Lot# 1343 - Auction 227-233
Catalogue# : 10/IxK
1864: The famous combination cover from Constantinople, sent registered, franked by Austrian Levant 1863 10 soldi blue (three examples), perf. 14, all tied by LLOYD AGENZIE / COSTANTINOPOLI datestamps (Tchilinghirian fig. 446) in black (Sept 2) pre-paying the registered rate (20 soldi postage + 10 soldi registration, and addressed to "Bourlat (mis-spelling of Berlad), Galatz". On arrival in Galatz four days later at the Austrian Post Office (6/9). The following day the cover front and part back, repositioned for display purposes, was transferred to the Romanian Post Office (August 27, Julian calendar) and then forwarded on to Berlad with 1862 handstruck vertical tête-bêche pair of the 30 parale deep blue on white wove paper and cancelled by "Galatz / Moldova" datestamps in black to pay the re-registered rate (30 pa. postage + 30 pa. registration), where it arrived on the following day. Despite faults to the pair and the cover, a remarkable and extraordinary usage of consummate rarity for both Romanian and Levant philately. Unique. Illustrated in Handbook II on page 134 and in Edition D'Or XII on page 101. Certificate Heimbüchler (2010).rnProvenance: Collection Edouard Cohen; Collection 'Moldau', Corinphila sale 179, Feb 2013, lot 5059.
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 25,000 CHF
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