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Lot# 7608 - Auction 234-243

  • Lot# : 7608 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Canea, Crete 1857 (Nov 4): Entire letter from Canea to Trieste, initially charged 3 kr. for local post, altered to '9' kreuzer charge for ship mail rate- as Trieste was outside the Levant ring this was illegal but apparently accepted. The cover struck with fine oval framed Sunburst "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / CANEA" handstamp in green. Reverse with Trieste arrival cds (Nov 10) in red. Illustrated in Hans Smith 'The Austrian Post Offices in the Levant' on page 40. Unrecorded by Tchilinghirian - a magnificent and rare entire, believed unique.rnProvenance: Collection Hans Smith FRPSL, Corinphila sale 182, Sept 2013, lot 1488.
    Starting bid : 1,750 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,400 CHF