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Lot# 7241 - Auction 234-243

  • Lot# : 7241 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Mersina, Anatolia 1856 (May 15/27): Entire letter from Mersina to Syra, Greece struck on front panel with oval framed "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / MERSINA" handstamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 1) in black. Charged '20' lepta due from recipient on arrival (June 3). Illustrated in Hans Smith 'The Austrian Post Offices in the Levant' on page 104. Fragile but extremely rare-believed to be the sole recorded cover bearing this handstamp. Signed Hochleutner.rn Provenance: Collection 'Monte Napoleone', Corinphila sale 78, Oct 1988, lot 909; Collection Hans Smith FRPSL, Corinphila sale 182, Sept 2013, lot 1391.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 800 CHF