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Lot# : 661 Greece1861: Paris printing, the famous 1861 cover with 1 lepta deep brown on cream paper in a delightful horizontal strip of five with large even margins all round, together with 5 lepta green on pale greenish paper in a horizontal strip of three with close to large margins all round, each strip in a delightful shade, neatly tied by '14' numeral handstamps in black with 'Argos' cds at right (Dec 13) and reverse with Athens and Syros datestamps. A few minor imperfections to the letter-sheet but a spectacular first issue franking.
Provenance: Collection Maurice Burrus (Nov 1962), lot 1327.Starting bid : 8,000 CHFHammer price : 15,000 CHF
Lot# : 662 Greece1862: Provisional Athens printing, 5 lepta green on greenish in a remarkable horizontal strip of four in a deep rich shade, large margins all round and portions of adjoining stamps at base and at left, used on 1867 cover to Piraeus tied by dotted '18' numeral of Tripolis with corresponding cds below in black. Reverse with Piraeus arrival (April 17). One side flap missing of no importance, a rare and most attractive usage.
Provenance: Collection Maurice Burrus (Nov 1962), lot 1379.Starting bid : 2,000 CHFHammer price : 3,000 CHF
Lot# : 663 Greece1913: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. printer's salesman's sample for Suda Bay 25 lepta value, printed in black & purple (issued in black & blue), Imperforate and affixed to card, perforated SPECIMEN horizontally at base. Scarce and very attractive.Starting bid : 150 CHFHammer price : 320 CHF
Lot# : 664 CreteCrete 1900: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. printer's salesman's sample for the first issue, 20 lepta design in steel blue (issued as a 5 l. in green), 2 dr. value in myrtle green (issued in brown) and 5 dr. value in black & pale blue (issued in black & green), all three Imperforate and affixed to card, perforated SPECIMEN horizontally at base. Fresh and very fine, a rare group.Starting bid : 300 CHFHammer price : 600 CHF
Lot# : 665 Crete1905/07: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. printer's salesman's sample for the 10 lepta value in brown (issued in red), 1 dr. in black & orange-brown (issued in black & rose), 3 dr. in black & dull blue (issued in black & orange), 5 dr. in black & deep rose-red (issued in black & olive-green), together with 1907 1 dr. in black & orange (issued in black & green), two affixed to card, all five perforated SPECIMEN horizontally at base. A rare and beautiful group.Starting bid : 500 CHFHammer price : 800 CHF
Lot# : 666 Greece1861/1954: Collection in an album with several hundred stamps used/unused or in mint condition, starting with 350 large Hermes Heads on 13 stockcards, later issues with better single values and full sets as Olympic Games, 100 Dr. redbrown/olive (Mi 371), National Youth Origanisation (both sets), airmails incl. Zeppelin set, Greek Art 1954 etc., furthermore postage dues, obligatory tax stamps, Thrace incl. Greek occupation, local issues for Lemnos, Northern Epirus and Samos, in addition a small selection of stamps from Crete.Starting bid : 750 CHFHammer price : 1,800 CHF
Lot# : 667 Greece1861/80: The collection of Large Hermes Heads on covers (28) with spectacular February 1862 cover bearing Paris 5 l. and 40 l. used with 1st Athens 20 l., Jan 1862 cover with two Paris print 10 l. orange on blued, 1864 attractive four colour franking with 5 l., 10 l., 20 l. and 40 l. from Patras to Trieste, delightul 1868 cover with vertical strip of four 5 l. green from Piraeus, 1868 entire from Amfissa with superb 10 l. pair tied by '45' lozenge, three colour frankings (2) to Genova with 5 l., 20 l. and 40 l., 1873 cover from Constantinople with single 80 l. carmine, 1873 cover to Vienna with three colour 10 l., 20 l. and 40 l. franking, combination usages, all told too many lovely covers to list and three charming pieces. Viewing is a pleasure.Starting bid : 5,000 CHFHammer price : 7,000 CHF
Lot# : 668 Hungary
Lot# : 669 Hungary
Lot# : 670 Iceland
Lot# : 671 Italy1197 (May 18): Vigonza (Padua), Notary document on vellum (229x123 mm), a fine script of grant a land, showing notary sign at bottom left. The notary public drew up and notarized the deed: " ... presente conscentiente filio suo Widone, Viviani fillium presbyter..." who paid the Notary's copy of the deed and also the cost of the delivery. In the XII century Notaries were named notarii regii, (appointed by the Emperor) and they made the contracts from diff. parties. A courier, usually a notary's servant, delivered the documents to the party involved. Fine early document with transscription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 700 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 672 Italy1212 (March 15): Padua - Notary document on vellum (198x134 mm), fine script, starting with ' X-X' the 'signum tabellonis' (notary marking sign) at top left and a calligraphig 'E' (EGO) at bottom left. The beneficiary of the investiture (Noble Ceto) paid the Notary's fee and the delivery of the document by the Notary's messenger to his palace located in Camposanpiero (18 km, north of Padua). Archive note on reverse, a remarkable and early document of a private messenger service with transscription attached.Starting bid : 650 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 673 Italy1227 (March 22): Monselice (Padua) - Notary document on vellum (194x126 mm), regarding the sale of 1/5 of a vineyard in Monticello of Monselice by the Abbess of the Saint Zacharia's Abbey in Venice for 4 libras (Venetian money). Calligraphic sigullum at bottom left. A fine document of a private messenger service with an archive note on reverse, in a good state of preservation and with transscription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 650 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 674 ItalyDiplomatic letters XIV century (May 23): Entire letter with embossed waver wax seal sent by Medical Doctor Giovanni Ludovico de Lambertazzi "utriusque imperialis doctori..." from Padua to Bishop-Prince of Trento Giorgio I of Liechtenstein, asking him a reference letter for the Papal court ".... literas quias indebam curia romana exire...", carried by Venetian couriers along the route Bassano - Primolano - Trento. Dated, without year, transcription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 1,000 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 675 Italy1402 (Aug. 23): Entire lettersheet from Bishop-Prince of Trento Giorgio I of Liechtenstein "Georgius Dei gratias / Episcopus Tridentini" (1390-1419) to the famous Medical Doctor Pietro de Tommasi at the University of Padua, informing him about the assignment of a German crossbow (Capricorn-shaped) as compensation for his services; "Bone et Egregie Magistro Petre, transmittibus vobi unam Balestram alemanicam facta Capricorum ....". Fine entire with waver wax seal, vertical folding crease, otherwise fine early letter carried by imperial courier. Transcription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 1,000 CHFHammer price : 1,000 CHF
Lot# : 676 Italy1470 (June 9): Letter from Venice to the Magistrate of Vicenza Castellan Minotto, informing the Podesta that dipisitions were established so deptors were to pay their depts. The last word 'dettur' in the address means that the letter has to be delivered in receivers hands. Transcription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 250 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 677 ItalyMaritime Routes 1483 (Nov. 9): Merchant's letter from Girolamo Contareno in Aleppo, Syria to Noble Ambrogio Malipiero in Tripoli, answering the letter of Nov. 2 and informs him about business contacts with other merchants, financial issues and that he will go soon to Beirut. Ink cross on address-side as symbol of the paid postal fee. Photocopy of transcription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 200 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 678 ItalyCourier of Rome 1486 (July 29): Letter sent from the Archbishop of Nicosia Benedetto Superanzio 'Archiepiscopus nicosiensis' in Rome to the Doge of Venice Marco Barbarigo (1485-1486) asking for 500 ducats for services given. Fine, transcription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 500 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 679 Italy1501 Aug. 19): Merchant's letter with embossed waver seal from Alvasi Bonasi written in Damscus (Syria) to "Spettabile domino Joani andrea de bortolo / tanquam fratri carissimo / Aman" Giovanni Andrea de Bortolo in Amman (Jordan) with arrival note "1501 adj. 24 auosto in aman / da se alvixr bonase". Below the address before the name of the city of destination is an inscription of uncertain interpretation written by another hand: "el medronno ... Piurin / in naman Jm Jn denari 100 peattor nr trippolj". A scarce item, photocopy of transcription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 200 CHFHammer price : 240 CHF
Lot# : 680 Italy1504 (March 30): Letter with embossed waver wax seal delivered by boat from the Convent of San Salvador in Venice to the Venetian Noble Enrico Barbarigo, the 'Podesta' (Magistrate) of Torcello, the small island near Venice. The Venetian monks write to the Podestà complaining that the monks of Torcello have held part of the wax coming from Treviso. Photocopy of transcription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 200 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 681 Italy1515 (Aug. 3): Diplomatic-Political Letters, Venetian letter with embossed waver wax seal sent from Domenico Contarini, Attorney-General of the Republic of Venice "Dominicus Contarenus / procurator Generalis" in Este (Padua) to the Council of Venice "Excellentissimis Dominis Capitibus / Jllustrissimi Consilij X" with four times 'cito', Venice should be aware some citizens had been killed in Codignola (Romagne, Papal State), the episode endangers the neighbourhood of the 'Serenissima Republic'. Archive note and endoresed 'L. (Loredan the Doge, cum capitibus") in two diff. handwritings. A fine example of Venetian courier mail with transcription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 500 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 682 Italy1524 (Dec.30): Letter with embossed waver wax seal sent from the Chancellor of Bergamo (Rectoris Bergoni) to the Council of Venice "Excellentissimis Dominis Capitibus / Excellentisimi Consilij Decem, dominis / observandissimis' with four times 'cito', 'cito', 'citissime' volandissime' informing the council of finding a private officer willing to meet secretely with the Milanese Noble Ser. AmbrogioTrivulzio. Another fine example of Venetian diplomatic mail, transcription by Dr.ssa L. Piccinini attached.Starting bid : 500 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 683 Italy
Lot# : 684 ItalyAlvise Giovanni Mocenigo (1701–1778) Doge of Venice from 1763 -1778, official parchment (370 x 260 mm) dated May 21 1762 to the Noble Giovannelli, Captain of Verona with attached lead seal: ".. SI ...GENICO..GRA.DUX VENETIAR" He restricted the privileges of the clergy and, in consequence, came into a bitter conflict with Pope Clement XIII.Starting bid : 700 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 685 Italy
Lot# : 686 Italy1796/1849: Lot 240 prephilatelic covers showing a vast variety of cancellations in black and red incl. fancy one's, mainly fine strikes, the major part being official mail from various city or village departments, good condition and housed in two large folders.Starting bid : 250 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 687 Lombardy-Venetia1850: Carta a mano 15 c. rosso Type I, in deep fresh colour and with full margins all around, tied on cover to Padova by black straight liner VENEZIA/8 GIUG, a lovely cover from the eight day after introducing the postal service. Sign. Raybaudi Sassone = € 1'000/Ferchenbauer = € 1'400.Starting bid : 200 CHFHammer price : 200 CHF
Lot# : 688 Lombardy-Venetia1850: 15 c. red vermillion type IIa on ribbed paper and 30 c. brown type I, both fresh and fine with good to large margins all round, tied by "S M MAGDALENA / 27. APRe" two line datestamp (Sassone = 4 punti) to piece. Cert. Puschmann (1988) Ferchenbauer = € 800+.Starting bid : 100 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 689 Lombardy-Venetia1850: 15 c. red vermilion type I on ribbed paper (carta a coste verticali) with highlighted central design, a fresh and fine example with large margins all round, tied by two-line "VENEZIA 28 FEBo" (1851) to entire to Padova, reverse with arrival two-line datestamp of the same day. Sassone = € 875+ / Ferchenbauer = € 650+.Starting bid : 150 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 690 Lombardy-Venetia1850: 45 c. blue type I, two fresh and fine examples with good to large margins all round, each tied by "FELDPOST No. 1 11/11" cds by inverted date slug as usual (Sassone = 13 punti / Müller 321 b = 210 Punkte) to piece. This Fieldpost datestamp was applied in Bologna.Starting bid : 200 CHFHammer price : 300 CHF
Lot# : 691 Lombardy-Venetia1850/64: Small study collection with 400 mainly used stamps, first issue with colour shades, pairs, stamps on piece, four covers/part covers and a large variety of cancellations, inbetween also a few Imperial journal stamps and some values from Austria can be found, quality varies from very good to mixed, on album pages partly with collector's notes.Starting bid : 400 CHFHammer price : 650 CHF
Lot# : 692 Lombardy-Venetia1850/54: Interesting selection of 210 used stamps and pieces, respectively, as well as 50 letters, with stamps and strikes in overall over average fine and fresh condition, neatly mounted on sheets and with careful and competent descriptions of the diff. types and postmarks, incl. several interesting items such as patriotic frankings on piece from Pizzighettone and cover from Castiglione delle Stiviere, marginal examples, double print, mixed frankings of diff. types, in addition rare strikes such as ROVIGNO in blue, REVERE, MAROSTICA, as well as ship mail cancellation C.V. DA VENEZIA. To be studied in detail, four opinions.Starting bid : 2,000 CHFHammer price : 2,600 CHF
Lot# : 693 Modena
Lot# : 694 Modena1852: 40 c. black on blue, a superb large margined example used on 1853 entire letter carried at double rate from Reggio via Switzerland to Paris endorsed 'voie d'Huningue', tied by barred obliterator with two line 'Reggio' despatch in black (April 15) with unframed 'Dopo La Partenza' (Too Late) marking also in black. Two line VIA DI / CHIASSO in red and 'Autriche / Beau. Fr. 2 De Bale' entry marking at right in red (April 20) and Paris arrival on reverse where locally redirected. An exceptionally rare single franking in impeccable quality. Cert. Colla (1998) Sassone = € 20'000.
Provenance: Alfred H. Caspary (January, 1957), lot 17; 'Seta', Corinphila sale 108 (December 1998), lot 54.Starting bid : 3,500 CHFHammer price : 6,500 CHF
Lot# : 695 ModenaProvisional Government 1859 (Oct 15): 5 c. emerald green and 40 c. carmine-brown 'carminio brunastro', each with large margins all round, used on registered 1860 piece, neatly tied by 'Reggio' datestamp (Jan 7) in blue. Framed 'Raccomandata' handstamp alongside. Fine and scarce usage. Signed Colla, E. Diena. Cert. Colla (2016) Sassone = € 4'000+.Starting bid : 350 CHFHammer price : 460 CHF
Lot# : 696 Naples1860 (May/Oct.): 2 gr. rose carmine with good to close margins as single franking on cover tied by fancy 'Annullato' to cover from "AGNONE 30 OTT 1860" (svolazzo type - Sassone 12 pts.) together with another entire franked with 2 gr. rose in an horiz. pair (one with defect allineamento = Sass. 5u.), cancelled by framed 'ANNULLATO' handstamp from "ARIANO 5 MAG.1860', both to Naples Sass. = € 6'000.Starting bid : 750 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 697 Naples1858: 2 gr. rosa chiaro, the fine selection of diff. shades with clear to large margins on eight individual covers, including I tavola on covers from Lecce, S.Sever and one with svolazzo type of Bari (28.Nov.1860), II tavola on letters from Lecce and Reggio as well as III tavola on covers from Castel di Sangro and Giovinazzo. A fine group Sassone = € 2'700.Starting bid : 400 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 698 Naples
Lot# : 699 Naples1860: 'Trinacria' ½ tornese blue, a splendid used example with enormous margins on three sides, close but clear at right, neatly cancelled by framed 'Annullato' handstamp in black. Scarce and very fine stamp. Cert. E. Diena (1991). Michel 8 = € 12'000/Sassone = € 24'000.Starting bid : 2,500 CHFHammer price : 3,400 CHF
Lot# : 700 Naples1860: Cross of Savoy ½ tornese blue, the famous used example showing large part unidentified watermark (not from the Fleur-de-Lys or Bonaventura Tajani paper), with large even margins all round and of excellent colour, cancelled by large part 'Napoli' circular datestamp in black. The first stamp of this type ever located, the stamp featuring in an article by Emilio Diena in 'Il Corriere Filatelico' in 1934, there are now approximately six stamps with this watermark known: this being the finest so far recorded. An exceptional stamp of great rarity in the foremost quality. Signed Calves, A. Diena, E. Diena. Cert. A. Diena (1972), E. Diena (1980). Sassone = € 35'000.
Provenance: Corinphila sale 83 (September 1991), lot 3782.Starting bid : 5,000 CHFHammer price : 5,000 CHF
Lot# : 701 Naples1860: Cross of Savoy ½ tornese blue, a huge margined example of this famous stamp, used on complete folded Electoral Circular dated January 17, 1861, tied by complete strike of framed 'Annullato' handstamp in black. A magnificent example of this rarity in the foremost quality. Signed A. Diena. Cert. A. Diena (1973). Michel 9 = € 30'000/Sassone = € 42'000.
Provenance: Corinphila sale 71 (March 1984), lot 8197.Starting bid : 5,000 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 702 Naples1860: Cross of Savoy ½ tornese blue (azzurro chiaro), a fine example with ample to large margins on all sides, close but clear of frame line at upper right corner, used on L'Omnibus Newspaper dated January 5, 1861 and tied by framed 'Annullato' handstamp in black with Naples cds of despatch below in red (Jan 5). A fine and remarkable complete usage of this rarity. Signed A. Diena. Certs. Schwendimann (1951); E. Diena (1991) Sassone = € 21'000.Starting bid : 1,500 CHFHammer price : 1,600 CHF
Lot# : 703 Naples1861: 10 gr. orange, a fine large margined example used on 1861 cover from Napoli to Lyon, France tied by bold 'Napoli Al Porto' datestamp (Dec 28) in black with information strike alongside, framed 'P.D.' in red and 'Italie / Marseille' entry marking in red (Dec 30). Reverse with Lyon arrival cds. An attractive cover. Signed Dr. Oertel, Colla, Raybaudi. Sassone = € 1'650.Starting bid : 200 CHFHammer price : 200 CHF
Lot# : 704 Parma1852: 25 c. black on bright violet, the wonderful vertical strip of three of excellent colour and large margins, used on piece with 15 c. black on pale rose, all tied by four strikes of PARMA / LUGL. 10 straight line datestamp in black. A very rare and most unusual multiple - believed to be the largest known of the 25 c. value. Signed A. Diena, R. Mondolfo. Cert. A. Diena (1972). Sassone = € 50'000.
Provenance: Corinphila sale 71 (March 1984), lot 8209.Starting bid : 4,000 CHFHammer price : 4,800 CHF
Lot# : 705 Parma1857: 25 c. brown-lilac, a magnificent horizontal strip of three with large margins all round, used on small piece with single 1852 5 c. orange-yellow with clear to large margins all round, neatly tied by three strikes of 'Parma' datestamp (Nov 3, 1858) in black. The third stamp in the 25 c. strip showing Plate Flaw with broken frame above value and broken inner frame line at left. A splendid and rare mixed issue usage in fine quality. Signed E. Asinelli, G. Bolaffi. Cert. A. Diena (1972) Sassone = € 25'000+.
Provenance: Corinphila sale 71 (March 1984), lot 8218.Starting bid : 1,500 CHFHammer price : 2,200 CHF
Lot# : 706 Parma1857: 40 c. blue, a wonderful vertical strip of four with large margins all round, positions 41 / 49 / 57 / 65 on the sheet of 72 subjects; thus third stamp with narrow '0' in '40' (Type II), used on 1859 cover to France, tied by 'Pontremoli' datestamp (Feb) and by two further 'PD' handstamps in black. Further 'PD' below and VIA DI / SARZANA route marking in black. French 'Sardaigne-Culoz' entry marking in red (Feb 6) all on front, the reverse with Sarzana cds (Feb 3), Genova cds and Macon arrival cds (Feb 7). Slight stain well below the adhesives and of no significance, noted in Sassone rarities listing (item 12), a truly fantastic cover of great rarity (Colla: 'le più importanti lettere di questo Ducato') in lovely quality for the philatelic connoisseur. Signed G. Bolaffi, G. Colla, A. Diena, E. Diena. Cert. G. Colla (2016) Sassone = € 200'000.
Provenance: Collection Renato Mondolfo, Corinphila sale 84 (March 1984), lot 8280.Starting bid : 20,000 CHFHammer price : 38,000 CHF
Lot# : 707 Parma
Lot# : 708 Romagna1859: 20 baj. black on grey-green, two examples in sligthly different shades, with good to large margins all round, second stamp close at upper left but not touched, both stamps showing dividing lines, tied to 1859 double rate cover from Bologna to Marseille (Facchini correspondence) by eight barred grill handstamp with 'Bologna' cds at right (Oct 27) in black. Framed 'P.D.' in black and French entry marking in red and Lyon and Marseille cds's (Oct 30) on reverse. Slight paper cut above 'PD' and horizontal file fold well away from the adhesives. A great rarity on letter: just ten covers known with this franking to France, a similar cover from this correspondence illustrated in the 2016 Sassone catalogue on page 309. Signed A. G. Bolaffi, E. Diena and Raybaudi. Cert. Bolaffi (1999) Mi = € 25'000+ on cover, Sassone = € 40'000+.Starting bid : 5,000 CHFHammer price : 5,000 CHF
Lot# : 709 Romagna1859 (Sept 1): ½ baj. on straw, fine used with Bologna cds (Sept 16) on small piece of Newspaper, 2 b. on buff used, 3 b. on green used, 5 b. on violet used, 8 b. on rose used (cert. Sorani) and rare 20 b. on green used on piece (cert. Oliva). Generally fine, a scarce group Scott 1+3+4+6+8+9 = $ 5'500+/Sassone = € 9'325.Starting bid : 300 CHFHammer price : 550 CHF
Lot# : 710 Sardinia1851 (Jan 1): 40 c. rose, lithographed, a fine large margined example of excellent colour, tied to small piece by rhombus of dots cancellation in black. Exceptional example of this scarce stamp. Signed Colla, E. Diena, Senf. Cert. Colla (2016) Sassone = € 7'500.Starting bid : 600 CHFHammer price : 850 CHF
Lot# : 711 Sardinia1851: 5 c. black, a fine used horizontal pair with large margins all round used with 40 c. rose (delicate rose-lilac shade, margin just shaved at top), on 1853 large piece cancelled in black with part 'Nizza Maritima' datestamp (July 30) alongside. Reverse with Paris cds (Aug 2). A rare and most attractive piece. Signed E. Diena Sassone = € 16'000.Starting bid : 1,000 CHFHammer price : 1,200 CHF
Lot# : 712 Sardinia1851: 5 c. black, horizontal pair in a deep shade with margins all round and just touched at right, used with 40 c. rose, four margins, on 1852 single rate (7½ grams) entire letter from Torino to Paris, all tied by dotted lozenges in black. 'Torino' despatch cds (July 20) at right in black and red 'P.D.' alongside 'Beauvoisin' entry marking in red. Some negligible strengthening internally but an exceptionally attractive and very scarce cover. Signed E. Diena. Cert. Raybaudi (1989). Michel = € 15'000+/Sassone = € 30'000+.
Provenance: Corinphila sale 133 (June 2002), lot 2264.Starting bid : 2,500 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 713 Sardinia1853: Embossed 5 c. green, a superb large margined horizontal pair, used on 1854 Printed Matter entire letter from Vercelli to Novi, neatly cancelled by 'Vercelli' datestamps (July 26) in black. Information strike of datestamp above. An exceptional and most attractive entire. Signed Bela Szekula. Cert. Raybaudi (1990). Sassone = € 12'000.
Provenance: Corinphila sale 83 (September 1991), lot 3964.Starting bid : 1,500 CHFHammer price : 3,600 CHF
Lot# : 714 Sardinia1854 (May 21): Embossed 5 c. yellow-green, a superb used example with huge margins all round, especially at top, tied to small piece by 'Nizza Maritt.a' datestamp (22.Set.55) in black. An exceptional example of a scarce stamp. Signed Colla. Cert. Colla (2016) Sassone = € 1'350.Starting bid : 300 CHFHammer price : 600 CHF
Lot# : 715 Sardinia
1855/63: 5 c. deep green in a vertical pair, 20 c. deep blue and fine 40 c. rose-red all used on 1857 cover to Naples tied by 'Genova' datestamps (June 16) in black. Reverse with 'Napoli' arrival cds (June 19). The adhesives with just shaved to fine margins all round and one or two cover bends but an appealing and scarce three colour franking.
Note: 20 c. deep blue with diagonal scissor cut at top in the blue margin.Starting bid : 500 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 716 Sardinia1855/63: Sardinia 5 c. yellow green, embossed central vignette misplaced to top and 40 c. rose-carmine used in combination with Italy 1863 15 c. blue (Type I) used on attractive 1863 cover from Florence to Vienna, Austria tied by 'Firenze' datestamps (May 8) in black. Unframed P.D. in black below. Reverse with Railway transit cds and Vienna (May 12) arrival cds. A charming and scarce three colour combination usage.Starting bid : 500 CHFHammer price : 500 CHF
Lot# : 717 Sardinia1855/63: Sardinia 5 c. yellow green and scarce 80 c. bright orange, both with large margins all round, used in combination with Italy April 1863 15 c. blue on attractive entire letter from Genoa to Montevideo, Uruguay all tied by 'Genova' datestamps (July 23). 'Italie / Lanslebourg' entry marking in red and 'London / Paid' transit cds (July 27) on front. Slight ironed file fold but a remarkable and rare three colour combination usage to an unusual destination. Cert. Raybaudi (1987).Starting bid : 1,500 CHFHammer price : 1,900 CHF
Lot# : 718 Sardinia1855/63: Study collection in an album with serveral hundred stamps used (mainly) and unused from 5 c. up to L 3., with single stamps, pairs, strips of three, blocs of four and more, stamps on piece and two covers, showing a wealth of colour shades and cancellations, in addition issues of the 'Province Napoletane' as well as plenty 15 c. blue of Italy used (Sassone No. 11), good to mixed condition, on album pages with collector's notes.Starting bid : 300 CHFHammer price : 2,000 CHF
Lot# : 719 Sicily1859: 1 gr. russet-brown ('ruggine scuro'), Plate I on Naples paper, a fine used horizontal pair, positions 6-7, lightly cancelled in black. Note the retouch on postion 7 underneath the 'O' of 'Posta'. A delightful pair. Signed A. Bolaffi, G. Bolaffi, E. Diena. Cert. G. Bolaffi (1968) Sassone = € 3'500.Starting bid : 200 CHFHammer price : 550 CHF
Lot# : 720 Sicily1859: 1 gr. light olive green, Plate III, a fine unused horizontal strop of five, positions 1-5, of excellent colour with good to large margins all round, minor bend between second and third stamps, large part og. A scarce and attractive multiple. Signed A. Diena, E. Diena. Cert. E. Diena (1987) Sassone = € 2'250+.Starting bid : 300 CHFHammer price : 380 CHF
Lot# : 721 Sicily1859: 2 gr. blue, Plate I, Palermo paper, an unused block of six from upper left corner of the sheet, positions 1-3 / 11-13, fresh and very fine in a delightful pale shade, with large part og. and the lower three stamps unmounted og. Cert. E. Diena (1990) Sassone = € 2'100+.Starting bid : 300 CHFHammer price : 600 CHF
Lot# : 722 Sicily1859: 5 gr. carmine, Plate Ia, a fine unused horizontal strip of four, positions 71-74, marginal from left of sheet, of excellent intense colour with large part somewhat browned og. Tiny nick in margin of no significance. Cert. Raybaudi (2008) Sassone = € 6'000+.Starting bid : 400 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 723 Sicily1859: 50 grana chocolate brown', a superb example used with 20 gr. slate-grey 'grigio ardesia', used on small 1859 envelope from Messina to Paris neatly tied in black, with framed 'P.D.' at right in black and Messina despatch datestamp (April 24) at base. Reverse with opening flap missing but with 'Marseille-Paris' cds (April 27). An exceptional franking, illustrated in Nino Aquila 'Il Francobolli del Ultimo Re' on page 282 (Aquila records just two covers with this spectacular franking to France) and just four covers in all with a 70 grana rate. An extremely rare usage of the 50 grana on letter in outstanding quality on a most attractive cover, without doubt one of the most important items of classic Sicily recorded. Signed A. Bolaffi, G. Bolaffi, A. G. Bolaffi. Certs. A. Diena (1972), Bolaffi (1995 - quality rating 100), Aquila (1998), Colla (2000). Michel = € 70'000/Sassone = € 280'000.
Provenance: Collection Barcella; Corinphila sale 129 (October 2001), lot 949.Starting bid : 20,000 CHFHammer price : 34,000 CHF
Lot# : 724 Sicily1859: Mint and used collection in two volumes with ½ gr. orange unused (9, incl. a strip of three), ½ gr. used examples (21, incl. a strip of four), 1 gr. green unused (13, incl. a strip of four) and used (54, including a rejoined block of four, and usages on ten covers), 2 gr. blue unused (23, incl. a block of six and a strip of three), 2 gr. used examples (70, incl. a strip of four, two strips of three and ten pairs with usages on 10 covers), 5 gr. unused (20, including a horizontal strip of five marginal from left of sheet and a pair) and used (34, including combination usages with other values on piece (10) and covers (3), 10 gr. deep blue unused (14, including a block of six with retouch), 10 gr. deep blue used (17, including combination usages on piece (3) and on three covers), 20 gr. slate unused (9, incl. a pair showing the retouch to position 72) and used (12, including combination usages with other values on piece), 50 gr. brown-lake unused (35, incl. two blocks of four and three pairs and two with doubling of the print) and used (9, incl. a piece with 5 gr.). The whole with a multitude of certificates. Quality is generally fine to very fine, a wonderful collection of enormous catalogue value of this scarce and charming issue.Starting bid : 7,500 CHFHammer price : 30,000 CHF
Lot# : 725 Papal state1852: ½ b. bright-lilac in a block of six from the lower sheet margin, vivid colour, tied by grille marks to reverse of cover from Terracina Latium (Dec. 6, 1863) to San Felice with 'CANCELLERIA DISTRETTUALE DI TERRACINA' cachet alongside. The lower four stamps were damaged upon opening and repaired, in spite of its imperfections a desirable item with a large unit of the ½ b. stamp in the very rare vivid lilac shade. Cert. Raybaudi (1984) Sassone = € 168'000 for a block of four on cover.Starting bid : 1,000 CHFHammer price : 1,000 CHF
Lot# : 726 Papal state1852: 1 baj. black on green, 4 b. on yellow and 6 b. on grey, margins touched to large, all used on 1867 entire letter to Spain tied by Rome grill in black with framed P.P. in black and Rome despatch cds (June 17) alongside. French entry marking in red on front (June 20) and '4R' charge marking in red on front, reverse with five transit markings and arrival cds (June 23).Starting bid : 250 CHFHammer price : 250 CHF
Lot# : 727 Papal stateIreland 1852: 4 b. black on yellow and 8 b. black on white, two horizontal pairs and a single, fine and fresh with good to large margins all round, tied by grill handstamps to small 1861 envelope with manuscript "2" (double rate) mailed to Galway with ROMA (Jan. 11) despatch cds, framed "PD", French entry mark in red and AUGHRIM (Jan. 18) arrival cds alongside. Closed tear at left, but an appealing double rate cover to a scarce destination. From 1 April 1855 the rate was reduced to 22 b. for each 7.5 grams. Cert. RPS (2003).Starting bid : 200 CHFHammer price : 240 CHF
Lot# : 728 Papal state1852: 5 baj. black on rose, used example tied by dotted lozenge handstamp to 1853 cover from Civittavecchia (July 11) to Amsterdam, paying the internal rate only, Marseille entry marking in red at left (July 15) and reverse with Amsterdam arrival cds. A fine and unusual cover.Starting bid : 200 CHFHammer price : 200 CHF
Lot# : 729 Papal statePortugal 1852: 5 b. black on rose, fresh and fine, good margins all round and tied by ROMA cds to 1853 entire letter to Lisbon, endorsed "Via die Mare" with French entry mark in red (March 19) and two Portugese tax marks alongside: oval framed "LEY DE 20/4 50 - 30 Rs." in red and "600" (reis) in blue. Bayonne transit and Lisbon arrival (March 29) cds's on reverse. A very early and interesting cover to a very rare destination. Prior to the Franco-Papal Postal Convention of 1 October 1853 mail could only be paid to the Papal border while the addressee had to for the residual journey.Starting bid : 300 CHFHammer price : 340 CHF
Lot# : 730 Papal stateSpain 1852: 5 b. black on rose tied by ROMA cds (June 23) to 1852 entire letter to Pamplona with French entry cds and Spanish postage due mark "9 Rs.", both in red alongside. Bayonne transit and Pamplona / Navarra arrival (July 2) cds in red on reverse. Cover was paid only up to the Papal border, the addressee had to pay the residual journey from France. A few imperfections but scarce.Starting bid : 150 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 731 Papal state1864: 6 baj. black on lilac-grey (lila grigio), two fine horizontal strips of three used with single 1864 4 b. black on yellow on 1867 double rate cover from Rome to Paris, all tied by Rome grill handstamps with despatch cds (Feb 17) alongside. Marseille entry marking in red on front (Feb 18). Minor bends to cover not affecting the appearance. A spectacular franking for the 40 bajocchi rate. Signed A. Diena, E. Diena, Sorani. Cert. Colla (1998). Sassone = € 16'000+.
Provenance: Corinphila sale 107 (September 1998), lot 2892.
Starting bid : 2,500 CHFHammer price : 2,500 CHF
Lot# : 732 Papal state1852: 6 baj. black on greenish, 7 baj. black on blue in a horizontal pair and fine 50 baj. blue; all with good even margins, used on small piece tied by three strikes of the barred grill handstamp in black. The 6 b. also tied by part manuscript pen-stroke, a fine and most attractive piece. Signed H. Bloch, Colla. Cert. Colla (2016) Sassone = € 3'250+.Starting bid : 350 CHFHammer price : 600 CHF
Lot# : 733 Papal state1852: 8 baj. black on white, a horizontal strip of three, just touched at base and a fine vertical pair 'con interspazio di grupo', used on 1854 double rate entire letter from Rome to Paris, the adhesives all neatly tied by four 'Roma' datestamps (July 20) in black. Red framed 'PD' at right and Marseille entry marking in red alongside. reverse with Pris arrival cds (July 25). An attractive entire. Signed A. Bolaffi. Cert. Colla (1998).
Provenance: Corinphila sale 107 (September 1998), lot 2893.Starting bid : 400 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 734 Papal state1852: 50 baj. blue, a fine large margined example over-lapped by a vertical pair of 1854 5 baj. grey-black on pink oily paper, used on 1854 triple rate cover to Paris tied by 'Roma' datestamps (Aug 26) in black. Framed 'PD' in red below and notation '18/3' in red crayon at left. French entry marking in red (Sept 2) and Paris arrival cds (same day) on reverse. Tiny tear at base of cover but a rare and most attractive usage. Signed A. Bolaffi, G. Bolaffi. Cert. A. Diena (1956). Sassone = € 11'000.Starting bid : 750 CHFHammer price : 1,300 CHF
Lot# : 735 Papal state1852: 1 scudo carmine-rose, a superb example with three huge margins and imperceptibly touched at right, used with 50 baj. blue and a horizontal pair of the 5 baj. black on rose 'con interspazio di gruppo', all tied to 1863 eight-times rate cover from Rome to Bordeaux. Manuscript '8' at left equating to the 160 bajocchi postage paid. 'Roma' despatch cds (Jan 14) and framed 'PD' in black on front with Marseille entry marking (Jan 20) in red. Reverse with Bordeaux arrival cds. Some minor imperfections and some edge wear to the envelope but an extraordinary usage of both the 1852 high values on a heavy letter. Cert. Colla (1999). Michel = € 40'000+/Sassone = € 90'000.
Provenance: Corinphila sale 118 (October 1999), lot 5599.Starting bid : 5,000 CHFHammer price : 8,000 CHF
Lot# : 736 Papal stateSweden 1867: 80 c. black on rose lilac imperf. in mixed franking with 1868 5 c. black on blue green and 10 c. black on orange perf., tied by grill handstamps to 1868 cover to Stockholm with ROMA (Nov 22) despatch cds, framed "P.D." and French entry E.-PONT. St. MICHEL (Nov 24) cds in blue alongside. Stockhom arrival cds (Nov 29) on reverse. Some minor staining, but a rare cover, a similar cover from the same correspondence is shown in Mentaschi & Mathà - 'Letter mail from and to the Old Italian States 1850-1870' illustrated on page 125. The 95 c. rate for mail to Sweden via France was established on 7 March 1868.Starting bid : 250 CHFHammer price : 280 CHF
Lot# : 737 Papal state1867: Imperforate 80 c. black on rose lilac, used in combination with March 1868 perf. 5 c. greenish blue, 10 c. orange vermilion and 20 c. red-brown, on delightful 1869 cover to Boston, USA tied by dotted lozenges with 'Roma' despatch cds at left (Jan 26) and framed P.D. in black. Blue 'St. Michel' French entry marking on front (Jan 12) and 'Boston / Paid' arrival and '3' (cents) in red all on obverse of a charming four colour mixed issue combination usage. Rare. Cert. Signed A. Diena. Cert. E. Diena (1992).Starting bid : 2,000 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 738 Papal state1854/68: Lot eleven covers incl. four inland covers with straight line handstamps, grille mark and cds in blue from Rome, mail abroad to Sicily, Sardinia and Saxony, registered mail to Switzerland and a wrapper to France, a multifaceted lot, one cert RPS 2003.Starting bid : 500 CHFHammer price : 850 CHF
Lot# : 739 Toscana1851/52: 1 cr. carmine on blued paper, 2 gr. blue on blued in a horizontal pair, tiny scissor cut at base, overlapping 6 cr. deep blue in a vertical pair, margins all just grazed to large, used on 1852 entire letter to Manchester, England and tied by rhomboid of dots obliterators in black. Livorno despatch datestamp (Nov 22) in black at left and framed P.D. alongside London 'Paid' transit cds (Nov 29) in red. An attractive and scarce three colour first issue franking.Starting bid : 500 CHFHammer price : 2,400 CHF
Lot# : 740 Toscana1852: 9 cr. brown-violet, a wonderful horizontal strip of four (third stamp with plate flaw on 'R' of 'Crazie'), paying the quadruple rate, used on 1856 entire letter endorsed 'Par Vapeur' from Livorno to Mraseille, the adhesives tied by four strikes of unframed 'P.D.' applied in black with a fifth strike at right. 'Livorno' despatch cds at base (April 14) in black and octagonal French entry marking at top in blue. The cover has been lightly cleaned and pressed, otherwise an exceptional and rare multiple on cover. Signed Giulio Bolaffi (1949), A. Bolaffi, L. Miro. Cert. Giulio Bolaffi (1969). Sassone = € 13'000.
Provenance: Corinphila sale 118 (October 1999), lot 5745.Starting bid : 2,000 CHFHammer price : 2,600 CHF
Lot# : 741 Toscana1852: 60 cr. dull scarlet on greyish paper, good margins all round for this difficult stamp, frame line touched at two sides, tied by mute barred obliterator. An exceedingly rare stamp, signed E. Diena and Richter; cert. Avi (2016) Sassone = € 40'000.Starting bid : 2,000 CHFHammer price : 3,200 CHF
Lot# : 742 Italy1852/61: Collection resp. lot with some hundred stamps used/unused from Modena up to Tuscany, with better single items (i.e. Pontoificio with 50 Baj and 1 Scudo), pairs, blocs of four, stamps on piece, colour shades, cancellations and three covers, better items (partly repaired) joined by certificates, mixed condition and housed in one album with collector's notes.Starting bid : 200 CHFHammer price : 3,600 CHF
Lot# : 743 Italy1851/67: Interesting lot four stamps incl. Naples 1858 ½ gr. carmine 2nd plate and 20 gr. brown-rose 1st plate, both used, Papal States 1867 3 c. black on rose-grey unused, and Sardinia 1851 20 c. blue lithographed on white wove paper unused. Two certs. Sassone = € 28'250.Starting bid : 500 CHFHammer price : 600 CHF
Lot# : 744 Italy1851/61: Collection total 104 unused stamps covering the region of Old Italian States, i.e. from Lombardo-Veneto (12), Modena (15), Parma (13), Stato Pontificio (29), Romagna (9), Sardegna (10), Sicilia (12) and Toscana (4), 15 positions joined by certificats, good to average condition and mounted on album pages.Starting bid : 2,500 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 745 Italy
Lot# : 746 Italy1925: 'Artistica' unissued proposed set, six values: 15 c. slate blue (6 stamps printed), 20 c. green (just 5 recorded), 25 c. orange (4 stamps recorded), 60 c. rose-lilac (Wolf, in same format as 20 c., 5 stamps recorded), 60 c. deep rose-lilac (9 stamps recorded) and 75 c. olive (9 stamps recorded), all line perf. 13½, all marginal from top of sheet, all fresh and fine with full original somewhat crackly gum and all signed in margin by A. Bolaffi. A wonderful and enormously rare group, very possibly the finest example of each of these values known. Certs (7) from Bolaffi (1987, 110 pts), E. Diena (1987) Sassone = € 100'000.Starting bid : 7,500 CHFHammer price : 9,500 CHF
Lot# : 747 Italy/1925: 'Anno Santo' set of six Imperforate Proofs, a fine unused set on buff or white paper, fresh and fine set without gum (all signed A. Bolaffi), also imperforaate gummed pairs of the issued 20 c. + 10 c., 30 c. + 15 c. and 1 l. + 50 c. values and 50 c. + 25 c. with three examples on thin paper showing 'decalco' off-sets Sassone = € 2'200.Starting bid : 150 CHFHammer price : 130 CHF
Lot# : 748 Italy
Lot# : 749 Italy1863: Postage 2 c. up to 60 c., lot 12 values perf. (2) and imperf. (10) bearing black surcharge SAGGIO, all with original gum and hinge remains/traces of hinge, a rare selection. Two certificates Enzo Diena (2008+2009) for two singels and cert. Terrachini (2008) for five stamps together Sassone = min. € 2'400.Starting bid : 150 CHFHammer price : 180 CHF
Lot# : 750 Italy
Lot# : 751 Italy
Lot# : 752 Italy1893: King Umberto I and Queen Margherita in profile, proposed but unissued 20 c. value printed in olive green and brown on white wove paper, perf. 14, a fine unused example with typical somewhat browned unmounted og. Rare. Cert. Raybaudi (2002), Sorani (2011) Sassone = € 15'000.Starting bid : 2,000 CHFHammer price : 2,400 CHF
Lot# : 753 Italy1922; 10 c. - 40 c. the full set of four values bearing black overprint IX CONGRESSO FILATELICO ITALIANO TRIESTE 1922, tied on official uncirculated card by black cds dated "3. 6. 22". Signed by four Italian experts incl. Diena Sassone on commemorative card = € 1'900.Starting bid : 150 CHFHammer price : 240 CHF
Lot# : 754 Italy1922 (June 4): Philatelic Congress, Trieste; the complete set of four values overprinted in black, each value in a sheet marginal block of four applied to two Congress Postcards, neatly cancelled by 'IX Congresso Filatelico Italiano / Trieste 4.6.22' datestamps on First Day of Issue. Exceptional and extremely rare: only two sets are recorded with blocks of four on First Day Cover. Cert. E. Diena (2000) Sassone = € 11'000+.Starting bid : 2,000 CHFHammer price : not sold
Lot# : 755 Italy1925/26: 'Giubileo' set of three unused, set of three with scarce perf. 11 unused, 60 c. and 1 lire values imperforate (Sassone 186e+187e), watermark varieties on each value (Sassone 186a, 186c, 186d, 187a, 187c, 187d, 190c, 190d), 60 c. with double line of vertical perfs. in pair mint (186p), 1 l. 25 c. imperforate at base (188g), St. Francescano set of six unused incl. rare 1 l. 25 c. blue perf. 13½ unused (cert. Bolaffi, 1969), two perf. 11 values and varieties incl. 30 c. grey imperf. between stamp and right margin, 5 l. + 2.50 imperf. between stamp and left margin and another example imperf. at base (197h, 198h, 197e); condition generally fine to very fine, a good lot (31 items).Starting bid : 250 CHFHammer price : 400 CHF
Lot# : 756 Italy
Lot# : 757 Italy
Lot# : 758 Italy
Lot# : 759 Italy
Lot# : 760 Italy