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Lot 843

Indochina, 1931-50s, selection of 9 premium first flight covers, comprising (1) 1931 (June 29) England-Saigon with 1s4d franking tied by "London F.S./Air Mail" cancels, reverse with Marseille 30 VII 1931 transit and Saigon 22-7-1931 arrival (no cachets, but believed to be from the first London-to-China flight) (2 & 3) two covers Haiphong-Kunming, each with similar pictorial "Ouverture de la Ligne Haiphong, Hanoi, Kunming 10 JUIN 1948/Par Air France" cachet, along with "Retour" and "Address incomplete" cachets, both having 14.6.48 Kunming arrival daters (4) 1948 (June 11) Hanoi-Kunming with "Ouverture de la Ligne Hanoi-Kunming 11 JUIN 1948/Par Air France" boxed pictorial cachet and Kunming arrival c.d.s. of 14.6.48 (5 & 6) 1948 (Aug. 11) Saigon-Laos with boxed "Reouverture de la Ligne Saigon Seno Vientiane 11 Aout 1948/Par Air France" cachet with Vientiane arrival (11-8-48) on reverse, along with Aug. 12 return flight with appropriate cachet and Saigon arrival of 12-8-48 (7) 1949 (Sept. 24) Saigon-Noumea with "Ouverture du Service Regulier/France-N. Caledonie" pictorial cachet, Noumea arrival c.d.s. of 29.9.49 on reverse (8 & 9) 1950 (Oct. 28) Saigon-Cambodia with "Air France Ouverture de Ligne Saigon-Siem-Reap 28-X-50" pictorial cachet, arrival c.d.s. of Siemreap-Angkor dated 28-10-1959, plus the return flight to Saigon but without cachet, Very Fine, clean, uncommon group; examine.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 1,800.


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