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  • Lot# : 564 Afghanistan

    1951: Waterlow Imperforate Proofs for 10 p., 15 p., 20 p., 30 p., 40 p., 45 p., in blocks of eight, 50 p., 60 p. and 75 p. in blocks of six values, all fresh and fine unmounted og. examples (some with sheet margins). Scarce and most attractive group.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 460.00 CHF

    Lot# : 565 Imperial China

    Printed at the Statistical Department in Shanghai 1878: The Essay Sheet of the 5 candarin in brownish-ochre, on thick paper, Setting I, perforated 12½, with the additional extra circle near the left claw of the Large Dragon, the sheet with near complete outer sheet margins, missing just a 10 mm. section of the outer margin at lower right, in a rich deep shade and perfectly centred; one or two black surface specks where the ink had not correctly suffused and possibly the reason why the brownish-ochre shade was not selected as the issued colour, horizontal crease along the lower row and minor bend on position 1, ungummed. The sole recorded sheet with Trial perforation 12½ as would later be adopted. One of the most significant items in all Chinese Classic philately, an Exhibition piece of the highest calibre for the connoisseur and an entirely unique Museum piece of the greatest importance to Chinese heritage.rnrnProvenance: Collection of Sir Robert Hart, Second Inspector-General of China's Imperial Maritime Custom Service from 1863 to 1911.rn                   Collection of Sir Percival & Lady David, RL, London, 9 Nov 1965.rn                   Collection of Anna-Lisa and Sven-Erik Beckeman, Sotheby's & Corinphila, Sale 3, Hong Kong, 7 Oct 1997, lot C68.
    Starting bid : 100,000.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 566 Imperial China

    1897: ½ c. on 3 ca. yellow-brown in an interpanneau pair, 1 c. on 1 ca. vermilion and 4 c. on 4 ca. rose-pink in a vertical pair all tied to 1899 cover (with handstruck "H.B.M. Consulate / G.M.H. Playfair" in violet with manuscript "Ningpo" below) to France by "NINGPO" Dollar Chops (March 4) in black, "SHANGHAI" Dollar Chop of transit alongside (March 5). Obverse with Hong Kong 1891 10 c. purple on red (Gi 38) tied by "Shanghai" cds (March 6) for onward transmission. Carried on French Steamer "Sydney" with "Ligne N / Paq. Fr. No. 6" octagonal datestamp on reverse. Slight flap tear but an attractive and very scarce combination usage.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 567 Imperial China

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    Catalogue# : 47+48
    1900: Picture postcard b/w  'Pagode bei Shanghai' addressed to Berlin, franked by Chinese Imperial Post ½ c. brown (4) and 1 c. buff (2)  cancelled "TIENTSIN - 11 DEC  00" to pay the internal rate to Shanghai, there handed over to the French Post Office and uprated by Allegorie 10 c. black on lila (MI Nr. 2) covering seamail to Marseille and Berlin where te card arrived on January 29th 01.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 568 Imperial China

    1925-1928, 10c Junk blue, two registered letters both franked with two copies each, one from "MOUKDEN" to Austria, the other from "HARBIN" to KIEW bearing a red and white preprinted registration label, the latter some ageing, the better "MOUKDEN" cover very fresh. 
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 569 Imperial China

    1928: Shanghai letter franked 1C junk with Perfin HSBC, cancelled "SHANGHAI LOCAL POST" somewhat roughly opened and a "Express" letter on HAPAG stationery franked with 11C for local express fee bearing a green on buff Chinese express label. The latter has a back flap missing. Attractive pair.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 570 Imperial China

    1949: 20c on $1000 red, two copies plus 15c meter mark type "Universal" stuck on reverse on letter from "CANTON" to San Francisco. Slight discolouration in envelope but a very rare combibation. A remarkable cover.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 571 Imperial China

    1950: Civil War (North China) $200 green and $1000 red-orange block of eight on a fine fine registered with a "PEKING" manuscript registration label. 
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 180.00 CHF

    Lot# : 572 Imperial China

    Shanghai Local Post 1876: Nissen & Parker Die Proofs for the Candareens Issue, the set of five values: 1 ca., 3 ca., 6 ca., 9 ca and 12 ca., all lithographged in black on surface glazed white wove paper (80 x 55 cm.). Fresh and very fine. Rare.
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 573 People's Republic of China

    1960 (June 1): Chinese Goldfish, the unused set of twelve complete, fresh and very fine, unused as issued. A scarce set Gi = £ 500.
    Starting bid : 180.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 480.00 CHF

    Lot# : 574 People's Republic of China

    1964 (Aug 5): Chinese Peonies, 2 y. Glorius Crimson and Great Gold Pink miniature sheet, 48 x 59 mm., a fresh and fine unused example, superb Mi = € 3'000 / Gi = £ 2'000.
    Starting bid : 850.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 575 People's Republic of China

    1967: Multi-franked registered airmail cover (11 stamps) mailed to Moscow with April 1967 Thoughts of Mao 8 f., May 1967 Labour Day 8 f. (two) together with four values from 1965 People's Liberation Army issue etc., all tied by Peking cds's with Moscow arrival on reverse (May 30) in red. One stamp with fault but scarce.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 750.00 CHF

    Lot# : 576 People's Republic of China

    1967: Multi-franked airmail cover (7 stamps) mailed to Moscow with 1964 PRC Anniversary triptych strip on reverse, franked on obverse with 1967 Thoughts of Chairman Mao Tse-tung 8 f. red and gold (41 characters) etc. tied by Peking datestamps in black with Moscow arroval on reverse (Dec 29) in red. A scarce and unusual franking.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 577 People's Republic of China

    1978 (May 5): Galloping Horses 5 y. Miniature Sheet, fresh and fine, unmounted og. Gi = £ 300.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 578 People's Republic of China

    1978 (May 5): Galloping Horses 5 y. Miniature Sheet, fresh and fine, unmounted og. Gi = £ 300.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 579 People's Republic of China

    1978 (Nov 1): Hsingkiang River Bridge, 2 y. Miniature sheet, fresh and very fine, unmounted og. Scarce Gi = £ 225.
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 160.00 CHF

    Lot# : 580 People's Republic of China

    1979 (Aug 25): International Stamp Fair, Riccione, 2 y. Miniature sheet overprinted in gold, fresh and very fine, unmounted og. Scarce Gi = £ 400.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 260.00 CHF

    Lot# : 581 People's Republic of China

    1979: 2Y. multicoloured, "Study of Science from Childhood", miniature sheet on clean FDC together with a further FDC for the lower values of the set.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 550.00 CHF

    Lot# : 582 People's Republic of China

    1979 (Nov 10): Camellias of Yunnan, 2 y. 'Red Jewellery' Miniature sheet, fresh and very fine unused, unmounted og. Scarce Gi = £ 400.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 150.00 CHF

    Lot# : 583 People's Republic of China

    1980 (Jan-March): Paintings of Qi Bashi, 2 y. Miniature sheet, fresh and very fine, unmounted og. Gi = £ 375.
    Starting bid : 140.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 140.00 CHF

    Lot# : 584 People's Republic of China

    1980 (Aug 4): Fresh Lotus on Rippling Waters 1 y. Miniature sheet, fresh and very fine, unmounted og. Gi = £ 375.
    Starting bid : 140.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 140.00 CHF

    Lot# : 585 Macau

    1885/1919: Collection unused stationery 70 postcard and lettercards inscribed first 'Macao e Timor', later 'Macao' only, all different, a fine and fresh group mounted on sheets.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 586 Taiwan

    1953 (Oct 31): President Chiang Kai-shek Booklet with green and gold cover, containing the three imperforate sheets (each with five values) for the full set of fifteen, the sheets fresh and fine, the outer covers with somewhat typical wrinkles due to the laminate employed. Scarce Scott 1077/1091, Michel 169B/183B, Gi = £ 750.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 587 Taiwan

    1960/90c: Selection hundreds primarily unused stamps in unmounted og. condition, all sets and singles included only once in this lot. Michel = € 1'078 following the consignor.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 588 Imperial China

    1878/1942: Collection on old Album leaves and in a stock book in mainly used condition, starting with four large dragons. Dowager Empress 9 ca mint. (SG.22).  Red revenue one cent (SG 88) used "CUSTOMS SWATOW", then with a good run to the end of the Period including the "Industry" Miniature sheet. French POs and Japanese POs are also well represented. Highly recommended lot.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 589 Imperial China

    1885/1985: Lot several hundred stamps used/unused, the early yeras with mainly small values and duplicats, Peoples Republic with some better values, blocs of four, some full sets used as Goldfish, Landscapes of Huangshan and others, few souvenir sheets, postage dues and more, mainly in good condition and housed in two stockbooks.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 590 Imperial China

    1894-1950: Predominantly used collection of China and Chinese stamps beginning with 1894 1c-3c, a vertical pair 1897 overprint 1c (large type 2.5mm below characters), 5 dollars (SG131) to the early issues of People's Republic. There is also some scope for postmark collectors, with among others a crisp centrally struck bilingual cachet "SHASI" on 2c (SG165). Furthermore a range of foreign POs such as German, French, Japanese etc.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 591 People's Republic of China

    1963: Collection with 1963 Panda's set of three unused, 1964 Peonies set of 14 with first stamp missing unused, 1973 Giant Panda's set of six unused, Children's Day strip of five unused, Ballet set of four unused, 1974 Gymnastics set unused, 1978 Horses sets (2) and Miniature sheet, 1982 Iris mini sheet unused, 1982 Year of the Dog Booklet complete, 1983 Year of the Pig Booklet complete, also an album of 1973-1980 Taiwan issues and Japan Postal Week 8 y. purple unused etc.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 592 People's Republic of China

    1983/2007: Modern selection 1500 stamps and 122 souvenir sheets in mint condition, plenty of full sets showing colourful topics as Art, Birds, Flowers, Sport and many more, neatly arranged in two albums, in addition a presentation booklet 'Four Great Classic Novels' of 2014, the whole housed in a box owner's cat ) Scott $ 2'600+.
    Starting bid : 800.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 593 Imperial China

    1895/1990: Cover collection of China and French POs in the area in a A4 folder containing over 120 mainly mid period to modern covers as well as 14  unused older postcards. The covers contain a correspondence from Tientsin to Osaka four of which were opened and closed with censorstrips. A very recomendable collection with many quality items.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,700.00 CHF

    Lot# : 594 Imperial China

    1900-1950: Conglomerate of 31 letters from China, including Shanghai local post, Printed Matters, Mandschuko. Some interest in destinations like Denmark, also Consular mail senders. Varied lot in mixed condition.
    Starting bid : 600.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 850.00 CHF

    Lot# : 595 Imperial China

    1910-29: Lot of four registered letters, all with some traces of age to Europe, including a very unusual registered printed matter to Sarajevo/Bosnia franked 13c and 1c, for the unusual 14c rate to a rare destination.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 480.00 CHF

    Lot# : 596 Imperial China

    1937-1948: Lot of 7 Airmail letters to Europe including a commercial letter to Czechoslovakia bearing a Mi 263, 268 and 269 three colour franking. Interesting lot.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 597 Dubai

    1963: Red Cross centennary, complete set of all eight values from 1 np. to 50 np. in complete sheets of 100 adhesives in both perf. and imperf. condition, two sheet sets in both conditions, thus 100 sets in perf. and 100 sets in imperf. condition. Unmounted with full og. Mi 26A-33A & 26B-33B = € 3'800+.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 598 Ethiopia

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    1843 (April): Entire letter in French from Adwa, 'Abyssinie', in the Tigray to Lyon, France carried by merchant caravan via Kassala and thence via the Nile to Alexandria where put into the French Post Office with "Alexandrie / (Egypte)" cds (Aug 17) in black. Struck with framed "Paquebots / De La / Mediterranée" in red. Disinfected in Malta with circular "Purifiée au Lazaret / Malte" cachet in black and slitted, Marseille cds of transit (Aug 31) and Lyon arrival cds (Sept 2) where charged '24' décimes due in manuscript. An astonishingly early entire, the third earliest we have recorded, the letter being written by the French priest Justin de Jacobis, who had arrived in Adwa in October 1839. Extremely rare and fine. Cert. J-F. Brun (2016).rnrnNote: The French Treaty of Friendship with the King of the Showa, Sahle Selassie (1813-1847) was signed in 1843.rnrnProvenance: Collection Roberto Sciaky, Harmers, London, 25 July 2006, lot 1.
    Starting bid : 2,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 599 Ethiopia

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    1847 (Dec 1): Entire letter in English from Dabaraq (Dabarag) to Paris, France carried by merchant caravan via Kassala and thence via the Nile to Alexandria where put into the French Post Office with "Alexandrie / Egypte" cds (May 20) in black and Paris arrival cds (May 31) where charged '20' décimes due in manuscript. An astonishingly early entire, one of the earliest we have recorded, the letter being written by the Irish born explorer and geologist (among other things - see content) Anthony (Antoine) Thomson d'Abbadie (1810-1897), who had arrived with his brother in Ethiopia in 1837, leaving in 1848, having travelled all over Abyssinia as far South as the Kingdom of Kaffa. Extremely rare and fine. Cert. J-F. Brun (2016).rnrnNote: The readable letter begins "Your letter dated February 18, 1845 is the latest which I have received from you. The French Agent at Massawa named Degoutin took both letters and money and took very good care not to inform me of their arrival...". The letter goes on to mention 'Briggs & Co.' (Forwarding Agents in Cairo) and "this distracted country is so full of thieves, rebels, robbers and petty armies... getting on the road is very dangerous" and mentions his two slaves in attendance. The letter is extraordinary and amazingly revealing about the customs of the local people concerning marriage (including to their own daughters).rnrnProvenance: Collection Roberto Sciaky, Harmers, London, 25 July 2006, lot 2.
    Starting bid : 2,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 600 Ethiopia

    Egyptian Post Office 1876: Cover from Ahmed Bey with manuscript "Communication from Governor of Massowah, March 2, 1876" in English, with Turko-Arabic script below addressing the letter (unfortunately without contents) to the Military Officer of the Massawa District, Massawah Governate. Another example from this correspondence is included with the lot, for which my thanks go to Mahmoud Ramadan FRPSL.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 340.00 CHF

    Lot# : 601 Ethiopia

    Egyptian Post Office 1874/75: 5 pa. brown, perf. 12½, eight examples including two vertical tête-bêche pairs and a horizontal pair, all cancelled by "POSTE KHEDEVIE EGIZIANE / MASSAWA" datestamps (Feb 10, 1878) in black. Trivial imperfections but an extremely scarce and fine multiple. Signed Todd AIEP.rnrnProvenance: Collection Colonel J.R. Danson, RL, London, April 1977, lot 516; Collection Nachum Kaplan, Corinphila sale 169, Sept 2011, lot 727.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 602 Ethiopia

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    1880: Cover bearing Egypt 1879 1 pi. rose tied to cover to Massawa by "Suez / Depart" cds (Oct 1) in black with information strike at right, the reverse with flap missing but near complete strike of Egyptian P.O. "MASSAWAH" cds (Oct 18) in black. The cover contains a signed letter from Charles 'Chinese' Gordon, written in French from Bombay to Hibil Sciavi in Massawa stating "J'ai eté invité à Pekin" and stating his address would be care of the Governor of Hong Kong and giving his compliments to Achille Raffray, the French Vice Consul in Massawa. Somewhat tired but rare. Cert. J-F. Brun (2016).
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 350.00 CHF

    Lot# : 603 Ethiopia

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    1864: Cover from Massawah to London franked by India 1856/64 1 a. brown, four examples, 2 a. yellow and cut round 8 p. purple, all tied in transit by Aden "124" numeral obliterators in black with framed "INDIA PAID" in red at left. The adhesives with small imperfections and the 8 p. removed from original position (over 'No. 33') and replaced. The cover with manuscript at lower left from "H. Rassam, Massawah, 4/10/64", and reverse with manuscript of Forwarding Agent "Received on the 9 Nov / 64 at 7 am per 'Dalhousie'  Eduguee Manachi" with "ADEN" cds in black (Nov 10) and London arrival (Nov 26) in red. Further docketing "Answered by F.O. (Foreign Office), Febry 16th, 1865". Only two 'Layard' correspondence covers have been recorded (the other ex Reverend Payne collection). An extremely rare and important cover. Cert. RPSL (2016).rnrnNote: The writer, Hormuzd Rassam (1826-1910) at the age of 20 in 1846, Rassam was hired by the British archaeologist Austen Henry Layard (the above letter is addressed to Mrs Henry Layard) as a pay master at Nimrud, an Assyrian excavation site. Layard, who was in Mosul on his first expedition (1845–47), was impressed by the hard-working Rassam and took him under his wing; they would remain friends for life. Layard provided an opportunity for Rassam to travel to England and study at Magdalen College, Oxford. Layard left archeology to begin a political career. Rassam continued field work (1852–54) at Nimrud and Nineveh, where he made a number of important discoveries. These included the clay tablets that would later be deciphered by George Smith as the Epic of Gilgamesh, the world's oldest written narrative poem. With the help of Layard, he began a new career in government with a posting to the British Consulate in Aden, quickly rising to the post of First Political Resident and facilitating a number of agreements between the British and formerly hostile local community leaders. In 1866, an international crisis arose in Ethiopia when British missionaries were taken hostage by Emperor Tewodros II, Rassam would probably have prevented the entire Abyssinian campaign if not hindered in negotations with the Emperor Tewodoros by Charles Tilstone Beke.rnrnProvenance: Collection 'Menelik', Harmers, Lugano, 8 Dec 1989, lot 601; Collection Roberto Sciaky, Harmers, London, 25 July 2006, lot 3.
    Starting bid : 2,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,000.00 CHF

    Lot# : 604 Ethiopia

    1885: Cover from London to Massawa, franked by Great Britain 1881 1 d. lilac pair and 1883 ½ d. slate-blue, the former unusually tied by London duplexes (May 8) in black and the latter by London squared circle datestamps in black, addressed to an Italian member 'Battaglione de la Spedizione' (Battalion of the Expedition) in Massawa. Reverse with Suez cds, "SOUAKIN" cds in black (May 18) and "MASSAWAH" arrival cds of the Egyptian Post Office. Flap torn and sealed with tape but a scarce and appealing cover mailed towards the close of the Nile Expedition / Suakin Campaign.rnrnNote: The Egyptian Post Office in Massawa closed in November 1885.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 460.00 CHF

    Lot# : 605 Ethiopia

    Abyssinian Field Force 1868: Cover from Napier's Force to the Commander of the Royal Artillery in Bangalore, Elliot correspondence, endorsed 'via Bombay', franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I (Gi 69), tied by "FF" obliterator in black and manuscript "29/3", paying the Officer's rate. Reverse with oily strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (April 5), Bombay transit (April 21) and Bangalore arrival cds (April 26). Some moth faults at base of mourning envelope but scarce.
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,400.00 CHF

    Lot# : 606 Ethiopia

    Abyssinian Field Force 1868: Mourning envelope from Capt. Elliot at Magdala to Bangalore, India endorsed 'via Bombay' franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I (Gi 69), tied by "FF" obliterator (Field Force) in black. Reverse with fair strike of "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (April), Bombay transit and fine Bangalore arrival cds (May 13) in red. Pencil notation at left of date and place of sending. A fine and extremely rare cover. Signed Friedl.rnrnNote: The cover was sent on the day after Emperor Tewodoros II committed suicide at the Battle of Magdala (with a gun gifted to him by Queen Victoria), the Ethiopian Army surrendered and General Napier's task was fulfilled.
    Starting bid : 3,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 607 Ethiopia

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    Abyssinian Field Force 1868: Cover from Napier's Force near Senafe to Cardiff franked by India 1865 8 p. purple, 2 a.orange and 1866/67 6 a. 8 p. slate, faults, each cancelled by "F.F." obliterators (Field Force) endorsed 'via Marseilles' with unframed "INDIA PAID" in red at left. Reverse with overinked oily strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red and Cardiff arrival cds (April 20) in black. Manuscript notation at left "Abyssinia 1868, Camp Sooroo 25 March". Small part of envelope missing at top and sensibly filled, a magnificent and wonderful franking in the foremost quality for mail from this Campaign. Cert. RPSL (2016).rnrnNote: The certificate states that a stamp has been removed - however this is most unlikely as the franking of 6 annas 8 pies pays the full Officer's rate via Marseille. Also, if there was a 'missing' stamp, then why is there no trace of manuscript 'Stamped' always found on Lady Tyler covers? For further examples of Lady Tyler covers prepaid at 6 a. 8 p. from this Campaign, see the 'Pedrazzo' collection, Corinphila sale 145, April 2006, lots 1855 and 1857 and Sciaky collection, July 2006, lot 8.
    Starting bid : 3,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 4,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 608 Ethiopia

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    Abyssinian Field Force 1868: Cover from Napier's Force to Southampton franked by India 1865 2 a.orange and 1866/67 6 a. 8 p. slate, faults, each cancelled by "F.F." obliterators (Field Force) endorsed 'via Marseilles'. Reverse with good strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in black (April 26?) somewhat over-struck by Southampton arrival cds (May 18). Despite the imperfection to one adhesive, an extremely rare cover carried at the Civilian rate. Cert. RPSL (2016).rnrnProvenance: Collection Reverend Eric Payne, Harmers, London, 20 Dec 1995, lot 7.
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 609 Ethiopia

    Abyssinian Field Force 1867: Large part cover bearing Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 92 tied by London duplex of despatch (Oct 7) and sent originally to Chatham (Oct 7), Sheerness (Oct 7 and 9), addressed to "HMS Star, China or elsewhere". Reverse with fine "HONG KONG" cds in black (Dec 15) and manuscript "Not China" on obverse, thence back via Bombay with circular "Steamer Bearing 3 annas" presumably applied there, and circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in black (Jan 31, 1868) on obverse with manuscript '5' (pence) deleted as not an Officer's letter but addressed to a sailor - top with readable strike of "RANK / NOT STATED" in black at upper left corner (possibly applied in Chatham?) and manuscript 'Unclaimed'. Despite being in two halves and piece missing, a remarkable item of Postal History.rnrnNote: This describer would be pleased to hear of other covers marked "RANK / NOT STATED", as this is the first time I have encountered an example.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 610 Ethiopia

    Abyssinian Field Force 1867: Cover from Weymouth to Major F.S. Roberts VC., with the Abyssinian Field Force, to be forwarded from Suez, endorsed 'via Southampton' and franked by Great Britain 1864/79 1 d. red pl. 91 (2) and 1865/68 4 d. vermilion pl. 9 tied by "Weymouth / 873" duplexes (Dec 20) in black. Reverse with London transit cds (Dec 20) in blue and very fine strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (Jan 17, 1868) with over-inked "F.F." obliterator adjacent. Some minor soiling but very rare.rnrnNote: The letter is addressed to 'Bobs', Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, VC, (1832 – 1910), a British General who became one of the most successful British military commanders of his time. Born in India to an Anglo-Irish family, Roberts joined the East India Company Army and served as a young officer in the Indian Rebellion during which he won a Victoria Cross for gallantry. He was then transferred to the British Army and fought in the Expedition to Abyssinia and the Second Anglo-Afghan War, in which his exploits earned him widespread fame. Roberts would go on to serve as the Commander-in-Chief, India before leading British Forces to success in the Second Boer War. He also became the last Commander-in-Chief of the Forces before the post was abolished in 1904.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 3,600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 611 Ethiopia

    Abyssinian Field Force 1868: Cover from Brecon to Capt. Burlton, Commisary Dept. with the Abyssinian Field Force endorsed 'via Southampton & Suez', franked by 1865/ 68 6 d. lilac pl. 6, defective, tied by "Brecon / 116" duplex in black (March 12). Reverse with London transit cds (March 13) and fine strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (April 5). Captain Burlton was in command of the Udul Wells Depot, a staging post 40 miles from Zula on the way to Senafe. Slight opening tear but extremely scarce and not unattractive.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 900.00 CHF

    Lot# : 612 Ethiopia

    Abyssinian Field Force 1867: Incoming envelope addressed to Capt. Elliot, Madras Sappers & Miners, Field Force, Abyssinia endorsed 'via Bombay' franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I, tied by "Bangalore / 10" duplex (Dec 8) in black. Reverse with Bombay transit (Dec 30), ribboned "TOO LATE" and superb strike of  circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (Jan 14, 1868). A fine and extremely rare cover.
    Starting bid : 1,500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 2,400.00 CHF

    Lot# : 613 Ethiopia

    Abyssinian Field Force 1868: Incoming envelope addressed to Capt. Elliot, Madras Sappers & Miners, Field Force, Abyssinia endorsed 'via Bombay' franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I, tied by "Bangalore / 10" duplex (Jan 1) in black. Reverse with Bombay transit (Jan 6) and ribboned "Too Late" on obverse, partial strike of  circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red, and forwarded in manuscript to (the Pass of) "Koomay loo". Part flap missing and one or two closed envelope tears but rare.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,100.00 CHF

    Lot# : 614 Ethiopia

    Abyssinian Field Force 1868: Incoming envelope addressed to Capt. Elliot, Madras Sappers & Miners, Field Force, Abyssinia endorsed 'via Bombay' franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I, tied by "Bangalore / 10" duplex (March 16) in black. Reverse with Bombay transit (March 21) and ribboned "Too Late", oily complete strike of circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in red (April 8), and forwarded in manuscript to "Antalo", some 20 miles South of Mekelle in the Tigray. The adhesive with fault at top right of envelope but rare.
    Starting bid : 1,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 615 Ethiopia

    Abyssinian Field Force 1867: Incoming envelope addressed to Capt. Elliot, Madras Sappers & Miners, Field Force, Abyssinia endorsed 'via Bombay' franked by India 1866 4 a. green, Die I, tied by "Bangalore / 10" duplex (May 1) in black. Reverse with Bombay transit (May 9), ribboned "TOO LATE" and fine strike of  circular "FIELD FORCE POST OFFICE / ABYSSINIA" datestamp in black (May 18, 1868). The cover with opening tears and closed tears at edges but rare.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,800.00 CHF

    Lot# : 616 Ethiopia

    Abyssinian Field Force 1868: OHMS envelope from the Commander-in-Chief's office in London to Major General E.L. Russell, Commanding at Aden, struck with oval framed "S. F. Forster / Horse Guards" cachet in black and 'London / Paid' cds in red (Aug). Reverse with Royal embossed seal in red and "Aden / Steamer Point" datestamp struck in red (Sept 4). The cover with full original contents: "I am desired by Lieut. General Lord Napier of Magdala to transmit to you the vote of thanks of Parliament to the Forces, Naval and Military, comprising the Abyssinian Expedition in which you are specially named....". Rare and most unusual.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 1,200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 617 Ethiopia

    Italian Post Offices 1886: Cover bearing Italy 1879 20 c. orange used to Firenze, tied by good strike of "3840" numeral obliterator with "ASSAB" datestamp at base (April 25). Reverse with Brindisi and Firenze (May 8) datestamps. The envelope with vertical file fold and wrinkles but rare; also a small piece of cover with 20 c. orange tied by "ASSAB" cds (Aug 16, 1889).
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 420.00 CHF

    Lot# : 618 Ethiopia

    Italian Post Offices 1886: Cover bearing Italy 1879 40 c. violet used to Firenze, tied by bold strike of "3862" numeral obliterator with "MASSAUA / (MAR ROSSO)" datestamp at right (June 25) with registration label at top. Reverse with Brindisi and Firenze (July 10) datestamps. The envelope with spotting but a fine strike of the elusive numeral. A fine and scarce usage.
    Starting bid : 220.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 619 Ethiopia

    Italian Post Offices 1888: Cover bearing Italy 1879 20 c. orange used to Messina, tied by bold strike of "3862" numeral obliterator with "MASSAUA / (MAR ROSSO)" datestamp at right (Oct 19). Reverse with Brindisi and Messina (Nov 7) datestamps. The envelope with some spotting but a fine strike of the elusive numeral.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 620 Ethiopia

    Italian Post Offices 1889: 50 c. brown Parcel Card, an intact used example to Cremona cancelled by "MASSAUA / (MAR ROSSO)" datestamp at left (Sept 5) with perforated "Pacchi postali / 384 / Massaua (Mar Rosso)" label below. Receivers slip still attached at left. A few small stains but a rare usage from Massaua.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 621 Ethiopia

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    1903 (Jan): Malekt surcharge in black on ½ g. salmon in a horizontal pair, used on cover addressed to Alfred Ilg in Addis Abeba, the pair neatly tied by two strikes of bilingual "Harar" cds's (June 13) in blue. Scarce issue on letter and very fine.rnrnNote: Alfred Ilg (1854-1916) was a Swiss engineer who arrived in Ethiopia in 1879. He learnt Amharic and became a confidante of Menelik II. He first suggested the establishment of the Postal system to Menelik II, became the equivalent of Postmaster General and took a major role in the creation of telephone and railway lines in Ethiopia.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 420.00 CHF

    Lot# : 622 Ethiopia

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    1894: 2 g. deep brown, a used example on 1899 cover to Basel, Switzerland tied by bilingual "ENTOTTO" datestamp in black (Oct 25, 1899), scarce "HARAR / POSTES FRANÇAISES" cds (Nov 5) to Djibouti with reverse showing bilingual "HARAR" transit (Nov 2) in blue and franked by Somali Coast 1894 5 c. red-orange & green and two 10 c. green & brown-lilac (Ceres 9+10) tied by Djibouti cds's (Nov 13). Obverse with "La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No.2" French Paquebot datestamp in black (Nov 13). A charming and scarce cover.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 623 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 20/I
    1906 (Jan 1): 20 c. in rose on 1 g. blue surcharged Minilik in violet, used on 1906 cover to Berlin tied by "Addis Abeba" cds in black (July 18) in combination with 1902 Somali Coast 25 c. blue and deep blue (Ceres 45) tied by Djibouti cds in black (July 31) with bilingual "Harar" transit cds in blue at left (July 29). Arrival on reverse of an unusual cover.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 280.00 CHF

    Lot# : 624 Ethiopia

    1903: Malekt overprint in black on 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 6d), used to Switzerland cancelled by Addis Abeba cds (Nov 29, 1904) in black; up-rated with 1903 Somali Coast 10 c. black & carmine (Ceres 57) tied by Djibouti cds in b lue (Dec 8). Liestal arrival cds at right (Dec 23) in black. Tiny nick at left of card but an attractive and scarce usage.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 625 Ethiopia

    1903: Malekt overprint in black on ¼ g. green postal stationery card (H&G 4d), used to Berlin as formula card (written by J-A. Michel) cancelled at "Harar" in blue-green (May 22, 1903) and sent registered with 1902 Somali Coast 5 c. pale green & green and 10 c. orange & carmine (Ceres 40+41) and Obock 1894 20 c. orange & violet imperf. (Ceres 53) all tied by Djibouti datestamps (May 26) in blue - correct rate 10 c. card + 25 c. registration - with Berlin arrival on reverse (June 13). Choice and attractive usage,
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 626 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 5/IV
    1903 (Jan 1): Malekt overprinted 2 g. brown, a used example on 1904 cover to Switzerland tied by "Addis Abeba" cds (April 6) in black, in combination with 1902 Somali Coast 25 c. blue and deep blue (Ceres 45) tied by Djibouti cds in blue (April 18) with bilingual "Harar" transit cds in blue alongside. File fold away from the adhesives but a scarce correctly rated cover.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 340.00 CHF

    Lot# : 627 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 19/I
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    1906 (Jan 1): 10 c. in violet on ½ g, salmon, a single example on 1906 cover tied by bilingual "Harar" cds (May 13, 1906) in blue, used in combination with 1902 Somali Coast 15 c. blue and yellow-brown and 1903 10 c. black & carmine (Ceres 42+57) tied by Djibouti datestamps in black. Octagonal French paquebot "La Reunion a Marseille / LV No.4" in black (May 15). Budapest rrival on reverse. File fold away from the adhesives, a very scarce destination for Ethiopian mail of this period. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017).
    Starting bid : 220.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 260.00 CHF

    Lot# : 628 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 25
    1907 (July 1): Dagmawi '*¼*' g. in violet on ¼ g. green, a used example on 1907 postcard (of Ethiopian stamps embossed in colour) to Gablonz cancelled by bilingual "Harar" cds in blue (Dec 10) in combination with Somali Coast 1902 5 c. black & green vertical pair (Ceres 56) tied by "Dirre-Daoua / Abyssinie" cds (Dec 11) in black and tied by Suez cds of transit. Delightful and scarce.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 320.00 CHF

    Lot# : 629 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 3
    1894: 1 g. blue, a used example on 1908 cover to Harar tied by bilingual "Adis Abeba" cds in green (July 24) with information strike alongside. Reverse with "Harrar / Postes" cds in blue (Aug 2). File fold away from adhesive, but an interesting late usage of this adhesive, the private Ethiopian Postal service went bankrupt in late 1907. The French Posts experts were called in to reorganise the Postal system and Ethiopia gained UPU membership (Nov 1, 1908).
    Starting bid : 175.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 630 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 3/IV
    1903 (Jan 1): Malekt 1 g. blue used on postcard (Viaduc de Holl-Holl) tied by "Adis Abeba" cds in black (June 16) in combination with 1902 Somali Coast 10 c. black & carmine tied by Djibouti cds (June 30) in blue. "Harar" transit at right in blue. A fine card.rnrnNote: By this date mail was carried by train on the Dire Doaua to Djibouti Railway.
    Starting bid : 150.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 150.00 CHF

    Lot# : 631 Ethiopia

    1894: Obock imperforate 15 c. blue & red used on 1901 postcard (#4) "Pont du Holl-Holl (Chemin de Fer de Djibouti-Harar) tied by Djibouti cds in blue (Aug 7). At this date mail was transported by train only from Holl-Holl Viaduct to Djibouti, together with a 1904 postcard written from Dire-Daoua franked by 1902 Somali Coast 10 c. black & carmine (Ceres 57) tied by Djibouti cds (Dec 12) in blue to Pistoia, Italy written and signed by one of the Bartolossi Brothers, the engineers involved in the Railway's construction.
    Starting bid : 140.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 260.00 CHF

    Lot# : 632 Ethiopia

    1907: Memorial Medal struck by Menelik II to honour the Railway Engineers and workers for the Djibouti to Dire Daoua Railway Line, with portrait of the Emperor on obverse and reverse with Railway Locomotive and amharic inscription "Memorial of the Railway, 1895" (Ethiopian equivalent to 1902). The capital Addis Abeba was not joined to the line until 1922. Unusual.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 100.00 CHF

    Lot# : 633 Ethiopia

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    1894: ½ g. salmon, two examples used with 1 g. blue on cover to Thurgau, Switzerland tied by fine bilingual "ENTOTTO" cds's in black (Nov 14). Reverse with Ethiopia bilingual "Harar" transit (Nov 21) in blue, obverse with "Harar / Postes Françaises" transit in black (Nov 25) and franked on reverse with 1894 Somali Coast 25 c. rose & blue imperforate cancelled in Djibouti. Bischhofszell arrival (Dec 16). Creased and cover with imperfections but rare. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017).
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 250.00 CHF

    Lot# : 634 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 9
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    1905 (Jan 1): 10 c. on ½ g. salmon, a horizontal pair used on 1905 cover to Djibouti tied by bilingual "Adis Abeba" cds (Oct 24) in black in combination with Somali Coast 1902 15 c. blue & yellow-brown and 1903 10 c. black & carmine (Ceres 42+57) tied by Djibouti datestamp in black. Bilingual "Harar" transit (Nov 5) in blue alongside. Two paper-clip impressions at top but scarce. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017).
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 260.00 CHF

    Lot# : 635 Ethiopia

    1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3) used to Djibouti Post Office cancelled by fine strike of bilingual "HARAR" datestamp (April 20, 1897) in black. Reverse with message requesting the Post Office to stop re-sending the writer's mail and 'Djibouti / Postes' arrival cds (April 24) in blue.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 100.00 CHF

    Lot# : 636 Ethiopia

    1896/1903: Official printed document with Royal Arms of Emperor Menelik II at top, with a listing in Amharic of all communications between Queen Victoria and the Emperor, together with correspondence with other Officials in Government between February 1896 and October 1903. The records were kept in the Ethiopian Office of 'Agreement Control' and are believed unique in private hands. Sold together with a postcard to Italy pre-cancelled at Harar bearing '05' on ¼ g. green with an illustration of the Emperor.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 500.00 CHF

    Lot# : 637 Ethiopia

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    1894: ¼ g. green, ½ g. salmon, 1 g. blue, 2 g. deep brown and 8 g. lilac, used on 1895 cover from the Second Sending, addressed to Djibouti, all tied by Amharic "HARAR" datestamp with six strikes in black (Amharic Yekatit 6th, 1887). Struck on arrival with "Djibouti / Postes" datestamp (Feb 15) in blue and extremely rare "PROTECTORAT FRANÇAIS / CÔTE DES SOMALIS / POSTE EXPRESS" in blue. File fold between the adhesives and small nick in envelope at right but an attractive and extremely rare cover. Cert. APS (2010).
    Starting bid : 500.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 950.00 CHF

    Lot# : 638 Ethiopia

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    1895 (Jan 29 = Amharic date Tir 21st, 1887): Registered cover from the First Sending, franked by 1894 ¼ g. green, two examples, ½ g. salmon, 1 g. blue and 2 g. deep brown, all tied by Amharic "HARAR" datestamp with six strikes in black. Reverse with circular wax seal of Leon Chefneux in red alongside 1894 Somali Coast 75 c. orange & violet-brown (Ceres 16) cancelled by "Djibouti / Postes" datestamp (Feb 7) in blue. Octagonal French Paquebot "La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No. 4" datestamp (Feb 10) and both Obock cds and Paris cds on reverse (Feb 21). The cover sensibly opened for Exhibit display, despite the addressee's name (Chefneux) being erased, a major rarity of Ethiopian philately - just three covers (one is a front) have survived from the first franked mail from Ethiopia - all were sent by Leon Chefneux to philatelists to announce the issue. Cert. J-F. Brun (2010).rnrnNote: The letters travelled by camel caravan to Djibouti and from there to Obock as Djibouti as yet had no harbour.
    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 950.00 CHF

    Lot# : 639 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 3
    1894: 1 g. blue, a single example used on 1895 cover to Paris tied by Amharic "HARAR" datestamp in black (Dec 26 / Tahsas 18th, 1888), with information strike on reverse, in combination with Somali Coast 1894 50 c. rose & blue (Ceres 15) tied by "Djibouti / Postes" datestamp Jan 1, 1896) in blue. French octagonal Paquebot "La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No.2" in black alongside (Jan 9). Addressee's name deleted but an early and scarce cover.rnProvenance: Collection 'Waizero', Felzmann, 9 March 2017, lot 4023.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 480.00 CHF

    Lot# : 640 Ethiopia

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    1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3), prepaying inland rate on Sept 24, 1896 cancelled by light strike of all amharic "ENTOTTO" in black; sent registered to Zurich, Switzerland with Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & brown and 25 c. blue & rose imperforate (Ceres 10+12) cancelled by "Djibouti / Postes" datestamps in blue (Oct 10) applied for onward transmission (10 c. postage + 25 c. registration). Octagonal Paquebot datestamp "La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No.2" in black (Oct 18) and Zurich arrival (Oct 30). The earliest recorded usage of the postal stationery card. The card is written by Alfred Ilg who helped Leon Chefneux establish the Concessionary Post Offices in Addis Abeba, Harar and Entotto, it is the sole recorded usage with an Entotto amharic datestamp and the only known usage in 1896. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017).rnrnProvenance: Collection Nachum Kaplan, Corinphila sale 169, Sept 2011, lot 753.

    INFO: this card  is not the only known usage of this type in 1896. A similar postcard exists mailed on the same day but sent to another person

    Starting bid : 750.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 750.00 CHF

    Lot# : 641 Ethiopia

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    1894: 1 g. blue, a used example tied by bilingual "HARAR" datestamp in black (April 4) with information strike alongside, sent registered to Winterthur, Switzerland by Alfred Ilg, with Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & brown-lilac and (on reverse) 75 c. orange & violet-brown for onward transmission (Ceres 10+16) cancelled by 'Djibouti / Postes' datestamp (April 7) in blue withj framed 'R' at left. 'La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No. 2' Paquebot in black below (April 12). Lyon Gare transit and Winterthur arrival (April 24) on reverse. File punch-hole at left does not detract from an attractive cover. Cert. J-F Brun (2017).
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 400.00 CHF

    Lot# : 642 Ethiopia

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    1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3) used to Charenton, France cancelled by bilingual "HARAR" datestamps in black (April 1, 1897) with Somali Coast 1894 25 c. blue & rose (Ceres 12) at right cancelled by Djibouti datestamp in blue and by circular "LIGNE N / PAQ. FR. No. 3" datestamp (April 5) in black. Reverse with Charenton Le Pont arrival cds (April 16). A fine and scarce usage. Cert. J-F Brun (2017).
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 250.00 CHF

    Lot# : 643 Ethiopia

    1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3) sent registered to Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, written by Alfred Ilg, cancelled by bilingual "ENTOTTO" datestamp (Sept 14, 1897) with "HARAR" transit below (Sept 25) in black; in combination with Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & brown and 25 c. blue & rose (Ceres 10+12) tied by 'Djibouti / Postes' datestamp (Oct 8) in blue. French Paquebot 'La Reunion a Marseille' (Oct 13) in black and arrival all on obverse. Slight bends but an attractive card.
    Starting bid : 220.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 260.00 CHF

    Lot# : 644 Ethiopia

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    1894: ¼ g. green and 2 g. deep brown, used examples on 1897 cover to Lyon, France the former tied by bilingual "ENTOTTO" cds (June 14) in  black and the latter in manuscript, with Somali Coast 1894 5 c. red-orange & green (2) and 15 c. green & violet cancelled by Djibouti datestamps (July 14) in blue. "La Reunion a Marseille" Paquebot datestamp in black at base and Lyon (July 26) arrival on reverse. Tropicalised but scarce. Cert. J-F Brun (2016).
    Starting bid : 120.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 380.00 CHF

    Lot# : 645 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 4
    1894: 2 g. deep brown, a used example on 1897 cover to Lecco, Italy tied by bilingual "HARAR" datestamp in black (July 21) with information strike adjacent, to Djibouti with Somali Coast 1894 25 c. blue & rose (Ceres 12) cancelled by Djibouti datestamp in blue (July 25). Circular 'LIGNE N / PAQ. FR. No. 8' Paquebot datestamp (July 26) in black at right. A fresh and fine cover.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 340.00 CHF

    Lot# : 646 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 3
    1894: 1 g. blue in a horizontal pair, used on 1897 cover to Paris (addressed to the Societé des Chemins de Fer Ethiopiens), tied by bilingual "HARAR" datestamp in black (Aug 19) with information strike alongside, Somali Coast 1894 25 c. blue & rose (Ceres 12) cancelled by "Djibouti / Postes" datestamp at right (Aug 23) in blue. Reverse with 'Ligne N / Paq. Fr. No. 4' Paquebot datestamp and arrival cds. File fold away from adhesives, a fine and scarce usage. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017).rnCollection 'Menelik', Harmers, Lugano, 8 Dec 1989, lot 629.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 380.00 CHF

    Lot# : 647 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 3
    1894: 1 gr. blue, a horizontal pair used on 1897 cover to Paris tied by bilingual "HARAR" cds (Sept 13) in black, in combination with 1894 Somali Coast 25 c. blue & rose imperforate tied by "Djibouti / Postes" datestamp in blue (Sept 18) and by octagonal "Ligne N / Paq. Fr, No. 5" datestamp in black (Sept 20). Paris arrivals (Sept 30) on reverse, the envelope opened for display and with edge wear and corner faults at base, scarce nevertheless.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 648 Ethiopia

    1898: Cover from Harar to Interlaken, Switzerland with bilingual "HARAR" datestamp in black (Dec 24), without Ethiopian adhesive (and rare thus), franked by Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & lilac-brown and 15 c. green & violet (Ceres 10+11) tied by Djibouti cds's in blue (Dec 28) and by octagonal French Paquebot "LIGNE N / PAQ. FR. No. 4" datestamp in black (Jan 4, 1899). Interlaken arrival on reverse (Jan 16). By the hand-writing, sent by Henry Muhle on his way to become the Postmaster of Addis Abeba. A very scarce usage.rnProvenance: Collection 'Waizero', Felzmann, 9 March 2017, lot 4028.
    Starting bid : 350.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 550.00 CHF

    Lot# : 649 Ethiopia

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    1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3) sent to Zurich, Switzerland, written by Alfred Ilg, cancelled by bilingual "ENTOTTO" datestamp (Aug 12, 1899) with "HARAR" transit below (Aug 22) in black; in combination with Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & brown (Ceres 10) tied by 'Djibouti' cds's in blue. Zurich arrival also on obverse (Sept 19). A fine card from the First Courrier Mail after internal rates had been fully established. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017).rnNote: The Private Ethiopian Posts opened their own Post Offices in Addis Abeba (Entotto) in May and in Harar in Ausust 1899. They also arranged a weekly Courrier system between the two towns beginning on August 12 (as in the card above), the Courriers did the journey both ways once a week, all outgoing mail was transferred to the French P.O. in Harar who began toi use the "Harar / Postes Françaises" datestamp in this year.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 260.00 CHF

    Lot# : 650 Ethiopia

    1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3) to Zurich, Switzerland, written by Alfred Ilg, cancelled by bilingual "ENTOTTO" datestamp (Aug 25, 1899) with "HARAR" transit below (Sept 3) in blue; in combination with Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & brown (Ceres 10) tied by 'Djibouti' cds in blue and octagonal 'La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No. 3' Paquebot alongside (Sept 13). Flaach arrival also on obverse. A fine card from the Third Courrier Mail after internal rates had been fully established.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 300.00 CHF

    Lot# : 651 Ethiopia

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    1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3) used to St. Gallen, Switzerland with Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & brown-lilac (Ceres10) cancelled by two strikes of bilingual "ENTOTTO" datestamp in black (Sept 24, 1899), thence via Djibouti with blue cds and St. Gallen arrival (Nov 14). Reverse with bold strike of bilingual "Harar" transit cds (Oct 5) in blue. The card is written by Alfred Ilg. A fresh and fine usage. Cert. Ceremuga (2003).
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 340.00 CHF

    Lot# : 652 Ethiopia

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    1894: 2 g. deep brown, a used example on 1899 cover to Basel, Switzerland tied by bilingual "ENTOTTO" datestamp in blue (March 11), reverse with bilingual "HARAR" transit (March 30) in blue and scarce "HARAR / POSTES FRANÇAISES" cds (March 21) in black, to Djibouti with Somali Coast 1894 25 c. blue & rose (Ceres 12) cancelled by Djibouti cds in blue (March 29). Circular 'Ligne N' Paquebot datestamp at right. Closed opening tear at top but scarce. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017).
    Starting bid : 175.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 380.00 CHF

    Lot# : 653 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 3
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    1894: 1 g. blue, two used examples (one on reverse), each tied to 1899 cover to Alexandria, Egypt by bilingual "ENTOTTO" datestamps in black (Oct 25) with information strike alongside; bilingual "HARAR" cds in blue on reverse (Nov 2) and "HARAR / POSTES FRANÇAISES" cds (Nov 5) in black. Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & brown and 15 c. green & violet (Ceres 10+11) tied by Djibouti cds's (Nov 11) in blue. Octagonal 'La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No. 2' Paquebot alongside (Nov 13). Small faults and aging but scarce. Cert. J-F. Brun (2017).
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 240.00 CHF

    Lot# : 654 Ethiopia

    1902: Malekt in bluish-violet on 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 6c), a used example cancelled by bilingual "ADIS ABEBA" datestamps in black (June 17, 1904) and mailed to Lyndhurst, England in combination with Somali Coast 1903 10 c. black & carmine tied by Djibouti cds (July 12) in blue. "Lyndhurst / 487" duplex of arrival on obverse (July 28) and forwarded to Beckenham. Mail to Great Britain from Ethiopia at this date is very scarce.
    Starting bid : 300.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 655 Ethiopia

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    1894: 1 g. blue used on reverse of cover to Awara Melka, tied by bilingual "HARAR" datesamp in blue (May 29, 1906), cover originally mailed from Djibouti with 1902 25 c. pale blue & blue tied by Djibouti cds (May 25) in black. File fold crosses the Ethiopia 1 g. but an unusual in-coming combination usage to a most unusual destination. Cert. J-F. Brun (2016).
    Starting bid : 220.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 600.00 CHF

    Lot# : 656 Ethiopia

    1903: Malekt in black 1 gr. blue postal stationery card (H&G 6d) used to Berlin cancelled by bilingual "Adis Abeba" cds (March 26, 1904) in black, in combination with Somali Coast 1902 10 c. red-orange & carmine (Ceres 41) tied by Djibouti cds (April 12) in blue. Berlin arrivals (April 27) in black at left. An attractive card.
    Starting bid : 175.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 175.00 CHF

    Lot# : 657 Ethiopia

    1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3) to Alstetten, Switzerland cancelled by bilingual "ENTOTTO" datestamp in black (Nov 24); bilingual "HARAR" cds in blue on reverse (Dec 2) and faint "HARAR / POSTES FRANÇAISES" cds (Dec 9) in black. Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & brown (Ceres 10) cancelled by Djibouti cds (Dec 11). Altstetten arrival (Dec 27) at right.Two small stains and corner crease but nonetheless attractive.
    Starting bid : 175.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 200.00 CHF

    Lot# : 658 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 3/I
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    1901 (July 1): 1 gr. blue with "Ethiopie" violet overprint, used on 1902 internal cover to Harar tied by "ADIS ABEBA" cds in black (Jan 7) with information strike alongside. Bilingual "Harar" arrival (Jan 17) at left in blue. Cover fault at base but a very rare internal usage of n elusive issue. Signed Holcombe. Cert. RPSL (2016).
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 550.00 CHF

    Lot# : 659 Ethiopia

    1896: 1 g. blue postal stationery card (H&G 3) to the Weisser Wind, Zurich, Switzerland, cancelled by bilingual "ADIS ABEBA" datestamp in black (April 7), a late usage of the card but legal tender still, with bilingual "HARAR" transit in blue (April 17) and Somali Coast 1903 black & carmine (Ceres 56) cancelled at Djibouti in blue (April 18). Zurich arrival (April 29) also on obverse. Sent by Alfred Ilg, spike hole and aging but scarce.
    Starting bid : 140.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 160.00 CHF

    Lot# : 660 Ethiopia

    1903: Malekt in black on ¼ gr. green postal stationery card (H&G 4d) used to Austria, sent by J. Michel, cancelled by bilingual "HARAR" cds (May 22, 1903) in blue, in combination with off centre Somali Coast 1902 10 c. red-orange & carmine (Ceres 41) tied by Djibouti cds (May 26) in blue. Spital arrival (June 12) in black at left. An attractive and scarce card.
    Starting bid : 200.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 220.00 CHF

    Lot# : 661 Ethiopia

    1903: Bosta in violet on 1 gr. blue postal stationery card (H&G 6b), slight corner bend, used to Interlaken, Switzerland cancelled by bilingual "ADDIS ABEBA" cds (April 16, 1902) in black, with bilingual "HARAR" transit in blue (April 27) and "HARAR / POSTES FRANÇAISES" cds in black, in combination with Somali Coast 1894 10 c. green & lilac-brown (Ceres 10) with Djibouti cds (May 2) in blue. Interlaken arrival (May 15) on an attractive card, written by Henry Muhle, the Addis Abeba Postmaster.rnrnProvenance: Collection Reverend Eric Payne, Harmers, London, 20 Dec 1995, lot 38.
    Starting bid : 250.00 CHF
    Your bid : CHF

    Lot# : 662 Ethiopia

    1905: Postcard mailed from Harar to Baden near Vienna, with "HARAR / POSTES FRANÇAISES" despatch cds in black, in combination with Somali Coast 1902 10 c. black & carmine (Ceres 41) tied by Djibouti cds in black (July 29). Baden arrival alongside (Aug 12). Corner bend but unusual without an Ethiopian franking.
    Starting bid : 100.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 100.00 CHF

    Lot# : 663 Ethiopia

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    Catalogue# : 2/IV
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    1903: Malekt in violet on 1894 ½ g, salmon, a used example on 1903 cover to Geneva (at J. Michel's illegal reduced rate of ½ g. instead of 1 g.) tied by bilingual "HARAR" daatestamp in blue (Oct 13) with information strike alongside. Somali Coast 5 c. pale green & green and 20 c. green & violet-brown (Ceres 40+43) tied by Djibouti cds with octagonal 'La Reunion a Marseille / L.V. No. 5' Paquebot datestamp at left (Oct 15). File fold away from adhesives
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 400.00 CHF
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