Sale 1270 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 6-8 December, 2022

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Category — India Flight & Rocket Mail

Lot
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2380
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Sale 1270, Lot 2380, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1930, Aug. 30, Reti to Jacobabad "Emergency Air Mail". India 1a tied by Reti Aug. 30, 1930 double-circle datestamp on cover addressed to Stephen Smith in Jacobabad, small photographic cachet with four planes and inscribed "Reti to Jacobabad 1930" affixed and tied by violet "Emergency Air Mail" handstamp, arrival backstamp and signed by Stephen Smith on reverse, cover with couple minor file folds, one which crosses photographic cachet, still Very Fine and scarce

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E. 300-400
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2381
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Sale 1270, Lot 2381, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1931, Mar. 26, Karachi to Calcutta by American World Fliers. Two singles of India -1/2a tied by "Park Street, Calcutta, 26 MAR 31" double-circle datestamps on arrival of flown flight cover from Karachi, violet "Drigh Road (Karachi) to Dum Dum (Calcutta) by American World Fliers, Messrs Ross Hadley & John E. Pratt, In "Stearland", Biplane -- N.R. -8809" four-line handstamp and additional strike on reverse, signed by pilots Hadley and Pratt, slight trace of overall toning, otherwise Fine and scarce

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E. 200-300
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2382
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Sale 1270, Lot 2382, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1931 American Fliers Flight Cover, Calcutta-Akyab. India -1/2a and 1a, former tied by Park Street, Calcutta Aug. 10, 1931 double-circle datestamp and latter tied by Akyab Sep. 3, 1931 double-circle datestamp on flown cover addressed to Stephen Smith in Calcutta, Mrs. Day photographic vignette tied by "Across the Bay of Bengal, to Akyab, By American Fliers" three-line handstamp with additional strike on reverse, arrival backstamp and also signed Stephen Smith on reverse, Very Fine, only 28 covers flown

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E. 300-400
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2383
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Sale 1270, Lot 2383, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1935, Jun. Himalaya Burnpur Dog Sledge Race. India 9p tied by "Burnpur 25 JUN 35" circular datestamp on card addressed locally, violet "Himalaya Burnpur, Dogsledge Race, June 1935" handstamp with "Control" handstamp and countersigned at bottom left, reverse with "Station 1, Lokam", "Station 2, The River", and "Station 3, Burnpur" handstamps on reverse, faint trace of overall toning, otherwise Fine and scarce

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E. 200-300
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2384
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Sale 1270, Lot 2384, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1942, Dec. 7, Galle (Ceylon) to Calcutta by Royal Canadian Air Force. India 1-1/2a King George VI, tied by "Calcutta, 7 DEC. 1942" machine datestamp on arrival on flown cover addressed locally, proper "Galle (Ceylon) to Calcutta (India), By R.C.A.F." two-line violet handstamp, small cloth piece with "R.C.A.F." affixed to reverse and also signed Stephen Smith, Very Fine, only eight covers were flown as indicated by Smith writing "5/8" on reverse and small calendar cut-out placed at top

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E. 400-500
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2385
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Sale 1270, Lot 2385, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1934, Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, Rocket No. 1, 4, and 9 Flights (Hopferwieser SS-01, SS-02a, SS-03). Three covers from each of the flown flights, first two addressed to Saugor Island, last to Calcutta, all with proper vignettes, India postage stamps, flight cachets, and "Rocket Fee Rs 2/-" handstamp on reverse, signed by Stephen Smith on reverse, couple minor toned spots, still Very Fine, only 143 flown on first flight, 209 on second flight, and 135 on third flight, Hopferwieser €1,100

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E. 400-500
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2386
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Sale 1270, Lot 2386, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1934, Dec. 17, Rockets No. 21 & 22 Shore to Ship Night Firing Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-07b). Two covers, each with red "Shore to Ship by Rocket" vignette and additional India 9p stamp tied by Calcutta Dec. 18, 1934 double-circle datestamp, both accompanied by original miniature news sheet, one from the "The News of the World" and other "The Times of India" with appropriate corresponding handstamps, proper flight cachets and all items signed by Stephen Smith, "The Times of India" with slightly rough opening at top, Very Fine, only 110 covers of the 263 flown had the page of a miniature news sheet enclosed, Hopferwieser €600

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Sale 1270, Lot 2386, India Flight & Rocket Mail
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E. 200-300
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2387
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Sale 1270, Lot 2387, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1935 Sikkim Rocket Experiment Vignette, Proofs. Two printed in Black with sheet margin at bottom, one on blue paper, other on orange paper, both signed "Proof, Stephen Smith" in bottom margin, Very Fine, proof on blue signed Jal Cooper

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E. 200-300
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2388
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Sale 1270, Lot 2388, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA (Sikkim), 1935, Apr. 10, Surumsa Parcel Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-15). Card with green vignette with manuscript "Parcel" overprint, tied by violet flight cachets, signed by Stephen Smith on both sides, reverse side with listing of parcels taken on flight including "Packet of cigarettes...spoon..toothbrush..." among a sundry of other items, Very Fine, only 50 flown, Hopferwieser €700

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E. 300-400
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2389
 
Sale 1270, Lot 2389, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1935, Jun. 6, Rocket No. 60, Quetta Earthquake Relief Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-19V var). Blue vignette with "Quetta Earthquake Relief" overprint affixed to piece and tied by signature of Stephen Smith with piece of fabric also affixed with inscription "A piece of the skin of my rocket no. 60" and signed again by Stephen Smith, few small insect holes, two of which affect vignette, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce and interesting collateral item from this flight, unlikely many still exist

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E. 750-1,000
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2390
 
Sale 1270, Lot 2390, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1935, Jun. 29, Rocket No. 65, Live Stock Despatch Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-21V var). Orange vignette with "R. No. 65 Live Stock" overprint affixed to piece over a hen feather of "Eve" who was aboard the flight, tied by signature of Stephen Smith with inscription "A feather plucked from "Eve" (a hen), one of the two passengers to be successfully carried in the World's 1st Livestock Rocket Despatch...," Very Fine and fascinating collateral item, only twelve examples were created with this as No. "11/12" at top left, both the cock "Adam" and hen "Eve" survived (but rather "restive" afterwards) and were given to businessman David Ezra afterwards for placement in his private zoo, signed Jal Cooper

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E. 750-1,000
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2391
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Sale 1270, Lot 2391, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1935, Oct. 1, R.P. Ray Rocket No. 87 on Jerong Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-27b). Blue, violet, and red vignettes tied by "Sir Tashi Namgyal Field to British Residency" two-line handstamp which also ties India 9p stamp on card, additionally tied by Gangtuk Oct. 1, 1935 double-circle datestamps, proper cachets, signed Stephen Smith on both sides, Very Fine, only 200 cards were flown but those with all three vignettes are considerably scarcer, Hopferwieser €500

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E. 200-300
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2392
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Sale 1270, Lot 2392, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1937, Mar. 2, Propaganda No. 7 Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-42a). Vignette with "Bengal Girl Guides Rally, 2-3-37" handstamp and tied by "Girl Guides Rally, Bengal, Carried by Propaganda Rocket 2-3-37" handstamp with additional strike on reverse on cover addressed to Calcutta, with India 9p tied by Calcutta circular datestamp, proper flight cachet, signed by Stephen Smith on reverse, Very Fine and quite rare, of the 1,030 items flown, only 30 covers were carried with the remaining 1,000 items being messages of welcome from Olave Baden-Powell, signed Jal Cooper, Hopferwieser €3,500

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E. 1,500-2,000
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2393
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Sale 1270, Lot 2393, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1941, Sept. 26, Joan M. Binns No. 264 Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-73). Affixed with India 9p stamp tied by Park Street, Calcutta Sept. 26, 1941 machine cancel on cachet card addressed to Calcutta, proper flight cachets including the "Stephen Smith Rocket" with manuscript "9/35/264" (No. 9 of 35 on Rocket No. 264), signed by Stephen Smith on both sides, Very Fine and quite scarce with only 35 cards flown, Hopferwieser €1,000

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E. 400-500
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2394
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Sale 1270, Lot 2394, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1944, Oct. 25, Gas Propelled Projectile No. 2 Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-74). Supply ration "1 Pound Bread" label tied by "Carried by Gas Propelled Projectile, 25th October 1944, Calcutta, G.P.P. No. 2" violet handstamp on card addressed to Calcutta, proper cachets, signed Stephen Smith on both sides

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FIFTEEN CARDS FLOWN ON THIS ROCKET FLIGHT. AN INDIAN ROCKET FLIGHT RARITY.

Hopferwieser €4,000

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E. 2,000-3,000
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2395
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Sale 1270, Lot 2395, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1944, Oct. 31, Compressed Air Projectile No. 1, Sub Silentio Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-75). Calendar cut-out No. 14 (of 28 flown) tied by "Compressed Air Projectile, "Sub Silentio" No. 1, Oct. 31st 44, Calcutta" violet handstamp on card addressed to Calcutta, proper cachets, signed Stephen Smith on both sides including note "This projectile went off with a Pop", Very Fine, this was Smith's first time using a compressed air projectile and only 28 were carried, Hopferwieser €1,500

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E. 750-1,000
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2396
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Sale 1270, Lot 2396, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1944, Nov. 8, Compressed Air Projectile No. 2, "Lex Talionis" Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-76). Calendar cut-out No. 3 (of nineteen flown) applied to card addressed to Calcutta, proper vignette and flight cachets, signed by Stephen Smith at bottom left, Very Fine, only nineteen cards were flown, most of which have a yellow routing label rather than blue, Hopferwieser €2,000

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E. 750-1,000
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2397
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Sale 1270, Lot 2397, India Flight & Rocket MailINDIA, 1944, Nov. 21, Gas Propelled Projectile No. 3, "The Imphal" Rocket Flight (Hopferwieser SS-77). Calendar cut-out No. 11 (of eleven flown) tied by manuscript "Stephen Smith" signature on card addressed to Calcutta, proper flight cachets, additionally signed by Stephen Smith on reverse

VERY FINE AND RARE WITH ONLY ELEVEN CARDS FLOWN ON THIS FLIGHT OF "THE IMPHAL".

Hopferwieser €5,000

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E. 2,000-3,000
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2398
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India Rocket Mail Group, 1934-1937. Eight different rocket mail flight covers, plus a few unused labels, few better including 1934 Saugor Island with Blue vignette (Hopferwieser SS-02a), 1935 1st Sikkim Start (Hopferwieser SS-10), and 1935 No. 51 across Ranakhali River (Hopferwieser SS-14), plus others, few small flaws but mostly Fine-Very Fine, Hopferwieser €1,675 for covers

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E. 400-500
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2399
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Sale 1270, Lot 2399, India Flight & Rocket MailIndia Small Balance of Rocket Mail Covers. Four covers or cards from 1935-38, including Hopferwieser Nos. SS-18, SS-25, SS-44, and SS-50b, each with proper vignettes, flight cachets, and signed by Stephen Smith, Very Fine group, few signed Jal Cooper, Hopferwieser €1,000

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E. 400-500
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2400
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Sale 1270, Lot 2400, India Flight & Rocket MailIndia 1934-39 Rocket Mail Vignettes Group. Fifteen unused items from Hopferwieser Nos. SS-01V to SS-60V, with singles and se-tenant strips and blocks, most signed by Stephen Smith on front or reverse, Very Fine, a nice variety of these vignettes used on Rocket Mail flights

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E. 200-300
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