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Up to 1914

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1856-60 Second Opium   1870-1 Franco-Prussian   1883-5 Chinese-French   1912-3 Balkan
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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
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
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
1879 cover GB to 'Lieut. JH Henderson, HMS "OPAL", Portsmouth'. Await Arrival

1879 (12th. Dec) cover from GB to 'Lieut. JH Henderson RN, HMS "OPAL", Portsmouth' endorsed "To Await Arrival". Returning from Pitcairn Islands? [Lieut. John Hannan Henderson] HMS "Opal", visited the Pitcairn Islands as illustrated in The Graphic, 29 Nov. 1879. NB: Roughly opened and stuck down. Ref: 319-019.


Price: £50.00
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
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
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
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
1875 cover GB to 'Col. WW Taylor, Commandant, 5th Bombay Native Infantry, India'

1875 cover from GB to 'Col. WW Taylor, Commandant, 5th Bombay Native Infantry, Belgaum, Bombay, India' with s/r. BELGAUM receipt p/m. to rear. [Colonel W. W. Taylor Commanding. Regiment was under his command from 1864 to 1868, and in March left for Abyssinia, returning to Belgaum, and in May marched to Poona, where it was in 1877] Cover franked 1/- Plate 11 with 1d. Plate 162 paying the Late Fee; confirmed by the boxed L1 in red. Ref: 310-043.


Price: £50.00
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
1865 cover GB to '4th Batt. 60th Royal Rifles, Montreal, CANADA'

1865 (April) cover from GB to 'Lt. Colonel BE Ward, 4th Batt. 60th Royal Rifles, Montreal, CANADA' with s/r. GOREY p/m. and circ. MONTREAL receipt p/m. 2d. blue plate 9 (SG 45) and 6d lilac (SG 84) tied '234' barred numeral. [Lt. Colonel B. E. Ward: served as Aide de Camp to Colonel Viscount Melville during the campaign in the Punjab of 1848-49, including the second siege operations before Mooltan, and battle of Gujarat (Medal with two Clasps). Served with a Detachment of the 60th Rifles during operations in the Euzofzie country in Dec. 18th, and acted as StaQm Officer to the European portion of the force sent against the Afridi's in the Kohat Pass in Feb. 1850 (Medal with Clasp)] Part flap missing. Ref: 320-136.


Price: £45.00
1863 ps cover [9 Kreuzer] GERMANY to '11th. Inf. Reg. in Trient, Sud Tirol'

1863 ps cover [9 Kreuzer] from GERMANY to 'Herr Stiasny KK Capelll meister im 11th. Inf. Reg. in Trient, Sud Tirol'. Stamp embossed in upper right corner. Two lines of inscription in small capitals across the upper right corner 'NEUN KREUZER POST-COUVERT'. Thurn & Taxis Postal stationary. Modern-day South Tyrol, an autonomous Italian province. NB: Stuck down. Ref: 317-022.


Price: £20.00
1863 cover GB to 'Lt Col Dickinson, Royal Engineers, Bombay' India

1863 cover from GB to 'Lt Col Dickinson, Royal Engineers, Bombay' India with GLOS 757 p/m. [10d. RATE: 2 x 2d. blue (plate 9) and 6d. (plate 3)] Ref: 320-158.


Price: £65.00
1862 cover GB to 'Col. Baumgarlner, Commanding the 27th. Inniskillings, India'

1862 (Dec) cover GB to 'Col. Baumgarlner, Commanding the 27th. Inniskillings, Gondah, India' [9d. RATE] and redirected with various back stamps. [BOMBAY, ACRA, LUCKNOW, FYZABAD] Ref: 312-023.
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Julian Baumgartner, C.B. Commander of the 27th Inniskillings in India. 1814-1895. The regiment marched from Gwalior on 26th December, 1861, for Gondah in Oude. On arriyal at Lucknow on 16th January, 1862, the battalion was halted, was inspected the 20th January by Brigadier-General Kenny, C.B., commanding the Oude division, continued its march on the 26th January, and arrived at Gondah on the 1st February. Musketry after taking part in Indian Mutiny.


Price: £50.00
1860 cover to 'Captain Curtis, 8th. Regt. M.N.I., Mangalore, Madras Presidency'

1860 cover to 'Captain Curtis, 8th. Regt. M.N.I., Mangalore, Madras Presidency' [6d RATE] endorsed 'Per Steamer via Southampton & Bombay' with weak circ. MANGALORE receipt p/m. to rear. [Madras Native Infantry] Ref: 313-018.


Price: £30.00
1857 part entire GB to SWEDEN. Harriet Grote to 'Madame Nils von Koch'

1857 part entire from GB to SWEDEN. From Harriet Grote [nee Lewin, author and wife of George Grote, historian of Greece and radical] to 'Madame Nils von Koch' [sister Francis Lewin, wife of Nils Samuel von Koch, Swedish Justice Minister] Interesting contents incl. "G(orge) has been offered 3 seats [Parliament] if he would but stand, but he is firm in his resl(ution) to stick to Plato & Co". Ref: 308-126.


Price: £15.00
1857 cover HONG KONG to GB. Abraham Lennox Crimea VC holder

1857 cover from HONG KONG to 'Lady Arthur Lennox', GB and initialled in corner 'AL': Abraham Lennox. Also endorsed "Hong Kong 24th. Aug. '57"and s/r. 3rd. Nov. 1857 receipt p/m. to rear.

OVERSEAS INVESTITURE OF THE VC in HONG KONG by GOC Hong Kong, Lieutenant General T. Ashburton to Lieutenant Abraham LENNOX, Royal Engineers.

[Lt. Col. Wilbraham Oates Lennox (1830-1897), was awarded the Victoria Cross for his valour at the siege of Sebastopol]. He was the fourth son of Lieut.-Col. Lord George Lennox (1793-1873), brother of Lord Arthur Lennox. The cover was to his wife 'Lady Arthur Lennox'.

[He joined the Royal Engineers as a 2nd lieutenant on 27 June 1848. He landed in the Crimea on 30 September 1854 and served there with the army until it reembarked in June 1856. He was present throughout the seige and capture of Sebestopol, gaining the VICTORIA CROSS** for valour during the capture of some rifle pits. He subsequently served in India during the Mutiny and was present at the relief of Lucknow. Ref: 320-134.


Price: £400.00
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
1855 (June) cover from GB to CRIMEA. 'Capt. Charles E. Mansfield ADC, Crimea'

1855 (June) cover from GB to 'Capt. Charles E. Mansfield ADC, care of Lieut. General Sir Colin Campbell K.C.B, Crimea'. [Lieutenant Charles Edward Mansfield Joined the army in 1848 as an ensign in the 33rd Regiment of Foot. He became a lieutenant in 1831. He was aide-de-camp to Sir Colin Campbell during the Crimean War, was present at the battles of Alma and Balaclava in Sept. and Oct. 1854, was mentioned in dispatches and promoted to captain in Dec. 1854. He was present in the trenches at the attack and fall of Sevastopol in 1855 and was again mentioned in dispatches] Also cigarette card of Sir Colin Campbell. Ref: 307-045.


Price: £175.00
1853 outer GB to Australia 'per Sea Snake'. Migrant ship. ADELAIDE p/m.

1853 entire from GB to 'Mr Edwd. Montgomery Martin', South Australia endorsed 'per Sea Snake. 9 Nov 1853' with circ. GPO / ADELAIDE SA receipt p/m. [Feb 9 1954] Migrant Ship for South Australia:- SEA SNAKE arrived Port Adelaide, 09.02.1854. left Liverpool 10.11.1853 with Capt. Gilbert, C. Message inside from 'Mother Susanna Martin'. [Ann and Edward Montgomery Martin and their 7 children came to S. Australia in 1851 on the "Anglia", a three-masted barque. This migration was undertaken to escape the official discrimination in England against people of dissenting religions] NB: Worm damage. Ref: 312-125.


Price: £60.00