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Lot# 387 - Auction 227-233

  • Lot# : 387 Egypt Kingdom

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    Italian Post Office in Alexandria 1865: Combination cover from Luxor via Cairo to Genova, Italy struck on despatch with POSTA EUROPEA / CAIRO datestamp in black (Smith Type VI), franked with Italy 1863 De La Rue 60 c. lilac, closed tear at top, tied by both small cartridge PIROSCAFI / POSTALI / ITALIANE framed handstamp and ALESSANDRIA D'EGITTO / POSTE ITALIANE cds in black (Jan 13). On arrival in Genova via Ancona, the cover was forwarded on to Lisbon, Portugal with 1865 20 c. on 15 c. blue tied by manuscript pen cross with Lisbon arrival cds (Jan 27, 1865) on reverse and oval framed Portuguese FRANCA on obverse. Interestingly the back flap of the cover shows the letter was originally from points further South: "Recu le 21 Decembre, Expedie Louqsor, le 22 Decembre 1864. L'Agent Consulaire D'Autriche". Illustrated and discussed in the Zanaria-Serra-Dal Negro handbook on page 246. Extremely rare and most interesting combination cover to an extraordinary destination. Cert. 'La Storia Postale D'Italia', Modena (1991).rnrn 
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,600 CHF