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  • Lot# : 1324 Syria

    1479: Entire letter from Damascus to the newly acquired Venetian colony of Famagusta in Cyprus, with wafer seal and string still attached after 500 years. A lovely entire.
    Starting bid : 200 CHF
    Hammer price : 800 CHF

    Lot# : 1325 Syria

    1484 (Aug 14): Entire letter from Aleppo to Venice, some ageing around folds, unusually with arrival noted on face panel (March 21, 1485); probably mailed via Alexandretta and Constantinople, a journey time of seven months. Rare and interesting entire.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 420 CHF

    Lot# : 1327 Syria

    1586 (Sept 29): Entire letter in Italian from Aleppo to Marseille, the cross hatching in manuscript at top indicating pre-payment. The Turks at this juncture and for most of the 16th Century were at War with the West, trade was stifled and correspondence dwindled, and this letter is therefore most unusual. Slit on front is for sealing with a string or ribbon for protection, not for disinfection.
    Starting bid : 150 CHF
    Hammer price : 190 CHF
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