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  • Lot# : 3245 AFGHANISTAN

    AFGHANISTAN 19TH CENTURY IMPERFS HOLDING.  fascinating stock of over 3,000 imperforates in a well filled volume, the overwhelming majority are used with the typical cut and manuscript cancels; displaying a wide range of shades from the intensity of the various different printings, stones and papers; also a variety of different types and denominations, as well as interesting postmarks including  an extraordinary 1 abasi used in Calcutta with circular date stamp alone - and this was discovered among many of the 2 abasi denominations, this represents a tremendous opportunity for the Afghanistan specialist, from early tiger issues onwards that all requires patience and knowledge of this complicated area of philately. It is extremely unusual to find Afghanistan like this in such depth of the imperforates present, offered intact as received, there is a must sell instruction from the beneficiary and a highly recommended viewing.
    Start Price : 12,000 USD
    Current Opening : 7,250 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3246 AFGHANISTAN

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    AFGHANISTAN COLLECTION to 1960s.  on Lindner pages from the beginnings to the topicals of the 1960s and nearly everything in between - mixed bag of tiger heads, Kingdom issues incl shades, strong 1900s/20s issues, and much more nicely augmented with errors and varieties, covers, etc., classics very mixed condition as expected, generally F-VF, nice start to this difficult area. 
    Start Price : 750 USD
    Current Opening : 450 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3247 ARGENTINA

    ARGENTINA COLLECTION, 1858/1995.  on quadrille pages in nine volumes and incl some multiples, perf, overprint and shade varieties, postal history, specimens, etc., some better mint 1930s issues, usual mixed condition, mostly F-VF, view to appreciate. 
    Start Price : 1,800 USD
    Current Opening : 1,100 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3248 AUSTRIA

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    UNUSUAL AUSTRIA COLLECTION.  three volumes of mostly pre-1940s stamps, covers incl postal stationery, revenues, postcards, etc., note nice section of used 1850s/60s issues, 127 used, C1-3 white and grey papers mint, useful postage dues, assortment of 19th century mint and used postal stationery, assorted revenues and telegraph, etc., usual mixed condition, mostly F-VF, an interesting collection and a nice foundation. 
    Start Price : 1,200 USD
    Current Opening : 725 USD
    Hammer price : 1,800 USD

    Lot# : 3249 AUSTRIA

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    AUSTRIA COLLECTION to 1990s.  separate mint (moderately filled, some NH) and used (lightly filled) collections in two Scott Specialty albums, also includes some duplicates in a stock book, better mint include 124-27, 143, 144 NH, 354-73, 378-79 NH, B77-86, B132-41, C12-31, usual mixed condition in classic period, generally F-VF, useful starter collections. 
    Start Price : 750 USD
    Current Opening : 450 USD
    Hammer price : 525 USD

    Lot# : 3250 AUSTRIA

    AUSTRIA MINT NH COLLECTION, 1946/71.  mostly complete (less Renner sheets) in Safe hingeless album, includes Costumes, Bird airmails, the better early 1950s commem and charity sets/singles, postage dues, etc., generally fresh and F-VF. 
    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 300 USD
    Hammer price : 250 USD

    Lot# : 3251 AUSTRIA

    AUSTRIA USED COLLECTION, 1906/84.  neatly arranged on quadrille pages and incl 354-73, 378-79, B50-65, B81-92, B260-79, C12-31, C54-60, etc., mostly F-VF, nice foundation collection. 
    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 300 USD
    Hammer price : 250 USD

    Lot# : 3252 AUSTRIAN OFFICES ABROAD

    AUSTRIAN FOREIGN OFFICES PLUS STRONG LOMBARDY-VENETIA COLLECTION.  an old time collection in a Shaubek album with a detailed study of the Lombardy-Venetia first issue imperfs incl type and paper varieties with good number of premium issues, also seen 1858/62 "Soldi" issues assortment incl better 2s, 3s, followed by «Coat of Arms» types with variety of cancels incl 15s with portion of a "Lloyds" cancel, then the range of Offices in Crete, extensive Turkey,  "back of the book" with study of the Levant incl strips, multiples and blocks plus some postmarks, a meaty Feldpost section with military post in Hungary, Montenegro, Rumania, Serbia, etc., finally Bosnia from 1879/84 onwards with various perfs studies, ending in back of the book, usual mixed condition but better than typically seen, generally F-VF, ideal for the specialist. 
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,200 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3253 AUSTRIA - LOMBARDY VENETIA

    LOMBARDY-VENETIA COLLECTION, 1850/64.  42 stamps in Marini hingeless pages and including 1850 5c-45c incl types and machine made paper varieties, 1858-62 2s-10s types I and/or II, 1863 2s yellow (mint), 3s-15s, 1864-65 2s-15s, etc. plus Austrian newspaper tax issues used in L-V, usual mixed condition but much better than typically seen, mostly F-VF, view to appreciate.
    Start Price : 900 USD
    Current Opening : 550 USD
    Hammer price : 550 USD

    Lot# : 3254 BELGIUM

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    BELGIUM MINT AND USED STOCK, sorted by Scott numbers in a book full of stamps, with a great deal of better stamps throughout, incl; 1, 3 (thick paper), 8 (4), 12 (4), 89 o.g., 435-45, B514 o.g., B28-30 NH, B30 NH, B558-60 NH (2), J12-16 o.g., Q1-6, Q49, Q51, Q361A o.g., useful accumulation, condition and centering are mixed, overall VG-VF, owners Scott value from several years ago over $5,000+.
    Start Price : 750 USD
    Current Opening : 450 USD
    Hammer price : 475 USD

    Lot# : 3255 BOLIVIA

    BOLIVIA CLASSICS CANCELS AND POSTAL HISTORY COLLECTION. Housed partly on quadrille album pages and various other styles and sizes, this is virtually all a 19th century collection of considerable importance. Although somewhat rambling and chaotic in presentation, some of the postmarks noted here include Cochabamba, Oruro, Sucre, Tupiza, Potosi, etc with  100s if not 1000s of examples included colored, triangles in circles, ovals, straight lines, cork segmented, laurels, arrowheads, late usage, large and small grids, starbursts, bisects on cover as well as on piece, etc. Also seen, used postal stationery, 1897 commemoratives on cover commercially used, good stampless pre 1867 etc. Accompanying these are some very good condors with attempted plate reconstructions with for example Scott #1 and #2 with over 100 imperfs in various shades and colors of the 5cts green, then the Scott #3 the 5cts violet and rose lilac, in excess of 140 of these with a Scott of $40,000+, then Scott #4, the 10cts brown in excess of 60 items with a Scott in the order of $25000, the 50cts blue Scott #6 with over 25 examples  with a Scott in excess of $10,000, etc. All of this is housed in a well filled old fashioned album with many different pages with varieties, including misspelling of Bolivia, i.e. Boiivia and Bouvia, broken wings, parallel lines, diagonal lines, dashes, to name a few of the varieties from this roaming collection. Much is tucked away, requiring a slow considered viewing to appreciate what is here. As in any collection of classics, there will be reprints, some mentioned in the Scott catalogue and some not. A delightful collection to study and enjoy, not to be missed, an exceptional opportunity. 
    Start Price : 12,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : 5,750 USD

    Lot# : 3256 BOLIVIA

    OUTSTANDING BOLIVIA COLLECTION. Several 100s of stamps including postal history incorporated into this delightful collection, housed in one well filled album, highly specialized and engaging. Beginning with the 1863 Justiniano Garcia issue with the 1r and 2r in black, as well as fascinating 1/2r and 4r o/ps on the perf issues of the same, accompanied by further studies of these types including some as listed in Scott through to the 4r value.  Then the regular condor issues with at least 36 on the first page, mint and used, 36 again on the second page including straight line and manuscript cancels etc, all denominations of the 5ct yellow green with many shades etc. Also present more material with a further study of other denomination through to the 100cts condor, some signed, virtually all four margined as is the case throughout this collection, ie uniformly good quality. Even the reference copies have been identified, including studies of the "coat of arms" issues with the genuine 9 stars #14 well centered used, followed by the 1868 complete and 1871s to 100 cts unused and 2 examples of dangerous reference copies of the 11 star black. This is all followed by a detailed specialized cancel collection, not only with colored franca cancels, yet also seen multiples from Uyuni, large Camiri straight line, oval colored Huanchaco, fancy cancel Lagurillas, beautiful cds Colquechaca, large Encomiendo, Tupiza, including combination manuscripts, Cochabamba, to name but a few among the 100s of different strikes, truly outstanding in scope with chevrons, starbursts,  diamonds, grids, checkerboards, etc etc. The regular collection then continues through to turn of the century including much non-Scott listed, such as perf and imperfs between on the 1890 defins, through 1894 "coat of arms" again in detailed study with fancy cancels galore, through 1897 pictorials again including details on each denomination through to the high value with at least 4 authentic and 2 identified by the collector as reference. A similar pattern of scholarship is disclosed on the E.F. o/ps issued with further specialisation ie periods, no periods etc, as well as an excellent range of 1901 issues, through to 1901 tete-beche, some fascinating postal history here too, again with varieties of cancels, through to the 1910/12 correos surcharges, on to the habilitadas with no empty spaces and so much outside of the box, as well as listed good material, such as #183 superb used on piece, a seldom seen stamp etc. The collection continues in a similar vein through to the modern era, returning to back of the book, with some important airmails such as Scott #C18 superb used, Scott #C20, C21, C22 and best of all #C23 - this stamp alone has a Scott retail of $900 among the numerous items seen with Scott retail at hundreds of dollars each, including the Z o/ps Scott #C24-C26 and much more way beyond the remit of this description. The collection ends with much non- Scott listed, postal fiscals, a study of the 1867 documentaries, through to the 1883/91 revenues including tobacco, escolar, etc. It probably it will be a long time before you see such a good well rounded collection of Bolivia again, a highly recommended viewing.
    Start Price : 8,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,750 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3257 BOLIVIA

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    BOLIVIA COLLECTION to 1960.  mostly mint neatly arranged on quadrille pages in two albums, useful group of Condors, inverted centeres plus overprint/surcharge errors and varieties, S/S, etc., usual mixed condition, mostly F-VF, ideal for continuation (on-line image; owner's Scott about $4,000)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 600 USD
    Hammer price : 600 USD

    Lot# : 3258 BULGARIA

    BULGARIA 1974/91 TOPICALS WHOLESALE LOT.  approx. 30 different with duplication from 150/1,000 each and incl imperf varieties, topics include art, soccer, skiing, horses, UPU, flowers, dogs, Olympics, etc., NH, Very Fine (Yvert EUR73,000+)
    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,600 USD

    Lot# : 3259 BULGARIA

    BULGARIA AND EASTERN RUMELIA REFERENCE COLLECTION.  approx 300 stamps and reference items on annotated pages or stock sheets, incl Bulgaria 19th century surcharges on lion types, 1901 Insurrection of Independence, 1902 Battle plus airmails, dues, etc. followed by approx. 100 E. Rumelia overprints (both good and bad), VG-VF. 
    Start Price : 600 USD
    Current Opening : 350 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3260 CHINA

    CHINA COLLECTION TO 1975.  Minkus album sparse to moderately filled and mostly used to 1950 then Taiwan issues generally mint and highly complete after 1955 often with a corresponding used single, numerous better as (mint unless otherwise noted) 1135-36 used, 1140-48, 1290-1307, 1355-58 NH and used, 1414-17, 1441-47, etc., generally fresh and F-VF. 
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 600 USD
    Hammer price : 1,050 USD

    Lot# : 3261 PEOPLE S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

    PRC 1950s/60s USED ASSORTMENT.  favor canceled singles, sets and S/S with premium galore including 1955 Scientists S/S (2), 1958 Monument S/S (2), 1958 Kuan Han-Ching S/S (2), 1960 Goldfish (2), 1960 Chrysanthemums, 1963 Cuban Revolution, 1963 Butterflies (2), 1963 Giant Pandas imperf pairs, 1963 Monkeys imperf pairs, 1963 Landscapes, 1964 Peonies (2), 1964 Anniversary triptych unfolded (3), 1965 Peoples Liberation Army (2), 1965 Second National Games (3), also includes some 1952 Gymnastics reprints, some with o.g. (hinged and/or slightly disturbed), F-VF (2011 SG £2,900+)
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,600 USD

    Lot# : 3262 PEOPLE S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

    PRC 1950s/60s MINT AND USED ASSORTMENT.  used or cto/favor cancelled sets and singles neatly sorted into glassines, generally to about $20 Scott value/set or single but with a few better, accompanied by some reprints incl assorted Liberated Areas, note (favor cancel unless otherwise indicated) 441-44, 487-89, 518-22, 525-28, 536-37, 561-62, 569-73, 586-87, 600-04, 760-65 (3), 783-90, 795, 804-05, 855-58 mint, 859-62, 886-90 (2), 1L150-53, 1L157-61, etc., some with gum (l.h. or slightly dist. gum), generally fresh and F-VF (Scott $2,000+)
    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 300 USD
    Hammer price : 500 USD

    Lot# : 3263 CROATIA

    CROATIA SPECIALIZED COLLECTION, 1941/45.  five well filled Lighthouse albums chock-full of mint, used, postal history, specialized items incl non-Michel listed, postal stationery, S/S, full panes, errors and varieties, etc., all neatly organized and with premium throughout, mostly F-VF, prepare to spend some time for viewing. 
    Start Price : 6,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3264 CROATIA

    CROATIA; 1918 HRAVTSKA ISSUE SPECIALIZED COLLECTION.  well annotated and organized collection in three volumes, replete with mint, used, covers, overprint errors and varieties, postage dues, proofs, etc. with premium throughout and good number signed, written description can do little justice to the depth and quality of this substantial collection, a must view for the specialist. 
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3265 CROATIA

    CROATIA MINT COLLECTION, 1941/45.  nearly complete and mostly NH in Lindner hingeless pages, includes 1945 Storm Trooper set and S/S (NH but with some lightly dist. gum; S/S signed A. Diena), etc., generally fresh and F-VF. 
    Start Price : 1,800 USD
    Current Opening : 1,100 USD
    Hammer price : 2,100 USD

    Lot# : 3266 CROATIA

    CROATIA USED COLLECTION, 1941/45.  extensive collection of sets, singles and S/S on annotated Lindner hingeless pages and incl some postal history and stationery as well, some better, generally F-VF, nice foundation collection and well worth a look (no photo)
    Start Price : 200 USD
    Current Opening : 120 USD
    Hammer price : 130 USD

    Lot# : 3267 CUBA

    CUBA COLLECTION to 1987.  mostly mint on quadrille pages in two volumes, begins with 1841 stampless cover to Spain and a mostly used 19th century section incl multiples, premium include (mint unless otherwise noted) 35, 36, 37, 57, 62, 156-75, 179B signed Bloch (used), 253-62, 283 block NH, 299-303 blocks NH, C16-17 perf and imperf blocks NH plus three imperf blocks used, 1936 Matanzas perf and imperf, C31 NH (10 incl block of six) , C49a-b NH and with date of issue cancels, C77-78 NH, 1958 Poey pairs NH, E1 NH (mount glaze), mostly complete and NH after 1940s, etc., nicely augmented with an array of covers and FDC, usual mixed condition but nicer than typically seen, generally F-VF, excellent basis for expansion. 
    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,600 USD

    Lot# : 3268 CUBA

    CUBA COLLECTION, 1899/1960.  100s of mostly mint in a Scott album and with good deal of completion for period incl airmails, highlights include 264a-265a mint, 305Bc NH, some 1943/46 Retirement Fund issue cross-gutter blocks mint, nice airmails with C31 NH, C44-49 NH, C51-56 NH, C63-72 NH, C75-116 mint, C120-21 NH, C126a mint, C136-48 (most NH), C185-91, E1 mint (natural s.e.), E2 mint, etc., usual mixed condition, mostly F-VF, nice foundation collection 
    Start Price : 600 USD
    Current Opening : 450 USD
    Hammer price : 350 USD

    Lot# : 3269 CZECHOSLOVAKIA

    CZECHOSLOVAKIA COLLECTION, 1918/72.  mostly all mint in a nicely filled Scott album with numerous better sets, singles and S/S as (mint unless otherwise noted) 159-238, 556, nearly complete after 1945, B137-39, B140-43 used, C1-65, J1-14, etc. plus useful section of mint Eastern Silesia, generally fresh and F-VF. 
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 600 USD
    Hammer price : 650 USD

    Lot# : 3270 CZECHOSLOVAKIA

    CZECHOSLOVAKIA COLLECTION, 1918/99.  in three Scott Specialty albums with nice range of sets and singles incl definitives, S/S, Legion Post, etc. plus some Bohemia & Moravia, Slovakia, etc., usual mixed condition, mostly F-VF, useful foundation collection. 
    Start Price : 900 USD
    Current Opening : 550 USD
    Hammer price : 550 USD

    Lot# : 3271 CZECHOSLOVAKIA

    CZECHOSLOVAKIA COLLECTION to 1960s.  1,000+ on Borek pages with useful Hradcany issues, 1925 Olympic Congress set on cover, 1926 Sokol mint, etc. with some S/S, attractive topicals, etc., generally fresh and F-VF, view to appreciate. 
    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 300 USD
    Hammer price : 300 USD

    Lot# : 3272 DENMARK

    DENMARK AND RELATED CHRISTMAS SEALS COLLECTION. thousands of stamps in a bulging album, starting in Aalborg (scarce) beginning with 1905 with every year present through to post WW2, through to Denmark this time 1904 onwards, again with every year present including imperf pairs of 1918 and 1920, an essay of the 1943 seal, which this collector states there are only 34 in existence. Then Denmark begins again from 1904 onwards, through to the larger se-tenants, through to further red-cross cinderella and other seldom seen material from Denmark. Also in that category would be Danish West Indies with a few of the pre-WW1 on to the later anti-tuberculosis fund, ending with Faroe Islands, etc. There is plenty of material here that has been methodically collected for errors and all kinds of different categories
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 900 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3273 DENMARK

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    DENMARK RETAIL STOCK.  six stock books (3 each for mint and used) with issues to the 2000s and only light to moderate duplication, highlights include (mint unless otherwise noted) 11-15 used, 16-20 used (2), 25-34 used (2), 65-69 used, 80 used (2), 82 used, 181-91 used, 238A-J, 246-51, 306-14 NH (2), B1-2 used, B3-5 (2 mint, 3 used), P11-20 used (5) etc., usual mixed condition, mostly F-VF. 
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 600 USD
    Hammer price : 700 USD

    Lot# : 3274 EGYPT

    EGYPT 1926/52 ISSUES MINT NH HOLDING.  1000+ arranged on ten dbl-sided stock sheets, many different sets and with duplication generally ranging from 15/40 each incl multiples, highlighted by 1946 Arab League Congress (50), 1949 16th Expo (25), 1949 UPU (30), 1951 Marriage 10m (14), 1951 Mediterranean Games (30), 1947 Contemporary Art (60), plus assorted charity and air mail issues, generally fresh and F-VF
    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 300 USD
    Hammer price : 325 USD

    Lot# : 3275 EQUATORIAL GUINEA

    EQUATORIAL GUINEA SPACE AND OLYMPICS ISSUES ACCUMULATION.  Apollo 15 (1,200+ sets), Olympics (1,200+ sets), US Presidents (1,000+ S/S), also includes sheet folder stuffed with assorted topicals in varying quantities with some imperfs. loads of value, NH, mostly Very Fine. 
    Start Price : 400 USD
    Current Opening : 240 USD
    Hammer price : 200 USD

    Lot# : 3276 FRANCE AND FRENCH AREA

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    FRANCE AND FRENCH COLONIES CLASSICS.  96 mostly used France plus French Colonies (general issues) hinged on quadrille pages (some quite heavily), note 34 unused, 39 mint, 40 unused, 41-42 mint, nice range of French Colonies with colored cancels, etc., very mixed condition with good number small faults, VG-VF, substantial catalog value - viewing a must. 
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 900 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3277 FRANCE AND FRENCH AREA

    FRANCE AND "A-M" COLONIES COLLECTION.  two Scott albums with France plus foreign offices (nice section) in one and the "A-M" countries in the other with better French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Indo-China, Inini and Lebanon, mostly F-VF. 
    Start Price : 600 USD
    Current Opening : 350 USD
    Hammer price : 675 USD

    Lot# : 3278 FRANCE

    ALSACE-LORRAINE POSTAL HISTORY COLLECTION FOCUSING ON FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR. A fascinating, in-depth exhibition collection of postal history, well written-up with an eye for detail, housed in one replete volume with about 100 items of postal history present, as well as a stamp collection of cancels and different networks. Interestingly the postal history, begins with a 1905 feldpost letter from The Herero War of German South West Africa, sent on the 13th September from the medical Office of the Protection Force Windhuk to Regiment 13 in Metz, Lorraine arriving on the 10th October with various Soldatenbrief-Stempel markings and Windhoek departure and Metz arrival strikes, all on a manuscript Feldpostbrief. Then there is an unusual 3pf Strassburg local post postal stationery, a scarce item in its own right, even scarcer here with unusual frame break in bottom right hand corner used, through to different soldatenbrief labels on postcards from Saarunion to Strassbourg, etc. Also seen, a most attractive 1922 commercial card from Frankfurt to Strassburg with "T"postage due strike, 3.50 in blue crayon, boxed "XII/Ftm 1/Porto" added in Germany, 30cts postage due cancelled Strasbourg/ Bas Rhin, two delivery marks and "refuse" and "Retour A L»Envoyeur" cachets added in France, among many other visual and complicated covers most rewarding to decipher further. These would include Packetcard sent to Switzerland from Neubrisach,  Ober Elsass, as well as postcards from Thann, 1891 advertising cover from Hallentein & Bing, Markich to Frankfurt with 55pf rate, money order envelopes, registered letters from the bank of Alsace and Lorraine, horseshoe cancelations including on 1873 cover with 1 /2 groschen (large shield type) rate for letters sent within the Strassbourg city limits. Another good inner city cover with statement from Fr Bastien Bankers, this time the 1 /2 groschen rate is paid with small shield type and cancelled by cds. More Groschen types with both small and large shields, including letter from Dammerkirch to Strasbourg 18th December with 2x 1 /2 groschen making a 1g payment with attractive cds strikes, the different rates to foreign destinations represented as well. Also seen fascinating postage due cover sent 15th September 1874 sent from S Arnold Distillery from Mulhausen to Allevard (Isere), with 2g (large shield) and 2x 1 /2g with horseshoe Mulhausen cancelations, Vienne strikes, red PD strike arriving 17thSeptember etc etc. Yet another interesting item is the double weight letter from Paris to Straussburg, sent 12th May 1874 and requiring1x 5g large shield type and 1x 1g, again large shield type tied to cover with horseshoe Strassburg cancel. There is also a special study of the different Franco- Prussian war issues, represented by exceptional covers including various different feldposts through to the armistice period, when the appropriate French stamps were also applied not recognising the stamps of German origin. This too is reflected in various covers including one sent 2nd Sept 1871, from Saarburg to Nancy with 20cts Alsace definitive in combination with a 25cts Ceres head, another cover sent from the 1st September from Paris to Mulhouse, franked with both 2x 10ct Alsace definitive and a 25cts Ceres, not arriving until the 31st December, plus other rare combination covers telling similar stories. Also seen a fascinating Balloon monte from the Siege of Paris with 20cts Napoleon with star cancelation, sent from either Balloons "Le Washington" or "Le Louis Blanc" on the 12th October 1870 arriving at its destination at Lainges 17th October via Dijon railway sorting office, as well as further mail from occupied territories, etc. Describing a specialized postal history holding of this quality will never do justice to this superb collection. A most enjoyable collection to view.
    Start Price : 6,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,500 USD
    Hammer price : 5,000 USD

    Lot# : 3279 FRANCE

    ALSACE-LORRAINE 20th CENTURY POSTAL HISTORY COLLECTION. Premier collection of about 125 postal history items here, representing 1914 to 1945, beginning with WWI prisoner of war mail on Russian postal stationery with cards from Vrutka in Russia to Alsace, with the collector identifying the different war time offices, followed by a study of postal control during the war with the recognition that much mail to France went outside of the military system. Certain examples such as the post Armistice 11th November 1918 withdrawal of the Germany army from the territory and the French army replacing it, yet clearly in transition as reflected by the delightful double oval postmark Stadt-Theaters Muelhausen, in German, uncensored. Further interesting covers with a 1918 registered letter from Wesserling to Berne with censor band, accompanied by double oval censor mark 55 and Belfort 21st October 1918 and Berne back stamps. Also seen superb propaganda caricature with cartoon of  "some specimens of the 400,000 Boches, hirsutes and Vagrants who have invaded Alsace since 1871"!  Yet another cover in the section relating to front lines being established in WWI, this time with 5cts letter to Paris from Moosch, sent out on the 14th June 1915 with seals of Mairie de Moosch, Bergermeister Moosch and the Commune de Moosch Alsace, making a most visual impression. Also most unusual German local court stationery used by the occupying French with a letter from Dammerkirch, for the government Commision of the 57th reserve division. Another great item is a registered letter from Pera in the Ottoman Empire to Metz with very visual Turkish censor marks and further large red censor sealing label on reverse in Arabic, accompanied by Ubewachungstelle cancel, specifically for military security opened under war regulations, full of character. Yet further material includes red cross letters, military express letter from KD Feldpost in Rumania to Huningen with boxed St Luwig PK cachet and unit briefstempel cachet on reverse Huningen (Obrels) cancel 25th February 1918, etc, etc. Just seen an exceptional card from German prisoner of war held in Japan, initially at Ninoshima camp, sent to Marienheim, Alsace on the 5th May 1917, accompanied by all kinds of Japanese characters. There is also good material in between the two world wars with a 14th April 1927 parcel card from Schitigheim to Nancy, franked with 4.65fr plus a 50ct fiscal used postally with Avricourt transit cancel and Nancy Ville receiving mark the next day, possibly unique. More interwar through to the late 1930s/1940s with American troops stationed In Alsace including advertising mail, letters from the Mayor»s office in Kindweiler to Strassburg, patriotic postcards, card sent by a British Sub Lieutenant serving with the French 158th Infantry occupying Alsace, picture postcard from Bad Nordach to Mulhausen with unusual "forwarding forbidden return" strike etc. The German Occupation section begins with a postcard from a childrens evacuation camp at Auningen by Metz, registered letter to the Special Commission of the OKW in Metz from the Mergemeister, Freisdorf with handwritten provision registration label and boxed provisional cancel etc etc. A truly wonderful and irreplaceable collection.
    Start Price : 6,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3280 FRANCE

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    FRANCE COLLECTION, 1849/2006.  six nicely filled Lighthouse albums, mostly used to 1930s, mostly mint thereafter with nearly all NH after 1960, highlights too numerous to mention and incl better definitives, 1930s issues with some S/S and airmails, useful semi-postals, etc., usual mixed condition most notably in 19th century issues, mostly F-VF, nice collection with substantial catalog value. 
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,250 USD

    Lot# : 3281 FRANCE

    ALSACE-LORRAINE POSTAL HISTORY COLLECTION. Well over 200 items of postal history with much 19th century, as well as many stamps again 19th century through to WWII, the latter with an excellent range of different burelages etc. There are many good covers, especially the 19th French stamps used in the area, as well as the German shields of the same period, again with a wide variety of cancels. Every item here is a primary source with much focusing on the historical circumstances of this bi-lingual area. The pre-philatelic begins with Cernay (1812) and Thann (1835) both to Rheims, followed by Ceres heads 25cts first issue imperforate 4 margined used in St Germaine sent to Limonest, further perforated Napoleon heads sent from Boubais with combination 25cts and 10cts on company logo cachet to Markirch with horseshoe cancel, similarly corporate letters from Paris, the Napoleon heads with return correspondence from Metz, Mullhausen, Colmar etc to various parts of France. Then a section devoted to Germania definitives, often accompanied on postcards including postage due, as well as unusual cancelations and a variety of attractive illustrations in the postcards themselves dedicated to Mulhausen including Seinbachgarten, Gerechtigkeitsstrasse, the market place and of course panoramas including tryptychs of Mulhausen, etc, etc. Then the collection unfolds with 1870 regular definitives with over a dozen different covers of these, again with many attractive postmarks including circular, box, oblong and color strikes, then German yet again, often with good horseshoe cancelations, etc. Next are a selection of the regular 1870 definitives stamp themselves with mint, used and on piece examples, as well as multiples, followed by more postal history of that period including combinations, German postal stationery, feldpost, advertising mail, undelivered mail, etc etc. Finally there is a selection of fronts of Napoleon heads, as well as later registered packet cards featuring Hitler Heads and Alsace overprinted combined on various Hindenburg definitives etc, not every day items. Fantastic, once you have viewed this, you will want to own it.
    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3282 FRANCE

    MEATY FRANCE COLLECTION, 1849/1992.  an unusually thorough and primarily mint collection in a bulging Scott album with strong sections of mostly used classic period, Sage and Mersoin, popular 1930s/50s definitives and portrait issues, airmails (C15 used perfin), postage dues, officials, precancels, etc., usual very mixed condition with majority F-VF, lovely collection with considerable catalog value and well worth some quality vierwing time (owners Scott cat. $50,000+)
    Start Price : 4,500 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : 4,000 USD

    Lot# : 3283 FRANCE

    FRANCE 1954/99 IMPERFORATES STOCK.  mostly 1990s issuues in sheets and multiples, comprised of Scott 727 (16), 1618 (50), 2151a (6), 2161a (8), 2211 (24), 2394a (11), 2397a (8), 2409a (7), 2415a (10), B661a (10), B662b (4), B669a (5), NH, Very Fine (Yvert EUR20,000+)
    Start Price : 3,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,100 USD
    Hammer price : 2,300 USD

    Lot# : 3284 FRANCE

    ALSACE-LORRAINE POSTAL HISTORY COLLECTION "AND MORE" Several dozen items, mostly postal history, somewhat chaotically presented, representing the balance of an outstanding Alsace-Lorraine consignment. Many of these items were waiting to be incorporated into the main line exhibition collection. Items include postal history from 1834 with crisp Ste Marie les Mines (Markirch) pmk to Raon, an impressive earlier red straight line Mulhausen 1814 strike to Hagenau, various Napoleon heads perf and imperfs starting with the second republic 20ct black Ceres head single usage from Kayserberg to La Putroye. Also seen, again out of order, is a "B"  under neck Napoleon head 25ct blue single usage from Mulhouse to Lyon, all the way through to Franco-Prussian war 1870/71 with various  occupation stamps through the Armistice period, including rare mixed frankings shield and eagle types, this time with 2gr shield and 10pf eagle from Weissenburg to Switzerland, later usage in Metz, all the way through to WWI and beyond including printed postcard from German POW in Strassburg, re-directed to Lenzhirch with blue Uzes censor cachet and black oval Strassburg censor which is unlisted, etc. So much more here, even outstanding collateral including very visual "Workers Insurance Card" 1895/6 with 52 stamps 20pf and 50pf through to similar, this time 1902/3 again with 52 stamps with 20,24 and 30pf denominations,  accompanied by the Kaiser»s eagle from the Buergermeister»s double oval eagle strike, clearly showing were their loyalties lie! This outline description is only the tip of the iceberg, a great balance, please inspect.
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,800 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3285 FRANCE

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    FRANCE "SOWER" DEFINITIVE ISSUE SPECIALIZED COLLECTION.  mostly mint in blocks with nearly all NH, includes plate blocks, "coin date" blocks, interpanneau and gutter blocks, margin advertising, millesimes, specimen and "annule" overprints (incl some cancelled), wide range of 5c/1fr05c values, usual mixed condition with majority fresh and F-VF, a wonderful lot for the specialist. 
    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3286 FRANCE

    FRANCE COLLECTION, 1870/1900.  meaty collection of 100s neatly arranged on quadrille pages and incl range of shades and cancels highlighted by numerous covers, especially strong in Bordeaux issue incl 20c imperf type I (5), usual mixed condition, generally F-VF and well worth a close inspection as there is significant catalog value here. 
    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000 USD
    Hammer price : 6,000 USD

    Lot# : 3287 FRANCE

    FRANCE COLLECTION to 1990s.  extensive collection in a Scott album incl strong section of used classics incl 1869 5fr, substantial 20th century incl 5fr Merson NH, 1918 Red Cross used, 1928 Allegory mint, 1929 Le Havre overprint mint, 1930 Smile of Reims mint, 1931 Allegory mint, 1936 "Plane over Paris" to 50fr used, 1936 50fr "Banknote" airmail used, 1936 So. America Flight airmails used, 1937 Winged Victory used, 1938 Ader mint, 1941 25fr on 50fr Surcharge NH, 1949 Centenary NH, 1940s/50s Portrait sets mostly mint (1955 NH), etc., usual mixed condition, mostly F-VF. 
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,200 USD
    Hammer price : 1,250 USD

    Lot# : 3288 FRANCE

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    FRANCE SPECIALIZED COLLECTION, 1849/1994.  six Scott Specialty albums with useful assortment of mint (some NH), used, multiples, covers (some stampless), assorted imperfs, FDC, even a bit of French Andorra, usual mixed condition, mostly F-VF, viewing a must. 
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,200 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3289 FRANCE

    FRANCE COLLECTION to 1930s/70s.  mint (largely NH) in mounts on a nicely filled set of Yvert pages noting very few empty spaces and incl both sets of the 1945 Marianne "RF", portraits, etc., generally fresh and F-VF, excellent basis for expansion. 
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 900 USD
    Hammer price : 950 USD

    Lot# : 3290 FRANCE

    ALSACE-LORRAINE STAMPLESS POSTAL HISTORY COLLECTION. Pre- philatelic postal history, a well written up collector»s collection with several dozen items with all in good condition, starting with an attractive cover sent out 15th September 1729 from Rappoltweiler to Strasbourg with Colm cancel, then 1787 Louis XVI sent from Lorraine to Barcelona with straightline Strasbourg strike, then similar 1789 cover from Frankfurt to St Die in Lorraine via Strassbourg this time with D»Allemagne strike. Then a fascinating 1796 cover from the Commander of the 139th Demi Brigade at St Omer to the commissar of the Executive Directory in Rouffach, with the collateral requesting the arrest of two deserters! There are also many more interesting covers of the early 19th century, particularly for these cancels and differing rates that the collector has highlighted through to the 1830s, on to the restoration of the monarchy including a Sarregemuines to Beaune cover, culminating with Hamburg to Nantes with Hamburg I.A. pmk via North German Confederation, as well as Paris a Bordeaux TPO Nantes arrival mark and even an 1866 Riga (then part of Russia) to Paris and stampless 1865 Grossschonau, Saxony  to Havre etc. Well worth spending time on, a delightful collection to view with a few very rare covers present accompanied by maps, individual histories etc. A marvellous collection of its type.
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 900 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3291 FRANCE

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    FRANCE POSTAGE DUES COLLECTION, 1859/1965.  mostly complete on some Scott album pages with numerous better issues and high values, some being present both mint and used, usual mixed condition especially in classics, mostly F-VF, significant catalog value. 
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 900 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3292 FRANCE

    FRANCE POST-WW II USED STOCK. Seeral 1000s of stamps, neatly organized, this time by Yvert numbers including #795 - #802,  various se-tenant multiples for the centenary of stamps #830- #833, the 1949 CITEX superb used with 6 examples (cat 54 euro each), #876-#877, #930 - #935 with a minimum of 4 complete series (cat 60 euro each), #945-#950, the Renoir semi-postals #1026-#1032, #1066- #1071 x 3, (cat 50 euro each), #1082 - #1087 and all the rest including the heroes of the Resistance, the "grands savants", celebrities etc etc. Generally speaking nothing in excessive quantity, up to a dozen or so of each. A clean stock, ideal for a dealer, there will no doubt be nice catalog value.
    Start Price : 1,200 USD
    Current Opening : 725 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3293 FRANCE

    FRANCE COLLECTION, 1873/1971.  100s mostly hinged in a Scott specialty album, sparse to 1920s and then highly complete thereafter, better incl 227-40, 1930s commems, 329 NH (gum evenly toned), 1940s/60s (less 1949-56) Portrait sets, C22, C27, etc., mostly F-VF. 
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 600 USD
    Hammer price : 550 USD

    Lot# : 3294 FRANCE

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    FRANCE COLLECTION to 1990s.  mostly mint 20th century on Minkus pages plus some 1970s/90s NH sets and booklets issues in a stock book, bit sparse through 1920s and then some better as (mint unless otherwise noted) 300a, 301-06, 315-20, 329 (stamps NH), 348, 624, 700-05, B117-57, 1949-56 Portraits, etc. plus highly complete 1956/96, mostly F-VF, excellent foundation collection. 
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 600 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3295 FRANCE

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    FRANCE AND COLONIES MINT AND USED STOCK, sorted by Scott numbers in 2 books full of stamps, with a great deal of better stamps, incl; 23 part o.g., 66 o.g. (2), 89 o.g., 700-05 o.g. (2), 1138a NH imperf space triptych, a few better "R.F." liberation issues, J2, J7, and so many $10-$100 sets, a nice group with many useful items for replenishing stock, some mixed condition, overall VG-VF, owners Scott value from several years ago over $6,000+ .
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 600 USD
    Hammer price : 625 USD

    Lot# : 3296 FRANCE

    FRANCE COLLECTION, 1849/2002.  mostly used on Scott or quadrille pages, 19th century incl 1869 5fr (2) with duplication in most other issues showing variety of shades and cancels, 20th century basically a mint/used starter collection, VG-VF. 
    Start Price : 600 USD
    Current Opening : 350 USD
    Hammer price : 550 USD

    Lot# : 3297 FRANCE

    FRANCE USED STOCK.  commems and definitives only to early 1990s issues neatly arranged in five stock books, with a useful selection of classic period through 1930s issues incl some high values and popular 1930s sets and singles, usual mixed condition, mostly F-VF.
    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 300 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3298 FRANCE

    FRANCE CLASSIC ACCUMULATION, of mostly used stamps, consisting mostly of Napoleon, Bordeaux issues and early 20th century commemoratives in mixed condition, much of the value with various faults, 1989 Scott catalog value $5,780. Who knows what the value could be nearly a quarter century later.
    Start Price : 500 USD
    Current Opening : 300 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3299 FRENCH OFFICES IN EGYPT

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    FRENCH OFFICES IN EGYPT (Alexandria) MINT STOCK.  mostly mint with good number NH and including multiples with just a handful of used, neatly arranged in a stock book, includes (mint unless otherwise noted; SG nos.) 37 (18 used), 38 (63), 39 (15 used), 41 (22 mint, 11 used), 46 (60), etc., much better condition than typically seen, generally fresh and F-VF (owner's SG £4,300+)
    Start Price : 800 USD
    Current Opening : 475 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 3300 FRENCH COLONIES

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    FRENCH COLONIES COLLECTION.  classics to more modern in two albums and three stock books combining various purchases made over the years, note French Africa (incl some post-independence issues) with useful airmails and attractive topicals, Algeria, stock of mostly mint pre-1950s New Caledonia and Wallis & Futuna with multiples and NH throughout, generally F-VF. 
    Start Price : 1,800 USD
    Current Opening : 1,100 USD
    Hammer price : 900 USD

    Lot# : 3301 FRENCH COLONIES

    FRENCH COLONIES "A-Z" COUNTRIES COLLECTION.  1000s in eleven small-format stock books, most value in Fr. Africa with add'l Monaco, Saar, Offices in China, Fr. Polynesia, Cilicia, etc., best item spotted Indo-China B8-13 affixed and tied on unmailed envelope, classics to more modern in the usual mixed condition, VG-VF
    Start Price : 1,200 USD
    Current Opening : 725 USD
    Hammer price : 1,150 USD

    Lot# : 3302 FRENCH COLONIES

    FRENCH COLONIES COLLECTION.  to 1960s issues in two moderately filled Scott albums, some better as (mint unless otherwise noted) Fr. Polynesia 199-222, C24-27 NH, C29-37, FSAT 16-24, C1-11, Laos 70-76 deluxe proofs and imperf sheets of four, 1962 WHO special imperf S/S, 1963 Stamp Day presentation folder with four special S/S, C39-42 deluxe proofs and imperf sheets of four, etc., plus some Fr. Andorra, Inini, Lebanon, Monaco, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Syria, Wallis & Futuna, etc., mostly F-VF. 
    Start Price : 600 USD
    Current Opening : 350 USD
    Hammer price : 800 USD

    Lot# : 3303 FRENCH COLONIES - Madagascar

    FRENCH MADAGASCAR ADVANCED COLLECTION.  impressive and attractive collection of mint and used beginning with 1869 inverted surcharge on the 40cts used (#3a, $925), the 1891s with #8 used, #10-11 mint, 12 used, followed by 1895 complete with #14-22 with parallel mint and used on several denominations, then the 1896 navigation and commerce types to 5fr (signed) again often with parallel mint and used with varieties present, then the 1897 postage dues complete mint, etc., what follows is a spectacular range of turn of the century with errors galore, including dramatic shifting of the overprints on a pair of #48, as well as some very scarce 1902 different types, the 1904s complete mint and high values parallel used, the 1908s complete again parallel mint and used to high values, 1912s complete mint,  the 1921s virtually complete, virtual completion through to the 1930s ending in the 1940s with the airmails, postage dues, back of the book neatly integrated into the collection including valuable "colis postaux" types.  A delightful old time collection and a joy to view and describe.
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,400 USD
    Hammer price : 5,000 USD

    Lot# : 3304 FRENCH COLONIES - Niger

    NIGER TOPICALS.  39 different Millenium S/S (500 each) with topics as JFK, Elvis, space, trains, Tarzan, tennis, golf, baseball, Halley's Comet, Beatles, QE II, movie stars, etc., NH, Very Fine; huge retail value. 
    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,300 USD

    Lot# : 3305 FRENCH COLONIES - Senegal

    SENEGAL TOPICAL ACCUMULATION.  comprised of 5,000 each 1998 Elvis; 1998 DeTomaso-Cars, 1998 Actors/Actresses, massive catalog value, NH, Very Fine; Scott $130,000
    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : 1,400 USD