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Lot# 4886 - Auction 218-221

  • Lot# : 4886 Austria

    1853: Entire letter from Galatz to Genova struck with two line GALLATZ / 27. JUN despatch datestamp in blue, mailed via Alt-Orsova with datestamp (1/7) in black and disinfected there with manuscript on reverse "Gereiniget Rastel" (Cleaned Quarantine) with punch holes. Charged 1 lire 10 centesemi due on receipt (July 9). A rare cover, as far as we are aware the sole example recorded with this endorsement.rnrnNote: Whilst Cholera had, by 1851 been recognised as a water-borne infection and many Austrian Quarantines had abandoned the punch or scorch procedures, the Austrian Lloyd's decision to sail fast passenger services up the Danube from the Black Sea caused near panic and Alt-Orsova hurriedly re-installed disinfection procedures.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 700 CHF