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French Levant

The Ing. Provera Collection (part VI)
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  • Lot# : 6196 French Levant

    French Shipmail in the Levant 1857 (Feb 23): Entire letter from Constantinople to Marseille, bearing Napoléon imperf. 10 c. bistre and pair 20 c. dark blue, both in type I, fine and fresh examples with good to large margins, each adhesive tied by Ship's "INDUS 23 FEVR. 7" datestamp with inverted and partial year slug in black, an information strike and framed "PAQUEBOTS DE LA MEDITERRANÉE" handstamp in red alongside. Reverse with MARSEILLE arrival (March 2, 57) cds. A very fresh entire from the return journey of first travel of the 'Indus' steamer (Salles vol. II, p 93, RR), signed Calves & Lamy.
    Starting bid : 250 CHF
    Hammer price : 250 CHF

    Lot# : 6211 French Levant

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    French and British offices in the Levant 1862: Cover from Beirut via Alexandria to Lyon, bearing Cérès 1871/72 5 c. green and 25 c. blue type III in a combination franking with Great Britain 1873-80 2½ d. rosy mauve (Gi 139 = Z6). Upon despatch in Beirut, the British adhesive was tied by bold vertical oval 'G06' with "BRITISH POST OFFICE BEYROUT" cds (July 27, 76) alongside. The cover was transfered to the French postal system in Alexandria, where the Cérès adhesives were cancelled by fair "ALEXANDRIE EGYPTE" cds (July 31, 76) cds with information strike alongside. The cover was returned to the British and the front was struck by French "PAQ. ANG. V. BRIND. / A MOD. / 5 AOUT 76" entry cds in red, reverse with LYON arrival (Aug 6) arrival cds. Horizontal file fold well away from combination franking, a very interesting cover showing in principal two correct UPU frankings of the British and the French post offices, a sought after combination. Signed Roumet & Calves; certs. E. Diena (1987), Brun (2022).rnrnNote: In 1873, Great Britain opened a Consular post office in Beirut which used the French and Italian post offices in Alexandria as intermediaries, in order to transmit its mail towards Europe. Between 1873 and 1876, i.e. well into the time of the General Postal Union, mail from the British P.O. in Beirut shows always combination frankings between British and French or Italian adhesives, respectively. It is not clear why this procedure was not discontinued in July 1875 after France had joined the GPU.
    Starting bid : 750 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,400 CHF

    Lot# : 6212 French Levant

    French offices in the Levant 1862: Double rate Envelope from Smyrna to Paris, bearing Napoléon perf. 80 c. rose, a fresh and fine example with good perforation, tied by Gros Chiffres '5098' numeral lozenge, matching SMYRNE despatch (April 28, 66) cds and framed PD in red alongside. Reverse with PARIS arrival (May 7) cds. A delightful cover representing the correct double 40 c. rate, signed Gazzi.rnNote: The cover was directed to the theater actress Adelaide Ristori (1822-1906), sender is presumably her husband, Giuliano Capranica, marchese del Grillo (1824-1891).
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 6213 French Levant

    French Post offices in the Levant 1870: Cover from Smyrne to Lyon, bearing Bordeaux 40 c. orange, a fine and fresh example with close to large margins, tied by Gros Chiffres '5098' lozenge with matching "SMYRNE TURQUIE" despatch cds (April 21, 71) and framed PD in red alongside. Reverse with ambulant and LYON arrival (April 28) cds's. Some toning, nevertheless a rare use of the Bordeaux issue in the Levant.
    Starting bid : 100 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold

    Lot# : 6214 French Levant

    French Offices in the Levant, Tunis 1888 (June 26): Registered envelope from Tunis to Paris, bearing pair Sage 1884 20 c. brick on green, tied by "TUNIS TUNESIE" despatch cds, information strike and 'R' handstamp alongside. Reverse with two PARIS arrival (July 1) cds's. An appealing cover. 
    Starting bid : 75 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold
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