.00

Manchester local mail 1897 with Charity LabelsManchester local mail 1897 with Charity Labels
GB 1d lilac cancelled 498 duplex 21 July 1897 on large envelope with central fold, with 2 added Charity labels for the 1837-1897 Queen's Jubilee, Prince of Wales Hospital Fund, 1/- blue & 2/6 red; age wear but a scarce use of these labels

Reference: S941
£20.00

GB 6d rate Glasgow to Canada 1863GB 6d rate Glasgow to Canada 1863
6d deep lilac, small white corner letters plate 3 (SG 83 - cat £200+ on cover) wing margin with small fault, cancelled with fine Glasgow duplex 159; MS 'per Canadian Mail via Londonderry'; b/s Montreal 20 April 1863; a lovely cover with a small printing fault giving the effect of a re-entry lower left.

Reference: S930
£40.00

GB SG52 1½ on cover 1879
GB SG52 1½ on cover 1879
GB 1d plate 199 & three half pence plate 3 on entire (cat £300 on envelope); cancelled (twice) EXCHANGE LIVERPOOL duplex 466 10 April 1879; French cachet d¢entrée ANGL. AMB. CALAIS E in red 11 April 1879; faint Paris b/s 11 April 1879

Reference: S929
£35.00

GB 6d rate to Italy 1871
GB 6d rate to Italy 1871
6d surface printed issue (SG 109) cancelled London duplex 103; to Messina, 8 February 1871; plate 8 no hyphen; red oval PD; no clear b/s; this is after the Siege of Paris so the cheaper rate via France was used (cf No S862)

Reference: S863
£35.00

W H Smith wrapper to India, 1901 W H Smith wrapper to India, 1901
2½d violet embossed newspaper wrapper (stamped to order) imprinted 'W.H.Smith and Son, 186 Strand, London WC' to Officers' Mess, 1st Batallion Wiltshire Regiment in Peshawar, India; cancelled FB in oval 'killer' (Foreign Branch); folded through the middle & with closed tear

Reference: S852
£20.00

GB OHMS envelope 1902
GB OHMS envelope 1902
OHMS large envelope with 4 x QV 1d lilac overprinted I.R. Official, uncancelled; intended for Barnstaple c 1902, but possibly never posted (or sent by courier?)

Reference: S851
£21.00

GB half penny PS card, much travelled, 1885
GB half penny PS card, much travelled, 1885
half penny brown PS card from London to Manchester; much readdressed with forwarded, gone away, insufficiently addressed, returned to sender cachets & m/s endorsements; corner faults, unsurprising owing to the amount of travel; on reverse London Vere St Parcel Post part blue label; an extraordinary combination

Reference: S775
£21.00

GB violet datestamp on advertising card, local use in Stroud
GB violet datestamp on advertising card, local use in Stroud
GB ½d Jubilee issue on PPC with an advert for a Swiss accident insurance company, cancelled with VF s/r cds CHERINGTON STROUD 20 April 01 in violet �21.00

Reference: S776
£21.00

Ireland to London Ireland to London Ireland to London 'Clubland' 1884
Mourning envelope with 2 x ½d slate-blue cancelled with Irish barred lozenges 359 of NEWTOWNFORBES; on reverse cds of that town and LONGFORD, both 23 December 1884; closed on reverse with crested seal; to the Carlton Club, Pall Mall & forwarded to the St James' Club, Piccadilly; small closed tear to envelope

Reference: S773
£30.00

GB Postal Telegraph Card c1900GB Postal Telegraph Card c1900GB Postal Telegraph Card c1900
Postal card for the creation of a telgram via a postbox, rather than at a Telegraph Office: for transmission of a message of not more than twenty words, unused; scarce and not often seen

Reference: S705
£20.00

GB Liverpool-London-Paris, double hooded cancels, 1889
GB Liverpool-London-Paris, double hooded cancels, 1889
GB Liverpool-London-Paris, double hooded cancels, 1889
20 April 1889. Liverpool to London, readdressed to Paris. GB 1d lilac with perfin WSL (White Star Line) cancelled with Liverpool hooded 466 d/s: re-addressed to Paris Hotel with GB 2½d cancelled with a London hooded cds, faint Calais à Paris railway cds 24 April; b/s Paris the same day. Red crayon 40 is probably a hotel room No. £35.00

Reference: S583
£35.00

GB 1856 2 x QV 4d rose on blued paper (SG62) to HamburgGB 1856 2 x QV 4d rose on blued paper (SG62) to HamburgGB 1856 2 x QV 4d rose on blued paper (SG62) to Hamburg
entire bearing 2 x 4d rose on blued paper (SG 62) (must be Wmk Small Garter as dated before issue of Medium Garter), on glazed blue paper, cancelled London barred lozenge 20(?), MS 'Via Ostend'; on reverse small m/cross d/s LS 16 Ja 1856 & Hamburg oval arrival d/s St PA 18 Jan 56: minor faults and letter not complete but stamps catalogued 2 x £750 on cover, scarce item

Reference: S557
£100.00

OHMS OFFICIAL PAID LETTER FROM THE POST OFFICE 1890OHMS OFFICIAL PAID LETTER FROM THE POST OFFICE 1890
OHMS brown civil service type envelope No 77, inscribed 'Post Office', cancelled Official Paid London EC in red 10 November 1890, to Birmingham; b/s the same day; signed by RC Tombs the well known PO Official and author of books on the Post

Reference: S543
£25.00

BILL OF EXCHANGE FROM ADELAIDE TO YORKSHIRE 1870BILL OF EXCHANGE FROM ADELAIDE TO YORKSHIRE 1870BILL OF EXCHANGE FROM ADELAIDE TO YORKSHIRE 1870
6d violet & red Foreign Bill revenue stamp on reverse of £30 bill of exchange from Adelaide, Australia to Halifax, Yorkshire, 10 October 1870; small faults to document, stamp fine and very scarce use thus

Reference: S298
£25.00

GREAT BRITAIN LONDON TO PARIS 1878GREAT BRITAIN LONDON TO PARIS 1878
GB 2½d mauve plate 12 (SG 141) on envelope to a hotel in Paris, cancelled with London duplex N2 9 December 1878; French cachet d'entrée 'Angl Amb Calais B' 9 December 1878 in red; on reverse Paris arrival 9 December 1878

Reference: S288
£18.00

GREAT BRITAIN - SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH PENNY POST OFFICE STAFFORD STREET 1847GREAT BRITAIN - SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH PENNY POST OFFICE STAFFORD STREET 1847GREAT BRITAIN - SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH PENNY POST OFFICE STAFFORD STREET 1847
1d red imperf cancelled 131 on folded outer to Halifax, Yorkshire 14 November 1847; on reverse 2 strikes of an undated circle datestamp Stafford Street, with red transit datestamp and blue Halifax arrival the next day; a scarce cover

Reference: S250
£25.00

GB-LONDON: 1870 COVER TO ITALY.GB-LONDON: 1870 COVER TO ITALY.GB-LONDON: 1870 COVER TO ITALY.
1870 cover to Torino with a 6d plate 9 stamp cancelled by a LONDON (106) postmark dated 17.SP.70 and an oval PD mark. On the reverse a TORINO postmark and two TPO? marks. A bit grubby!

Reference: H274
£12.50

GB - LONDON: 1850 PENNY RED COVER WITH AN OFFICIAL UNPAID MARK.GB - LONDON: 1850 PENNY RED COVER WITH AN OFFICIAL UNPAID MARK.GB - LONDON: 1850 PENNY RED COVER WITH AN OFFICIAL UNPAID MARK.
1850 cover with pair of stamps cancelled by poor numeral marks. On the reverse there is an official unpaid codeless crown mark dated 29.NO.1850, an Edinburgh cds dated 20.NOV.1850 and a partial boxed MUSSELBURGH postmark in blue dated 30.NO.1850.

Reference: H186
£10.00

GB - MANCHESTER: 1862 PENNY RED COVER.GB - MANCHESTER: 1862 PENNY RED COVER.GB - MANCHESTER: 1862 PENNY RED COVER.
1862 cover with a stamp perf 14 and reserve plate 15 cancelled by a MANCHESTER 498 duplex. On the reverse there is a WEDNESBURY postmark.

Reference: H178
£20.00

GB - LONDON: 1867 ENTIRE LETTER TO FRANCE.GB - LONDON: 1867 ENTIRE LETTER TO FRANCE.GB - LONDON: 1867 ENTIRE LETTER TO FRANCE.
1867 entire letter to Bordeaux with a 4d vermilion (SG 94 plate 8) cancelled by a partial LONDON EC 74 duplex dated 18.JY.67 and there is a PD mark and an ANGL AMB CALAIS mark. On the reverse two poor BORDEAUX marks.

Reference: H177
£21.00

GB - LONDON: 1869 ENTIRE LETTER TO FRANCE.GB - LONDON: 1869 ENTIRE LETTER TO FRANCE.GB - LONDON: 1869 ENTIRE LETTER TO FRANCE.
1869 entire letter to Bordeaux with two 4d bight vermilion (SG 94 plate 11) cancelled by partial LONDON EC 72 duplex postmarks dated 27.SP.69. There is also a partial PD mark, an ANGL AMB CALAIS and on the reverse there are various BORDEAUX postmarks.

Reference: H176
£21.00

GB - MANCHESTER: 1859 PENNY RED ENTIRE WITH DUPLEX POSTMARK.GB - MANCHESTER: 1859 PENNY RED ENTIRE WITH DUPLEX POSTMARK.
1859 entire letter with the stamp die 2 alphabet 3 plate 60 perf.14 cancelled by a MANCHESTER 498 duplex dated 18.MY.59.

Reference: H137
£10.00

GB - LONDON: 1901 COVER WITH SG 168.GB - LONDON: 1901 COVER WITH SG 168.
1901 2d pale rose stamp on large folded envelope cancelled by a LONDON EC 87 district duplex dated 7.OC.01.

Reference: H134
£15.00