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Catalogue 281: France Part or Insufficiently Paid Incoming Mail – The Jack Blanc Collection
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  • Lot# : 7133 Dahomey

    Benin & Dahomey 1883: Cover sent stampless to Paris endorsed at lower left "De Bakoundou Afrique Equatoriale au Baquinijié" (a region between Benin and Dahomey), mailed via England with fine "LIVERPOOL / BR. PACKET" cds on reverse (Dec 28) in black. Struck with "T" marking in black with manuscript '50' centimes credit to GB in blue, taxed with 1881 Postage Due 1 fr. black tied by triangular handstamp in black in Paris (Dec 29). Rare and fine.
    Starting bid : 1,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,300 CHF

    Lot# : 7134 Dahomey

    1886: Stampless imprinted cover from Akyway (Agoué) to Paris mailed via non-Contract steamer (bâtiment du commerce) and struck in transit with rare two line "GRAVESEND / SHIP-LETTER" in black (Robertson S12) and circular "SHIP LETTER / LONDON" datestamp in red (Dec 14). Struck with "T" marking in black and taxed on arrival with rare 1881 Postage Due (Van Dyck) 1 fr. brown (Maury T25) tied by triangular handstamp in black. Fine and rare but for moronic French dealer's biro cataloguing at corner. Signed Calves.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500 CHF

    Lot# : 7135 Dahomey

    1892: Stampless Military cover to Paris endorsed "Corps d'Expeditionaire du Dahomey" and struck on reverse with circular Anchor illustrated cachet SERVICE DE LA MER in black. Carried at double weight and struck with "ETABLISSEMENTS DU BENIN / LIGNE L No. 1" circular datestamp (Jan 11) in blue (Salles fig. 1221). Triangular "T" marking with '2' (double) and '30' (rate) at left. Reverse with Paris arrival cds (Feb 3) and charged with Duval 1881 Postage Due 60 c. black cancelled by triangular black handstamp. Envelope faults but scarce.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 320 CHF
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