Losnr. 358 - 227.-233. Auktion
Losnr. : 358
French Post Offices 1863: Cover, sensibly opened for display, mailed from Paris addressed to the Poste Restante in Suez, Egypt, franked by 1863 perf. Empire 10 c. bistre brown and 40 c. orange tied by Paris Star '4' in black witrh Rue D'Enghien cds adjacent (Dec 29), with French P.O. 'Alexandrie / Egypte' cds of arrival (Jan 14, 1864). The cover was handed to the Posta Europea service and struck with circular POSTA EUROPEA / ALESSANDRIA in black (Jan 16) and the exceedingly rare POSTA EUROPEA / SUEZ oval datestamps (Jan 19) in blue. The addressee unfound and the cover held at Poste Restante. Second strike of POSTA EUROPEA / SUEZ oval datestamp applied in blue (Feb 29, leap year) and readdressed to Saigon, Indo-China with arrival cds of 'Cochin Chine / Saigon' (March 30) and struck with framed italic "Direction / d'Est Asian / 2e. Armée" handstamp in red. Addressee again unfound and the cover returned to the British P.O. in Alexandria with cds (May 17) in black and again sent East - with framed MISSENT TO / HONG KONG in red and circular HONG KONG datestamp in blue (June 16). Thereafter the search continued with the application of six different Chinese chops for attempted delivery and Dead Letter Office handstamps. A remarkable and famnous cover for the connoisseur of Postal History. Signed Todd AIEP.rnrnProvenance: Collection Col. J. R. Danson, RL, April 1977, lot 18; Collection Emile Antonini, DF, April 1983, lot 32114; Collection Samir Fikry, DF.
Zuschlag : 18.000 CHF
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