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Lot# : 1117 Russian Levant1860: Front of cover prepaid from Smyrna to Beirut, Parodi correspondence, with framed 'P. P.' and also struck with framed COMPAGNIE RUSSE / SMYRNE / 1860. 28/7 handstamp (July 28) both in dull greenish-blue ink (Tchilinghirian fig. 148, 146). Fine strikes of a scarce markings.Starting bid : 250 CHFHammer price : 260 CHF
Lot# : 1118 Russian Levant
Lot# : 1119 Russian Levant1861: Front of cover from Mersina to Beirut, with manuscript '15' in crayon at top, struck with framed COMPAGNIE RUSSE / MERSINE / 1861. 8.7 handstamp (July 8) in blue (type as used for Alexandretta, Tchilinghirian fig. 196). A fine strike of a rare previously unlisted marking.Starting bid : 250 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 1120 Russian Levant1861: Entire letter written from Xania, Crete to Syros, Greece endorsed at top 'Payé' in manuscript, struck with outstanding strike of circular negative COMP RUSSE DE NAVIGAT S VAPE AGENCE DE CANDIE and Russian Eagle in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 264 = RRR). Reverse with Syros arrival cds (March 13) and charged '20' lepta for inland delivery on receipt. A significant entire of great rarity, presumed by Tchilinghirian and Mikulski to be the sole recorded usage. Cert. Mikulski (1999).
Provenance: Collection Agathon Fabergé (Jan 1940), lot 1; Collection Franz See; Collection Alex Droar (Oct 1974), lot 1144.Starting bid : 9,000 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 1121 Russian Levant1869 (Jan 22): Entire letter written in Italian from Alexandretta to Aleppo, manuscript '1' in crayon at right, handstamped on arrival with two line POSTE - RUSSE / d'ALEP in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 205). It is interesting to note the similarity of this marking with that of the French Post Office in Aleppo at the same time. The exceptional strike of this marking on a fine entire in excellent quality. Rare. The unique usage recorded by Tchilinghirian & Stephen. Cert. BPA (2000).
Provenance: Collection Franz See.Starting bid : 2,500 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 1122 Russian Levant1866/67: 10 pa. blue & dull rose, a superb horizontal strip of four showing the vertical guidelines between the stamps and complete horizontal guide line at top, tiny indentation in margin of no significance, used on May 1869 cover from Samsun to Trebizonde, tied by three strikes of 64 dot 'retta' in black. reverse with Russian P. O. single ring SAMSUN datestamp (Tchilinghirian fig.123) in black. A splendid and extremely rare cover in Exhibition quality.Starting bid : 7,500 CHFHammer price : 7,500 CHF
Lot# : 1123 Russian Levant1866: ROPiT 2 pi. deep blue & rose, a huge margined example in a deep shade, with outer frame lines at base and at right, used on 1866 cover from Latakia to Beirut, neatly tied by double ring RUSS. OBSCH: PAR i TORG. LATIJSK: AGENTSTV. handstamp in blue (Russian Agency for Shipping in Latakia / Russ. Gessellschaft für Dampfschiff und Handel, Agentur in Lattakia) with superb strike of single ring PORT LATTAKIA datestamp (Nov 18) at right also in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 207). Docketing of receipt inside of December 1. Small iron spotting in paper and file fold away from the superb adhesive. An astonishingly rare cover for the specialist. Signed J. Cividini, L. Miro. Cert. Mikulski (1999).
Note: For the only similar usage we have found, see the Gordon Torrey collection, Corinphila sale 99 (June 1997), lot 8993.Starting bid : 5,000 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 1124 Russian Levant1868: 1 kopek brown and 5 k. blue, perf. 11½, used on August 1871 entire letter from Lattakia to Alexandria, Egypt tied by blurred blue dotted numeral handstamps with Russian P. O. in LATTAKIA datestamp in blue at right (Tchilinghirian fig. 208). Reverse, opens well for display, with fine strike (for this) of large circular ALEKSANDRIISKOE AGENTSTVO ROPIT / AGENCY OF ALEXANDRIA, ROPIT datestamp in pale blue (Tchilighirian fig. 257). Some imperfections but a fine and rare cover paying the 6 kopek Maritime 'Port-to-Port' rate.Starting bid : 2,000 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 1125 Russian Levant1872: 5 kopek blue, perf. 14½ used with 1879 2 k. black & rose on 1885 cover from Trebizonde to the USA, neatly tied by TRAPEZUNT datestamp of Russian P. O. (Oct 9) well struck in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 97). Reverse with oval ROPIT / CONSTANTINOPLE datestamps in black (Oct 14) and 'Odessa' cds (Oct 16) alongside 'New York / Paid All' arrival duplex (Nov 14). Envelope with closed tear and lower right corner repaired, nevertheless a scarce Transatlantic usage.Starting bid : 600 CHFHammer price : 750 CHF
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