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F87 used SMYRNA, British Levant postal history
1883 cover to Thomas Stephenson, Glen Caladh by Greenock with GB QV 2d tied "F87" with Smyrna B/DE 15 83 cds alongside, b/stamped Greenock DE 25 83.
Glen Caladh Castle had a number of owners including George Stephenson (1781-1848), nephew of the famous engineer and designer of the steam locomotive Rocket. During World War II the castle, situated on the western shores of Loch Riddon north of the Isle of Bute, was requestioned as a training establishment by Combined Operations becoming the Beach Pilotage School 1942-45, and designated H.M.S James Cook, a reference to the advancing navigation skills that the founder of Australia introduced into the Royal Navy, and reflected the task of operators of troop landing craft and their cargoes, and tank landing operations. The property was demolished in 1960, having been rendered unsafe by dry rot.
£225



F87 used SMYRNA, British Levant postal history
1877 mourning cover with content to Mrs. H. Lee Wilson, Lancaster Gate, London with GB QV 2d rosy-mauve Plate 9 tied "F87" with SMYRNA A/DE 14 77 cds alongside, reverse red PADDINGTON Z/DE 20 77 arrival. Part letter, one sheet, enclosed which talks about a walk around the town, mention of the Roman, Saxon, Norman remains, and of the stone coffins containing glass and jewellery excavated whilst building the new railway stations.
£200


C used CONSTANTINOPLE, GB used abroad postal history
1875 cover with summer use "via Varna" to Maidenhead, Berkshire with GB QV 4d Plate 14 pmk'd "C" and signed "T. F. Hughes" lower left, reverse circled H.B.M.E.C handstamp and red Constantinople JU 23 1875/A datestamp (7 days prior change to 2d rate with JY 1 1875 joining of the U.P.U.).
Thomas Fiott Hughes (1825-87), Oriental Secretary at Constantinople from 1859 was regarded by Ambassador to Constantinople Sir Henry Elliott as "perfectly useless". After Hughes' retirement in 1875 the post was abolished.
£150



BLUED PAPER, CONSTANTINOPLE postal history
1875 cover to Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, Ireland with BLUED PAPER GB QV 2d rosy mauve tied Constantinople "C" with red AU 14 1876/A despatch alongside, backstamped BLACKROCK and STILLORGAN arrivals with face manuscript appended "Received at Mainz (Germany) 27 Aug 1876".
£425


C used CONSTANTINOPLE, British Levant postmark
on 1883-84 GB QV 2/6d lilac/blued paper (SG.Z142, Cat.750), slight toning blemish.
£200

G06 used BEYROUT, GB used abroad postmark
(SG.Z24, Cat.170) on 1867 GB QV 10d red-brown, smaller thin at centre top, blunt perfs top left.
£48



SALONIKA mailbag postmark on British Levant stamp
tying 1909 30 PARAS on GB ovp'd KE7 1d (SG.16) on 26 OKT (12) cover to Athens.
£625

C used CONSTANTINOPLE, British Levant postmark
on GB QV 5/- rose Plate 2 (SG.Z121), light horiz. crease.
£90

E87 used SMYRNA, British Levant postmark
on GB QV 4d sage-green Plate 16 (SG.Z225).
£60
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