Lot 978, 1930 Maryland Free State first flight, Calcutta to Alameda California

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Lot 978, 1930 Maryland Free State first flight, Calcutta to Alameda CaliforniaLot 978 1930.MAR.9 “Maryland Free State” First Flight from Calcutta to Alameda California, piloted by Geysendorffer and Scholte, franked with 1a KGV definitive and a USA 2c cancelled at Alameda on MAY.12. Handstamped “AIR LINER / MARYLAND FREE STATE” and signed by pilot Scholte. Addressed to Stephen Smith, with his signature on back. The cover has small toning spots else very fine. A rare cover, with only 26 covers flown, from the Pont Collection. This was the example Mr. Pont exhibited in the early 1930s. Estimate $1,000.

Lot 1386A, 1911 World’s First Official Air Mail Flight, Allahabad to Naini Junction then Calcutta, sold for C$4,680

Lot 1386A, 1911 World's First Official Air Mail Flight, Allahabad to Naini Junction then Calcutta, sold for C$4,680Lot 1386A 1911.FEB.11 World’s First Official Air Mail Flight, Allahabad to Naini Junction, then to Calcutta, with Allahabad and Bombay datestamps on front. A large size post card with large magenta First Aerial Post cachet canceling stamp, plus a second free strike, reverse depicting the biplane used for this historical air mail flight. The card is signed on back by the pilot Henri Pequet (only 40 recorded) and on front by Stephen H. Smith. Tears at bottom, still a rare and desirable flight. From the Pont Collection. Estimate $1,000, sold for C$4,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1408, 1927 Dutch flight Calcutta to Batavia, sold for C$1404

Lot 1408 1927.JUN.25 Dutch Flight Calcutta to Batavia, franked with two 1a stamps tied by Calcutta datestamp, alongside a red and white flight label with small black biplane, the cover is addressed to Batavia (with JUL.1 receiver on back, alongside a Weltevreden datestamp of the same day) there is a 15c Dutch postage due stamp on front. An overall fine cover, with only 31 carried. From the Pont Collection. Estimate $300, sold for C$1,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1509, 1932 Bertram Atlantis Round-the-World Flight, sold for C$4,446

Lot 1509, 1932 Bertram Atlantis Round-the-World Flight, sold for C$4,446Lot 1509 1932.APR.14 Bertram “Atlantis” Round-the-World Flight, flown Cologne to Calcutta, franked with 1a definitive and canceled at Park Street Calcutta. Front and back show a violet “Atlantis”/ Ichapur” cachet, and front has the route typed in red. Addressed to Stephen Smith, and signed on back by pilot Capt. Hans Bertram. This tiny card was in Mr. Pont’s exhibit, very fine. Estimate $150, sold for C$3,800.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.

Lot 1454, 1930 First Day of Issue 8a Air Mail Stationery, sold for C$1287

Lot 1454, 1930 First Day of Issue 8a Air Mail Stationery, sold for C$1287Lot 1454 1930.MAY.1 First Day of Issue of the 8a Air Mail Stationery Cover, mailed from Calcutta to Mr. Pont in London, England on May 1st, the first day of issue. Cover is also a first flight cover for a Delhi to Croydon flight (with purple unofficial cachet). Stephen Smith signature on reverse, next to a note from Mr. Hayman “Rec’d 13 MAY 1930”. Very fine. From the Pont Collection. Estimate $200, sold for C$1,100.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.