Lot# 6017 - Auction 234-243
London Printing 1853 (July 1): 5 c. red-brown on blued paper, the famous 1853 entire letter from Santiago to Valparaiso bearing five single examples, all with generally large margins all round, each stamp neatly tied by six barred target handstamps in black with SANTIAGO straight line handstamp above in black. The inside of the letter with the date of sending (July 16, 1853 and thus in the third week of issue) as the straight line handstamp was used in lieu of the circular datestamp: this being the earliest usage thus. One or two tiny acid ink imperfections of no significance. Illustrated in 'Chile First Issues of Postage Stamps 1853-1867' by Gerhard Blank on colour plate 5. An exceedingly lovely cover of impeccable provenance for the connoisseur of classic philately. Cert. BPA (1992).rnProvenance: Collection Alfred H. Caspary, Harmers, June 1958, lot 571; Corinphila sale 49 (Nachtrag / Supplement), April 1963, lot 6210; Collection Jean Dupont, Balasse, May 1981, lot 348; Collection Gerhard Blank, RL, Dec 1991, lot 922.
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 7,500 CHF
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