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  • Lot# : 7201 Greece

    1847 (Aug 22g): Prepaid entire letter written from Athens to Frankfurt on Main, endorsed 'Vapeur de Lloyds voie Trieste' at top, 'Syra' cds in black (Aug 11j) and 'PD' on front, rated '12/8' (kreuzers) in Trieste and further manuscript '24' kreuzer in black ink at Vienna. From the Lyons correspondence, a British Vice Admiral, 'this I send by the Austrian Post' and the 'Vanguard, Rodney and Albion are in sight on their return from Patras' with fascinating detail on the escape of Grigiottis, a government opponent from Chalkis Castle and being chased 'all he forces that could be spared from the Capital, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry.. several skirmishes took place in one of which Grigiottis is said to have lost his arm'.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7202 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Trieste 1848: Cover from Triest to Milano stuck with oval "Lloyd Austriaco" oval framed administrative handstamp in blue applied at the head office of the Company, with 'Triest / 1848' datestamp in black (Sept 8) at right. Minor closed tear on face panel but scarce, this is the first handstamp of the Austrian Lloyd known on cover: the markings were all supplied by the Imperial Administration in Vienna.
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7203 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Trieste 1854 (Jan 3): Entire letter from Trieste on Lloyd letter-headed paper, mailed to the Lloyd Agency in Parenzo (Poreč), Croatia and struck with "Lloyd Austriaco" oval framed administrative handstamp, oval framed "COL / VAPORE" and further oval "NAVIGAZIONE A VAPORE / L.A" all in blue. An extraordinary usage of all three early markings (none listed in Tchilinghirian) on the same entire.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 150.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7204 Austrian Levant

    1859 (Feb 19): Entire letter from Constantinople to Marseille via Trieste, struck in transit with LETTERE ARRIVATE / COL VAPORE / DAL LEVANTE in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 99). Framed "A/25" triangular Convention marking alongside (Van der Linden fig. 1G) applied in Vienna in transit. Culoz entry mark (Feb 28) below in red. Charged at double rate of 2 décimes due upon receipt. A scarce and fine entire.rnProvenance: Collection Hans Smith FRPSL, Corinphila sale 182, Sept 2013, lot 1451.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7205 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 17
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Trieste 1859: Austria 15 kr. blue, Type II, used on entire letter to Goerlitz tied by 'Triest' cds in black (13/4), the letter being an invoice for freight and fees for a shipment from Hong Kong, struck at lower left with oval framed "NAVIGAZIONE A VAPORE / L.A" unusually struck in black. Reverse with 'Oderberg / Breslau' TPO and arrival (16/4)  and manuscript docketing 'Triest 13 April, Dampfschiffarts Gesell.schaft des Oestr. Lloyd'.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 100.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7206 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 21+22
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Trieste 1860: 10 kr. blue and reverse with 15 kr. brown, on 1862 registered cover to Jena, each tied by oval 'Recomandirt / Triest' datestamps (4/9) in black, with late use of the oval framed "Lloyd Austriaco" administrative handstamp in blue-green at base. 'Leipzig / Magdeburg' TPO on reverse and Jena arrival (7/9). The 15 kr. broken on opening the letter but a scarce usage. Signed Ferchenbauer.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7207 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : (22+20)
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    1860/61: 5 kr. red and 15 kr. blue used on 1863 cover from Trieste to Constantinople tied by Triest cds's (5/9), underpaid and taxed for sea rate with scarce "20." (kreuzer) handstamp applied in Triest (Van der Linden fig. 3164) on reverse in black. "Constantinopel" wreathed datestamp of arrival (11/9) in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 385) also on reverse. A scarce cover that opens well for display. Cert. Babor (2001).
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 150.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7208 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Trieste 1865 (Sept 3): Invoice on Lloyd Austriaco notepaper franked by Fiscal 5 kr. tied by superb strike of oval framed UFF. DI CONSEGNA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / TRIESTE cachet in blue*, together with entire letter franked Austria 1867 5 kr. red used from Triest to Cöln with green and white wafer seal on reverse "Dampfschiffsfahrt - Gesellschaft / Des Österr. Lloyd / L. A.". Both fresh and very fine, a scarce and most attractive page.rnProvenance: *Collection 'Monte Napoleon', Corinphila sale 78, Sept 1978, lot 910; *Collection Hans Smith FRPSL, Corinphila sale 182, Sept 2013, lot 1314.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 320.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7209 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 1
    1867/74: 2 s. yellow, a used horizontal pair on 1872 Printed Matter entire letter from Constantinople to Trieste tied on arrival by LETTERE ARRIVATE / COL VAPORE / DAL LEVANTE in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 99). The entire disinfected with chisel slits (due to a Cholera epidemic that particularly hit Hungary, with 190'000 deaths in the one outbreak), one slit into the right hand adhesive, with part Trieste (17/1) arrival at left. A rare franking.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7210 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Ancona, Papal States 1839: Entire letter from Ancona to Patras, Greece struck on despatch with oval "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / ANCONA" in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 457). Manuscript '18' (kreuzer) prepaid on despatch on reverse alongside neat 'Patras' arrival datestamp (April 9) in black. Ancona was under French Naval occupation until 1838, and thus this entire is believed to be one of the earliest known usages of this marking.
    Starting bid : 175.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7211 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Ancona, Papal States 1842: Entire letter from Ancona to Corfu, Ionian Islands struck on despatch with oval "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / ANCONA" in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 457). Disinfected upon despatch with framed "Sanità in Ancona / Netto fuori e dentro" handstamp in black. The letter, in English, states "The Austrian Steamer is leaving for Corfu, I am enabled to drop you a line to mention my arrival here this morning after our agreeable passage...".
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 120.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7212 Austrian Levant

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    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Ancona, Papal States 1852: 5 b. black on pale-rose in a vert. strip of three, large even margins all round, stamps lifted for checking and re-affixed, file fold affecting one stamp, tied by ROMA 11 DEC 52 cds's to entire letter addressed to Corfu, Ionian Islands, endorsed "via d'Ancona" with oval framed "Agenzie Del Lloyd Austriaco - Ancona" (Tchilinghirian & Stephen fig. 457) and Corfu arrival cds alongside. Charged '3' (pence) due on receipt for incoming letter fee. An attractive cover to a scarce destination. The postage with Austrian services was 9 kr. for sea carriage and 9 kr. for Austro-Italian land transit for a distance up to 150 kms., amounting to 18 kr. or 16 bajocchi. The underpayment by 1 b. was not taxed. Cert. RPS (2004).
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7213 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 7a+8a
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Ancona, Papal States 1852: Papal States 6 baj. greenish grey and 7 baj. on blue (2), used on 1855 cover from Ancona to Patras, Greece endorsed 'Col vapore Austriaco', some acid ink faults, all three stamps originally folded around the edge of the cover and tied by Ancona datestamps of despatch. Oval "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / ANCONA" in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 457) centrally struck, this being the earliest recorded strike in this colour. Charged '40' lepta due in red crayon manuscript with Piraeus cds in blue. Imperfections but very scarce.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7214 Austrian Levant

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    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Ancona, Papal States 1852: 1 b. black on blue green and horizontal pair of 7 b. black on blue, good to enormous margins all round, tied by straight line RIMINI handstamps in black to entire letter addressed to Corfu with crisp oval framed "Agenzie Del Lloyd Austriaco - Ancona" (Tchilinghirian & Stephen fig. 457) with CORFU (March 20) arrival cds alongside, charged '3' (pence) due on receipt for the incoming letter fee. File fold slightly affecting the 1 b. stamp but a very attractive and scarce cover. The postage with Austrian services was 9 kr. for sea carriage to the Ionian Islands and 9 kr. for Austro-Italian land transit for a distance up to 150 kms., amounting to 18 kr. or 16 bajocchi. The underpayment by 1 b. was not taxed. Signed Friebe BPP; certs. Holcombe (1992), RPS (2004).rnProvenance: Collections Arthur Linz, Edwin Müller and Joseph Hackmey. 
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7215 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 2a
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    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Pontelagoscuro, Papal States 1852: Papal States 1 baj.. black on green, used with good margins cancelled by eight bar grid handstamp in black (Sassone 2A), on 1855 cover from Pontelagoscuro to Ferrara endorsed 'urgentissima', with despatch cds in black 'Ponte Lagoscuro' (Dec 8) and superb strike of oval "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / PONTE / LAGOSCURO" sunburst handstamp in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 458) below. Two stampless covers are reported with the Agency handstamp and just two franked covers are known. Cert. E. Diena (1992).rnProvenance: Collection Franz See, Corinphila sale 62, May 1979, lot 2250; Collection Henry Houser, RL, Zurich, 19 June 1992, lot 1017; Collection Henry Houser, Siegel, 13 Nov 2013, lot 6012.
    Starting bid : 3,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7216 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 4
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    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Piacenza, Parma 1852: Parma 25 c. black on pale rose, used with large margins on three sides and shaved at right (Sassone 4), on 1858 entire letter from Piacenza to Borgo St. Donino tied by 'Piacenza' datestamp (Oct 22) in black. Fine strike of oval "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / PIACENZA" sunburst handstamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 459) in blue below. This cover was first reported by Edwin Mueller in the Mercury Stamp Journal in February 1959 - and is still believed to be the sole recorded usage. Unique. Signed A. Diena. Cert. E. Diena (1992).rnProvenance: Collection Henry Houser, RL, Zurich, 19 June 1992, lot 1019.rn                   Collection Henry Houser, Siegel, 13 Nov 2013, lot 6013.
    Starting bid : 5,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7217 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 4/II
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Guastalla, Modena 1852: Modena 25 c. black on pale buff, a fine example with large margins all round (Sassone 4), used on 1855 cover to Milan, tied by six barred obliterator with matching GUASTALLA datestamp (July 16) alongside. Superb strike of "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / GUASTALLA" sunburst handstamp in blue-green at lower left (Tchilinghirian unrecorded) and reverse with a different and also complete impression in the red wax seal with Milano arrival cds (18/7) alongside in black. The strength of the seal's impression has left a slight stain to the front panel, but a wonderful cover - one of just two examples of this Agency marking recorded, both of which have now been offered by Corinphila. An Exhibition item of the foremost importance in this field.rnProvenance: Collection 'Monte Napoleon', Corinphila sale 78, Oct 1988, lot 916.rn                   Collection Henry Houser, Siegel, 13 Nov 2013, lot 6011.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 3,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7218 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 4+5
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Pavia, Lombardy Venetia 1850/54: 45 c. blue, a used example with large margins all round, with 30 c. brown touched at top, used on 1855 registered cover from Pavia to Turin, tied by boxed and dated 'PAVIA / 2-7-55' datestamps in black with fine oval "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / PAVIA" sunburst handstamp in blue at lower left (Tchilinghirian unrecorded). Reverse with partial impressions on the three red wax seals alongisde the 'Torino / Consegne' cds of receipt (July 4). The cover opens well for exhibit display, an exceptional and extremely rare cover - one of just two such recorded with this Agency marking, both of which were formerly housed in the 'Monte Napoleon' collection.rnProvenance: Collection 'Monte Napoleon', Corinphila sale 78, Oct 1988, lot 914.
    Starting bid : 2,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7219 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 88+89+92
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Antivari 1913: 5 pa. green, 10pa. rose (2) and 25 pa. blue used on 1914 registered Lloyd imprinted cover to Zurich, tied by 'Bar / Antivari' datestamp in violet with oval framed "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / ANTIVARI" handstamp (unlisted) alongside in red. Zurich arrival(July 30) on reverse of a scarce cover.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7220 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 36+34
    1900: 5 pi. on 1 kr. red used with granite paper 1 pi. on 25 h. grey-blue pair on 1900 registered cover to Constantinople tied by SAN GIOVANNI / DI MEDUA datestamp (11/9) in black with yellow registration label at right. Reverse with large red wax seal and Austrian P.O. in Constantinople arrival cds (17/9). File fold affects one stamp but mail from this Port is rare.
    Starting bid : 75.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 340.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7221 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 3+4
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Scutari of Albania 1870 (Aug 13): Cover from Scutari to Venice franked by Turkey Postage Due 10 pa. brown tied by all arabic 'Scutari' handstamp in blue (Coles & Walker fig. 3) with SCUTARI D'ALBANIE thimble datestamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 497) at right in same ink and Austrian Levant 1867 5 s. red and horizontal pair of 10 s. blue tied in transit by ANTIVARI datestamps (Tchilinghirian fig. 467) in black. Reverse with Venice arrival cds (Aug 21). A charming and particularly fine example of a mixed franking from this small correspondence.rnNote:The joint Turkish-Austrian courier service between Scutari and Antivari began in circa 1868. Letters could be handed in at either the Turkish Post office or the Austrian Consulate in Scutari. Both countries adhesives were affixed but the Austrian adhesives were cancelled only on arrival in Antivari.rnProvenance: Collection Hans Smith, depicted in his book, Corinphila auction (Sept. 2013), lot 1340.
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,400.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7222 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Chios / Scio 1859 (Dec 12): Entire letter from Chios to Athens struck with oval framed "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / SCIO" in blue-black ink (Tchilinghirian fig. 559). Manuscript '10' (lepta) due in red crayon on front and Piraeus arrival cds (Dec 14) on reverse in black. An outstanding strike of this rare marking.rnProvenance: Collection 'Cihangir', Corinphila sale 121, April 2000, lot 1549.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 950.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7223 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Metelino / Mytilene 1859 (Sept 23): Cover from Metelino to Glavany & Co. in Constantinople struck with good strike of oval framed "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / METELINO" handstamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 565). A very rare handstamp and very fine for this marking.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7224 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V23
    1864: Arms 15 s. brown, perf. 9½, used on 1868 cover to Trieste tied by bold METELINE circular datestamp (21/8) in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 566). Reverse with oval Triest arrival ((1/9) in black. Two file fodls well away from the adhesive, a fine cover.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7225 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 3+4
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Tenedos 1867/74: 5 s. red and 10 s. blue used on cover internally dated Lemnos, 1870, mailed to Trieste, neatly tied by circular TENEDOS datestamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 582) in black. Reverse with Trieste oval arrival datestamp (14/7). File fold affects the 5 soldi but a rare cover. Signed Sorani.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7226 Austrian Levant

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    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Rhodes / Rodi 1899 (Aug 6): Entire letter from Symi via Rhodes and Smryna to Triest struck with oval framed "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / RODI" handstamp in blue-black ink (Tchilinghirian fig. 571) on obverse. Reverse with 'Lloyd Agenzie' cds and 'Smirne' datestamp (11/8) and framed blue arrival of Triest(17/8). An exceptional strike of this rare marking. Cert. A. Diena (1969).
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 850.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7227 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Vathy of Samos 1895 (Dec. 26): Swiss response stationery postcard 10 rp. red, both parts sent together and still attached, the inquiry part from Basel to Vathy at Samos with Constantinople-Galata (Dec 30) and Smyrna (Jan 1) transit cds's, the response part with "VATHY 6/1 96 SAMOS" despatch cds (Tchilinghirian fig. 586) in black, Basel receiver aside (15 I 96). Fine and interesting item, the first Vathy arrival cds from 1895 is a new first usage following the H. Smith handbook.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7228 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 4
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Symi 1867/74: 10 s. blue, a used example on 1882 entire letter written from Symi to Trieste tied initially by underinked oval "SYMI / AGENCY / BELL'S / ASIA MINOR / S.S. CO." cachet in blue and, in transit, by circular SPED.POST: PRESSO LLOYD / SMIRNE circular datestamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 12). Very scarce and attractive entire, also a block of four 10 s. blue with the same Smirne cancellation but with one stamp with closed tear.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 650.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7229 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Smirne, Turkey 1852 (April 30g): Entire letter from Smryna to Athens endorsed 'Col vapore Austriaco Lloyd' struck with fine (for this) "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / SMIRNE" oval handstamp (gothic Smirne) in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 5). Reverse with Piraeus and Athens datestamps (April 21j) displaying well on flap in blue.
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 220.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7230 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Smirne, Turkey 1858c.: Entire letter from Smryna to Constantinople struck with fine "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / SMIRNE" oval handstamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 7), with '1' in crayon above (1 piastre) denoting pre-payment. A scarce cover.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7231 Austrian Levant

    1858: Entire letter from Smyrna to Amsterdam, Netherlands struck with fine SMIRNE datestamp (20/3) of Consular P.O. in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 4), sent unpaid with manuscript '12/15' = 27 kreuzer to pay, struck in Triest with framed "7¼" (Silvergrosschen) handstamp in blue (Van der Linden fig. 3107). Reverse with Amsterdam arrival (28/3) cds in red where charged '30' cents due in manuscript. An unusual destination at this date and a fine cover.rn 
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7232 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V21+4
    1864: Arms 5 s. rose, perf. 9½ overlapping 1867 10 s. deep blue on 1869 second page of entire letter from Smyrna to Trieste, tied by neat SMIRNE thimble datestamp (19/6) in black (Tchilinghirian ffig. 10). The 10 s. crossed by file fold but a scarce mixed issue combination.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7233 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V20+6
    1864: Arms 3 s. green, perf. 9½, used with 1867 25 s. grey-lilac on 1869 cover, no side flaps, from Smyrna to Gallipoli, Italy endorsed 'via Brindisi' and tied by fine strike of SMIRNE thimble datestamp (14/8) in black (Tchilinghirian ffig. 10). Reverse with Gallipoli arrival cds (18/8). A fine mixed issue franking and an attractive cover. Signed G. Bolaffi, A. Diena.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7234 Austrian Levant

    1870 (Nov 19): Entire letter from Smirne to Milan struck with fine LLOYD AGENZIE / SMIRNE datestamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 8) in black (note inverted date slug error) with framed 'Piroscafi / Postali / Austriaci' cachet at left, charged due on arrival with Italy 1870 Postage Due 30 c. and 40 c. tied by Milano cds's (Nov 27). Fresh and fine entire.rnProvenance: Collection Hans Smith, depicted in his book, Corinphila auction (Sept. 2013), lot 1383.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7235 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 2+4
    1867/74: 3 s. green and 10 s. blue in a vertical pair, used on 1871 cover from Smyrna to Genova endorsed 'via Brindisi', tied by LLOYD AGENZIE / SMIRNE datestamps (21/10) in black. Slitted for disinfection with Brindisi transit and Genova arrival cds on reverse of a fine cover.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 150.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7236 Austrian Levant

    1873 (May 10): Entire letter from Smirne to Livorno franked by 1867/74 3 s. green and horizontal pair of 10 s. blue tied by SMIRNE thimble datestamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 10). An attractive cover. Signed Kessler, Ferchenbauer.rnProvenance: Collection Hans Smith, 182. Corinphila sale (Sept. 2013), lot 1385.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7237 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : S2+17
    1910: Levant 10 pa. postal stationery wrapper up-rated with Crete 1908 5 c. green on yellow, used to Cairo tied by framed "Z. SMYRNA II / 8.APR. 10 / ÖST POST" Rosinenstempel (Tchilinghirian fig. R3) in violet; applied by the Lloyd Agency. The "Z" (Zoll) cancel was used on commercial samples, pricelists and packages only.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7238 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 23
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Chesme 1895c.: Cover from Cesme to Smyrne franked by 1892 1 pi. on 10 kr. ultramarine tied by oval "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / CESME" framed cachet in violet (Tchilinghirian fig. 3). Light but readable strike, this cancellation previously only recorded by Bloomfield and Tchilinghirian on loose stamps and a piece. Unique on letter in this colour, sold together with pair of 20 pa. rose with fair strike of the same handstamp. A rarity. Signed Hochleutner.rnProvenance: Collection Hans Smith FRPSL, Corinphila sale 182, Sept 2013, lot 1396.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 350.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7239 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 23
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Cesme 1897: Mourning cover from Cesme to Smyrne franked by 1892 1 pi. on 10 kr. ultramarine tied by oval framed "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / CESME" cachet in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 3). A bold strike, this cancellation previously only recorded by Bloomfield and Tchilinghirian on loose stamps and a piece. Reverse with Triest arrival (July 5) in blue. Small envelope scuffs and file fold away from adhesive. Unique on letter in this colour. A rarity.
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7240 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Alexandretta, Anatolia 1858c.: Undated cover prepaid from Alexandretta to Larnaca, Cyprus struck with oval framed sunburst "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / ALESSAND / RETTA" handstamp in blackish-blue ink (Tchilinghirian fig. 1), the cover with manuscript displaying well on reverse "P.P.K 40" (Posta Pagata Kreuzer 40). Some overall wear and a corner tear but the strike and annotation extremely fine. Illustrated in Hans Smith 'The Austrian Post Offices in the Levant' on page 7. A great rarity.rnProvenance: Collection 'Monte Napoleone', Corinphila sale 78, Oct 1988, lot 858; Collection Hans Smith FRPSL, Corinphila sale 182, Sept 2013, lot 1392.
    Starting bid : 2,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,000.00 CHF

    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 : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7242 Austrian Levant

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    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Beirut, Lebanon 1854 (Aug 28): Entire letter, bilingual in French and Arabic, mailed from Beirut to Alexandria, Egypt with sender's cachet in green at left and struck with very fine "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / BERUTTI" in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 1). Arabic notation on reverse indicates that a reply was sent on September 7, 1854 ('Beirut 7 eylul 54'). Extremely rare and appealing entire. Certs. E. Diena, Sorani (1978).
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7243 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 5
    1867/74: 15 s. brown, a used example tied to cover to Vienna endorsed 'par Lloyd Autrichien', tied by large part oval framed COL VAPORE DA / BERUTTI handstamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 103), applied in transit in Alexandria. Reverse with 'Alexandrien' thimble cds (1/4) and Vienna arrivals (14/4). Rounded corner to the adhesive but a scarce and attractive cover.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 380.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7244 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 4
    1867/78: 10 s. blue, a used example on 1878 entire letter from Beirut to Genova, one perf. scuffed, tied by superb strike of three line BEIRUTH datestamp (2/12) in black (Tchilinghirian fig. F1). Reverse with Austrian P.O. JAFFA cds (3/12) and Genova arrival cds (13/12) in black. A most attractive entire.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 320.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7245 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 23
    China Line 1898: Cover to Hong Kong franked with 1 pi. on 10 kr. blue, tied by neat BEIRUT / OESTERREICHISCHE POST cds (18/3) in black (Tchilinghirian fig. K). Reverse with Port Said transit cds (22/III), Colombo cds (April 4) and scarce SINGAPORE / TO HONG KONG cds (April 11) in black. A most unusual destination and an attractive cover.
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7246 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854: Envelope and complete contents, written on board 'Melbourne Steamer, Black Sea' (May 27) with starting line "Here we are at last on our way to Varna"...and later added to on June 1st, "we embarked at Varna at 10 o/c.." with the letter headed "Camp Varna". Sent on via Forwarding Agent to Dublin, Ireland with oval RECEIVED & FORWARDED / BY / HOWARD SEAGER / AGENT / CONSTANTINOPLE in black. Mailed at the French P.O. in Constantinople (June 5) at Civilian rate and charged '1/3d.' due in manuscript upon arrival (June 19). Illustrated in 'A Crimean War Study' by Piat on page 21. A unique and early letter from the Campaign. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection Kenneth Rowe; Collection François X. Piat, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Sept 2015.
    Starting bid : 2,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7247 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854: Envelope from Varna to Kent endorsed 'via Marseilles', containing long contents written from "Camp 8 miles West of Varna, on the Road to Shumla" and mailed with further comment "to go by the Austrian Mail tomorrow". Sent from Varna via the French P.O. in Constantinople (June 5) unpaid and charged '1/3d.' due in manuscript on arrival at the full Civilian rate. Paris transit (June 17), London cds and Wingham cds (June 20) on reverse. The letter enclosed is from the correct correspondence but is dated June 7, nevertheless a fine letter concerning Picket duties etc. in the Camp. An extraordinary and rare usage via the French Post Office. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Sept 2015.
    Starting bid : 1,200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7248 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854: Envelope from Varna to Kent endorsed 'via Marseilles', from the same correspondence as the previous lot, without letter but with transcript, mailed unpaid and struck with French ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU A datestamp (June 19) in black. Charged as an unpaid letter from France on arrival in Dover with manuscript '10' due to pay. Envelope endorsed "From Aladyn, June 17, 1854" on front. The transcript reports the rumoured move to Silistria and the problems of supply. "The people fly before the Russians as they advance and the towns and villages are quite deserted....Capt. Simmons reports that 90'000 Russians are before Silistria but the Turks lie with dogged determination behind the ramparts and have repulsed every assault". A scarce use of the French Army P.O. by a British Officer, fraternisation between the two Forces was not encouraged. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Sept 2015.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7249 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (June 26): Autographed letter-sheet from Lieutenant Colonel Sir D.A. Cameron headed "Camp at Varna" with letter to the Assistant Postmaster also at Varna reading: "I am of course naturally desirous that the letters of the 42nd. Regiment should be delivered without delay, and the Drum Major was sent this morning with money ready to pay for them. I have ordered him to call again immediately and request you will have the goodness to cause them to be delivered to him on the payment of the Postage". Signed at base by Cameron. Scarce.rnProvenance: Collection Dr. G. Paprikoff, Corinphila sale 196, May 2015, lot 1205.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7250 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (June 28): Entire letter written from "Aledyn Camp, Bulgaria" by Lieutenant J. Nicholson to Brigg, Lincolnshire, endorsed at top "77th Regiment, Army of the East" and correctly charged '3' (pence) due upon receipt for the concessionary Soldier's rate. Fascinating content "Everything connected with the War is kept a profound secret from us all...when we first arrived at Varna we fully thought we were going on at once to raise the Siege of Silistria, but after stopping a week at Varna we proceeded one day's march into the country to our present encampment..". Reverse with London cds (July 20) and Brigg arrival. Some stains but a rare early entire - the Army P.O. opened on June 20th but unapparent from this entire. The writer, Lieutenant J. Nicholson, was killed leading the charge at the Battle of Inkerman on November 5, 1854.rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Sept 2015.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 400.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7251 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (July 8): Cover to Dublin endorsed 'via Marseilles' franked at concessionary rate with 1854 1 d. red-brown on blued, perf. 16, in a vertical strip of three lettered GA/IA, tied on arrival in London with "44" numeral obliterators. Reverse with fine circular POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc cds (July 9) in black and London transit (July 20) and Dublin arrival (July 21). Illustrated in 'A Crimean War Study' by Francois X. Piat on page 53. A fine and early usage: mail to Ireland is rare. Opinion Todd (2014).rnProvenance: Collection Franz See, Corinphila sale 62, May 1979, lot 2150.
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7252 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (July 8): Double rate cover from London endorsed 'via Marseilles' addressed to Lt. Colonel Elliot of the 79th Highlanders, Army in Turkey, franked by cut round 1854 Embossed 1 s. bright green tied by London obliterator in black. Reverse with London despatch cds (July 8). Some opening tears at top of envelope but a scarce usage, the addressee Lt. Col. Elliott, younger brother of the Earl opf Minto, died of Cholera on August 7, 1854 in Gerrechelle Camp near Varna. Opinion Todd (2015).
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 250.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7253 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854: Envelope and contents from Varna (July 25) endorsed at lower left "Raglan" in his own hand and addressed to "Colonel Cobbe Commanding His Majesty's Troops at Gallipoli", struck on front with French Paquebot datestamp "NIL" (Salles fig. 804) in black (July 30). Fascinating contents concerning Dardanelles Hospitals and the Cholera Outbreak, French losses due to the disease, the rum issue "it forms no part of the existing regulations" etc. Reverse with "Armée D'Orient / Bau. Sed.re" cds (July 31). Lord Raglan's Military career lasted half a century from the Peninsular War through the Battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo to the infamous order that led to the Charge of the Light Brigade. A rare and historic cover.rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Sept 2015.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 650.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7254 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (July 26): Cover from Wolverhampton to Lt. Colonel Cocks of the Coldstream Guards, Army in Turkey, unusually prepaid in cash (contrary to regulations, broken in this instance presumably as there was no space on the envelope for the adhesives), struck with "Wolverhampton" cds in green and London transit in red of the following day. Prepaid cash covers to this Campaign are rare. Opinion Todd (2015).rnNote: The contents of the letter congratulate the addressee on his promotion and states "it is declared here the Anglo-French Army will be landed on the Crimea and that Sebastopol is to be taken...". The complete Cocks correspondence is stored in the archives of the National Army Museum in Chelsea and is available for viewing there.rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Kelly Tighe, Spink, 14 Oct 1997.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 320.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7255 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (July 29): Cover to London from a Soldier in Camp in Bulgaria endorsed 'via Marseilles' and 'To be forwarded', rated '3' (pence) due upon receipt for the concessionary Soldier's rate, struck on reverse with POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc cds (July 29) in black and London arrival (Aug 9) in red. Opinion Todd (2013).rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Kelly Tighe, Spink, 14 Oct 1997.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7256 Bulgaria

    Crimean War / British Forces 1854: Printed 'Memorandums' (2) from the Deputy Adjutant's Office at Varna (July 29), endorsed in manuscript 'Sent to both Brigades', stating that Medical Officers should send no cases of sickness to hospitals, without previous referral to the Inspector General of Hospitals, unless they show definite signs of Cholera. The second document stating that the Quartermasters of all regiments should lime or earth the latrines each morning, sold together with an Illustrated London News engraved illustration of an Officer's tent. Two fascinating documents.rnNote: Cholera raged through the two main British Camps in Bulgaria in the autumn of 1854, first in Devnya and then at Varna.rnProvenance: Collection Thomas Hitzler.rn 
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 170.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7257 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Aug): Cover to Banstead, Epsom endorsed 'per French Packet from Black Sea Fleet' franked by 1854 1 d. red-brown on blued, perf. 16 and 2 d. blue, pl. 4, perf. 16, tied by "Crown between Stars" obliterator in black. Reverse with  POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc cds in blue and obverse with Epsom arrival (Sept 18) in blue. Small repaired tears to flimsy envelope but the 2 d. shows the lower horizontal row of perforations above the value tablet and the franking is extremely rare from Bulgaria - believed to be just one of three such usages from the early part of the Campaign. Rare.rnProvenance: RL, Postal History, March 1988, lot 328; Collection François X. Piat, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Sept 2015.
    Starting bid : 2,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7258 Bulgaria

    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Aug 4): Entire letter from Varna to Taunton, Somerset endorsed 'via Marseilles' struck on reverse with fine circular POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc cds (Aug 4) in black and London transit cds in red and Taunton arrival (Aug 18).  Interesting contents concerning Cholera and illness "They left him some Laudanum, he took too much for in the morning the bottle was found empty and he speechless, and in spite of everything he died...". rnProvenance: Collection Thomas Hitzler.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 320.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7259 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Aug 5): Large part entire letter to Worthing endorsed 'Black Sea Fleet' franked by 1854 1 d. red-brown on blued, perf. 16, three examples - one with corner fault - all tied on arrival by London "47" numeral obliterators in black. Reverse with circular POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc cds (Aug 5) in blue and London transit and obverse with Wothing arrival in blue (Aug 18). The letter mentions Lord Raglan and the HMS Agamemnon. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Sept 2015.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7260 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Aug 6): Entire letter to Lady Bradford in London from a Soldier in Camp at Yeni Bazaar in Bulgaria endorsed 'via Marseilles' franked by 1854 1 d. red-brown on blued, perf. 16, three examples, all tied on arrival by London "42" numeral obliterators in black. Reverse with circular POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc cds (Aug 9) in black and London arrival (Aug 21) in red. Interesting content: Reports that Kronstadt is taken and that we are to go to the Crimea.. there will be no fighting in this country this year... 35'000 of he Allied Forces are at Rustschuk which is all untrue... Yeni Bazar was occupied by the 8th and 11th Hussars and the 13th Light Dragoons. A fine and attractive entire. Opinion Todd (2013).rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Kelly Tighe, Spink, 14 Oct 1997.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 400.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7261 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Aug 12): Entire letter to Lady Bradford in London from a Soldier in Camp at Yeni Bazaar in Bulgaria endorsed 'via Marseilles' franked by 1854 1 d. red-brown on blued, perf. 16, three examples, all tied on arrival by London "46" numeral obliterators in black. Reverse with circular POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc cds (Aug 14) in black and London arrival (Aug 26) in red. Interesting content: "The post is four days quicker at Varna as we are two days post from that place, it is only 45 miles off. I was sent back to Devna to take charge of the sick detachment there...". A fine and attractive entire. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection Peter Chadwick, 2007; Collection François X. Piat, Cavendish, Derby, 9 Sept 2015.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7262 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Aug 18): Cover to Ireland, opened sensibly for display, endorsed from "Camp Prevadi" and further endorsed 'via Marseilles', franked by 1854 2 d. pale blue, plate 4, perf. 16, three examples lettered SB, SC, SD; all tied by London '30' numeral obliterators in transit obliterator in black. Reverse with POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc datestamp in black (Aug 19) with London transit cds in red (Aug 31), Dublin cds (Sept 1) and Loughbrickland arrival on reverse. A superb and very rare franking, believed to be one of just two prepaid double rate covers recorded from the Bulgarian stage of the Campaign. Opinion Todd (2016).rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Kelly Tighe, Spink, London, 14 Oct 1997, lot 8; Collection Earl Galitz, Corinphila sale 207, June 2016, lot 4003.
    Starting bid : 2,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7263 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Aug 22): Single rate cover from Plymouth endorsed 'Via Marseilles pr. French Steamer', addressed to Captain Radcliffe, 20th Regiment, British Army in Turkey; franked by 1854 1 d. red-brown on blued, perf. 16 and 2 d. blue, pl 4, perf. 16, tied by "Plymouth / 620" Spoon cancellations in black (Aug 22). Reverse with London transit (Aug 23) in red. The date of arrival, circa September 4, places the Regiment in Varna or environs. Some slight aging but an attractive and scarce cover. The addressee, Capt. William Radcliffe of the 20th regt. of Foot, was present at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman and Balaclava. He later served with distinctio at the Siege of Lucknow during the 1857 Indian Mutiny. Opinion Todd (2014).
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7264 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Sept 2): Entire letter to London with contents (probably partial) endorsed on front 'via Marseilles' and "Varna Sept 2", the letter headed "On board the Kangaroo in Varna Bay" with content concerning Cholera and "we fill the stomachs of the inhospitable Bulgarians", struck with fair POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc cds in black with London arrival (Sept 18), where charged '6' (pence) in manuscript to pay. A fine and attractive entire. Opinion Todd (2014).rnrn 
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7265 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Sept 3): Cover to Dover endorsed 'via Marseilles' franked by 1854 1 d. red-brown on blued, perf. 16, in a vertical strip of three, all tied on arrival by "49" numeral obliterators in black, envelope (Hammond correspondence) also docketed "Off Varna" on obverse, reverse with fair POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc cds in black with erroneous dated '4' inverted and JA instead of SP for month. Contents of letter written from the 'Pride of the Sea' (not with the lot): "Varna is in a state of the most extraordinary confusion, everwhere you see the material of war. The shore is strewn with rafts, carts in pieces etc. The large bay is filled with shipping, men-of-war and transports. The Guards and Highlanders embarked yesterday and the Artillery are all at Balchik.". A fine cover. Opinion Todd (2015).
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 420.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7266 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Sept 5): Entire letter to Deptford, Kent written from "RMS Avon, Baltchik Bay" endorsed 'via Marseilles' franked by 1854 1 d. red-brown on blued, perf. 16, two horizontal strips of three, lettered BD-BF and CD-CF; all tied by "Crown between Stars" obliterator in black. Reverse with POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc datestamp in blue with London arrival cds (Sept 30) in red. Content "We have been encamped at Sultan's Valley, Bercos Bay and then we went to Varna, we sailed from there this morning and are now about 20 miles off. I believe we are going to attack some place tomorrow but am not at all certain. We have had a good many men die of Cholera". A superb and very rare franking, believed to be one of just two prepaid double rate covers recorded from the Bulgarian stage of the Campaign. Opinion Todd (2014).
    Starting bid : 2,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7267 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / Turkish & British Forces 1855 (Jan 10): Original signature of Omer Pasha (1806-1871), Commander in Chief of the Turkish Army as part of the Allied Forces in the War, written in German "Omer, zur erinnerung in Varna, 10 januar 1855" (Omer, a souvenir in Varna, 10 January 1855). This piece was part of a page from the diary of Sir Algernon West, his memoirs state: "at 12 o'clock we saw Omer Pasha, a magnificent looking man, very like his picture in the Illustrated News...he gave me his signature and wrote under it a souvenir from Varna". Sir Algernon travelled on to the Crimea and was horrified by the conditions of the British Forces. He later served as personal private secretary to William Gladstone. Omer Pasha took Bucharest in 1854, was the victor at Eupatoria in 1855 and Kars in 1856. Sold together with a coloured engraving ex the London Printing & Publishing Company of Omer Pasha on horseback. Rare. Opinion Todd (2013).rnrn 
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7268 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (July 10): Registered cover from Camp near Varna to Lyon bearing 1853 25 c. blue horizontal pair, touched to large margins all round, tied by "AOA" dotted lozenge in black with straight line CHARGÉ above in red and ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU. A. datestamp in black. Reverse with Marseille transit cds (July 25) and Lyon arrival. An over-payment of the recently changed concessionary rate (reduced to 20 c. on July 1, 1854). Small imperfections but a exceedingly rare registered usage from this Campaign. Opinion Todd (2015). Cert. Bernard & Pascal Behr (1997).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 2,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7269 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (July 15): Cover from General Couston in Camp near Varna to his wife in France, carried at double rate of 40 c. franked by 1853 10 c. yellow-bistre, single and a horizontal strip of three, margins touched to large, tied by "AOB" dotted lozenge with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU. SEDRE. cds centrally struck in black. Illustrated in 'A Crimean War Study' by F. X. Piat on page 24. A rare and attractive cover. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 1,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7270 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (July 21): Cover from Camp near Varna to Belley, France, bearing 1852 Prèsidence 25 c. blue tied by "AOB" lozenge of dots with fair circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU. B datestamp at right in black. Reverse with Marseille cds (Aug 5), Lyon cds and Belley arrival (Aug 7). An over-payment of 5 centimes for the newly introduced (July 1, 1854) Soldier's rate of 20 c. and an exceptionally scarce stamp used from this Campaign. A fine and rare cover. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7271 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (July 25): Cover from General Couston in Camp near Varna to his wife in France, carried at single rate franked by 1853 10 c. yellow-bistre, a horizontal pair with marginal 'filet d'encadrement', large margins but the margin creased over edge of envelope, tied by "AOB" dotted lozenge with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU. SEDRE. cds struck in black. Nimes cds on reverse (Aug 5). Some docketing over address but a rare cover. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 1,200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7272 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Aug 5): Entire letter from Varna to Millau, France and struck with fine ARMÉE D'ORIENT / QUARTR GAL' datestamp in black. Reverse with Millau cds (Aug 20) of arrival. Mailed unpaid and charged '30' handstruck (centimes) on arrival for concessionary rate. The entire with interesting comments on Varna and the French Division's arrival, the writer had arrived just three days earlier. Opinion Todd (2015).
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 150.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7273 Bulgaria

    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Aug 20): Cover from Balchik near Varna to Castres, France with complete original contents, franked by 1853 20 c. blue, touched to good margins, tied by "896" petit chiffres of Marseille in transit. Circular ESCADRE DE LA MEDITERRANEE datestamp (Sept 5) in black at right. Interesting contents regarding Cholera: General Canrobert's Army had lost 3'600 men from 15'000 disembarked; mentions of the Telegraph lines opening between Varna - Balchik - Shumla and Silistria and a request for postage stamps. A scarce and interesting cover.rnProvenance: Collection Thomas Hitzler.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7274 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Aug 24): Entire letter from Varna (dated internally Aug 12) mailed to Marseille and struck with fine ARMÉE D'ORIENT / QUARTR GAL' datestamp in black (Aug 24). Reverse with Marseille cds (Sept 5) of arrival. Mailed unpaid and charged '30' handstruck (centimes) on arrival for concessionary rate even though the contents are of a commercial nature. Scarce and fine. Signed Brun. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 150.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7275 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Aug 24): Stampless Official cover to a Captain in the 5th Rifles at Varna, struck with italic "Cabinet de Ministre / de la Guerre" in red and circular Eagle cachet of the Ministry of War on reverse in red. Faint probable ARMÉE D'ORIENT / QUARTR GAL' datestamp in black on front and charged '60' centimes due (double the concessionary unpaid rate) in manuscript. Official mail is rare, more especially so during the early weeks of this Campaign. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 1,200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7276 Bulgaria

    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Aug 29): Cover from Camp near Varna to France, carried at double rate of 40 c. franked by 1853 10 c. yellow-bistre, a horizontal strip of four, margins touched to large and showing portions of two adjoining stamps, tied by "AOQG" dotted lozenge with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / QUARTR GAL datestamp below (Aug 29) in black. Paris arrival cds (Sept 8) on reverse of a scarce and most attractive cover.rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 380.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7277 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Aug 31): Entire lettter written on board the ship "Henri IV" off Varna to Marseille, struck on despatch by circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / QUARTR GAL datestamp (Sept 1) in black. Sent unpaid and charged '30' centimes handstruck due upon receipt.rnMarseille arrival cds (Sept 11) on reverse. Somewhat soiled but unusual - the Henri IV was later to take part in the bombardment of Odessa and sank in a storm off Eupatoria in November 1854. Opinion Todd (2015).
    Starting bid : 5,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7278 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Sept 7): Cover from Camp near Varna to Castres, carried at double rate of 40 c. franked by 1853 20 c. blue pair, good to large margins all round, tied by "AOQG" dotted lozenge with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / QUARTR GAL datestamp below (Sept 7) in black. Marseille transit cds (Sept 18) on reverse. Slightly soiled but a scarce double rate cover. The French Army sailed for the Crimea on the date this letter was mailed.rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7279 Bulgaria

    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Sept 30): Entire letter from Varna to Huttenheim, Alsace, sealed with marginal 'filet d'encadrement' from a 20 c. blue, struck on despatch with fine ARMÉE D'ORIENT / QUARTR GAL' datestamp in black on front (Oct 4). Reverse with Marseille cds (Oct 16), Paris and Benfeld cds's. Found to above 7½ grams (note '8g.' at top in manuscript) and charged '60' centimes due (double the concessionary unpaid rate) in manuscript. A fine and unusual entire. Signed Chevalier.rnProvenance: Collection Thomas Hitzler.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7280 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Oct 5): Entire lettter written from Varna to Agen, France struck on despatch by circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / QUARTR GAL datestamp (Oct 5) in black. Sent unpaid and charged '30' centimes handstruck due upon receipt. Reverse with Toulouse cds (Oct 20) and Agen cds. Opinion Todd (2015).
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 170.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7281 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Oct 8): Cover and contents written from Varna to Paris franked by 1853 10 c. yellowish bistre vertical pair, margins just touched to large on three sides, tied by "AOQG" dotted lozenge with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / QUARTR GAL datestamp (Oct 9) in black at left. Paris arrival cds (Oct 20) on reverse. Some edge wear but an attractive cover. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7282 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Nov 15): Cover from a Camp near Varna to Lons Le Saulmier, France endorsed at top "Varna 15, 9bre 1854", franked by 1853 20 c. blue, touched to large margins, tied by "AO C" dotted lozenge with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU C datestamp (Nov 15) in black at left. Reverse with Marseille transit (Dec 1) and Lons Le Saulmier arrival cds. Scarce and attractive cover. Signed Brun. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7283 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Nov 24): Cover from Varna to Lons Le Saulmier, France endorsed at top "Varna 24 Novembre 1854", franked by 1853 20 c. blue, clear margins, tied by "AOBS" dotted lozenge with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU SEDRE datestamp (Nov 24) in black at left. Reverse with Marseille transit and Lons Le Saulmier arrival cds (Dec 10). Scarce and fine cover. Signed Brun. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7284 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1854 (Nov 30): Cover from a Camp near Varna to St. Jean de Luz, France franked by 1853 20 c. blue, clear to large margins, tied by "AO D" dotted lozenge with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU D datestamp (Nov 30) in black at right. Reverse with Marseille transit (Dec 16) and faint arrival cds. Scarce and attractive cover. Signed Brun. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7285 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1855 (Jan 29): Cover from Sebastopol, Crimea to Hagenau, France sent unpaid and struck with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU D datestamp (Jan 29) in black at right. Hagenau arrival cds (Feb 12) cds on reverse and charged '30' (centimes) due upon delivery. The letter written by a 'Chef de Musique' of the 19th of the Line, discussing the death of the son of the addressee who had died of Cholera in Varna. Opinion Todd (2015).rnrn 
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 150.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7286 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1855 (April 26): Cover from French forces beseiging Sebastopol to Aire-sur-la-Lys, France franked by 1853 20 c. blue, large margins all round, tied by "AOBC" dotted lozenge with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU CAL datestamp (April 26) in black at right. Reverse with Marseille transit cds (May 7). Scarce and attractive cover. Opinion Todd (2014).rn 
    Starting bid : 180.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7287 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1855 (Sept 14): Entire letter from Boghar, Algeria to Burgas, Armée D'Orient franked by 1853 20 c. blue, good to large margins all round, tied by weak lozenge of dots (3753) with pearled circular BOGHAR / ALGERIE datestamp (Sept 14) in black below. Reverse with Médéah / Algerie' cds and ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU GAL arrival cds (Oct 2) and BAU SEDRE cds (Oct 7). Scarce to Burgas and a most attractive entire. Opinion Todd (2015).rnrn 
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7288 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1856 (June 22): Cover from St. Malo addressed to a Captain of a Brig in Crete, franked by 1853 25c. blue in a strip of four, touched to large margins all round, tied by "3176" petit chiffres with St. Malo despatch cds and framed 'P.P.' in red at right. The cover was sent via Syra and struck in transit with 'Consul de France / Syra' cachet in blue, and forwarded to follow the addressee to Gallipoli and further forwarded in manuscript 'au Consul de France' to Varna, Bulgaria. Part of ARMÉE D'ORIENT / QUARTR GAL datestamp on reverse. Illustrated in 'A Crimean War Study' by François X. Piat on page 51. Extremely rare and attractive cover ably demonstrating the important roles of Consuls in locating Ships during the War. Opinion Todd (2014).rnProvenance: Collection François X. Piat.
    Starting bid : 1,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7289 Bulgaria

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    Crimean War / French Forces 1856 (July 7): Cover from French Camp at Varna to Grasse, France franked by 1853 20 c. deep blue, clear margins all round, tied by "AOBC" dotted lozenge with circular ARMÉE D'ORIENT / BAU CAL datestamp (July 7) in black below. Reverse with Grasse arrival cds (July 16). Scarce and attractive cover demonstrating a very late usage. Signed Roumet. Opinion Todd (2014).rnProvenance: Collection Fritz Heimbüchler.
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 400.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7290 Bulgaria

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    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Burgas 1854: Cover from Burgas to Constantinople, one side flap missing, struck with oval AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / BURGAS handstamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 935) in greenish-blue. A fine strike - the first year of use for this handstamp. Rare, with just a handful of covers recorded. Opinion Todd (2015).rnrnProvenance: Collection 'Lion of the Balkans', Corinphila sale 201, May 2015, lot 8204.
    Starting bid : 1,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7291 Austrian Levant

    1857 (Dec 15): Entire letter from Burgas to Constantinople struck with fine oval AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / BURGAS handstamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 935) in blue. Minor file fold but an extremely rare marking with less than a handful of covers recorded and an exceptional strike.rnProvenance: Collection Gordon Torrey, Corinphila sale 99, June 1997, lot 8387; Collection Hans Smith FRPSL, Corinphila sale 182, Sept 2013, lot 1407.
    Starting bid : 2,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7292 Bulgaria

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    Catalogue# : 1+2
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    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Burgas 1867/78: 2 s. yellow and 3 s. green, each in horizontal pairs, used to pay the 10 soldi rate from Burgas to Constantinople, tied by BURGAS circular datestamps (15/5) in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 936). Side flaps mising, reverse with 'Lloyd Agenzie / Costantinopoli' arrival cds in black. Minor file fold at left and horizontal fold at base not affecting the attractive appearance. A rare usage of these values on a Levant cover, however Burgas in particular appears to have utilised these two values in greater quantities than other Offices, especially during 1873. Signed Ferchanbauer. Opinion Todd (2014).rnrnNote: This cover is illustrated in Tchilinghirian & Stephen on page 502.
    Starting bid : 1,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7293 Bulgaria

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    Catalogue# : 2+4+5
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Burgas 1867/78: 3 s. green, 10 s. blue and 15 s. pale red-brown, all used on cover front to Genova, Italy tied by BURGAS circular datestamps (7/11) in blue-black (Tchilinghirian fig.936) with 'PD' alongside. Two vertical disinfection slits, one into the 10 soldi, but a fine three colour franking for the 28 soldi rate by Italian Ship.rnProvenance: Collection Thomas Hitzler.
    Starting bid : 600.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7294 Bulgaria

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    Catalogue# : 3
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    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Burgas 1867/78: 5 s. red in a horizontal pair used on 1870 cover from Burgas to Constantinople, tied by fine strike of BURGAS circular datestamp (23/7) in blue-black (Tchilinghirian fig.936). Reverse with 'Lloyd Agenzie / Costantinopoli' cds of receipt on the following day. Minor file folds well away from the adhesives, a charming cover. Signed G. Colla, U. Ferchenbauer. Opinion Todd (2014).rnProvenance: Collection Anton & Elisabeth Jerger, Corinphila sale 140, May 2004, lot 709.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7295 Bulgaria

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    Catalogue# : 4
    Austrian Lloyd Agency in Burgas 1867/78: 10 s. blue in differing shades, used on covers (2), with 1871 entire to Constantinople and 1875 cover to Trieste, each cancelled by BURGAS circular datestamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig.936). The 1871 entire with 'Lloyd Agenzie / Costantinopoli' cds of arrival; the 1875 cover with 'Varna' thimble datestamp, 'Lloyd Agenzie / Costantinopoli' cds and Triest arrival. A few imperfections but a scarce pair.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7296 Bulgaria

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    Catalogue# : 1B
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    DDSG / DSNC 1867: 17 kr. scarlet, perf. 9½, tied to 1867 entire letter from Lom Palanka to Vienna by circular LOM PALANKA datestamp in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 899). Transferred to Austrian P.O. with 'Alt-Orsova' cds (16/12) in black at right and charged '10' kreuzers due upon receipt (Dec 20). An attractive entire. Signed Ferchenbauer. Opinion Todd (2013) Mi = € 600+.rnProvenance: Collection Hans Smith FRPSL, Corinphila sale 182, Sept 2013, lot 1411.
    Starting bid : 180.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7297 Bulgaria

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    Catalogue# : 3/I
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    DDSG / DSNC 1867: 10 kr. green in a deep shade, Type I, used on 1872 cover from Lom Palanka to Vienna tied by circular 'LOM PALANKA / 23 / III / 72' datestamp in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 900). Charged '10' kreuzers due upon receipt with reverse showing 'Baziasch' transit cds (25/3) and Vienna cds in red. Some peripheral aging but scarce. Signed Pfenninger. Opinion Todd (2014).
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 400.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7298 Bulgaria

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    Catalogue# : 3/I
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    DDSG / DSNC 1867: 10 kr. green, Type I, a used example tied to 1872 cover from Nikopoli to Sistov by oval framed AGENTIE / D.D.S.G. / NIKOPOLI handstamp in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 905). The cover with file folds and two stains on front panel but mail from Nikopol is scarce. Opinion Todd (2015).rnProvenance: Collection Y. Nakri.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 420.00 CHF

    Lot# : 7299 Bulgaria

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    Catalogue# : 3/I
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    DDSG / DSNC 1867: 10 kr. green, Type I, a used example tied to 1872 entire letter from Oreava to Orsova by circular 'OREAVA / 27 / V' datestamp in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 909). A fresh and fine entire, sold together with single example of the 10 kr. green similarly cancelled in blue (14/XI), this last ex Heimbüchler and signed Pfenninger. Opinions Todd (2013).
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 7300 Bulgaria

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    Catalogue# : 4
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    DDSG / DSNC 1870: 10 kr. red, a fine used example tied to 1871 entire letter from Oreava to Orsova, by circular 'OREAVA / 26 / VIII' datestamp in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 909). Cleaned horizontal file fold well away from the adhesive, one pulled perf., but an attractive and scarce entire. Opinion Todd (2013) Mi = € 2'200.rnProvenance: Collection Hans Smith FRPSL, Corinphila sale 182, Sept 2013, lot 1413.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold
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