Lot 1544 Great Britain FEB.20.1938 Group of 36 “Mails for India” Air Mail Covers, all sent at the 1½d rate. Includes two each of the following destinations: Burma, Ceylon, Palestine, Sarawak, Seychelles, Malaya, Egypt, Brunei, Bahrain, Singapore, North Borneo, Aden, Tibet, Labuan, Muscat, Dubai, Trans Jordan and India. All sent by A. Phillips, Air Mail Specialist of Newport GB, all with the same cachet in red, black, blue or green. Many also have return to sender handstamps, etc. Overall very fine, see online scans.. From the The Leon Victor Pont Collection of Early India, New Zealand and Worldwide Pioneer Flight Covers. Estimate $500, sold for C$900.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1036 India Correspondence of Two Irish Gunners from the East India Company, 1828 to 1855, consisting of 16 letters mailed to No. 2 or No. 3 Pill Lane in Dublin Ireland. These letters were mailed from England, as well as from mostly different parts of India and Burma. Six of the letters (including two that are franked with 1 Anna red stamps, Scott #4) are part of an exhibit which had been presented in a Royal show in 1993. These are very well written up, and contain lots of information on the varied postmarks, rates, routes and more. The lot also contains 20 file folders containing research pertaining to the postmarks, rates and routes on these covers, as well as the extra covers not in the exhibit. Each cover has a hand written transcript of the (usually) long and fascinating letters inside. The two gunners who wrote these letters are John Hoare and R. Johnson. A lovely and rarely offered collection, with many rare and lovely postmarks, in very nice overall condition and ideal for the specialist. All covers are scanned online. Estimate $750, sold for C$2,100.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 965 India #104, 104a, 104b 1921 9p on 1a King George Surcharge with Varieties, with a used regular, a mint hinged “PIES PIES” and a mint hinged double surcharge. Also included is a mint strip of three with the “NINE NINE” variety on the middle stamp. The sheet selvedge is signed and there is an additional certificate signed by the Akyab, Burma postmaster attesting that he has sold this strip from his stock in 1934. Fine or better. From the Stanstead Collection. Scott CV$337, sold for $300 plus buyer’s premium.