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AUSTRIAN MAIL IN THE LEVANT - The Werner Schindler Collection
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  • Lot# : 7504 Austrian Levant

    Consular mail Services and their disruption during War 1742 (July 25): Entire letter from Constantinople to Venice, endorsed 'p Vienne', and reverse with manuscript arrival notation in Venice (Aug 16) with complete oval red wax disinfection seal 'SIGILL: CONS / L: SANITATIS' (Meyer type IV) of Semlin on the reverse. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 92. rnNote: After the end of the war and the peace treaty of Belgrade in July 1739, the Consular postal services were re-established. 
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7505 Austrian Levant

    Regular Mail Services 1747 (Nov 13): Entire letter in miniscule handwriting from Constantinople to Marseilles with manuscript Forwarding Agent 'Jean Henry Stametz à Vienne le 19. 9bre 1747' notation on reverse, endorsed 'pr Bale' showing French D'AUTRICHE and manuscript '25' Sols due on front. Opened out for display, signed Bolaffi. The lot includes another fumigated entire from the same correspondence sent in April 1762, both are illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 93. rnNote: Starting in 1746, a regular monthly mail service was established between Constantinople and Vienna with stops in Adrianople, Sofia, Nish, Parakin, Belgrade, Semlin, Vukovar, Buda and Ödenburg. The entire demonstrates an early use of the new postal service.rnProvenance: Collection Alfredo Banci.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7507 Austrian Levant

    Disinfected Mail 1780 (Oct. 24): Entire letter from Constantinople to Marseilles with manuscript Forwarding Agent 'recue à Constantinople le 30 8bre 1780 & acheminée le 2 9bre Henry David & Cie' notation and 'Netto di fuora Sporca di dentro' disinfection note on reverse (rare in manuscript), obverse with French D'AUSTRICHE and manuscript '34' Sols due.The entire shows traces of vinegar disinfection from outside without the rastel punching. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 96. rnNote: Disinfection notations at Semlin were introduced in 1779.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 7509 Austrian Levant

    Disinfected mail 1794 (March 12): Entire letter from Marseille to Aleppo, Syria with two Semlin 'NETTO DI FUORA E SPORCO DI DENTRO' (cleaned from outside, dirty inside) disinfection strikes on front. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 97. A most unusual destination during this turbulent period.rnNote: A fine usage during the revolutionary wars between France and the rest of Europe showing that the mail system was not affected by this.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7510 Austrian Levant

    Impact of the Napoleonic Wars 1797/1807: Selection of two entire letters from Constantinople and Smirne to Verviers, both with Semlin 'NETTO DI FUORA E SPORCO DI DENTRO' disinfection strikes. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 100. rnNote: Interesting usage, the first entire sent from Constantinople when the Austrian Netherlands had been occupied by French troops but before the peace Treaty of Campo Formio, when they became an integral part of the French Empire. The second entire sent shows the AUTRICHE mark in red and a particularly fine strike of the disinfection cachet.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7512 Austrian Levant

    Impact of the Napoleonic Wars 1810c.: Prepaid cover from Trieste to Ferrara rated '5' in manuscript, showing superb strike of French "P.P. / TRIESTE / ILLYRIE" handstamp (Müller 1575b = 280 points) in red, reverse with framed "FERRARA 27. MAG." arrival datestamp. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 101. 
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7513 Austrian Levant

    Impact of the Napoleonic Wars 1813 (March 8): Part paid entire letter from Smyrna to Lyon showing French framed 'CONSTANTINOPLE' and 'P.PAYE' handstamps in black with 'Milano LT' transit in red below. Prepaid '12' paras postage, and rated '14' décimes due upon receipt. The entire rastel punched and disinfected with vinegar, presumably at the border station in Kostajnica. Rare. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 102. rnNote: From May 1812 the French Postal administration established a separate postal service to Constantinople from Laibach. This cover is one of the few known before the PO was closed in late 1813.
    Starting bid : 600 CHF
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    Lot# : 7514 Austrian Levant

    Disinfected Mail 1815 (July 30): Entire letter from Taganrog in Southern Russia carried by hand via Constantinople where mailed to Naples, showing rastel punching and Semlin 'NETTO DI FUORA E SPORCO DI DENTRO' disinfection strike on reverse, faint arrival on obverse in red. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 105. 
    Starting bid : 120 CHF
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    Lot# : 7517 Austrian Levant

    Early Consular Post offices 1818 (Sept. 19): Entire letter from Bucharest to Vienna showing two line "BUKUREST / in der Walachey" handstamp (similar to Müller 2008a; similar to but not the same as Tchilinghirian fig. 705, with second "U" in Bukurest) in black, vinegar disinfection, reverse with crisp Rothenturm 'SIGILLIUM  SANITATIS' disinfection strike and parts of corresponding wax seal still present, charged '14' kreuzer upon arrival. Some imperfections and typical doodle on front panel as usual with this correspondence, but an extremely rare early usage, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 134.rnNote: By the end of the Napoleonic Wars only five Consular Post Offices had been established, with one in Bucharest. The present handstamp is the second earliest handstamp introduced after those supplied to Constantinople.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 7521 Austrian Levant

    Consular Post offices 1838 (Dec 12): Entire Letter from Salonica to the Ralli brothers in Triest, struck with one line SALONICH handstamp (Müller 2052a; Tchilinghirian fig. 593) in black, reverse with crisp 'SIGILLIUM  SANITATIS' disinfection handstamp applied at Semlin as well as Trieste arrival datestamp (Dec 30). A fine and fresh cover, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 134.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 7522 Austrian Levant

    Consular Post offices 1841 (Apr. 13): Entire Letter from Serres, Macedonia to the Ralli company in Trieste, struck with fine SERRES handstamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 614) in black. Reverse with "SIGILLIUM SANITATIS" disinfection handstamp applied at Semlin and TRIEST arrival datestamp, the item rastel punched and charged in total '14' kreuzer upon arrival. Some acid ink faults, but a fresh and fine cover, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 136.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7523 Austrian Levant

    Post office in Belgrade 1841 (May 13): Entire Letter written in Belgrad, sent by messenger to Semlin and despatched there at the Imperial Post Office to Trieste, struck with superb oval SEMLIN handstamp (Müller 1374d) in black. Reverse with superb "SIGILLIUM SANITATIS" disinfection handstamp applied at Semlin and Triest arrival datestamp in red, charged '14' kreuzer due upon arrival. A superb cover, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 138.rnNote: The Levant Post office in Belgrad was opened on August 1, 1841. Prior to this date, mail from Belgrad had to be transported to the Imperial Austrian Post office in Semlin from where it was despatched.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
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    Lot# : 7526 Austrian Levant

    Disinfection in Aleksinac 1856: Cover from Veles in Macedonia to Pesth, sent via Forwarding Agent first to the Serbian Lazaret at Aleksinac on the border between Turkey and Serbia, with wax seal "KARANTIN ALEKSINASKI" (Meyer page 299), thence via the Austrian Levant Office in Belgrade with two line "BELGRAD / 7. MAI" datestamp (Müller 178a = 120 points / Tchilinghirian fig. 663) struck in black. Reverse with "SIGILLIUM SANITATIS" disinfection handstamp applied at Semlin, Semlin transit and Pesth arrival datestamps (May 10) in black. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 141.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7542 Austrian Levant

    Expansion at Sea 1825 (Sept 23): Entire letter from Alexandria to Trieste, transported by Austrian parcel shipmail post with mention in contents of the Corvette's arrival from Cyprus, disinfected by toasting with internal signs of the tong marks from the disinfection process. A fine and scarce entire. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 210. rnProvenance: Collection Kurt Wolfsbauer.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7546 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd shipping agency 1845c: Letter sheet from the Consul General of Sardinia in Canea, Crete to the corresponding Consul in Alexandria, marked Official at lower left; struck with oval "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / Canea" handstamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 532) in blue. No charge raised upon arrival as Consular mail. A fresh and fine cover, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 213.rnrnProvenance: Collection Ambassador Luca Biolato.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7547 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency 1854 (Aug. 14): Letter sheet from Beirut to Alexandria struck with superb oval "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / BERUTTI" handstamp (Tranmer fig. 1) in black. Manuscript '1½' rate on reverse of a fresh and fine cover. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 213.rnProvenance: Collection Monte Napoleone, 78. Corinphila auction (Sept. 1988), lot 892.
    Starting bid : 800 CHF
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    Lot# : 7549 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency 1842 (June 6): Entire letter from the Dardanelles to Trieste, chisel slit for disinfection at Trieste on arrival, struck with oval framed "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / Dardanelli" handstamp in black (Tranmer fig. 2). Cover part prepaid (note 14 kr. annotation on reverse), and further charge raised of 1+36 (kreuzer) to pay on arrival 1 kr. for disinfection fee and 36 kr. for ship rate. Triest arrival in red on reverse (June 19). A rare and most appealing entire, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 217.rnProvenance: Collection Hans Smith, Corinphila sale 182, Sept 2013, lot 1398.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 7551 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency 1855 (April 16): Letter sheet from the Dardanelles to Trieste, struck with two line "DARDANELLES / AVRIL 17" handstamp in black with day added in manuscript (Tranmer fig. 3), fully prepaid with '12' kr. annotation on reverse as well as Triest arrival in red (April 25). A rare and appealing cover of the greatest rarity as only three items are recorded. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 218.rnProvenance: Collection Acterberg, DF, Geneva, Feb 2000, lot 10622.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 7559 Austrian Levant

    Trieste Rate Handstamps 1858 (March 20): Unpaid entire letter from Trieste to Constantinople endorsed "col Vapore", struck with clear "TRIEST 20 / 3 Abends" despatch cds, reverse with Constantinople arrival cds (25/3). In transit at Triest struck with framed "  / 2-20" rate handstamp (unlisted in van der Linden), the lower part being 2.20 piastres = 12 kreuzer for the sea journey to Constantinople. A spectacular and extremely scarce usage. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 229. 
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7562 Austrian Levant

    Trieste Rate Handstamps 1858 (March 13): Unpaid entire letter from Smyrna to Worms, with "SMIRNE 13/3" despatch cds in black (Tranmer fig. 4), and fine strike of framed '7¼' rate handstamp (Van der Linden fig. 3107) alongside in blue applied in Triest. Reverse with Mainz and distribution cds (March 23) in black. The '7¼' silbergroschen rate handstamp reflects 12 soldi for the Lloyd part and 9 kreuzer CM for the GAPU part of the journey. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 231. 
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7564 Austrian Levant

    Trieste Rate Handstamps 1865 (Nov 20): Unpaid envelope from Smyrna to Amsterdam, struck with "SMIRNE 20/11" cds in black (Tranmer fig. 4), scarce strike of '7' rate handstamp (Van der Linden fig. 3105) alongside in blue. Reverse with Amsterdam arrival cds in red (Nov 28). The '7' silbergroschen rate handstamp reflects 3 silbergroschen each for the Lloyd part and the GAPU part of the journey plus 1 silbergroschen for the Netherlands. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 231. 
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7569 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V16+V18
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    Introduction of Stamps in the Austrian Levant 1863 (Sept 11): Double rate Letter sheet from Alexandria to Venice with receiver's docketing inside, franked by 1863 Arms 5 s. rose and 15 s. brown in a vertical strip of three with the design strongly shifted to the left, all perf. 14, fresh colour and well embossed, tied by clear "ALEXANDRIEN 11/9" cds's in blue (Tranmer fig. 5). Reverse with Venice arrival cds (Sept 18) and distribution handstamp. The 5 s. stamp previously applied around the edge of the cover resulting in a fold, the cover re-folded, imperfections of no importance and mentioned only for accuracy. This extraordinary cover shows the earliest known usage of Austrian Levant stamps and is thereby an essential item for an advanced collection of this area. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 261 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 511. Signed Todd AIEP. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2020).rnProvenance: Collection Kurt Wolfsbauer.rnNote: The usage of Lombardo-Veneto stamps was authorised by the Austrian Postal Administration on September 1st, 1863, initially at the Alexandria Post Office. Due to delivery problems, this date could not be kept and the earliest known usage is this cover from September 11. There are two other covers known from Alexandria and Khartoum which were cancelled on September 12.
    Starting bid : 5,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 7574 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 38/I
    Usage of Austrian stamps in the Levant 1876 (Jan 16): Cover from Constantinople to Vienna endorsed 'via Varna' franked by 1867 Austrian 10 kreuzer blue, fresh colour and fine, tied by "CONSTANTINOPEL" cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 391). Reverse with Vienna arrival cds, an unusual and rare usage.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7575 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 5/I
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    Usage of Levant stamps in Austria 1871 (Feb 5): Cover from Trieste to Milano bearing 1867 Levant 15 s. brown, a fresh and fine example, tied by oval "TRIEST" datestamp (Feb 5) in black, with "P.D." alongside. Reverse with Italian Udine-Verona TPO cds and Milano distribution cachets. A rare usage of a Levant stamp in Austria to cover the Italy rate, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 264 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 617. Cert. Puschmann (1988).
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7577 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 2+4
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    Mixed Usage of Austrian and Levant stamps 1875 (May 8): Letter sheet from Constantinople to Genova endorsed 'via Corfu & Brindisi' franked by 1867 Levant 3 s. green and 10 s. blue in a combination franking with Austria 1867 5 kr. red, two single examples, all stamps in vivid colours and fine condition, tied by "CONSTANTINOPEL 8 / 5 75" cds in black, "P.D." alongside. Reverse with Brindisi transit and Genova arrival cds's. An extremely rare mixed franking of Austrian and Levant stamps to cover the 23 soldi rate to Italy (15 soldi for Lloyd and Austria and 8 soldi for Italy). A marvellous and most appealing soldi / kreuzer combination cover, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on the front cover and on page 265 and in the 1990 Ferchenbauer handbook on page 527. Signed A. Diena, A. Bolaffi; certs. F. Bolaffi (1968), Matl (1999).rnProvenance: Collection Ing. Pietro Provera, Corinphila sale 115, Oct. 1999, lot 1259; Collection Sylvain Wyler, Corinphila sale 163, March 2010, lot 5234.rnNote: Multi-colour mixed frankings between Austrian and Levant definitives belong to the major rarities of the Austrian Levant postal history. This item and the cover from Constantinople to Vienna ex Arthur Linz (Corinphila sale 242, June 2019) are the only two items so far recorded.
    Starting bid : 15,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 7578 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 3Y+5Y
    Austrian Levant Rates 1856 (Jan 25): Cover from Trieste to Constantinople bearing 1854 3 kr. red and 9 kr. blue in fresh colours with 'liliput' cut, tied by "TRIEST 25 / 1 Früh" cds in black, reverse with "CONSTANTINOPEL" arrival (Feb 2) cds (Tchilinghirian fig. 387). An attractive and early prepaid cover showing the 12 kr. rate to Constantinople, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 266 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 526. rnNote: From 1851 and up to 1866 postal rates in the Levant were organized like those in Austria, depending on weight and distance. For mail to the majority of Post Offices 12 kreuzer CM had to be paid up to 1858, thereafter 20 kreuzer ÖW. In addition to these Levant rates the Austrian rate and possible rate components from outside the German-Austrian Postal Union had to be added. This cover had only to be franked with 12 kreuzer CM for the Lloyd because it was despatched in Trieste.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7579 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Levant Rates 1852 (Sept 23): Unpaid Entire letter from Salonica to Trieste struck with crisp two line "SALONICH / 23. SEPTEMBRE" datestamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 594) in black. Reverse with Semlin Quarantine handstamp, Semlin transit and Trieste arrival (Oct 5) cds's. Charged with '21' kreuzer upon arrival, the entire opens well for display. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 266 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 526. rnNote: The Levant rates were independent from the way of transportation, be it via the sea or overland. The receiver of this cover had to pay 21 kreuzer CM in total, 12 kreuzer for the overland transport to Semlin, but here in addition 9 kreuzer for third rayon tariff within Austria.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7599 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V22
    Largest regional expansion 1866 (Sept 28): Entire letter from Plovdiv to Vienna, franked with 1864 Arms pair of 10 s. blue, perf. 9½, fresh and fine, cancelled by "FILIPOPOLI 28/9" cds in black (Tchilingirian fig. 868). Reverse with Vienna arrival cds. A rare Post Office for prepaid franked covers, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 303 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 529. Signed Colla, Ferchenbauer.rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Anton & Elisabeth Jerger, Corinphila sale 140, May 2004, lot 787.rnNote: Interesting rate after the unification of the Austrian rates on January 1, 1866 with 5 s. for Austria and before the unification of the Levant rates on October 15, 1866 with unchanged 15 s. for the Levant part of the journey.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7602 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 4/II
    Largest regional expansion 1879 (July 15): Cover from Plovdiv to Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, then under Austrian occupation, franked with 1874 fine whiskers 10 s. blue, tied by crisp "FILIPOPOLI 15/7" cds in black (Tchilingirian fig. 868). Reverse with Constantinopoli, Szeged and Brood transit cds's and "ETAPPEN-POSTAMT No XXXI 23/7 79" Fieldpost arrival cds. Opening tear on reverse of envelope, but a rare usage of the fine printing to an unusual destination, illustrated in 'Die österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 305. Signed Colla and Ferchenbauer.rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Anton & Elisabeth Jerger, Corinphila sale 140, May 2004, lot 788.rnNote: 10 soldi UPU rate from Plovdiv in Eastern Roumelia, after the Russo-Turkish War of 1877/78 and the peace treaty of Berlin, an autonomous province in the Ottoman Empire under a Christian ruler. Interestingly all mail from Eastern Roumelia had first to go to Constantinople, even if directed to the west.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7605 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V21+4/I
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    Largest regional expansion 1869 (Jan 29): Cover from Dardanelli to Trieste, bearing 1864 Arms 5 s. rose in mixed franking with 1867 10 s. blue, negligible crease at top right corner, tied by "IN DEN DARDANELLEN 29/1" cds in black (Tranmer fig. 4). Reverse with oval Triest arrival cds (Feb 4). Some toning and file folds, but an appealing cover with a scarce cancellation and combination usage. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 308. Cert. Alberto Diena (1976).rnProvenance: Collection 'Monte Napoleone', Corinphila sale 78, Oct 1988, lot 862; Collection Henry W. Houser, Robson Lowe, June 1992, lot 1263.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 7608 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V21+4/I
    Largest regional expansion 1869 (May 24): Entire letter from Rethymno to Trieste, bearing 1864 Arms 5 s. rose, perf. 9½ in mixed franking with 1867 10 s. blue, tied by "RETTIMO 24/5" cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 549). Reverse with oval Triest arrival cds (June 5). An attractive cover with a scarce cancellation, illustrated in 'Die österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 309 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 540.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 7612 Austrian Levant

    Largest regional expansion 1885 (Jan 25): Postal stationery card 5 s. red written in Hebrew, mailed from Jerusalem to Frankfurt, cancelled by "JERUSALEM 25/1/85 GERUSALEMME" cds (Tranmer type H) in black, with attractive 'J. L. GOLDWICHT JERUSALEM' company cachet in blue below depicting the Western Wall in Jerusalem, הַכּוֹתֶל הַמַּעֲרָבִי. A fine and desirable item, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 311.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7618 Austrian Levant

    Competitors of the Austrian Lloyd - France 1863: Covers (2) from Salonica to London and Genova respectively, bearing France Napoléon perforated 1862 20 c. blue in a strip of three, and a pair with 40 c. orange, respectively, each tied by Gros Chiffres '5095' in black, Salonique despatch and framed PD alongside, corresponding transit and arrival cds's. An interesting duo with some imperfections.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 7633 Austrian Levant

    International Postal Connections to Europe - Saxony 1864 (Dec 30): Unpaid entire letter from Constantinople to Eberbach bei Löbau, endorsed "via Triest", struck with superb "CONSTANTINOPLEL 30 / 12" cds (Tchilinghirian fig. 387) in black. Reverse with Reichenberg and Oderwitz transit cds's (Jan 8). The front shows '20 / 15' kreuzer for Lloyd and Austria, respectively, the receiver was charged with '7' neugroschen. A fresh and fine entre depicting the standard rate from the Levant to the GAPU. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 380.rnNote: Due to the German-Austrian Postal Treaty the German States had the same rates to the Levant as Austria.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 7652 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 2/I+4/I
    International Postal Connections to Europe - Great Britain 1875 (Feb 17): Envelope from Smirna to London, endorsed "Via Trieste", franked with 1867 coarse whiskers 3 s. green and 10 s. blue in a horizontal pair, all cancelled by "SMIRNE 17 / 2" thimble cds in black (Tranmer fig. 10), with London arrival cds (March 8 1875) alongside. On front, manuscript '8' kreuzer in red crayon for onward postage beyond Prussia. Slight file folds but an attractive item.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 7660 Austrian Levant

    International Postal Connections to Europe - France 1850/54: Two unpaid entire letters from Salonica to Lyon and from Constantinople to Paris respectively, struck with two line SALONICH or CONSTANTINOPEL datestamps in black, French entry cds in red and blue, respectively and "T.A." postal treaty handstamp alongside the 1850 entire with "über / BASEL", and both with Sigillium sanitatis Quarantine handstamps on reverse. The front of the covers show '18' and '36' décimes due for a first and fourth weight rate cover, respectively. An appealing duo.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7661 Austrian Levant

    International Postal Connections to Europe - France 1856/57: Two unpaid entire letters from Bucharest to Rheims and Paris, respectively, both struck with BUKAREST cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 713), French entry cds in blue and framed "T.A." postal treaty handstamp alongside. Reverse with Hermannstadt transit and arrival cds's. The front of the covers show '16' and '24' décimes due for a first and double weight rate cover, respectively. An appealing pair.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7668 Austrian Levant

    International Postal Connections to Europe - Italy 1858 (April 28): Prepaid entire letter from Salonica to Genova, struck with two line "SALONICH / 28. AVRIL" handstamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 594), "P.D." and FRANCO, both in red alongside. Reverse with Genova arrival cds (May 8) and rated "2.20" piastre which covers the whole journey to Sardinia. An attractive and rare prepaid usage.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 7669 Austrian Levant

    International Postal Connections to Europe - Italy 1863: Entire letters (2) from Smirna, including one sent unpaid via Ancona to Intra on the Lago Maggiore, and one sent fully prepaid via Trieste to Como; both with framed PIROSCAFI / POSTALI / AUSTRIACI in black or red respectively; and corresponding transit and arrival datestamps on reverse. The entire to Intra was charged with '7' décimes due upon arrival, the cover to Como was prepaid with 28 soldi, thereby reflecting identical taxes for franco or porto covers. Two attractive and interesting covers, a fine duo which display well together.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7676 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 2/I+3/I+4/I+5/I
    International Postal Connections to Europe - Italy 1874 (April 25): Registered cover from Sulina in the Danube estuary to Rome, redirected to Florence, endorsed "Via Vienna", franked on front with 1867 coarse whiskers 3 s. green, 5 s. red and 15 s. brown, on reverse with 10 s. blue, fine and fresh adhesives, tied by "SULINA 25 / 4 74" cds of the Austrian consular service in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 840), "RECOM:" in black alongside. Reverse with 'Itzkany' transit cds and a plentiful array of Italian datestamps. A delightful and rare four colour franking of great visual appeal, sensibly opened up for display. Illustrated in Edition d'Or volume XII on page 171 and in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 415. Signed E. Diena rnProvenance: Collection Monte Napoleone, 78. Corinphila sale (Sept 1988), lot, 676; Collection Acterberg, DF, Geneva, Feb 2000, lot 10715; Collection 'Moldau', Corinphila sale 167, Dec 2010, lot 7116.rnNote: In 1867 a new postal treaty between Austria and Italy unified the postal rate to 15 kreuzer resulting in a Levant to Italy rate mailed overland via Vienna, of 25 soldi. In 1872 this rate was further reduced to 23 soldi. The Post Offices in the Dobrudja such as Sulina were closed in 1879, when this area came under Romanian rule after the 1877/78 war.
    Starting bid : 12,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 7678 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 2+3+4+6
    International Postal Connections to Europe - Italy 1869: Covers (2) via Brindisi, including one 1869 entire letter from Constantinople to Genova with 1867 3 s. green, 5 s. red and 10 s. blue, two examples; and 1869 cover from Smirna to Genova with 1867 pair of 3 s. green and 25 s. grey, both with the corresponding transit and arrival datestamps on reverse. Some minor imperfections but generally fine and interesting covers with multi-colour frankings for the 28 soldi rate.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7679 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V20+6/I
    International Postal Connections to Europe - Italy 1869 (Jan 16): Cover from Smirna to Genova endorsed "via Brindisi", bearing 1864 Arms 3 s. green perf. 9½, in mixed issue franking with 1867 25 s. grey, tied by light "SMIRNE 16 / .." thimble cds in black (Tranmer fig. 10). "P.D." in blue-green and small framed "PIROSCAFI / POSTALI / ITALIANI" alongside, reverse with Brindisi transit and Genova arrival cds's (Jan 22). An appealing cover with a rare mixed franking to pay the 28 soldi rate. Signed Edwin Müller and A. Diena.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7684 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 6/I
    International Postal Connections to Europe - Italy 1873 (Jan 1): Entire letter at double rate from Constantinople to Florence, franked with horizontal pair of 1867 25 s. lilac, tied by ornamental "CONSTANTINOPEL 1 / 1" cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 385), "P.D." in black alongside. Reverse with Firenze arrival and distribution datestamps (Jan 9). Minor perforation irregularities and some toning, part of address scored out, an interesting cover with a rare multiple franking, illustrated and discussed in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV at page 566. Ferchenbauer = € 4'500.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
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    Lot# : 7700 Austrian Levant

    International Postal Connections to Europe - Russia 1866c: Unpaid cover from Beirut to St. Petersburg, struck with "BERUTTI 15/11" cds in brown (Tranmer fig. 3), reverse with oval Triest transit datestamp and Warsaw transit cds in red (Dec 7, Julian calendar). On front '10 / 15' soldi were noted for the Levant and Austria charges, in addition the total due of '27' kopecks. Cover roughly opened and shortened at top, but an appealing cover to an extraordinary destination at this date. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 438.rnNote: In spite of a Russian Levant Post Office in Beirut, this item was mailed via the Austrian Post. The rate includes 10 soldi for the Levant, 10 soldi for Austria and 15 soldi for Russia.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7702 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 5/I
    International Postal Connections to Europe - Russia 1872 (April 12): Entire letter from Constantinople to St. Petersburg, franked with 1867 15 s. brown, a fresh and fine horizontal pair, tied by "CONSTANTINOPEL 12/4" cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 387). Reverse with St. Petersburg arrival cds (April 7). Cover with archival folds away from the stamps, some minor staining, but a scarce cover, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 437.rnNote: Nearly all mail to Russia was transported with the Russian ROPiT shipping agency, therefor this cover represents a rare usage.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7706 Austrian Levant

    Postal Connections to Overseas - USA 1862ca: Cover presumably from Constantinople to Andover near Boston, USA struck with three line "LETTERE ARRIVATE / PER VAPORE / DEL LEVANTE" handstamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 99), Aachen (June 1) and "NEW YORK Am PKT" (June 19) transit datestamps alongside. Front shows '6' silbergroschen equal to '15' cents due, after addition of Belgium transit and shipmail fees '40' cents due. A fresh and fine cover, illustrated in 'Die Osterreichische Post in der Levante' on page 471.rn 
    Starting bid : 180 CHF
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