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Lot# 661 - Auction 227-233

  • Lot# : 661 France

    1793 (March 11): Entire letter from Louvain (Leuven, Belgium) to Paris struck with fine 'ARMÉE DU NORD' handstaamp in red (Reinhardt = 1'250 pts.). Rated '7' in manuscript to pay upon receipt with circular Paris '16' in black on reverse. The letter was written (by a rather illiterate soldier) just a week before the disastrous Battle of Louvain / Neerwinden, stating that "we were almost all taken prisoner, we have been encircled for three days and had to fight to get out of the encirclement as the Artillery can go no faster..". A good strike of a very rare handstamp.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 300 CHF