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  • Lot# : 1 Great Britain

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    1841 “Turned Cover” to and from Norwich and Scotow with Plate 6 “Penny Black” Franking, 1840 1d intense black, plate 6, EJ, large margins, tied by red Maltese Cross to pre-printed addressed entire with printed Church Diocese questionaire inside dispatched from 'NORWICH JA 4 1841', handstamped "Too Late" on reverse, "To the Minister of Belangh with Scottow, Norf.". Later the filled out printed questionaire with pre-printed addressee for return "To The Lord Bishop of Norwich", was turned, the already pre-franked 1840 1d intense black, plate 6, HE, large margins, cancelled by red Maltese Cross and dispatched from SCOTTOW (undated handstamp on reverse) to Norwich with arrival datestamp 'FE 4 1841' on reverse. A very unusual turned pre-printed Church Diocese questionaire form signed "Edwd Norwich" (Edward Stanley 1779-1849, Bishop of Norwich between 1837 and 1849) to check whether the incumbent (residing) Vicar John Lubbock (1800-1857) uses the Church property in Scottow and Belangh, which he does in both villages he acts as Vicar for. The two 1840, 1d. blacks from plate 6 were presumadly affixed by the sender and may originate from the same Post Office sheet.; 2014Karl Louis BPP cert. states: "Very few such questionaires with preprinted addressee 'To The Lord Bishop 01 Norwich' are known, but only one other such questionaire preserved as a complete 'turned entire' showing both pre-printed addressees 'To the Minister of ... ' and 'To The Lord Bishop of ... ' is recorded by me to date. "
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,800 USD

    Lot# : 2 Great Britain

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    Catalog# : 2
    2, 1840 2d Blue, Plate 2, pair, IA-IB, lovely color, ample to wide margins including sliver of adjacent stamp at the right, lightly cancelled, Very Fine and choice (SG £2,000)
    Start Price : 900 USD
    Current Opening : 900 USD
    Hammer price : 900 USD

    Lot# : 3 Great Britain

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    1865 Cover Manchester to Alexandria, Egypt via Trieste, 1862/64 4d vermilion hairlines, 1865 6d lilac pl. 5 (both with faults; Scott 34c, 45; SG 82, 97) tied by black «498» obliterators with a red «MANCHESTER / PAID 15 MY 65» cds at left, red circular framed «PD» denoting full payment, blue «AUS ENGLAND PER AACHEN / FRANCO 17/5» transit cancel, ms. «Via Trieste», from Trieste (May 19) mailed in error via Kerkyra (Corfu, May 10 Julian calendar) to Alexandria and not directly sent and thus taxed on arrival with «110» lepta (ms., the amount due for the Corfu-Alexandria leg of the journey) being paid by Greek 10L orange on blued (3) and 80L carmine (Scott 19, 22) all tied by «ALEXANDRIA / (TURKEY)» May 21 (Julian calendar) cancels, light cover crease across top affects one of the Greek 10L and the 80L, a most attractive and rare «well-travelled» cover; signed Calves and Tseriotis plus the latter»s 2007 certificate
    Start Price : 9,000 USD
    Current Opening : 9,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 4 Great Britain

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    Royal Household Mail, 1870 Mourning Cover Addressed in Hand of Queen Victoria, 1841 2d blue, plate 4, MA, mainly large margins (just cut into at bottom left), centrally cancelled by small "POR/S.C" in star (Portsmouth Sorting Carriage) used on mourning envelope from Osborne House (crest on flap) addressed in Queen Victorias' own handwriting to "Miss Murray MacGregor, Hampton Court, Kingston on Thames" with arrival datestamp "DE 30 1870"; a very late use of the 1841/53 2d imperf and despite a single off-cover (ex Grant collection 2003) that proves that the late use of the 2d imperfs on (Royal?) Mail from the Isle of Wight or Portsmouth, an unique usage of the "POR/S.C" handstamp cancelling the 2d imperf on cover; possibly the most important philatelic cover from Queen Victoria in private hand; 2016 K Louis BPP certificate
    Queen Victoria and Miss Murray MacGregor had earlier become friends through their literary interests, the lady helping to correct the Queens "Leaves from the Journal of our Life in the Highlands".
    It is believed that mail from Queen Victoria or her immediate circle of family and friends received special consideration to avoid postal delay when visiting at her Royal Residence Osborne house on the the Isle of Wight.
    The Murray MacGregor family were given residence at Hampton Court Palace by Queen Victoria in 1851, when Sir John Atholl Bannatyne Murray MacGregor, then Lieutenant-Governor of the Virgin Islands died at Tortola in the West Indies.
    Provenance and reference: A.G. Brewer collection (1976), Gibbons Stamp Monthly magazine, May 1976, Heinz Reck collection (1980s), Spink auction (Dec 1998) "Symphony in Blue" collection (1999 - 2016).
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,800 USD
    Hammer price : 4,500 USD

    Lot# : 5 Australian States - South Australia

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    44b, 1872 3d on 4d Deep ultramarine, Surcharge omitted,
    particularly fresh and well centered, cancelled by portion of the Adelaide «S AUSTRALIA» duplex, Small tear at top and light creasing, otherwise very fine example of South Australia»s premier rarity of which so far only 13 examples have been recorded - 3 unused (one in the Royal Collection) and 11 used (four of these in institutions) making only 2 unused and 6 used examples available to collectors; this is the 14th example recently discovered, BPA certificate 2016 (SG 68c, £20,000)
    Start Price : 10,000 USD
    Current Opening : 10,000 USD
    Hammer price : 10,000 USD

    Lot# : 6 Australian States - Tasmania

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    6, 1855 4d Blue, spectacular block of nine with rich color neatly cancelled by black Hobart «64» obliterators, margins ample to just touching in places, some faults and creasing but Fine and delightful appearance; a magnificent block and the largest known multiple(Scott $1,125 as singles; SG 18, £1,080 as singles)
    Provenance: Alfred J. Caspary
    Koichi Sato (June 2014), lot 50138.
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 7 Australian States - Tasmania

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    1859 Cover Launceston to Ireland Franked By 1d-4d 1857/69 Chalon Imperforates, 1d brick-red, 2d green (2, shaved to large margins), 4d blue, tied by black «60» numeral obliterators with nice strike of red «Post Office/ Lauceston/ Crown» date stamp at left, ms. «via Marseilles», backstamped Dublin and Bally Gawley (Jan 8 1860), typical mixed margins on adhesives do not detract from a Fine and most attractive three color franking nicely paying the 9d rate; (SG 27, 31, 37)
    Launceston was the largest trading center in Tasmania at the time. Postmaster Carrington instructed that the imperforate sheets of stamps be cut into individual stamps to speed up transactions at the busy postal counters. The assistant clerk assigned to the task was rather careless in his cutting as the precision in creating well margined stamps was sorely lacking. Even by 1900, the term «Carrington margins» was being applied to these issues. The stamps on this cover are a perfect illustration of this procedure.
    Provenance: Koichi Sato (2014).
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,500 USD

    Lot# : 8 Australian States - Tasmania

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    1865 Registered Cover Front to London Franked with “Complete Set” of 1857/69 Chalon Imperforates, 1d red-brown pair, 2d yellow-green, 4d blue horizontal strip of three, 6d grey violet (2) and 1sh vermilion (2) all tied by «20» numeral obliterators and black Nov 12 «Circular Head» dispatch cds, straightline «REGISTERED» adjacent, red London Jan 12 1866 arrival cancel, faults as expected, still an eye-catching and extraordinary franking for the high 4/4 rate;(SG 26, 32, 37, 41, 46)
    Provenance: Michael Blake (2001).
    Koichi Sato (2014).
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,000 USD

    Lot# : 9 Bangkok (British P.O. in Siam)

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    1884 Cover to Norway, Straits Settlements 8c yellow orange with "B" overprint (Scott 17; SG 20) tied on cover by light strike of Bangkok OC 1884 British PO cancel, light red Singapore transit below and a black Christiania receiver on face, sender's handstamp lower left, two approx 23mm disinfection slits - one at each edge of the cover, cover with bit of edge wear and some light toning spots, a Fine and rare cover to a desirable destination.
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 6,500 USD
    Hammer price : 22,000 USD

    Lot# : 10 New Brunswick

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    New Brunswick Used in USA on Double Rate Cover to New Brunswick, 1851 3d dull red on blued paper (Scott 1; SG 2) pair with with ample to large margins and folded between, cover with embossed «American Institute of the City of New York» seal on backflap, entered the mails in the New York City with stamps tied by black «NEW YORK / SEP 4» cds and by black oval «UNITED / STATES» exchange handstamp, straightline «Held for Postage» deleted by cross-out and annotated «10» (cents), backstamped New York, St John»s Sept 9, Upper Sussex and Sussex Vale, a rare and most unusual usage with no comparables in the Argenti, Koh Seow Chuan or Wilkinson collections; 1993 and 2009 BPA certificates;
    Provenance: Dale-Liechtenstein (sale 7, lot 282)
    Harmers Auctions SA (sale June 4, 1994, lot 177, Hammer CHF 70,000)
    «Foxbridge»
    Start Price : 35,000 USD
    Current Opening : 35,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 11 Egypt (to 1922)

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    1866 Registered Cover Cairo to Tanta, 1866 1pi claret, 2pi yellow (Scott 7, 4; SG 4, 5) tied by «POSTE VICE-REALI EGIZIANE / CAIRO 4 OTT 66» cds cancels, framed «RACCOMANDATE» hand stamp upper left, backstamped Tanta, missing backflap, Fine and rare first issue registry use; signed Sorani
    Provenance: Emile Antonini (April 1983), lot 32408.
    Samir Fikry (Dec 2006), lot 30033.
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 12 Egypt (to 1922)

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    1867 Cover Alexandria to Luxor (Upper Egypt), 1866 2pi yellow, 5pi deep rose (Scott 4, 5; SG 5, 6) each tied by black «POSTE VICE-REALI EGIZANE / ALESSANDRIA 17 GEN 67» cds cancels with an additional strike between the stamps, minor aging around perforations of no significance, Very Fine - a rare and important cover for the specialist; this is the only recorded 7 piastre first issue franking, letters addressed to Upper Egypt, until post offices opened, were rated on distance, time and weight akin to the former Ottoman system - this letter would have been held, as addressed, at the British Consulate
    Provenance: Dr. William Byam (Oct 1961), lot 816.
    Start Price : 20,000 USD
    Current Opening : 20,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 13 Egypt (to 1922)

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    1870 Registered Cover to Vienna, 1867 20pa green, 1pi red, 2pi deep blue (Scott 11, 13, 14; SG 13-15) all tied by light strikes of «V.R. POSTE EGIZIANE / MEHALLA 14 AGO 1870» cancels with a crisp strike alongside, framed «RACCOMANDATE» handstamp above, backstamped Alexandria transit cancel, missing backflap, a Fine and most attractive 3-color franking cover carried at single rate of 1½pi to Austria plus 2pi for registration; signed Sorani, 1972 RPS certificate
    Provenance: Abdullah Mishrick (1972).
    Samir Fikry (Dec 2006), lot 30059.
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 14 Egypt (to 1922)

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    1875 Cover from Luxor to USA, 1872 5pa brown, 10pa mauve, 20pa blue, 1pi red (2), 2pi yellow (Scott 19-23; SG 28-32) all tied by bilingual Arabic dated «POSTE EGIZIANE-LUXOR» Feb 25 1875 cds cancels in black, boxed «P.D.» in black, red London Mar 15 PAID and New York Paid All Mar 27 transit cancels plus two strikes of «2 Cents» credit marking (one on the 5pa stamp), back side with «POSTE KHEDEVIE EGIZIANE - SIUT» March 1 transit (nine days after earliest recorded use) Egyptian P.O. Alexandria Mar 3 cds, British PO Alexandria Mar 7 cds, some minor aging to the envelope but a Very Fine and rare 5-color franking cover paying the 4pi 35pa rate via London; 2011 Todd certificate
    Start Price : 14,000 USD
    Current Opening : 14,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 15 Falkland Islands

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    Catalog# : 19d
    19d, 1891 ½d on 1d Claret, Unsevered pair, straight-edge top and left with small portion of a surcharge from the adjacent stamp to the left, part o.g., small bits of h.r., fresh and Fine; 1936 BPA certificate (Scott $3,750; SG 13a, £3,750)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,150 USD

    Lot# : 16 Falkland Islands

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    Catalog# : 19Ef
    19Ef, 1891 ½d on 1d Orange red brown, Unsevered pair, rich color, o.g., Fine and rare; 1972 RPS certificate (as SG 40a) (Scott $4,500; SG 14a, £4,750)
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,600 USD
    Hammer price : 2,600 USD

    Lot# : 17 India

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    A3, 1852 ½a Scarlet “Scinde District Dawk”, circular embossed wax seal with excellent embossing and none of the usual edge or cracking damage, tied to a small piece by light strike of diamond dots lozenge cancel in black and mounted on another carrier paper, Extremely Fine and choice; an exceptional example of this rare and famous stamp; illustrated in «Edition D»Or» No XX, pg 238; 2016 BPA certificate (Scott $26,000; SG S3, £25,000)
    Start Price : 20,000 USD
    Current Opening : 20,000 USD
    Hammer price : 27,000 USD

    Lot# : 18 India - Used Abroad

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    India Used in Labuan; 1865 Cover Front to England via Sarawak, From the Bishop of Labuan (endorsed «F.J.Labuan» lower left) and addressed to London, franked with India 1856/64 4a black horizontal pair tied in transit by black «B/172» numeral handstamps of Singapore, red ms. «11», a fine strike of the rare «POST OFFICE / SARAWAK» circular handstamp in black with ms. «17/1/65» inserted (the latest recorded date of use of this handstamp), red London / Paid MR 7 65 arrival cancel on face, a major rarity of Asian postal history
    Note: Carried on the P&O S.S. Carnatic leaving Singapore Jan 21, 1865 arriving Galle (Ceylon) on January 27, transhipped to S. S. Bengal on February 1, arriving Suez on February 15. Overland to Alexandria and carried on the S. S. Syria arriving Southampton March 7, 1865.
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,500 USD

    Lot# : 19 New Zealand

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    1, 1855 1d Deep carmine red, London printing, especially well margined and with beautiful color, postally used with manuscript cancel, Very Fine and choice example; the Chalon issues of New Zealand (unlike those of other countries such as Tasmania) were almost never used for fiscal purposes; 2015 Odenweller certificate (SG 1, Campbell Patterson A1a)
    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 10,000 USD
    Hammer price : 12,000 USD

    Lot# : 20 New Zealand

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    3, 1855 1sh Pale yellow green, lightly cancelled, just clear to full margins, a Fine sound example; 1978 RPS certificate (Scott $6,000; SG 3, £5,500; CP A6a, NZ$12,000)
    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,500 USD
    Hammer price : 2,500 USD

    Lot# : 21 New Zealand

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    Campbell Paterson E18c, 1903(?) 1sh Orange red, Perf 11 "Abnormal" on paper of pre-1898 type, well centered with rich color, partially struck cancel, corner crease upper left, otherwise Very Fine and quite rare with only a few copies known; no official explanation has been put forward on the how and why this stamp was printed on a paper with 7mm space between the "NZ" and "Star" of watermark used for late issues of the QV sideface issues
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,000 USD

    Lot# : 22 New Zealand

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    Catalog# : AR62
    AR62, 1937 35sh Yellow, wonderfully fresh and well centered, barest trace of hinging, choice Very Fine, the key value to the set (Scott $6,000; SG F161, £5,000)
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,100 USD
    Hammer price : 3,250 USD

    Lot# : 23 New Zealand

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    Campbell Paterson DP4e, 1893 2½d Blue, Perf 10, "O.P.S.O." overprint in violet, Dodgsun's advert (3d setting) in mauve on back, partial cds, a light corner crease does not detract, Fine and scarce; 2016 RPSNZ certificate
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 24 New Zealand

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    1899 ½d Black, Perf 11, "O.P.S.O." Overprint in violet, weak impression of the handstamp on single with light cancel, some clipped perfs at left and bottom left (not mentioned in cert.), still a Fine example not listed in SG or CP; 2016 RPSNZ certificate
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,000 USD

    Lot# : 25 New Zealand

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    SG O25a, 1902 ½d Green, Cowan paper, Perf 14, "O.P.S.O." Overprint in rose-magenta, blurred impression of the handstamp on a nicely centered single with portion of town cancel, usual rough perfs, small corner crease bottom right, still Very Fine and rare; 2016 RPSNZ certificate (Scott O17 var; CP FP4b)
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 26 Argentina - Buenos Aires

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    1859, 1P Blue, No Stop After “1” variety in left value tablet, a block of four with the varieties on stamps 2 and 3 (SG P32, P32a) on an 1859 cover to Rosario and cancelled by central «CORREOS DE BUENOS AIRES / 21 NOV 1859» date stamp in black, the block has been lifted and replaced for checking but this does not detract from this splendid and most likely unique multiple on cover, lovely item for the connoisseur of classic South American philately; 2007 Fundacion Bose certificate;
    Provenance: Don Battista Alfredo Sagantini La Paz, Corinphila sale 46 (Nov 1959), lot 3588;
    'Mercedes', Corinphila sale 66 (June 1981), lot 7317.
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : 5,000 USD

    Lot# : 27 Austria

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    Austria: Erroneous “MEKL” cancellation mark. The unique submittal erroneous fancy cancellation for the post office of MELK on a 3 kreuzer red 1850/54. A perfect strike of this beautiful cancel.
    In the end, the handstamp was never used as the error was detected just in time.
    An unparalleled addendum to any advanced collection of Austria!
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,000 USD

    Lot# : 28 Austria

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    5e var., 1850 9kr Blue, Machine paper, Partial impression, missing good portion of the impression at top of the stamp and visible only as an albino print, attractive red "RECOMMANDIRT 1/7 1858 WIEN" cancel, Very Fine and striking variety, Puschmann VÖB certificate
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 29 Austria

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    1882 Postal Card to Japan and Returned to Austria, 2kr card uprated with 3kr green and cancelled at Hernals 29/7 82, originally addressed to Yokohama where cancelled Oct 8 on arrival, faded original address crossed out and re-addressed back to Hernals, franked with Japan 1879 2s violet (2) affixed and tied by black obliterators, taxed on arrival with ms «12» (kreuzer), attractive and rare; Puschmann VÖB certificate

    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 30 Austrian Offices in Turkish Empire

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    1903 20pa Rose on granite paper, block of four overprinted/ cancelled «Safed 18-6-1908» at an angle downwards to right in black at a «Tourist / Collector»s Post Office» (also opened in Nazareth where examples are recorded and Tiberiade where none are known), further cancelled with a black «on the nose» «CAIFA / OESTERREICHISCHE POST / 19.6.1908» cds, Very Fine, a splendid multiple and the unique recorded use of two Safed hand stamps; the only other recorded example of this marking is a partial impression on a postcard; 1990 Sorani certificate
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 31 Costa Rica

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    1907 1c, 2c, 5c, 50c, 1col, 2col Waterlow Issues, Centers inverted, complete set less the 20c but includes an additional 5c with a shifted inverted center, 2c unused, all others o.g., (1c, 5c shifted slightly toned), 2c repaired upper left corner, 50c small central thin, still a Fine appearing and rare group with just a handful of most issues known; 2016 Moorhouse certificate for the group; 1c, 2c, 1col ex-Meyer
    Start Price : 25,000 USD
    Current Opening : 25,000 USD
    Hammer price : 25,000 USD

    Lot# : 32 France - Postal History

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    1797 Napoléon Bonaparte. As Napoleon I, Emperor of the French 1804-1815: “Bonaparte” Signature on Engraved Letterhead with wonderful image of «Marianne» and dated Oct 16 1797 (25 Vendemaire, Year 6), written from Passeriano (in manuscript with «Milan» erased) to a «Citizen Batagia» by a secretary and clearly signed «Bonaparte» at base, Superb and rare document, ideal for display
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 33 German Colonies - Kiauchau

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    4a, 1900 5pf on 10pf Carmine, Double surcharge, «5» type 4 (double surcharges from rows 5 and 10 only), with «blaustrich» and tied on postcard by bold strike of «TSINGTAU / KIAUTSCHOU * a 27/7/00» cds, Gera 13.9.00 arrival cancel at left, card with a slight corner crease, otherwise Fine, a rare in-period use (a mere eight days after the first provisional overprint) of this rare error; signed Ebel, Richter, 2004 Dr. Steuer certificate (Scott $24,000, Michel 2/II DD, EUR38,000)

    Doppelter Buchdruckaufdruck "5Pf" auf Diagonalaufdruck 10 Pfg., sauber gestempelt "TSINGTAU / KIAUTSCHOU * a 27/7/00" auf Ansichtskarte nach Gera mit Ankunftsstempel; Karte kleiner Eckbug und etwas unfrisch, die Marke einwandfrei; eine außerordentlich seltene Abart, mehrfach signiert und Fotoattest R.F. Steuer BPP (Mi.2DD)
    Start Price : 12,000 USD
    Current Opening : 12,000 USD
    Hammer price : 16,000 USD

    Lot# : 34 German Colonies - Kiauchau

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    9c, 1900 "5 Pf." on 5pf on 10pf Carmine, “5fP” Surcharge error, From pos 93 in the sheet with typeset «5» type 3, «f» type 1 and «P» type 2, with «blaustrich» and tied on German patriotic post card showing flags by a bold strike of «SHANGHAI DEUTSCHE POST * b 26/8/1900» cds in black, Stuttgart 30 Sep arrival cancel at left, Very Fine use on an attractive period card, an extremely rare stamp - only 5 copies are recorded including one other cover, one of the great rarities in German philately; signed Friedmann, Köhler, Stolow, 2005 Dr. Steuer certificate (Scott listed but unpriced, Michel 4/II, unpriced on or off cover)
    Deutsche Post in China 10 Pfg. mit zusätzlichem Fehl-Aufdruck "5fP" statt "5Pf" und Handstempel "5Pf." in größerer Type, mit Stempel "SHANGHAI DEUTSCHE POST * b 26/8/1900" auf Ansichtskarte nach Stuttgart mit Ankunftsstempel. Nur 5 Marken mit dieser seltenen Abart sind bekannt, davon nur eine weitere auf Karte; eine der größten Seltenheiten der deutschen Kolonialausgaben in sehr guter Erhaltung.(Mi.4II; als ungebraucht nicht gelistet; gestempelt und auf Karte
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    Start Price : 40,000 USD
    Current Opening : 40,000 USD
    Hammer price : 47,500 USD

    Lot# : 35 Italian States - Roman States

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    1863 Double-Rate Cover Rome to Hamilton Canada, 1852 4 baj black on yellow, 8 baj black pair, 50 baj dull blue defective impression printed from tarnished stereotypes (Scott 5, 7, 10; Sassone 5, 9, 10) all with margins full to just touching and tied by rhombus of bars handstamps, ms. «70» and «2» for 2x 35 baj rate of 1858 at upper left, black framed «P.P.», Roma 11 Nov 63 despatch cds, red «London / Paid» 16 NO 63 transit cancel, backstamped Hamilton Nov 30 on arrival, a Fine and most attractive cover to an extremely rare destination; signed A Diena and Holcombe, 1973 A Diena certificate
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,500 USD
    Hammer price : 6,750 USD

    Lot# : 36 Italian States - Roman States

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    1867 Cover Rome to USA via Queenstown, 1852 4 baj black on yellow, 5 baj black on rose (single and horizontal interpanneau «interspazio» pair) and 1 sc dull rose (Scott 5, 6, 11; Sassone 5, 6, 11) all tied on cover to Passaic NJ by black rhombus of bars obliterator except the 5 baj pair tied by Roma 15 Mar 67 despatch cds, endorsed «via Queenstown», black framed «PD» at right, red «27» hand stamp (US cents single rate) and red New York Apr 1 depreciated currency entry marking, an exceptional and rare franking; signed A Diena and with his 1970 certificate
    Start Price : 10,000 USD
    Current Opening : 11,500 USD
    Hammer price : 16,000 USD

    Lot# : 37 Italian States - Roman States

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    1859 Cover Rome to Sydney Australia via British Military Camp “Aldershot”, 1852 6 baj black on grey with 50 baj blue (Scott 7, 10; Sassone 7a, 10) tied by grids to lettersheet from "ROMA 19 NOV 1859" via the British Military Camp Aldershot where it was re-addressed, franked with a Great Britain 1856 6d. lilac(Scott 27; SG 70) for the onward postage to the Archbishop of Sydney Rev. Dr. Polding, the letter was carried by P.&O. packet PERA to Alexandria, then overland crossing the desert with camels and donkeys to Suez, reaching P.&O. packet NORTHAM to Sydney with arrival marking FE 9 1860, then forwarded to Mudgee, NSW, but finally returned to Sydney on March 19, 1860; the GB 6d uncancelled in error because the postman at Farnboro Station cancelled the Papal States 6 baj instead, minor imperfections as usual and 6 baj with small corner fault, otherwise Very Fine; 2016 K. Louis BPP certificate
    Only 7 re-addressed combination covers with Papal States & GB frankings are recorded in the Karl Louis card index register of which only 4 bear the rare 50 baj. adhesive stamp, and 3 are from the correspondence to the Archbishop of Sydney Dr. Polding (John Bede Polding 1794 - 1877).
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : 8,000 USD

    Lot# : 38 Italian States - Roman States

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    1865 Cover Rome to London with Forwarding to Sydney Australia, 1852 50 baj.in the rare dark ultramarine shade (worn impression) together with 6 baj. black (Sassone 7a, 12) tied by black grids to letter sheet from "ROMA 16 GIU 65" via "Rev. Canon Donall, St. George's Cathedral Southwark, London" where it was re-addressed by affixing a separate address label franked with a GB 1865 6d lilac, plate 5 (SG 97) for the onward postage to the Archbishop of Sydney, NSW, Rev. Dr. Polding; the lettersheet was carried by P.&O. packet from Southhampton to Alexandria (August 2, 1865) hence overland by camels and donkeys to Suez reaching P.&O. packet NEMESIS (dep. August 10, 1865) to Galle, Ceylon, and finally carried by P.&O. packet MADRAS (dep. Galle August 25, 1865) to NSW with "SHIP LETTER SYDNEY 22 SP 1865" datestamp for arrival, minor imperfections, address label and 50 baj. lifted and hinged back for presentation; Sassone states only 28 covers franked with 50 baj. worn impression and the present offered to Sydney, Australia is not listed; only one other to Auckland, New Zealand listed in Sassone; 2003 Colla and 2016 K. Louis BPP certificates
    Only 7 re-addressed combination covers with Papal States & GB frankings are recorded in the Karl Louis card index register of which only 4 bear the rare 50 baj. adhesive stamp, and 3 are from the correspondence to the Archbishop of Sydney Dr. Polding (John Bede Polding 1794 - 1877).
    The forwarding addressee in London, Canon Donall, was on service at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark, opened 1848. St. Georges' Cathedral became in 1852 one of the four catholic churches raised to "Cathedral" status since the English reformation.
    Start Price : 10,000 USD
    Current Opening : 15,000 USD
    Hammer price : 15,000 USD

    Lot# : 39 Italian States - Sardinia

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    1853 Cover Chambéry (Savoie) to Lausanne, 1851 40c rose (Scott 3; Sassone 3) single with large margins all around tied by rectangle of dots obliterator with «CHAMBÉRY 17 JAN 53» cds alongside, two strikes of red «P.D.», backstamped Lausanne on arrival, Fine and rare; signed A Diena, 2002 Colla certificate (Scott $23,500)
    Start Price : 2,200 USD
    Current Opening : 2,200 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 40 Italian States - Sardinia

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    1856 3-Color Franking Disinfected Cover Nice to Genova, 1853 5c green, 5c emerald green, 20c milky blue «azzuro latteo» (Sassone 7, 13a, 15c) all tied on folded letter on arrival by »GENOVA 11 APR 56» cds cancels, endorsed «a piroscafi» at upper left, red «DA NIZZA» and «VIA / DI MARE» handstamps, disinfection slits on face panel, slight cover tear lower left well away from stamps, an exceptionally Fine and attractive mixed issue franking with just one similar cover recorded; signed A Diena and Sorani, 1967 A Diena certificate
    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : 11,000 USD

    Lot# : 41 Italian States - Sardinia

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    1859 Cover to Pubnah / Bengal / India, 1855/58 10c brown «terra d»ombra» 1st printing plus large-margined 1858 80c ochre-yellow «ocra arancio» (Sassone 14, 17b) on single rate cover endorsed «Overland via Alexandria and Suez» at top and «Via Calcutta» at base, stamps tied by black «NIZZA MARE 11 MAR 59» date stamps with red «P.P.» alongside, backstamped Genova, Malta, Alexandria (British PO April 3), framed «CALCUTTA / STEAMER LETTER» Apr 29 in black and Pubnah arrival on May 2, a rare and attractive cover to a very scarce destination; 2007 Bottacchi certificate
    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 42 Italy

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    Sassone P25, 1930 7.70L Balbo Rome to Rio de Janeiro Flight, Imperforate plate proof, Pos 41-42 / 46-47 lower left corner margin block of four in issued colors on ungummed unwatermarked paper, fresh and Extremely Fine; each value signed A Diena and Bolaffi (Sassone EUR7,400)
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,500 USD

    Lot# : 43 Italy

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    C27, C27a, 1930 7.70L Balbo Rome to Rio de Janeiro Flight, full mint sheet of 50 with pos 22 the «Seven Stars» variety, «6586» in right margin, fresh color, stamps NH, some small hinge remainders in the top margin, light horizontal fold in center of sheet, Very Fine, a stunning sheet (Scott $48,100 as singles; Sassone Aerea 25, 25a, EUR60,000)
    Start Price : 15,000 USD
    Current Opening : 15,000 USD
    Hammer price : 15,000 USD

    Lot# : 44 Philippines

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    2, 1854 10c Carmine, extraordinary bottom left corner margin block of four with ample margins the other sides, pos 31-32/ 36-37, intense color, o.g., h.r., Very Fine and choice, the only known mint corner block; 1980 Exfima and 1991 Graus certificates; ex-Boker, Jacob, Peterson
    Start Price : 9,000 USD
    Current Opening : 9,000 USD
    Hammer price : 17,000 USD

    Lot# : 45 Philippines

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    2, 1854 10c Carmine, lovely block of four with light centrally struck cancel, clear to ample margins, a vertical scissor cut between stamps from the bottom margin extending to about halfway into the top pair sensibly hinge reinforced, still Very Fine and quite rare; 2014 Comex certificate; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,000 USD

    Lot# : 46 Philippines

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    4, 1854 1r Dark blue, eye-catching horizontal block of ten with multiple black "circle of points" cancels, fresh color, clear to wide margins all around, 4th stamp with a hinge-sealed edge break, right stamps small thins, a Very Fine appearing and rare block; 2014 Comex certificate; ex-Jacob, Peterson
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 47 Philippines

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    4a, 1854 1r Slate grey, right margin block of four with bold strikes of parrilla cancels, pos 29-30/ 34-35, ample to wide margins, Very Fine and rare block, especially so in sound condition; 1987 Graus certificate; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 1,200 USD
    Current Opening : 1,200 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 48 Philippines

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    4a, 1854 1r Slate grey, block of four, pos 29-30/ 34-35, ample to large margins, good color, unused, couple small faults incl small hinge-sealed edge break in top left stamp, Very Fine appearance, a rare bloc; 1977 Exfima and 1991 Graus certificates; ex-Boker, Peterson
    Start Price : 1,800 USD
    Current Opening : 1,800 USD
    Hammer price : 1,800 USD

    Lot# : 49 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 4c
    4c, 1854 1r Slate blue, "CORROS" Error, bottom stamp in left margin vertical pair (pos 21-26) with normal, neat "circle of dots" cancels, well margined the other three sides, Very Fine and choice, the only known used vertical error pair; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : 4,250 USD

    Lot# : 50 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 4d
    4d, 1854 1r Slate blue, "CORROS" error, pos 26, ample to large margins and good color, a centrally struck Manila 1 Jul 1860 cancel, choice Very Fine; the only known example with a dated cancel; ex-Boker, Peterson
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 51 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 4d
    4d, 1854 1r Slate blue, "CORROS" error, pos 26, clear to large margins, light parrilla cancel, small faults, Very Fine appearance, a rare error
    Start Price : 1,800 USD
    Current Opening : 1,800 USD
    Hammer price : 1,800 USD

    Lot# : 52 Philippines

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    5, 1864 2r Slate green, block of four with black Manila baeza cancels, fresh color, clear to wide margins three sides, just in at top, small faults incl some sealed breaks, an otherwise Very Fine and rare multiple; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 12,000 USD
    Current Opening : 12,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 53 Philippines

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    6, 1855 5c Pale red, exceptional bottom left corner margin block of four showing all four plate positions, fresh color, unused, ample to full margins the other sides except just clipping the frame line top left, unused, Very Fine showpiece and one of only two mint blocks, this being the only known corner margin block; The bottom left corner of the 3rd stamp in black rather than vermilion - the ink on the transfer die of the four-subject stamps did not cover the lower left corner of the plate of 48 stamps due to lack of contact of the transfer die to the paper, leaving the corner basically an albino impression. Apparently this anomaly was not noticed until after the plate was removed from the press and after the vermilion ink was discarded. The impressed corner was re-inked by hand using available black ink resulting in an irregular appearance to the design; 1991 Graus certificate; ex-Ferrari, Burrus, Lange, Jacob, Boker, Peterson
    Start Price : 15,000 USD
    Current Opening : 15,000 USD
    Hammer price : 16,000 USD

    Lot# : 54 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 7
    7, 1855 5r Vermilion, good color, ample to full margins, unused, small thin spot, Very Fine appearance, rare with less than ten mint examples known; signed Bloch; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,000 USD

    Lot# : 55 Philippines

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    9, 1856 2r Carmine on blue, striking block of eight with nice central strike of black ALCALDIA MAYOR BULACAN official cancel, ample to full margins all around, some truly insignificant light toning spots, choice Very Fine showpiece, one of the largest used blocks extant; 1987 Graus certificate
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,500 USD

    Lot# : 56 Philippines

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    11, 1859 10c Lilac rose, stellar left margin block of four with crisp centrally struck Manila 7 Ago 1861 cancel, clear to large margins the other sides, some minor faults, still Very Fine, less than five used blocks known; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 4,500 USD
    Current Opening : 4,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 57 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 25
    25 var, 1874 1r Slate blue, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, Inverted overprint, good color, clear to large margins, Very Fine; the only known used example with inverted overprint; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 900 USD
    Current Opening : 1,200 USD
    Hammer price : 1,700 USD

    Lot# : 58 Philippines

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    25, 1874 1r Slate blue, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, fresh color, ample to large margins, unused, small faults incl bottom right corner reattached, Very Fine appearance; only 13 mint examples known; 1991 Graus certificate; ex-Jacob, Peterson
    Start Price : 1,800 USD
    Current Opening : 1,800 USD
    Hammer price : 3,250 USD

    Lot# : 59 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 25A
    25A, 1874 2r Green, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, strong color, clear to ample margins three sides, just in at top, unused, Fine and rare with only six mint examples known; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 2,800 USD
    Current Opening : 2,800 USD
    Hammer price : 10,500 USD

    Lot# : 60 Philippines

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    26, 1873 1r Green on blue, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, remarkable block of 28 (7x4) with vertical overprint reading up and multiple light strikes of parrilla lozenge cancel, rich color, clear to full margins all around, a few trivial faults, as expected on a block this size, not detracting from appearance, Very Fine and choice; the largest known used block of this issue; 1991 Graus certificate; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,500 USD

    Lot# : 61 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 27A
    27A, 1874 5r Vermilion, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, rich color, ample to full margins, part o.g., h.r., small thin spot, Very Fine appearance; only 5 mint stamps known; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,250 USD
    Hammer price : 8,000 USD

    Lot# : 62 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 27A
    27A, 1874 5r Vermilion, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, rich color, full margins except a bit irregular and just cutting top left corner, pinhole, otherwise nearly Very Fine; the unique used example; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 63 Philippines

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    Catalog# : 36
    36, 1868 6 2/8c Green on rose, "HABILITADO POR LA NACION" Overprint, appealing block of sixteen with overprint reading up, strong color, full to large margins all around, original gum, NH, some light creases and gum wrinkling, still a Very Fine showpiece multiple and the largest known NH multiple of this issue; ex-Peterson
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 2,000 USD

    Lot# : 64 Romania

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    1, 1858 27p Black on rose laid paper, A striking used example with enormous margins all around, especially so at the top and base (4mm), excellent color and impression, cancelled by a fine strike of the rare «BERLAD 6/10» date stamp in blue, Extremely Fine showpiece; Just 3 examplse of Romania #1 are recorded used from Berlad, a delightful and rare stamp in outstanding condition; illustrated in Heimbüchler «The Bull»s Heads of Moldavia» (pg 270, pos 3) where the photograph originally located for publication does not do this extraordinary stamp justice; signed Miro and Roumet; 2008 Heimbüchler certificate (Scott $25,000; Michel 1, EUR17,000; SG1, £16,000)
    Provenance: Heinrich Köhler Auction (2009)
    Start Price : 15,000 USD
    Current Opening : 15,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 65 Switzerland - Postal History

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    1868 Cover to München Addressed in the Hand of Composer Richard Wagner, Richard Wagner, famous German Opera Composer and Theatre Director: 1868, envelope with address panel written in Richard Wagner's own handwriting franked with 1868, 25 Rp green on white paper dispatched from "LUZERN 14 XI 68" to "Dr. Ludwig Nohl, Maximiliansstrasse 6 in München". At the time the Bavarian King Ludwig II was forced to ask the composer to leave Munich (after Wagner was involved in some indiscreet affairs). The King installed Wagner at the 'Villa Tribschen', beside Lake Lucerne where he completed his famous opera 'Die Meistersinger' in 1867. The addressee Dr. Ludwig Nohl , a friend of Richard Wagner and whose works he had praised in his writings, was aGerman music scholar and writer best known for discovering and publishing Beethoven's famous bagatelle, "Für Elise", written confirmation of Richard Wagner's own handwriting by the Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth attached (2016).
    Richard Wagner, berühmter Deutscher Komponist und Theatherdirektor: 1868, Briefumschlag mit von Richard Wagner persönlich geschriebener Adresse, frankiert mit Schweiz 1868, 25 Rp. grün auf weissem Papier, gestempelt "LUZERN 14.XI.68" an "Dr. Ludwig Nohl, Maximiliansstrasse 6 in München". Zu dieser Zeit sah sich der Bayrische König Ludwig II veranlasst, Richard Wagner nach diversen indiskreten Vorfällen aufzufordern München zu verlassen. Der König stellte Wagner die 'Villa 'Tribschen' am Vierwaldstädter See bei Luzern zur Verfügung. Dort vollendete Richer Wagner seine berühmte Oper "Die Meistersinger". Der Adressat Dr. Ludwig Nohl war ein Deutscher Musikschriftsteller und Freund Richard Wagners, dessen musikalischen Werke in den Veröffentlichungen Nohls höchste Anerkennung fanden. Die Handschrift Richard Wagners wird in einem Schreiben des Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth bestätigt (2016).

    Start Price : 600 USD
    Current Opening : 600 USD
    Hammer price : 4,000 USD

    Lot# : 66 Switzerland - Postal History

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    1872 Cover Lausanne to "Hon Elisha H Allen" in Honolulu, Hawaii, cover with enclosed letter franked with 1867 10c rose, 1863 1fr gold (Scott 53, 50) tied by black Lausanne 2.XI.72 cds cancels, red boxed «PD» erased and replaced with black «P.P.», red Swiss ambulant and London Nov 5 transit cancels, Fine and attractive
    The cover is addressed to «Hon Elisha H Allen», Minister Plenipotentiary from the Kingdom of Hawaii to the United States from 1856 until his sudden death in 1883 (died while attending a New Year»s reception in the White House and is one of only six people to die in the White House itself). Prior to that he served in the Maine and Massachusetts House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1850-53 he was appointed US Consul in Honolulu by Pres. Fillmore and became a citizen of Hawaii upon his replacement by appointee of the following Pierce administration. He was a close advisor to the Ryal Families and served several important positions in the Hawaiian government including Minister of Finance and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The enclosed letter is from his son Fred and mentions his mother having sent a letter from San Francisco and mentioning she was moving on to Bangor (Maine).
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 67 Tete

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    1921 Registered Cover to Switzerland, 15c on 24a Macao (Scott 8) plus Lourenco Marques 4c on 2½c (Scott 159) and Mozambique 6c on 5c (Scott 229) tied to both sides of envelope by Ankuaze 27.10.21 hexagonal date stamps with a clear strike at left side, ms. registry at upper left, backstamped Meiringen 12.XII.21, two of the Tete stamps small faults, cover some postal wear as expected, still a Fine and very scarce use.
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 2,700 USD

    Lot# : 68 Postmasters Provisionals

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    10X1, 1846 5c Gray black Providence R.I. Postmaster's Provisional, from position 5, large margins all around, tied by mans. check mark cancel on 1847 folded letter addressed to NYC; red Providence RI town marking at center, matching numeral "5" rate marking at right, cover with minor toned spot to right of "5"; 2007 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $21,000 on cover tied by postmark and $6,500 if pen cancelled, not tied)
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : 9,500 USD

    Lot# : 69 Postmasters Provisionals

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    11X1, 1846 5c black on greenish St. Louis Mo. Postmaster's Provisional, type I from position 1 of plate 1, ample to large margins all around, light neat manuscript cancel; large pre-printing paper fold at top and a few other smaller folds, one ending in a tiny tear, small thin at top right, Very Fine and spectacular; 1978 and 2012 Philatelic Foundation certificates (Scott for normal used stamp $8,000)
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 70 Postmasters Provisionals

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    11X5, 1846 10¢ Black on gray lilac St. Louis Mo. Postmaster's Provisional, Type I from position 2 of the first alteration of the plate (Scott Catalogue plate 2), large margins all around, tied by red straightline "PAID" on Jul 31 folded letter addressed to Williams Town Massachusetts, matching town marking at right; Extremely Fine and choice usage; scarce with stamp tied by the PAID cancel only and without a manuscript cancellation; 2006 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $13,500)
    Start Price : 10,000 USD
    Current Opening : 10,000 USD
    Hammer price : 17,000 USD

    Lot# : 71 1869 Pictorial Issue (112-122)

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    119b, 1869 15c Brown and blue, Type II, Center inverted, particularly fresh colors, inverted vignette clearly visible through semi-transparent cork cancel, tiny sealed tear at upper right, centered to lower right but with perfs clear of design, a Fine example of this classic error of which there are, according to current census, 97 used examples, most of which have faults; Siegel Census 119b-CAN-81; 2016 Philatelic Foundation certificate; ex-West (Scott $22,500)
    Start Price : 5,750 USD
    Current Opening : 5,750 USD
    Hammer price : 5,750 USD

    Lot# : 72 1893 Columbian Exposition Issue (230-245)

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    233a, 1893 4c Columbian, Error of color, a lovely deep color, showing a crisp detailed impression and overall fresh appearance, o.g., lightly hinged, nearly Very Fine; resulting from a wrong batch of ink (similar to the 1c value) it is believed several sheets were printed and at least two full panes reached collectors with a handful of used examples originating from other sheets and most of the balance lost; 1974 Brettl and 1979 PF certificates (Scott $17,500)
    Start Price : 9,000 USD
    Current Opening : 9,000 USD
    Hammer price : 9,000 USD

    Lot# : 73 1901 Pan-American Exposition Issue (294-299)

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    296a-S, 4c Chocolate and black, Center Inverted, Type E "Specimen" overprint, fresh colors, centered to bottom with large balanced margins the other sides, o.g., hinge remnant, tiny thin just below the hinge, a Fine example; approximately 203 examples of this error were released, of which an unknown quantity received the "Specimen" overprint, in any event an extremely scarce stamp, 2016 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $11,500)
    Start Price : 3,500 USD
    Current Opening : 3,500 USD
    Hammer price : 4,000 USD

    Lot# : 74 1938 to Date

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    The Donald Price Exhibit Collection of the 1979 $1 Rush Lamp and Candleholder Issue Featuring 4 "CIA" Inverts, complete 16-page exhibit (includes four double pages) chronicling the production and use of the $1 Americana series issue, starts with color variations in the background and design elements plus tagging including a tagging omitted plate block and intaglio offsets on the gum, the center section deals with the different errors and includes four "CIA Inverts" - the discovery "damaged" copy presented as a gift to dealer Jacques Schiff by the CIA employees, two inverts (pos 10 and 20) with the "white band at right" variety (occurred in only 10 positions on the sheet) and a "normal" invert, also two singles and block of four of the missing offset colors (Scott 1610b), two singles of the intaglio colors omitted (Scott 1610a) plus a block of ten showing progressive loss of the intaglio color - the right stamps with the engraved color completely omitted, several pages of color shifts and misperfs, precancels, eight pieces of postal history including covers (including solo use), parcel tag and Post Office "Postage Due Bill" featuring the $1 stamp, a Very Fine and attractive award-winning exhibit
    Start Price : 50,000 USD
    Current Opening : 50,000 USD
    Hammer price : 50,000 USD

    Lot# : 75 Carriers Stamps

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    1LB3a, 1850 1c Blue Baltimore Md. carrier stamp, cross gutter tete-beche block of fourteen, positions 5/7/9-10 and 1-10, position 9 of tete-beche with paper-maker's embossed seal; slightly toned o.g., top right vertical pair with a crease, three stamps with punch holes and position 8 with small surface scrapes; the largest recorded block and thought to be unique, one of the most important and spectacular multiples of all carrier stamps and one of the very few tete-beche items known in classic US philately; ex-Frank A. Hollowbush (1966), David Golden (1999), Philip T. Wall (2007), illustrated and described in Denwood Kelly's 1973-74 series articles about Baltimore Carriers and Locals published by the NY Collectors Club; 2000 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $4,000, but in the last 17 years this item has never sold for less than $5,000 and has sold for an average of $5,600 without the buyer's premium)
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : 5,250 USD

    Lot# : 76 Carriers Stamps

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    4LB1, 1849 2c Brown on brown rose Charleston SC carrier stamp, uncancelled on fragment of brown cover, stamp with oval frame touched on three sides and in at top, small part of red Charleston SC town marking at right, mans. "Aug 6th, 1849" docketing at top center of fragment; stamp and fragment with small pinhole, Extremely Rare, only five examples thought to exist; ex-George Worthington (1918), Alfred H. Caspary (H. R. Harmer, Inc. 1957), John R. Boker, Jr, David Golden (1999) and Edgar Kuphal (2006); 2012 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $10,000 unused and $4,000 unused or used if cut to shape)
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 77 Local Stamps

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    Baltimore – Two historical covers of 1847. Letter no. 1: complete folded lettersheet with a remarkable sticker depicting a «5» on a checkered background on pinkish-gray paper, printed in black color. The content of the letter is from the Bank of Baltimore dated November 15, 1847. The date stamp on the cover is November 16, 1847. Letter no. 2: complete folded lettersheet with a remarkable square sticker (15 by 15 millimeter) depicting a «10» on a checkered background on pinkish-gray paper, printed in black color. The letter is dated November 10, 1847 to the cashier of the Bank Lathrop Esq. in Oswego, New York.
    This pair of lettersheets was bought from the philatelic dealer Vahan Mozian in the beginning of the 1960ies in New York. The buyer was a German collector who bought them tel quel for US $ 250.-, half a century ago. Today, approximately 50 years later, the covers are here again - tel quel. When Mozian sold the cover, he referred to John Luff's handbook and the theory of the usage of this renowned expert for US classics. The covers go along with a photograph of a similar cover from Herbert Bloch»s collection which was used in Luff»s handbook.
    Start Price : 200 USD
    Current Opening : 475 USD
    Hammer price : 800 USD

    Lot# : 78 Confederate States: 3c 1861 Postmasters Provisionals

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    61X1 (new 4AX1), 3c Carmine on white, Nashville Tenn unissued Postmaster's Provisional; horizontal strip of five showing all five varieties, without gum as issued, left stamp with tiny bit of top left corner reattached (just into frameline; not mentioned in cert.), still Very Fine; prepared for the original 3¢ rate in use by the US Post Office, but the rate was changed to 5¢ when the Confederacy took over postal operations; clear 1994 Confederate Stamp Alliance certificate (Scott $2,250)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,000 USD

    Lot# : 79 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    18XU1 variety, 1861 5c Blue (inverted indicia) Columbia SC handstamped Postmaster's Provisional on buff entire addressed to Fulton SC, proper blue Columbia SC town marking at upper left; Sep. 1861 docketing at left; Extremely Fine and extremely scarce;The inverted indicia is a highly interesting variety as a quick check of auction records does not show another example and neither the Scott Catalogue nor the 2012 CSA Handbook notes the existence of this variety; 2010 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott as normal entire $900 and 2012 CSA Handbook price as normal variety $1,250)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 80 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    55X2, 1861 10c Black on white Marion, Va Postmaster's Provisional, single with large margins at left and bottom, clear to ample at top and right, tied to brown homemade cover addressed to Kingston, Tenn by "Marion Va Mar 2" (1862) town marking; stamp with sealed tear at right center; Extremely rare as there are only 9 examples of this provisional stamp recorded by Calhoun (2 off cover and 7 on cover), one cover is in the Tapling collection, of the six available covers this cover is thought to be one of the nicest, if not the nicest example; this cover is the second latest recorded usage; ex-Rev. Freeland and John R. Hill, Jr. collections (both privately sold); 1998 and 2013 Philatelic Foundation certificates (Scott $35,000)
    Start Price : 15,000 USD
    Current Opening : 15,000 USD
    Hammer price : 50,000 USD

    Lot# : 81 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    56XU2, 1861 5c Red on amber entire, Memphis Postmaster's Provisional, addressed to Gaines Landing Arkansas; indicia printed at the extreme upper right of the entire, properly cancelled with "Memphis Sep 4 1861 Ten" town marking, two line "DUE 5" handstamp at center (similar to the one used at Memphis); as Gaines Landing is less than 500 miles from Memphis it is possible that it weighed in excess of ½ ounce and was marked due for that reason; Very Fine and highly unusual;ex-Elizabeth Pope (1983), Buck Boshwit (2007) and D. K. Collection (2012); 2012 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $3,000)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,400 USD

    Lot# : 82 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    61X4, 1861 5c Gray brown on gray blue ribbed paper, Nashville Tenn Postmaster's Provisional, large margins at top and left, ample to touching at right and bottom, tied by blue "Nashville Nov 11 1861 Ten" on buff cover addressed to Jackson Miss; matching additional town marking at lower left over manuscript "Direct to Nashville, Tenn"; cover with minor edge wear at the edges and without backflap, otherwise Fine; 2012 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $5,750)
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 83 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62X1a, 1861 2c Blue, Printed on both sides, New Orleans La Postmaster's Provisional, single stamp which has been removed from cover bearing a normal 2¢ blue New Orleans Postmaster's Provisional stamp (Scott 62X1); the error stamp with two large margins and in on two sides; both stamps were originally tied a by large sans-serif "New Orleans La. Sep" (1861) town marking on unsealed cover addressed to Burtonton Miss; the stamps paying the double 2¢ circular rate; the error stamp has now been removed for display purposes; This is the only recorded example of this rarity and it is not noted in Hubert Skinner's exceptional article on the stamps of the New Orleans Postmaster's Provisionals published in 1978; ex- Morris Everett (1993), Dr. Hubert C. Skinner (2000) and D. K. Collection (2012); 2001 and 2013 Philatelic Foundation certificates (Scott $10,000)
    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 84 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62X3, 1861 5c Brown on white, New Orleans La. Postmaster's Provisional, lower right corner margin block of six with large to very large margins, positions 30-32 and 38-40; top center, lower left and lower right stamps never hinged, balance o.g., top right stamp and lower left horizontal pair with gum stains; Very Fine appearing; 2009 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott does not price a block of six, but a block of four and a pair would catalogue $2,600)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,000 USD

    Lot# : 85 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62X3a, 1861 5c Brown on white, Printed on both sides, New Orleans Postmaster's Provisional, used with partial strike of double circle New Orleans town marking, face of the stamp appears to be from position 4 of the plate with large margins on three sides and ample to just into at bottom right. reverse side show portions of positions 3 and 4 split and printed inverted; Exceptionally rare and thought to be unique on white paper; ex- Stephen D. Brown (1939) and Hall Collection (2001); 2009 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $3,750, Scott mistakenly prices this stamp as also existing on cover, but all known examples on cover are Scott 62X4)
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000 USD
    Hammer price : 2,000 USD

    Lot# : 86 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62XU1,1861 3 line black "PD 5 CTS N.O.P.O. J. L. RIDDELL, P.M" New Orleans La. handstamp provisional marking on "E. J. Hart & Co." oval merchant corner card cover addressed to Atlanta GA., double circle New Orleans La Sep 1861 town marking at upper left, entire with minor creases and light age spotting, Fine and rare provisional; this handstamp provisional was only used on mail that was to travel via the Mississippi River and is extremely scarce; 2007 CSA certificate which states that the envelope has been lightly cleaned and pressed (Scott $4,500)
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,000 USD

    Lot# : 87 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62XU3,1861 two line 2c Black "PD 2 CTS N.O.P.O." New Orleans La. Postmaster Provisional handstamp at lower left of cover made from a freight bill, addressed to San Antonio TX, double circle New Orleans La. Apr 7, 1862 town marking, light vertical crease through markings from contents; Fine and extremely scarce; Provisional pays the unsealed circular rate; Only 6 examples of this handstamp provisional are thought to exist and of those 6 only two are Trans-Mississippi usages; 2003 Confederate Stamp Alliance certificate which states "It is a GENUINE Scott #62XU3 marking" (Scott $9,500)
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 88 Hawaii

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    The only recorded cover bearing two copies of the 1859 Numeral Issue, 2 cent blue. The four cent franking pays the double inter-island rate. The unique franking consists of both shades of the Numeral 2 cent: the light blue (Sc. No. 13) and the dark blue (Sc. No. 13a).

    The famous so-called «Persis Goodale Thurston Taylor Cover» was one of the highlights in the Davis Golden Collection of Hawaiian Postal History and Stamps. It fetched the highest price for a single item in the auction of the Golden collection!

    All relevant details about this prominent item are thoroughly described in the philatelic literature.

    ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING ITEMS OF HAWAIIAN PHILATELY!

    2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate
    Provenance: Davis Golden, 2011
    Start Price : 35,000 USD
    Current Opening : 35,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 89 Hawaii

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    The unique pair of folded letters WITHOUT FRANKING. The two letters are mailed from Honolulu via San Francisco and New York to France. The items are addressed: "Ruinart pere & fils" the famous Champagne producers in Reims.
    Prof. Guenther Heyd (Hamburg) reported in 1957 on the reason for the lack of postage. A San Francisco newspaper reported in 1865 about a postal clerk having been transferred and dismissed due to theft of postal stamps. The young man worked on transit mail from Hawaii.
    Letters coming from Honolulu were in many cases already franked with US stamps. This was done by "Forwarding Agents" in Hawaii. On arrival in San Francisco, the stamps on these transit covers were cancelled. That was the task of the supposed thief. It seems that he knew to remove the unused US stamps so well that no traces were visible. He then most likely sold the stolen stamps for cash. The thief was so ingenious that he gave the impression that the postage had been lost in the mail by the following trick. He placed little pieces of paper in size of a stamp on the places where there were stamps originally. Then he stamped the paper so it looked as though there were stamps in that place before. The fragments of the postmarks were so visible on the remaining journey of the letters. No one would question the existence of the valid postage stamps having been affixed initially.
    The thief probably didn»t feel that any damage was done to the Post Office.
    The San Francisco Post Office was so inefficient at the time that the citizens of the city called on President Abraham Lincoln to remove the Postmaster from power, and it is strongly suspected that these covers are evidence of this turbulent time in the city's history. A great pair of postal history covers giving a colorful insight in the Western life of the 1860ies!

    Both pieces considering the gigantic postal route, in very good condition.
    For further details see Charles Epting»s article in the May2016 American Stamp Dealer & Collector.
    Illustrated and described in Gregory «Hawaii Foreign Mails to 1870» (Vol. II, pp. 283 - 285
    Provenance : Noel
    Walske
    Start Price : 4,500 USD
    Current Opening : 4,500 USD
    Hammer price : 4,500 USD

    Lot# : 90 Hawaii

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    1896 Registered 10c Entire (Blue Inside) to Germany, uprated with 1c (5; #55, four #74), 2c (2; #56), 5c (#58) all tied on U9 envelope by red Honolulu Hawaii Feb 24 1896 double circle cds (MH #274.01 R8), cover addressed to Lehe, Germany with additional strikes of red «R» [MH#701 (R4)] and «AR» [MH#705 (R4)] registry strikes, New York registry label [Scott FX-NY1b(ii)] and a red German P.O. «Rückschein» (received) handstamp partially overlap some stamps, backstamped San Francisco Mar 5, NY City 3-10 (two different) and Lehe 20.3.96, Very Fine; a colorful and rare showpiece being one of the finest used 10c Blue Inside envelopes extant.
    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : 7,500 USD

    Lot# : 91 Hawaii

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    U12a, 1893 5c Blue, Double overprint, entire with clear second overprint as well as offset of double overprint on reverse, Honolulu H.I. Nov. 4 1895 duplex postmark, addressed to Oakland and forwarded to Berkeley Cal., transit and receiving strikes of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley on reverse, couple edge tears and wrinkles, light toning, still Fine, used double overprints are rare (Scott $3,000). Ex Pietsch and Golden
    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 92 Philippines

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    C2a, 1926 4c Madrid-Manila Flight Overprint, Inverted overprint, wonderfully fresh and color and o.g. with no toning or tropicalization, l.h., Fine and rare with only 100 issued; "W.B./Manila" handstamp on gum, 2014 APS certificate (Scott $4,000)
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,700 USD
    Hammer price : 1,900 USD

    Lot# : 93 Transatlantic Covers by Origin

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    1849 Cover Bünde (Westphalia) to Baltimore, Folded letter endorsed «via Bremen / frei» and with BÜNDE / 11.7 two-line dated handstamp in black, carried on Ocean Line steamer «Hermann», ms. «29» (cents) paid plus framed «PAID ALL» in magenta (extremely rare so fine - Van der Linden fig. 2125), the letter opens well for display to show «ST. P.A. / BREMEN 12.7» transit date stamp on reverse, a Fine and scarce use
    Provenance: Arthur Salm (May 1992), lot 163.
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 94 Transatlantic Covers by Origin

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    1853 Cover New Orleans to Chemnitz, «busy» cover endorsed «per first steamer» and with red New Orleans Sep 11 cds and «PAID / 5», well-struck black «N. YORK BREM. PK / 5 / SEP 19» transit cancel (first day of use of this date stamp), 3-line «AMERICA / ÜBER / BREMEN» in red (Van der Linden fig. 116) and split-rate «4½ / 2» handstamp adjacent (4½ sgr to Bremen, 2 sgr to Hamburg), backstamped with German TPOs and arrival cancel, Very Fine, a rare entire that displays well.
    The cover was carried on the short-lived W.A. Fritze & Co. steamer «Germania», this being the maiden return transatlantic voyage for this ship and the company. The «Germania» was the former Cunard wooden paddle steamer «Acadia». It was renamed «Germania» and made its maiden voyage for Fritze & Co. leaving Bremen 2 Aug 1853 arriving New York 26 Aug and the return journey leaving New York 19 Sep arriving Bremen 8 Oct.
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 95 Transatlantic Covers by Origin

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    1859 Cover Boston to Norway, Unfranked cover struck with black «N. YORK BREM. PK / 3 / NOV 26» cds, additional rare «8¾» rate handstamp (Van der Linden fig. 3119) in blue (6¼ sgr. to Bremen, 2½ sgr. to Hamburg), black SVINESUND Dec 19 transit cancel and charged 43 Norwegian skilling due on receipt in Laurvig, Fine and scarce
    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 500 USD
    Hammer price : 500 USD

    Lot# : 96 Transatlantic Covers by Origin

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    U.S. CIVIL WAR – S.S. New Ironside 1864 inbound cover from Germany. A cover dated January 15, 1864 from Berlin addressed to «Dr. Eduard Kerschner, United States Iron Frigate New Ironsides, Charelston Harbor, South Carolina, United States of America» endorsed «via Bremen», German datestamp «New York Feb 3» depreciated currency datestamp. «New Ironsides» crossed out in pencil. Forwarded to the naval vessel «Passaic» (manuscript pencil, see bottom left).

    A remarkably rare usage from Europe to a doctor aboard the U.S.S. NEW IRONSIDES.

    S.S. New Ironside - a 4120-ton broadside ironclad was built in Philadelphia. The construction of the last and largest of three «salt-water» armored warships begun in 1861 in order to meet the needs of the Civil War and was commissioned in August 1862. Following a lengthy furnishing and arming period New Ironsides joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in January 1863. During the following year, she operated in support of the blockade of Charleston, South Carolina and took part in several attacks on the Confederate fortifications defending the city.
    A great Civil War rarity! This is the only known cover sent from the Kingdom of Prussia to a crew member of a warship of the American Navy.
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,700 USD
    Hammer price : 1,700 USD

    Lot# : 97 Transatlantic Covers by Origin

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    1868 Prussia and North German Confederation Cover to Curacao, Franked with Prussia 1866 10sgr rose red rouletted on transparent paper (Scott 21, Michel 20) and No German Confederation rouletted ¼gr brown lilac and two 2gr blue (Scott 1, 5, Michel 1, 5) all tied by blue Hamburg Jan 13 68 date stamps, additional red London «PAID» transit cds, red «12½ Cents» U.S. credit marking and red Curacao Feb 7 arrival cds, Very Fine and attractive dual franking cover, a scarce combination to a rare destination used in the first month of the New German Confederation adhesives; 2004 Flemming certificate
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 2,500 USD

    Lot# : 98 Transatlantic Covers by Origin

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    1875 and 1876 Forwarded Combination Covers Forwarded to Paris, Each cover with the oval «FORWARDED BY / MUNROE & Co. / 7, RUE SCRIBE, PARIS» handstamp, the earlier 1875 cover franked by USA 2c green and 3c brown Banknotes (each with trimmed perfs) tied by New York Foreign Mail obliterators, originally mailed to Munroe»s compatriots «Brown, Shipley & Co.» in London, forwarded by them to Paris where forwarded on to Lucerne, Switzerland with the addition of France 1871/75 15c bistre pair tied by Paris Star at Place de la Madeleine; the 1876 cover franked by 1875 Taylor 5c blue, the letter forwarded from Paris (Sept 12) to Berlin with the addition of France Type Sage 30c cinnamon. A fine and most attractive pair; each signed Goebel, Scheller.
    USA/FRANCE. 1875 & 1876: lot deux lettres réadressées à Paris avec cachet oval FORWARDED BY / MUNROE & Co./ 7, RUE SCRIBE, PARIS, la première de 1875 affranchie avec USA 2c. vert et 3c. brun, les deux timbres avec dentelure ôtée, oblit. par le cachet de New York pour l»étranger, envoyée à Londres aux compatriotes de Munroe«s ‚Brown, Shipley & Co.«qui l«ont fait parvenir à Paris où elle a été réadressée de la Place de la Madeleine (8 sept) à Lucerne, Suisse avec affr. Complémentaire français 15 c. bistre en paire verticale (Yvert No 55) oblit. étoile de Paris. La seconde lettre de 1876 affranchie avec Taylor 5c. bleu, réadressée de Paris Place de la Madeleine (12 sept) pour Berlin avec Type Sage 30c. brun (Yvert 69). Une paire attractive signée Goebel et Scheller.
    Start Price : 800 USD
    Current Opening : 800 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 99 Polar Covers

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    1901 German "Gauss" South Pole Expedition; expedition card showing seals observing ship franked with Germany 10pf tied by a light Seepost cds and the 3-line "Deutsche Südpol Exped/ Kerguelen Insel/ Royal-Sound 9 NOV 1901" datestamp, Nordhausen arrival cancel, written message on design side, Fine and rare; this was the first mail from the "Gauss" expedition and the first use of a dated name marking from any French Antarctic territory; accompanied by another Expedition postcard showing an Expedition research site addressed 1903 to Cape Town (no expedition markings)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 8,500 USD
    Hammer price : 17,000 USD

    Lot# : 100 Polar Covers

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    1907-09 Shackleton British Antarctic Expedition, Expedition envelope (imprint on backflap) franked with New Zealand 1d "King Edward VII/ Land" overprint, tied by Brit Antarctic Expd FE 27 08 cds with another strike alongside, addressed to "J.J. Kinsey/ Official Representative British Antarctic Expedition 1907/ Christchurch", light Christchurch backstamp, cover with light central vertical fold and some light corner bends lower left, Fine and scarce
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,900 USD
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