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Up to 1914

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1854-6 Crimea   1861-7 Franco-Mexican   1880-1 First Boer   1911-2 Italo-Turkish
1856-60 Second Opium   1870-1 Franco-Prussian   1883-5 Chinese-French   1912-3 Balkan
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1861-5 American Civil   1878-80 Second Afghan   1898 Spanish-American   1900-1 Boxer Rebellion

 

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1900 (5th. Nov.) cover CHINA to Germany s/r. Marine Schiffspost No. 23 p/m.

1900 (5th. Nov.) cover from CHINA to Germany with s/r. Marine Schiffspost No. 23 p/m. - 'S.M.S. Worth' at WUSUNG. Boxer Rebellion: 2 Nov. 1899 7 Sep 1901. [German expeditionary force included Wrth and on 25th. Oct. 1900 returned to WUSUNG via Yantai. There she joined the blockade of the Yangtze River and then she was detached to cover the disembarkation of the German expeditionary corps outside the Taku Forts.] Ref: 315-048.


Price: £65.00
1902 ps cover BOER WAR to Jersey, Channel Islands. 'P. Rondel, RAMC Noupoort'

1902 ps cover from the BOER WAR to Jersey, Channel Islands. From 'P. Rondel, RAMC Noupoort' with d/r. Army Post Office / Krugersdorp p/m. Also s/r. JERSEY receipt p/m. to rear. [Royal Army Medical Corps] Ref: 306-050.


Price: £65.00
1879 cover GB to 'Mr JC Rossells, 2nd Officer, s.s. "PEKING", Shanghai, China'

1879 (21st. Feb) cover from GB to 'Mr JC Rossells, 2nd Officer, s.s. "PEKING", c/o Messrs. Butterfield & Swire, Shanghai, China' [6d. RATE] endorsed "via French Packet" with HONG KONG transit p/m. [2nd. April] to rear. Franked by 1874 6d Grey (pl.16; SG146/J186) tied by a very fine BATH/53 Duplex. Rare routing and unusual address. NB: Central crease well clear of stamp & marks. Ref: 311-056.


Price: £75.00
1913 (Nov) PPC PERSIAN GULF to GB. LONDON 173 p/m. 'HMS Swiftsure, East Indies'

1913 (Nov) PPC [Photo of Crew] from the PERSIAN GULF to GB with d/r. LONDON 173 p/m. From 'HMS Swiftsure, East Indies'. On 26 March 1913 to became flagship of the East Indies station until 1915. Captain Raymond A. Nugent served from 25 April, 1913 14 April, 1914. [New Cemetery, Eastern Cove, Khor Jabber, Oman. 'IN MEMORY OF CORP. P.E. SWINERD R.M.L.I. OF H.M.S. SWIFTSURE E. INDIES WHO DIED 17TH NOVEMBER 1913 AGED 29 YEARS ERECTED BY HIS SHIPMATES AS A TOKEN OF THEIR ESTEEM AND AFFECTION R.I.P.] Ref: 311-051.


Price: £85.00
1875 cover GB to 'Capt. Baylay, Political Agent, Bengal Staff Corps, India'

1875 (Aug) cover GB to 'Capt. Baylay, Political Agent, Bengal Staff Corps, Mount Abu, Rajputana, India'. [BAYLAY, Charles Allen: Dec. 1870 Political Agent HARAOTI & TONK. 1876 Political Agent KOTAH. Haraoti-Tonk was an administrative entity of the British agency Rajputana. INTELLIGENCE gathering] SG144 3d Rose Plate 17 (KG) and SG146 6d Grey Plate 14 (CL) tied by the Horncastle oval duplex 378, redirected to Judpoor, via Southampton, on reverse with rectangular boxed "REDIRECTED" and "Postage Due" with manuscript 1 Annas, s/r. Sea Post Office 10th Sept, arrival Deli 28th, Pallee 30th and Judpoor 1st Oct. Ref: 318-130.


Price: £90.00
1881 (7th. July) cover and letter South AFRICA to GB with CAPE TOWN p/m

1881 (7th. July) cover and letter from South AFRICA to GB with CAPE TOWN p/m. 1st. BOER WAR ended 23rd. March 1881. mss .. "Col. Hassard expects to retire in December next. I was out hunting yesterday on "Harlequin", no sun. The Mauritius detach'mt have arrived, also three new lieutenants".
From '[Lieutenant (Captain) W.R.H. Crauford of the 91st Highlanders' was present at the battle of Gingindlovu, the relief of Eshowe, and commanded the convoys of the column during the advance of Crealock's Division to Port Durnford. [William Reginald Houison Crauford: 1879 ZULU WAR CAMPAIGN MEDAL. South Africa Medal 1877-79 with clasp '1879'] Ref: 315-051.


Price: £90.00
1846 entire MALTA to France. ''The Three Brothers' ship. 'Captain Lavagna' died

1846 (Sept.) entire from MALTA to France with circ. MALTA p/m. to rear regarding ''The Three Brothers' ship and that 'Captain Lavagna' had died. Excellent letter transcribed. mss .. 'nave "Tre Fratelli" Cap. Nicola Lavagna'. To Messrs. Rocca Brothers, Marseilles': Shipping agents. Ref: 309-008.


Price: £95.00
1814 entire 'Musselborough Barracks' to '92nd Regt of Foot, London'. "McPherson, was killed"

1814 (29th. April) entire from 'Musselborough Barracks' [East Lothian: Napoleonic Garrison] to 'Bruce Esq. Agent for 92nd Regt of Foot, London' endorsed 'Copy Letter'. mss .. "Sir, I am informed that you are the Army agent for the 92nd. Regt of Foot for Gordon Highlanders. I therefore beg leave to acquaint, that I have been lately informed that a Serjeant James McPherson of the same Regt., was killed in one of the late Engagements between Ld. Wellington's and the French Army in France .. The said Sergeant McPherson was my brother in law, he joined the 1st. Bn. 92nd. in Spain about 14 months ago, the last letter I had from him was dated 22nd. Dec. 1813 on the Banks of the river Aiduree [ADOUR] in France wherein he tells that at the time there was a balance due to him by the Regt. of about sixteen pound sterling...". [PENINSULAR WAR. Battle of St Pierre: 13th Dec. 1813. Located just east of Bayonne, between the rivers Nive and Adour, in the south-west corner of France, near the Spanish border. Wellington commanded an army of 90,000 British, Portuguese and Spanish troops] Ref: 320-040.


Price: £100.00
1846 (Sept) cover MALTA to GB. Brevet Major 'Napier' after First Anglo-Sikh War

1846 (Sept) cover from MALTA to GB and endorsed 'Napier' to 'Lady Napier with poor circ. MALTA / PAID p/m. Just after First Anglo-Sikh War when promoted to Brevet Major on 3rd. April 1846 and was chief engineer at the siege of the fortress of Kote Kangra in the Punjab by Brigadier-General Wheeler in May 1846. Envelope endorsed "By closed mail via Marseille" with Napier wax seal to reverse. Ref: 309-024.


Price: £100.00
1877 cover GB to 'Hugh Martin Shaw Esq., 17th. Regt., Mhow, Central India'

1877 cover from GB to 'Hugh Martin Shaw Esq., 17th. Regt., Mhow, Central India' endorsed 'via Brindisi' with s/r. MHOW receipt p/m. to rear. [1s. 4d. double RATE] 1/- Plate 12 and 4d. Sage Plate 15. Ref: 312-024.


Price: £100.00
1897 cover GB to 'Capt de Salis, 7th Batt. The Rifle Brigade, Hausas, Lagos'

1897 (March) cover from GB to 'Capt de Salis, 7th Batt. The Rifle Brigade, Hausas, Lagos' [NIGERIA] with s/r. LAGOS / WEST AFRICA receipt p/m. to rear. In 1897 The Hausa Force was almost certainly part of the build up of a military confrontation against the French in Borgu (on the NW boundary of the Lagos Protectorate) to prevent further French incursion in that part. British Army Officers continued to be seconded, on a voluntary basis, to the Military Unit. Ref: 308-094.


Price: £100.00
1901 ps PC South AFRICA to 'de Witt Hamer, POW, Wallis cottage, St. Helena'

1901 (Feb) ps PC South AFRICA [Boer War] to 'Monseiur de Witt Hamer, Prisoner of War, Wallis cottage, St. Helena' with s/r. Censor / Prisoner of War h/s. Dutch contingent POW of the British on St Helena Island. Also s/l. LE CONSUL GENERAL DE FRANCE h/s. and part s/r. ST. HELENA receipt p/m. to rear. Creased. Ref: 309-012.


Price: £100.00
1804 (Nov) entire [HMS] LEOPARD, off Dover. Lieut 'John Forbes' re: letter to Admiralty

1804 (Nov) entire [HMS] LEOPARD, off Dover. Lieut 'John Forbes' re: letter to Admiralty. [She served during the Napoleonic Wars: 1803 1815, and was notable for the actions of her captain in 1807.
1-3 Oct 1804 fire ships expended and the trial of a new form of fire boat known as a "catamaran," on the French flotillas anchored off Boulogne.
The Chesapeake-Leopard affair: 22 Jun 1807 the Leopard weighed per the Bellona's instructions and some five leagues from the land bore down to speak the US ship Chesapeake, to discuss the problem of British deserters onboard the Chesapeake. Her CO refused to discuss the subject, resulting in 3 broadsides being fired by the Leopard in order that the Captain could carry out his instructions.
[On 25 December 1803 HMS Suffisante was wrecked due to a poorly-chosen location and the officers had mishandled the situation. "Lieutenant John Forbes" should have taken the watch, but remained below, leaving a midshipman in charge. The master, John Coleman, had gone below for his dinner and left the pilot in charge of the positioning; Coleman stated that he was unaware that the pilot had gone ashore. Heathcote was below dining with his officers and unaware of the developing situation. The court martial found him partly to blame for the loss and reprimanded him but did not punish him. It also reprimanded Coleman, and sentenced "Forbes" to the loss of one year's seniority] Ref: 315-046.


Price: £120.00
1879 (12th Nov) cover + letter S. AFRICA to GB. LONDON p/m. [8th Dec] Cape Town.

1879 (12th. Nov) cover and letter from S. AFRICA to GB with LONDON p/m. [8th. Dec] Endorsed Cape Town. mss "I send you by Fellowfield who goes home today by [Steamship] Duart Castle". From '[Lieutenant (Captain) W.R.H. Crauford of the 91st Highlanders' was present at the battle of Gingindlovu, the relief of Eshowe, and commanded the convoys of the column during the advance of Crealock's Division to Port Durnford. [William Reginald Houison Crauford: 1879 ZULU WAR CAMPAIGN MEDAL. South Africa Medal 1877-79 with clasp '1879'] The Anglo-Zulu War (11 Jan.28 Aug. 1879) NB: Very roughly opened. Ref: 311-055.


Price: £120.00
1879 (Dec.) cover + letter S. AFRICA to GB. CAPE TOWN p/m. 91st. Highlanders

1879 (Dec.) cover and letter from S. AFRICA to GB with CAPE TOWN p/m. In Cape Town after Zululand. The Anglo-Zulu War (11 Jan.28 Aug. 1879) From '[Lieutenant (Captain) W.R.H. Crauford of the 91st Highlanders' was present at the battle of Gingindlovu, the relief of Eshowe, and commanded the convoys of the column during the advance of Crealock's Division to Port Durnford. [William Reginald Houison Crauford: 1879 ZULU WAR CAMPAIGN MEDAL. South Africa Medal 1877-79 with clasp '1879']. Ref: 312-055.


Price: £120.00
1900 (Aug) uprated ps PC BOER War to New Zealand. APO 45 / S. AFRICA p/m.

1900 (Aug) uprated ps PC from the BOER War to New Zealand with s/r. APO 45 / S. AFRICA p/m. Also attractive WELLINGTON slogan receipt p/m. From 'A Nevill Haynes, Copl'. Mixed franking. [First overseas conflict to involve New Zealand troops. New Zealand contingent] Ref: 316-002.


Price: £145.00
1857 (Nov) cover + letter GB to care of 'Lt Col Gosling, Comg. 10th. Regt. M.N.I.

1857 (Nov) cover and letter from GB to care of 'Lt Col Gosling, Comg. 10th. Regt. M.N.I., Rangoon, [BURMA] via Calcutta' [Madras Native Infantry] with d/r. CAL receipt p/m. (Dec). Post Paid 9d. INDIAN MUTINY 1857-59. 10th Madras Native Infantry. From 1796 there was always a lieutenant colonel on strength, but as he often served away from the unit the list below shows the senior officer present, who actually commanded: 10th Madras Native Infantry: Lt Col Henry Charles Gosling (Maj Gen) c.1857 -1866. Ref: 312-145.


Price: £150.00
1879 (Oct) cover + letter S. AFRICA to GB. CAPE TOWN p/m. "after Zululand".

1879 (Oct) cover and letter from S. AFRICA to GB with CAPE TOWN p/m. In Cape Town "after Zululand". The Anglo-Zulu War (11 Jan.28 Aug. 1879) From '[Lieutenant (Captain) W.R.H. Crauford of the 91st Highlanders' was present at the battle of Gingindlovu, the relief of Eshowe, and commanded the convoys of the column during the advance of Crealock's Division to Port Durnford. [William Reginald Houison Crauford: 1879 ZULU WAR CAMPAIGN MEDAL. South Africa Medal 1877-79 with clasp '1879'] mss .. "no end of work to do .. A great many prisoners for one thing". Typed transcript of letter. Ref: 308-074.


Price: £150.00
1880 (7th. Dec) cover + letter S. AFRICA to GB. lead up to 1st. BOER WAR 16th. Dec.

1880 (7th. Dec) cover and letter from South AFRICA to GB with CAPE TOWN p/m. Lead up to 1st. BOER WAR starting 16th. Dec. 1880. mss .. "The 58th. wont be here for a little while & now the Boers seem to be giving trouble it may be some time longer. The Basutos continue fighting with little result on either side, but the reinforcements should decide matters".
[On 11 Nov. 1880, a hundred armed Boers disrupted an auction, for refusing to pay an illegally inflated tax and assaulted the presiding sheriff. The first shots of the war were fired when this group fought back against government troops who were sent after them. After the Transvaal formally declared independence from the United Kingdom, the war began on 16 Dec. 1880]
From '[Lieutenant (Captain) W.R.H. Crauford of the 91st Highlanders' was present at the battle of Gingindlovu, the relief of Eshowe, and commanded the convoys of the column during the advance of Crealock's Division to Port Durnford. [William Reginald Houison Crauford: 1879 ZULU WAR CAMPAIGN MEDAL. South Africa Medal 1877-79 with clasp '1879'] Ref: 314-060.


Price: £150.00
1908 cover + note SOUTH POLE to New Zealand. (HMS) "Nimrod"

1908 cover and note 'from the neighbourhood of the SOUTH POLE' to New Zealand with s/r. BRIT. ANTARCTIC EXPD. p/m. canc. 1d. adhesive with KING EDWARD VII LAND o/p. Note endorsed " 31 Dec. 1907 via South Pole per (HMS) "Nimrod". Also WELLINGTON receipt m/c. to rear [8th March 1908] Ref: 316-110.


Price: £150.00