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AUSTRIAN MAIL IN THE LEVANT - The Werner Schindler Collection
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  • Lot# : 7501 Austrian Levant

    Early Levant Captain letters 1443: Delightful early entire letter mailed from Constantinople, a merchant's letter opened out for display with arrival date noted on reverse (16 December). Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 89. Signed P. Vollmeier.rnNote: This is an extremely early mailing, ten years before Constantinople fell to the Turks in May 1453. Until the introduction of regular postal courses such as the land route between Vienna and Constantinople in 1746, merchants had to rely on the services of individual ship captains. Mailing was highly uncertain and often took several months.
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    Lot# : 7502 Austrian Levant

    Early Levant Captain letters 1606 (Feb 28): Entire letter mailed from Cairo to Venice with archive slit in front panel, mailed from Alexandria and endorsed "Nave Balbiana", a fine and early entire. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 89.
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    Lot# : 7503 Austrian Levant

    Consular mail Services and their disruption during War 1737 (Jan 5): Entire letter from Constantinople to Marseilles with manuscript Forwarding Agent 'Les Freres Palm à Vienne le 9. fevr. 1737' notation on reverse showing French D'AUTRICHE in black and manuscript '19' Sols due on front. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 92. rnNote: Beginning in 1728 it was possible for merchant's mail to be included in the somewhat erratic Consular mail carried between Constantinople and Vienna. This service was of course cancelled in July 1737 when Austria entered the war against the Ottoman Empire on the side of its allies, the Russian Empire. This cover was despatched when Russia had already invaded the Khanate of the Crimea in 1736 whilst Austria itself was still reluctant to put troops in the field against the Ottomans.
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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. 
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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.
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    Lot# : 7506 Austrian Levant

    Disinfected Mail 1767 (May 15): Entire letter from Constantinople to Marseilles with manuscript Forwarding Agent 'Jean Henry Stametz à Vienne le 5 Juin 1767' notation on reverse showing French D'AUSTRICHE in black and manuscript '27' Sols due on front. The cover shows traces of vinegar disinfection from outside but without the rastel punching. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 96. rnNote: From 1752, the regular mail service between Constantinople and Vienna was extended to twice a month.
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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.
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    Lot# : 7508 Austrian Levant

    Disinfected mail 1787 (Jan. 8): Entire letter from Smyrna to London, Rogers correspondence, with manuscript Forwarding Agent 'rec'd in Galata the 8 Jany G. Abbott' and 'Vienne le 29. Janvier 1787 recu fréres Smitner' notations as well as Semlin 'SIGILLUM SANITATIS' disinfection strike on reverse - an extremely early usage (first month?) with London Bishop Mark of arrival (FE/10) alongside. A fine and rare double Forwarder to an unusual destination at this date. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 97. rn 
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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.
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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.
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    Lot# : 7511 Austrian Levant

    Impact of the Napoleonic Wars 1809 (July 2): Entire letter from Dobrota in Montenegro to Venice with very fine 'CATTARO / IN ALBANIA' handstamp (Müller 216a = 300 points) in black, reverse with indistinct Venezia datestamp in red. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 101. rnNote: After the peace treaty of Schönbrunn in 1809 Austria lost all Adriatic areas such as Triest and Dalmatia and the Illyrian Provinces which became an integral part of the French Empire. Cattaro, nowadays Kotor in Montenegro, had been under French rule since 1805. Due to this development became a landlocked country and France had a direct border with the Ottoman Empire.
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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. 
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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# : 7515 Austrian Levant

    Disinfected Mail 1815 (Aug. 10): Letter sheet from Constantinople to Geneva, Switzerland showing coarse rastel punching and superb 'SIGILLIUM SANITATIS' disinfection strike of the Rotheturm Kontumazamt on reverse, opening well for display. Receiver is Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné (1794-1870), the item illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 105.rnNote: This is the cover which is described in Meyer - "Disinfected Mail" on page 52 as being the earliest usage known at the Rothenturm Pass and which is depicted as type 1 on page 53. Therefore it is the earliest recorded item known to be disinfected at a Lazaret in Romania.
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    Lot# : 7516 Austrian Levant

    Additional land routes from Constantinople to Vienna 1821 (March 28): Letter sheet from Rimnik in Valachia to Brasov in Transsylvania, without rastel punches, showing a neat Rothenturm 'SIGILLIUM  SANITATIS' disinfection strike (Meyer page 53, type 3) alongside. An attractive 'local' item from Valachia via the Carpathian mountains to the South of Transsylvania. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 133.rnNote: As part of the efforts of the Austrian postal administration to establish a stable and reliable postal system for the Balkans and the Levant, additional postal routes beside the Belgrad route were established with the Routenturm pass being one of the most important.
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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.
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    Lot# : 7518 Austrian Levant

    Consular Post offices 1836: Entire Letter from Bucharest endorsed 'par Vienne' to Livorno, Tuscany struck with clear oval ornamental "BUKUREST / IN DER WALACHEY" handstamp (Müller 2008c = 180 points; Tchilinghirian fig. 706) in black and oval "VON / HERMANNSTADT / FRANCO" transit handstamp in red. Reverse with Rothenturm 'SIGILLIUM  SANITATIS' disinfection and additional partial LAZZERETTO strike as well as arrival datestamp, charged '14' kreuzer due for Austria. Some imperfections with upper flap detached, but a rare and attractive cover, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 135.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 7519 Austrian Levant

    Consular Post offices 1841 (July 19): Entire Letter from Bucharest to the entrepreneur Georg Simon Sina (1783-1856) in Vienna, struck with clear one line BUKUREST handstamp (Müller 2008d; Tchilinghirian fig. 707) in black: Reverse with Rothenturm 'SIGILLIUM  SANITATIS' disinfection handstamp with parts of the red wax seal and "WIEN 31 JUL" arrival datestamp, charged in total '7+14/21' kreuzer due upon arrival. A fresh and fine cover, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 135.
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    Lot# : 7520 Austrian Levant

    Consular Post offices 1836ca.: Entire Letter from Jassy to Paris, struck with clear one line JASSY handstamp (Tchilinghirian fig. 753) in black, French oval "Autrich p. Huningue" in red and AT in black alongside, reverse with "PARIS 14 AOUT 36" arrival datestamp, the item rastel punched and charged in total '19' décimes due upon arrival. A fresh and fine cover, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 136.
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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.
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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.
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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# : 7524 Austrian Levant

    Post office in Belgrade 1842 (Dec. 13): Receipt of delivery for a document sent by the local Military administration of Semlin to Belgrad regarding a craftsman of Austrian nationality living in Belgrad, struck with crisp "SIGILLIUM SANITATIS" disinfection handstamp applied at Semlin. An interesting item from the first year of the Austrian Levant Post Office in Belgrade, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 140.
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    Lot# : 7525 Austrian Levant

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    Post office in Belgrade 1856 (April 30): Entire Letter from Belgrade dated internally on April 18, 1856 to Titel in the Banat Military Zone, franked with 1854 3 kr. red, a fresh and fine example, tied by clear two line "BELGRAD / 30 APR." datestamp (Müller 178a = 120 points / Tchilinghirian fig. 663) in black, reverse with "SIGILLIUM SANITATIS" disinfection handstamp and light rastel punches applied at Semlin and "TITEL 2 / 5" arrival datestamp in black. A superb and rare cover, a late usage of Imperial definitives in the Belgrad PO which was in principal discontinued when it came under the administrative control of the Temesvar postal district in 1855. A famous cover showing a light contemporary wrinkle in the upper margin just mentioned for accuracy, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 138 as well as in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 470. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2003).rnProvenance: Collection 'Donau', Corinphila sale 139, Nov. 2003, lot 2333.
    Starting bid : 2,000 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# : 7527 Austrian Levant

    Postal relations with Bosnia-Herzegovina 1855 (Oct. 16): Letter sheet from Bosnia to Pest, brought with messenger to the Austrian auxilliary Quarantine station in Rajevoselo at the border between Bosnia and the Slovene Military Zone, with a handwritten notion in German "N. 304 Von aussen und innen rein geräuchert bei dem Filial Rastell zu Racvoselo am 16 8ber 855 / Signature" (Meyer page 50/51) was applied. Mailed from Austrian Post Office in Winkowze where 1854 3 kr. red and 6 kr. brown were added, two fine and fresh examples with fair to good margins, tied by two line "WINKOVZE / .. OCT." datestamp (Müller 3255c) in black. Reverse with Esseg transit and Pesth arrival datestamps (Oct 22) in black. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 144 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 471.rnNote: The Austrian postal administration planned at the beginning of the 1850's to open a Post Office in Sarajevo to improve the postal relationships with Bosnia-Herzegovina. However, after the opening of an Ottoman PO in Sarajevo, these plans became obsolete. The mail from Bosnia to Austria had therefore to be brought by messenger to an Austrian PO for onward transmission.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7528 Austrian Levant

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    Postal relations with Bosnia-Herzegovina 1856 (March 13): Part paid cover from Sarajevo via Brood to Pest, posted at the Ottoman Post Office in Sarajevo, struck on front with all Arabic 'Bosna' handstamp in blue (Coles & Walker fig. 1), reverse with Austrian disinfection handstamp applied at Semlin. Mailed again at the Austrian P.O. in Brood, where a "BROOD / 13 MAR." datestamp was applied and an 1854 3 kr. red was added, a superb and fresh example with large margins all round, tied by manuscript pen strokes in black. Reverse with Esseg transit cds (March 17) in black. The franking on reverse was neglected upon arrival in Pest and the cover was charged with '12' kreuzer, resulting from 9 kreuzer for the postage and 3 kreuzer charging fee. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 144 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 471. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2020).rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Anton Jerger.rnNote: This item is a cover from Bosnia which was despatched at the Ottoman PO in Sarajevo and transfered to the Austrian postal sytem for onward transmission.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
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    Lot# : 7529 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 13/II+14/II
    Postal relations with Bosnia-Herzegovina 1861 (Sept. 21): Entire letter from Deverent to Trieste, bilingually addressed, carried by messenger to the Austrian Post Office in Brood where 1858 5 kr. red and 10 kr. brown, both Type II were applied, tied by two line "BROOD / SEPT 21" datestamp superbly struck in black. Reverse with Agram transit and oval Triest arrival (25/9) datestamps in black. Illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 145.rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Anton Jerger.
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    Lot# : 7530 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 20+21
    Postal relations with Bosnia-Herzegovina 1861 (Dec. 5): Entire letter from Banja Luca to the merchant Alessandro Covacevich in Trieste, carried by messenger to the Austrian Post Office in Alt-Gradisca where 1861 5 kr. red and two examples of 10 kr. brown were applied, one on the reverse to cover the registration surtaxe (torn on opening), all tied by "ALT-GRADISKA 5 / 12" cds's in black. "RECOM." registration handstamp alongside, reverse with Agram transit and oval "RECOMMANDIRT TRIEST 9/12 1861" arrival datestamp in black. A fine cover in the third rayon, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 146.
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    Lot# : 7531 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 14/II
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    Postal relations with Bosnia-Herzegovina 1863 (Oct. 29): Entire letter from Banja-Luca to the merchant Alessandro Covacevich in Trieste, carried by messenger to the Austrian Post Office in Alt-Gradisca where 1858 10 kr. brown, three fresh and fine examples, well perf. and embossed, were applied and tied by "ALT-GRADISKA 2/11" cds's in black. Reverse with 'Sissek / Bahnhof' transit and framed Triest (Nov. 5) arrival datestamp in black. A fine double rate cover in the third rayon, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 146 cert. Ferchenbauer (2020).
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    Lot# : 7532 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : Turkey 8
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    Postal relations with Bosnia-Herzegovina 1866 (March 13): Part paid cover from Sarajevo via Brood to Trieste, posted at the Ottoman Post Office in Sarajevo, bearing Duloz 1865 2 pi. light blue, tied by indistinct all Arabic 'Bosna' handstamp in black (Coles & Walker fig. 4/5). Sent to the Austran P.O. in Brood, where "BROOD / 14. JUL." datestamp was struck on front, reverse with Triest arrival datestamp in blue. The cover was charged upon arrival with '10' kreuzer, resulting from 5 kreuzer for the postage and 5 kreuzer charging fee. Fine and fresh part paid cover with the postage up to the border between Bosnia and Austria paid by the sender, while the addressee had to pay the residual part of the journey, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 145. Signed A. Diena. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2020).
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    Lot# : 7533 Austrian Levant

    Austrian occupation of Moldavia and Walachia during the Crimean War 1855 (Aug. 20): Entire letter from Vienna to Baron du Mont, an officer at the Headquarter of the Austrian troops in Bucharest, returned to Vienna, '9' kreuzer in cash paid the military concession rate. Reverse with Hermannstadt transit and Fieldpost "K.K.FELDPOSTAMT No. 1 26/8" arrival (Tchilinghirian fig. 712) cds's in black and Vienna return cds (Sept. 10) in red. A rare and most unusual entire. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 151.rnNote: Austrian troops occupied Moldavia and Walachia in the summer of 1854 after the retreat of the Russian forces. The Austrian Consular Post Offices handled the Fieldpost of the Austrian troops and later, civilian mail also. The Fieldpost offices closed in March 1857 after the end of war and were converted into Consular Post Offices.
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    Lot# : 7534 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 5Y
    Austrian occupation of Moldavia and Walachia during the Crimean War 1854 (Nov. 22): Entire letter from Vienna to Baron du Mont, an officer at the Headquarters of the Austrian troops in Bucharest, franked by bearing 1850/54 9 kr. blue, four large margins, paying the military concession rate, tied by "WIEN 22 / 11, 6 A." cds. Hermannstadt transit and "K.K.FELDPOSTAMT No. 1 30 / 11" Fieldpost arrival (Tchilinghirian fig. 712) cds's in black displaying well on the reverse. A rare and attractive incoming cover which opens well for display, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 151.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 7535 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 3Y+5Y
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    Austrian occupation of Moldavia and Walachia during the Crimean War 1856 (April 26): Entire letter from the Fieldpost office in Craiova, Romania to Vienna bearing 1850/54 3 kr. red in a horizontal pair and 9 kr. blue, vivid colours and good to large margins all round, tied by fine strikes of Fieldpost "K.K. ÖST. F.P. KRAIOVA 26 / 4" (Tchilinghirian fig. 735) cds's. Reverse with Quarantine "gereinigt b. k.k. Rastelamte ALT-ORSOVA 27 / .. 1856" cachet in black, Temesvar transit and Vienna arrival cds's in black. The cover lightly rastel punched without affecting the fine adhesives. A marvellous and very attractive outgoing civil cover, illustrated in Edition d'Or volume XI on page 158 and 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 152. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2004).rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Anton & Elisabeth Jerger, Corinphila sale 144, May 2005, lot 163.rn                   Collection 'Moldau', Corinphila sale 167, Dec. 2010, lot 7124.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 7536 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 4Y+5Y
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    Austrian occupation of Moldavia and Walachia during the Crimean War 1856 (Nov 22): Cover from the Field Post Office in Craiova, Romania to Vienna bearing 1850/54 6 kr. brown and 9 kr. blue, fresh colours and good to large margins all round, tied by Feldpost "K.K. ÖST. F.P. KRAIOVA 22/11" (Tchilinghirian fig. 735) cds. Reverse with Quarantine "gereinigt b. k.k. Rastelamte ALT-ORSOVA 24 / 11 1856" cachet in black, Temesvar transit and Vienna arrival cds's in black. The cover lightly rastel punched without affecting the fine adhesives. A very attractive outgoing civil cover, illustrated in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on p. 473 and 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 152. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2020).rnProvenance: Collections Dr. Anton Jerger.rnNote: From March 1855, the Fieldpost offices in Moldavia and Walachia also accepted mail from civilians. A 15 kreuzer rate had to be paid with six kreuzer for the Romanian part and nine kreuzer due for Austria.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 7537 Austrian Levant

    Austrian occupation of Moldavia and Walachia during the Crimean War 1857 (Sept. 3): Entire letter from Fokschan to Paris struck with Fieldpost "K.K. FELDPOSTAMT 3s Ae Cs 3/9" (Tchilinghirian fig. 737) cds, French entry cds (Sept 14) in blue and framed postal contract handstamp "T.A." alongside. Reverse with Hermannstadt transit and Paris arrival cds's in black, the cover rastel punched and taxed with '22' décimes due on arrival. A late usage of a Fieldpost cancellation after the end of the War, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 153. rnNote: Most of the former Fieldpost offices received new postmarks after being re-converted into Consular Post Offices. Only those in Fokschan and Ploesti used the Fieldpost cancellers for some time after the War.
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    Lot# : 7538 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V16
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    Austrian occupation of Moldavia and Walachia during the Crimean War 1864 (Sept. 20): Entire letter from Ploesti to Leipzig bearing four examples of 1863 Arms 5 kr. dark rose, perf. 14, all with fresh colour, well tied by Fieldpost "K.K. ÖST. F:P. PLOESCHTI 20 / 9" (Tchilinghirian fig. 767) cds's in black. Reverse with Hermannstadt transit and Leipzig distribution (25/IX) cds's in black. An astonishing franking with this late usage of a Crimean War Fieldpost cancellation, illustrated in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on p. 474 and in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 153. Signed Colla. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2004).rnProvenance: Collection Dr. Anton & Elisabeth Jerger, Corinphila sale 140, May 2004, lot 887. rn 
    Starting bid : 3,500 CHF
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    Lot# : 7539 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V32+V34
    Austrian postal services of Moldavia and Walachia 1866 (Feb. 2): Return receipt for a registered cover from Hermannstadt to Jassy bearing 1864 Arms 5 kr. rose and 15 kr. bistre, perf. 9½, following the regulations cancelled twice with "HERMANNSTADT 2/2" cds and upon return with "JASSY 10/2" cds (Tchilinghirian fig 757) in black, a circular Hermannstadt handstamp without date partially below the stamps. Reverse with 'Hermannstadt Recoman.' (Feb 15) arrival datestamp. Upper stamp with pre-use thin on reverse, but a rare receipt from Transsylvania to Moldavia and back, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 161. rnNote: Receipts were attached to the registered items and had to be franked at letter rate. In February 1866 the Austrian inland rates had already been unified, while the Austrian Levant rates were unchanged resulting in 5 kreuzer for Austria and 15 soldi due for the Levant.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 7540 Austrian Levant

    Expansion at Sea 1822 (Jan. 10): Entire letter from Venice to Corfu, endorsed "Col. Cap: Francesco Davanzo", struck with circular "ISOLE IONIE" handstamp in bluish green. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 209. rnNote: Corfu and the Ionian Islands constituted the 'United States of the Ionian Islands' under British protection after the Napoleonic Wars. In June 1819 the Austrian government established a regular shipmail service, first between Trieste and Corfu, in 1833 extended to Patras and from 1834 up to Alexandria. Prior to the foundation of the DDSG in 1829 the service was performed using private ships.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 7541 Austrian Levant

    Expansion at Sea 1825 (April 21): Letter sheet from Scutari in Albania with Austrian parcel shipmail post to Trieste struck with one line LEVANTE handstamp (Müller 1923a = 210 points) in red applied upon arrival in Trieste. Reverse with one line TRIEST 5 MAY 1825 arrival datestamp in blue. A rare cancellation in red, the cover illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 210. 
    Starting bid : 300 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# : 7543 Austrian Levant

    Expansion at Sea 1831 (May 28): Entire letter from Trieste to Corfu with manuscript endorsement "Col Imp Rey Pacheto D.C.S." for a Parcel by the same ship at lower left, struck with oval "V. TRIESTE" handstamp (Müller 1575e) in red, "OFFICIO DELLA POSTA GENERALE / CORFU" Arms handstamp in black alongside. Reverse with hooded 'Corfu' datestamp (June 6) in black. A fine entire that opens well for display. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 209. rn 
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7544 Austrian Levant

    DDSG Shipping Agency 1843: Entire letter from Constantinople to Gemlik on the Sea of Marmara, struck with circular "D.D.S.G. / P.P. / CONSTANTINOPOLI" handstamp in blue-green (Tchilinghirian fig. 441), a fine strike of this extraordinarily rare cancellation (never found in superb quality), the cover illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 211. rnNote: In 1829, the Donau-Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschft (DDSG, Danube Steamshipping Company) was founded. It supplied postal services on the Danube as well as on the Black and Aegean Sea. In 1845, the DDSG services were restricted to the Danube and Odessa.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 7545 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd shipping agency 1837: Entire letters (2) transported with the Austrian Lloyd in its first year of service: 1837 entire from Triest to Nauplion endorsed "Via Patrasso col. P. Vapore Aust. Conte Kolowrat" and 1837 entire from Cefalonia, Ionian Islands to Triest with framed "FRANCA" and hooded 'Cefalonia' despatch datestamp in blue. Both covers are illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 212. rnNote: In 1837, the Austrian Lloyd was founded. Initially providing postal services on the Mediterranean Sea and thereafter DDSG routes on the Black Sea in 1845.
    Starting bid : 200 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# : 7548 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency 1855: Entire letter from Aleppo to London, endorsed "par Trieste", struck with clear and extremely rare bilingual Arabic "L + A / An canib-i posta Haleb Nemce 1855" (Lloyd Austriaco From the Austrian Post in Aleppo 1855) handstamp (Müller 2024a = 1'400 points / Tranmer fig. 1) in blue with framed "P.P." in blue alongside, partially prepaid with '12 K' up to Triest. However, in Alexandretta or Beirut the cover was passed to the French Levant postal sytem and the Austrian PP on front was deleted. The reverse shows Beyrouth (Dec 15) and Paris to Calais ambulant (Dec 29) transit as well as London arrival (Dec 27) cds's. French due was noted as '19' décimes, with 1 shilling on receipt. Cover with file fold not affecting the postmark, an impressive and appealing entire. Signed Nakri AIEP. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 214.rnProvenance: Collection Herry Schäfer, private sale.rnNote: This is the only bilingual Austrian Levant postmark - a rarity only in use from 1855/56. Ing. Edwin Müller (1960) knew only two items with this cancellation in black, a number not changed until 1976, when Keith Tranmer published his study on this subject (see collection 'Monte Napoleone', Corinphila sale 78, Sept. 1988, lot 895; collection 'Cihangir', Corinphila sale 121, May 2000, lot 1929). Keith Tranmer stated that this handstamp was used only as an arrival mark, however four covers including the present one are known to the describer, all struck in 1855/56 in blue or blackish blue and all being part of the same Dahlah correspondence, sent via Trieste or intended to be sent via Trieste to London, where this postmark clearly functioned as a temporary despatch postmark (Collection Franz See,  Corinphila sale 62, May 1979, lot 2423; Collection 'Cihangir', Corinphila sale 121, May 2000, lot 1994 & Corinphila sale 124, Oct 2000, lot 5756, this entire).
    Starting bid : 2,000 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# : 7550 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency 1852 (Nov 16): Entire letter from Ibraila to Syra, struck with crisp impression of oval "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / Ibraila" in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 827). Syra arrival cds on reverse (Nov 25), and charged 10 lepta due on receipt in red crayon, a superb strike and a quite beautiful cover, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 218.
    Starting bid : 300 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# : 7552 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Lloyd Agency 1856 (Oct 14): Entire letter from Cavalla to Syra, struck with very fine impression of oval framed Sunburst type "AGENZIA DEL LLOYD AUSTRIACO / CAVALLA" in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 632). Charged 15 lepta due on receipt in red crayon, a magnificent strike of this rare marking and a quite beautiful cover, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 217.rnProvenance: Collection Hans Smith, Corinphila sale 182, Sept. 2013, lot 1590.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 7553 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 19+21
    Austrian Lloyd Rates 1862 (Jan 19): Entire letter from Ragusa to Scutari, bearing 1861 3 kr. green and 10 kr. brown, two fine and fresh examples, cancelled by crisp two line "RAGUSA / 19. GEN." datestamp in black. An attractive item presenting this rare rate, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 226 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on p. 535 Ferchenbauer = € 1'850.rnNote: Special rate up to 1866 for mail between the Austrian ports in Dalmatia and the Küstenland and sent to Albania - 3 kreuzer for the local transport to the despatch harbour and 10 kreuzer for the Lloyd service.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
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    Lot# : 7554 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 38/I + Turkey 15A
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    Austrian Lloyd Rates 1868ca: Cover written from Venice and posted from Trieste to Scutari, endorsed "vapore Antivari", bearing 1867 10 kr. blue, tied by oval "TRIEST" datestamp (May 18), superb strike of thimble "SCUTARI D'ALBANIE 23/5" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 497) alongside as well as Turkish 1 pi. brown postage due, tied by light Scutari handstamp (Coles & Walker fig. 3 / Tchilinghirian fig. 498). An attractive cover showing the reduced Albania rate of 10 kreuzer, while the Turkish stamp paid the rate from Antivari harbour to Scutari. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 226. Signed Holcombe. Cert. Ferchenbauer (1983) Ferchenbauer = € 4'000.rnNote: After the Austrian rate unification of 1866, the rate from the Küstenland harbours to Albania was reduced to 10 kreuzer. The sender of this letter sent this item with a messenger from Venice to Trieste to use this reduced rate instead of the 20 soldi from Venice to Antivari.
    Starting bid : 800 CHF
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    Lot# : 7555 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 4/I
    Austrian Lloyd Rates 1871 (Dec 2): Entire letter from Meteline to Constantinople bilingually addressed, bearing 1867 10 s. blue, tied by "METELINE" cds (2/12) in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 566), reverse with Lloyd Constantinopoli arrival cds (5/12). Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 225 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on p. 536.rnNote: Regular rate from port to port within the Levant of 10 soldi.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
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    Lot# : 7556 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 2/I
    Austrian Lloyd Rates 1871 (Aug 20): Entire letter written in the Dardanelles and sent to Constantinople, bearing 1867 3 s. green, a horizontal pair and a single, tied by manuscrirpt pen strokes. Reverse with Lloyd Constantinopoli arrival cds (21/8). Some aging around perfs. and overlapping edge of entire at top but an exceptionally rare rate. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 225 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on p. 536.rnProvenance: Collection Acterberg, DF, Geneva, Feb 2000, lot 10623.rnNote: Special rate between neighbouring ports of 9 soldi.
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
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    Lot# : 7557 Austrian Levant

    Trieste Rate Handstamps 1867: Unpaid Letter sheet from Alexandria to Frankfurt endorsed "via Trieste", struck with clear "ALEXANDRIEN 6 / 3" cds in blue (Tranmer fig. 5), two strikes of '15' rate handstamps (van der Linden 3152) alongside, reverse with Frankfurt distribution datestamp (10/3). An attractive usage, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 228. rnNote: In the second half of the 1850s, numeral rate handstamps were introduced primarily in Trieste to simplify the handling of the large volume of unpaid or underpaid incoming mail from the Levant. They were in kreuzer, silbergroschen and piaster currency depending on the destination of the charged item. In this case 15 kr. were charged for the Lloyd part from Egypt and 15 kr. for the part of the journey within the German-Austrian Postal Union.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7558 Austrian Levant

    Trieste Rate Handstamps 1858 (Jan 25): Unpaid cover from Glarus to Constantinople, struck with clear "GLARUS 25 JAN 58 8 A." cds, reverse with Chur and Triest transits and Constantinople arrival datestamp (Feb 5). Struck in transit at Triest with framed "3-5 / 2-20" rate handstamp (unlisted in Van der Linden) in blue, the upper part being the rate from Switzerland to Trieste (3.05 piastres = 6 + 9 = 15 kreuzer), the lower part being 2.20 piastres = 12 kreuzer for the sea journey to Constantinople. A spectacular and extremely rare usage. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 228. 
    Starting bid : 350 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# : 7560 Austrian Levant

    Trieste Rate Handstamps 1858 (June 14): Unpaid entire letter from Patras to Amsterdam, struck with Patras cds in black and a watery strike of rare framed '8¼' rate handstamp (Van der Linden fig. 3116) alongside. Reverse with Amsterdam arrival cds in red (July 4). The '8¼' silbergroschen rate handstamp reflects 10 lepta for the Greek inland rate plus 9 kreuzer CM each for the Lloyd part and the GAPU parts of the journey. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 229. 
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7561 Austrian Levant

    Trieste Rate Handstamps 1857 (Jan 23): Unpaid cover from Alexandria to Essen, struck with "ALEXANDRIEN 23/1" cds in black (Tranmer fig. 5), strike of framed '6¼' rate handstamp (Van der Linden fig. 3092) alongside. Reverse with distribution cds (Feb 1). The '6¼' silbergroschen rate handstamp reflects 9 kreuzer CM each for the Lloyd part and the GAPU parts of the journey. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 230. 
    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# : 7563 Austrian Levant

    Trieste Rate Handstamps 1864 (April 28): Unpaid cover from Alexandria to Cologne endorsed "via Trieste", struck with clear "ALEXANDRIEN 28/4" cds in black (Tranmer fig. 5), fine strike of '6' rate handstamp (Van der Linden fig. 3087) alongside in deep blue ink. Reverse with Coeln arrival cds (May 7). The '6' silbergroschen rate handstamp reflects 3 silbergroschen each for the Lloyd part and the GAPU part of the journey. Scarce. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 230. 
    Starting bid : 150 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# : 7565 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V21
    Trieste Shipmail Handstamps 1867 Sept 23): Prepaid printed matter Letter sheet from Alexandria to Trieste bearing 1864 Arms 5 s. rose perf. 9½, tied by two line "COL VAPORE / D'ALESSANDRIA" handstamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 82), with additional information strike alongside. Reverse with Triest arrival cds in red  (28/9). Also an unpaid 1857 cover from Constantinople to Zürich with three line "LETTERE ARRIVATE / COL VAPORE / DAL LEVANTE" shipmail handstamp in black. Both illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 235. rnNote: Both handstamps were applied in Trieste to incoming mail from the Levant.
    Starting bid : 350 CHF
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    Lot# : 7566 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 1A
    DDSG in Romania 1867 (Aug 24): Entire letter, Faranga correspondence, from Calafat to Braila bearing 1866 DDSG 17 kr. bright red, perf. 12, tied by fine "CALAFAT 24/VIII" Roman dated cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 782). Fresh and very fine. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 237. 
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7567 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 3/I
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    DDSG in Romania 1868 (Sept 19): Double-weight entire letter, Faranga correspondence, from Calafat to Braila franked by extremely rare usage of 1867 DDSG 10 kr. green, Type I, in a horizontal pair, tied by fine "CALAFAT 19/IX" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 782). Minor contemporary imperfections, a very attractive and scarce entire for the exhibition collection: multiples on letter are great rarities. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 237. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2010).rnProvenance: Collection Emil Capellaro, Corinphila sale 166, Dec 2010, lot 5455.
    Starting bid : 3,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 7568 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 3/I
    DDSG in Bulgaria 1873 (June 6): Letter sheet from Sistov to Vienna franked by 1867 DDSG definitive 10 kr. green type I, tied by "SISTOV 6 / VI" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 929), Orsova transit cds alongside, charged '10' kreuzer alongside in blue crayon to pay 5 kr. postage for the Austrian part of the journey and 5 kr. Zutaxe. Reverse with Vienna arrival cds (June 11) in red. Some perforation irregularities as usual, an interesting partially prepaid cover. Signed Ferchenbauer.
    Starting bid : 200 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# : 7570 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V14
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    Introduction of Stamps in the Austrian Levant 1864ca: Printed Matter cover front to Orebich franked by rare 1863 Arms 2 s. yellow, perf. 14, two fresh and fine examples, well embossed, tied together by clear three line "LETTERE ARRIVATE / VOL VAPORE / DAL LEVANTE" handstamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 99). An attractive early usage, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 262. Signed Grioni. Cert. A. Diena (1974).
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7571 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V16+V18
    Introduction of Stamps in the Austrian Levant 1864 (April 13): Entire letter from Ibraila to Argostoli, Cefalonia, Ionian Islands franked by 1863 Arms 5 s. rose and 15 s. brown, perf. 14, fresh colour and well embossed, each stamp tied by clear two line "IBRAILA / 13. APR." datestamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 728). Hooded Cefalonia arrival datestamp in blue alongside and charged '1' (penny) for local delivery. Some irregular perforations, some wear and corner tear, however an extremely rare early usage accepted at a Consular office but transported by Lloyd between two Levant ports. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 262 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 512.rnNote: The usage of Lombardo-Veneto stamps was possible in Moldavia and Walachia after April 1st, 1864.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 7572 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 32+34
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    Usage of Austrian stamps in the Levant 1865ca: Entire letter from Beirut to Constantinople franked by 1864 Arms definitive 5 kreuzer rose with closed tear and 15 kreuzer brown, each stamp tied by "BERUTTI 11/11" (Tranmer fig. 3) cds in brown. Reverse with light Constantinople Lloyd arrival cds (22/11). An extraordinarily scarce usage of Kreuzer adhesives in Beirut paying the postage between two Levant ports. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 263. Cert. Ferchenbauer (1991) Ferchenbauer = € 5'500+.rnNote: The adhesive stamps of these irregular kreuzer frankings are of lesser quality as they were either brought with the sender from Austria or were sent in the mail to cover postage home. 
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 7573 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 39/I
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    Usage of Austrian stamps in the Levant 1871 (Sept. 16): Entire letter from Constantinople to Trieste franked by 1867 Austrian 15 kr. brown, a fresh and fine example, tied by ornamental "CONSTANTINOPEL 16/9" cds (Tchilinghirian fig. 386) in black. Reverse with oval Triest arrival datestamp (Sept 23). The cover rastel fumigated with a split hitting the stamp centrally, the stamp having been lifted and replaced. Rare usage in the Levant, a most attractive cover, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 264. Opinion Holcombe (1990) Ferchenbauer = € 1'500.rnProvenance: Corinphila sale 83, Sept 1991, lot 5236.
    Starting bid : 350 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# : 7576 Austrian Levant

    Usage of Levant Postal Stationery in Austria 1875 (Jan 28): Stationery postal card 4 s. rose (Mi P1), written on board ship back to Europe and mailed in Trieste to Liegnitz, Germany, cancelled by oval "TRIEST 28 / 1 , VI. E. 75" datestamp in black. A unique usage, iIllustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 263 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on p. 709. Signed Ferchenbauer.
    Starting bid : 800 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# : 7580 Austrian Levant

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    Austrian Levant Rates 1856 (Aug 29): Entire letter from Trieste to Dardanelli, internally dated 1856, bearing two examples of 1854 6 kr. brown in vivid colour with good to large margins all round, tied by "TRIESTE 29/8 Abends" cds's in black. An appealing and early prepaid cover showing the 12 kr. rate to the rare post office on the Dardanelles, endorsed "per Costantinopoli / Col Vapore" in manuscript. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 267. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2020).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, for this cover no additional fees for Austria were due as it was despatched in Trieste.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7581 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Levant Rates 1859 (Aug 14): Unpaid entire letter from Brasov to Jassy, struck with "KRONSTADT 14 / 8" cds's in black with red framed 'PORTO' in red alongside. Reverse with ornamental "JASSY 20 / 8" cds in blue (Tchilinghirian fig. 757), charged upon arrival with "15/10" soldi. Cover lightly soiled, but a very rare usage showing the 25 so. rate before 1866 to Moldavia with 15 so. for Austria and 10 so. for the Levant, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 271.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
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    Lot# : 7582 Austrian Levant

    Austrian Levant Rates 1859c: Registered prepaid cover from Plovdiv to Roveredo, struck with "FILIPOPOLI 8/6" cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 868) with FRANCO and "RECOM:" in black alongside. Reverse with Quarantine handstamp, Triest transit and Roveredo arrival cds (16/6, month slug inverted). "15 / 15" soldi were paid by the sender and noted on reverse, the registration fee of '10' soldi was noted on front. A fine cash prepaid cover showing the 30 soldi rate before 1866 from Bulgaria with 15 s. for Austria and 15 s. for the Levant, the 10 s. for registration. Scarce. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 272.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7583 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V17+V18
    Austrian Levant Rates 1864 (March 18): Cover from Alexandria to Venice, endorsed "Vap Aus Diretto", franked with 1863 Arms 10 s. blue and 15 s. brown perf. 14, fine, fresh and well embossed, tied by light "ALEXANDRIEN 18/3" cds in black (Tranmer fig. 5). Reverse with Venezia cds and distribution handstamp. Fine cover showing the 25 so. rate before 1866 from Alexandria with 15 s. for the Levant and 10 s. to Venice. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 272.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 7584 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V22+V23
    Austrian Levant Rates 1864c: Registered cover from Bucharest to Lemberg, franked by 1864 Arms 15 s. brown and 10 s. blue (2, one on reverse), all perf. 9½, tied by oval "BUKAREST 10 / 6 RECOMMANDIRT" datestamp in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 716). Reverse with Pesth transit and Lemberg arrival cds (June 16). A fine cover showing the 25 kr. rate before 1866 to Walachia with 15 kr. for Austria and 10 kr. for the Levant with 10 kr. registration fee in addition. Rare.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
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    Lot# : 7585 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : U31+33
    Austrian Levant Rates 1864c: Austrian postal stationery envelope 25 kr. grey with additional 1864 10 kr. blue perf. 9½, sent from Vienna to Constantinople, cancelled by "WIEN 2 / 11 , 7. A." cds in black, reverse with "CONSTANTINOPEL" arrival (Nov 20) cds (Tchilinghirian fig. 387). Cover with minor imperfections and cleaned, a rare stationery usage showing the 35 kr. rate to Constantinople with 15 kr. for Austria and 20 kr. for the Levant. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 267. Ferchenbauer = € 5'000. rnProvenance: Collection 'Cihangir', Corinphila sale 121, May 2000, lot 941.
    Starting bid : 600 CHF
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    Lot# : 7586 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V18+V22
    Austrian Levant Rates 1864c: Registered cover from Bucharest to Hermannstadt, bearing a mixed franking of 1863 Arms 15 s. brown, perf. 14, two examples and 1864 10 s. blue, perf. 9½, two examples with a third example on the reverse, all tied by "BUCAREST 15 / 7" cds's in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 714). "RECOM:" handstamp alongside, reverse with Hermannstadt arrival cds. A fine double weight registered cover showing twice the 25 kr. rate before 1866 to Valachia with 15 kr. for Austria and 10 kr. for the Levant with 10 kr. registration fee. Rare. Signed A. Diena.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 7587 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V21+V23
    Austrian Levant Rates 1865c: Cover front from Bottushan to Leipzig, franked with 1864 Arms 5 s. red and 15 s. brown, perf. 9½, tied by "BOTUSCHAN 16 / 1" cds's in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 727). Front with tears and wear, but a very rare usage showing the 20 kr. rate before 1866 from Walachia with 15 kr. for Austria and 5 kr. for the Levant. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 270 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 527.rnNote: The 5 kreuzer ÖW rate was only in force to or from the two Levant offices in Bottushan and Ploesti.
    Starting bid : 400 CHF
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    Lot# : 7588 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V22
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    Austrian Levant Rates 1866 (Feb 15): Entire letter from Janina to Vienna, franked with 1864 Arms 10 s. blue in a block of four, perf. 9½, a fine and fresh multiple, cancelled by "JANINA 15 / 2" cds's in black (Tchilingirian fig. 509). Reverse with Vienna arrival cds (Feb 25). Some perforation irregularities, but an attractive cover with this special rate. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 273 and in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 575. Signed G. Bolaffi, Raybaudi. Cert. E. Diena (1991).rnNote: In contrast to the other Lloyd post offices in Epirus, there was a higher rate for mail to or from Janina. Mail from there had to be transported by messenger to the harbour of Prevesa. Thus up to the end of 1865, the total rate of 40 s. included 10 s. for the messenger service, 15 s. for the Lloyd shipmail service and in this case 15 s. for the third rayon within Austria. On January 1, 1866 the Austrian inland rates were unified to 5 kreuzer and the postage should have been 30 soldi (10+15+5) for this cover. Presumably the sender was not aware of this change.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
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    Lot# : 7589 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V21+V22
    Austrian Levant Rates 1866 (April 2): Entire letter from Janina to Constantinople, franked with 1864 Arms 10 s. blue in a horizontal pair and 5 s. rose, two singles, all perf. 9½, tied by "JANINA 2/4" cds's in black (Tchilingirian fig. 509). Reverse with "CONSTANTINOPEL 9/4 arrival cds (Tchilinghirian fig. 385). Some perforation irregularities, fold through the right hand 5 soldi stamp, the cover wrinkled but rare with this special rate. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 273. rnNote: Although the Austrian rates had been unified on January 1, 1866, the Levant rates did not change earlier than October 15, 1866. In this instance 10 s. had to be paid for the messenger service from Janina to Prevesa and 20 s. for the Lloyd service to Constantinople.
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7590 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V21
    Austrian Levant Rates 1867 (Sept 3): Cover from Constantinople to Langenau Bohemia, franked with 1864 Arms 5 s. rose in a vertical strip of three, perf. 9½, a fine and fresh multiple, cancelled by "CONSTANTINOPEL 3 / 9" cds's in black (Tchilingirian fig. 387). Reverse with Vienna, Reichenbach and Hayda transit cds's (Sept 9). An attractive cover with a relatively rare if unspectacular usage of the Arms issue for the new rate, illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 275. Signed Ferchenbauer.rnNote: On October 15, 1866 the Levant rates were unified with 10 s. (5 s. for Austria and 5 s. for the Levant) to the Principalities and Albania and as in this case 15 soldi (5 s. for Austria and 10 s. for the Levant) to all other post offices.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7591 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 38/I+39/I
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    Austrian Levant Rates 1869 (Nov 10): Stationery Envelope 1867 5 kr. red sent registered from Vienna to Constantinople with additional franking of 1867 10 kr. blue and 15 kr. brown, fine and fresh examples, tied by "WIEN 10/11, 6-7 A. 69" cds's in blue with framed RCMDT in red alongside. Reverse with ornamental "CONSTANTINOPEL 19/11" arrival cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 385). An attractive cover to the main Lloyd administration in Constantinople. Illustrated in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 544. Cert. E. Diena (1993).rnNote: This item is either a first weight cover with the registration fee applied against the regulation to the front, if so it is overfranked by 5 kreuzer. Alternatively it is a second weight item and the 10 kreuzer stamp paying the registration fee on reverse was omitted.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
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    Lot# : 7592 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 4/I+6/1
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    Austrian Levant rates 1869 (Nov 6): Entire letter from Constantinople to Trieste franked with 1867 10 kr. blue and a horizontal pair of 25 kr. violet, tied by "CONSTANTINOPEL 6/11" cds's in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 385). Reverse with oval "TRIEST 13/11, I. E." arrival datestamp in black. Minor perforation irregularities, the cover slightly damaged at top, but an impressive franking for a quadruple rate cover from the Levant (4 x 15 soldi). Illustrated in the Ferchenbauer handbook part IV on page 544. Cert. Ferchenbauer (1984).
    Starting bid : 300 CHF
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    Lot# : 7593 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 1/I+2/I+4/I
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    Austrian Levant rates 1871ca: Mourning envelope from Constantinople to the German consul in Varna franked with two examples of 1867 2 s. yellow and 3 s. green each as well as 10 s. blue, fresh and fine, tied by "LLOYD AGENTIE CONSTANTINOPOLI 17/3" cds's in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 446). Reverse with Lloyd Agenzie Varna (March 18) arrival cds in black. An attractive three-colour franking cover carried at double rate within the Levant (2 x 10 soldi). Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 280. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2020).rnProvenance: Collection 'Cihangir', Corinphila sale 121, April 2000, lot 1455.rnNote: The exact date of the cover cannot be taken from its postmarks, but it was despatched after the foundation of the German Empire in 1871.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 7594 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 38/I+40I
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    Austrian Levant Rates 1873 (Aug 25): Front with part of the left backflap, sent registered from Vienna to Constantinople franked with 1867 15 kr. brown and two horizontal pairs of 25 kr. grey-violet, tied by "WIEN 25/8, 3-4 N. 73" cds's in black, framed RCMDT alongside. Reverse with ornamental "CONSTANTINOPEL 2/9" arrival cds in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 385). Minor imperfections to left hand 25 kreuzer, the cover with tear and some wear, but an impressive franking for a 7 times rate cover to the Levant (7 x 15 + 10 kreuzer for registration). Signed Paul Ferchenbauer; cert. Ulrich Ferchenbauer (1986).
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
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    Lot# : 7595 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 2/I+3/I+4/I
    Largest regional expansion 1875 (April 4): Ladies envelope from Jerusalem to Rome, readdressed to Florence, franked with 1867 3 s. green, pair of 5 s. red, one with closed tear at top right and 10 s. blue, coarse whiskers, tied by "GERUSALEMME 5/4" cds's in black (Tranmer type D) with "P.D." alongside. Reverse with Lloyd Smirne and Brindisi transits as well as Roma and Firenze arrival cds's (April 17). An attractive franking to pay the 23 soldi rate to Italy (15 so. Lloyd and 8 so. Italy) on an appealing cover. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 297. Cert. Eichele (2008).
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
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    Lot# : 7596 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : Liannos IIA
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    Liannos local post Constantinople 1867 (Jan 13): Entire letter from Constantinople to Livorno, bearing Liannos Local Post 20 pa. black on green, perf. 14, tied by "POSTE LOCALE / CONSTANTINOPLE" (Jan 13, Julian calendar) cds in black. Thence via Austrian P.O. with despatch "CONSTANTINOPEL" cds (26/1) in black (Tchilinghirian fig. 387). Carried by Italian ship with framed "PIROSCAFI POSTALI ITALIANI" handstamp in black. Reverse with Brindisi transit (Jan 30) as well as Livorno arrival cds in red with '7' décimi due upon arrival. Some minute folds and wear, a Tiring company wafer sale applied at a later date but a very interesting and desirable cover. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 299. Cert. Tevfik Kuyas (1983).rnProvenance: Collection Monte Napoleone, Corinphila sale 78, Sept 1988, lot 689; Pasha collection, Spink, June 2011, lot 2565.rnNote: The Liannos post was a local system running between December 1865 and March 1867 in order to deliver mail within Constantinople. 
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 7597 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V23
    Posta Europea & Lloyd mail combination 1865 (April 10): Fully paid cover from Cairo to Vienna, franked with 1864 Arms 15 s. brown, perf. 9½, two fresh and well embossed single examples, tied by light "ALEXANDRIEN 11/4" cds in black (Tranmer fig. 5). Initial despatch "POSTA EUROPEA / CAIRO / 10 APRILE 65" datestamp alongside in blue and reverse with Vienna arrival cds (9-11 Fr. WIEN 21 IV). A rare combination cover. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 300. Cert. Eichele (2010).rnNote: A fully paid cover with 1 piaster paid in cash for the Posta Europea from Cairo to Alexandria, a late service of the company which was taken over by the Egyptian postal administration in 1865. The second part of the journey paid in Alexandria with 15 kr. up to Trieste and 15 kr. within Austria.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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    Lot# : 7598 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : 3/I+Turkey 14A
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    Largest regional expansion 1870 (Nov 30): Letter sheet originating from Scutari in Albania and sent via Antivari to Venice, bearing Turkey Duloz 20 pa. green in a horizontal pair, cancelled by crisp Scutari handstamp (Coles & Walker fig. 3 / Tchilinghirian fig. 498) in black. In Antivari, 1867 coarse whiskers 5 s. red in a vertical pair and a vertical strip of three, two fine and fresh multiples with vivid colour and good perfs. were tied by "ANTIVARI 30/11" cds's (Tchilinghirian fig. 467) in brownish-black with "P.D." handstamp alongside. Reverse with Triest transit and Venezia arrival (Dec 6) cds's. A scarce and attractive mixed franking cover, illustrated and discussed in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 301. Signed E. Diena. Cert. Ferchenbauer (2020) Ferchenbauer = € 8'000.rnNote: Cover from the well-known Pietro Illo Pemma correspondence from Scutari to Venice, with the Turkish stamps paying the journey to Antivari, from there to Trieste the reduced 10 s. rate had to be paid and from Trieste to Venice the 15 s. Italy rate.
    Starting bid : 1,500 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# : 7600 Austrian Levant

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    Catalogue# : V21+V22+V23
    Largest regional expansion 1864 (Oct 14): Cover from Salonica to Vienna, franked with 1864 Arms 5 s. rose, 10 s. blue, and horizontal pair and four single 15 so. brown, all perf. 9½, superbly embossed, cancelled by two line "SALONICH / 14. OCTOBRE" datestamps in blue (Tchilingirian fig. 594). Reverse with Vienna arrival cds (27/10). Upper stamps with wrinkles and toning, cover with horizontal file fold, nevertheless an extraordinary and colourful franking. Illustrated in 'Die Österreichische Post in der Levante' on page 303, cert. Eichele (2008).rnNote: Interesting cover: four months after the introduction of stamps, a superb 'Treppenfrankatur' to cover the third weight rate from the Levant to Austria with three times 20 s. for the Levant and three times 15 s. for Austria. Such multiple frankings had to be used for higher weight items as the 15 s. stamp was the highest issued denomination prior to 1867.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
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