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Lot 631

1936 (March 15), "Mary Lloyd" Covers complete, each mounted and beautifully annotated on exhibition pages; properly franked and cancelled on reverse with red 1pi "Letter Stamp", with bridge Military Post Office (M.P.O.) c.d.s. in black and double-ringed "EGYPT POSTAGE PREPAID" Crown Cancel (in red) on the front; all but the "lost" Crown Cancel #7 present; note M.P.O.'s from Abu Qir, Abu Sueir, Alexandria, Cairo (Type 1 & 2), Moascar and Port Said, and Crown Cancels #9 & 10 in violet and #11 & 12 in black; variously colored retta cancels on reverse, Very Fine+.
Estimate $400 - 600

Through the Anglo-Egyptian Postal Concession of 1932, British enlisted men could post surface letters to the UK and Irish Free State at a discounted rate, if mailed from military post offices. Special stamps ("labels", as they were called) were created for British Forces, and were used from 1932 through 1936, when Egyptian "Army Post" stamps were issued. These labels were to be placed on the back of the envelope with a retta (dotted lozenge) cancel applied, with a black Military Post Office and red numbered Crown Cancel applied on front.

The "Mary Lloyd Covers" were created on the last day these stamps and Crown Cancels were valid, March 15, 1936, following the franking practices set out in the Concession. There were originally 25 Crown Cancels, but #7 was lost in 1933 (dropped down a well…or trampled by a camel angry at its depiction on the 1932 Christmas label, reports disagree), so the Mary Lloyd sets have only 24 covers.
Only 50 sets were created for the UPU and various officials involved with the Concession, including Egypt's King Fouad and England's King George V (both avid collectors). Most have been broken up over the years, making a full set such as this even scarcer.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 632

1939 (June 6), El Daba M.P.O. Datestamp, on cover to London, 10m King Fouad large Army Post (Scott #M13), tied by one of two strikes of the M.P.O. EL DABA datestamp; scissors-opened at top, with a small tear and few wrinkles away from stamp and cancels, Fine to Very Fine+, one of five recorded examples of the El Daba postmark.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 633

1939 (Sept. 16), El Daba M.P.O. Datestamp, defaced, on cover to England, franked with 10m King Fouad Army Post stamp (Scott #M13), tied by one of two strikes of the defaced M.P.O. EL DABA datestamp; with "Passed by Unit Censor 28" handstamp at upper left; flap and inch-long tear taped closed on reverse; light horizontal file fold does not affect stamp or markings, Fine to Very Fine, one of two recorded covers (the other dated Oct. 6, 1939); the El Daba datestamp—and only El Daba's—was defaced to hide the base name sometime after the start of WWII, presumably for security purposes.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 634

1939 (Sept. 19), Military Censor Marking, Earliest Known Use, on cover from Marsa Matrouh to Brighton, 60m pre-Concession Airmail rate paid by six 10m King Fouad Army Post stamps (Scott #M13, one missing), tied by strikes of the "M.P.O./1/MARSA MATROUH" datestamp, late cancel (last recorded use is Sept. 25, 1939), and cover bears the earliest reported use of the military censor marking; cover flaws, affecting one of the stamps, Fine, still a great item for the Auxiliary Markings collector.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 635

1940 (June 10), B.P.O. E 602 Datestamp, on cover from Alexandria to Hampshire, mixed franking (Army Post plus regular Egyptian issues), overpaying the Airmail rate by 5m, cancelled by strikes of the Type 2 "B.P.O. E 602" datestamp on the day Italy declared war on the United Kingdom; BOAC suspended service to Europe, with mail flown to Durban, South Africa, and then carried to England by ship, Very Fine, a great piece for the military/WWII historian.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 636

1940 (Sept./Oct.), Army "Dumb" Canceller, on two covers to Australia, a barred bridge-type canceller, with "ARMY/POST OFFICE" across bridge with no further unit or date information; here tying four 10m Army Post (Scott #M15) to an Airmail cover to Seven Hills, NSW, and two blocks of 4 of the same on a double-weight letter to Sydney (overpaying by 10m); borrowed from the British by the Australian Base Post Office in Cairo, Very Fine pair, normally used on parcels, these are considered among the scarcer postmarks on cover.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 637

1940 (Oct. 4 & Oct. 13), Two Desert Rats Field Post Office Datestamp First Day Covers, the first an Honor Cover sent Airmail to India franked by strip of three and single of 10m carmine Farouk (Scott #M15) cancelled by strikes of "FIELD POST OFFICE/13 OC/40/245" datestamps, the second a plain envelope sent "per Air Mail" to England franked by a block of 4 of #M15 tied by "FIELD POST OFFICE/4 OC/40/242" datestamp strikes; each being the first day these F.P.O. cancellers were used for the 7th Armoured Division: #242 at Mersa Matruh, #245 at Division Headquarters at Sidi Haneish; cover to England with slight damage to top center from opening, which hardly detracts, Very Fine, two First Days from a vaunted unit.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 638

1940 (Oct. 7), Abu Sueir M.P.O. Datestamp Latest Recorded Usage, on cover to London, strip of three and single #M15 (10m Farouk Army Post), paying the Airmail Concession rate, tied by two light strikes of the Abu Sueir datestamp on the last date known used, on Honor Cover; very light red RAF Censor handstamp on front (unlisted in Benians); reverse bears "Abu Suwer" Oct. 7 and Alexandria Oct. 8 transits, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 639

1940 (Oct. 26), Multiple Franking on Australian Army Postal Service Honor Cover sent to Victoria, striking presentation of sixteen 3m small Army Post stamps (Scott #M14 in a block of ten plus three pairs), overpaying the 40m Airmail rate by 8m; all cancelled by light by legible strikes of the "DIV. H.Q.P.O./D.M.1" datestamp used at Ikingi Maryut in the Western Desert outside Alexandria; "Passed by Unit Censor 237" handstamp on front further confirms the envelope's origin, second stamp from left in top row is position 47, showing small blob/oil bubble at lower right of stamp, Very Fine, possibly a record franking for this stamp.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 640

1940 (Oct. 30), New Zealand Christmas Posting to Auckland, square envelope franked with 3m green King Farouk stamp (Scott #M14), tied by nearly full strike of New Zealand F.P.O. 1 datestamp (Camp Maadi, near Cairo); front bears violet "Passed by Unit Censor 101" handstamp (Benians #A3) and large manuscript "8", Very Fine, one of nine recorded covers sent to New Zealand with solo use of the 3m Farouk.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 641

1940 (Oct. 30), Australian Army Postal Service Christmas Posting, on Large Envelope to Victoria, solo use of the 3m green Farouk issue (Scott #M14) on large Airmail envelope, tied by solid strike of "DIV. H.Q.P.O./D.M.1" datestamp; "By Air Mail" printed label lightly cancelled in pen with manuscript "Card Only" notation and violet "Passed by Unit Censor 237" handstamp on front, Very Fine, one of seven recorded 1940 solo-3m usages to Australia; this postmark was assigned to Division Headquarters of the 6th Australian Imperial Forces on their move to Ikingi Maryut (outside of Alexandria) in September 1940, and was lost during the 1941 Cretan campaign.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 642

1940 (Nov. 9), Field Post Office #171 Datestamp, on Small Envelope to India, with franking of solo 3m Farouk (Scott #M14) tied by full, clear strike of F.P.O. 171 datestamp; front with circular "Deputy Chief Field Censor" and Indian triangular "Passed by Censor" handstamps; backstamped "10 DEC. 40/11:45 A.M.", Very Fine, one of four recorded covers to India with the solo 3m small Army Post stamp, and one of the two such covers posted at the RAF base at Heliopolis.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 643

1940 (Dec. 6-9), "On Active Service" Free Christmas Airmail Service, 4 covers to England, each properly endorsed and postmarked within the Dec. 6-9 window; one cancelled F.P.O. #170 (Mena Camp, Cairo, Dec. 6), two F.P.O. #171 (RAF Heliopolis, Dec. 8 & 9, one of which originated in Greece), one F.P.O. #188 (Abbassia, Dec. 9), Very Fine group, though cover from Greece shows wear along top.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 644

1940 (Dec. 6), Latest Recorded Usage of #M12, on cover to Cornwall (Scott M12), a Christmas posting at the 3m Concessionary rate; #M12 tied to small cover by two strikes of F.P.O. 171 datestamp (used at RAF Base Heliopolis); front bears lightly struck "Passed by Unit Censor" handstamp (Benians #A3), Fine to Very Fine, unusual franking, as the King Farouk 3m (#M14) went on sale in October 1940 (Scott notes Dec. 16, 1939, as issue date); apparently, a few unit post offices still had the Fouad issue in stock.
SG A12. Nile Post AP1.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 645

1941 (Feb. 5 & Apr. 4), Two Australian Army Postal Service covers, mailed outside Egypt, the first a Feb. 5, 1941, cover to Australia, franked with three 10m Farouk Army Post stamps (Scott #M15) and mailed in Tobruk, Libya; the second an Honour Cover front with four #M15 dated April 4, 1941, to Australia mailed from Greece; each bears two strikes of the "1ST BGE. H.Q.P.O. M.1." datestamp, with military censor handstamp; Libyan cover missing inconsequential piece from left margin, otherwise Very Fine, interesting "foreign" uses of the Army Post issue.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 646

1941 (Mar. 5), New Zealand Field Post Office cancel, Amiriyya to Wellington, "By Air Mail" cover franked with four 10m King Farouk stamps (#M15, pair plus two singles), tied by "N.Z./-5 MR 41.1/F.P.O. 2." c.d.s.; front with "Passed by Unit Censor 202" handstamp (Benians #A3) and "On Active Service" manuscript notation; flap tape-repaired, still Very Fine, scarce; the New Zealand c.d.s. was used only from March 2 to about March 15, 1941 (for troops of the 2nd Division who were leaving for Greece, with mails sent to Alexandria for despatch to Cairo).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 647

1941 (Mar. 6), Field Post Office #201 Datestamp, on cover to South Africa, addressed to Cape-Town and bearing Scott #M15 with socked-on-the-nose F.P.O. datestamp cancel; front bears violet straightline "ON ACTIVE SERVICE" handstamp and round "Deputy Chief Field Censor" handstamp in purple; flap mostly missing, with sides opening at top (probably from the original letter-opening), Fine to Very Fine, an incredibly rare datestamp (assigned to Heliopolis), with recorded dates of only Feb. 13 to April 13, 1941.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 648

1941 (Apr. 21 & 23), Two Short-Lived Field Post Office Datestamps, comprising F.P.O. #166, assigned to Base Army Post Office, Cairo, with recorded dates April 22-26, 1941 (on cover to England dated April 23, with RAF Censor (Benians #R9)); and F.P.O. #168, allotted to B.A.P.O., Cairo, and used April 21-25, 1941 (on underpaid and uncharged Airmail cover to India, with Army Censor (Benians #A3), two strikes of the "Deputy Chief Field Censor" handstamp, plus the seldom-seen "NOT OPENED BY/CENSOR" boxed handstamp); cover to England with right side split at top, otherwise a Very Fine pair.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 649

1941 (Apr. 25), Last Date of Usage F.P.O. #168 Datestamp, on cover to Tel Aviv, Palestine, on underpaid Airmail cover franked by 10m King Farouk Army Post issue (Scott #M15); light but legible strike of F.P.O. datestamp; front also bears purple "Deputy Chief Field Censor" round handstamp and manuscript notation "Written in German"; reverse shows Tel Aviv 28 AP 41 receiver; pressed vertical and horizontal creases not affecting stamp or any of the markings, Fine to Very Fine, incredibly scarce, as this datestamp was only used April 21-25, 1941.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 650

1941 (Apr. 28), Field Post Office #165 Datestamp, on cover from Palestine to Alexandria, 10m carmine Farouk Army Post (Scott #M15), tied by light but legible F.P.O. #165 datestamp, the third day it was used in Palestine (April 26-July 3, 1941, previously used at Port Tewfik, Egypt, on April 25); military censor handstamp at upper left; tear at top, and top right corner missing, neither affecting stamp or markings, otherwise Fine to Very Fine, a rare cover, and an unusual usage of the Army Post stamp.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 651

1941 (Apr. 30), 10m carmine Army Post, Last Day of Use Cover to Cardiff, four singles of Scott #M15 tied by central, mostly clear strike of "FIELD POST OFFICE 189" datestamp 30 AP 41, the last day Army Post stamps were valid (surface mail becoming free the next day, with troops allowed to use home-country stamps to pay Airmail rates); with British triangular "Passed by Censor No. 2273" (Benians #A2) handstamp in violet, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 652

1941 (May 3), Base Army Post Office #4 Datestamp, on Cairo to Northumberland cover, Scott #M15 tied to blue envelope by 3 May 41 datestamp, with violet "Deputy Chief Field Censor" handstamp and black Newburn 6 AU 41 receiver, a fresh cover with a great color combination, Very Fine, the B.A.P.O. 4 datestamp was used for only a short period in 1941, from April 4 to May 17.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 653

1935, Silver Jubilee, 1pi ultramarine, pair of First Day Covers (Scott M9), both properly franked (and black retta-cancelled) and endorsed, with bilingual Abu Qir 6 MA 35 datestamp; one with Crown Cancel #13, the other Crown Cancel #14 (both in use at Abu Qir), Very Fine, scarce; May 6 was a service holiday, with letterboxes cleared only once in the morning and mail processed in the afternoon; covers posted later in the day were processed on May 7.
SG A10. Nile Post BF9.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid$400
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Lot 654

1935 (May 7), Silver Jubilee, 1pi ultramarine Second Day Cover, to Stratford-on-Avon (Scott M9 var), cover properly franked on reverse, with stamp cancelled by bold strike of black retta; front bears Crown Cancel #23 and M.P.O. Cairo datestamp, unpriced (Gibbons £270 on cover for normal #A10), Very Fine, the owner's research indicated Second Day Covers are scarcer than First Days.
SG A10 var. Nile Post BF9a.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 655
1936, Official Notice Announcing Army Post Stamps (Scott M12-M13), on watermarked bond, roughly 139 x 211 mm; letterpressed announcement headlined "POSTAL CONCESSION/BRITISH FORCES IN EGYPT", outlining the upcoming change-over from British Forces Letter Seals to Egyptian-issued Army Post stamps on March 1, 1936; hinged copy of each "new" stamp included as a bonus; small natural inclusion below text, otherwise Extremely Fine without a bend, crease or pinhole to be found; how it stayed so pristine is anyone's guess.
SG A12-A13. Nile Post AP1-AP2.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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