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Sale 885 — The Dr. Robert LeBow Collection, Part 1: Foreign Countries

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 November, 2004

Category — Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by Country

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 885, Lot Number 2071, Pre-Stamp Postal Markings by CountryITALY, 1769, Horse Handstamp of Bologna, ITALY, 1769, Horse Handstamp of BolognaITALY, 1769, Horse Handstamp of Bologna. Folded letter datelined Stellata, July 3, 1769, to Bologna with full mostly clear strike of Horse handstamp, ms. "3" rate, Very Fine, the Horse is one of four different "Beasts of Bologna" (Large Lion, Small Lion, Jackass and Horse), a group of markings applied to letters delivered in Bologna and believed to have been applied by local postmen -- of the four designs, the Horse is reputed to be the rarest

E. 500-750
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