Lot# 237 - Auction 227-233
1871 (Nov 15): Entire letter from Rome franked by 1863 40 c. rose carmine and 1867 20 c. blue tied by lozenge of dots cancellation in black, originally mailed to Constantinople to be forwarded to Aleppo/Syria. On arrival at Austrian P.O. in Constantinople (24/11), the cover was held at the Post Office and franked by 1867 Levant 5 s. red and 25 s. dull lilac cancelled by "Lloyd Agenzie / Costantinopoli" cds in black (30/11). Addressee presumably unfound on first attempt at delivery and re-mailed again to Aleppo from Egyptian Post Office with 1867 1 pi. red (2) tied by "V. R. Poste Egiziane / Costantinopoli" datestamp (Dec 13, also tying Austrian Levant adhesives) via Alexandria/Egypt (Dec 21). Cover again held for one week before forwarding to Aleppo (cover slitted twice for disinfection) and franked there (Dec 27) by Forwarding Agent's 'Streiff, Zollinger & Cie.' (blue cachet on reverse and over Austrian Levant adhesives) with Turkey 1869 10 pa. red lilac (2) and further 1 pi. adhesive missing, for transmission to Beirut. Thereupon, the entire was again forwarded (manuscript at upper right corner "R. Smyrne le 10 Janv. 72, Consple 7 febr." over area of missing adhesive) to it's eventual receipient in Constantinople (Feb 7) again marked in manuscript. A famous and extraordinary four-country classic franking of great visual appeal. Unique. Illustrated in "Österreich-Ungarn, 125 Jahre Ausgabe 1867" on page 196. Signed A. Diena.rnrnProvenance: Corinphila sale 157, June 2009, lot 2736.
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 7,500 CHF
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