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Lot# 529 - 210-212 Auction

  • Lot# : 529 Egypt Kingdom

    Territorial P. O. in Massawa 1872/75: Egypt typographed 20 pa. blue, 1 pi. red and 2 pi. yellow, all used on 1875 entire letter endorsed 'via Brindisi' from Massawa to Marseille, the stamps being tied by rare POSTE KHEDEVIE EGIZIANE / MASSAWA datestamps (Jan 23) in black. Reverse with Egyptian P.O. in Suez transit cds (Feb 2), Alexandria cds (Feb 3) and transferred to French P.O. in Alexandria (Feb 5) with datestamp on front and Marseille arrival (Feb 14). Charged '14' décimes to pay in manuscript upon receipt. Some peripheral aging to the adhesives but the earliest recorded of the eight (one, perhaps two, have been lost to philately, see Greg Todd's article in the ESC for further information) known stamped covers with this cancellation from Massawa. A spectacular cover of great rarity. Signed Todd AIEP.

    Provenance: 'Cihangir', Corinphila sale (May 2000), lot 2645.
    Starting bid : 5,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 12,500 CHF