Lot 1436 CVR 1929.MAY.31 Croydon to Calcutta Flight on the “Maryland Free State”, a newspaper wrapper endorsed “printed matter”, with single line cachet handstamp (front and back) addressed to Smith in Calcutta, with manuscript note on back reading “J.B. Scholte / pilot C-aadr / :Maryland Free State” / carried from London to Calcutta / June 10th, 1929″ with JUN.10 Calcutta receiver. Vertical crease at left and stain on back, still a very rare item with only one cover and 13 newspapers flown. From the Pont Collection. Estimate $350, sold for C$1,400.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1410 1927.JUN.27 First Demonstration Flight by the “Moth”, mailed Calcutta on JUN.27 to Stephen Smith in Calcutta, this ½a stationery postcard shows a purple moth cachet plus a purple “Carried By / D.H. Moth, G.E.B.M.O. / Aeroplane” cachet. The back has a note reading “Certified that this has been flown over Calcutta by D.H. Moth G.E.BMO (….)”, signed by E.L. Widdicombe and initialed “W.H.V. (Flight Lieutenant W.H. Vetch). This is a rare item, numbered “2” at bottom left corner out of a total of 11 items flown (10 cards and one cover). From the Pont Collection. Very fine. Estimate $350, sold for C$1,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1435 1929.MAY.22 First Experimental Flight by the Bengal Air Transport Co. Darjeeling to Calcutta, with single-line cachet in purple (front and back), mailed without postage with Darjeeling 2a postage due handstamp on front. Darjeeling MAY.22 despatch and Calcutta MAY.23 receiver, both on back alongside Stephen Smith signature. Very fine and described by Mr. Pont as “A very scarce item, with about 6 items flown.” Estimate $300, sold for C$2,000.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1437 1929.JUN.10 Baron von Keonig Calcutta to Singapore then Osaka to Tokyo Flight Cover, mailed unfranked and assessed 2a postage due in Calcutta (handstamp on front), with yellow flight label and “KAMERAD” purple flight cachet, addressed to Stephen Smith in Calcutta with a JUN.10 receiver on back alongside Smith signature and JUN.10 date. This is one of the few rare items missing in Mr. Pont’s personal collection, and we could not find any evidence of number of items flown. Couple of small faults still very fine appearance. Estimate $300, sold for C$1,500.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1426 1928.SEP.20 to OCT.11 Calcutta to Rangoon Flight Covers, starting with SEP.20 flight (cover and card, latter is signed Stephen Smith, both with same cachet), OCT.4 flight (cover and card, both signed Stephen Smith, both with same cachets, one reading “Sea Plane Crashed at Cawnpore Carried by 4th Official Mail Plane H – N.A.C.F.“) and OCT.11 flight (cover signed by Stephen Smith). All five items are addressed to Mr. Leon V. Pont in Rangoon, Burma and are very fine. From the Leon Victor Pont Collection of early India First Flight postal history. Estimate $200, sold for C$600.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.